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.

 

 

 

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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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Lovin’ Lately: August Faves {and a Fail}

I know you’ve likely heard this a million times already, but here it is to make it a million and one:  how is it September already?  Summer just flew by!  For me, it was the best summer in so many ways, due in no small part to the insanely warm, sunny {and oft too humid} weather here in Toronto.  I’m a little sad to see it go if I’m being honest, but can’t wait for warmer fall clothing, scents, and, of course, makeup looks.

I’ve got a few faves from August and a bonus {is it really a bonus?  Really?} fail for y’all.

 

Beauty Faves

Truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of dual ended brushes.  Yes, I understand that they essentially serve 2 functions, save space, and are often better priced, however I don’t like turning the brush around to use the proper side, and hate the fact that one end of the brush has to be crushed while stored in a brush cup or belt.  My Crown AC012 Shadow/Crease Duet brush is the one exception,  yet I don’t use it for it’s intended purpose.  Instead, I use this brush for my daily nose contour – the pencil brush end applies a pigmented line of my bronzer {or your contour product of choice!} where I put it, and the fluffy blending end blurs that line perfectly.

 

I think I’vefig posted about my next fave in some iteration before.  FRESH Sugar Lip Tints are the bomb and I LOVE them.  I love the formulation, I love the colour range, I love the lasting power, and I love the brand as a whole.  If you follow me on Instagram {if you don’t, go over and doooooo it} you’ll know that a friend brought this over as a gift a month or two ago.  Yes, us beauty junkies don’t like normal hostess presents.  I have kept this at my desk for mid-day application all month long.  Every time I apply it, the colour just perks up my whole look and lasts until I re-apply or a solid two hours, at the very least.  I love this.  It’s a staple in my purse in a different shade, and now a staple on the daily in Fig.

 

A little late to the bandwagon on the ColourPop line, I put in an order for a few bits earlieSuperShockCheek-NeverBeenKissed_e15420f8-242d-4801-bf44-77ebd0f6ad0c_1024x1024r this year and have only just now gotten around to trying them out.  I guess that’s what happens when you have a massive collection to make your way through!  While almost every single Colour Pop product has beena hit with me, nothing has struck me more than this blush – Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed.  It’s described as a dusty coral in a Matte finish, and I’d say that’s pretty bang on.  Application is a 10/10 – it’s smooth and buttery.  Packaging is a 10 too – it’s uber cute and closes tightly to keep the product fresh.  Payoff – well that’s a 10 too.  It gives a glow to the skin that complements the light tan I’ve got going on.  I can apply as little or as much as I want; the product is really easy to layer and, as you’d expect, even easier to work with.  You can’t beat the price either, at $8 USD.

 

 

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Lifestyle Faves

Does it mean you’re the epitome of lazy when you can’t be bothered to apply lotion after a shower?  I guess so, yeah.  If it’s wrong, though, then I don’t wanna be right!  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin has changed my body lotion game.  When I first came across this product, I was truly skeptical.  I couldn’t understand how a moisturizer could do its proper job when I’m rinsing myself and, arguably, still soaked with water.  Alas, my skepticism was soon turned around and this has become a staple in my shower.  I still elect to apply a thicker Body Butter once or twice a week.  However, for the quick showers on a busy morning, I have been applying this lotion and it’s kept my arms and legs silky smooth.  My personal fave is the coconut scent, but either one of the two seems to work just as well; I’m merely going on scent.

 

I know what you’re thinking: “no one needs a frivolous Louis Vuitton agenda.  The price is ridiculous”.  You know what?  You’re right.  No one NEEDS it, but I wanted it and I’m glad I bought my LV Desk Agenda.  I use a Target agenda {yes, the irony of the price juxtaposition isn’t lost on me…} inside on one side, and a Moleskine notebook on the other to keep track of blog posts, personal and business administration notes, miscellaneous to-do lists and other notes.  The planner itself is great, and perhaps deserves a shout out all on its own, however it’s this Desk Agenda that allows me to keep all of my important paperwork and physical calendar all in one place, housed in a chic cover.  There’s secretarial pockets on the one side and credit card pockets on the other – another organizational feature I love.  I’ve had the GM agenda in the past, but found it too heavy and cumbersome for every day use.  The Desk Agenda allows me to keep the essentials with me and doesn’t weigh me down.

 

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the August fail:

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I’m a bit of a mascara fanatic.  Y’all know that.  I’ve tried this particular mascara before and was recently browsing through Saks when I crossed the Chanel counter and thought I’d give it a go again.  Bad move.   For this price, it should come with a personal assistant to apply it, and should last all damned day.  Straight up, that doesn’t happen; the product is crap.  It volumizes, I’ll admit.  However, in terms of wear – it ends up on my face a few hours after application, and if it doesn’t smudge, it flakes.  I can’t even fathom wearing it on my bottom lashes simply because I fear raccoon eyes so very deeply.    I’ve read reviews and it seems I’m the only non-fan that I can find.  Sorry, Chanel.  Usually you’re tops on my list, but this little guy makes certain I stick to my beloved drugstore mascara that does it all.    Don’t waste your hard earned cash.


 

That’s it for this month.  What have you been lovin’ lately?

 

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Crown AC102 Shadow/Crease Duet {search C476} | Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Fig

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush in Never Been Kissed |  Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin {coconut}

Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda {available in limited quantities}

 

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Current {and Forever} Faves

I store my makeup in a tiny, clear acrylic storage bin in my downtown condo-sized bathroom.  It works for me, and forces me to rotate out of my ever expanding collection.  I thought this was a good time {bi-monthly changeout time, of course} to post about some of my current loves and tried and true faves.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – I’ve tried other powders across the spectrum in terms of price, and nothing holds a candle to this stuff.  Why would I spend the $60 on Chanel Les Beiges when I can use my PRO discount and get this for $15?  It’s long wearing, keeps {most of} my oil at bay, and gives an even finish to my overall skin tone.   I wear it in Medium Plus, but it comes in a broad spectrum of shades guaranteed to suit the gamut of ladies {or men, no judgement!}.

Y’all know my fave mascara and it hasn’t changed:  Maybelline Lash Sensational.  I use the regular formula in the blackest shade they make.  It doesn’t budge, holds a curl, adds volume, and doesn’t flake.  It checks all of my mascara boxes and you can get it for $7 on sale at the drugstore.

Fresh Sugar Lip Tints – these are great on their own or with a lipliner.  They are keeping my lips nice and soft as the weather here in Toronto cools.  I’ve taken to wearing the sheer hot pink {of course!} shade in Tulip with my favourite lip liner {see below!} as my daily lip combo of late.  You can get perfect little mini lip tints to try during the holidays and generally throughout the year as Sephora gifts – a bonus, they fit perfectly in your purse!

Marc Jacobs lip liner in Peony – This is just my most perfect neutral and looks great with the Fresh Sugar Lip Tints or under a lipstick.  The liner glides on smoothly, and stays on ALLLLLL day.  It gives me a perfect over-lined effect when I want it, and if I colour my lips in, it looks oh so natural.  Love this stuff, but only in this specific colour.  Go figure!  I’m not a huge fan of the other shades, as I think they’re easily dupe-able.

Another Marc Jacobs product, for the win!  The highliners.  They’re gorgeous and I love them.  They glide on smoothly and are easily smudged, but once they dry, they ain’t goin’ anywhere! Sephora recently had this set on sale for the Christmas season, and I wasn’t able to snag it – there must be tons of other MJ makeup freaks out there too, I guess.  I use this mainly in my waterline since purple compliments my shade of hazel eyes very well, so I can attest to the staying power and the fact that it doesn’t budge.

Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose  – I’ve used the Touche Eclat.  I’ve used the Dior Skinflash.  I’ve used the bareMinerals luminating highlighter.  NOTHING.  I repeat.  NOTHING.  Holds a candle to this stuff.  I use it daily under my eyes to brighten {I need it.  The corporate world can really wear a girl down} and on my cheeks if I want an extra pop of colour.  You can’t beat the price at $26 online and in MAC stores — it’s even less if you’ve got a PRO card like I do — and it lives up to all claims it makes and far beyond.  This is a staple I’ll never give up…ok, well at least not for the foreseeable future.

Anastasia Brow Whiz in Medium Brown.  I have very sparse brows.  It’s a combination of genetics and a former illness that resulted in substantial hair loss.  This stuff stays on, creates a natural or a not-so-natural look depending on what I’m feeling or the look I’ve created.  It’s {almost} waterproof, easy to work with, and works better than some higher priced brow pencils I’ve tried.  Editors’ note: make sure you work with it while it sets. Once it sets, it ain’t budging. {do you see a trend here in long wearing products?}

**I’m a bad beauty blogger and didn’t take a before pic…I remembered the post change-up pic.  I’ll do both next time, promise!**

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Here’s the aftermath and what’s currently in my rotation for the next month or two.  Maybe one of these will make it into my next faves post!  See one of your faves?  Let me know below!

What are your current {or forever} faves?

 

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Mascara Battles: Roller Lash vs Lash Sensational

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for packaging. The smooth, sleek look of a Chanel compact. The chic, eye-catching glimmer of a YSL palette. Charlotte Tilbury’s rose gold accents and rose gold counter at my local Holt’s? Don’t get me started. Benefit packaging is no exception. Just LOOK at this Roller Lash packaging and super unique brush. Sooooooo cute.s1728492-main-hero-300

As a reformed shopaholic I try not to let packaging sway me, but when I read some glowing reviews on the Roller Lash product, I made a mental note to pick up a sample if I saw one. Remember when I said in my last post about those little bins in the Sephora checkout line that just nick me {and my credit card} every time? Well, that’s where I found this little gem, a perfect sample size of the Roller Lash screaming at me to try it. I couldn’t resist.

Packaging aside, I’m still yet undecided as to whether or not drugstore mascara {or products in general, for that matter} are inferior to high end. I have been using the heavily reviewed and well-loved Maybelline Lash Sensational, which gets stellar reviews from myself and other junkies alike; I think it’s on its way to being a drugstore cult favourite. Never one to let a quest die, I decided to check out Roller Lash and see if it lives up to its hype and could take a spot as my high end must-have {a spot that’s currently held by another Benefit product, They’re Real}. Roller Lash retails on Sephora’s website for $31 CAD {the small sample size is $16, no small price tag in my opinion}. Because I’m cheap, I opted for the $16 option – I thought it was generous enough to give me a proper test sample while not breaking the bank.

The Sephora website indicates Roller Lash was designed to mimic hot rollers, curling and lifting lashes to give a sexy, wide-eyed look. The brush is called a “Hook ‘n Roll” and has a pending patent. It has little hooks to catch, lift, and curl any and all length of lashes. The formula is designed to instantly set the curl and hold for 12 hours, but still be easy to remove. It contains lash conditioners as well, which are most definitely an added plus. You can see from the picture below that my lashes are long, yep, I’m blessed in that department. BUT, there’s no curl. Not a one. Not a single one. So, I always use my lash curler prior to applying any and all mascara.

I have to start by saying that the formula is wetter than I’m used to. It may be best to open the product and let it dry a bit for a day or two before using. However, if you’re dying to get into it, it’s not terrible to work with, just out of my comfort zone and preference when it comes to mascara.   It went on with approximately 3 coats before it was as bold as I like it to be, but the coats didn’t dry quickly in between, so I found lashes got a little spidery if I didn’t let each coat fully dry. Once dried, I completed the look with a crimp of my lash curler {I’m well aware that’s not how you’re supposed to use it, but I’ve been doin’ it for 15 years without issue, so I’ma keep doin’ it. MMMMK?}  I did use the Roller Lash over the course of about 2 weeks, so I did find that it became easier to work with, as I indicated, when the formula dried a bit.

For this post, I was initially going to do a comparison of application, length of wear, formula, you know, the usual fare when it comes to mascara reviews. Instead, I’ve decided to do just some side by side photos to illustrate my conclusion: they’re dupes.  

Overall, Roller Lash gave great curl, made my lashes big and bold {just how I like ‘em!} and held all day. I was impressed! Now here’s a pic with my regular and much-loved {and cheap!} Lash Sensational applied in the same fashion {curl and set, if you will} with 3 coats and a final curl.

{DISCLAIMER:  Un-flattering iPhone photos to follow.  They did the trick, though, so let’s just go with it, shall we?}

*for all of these photos, Roller Lash is on top, and Lash Sensational is on the bottom*

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You can see they give the overall same look from the front.

When looking up to illustrate the length from the base and overall curl, it’s hard to see a difference.  Both formulas gave some serious length, bold colour and sweeping curl.

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By the end of the day, both mascaras were still on, not flaked or smudged on my face, and the curl still looked great. I was able to have my big, bold lashes all day no matter which of these two mascaras I used.

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THE VERDICT:  Roller Lash is a great product. Does it trump my beloved Lash Sensational? Not a chance. Lash Sensational delivers exactly the same results at a fraction of the cost for a far larger tube! If I’m lucky, I can get Lash Sensational on a drugstore sale for $6. How can you beat that? Roller Lash is a great product, and I like that it has a travel size. So, it’ll have a spot in my purse rotation of emergency mascara/makeup goods {yes, that’s a thing}. I do still think that They’re Real is the best high end product out there, however Roller Lash comes in at a close second.

Don’t waste your hard earned dollars on Roller Lash – grab Lash Sensational next time you’re at the drugstore!

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