Oh Ebates, You Have No Idea How Long I've Been Waiting For You To Come To Singapore!


Why the post title?

Well, I first got to know about Ebates many years ago through U.S beauty bloggers who frequently mentioned about saving money from making their purchases on through Ebates. Say what?? Saving something through something? That was the first time I heard anything like that.

Since I was spending hundreds of dollars on international online purchases a year, I was intrigued by this money-saving (or earning, depending on how you look at it) program. I was interested but unnerved when I realized that even though Ebates was available to users outside of the U.S, it predominantly served the U.S market. Coz…….. in the event that something goes wrong, who do I look for help?

So I’m SOOOOPER EXCITED to tell you guys that Ebates has finally arrived on our shores! What took you so long, Ebates Singapore? *pinch* Nonetheless, I’m glad I can start now!



What Is Ebates?

Ebates is a rewards website where you can sign up for free and earn up to 26% cash back on online purchases at over 2,600 online stores.

If you plan to make a purchase on Sephora, you would go to Ebates first and click through Ebates to get to Sephora. This simple act will earn you a percentage cash back on your purchase.

How To Use Ebates in 3 Easy Steps:

1. You sign up on here. All you need are an email address and a password.

2.  Search the site for your favorite store. With over 500 online stores to choose from, you can find practically ANYTHING – from apparel to cosmetics to toilet paper to vintage bicycles. Give Ebates Singapore more time and it will expand its store base to the thousands!

3. Click on the store’s name and start shopping! That’s it – as long as you entered the online store from Ebates, Ebates will track your purchase and you will earn cash back!


See that ‘Sign-up Bonus $5’?

My readers get $10!



I’ll elaborate in a while! 😀


You can find out more about how Ebates works at, but I have here real-life examples of me doing the shopping so read on! 😀


This is what you will see on the Ebates Singapore home page. The TOP BRANDS for the 4th July promotional period that will run from today until 6 July 2015 are shown here.



Step-By-Step Guide On Making Your First Purchase Via Ebates

Even though one of the biggest handbag trends for the past several seasons has been the drawstring handbag, I didn’t own one. Probably because I hadn’t found one that really appealed to me!

But when I saw the Elliott Lucca ‘Gigi Bon Bon’ Perforated Leather Drawstring Bag on Nordstrom, I HAD TO HAVE IT IN LINEN.

With that in mind, I hopped over to to earn some cash back. MUAHAHA.


Back at, I found Nordstrom on the Top Brands list.


See, Nordstrom was offering a 4% Cash Back. At the time of your reading this post, Nordstrom is on 12% Cash Back.

Cost of bag: USD 98.00

4% Cash Back = USD 3.92

12% Cash Back = USD 11.76

A difference of USD 7.84. MAN, IT HURTS SO BAD. Lol. But I had to buy it at that time in order to share my experience with you guys, so… it’s okie!


When you see this page, it means your Cash Back from Ebates is guaranteed.


This is for a SINGLE checkout. To ensure that you earn cash back on each individual order, you need to click through Ebates right before EACH order. For example, if you completed one order, then realized you want to check out another item, go back to and click through to the store again.

Found my Elliott Lucca ‘Gigi Bon Bon’ Perforated Leather Drawstring Bag and added to Shopping Bag! 😀



I proceed with Checkout.



Some things I’d like to highlight: (refer to the circles)

1. Nordstrom provides free international shipping on jewelry and watches. So if you buy those, you don’t have to pay international shipping fees at all!

2. Nordstrom provides international shipping. If you buy from an online store that doesn’t ship to Singapore directly eg., Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, you can use a freight forwarder to forward your package to Singapore.

3. Some online stores DO ship directly to Singapore, but at exorbitant prices, so you might also want to use a freight forwarder.

eBates-Singapore-Review-How-To-Shop-Step-By-Step-Tutorial_Step-10 1. Many U.S online stores will accept various payment methods like credit card and PayPal, however I have come across online stores that do not allow credit cards from countries outside of the U.S eg. So even though you hold a Mastercard or Visa, as long as it is registered in Singapore, the shop might not accept that. Therefore do take note on the different regulations set by each store. It used to be much worse, but more and more U.S stores have opened up to international shipping, international credit cards and allowing shipping/billing addresses to be different. is one good example of moving with the times.

2. Nordstrom automatically detected my currency and changed it from USD to SGD, according to the day’s currency exchange. If you’re iffy about it, you can always change it back to USD and calculate whether it is more cost efficient to have it forwarded to your U.S address then shipped to Singapore or have it directly shipped to Singapore. After calculating, I reckoned it didn’t cost too much of a difference and having it shipped direct to Singapore would incur less hassle. Again, remember to check the store for shipping/billing details.



And done! Now all I have to do is wait for my drawstring bag to come find me in Singapore. 😀

This real-life example exhibits a scenario where I already KNOW what I want and WHERE to get it from. But if you just want to shop around for the best deals, check out the Popular tab!

Ebates is working with local online merchants to suit the Singapore market. I hope to see more local merchants on board Ebates so I can get cash back for all my online purchases in the future.

Earning Your Cash Back

Remember the ‘Sign-up Bonus $5’ I mentioned at the start of the post?




1. I wanted to see if I had earned anything so I clicked on My Account > Transactions

2. Immediately after I had completed my Nordstrom purchase, the USD 5.00 was credited into my account! Woohoo!

3. Once you make your purchase, cash back will be credited to your Ebates account within 3-7 days, thus under Cash Back on Purchases, my cash back was not reflected yet.

4. I like that my shopping history is documented under Shopping Trips, right down to the date and time.


I went back to check My Account two days later, and my Cash Back now shows USD 3.92. Adding the USD 5.00 Bonus, I got back USD 8.92 just by entering Nordstrom via Ebates!

As long as you have earned more than USD 5.01, you will receive a cash back payment every quarter – February, May, August, and November. If you have earned less than $5.01, your earnings will be carried over to the next payment.

You can have a cheque mailed to you or directly deposited into your PayPal account. I prefer to receive my money in cheque. The feeling of depositing a cheque into your own account is always damn shiok. Hahaha.

Important Tips When Shopping

Tip #1: Even if you have purchased at that store through Ebates previously, you must access that store through Ebates every time to get credit. If Ebates does not receive credit for your purchase, you cannot earn cash back.

Tip #2: Returns and exchanges of purchased items will cancel out your cash back earnings. When you exchange an item, the store will consider that a brand new purchase not done through Ebates, so you won’t be able to earn cash back.

Tip #3: Virtually every item you purchase through Ebates qualifies for cash back, however if you want to be very sure, do read the FAQ and Exclusions & Limitations

How To Earn Even More Money From Ebates

Ebates, to me, is a ‘might-as-well’ action to my online spending.

“I’m gonna get this from this store. Ah! Might as well check out Ebates to get some cash back”

“I need to get a new watch. Oh dear, how can I remember all the online stores available? Ah! Might as well let Ebates do the searching for me and get it from the store that gives me the most cash back”

There is no minimum spending or membership fees involved, and the cash back is not in the form of vouchers or points – it is in CASH = KING.

If a store is currently running a 20% storewide discount, you found additional coupons online for free shipping or more discounts, your credit card gives you rebates for online purchases, just combine all of these with Ebates! You get to stack your rewards however you want and Ebates will simply reward you with cash back based on your purchase amount.

On top of cash backs, Ebates SG has this referral program where you get USD 75.00 just for sharing good stuff with your friends! Find out more via this link:



While Ebates is HUGE in the U.S, it is very new to the Singapore market. Hence Ebates is giving readers of Bun Bun Makeup Tips some fantastic bonuses!

  • You receive a sign-up bonus of USD 10 (instead of USD 5 for general public) when you sign up with my SPECIAL CODE
  • You only need to spend USD 50 (instead of USD 60 for general public) within 90 days after sign-up

All you need to do is sign up at:


Then enter this code to get your special bonus:


Promo T&C:

  • Promotion runs from today until 6 July 2015 on Top 16 US merchants
  • Must enter code ‘bunbun-EbatesSG‘ during sign-up to qualify for the promotion
  • Applicable on only



Day Out At VivoCity: Singapore's Mega Mall Just Got Bigger & Better!


Some malls open with a bang and then remain the same for the rest of their existence. Not VivoCity!

VivoCity opened in 2006 with fireworks display, concerts by String Theory and Stefanie Sun, and CISCO police had to be deployed to maintain order. Year after year, VicoCity has been known to be THE venue for countdowns and big events. I was there at the 2012 countdown! Dance Delight Volume 5 – 2014 was held at the amphitheatre too. Oh! I was also part of a flash mob and we performed at the wading pool on a rainy day. LOL. So many memories! 😀

It’s this continued effort put into organizing events and generating new ideas that sets the mall apart from the rest. No matter how many times I’ve been to VivoCity over the years – from when I was studing at NUS until years later now – the mall is constantly keeping itself in trend and relevant to shoppers. If you take the MRT up to the mall like I do, you might have spotted some new shops at Basement 1.

I was given a little tour around the new retail space at Basement 1, which houses nine retailers – AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS (coming soon), AÉROPOSTALE (coming soon), RABEANCO, STEVE MADDEN and THOMAS SABO; beauty brands ETUDE HOUSE, INNISFREE and LAB SERIES; and multi-brand lifestyle retailer WEEKENDS.



RABEANCO is an international (with stores in Belgium, China, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan) luxury bag line established in 2004 out of its founders’ passion for leather craftsmanship. The bags are all made of leather, using the finest quality hides and skins. They were all so supple and soft to the touch!

I was amazed by the assortment of bags with cutting-edge style and functional designs. What I really like about the bags is that you can get these trendy, urban designs made with great quality leather, minus the designer price tag. Here are some of my personal favorites!




The exterior is made from soft, velvety pony and cow leather … and inside is an explosion of beautiful watercolor flowers. SO PRETTY! *drools*


This is my favorite bag! Love the unique periwinkle shade and size. It looks a little small but it’s actually quite roomy inside!


RABEANCO promotion when you present a screenshot of my blog post:

  • 20% discount on all regular-priced items
  • Offer if valid till 30 June 2015


Why I Never Liked Applying Sunscreen Before Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel

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Hello, I’m a beauty blogger, and I have plenty of bad beauty habits. HAHAHA.

I never used to apply sunscreen AT ALL, but having started blogging and being exposed to the detrimental effects of not protecting my skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, I always make sure that my beauty products contain some UV blocking functions. Sunscreen has become a necessity.

However, I still have a lot more bad habits to kick, and here they are. Share with me some of your bad beauty habits too! Heehee!

Bad Habit #1

Because everyone says applying sunscreen is important, and the face gets the hit the most with pigmentation and wrinkles, I apply sunscreen only on the face. That’s a very bad habit because the sun doesn’t choose to shine only on my face! But I always forget. =P

Bad Habit #2

If I’m going to the beach or planning to hang out all day in the sun, I put sunscreen on my body. I am aware that I should be slathering it at frequent intervals, but I don’t like the feeling of having sunscreen on my body because of the oily and sticky and chalky feel! I put my sunscreen on at the beginning of the day… and (purposely) forget about it after that.

Bad Habit #3

When I do remember to apply sunscreen on my body, I apply too little. Wearing sunscreen means spending the day smelling weird and feeling gross! I hope to smell less like an oil spill by applying less, which defeats the whole objective of having constant sun protection.



Prior to this photoshoot, I had already tried the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel for a week. Lemme tell ya, I am such a BIG FAN of its light and watery texture! 😀

One of the biggest reasons I never liked to apply sunscreen on my body was because those I had tried before always left an uncomfortably chalky finish on my body. When I scratched my skin, the sunscreen would go into my nails and make them chalky too. Eeeeeeee!!!!

Due to its watery texture, the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel applies well and gets absorbed very quickly into my skin. No need to massage round and round in circles to make my skin look less ghostly either.

The higher the SPF value, the thicker in texture a sunscreen usually is. However the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel with SPF50+ PA++++ retains its lightweight feel while providing maximum sun protection. It uses the same Aqua Rich technology found in the popular Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence which is loved by many for its cool and refreshing feel.


With this sunscreen being so light and refreshing, I no longer hesitate to reapply! Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Also, remember that sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin.

♡  Watery texture

♡  Lightweight

♡  Non-greasy / chalky / sticky (I have an experiment at the end of this post!) 

YAY! I think Bad Habit #2 can be easily eradicated!