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Before, the thought of a sunscreen automatically gives me visions of summer and splashing about waters. This is related to my childhood, as I have memories of using sunscreens only during vacations at the beach or swimming pools. I don’t know about you, but I even have memories of those sticky and tacky sunscreen lotions with very low SPF protection. My mother would help me apply one all over my body while saying, “use this so you won’t get darker!” I relied on my mother’s securing words, jumped in the water assured that my skin color would remain just the same before I get in, only to find my skin 3 shades darker than the original afterwards.

 

So growing up, I never really believed in sunscreens and their supposed ability to protect your skin from sun damage. Until today, when I’m already an adult, I discovered Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream on Sample Room and found out about its amazing skin benefits.

 

Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream is not your ordinary sunscreen. It has brought the whole sunscreen protection game to a whole new level! Aside from having a very kikay packaging, it also has superb qualities ordinary sunscreens don’t have: For one, it has a high SPF content; SPF 50 PA+++ which, according to research, blocks off 98% of UVB rays–the main cause of sunburns! Aside from that, it has titanium oxide, an ingredient that helps block off UVA that causes skin aging and cancer. Second, this superb sunscreen employs the power of cool water splash technology and gives an instant cooling sensation upon application! I honestly have never encountered a sunscreen as “cool” as this! The third quality is what I believe many Filipinas will rave about—its instant whitening effect! A lot of skin whitening products in the market claim to give you an instant fair skin, but they don’t really work. Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream won’t disappoint you in that department, as you will really see its ability to brighten your skin instantly! Watch the video below to see how it works:

Before, I never found wearing sunscreen beneficial, and I only associated it with beaches and swimming pools. Thanks to Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream, my whole perspective on sunscreens have changed. Now, the thought of a sunscreen gives me visions of not just the beaches and swimming pools, but also Cathy Doll L-Glutathione Magic Cream’s amazing benefits and the wonders it has done for my skin! It’s a must-have for our daily skin care routine. Try it for yourself!

 

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The heat is on – everyday is just so sunny and warm, yeah?

I feel like the sun’s glaring at me everyday – no, not really. I would not trade this season because I get to see the warm glow of the sun just give the scenery on the roads filtered, hazy, not too clear, but still stunning nonetheless. I also get to see the best sunsets during this season. I love this season so much.

Coupled with this season is the need for protection. I am quite unmindful when I actually get tanned, or not, so I was so surprised one day that a friend told me that my skin tanned – and it was just because I wore my sleeveless dress. I realized that the sun was really so strong nowadays that we need extra protection.

Yes, I am mega religious in applying my sunblock for the face, but for the body, not really. Some products would feel icky on the body that would make me an unwilling user of body sunblock. But nowadays, there are quite a few brands that seem to know my needs that they blow my mind away with the new, innovative products that they come up with – just like the new Belo Intensive Whitening Body BB Cream.

Achieve gorgeously flawless, naturally glowing arms and legs in an instant. Belo Intensive Whitening Body BB Cream visibly covers blemishes and imperfections as it works to intensively whiten skin. It conceals imperfections while providing silky-smooth and natural flawless finish with its TONE CORRECTING FORMULA. It whitens skin deeply with its Kojic Acid + Tranexamic formulation, and its SPF 50 & PA++++ protects skin against age-accelerating UV rays. It’s also paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist-tested.

I’m gonna keep this short and direct – spraying this on feels so light and almost like I didn’t apply anything at all. It has a cooling sensation into it. It has SPF 50 PA++++ and it’s quite a winner for this format! But for the best bonus yet – are you ready? When you spray it on, there is a flesh-toned cream that somehow “airbrushes” the surface into a flawless complexion – say hello to flawless arms and legs with this! It’s like a bb cream for your body with loaded SPF. It has whitening properties – oh, I’m ok with that. This is too much! I’m sold, and stocking up!

Best.summer.product.ever.

Enough said!

Enjoy the samples, y’all!

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Ever since I have discovered the anti-aging and anti-pollution ( haha you can say that! ) effects of sunscreen, I really make it a point to wear sunscreen on my face, on my neck everyday. When I started driving, I even went more aggressive so as applying sunscreen all over my body to prevent body aging, too! It’s such a great routine of taking care of your body making sure it ages gracefully without the damaging effects of the sun in the long run!
Now, Belo has a new product offering in the market in which I am so psyched about! The new Belo SunExpert Hair and Scalp Shield is just so amazing, and in time for summer – just when I feel that everything is scorching up, even up to my scalp!
Belo SunExpert Hair and Scalp Shield is enriched with UV filters and Vitamin E to protect the hair from sun damage and provide deep nourishment for the hair from root to tip. It also tames frizzies and keeps hair in proper order.
I was so excited to try this that I immediately sprayed oh so generously on damp hair. My hair, when dry, felt oily. So lesson learned – apply in small amounts first. The second time I tried it, I sprayed only a small amount on damp hair and spread it all over my hair. My hair looked great when it dried – tamed, frizz-free, moisturized, and at the same time, protected from the sun! I love this!
I highly recommend the Belo SunExpert Hair and Scalp Shield to be brought with you to the beach as your friendly hair #sunscreencompanion to ensure your hair doesn’t get scorched up and damaged as you play under the sun. This would also be a great city friend wherein this can be sprayed on damp hair every morning to ensure that your tresses dry in a tamed manner – no frizzies, but maximum protection.
Love this stuff!

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Summer is only a few weeks away but my skin looks like it’s suffering from it already. And yes, I’m talking about the dreaded dark spots lingering on my face.

Don’t get me wrong, I apply my dose of SPF before I apply makeup but it seems like it’s not enough anymore. The environment is getting harsher these days – I can feel it, my skin also feels it. I’m only out in the sun when I commute to and from work but the effect on my skin is getting more drastic each time I’m outside. It’s quite frustrating since my skin tone gets uneven and the dark spots stand out in my face like it’s saying “Hello, world! I’m here!” Ugh.

Quite interestingly, POND’S just launched their new White Beauty Spotless Rosy White Day Cream for women who are suffering the same predicament as mine. According to the product description, it has Advanced Vitamin B3+ Technology that helps boost skin’s natural whitening ability from within. It fights 10 of today’s toughest skin problems (including darks spots and uneven skin tone just to name a few) for a rosy, white glow. Since it became available in Sample Room, I decided to give it a try, hoping that the cream delivers what it promises.

The product indicates that it’s for day use but I also used it for my night time routine for 4 days. It’s also formulated for people with normal skin and being the oily-combination skin girl like me, I was afraid it might rack up the oiliness of my face.

On my first application, I was surprised on how the texture of my face changed post-application. I followed the instructions on the box only using a pea-size amount for my face. After the product sank onto my skin, it suddenly disappeared and left my face feeling dry while I was still rubbing it in. It felt like I was tugging my cheeks all the time. At first, I was disappointed, but after a few minutes, the texture of my face turned powdery, as if I just applied a layer or two of powder foundation. I applied my makeup on top of the day cream and it did not affect the oiliness of my face at all. It did not suppress it nor made it worse, which is a plus for me. I also used this as a night cream and the powdery texture stayed until the next morning.

After 4 days of using this day cream, I noticed that my skin tone is not as uneven as it was before, and the dark spots on my face somehow lightened, although it’s still there. I’m willing to give this day cream more time for my face as I’m quite impressed with its effect on my skin during the first 4 days I used it!

The Pond’s White Beauty Spotless Rosy White Day Cream gave me hope for my problematic dark spots and it now deserves a space in my vanity area. So if you’re suffering with same problem as mine, I urge you to try it and see the effects yourself!

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Our skin gets clogged every single day because of several factors – being under the sun, for one, gives way for dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. Another factor would be our skin’s natural oil production, that when mixed with bacteria, and even dead skin cells can cause acne flare-ups.

I firmly believe that micro-exfoliation is needed as part of one’s skin care regimen because it prevents further layers of dead skin cell buildup that can cause flare-ups when mixed with all other factors.

That is why I was so excited with the new Maxi-peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Fluid.

How does Maxi-peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Fluid work?

- First, it prepares your skin’s outer layer by unclogging your facial pores with the help of BHA Microexfoliant

- The next layer of skin is relieved from all dead skin cells, acne scars and blemishes through the power of AHA Microexfoliant

- Going deeper, it loosens the buildup of skin contaminants and helps prevent the development of acne.

- Finally, Vitamins B3, C, and E protect each layer on the inside and lightens your skin tone on the outside.

Reading how the Maxipeel Zero Micro-exfoliant Fluid works helped me realized how limited my knowledge of micro-exfoliating was. All I knew is that micro-exfoliant was just a less abrasive facial scrub ( though, more penetrating ). Apparently, this micro-exfoliant has three steps: it contains BHA that takes care of unclogging, AHA takes care of refining the skin texture, and further, it kills acne at its source and nourishes the skin that lightens the surface skin color. Wow. But how is the experience?

I don’t think my day is ever complete without a micro exfoliant wiped on my skin to cap my day. All throughout the day, I would wear makeup, and experience my skin oil up from time to time, I knew I had to sleep with a really clean face, hoping that no trace of makeup would cause me acne, or that my pores would not blend in with any product used on my skin to combine and erupt. I used Maxipeel Zero Micro-exfoliant Fluid for that matter, and my skin never felt that clean, without the usual redness and visible peeling that other exfoliants have caused my skin. My pores looked and felt smoother, and my skin texture finer. This review is based on my one-week usage of this product.

If I had not used this, my skin would be the same as before – it would feel and look like my pores would build up on white heads and black heads, and I would just be going to the dermatologist every month for cleaning – extraction, but there would be no maintenance on my skin, and it would not be an effective of a solution because it doesn’t really do anything for my skin. I want my skin to be able to have clogged pores less and to eradicate my acne even before it starts, and not resort to injections.

Overall, the Maxipeel Zero Microexfoliant Fluid cleanses without the redness and visible peeling that has great value for money ( how affordable is this? ). It made my skin look clean, fine-textured, and always bright because I feel like new skin is always revealed every day! Micro exfoliants are just LOVE!

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I have a love-and-hate relationship with hair. I love how my crowning glory accentuates my face in the most flattering way and yet, visible, unwanted hair is present in my face, much to my annoyance.

I want to zap all the unwanted hair away in my face (on my upper lips, to be exact) not because society wants me to, but I want to – those are two different things.

Luckily, Sample Room partnered with STRIP to help alleviate me and my fellow roommates of our unwanted hair-worries! With this partnership, they gave away full-service gift certificates to Strip salons, and we were blessed to have tried FREE full services of the STRIP Upper Lip ICE treatment!

For a little flashback, let me share a little story: When I was in high school, way back in 2010, a friend of mine noticed the visible fine hair on my upper lip and told me to shave it with a razor. Curious, naïve, and bothered about the fact that hair on my upper lip is visible enough to get noticed, I followed the advice of my friend to shave my upper lip, making the fine and almost invisible hair on my upper lip thicker and more visible as years went by. Here’s a picture of my present upper lip:

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I completely regret following that bad advice to this day as I needed to shave or have my upper lip waxed every now and then. Not only was it a burden, the razor cuts on my skin and occasional flinches in the waxing salons were, of course, unflattering, too.

As recommended and based on my unwanted hair concern, I opted for the STRIP Upper Lip ICE treatment. It is a laser hair treatment done on the upper lip area using the STRIP ICE technology. The STRIP ICE technology is the most advanced laser hair removal system available today. What sets it apart from other hair removal systems is that it is the only clinically proven method of laser hair removal that is virtually painless. It uses unique heating and energy delivering method which destroys the hair follicles and prevents re-growth of unwanted hair. To make it safer, the hand piece used in a STRIP ICE session works on a dual-chill system which cools the surface of the skin, preventing superficial burns and the sensation of pain.

Excited to try the services, I booked an appointment 2 days ahead of the schedule at the Strip SM Megamall branch which is located on the 5th floor, Mega Fashion Hall.

The beautiful interior of the salon added to my excitement as well as the as the welcoming and warm greetings of the receptionists.

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Prior to the procedure, I was asked to fill out a personal information sheet as I was a new customer to their salon, and a consent form to make sure that I don’t have any medical complications that could possibly interfere with the procedure. (To those who are opting to try this service, make sure you don’t have any medical conditions that could possibly interfere with the laser hair treatment procedure such as indicated in the paper: skin inflammations, asthma, pregnancy, etc. To be really sure, ask your doctor if you are eligible to undergo a laser hair treatment.)

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The person attending to me also asked if I had used any facial skin toners/lotions, or if I had undergone any facial treatments prior to the procedure because, according to her, these could make our skin more sensitive, and thus increase the possibility of skin irritation during the treatment. Thank God my answer to those questions is a NO because I badly want to try to the service!

Upon entering the treatment room, I was surprised to see a chic and colorful room interior that instantly appealed to my girly senses.
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Pre-procedure, I was asked to lie down on the pink treatment bed and the attending lady covered me with a warm and clean towel blanket. She then proceeded to sanitize her hands and wear gloves. After which, she applied a sanitizing cream on my upper lip and shaved my upper lip hair. When the shaved hair was removed using a clean cotton, a cleansing cream was applied. Afterward, she placed the protective eyeglasses on my eyes before starting with the laser hair procedure itself.

A laser hair removal procedure begins by putting ample amount of cooling gel on the desired area to be treated, which in my case is the upper lip. The gel allows the laser hair hand piece to glide onto your skin, and also works to combat the heat being released from the laser hair hand piece. When it was put onto my upper lip, I instantly felt the cooling sensation and it just hit me at that moment that in just a few minutes, I’m about to go hair free on my upper lip for life (well, at least for a longer time period than 1 week)!
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The sound of the hair laser hand piece started as the hand piece was swiped from right to left and vice versa on my upper lip. The cooling gel spreads out in every swipe, giving a need to reapply the gel every after 4-5 swipes. Sometimes the gel gets inside my nose, and when that happens, the attendant would wipe the gel away from my nostrils and would ask me to blow onto the tissue so I could breathe.After about 15 minutes of swiping and gliding, the whole session was done. The attendant ended it by wiping the remaining cooling gel and by applying a soothing cream.

The attending lady told me that it normally takes more than 1 session to permanently stop the hair growth, but for some people, it only takes 1 session! I couldn’t believe that in just 20 minutes, I am already semi-permanently hair-free on my upper lip! What is 20 minutes of lying down compared to 7 years of pain-inducing shaving and waxing? STRIP Upper Lip ICE is definitely worth a try!

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Watch the full video of my STRIP Upper Lip ICE experience here

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Browsing through Instagram, I am faced with bloggers and influencers alike who look amazing with natural makeup and looks like they’re awake and fresh the whole day. I’ve been eyeing that look as well, only my eyelashes are sparse and completely lacking in the volume department.My eyelashes are short and straight, making it nearly invisible. I tried all recommended mascaras out there but my eyelashes tend to reject the black formula because at the middle of the day, it gets too clumpy and the curl doesn’t last until the end of my shift.

Frustrated, I researched and browsed online different treatments that can help me with my problem (semi)permanently. After a few clicks here and there, I stumbled upon Browhaus’ Lash in Bloom 2.0 (Eyelash Extensions) treatment but at that time, have no budget for the said treatment so I just shrugged it off and closed my laptop.

Surprisingly, last January, Sample Room partnered with Browhaus much to my surprise! With this partnership, they gave away full-service gift certificates to Browhaus salons, and we were blessed to have tried FREE full services of  Browhaus Lash in Bloom 2.0 (Eyelash Extensions). Can you imagine how excited and giddy I was after reading the social media posts? Hihi.

For those newbies in the eyelash extension game like me, here’s a little rundown of the treatment that the partnership offered: the Browhaus Lash in Bloom 2.0 (Eyelash Extensions) is an eyelash extension technique which is claimed to be the fastest in the industry. In just 45 minutes, imported and premium lashes are custom fit to your individual eye shape needs, giving you the fullest and most durable lashes.As I’m really geared up to face 2017 with a new and full-looking set of lashes on, I booked an appointment at the Browhaus SM Megamall branch located on the 5th floor, Mega Fashion Hall.Before the procedure, I was asked to fill out a personal information sheet as I was a new customer to their salon, and a consent form to make sure that I don’t have any medical complications that could possibly interfere with the procedure.

Because a session of Lash in Bloom 2.0 usually takes an hour, the attending lady kindly told me that I might want to go to the bathroom first before the session. I did not hesitate to make a quick trip to the bathroom first.When I came back, I was asked to lie down on a reclining chair and the attending lady covered me with a warm black cloth.

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Part of the attendants’ protocol is to ask the customer if he/she is wearing contact lenses or if he/she has any allergies. This is to make sure that the procedure will not cause any aggravation.

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After making sure that I had no allergies or wearing any lenses, I was given two options for my lash extensions: the “natural-look” and the “cat-eye look.” As the name itself suggests, the “natural-look” will give you natural-looking lashes but accentuated and more defined. The “cat-eye look,” on the other hand, will give you a fanned-out lash effect. Meaning, the lashes to be placed in the inner corner of your eyes are shorter, then it gets longer towards the outer corner of your eye.

As I couldn’t pick what better suits my eyes and face, the attending lady asked me if I tend to wear glasses. When I said yes, she suggested that I get the “natural-look” instead. The lady explained that because of the fanning out effect of the “cat-eye” look, it might prod against my glasses. This explanation is enough to make me agree so I chose the “natural-look.”

The lady began the session by placing a two, long, rectangular-shaped stickers on top of each other underneath my eyes. This is done to protect my bottom lashes from the procedure.

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After sanitizing her hands and tools, the attending lady placed a circular silicon on my forehead. It served as the container for the eyelash extensions.

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The circular stone in which the lash glue was placed is a real white jade according to the attendant. Each lash strand is carefully dipped and swiped in the glue before it is applied to the original lashes, making sure there is not a sparse area left on each eye.

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Once each eye is filled with ample lashes, the lashes will be aired out with a small fan for the glue to dry.

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Once the glue is dry, it is finished. Voila! I woke up to a natural-looking, voluminous lashes! Now I can confidently say, “I woke up like this” every single day.
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Before the lady let me go, she gave me a list of the Lash in Bloom 2.0 after-care tips:

1.    Avoid getting your lashes wet within the first 24 hours
2.    Avoid hot steam for the first 48 hours
3.    Avoid directly splashing water onto the face
4.    Avoid using mascara and eyelash curler
5.    Avoid heat exposure as too much heat exposure can weaken the lash bond
6.    Do not rub your eyes
7.    Do not force remove the lashes, it will eventually fall off on its own
8.    Only use water-based products on or near your lashes
9.    Use a facial towel in cleansing the skin around the eyes

Fast forward to three days, I super love and still love the eyelash extensions I had at Browhaus. It’s still full, complete and it matches my everyday look. With this, I end up feeling glamorous every day and super satisfied with my new voluminous-looking lashes. Even my officemates noticed the difference! It’s really worth the effort, time, and experience!
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Watch my Browhaus Lash in Bloom 2.0 (Eyelash Extensions) experience below:

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Being in my early 20s, I’ve always been told that I should take care of my skin early before regretting being careless along the road. Because of this little wisdom from my peers, I researched everything from BHAs to Retinols, Ceramidin to Snail goo… name it! I was even tempted to buy a clay bubble foam mask just to keep my skin in tip-top shape!

However, all my efforts were proven futile as I still noticed how dry and uneven my skin is despite all the fancy ingredients and products I slather on my face. Taking my research a bit further, I stumbled upon one integral product that’s not present in my current skincare routine — sunscreen.

Luckily, Belo SunExpert, the commercial sun protection arm of Belo Medical Group, came up with two lightweight sun defense products that are safe for sensitive skin, paraben-free and fragrance-free: the Belo SunExpert Face Cover SPF40 and PA+++ and Belo SunExpert Tinted Sunscreen SPF50 and PA++++. And what luck that they partnered with Sample Room this 2017!

The obvious difference between the two products is the hint of color in the Tinted Sunscreen. According to the product’s description, it has Tone Adapt Technology that evens out the skin tone, conceals fine lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections. However, what really caught my eye is the Cell Protect Technology that strengthens skin’s defense against premature skin aging. Honestly, I was like “Yeah, right. Every skin care product I used claims to do that too.” Suffice to say, I don’t really have high hopes for its claims but I’m still willing to give it a shot. And to be able to check the effectivity of the products individually, I used the Face Cover first for 5 days straight then the Tinted Sunscreen for another 5 days.

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For the Face Cover, I used a generous amount to cover my face after putting on my moisturizer and the first thing I noticed is the hint of smell in the product. It’s kind of like a “from-the-tube” smell but it goes away after a few minutes so I’m okay with it. What I love about it is that it’s true to its word: LIGHTWEIGHT. It almost feels like I’m not wearing anything! It’s non-greasy and I can apply the rest of my makeup seamlessly over the Face Cover! And for an oily-skinned girl like me, it’s a big plus! I’ve had horrible experiences with heavy duty sunblocks that left my face looking like an oily mess and it’s good to know that something affordable and effective is breaking the stereotype.

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As for the Tinted Sunscreen, I have three words to summarize my experience from it: I. LOVE. IT. I got the shade medium to deep which is perfect for my skin tone and same with the Face Cover, I love how lightweight this is. It doesn’t have a greasy after feel and I only needed a small amount to cover my face. I applied my trusted powder after this and the result is a matte, smooth finish! I even tried going out on a weekend with only this on, a bit of powder and a lip balm and I looked fresh and bright. This now deserves its own place in my vanity kit starting today!

After 10 days of using these two products, I felt my skin became softer and smoother during the day. Since I didn’t tweak my skincare routine except for adding these two in, I suppose the improvement of my skin’s texture is because of the Belo SunExpert products that I used.

All in all, I love what the products did to my face while keeping it protected from the harsh UV rays of the sun. It’s perfect for everyday use and at its affordable price points, it’s definitely worth every peso!