Monday, December 10, 2012

Shibuya Gals x Dolly Wink Tsubasa Lookalike Contest ♡

So yesterday was the finals of the Shibuya Gals x Dolly Wink Tsubasa Lookalike Contest, and the Billion Yen Gyaru Tsubasa-sama herself came to Singapore to judge it! The contest was to select one of Tsubasa's looks on the Dolly Wink lashes packaging and emulate it. But before the actual contest, there was the press conference on Friday.

Backdrop of the press conference, pretty and pink! ( ´ ∀ ` )
As the 15 finalists we had to come dressed in the look we sent during submission.

Waiting for the media to arrive...they all got goodie bags with awesome stuff *jelly*
Peeked inside and saw Dolly Wink goodies and some of Tsubasa's CDs! (´・ω・` )

Contestants G1~G8.
I was G9 hahaha. There's a break in between us for the podium!

Finally, Tsubasa appeared at the press conference! ♡
Credits to Koji Honpo's FB page for this pic.
Can't believe I was that close to Tsubasa! (I'm the one in white sitting^^) I kept staring at her back as she spoke; it took a lot of willpower to resist taking out my camera to snap a picture! Before Tsubasa left, she shook all of our hands and wished us luck! (♥´౪`♥) 記者発表会で憧れの益若つばさちゃんと握手して、超嬉しくてまだ信じられない! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ  

Rehearsals the next morning! This was the stage we'd be walking on later that evening. 
The backdrop has all the new otona kawaii Dolly Wink product images!

What do girls do in a dressing room full of mirrors??

Whip out our cameras for some camera time~! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
After a while, it was time for a final run and for the actual event to start.

But before the event started, the three judges came backstage to scrutinize us up close and judge our makeup. Tsubasa went down the line of us one by one, asking each of us the theme of our looks and which lashes we were using. Please don't think I'm creepy but I could not help staring at her as she stood there. She was so close, and her skin is flawless! When it came to my turn she said I made perfect tareme (droopy eyes) *Hyperventilates* So happy to be acknowledged like that!

I totally fail at catwalk, I cannot catwalk if my life depended on it (´Д`) 
Super nervous! I think I get stage fright where my limbs get wobbly, so my only goal was to not fall, trip or stumble. In retrospect, though nerve-wrecking it was a rather enjoyable experience!

After the catwalk/interview round, there was a QnA with Tsubasa. In it, she mentioned that her inspiration for designing lashes was so that all girls can make the eye shape they desire, be it round eyes (marume), cat eyes (nekome) or droopy eyes (tareme), no matter what their original eye shape is. It took about a year to come out with the first line of Dolly Wink lashes, because she draws out the designs herself and has to stick the lash strands on individually on the prototypes to find the appropriate length she wants for the design.

All the finalists plus Tsubasa and other judges.

Best part of the evening: got a pic with Tsubasa after the event! (♥´౪`♥)
Sooo over the moon ♡ ♡ She's really like a doll~
She's so petite and perfect, and prettier in real life than in pictures!

I couldn't stop staring and spazzing, hope she didn't think I was some weirdo! Tsubasa is such an inspiration, juggling all her products lines, her singing career, her son, her magazine/CM appearances, etc. Dolly Wink was the first brand of lashes I really used everyday, and their bottom lashes are still my favorite!

Congratulations to Kelly, the winner of the Tsubasa prize ♡
She could really pass off as Tsubasa's doppelganger!

Jacqueline aka Golly-Locks, winner of the Koji prize~! ♡

Pretty Ariel, winner of the Xiaxue prize~ Love her hair ♡
She self-customized her dress and made her hair bow!

The very youthful Mimiko, whose face totally doesn't match her age!
Her Navana wig looked so real.

Evonne, who was also doing the look from No. 14 Natural Cute.
Her hair is real!

Pretty Peishi~ She's as petite as Tsubasa!
My head looks like a gigantic egg next to hers hahaha.

Ultra kawaii Teru, another petite girl~ 
The waves in her wig were so pretty!

Kawaii Yui and her adorable bunny ears!
One of the first girls I met, during casting. Her hair is real!

Yui, Kurumi and Teru.

One last shot with the mirror before packing up and going home!

Consolation prizes for all the finalists!
Dolly Wink's best-selling lashes No.1 and No.5 in the old packaging!
Two of the new eyeshadows 01 and 02, liquid liner and eyelash case ♡

Overall, it was an amazing night, where I got to meet lots of kawaii new friends and fellow gyaru make lovers~! ♡ Not to mention being able to be within such close proximity to Tsubasa, breathing the same air as her and even taking a photo with her~ (♥´౪`♥) If the world ends on 21 Dec I can die happy having met Tsubasa^^ 

FYI, the renewal series of Dolly Wink lashes with the new promo images will start selling in Singapore next month! The new lashes, 15, 16 and 17 are already on sale in Watsons stores.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tsubasa Coming to Singapore~ ♥

Good news for gyaru lovers in Singapore: Gyaru icon Masuwaka Tsubasa, producer of Dolly Wink and Candy Doll, will be in town on 8th December to judge the Shibuya Gals x Dolly Wink Tsubasa Lookalike Contest! It will be held at the *scape warehouse, and if you RSVP on their Facebook page you can redeem a Dolly Wink eyeliner at the event, first come first served!

The task was to pick any Dolly Wink lash and try to do the look on the packaging. This was my look for the online submission, I was trying to emulate No. 14 Natural Cute^^ Got selected to go for casting, and miraculously made it through to the 15 finalists, super nervous right now! I really wasn't sure if I could make it (´Д`) 

I don't look anything like Tsubasa, but playing dress up is so much fun :D Love this wig! It's shedding and getting a bit tattered now so I need to take good care of it, at least for the next two days!
If anyone's coming for the event, say hi! :D
You can meet fellow gyaru lovers and see Tsubasa up close!

Also, there'll be a Tsubasa Meet & Greet at Watsons Takashimaya that afternoon! 
Simply purchase any Dolly Wink product from today until 8th Dec and you get to shake her hand!

***Updated: Post on actual day of contest and press conference here!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

S-one Expo Stuttgart

The S-one Expo aims to showcase the culture, history and food of Stuttgart to Singapore. Held for the first time this year (6th Nov~9th Dec), it features pavilions mimicking iconic structures of Stuttgart, traditional handicrafts, food and a showcase of German automobiles. 

Greeting you when you come in, nutcracker statues!

Christmas tree~
Mini Black Forest in the background, didn't get to go in.


Cuckoo clocks, Kuckucksuhren Schwarzwald!
The expo also showcased traditional crafts like cuckoo clock making.

Each one is handmade and no two clocks are the same!
These cuckoo clocks originated from the Black Forest.

Went there mainly to eat sauerkraut, I love sauerkraut!
Also tried some Swabian dumplings and sausages.

Other than cuckoo clocks, there were also wooden figurines.

Apparently wooden figurine-making originated in the Erzgebirge region and the Black Forest. 

There were gingerbread-making workshops but you have to sign up, and we came too late^^

They also had a lucky draw going on, and the grand prize is a Porsche Boxster.

Schillerhaus pavillion. 
Inside are books and information on Friedrich von Schiller.
The actual building in Weimar is part of a World Heritage Site.

Other than German food, there was also Singapore food.
One of the things you must try in Singapore is Bak kut teh (肉骨茶)

Other must-tries are char kway teow (炒粿条), carrot cake and Hainanese chicken rice!

Pretty decor!! 
Love the white bicycle and bench!


Nutcracker mascot!

Signpost indicating food stalls! 

Profile silhouette cut-out!
There was a guy doing silhouette cut-outs, he'd stop by, take a look at your side profile, and snip snip snip, with one continuous cut and less than a minute, he's done!

With a nutcracker statue.

Pretty wooden decorations~