Haul and Mini-Reviews: Sampleroom Loot

My latest Sampleroom haul consisted of the following items: Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion with SPF 15 (8 sachets of 6ml each), VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70 (5 ml sample tube), and The Body Shop Moisture White™ Shisho BB SERUM INSIDE (5 sachets of 1.5ml each). I would like to share with you my impressions of these items so that you can decide whether to get them or not while there are still samples available.

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1. Godiva LicoWhite™ Whitening Lotion with SPF 15

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I am a huge lotion fan, and I didn’t hesitate to grab this when it became available at Sampleroom even if the main draw was the whitening. I didn’t really need the whitening aspect, but what intrigued me was that it was a lotion with SPF. While I could not vouch for the whitening, I can definitely say that I love the texture and scent of this lotion. It also did not irritate my sensitive skin. I can consider adding this to my stable of lotions once I run out. The sample costs 25 points, and the full sized 100ml bottle costs Php120 and is available in supermarkets and drugstores.

2. VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport 70

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VMV has always struck me as the epitome of sensitive skin friendly, especially with that Hypoallergenics in the name. Therefore it was a no-brainer to grab this. It’s a sunscreen that comes in a novel tube that comes with its own spatula. I usually put this on my face when the day is unusually hot, but it can also be used for the body. Putting makeup on top of this is not an issue. A little goes a long way for this! The sample costs 50 points, and the full sized 185g/85g tube costs Php2080/Php1500 respectively and is available at VMV counters in malls. It sounds pretty pricey, but take note that the sample is only 5ml and it will take some time to finish!

3. The Body Shop Moisture White™ Shiso BB SERUM INSIDE

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Lastly we have the BB cream sample from The Body Shop. TBS is noted for its mostly cruelty-free products, so I was quite excited to try this out. This Moisture White Shiso variant contains shiso, vitamin C and liquorice, and Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera, and targets hyperpigmentation, improves luminosity and evens skin tone. I like the fact that it has a lot of skincare factor in this face base. The only problem with this is that the shade is too light for my skin tone. There is a distinct white cast, and I definitely needed the help of a finishing powder to darken it back to skin tone. This sample costs 60 points, and the full sized 30ml tube is Php1395.

Bonus! I received a 15% off voucher for the Beauty & Minerals online store! Amazing! Thanks Sampleroom!

Haul: September

I expect to have less and less hauls as the months roll by. I’ve been spending too much and I’ve already received a lot of interesting stuff to try, so I have decided to tone down my purchases. Here are the things I bought for the month of September.

1. Artist Studio Foundation Brush and Lip Brush

This has been on my wish list for some time as I’m working my way to a complete set of Artist Studio brushes. The foundation brush costs Php79.75 while the lip brush is Php49.75.

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2. Gift from Celeteque

I received this unexpectedly in the mail this September. It came in a gigantic brown box and it contained this neat transparent tote. It also has these four Celeteque products that I don’t mind receiving at all: Soothing Lip Balm, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel, Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener, and the small version of the Cleansing Oil. Thank you Celeteque!

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3. Goody Event Loot Bag

I attended the Goody Come Play event last September 14, and received the following in the Loot Bag (clockwise from the top): Philips Avent resealable cup, Nippon Esthetics Wedge Sponges, blue Sharpie, PH Care Intimate Wash in Cool Wind sachet, Celeteque Soothing Lip Balm, Vitress Cuticle Coat, Vitress Hair Polish, 2x Goody Ouchless Elastics, vouchers from Beauty N Butter and Philips Avent. Thank you for the wonderful event, Goody!

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4. Nippon Esthetics Dual Ended Cotton Tips and Cleansing Sponge

In the same Goody event, I went over to the Nippon Esthetics booth and got a free cleaning of my brushes as well as a pack of cleansing sponges. I love how the cleansing sponges perform and I definitely appreciate receiving these. While waiting for my brushes to get clean, I saw this tub of cotton tips with the all-too-rare pointed ends. I immediately got one, and it costs only Php40. I use this a lot for cleaning up after doing nail art.

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5. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base in Mint, and Nail Remover Mild

It happened! Etude House Philippines has achieved 200k likes on FB, and as promised, they held a 20% off on ALL products. I went last September 16, the Pink Membership exclusive day. I wanted to get the whole range of the Wonder Pore (cleansing foam, freshner, clay mask) but unfortunately the Greenbelt branch only had the freshner. This big bottle costs Php798 normally, but with the sale it only costs Php638.40.

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I have also been waiting for the Mint Baby Choux Base to be released, but strangely EH seems to have phased out the tub version and only have the tube version now. It costs the same as before, normally at Php628, but with the sale it’s down to Php502.40.

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Lastly I wanted to get the mild version of the Nail (Polish) Remover. This is normally Php98, but I got it for just Php78.40. I was pleased with the Extra Strong version so I wanted to see how the mild one performs.

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6. Sampleroom

This month I was able to snag two Sampleroom loots. The first features the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream (awesome, this!), and I added a batch of Carbtrim to go with it. I’ve always wanted to try the new line from Shiseido and thanks to Sampleroom I was able to try the eye cream. I’ve always enjoyed drinking Carbtrim too. Now whether it works as claimed is still yet to be determined, as I am fairly inconsistent when drinking this. The eye cream is worth 70 points while the carbtrim is 45 points.

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The second set was when Sampleroom released the goodies from Beauty and Minerals makeup store. I immediately snagged myself the Charm brush (75 points) and I ordered the Inti-Mate Bra Converter (50 points) as well. The bra converter came in a set of three, but I immediately gave one to my sister-in-law so she can try it too.

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7. OMG Crystal Sand in Hematite, Indian Red, Emerald, and Citrine

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I of course couldn’t resist getting the rest of the set of OMG Crystal Sand. I’ve swatched the first three, and I decided to get the other four because it really is so worth it. It’s very pretty and there’s nothing more affordable than this! I bought this from Landmark, Trinoma.

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8. Erzullie Fashion Feast Sale

Erzullie is a brand I’ve recently discovered through twitter, and I like the fact that the ladies behind it are very hands on toward their customers. Erzullie is a clothing brand that caters to plus-size women, and designs pieces that flatter the curvier figure. I decided to give them a try when they held a sale of a whopping Php300 per item as long as supplies last. Unfortunately I came in too late, and didn’t really have the pieces I was eyeing beforehand. Nevertheless! I was able to snag four (plus one) items from the remaining stocks. I only have pictures of two in action (black blazer and bolero). The other two are a black palazzo pants and a black kimono top. (Puro black you ask? Ubos na yung mga colored, for my size! T_T ) As I mentioned earlier, each of these are just Php300 each, and are probably less than half of their full price. Amaaaazing. When I was going out the door Aries (one of the ladies behind the brand) gave me a cute skirt with huge white ruffles, a fun piece!

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9. Eye of Horus Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil

A last minute addition! I won the Glamourbox x Eye of Horus giveaway on facebook for one of ten EoH Nubian Brown Goddess Pencils, and it arrived on the same day that the Beauty SOS Glamourbox did. I really like how carefully Glamourbox does its packaging, making sure that my new pencil will not break in transit. I’ve only tried it once so far and I’m already liking it!

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There you have it! This haul isn’t as small as I initially thought!