Saturday, April 18, 2015

MY FIRST SAMPLEROOM HAUL

To those who haven’t heard of Sample Room, it’s been around since ages! It’s not like those typical subscription box where you don’t know what products you’ll be getting but you are assured that it will be twice(or even higher) as much as the amount you paid for. 

Sample Room doesn’t work like that. You don’t need to pay for subscription fee to try out product. In fact, the moment you sign up, 100 pts will automatically be credited on your account to start “sampling the products”. 

OKAY, so I get to try the product for free by just signing up?? 

Too good to be true?

There’s a saying that goes like, “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold”

So what’s the catch? Your reviews. You are oblige to make reviews. Of course, Sample Room had set certain rules to follow in writing your reviews, which aren’t really hard to follow, anyway. Without review, your points wouldn't be returned to you. Consequently, without points you cannot get any samples. 

Basically, that’s how Sample Room works! Are you ready to sign-up now? If you are still not convinced, you might want to read this post as I share with you my first sample room experience and how I pick the products that will give the best value for my money.


SAMPLE ROOM: MY FIRST HAUL

I signed up for Sample Room. After few minutes of browsing their site, I decided to get BELO SUN EXPERT FACE COVER which costs me 90 points.
 
Is it worth it?

Here are the things that you should consider to know which of the products will give the best value for your money.
 
(1) The Price.
Belo Sun Expert Face Cover has a retail price of Php 329.75.

(2) The sample size. 
This can be deceiving but don’t be fooled by the price of the product because sometimes, it’s only available in small sizes. For instance, you might think that you are already saving Php 6,000 for Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Serum only to find out that the sample size is just 5 ml for 850 points. 

But in my case, since the Belo I received is in full-size, the equivalent price of the product is still Php 329.75

(3) Shipping. 
YES ladies, you have to shoulder the shipping, only the sample products are free. HOWEVER, each member is allowed to do “combine shipping” up to 3 products, regardless of the price. 

Note: The shipping rates vary based on the location and weight of the product. 

How much did I saved for ordering Belo Sun Expert Face Cover? 

The actual cost of the product is Php 329.75 but I got the full size for free. However, I paid Php 100 for shipping.

It is safe to say that I saved Php 229.75 on my first purchase! 

Although this may only be true if you are not a VIP member. Computation can be a bit more complicated when you decide to get the VIP privilege.  

Unlike the regular membership, you have to shell out at least Php 799 for the VIP membership

Okay, why pay for membership when you can already get an item for free thru signing up?

Well, the other catch here is that there are items that are valued greater than 100 pts. Since only your points and an additional 1 point will be returned to you after the approval of your review, it would be almost impossible for you to avail the product especially when the equivalent points is around 300 pts. Imagine, you have to review 200 products just to have 300 pts on your account. 

So you need to BUY points to avail more products. 

The moment you paid for the membership, you can no longer say that you availed the product for free! Hence, it is wrong to say, “Oh look, I’ve got so many items for free! I only paid for the shipping!”

The “free samples” claim can only be applied to those who didn't shell out money to try out their products.

Anyway, let's talk more about VIP membership.

There are two available VIP membership. Php 799 credits you 1000 pts while Php 1299 gives you 2000 pts.

Once you applied for VIP membership, they will give you a VIP “mystery gift.” It will be delivered to your doorstep 2-3 days after availing membership. The exclusive-mystery gift is randomly selected for each member. Hence, what you get may be different from other VIP members. 

The VIP Gift I received is a Shiseido Cream eye color, which I believe is worth Php 1,150. For this alone, I already received the amount I paid for. 
But it doesn’t end there, I also was able to take home 5 more goodies! 

BELO ESSENTIALS UNDERARM WHITENING CREAM
Sample size: 140ml Full-size
Price: Php 349.75
Equivalent Points: 140 points

BELO WHITENING DEO ROLL ON SHOWER FRESH
 Sample size: 25ml Full-size
Price: Php 54.75
Equivalent Points: 35 points


BELO INTENSIVE WHITENING BAR
Sample size: 65g
Price: Php 59.75
Equivalent Points: 40pts

BELO SUNEXPERT BODY SHIELD SPF60
Sample size: Full size
Price: Php 459.75
Equivalent Points: 125 pts

MAYBELLINE GREAT LASH MASCARA
Price: Php 350 
Equivalent Points: 300 pts
From there, you can actually see that the greatest amount I saved was when I purchased Belo Sunblock. 
The actual amount I saved is Php 562.63

So far, the value of the points plus shipping I spent is Php 711.36 (not PhP 799 since I still have 360 points left on my account). The total retail price of the products I received is Php 1274. Hence, I already received almost twice the amount I paid for. 

Even though you are guaranteed to receive twice the amount you paid for in subscription box, you really cannot choose the products that you'll get. There are items that you might not care. 

That's the good thing about Sample Room, it gives you the power to decide what  items you would want to try out. 

While price is important to determine the amount of money you can save. Above all, it’s the power to customize your package according to your interest and/or needs that will ultimately define the value of your money.  

If you are quite skeptical in trying out subscription box, you might want to try out Sample Room instead.


• DISADVANTAGE OF SAMPLEROOM •

(1) Once you have checked out, the transaction is done. You can no longer add items. 
Sometimes, you want a product so badly and you want to be assured that you’ll get it. In order for you to be assured that the product will be reserved for you for 24 hours, you need to “check  out” the product.  

Once you clicked “check out,” the transaction is done and final. Even if you only picked one product, you have to pay Php 100. Quite a bummer since you are forced, in a way, to pick other two products kahit wala ka pang magustuhan. Otherwise, lugi ka sa shipping. 

Actually, that’s the reason why I end up buying deodorant. I just want to fill-up the 3 products para medyo sulit sa shipping. Anyway, it will only costs me 30 pts naman. 

(2) You have to try out the product/s for at least 5 days before giving reviews. Once you’ve done the review, it will take them more or less a week to approve it. The points will only be returned after the approval of your review. In short, may 2 week ka bago mo magamit ulit yung points. 

This is why kahit makakatipid ka, it is still not a wise idea to spend all your points at the same time. Hence, I only ordered 5 items, kahit na I can order one more. 

Why? Because I'm saving my points for new waves of products that I might like! 
Also, reviews are only approved one at a time. So don’t expect that all points will be returned to you all at once. 


• OVERALL •


OVERALL, my Sample Room experience was amazing! I received my first ever Shiseido product for free! So far, I have saved Php 500+ and still have more than a month to maximize my VIP membership!

I am very much happy with all the things I got because I know that these are the things that I would definitely use!  


How about you? Have you tried Sample Room?


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4 comments:

  1. I tried Sampleroom years ago. And yeah what you said was spot on.

    I did not receive any mystery gift when i signed on as VIP. (I think VIP was just 500 when I signed.)

    Honestly though, I wasn't really comfortable with the setup. Why?

    1. I don't really like making reviews. Tried it but it wasn't for me.

    2. Shipping. How come you can only ship out three items in one package?

    3. VIP. I already paid for the points, so why review? Think of this as paying discounted on the products.

    4. Points and products. The points for the VIP expire after 2 months(?) Even if you review and get back the points, either A.) There is nothing new you can buy with the points. B.) Everything else is out of stock.

    There will be times where Sampleroom and the Beauty Boxes will be worth it but I've come to realize that many of the products from there would be something I would never buy for myself.

    Yung parang napipilitan ka lang idagdag or gamitin para ma-maximize mo yung binayad mo.

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  2. I do not want to sound patronizing but I think if people can afford beauty boxes then it means they have some money tucked away for beauty products.

    What I do instead of buying the monthly boxes, is to save up. Let's say I have 1000 pesos per month allocated for makeup and skin care. I read reviews from beauty bloggers (such as yourself ^_^) and sort through all the reviews to find the product that I need.

    That's why it was ok for me to buy Naked 1,2,3 in Sephora. Even if it was expensive (for me anyway) I know that I was getting my money's worth. I didn't have to settle for things that would clutter up my vanity table.

    Also, when I had a chance to go overseas, I researched like crazy and bought a ton of skincare products that I would really be using. It was perfect! They have discount coupons just for foreigners plus it was tax free! I loaded up everything from BB creams, serums, moisturizers, eye creams, face masks...etc. ^_^ i just bought enough to tide me over for a few years until the next trip. ^_^

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  3. Yes! I am a SR addict too though I did not purchase the VIP membership. So far I have around 200 points. Recently I have also tried Belo Essentials Deo Spray and UA cream.

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  4. wow parang i wanna sign up na rin haha

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