SAMPLE ROOM MEDIA LAUNCH

More than a month ago, Sample Room, the first beauty and lifestyle sampling website, held their official media launch and 3rd year anniversary celebration at Balay Indang, Cavite.

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Sample Room is a website where you can order deluxe size samples (and sometimes in full-size) of beauty products that are locally available for free! You can specifically choose what that you want to try, pay for the shipping fee then just wait for it to arrive at your doorstep.

I have always found myself buying a product but ended up not liking it because it just doesn’t suit me. Thankfully, Sample Room’s concept of “Try before you buy.” gives consumers the power to make informed purchasing decisions of their chosen product first before deciding to purchase in-store. Thus, saving time and money.

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But it doesn’t end there. Sample Room also provides real and honest details about the product and customer reviews. Honest ratings and reviews from users will surely help you in purchasing your desired product. How convenient, right?

Read on to find out more about the media launch. 🙂

It was my first time in Balay Indang and look what greeted us as we were nearing the event area — pastel-colored dream catchers. Cute!

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We were treated to a boho-chic getaway. Check out the setup below. Totally, leveled-up the event experience.

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The ladies behind Sample Room.

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After launching Sample Room officially to the press, we moved on to the main activity. We were tasked to go around the partner brand’s booth, sample the products, write a review and get samples – which basically how Sample Room works.

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The Sample Room’s partners are Beauty & Butter, Belo Nutraceuticals, C-Lium, Cure, Laneige, Lux, Pantene, Shiseido, Soffia Brushes, Vaseline, and Zenutrients.

This cute boho roundie was the perfect backdrop for photo ops. So happy I was able to experience this wonderful day with Janeena and Czari. Thank you Sample Room and to all the sponsors for the perfect R&R summer getaway!

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What are you waiting for? Log on to www.sampleroom,ph and get started! To know more about the latest products and exclusive perks and special offers, follow @SampleRoomPH on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

 

 

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SAMPLE ROOM MEDIA LAUNCH

SKIN 101 & LASER 360: MY VERY FIRST ENDORSEMENT SHOOT

SURREAL – The first word that came into my mind when my mom, Cristine Duque, and I were at the photoshoot for Skin 101 and Laser 360. Never in a million years did I ever think of myself as an endorser, let alone an endorser for a skin clinic but I am thankful for the whole team for a super fun and an unforgettable experience. Just look at us below. We obviously couldn’t keep a straight face.

Photographer: Gee Plamenco

Videographer: Raffy Miranda

Makeup Artist: Rick Martell Calderon

Hairstylist: Mark Familara

To my Skin 101 and Laser 360 Family, thank you for trust and the opportunity to educate people on the importance of skincare. This is just only the beginning of a wonderful and fruitful partnership. THANK YOU!

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SKIN 101 & LASER 360: MY VERY FIRST ENDORSEMENT SHOOT

SKIN MATTERS: YOUR ONLINE SKIN EXPERT

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We all know that beauty starts with smooth, healthy, glowing skin. And Filipinos are now turning to the web when looking for solutions to skin concerns, how-to’s and products recommendations. Yet, there has never been a single online expert on skin readily available on the internet until now.

SkinMatters.com.ph is the first ever website dedicated to skincare. A collaboration of the savviest authorities on skin, Unilever, the Philippine Dermatological Society and an editorial team of skin care experts and writers, SkinMatters.com.ph aims to offer concerned men and women an omnibus site of everything and anything skincare related.

SkinMatters,com.ph features a wide array of content including articles on how to best fight pimples, how to decode your sunscreen, to how-to videos and even top bloggers’ and celebrities tips and trends. Visitors can even read testimonials from real users and can recommend products themselves in the reviews section of the website. The “Ask a Derma” function on the website is the most exciting feature where readers can consult with the Philippine Dermatological Society regarding any skin concerns. And they reply within 48 hours – so useful especially at this super busy time of the year.

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“The website will be curated to remind our readers about the importance of taking care of their skin,” SkinMatters.com.ph Editor-in-Chief Nicole Romero explains. “We teach them how to find the best products for their complexion by talking about the best ingredients to look out for in the aisles – not which brands to buy.”

For more information on SkinMatters.com.ph, visit the website at http://www.SkinMatters.com.ph, like it on Facebook at SkinMattersPH and follow (@SkinMattersPH) on Twitter and Instagram.

SKIN MATTERS: YOUR ONLINE SKIN EXPERT

REVLITE FACIAL TONING BY SKIN 101

Let’s face it, although sunblock and sunscreen help in keeping our skin protected while under the sun, most of the time we still need extra hands from experts. For my monthly skincare visit, I only trust SKIN 101 Clinics because of the quality and affordability of their services.

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SKIN 101 Clinics is headed by Dr. Oliver Diaz for Cosmetology and Dr. Jenie Francisco-Diaz for Dermatology. They have 10 branches in Metro Manila and are looking into opening more clinics this year.

When SKIN 101 Clinics invited me to experience their Revlite Toning Facial, I immediately agreed because of the many good reviews I’ve been hearing from my friends.  Revlite is a non-invasive treatment to remove scars, sunspots, pigmentations and other discolorations while keeping it firm and smooth.

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Before the Revlite treatment, patients undergo a regular facial which involves thorough cleaning, massage and removal of any whiteheads, blackheads and such.

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After the facial, I was brought to the Revlite room. At the start of the procedure, my eyebrows and hairline were taped since exposure to the laser will cause the hair to lighten and burn. I was also given stress balls and was required to wear laser-protective goggles – a bit scary but as they “BEAUTY HURTS.” haha.

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To my surprise, I expected the pain to be worse than facial pricking. There was only a slight discomfort (think a rubber band lightly tapping your skin) and a burning smell from the exposed facial hair. The procedure is done 3 times covering the whole face and lasts about 15-20 minutes.

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The Revlite Toning Facial is only Php 3,000.00 per session but they have a Php 15,000.00 rate for 7 sessions (5 + 2 free). Intervals should be done 2-3 weeks after.

So if you need your skin to be checked or just planning to pamper yourself, try SKIN 101 Clinics. They really are competitive in terms of service and price. 🙂

For more information, visit their website at : http://skin101clinics.com/skin101/index.html

REVLITE FACIAL TONING BY SKIN 101

STROBING – THE BEAUTY TRICK YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

Gone are the days of severe contouring and razor sharp angles. For this season, it’s all about strobing!

Here’s the gist: Instead of creating shadows to achieve the ultimate cheekbones and a narrower face, strobing seeks to define your features using light. Think gleaming skin, glossy cheekbones and bright eyes.

Though it may sound that it like it’s totally low maintenance, a disciplined skincare regimen (Check my post on how to achieve glowing skin.) is still paramount since this look requires natural healthy skin as its base.

Luckily, I was able to round up my 5 steps on how to create that strobe like effect at home.

1. I don’t know how many times I need to reiterate this but – good makeup starts with good skin. To get that high-shine model skin, take your skincare seriously. Plus, if you want to take it a step further, bi-weekly brightening face masks is a must to amp up your skin. I use Retinol Advanced Brightening Mask from Beauty Bar. It removes the dead skin cells through exfoliation while brightens and helps even skin tone.

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2. Fuse your makeup and skincare for extreme dewiness. For example: if you’re going to use concealer add a little bit of moisturizer, followed by adding cream highlighter (over the existing makeup) on the high points of the face. Try Benefit’s High Beam to achieve that luminous sheen.

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3. Strobing shades can be very tricky. It’s important to select the appropriate color to brighten the skin’s undertones. What you want is porcelain glow rather than a tanned one. Try MAC Strobe Cream under your foundation or even over your makeup. It’s non-greasy and has a non-oil formula. Just don’t overdo it and only on the highest points of your face (forehead, cheekbones, brow bones, nose tip, cupid bow and chin). You don’t want to look like an 80’s disco ball. Haha

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4. Gloss your lids. For my recent shoot, I smeared Maybelline Baby Lip Balm Hydrate over my model’s lids to achieve wet-look eyes in a flash. Petroleum Jelly is another beauty trick to gloss the lids.

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5. For those who are living in a tropical climate, powder is still necessary. To set everything, use a fluffy brush and sweep a finely luminescent powder such as NARS Soft Velvet Loose Setting Powder. A little goes a long way so you only need a sheer wash of powder to set the entire face.

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Just like contouring, strobing is also very technical. For those who have oily skin, remember that little goes a long way therefore you don’t need much to get that beautiful ethereal glow.

So will you be swapping contouring for strobing? Show me your strobing efforts by tagging me on Instragram @nikki_duque.

STROBING – THE BEAUTY TRICK YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

MY FIRST SHOOT FOR YSTYLE

It’s been a year and a half already since I’ve been painting faces and all I can say is that everytime I work, I try to learn from my colleagues- whether it would be lighting, styling, production design, even makeup and hair.

Last April 14, 2015, was my first shoot for Philippine Star’s YStyle section. I was pleased to work with talented people for this project because aside from putting makeup on the model, what I enjoy is the amount of creativity that goes into each photo.  It’s definitely a lengthy process of throwing and feeding each other’s ideas, but its also a really important step.

For the makeup, we decided to do a dewy skin and a winged white eyeliner. For many reasons, this 80’s trend has retuned but I’ve put a modern twist to it by just curling the lashes and keeping the eyelids bare. Will definitely recreate this look for my next entry – watch out for it.

It’s definitely a team effort to create great photos that move and inspire the reader. So next time you work or even interact with other people, always see it as an opportunity to learn. Be a sponge. Listen, ask questions, see what you can take and what you can share with others.

Photos by: Jack Alindahao (@jackalindahao)

Styled by: Tina Ong (@religionblack)

Makeup by: yours truly (@nikki_duque)

Hair by: Vien Nueva (@vienology)

Production Design by: Elmer Pueblo (@meisterfix) of Archetype

Model: Alisa of Elite Manila

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MY FIRST SHOOT FOR YSTYLE

DIY: HOMEMADE NATURAL LIP SCRUB

Last week I had chapped lips and instead of buying a high-priced product, I decided to check our kitchen cupboard to make an all-natural lip scrub.

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BENEFITS:

  • It removes that top layer of skin often left dry from the sun.
  • It exposes a new soft lip that allows for better penetration of hydrating products such as lip balm.
  • It makes your lipstick go on smoother and last longer.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. of brown sugar

1 tsp. of white sugar

1 tsp. of honey

1 tsp. of olive oil

STEP 1: MAKING THE BASE

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and honey. Mix well to get a smooth consistency.

The olive oil is full of vitamins and has regenerative powers to help stimulate the healing of the skin, while the honey absorbs and retains moisture.

STEP 2: CREATING THE SUGAR SCRUB

Add the brown and white sugar to your base and mix until it becomes a paste. Adjust the sugar to base ratio to achieve your desired scrub consistency. If you prefer a really silky scrub, add another teaspoon of olive oil.

The brown sugar has anti-bacterial properties and vitamin B, while the white sugar has a natural source of glycolic acid which can help sun-damaged skin.

You can even add cinnamon or cayenne pepper to this mix if you want to give your pout a good plump.

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STEP 3: STORING THE LIP SCRUB

Transfer your yummy lip scrub into a glass/plastic container (try an old pot of lip balm or baby food jar). Label it and add the date. The lip scrub will last for two weeks when refrigerated.

So there you have it! An incredibly easy beauty remedy to get instant soft luscious lips!

 

DIY: HOMEMADE NATURAL LIP SCRUB