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Republic Of Korea Best Korean Cosmetics Award 2010 April 4, 2011

Cosmetic Mania News, one of Korea’s leading cosmetic weekly newspaper , has worked together for the past few years with TNS Korea, the oldest marketing and research consultancy in Korea to check out the year’s top cosmetics products which is loved by Korean consumers.  TNS Korea is the largest custom research firm in Korea utilizing their extensive experience in advanced research techniques in every consumer research area.

Guess who emerged as the top winner of 2010? None other than Amore Pacific ! Many of the company’s brands took the top spots in certain division. To be exact – Amore Pacific’s IOPE took most of the major awards and emerged as the overall winner of the Korean Cosmetics Award 2010.

Category Winner
Best Brand Of 2011 Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Make Up Base Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Emulsion Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Lotion/Toner Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Cream Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Essence Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Foundation Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Sunscreen Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Acne Products Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Pressed Powder/Twin Cake Powder/Twoway Cake Amore Pacific’s IOPE
Best Oriental Medicine Brand LG’s Sooryehan
Best Powder Pact Amore Pacific’s Mamonde
Best Cleansing Products LG’s The Face Shop
Best Eyeshadow LG’s The Face Shop
Best Make-up Colors Missha
Best BB Cream Missha
Best Lip Product Missha
Best Lipstick Amore Pacific’s Laneige
Best Pore Care Product Skin Food ( Sake )
Best Mascara Amore Pacific’s Etude House
Best Eyeliner Tony Moly
Best Body Cleaning Products Amore Pacific’s Happy Bath
Best Hair Care Product ( Shampoo + Conditioner ) Amore Pacific’s Ryoe 려
Best Hair Coloring Product Somang’s Beauty Credit

Wow! I am kind of baffled by the wins of Amore Pacific’s IOPE. We knew it was a famous brand in Korea – but not till this extent ! Now it makes us want to check our more products from this brand. The only thing we’ve tried is the super famous Super Vital Moist cream and it was really very moisturizing.

Another surprise here – the Best Oriental Herbal brand went to LG’s Sooryehan instead of the infamous History Of Whoo or Sulwhasoo.

I expected Amore Pacific’s Etude House and Happy Bath to win the best mascara section and also best body cleaning product because Etude House’s Dr Lash was a huuuuge hit last year and Happy Bath has been a household Korean name since… forever? Lotus Palace loves Happy Bath products.

Also expected Tony Moly to win the best eyeliner because it was also a huge hit in 2010 and it’s cheap compared to brands like Bobbi Brown charging $$$ for it. Expected to win the Best BB Cream is also Missha because Missha has been the best-seller for BB Creams every single year!

Brands to try ? Amore Pacific’s Ryoe seems interesting. It is like the Sulwhasoo for hair products. Look at their ads :


So what do you think of this year’s Best Korean Cosmetics Award?

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Reader’s Review : Skin Ceramics Blemish Balm Review March 27, 2011

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Tina was one of the 3 winners in the SkinCeramics and Beaute Derm BB Cream Giveaway ( all three were from the United States ) . She was also the only one who received the BB Cream out of the 3. The other 2 BB Creams got stolen on the way. Sad smile



Without further ado.. here is Tina’s Review on the BB Cream.



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Tina’s Review




Hope In A Blog hosted a small giveaway, the prize being a sample size of Skin Ceramic BB Cream. I won on the condition of writing a review on this product. My review of this product is completely honest and all opinions are my own.




What it is: Skin Ceramic is a Korean brand of BB cream. Unfortunately, their website is in Korean and my Korean is not good enough to translate what I’m reading. The bottle states: “regeneration skin, wrinkle treatment, oil control, long water, long wear. This BB Cream is for your skin as ceramics.” For a full list of ingredients, click on their website here (ingredients are listed in English as well as Korean). Hope In A Blog claims it’s a higher-end BB cream but I am not able to confirm this because I don’t know the price or where to buy it.




Texture and color: The texture reminded me of Estee Lauder Double Wear Light and it is unlike my other BB creams. It’s thinner and not as creamy as my other BB Creams (read about my hunt for my favorite BB cream here). It has a light chemical-y paint-y kind of smell to it, typical of some liquid foundations. The smell isn’t particularly pleasant but it’s not off-putting either. The color is surprisingly not grey-based like most BB creams. It is very light and has a strong pink undertone to it.




My experience: I tried this twice before deciding that I wouldn’t wear it anymore. The first day I applied a light layer after I moisturized my face then set it with MAC’s Mineralized Skin Finish Natural. There was hardly any coverage, none at all actually. When I wear BB creams, I like to dab a little extra underneath my eyes to help neutralize my undereye circles and usually that works for me. With Skin Ceramic, however, the coverage was so sheer that putting extra underneath my eyes did absolutely nothing. The overall finish was okay but then I thought, maybe my MAC powder made it look better.




Therefore, the second day I applied just Skin Ceramic BB Cream without setting it. The color is so pink that it didn’t look good on me at all. It changed the tone of my face and it wouldn’t match my neck. Skin Ceramic adds pink color without providing any coverage whatsoever. It does oxidize enough to match my NC30 skin tone but the pink undertone really ruins the overall look. I eventually set it with MAC’s MSFN because I wanted to neutralize the pink as much as possible.




For reference: I wear NC 30 in MAC Studio Fix, B30 in Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, 32 in Make Up For Ever Face & Body, 127 in Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. My skin is on the lighter end of “medium” and I have yellow undertones.




Conclusion: I do not like this BB cream at all. I cannot speak for its wrinkle treating properties as I would have to wear this for a while but my opinion is based on its color and lack of coverage. I don’t need much coverage but this miraculously provides NO coverage but it adds color, the wrong color for me I might add. This may work for fair Caucasians who have pink undertones. I don’t personally know any Asians who have pink undertones. If you think the color would match you and if you have oily skin, I think Skin Ceramic would be good for you. My forehead is not oily at all which is the only positive thing that I can find about this BB cream. If you want a high-end BB cream, I recommend A.H.C. Intense Contour Balm. If you want a more affordable BB cream, I would recommend Skin79 Super Plus BB Cream Triple Function (hot pink) or Missha Perfect Cover.




Although I did not like Skin Ceramic BB Cream, I would like to thank Hope In A Blog for hosting the giveaway. Check out their blog if you’re interested in Asian skincare and beauty products.

♥ Tinna





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Skin Ceramic Blemish Balm Cream no.1 & Beaute Derm Effective Blemish Balm Review February 11, 2011


  • Skin Ceramic BB Cream

Skin regeneration, wrinkle treatment, oil control, long water, long wear , skin brightening, natural preservatives.

Skin Ceramics BB Cream recycles your damaged skin without irritating it. It acts as an anti-wrinkle, anti-pigmentation and increases your skin’s elasticity.

It improves your skin’s balance by absorbing sebum and applying moisture.

  • Beaute Derm Effective BB Cream

This BB Cream will give you various intensive effects. Soothing, cell regeneration, protecting, hydrating, and acceleration of your blood’s circulation.  It normalizes the over production of oil and covers up discoloration of the skin and skin flaws. It even evens out reddened skin. This matte BB Cream will leave your skin fresh all day.


  • Skin Ceramic BB Cream

This BB Cream comes in black box with  shiny english words on it. The box actually looks very classy, with the Skin Ceramic brand highligted in Silver wordings.

Behind the box is the ingredient list in ENGLISH !

However, the packaging of the BB Cream itself is very simple. It uses the color of the BB Cream itself and the tube is very much like Hanskins’ BB Creams.

  • Beaute Derm Effective BB Cream

The BB Cream comes in a purple box. Nothing special about the packaging here. The ingredient list is listed in English but it is not listed in full, but features only the main ingredients. However, the ingredient list in Korean is fully listed.

Unlike the Skin Ceramic BB Cream tube which is more flat, the Beaute Derm BB Cream is more bulky and round and less refine.

Oil Control

Last picture was taken 8 hours after the 1st picture.

As you can see, the Beaute Derm’s oil control is far more superior than the Skin Ceramic’s BB Cream. The Beaute Derm BB Cream really does keep your sebum at bay and matte for a very long time! Pretty impressive!

The Skin Ceramics is more suitable for those with dry/normal skin. Definitely doesn’t control oil like described on the box itself Open-mouthed smile

The time in which the photos are taken is written on top of the Skin Ceramic’s oil blot sheet.

Texture & Coverage

Top : Beaute Derm BB Cream

Bottom : Skin Ceramics BB Cream

The Skin Ceramics BB Cream is light in texture and spreads easily. It has also less coverage than the Beaute Derm BB Cream, but it still covers pretty well. We like it’s texture more than the Beaute Derm BB.

The BeauteDerm BB Cream is thick and dense in texture. It’s coverage is also superior than the Skin Ceramics BB Cream but it is harder to apply and you may need to rub a little harder.

Our advice is to pat the BB Creams all over your face instead of applying it with your fingers to achieve a more lighter, natural look.

Color / Shade

Right : Skin Ceramics BB

Left : Beaute Derm BB

BB Cream isn’t blended properly to the skin. It’s just to give you readers an approximation on it’s colour.

The Skin Ceramics BB Cream has a slightly lighter shade compared to Beaute Derm’s BB Cream. However, both of the colour is extremely alike and it’s difference is hardly noticeable. Both of the colours are very natural and has a little pink undertone to it.


  • Skin Ceramics BB Cream

Both BB Creams have some similarities in their ingredients. Both of them have water, cetyl ethylhexanoate, titanium dioxide, caprylic/capric triglyceride, propylene glycol, cetyl PEG / PPG – 10 Dimethicone as their first 6 ingredients.

However, Skin Ceramics BB Cream’s ingredients is much more complex than Beaute Derm’s BB Cream.

1. Sorbitan sesquioleate

Sorbitan Sesquioleate is used in a variety of products including skin care products, skin cleansing products, moisturizers, eye makeup and other makeup, primarily as an emollient. It is added to formulas as a skin soother and moisturizer and is derived from sorbitol, a humectant.

2. Ozokerite

Ozokerite is a naturally-occurring odoriferous mineral wax or paraffin found in many localities

Ozokerite and other waxes thicken lipid (oil) portion of cosmetics and personal care products and help keep emulsions from separating into their oil and liquid components. These waxes lessen the brittleness of stick products and add strength and stability to lipsticks. These waxes also hold together the ingredients of a compressed cake.

3. Licorice Root Extract

Licorice extract containing licochalcone-A, from the roots of the plant Glycyrrhiza inflata Batalin, has inhibitory actions of testosterone 5-alpha-reductase, lipase and phospholipase A2, as well as androgen receptor antagonist which reduce sebum output. It also acts as an antimicrobial with proven action against P. acnes bacteria while also being a Super Oxide Dismutase antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory

4. Human Oligopeptide

Known as EGF ( Epidermal Growth Factor). It is composed of 53 amino acids and is one of the important growth factors in human body. We spoke of this ingredient in one of the reviews.

5. Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

Also known as Huang Qin. It is used for its astringent, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial as well as its antioxidant properties

  • Beaute Derm Effective Blemish Balm

1. Hamamelis Virginiana

Also known as Witch Hazel. Commonly used plant extract that can have potent antioxidant properties (Sources: Phytotherapy Research, June 2002, pages 364–367; and Journal of Dermatological Science, July 1995, pages 25–34) and some anti-irritant properties (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, March-April 2002, pages 125–132). However, witch hazel’s high tannin content (and tannin is a potent antioxidant), can also be irritating when used repeatedly on skin because it constricts blood flow. The bark of the witch hazel plant has higher tannin content than the leaves. Steam distillation for producing witch hazel water removes the tannins, but the plant’s astringent qualities are what most believe give it benefit. Alcohol is added during the distillation process, the amount typically being 14–15%.

2. Melia Azadirachta Extract

Known as Neem trea from India. Neem Extract contains Sulfur that is essential building block of collagen, with antiseptic qualities. Aloe Leaf Juice stimulates fibroblast activity and improves the skin healing. Modern science has identified hundreds of active compounds, from various parts of the plant with pesticidal, nematicidal, fungicidal, bactericidal, anti inflammatory, anti-tumor and other properties. These have found applications in the pesticide, medical, healthcare and cosmetic industries all over the world.

Environmentally, Neem is known as a natural air purifier, keeping the oxygen level in the atmosphere balanced. Neem’s ability to withstand extreme heat and water pollution is well known. It also helps to improve fertility of the soil and to rehabilitate degraded wastelands.
Women have used the healing properties of Neem for centuries in India as part of a herbal beauty tradition. A bath with a decoction of Neem leaves keeps skin supple and healthy. Face packs with Neem leaf powder offer emollient and anti aging action. The antiseptic properties of Neem leaf extract help in controlling acne.

3. Grapefruit Extract

Grapefruit seed extract is being used for many types of external skin conditions from known or unknown causes (fungal, parasites, bacteria, viral, etc). Grapefruit seed extract is a very good facial cleanser for general cleaning of oily skin and is very helpful in fighting acne infections. Used as preservatives in cosmetics.

Read this interesting article of the use of Grapefruit Extract as preservatives : here


We really like both BB Creams. You can tell that these BB Creams are of higher quality and that shows on it’s pricing.

How do you pick between the two?

If you have dry to normal skin, go for the Skin Ceramics BB Cream. It has a very nice light creamy texture which slides easily on your face. It is also packed with anti-aging, whitening, soothing ingredients and is paraben free.

If you want an excellent oil control BB Cream. Beaute Derm BB Cream is really one of the top! It really does help keep your skin matte for 5-6 hours and provides a good coverage. However it’s texture is thicker and more dense.

However, the Beaute Derm BB Cream also comes in another version for dry skin. Therefore you’ll have a hard time choosing between the Skin Ceramics and the Beaute Derm BB Cream for dry skin.

To purchase Beaute Derm BB Cream on Gmarket, type 보떼덤 이펙티브 블레미쉬 밤

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BB Creams Not Enough to protect skin from the harmful sun January 18, 2011



Today we read an article on a Korean site that was rather interesting.


74% of Korean Women uses BB Creams as they are convenient and loved for it’s simplicity.

However, many BB Creams (even those with higher SPF) have been deceiving consumers as they are marketed as an all-in-one, therefore sunscreen can be skipped.

This marketing ploy is a big mistake that can have a negative impact on the skin. BB Creams cannot be Sunscreen replacement as BB Creams alone are not effective in blocking ultraviolet light.

Therefore, girls, if you are scared of the sun, make sure you apply your BB Creams BEFORE applying your sunscreen! Smile


Updated with an article : here




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WIN a FULL size 50ml Estee Lauder Cyber White EX Extra Intensive BB Cream Multi-Action Formula SPF 35 PA+++ which retails for  $60 USD !


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Sunny Side VIP BB Cream Review 써니싸이드VIP비비크림 December 9, 2010




Sunny Side VIP Blemish Balm is also considered one the King of BB Creams. It is VERY well known in Korea for being a very good BB Cream and has a very good reputation among BB Cream lovers – and they have won a few new fans – everyone here at Hope In The Blog loves this BB Cream!

A short introduction from the company :

VIP Sunny Side BB Cream actively defends skin damage and loss of elasticity of the skin’s tissue. It also calms redness of the skin without irritating it, and moisturizes the skin while repairing it.




Like most high end BB Creams like Alexander Kimsco, Dr Schrammek, Forensco, A.H.C who have the ugliest BB Cream packaging around, Sunny Side VIP is also one of them. Somehow there is no sense of luxury in the packaging of the BB Cream, nor does it look like one! This is a bit sad as most luxury high end products like the History Of Whoo / Sulwhasoo have very nice posh packaging.

This BB Cream comes in a simple white tube and contains 50ml. There is also a 15ml mini tube Smile

Color / Texture

More color comparison with the other BB Kings such as Alexander Kimsco etc , look at the Alexander Kimsco review : here!

Loves the bright colour of this BB Cream and also it’s rather light texture – makes it easy to deal with!


As seen below, the texture is rather light, which makes applying easy!


The BB Cream (SS) is being compared to the Elisha Coy Always Nuddy (ES) and the Crazy Monkey Organic BB Cream (CR). AS you can see, the BB Cream has a bright color and has a pink undertone to it! Grey undertone is almost not noticeable at all ! We really like the color of this BB Cream – it brightens up the skin instantly compared to the majority of BB Creams which are greyish and have a dull undertone. This BB Cream definitely lives up to its expectations!




The BeauteDerm BB (BD)  also has quite a similar color with the SunnySide (SS) . The Elisha Coy Always Nuddy (EC)  is darker compared to the other two.




As this is an expensive BB Cream, the ingredient list are also packed with high end ingredients :


1) EGF ( Epidermal Growth Factor ) – That EGF promotes epithelial cell proliferation and collagen synthesis of dermal fibroblasts to promote the proliferation of cell growth in damaged skin wound to minimize scarring of the skin, helps to maintain order in the organization. However it has also its fair share of controversies. There is research showing it to be helpful for wound and burn healing. There is also research showing that its effect is no different from that of a placebo and that it may not be effective at all. Read more here


2) B-Glucan – known as Beta Glucan – Polysaccharide, meaning that it is a sugar (e.g., starch and cellulose) that can be derived from yeast. It has some antioxidant properties and is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. 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.


3) Acetyl Hexapeptide – known as Argireline which has been compared to snake venom. It is a synthetically derived peptide that is being used in a wide range of skin care and makeup products, especially those claiming to have a muscle-relaxing effect similar to Botox injections. These claims typically have to do with relaxing muscle contractions when making facial expressions, thus reducing the appearance of expression lines. Read more here


4) Bisabol – an be extracted from chamomile or derived synthetically. It is an anti-irritant. Calms and relieve skin irritation.


5) Allantoin – Allantoin is present in botanical extracts of the comfrey plant/sugar beet. Skin active ingredient with keratolytic, moisturizing, soothing, anti-irritant properties, promotes the renewal of epidermal cell and accelerates wounds healing.


6) Morus Alba Leaf Extract – known as white mulberry plant. Quantitative Analysis of Rutin, a Flavonoid Compound in the Leaves of m Morus alba: Rutin showed to be an inhibitory of melanoma (melanin) growth, anti-tyrosinase and antioxidant suggesting a potential for dietary supplements or cosmetic applications, therefore giving the skin a whitening effect.


7) Deep Ocean Water – is the name for cold, salty water found deep below the surface of Earth’s oceans. Ocean water differs in temperature and salinity, with warm, relatively non-salty water found at the surface, and very cold salty water found deeper below the surface layer. It is rich in minerals.


8) 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

Oil Control

Oil control is rather good here – almost comparable with the Alexander Kimsco , i have no complains! Refer to the Alexander Kimsco Review for oil control comparison with other BB Creams. Time is recorded on the right of the Blotting paper!

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Coverage is pretty decent for a BB Cream. Very sheer though.  Managed to lighten up my horrible acne scars! Before – After



It does give a slight glow, dewy finish, which looks very natural! Left side has a dewy glow to it after BB Cream was applied, right side nothing was applied!

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Priced at 120,000 Korean Won for 50ml (slightly cheaper than Alexander Kimsco) , this BB Cream performs better than the Alexander Kimsco BB Cream. Infact, we loved this BB Cream so much and it has quickly became a favourite.

Would we purchase the full size tube? Definitely. If we were going to be stranded in an island and allowed to bring only ONE BB Cream – this would be it ! We loved everything from the color, undertone, texture of it, the dewy glow it gives. Not to mention its super ingredients! Should you purchase it? If you have some extra money and have always wanted to invest in a luxury BB Cream – why not? Share your experience here if you have tried this BB Cream.

Funny why this BB Cream isn’t famous outside Korea because it really is a very good BB Cream. The reason is probably because there isn’t any distributors outside Korea, and also because of its steep price!

Results on the Skin Moisture Analyser : Before – After

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Results on the Skin Analyser : Before – After

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The downside of this BB Cream is that there isn’t any SPF included! If not, this would be the holy grail of all BB Creams!

Where to buy?

Purchase this on Gmarket on Sunnyside’s Official Gmarket Page!

There are a few sellers on Gmarket : here, here

There is currently a promotion for Sunny Side VIP BB Cream – 190,000 Wons if you buy 2 tubes of 50ml.


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Clinique jumps on the bb cream bandwagon UPDATED! December 8, 2010


We received a sample of the Clinique BB Cream thanks to the Estee Lauder company! We will be reviewing it soon! Smile

Exclusive News here on Hope In A Blog :

Recently in the past year, we have had big western companies jumping on the BB Cream bandwagon because many Asian Women have stopped using their foundation and switched to BB Creams.

Now that we have Estee Lauder, MAC , Lancome, Vichy… guess who’s next?

Clinique ! Smile You heard it first from Hope In A Blog! Smile This is an exclusive.

It’s no surprise here because Clinique is under Estee Lauder.

Starting November, Clinique will be releasing the CLINIQUE Age Defense BB Cream at all duty free outlet stores.

There isn’t much news around yet, but caffeine, and Vitamin E will be in their list of ingredients. Also : OCTINOXATE 7.5%, OCTISALATE 4.0%, ZINC OXIDE 3.5%, OXYBENZONE 2.5%, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 1.1%. ( via Daily Med )

And here is the sneak peak of the packaging :


Stay tuned for more information.

Estee Lauder was really kind enough to send us a sample of the Estee Lauder’s BB Cream when we asked them where we could purchase it in Europe. So as a sign of gratitude, the Estee Lauder’s BB Cream Review would be coming right up.

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Paraben Free, Alcohol Free, Artificial Preservatives Free, Artificial Color Free, Mineral Oil Free, Talc Free, Silicone Free, Fragrance Free, Organic Natural BB Cream December 4, 2010

Consumers these days are getting more and more wary of what they are putting on their face. Paraben-free, alcohol-free, mineral-oil free : these words are no stranger to us anymore. However, most consumers do not even know the reason behind these words – what they do know is that they are not good for our skin, but are they really dangerous as everyone puts them to be? Or are these just marketing ploys made by ‘organic’/’natural’ companies to destroy the reputation of other brands who employ the use of these ingredients?

After extensive research online, we will be putting up a list of various BB Creams which are ALL paraben free, alcohol free, artificial preservatives free, and artificial colouring free. However some are not talc or mineral oil free – and mostly non are silicone free.

Before we get into the list, we will go through these so called ‘dangerous’ ingredients, you be the judge. These sources are compiled from different sites on the net.


Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.Their names are a mouthful—methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. But over the past few years, a debate has been building among scientists, product safety regulators and cosmetic manufacturers about whether these ubiquitous chemicals, used for almost 70 years, may actually be harmful to our health.

Some of the questions being asked: Is the rising incidence of breast cancer linked in part to the fact that parabens, which have a weak ability to mimic estrogen, have been found in breast cancer tumours and can be isolated from other body tissues? Are declining sperm counts and increasing rates of male breast cancer and testicular cancer related to the fact that these chemicals can be absorbed into our skin, potentially disrupting our endocrine systems?

One recent Danish study, however, raised concerns. It showed that parabens could be detected in the blood and urine of healthy young male volunteers a few hours after paraben-containing lotions were applied to their skin. The authors concluded that since the chemicals could be absorbed, metabolized and excreted, they “could potentially contribute to adverse health effects.”

But Health Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), a U.S.-based industry-sponsored panel of experts that evaluates the safety of cosmetic ingredients, have all deemed that parabens are safe at current exposure levels. The CIR examined parabens in 1984 and again in 2005, and both times concluded that parabens at the low levels found in personal care products are not a concern. In 2005, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products confirmed that the use of methyl- and ethyl-paraben is safe as regulated. It is gathering data on other parabens.

Companies are increasingly switching to non-paraben preservative systems. Not because they believe that there is any dangers to them, but because it increases their marketability. With the rampant so-called dangers of parabens hitting the media, companies will use any reason to position themselves to take advantage of the situation. Even the companies will admit that they believe parabens are safe, but they want to open up another option. So please understand this: just because some companies maybe shifting away from parabens, this doesn’t mean that they are acknowledging any dangers associated with them!

My idol, Dr Leslie Baumman wrote a great article on Parabens. here / here

To read more about parabens and their controversies, click on these sites : here , here , here , here.


There are two types of alcohol – one that are good for the skin, the other bad.

There’s also two theories of alcohol – one is that alcohol is very irritating, drying and damaging to the skin, and that the other is that that alcohol evaporates once it is applied to the skin so it is just a carrier and doesn’t in fact make any difference.

There is a difference between alcohols. Some are good for the skin and don’t dry them out, some dry the skin out completely.

Read about the different types of alcohol here : here

To read more click : here, here, here, here,

Butylene/Propylene Glycol-Free

Propylene Glycol (PG, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and Ethylene Glycol (EG) are all petroleum derivatives that act as solvents, surfactants, and wetting agents.  They can easily penetrate the skin, and can weaken protein and cellular structure.  In fact, PG penetrates the skin so quickly that the EPA warns factory workers to avoid skin contact, to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.  PG is present in many stick deodorants, often in heavier concentration than in most industrial applications. (Nyack, Dr. Vin, Ph.D., Biochemist; personal communication).  And Propylene Glycol is what is used to carry the “active” ingredients in those transdermal patches INTO YOUR BODY.

Imagine a bottle of Anti-Freeze in a picture with shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, lotions and toothpastes?

Read more : click here

Mineral Oil Free

Known also as paraffin oil/wax, liquidum  paraffinum.

Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!) Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH’s (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap.

Breast cancer and impurities. EWG’s assessment of product ingredient labels and data on cancer-causing chemicals identified three common impurities in personal care products that are linked to mammary tumors in animal studies — ethylene oxide, PAHs, and 1,3-butadiene. Since September 2004 the EU has banned the use of petroleum jelly due to the carcinogenic contamination found in products containing petrolatum. The ingredients for which these impurities are of concern are used in one of every four personal care products on the market.

However, there are also different grades of Mineral Oil – so it really depends.

Read more about it here, here, here, here.

Artificial Coloring Free

Synthetic Colors — The synthetic colors used to supposedly make a cosmetic “pretty” should be avoided at all costs, along with hair dyes. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6. Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents. If a cosmetic contains them, don’t use it.

Sure, they make your favorite products look inviting, but synthetic tints can contain a host of unnamed, and unsafe, ingredients. If you don’t tolerate mystery ingredients in your food, why trust them in your cosmetics? “Why would anyone want blue lotion?” asks Kathleen Lewis, who runs her self-named line of skincare products in Brooklyn, New York, and believes products needn’t be “unnecessarily decorative.” “What’s worse than blue,” says Pangea’s Onysko, “is white. Why does any lotion need to be white?” Many milk-hued “natural” products are made with refined, bleached oils, so just looking for FD&C Blue No. 1 or D&C Red No. 4 may not be enough.

Fragrance Free

The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply say “Fragrance.” Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation by a cosmetic that has the word “Fragrance” on the ingredients label.

The catchall terms “fragrance,” “parfum,” and “perfume” can conceal thousands of synthetic ingredients. Nicole Maust, owner of Talulah Natural Skin Care, says that numerous reports have linked fragrance oils to such conditions as birth defects, cancer, brain damage, respiratory disorders, chronic skin reactions, and environmental damage through waste water. “Many constituents of synthetic fragrances, including phthalates, can be absorbed into the body through the skin, inhaled as fumes, and ingested when they’re in products like lipstick,” she says. But some companies, like Max Green Alchemy (MGA), use the term “parfum” for innocuous essential oils that have no other therapeutic effects. Wil Baker, the vice president of MGA, explains that the FDA allows “fragrance” to include natural as well as synthetic aromas. It might help, he says, to ask manufacturers if they use fragrance “from a plant or a plant in New Jersey.”

Talc Free

Scientific studies have shown that routine application of talcum powder in the genital area is associated with a three-to-fourfold increase in the development of ovarian cancer.

Read more here.

BB Creams (korean names included if you want to purchase it from Gmarket) :

1. 비비야  비비크림 Bibiya BB Cream (BibiyaBB크림 in Gmarket)

2. Skin Ceramic BB Cream 스킨세라믹 비비크림

3. Ecobeau BB  Cream (contains only 0.3% dimethicone)

4. Vichy Aera BB Cream

5. Swanicoco Snail Extract BB cream 달팽이 피부관리 비비크림

6. 자연의벗 BB크림 Eco.Be BB Cream

7. 자연마을 화이트닝 비비크림 Jayeonmaeul BB Whitening Cream

8. Caolion Match Blemish Balm SPF 30 매치 블래미쉬 밤 BB크림

9. Caolion Sensitive BB cream 카오리온 비비크림

10. Isoi 아이소이 Bulgarian Rose BB Cream ( Silicone Free too)


11. 르샤 비비 크림  Lesha BB Natural Mineral Sun BB Cream Spf 50

12. 프라젠트라 마더스 비비크림 Plagentra Mother’s BB cream – for pregnant mother

13. 클레어스 일루미네이팅 서플 블레미쉬 크림 Klair’s Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream

14. Dr MLE Triple BB Cream 닥터엠엘이 트리플 BB크림

15. 이니스프리 에코 내추럴 그린티 비비크림 Innisfree Green Tea BB Cream


17. 에코 내추럴 커버 비비크림 Innisfree Eco Natural Cover BB Cream

18. 에코 내추럴 선케어 비비크림 Innisfree Eco Natural Sun Balm


19. 에코 세이프티 비비크림 포맨 Innisfree Eco Natural BB Cream For Men





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Bobbi Brown BB Cream Coming Soon! :) UPDATED! November 29, 2010

Filed under: BB Cream,Bobbi Brown,What's New(s) ? — Hope In A Blog @ 1:07 am
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Though nothing has been officially released, it is confirmed that Bobby Brown will be releasing their own version of the very famous BB Cream next spring. Product development is already finished. Bobbi Brown announnced this during her book tour in South Korea.

Bobbi Brown’s version of the product will come in three colors, all of which contain a touch of yellow, Brown said. That might seem strange, but Brown, a former makeup artist who has a degree in theatrical makeup, emphasizes that almost all women have a bit of yellow in their skin.

“We all have yellow tones in our skin, regardless of whether you are Asian, Caucasian or African,” she said, a discovery that has led her to design foundations containing shades of yellow to match people’s skin.



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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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