Thursday, August 3, 2017

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise VS. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara | Dupe or Flop?

Whilst on my day off I was scavenging through the makeup aisles at Target and came across this beauty. The pink colored tube was the first thing that drew me in but also reminded me of a different mascara I know dearly...the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara that comes in at a whopping $23.

This L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara is only $8.99 and has a lot of claims. Here's what their website says about this product. "Voluptuous volume. Intense Length. Full lash fringe, feathery soft. Soft wavy bristle brush holds the maximum amount of formula. 200+ bristles catch every lash for a dramatic volumizing effect. No flaking. No smudging. No clumping."

They go on to talk about a study they did and what women said. If you're interested in reading the whole shebang here's the link: Click Here

So let's just start off with some simple comparisons. The feel of the actual tubes was vastly different in regard to weight. The Too Faced mascara tube seems to be made of some type of metal so it makes the product weighted. This is actually something I really like! I love when brands have products that are heavy, even if they are made of plastic. Something about it just feels right. The L'Oreal tube was surprisingly light. Not a con in my opinion. I didn't know what to expect since it's packaged in a plastic and cardboard casing. (I think it's a super cute package design btw!) So weight wise, Too Faced is heavier. Now let's look at the the actual amount of product you get. BTS comes with 0.27oz/8ml of product and VLP comes with 0.28oz/8.5ml. So you're basically paying $1 per ml of product for L'Oreal and almost $3 for Too Faced. 

Now I must state that L'Oreal never made any claims that their mascara was meant in any way to be a dupe for the Too Faced one but I mean come one. 

In the following picture you can see the comparison of the Too Faced mascara wand to the L'oreal wand. See any similarities? I sure do!

Now let's talk about application and payoff. You came to see if it's worth the money or not so let's find out. 

Down below I've inserted a picture of one eye with BTS (Your left) and one eye with VLP (Your right). Can you tell a difference? 

The application in comparison was great! The brushes definitely have the same effect shape-wise. I did notice a few differences though. BTS mascara is much easier to build and make clumpy, if that's what you're going for while the VLP is a much thinner formula. It definitely stands up to it's claim of feeling feathery smooth. I really liked how well the brush separated each of my lashes and overall, I really like how it looks!

Like any one else, I'm all about paying less if possible. 
All this being said, could this be a proper dupe for a high-end best selling product?


This mascara is a complete win in my book. It's very comparable to the Too Faced mascara and at $8.99 this will definitely become a holy grail for me. Although the BTS is a thicker formula, VLP is a build-able and smooth formula. I did also notice throughout the day that it left no trace of flaking! I think that's amazing. That is one thing this drugstore product has over the high-end one. BTS is great but it always seems to flake on me.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my review. I hope you all enjoyed. Feel free to leave a comment letting me know any other products you'd like me to review. I'm always down to find a good dupe.

Stay Brilliant World.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Bold Vibes | Plus Size Style

Hello Everyone! I'm coming back today with a new outfit that is honestly one of my favs. Off the shoulder tops are IN this year and I am obsessed. I feature pieces from a few different brands that are plus-sized friendly and I couldn't keep them a secret. As always, everything that is still available will be linked down below.

My ripped knee jeans became a part of my closet about five seconds after seeing them at Target. Most of Target's jeans have a good stretch to them without wearing down over time. For someone with thick thighs and a less-than-forgiving back side, having some comfort while also being super chic is something I strive for and Target makes it easy.

Sometimes you just have to strike a pose and flip your hair. Nothing wrong with a little confidence guys! 

I paired a bold red lip with this outfit to bring it all together. There are times when I love the outfit but still feel like something is missing...then I realize a good pop of color goes a long way. I'm wearing Big Spender by Smashbox and it's currently one of my go to's. Don't be afraid to experiment.

I snaged these open-toe tan booties from DSW a while back for a sweet deal. If you guys have never been to a Designer Shoe Warehouse, go! I'm huge fan of Steve Madden and I'm constantly finding them at discounted prices there. They also have a rewards programs so you can build up points to get $$$ off. Your girl is always down to shop when there's a discount involved.

Black Top | $14.99 (Only Available in blue currently)
Black Bralette | $20 (Website is down)
Grey Ripped Jeans | $29.99 Target
Tan Steve Madden Booties | $30 (Like Items)
Lipstick | $24 (Big Spender)

As always, thank you for stopping by to read about and see my latest favorite plus-size fashion trends and styles. There are many more posts to come.

Stay brilliant world.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Full of Flowers | Plus Size Style

Hello beauties! Today I have a post for you with a simple yet beautiful style. I recently made a trip to the city and wanted to showcase my casual outfit. Thank you to my best friend Niki for taking the photos.

I paired my Torrid blush drape front blazer and floral print blouse with some black skinny jeans from Target. I threw on my Aldo x Target zip-up sandals and I was good to go. My favorite item from this outfit has to be my new purse from DSW. 

If you're ever looking for something that is fashionable and in style, for an affordable price, I recommend stopping by DSW to see what they have. Their inventory is always changing and it's one of my favorite places to shop!

All outfit details will be listed at the bottom of the post. Thank you so much for taking a look!
Be sure to leave any questions down in the comments.


Outfit Details
Drape Front Blazer | Torrid 
Floral Blouse | Torrid
Black Skinny Jeans | Target
Crossbody Purse | DSW
Shoes | Target (Unavailable)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Edgy in the City | Plus Size Style

Hello you beautiful people! I'm here again with a new outfit. I recently got back from a trip down to Portland, Oregon and it was a blast! There was a lot of yummy food involved and of course I had to get some photos.

Today I went for a simple yet chic look. I styled my black tank and cardigan with this antique gold rhinestone necklace from Target. I went with neutral colored ripped jeans and some adorable booties. These are my go-to shoes. Vera Wang does a girl good!

To get outfit details before I post them on my blog, be sure to check out my instagram @katejroberts.

Remember, you can wear whatever you want. There are no rules. Just be sure to wear it with confidence and know you look damn good.

Outfit deets are at the end of the post.
Take a look around!

Necklace - Target (Other Options)
Black Tank - Forever 21
Black Cardigan - Forever 21 
Green Ripped Pants - Target
Tan Booties - Vera Wang (Unavailable)