What Do You Get From A Collaboration Like Gumtree X Doll To Doll Cosmetics?

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Hello my friends! 😀 I’m back again with another collaboration with Gumtree, an online platform where anyone can be a buyer and seller for free.

In the previous episode, I was representing myself – Blogger @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips, decluttering and selling my personal items. Thank you so so so so much for all your support, I couldn’t believe it when all my items were snapped up in a few days! I was so worried at first that nobody would buy them, so I’m extremely grateful for all the love!

This time, I am representing myself as #girlboss of Doll To Doll Cosmetics.

Besides having a day job, blogging on Bun Bun Makeup Tips, I also co-run Doll To Doll Cosmetics, an online retail store selling what I do best – MAKEUP! In the video which you will see in a while (I’m still awkward, but less, hopefully HAHAHA), you will see the products I’ve put up at EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS on the app.

Let me show you some of my favorite things! 😀

Bun-Bun-Favorite-Makeup-Products_2 >> Click here to see all my favorites! <<

Sigma Brushes P84 & F82


The Sigma P84 and F82 are my daily go-to brushes for concealer application and blending – you can see it in my dance makeup tutorial. I use the P84 Precise Angled to do the first round of spot correction, then the F82 Round Kabuki for overall blending to ensure there is no distinct demarcation between concealer and foundation. Many people also love the F82 for its ability to apply and blend medium-high coverage foundation.

The F82 retails for SGD 31.90; the P84 SGD 19.00.

Exclusive Gumtree Deal: Get these two together for only SGD 40! 😀

Sugarpill Cosmetics Pigments


If you love makeup, you would know Sugarpill Cosmetics, an indie brand known for their beautiful and intense pigments. Pigments are extremely versatile, they can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and to create your own unique shade of lipstick, nail polish, blush, and more.


This is Royal Sugar, a striking bright blue with a heavenly burst of turquoise diamonds. I bought the single pots for myself, but the trios are definitely more worth it!

Retail price: SGD 56.00

Exclusive Gumtree Deal: SGD 39.00


Happy 1st Anniversary, My Childhood Sweetheart


Exactly one year ago on this day, I married my childhood sweetheart.

We had two pre-wedding photoshoots – one in Taiwan at freezing 2 degrees celcius, and another back home in sunny Singapore. I didn’t show much of the Singapore one because it was too near to the wedding and I was too stressed and busy!

On our first anniversary I want to take this opportunity to share these fun pictures with you and tell you more about our little love story. You can also read about The Proposal.

Both Mr Mode and I were born in the same year and belonged to the same cohort but went to different classes. He was in a class famous for notoriety and often came up first in class – counting from the bottom hahaha.

I was at an age where I was testing and pushing boundaries so I had ah lian tendencies, but I had a good head on my shoulders. I wouldn’t call myself a goody-two-shoes, but I often topped my class. (I don’t know how to say this without sounding boastful)

The Courtship

Our first encounter was at a mutual friend’s birthday, his ECA (yes, CCA was known as ECA in the 90s) friend and my ex-boyfriend. Lol.

His existence was not known to me until after the party my classmate came to tell me that this pimply guy showed interest and wanted my number. I’m sorry but my first reaction was “Who?” then “EEEEEEEEEE!!!” 😆


In school the only chance occurrence took place during recess time since we belonged to different classes. Once, his class got into such great trouble that they were relocated to a classroom right across the principal’s office. Everyone HAD to take that route to get to their classes.

Whenever I walked pass, his friends would shout my name and wolf whistle. I don’t think he ever whistled at me though.

What he did though, was stalk me.

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The stalking happened outside the school compound actually. I would often find him at a bus stop I had to walk pass on my way home and he would exclaim “Oh hi! What a coincidence!” every single time. And then proceed to ask if he could send me home since ‘it’s on the way’.

His courage swelled with each successful ‘coincidence’. Sometimes he would guide me across the road and pretend like it was the most dangerous road on earth and sneakily slide his hand into mine. So naughty! BAHAHAHA! 😆


Ah Gong’s Kampung: His Childhood, Our Wedding, My New Family


Mr Mode spent a large part of his childhood in his grandfather’s (Ah Gong) kampung in Malaysia; the place contains many beautiful and precious memories for him. I had only met Ah Gong once, when I joined Mr Mode’s family to visit Ah Gong during Chinese New Year. It was usually quite hard for my unmarried self to be with a family other than my own during the festive season, but Mr Mode and I had finally got engaged and I kind of had official reason to get to know his extended family in Malaysia.


Ah Gong’s kampung is 2-3 hours (without traffic jam) away from Singapore. No matter the occasion, you will look absolutely ridiculous and out of place if you dressed in anything more glamorous than my above #OOTD. Lol. Comfort > Style.


Mr Mode said this rusty swing has been around since forever and it’s where the most fun, the most heart-to-heart conversations, and the exchange of ideas have been made.

We had returned this time to hold the third segment of our wedding because many of his relatives do not own a passport and it was logistically difficult to have so many of them join us for our wedding in Singapore. Which was fine by me coz having a wedding in a kampung sounded fun and different! :smile:

In the evening, I changed out of my kampung gear, into something suitable for a simple wedding dinner.


This restaurant is probably the most glamorous restaurant they have in the vicinity. It’s where all kinds of events are held – weddings, celebration of 60th birthdays (hence the ‘寿’ word at the stage), family dinners, company dinners, etc. It looked like those I had been to in Singapore in the 90s.



When In Bangkok, Muay Thai: Chakrit Muay Thai School


While on a company trip, my colleagues (whom I also do Muay Thai with) and I took the opportunity to take a Muay Thai lesson in the country of this great sport. We began lessons in Singapore a few months ago and our instructor recommended this gym when we told him we wanted to try Muay Thai in Bangkok.

It wasn’t hard to find. We dropped off at Phrom Phong station and walked about 5 minutes to Sukhumvit Soi 39.


I felt SUPER NERVOUS when we arrived. Haha. Nervous and excited!! 😀



These were taken at the end of the lesson, when our clothes were all SOAKED in perspiration and our hair looked crazy. LOL.



I know the instructors didn’t train us hard because we’re amateurs, but it felt more exhausting than a typical lesson at our Muay Thai studio in Singapore. It was non-stop execution of various drills. The 2-minute break in between each set was barely enough for me to catch my breath. The CRAZY HOT weather contributed to my slight dizziness at some point.


For Beauty & Health: New Moon Collagen Powder + Bircher Muesli


I’m a huge fan of Bircher Muesli. Every time I stay in a hotel with breakfast, I’ll look forward to having that. You can serve me the fanciest of international breakfast, but I’d like to have my Bircher Muesli first, thank you. Simple things make me happy. I also make it at home because it is super simple to make! =)

Fun fact: Bircher Muesli was developed around 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner as part of a healing therapy for his patients. It has remained a popular meal or snack till this day because it is easy to make and is nutrient-packed. You can add anything you desire but popular ingredients include rolled oats, milk, lemon juice, honey, grated apples, cinnamon, dried nuts, dried fruits, toasted coconut, yogurt. This delicious mixture of muesli is packed with flavor and essential nutrients and super healthy!


How To Make Bircher Muesli

For my own Bircher Muesli, I added:

  • Traditional rolled oats (the oatmeal grains concoction is soaked overnight with juice or milk to give that mushy texture. Instant oats just lack that somethin’-somethin’)
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Honey (you can use condensed milk, maple syrup)
  • Unsweetened soy milk (or almond milk)
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • New Moon Inner Radiance Collagen Powder << secret ingredient!  :D


Simply throw all your favorite fruits/nuts into a mixing bowl with the oats and milk. Mix well and refrigerate overnight. In the morning you’ll have delicious overnight oats (alternative name for Bircher Muesli) ready for breakfast!


Secret Ingredient

The Bircher Muesli can be kept up to 5 days (but usually I make just enough for 2 days), so after apportioning my breakfast I’ll put the rest back into the fridge.

After that, I’ll add my SECRET INGREDIENT. Heeheehee.



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.



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


5 Reasons To Declutter Your Home With Gumtree


I don’t know anyone who hasn’t accumulated unnecessary clutter or isn’t disorganized in some way in his or her life. If you are an extremely organized person, please tell me how you became so good at it.

I am such a hoarder, you know, on top of being a shopaholic. With age, I have become more sensible with my purchases and possess more will to walk away from what I think is a good deal but really isn’t on second thought.

But sometimes I still succumb to impulse! I buy backups of things I love for fear of them being eternally out of stock; I buy clothes I know I won’t wear; I buy things I don’t even have time to use.

I will – hopefully – be moving into our new house soon, and don’t want to bring my whole life over. Of course, I’m not going to let my parents live with my clutter so I need to start decluttering, cleaning, and organizing! And just in case you’re wondering, decluttering IS NOT organizing. Decluttering comes first!

The benefits of decluttering are actually far more profound than just having more space to walk about – did you know that getting your stuff organized can actually do good for your body, your mind, and the world at large?

Let me share with you 5 benefits to motivate and get you started! 😀


(Trying to look happy under the scorching Penang sun. Flat hair and everything. LOL.)

1. Decluttering Clears Your Mind

Unless you are Magneto who has the ability to manipulate minds and magnetic force fields, chaos restricts our ability to focus. In the same way, clutter limits our brain’s ability to process information. Simply put, clutter COMPETES for our attention!

I definitely suffer from attention-seeking clutter. I feel frustrated and anxious looking at the clutter made up of stuff that is either junk, unfinished projects, or things I don’t know where else to place.

My table mess flows to my chair which flows to my floor which flows to the walkway which flows to the door which flows………….. =_=

I recently started listing some personal items on Gumtree and the process of packing things away already made me feel more liberated and lifted! Like there’s a sudden positive flow of energy surrounding me.

Besides, the ease of which I can sell my items on Gumtree makes me want to put up even MORE things to sell.

Check out my chio profile with all my listings – I love this interface!



6 Activities Newlyweds Do Together For The First Time


Newlyweds are in a cocoon of post-wedding bliss where everything feels fabulous. But besides passion and intimacy, you also need to develop friendship to sustain your marriage. That’s why they always say that after the wedding comes the real marriage!

As newlyweds, Mr Mode and I are experiencing plenty of first-times together. Living together with another person, who is both a lover and friend, has its ups and downs, and it is certainly a whole lot different than regular dating even though we’ve been together for… OMG 15 years before we got married.

Here I want to share with you 6 activities you can look forward to engaging in with your new spouse!

1. Planning The Angbao Budget

Finances have a way of wreaking havoc on even the closest bonds and good financial planning is essential for a happy family, but if you’re looking to find answers on money matters, please go elsewhere. Hahaha! There are plenty of articles online and offline that will do a better a job at explaining couple finances.

Instead, I will talk about something more interesting and that happens only once a year. 2015 is our first year giving out angbaos, having graduated from ‘Single’ to ‘Married’ status. The first form that required a tick on my marital status after I got married had me squealing in delight (in my head). Finally, ‘Married’ – tick!


According to some traditions, newlyweds are exempted from giving out Chinese New Year angbaos during their first year of marriage. But to most people, there is sadly no such exemption. Lol.


So this is one new thing that Mr & Mrs Mode did together for the first time! Read my Dayre for CNY 2015 highlights. Dayre is where I microblog, follow me if you haven’t already! I am super fun to read HAHAHA. (You can read it from browser, but it’s easier to download the app and read from your phone)

2. Exploring More Places Together

We haven’t found time to plan for our honeymoon, but we’ve gone on a short trip to Bangkok this year and Mr Mode has promised to bring us to two new places every month.


‘Two’ might seem like nothing to most people, but it is a mighty feat to a person who would rather spend all his free time at a fish pond or at home.

I usually plan where to go, but recently wanted to get the husband involved in the planning of our activities. So far we’ve been tourists in our own country and some places include Punggol Stables, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Gardens by the Bay.


Knowing that he makes the effort to do some planning makes me a very happy Mrs Mode. :)

3. Shopping For Groceries

I am living with my in-laws now and while I feel very loved and well taken care of, we do want to have a place to call our own. House renovations will start after Chinese New Year! Can’t wait to share them with you guys on my Dayre (@bunbunmakeuptips)!

Mr Mode and I have gone on a few grocery-shopping trips after we got married and it is such a wonderful feeling to ‘lose’ the other person in some aisle and then suddenly find him! Hehehe.


First Chinese New Year As #MrMrsMode – Gardens By The Bay Flower Dome


The number one question I get asked is “How’s married life?”.

Oh well, there are other (annoying) questions like “When are you going to have kids?” and “Have you started on family planning?”, but that’s a story for another time.

So, how’s married life?

I always thought Mr Mode made a not-too-shabby boyfriend, and despite the risk of him getting an inflated ego, I’d go ahead and declare that he makes pretty good husband material. He takes good care of me, washes the clothes, tidies the room, mops the floor… Hahaha. We still have our arguments but I think being able to see each more often than before allows us to clear any misunderstandings more quickly. Being married also makes us more accepting of each other’s shortcomings. Like, BO BIAN ALREADY. LOL!

2015 is our first year celebrating Chinese New Year together, and besides being first time angbao givers, there are so many new things to do together – one of them being visiting Gardens By The Bay! We didn’t know until we bought our tickets that there was an Asian Tales Garden Trail at the Flower Dome that runs till 8 March 2015.

It’s the Year of the Goat!



Reminds me of the Three Billy Goats Gruff story.

Anti-Photography Husband

Mr Mode doesn’t like having his photos taken and would avoid it all costs. However, having had our pre-wedding photos (one in Taiwan, one in Singapore) and wedding day photos taken, I think he’s slightly more comfortable now. He still doesn’t like it, but he’d oblige for my sake. :)