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French natural brand UNE BEAUTY releases bb cream August 19, 2011

<p><a href=””><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”><img style=”background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; border-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px” title=”UNE-BB-Cream-Foundation” border=”0″ alt=”UNE-BB-Cream-Foundation” src=”; width=”267″ height=”277″></font></a></p> <p><a href=””><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”><img style=”background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; border-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px” title=”UNE-BB-Cream-Foundation” border=”0″ alt=”UNE-BB-Cream-Foundation” src=”; width=”431″ height=”447″></font></a></p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Being based in Paris, <strong>Hope In A Blog</strong> hasn’t had much luck with <strong>BB Creams</strong> here. The French market has only 2 BB Creams : one from <strong>Erborian</strong> ( a korean-french cosmetic company ) and it’s sub-brand 7Herbs.&nbsp; The latest is from <strong>Garnier</strong>, which was released a few weeks ago. <strong>BB Creams</strong> has been a hit with the French, so it’s no doubt that more companies will be releasing their version of the <strong>BB Cream</strong>! </font></p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″><font face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″><font face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Other French brands such as <strong>Vichy</strong> &amp; <strong>Dior</strong> has released their <strong>BB Cream</strong>, but they have decided not to release it in their homeland yet ! However, <strong>UNE Natural Beauty</strong> , a natural French cosmetics brand, will be releasing it’s <strong>BB cream</strong> called the <strong><font color=”#9bbb59″ size=”6″ face=”Script MT Bold”>UNE Intuitive Touch BB Cream Foundation</font>.</strong></font></font></p> <p><strong><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>The special features of the<strong> BB Cream</strong> are : </font></p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>100% natural ingredients </font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Compact</font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Eco-Friendly ( It is rechargeable – therefore you don’t need to purchase a new product each time – only available in France at the moment ) </font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Can be used with a brush (provided)</font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Attractive Price ( around 17 euros ) </font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>7 different shades to choose from</font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Hydrates your skin for 8 hours</font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Matifies your skin </font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Nourishes your skin</font></li> <li><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Protects your skin</font></li></ul> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Here is the description of the <strong>BB Cream</strong> from </font><a href=””><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>Beauty And The Dirt</font></a><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”> : </font></p> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>The <strong>UNE Intuitive Touch ‘BB Cream’ Foundation </strong>claims to have <strong>7 amazing qualities</strong> that; smooth, correct, moisturise, enhance, matify, nourish and protect the skin. It’s formula contains <strong>waxes</strong>(carnauba wax and beeswax) to smooth, good quality <strong>colour pigments</strong> to concealer and <strong>Maca Root</strong> (aka Andean Ginger) to stimulate and toning, increasing your skin luminousity.</font> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp; <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>The product comes with UNE’s signature <strong>mirrored packaging </strong>(which we love) and is<strong> completely natural</strong>. It also comes with a handy <strong>mini Kabuki brush</strong> which is great for using around the nose and eyes and for smaller imperfections.</font> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp; <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>We love the formula and it goes on really well. We’re not sure we’d use it all over but for <strong>smaller areas of imperfections,</strong> this product is perfect.</font></p></blockquote> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp; <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font>&nbsp; <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”>I’m still a little confused with the name. So it’s a <strong>BB Cream</strong> and a<strong> foundation</strong> ( hard to tell the difference anyway ) ? True, they’re hitting two birds with one stone – but how will this fare compared to the <strong>Asian BB Creams</strong>? We’re excited to see how it does and to see it’s popularity in our local market. Will update with more information ( description, SPF, ingredient list, etc ) when i have more details from <strong>UNE Beauty</strong> since I’ve contacted them! </font> <p><font size=”4″ face=”Segoe UI Symbol”></font></p>


Woongjin Coway releases oriental medicine brand after Re:Nk August 17, 2011



After the success of Re:NK, Woongjinjin Coway will be releasing their 2nd brand in hopes of getting a share of the over-saturated and popular traditional Chinese medicine cosmetics market called ‘Olbit올빚




Olbit 올빚 will be their first venture into the oriental cosmetics market, and the brand can even be used by ladies in their 20s. Olbit 올빚 combines oriental and traditional Chinese medicine together with state of the art technology to produce more efficient products.  It applies also the fermentation of herbal ingredients together with pearls and gold which helps in the disposal of waste and toxins in the skin. EGF is also included in the formulation together with oriental herbs such as deer antlers, etc.




Doesn’t the top of their packaging reminds you of pearls? 




Coway aims to expand the brand by releasing a whitening range, hair products, cleansing range – with a total of 50+ items by 2013, and plans to dominate the Chinese market.



The launch will start with the Moisture Revival line which consists of 5 products :



1. Olbit Moisture Revival Essence 올빚 안온 에센스

2. Olbit Moisture Revival Cream 올빚 안온 크림


3. Olbit Moisture Revival Eye Cream 올빚 안온 아이크림

4. Olbit Moisture Revival Toner 올빚 안온 스킨

5. Olbit Moisture Revival Emulsion 올빚 안온 로션


The price range will be from 50,000 wons ( toner / emulsion ) right up to 150,000 wons ( cream ) , and it is already available on Gmarket!



Sulwhasoo and History Of Whoo…. are you ready for more competition ? Let the games begin!



Hyosiah expands brand with black bean line






Amore Pacific’s bean fermentation line, Hyosiah, will be expanding their brand once more with a new line called the Hyosiah Black Bean line.




The firming and anti-aging line contains of course the patented BeanCure, which is a fermentation product of mung beans, beans, grains etc. It also contains Black Soybeans, which have recently found to be effective in fighting obesity, lowering cholesterol, and reduces the risk of diabetes.




Black soybean contain various types of Vitamin among which the contents of Vitamin E & B are the highest. Its content of Vitamin E, a very important element in retaining your skin’s youth is five to seven times higher than in meat. Not only that – it helps improve eyesight, darkens hair and keeps the skin white and bright. These  soybeans are then fermented to form the patented ‘rinyubin’ which aids in the removal of toxins, providing the skin with antioxidants and keeps them from the harmful and polluted external environment. ( Do you know that black beans are actually just fermented soybeans? ) . The black beans contain a high amount of Phytic Acid, which is a skin lightener by blocking the entrance of iron and copper in the formation of melanin. Read about the benefits of Phytic Acid : here



The line consists of two products :



1. Hyosiah Black Bean Cream 효시아 블랙 리뉴빈 크림


2. Hyosiah Black Bean Serum 효시아 블랙 리뉴빈 에센스




Strengthen and lengthen your eyelashes with LJH





LJH Cellabel , a brand which is known more for it’s BB Cream, will be releasing a eyelash strenghtening  and lengthening product called the LJH Cellabel Eyelash Queen 셀라벨 엠.씨 아이래쉬 퀸



The Eyelash Queen contains peptides, pomegranate extracts, chamomile to strenghten eyelashes to make it strong and healthy. Eyelashes are exposed to sunlight everyday, but not many know that even sunlight makes not only your skin fragile but your hair and eyelashes too. This product helps to nourish the eyelashes and strengthen it. Apply the product before applying your mascara. You can also keep tabs on the length of your eyelashes with the product !




Scinic releases water cleanser August 16, 2011





Scinic will be releasing a new product called the Scinic Aqua Cleansing Treatment 아쿠아 클렌징 트리트먼트



This cleanser is a mist- cleanser. It uses Hawaiian Botanical Deep Ocean Water, Aloe Vera to produce a protective layer so the skin doesn’t feel dry after cleansing. After spraying the cleansing mist on your face, use a wet hand to clean your face. It can also be used to remove waterproof products such as mascara, sunblock etc.



This product is free from 5 harsh chemicals – paraben, alcohol, silicone, artificial coloring, benzophenone.




Ecopure releases Anti-aging body products





Danahan’s ECOPURE will be introducing an anti-aging body line called the ECOPURE Peptide Collagen Body line.



The line features the main ingredient , a complex of different peptides ( acetyl hexapeptide, palmitate retinyl, pentapeptide-3, ) which are ingredients proven to slow down the skin’s aging process and keeps it firm.



In addition, it features also 7 ECOCERT-certified organic ingredients : Argan, Witch hazel, Rooibos, Chamomile, Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Lavender to moisturize your skin, and leave it soft and smooth.




The line now has 2 products :




1. Ecopure Peptide Collagen Body Lotion

에코퓨어 펩타이드 콜라겐 바디로션



400ml / 20,000 wons. Contains 84.5% natural ingredients. Keeps your body wrinkle-free, and a soft lilac scent to provide aromatheraphy effects.




2. Ecopure Peptide Collagen Body Cleanser

에코퓨어 펩타이드 콜라겐 바디클렌져



500ml / 15,000 wons. Contains 95.8% natural ingredients. Mild, hypoallergenic foam cleanses your body while keeping it moist.





Etude House introduces Wonder Pore





After the phenomenal Wonder Girls ( a Kpop girl group ), Korea will be introducing another phenomenon called the Wonder Pore ( hehehehe… ). Ok, jokes aside, Etude House will be introducing another summer line ( also another pore line ) called the ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore line.



The ETUDE HOUSE Wonder Pore line uses the patented ‘Anti Pore-Dex’ complex which features pasqueflower ,western dandelion, chrysanthemum and cypress leaf extracts which deep cleanses pores, control excess sebum secretion , and give you baby skin.



7 in1 total pore solution:


  • Deep cleanses pores

  • Maintain pH 4.5 +/- 1

  • Control a large amount of the sebum

  • Minimize appearance of pores

  • Refines skin tones

  • Keep the elasticity of pores

  • Moisturise inside and outside of skin



6-Free : No parabens, mineral oil, fragrances, artificial coloring, talc,animal derived ingredients



There is 2 products in the line :



1. Etude House Wonder Pore Soda Capsule

세안 시 원더 포어 소다 캡슐



This soda capsule helps remove Demodex. To benefit more from this, soak a ‘mask’ after dissolving the capsule in water.


What is Demodex?


Demodex includes 65 species, two of which inhabit human skin: D. folliculorum and D. brevis.  The rest inhabit basically every other species of mammal: I saw literature on hedgehogs, alpacas, koalas, bears, along with the usual cats and dogs.  They bury themselves head-down into a hair follicle, with their tails sticking up, and feed on dead skin and oils built up in your pores.  That’s right, your pores.  Infants rarely have Demodexspecimens, but almost all elderly people have them.  They are considered the most common human ectoparasite, and 50% of adults harbor these guys.


Demodex mites live inside the sebaceous glands and hair follicles, sucking nutrients from the hair roots and damaging the cell walls. After mating they burrow into the skin, laying eggs, introducing bacteria and infection to the skin. Throughout the five phases of their life cycle, these mites destroy the skin by excreting wastes and secretions, laying eggs and dying within its layers. After death, their corpses become liquid and decompose inside the skin.

Research indicates that human demodex is a conditional-pathogenic parasite. The disorder occurs as the result of a large infestation of demodex mites on the skin, combined with a weakened immune system. The physical, chemical and mechanical stimulation of the skin from the mites can cause the immune system to react in extreme ways. Local allergic inflammation, erythema, papules and pustules are all reactions by the immune system.

The adolescent mite dermatitis and early symptoms of rosacea are frequently misdiagnosed as adolescent acne. A sample study has shown that from people with mite dermatitis (at least 60% of the population), 2.44% have rosacea; 7.56% have acne-like mite dermatitis. (See note 1.) When mite testing and the accorded treatment are not carried out, this condition causes increased damage to the normal health, structure and beauty of the skin. The destruction of the skin becomes more and more severe as the condition persists, leaving the facial skin rough and ugly.
The inflammation will repeatedly occur without timely intervention, correct diagnosis and effective therapy. Pathologic changes to the skin, such as enlarged opening of the hair follicles, widened pores, enlarged and damaged capillaries, hyperplasia of cells and even rhinophyma (growth of the nose and central facial areas) can develop.

Given this, it is not difficult to imagine the extent of the damage that the mites cause.

Source : here & here



2. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener 

세안 후 원더 포어 프레쉬너


This pore freshener / mist  balances the skin’s optimum pH ( 4.5 +/- 1 ) which is the optimum pH to prevent various skin problems. It also protect the pores from the hot summer months.



Purchase Etude House products at I-zakkaya and get 8% off using the code ‘hopein8’ (+ free 1 TonyMoly mask by just using the code)  only for the month of August. Free pickup for those in the Greater Toronto Area.