Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Samples Received/Redeemed: March/April 2014

My humble apologies for not blogging anything here in the past 2 months as I was a little too tired and exhausted from all the hectic activity from work and at home as I was also actively trying to re-arrange my room due to samples being stashed here and there ^^;

It's not easy being a samples blogger since samples are the main priority here at this blog, and it didn't help that my unhealthy obsession with shower gels are literally spilling out of my regular storage spaces. It's not that I'm using it slow, but as the saying goes, a little goes a long way. Squeezing so much out for a short bath session just simply screamed "wastage", so a little is used. And at the same time, I kept stocking up on more shower gels that it definitely looked like I'm a really slow user.

Anyways, I didn't get much samples for the month of March and April, hence another sudden decision to just combine these 2 months together in one post instead of dragging it out into 2 posts. Along the way, I'll add a sample authorization letter up on my Facebook page for easy access to anyone who needs it to collect prizes won for 2 accounts. Back to the main issue, here's a look at the samples I've received and redeemed for the past 2 months~

Previously, I did a Sponsored Review on a Peripera product and also got to know that the Watsons flagship store at Takashimaya are selling assorted Peripera products. Hence I decided to go forth and check out what other Peripera products are on offer.

I ended up getting the Peri's Tint Marker in Pink Shade and Peri's Tint Water in Cherry Juice 1. Loving those 2 shades as the the Tint Marker is in a lovely shade of pink that just isn't too overly pink at all while the Tint Water is just way too easy to apply. Both shades doesn't shade off that fast, able to last up to 6+ hours in total before having to re-apply again due to wear-and-wipe issues. And by wear-and-wipe issues, I meant "go for break, wipe mouth and tint color off" kinda scenario LOL

Along the way, I got the Nivea Body Lotion In-Shower Skin Conditioner and a Veet Hair Removal Cream since my previous one is running low already.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: No samples up for grabs, but you can try and see the shade from the display items instead.

E-cover was previously hosting a sampling giveaway and since I somehow missed out on the previous few due to the collection location, I decided to go for this one as I intended to go to Watsons Takashimaya for the Peripera products and Ion Orchard was one of the collection outlets listed. The sample I redeemed is a Ecover Lemon and Aloe Vera Washing-Up Liquid (100ml). Apparently, it stated that one squeeze is enough for a sink full of dirty dishes which I took it to meant 1 or 2 drops.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Sampling activity is over. However, Ecover has already ran a few sampling activity for their newly launched similar products, so I am guessing that if the sales are not good or if people are too hesitant to try something new, they will run another sampling giveaway to introduce their new products to even more people to try. Meanwhile, go over to Ecover Singapore facebook page at and Like their page as a fan to be notified and imformed of future sampling activities :D was previously hosting a contest giveaway, I ended up forgotting the mechanics, but then I wasn't happy with the prize I won, so I tried again on a secondary FB account, albeit under my mother's name and won something different. And just as I was fretting over how to collect prizes meant for 2 persons, I belatedly realized something. I can just print out a authorization letter and get my mother to sign up. That epic fail moment of mine LOL

Anyway, I managed to redeemed both set of prizes together. They are:

  • on-Acidic Ester-C 500 MG: 60 Capsules
  • Stazen Spirulina Pacifica: 400 Tablets
  • Stazen - Natural Astaxathin: 60 Capsules

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Sampling contest is over. After all, I only got to know about it a mere few days before the contest ended. But you can still go over to Facebook page at and Like their page as a fan to be informed of any upcoming contests and giveaways.

Just a note: The collection location was a pain in the arse to get to, literally and figuratively. I felt like I was being slowly baked to perfection under the hot sun and the occasional breeze wasn't helping much D:

Pfizer previously had a survey where participants can receive a CapitaMall voucher. It's not the first time they did the survey and reward activity, but it's a little erratic on how often they do this since it's not tagged to any upcoming public holidays or whatsoever.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Redemption is over. Although I would suggest to keep a close lookout under the Sponsored ads section, just under your FB requests and beside the statuses section.

La Roche-Posay
The Sample Store had some new Sponsored samples up for grabs, if I remembered correctly. But I tend to skip the ones such as toothpastes since I'm also a darn slow user of toothpastes. I probably have enough in my stash to last up to 2 or 3 years without having the need to buy one for now. The sample I redeemed is the La Roche-Posay 30 SPF Aqua Fresh Gel, I received 2 sample sachets with each sachet at 2ml.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: This sample has been fully redeemed. But my suggestion is this, check the "Sponsored Samples" tab over at The Sample Store website at least once or twice a week. As "Sponsored Samples" doesn't cost anything, not even postage fee to send out, certain samples get redeemed pretty fast before you know it. So, maybe a check around the middle and the end or start of the week to see if anything new is up for grabs.

Frankly speaking, I can't recall where I got this sample from, but it could be from the "Sponsored Samples" tab over at The Sample Store website. Anyway, the sample received is the NeoStrata Triple Firming Neck Cream, it's one sample sachet at 2g.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Sampling activity is over.

Seven Seas
I got this Seven Seas Jointcare sample previously. It supposedly helps maintain supple and flexible joints, and consists of 20 capsules.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: I'm not sure if the sampling activity is over, but you can still give it a try. Go over to JointCare R&R Facebook page at and Like their page as a fan first. Next, look for the Like It Live It tab, after which you just need to click on the Redeem Sample tab in the page. Fill in your details and wait for the sample to arrive in your mailbox.

The Sample Store previously had several Sponsored samples up for grabs, needless to say, I grabbed most of them since I was able to do so without restrictions.

The Sample Store
First up, the Cure Natural Aqua Gel sample is synonymous with exfoliating lovers out there. It's expensive, but natural. And did I mentioned that you have to use it fast after opening the bottle as it doesn't last long?

The Sample Store
This sample sachet is 3g in weight and can last enough for a one-time use if you were to use it not only on your face, but all over your body or whichever part of your body needs exfoliation.

The Sample Store
Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion at 9ml. Just as well, my previous samples are starting to run low too xD

The Sample Store
W.H.I.T.E Complex CC Cream at 10ml. To be honest, I haven't been using any BB or CC creams for the past 6 months as I found out that it clogs my pores, and leaves streak marks, it's a miracle how on earth I applied it to make the streak marks visible despite following traditional BB and CC Cream application methods. Could be the sebum though, I'm guessing ^^;

The Sample Store
Hada Labo Cleansing Oil with High Purity Olive Oil, 5 sample sachets each weighing 3ml. 1 sample sachet is enough to clear off 1 or 2 days worth of full facial make-up, and because it is oil, you need not have to use too much in the first place.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: All these fore-mentioned sponsored samples have been fully redeemed, except for the Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion.

Vital Greens
Vital Greens Singapore was previously holding a sampling activity over at their Facebook page. And right after I shared the link, I had a few of my page members PM me their mailing address... Oh well, I rectify the issue as soon as I found out. Anyway, I received 10 packs of Vital Greens, each weighing 5g. The usage is almost similar to collagen powder, mix it with a drink or sprinkle on your favorite food and nom it up.

In truth, I'm a picky vegetable eater. I just don't like celery, no matter how you cook it. I hate stir-fried capsicums, but if it were to be cooked in pasta or grilled, I'd happily eat everything up xD

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Sample redemption is over. But if you are gung-ho enough to want to wait for the next sampling activity, go over to Vital Greens Singapore Facebook page at and Like their page as a fan to be updated and informed of upcoming contests and sampling activity.

From Work
Lord know who went all out and got these, but majority of full-time female staffs at my work place got this. The goodies I found inside were:

  • QV Gentle Wash: 15g
  • QV Skin Lotion: 15ml
  • QV Face Moisturizing Day Cream: 10g
  • QV Gentle Cleanser: 15g
  • Endometriosis Awareness Campaign SmartPhone Charm Plug

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Not a clue. I was given this randomly as soon as I stepped into my workplace LOL

MyCarForum was previously hosting a giveaway of some sort, I just randomly tried and got myself a Car Grip Mat. Luckily, it's just a Car Grip Mat and nothing bigger for actual car usage since I don't have a car ^^ But on the contrary, I have my left "kah" and right "kah" though~

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Contest giveaway is over.

Another bout of freebies/samples from The Sample Store. Seems like they're on a roll now, as new Sponsored Samples are popping up every now and then. I got kinda spooked and ended up checking the website once a day just to be sure not to miss out on any free-postage samples ^^;

The Sample Store
First up is this Hiruscar gel sample, weighing at 7g. Supposedly helps to soften and smoothen hard scars, such as surgery scars, accident scars, burn scars, pimple scars as well as stretch marks. Gonna try it on my current pimple scars that has been forever-in-eruption on my left cheek..

The Sample Store
Essential has a new product, can you guess what it is?

The Sample Store
It's called the Essential Sleeping Hair Mask, weighing at 3ml per sample sachet. Can last from a week to 1.5 or 2 weeks in total, since not much is needed for application in the first place.

WHERE TO REDEEM SAMPLE: Sample redemption is over. It was pretty much cleared out as soon as the sample went up.

Why not like my Facebook page at to be informed of latest samples I found, which is duly updated? Also includes updates to health, beauty & lifestyle tips at least once a day. It will definitely save you the trouble of having to hunt them down :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Monthly Topic #15: The writing's on the wall

Want to know more about his romantic potential? Just take a look at his handwriting for a few clues on what makes him tick...

~Image Source: Liz Tapp Design~

  • If you want someone who's passionate and possibly with a strong libido, look for a guy who writes with heavy pressure strokes of the pen – he's probably the brooding, intense type.
  • If you're looking for a guy with a lighter sense of humour, the start of his letters may be twiddly and wavy, but his letters reach all the way to the baseline (where the line would sit if he was writing on a lined paper).
  • Watch out for vanity in a guy if his t's and d's reach much higher than any of the other letters – if he's really self-worshipping, where does that leaves you, right?
  • Big, wide writing, with big margins between the writing and the edge of the paper, tend to show a guy who's generous and willing to spend. Smaller writing, naturally implies he's more careful with the cash. However, if you're talking about the spacing between the words, narrow spacing could be good because this guy loves warmth and sympathy.
  • Want a sophisticated man? Look out for handwriting that shrinks as he goes along the sentence – but be careful because this guy could also look down on others.
  • If you're avoiding men who are a little too self-centred, look at this capital letters – if they're huge, compared with the other letters, it could show that he's a limelight hog.
  • And if his g's, y's, j's, p's and q's all extend far down below the line, he could be a very earthly, sensual guy.
  • Men whose handwriting is a long, connected chain tend to have good memories and concentration, whereas if his writing's all broken up, obviously he's less able to concentrate – which could also mean that he occasionally gets great ideas.