MAC Star Trek Collection Review – „Where No Man Has Gone Before“

Hey Guys

Welcome back to my blog! I know it’s been a while since this lipstick was released but still, I’m gonna show it to you and give you a full review as I only had the chance to really try this one in the recent weeks…

What am I talking about? The MAC Star Trek lipstick in the shade “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. This limited edition or rather saying whole product line of Star Trek make-up was released in September for celebrating the 50th anniversary and „Star Trek Beyond“.


Hallo ihr Lieben

Willkommen zurück auf meinem Blog! Ich weiß, es ist schon länger her, dass dieser Lippenstift herausgekommen ist, trotzdem gibt es jetzt die Bewertung dazu, da ich ihn eigentlich erst in den letzten Wochen richtig testen konnte…

Worüber ich überhaupt rede? Den MAC Star Trek Lippenstift in der Farbe „Where No Man Has Gone Before“. Diese limitierte Edition gehört zur gleichnamigen Produktlinie von Stark Trek und kam letzten September heraus, um den 50. Geburtstag und den Film „Star Trek Beyond“ zu feiern.

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I just loved all the shades – especially of the lipsticks and the highlighters/bronzers – the shimmer and the design were simply amazing. I knew I had to have one product out of this line and I went for the lipstick. I mean it took me a while to find it as it was sold out everywhere so quickly but I finally got it online at Mac.


Ich finde wirklich alle Farben und Töne der Kollektion schön – am meisten aber die Lippenstifte und Highlighter/Bronzer – der Schimmer und das generelle Design sind wirklich unglaublich schön. Ich wusste sofort, dass ich ein Produkt aus dieser Kollektion haben muss und entschied mich letztendlich für diesen Lippenstift. Ok, es hat etwas länger gedauert, bis ich ihn irgendwo kaufen konnte, da er wirklich ständig ausverkauft war, aber ich habe ihn nach einer Zeit online entdeckt.

The Packaging
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One could say it is the usual Mac packaging but they added a little shimmer to the lipstick packaging and the famous Star Trek icon saying 50. So nothing too extraordinary for a limited edition – I might have expected a cooler and more shimmery lipstick packaging but still, this one looks elegant and simple.


Die Verpackung

Naja, man könnte sagen, dass es einfach die gewöhnliche Verpackung der MAC Lippenstifte ist, aber ich finde, sie haben ein wenig Schimmer bei der Packung hinzugefügt und das berühmte Star Trek Logo mit der 50. Im Prinzip nicht mega außergewöhnliches für eine limitierte Edition – ich hatte ein eher cooleres und glitzerndes Layout erwartet – elegant und simpel, nicht zu geladen, finde ich es trotzdessen.

The Shade

First of: Puh! What a loooong name for a lipstick – say that three times in a row please without breaking your tongue 😉

I’d consider this shade to be a cool-toned electric pink with warm golden shimmer. The shimmer and finish make it very day-time appropriate otherwise I’d find this to be too bold… It is a lustre finish so the coverage is semi-transparent and needs to be re-applied after some hours. Although it has quite some glitter and shimmer to it, the lipstick applied very evenly and smooth on my lips and felt neither stiff nor „hard“…

You can wear this shade either all on its own for a very natural look or on top of a nude or pinky lip to give it some extra shimmer and shine.


Die Farbe

Alsoooo, eins nach dem anderen: OMG! Soooo ein langer Name für einen Lippenstift – sagt das dreimal hintereinander, ohne euch dabei die Zunge zu verknoten 😉

Ich würde sagen, „Where No Man Has Gone Before“ ist ein eher kühles, leuchtendes pink mit warmen, goldenen Schimmer. Genau dieser und das Finish machen ihn sehr alltagstauglich und nicht zu aufdringlich. Das Finish ist MAC’s „Lustre“ Finish, deswegen ist die Deckkraft nicht zu stark, eher semi-transparent und muss leider auch erneut aufgetragen werden nach ein paar Stündchen. Obwohl so viel Glitzer und Schimmer in der Farbe sind, konnte ich ihn sehr ebenmäßig auftragen und er hat sich nicht „hart“ angefühlt, sondern eher sehr weich und komfortabel.

Der Lippenstift kann entweder alleine getragen werden, oder auch perfekt über einen nude- oder rosafarbenen Lippenstift aufgetragen werden, für ein extra glänzendes Finish.

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Overall, I’m really satisfied with this color – I had to get used to the coverage as I mostly wear full coverage and matte lipsticks. But after a little time I could handle it and the finish with its golden shimmer just looks gorgeous! Especially when the sun is shining…

Did you get any items of the Star Trek collection? What did you think of this lipstick?


Ich muss gestehen, ich bin sehr glücklich mit der Farbe – ich musste mich zwar an das Finish gewöhnen, da ich sonst nur matte und deckende Lippenstifte benutze. Aber nach einer Zeit wußte ich schon genau, wie ich MAC’s „Where No Man Has Gone Before“ am besten auftrage und mal ehrlich, der goldene Schimmer sieht einfach hinreißend aus! Gerade jetzt im Sommer, wenn die Sonne draufscheint.

Habt ihr euch auch ein paar Produkte von der Star Trek Kollektion gegönnt? Wie fandet ihr den Lippenstift?

Stay sparkling!

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Featured image via temptalia.

Wonder Product Charcoal – How to get Perfect Skin 

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland!

Today, I prepared a little post about a hyped beauty product ingredient – Charcoal!

Let’s start with a little info on the ingredient: The so-called ‚activated charcoal‘ which is produced, just like normal charcoal out of wood, has small/low-volume pores for absorption.

So far so good – How does it actually help your skin?

  1. Cleaner and smaller pores – all the toxins on and in your skin from the environment you are living in clog your pores, charcoal helps to pull out all the dirt and oily remains. Use a face mask for exactly this effect.
  2. Less oily skin – as said before, charcoal absorbs all the oil in your pores and on your skin and leaves a softer feeling on it. I advise you to use a mask with charcoal once a week to avoid any irritation or dryness.
  3. Deeply cleaned skin – If used regularly as a cleanser or gel, charcoal can deeply clean your whole skin, clear your pores and heals irritations or cuts.

Hallo ihr Lieben!

Willkommen zurück bei The Real Wonderland!

Heute habe ich einen kleinen Post über einen total gehypten Beauty-Wirkstoff für euch – Holzkohle!

Fangen wir langsam an, mit einer kleinen Info zum Wirkstoff: Die sogenannte Aktivkohle wird, wie normale Holzkohle auch, aus Holz produziert, einziger Unterschied, sie hat kleine Lufträume, die gerade richtig sind, um Schadstoffe aufzunehmen.

Oooook, soweit, so gut – Wie hilft sie denn überhaupt der Haut dabei?

  1. Saubere und kleinere Poren – all die Gifte in und auf der Haut aus verschiedensten Umwelteinflüssen verstopfen die Poren, Aktivkohle hilft hier, die Poren zu säubern und überschüssiges Öl zu absorbieren. Am besten ist hier eine Gesichtsmaske, um diesen Effekt zu erzielen.
  2. Weniger ölige Haut – wie bereits gesagt, absorbiert Aktivkohle Öl auf der Haut und in den Poren und hinterlässt ein rundum weicheres Gefühl auf der Haut. Benutzt am besten mindestens ein Mal die Woche eine Maske, um Hautirritationen zu vermeiden, aber trotzdem weniger ölig zu sein.
  3. Tiefenreine Haut – Wenn regelmäßig eine Waschcreme oder ein Gel benutzt wird, kann Aktivkohle bis in die tiefsten Schichten der Haut helfen, das heißt saubere Poren, weniger Irritationen und heilende Verletzungen.

I guess everybody knows the black masks that every youtuber mixes or uses at the moment to clean the pores and remove blackheads… I also wanted to try these sooo badly but I found out these sticky and gluey masks can totally ruin your skin! When pulling off the mask you will not only remove your blackheads but also the first layer of your skin. If you do this repetitively it can cause severe damage to your skin such as redness and irritation. And we don’t want that!

So what is an alternative that still cleans your skin?

In my local drugstore I recently found three new products made off charcoal.

These are a washing gel without soap, a cloth mask and a nose strip. Out of now I tested the washing gel on a daily basis for more than two weeks and I have to say, especially around and on my nose, my pores look much cleaner than before. Also I used one nose strip and it is not as aggressive as the gluey ones I’ve seen before and didn’t leave any redness or irritation on me but flawless nose area…

images via dm drogeriemarkt


Ich denke jeder von euch kennt diese schwarzen Masken, die alle Youtuber momentan selbst mixen oder benutzen, um die Poren zu reinigen und Mitesser zu beseitigen… Ich musste sie natürlich auch unbedingt ausprobieren, aber nachdem ich recherchiert hatte, habe ich festgestellt, dass diese extrem klebrigen und festsitzenden Masken die Schutzschicht der Haut komplett ruinieren! Wenn ihr diese Art von Maske benutzt und sie abzieht, beseitigt ihr nicht nur die Mitesser (was im Prinzip ja gut ist), sondern auch kleine Hautpigmente und die erste dünne Schutzschicht der Haut. Wenn ihr das also immer öfter macht, kann das zu wirklichen Schäden führen, wie Hautrötungen und Irritationen. Und genau das wollen wir ja nicht!

 Was sind also die Alternativen, um die Haut trotzdem effektiv zu reinigen?

In meinem Drogeriemarkt fand ich vor kurzem drei Produkte mit Aktivkohle Wirkstoff.

Dies sind zuerst ein Waschgel ohne Seife, eine Tuchmaske und Nasenstreifen. Bis jetzt habe ich das Waschgel länger als zwei Wochen täglich getestet und muss wirklich sagen, dass es gerade im Nasenbereich, meine Poren viel kleiner und sauberer aussehen, als vorher. Außerdem habe ich schon einen von drei Nasenstreifen getestet und dieser hat nicht zu fest geklebt, weder rote Flecken, noch Irritationen hinterlassen und meine Nase sehr gut gereinigt…


If you’re not able to grab these items, I have some other products you can consider to clean your pores and get a flawless skin!


Falls ihr diese Produkte nicht bekommen könnt, habe ich hier ein paar Beauty-Tipps herausgesucht, die ebenfalls die Poren reinigen und makellose Haut zaubern!

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A cleanser by origins for a daily use that absorbs all toxins, via Sephora
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A mask with Himalayan Charcoal that purifies and gives you a nice glow via The Bodyshop
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A gel perfect for hydration with charcoal extracts via Sephora

I hope that helped you a little to update your skin care routine and let me know what your favorite charcoal products are!

Ich hoffe, dass ich euch mit meinem kleinen Hautpflege-Update helfen konnte und teilt mir auf jeden Fall eure Lieblingsprodukte mit Aktivkohle mit!

Stay sparkling!

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Featured image via self.com.

Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighting Palette – Get Your Spring Glow

Hey Guys!

Today, I prepared a review about one of my favorite highlighting palettes – the Sleek Solstice Palette in the shade ‚Cleopatra’s Kiss‘. Right now for spring time, this palette offers a really stunning color variety. This time – besides the review and swatches – I also included some inspirations for make-up looks using this palette…

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Overview

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Let me just say that I love love love this gold packaging! The black cardboard pretty much hides the beautiful packaging inside… Not one of my favorite – at a first glance, this wouldn’t attract me… Generally, the palette looks really sleek (haha) and closes magnetically. The size is perfect for putting in your bag and for traveling.

It contains four highly pigmented shades, each of them being about 2.2g and retails for 12.49€. Further, you have a mirror inside which is big enough to actually use it to get ready on the way or to check your make-up and a little, flat brush (I find it to be very stiff, so I don’t use this one). You can buy this palette via amazon (where it tends to be a little bit more expensive) or simply on the Sleek Make-Up Website, however it’s almost always out of stock.

The Shades

Two of the shades are baked powder highlighter, whereas the other two have a creamy consistency. Let’s have a closer look at the shades (from top left to bottom right):

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Sphinx – a baked powder and a golden, bronzy shade with glitter particles (that’s my favorite shade of the whole palette)

Delta – a cream highlighter and a true bronze with shimmer

Dynasty – another cream highlight, this time with a champagne/light golden shimmer

Goddess – the second baked highlighter is rather a rose golden shade (mixed with Sphinx it looks fantastic)

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Overall, I am really impressed by the pigmentation of all of the shades! The baked highlighters tend to be a bit dry and if you didn’t wet your brush you might risk some fall-out. When you layer the highlight and don’t apply too much product at once, it works perfectly fine.

In the beginning I also had some trouble with applying the cream highlighters and I figured it’s much easier with a beauty sponge than with a make-up brush. The cream shades are really shimmering and need to be blended out (I don’t like o shine too much…). Also, you can set these shades by using one of the powder highlighters which results in a duochrome look…

I find the product to be very long-lasting – it wears great on me for a least 6 hours but I always use a matte setting spray before I leave the house. Still, I think the included brush is really useless (I’m sorry Sleek…) as it just causes an emended fall-out and is simply not soft enough to evenly apply and blend the powder shades. I threw it away…

So all in all, I’m in love with this palette, the colors are please me and can be combined for a more individual look. The price for four highlighters is simply amazing and the quality as well… Definitely recommend this palette!

Some Inspiration

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Become Gorgeous

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the Fashionaholic

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I hope you liked it! What’s your favorite spring highlighter? Let me know and…

Stay sparkling!

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Upcoming Spring Trends & Inspirations – His and Hers

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland!

So girls, you’re looking for fashionable couple looks this spring? You want to give your boyfriend’s wardrobe a little upgrade? Then stay tuned for today’s post for which I collaborated with Bonobos.com, they sell stunning menswear!

I created three couple looks including some of my favorite spring trends and without further notice – check out your next couple looks…

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Pastell colors are on the way – I really love the colors nude and sand (also rose tones are another hit this season), they fit with everything! Also new shapes arise, this time ruches and romantic ornaments show up in every store. For accessories I chose flats to tie around your ankles (I especially love the ones with decoration on the laces) and a comfy bag with fringes.

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This time I went for a casual denim look combined with a rosy-nude lipstick. Boots are perfect for spring as it is not too hot to wear them and they look so pretty worn with a dress. The satchel bag and leather jacket complete this folksy look.

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Actually I am the kind of personal to wear elegant and romantic looks however I also like some sporty looks – occasionally 😉 The bomber jacket with patches is one of the trend pieces of spring and of course the new Puma Basket Heart sneaker with XXL laces! I combined this with some very basic pieces every wardrobe should possess and a trendy handbag with flowers…

So, guys, that was it… I hope I could inspire you and your boyfriend for some trendy spring looks. What is your it piece this season? Let me know in the comments down below!

Stay sparkling!

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Styles created with Polyvore. Featured image via H&M Magazine.

„Everything in Venice is just a little bit creepy, as much as it’s beautiful.“ – Christopher Moore

Welcome back everyone!

Today I prepared a travel post about my trip to Venice and San Marino during holidays. I hope you enjoy the pictures and travel diary…

Let’s start with Venice & Murano!

It’s such a beautiful island, we decided to start to walk to the Piazza San Marco and went along the quarter Canareggio. We kind of found out that we walked longer than we could have but anyway, we wanted to go round the island as well…

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What I liked were the little Italian houses mixed with different architectural styles such as the Gothic or Romantic architecture where famous architects such as Mauro Codussi left their marks. If you leave the normal ‚tourist route‘ it turns out to by less crowded but still very beautiful. Also I love all the little canals and small bridges in Venice – it actually consists of 118 different, little island!

We decided to go to the Ponte di Rialto first – unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of it, they were refurbishing it –  and then along the canal finally into the direction of the Piazza San Marco. And it was so impressive! The architecture is amazing! However it was really crowded so we just strolled along the little shops around the place where I found a really nice leather bag from a Florentine leather manufacturer…

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Our next stop was the Ponte dei Sospiri – a short historical insight, it used to be the place where the prisoners had the last chance to look into the lagune and feel some kind of freedom before they were imprisoned. I found it to be very small and little but still hundreds of people gathered in front of it…

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From there we took the public transport to Murano – an island close to Venice known for its glass creation. I loved the ride with the boat although it was quite expensive (15€ for one person) but the surrounding looked so pretty and it was nice to get some fresh air and have a shady place to sit – it was really warm that day!

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Arrived at Murano, we visited one of the many glass manufacturers and in a very touristic show they showed how they manufacture Murano glass with its special patterns. We then decided to discover the island a little and strolled around the streets, visited some churches and ate the best ice cream ever – mine was coconut and tasted amazing!

After a little while – and some shopping in the many Murano glass shops – we went back to Venice and made our way to the place we parked our car. I really enjoyed our day in Venice and Murano and I’m looking forward to visiting these islands and later also Burano again.

Hope you liked my little travel diary!

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