Mascara Monday: NYX Cosmetics Provocateur mascara

I am just a breezin’ through NYX’s Boudoir mascara. I’ve already reviewed Pin Up Tease and next up on the list is this baby.

I just love saying Provocateur. It sounds all fancy… Pro-vaaaah-ca-touuurrrr. 8) Hehehee.

Price:$6 at Ulta stores and NYXCosmetics.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “To volumize and separate lashes. Start with level 1 for heavy application then level 2 to lighten and separate.” (source)

The Truth: It’s one of those mascaras with 2 wands. Interestiiiiing.

What I Loved About It: Both mascara wands do a really good job at giving two 2 different looks.

What I Didn’t Like: The packaging was a little wonky.

Overall: Some people don’t feel the need to have 2 wands in 1 mascara. In fact, I think I’m one of those people. When it comes to my desires, I’m pretty simple. I want the most volumized lashes everrrr. Oh, and I could do without the clumps of mascara too. ;) That said, while Provocateur may not be a necessity for me, the good news is, it’s a darn good mascara. The 1 brush, 2 styles feature may appeal to many and I’m just glad that the mascaras claims are pretty dead on.

NOTE: Unless you want to mess the mascara up, do NOT remove both wands at the same time. Trust me on this one.

First things first, formula-wise, the mascara is decent. I didn’t have problems with applying it to the lashes. I was a huge fan of the longevity. Yes, girl. This mascara lasted alllll day without flaking and smudging on me. Huge win for me.

Let’s rap about Level 1’s wand first. It’s my favorite. And according to the packaging, Level 1 has a wide wiper that is designed to grab more mascara for fuller and heavier application.

When you remove this wand from the packaging, it’ll be loaded with mascara. Almost too much, though. You see, the hole that the mascara is removed from is large (and in charge) and can put just too much mascara on the wand. You may find yourself wiping it off on the rim of the mascara. Despite that, the overall appearance of the mascara using this wand is niiiiice. I got a good 2 coats in and it made my lashes big and bold. I didn’t see much length though. But who cares. I’ll take volume over length any day.

Then there’s Level 2. It has a narrow wiper that is designed to grab a light amount of mascara for finer application. While it’s great for lower lashes, I find the wand is too big to do so.

I’ll be honest, Level 2 isn’t my style. But that doesn’t mean that it the wand isn’t effective. If you’re a fan of whispy-er (okay, I made that word up) lashes, you’ll love this one. It does do a pretty good at separating and that’s a function that I can always appreciate. The wand is decent but it doesn’t hold a ton of mascara on it and even after 2 coats of mascara, my lashes didn’t appear to be heavily coated.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats using Level 1

Lashes after 2 coats using Level 2

Do I recommend it?: If you enjoy having options in 1 mascara, I’d give this one a whirl.

 

Are you a fan of mascara options in 1 tube? Whatcha think?

 


Vegan Aftershave for the fella in your life…

Esposo isn’t the kind of man that feels the need to slather on cologne every day of the week. Which is a shame because I’m a woman that loves a man who smells good. But I get it. Esposo works in a high-energy industry where he’s liftin’, programmin’ and moving around for 12 hours a day. Cologne is so not needed.

But still. Being the husband of a beauty blogger means I can subtlety push products on him. Such was the case with Aubrey Organics’ Men’s Stock City Rhythms Aftershave.

Handsome, isn’t he? Men or their SO’s can scoop this fragrance and two others like it at natural health food stores for less than $10 for a 4oz bottle. Not too shabby. Esposo shaves almost every day so I thought he’d be a good candidate for using something like this.


Ingredients-wise, the aftershave certainly has a whoooole lot less than what many aftershaves on the market has.

INGREDIENTS INCI: Alcohol denat., aqua, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice*, glycerin, cedrus atlantica (cedar) oil, santalum album (sandalwood) oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) oil, cananga odorata (ylang) oil, panax ginseng root extract.
*Organic (source)

I love the inclusion of sandalwood and bergamont as those are some of my favorite essential oils. Witch hazel and aloe both have cooling properties, making them perfect for men to use after shaving. And while I proudly ride the “less is better” when it comes to ingredients train, Esposo just…well, he could care less.

Scent-wise I got more of an alcohol-smell in this more than anything. To the product’s defense, it iiiiis the first ingredient on the list. The cedar and sandalwood scents were there but seemed to wear off of Esposo’s cheeks and neck within hours. Boo.

What Esposo says:
I’m not one of these guys that really cares about the whole tree hugging, anti-artifical movement. I’m not against it either, but the whole #AllNaturalEverything schtick can get wearisome. Especially when it jacks up the price of products I’d otherwise purchase.

That being said, the concept of an all natural cologne/aftershave is pretty cool , but the execution was a bit underwhelming. Don’t worry guys, it doesn’t smell like flower petals or anything remotely feminine. It does however remind me of something my dad might wear, and that is definitely not the business. It feels cool and refreshing going on, but the scent is too mellow and old school for my tastes. I prefer something a bit brighter and spicier. It’ll probably work for some guys out there, but that’s not my bag, baby.

Ah well. Packaging-wise the splash is still sophisticated and sleek and perhaps the other fragrances are up to par.

Whatcha think ladies and gents? Yay or nay vegan aftershaves?

NARS Mexican Rose

It’s anything but new but NARS Cosmetics’ Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is freaking fantastic. And I’m not just saying that because I’m slightly obsessed with NARS everything.

Okay, wait – let’s rewind. Why is this the first time I’ve ever tried a NARS lip pencil? I mean…where in the world have I been? Have they always been free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates and sulfates? Whoooa! That’s huge for me. Y’all know how much I adore the preservative-free skincare and cosmetic products. So um, yeah…before this lippie even hit my lips, I was in love with it.

But when I did apply it. Oh Lawd…

Just gorgeous. It’s one of those funny lippies in that an initial swatch just looks so so.

It appeared ultra-glossy and while it’s described as a “hot pink”, it looked to be a little subdued to me. But honey, twas a different story when I put it on the lips. I love love love love love. Oh! And the best thing about this lippie? While it acts like a moisturizing lipstick, it actually stays around like a lip stain. Even after hours of wear time, this pencil will stay put. Which of course makes its $24 price tag a lot easier to glance at. I want more. And more I will be hauling from Sephora. If you want this one, get it ASAP. It’s limited edition and may not be around much longer.

Have you ever tried any of NARS lip pencils? And uh…is a mexican rose actually a rose that is indigenous to Mexico? The geek in me needs to know these things…

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild Spoiled polishes – only $1.99 a pop

Have y’all seen Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled collection in your local Walgreens? OMGGG….as if I needed another reason to love Wet ‘n Wild polishes. I am showcasing just 8 here but there are literally like…a hundred of ‘em. And they are only $1.99. I knowwwww. Okay, I’ll shut up and get to postin’.

Did I Dye It Too Blonde? is a neon yellow. Well, obviously, right? It’s a looooot brighter than this in real life. I applied 3 coats and had such a hard time with getting an opaque finish. Such is the case with most neon polishes. Still. I really really like this. Your best bet for getting opacity from neon polishes is to use a white polish as a base.

Shrimp On the Barbie is such a Spring-y shade. It isn’t the most unique color in the world, but the gold shimmer in the salmon pink polish makes it funny and girly.

I’m Ba-roque Bahahaaaa! Funniest name ever. Very witty, Wet ‘n Wild. This polish is a brown with a ton of silver shimmer all about. I actually really like this. I’ve seen a lot of brown polishes but never one with this much personality. It’s gorge! Oh, and excuse the remnants of Did I Dye It Too Blonde?. Apparently removing neon polish is trickier than I thought.


Trust Fund Baby is a red blue and gold glitter. Well, not really glitter but more of folded hexagon specs…thingies. Yeah. I never know what to call these. It’s a tricky glitter in that if  have to apply a good 2 coats because the brush won’t pick up enough specs the first go ’round. I layered Trust Fund Baby over Shrimp On the Barbie.

Plenty of Fish In The Sea looks blue but it is more on the green side. Ya’ll already know how loco my camera is when it comes to photographing blue/green shades. It has some shimmer to it but it’s subtle.

Pet My Peacock is a teal, gold and blue chunky glitter. 

Tip Your Waitress is a hooooot neon pink. I mean, it’s a “in yo face” kind of pink. This is really the only kind of pinks I like. It dries between a matte and glossy finish. Not quite gel-like though.

Shuffle The Deck is a silver, red and gray chunky glitter.

 

 

Since there are a billion of these (haha, I’m kidding – more like a few dozen), you’ve got a nice selection to choose from. This brand reminds me a lot of Sinful Colors. They are priced the same and have great formulas. I used 3 coats for each polish and find them to be really nice to work with. My favorite thing about ‘em? The wide brush. Yep. Since I’ve got wide nail beds those bigger brushes are definitely up my alley.

See any your like? Have you spotted these polishes in your neck of the woods?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Pretty Polishes: Pure Ice Green With Silver Crackle

Pure Ice was another one of the amaziiiiing sponsors for our March Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida meetup. It’s been forever and a day since I’ve tried anything from Pure Ice. The good news is, the formula is still as good as I remembered it.

Pretty green, uh? It’s a nice hunter green with a subtle shimmer. I applied 2 coats and whoa mama…it dried quickly. I so don’t remember Pure Ice polishes drying THAT quickly. Not that I’m complaining or anything.

Then I added a coat of silver crackle polish…


It’s definitely one of the better crackle polishes I’ve seen. I haven’t worn a crackle polish in a loooooong time (I think I wore ‘em  too much when they first came out) so this was refreshing. Glad to see Pure Ice is cranking out gorgeous polishes.

You can grab this duo from Walmart and online for less than $6. Noooot bad.

Special thanks to Pure Ice for sponsoring us beauty obsessed gals in Central Florida.

Have you tried anything from Pure Ice lately?

A great body scrub for when the sand at the beach isn’t available….

Did I tell y’all I went to the Bahamas a few weeks ago? Yep! Esposo and I took a quick 3-day cruise to one of my favorite islands. Too bad we didn’t get to do much because sooooomeone hurt himself after falling off of a scooter. The other someone has been playing nurse ever since. Womp.

I’m a Florida girl who loves beaches. For many reasons but primarily because the sand is so exfoliating. Yep. You heard correctly. I mix sand and water and exfoliate my feet, legs and hands right on the beach. I should probably be embarrassed about admitting this, but I’m not.

Since I couldn’t get my beach scrubbin’ on, I’ve been playin’ around with Pooka Pure & Simple’s Sugar Body Polish.

Oh girl. This is the bomb dot com.

Not all scrubs are the same, ya know. Some are great for exfoliating but in return they can leave the skin a bit rough. Which totally defeats the point of scrubbing, right? Pooka Pure & Simple’s Sugar Body Polish has cane sugar and coconut oil so I can get my scrub on and moisturize at the same time. It’s wonderful. Pomegrante and kiwi are two of my favorite fruits so the fragrance is definitely up my alley. But can I be honest? I’d love this just as much if it was fragrance-free.

Bits of kiwi seed greet me at each handful…

…and after sloughing away the dead skin cells, I am left with super soft and moisturized skin. The 12 oz tub goes for $20 and Pooka Pure & Simple also has Coconut Crunch and Guava Berry scents as well.

Yes girl. Yes. You can pick up a tub here.

A fan of body scrubs are you, darlings?

Mascara Mash-up: The best, the worst, the up & coming and your recs!

Wanna know a secret? Sometimes I don’t want to wear mascara. Actually – that’s not really a secret. I’m probably the only beauty blogger that doesn’t regularly beautify. I mean – even getting me to put on eye shadow has become a feat these days. What can I say? I love writing about makeup and playing in makeup but wearing makeup? Meh. Sometimes I’d rather not.

I’m giving my lashes a break this week and so instead of Mascara Monday, I’d doing a mascara mash-up. Below are some of the best, worst and most interesting mascaras that I’ve reviewed in the past few weeks. I’ll show you what reviews you can look forward to and the comment section is open to your mascara suggestions. Yep yep! If there’s a mascara that you think I should try and review, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Hollerssss!!!!

The Hotties

-e.l.f. Studio mascara primer – What’s not to love about a mascara primer that costs a whopping $3?

-Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber mascara – Fiber mascaras are the hottest things on the beauty markets these days and it was great to find a drugstore one that actually performed nicely.

 

The So So

-Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete mascara – This $50 mascara is costly and fragrant but for me it was just…okay.

-Eyeko Skinny Brush mascara – This baby gets an A+ for unique packaging but the teeny tiny wand and underwhelming formula gave it an overall C.

 

The Memorable

-Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara – Not only was it a good mascara but it marked the 150th mascara review on Clumps of Mascara. Woo hooo!!

 

The Shocking

Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara – Could it be? Did Revlon really have a mascara that didn’t make me gag? This is like….a first!!

Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer – Because have you ever really heard of a lash lacquer before?

-COVERGIRL Lash Blast 24HR mascara – Wait. A mascara that lasts for 24 hours? How is this even possible.

 

Schoolin’ Ya

How To Apply Fiber Mascara Effectively – An expert post by a fellow beauty blogger.

 

The upcoming mascara reviews….

 


Want me to review a mascara? Let me know in the comments! Please keep in mind that because I only have 1 one set of eyelashes, I can only review the highly requested and fairly new mascaras on the market.

Have a fabuuuuulous Monday!

Palette Lovin': Oooh, Milani…I loooove this palette.

It’s Friiiiiday! Y’all have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this day. I’m not much of a complainer but devoting 40 hours a week to a job is hard yo. It’s draining and often seeps my creativity and so I long for the weekends. Weekends rock because the time is mine and I can do whatever I want.

For the most part. 8)

Anyhoovers, in honor of the freakin’ weekend, I am featuring an eyeshadow palette from Milani Cosmetics that is soooooo hooooot. Say hi to RUNWAY EYES Fashion shadows palette in Primary.

She fine, ain’t she?

While Milani has released several of these palettes, this one may very well be one of my favorites because of the color variety. You get a little  bit of everything.

Aaaand, let’s face it, I love anything that follow the red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple rainbow color scheme. This palette goes for $8.99 and I suppose that’s a decent price considering you’re getting so many shadows.

Pro’s
-Totable and portable. You can throw this in your purse and keep on truckin’.
-Shadows are sheer but can become intensified when used wet.
-Long lasting. With a base, these shadows lasted all day on my oily lids
-Shadows REALLY pop over a colorful base like a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil or MAC Paintpot.

Con’s
-Because the shadows are in long thin lines, it’s tricky using an eyeshadow brush to pick up color. I ended up accidentally dipping in the orange shadow when I wanted yellow. Womp.
-The yellow is super frosty and probably my least favorite.

Swatches…

I love the dimensions of the purple-ish shade.

I cranked out a look using the yellow on the lid and orange and red in my outer-V up into the crease.

Say not a word about the the smudge of mascara on the lid. In fact, let’s pretend like you didn’t see it. Ha! The yellow doesn’t look too bad once on the lid but it still isn’t my favorite shade. These are a lot more fun when used wet but if you can’t be bothered to do wet your brush, you can still get nice and sheer work appropriate looks using this palette.

And even if you don’t like it for the lids, just hold on to it to look at. It’s so darn pretty. You should be seeing these

Okay, darlings – off I go. This weekend should be a fun one. I’ll be doing an event with Chevy and some other bloggers in Orlando. Follow the #ChevyOrlando hashtag on Twitter for deets. And I’ll be blogging too. I am so behind on blogging, y’all.

Have an amazing weekeneeeeend!