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?


Beauty vloggers, enter NYX Cosmetics FACE awards and you could win $25,000!

Remember that time when I used to actively vlog on the Clumps YouTube channel? Those days are so long, dude. I’m lucky if I can crank out a video once a month. I know. Bad B. I soooo admire the skill of those vloggers who can regularly  crank out beautifully produced videos of their makeup looks and tutorials. If you happen to be a gal (or guy!) who has a passion for vlogging your gorgeous looks on YouTube, this contest is definitely for you

Open to YouTubers in the U.S, 30 will compete not only for the title of The National Beauty Vlogger of the Year, but for $25,000, a year supply of NYX products and some help in catapulting their beauty career. The 6 finalists will head over to IMATS Los Angeles in June for to really show off their work.  Insane, right?

Get more information and enter here.

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?


Fall shades from NYX Cosmetics’ Salon Formula nail polishes

Oh snaps! NYX Cosmetics has always been mediocre when it comes to nail polish but they have just stepped their game up with their new nail polishes. 144 of ’em to be exact. At $4.00 a bottle, I’m thinking that’s there’s got to be a polish with your name on it. While I’m not the traditional “stick to seasonal shades only” kind of gal, I am just lovin’ some of the fall shades that NYX has. Aaaaand, the formula of the polishes are pretty awesome too.

Gold is well…gold. It leans a bit on the orange-y side and has a nice foil-y finish.It almost looks like a lighter caramel with gold dust thrown in it.

Maroon should really have more of a descriptive name because it’s more than just…maroon. Okay, so yeah it is maroon but it has gorgeous bits of peach and neon purple shimmer. The shimmer doesn’t dominate the maroon shade much but its presence is quite complimentary and gorgeous.

Red Wine is a dark red creme that isn’t terribly unique. But never knock a good dark red. They are fantastic shades for nail designs and konading.

Power Red is just that. It is one powerful red! Despite what people say is professional or not, I’d probably rock a red like this to a job interview. This is the kind of red my Mom wouldn’t let me wear until I was in high school. Power Red has a ton of blue in it and if you aren’t the type to wear something as loud as a fire engine red, this one may suit you better.

I used 2 coats for each polish and even without a topcoat, they all had a nice and brilliant shine. The formula of these are nice but can be a tad bit on the watery side. Thin coats is the best route to take. If you’re in the market for new polishes, these aren’t bad. I think the price point at $4.00 is reasonable too. I can’t wait to try these out some of their glitter polishes. I’m impressed, NYX. You do polishes quite well. Get your shop on at

POLL: NYX’s Nude or Urban Decay’s Naked palette?

I know it’s a complete faux passe in the beauty blogosphere but I never picked up Urban Decay’s Naked palette. I figured that with the shadows that I already own, I wouldn’t need it. But of course NOW that it is so hard to find, I want it. The Naked palette retails for $48 at Sephora stores and It includes 12 shadows and a travel size version Primer Potion and either an eye shadow brush OR eyeliner pencils.

Then there’s NYX Cosmetics’ Nude on Nude palette.

This baby is only $25, comes with 20 shadows and 10 lip glosses and is available where NYX Cosmetics is sold and online.

Which one should I get?

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