#Vlogging101: Sample Room Beauty Vlogging Workshop

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    

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