— Valerie Lim

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I have always been very close with my family and with the upcoming wedding and the move to Philippines on the cards, I want to share these milestones with them.

Valerie Lim Mom Eugine Soh

In recent months, I have been more conscious of my health and the health of the people around me. My grandpa turns 80 this year and although he is still in the pink of health, he isn’t as strong as he used to be. He has never had to be admitted to hospital for anything but just last year, doctors found some scarring in his liver. This incident has made me think a lot about the health of the people around me, and how important it is for us to take control of it whenever possible. By writing this post, I want to encourage people to take control of their health and protect their sunshine in their lives.

In my last post, I wrote about the Human Papillomavirus and shared some facts and figures about its related diseases. In this post, I will share with you who the sunshine in my life is and a personal story about why I decided to front the #livemysunshinehpv campaign.

My sunshine

If you have read my posts and followed my Instagram, you will know that I am very close to my family. We hang out like friends, love going to new restaurants, and spend every Sunday with my grandparents.

So, there are no prizes for guessing who the sunshine in my life is. If you said it is someone from within my family, you are right! Specifically, the sunshine in my life is none other than my mom!

Valerie Lim and Mom

She is my biggest cheerleader; supporting me in every decision I make and catches me if I fall. She watches out for my well-being and has the biggest, most giving personality I know.

Although I say she is my sunshine in this post, she isn’t the only one in my life. HPV affects both men AND women. So in reality, my mom, dad, brother, grandma and grandpa are my sunshines too. Regardless the circumstance, I always want to protect my ENTIRE family and keep them shining in my life, and thus have already talked to them about the HPV vaccination.

Valerie Lim CLEO 2013

Mother’s Day was particularly special for mom and the family because this year, during my mom’s routine pap smear, the doctors found a grape-sized lump that was not there the year before. The discovery shocked and caused a scare within the family because we did not realize that the lump could grow so quickly within a span of one year.

But because the doctors managed to detect the growth early, it was thankfully quickly operated on and removed within a month.

It was not too long after my mom’s surgery that the organisers of #livemysunshinehpv campaign approached me to be part of it. The coincidence was quite timely. In light of the recent events, I immediately said yes to the honor of being the #livemysunshinehpv ambassador.

Facts and figures about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Previously, I shared some facts about HPV. If you have not already read it, you can read the post here.

To add to that, these are 5 other facts about HPV.

1) There are over 200 over strains of Human Papillomavirus that can be found in the human body.

2) There are no specific reasons how the viruses and infections occur in the body but about 90% of the infections spontaneously disappear over a period of time.

3) There is no approved HPV test to find HPV in the mouth or the throat.

4) There are only several strains of HPV that are aggressive and deadly. These specific ones cause cervical cancer, genital warts and even anal cancer.

5) HPV infection is very common in women AND men,

Protecting yourself against the HPV and its diseases

This #livemysunshinehpv campaign initiated by MSD Pharma in partnership with Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Singapore (SCCPS), and Singapore Pediatric Society (SPS) aims to get people to go for regular pap smear screenings and get vaccinated.

There are so many cancers in the world and there are women-only cancers that we have to take precaution against. We cannot really control the onset of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, but HPV and its associated cervical cancer IS preventable.

After all these years, doctors still recommend the HPV vaccination and pap smear as the gold standard against prevention of cervical cancer. Early detection never fails to help save lives. I am fully in support of these because if it was not for the regular pap smears that my mom and I go for, we would have never been able to quickly remove the growth in her womb earlier this year.

SG Livemysunshinehpv

If you have a story about cervical cancer, just like I did about your sunshine, you can also share the word about protecting your sunshine via the microsite below:

http://livemysunshinehpv.com

Here are the steps on how you can share the sunshine:

1) Select a background that you like best
2) Select a caption that best expresses your wish to your sunshine
3) Share the image that you’ve created on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms, tag your sunshine, and help spread the message

After reading the nuggets of information, you will get a better understanding of HPV and be better prepared for your appointment with your doctor. But you should also clarify with your doctor if you have any other questions just like I did. I read the FAQs within the microsite before I had a chat with my doctor, Dr Christopher Chong Y.L, who is the gynaecologist and urogynaecologist at Gleneagles Hospital. He gave me a more thorough insight about HPV when I spoke with him a couple of week ago before my U.S trip.

The information on the #livemysunshinehpv site has been approved and verified by the Singapore Health Promotion Board so you can share the message without any worry.

Live and spread the sunshine!

Dr Christopher Chong Yew Luen
Consultant obstetrician, gynaecologist & urogynaecologist
Chris Chong Clinic Pte Ltd
Gleneagles Hospital
6A Napier Road, Annexe Block, #02-35
Singapore 258500

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What’s a California experience without its signature In-n-Out burgers. 🍔🍔

Double-double so good, I had a double serve.

No animal style this time because we are on a diet. 😂 Regardless, the freshly prepared burger hit the spot. Coupled with a thick vanilla shake, summer never tasted so good. 

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Whether it is a photo shoot or an Instagram #ootd, “the eyes are the windows to the soul”. Most of our communication is done through non-verbal cues and to change a look from sweet to sexy to fierce, it is all in the eyes.
   
 Aside from eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, I also use the 1-Day ACUVUE DEFINE lens with LACREON technology to enhance my eyes. I always make sure I have my Beauty Step Zero at photoshoots. This is THE step before make up – a pair of ACUVUE DEFINE lenses with LACREON technology.
BIGGER, BRIGHTER EYES

Did you know that bigger irises signal youth? Science has proven that a thick, dark limbal ring makes us appear younger. It makes the whites of the eyes whiter.

Just look at the adorable baby with his big innocent eyes. You will notice that his eyes are well defined and the limbal ring (the border around the eyes) is clear.

We were all born with dark, thick limbal rings. But unfortunately, as age catches up with us, this ring fades. Even more so, when disease hits. But just as we can enhance and change the shape of our eyes with various cosmetics, there is now a little secret cosmetic that people overlook – the 1 • DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE™ with LACREON® contact lens. It accentuates the natural beauty of your eyes, even before applying makeup.

If you need more proof that your eyes speak volumes, A study conducted by the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California (Irvine) also indicated that eyes with darker limbal rings are more attractive.With three different styles to choose from, the 1 – Day ACUVUE DEFINE lenses give my eyes a pop that eyeliner cannot quite match.

Natural Shine

Acuvue Define Beauty Lenses Natural Shine

This lens with the dark grey ring and the gold accent really makes your eyes sparkle. I love the contrast it creates for my eyes yet at the same time,

Accent Style

Acuvue Define Lens Accent Style

The darkest of the lot, the Accent style lens makes me look a little bit more serious and professional, while creating an air of mysteriousness. I usually use this when I am headed for meetings.

Vivid Style

Acuvue Define Lens Vivid Style

I have been using Vivid Style since they first launched the 1-day ACUVUE DEFINE lens range, and I like using it to change my eye colour just a wee bit. This brown is so natural that it blends right in, giving the effect of romantic, soft, dreamy eyes.

NEW WITH LACREON TECHNOLOGY

As I mentioned earlier, I have been an early supporter of the ACUVUE DEFINE lenses. So when this new and improved ACUVUE DEFINE lenses now come with LACREON technology, I could not be happier. This moisture-rich wetting agent creates a cushion of moisture for my eyes throughout the day.

I used to have problems with wearing lenses for long hours. My eyes are naturally dry. Whether I was wearing 1-day lenses or monthly prescription, my eyes would get dry and unhappy. 4 hours is quite short and not the most ideal situation for me especially when I needed to be out and about at events, rehearsals and on the runway.

For me, the comparison between the lenses was simple: to increase the time I could wear contact lenses.
After trying the Natural Shine lenses at the recent Eureka Hedgefund dinner, I am happy to report that I kept the lenses on for the whole dinner AND the after-party. That is a whole 7 hours – a major improvement from before.

  
The LACREON technology makes a HUGE difference! There was even no need for eyedrops!

ACUVUE EYE DESIGN STUDIO

Welcome to the first ever Eye Design Studio here in Asia!

You know those virtual reality studios where you get see yourself as someone else? Well, this Eye Design Studio is something like that, but its focus is to show you how to enhance your eyes.
This was where I got to see for myself how I looked like with the different lenses … without actually doing anything!

Each session with the optometrist is no more than 30 minutes and you get a personalized consultation about what lens (Natural Shine, Vivid Style or Accent Style) works to help you eyes sparkle. I obviously took lots of photos because they were so detailed and even measured all aspects of my eyes!

They measured my iris, length of my eye and then calculated how much of my iris was actually showing to determine how much I could/should enhance my eye sparkle. The Eye Define Studio makes into beauty an art and a science.

See how the Eye Design Studio program showed me how my eyes would be like when I wore the lens. On top of that, it also enhanced my eyes after the Beauty Step Zero with makeup! How cool!

After looking at the pictures, which side are YOUR eyes naturally drawn towards? I will give you a hint: it is probably the one with the bigger iris! No prizes for guessing which one it is.

Instead of just seeing the effect of the ACUVUE DEFINE lenses, you can also go to the ACUVUE Website to sign up for a FREE PAIR of ACUVUE Define lenses with LACREON technology. That way, you won’t just get to see how you look with the lenses, you get to FEEL how comfortable they actually are on you.

Go on, give it a shot and let me know what you think!

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Hate to say good-bye to Vegas but finally back in California and it is full steam ahead with the wedding prep! 👰🏻

Nothing says LA than these palm trees. Ahhhh… California summers. 💕

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Happy 30th birthday, me!

I wish I could tell you what happened in Vegas, but you know what they say,

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

The least I’ll say is I’m danced and Wockeed out yet missing every bit of the Vegas insanity. 😁 

We club hopped one night to the other and managed to cross out Marquee and Omnia off the list.

  
In light of the upcoming life milestones, the Chanel Medallion bag from 2015’s Cruise Collection was the perfect accompaniment to my birthday countdown outfit at Omnia at the famous (or infamous) Caesar’s Palace. 

Followed by front row seats at opening day of Jabbawockeez’s new show, Prism, dare I say it… BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! I almost died hyperventilating as they led both H and I up on stage during the crowd participation. It was surreal being so close to them. For once, I could actually see their eyes, but because of the masks, it was all I got.

But hey, if you didn’t see it on snapchat, it didn’t happen. 😉


  
 

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Being in Vegas is quite surreal. After a 6-hour bus ride from downtown LA, you pull up into dazzling lights and awe-inspiring buildings.

That’s when you know you are on the Vegas strip.

Tonight, we solemnly swear we are up to no good as we countdown to my 30th birthday. 😉

Because life begins after nightfall in Vegas.

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