Sunday Riley is the much hyped beauty brand from the States - all natural, botanical and paraben-free. Their seminal product, Good Genes, kept cropping up in goody bags at events, but I'll admit I wasn't that keen on trying it - mostly because the packaging didn't blow me away. I'm SO SUPERFICIAL! It wasn't until I became better acquainted with the brand after a gazillion beauty bloggers and YouTubers raved about it that I thought I'd give it a go, even after Sam from Pixiwoo described Artemis as smelling of lipstick that's gone off... yikes! One thing that definitely appeals is how quickly people profess to see results after using Sunday Riley.
I've been using Artemis (£60) every day for almost two months now, and I'm certain it's helped me restore a bit of youthful glow to my skin. This amber-coloured oil is designed to balance, tone and clarify the complexion, and detoxify it of nasties. I wouldn't say it's lipsticky in smell, off or otherwise, but it definitely takes a bit of getting used to. Now I've been using it for a while I can always smell the lemon undertones, but at first it's like plasticine. On the plus side you know this means that no artificial chemicals or perfumes are added, it's just straight up goodness - pink grapefruit to fight redness, black cumin seed to fight premature ageing, lemon myrtle for purifying, and omega 3 from flax seed for that glow. I love the way this makes my skin look and feel, and it's definitely something I'll be stocking up on again. I'd say a bottle with everyday use will last about three-four months depending on how much you use.
New to my Sunday Riley collection are a full size (finally, after many gifted samples!) of Good Genes (£85) and Luna Sleeping Night Oil (£85). Good Genes can be used as a mask, or sinks in well as a moisturiser. It's actually a 'brightening, multi-tasking radiance treatment', with 40% lactic acid to plump lines, exfoliate and refine the skin. Lemongrass boosts circulation, whilst anti-inflammatory liquorice brightens skin and arnica boosts circulation. Again, the smell isn't the best, but boy does this get to work quickly and leave skin soft and brightened. Luna is the one I've been most excited about trying - though I've heard this blue oil can be a bit of a nightmare for leaving pillowcases with blue streaks. Luna is a night oil with ingredients that are so active it can't be used by pregnant women - so, aside from leaving you looking like a smurf, it can work wonders. Whilst you sleep this retinoid oil battles wrinkles, large pores, and damaged skin to restore the complexion. Healthy sounding ingredients like cold-pressed avocado, chia, and grape-seed oil leave you with firmer skin, and sort any redness or damage from the sun, pollution or just blumming old mother-time. You won't be surprised by this stage in the blog post to learn that it doesn't smell the freshest, but if you can get past that as you drift off to sleep, you'll love the results come morning. My tip is to rub it in well, and to put it on as soon as you get home (if you're not going out again later) so that your bed-sheets don't suffer blue transfer and you get more benefits from product staying on your skin longer.
All in all, Sunday Riley is a pretty exciting brand. Forget the packaging, forget the smells, it's all about products that over-deliver what they promise, leaving you with the skin you've wanted for ages. Have you tried any of this range? Let me know in the comments x