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!

Our face is truly what we show the world everyday.

We laugh, we smile, we cry, and we live with it. It’s the forefront of what we show the world. Of course, as we age, there is always the challenge of maintaining the skin in its youthful state, as we really just want to delay aging! We just want to be young forever with beautiful skin. I know, I do want my face to look 20 forever!

The Olay Overnight Ritual was thought of to keep the skin forever young. It consists of two products from Olay – the Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream and Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost. These are two products that will help aid the skin renewal during night time.

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The promise? 2x advanced anti-aging actives, penetration up to skin surface layers deep. In five nights, it promises skin renewal improved by 60%, visibly reducing wrinkles, and having plump and firmer looking skin.

The wonder ingredients? PAL-KTTS ( amino-peptide ), OliveM, Niacinamide, Lyslastine, Hyaluronc Acid and Glycerol. Here are your wonder ingredients that are hardworking to keep your skin young!

I just love the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-essence. It claims the following benefits :

-10X layers skin penetration penetrates to basal layer.
- Bring skin 5x hydration improvement instantly.
- Witness skin translucent, hydrated, and radiant after 1st time usage.
- Improve 20% skin barrier function after using for 4 weeks.

This product melts into my skin and has quite a fast absorption rate. I love this stuff. This is the perfect product to apply after applying toner, and just before your moisturizer. It improves the efficacy of your skin care because it really boosts the skin care that you are using. It preps the skin to absorb skincare. I would use this every day, every night prior to any essence or skincare to boost my skin further! To be honest, I wish all skin care would be as light and as fast absorbent as this product. I can’t help but not love it!

The next step is applying the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. This product will renew, firm, and lift the skin, and can truly bring back the youth back to the face. Formulated with advanced Amino-Peptide Complex, this penetrates deep into the skin surface to really reduce wrinkles!

I needed to apply this lightly on my skin because my skin was oily, and I thought that this would truly work great with dry and normal skin. The creaminess of this product can really make the skin look plump and firm in no time. I applied just a little product on my skin ( tip for oily skin – get a little product, rub and warm with fingers prior to application for fast absorbency ) and it truly moisturized my skin during night time. As for the anti-aging results, I think the skin looks really younger if it is visibly moisturized, and plumper. The signs of aging usually looks really gaunt, and hollow on the places where you used to have plump skin. Given the Olay Micro-Sculpting Cream, I think that this will really get to hydrate and restore the skin in its youthful state.

When you use the two, the results can be dangerously beautiful- don’t say you haven’t been warned!

Gluta-C, already as effective as it is, has boosted its product line to be able to deliver 4x skin whitening benefits to the skin, adding up the ingredient Kojic Plus! During these times, whitening is not only something that is highly considered by many, but also even, glowing skin! For me, I’m after the latter benefit!

Gluta-C has a very interesting new product that they have just launched, and that is the Face and Body Powder. It promises 4x whitening, oil-control and anti-acne, a matte finish, and sun protection. That’s quite a benefit-packed product you got here, alright!

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The Gluta-C with Kojic Plus Whitening System Face and Body Powder looks like your regular baby powder, but it isn’t. The texture is finer, it feels lighter, and it imparts a good glow on the skin upon application. This can be used as a body powder to keep one fresh during the day ( the scent is quite mild and clean! ), and for the face, it can be used as a loose powder to prevent oilies! An added bonus is the sun protection it provides, though it still doesn’t hurt to wear more sunblock before applying this!

I really love bringing this with me wherever I go, because with the humid weather that we are in, it just feels great to freshen up. A great plus is that it gives my skin a natural glow ( nothing too shimmery! ). For the face, it really is a great makeshift loose powder that can mattify the skin all day long. This is a really great multi-function product that would really save you, when needed!

As for the whitening promises, I believe that as you use the Gluta-C Kojic Plus soap and the whitening lotion, these three will all work hand in hand to give you fairer, and a more even-toned skin. This product is a great add-on to further boost the whitening effects on the skin.

Overall, this is a great product that I don’t see everyday anymore, that I am appreciating as of the moment!

Zenutrients always comes up with products that really fill the gap in consumer demand, specially those who are looking for something mild and gentle on the skin.

The new Zenutrients Aloe & Calendula Head to Toe Cream is something new from Zenutrients that is a moisturizer for sensitive skin. Formulated with coconut, aloe and calendula extract, this product is heaven-sent for sensitive skin – and can be used for mild cases of psoriasis, skin asthma, and eczema.

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The first thing I noticed about the Zenutrients Aloe & Calendula Head to Toe Cream is the scent. The fragrance is very mild and natural, and really soothing. I’m starting to like this now. The texture of the cream is a light cream, and as it is applied to the skin, I can’t help but feel that it is softening to the skin. It softens the skin instantly, and it feels so comfortable on the skin as it is not greasy at all. It has the perfect balance of being light to the skin, and delivering the much needed moisture that the skin needs. Angry, irritated, and stressed skin will find relief in this. I know, my skin felt the relief the moment I applied it. This makes a great emergency cream for irritations and rashes, and I can also recommend this for babies!

Overall, this is a great cream not only for the face, but for the body, as it delivers moisture, makes skin really soft, and soothes the skin when needed! I’m so happy to have tried it from Sampleroom.ph.

Hope you’re happy with your samples, too!

I’m in denial. I love my tan so much. I don’t want for summer to ever end.

But really, there is always an ending for everything, and it doesn’t have to end badly, with my tan! Of course, as the weather gets colder ( it has been drizzling as of late ), it’s not that my tan won’t be in season anymore, it’s just that tanned skin, when not exfoliated well, turns out very dull, and muddy looking. It needs a good scrub because it loses its once beautiful lustre from being baked fresh from the sun because of dead skin cell buildup.

And now, I don’t really feel like radically whitening or using anything so intense for my skin. To my surprise, Olay came up with their whitening bars – how timely!

 

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As I was able to try the Olay Skin Whitening Bar with Rose & Milk, I found their hashtag #OneWashWonder catchy. It is formulated with a Triple Whitening System that will help reveal our natural white all over, gently exfoliate the skin and wash away dead skin cells, and even out the skin tone. Wow, sounds good.

I picked up this bar hoping for a gentle, exfoliating, skin brightening experience. Oh, how I loved the scent – it’s such a clean, soapy floral that’s not overpowering. It felt so gentle on the skin – I felt no sting, and also felt very moisturizing – the milk component was just so soothing to my skin! I showered with perhaps one of the most gentle soaps I’ve ever used in my entire life. And it just smells divine.

As for the whitening aspect, I’d rather say that it gives a hint of a glow on the skin as soon as I step out of the shower. Perhaps my skin would get brighter towards a few more uses, but hey, I’m sold with this! It’s not everyday that I encounter a whitening soap that’s so gentle and feeling wonderful on the skin!

Looks like I have a new favorite!

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SHISEIDO IBUKI QUICK FIX MIST

The weather has surely been testing my patience everyday, that I don’t even feel like wearing makeup anymore! At the risk of complaining, it must be the hottest summer that I’ve ever experienced in any part of the world and of all time. But then, we all try to look at things on a better perspective, or else we’d have wrinkles early! Haha!

With this kind of heat, my makeup has been really just light, and not heavy. That is my choice. My skincare? Definitely not heavy specially during day! It’s actually quite tricky to choose skincare products for summer, because you want them as light as possible, but of course, you still want your skin to be as hydrated as possible. You want your skin plump, soft and smooth, but you don’t want to grease up.

Shiseido already made a great move by coming up with an IBUKI line that targets millenials, and its anti-aging positioning is quite strong, because this is all about prevention of collagen loss, and keeping skin young for people on the go. Shiseido has a new product from the IBUKI line called the Shiseido IBUKU Quick Fix Mist.

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The Shiseido IBUKI Quick Fix Mist is a dewy, refreshing gel that sprays into mist form. Its purpose is to prevent shine, and improve skin conditions – making it hydrated, and keeping skin fresh all day.

For impressive ingredients, it has Marjoram extract that targets dehydration, and Anti-Shine Complex to make skin shine-free, fresh-looking skin all day. It also has PhytoTarget Complex, that keeps the skin’s barrier strong, and prevents moisture from being lost from the skin as the day goes by.

Using this, I really appreciate the soothing, cooling feel. It also helps keep my makeup stay longer than usual. But more than that, I appreciate most the refreshing feeling it gives me, as it uplifts my mood on a hot summer day!

Bottomline – Shiseido IBUKI, your products are pretty much a HIT so far. No misses. This is a good addition!

 

 

SHISEIDO IBUKI BEAUTY SLEEPING MASK

 

Lately, I’ve been thinking about skin. Having good skin, that is. My stubborn skin is still oily up til now, that I’m in my early thirties. I don’t feel good about it that at all, and I still dislike applying moisturizers to soften my skin up, and keep it younger. Of course, what happens is that my skin still looks so oily on the exterior, but is dry internally. It’s not a good place. I really must apply moisturizer on my face, and I’ve been hoping that there’s one miracle product that would make my skin feel really moisturized, specially at night, without causing my skin to break out and feel greasy.

Shiseido IBUKI just recently came out with their IBUKI Sleeping Mask. It’s not a conventional mask in sheet, but it is a gel-type moisturizer that contains vitamin capsules. This is slathered on the face just before sleeping, and promises youthful, beautiful looking skin upon waking up. Yes, the term is well-rested even if you didn’t have enough sleep.

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Oh, you have no idea how that idea appealed to me!

So, taking a leap of faith, after cleansed skin, I applied a generous amount of the Shiseido IBUKI Beauty Sleeping Mask on my face. The mini vitamin capsules disintegrated and released beneficial ingredients to my skin. At first, it felt somewhat sticky, but it became comfortable right after. I slept with it on, and boy, when I woke up, it was the best feeling ever.

It felt so good to wake up, and look at my skin! It looked so plump, radiant, soft, and smooth – as if I was a pampered princess and never had to work, and slept for 12 hours a day. I’m not kidding. It really gave my skin that rewind! Spoiled it rotten. I have also noticed how soft it felt during the day, and how my skin was less oily, because it was hydrated all night long.

So now, who’s addicted? Definitely me. I am using the Shiseido IBUKI Beauty Sleeping Mask thrice a week, just because I love seeing my skin look better every single day, and I just can’t believe that I only need to sleep with this on to make me look like I’m Sleeping Beauty! Yay!

Fresh, fresh, fresh.

These three words are just screaming out of my heart with the hot weather! Don’t you think that it’s been extra warm lately? With the weather right now, I really want to stay as fresh as I can, and I can’t even bring myself to wear any heavy fragrance, though I would still like to smell good.

So ok, this brings me to one of my not-so-secrets. I actually love baby colognes.

I feel that baby colognes smell so good! They remind me of babies. Babies just smell good all the time, don’t you think? I just love them! So imagine my glee when Belo Baby just sent me three baby colognes to try! I was so excited to try them for my own, because of my personal agenda. Hahaha!

 

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Infused with a chamomile-derived ingredient that soothes skin, and glycerin that acts as a moisturizing agent, the Belo Baby colognes have the Belo Baby Guarantee that these products are non-irritating and very gentle on the skin, and are perfect for babies.

There are three scents of the Belo Baby colognes :

Happy Tickle is a energizing fruity scent for the happiest of babies. It’s a very uplifting scent.

Cool Drizzle is a classic scent reminiscent of classic baby colognes that smells really fresh!

and Sweet Snuggle has a really mild floral scent that keeps one smelling divine.

Amongst the three, my favorite would have to be Cool Drizzle. It reminds me of the Spanish brand of baby cologne that I have been patronizing for years! I’m so glad I don’t have to look for that brand anymore, as I’ve found my everyday fragrance yay! Thank you so much Belo Baby for creating wonderful scents for babies.

And oh, did I mention that these can also function as hand sanitizing solutions? Oh wow, what a functional added treat!

These new products from Sample Room surely brightened my day! I’m excited to know what you think about them!

 

It all started with a few products in shelves for Belo – I believe, just for basic skincare like a basic facial wash and toner ( correct me if I am wrong, Belo fans! ). I’ve seen the brand grow from having its first skin care line in the most basic sense, to expanding it to several lines, that include sun protection, intensive whitening, and now….

 

BELO Baby!!!

 

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I’m over the moon to tell you that we now have BELO Baby. I’m too happy to say this, because we need a local baby brand for babies!

 

I’ve seen so much imported baby care brands that are so expensive, and I am just so glad that Belo knows what the Philippine consumers need, and that is a baby care brand that is not only affordable, but also mild, and specifically formulated for the needs of the cutest babies – just because they’re really cute and can be our lives ( for moms! ). And of course, baby care products need to smell really, really, nice!

 

Belo Baby products are hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and perfect for all skin types.

 

Let me tell you more about the first products of Belo Baby!
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Belo Baby Bar Soap

 

A gentle bar soap for your baby and the whole family that is 100% natural with a delicate, powdery scent. Rich in cocoa butter, shea butter, and sweet almond oil to nourish and condition delicate skin.

 

I love this soap. This soap lathers pretty moderately, and makes me smell like a baby all day long! It’s very mild, and this is not drying at all!

 

 
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Belo Baby Face and Body Lotion

 

A mild lotion for the face and body that is 100% natural with a very light, non-greasy formula and a delicate powdery scent. Rich in cocoa butter, shea butter, and sweet almond oil to nourish and condition delicate skin.

 

Oh, this can even be used by moms or single ladies out there! The formula is very mild and hypoallergenic, but light on the skin. This is really moisturizing on the skin without it feeling really heavy or greasy at all! The best thing about it? It smells so relaxing, after a hard day’s work. This will lull you to sleep when you apply this on your skin after you apply this to your baby’s. I call this sharing resources. Haha!
 
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Belo Baby Hair & Body Wash

 

A gentle shampoo and body wash that is 100% natural with just the perfect amount of lather for babies and a delicate, powdery scent. Rich in Shea butter, and sweet almond oil to nourish and condition delicate skin. 


This is such a moisturizing shampoo for babies. This is somewhat thick in consistency, that really cleanses and keeps the baby’s scalp, and body clean! For those who have extra dry skin, I deem this really great to be used. This is also good for those who have sensitive scalps, because this has no sulfates at all, which explains the no lather.

 

Overall, I’m really impressed with Belo again. I love their new Belo Baby line, and to be honest, the number one reason I love it is its scent. It smells like babies. Your baby will surely love this, and you will love smelling your baby all day long! I also am impressed that they really took time to create something hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested, just because they think that babies deserve only the best. After all, you are a really cute baby only once in your life!

 

So, who’s trying? Let me know what you think!