MAC Spring 2015 Collections: Cinderella, Bao Bao Wan, Julia Petit, Miley Cirus, Toledo And More


Since its founding in the mid-80s, MAC has been the go-to cosmetics line for professionals and color-loving amateurs alike. But what keeps people coming back?

Besides being known for having every makeup color in the rainbow, my other favorite thing about MAC is its amazing collaborations – from working with top designers to fictional characters. I’d love to see a Powerpuff Girls or Pentatonix collaboration happen some day! =D

Here are the MAC Spring 2015 Collections:

MAC X Cinderella Collection

I attended the premiere of Cinderella at MBS MasterCard Theatres last night and it was a truly a visual and aural delight! The story is simply and safely told, with not much deviation from the original storyline, just bringing to life characters from a childhood fairytale we all grew up with. Cate Blanchett did a great hamming it up as the villainous stepmother. I thought the stepsisters could afford to be more mean and destructive though. And I remembered them to be really fat from storybooks; they weren’t fat enough in the film. LOL.


M.A.C. has teamed up with Disney’s Cinderella to launch the sparkliest, dreamiest makeup collection.



M.A.C. Cinderella Eyeshadow x 6 palette in Stroke of Midnight (SGD80.00)

Shades include Vapour – light peachy-pink; Phloof! – frosty off-white; Omega – beige-taupe; Quarry – plum-brown; Satin Taupe – silvery taupe, and Stroke of Midnight – black sparkly plum.


M.A.C. Cinderella Fluidline in Macroviolet (SGD33.00): A shimmery, smoky violet cream eyeliner.

M.A.C. Cinderella Lipstick in Free as a Butterfly (SGD33.00): A sheer golden nude lipstick.

MAC X Cinderella Collection is limited edition and available from 26 February 2015.

MAC x Julia Petit Collection

Julia Petit is a hugely influential beauty/lifestyle blogger, TV presenter andmodel Brazil’s super cool IT girl, so cool that our favorite makeup brand MAC has deemed her worthy of having her own collection. How cool is that! Imagine you started blogging for fun and then one day the world’s coolest brand comes knocking on your door and wants your name on their products. That’s what dreams are made of.


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Get Completely Naked With Urban Decay Naked On The Run



Every time Urban Decay launches a new NAKED palette, fans around the world go wild.

I love all the NAKED palettes from Urban Decay. They stunned us with NAKED, continued to wow us with NAKED 2, and sealed their legacy with NAKED 3. I mean, they’ve got a VAULT to hold these three NAKED’s, for goodness sake!

I own NAKED, NAKED 2, and NAKED 2 Basics, and love all of them. (I also own the Vices, Shadows, Ammos, but we’re talking nudity here. Heh.)

For the first time, a NAKED palette contains more than only eyeshadows. Naked on the Run is pretty much a one-stop shop for people who want to go for that naked, sultry, or smouldering look – depending how one perceives the degree of naked-ness.

Naked on the Run contains 6 brand new neutral eyeshadow shades (Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun, 5050), a travel-sized Perversion mascara and a travel-sized 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag (a smokey brown). There’s also a full-sized Naked lipgloss in Sesso and a bronzer and blush.




Packing in a punch, this one! 😀

Everything has a place, which makes this makeup palette relatively compact. It takes the guessing and planning on what to match or pack, especially when you’re pressed for time in the morning or when you have little space in your travel suitcase.


Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Liquid Foundation & Compact Makeup Review


Foundations are just getting better and better – they not only give hope for blemished skin to look smooth and flawless, they now come with skincare properties that promise to leave our skin feeling hydrated and fresh even AFTER we take it off.

While looking super elegant and sexy at the same time.

My Thoughts On What Makes A Good Foundation

  • On a good skin day -> Enhances my skin, not mask it
  • On a bad skin day -> Conceals my skin imperfections and not aggravate the sensitivity
  • Have enough shades to match different skin tones and undertones
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Does not clog my pores

Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Moisture Infused Liquid Makeup SPF15/PA++ fulfills all my requirements and then some. I am in LOVE.

I first got to try it at the Estee Lauder photoshoot.




It also comes with SPF15 and is super-charged with the ingenious Revival Plant Extract which has the ability to preserve itself from dryness. Say what?


This extract is derived from the hardiest wild flowering plant in the Balkans, known as the ‘Resurrection Plant’. It survives in the harshest weather conditions by being able to completely dry out and then bounce back once water is introduced.

What an interesting plant, isn’t it!  Woah, what would I give to possess such dexterity for survival and self-motivation! It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated even AFTER removing it.

The formula also contains a patented Sustainable Moisture Complex composed of hyaluronic acid and ceramide spheres to lock in the moisture even after makeup is removed.

Hydrated skin is hard to come by, especially in our erratic weather, so this moisture-infused foundation is definitely going to deliver the extra dewiness that Asian skin needs.


Whiten While You Protect Your Skin With EVERSOFT White High Protection Whitening Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55


Most people have this misconception that sun protection products are needed only when you intend to spend an extended period of time in the sun.

Are you one of them?

My own Mr Mode is.

It’s mainly because he got ‘sunscreen’ mixed up with ‘sunblock’. Many people use these terms interchangeably since they essentially provide protection against the sun, but they are in fact pretty different!

Sunblock Or Sunscreen?

Sunblock is the thick, opaque cream you see people lather on their bodies. Because they are designed to physically block the sun from entering the covered area of the skin, the thick consistency makes blending harder and makes your skin turn a shade or two whiter.

Sunscreen, on the other hand, is similar to a lotion in consistency. They are designed to filter UV rays from the sun and are much less visible. The lighter consistency makes it convenient and comfortable to wear on a daily basis. Sunscreens have a fairly broad range of UVA and UVB protection, and tend to be less irritating to the skin.

I try to avoid applying sunblock on my face coz I usually break out from that. So when I go to the beach or anywhere with little shelter, I’ll have sunblock on my body and sunscreen on my face.

The EVERSOFT White High Protection Whitening Sunscreen Lotion SPF55 is my new favorite sunscreen because it has such a high SPF yet feels so lightweight on the skin and does not leave a white cast!


(Sorry, can’t see the bottle coz of the reflective surface! Heehee.)

What Is SPF?

If you’ve ever wondered what the SPF number on your sunscreen bottle means, it stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF is a measurement of a sunscreen’s effect against UVB rays and the amount of time you can be in the sun before burning.

So if you burn after staying 10 minutes in the sun, you multiply it with the SPF number on the bottle.

You don’t have to conduct your own experiment by staying out in the sun to test how long it will take to burn your skin, of course! Lol! Just take note that if you are fair-skinned or are at high risk for skin cancer (probably hereditary), you may want to go higher. The higher a sunscreen’s SPF rating, the longer it protects against sun exposure.

The EVERSOFT White High Protection Whitening Sunscreen Lotion contains SPF 55, which allows me to stay in the sun for up to 550 minutes without burning. 550 minutes = 9 hours. (Nobody stays in the sun for THAT long right???)


High Protection Whitening Sunscreen Lotion SPF55

With the EVERSOFT White High Protection Whitening Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55 on your skin, you will have sufficient protection from UVA (long-waves – causes skin aging and wrinkling) and UVB rays (short-waves – causes burning and damaging). Both UVA and UVB rays can lead to skin cancer.


Sunscreen Myths:

I Don’t Need Sunscreen If It’s Not Sunny = Wrong!

Most of us apply sunscreen only for a day at the beach or pool. But regardless of whether sunburn occurs or not, and whether it’s summer or winter, the sun is up there 365 days a year, so we need protection all year round!

Remember to apply sunscreen even on cold and cloudy days! Even when it’s cloudy outside, you can still get sunburn through cloud cover.


Step-By-Step Makeup Tutorial: How To Conceal Bruise With Makeup


On my Dayre Day 108 – 18 Apr 2014 (bruise more obvious here: Day 112) , I shared with you guys how I woke up in the middle of the night, suffered a brutal knock on my left eye against the concrete window ledge, bled like mad, suffered a major headache, thought nothing much of it and went back to sleep. LOL.

For the next few days I had a swollen eye and bruise, the next few weeks I still had the bruise, and now…… there’s a scar. :(

It didn’t look serious enough to me, but my nurse friend saw it and told me to quickly go to the hospital. Apparently, it was quite a deep cut and the doctors told me because of the delay, there would be SCARRING. It sucks to have to deal with an unsightly scar, bu I’m grateful it was the eyelid and not the EYEBALL. That’s why I’m giving back by making this tutorial. Lol.

This was how I looked probably one week after the incident. You can see the yellow-brown circling the socket of the injured left eye.


I’ll do my best to include links to where to find the products so that you don’t have to do the hunting. :)


The Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB is my super favorite makeup base that I use almost everyday, except when I’m testing out a new product or just switching things up for a bit.

For bases, I prefer to apply with duo fiber brushes. Seen here is the Hakuhodo J544.




If you use powder foundation, apply concealer BEFORE. If you use liquid foundation, apply concealer AFTER.

I’m a liquid foundation kind of girl, so it’s always foundation first, then concealer. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation gives amazing coverage and has great lasting power, but it’s precisely because it gives such a flawless finish that I don’t use it too often.

Foundations that I like:





This is the Make Up Store Cover All Mix Concealer which I like to use to cover very dark eye circles, or in this case, a bad bruise. Note that it is very dry and can be difficult to blend with the fingers. Not a top choice when you are in a rush.

I much prefer to use brushes and the Sigma F70 has been a longtime favorite and workhorse.


Apply the salmon shade on the blue/purple areas.


Other concealers with good coverage that I like:


Then use a more emollient concealer on the centre to ‘move’ the drier concealer, best if it has a brightening effect as well. I used Benefit Fake Up Concealer in 01 Light here.



MDD Skin Perfect Brightening Nano Gel & Skin Perfect CC Cream Review


What we do to our skin in our 20’s and early 30’s can positively or negatively affect the health of our skin and the rate at which it *GASP!* ages.

This period is when we should be most cautious because that’s when the aging process starts to accelerate (our skin starts aging at 18. =.=”) >>> oxygen levels decrease, moisture levels drop, fine lines surface, dull and uneven skin tone occur, and pigmentation darkens.

We all know a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet do wonders to the skin, but as we live in this world that doesn’t sleep, it’s hard to keep 8 hours of sleep and have 3 square meals daily.

What we cannot achieve naturally due to work/study stress, environmental factors and bad lifestyle habits, at the very least we have HOPE in the form of MDD Brightening Skincare Range.

I have 2 products from MDD Cosmeceutical to share with you and you can get a FREE 😀 MDD Age Fight Repair+ Elixir and even a FREE MDD Skin Perfect Brightening Peel!

MDD Cosmeceutical Japan


MDD (My Daily Dose) Cosmeceutical empowers individuals with skincare that offers multiple benefits, for ultimate fuss-free skincare efficiency. MDD Cosmeceutical products are designed and formulated with 0% paraben, 0% scent and 0% fuss. Formulated by a lab in Japan, the products are created with the latest cutting-edge skincare technology to deliver key, active ingredients to the skin’s deeper layers.

MDD Skin Perfect Brightening Nano Gel

This high-performance day moisturizer contains Vitamin C and Pearl Essence to brighten skin and increase luminosity. The Seaweed Extract helps to keep skin moist and Cermamides calms the skin.



I like that the MDD Skin Perfect Brightening Nano Gel allows me some time to spread and work it into my skin, those few seconds of lightly massaging my skin promotes blood circulation and relieves stress. The lightweight, non-sticky texture feels extremely comfortable on the skin.


March Favorites – Benefit, Guerlain, Chanel, YSL, Bourjois, Revlon, Hakuhodo, Lioele, MAC, Urban Decay, Shu Uemura


Funny how time flies! It’s almost the end of April and I’m now frantically posting up my March Favorites post coz doing this in May would be too much of a delay. HOHO.

Benefit Rocketeur Blush – This is easily one of my favorite blushes! The warm rose gold has enough shimmer to give radiance to the face but looks absolutely natural. I like that it’s buildable so you can choose to go for a light sweep or a heavier flushed complexion. I can wear this blush every day and not get sick of it since it goes well with almost all lipstick shades – warm pinks, cool pinks, corals, cool reds, warm reds. Great lasting power too.

Guerlain Meteorites 2 Clair – I honestly wasn’t that impressed with Meteorites when I initially used it with the Guerlain brush because the brush was too scratchy. :( But from the moment I used it with Hakuhodo B104, MY MY, I use this every day! Love the unique scent of Meteorites when I dust it all over my face lightly with the Hakuhodo B104, when I do that it’s like marking the start of a brand new day. That’s the reason you see it so often on my Instagram feed (@bunbunmakeuptips) when I show what’s on my face for that day.

Le Volume De Chanel Masacara – I was super apprehensive when deciding whether or not to sink money into buying another Chanel mascara. The first one I had a long time ago was super dry and crappy and when I brought it back to the store the assistant said “We can’t do anything since you’ve already opened it”. I was like =.=” Do I look like I have bionic eyes with x-ray capabilities to be able to see through a mascara tube?? But I did give Chanel another chance and then I fell in love. This is my favorite mascara of the moment. It instantly adds volume to my lashes in one setting and is SO BLACK. It doesn’t flake, doesn’t clump, doesn’t make my lashes sticky, and doesn’t create the horrifying spidery effect – just lush, thick, sexy lashes.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 13 Pink in Paris – I bought this on our trip back from Taiwan (for our wedding photoshoot). The misleading store lights gave me the impression that this was a peachy-orange. So I was a little pissed that it was way off what I envisioned when I saw it in natural light. But it has somehow become a HG lipstick for me! I’ve received plenty of compliments, both online and in real life. It’s a kind of pink that cheers me up and brightens up my complexion. It tastes slightly sweet too! :) This doesn’t bother me, but after it fades, there’s a trail of silver glitter bits left behind.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 06 Pink Pong – Super creamy and smooth texture that leaves a matte but not dry finish. This fuchsia is not your everyday kind of lip color as it’s very attention-grabbing and might wash you out if you don’t make an effort to make up the rest of your face. Definitely for a more glamorous occasion. Pity they only come in 8 shades. Pink Pong looks like a bright and vibrant pink in these photos because of strong fluorescent lighting, if under normal lighting it is more of a darker radiant orchid – pantone color of 2014. Bourjois has occasional sales, I got this at 20% off so look out for them!

Bourjois-Rouge-Edition-Velvet-06-Pink-Pong Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 06 Pink Pong

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm 210 Unapologetic –  Neon, warm pink and best shade out of this whole range. When I swatched them at the store only 2 shades appealed to me. The other shade I got was 235 Mischevious and the formula is just horrible – dry, chalky and flakes like crazy. I like that the jumbo pencil casing color reflects the real shade of the product. More products in the market like this, please! So I don’t have to spend time squinting at the tiny words on lipstick labels.


Behind-The-Scenes Of Philips VisaPure Halloween Theme Video


YAY IT’S HALLOWEEN AGAIN!! (Actually it no longer is, at the time of writing, but it was at the time of the shoot. Nevertheless, I love to pretend that it’s a day for dressing up every day HOHO)

To prepare for this shoot, there were weeks of conceptualizing and planning! UGH! I don’t know why I had to choose a Halloween theme for my Philips Visapure video. #liketomakethingsdifficultformyself. We had A LOT OF FUN though! So glad and grateful to have my girlfriends make time for me.

Shopping for props and costumes took days as well. I had to get appropriate props – we had wayyyy more props than they appeared in the video and pictures, think of how to execute the makeup in the best possible time, and how to do it all with the least possible cost. OMG I even did an Excel spreadsheet for cost budgeting.

What I totally UNDERESTIMATED was the amount of work needed to transform myself into a mummy. *slaps forehead

Oh, Mummy!

I bought 2 types of cloth – a coarse eggshell cloth and a softer light beige one, you know, coz the Egyptians didn’t have cloths all dyed the same shade, right?


Luckily my dad helped me with this! I was sulking at the sheer amount of cloth I had to cut when he came and taught me a quick trick. Just cut at the edges,


AND TEARRRR!! So easy! We were done in minutes! 😀



On the day of the shoot I went to collect the props and clown costume from the costume shop (super expensive, please! =.=”) and checked in to the hotel.


I tried wrapping myself up. It was very fun – AT FIRST. Then I realized it wasn’t easy doing it myself and the cloth kept unwrapping! Grrr!!


So I got started on the makeup, which took like, 10 minutes max to complete. I chose the mummy costume thinking I’d save plenty of time on makeup – no wounds, no blood, no contouring – but the costume took about 10 times as much time. Regret x 10!!


Makeup Tutorial: Easy, Bold Teal


In my previous post on the invaluable hand-made gifts for Mr Mode in celebration of our first and last engagement anniversary, I promised a tutorial on the makeup worn. So here it is! Super easy!


Eye Makeup

A: Use Maybelline Tattoo Eyeshadow Tenacious Teal as base; Sweep Sleek i-Divine Candy over lid

B: Apply Urban Decay Vice 2 Rewind on Outer V, extending upwards


Top 13 Favorite Makeup Products of 2013


YO-HO! Year 2013 saw the second birthday of Bun Bun Makeup Tips. I’m thankful that my little blog has helped so many people with making informed decisions when it comes to purchasing makeup. Thank you for letting me feel the love! *muack

Here I present my top 13 favorite makeup products of 2013. (My mum innocently asked if I chose 13 because we stay on the 13th floor. LOL! How cute can my mum get? :D)


1. Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB SPF 25

This has got to be the first one on the list coz I use it EVERY-SINGLE-DAY. It’s a makeup primer, base, BB cream, foundation, sunscreen… ALL IN ONE! It does not turn my skin into a pasty grey – a typical characteristic of so many BB creams; there is no flashback when I take photos with a harsh flash; it feels lightweight on my skin.

Even though it does not profess to have oil control abilities, I can wear this on its own and it lasts many good hours without turning me into a greaseball. Gorgeous Purple (01) brightens up complexion and Natural Green (02) combats redness. My preference is Natural Green because I have redness and an uneven complexion. This just gives my skin a great canvas to work more magic on. I would wear this alone on days when the skin is obedient. Haha. See my good skin in this post! =)

If there’s one product that can persuade me into believing all the hype about BB creams, the Lioele Dollish Vel Vita BB has to be it.

Get it online >> Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB SPF 25

2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

I discovered this during the later part of 2013 and it immediately ascended the throne of Best Foundation of 2013. It provides medium coverage so my skin looks like it breathes under it, and is very buildable without being chalky.

The thing that stole my heart must be the satin-like finish that goes on and stays on so wonderfully well on my oily skin. I’d do well with some loose powder, but doing without is pretty alright.

The only gripe I have about the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place is its dispensing method – the traditional screw top and pour-liquid-out-and-waste-product method. For that price and prestige, I’d much prefer to have a pump dispenser. ALL liquid foundations should come with pump dispensers! Hands up if you agree!