Monday, 19 December 2016
Let the drum roll start as we congratulate Christine Fernandez as our Roommate of the Month for November!
The 29-year-old nurse and beauty junkie started her blog in 2009 as a result of the lack of product reviews catered to Filipina women. “Most reviews, swatches, and shades were meant for international readers,” said Christine. This situation led her to start her own blog, allaboutbeauty101.com.
Her blog consisted mostly of product reviews as she wanted it to serve as a medium for new and budding makeup enthusiasts. She also wants to pander to those who are budget savvy that wants to do their research first before buying a product. Christine explains, “This way, they would be able to gauge and hopefully be able to help my readers decide if the merchandise is for them or not.” Her informative posts and well-curated photos were drawn in from her love of all things beauty. Not to mention, her sources of inspiration are Temptalia, Michelle Phan, and Sample Room Partner Blogger Nikki Tiu.
When asked what bits of blogging wisdom can the 7-year beauty blogger share with her fellow roommates, she emphasized the power of passion and expression: Find your passion and don’t be afraid to express yourself. If faced with tough times, she adds “Keep going. There will come a time that you would feel so uninspired that you just want to stop. Don’t. Keep exploring, enjoying and writing.”
ON HER BEAUTY ROUTINES
As a beauty blogger, Christine tends to change her skincare routine as she’s trying out different products for her blog. However, she tries to follow a standard beauty routine on a regular basis: Makeup removal, Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, Apply serum, and indulge in a Mask. Once or twice a week she would exfoliate at home using peeling products and masks and go to a professional clinic for a facial once a month.
To keep her makeup on point, she uses a primer, a liquid foundation, a blush, a good lipstick and an eye shadow. If she feels like it, she tends to add a bit of contouring and highlighting, groom up her eyebrows, and apply an eyeliner and a mascara.
We also noticed how flawless she looks when we stumbled on her Instagram account. Her secret? Blend, blend, blend. “There is nothing more important than doing a proper blending of makeup.”
ON SAMPLE ROOM
Christine first learned about Sample Room back in 2013, when a friend of hers suggested for her to try it out. 50+ sampling sessions after, she’s addicted. As she and Sample Room have the same goal, “Try before you buy”, she finds it really helpful for her to explore a wide range of products and share her experiences with her readers and followers.
In her three years of being an active member of our community, her top 3 finds from the site are the Shiseido IBUKI Beauty Sleeping Mask, the Zenutrients Eucalyptus Massage Oil, and the Red Cherry Lashes.
Her word of advice for her fellow roommates? “Get a VIP Membership. It is worth it.” She also adds that roommates should post their reviews after personally using the items for at least a week. “Don’t be too hasty since most of the products take time before you can see and feel any difference.”
And of course, above all, is for you to enjoy your Sample Room experience in our lovely community.