L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara Review

It's been a while since I've been THIS EXCITED about a mascara. This review comes at an ironic time too, as my mom asked me just last night what the difference was between all of the mascaras on the market and how to tell if one is better than another. 

Aside from the terms 'volumizing', 'lengthening' or 'thickening', the truth is that mascara works differently for everyone and we all have varied opinions or likes. Me? I enjoy a combination of formulas that will help my lashes look full, yet long and lush at the same time. I can't stand a wet mascara that easily transfers to my lids or lower lash line when I'm applying it, and I also wear contacts so I need a formula that is safe. 

Then there's the wand and brush head...

Some companies have been getting creative with different shapes and spike-y, weapon-like applicators. I don't hate them as they often make reaching the smallest hairs much easier; but I am a true sucker for nice, thick brushes with lots of bristles that really latch on and coat each lash.

I reiterate...mascaras really come down to personal preference. But if this sounds like something you also look for in a mascara, I promise the new L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara is going to be right up your alley. It is SO, SOOO good!

Before and after Lash Paradise comparison

The first coat is nothing to celebrate. The second second coat, however, is where the magic happens. It builds like a dream! It adds a great amount of length and makes my lashes look fluttery and full.

Out of curiosity, I wore this mascara to work for an entire day and applied a third coat when I got home. Generally this is a big no-no! We've all seen those memes where too many coats of mascara ends up looking like spider legs. Surprisingly, the L'Oreal Lash Paradise did not clump!

Best of all, it keeps my lashes curled all day long! I don't ever use a lash curler (because what lazy girl has time for that?) and I'm so impressed at how lifted this mascara makes my lashes look, which makes my eyes seem much more open. It also doesn't flake or transfer to my bottom lash line (super key).

Plus the packaging is sleek...and PINK! Although it feels a little cheap to me (it gets dented very easily and is quite lightweight) there's now denying how super pretty it is!

The L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara also comes in a a few different colours (Brown, Black and Blackest Black) along with a waterproof version to suit a variety of wants and needs. It is available at Shoppers Drug Mart for $14.99. 



European Adventures: Lisbon

The final leg of our trip also happened to be my favourite destination: Lisbon! Or as the Portuguese call it, Lisboa (Lish-boa). After a few days of rainy, sweater weather in Barcelona, the hot hot heat and sun was quite welcome when we arrived.

We were greeted by our Airbnb host with a bottle of wine and pastéis de data (Portuguese egg tarts). It was such a nice gesture and set the scene for what we were about to experience during our stay in Lisbon - very friendly people and wonderful hospitality. 

I absolutely loved the colourful and tiled buildings that line the hills of Lisbon (which our tushes and calves did not enjoy). It was also quite affordable and we enjoyed indulging in traditional Portuguese dishes (although we did end up eating Indian twice, after finding an awesome 'hole in the wall' spot with incredible, authentic food). I know, I know...we go all the way to Portugal to eat curry. But the heart wants what it wants...or should I say the stomach craves what it craves... 

The highlight of this portion of our European adventure for me, however, was travelling to Sintra, which was about a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon. To avoid being packed into a shuttle bus like sardines, we decided to wander the quaint town and take our time deciding whether or not the hike up to the Moors Castle and Pena Palace was worth it (spoiler: it was). The word hike became quite literal as we were directed to a pedestrian hiking trail up to the top of Sintra, which certainly lacked the tourist crowds we were desperate to avoid. It was a pleasant surprise as we enjoy being active and love being outdoors, but man was it a workout!  

Dev actually made a comment that the experience should be a 'bucket list' item because the views were absolutely incredible and the trail was surrounded by green trees, tropical plants and waterfalls. At times it felt like we were walking through a jungle. It took us about 45 minutes but our prize at the top was the Castelo dos Mouros, a medieval castle with even better views of the town and Atlantic Ocean. An additional 30 minute hike from there was the Palacio da Pena, a brightly coloured, (OTT) Romantacist castle and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It's basically in the clouds!

Despite getting sunburnt and feeling exhausted, our day in Sintra was one I'll remember forever. 

Check out the rest of these photos from our time in Lisbon: 

Day 1: Wandering Lisbon & Castelo de Sao Jorge

Castelo de Sao Jorge from a distance

Day 2: Sintra - Castelo dos Mouros (Moors Castle) and Pena Palace

We hiked all the way up to the top!

Apparently I have a thing with doors...

Day 3: Ponto Final

A quick search on the trusty Internet pointed us to Ponto Final, a traditional Portuguese restaurant located across the river in Almada. We took a quick ferry ride there to eat lunch while sitting on the restaurant's patio, which provided beautiful views of Lisbon.

Man sharpening knives powered by bicycle

 Monkfish stew

We (our stew) made a friend!

It's hard to believe we've been back for more than two weeks already. The travel bug has bitten me hard and I can't wait to plan our next trip. The question is...where should we go?!