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!

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


Featured image via self.com.


Little Kiko Cosmetics Haul – Collaboration

Welcome Back Everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well and enjoy summer. Today I have some really exciting things to tell you… Lucy from Lucylovesme is joining me today for a little haul about our recent purchases from Kiko. As we both have bought different products, we’re sure there’s something for everyone in here. And also some of them are on sale right now and just right for summer, soooo…

Let’s get right into it!

Lucy loves…

3D Light & Glow Highlighter

kiko 3d light and glowHighlighters are ever so popular at the moment and are perfect for the summer weather when foundation is a little lighter or you’re just wearing a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. You want a radiant and dewy complexion and for the light to catch the high spots on your face. I think using a highlighter is a great addition to a day time look as you can still be natural and subtle with it or build up a bit more for the night time and use on eyes and cupids bow as well as on cheekbones. There are all forms in the shops at the moment: liquids, powder and seeing as we’re all on the go most of the time, tube highlighters really
hit the spot.

I have added to my Kiko Milano and highlighter collection with my latest purchase of the 3D Light & Glow Highlighter which is currently on sale in the UK at £4.90. It comes in 3 different tubes consisting of 3 colours. I have 02 Challenge Peach which is pink, bronze and beige. As always with Kiko, the packaging is gorgeous and not easy to miss in a bright fuchsia pink tube which has a built-in sponge at the bottom where you can blend either one or two or all of the colours.

The texture is quite rich, soft and creamy giving a subtle radiance depending on how much you want to build up, but it is very easy to blend with fingers or using the sponge. It also combines as a blusher on your cheekbones and a lovely highlighter if you use the lighter colours above the eye lid.
It is long-lasting (even during a very busy, hot, sweaty day!) but great for carrying around and applying quick, easy touch ups should you wish.

Baked Bronzer

20160808_101634I also adore the Kiko Milano Desert Dunes Baked Bronzer from the Limited Edition Wanderlust range (unfortunately now sold out) as it not only has the most gorgeous gold, glitzy yet chic and glamorous packaging, but is massive so will last for ages and has a big mirror inside useful for quick touch ups when you’re on the go. It gives a really natural glow and sheen without being too glittery or cakey. My only negative is that it doesn’t last too long so I find a few touch ups during the day or night are required. I have the matching face brush which is just as beautiful and a really well made, long-lasting brush.

Eyebrow Fibers Coloured Mascara


Eyebrow Fibers coloured mascara 05

The Benefit Brow range has had so much publicity of late and of course I have tried a few of the products, but was looking for something a bit less expensive and with a slightly bigger tube because as much as I do like the Benefit Gimme Brow, I do think £18.50 is expensive for a tiny tube of something you would use very quickly. So I purchased the Kiko Milano eyebrow fibers coloured mascara which is a bigger tube and a more wallet friendly £7.20 currently only £5 in the sale). The brush is slightly bigger than the Benefit Gimme Brow and more mascara like. It is easy to be quite heavy-handed with it and create really defined, thick, dark eyebrows, but I use gently and lightly for a more subtle definition and filling in sparse hairs. Mine is in 05 Deep Brunettes, but there is a really good range of colours unlike the Benefit which has only 3. They both have gel consistencies so if you use a thick sweep of the Kiko one then eyebrows can look quite glossy. It really depends what kind of look you are going for.
(Photo Credits: Kiko Cosmetics)

The Real Wonderland loves…

Make-Up Fixing Spray

P6187948.JPGFor summer especially I decided to try Kiko’s fixing spray. It doesn’t contain perfumes and part of its ingredients is camomile. Also, it’s made with a formula that has the effect to reduce allergic reactions. The packaging looks elegant and simple, the sray is easy to store and can be used on-the-go. The product promises to give a long-lasting, professional finish without being sticky. The result after one use was really satisfying. I sprayed with a 10cm distances just 1 second and my make-up was set completely. Nothing cakey or liquid and not possible to wipe away. The spray also cooled my face which I find very good for summer. Still, I will not repurchase this product as it only lasted about 2 weeks and it was empty although it is quite large with 75ml. So I guess I might look for a different fixing spray.

Blending Wave Multicolor Blush


Next up is a really pretty blush I bought about a month ago at Kiko. It’s a two-color blending blush in the shade 03 – a really dark rose and a lighter rose shade with peachy undertones (was quite hard to define). The colors can either be worn seperately or both mixed and blended together, so you actually have two blushes in one… The packaging is different from a normal packaging, it lokks like it was just painted by an artist. The texture is silky and smooth without being dusty. Also the pigmentation is great – just one swipe is enough to have a good color-payoff. I think there is at least another shade available in a very light pink shade and it’s definitely on sale now… To read more about this product and to get some swatches, check my blog again in some days 😉

Rebel Bouncy Cream Blush


This is a cream blush I found by accident during sale at Kiko, I got it just for 4€. This one is from the Rebel Romantic Collection and it’s available in four different shades: peach, pink, rose and dark red. Mine is the shade Treasure Rose. As the name already says, it’s a darker rose tone. I love the packaging of this blush, the golden shade makes it look really elegant and sophisticated and inside is a little mirror. The blush is smaller than I expected it but the color lasts very long because you don’t have to use a lot to get a good pigmentation. The texture is definitely really creamy and can be blended easily (that’s where most of the cream blushes have issues). Get your hands on it – it’s on sale now! And for more photos, information and swatches check my blog again in some days!

Hope you enjoyed our post and our haul! What did you recently buy at Kiko? Let me know…

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