Thursday, January 31, 2013

Haul Time: IMATS Los Angeles 2013

Happy Thursday!!! :D

I finally have some time to share with you guys all the goodies I got from this year's IMATS Los Angeles, yay! ;)
(To see my IMATS Los Angeles 2013 post, please click here.)

International Make-Up Artist Trade Show
Pasadena, California
Saturday, 19 January 2013

Pictured above is my IMATS wrist band, IMATS Los Angeles booklet, and some business cards and pamphlets.

Here are all my IMATS goodies:

booklet/ O.R.G Skincare press kit/ INGLOT paper bag/ wrist band/ LA Splash nail polishes and lip gloss/ Beauty Treats makeup remover wipes

Let's go through them one by one:

1. Beauty Treats -

I got one of these amazing makeup remover cleansing tissues last year (check out my review here), and I loved it so much, I got four of them this year. ;)

They didn't have my favorite Green Tea scent, so I got them in Apricot instead.
This one smells great as well!

2. LA Splash -

I bought basic nail polish colors -- Black, Blue, and White -- from LA Splash.
And I also got a red lip gloss -- I have a ton of lip gloss, but I didn't have a red one... until now. ;)


This is very exciting because I've always been interested in INGLOT, but I never got around to buying anything from them.
Luckily, my sister reminded me that I've been wanting to get something from INGLOT, so I got...

a face blush from their Freedom System Collection! :)

4. O.R.G Skincare -

This goodie was a freebie, haha! ;)

I was contacted by Donna from O.R.G Skincare a week before IMATS and I visited their booth the day of.
Suzie, makeup artist and O.R.G co-founder, told me the story behind O.R.G and she also demonstrated how to use their Organic Mineral Peel (this product is a new favorite of mine, it's so awesome!).

They gave me a press kit which includes a bottle of Organic Mineral Face Peel -- I will write a post solely dedicated to that and to O.R.G Skincare soon, I promise! ;)

So yup, that is the end of my IMATS haul for this year -- I hope you guys enjoyed it!
I will definitely be reviewing each item (except the makeup remover wipes) in the future, so please stay tuned. :)

Yay for Friday and Hello, February! :D

***P.S. Don't forget to leave your Instagram name in the comments below, I shall follow you!
If you'd like to follow me, my username is whatmimiwrites. :)***


Like What Mimi Writes on Facebook and be friends with Mimi! :)
Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

I have an Instagram account, yay! :D

Happy Thursday!

I forgot to tell you guys that I finally made an Instagram account, yay!!! ;)

I'm still new to the whole thing and I currently only have two photos (haha!), but I am definitely going to work on keeping up with you, expert Instagrammers! ;)

Soooooo, please do leave me your Instagram name in the comments below and I shall follow you!
If you'd like to follow me, here is my Instagram username: whatmimiwrites.

Thanks, guys! :D


Like What Mimi Writes on Facebook and be friends with Mimi! :)
Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: How Dates And Times Impact The Cost Of Weddings

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

I just wanted to share with you guys this interesting photo I found on Pinterest... it's full of fun facts all about weddings:

Cool, huh?!

I hope you're all having a great week!
IMATS haul post tomorrow! :)


Like What Mimi Writes on Facebook and be friends with Mimi! :)
Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How To: Follow Trends Without Breaking The Bank

Happy Tuesday! :)

It's not a secret around here that we absolutely love shopping... plus, it's kinda hard not to want to test out the newest trends that everyone goes crazy for. But at the same time we can't always spend all our money on shopping, right? Thankfully, Catherine has come up with ways to follow trends without breaking the bank:

Be Trendy With Our Proposals 

Fashion is always changing, but it does not mean that we should blindly follow its trends. One of the rules for buying good and stylish clothes for little money is to maximize the durability of wearing clothes you bought. This does not mean that it should be up to sew holes or keep walking in the same clothes for ages. Just follow few simple tricks:

 1. Buy high-quality clothing. Better to buy one dress instead of five, but that will last a really long time. You can start practicing individual tailoring. This option is really expensive, but a good seamstress sewed clothes will serve you more than one season.

alice + olivia Victoria Peplum Dress, $264

sewing spot

2. Think 100 times before you throw away or give someone a boring dress or an accessory. After some time, there are certainly things that can be combined.

3. Every month you can buy a new thing for the basic wardrobe + accessory. Best place to buy dresses, jeans or pants and top. When buying accessories you should look for belts, gloves, scarves. Decorations here are in last place. If you're on a budget, it's best not to buy jewelry, and spend money on clothes. Online loans at can be your saviors if you need to buy something new to wear but currently have no money for shopping.

MICHAEL Michael Kors  Python-Print Leather Belt#Burberry 'House Check' Gloves | #Nordstrom@EILEEN FISHER Whisper Silk Scarf

Amazing tips, right?!

Now that I am in my twenties, I'm really trying to make sure I buy quality items -- I think it's important to invest in items that are versatile and will last a long time.

What do you guys think of these tips?
Are there other ones you would like to add?

I hope you are all having a wonderful week! :D


Like What Mimi Writes on Facebook and be friends with Mimi! :)
Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Red Carpet Recap: 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Happy Monday!

I love Awards Season because it gives me something to look forward to on Sundays (and it also makes me forget that it's almost time to go back to school, haha!). ;)

Anyway, let's start talking about what the stars wore to yesterday's awards show:

Jessica Chastain -

Jessica Chastain

I don't usually go crazy over what Jessica Chastain wears on the red carpet, but I really loved this red Alexander McQueen gown -- it really fits her perfectly and it looks amazing on her!

I also love how she kept things simple by choosing to just sport a gorgeous Harry Winston splash diamond necklace -- it's set in platinum and it's just beautiful! :)

Jennifer Garner -

Jennifer Garner

Her gold Oscar de la Renta gown looks so luxurious and so opulent!
I love Jennifer Garner! :D

Amanda Seyfried -

Amanda Seyfried

I love love love the bottom part and the train of Amanda's Zac Posen dress -- it's so fun and so beautiful!
At first, I wasn't sure about her Lorraine Schwartz necklace, but somehow it totally works. :)

Nina Dobrev -

Nina Dobrev

Same as with Jessica Chastain, I'm not usually a fan of Nina Dobrev's red carpet choices, but I really loved this pink short-sleeve crepe gown with lace cutout detail -- you know why?! It's Elie Saab, that's why! ;)

Anne Hathaway -

Anne Hathaway

I love Anne and I am totally keeping my fingers crossed for her -- I hope she wins an Oscar!
However, I am not sure if this Giambattista Valli Couture dress is a winner for me... yeah, no, it's not working for me. :/

But hey, I like her custom vegan Jimmy Choo shoes, Kwiat jewels, and Eddie Parker clutch. ;)

Jennifer Lawrence -

Jennifer Lawrence

This whole dress fiasco is just so confusing... why aren't the two parts of her Dior Haute Couture dress sewn well together?
It feels like the design of this gown wasn't that well thought-out.

 However, her Chopard jewelry is definitely beautiful.
And kudos to the Best Actress winner -- she still walked the red carpet despite being sick with walking pneumonia!

Kerry Washington -

Kerry Washington

I am just not feeling the look of this Rodarte dress... and her hair wasn't the best either. :/

Freida Pinto -

Freida Pinto and Dev Pate …

This look is just all wrong!!!
Her Roland Mouret gown is ill-fitting, not flattering at all. Her hair and makeup -- not up to par. :/

There we have it, that's the end of my 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet recap!
Because I wanted to keep this short, there are a ton of looks not included on this post, so tell me...

Whose look did you like the best? Whose look did you not like at all?
What do you think of these ladies' red carpet ensembles?

I hope you are all having a great start to the week!


Like What Mimi Writes on Facebook and be friends with Mimi! :)
Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Out And About: IMATS Los Angeles 2013

Happy Friday! :D

I went on a short break, but now I am back with a new post for you guys. :)

Last Saturday, I attended IMATS Los Angeles 2013 -- I don't know if it's because of the switch from June to January, but this year's IMATS was a bit underwhelming... some of my absolute favorite vendors from the past two IMATS I've attended weren't there (no NYX!!!) and the buzz just wasn't the same as before... but nevertheless, I still had fun learning about new beauty products and I had a blast shopping, of course! ;)

I chose to go a little later in the morning this year -- I really wanted to avoid standing in line for too long, haha!

The first thing you'll see is the Royal & Langnickel booth...

They have really excellent makeup brushes!
I love my Royal & Langnickel brushes!!! :)

Other familiar booths:

Cailyn -- they have amazing eyeliners!

Ben Nye -- I heard their Banana Powder is extraordinary!

Stila was there too...

Right across from Stila is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics...

I really want to try their OCC Lip Tar™ -- they have a variety of gorgeous shades to choose from!
Next year, I promise! ;)

There were also some new booths:

Sugarpill Cosmetics

Lime Crime

I love how colorful and fun these two booths are!

Another new addition to this year's IMATS: O.R.G Skincare

This has got to be THE highlight of my day!

I got to meet Donna and Suzie -- Suzie explained the story behind O.R.G and she demonstrated how to use their super awesome Organic Mineral Peel... more on this on a separate post, there's a lot I wanna tell you guys about O.R.G and their products! :)

There were also some nail products:

I got nail polishes from LA Splash, I'm so excited about those! ;)

Cailyn also sold nail stickers -- such pretty designs!

Different kinds of accessories were also sold at IMATS:

And of course, it wouldn't be IMATS without the awesome models walking around sporting the excellent skills of makeup artists:

This guy totally walked up to people -- scary, but amazing at the same time, haha! ;)

I'm gonna have to wait another year to attend IMATS 2014 -- maybe I should start making a list of things I want to buy so I don't forget anything, haha! ;)

I'm really hoping it gets better next year and I hope NYX makes it to IMATS Los Angeles 2014!!!

I'll share all the goodies I got from IMATS with you guys next week, so please stay tuned! :)

Have you ever attended IMATS before? How was it for you?
Did you go to IMATS Los Angeles last weekend?
Is it something you would consider attending?

Have a happy weekend, guys!!! :D


Like What Mimi Writes on Facebook and be friends with Mimi! :)
Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

January: FreeBeautyEvents Giveaway! :D

Happy Thursday!!! :)

I just wanted to share with you guys this month's giveaway/contest from :)

For the month of January, FreeBeautyEvents is giving away the following to ten lucky winners:

Adidas Moves for Him Eau de Toilette Spray, Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor, and Scope Outlast Long-Lasting Mint Mouthwash.

I love how they give away a variety of items!

This contest will end on January 31st. Winners will be chosen on February 1st and will be notified by February 15th.
To enter, please click here.

Good luck! :)

On January 26th, Walgreens will be having their Glamour event in select cities. Demonstrators will be talking about the latest Tresemmé products like Split Remedy Sealing Serum and Platinum Strength Heat Protect Spray. At some of these events there will also be hair stylists giving complimentary hair styles with the Tresemmé products. Information like this is available on their website where spas and retailers can promote their events. On January 19th, check out the Rite Aid Winter Skin Event at select stores. Demonstrators will be educating customers on Olay Regenerist, Dove Body Wash, and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It’s also a great opportunity to score free samples and coupons. Anyone who would like their site visitors to know about their beauty event can make a posting for free at

You can also enter your zip code to find out what makeover, gift with purchase, spa open houses, and sampling events are happening near your home.

Check out their product reviews and join their weekly contests.
Keep up to date with FreeBeautyEvents through FacebookGoogle+PinterestTumblr, and Twitter.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Monday! :D

Happy Monday! :D



Be open to whatever comes next. #inspiration #inspire #quotes #sayings #determination #motivation

I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead! :D


Like What Mimi Writes on Facebook and be friends with Mimi! :)
Twitter? WhatMimiWrites :)