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…

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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.

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Designing my own Eyeshadow Palette Vol. 2 – Makeup Geek

Hey Guys,

Welcome back to my blog and today, I prepared a post about my personalized eyeshadow palette – Vol. 2. If you’re interested in my first post about it, then click here.
So, without further talking, let’s get started!

After strolling a million articles about pressed magnetic pigments, I finally decided to order Makeup Geek’s eyeshadow. I heard so many good things about their quality and pigmentation that I really wanted to try these – btw their color selection is simply amazing!

I picked up six different shades, three matte and three duochrome shadows. Each of them retails for about 5.60€. Their other formula, the foiled eyeshadows (which I haven’t tried yet), retail for 9.40€ are a bit more expensive. The size, compared to my Wycon pans is way smaller and the overall amount of product is „only“ 1.8g.

The Mattes

I decided to purchase one lighter shade for an everyday and natural eye look. However, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and got two kinda dramatic shades for special looks and occasions.

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Crème Brulée – a lighter, brownish color which looks similar to sand – for me this is the perfect crease color.

Morocco – a poppin‘ red orange shade which I use on my entire lid for very dramatic looks.

Cherry Cola – it’s said to be a deep brown with reddish undertones but for me it appears to be a purple-dark brown shade with only a little bit of red to it, it’s perfect for the outer corners of my eyes.

These matte shadows apply so soft on the lid and are really easy to blend. Still, they tend to have a little fall-out (especially the brown one) but if you know how to handle it, the eyeshadows work fine.

The Duochromes

These are my so to speak fun colors, still I can use these on a daily basis if applied alone on the entire lid. Especially now in spring, these are my go-to colors!

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Voltage – a citron/vanilla base with sparkly champagne reflections.

I’m Peachless – a rosy base with peach-like reflections.

Mai Tai – A peachy based shadow with pretty pink reflections.

What I really love about these eyeshadows is that they are actually two in one. When applied correctly (and it took me a while to figure that out…) the reflections show up in such a pretty way! I definitely recommend to use an eyeshadow base or the NYX jumbo eye pencil in „milk“ to make the color pop and also wetten your brush before applying the eyeshadow.

Why Makeup Geek?

Overall, I’m really happy with my selection. They apply and look fantastic (if you know their flaws and work against them) and are pretty cheap compared to other brands. Also, when I checked their color selection only I really couldn’t decide on which colors to test as they have so many different shades! Recently, I found out that their products are cruelty-free, they don’t test on animals and the eyeshadows are talc and paraben free (which are usually ingredients in poor quality shadows and can be carcinogenic), if that’s not a great value for money!

Did you already test Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Qhat do you think?

Stay sparkling!

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Designing my own Eyeshadow Palette Vol. I – Wycon Cosmetics

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to the Real Wonderland, today’s post is going to be about my recently purchased magnetic eyeshadow palette and the refills from the brand Wycon Cosmetics. So for all Italian girls out there, definitely check this brand and their eyeshadows out (as far as I know they only ship to Italy)!

I purchased this magnetic palette and three eyeshadows during my vacation in Italy to test their quality and to finally have an eyeshadow palette where I have all my favorite magnetic shadows from brands like Mac, Makeup Geek or ABH in one single place.

You wanna hear more about this – then let’s jump right into it!

The Palette

The palette I decided to purchase is the „Magnetic Palette Large“ which holds space for 15 refills (Wycon eyeshadow size) from Wycon Cosmetics. It retails for only 6.90€ compared to a large Z palette which is about 19€. It almost looks identical to a black Z palette and is manufactured in the same way – a slim, light-weight cart box that closes magnetically and has a see-through top. The palettes comes in an extra black cart box that protects it from any damages – I find this very useful for traveling. However, when I opened mine and touched the magnetic ground, it had quite some unevenness (I don’t know if that’s very common for this palette) so that the refills were not laying straight in the palette. Still, I don’t find this to be a huge problem, with enough eyeshadows you barely see it.

The Eyeshadows

All in all, Wycon has 81 (!) different shades starting from white matte and shimmery colors over browns, pinks, blues, greens, finishing with grey and black ones – the color range is enormous! Also their price is so affordable as each shadow retails for 3.90€. 

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I decided to purchase three eyeshadows – one of it shimmery, another one glittery and the third  one is matte. I wanted to try different formulas and see, whether they all have a great quality. Here is my color selection:

  • No. 3 Champagne Satin – a white, golden shimmery shade that’s perfect for inner corner highlights
  • No. 34 Dark Gold Satin – a glittery, warm golden shade that I use on my entire lid
  • No. 16 Nude Matt – a dusty, warm-toned rose brown which works fine for the crease

Overall I am more than satisfied with the quality of all the eyeshadows. The pigmentation is really good, especially for the crease color. So it means you don’t need that much product at one time but can intensify the color more and more. To have a really bright white and gold I wetted my brushes and also used an eyeshadow primer to make the colors last longer and to have a brighter result. The only problem I faced is with the more glittery shade as it tends to have some fall out. Also the satin finish seems to look different as No. 3 is more a shimmery finish, whereas No. 34 is glittery when you applied it onto your lids.

Considering the actual product you get for the price I realized that the pans are a lot bigger than other eyeshadow refills like ABH or MakeupGeek! That makes it a good product and money value overall…

Have you also recently purchased any refills or magnetic palettes and eyeshadows? Let me know down below in the comments and to check out Wycon’s shades and palettes, visit their website. Stay tuned for Vol. 2 of designing my personal eyeshadow palette!

Stay sparkling!

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – „Rock Steady“

Hey guys,

I’m back with a brand new review, this time it’s on the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in the shade „Rock Steady“. I was so excited to finally get my hands on these but sadly I’m quite disappointed in their lipsticks… Why? Read about my experience down below.

120 shades, 20 of these exclusive to Sephora and six different and revised formulas. I was more than curious about their color range and their new formulas. As you could read in my Summer Favorites Post, I had a list of 10 favorite shades I wanted to swatch and buy… Well, at Sephora I was more than disappointed as some shades were simply not available (I checked three different stores) and the ones they had looked horrible on me. Still, I didn’t want to leave the store without an Urban Decay lipstick as I really wanted to try one of these, so I decided to go for a pretty dark red with a cream finish:

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – „Rock Steady“ (3.4g for 18.99€)

Talking about the paper packaging, its looks so pretty. I love the different colors of stacked lipsticks. Further, the packaging of the lipstick itself feels like high quality – a silver cap with carvings and a golden bottom, really nice. It also appeared to be quite ‚heavy‘ for a lipstick packaging.

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I’d describe the cream formula as follows: semi to full opaque coverage, high pigmentation, a little shine. The color for me is a  deep wine-like red and it has warm undertones to it. It is a cream finish so it should feel smooth when applying with a bit of shine to it.

That’s what the color looks like in the packaging but when I applied it to my lips it looked pretty much like a purple/ pinky red… To be honest, the pigmentation and the coverage are amazing, just one swipe and boom: popping and bright lips, but the color looks so much different and I don’t like pinky lispticks on me, at all!

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Also concerning the texture, the lipstick felt really really tacky on my lips and when I opened my mouth it felt uncomfortable. Generally, the texture was not as smooth and soft as I expected it but rather damp and seriously too sticky. It did have some shine to it but as I don’t like the color, I’m just not happy with it as well. It didn’t leave a moisturized or hydrated feeling on my lips but made them rather dry after a while and after the re-application.

Considering the longevity, the lipstick ran into the corners of my lips, left huge prints on my food, water bottle and I even found some of the color in my car… So the color faded pretty fast, it only lasted for about two hours and I had to re-apply it again. Also I found it hard to apply the color precisely, I don’t know why but it was just too creamy and tacky…

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So overall, you see I’m really disappointed – I expected so much, the color, the formula and the opinions of others… What were your experiences with the Vice Lipsticks? Any recommendation for me on how to solve my problem?

Have a great evening!

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Kiko Cosmetics Blushes – Creamy vs. Powder

Welcome!

Today I prepared a new kind of post for you – I’m comparing my two Kiko blushes for you. Same brand, same kind of product but so different in their use, focus and result. Curious? Then read about it yourself.

Here at hand I have the Rebel Bouncy Cream Blush in Treasure Rose and the Blending Wave Multicolor Blush in the shade 03. The first one is a cream blush whereas the second one is powdery. So let’s go ahead…

The Packaging

I love elegant and golden packages so my favorite here is the Rebel Bouncy blush, it comes in a golden packaging with some ornaments on and inside is little mirror as well. It looks quite classy and sophisticated. Although the Blending Wave Blush also contains a mirror, the packaging is ‘cold’. It’s simply white with a stripe of bright pink color, that’s it…

The Color

Both colors are more or less a rose tone whereas the powder blush is two-colored – one light rose and another darker/brownish rose tone. Also the cream blush is more or less a darker rose. Well, I can’t help it, I love this color too much.

The Application

I always thought that a cream blush is hard to apply and difficult to work into the skin, leaving just a stripe of bold color but that’s not the case with this one. I use a real techniques blush and dap on the color two times and then apply it in circular motions on my cheeks – perfect color result. Coming to the powder blush, I have to admit that I found it quite difficult at the beginning to get the right amount of product on my brush. I often had too much and then just a bright spot of color on my face. Still, I found a way to avoid it by now. Neither is it dusty but smooth and soft when applying it – there’s no fall out as well.

The Pigmentation

As I’ve already told you, it was hard for me to get not too much product of the powder blush on my face… Also, this one is not very blendable only little to be honest. So it’s better to build up the color. (Well, at least it’s long-lasting then 😀 ) The cream blush has a great coverage and pigmentation, giving the cheeks an either natural look with only a little product or by building the color up leaves a more dramatic accentuation of the cheeks.

The Price

As the blushes are from the same brand, the prices are almost the same. Both are a limited edition and come from two different collections. I think I remember they both retailed for about 11€ but are now on sale! However, the cream blush is ways smaller than the Blending Wave blush so I figure this one is more worth the money.

The Overall Result

Honestly, I love both of the blushes! You get a really good quality for this price. Yes, I struggled with the powder blush in the beginning because it is too pigmented for my (one swipe of color) but now that I figured it, the color looks pretty and natural on my face. Also the cream blush gives a nice color finish and is easy to apply and blendable (which I didn’t expect for a cream blush). Overall, both colors give great pigmentation but I’d still prefer the powder blush just because it’s a blending wave and it’s bigger. You get two colors in one and more product…

Do you prefer cream or powder blushes? Let me know!

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