Recently, as in more than half a decade now, we have youtube and bloggers and online reviews that we can refer to before buying something. BUT even before the dawn of the wide scale use of the internet as a reference guide for purchasing, we always had samples.
Either taste testing at the grocery, perfume samples, skin care samples, ahem people who go to Sasa. we love our samples because we won't find it such a complete waste if the perfume is monkey balls awful or if the moisturizer broke you out, there is much less wastage of the product if you just throw the sachet or giveaway or throw away the tube of sample perfume. and USUALLY the brands give these samples for FREE.
Some western brands that do have samples to give out.
Asian brands on the picture below, click to enlarge picture for a crisper and better view of it.
Below are just SOME of the samples that Korean and one Japanese brand(s) shower me with. from bb creams to moisturizer with toner gift set to sun screens to snail creams.
BUT, for a while now the concept of getting charm (as in charm like phone charm?) sized containers of products to try them out for subscription has been around since about last year. so you subscribe to a certain site and this site will send you a box of goodies. but that site fizzled out in popularity specially on youtube because that particular site kinda gives you a box of chocolates, as in you never know what you're gonna get! hahaha ☺SO for a while now, the Philippines not to be outdone, has been coming out with the same idea left and right, one of them even tried to contact me and either totally mispelled my name or has just one megablogger as the person in mind for all their invitations. well that's that! i prefer my salad(box) with ranch dressing and with croutons and not for a subscription...a lot of you will get my references here hehehe.
SOOOO here comes Sophie to save me from wrinkles who 1.)spelled my name right 2.) made sure the email went to the right (appropriate) person.
Sophie gives you Sample Room website here
I couldn't go to her blogger event as i was out of the country, but I still received the press kit.and here's how one can get a hold of the samples one likes from SampleRoom site.
how awesome is that? you get points for being active on her site, meaning if you post reviews on the items you've tried out! and points entitle you to get more samples of products for the small price of the shipping fee!
So i tried out her site yesterday, as in first day of her website, like the launch! I had fangirl anticipation and kept refreshing and refreshing and voila! here we are!
and the next day i received this in my email, well i received an email confirmation then i logged in to my account and checked my order out. and it details where i'm having it shipped, a warning of forfeiture if I don't deposit the money for shipping within 24 hours.
but as a side note, back to the press kit. Do you know that I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED a pen from anyone apart from my dad? like evaaar? and ooooh it's pink! so u-kiss! ~.<
This is just one personal touch i wanted to show people. That personal touch added with a GINORMOUS DEAL of hard work, perseverance, and belief in what you're doing, will eventually reach or get you your goal. if your goal also happens to be your dream then kudos to you!
So in review what Sample Room (website here) is about:
- no need to pay for samples like buying from ebay or amazon for trial sizes
- you only need to create an account (one account per person please or you breach the TOS)
- ONLY PAY FOR THE SHIPPING
- you can test the product you've been eying before you buy the full size
- AND SAVE YOURSELF grief and MONEY
- charm (trial) sizes are awesome for travel as they save space in your luggage
- if you provide reviews you get more points
- and if you review products you get to meet errrr me? LMAO! you get to interact with more bloggers and other people who wanna share their experiences with the products they've tried. so eventually this site will be a pool of information ♥
Have I tried the site? - indeed i have, naturally, i picked out the Asian brand that had stock left i'll give you a clue what it is -hhhhaaaa SHU! phew, bless me hehehe!
Have fun everyone! The site isn't just for women and women-wannabe's by the way, MEN have hair and have skin, too, as far as i know! hehehe so men can join up and do the same, try products, too! for their hair and skin ^_^