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Remember how I mentioned that I hauled Make Up Store? Watch me use the products for the first time to create a peachy/olive reflective eye look 🙂

If you are within Australia and would like to mail order this brand, you can email them at this address:
I purchased all these products and have no affiliation with Make Up Store, just a fan 🙂

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Hello, everyone. Today, I'm back with another casual chitchat, Get Ready with Me/First Impressions. And it is inspired by some of the purchases that I made at the Make Up Store. They had 20% off for VIP members. I highly recommend that definitely sign up. I hold something ridiculous so I don't have every single product from every single category but I do have a substantial amount, so let's start. I'm actually going to start with my brows because I always start with my brows. And I'm going to revisit my Viseart palette. You saw this in my last Get Ready With Me video and I have fallen head over heels in love with this thing, the matte formulations are among the best that I've ever tried. And I'm actually going to use this to fill in my brows. Apparently, you can use this wet without any detriment to the shadow so that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to mix a few of these gray shades and a few brown shades to come up with a perfect ashy brown shade for my brows. And I finally groomed my brows, so now they're looking half respectable.

And I'm pleased to report that this works very well in the brows. And next, I'm going to take some clear brow gel. This is by the Make Up Store just to set my brows in to place. Now I have some bald spots in my brows. So what I do after I put on my brow gel is I do a brow comb over. So I know I have a bald spot on the arch of my brow so I pull these hairs across to form a comb over. I'm going to do the base a little bit later because I'm going to be using pigments. And with pigments, you will experience fall out. It's an inevitable part of life, so I would recommend doing the base afterwards. Before I start with my pigments, I'm going to use a sticky base. I always use a sticky base with pigments because it makes the eye shadows more vibrant but also it prevents them from falling down on to your base and making your base look dirty. So I actually have, what is this, high tech lighter from Make Up Store in the shade asteroid. And I'm going to be using this today as my sticky base. Oh, it's a really pretty shade. It's like a pink and coppered bronzy goodness.

I'm just taking this one just to the crease, not above. I'm now going to do the majority of my crease work and my blending. The reason that I do this first is if I tried to do all that blending after I had put the pigment on the lid, I would disperse shimmer everywhere and I really want to keep it just on the lid. So I'm going to take a smog and I'm going to puff that through the crease. I also find that approaching your crease at different angles can help to define the socket. So occasionally what I'll do is I'll actually come from above and I'll push down in to the socket. Just a thought. Give it a go. Next, I'm going to take deadly which is a dark brown. It's sort of similar to something like Mystery by MAC, and I'm going to define the outer corner of my crease.

I also think that Make Up Store does amazing matte eye shadows formulations there, really pigmented but they blend really well. That's something that I would definitely recommend from Make Up Store. If you're going to get anything, I think that the matte eye shadows are total standouts. So now that I've achieved the kind of depth that I'm looking for, I'm going to take an eye shadow that's quite close to my skin color. And any matte skin colored eye shadow will do here. What I'm going to do is I'm going to blend that just under the brow bone. And it's not going to impart much color but it will give us that really perfected gradient, and this is something that I like to do with all of my eye shadow looks regardless of what shades I'm using. I can always come and perfect that eye shadow a little bit later but I really want to get on to the eye dust. So these are loose pigments and I bought three. I think I might start with hot, which if I remember correctly, I swatched in store is sort of like a coppered pink shade. It's very reflective and pretty.

Oh my God, look at that reflective goodness, ha. So pretty. So pretty. I am much impressed. I'm going to take a MAC 219 just the pencil brush to really get in to that inner corner. [Singing] "Where did you go, my lovely?" Next, I'm going to take an eye dust in Misty Forest and I do not recall purchasing this. It was all a blur but I'm going to assume that this is some sort of green. It's not a green. Okay, like a blackened olive perhaps. Hmm, it's pretty. Okay, I'm going to perfect that blending a little bit later but I want to take the final eye dust which is called chocolate fondant. And I'm using the same brush, I'm just sort of wiping it off on a paper towel between.

Oh wow, that's really pretty. It is sort of like a deep brown with maybe like an old gold kind of iridescence. Okay, and for the lower lash line, I think what I might do is I might just stick to the mattes that I used earlier so maybe I'll take Smog first. Next I'm going to take Deadly and I'm going to push that on the outer lash line. Because I have so much going on on my upper lid, I do need to intensify the lower lash line so that it looks balance. I actually don't think that this eye looks it needs any eyeliner but I am just desperate to use this cake eyeliner by Make Up Store. I also have the mixing liquid which is in essence a mixing medium and you mix the mixing medium with the cake eyeliner. I don't know where I'm going with this and then it forms a quite pigmented paste and then you apply it. This is a bit awkward.

Maybe I should put it in a plate. Okay, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to put a little bit of the mixing liquid in my handy dandy plate. All right and the brush that I'm going to use is the Rae Morris angled brow. That's just how I roll. [Singing]. What am I singing? Do you know what I'm singing? Okay, before I put on some mascara, I'm going to use a few of my kiss clusters. I love these and it's sort of my lazy lash when I can't really be bothered doing anything to elaborate. So I put two extra short clusters towards the center of lead and two towards the outer corner so I've got a little bit of lift going on. And I'm going to pop on some mascara. This is Armani Eyes to Kill.

That's right. Okay, let's move on to the rest of the face. Now I'm going to start with foundation and I have very high hopes for this foundation. It is the By Terry – is it Densiliss? This foundation I think retails for about $200, which is like insane. I've never spent that much on a foundation before but it was for science. So the first few times I've worn this, I've worn it on a few occasions. I wasn't terribly blown away. So I'm going to give it a go again today and I'm going to use the Hourglass #12 brush because a friend of mine that owns this uses this. She likes them together. So we're going to see how it goes. I'm going to start slowly. This is also quite a big brush. I also feel like the brush has a lot of give, so it's kind of eating up the product in a way. I feel like I'm not doing this right.

All right, so in conclusion, this is my little mini review. It's not a bad foundation, I do like it. But I feel like my nose looks a little bit dry in areas and if you can see here, some of my redness is still peeking through. It doesn't quite adhere evenly to my skin. I mean by no means is this a bad foundation, I'm just being really picky but for $200, you ought to be picky, right? I don't know. I think so. Let's move on.

Back to Make Up Store, I purchased this concealer/corrector palette thingy. I don't really like face products in cake form for the most part. And I know you're probably thinking, "Well, then why did you buy them, Karima? You moron." Number one, curiosity is a force to be reckoned with, and number two, I'm always trying to prove myself wrong and hey, I've discovered some awesome price that way. So I'm going to try to take this pinky salmon shade and I'm going to use it under the eyes. Hey, that's not so bad. The texture of this is quite nice. I am impressed.

Next, I'm going to take this skin tone shade. I'm not sure that this is actually concealer. I think it might be a highlight but we're going to see how it goes. Well, I'm pretty impressed with that. It hasn't entirely concealed my under eye so but I actually think that I probably should have put a concealer over that. I don't know, I have no idea. But it doesn't look dry or cakey or anything on to the eyes so I'm actually really impressed with that. And what I'll do is in the description box, I'll let you know how it wear, so whether it creases or what not.

Next, I'm going to take a bit of my Laura Mercier secret brightening powder and just set that as I would normally. And that still looks amazing. Wow, I'm really impressed by that. Wow! All right. I am going to do a little bit of contouring. And I have again here with me Masai and for this I'm going to use my Rae Morris Ultimate Cheekbone. She has actually revamped her line so it doesn't look exactly like this anymore but from what I understand it's still pretty much the same brush. So what you'd do with this brush is you put the product on the shorter bristles, you start from the outer cheek bone, and sweep inwards.

And then if you like, you can take the longer bristles and just sort of blend them upwards and this is just I think the easiest and most fool proof way to contour. I really liked that it deposits in a small placement so you just get that depth just under the cheek bone. I really love that. And for the lips, I have this lipstick in bare. It's sort of a pinchy nude shade. I'm going to apply this with a lip brush and this one has sort of like a semi sheer consistency so it does a good job at slightly paling down my pigmented lips so that I can wear such a strong eye. But I don't feel like it blanks out my lips entirely. But I got to say these lipsticks to me smell exactly like crayons. So if you were a crayon eating child, you can rejoice.

So I was going to stop there but I've decided that I could probably do with a bit of blush. What do you think? Yeah. I think you agree with me. So I'm going to go with Milani Luminoso. I love it. I love it. Love, love, love. And I'm just going to put a little bit on my cheeks. I think that this will tie in really nicely with that pink and gold pigment. And I know that I said that that was the end but I wanted to show you guys this pencil. It's a very pale lavender eye pencil and I think that this would be really great in the waterline to brighten the whites of your eyes and I'm one of those people I just have permanently bloodshot eyes so I need all the help I can get. So now that I've put 30 products on my face, I think we are done.

I hope you guys enjoyed this. I always had a bunch of fun. I am going to go and try to take some photos of this now. But if you have any suggestions about what you'd like to see in the next casual chit chat Get Ready With Me/First Impressions kind of video, then you should let me know in the comment section below. You can always hit me up at any of my social media. I love to chat, interact with you guys. I hope you guys will have a wonderful day and I will see you very soon. B-bye.

PS: The Cover All Mix wore well. At about the 10 hour mark it looked a touch drier than upon application (nothing serious) and it didn’t crease at all. Thumbs up!

Final Look

Get Ready With Me – Featuring Make Up Store

Get Ready With Me – Featuring Make Up Store

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Get Ready With Me – Featuring Make Up Store

Get Ready With Me – Featuring Make Up Store

Get Ready With Me – Featuring Make Up Store

Nail Polish I’m wearing in this video

OPI Dulce De Leche (a nude, pink toned caramel)

Complete List of Products

Viseart – Neutral Palette Matte 01
Make Up Store – Brow Fix in Clear
Make Up Store – High Tech Lighter in Asteroid (Sticky, pinkened copper base. Multi-purpose product for eyes and face)
Make Up Store – Microshadow in Smog (Matte medium brown eyeshadow, neutral to warm)
Make Up Store – Microshadow in Deadly (Matte dark brown eyeshadow, cool toned)
Make Up Store – Microshadow in Desert (Matte pale sandy/vanilla, warm toned)
Make Up Store – Eye Dust in Hot (Pinkened copper pigment with silver reflect)
Make Up Store – Eye Dust in Misty Forrest (Complex blackened olive pigment, softer reflect)
Make Up Store – Eye Dust in Chocolate Fondant (Complex blackened pigment, brownish base with an old gold reflect)
Make Up Store – Cake Eyeliner in Black (Very easy to work with, you can adjust opacity)
Make Up Store – Mixing Liquid (I put this in a plate because it tends to set quickly when dispensed straight into the cake eyeliner)
Kiss Lashes – Trio in Short Combo
Giorgio Armani – Eyes to Kill Mascara
By Terry – Terrybly Densiliss Foundation in #4 (shown in my New York Haul)
Make Up Store – Cover All Mix (A corrector palette with a yellow, salmon and skin toned shade. Judging from testers, this dries up quickly so screw the lid tight!)
Laura Mercier – Secret Brightening Powder
Make Up Store – Microshadow in Masai (Fantastic 
contour shade, entirely matte and cool toned)
Make Up Store – Sheer Lipstick in Bare (Crayon scented, versatile nude)
Milani – Baked Blush in Luminoso
Make Up Store – Eye Pencil in Illusion (Pale lavender eye pencil, brightens the whites of the eyes)

I tried to include descriptions for those unable to acquire Make Up Store OR for those looking to purchase. How many products can one girl fit ON HER FACE?! Answer: 20.

Phew. xxkarima

Complete list of products mentioned

Eyes to Kill Mascara
Eyes to Kill Mascara
Neutral Palette
Neutral Palette
Lashes Trio
Lashes Trio
Baked Powder Blush
Baked Powder Blush
Terrybly Lipstick
Terrybly Lipstick
Secret Brightening Powder
Secret Brightening Powder
* Denotes products sent for consideration. Iā€™m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. I love this look! Those pigments are properley goregous.

    Also, the song you were singing? Definitely Hampster Dance! Those were the days…

    1. These pigments are BEAUTIFUL! I’m already plotting another purchase!
      And yes! It was the Hampster Dance! I’ve had it in my head for a solid month, which is somewhat embarrassing lol. x

  2. So pretty! And I was just coming down here to say the Hamster Song! My kids had this annoying greeting card that played it and they used to run around after me torturing me with it…it is seared into my memory!

    1. Haha, sorry to open the wound, Sarah! If it makes you feel better, I’ve been humming it for a month and it’s starting to irritate my significant other (and even me, to be frank!). x

  3. Woop woop! I feel so validated right now! I just purchased smog and masai AND the zoeva contour brush after seeing you using them, and LOVE it. Such a smart way to do contour, I just never saw anyone use a brush in that shape like that before. I’m wondering how you felt about that brush, and also, how you liked the MUS concealer/corrector at the end of the day? I am thinking about purchasing. Had high hopes for the secret camouflage bu Laura Mercier for a dry texture to deal with redness in specific places but CANNOT make it work for me. MUS seems a good alternative.

    Also, the song, it’s the one from Disney’s Robin Hood, the one that’s wistled in the beginning… šŸ™‚

    1. Hey Martin!

      You will love Smog and Masai, such versatile shades and great formulations šŸ™‚ I really do like the Zoeva Face Paint but I think I prefer the Rae Morris Ultimate Cheek Bone, as used in this video. The latter is quite pricy and the Zoeva is a good alternative, I think!

      I really liked the MUS Corrector Palette! I’m very picky about under eye products. It’s not a moist consistency (on the dryer, silicone side) and when used sparingly, it isn’t detectible on the skin. After about 10 hours, it looks just a *tad* dry but miles above the other concealers/correctors that I’m trialling right now.


  4. I love watching your videos Karima! I’ve never tried pigments before but after watching this video I really feel like purchasing some to play with! Gorgeous eye look you’ve created too.

  5. This is so pretty! I can’t believe that most of this was pure improvisation! I adore you Karima.. You should really do a hair care routine, i’m sure loads of us would like to see that. Your hair always looks so soft šŸ™‚

    1. Hey Aspyn!
      Most of my looks are improvised, I just have fun with it and see where it takes me šŸ™‚ My hair care routine is pretty non-existent to be honest. I avoid brushing it because it’s fine in texture and long, so frequent brushing results in frizz and static.
      Great haircare tips, huh šŸ˜›

  6. Hi Karima,

    What’s your favourite eye shadow to contour/add depth with? In your giveaway you mentioned RBR chestnut napped apalis, then there’s makeup store masai, viseart palette … If you could only choose one?!

    Much love x

    1. Hey Jasmine!
      The shade that I pick to contour my crease totally depends on the look I’m trying to achieve and the shades that I’m pairing with it šŸ™‚
      If I’m only contouring my crease (day looks and such), I frequently reach for my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, it’s not ultra pigmented so easy to build or tone down.

    1. It’s such a great brand! I’m so lucky to have one just by my house. If you’re really keen on the brand, you should email the closest store, I know they do mail orders. xx

  7. Hi Karima,

    Have you tried adding the Chanel Le Blanc to the Densillis? This is the only way I like it – Otherwise it is just a dupe of NARS Sheer Glow (which I personally like, but why pay $115 when you can get it for $40something?).

    Adding the Le Blanc sheers it out, makes it more blendable, and the finish is more brightening and even.


    1. Hey Angela!
      Adding Le Blanc De Chanel was my first inclination but the Densiliss in shade 4 is a hair too light for me and I find mixing the Chanel base lightens foundations half a shade, I don’t know if I could get away with it!
      I’ll keep trying but it’ll probably end up in a blogsale. xx

  8. Love love love this look – gorgeous!

    I love your chatty / first impressions / get ready with me videos. They are the best. I love all your videos but I learn so much from these ones, both about your techniques and new products.

    I always like watching your application techniques. May I suggest a video idea? – Eye shadow placement techniques/ideas?

    1. Hey Gracie!
      I’m so pleased you like watching them, they’re probably my favourite kind of video to film (I always get excited when trying new products!).
      I’m trying to figure out a way to talk about eyeshadow placements in a way that’s easy to understand (because it can all become a bit technical) but until then, check out my pinterest board:
      I have an eyeshadow placement inspiration board that you might find interesting šŸ™‚

  9. Hi Karima! Fun video. I love the combination of colors on your eyes. Super pretty!!
    I got the Viseart palette and I’m completely smitten. Yum. Thanks for introducing me to this!
    I love Gracie’s suggestion of a video of eyeshadow placement techniques and ideas! Also, CREAM EYE SHADOW SMACKDOWN. šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚
    xo sj

    1. Hey SJ!
      Been a while since I’ve used greens, I’m not a fan of greens on myself but these were neutral enough- I loved it šŸ™‚
      Ooohh so glad you like the Viseart Palette! It’s so versatile, right?
      I’ve been swatching my cream eyeshadows like a lunatic but sadly, then sun hasn’t visited us much in Sydney šŸ™ It will be worth the wait, I promise! x

    2. Hi Karima!
      Don’t know if you’ll see this since it is a little late in the comments. But wanted to share 2 things:
      1 – Rouge Terrybly Funky Ruby has been discontinued. OH THE HUMANITY! I just bought a backup. (even though a tube lasts FOREVER) this color is shamazing on me.
      2 – I just got the first ever in my entire lifetime compliment on my eyebrows. Wearing… you guessed it…. SUQQU pen!! Thank you Karima! You da best.
      xo sj

      1. WUT WHY WOULD THEY DISCONTINUE FUNKY RUBY? Terry does this a lot. It gets on my nerves. *kicks dirt*
        Hi5 for great brows, Sj! It’s the nicest feeling when my recommendations work for others, seriously makes my day šŸ™‚
        Also, I never miss comments because I scour the blog for unanswered ones. Just so you know šŸ˜‰ x

  10. do you think chanel tan de soleil is great for contour? i bought it for that, but its a little bit of shimmer/glitter in it? i also wondering if i should but mac 187 brush to use it with.

    also, can you make a video of different foundations(and concealers), (i have dry skin on my nose, under eyes and on the chin – and i use vitalumiere aqua or luminous silk, they are ok but it still looks a bit dry) and i can’t find any concealer that gives enough hydration for my skin.
    i use skincare from excuvianse for acne/oily skin, but i don’t struggle with acne that much any more – but don’t think i should try a new one if it would come back. also i use serum and night creme from the same brand. and day cream from kanebo. I ordered the pads you use and the mandelic acid peel. how do i use them, and how often?

    1. Hey Julia,

      Personally, I think the Soleil Tan De Chanel is a bronzer and not a contour, it’s far too warm. You can hear about my philosophy on contouring products here:
      If you’re talking about the round jar with the silicone paste, it doesn’t have any shimmer (although they sell a liquid version that is an illuminiser).

      If your skin has dry patches, the first thing I would recommend is revisiting your skincare. I can’t specifically say what you should change, but it might be time to change up a few things. Additionally, I would say use a hydrating concealer in the areas where you are dry/flaky, my favourite for this purpose is the Diorskin Nude Concealer.

      Regarding the pads and the Mandelic Acid peel, I did an in depth video where I describe how I use them and how frequently:

      Hope this helps šŸ™‚ x

  11. Hi Karima! Love this look!…… and now I have more new gorgeous eye shadows to lust over lols. Quick question, loving your finished-look photos lately and was just wondering what type of lights you use? Are they continuous ones or strobe/flash ones?
    Thanks! šŸ™‚

    1. Hey Bambi šŸ™‚ I’m thrilled you like it!
      My photography setup relies heavily on natural light. If it’s cloudy (which it has been lately, grrr), I’ll supplement with continuous soft box lighting.
      Hope this helps šŸ™‚ x

  12. Love your spontaneous reviews mashed into tutorials! While I’m not one who’d munch on crayons, I can understand the inclination…it’s definitely the smell.

    Anyways, the greyish olive and peach pairing is very pretty. This look very much reminds me of the Wood Elves from the Hobbit 2.

    1. Thanks Marissa! I’mg glad you like them because they’re so much fun to film šŸ™‚
      I kinda like the crayon smell, can’t lie. Strangely satisfying. And you’re right, the colour combo is a bit elf-ish!

    1. Hey Katie!
      Sorry about that, I kept having technical issues with that video and being the perfectionist that I am, I removed it. I will do something similar soon, never fear! In the meantime, I’m more that happy to answer any questions šŸ™‚ x

  13. Hi Karima! This isnt actually a beauty question and would probably come across as odd but… Im thinking of majoring in either finance or communications and if i remember correctly you are majoring in finance. Would you mind telling me about your experience and the pros and cons? I would appreciate it but it is fine if you feel inclined to. On another note: love your videos and you have such an elegant aura to you! šŸ™‚

    1. Hey Aspyn!
      Finance and communications are two extremes, very different lol. It really helps to be strong in maths when studying Finance, otherwise it can be a bit of a nightmare. It’s definitely a course that requires discipline and ongoing work (where other courses you can slip by without much hassle). Most importantly: What do you enjoy? What interests you? It’s easy to do well in a subject that you genuinely like. Hope this helps šŸ™‚ x

  14. What a pretty look! The colour combination you’ve selected for this look are not only harmonious, complementary and outright stunning, but they are so darn flattering on you.
    And wow, these Make Up Store products do look impressive. I’m so tempted to head down to one and give their products a go.

    BTW, I’m not a blush person, but I love Milani Luminoso on you! So pretty and glowy.

  15. Hello! Have you tried any other shades of Milani blush? If so, what do you think? I have my eye on Red Vino, but I’m worried it will be too sparkly, even used very sparingly, since I’m very pale.