Discovering Sunday Riley

A word of warning; this post may make you want to head to the nearest Space NK and buy things. Buy Sunday Riley things in particular. I’ve not tried the entire range, but over the past couple of months I’ve been using a few of their hero offerings, and, I’m in love. The three things that I’ve been using are the , the and the None of them are particularly cheap, but skincare is an area of investment, and this brand is certainly worth saving the pennies for.
Looking at the packaging, I was unsure what to expect before I first tried the products. Of course, I’d heard the  rumours that the oils in particular did magical things, but could something this lovely-looking really create such an impact on my complexion? Well in short, yes.

Let’s start with the oil, as that’s the first product that I tried from the range. I began testing after finishing off my Darphin Revitalizing oil, and my skin seemed to love oils so I swiftly moved on to next. Sunday Riley say that this particular facial oil is ideal for ‘Split Personality Skin’ – that’s combination skin that can be oily, sensitive, aggravated, dry… and that pretty much sums up my own complexion. I’m sure by now the myth that oils are to be avoided if you have oily skin has been abolished, and certainly with Artemis it’s a wonderful way of balancing and toning the skin. In comparison to Darphin’s oil which I was previously using, it’s no where near as light, so you can feel it on your skin for some time after application, making before bed an ideal time for use. The results? As well as a lavish experience when you apply it, skin is softened and incredibly plump and calm. My skin has a lovely ‘lit from within’ glow but without the associated spots, and after 5 weeks of use it seems I’ve barely made a dent in the stubby bottle – thank god because at £60 a bottle, it’s one which you’d hope would last a while!
Next up, convinced that Sunday Riley was sent from above to bring me Angel like skin, I switched my usual cleanser to the I didn’t think I could love a SR product more than the oil, but this cleanser is something really special. If you love clay masks then this one is for you, equally if you like your pores clear and skin spot-free (so that’s everyone then) then you’ll love this. Without the waiting time of a mask, this sludge like cleanser – isn’t that a lovely thought, but there’s no other way to describe the consistency! – just massages on, and is washed off. The immediate effect  is quite tightening on the skin, and for my oily combination skin – it’s dreamy. Perfect for ‘hormonal’ skin or if you do have an oiler complexion, but if your skin is dry, I’d probably choose something else. It’s £35 for a bottle but as you need far less of it that you do of most other cleansers, it doesn’t work out too painfully expensive in the long run.
Last, but most definitely not least,. As you may guess from the name, this product has the end result of looking like you were born with it. Skin that naturally glows and looks just overall, really fab. It’s a leave-on treatment that boosts the circulation in your skin while exfoliating and plumping. It’s enhanced with lactic acid, so yep, it tingles. It tingles a lot, but if you can tolerate chemical exfoliants then this is definitely one to add to your DIY facial kit. Again only a small amount is needed, and I have only used this four or five times – once a week, but the exceptional glow lasts for days. You could apply before bed as a serum (I only dared this the last time I used it) but I’d highly recommend you test a small patch before you cover your face in this stuff, because it really is powerful. You can shop this, and the rest of the Sunday Riley range at Space NK, or Cult Beauty as well as in store.
Have you discovered Sunday Riley yet?

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