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“Bonjour everyone! My name is Kim Gingras (@kimgingras). I’m a proud Montrealer now living in beautiful California. I’m a professional dancer, passionate teacher, world traveler, open-minded adventurer, and a true believer in the power of self-love. I made the big jump to Los Angeles over 8 years ago and I’m very grateful for the career I have built for myself out here. I have had the pleasure of working with the biggest musical icons such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Xtina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Nicole Scherzinger, Gwen Stefani, Nick Jonas, and Nicki Minaj to name a few. Nothing really compares to the feeling I get when I perform on stage in front of thousands of people, EXCEPT maybe for teaching. I have a deep love for connecting with others. I enjoy sharing the knowledge and tools I have accumulated throughout the years with the new generation. I know that it took more than just my talent to get to where I am today and I have made it a mission of mine to spread the importance of SELF-LOVE, POSITIVITY, and GRATITUDE.
As a performer in the industry, I often have a full face on. What does that mean? My face is covered in makeup, fake lashes, sweat, and probably more makeup caked on my sweat. Yummm right?! That is why it is very important for me to let my skin breathe as much as possible on my down time. My routine is quite simple to be honest. I want to keep my skin hydrated and put on as little as possible.
When it comes to loving on my skin, I use local products from home. The brand is called “Maison Jacynthe”. It’s 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty free. When it comes to my hair and trying to combat all the heat it faces on every job, I use the line of products “Davines”. It keeps my hair healthy and shiny looking. When it’s time for me to apply my own makeup on a daily, my go-to is my favorite concealer made by “Bareskin”. It feels light and people always compliment me on my skin. After that, I’ll probably add a little blush, some mascara, and most probably a fun lip color. I’m a sucker for lipstick! I believe it’s the fastest most efficient way to switch your look from running errands to going out for a drink with your girlfriends. My favorite brands of lipsticks are “ColourPop”, “Stila”, ‘Mac”, and this super useful lip stain brand named “LipSense”. You can eat, drink and do all the kissing you want without leaving a trace, haha. It’s brilliant!
I have to add that I absolutely love essential oils. I love the smell of them, I love how they make me feel, I love that they are natural problem solvers. You can apply them directly on body parts such as your temples, your neck, and your wrists. “Saje” is one of the brands I really enjoy.”
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