Roommate of the Month for January 2019

  Have you ever had the sudden urge to do something you just usually see or read about? Then had the courage to actually do it and realize that you had it in you all along? Stepping out of our comfort zone is a scary adventure, we will be faced with challenges we've never experienced before. But as humans, we always have this desire for adventure. To seek out the unknown premises in our world. For our January #RoommateOfTheMonth, Glenda Candedeir, the world of beauty and skincare is her playground. She found comfort in reading reviews and ratings of other users on how each product fared on them. But together with that comfort, she also found the urge to share her personal reviews but was hesitant because blogging was not her forte. Working in the IT industry, she had no background in starting her own blog and creating content which readers and herself would enjoy. But she took a leap of faith and tried, and it sparked a sleeping light in her which eventually allowed her to pursue blogging while sharing honest and quality content for her readers.   Get to know more about her blogging and Sample Room journey as she answers a few questions from us!   ABOUT GLENDA 1. Tell us about you and your blog. "I have a professional job in the IT industry by the day and blogs occasionally about beauty and lifestyle on my site which started 2014. Back then, I had an add to cart problem in one of the sites I used to visit which led me to disable my account. But as someone who is into beauty and skincare, I like to do my online research first, especially if there is a newly released product in the market that I wanted to try. Hence, in order to help fellow ladies like me, I decided to create my personal reviews about these products which I also share in my microblog on Instagram, @glendabelleblog."   2. When did you start your blog and what inspired you to create one? "Strictly speaking, I started blogging back in 2011 in a site called Tumblr, then I shifted to WordPress, and finally Blogspot where I find it best for me. I decided to create a blog of my own after reading several reviews about a product with different feedbacks. Back then, I thought to myself, "Why not share a version of my review based on my experience?" -- and that's how I started with my blog. As of now, I'm also studying how to create content and edit YouTube videos!"   3. Who are the bloggers that you look up to? "Renée of Gothamista! I love the way she shares her personal thoughts and experience."   4. Top 3 pieces of advice you can give to our roommates who are interested to start up a blog. "1. Know what is your purpose in starting a blog. Is it to simply share your experience? Use it as a means of earning? Or do you do it out of passion? 2. Prioritize quality over quantity. I personally work on my content during my free time only because of my other daily errands. 3. Focus on topics that really interest you. Don't force yourself to write about something that doesn't ring a bell for you."     ON HER BEAUTY ROUTINE 1. Share with us your skincare routine! "I have a varied skincare routine based on the weather and what my skin needs. Currently, I have a combination to dry skin so moisturizers and face mists are my BFF! I'm on my late 20's so I take care of my skin by following the 5-step skincare routine at night to really bring out my skin's glow. And in the morning, I just use my cleanser, moisturizer, apply some SPF and eye cream."   2. How about your makeup routine? "Personally, I prefer skincare over makeup but I still apply a basic look to even out my skin and to make me look put together for the day. My makeup routine usually consists of just my concealer, eyebrow, blush, and lip color. But on special occasions, I like to doll up and wear full face makeup."   3. What are the top 5 beauty products (skincare and makeup) that you can't live without? "1. Muji Cleansing Oil 2. Biore Sunscreen 3. Eye cream 4. Wunderbrow Eyebrow Gel 5. Carmex Lip Balm"     ABOUT HER SAMPLE ROOM JOURNEY 1. When did you first find out about Sample Room? "I first stumbled upon Sample Room in 2013 when I saw their page on Facebook."   2. How did Sample Room help you in your journey into the world of skincare and makeup? "As I have mentioned, I like researching about the products before I try them. Sample Room helped me practice this with their #TryBeforeYouBuy concept."   3. What were your best finds that you discovered through our site? "My favorite finds from Sample Room are the Belo SunExpert Transparent Mist SPF50, Céleteque Back Acne Spray, Tiger Balm, and Charm Brushes." 4. Do you see yourself still sampling in Sample Room in 3-5 years? "Yes of course!" 5. Any advice for your fellow roommates for their sampling journey? "Don't skip on the minis just because you think it's too small, even those work just as good as the full-sized ones! Plus, you get to enjoy the convenience of bringing it everywhere because of its travel-friendly size! and don't forget to turn on your notifications in Sample Room's social media accounts to get a notice every time they have new items on hand or if they restocked some samples."     True enough, that it is only when we step out of our comfort zone that we get to discover more of our talents and experience things that was once just up to our imagination. Just like Glenda, she was able to discover her talent in writing and her capability of sharing her personal experiences with others by writing honest reviews of the products she got from Sample Room. Her Sample Room journey became a stepping stone in building her blog and created a following of loyal and supportive audience she truly cherishes. You too can start your own blog as long as you have the passion and the determination to deliver content that will inspire and touch the hearts of your readers! Catch Glenda's latest posts about her activities and new beauty finds at https://glendabelle.com and her YouTube channel, Glendabelle Channel! You may also follow her on Instagram at @glendabelleblog and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GlendaBelleBlog/. Looking to be the next Roommate of the Month? Share with us your favorite Sample Room finds on your social media accounts using the hashtags #RoommateOfTheMonth, #SampleRoomSpotlight, and #SampleRoomPH. Who knows, you might just be featured next!


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