March 2014 Salad Box and Skin Food Unboxing : Beauty Recipes in Black Pomegranate

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Yay! My March 2014 (and second) Salad Box arrived yesterday and I am so excited!

First, I want to say kudos to the Salad Box team for keeping their promise that we will get the box according to the sampling month. I received mine on March 29th, 2 days shy of April. But still, I'm glad I got it IN March, though. My box didn't have the outer label like the Peachy Pink Sisters' but nevertheless, I am so excited :)

Anyway, let's see what's inside the box!

The March 2014 Salad Box is a themed box, meaning everything in the box is from one brand. SaladBox has partnered with Skin Food, a South Korean skincare and cosmetics manufacturer and retailer.
The back of the curation card is the list of the contents of the box.

The actual contents.

Black Pomegranate Premium Kit
1. Black Pomegranate Toner
2. Black Pomegranate Emulsion
3. Black Pomegranate Cream
4. Black Pomegranate Voluming Serum

1. Black Sugar Perfect First Serum
2. Cotton Pad

1. Water Berry Toner
2. Water Berry Emulsion

Skin Food is a bit bit pricey for me but Skin Food is Skin Food so I can't wait to try them =) I am very happy with my March box!

Have you ever tried Skin Food? What particular product have you tried? Did you like it?

You can check my first Salad Box unboxing here. I have one more box to go (April). Thank you, Salad Box!

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Sample Room Loot: Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick (Temptress)

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Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick. ― Gwyneth Paltrow
I don't know but I feel so confident with a red lipstick on!

When Sample Room recently offered the Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick, I chose the Temptress shade right away! The Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick (Temptress) is a deep shade of red and it compliments my lip tone perfectly.

 Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick has a little see-through window for easy shade identification.

My Experience


  • Affordable -  Regular price is only Php350. You can avail them through Tupperware dealers near you.
  • Staying Power - Colour Collection really delivered their promise of ultimate wear! It stayed on me for 5 hours. It left a nice, even stain after I had my lunch. I think it would've stayed longer if I didn't have my afternoon shower (afternoons could be so hot)!
  • Easy Application - Glides very smoothly and evenly.
  • Moisturizing - My lips doesn't feel dry at all, did not chap even after a couple of hours.
  • Slim Packaging - It has a very slim, sleek look and I can see through the shade so I can choose the perfect shade in a rush.

Not so positive:

  • I can't think of anything.
You might want see the rest of my Sample Room hauls here or of you wish, can try before you buy as a Sample Room member.

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My Sample Room Loot Bags 1-2-3

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Below are my Sample Room hauls. And yes, I know I'm late in posting=(

Anyway, here's what I got using my VIP member's points:

Sample Room Loot#1

 Total Points availed = 615 points | Total Purchase Value = Php 1,167
  1. 2 boxes Digestics with ProbiFiber+ (65 points | Php250/box)
  2. 4ml h2O Plus Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment (400 points | P117/ml)
  3. 10ml Cynos Body & Thairaphy Morocco Argan Oil (150 points | P200/10ml)

Sample Room Loot#2

 Total Points availed = 405 points | Total Purchase Value = Php 1,684
  1. 80ml OraCare Cool Mouthrinse (25 points | P57.20/80ml)
  2. 8ml h2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment (250 points | Php116/ml)
  3. 40ml Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream CoQ10 & Green Tea Extract SPF45 (130 points | Php699)

Sample Room Loot#3

Total Points availed = 595 points | Total Purchase Value = Php 947
  1. Full Sized 2.4g Colour Collection Ultimate Wear Lipstick (Temptress)  (95 points | Php350)
  2. Vidal Sassoon Premium Base Care Series (500 points | 190 ml Shampoo -Php199 | 184 ml Conditioner - Php199 | 164ml Treatment - Php199)

Trial reviews will be posted separately. If you wish to avail of these fabulous samples, check out my previous post on Try Before You Buy as a Sample Room Member.

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Five Wonderful Ways to Use Cynos Body & Thairaphy Morocco Argan Oil

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There was so much brouhaha over argan oil recently. Argan oil is derived from the nuts of the Argan Tree which is endemic in Southern Morrocco. Referred to as liquid gold, it contains essential fatty acids such as Omega 6 and natural tocopherols or Vit. E, a great antioxidant.

I am so glad I was able to avail the Cynos Body & Thairaphy Morocco Argan Oil which I got the 10ml bottle for just 140points from Sample Room.
Sample Room 140 points | Purchase Value Php200

Five Ways To Use Argan Oil:

  1. Hair Varnish - Apply on dry hair to tame and work up shine.
  2. Hair Treatment - Apply to clean hair from root to tips. Wrap and leave overnight and rinse in the morning.
  3. Face Toner and Moisturizer - A few drops of Argan Oil on your Rose Water will work wonderfully as a toner. Since argan oil is a dry oil, it will be readily absorbed when applied directly to your face as a moisturizer.
  4. Sole and Heel Softener - Apply on your soles and heels to moisturize and soften feet. Put on socks overnight. It works on nail cuticles, too!
  5. Lip Scrub - Put a few drops on Sugar-and-Honey homemade lip scrub. Scrub as usual.
Check my post on  how to get a Sample Room sample of  Cynos Body & Thairaphy Morocco Argan Oil (10ml). Get it while supply last!

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Try Before You Buy as A Sample Room Member

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I think I became a Sample Room member a year (or two years) ago, I don't remember. It was one of those sign-ups that I mechanically register to and forgot about.

I should have known sooner how Amazing it is to be a Sample Room member! When I started freelancing online as a Virtual Assistant, I realized that I have neglected my skin for a long time and I've looking out eversince for products that will help my skin rejuvenate.

So this year, I started reading around the blogosphere and I heard so much rave about Sample Room.

And the rest is history. :)

Let me introduce Sample Room first to those who are not yet familiar with sampling websites and beauty boxes.

Sample Room is a beauty and lifestyle sampling website, the first in the Philippines. Ever heard of TRY before YOU BUY? They have a wide array of sample (and full-sized) products that you can try first and see what works for you!

How To Get FREE Samples:

  1. Register at Sample Room
  2. You will get 100 points upon registration
  3. Get your samples with corresponding number of points
  4. Pay for  Shipping and Handling Fees (Check their S&H fees here)
  5. After Receiving you samples, TRY it out, and  POST a Review on the Sample Room website.
  6. Get back your points after reviewing + 2 additional points
  7. Get another Sample!
Easy peasy, huh? And I assure you, the value of the samples will compensate the shipping fee!

Since I never do anything half-heartedly, I registered also to be Sample Room VIP member. I wanted to try the h2O+  Oasis skincare line and due to the purchase value of the items, all were higher than 100 points. For an extra Php599, I get additional 1,000 points valid for 2 months. It's 1,000 points, ladies!

The Perks of Being a Sample Room VIP
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Just you know, I'm already on my 3rd Sample Room haul. They deliver so fast I can barely keep up on my posting.

Don't you think it's time for you to join, too if you haven't already?

***Note: If you wish to register (it is FREE) and experience the perks, I could send you an invite by messaging me in the contact form in the footer with Subject Line: Invite me to Sample Room. I want to let you know that I will be earning 1 Sample Room Point.Otherwise, you can check out their website and sign up from there.

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First Impression : h2O Plus Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment - a Mini Review

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Hi, everyone! I recently subscribed to Sample Room, the Philippines' very first "beauty and lifestyle sampling website". They have amazing products that you can try first before you buy. In my first haul, I availed the h2O Plus Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment sample. I am a virtual assistant that works nights (and an insomniac, too) and I realized I've been neglecting this sensitive part for so long!

h2O Plus Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment comes in water-based gel form. It feels cool when applied to the eye area and relieves the feeling of tightness.

The back of the sample tube does not indicate the ingredients at all, as you can see on the picture below. It states, though, that h2O Plus is against animal testing, which means this is a cruelty-free brand. In my book, any brand that promotes No Animal Testing takes me home. =)

The h2O Plus website promises to :

Revive Tired eyes. Smooth, brighten and de-puff with marine-rich moisture and micro-illuminators.
A fast-absorbing, oil-free intensive hydrating treatment formulated to target the delicate eye area with phospholipids, multivitamin complex and moisturizing marine botanicals

It is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves no sticky feeling. I can't speak yet of minimizing fine lines since this is just a sample (a week's usage) but h2O Plus Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment holds a lot of promise.

My Experience Summary

Positive: Water-based. Spreads and absorbs easily. Feels cool and refreshing.

Not so Positive: No ingredients list on the packaging (which I think is very important).

Probability that I will purchase:  Maybe.

Full-sized h2O Plus Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishing Treatment comes in a 15ml tube at Php1, 750. The sample that I availed from Sample Room is 4ml for 400points costs Php467.

A Disclaimer: This sample was purchased thru SampleroomPH. This is an honest review based on my experience and posted in good faith. I was not compensated in any way. Effects may vary with another user. 

My Oryspa Experience Part I : Oryspa Wrap & Scrub

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I recently discovered Oryspa at SM Calamba the other day. Oryspa is a beauty brand that uses rice bran based beauty and health products.

Oryspa came from the scientific name of rice, oryza sativa  and spa to mean rice spa.

Benefits of Rice Bran :

  • High in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B which are natural anti-oxidants
  • Rice Bran has Low Smoke Point -  It does not react easily to the heat of the sun (which is advantageous in a tropical weather).
  • Antibacterial

What intrigued me the most about their scrub is that they don't use fillers like sugar or salt. It is in dry concentrates. And look at the ingredients!

Rice bran, Oat, Arrowroot, Yam bean, Orange peel powder
Apricot kernels
Moroccan Rhassoul and French green clay - to absorb free radicals
Licorice, yam bean, bearberry extracts
Niacinamide (Vit B3/Niacin)
Xanthian Gum (as per Wikipedia, this is used to sustain viscosity / texture in ice cream. This is also gluten-free)
Citric Acid

How to prepare:

1. Mix with water, lotion (if you are planning to use it on your body), oil or fresh milk in a 1:1 proportion. Adjust according to your preferred consistency.
2. Gently apply to face and body.
3. Let it set for about 10 min or until it dries.
4. Scrub with wet fingers.
5. Rinse and pat dry.
6. Works best if followed up with your favorite moisturizer.

 My Experience


  • Easy to prepare
  • The ingredients are all natural.
  • The packaging is simple enough so I know that the purchase value is all of the ingredients and not on the expensive fancy packaging.
  • There is an instant whitening effect and the my skin feels smooth.

Not too positive:

  • There's too much apricot kernels. It feels rough on my face. My advice: scrub your face very, very gently. Works wonders, though on the soles of my feet and elbows.
  • I like the fact that it is "fragrance" free, but when I open the pack, the whiff is a bit off, in my opinion. It doesn't smell upon application though.



I would rate my experience as 8 out of 10. Will I purchase again? Yes.

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