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A Day At The Beach With A Special Someone

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You probably didn’t know, but perhaps can guess, that the past month was the most stressful period of my life. When it happened, all I wanted to do was bury myself in the abyss of self-deprecation. When I managed to crawl out of it, I was kept very busy with reading all your emails, messages, comments – which I am eternally grateful for, among many other things. Then things developed to the stage where Uncle Teo told Sam it was Sam’s own fault. How Sam will end up, we shall see soon.

Having to juggle my own emotions, staying positive and all; document the journey of my skin condition; meet important people; take care of Doll To Doll Cosmetics; dance; blog to keep everyone concerned updated about my progress (mind you, those posts were extremely time-consuming), and blog for the Singapore Blog Awards competition, I cannot remember the last time I had some me-time.

I felt like I lost myself.

For the past week especially, I was getting impatient, couldn’t sleep well, and got irritated at the slightest things.

I was living life on a tightrope + I needed a time-out + I was required to blog a last post for the Blog Awards.

What better way to do all the above than a trip to the beach? I’ve been meaning to go to the beach for the longest time but couldn’t find time to. Sometimes deadlines just push you to your creative limits and because of that, the most magical things happen.

Sometimes. Like this time.

TO THE BEACH THEN! 😀

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Step-By-Step Eye Makeup Tutorial (Because I Can’t Show My Face. Yet.)

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The last time I did an eye makeup tutorial to this degree of detail was… many, many, many, many posts ago. Hahaha! You cannot imagine the insane number of hours I spent creating this post – taking photos, doing the makeup, selecting photos, editing, watermarking, uploading, writing, editing. >.<”  Whoever said being a blogger is easy-peasy should come and try it. COME!!!!!! Lol.

Despite all of that, I LOVE WHAT I DO! 😀

Ever since my skin erupted into pus-filled barnacles, I haven’t touched makeup at all. The horrific facial that led to a vile upheaval in my life occurred on 27 May 2013, a date I will not forget for a long time, and at the time of writing this post, my face has been makeup-free for the past TWENTY SEVEN DAYS. May not be a lot to you, but a big deal to a beauty blogger.

I get questions like “How do you pair your eyeshadow colors?”, “How do you know what colors go well with what?”, “Are there color rules that we can follow?” all the time.

My answer is always “I don’t really think about it. I just… pick whatever, and work it”.

That statement comes with a lot of practice though, and maybe, a little bit of innate color coordination? I mean, there ARE those color wheels that teach you about primary, tertiary, complimentary colors, but it’s really through experimentation that you know what works best for you.

Some people stick to neutrals because of a serious corporate environment, but most tell me they just don’t know what to do when faced with colors other than browns.

I never like browns, as in brown+brown+brown. You will never see me with that kind of eye color combination. Because. I. Just. Cannot. I love reds! greens! blues! pinks! purples!

But because I was away for so long (27 days probably feels like 270 makeup days), I felt slightly jittery when I took out my Z Palettes filled with all these depotted eyeshadows. Suddenly I looked at them and went “Ummm…. OK…. Maybe I should just go safe and use this champagne, and brown, and this bronze…”

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I WAS LOSING MY TOUCH!!! NOOOoooOOooOoo……!!!!!

Fortunately I snapped out of my apprehensiveness and used… anything but brown. NO BROWNS, please, Juli. Hahaha! Don’t get me wrong, I do use browns, but they always play only the supporting role.

Come join me on this journey, as we explore how to create the above eye makeup! 😀

(I’ll mention where you can get the products used to create this look at the bottom of this post so as not to interrupt the flow of the tutorial.)

Step 1 – Primer

No matter how much in a rush I am, I always use an eye makeup primer. It helps neutralize my very yellow undertones, creates a smooth canvas, mattify my oily eyelids, helps makeup stay on longer, and enhances color. Takes only 10 seconds, and for all these benefits, why not?

I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden.

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Step 2 – Eyeshadow

Okie! Here comes the fun part! The part I enjoy the most, always! 😀

You should read my Tutorial on Horizontal Eyeshadow Application first, if you haven’t!

Apply The Body Shop Color Crush Eyeshadow in Be My Valentine, a beautiful orange with golden undertones, on the inner 1/3 of the eyelid. I used the MAC 239 brush.

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I hesitated when choosing the next color. Should I use something safe? Or something bold?

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1 Tool, 6 Different Hairstyles With Panasonic Multi-Styling Straightener

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It’s not every weekend that we get to enjoy a bright, sunny, beautiful Sunday afternoon! So after Min and I played ‘home spa’ with the Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer, we decided to play ‘home salon’ with the Panasonic Multi-Styling Straightener!

Beauty bloggers usually take a ‘BEFORE’ picture so that readers can see and compare the after effects of having used a particular product or service.

This is Min’s verison of a ‘BEFORE’:

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LOL!! Totally her style. XD

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Spa At Home With Panasonic Nanocare Facial Ionic Steamer

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What do you do when you have a beautiful Sunday afternoon, two good friends, and the Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer? YOU PLAY SPA! =D

Before we started, Min cooked lunch for me. Her specialty – instant noodles.

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Her instant noodles are no joke! Everyone can cook instant noodles, but not many can make such a delicious bowl! Really yummy!!!

This is how the world sees us:

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This is how our friends think we behave all the time:

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You Know, I’m Still A Beauty Blogger

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If you’re reading this post off my blog in its truest form, you’re a champion in spirit because you seek the truth.

But before I get to explaining why, allow me to put my hands together, close my eyes and say thank you to everyone who has helped me in any way, in ways you probably didn’t know had a direct or indirect effect on my healing.

I’m sure you already understand my true intentions, but I have to repeat that all I wanted to do was document this terrible experience on my blog, and let my readers know how detrimental the effects of a facial, improper treatment and use of unsuitable products.

And then KABOOMZ!!! Share pandemonium broke out.

I must be the luckiest person who has ever had a skin allergy. *throws confetti into air

One with effects so severe my story has been published on platforms I never imagined Bun Bun Makeup Tips getting on – Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, Reddit, Lian He Wan Bao, AsiaOne, Yahoo News, and thousands of big and small sites, blogs and social media channels. I didn’t – and still don’t – feel comfortable granting live interviews so even though I was ecstatic that Good Morning America, Huffington Post, RazorTV, etc asked if I could make an appearance, I… just couldn’t face the world. (Some people said they’ll help send my story to Ellen and Dr Oz. Lol.)

Contrary to what some haters are saying, there definitely wasn’t a moment where I thought ‘Hey! Let’s write a story that would go viral. I’m gonna get rich. I’m gonna get famous’.

NEVER.

When I wrote the first post describing the explosion of nonsense on my skin, I felt my world crumbling. The crippling fear of not knowing whether I would ever look the same again, the thoughts of being scarred for infinity and my hobby/career facing a full stop was overwhelming. I could feel the light bulb in me diminishing…

Let me remind you this was how I looked.

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My chin. OMFG. >.<”

But through the sharing of my story, I have come to personally experience the true human spirit and am humbled and touched by everyone who has opened their hearts and given me warmth. I imagine you taking a fraction of your heart and say “Here Bun, you have my love”.

To be showered daily with so much love, from all over the world, from people from all walks of life, for all these, I’m immensely and eternally grateful.

I Was Never Alone

Holding my hand through this painful (and itchy) journey are my family, Mr Mode, friends, and all of you reading this.

To see a daughter go to bed one night, wake up the next morning with symptoms of something terrifying, and then having every inch of her face filled with greenish-yellow pus in a few days, must have broken any mother’s heart. I tried to hide my sorrow from my mother, but you see, I’m really bad at hiding my feelings. WYSIWYG. Haha.

One afternoon when I was napping from the effects of drowsy medicine, I awoke to some clanking sound. Mummy was climbing onto my bed with a cup containing a can of coconut water (so that I wouldn’t have to hold the icy can in my hand).

Me: Wah, feels like I’m on holiday. Can wake up to room service and coconut water. =)

Mum: I cannot bring coconut trees or a nice breeze to you, but I can bring you coconut water. Good enough.

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More Than A Pretty Face – Update On My Skin Condition #2

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What’s scarier than having a facial disfigurement is knowing that what I related as a personal experience on my blog and what I write henceforth can be used against me, to make what I have suffered and am still suffering  – physically, mentally, emotionally – a mere passing phase, one not worth atoning for, simply because I am… well, a mere individual.

Time, income, opportunities have been lost. Future time, income, opportunities will continue to be affected.

How and with whom should I seek redress for all these? Will justice prevail?

DOES JUSTICE EXIST?

Or will I get crushed under all the legal jargon and can only beg for all these to be over because I don’t know better and can be easily classified as an outlier, a one-off case?

When did blogging become so incriminatory? When did my every word weigh so much to be scrutinized and nitpicked? When did a plain narration of personal experience become associated with big words such as ‘untrue allegation’,‘untrue accusation’, ‘untrue statement’, ‘legal framework’, ‘limited liability’, ‘defamation’? They are all letters in the alphabet that make up words, words that make no sense to me.

From the hundreds of messages I receive each day from all of you (thank you, and trust me when I say I read every single one of them), 80% have asked me to seek some form of compensation or the-word-I-would-rather-not-use-but-have-to-because-there-is-no-other-word SUE.

I hope you will read to the end of this post so that you understand why I need your help. It’s a long post, but I guarantee you will not be bored. HAHA!

Let me now share with you how my skin is faring.

Day 5

We saw both the first GP who sold expired creams and the second good GP on the same night, 30 May.

I was at my lowest on Day 5. A small percentage of the pustules were starting to dry out, but more were forming, and they were MERGING.

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They were spreading to my neck too, and were incredibly itchy.

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