OFRA @ RY.com.au {Review} RY MUA Store

irstly, the sight of this little beauty alone give my those makeup tingly feelings… everyone get those right?! Right?! From the stunning pale gold shade, to the beautiful detail in the press, this little baby really is set to impress.

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I was lucky enough to be gifted some ultra swoon-worthy products from RY.com.au for the purpose of reviewing.  After lusting after OFRA products for so long, I finally have some in my hot little hands. See below for my thoughts and a NON-affiliate code (meaning I make no money of it) to save you some coin.

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OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlight

Firstly, the sight of this little beauty alone give my those makeup tingly feelings… everyone get those right?! Right?! From the stunning pale gold shade, to the beautiful detail in the press, this little baby really is set to impress.  With glowing reviews (pun intended), I was super interested in getting this all up in my grill and making me glow like a disco ball. From first swatch, it is easy to see the amount of gorgeous pigmentation. I did however note that it is a little on the powdery side, which is not really concerning but I just thought I would mention. The highlight does swatch beautifully and feels super silky on the skin, but I have found that highly pigmented highlighters don’t always translate well on the skin. But I should not have been worried because, boy does this deliver. The formula is super buttery, pigmented and glides on the face seamlessly. It is easily diffused for a lovely not-too OTT glow, or you can pack it on for that Instagram glam look.

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OFRA Illuminating Blush Stripes 

This is another simply stunning product. Similar to the highlight, the formula is SUPER pigmented and buttery, plus it is just oh-so dreamy to look at. My only ‘sort of’ negative comment on this product would be its name. There is no way that these shimmers could be considered anything other than a highlight, especially not a blush or bronzer. As you can see from first glance into the pan, the stripes, although stunning shades, are not what you could call a blush. Varying from an icy white, pink and peach to a deep golden bronze, all of these shades are super glowy and shimmery and would be best suited to highlighting your face, or even used as a shimmery eyeshadow. That being said, it is a gorgeous product that allows you to create your own personalised hue from the various colours and it is certainly buildable, which gives you control over how little or how much glow you want on your precious little mug.

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OFRA Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick

I am a huge lover of liquid lipstick, but needless to say I am highly picky in regards to the formula. I need something light, long-wearing and mostly non-drying. I have a few favourite formulas, but I mostly find liquid lipstick to either ball up on the lips, emphasise dry skin or create dry skin. I have been really surprised and impressed with the OFRA formula. While I have only tried one shade and cannot speak for the whole range, the product that I do have just glides on to the lips like a dream. The staying power is fabulous and my lips stay soft and plump all day. Big win! I will definitely be investing in some more of these bad boys.

I also received some other goodies…

Olaplex No.3 Take Home Treatment 

I have spoken about this numerous times on my blog . I swear by this at home hair treatment. It makes my blonde hair super healthy and soft, plus it reduces the amount of damage bleaching can cause. I chopped my hair into a lob about a year ago and I’ve since grown it out, it is now nipple length – that is a HUGE amount of growth in 12 months. During this time I have religiously used Olaplex and never has my hair grown so fast, nor has it been so damn healthy or thick. Even my hairdresser noticed.  I have had quite a few questions in regards to where this can be purchased from, I used to recommend specific hair salons, but now RY.com.au are offering it online. Hallelujah.

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Sachajuan Shine Serum 

Yes! so much yes. This gorgeously silky serum woks wonders on my hair. It is super moisturising but doesn’t make my hair look limp or heavy; quite the opposite really. I have been using this almost daily and have noticed a huge difference in my dry ends. My hair is left smooth, shiny and as swooshy as a Herbal Essence ad.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 

While I have only used this twice, the Ocean Mist Spray really gives my hair a little bit of oompf. I applied it to damp hair and blow-dried for a voluminous look, that really enhanced my natural wave and gave my usually fine, flat hair a bit of body. This is definitely something I will continue to add into my hair styling routine.

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I would also like to mention that RY.com.au recently launched their very own MUA Store specially curated by makeup superstar Jasmine Hand. The idea behind this concept is to provide professional brands and products to us every day beauty and makeup enthusiasts. Offering a fabulous range of brands, the RY MUA Store, in combination with the RY.com.au site is fabulous platform to discover new, and previously difficult to find brands  based right here in Australia.

Brands include:

  • BECCA Cosmetics
  • Curtis Collection
  • Garbo + Kelly (Highly recommended)
  • Gerard Cosmetics
  • Gorgeous Cosmetics
  • Jane Iredale
  • Hylamide (a personal favourite)
  • Kryolan (MUA staple)
  • Mirenesse
  • Mehron
  • Model Rock
  • Napoleon Perdis
  • Niod (A another branch of the Deciem brand that I am desperate to try)
  • OFRA
  • PIXI By Petra
  • Sigma
  • Skindinavia
  • Young Blood
  • Z Palette

 

RY.com.au has been said to be Australia’s largest online beauty retailer, and I can spend hours swooning over the incredible range of products. For the next month RY are offering $20 off any order over $99 with the code ‘MUA4RY’. Get on to it.

Have you purchased from RY before? What do you have your eye on?

 

Camille x

You can find more of me on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat (@onabeautybender)

DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

 

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Beauty Worth Investing In

This whole beauty business can be very pricey. While I do tend to opt for drugstore buys there are some items that I believe are worth investing in.

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Clarisonic*

Yes. This is an expensive product, and yes, I am aware that there are cheaper alternatives. But I wouldn’t harp on about this device if I didn’t love it. I have used many different replicas like Clinique and Olay but seriously nothing compares. I thought I cleaned my face well enough, but after using this guy for the first time, I was shocked at the amount of foundation that the Clarisonic picked up. I have forever struggled with my skin and now, after seeing this, I know why. The Clarisonic was the first of its kind and uses sonic oceslation technology to gently work with your skin’s elasticity, not against it. Other alternatives rotate and spin which can actually do more damage than good. I also think that the brush head makes a lot of difference. Even though I don’t have sensitive skin, I find that the normal brush can be a little too much, so I opt for the delicate or sensitive type.

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Foreo Luna Mini*
Not a fan of the Clarisonic? Maybe the Foreo Luna Mini is more your speed. To be utterly honest, I love both the Clarisonic and Foreo equally, but for different reasons. The Foreo is this gorgeous little vibrating silicone pebble that is really gentle on the skin. There are no interchangeable parts, so what you see it what you get. And after the first initial purchase, you don’t need to keep re-purchasing parts. I love using the Luna Mini in the morning to wake up my skin, as soothing massage to prepare my face for the day. As mentioned before, this device it supremely gentle and I would recommend this baby for sensitive and even mature skin. The battery life lasts forever and this little guy seems to be a little more hygienic – there is no science behind this, it is just something I have in my head, haha. But the only downside is that I don’t feel like it gives me enough cleansing action to remove my cakeface, and that’s where my love for my Clarisonic fits in. If you want a more in-depth comparison, let me know and I’ll get my bum into gear and get typing.

Pssst. There is a sale on Foreo over on bransexclusive right now and only lasts for a few more days. Jump to it!
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Skincare

While you don’t need to spend a small fortune on skincare to get great results, I think you need to invest time and effort into planning and sticking to your skin regime. For so long I just used any skincare products willy nilly. But, in order for your skin to benefit from skincare products, they have to be used religiously. Every so often I like to sit down and think about what it is that I want to target and with what product. Do you want anti-aging? Should you use rentinol based products, or should you be using Hydraluronic Acid. Do you want to fight blemishes or un-even skin tone? Brightening or balancing?  Skin is constantly changing and is a product of environmental, genetic and health factors, so it is super beneficial to change-up your regime every season.  Since I have dedicated time and effort into my skincare routine I have noticed a huge difference, and because I am giving the products the best advantage to work, I can see what my skin likes and doesn’t like. For a starting point I would suggest Real-U SkinFit program. This program contains the products you need, as well as a monthly guide to get an understanding of how to work your routine. Real-U* gave me incredible results. While I try literally hundreds of products, Real-U has definitely changed the game for me, and I will revert back to it whenever my skin is looking a bit weathered.

Skin Treatment

This is only a new luxury to me, but I can really see the benefit in getting semi-regular facials. I say semi-regular because I honestly don’t believe they need to be had too often, just when you think your skin is lacking. Since having a few peels/microdermabrasion/facials I have noticed a big difference in my skin’s texture and all-round health. While I am not someone who forks out a lot of money for regular professional treatments, I am happy to treat my self for a special occasion or if my skin is looking particularly dull and tired. After a bit of research and conversations with professionals, I think that peels, particularly glycolic based peels,  are the way to go. Peels come in a variety of strengths, with very little downtime. Peels aim to correct skin texture, fine lines, sun damage, congestion and dull skin – basically a general all-round treatment. I recently went for a facial at the Ella Bache College *in North Sydney, and it was probably one of the most relaxing afternoons of my life! My skin is still glowing a week and a half later.

 

 

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Brushes

There are so many different brush brands out there that offer high quality for super reasonable prices. I have never forked out for high-end brushes when something half the price is just as good. However, that being said, I believe that there is some aspects of investment involved. Everyone needs a good base brush kit with great quality, that will last the distance. I use so many different brushes but always come back to my staples. I purchased two Zoeva brush sets around 2 years ago and these babies have not let me down.  They are easily cleaned, with no threat to their integrity. There is also a huge range, so definitely a brush that suits your every need. Although the brush kits seem expensive, when you break it down per brush it is much cheaper than buying them individually. Zoeva Brushes have truly stood the test of time in my collection, when other brushes started to shed and lose their shape in a fraction of the time, my Zoeva babies continue to blend like a dream. Absolute workhorses.

OLAPLEX

If you are going lighter and your hairdresser asks if you would like an Olaplex treatment, say yes! Grab onto the opportunity with both hands and scream yes! Put simply, Olaplex is an in-salon repair treatment which limits the amount of damage to the hair during or after colouring. As someone who has been lightning their hair for years, this technology is a life-saver. My hair doesn’t feel weak, coarse and knotty after bleaching, it actually feels strong and healthy, with a great deal of shine. I get this treatment probably every other salon visit and my hair reaps the results. I also buy the take-home component of the treatment, to give my hair a good boost between visit. I notice less hair loss and breakage, better colour longevity and health after using Olaplex. Olaplex also allows a drastic change in colour (think black to blonde) in a shorter amount of time and with minimal damage to the integrity of your hair. Even if your current salon doesn’t offer this, I would highly recommend a salon that does, it is that good.

 

The list isn’t really that long, and that’s because I think makeup and cosmetics are things that should be enjoyed and experimented with. Different of things work for different people, and I feel that every one’s collection is a true reflection style and attitude. Never feel like you need to own the most expensive products to get the best results, because it is just not true.

Is there anything else that you would add to my list?

Camille

*DISCLAIMER – Although this prouduct was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Let’s talk trash

Hello beautiful people,

Are you ready for another installment of Trash Talk?

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Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray ($23-49)

This little bottle of magic is a holy grail item to me. I first used this a year or so ago and instantly fell in love. I noticed such a huge difference in the longevity of my foundation and oil control. Any excess powders dissipated and my make-up is set and look fresh as a daisy all day. It is a little on the more expensive side of things, which is why I buy the smaller bottle, but it lasts quite a while.  The All Nighter Setting Spray has already been re-purchased and will be again and again.

Alpha H – Liquid Gold ($ 59.95)

Liquid Gold is a cult product, everyone raves about the miracle results – Firmer skin, smaller pores, reduction in wrinkles and  refined skin texture. I might be shunned from the beauty community for saying this, but I just don’t see it. While I feel like it does make a small difference, I just don’t see these miraculous results the morning after; nothing that is screaming fresh, youthful skin as some people describe. I so desperately want this to work for me as it works for others, but I am not sure whether I can shell out another $60 if I am unsure about it. I really love Go-To Skincare’s exfoliating swipeys, I think that they may be a better option for me. However, I don’t believe I am quite ready to give up on Liquid Gold just yet.

Olaplex – Hair Perfector take home treatment

What a huge miracle in a little bottle. As a blondie with fine and generally dry hair this little guy is a godsend. My hairdresser uses this in my hair colour and then this is the take home treatment to use weekly. As I understand it, Olaplex reconnects and bonds hair fibres which limits damage during and after colouring. It is free from silicones, sulfates, phthalates and cruelty free.  For the last 6 months or so I have been using this at home and in the salon and the results are undeniably good. It is an extra $80 or so on top of your usual salon expenses, but I fully recommend it for blondes, especially if you are trying to go lighter.

Fudge – Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo ($19.95)

This is an old favourite of mine. I have gone through so so so so many of these babies.  Absolutely nothing tones and looks after my hair like this shampoo does.  I have a thing about brassiness in my hair, I would much rather it be an over-toned grayish purple than yellow, and Clean Blonde is the only shampoo that actually makes a difference. The smell is uplifting and the shampoo itself is a dark indigo colour. It doesn’t dry out my fine blonde locks and always removes any yellow tones. It can slightly stain any dry skin on your hands, but I don’t find that a problem. I cannot say enough good things about this product. Now I just need a lifetime supply, haha!

Lush – Cup O’ Coffee Exfoliating Mask ($35.95)

I was so excited for the Australian release of this mask. I love anything coffee, anything scrubby and most products from Lush, so this sounded amazing. Firstly the small was incredible! So energizing and uplifting and exactly what you’d expect. It is perfect for those bleary-eyed monday morning showers. The formula is somewhat creamy speckled with grains of coffee. It feels quite nice on the skin, but I found the grains a little too abrasive on my face. So I use it on my body and very gently on my face.  I have used many coffee scrubs over the years and I wouldn’t say this is a favourite nor is it even in my top 5.  I don’t want to take away from it, because there is nothing overly wrong with it, but I just don’t love it.

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Catwalk by Tigi – Oatmeal and Honey Hair Mask ($25.95)

Now this is what I call liquid gold. This hair mask is everything. It smells incredibly delicious and leaves my hair so so so soft, healthy, smooth and shiny. It looks beautiful when air-dried, but also is so much better to style after using this. I honestly cannot get over how healthy this makes me hair look and feel.   I tend to use hair masks over regular conditioners because of the hydration factor, and because of this I have come across many duds that just don’t work. Many masks are leave my dry hair greasy, limp and lifeless regardless of how much or how little I use. I have never found one that ticks all the boxes. But boy, does this little tub deliver. My hair is swishy, soft and smells like banana porridge (That’s a good thing). I always have a good hair day when I have conditioned with this mask. Annnnnd I have run out, so bad hair days all round. Now if I could get a lifetime supply of this one too, that’d be great.

 

What empties have you had this month? Link your own empties post in the comments. What would you repurchase or steer clear from?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

*Although some of these products were kindly gifted to me for consideration, all opinions are 100% honest. I only include products that I genuinely believe are worthy of a mention.