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UPDATED! : AHC finally upgrades their Intense Contour Balm ( BB Cream) ! May 21, 2011



I’m so excited as i type this, haha, AHC’s Intense Contour Balm is probably THE most famous and reputable higher-end BB cream in Korea and every Korean person i’ve met has recommended this BB Cream together with the SunnySide VIP BB Cream!

AHC has finally upgraded the intense contour balm and it doesn’t get any better than this – it’s SPF 45 ++…. and it’s free of 9 harsh chemicals!! Sounds too good to be true??








This product will be talc free, mineral oil free, animal ingredients free, paraben free, tar free, and…. err, look at the photo above? Haha..

It also features anti acne ingredients , lavender , grapefruit, etc.

It will have a light texture, and will give you a natural skin tone.

Credits : Adi113














I can’t wait for this… and if anyone is in Korea, could you send this over to us ASAP?? Haha




Retail Price : 55,000 wons / 35 g







Special Offer for Hope In A Blog Readers–Sunny Side VIP BB Cream & Dr. Skin Complete BB Cream !






  • SunnySide VIP Blemish Balm


The Sunny Side VIP is one of the most prestigious and famous BB Creams in Korea. It was Hope In A Blog’s 2010 Best BB Cream.

The SunnySide VIP BB Cream actively defends from skin damage, lost of elasticity, and helps calms down skin irritation and blemishes. It does all that without drying out the skin, but moisturizes it while covering your skin’s trouble – pores, acne, blemishes etc.

It also contains Symwhite 377 – new, highly effective active agent for the rapidly growing market for skin lighteners. SymWhite® 377 (INCI: phenylethyl resorcinol) is an excellent antioxidant that is also highly effective in influencing the formation of pigmentation. SymWhite® 377 thus succeeds where other skin-bleaching agents fail by eliminating the side-effects and disadvantages – such as skin irritation and poor performance – associated with these preparations. In a direct comparison with ß-arbutin (also included in the ingredient here!) , for instance, SymWhite® 377 was shown to be over one hundred times as effective at lightening hair, and when tested in vivo on skin that had not been exposed to light, 0.5% SymWhite® 377 proved to be more effective than 1.0% kojic acid. A concentration of between 0.1 and 0.5% is recommended. Read about it here.

On top of that, this BB Cream contains Grade-A EGF ( which is very expensive ), Beta Glucan, Acetyl Hexapeptide, Bisabol, Allantoin, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, and Deep Ocean Water.

Read our complete review of the Sunny Side BB Cream that was done last year : here

Here are some before-after photos after using the SunnySide BB Cream :






  • SunnySide Dr. Skin Complete Blemish Balm





The Dr. Skin Complete is the cheaper version of the SunnySide VIP Blemish Balm.

There is a little difference between both BB Creams in terms of colour, and ingredients.

The Dr.Skin Complete Blemish Balm is a natural make-up for expressing the natural skin tone. It provides sufficient moisture and softness.A multi-balm for skin care and cover of skin relieving, protection,  elasticity, reconstruction, and skin tone revision.

It gives you clean and clear skin by transparent clear powder.

It contains anti-aging powerhouse ingredient Co-enzyme Q10. 


Co-enzyme Q10 has two important roles: it is an essential part of the cellular respiration system located in the mitochondria, and it is an antioxidant. CoQ10 improves both the rate and efficiency of energy production in the cells, including the skin and at the same time protects mitochondria from free radicals. CoQ10 is sometimes called a "biomarker of aging" because its level correlates so well with aging.

In most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin is below optimum, resulting in a lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. CoQ10-depleted skin may also be more prone to the damage by free radicals, which are particularly abundant with exposure of the skin to the elements. Thus, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration. Furthermore, CoQ10 is a small molecule that can relatively easily penetrate into skin cells.

It also contains Caviar extracts – which became famous after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt found them essential in keeping her skin firm and radiant. Caviar extract supports the repair and the defence mechanisms of the skin, regulate the skin’s moisture levels and ‘normalise’ the skin’s water-soluble vitamins and minerals.

On top of that, it also contains green tea, chamomile, allantoin and bisabolol. One of the reasons it is cheaper than the SunnySide is due to the fact that it does not contain EGF.

Before-After pictures after using the Dr.Skin BB Cream :




Offer for Hope In A Blog readers!

Hope In A Blog is still a non-profit blog, we do not advertise for companies, nor earn any commission. We believe in giving honest, true opinions on products and introduce good products to our readers. That is why, Hope In A Blog always strive to find good deals for our readers, for them to be able to enjoy good products at an even better price.

SunnySide wrote an e-mail to our blog to present a very special offer for Hope In A Blog readers , as SunnySide is only available for purchase in Korea – at a very special price and cheaper than the price you will be paying if purchased directly from Gmarket. ( If you would like to purchase from Gmarket directly, click here, but it will be more expensive )

These prices are promotional prices only and will be available for only a limited period of time.

All purchase will be made through PAYPAL.

  • SunnySide VIP BB

below 5 BB Creams per order, 105,000 KRW ( about 45% discount off consumer price 190,000 KRW) /

above 5 BB Creams per order,  95,000 KRW ( 50% discount off consumer price 190,000 KRW )

it’s equivalent to buy one free one

  • Dr.Skin Complete BB

below 5 BB Creams per order, 60,000 KRW ( 50% discount off consumer price 120,000 KRW ) /

above 5 BB Creams per order, 48,000 KRW ( 60% discount off consumer price 120,000 KRW )

How to purchase?

step 1.

Please send order letter to including full name or consignee, e-mail address, client address, quantity.

Please note order is accepted by 00:00 a.m ( korea time ) every day.

step 2

Please leave your full name or consignee on category " Purchase " in the upper-right " memo " in order to

let another customer know how many costumers are gathered on their official website : here

step 3

Confirmation letter including PAYPAL ID is sent to client

step 4

After accept is close every day  , reconfirmation letter that notify whether price can be discounted or not and how many customer was gathered is sent to client.

step 5



After checking money, i’ll send clients products and invoice number.

For shipping charges, check here

To see other reviews for the SunnySide VIP BB Cream, click here.

To see other reviews for the Dr. Skin VIP BB Cream, click here

For the official page regarding the special promotion for Hope In A Blog readers – click here .



Bonanza Cosmetics : The Real Deal?



So, apparently this BONANZA Cosmetics mask has been making quite a wave in the Chinese skincare market of lately because it was hyped up by a few celebrities.

So we decided to check this out when we saw having a 3 day free-shipping promotion if you purchase any of Bonanza Cosmetics Mask.

What it claims to do :

BONANZA Zymo-excitative Membraneous, a watery, clear and natural mask, deeply clears away dirt inside pores. It can be used every day. It allows you to finish main skincare regimen including cleansing, brightening and recovery of skin elasticity in just one step.

Natural enzyme effectively nurses dull complexion. Chamomile ET easily relieves skin irritation as well as sunburned skin with redness, and deeply cleanses skin, leaving skin more delicate, fairer and clearer.

Price : 250ml for $25USD

So we did a little research and found out the ingredient list for this product.

From Soniality’s Blog :


Ingredient List :

Water Purified, Carbomer, Isopropanol Glycol, Liquorice Extract, Triethanolamine, Perfume.

OK, seriously, $25 USD for this? You might as well be buying Evian water and putting some liquorice extract, some emulsifiers and perfume and it will still cost a quarter of this.

What you’re paying for is basically is for

1. Purified Water

2. Carbomer – an emulsifying agent used in cosmetics

3. Isopropanol Glycol – Alcohol , solvent

4. Triethanolamine – also an emulsifier and surfactant

5. Perfume

The only thing there that is a beneficial ingredient for your skin is the liquorice extract. But is it worth $25 paying just for that ??

It really pays to have a bunch of celebrities helping you spread the word i guess!


Anyone who has tried this ?