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Alexander Kimsco BB Cream Ceramide November 20, 2010

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Introduction

Alexander Kimsco is the KING of all BB Creams. It was also one of the first BB Creams that hit the market ( after Schrammek’s BB Cream ).  After the success of Schrammek’s Blemish  Balm, other german cosmetic companies also launched their own BB Cream, and Alexander Kimsco was one of them.

Amongst the the brands, Alexander Kimsco’s was one of the more popular brands because it came in skin color that gave a natural look compared to other brands that were grey in color ( However, i beg to differ here! )

In 1990, Alexander Kimsco establied a subsidiary in Korea and released their First BB Cream. That BB Cream that made Alexander Kimsco a household name was their ‘BmB Blemish Balm’ .

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In 2009, they released a new BB Cream called the Alexander Kimsco Ceramide BB Cream ( which will be reviewed ).


What Are Ceramides?

First of all, let us understand the name behind this BB Cream. What exactly are ceramides?

Scientists are uncovering the important role that ceramides play in the barrier function of the skin. The top layer of the skin is the epidermis, and the top layer of the epidermis is thestratum corneum (SC). Even though the SC is very thin — 10-30 mm or one-tenth the thickness of a piece of paper — it is the main barrier of the skin. It keeps chemicals that come in contact with the skin from absorbing into the body, and it keeps water inside the skin from leaching out.

The SC contains three types of lipids — ceramides, cholesterol and free fatty acids. These lipids have different chemical compositions and different functions throughout the body. There are nine different types of ceramides in the SC, conveniently named ceramide 1 through ceramide 9, and they account for 40-50% of the lipids in this outermost layer.

Scientists have learned that people who have eczema have significantly fewer ceramides in their SC. On the other hand, people with psoriasis(another itchy, flaky rash sometimes confused with eczema) have the same number of ceramides compared to people with normal skin.

Recent studies have shown that lipids can be replaced with topical preparations. Interestingly, all three lipids have to be replaced at a certain ratio to restore the barrier function of the skin. If the incorrect balance of lipids is applied, it actually takes longer for the skin to heal. The healing effect of ceramides has been studied in eczema, but there are no studies yet for psoriasis.

Moisturizers with Ceramides – Not All the Same

There are several moisturizers that claim to have ceramides in their ingredients, but these are just regular moisturizers unless they can show:

  • The moisturizer also contains cholesterol and free fatty acids
  • The ratio of these three ingredients is correct

That is what Alexander Kimso’s Ceramide BB Cream is all about. As BB Creams was firstly used for those who has undergone cosmetic treatments ( such as laser peel, etc) and for those with skin problems such as eczema – therefore, it is only natural that Ceramides was used as the main ingredient here.

The Ceramide BB Cream helps keep moisture in the skin  and contains the same balance of lipids as your skin.

Ceramide moisturises are extremely useful to treat eczema, but they can be used by anyone with dry skin.

To read more on moisturisers with Ceramides, click here !


Packaging

As i was given a 5ml sample, i cannot comment on the packaging, but here it is how it looks like : comes in a simple 50ml tube. It is really sad to say that the packaging isn’t appealing at all. In fact, the european-made BB Creams such as Schrammek, Alexander Kimsco, etc have the ugliest BB Cream packaging in the world and cannot be compared to their Asian counterpart. The packaging isn’t desirable at all and makes it seem like a cheap product!

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Ingredients

1) Ceramide – please refer to the What Are Ceramides section above.

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2) Licorice Extract – from the Licorice Plant known also as sweetwood and black sugar since the extract is very sweet. As an herbal supplement, licorice extract is said to boost the immune system, aid in the function of antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

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3) Cera Alba – also known as Beeswax. It helps as binder when manufacturing and also helps withstabilizing the emulsion when combining water and oil based products while conditioning the skin and thickening the mixture.

The inclusion of beeswax in a formula does NOT make the product tacky or oily – but helps to create a very luxurious “feel” to the product.

It is classified as a binder, emulsion stabilizer, fragrance ingredient, skin conditioning agent (miscellaneous), surfactant (emulsifying agent) and a viscosity increasing agent and chemically classed as a wax.

Texture and Color

The texture here is rather unique, i have not felt such texture before with any BB Creams or even Creams. My guess is that it is probably due to the ceramides?

It leaves a matte feeling on your skin and does not feel oily at all. However i do feel that this is a love-it or hate-it texture. Personally, i felt weird initially because i’ve never felt such texture/feeling before, but i came to like it after a few uses. It feels like the cream creates a barrier over the skin , and doesn’t feel like the slippery smooth feeling that most BB Creams have ( which is due to silicones ).

However, this cream will not give you that moist feeling and those with very dry skin will definitely need to apply some cream before the BB Cream. For those with oily skin, you will probably be happy with it’s texture.

The BB Cream looks very creamy and rich in texture, but it isn’t quite the case once applied to skin as it doesn’t give that rich feeling that it seems to have. It also needs a little rub when applying to your skin due to it’s creamy thick texture.

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Colour wise , this BB Cream is very natural. It is actually one of the more natural colours i’ve seen in BB Creams. However, this BB Cream did give me a shock when i applied it for the first time because the greyish tone was very heavy and my skin looked so dull and ‘ash-ified’.

However, i found out what the problem was – i was suppose to wait for a few minutes to let the BB Cream sink into my skin and blend with my skin tone ( which applies to ALL BB Creams! ). After a few minutes, it gave a very natural look.

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SC : Skin Ceramic BB

B : Beaute Derm BB

SV : SunnySide VIP BB

A: Alexander Kimsco Ceramide BB

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Coverage

The coverage for this product isn’t very good. Although it is an excellent skin camouflage because of it’s very natural colour, it sadly lacks in coverage. Those of you with big pores, scars will have to cover it with something else, but this BB Cream serves as an excellent make up base because it keeps your skin matte and helps protect from loss of moisture.

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Before :

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After :

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Before ( On my troubled cheek Sad smile ),  After : Not much difference Sad smile :

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Before and after on my less troubled cheek :

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Oil Control

One word to describe : FANTASTIC!

This BB Cream has one of the best oil-controlling properties i’ve come across on any BB Creams. It’s perfect for those with oily skin. After 8 hours, my skin doesn’t feel very oily, and feels very comfortable!

Here’s some proof :

The time when the photo was taken is noted on the blotting paper itself on the right.

SC : Skin Ceramic BB

B : Beaute Derm BB

SV : SunnySide VIP BB

A: Alexander Kimsco Ceramide BB

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On its own :

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Incredible isn’t it? Even after 12 hours, the oil doesnt even cover 1/4 of the blotting paper!

Conclusion

The question is now : Is it worth spending $100 on this BB Cream? Is it even worth $100? My answer is sadly No.

While i’m satisfied with this BB Cream, i do feel that it’s price is too steep for a BB Cream. One can easily find another BB Cream that does the same job for much less!  However, i believe that the steep price is due to the high-quality natural ingredients that was used to make this BB Cream. Ceramide itself is a rather expensive ingredient. However, i would purchase a sample size of it on days when i need to look fabulously naturally !

While i do love it’s very natural color ( and hates its very greyish base it gives on first few minutes of application ) , i have to say it has one of the best oil controlling properties. The BB Cream is also very comfortable to use and doesn’t dry up your skin, nor does it make it oily. When applied, you will feel that there is some kind of a ‘barrier’ on your skin.

On the coverage side, it is average. Those with no skin problems would find this enough, but those who wants more coverage should skip this product, or use it as a make-up base.

For it’s moisturizing properties, those with dry skin would definitely need to apply their usual cream before this BB Cream. For those living in countries where it’s summer all year long, this might do just enough! And for those with oily skin, you definitely just need to apply this to your face and skip the moisturizer!

Here is the before  (just after cleansing ) and after ( 5 minutes after applying the BB cream)  results with the skin analyzer :

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Banila Co BB Cream Differences November 13, 2010

 

 

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Introducing the latest BB Cream from Banila Co, Let Me Dressed Glam BB Cream SPF 37 PA ++

I personally only have the Let me BeBe Nude and Let me Dressed Matte but i’ll go through the three BB creams and differences :

 

 

Let Me Bebe Naked

 

Let Me Bebe has 3 options to it .It is the most basic of the 3 BB Creams and has the lightest coverage. It has SPF 37 packed into it.

Firstly, we have the Let Me Bebe Sheer

Secondly, more natural and lighter Let Me Bebe Nude

And lastly, you have the Let Me Bebe luminous, which has shimmers and glitters on it to give you a superstar look!

 

 

 

Let Me Touched Glow

 

Let Me Touched is the 2nd of the BB Series and gives a slighty better/heavier coverage than the Let Me Bebe Naked. Like the Let Me Bebe, it also contains SPF 37. It also gives a subtle glow and shine to your face.

I’ve seen some impressive before-after photos with this BB Cream , for example :

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It comes in three different shades.

Firstly , in Yellow Beige

Secondly, in Pink Beige

And last but not least, in Classic Beige

And borrowed some images from a few blogs comparing the three colors :

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C – Classic Beige, P-  Pink Beige , Y – Yellow Beige

 

Let Me Dressed Glam

 

Let Me Dressed Glow is their latest BB Cream, It is said to give the best coverage out of the three BB Creams,and on top of it, it offers 12 options ! Wow !

For this BB Cream, there are 4 colors to choose from, and for each color, we are able to choose from two formulation – one for dry skin (MOIST) , and the other for oily skin (MATTE) . Banila Co has really spoilt their fans with this as no BB company has offered this much option before.

It also contains SPF 37 like the other two BB range.

And a comparison of once each from the three range from a korean blog :

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Left to Right : Bebe, Touched, Dressed.

You can see the coverage difference : Let Me Dressed has the heaviest coverage compared to the Let Me Bebe.

Another comparison :

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Hope In A Blog’s BB Collection

Filed under: BB Cream,Korean SkinCare,What's New(s) ? — Hope In A Blog @ 8:09 pm
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Dear Readers,

We have uploaded a new photo of our BB Cream collection for reviews.

Also the review giveaway will be ending in a few days, so if you haven’t signed up, do it right now. Everyone around the world is eligible for it!

 

 

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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

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

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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

Introduction

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.

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Packaging

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!

Ingredients

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

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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.

Coverage

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 !

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Conclusion

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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BB Cream In A Jar November 4, 2010

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From left to right : a) Hanskin’s Super Magic BB Cream b) Hanskin’s Hyaluron Moisture BB Cream c) Too Cool For School Pudding Aqua BB Cream 3) Alex Cosmetic Royal Bb Cream

 

 

We have seen the packaging evolution of BB Creams. BB Creams first started in a tube form, and slowly because of hygiene and convenience, BB Pumps started rolling out.

 

Lately we have seen the existence of BB Rollers and joining the trend are the BB Jars. BB Cream in a Jar?

Yes! Many high end BB Cream line such as the Alex Royal BB Cream (pictured left) started to sell BB Creams in a Jar. However, lately, Hanskin – one of the largest BB Cream manufacturers introduced their latest BB Cream, called the Hyaluron Moisture BB Cream ( Read about Hanskin’s Latest BB Cream )  in a glass jar.

Now one would ask, why in a jar since it is not hygienic?

The answer is simply because certain formulation or cosmetic ingredients are best used with glass jars to prevent it from reacting with the tube or to prevent it from degradation . Glass is non-porous and inert, therefore good for the lifespan of the formulations and does not interfere with it. Also consumers are able to see what’s in store for them by just looking at the glass containers.

So what do you prefer your skincare/cosmetics to be packaged in? Glass jars? Plastic tubes? Plastic Pumps?

 

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IPKN’s BB Cream : Safe for now November 2, 2010

I know this has been old news, but would like to follow up on the IPKN controversy.

Tests conducted by the Department of Health on South Korean-produced IPKN BB Cream, which made the news recently after it made a woman glow under black light, showed that while the product contains ingredients with fluorescent properties, the substances were not harmful.

Blemish balms, commonly known as BB cream, have become popular in recent years, as the product combines foundation, sun protection lotion and moisturizer in one mixture.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Kang Jaw-jou (康照洲) said a chemical substance called disodium phenyl dibenzimidazole tetrasulfonate found in the cream acts as a sun protection agent. The substance gives off a fluorescent glow under ultraviolet light, but the fluorescence has nothing to do with whitening agents that can harm the body or increase the risk of cancer.

“Many chemical substances have fluorescent properties … the glow itself is not enough to determine whether [a substance] is safe or not,” Kang said.

The FDA said that because the substance was not known to pose health risks, its use in cosmetic products was fully legal in Taiwan, as well as in the EU, Australia and many other countries.

On Monday, reports said a Taiwanese woman who had used the cream discovered while in a nightclub that her face was giving off a bluish fluorescent glow under the black light. The sheen made her fear the product could contain harmful substances or have unexpected side effects.

Fluorescent agents can be added to some products to increase their whitening property. Because there is no consensus on whether fluorescent agents can cause cancer, however, most countries do not ban them in cosmetic products.

Although health authorities did not find that the sun protection ingredients contained any hazardous substances, inspectors said they would continue testing to ensure that other BB cream products sold in Taiwan are safe.

Source : Taipei Times

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Introducing… the Original BB Cream

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Introducing the BB cream that created the whole BB Craze around the world.


Notice that there’s a MOCCA colour here, so perfect for those of you who are much darker in skin colour and tanner! Smile


Dr Schrammek’s Blemish Balm was the blemish balm that started the BB Cream craze in Asia. Available in 4 shades, the Blemish Balm contains wheat germ oil, jojoba oil, licorice extracts, allantoin amongst other things.


This particular Blemish Balm is sold at crazy prices around Asia and America, but if you’re in Europe, you’re in for a treat. The BB Cream costs about 25euros for the 30ml and 36 euros for the 50ml, considering the 60 euros Koreans pay to buy this particular BB Cream.


Also, there is also another German Blemish Balm which has started to be sold in Korea for about 70 euros which is the Malu Wilz Blemish Balm . You can find it for 24,50 euros on Ebay.de, which is more than half of the price in Korea.

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For those of you who are in Europe and want to try the German version of ther BB Creams, just head over to www.ebay.de to purchase it.


I am currently looking for a shop that sells the Schrammek Blemish Balm here, and when i get my hands on it, i will review it ASAP.


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Crazy Monkey BB Cream No. 23 SPF 30 , PA ++ October 29, 2010

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Introduction

Crazy Monkey is a relatively new BB cream brand which sells ONLY BB Creams using organic ingredients. There are currently 4 products under the Crazy Monkey brand , this being the cheapest of the line. There is also the Premium To Be Natural BB Cream ( 24,000 Korean Wons), D’Argan BB Perfect Liquide BB Cream – an anti aging BB Cream (44,000 Korean Wons), and just recently they have launched the Rolling Powder Pact (27,000 Korean Wons).  Note that there is two different shades for this BB cream – No.21and No.23.

Packaging

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Lovely. First of all, the name and the logo itself catches your eyes. The BB Cream comes in the form of a tube ( which i do not like due to hygiene reasons ). I love the logo 12. There are two different packaging for this, one pictured above in a 30ml tube, and another one which is 20ml (pictured below)

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Ingredients

Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Arbutin, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Angelica Keiskei Leaf/Stem Extract, Adenosine, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hexyl Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ozokerite, Zinc Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Beeswax, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, ± CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499

When i see cosmetics which claims to be certified ‘organic’ i would definitely link it to No Parabens, Talc Free, etc ( Not that i have any problems with Parabens ). However this product is not paraben and talc free.  One would notice that there is lots of flower extracts used here :

1) Lavender and Chamomile extracts – well known and widely used in BB Creams for their soothing properties.

2) Arbutin – it is widely used and appears in almost every whitening skincare or BB cream after the dangerous effects of Hydroquinone was found and it was subsequently banned. It is also known as Bearberry Extract. Arbutin is also found in wheat and is concentrated in pear skins. Known for its whitening and de-pigmentation properties, it can inhibit the formation of melanin pigment by inhibiting Tyrosinase activity.

3) Talc – is basically a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate and it’s powder is used widely in cosmetics in the powder form. However, many BB Creams are starting to steer away from the usage of Talc (Talc- Free) after it was associated to the potent carcinogen asbestos. However, cosmetic grade talc claims not to contain asbestos. Talc particles were found to cause tumours in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. Talc is used widely in Baby Powder because it absorbs unpleasant moisture, and it is widely used in cosmetics (especially in BB Creams and Foundations ) due to its absorbent (therefore making it anti-sweat/water/natural skin oil), anti- caking properties, and it’s ability to improve the feel of the product

4) Sodium Hyaluronate – which im sure everyone knows it as the famous water-retaning moisturiser Hyaluronic Acid. Sodium Hyaluronate is actually the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid and is the key water maintaining substances in human skin. When it is applied, it forms an air permeable layer and keeps the skin moist and smooth. Small molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid can penetrate into the skin – fully combine with water molecules to promote skin blood microcirculation and plays a role in anti-aging as well.

5) Tocopheryl Acetate – or known as Vitamin E.

6) Angelica Extract – if anyone of you who is familiar with the brand Decleor, this would be familiar! Angelica is the main component in Decleor’s line for Dry Skin and is known for its protective and soothing benefits while nourishing the skin. It is also known as Dong Quai for the chinese.

Colour

The color is probably around NC 20-NC 25.

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As seen in the photos, Crazy Monkey’s No. 23 is about the same colour as the Enprani’s Vital BB cream but a tad darker than the Enprani Rayshot.

What i love about this BB Cream is that it blends well with my skin color, and makes it look natural and bright.

Texture

I’d say the texture is more to the thick side, and would need a little more force to spread the BB cream around. It is creamy and rather smooth in texture. However, it does give a bit of the cakey finish which i am not a fan about – so you’d have to be careful of the amount that you use. It feels comfortable on the skin and does not give the oil-ish feel to your skin.

Coverage

Coverage is pretty good with this BB Cream. However it does give a cakey look but it does a good job in covering your imperfections. A little pat with your powder would probably make the cakey-ness look less obvious.

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Oil-Control

The Crazy Monkey BB Cream has some fantastic oil control properties. It was compared to the Enprani’s Rayshot BB Cream. Picture was taken every 1 hour, and the last picture was taken after 12 hours.

 

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Price & Availability

This BB cream is retailed for about 20,000 Korean Wons which is about less than 20$USD. Currently, it isn’t easy to find this brand. However, you can order it from http://koreanthings.com/ , but however you have to be willing to pay almost double the retail price. Please check out their website http://www.crazymonkey.co.kr/ for further information. You are also going to be able to find them in Korea, in the duty free shops. Smile . Also, Hope-in-a-Blog is giving this away for free to one lucky reader – click here for more details.

Conclusion

Crazy Monkey has a fantastic brand to it – a brand that could be easily marketed due to it’s cute name, cute packaging and cute logo. I do see a potential in this company – as the BB Cream is of good quality – although since it is focusing on its ‘organic ingredients’ concept, it would really do better without the talc and parabens in it.  To avoid making it too cakey, make sure that you do not apply too much of the cream, or simply mix it with your serum/cream to avoid making it look cakey on your face. The colour is very natural and blends right away with your skin colour.  Hopefully this brand would find itself on the shores of Asia soon, so at the meantime, if you’re in Korea, drop by the airport or Seoul’s duty free shop to grab one of these cute babies.

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