— Valerie Lim

Sometimes we have to make sacrifices. Why is it I usually write these posts and they never get about to seeing the daylights of being published?

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It’s really hard to resist the luxurious. I mean seriously! The thick and the chunky is more than just big, bold and beautiful. It practically screams attention and GLAMOROUS.

Unfortunately, I do not have a pay packet that warrants the possession of the REAL thing. I thus, went ahead and hand-made some inspired pieces I can be quite proud of.

I am a DIY girl.

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I NOW HAS PROOF! Wo0o0o0ot!

Standing next to my 2nd favourite – Kimmie who is so flexi!

Thanks JessicaDOLL for the tip off!

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I’m quite obsessed with lashes. Ever since I got my stash of mascara porn, my mascara count has gone up to a total of……. 11. Of which FIVE are open and working mascaras. Yes and I happen to use any 3 of them at one time. Gawk at the incredulity of it.

L to R: Maybelline XXL volume+length microfibre mascara, Loreal Original Voluminous mascara, dejavu Fibrewig, Stila multi-effect mascara, Benefit Badgal Lash, Too Faced Lash Injection, The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara, Sephora Brand Lash Plumper, LORAC Publicity Stunt Lashes, Smashbox Bionic Mascara, Blinc Kiss Me Mascara

I decided that Benefit Badgal Lash was to be the first of the mascara porn stash I would be test reviewing. Benefit has a reputation for appealing to any girl who loves to have fun. With it’s cute packaging and adorable names, I’d been dying to get my hands on a tube of their Badgal Lash without paying exorbitant prices. Also, I had yet to find the perfect mascara that I couldnt live without. *cough* It was the perfect excuse. But you cant really blame me, it was hard not to be suckered by the pink and black packaging and its promises of “wearing a set of false eyelashes without the glue.”

Picture from benefitcosmetics.com

So what’s the verdict?

True to its sales pitch, Benefit Badgal Lash does indeed come with a big, bad brush. So big that at times I wonder if the brush was more suited for other purposes in the toilet than mascara application. There were the occasional times when my eyeball had the pleasure of battling with the big, bad mascara brush only to sorely lose owing to a lack of weaponry.

However, despite that gripe, I quite like the mascara for it’s lengthening and separation effect. It surprises me by managing to hold the curl of the eyelash quite well too. And, the effect is as they say, like “wearing a set of false eyelashes without the glue.” Lo and behold, on top of that, there’s no clumping and hence, no need to worry about your mascara being mistaken as Spidergal Lash instead of Badgal Lash! Yipeeee!

The one thing that’s missing for me to fully classify this mascara as “The One” is its lack of volume. I have to apply several coats (read: 3 or 4) before I see my lashes barely crossing the line that separates anorexic from the severely undernourished. That being said, my lashes arent exactly pathetically thin either but unlike society’s general perception of beauty, fat lashes are the only thing we consider beautiful.

Does this mascara then warrant itself a spot in the make-up arsenals of Badgals around the world? Well, if you’re looking for a mascara to replace your false luscious black eyelashes, I say stick to your falsies. But if you’re a good girl wanting to explore being a Badgal from time to time, give it a go. It might be just what you’re looking for.

As for me, Im definitely keeping this mascara for layering with other mascaras.

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It seemed so long ago. Missing old times.


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So the three of us, Marie, her friend JL and I hung out at the suffocatingly crowded area for a good 15 minutes or so before the doors opened.

And the sight that greeted us was this massive stage.


My companions for the day.

We made ourselves comfy on what was to be called our spot for the next few hours.

Not only was Singfest a musical extravaganza, it was also a spectacle to behold. Especially with people walking bare-bodied and in their skimpiest bikinis.

And soon the line-up of fantastic artists began with Stacie Orrico in a little LBD that added to the rising temperature of the day.

Then One Republic. Yes, THE One and only One Republic. Oh the awesomeness.

And naturally, when the first few notes of Stop and Stare was belted out, the crowd went wild and was singing along like a mass karaoke session.

And then there was a little Panic! when Panic at the Disco came to the stage because there was a problem with the sound system! We, the audience werent receiving anything on our side! Thus, the poor main lead was singing mute to the 5000 over crowd for almost 2 whole songs. Gah! And it was quite an unfortunate situation because he was really pouring his heart out and singing very enthusiastically!

Finally when the problem was solved, this is the song that the cheer cheered to.

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See the hair matted against his forehead with perspiration.

Soon after the sun began to set, which was a welcome relief after enduring almost 2 over hours of unintended suntanning. The stage floodlights came alive. And it was also at this time that the fan-boards began to pop up; it signaled the next act coming up.

Guess who.

It’s Jason Mraz!
*insert fan girly shrieks*

He eased the crowd into his greatness with the old classic “The Remedy”.

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After which he sang a couple of other songs like “Geek in the Pink”. It was at about this time that I had to leave our coveted spot to meet the rest of the PCD meet & greet girls. As I was at the side waiting to enter backstage, Mraz sang “I’m Yours”! I wanted to die because I couldnt see the Geek in the Pink doing his thing on stage! OH THE HORROR! *pulls sad face* Mraz charm! Mraz charisma! I missed it all! =(((((((((((((((((((((
He really knows how to win the crowd over with his little antics! And to think he managed to flirt with the entire audience of 5000 over people – men and women alike! The cheeky fella!

This is the view from the side AS MRAZ IS SINGING I’M YOURS.

And this is the performance I missed! =(((((((((
I searched Youtube and there are tonnes of videos! Hahaha. Watch as how he flirts with the crowd 5 minutes on.

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Okay before I get stuck raving about him, let’s get back to the meet and greet.

With the girls who were also waiting eagerly to meet the PCD!

I have to admit. I had my fan-girly moment when I was about to meet the PCD. We were standing outside the performers tent and suddenly we caught glimpses of uber hotness, flashes of blonde, black and fiery red hair.

I WANTED TO FAINT! IT’S THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS. IN THE FLESH! OMG OMG OMG!11!11!!1 And I was about to meet them! My hands were trembling and it was as if I was about to cry! WAH! I get convocation scroll also never feel like that! It was out of this world.

And that was as clear a picture as I would get a picture of them BECAUSE AFTERWARDS THE ORGANISERS CAME OUT AND TOLD US THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE TIME TO TAKE PICTURES WITH THE GROUP NOR WOULD WE BE ABLE TO GET AUTOGRAPHS. WTF WTF WTF WTF! We were SOOOOO disappointed because we were all prepared with our CD covers, markers and cameras. Le sigh. Thus, we went in, shook some hands and then were hurriedly ushered out. I felt so cheated. *pulls sad face*

But meeting them was totally extraordinary, because they really are all so gorgeous in person! I cant believe I was stumped for words. We met Kim first and I was all, “OMG YOU’RE THE GYMNAST!” What a great opening line. Add to the excitement of meeting them, a time-constraint and a dash of disappointment of not being able to capture the moment, maybe it’s not that hard to imagine losing your tongue to the cat afterall. Then there was Melody and next Nicole, who is truly the embodiment of the lead Doll. Just standing there and looking at her was mind-boggling. She exudes some sort of aura and presence and you cant help but feel drawn to look at her. I managed to exchange some words with super cute Ashley who was all smiley before we were hurriedly ushered back out.

And that was the end of my supposedly meet and greet. Twas more like a smile, shake hands and say bye bye session instead.

Although my spirits were a tad dampened by the short time we had with the PCD, it was hard to maintain such a mood because of the awesome concert. It was Rick Astley soon after we exited the tent. THE Risk Astley that Ivan paid good money for. HAHAHA.

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And the highlight of the night. THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS finally take center stage! I reckon I got some really good shots of them. YAYYYYY!

My favourites! Kim and Ashley because they are superb dancers. I think Ashley really hits it hard whenever she dances, ie. she commits to the moves yo and Kim is just wicked, fierce with a raw vibe other than the fact that she’s super flexi!

All good things must come to an end. And indeed, it ended quite nicely with beautiful Alicia Keys serenading the unwavering crowd.

Pictures leeched off Marie

I’d expect she churned up a couple of her old crowd pleasers but unfortunately we werent there. The 4 of us had early days the following morning and had to leave before she finished her set. But it was close to midnight when we left and nevertheless, a wonderful end to Singfest 08!

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