Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fun & Sexy, Holiday Make-Up Tutorial.

Are you guys sick of seeing holiday content on the blog yet??

Another couple more weeks, and then I’ll get back to schedule, I promise. It’s just this time of year where I love to embrace the holiday season. I also don’t like Christmas shopping in the malls, so I’d rather spend my time writing.

Who still has Christmas shopping to do? I hope you’ve ALL resorted to online shopping, because HELLLO, it’s amazing. To be honest, I’ve had to run into the mall a couple times these last few days, and that’s only because they couldn’t deliver on time. I have a love/hate relationship with the mall around the holiday season. Love – the décor. I mean, the giant lit up Christmas trees are SO FUN. Seeing Santa and all the crazy kids with him, is also V cute. Hate – the crowds. I’d just rather NOT.

Anyway, I’m happy to say I will NOT be participating in any boxing day shopping, as I will be on a beach in 29-degree weather, in India. YASSS. What’s everyone doing for the holidays? Anyone else getting out of town?

Well, as the holiday parties begin to roll in, we need to get our GLAM ON. Get out your sequins dresses, and faux fur jackets, because that’s what the holidays are ALL about! No? I totally think so. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ll rock a sequins dress all year round. No shame. I love my damn sequins.

Today on the blog, I’m sharing a simple, fun, and sexy make-up look. It’s not complicated, because we all know, I don’t do complicated. I like to spend a MAXIMUM of 25 minutes on my make-up. Preferably less. So grab your make-up kits and let’s go!

I’m breaking down the steps AND the make-up I’m using (linked below). Everything used in this video is by Elizabeth Arden, because they are BOSS in the skincare/make-up industry. I love playing around with different brands, and you know when something is working for me, I ALWAYS share.

Check it out:

{ Make-up used in the video }

Rose Hip Oil - Buhbli Organics

Bronzer - Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup (This is actually a foundation that I used as a bronzer.)

Blush - Elizabeth Arden Cool Glow Cheek Tint 'Pink Perfection'

Mascara - Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara 'Stunning Black'

Lip Colour - Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato 'Black Cherry'

Ok, so that's the look? 

What do you guys think? Easy right? I feel like ANYONE can do this, because I'm no make-up artist, so if I can do this look, you can too!

What other holiday content do you guys want to see on the blog? Should I do an outfit post? You know, 'What to Wear to the Holiday Parties' kind of thing? 

Let me know!

Ok, it's 7pm, and I'm about to pour myself some peppermint tea, and sink into the couch with some Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. 

Xx, kim

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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

6 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season.

As you guys can probably tell, the month of December is going to be filled with Holiday content. I’m a LOVER of the Christmas season. Like, everything about it. The lights, the Christmas trees, the festive music, the cozy nights in, etc. It just seems like most people are happier around this time? Or maybe it’s just me…

Who knows? But regardless, I love this season and really go all out.

As mentioned in the previous post, I’ll be celebrating Christmas in India this year with my family. I’m SO EXCITED, because hellllooo warm weather!! Bring on the beachy-maxi dresses!

I’m most excited to see my family and spend some real quality time with them, because it doesn’t happen often. India is like a 2 day plane ride if you include the time change. It’s definitely not a hop, skip and a jump away.

SO, that’s where I’ll be if ya need me! Be sure to follow along on Snapchat (kim-marquis) /IG (@thechicconfidential).

Okay so, as much FUN as the Christmas season is, it’s not always this much fun for the less fortunate/homeless. There are so many people right here in our city that struggle through the holidays. And most of them are struggling alone (In the cold). I feel extremely blessed everyday that I have a family to spend Christmas with, a roof over my head, and warm clothes on my back.

There are SMALL things that we can do to help someone else feel slightly better around this time and possibly put a smile on their face. I’m sharing a few easy things that you can do TODAY.

I’d LOVE if you guys can add to this list as well. Share what you do to make a difference!

1. Keep old scarves & mittens in your car:

This is something I started doing last year, and will continue to do again this year. I collect all my scarves & mitts that I no longer use and put them in a bag in my car. When I see a homeless person without a scarf or mittens, I will offer them one from the bag. It’s extremely cold in this country, and NO ONE should be outside without these basic necessities. It’s goes such a long way, and definitely puts a smile on their face.

2. Collect canned food and donate:

When you see canned food on sale while grocery shopping, grab a bunch and donate them to the nearest shelter. Again, many of us have lavish dinner parties on Christmas with a spread of dishes. But, stop and think about those who spend Christmas on the street or in a shelter with barely anything to eat. Sucks, right? DONATE.

3. Pay for someone’s coffee in the drive-thru.

We don’t only have to do nice things for the homeless. Sometimes doing nice things for a stranger is just as good. Once a week pay for a random person’s coffee and make their day. They might have been having a terrible day, and YOU would’ve just turned that around. You just never know what that person may be going through. And no matter what, I can guarantee that you put a smile on that person’s face.

4. Handwrite Christmas cards:

Many of us do e-cards these days, right? Because UMM, it’s 2017 and it’s faster, and easier. Well, take some time this year, and handwrite a few cards to the special people in your life. Personally, I LOVE handwritten cards. They are so cute, and believe it or not, I keep them ALL. I have a drawer that’s full of them. It’s slightly hoarder-ish, and I could definitely get rid of a few…

5. Purge your closet and donate your clothing:

I do this about twice a year. I will admit, it’s VERY hard for me to purge. I struggle with it, actually. Like, my best friend, Victoria has to sometimes snatch things out of my hands and remind me that I haven’t worn that in 4 years. It’s a fight sometimes. Butttt, once it’s done, there’s more room in your closet (to buy more things ;) Also, donating it to a Goodwill or shelter feels really good. Try it, if you haven’t.

6. Donate Blood.

I actually lack blood, so technically I’m not allowed to donate any of mine. LOL. But, I’m suggesting it for those who can donate. It’s a simple, easy way to give back, which makes ALL the difference in the world. You could be saving a life. I really wish I could donate mine, but unfortunately I need more.

Okay, your turn! Tell me what you guys are doing this holiday season (or whenever) to make a difference? How are you giving back?

I hope you guys had a great weekend!

Xx, kim

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips.

I feel like Christmas is all about stuffing your face with everything in sight. You know, turkey, potatoes, pasta, Lindt chocolate, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and if you come from a traditional Indian family (like me), curries and naan too! Let’s not forget about ALL the wine and champagne…

It’s like the holidays never give you a break with food/drinks. Everyday is another party, another celebration, another dinner, and then by January you’re 984752076 pounds heavier. AMIRIGHT?!!?

And we ALL love to make New Year resolutions about going to the gym more often (& never really stick to it). Guilty!

Well, there’s a few things that we should all be doing to help us get through the holiday season without gaining the pounds, yet still enjoying ALL the food and drinks that come our way.

BALANCE has always been my moto. It’s worked well for me so I’m sticking to it. Nobody wants to be that girl who only fills her plate with salad. Or the girl that passes on dessert. NO NO, I want that desert!

Okay, so here are some tips and tricks to staying healthy during the holiday season:

1. Portion control:

This is KEY at dinner parties. Maybe don’t eat all the pasta, and all the potatoes, and all the bread. Like, choose your carbs wisely. Have one or two. Preferably one. Or, reallllly small portions of all three. Here's the thing I've noticed: when people have Christmas parties to go to in the evening, they usually don't eat all day, hoping to be starving when it comes time to eat. And then when it's time to eat, they stuff themselves to the max. This isn't smart thinking. You're in fact ruining your metabolism, and not doing anything good for your body. EAT. Don't starve yourself throughout the day. Your body needs the three meals. What's actually best, is if you snack a little before heading to the dinner party. Like have some healthy, fibre-filled foods before going. This way you aren't stuffing your face at the party.

2. Find a way to work out:

Whether it's the gym, or whether it's busting out your yoga mat at home, DO IT. Because this way you can have dessert guilt free. Personally for me, going to the gym is a struggle. I still do it, but I'm hardly ever motivated to go. In fact, lately, I've hit a wall when it comes to going to the gym. A wall that I need to get past ASAP. (So, if you have any tips, get at me!) I was really into it for a while. You know, going twice, even three times a week, and now not so much. Need to get back at it. However, if the gym isn't your thing, do yoga at home. I love Yoga By Candace on YouTube. My coworker and I actually find time at work during lunch to get a 45 min. workout in. It's perfect.

3. Manage your alcohol intake:

This is a hard one during the holiday, but a must! Your calories don't just add up with food. There's a shit ton in a glass of wine, and even more in a glass of champagne. No one is saying don't drink. But again, I'm very conscious of the things that go into my body now that I'm 30, and balance is everything. Have a glass of wine, and then a glass of water. Do that all night, and your body will thank you. Trust me.

4. Get in your steps:

This is another way to get your body moving. I try for 10,000 steps a day, and as much as I'd like to hit that goal, I'm usually at about 4000-5000 steps a day. However, with the holidays in full force, push yourself to do more. Take the stairs if you can, walk to work, take mini breaks throughout the day and go for walks. Working at a desk all day can really take a toll on your back/spine. You absolutely need to get in your steps.

Okay so those are my tips for you guys. If you have anymore good, healthy eating tips over the holidays that have helped YOU, please share. I think we all need to be accountable for each other.

This year, like I mentioned, Andrew and I will be in India/Sri Lanka over the holidays, so I have to be EXTRA accountable, because there's just something about traveling that gets your appetite going, no?! It's like, when I'm on vacation I just want to eat EVERYTHING, and try everything. I'll be getting in A LOT of steps though, so I'm not too worried.

On another note. Let's talk about this cozy, slouched sweater. It's no secret I love my clothing oversized. SO oversized that It's falling off my shoulder. In fact, sometimes I browse the men's section...for myself. You just never know when you'll find a perfectly cute tee or sweater that's oversized. Also, no surprise that I like to keep colour to a minimum, so this sweater works well. It's the perfect fall sweater if you ask me. I love wrapping a giant blanket scarf around this one too.

Ok, tonight I'm doing some more Christmas decorating! At my parent's place this time.

PS. Head over to Instagram right now and check out the giveaway that I'm doing!! It's a goodie! @thechicconfidential

Xx, kim

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Monday, December 4, 2017

How I Get Party Ready In Under 30 Minutes.

The holiday season is a wonderful time, filled with all kinds of Christmas parties, events, press previews, get-togethers and dinners. I love it all. Although, some days I just want to sink into my couch with a bottle glass of wine and Netflix the shit outta my night. Know what I mean?

Like, you kind of need a vacation after the holidays because it can get so hectic…

Anyway, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I do enjoy every bit it. I also feel like over the years, I’ve mastered getting ready in under 30 minutes. As a female, we ALL know the struggle is real. Between shaving those legs/underarms, threading your brows, having your nails painted, curling your hair, winging your eyeliner, and actually picking out an outfits from head to toe (with the right shoes!) is a handful and can take hours.


Between work, the blog, maintaining a clean house (I have anxiety if my kitchen table is a mess), and Insta-storing my ‘getting ready process’ I definitely don’t have hours to get ready. I need to be in and out in 30 minutes. (I’ve mastered putting make up on in the car, btw. As the passenger!)

It’s also highly annoying that men can be ready in 15 minutes max and start watching a Netflix show while you’re running around like a headless chicken, trying to steam your dress and curl your hair at the same time.

Anyway, like I said, I feel like I’ve got the ‘getting ready in under 30 minutes’ process down to a science now. And obviously, I want to share it with you guys, so that over the holiday season you’re not stressing. The holidays should be fun!

Here’s a few tips and tricks:

1. Invest in a good flat iron.

This is KEY. I was using the shittiest flat iron that I had since high school up until recently. I mean, it did the job, but it took double the time than my new flat iron. You need one that does both, curls and straightens. You also need one that heats up to 450 degrees because it works in seconds and you get the perfect curls. I know 450 seems a bit much, but I have thick hair and I need my iron hot. Obviously adjust according to your hair and don’t burn off your ends. LOL. My fave iron right now is this the Brocato Vibrastrait Iron.

2. Get a lasting mani/pedi:

Nothing is more annoying than having to paint your nails 20 minutes before an event. I’ve done it, and it sucks. I mean, I think we’ve ALL done that. #notchic. Instead, right before the holiday season – I would say early November – get a manicure and pedicure done. Like, a good one. Throw some money into it so that it lasts you. My manis can last me up to two weeks sometimes. TIP: get your husband/boyfriend to do the dishes and just always tell them that your nails are wet and you can’t ruin them. ;)

3. Pre-plan your outfits:

So, what I like to do is go through the ‘dressy’ section of my wardrobe and pull out the outfits that I think I might use over the holiday season. There’s a ton that I find in the closet that need to be donated, and a handful that I want to wear again. So I’ll mix and match some sparkly tops and skirts, pull out a few dresses for more formal occasions, and hang them together in my closet. When it comes time decide what to wear to an event, I usually decide the day before or the day of the event. I don’t like to decide on what to wear a week before…because hellllloo, I change my mind on these things! But at least this way, I kind of have a pool to choose from and I’m not pulling out everything from my closet and screaming “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!”

4. Make up - Keep it simple:

A little foundation, a little concealer, contour if you must, and some eyeliner. Oh, and obviously brows. I don’t get fussy with make up. I feel like no one will really notice if you highlight your face or not, you know? So, maybe skip that step if you’re in a real time crunch? I always keep a few lip colours in my bag, though! If you keep your eyes simple, you can do a bold lip, which can really dress up an outfit if you ask me.

5. Add some sparkle:

A little sparkle goes a long way. Trust me. You can never go wrong with some sparkle during the holiday season. I love adding some sequins or bold jewelry pieces to my outfits. Especially if you're wearing an all black dress or something more subtle. Add a sequins bag to the outfit, or a headpiece, or some funky jewelry. Make your accessories your statement.

I feel like I needed to share those tips with you guys, because they've been working really well for me. 

Do you guys have anymore tips you'd like to add to the list? SHARE. 

How's everyone's holiday season going so far? I know it's only just December, but I feel like the holiday parties started mid November this year. 

And on another note, if you're STILL on the hunt for Christmas gifts, head over to my gift guide. Lots of fun ideas for everyone. I finished up ALL my Christmas shopping this weekend, and now I don't have to step foot into the mall until 2018. #WINNING. 

Ps. Online shopping is also the wayyyyy to go. 

K, I hope you guys have the BEST week ever. Happy Monday.

Xx, kim

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him & Her.

Ohhhhh man, I cannot believe it’s that time already! Christmas is literally right around the corner.

Ugh, who else just LOVES this time of year? It’s my absolutely favourite time, actually. Nothing is better.

I love the smell of pinecone candles, the little lights you see everywhere, and EVEN the snowfall around Christmas time. (I know, crazy right?!)

Also, who doesn’t love a little Justin Bieber Christmas album?? On repeat in the car. #SorryNotSorry

Christmas is a time where I really rein in on my blessings, to be very honest. There’s so much to be thankful for, and although I’m thankful every single day, I really seem to count all the blessings closer to Christmas. The Holiday season can get so hectic with parties every weekend, shopping for gifts, picking out outfits, etc. that we forget to slow down and be thankful. Growing up with my family, Christmas wasn’t about Santa or opening gifts. Don’t get me wrong, we’d get gifts, but we were taught more about the meaning of Christmas, and what it was really about.

And after that….we’d open up gifts. HAHA.

This year I’ll actually be spending Christmas Eve on an airplane!! I’m taking a much needed 3 week break during Christmas/New Years and spending it with family…somewhere warm. Andrew and I are jetting off to India and Sri Lanka. Send recos if you have any.

Anyway, let’s get to this gift guide shall we. ALL my favourite things are on this list!


I mean, who doesn't love a pair of gold hoops? I have these, and can't stop wearing them. I love that they aren't your typical hoop earrings. They've got a little twist, which are so fun. It's the perfect way to jazz up an all-black outfit. Which is basically me, everyday.

Another little addition to a plain outfit. Chokers have been so in lately and I'm LOVING the different variations of them. This one is super simple, but so cute.

I've talked about how I like to switch up my fragrances each season, on the blog. I'm liking this one for winter! And the bottle is just so Instagramable, no?

Nothing is more bougie than a little Champagne spritz on your face during the day! This mist by Subtle Green isn't just for the girls, btw. Andrew sprayed some on his face the other day and literally said "this feels so refreshing on my face." I think he's hanging around me too much ;) It's so hydrating, and yes, refreshing. Who knew with Champagne?

These are the comfiest home slippers ever! I've been wearing them all day, errrrday, and I'm obsessed. They're 100% wool and perrrrfect for those cold feet in the winter time.

I've talked about this on the blog already, but this thing is just amazing. I love telling people that my bracelet is really a secret step counter. The reactions are ON POINT. It goes with allll my outfits, which of course, is key.

Again, I feel like every girl could use some marble ring dishes, am I right?! Dressers need to be organized and pretty. If they aren't those two things, then I don't know what to tell you! Dainty rings need a home, and these marble trays are adorable.

LOVE this backpack. I traveled with it recently, and I highly recommend it. It's SO MUCH easier traveling with a backpack than a purse. (Also much better for your back.)


I'm a Daniel Wellington snob, and I can't lie. I've got a few DW watches and they are SO chic.

How are bowties not more popular these days? I'm still seeing a lot of skinny ties. And don't get me wrong, I love a good skinny tie, but mannnn, bowties are just ADORABLE. This one in particular. Ugh. Love.

I don't have much to say on this, because I'm not a crazy tech nerd or anything. But, I'm seeing this everywhere and hearing some good things about it. So, if you have this, or buy this, tell me about it! It looks pretty coool.

I'm slowly trying to convince Andrew to switch from his backpack to this man purse. So far, I'm not doing too well. But howwww hot is this bag, though?! 

Lastly, if you need a good pillow, check this one out! It's a combination of Fibrefill and water! You pour it in yourself, and it becomes super heavy. This type of combination provides support to your neck and head. If you're a bed snob (like me) and spend ALL your money on high thread-count sheets, down blankets and unlimited throw pillows, you need to check this out.

Okay, that's it, friends!

What's everyone asking/getting for Christmas?! Share share! I'm not huge on gifts for Christmas, but I'm HUGE on Christmas décor. This weekend we finally got the home decorated. My white tree is still missing a topper, but I'm getting to that. Decorating is tricky with a condo as it's such a small space, but I'm making it work. 

I have one small console table that pretty much gets all the décor. I have some pinecones, polar bears, sparkly trees, and tons of candles on it. This year I added some stockings to the wall, which I'm not 100% sold on, yet. (One is an aggressive red, and we all know how I feel about colour in my condo...)

Okay, I'm off to a birthday dinner for my Dad tonight. He turns.......ah, I'll get back to you on that. :/

Xx, kim

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Home Cooked, Gourmet Meals - Right To Your Doorstep.

Okay, let's be real.

I LOVE to cook, but I don't always have time to make the most nutritious meals in the world. 

Sometimes, it's a gourmet meal - Sweet Peppers stuffed with Turkey, and other days it's sliced cheese, a piece of bread with a side of Lindt chocolate. LOL. I mean, I girl's gutta eat, right? 

Healthy eating is something I work really, really hard to do everyday. 

Why? Because I FAIL at going to the gym. So, to keep things balanced, I'll eat as healthy as possible, so that I I don't feel as bad for not going to the gym. Anyone else? 

When you're in your 20s, it's no big deal to grab McDonalds for breakfast, lunch, or dinner....(or all three). But in your 30s, it's like a whole different ball game. I only really allow this when I'm completely hungover. Which also rarely happens in your 30s...

Point is, in your 30's - you need to really get on the healthy-eating bandwagon. For MANY reasons. Your metabolism slows down, and you need to nourish your body with healthy shit. You know? Get in your greens, drink ALL the water, eat raw garlic, and make smoothies. Oh, and also take all your vitamins. 

So, those of you in your 20s, enjoy every bite of that Big Mac.

Okay, so in between my full time job, the blog, emails, social-freakin-media, maintaining a clean home, laundry, and having a social life, I'm supposed to make healthy meals?!?! 


I don't even have kids yet! How do parents do itttt?

Some weeks I just say f*ck it to everything, and I'll go nuts in my kitchen. I will make the yummiest, healthiest meal and be really happy. But, my home will be a mess, I will have a shit ton of emails waiting for me, and I'll slowly be drowning in piles of laundry...

It's impossible to do it all and have a healthy, gourmet meal at your dinner table, every night. 


...Who is here to save us all.

Let me tell you guys - Gourmet meals. Delivered. To. Your. Doorstep!

I know what you're thinking..."Uhhh, Uber Eats does this...."

But, no no no. No, they don't. Because Marble Meals is healthy, and Uber Eats....well, is questionable.

Marble meals is a meal service company that cooks and delivers food right to you. Every meal is home cooked with the freshest ingredients with nothing processed. It comes in a little tupperwear, and all you have to do is warm it up! You literally have a home cooked meal in seconds on your dinner table. SIGN ME UP.

Their philosophy is that healthy eating should be affordable, gourmet, and convenient and that food should be locally sourced and organic. This means the proteins they use are antibiotic and hormone free and the veggies are all seasonal. 

Guys, I used them for a week, and I felt like I actually had time on my hands to do things. You know, like watch a Netflix show? (I'm STILL watching Grey's, btw.)

You don't need to do this every week, although, it does get addicting because the food is SO GOOD.

They delivery on Monday's and Thursday's and you get to choose the meals you want. All the meals are on their website with nutritional facts. 

I ordered the Lean Turkey Sausage With Fusilli Pasta in Marinara Sauce & Garlic Rapini for the first two days. Everything about that sounded like heaven in my mouth. The garlic rapini was ON POINT, you guys!!

I also tried the Maple Glazed Salmon With Lemon Pepper Rice & Roasted Brussels Sprouts. I'm HUGE on fish. I love a good baked salmon, and this was just perfect. I like to add fish to my diet at least once or twice a week. 

I also ordered the Baked Chicken Thigh with Fried Rice & Sweet Potatoes, which I never got to try, because Andrew stole it. He did rave about how good it was though.

They've got a ton of choices on their website, so browse and see what you like. I highly recommend this for the busy lifestyle. The last thing you want is to compromise your diet for a busy work life. I'm definitely not one to do that. I mean, yes, sometimes you eat whatever is in your fridge and make do, but for the most part, I'm very picky with what goes into my body. 

Like I said and keep saying - you gotta think twice in your 30s!

Okay, who's on board for something like this? Also, does anyone else get so caught up with work/life that they never have time to cook?

Share some good recipes. I'm always looking for good, healthy ones!

On that note, I'm going to dig up the veggies in my fridge right now and make a quick stir-fry. 

Chat soon! 

Xx, kim

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

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Get Ready With Me: Fall Make Up Tutorial.

Hi Guys!!

So, I get a lot of questions on Insta about my make up. Many of you want to see an Instagram Live, which is SO SWEET, because I'm in no way a make up artist! I loveee playing with make up, but who doesn't?! 

I thought I would film a look for you guys and give you a quick run down of my fall look. I like to keep my make up SUPER simple on a daily basis. I don't really fuss with foundation, concealer, or any of that, really. My everyday make up takes me about 5 and a half minutes, and 4 of those minutes is JUST brows. 

This make up tutorial is not my everyday look. This is what I would do if I was blog shooting all day. So, it's more intricate. There's definitely some foundation involved, along with contouring, some winged eyeliner, and a little bit of eyeshadow. A full face.

I've linked ALL the brands that I've used in the video for you guys. None of this is sponsored, and no, I'm not a brand snob. I switch up my make-up brands all the time! Life is too short to be using one brand. HAHA.

Okay, check out the video and let me know if you guys want to see more looks! I'm happy to shoot more. 

Rose Hip Oil - Buhbli Organics

Foundation - It Cosmetics

Bronzer - Annabelle Perfect Bronze (Sun Goddess)

Eyeliner - Essence

Mascara - Essence

Okay, the one thing you'll notice is that most of the make up I've used in this video are super affordable, drugstore brands. Nothing high end. I do love my It Cosmetics foundation and concealer though, so you'll have to go to Sephora for those! But TOTALLY worth it.

What other looks do you guys wanna see? Share, and I'll make it happen! 

Xx, kim

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Contessa's In My LBD.

Happy Tuesday guys!!

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was a slightly long weekend which I'm ever so grateful for. 

I was invited by Salon Magazine to attend the Contessa Awards on Sunday, Nov 12th. If you don't know what the Contessa Awards are, let me tell you.

The Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards - the Contessas - are the gold standard in Canadian beauty awards with the longest-running track record of excellence. Since 1988, each year the Contessas bring the best of Canada’s talent together to measure their creativity in a photo-based competition. Basically the Oscars of the hair industry...

Think, the MOST creative people in one gigantic room. You see all kinds of hairstyles, fashion, make up techniques, and the most avant-garde looks out there.

Having worked in the salon industry for over 6 years at one point in my life, and having quite a few hair dresser friends, I can appreciate this industry. No, I wasn't a hairstylist myself. But while I was completing school, I worked part-time as receptionist at a high-end salon. It was one of my 3 jobs at the time...

Anyway, to keep this short and sweet, the Contessas are GLAM. I mean, after all, you are going to an event where 90% of the guests are hairstylists. I really had to step up my hair game. Which is why I saw my two best girls, Joanna and Jessi this past week for my regular cut and colour.

If you guys are looking for the best stylists in the biz, go see my girls at Onaré Salon. Tell them The Chic Confidential sent you ;)

When it comes to glamming up, I like to keep it as short as ever. I only needed 2.5 hours to get ready ;) Not bad right? This included a little ice rolling, a lot of oils to prep my skin, shaving my legs, 847528654 outfit changes, even more shoe changes, and of course, styling my hair with all the right products. 

When it comes to styling my hair for a big night, Moroccanoil comes through with their amazing styling products. Their hairspray is ON POINT. Even Andrew, (my boyfriend) stole my bottle. It's THAT good. When you need your hair in tact for a few hours, Moroccanoil's hairspray is what you want to use. It's light, but not too light, you know? Like, it gives you the perfect hold without your hair feeling like a stiff brick. It's not sexy to have stiff hair...

Unless you're a model stomping down the runway at the Contessa Awards, you don't need stiff hair. I like a good spray which has some hold, but your hair still moves when you're strutting your stuff ;) Another one of their products which I absolutely love, is the Perfect Defence protective spray. This is fueled with Argan oil and vitamins to protect your hair from hot tools and hydrate the dryness. My curling iron gets up to 450⁰F, and mannn is it ever hot.

An hour later, with a lot of hair spraying and hot tools to my hair, I was finally done.

Moving onto make up... I'm actually not going to get too much into detail with make up because I have a video coming very SOON for you guys. But basically it was everything. A full fucking face. Contour, glitter, bold brows, bold lips, and of course, winged eyeliner. I'll be breaking down some of my favourite brands on the make up post, so stay tuned! 

2.5 hours later, Andrew woke up from a glorious nap, put on his suit, threw some gel in his hair and we we're out the door ten minutes later. Ohhh, the joys of being a man. They'll never know what we go through...

The event was held at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre in Toronto. The beautiful venue was filled with hair stylists from all over Canada. Girls were dressed in gowns and high heels with their hair obviously on fleek, and the boys looked dapper in suits and bow ties. The red carpet was filled with media. 

The awards show was nothing short of amazing. Every single stylist that won an award was so grateful to Salon Magazine for giving them this kind of opportunity to compete in such a big way. Many of them mentioned collaborating with a big team of stylists, make up artists, photographers, directors, etc. The work that gets put into this kind of artistry is beyond amazing. They all worked so hard for this competition and you can really see it in their work. Congrats to all the finalists and of course, the winners! 

That about sums up my weekend, you guys! Other than that, it was pretty relaxing. 

Ps. Head to Insta-stories (@thechicconfidential) to check out my turkey chili recipe before it's gone. It's a good one! Such a quick, easy, and HEALTHY dinner to make. 

Okay, chat soon!

Xx, kim

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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko/ Andrew B.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Getting My Steps In With WiseWear.

I'm not one for counting calories. In fact, I hate that.

Like, WHY would I torture myself in counting how many calories a slice of pizza is? or a Twix bar? If I want to indulge in something unhealthy, I'm certainly not going to feel bad about it, you know?

Just fucking eat the damn thing, and move on. Don't torture yourself. 

I mean, maybe that's how you keep yourself accountable, and maybe that's working for you. But, it's never worked for me. What works for me is BALANCE. But, you guys already know this.

I eat a slice of pizza....

....I'll take the stairs home. 

I eat an entire bag of Smart Pop Jalapeño popcorn....(SO GOOD!!)

.....I skip desert and maybe run on the treadmill 5 minutes longer.

THAT'S how I like to live my life. Counting calories has just never worked for me. I've tried it. And failed miserably. Half the time, I forget to actually count something. And then, is it even accurate?! Stressful, if you ask me. 

Anyway, back to "balance." I balance my life like I balance my cheque book. It's pretty fucking efficient. Yes, I definitely could hit the gym a lot more. But baby steps right? 

Before I turned 30, I went to the gym mayyyybe once a month. LOL. Try to reserve judgement. After 30, I cracked down on myself a little and forced myself to go a couple times a week. Is this a full-on routine now? NO. I still struggle big time with getting myself to the gym. It doesn't come easily to me. It's something I have to talk myself into doing. Once I'm there, I'm the happiest. I get a great workout! It's getting there that's the issue.

One of my absolute favourite ways of getting a good work out is walking. There are endless benefits. I'm NOT a runner. I will slowly jog from time to time, but running is not my thing. 

I try and get in an many steps as I can in a day. Some days it is 10,000 and other days it's a sad 5000. The recommended number of steps a person should get in a day is in fact 10,000.

The Benefits of 10,000 Steps A Day:

- Lowers blood pressure

- Stabilizes glucose levels, which helps with mood

- Healthy cholesterol levels

- Lowers risk of heart disease

- Strengthens bones/joints

- Increases metabolism

- Reduces stress

- Increases energy levels

- Improves sleep

And these are just a few of the main benefits! For me, walking is therapeutic. My favourite thing ever in the summertime is walking through an empty forest. No noise, no people. Just the sounds of nature, and your breath. Although sometimes, I'm screaming because a bug has landed in my hair... But you get what I mean. 

So, I'm not really about counting calories, but I'm ALL about counting my steps. Especially when I get to wear a super chic step counter.

My fashion-forward-health-obsessed friends, let me introduce you to WiseWear...

The chicest step counter you'll ever wear! I mean, before even reading about it, I wanted the bracelet for myself. Who wouldn't want a rose gold, chunky, beautiful modern design bracelet?

But then...

I saw that it was a step counter, and instantly fell in love. 

It's actually so much more than just a step counter. It's a smart bracelet that syncs to your phone and vibrates on your arm when you get notifications, and it also has a feature to keep you safe if ever you're in danger. It's basically a gorgeous piece of jewelry that not only looks good on your arm, but is also functional. 

I've been wearing it to track my steps everyday, and I'm loving it. Let me get into some detail with the bracelet:

WiseWear's patented antenna technology allows Bluetooth signals to transmit through the metal of the bracelet. The bracelet wirelessly connects to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can track your activity, receive real-time mobile notifications, and send a distress signal to your emergency contacts in urgent situations. On the WiseWear mobile app, you can set your activity goals, customize your notifications, manage your emergency contact list, and more.


What intrigued me is the built-in panic button. You can alert your emergency contacts with just three taps to your bracelet which sends a text message to them and a drop pin to your GPS location. This is so cool!

The thing I love most about this step counter is that it's pretty. Like, I want to wear it. I was never really into the plastic step counters. You know, the sporty kind? LOL. How do you wear that when you're all dressed up? I can't imagine wearing that with a dress. Or even a work outfit...
I want my step counter chic and sexy. Which is obviously why this one was perfect. It's rose gold! I mean, if rose gold isn't your thing, don't fret my fashion friends. There are options. LOTS of options. And we all know how important options are. Especially when it comes to jewelry. 

Anyway, Christmas is coming, so add this to your boyfriend's list of things you want. HA.

Okay, who else counts steps instead of calories? And for anyone counting calories, is this working for you? Share!

Bye for now!

Xx, kim

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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Go-To Facial Masks.

Happy Freakin MONDAY you guys!

How was the weekend? Tell tell. I spent a bit of mine working and the last bit, relaxxxxing. We made the BOMBEST veggie lasagna everrrr, and I actually should've shared the entire process on Insta-stories. My bad. Because it was amazzzze! 

I'll definitely be making it again, so don't worry. I will share the recipe on the blog too because it NEEDS to be shared. The lasagna was layered with mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, cottage cheese, and mozzarella. The sauce was to dieee for. (Get my tomato sauce recipe here). It was so good, I think we inhaled that in like two seconds. Hence, the no insta-stories. SORRY! 

Anyway, I promise I'll share the recipe. But first, let's get to this blog post!

Skincare is one of my favourite topics to research and discuss on the blog. I feel like there's SO much to it. You can just never know enough about skincare. 

You guys already know how serious I am about my daytime/nighttime skincare routine. I have it down to a science. I LOVE my oils, my eye creams, all the anti-aging stuff, and most importantly, facial masks. I'm fucking psycho when it comes to facial masks. 

I mean, if you follow on Snapchat/Instagram, you know that I'll even do a mask on a fight when I'm traveling. NO SHAME. If I've got 30 minutes to spare, you can bet I'll have on a mask. 

There's just something about putting on a mask, throwing some lavender essential oil in my Saje diffuser, and just kicking my feet up with some wine. It's the perfect evening, really. 

Who else is a fan of the facial masks?!

I've tried and tested many, MANY masks for you guys. I mean, I spend hours at Winners just browsing their skincare aisle, reading the ingredients on ALL their masks. I want to make sure they are right for my skin, you know?

So, after trying many different kinds of masks, I've found four that I'm loving. 

Side note: I had on this scary mask as I was getting a new refrigerator delivered to my home...
The delivery guys were NOT impressed. LOL 

Okay, I'm breaking down the four masks that I love:

I've mentioned this mask on the blog before, and UH, I love! They are sheet masks, and they have many different kinds. So, if you're looking for oil control, they've got masks for that particular skin issue. My personal favourites are the Skin Renewal mask, and the Active Resilience Youth Mineral mask. These ones are super hydrating, and leave your skin feeling youthful. It's no surprise I love them! I mean, masks in general should leave your skin feeling smooth. But I feel with these, they give life into your skin. 

These particular sheet masks have 25g of high performing serum in them. Applying just one mask is equivalent to using an entire bottle of serum. This enable the skin to remain dewy and bright. With these masks, you don't need to rinse your face after. You can just let the serum do it's thing.

The Skin Renewal mask also has The Akomplex AHA flower which contains roselle, rosehip, and viola tri-color extracts, rich in vitamins for deep cleansing and softer skin. YES PLZ.

The Active Resilience Youth mask has Hydrolyzed soy protein in it which is a golden skin revitalizing ingredient that creates plumpness and smooths fine lines.

This is one of my favourite brands, hands down! I actually love ALL their products. They have a selection of amazing stuff, and if you guys haven't tried them out, you need to ASAP! Tru-Green Organics is a Canadian skincare company run by a small family. All their products are 100% natural ingredients found locally in Canada and 100% fair trade. I have used a bunch of their skincare products, and just love them. My absolutely favourite is their Sun Kissed Glow Coconut Oil. It's basically shimmer oil, that gives your that J-Lo GLOW! So yes, I pretty much bathe in that stuff.

Okay, let's talk about the charcoal mask though! One that I just discovered recently. GUYS, this one's a game changer! Like, say goodbye to blemishes, pimples, blackheads, etc. foreverrrr! This stuff is amazing. You can use it as a spot treatment or a facial mask. The best part is that there's only two ingredients used in this! TWO! Pure Dead Sea Mineral Mud, and activated Coconut charcoal. That's it. If that's not amazing, then I don't know what is!

Ok, so the older you get, the more visible your pores are. You know? I'm noticing more and more that my pores are like VERY VISIBLE. When the EFFF did that start happening? I guess it was when I turned...30 :/

Anyway, thanks to THIS amazing mask, your pores appear smaller after smothering this all over your face. HAHA.  They've got three major ingredients: Bentonite, which is a colloidal aluminum silicate clay that absorbs oil. Aloe Vera, which is known to soften, soothe and comfort skin. And Amazonian White Clay, which helps purify and detoxify skin. This clay is known to remove bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores.

It's a bit on the pricier side, but TOTALLY worth it!

Speaking of pricey...this mask is $5000.00.

Let me explain. This beauty mask is made from Japanese Kishu Binchotan charcoal which is the highest quality charcoal. This is the same charcoal used for water filtration. The Kishu Binchotan has unparalleled detoxifying benefits. Kishu Binchotan charcoal is the best in the world due to its unique structure and origin (Japan). It comes from a tree that been growing there since 1688. When the tree is grown, hard wood is collected from it then burned. The remaining natural powder is then carbonized in a traditional Japanese carbonizing technique at 1200 Celsius which gives it this rich, dense, pasty texture. It's knows as "the golden charcoal." This Tresor Rare mask is made of 100% Kishu Binchotan and it offers the highest level of skin detoxification on the market. Which is why this comes at a price of $5000.00!

The product was produced with natural plant extracts and emollients, organic ingredients, essential oils, natural plant and seed based oils and no artificial colors.

Luckily, this was sent to me. And MAN OH MAN, was it amazing! If you want more info, or are planning on buying this, check this out.

Okay, that's it. Those are the current four faves. 

What masks are you guys loving? Share, because I'm always trying out new stuff. And if I love it, you know I'll be sharing it on the blog. 

In other news, have you guys entered the contest on Instagram?! Head over there right now, because if you don't, you're seriously missing out. 

Chat soon--

Xx, kim

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Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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