Is The New L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara Really Better Than Sex!? | Review & Wear Test

Dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara


Hi loves,

On a recent Target run, I saw a gorgeous display of new L’Oreal mascaras.  When I picked one up I automatically thought DUPE!  I had to purchase it, and couldn’t wait to get home to do a comparison with a more expensive popular mascara that I owned.

Before I get into what this mascara is a total dupe for, and actually even better in my opinion, I want to give you a review on the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara.

Loreal Lash Paradise mascara honest review

What the package claims:

  • Lashes are feathery soft to the touch
  • Women agreed: 91% saw intense and volumized lashes
  • 87% saw more beautiful lashes

What is the retail value?

This mascara retails between $8.99 and $9.99 depending on where you purchase from.  So far, I have spotted these at Target, and Ulta.  You receive .028 oz per tube.

My Experience:

I am seriously loving this mascara, and find myself reaching for it every day so far.  I am in love with everything from the frosted pink packaging, to the full, slightly hour glass shaped wand.  My natural eyelashes are pretty long, but not very full.  I feel like after having children that fullness just kind of went away, so I depend on mascara to bring that volume back.  This mascara definitely came through, but I didn’t expect any less being that it comes from the fabulous Voluminous line.

loreal voluminous lash paradise mascara review

The formula is a bit thick which I actually prefer over the more watery based formulas.  It helps add that dramatic intense look that I love.  Another thing I always look for in a mascara is the pigmentation.  I always get the darkest shade that the brand offers.  The darker, the better!  Lash Paradise comes in three shades, “Black Brown”, “Black”, and “Blackest Black”.  I had to grab “Black”because that was the only shade left,  and I absolutely love how dark it shows up on my lashes.  It really makes my brown eyes stand out.

The wand has 200+ bristles making it really simple to coat the lashes in one swipe of the wand.  I always go in with three coats just to be dramatic lol.  After applying the mascara, it felt tacky for about 5 minutes before completely drying.  Once dried, I had to touch them to see for myself if the claim of feeling feathery soft was true, because let’s face it, lashes usually feel stiff after applying mascara, especially if you apply multiple coats.  So the verdict to this claim is, TRUE!  I am not going to say they felt like feathers lol, BUT definitely not stiff, or clumpy.  It was nice to not feel like I was wearing a million coats of mascara even though I was.  I can also agree with and say that I saw more intense, voluminous lashes.  By the end of the day, my lashes were still lifted, and I experienced very little flaking.

Loreal lash paradise mascara dupe

Too Faced Better Than Sex Package Claims:

  • 1,944% more volume
  • 100% saw longer lashes
  • 100% saw dramatic volume
  • 93% saw base-to-tip curl
  • 8 out of 10 say it’s the best mascara they’ve ever used

What is the retail value?

$23 for 0.27 oz.

L’Oreal Lash Paradise VS. Too Faced Better Than Sex:

Now to the fun part!  While testing the Lash Paradise, I decided to just use it on one side and then apply the same amount of the Too Faced Better Than Sex on the other to see how they compare.

Too Faced’s tube is a bit larger than the L’Oreal Lash Paradise.  The frosted pink packaging is practically the same color.  The only difference is the text, and how the Better Than Sex tube is a bit heavier feeling.

drugstore mascara dupe for too faced better than sex

I noticed that the Better Than Sex mascara formula is a bit thinner, and more watery than the Lash Paradise.  It went on just as easily, but I didn’t see that dramatic intense black color that the Lash Paradise gave my lashes, and it didn’t lift them as much.

After allowing them to dry, I instantly preferred the L’Oreal Lash Paradise side.  My lashes looked fuller, longer, more lifted, and darker.  The Too Faced mascara felt stiff, and also had more flaking by the end of the day.

loreal lash paradise vs. too faced better thsn sex

Left: L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara Right: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

My Final Thoughts:

It’s obvious that the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara totally won me & my lashes over.  Although I have loved Too Faced Better Than Sex for a long time, I am glad that I was able to find a product with a formula that I prefer better, with better results at a much more affordable price, and can easily restock from most drugstores.

Which mascara do you prefer?  Let me know in a comment.

Dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

Thanks for reading!

❤ Melissa (IG: @primpandprimebeauty)

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Deep Conditioner That Lasts Up To 30 Days!

Deep Conditioner for Dry Brittle Hair


Hi loves,

Today I will be talking to you about another product that Mufasa has been loving.  If you are new to my blog, Mufasa is what I like to call my hair.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see why 🙂  This treatment is from the brand White Sands.  I have a few posts on products from them that I have tried and loved.  You can catch them here, here, and here.

White Sands ER Fusion

I use many deep treatments on my hair to help strengthen, replenish, and repair damage, but none leave me with results for up to 30 days like the White Sands ER Fusion.

Retailing for $26, you receive 3 oz of product.  For my long, thick, curly hair I got 3 good uses out of it, which is equivalent to three months being that it lasts up to 30 days at a time.

How does ER Fusion work?

A complex set of amino cystines, which are the smallest proteins available with strengthening properties, repair damage by absorbing directly inside of each strand of hair.  This treatments unique ingredients also create a protective layer to seal in hair color, while lemon grass further enhances color with a high gloss.  The shield also delivers moisture from the inside out to prevent frizz. The results are increased flexibility, softness, shine and volume with protection against future and current breakage patterns.

White Sands ER Fusion Review

How to apply:

  • Comb evenly through clean, damp hair
  • Apply heat via blow dryer for 20 minutes
  • Rinse
  • Style

My Experience:

I usually always apply heat for 15-20 minutes to my hair while it has a treatment in it to help the product penetrate deeper into my hair.  I love how soft my hair felt after rinsing this product out.  What really impressed me was after wearing my hair styled with gel, sprays, and dry shampoo that each time I washed it afterwards it remained soft!

Deep Conditioner for Dry Brittle Hair

What deep hair treatments are your favorites?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Melissa (IG: @primpandprimebeauty)

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New Miss Spa Beauty Masks At Ulta + Mini Reviews

New Miss Spa Masks at Ulta Beauty


Hi loves,

Have you noticed the increased amount of attention that skincare products are getting now?  I feel like I was always only seeing makeup posts, and products, but now it’s like we can’t get enough skincare.  I’m definitely not mad about it though!  I have proudly jumped on that bandwagon and have never been so obsessed.

My favorite skincare products are face masks, and if you follow me, then you definitely know that to be a fact 🙂  Miss Spa is one of my go-to brands when it comes to pampering products.  They are quality, give great results, affordable, and easy to get your hands on.

They have a line of face masks that you can buy at Target, and a few months back I posted about them.  You can read that post here, and there are a lot of masks available at Ulta.  You can read about some of those masks here.

Today I will be sharing some fairly new ones that are available at Ulta. Keep reading below for mini reviews, and which ones I recommend.

Mini Reviews:

  1. Multi-Masking Facial Creme Mask Set $9.99:  This mask set comes with 3 creams that target different concerns. The detoxifying self heating mask opens pores to draw out dirt, the pore minimizing peel mask peels away impurities, and the moisturizing creme replenished the skin. This set is great for combination skin. I love that this set also came with a brush to apply the products.Multi Masking SetMulti Masking Combination Skin
  2. Coconut Creme Cotton Sheet Mask $7.99:  Perfect for dehydrated skin, or if you just want a pretty glow without the greasy look.  My skin felt like a baby’s bottom after using this mask!Hydrating sheet mask
  3. Vitamin C Boost Bubble Peeling Pad $9.99:  Love this little pad! All you have to do it wet the sponge and create circular motions on your skin to buff away dead skin cells and replenish with Vitamin C.  I let it sit for no more than 5 minutes before rinsing.  It definitely reveals a pretty glow, but for maximum results using 2x a week is recommended.  Vitamin C Peeling Facial PadVitamin C Face Pad
  4. Red Wine Facial Sheet Mask $7.99:  If I can’t drown in a bottle of wine I guess wearing it on my face is the next best thing! Red wine extract is actually full of antioxidants protecting the skin from environmental stress. Other ingredients such as Witch Hazel water, Tannins, & Polyphenols neutralize free radicals and aloe then calms the skin.  You won’t have to worry about any wine stains after using this mask lol. Red Wine Face Mask
  5. Hot Chocolate Self-Heating Clay Mask $6.99:  Yes! You totally read that right 🙂  This mask is my fave.  Cocoa fruit extract and caffeine give it an amazing smell while brightening up dull skin.  It is able to warm up on contact due to its natural clay based formula.  Anything that warms up, or steams your skin is great because it opens your pores allowing the product to work deeper and get more impurities out.  Cocoa Sheet Mask
  6. Charcoal Detox Modeling Mask Set $14.99:  There are 2 of these sets to choose from.  The only difference is one comes with a mixing bowl and spatula and one doesn’t. I believe it’s a small price difference.  This was a lot if fun to use.  There is a gel and a powder that you mix together and apply on your skin. After drying it becomes a rubbery texture.  I loved this because it literally molded my face.  After 20 minutes to remove you just have to peel it off.  Any excess can be rinsed. It doesn’t feel painful when peeling it off either. Charcoal Detox MaskModeling Face Mask
  7. Gold Modeling Mask Set $14.99:  This is exactly like the charcoal set above, but, instead of detoxing your skin, it gives it a natural and younger glow.Gold Peel Off MaskRubber Peel Face Mask
  8. Multi-Masking Spot Treatment Set $14.99:  This set is hydrogel Heaven! Targeting the chin, forehead, and under eye area these gel spot treatments are super calming and infused with pearl extracts and vitamin c to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and tighten skin. I loved juat relaxing with these on and not having to worry about rinsing anything off.  Just simply massage in any remaining serum. Multi Masking Spot TreatmentHydrogel Patch Masks

As you can see, there are so many different masks to choose from that target different things, and they are so much fun to use.

What type of face masks do you enjoy using?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Melissa (IG: @primpandprimebeauty)

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