Get Completely Naked With Urban Decay Naked On The Run



Every time Urban Decay launches a new NAKED palette, fans around the world go wild.

I love all the NAKED palettes from Urban Decay. They stunned us with NAKED, continued to wow us with NAKED 2, and sealed their legacy with NAKED 3. I mean, they’ve got a VAULT to hold these three NAKED’s, for goodness sake!

I own NAKED, NAKED 2, and NAKED 2 Basics, and love all of them. (I also own the Vices, Shadows, Ammos, but we’re talking nudity here. Heh.)

For the first time, a NAKED palette contains more than only eyeshadows. Naked on the Run is pretty much a one-stop shop for people who want to go for that naked, sultry, or smouldering look – depending how one perceives the degree of naked-ness.

Naked on the Run contains 6 brand new neutral eyeshadow shades (Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun, 5050), a travel-sized Perversion mascara and a travel-sized 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag (a smokey brown). There’s also a full-sized Naked lipgloss in Sesso and a bronzer and blush.




Packing in a punch, this one! 😀

Everything has a place, which makes this makeup palette relatively compact. It takes the guessing and planning on what to match or pack, especially when you’re pressed for time in the morning or when you have little space in your travel suitcase.

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Eyeliner Layering With Lancome Artliner Amethyst & Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink



Without eyeliner, I feel ghost-like, featureless, anaemic. Hahaha. Okie, not that serious, but eyeliner can make the eyes look larger, more soulful, and depending on the angle and intensity drawn, exudes sexiness/youth/innocence.

I wear black eyeliner almost 90% of the time, but sometimes black can be too harsh, other times black is just… you, know, flat. So when I’m in the mood for something fun, I’ll throw in a color or two!

What I did for this look was draw the first eyeliner layer with black, then top it off with Lancome Artliner 24H in Amethyst. This purple doesn’t behave too well on its own – it’s too diluted and not pigmented enough for my liking, but when laid atop a black eyeliner base, it’s really pretty! I used Shu Uemura Calligraph:ink here, in fact, I use this almost every day.

See that I concentrated the purple on the centre part of the eye, leaving the flick in opaque black to give dimension and differentiation.

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Cooking With My Mother-In-Law: Steamed Herbal Chicken With Huiji Waist Tonic


They say too many cooks spoil the broth so with me behaving like a bulldozer in a China shop in the kitchen, I stood out of the way and enthusiastically watched whatever my new mother-in-law was doing.

My sole contribution to this cooking fest was using eye power and documenting the recipe so that I may one day cook this dish on my own when Mr Mode and I have our own home.

Nothing beats home-cooked food, really. That feeling of coming home from work, and being told “dinner’s ready” is the best thing one can hear, every day. So while I am still living with my parents-in-law, let me learn all I can! 😀

This Steamed Herbal Chicken with Huiji Tonic is surprisingly easy to make!

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • Half chicken
  • Sesame oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Ginger slices
  • Black fungus
  • Lily buds)
  • Huiji Waist Tonic

As you can see, there are absolutely no measurements for the spices and condiments coz when mothers cook and you ask them how much to put, they say ‘agak-agak’.

I tried to press it out of my mother-in-law and she finally said ‘maybe about half teaspoon for the sesame oil and pepper, one teaspoon of ginger slices’. (How to measure ginger slices in teaspoon?)

You also need to soak the dried black fungus and dried lily buds in water to soften and rehydrate them before use.

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Go to the market and buy half a chicken, request to have it chopped into smaller pieces (it’s only at markets that you can do personalized requests). I learnt that if you want to cook curry chicken, you need larger pieces. For this dish, use smaller pieces.

Wash and marinate the pieces with sesame oil, pepper, salt, ginger slices, and Huiji Tonic. My mother-in-law left it for 15 minutes. Actually I think the longer the better, maybe next time I’ll try 1 hour, or even overnight as shown by some recipes online.


Then mix in the black fungus and lily buds.


I must confess this funny fact. I asked her what is the name of this (holding up lily bud) and she said something in Hokkien. Lol. So I wrote down ‘vegetable that is tied in a knot’. Then I Googled this whole term ‘vegetable that is tied in a knot’ and discovered that it’s called ‘lily bud’. Lily buds are also known as golden needles, which is called ‘gim zam’ (金针) in Hokkien.

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Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Liquid Foundation & Compact Makeup Review


Foundations are just getting better and better – they not only give hope for blemished skin to look smooth and flawless, they now come with skincare properties that promise to leave our skin feeling hydrated and fresh even AFTER we take it off.

While looking super elegant and sexy at the same time.

My Thoughts On What Makes A Good Foundation

  • On a good skin day -> Enhances my skin, not mask it
  • On a bad skin day -> Conceals my skin imperfections and not aggravate the sensitivity
  • Have enough shades to match different skin tones and undertones
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Does not clog my pores

Estee Lauder Futurist Aqua Brilliance Moisture Infused Liquid Makeup SPF15/PA++ fulfills all my requirements and then some. I am in LOVE.

I first got to try it at the Estee Lauder photoshoot.




It also comes with SPF15 and is super-charged with the ingenious Revival Plant Extract which has the ability to preserve itself from dryness. Say what?


This extract is derived from the hardiest wild flowering plant in the Balkans, known as the ‘Resurrection Plant’. It survives in the harshest weather conditions by being able to completely dry out and then bounce back once water is introduced.

What an interesting plant, isn’t it!  Woah, what would I give to possess such dexterity for survival and self-motivation! It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated even AFTER removing it.

The formula also contains a patented Sustainable Moisture Complex composed of hyaluronic acid and ceramide spheres to lock in the moisture even after makeup is removed.

Hydrated skin is hard to come by, especially in our erratic weather, so this moisture-infused foundation is definitely going to deliver the extra dewiness that Asian skin needs.

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Bachelorette Party And Watermelon Soju


While I love parties and social events, I stay away from extremities. So I only had one condition for my Bacholorette party: NOT TOO WILD. Hahaha!

I’ve never had a liking for clubs and never understood the joy people derived from drowning themselves in liquor, having to shout at the top of their voices, not being able to have meaningful and memorable conversations, dancing aimlessly and risk getting frisked by weird strangers.

I’m not judging anyone, I’m just averse to a wild night life.

Okie la, you can call me GEEK lor. LOL.

I prefer to engage in little silly games, having great conversations with people I love, and I ADORE WATERMELON SOJU. =DDD

Night @ Crowne Hotel

Crowne Hotel Changi Airport very generously invited me to hold my Bachelorette party at their hotel and gave us 2 large rooms for me and my 4 bridesmaids.



3 of them checked in with me. OMG the lighting in this room was super awesome for photography! This room was facing the pool.


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Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes For Sensitive Skin: A Backstage Necessity

Have you been to a fashion show before?

These are the things that people are most excited about:

Hair and makeup




Models getting ready to go on stage


They strut their stuff


They do the final walk out together


The esteemed designer takes the walk of honor


(Karl Lagerfeld’s 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection for CHANEL, held January 21st at the Grand Palais in Paris. Don’t think I don’t keep up with fashion trends just because I’m a beauty blogger hor. Hahaha. I absolutely LOVE this collection for its clean lines, fitted cuts, feminine lines, and eclectic embellishments.)


Everyone claps and leaves.

What happens then?

Have you ever wondered?


What happens backstage,

To the models?

Away from the blinding stage lights, down the flight of stairs lit by florescent bulbs, navigating through a maze of laminated corridors, into a sea of garment, sequins, hair sprays and stilettos, the model charges towards her seat and into her bag reaches for the one thing that puts a stop to the day’s work.

Ah, found it! In her hand, a pack of FACIAL CLEANSING WIPES.

At the end of the day, it’s another show over. Models want to remove their wigs and makeup quickly and retire for the day.

I haven’t been to a Chanel Fashion Show, but I guess this is what happens backstage.


We’re not all models and celebrities, but we do still wear makeup, don’t we?

There’s nothing more satisfying than a splash of water, but when we don’t have the time or tools to properly wash our faces with cleanser and water, cleansing wipes save the day!

NIVEA Facial Cleansing Wipes


For over 100 years, NIVEA has constantly provided high quality products at affordable prices. I’m sure every household has a little NIVEA-something. :)

NIVEA Facial Cleansing Wipes are perfect for those of us who are too tired/lazy/drunk/don’t have access to clean water to clean our faces before bed. For people who are traveling, hitting the gym or those with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin, using a wipe to remove grime on the skin is better than doing nothing.

Seriously, it’s the ONE STEP that decides if you are going to have clogged pores and dirty pillow cases or not!

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Bizzare Dreams: Snakes, Exams, Crazy Boss

There are two types of dreams – the aspiration/ambition kind, and those you have during sleep.

I love daydreaming and believe it’s the doorway to creativity. Letting my mind wander, imagining myself to be in another time and space, it’s therapeutic escapism.

But I’d like to keep dreaming to just my waking life, that’s why it’s called DAYdream. I don’t like to NIGHTdream. I feel that dreaming is a waste of time and discounts the quality of my sleep.

Recently, I’ve been having dreams I NEVER had in my life.

Dream #1: Squeezed By A Python


(A poorly photoshopped image of me as python prey which makes zero sense because it means I have nothing below my torso. HAHAHAHA!!!)

This post was in draft mode all these while until this crazy dream I had this morning. I saw in my dream a PYTHON in the sink of my parents’ home and it RESPONDED to the name ‘Mango’. ‘Mango’ is the name of Mr Mode’s toy poodle. =_=

Maybe I am a descendent of Slytherin and can speak Parseltongue.

We have a blue basin back home, which made the sickening colors of the python even more contrasting and intimidating.

I called it, and its slit eyes on a little menacing head popped up from within the basin.

Then I dreamt that I dreamt that the snake slid toward and wrapped itself around me in a life-threatening embrace.

(That wasn’t a typo, it’s Inception.)

My mum went to get a chopper and….. *HATAAAK!!!* suddenly I awoke.

Dream #2: Exam Stress

The last time I had an exam was 5 years ago, in 2009. At the end of the paper, I took a moment to soak in the momentary liberation, in knowing I never have to take an exam again. (Of course, there are other tests in life, but you know what I mean – the school kind of exam.)

Just 2 weeks ago, I started to have exam dreams.

One time I dreamt that I was late for an exam, another time I dreamt I had completely forgotten I had an exam, and yet another time I dreamt I could not finish my paper.

My heart was pounding, I could feel my brows furrowing, and suddenly my eyes flew open in shock.

Even though it’s a huge relief upon realization that it’s nothing (or is it?) but a fleeting dream, horrifying was the reality of my heart racing and mind under immense stress.

I woke up feeling like I didn’t sleep at all. Spent the whole night in an exam dream and woke up to reality with a head the weight of a boulder.

Dream #3: Lost My Job

One day before my encounter with the snake, I lost my job. Both dreams.

I was in an unfamiliar environment, about to enter a meeting room, and this faceless lady who supposedly was my new boss, told me in her shrill voice “Sometimes I work until 1.30AM”. She wasn’t very friendly.

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Estée Lauder Perfect Duo – Inspired By Our Love Story


Imagine us in these scenarios:

  1. Sharing a kiss with the Eiffel Tower and crimson sun setting in the background, a trip he planned for my birthday
  2. Spending our nth year anniversary on a lavishly decorated picnic mat under a shady tree, nibbling on cranberry scones and sipping tea
  3. Producing the most enviable vocal harmonies while looking into each other’s eyes

Then imagine none of them. HAHAHAHA.

Before Mr Mode proposed, I kept watching those OTT, mastermind proposals on YouTube. You know, those with at least 100 people dancing and singing in a staged surprise, complete with laser lights and dancing fountains, those that left me in awe and disbelief with the amount of time and money the man pumped in to produce the perfect, romantic proposal.

I thought of my boring then-boyfriend……………. and sighed.

I worried that we wouldn’t go far because the common advice is that a couple ought to have some common interests and we had/have none. Additionally, we are so different in almost every conceivable way – in the way we make decisions, how we react in situations, our likes and dislikes, our hobbies.

But can I tell you something, my friends?

After 15 years of courtship and 1 month of married life, I realized being so different is what makes our relationship so fun and entertaining.

Not a single day goes by without us breaking into stitch-inducing laughter; we laugh with and AT each other when either does something silly; I am completely at ease and myself when I’m with him. His arms are my cradle when I fall, and no matter how hard the situation is, he never lets go.


We are different but COMPATIBLE.

We have nothing in common but CHEMISTRY.

They say the real test comes after the wedding, after all the glitter and sparkle have settled, after the crowd has left and it’s just the two of you.


The perfect, romantic man isn’t the one who takes out all his guns to give you the perfect proposal or wedding.

It’s the one who takes the initiative to clear your dustbin so that you won’t accidentally kick it and trip over spilled trash, the one who listens instead of talk, the one who kisses you before leaving the house and again when he comes home, the one who gives you massages until his hands ache, the one who tells you you’re beautiful even when you have no makeup on and are dressed in pyjamas with holes.

Most importantly, it’s the one who tells you he’ll go through your darkest times with you.

It’s our differences and the precious chemistry we share that make our life together so thrilling, rich, and long-lasting. He makes the other half of our Perfect Duo.

50 years later, I’d still choose him all over again. :)



I hope you enjoyed the video! You would make me very happy (and encourage Mr Mode to take more pictures with me BAHAHA) by voting for our little love story on Her World Plus. By voting for me, you stand to win yourself an exclusive Estée Lauder Beauty Pack too!




The reason for sharing my little story today was because I recently found a pair of skincare products from Estée Lauder that work together like a Perfect Duo. This Perfect Duo tops the class in terms of COMPATIBILITY and CHEMISTRY, and this magical combination reminded me of us. :)

Many products are compatible, meaning they can be applied atop or underneath one another, but RARE is when two products can work together to create a synergistic repair for your skin.


Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion




The Estée Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion delivers serum-like properties in a watery lotion to address the multiple signs of aging.

So is it a serum, toner, or lotion?

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My First Video Makeup Tutorial: For Eczema & Psoriasis


“Where can I find your makeup tutorial videos?”

That would be the most popular question I’ve received in my blogging career.

Each time, I’ve had to politely reply that I do not have any, simply because I am unable to handle the nurturing of another social media channel on top of what I currently manage – Blog, Instagram, Facebook.

Truth is — I AM SHY. SHY. SHY. No, really! You can’t say I’m a natural at this. XD

Perhaps I’ve grown older and my hide has become thicker HAHAHA, and but also since I’ve received a lot of requests on how I’ve been taking care of my skin and the products I use to cover my blemises after the terrible facial scare, that I decided,

“If not now,

Then when?”

So I made the first step forward and here’s my VERY FIRST MAKEUP TUTORIAL ON VIDEO!


Excuse me if my presentation looks too amateur-ish, I tried not to look too much at my script but I kept forgetting my lines (yes, I composed a SCRIPT). And my eyes kept darting all over the place. @_@ LOL!

Alright, now enjoy! 😀

Apart from the updates about my recovery journey from the facial incident, I also wrote a detailed post on my updated current skincare regime.

Well, apart from wanting to take a baby step forward to start appearing in moving visual images, another reason I did this was because I feel strongly for people who suffer from skin conditions like eczema, melasma, rosacea, and psoriasis. I HAVE THEM TOO. Not all at once and not all of them –  thankfully – but I do suffer from a few and understand how they (YOU) feel.

Of course, this post is not only for people who suffer from skin conditions, it is also for those who do not.

I used to literally have goosebumps when I see people with a skin condition. I’d think to myself ‘Why doesn’t she see a skin doctor?’, ‘Why would anyone leave the house like that?’.

But I have learnt there could be plenty of reasons why people look… well, different. Remember that people with skin conditions didn’t chose to look like that, they were born this way.

Although the severity of a skin condition changes over time, it is a lifelong condition. A lack of public understanding about skin conditions causes many sufferers to feel isolated and ostracized. If you do a search on the Internet, there are many home remedies, but these are often not proven so just be wary of them. I would advise you to seek professional help, like I did.

Some Skin Conditions

types-of-skin-conditions-psoriasis-melasma-eczema-rosacea *pictures from Google Images

The skin conditions I’ve shown here are NOT CONTAGIOUS and sufferers CAN lead fulfilling lives. We just need to be more understanding and supportive and make them feel more welcome in society.


6_With Wand_120 Makeup Tip: Just because you have a skin condition doesn’t mean that you should stay completely away from makeup. Don’t be afraid to try new things, but be more aware of what we put on our face and body. Check the ingredient list, expiry date and if you can, test it on other parts of your body first.

So remember, you CAN be beautiful even with a skin condition. :)


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Bride Guide: 6 Pre-Wedding Treatments Every Bride Should Pamper Herself With


One of the best things about being married is being able to write and share advice from personal experience with brides-to-be. Heh heh.

It was really tough being a bride-to-be, with endless errands to run; I also wasn’t the best student to tick against a checklist.

General wedding coordination aside, of which my wedding planner Nicolle from BigLittleDetails did an excellent job, I was more of a ‘let’s roll with it’ kind of bride-to-be when it came to prepping MYSELF for the BIG DAY. I had a rough idea of what ought to be done, but because I didn’t want to stress myself out with yet another timeline, I tried to start early.

Most brides handle the bulk of wedding preparations and it can be VERY STRESSFUL, but remember you want to look your best too, so don’t forget to pamper yourself! It’s once in a lifetime, after all! Avoid cramping too many things to do too close to the wedding day as the result would be litany of problems that could have been avoided.

So here are 7 pre-wedding treatments I personally think are most important. 😀 Contact details and discount codes at the bottom of the post!

Pre-wedding Treatment #1: Trial Makeup & Hair

I must have been asked “Are you going to do your own makeup on your wedding day?” at least a hundred times.

“No”, I replied. It’s my BIG DAY and I didn’t want to stress out trying to create the perfect bridal makeup on myself. Besides, I can’t possibly do my own hair and it’s really silly to get a MUA to do only my hair.

Zennie was recommended by Danny L, and in my opinion, anything that Danny recommends must be UPZ. :)

It’s important to convey the look you are looking for and best if you can show your MUA pictures to support the idea – Pinterest is a great source. Also let your MUA know the location and time of event as these factors will play a part in creating your ideal bridal hair and makeup.

I wanted a more princess-in-a-garden look for the first gown since the lunch session would take place in a beautiful garden. For the second gown which would take place at night in a country club restaurant, we decided to go for a bold, red lip.

This was the trial hair for my second gown. Head piece from Danny’s studio. It ba-da-blinged gorgeously on the wedding day.



Every bride should go for a trial hair + makeup session. My friend who didn’t have a trial session hated the hairdo she received on the day itself and had to scramble to look for one at the last minute.

It’s also important to look like yourself, only much better. Take photos of yourself from all angles after the trial session to see if it looks good on camera, and let your MUA know if there’s anything you’d like to tone down or tune up.

Pre-wedding Treatment #2: Hair Coloring & Treatment

Unless your current hair style is horrible and you have a dysfunctional relationshipwith your stylist, stick to the one you know can give you the best cut, color, and treatment.

I’ve been with Salon Vim for many happy years and no one else knows my hair better than they do.

I had my hair colored and treated 5 days before the wedding so that the hair color and texture would be in tip-top condition.

Stick to a safe color, like browns and ash. I know pinks and purples might seem very tempting for a young bride who wants to sport a ‘different look’, but trust me, 20 years down the road you’ll be happy you kept it safe.

Pre-wedding Treatment #3: Microdermabrasion & Skincare

I have my current skincare routine in this post if you’d like to check it out. Other than purchasing skincare products from Dr Joyce, I also go to her for Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel. I’ve done it only twice in a year and for the periods in between, her prescribed skincare have been sufficient to keep my skin in good condition.

I did my second Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel a month before the wedding, to allow the treatment to work its magic and time for the skin to heal in case of side effects. The only side effects I get are a bit of redness and dryness. They usually subside in a week.

I do not recommend facials, I will never recommend facials in this lifetime. But if you choose to have one, allow 2 weeks for your complexion to settle.

Also, if you have an existing skincare regime that works, stick to it. It’s not worth the curiosity of trying new skincare products and running the risk of sending your skin into shock when it’s so close to your wedding day! No bride wants to be spotty or blotchy!

Pre-wedding Treatment #4: Teeth Whitening

I had my veneers done a year ago at Orchard Scotts Dental by Dr Jerry, and they have been LIFE-CHANGING. The comparison pictures in my posts will give you the full story.

Smile Makeover Part 1

Smile Makeover Part 2

You can do many things to your face, hair, body, but it’s always the SMILE that makes the biggest difference.


The veneers are on my upper 8 teeth, and I used a home whitening kit for the lower teeth. I had my tray custom-made at OSD and all I have to do is pump out the gel on the tray and wear it for the night. I wear the tray faithfully every night to minimize teeth grinding.

If you’re going to invest in one cosmetic treatment, make it teeth whitening. However, please get them professionally whitened or at least seek your dentist’s approval if you intend to buy over-the-counter products. Some are able to whiten the teeth simply because the chemicals erode the outer layer of your teeth to reveal the unstained layer beneath it. Overtime, your teeth get thinner and teeth sensitivity is no laughing matter.

Also try to avoid drinking coffee, dark sauces and red wine in the weeks leading up to the big day to reduce teeth staining.

Pre-wedding Treatment #5: IPL Hair Removal

Ever since I started on my Ginza Calla journey to remove all unwanted and unsightly facial and body hair, I’ve begun to appreciate the benefits of being hairless at all the right places. No more grey shadow on the upper lip, no more having to epilate every other day, no more struggling with a very unsexy ‘Southern Bush’.

I chronicled my Ginza Calla journey in these posts, do check them out coz there are discount codes for my readers at the end of each post!

Ginza Calla 1

Ginza Calla 2

Ginza Calla 3


Pre-wedding Treatment #6: Vocal Lessons

I hope there will be pictures of me singing to my husband on our wedding day! People don’t cringe when I sing, but neither am I a singing superstar. I’m just your average once-in-a-long-while-patronize-Kbox kind of singer. Lol.

A bride’s got a million things to do, so I went for the Hark Music Express Vocal Course and learnt many singing/breathing/presenting techniques in TWO days.


It was quite an interesting and memorable experience, not only because I felt that I’d improved, but also saw how my course mates improve tremendouly too. There was a guy in class who was really quite bad at first (off pitch, off tempo), but when it came to the final performance on stage in front of our family and friends, HE IMPRESSED. Everyone thought he improved the most and I was personally very touched by his determination to get better at singing – he was always practising during breaks and at every opportunity he could find.

Being given the chance to sing on stage in front of an audience helped prepare me for the surprise I wanted to go my husband on our wedding day. I’m only able to mention this now coz the wedding is finally over. Haha.

Wedding Services Mentioned

Hair & Makeup – Zennie Casann

Gown & Bridal Services – Danny L

Hair Salon – Salon Vim. Get 10% off for chemical treatments when you quote ‘Juli/Bun Bun’

Microdermabrasion & Skincare – Dr Joyce Lim

Teeth Whitening – Orchard Scotts Dental

Hair Removal – Ginza Calla

Vocal Lessons – Hark Music. Quote Bunbun and receive a special discount of $80 for all Hark Music courses.


Alright! Let me know if you have any questions and remember to pamper yourself! It’s once-in-a-lifetime! 😀