Ten Years In The Making – The Proposal


Other people call their beloved ‘dear’, ‘darling’, or other mushy terms. We call each other ‘mode’. There isn’t any real meaning to it, even the story behind the creation of this term is too lame to be worthy of mention. But just know that we call each other ‘mode’ coz you’ll see a lot of it in this post.

You know, I never have problems with writing beauty product reviews or makeup tutorials. I could go on and on and on, and more often than not, have to edit/shorten it for easier reading.  It’s only when it comes to sharing about my life that I often hit a wall. Why would people be interested to read about my life?! O.O

This time though, I am so glad that I have the Bun Bun Makeup Tips blog platform and all my beloved readers to share this blissful piece of news with.

First of all, a very Merry Christmas to you.

And then,





Can you believe it? The Bun got proposed to! *breaks into a happy dance

Omg, how do I start with the story? I’ve been sitting here for ages with memories of that night whooshing in and zipping out of my mind, while I smile dreamily at nothing, looking out of the window facing the orange sun sinking down on the horizon completely blocked by HDB flats. Hahaha, realistically bland end to sentence.

Okie. Ahem.

*feeling very excited by myself and keep having to backspace coz of typing errors*

This is our story.

We’ve been together for more than 10 years, since secondary school. *GASPS!*. I know right. Too long. So ancient until we can’t remember having an anniversary so every year passed just like any other.

Any woman who has been with a person she’s given her youth to for more than 10% of a century will want that person to marry her. Provided they love each other, of course. But The Boyfriend had been procrastinating for the loooooooongest time ever! In fact, we’d quarelled over this countless times before. Hints were no longer sufficient, instead I made it explicitly known I WANTED HIM TO MARRY ME. Pathetic. =(

I guess a lot of it had to be attributed to the fact that in recent years I’ve been receiving plenty of wedding invites and seeing couples who got hitched after only getting together for a short few years really got my blood boiling and heart aching.

Why did I have to wait for so long? How long more? Does he really love me at all?? :(

Unfortunately, or probably fortunately, The Boyfriend and I once again quarelled the day before – 23 December 2012. Wait, do I still call him The Boyfriend, or The Fiance? A person is considered to be engaged once a ring is put on the girl, right?

*cue Beyonce’s Single Ladies: “If you like it then you should have put a ring on it…”*


Bun Bun's Makeup Tip Trivia!: Did you know fiance (male) and fiancee (female) are both prounounced the same way? Sources offer different pronounciations, like fee-YAWN-say and ee-ahn-SAY, but whichever intonation you choose, use it for both fiance and fiancee. In French, adding an “e” changes the gender of the word, but in this case does not affect the pronunciation.


It wasn’t his intention to have us quarrel the day before, but it definitely helped in putting me on a total emotional rollercoaster ride. Going from a low to a high made the experience significantly more memorable.


3 Great Things The Bun Has Been Up To Lately. And Fulfillment.

It’s funny when I think back upon the initial damn-I-hope-at-least-my-friends-read-my-makeup-blog days and recall telling myself that I will only do makeup product reviews, makeup tutorials and the sort, and probably not show my entire face at all. That meant that exposing snippets of my life was out of question.

Fast forward to an incredible year later, people tell me Bun Bun Makeup Tips is more than just a blog with tips and tutorials, it is a place where readers have come to trust my advice, my reviews, and it makes my heart swell with gratitude and joy whenever someone says I’ve helped them in one way or another.

Because of the love I’ve received from my readers, and also because I’ve grown more comfortable sharing my private life publicly, you would notice that I’ve had more posts that reflect who I am outside of Bun Bun Makeup Tips. Which is, no difference, really. BAHAHA!!


Posts where you will get to know me better:

  1. Singapore’s First Ever Anti-Drug Campaign Latin-Hip Hop Flashmob
  2. Fun In Phuket! Days 1-3
  3. Fun In Phuket! Days 4 & 5


And then I accomplished THREE fantabulous milestones in my life.


Milestone #1 – Gameshow In Genting

I went to film a variety show called ReelityTV Showdown in which bloggers pit against one another through a series of games. Read about my imaginary gameshow in Genting. Exciting and ridiculous.

This would be the closest you would get to hear my voice. HAHAHA. Not saying it’s anything special, or like a donkey, but at least now you can put a voice to the face.

The first episode out of four is out. Episode two should air… let me check… THIS FRIDAY!

Below are snippets of the conversation between The Boyfriend and myself. See, I’ve become so much more open already! Can even share whatsapp conversations.

Oh yes, we call each other ‘Mode’. Long story. Heh. 😛




Finally, The Launch Of!

WOOHOOO!!! I am over the moon now as I sit here, sharing my labor of love with you.

Finally, finally, finally, after months of preparation, plenty of hardwork, sleepless nights, and indescribable stress levels, my online beauty boutique is up up up!

Even though I have brazenly inserted the name of the store in the title of this post, I’m gonna still shout with all the air in my lungs:


(*waves hands madly in the air*)


Can you hear me? Can you hear me screeeeaaaammm, with all the love in my heart, that the idea of a store I mysteriously mentioned some months ago has solidified? My dream has finally seen the light of day, presented in the best way my fabulous team and I could manage, with as many brands and products we know you’ll love.

Wanna know how the name came about?

Well, at the start, we came up with some really ridiculous names like makeupdownleftrightcenter, wakeupyourmakeup, dollfromtheskyandsea, pana-doll, doll-mino, and even inapplicable ones such as fivesixseven. HAHAHA!!!

NOOO!!! I wanted a name that would evoke an image, tell a story, or have some meaning or association to makeup and beauty.

Then I thought…… *moment of enlightenment*

I’m a girl, I’m selling makeup to girls, the name should ride along this line.

And just like that, Doll To Doll came to mind. I ran it through friends and this was the name that garnered the highest votes! So it’s me (a doll [us, actually. but, anyways]) sharing beautiful and fun makeup with my girl friends (all you dolls)!

(Girl To Girl would seem like a shop selling kids clothing and wouldn’t sound half as cute. Heh heh!)

That was in June, and five months on, is live.

Today is 20 November 2012 – 20112012. NICE RIGHT!!! I initially wanted 211112 but my parents said 20112012 is a way more auspicious date for store opening after seeking the Chinese calendar. 20112012 looks very good too!

Just so you know, today is a good date for big events such as store openings, weddings, traveling, moving house, building house – basically anything big, new and exciting in your life!


Doll To Doll would never have materialized without Bun Bun Makeup Tips, and what’s the blog without you, my cherished readers?

If not for your unwavering support and inspiring words of encouragement (on the blog and facebook) to chase my dream of setting up shop, I would never have had the relentless courage and strength to keep going.

In the next post that’s coming up in a short while, I will introduce the Top 10 products highly sought after by many readers and for which I always receive questions on where to buy, how to buy, how to ship from/to Singapore, etc.

Now I can proudly tell you: has it all! *pumps fist into air LOL


Please help us grow the facebook page by liking it! It is where we will post updates on special deals and host giveaways!! Ask your friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, family, followers to like too okie!! 😀



If you like to shop for makeup online, you’ll know our prices are very competitive. Some items are going below market rate by up to 40%!


To thank you for all that you’ve done for Doll To Doll thus far, we are having a


All readers of Bun Bun Makeup Tips are entitled to a 5% off your order.


Okie, even if you’re not a reader you also can have the 5%. But I’m sure you’ll be a reader from now on — I’m addictive. HAHAHA! So confident! XD

Simply enter coupon code during checkout: LAUNCHDOLLTODOLL


OKIE!!! Now go get your goodies! Best time to get Christmas presents for yourself and friends too!! (The Boyfriend said he will buy something for me from my store LOL)

I’m so HAPPY we’ve finally launched and thank you for feeling happy for me too!! LOVE LOVE!! 😀

Check back for the Top 10 products post in a while okie? ^_^*



Juli, Bun Bun, and Team Doll To Doll


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The Evolution Of Blog Reading And Interaction: NuffnangX

Someone discovered electricity, but it was Thomas Edison who creatively harnessed and used electricity to invent the first light bulb.

Someone discovered the wheel, but it was Karl Benz who invented the first modern automobile.

Someone discovered the internet, someone else invented the smartphone, but it is Nuffnang that has found the perfect technology of coalescing these two to dramatically change the way you read and comment on blogs on your phone.

I hereby present to you, NuffnangX. *cue whistle and mad applause

(I think the ‘X’ adds mystery to the concept and feeds on human desire to uncover the riddle behind ‘X’. Otherwise why do teachers always ask us to ‘Find x’?! LOL)

What Is NuffnangX?

In a nutshell, NuffnangX is like the Instagram for blogs. You discover Instagrammers, interact with them, show some love. Everything’s done on your nifty little handheld device.

And that’s exactly how your blog reading and interaction habits are going to evolve.

Gone will be the days when blog reading meant you had to type in the full blog name in your phone’s address bar. Thank you very much if you bothered to type in the full, and thank you very much again if you have blog bookmarked in your smartphone’s Reading List.  Thank you, also, if you key in words like ‘bun bun makeup blog’, ‘bun bun makeup’, or ‘bun bun blog’, and then have my friend, Google, bring you to me. 😀

I assure you, things are going to change. No, WAIT! I know we all don’t like change. But trust me, your life is going to change for the better.

With NuffnangX, you can follow/subscribe to blogs you love *ahem* like mine *ahem* so you always know when I’ll have a new post up for reads. It’s information and update at your fingertips, baby.

Left screenshot: I haven’t ‘claimed a blog’ as a verification that I’m the rightful owner, coz I intend to do a tutorial on how to use NuffnangX. It will be useful for you! And I don’t follow only 6 blogs HAHA, this was a screenshot taken at the launch.

Thank you to all you 484 followers! I’m humbled by your unconditional support. :)


Singapore’s First Ever Anti-Drug Campaign Latin-Hip Hop Flashmob

Do you take drugs? Or know anyone who does?

GAH. What a negative way to start a blog post.

Restart. LOL.


So I mentioned in my Going Backstage – NDP Preview 2012 post and my Turning 28 post about a flashmob I took part in. It is, for me, one of the highlights of 2012, the year that would supposedly have witnessed total annihilation of the human race.

Our flashmob committee, in view of the recent slew of drug-related deaths, especially highlighted by celebrities like Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, decided to adopt a flashmob with a message – an anti-drug campaign.

We made a promotional video to invite people to join us! All the steps were learnt like, 5 minutes before the camera started rolling. LOL.

I love that the video showcases many places in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum, CBD, Clarke Quay, Vivo City, Orchard, etc.

I appear in the final scene (*hint* I star as a possessive and OTT girlfriend. hoho), but you’ve gotta watch from the start to understand the build-up. It’s a very well-filmed video!

Kat, me, Honey

Love this pic! WE LOOK SO HAPPY!!! 😀