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VoV Es:pair Snail Cover Pact 에스페어 스네일 커버 팩트 October 17, 2011





VoV’s Snail line, Es:Pair, will be releasing a powder pact called the VoV Es:pair Snail Cover Pact 에스페어 스네일 커버 팩트


Other than snail extracts, the product also contains pomegranate extracts to avoid darkening of the skin and contains SPF30 PA++. It will be priced at 16,000 wons for 14g. Available on Gmarket.


CNP Laboratory releases anti blemish spot pads October 11, 2011





CNP Laboratory will be releasing their CNP Laboratory Anti Blemish Spot Pads  / CNP 안티 블레미쉬 스팟 패드 to combat the sudden temperature changes in Autumn which may cause skin irritation by regulating the skin’s moisture balance and excessive secretion of sebum.



The CNP Laboratory Anti Blemish Spot Pads focuses on trouble areas like a mask to quickly soothe irritation and relieve skin redness. It also helps clear dirt in the pores and remove old skin cells without irritating the skin.



The product composition includes Panthenol and Beta Glucan, as well as the CNP Anti Irritant Complex which helps minimize stimulation on the skin. It also helps in anti-acne. The product is 5 Free – paraben free, fragrance free, artificial colouring free, oil free, benzophenone free.


Danahan releases RG II Premium Ex Deep Wrinkle Cream




Somang’s Oriental Medicine skincare brand Danahan will be releasing another cream from their high-end Danahan RGII Premium EX Deep Wrinkle Line Cream 다나한 RGⅡ 프리미엄 EX 팔자주름 크림





Unlike the normal RGII Premium EX Cream, this Danahan RG II Premium EX Deep Wrinkle Line Cream, this cream contains a really high percentage of Danahan’s infamous RG II Ginseng Extract ( read all about the RG II here ) – 50% of it ! These ingredients stimulate the skin, and helps alleviate wrinkles and fine lines while illuminating the skin. RG-II stimulates regeneration of the cells and improve damaged skin. It also doubles as an anti-wrinkle and whitening cosmetics.



On top of that, it also contains RG 3, a low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid which helps fill deep wrinkles, smoothing them over time. It also helps enhance the skin barrier. For enhanced penetration and delivery of active products deep into the layers of the skin, Danahan applied the SMLCS™ ( Small molecule liquid crystal ).


Amore Pacific Cosmoceutical brand Regederm RX releases BB Cream





Amore Pacific’s dermatologist, cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical brand – REGEDERM RX – will be releasing a new BB product called the Regederm RX Dual Sun Cream BB 리제덤 RX 듀얼 선크림.



The Dual Sun Cream provides damaged skin with the ‘Dual Effect’ – UV Protection and Blemish Coverage. It provides a strong protection of SPF 50+ , and uses only physical sunscreens therefore perfect for the sensitive skin.



Contains ingredients suck as probiotics, tranexamic acid, and prunus mume protects skin from harmful environment and heal damaged skin after cosmetic procedures.



The BB Cream does not contain Chemical filter, alcohol, talc, paraben, and synthetic fragrances!


SK-II Facial Treatment Essence vs Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence October 10, 2011








Product SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
Content 150ml 150ml
Price 26 euros 140 euros
Ingredient List Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate(90%), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/ Eau), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate(80%),Propanediol,Glycyrrhiza Glabra ( Licorice Root Extract ), Niacinamide, Polyquaternium-51,Bifida Ferment Lysate,Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract,Raffinose,Amaranthus Caudatus Seed,Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract,Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root,Portulaca Oleracea Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis,Camomille Extract,Phellodendron Amurense Bark,

Cassia Alata Leaf Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate,Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol,Hydrolyzed Corn Starch,Tromethamine,Water,Adenosine,Ethylhexylglycerin,Lactic Acid,Phenoxyethanol



Missha recently released a copy-cat version of the infamous SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It has sparked a huge debate among Asian skincare fans, so Hope In A Blog did their research on these two identical products.



There’s no debate here on the price – Missha wins hands down! Priced at only 42,000 wons – and for the same amount ( 150ml ), SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is 4 times more expensive!



Judging from the ingredient list too – Missha Time Revolution Treatment Essence has a LOT more beneficial ingredients from Niacinamide, Licorice Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid,  Adenosine and etc compared to the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence which focuses on the Fermentation Extract and no other beneficial ingredients.



The main difference between both is the ferment filtrate. SK-II uses 90% of their infamous Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate, a type of yeast produced during the fermentation of sake. P&G scientists claim that a special filtering process makes Pitera an extra-special yeast by-product but has not published many research to back this up. Missha uses 80% of Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, which is the yeast used to brew beer. It is also interesting that Pitera ( the main ingredient in SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ) is from the same family as Saccharomycescerevisiae , the yeast used in beer and also in Missha The First Treatment Essence. Since they are from the same family, would they have the same effect? Or is the SK-II Saccharomycopsis just a marketing ploy by P&G?



Either way, Missha Time Revolution Treatment Essence is worth the try just for it’s price and the number of beneficial ingredients included in the essence. If it works, SK-II will have a big problem, and i mean, BIG.


The Face Shop upgrades Arsainte Eco Therapy Extreme Moisture Serum






The Face Shop will be releasing an upgraded version of The Face Shop Arsainte Eco Therapy Extreme Moisture Essential Serum called the The Face Shop Arsainte Eco Therapy Extreme Moisture Serum With Essential. Just a slight tiny difference for the name, and the packaging will also differ by a little. Also, the difference is that the new version will have a layer of yellow Golden Palm Oil floating on top of it, so be sure to shake before use!



The Face Shop Arsaint Eco Therapy Extreme Moisture line is an ECOCERT certified-cosmetic line co-developed with France AMI group to provide extra gentle and skin-compatible formula. The line only uses 100% bamboo sap to combat the dry autumn weather as well as a layer on Golden Palm Oil floating on top of the serum. Golden Palm Oil creates a natural barrier that seals hydration. It is free from 7 harsh chemicals ( parabens, synthetic pigments, alcohol, benzophenone, animal ingredients, mineral oil, and triethanolamine ). A full set of products from the upgraded line will follow suit and will be endorsed by The Face Shop’s latest spokesperson – Seo Hyun from SNSD.


Scinic upgrades Aqua EX line






SCINIC will be releasing an upgraded version of the Scinic Aqua EX line called the Scinic Aqua EX Steam line 아쿠아 EX 스팀.



The line currently consist of 2 upgraded products called the Scinic Aqua EX Steam Essence Water and the Scinic Aqua Ex Steam Cream 아쿠아 EX 스팀크림. It was named the Scinic Aqua Ex Steam as to describe the effect of steam on your skin – to give it immediate hydration without any stickiness and hydrates your skin throughout the day.



The line uses organically grown Aloe Vera, deep sea water, Jeju Guava Leaf Extracts and honey to form a barrier on the skin to avoid escape of moisture. In addition, it also contains 5 kinds of ECOCERT seed oil complex. In addition, it is free from 5 harsh chemicals ( artificial colouring, parabens, etc )


Allvit nominated in prestigious Red Dot Design Awards October 6, 2011

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Woongjin Coway’s brand new foray into the Chinese medicine based skincare, Allvit, has been nominated in a prestigious International design award : the Red Dot Awards.


From the Red Dot website :


Packaging and luxury don’t go together? The work “Allvit” from the Woong Jin Coway company, South Korea, proves the opposite. It uses silk for the packaging of cosmetics. Silk has always been considered a precious fabric that was worn by kings and nobles. Elegant, stylish, sophisticated – that’s what silk still stands for.

With its design the work produces a profound modern mood with vibrant colours. The trick: No adhesives were used so that the unique packaging can be simply folded up.



With over 6,500 entries from 40-over countries, Coway’s AllVit was nominated GRAND PRIX 2011 under the Red Dot Grand Prix Packaging Design Awards together with 3 other products in the world : Festina Profundo, Apivita Kids, & BraufactuM Beer. Coway was also the only company representing Asia.


Woongjin Coway releases oriental medicine brand after Re:Nk : Allvit





After the success of Re:NK, Woongjinjin Coway will be releasing their 2nd brand in hopes of getting a share of the over-saturated and popular traditional Chinese medicine cosmetics market called ‘Allvit올빚. The brand name has a meaning of a right-minded product, and was created by the philosophy of reviewing the old and learning the new. It is also a next-generation cosmetics brand created by modernizing traditional oriental medical science.




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



Oriental medicine by distillation methods and Woongjin’s technology

The Allvit demonstrates a unique manufacturing method. A secret distillation method is used in order to secure dewdrop extract from a variety of oriental medicinal ingredients. The extract dewdrop has been known for an excellent drug because it boasts abundant nutritional and healing benefits and superior absorbing power to skin.


Woongjin Cosmetics Research Center has successfully modernized this traditional method and fully differentiated the technology from existing ones which had been applied by decocting ingredients. Woongjin’s technology pursues traditional oriental medical science – empty out and then fill – to make skin clearer.


Oriental medicinal ingredients, fermented pearls and gold peptide components eliminate dead skin cells and excrete skin waste first, and then, additional oriental medicinal ingredients such as deer antlers, Chinese matrimony vines and EGF vitalize skins. This two-step medical process maximizes the effectiveness of oriental medicine.




The first product, ‘An-on’ Line

The An-on Line is the first product of the Allvit brand. It realized triple-step care system for women’s moist, nutritional and supple skins. The result of its clinical demonstration showed positive changes of 32% in skin elasticity, 17.7% in skin thickness and 13.6% in skin texture. This product is expected to deliver new values as innovative oriental cosmetics to women in their twenties and thirties.


Best of the Best prize from the Reddot Award, Sa-Ik Jang, and Chae-Won Moon


The container design is the figuration of dewdrops on the lotus leaves. It won the Best of the Best prize at the Reddot Design Award 2011 for the first time in the domestic cosmetics industry. This prize was granted to just 1.2% of a total of 6,468 entries.
The calligraphy brand logo was created by Sa-Ik Jang, a well-known artist, who is striving to popularize Korean classical music through combining it with modern music. And Chae-Won Moon who is giving off elegant charm through a historical drama on TV was selected as the main model of the Allvit. Her image is expected to go well with the brand image of the Allvit and further appeal to women in their twenties and thirties.



Leapfrogging into Korea’s leading oriental cosmetics brand and entering overseas markets in 2013

The oriental cosmetics market volume was estimated to reach KRW2 trillion in 2010, representing approximately 25% of total cosmetics market in Korea. Seolhwasoo of Amore Pacific and Whoo of LG Household & Healthcare generated KRW1.2 trillion through door-to-door sales in othe same period. Woongjin Coway plans to make the Allvit leapfrog into Korea’s leading oriental cosmetics brand by expanding the product lineups to more than 50 items until 2013, and enter overseas markets

Since the launch of Re:NK brand in September 2010, Woongjin Coway made the top 5 in terms of quarterly sales in less than a year. Sales in the domestic cosmetics business reached KRW35.3 billion in 1H, achieving 59% of KRW60 billion, the company’s yearly target. Number of sales organizations and salespersons expanded to 339 and 3,391. These figures marked 121% and 113% of yearly targets, respectively. The domestic cosmetics business is expected to boost in the second half of the year, as the company plans to proactively expand sales channels into department stores and duty free shops.

Joon-Kee Hong, CEO of Woongjin Coway, said, “We expect that our Allvit brands will deliver new values as innovative oriental cosmetics to women. The Re:NK and Allvit will become our main cosmetics brands and contribute to our progress into Korea’s leading cosmetics company.”



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





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



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



1. Allvit Moisture Revival Essence 올빚 안온 에센스


2. Allvit Moisture Revival Cream 올빚 안온 크림


3. Allvit Moisture Revival Eye Cream 올빚 안온 아이크림


4. Allvit Moisture Revival Toner 올빚 안온 스킨


5. Allvit Moisture Revival Emulsion 올빚 안온 로션



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



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




Naruko releases new line–Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Range





Naruko has released a new line called the Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming line.



The packaging does seem very similar to the SK-II Cellumination line doesn’t it? The star here is of course white lupin which is said to boost the skin’s natural reconstruction processes, slow down the destruction of support tissues and repair and protect the skin.



Lupin is an ornamental flower but it has been cultivated for over 3,000 years for its nutritional value in the Nile valley and in Latin America. It is currently used in the food industry as an alternative to soya, being used in vegan sausages and tofu. Lupin seed extract is proven to boost skin own collagen production as a vegetarian and natural alternative to collagen and hyaluronic acid injections without the side effects.



A new study from France’s Silab examines the use of a white sweet lupine extract in skin care formulations. The study concludes that white lupine, which belongs to the legume family of plants, penetrates to the skin’s basal layers to promote cellular activity and revitalize keratinocyte differentiation that is the basis of SC renewal.



In addition it also contains the use of gemstones such as amethyst, platinum, and gold. According to TIA, gold’s negative ions remove the positive ions from our skin. Negative ions (hard to come by in our polluted atmospheres) are regarded as an important health treatment in health. A new baby’s skin has only 20% positive ions, whereas as we age we accumulate more. Positive ions contribute to skin aging and negative ions temporarily weaken the skin barrier, opening up the skin to make it more receptive to other beneficial ingredients in the product. History Of Whoo also uses platinum, gold and gemstones in their skincare. Read more about gold, silver and platinum used in skincare here.



The line features 7 products :


1. Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Cleansing Gel

2. Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Night Jelly Gelly

3. Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Serum

4. Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Toning Essence

5. Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Toning Emulsion

6. Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Cream

7. Naruko Lupin Anti Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream