Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Life Lately: Learning To Wind Down.


Heyyy guys!

Has it EVER been a busy few weeks. Exciting new stuff coming up, though. 

I've been working on a TON of great content for you guys, anddddd...

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The Chic Confidential is getting a face-lift! 

I'm really excited to be working closely with someone to upgrade the website. I've had this look for sometime now, and although I love it, I feel it needs some slight changes. Nothing drastic. Still CHIC AF. I don't have a date yet, but it's hopefully coming soon. I won't release anything until I'm 100% happy with it. 

But I am VERY excited to be changing things up. So, stay tuned for that!


I've been trying very hard to wind down at least an hour before bed, everyday. It's extremely difficult when you work a full-time job, and then have to come home to blog/shoot/edit, cook, clean, have somewhat of a social life, and make time to go through all your 98478636 social media accounts. Where my part-time bloggers at???? HOLA.

However, winding down is something that is important in life and important for your well-being.

I realized if I don't give myself time to wind down, I'm usually not productive.

A huge part of my blogging life is actually thinking. Thinking about my next project, thinking about my blog content, etc. So, when I shut off my screens (computer, phone) then I feel like I can properly think. Reflecting is HUGE for me. It's a big part of my life.

When I get home from work, I make it a point to sit down on my comfy couch with a glass of water (lemon infused) and just clear my mind of the day. It's kind of like meditation, but not really. I give myself about 30 minutes to just sit and think about how the day went. What did I accomplish? How did I accomplish it? How can I do better? Were there any negative vibes? Positive vibes?

Sitting and thinking actually helps me come up with my blog content. My mind is always working and I usually have to work hard to shut it off. Which is why, an hour before bed, I make it a point to clear my head, watch a show, read a book, etc.

You need to be able to wind down, and clear your mind to keep it healthy.


Something that helps me wind down is actually my Saje diffuser. I've mentioned this before in previous posts, but I cannot tell you how much it makes a difference. When you surround yourself in a relaxing atmosphere, you naturally become more relaxed.

If you have your computer on and your emails refreshing every second, you're never going to shut off. If you have your phone beside you blinking with notifications, you're going to want to check it. That's how I am, anyways. I need my atmosphere to feel relaxing.

I like to add a few drops of 'Spa Spirit' or 'Tranquility' essential oil to my marble diffuser, dim the lights, light a couple candles, pour myself a warm cup of peppermint tea (or wine, not going to lie!) and sink into my couch with my coziest blanket. At this point, I probably have on a facial mask or my gold collagen eye patches.

This is the ONLY way I can wind down.

If you guys aren't doing this before you sleep, try it out! It's the bestttt way to fall asleep. This way, there's nothing stressing me out before bed. I've cleared my mind for a goodnight's sleep.

Thoughts? Who else does this?

Also, to be completely honest and REAL, this doesn't happen daily. I totally wish it would, and I'm working super hard to make this happen every night. But some nights, life gets in the way. I have family to see, dinners with my friends, blogs to publish, etc.

BUT, I'm working on it, and I think that's what counts. Right?


Something else that really helps me de-stress and gets me in a fantastic mood is, cooking.

Let me tell you...I used to be a horrible cook. Like, HORRIBLE.

Over the last few years, I've become somewhat of a decent cook, and it's something I'm pretty proud of. I love to unwind with a new recipe, some Ed Sheeran playing in the background, and just cooking up a storm. Nothing better than a home-cooked meal, right?

Post cooking, with 49276 dirty dishes in the sink is NOT my favourite part....

Also, if you guys have some recipes you want to send my way, please do! I'm always looking for something new to cook.

Okay, time to take some of my own advice and unwind. Tonight is going to be an episode (or two) of Grey's. Does anyone else sob through this show?! Or is it just me?

Chat soon.

Xx, kim





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Monday, April 24, 2017

Amazon Faves.



Is anyone else like totally addicted to Amazon?

I mean, don't you HATE IT (but secretly love it) when they recommend you more shit based on what you buy? Ugh. F you for being so damn awesome, Amazon!

Online shopping is another topic on its own, but MAN, is it ever addicting. Don't get me wrong, actual shopping is my cardio. But, there is something so therapeutic about online shopping. I mean, I can literally sit on my couch, wine glass in hand, and buy everything. Like everything. From clothing, to furniture, to even, groceries. I haven't bought groceries online yet, but I'm kind of tempted. Who does this? Weigh in. 

Online shopping is the epitome of laziness. But it's also kind of smart. I mean, I'm a multi-tasker. So, if I can cook, watch a show, and online shop, I mean, it's pretty ideal. 

So, I want to share some of my recent purchases with you guys. You know, just things I'm loving, things that are working for me.



If you caught our Instagram Live session not too long ago, then you already know how obsessed I am with these. They are kind of like a natural face lift. LOL. And who doesn't want a natural face lift, right? I like to keep these in the fridge and put them on my eyes before bed or first thing in the morning. I don't usually have too much time in the mornings, so nighttime is best for me. Leave them on for 20 mins. and you will instantly see a difference. I have dark circles that I absolutely hate, so these are kind of perfect.




If you haven't gotten on board with Mark Manson's book, 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck,' then you need to. I'm not going to go on and on about this, because I feel like I've talked a lot about this already. Check out my recent posts on this here and here. He is a literal genius. I'm not one for self-help books at all, but this one was recommended by so many successful, happy people, so I said, why not? It's honestly inspired me in more ways than ever. It's very straight up, no cookie cutter bullshit, just real, REAL shit. Which is what I love. (I swear this is NOT sponsored).




Okay, I feel like I need to do a full post on this, but O M G, you guys need to get this. Also, very addictive! Basically it's a thin mat that has prickly needles all over it. You lie down on the mat and get comfy for a bit. At first, it hurts, but then that pain starts to feel good. I swear it's not like a weird fetish thing. LOL. It actually is amazing for you. It helps with pain relief, relaxation, stress, energy and blood circulation. Honestly, so amazing.




Oils are my jam! It's what keeps your skin looking youthful. But, you guys already know that. Avocado Oil is one that I'm recently loving. I like to switch up my beauty products from time to time. I'm always trying new things, so that I can report back to you guys. And lately, avocado oil has been my go-to. It's the perfect make up remover. I also LOVE dewy skin, so it's perfect as a moisturizer too. I also mix this with my CC cream for extra dew, sometimes. You really can't go wrong with oils though. SO GOOD.

*You can check out my full make-up look here with all the products I use.




If you're anything like me, your dresser needs to be as organized as ever. This means EVERYTHING needs a home. Like every make-up brush needs a slot, and every eyeshadow palette needs a drawer. Amiright?! I can't stand when everything is all over the place. Don't get me wrong, sometimes my dresser looks like it's been hit by a hurricane. That's only because I'm constantly trying out new things. But for the most part, I like it clean and visible. Which is why I love these clear organizers. You can easily see what's in each drawer. You can organize each drawer by category (if you're anal like me). Like, one drawer for just eyeshadows, liners, mascaras, another for blushes, conture kits, foundations, and then another for lipsticks and glosses. This way it's all kept neat and organized.


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Okay, that's it for now! What am I missing? 

Who else is breaking the bank on Amazon? Share, I can't be the only one!

On another note, how was everyone's weekend? Mine was somewhat low key. I just started something very exciting over the weekend. I joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization a few months ago, and this weekend I became a Big Sister to a gorgeous young lady. We had our first meeting this weekend at a cooking class, and she's super cute. Very excited to be doing something like this, so wish me luck!

What were you guys up to? 

Okay, time to sip on some tea and continue reading Mark Manson's book. 

Chat soon!

Xx, kim

Ps. I got a major haircut & colour last week. Here's a pic! Thanks to my AH-MAZING gals, Jessi & Joanna from Onaré Salon. They are BOSS BABES.






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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Difference Between Chemical & Physical Sunscreens.


Since the warm weather is here (finally), I figured a sunscreen post was in check...

You guys already know I'm anal AF when it comes to sunscreen. I never EVER leave the house without some on.

Even when it's -25 and grey outside, you can bet I have sunscreen on.

Why, you ask? Because the sun is the most damaging thing for your skin. As in, you WILL age quicker if you're out in the sun without sunscreen. Not to mention the UV rays can cause serious skin damage and even skin cancer.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my Vitamin D more than anything. The sun makes me happy. The sun makes us all happy...

But, it does age you like a MF-er. ( If you're not careful )

Today's post is on a sunscreen. Pay attention, because it's not just any sunscreen.



Choosing the right sunscreen can be a chore in itself. There are SO many brands, it can get confusing on which brand is the best. I like something that has the least amount of chemicals and the least amount of ingredients. 

There's also a difference between chemical and physical sunscreens. Let me get more into detail here:

Chemical Vs. Physical

Unlike chemical sunscreens ( found in most drug store brands ), physical sunscreens do not use potentially harmful ingredients to protect the skin. Recent studies have linked chemical sunscreen ingredients to adverse health effects in adults, children and unborn children. Instead, physical sunscreens use Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to create a barrier against the sun.



The AlumierMD sunscreen, that I recently came across are physical. They have a smooth, sheer formula that leaves no white residue on your skin. They achieve the same results as the chemical sunscreen, except with better, safer ingredients. AlumierMD sunscreens are free from parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, dyes and chemical sunscreen filters. YES. 

They have three types and I've tried ALL of them:

Moisture Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen provides a powerful broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, while offering a sheer tint and a healthy glow.

Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42 Sunscreen is a lightweight non-comedogenic sunscreen that provides powerful broad-spectrum protection, dries quickly and works for all skin types.

Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen is a silky and sheer physical sunscreen that provides
a powerful broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, and is offered in both un-tinted and versatile tint options that blend beautifully on the skin creating a sheer healthy glow.

AlumierMD products are sold in select spas, medical offices and online at alumiermd.com.



The hydration SPF 40 one is my favourite! I use the versatile tint and it's so perfect. You don't need any foundation or CC cream over top, because you get a dewy, glowy look from this sunscreen.

Time to ditch those drugstore brands, you guys. It's your skin we're talking about, and the last thing you want, is the sun damaging your gorgeous face.

When looking for a sunscreen, some ingredients you want to avoid are: oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-MBC, octocrylene and homosalate. These are extremely harmful to your skin.

Physical sunscreens will have ingredients like these: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which contain large particles that safely remain within the outer dead layer of skin. Physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin and reflect and scatter most UV radiation rather than absorbing it (like chemical sunscreens do.)

So, the next time you're out shopping for sunscreen, keep these things in mind.

Xx, kim



This post was in collaboration with AlumierMD. As always, all opinions are my own.

Photography by Victoria Jmourko


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Let's Get Real: Stress, Failure, Rejection.




S T R E S S.   F A I L U R E.   R E J E C T I O N.

It's a HARD pill to swallow. But, without all three, you really won't know what happiness is. 

Think about it...

Without stress, how will you know what peace feels like?

Without failure, how will you know success?

And without rejection, how will you know what acceptance is?

These three, very difficult pills to swallow are necessary in our crazy, beautiful lives.

You guys know I'm reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson, who by the way, is a total genius. This book is all about...well, not giving too much of a fuck, and enjoying the shit out of your life. It really gets into all the details of a happy, healthy lifestyle, and how not to give a fuck about what others think. 

I mean, that's kind of always been my approach to life, but it nice to read it and be reassured. 

In a recent chapter, I read that these three pillars (stress, failure, rejection) teach us so much. If we didn't go through these in life, we wouldn't know what a happy life would feel like. 

Let's start with STRESS.

Guys, know this. Life is FULL of problems. Little ones, big ones, serious ones, not-so-serious ones. I have been told on countless occasions that I live a pretty stress-free life. And that's not because I don't come across problems in my life. (Or don't care about anything...) Because I sure AS HELL do. Lots of problems. Little ones, big ones, serious ones, not-so-serious ones...

In fact, sometimes I welcome stress. This way, I know the bitch is here, I'm not avoiding it, and I WILL kick its ass. Get it? 

"Don't hope for a life without problems. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems." (Says, Mark Manson, in the book)

It's all in how you deal with your problems. Happiness comes from solving your problems. 

Recently, something happened to me. It was sort of a "big problem" causing a decent amount of stress in my life. I'm not going to share the problem in any detail here, because believe it or not, I like to keep a few things private. However, when I'm dealing with a life-problem, I always learn something.

And when I learn something, I ALWAYS like to bring it back to The Chic Confidential. I never want to keep anything that's working for me, from you guys. TCC is my baby, and a place where I can share all my thoughts with you guys. In fact, writing/ sharing helps me de-stress. It's a good platform to reflect, collect my thoughts, and then let it out. 

Anyway, while dealing with this particular issue, I realized that when you're stressed out and going through a difficult time, it's easy to act/react on emotion. This can actually make things worse. 

Stress on its own, can be very emotionally draining. You immediately want to do whatever it takes to stop stressing yourself out and therefore can act out irrationally. 

Be patient with yourself. Be patient with your stress. When your emotions fade away, you're able to compose yourself and you think more clearly. More rationally. It starts to make sense in your head, and then all of a sudden you start to find a way to resolve your problem. 

Sometimes the best way to get over an issue/stress is to deal with it head on. I mean, everyone handles stress differently. For me, I try not to run away from an issue. I like to acknowledge it, and then figure out the best way to get over it. Acknowledging your problem/stress is important. Cry. Cry a lot. (If you need to. Let it out!) Then compose yourself and figure out how you're going to move forward. Sometimes I actually write it down and the steps I'm going to take to overcome this. Trust me, it helps. 

To be happy we need to have something to solve. Happiness doesn't magically appear when you make enough money, or win the lottery, or build your new house, or date the "perfect" guy. 

It's a constant work-in-progress. 

Also, having a good support system when going through problems/stress, is great. I have THE BEST.




FAILURE.

We're ALL kind of afraid of it right? Whether it's failing at our jobs, our businesses, our relationships...etc.

Who gives a SHIT about failure.

Failing isn't a bad thing. It's a lesson that we learn. It teaches us to avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

You may fail a few times before perfecting something. When you fail, you have a chance to improve. 

I failed at a 4-year relationship. Then I failed at a 7-year relationship. Am I going to quit relationships forever? HELL NO. 

You fall. You get up. You dust yourself off. You focus. And you TRY AGAIN. (I'm totally singing Aaliyah's song in my head right now.)

I'm not saying that failing doesn't hurt. Because it fucking does. But, you can't win if you don't play. 

Take risks. Jump into situations that make you feel uncomfortable. Don't be afraid to fail. 

Because you never know. You may just surprise yourself, and NOT fail. You may succeed. And then greatness happens.

You never want to be that person who didn't take the chance and then regretted it later.

DON'T BE THAT PERSON. Instead, take the chance. Many, many successful people have failed at their first, second and even third attempt. Oprah being one of them...

“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” - Oprah 

What's the worst that can happen, anyway?




REJECTION.

Kind of goes hand in hand with failure, right? 

You get rejected by the cute guy/girl at the gym you finally had the balls to ask out.
You get rejected by your boss who hates the new idea you've pitched.
...by a sports team you tried out for.
...by the university you've been wanting to go to all your life.
...SOCIALLY rejected. 

I can keep going...

Again, it's all in how you deal with it. 

Fuck rejection. Just like, fuck failure and stress. 

Be a bawse and OWN rejection. Again, how will you know acceptance when you haven't been rejected?

I dealt with a lot of rejection when I started The Chic Confidential (before it was The Chic Confidential.) A LOT. I was a tiny brand (yet another fashion blogger) knocking on the doors of big companies asking to collaborate with them. Many of them shut their doors in my face. A few of them listened to what I had to say, then shut their doors. And a hand full decided to work with me. 

Don't expect the destination without the journey. Rejection is a part of life. Just like stress and failure. 

And with rejection, you actually become stronger. Like when I was rejected many, many times by companies I wanted to work with, it gave me the motivation to keep going. To keep pushing. I'm nowhere near where I want to be with the blog yet, but I've accomplished so much, and am so proud of what the blog has become. 

So, a little rejection here and there, is okay. Not everyone will want you, and that's okay. 

Take it with a grain of salt and keep going.




Guys, I highly recommend reading Mark Manson's book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. It's teaching me quite a lot.

Okay, your turn. How do you guys deal with stress, failure, rejection? Do tell!

Xx, kim



Photography by Victoria Jmourko.




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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cedarhouse Spa: Intimate, Experienced, Relaxing.




When it comes to spas, believe it or not, I'm very picky.

I mean, after all, I am going for the FULL experience and dishing out quite a bit of money... 

So naturally, I expect to have the best experience from the moment I walk in, to the moment I walk out. Wouldn't you?

There are a few things I look for when I'm looking to try out a new spa:

1. Is it intimate? Often times, big spas can feel less intimate. I typically choose spas that aren't so big. I like cozy. I love when you can almost be-friend the staff. Happy, friendly, smiling faces is what I want to see when I walk into a spa. 


2. Is the staff experienced? There's nothing I hate more than inexperienced staff. Again, I'm shelling out the big bucks here, so no, please DO NOT have a full-on conversation with me about how your cat and dog don't get along while I'm trying to have a relaxing massage. (This has totally happened to me before, btw!) I mean, I'm all for chatting. But maybe let's wait till I'm getting my nails done?


3. Is the spa relaxing? Spa are MEANT to be relaxing, so if you're getting any other vibes, you should seriously just leave. I want peace and quite. I want florals and green plants on window sills, I want the sounds of the ocean, and I want cool-coloured walls with minimalist art pieces. Is anyone else this picky?




Anyway, when Julita, owner of Cedarhouse Spa wanted to collaborate, I knew it was a match made in Heaven!

The Spa entailed everything and more that I look for when choosing a spa. They had a HUGE service menu. I mean, they literally do everything from Body Wraps to Microblading. Their staff had on their best smiling faces (no fake smiles here!) The atmosphere was exactly my vibes: white walls, clean, minimalist, and overall beautiful!

They were kind enough to open up the spa to us on a Sunday, which made the whole experience a thousand times better! A private spa day with you and your bestie? NOTHING BETTER, REALLY.



Let me get right into the services:

Algae Body Wrap: This was totally new to me, as I had never done this before. I've had all kinds of massages in the past, but never a body wrap. I was super eager to try this out! And was it EVER the coolest fucking thing! Okay, let me tell you step by step. 

You basically get fully naked and put on a disposable bra and underwear. You lie in a heated bed with a warm towel over you. Think warm towel that just came out from the dryer. YES. Then a massage therapist (Shirley) rubs a warm, natural algae mask all over your body, giving you a massage while doing it, and ALSO exfoliating your skin. Once you're covered in algae mask, you get covered in what seems to be body saran wrap. You get wrapped up for about 20 minutes and then once the mask hardens on your skin, she unwraps you. 

Oh, she's also giving you either a facial or a head massage while you're wrapped up. 

THEN...you get into a shower and wash off the mask. This is when you notice your skin actually feels like pure silk! In the most non-sexual way, I couldn't stop feeling up my skin...LOL.

Once you're all dry, you get back into the bed and she massages your skin with a body lotion, leaving your skin feeling super hydrated and moisturized. Guys, I got this massage done four days ago, and my skin still feels amazing. For anyone struggling with dry skin, I HIGHLY recommend this.




Relaxation Massage: For anyone who deals with stress on the regular, this one's for you. Again, all their beds are heated, so you kind of instantly feel relaxed the moment you're in their massage beds. A relaxation massage helps de-stress and loosen up your body. The treatment consists of flowing strokes, kneading and gentle manipulations of the muscles. They spa has many different options for massages, so do check out their website.


Facial: You guys know how anal I am when it comes my face. I do EVERYTHING in my power not to age. LOL. Prevention is key, in my opinion. So, eating right, using the right facial products, masks, and frequent facials are all part of my anti-aging plan. Cedarhouse Spa offers SO many great facials. Whatever your concern is, they will treat it. Whether it's anti-aging, redness, hydration, dark circles, pigmentation, acne, they have something for everyone! If you guys aren't doing facials regularily, you need to start. Even for the boys in your life. Take them with you!


Manicure: This is pretty basic, so I'm not going into to much detail with this one. But again, the staff was super friendly, and did such an amazing job. She was very detailed when working on my nails. She even gave me some good tips on how to get rid of stains on my nails. Because my nails are ALWAYS painted, and I never really give them a break from nail polish, they are stained.

TIP: She suggested soaking your nails in warm water and lemon to get rid of stains.




The great things about this spa is that they cater to bridal parties as well. So ladies, if you're looking to get pampered for your bridal shower with your girls, you can actually book the entire spa on Sundays. Think mimosas, brunch food, and nothing but pure relaxation with some of your favourite girls. I mean, I don't know what's better...

On that note, I'm about to get super relaxed with some peppermint tea and SCANDAL!! New episode tonight! Who's watching??

Xx, kim




This post was in collaboration with Cedarhouse Spa. As always, all opinions are my own.

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.




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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Instagram Live: Swear By Beauty Products.



Oh. My. Gosh.

How much fun was Instagram Live, though??

I really felt like I connected with a few of you on there. I feel like it's actually the best way to get to know some of you, because we're literally chatting in real time. Fun right? 

Firstly, THANK YOU to all of you that tuned in. For those of you that missed it, no worries, all the product details here going to be recapped in this post. 

If you don't already know (and love) Daniel Pillai, you probably do after the InstaLive we did together. He's one of my besties that I've know for a few years now. We LOVE chatting about everything beauty, and we decided since we're always sharing our beauty hacks, tips, products, etc., that we may as well share it with everyone! 

It was a super random idea, and I'm SO glad we went ahead and did it, because we really had a blast on there with you guys. 

In fact, since it was such a success, we're thinking of doing this once a month and talking about different topics. 

What do you think? Let us know what you want to see, because we want to incorporate different things.



Okay, well let's get right into my favourite products:



I'm HIGHLY obsessed with oils. All kinds, actually. Coconut, Jojoba, Rosehip, and Avocado. They all have so many great benefits. I find that coconut oil can be a little thick on your face, however I love it for the rest of my body. Avocado oil, on the other hand is perfect for the face. It can legit be your moisturizer. I also use it as a make-up remover. Stop using harsh chemical make-up wipes or removers. Avocado oil takes off eyeliner and mascara in just a couple swipes. FYI, once you start using oils, you'll be obsessed, just like I am.



These are for anyone with puffy under-eyes or dark circles. HOLLA! Dark circles will be the death of me. However, these eye masks are really doing it. Also, they are the cheapest eye masks you'll ever own. I buy them off Amazon, and stock up my fridge with them. They are great when cold. Gives you that extra cooling sensation...which is great for puffiness. It says to keep these on for about 10-15 mins, but I keep them on for as long as humanly possible. Like, I want ALL the benefits to just soak right in. So I've got them on for about an hour. SO. GOOD.



I won't go into too much detail here, because I just talked about this amazing product on my latest blog post. I can't tell you what great coverage I get from using this CC Cream. It goes on smoothly, and isn't too heavy. I don't like when foundation feels like a prosthetic mask...



More OILS! These are expensive little buggers, but totally worth it. I use this morning and night, right before bed. This gives my skin an actual glow! As I mentioned on Instagram Live, I LIVE for dewy, glowy skin and these capsules really do it for me. They are meant to go under your actual moisturizer for extra hydration. For anyone struggling with dry skin, try these.



Keeping with the whole hydration theme, these masks are amazing. I'm such a sucker for a good facial mask. I will try anything! I switch up my masks all the time, but I found that these ones are great for locking in moisture. Daniel and I both really love these makes, so DO give them a try. 

If you joined us on Insta Live, then you know we're doing a giveaway of SIX boxes of these masks. To enter, all you need to do is:

1. Follow the both of us on Insta @thechicconfidential @daniel.pillai.
2. Comment on our latest Instagram photo with what you want to see next on InstaLive.
3. We'll choose a winner at random this Friday and we'll contact you!  

GOOD LUCK! 

Stay tuned, we'll be doing lots of Instagram Live videos and sharing more of our beauty routines, products with you guys.

To check out Daniel's favourite beauty products from the Instagram Live segment, visit: www.DanielPillai.com

Anyway, how was everyone's weekend? I was being pampered yesterday at CedarHouse Spa. Blog post to come soon! Can't wait to share the experience.

Okay, I'm off to sip on some honey lemon tea. 

Chat soon--

Xx, kim







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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Get Ready With Me: Natural Make-Up Look In Minutes.



The one thing I can't do...is spend hours doing my make-up.

I really just DON'T have the patience. 

Unless someone else is doing my make-up for me, and I'm secretly napping while getting my eyes done, SURE. 

It takes me less that 18 minutes to get ready in the mornings. 

How? Glad you asked. 

Firstly, I pick out my outfit the night before. This saves you SO. MUCH. TIME. Literally, take 3 minutes out of your life the night before and you instantly get to sleep in for an extra 3 minutes. And I mean, that's a LOT of minutes in the mornings. (For me, anyway!)

My facial routine probably takes me the longest. And this doesn't include my make-up. This is solely cleansing my face, ice-rolling, moisturizing with sunscreen, oils, and FINALLY, I'll slap on some make-up. 

In today's post I'm going to show you guys a slightly longer version of what I do in the mornings. In this video you'll see I use concealer, CC creams, eye shadow, etc. I don't go into this much detail everyday, but sometimes when I want to look...decent, I'll go into all this. LOL. 

I'm really not much of a make-up guru, so bare with me. I prefer a clean face. LESS IS MORE. (Except with it comes to sequins, fringe, and jewelry, obviously!)

I'm also breaking down ALL brushes and products for you guys, so make sure you're taking note.




{ BASE }

You guys know that I love my oils and sunscreen. I always start my make-up off with sunscreen and then I'll put some avocado oil over top. I LOVE dewy skin, so the oilier, the better.


{ CONCEALER }


I'm totally obsessed with IT Cosmetics under eye concealer. I've only recently been introduced to it, and I can't get enough. The coverage is AMAZING, especially after a night of rosé and way too much food.


{ FOUNDATION }


I'm not a huge fan of foundation. I always feel like it's clogging up my pores. This Illuminating CC Cream is amazing for anyone that doesn't like foundation. I love how light and creamy this is. It gives you about the same coverage. I mean, you don't want to be walking around looking like a flawless barbie, right?


{ POWDER }


I'm not dedicated to one brand with powder. Honestly, anything that's light and matches my skin tone, I'm good with! This is just to even out my skin tone. I don't put too much, because this usually makes my skin matte, and I always go for a dewy look.


{ BRONZER/ BLUSH }


Bronzer just adds a little pop to your face, in my opinion. I love it. I love the mocha colour with a slight hint of pink. Which is exactly what Deca's Mocha Rose colour was. It's become one of my favourites, lately.


{ EYE SHADOWS }


This is the first colour I put on my eyes. The lightest colour goes on first, then you build up to darker shadows. I love a beige-y gold colour. I also used this on my brow-bone to accentuate the brows a little more. 


This copper eyeshadow came next. I love building on my eye colours to make a somewhat dramatic smokey-eye. I used this colour in the middle to ends of my eyelid.


This was the dark grey shadow used at the very end, on my lids. I like to finish off my smoke-eye with either a black or a dark grey. I went with a grey this time around, because again, I didn't want to go too dramatic.


{ EYELINER }


I ALWAYS use a black eyeliner to finish off my eyes. It must be the blackest black. Nothing in between. LOL. I'm pretty particular when it comes to eyeliner and mascara. I love this one by Deca, because it's got a smudgy tip on the other end. Perfect for smoke-eye. All you need to do is draw on your liner, and then smudge away with the tip. It's great, because you don't have to make it look perfect. ;)


{ EYEBROWS }

M A Y B E L L I N E    B R O W   P A L E T T E

Bold brows are another things I absolutely love. I need a good brow colour, obviously something that matches my eyebrows and my hair colour well and something that doesn't look super fake. This is a good palette by Maybelline. I use the darkest shade on there.


{ MASCARA }


Again, very black mascara, and nothing else will do. I don't play around with mascara. LOL. My lashes are naturally pretty long, so I don't really need to curl them. One less step!


{ LIPS }


This is one of my favourite nude lip colours, EVER. If you're looking for that J-Lo nude, THIS is the one you want. I have struggled with nudes for a while, but I really love this one. It's also super soft and hydrating on the lips. It doesn't feel flaky or dry.


I've been using this lip balm for a few years now, and I love how hydrating it is. The worst thing is having chapped lips. Like, just no. I have a few lip balms I always use, but this one also gives you that glossy look, which is nice. I usually put this over my lipsticks.


{ BRUSHES }


ON SALE, and SO amazing. I'm not a huge brush snob, but when it comes to applying your make-up well, you do need to invest in good brushes! This was my first time actually using the oval head brushes, and I have to say, they did well! I had no idea what to expect, but considering they are called photofinishing brushes, I was expecting greatness. And that they were! They're very smooth and apply make-up easily.


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Okay, that's it guys! PLEASE let me know your thoughts on this post. I'd love to hear your feedback on the video as it's my first time actually doing a make-up one. I'd love to do more, so we'll see what happens!

+ Also, don't forget, I'll be LIVE on Instagram on Saturday April 1st @ 2:00pm for a beauty session with my favourite guy, Daniel Pillai. Join us for some beauty fun as we share our favourite skincare products. 

Chat soon. 

Xx, kim



This post was in collaboration with Trade Secrets. As always, all opinions are my own.

Photos + Video by Victoria Jmourko.




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Monday, March 27, 2017

Life Lately + Homemade Pasta Sauce.



HAPPY MONDAY, you guys.

Has it ever been the busiest week. Lots going on. 

How was everyone's weekend? Any juicy deets? Tell, tell. 

I had dinner at Baro, in Toronto this weekend. I had a delicious cocktail called The Five Flower. If you ever visit, this is a MUST drink. It was a vodka based drink with flavours of mango and violet with wldflower honey and lemon, garnished with edible petals. YUM. The food, to be VERY honest, was okay. I had a gorgonzola gnocchi with peas and a chicken dish with cilantro/lime rice. Not sure why ANYONE would add peas to gnocchi, but sure. LOL. I'm not a food snob by any means, but I know good food, and it wasn't the best. :/

Anyways.

Lots of fun shoots happened this weekend. One in particular. You guys know that I don't really get into much video. With a full-time job, and life itself, video is extremely time consuming. It's FUN AF, however, you need time for it. 

+ You can watch a few videos I've done in the past, here.


This weekend I decided to shoot a quick make up look. You guys are always commenting on my make up and asking me what my fave products are, and sometimes I take you along on Snapchat/Insta to show you the make up process I normally do. I plan to do more of this, btw. But let's be real, I don't always get a chance to do a full face of make up during the week.

This weekend, I used some of my favourite products to film a short video for you guys. We played around with the camera for a bit, and I think (I hope) it turns out well. I haven't got to the editing stage as yet, but if it turns out okay, you'll see it on the blog. 

I'm also working on something fun with one of my best friends, Daniel Pillai. We both LOVE beauty, and love sharing our beauty secrets, products, skin care routines, etc. and we're planning an Instagram Live video for Saturday, April 1st. Guys, this is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN. Put this into your calendars, because we have something special in the works. You're NOT going to want to miss this. Plus, we'll be doing a giveaway at the end of it.

Follow us on Insta for all the details: @thechicconfidential @daniel.pillai 

Moka pot  |  Mug

My weekends ALWAYS starts with an espresso made in a moka pot. MANY of you have commented on this on Snapchat asking what this is and how to use it. 

It's not rocket science. Super easy, and probably the best damn coffee you'll ever have. I swear by this old school, Italian conniption. It's not an instant thing by any means. It does take some time, which I don't have during the week. But weekends are meant for sleeping in and GRRRREAT coffee. No?


Okay, let's talk about HOMEMADE PASTA SAUCE.

Because if you're still buying store-bought sauce, you need to STOP. Just stop, and learn how to make a good pasta sauce. I promise you, you'll never go back to store-bought once you've made this sauce.

Now before I begin, you should know that this is not my recipe, so I'm not taking any of the credit. This recipe is a combination of a few people, with my own spins to it. 

First things first: Get a good bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. None of this fake shit. REAL, Italian EVOO. Anything else just won't do. 

Here are your ingredients:

- 2 tablespoons EVOO
- 1 can San Marzano tomatoes (very important that they're this kind)
- So much garlic
- Fresh basil leaves
- Shallots
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
-  Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Pinch of chili flakes (optional)
- A couple splashes of white wine
- Whatever pasta you want. (I usually mix it up between penne, bowtie, or spaghetti)
- 1 teaspoon butter
- Italian bread crumbs


Directions:

In a metal pot, add your 2 tablespoons of EVOO and let it heat up. 

Add in as much garlic as you want. I'm a garlic freak, so I add A LOT of it. I want it to be as garlic-y as ever.

Add in the shallots. Not too much. I used half a shallot. 

Once it's browning, add a couple splashes of white white. (Don't forget to pour yourself a glass as well ;)

Then add in the main ingredient: The can of San Marzano tomatoes. (I was once using regular tomatoes, and recently someone just told me about San Marzano. It's a game changer.)

Throw in some salt, pepper, dried oregano, and chili flakes for some spice. 

Turn your heat to low and let it simmer for about an hour, stirring frequently. Don't let it sit too long without stirring, it will burn and stick to the bottom of your pot. (Speaking from experience).

While this is happening, boil your pasta. Once it's fully cooked or al danté, (however you like it) strain it and put it back into the original pot with a teaspoon of butter. Mix it all up so that the butter is distributed evenly. This is for flavour, but ALSO so that the pasta doesn't stick to the pot.

Once your sauce is all done, do a taste test and then add the pasta to the sauce pot, mixing it well!

I like to add a little bit of Italian bread crumbs to this and mix it all in. Gives it a DELICIOUS flavour. 

Garnish everything with fresh basil and enjoy.

+ You guys can find more recipes here: Chicken Tikka Masala, Stuffed PeppersButter Chicken

Okay, so am I missing any KEY ingredients in this pasta sauce? Where my ol' school, Italian nonas at? 

I'm off to stuff my face with more pasta. 

Xx, kim




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