Sunday, March 31, 2013

I Want To Be Part of Sample Room's Blogger's Circle!

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! ^__^


Today, I'll be sharing with you something that I've been raving about for months. It's not a product, but it offers to bring us consumers services and products. 


Most of you might have heard, read online and probably through my posts about the sampling site called the SAMPLE ROOM. If not, you must be living under a rock! Haha! Just kidding! =D

Don't you just love the pink and brown and seafoam green combination? Reminds me of our wedding. Pink and brown was our motif. ^__^


To learn more about Sample Room, kindly click on this post. Go ahead and check it out! They give out samples of the best and latest products FOR *FREE!!! ^_^


Anyway, I've been a very big fan of this site. I don't normally shop online, not because hubby is not a fan of it, but we are cautious about the stuff we buy that we want to check them ourselves. For example, although I'm itching to buy cute dresses online, I can't. When we go shopping for clothes or anything made with fabric, we make sure to scrutinize the item well. Hubby is used to this habit a lot, because they used to source out some items from shops and brands coming directly from the factory. That is also why he is very familiar with how much a particular clothing item costs. He knows if an item is overpriced or not. And he's particular with the seams and stitches. Talk about quality control, huh? =D


As for cosmetics, it is also difficult to judge an item's quality based on photos that sellers present. I don't mean to offend online cosmetic sellers, ha! Also, others would sell fake stuff, too. You wouldn't want to spend lots of money on fake stuff, right? Hubby and I are very keen with what we purchase. We want to make sure that we get our money's worth.


But when Sample Room was launched, I was extremely excited! I kept on blabbering about it to my husband... THE WHOLE DAY!!! To my excitement, we even named our dinner that night the "SAMPLE ROOM CHICKEN." =D

Wondering how "Sample Room Chicken" tastes like? =D


I'm a big fan now. If I had not been busy, I would have grabbed a lot of samples from their site. So far, I've made four transactions with them. ^__^



Now, Sample Room is in the hunt for 24 Aspiring Bloggers who would become members of their Bloggers Circle. All 24 members would get cool perks from the Sample Room team. Who wouldn't want that, right? 


I strongly desire to become part of it. 


If you've been a long-time reader of mine, you'll know how honest my reviews could get, to the point that I document my reviews well. Why do I do that? Because I want to be the voice of the smart consumers. 


I firmly believe in the Sample Room's philosophy, "Try Before You Buy". I know how difficult it could get for most of us to earn money. It would be a waste of time, effort and money if we purchase something that we've been meaning to buy, only to find out that it won't work for us. Like most people, it's heartbreaking for me to see my hard-earned moolah down the drain. 


Being a blogger, I'd be able to share to my readers my honest opinions about a certain product. It would not only be for the good of the consumers, but companies would benefit, too, since they could gather feedback from customers like me. 


I know, that my small voice could make a difference. Social Media is stronger and now a more preferred platform of most consumers, in this era. I hope to be able to share more and more about my experiences about a lot of products out there. 


Let's all move to become smart consumers! Let's get our money's worth by supporting Sample Room! ^__^


I shall keep my fingers, legs and toes crossed! Let's be smart consumers! ^__^


Please support me! Join me as I try out samples from various products in the market! ^__^


In the meantime, let's all look forward to a brand new day tomorrow. ^__^


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sample Room Haul: Nivea and C-Lium Fibre

Hello!!! ^__^


It's a fantastic Thursday! Although I wasn't able to go to church early today, I'm glad I was able to catch the 3:45pm Service at another Locale. I arrived home 30 minutes before my next class! ^__^


Well, well... Let me share my latest Sample Room haul! It arrived last Tuesday. I think I've been blogging about Sample Room a lot! And I do hope you get convinced to try it! ^__^


Look at my loot!

Nivea Sun Invisible Cooling Mist, C-Lium Fibre Husk Sachet Packs (good for 12 days) and another sample of Celeteque Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes! ^__^

 C-Lium Fibre (Husk Variant)
Gotta get that beach-ready bod! =)

Nivea Sun Invisible Cooling Mist
This is perfect for the hot, sunny days!


I've already started using the C-Lium Fibre husk. I'm loving it! ^__^


What do you think of my haul? Anyone here tried C-Lium Fibre? =)


Please wait for my posts on these products! ^__^

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sample Room Haul: Laniege and Ralph Lauren

*Found this on my drafts folder... 

Another Sample Room Haul! I think I'm getting addicted to it!!! =D


Anyway, here are the things that I got.

 Brown paper bag! I love you to bits!

Did I already say that I love how Sample Room uses sturdy paper bags to pack their items? So Eco-friendly!!! ^__^

There goes that dainty pink sticker again! ^__^

 My loot
Ralph Lauren Big Pony Collection for Woman (Sporty Fragrance)
and Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

 Ooops! You probably noticed that the 3/4 perfume is already used. That's not Sample Room's fault! I used it already when I took this photo. I realized that this post has been sitting in my drafts for a long time now. I just updated this post.  =D

 I've been wanting to try a sleeping pack. I got so upset when I saw this on the site and they ran out of it already. I'm glad they were able to restock! I quickly grabbed a sample without hesitation!!! =D

 My first Laneige product and my very first sleeping pack! ^__^


"Sulitin ang shipping!" =D
 I just thought of including this in my loot. I'm not really into sporty scents.


Sample Room has lots of amazing products to boot. Grab your samples now!!! ^__^


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Enjoy the First Ray of Sunshine in Spring 2013

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With the sun shining and the weather really starting to heat up, it's time to grab some new sunglasses. You can go for a conservative retro-chic look or something totally wild and colorful. Summer is coming so you will get a little more freedom than usual. Embrace it. Yes, Sunglasses have been a wide application around all groups of people. The main reason is that sunglasses play an important role in UV radiation protection. Indeed, millions of people around the world benefit a lot from the sunglasses.


In comparison, wraparound sunglasses are better choice for sunglasses because of their wraparound design. First, they will offer better eye protection by preventing UV rays from more than one angle, the front and the sides. Second, they can shield wind or other fine articles from reaching your eyes and cling firmly to your face. Third, they can make your face look smaller. Fourth, they will protect the skin around your eyes by covering larger parts of your face with their distinct shapes. All and all, these features undoubtedly make wrap round sunglasses an ideal choice for you to enjoy comfort and fashion at the same time.


But for the people who have vision problems, a pair of sunglasses is not enough. In this case, prescription sunglasses can provide an excellent service. Nowadays, prescription sunglasses have attracted more and more people and played an important role in our life. They are specially designed for people with myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia. Stylish prescription sunglasses not only provide you with a clearer vision but more importantly they put you in a position of fashion and vogue. If you have to wear prescription glasses and want to wear sunglasses, stylish prescription sunglasses are the very item you can lay your hands on.


Where will you get sunglasses? Purchasing online may be a better choice. You can buy the high-quality sunglasses at wholesale prices. The latest styles and designs will make you outstanding among the public. Firmoo should be one of your better choices.


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Enjoy fashion & comfort at the same time. Now is the brightest time to buy sunglasses!



Personally speaking, I love my very first Firmoo glasses. If you want to check out my review on Firmoo glasses, check out this link. ^__^



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Product Review: Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask

** Pictures were only watermarked and cropped. No alterations, photoshop, etc. were done. =)



Mondays! Love 'em or hate 'em, they'll still come and go... Haha!


I sometimes wish I'm left with nothing but me and my beloved computer (of course, my Internet connection), working on my backlogs in my tiny space at home which I call the bedroom...


Unfortunately for me, I got some responsibilities, too. TT__TT


Oh well! I guess it all boils down to time management... =D


Tonight, I shall be reviewing the...


Shiseido White Lucent Power Brightening Mask


What it claims... (From Shiseido Website)

     An original brightening mask inspired by iontophoresis, a beauty treatment that saturates skin with a generous amount of brightening ingredients. Through the power of Ion Force Technology, the brightening ingredients are absorbed deep within the skin for highly effective results. Remove the mask and see your skin refreshed, bright and even toned.
The unique shape of our mask is the result of a long and meticulous design process that led to its simple and effective form. Made with highly elastic new materials, it fits any face perfectly, allowing the formula to reach deeply into every part of the skin.

How to use:

     1. Carefully unfold the mask. Place the upper half over the forehead.
     2. Hold both sides of the bottom half of the mask. Adjust the fit along the jawline.
     3. Remove the mask after 10 minutes. Gently blend remaining essence into skin and lightly press over the entire face.


Photos:
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All soaked up! ^__^

Pre-application

After skin care routine application



While wearing the mask...
 
Meow~!!!

 See how moist the sheet mask is?

 This is me... at 3 in the morning... =D
Still drowsy but managed to take some photos for this post! Haha! =D

Post-application

 Please ignore the puffy eyes!!! Hahaha!!! =D

Wow~! How my skin and marks lightened!!! ^__^

Those new marks were due to stress. Our helper left and I was very stressed since I'm left with most of the responsibilities at home. I was supposed to work on backlogs, eh! Naman, oh! >__<


This is how I look like very early in the morning... =D

Love it!!! ^__^


What I love about it...
  • The mask is thick than usual sheet masks! But... (see Neutral)
  • It is completely drenched in essence! I was able to use the essence after I am done with the mask.
  • The size of the mask was just right for my face. =)
  • Lightened the marks left on my face. It also evened-out my skin tone.
  • Felt so refreshing afterwards. I love how moist (not wet) my skin was after removing the mask. =)
  • No patches or marks of the mask was left on my skin. Some masks would leave marks that are obvious. =)
  • Not messy like clay or mud masks.
  • My skin was smoother and softer.
  • Redness was lessened.
  • Helped reduce the acne that were starting to rise.

What I don't love about it...
  • I don't have anything bad to say about this product (well, except for the price, haha!) but...


Neutral...
  • The instruction was to put it on for 10 minutes. Since the sheet is too thick and soaked in essence, I felt that 10 minutes is not enough for me to fully enjoy the benefits of the mask. What I did? I slept with the mask on my face! And it did nothing wrong to my face. I woke up at 3:00 in the morning, to find the mask still a bit damp and still clinging to my face. =D
  • Expensive but worth every single penny you spent for it. =)

I can't get enough of this mask. I'm glad it didn't do any harm (redness, itchiness, etc.) on my face when I left it on for hours. Teehee! =D


Price:

     Full size: 6 pcs for the price of P3,250. It would turn out that each mask would cost P541.66 each.


Where to buy?
    You can buy these at the following Shiseido stores: Greenbelt 5, Greenhills, Glorietta 4, Rockwell, Shangrila, Trinoma and Eastwood.



Whom would I recommend this to?
    Best for people who are in dire need of lightening their skin due to acne marks, people with uneven skin tone and for people who want to have fairer, and clearer complexion. Great to use if you want to relax, too! ^__^


Rating:


5 out of 5
Worth every penny! ^__~

Tips:
  • Just like with other sheet masks, you have to be sure that your face is clean. =)
  • Make sure that the mask is fitted well to your face. Flatten the surface to ensure that the mask touches your skin, avoiding air pockets between the mask and your skin. This will help the essence do its wonders on your face. =)
  • There will be excess essence left in the foil. Massage it in like the serum to reap its full benefits.
  • Works great with the Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum + (Click link for Full Review).
  • Best if done regularly. *wink, wink* ^__~

I'm super satisfied with the results of the Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum + and this Power Brightening Mask that I am saving up for these!


What are your thoughts about this product? Have you tried it? How did it fare on you? =)


Kudos to Sample Room for always bringing the best products to consumers to try! ^__^


Missed my posts on Day 1-7? Check them here:



Click here for my full Review on the Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum +. ^__^

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Product Review: Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum +

** Pictures were only watermarked and cropped. No alterations, photoshop, etc. were done. =)

Hello! Hello! Happy Monday!!! ^__^


I realized I forgot to hit the publish button for this post! Aigoo~! >__<



The weather is extremely hot nowadays! I guess you all have plans for summer already. =)


With plans or not, keep yourselves cool, okay? Heat stroke is fairly popular this time of the year!


Now, grab an ice cold drink, sit back and relax while I present to you my full review of the latest product I've tried. ^__^


Let me introduce to you... 


Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum + 


I am thankful that Sample Room came up with samples of this prestigious brand. I've previously suffered from hormonal acne breakouts and now that they're almost gone, my concern now is the marks they left on my skin. So, I'm all in for whitening/brightening products in the market.


In all honesty, I love my skin color but I don't have anything against the idea of skin whitening. I use them myself. You may be wondering why. All my life, I lived with scars. The only affordable solution I could find is whitening products. I have to wait to become filthy rich before I could go get a special treatment in expensive skin boutiques. =D


Before Sample Room launched the Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum + and Power Brightening Mask, the blogging community are all abuzz about the wonders of this product. Let's find out why.


What it claims... (From Shiseido Website)
     A super brightening serum created to diminish stubborn dark spots in 10 days and prevent future pigmentation from appearing. Formulated with smoothing and re-texturizing ingredients to enhance clarity and radiance for flawless, perfectly even-toned skin.
  • Developed with advanced Shiseido Multi-Action Brightening System+, targeting all types of hyper-pigmentation and their causes: dark spots, age spots, acne scars and uneven skin tones.
  • Contains ME Complex (Yomogi Extract and Angelica Root Extract) to accelerate cell turnover and diminish and eliminate melanin pigment.

How to use:

     Apply morning and evening, after softener and before moisturizer. Push pump three times to dispense serum onto palm.


Photos:
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The serum. Bow.

What I love about it...
Ahhh... I could write a lot of things that I like about it!!! ^__^
  • I like its pretty packaging. Even though it is only a sample, the packaging wasn't compromised. Oh! The cute pearly purple color is so calming for me to look at!
  • The bottle has a pump. No need to open the bottle and expose the product to various elements. It's simply hygienic! ^__^
  • The scent is not overpowering. It won't hurt your nose! In fact, it is calming. =)
  • I like its consistency.
  • It is easily absorbed by the skin. It is neither oily nor sticky which is a plus for the kind of climate we have.
  • Lightens the skin in just three days! That's how effective it is! Even the acne scars I had are almost gone now!
  • It also aided in calming down the raging acne that surfaced during the time I tried it. 
  • Didn't cause break outs. The acne appeared out of stress.
  • Improved the texture of my skin. My skin became supple. It made my skin more silky smooth to the touch.
  • Pores are finer now.
  • My skin was evened-out. 
  • Redness was lessened. 
  • There's no strange smell. =)
  • I don't know if it's just me or what, but fine lines were less visible now.
  • Makeup application is now quicker and easier since there's less to conceal. ^__^

What I don't love about it...
  • None, except for the price! Haha! =D

Price:
     
     The full size costs P5,650 for a 30 ml bottle while a 50 ml bottle costs P6,650. A P1000 difference will just make me buy the 50 ml bottle. ^__~


Where to buy?
    You can buy these at the following Shiseido stores: Greenbelt 5, Greenhills, Glorietta 4, Rockwell, Shangrila, Trinoma and Eastwood.


Whom would I recommend this to?
    This product is best for people who have acne spots, darkness, redness and uneven skin tone. It would help a lot in diminishing ugly spots with continued use.


Rating:


5 out of 5
Something worth saving for! ^__^

Tips:
  • Be sure to start with well-cleansed face. Remove makeup thoroughly if you've just worn makeup.
  • Pump the serum onto your palm then rub your palms together before applying to your face.
  • After you have applied the serum on your face, Rub your hands together, warming your hands. Then put them on your face. This will help the product penetrate deep into the skin, therefore working wonders to the skin. You can massage the serum in or do some finger-tapping motions, too! ^__^
  • Don't forget to follow with your moisturizer! This will help seal or lock-in the moisture. ^__^
  • When I wake up in the morning, I just splash my face with water. No need to use a cleanser because I just went to sleep. Doing so will prevent you from ruining your skin's pH balance. This is what I do every day at 5:45 am, before my 6:00 class. I just cleanse my face in the bath, and then follow with my morning skincare routine. On Thursdays, I do the same, only that I pat on a little toner on my face followed with the serum and moisturizer. 
  • Never neglect your skin, especially if you like wearing makeup. Just like my first tip, remove it thoroughly. You wouldn't want your face to do the "It's all coming back to me now" drama, right? =D No matter how tired and sleepy you are, remove your makeup. =)

Wanna see how the Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum + changed my life? (Please click to enlarge.)

Day 1 (AM, before application)
(Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, I only used my smart phone to take these)

Day 7 (PM, after application)
Macro shots using Sony Cybershot 14.1 MP Digital Camera


I wish I could upload my face, so you could see the difference in real life! Haha! XD


I'm so thankful that Sample Room released samples of this product. I will definitely save up for this!!!


Now, I can bravely go out of the house without makeup! There may still be a few spots to conceal but it's a lot better than having a bunch of painful red bumps waving hello to my friends and passers by! Hahaha!


Have you tried this product? =)



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