Goodbye, Old Makeup! + My Gratitude Diary



I come from a family of hoarders. I think I hoard the most, add to the fact that I’m easily the worst organizer, my personal space is perpetually in a mess and if my mother weren’t the world’s best packer right down to the smallest items, I would never be able to find anything.

“Mum, where is my…. Oh thanks!”

“Mum, did you see my… You mean it was always right in front of me?”

“Mum, I cannot find my… How come you can always find everything??!”

I am not looking forward to the day I move out and live with The Fiance who is not really a hoarder but is as messy as I am. Actually he’s worse.

Hoarder-Messy person + Very messy person = I don’t know if I can live like that

I love makeup, and I love to keep makeup. Even if I don’t like a certain product and am pretty sure I will never use it again, I’ll still keep it around. You know, for the I-know-I’ll-need-it-some-day-and-I’m-such-a-genius-for-keeping-it moment. Problem is, I have the memory capacity of a cardboard box so I can never recall if I even have it in my possession.

Some years ago, I just casually asked “Mum, do you know where I can get one of those music sheet stand?” And in a few hours she presented one to me.

Like, what the? Since when did we have such a thing and space in our house for it?! Mum’s a magician. Sometimes I think our store room is more like the wardrobe from Narnia, and only she can walk through it.

Anyway, I’m sure we all have a little hoarder inside each of us. Some things we hold dear, and due to emotional attachment we simply cannot bear to get rid of, but for most hoarders, we just… hoard everything. No particular reason.

You know, at the time I was typing the above paragraphs my mum came and packed my dance shoes and bag away and then she went on to pack some files. HAHAHA! I don’t know, it felt kinda funny that here I was writing about her being such a great packer and there she was packing, trying to make our humble abode a better place to live in. I hope my kid(s) are great packers too so they can help pack my stuff and find my things.

I decided that in order for some new makeup to take residence in my makeup drawers, it was time to bid adieu to the old. Not being able to wear makeup doesn’t stop me from buying makeup. There is absolutely no correlation.


I took a basket, opened my drawers and started filling the basket.

There are few rules in makeup, but when it comes to ensuring your products serve you well, some rules regarding the lifespan of various products and brushes cannot be disregarded. If you have any makeup at all, you must know that makeup stays safe for only a limited period of time. Just how long though? Read this article I wrote before on the expiration of makeup.

I thought I should try and be neat and lay them all out. I started from the top, but by the time I got to the lip stuff and eyeliners at the bottom I was like “F* it. I’m just gonna let you guys stack.” Too many! Too lazy!!! XD


The Urban Decay Naked Palette goes in the trash coz I’d already depotted the shades I want to keep. The one beside it is the Ammo palette, which I loved for its beautiful assortment of colors. Okie, spot anything you like and let me know if you’d like to know my opinion of it. I’ll try give you a micro review of it. Heh.

Mascaras, eyeshadows and brushes not included here coz I’ll be doing a separate post for 10 mascaras. Maybe 12? 15? Eyeshadows… I need to go through again, and brushes… I guess I might never get rid of them coz I always reserve those inferior quality brushes for Halloween makeup.



Handmade gifts are so rare these days. The last time I made something for somebody I cared for was like… ummm…. 2 years ago? ACKS! Suddenly feeling guilty. I love making things and more often than not I have a hard time separating myself from a gift I made for the recipient. When you make something for someone, you not only give up your time and energy, you do not stop thinking about that person in the process of making it! It’s like parting with your baby!

In our fast-paced world, it’s really difficult to put aside everything else, turn away from the computer, brainstorm on the concept, lay out your project materials, and get your hands dirty. I have about 25, 671 ideas in my head, but they’re just there – in my head.

So when I received Alyssa’s handmade gift, I was SO SO SO SO SO TOUCHED!




I love that she drew my eyes so much larger than Mr Mode’s. The size difference is spot on. Hahaha!



Have you heard about a gratitude diary?

Somehow this notion about keeping a gratitude diary has been resonating in my head perhaps due to its repeat appearance in suggestions on how to get out of depression. Of course there is no pre-requisite to keeping a gratitude diary. You can be anything and feel anyhow. Anybody can try this! I read that many people have benefited greatly from keeping a journal where they write down 3-5 things they are grateful for the day.

How could I spot this black-white stripes notebook and not have it?? Bun Bun’s uniform! 😀


And I added a little twist to it – cut out from my namecard. Super cute okie. ^_^* (This counts as handmade, right? LOL!)


When was the last time you held a pen and actually did more than filling up a form or signing on a credit card receipt?


I guess I didn’t have any problem getting started – I am a writer after all.

But once I got started, I realized I actually have SO MANY things to be grateful for today I had to really force myself to keep to just 3. I wouldn’t say they’re the top 3 in my LIFE, but just the first 3 things that came to mind when I thought of being grateful for the day.

It’s the little things that matter. It’s not so much of ‘I’m grateful to be alive’ becoz DUH, we should all be all the time, but more of…… okie, I’ll let you in on what I wrote for my Point 2 ‘I’m grateful I found this little black-white stripes notebook that I love very much so that I can get started on my gratitude project.’

There’s no need to write a huge chunk of text, make it short and concise so that you won’t find it a chore, but make it specific enough so that you know what exactly you are grateful for for that particular day.

‘I’m grateful to have a boyfriend who loves me’ doesn’t hold as much weight as much as ‘I’m grateful to be with a man who still finds me attractive after ten years together and tells me he loves me everyday. Today he told me I looked sexy even though I was dressed very simply =)’. True story. Mr Mode is generous with his compliments, but when I look like shit, he’ll tell me too. HAHAHA!


Today’s a neutral-happy day. Nothing crazy happened, I had a good lunch with friends, ran some errands, and came home to watch tv and blog. I think it will be a greater challenge to write about the positives when you’ve had a bad day, but it will be a fantastic way to train yourself to really focus on positive thinking and optimism. By transforming an overall negative mood into a positive one, you become a real fighter for a greater sense of happiness and optimism in your life.

I hope I can at least finish this little notebook. I purposely bought a thin booklet, not because I am intimidated by thick ones or I know I will fail in keeping on, but because I wanted to encourage myself to first get into the swing of things and when I complete this booklet, I’ll celebrate.

Do you keep a gratitude diary? When was the last time you made or received a handmade gift? 😀


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

Throughout this blog you will see Bun Bun in different poses.

Instead of using numbers (3/5, 4/5) or alphabets (B+, A+) to rate products, I put Bun Bun in different positions and expressions to represent the rating given to the product after a review.

In Bun-O-Meter, the first on the list would mean a 5/5 rating and the last one a 1/5 rating.

You can always refer to the sidebar any time you don’t understand what Bun Bun’s pose means.

I hope you enjoy reading my makeup and beauty posts as much as I did writing them.

Talk to you soon! =)


Juli & Bun Bun

  • Juvy

    You write really well. I love your blog. Stay happy always!
    Juvy from Philippines

  • Vixendeity

    I do keep a gratitude diary, thanks to Jason Mraz and Freshness Factor 5000 (his blogspot abode back then). It’s the best thing ever on those bleh days when for no reason at all your mood plummets – you read through and feel humbled by all that you have and you see the bigger picture. Or at least decide meh, shouldn’t let my hormones control me today. LOL

  • chelseaaasj

    I don’t like books because of how structured they are, so I keep a Jar of Happiness where I place little post its that bear my learnings and joys of the day :) The challenge comes when I’m so broken I can barely make a sound and I still have to find something I’m grateful for! Jiayou Juli <3

  • Aini

    I giggled when I read your sentences “Not being able to wear makeup doesn’t stop me from buying makeup. There is absolutely no correlation.” Hahaha good on you! That reminds me of when my therapist asked me “When you play hard, you work….” and I answered “I work as usual. Why do I have to work harder when I play hard? I play when I want to play, no correlation with work!” :) :) :)
    Anw I used to have a gratitude diary and used notebook and pen too. Nowadays I write my journal in my mobile phone and I don’t limit it to only positive things. As a matter of fact, when I’m upset and I write about it, my anger goes away quicker :) So when I have a not so good day, I’ll vent it out on my journal and after a page or two, I’ll feel better. It leaves me with only nice feelings and then I can write things I’m grateful for :)
    My therapist calls writing journal as “taking our mind to the toilet” because it takes out all the bad negative thoughts of your mind. I can’t agree with her more! :)

  • BunBunMakeupTips

    Aini Writing always does wonders, doesn’t it? It’s a mini therapy session we all can easily have with ourselves. I decided on a physical book coz even though writing on a mobile phone is more convenient, the amount of effort put in to actually sit down and put thoughts into hand-written words translates into something more beautiful, in my opinion. 
    But I did cheat. HAHAHA. I was afraid I would forget a point, so I noted it down in my phone first and then went back home to write in the book.

  • bamboodolphin

    You should make a YouTube channel! I would so subscribe!! <3

  • Mom Of Four

    I have a roll of little blank stickers that I bought from a bookstore once.  The plan was to mark each cosmetic product with the expiration date (6 mos, 12 mos, etc. after the day it’s opened).  Good plan but that didn’t happen.  Well, I learned my lesson after using old mascara and that made my eyes sting all throughout dinner.  Never again.

  • Meteloides

    I have a gratitude diary-ish thing (it’s a notebook by my bed that I write in to sort stuff out & discuss mental health stuff), and a notebook in my purse for when I’m really upset and desperately need to get things out of my head and analyze them. Unfortunately, I have fibromyalgia so it really hurts to write a lot, but I do try.