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BB Cream for very dry skin : IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist BB SPF33 PA + + November 24, 2010


Good news for those of you who have been searching high and low for a BB Cream  for your very dry skin. Introducing the IOPE Super Vital EXTRA Moist BB Cream SPF 33.

IOPE is a brand under the Amore Pacific Corporation, Korea’s largest cosmetic company bearing brands like Sulwhasoo, Mamonde and Laneige under its wings.

As most of you might not be familiar with this brand, IOPE shot to fame after releasing it’s star product and best seller till today – the ‘ IOPE Super Vital Extra Moist Cream ‘ which has been upgraded recently – and of course the BB Cream from the same line was released last month.

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Since it’s release last month, the Super Vital Extra Moist BB Cream has already exceeded sales expectations in less than a month and has been a hit with ladies with dry skin. This BB Cream contains 40% of the Super Vital Extra Moist Cream and is three times more moisturizing that the BB Creams out in the market. This BB Cream also contains Pearl Powder .

This BB Cream is retailed for 55,000 won ( 35ml ).

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BRTC ADVANCED PURIFICATION PROGRAM bubble Refining cleanser November 18, 2010


BRTC ADVANCED PURIFICATION PROGRAM Bubble Refining Cleanser produces rich and fine bubbles that run into pores to clear impurities and dead skin cells. Pores are therefore unclogged. What’s more, it helps controls sebum secretion, detoxifies and purifies skin. Skin’s capacity for moisture and nutrients is therefore optimized, revealing translucent white and flawless.

To read more about the product , look at the information in the photo below :


The cleanser comes in a medium sized 60ml bottle. The packaging gives a rather serious image of the product, with the use of pure white color with the use of blue colored text which is BRTC’s trademark color.


I was rather confused as there were two different instructions regarding the product.

First was from

1. After cleansing, apply a proper amount of Bubble Refining Cleanser onto dry face.

2. Abundant oxygen bubbles are formed in a few seconds.

3. After 5 minutes, massage the bubbles with wet fingers in order to remove excess sebum and dead cells.

4. Rinse off with warm water.

5. Use once or twice a week.

And secondly, the instructions on the leaflet :

1. After refining skin texture with toner, pump Bubble Refining Cleanser 2-3 times and place it in a glass bowl at the stage of deep cleansing

2. Apply it with pack brush according to the direction of the skin

3. After forming rich bubbles in 3-5 minutes, massage softly with fingertips and wash off with running water.

I couldn’t understand the official instructions so i opted to use Sasa’s instructions


  • Papaya Extract: exfoliates aged cuticles. Papaya contains enzyme papain, which has wonderful exfoliating properties – removing dead skin, and specifically damaged skin. Most enzyme cleansers contain Papaya extracts.
  • Lemon Extract: detoxifies and brightens skin.
  • Lavender Extract: soothes skin and antiseptic. It helps wound healing.
  • Spinach Extract: nourishes skin.
  • Na-Complex: unclogs pores and prevention the appearance of black heads.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – pale blue liquid (which explains the faint blue color of the cleanser) that has many uses including bleaching agent, disinfectant and antiseptic. There is a great deal of current research showing that hydrogen peroxide is problematic as a topical disinfectant because it can greatly reduce the production of healthy new skin cells. In Chemistry, we know that H202 (its chemistry name) is a strong oxidizing agent, meaning that it generates free-radical damage which impairs the skin healing process.

You have a few foaming agents here :

  • Cocamidopropyl betaine – synthetic surfactant (Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension of a liquid, allowing easier spreading, and lowering of the interfacial tension between two liquids) derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine that does not irritate skin or mucuous membrane. It also has antiseptic properties. However some studies indicate it is an allergen (cause allergic reactions) and has even won Allergan Of The Year in 2004.
  • Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoamphopropionate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate and Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that these substances can be rinsed away. They also increase foaming capacity or stabilize foams
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate – I have discussed it here at the Elisha Coy review : click here
  • Cocamide DEA – is a viscous liquid and is used as a foaming agent in bath products like shampoos and hand soaps, and in cosmetics as an emulsifying agent.

Also another interesting ingredient

  • Benzophenone – is used to prevent ultraviolet light from damaging scents and colors in products such as perfumes and soaps. This allows the manufacturer to package the product in clear glass or plastic. Without it, opaque or dark packaging would be used.

Looks like this cleanser is packed with humongous amount of ingredients that are irritating to the skin, so those of you with sensitive skin, please report back here if you have incurred any reactions!

Cleansing Power

This product is actually used only in the second step of cleansing. You will have to clean your skin with your cleanser first, dry it, then double cleanse with this product.

It is the first time we’ve used a self-foaming cleanser. No water is added but foams are created automatically with time ( no surprise here considering the amount of foaming agents here used! ) mmmm It is rather unique and the bubbles do give a little massage on the face as you can feel it moving around your face. I like the ticklish feeling it does, as if giving a little micro massage to the face. After a few minutes, the foam becomes more evident and puffy !

And the foam lather is more apparent on my face :


Other than the number of irritants in the ingredients, i am pleased with this cleanser. It double cleanses the face and after cleansing, it doesn’t give that tight uncomfortable feeling. However, this product is not a cleanser, you will need to clean your face before cleansing with this product.

Apparently, when the soft bubbles massages pores, impurities from pores are removed  and it smoothes congested circulation which helps brighten dull skin tone.

Before cleansing, the skin analyser showed :

What a huge improvement!

I’m still quite puzzled why the dramatic change in Oiliness when this is suppose to be a cleanser! Lol ! Smile

I love the feeling of the bubbles on my face, and the foam forming without the need of water. Plus the feeling of the ‘massage’ the bubbles give is a plus! Sasa .com is having a buy 1 free 1 deal, so this is totally worth it if you want to give it a try. If you’re sensitive to those ingredients mentioned above, stay away from this cleanser!


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BB Cream with high spf (above SPF 40) November 12, 2010

Dear Readers,

I have compiled all the BB Creams that i know that is more than SPF 40 so make your BB Cream search easier. Here are the BB Creams which have rather high SPF :

1) BRTC Gold Caviar Blemish Balm BB Cream SPF 50 PA+++ 35g

2) COOGI-HOSI Super 3 Action BB cream SPF45 PA+++ 50ml


3) Baviphat men’s BB cream, sun block lotion SPF 50/PA +++


4) LANEIGE Snow BB Cream SPF41 PA++ 50ml (Available in 2 shades)

5) MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream No.23 SPF42 PA+++ 50ml

6) Tony Moly NANO GOLD BB cream SPF50PA+++

7) Tonymoly Expert 3D Collagen BB Cream SPF40 50g

8) Tonymoly M10 For Men BB Cream SPF40 50g

9) Dr Jart Gold Label Premium BB Cream SPF45 40ml

10 ) Elisha Coy Premium Gold Mineral BB Cream SPF45+++

11) Lancome BB Base UV Expert GN Shield SPF50 PA +++

12) Danahan Ecopure Organic B.B. Cream Sun Base SPF 46 / PA++

13) Beauty Credit CoEnzyme Q10 B.B. Sun Base (SPF 46 / PA++)

14) Hanskin Silky Treatment BB Cream SPF 50 PA+++

15 ) LG Cathy Cat Essence Sun BB 50ml SPF50+/PA+++

16) LG Cathy Cat Sun BB Stick SPF50/PA+++ 19g

17 ) DR MJ’s Balance Sun Protect BB Cream SPF 50+++/PA +++ 50ml

18) CEDIA Rice Stem Cell Whitening Blemish Balm BB Cream SPF 40

19) CEDIA Rose Stem Cell Sensitive Blemish Balm BB Cream SPF 40

20) COSMO Biogem SSCRDA Multi-Illuminating Blemish Balm SPF 45/ PA ++ ( Search for 코스모 비오젬 SSCRDA 멀티 일루미네이팅 블레미쉬 밤 on Gmarket )

21) IPKN Luxury BB Cream SPF 42 PA ++ ( 입큰 럭셔리 로얄 에센스 비비(SPF42PA++) )

22) CNP Laboratory Blemish Block and Barrier Formula Plus SPF 46, PA ++ ( Search for (CNP) B.B.B포뮬라 SPF46PA++ )

23) Shi Chang Sheng Longevity Beautiful Lines BB 십장생 아름다운 선(嬋) 비비크림 SPF50PA+++

24) IPKN White Signity Tinted SunLotion SPF45 PA++

25) Fueki Anti-Aging BB Cream SPF 40PA ++ ( Search for [후에키 에센스같이촉촉 on Gmarket )

26) IPKN Skinny Fit BB Cream SPF 45/PA ++ ( 큰 스키니 핏 크리미 비비[자외선차단 기능 SPF45/PA++ )

27) Baviphat Office Lady Triple BB Cream SPF 45 PA +++ ( baviphat 바비펫 오피스 레이디 트리플 비비크림 SPF45/PA+++ )

28 ) History Of Whoo Whitening BB Cream SPF 45 PA +++ Red heart ( 청안선 비비 ) – love this brand!

29 ) Cellabel Homme Color Sun Balm SPF 50 + / PA +++ ( 이지함 셀라벨 옴므 A.C 오션 컬러 선밤SPF50+PA+++)

30 ) Peri-Pera Light (for oily skin)  / Peri Pera I Love BB Cream SPF

(for combi-dry skin) ( 아이 러브 비비크림 SPF50+/PA+++)

31 ) Clio’s Small Face BB Cream SPF 50 PA+++

32 ) Laneige Homme BB Cream SPF 41 / PA ++

33) Vonin The Style Shaking BB SPF 42 PA +++

34 ) OHUI Perfect Sunblock Blemish Balm 45ml SPF50+ PA +++ 오휘 선 사이언스 퍼펙트 선블록 블레미쉬 밤

35 ) Innisfree Eco Natural Suncare BB Cream ( 이니스프리 에코 내추럴 선케어 비비크림 )

36) Charmzone Gingko Natural Multi BB Cream SPF 50 PA +++ ( 참존 징코 내츄럴 멀티 비비크림)

37 ) Charmzone DeAGE Multi BB Cream SPF 50 / PA +++ (참존 디에이지 멀티 비비크림)

38 ) Baviphat Dereom Mineral Whitening Anti Wrinkle BB Cream 데레온 미네랄 화이트닝 안티링클 비비크림 SPF50/PA+++

39 ) Sulwhasoo Lumitouch Multi Base SPF 50 PA +++ ( 설화수 예서 멀티 베이스 )

39 ) A3F[on] Multi Effect BB Cream SPF 50 PA +++ 에이쓰리에프온A3F[on] 멀티 이펙트 비비크림

40 ) Crazy Monkey To Be Natural Premium BB Face Solution Cream 50ml.

41) Crazy Monkey  d’Argan BB Perfect Liquid Cream(50ml) SPF 45 PA ++

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Enprani Vital BB Cream November 11, 2010


This is a basic BB Cream from the Enprani Group. It was their first BB Cream , but it’s popularity faded when Enprani came out with their best-selling BB Cream – “ All That B.B “ . To know how old and basic this BB Cream is, you will need to know that it doesn’t even contain any SPF. Almost all the new generation of BB Creams contains SPF nowadays.



The Enprani Vital BB Cream comes in a very nice glossy black box. The BB Cream is stored in a little bulky  pump. It is really cute in a way, but maybe inconvenient for you ladies to bring it out with you since it’s really bulky! The pump is also rather hard to control so sometimes we pump too much BB Cream out!


I would not have much to comment here because i do not have the ingredient list here with me! However from the Enprani Website, i managed to catch one of the main ingredient :

1) Bradykinin (found in aloe gel)

According to Wiki, Bradykinn is a peptide that causes blood vessels to dilate (enlarge), and therefore causes blood pressure to lower .Bradykinin is an inflammatory nonapeptide (9- amino acid peptide chain)  originating in the plasma  So why is it used in cosmetics? It has now been determined that one of the essential characteristics of sensitive skin (reactions of skin irritation and intolerance) are associated, in particular, with the release of these neuropeptides, induced by bradykinin.

Thus, it has now been determined that the use of a bradykinin antagonist permits the preventive and/or curative therapeutic treatment of sensitive skinTo treat sensitive skin, bradykinin antagonists are hereby employed. Indeed, it has now surprisingly been found that the formulation of bradykinin antagonists into a cosmetic, pharmaceutical or dermatological composition avoids the irritationand/or dysaesthesic sensations in and/or pruritus of the skin and/or of the mucous membranes.
Briefly, the present invention features the formulation of at least one bradykinin antagonist into topically applicable compositions comprising a cosmetically, pharmaceutically or dermatologically acceptable medium, for treating sensitive skin.

To read more : head over here and here !

Texture and Color

The Enprani Vital has a nice rather light texture to it. In a way it is also rather creamy, and compared to the Enprani Rayshot it is creamier and thicker in texture.  It is also very easy to spread on the skin and has a greasy texture to it!

As seen below, Enprani Vital has a darker color compared to the rest, but don’t worry, once applied to the skin, it blends with the skin color.

Oil Control

Oil Control is rather poor for the Enprani Vital BB Cream. However, it would be suitable for those with combination – combination dry skin.

Picture taken after an hour : As you can see the paper blot is already very oily even after only 1 hour!

When compared to other brands : A – Alexander Kimsco CM – Crazy Monkey ER – Enprani Rayshot EV – Enprani Vital

After 10 minutes :

After 45 minutes :

After 2 hours :

Before putting on Enprani Vital : –1 for both Skin Texture and Moisture. Normal for Oiliness.

After putting on Enprani Vital : + 1 for oiliness, moisture, and texture.


This BB Cream has an average coverage. It will cover well if you do no not have much skin problems.

On my left cheek which has a lot of old cystic acne scars :

And on my right cheek which is much better !

When being compared to other BB Creams :


As said in the introduction, this is a very basic BB cream. It does it job like all BB Creams, and is more suitable for those with drier skin. It does have a good staying power though. It doesn’t have sunscreen so you have to apply another layer of sunscreen before applying the BB cream. Like all Korean cosmetics , it has fragrance in it, and thank god, it isn’t heavily scented !

Repurchase? Probably not… there are so much other options. However if you are looking for a cheap BB Cream as a base, or just as a light coverage for night use ( as u don’t need sunscreen at night – when you need to go to the mamak with friends etc  )  this BB cream could be an option.


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Gmarket Haul Number 4! :D November 9, 2010

If there was such thing as Gmarket Super VIP, I should be one.

This was my 4th Gmarket spree. Almost a spree each week.

Less goodies than the previous spree, but lots of goodies for our readers! Smile

Sorry for not taking photos of the opening of boxes because i threw them away on the way back.

I had to pick the huge Gmarket box up from the main box office which is 40 minutes journey from my home, and i really hate Chronopost ( i call it CON-opost because it is really a conjob and the company is a real joke! ) but it happens to be the company in charge of EMS postage in France.

So in the Metro ( and in front of everyone ) i had to open up the boxes one by one and put the items in a huge bag.

Here you will see many BB Cream brands which none of you will probably know, but in Korea, they are the highest range of BB Creams available.

1) This is not from Gmarket – but from Ebay Germany. Dr Schrammek‘s The Original BB Cream that launched the BB Craze. I am excited to test this product!

2) First Up – this is a new brand in Korea – it says Giverny Paris – but don’t be mistaken – the brand isn’t even available here in Paris ( the one we have here is Givenchy so not to be confused ). This BB Cream has been a hot-seller, and it has been sold out a few times on Gmarket!  This is the premium edition, but they do have lower range edition which is cheaper. I was given lots of samples, so which lucky reader will win these samples?? Open-mouthed smile

3) Woorijin is the company  that produces the most expensive BB Creams in Korea – they are all premium high end and the most expensive BB Cream of theirs retail for about $150 – $200 USD. They gave me samples of Alexander Kimsco which is their most expensive BB brand, and also SunnySide VIP BB Cream which retails for aroun $120 USD. I bought the middle range BB Cream of theirs to try and very excited to review and see if it lives up to their price tag.

4) Next up we have DR MJ Escargot’s BB Cream which uses snail slime as their main ingredients. This BB Cream retails for about $80 USD but it was on 50% so i bought it and they were very generous with samples as u can see. They even gave a full size Jasmine mask, 2 sheet masks, a box of Escargot’s different creams and also a few samples of DR MJ’s different BB Cream.

5) AHC is also a high end premium brand and very reputable for it’s BB Cream – the 30ml retails at $70 USD while the 50ml at $90 USD. We’ll see how this fares.

6) BeauteDerm’s BB Cream was also on a buy 1 free 1 promotion, so i grabbed it. I have read very positive reviews around, and they have two different BB creams. One for oily skin, and the other for dry skin. I ordered the one with oily & combination skin. They were also very generous with their samples.

7) Last but not least, Suiskin. This is also quite a relatively new brand in Korea, and they were very generous with their samples! I will be giving lots of Suiskin freebies to our readers. Isn’t the packaging just gorgeous and lovely? Classy!

It even comes with a certificate! Open-mouthed smile

So there you have it , our 4th GMarket Haul. We did not buy much, but lots of samples were given! Definitely good news for our readers! Open-mouthed smile

Take your pick!

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Elisha Coy/ ElishaCoy BB All In One Cleanser November 6, 2010


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.

*BB All-In-One Cleanser 200mL / Skincare and cleansing all-in one!
Enjoy the double functionality of massaging and cleansing with various nutritional benefits and a creamy texture for bright, luminous skin.

I have been using this BB Cleanser for about a week now – and it is fast becoming my favourite cleanser.

Product Feature

1. Make your cleansing more perfect with much stronger 2-in-1 system!

Reinforced 2-in-1 system of Elisha Coy makes your cleansing care more perfect

2. Strong moisturizing ability to draw 6000ml of moisture with 1g only

3. Science of pH 5.5 that protects your skin

4. Low-irritant vegetable cleansing care for sensitive skinPure natural vegetable ingredients are safe for your sensitive or troublesome skin!



Almost all Elisha Coy products come in very nice, clean, simple, classy packaging. This one is no exception. The cleanser comes in a plastic pump containing 200ml of the cleanser.


Massage & Cleansing at One Time

1st deep cleansing of dry face by gentle massage without water 

2nd deep cleansing of face with water, generating sufficient lather

Safe on your sensitive skin with no irritant vegetable ingredients


One negative thing about Elisha Coy products is that the ingredients list is all in Korean. However thanks to Queen Kimiko, i found the ingredient list in English , so i am going to be borrowing her list :

And indeed, i was disappointed because there you have it, sodium laureth sulfate is listed there as the first ingredient.

1) Sodium Laureth Sulfate –  is a foaming agent which is used in many personal care products – cleansers, soap, shampoo etc. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is its less toxic cousin, but not safe to use as well.  Sodium Laureth Sulfate was mainly used as cleaners and degreasant and it does the same to our skin – it strips off the natural oils of our skin and erodes the skin in an attempt to clean it. It has a relatively low molecular weight, therefore making it easy to be absorbed and build up in our body. Recently Sodium Laureth Sulfate has been put in the spotlight because it contains a carcinogen substance known as Dioxane. When accumulated in our body, it may become cancerous and it has been linked to liver and bladder cancer in animals.  To read more regarding this, head over here.

However, there are many beneficial ingredients to balance this out.

1) Betaine

It is a natural moisturizing agent extracted from sugar beet and provides skin with elasticity and luster. Those studying organic chemistry would find this interesting as Betaine is a nutrient known as a methyl (-CH3) donor. it donates methyl molecules in the body to make chemical processes work.

2) Centella Asiatica / Gotu Kola

Pride of Asia Smile. This wonder asian herb has been used in many products lately.

It speeds up collagen production and improves skin elasticity and softness. Gotu Kola is a minor feature in the longevity tradition of the Tai Chi Chuan master Li Ching-Yuen. He purportedly lived to be 197 or 256, due in part to his usage of traditional Chinese herbs including Gotu Kola.

3) Siberian chrysanthemum

With its strong skin-soothing ability, it soothes your skin troubles and restores skin health.

4) Rose Mary

It controls sebum secretion and normalizes the elasticity of loose pores.

5) Linden Flower

Its abundant mucus and tanin soothe irritated skin and reinforce skin elasticity. It is used externally for itchy skin complaints.


I am impressed with the texture of this cleanser. Infact, it could easily pass of as having the texture of a serum/essence. It did kind of reminded me of Sulwhasoo’s First Aid Serum. Because of it’s serum like texture, it is very easy to glide it over the skin for cleansing.

Cleansing Power

I tried to make my skin as dirty as possible to test the cleansing power of this cleanser. I used some BB Cream, Markers, Ink Pen, and Eye liners.

Note that this photo was taken even without adding any water yet. I just glided the cleanser over my hand and glided it all over my hand and almost everything came off easily other than the word HOPE with the ink pen.

This is what it looked like after gliding the cleanser evenly on my skin (NO water was used at all ! )

Please remember to massage your face with the cleanser to improve blood circulation.

This was the end result after introducing water onto the cleanser and foaming it. Impressive isn’t it? Skin tone was definitely brighter and smoother after cleansing with it.  Loves! Smile


I used the skin analyser on both my face and hands before using the cleanser :

Skin Analyser on Face before using the Cleanser :

Compare it with the Skin Analysis Chart :

-4 for all Moisture, Oil, Skin Texture = Dry skin Sad smile

And after cleaning with Elisha Coy BB Cream Cleanser : –3 for both Moisture Level and Skin texture, improvement by one bar. I guess that’s pretty impressive for a cleanser that’s suppose to strip of all the oil, dirt and moisture from your skin eh? I expected a –5 for all.

And with my hands- BEFORE cleansing : seems like my hands were as dry as my face. Hehe ^^

Results were more impressive on the hands. +2 bars for Skin Moisture level, oiliness level and skin texture level ! Smile Smile


I am really impressed with this product. However, compared to my favourite Decleor’s Reflet de Purete , it still lacking in just only one way : how my skin feels after cleansing. With Elisha Coy BB Cleanser, my skin feels a bit tight after cleansing, but the Decleor Reflet de Purete makes my skin feel very moist even after cleansing. But it doesn’t reach the point where the skin is dry and uncomfortable.

However, this product is no doubt one of my favourite cleansers. It’s serum like texture is great for a small massage on your skin while cleansing ( i’m BIG into massaging every time i clean and apply my creams lately – i havent had a single pimple for almost 2 weeks since i started massaging and using Sulwhasoo ) so it’s definitely a plus!  On top of that, it cleanses really well too.

Repurchase? Definitely. In fact i have already purchased another bottle of this. Just the scent of this would make me buy the product over and over again. It has a very nice light scent to it.

Worth the money? This product retails for about 28,000 Korean Won (about 18 euros). Definitely rather high for just a cleanser. However it is just not a cleanser, it doubles up as a massage gel as well. So for those of you who are on the fence : If you are someone who believes in Facial massages – i’d say get it. You can skip a step in your skincare routine. For those who are too lazy – skip this and get a cheaper cleanser.

For other reviews , head over to Queen Momoko , MillyWalker ,

Sexy Dawn . All of them loved the cleanser.


Update : here

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Purchasing Elisha Coy products for those of you who are in Europe, Russia, America November 5, 2010

Dear Readers,

Hope In A Blog is working on a deal with Elisha Coy ( due to an immense response from users asking me where can they purchase Elisha Coy products ) to provide sales service for users who do not have Elisha Coy distributors in their countries ( Europe, America, Russia etc ).

Note that Hope In A Blog is not gaining any profit nor commission for this, neither are we advertisers for Elisha Coy. This is solely done to provide readers a chance to try out this amazing brand. Hope In A Blog is not associated to Elisha Coy in any way.

Hopefully this will be a beginning for other skincare companies to work together with our blog to provide more deals and opportunities for our dear readers to try out unique and international brands.

Of course, we are trying to make the negotiate the best deal for our readers out there ( discounts, buying in sets, etc ), and we will announce this once we have all the details.


So for all those out there who are interested, leave a comment and give YOUR suggestions because we are only doing this for YOU, our readers.

At the mean time check out the Elisha Coy catalogue Here

And also the official website : here!

Wishing you all goooood skin.


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Gmarket Haul No.3 Continues.. November 2, 2010

Received my 3rd shopping haul from Gmarket today. Thank God it was not taxed this time! However, the other one is sitting in the customs office right now Sad smile

Is anyone excited for the reviews of this items? Leave a comment of which review you want to see first, and i’ll hop right on to it.

Tell me also which goodies you want as the next Hope In A Blog’s Review Giveaway!

Huge Box about 11 kgs. Carried it all the way from the post office!

Let’s take a peek :

Let’s open them one by one :

1) Elisha Coy

2) Banila Co ( They even gave me free coffee? lol )

3) Tony Moly ( was generous was the samples )

4) More Tony Moly

5) Innisfree Jeju’s Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

6) Isa Knox’s Care Zone pour troubled skin ( i should have gotten the one for pore and sebum care! Sad smile . They were super generous with the freebies )

7) Dr MJ’s BB Cream and Complete Massage Cream ( They made a mistake. Was suppose to be one massage cream and one hydra balance cream. I really do not like the people behind Dr Mj’s company. They are very stuck up and do not reply to mails )

I really am Gmarker’s No. 1 customer and i should be rewarded with more coupons! Smile Smile Smile

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Top 10 Skincare Items that has Changed my skincare Routine. November 1, 2010

Inspired by Joseibi’s 10 Wonder Products for Dry and Dehydrated Skin, I decided that i would do my own Top 10 list of Skincare Items that has changed my Skincare routine forever.

I would be doing a full-scale review of these 10 items soon.

No 10. Decleor’s Reflet de Purete

Probably my favourite cleanser ever ( used to be SKII’s Foaming Cleanser).  This cleanser works by deep cleansing the skin. It contains essential and jojoba oils, stabilized enzymes, and cotton milk. Your skin feels very soft YET hydrated after cleansing. However, do note that this cleanser is only used in Decleor Spa centres and are not available for retail, but you can definitely find them online or on Ebay. Pores appear smaller right after cleansing.

No 9. DermaRollers

Suffering from acne and cystic acne during my teenager years left me scarred with enlarges pores, and crated scars on my skin. Unfortunately, there is no cream that will solve this problem so when i found out about Derma Rollers 2 years ago, i decided to try it. I have to say Derma Rollers have really helped with my scars. There are different sized needles, used to treat different problems. I will elaborate on the full scale review.

No 8. Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Serum

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF is a preventive, corrective, antioxidant treatment to fight against free radical damage to combat skin aging and reverse sun damage. The Phloretin is for those with oily skin while the Ferulic is for those with dry skin. It brightens the skin and does not break it out, however those with sensitive skin should try this product before buying it.  Patent-pending, breakthrough antioxidant combination of 2% phloretin, 10% L-ascorbic acid, and 0.5% ferulic acid for broad-spectrum antioxidant performance.

No 7. BB Creams


I am talking about BB Creams in general and not the Baviphat one. BB Creams has become a staple routine in my skincare since i started using my first ever BB Cream ( which was my sister’s SkinFood Aloe BB Cream ). BB Creams brightens up the skin immediately and covers up the flaws on your skin. The plus side, it is packed with nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants. Downside, it is full of silicones. Still on the search of looking for the perfect BB Cream that will make it into my Top 10 list.

No 6. SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence @ Miracle Water


This product is either a miss or hit for you. Those with sensitive skin usually have a problem with the essence. I started using this product during my teenage acne years, and this was THE product that really saved my skin back then. I had lots of post-acne scars, and my face was full of red spots, and after 6 months of using this product, the red spots disappeared gradually. However, i’m sure that the SK-II WHITENING SOURCE DERM-DEFINITION and WHITENING SOURCE DERM-REVIVAL MASK did help a lot in clearing my red spots. Also to add, the Facial Treatment Mask is one of the best hydration mask ever. You will also notice that your skin becomes instantly smooth right after you apply the essence.

No 5. Clarisonic


The Clarisonic has become such a star in my family that almost all my family members cannot live without their Clarisonic. It cleanses the skin really well, so if you want to invest, invest in a Clarisonic instead of an expensive cleanser. It brushes off the dead skin and preps your skin to absorb your serum/cream. Trust me, the investment is worth it.

No 4. Sulwhasoo’s Overnight Treatment Pack


Overnight sleeping mask and pack are big in Asia but almost none-existent in Western skincare. I came by this brand after being introduced to it by my best friend who gave me a sample of the Overnight Treatment Pack. I loved it SOO much that i bought the full size and since then, it has become a staple step in my night time skincare routine. This overnight pack is formulated with Chinese Medicinal Herbs ( Angelica, Pomegranate, Walnut, White Mulberry etc ). It creates an essential moisture layer on the skin, thus assuring optimum penetration of nourishing herbs while you sleep. And when u wake up and look in the mirror, you’ll be happy with the results : smooooth radiant baby skin and even the pores are less noticeable!  Since then i have bought every single item on Sulwhasoo’s basic skincare range, and it has become the no.1 Skincare brand for me.

No 3. Darphin’s 8 Flower Nectar


This dry oil derived from 8 exotic flowers around the world Enriched with essential vitamins & Omega 3  & 6. Benefit from the unique blend of 8 pure essential oils:
EVERLASTING to reveal a healthy glow. IRIS to calm and rebalance. JASMINE to promote elasticity. LAVENDER to soften and soothe. NEROLI to improve skin’s suppleness. PATCHOULI to firm and tone. ROSE to boost natural radiance. YLANG YLANG to help relieve stress.

There was a period where i was obsessed with Essential Oils, so i tried almost every single essential oil care from Darphin and Decleor. This one was the winner no doubt! First of all the smell is amazing, and enough to send you to heaven and a good night’s sleep. It also leaves your skin smooth and supple when you wake up. However, it doesn’t quite justify the price, so my advice is that only buy this if you see a very good deal.

No 2. Darphin’s Skin Mat Serum and Lotion


One of the only serum and lotion that really works in controlling my oily skin. This two products are really effective in controlling oil, and not only that they smell really good and feels super comfortable and light on the skin. This is one line that i would buy all the time regardless of the price! Smile

No 1. Facial Massage


Your hands are really your best friend when it comes to taking care of your skin. Plus, it’s free ! So make good use of this babies. Facial Massage has become such an important step in my skincare routine after reading the Chizu Saeki’s The Japanese Skincare Revolution: How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your Life–At Any Age . I will elaborate more about these on another post.

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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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