A Dancer’s Feet: Scholl Pedi Foot File Review

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I used to dance up to 6 times a week, but now, once in…… a very long while? So do I still call myself a dancer or an EX-dancer?

Or, once a dancer always a dancer? :)

I don’t do ballet nor dance en pointe, but during those few years that I was dancing actively, in tight Latin heels for long hours, calluses, corns, blisters grew like mushrooms. I also grew a bunion due to the stress put on my big toe. A bunion is formed when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Walking hurt.

That’s why they say dancers have the ugliest feet in the world. Lol. But we wear those calluses, corns, blisters and bunions like a badge of honor and experience. We lament about the wreckage on our feet, but we willingly do it day after day, week after week. Dancers need to develop some thicker skin over vulnerable areas for protection but calluses sometimes become so thick and hard they cause pain.

I know of people whose calluses are so severe they CRACK and BLEED. And they’re not dancers. @_@ To avoid that, my mum wears bedroom slippers around the house and my mother-in-law uses a metal scrapper to scrape off the thickened skin at the bottom of her feet.

Instead of those, I shall get them the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File.



Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File is an electronic foot file that gently buffs away hard skin on the feet effortlessly and instantly.

That hard skin is calluses, a thickening of the skin on the bottom of the foot. Many people don’t like foot calluses because they look unsightly in sandals, but they actually keep feet from sticking to the floor and protect against blisters. However, too much of it can hurt too. If calluses become overgrown or cracked, they can be uncomfortable and are susceptible to infection.

So it’s all about striking a balance. If your lifestyle requires that you have calluses to make the activity easier, keep them but trim if they are overly thick and causing pain.

For most people who do not engage in such activities as twirling and having constant abnormal pressure over an area, let’s aim to keep hardened skin at bay!

How To Use Scholl Express Pedi Foot File


Easy peasy, yea? 😀 Simply remove the plastic ring and orange protective film (batteries included), twist the cap back and switch it on. Now beautiful salon-finished feet can be achieved in the comfort of your own home.

What’s super cool is that the Replacement Roller Head can be removed for rinsing or replaced when it wears out. Actually if you want to save money, just buy one device for the whole family to share, and everyone can buy their own replacement heads for hygiene purposes. Hoho. Savings, YAY! ^_^*

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Long Wear Richness In A Tube: Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks


The first shade I got to try from the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick range was Melted Sugar, described as a ‘nude sand’. The light nude shade didn’t excite me as I prefer brighter and bolder shades, but the formula and wear was off the park. WOAHHH!!!! 😀

When I went to test out the other 17 shades at Sephora, I fell in LOVE with the range.

Described by Too Faced as having ‘the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick’, they are basically soft melted lipsticks, like what you’d get if you melted down a lipstick to depot it.

Packaging & Application

The simple squeeze tube packaging with a gold screw cap is an incredible time saver because the color of the tube is a pretty accurate indication of the exact shade. I like squeeze tubes because I feel like I can get the most out of the product, leaving less to waste.


I was initially concerned if the product will come squirting out like a jet spray, but you just have to gently squeeze the tube and the color will dispense on the velvet tip applicator in a controlled and consistent manner.

For really crisp lines I use a lip brush, but it is possible to apply directly from the tube. Sometimes when I want it to look less intense, I’ll diffuse the color by dabbing it with my finger.

Shade Review & Swatches

Here are my 8 favorite shades; there are a total of 18 shades available at Sephora Singapore.

Too Faced Melted Liquified – Melted Berry

Berry is a burgundy wine with cool, blue undertones. This is a great starter color if you’re interested to go into berry shades. I like that it’s not too dark or scary.


Too Faced Melted Liquified – Melted Ruby

Ruby is described as a ‘blood red’. When I smear it on tissue, it really looks like blood from a nosebleed haha. It has cool undertones and feels slightly more watery and appears slightly more glossy than the rest. Love this shade.


Too Faced Melted Liquified – Melted Candy

Candy is a bright fuschia candy pink with very slight cool undertones. The tube colors of Candy and Jelly Donut look almost similar but they’re really quite different. Candy is brighter and a warmer pink than Jelly Donut. Candy feels… more cheery and happy? 😆


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For Sensitive Skin: Makeup Removers Tried & Tested


Makeup removal is an essential step in our end-of-day beauty routine. We all know the effects of improper makeup removal – dirt and impurities accumulated on our skin can cause clogged pores, inflammation and irritation. Add to that sensitive skin and you’ll have a whole new level of skin problems.

Makeup removers work by dissolving makeup with oil, water, gel or cream-based solutions. On my sensitive and acne-prone skin, oil removers don’t work that well, but those specifically for the eyes and lips are safe.

Here are my thoughts on some makeup removers I have tried/am trying:

Water-Based Makeup Remover


Bioderma Sensibio H20 – I think anyone who wears makeup must have gone through at least one big bottle of this. Be wary of fake ones though! I once saw a ‘good deal’ on Qoo10 and it turned out too good to be true. The liquid smelt like kerosene and felt soapy. It would have been detrimental if I’d used it. There are other ranges under Bioderma – the blue one is for dry & dehydrated skin, green for combination & oily skin, but I only use the red as it’s supposedly the most gentle for sensitive skin. It stings my eyes though.

Plante System Cleansing Micellar Water – I bought this at a Guardian at Changi Airport as I forgot to pack a makeup remover. Oh my goodness, how it burnt my skin! >.<” I stopped using it after one use.

TDF Therapeutic Makeup Remover – I bought this only because it was on sale. Retail price $32 and I bought it for $15. Score! I think it’s a decent makeup remover, but only good enough for light makeup. It takes a lot of product and cotton pads to really get my skin near clean.

Chanel Eau Douceur Cleansing Water – Love the classic packaging, love the pump, love the luxurious scent, love the quality, don’t love the price. Lol. Can’t believe I paid over $50 for water. But I’d say the quality is well worth the money. It is really gentle on my sensitive skin and leaves behind this beautiful slightly waxy on the skin, giving it a natural-looking glow. In terms of efficacy, it’s not exceptionally better than the others.

Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water – (not pictured) What intrigued me initially – the dispenser which works like those nail polish remover pump dispenser where you push down the top – is what turned out to be rather annoying. Even with a bigger piece of cotton pad, it squirts off in random directions every time. It’s not ideal for targeted removal too coz you can’t get the right amount of product on a cotton bud. It leaves behind a sticky residue which I prefer to rinse off. Dispenser and residue woes aside, I love the refreshing scent.

Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Makeup & Acne Remover – (not pictured) This is the latest water-based makeup remover in my collection. Saw it off a YouTube ad and thought it sounded pretty interesting! The ‘reduces acne’ claim was the one that made me go out and get it. It is alcohol and fragrance-free, does not sting my skin, and removes makeup and impurities very well. One large cotton pad is enough, compared to 2-3 pads with the other water-based removers.

Wash-Off Makeup Remover


Dr Nu:ell Enzyme O2 Bubble Cleanser – Pictured here is my 7th repurchased bottle. 😆 I was quite crazy about it for a while. Here’s my review: Dr Nu:ell Enzyme O2 Bubble Cleanser. It dispenses a thick gel which you apply on dry skin. 20 seconds later it will foam up and you ‘move’ the dirt away before splashing all the dirt off with water. My skin always feels smooth and clean after that. If only the packaging could be improved! There’s always so much product wasted inside the bottle and if I dig it out and transfer it to another container, the product doesn’t function quite as well anymore.

TDF Wash-Off Cleansing Lotion – I bought this together with the cleansing water. Luckily I bought the small bottle coz this doesn’t work for me at all. It always leaves my skin super dry, and when I move my facial muscles it feels like cracks on a cement wall.

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Powerful Women & Their Eyeliners – By KATE Tokyo

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(Why do I look so bloated here LOL)

I’ve been wanting to create an eyeliner tutorial for a long time and I’m happy to finally DO IT!

In this post, I will talk about three powerful women, with different stories to tell, and how to achieve their eye makeup looks.

Powerful Woman 1: Cheon Song-Yi

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ANNYEONGHASEYO! Any female who watched the supernatural romantic comedy My Love from the Star must have fallen in love with Cheon Song-yi’s bright lip shades. Besides that and looking dressed to kill every moment – even in her pyjamas – do you know why the runway-approved mega star always looks so put together?

It’s all about balance. To let her glowing skin and bright lips shine, her makeup artist keeps her eye makeup subtle. Here’s my Cheon Song-yi inspired eye makeup tutorial.



Begin by prepping the lids with a nude primer. Dust peach/coral/light orange or warm brown eyeshadow over the lid. CSY never sports any obvious eyeshadow, it’s usually a light wash of a warm tone or nothing at all.

CSY doesn’t have extremely well-defined brows, sometimes even with gaps and stray hairs to portray naturalness. My brows are pretty thick on their own so I didn’t do much either. She made brown hair+black brows look perfectly acceptable.

Tightlining is the trick to making lashes look fuller and eyes more awake. Lightly pull up the lid and fill in the gaps between the lashes with KATE Slim Gel Pencil.

Next, line the upper lash line with KATE Super Sharp Liner. If you notice, even the thickest eyeline CSY wears is still pretty thin compared to most. In order to achieve a very thin and clean line, an eyeliner that provides great control, agility, and precision is essential.

Stop just about at the end of the eye. She seldom wears a wing – once in a while it’s pulled out straight a little, like in that episode where Do Min-Joon acts as her lawyer to negotiate with her ex-agency. But with CSY, the eyeliner is never the lead, it exists simply to enhance, while allowing her glowing skin and bright lips to take centre stage. And that I think that in itself is beautiful!

Lastly, add a bit of dark brown eyeshadow on the lower lash line to complete the look. Coat lashes with mascara, but skip the bottom lashes. I skipped mascara entirely.

This look is extremely simple and is what I wear to work on most days.

Powerful Woman 2: Wu Ze Tian

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The 2014 Chinese television drama – Empress of China – based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty cost US$49.53 million to produce, making it the most expensive TV series in Chinese history. I mean, look at the sets, jewelry and fabulous gowns and robes worn in the drama! =O

Wu Zetian, played by the beautiful Fan Bing Bing, was the only female in Chinese history to rule as emperor. She rose from concubine to nun to Empress of the Tang dynasty.

Her eye makeup was not simple at all. LOL. I took super long to study and replicate it! Of course, our eye shapes are very different too – hers are more almond-shaped while mine are rounder. And she emotes so well, one stare speaks volumes of anguish, sadness, fear, worries. My stare looks blank. BAHAHA.

Well, afterall, she is Bing Bing and I’m only Bun Bun. 😆

Here we go!

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What Do You Get From A Collaboration Like Gumtree X Doll To Doll Cosmetics?

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Hello my friends! 😀 I’m back again with another collaboration with Gumtree, an online platform where anyone can be a buyer and seller for free.

In the previous episode, I was representing myself – Blogger @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips, decluttering and selling my personal items. Thank you so so so so much for all your support, I couldn’t believe it when all my items were snapped up in a few days! I was so worried at first that nobody would buy them, so I’m extremely grateful for all the love!

This time, I am representing myself as #girlboss of Doll To Doll Cosmetics.

Besides having a day job, blogging on Bun Bun Makeup Tips, I also co-run Doll To Doll Cosmetics, an online retail store selling what I do best – MAKEUP! In the video which you will see in a while (I’m still awkward, but less, hopefully HAHAHA), you will see the products I’ve put up at EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS on the app.

Let me show you some of my favorite things! 😀

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Sigma Brushes P84 & F82


The Sigma P84 and F82 are my daily go-to brushes for concealer application and blending – you can see it in my dance makeup tutorial. I use the P84 Precise Angled to do the first round of spot correction, then the F82 Round Kabuki for overall blending to ensure there is no distinct demarcation between concealer and foundation. Many people also love the F82 for its ability to apply and blend medium-high coverage foundation.

The F82 retails for SGD 31.90; the P84 SGD 19.00.

Exclusive Gumtree Deal: Get these two together for only SGD 40! 😀

Sugarpill Cosmetics Pigments


If you love makeup, you would know Sugarpill Cosmetics, an indie brand known for their beautiful and intense pigments. Pigments are extremely versatile, they can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and to create your own unique shade of lipstick, nail polish, blush, and more.


This is Royal Sugar, a striking bright blue with a heavenly burst of turquoise diamonds. I bought the single pots for myself, but the trios are definitely more worth it!

Retail price: SGD 56.00

Exclusive Gumtree Deal: SGD 39.00

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Happy 1st Anniversary, My Childhood Sweetheart


Exactly one year ago on this day, I married my childhood sweetheart.

We had two pre-wedding photoshoots – one in Taiwan at freezing 2 degrees celcius, and another back home in sunny Singapore. I didn’t show much of the Singapore one because it was too near to the wedding and I was too stressed and busy!

On our first anniversary I want to take this opportunity to share these fun pictures with you and tell you more about our little love story. You can also read about The Proposal.

Both Mr Mode and I were born in the same year and belonged to the same cohort but went to different classes. He was in a class famous for notoriety and often came up first in class – counting from the bottom hahaha.

I was at an age where I was testing and pushing boundaries so I had ah lian tendencies, but I had a good head on my shoulders. I wouldn’t call myself a goody-two-shoes, but I often topped my class. (I don’t know how to say this without sounding boastful)

The Courtship

Our first encounter was at a mutual friend’s birthday, his ECA (yes, CCA was known as ECA in the 90s) friend and my ex-boyfriend. Lol.

His existence was not known to me until after the party my classmate came to tell me that this pimply guy showed interest and wanted my number. I’m sorry but my first reaction was “Who?” then “EEEEEEEEEE!!!” 😆


In school the only chance occurrence took place during recess time since we belonged to different classes. Once, his class got into such great trouble that they were relocated to a classroom right across the principal’s office. Everyone HAD to take that route to get to their classes.

Whenever I walked pass, his friends would shout my name and wolf whistle. I don’t think he ever whistled at me though.

What he did though, was stalk me.

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The stalking happened outside the school compound actually. I would often find him at a bus stop I had to walk pass on my way home and he would exclaim “Oh hi! What a coincidence!” every single time. And then proceed to ask if he could send me home since ‘it’s on the way’.

His courage swelled with each successful ‘coincidence’. Sometimes he would guide me across the road and pretend like it was the most dangerous road on earth and sneakily slide his hand into mine. So naughty! BAHAHAHA! 😆

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Channelling Different Looks With Different Lip Colors: Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks & Lip Lacquer Review

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It’s amazing what a shade of lipstick can do to a woman.

Different lip colors bring out a different side of me, each makes me FEEL like a different version of me. Pink makes me feel fresh and carefree, nude makes me feel glam and dangerous, coral makes me feel spontaneous and fun, red makes me feel bold and in control, berry makes me feel grown up and sophisticated. Being a woman means being given the opportunity to express our styles through the colors we wear on our lips. To me, it matters less what clothes we wear compared to what we wear on our lips.

I had some fun trying out the shades from the new Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick and Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer lines and here are some looks I created.

‘The woman’ means what I imagine myself to be when I’m wearing that look. Heehee.

Look 1: Sweet Pink


Mood of the day: Fresh. Flirty. Playful.

The woman: She is girly, feminine, and believes in love and romance. Sometimes quirky, always curious about new things, and has a positive energy towards life.


Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick: Orchid (A bubblegum pink, leans cool, with no shimmer)



Above is Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick: Orchid layered with Revlon Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer: Petalite (A coral-pink, with slight gold shimmer. Has a creamy, milky look)


Revlon Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer: Pink Ruby (A bright hot pink with cool undertones and silver sparkles). This is the shade Emma Stone wears in the poster!

Look 2: Feisty Red


Mood of the day: Bold. Sexy. In control

The woman: Has a successful career and a well-respected figure in her social circles. She is smart, charismatic, never panics in situations, and takes charge of her own life. She knows how to have a good time, and owns a yacht on which she hosts elaborate champagne parties.

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Essential Night Care Milk & CC Oil From Warrior Bun

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Far, far away, in the beautiful land of Avedpletella, there lived a princess. Princess Bun had very thick and long hair which she loved very much and spent a lot of time grooming. However no matter how much she tried, she would wake up every morning looking like birds made a nest out of her head.

She knew who was behind it – The Evil Brothers. This band of hair bandits would creep every night into the homes of people and derive pleasure from making hair look fried, damaged, tangled, crazy and sorry. Their merciless ways caused great distress to the kingdom of Avedpletella.

One day, Princess Bun was playing in the forest when out of nowhere appeared The Evil Brothers. Through tears and screams, Princess Bun ran for her life across valleys and streams.

She reached Modai, land of the brave and fearless. As Princess Bun sought shelter in Garden of Vanda Joquim, she caught the eye of a free-spirited warrior, famously known as Warrior Bun.


“Let me take care of it”,

assured Warrior Bun.





In no time, The Evil Brothers were defeated by Warrior Bun. Warrior Bun gifted Princess Bun the Elixirs of Beautiful Hair, from her country of Modai.

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Ah Gong’s Kampung: His Childhood, Our Wedding, My New Family


Mr Mode spent a large part of his childhood in his grandfather’s (Ah Gong) kampung in Malaysia; the place contains many beautiful and precious memories for him. I had only met Ah Gong once, when I joined Mr Mode’s family to visit Ah Gong during Chinese New Year. It was usually quite hard for my unmarried self to be with a family other than my own during the festive season, but Mr Mode and I had finally got engaged and I kind of had official reason to get to know his extended family in Malaysia.


Ah Gong’s kampung is 2-3 hours (without traffic jam) away from Singapore. No matter the occasion, you will look absolutely ridiculous and out of place if you dressed in anything more glamorous than my above #OOTD. Lol. Comfort > Style.


Mr Mode said this rusty swing has been around since forever and it’s where the most fun, the most heart-to-heart conversations, and the exchange of ideas have been made.

We had returned this time to hold the third segment of our wedding because many of his relatives do not own a passport and it was logistically difficult to have so many of them join us for our wedding in Singapore. Which was fine by me coz having a wedding in a kampung sounded fun and different! :smile:

In the evening, I changed out of my kampung gear, into something suitable for a simple wedding dinner.


This restaurant is probably the most glamorous restaurant they have in the vicinity. It’s where all kinds of events are held – weddings, celebration of 60th birthdays (hence the ‘寿’ word at the stage), family dinners, company dinners, etc. It looked like those I had been to in Singapore in the 90s.


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Here’s How My Skincare Routine Has Changed After 2 Years


Instead of beautifully packaged bottles of serums, moisturizers, anti-aging creams and the sort, my skincare drawer is filled with clinical-looking tubes labelled with medical terms to tackle my crazy skin (more pictures below). I have acne and sensitive skin, which was exacerbated by the terrible facial I experienced more than 2 years ago.

You can read my previous skincare post here: My Skincare Regime (March, 2014)

My skincare routine seems to be of interest to many, so here’s an updated post on the products I use on a daily basis, their functions, those that I use when an outbreak happens, and more. Please remember that I am not qualified in any way to give accurate medical and technical explanations. 😛 . All these are based on my personal experience, from a consumer point of view. Most drugs mentioned in this post are controlled and can only be prescribed by doctors.

I have so far seen two dermatologists, both of whom have helped a lot with my skin issues. They are Dr Joyce from JOYCE LIM CLINIC, and Dr Gerard from CLIFFORD CLINIC. Oh, actually I saw another skin doctor at National Skin Centre, which was a real waste of time and MONEY. I wrote about it on my Dayre: Doctors who don’t give a shit (Sad to know that many people have had bad experiences with lousy doctors too)


Skincare Essentials

Currently, these are the products I use on a daily basis, in the following sequence:


[1] Aknicare Cleanser

It states that it is a ‘solution for removal of excessive sebum from acneic and seborrhoeic skin’. It is a liquid cleanser specially formulated for acne. When my skin goes into unpredictable periods of super dry and scaly skin, I use less of this and switch to Joyce Lim Foam Cleanser (forgot to include it in the picture) which I feel is milder. When my skin recovers from the dryness, I use this Aknicare Cleanser. It cleans well and I think has helped to balance out excessive sebum.

This bottle is my third repurchase from Clifford Clinic. Mr Mode secretly used it and I wondered how I managed to use it up so quickly. Lol. So I bought a bottle for him, and wrote his name on it. *territorial*

[2] T2 Clindamycin Lotion

This is for the ‘topical treatment of acne vulgaris’. I dab it on affected areas and the tingly feeling can sometimes sting/hurt my super-sensitive skin, especially when it’s very, very dry. But I think I’m used to/addicted to that kind of pain. #sadlaugh

I was prescribed this by the NSC doctor, which Dr Gerard later confirmed as good. I guess that’s the only good thing that came out of NSC.

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