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Sample! Sample! Sample!

28 Oct

My mom told me that I have this bad habit of buying beauty products, only to waste an enormous amount of money once I discover that my skin reacts differently to an ingredient, or I find it too tedious to apply, or just because I’ve purchased another product with the same purpose, and later on I will just dump it and forget about. It’s a cycle, really. Most times these products end up expiring, or my mom finishes it for me; and at rare times I give it to our household help. Early this year, I cleared my dresser of stuff that I don’t use anymore, and vowed not to fill up precious space with bottles upon bottles of expensive goop I don’t finish.

Enter Sample Room. I can’t remember where I discovered this gem of a site mid this year where users are given points to sample health and beauty product for free–well, not really for free, because samplers will be asked to pay a minimal amount for shipping–and more points after writing a short product review. My first sample was a cleansing cream that, unfortunately, did not meet my expectations. Can you imagine yourself buying a full product size amounting to around Php 1000k, and not use it? That’s frikkin’ expensive for a product that is said to be good in what it does, but in reality it’s the other way around!

A few weeks back, the drugstore sunblock I’ve been using ran out already. I’ve been meaning to replace it, but I delayed purchasing a new brand. I wanted to try VMV’s Armada line of sunscreen because I’ve been hearing from beauty experts that by far it’s the best sunscreen in the market; and being a VMV Id user for almost a year now, it must be really good! Off I went to the nearest VMV to inquire about the price, and it costs an arm and a leg! Hehe no, not really, but it’s enough to feed me til the next pay day.

I mulled it over for weeks, searching for cheaper alternatives over the net. I was about to doze off when I told myself that I’ll be opening my last webpage for the day–Sample Room. Lo and behold, they have samples of VMV Armada Sport! Without batting an eyelash, I ordered my sample and paid for it the next day.

This package greeted me this morning:



















The vial: Cute! It also came with a branded spatula. Thoughtful, isn’t it?


The goop. It’s not runny nor too thick. It didn’t feel heavy or sticky at all when I slathered it onto my face.















Today I went out to exercise my right to suffrage for the barangay elections. The precinct is just a few blocks away, so I put on some sunscreen on my face. It’s not at all sticky, and my face didn’t sting at all even under the blasting heat of the noon sun.

Verdict: I like it! I might even use it as a make-up primer and be ultimately useful for beach trips, field work and other tasks that requires me to stay under the sun for hours! Because it’s extra creamy sans the heaviness, a little goes a long way and it covers a huge surface of the skin. Talk about value for my moolah!

How about you, have you tried ordering trial packs from Sampleroom.ph?


Short hair: Check!

16 Jun

I did it.

It was part of my New Year’s Resolution, among other things that still needs to be accomplished before this year ends. There’s no one stopping me, not one speck on this planet. Not one.

Well, except for my hairdresser.

Remember when I said I wanted a Michelle Williams pixie? Josie of Elevation Salon vehemently said no, it does not suit you. It will not complement the shape of your face. Your hair strands are too fine.

No, Kassy. Not pixie.

Because she’s been our family’s go-to person when it comes to hair styling (yup, she’s the same Josie, formerly from Tinette and Co.) since time immemorial, I gave her my approval but not without another request:

“Can you colour it red, though?”

And her resounding YES lit up my face like a goddamn Christmas light on Christmas Eve.


It sure is a struggle to be strapped on a salon chair just reading various beauty magazines, most I’ve read gazillion times while having my nails did at a favourite nail spa near our place. A relief, indeed, that Elevation Salon has free wifi for clients and–ahem–waiting husbands and boyfriends. In fact, I was able to upload this before photo pronto on Instagram.


No, I didn’t get that bored since my college best friend A of Dominadorable fame (fame talaga?!) tagged along with me to have her virgin hair coloured by a pro for the first time. Yay, A! As a matter of fact, it was our first salon bonding time together in our nine years of friendship! We enjoyed our treatments, since we were well taken cared of by the salon staff, plus the place is so spacious, unlike other salons that are too cramped and too noisy!

I didn’t realize that time was running fast, that my treatments are over and my hair cut short. I was kept busy by friends’ well wishes on IG and Facebook on my long-awaited makeover.


Photo taken by the boyfriend, who came all the way from a company outing (Top: From Mom; Lounge Pants: Uniqlo; Shoes: SM Parisian+)


Here we are! All new and purrrty and celebrating our ninth year of friendship!


Just a little back store: I got to know A during our college orientation at La Salle. There was a vacant seat next to this scrawny, metal-mouthed girl and the Lasallian Ambassador assigned to us had me sit beside her. I was this noisy kid trying to be friendly (and noisy) with everyone and there she was, sinking on her seat wondering what the forks she got into. Haha! Love you, A!


And of course, we are well-supported by our loves! Yay!!!

(Elevation Salon is at the Building 3 of Jannov Plaza, 2295 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City. It’s right in front of Saatchi House, and just beside where Juju Eats is.)

Oh, June!

16 Jun

Yea yea, I know I haven’t updated this since last month. I promised to talk about my hair makeover but things got in the way! So what better way to make up to y’all is to get things done!

The month of June has been consistently notorious for throwing sh*t at me. No matter how much I say, “June, please be awesome!” or “June, please be good to me!”, it will never happen. Looking at the bright side though, the past five Junes have taught me that, well, sh*t do happen and when it does, you gotta learn from it! No use sulking and crying over spilled milk!

We’re halfway past June and although as usual, things did not turn out the way I wanted it to be (I’ll blog about this later, PROMISE!) I was able to catch up on rest and realise that health is indeed wealth! So yay for midyear lifestyle changes for me! πŸ˜‰

What should you expect from me, then?


From long locks to a lob, aka long bob! Just because my hairstylist vetoed my pixie cut plan. Not complaining! πŸ™‚


Measles schmeasles, and my mandatory house arrest on the first half of June

Not much, I know! Will absolutely make time for this baby! Stick around, y’all! πŸ™‚

The road to pixie

6 Jan
Do I look like Snape here?

Do I look like Snape here?

So today I had my hair cut. No no no, not the ΓΌber short hair I blogged about previously!Β Well, I was getting uncomfortable with my bra-length locks that I decided to have it snipped off till a bit past my shoulders.

Thanks to the very talented Josie of Tinette and Co.–to whom I owe the life of the lifeless limp, flat and fine hair since two years ago!)–I now present you the prelude to the pixie!


I may not be smiling here because of lack of sleep, but I really like my hair and I love it short! Although this one’s not a new look to me, having short hair makes me feel light and younger!

I already have my mind set on 15th May to have the haircut of the year. I also told Josie that I might want my hair red this time. Yippee! So excited! πŸ™‚

Tinette & Co. is located at Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It’s a stone’s throw away from The Mind Museum, Net One; and for those who loves dem Bufallo Chicken Tenders and its buy-one-get-one drinks before 8pm, it shares the same location as Bugsy’s Burgos Circle!

Nails nails nails

13 May

I have a confession to make: I have a thing for nicely-shaped-and-groomed nails. Be it toenails or fingernails, basta whenever I meet a person for the first time I just have to see either of the two. Or both!

When it comes to the personal upkeep of my nails, I have my numbers cleaned regularly by a professional. Although I can do it myself, I just don’t have confidence that I’m doing it right. And most times I don’t, so I leave it to the care of the pros. πŸ˜€

I won’t get a scolding from my kindergarten teacher this time!
New custom flipflops from Make Your Own Havaianas 2012 last Friday

I always instruct my favourite nail technician (which btw, is in Nail Loft Scout Gandia branch) to shape my toenails square, just push the cuticles and nip the hangnails or whatever’s unsightly thing that’s hanging around my feet. Every three weeks or so I get a good foot scrubbin’ and every other month I allow my nail tech to dig into my ingrown. Same with my fingernails, sans the pushing of cuticle because I don’t like the sight of ridges on my nails–yes, manicures cause ridges! So I just instruct her to file my nails square and just nip those nasty ones outta my sight. And then there’s the occasional nail polish.Β Oh and did I mention that I cut my own nails before leaving for maniped sessions? But on a regular day when I don’t want to fuss over wet and chipped manipeds, that’s about it!

The last time I had nail color on my fingernails was December last year, during my future brother-in-law’s wedding. After that, I noticed my nails riddled with white spots and deep ridges. Horror! So I had to quit the nail lacquer no matter how much I love having a burst of pink or red or green on my fingers. Also, I ask my nail tech to hold pushing my cuticles so newly-grown nails won’t ridge, a visible sign that nails are stripped of its natural health. I sometimes still have my toenails painted pretty, but only for special events where I need to pretty meself up.

You don’t really have to go to a nail spa or spend a lot to prettify your paws! Whenever I need my quick fix, I go to the neighbourhood salon which I lovingly called “The Parlor.” Yeah, it’s not the place to unwind but if like me, you need a quick fix and you don’t mind the constant chatter and chismisan of nail technicians and other employees in Bekinese, go ahead! But if you want that serenity while you’re being pampered and kneaded to the point that you’re almost reaching inception, go to a nail spa. It’s the best way to treat those two hardworking pairs of your body, and if only they can speak, they will thank you for it!

And oh, don’t forget to put lotion on ’em! Slather up!