Sunday, August 27, 2017

I Flew To The Other Side Of The World Just To See Kim Kardashian Have Her Make Up Done ...

Image credit: @makeupbymario instagram

Yes you read that correctly. 

The other side of the world. 

No, not the other side of Australia.

I wish. 


AKA a 30 hour total travel time 

AKA have I lost my mind???? 

Quite possibly.

I honestly don't know anymore.

Even as I write this I think my body is still geographically confused. I mean where the hell even am I anymore? 

Anyway lets take this back a little bit. To a time where the jet lag had come to an end and my life felt slightly more sane. 

It was August 19th (well 20th for the other side of the world) and it was a beautiful day... 

* insert drone footage of blue skies, buzzing cities and smiling faces * 

I actually don't have any drone footage but come on ladies, use your imagination! 

Anyway, back to it. It was August 19th and it was D day. 

I had been waiting since April for this day. 

No I wasn't getting married.

No I wasn't graduating university. 

I was seeing Kim Kardashian have her make up done. 

Yes I, Monique, flew half-way across the world to see Kim Kardashian have her make up done.

Now you're probably thinking "what the hell is wrong with you. dont you have anything better to do?" 

Ummmmm no not really.

 Plus come on, this is a once in a life time thing! Who else can say that they've seen Kim in the raw flesh have her make up done.

No one!

Well maybe not no one. There were other people there besides me sadly. 

Okay so now that I've set the scene I'm going to give you my complete 100% honest review of the event. Im going to go into all the juicy details and fill you in on what this event was really like. 

Sit back, grab a cocktail (yes I understand it's the morning but who cares) and relax.

Ladies it's time to spill the tea 

The Nitty Gritty Deets

Okay so I'm going to quickly run you through the semi boring stuff like the price, location e.t.c of everything. 

Price: $758.16 AUD (I bought the general admission as VIP had sold out)

Location: Playstation Theatre, NYC

Time: 10am Registration, Doors Open 11am

Length: 5 hours with a meal break

The Experience (Slightly censored for those who do want to go to an event)

So where to begin? 

Well, registration was meant to begin at 10am sharp so we were told that we had to be there before then so that everyone could be registered and seated for an 11am sharp start. 

I was actually having a really tough morning and had planned to be at the meeting point before 9am but had a meltdown and only managed to get there at 9:45. 

Was I prepared for what I saw when I arrived?


As you may already know, I dedicated like 8 hours of my time for Kimmy's husband when his Life Of Pablo pop up came to Australia.

That was the only time I will ever do that.

That was until I saw the general admission line and realised that I would have to do it again. 

But don't stress everyone.

I was a seasoned expert at lining up for hours, so I had packed food, water and even worn some extremely decent shoes. The other girls in the line, however, were not prepared for this so they had not brought any water or food and most were wearing 6inch heels and tight dresses.

By the end of it I think they had given up on judging me for my choice of footwear and instead envied me. 

Long story short, registration was meant to start at 10am so we could all be in by 11am. This did not happen. 

The line grew so massively that we took up a whole block and then wound around the corner for nearly another block.

It was like being an animal in a zoo. Every man, woman, old lady, old man, dog, cat and taxi driver filmed us, asked us questions and laughed at us. 

Did we get into the venue at 11am? No. 

We were still in our original positions at 11am minus a few penguin shuffle steps forward. 

By the time we round around the other side of the block and made it to security it was 11:45am and the 11am sharp start time was long gone.

Once we got through security, dodged the 4500 people taking selfies in the foyer, headed down the escalator and got inside the theatre, it was then a rat race to find a spare seat with a good view. 

Prior to going in I imagined having to sit right at the back with binoculars.

This didn't happen.

The theatre itself was actually smaller than I realised which meant that even the back of the back had a decent view to Kim that wasn't 23 million miles away. 

The best part about attending the seminar solo? Getting a seat.

Everyone was either in pairs of groups which left A LOT of empty single seats. I managed to score a seat 2 rows back from where the VIP section started and had an awesome view of the stage, Kimmy & Mario. 

Once we were all seated and Mario finally came out, it was around 12:10pm which was an hour later than the original start time. 

Mario introduced himself and then *yay* introduced Kimmy out onto the stage.

It was so crazy to see them both in the flesh. I honestly had to pinch myself like a million times to make sure that this was real. 

The set up was great and enabled everyone to see. They had 2 TVs on the roof of the theatre and then one massive screen on the stage.

The only annoying part was that Kim was tucked away off to the side. So in order to actually see her have her make up done, the screen was your only option. 

I found this a little frustrating and felt for the VIPs as they couldn't even watch first hand. Hopefully next time they set it up so that we can see Kim on the screen and in real life. 

The whole process was great. Mario explained all the products and gave us blow by blow descriptions of the products and what he was doing and taught us all some really great tips that left us going "oh yeah".

It was also beginner friendly which I found quite refreshing because not everyone out there is experienced with make up. 

VIP was also given the opportunity to ask questions along the way and some general admissions got to as well. I liked that they allowed this to happen however after a while it got a little frustrating. 

Not everyone paid attention like most of us, so questions were being asked on topics we'd already covered which made the audience react in an annoyed way and made Mario lose his train of concentration. 

I think my only criticism of the question part would be to really limit the questions or have a "question time" here and there. Mario kept trying to explain things to us whilst people were talking over the top of him and then he wouldn't tell us the product he was using or the technique because he was too busy trying to answer all the questions. 

And I know you're all dying to know, was Kim nice? Was she mean? Was she stuck up? 

Kim was honestly lovely.

I went in not knowing what to expect from her. I mean I grew up in my later years watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians and loving her but then I slowly grew away from the TV show and what they were all about. 

But she was so nice. She was great with the audience. Every question was answered in depth and even the silly questions she took on really well and didn't give any attitude or sass. 

The seminar lasted 5 hours but because we were so late in, it got pushed from a 4pm end time to a just after 5pm end time. Mario captivated me nearly the whole time however towards the end I started getting fidgety and ready to go. 

I mean I know we had like a 45minute break but seriously, watching 1 make up look for 5 hours was a little bit tiring.

I normally dont even dedicate myself to a 22minute youtube tutorial.

I'm just not about that life! 

A lot of people towards the end started leaving before he was finished and I wish I had done that too because the lines to get out of the theatre were crazy. They had the whole of general admission leaving through 1 set of doors and closed off access to the 2 other side doors. I thought this was the silliest thing ever but oh well. 

Once we got out of the doors we were handed our goodie bags and certificate and off we rode into the sunset!

Image credit: @makeupbymario instagram

The Giveaway Goodies

So, correct me if I'm wrong, but the first Masterclass Mario held with Kim a few years ago left General Admission leaving with only a certificate of completion. This Masterclass with Kim was the first one where General admission actually got a goodie bad AND a certificate.  

And thank goodness we did! Because $760 for 1 ticket to an event, where we don't even get a photo taken with Kim, is a lot of money. And if I wasn't walking away with something ... girl I would have brought the house down.

Well maybe not. I was actually quite tired so maybe I would have thought about it for a few days and then acted on it later on. 

Anyway, we got a goodie bag. And it was a lot bigger than I expected! I thought considering it was only a "small" goodie bag, we did get a little spoilt. I mean for a $760 I would have liked more, but I'm not complaining.  And if this was the size of General Admission, how much did VIP get (super jelly). 

Here's the low down on what I found in my goodie bag: 

- KKW Contour & Highlight Sticks 'Medium'
- Olly Goodbye Stress Gummies 
- Olly Vibrant Skin Gummies 
- Limited Edition Pink Tie-Dye Beauty Blender 
- Laura Mercier Face Illuminator 'Indiscretion'
- Kiss New York Pore Minimising Bamboo Sheet Mask 
- Battington Silk Lashes 'Kennedy' 
- Kiss New York Matte Liquid Lip 'Nude Cameo' 
- Kiss New York Matte Liquid Lip 'Peanut Brittle' 
- RickyCare Backstage Blotting Papers 
- RickyCare Backstage Travel Cleansing Wipes 
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio 'Pool Party' 
- RickyCare No-Crease Clips 
- RickyCare Konjac Cleansing Sponge 
- Kiss New York Single Eyeshadow '24K' 
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer 
- Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour 'Sandglow' 
- Bioderma Hydrabio Serum 
- Bioderma Sebium Mat Control 
- LAX Stardust Lollipop 

Image credit: @teaseandmakeup instagram

There were actually some decent things inside. And the cool part was that some of the items in there were items Mario played around with on the day. Which meant that I got to walk away knowing exactly how he uses that product on Kim and try it for myself. 

My 100% Honest Opinion

Would I go to another one of these events? 

Probably not. 

I feel so blessed for being able to fly to New York and attend such a crazy amazing event however it didn't ring my bell. 

I thought the general operation of the event was a little messy and we waited way too long outside. I get that we were general admission but having paid $760 for a ticket, I expected to be treated a little better. 

Was the ticket price worth it? 

Not really. 

For $760 I expected a few different make up looks and not just one. I get that Mario went into depth on how he does certain things, and I did honestly learn a lot, but I just didn't really feel the value for money. And if we were only getting one look, then we should have at least gotten a bigger beauty bag or at least group shots with Kim. 

You don't realise it when you're at the event but once you walk away you're like "hey, I actually spent $760 on this. Like that's a crazy amount of money!" and then you question if you really got $760 worth of value. And honestly, I don't feel like I did. 

All in all though I did have an amazing time! It was such an amazing experience and not very many people can say they flew all the way to New York City to see Kim Kardashian have her make up done. 

I am so so blessed and grateful that I got to experience this. 

Hopefully you guys got something out of this super long blog post. If you have any questions about the event please ask them down below and I'll be happy to answer them :) 



  1. This is awesome! I love doing seemingly crazy things that are SO WORTH IT!

  2. Sometimes when you really want to do something so bad - you'd do anything to experience it for yourself! Yes, the airplane ticket price is a bit high, but I bet the experience in itself was a learning one. Doesn't sound too bad to me!

  3. Honestly her makeup was very pretty, but yea $700+ for a ticket to see her get her makeup done is crazy lol! You better had gotten something in return, not to mention you flew sooo far! I really hope people like them appreciate people like you. You are a dedicated fan and huge supporter, that is rare to come across these days ( at least a genuine one). I'm glad you got to experience this once in a lifetime event :)

  4. At least you had the experience right? It sounds interesting, I'm glad you got to try it!

  5. Her makeup was very pretty!This is awesome!Great post!

  6. I love his makeup techniques! I want to attend one of his classes one day. I'm glad you had the experience!

  7. That's pretty awesome that you got to do something you enjoyed!!! Great post.


  8. You're a go getter for flying so far for this event. I'm glad it was a good experience for you.

  9. $700+ for a ticket? Giiiirrrrllll just to see Kim get her makeup done? That's excessive but her makeup is gorgeous I will admit. It seemed like a great experience so I can't knock that.

  10. Wow, you are a true fan!! Everybody has their thing, you do you!

  11. Makeup is brilliant as it really makes your face look 10x gorgeous! Interesting post!

  12. This is so crazy, paying so much money and flying around the world just to see Kim Kardashian get her makeup done... I don't judge you though because everyone has their passions. Now we know how she makes her money, lol.

  13. Lol you are certainly a huge fan. I would not! I live in N.Y. & STILL DIDN'T BOTHER going (excuse the caps. My phone is acting weird) bit good thing you grotto achieve the goal of the trip.


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