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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Inglot X Jennifer Lopez Event and Collection Swatches (July 24, 2018)

Make way for Jenny from the Block! 

SM Mega Fashion Hall quickly turned into a glam satellite birthday bash area, as July 24 was Jennifer Lopez's birthday, and the launch site for Jennifer Lopez's Inglot collection in the Philippines. 

This was an event that was so amusing because, you see, blogger age ranges vary so much. On average, the range  of attendees is 17-45 years old for most events. But in this event, we (as in everybody) found ourselves dancing and singing along to an afternoon of Jennifer Lopez music. There were some J.Lo songs that came out when I was still in nursery, and kindergarten! Craaaaaay!!! 

J.Lo really has this power to appeal to that wide of an age range with her universal charm, wit, and sensual beauty. As a brand that caters to people of all ages, skin tones (and even faiths!), it highly makes sense for Inglot to collaborate with her. Overall, this is a collection which I am so happy over, as everything is so apt for sun kissed Filipino skin tones. For those who are also looking for a good glow, this is also an exciting collection. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cookie Heaven With Scout's Honor Cookies

Fun fact: I wanted to join scouting as a kid, but my mom didn't allow me to do so for fear that my skin would be very dark as I'd be under the sun often. Yes, I know, it's hilarious. But at the time she was serious about it hahhaha

When I was young, oh how I envied the girl scouts, especially when they came to school in their girl scout uniform! And with all the cool knot tricks and life hacks they knew! 

Fast forward to today, while I may not be a girl scout, nothing's gonna stop me from enjoying Scout's Honor! The whole scouting brand concept appeals to me so much, because aside from my girl scout dreams, we named our first cat Cookie as my brother found her at Scout Ybardolaza (and thought that girl scouts sold cookies). Cookie is no longer with us and I miss her terribly. But everytime I remember cookies and girl scouts, happy memories with Cookie as a kitten come back...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

THROWBACK: The Good Stuff At Kushikatsu Daruma

Kushikatsu Daruma

Kushikatsu Daruma is one of those places that speaks to me on a whole different level, being an overworked millennial myself. In Japan, Kushikatsu Daruma is the go-to tavern for overworked office peeps to get good and filling grub, and to relax with a few drinks after a deadly workday. It's the place where you recharge and get yourself together for get another grueling day to follow.

In the Philippines, I feel that we're already at that level, and that it just hasn't been formally studied or measured yet. Almost all my friends work 10-12 hour workdays, often even giving up weekends and holidays just to get things done. We're at Japan and Korea's levels of overwork already, and we ought to have our own taverns to eat away our heartaches and exhaustion. That tavern for me will have to be Kushikatsu Daruma, even if it's so far away from my house!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fambam Time at Hanamaruken

Feast at Hanamaruken

Now that it's so rainy, PAG-ASA should not only declare the start of the rainy season, but also the start of ramen season. I mean ramen is something that we crave for all year round, but going for ramen on a stormy day really just hits the spot. No one likes excessively stormy weather, but at least we can try to feel better about it with ramen.

Thank you so much to Hanamaruken for this fambam treat! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

THROWBACK: E! Bloggers Ball 2017 (September 16, 2017)

E! Bloggers Ball

Posting this just because I wanna remember the good times at last year's E! Bloggers Ball! There have only been 2 balls so far, but the fun part is that everyone is able to get together, even just once a year. Usually, media events are small to medium scale, so the guest list usually just is at 50 on average, with a guest list of 100 already considered large. This is why we won't see everyone we know in one event. There are friends we see in some events, but not in others. The difference with E! Bloggers Ball is that they are magically able to gather everyone in one place. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

THROWBACK: AVON's Christmas Gifts

AVON Christmas Gifts

See! Seee! I told you that the Santa sack that AVON sent needs a post of its own! 

Thank you so much again, AVON, for graciously sending over that the whole family can enjoy. I know it's sooo late to be blogging about this, but better late than never right?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

THROWBACK: 2017 Blogger Christmas Gifts

2017 Blogger Christmas Gifts

It's back! Mari's backlog crisis of 2018! So far, so good with 2018 events. I don't have any pending event posts anymore, and I finished a looooot of flatlays, but I still have 10000 reviews and feature posts to go. This one included!

Although half a year late, better late than never right? So I wanted to take some time to give thanks to the brands who had sent Christmas gifts over. 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

J.Cat Beauty #TurnUpTheVolume (July 19, 2018)

Happy 1 year, J.Cat Philippines!!! J.Cat really just is good at marketing, because in less than a year since its entry in the Philippines, it has already established a very strong social media presence and has received a cult following for a lot of its products (I'm looking at you, highlighter and eyebrow gel!!). I've seen this brand go from being the new kid on the block to making it to the kikay kits of so many girls in such a short time.

This gathering was all about celebrating the many ways Filipinas can add boldness to their looks every single day, in every single way, with lots of the very electrifying color makeup selections from J.Cat. And somehow this was also a celebration of all the milestones they've made in such a short period of time.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

#AtomicBang Fashion Show (June 24, 2018)

Erik Santos, Enchong Dee, Jake Cuenca, Yeng Constantino, Vice Ganda, KZ Tandingan, and Tim Tap at #AtomicBang Show by Bang Pineda

Ah, this is the fashion show for every Kpop addict! Weeell, no KPop song was used, but the whole flavor and feel of Bang Pineda's #AtomicBang menswear fashion show definitely will appeal to Kpop lovers. With lots of color blocking, black and leather pieces, and tonsssss of awesome denim jackets and coats, the models looked like they walked straight out of a Kpop music show!

If money were no object, I would've gotten all the denim coats coz they're all so spunky! Those who know me well, know that my personal style leans on grungy, edgy, and spunky. Or whatever the Kpop trend is. It just isn't super apparent on the blog because there are times where event organizers request us to arrive in a certain dress code...

Saturday, July 21, 2018

THROWBACK: My Line Friends Althea Box

This was a flatlay I did soooooo long ago!!! And this was a post scheduled to come out almost 2 years ago, but well, life happened and I got super busy over lots of things. I finished university, went back to Japanese language school, took on a job, subsequently left said job, and 10000 other things. 

This post is really just for me to have as a remembrance or like some sort of chronicle in this blog about this time I got the Althea Line Friends box. I love Line Friends so much that when Missha did one, I was scrambling to find the reputable sellers that were stocking the collection. I was so happy that Althea did because I was confident that my order would be safe, compared to if I had ordered from another website and needed to go to the post office. This has long been sold out at Althea, more so that even Missha Korea has already ended this collaboration quite some time ago... 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jergens 100 Years Of Glowing Skin (July 5, 2018)

Kim De Guzman for Jergens

Can you believe it? Jergens lotions have been in existence for 100 years!!! I remember that when I was a little girl, Jergens had already been there for a really long time. All the grown ups were using Jergens, and the grown ups' mommies were also using Jergens. Well basically that's how it played out in my mind hahaha.

Time flies so fast and Jergens moisturizers have already been in existence for a hundred years, meaning women around the world have had glowing skin for already 100 years! Interestingly, Jergens started out as Andrew Jergens soap factory in 1882, later on venturing into lotions, cleansers, and other toiletries. The brand entered the Philippine market in 1967 when it made Vibelle Manufacturing Corporation its Philippine manufacturer and distributor. So in the Philippine perspective, much is to be celebrated as well, as Jergens has been in the Philippines for 51 years already! 

Friday, July 20, 2018

My 2nd Lazada Beauty TV Facebook Live! (June 28, 2018)

Lazada Live videos are always so fun to do!!! After doing this second one, I'm now heavily considering a career in home TV shopping hahaha... This time, I did a live with Genzel. 

I did take some BTS footage of what goes on during a Lazada Live, but the vlog has yet to be edited! So I wanna share first the live video we did to feature Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Unnudes! Superstay Matte Ink is a reaaally good product line of Maybelline that it can easily be put to a live test, all because there are no camera tricks needed to make the good points of the product shine through. For one, it's so long lasting that even when Genzel and I had coffee, a sandwich, a doughnut, and noodles, the product still stayed put! Even when we were talking like crazy, it also stayed put. When I got home, I didn't take it off. I then filmed two short dance videos, attended mass, had dinner, attended our priests' farewell party, and even after that my lipstick was still there! It's crazy. 

And I also just wanna share some photos we took with L'Oréal managers and Rap (the broadcast technician at Lazada) after the live. It's always so fun because we're always just laughing. Even behind the scenes, there's a lot of joking going on. And there are also a lot of whispers on what Maybelline will do next. The future is exciting for Maybelline!!!

Till the next live!!! 

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Friday, July 20, 2018

My Papa Kim's Visit (June 22, 2018)

I haven't blogged about a food adventure in a looooong time!!! Weeeeell, I got busy and stressed from a lot of things I needed to do. The stress triggered my hereditary cholesterol to manifest very early, and then I had to curb all my food indulgences and watch over my diet. 

But for this blog post, even in a rare occasion, I'll be talking about mom and I's short visit to Papa Kim's bakery! Well, y'all know mom is shy, so she has no photo here. But we went together to explore the place. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

L'Oréal For Women In Science (June 5, 2018)

Attending this event definitely had me see my past self. I know I've talked about it here and there that I used to be a chemistry major in college, before shifting to management. In my time at the chemistry department, I did see the struggles of women in the industry. As far as UP Chem is concerned, there was definitely no sexism, and the community was fair. Some science departments actually even had more female scientists in them. But there were plenty of sacrifices made by the female scientists. Some ended up not marrying altogether to pursue their careers. We had this professor who brought her baby to school. And for a lot of those who had children, they did feel some guilt that their intensive careers ate away at their family time throughout the years. 

With all these sacrifices and hardships of women in science, they ought to be recognized, appreciated, and supported in their endeavors. This is exactly what L'Oréal's For Women In Science initiative is all about. This is their partnership with UNESCO since 1988, and the program has helped more than 2,700 women across 115 countries and awarded grants to 97 Laureates. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

#ViceXBang Launch (June 4, 2018)

Vice Ganda and Bang Pineda at #ViceXBang Launch

What happens when Vice and fashion designer BFF Bang Pineda do a collection? Well, it's as fantastic as we think it will be. One big factor into all of this is that Bang is Vice's longtime stylist, so he's someone who really has a very similar sense of aesthetic as Vice. Out of all the fabulous friends Vice has, it takes someone like Bang, who has the same grungy, spunky style as Vice, to pull off a cohesive collaboration.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Kris Aquino X Ever Bilena (May 31, 2018)

Kris Aquino X Ever Bilena Event
I'm sure anyone of you who isn't living in a cave by now knows how much people are raving over Kris Aquino's collaboration collection with Ever Bilena. But for those who are wondering about how it's like to attend a product launch of products by the Queen of Media herself, then maybe this is the right post.

If I remember correctly, there was probably about more than an hour, or even two hours of talk, from madam (Yes, it's what I call Kris coz my friends work for her and they all call her madam and I absorbed it as well). But well, it didn't even feel like it. Normally, we bloggers would be bored to death after 20-30 minutes of a program, but somehow, a lot of us didn't even notice that an hour had already passed by quickly. Such is the talent of madam.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

#CarelineKissParty (May 30, 2018)

Andrea Brillantes for Careline Kiss Sticks

Say hello to Careline Kiss Sticks! And more importantly, say hi to Andrea Brillantes' first official TV commercial! I haven't seen this ad on TV yet, but I hope I get to see it sometime soon as the TVC is just so cool!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Club Clio X Edward Avila X Rouge Heel Velvet X Nudism Cushion (May 26, 2018)

Club Clio Rouge Heel Velvet Lipsticks

So many exciting things to look forward to at Club Clio as of late! For one, as this flatlay shows, their Rouge Heel Velvet lipsticks are now here! The lipsticks come in 10 beautifully intense shades, inspired by the sultriness of sexy stiletto shoes. These lipsticks also aim to have a creamy and luxurious finish. I am still drowning in my backlogs, and am dying to review these because they are sooooo pretty. But baby steps, baby steps!!! We'll get there too somehow. 

Even the vlogs!!! I will definitely be uploading the footage from this event, as well as the reviews!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Watsons #HairGoals (May 17, 2018)

Watsons #HairGoals Event
My magazine cover! My own magazine. Of course, this is only 1 copy, and only for me. I doubt anyone will buy a a magazine with me on the cover hahaha. Or maybe if I hoard all the hair products at Watsons, maybe I can be one step closer?

The organizers did this event because they knew that every single one of us just has that one particular friend that has great hair--the #HairGoals friend who can star in a shampoo commercial anytime. Yes, that friend. Why only admire that friend when we can become the #HairGoals person in our own circles? That's how this event came to be.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

YouTube Fanfest 2018 (May 11, 2018)

YouTube Fanfest 2018

T'was my first! I've been floating around the vlog industry for a while now, but this year's YTFF was the first one I ever attended, hence the post! I highly regret that I still do not have the vlogs covering this ready! I'm slowly trying to pace things as I finish off my backlogs. Thank you so much Mae for sharing your spare ticket with me!

Mae was unfortunately not able to go to YTFF, so this year I technically went alone, but next year hopefully we could all go. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SM Beauty Playground Launch (May 10, 2018)

SM Beauty Playground Launch

A selfie taken at SM Beauty Playground! 

Why is this significant? Well, it's not because it's me, but rather, how many of us still make it to stores these days? There's too much going on in our lives that we rely on online shopping so heavily. But the difference with online shopping is of course the lack of playtime and reality. It's still a very different feeling to be able to swatch and examine a product in real life, ya know? To be able to swatch things, observe textures, and to compare items realtime... And it's also different to be able to walk around shelves. There are still a lot of brands who do not have strong e-commerce and e-marketing infrastructures, and while they should be investing in those, it's still a loss if we miss out on great products that can only be seen offline. 

That's what's special with SM Beauty Playground. Yeahp, it's still your favorite SM Beauty section, but now, it wants to remind everyone more than ever that it is there for us when we want to learn more about beauty, to experiment with our looks, and to have an overall satisfying customer experience. SM Beauty sections have always been popular for having a sales force that is highly knowledgeable on beauty, and for being patient and helpful to even to the most clueless customer. And they want to remind everyone that that's what they're all about. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cream Silk Head On Hair Strong (April 26, 2018)

Cream Silk Hair Fall Defense Head On Hair Strong Class 

A first in Doll Up Mari history! Well, normal selfies are too boring. So let's do an upside down photo today, shall we? This was my first time to try an aerial silk class in my whole life, and while it was dizzying, it was an interesting experience. But why aerial silk, right? I'm sure that's what you're all thinking.

If you guys saw this cool commercial of Cream Silk online, it will become clear why we were made to try aerial silk! The aerialist's hair looks so graceful while she's in motion! And thanks to Cream Silk, there's bound to be little to no hair fall that will need to be swept after the aerial silk session. I'm sure y'all get conscious as well about the sheer amount of hair fall we all have on a daily basis. I often need to sweep around my computer chair because of all the fallen hairs. The struggle is real.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

AVON Intimates Step Into Your Comfort Zone (April 24, 2018)

AVON Fashions Intimate Apparel Ambassadresses
Contrary to most promotional materials telling you to step out of your comfort zone, AVON is sending out the exact opposite message. This time, step into your comfort zone. AVON, being the company for women since the beginning, understands the extreme pressures women face in conforming to norms and standards. It's a holistic pressure, from lifestyle, to career, to appearance, and the list goes on. There is always this invisible mold of perfection that every woman must fit into, even if this mold is too unrealistic. 

But why dwell on the ways we don't conform, when we can dwell on the unique things that make us special? This is why AVON called on five extremely amazing women, who lead in their respective fields, and come with stories of resilience against conforming to the norms. And of course, as far as intimate wear is concerned, AVON has got your covered (no pun intended) with an extremely wide range of styles and sizes, to suit every woman's needs. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ever Bilena Big Beauty Challenge 2 Finals (April 6, 2018)

Ever Bilena Big Beauty Challenge Winners Trisha Mortero (Cycle 2) and Min Ortiz (Cycle 1)

Coz I'm so late at blogging this, I'm sure y'all who don't live in a cave already know that the crown has been passed to Ever Bilena's new Big Beauty Challenge winner! Congratulations Trisha Mortero! This year was extremely competitive, with the best of the best creating out of this world looks for each round. The trend of high caliber avant garde entries, I think, can be attributed to last year's winner, Min Ortiz. His crazy finals entry blew everyone away, and the video, as far as I know, went viral on a lot of pages. People were so shocked at his skills, and the fact that he was able to pull off such an intricate look with homegrown favorite Ever Bilena. As such, the bar was set extremely high this year, with a lot of preliminary entries already being finals level.

Ever Bilena executives had a very very hard time to choose the winner, as everyone was just way too good. But of course, as with any other contest, someone has to emerge as the winner. And that is Trisha. Check out her winning entry here!!!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Anne Curtis' BLK Cosmetics K-Beauty Launch (April 5, 2018)

Anne Curtis' BLK K-Beauty Collection Launch

Sweet dreams are made of these! Only Anne Curtis does an event at the Dessert Museum, because only she can pull it off (in all aspects). Thus far, this has to be one of the most memorable and interesting events I have ever attended in the past five years. It's not always that a brand can find a venue that personifies the brand story or product launch story, so BLK and Dessert Museum are lucky to have each other! 

I am so sorry that this was one of the posts stuck in the pipelines!!! I was highly impressed by the products of this launch and was disappointed at myself for taking this long to get a blog post up. I only got out of my job not too long ago, so it'll take me some time to get rid of all the backlogs I have. Baby steps, baby steps!!! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

My L'Oréal XTenso Oleoshape Experience (June 29, 2018)

L'Oréal XTenso Oleoshape Experience
I obviously am not someone who could ever pass to enter any royal family anywhere in the world, but at least as far as hair is concerned, it's possible to achieve royalty worthy hair now!!! I recently tried L'Oréal's XTenso Oleoshape, and in essence, got Kate Middleton hair. 

This blog post will of course be all about how it's done, but XTenso Oleoshape, in the simplest terms, permanently makes your hair shiny, shaped, and voluminous, just like royalty. No more poofy hair days, buhaghag days, "OMG di ko napatuyo buhok ko nang maayos days." and the like. Since getting it done, my hair looks like it's ironed and blow dried 24/7, even when I just towel dry and brush my hair. 

For those who would like to see the treatment in action, check out my vlog!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Life News: Canon EOS M100 M-powers Women through Photography

Manila, Philippines– With the increasing number of Filipinos owning basic smartphones and handheld cameras, anybody today can literally capture their daily moments and curate it into a piece of work or personal content. A world-renowned photographer once said, “Everyone’s camera can tell a story” – but how exactly can you turn these captured moments into powerful and meaningful stories that matter to people? Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) teams up with four inspiring Filipinas to encourage more women to tell empowering stories in ways words cannot.

Launched in 2017, the Canon EOS M100 is Canon’s most lightweight mirrorless camera body yet, weighing in at only 302 grams*, making it the best option to enable visual storytelling – may it be for personal use, or for new talents to get their work noticed. Not to be underestimated, this handy camera boasts of professional quality photos thanks to its 24.2 megapixel sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to ISO 25,600, 180-degree tilting LCD screen, and Full HD video shooting capability that is at par with the shooting power of DSLR cameras. 

Equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth, the EOS M100 allows users to instantly share perfectly captured moments—making it the right companion for some of today’s women who excel in their respective fields: Kathryn Bernardo, Sara Black, MJ Marfori, and Sofia Andres.

M-powering Women through Style
For actress Sofia Andres, a woman’s style is an extremely powerful tool when it comes to making her feel confident. “Everyone has their own unique style, and knowing your personal style is something every woman should give importance to. Style has the ability to transform women. It has the power to liberate,” said the 19-year old actress and model.

Characterized by its stylish and sleek design, the Canon EOS M100, is the perfect companion for the woman of style. Its Self-Portrait mode helps make sure users capture the best version of themselves through adjustments ranging from smooth skin tones to background blurring and more. It even comes in four different colors - black, white, greige, and pink to match the user’s style. Whether it’s a quick selfie or a self-timed portrait, the EOS M100 is sure to capture the perfect shot to help women feel confident and beautiful.

“Anybody can be a storyteller,” shared Sara Black, top professional photographer known for her evocative beauty editorial work. “But what makes a story stand out is having the right camera to perfectly fill that gap between people and the moments that tell stories,” she added.

Equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the Canon EOS M100 provides precise focusing to deliver that depth for strong storytelling. The M100 even comes with face detection that offers an incredibly fast and smooth autofocus that stays locked onto the subject, even when it is in motion, to capture fleeting moments. Its built-in Creative Assist function offers a user-friendly interface that helps beginners and professionals alike to easily change camera settings and instantly see the results. “You don’t need to learn three years of photography to be able to perfectly capture moments. Everyone has the power to inspire. It’s not also something that’s exclusive to people with a huge number of social media following it’s for anybody who wants to tell a story,” said Black.

M-powering Women through Functionality 
For TV host MJ Marfori, telling stories is at the core of everything that she does to help empower Filipinos, especially women. As a familiar face in news reporting to many, it has become her work and her passion to travel in different places to search and share meaningful stories across the nation. With the compact and lightweight design of the Canon EOS M100, it is easy to hold and carry anywhere for convenience without compromising quality. “My goal is to be able to reach and inspire people of different backgrounds through the stories I share,” she said.

With the EOS M100’s handiness, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth for seamless connectivity, she is able to instantly share empowering stories captured in professional quality photos.
Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo shows off the Canon EOS M100 in Greige.

Enhancing the experience of taking photos by providing users with access to different creative choices, the EOS M100 is compatible not only with Canon EF-M lenses, which are tailor-made for EOS M series digital cameras, but also the extensive line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses available for other EOS cameras. “Having the option to choose and decide on what you want is for me – the ultimate freedom to express my creativity as a woman and tell my story in a single frame,” said Philippine’s Teen Queen and Canon Philippines ambassador Kathryn Bernardo.

With its style, substance, and functionality, the Canon EOS M100 promises uncomplicated technology, handiness, connectivity, and uncompromising quality—making it the perfect companion for empowered women who want to share meaningful stories, one photograph at a time.

Get the EOS M100 for Php33,998 SRP at Canon dealers nationwide until June 30, 2018 to get a free 16GB SD card and Php3,000 e-gift certificates via the Canon Red App. For more information, visit

*Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) testing standard, including battery and memory card