Review: Sunday Riley Good Genes

Monday, 24 April 2017

So I'm finally back with part two of my review of the Sunday Riley products I've tried, my first post was on the Luna Sleeping Oil and it's still a firm product of mine. I mentioned in that post that I managed to get my hands on two products because I purchased the Power Couple Duo: Total Transformation Kit from Sephora which is priced at $85. 




So the duo pack is marketed as 'a transformational power product duo that combines lactic acid and trans-retinol ester to exfoliate and brighten the skin.'  I've spoken about all the great benefits of the trans-retinol ester so now it's time to talk about lactic acid for the skin. 

Lactic acid is used as an exfoliant in skin care and often known as an AHA. It works by breaking down the bonds that hold the dead skin together, which allows the skin to shed that skin naturally. Sunday Riley explains that 'Good Genes is an All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment exfoliates and moisturises the skin while smoothing the appearance of fine lines.' 
Out of the acids, you can use for your face, Lactic is the best for those who have sensitive skin as it's gentler than say glycolic acid. Lactic acid is a humectant, making it more hydrating than other acids which are great because I feel like dry skin is one of the bugbears of using acids. 

Lactic acid is great for:
  • improving the texture and tone of skin 
  • fading pigmentation and evening out the colour of skin 
  • reducing fine lines
  • stimulating collagen production 
At a decent pH Lactic acid is very effective but I'm not sure of the pH of this product. I do know that I read that it has about 5% lactic acid. So onto application and my overall thoughts on Good Genes.


The packaging instructs you to use Luna first and then Good Genes after, and although I had trouble getting my head round it (as do so many people) but I did find that it worked really well. I did half way through switch it up and use this before Luna and I found it wasn't as effective, so I do wonder how this product works! Logic is that, oil that goes last as it's harder for a product on top to penetrate through it and therefore give your skin any benefits, but these two must work together in some scientific way that defies logic. I love the smell of this! It smells a bit like lemons, it's quite fresh and citrus like but not in an overbearing way. I have no idea what's in it that makes it smell like that but it's divine. I would use this in the evenings and as stated above after applying Luna. So I'd wait about 10-15mins to let Luna sink in and then pop this on top. Good Genes gets absorbed quite easily too I didn't have to wait too long for it to dry.

Results wise I wasn't too impressed with Good Genes, where I thought I would see results quite quickly from it I just didn't find that this was the case. I didn't notice a difference in my pigmentation or scarring either. However, what I did find it great for was breakouts, whenever I had those horrid huge under the skin spots or spots with a nasty head on it, I would pop this on it and it instantly soothed the breakout. However at that price tag, I can be buying it to just use as a spot treatment! Good Genes is supposed to show results quite quickly but I just didn't think it worked for me and I'm not sure if that's because prior to starting, GG I had been using Paula's Choice 8% Glycolic acid or because my skin is quite resilient. Either way I didn't get the expected results.

Overall Good Genes was just 'meh' for me but I do think it's a great pairing with Luna. However, I'm just not convinced it's that great that it's worth the splurge, for me personally I think Luna gave me better results and so it's that product I'll be repurchasing. My other issue with this is the low % and the price tag, The Ordinary sell a 10% lactic acid (I haven't looked into it properly though) and I just feel that with this product you're paying for loads more than just the one ingredient you really need. I'd give this a miss and take a look into the one from The Ordinary. Personally, I will look into the Drunk Elephant Glycolic night serum as I think my skin needs something stronger.

Have you had any success with Sunday Riley Good Genes? Share your thoughts!

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Day 2 - Cornbury Park, Chipping Norton & Bourton-on-the-Water

Monday, 17 April 2017

Happy Easter Monday! With the long weekend afforded to me, I thought it was only right that I get this blog post up. So, after we left our lovely hotel room on Saturday that I spoke about in One Night at The Bull Inn, we decided to explore the area, so today here is part 2 of my Oxford visit.

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

 I found that Cornbury Park was nearby and we decided to go for a short walk around there as you can only access it by foot. The land is part of the National Nature Reserve and it has deer on the land - and I managed to spot a load of them. I'm not sure how long the walk is but we only did a bit of it as we wanted to see other areas. The whole area is so beautiful, serene and peaceful and I love looking back at these pictures and feeling that wonderful calm I felt whilst I was there, I even managed some yoga poses because 1) it makes for good photos 2) zen

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park Railway underneath bridge

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park


Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park
When you wear no make-up but want your photo taken :( 

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park


The next place we visited was Chipping Norton, this was mainly to grab something to eat. We took a lovely drive here and if you're fond of country roads and driving fast you'll enjoy this, I enjoyed the scenery mainly whilst fearing that another car would smack us and our lives would be over, however my boyfriend very much enjoyed these roads. We found a really cute cafe in Chipping and although I wasn't impressed with my food (do you ever have one of those days when everything is just unsatisfactory?) the place was lovely and stocked a range of unique condiments and sauces. The front of the cafe was particularly pretty.





Our final stop was Bourton-on-the-Water, which is a lovely little village in the Cotswolds. We stayed in the area with the bridges and just had a little stroll around there.












Try taking a picture of this bridge and not getting anyone in the shot - impossible! After that we headed back home and I managed two shots here when we stopped randomly so my boyfriend could take pictures of his car.




So that was my weekend so many weekends ago! This has spurred me on to go to more places in the UK, there are so many hidden gems and I think it can be just as great as going away. As long as you're always exploring new things I don't think it matters too much where you've trotted to, just that you keep doing and it keeps being inspired! 

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One night at The Bull Inn, Chalbury

Monday, 3 April 2017

Last weekend my boyfriend and I headed off to Oxford for a belated birthday celebration for him. We were on a quest to find a pub room that had an amazing bath (his idea) because I frikkin love them, good food and nice places for walking. We ended up choosing The Bull Inn in Chalbury and it ticked all those boxes. I’m so glad he looks for these important things, I would have been happy with just a comfy bed! We had such a wonderful stay (with the roll top bath being the highlight, seriously look at my interior board to see how much I love baths) that I just had to review the place. I also took my DSLR with me and used the weekend to practice, so you'll have to forgive me for any out of focus shots! I shot on my 18-55m lens and a 50mm lens.

The Bull Inn, Chalbury

The Bull Inn


The Bull Barn

The Bull Inn


The Bull Barn

The Bull Barn

The Lair at The Bull Inn

The Lair at The Bull Inn

Roll top bath in The Lair at The Bull Inn

The Lair at The Bull Inn

Bed in The Lair at The Bull Inn

Bedside table in The Lair at The Bull Inn

Teas and coffees in The Lair

Teas and coffees in The Lair

The Lair at The Bull Inn

View from The Lair at The Bull Inn

Shower in The Lair


The Lair at The Bull Inn

Waterfall shower at The Bull Inn

You walk into a very cosy looking pub and then through the outdoor area and then behind it is what they call they ‘The Bull Barn’ and it has either 5 or 6 rooms. We stayed in ‘The Lair’ and it was stunning. Everything is one room though and that wasn’t something we were expecting, but we had an amazing bath and then a shower on one side and then other was a huge bed, nightstands, drawers, a tv and a tea and coffee making side. We dropped our bags off as soon as we arrived, had some prosecco and then headed off to explore the area.


Salted caramel cake at the Chalbury Deli
















The walk around was lovely and then it was time to come back and make use of that bath! They have Neal’s Yard products everywhere so I very quickly got over the fact that I didn’t bring a bath bomb with me! The bath is huge and it’s only made me want to get about 10 baths for my future home! I drank prosecco, put a face mask and submerged myself into the lovely bubbles. After that, it was dinner time and the food was okay, I think my boyfriend enjoyed his a lot, for me it was nothing to write home (or here) about. 

Roll top bath at The Bull Inn

Roll top bath at The Bull Inn

Roll top bath at The Bull Inn

The bed was huge and so comfortable and I had a great night’s sleep (I think all the red wine I had at dinner had something to do with that). Although we were woken up at around 6am by what could only be described as elephants walking above us, but I plugged in some headphones and went back to sleep! Breakfast came with the room so in the morning we had a menu we could choose from as well as juices, teas, coffees and cereals to choose from. Overall the stay was just fantastic, it was £150 for the one night and was a lovely treat - obviously the bath just made the whole stay for me. 

I’d definitely recommend a stay here and visiting the deli that’s next to it! I picked up some white chocolate millionaire shortbreads that I just cannot stop thinking about, the picture of the cake above is also from there. The Bull Inn is located in such a good place as it's super close to the train station but if you drive it's also great because you can easiyl go to Oxford for a visit andd it’s just on the edge of The Cotswolds so you can take a drive there if that takes your fancy.


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