15 years of Essence – Birthday Collection ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘

Hey Guys

Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’m showing you the Essence Birthday Collection ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘ as the brand celebrates 15 years of beautiful and affordable (!) cosmetics!

The limited edition is available from April to June 2017 so get your hands on it quickly! I was lucky and won an Instagram give-away so that I can now show you all the products they came up with…


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Willkommen zurück auf meinem Blog! Heute zeige ich euch die neue Essence Geburtstags-Kollektion ‚live.laugh.celebrate!‘, da die Marke 15 Jahre voller schöner und erschwinglicher Produkte feiert.

Die limitierte Edition ist von April bis Juni 2017 verfügbar, deshalb solltet ihr schnell sein und zuschlagen! Ich hatte so viel Glück, dass ich bei Instagram bei einem Gewinnspiel gewonnen habe und euch deswegen alle Produkte zeigen kann, die zu der Kollektion gehören…

Brushes & Bag

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The package features a super-pretty holographic make-up bag. It’s quite large and holds all my products when I’m on the way. I think I’m gonna use this one for all the products I need at university to refresh my make-up. Also they included 4 different brushes which ends are transparent with some ‚bubbles‘ inside. The tips of the brushes are black and rose, pink and mint. It’s a larger powder brush, a lip brush, and two eyeshadow brushes – one for blending and one for applying small amounts of products. I haven’t tested these yet but they feel quite soft and not too hard and synthetic, still need to check whether they blend well…


Die Pinsel & die Tasche

In dem Paket fand ich unter anderem eine superschöne holographische Make-Up Tasche. Sie ist gerade groß genug, um Platz für alle meine Produkte, die ich unterwegs brauche, zu bieten. Ich denke, die Tasche wird perfekt sein, um alle meine Sachen aufzubewahren, die ich in der Uni brauche, um mein Make-Up aufzufrischen. Außerdem gehören vier verschiedene Pinsel mit dazu, deren Enden transparent sind und kleine Blubberblasen enthalten – sehr cool. Auch gut sind die bunten Farben der Pinselenden, wie pink, mint oder rosa. Es sind sowohl ein großer Puderpinsel, ein Lippenstiftpinsel und zwei Lidschattenpinsel – eine zum Blenden, die andere, um gezielt Farbe aufzutragen – im Set enthalten. Ich habe alle zwar noch nicht getestet, aber sie fühlen sich sehr weich und nicht wirklich hart und synthetisch an, trotzdem werde ich noch prüfen, ob sie auch zum verblenden geeignet sind…

New Palettes

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Look at the cute new palettes essence came up with! The packaging has little bright and colorful pearls at the top that move around… They offer two kinds of palettes: one for 4 pods and one for 8. Why am I saying „pods“? Well, the palettes are not magnetic like Z palettes but you can insert the little eyeshadow or blush pods from essence. Meaning only these fit in and no other magnetic eyeshadows which I find a bit sad. Also, there is no mirror on the inside so checking your make-up on the go isn’t possible. But for transporting your favorite shadows these palettes are really good and look very individual!


Neue Paletten

Schaut euch nur diese soooo süßen, neuen Paletten an! Die Verpackung ist mit kleinen, leuchtenden und farbenfrohen Perlen versehen, die bei Bewegung hin- und herfliegen… Essence bietet zwei verschiedene Arten von Paletten: eine für 4 Pöttchen und eine für 8. Warum nenne ich sie „Pöttchen“? Die Paletten sind nicht magnetisch (wie die Z Paletten), man kann nur die verschiedenen Lidschatten oder Gesichtsprodukte von Essence hineinpacken. Das heißt, dass nur diese leider reinpassen und keine anderen, was ich echt sehr schade finde. Leider ist auch kein Spiegel in der Palette drin, also könnt ihr euer Make-Up damit zwischendurch nicht checken. Zum transportieren oder reisen finde ich die Palette trotzdem toll, da ihr somit eure schönsten Lidschatten, Puder oder Blushs mitnehmen könnt und generell sieht die Palette sehr individuell aus!

Lip Products

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The set also has two very glittery lipsticks: a silver and pink one. I’m not too sure if I’m gonna like these as I fear the glitter makes the lipstick stiff and hard to apply. I can imagine they look good on top of a lipstick to achieve a metallic finish… I have to play around with these two to find out 🙂

Also, essence came up with lip powders and a lip base which fit into their new palettes. The left pod is more or less a base or balm which you apply first on your lips and then top it with a rosy or pinky lip powder… Quite innovative as I haven’t seen this before and definitely need to check this out!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Lippenprodukte

Außerdem gibt’s in dem Set zwei sehr stark glitzernde Lippenstifte: einen silbernen und einen linken. Ich bin echt nicht sicher, ob mir die beiden gefallen werden, der Glitzer in den beiden fühlt sich sehr ‚hart‘ an und ich denke es wird schwer aufzutragen zu sein. Ich denke als Highlight auf den Lippen, über einem matten Lippenstift wird es bestimmt cool aussehen und ein metallisches Finish hinterlassen… Ich muss noch ein wenig damit herumspielen, um es herauszufinden.

Außerdem hat Essence Lippenpuder und -basis entworfen, die ebenfalls in die Palette passen. Der linke Pott ist eher eine Lippenbase oder ein Balm, den ihr zuerst auf den Lippen aufträgt, um ihn dann mit einem der Lippenpuder zu toppen… Sehr innovativ, habe es so vorher noch nicht gesehen!

Powders & Blushes

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These are my favorite new products essence came up with! First, on the left side we have a translucent setting powder for the undereye and any oily spots in your face. Second, a highlighting shade which is a golden, vanilla shade with shimmer. And my all time favorites are the two shimmery blushes – one in rose and another in pink. The colors look so pretty. Also the powders all feel quite soft and blendable but I need to test them on the face…


Puder & Blushes

Diese sind definitiv meine liebsten Sachen zwischen den ganzen neuen Produkten! Zuerst habt ihr auf der linken Seite ein durchsichtiges, weißes Puder, welches das Make-Up fixiert und ölige Stellen vorbeugt. Als zweites gibt es einen Highlighter in gold-vanille mit Schimmer. Meine allerliebsten Favoriten sind die beiden schimmernden Blushes – einer in rosa, der andere pink. Die Farben sehen so schön aus. Außerdem fühlen sich alle Puder sehr weich und blendbar an, aber ich muss sie noch etwas weiter testen…

Eyeshadows

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10 birthday shades! I divided mine into two different categories: nude, rose and vanilla shades and blue, green and silvers. Honestly, I love the palette on the left side more as I will use these colors more frequently but why not try something new? The blue and green shades will be perfect for that. Overall, they feel creamy and not very dry when I swatched them and the color pay-off is good for the price you’re paying!


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10 Geburtstags-Farben! Ich habe meine in zwei verschiedene Kategorien eingeteilt: nude, rosa und Vanille farbene Töne und blau, grün und silber farbene Töne. Um ehrlich zu sein, gefällt mir die linke Palette ja etwas mehr, da ich diese Art von Farben ständig benutzt, aber man kann ja auch mal etwas neues ausprobieren, richtig? Gerade die blauen und grünen Farben sind perfekt dafür. Insgesamt fühlen sie sich sehr cremig an und nicht sehr trocken, als ich sie geswatcht habe. Die Farbintensität ist auch großartig, wenn man nur an den Preis dabei denkt!

If you want a more detailed color description of the blushes and eyeshadows, please let me know in the comments down below!

So that was it! What do you think of the birthday collection? Did you get and try any of these products yet?


Falls ihr eine detailliertere Beschreibung der Blushes und Lidschatten haben wollt, sagt mir in den Kommentaren Bescheid. 

Soooo, das war’S! Was denkt ihr über die Geburtstags-Kollektion? Habt ihr euch was davon gekauft und schon getestet?

Stay sparkling!

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Maybelline Fit me! – New Make-Up Routine

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland! Today, I prepared a little review about my new favorites out of the line Maybelline Fit me! that really enriched my everyday make-up routine. All in all, I purchased three items of the whole line.  But see for yourself…

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Fit me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

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As I am one of those girl tending to have quite oily skin in my T-zone – especially during summer time – I am always looking for rather matte foundations where my skin is not too shiny. The matte + powerless foundation promises to cover up little break-outs, mattifies and softens the skin out. Sounds quite promising, so I HAD to try it…

I chose the shade 105 „Natural Ivory“ however they offer 16 different shades ranging from really light to colors for darker skin. Mine really fits me when I’m not tanned. The application with a brush worked evenly and it didn’t feel thick or uncomfortable while wearing, rather soft. Probably that’s because of the powder particles inside the fluid that also leave a soft focus, poreless and matte finish on the skin. After one application, my red spots and any unevenness was simply gone – the coverage can still be intensified in areas with more breakouts. Also, it wore perfect for about 8 hours and didn’t crumble around my nose and most importantly it didn’t look cakey nor shiny. The only downturn is that it comes in this tube and doesn’t have a pump…

Fit me! Concealer

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The concealer is said to be the perfect dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy, not only the packaging but also the finish… Here, I have the shade „fair“ which has more of a rosy undertone than the „light“ one. What’s said is that they only offer four different, lighter shades – so not really suitable for darker skin tones.

The concealer feels really creamy when applying and blending with a beauty sponge and the coverage is really opaque, still, it doesn’t look nor feel thick or cakey. For me, it perfectly covers my blue circles around my eyes. The only negative aspect is that it creases under my eyes, but when set appropriately with a white setting powder, this doesn’t happen that much.

Fit me! Anti-Shine Stick

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This stick promises a quick application and a long-lasting matte finish. When I first tested it, I really had my doubts because I wasn’t too familiar with stick foundations and I simply couldn’t even out the shade…

I picked mine in the shade 115 and as you can see, the middle is quite lighter and should avoid to make you look oily and shiny. Well, after my first use, my face looked shiny and uneven – I couldn’t handle the stick. After googling a lot I tried to apply only some stripes throughout my face and I blended it with a wet beauty sponge instead of a foundation brush. And voilà, it looked better! Overall, it gives my skin a very comfortable and soft feeling and it doesn’t look cakey anymore. Another pro is the fact that I don’t need a powder to set the foundation, it feels quite powdery already. Moreover, the stick helped to stop my face from looking too shiny and it lasted perfect for some decent 6-7 hours on me.

So, that was it! Did you also try the Maybelline Fit me! line? What’s your favorite?

Stay sparkling…

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Favorite Fall Blushes – Mac Fever & Swiss Chocolate

Hey Guys!

And welcome back to the Real Wonderland! Time’s flying so fast and it’s already fall and almost Halloween. So today, I prepared a little post about my favorite fall blushes – Mac Fever & Swiss Chocolate.

Let’s jump right into it!

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Mac powder blushes come in 4 different formulas:

  • Sheertone Shimmer – a shimmering blush that gives the face quite some glow (no opaque coverage)
  • Sheertone – a nicely shimmering finish with a little transparency
  • Satin – a creamy finish with semi-opaque coverage
  • Matte – a neutral finish, without any shine, easy to blend out the intense colors

My two blushes come with the formula matte, as this one just blends easily and the shades have a great color pay-off.

Mac Powder Blush „Fever“ (6g for 24.50€)

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Mac describes this shade as a „red-burgundy tone“ which fits it perfectly! The shade is a really nice darker red that reminds me of typical fall leaves that begin to fall from the trees. This blush has an amazing color pay-off so be careful and don’t use too much product otherwise you end up looking totally red in your face. However it blends very easy and feels rather creamy not really dusty – there’s no fall-out when applying it.

There are so many possibilities for wearing this blush! With a more natural look, only some mascara, a nude lipstick and only a little (!) amount of blush or for a night out or a more dramatic looks with smokey eyes (maybe in brown with a little touch of gold) and a darker plum/wine red lisptick where you accentuate your cheek bones.

Mac Powder Blush „Swiss Chocolate“ (6g for 24.50€)

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Mac calls this blush a „soft cocoa color“ which I agree to and add that his is more on the warmer side and a light to medium brown, just as milkchocolate. This blush is multi usable – I use it as a blush and also for contouring. Mostly I mix this shade together with Fever to have a darker red/brownish shade to accentuate my cheeks when wearing a mkore dramatic face makeup.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever it’s also really good for contouring, especially because it is so easy to blend and the pigmentation is as well amazing! The intensity can easily be increased by just adding a little more color and the shade really has opaque coverage so that it is just perfect as a contour color. Just a little secret by the way, when traveling or in need of a matte crease color, I use it as a transition shade in my crease and blend it with a crease brush to give my eyes more depth!

Here are some swatches for you to see these great fall colors!

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What are your favorites for this fall?

Stay sparkling!

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The Balm NUDE’tude Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to a new blogpost, this time I will review my at the moment most favorite eyeshadow palette – theBalm NUDE’tude. A really lovely product I purchased during my holiday in Italy as this brand doesn’t retail in Germany.

So let’s get started!

TheBalm NUDE’tude (33.50€ for 12 eyeshadows)

First things first – theBalm has the cutest and prettiest retro packaging I’ve ever seen and I love their creative and funny names. I need to get my hands on more of their products, especially the eyeshadow palettes and the lipsticks!

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Considering the packaging, the palette is protected by an additional cartboard packaging which makes it super easy to transport and for traveling. The palette as well is made of cartboard, contains a large mirror and closes magnetically. As the name kinda says, this palette features nude women only covered by different eyeshadows.

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It holds 12 eyeshadows ranging from white over nude, rose shades to (darker) browns and black and a dual-ended eyeshadow brush (I have to admit, I don’t use it…). Let’s take a closer look at these:

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Sassy – A frosted white, very good pigmentation and ideal for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes

Stubborn – a peachy shade also with a frosted finish, slightly less pigmentation than in the palette because of the finish

Selfish – a dark brown-grey mixture, also a frosted finish but with good pigmentation

Snobby – a medium yellow with warm undertones and a golden frost finish with great pigmentation

Stand-offish – a light brown/ nude shade with a huge frozen or even metallic finish and thus a great color pay-off

Sultry – a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish, really good pigmentation and also perfect for the crease

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Sophisticated – a dark, warm brown with bronzing glitter inside, perfect for in the crease

Sexy – a matte, burgunder red also perfect for defining the crease with a really good pigmentation

Serious – a matte black shade that has a good pigmentation but tends to be a little dusty

Seductive – a golden/ bronzed brown with a satin finish with a good color pay-off

Silly – a darker brown-reddish shade with glitter, tends to be semi-opaque in coverage and needs to be applied several times to make the glitter visible

Sleek – an intense dark brown/ black shade with a matte finish that gets a little dusty

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Overall, the pigmentation of nearly all the shades is really good, they have mostly opaque coverage after one application however the matte shades tend to be more semi-opaque and need to be applied several times. Also most shades feel rather creamy and soft when applying without being dusty – except for the matte ones… Still, all shades are pretty easy to blend and harmonize perfectly together. This palette is rather warm toned and with more shimmering, frosted and glittery shades than mattes. I really love it because it can create various eye looks as the color variation is amazing!

What do you think?

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W7 Palette „The Cheeky Trio“ – Review & Swatches

Welcome Back to The Real Wonderland!

It’s weekend – finally! For me this means I have to pack my bags and get ready for my trip to France, Italy and Austria…

Today I’ll show you the last review of the W7 Glam Box: The Cheeky Trio.

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So, let’s jump right into it.

W7 Cheek Palette „The Cheeky Trio“ (g for ~8€ via Amazon)

The rosé gold palette contains three different cheek products – a bronzer, a blush and a highlighter.

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This packaging is as well really robust and light at the same time. Personally, I love this packaging the most – it has a rosé gold cover and looks really fancy and elegant…

This palette has three bigger containers so that you get enough return out of every product.

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Let’s consider the shades itself. They’re all quite matte, even the highlighter, but I’ll come to this later.

  • Dream Machine – the bronzer is a really soft and warm brown tone
  • 5th Avenue – the blush is quite pinky and has some shimmer in it
  • Hot Stuff – a warmer, champagne tone

I’m really satisfied with the bronzer and blush as the pigmentation and color pay-off is good and the colors are really buildable. Considering the highlighter, I’m not that happy, the pigmentation is not opaque at all and the color is too weak as well. The bronzer is also ideal for contouring as well or for getting a sun-tanned skin.

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Still, every product feels very soft and creamy and is easy to apply. There’s no fall-out and neither are the shades dusty.

I guess overall the palette is good, the highlighter is more or less not appropriate for me but it can be used as a face powder. For the cheap price however the cheeky trio is alright.

What do you think? Did you try it already? Do you know any other good cheek palettes?

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