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2010 Hope in a blog beauty award ! ( WINNER ANNOUNCED!) December 14, 2010


As 2010 comes to a near end , Hope In A Blog will be hosting it’s first ever Beauty Award.

There’s a little surprise for all you readers … right at the bottom of the page. So make sure you read till the end ! Smile



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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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

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