— Valerie Lim

I’ve think I’ve just discovered my calling in life.

Whenever I embark on a new project, you could say I dive head in and completely immerse myself in it. When I start on something, I go all out.

I like random bits and pieces. I like putting things together. I am a DIY kinda person. Even my recent blogger name cards were hand created. Some, however, might say that I have too much time on my hands.

Scrapbooking, thus seemed like the obvious solution. Friends around me were indulging in it. And my most recent meet up with Liza revealed that she too, had just gotten on the bandwagon. I thought it sounded like fun, but didnt want to have to break the bank with this new hobby. And as much as I like getting my hands dirty, I couldnt stand the thought of picking up all the little bits and pieces of paper left behind after my artwork was complete. The cutting is always fun, but not the aftermath.

I went online and suddenly discovered that could possibly be ANOTHER way of scrapbooking. Welcome to the world of Digital Scrapbooking. I just spent an entire afternoon downloading whatever free kits that were available on the Net. I am thoroughly sold.

Here’s my first attempt.

Not bad for a first try. Anyone needs some scrapbooking done?

I just scrapbooked my eyes out for the vPost Nuffnang Christmas Party! And now Im going to scrapbook my girly meetup.

Seriously, I might just be obsessed.

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The party’s tonight and I still cant figure out WHAT. TO. WEAR. BAHHHH!

Looking through Youtube for inspiration. And this is what I found.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZSLIq6YiRY

Britney’s newest video for Womanizer! I think she looks super hot!

Care to hazard a guess as to my costume idea?

My date however has a brilliant dress up idea! Pictures to come!

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Christmas always means that the end of a year is coming round. I sometimes dont understand how people see the joy in having Christmas peek its head around the corner. Despite the presents and the joy of giving, the next year may not always be what you hoped for, though, I suppose, you can always dream of a better one ahead.

I am blessed that there suddenly came an influx of presents from…… Santa? Well, not exactly Santa, but friends who were basking in the spirit of giving.

I got two bath sets. HAHA. I wonder if they’re trying to tell me something. Hrmmmm….

And then there was this unexpected “women’s leather wallet”. What they forgot to mention was that it was from Ted Baker!


I love the pretty pink box!


From leather. Looks like alligator skin to me.

This was another unexpected present from a teacher in school. She lent me the first installment of the Twilight saga and now got me the 2nd book as a Christmas present! Wo0o0o0ot!

And it looks like I’ll be getting books 3 and 4 as a Christmas present from someone special. :)

Most recently, I got a little “fa cai mao” from my favourite little girl. Im not sure if Im looking forward to the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009.

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We’re taking a break from reviewing mascaras for a bit and moving on to other exciting stuff like GEL EYELINERS! There isnt much of an abundance of gel eyeliners available here in Singapore save for the 2 major makeup brands that I know about. Maybelline just hopped on the bandwagon and introduced their gel eyeliner here, and I couldnt help but feel that it took a stab at the Kate eyeliner packaging and concept by also packing the brush together. Can you believe my incredulity when I saw their gel eyeliner several days after I came back from BKK on a high?

Anyway, the Kate Gel Eyeliner wasnt readily available in Singapore but I still managed to get my hands on it! Ever since my excitement at finding them in MBK Watson, I have been looking for the perfect excuse opportunity to open my gel eyeliner and use it. Then came the chance.

Now, remembering that I’ve always been using pencil eyeliners and/or liquid liners, I surmised gel eyeliners to be the in-between. If I could “rank” them, I’d say that pencil eyeliners are for beginners because you can draw lightly (ie. sketch) before deciding to apply more pressure to your desired line, while liquid liners should be handled by users who generally have better control over their brush/tool. Thus, gel eyeliners are for people like me who arent exactly new to eyelining, yet arent as skilled and still sometimes make mistakes when it comes to drawing the perfect line.

I judged the gel eyeliner on its ease of application and it’s staying power. My problem with pencil liners was that it would transfer to my upper eyelids owing to my naturally oily eyelids AND hidden double eyelids, thus leaving me at the end of the the day with well, hardly any eyeliner left.

Kate Gel Eyeliner’s staying power, despite also having this transfer problem, was very much bearable as compared to using a pencil. At the end of a long day, the line was still visible, though not that much fainter, and someone most likely would still be able to notice that you took the trouble to line your eyes.

Ease of application was such a breeze. Just dip the accompanying brush into the pot, brush out a little bit of eyeliner, touch the brush head to your lids, draw and go. The line was precise, consistent and there was no worry about dragging/pulling your eyelids. You know what they say about applying too much mechanical stress to your delicate eye area. It takes me about 2 minutes to draw both my eyes and this amount of time I can afford when in a hurry to get to work early wanting to beat the morning peak period traffic. If you have the extra time, wiggle on some mascara and your eyes are pretty much dressed up for a casual day at work.

For gel eyeliner noobs like me, you may want to consider this gel eyeliner if you’re graduating from your pencil liner. It definitely helps that the brush is a square flat brush instead of them long skinny types. Say hello to eyelined eyes from now on.

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Whoopdeedooo! Complimentary tickets to The Office Party from Nuffnang! I love all things theatre, but this time since I’d just indulged myself in Avenue Q, I sent Mum and Dad to watch The Office Party. Moreover, y’know I heard that there’d be mature themes, Im still young and impressionable (HAHA!). At the same time, I thought maybe it’d help rekindle some of the naughty flames between them. And hopefully translate to some late night action. HAHAHA. Why dont older people get action anymore? HMMMMMMMMMMM.

*LOOKS OVER SHOULDER AT MUM*

Anyway, here’s briefly looking at what transpired between Mum and Dad.
Note: The conversation below is purely fictional. Scenes are in no way posed.

Okay. In truth, Mum was really excited to get some action that night. When they both arrived home that very night, Mum went straight TO THE COMPUTER, while the TV watched Dad snooze in front of it. Imagine my disappointment.

So here’s the ACTION Mum got with the computer that very night after a naughty Office Party.

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image from SRT.com.sg

“What to wear? What to wear?

Little Black Dress, high strappy heels,red lipstick, perfume….?

Oh, The Office Party, not YOUR office party.”

It was exciting going to THE Office Party. To watch the comedy directed by Tracie Pang. Yes, she is the wife of Adrian Pang. My little eyes spotted Adrian and Tracie (oooh, first names…) in the aisle of the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Adrian is the actor in Parental Guidance and game host of Deal or No Deal… and a whole host of other Mediacorp shows and theatre acts.

Back to The Party.

There was only one main set… The Office. It is great work to revolve the whole show round this set. The party happens in one of the meeting rooms. I like the realistic looking lift the cast walked in and out of. The office computer displays the date as the days pass and change. A very smooth flow of day changes and costume change made everything so realistic.

Ah Girl appears… Cynthia Lee Macquarrie, ooh as Pippa a bimbotic office girl.. whose stunning performance of baring her thonged cheeks was a memorable one: black thongs and butt cheeks. Remember “mature themes, strictly for audiences 16 and above”.

Jason Chan (Remember Green Ranger in Power Rangers?) plays the Good guy Andy whilst Michael Corbridge is Bob, the office “Stud”. Cute Shane Mardjuki as the nerdy office boy Lee has a great crewcut Mohican hairdo. Kudos to the clothes and hair team…. one takes note of Bob’s tee shirts. Prints you can read and smile. Pippa struts in mini mini red Tartan skirt and black and white lace trim knee high socks and heels… hot! Sexy schoolgirl charm.

James Shubert wakes you up with his good loud vocals as The Boss, Gavin who lectures his staff for wasting office time on their Facebook.

Wendy Kweh (Masters of the Sea?) struts in sexily as Jo… great legs, body perfect in the Little Black Dress. She must be the Office Tart who is supposed to entertain the clients and bring back the $2m deal.

Susan Tordoff as “old” Patty reveals literally that she’s sleeping with the Boss who could not “come” cause “She’s nice”. One will not forget the Office Cleaning lady who loots Pippa’s blue fuzzy heart pen and the table top Xmas tree.

The cast were perfect… no bloopers, as they realistically acted their roles and delivered their lines in true showmanship. The office photocopy machine did clear shots of Pippa’s thonged butt and Bob’s hairy ass which he faxed to another office.

The Office Party which I was looking forward to, was a revelation session. Characters slip in and out of the board room to “spill the beans”. The beginning was a hilarious rollercoaster ride. Fun, giggles, jokes. When the ride ended, I felt a lump in my throat for each character. A lump for the end of the ride. A lump because the party ended. There were not many conquests. Sadness for the Good guy Andy… who works late like most Daddies, who gets nagged and a phone slam from the wife when he calls to say “I am working late”. It reminds us to be nice in these times cause lucky Daddy works late, he still has a job.

Thumbs up for “The Office Party”. Live Comedy is not easy to do. Applause. Applause.

Bravo.

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Dear Diary,

*scream scream scream*
It is official!

Not only have we only seen the large store front in Ngee Ann City, but now the news has also confirmed it.

SEPHORA IS OPENING IN SINGAPORE
DECEMBER 19!

Finally we have a specific date! Mark it down ladies! Just before Christmas too! It looks like we will have to be doing loads of last minute Christmas shopping! I cant wait for it to open to land my hands on all the yummy-licious brands that they will be rolling out. I will probably go in there screaming my head off like a deprived kid in a candy store, laying my hands on all things pretty. Oooooooo.

Over one-third of the 100 brands they will be introducing is completely new to Singapore. I just wished they would have introduced more than one-third though because it seems as though Singapore is just stuck with the same few drugstore brands. But now Sephora is just gonna add things to add variety and spice it all up! Urban Decay, Too Faced, DuWop, Blinc, Bare Escentuals, they can now all be mine! They’d better bring in NARS of course, because I want my Orgasms and Deep Throat! Dont you just love all the naughty names? Hahaha.


image from sephora.com

WHAT?! You dont know what Sephora is?! It’s this immensely HUGE store that houses TONNES of makeup brands. It’s a heavenly makeup candy store! *squeeeeeeee*

I CANT WAIT I CANT WAIT! Will there be an official opening? Me want go!

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