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Etude House Dr Oil Solution Anti Shine Dual Primer October 30, 2010


Dr Oil is the latest Etude House range for the oily skin. It currently houses three products – one the Shine Free Dual Primer and the other Anti-Shine BB Lotion SPF 20 PA++, and the last being  Anti-Shine Mist. It is relatively new therefore you would not be able to find any information regarding this two products on the Etude House English Official site.

What’s nice about this line is that it is paraben-free, , oil-free and non-comedogenic.

For more information on this range, head over to kiraramirez’s blog : click here!

For reviews regarding the Anti Shine Mist , head over to KittyBoBeep’s blog : click here!

For reviews regarding the Anti-Shine BB Lotion, head over to Queen Koko’s blog : click here!

For other reviews regarding the Shine Free Dual Primer, head over to SugarPao’s blog ( click here! ) and The Beauty Blog (  click here! )


The Korean Cosmetics Industry are getting more and more innovative with their packaging compared to their Western counterparts. This product consist of two parts – first on the cap is the primer, and on the tube : the moisturiser. On top of that, there is also a little mirror! Very cute.

However, i do have one complain about it. It is actually very unhygienic to apply the primer using your fingers. Dirt/Dust, bacteria and germs will definitely get stuck on it. Already after a few applications, there are dust and dirt on my primer. So i do advice you to make sure your hands are verrrrrry clean before you even touch this.


1. Firstly, use the moisturiser and apply it on your face.

2. Then, use your clean fingers and apply the primer to enlarged pore areas. Blend and rub in with your fingers.


My photo was kind of blur so i am going to borrow a photo of The Beauty Blog’s Ingredient list ( Thanks! )


Though this product claims to be paraben-free, oil-free and non-comedogenic, it does contains lots of other ingredients that are in the ‘no-no’ list like Alcohol, Silicones, Talc , Petrolatum, etc..

1. Silicones :  Dimethicones – Silica – Phenyl Trimethicone ( it has a drier finish than Dimethicones) –  Methicones – Silica Sylate – and the list is exhaustive.  There is NO SINGLE DOUBT that there will be lots lots lots of silicones on this product without even having to look at it. Therefore, one should be weary that too much silicones on your skin will suffocate your skin and make it not able to ‘breathe’. And that is how the principle of this product works. The silicones form a layer on your skin to make it smooth and therefore blocks the secretion of oil. I would not recommend this on a daily use as it will tire the skin. There is even alcohol in the moisturiser which a lot of products avoid using these days.

2. Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer  – is a film former used in cosmetics and beauty products, as well as a viscosity increasing agent. It is a porous polymer that absorbs excess of sebum or acne-producing oils.

3. Talc – I have talked about the dangers of talc in my previous review of Crazy Monkey BB Cream Review ( click here! )

4. Sorbitan Olivate – an olive oil derived ingredient used as an emulsifier (helps blend ingredients that can’t usually blend together). To read more of Sorbitan Olivate, please head over here!

5. Microcrystalline wax – type of wax produced by de-oiling petrolatum.

6. Grapefruit , Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree and Camelia Leaf extracts – commonly found in anti acne, anti – oily skin products due to their soothing properties.

7. Castor Oil – famous for its moisturising properties. It grabs moisture from the air and holds it close to the skin. It also thickens the mixture of cosmetic products, allowing the ingredients to remain more stable. It is gentle to the skin and does not cause irritation unlike tea tree oil.


a) Moisturiser – Texture of moisturiser is very smooth and velvety ( of course! it has all sorts of silicones in it! ) It sinks right away on the skin and feels light and comfortable. It also has a light perfume scent to it (contains fragrance like all korean cosmetics which i personally do not like because because it contains many toxic chemicals and they are not listed in ingredients but simply just as Fragrance ).

b) Primer – I do have a problem with this. I really do feel that im killing my skin each time i apply this. Once you apply this on your finger, you will definitely feel a sandy powdery feeling ( sand-paper like effect ). I really do feel that all this powder tiny particles are meant to block every single breathing cells in my skin. Your skin of course feels very smooth and velvety once you rub it in your pores.

Oil Control

This product definitely has faaaantastic oil control. It kept my skin not so oily even after 6-8 hours and it does what it claims to – control oil. It also helps to make the BB Cream hold longer in place. Gives you a slight matte finish to it.


I do really have a love hate relationship with this product and i’m sure those who use this product will feel torn between skin health or looking beautiful. This product is fantastic at controlling oil, but at the same time, it is full of silicones, wax, alcohol – substances that are not beneficial for your skin and prevents it from breathing.

You would really have to find a balance between this. For those who are not really bothered by silicones and have OK-Healthy skin, i would recommend this product. But for those who already have skin problems like acne, etc and have a problem with silicones, petrolatum and alcohol in your products – i would recommend you to stay away from this.

Personally, i only use this product when i have the need to look fantastic. It really helps in controlling your sebum and the shine on my face.

This product helps you in the short run, but will it ruin your skin in the long haul?


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Crazy Monkey BB Cream No. 23 SPF 30 , PA ++ October 29, 2010



Crazy Monkey is a relatively new BB cream brand which sells ONLY BB Creams using organic ingredients. There are currently 4 products under the Crazy Monkey brand , this being the cheapest of the line. There is also the Premium To Be Natural BB Cream ( 24,000 Korean Wons), D’Argan BB Perfect Liquide BB Cream – an anti aging BB Cream (44,000 Korean Wons), and just recently they have launched the Rolling Powder Pact (27,000 Korean Wons).  Note that there is two different shades for this BB cream – No.21and No.23.



Lovely. First of all, the name and the logo itself catches your eyes. The BB Cream comes in the form of a tube ( which i do not like due to hygiene reasons ). I love the logo 12. There are two different packaging for this, one pictured above in a 30ml tube, and another one which is 20ml (pictured below)



Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Arbutin, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Angelica Keiskei Leaf/Stem Extract, Adenosine, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ozokerite, Zinc Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Beeswax, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, ± CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499

When i see cosmetics which claims to be certified ‘organic’ i would definitely link it to No Parabens, Talc Free, etc ( Not that i have any problems with Parabens ). However this product is not paraben and talc free.  One would notice that there is lots of flower extracts used here :

1) Lavender and Chamomile extracts – well known and widely used in BB Creams for their soothing properties.

2) Arbutin – it is widely used and appears in almost every whitening skincare or BB cream after the dangerous effects of Hydroquinone was found and it was subsequently banned. It is also known as Bearberry Extract. Arbutin is also found in wheat and is concentrated in pear skins. Known for its whitening and de-pigmentation properties, it can inhibit the formation of melanin pigment by inhibiting Tyrosinase activity.

3) Talc – is basically a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate and it’s powder is used widely in cosmetics in the powder form. However, many BB Creams are starting to steer away from the usage of Talc (Talc- Free) after it was associated to the potent carcinogen asbestos. However, cosmetic grade talc claims not to contain asbestos. Talc particles were found to cause tumours in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. Talc is used widely in Baby Powder because it absorbs unpleasant moisture, and it is widely used in cosmetics (especially in BB Creams and Foundations ) due to its absorbent (therefore making it anti-sweat/water/natural skin oil), anti- caking properties, and it’s ability to improve the feel of the product

4) Sodium Hyaluronate – which im sure everyone knows it as the famous water-retaning moisturiser Hyaluronic Acid. Sodium Hyaluronate is actually the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid and is the key water maintaining substances in human skin. When it is applied, it forms an air permeable layer and keeps the skin moist and smooth. Small molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid can penetrate into the skin – fully combine with water molecules to promote skin blood microcirculation and plays a role in anti-aging as well.

5) Tocopheryl Acetate – or known as Vitamin E.

6) Angelica Extract – if anyone of you who is familiar with the brand Decleor, this would be familiar! Angelica is the main component in Decleor’s line for Dry Skin and is known for its protective and soothing benefits while nourishing the skin. It is also known as Dong Quai for the chinese.


The color is probably around NC 20-NC 25.




As seen in the photos, Crazy Monkey’s No. 23 is about the same colour as the Enprani’s Vital BB cream but a tad darker than the Enprani Rayshot.

What i love about this BB Cream is that it blends well with my skin color, and makes it look natural and bright.


I’d say the texture is more to the thick side, and would need a little more force to spread the BB cream around. It is creamy and rather smooth in texture. However, it does give a bit of the cakey finish which i am not a fan about – so you’d have to be careful of the amount that you use. It feels comfortable on the skin and does not give the oil-ish feel to your skin.


Coverage is pretty good with this BB Cream. However it does give a cakey look but it does a good job in covering your imperfections. A little pat with your powder would probably make the cakey-ness look less obvious.




The Crazy Monkey BB Cream has some fantastic oil control properties. It was compared to the Enprani’s Rayshot BB Cream. Picture was taken every 1 hour, and the last picture was taken after 12 hours.




Check out more comparison with other BB Creams by clicking here

Price & Availability

This BB cream is retailed for about 20,000 Korean Wons which is about less than 20$USD. Currently, it isn’t easy to find this brand. However, you can order it from , but however you have to be willing to pay almost double the retail price. Please check out their website for further information. You are also going to be able to find them in Korea, in the duty free shops. Smile . Also, Hope-in-a-Blog is giving this away for free to one lucky reader – click here for more details.


Crazy Monkey has a fantastic brand to it – a brand that could be easily marketed due to it’s cute name, cute packaging and cute logo. I do see a potential in this company – as the BB Cream is of good quality – although since it is focusing on its ‘organic ingredients’ concept, it would really do better without the talc and parabens in it.  To avoid making it too cakey, make sure that you do not apply too much of the cream, or simply mix it with your serum/cream to avoid making it look cakey on your face. The colour is very natural and blends right away with your skin colour.  Hopefully this brand would find itself on the shores of Asia soon, so at the meantime, if you’re in Korea, drop by the airport or Seoul’s duty free shop to grab one of these cute babies.


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Latest BB Trend : BB Rollers October 26, 2010

Introducing the latest trend in BB Creams : Meet the BB Rollers!

Recently, a unique BB Cream in a roller tool form has been sparking interest and curiousity among consumers.  Instead of getting your fingers and hand all dirty, these rollers help to smooth your BB cream or foundation all over your face.

Introducing the new styled foundation/bb cream rollers :

1) IOPE Essence Massage Puff


2) Holika Holika (a subsidary of Enprani)’s Face 2 Change Liquid Roller BB SPF15 PA+ BB Roller


3) Enprani’s Roll On Cashmere Foundation


So do you think there is a difference between applying your BB cream with your fingers, with a sponge or with rollers?

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Korean Brands : Elisha Coy October 25, 2010

Today i would like to talk a bit more on this relatively new brand called Elisha Coy. As Asia starts to take on the organic skincare hype, many Korean companies have started to go all organic and natural (and mineral too!). Elisha Coy is one of the more well known ones of these relatively new and young company. It has now being exported by Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam , and hopefully those of us here in Europe would be able to try their products. Elisha Coy’s BB cream received great feedback and sales since it’s display in Japan’s Sony Plaza since 2007. It is currently sold at 700 different retail stores in Japan. It also recorded sales of 2 million in the shortest time.


Elishacoy is a European styled organic skincare cosmetics brand which encourages a healthy lifestyle, spiritual abundance, and modern sense. Our organic skincare products are intended to enhance both outer beauty and the beauty from within, improving the lives of individuals.
Elishacoy is a highly dignified organic skincare that maximizes the skin’s self-renewal capability. Major ingredients include herb extracts which are known to be the ‘essence of botanical healing’ with a natural aroma extracted from 100% of natural essential oil. Some of our products include the essence cream, BB cream, mineral powder, mask sheets, scrub masks and more.

What does Elisha Coy stands for?

Elisha: “my God is Salvation” (Hebrew) C.O.Y.: acronym for Creation of Youth
As ‘Elisha’ and ‘COY’ meet to form “God, my savior who creates youth,” ElishaCoy is a well-being brand that pursues young and healthy skin.

The Essence of Elisha Coy’s products

All products of Elishacoy enhance the skin’s self-renewal capability by using
the pharmacological action of plants (Phytotherapy) as well as maintain
stable physical, mental and psychological states by the aroma action
(Aromatherapy) of essential natural oils obtained from organic herbs,
fruits, etc.
Since delivering freshness of natural materials to customers is one of
our branding strategies, we do so by limiting the production of
our products.

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Reviews of Elisha Coy’s products will be coming soon. I have bought some off Gmarket and have asked Elisha Coy also for some samples to review on this site. Please come back and check often! Smile


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Gmarket’s Guide October 23, 2010

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Hi Readers,

There are tons of tutorials on how to shop on Gmarket so i’m not gonna touch on that, but rather i’ll be focusing on how to look for items on Gmarket, and also talking about the various brands found on Gmarket.

Here are some common Korean words you will need to type when searching for things :

1) Derma Rollers – search for MTS

2) BB Creams – search for BB크림, or 비비크림

3) Cleansers – 클렌저

4) Serum – 세럼

5) Toner – 스킨 (Skin) 토너 (Toner)

6) Mask –  마스크

7) Sunblock – 선블럭

8) Eye Cream – 아이 크림

9) Emulsion – 에멀젼

10) Gel – 젤

11) Mist – 미스트

I would also like to add on to Lotus Palace’s Gmarket Brands list :

Banila Co. 바닐라코

Belita Lala “My Secret Editor” 벨리타라라

Cathy Cat 캐시캣

Clamue 끌라뮤

Clio 클리오

Dream Cosmetic드림코스메틱

Dr. Jart닥터자르트

Elisha Coy엘리샤코이

Enprani 엔프라니

Etude House 에뛰드하우스

HanSkin 한스킨

Innisfree 이니스프리

Jadilla J제이딜라제이

Laneige 라네즈


Lotree 로트리

Missha 미샤

Nanas’B 나나스비

Nature Republic 네이처 리퍼릭

Peripera 페리페라

Skin 79 스킨79

SkinFood 스킨푸드

Sulhwasoo 설화수

The Face Shop 더페이스샵

Tony Moly 토니모리

VOV보브 ( add 캐슬듀 for Castledew series)

Zamian 자미안

Here are the add-ons for the less famous brands but the ones i love :

1) Suiskin –  스위스킨

2) Hera – 헤라

3) Isa Knox – 이자녹스

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4) DR MJ and Escargot (에스카르고)  – However they don’t seem to be very helpful and have refused to reply to my mails (check out their website)

5) VIVITO – new brand that uses roses

6) IPKN 입큰 – the brand that was recently involved in the BB Cream scandal

7) CNP Laboratory – 차앤박

8) Berrisom – 베리썸

9) Sooryehan – 수려한

10) History of Whoo – 더 히스토리 오브 후 (LG’s answer to Amore Pacific’s best sellet Sulwhasoo)

11) Coreana – 코리아나

12) Reskin – 리스킨

13) Danahan – 다나한

14) Sun 37 – 숨37

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15 ) LJH Cellabel – 이지함

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Hope In A Blog’s FIRST review giveaway! October 19, 2010

In conjunction with the launch of Hope In A Blog, and also Hope In A Blog’s FIRST ever Freebies Giveaway, we are also lauching our Review Giveaways from today!

What exactly is a Review Giveaway?

Hope In A Blog will be giving out sample( s ) to lucky readers for them to submit a review on the item!

Am I Eligible?

Anyone who has a passion for skincare is eligible to enter the Review Giveaway. Of course, your passion must be translated into reviews to share your thoughts of the products with other users.

Are there any conditions to this?

NO! They are absolutely no strings attached. Hope In The Blog will bear expense for all costs including shipping. All we hope for is for readers who win the Review Giveaway be honest enough to keep their end of the bargain and write a review on the products. We trust our readers Sourire

How do i enter?

It’s simple! First of all join us at our Facebook page (click here! ) , be a subscriber to our blog (you can HOPE! yourself by entering your email on the right side bar) , and follow us on Twitter (click here! ). We will be giving surprise Review Giveaways or even Free Gifts from time to time so check back often on our facebook and twitter page.

We will pick a reader for the Review Giveaways on Facebook and Twitter (you’ll see the sneak preview of what we are giving away to review on the blog first)

On Facebook : You’d have to go to our facebook page, and leave a comment (and your email)  on the Review Giveaway status.

On Twitter : Just retweet on the Review Giveaway tweet with your email address!

And of course for those readers who have totally no idea how to use Facebook and Twitter, just leave a comment on the blog (however, you may miss the surprise/spontaneous giveaways on Facebook and Twitter!)

Review Giveaway #1

LJH CELLABEL Time Perfection Cell Active Recovery Balm SPF25 contains Plant Cell Carrier

We are going to start the first ever Hope In A Blog’s Review Giveaway with a BLAST!

Why BLAST? Simply because this thing costs a bomb! It retails for about  48,000 won (30euros – already considered a high end range BB cream).

Packed inside this BB Cream are of course Plant Cells which consists of Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acacia Senegal Flower, Citrus Peel, and Madecassoside.

What are you waiting for?


First Ever Hope-In-A-Blog Giveaway!



To launch this blog, We will be giving away 2 BB creams for free (including shipping) !

Update :

And the winner is…


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2nd Gmarket Order

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Was taxed 35 euros !!!! I wish Gmarket was like Sasa, Adambeauty or Cosmo-beauty, where they mark down the price so it can escape taxes! 😦


Officials to test BB cream to ally consumers’ concerns

An official at the Department of Health (DOH) said public health offices have gathered samples of blemish balm cream, commonly known as BB cream, for examination following a media report that some of the products being sold in Taiwan stores have been found to have contained fluorescent dyes.

Some consumers complained that their skin turned blue, and glowed under dimmed lights at night clubs or pubs, making them look like Japanese geishas with heavy makeup or the characters from the movie “Avatar.”

Chang Chi-jui, section chief of the Medical Devices and Cosmetics Division at the Food and Drug Administration under the DOH, said the product samples collected yesterday morning will undergo close examination to determine if they contain optical brightener.

The product that has been highlighted is the IPKN (Independent Professional Korea New Yorker) BB cream from South Korea, where the product takes fourth place in terms of market share.

The Cosmed chain store selling cosmetics and medicines in Taiwan started offering the product in January. But many consumers have bought the product via the Internet.

Separate tests by two inspection agencies and a university professor showed traces of optical brightener.

However, the importing company of the IPKN BB cream said their products have passed the examination of SGS with negative test results for fluorescent dyes.

Chang said no conclusion has been reached concerning whether fluorescent dyes may cause cancer. No nation has prohibited the use of such chemicals in cosmetics, he said.

But the labs of the DOH will carry out tests to allay consumers’ concern and find the truth, Chang said.

He said the supplier did not specify that the product contains the chemical substance when it completed applications to enter the local market.

But the importer will be fined up to NT$100,000, and products will be removed from store shelves for violating the labeling regulations with a discrepancy between product and label, if fluorescent dyes are found in the products, he said.

Some toxicologists at leading hospitals and chemistry professors said fluorescent dyes could cause allergy or even cancer, or harm organs like the liver and kidney, when toxic substances are released from the product.

Chang said the DOH will gather relevant information for discussion by a panel of cosmetics experts to determine whether to ban the use of the products.

BB cream started off as a soothing treatment balm, which dermatologists and surgeons used on patients who underwent laser skin operations. Suppliers said the product represents a recent breakthrough in combining skin care and makeup.

Many women in Taiwan have joined the fad after some Korean actresses began to promote the product for sponsors.


Breaking News : Beware of IPKN’s Whitening BB Cream October 18, 2010






Today, two Taiwanese inspection companies have found a strong quantity of ‘fluorescent whitening agents’ in IPKN’s Whitening BB Cream.

Firstly , what are these fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) ?

According to Wikipedia :

fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) are chemicals that absorb light in the ultraviolet and violet region (usually 340-370 nm) of the electromagnetic spectrum, and re-emit light in the blue region (typically 420-470 nm). Fluorescent activity is a short term or rapid emission response, unlike phosphorescence, which is a delayed emission. These additives are often used to enhance the appearance of color of fabric and paper, causing a perceived “whitening” effect, making materials look less yellow by increasing the overall amount of blue light reflected.

Optical brighteners have also found use in cosmetics. One application is to formulas for washing and conditioning grey or blonde hair, where the brightener can not only increase the luminance and sparkle of the hair, but can also correct dull, yellowish discoloration without darkening the hair. Some advanced face and eye powders contain optical brightener microspheres that brighten shadowed or dark areas of the skin, such as “tired eyes”.

Fluorescent whitening agents have been found to be carcinogenic. When exposed to large quantities, they may cause stomach, liver and kidney damage. The fluorescent agent itself may cause allergic skin reactions that product allergic dermatitis, eczema and even increase the burden on our liver and kidney.

However till this day, there hasn’t been any standards if Fluorescent Agents can be added into skincare products. Neither was this Fluorescent Agent recorded in its ingredient’s list. Further tests will be conducted and if found guilty, the company will be fined for NT 10 million taiwan dollars.