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Hi there!

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

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

For all business enquiries, please email Jill Birmingham from MAXCONNECTORS via enquiries(at)shamelessfripperies(dot)com

xxkarima

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  1. Wow! At last I got a blog from where I ccan really take
    valuable information concerning my study and knowledge.

  2. like, OMG karima i love ur blog. Best around iswearToDoge they are the best. Just look at this satisfied viewer “Wow! So talented. Make up AND circus skills!!!”

  3. Hi, Karima!
    Just wanted to congratulate you on your blog and videos. I am an old lady (38 probably very old) and make-up addict. I discovered your blog while in hospital, recovering from a terribly stressed business life. You kept me great company (thank you sooo much) but for the sake of all things done well, congrats you do an excellent job!!! Please continue being so thorough, your foundation reviews are the most helpful I have seen (and yes, I too adore Armani Silks, both of them)
    Keep going, girl!
    Greetings from Germany
    Love
    Angela

  4. Hey Karima,

    i just wanted to tell you that I love both, your channel and your blog!
    May I ask where you were born? I love your accent and was wondering, if it’s pure australian ;)

    Oh – and one last thing: You are 23?! Holy smoke! I am 25 and other girls always seem to be so much more grown up and sophisticated than me. what the heck ;)

    XO’s from germany!

    1. Hey Claudia :)

      I am Sydney born but like many Australians, from a family of migrants :) I think my accent is pretty typical of Sydney, though!

      I am 23 (going on 70…) and frequently people assume that I’m older, funny that!

      xx

  5. Hello Karima, just wanted to say that I love your blog and YT channel. Greetings from Belgrade, Serbia.

  6. Hi Karima,
    I am Carol I really love your videos,simple beautiful and very fun to watch.
    I love everything beauty and make up and wear it daily.I would like to purchase some make up brushes and a make up bag for travel which ones you recommend? I have already make up brushes bits and pieces from different brands as Wayne goss eve pearl etc but I would like a full professional set and a make up bag to travel as I have heaps of make up and every time I travel I have to get three or four different bags-annoying lol!! I would also really like to see a video about best highlighters blushes and bronzers – loved your contour video- u are amazing keep the great videos coming Thank you Carol from. Brisbane

    1. Hey Carol,

      Makeup bags are hard to recommend because I’m don’t know your needs but in terms of carrying brushes, I’d say definitely buy a brush roll (you can get them at pro makeup stores or even etsy.com).

      SO many brushes on the market but here are some of the brands I love: Wayne Goss, Hakuhodo, Chikuhodo, SUQQU, Rae Morris. Check out my youtube channel, I’ve done some videos on my top brushes ;)

      xx

  7. Hi Karima!

    I’ve been a fan of your youtube channel for a while now (stumbled upon it somehow) and your videos are always a pleasure to watch. Clear, concise instructions and/or reviews and a very professional, yet down-to-earth way of filming keeps me coming back for more! And your blog is beautiful as well – it’s one of the few blogs I make a point to read.

    I’m finally biting the bullet and investing in some proper brushes from Japan, and I’m actually planning to head down there in a month or so. Not just to get brushes, that’d be a bit… much… Or would it? ;)

    Anyway I was wondering what else you’d recommend checking out whilst I’m there? Any thoughts on the brand Koh Gen Do?

    Love everything you do, thanks so much for taking the time to blog/post videos!

    Cheers,
    Maddy

    1. Hey Maddy :)

      So pleased that you like the blog, really encouraging words – thank you <3

      Hey, my trip to Japan was spurred mostly by shopping possibilities. NO SHAME! If you're buying brushes, go here: (http://www.tau-hiroshima.jp.e.fk.hp.transer.com) in Ginza.

      Other brands you should check out: SUQQU, ADDICTION, THREE and the interesting drugstore brands (not cheap but fun). Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation is awesome but if I remember correctly, I didn’t see a lot of Koh Gen Do in Japan? Maybe my memory fails me.

      xx

  8. Thank you for sharing so many gorgeous vids and how-tos! I am very pale and it’s tough to find pretty makeup looks that work for me (without looking too harsh)!

    Regarding products, I was wondering if you knew of a good talc-free alternative to Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Impalpable Finishing Powder Diaphanous? ( I really dislike powders in general, but bc my skin is very oily, my makeup likes to smear or disappear by the end of the day.)

    (My skin is very pale, sensitive, very oily and acne-prone, but I do not like to use products containing talc or parabens.)

  9. :(
    I’ve been returning here every few days to see if you’ve responded to my post to you about being a new subscriber and the three products I love that was wondering if you had tried….seems you’ve responded to everyone else’s posts but mine. Did I say something wrong?

    Sad Sarah in Madison, WI

    1. Hey Sarah!
      Sorry about that, life is getting the better of me and sometimes comments slip through the cracks but I’m always searching for unanswered comments! :)
      I’m so pleased you like the blog and the youtube! Comments like these keep me going ;)

      I’ve done a bit of research on the products you recommended (I actually haven’t tried any and I love trying new brands!). I’m trying to curb my spending (who am I kidding?!) but the Veil Cosmetics complexion fix concealer and highlighter is something I want to look into (maybe from blog sale proceeds?)

      Yes, I’m Australian! I might be travelling in October but let me know when you’re around, I’m always up for shopping :D

      I had a lot of technical issues with the Q&A video and being the perfectionist that I am, I made it private for the meantime but I’ll try to fix the issue.

      Thanks for your awesome comment :) xx

  10. What is your ethnicity if you don’t mind me asking. It’s just that you remind me of a girl I went to school with named Kahina who was algerian.
    Love your Youtube channel by the way ;)

  11. 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!

  12. 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

    1. 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

  13. 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.

    1. 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

  14. 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

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

  16. 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

    1. Hey Laura, sorry about the late response.

      Ichibankao.com is a good place to buy asian makeup. Sasa.com is another good option. Geisha Ink I purchase from their website and FANCL I actually purchase from a Japanese Cosmetics store in Sydney so I’m not sure where you can get it online.

      xx

  17. 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!

    1. 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.

  18. 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!

    1. Hey Sarah!
      Vivianna is a sweetheart, I’m so flattered :) So glad you’re enjoying the channel!
      xxkarima

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

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

  24. 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! :)

    1. 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

  25. 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.

    1. Hey Christina!
      For my recent photos, I’ve used light boxes. For my older looks, I used natural day light.
      xxkarima

  26. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get
    several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove
    people from that service? Cheers!

  27. 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!

  28. 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

    1. 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

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