They say that one should write about what one knows. For blogger Mari Jasmine that maxim has been her North star.
Born and raised in Australia, Mari started out as a model. She followed her instincts and found herself in countries like Australia, France, England, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and India for various shoots and campaigns.
She ended up in the Philippines, where she found time to branch out into the different aspects of her ambitions. The most notable is her blog, marijasmine.com, which puts together her interests in photography, food, modeling, traveling and hosting.
The blog contains her views on these topics, along with healthy recipes, personal anecdotes and various outfit posts.
Asked what she loves most about blogging, she says: “Travel and experiencing new adventures!”
Recently she teamed up with Clinique for its latest campaign, #FaceForward, and we can’t think of a better fit than this fresh-faced millennial.
When putting content in my blog… it’s hard to pick a favorite. I enjoy many parts of the process: planning about the possibilities and destinations to see; thinking of new flavor combinations for my recipes; testing beauty products; and putting together outfits for my style section. Then of course, visiting the places, shooting the images, and putting together the story.
For the photos, I tell myself to… keep it bright, clear and colorful.
I am most engrossed when I’m shooting… food and recipes because there’s much to think about: flavors, colors, textures and presentation.
My makeup style… has always been simple, constantly evolving, and I’m enjoying skipping from trend to trend.
My skin feels good… when hydrated, clean and has a bit of a glow from the sun.
A person who has shaped the way I see beauty is… Emma Watson. She’s beautiful on many levels—physically, intellectually, and also her social activism.
My morning beauty prep involves… the Clinique 3-step skincare system.
My beauty kit… includes a good eyelash curler and mascara. I like the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and Benefit: They’re Real mascara.
I take fastidious care of my… skin, because it makes a huge difference to your appearance.
My three forever-favorite beauty products are… Rosehip or Argan oil, Burt’s Bees lip balm, and aloe vera gel.
I’m on a constant search for… a foundation that matches my exact skin tone. It’s harder than you think.
Insanely enough, I have a lot of… lip balms! I hate having chapped lips and always end up buying extra lip balms when I forget mine at home.
A product I’m liking at the moment is… the Super City block from Clinique to protect my skin without being oily. Also, the Chubby Stick Baby Tint for moisturized lips with a subtle tint.
Mari Jasmine is mad about moisturized lips because women want youthful, soft, pouty lips. Try her favorite balms: Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms. It has a teeny bit of color, but a hefty helping of moisture.
It comes in a collection of four sheer shades ranging from orange to pink to red and violet that offer a unique and personalized color and bring out your lips’ own natural tone.
Packaged in easy-to-use, crayon-like barrels, they retail for P1,000 at Clinique boutiques and counters nationwide.
Catch Mari Jasmine on “Etcetera,” Thursdays, 9 p.m., on ETC.