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’.

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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!

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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

 

 

Sample Room’s Winter Wonderland
Saturday, 17 December 2016

It was like Elsa’s frozen kingdom on display: hints of snow and winter adorned the dinner event of Sample Room’s 4th Anniversary and Annual Christmas Party at The Flame Restaurant in Discovery Primea on December 13, 2016.

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Sample Room’s Partner Bloggers and Beauty Insiders were treated to a scrumptious dinner as they braved the Metro traffic to be with their Sample Room family in this intimate celebration.

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The dinner party started at 8:00 pm with Ms. Sophie Uy, one of the founders of Sample Room Philippines, sharing an inspirational message in light with the true spirit of Christmas and the holiday cheers.

The room was lit with smiles and by the Makati Skyline as the Sample Room founders and its bloggers shared stories, tidbits of what’s going on with their lives and capturing moments to share with their readers and followers. It’s a chill and relaxing get-together that everybody needed!

Aside from the memories with their friends, the bloggers and insiders were also able to take home loot bags from the event. Previews of something exciting that’s coming to Sample Room was shared and they got first dibs! We can’t wait to share it with you too, our lovely roommates!

Thank you again to our Partner Bloggers and Beauty Insiders who graced our Annual Birthday/Christmas Party. We are grateful for your continuous support and love to Sample Room. See you again on our next get-together!

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The Sample Room Experience
Thursday, 9 June 2016

Changing the landscape of the Philippines’ beauty sampling service since 2012, Sample Room is committed in empowering consumers through an interactive online community with the power to try and the power of knowledge. It is committed in helping you find your perfect match when it comes to skincare, cosmetics, and other beauty and wellness domains by trying the product before buying it by providing real and honest details about the product and customer reviews.

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To celebrate our three year mark, we have invited members of the media and partner bloggers to a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Guests were treated to a boho-chic themed, relaxing and fun getaway filled with fun activities and de-stressing, and of course, sampling of new and all time fave beauty products from a beauty addict’s favorite brands.

The event brought to life what the website has to offer. We are extremely grateful to our brand partners for the event : Beauty & Butter, Belo Nutraceuticals, C-Lium, Cure, Laneige, Lux, Pantene, Shiseido, Soffia Brushes, Vaseline, and Zenutrients all have prepared different activities so that the guests can try their new offerings, and encouraged everyone to write their reviews on their review board.

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Our media partners that day had fun roaming around, trying out the Sample Room experience by sampling on the spot and leaving reviews at the respective booths of our brand partners!

It was quite a fun-filled day, full of great food, great company, and great brands that showcased their products for everyone to try, and make a review of! Everyone just got excited to try them all!

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

There is no doubt every woman has had buyer’s remorse over a beauty product—because it’s not for her skin type or because it was a shade too light… or just because. Imagine a beauty market where every woman is given the power to make informed purchasing decisions and the power to try a beauty breakthrough or an established classic, a drugstore pick or an ultimate splurge before actually buying it. What sounds like every woman’s dream is now a reality with Sample Room. With its huge online community of beauty experts, beauty junkies, and fellow consumers, Sample Room doesn’t only let you choose which free products to try, it also provides real and honest details about the product and customer reviews—more than enough information to help you make an informed decision before you buy.

 

TRYVERTISING IS THE NEW SHOPPING

Don’t just get into shopping—go Tryvertising. Read real reviews by ladies who have tried a product and assess if it could be right for you before you make the purchase. Only Sample Room lets you “tryverse” easily, without regrets, and anchoring on the Zero Moment Of Truth, where every woman gets everything she needs to learn about a beauty product before making the purchase decision. The premise of Sample Room is simple: It allows you to acquire beauty and lifestyle products in deluxe-size samples, and sometimes in full-size for free with the goal of educating you about your choice products first before you decide to purchase in-store—saving you the hassle of and the time and money from getting huge beauty-ballistic-bottles that apparently don’t work for you. Sample Room is the Philippines’ first and only beauty and lifestyle sampling and review website, which now has over 46,000+ members, 400 featured products, and over 115 partner brands.

Sample Room allows you to specifically choose what you want to try from its well-curated mix of beauty brands and products. All you have to pay for is a minimal amount for shipping & handling fee, and you’ll get the comfort of having your beauty loot delivered at your doorstep.

 

PLUS POINTS

It works by using earned points as its currency. As a new member, you instantly get 100 points upon registration, which allows you to get as much as 3 sample products in your shopping cart. Points required for acquiring items range from 15 points to 1,000 points, depending on the brand and the item itself. Bar soaps could be for 15 points, a sample size moisturizer could go for 50 points, a good-for-a-week sample of a luxury perfume requires 60 points, and a full-size tube of lipstick could be for 100 points, for instance. With many items requiring minimal points, your 100-startup credit goes quite a long way. You may re-earn the points you’ve spent by rating and reviewing the items you have availed. For instance, if you availed of pre-glued eyelashes for 70 points, rating it on the site instantly earns you 1 incentive point. Writing a review about it and having it approved by the site’s admin gets you an additional 1 incentive point plus 70 points rebate. This way, you can keep on availing for new items throughout your membership. You can also earn 1 point for every registered referral to the site.

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If you want to fast track your points acquisition, however, you may opt to become a VIP member and purchase 1,000 points for P649, which you may use to avail of more premium products for two months. The VIP membership also gives you exclusive invites to events, parties, and workshops, earlier notifications for new product uploads, as well as occasional bonus gifts from its brand partners. This VIP membership is renewable every two months.

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DIGITAL AND ACTUAL

One of the best things about Sample Room is its real community with members interacting beyond the digital sphere. Apart from the online site, members get the chance to attend beauty events—from summer getaways and makeup sessions to spa parties, beauty blogger get-togethers, and other lifestyle activities and events that help in making every woman knowledgeable and empowered in every beauty aspect while adding to her arsenal of beauty brands.

With Sample Room’s wonderful mix of luxury, niche, and drugstore brands, every woman will definitely find a favorite amongst its brands partners. In many cases, too, samples come in full-sizes such as lipsticks, BB creams, and mascaras, among other thrilling surprises.

What are you waiting for? Log on to www.sampleroom.ph and get started!

 

To know more about the latest products, exclusive perks, special offers and upcoming events, follow @SampleRoomPH on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Snapchat!

Still on a high from our media launch last week! ♥ ♥ ♥

Catch a glimpse on what happened in Sample Room’s media launch here.

Sample Room BBQ Pool Party
Thursday, 9 April 2015

Summer must be Sample Room’s favorite season of the year. Given that, we definitely celebrated the beautiful sunny season with our favorite people!

Last March 14, 2015, Sample Room Team kicked off Summer at Wilson’s Place Tagaytay.  This year’s theme was a BBQ Pool Party with cute decors by our co-founder Nathalie Toh, and calligraphy done by co-founder Sophie Uy. Everything was hand-made with love, as we all do for work and play!

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Of course, yummy snacks!

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Grab one and join the fun!

Our meeting place for the day with our favorite bloggers and friends was at Starbucks 6750. After rounding everyone up, we cheerfully bonded together in one van heading towards Tagaytay. Lo and behold, that day marked a really challenging day of traffic in Tagaytay, but it definitely did not dampen our spirits! We were all friends in the van, so just imagine the chitchat, glee, laughters, and even songs sung by our friends! We just love catching up with each other’s lives!

Upon arrival, all our guests were welcomed warmly with the festive, and well-decorated place. It was quite a refreshing day to be away from the city and just bond, and have some fun under the sun!

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The lunch served was nothing short of amazing. Bottomless tummies were required to be satisfied with this lunch! Everyone loved the mushroom soup, and the prawn balls. Everyone was just so full, that they were contemplating on whether they would want to change into swimwear, because from having too much fun during lunchtime!
As for the food that day….well, it was endless. We were fed through and through. Enough said!

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With the sunny day that greeted us, we were quite ready for it, with Belo SunExpert products!

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Sun protection products that got us covered!
The new Sunbrella that has UPF!

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Thanks to our sponsors Belo SunExpert, Orly, Jean & Roz, Sac People, Fuji Instax, Henry’s Professional, Nekkid, Atlas Towels, Zenutrients for this relaxing treat for our bloggers.

Thank you for everyone who made this summer escape possible. It was only for a day, but it was one of the best days of summer for us!
Til our next summer getaway, our lovelies!

 

 

Summer is such a beautiful time of the year.

It makes me smile.

It makes me grateful for a whole lot of things!

Last May 17, the Sample Room whisked away their partner bloggers, bloggers circle members, and friends of Sample Room for a day of pure fun and friendship, to Pico de Loro, Batangas!

It’s fun when everyone is friends, and are all smiles. I just love basking in beautiful vibes of beautiful women who were with us! We had a few laughs inside the shuttle while traveling to Batangas.

Upon arrival, we first sought solace inside an air-conditioned room ( we’re human okay! hahaha! ) , had some welcome drinks, and chit-chatted some more! Specially curated gift bags were also given away during this time, to help prepare these lovelies for their beach experience after lunch!

Tables were decorated for the love of childhood fun – memories of beautiful summer childhood memories – candy, more candy, and Fly Shades!

Our very special lootbag contained beautiful must-haves for summer and beyond!

Special thanks to our loving sponsors!

Stay young, wild, and free basking in the glorious sun…
Belo SunExpert products that help you stay young under the sun, with powerful UVA and UVB blockers, and are lightweight, easily absorbent, and effective!

Time to bare that skin, but colored lips need not be erased!
Happy Skin’s latest products, the Shut Up and Kiss Me Limited Edition Moisturizing Lippie in Valentine Kiss and Make a Clean Sweep Micellar Water Revitalizing Makeup Cleanser, just because your skin and lips need to be healthy and beautiful at all times!

When it’s hot, all you will ever think about is having a cool, cool drink…

VitaBoost will keep you healthy under the scorching sun with its vitamin-packed healthdrink.

Nyogi Coconut Water will give you a splash of freshness and flavor, taking you to beautiful coconut trees and sand.

The sun shines its best at the beach…and you better be dressed for it.

Soak Swimwear is the reason why we anticipate in summer. Sexy silhouettes, sultry colors. Need we say more?

Maui & Sons coverups are colorful, fun, and will cover up just enough to call it still very much, sexy.

All bright, all right, all summer!
Jean and Rosz accessories take an interesting turn this summer with happy colors to brighten up any plain outfit!

One shade darker is still brighter this summer…
FLY Shades, with its hip and cool designs, brings out the fashionista in you, and keeps your eyes from the glare of the sun.

Kick off those shoes for now, time to let loose…

Melissa Shoes that are not only a perfect match for everydays, but also have really fun slipper designs for summer!

Elements Slippers are cushiony, and aesthetically pleasing with its oozing feminine vibe and wonderful simplicity, simply a summer staple!

Stay in the beat of summer…
Elecom earphones are stylish, functional, and fun! Just plug it in, and get lost in the party beats of summer!

Bring home only the good memories…
Celine foldable totes and pouches make you have bags in an instant just when you suddenly need to bring something home.

Capture summer. It’s more than a memory.
Cameras and digital equipment by Henry’s Camera will make you reminisce summer memories forever.

We gotta know we’re truly livin’ a good life…
Charm Makeup Brushes’ latest brush set called Livin` a Charmed Life, as life is beautiful, when we choose to see that we really are living a blessed life!

and when girls are giddy, and having fun bonding together, the carefree and comical vibes come out of these beautiful personalities!

After pulling out items that we’re going to use for the beach, we had a fun lunch, and after lunch passed by so quickly, we all headed to the beach area to enjoy the rest of the afternoon!

 

But waittt!! A group shot!!!!
 

gorgeous girls marching to the sea! I love this shot!
Take a look at our setup, I know, I’m writing about this but I’m totally digging it. Haha!

Here are photos that can just speak a thousand words. I can only smile looking at beautiful friendships formed, enjoyed, and precious time spent in this little paradise.

As we ended the day and went back to the Metro, I could not help but reflect, that in life, there is a time for everything –

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:” ( Ecclesiastes 3:1 )

It was indeed time for us to unwind and get away from the city, and bask in the beautiful glory of God’s creation, and realize how much love He wanted to make us feel by just letting us see such beauty. Sometimes with the busyness of life, we fail to appreciate the things around us, the small things that make us smile, and even just looking up to see the beautiful sky and feel love all over us. I thank God for this opportunity to spend time with these beautiful ladies for a day, and most of all, say thank you for all the blessings we’ve been receiving nonstop.

We’ll always have grateful hearts.

Love,


The Sample Room Team (missing Diana here)

Also, check out our loving partner bloggers’ blog entries about our summer getaway!

Splash of Summer Event 2014
Thursday, 29 May 2014


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Sample Room Celebrates Summer With

Beach Event :

Sample Room Summer Splash Beach Getaway

 

Sample Room makes its mark this summer with a fun, one-day beach getaway, the Sample Room Summer Splash Beach Getaway, an invite-only event for its partner bloggers, bloggers’ circle members, and Sample Room friends. With the event venue at Pico de Loro, Batangas, one of the newest and hippest beach destinations, this day is all about paying homage to this beautiful season, having fun at the beach, and bonding with girlfriends!

Sample Room takes you to the beach – a place that you can set aside your worries, let than inner child shine through, and just bring out that beautiful smile for the world is amazing! This trip would not be complete without essentials that completes the idea of a perfect summer :

Stay young, wild, and free basking in the glorious sun…

Belo SunExpert products that help you stay young under the sun, with powerful UVA and UVB blockers, and are lightweight, easily absorbent, and effective!

 

Time to bare that skin, but colored lips need not be erased!

Happy Skin’s latest products, the Shut Up and Kiss Me Limited Edition Moisturizing Lippie in Valentine Kiss and Make a Clean Sweep Micellar Water Revitalizing Makeup Cleanser, just because your skin and lips need to be healthy and beautiful at all times!

 

When it’s hot, all you will ever think about is having a cool, cool drink…

VitaBoost will keep you healthy under the scorching sun with its vitamin-packed healthdrink.

Nyogi Coconut Water will give you a splash of freshness and flavor, taking you to beautiful coconut trees and sand.

 

The sun shines its best at the beach…and you better be dressed for it.

Soak Swimwear is the reason why we anticipate in summer. Sexy silhouettes, sultry colors. Need we say more?

Maui & Sons coverups are colorful, fun, and will cover up just enough to call it still very much, sexy.

 

All bright, all right, all summer!

Jean and Rosz accessories take an interesting turn this summer with happy colors to brighten up any plain outfit!

 

One shade darker is still brighter this summer…

FLY Shades, with its hip and cool designs, brings out the fashionista in you, and keeps your eyes from the glare of the sun.

 

Kick off those shoes for now, time to let loose…

Melissa Shoes that are not only a perfect match for everydays, but also have really fun slipper designs for summer!

Elements Slippers are cushiony, and aesthetically pleasing with its oozing feminine vibe and wonderful simplicity, simply a summer staple!

 

Stay in the beat of summer…

Elecom earphones are stylish, functional, and fun! Just plug it in, and get lost in the party beats of summer!

 

Bring home only the good memories…

Celine foldable totes and pouches make you have bags in an instant just when you suddenly need to bring something home.

 

Capture summer. It’s more than a memory.

Cameras and digital equipment by Henry’s Camera will make you reminisce summer memories forever.

 

We gotta know we’re truly livin’ a good life…

Charm Makeup Brushes’ latest brush set called Livin` a Charmed Life,  as life is beautiful, when we choose to see that we really are living a blessed life!

Soffia Beauty recreates airbrush finish in makeup table – you’ll never look like you have makeup on. Here’s to forever summer skin!

 

Sample Room, the Philippines’ first beauty and lifestyle sampling website, now strong with a 16,000+ membership, tirelessly provides beauty/lifestyle samples to the Filipino people with increasing brands and the latest products in the market. Sample Room celebrates summer with the most awaited favorite products for sun protection.

 

This summer and beyond, Sample Room is all about giving Sample Room members the opportunity to try new products and services for free, empowering them with a “try before you buy” philosophy, giving value to money with a more assured purchase!