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GMarket VIP Status Revamp! January 27, 2011

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We hinted in our Tutorials that Gmarket will be changing the VIP Status soon.

It has finally been implemented today.

There will be 5 classes :

1) New Customers

2) Silver

3) Gold

4) VIP

5) Super VIP

You can only win 1 COUPON per month.

What a laugh !

So what do you think of this new VIP implementation?

Likey? Dislikey? No difference?

Voice it out.





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Red Alert? : Retinyl Palmitate

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Retinyl Palmitate is the new Paraben.


Retinyl Palmitate, or simply written as Retinol ( but is different from Retinol – however both are forms of Vitamin A )  on products that claim to have Retinol, has been caught under the fire recently when United States Senator Charles Schumer ousted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be withholding scientific evidence that a common sunscreen ingredient Vitamin A or retinyl palmitate, could be promoting, rather than protecting against, certain types of skin cancer.


Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient found in many sunscreensand skin products. It’s a form of Vitamin A that over the years has been shown to be very beneficial to the skin. To be exact, Retinyl is the ester of retinol (vitamin A) and it is combined with palmitic acid, which is a saturated fatty acid that is found in humans, animals and plants and is (as the name implies) a major component of palm oil.


Now, studies are showing otherwise. The FDA has just finished up a study (although it has not been released yet) about the effects of retinyl palmitate on the skin, using mice as their test subjects. Their findings suggest that RP stimulates lesion and tumor growth when in direct sunlight. And this is in many sunscreens, which is designed for use in direct sunlight!


The data, which was produced by the National Toxicology Program and stems from studies on hairless mice, was approved earlier this week by the group’s independent advisory panel. It echoes the Environmental Working Group’s attack on the sunscreen industry, which TGL reported this spring.


Some 40 percent of sunscreens contain retinyl palmitate, including popular brands Coppertone, Banana Boat, Panama Jack, Hawaiian Tropic, and Neutrogena.


The Environmental Working Group EWG issued a statement yesterday saying that it “recommends manufacturers of cosmetics, sunscreens and other personal care products remove retinyl palmitate from all products to be used on sun-exposed skin and that consumers avoid buying products that contain this chemical.”

For more information, head over to Truth In Aging.



What to Avoid in Sunscreens:

  • Vitamin A or retinyl palmitate. New data from the government shows that slathering vitamin A on your skin can promote the development of tumors and lesions more quickly, compared to skin not coated with vitamin A.
  • Oxybenzone.  It is a synthetic estrogen, and is potentially a harmful endocrine disruptor that contaminates the body.
  • Bug repellent. Avoid sunscreen that contains insect repellent; it’s just more chemicals soaking into your skin.
  • Sprays and powders. They can pollute the air with tiny stuff and particles that aren’t healthy for you.



NOTE : Retinyl Palmitate doesn’t just appear in sunscreen, but also in anti-wrinkle creams. Check especially for creams which claim to have Retinol like RoC, SkinDoctor’s Retinol Treatment, etc.





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Suiskin Potency Pore Eraser

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Potency Pore Eraser is quite a new product from Korean-Swiss brand Suiskin.


It is a white head, black head and pore intensive care treatment for the nose. It helps shrink the pores of the nose, and also extract white and black heads in the nose.

For maximum results, use in conjunction with Suiskin’s Pore Minimizer Spot.









1. After taking your shower, straight away soak the solution on the cotton pads provided.



2. Lay the soaked cotton pad on your nose and leave it for about 15 minutes.


3. Remove cotton pad from nose and use one of the plastic extractors provided and press them around your nose.



4. Optional : Follow up with Suiskin Pore Minimizer Spot.





Standard packaging for Suiskin products.


Comes in a dropper plastic bottle containing 50ml of solution.




The packaging of the bottle reminds me of It’s Skin V10 Range’s packaging.


Included together with the box are cotton pads that are shaped for the nose, and also plastic extractors.


I found the plastic extractors very filmy and weak, making extraction very hard as it was not easy to manipulate with.


Please DO NOT throw away the sticks, they are not gifts for you to dig your ears! Open-mouthed smile






The texture of the product is almost like a serum but it is more diluted.





1.  Soleirolia soleirolii Extract

Also known as Angel/Baby’s Tears. Funny that there is no information regarding this plant’s benefit in skincare products.



2. Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract

Known as lemon balm leaf. The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as a repellant for mosquitos. Its antibacterial properties have also been demonstrated scientifically, although they are markedly weaker than those from a number of other plants studied.

Lemon balm contains eugenol, which kills bacteria and has been shown to calm muscles and numb tissues. It also containstannins that contribute to its antiviral effects, as well as terpenes that add to its soothing effects.

Traditionally this herb has been used as a sedative, and as an antispasmodic.



3. Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract

Natural disinfectant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti bruising properties.



4. Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is a widely used alpha hydroxy acid derived from sour milk that is far from a new phenomenon. In fact, Cleopatra is said to have bathed in soured milk to pamper her skin. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally derived ingredients used in a variety of skin care products and cosmetics. Glycolic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and citric acid are other popular types of AHAs.


Lactic acid accelerates the sloughing process. As we age, our skin’s ability to shed dead skin cells is diminished, increasing the need for specialized exfoliating products. Although less powerful than retinol-the popular Vitamin A molecule used in skin care treatments and peels-lactic acid has been heralded by many dermatologists and embraced by the cosmetics industry. Lactic acid has shown to be a superior exfoliant-peeling away the outer layers of dead skin, and revealing a healthier glow. This peeling effect causes damaged layers of skin to shed more rapidly, improving the texture of the skin- making it softer and smoother while preventing build-up of skin cells in the pores.


Keeping skin at acid pH level, lactic acid works to limit the growth of bacteria and spur the development of new cells. It works well on conditions as diverse as acne and wrinkles, as its exfoliant properties serve to eliminate dead cells regardless of their cause. Latic acid is also useful on the body as well as the face, softening tough areas such as elbows and heels.


Sunscreens and makeup will last longer with the regular use of latic acid, as it enhances the absorption of cosmetics, moisturizers and other skincare products. The molecules in lactic acid are larger than in the equally popular glycolic acid and although it doesn’t penetrate into skin as deeply, its gentle exfoliating action makes it a perfect choice for regular use or those with extra sensitive skin.



This product is an alternative to nose strips ( which are not good for your nose BTW ).


It softens the epidermis and opens up the pores while exfoliating it to make extraction easier.


It was rather hard to extract with the filmy plastic stick that was provided with the product as the stick kept on bending here and there.




This product is also not suitable for those who are too lazy, or those who are scared of pain. As everything here is DIY, it can be rather troublesome.


Be cautious when pressing because it might cause broken veins. Those of you who have this problem should stay away from this product because you never know what might happen and may aggravate the situation.


This product can be quite rough for the skin and may do more harm than benefits if not handled properly.


There has been some remarkable before-after photos online :




However, it wasn’t that drastic when we used it ( maybe because we don’t have much of a problem on the pores of our nose). Of course there was an improvement in the texture of our nose before and after. As for the pores, we did see a slight improvement.




This product really depends on whether you trust yourself. Sure, it’s a great DIY product to clear the white/blackheads without stripping off your skin. But if done the wrong way, it might cause some broken veins and cause your nose to look like Rudolph.


Then again, we know how most girls are afraid of pain, that they probably stop at the first extraction. Haha, then you might as well leave it to your beauty consultant to do the extraction for you.

Our advice : Be gentle when using it and know when to stop.


Overall, we’d recommend this product as it is quite an easy DIY product which helps clear the dirt in your nose once in a while ( our advice : once a month ). Those who are looking for solutions to big nose pores can give this a try as our pores did look smaller after using this.


And for those who are lazy and are not bothered to go through the hassle and pain , stick to your nose strips or just gentle scrub exfoliation.


Or else, there’s always a visit to the facial shop and help your country’s economy. Open-mouthed smile


The bottle can last quite long, probably 8 months if used once every 3-4 weeks.


Suiskin highly recommends to apply the Pore Minimizer Spot as post-treatment. Details of the Pore Minimizer can be found : here



Where To Purchase?

Can be purchased on Gmarket. ( will update with link once Gmarket is not on maintenance mode )

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UNT Derma Oasis Review

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This refreshing oil-free hydrating gel forms an invisible veil over the skin for an optimal thirst-quenching effect, leaving skin refreshed, healthy and rejuvenated.


The moisture boosting components of Hydra Retention Complex and Hyaluronic Acid allow DERMA OASIS to penetrate deeply into the skin layers to recover damages caused by dehydration. With its long-lasting moisture retention ability, skin will experience constant hydration recharge.


Infused with Herbal Soothing Extract, DERMA OASIS can instantly relive irritated and inflamed skin. The various herbal essences provoke cell metabolism, restoring skin to its healthy condition.


With a thin layer of DERMA OASIS, skin will stay hydrated and perfectly healthy throughout the day.



Derma Oasis comes in a nice light blue plastic jar. It isn’t heavy so it’s convenient to bring around. When you unscrew the jar, there is a protective lid.


It also comes in a white box, and it’s ingredients is listed. The company tries to be Eco-Friendly by writing instructions in other languages on the other side of the box so that they don’t waste paper.




Good for  6 months once opened!

Made in Taiwan since UNT is a Taiwanese company.


Description in multiple languages written on the other side of the box to protect the environment .

Texture :




There has been a popularity explosion on Gel based creams in the Asian cosmetics market these past 2 years.  UNT jumped on the bandwagon by introducing Derma Oasis.


Of course, the texture is like gel.




Once applied to the face, it feels a little sticky, but all that goes away after a while. Remember to pat your face continuously after applying the product on your face. It is also instantly absorbed by the skin and leaves a very thin film on the skin making it super smooth.





This product does leave an invisible veil over the skin like it claims to, but it doesn’t feel moisturizing at all. It feels very light, almost invisible. It would probably be ideal for those with oily skin, but those with dry skin would probably still need to apply more stuff on top of this.


And no, the gel doesn’t leave a dewy finish unlike seen in the photos.


Results with the Moisture Meter Before – After :







Water, Mentha Piperita, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Niacinamide, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Panthenol,
Glyceryl Acrylate, Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Escin, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Althea Officinalis Root Extract, Gamma-Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Trideceth-6, Algin, Atelocollagen, Serine,
Squalane, Cucumis Sativus Oil, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-4 Laurate,  Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Chlorphenesin.


It really does have a rather good looking ingredient list. Highest on the list are ingredients that are beneficial on the skin. No parabens were used here. Mineral oil ( Paraffinum Liquidum ) spotted. As usual, Acid Hyaluronic is at no.3 and usually very high up in all Asian gel-based creams.

1. Mentha Piperita

Right up on no.2 on the list is Peppermint oil. Peppermint contains over 30 known components, including traces of pulegone, menthofuran and limonene. Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil was minimally toxic in acute oral studies and can be irritating to the skin when in high concentration especially if evaporation from the skin is prevented. ( yet this cream claims to be suitable even for sensitive skin! ).

Perfumes and colognes containing menthol and/or Oil of Peppermint can produce dermatitis in some individuals.
Dermatitis has been reported in workers in candy factories whilst adding peppermint to lollies.

However, Peppermint has good antiseptic properties and increases blood circulation that helps to relieve itching and removes toxic congestion.


2. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is one of the two principal forms of vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid is the other).

When vitamin B3, or niacin, combines with amino acids of another molecule, the chemical reaction produces niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide or nicomide.

Strengthening the outer layer of skin is a major property of niacinamide. Vitamin B3 provides a fuel which strengthens cellular bonds and tightens skin. As a result of this tightening, acne has a tougher time taking root. A 2004 study in the “Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology” confirms this statement. The German researchers found the stabilization of the skin’s outer layer has an anti-inflammatory effect, which can prevent acne breakouts. The aforementioned NICOS report takes this a step further, as acne patients realized similar benefits as those with rosacea.

In a randomized controlled study, 4% niacinamide gel has been compared to 1% clindamycin gel (a topical antibiotic) in 76 patients with moderate acne. After 8 weeks, 82% of patients treated with niacinamide and 68% of those treated with clindamycin were considered improved.

While niacinamide itself is almost literally dirt-cheap, niacinamide-based skin care products are not ubiquitous and may be expensive


3. Saccharide Isomerate


Saccharide Isomerate, which is marketed under the trademark name Pentavitin, is a water-binding agent and emollient, according to It is an effective moisturizer containing natural carbohydrates found in the stratum corneum of human skin. It binds to the free amino groups of lysine in the keratin of the stratum corneum, and cannot be washed off easily, leading to long-lasting moisturization ( It is also effective in dry hair and low humidity.

In tests done by CenterChem, producers of Pentavitin, in a 2 week study, 32% improvement was seen on the forearm and 40% improvement on the calf was seen after using test creams containing 1.5% concentration Pentavitin.




We’re on the fence with this product. If it was cheaper, we’d probably recommend it. But it’s priced at 19.90EUROS for 50g, and at that price, we’d rather be getting the Dr Ci Labo gel for a few more dollars.


This product is apparently ideal for overnight use, but i doubt so since the layer is so thin and it doesn’t hydrate the skin like it claims to. You’d probably need to layer up on your creams after that too. It would probably be more ideal to use it during the day since it is light, and it could replace your lotion and essence.


Also it could do without Mineral Oil in it’s ingredients.


However, we compliment on the after-texture it gives the skin after application. The skin really does become very soft and you can feel a barrier on your skin.


Repurchase? Hmmmm, probably not but didn’t regret trying it.







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And it has been decided that this season’s hottest color will be…… ‘orange’ !

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Etude House will be celebrating this season’s IT color – ‘Orange’ – by releasing a new collection called Miss Tangerine endorsed by the beautiful Dara from 2NE1.


The collection will feature 14 products consisting of nail polish, lipsticks, eye shadow, eye liner, tinted lip balms, etc.


Available at all Etude House stores from February 1st.




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Holika Holika on 30% sales only for today!!!!! HURRY!!

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30% OFF all HOLIKA-HOLIKA products only for today on Gmarket so hurry up and click HERE!






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bwcleo is having a super promotion, you’ll never get a good deal like this anywhere so as we say it in french ‘profitez-vous’ !



The 1st Offer :

Buy the Gongjinhyang Lotion + Balancer = Get the Eye Cream OR Essence FREEEE!!!!



The 2nd Offer :

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