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For Sensitive Skin: Makeup Removers Tried & Tested

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Makeup removal is an essential step in our end-of-day beauty routine. We all know the effects of improper makeup removal – dirt and impurities accumulated on our skin can cause clogged pores, inflammation and irritation. Add to that sensitive skin and you’ll have a whole new level of skin problems.

Makeup removers work by dissolving makeup with oil, water, gel or cream-based solutions. On my sensitive and acne-prone skin, oil removers don’t work that well, but those specifically for the eyes and lips are safe.

Here are my thoughts on some makeup removers I have tried/am trying:

Water-Based Makeup Remover

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 – I think anyone who wears makeup must have gone through at least one big bottle of this. Be wary of fake ones though! I once saw a ‘good deal’ on Qoo10 and it turned out too good to be true. The liquid smelt like kerosene and felt soapy. It would have been detrimental if I’d used it. There are other ranges under Bioderma – the blue one is for dry & dehydrated skin, green for combination & oily skin, but I only use the red as it’s supposedly the most gentle for sensitive skin. It stings my eyes though.

Plante System Cleansing Micellar Water – I bought this at a Guardian at Changi Airport as I forgot to pack a makeup remover. Oh my goodness, how it burnt my skin! >.<” I stopped using it after one use.

TDF Therapeutic Makeup Remover – I bought this only because it was on sale. Retail price $32 and I bought it for $15. Score! I think it’s a decent makeup remover, but only good enough for light makeup. It takes a lot of product and cotton pads to really get my skin near clean.

Chanel Eau Douceur Cleansing Water – Love the classic packaging, love the pump, love the luxurious scent, love the quality, don’t love the price. Lol. Can’t believe I paid over $50 for water. But I’d say the quality is well worth the money. It is really gentle on my sensitive skin and leaves behind this beautiful slightly waxy on the skin, giving it a natural-looking glow. In terms of efficacy, it’s not exceptionally better than the others.

Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Water – (not pictured) What intrigued me initially – the dispenser which works like those nail polish remover pump dispenser where you push down the top – is what turned out to be rather annoying. Even with a bigger piece of cotton pad, it squirts off in random directions every time. It’s not ideal for targeted removal too coz you can’t get the right amount of product on a cotton bud. It leaves behind a sticky residue which I prefer to rinse off. Dispenser and residue woes aside, I love the refreshing scent.

Eucerin Dermo Purifyer Makeup & Acne Remover – (not pictured) This is the latest water-based makeup remover in my collection. Saw it off a YouTube ad and thought it sounded pretty interesting! The ‘reduces acne’ claim was the one that made me go out and get it. It is alcohol and fragrance-free, does not sting my skin, and removes makeup and impurities very well. One large cotton pad is enough, compared to 2-3 pads with the other water-based removers.

Wash-Off Makeup Remover

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Dr Nu:ell Enzyme O2 Bubble Cleanser – Pictured here is my 7th repurchased bottle. 😆 I was quite crazy about it for a while. Here’s my review: Dr Nu:ell Enzyme O2 Bubble Cleanser. It dispenses a thick gel which you apply on dry skin. 20 seconds later it will foam up and you ‘move’ the dirt away before splashing all the dirt off with water. My skin always feels smooth and clean after that. If only the packaging could be improved! There’s always so much product wasted inside the bottle and if I dig it out and transfer it to another container, the product doesn’t function quite as well anymore.

TDF Wash-Off Cleansing Lotion – I bought this together with the cleansing water. Luckily I bought the small bottle coz this doesn’t work for me at all. It always leaves my skin super dry, and when I move my facial muscles it feels like cracks on a cement wall.

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Powerful Women & Their Eyeliners – By KATE Tokyo

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(Why do I look so bloated here LOL)

I’ve been wanting to create an eyeliner tutorial for a long time and I’m happy to finally DO IT!

In this post, I will talk about three powerful women, with different stories to tell, and how to achieve their eye makeup looks.

Powerful Woman 1: Cheon Song-Yi

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ANNYEONGHASEYO! Any female who watched the supernatural romantic comedy My Love from the Star must have fallen in love with Cheon Song-yi’s bright lip shades. Besides that and looking dressed to kill every moment – even in her pyjamas – do you know why the runway-approved mega star always looks so put together?

It’s all about balance. To let her glowing skin and bright lips shine, her makeup artist keeps her eye makeup subtle. Here’s my Cheon Song-yi inspired eye makeup tutorial.

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Directions:

Begin by prepping the lids with a nude primer. Dust peach/coral/light orange or warm brown eyeshadow over the lid. CSY never sports any obvious eyeshadow, it’s usually a light wash of a warm tone or nothing at all.

CSY doesn’t have extremely well-defined brows, sometimes even with gaps and stray hairs to portray naturalness. My brows are pretty thick on their own so I didn’t do much either. She made brown hair+black brows look perfectly acceptable.

Tightlining is the trick to making lashes look fuller and eyes more awake. Lightly pull up the lid and fill in the gaps between the lashes with KATE Slim Gel Pencil.

Next, line the upper lash line with KATE Super Sharp Liner. If you notice, even the thickest eyeline CSY wears is still pretty thin compared to most. In order to achieve a very thin and clean line, an eyeliner that provides great control, agility, and precision is essential.

Stop just about at the end of the eye. She seldom wears a wing – once in a while it’s pulled out straight a little, like in that episode where Do Min-Joon acts as her lawyer to negotiate with her ex-agency. But with CSY, the eyeliner is never the lead, it exists simply to enhance, while allowing her glowing skin and bright lips to take centre stage. And that I think that in itself is beautiful!

Lastly, add a bit of dark brown eyeshadow on the lower lash line to complete the look. Coat lashes with mascara, but skip the bottom lashes. I skipped mascara entirely.

This look is extremely simple and is what I wear to work on most days.

Powerful Woman 2: Wu Ze Tian

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The 2014 Chinese television drama – Empress of China – based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty cost US$49.53 million to produce, making it the most expensive TV series in Chinese history. I mean, look at the sets, jewelry and fabulous gowns and robes worn in the drama! =O

Wu Zetian, played by the beautiful Fan Bing Bing, was the only female in Chinese history to rule as emperor. She rose from concubine to nun to Empress of the Tang dynasty.

Her eye makeup was not simple at all. LOL. I took super long to study and replicate it! Of course, our eye shapes are very different too – hers are more almond-shaped while mine are rounder. And she emotes so well, one stare speaks volumes of anguish, sadness, fear, worries. My stare looks blank. BAHAHA.

Well, afterall, she is Bing Bing and I’m only Bun Bun. 😆

Here we go!

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

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CRAZY DEALS @ CRAZY PRICES, of course!

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! 😀

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Sigma Brushes P84 & F82

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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

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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.

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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

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Happy 1st Anniversary, My Childhood Sweetheart

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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!!!” 😆

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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! 😆

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Channelling Different Looks With Different Lip Colors: Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks & Lip Lacquer Review

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It’s amazing what a shade of lipstick can do to a woman.

Different lip colors bring out a different side of me, each makes me FEEL like a different version of me. Pink makes me feel fresh and carefree, nude makes me feel glam and dangerous, coral makes me feel spontaneous and fun, red makes me feel bold and in control, berry makes me feel grown up and sophisticated. Being a woman means being given the opportunity to express our styles through the colors we wear on our lips. To me, it matters less what clothes we wear compared to what we wear on our lips.

I had some fun trying out the shades from the new Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick and Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer lines and here are some looks I created.

‘The woman’ means what I imagine myself to be when I’m wearing that look. Heehee.

Look 1: Sweet Pink

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Mood of the day: Fresh. Flirty. Playful.

The woman: She is girly, feminine, and believes in love and romance. Sometimes quirky, always curious about new things, and has a positive energy towards life.

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick: Orchid (A bubblegum pink, leans cool, with no shimmer)

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Above is Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick: Orchid layered with Revlon Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer: Petalite (A coral-pink, with slight gold shimmer. Has a creamy, milky look)

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Revlon Ultra HD™ Lip Lacquer: Pink Ruby (A bright hot pink with cool undertones and silver sparkles). This is the shade Emma Stone wears in the poster!

Look 2: Feisty Red

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Mood of the day: Bold. Sexy. In control

The woman: Has a successful career and a well-respected figure in her social circles. She is smart, charismatic, never panics in situations, and takes charge of her own life. She knows how to have a good time, and owns a yacht on which she hosts elaborate champagne parties.

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Essential Night Care Milk & CC Oil From Warrior Bun

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Far, far away, in the beautiful land of Avedpletella, there lived a princess. Princess Bun had very thick and long hair which she loved very much and spent a lot of time grooming. However no matter how much she tried, she would wake up every morning looking like birds made a nest out of her head.

She knew who was behind it – The Evil Brothers. This band of hair bandits would creep every night into the homes of people and derive pleasure from making hair look fried, damaged, tangled, crazy and sorry. Their merciless ways caused great distress to the kingdom of Avedpletella.

One day, Princess Bun was playing in the forest when out of nowhere appeared The Evil Brothers. Through tears and screams, Princess Bun ran for her life across valleys and streams.

She reached Modai, land of the brave and fearless. As Princess Bun sought shelter in Garden of Vanda Joquim, she caught the eye of a free-spirited warrior, famously known as Warrior Bun.

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“Let me take care of it”,

assured Warrior Bun.

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In no time, The Evil Brothers were defeated by Warrior Bun. Warrior Bun gifted Princess Bun the Elixirs of Beautiful Hair, from her country of Modai.

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