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  1. Jemmy tessy
    07/03

    How I wish I can get bb cream for my colour am dark in complexion

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  2. rika
    10/04

    So tempted do not known if uk has i. Wish bodyshop has it

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  3. Clara
    10/20

    Great post! Yeah in Korea lots of men wear BB creams. You can tell. 😉 What do you think of Laneige compared with Korean bb creams?

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  4. Melissa @ Suitcase and Heels
    04/10

    I’ve been on a mission trying out different BB creams while I’m here and comparing them to the Maybelline Beauty Balm I got home (which is essentially just a tinted moisturizer). I couldn’t resist the Tweety Bird branded one from Nature Republic. I also picked up Perfect Cover cream from Missha and Jejubija Anti-Trouble cream from Innisfree, which is my favourite so far. I might try one from The Face Shop and/or Etude House before I leave. I love that they have such a light feel on my face and even out my skin tone (the area around my nose tends to be redder than the rest of my face).

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  5. Hannah
    06/04

    Fun post! Always love the upbeat tone you take.

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      06/11

      @Hannah: Thanks.

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  6. Jer Marie
    03/25

    I do hope that this product will at least help me in “glowing” my face skin. Would like o try it thou.

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  7. Coline
    03/01

    How I wish I can have also that beautiful face, I will love to buy this cream and try if it is effective…

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  8. Renz
    02/27

    I never thought that my idol Lee Min Ho is using this kind of cream, I will try also this one in order that my wife will watch over with my face…

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      02/29

      @Renz: ha ha… good luck. Maybe you should ask her first; perhaps you don’t really need it. 😉

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  9. Andrea
    02/25

    Wait, so does it actually lighten your skin? Or just brighten it? I know in the Middle East it’s hard to find creams that don’t have a whitening agent in them but is that the same in Korea?

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      02/29

      @Andrea: I’ve used it for 2 years and to your question I can say– No. Aside from when I have it on, it hasn’t lightened my skin or sunspots/freckles (& I was hoping the latter would lighten). But Asia has a lot of whitening products in them, to which I”m very unconvinced that any of them work longer than temporarily.

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  10. Waegook Tom
    02/24

    Now I never really knew much about BB Cream before now – and I’ve lived in Korea since 2009! If they could get Won Bin or Tae Yang advertising the stuff, I’d buy it for sure 😉

    Interesting that it seems to help prevent breakouts – my skin’s being going crazy recently. Well, nothing major, but annoying nonetheless. May have to give it a try when I go back next week!

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      02/29

      @Tom: ha ha.. well, good luck. 😉 If I recall, Won Bin endorses Nature Republic now (which is what Bi-Rain was once the poster boy of until he got drafted into the army). Dunno if he uses it but in all his ads, he definitely has it on. Guys are supposed to be lucky in that they have rougher skin (aka more resilient) but I think with the pressure there is to look good in Korea in general, these K-drama guys must use it when they go out.

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  11. Dave
    02/22

    Fair point about the old tanned and leather faced golden oldies on the beaches of Florida. Worse is if they smoke! Eww.

    But, when I think about them (and I try not to), I have to say I prefer the leather face look to the chemical bleached ladies I saw. But then that’s just me, natural over chemical and all that.

    Yes, I totally get the whole class thing. And, as a whole, it’s not something I like. The “class” thing that is. Again, that’s just me. I’ve seen too many “rich” in SEA profit from the poor. And yes, in the West too. I guess we as humans have done well in equality across the races on that note!

    I think ultimately the whole boob job, nose job, skin tone thing boils down to human nature. A side to it I get, but don’t like. I do think, as much as I like the pretty shiny things in life, that I can look beyond all that to the real person. And not to sound all holier than thou, but yes if given the choice I would choose to have a beautiful face over an ugly one.

    At the end of the day, I can only assume that we as a race have not evolved enough to get over the surface look of things. Perhaps we never will, it’s in our DNA for survival. So maybe then indeed, I am barking the wrong argument.

    Well, there always has to be one out there! 🙂

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      02/29

      @Dave: I’m going to put out an imaginary “Like” button on your comment and click on it. …. with the exception of the leather faced oldies. Maybe I just haven’t seen your chemically altered ones. 😉

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  12. Dave
    02/22

    Who me, comment on ladies (yea okay, some mens) make up?

    I’ve actually got a near finished article about “Skin Whitening” coming up in the future. I found the whole thing quite disturbing.

    I know BB is something else. But I don’t have any experience of needing such things. Or erm wanting to. But I digress!

    I remember seeing an old SEA lady and a friend in a cafe once. They looked like wax dolls but skin akin to a bulldogs scrotem. Sorry, cruel I know but bear with me. It was due to decades of skin whitening creams and bleaches. They looked so strange as if someone had sucked all the life out of their faces. and hands. Look down at their ankles and you could see natural skin color.

    I myself had difficulty in buying plain old soap in The Philippines. Nearly everything was “Skin bleaching” or spot removal. Even deodorants. Hate the idea.

    Good on you for finding something like BB cream. I’m really hoping it’s not a whitener though!

    As for me wearing it …. yea… I guess you know my answer to that one! 😉

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      02/22

      @Dave: “Skin akin to a bulldog’s scrotum”… hmmm. Can’t say I’ve examined one close enough to remember what it looks like, but I’ll trust your judgement. =) ha ha… okay, so I’ll rant back at you, just because I like ya!

      Ya know, I do/don’t feel disturbed by Asian skin whitening. True, many things in Asia has got skin whitening and this is a controversial topic for westerners & expats. Westerners may say its “messed up!” They poo poo on it as if boob jobs, anorexia and bulimia wasn’t pregnant to their own culture. They think Asians are dissatisfied w/ being Asian. I’m gonna stand up for my fellow yellow man & say, that’s not it. Light skin in Asia is a status thing. It has to do with ‘class’– the fact, the ‘elite and rich’ never had to work in the fields, so they stayed light; while, farmers and poor laborers had no choice but work in the sun.

      Besides, what human being is ‘completely satisfied’ with how they look? Why do westerners suntan at the beach or going to a tanning salon and pay to look orange? Reviving your ‘bulldog’s scrotum’ have you ever seen those overly tanned older ladies with weathered skin in Florida? Years of sun worship! Scary. 😉

      What of weight-loss solutions, diet pills, “ant-” (anti-cellulite/anti-aging/etc) creams, acne medication, viagara pills and all the products that the tv tells us we need to be happy? Pointing fingers seems very ‘pointless’ in a society which will never be satisfied with its natural self.

      Yes, BB cream has skin whitening (and it’s the Germans, who originally designed BB). Do I believe that actually works? Only when I have it on. I think the ‘whitening’ is kind of your average ‘concealer/coverup’ mixed in.

      ps. I did buy one of those Thai underarm deodorants for a souvenir!

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