Review: Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium/Deep


I was super excited when I heard Maybelline was coming out with a BB cream targeted for oily skinned gals. The Dream Fresh BB cream is for normal skin type girls and I didn’t want to take any chances and end up with a greasy face using that product.

But I digress.


I’m sure we’re all familiar with how American BB creams are no where near to being the same as Asian BB creams. I still have to buy and test out an Asian BB cream TT^TT. This BB cream is no exception. The only glorifying aspect of this product is its salicylic acid ingredient (which may or may not be a problem, more on that later). I do know that this product, outside of the US, contain SPF while the US version does not. *sadfaiz*

On the upside, this product was pleasantly surprising. The coverage is light/medium and evens out my skin tone very well. I have to say, I bought the wrong shade at first. The medium shade is very pinkish while the medium/deep is more suited for yellow-toned skin. I’m usually a medium in most foundation, a little on the darker side since it’s summer. *sidenote: I’m a MAC cosmetics virgin /)_____(\ so I can’t give you a MAC comparison in terms of skin tone.*

The product is very creamy and a little thick. It’s not heavy but if you accidentally pile on the makeup, it can feel cakey and heavy. On my skin, it feels a little sticky/tacky once I apply it and it takes some time to set. This product also transfers when I plot with an oil blotting sheet or if I accidentally rub my face against a shirt.


This BB cream doesn’t give me a lot of oil control, either. I typically get oily within 3 or 4 hours and this is no exception. I don’t mind however for a product targeted for oily gals, I would’ve hoped for more oil control.

As for the salicylic acid ingredient, I can’t say that it has helped my acne or made my acne worse. I do know that salicylic acid has broken my skin out but I didn’t experience any breakouts with this product.

I do like this product but I hardly reach for this nowadays. /)________(\ mainly because I’m trying to cut salicylic acid out of my skincare life. Overall, this is a nice product to try if salicylic acid doesn’t bother you and if you’re not super oily (like only on the t-zone).

I do believe I picked this up at Walmart for $6-7USD. I rarely see Maybelline coupons but if there’s a sale, definitely give it a try. :)

Here are some pictures of the coverage.

Without any product

Dotted on one half of my face

Coverage on left side and nothing on the right side

Thanks for reading!


Hair Growth Diary Vol VII


Surprise! See anything different?

I got a haircut! I got a little tired of my single layered hair, so I went in to the beauty salon, got some layers, and trimmed my bangs a little.

To be honest, I never know what I want when I go in for a haircut.

My hairstylist knew >____> hahaha. But I decided on a v-cut and since my hair was still a little short to cut it into that shape, she trimmed it so when my hair grows out it’ll grow into a v-cut.

Here’s a picture of it, right when I left the salon.


I do believe I got my hair cut around the end of July. So, it’s definitely grown a little since then.

Here’s a side view.


And here’s a view of the back.


I haven’t done anything differently in terms of hair washing. I still use the three products I used last month. I am running low of those so I might just go back to the OGX Biotin and Collagen s/c, but we’ll see!

I did recently buy castor oil (mainly for my lashes and eyebrows) but I am thinking of doing a hair oil treatment. Still gotta do a lot of research on that, though :)

Here’s a final view, from the front.


Hopefully, this cut will grow into something pretty. As of today, I’m officially done with haircuts (until I need a trim, haha).

Thanks for reading!


At First Swatch: Maybelline Pumped Up Mascara in Waterproof


‘What?!,’ you say. ‘Another AFS of a mascara??’

I know, I know, I just did one on L’Oreal’s Telescopic Extensions mascara (also in waterproof). But I couldn’t pass this up, when my friend recommended it to me. And you know, I was out and about in Walmart…happened to be in the beauty aisle…

Magically appeared in my hands, what can I say? :)

Maybelline mascaras and I go way back, especially the Volum’Express line. OMG, first loves and some duds.

I’m happy to report this mascara is an absolute love!

Here are my lashes, uncurled.
They are short and stick out straight. Definitely not long and luscious, like I want them to be.

My lashes, curled.
Now that I see this photo, I can definitely saw my lashes need some major help in length and volume. TT________TT

My lashes with one coat of Maybelline Pumped Up mascara.

It may not look like much but believe me, in person, it’s so much better. It doesn’t clump up my lashes like crazy and it doesn’t flake either. The brush is majorly big, so it does smudge a little onto my eyelids.


The wand itself, it’s very much like a traditional mascara wand. It’s still plasticky and not like traditional brush bristles. The scent itself isn’t offensive. The tube is a little large. I don’t know what Maybelline was thinking when they did the packaging for this but, eh.

Overall, I think this mascara would be better suited for eyes with longer lashes but, it works well for short lashes. The curl stays all day, even when I cry from laughter. I would recommend this but do be careful of the large brush.

Thanks for reading!


Review: Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream Shade 2

You know, I never believed to have a dark circle problem until all those late nighters caught up to me.

I do believe my dark circles are fairly light. They aren’t so bad but lately they’ve gotten a little worse for wear.

Me and scary movies don’t mesh. We can’t hang. I get too scared and I stay up all night because I can’t get to sleep. It’s horrible, I know. /littlebaby.

But this concealer has come to my rescue and thank gawd for that!

The Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream comes in two shades. I’m not sure of the shade names, but they’re usually labeled as 1 or 2. My shade is obviously the second shade.

The texture is a little weird at first. It’s not super creamy when you dip your finger in (unsanitary, I know) but once it warms up it’s good to go. That being said, this stuff is super pigmented. You’ll see soon what my under eyes look like, but, OMG. I only need one tiiiiiiiiiny swipe, blend, powder, and boom – done.

The scent, if you haven’t taken a guess, it a little fishy. It smells faintly like salmon. I don’t mind because I can’t smell it on my face. And don’t worry if you think the fishy scent means it’s gone bad. This puppy lasts for two years (granted nothings happens to it – more on that later).

So, the dark circles.


It’s not that bad but it bothers me and the uneven aegyo sal (‘cute fat’ puffy under my eyes) don’t make it any better.

Here, I’ve applied the concealer on my left eye (your right).

As you can see, this definitely brightens my under eye and conceals the uneven skin tone. I definitely look more awake with concealer under my eye.

And here are my eyes after I applied the concealer to my other eye and powder.

I definitely love this stuff. I would buy this over and over again, if I had the chance.

Now, onto the bad news. This isn’t particularly the products fault, but mine. If you don’t follow my Instagram page (please do! @fishscalekisses ;) ), I mentioned that something happened to my eye. I don’t know what it was, the symptoms all lead to one thing but the days after didn’t really match up to what it was supposed to be. But my eye has since cleared up and I’ve thrown away all suspects and deep cleaned and sanitized all the brushes I’ve used. Unfortunately, one of the suspects included this holy grail. :( I do plan on picking it up again sometime in the future. Right now, I have other concealers to give my attention.

Definitely invest in a palette and makeup spatula if you intend to use this product. I’d order this product again but my family is planning a trip in the near future, so hopefully I’ll be able to pick one up there (among other Asian cosmetics 83 ).

Here’s a quick swatch for you to get an idea of the shade.

The shade swatches a little light on the skin, so this product may not work for deeper skin tones. Because of the brightening effect this concealer gives, I definitely wouldn’t use this on blemishes.

This product is unfortunately, available in Asia and on websites that sell Asian cosmetics. I purchased mine from Amazon.

Hopefully, this review was helpful. Thanks for reading!


At First Swatch: Maybelline Color Elixirs in Captivating Carnation and Breathtaking Apricot


I am way late on the Color Elixir train. But since these are permanent, I thought I’d wait until the hype died down so I could snag a few for myself.

I am currently waiting for a Maybelline sale to happen so I can snag a few more.

These are outrageously good.

I picked up two shades, Captivating Carnation (080) and Breathtaking Apricot (005). These do have a safety seal, but we all know those can be easily broken (please fix, major cosmetic brands!).

Quick thoughts:

  • Sweet scent, not very offensive

  • Slight taste on the lips, do avoid
  • Moisturizes very well, long after lip product has rubbed off
  • Must buy more colors

    If I do remember, these retail around $9USD at CVS. I may be mistaken, but it should be no greater than $10USD.


    A doe foot applicator is very well appreciated. I’ll never understand why some companies stray from that. The doe foot applies any product very well on the lips (and probably under the eyes, but…what?)

    20140716-223255-81175625.jpg Captivating Carnation on my lips, one swipe.

    Macro shot of Captivating Carnation

    Breathtaking Apricot on my lips, one swipe.

    Macro of Breathtaking Apricot.

    Breathtaking Apricot does have some glitters in it, but it’s not very noticeable on the lips. Captivating Carnation is clear of any glitters and does stain after it’s long gone on my lips.

    I am so tempted to pick up darker shades (I like the staining effect). I would definitely recommend trying these out, if you haven’t already. These can go on sheer but they can be built up for a more opaque color.

    Thanks for reading!


  • Review: L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher


    I may have found my holy grail. Maybe.

    I bought this recently, but around the time I bought the Texture Perfect serum and the day/night cream, a tiny sample bottle of the Pore Vanisher was attached to the serum.

    So, I used that in all it’s glory, and…I may have found The One.

    But first things first, a little about this product. Straight from the box, this claims to virtually vanish your pores and within one month’s use, shrink the size of your pores. It also claims to be oil-free, shine-free, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, dermatologically tested for gentleness, suitable for sensitive skin, and fast absorbing.


  • Pores appear virtually vanished. Excess oil is absorbed for an all-day, shine-free, matte finish. Skin feels freshly hydrated.
    In One Day
  • Skin’s texture is visibly transformed for a refined, smooth look.
    In One Month
  • Actual pore size decreases as pores begin to snap back into shape. Overall skin quality is improved.

  • I haven’t been using it for that long but, this product does live up to its claims. I do feel matte when wearing this and my skin does feel smooth.

    The box suggests using this in the morning and night as part of your skin care routine but I use this as part of my makeup routine (as a primer).

    *Sidenote: if you haven’t read about my love for the Texture Perfector serum and day/cream, check out my Nighttime Skin Routine blogpost!

    A little about my skin, I have combo/oily skin. I usually get oily on my cheeks, nose, forehead. My jawline and around my hairline, I’m fairly normal. I do get the occasional breakouts (pre and post cycle). I do have visible pores on my cheeks and nose.


    The scent of this product is fairly light and not at all overbearing. The texture is very smooth and not very balm-like (as opposed to The Porefessional). The ingredients do list some silicones, so, for those who aren’t into that type of stuff, this may not be for you.

    There isn’t much of a slip to the product (unlike Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser —> greasy, lots of slip). It absorbs quickly into the skin and it doesn’t take much time to set either.


    I really like the long nozzle much more than a short stub. I feel like I can control how much product I can squeeze out.

    So, here’s my naked face (aside from brows and mascara).

    On one side, I’ve applied the Pore Vanisher. 20140716-153912-56352050.jpg

    And here, I’ve blended it out. 20140716-153950-56390711.jpg

    I can definitely tell a difference between my naked skin and the Pore Vanisher. Can you see why I love it? OMG, I don’t know how I lived without.

    It’s a little pricey for a drugstore item, $20 USD will get you 1.4 ounces of this stuff. But I say, it is well worth it. Because drugstores equal coupons and sales.

    Thanks for reading!


    Current Skincare Routine: Nighttime Routine

    I’ll be honest.

    I love my nighttime routine. Mainly because of two new products that I’ve purchased and just ughhhhh.

    And I’ll be honest again, my skincare routine has changed a little since I’ve taken these photos, but I’ll give you that update later.


    First up, toner. I currently use the Mario Badescu Cucumber Lotion as my toner. I normally use the Clinique Dramatically Different toner for combo/oily skin but I decided to give this toner a try when I received a sample in the mail.

    If your toner stings or smells like alcohol, this will be a very pleasant change. This toner doesn’t have any offending scent or stinging feeling when it’s applied. My face doesn’t feel tight after I apply it, but rather, very soft.

    I can appreciate that but the only thing that irks me is that I can’t see if any dirt comes off with it. With the Clinique toner, I’m able to see if there is any excess dirt left on my face.

    I’m not sure if I’d repurchase this as I’m still going through this bottle. I’ll give a full update when it’s finished, for sure.

    Second, eye cream. I just want to note, I don’t use this eye cream any more. In my previous posts, I fell in love with another *dramatic flair*.

    I use an eye cream because I have dark circles under my eyes. They are not super noticeable but I don’t like the sight of them (that’s what counts, right?) and I want to take care of my skin.

    I picked this up at Marshall’s for cheap. The reviews on this is very meh and eh and I have to agree (probably why it’s discontinued too).

    I didn’t see any change while using this. The texture is thin and the scent is very floral-y. It wasn’t too much for me but I know the scent can be very offensive.

    What bothered me the most about this eye cream is inability to apply this all around the eyes – under eyes and on eyelids. But the good thing is, I never had to use a lot to apply. A little goes a long way.

    Third, serum. Now, I’m new to serums. I didn’t consider them until L’Oreal came out with the Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate. OMG.

    The scent – so luxe. The texture – light and easily absorbed into the skin. I use a half pump to a whole pump for my face.

    Directions say to use in the morning as well, but I find that I get oily when I use this in the morning. I’ve been using this for a couple weeks and, during the weeks I’m not on my cycle *ahem*, my skin is flawless.

    Lastly, moisturizer. You’ve seen this as my morning routine moisturizer and it’s amazing!

    The scent is the same as the serum. The texture is heavier, as it’s a cream, but it easily sinks into the skin. Also, plus! A little goes a long way!

    Given the price for these two items (~24.99 USD each), I’d say that’s a huge plus.

    I really love these two products and am seriously considering repurchases. My face is currently getting back to normal (post-cycle acne, ugh) and I have to say, I think these two play a huge part.

    Also, a little secret. I have another moisturizer on hand that I used previously, I went to back to that (just for the mornings) and pimples popped up the next day! My night routine didn’t change, just the morning routine. So, you may take that however you please. I am convinced of the HG-status these two deserve.

    These are just my products that I find suitable for my combo/oily skin. Any products you use nightly?


    Hair Growth Diary Vol VI

    Excuse me if I seem a little distracted during this post. I’m watching the Germany/Brazil semi-final and Brazil is having their ass handed to them in this first half.

    I take back anything bad I said about Neymar. They obviously suck without him.

    But, back to the topic at hand. I’m back with a hair growth update for June! I’m happy to report that my hair has grown since May. My hair routine hasn’t changed since last update. I have changed a liiiiittle in application-wise, but other than that, nothing else.

    So, just a recap. I still wash my hair every other night.

    Obligatory progress pics!

    My hair is normally straight. These luscious waves are due to my hair being in a high ponytail ^-^

    Side view; also a note: My hair is virgin. Never been dyed, never had highlights. All these shades you see in my hair are natural.

    I can finally put my hair in a high ponytail with little to no bobby pins! Baby hairs are a different story (as seen near my forehead). A high bun (the samurai bun) is a little harder to accomplish since I need more bobby pins than I would like to use. But progress is progress!

    As for my hair care, I’ve been using these pretties. The Suave Professionals Natural Infusion with Awapuhi Ginger and Honeysuckle, shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner have been giving my hair life!


    I had previously received a sample of these products (courtesy of Suave). I loved how they worked on my hair, I decided to buy the full sizes. And they aren’t too expensive to boot! From Walmart, the shampoo and conditioner are around $2.88 USD and the leave in treatment is around $4-5USD.

    As I mentioned previously, I still wash my hair every other day. Fallout is a lot less than when I first complained of fallout but I still get fallout. Mainly on hair washing day. I comb every day but hair washing day tends to produce the most fallout. I don’t know if that’s normal, but I’ll roll with it.

    The only change this month is I’ve been doing the Reverse Shampoo method. If you’ve never heard of it, all you do, is wash with conditioner first, then shampoo.

    So, I start with the conditioner.

    It’s fairly light and doesn’t make my hair feel too heavy. I apply this all over my scalp but mainly concentrate the product on my ends and rinse. I usually wait a couple minutes, wash my face, wash my body, before I rinse out the conditioner.

    Then, I go back in with the shampoo.

    Any heaviness I felt on my scalp when I applied the conditioner, is lifted when I use this product. I concentrate the shampoo on my scalp, comb through with my fingers, and rinse. I don’t wait like I usually do with the conditioner.

    Afterwards, when my shower is done and my hair is a little damp (usually before I go to bed), I apply the leave-in conditioner.

    I have to say: I love this stuff. Even on days when my hair isn’t damp, I use this when my hair feels heavy or really foofy (you know that feeling). On hair washing day, in the morning my hair will feel so light and soft and clean. It’s wonderful, really. And if my hair is feeling foofy, I’ll apply this and once it’s dried and absorbed into my hair, it’ll feel so good.

    I don’t know if I’ve found my HG hair care products ( the OGX Biotin and Collagen s/c is still my number one) but these are really close.

    I’ve been really loving my hair lately. I haven’t seen too many split ends either. But I’ve been thinking about getting a little trim and getting my bangs cut. The decision is still up in the air so, we’ll see.

    Thanks for reading! What’s your hair care routine?


    An Open Letter to Missha’s MISA Geumsul Revitalizing Eye Cream


    Hey, you. I’m not very good at this goodbye thing, but, here we go.

    I remember when we first met. Yea, that first time I laid my eyes on you.

    To be honest, I didn’t think much of you. I didn’t understand you (literally), first of all. And second, well, my heart wasn’t set on you.

    So, I set you aside and decided to call you up when I planned to go out of town.

    But you, persistent little thing. Your gold color, screaming at me, ‘Hey! I’m here! Take a look at me!’

    So, I caved.

    But I shouldn’t have.

    Because I fell hard.

    Never before have I met another like you. I’ve tried others, oh yes I have. They might’ve been out of my age range but that didn’t matter. I’m sure you’re out of my age range, but age ain’t nuthin’ but a number. And I’m sure you don’t care either.

    You make me feel more…how do I say, bright when you’re with me. And without you, I just feel…dull. An outsider would call our relationship, toxic. Me relying on you for my confidence. But who cares what others think! What matters is what’s going on between us and…I think…I’m beginning to love you.

    We have such bad timing, you and I.

    You’re as creamy as the most luxurious lotion. As fragrant as flowers that grow in the countryside. And (almost) as empty as my wallet when I begin to think of you.

    My heart breaks at the thought of you leaving. I try to console myself and try to find where you might be but you’re always out of reach. Never where I hope you would be.

    This may be our goodbye for now, since I know you must go. But know this before you leave: This isn’t our final meeting.

    I will see you again.

    Forever yours,

    Sidenote: If you can’t tell, I love this product. TT^TT I got this as a sample when I ordered my under eye concealer (more on that in another post) and I just love this to pieces. I’ve been trying to ration the last of it but, ugh. It’s so hard to let go. Few bullet points:

  • super hydrating
  • super creamy
  • super duper
  • no offensive smell
  • expensive (around 30-40$USD)

    That last point just kills me. Must wait for Missha’s annual sale to get it for cheap. Once that time rolls around, you can expect a full-fledged review because this deserves all the months of testing it out.

    The back of the packet for curious eyes.


  • At First Swatch: L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara + Mini Review


    How cute is this mascara, shaped like a telescope! Clever, L’Oreal, very clever!

    Technically, this post isn’t a first swatch since I have been using this mascara for a couple of weeks now. If you’ve been following my Instagram (@fishscalekisses), you’d see I’ve been using this almost daily.

    With that being said – I love this stuff. Two reasons why I bought it: 1) My L’Oreal Butterfly Effects mascara was drying out and, 2) I wanted a dupe for the YSL Babydoll mascara.

    A few words on the Babydoll mascara – I loved it. I had a sample of it. And I used it. I shouldn’t have because I fell so hard for it. But 30+ bucks for a mascara?? No, thanks. I no longer have the tube, so I can’t compare but, I’ve read some reviews and others have basically said they’re similar. <— and that's enough for me.


    I really like the wand on this mascara. My lashes are pretty short and they stick out straight, if they aren’t curled. The wand makes it possible for every lash to be coated, evenly. Me likes. This mascara doesn’t give much volume but it definitely lengthens. The formula is pretty dry, it doesn’t weigh my lashes down when I apply it. For the most part, it doesn’t smudge or flake either.

    If memory serves me correctly, I do believe the YSL performed same.

    The only thing that I don’t like, and this also goes for the Butterfly Effects mascara, is that something would get in my eye and irritate the crap out of it. I would tear up and rinse my eyes but nothing. It wouldn’t stop being irritated unless I washed my mascara off (with an eye makeup remover or cleansing oil). So, that’s one thing. I do remember a similar experience with Maybelline’s The Rocket mascara as well.

    But overall, I do enjoy using this mascara. It gives great length for short lashed gals and the waterproof holds a really good curl through the day (8+ hours). For the price, eh~ it’s L’Oreal. It’ll range from 7.99 to 8.99 USD. I highly suggest sales and coupons with any drugstore purchase.

    Before, without:

    After, with 1 coat in Blackest Black:

    Thanks for reading!