Top 13 Favorite Makeup Products of 2013


YO-HO! Year 2013 saw the second birthday of Bun Bun Makeup Tips. I’m thankful that my little blog has helped so many people with making informed decisions when it comes to purchasing makeup. Thank you for letting me feel the love! *muack

Here I present my top 13 favorite makeup products of 2013. (My mum innocently asked if I chose 13 because we stay on the 13th floor. LOL! How cute can my mum get? :D)


1. Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB SPF 25

This has got to be the first one on the list coz I use it EVERY-SINGLE-DAY. It’s a makeup primer, base, BB cream, foundation, sunscreen… ALL IN ONE! It does not turn my skin into a pasty grey – a typical characteristic of so many BB creams; there is no flashback when I take photos with a harsh flash; it feels lightweight on my skin.

Even though it does not profess to have oil control abilities, I can wear this on its own and it lasts many good hours without turning me into a greaseball. Gorgeous Purple (01) brightens up complexion and Natural Green (02) combats redness. My preference is Natural Green because I have redness and an uneven complexion. This just gives my skin a great canvas to work more magic on. I would wear this alone on days when the skin is obedient. Haha. See my good skin in this post! =)

If there’s one product that can persuade me into believing all the hype about BB creams, the Lioele Dollish Vel Vita BB has to be it.

Get it online >> Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB SPF 25

2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10

I discovered this during the later part of 2013 and it immediately ascended the throne of Best Foundation of 2013. It provides medium coverage so my skin looks like it breathes under it, and is very buildable without being chalky.

The thing that stole my heart must be the satin-like finish that goes on and stays on so wonderfully well on my oily skin. I’d do well with some loose powder, but doing without is pretty alright.

The only gripe I have about the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place is its dispensing method – the traditional screw top and pour-liquid-out-and-waste-product method. For that price and prestige, I’d much prefer to have a pump dispenser. ALL liquid foundations should come with pump dispensers! Hands up if you agree!


14 Mascara Reviews For The Year 2013


I couldn’t think of a caption for the above picture other than the literal ‘I love mascara’, because I really do! There is no other product that enhances the eyes more beautifully and quickly as a good coat of mascara.

No matter how awesome a job eyeshadows do to transform your eye from a plain stage to a kaleidoscopic burst of colors, nothing beats having sultry strands of eyelashes interrupting yet elevating it into a multi-dimensional picture.

I lurrrveee mascara.

It’s still 3 months before the year ends, but seeing Christmas decorations in stores in September, even before Halloween in October has arrived, makes me feel that this year is going to go by too quickly.

That’s what got me started on thinking of doing a post similar to the one I did last year – reviews on mascaras I’ve used in the year 2013! This is also a follow-up post to my makeup decluttering project.



It’s so funny that the Canmake Gokubuto Mascara did not catch my eye at all when it’s available in Singapore and I only felt inclined to buy it when Mr Mode and I were on vacation in Okinawa, Japan last year.

I loved this mascara for its darkness and relatively good smudgeproof and waterproof functions. It looks bare and boring yet pretty and girly all at once.

Canmake Gokubuto Mascara retails for SGD23.90 at most beauty stores (meaning Watsons, SASA, BHG, etc) and Amazon.




The L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara was an impulse buy. The gold and classy packaging really called out to me and after the Canmake Gokubuto Mascara became less desirable to use, I was on the hunt for the next one. (I feel like a typical Dynasty Emperor saying this of the concubines in his harem. HAHAHA!!)

This mascara didn’t work for me. As if Asian lashes don’t already point down to begin with, the L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara somehow made my lashes point down at the tip. Very weird, I know. Besides that, the formula was kinda ‘sticky’ – my upper and lower lashes always got stuck together.

Something in the formula irritated my eyes too. Disappointing, especially when I liked the Loreal Ultra Volume Collagene Mascara a lot.

L’Oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara retails for SGD26.90 at most beauty stores.