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
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?


Mascara Monday : Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete mascara

There is a first time for everything. And that’s what I love about life. While sitting in a comfort zone ain’t always a bad thing – taking a walk on the wild side can be exhilarating. That said, this is my first time reviewing a Guerlain mascara. This is a big deal because Guerlain is such a luxury brand. One that I’ve always had a crush on. And while this mascara may be pricey, honey…using it was an experience. I feel so refined now. I know. I’m so dramatic.

Hold on…I think Hollywood is calling.

Price:$49 at
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “This innovative mascara combines the extravagant luxury of a mirrored jewel case with a do-it-all formula that adds volume, lengthens, and curls. Black Pigments create perfectly defined eyes without any risk of smearing, smudging, or clumping. A fortifying agent helps to regenerate lashes by stimulating keratin for fortification and lash growth. Noir G goes one step further in creativity with its refillable applicator, making it convenient and easy to switch to a new wand as soon as you need it.” (source)

The Truth: I just….I can’t find the words.

What I Loved About It: This packaging is like a piece of jewelry. It’s amazing!

What I Didn’t Like: The fragrance. Thankfully it dissipated after application.

Overall: Before you get to griping about how much this mascara is, remember that there are folx who don’t mind dropping close to $50 on mascaras. The same goes for clothes, shoes and purses. Makeup, for many, is like an accessory and if making hefty investments in cosmetics is your thang, I say go for it! I will be reviewing this mascara based on its performance not on the premise of “OMG, it’s so expensive.” bit. Sound good?

That said, before I even pulled out the wand, I was impressed with the mascara’s feel.

It really feels more like a piece of jewelry than a mascara. It’s heavy so it probably won’t be great for toting around but for keeping on your beauty boudoir? It’s the perfect piece. The wand though? Meh.

It’s not the best wand I’ve ever seen but it isn’t the worse either. What makes the wand tricky to use is the mascara’s thick formula. This mascara’s formula reminds me of the formula of a mascara that has gone bad. Instead of it being fluid, it’s thick and it takes some swirling around in the tube to pick up enough mascara to get through the lashes. I actually prefer thinner formulas because I feel like they allow for build-ablility and can lessen the chance of clumping.

Luckily, the mascara didn’t give me clumps. Buuuut after 2 coats of mascara it gave me heavy matte lashes. Matte lashes are better than crunchy lashes but I found that hours after wear, the mascara started to flake away. No bueno.

While it lasted, it looked good. Not great. Not amazing. But good.

Oh! And there’s one more thing you should know about this mascara. It has a fragrance to it. It almost smells like a perfume. It  doesn’t stink. And while it was pleasant, I could have done without it. The smell dissipates after application but leave it to Guerlain to give you some “umph” in your mascara, uh?

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: If your wallet can handle it and you’re looking for something extra fancy, I’d give this one a try. I did expect more because of the price point. The good news is, if you find yourself loooooving this mascara, you can buy the refill for $26. Which is a whole ‘lot better than having to pay another $49.

What say you? Is this mascara one you think you’d want to try?


Mascara Monday: e.l.f. Studio Mascara Primer

It’s e.l.f.! I haven’t reviewed anything from my favorite brand in quite some time and so I figured it was time to hop to it. Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about their mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer that works as well as the higher-priced ones. Yep. And this is why e.l.f. rules.

Price: $3 at and Target stores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Lengthen and volumize eyelashes instantly with this Mascara Primer. Revitalize lashes with Pro-Vitamin B5, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein-enriched formula. An excellent conditioning base for mascara. Coat each lash with this nourishing primer for lashes that appear naturally thicker, longer and stronger!” (source)

The Truth: Always wanted a mascara primer and didn’t want to drop pennies on one worth more than $10? This one is sooooo worth your $3.

What I Loved About It: This baby really helps thicken lashes quickly.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand doesn’t suck but getting into those inner corners sucks just a bit.

Overall: Primers, primers, primers….do ya need ’em? I guess it’s a personal thing. As a mascara junkie, I always like to keep a good primer on hand. And considering e.l.f.’s is so affordable and does a REALLY good job, I’d go with this one. It’s hard to review primers because on one hand I feel like they are all so similar. Except for the wands…

The wand for this one is just okay. Getting the corner lashes is tricky but if you accidentally get some primer on your lower lashline, it’s no biggie. You can simply wipe it off and keep on truckin’. That’s the best thing about primers…they do REALLY good at “prepping” the lashes for the mascara. This primer lengthened my lashes and bulked them up a bit and by the time I came through with the mascara, the lashes were already voluminous.

Another great thing about primers is that they make it so that you don’t need to wear more than one coat of mascara. While I normally feel the need to wear 2-3 coats of mascara, this primer gave me the look I was looking for with only 1 coat of mascara. Score! And while 2-3 coats of mascara would normally leave my lashes brittle – the primer kept them softer. Not that I NEED soft lashes but it was a nice little perk.

Do you need a primer? Not really. Especially if you’re okay with how your mascara performs. But if you’d like to push it to the limit to see if the mascara can be enhanced, this $3 primer is worth a try.



Bare Lashes

Lashes after 1 coat of primer


Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara

Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara


Lashes to the left are just 2 coats of mascara. Lashes to the right have primer and 2 coats of mascara.



Do I recommend it?: Sure. But only if you want to try something new.

Are you a fan of primers or do you find them a bit pointless?

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara

Huge news, y’all! This mascara review makes the 150th mascara review added to the Clumps of Mascara Mascara Bin. It’s hard to believe that I’ve tested over 150 mascaras AND wrote reviews for them. Is there a Guinness World Records section for something like this? Seriously. In honor of the 150th mascara review, I’ll be giving away UD’s Lush Lash. Aaaaand, it’s an International-friendly giveaway! Details after review!

Price: $20 at Sephora stores and
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “A thickening and lengthening mascara formulated to help lashes actually grow longer. ” (source)

The Truth: The wand is a dream!

What I Loved About It: This mascara lengthens nicely.

What I Didn’t Like: You probably won’t get the complete benefits of this mascara unless you use it in conjunction with Urban Decay’s Lush Lash System (Growth Accelerating Serum and Conditioning Mask). And that goes for $42.

Overall: Here’s the dealio, because I can’t spend weeks reviewing a mascara, I won’t be able to say much about this mascara’s ability to make the lashes healthier over time. What I will do is rap on the awesomeness that is the wand, the formula and whether or not the mascara’s overall performance is up to par.

Let’s take a look see at the wand.

Nice, uh? This is the perfect wand for maneuvering through wonky lashes. The bristles are smaller than I’d like but at least they are sturdy.

Formula-wise, I think this one’s formula is nice. It plops itself on the wand easily and distributing it on the lashes is easy. It flaked a bit on me throughout the days I wore it but this can be alleviated but applying a coat of your favorite mascara primer before applying the mascara.

This baby promises to thicken and lengthen and I think it does a darn good job. Like I think it does better lengthening than thickening, I love that I can apply 2-3 coats without it clumping up on me. I didn’t get insanely longer lashes with Lush Lash, but I find it be the perfect everyday mascara. Aaaand, if I weren’t too busy reviewing so many other mascaras, I would definitely use this for days and weeks at a time to see if helped lead me to healthier lashes. It’s been such a long time since I’ve reviewed an Urban Decay mascara and it’s a plum shame because Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands.

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 3 coats

Do I recommend it?: Sure do. Especially if you need a good separating mascara.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?


Mascara Monday: Eyeko Skinny Brush mascara

One of the reasons why I love beauty blogging is because it allows me to connect with so many people allll over the world. I feel like blogging is one huge portal of pen pal-ing and I love it. I first heard about Eyeko from a UK blogger and since then I’ve checked out their polishes and have been crossing my fingers they’d bring their skinny brush mascara to the States.

The mascara angels were on my side, y’all. The mascara has hit Sephora stores nationwide on February 23, 2012 and will formally launch online at on February 26, 2012. Wooo hoooo!

Price: $19 at Sephora stores and soon on
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara Long & Tall creates dramatic lash looks, while it’s conditioning formula locks in jet-black colour with incredible staying power and creates a gravity defying hold–leaving lashes flawless, yet soft and supple.” (per press release I’ve received)

The Truth: Whoa! The wand really is skinny.

What I Loved About It: This mascara gives super volumized lashes with only one coat.

What I Didn’t Like: Buuuuut because the bristles aren’t elongated enough, separating is tough and the formula clumps up quickly.

Overall: Okay, first things first…how adorable is the packaging? This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a mascara in a tube like this. Some time ago (or maybe they still have them…), Victoria’s Secret had mascaras like this and I remember going bananas over them then. Packaging is A LOT for us beauty aficados and those looking to try something new will definitely be scooping this baby up.

Let’s take a look at the wand…

It’s REALLY skinny, uh? And skinny wands aren’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I prefer them to large wands. Skinnier wands allow you to really get into those teeny tiny lashes and elongate them. Skinnier wands are perfect folx with crazy lashes like me. And as much as I love the width of this wand, it’s the bristles that are a little weird. Long bristles would be better suited for a mascara like this but since it has reallllly small circular bristles that go around the wand, it makes it tough to really wiggle and bring out the lashes. And since the bristles are soooo close together, it makes clumping too inevitable.

Formula-wise, it’s average but appears to be thick when applying on the lashes. Again, I think that has a lot to do with the wand. It’s a long-lasting formula that doesn’t smudge or flake throughout the day so that’s awesome. Also, because of the packaging, you will definitely get your $19 worth. It looks like this mascara holds more than the average mascara wand does so yay for that! Doesn’t mean you should hold on to it for more than 3 months, but hey, it is a perk, uh?

Also – along with this mascara comes a mascara shield and according to Eyeko it’s a simple tool to help lengthen lashes and maximize curl without smudges.

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Nice little addition! This work really well. But only if you’ve got the time to mess around with it. I like to use it to help lengthen the lashes. And hey, if you’ve got a guitar, this works as a fantastic guitar pick. 8) I grabbed a picture from Eyeko’s site that demonstrates how to use the shield.

Overall? It’s not a bad mascara. In fact, I think it would be better if the wand had longer bristles. I recommend only applying ONE coat and using the shield for added length. The mascara does pretty well with providing volume and while lengthening is so-so, the shield will help you push it to the limit a bit.

Oh. And and the mascara smells like a bottle of bubbles. You know…the bubbles that come with wands that kids and grown kids play with. Not a bad smell but it definitely brought me back to being 4 years old. Ha!

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 1 coat

Do I recommend it?: Yep, I do! Especially if you have smaller lashes.

Any Eyeko fans in the house? Whatcha think about this mascara?


Mascara Monday: Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer

This is the first time I’ve reviewed such an amazing product. Y’all know I love mascara but let’s face it…mascara can get old. From the exaggerated claims to the same 3-4 brushes, there isn’t much originality in the mascara world these days. I know lash lacquers aren’t new either. But considering this is my first time trying one, I was through the roof yo.

Price: $28 at Sephora and
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Formulated for application on top of mascara, Film Noir Lash Lacquer transitions your eyes from work day to cocktail hour, or vamps up your look for an extra kick of drama any time you desire. It features a unique brush applicator and latex-like formula that fans lashes out to sensational proportions.” (source)

The Truth: Well. This is interesting…

What I Loved About It: If you’ve got some time to spare, it can really help lengthen lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: If you aren’t careful enough you can clump your lashes up somethin’ serious.

Overall: Okay, simply put: if you don’t have the time to invest in putting on this lacquer, don’t even think about getting it. And I don’t mean “time” as in a minute or so. Applying this takes precision and time; two things that a lot of us getting ready for work at 7am don’t have much of. I love mascara and consider it a staple in my makeup routine. I’ve managed to apply it within 2 minutes. I thought I could apply the lacquer within that 2 minute span and uh….no. It’s just not that simple.

Take a look see at the brush…

Looks like it belongs in a nail polish bottle, uh? It is shorter and stiffer than your average nail polish bottle. I can’t say if it’s “good” or “bad” since I’ve never used any other lash lacquer. Since I have nothing to compare it with, I can only go off what the claims say it should do. That said, I ran into some trouble applying this lacquer.

Formula-wise, the consistency is much reminiscent of a nail polish. It isn’t watery but isn’t thick like your average mascara either. The brush works well with the formula and you are able to pick up a liberal amount and apply to your lashes. Applying is the tricky part. You are supposed to apply to the tips of your already coated with mascara lashes. Sounds easy in theory, right? Welllll, it’s tough in this thing called real life.

If you apply too much lacquer, the lashes clump up immediately. If you don’t apply enough, you don’t see any results. It’s hard to get comfortably in the middle and it took me several runs to get a handle on things. But when I did, I noticed a good amount of added length. But to be honest, I’d rather save the trouble and just apply a fiber mascara if I’m in need of extra length.

Even so, I do love how this lacquer is without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and synthetic fragrances. Now THAT I can appreciate. Is it a necessity? Only if you really like to push it to the limit when it comes to lengthening. The price point is up there but it’ll last you for quite some time. Removal is easy too. Simply wet your fingers and gently massage away and off it comes.

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 1 coat of mascara



Lash Lacquer added to lashes

Do I recommend it?: Only if you’re really in the mood to try something different. It’s a pricey mascara product and unless you can dedicate the time to learn how to use it, you’ll be wasting your money. But it does work. I just wish it didn’t clump so easily.

Have you ever seen anything like this? Whatcha think?


Mascara Monday: NYX Pin Up Tease macara

So. Check this out…NYX has recently released an entire collection of mascaras. And by “entire collection”, I mean SEVEN! How cool is that? Even awesome-r is that each mascara has a special function. Some brands don’t even release 7 mascaras in a year and they are hittin’ us with lucky 7 in one collection. Very very cool of you, NYX. I’ve got my hands on all of them and will incorporate them individually in Mascara Monday posts. I won’t review them back to back but I will sprinkle them around. While some peoples’ professions require them to read thesis papers, perform heart surgeries or chase down criminals, part of my profession requires that I select which mascara (of 7) I will review first.

I know. Such a daunting task, right? Considering I’m down with the curves, I selected the curvaceous Pin Up Tease mascara.

Price: $6 at Ulta stores and
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “To darken and curl lashes. Hard bristle combs to separate and curl lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Niiiiiiiiiiiiice!

What I Loved About It: It gave me really nice separation.

What I Didn’t Like: I found it a little difficult to remove.

Overall: This mascara reminds me so much of myself. Okay, wait…before you call me nutty, hear me out. I look at mascaras with packagings like this and always shake my head. I assume, “Large Tube, Huge Wand”. And most times I am dead on with that assumption. But Pin Up Tease surprised me. Her wand is surprisingly slender. And it curls too!

I mean, that is SO me. I’m like a size 12 14 (do I get a cookie for being honest?) and while you would think that my girth means I’m sluggish or anything but athletic, I am actually a freaking beast in the gym. So yes, Pin Up Tease. I identify with you. You are my mascara soul sister. But anyway…

Yeah. The wand totally surprised me. And in a good way. I mean, just look at it. It’s got a nice sturdy shape and the bristles are long enough to breeze right through the lashes. I never find much use out of wands that do that loop-y U thing. I don’t find them to be particularly helpful. But they aren’t bad either. My theory is that brands make the wands look like this to encourage you to curl and HOLD your wand to give your lashes added curl. Do I think it works? Sure. But I do the same thing with regular mascara wands too.

Formula-wise, this baby was a beaut. She went on with ease and lasted throughout the entire day. If you’re looking for a mascara that just won’t budge,  consider this one. As far as curl, though…I’m a bit of skeptic when it comes to curling mascaras. I really don’t think there is an ingredient that can lift your lashes into a curl. My belief is that the only way to really curl lashes is by using a lash curler and rolling the mascara and holding it in place. So no, I can’t say Pin Up Tease gave me any extra curl alone.

But did she give me separation? Oooooh yeah! I love mascaras that separate well. I’ve got those crazy and wonky-kind of lashes so this is the ideal mascara for me. She separated the lashes beautifully and with ease. I didn’t get a mess load of length or volume but sometimes I need just a darn good separating mascara and Pin Up Tease did it for me.

Removal was tricky. She didn’t come off with a makeup remover. So I tried the same method I use for removing fiber mascaras. I wet my finger tips and gently massaged the mascara off. It worked! Pin Up Tease didn’t “appear” to apply like a fiber mascara but considering removal was much like one, maybe there are some fiber speck thingies in there. You won’t hear me complaining about that though.

Two coats should do it. Any more than that and Pin Up Tease starts clumping up. And as promised, it realllly darkens the lashes. So while I didn’t get a ton of curl or length, I was impressed with how dark it looked on the lashes and how well it separated.

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: Fo sheezy!  If you are looking for a dynamic separating mascara that will last allllll day, check this baby out.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?


Guest Post: How to Effectively Apply Fiber Mascara

It’s Ishah here, from over at Beauty Mamas – a blog for women who live life to the fullest and still want to look beautiful 😉 My all time favourite type of mascara formulas is the fiber mascara. It builds up on your natural lashes to lengthen and volumise like no other. There is a trick to applying it, however, that can really make a big difference in the end result of your lashes!

For today’s post I am using Dolly Wink Long Mascara, but the concept is the same for other fiber mascaras. I have used this method with Maybelline The Falsies as well.


Here is the video tutorial, but if you prefer text & pictures just keep on scrollin’.

                                                       Source: IshahBeautyMamas 

As you can see on the brush and on my hand, the mascara has a bunch of little fibers that are supposed to grip onto your lashes as you swipe.


The traditional method of applying mascara isn’t the most effective with this type of formula. Firstly, we focus on lengthening: to really get the most fibers on your lashes and lengthen them as much as possible, use the tip of the wand first and swipe the brush up vertically, . This way, you are placing the fibers right where they need to go, on the ends of your lashes.


Swipe each section, all the way from your inner, to your outer lashes. Using the tip ensures that you can catch every single lash and build them up. You will be able to see the fibers attaching to the ends of your lashes and making them beautifully looong! I do two coats, just to ensure I’m building the length up as much as possible.


Once you have gone over the lashes with the tip of the wand, it’s time to go back to more familiar territory. To build volume and separate, swipe the wand in a ‘zig zag’ fashion at the roots of your lashes, then sweep upwards to the tips.



Make sure you get every lash! I give them 2 coats, but make sure you’re loading your lashes with as much of the mascara that’s on that brush. I feel like many women do too many coats and cause clumping, when what you should really be doing is using one or two coats and going over and over your lashes thoroughly with each coat. Did I explain that right? If you’re confused, see the video.
The top lashes

L: no mascara R: 2 coats of mascara applied vertically, 2 coats applied horizontally.


Although I wouldn’t recommend doing any more coats than that, you can continue to build as much as you want with the mascara and fibers that are on the brush. With each coat I literally go over and over my lashes until they are as long and lush as I want them. If you have a good mascara (like Dolly Wink or Fiberwig) you wont get any clumping or flaking. In the video I actually went over the eye I used for the tutorial more thoroughly than the eye I had done beforehand, so it ended up looking a little more dramatic.

Oh, and don’t forget those bottom lashes! They can really pull a look together (like this one!)


Fiber mascaras can do wonders for your eyelashes if applied right! Maximise the potential of this great formula by taking the little bit of extra time to do it right 😉

What are your thoughts on fiber mascara? Worth the extra time and effort?

Thanks for reading, beauties!

Ishah xx