Introducing, the 29 year-old Beauty Blogger and Payroll Company Trainer, Deza Derder, our Roommate of the Month for January 2017!


When life gets tough, sometimes we pause, take a step back, and look for something to channel our feelings. This is how Deza began her blogging career.

It was during a rough time when Deza, on a whim, started sharing her thoughts on selected beauty products online as a way to relax.  Little did she know she’ll receive a lot of love and support from netizens, and eventually make a career out of it. Deza shared her story, “I was going through a lot of things and I needed an outlet to destress so I went back to writing… I just picked up a few products from the beauty section, tested them, and shared my thoughts via wordpress. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from my 1st few blogs and so I kept doing it.” Fast forward to today, she now has her own website where she posts all her reviews and insights on all things beauty. She looks up to fellow bloggers, Nikki Tiu and Teni Panosion (a.k.a MissMaven) for some blogging inspiration.

When asked for some advise she can give to her fellow roommates who are aspiring to become beauty bloggers, this was her give away: “If you love blogging, don’t let anyone stop you… Stay true no matter what, and take care of your name. Your blog represents you.”


Deza knows how to keep her skin pampered. In taking care of her combination skin, she starts off by using a makeup remover to get rid of facial dirt, or as how she puts it, “products that are alien to her face.” Afterwards, she makes sure her face is thoroughly cleansed using a good foamy facial wash and a toner. To others, it ends on that and it results to dry and patchy facial skin. But for Deza, the last step entails applying a moisturizer to replenish the lost moisture on her skin, “I wrap my routine with a hydrating moisturizer. Twice or thrice a week, I throw in a face mask in the routine.”

When it comes to Deza’s makeup routine, she likes to start things simple. For her base, a good primer and a good bb cream would do. But for her finishing touches, things get a little more sassy. As Deza said, “I give my face a little warmth using a matte bronzer, add some highlighter because life is boring and dull without it, then I swipe a layer or two of my fave bold lipstick.” And if there’s one make up step she can’t make an exception with, it would be grooming her eyebrows. “I definitely don’t leave the house without my brows!,” Deza emphasized.


Deza vaguely remembers her first encounter with Sample Room, but she tells us that she is 99.9% sure that Sample Room partner blogger, Phoebe Ramos, “super kaduper” influenced her. How? Well, aside from being a fellow beauty blogger, she happens to be her former workmate, too! What a small world indeed. “I look up to her at work and it amazed me more when I found out that she blogs too. It makes you wonder how someone as busy as her manages her time well,” Deza states. True enough, if someone is as inspiring as that, it’s inevitable to follow his/her example!

If you ever wonder what’s inside beauty blogger Deza’s beauty bag, she revealed with pride that they are mostly samples she got from Sample Room. Deza declares, “most of the products in my skin care bag are there because of Sample Room. I practically check Sample Room whenever I hear about a new product launch. If the item is available, then I add it to my cart without batting an eyelash!” One of her best product finds is Zenutrients. Deza excitingly shared with us her fondness for the brand ever since she found it on Sample Room, “I have used and abused a lot of Zenutrients babies—from their creams, balms, and my super fave, their spahhnitizer. I love that a lot!”

Deza ended her story with an advice for her fellow roommates, “Don’t be afraid to try new things especially when they are samples! Life is too short to be boring and scared.” Whether samples or life endeavors, Deza encourages everyone to just take a leap of faith and explore the unknown!



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!

The Ultimate Guide to Moisturizers
Thursday, 2 March 2017

 Best Moisturizer Review Philippines cover


In the Philippines, the best moisturizer reviews often talk about why a certain product is perfect for your skin. Most of the time, they discuss the advantages of one brand over the other, helping consumers like you determine which is suitable for your skin type. But after using this necessary skin care product for a long time, have you ever wondered why moisturizers in general are good for you?


Find out the answer below!


What Is the Importance of Applying Moisturizer?


Generally, moisturizers are chemical agents composed of different and varying mixtures that have been particularly designed to make your epidermis – the outer most layer of your skin – look and feel softer, as well as more beautiful.


Contrary to popular belief, moisturizers are actually not meant to put additional moisture into your skin. Rather, they make sure to increase the water content in your skin by attracting and locking the existing water content found in your body.


Essentially, you apply them to your skin, particularly on your face, to prevent the skin from looking like cracked leather or a rough snakeskin.


What Happens When You Do Not Put On Moisturizer


What Happens When You Do Not Put On Moisturizer?


Applying moisturizer should be the most important part of your skin care routine. Here are more reasons why you should not be lazy in applying it on your face.


  • Dry and Itchy Skin – Washing your face with water will undoubtedly remove all the dirt you acquired throughout the day. But it also removes the essential oil that your face needs to ensure that it won’t turn dry. You face will eventually lose all its moisture if you don’t smear moisturizer on it.


  • A Flawed Makeup Look – It is crucial to apply moisturizer first before your makeup because according to Dr. Whitney Bowe, a prominent Dermatologist who has been featured in magazines such as INSTYLE and ALLURE, makeup has a tendency to stick to the dry patches and fine lines on your face.


  • Uncomfortable Side Effects – There is a high chance that your face may turn red and become irritated if you don’t use moisturizer shortly after rubbing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and retinoids to your skin. These are three of the most common ingredients that can be found in most skin care products today.


  • A Flaky and Dull Complexion – The cold dry air has the ability to strip lipids from your skin. Moisturizers are there to protect your face from irritants that could make it turn red and flaky.


  • Worsen How Your Wrinkles Look – When you dehydrate your skin by not applying moisturizer, the fine lines become more noticeable. However, if you apply moisturizers (particularly those with hyaluronic acid), your wrinkles would look less noticeable.


  • More Wrinkles Will Develop – A low-grade inflammation, which eventually leads to the disintegration of collagen in your skin, can occur if you choose to leave out moisturizer in your daily routine. Dr. Bowe explains that this happens because the barrier in your skin has been compromised.


  • Worsen Your Acne Condition –Dr. Debbie Palmer, who is also a dermatologist and the founder of Replere Skin Care, has stated that moisturizers can aid you in dealing with your acne problem. According to her, with the right product for your skin type, you can get rid of your pimples.


What Are the Different Skin Types?


Determining your skin type is important in figuring out which moisturizer works best for you. The most common skin types are:


  • Dry Skin - Having dry skin means that your body produces an insufficient amount of natural moisturizer. This also means dehydration occurs within your skin regularly. Eventually, these would lead to the development of wrinkles and fine lines, accompanied by sensitivity and tightness, in your face area.


  • Combination or Normal Skin – The most usual skin type is combination/normal skin. It is characterized by having a balance of both dry and oily parts on your face.


  • Oily Skin – Oily skin is the opposite of having dry skin. Those who have it have the tendency to obtain extra sebum which can be found on the skin’s surface. Excess sebum is the number one factor to clogged pores and acne.


 What Are the Different Types of Moisturizer


What Are the Different Types of Moisturizers?


Different and varying moisturizers have been developed to work best with your particular skin type.


  • Occlusives – Occlusive moisturizers are known to be moisture sealers, as its agents have been made naturally heavy. This is the reason why it’s recommended to be used on your body rather than on your face. It works well when used on a more mature and dehydrated skin.


  • Emollients – Emollients, or “space fillers” as others would like to call them, is best applied to extremely dry and dehydrated mature skin. These moisturizers can fill up any gaps or spaces between your skin cells that are missing out on lipids, making your skin feel more hydrated and smoother. 


  • Humectants – Humectant moisturizers are moisture absorbers. Basically, they draw and attract water and hydration to your skin cells. Acne prone, combination, and oily skin types can benefit from using humectants.


There are different moisturizers for every individual. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the right product for you and your skin right away. It may take time, money, and effort before finding “the one.” Thankfully, Sample Room is here for you!


Sample Room understands your struggles in finding the right moisturizer for your face and body. This is why we offer samples of different products to our members – so that they can try specific products without risking so much on something that may turn out to be harmful to them. Do you want to find out how to be a member at Sample Room? Click here! If you have questions or comments, write us a message and we’ll try to respond to you immediately.

Pond’s White Beauty for Normal Skin
Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sample Image WB Normal Skin 20g 2Today’s environment is too harsh for your skin. Soap is no longer enough. After years of research, The Pond’s Institute introduces the best ever White Beauty technology yet – NEW Pond’s White Beauty Day Cream, with Vitamin B3+. It fights 10 of today’s toughest skin problems, for a rosy white glow.

Pond’s White Beauty is the first skincare solution designed to fight 10 of the toughest spot and darkening problems including sun spots, pimple marks, dull skin, and acne scars among others. It has been clinically proven to repair and give 96% protection against skin damage by fighting tough spots from the inside, revealing spotless, pinkish white skin on the outside.

Works best with dry to normal skin types.

Recommended Use:

1. Dot a pea sized amount of Pond’s White Beauty Cream all over cleansed face & neck.
2. Spread in an upward motion.
3. For best results, use daily with Pond’s White Beauty Facial Foam.
4. Do not stay too long in the sun, even while using a sunscreen product.
5. Store away from direct sunlight and heat.
6. In case of any irritation, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist.
7. Avoid keeping product in refrigerator.

FULL SIZES: 20g/ 40g

PRICE: PHP 70.00/ PHP 120.00

AVAILABLE IN:  All leading supermarkets, drugstores and department stores nationwide. Also available in Lazada and Zalora online retailers.




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Sample Image AM Day Cream 10g 2

Today’s woman lives a 24/7 on-the-go life. Finally, The Pond’s Institute introduces the best anti-aging technology yet from Pond’s – NEW Pond’s Age Miracle, with Retinol-C Complex that works 24 hours non-stop. It helps reduce wrinkles, for a youthful glow.

Pond’s Age Miracle is the latest innovation from The Pond’s Institute, a pioneer of skincare since its inception in 1992. Today, NEW Age Miracle is Pond’s first ever gold standard anti-aging formula with the Retinol-C Complex, a new game-changing technology that works 24 hour non-stop for rapid wrinkle repair and boosted youthful radiance.

Works well with any skin type.

Recommended Use

1. During daytime, apply all over cleansed face & neck.
2. Spread in an upward motion.
3. For best results, use daily with Pond’s Age Miracle Facial Foam, Night Cream, and Eye Cream.
4. Do not stay too long in the sun, even while using a sunscreen product
5. In case of any irritation, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist
6. Store away from direct sunlight and heat

FULL SIZE: 10g/ 50g

PRICE: PHP 99.00/ PHP 725.00

AVAILABLE IN:  All leading supermarkets, drugstores and department stores nationwide. Also available in Lazada and Zalora online retailers.



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Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam
Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Sample Image AC Facial Foam 50g
Today’s world exposes us to more dirt and pollution. Soap is no longer enough. Finally, the Pond’s Institute introduces its latest anti-acne breakthrough technology – NEW Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam, with Activated Thymo-T Lock and Clear Technology that eliminates acne at the root to give you acne-clear skin, in as fast as 3 days!

Works well with normal to oily skin prone to acne/pimples.

Recommended Use:
Wet your face. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of facial wash on your hand and lather with water. Massage and on face and rinse thoroughly.
In case of contact with eyes, rinse with water immediately. Store away from direct sunlight and heat.

FULL SIZE: 50 g/ 100ml

PRICE: PHP85.00/ PHP 155.00

AVAILABLE IN:  All leading supermarkets, drugstores and department stores nationwide. Also available in Lazada and Zalora online retailers.



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Pond’s Age Miracle Day Cream FAQs
Tuesday, 28 February 2017


1. What is Pond’s Age Miracle?

Pond’s Age Miracle is the latest innovation from The Pond’s Institute, a pioneer of skincare since its inception in 1992. With its global network of 700 scientists and skin specialists, The Pond’s Institute was the first to launch Alpha Hydroxy Acids in clinically proven anti-ageing products, 200 other patents over the years.

Today, NEW Age Miracle is Pond’s first ever gold standard anti-aging formula with the Retinol-C Complex, a new game-changing technology that works 24 hour non-stop for rapid wrinkle repair and boosted youthful radiance

2. Who is Pond’s Age Miracle suitable for?

Pond’s Age Miracle was formulated with today’s harsh environment and non-stop lifestyle in mind. Modern women, aged 30+ years, continuously live non-stop lives and constantly need to balance work, family, and social life. Pond’s Age Miracle seeks to empower these women to keep living a non-stop life while helping them cope with the toll that life takes on their skin, such as accelerated formation of fine lines & wrinkles, and dullness becoming more chronic (permanent).

3. What is the new Retinol-C Complex?  And how does it work?

Retinol has been recognized as the gold standard in anti-ageing with its proven efficacy in reducing the signs of skin ageing. However, there is trade-off where a higher efficacy comes with a higher incidence of side effects like skin irritation, erythema, etc. This calls for a new anti-ageing solution that balances efficacy with stability (milder on the skin).

Retinol-C Complex, the next generation of Retinol technology, releases retinol actives continuously to strengthen skin from the inside to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and provide youthfully radiant skin on the outside.

Retinol-C Complex is formulated with:

4. What does “clinically” proven mean?

“Clinically proven” means that the clinical tests have been carried out to assure that the product delivers desired efficacy under testing safety guidelines.. A clinical test is a professional test carried out by clinical experts on consumers. Testing results are also endorsed by dermatologists. These tests are also an accurate estimate of efficacy and overall product performance. Clinical trials conducted for Pond’s Age Miracle showed that, among other positives, 98% of subjects noticed visible plumping of fine lines & wrinkles, leaving their skin soft and smooth.


1. What is the ideal application or procedure for the range?

Apply gently over your face and neck, massaging the product into your skin after cleansing your face. For best results, we recommend using both the new Pond’s Age Miracle Day Cream and the Night Cream on a daily basis.

The new Pond’s Age Miracle has been clinically proven to work within your skin throughout the day but it is also important to consider skin processes that take place overnight. The Pond’s Age Miracle Night Cream, designed to maximize efficacy, will help boost anti-ageing effects as night-time is the golden time to repair your skin..

2. Is the product suitable for people with sensitive skin or other skin conditions?

Pond’s Age Miracle products are designed to complement your skin to enhance its natural process. With the new Retinol-C Complex formulation, people can enjoy the efficacy of gold standard Retinol without its side effects of skin irritation. This makes Pond’s Age Miracle better suited towards all skin types.  We have validated the products through consumer & clinical tests on general skin types. In the case of any irritation happen please consult your dermatologist or call our care line.

3. Are there any side effects of using Pond’s Age Miracle?

For over 150 years, the Pond’s promise has been to deliver safe and revolutionary product innovations that make a real difference to women. All Pond’s Age Miracle variants have been validated through safety and irritation test and all meet regional requirements. However, we acknowledge that everyone’s skin is different. Hence, if any person experiences skin irritation after using the product for more than 3 days, we recommend that they stop using the product immediately and consult a dermatologist.

4. How should I store the products?

Please keep the container tightly closed and put it in a dry and cool place. Avoid direct exposure to heat and sunlight. Pond’s Age Miracle has been formulated and professionally packed to protect the goodness and efficacy of the product during the life time.

Zenutrients CocoHoney Firming Mask
Friday, 24 February 2017


Zenutrients CocoHoney Firming Mask firms and tightens tired skin.

Made with two key ingredients:

  1. CocoHoney, for cell repair and regeneration. It is a concentrated form of the coconut sap that comes from the flowering of the coconut plant, it contains 24 natural Amino Acids, 17 Vitamins and 14 Minerals, helping skin stay young.
  2. Hyaluronic Acid, that keeps skin stable and moisturized. Helps to instantly boost skin’s ability to absorb and hold moisture for long-lasting hydration.

- Has no silicon, no parabens, no fragrance, and is also colorant-free
- Best for dry, mature skin; but works well for tired skin needing that boost
- Can be used up to 4x a week

How to use:

1. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area.
2. Leave for 15-20 minutes or until dry.
3. Peel off, no need to rinse.


PRICE: PHP 499.00


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