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REVIEW ::: BLOOM SKIN ESSENTIALS by LACY BENOIT March 7, 2017 15:24

Bloom Skin Essentials

Bloom Skin Essentials is the brainchild of Misty Litt, a nutrition therapist, and all-around really neat person. She and I have been chatting for the past few months on Instagram, and I can say that, without a doubt, she is kind and displays much passion for formulating safe and effective skin care for all skin types. The BLOOM line consists of Polish (a thoroughly effective yet gentle daily exfoliant and wash), Glow (a multi-tasking wizard, glow is an-oil based makeup remover, hair oil, and body oil), Hydrate (a refreshing facial mist), Nourish (my favorite facial oil to date!), and Restore (a lightweight eye balm that is wonderful under makeup).


Packaging: All products in the Bloom Skin Essentials line come in sturdy glass packaging. The branding is lighthearted and fun, and I quite like the bright colors.


Polish - Polish comes in a nice round glass jar with a wooden spoon to safely scoop out the scrub without contaminating it with dirty or wet fingers. There are three variations of polish, one each for Dry, Combination, and Oily skin types. I have used all three types and interchange them based on the season and my skin’s needs. The “polish factor” (or exfoliation strength) increases from mildest (Dry), mid (Combination), to most scrubby (Oily). Each of the polishes are gentle enough for daily use. The ingredients smell incredible and vary for each variation. The Dry formulation would be appropriate to use for sensitive skin.


Glow - This product truly is a multi-purpose wizard. I have used it as a luxurious oil cleanser, as a nourishing hair oil, and as a fast-absorbing body oil. It truly is multi-purpose, and excels in each of its functions. This product comes in a glass bottle with separate pump that you can insert yourself once it arrives at your home. I find that it does leak slightly if the pump is in and the product gets inverted, so I would make sure to use the original screw-top for travel.


Hydrate - This product is a refreshing delight to use, and the name says it all: It is truly hydrating, thanks to inclusion of aloe! Overall, this is a solid facial mist and I quite like it. The smell is floral, but not overwhelmingly so.


Nourish - Without a doubt, this is my FAVORITE facial oil that I have ever used, and I have used a LOT of oils, of all price ranges. So far, Nourish is the ONLY facial oil that I have ever completely finished and proceeded to immediately buy another to replace it ---- it is that good! Like Polish, Nourish comes in three variations for Dry, Combination, and Oily skin types. I have used all three and love them all. For my combination, acne and congestion prone skin, Dry / Combination works best in the cooler/drier months, and Oily is perfect for Summer. However, all three variations are quick to absorb, and smell fantastic. I really cannot say enough good things about this product.


Restore - What I like most about Restore is that it is formulated with ghee, an ingredient that isn’t often used in skincare. I find this eye balm nourishing for my sensitive eye area. It wears wonderfully under my makeup and does not cause creasing or smudging.


Efficacy & Overall Thoughts: I adore this skincare line. My friend, Salwa, curator of Bergamot Beauty, introduced me to this line in early 2016. I bought the entire Combination set and used every single product. Misty kindly sent me the Oily set so that I could compare and contrast the different formulations for Nourish and Polish. I think that this set is a WONDERFUL, comprehensive skincare set for green beauty enthusiasts. Given that it comes customized for different skin types, it would make a great Holiday gift, as well!


For Full Ingredients, refer to:

http://www.bergamotbeauty.com/collections/blooming-skin-essentials


GRESSA REVIEW BY KATE MYER OF MAKEUP BREW October 3, 2016 14:35

I am so excited to welcome Kate Myer from one of our favorite blogs, Makeup Brew, to Bergamot Beauty.  Not only is she a kind and funny soul, but she is also a lover of green beauty and coffee - two MUSTS in my book!  Read on below for a little more about Kate and please be sure to visit her beautifully written blog here. Thank you dear Kate! xoxo Salwa

Kate Myer has a blood type of coffee, is an avid runner, and wears makeup on the weekends. She is the writer behind Makeup Brew, a blog that has the most verbose coffee reviews and cruelty-free beauty in the land. When she’s not looking for jokes or people to drink coffee with, you can find her in Seattle trying to keep her Japanese maple trees alive, watching Kung Fu Panda with her boys for the umpteenth time, and having staring contests with her puppy, Charlie.

GRESSA 

With an abundance of choices for makeup, where does one start? The myriad number of products for foundation alone is mind boggling. Let's not even talk about blush. Anyone else just need every blush color ever made? 

Several products boast multifunctionality and promises of tiny, undetectable pores. Everyone's skin is different and everyone has different standards of beauty. What we need is a line of products that will help us all achieve that feeling of beautiful - on our own terms.

Let me introduce to you, Gressa. An organic, vegan line created by Svetlana Sanchez complete with skin care, skin treatments, and makeup. Svetlana's goal is to create makeup that's good for your skin, easy to use, and multipurpose. She is passionate about her craft. This passion bursts through if you get the chance to talk to her. Her thoughtful nature, genuine interest in her customers, and approachability are endearing qualities make Gressa Skin all the more beautiful. 

With many items to choose from, I have selected 3 that meet the demands of quality, multifunctionality, and efficacy. Let's take a look!

1. Renewing Polish

Starting with the basics of what a polish should do: exfoliate. Any dry skin should be effectively removed post treatment. Your skin should feel smooth, not rough or tight. Essentially, we are physically trying to slough off the dead skin. So, what makes this particular polish special? 

Clarify: When I see the word clarify, I think about the deep abyss that is my pores. I don't own one of those fancy magnifying mirrors because I would cry. But, I expect these pores to "feel" clean. I envision them looking like a squeaky clean crater without debris and stuff that will bloom into lovely pimples. I know that when I use this scrub on an area that feels suspicious of developing a pimple, two days later, the site is less inflamed. And, the suspicious little pimple never appears. 

Brighten: Now when we think of brightening, we generally think of reducing the color of something we don't want on our faces- acne scars, sun spots, or last night's poor sleep. You know your own face best, so when you see brightening after using a product, you look at yourself and think, "Whoa, selfie time!". It's an inner glow, outside glow, and wonderment of why I can't wake up like this every. day. In order to get this glow, though, generally, we need to use ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). 

I have sensitive skin and things that have ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) terrify me. Think: burn. However, ascorbic acid plays a vital role in collagen synthesis. It keeps our skin looking juicy and pinchable. Ascorbic acid may even prevent and treat UV-induced photodamage, however, the research in this claim is still quite limited. 

The ascorbic acid in this polish has not only brightened my skin after 1 use, but it has not produced any ill-effects that I use to fear. There is no burning, no sheets of skin falling off, and absolutely no pain post treatment. 

I will advise that those with sensitive skin should only use this as an exfoliator and not a full on leave-on mask as we just can't with the skin we have. Those with non-sensitive skin, mask-on for 10 minutes to reach the glorious glow! 

Moisturize: How can one polish do so many things? You would think after cleaning our your pores, sloughing off dead skin, then brightening your complexion, that your skin would look like printer paper- super clean, super bright, and probably dry. But, this polish leaves your skin feeling moisturized and that is a hefty claim coming from someone with dry skin! Thanks to the raw organic honey, us dry skin people no longer have to fear so much. 

In short, this Renewing Polish delivers Olympic Gold Medal style. To complete your spa face polish experience, you can bathe yourself in the mist and you will have the most glorious glow!

2. Lip Boost

Possibly my all time favorite makeup product (with Lumiere coming in close to first place) are the Gressa Skin Lip Boosts, specifically in the shade Radiant. I am a berry shade lover and this deep, luscious, berry shade is perfect for year-round. The vibrancy, comfort, and opacity of Radiant are out of this universe. 

When I spoke about how multipurpose Gressa's products are- this lip boost works amazing as a blush, also. I've used many "multipurpose" products in my lifetime and rarely do lip products work as blushes because it's either too creamy or pore clogging. Or, vice versa in that blush products are simply too drying on the lips. For someone who has dry skin and sensitive lips, these lip boosts have been a delight on my face. Some shades can even double as a "cream eye shadow" however, please consider possibly using a brush when applying especially if you are going to paint your whole face with this product (i.e., sanitation practices). 

3. Lumiere Luminous Complexion Fluid

My other all time favorite Gressa product is the absolute beautiful Lumiere complexion fluid. Just let the name roll off your tongue for a second! This is in the shade Elise which is a delicious coral-pink shade with the slightest hint of luminescence to make one glow like the beautiful Legolas from Lord of the Rings. The second shade available is Amelia that emits a true coral-orange perfect for all skin tones. 

I don't know how this product can be so beautiful. I honestly do not. You can use it for your cheeks and lips and even as an eyeshadow for those with the right kind of skin tone. Lumiere glides on similar to the Minimalist foundation as it also as broccoli seed oil, rosehip oil, seabuckthorn oil, CoEnzymeQ10, and a host of other ingredients that truly nourish, moisturize, and improve your skin with use over time. 

You can build this product up to your desired level of opacity or make it as sheer as you want for the most natural-from-within-glow that is only achievable with products that meld so perfectly with your skin, in your skin, and with the perfect amount of luminescence. 

I have to stress how easy these products are to use. If you know where parts of your face are without a mirror, you can easily use the lip boosts (or Lumiere) to tap-tap on your cheeks and lips. Then, given you know where your face is, you can also apply the serum foundation (while avoiding the eyes) as if you were applying lotion and walk away with a perfectly blended, fresh face. 

For the busy mom who has 5 minutes each morning to feel human, for the makeup artist who needs high-def makeup with multifunctional properties for happy clients, or for the makeup enthusiast who just needs all the makeup, Gressa Skin comes highly recommended and rigorously tested by a busy mom, the makeup artist, and makeup enthusiast. I wholeheartedly hope you enjoy Gressa Skin if you are currently using this line and I invite you to check it out if you have not yet- it'll be one of the best beauty decisions you'll ever make!

Review and photos by Kate Myer.

***Shop GRESSA here!


REVIEW ::: Aria Nighttime Cell Recovery Treatment by La Bella Figura May 28, 2016 10:54

Packaging: Aria is encased in snow-white glass that has crisp silver lettering and a silver cap. The bottle has a pump dispenser so that the precious drops are never spilled or wasted.

Texture: Aria is a fairly light to medium viscosity oil; because it is added to your facial oil or moisturizer du jour, it will not feel weighty on the skin, and is very breathable, overall. I love that this treatment sinks in very quickly, which is especially important to me, as I have rather oily skin.

Scent: Wow! Where to even begin? To me, Aria smells fresh, clean, faintly floral, with traces of herb. It is an intoxicating smell and I pay special attention to inhale deeply each time I apply this wonderful treatment.

Efficacy & Overall Thoughts: Though I am only turning 31 next month, I believe that prevention is the best policy when dealing with fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to using a sunscreen daily, I have added Aria into my skincare arsenal to help address and prevent premature signs of aging, as I want to make my own aging process as graceful as I can, while recognizing that this process is actually a privilege that many are denied. Though I do not have many noticeable fine lines (yet!) I wanted to invest in Aria to keep these at bay for as long as possible. So far, the most significant difference that I have noticed while using Aria is that my skin seems much more vibrant than it previously did. I struggle with congestion and adult acne, and Aria seems to sooth any inflammation that I may be experiencing. This oil is one of the most effective treatments I have tried, and it is truly a game changing product for your skin.

Description: Aria is a sophisticated and elegant nighttime skin regenerative elixir which transforms lackluster skin while you sleep. Our potent blend of exquisite phytonutrients and phospholpids from truly raw, unrefined plant material forms bio-layers that protect and revitalize dying cells speeding turnover and recovery for an energized and youthful complexion. Aging skin is more vulnerable to skin injury due to the loss of subcutaneous fat in the connective issue and can appear thin and fragile. Aria provides nutritional support to this skin type accelerating cell renewal from unique healing compounds found in saffron, helichrysum and arnica flower oils. Vital antioxidants and prooxidants (coenzyme Q10, ellagic acid, Vitamins C, E and K) in the purest form are bioactive in this complex formula boosting support from inside the cell encouraging new, healthy growth. Three opulent drops massaged into skin is all you need to recharge the complexion for glorious radiance.

Suggested use: After cleansing my face before going to bed, I enjoy using this in combination with either La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Renewal Serum, and/or their Crema Virtuosa. Using an anointing dish, I carefully add two to three drops of this potent treatment to my oil or moisturizer, then apply to my face and décolleté. After application, I mist with Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer and massage gently to ensure that Aria sinks in completely.

Size & Price: $175 for 1 ounce

Because Aria is so concentrated, and because one only needs to use two to three *drops* per use, rather than pumps, this is really quite a reasonably priced product, which is something that I factored into my decision to purchase, as I am a graduate student living on a very fixed (and meager!) income. Overall, please do not hesitate trying this oil, especially if this hesitation is based on price.

Ingredients: Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Camellia Olifera, (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Daucus Carota (Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Carrot) Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata (Maracuja) Seed Oil**, Amaranth Caudatus (Amaranth) Seed CO2 Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed CO2 Oil*, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Seed Oil, Olea Europea (Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive) Oil*, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Barbary Fig) Seed Oil*, Pouteria Sapota (Mamey Sapote) Oil**, Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee Bean) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Oil**, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto) Flower Oil, Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Flower Oil CO2, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Oil, Aspalathus Linearis (Roobois) Absolute, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum) Flower Oil

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY LACY BENOIT.  

***Shop La Bella Figura here!