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:


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.


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.)


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.

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)!

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!

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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!
Watch my Browhaus Lash in Bloom 2.0 (Eyelash Extensions) experience below:

sr_BH002_s1Browhaus LASH IN BLOOM technique gives the FASTEST, FULLEST AND MOST DURABLE EYE LASHES. Browhaus only uses imported premium lashes that are customizable, and deploy an application technique that takes only 45 minutes. With proper care and occasional tune-ups, Browhaus’ lash extensions can last for 4-6 weeks.

The new and improved Lash in Bloom 2.0 (L.I.B 2.0) takes Lash Extension to new heights with visible enhanced benefits:

-lash extensions which don’t clump together giving you spider-leg lashes.
-single strands of lash hair versus a cluster of lashes are tabbed onto your existing lashes, following the curve or your eyelid. Lashes feel soft and comfortable, does not prick into sensitive eyes.
-a seamless attachment of lash extensions which leaves no dark dots showing the connection of the extensions to your natural lashes.
-the length, color and density of each lash hair is custom fit to the individual eye shape and needs, giving a more natural result; and even allowing a more eye-widening benefits through the play of lash length for enhanced eye definition and dimension whether your eyes are single-lidded, double-lidded, closed-set, small, big, droopy eyes, bulgy or eyes set far apart
-lashes which enhances your natural eye shape, making it more alluring just like those divas in Hollywood.
-lasts more than 1 month so you no longer need to crimp and mascara for all that time, with only re-touch treatment required to maintain a born-with, naturally long, lustrous lash look.

1 Browhaus Lash In Bloom 2.0 (Lash Extensions) session


PRICE: PHP 3,800.00

VOUCHER VALIDITY: January 25, 2017 – January 24, 2018


Voucher is limited to one redemption per customer. Strictly by appointment from Monday to Friday only. Vouchers are non-transferrable and customer must present the original voucher to redeem offer. Photo identification may be requested for verification. Vouchers are non-transferrable and not for resale. Lost or stolen vouchers will not be replaced and is non-refundable. Not to be used in conjunction with other promos, vouchers or packages. Management reserves the right to amend or withdraw from the promotions or the final decision in case of dispute. Valid only if issued by Harem Inc. Expiration date reflected should be strictly followed.





Store Space 2C13

2F The Piazza at Serendra

Bonifacio Global City, City of Taguig

Tel: +632 901 0597



Store Space 4-003B

4F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center

Makati City

Tel: +632 501 3998



Unit 501-505, 5th level Bldg. D

Mega Fashion Hall SM Megamall

Edsa cor. Dona Julia Vargas Avenue

Mandaluyong City

T +632 531 6967



Fs 417 & 418 Lucky Chinatown, Reina Regente St.

Cor Dela Reina St., Binondo, Manila

T +632 254 2716


3W, 3rd floor, Abreeza Corporate Center,

J P Laurel, Bajada, Davao City

T +63 82 327 0038







EMAIL:[email protected]


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Strip Upper Lip Ice
Wednesday, 25 January 2017

sr_ST002_s1STRIP ICE TREATMENT is an advanced semi-permanent hair reduction method where beams of specially filtered light are used to disintegrate hair from the root. New hair growth is delayed and a percentage of hair may not re-grow.


-Provides you with a semi-permanent hair reduction solution
-Lightens pigmentation
-Helps to reduce the occurrence of ingrown hair substantially

VOUCHER VALIDITY: January 25, 2017 – January 24, 2018


Voucher is limited to one redemption per customer. Strictly by appointment from Monday to Friday only. Vouchers are non-transferrable and customer must present the original voucher to redeem offer. Photo identification may be requested for verification. Vouchers are non-transferrable and not for resale. Lost or stolen vouchers will not be replaced and is non-refundable. Not to be used in conjunction with other promos, vouchers or packages. Management reserves the right to amend or withdraw from the promotions or the final decision in case of dispute. Valid only if issued by Harem Inc. Expiration date reflected should be strictly followed.

1 Strip Upper Lip Ice session

PRICE: PHP 2,600.00




2nd Floor Serendra Bonifacio High

St. Bonifacio Global City Taguig 1634

T +632 901 0892

Operating hours:

Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm

Fri and Sat 11am-10pm



5 4th Floor Greenbelt 5

Ayala Center Makati City 1200

T +632 501 3997

Operating hours:

Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm Fri and

Sat 11am-10pm



Unit 501-505, 5th level Bldg. D Mega Fashion Hall

SM Megamall Edsa cor. Dona Julia Vargas Avenue Mandaluyong City, 1550

T +632 531 4083

Operating hours:

Mon-Sun 10am-9pm






EMAIL:[email protected]


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Red days? No problem!
Thursday, 16 June 2016

There comes a time in a month where our hormones are all out of place, we crave food for no reason at any given time and have sneezes that trigger a bloody rainfall… yep. Say hello to Mrs. Period and Mr. Cramps, the monthly “blissful” reminders of being a woman.

But our ordeal doesn’t have to be this hard. We’ve lined up a few tips for you roommates to help you breeze your way to your red days:

1.     Be prepared 
Don’t get caught with a bloody surprise! You can keep track of your period with the old school “calendar method” or you could download period tracking apps that are available for free.

2.     Move around
Having your period doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato all week long! You can do some stretching and light exercises to keep your endorphins (happy hormones) going.

3.     Eat the good stuff 
Avoid caffeine and salty foods in your red days if possible. These type of foods aid in water retention that gives you that bloated, crampy feeling. Yes, yes, you crave for a can of diet coke and a bar of milk chocolate but your abdomen will thank you if you feed it with the nutritious food it needs.

4.     Befriend a hot compress
Hot compress is our savior for the painful, red days. It helps with the cramps and soothes the sharp pain in the lower abdomen.

5.     Worry-free protection
Do you know what’s even more annoying than our period? It’s a definitive, red proof that we are in our period! Eeeek!Pads, tampons, diva cups, period panties… you name it! The list of our period arsenal keeps innovating each year. But if you’re more of a pad girl like me, use comfy pads that will keep your period stay in place and also give you a fresh feeling without the smell.
Whisper Item

The Whisper Skin Love is the thinnest and comfiest pad from Whisper. But don’t be fooled by its ultra slim look as it has a magic gel that absorbs 40x its weight! No more back leaks even on the heaviest of your red days! 

Improve your Zzzz game
Friday, 10 June 2016

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In this busy and hustling world, most of us lack proper sleep on a daily basis. With all the distractions (Netflix anyone?) that our technology can provide us and the stress we face in our lives, it wouldn’t be surprising to know if most of our peers and colleagues show up to work or school in the morning looking tired and groggy all the time. And when you ask them what’s wrong, their eyebags will answer your question. Eeek!

Give your body the rest it deserves. A good sleep is almost as good as drinking a shot from the Fountain of Youth– it keeps you looking fresh, youthful and helps your body be in a tip-top shape to function well. Invest on a nightly ritual that your body will thank you for as the years go by. Here are our some of our tips to help guide you along the way:


1. Keep distractions away at least an hour before going to bed

Most of us can’t resist to not be distracted of the pop alert of a Messenger chat, an Instagram like, a Twitter mention or an email alert. But you can’t keep your time and concentration dependent on your friend’s status update or your pal’s latest Snapchat with swap face filter. Give yourself a favor and get the shut-eye you need. If possible, turn your laptop or any other electronic devices off at least an hour before you go to bed. The blue light emitted by the screens are sending signals to your brain to keep you awake and alert. If you must read before bed using your phone or your tablet, enable your device’s Night Time mode or download a light filtering app. However, if you can’t turn your device off like me (I use my phone as an alarm), you can at least turn its notification alerts off.


2. Meditate

Many people swear by the relaxing effects of meditation and listening to ambient music. If nature sounds and chimes are not your things of choice, you could just simply find a spot in your bedroom or house that you’re comfortable in, sit down, relax, breathe deeply and just clear your mind off of the frustrations of the day. Meditation guide apps are also available for mobile. Download one for yourself and try. You’ll find yourself feeling light and calm after a few minutes.


3. Set a sleeping schedule

If you find yourself counting sheeps for hours before actually getting sleepy, then you might need to help your body stick to a sleeping schedule. Identify the time that your body feels the most tired in the evening and make it your target bed time. It will be difficult at first but the longer you stick to your bed time, the more it would help your body adjust its internal clock and improve your quality of sleep.


4. Watch what you eat before bed

Limit your caffeine intake in the evening, unless you’re pulling an all-nighter for school or work. And as much as possible, heavy meals should be taken at least two hours before bed. Snacking is okay, but snack healthily and in small portions.



5. Regular exercise

Pumping up your body regularly will have a helpful benefit to your health in the long run, as all fitness gurus, self-help books and at-home-exercise videos say. The wellness rewards that you will reap from your worn out running shoes and sweat soaked gym clothing will help improve symptoms of insomnia and increase the amount of time you spend in the deep, restorative stages of sleep.



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6. Treat yourself to a night regimen

Our body’s cells regenerate while we sleep, meaning, we have to make the most out of what we put on our skin while we doze to help optimize its effects. Take advantage of this time to moisturize your body with a lotion or a body butter and by applying advanced skincare products to your face before you sleep. Skincare targeted are night application are often the most potent. Invest on items that will cater to your skin needs. For whitening, you can use products with Glutathione or Arbutin; for acne-control, look for ones with Salicylic acid; for dry skin, opt for products infused with coconut oil or olive oil; and for anti-aging, you can rely on Retinol, Niacinimide and Amino Peptides.

Fortunately, Olay has identified this golden timeframe for skincare, revolutionizing the beauty sleep regimen with the Olay Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence and the Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream. This overnight miracle promises five (5) nights to stunning, youthful skin with its 2x advanced anti-aging actives such as Vitamin B3, PAL-KTTKS (Amino Peptides), OliveM, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerol penetrating the skin 10 layers deep to provide 1.5x hydration and boost skin’s natural repair process by 60%.

Curious to try the #5NightsChallenge? 



I must admit, that I’m a very, very insecure person.

Well, I’ve had my personality sorted out, and my insecurities addressed, but not that of when I have my period.

Because during that time, all my insecurities arise! Don’t we all?

Don’t we find ourselves whispering to our friend to check our “back” as we pretend to walk innocently across the room, while waiting and expecting for our friend to say “none!” ? Don’t we find ourselves being anxious, trying not to sit with full pressure on the chair because all fear arises when it’s our period?

Goodness, I so dislike it when I have my period! Just a trivia for you – did you know that in the first two days of your period, 70% of all the fluids come out?

Modess Cottony Soft All Nights promises to reassure us and calm us down when we have our periods, as if to our rescue! Having an extended back leak guard, it offers complete back protection during the heaviest period days. It also has a 360 degree fit raise center, that is designed to absorb fluid fast from every direction. Odor neutralizers are also present here, to further calm us during our not so best days, and ThermoControl™ cover makes sure that we’re safe and dry all throughout.

I’m glad that there’s Modess Cottony Soft All Nights. I’ve been using these for a while, for two main reasons. Personally, I adore Modess Cottony Soft All Nights because they’re of maximum protection. It’s the most secure pad I’ve ever seen that can cover from all angles, and is leak-proof because it covers everything! Second reason, is that it’s just so comfortable to wear. It feels comfortable while I’m having my period, and having my period isn’t actually a great experience – it’s a once-a-month thing that I have to endure, and somehow, this product just makes it more bearable and less of a hassle to have.

Modess Cottony Soft All Nights top in my list in terms of protection and comfort, and these are my frontrunners when I am confronted with the heaviest flow. Now, I can feel secure, fall asleep and have sweet dreams without fears of waking up with leaks. Haha!

How about you? How do you find Modess Cottony Soft All Nights? Please do let us know by posting a review at!