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Hello December!

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It’s been awhile since I last wrote a more personal blog post. It’s mostly reviews after reviews these days. Not that I don’t enjoy doing reviews, but I kind of prefer doing non sponsored reviews like how when I first started beauty blogging on Onsugar 5 years ago. To be honest, I kind of stray from the path I first set myself on when I started writing about beauty. I guess this is why it seems obligatory when I’m writing reviews nowadays and I’m losing the personal touch.

In a blink of an eye, it’s already December and 2014 is coming to an end. 2014 is pretty eventful though not really in a good way for me. But December is a season of festive joy so let’s just enjoy this celebration month and start anew in 2015. ย I promise more out of my own pocket reviews, more hauls, and I’m trying to get active on Youtube once more. I’m trying to save up for an iMac so I can churn out better quality videos, but it won’t be anytime soon seeing how much I spend on beauty shopping. LOL.

Also, there will be more personal ramblings from me which you might not be so interested in. But hey, I’m hitting quarter life crisis in a month, I need an outlet to release my thoughts and this is my space. My own domain, my very own virtual space where I pen down or rather type out my journey and share it with the whole internet.

I’m planning a giveaway for this festive month with the support of a few brands that I’ve enjoyed working with,so keep a lookout for it! It’s the very least I can do for all you readers who have stuck with me with the many moves and changes of my blog! I’ve also re-branded all my social media channels to Joyce Forenisa/@joyceforensia so you now how to look for me on google! Thanks for reading the posts that I’ve written and I hope you stay with me on this journey of discovering life and beauty products!



Cousins* Annual Picnic V



5th Annual Picnic at the Barrage! Missing Conan, Kaixin and Dawn who left early! Credits to JingLong for above collages!


The annual picnic is one of our traditions, to gather and just chill and take down memories in form of photos. It’s a celebration of our friendship!

We have a little one with us this time! Jiaqi’s 8 month old nephew who’s so adorable! Who knows, couple of years down the road we will be bringing out our own kids for the gathering. Lol

The girls! Missing Dawn who left early and Kaixin who’s not there. We don’t initially have so many girls in the group but our guys got girlfriends who eventually got so close that we became one big family! Kudos to RX and Amanda who made the effort to join us on the many gatherings while sacrificing quality couple time. :p

And the boys! I can’t believed that I’ve known Weijie since 2008 which means I known him for nearly 7 years already. Missing Conan who sadly kena NDP duty.

Cousins* officially bonded since 2010 with the beginnings of our many traditions. Many people often mistakes us as real cousins. Lol. From bloggers, to friends and I’ll say we are like family now. The best thing that ever happened to me from blogging is Cousins*. Many more years ahead of us, many more picnics, many more Xmas staycations and many more memories to be created.



BFF Staycation at Village Hotel Katong

I’ve previously won a staycation voucher through a food contest held at Central at Clarke Quay some months ago. So I’ve decided to have a girly staycation with my BFFs to just chill and take some time off the usual work routine.

This is the Club Room at the Village Hotel Katong which was just newly renovated. The club room comes with access to the Peranakan Lounge where they have cocktail sessions during the evening and morning.

The club room is pretty spacious and well decorated to the Peranakan theme. I’m loving the blue hues used in the room. The mini bar is located just beside the curtains. I like the long desk with mirror which is great for us girls to lay out our make up and beautify ourselves. It will be better if the mirrors are not tinted.

Cosy sofa area just beside the bed.


Toilet is pretty spacious with a standing shower and rain shower.

I would love to have such a mirror in my future home! Ring light mirror!!


Enough of the room! Here’s one with my BFF Joey!


And here’s with BFF Maybeline!

I got Puppy Cupcakes from Temptations specially for this Staycation as both my BFFs are dog lovers!

Underneath that cute puppy fondant face is Red Velvet wonder! Yums! It’s not too sweet but I wished there could be more cream cheese!

I also ordered half a dozen of rose macarons. Done very nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the best highlights of 2013 for me, is getting to know this 2 lovely ladies better and since became BFFs. We don’t know each other for very long, yet we can click pretty well. I’m glad to have you girls in my life! ๐Ÿ™‚



Christmas Staycation at Capri By Fraser

Since Studio M in 2010, it had became a tradition for us ( cousins*) to have a staycation every year to celebrate Christmas.

This year, our 4th year, we had our Staycation at Capri By Fraser. One of the main reasons we decided on this hotel is because they have a kitchenette that we could use to cook our own meals.

Let me show you some photos of the room first.

Here’s the main area, the bed and lounge. There’s actually a separator thing you can put down at night to border off the sleeping area which is pretty cool!

The not so well equipped Kitchenette but sufficient for us. It will be great if they have a toaster oven.

Here’s the toilet which has two doors. One leading into the bedroom and the other leading to the wardrobe which links to the doorway and kitchen. The toilet is very spacious, which is comparable to the MBS one.

The kitchen was mainly utilize by me. We bought loads of food like seaweed chicken, nuggets etc. We also have spaghetti with two choice of sauce. Two packets of spaghetti is too much for even 12 people. So you know how much not to cook if you’re cooking for a party.

Check out our Christmas dinner! We also had roast chicken, ham and ribs that are already cooked.

Always take photo before eating. But to be honest, by the time all the food is cooked, most of the food are already cold. But still taste good! ๐Ÿ™‚

This year, we decided to do a Secret Santa for our gift exchange and we took turns to hide our presents in the room. It was hectic when we all go around searching for our gifts. But it was super fun too! Counsin*, let’s do thing every year!

Us with our gifts! Jiaqi is my Secret Santa, thanks for the hand creams! ๐Ÿ™‚

After that is dessert time! I ordered a cake from Temptationsย as a Christmas present to the rest. And I even *ahem* designed the cake myself. Which explains the spelling error. I didn’t realized it when I send in the draft! LOL! Totally joke of the day. But I’m glad everyone like the cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

This year, Jing Long thought of a game, Blind Mice which is something like catching. Just that the catcher had to be blindfolded. I tell you, it’s was super fun that we were playing till 1.30am. LOL.

Next morning, couple of us decided to wake up early and utilize the hotel facilities since we have late check out at 2 pm instead of the usual 12 pm. Even though it was freezing cold, we still went for a dip in the pool! I think we spent 40 minutes in the pool then went for shower before we head back up to the room to prepare breakfast.

So for breakfast, I took over the stove again. Cooked the scrambled eggs, fried the chicken franks and Hash browns.

Taken from my instagram (@forest330). That is some awesome breakfast we managed to whip up! And kudos to Jing Long for the nice plating!

The lighting is the morning was awesome so it’s camwhore time! Just going to post two photos here! Haha.

4th Christmas Staycation success! Where shall we go next year?

Happy Boxing Day!


*Photo Credits to ANdyStorm!*


Tagged: 32 Random Facts about me!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

I have natural wavy hair.

2. Whatโ€™s your natural hair color?

My natural hair color is a sort of deep brown.

Refer to this post for my natural hair color before I dye my hair for the very first time.ย ๐Ÿ˜›

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

I always DIY and save up for a salon treat once in awhile. Now, my hair is taken care of by Salon De Choix !

4. Do you wear the same style every day or do you change it?

On weekdays my style is mostly the same since I’m working in the office. During the weekends it will be different. I don’t stick to a specific style always though. I tend to mix it around to create my own quirky fashion sense. ๐Ÿ˜›

5. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

I usually do my own basic manicure. Used to have a nail sponsor but they got very busy so I don’t go back anymore. Anyone wants to sponsor me?

6. How often do you change your nail polish?

I used to change it every other week. But recently I’m letting my nails rest as they got quite weak.

7. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?

Well, technically it’s Summer all year round in Singapore so Summer? I hardly paint my toes as I’m in covered shoes 80% of the time.

8. How long does it take for you to put on your makeup?

15 minutes for normal day make. 45 minutes to 1 hour if there’s a special occasion.

9. What do you do first, face or eyes?

Face first. But if I know I’m doing heavy eye make, I will do the eyes first.

10. Do you โ€œcollectโ€ makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?

Guilty as charged. I buy when I see new release from my favorite brands. Eg, New Urban Decay Palettes. I can hardly resists their LE palettes.

I did a couple of posts on the makeup collection I’ve by brand. But I got lazy. ๐Ÿ˜›

11. How often do you wear false eye lashes?

Very seldom. I actually have not master the art of wearing falsies yet. Yet, I’ve a collection of lashes in my stash. ๐Ÿ˜›

12. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?

Nope. Nowadays I only wear light make to work. Full face make only on special occasions or event days.

Just powder, blush, and gloss.

13. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone, or with family?

Nope. Unless I’m testing out products for review purpose. But I will usually remove it after taking photos. My skin needs to breathe.

14. Will you leave the house without makeup?

Yes I will. But never without sunscreen!

15. How many high-end products do you have?

Have a couple of Chanel and YSL in my stash for makeup wise. But that’s not really high end also la. ๐Ÿ˜›

16. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?

I will only decide when I’m getting dressed as I’m super fickle minded. Though sometime I’ll have an image what to wear on the next if I’ve an event or something.

17. How often do you change your handbag?

Work days, same bag. Weekends different bag depending on outfit and where I’m going.

18. What time do you get up and go to sleep?

Workdays: Wakes up at 6.50am. I sleep around 12-2. Depending on how tired I’m on that day.

Weekends: Sleep till I wake up naturally unless I’ve things to attend to.

19. How often or when do you work out?

I don’t used to work out but ever since the GLOW BFF Challenge, I try my best to do so once a week.

20. Left handed or right-handed?

Right Handed.

21. How tall are you?

I used to be 168 once. But due to a back injury and some complications, I’m 166 now.

22. Do you speak a foreign language?

Have been taking Japanese for 2 years already so I can have some basic conversation. My reading and writing skills are better though. Recently just got my JLPT N4.

23. How many pets do you have?

I used to have pet fish when I’m younger. Tamagotchi counted? Haha.

24. How often are you on Blogger (or your other blog platform)?

Almost every day.

25. Do you read comments posted on blogs?

Used to but very seldom now.

26. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?

I’ll keep it in mind. If it’s makeup, I will swatch it when I see it. If it suits me I’ll buy but if not I’ll skip. Skincare wise hardly as I’ve sensitive skin. Mostly it’s more on makeup that I will want to try when reading other blogs.

27. How did you come up with your blog name?

It’s basically playing with my own name and my online name.

28. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?

– Olympus Pen EP2 ( My 2nd cam)
– Canon Ixus 870IS (My 1st cam)
– Canon Powershot S95 (My bro’s)
– iPhone
– iPad Mini

29. How often do you clean your house?

When my mum asked me to do so? Which is hardly. ๐Ÿ˜›

30. What is yourย favoriteย color?

I love pastel shades. But my current favorite is Mint!

31. Do you swear?

Only if I’m super pissed of. If not, I’m usually a pretty civilized person.

32. What are you doing with the rest of your day?

Work, knock off, go home, slack, watch anime, sleep. ๐Ÿ˜›

I think most people have done this tag already. So if you have not and felt like doing so, go ahead! ๐Ÿ˜›