We’re back with Ask Karima #3 where we discuss sunscreens, hair care and my bizarre diary tendencies. If you’re new to this segment, welcome! Check out Ask Karima #1 and #2 and be sure to leave your questions in the comment section for Ask Karima part 4 :)
My question for ASK KARIMA #3 is what your heritage is?
I’m eastern European by ethnicity, born and raised in Sydney Australia :)
Do you know of a good sunscreen to wear under foundation?
Greatly dependant on your skintype and what type of SPF your skin can tolerate. Some of the sunscreens I’m using right now: Avene Hydrating Sunscreen SPF50 (emollient, ideal for dry skin types), Zelens Daily Defence SPF30 (pictured below – moderately emollient but not shiny, ideal for normal to combination skin types), Shiseido WetForce SPF50 (matte in finish, be wary if you have sensitivities to alcohol), La Roche Posay Uvidea XL BB SPF50 (tinted and offers a sheer coverage but doesn’t wear well under foundation).
What products and application methods would you recommend for concealing large pores?
I receive this question daily! It’s important to first note that pores are part of the skin’s structure so no skincare or makeup will actually shrink pores indefinitely. You can minimise the appearance of pores (or as Edelmc states, conceal large pores) with skincare and makeup.
My first course of action would be to implement a fabulous chemical exfoliant to minimise congestion as congested pores can appear more noticeable to the eye. Primers can be very helpful in filling the pores so foundation lays smoother on the skin, some of my favourites are: Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer, Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and Benefit Porefessional (particularly great on oilier skins).
In terms of foundation application, I find pressing foundation (with fingertips) into porous areas of the skin to be the ideal method – even when applying foundation with a tool, I finish with a bit of fingertip action (minds out of the gutter!). A good friend of mine Stephanie Lange has a tutorial with different techniques that you might also find helpful.
I was wondering whether you have a PO Box I could send something to?
I do! It is…
PO Box 505, Moorebank
As you get more and more popular, have you ever considered to expand your blog/channel to include fashion and life style too?
– Mountain Climber
I’d like your input on this actually, would you like to see some fashion and lifestyle on the Sham Frip platforms? Makeup is my lifelong passion so it will always be the focus, but I’m open to expanding the content if you guys would enjoy that :)
What’s your hair care routine?
I’m fortunate enough to receive some damn amazing hair products for PR purposes – arguably I receive more hair care than makeup… must be a big industry? In the past few months, I’ve used shampoo and conditioner from Shu Uemura, Kerastase, Oribe and I enjoyed them all (tbh I enjoyed the Oribe Gold Lust a touch more than the rest).
I think my laziness works in my favour here because I rarely heat style my hair so it remains in decent condition for that reason alone. I use hair masks sporadically. I brush it once a week? Don’t judge me okay.
What are your opinions on ‘professional’ skin treatments: facials, peels, microdermabrasion?
I think a facial is as good as the technician, so if you can find a service that you love then sure! I’m actually booking into a popular salon in the near future. That being said, I don’t think facials are the be all end all for great skin and no service can substitute a consistent and suitable skincare routine (and diet… and lifestyle etc etc).
Can you mention what the ingredients are you generally look for to know that a chemical exfoliant will get the job done? I have done research on AHAs and BHAs but the detail out there is overwhelming…
I think this deserves a dedicated post but for now, here is a tl:dr version. Common AHA’s can be listed as Glycolic, Lactic or Mandelic acid (among others). Typically BHA is listed in the ingredients as Salicylic acid. Whether your skin will respond better to AHA or BHA is down to trial and error, some find BHA to be more gentle while others prefer AHA. Potency of a chemical exfoliant is also dependant on PH and inactive ingredients – it can get REAL technical but product wise, I’m loving the Sunday Riley Good Genes right now (Lactic acid). PS: A chemical exfoliant smackdown is in the works ;)
How to you stay on top of your work and keep a work/personal life balance? Any suggestions to help avoid procrastination? How did you keep your studies in check while you were at uni, did you have specific goals/aims that helped you stay on track?
If we’re being brutally honest, I don’t think I’ve mastered work and personal life balance. Juggling uni and full-time blogging/Youtube was always going to be a struggle but I work hard and love every minute of it.
Personally, I procrastinate when overwhelmed so my best advice is… split big tasks into many manageable tasks and allocate days to complete jobs. In my physical/paper diary, you’ll see entries like: respond to 10 emails, spellcheck essay, edit thumbnail, record voiceover —–> this might seem like an excessively microscopic approach but it’s easier to swallow than ‘film and edit video’ or ‘do assignment’.
Like… do assignment? HALE NO imma nap.
Said diary :)
There seems to be so much conflicting advice out there. Some say to use a lighter (light reflecting?) concealer, others say to use a darker one, and still there are others who say use a peach coloured one to tone down the darkness. What is your advice?
Each point is valid. Some enjoy an undereye highlight (lighter concealer), very dark circles often respond well to a slightly deeper tone and peach coloured correctors can counterbalance blue or purple hues. No two faces are the same so try each and determine what effect you like best. When delving into the world of correctors, determine the tone under your eyes – the appropriate corrector isn’t always a salmon shade (google the colour wheel!).
Karima where do you get your beauty blenders from? Mine don’t look as pretty and pink as yours
Haha I receive this question very frequently! I just purchase mine at Sephora but keep in mind, I have seven in rotation, that’s probably why they all look brand new ;)
Hopefully you’re loving these posts as much as I love writing them! Questions down below plz and thx very much <3
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