Roommate of the Month for September 2017

As published on http://blog.sampleroom.ph/


Capes, steel shields, magnificent headpiece, sharp swords, and supernatural powers – these are some of the items that we often see in most fictional superheroes. And we know by the fact that these iconic superheroes tickle everyone’s inner child. The truth is, we had gone crazy over those awesome characters that sometimes we even dress like them (we bet you can relate!).

But with all these things, there’s this one question that bothered our minds when we’re younger: how does one become a superhero?

Well, you don’t need to wear a cape in order to be called a superhero. Sometimes, having a strong mind and a courageous heart is enough to inspire and empower other people, like this 35-year old lovely Consultant who managed to be a full-time mom, employee, blogger, and an entrepreneur!

Introducing our Roommate of the Month for September – Rachelle Carpio a.k.a. Wonder Momma!



Curious on how she manages her blog while handling other three full-time roles, we asked her the following questions:



1. Tell us about you and your blog.

“I’m a first-time mom to a 15-month old baby girl named Riri. I was recently-widowed and trying to live my life from grief to grace. I hold a full-time consultancy position in a bank while being a mompreneur.

I named my blog Wondermomma, because I realized that along with motherhood came a host of superpowers which I never thought I have until I became a mom. My blog chronicles my adventures into motherhood.”


2. When did you start your blog and what inspired you to create one?

“I launched my blog last May 14 which coincided with Mother’s Day. This was an excerpt from my first post, “There are so many things to be grateful for – blessings that I didn’t deserve but have received. Becoming a mother is one of them and although the journey to motherhood proved to be long, I’ve learned that God may have postponed but in the end, His timing is still perfect. My hands are full and so is my heart. Happy Mother’s Day!”

It was upon the prodding of Dette Zulueta who is behind the Millennial Moms PH group that prompted me to create a blog and the rest is history.”


3. Who are the bloggers that you look up to?

“Kelly Misa (https://kellymisa.com/), Martine de Luna (https://www.martinedeluna.com/) and Karen Pacia who blogs at https://www.theprojectmommyger.net/”


4. Top 3 advices you can give to our roommates who are interested to start blogging.

“1. If you really are serious in starting up a blog, attending a workshop on blogging would help equip you with the tools of the trade. Blogging is not merely having a blog site. There is more to it than meets the eye. There are things that you need to learn in this day and age like personal branding, creating content, etiquette, dealing with social media, etc.

2. There is no better time than now.

3. Don’t do it for the money.”




1. Share to us your skincare routine!

“I have a fuss-free skincare routine and had it down pat since I was in my late 20s which consists of products which have been proven to work for my skin type. Becoming a mom meant less time to spend in the bathroom and with it, the skincare products which I have been using have been narrowed down to the essentials.

I alternate between Biore Cleansing Oil and Biore Facial Foam Mild to wash my face. I use the cleansing oil to remove make-up while the facial foam is for daily use.

On days when I feel like my face needs some exfoliating, I use Himalaya Herbals Gentle Exfoliating Apricot Scrub. This has become a bathroom staple. The price remains to be affordable and it does what it is supposed to do.

I swear by Nuxe Multi-purpose dry oil. I use it on my face, hair, and body. I use it when I feel like my body needs some extra moisturization. It is non-greasy and it smells good, too. This product is a hard worker. No wonder it is La Parisienne’s best beauty secret.

To moisturize my skin, I use the products from Olay Regenerist line including the eye serum. Before I head out, I apply VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face and Body Shield 60 on my face for sun protection.

And this year, I discovered the wonders of essential oils and I’ve been adding drops of it to the products I’ve been using. And so far, I’m happy with the results.”


2. How about your makeup routine?

“I rarely use make-up but when I do, most of what I put on my face are from Happy Skin, Benefit, and NYX Cosmetics. On a clean and moisturized face, I apply liquid foundation with SPF. I use contouring and highlighting sticks which I blend on my face using my fingers. Quick tip: Using your fingers can help warm the product up which will allow it to melt and glide on easily. Also, I’m never without an eyebrow makeup. Did you know that the eyebrows when shaped correctly can do wonders to your face? It is an inexpensive way to make you look younger. With the right brow makeup, you won’t be needing a fully-made up face – you can just get away with a cheek tint or blush and a lippie or gloss which I usually do!”


3. What are the top 5 beauty products (skincare and makeup) that you can’t live without?

“The top 5 would be: anti-aging moisturizer, eye cream, lip gloss, eyebrow pencil, and lippie.”




1. When did you first found out about Sample Room?

“I discovered Sample Room in 2014 after being away from the Philippines for too long and in need to be acquainted with the online shopping scene. A friend told me about Sample Room where I can shop before I buy. That got me curious. And once I started sampling, I never stopped.”


2. How did Sample Room help you in your journey into the world of skincare and make-up?

“Sample Room is like a friend who dispenses sound advice whenever you are in need of one! While it is true that sometimes that advice may not work for you, you really will not know unless you try. Sample Room helps you make good use of your hard-earned money by letting you sample a product first. It will save you the heartache of buying something that you don’t really need and which doesn’t work for you.”


3. What were your best finds that you discovered through our site?

“Most of my bathroom staples are products which I sampled from Sample Room. These are the Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner, Himalaya Herbals Gentle Exfoliating Apricot Scrub, Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, and Olay Regenerist line. I also recommend these products to friends whenever I got the chance.”


4. Do you see yourself still sampling in Sample Room in 3-5 years?

“Yes, of course. I’d still be keen in trying out new products being introduced in the market and to check whether these are good finds. I’ll always be on the lookout for products to road test.”


5. Any advice for your fellow roommates on their sampling journey?

“Sharing is caring. Be generous with your reviews. Maximize your purchasing power by getting a VIP membership.”



There you have it, roomies! That ends our interview with our dearest September ROTM, Rachelle Carpio! We’re pretty sure that all your fellow mommy roomies, as well as soon-to-be-moms, are now inspired and motivated by your story. You truly are a wonder mom, Rachel! Thank you for your continuous support and love! ❤

Want to take a peek on her latest blog entries and product reviews? You can visit and check out her blog at https://wondermomma.net/ or keep in touch with her on her social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wondermommablog/
Instagram: @wondermomma.ig
Twitter: @wondermommaph

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