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Budget Fashion Haul 

I’m am sure those who know me or follow me on Instagram (@joyceforensia) knows that I spend quite a bit of money on shoes and makeup.
However, I’m not one to spend on clothes and bags. Fashion trends changes way too quickly to justify spending big bucks on clothes and bags that are in trend. I once bought a bag close to $300 but I ended up using it less than 5 times. After that, I decided not to spend so much on bags as I tend to ‘ill-treat’ my bags anyways. Hahaha.
Back to the topic, I went shopping at Vivo recently and managed to purchased 4 items under $50.

I love buying basics at Forever 21, low prices and decent quality. Got a basic black tank, a simple V neck tee shirt in mint and a bandage skirt in dark green. And I only spent $26 dollars on these 3 items.

Basics are great as they never go out of trend and they are comfortable! To me, fashion should never be following the trend blindly. Find a style you like and is comfortable in. I love my basics paired with a statment fashion piece. It can be my bold Melissa heels or a patterned or bright colored outer wear.

I also got this pair of chic sandals with cute owl motifs from Tangs Vivo and it is only retailing at $19.90. I’m always more pro sandals than slippers. I always think that it is ok to be casual heading to town but slippers are kind of sloppy so defintely sandals for me anytime!

Fashion is a style and you define the style you want to portray. We dont have to spend loads of money just to be fashionable. Remember, comfort and confidence never goes out of fashion!



Collective Haul: Sephora Holiday Sets

It’s the festive season soon and many brands are launching sets that are value for money! And the best place to shop has got to be Sephora!

Urban decay is one of my favorite brands and they have an exciting line up for their holiday launches. I got three items from Urban Decay! I have the first two Vice palettes, so it’s a just for me to get the Vice 3. I’ve also picked up their eye pencil set and Full Frontal Lip Stash to try out the liners and lipsticks. Sets like this are great as you get to try out the product in variants of shades. Plus, they are mini sizes so you’re bound to finish them and they are travel friendly too!!

Vice 3, SGD88.

24/7 Glide On Double Ended Eye Pencil Set, Sgd60.

Full Frontal Lip Stash, SGD60.

Tarte is another great brand with good blushers. I love the two I had and I decided that I can’t miss our their blush palette with 5 new shades. As some of you would know, I’m in a lip crayons frenzy and Tarte have a set with mini lip crayons! Must buy!

Tarte Pin Up Girl Blush Palette, SGD59.

Tarte Kiss & Belle LipSurgence Deluxe set, SGD49.

I’ve always wanted to try out Marc Jacobs liners as I’ve heard only good things about them. But I was hesitating as it is pretty hefty at $36 for one liner. Glad I waited as they came out with a 7 piece petite liner set!!!

Marc Jacobs The Sky-Liner, SGD69.

I’ve spent pretty much a bomb this month with all the holiday launches but luckily for Sephora new Black Card launch that I’ve got 10% off though I didn’t hit 250 points. But apparently I hit it after this haul. Hahahaha. A little savings now for more future shopping!!!

Swatches will be up on the blog slowly! Busy at work these days! Let me know if you want me to review any of the items in this post, I’ll try to post it up first!



First Beauty Collective Haul in 2013!

Hi all!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a beauty haul and it’s just awesome to be hauling beauty products. And so here’s my first beauty haul in 2013.

Etude house have loads of pretty glitter polishes now! These are $6.90 each!

I also got the nail polish set from the Etoinette collection. Look at the colors and that nail stickers! Too pretty to miss!! I’m going to wear this for CNY! This is $16.90.

Bought the Moisture Body Cream simply cause it smells really nice. It’s $22.90 for a 200ml tub. I also got the Silk Scarf hair mask to try after seeing Miyake raving about it on twitter. It’s $6.90 in the local Etude stores.

I‘ve also gotten the large 500ml bottle of the Wonder Pore Freshner at $32.90. Love this toner as I feel that it helps minimize the appearance of the pores plus refreshes the skin well. I’ve also gotten the emulsion from the skin mal:gem range to try as I’ve ran out of one to use for my day regime. It’s $25.90 for 200ml.

Saw that Canmake have 25% off at Watson’s the other say so I got their new foundation and primer to try. This is the natural range which does not includes any synthetic chemicals. It is also able to be removed with just water. The original price for the foundation and primer is $29.90 and $24.90 respectively.

Saw this set of 6 mini lip balms from Fresh going at 30% off which makes it $51, originally priced at $73. Lip balms are a staple in my regime and I always finish them real fast or lose them easily. The size of this lip balm is great to throw into the bag or purse!

I’m so glad that YSL have made its way back to SG shores. If not I will not have found out how awesome their range of lip sticks are. The two pictures are from their new Rouge Volupte Shine range. I’ve own two other from the Rouge Sheer Candy range and the Rouge Volupte Range. According to the BA, this new range is something in between the sheer candy and rouge volupte which provides a pigmented glossy color.

YSL priced their lipsticks at $45 each. I personally feel that it’s worth every single cent of it as it’s long lasting plus moisturizing. I love my sheer candy one so much that I’m contemplating to get a back up of the color I had. Now I’ve 4 lip sticks from YSL and trust me, this number will definitely increase over time.

And that’s all for my beauty haul post!


It’s always great to share some beauty love with everyone so I’m giving out the SUGAR Lip Treatment from Fresh (the one on the extreme right in pic, dark brown packaging but it’s a clear balm) to one lucky reader!

To win, simply like my FB page if you have not and leave a comment below stating your FB name and why would you like to win the Lip Treatment.

The giveaway will end 1 Feb 2013 1800 HRS.

Update: Congrats Fenny for winning the Lip Treatment! *Winner is picked using a random name picker~ *



A dress for every Occasion~

A woman can never have enough dresses. We always need a different dress for different occasion. Though it’s never easy to find the right dress for the right occasion or one that fits nicely.

Personally, I prefer to shop for shoes, bags and accessories more then shopping for dresses. Simply because there’s limited places for me to shop at due to me having a bigger frame and bosom. I cannot count the number of times I tried on a dress that I like, but it can’t fit at the chest area. >~<

Hence it was a pleasant surprise for me when I know that Occasion carries a variety of sizes for all their dresses! Regardless if you’re of a bigger frame like me, or have a petite frame, you will definitely find something that fits!

I tried on about 6 dresses and the cutting for all is super flattering. This is like one of the rare times where I try on dresses happily. Hee~

These pretty cupcakes were specially prepared for the “Blogger Sunday”. We get to take our time looking at all the pretty dresses and enjoying sweet treats at the same time! How thoughtful!

There’s also yummy chocolate tarts~~ No worries about eating too much, the dresses here don’t show it. 😛

Occasion have a wide variety of dresses and the short dresses are prices at $88. They also provide Bridesmaid Dresses Package and each dress can go as low as $62.25 depending on the bundle deals.

If you are a bride to be, this is the place to come and get dresses for your bridesmaids! Be it same colored dresses in different designs or even the same designs in rainbow colors! Just take your pick!!

Just out the detail in the photo above!

Occasion also carry long dresses!

Priced at $138 – $168, which I find very reasonable. Some of the dresses are ROM worthy! And if you do have a Black Tie event to attend, this is the rack that you should be checking out!

Corsages and other accessories can also be found at Occasion! Look at the lovely colors!

Tube dresses in more sophisticated darker colors. From the sweet pastels to these elegant tones, they really have it all.

Shawls can also be found at Occasion in a variety of colors to suit your dress!

The first dress I tried on is this mint chiffon pleated dress. Sweet and perfect for a Causal Formal event.

Second dress I tried on is this red frills dress. It might seems more orange but it’s due to the slight yellow lighting in the changing room. Don’t you think the frills at the bottom is so cute!! XD

I love the material too! So comfy!! And the color is really cheerful!

Peach Spag dress that I’ve tried on. This dress comes with padding which means you can keep your bra at home. Haha~ Do you see how the dress falls nicely? Loves!!

I love the professionalism by the sales staff too! I actually asked for an L size to try on for the above dress but she pass me a M size because the cutting of the dress is bigger. And she’s right, it fits nicely! They also help by adjusting the dresses, zipping us up and tying up the ribbons in a way that makes us look slimmer. 😛

As I’ve mentioned, they have long dresses at Occasion too and how could I not take the chance to try on a few~ I love this black dress as it not only made me look slimmer but taller too! Super tempted to get this dress but I don’t really have a good Occasion to wear it to. All my cousins of age are already married. LOL. Maybe when one of the Cousins* gets engaged or married, I could get a long dress for the Occasion then!

Brought YingZi along with me to shop as I knew she love dresses! She looks super lovely in the white long dress above!!

Here’s us in the same dress, different colors, different sizes. Get what I mean when I say that Occasion have a wide range of sizes for the petite like YingZi and for the bigger framed girls like me?

This dress is unique in a way that the shoulder part can be wore in several ways. You can just leave it down or tie it into a bow knot. One dress different looks!

All the designs found in Occasion are designed by local designers. Although they do not provide customization, you can definitely find something that you want as the variety there is huge!

Also tried on this sophisticated halter neck dress and it look good too! This is good for either work or dinner. Just throw on a blazer for a more professional look!

A photo with fellow MFP blogger Xinyi!! And that’s my loots there on the floor~ Haha.
I’ve ended up buying two dresses which I just have to top up the difference after offsetting with the $100 vouchers that Occasion has kindly offered us. Can you guess which dresses I bought? Not the long ones, the short ones.

I got the red frilly dress and the purple halter neck one! XD

I believe that I will definitely go back and get some of their long dresses! Too pretty to pass!!

Now you know where to go if you needs a dress for your Prom, Formal Dinners, ROM or dresses for your bridesmaids!

Occasion have two outlets located at Raffles City #03-29B  and 100AM Shopping Mall (Amara Hotel) #02-18. The outlet featured is the 100AM outlet, which is also the bigger boutique.

Occasion is also a sister boutique of JOOP.