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Battle Of The Brush Cleaning Soaps: Make Up Store VS Hakuhodo

Hello again!

Sorry I’ve been missing for so long. We’ve finally moved into our new home! YAY! Even though the idea of finally owning your own home is exciting and all, unpacking and cleaning is really time-consuming and exhausting. You can follow my updates on dayre.me/bunbunmakeup. We just got our wifi up yesterday so now I’m back to blogging. I missed this space! 😀

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Brand new soaps always look so delectable, don’t they?

I’ve been using Make Up Store Brush Cleaning Soap for the longest time – more than 2 years – and it’s so good it’s always sold out within a few weeks of a new shipment. I bought a backup last year and only recently started using it.

I take my brush cleaning routine very seriously. I need to keep my brushes clean so they don’t irritate my sensitive skin and try to clean them every 2 weeks, more often if I wore makeup everyday for the week.

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Size comparison with a Singapore $1 coin.

Hakuhodo Brushes

What could be better experimental objects to test the Hakuhodo Brush Cleaning Soap than Hakuhodo brushes, right? :)

Here are some of my Hakuhodo brushes:

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The Hakuhodo numbering system is a high level of Science @_@”. Even after trying to understand it for a long time, little makes sense.

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Bachelorette Party And Watermelon Soju

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While I love parties and social events, I stay away from extremities. So I only had one condition for my Bacholorette party: NOT TOO WILD. Hahaha!

I’ve never had a liking for clubs and never understood the joy people derived from drowning themselves in liquor, having to shout at the top of their voices, not being able to have meaningful and memorable conversations, dancing aimlessly and risk getting frisked by weird strangers.

I’m not judging anyone, I’m just averse to a wild night life.

Okie la, you can call me GEEK lor. LOL.

I prefer to engage in little silly games, having great conversations with people I love, and I ADORE WATERMELON SOJU. =DDD

Night @ Crowne Hotel

Crowne Hotel Changi Airport very generously invited me to hold my Bachelorette party at their hotel and gave us 2 large rooms for me and my 4 bridesmaids.

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3 of them checked in with me. OMG the lighting in this room was super awesome for photography! This room was facing the pool.

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Hair-Free Is Care-Free With Ginza Calla

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Hair, when grown at the right place, is beautiful, sexy, cute.

Judging by the amount of hair on my HEAD, you can probably tell that I have plenty of hair all over my body too. My hair is so thick it generates its own heat and I get mild heat strokes when I’m in the sun for too long. =.=”

Which is not too bad a thing if I were a manly man, but I’m a GIRLY GIRL and I don’t want to be a FUR BALL!!

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Some fur balls are really cute though. 😀

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Before IPL, I used to have to shave E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y. Then I progressed to epilation, which was kinda better, but of course the hair kept growing back.

Ever since I became Ginza Calla’s brand ambassador and started on IPL Hair Removal treatments, my self shaving sessions have become far and few between. I’m looking at you, my hairy legs! Even with epilation I had to do it every few days, but with IPL I now need only shave once a week.

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Woman To Man Makeup Tutorial For Nuffnang 007 Birthday Bash

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The long weekend has arrived! WOOHOO! Was just lying on my bed reflecting on what has happened the past 7 months and I’m truly grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way.

Then I realized that I haven’t wrote about the fun we had at Nuffnang Birthday Bash 007 which was in FEBRUARY. Bahahaha!!

I always love dressing up for occasions, and better UN-pretty than pretty, because you know, it’s hard to beat pretty. Lol.

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Got the old school red plastic piggybank from a neighborhood shop, they’re so rare these days! And the pirated nerf gun was specially chosen by Mr Mode. After the event he brought it home to play.

Woman -> Man Makeup Tutorial

Smirk It

First, practise the smirk. HAHAHA! The middle one was the one I used the most for the night. I don’t know why, but that’s how I’d smirk if I were a guy~. Heh.

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Sideburns, The More The Merrier

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The sideburns were the hardest to get right! >.<

I set the base with black/grey eyeshadow first, but it looked one dimensional and too gentle, so I used crayon eyeliner. It was tough finding the right eyeliner coz if it’s too creamy, it would smudge too well and look too soft. If it’s too dry, it would be impossible to smudge at all, and the strokes would look too harsh.

I even resorted to using mascara to replicate hair in the last picture. But that idea was scraped coz it didn’t work out quite as expected.

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

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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.

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

Prepping

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.

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Alternatives:

 

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:

 

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Concealing

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.

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Apply the salmon shade on the blue/purple areas.

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: My Skincare Regime

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it, since it happened?

Even so, I still get emails and messages asking about my skincare regime, almost every day. I took this long to share my skincare regime with you guys because I wanted to make sure these products really were effective in the long run. I was worried that my skin would get sick of these products, you know, like how skincare products used to cease effectiveness on my skin after a while.

Let me highlight first hand that this is not a paid advertorial, I paid for all of Dr Joyce Lim’s products with my own money. The stupid facial salon refused to compensate me a single cent for all that I’ve had to fork out to get my skin to what it is today (I tell you, they are so ngeow they refused to reimburse my taxi fare).

I cannot believe it has been 10 (WHAT!) months since that infamous facial episode. All these products prescribed by my dermatologist have worked wonders for my skin, as you can probably tell from pictures posted on my Instagram (@bunbunmakeuptips).

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This picture was taken in August 2013, about 3 months post-Ms Barnacles. I can’t believe my skin managed to bounce back – correction: improved so much and be better than before – in such a short period. I think I looked pretty damn good! HAHAHA!!!! XD I swear the only editing done to this photo was resizing and adding of my watermark.

Don’t be fooled by my makeup (I’ll share with you my favorite face makeup in a while! :)) and flattering, natural lighting in this photo which make me appear like I have flawless skin. I DON’T. Sometimes my skin has a mind of its own and creates an artwork of dubious-looking spots on its canvas.

But sometimes is better than all the time and having spots is better than having pus! Be grateful in every small way and you’ll live happier! 😀

So I’m grateful that even though the irresponsible salon left me to die, I found a very good dermatologist who not only cured me, she made my skin better than before.

#ANGRYYYY!!!

It has come to my attention that some unethical beauty brands (why so many out there, seriously!) have used my face, without permission, to promote their products, claiming that their products are the reason for my recovery. PFFFT! Some even go to the extent of showing a side-by-side comparison of before and after photos.

Before using their products = my face AFTER the terrible facial

After using their products = my face BEFORE the terrible facial

So please be VERY careful if you see my face being used to endorse products. Unless I have personally mentioned it on my blog and social media channels, I AM NOT ASSOCIATED TO THAT BRAND. Thank you to those who have alerted me, I tried to ask those brands to take the pictures down but unethical people will do anything to cheat your money.

Sigh. 有些公司就是那么贱。

To finally answer your questions, here is my skincare regime. I tried my best to look up on the proper medical terms, so don’t be so hard on me if I say something wrong k! 😛

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