About Me

Hi there!

My name is Karima, and you’re on my blog! I mostly post about makeup but occasionally about other strange things.

About Me

But only occasionally.

If you would like to contact me (to ask me a question or just to chat), email me at:
karima(at)shamelessfripperies(dot)com

xxkarima

30 Comments

  1. sylv

    Wow! So talented. Make up AND circus skills!!!

  2. Kaisyah

    I love your blog Karima! I also think you are incredibly beautiful, and you have such stunning accent. I love that you use higher end makeup most of the time. Please post more tutorials on youtube, I am obsessed with the two you have on your channel! You are immensely talented! Red eyeshadow is very difficult to pull off! xo

    • Thank you, Kaisyah!
      You’re too kind :) I’m working these days but there is another YouTube video in the making! Check back in a few days ;)
      xxkarima

  3. Elizabeth

    Just found your youtube channel! Your tutorials are beautiful, I hope you continue to make them. I love your style of makeup, never heavy and always natural even when you do a dramatic look, which I think is hard to achieve. Just wanted to say hello from Canada!

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  5. Hi I just stumbled on your beauty blog and love it! Can I ask what type of lighting you use to take your FOTD pictures? It is stunning.

  6. Hi, I too only recently found your blog (trawling for reviews of BRB’s foundations and Giorgio Armani’s foundations) and I have to say it’s my new favourite!
    Love the layout, the writing style, the great photos and that you’re based in Australia (me too!!) which is fantastic when you recommend sites for products because I know they’ll have international shipping and I’ll be able to purchase from them, plus you’re also a brunette/brown eyes like me which really helps with utilizing your FOTD’s and colour co-ordinations as inspiration for looks!
    Love it all! :)

    • Hey there!
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the posts :) And I know what you mean, I find Australian blogs to be handy, too. Not many places ship to Aus, unfortunately :( xxkarima

  7. Sarah

    I recently found your blog and absolutely love it! I currently live in the Netherlands but studied and lived in Sydney for a while. I am planning to move back this year as my boyfriend lives there.

    • Thanks for you comment, Sarah! I’ve been to the Netherlands, actually- I really enjoyed it :) Sydney is a great place, too <3
      xx

  8. I have discovered u thanks to makeupzone here in Spain (Maria Catala), she is my idol and she has recommended u in her twitter and facebook, and really she is as good making up as recommending people! I have spent all my afternoon watching u and.. here u have a fan!! Go on like doing art, u r wonderful! kisses

  9. T

    I discovered you from makeupalley, love your website and videos, please continue making/writing them!

  10. I love this makeup blog/website that you have and I always look forward to your reviews (I’ve read your Hakuhodo reviews a lot before I purchased my own set of brushes) and the only video I have seen of yours was of the giveaway and while I was watching I was thinking “wow, she’s actually funny and natural” and yeah, I find it very alluring and fun to watch and after doing so it did give me an insight and understanding how you review your products (with a lot of fun, methinks!)

    you should do a lot of video reviews I am sure I am not alone who enjoys watching your natural reactions regarding the products (very much unlike a lot of makeup tutorial/reviews by other MU enthusiasts).

    Thanks again for your work on this website and hope we all read more from you.

  11. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re
    working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time choosing between
    BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.

    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  12. Sarah

    Greetings from the US! Your YouTube channel was recommended by Vivianna and I’m so glad! I love your clean and minimal style, just lovely. Such a refreshing change from so many make-up videos! And I dig your sense of humor! Keep up the great work!

  13. Christine

    Love your blog! Very clean lines, and love the demonstration photos

  14. Emily

    Hi Karima!

    I am one of your BIGGEST fans, I can’t tell you how many times I check youtube to see if you posted a new video. I think your choice of cosmetics and attention to detail is stunning. I follow so many beauty gurus on youtube (because I’m a big time make-up junkie) but you are my absolute favorite guru to watch. A lot of the cosmetics that you use I now check out all the time in my local bloomingdales/sephora/maceys/online. Thanks so much for introducing me to Rouge Bunny Rouge and Geisha Ink I love their products, also I’m on my way to buying my Guerlain Météorites Powder and I’m super stoked to use it. I can’t wait to see your next video, you’re the best!

    • Hey Emily! So incredibly humbled :) From one makeup junkie to another: I’m glad you enjoy my picks! We must have similar taste in makeup :) Rouge Bunny Rouge and Geisha Ink are not talked about enough, pure quality. Let me know how you like the Guerlain Meteorites (be sure to inspect it in sunlight to see the subtle gorgeousness). Much love, Karima.

  15. Laura

    Just want to say I only recently discovered your blog/Youtube channel and you’re amazing. So refreshing to see someone with such an objective review of products as well as refreshing and insightful makeup tutorials and an Australian with a sense of wit to boot! I was subscribed as soon as I saw your second video.

    You use quite a few Asian brands like Suqqu (Lisa Eldridge’s devotion to these brushes as well as describing one as feeling like kitten paws on the face has made me swoon and want to know more), DHC, Fancl, Geisha Ink (that mascara!!) etc. some of which are known and others unknown to me but equally things I’d love to try out. Any tips on the best and most reliable places these brands that ship to Australia?

    L

  16. Amelia Renn

    How old are you? I love your videos! You are such a beauty and you give off wonderful vibes.

  17. Sarah Kalnajs

    I’ve been just “dipping in” to your blog recently and am glad to see that you do videos as I find that when they are done well (as yours certainly are), they are preferred to reading and still pics for the most part. (Spoiled for choice from the Lisa Eldridge videos I suppose)! I must say I agree with you absolutely on the Clinique airbrush concealer – very drying to the point of actually a bit flaky on my skin.

    Two products you MUST MUST try…..hmmm, make that three.

    1. VEIL COSMETICS complexion fix concealer/highlighter – It’s all they do and it’s a Holy Grail product I’d be shocked if you didn’t love (as we share a love of many things such as Suqqu brow pen, brushes, Chikuhodo etc)

    2. CODE VLM Mascara – It’s not available in the US so I have mine shipped from the UK (feel unique.com or beautyandtheboutique.com) – I was dubious but OMG. You will rave as you do about Suqqu brow and instead of 15 plus in rotation….I swear you’ll have one. Or perhaps two with addition of some waterproof when needed. It’s got something like 86% of women who try it keep using it AND recommend it to others. (Frankly I’m surprised it’s not higher). No clumping, no flaking, no smudging….has the strange little fibers you can see on the wand and whatever they do, it’s magic. (I swear, I’m not one to rave….it takes a LOT to make me sound this insanely over-the-top about a product)

    AND….

    3. 3 Custom Color (in the US with worldwide shipping) duo called Bright Eyed and Bushy tailed which consists of the most amazing unnamed eyeshadow shade in a perfect little throw in your bag container that works for many skin tones as the perfect base shade or just an “Im in a hurry, no time for “shadow” but want to look even and AWAKE!” this duo also comes with their clarifying pencil which is again, the ideal almost universal shade for the lower lash line to give that “bright eyed and bushy tailed” look and is one of the only products I’ve ever found that will stay put on my inner lash line. (I don’t know if I do it wrong or have really watery eyes or what, but I see people in videos just whip these great shades on their inner lash line and for me, those same pencils don’t show a thing….help??? Is it me? Can some people not wear products on the inner lash line due to body chemistry or some strange thing? I also can never get shimmer products to stay on the tear duct….pencil, powder, pigment…nothing! Suggestions?)

    OK, so that’s my very long “nice to meet you”! I’ll assume your in Australia from your accent, and yes, I know it’s a huge country having spent six weeks touring about on my own a few years ago….but I’ll be back in October to give another seminar (on dog behavior….what I do) in Sydney and Canberra so if I end up near where you are, would love to go on a little shopping expedition if you’re up for it.

    I’m at summitry@aol.com (www.bluedogtraining.com though very tan in those pics having just returned from working with dolphins in HI for three months doing my grad studies). Also on FB, personal and public figure page.

    OH…..I wanted to watch your Q&A video to learn more about you, but it said the video was private?? Do I need a magic password? :)

    Cheers!

    Sarah Kalnajs
    Madison, Wisconsin USA

  18. Juan

    I love your blog! I’m wondering what Camera you use for your pictures and videos, is it one or two? I’m in the market for new cameras and I’ve always loved how your pictures look.

    • Hey Juan!
      As of quite recently, I film my videos with a Canon 70D with a 50mm USM lens. For photography, I use a Canon 650D with a Tamrom 24-70 lens. I came to this setup via trial and error but if you can tell me more about what you kind of photos you plan to take, I might be able to offer a suggestion. xx

  19. Dear Karima,

    Your blog and youtube channel are lovely and really helpful. I appreciate both your serious/professional videos and your more personal happy bubbly ones, it’s really nice to see you can do them both so well:)

    I’ve recently discovered your blog, that is last week. So maybe I am asking something you already addressed: do you work as a pro make up artist? I see you use 90% professional high end products. I admit I am curious because I’ve just started building my make up case, I dream of making a living out of being a pro make up artist and quit my boring job. Make up is an investment at first, so buying the right products and not weep over the money spent on them :D

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge, best of luck!

    Irina M

    • Hey Irina :) I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the blog/youtube!
      I am not a freelancing makeup artist, I currently study! You’ll find that a lot of makeup artists don’t exclusively use high end brands like YSL/Dior/Chanel, and tend to prefer pro makeup brands (many brands available at camerareadycosmetics.com) because they’re designed to perform.
      Good luck with your makeup dreams! Strongly recommend working in the industry first (even if it’s at a makeup counter) before you dive in head first.
      xx

  20. Irina Mihailescu

    Thanks for answering!

    I too admire Lisa Eldridge, Charlotte Tillbury or Mary Greenwell, and they don’t necessarily use pro, they are more into the editorial I think and prefer high end.

    Anyway, as for working in the industry, I think it’s a bit late, I’m 27 and I feel I realised a bit late I want make up to be my path. Feel like I have to catch up really fast.

    Do you have any other suggestions besides make up counter? I would appreciate, if you have more experience or ideas regarding this. I thought about working in a beauty salon, but usually the beautician does the make up too (and I’m not into being a beautician) or assistant to a make up artist, but here in Romania, haven’t heard of many jobs like that.

    Thanks anyway for your information, great job with everything you do make up-wise!

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