Somme Institute 5-Step Regimen

Back in March I was extremely lucky & grateful, winning a Somme Institute 5-Step regimen system from According to Somme Institute all 5 products are intended to work and improve all skin types and most skin conditions, including acne (raises hand) and rosacea. When asked how this system can handle the differences in all  skin types, Somme Institute’s Founder & Lead Researcher, Simon Erani, had this to say.

“Our products work for all skin types because we have highly-engineered vitamins in our products (polypeptides), which know where to go and what to do once they penetrate the skin. They go to the skin cell receptors that need them, which is different for each person. Our products are very different from other skincare products that have vitamin ingredients, though. This is because the oil soluble vitamins like A and E just sit on op of the skin because the molecules are too big. The water soluble vitamins like B and C oxidize and therefore are not effective. We know this because we tracked over 5,000 women using ultra-violet camera that sees 4mm deep inside the skin.”

The first product in the system is the Nourishing Cleanser . This cleanser  lacks any strong detergents so it is non-foaming. It felt like I was applying a serum to my skin, not a bad thing. I massaged the product into my damp skin in circular movements to breakup the day’s oil, dirt, and makeup. After rinsing and drying, my face felt squeaky clean without feeling stripped and irritated.

Second is Transport (step 2), the exfoliating product. What I love love love is that they use a chemical exfoliation. I am not a fan of mechanical exfoliation for a few reasons. They can exacerbate many skin conditions like acne and rosacea. I am also a big believer that scrubs can lead to micro-tears in our skin, which may not be noticeable at first but down the road the skin breakdown causing broken capillaries.  Transport contains pads soaked in Aha’s along with the patented MDT5. I did feel tingling when I first started using this product (I don’t know about you but I love tingling!) which eventually seceded. It did not cause my skin to become overly-dry or sensitive. My skin felt incredibly smooth and I noticed a nice glow.

Next is the line’s Serum (Step 3) which contains Vitamin C along with the MDT5. It does contain a stable form of Vitamin C, ascorbyl methylsilanol pectinate. My problem with antioxidant serums is that many companies include alcohol to help the Vitamin C penetrate the skin better. Good news is that Somme Institute does not rely on alcohol (it is omitted) instead opting to use Diazolidinyl Urea as a product enhancer. Vitamin C can quickly breakdown if stored in direct sunlight so I love that the bottle is opaque.  It’s just hard to tell when you’re running low. This is overall a very high quality Vitamin C serum. It’s not sticky, does not pile under makeup, and does not stick or cause reactions.

Step 4 is A-Bomb (great name!) which is a lightweight moisturizer that contains the MDT5.  When I first glanced at the product in the tub, I thought it looked like a thick, cream. After applying to my skin, I was however delighted to find that it’s not thick at all and applies very light. It dries very quickly without leaving my skin over-moisturized, greasy, or sticky

Step 5 is Double Defense, a lightweight moisturizer containing SPF 30.  I like the sanitary pump of the sunscreen and it does apply light, sinking in quickly as far as sunscreens go. It does contain chemical sunscreen ingredients. With presence of avobenzone, it’s sometimes hard to stabilize a sunscreen without the use of octocrylene. This contains octinoxate which can cause the avobenzone (Parson 1789) to become unstabilized. Is it useless? No but I would have suspected that octocrylene would have been included to make this sunscreen more photostable.

I have been using this kit since April and my breakouts have significantly reduced. My blackheads have eradicated and my skin does not feel as oily. I notice a more even skin tone and when I do break-out, they heal faster without leaving a scar.

Verdict: A



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Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++

Beauty Balms, also known as BB creams, have finally made their way to the U.S. Highly popular in Asia, BB creams are a one-step, multitasking product that provide anti-aging, antioxidants, sunscreen, and foundation all in one bottle.

Dr. Jart is a dermatological cosmetic line in Korea. The Dr. Jart BB cream contains arbutin for brightening properties, titanium and zinc oxide for sun protection, glycerin for moisture and a bio-peptide complex for anti-aging benefits. It is important to note that this product is not formulated using sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, or triclosan.

I was excited to try Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm since I barely have time to brush my hair in the morning. The pump dispenser allows just the right amount of product to ooze from the sleek, gold bottle. At first glance, I worried that the one-shade-fits-all would be too dark for my Fitzpatrick type II skin tone. I blended the product into my face using the Sephora Collection Pro-Air Brush #55. The shade immediately blended into my skin tone providing a smooth, gleaming canvas. It did a great job at camouflaging superficial discolorations but I still need a concealer to cover inflamed acne and under eye circles. Since I am highly acne-prone, I obviously scanned the ingredients list. The only ingredient that could potentially cause break-outs is soybean oil, but since it’s not high on the list of ingredients, I was not or am concerned. I did use this product for two weeks before my review. I have not had any additional break-outs since using this product.



I would highly recommend this product, especially if you are seeking a multitasking product that provides light coverage.

Babor Mineral Powder Foundation in 01 Light

Babor Mineral Powder Foundation in 01 Light

I am brand new to the Babor line. Prior to joining, I had never heard of Babor products before. I was fortunate enough to receive some samples of Babor products with my previous Bloom orders. I happened to be searching the Bloom site in hopes of finding a new foundation. I have tried so many foundations from drugstore to high-end to organic only to never discover my holy-grail. Could Babor Mineral Powder Foundation be the one?  A little about my skin, I am in my 30’s and suffer with acne-prone skin. Since I’m very fair, I am starting to notice the glorious sun damage from my youth (since my late teens I religiously apply sunscreen).  I do have a lot of red acne scarring as well as melasma from my wonderful three pregnancies (battle scars!). In my earlier 20’s I could use a light dusting of mineral foundation and voila I looked radiant. Since then I have found that mineral foundation has been my foe-always showing up in fine lines and exacerbating dry skin.  I stumbled upon the Babor Mineral Foundation while browsing the Bloom website and what struck me was the fact that it’s 99% minerals. The big mineral brand in the country advertises that it’s all natural and all minerals when in reality it’s not. Babor does not contain any oils, wax, perfume, talc or artificial colors that can irritate skin. What it does contain is Sea fennel and Amino acid complex L-PCA which help protect the skin from the environment. It also contains Vitamin E, which moisturizes and smooths the skin, and Lupines oil that aids in cell regeneration. I need all the cell regeneration I can get!  This foundation only comes in two shades: light and medium. I was a little hesitant at first, seeing that I’m uber-pale but my gut instinct told me to go for it. The light actually blends into my porcelain skin (for reference I am NC20 in MAC). No lines of demarcation and no crazy looking orange face. This powder feels like silk! I applied using my Sephora mineral powder brush and it blended into my skin like they were long lost lovers. My acne scarring is covered as well as the melasma without being cakey or heavy. It’s natural and light and the silk consistency has me constantly touching my face, which will do nothing for my acne.  Even my husband mentioned that my face looked “pretty clear” which followed by “what kind of foundation did you put on? Because it doesn’t look like a mask”. Well if a product can force my husband to comment, then I’m sold for life. Perhaps Babor is my holy grail. You can pick up this foundation at