Officially Moving to My New Domain! :)

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I Want To Be Part of Sample Room’s Bloggers Circle!

Sample Room is the country’s “first ever beauty and lifestyle sampling website.” On their site, you can get free samples of products for skincare, hair care, body care, fragrance, cosmetics, tools, health, slimming, and lifestyle.

Sample Room recently announced that they are looking for 24 bloggers to be a part of their Bloggers Circle. And… I totally want to be a part of it!

The Search for Sample Room’s Bloggers Circle Members

My blog started out as a personal journal way back to 2004 but I started focusing on fashion and beauty just last year. I want to be a part of Sample Room’s Bloggers Circle because I love writing and I love sharing my honest thoughts particularly about skincare and beauty products.

My Skincare Products

My Skincare Products

As a skincare and beauty junkie, I have succumbed to impulsively buying a lot of products just to try them out. I ended up buying a lot and when I am not quite satisfied with the product or when I simply want to try out a new one, I tend to give most of them away to my family and friends in the hopes that they might find a better use for those products. In fact, one can end up wasting a lot of money just buying products that they will rarely or never ever use. That is why I love Sample Room’s motto, which is TRY BEFORE YOU BUY. Ever since they started, Sample Room has become my partner in trying out products before I actually buy the full size versions. So far, I am loving the 4 samples that I have ordered from them. I still have 2 waiting to be received. 🙂

I also got addicted to trying out samples and I have several experiences when there were no more samples to order. Thus, as part of the Bloggers Circle, I would be one of the first to know of upcoming launches and even get free samples from time to time. Yey! That would most definitely help me in my search for quality skincare and beauty products that actually work and deliver their promises!

Another reason why I wanted to join is because I want to meet other bloggers out there who have the same passion as I do!

I really hope I get to be a part of Sample Room’s Bloggers Circle! That would be a dream come true. 🙂


♥ Monique ♥

Review: Celeteque Dermoscience Restorative Ultra-Lifting Concentrated Serum

Part of the first wave of products that I got from Sample Room was this Celeteque DermoScience™ Restorative Ultra-Lifting Concentrated Serum.

This is not the first Celeteque product that I have tried. When I was still in college, I use their facial wash regularly. Thus, when I heard of their new line of products, which is DermoScience™, I got so ecstatic to find out that it was available at Sample Room! You can imagine my excitement when I was finally able to get hold of my own sample!

Here are 3 facts about CELETEQUE DermoScience™ according to their website:

  • CELETEQUE DermoScience™ merged Unilab’s medical expertise and dermatological advances to develop products that are clinically tested to deliver results.  With 6 skincare lines co-developed with dermatologists for different skin conditions:  Hydration, Acne Solutions, Sun Care, Brightening, Advanced Anti-Aging and Restorative.
  • Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin. The DermoScience technology makes use of derma-grade ingredients necessary to promote overall skinhealth.
  • With CELETEQUE DermoScience™, there are no empty promises, no superficial claims, just effective results that are based on lab tests, clinical facts and studies.

As we grow older, our skin starts to sag and lose its firmness. This is evidenced by dry and sagging skin with visible fine lines. Without proper care, these fine lines may then become deep wrinkles. Their Restorative line of products claims to “lift and firm sagging skin and reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles.” They even go so far as to claim “2mm lifting of sagging skin in just 2 weeks.” With that kind of promise, I’m sold. Thus, among the many samples available at Sample Room, I chose this product to see if it would reduce the appearance of fine lines on my forehead and under the eyes. 

CELETEQUE DermoScience™ Restorative Ultra-Lifting Concentrated Serum has Advanced Peptide Complex that boosts collagen synthesis and improves skin barrier function. The Oceagen and Sodium Hyaluronate Moisturizers effectively improve skin elasticity and firmness while reducing fine lines. – from Celeteque website

The 30mL full size product costs P899… and I got it free from Sample Room! 🙂

The product comes in a frosted glass and a glass applicator that looks like a medicine dropper. And the serum is a clear viscous liquid that has almost a gel-like consistency. It also does not have a strong smell. In fact, I can barely notice any scent.

What I like about the dropper is that it allows you to get only the amount that you need. You can actually control just how much you can get. For me, I usually just use a pea-sized amount for my entire face and neck. Also, it is very hygienic to use since there is less chance of contaminating the whole product with airborne particles like dust or microorganisms.

A pea-sized amount of the serum

I normally use this twice a day. In the morning, I spread a pea-sized amount on my face and neck after using a cleanser and a toner and before using a moisturizer and sunblock. And then at night before I go to sleep, I apply it after a cleanser and toner and before a moisturizer. It is a bit sticky when you apply it at first but it leaves a slightly shiny finish on my skin. I also make sure that the serum has been completely absorbed by the skin before I apply the moisturizer. The waiting time is minimal since it becomes fully absorbed almost immediately. The product also feels light on the skin thus it is okay to use even when you are planning to put makeup on afterwards.

It is my first time to use a serum and with this, I have just realized how important it is to include it in my daily skincare regimen. The product leaves my skin very soft and supple. Every time I apply the product, I notice that my fine lines on my forehead become less visible. But then the tightening effect wears off after a while. Maybe if I use this product regularly for a longer period of time, it would have a more permanent effect. Even so, prevention is better than cure. That is why as early as now, I use anti-aging products to maintain my skin’s firmness and to prevent the appearance of sunspots and wrinkles all over my skin.

I used this product everyday starting December 11 and it has just run out this second week of March. This little bottle really goes a long way! Since I used it for around 90 days, it’s safe to say that it costs less than 10 pesos per day. Not bad for a product that really works great (and which I got for FREE)!  🙂 One more good thing, this product can be used by those with sensitive skin because it is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

So am I repurchasing? Yes, definitely! 🙂

Celeteque DermoScience products are available in Watsons and SM Department Stores nationwide.

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For more free samples, visit Sample Room!


♥ Monique ♥


I had very little sleep last night since I had to wake up early to meet my boyfriend at the airport. He’s home for his birthday. Yay! So pardon my puffy face and tired look. Thankfully, makeup does wonders to lighten the mood. 🙂

Oh, please don’t laugh at my picture below. I know I look funny. Hehe. Just wanted to show how I blended cream, yellow, green, and violet colors on my eyes. I love blending different eye colors to suit my mood. I actually only have a few eye colors in my makeup collection but it’s okay. When you know how to blend colors properly, you’re sure to get your desired look. 🙂

Here’s a list of the products used:

FoundationAlmay pure blends liquid foundation in Neutral
PowderEver Bilena Powder Foundation in Light Natural (P145)

BlushMAC old rose shade

EyebrowNichido Eyebrow Duo Kit using Brown (P238)
Eye ConcealerCareline Oil Control Liquid Makeup (P80)
Eyeshadow: Lancome Quad Eyeshadow in Fabric (Sheer), 4edge (mustard yellow), Designer (metallic green), and Backstage Pass (plum)
Eyeliner: Harajuku Eyeliner in Black
MascaraEtude House Oh~m’Eye Lash Volume & Longlash Mascara (P498)
Contact LensesAnthea Berry Lenses in Charm Grey

Lipstick: Revlon Buttery Balm in Lollipop

Oh, the title of this post is in no way related to makeup. I’m just currently listening to Now by Paramore.


♥ Monique ♥

MOTD: Keeping it Neutral

Here’s my look for March 6. Tried to keep it neutral today. Even though I used a lot of colors, the overall effect was still a neutral look.

I actually used a darker shade of powder foundation first… so I layered it with a lighter shade. Good thing it turned out okay and didn’t look cakey.


I also used two mascaras for this. The main reason only is that I wanted to completely use up the Falsies Mascara from Maybelline before I throw it out. It’s almost dried out already and it’s actually 3 months old anyway.

Plus, to really keep it neutral, I just used lip gloss in a caramel shade (and taste).

Anyway, what I love about this look is how I was able to blend in the colors pearl white, brown, yellow, and teal to create something wearable for work. 🙂 

Here’s a list of the products used:

FoundationAlmay pure blends liquid foundation in Neutral
Powder: Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation (Shade 04) and Ever Bilena Powder Foundation in Light Natural (P145)

BronzerThe Body Shop Brush-On Beads
HighlighterPhysicians Formula Virtual Face Powder
Blush: MAC old rose shade

EyebrowNichido Eyebrow Duo Kit using Brown (P238)
Eye ConcealerCareline Oil Control Liquid Makeup (P80)
Eyeshadow: Catwalk Cosmetics Palette – pearl, brown, yellow, teal
Eyeliner: Harajuku Eyeliner in Black
Mascara: Maybelline the Falsies Black Mascara and Etude House Oh~m’Eye Lash Volume & Longlash Mascara (P498)
Contact LensesAnthea Berry Lenses in Charm Grey

Lipgloss: Estee Lauder High Gloss Ultra Brilliance in 03 Honey

So what do you think? Tata for now!


♥ Monique ♥