I made peace with the fact that my hair will always be smelly and sticky whenever I commute. I usually just grab my perfume and spray some on my locks to mask the smell of smoke which my hair has acquired on the way. This practice of using perfume, makes my hair a bit dry afterwards but there’s really no way around it when you don’t want your hair to stay stinky. For quite some time, I have dealt with it and was even partly satisfied with the weird scent of perfume mixed with the smell of smoke in my tresses until Vitress Hair Freshener came.

The first time I saw it, I was already impressed with its transparent bottle that has a floral feminine design. I checked the label and saw that it has an InstaFresh Technology that can quickly eliminate unwanted odors in your hair while leaving it shiny and smooth (this is not a drill ladies, there is a product that can instantly remove the stinky smell in your hair and make it shinier!).  And of course, being that preparation is key, I decided to bring it whenever I feel like my hair’s going to be exposed to pollution and smoke.

Basking into the busy streets of Manila on a daily basis, my hair often acquires a lot of scent and pollution which leave a certain type of stink that honestly, stresses me out. Luckily, with just a few spritz of Vitress Hair Freshener, I can bid goodbye to that weird odor in my hair. Its scent is so nice that I can confidently walk-in any air conditioned space, knowing that my tresses are fragrant. Plus, I don’t need to feel embarrassed about tying it up in a ponytail just to somehow confine its smoky smell. Even after a few hours upon application, I can still smell a hint of sweetness in my hair.

What’s also good about this Hair Freshener from Vitress is it is quite handy that I can easily toss it in my hand bag and bring it anywhere I go. When I brought it with me recently on a dinner out with friends, I was satisfied with the way it kept my hair smelling great even with all the exhaust and smoke from the grill, plus the sweat I have induced during our hearty meal. I went home that night without even a trace of that smoky, icky smell!

All I can say is that I absolutely vouch for this product because it has met my hair care needs instantly. I found an instant fix to my smelly hair and I will absolutely include it in my beauty kit! I’m so excited to share this amazing hair freshener to my friends and family! And if you are like me, who’s always struggling to keep your hair fragrant and shiny after frequent exposure to smoke and pollution, I would advise you to try this out!  It can really save you from a lot of stress and frustration. Always remember to #JustVitressIt to say #GoodbyeToSmellyHair!

Vitress Hair Freshener
Friday, 6 October 2017



Vitress Hair Freshener is a lightly scented spray-on fragrance for the hair infused with InstaFresh Technology that instantly eliminates unwanted odors leaving your hair with a refreshing, long-lasting fragrance and shine.

Use also Vitress Cuticle Coat or Vitress Hair Polish for shiny, beautiful hair.


USAGE: Hold bottle 6 inches away from the head and spray on dry, damp, or styled hair. Re-apply as needed. Perfect for everyday use.


FULL SIZES:      50ml

PRICE:             PHP 55.00





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Vitress Hair Polish (Strengthening)
Friday, 6 October 2017


Vitress Hair Polish Strengthening is a light, non-greasy hairstyling cream that smoothens down fly-away hair as it deeply penetrates each layer of hair strands for intense moisturization without the sticky feeling. Powered with Vita Strength Formula, it also helps tame frizz and prevents split ends and breakage keeping your hair healthy, strong, shiny, and silky smooth anytime, anywhere.


USAGE:  Rub an adequate amount between palms. Work through dry or damp hair. Style as desired. Re-apply as needed. Use everyday for best results.


FULL SIZES:      50ml

PRICES:            PHP 39.00





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Vitress Classic Cuticle Coat
Friday, 6 October 2017


Made with special serum from a blend of Silicones, Vitress Classic Cuticle Coat wraps and seals each hair strand to protect it from damage and breakage as it gives an instant and intense shine, softness, smoothness, protection, and manageability to the hair.


USAGE: Place a small amount in palm and massage through dry or damp hair. Style and re-apply as desired.


FULL SIZE:       50ml

PRICE:              PHP 87.00





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Vitress Heat Protect Cuticle Coat has a Thermo-Shield Complex that moisturizes and protects the hair from the harmful effects of frequent curling, ironing, or blow-drying making your hair revitalized and nourished.


USAGE: Remove cap. Press on pump to release product. Place a small amount on palm and massage through dry or damp hair. Apply it after styling through blow-dryer or curling iron for maximum shine and protection. Style and re-apply as desired.


FULL SIZE:       30ml

PRICE:              PHP 75.00





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An online personal diary – that’s how internet-savvy people, nowadays, describe the concept of a blog. It somehow serves as an ‘open book’ to a person’s life as interests, life rants, memories, and experiences such as daily routine are being written and shared publicly in a platform where people in today’s generation are most active at. With these topics at hand, online amateur writers have this unique goal in mind – to encourage and inspire people through their blogs.

But as technology changes and people are becoming more ‘visual maniacs’, they are most likely to search for a content that is both engaging and visually appealing. Hence, this gave birth to the 20th century interactive trend on Internet which is video blogging or simply known as ‘vlogging’.

(Photo grabbed from Google)

Vlogs have the same goal as blogs but this time, they sprinkled it with some creative twist – to visually entertain people. But for people who are new to this kind of Internet craze, the question is: how to confidently produce one?

With a goal in mind to empower women in creating valuable content online, we, Sample Room, held our first ever Beauty Vlogging Workshop last September 16 at the Green Sun Hotel, Makati City.

But to add a hint of chic and classy atmosphere, we turned our ‘vlogging classroom’ into cute streets of Paris!

                                (Sample Room’s standard beauty loot bags)

And to highlight our special milestone, we have invited some of the country’s lovely vlogging pro’s to have a #Vlogging101 session with our budding vloggers, bloggers, influencers, and Sample Room members who would want to pursue and excel in their beauty vlogging journey!

First on the list is beauty blogger, makeup guru, YouTuber, and fellow roommate Gen-zel Habab! From humble beginnings to earning the spotlight, Gen-zel never knew that she would become one of the most influential beauty b/vloggers in the country. Started as a Sample Room member, she then was inspired to come up with her own beauty blog and share her reviews about a certain item that she got from Sample Room.

(Gen-zel sharing her experiences on how she began her b/vlogging journey from scratch)

“As a b/vlogger, you have to maximize whatever you have like budget. Every centavo counts.” Gen-zel’s take on the concept of budget as part of her blogging routine. She also added that with Sample Room’s ‘Try Before You Buy’ thrust, she was able to grow her beauty blog.  “That’s why I’m thankful to my Sample Room family. Sobrang laki ng part nila sa journey ko..”.

(Photo grabbed from one of Gen-zel’s makeup swatch videos on YouTube)

For her, dabbling into digital is not just a piece of cake; it takes extra effort and patience. But with the help of her friends, she was able to gradually start her beauty vlogging journey by helping her buy a brand new camera and converting her room into a mini studio.

When asked about some tips that she can share to aspiring vloggers or blogger-turned-vloggers, Gen-zel says, “Vlog doesn’t need to be expensive. If you want to do something, makakakita ka ng paraan para gawin siya. You just have to maximize what you have.”

Agreeing on Gen-zel’s words of wisdom is the ever-bubbly YouTube makeup guru who, on her part, also maximizes the beauty products that she has to create a perfect and smooth-sailing makeup tutorial. Want to share your daily beauty routine or ‘look-of-the-day’ on your vlog? Get some helpful makeup hacks from the country’s “Michelle Phan”, Say Tioco, as she uses her fave beauty products from Happy Skin and essential video equipment.

(Say doing a live makeup demo in front of the audience)

For lighting, Say used the Enovation 18” Ring Light with Clip, Stand & Filter Set from Henry’s Camera. She also suggested using a combination of yellow and white color to the face to make it more natural and realistic. “Pero kung wala kayong ganito, okay lang. Tumapat kayo sa bintana. Much better kung maaga ka gigising kasi ‘pag tanghali na, harsh na yung lighting sa labas.” she added.

For the makeup application, Say used Happy Skin’s Don’t Get Mad, Get Even Hydrating Liquid Foundation as her base, Air Touch Sponge Three-Way Blending Tool as her applicator, Tale As Old As Time Brightening Powder to set her look, Jig Mayuga’s GlamSquad Collection contour and blush-on, and The Big Day of Bridal Collection and Fierce Kiss matte lippies to pull off her overall look.

(While applying cosmetics from Happy Skin, Say shares a quick trivia about her most favorite beauty product from the said brand — the all-in-one contour and blush set from Jig Mayuga’s GlamSquad Collection)

While doing her masterpiece, she reminded everyone to ensure that the product and its packaging are focused when showed on the camera. Swatches of any wax or liquid cosmetics should be placed at the back of the hands so that the viewers will see the actual consistency or the colour of the makeup that you’re applying. And the most important of all, as per Say, “Zoom in the camera para makita ng tao ‘yung application, and talk about the finish of it.”

On the other hand, for someone who’s adventurous and loves to excel in creating good quality travel and lifestyle vlogs, you can grab some inspiration from this free-spirited, blogger chic’s tips and tricks in producing double tap worthy-like vlogs.

New to the world of vlogging, travel and lifestyle b/vlogger, Rhea Bue imparted some of her learnings and experiences that she encountered about moving from one platform to another one. “When you’re doing vlogs and traveling at the same time, you’ll need extra baggage to pack like gadgets and laptop. And also, confidence is the key. You need to build up your confidence. Practice in front of the camera, then eventually, learn to step out and try outdoor vlogging.”

Since a lot of aspiring travel and lifestyle b/vloggers were asking about what’s the perfect camera to create mind-blowing vlogs, Rhea shared her main secret as well as her all-time favorite camera, the Fujifilm X-A3.

(Rhea sharing her all-time favorite ‘vlogging’ tool to the audience
and describing how it helped 
 her to produce good travel and lifestyle vlogs)

She added that it is a must to choose a stabilizer according to the weight of the camera to avoid shaky videos. But other than her lovely camera, she always makes sure that she brings these three powerful tools whenever she vlogs: flippable gorilla pod, a kick-ass editing software, and the vital ones – time and patience – as vlogging takes a lot of time, work, and effort.

And to give our audience that #Vlogging101 vibe, Rhea gave some quick tip and tricks on how to further improve your vlogging journey — getting inspiration from other people’s vlogs (especially when you have writer’s/artist’s block!), listening to your audience, keeping your videos short and simple, choosing good shots and music, and promoting your vlogs by doing teasers or using ‘call-to-action’ words, IG stories, and the ‘link in bio’ on Instagram.

(The Beauty Trio — Rhea, Gen-zel, and Say — went on a panel question-and-answer portion with the audience)

Before they bid their goodbyes, the ‘Beauty Trio’ had a Q&A session with the host, Ingrid Nieto, and answered some of our dear roomies’ questions. Conclusively, all of them gave a similar but the most important piece of advice: Stay connected with your followers and just be yourself! Indeed, haters are everywhere, but always remember to be proud of yourself. Never let anyone dull your sparkle! Take note of that, dear roomies!

(Sample Room founders — Diana Ong, Nathalie Toh, Sophie Uy, and Katherine Sy — with the Beauty Vlogging Trio and host, Ingrid Nieto)

And oh, by the way, since we’re turning 5 years old later this year, we’ve got some surprises for our roommates like you who trusted and supported us since day 1!

Before the workshop ended, Sample Room co-founder, Sophie Uy made a big announcement on what Sample Room has in store for its members by introducing Sample Room’s upcoming e-commerce website and newly-improved website version 3.0 that will be both launched by the end of this year. So stay tuned! 😉

Of course, this wonderful event would not be possible without the support of our brand partners who gave their time, effort, and trust to make this event a successful one!

(Henry’s Cameras video equipment and Fujifilm’s French vintage chic-booth)

(Travel and lifestyle b/vlogger Rhea Bue’s baby, the Fujifilm X-A3 Camera)

(Pond’s facial booth with their skin analyzer and facial creams)

(Happy Skin cosmetics used by Say Tioco on her live makeup demo)

(Belo Essentials skin must-haves at the flat lay photo booth)

(Beauty loot bags given to attendees with products from Belo Essentials, Happy Skin, Dentiste, Pond’s, and gorilla pod from Henry’s Cameras)

We do hope that you had a fun learning experience with us, roommates! Our goal is to empower women through inspiring creatively and passionately in the digital world; hopefully, we were able to do just that! <3




Everyone dreams of having white, healthy, and perfectly-aligned teeth. With this in mind, we mostly make it a point to visit our dear dentists to monitor our overall oral health, search for excellent toothpaste, or maybe have those ‘tiis ganda’ moments by wearing teeth apparatuses such as braces and retainers to perfectly shape our teeth over time. However, there are certain scenarios or shall I say, ‘oral nightmares’ that cannot be controlled by such adjustments like dental infections, particularly gum bleeding.

This kind of nightmare starts when excess bacteria are not properly brushed off or removed from our teeth, forms the plaque where germs proliferate and attack the healthy tissue around the teeth. Hence, our gums tend to bleed when we brush our teeth as they have been inflamed and irritated by dental plaque that may lead us in having a gum disease called Gingivitis.

Though clinically-tested toothpastes provide overall oral health protection, it is a must that we give our teeth and gums some love by using a healthy and chemical-free alternative toothpaste.

For someone who suffers from the same dilemma, now’s the time to include a healthy alternative to your oral hygiene as an all-natural, herbal toothpaste from Himalaya Herbals came just in time to put an end to our teeth and gum woes!

Himalaya Herbals Complete Care Herbal Toothpaste, like any standard toothpaste, promises to keep our teeth and gums strong, healthy, and protected from harmful germs. But what keeps it different and unique from other toothpastes is that it has a gum expert formula mixed with the natural and herbal actives of Miswak, Neem, and Pomegranate that are proven to help reduce gum bleeding and prevent plaque buildup! It also claims that with regular brushing, it’ll help prevent toothache and give a long-lasting fresh breath for up to 12 hours.

I consider myself lucky as I’ve given a chance to road-test this natural product and see how it does its job in protecting my gums from plaque attacks and bleeding as well. Delighted to witness what this Himalaya Herbals toothpaste has in store for my dental well-being, I immediately opened the cap and I was welcomed by a pale, grayish, moss green color.

It may not have the scent similar to our standard toothpastes, but you can smell right through it its leafy, herbal, and cooling essence which is a great validation that it is, indeed, made with the herbal actives of neem leaves.

After a week’s usage, I can already see some improvement in my gum’s condition. Before, my gums would usually turn red and sometimes, bleed a few when I brush my teeth. But after using Himalaya Herbals Complete Care Herbal Toothpaste, my gums not only have returned to their healthy pink color; it gradually stopped gum bleeding and left a natural fresh breath with no aftertaste! With all these good results, I decided to recommend this to my sister who’s been suffering from gum bleeding so that she, too, can keep her gums protected and healthy. Definitely an all-natural solution to get rid of gum diseases!

It’s true that when a part is damaged, the whole will eventually falter. Gladly, this herbal-infused essential helped me to realize what it means to have a healthy alternative to my oral hygiene that naturally cares in keeping both my dental and body well-being in its stronger and healthier state.

Start protecting your teeth and gums with Himalaya Herbals Complete Care Herbal Toothpaste by getting your FREE sample here.

Roommate of the Month for July 2017
Friday, 29 September 2017

Hi, roommates!

Want to know who will be our next ‘Roommate of the Month’? Good news is that our Sample Room detectives, after a week of doing research and stalking stuff (yes, you read it right!), have finally found ‘the one’ who fits the title for the month of July!

Seen active since 2015, this lovely loyal roomie always makes sure that she has something good to share with her fellow moms as she posts her latest mommy and baby must-haves that she got from Sample Room. With all these efforts, the time has come to give this 28-year-old mommy blogger and software engineer a wonderful recognition.

Dear roomies, we’re happy to introduce our ‘Roommate of the Month’ for July – Suzette Timbreza a.k.a. Suzie!


And because we’re interested to know how she makes time for herself and for her blog despite her busy schedule, we’ve prepared some questions for her to answer…



1. Tell us about you and your blog.

“I am Suzie Timbreza, a super mommy to a little girl, a wife to an architect, a software engineer, and a blogger on the side. My blog, ‘Musings of a Suzie’, is all about beauty products and services that I’ve tried as well as about parenting, lifestyle, personal life, and even our mother and daughter fashion hauls, too.”


2. When did you start your blog and what inspired you to create one?

“I started blogging June of 2015. I got inspired to create one after I attended BDJ’s first beauty fair. I learned a lot from that fair and I want to share it with others.”


3. Who is/are the blogger/s that you look up to?

“I have many influencers to say. When it comes to international success, I look up to Judy Travis of ‘It’s Judy’s Life’. For confidence and adventurous spirit, I am influenced by Will Dasovich. For a mother with talent and wit in beauty, I look up to Anne Clutz and for being a role model to others, I admire Janina Vela.”


4. Top 3 advice you can give to our roommates who are interested to start up a blog.

“There is no perfect time but now. If you want to start up your blog, start right away. Don’t let the fear of judgment stop you from doing what your mind, heart, and body wants. The most important of all, always be YOU. Remember that your blog mirrors your personality. So, be true.”



1. Share us your skincare routine!

“I have a different skin care routine in the morning and in the evening. For morning, I start with washing my face and applying toner and moisturizer on my face, neck, and lips. Then after that, I apply sunscreen. In the evening, I first remove my makeup with a makeup remover, wash my face, use a toner, then apply moisturizer on my face, neck, and lips. I treat my face with a facial mask every once a week while watching my favorite TV series. But most important of all, I always keep myself hydrated.”


2. How about your makeup routine?

“My everyday makeup routine starts with the application of a lip balm. Then, I apply my foundation, seal it with a powder, groom my eyebrows with my favorite eyebrow pencil,  smooth shades of nude and brown on my eyelids, give volume to my lashes with a mascara, and then,  apply contour, blush, and highlighter on my cheeks. Going back to my lips, I gently scrub the lip balm with a soft or wet tissue. Then, I apply the balm again and complete my look with my favorite lipstick.”


3. What are the top 5 beauty products (skincare and makeup) that you can’t live without?

“Facial wash, sunscreen, mascara, foundation, BB cream, and lipstick are the products that I swear, I cannot live without.”




1. When did you first find out about Sample Room?

“I learned about Sample Room in 2015 from the YouTuber/Vlogger Say Tioco Artillero.”


2. How did Sample Room help you in your journey into the world of skincare and make-up?

“When I was starting my blog, I have this goal of trying different products. Sample Room helped me in accomplishing this goal. I could give different products a try and my friends, family, and colleague go to me first for advice regarding these things. This helped me establish my forte in the blogging world.”


3. What were your best finds that you discovered through our site?

 “The best finds I had tried are from Belo Products. I got skincare products not just for me but also for my daughter. They are amazing!”


4. Do you see yourself still sampling in Sample Room in 3-5 years?

“Yes, I do! Sample Room is a very good site not just for bloggers but for other people as well.”


5.  Any advice for your fellow roommates for their sampling journey?

“Invest on being a VIP member. I have tried this perk before and yes, it is awesome and totally worth it!”


So, that’s all for today’s interview with our jolly July ROTM – Suzie Timbreza – and we do hope that you’ve learned some skin, beauty, and blog hacks from our super mama. We, in Sample Room, thank you for your unending trust to our goal and service to empower more women, Suzie! <3

To know more about her and the products that she has tried from us, you can check out her blog at  https://musingsofasuzie.blogspot.com/ or visit her social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MusingsOfASuzie/

Keep on sharing and posting your Sample Room beauty loots on your social media accounts using the hashtags #RoommateOfTheMonth, #SampleRoomSpotlight, and #SampleRoomPH, roomies! Get spotted and this might be your time to shine as our next “Roommate of the Month”! 😉