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Zensation’s Deep Purifying Toner October 17, 2010

Company’s Introduction

ZENSATION luxury skincare is essentially based on high quality Swiss Alpine plant extracts, fruit extracts, bio technology complex and neuro stimulating molecules. No harmful preservatives and chemical substances used, and natural aroma is being added to offer blissful “ZENSATION.”

Here’s a long list of things you won’t find in Zensation products:
– Alcohol
– Colorant/Dyes
– Synthetic Fragrance
– Animal-Derived Ingredients
– Mineral Oils
– Parabens

Product Introduction

A detoxifying and revitalizing toner with tea tree oil to control misbehaving skin and for occasional spot prevention.  This toner is dedicated to soothe and refresh the skin as it removes any excess of dirt, debris, or cleanser residue.  The mixture of essential oils of thyme, sage, lavender and mint to produce a calming, yet mildly astringent effect.

This unique, alcohol-free preparation is a natural product with antibacterial and anti- inflammatory properties. Helps to soothe blemishes, leaving the skin feeling fresh and conditioned.


The toner comes in a very heavy glass 120ml bottle (as all luxury skincare products). It has some very nice simple floral drawings to it.


1) Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is no stranger in anti-acne/anti-blemish/oily skin products. The scent of it is quite obvious in this product. As you all know, tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antivirus properties to it.

2) Peppermint Oil – Has high Menthol content, giving the toner a minty cold feeling after using. (Be careful to not dap this on your eye! ) It nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.

3) Thyme Oil – An ancient herb used in medicine by the Greeks and Romans.

Thyme oil contains the elements caryophyllene and camphene, which allow it to function as an antiseptic.

4) Sage Oil – helps to balance the production of sebum (oil) in the skin and also has some astringent qualities

5) Lavender Oil – Calms and soothes troubled skin.


I have been applying this toner almost every single day for the past 3 weeks. The lotion has a very nice herb-tea tree smell to it. I usually use this toner together with my Hitachi Face Crie Ion Cleansing . The texture of this toner is a little sticky, it is not entirely liquid. It does leave some stickiness to your skin, but that doesnt pose any problems for me. Another good point is that it doesnt contain alcohol – therefore it doesnt dry the skin out completely and gives a tight uncomfortable feeling. But it does give you a very refreshing feeling probably due to the menthoi content of the peppermint oil.  Regarding oil-control, i do not see any differences or improvement, but come on, what do you expect from a toner? Hehe. However, i would not spend such money on a toner (this was a gift from a friend).


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BB Creams without Silicones

As famous as BB Creams have become and loved, there are also a number of those who doesn’t use BB Creams because it is packed with tons of silicones.

So why the hate for silicones? Afterall the ‘smooth velvety’ feeling you feel on your skin whenever you apply your creams/bb creams/foundations/serums are all due to Silicones. They make products feel smooth, but evaporate without leaving a greasy residue unlike petrolatum. Also, Silicones are very non-reactive – meaning very little chance of causing irritation therefore making it perfect for people with sensitive skin. It creates a barrier on the skin against pollution, etc – but at the same time – the skin isn’t able to ‘breathe’ and it makes the skin congested.

However, recently a Korean company called IsoI (Koreans have this thing for making weird peculiar English abbreviations ) and guess what it stands for? I’m SO Intelligent = ISOI.

And introducing the world’s first ever Silicone-free BB Cream. The ISOI’s Bulgarian Rose White Recovery BB Cream.


Notice that the color of this BB Cream isn’t the conventional color of most BB Creams :


The main ingredient is of course Bulgarian Rose Oil distilled from roses in the Bulgarian Rose Valley. It is an expensive ingredient because to make 1ml of the oil, 3000 roses are needed.

The BB Cream claims to be paraben-free, chemical-free, silicones-free, fragrance-free.

Currently there is no way to get hold of this BB Cream, i can’t even find it on Gmarket.  If anyone knows a way, please alert me. I would love to do a review for everyone.

Also another product which also claims to be Silicone-free is TheOrangeCo’s Ecobeau BB Cream Plus. (Click on link to read it’s description) :

Ingredients : Water, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, sopropyl Palmitate, Talc, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Diisostearyl Maleate, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Dimethicone, Dictamus dasycarpus turcz Extract, Houttuynia cordata thrunberg Extract, Gingko, biloba leaf Extract, Sesame seed  Extract, Padina pavonica thallus(Brown Algae) Extract, Artemisia vulgaris(Mugwort) Extract, Rosemary(Herb) Extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Kelp extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Phaselous Radistus Seed Extract.Grycylrrhiza Glaba Root Extract, Solanum Dulcamara Stem Extract, Agaricus Bisporus mushroom Extract, Rhododendron brachycarpum Extract, Saxifraga stolonifera Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Beeswax, Microcrystalline Wax, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Zinc Stearate, Bisabolol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Ultramarines (CI 77007), Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Natural Fragrance


You can find more information about this at

Dimethicone is silicone oil. And the people at The Orange Co didn’t even noticed this until Hope In A Blog pointed it out to them in an email (and we even ordered to test it but cancelled it later on)  and they took down the ‘World’s First BB Cream Without Silicones’ tagline on their website. So i say they should send Hope In A Blog some samples for free to thank us !

Anyway updated news : Ecobeau replied me and said

Thank you for email and highlighting the ingredient. We run through the ingredient list and noted Dimethicone, it is a derivative of silicone. Ecobeau lab in Korea is having long holiday now, we are awaiting for their advice on this. (we have to check which is the print error). In the mean time, to be safe, we have removed the part on silicone-free (till they revert to us).
We apologise for the error. Ecobeau is the brainchild of Prof Choi fr Kwangwoon Univ. We trust his efforts in bringing us quality pdts in most natural way.
A day later :
We have received reply from Korean lab. Yes, the new BB plus (2nd version) has added 0.3% dimethicone in order to eliminate white turbity on skin. (due to customers’ feedback on spreading). We have removed the ‘silicone-free’ on website.
Our sincere apologies on the error. At this juncture, will like to know your preference. Should we refund you the amt paid or u wish to proceed with the purchase. Look forward to hearing from u.
Thank you!


So obviously we cancelled the order, but hopefully they will be kind enough to send us a sample to see how this 3% dimethicone BB Cream compares to the rest.
2nd Update :

The Orange Co has responded and they did indeed offer a silicone free BB but recently changed it due to customer feedback because it was rather challenging for customers to spread on their skin. Thus a 0,3% dimethicone  was added to rectify this problem.

The Orange Co was kind enough to offer Hope In A Blog a sample of the BB Cream, so once we receive it, we will write a full up review on the BB Cream. Stay tuned !



Vichy AERA Mineral BB Cream October 16, 2010


Vichy, a huge and very famous French pharmaceutical cosmetic brand has hopped in the BB Cream bandwagon and announced it’s first BB Cream.


I do not know if it will be exclusively sold only in Asia, but i have not seen this around in Paris.


I could not find any information about this on the net yet, so if u have, please do share with other readers.


However, i do know that this is a mineral BB cream and it is also fragrance and paraben free.


For those of you who are curious of the color, here is two links (however they are in Chinese) :


Dr Jart Acne-X Spot Out




Dr Jart has been slowly building up it’s name in Korea, and quickly becoming the best selling BB Cream manufacturer in Korea. I myself have read and heard many raving reviews about it’s Silver Label BB Cream.

I decided to try out Dr Jart’s Acne-X so see how it’s skincare line would fare.




Trouble Treatment Gel.Great effects for troubles relax and treats from the roots of troubles

Immediate Effects

Trouble treatment gel has the great effects to remove pimples and troubles immediately.

Pull out the root of the troubles

Synergy effect from Selemix AN and natural ingredients treats troubles intensively.

Protects skin from external irritation

Controls the sebum and clogged pores.

Remove troubles with fast acting ingredients.

Easy to carry and use

Compact size. Frequent use will maximize the results.



: The product itself looks like a pen. It even functions like one, but instead of ink coming out, you have the gel coming out. The box itself is simple and nice, giving an impression of the hospital first aid logo, white and red, which coincidentally (or purposely) is the logo of Dr Jart. At the top of the ‘pen’ , we are able to ‘lock’ the product by twisting it to right, therefore when we click on it, no gel will be released. To release the gel, turn it to the left, and ‘click’ on it like how you would click on a pen, and the acne gel will be released on the tip. You could appear it directly on your acne with the pen tip. Have to say that it’s the first time i’ve used a product built this way. Very interesting and innovative. However, when we directly apply the gel to the breakout areas, the pen tip would probably be contaminated. So for me, i’ll rather apply some gel on my finger first before i apply it on my breakouts.


Retail price is around 16$ USD for a mere 10ml. I find it kind of pricey.


This product claims to have a fast acting formula that eliminates acne breakouts. I’ve tried it a few times, and i’m not entirely impressed with this product but i wouldn’t say that it doesn’t work. With some breakouts, it did calm them down the next day, and usually by day 2-3, the breakouts will be gone, however it turned into my magic product once it’s combined together with my Bare Minerals Blemish Treatment (review coming soon) . Spots disappear overnight , if not they are reduced by half of its size.



Selemix AN : Intensive trouble care

Camphor : Soothing trouble

Rhus semialatu extract : Control sebum

Aloe vera extract : Calming skin

Beta-Glucan : Caring sensitive skin


I threw away the box and forgot to take a picture of the ingredient list. But however, i can see that the conventional anti-acne ingredients like BHA (salicylic acid), glycolic acid were not listed as the main ingredients here.

I do see Beta-Glucan which appears in higher end BB creams and in Asian Skincare, but not huge in Western Skincare. B-Glucans are mostly cellulose in plants or the cell wall in certain fungi/mushrooms(e.g shiitake mushroom). They are known to have the ability to activate the immune system. Also, it has been found that B-Glucans can prevent infection and kills pathogenic bacteria, which is probably the main reason it is incorporated into the formula.

Camphor, found from the wood of the Camphor tree which is found in Asia (Taiwan and East Malaysia) – and well known for its strong aromatic scent is mainly used in cooking and medicinal purposes. You’ll probably find this on your Vicks, Tiger Balm, as it has that cooling effect of Menthol(Mint). It acts as a antimicrobial substance. Indians use a lot of Camphor during their religious ceremonies.

Rhus semialatu is a tree found in the north east of India. Note that it excretes liquid gall, compromised of mainly tannins, which reacts with proteins to produce the ‘tanning’ effect which is important for treatment of inflamed or ulcerated tissues (antimicrobial properties ). It is also known to have astringent quality , which you will find in almost all of your toners, that has the ability to shrink or constrict your body tissues (advertised as pore-shrinking)

Of course, probably the star ingredient in Dr Jart’s Acne-X line is Selemix AN. It is a mix of a few extracts, the main one being Selebean,  a natural mineral extracted from soybean sprouts. It has moisturizing and collagen-increasing effects. The other extracts include Magnolia Bark extract – famous for its anti-allergy, anti-inflammation , anti-acne properties.


I’ve also found an interesting lab report on SelemixAN :


Different concentrations of Selemix AN was mixed with acne bacterias, and as you can see from the pictures above, the one with the highest percentage of Selemix AN has the clearest solution.




This product is either a hit or miss. However, i would not say it is a totally useless product. Do not expect miracles ,and wait for 2-3 days to see effect of this product. Try mixing it around with your other anti-acne products to see if it increases the effectiveness of it ( and report back! ). Note that there is Jumbo version of the product (which is 30ml instead of the 10ml) and it retails for around 58,000 won. Yes. keep this product away from the sun as UV Rays degrades Selemix-AN!







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Gmarket 1st ever shopping spree! October 13, 2010

Filed under: Gmarket Tips,Uncategorized — Hope In A Blog @ 9:09 pm





My first ever shopping spree @ Gmarket!

Gmarket has really good deals if you are looking to buy stuff made-in-Korea.

However was disappointed as there were not many samples given. I heard that Koreans are so generous when giving samples.

I’m basically going to review brands that not many non-koreans have heard of. So stay on for more of that..

As you can see here, i bought some stuff from Danahan (available in South East Asia @ Beauty Credit – but cheaper on Gmarket). There is something interesting about one of the Danahan BB creams – the world’s first 0.1 Diamond Carat BB Cream! Interesting huh?  There’s also two Coreana BB creams there, and Enprani’s latest Retinol BB cream. Also i’ve decided to try Reskin , quite an expensive Korean brand, that uses EGF as their star ingredient.

So as you can see, there will be lots of exciting reviews coming up, so make sure you suscribe to the blog! Sourire



Filed under: BB Cream — Hope In A Blog @ 8:42 pm


Hi Readers,

As i am going on a full scale launch of this blog, this will be a preview of reviews that will be coming up ! Sourire

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Also, free giveaways will be starting soon, so subscribe to this blog, and make sure you are updated.

Wishing everyone good skin!



Enprani Ray Shot BB Cream SPF 25++ October 10, 2010






I had a really bad experience with this ebay seller ( libra038 and gemini something). First off she sent me this bb cream without the packaging and the BB was not sealed !! She gaved me a USED BB cream. So all of you be careful if you deal with this seller. Enprani is quite a classy brand, therefore, one should expect nothing short of Wowness from their packaging. You can get this on Gmarket , complete with the original box and a 20ml free gift mini tube of this BB cream. The color of the tube is silver which reflects and shine when exposed to sunlight. I think they chose this color because once you smear some BB Cream on your hand and rub it, it gives the same effect and color of the tube.



Nothing fancy about the list of ingredients here, other than the main feature was for ‘whitening’. I couldn’t find anything online but i suspect since it’s for whitening, Arbutin has got to be in there somewhere.


I was deeply impressed with the texture of this BB cream. It is currently top on my list. It’s very easy to apply this BB cream and melts right on the skin. It doesnt have any sticky feeling to it, nor oily but a moist feeling. A Big Plus!


The color is rather light, and grey undertone is quite apparent. But once it melts on your skin, it gives a very nice glow, and doesnt give that white cast skin tone that some BB creams do. Natural and makes you glow! Sourire There isn’t any glitter/shimmer involved.



Coverage is good with this. It isn’t too heavy which probably some girls would not like, but as a guy, i find the coverage just nice for me!

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Oil Control

Oil control isn’t very good for this product, but those with combination-dry would best fit this product. I am more to the oily side, but i still love using this product.

I compared this BB cream with the Crazy Monkey BB cream (which i will do a review later)  and the results were as below (picture taken every 4 hours) :

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Check out more comparison with other BB Creams by clicking here


This BB is one of my favourite ones. I was really impressed with Enprani’s Ray Shot that i placed an order on the other Enprani BB Creams. I also found out that Enprani has released a new BB cream off the Ray Shot line called Ray Shot GOLD BB cream , which i will give it a miss eventhough i love the Rayshot BB because it contains gold and glitter , which is a no-no for me!


You can find both BB creams @ Gmarket at an affordable price 🙂 Much cheaper than buying it in retail stores.

Rating :


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Hitachi Face Crie Ion Cleansing NC-550 October 8, 2010

I recently purchased the Hitachi Face Crie Ion Cleansing NC-550 (the pink one!) because it was on sale.  You can get it at 75 USD at And if you’re purchasing for the first time, sign up for membership and get an extra 5USD off. Oh! And shipping is free too!




The machine itself is very light-weight. Feels like a toy! Hehe.

First of all specifications of the machine :

Detailed dirt of the interior of pores is drawn out, and it drops to the skin easily. The Mitibiden rubber electrode part of the main body head is plus potential, and the dirt of interiors of pores of the ionized sebum, old horny, and the make-up, etc. that were not able to be washed off is drawn out to the minus by applying it to the skin. Dirt is easily washed off to the skin without Goshigoshiing and rubbing.

The make-up water usually used can be used, and it cares effectively by an easy operation. Cotton for the make-up is placed between the main body after the make-up drop and facial cleansing, it sets, and the make-up water is soaked into cotton. It switches on, it has so that the hand may touch the metal part on both sides of the main body, cotton is applied to the skin lightly, and the cleansing is done easily for three minutes. Moreover, the make-up water used usually can be used.

Easy Mitibiden rubber adoption for skin To use a skin sensitive to the metal, Mitibiden rubber is adopted. In addition, strength can be adjusted to four stages according to the condition of the skin, and it is possible to use it at ease for one with weak skin. Moreover, the level of strength under the selection can be confirmed with the indicator lamp.

It is compact and convenient to carry. Because it is a compact size of the dry battery type, carrying is also convenient. It is possible to always care even in the travel destination.


Hitachi Face Crie Ion Cleansing Machine (NC-550) is used to enhance your daily toner as a deep pore cleansing skincare product. With its ionized and conductive rubber, you just simply need a facial cotton and toner, then turn on the machine to massage on the skin lightly, dirt stay in the pores can be easily pull out and wash off. And leaving you a total-fresh skin which are ready to absorb the skincare lotion and moisturizing cream more effectively.
Hitachi Face Crie Ion Cleansing Machine:

  • provides 4 instensity mode to be choose by switching the power LED level
  • has auto off function after 3 minutes (it is suggested to use for 3 minutes per treatment)
  • operated by 2 AAA alkaline batteries (when used for 3 minutes per day, the batteries can be used for about 10 months, batteries are not included)
  • even delicated skin can be used safely
  • dimensions (H x W x D) in mm is about 132 x 42 x 32

  • Power supply: AAA type alkali dry battery ×2
  • Battery longevity: About ten months (Use it for three day minutes. )
  • Externals size: 32×42×132
  • Basic machine weight: About 90g (The dry battery is contained. )
  • Level switch: Four stages
  • Level indication: LED lighting
  • Auto off function: Three minutes
  • The operation buzzer: When you switch the level at the power supply



So you basically gotta slip a cotton pad between the pink cover case  and the black head and click it back.

You can either pour some toner/lotion before you place the cotton or after you have placed it.

I’m personally using Zensation’s Purifying Toner (which i will review later!)

Click on Start!, choose the power suitable for you (4 being the strongest) , but honestly i didn’t see the difference between Power 1 or Power 4. Put your grip on the two metal plates on the side of the machine, and start moving the cotton around your skin.

One thing about this is that you don’t even know if it’s working or not because there isnt any vibration or signs that its working. It doesn’t give any particular feeling as well. So it’s weird for me.. hehe.

After 3 minutes, the machine will emit a BEEP which means it has finished doing its job.


This was the results after 3 minutes :



Wow ! So much dirt?? Where did all these black tiny things come from?? Lol. I am still not sure what to make of it. Note that this was done after i cleansed my face manually! (The next time i will try this after doing using my clarisonic)

However, my skin does seem smooth and supple after this.

Great product overall, i am impressed! Will make a progress report after a few weeks Sourire


  • light, easy to carry around
  • cleans well


  • rather pricey
  • doens’t give any signs that its functioning (but isn’t much of a problem since the end results is seen!)


As promised, i tried using this after cleaning my face with the Clarisonic Brush and the cotton pad was very much less dirty when i just washed my face manually. I’m really impressed ! Sourire Compare these two pics. The one on the left (manual cleansing) , and right (Clarisonic cleansing).


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Hanskin’s latest BB cream

Filed under: Hanskin,Uncategorized — Hope In A Blog @ 6:36 pm





Hanskin will be coming out with 17 new BB creams soon –13 will be brand new , and 4 of them will be ‘renewed’ -, so if you are waiting to try out Hanskin’s bb creams, hold on! Also, you might realize that there has been a drop of price for Hanskin’s BB creams. That is because they are clearing old stocks and are preparing for the new release and packaging! Sourire


Pictured above is the Hyaluronic Acid Moisture BB Cream. It is basically Hyaluronic acid cream but tinted.



Here is a sneak preview of Hanskin’s new BB Creams :




The new 17 BB Creams will focus on diffrent skin types, skin problems, sex, age, etc.


The BB creams will also contain higher SPFs.


The Premium Magic BB Cream Repair BB Cream will be replaced by the SUPER PLUS BB Cream Perfect Super Magic.


The Original Magic BB cream will also be replaced by the Mineral Magic BB Cream.


More updates coming soon.





More more info click on this :