If I Set Up Shop, Will You Come Support?


The title of this post is as unimaginative as the degree of seriousness of what I’m going to tell you. I have been struggling with whether to tell you guys about this.

And I have ultimately decided to.

So…*clears throat

I am gonna set up shop.


Will You Support Me?

 (I know you will, I just needed to ask that out loud hoho)

Having been a beauty blogger for a while and having reviewed quite a number of products, it seems laughable that during the initial months I had worried I would run out of products to review. In reality, my rate of purchasing cannot keep up with my rate of reviewing.

Being in the close-knit beauty community has not only gained me friends who share common interests, understand why makeup is such an important aspect of our lives, and taught me many makeup tips and tricks, it has also accorded me a good sense of what the market wants and needs but cannot get. By ‘market’, I refer to not only the Singapore market, but international as well.

I appreciate that my readers of Bun Bun Makeup Tips put trust in my reviews and it brings a great smile to my face whenever a reader tells me something I reviewed performed well on her too.

You cannot imagine the number of messages I receive every month asking where I got this product since it’s not sold in Singapore and where can they get it if it’s in Singapore (or Asia) but not available in their countries.

Therefore, I have decided to set up an online makeup store, selling makeup products hard to find or not available at all in Singapore PLUS those easily available in Asia but not in Western countries. HAPPY RIGHT! 😀

I have the right connections to get certain products, and instead of keeping them all to myself, I thought why not share it with you guys?

We have done plenty of research on business-related matters the past couple of months, spoken to people with good advice to give, gone through some crazy weeks with one another (me and my business partners) and are almost ready to set off.

I have prepared for and long been convinced that setting up a business is NOT EASY. However, despite all the sleepless nights, planning until we all had brainfreeze, getting pissed off with bad customer service staff over the phone, WE ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN! 😀

The thrill of getting through something incredibly difficult and finding sweet success, be it as small a task as finding out how shipping costs are calculated, is what fuels me infinitely.

But that’s not to say I have grown sick of Bun Bun Makeup Tips. I never will. It is my baby and good mothers don’t abandon their babies.

(Check out our matching attire! :D)

And how could anyone have the heart to abandon Bun Bun? By the way, you should totally check out the Story of Bun Bun!

What I’d love, is for my readers of Bun Bun Makeup Tips to ride with me on this journey, through my ups and downs, grow with me; I hope to learn from those with experience and inspire others to chase their dreams.

We will document our journey together, with all of you being a part of the establishment. Bun Bun Makeup Tips will STILL be about makeup tips, makeup tutorials, and beauty product reviews, but on top of all those, we will talk about the makeup store, what goes on behind the scenes, our struggles and concerns, what you’d like to see happen, etc. It’s gonna be EXCITING!!! Whheeeee…!!! I’m high on life!

Are you ready to join me on this wonderful, colorful journey? Do you own a business? What advice do you have for a budding entrepreneur?

In the next post regarding the store, I will talk about some concerns that have been troubling me. Hope to see your views on them and I look forward to seeing you again!




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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

  • Sunny

    Woo congrats Juli! I think it’s a fantastic idea! Rather than lamenting what is so difficult to get where we are, it’s more constructive to make it into a business!

    I can’t wait to hear what has been on your mind! Congrats again Juli!

    • Bun Bun

      I’m so happy you think it’s a great idea! I’ll definitely post updates to get all of you involved. =)
      Thank you for your support!

  • Jacqueline

    Hey Bun Bun, all they best on your journey. Jia you! I would love to see what you decide to offer in your online store.

    • Bun Bun

      Xie Xie Jacqueline! I need all the you-s I can get! 😀 It’s really challenging, setting up a business. But it’s been fun and a great experience! I’m excited to launch too!

  • Jyoan

    Hmmm, do you mean it for real? haha. I was reading Blogger’s Beauty Boxes series by the Malaysian bloggers, and it seem so real, but they are not, and we can’t buy them.

    If the items are good and reasonable, I definitely will buy. I have been buying uniquely blended nail polishes from a locally set up online store that was so small and felt untrustworthy at first, until I got to know the owner better.

    I think locals just want to get the items at a slightly better price than if I were to pay for shipping individually when I buy off ebay. e.g. I saw Samantha Chapman’s (Pixiewoo) brushes sold in Singapore, but at $13 more expensive than if I order from a UK online store even after I pay for shipping. Heck, no way am I going to buy from that shop! I’d rather pay the UK store and wait 10 days. It’s ridiculous when store-holders bulk-order, get a cut on shipping, and still decide to pass the full shipping costs to consumer + even want to earn on top of that full shipping cost.

    • Jacqui


    • Harima

      hun you have Samanta’s Real Techniques brushes at at really good price…and they ship worldwide.

    • Bun Bun

      I shall not judge how other people run their online businesses, but I believe that the purpose of buying online is:
      1) to get products not available in one’s local stores or
      2) to get products sold locally, but at a cheaper price, and
      3) for convenience.

      Some brands impose price controls across all their authorized distributors so while the prices online and offline are the same, the customer gets to shop in the comfort of home/office, and may also be eligible for free shipping, free samples, accumulation of points, for example.

      I’m not trying to defend the owner of the shop you mentioned, but shoppers have to take into account the time taken to acquire the goods, store them, pack, send, etc. But I do agree with you that shoppers should shop around for the best deals. :)

      And yes, I’m setting up shop, for real. 😀

  • jassy bee

    Yes I will & all the best for the upcoming endeavors! <3

    • Bun Bun

      Thank you for your support jassy bee! You don’t comment often, but leaving one on this post is really encouraging! :)

  • Tati D.

    I will definitely support you in this, it’s a fantastic idea! I don’t have much opportunity to purchase Asian makeup products at a reasonable price – this site seems like a fabulous way to provide more equal access to all products for everyone, be it American or Asian products.

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Tati! You are spot on about my online store concept, an amalgamation of products from different parts of the world to different parts of the world! 😀

  • Virginia

    I’m a huge fan! You are one of the sweetest beauty bloggers! You always take the time to reply to every comment. We beauty bloggers need to stick together. So yes! Set up shop! I will totally support u:)

    • Bun Bun

      Awww thanks Virginia! I make it a point to connect with my readers. Why else have a blog, right? :) But I’m not judging! Not judging! It’s just what I personally believe in.

      YAY! So happy to get your support! Thank you!!!

  • Caroline

    Hi Bun Bun,

    A great idea, I think it will be a huge success and support you with your idea.

    I live in Australia, I was in Singapore about 6 or 7 weeks ago, at the wonderful Shangri-La, you may remember. There are many products that my 16 year old daughter and I adore from Sephora which are not available in Australia and sadly Sephora do not ship to Australia. Being the obsessed make-up freak that I am, I also found some great products in Watsons, mainly products from Japan and very cheap.

    So by starting this business will you be able to assist us with our make-up crisis. I may be in Singapore in about 3 weeks but that has not been confirmed. Also no Nars, YSL or Giorgio Armani products in Singapore, not a complaint! Look forward to hearing more about your new business adventure.

    • Bun Bun

      Hi Caroline!

      Yes, I remember you mentioning your stay at the Shangri-La hotel, with your HUMONGOUS bed. Haha!

      I read from fellow bloggers that makeup in Australia is rather expensive, is it? Singapore doesn’t sell their cosmetics as cheap as in the US, but there are certain brands that are cheaper, mostly Asian brands. I tell you, MAC brushes are mad expensive here. =.= Super overpriced.

      As for NARS and YSL, I heard that they’re coming to our shores at the end of the year. Finally I can swatch NARS blushes with my own fingers. Happy!

      Thank you for your support and encouragement! 😀

  • Xero

    I think it’s a great idea! I often see bloggers talking about products that aren’t available where I live, and feel sad that I can’t get hold of any of them. I’m sure setting up a shop like that will help lots of people who fawn over products that aren’t available in their country!

    • Bun Bun

      I know! I totally understand what you mean… I’m glad we’re on the same page. Thanks for supporting my idea, Xero. I’m really excited! =)

  • Cherry

    I would definitely be a supporter. :) reaching another milestone in your blogging period, I think trying setting new would be awesome!
    Much Love

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks for the love and support Cherry! It is an exciting journey ahead! 😀

  • Cherry

    I will support! Reaching another milestone in your blogging period is a great achievement. ^^
    Much Love

  • sharon

    Yes! will definitely support you! From the sounds if it, it seems like you be doing a ‘spree’ sort of thing. I hope you and your team will be 1) responsive 2) responsible becos I have had a few not so nice encounters with blogshop/spree owners. So please please please be professional (not that I have any reason to doubt it but rather to remind from a consumer’s point of view) and please do not ‘overcarry’ products to the point where stock management is ‘haywire’. As for the question of entrepreneurship, yes I would DEFINITELY want to be my own boss some day. I just need to save up first and then explore the possibilities. Or maybe join an existing business as a partner :)

    • Bun Bun

      Hi sharon! My online store is not really a spree thing. Sprees organizers do not hold stock. They open a spree, receive orders, make the orders, and disperse the goods to the respective spree-ers (ees?). Spree organizers charge for shipping and local delivery, some exorbitantly. Sprees also take a longer time to complete as the minimum has to be reached before the order can be made. I’ve waited for my items for up to 3 months before. =.=” horrible. So I totally understand what you mean by not so nice encounters with spree owners.

      Thank you for your pointers. Although we’re a really fun team, we believe in being professional in our respective roles. And believe me when I say we’re absolutely not overstocking. We do not buy in excessive bulk just to get dirt cheap prices and then not be able to keep track. We also believe in ordering frequently to ensure freshness in our products. I feel like I’m typing out our Terms & Conditions or FAQ. Lol.

      But thanks for your support and I hope you can achieve your dreams too! :)

  • Jacqui

    Great idea! I will definitely support so long as the products are suitable for me and are what I am looking for, and the prices and shipping are affordable enough for me here in Canada!

    • Bun Bun

      Hey Jacqui when I shop online it seems people living in Canada always have to pay extra for shipping cost, compared to those living in like the main US states. Why is that so? Are there some restrictions or laws that prohibit low shipping costs? It will be good to here straight from a person living in Canada. :)

  • Vonvon

    Congrats on setting up your shop!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Vonvon, it’s in the making! =)

  • Harima

    Sure!!! I’ll support you!! I love asian cosmetics!!!

    • Bun Bun

      Thank you so much Harima! You can definitely look forward to getting some really cool Asian brands in my store! 😀

  • SheenaB

    of course i will support!!! i love asian skincare products ^.^