Friday, February 28, 2014

Proactiv Skin Care Advisors | Ms. Jean Tamayo of TriNoma Branch

As a self-confessed shopaholic, I've encountered all types or at least most types of sales people. 
The annoyingly clingy who won't give you your space as a shopper, the one who will "hard sell" everything even when you already know what you want/need, the one who doesn't give a fudge because he/she is too tired or preoccupied with something else, the flirt who'll shower you with compliments and sometimes ask for your name and/or number and the perfect one; the one who'll answer all your questions with sincerity, wouldn't push you in buying anything and would make you want to come back because you trust him/her.

The latter one is very hard to come by. I always try to commend sales people like that because I think they're such gems that their employers should take good care of them.

Last January of this year, Proactiv launched the Proactiv Skin Care Advisor Program. What that means is that their Skin Care Advisors at selected Watson's counters and Proaciv kiosks should be able to handle queries about the products proficiently, accommodate customers even those who aren't necessarily buying anything, with the hopes of possibly go back because of the rapport they've built with the customer. That's a tough job to do especially when you're selling skincare products that are a bit expensive. 

I went to their TriNoma branch a few nights back. I just came off from work and decided to have a consultation around that time. Why? I notice that that's a critical time for people in the service industry. That's the time wherein most of them are already tired and exhausted. Some are even no longer accommodating during those hour. I think that's the perfect scenario to see how they'll take care of their customers. :)

I was able to consult with Ms. Jean Tamayo. I also intentionally wore a casual outfit because I notice I get special treatments whenever I'm in my usual corporate attire. (When people think you're a boss, they're extra nice to you. LOL) I casually passed by the counter, walking slowly. I approached the counter, and Ms. Jean greeted me with a smile. I asked a few questions, specifically about my acne scars. I tend to have cystic acne on my jawline, which always leave a nasty pigment.

Knowing Proactiv doesn't have an "acne scar treatment", I thought she'll pitch a product that I know wouldn't work. Surprisingly, she didn't. But she did mention that the toner in the complete kit would help in lightening the spots but that won't totally remove it. Honesty? Passed!

She also suggested their refining mask, for my cystic acne problems. She taught me how to use it in 2 ways: on my face for a few minutes or leave it overnight on the pimple itself. Proactive-ness? Passed!

I also asked her what she could recommend to my sister who gets body acne every now and then. She said my sister can use their deep cleansing wash. It can be used for both face and body. It will last a long time so it's definitely worth every Peso. Proficiency? Passed!

But what is the most important factor for me? Even though she can tell that I won't be buying right at that moment, she still took her time to explain everything to me. She didn't even "sell" anything to me! She just answered my questions and made suggestions on my problems. THAT'S A BIG DEAL. I really don't like the feeling of being "persuaded" or "enforced" to buy something. It seems a little too manipulative for me, so I really appreciate her just being a good listener and gave suggestions that could work. I like the feeling of being valued without having to buy anything. I think that's what the sales industry is doing wrong nowadays: most of them are only nice when they know or think the customer will shell out money.

So what is my verdict to Ms. Jean Tamayo?

5 out of 5!

I actually already know some of the stuff she discussed, especially about the products since I've reviewed them already, which is good because I know she didn't hype anything. She was very accommodating, sincere and made me feel like we're friends. She's someone you'd want to talk to because you'll know she just wants to help you out.

If you're in the area and need help with acne, swing by Proactiv Kiosk at TriNoma. It's in front of Reebok. :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Vikings SM Megamall Opens on March 2014

Great news to my fellow foodies who are always in the Ortigas area!

Vikings, the largest buffet restaurant in the Philippines, is coming to SM Megamall this March 2014!

As a special treat to all their fans, Vikings SM Megamall will offer a 20% discount on their opening week!

1) Guests will receive 20% discount on his/her individual bill if he/she "Likes" their official Vikings SM Megamall Facebook page.

2) The "fan" may only avail this discount once during the promo period.

3) The "fan" will be asked to prove that he/she has "Like"d our page through their own smartphone or through an iPad available at Vikings.

4) This promo can't be used in conjunction with other in-house promotions or discounts.

5) This promo period is available only on the week of opening* (TO BE ANNOUNCED).

6) This promo is only valid at Vikings SM Megamall.

For news and updates, Like and Follow them!
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Network for Enterprising Women (NEW) - 7th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference

Living up to the organization's mission, the Network for Enterprising Women(NEW) in cooperation with RCBC is organizing the 7th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference from 8:00am to 12:30pm on March 15, 2014 (Saturday) at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City.  

The Conference will include topics on Ins and Outs of Franchising, Digital Marketing and Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship. Our last six conferences had over 200 participants to include women from top corporations, entrepreneurs of small and medium sized businesses, teachers, students and graduates of entrepreneurship courses, officers, and middle managers of government agencies and local government units, overseas Filipino workers and their families and also gender advocates in NGO’s and government.  We also expect men from the private and public sectors to attend this program. 
This conference aims to be a venue for facilitating opportunities for trade and development between existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, business oriented organizations and the potential market. Through this project, NEW, hopes to promote the values of social responsibility, youth collaboration and leadership.

Participant Fee (inclusive of breakfast):

1) Early bird rate if paid on or before February 28, 2014: Php 1,000

2) Regular Rate / Walk-in Rate :  Php 1,500

3) NEW members:  Php 1,000

4) Special Student rate:  Php 700

Each participant will also be given a  FREE GIFT PACK from our sponsors. 

Payments can be made through Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) under Network for Enterprising Women, Manila Assn, Inc., Checking Account # 4481-0051-46. Please bring your deposit slips on the day of the event for re-validation.

If you want to become a member of NEW, you can apply on this day. 
We have an annual membership fee of Php 2500.  

For inquiries and reservations, please call 908-2558 / 0917-5408697 or email  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

SM City Sta. Mesa 3-Day SALE - Feb 14, 15 and 16

February is no longer reserved just for celebrating Valentine's Day. 
This year, February 14 also marks the first day of SM City Sta. Mesa's 3-Day SALE!

It's actually a triple celebration for a lot of us: Valentine's weekend, 3-Day SALE and Payday weekend! So come on over at SM City Sta. Mesa and enjoy huge discounts on your favorite brands!

Don't forget to bring your SM Advantage Card and SM Eco bags as well! See you there!