Roommate of the Month for April 2018

Opportunities and chances are two of the few risky yet beautiful things that every person shouldn’t take for granted in life. They give us either great satisfaction or disappointment in life that later on will teach us the significance of determination, faith, and courage to try and start a new extraordinary journey.
This is what brave souls believe in, like Bianca Villaverde, our April #RoommateOfTheMonth, as she took every chance that she has, be it big or small, which led her to the most beautiful serendipity she has ever experienced – the colourful world of blogging.
    Curious about her life story as a b/vlogger, we asked her a few questions..   ABOUT BIANCA’S BLOG 1. Tell us about you and your blog. “Hi! My name is Bianca Florence Sto. Domingo Villaverde (I know it’s a long name). I'm 28 years old. I'm an HRM graduate but I work in the BPO industry for 7 years already. My blog is about beauty reviews, events, and lifestyle, where I write and record my event experiences that I also share on my YouTube Channel and sometimes on my blog page on Facebook. It’s called ‘Bianca’s Secrets’”.   2. When did you start your blog and what inspired you to create one? “It all started last April 2016 when I joined a nail art contest on Instagram called Weens Nail Polish and luckily, I won the grand prize. I was also invited to be one of the guests on the same event in Quezon City where I met a bunch of nail technicians and nail art artists who were also real-life bloggers. I already have a friend who’s also a part of the blogging community. She was my best friend since high school and she was the one who influenced me to be a blogger. I stalked those bloggers on Instagram and on Facebook to know how they manage their blogging career. Then, I started to ask them questions on how to start a blog and how to be invited to lifestyle or beauty events. They told me that you have to have thousands of followers to be able to attend or get invited by a certain brand. So after that, I started to enter the colorful world of lifestyle and beauty blogging one step at a time and decided to create a blog for myself. I don't have a big budget to start my own domain yet, but there is always Blogspot or Wordpress; the good thing about it is it’s free. I chose Blogspot instead because I find it very easy to blog there plus I can edit it whenever I want. Entering giveaways is my way to be invited to events and I write my experiences on my blog. I found myself lucky entering so many contests online and I get to share my blessings with my friends and family. Through the course of my blogging experience, I was inspired by so many different bloggers, like BubzBeauty and ItsJudyTime on YouTube, local influencers Sample Roomie residents like Gen-Zel Habab, RealAsianBeauty, AskMeWhats, Anne Clutz, and Say Tioco. I really admire them for spreading their love for beauty and lifestyle, and I wanted to be one of the top influencers like them in the future. This is my motivation to keep on blogging about beauty, events, and lifestyle.”   3. Who are the bloggers that you look up to? “Oh my goodness! There are so many bloggers that I look up to! Here are a few: Say Tioco, Gen-Zel Habab, RealAsianBeauty, AskMeWhats, Anne Clutz, BubzBeauty, and ItsJudyTime.”   4. Top 3 pieces of advice you can give to our roommates who are interested to start up a blog. “1. If you’ve been wanting to start a blog, start now! 2. Turn your hobbies into passion. 3. Be creative!”     ON HER BEAUTY ROUTINE 1. Share with us your skin care routine! “For night skin routine: I wear "no makeup" makeup every day at work. When I go home, I let my body rest for a good 30 minutes and then, go straight to the bathroom, and remove my face with my favorite makeup remover which is Biore Uru Uru Facial Foam. After that, I wash it with a pea sized Belo Acne Pro Gel Facial Wash with a facial sponge to get the excess makeup and dirt. After bathing with Olay Beauty Bar, I let my skin rest and pat it with a clean towel. I cleanse my face with a toner, next with my fave moisturizer, and top it with a night cream and eye cream. For morning skin routine: I wash my face with a facial cleanser and a toner. I always wear a good amount of sunscreen on my face to protect my face from the sun and a moisturising primer before putting on my makeup.   2. How about your makeup routine? “I always go for a simple makeup. I start with cleansing my face with toner and moisturizer with SPF 40, matte face primer, and a good foundation and concealer to cover up my dark circles, eye bags, and acne marks. I set it with a matte powder foundation. For an on-the-go person like me, I just use my nude lipstick as eyeshadow and a volumizing mascara so that my eyes will come alive. And if I'm going to a party, I just put a black eyeliner to spice up the look and I’m good to go!”   3. What are the top 5 beauty products (skincare or makeup) that you can't live without? “1. Moisturizers 2. Pressed Powders 3. Sheet Masks 4. Mascara 5. Lipsticks If I can add one more beauty product, I’ll say it’s “WATER” to keep your body hydrated all the time.”     ON HER SAMPLE ROOM JOURNEY 1. When did you first find out about Sample Room? “I remembered scrolling into my Instagram feed of an Olay event. Then, I saw a beautiful backdrop of flowers in one of my favorite influencers last 2016. So, I immediately tapped it and saw the event banner on that post. The sign was SR and it was Sample Room.” 2. How did Sample Room help you on your journey into the world of skincare and makeup? “Sample Room helped me to be wise in buying beauty products and I was captivated by those influencers who are already a roommate before me. I also believe in their slogan ‘TRY BEFORE YOU BUY’.   3. What were your best finds that you discovered through our site? “Skin and hair care products. I remembered my first purchase from Sample Room, it was during the Palmolive Shampoo and Conditioner campaign. I wanted to have the best skin care products. It’s a HOLY GRAIL for me. It's very hard for me to choose just one, but I have been in love with Belo products this year, especially the Belo Sun Expert Sunscreen Sun Care line.”  

(Belo SunExpert line is her most favorite sample she got from Sample Room)

  4. Do you see yourself still sampling in Sample Room in 3-5 years? “ABSOLUTELY! It will be an honor to be one of the resident roomies someday! I will keep sampling ‘till I pass it on to my future children and will continue the legacy!”   5. Any advice for your fellow roommates for their sampling journey? “Ladies and gents! Don't be afraid to TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! It will save you and your budget on makeup and skincare products. And if you’re passionate to share your learnings with the rest of the world, the time is now. Don't let it pass by.”   Seeing this lovely gal’s determination and creativity in the industry that she dreams of inspired us more to take simple yet courageous steps in reaching our goals. Take a chance and be fearless like her and who knows, you might be one of the people who the future generation of bloggers would look up to! Know more about Bianca’s latest posts and activities at  and You can also follow her at @biancasdv on Instagram and Bianca’s Secrets on Facebook. ---   It’s almost half of the year and we can’t wait to see who’ll be our next #RoommateOfTheMonth! You know the drill, dear roomies! Share, share, share using the hashtags #RoommateOfTheMonth, #SampleRoomSpotlight, and #SampleRoomPH! <3


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