Sunday Riley Good Genes

Expensive sinkcare can be so hard to justify, but Sunday Riley has put  a miracle worker in a bottle with Good Genes. It is no wonder it.  At heart, it is an exfoliating lactic acid treatment serum, best used at night. And what a powerhouse it is!! Discoloration and scars will fade. Lines will lighten. Texture will soften. Redness will subside. Complexion will brighten. Skin will look restored, refreshed, and luminous. It may sound to good to be true but I can’t find enough praise for the aptly named Good Genes!

A lot of exfoliating serums/creams, like glycolics, retinols, can be overly aggressive, leaving skin looking tired. Not with Good Genes! My skin has never looked stronger and more resilient, while feeling softer and more radiant!

My favorite way to use it as suggested by Sunday Riley is 5 days in row for a boost. Then I put it aside until I need another pick me up. I’ve always loved keeping my skin on its toes by not letting it get desensitized to amazing ingredients. Having this in rotation works like a charm. And thanks to not using it daily, one bottle can last a year!

Another great way to use Good Genes is applied generously as a mask for a quick immediate boost.

Barney’s and Space.NK counters at Bloomingdales provide generous samples. Go grab some and see for yourself. You skin will fall in love! Good Genes is one of those rare products that is worth every penny!

From the Sunday Riley Site:

Great to use 5 days in a row as an intensive radiance treatment or anytime you want to impress. Can be applied daily for reviving skin which is damaged by excessive UV exposure, aging, acne scars, pollution, lifestyle.


  • Licorice (Skin Brightening, Fights Hyperpigmentation, Anti-inflammatory)
  • Squalene (Helps Repair Skin Barrier)
  • Yeast Extract (Encourages Healthier Skin)
  • Lemongrass (Circulation, Antioxidant)
  • Arnica (Anti-Inflammatory, Soothing)
  • NV-5 AGELESS COMPLEX (5 Native American Botanicals which Rejuvenate Damaged Skin, Pro-Actively Fight Aging, Anti-Pollution, Detoxifying)

Suggested Usage
-Can be used as a daily serum or as needed for an immediate transforming treatment.
-Can be mixed with Charisma Créme Cleanser or Ceramic Slip Cleanser and used as a mask.
-Apply to the face for 10 to 30 minutes for an instant radiance boost.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

Available for $105 at:



Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup with SPF 15

Giorgio Armani’s new foundation, 8 years in the making, finally launched this past month. When I bumped into it at Bloomingdale’s, I really didn’t want to like  it. I was sure it would be overrated. But boy was I wrong.

To say that I’m impressed with this foundation would be a massive understatement! Not only is the weightless yet velvety application stunning, but the texture and finish is the future of cosmetics. Nothing else feels like this foundation. It has completely reinvented the wheel.

Maestro is the epitome of second skin. It’s super lightweight and flawlessly binds to the skin. With the absolute thinnest application of makeup, imperfections are covered beautifully for a luminous complexion. And the coverage is as buildable as you want it to be  with paradoxically no buildup (but always remember to blend well). As for the finish, the only words I can think of are satiny or luminous without taking any dimension away from your natural skin. No flat pasty look here. You must go grab a sample and see for yourself! You will be blown away by how this feels on. And if you can find the right color match, your skin will look better than ever but no one will know you’re wearing any makeup.

Now, I hate to ruin a glowing review with one drawback, but there is quite a bit of silicone in here, so beware/proceed with caution if you have an allergy to it.

Application tips from the Giorgio Armani site:

• Shake the bottle and put three drops in the palm of your hand.
• In rapid and fluid movements, spread the foundation out from the center of face to the edges. Make sure to concentrate the application in the center of the face where most imperfections are found.
• Blend from the center of forehead to the temples, from the nose, across the cheeks towards the ears, and then from the chin, up along the jaw line

Fair Shades: #2, #3, #4
Medium Shades: #4.5, #5, #5.5, #6.5, #7, #8
Dark Shades: #10, #11.5

Active ingredient:

Octinoxate 3%

Inactive ingredients: cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, isododecane, alcohol denat., vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, phenyl trimethicone, acrylates/polytrimethylsiloxymethacrylate copolymer, PEG-10 dimethicone, disteardimonium hectorite, fragrance, nelumbium speciosumflower extract, limonene, benzyl salicylate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, linalool, benzyl alcohol, propylene carbonate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, disodium stearoyl glutamate, water, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower oil, butylphenyl methylpropional, aluminum hydroxide, hexyl cinnamal; may contain: iron oxides, titanium dioxide

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup with SPF 15

Available for $62 at:

Giorgio Armani Beauty