First Impression: L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

I’m not the first to post about this.  In fact, I would assume I’m kind of late to the “game”, so to speak.  When I saw all the buzz about this mascara, namely the comparison to the Too Faced Better Than Sex {TFBS} mascara, I knew I had to try it. Y’all know about my beloved Maybelline mascara and my propensity to favour a drugstore buy over a high end alternative, so it was a natural fit for me to give this one a try.

 

This mascara purports to have a soft wavy bristle brush that holds a max formula for a dramatic volumizing charge.

 
Benefits include:

  • 200+ bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect
  • Smooth glide formula provides silky volume in one extra black coat
  • Lashes are feathery soft to the touch  {I don’t agree – they’re kind of tough but I like this because it holds a curl better}
  • Women agreed: 91% saw intense and volumized lashes and 87% saw more beautiful lashes
  • +98% lengthening effect
  • Voluptuous volume and length
  • Soft wavy bristle brush
  • More black pigments

 

It comes {currently} in 4 colours, at least in Canada:

  • Washable Black
  • Washable Black Brown
  • Washable Blackest Black
  • Waterproof Blackest Black

 

I’m gonna cut to the chase:  this is the SHIT.  

Yes, it does all it claims to do and more. 

 

Can we also have a moment for the luxe packaging please?  Undeniably reminiscent of the TFBS tube, it feels and looks super high end.

 

 

 

TFBS

This packaging.  WOAH!

 

 

For my super straight lashes, it holds a curl all day without clumping or flaking or even transferring.   The formula {I bought the Blackest Black in the washable/regular formula, not waterproof} is drier, so a word of caution that you have to work fast.  You might not want to let this dry between coats to prevent the clumpy spider look, but that doesn’t take away from the sheer volume and length this puppy provides in one fell swoop.   I tend to let it dry simply out of habit and a simple brow comb does the trick to separate lashes and avoid spider legs.

 

The brush looks markedly like the TFBS as does the packaging, but does just the same job at half the price.  Lash Paradise currently retails for about $13.99 in Canada, though I’m quite sure if you watch for a sale or check out WalMart, you can save a few $$.

 


 

This is a MUST buy.  Don’t walk, run to your nearest drugstore and pick this up ASAP.

 

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Winter Makeup Change Up

I’ve blogged in the past about how I manage to use my out of control large makeup collection and really cull through the goods to find out what items are just as good as they claim to be, or items that I just can’t live without.  If you’re curious to see what I’ve used in the past, check out my most recent change up post here.

Following a vacation to Mexico, rather busy November & December, as well as a packed social and work schedule, I wasn’t able to do this as early as I’d hoped.  Apologies.  Better late than never, right?  RIGHT?

 

What Stayed:

I guess you could stay these are my staples, and things I just really love {if it’s not, I’ve indicated below!}

  • Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation {I mix this with whatever moisturizer I’m using}
  • Life Brand concealer/blemish stick
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara
  • L’Oreal Voluminous primer
  • MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer {I use fair}
  • Benefit Eye Bright
  • Tarte Concealer {I was very surprised to see this is still made – it’s just ok.  I’ll finish it up and won’t likely repurchase}edits-kept
  • Chanel Les Beiges powder
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Khaki
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade {Dark Brown slightly sheered out matches me perfectly}
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara {a sample only, still on the fence about this one!}
  • NYX Lip Lingerie
  • Bite Lippies – various shades, but my fave is Meringue
  • Fresh Lip Treatment {trying to use this up.  It’s not bad, but Carmex is better…}
  • Kat Von D Ink Liner in Hemingway
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz
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{Incase you’re wondering just what didn’t make the cut this time, here’s a shot!}

 

What’s New?

I can’t tell you how incredibly excited I am to try these new goodies!  All year long, I keep a list of Sephora loves, and I anxiously await the 20% off sale to pick up just what I’ve been dying to try.  Some of these beauties are new acquisitions and I’m giving them a true first try.   It would seem I’m into single shadows this month…a welcome diversion from my palette-heavy rotation!

* You’ve noticed the list below is missing a few bits.  Why, you ask?  It’s simple.  I picked out too many products to try this time around; they’ll have to wait.  I kept the picture just as a little reminder*

  • Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in Rosy Tan {I’m ashamed to say, this isn’t made anymore.  I’ve had this for a while – for my personal collection only – but I still love it!}
  • Marc Jacobs Air Blush  #508
  • Nars The Multiple in Portofino {not sure how I’m going to like cream blush in winter…}
  • Becca x Jaclyn Hnew-face-editedill Champagne Splits
  • Gucci bronzer **
  • Hard Candy eyeshadow in Nude Beach
  • Lorac Blush in Flaunt {linked below – and it’s on sale!}
  • Buxom Full on Lip Polish in Sugar
  • Urban Decay Liners in Sabbath and Smoke
  • Urban Decay Chase shadow  {just got word this has been discontinued.  Seriously UD?  Seriously?}
  • Clinique Black Honey single shadow {this has been discontinued too.  URGH!}

**Before we conclude this blog, can we just have a moment for the untouched Gucci embossing?? Pleaseandthanks**

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Beautycounter Tint Skin Foundation |  Life Brand Blemish Stick  |  Lash Sensational Mascara  |  L’oreal Mascara Primer  |  MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose  |  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer  |  Benefit Eye Bright  |  Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12 Hour Concealer |  Chanel Les Beiges |  Laura Mercier Caviar Stick  |   Anastasia Dipbrow |  NYX Lip Lingerie | Bite Beauty Lippies  |  Fresh Lip Treatment  |  Kat Von D Liner  |  Anastasia Brow Wiz

Dior Palette – similar here  |  Marc Jacobs Blush |  Nars The Multiple in Portofino  |  BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits  |  Gucci Bronzer  |  Lorac Flaunt  |  Buxom Full on Lip Polish  |  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils

Lovin’ Lately: September Faves {and a Fail}

Just like that summer came and gone.  While I’m excited for the seasons to change, I’m not excited that fall coming means cold weather and my birthday…I’m a year older.  I HATE getting older!  I used a few newbies last month and I’m excited to share what I loved in September:

 

Beauty Faves

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer:  I saw a few Insta posts from other beauty bloggers about this and coulef6d2607-7145-4c74-bed1-2a62eb009ffc_1.19d663c1d7aee506c276a52e82e81e0b.jpegdn’t resist picking it up for $6 at my local Wal-Mart.  That’s the only place I’ve found it so far.  The formula is white, and it goes on relatively lightly right out of the tube.  All it takes is one sweep and it creates a fantastic base.  It makes black shades blacker and makes the curl last all day.  The formula also purports to condition lashes, and I have to say that I’ve seen my lashes improve {albeit slightly} in just one short month of use.  A bonus – it makes my fail product from last month wearable.

 

Chanel Les Beiges Powder:  I love this stuff.  It goes on super light and keeps my makeup locked in all day, whether used to set under eyes or all over the face.  It’s expensive.  I get it.  But it’s worth the hype.  I’ve already bought a replacement!

 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue:  You’ve seen me post about this before.  I can’t find a dupe no matter how hard I try.  I just love the creamy formula and it lasts all day.  It’s my perfect nude and keeps my lips moisturized, and the light vanilla scent and flavour is just an added bonus.  I’m hoping to get a backup and try some of the other shades when the VIB sale comes along in November.

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Before I go into detail about this fail, I’ll say it outright: I know I’m in the minority.  I used to wear this in high school and decided to try it again.  It’s not expensive – it’s from the drugstore – but if it doesn’t work, it’s wasted money nonetheless.  I realize this is a cult fave, so take my opinion for what you will, but I just couldn’t make it work no matter how hard I tried:  L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara.  I just didn’t get the volume I wanted, nor did it last all day.  I found it transferred and that the curl would drop as the day went on.  I won’t be re-purchasing it at all, but will consider using it up {I haven’t decided if I want to throw it out…so sue me, I’m cheap!}.

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Lifestyle Faves

I’ve been loving Podcasts this month.  I work rather long hours daily at a desk, so it helps the time go by and gives me something other than music to listen to.  My fave this month has been Real Crime Profile, namely their investigation into the JonBenet Ramsey case.  Here’s a rando fact about me:  I’m a true crime junkie.  This is right up my alley!  The experts on this Podcast discuss cases in detail and provide hypothesis and commentary based on their vast real life experience; it’s much different than your run of the mill true crime genre discussion-based Podcast.  I highly suggest listening here or search it on your preferred Podcast app.

 


 

That’s it from me this month.  Short and sweet!  What were your September faves?

 

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L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara Primer | Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue

 

 

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