Smooth Op-PURR-rator: BONAIR Blue Smoother and Rose Illuminator Skincare Review

Korean skincare brand BONAIR specializes in purrremium fermented oil.

Oil. Fermented. Yasss, let that sink in for a moment (as deep as fermented oil is supposed to sink in compared to non-fermented oil).

Be Mused Korea now stocks BONAIR’s delicious offerings and sent us some items to review. (You might know Be Mused’s founder as the lovely Lisa @beautybemused.)

Angela (normal-to-dry skin) tried BONAIR Blue Smoother Face Oil ($53/30ml) and Velvet Cream ($48/50 ml). The Blue Smoother line is targeted at dry/very dry skin and features fermented blue tansy oil and guaiazulene. ::Cue squeals over blue ingredients::

Renee (combination skin) tried BONAIR Rose Illuminator Oil Drop ($53/30ml) and Moist Cream ($48/50ml). The Rose Illuminator line is lighter weight than the Blue Smoother line (but still very moisturizing) and contains fermented rosehip oil.
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Got the Blues: NIOD CAIS Review & CAIS2 First Look

I got the blues…and I’m happy about it.

Blue skincare is one of my obsessions. Most often, blue is associated with anti-inflammatory azulene (from blue chamomile) or with skin-regenerating copper peptides (not to be confused with copper metal).

My latest obsession, NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum (aka CAIS), falls into the latter category. Can you blame me for loving it? It’s like gazing upon a sea of hopes and dreams.

Apr. 12, 2018 Update: Does all the tea about Brandon Truaxe have you looking for alternatives? CAIS is wonderful but expensive and hardly irreplaceable. There are cheaper and sometimes even better alternatives.

Personally, I’m switching to Skin Biology 7% GHK-Cu Accelerant to make my own BLUE stuphs (incidentally one of their few copper peptide products that doesn’t smell funky). Bioderma Matricium is faster at repairing a damaged moisture barrier. Leegeehaam Tea Tree 90 Essence is as effective at reducing redness and inflammation with consistent use. BONAIR Blue Smoother Face Oil is BLUE, features fermented blue tansy oil, and nourishes and reduces inflammation in one step (read mah review). I haven’t tried it myself, but Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop is also BLUE and gets great reviews (including in the comments on this post) for healing skin.

And lists of alternatives are popping up on Reddit /r/skincareaddiction and elsewhere (hi, Nourish the Skin!). Mmmkay, back to the review…

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Blue It: Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask Review

01 Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask Review

And so my obsession with blue skincare continues.

My latest acquisition is the Herbivore Blue Tansy Mask ($48 for 2 oz./60g).  OK, fine, the full name is ::deep breath::

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask

That, in a word 8 words, sums up the mask.  Blue?  Check.  Anti-inflammatory blue tansy oil as a star ingredient?  Check.  AHA (alpha hydroxy acid)?  Yup, in the form of fruit enzymes.  BHA (beta hydroxy acid)?  Yup again, in the form of willow bark and aloe leaf.  Resurfacing and clarifying?  Sure but only temporarily.

That last point is why I returned the product. Continue reading “Blue It: Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask Review”

Blue SWOON: Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm Review & Comparison to Banila Co. Clean It Zero

01 Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm ReviewSunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm made a splash as soon as it arrived. Its deep aqua color and ingredient-of-the-moment blue tansy made it eminently Instagrammable. At $50 for 3.4 oz./100 g, it’s a splurge to be sure.

The balm can be used as a first cleanser (to dissolve makeup and sunscreen) and as a hydrating mask.  It’s targeted towards dry and dehydrated skin and claims to leave skin “thoroughly clean, comfortable, hydrated, and glowing.”  Tall claims!

Along with blue tansy oil, it has vanilla, tangerine, sweet orange, and chamomile oil and moringa and cocoa butter.  It’s also fairly heavy on the waxes, with various waxes at the top of the ingredients list and beeswaxes in the middle.  The cocoa butter ranks a 4 out of 5 on CosDNA’s acne/comedogenicity scale.  I don’t normally mention CosDNA rankings, but I mention it here because Blue Moon may have made me break out.  More on that at the end of this post.

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Indi-go-go – Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream

The nice folks at Tatcha sent me a care package out of the blue (har har.) The number of packages, big and small, at work are making my banking bosses side-eye. Whatevs. T’is the season for brown packages, bauss. But thank you Tatcha for the nice surprise below. I will commence reviewing that ultra luxurious hand cream: the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream. They even included a sweet hand-written note. Continue reading “Indi-go-go – Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream”

Blue Steel: Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao Review

To go with the red and white dress I wore on the Fourth of July, I popped on a bright blue liquid eyeliner.

01 Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Curacao Review

Rejected title: The Fourth of Blue-ly.

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao is a bold, cobalt, shimmery blue.  I’ve owned this eyeliner in several other colors (bronze, purple, sparkly black), and they’re all great. Continue reading “Blue Steel: Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao Review”