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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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A Dancer’s Feet: Scholl Pedi Foot File Review

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I used to dance up to 6 times a week, but now, once in…… a very long while? So do I still call myself a dancer or an EX-dancer?

Or, once a dancer always a dancer? :)

I don’t do ballet nor dance en pointe, but during those few years that I was dancing actively, in tight Latin heels for long hours, calluses, corns, blisters grew like mushrooms. I also grew a bunion due to the stress put on my big toe. A bunion is formed when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Walking hurt.

That’s why they say dancers have the ugliest feet in the world. Lol. But we wear those calluses, corns, blisters and bunions like a badge of honor and experience. We lament about the wreckage on our feet, but we willingly do it day after day, week after week. Dancers need to develop some thicker skin over vulnerable areas for protection but calluses sometimes become so thick and hard they cause pain.

I know of people whose calluses are so severe they CRACK and BLEED. And they’re not dancers. @_@ To avoid that, my mum wears bedroom slippers around the house and my mother-in-law uses a metal scrapper to scrape off the thickened skin at the bottom of her feet.

Instead of those, I shall get them the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File.

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Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi Electronic Foot File is an electronic foot file that gently buffs away hard skin on the feet effortlessly and instantly.

That hard skin is calluses, a thickening of the skin on the bottom of the foot. Many people don’t like foot calluses because they look unsightly in sandals, but they actually keep feet from sticking to the floor and protect against blisters. However, too much of it can hurt too. If calluses become overgrown or cracked, they can be uncomfortable and are susceptible to infection.

So it’s all about striking a balance. If your lifestyle requires that you have calluses to make the activity easier, keep them but trim if they are overly thick and causing pain.

For most people who do not engage in such activities as twirling and having constant abnormal pressure over an area, let’s aim to keep hardened skin at bay!

How To Use Scholl Express Pedi Foot File

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Easy peasy, yea? 😀 Simply remove the plastic ring and orange protective film (batteries included), twist the cap back and switch it on. Now beautiful salon-finished feet can be achieved in the comfort of your own home.

What’s super cool is that the Replacement Roller Head can be removed for rinsing or replaced when it wears out. Actually if you want to save money, just buy one device for the whole family to share, and everyone can buy their own replacement heads for hygiene purposes. Hoho. Savings, YAY! ^_^*

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Long Wear Richness In A Tube: Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks

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The first shade I got to try from the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick range was Melted Sugar, described as a ‘nude sand’. The light nude shade didn’t excite me as I prefer brighter and bolder shades, but the formula and wear was off the park. WOAHHH!!!! 😀

When I went to test out the other 17 shades at Sephora, I fell in LOVE with the range.

Described by Too Faced as having ‘the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick’, they are basically soft melted lipsticks, like what you’d get if you melted down a lipstick to depot it.

Packaging & Application

The simple squeeze tube packaging with a gold screw cap is an incredible time saver because the color of the tube is a pretty accurate indication of the exact shade. I like squeeze tubes because I feel like I can get the most out of the product, leaving less to waste.

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I was initially concerned if the product will come squirting out like a jet spray, but you just have to gently squeeze the tube and the color will dispense on the velvet tip applicator in a controlled and consistent manner.

For really crisp lines I use a lip brush, but it is possible to apply directly from the tube. Sometimes when I want it to look less intense, I’ll diffuse the color by dabbing it with my finger.

Shade Review & Swatches

Here are my 8 favorite shades; there are a total of 18 shades available at Sephora Singapore.

Too Faced Melted Liquified – Melted Berry

Berry is a burgundy wine with cool, blue undertones. This is a great starter color if you’re interested to go into berry shades. I like that it’s not too dark or scary.

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Too Faced Melted Liquified – Melted Ruby

Ruby is described as a ‘blood red’. When I smear it on tissue, it really looks like blood from a nosebleed haha. It has cool undertones and feels slightly more watery and appears slightly more glossy than the rest. Love this shade.

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Too Faced Melted Liquified – Melted Candy

Candy is a bright fuschia candy pink with very slight cool undertones. The tube colors of Candy and Jelly Donut look almost similar but they’re really quite different. Candy is brighter and a warmer pink than Jelly Donut. Candy feels… more cheery and happy? 😆

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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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