#JOURNEY2STRONG – The Re-Launch Of My Vlog Channel

If you don’t follow me on Instagram (instagram.com/pandamoniumpinkfit), you totally should because that’s where I announce big, exciting things like the revamp of my vlog (second) channel.

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As most of my YouTube subscribers (and a handful of blog followers) know, I was struggling to maintain my vlog channel for the past few years because I never knew what type of videos to upload on to it. Yes it’s a vlog channel where I can upload any video that isn’t beauty or fashion related, but I wanted a goal for it so it wouldn’t turn into a throwaway channel that contained videos that I wasn’t 100% proud of.

Despite the lack of a channel direction, I still filmed and uploaded many vlogs. Sure the majority of them were filled with footage that I’d probably find embarrassing if I watched it today, but it was still content and I didn’t want to abandon the channel completely. I kept on asking myself the same question over and over again: WHY am I filming and uploading blogs? Like I said, I’m a type of person who needs an end goal or a specific direction to head in, so not having one for this channel discouraged me from filming, editing and uploading consistently.

When my Instagram account hit 500 followers, it hit me that I should turn my vlog channel into an online fitness and health diary. I currently use my Instagram account to photo document my fitness progress and the food I consume, so I thought “wow, I should totally do the same on YouTube as well.”

Finally, my vlog channel had a set direction!

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On my vlog channel I’ll be filming a series called #JOURNEY2STRONG. To me being strong means having both physical and mental strength, so these vlogs will be a combination of workout footage and sit down reflections. In these videos I’ll be capturing the ups and downs of my health and fitness adventure and tracking my progress to keep myself accountable. They won’t be overly edited because I want to document the process as it is. I’m not looking to turn a profit on this channel, I’m just trying to transform it into another creative outlet. My goal is to become the strongest that I can be both physically and mentally, so follow along my journey and show your support by hitting the subscribe button.

Thank you all for standing by my side on YouTube, Instagram and pandamoniumpink.com.
I hope to see you over on my vlog channel!

Cheers,
Kels

What I Have My Eye On: MAC’s Limited Edition Cinderella Collection 2015

“A dream is a wish your heart makes”

When I was 3 years old, I decided that Cinderella was my favorite Disney movie OF ALL TIME. 19 years later, I still stand by my decision because not only does the movie have dancing woodland animals, a carriage made out of a pumpkin, and the hottest Prince Charming, but the plot is centred around something that I’m very passionate about: SHOES.

About a month ago I heard that MAC will be launching a Cinderella collection in celebration of Disney’s release of the live action Cinderella movie and boy was I ECSTATIC. Since the collection hasn’t been released yet, I’ve been lusting over the product pictures and stalking beauty blogs for First Swatch posts. Upon first glance I’ve decided that I’m not entirely thrilled about the packaging that MAC chose (wouldn’t the items have looked so much better if they had glass slippers on them?), but I’m happy that this collection includes great shades for everyday wear.

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Let’s take a look at what the MAC Cinderella collection has to offer:

pandamoniumpink.com- Glitter: Reflects Pearl – Pigment (2): Pretty It Up, Evil Stepmother – Beauty Powder: Mystery Princess – Iridecent Pressed Powder: Coup D’Chic – Lipstick (2): Free As A Bird, Royal Ball – Lipglass (2): Glass Slipper, Happily Ever After – Eyeshadow Palette in Stroke Of Midnight – 6 shades: Vapour, Phloof!, Omega, Quarry, Satin Taupe, Stroke of Midnight – Studio Eyegloss (2): Lightly Tauped, Pearl Varnish – Fluidline: Little Black Bow, Macroviolet – Studio Fix Lash: Bold Black – 217 Blending Brush – 168 Large Angled Contour Brush This collection will be available for purchase online on Feb 26 and in-stores on March 5 until April 16. You bet I’ll be waking up bright and early to fill my maccosmetics.com online checkout basket with Cinderella goodies! What do you think about this collection? Will you be purchasing any of these items? Let me know in the comment section down below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink.

Cheers, Kels

My Nail Polish Picks for Valentine’s Day

Confession: I HATE Valentine’s Day.

Even though I’m in a long term relationship, I absolutely despise Valentine’s Day. I can’t stand the sight of long stemmed roses, the aisles of chocolate hearts at the grocery store, and the cringe-worthy greeting cards. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to celebrating love, but anything Valentine’s Day related just makes me want to grab a pair of fur trimmed UGGs and hurl in them. Am I a bitter person? Yes, but only around this time of the year.

All graphic images aside, I do enjoy the colors that are associated with Valentine’s Day. All shades of pink and red bring me joy and this cheesy holiday gives me an excuse to wear my brightest nail polish colors in the dead of winter without being judged too harshly. Even though I don’t incorporate a lot of any colored clothing pieces into my outfit during the winter months, you definitely will find me sorting through my nail polish collection for all of the Valentine’s Day-esque nail polish bottles that I own just so I can deck out my nails.

Since no one wants to see an all black Valentine’s Day look book, I thought it would be more appropriate for me to share a list of my favorite Valentine’s Day nail polish colors.

I’ve narrowed down my top picks to…

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Top row from left to right: Essie – Cascade Cool, Butter London – The Full Monty, Deborah Lippmann – Sweet Dreams, OPI – Big Apple Red, Julep – Avery, Deborah Lippmann – 12th Street Rag

Bottom row from left to right: Deborah Lippmann – Lady Is A Tramp, Essie – Knockout Pout, China Glaze – Nude, Deborah Lippmann – Let’s Misbehave, OPI – Pink Friday

So there you have my go-to list of Valentine’s Day nail polish. I hope my Valentine’s Day bitterness isn’t contagious and hey, let’s at least give me three cheers for me being some-what festive! Do you have a go-to nail polish pick for this sickly sweet holiday? Feel free to share it in the comments below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink.

Cheers and kisses,
Kels


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Lilly Pulitzer Releases A Stylish Active Wear Line Called Luxletic

“Live life in color”

If you asked me what type of clothing I wear the most my answer would 100% be gym clothing. Whether I’m my desk working on a new blog post, grabbing a coffee at Starbucks, or studying in the library, I can guarantee you that I’m always wearing athletic gear and a pair of colorful Nikes. Sometimes I’m dressed this way because I’m on the way to the gym or have just finished a sweaty workout, but most of the time it’s because active wear is ridiculously COMFY. Don’t lie, if you could get away with wearing leggings all day, wouldn’t you?! pandamoniumpink.com Anyway, last week Lilly Pulitzer released an active wear/comfort line called Luxletic that claims to be “the perfect marriage of fashion and function.” When I opened my inbox and first read the Lilly Pulitzer announcement email, I FREAKED OUT because not only are these pieces ridiculously cute, but they’re fun, stylish and BRIGHT! Am I the only one who’s overly excited about the Luxletic line? Can you tell that I’m a sorority girl who grew up wearing Lilly? #SorryNotSorry. So far they have the Weekender Jacket (in 3 colors), the Weekender Pant (in 2 colors), the Everglades Popover Tunic (in 4 colors) and the Leona Zip Up Sweatshirt (in 2 Lilly prints). These pieces aren’t going to replace your Nike Pros or Under Armour Tech shirts, but they’d be perfect to throw on after a workout or to wear on an everyday basis if you’re like me and need to live in lounge wear. Check out all the pieces on the Lilly Pulitzer website and tell me what your favorites are! pandamoniumpink.com pandamoniumpink.com

With the Luxletic release and the upcoming Lilly Pulitzer and Target collaboration, I could not be more excited to see what else the Lilly Pulitzer team has up their sleeves. What do you think of Lilly Pulitzer’s new line? Could you see yourself wearing these pieces to the gym, to your lectures, around the house, or while running errands? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @pandamoniumpink!

Cheers, Kels


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What I Have My Eye On: Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm

“A little lip color never hurts…”

Friends and coworkers have told me in the past that the longest part of their makeup routine is the eyes. Although I can understand how time consuming eyeshadow, eyeliner (don’t even get me started on winged eyeliner), and mascara can be, it takes me the longest to apply my lip color. Normally I allot about 45 minutes to an hour to shower, do my hair and apply my makeup, but more often than not I find myself going over time because it takes me an eternity to apply my lip color. Not only do I have to pick out the perfect shade and finish, but I also have to line my lips, blot with a tissue and reapply the lipstick to lock in the color, and clean up the edges with concealer. What a process!

During the weekdays I’m always in a rush to head out the door for school or work because I try to get a morning workout in, so recently I’ve been veering away from wearing lipstick and have replaced it with tinted lip balm. Not only does this save me about 10-13 minutes every morning, but it gives me an excuse to expand my makeup collection (HA, like I really need another excuse). Although I enjoy making a statement with bold lips since it’s the only pop of color in my monochromatic outfit, I love the mess-free, no mirror needed application of tinted lip balms.

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I’ve been testing out a variety of tinted lip balms from both the drugstore (Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, Maybelline Baby Lips, and NYX Color Lip Balm) and Sephora, but I can 100% say that I love, love, LOVE the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment tinted lip balms. Because the drugstore tinted lip balms weren’t up to my standards and unfortunately I don’t have $26 to spend PER Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment tube, I’ve been on the hunt to find a product that fits my criteria of being highly pigmented, long lasting, hydrating and affordable. So far I haven’t had much luck finding a replacement, but last week my coworker told me to seek out the Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm. She said that the packaging is reminiscent of the EOS lip balms, but the balm comes in a variety of colors.

Of course after seeing pictures online of the Kiss Me Balm collection, I was curious and I immediately went to the closest Sephora to see if they had it in stock. Sadly they didn’t, which is probably telling of how popular it is, so I decided to go home and do a little bit of research about this product. Here’s what I found out:

Brand: Sephora Collection
Size: 0.2 oz
Price: $10 CAD

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Colors (from left to right): Soda Pop (purple), Strawberry Fizz (pink), Cotton Candy (light pink), Melon Sorbet (orange), Candy Apple (red), Creme Brûlée (clear)

Claims:
– Up to 4 hours of hydration
– A creamy and comfortable formula
– An easy application
– A subtle, sheer color
– A scent that matches the color’s name

What people online are saying about this product (summarized): It has great color payoff, but it’s only hydrating for about 30 minutes – 1 hour. The packaging is unique and makes the Kiss Me Balm easy to use, however, after multiple uses the balm part can break off.

Of course I haven’t tried this product yet, but upon first glance it’s something that I would be interested in. The colors (except for Melon Sorbet) look very wearable and the packaging makes it easy to use. The hydration issue will definitely make or break this product for me, but for $10 it’s worth trying out and the Sephora return policy makes the purchase risk-free! I would love to try the colors Soda Pop, Strawberry Fizz, and Candy Apple because they look like they’d be the most pigmented.

If you’ve tried this product out already, let me know what your thoughts are by leaving a comment down below or tweeting me @pandamoniumpink. Feel free to leave any other tinted lip balm recommendations because I’m not stopping my search until I find one that lives up to my standards!

Cheers,
Kels


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My Big Splurge: Canon EOS Rebel T5

“A pictures is worth a thousand words”

Exactly a month ago, I splurged and bought the Canon EOS Rebel T5. I had been thinking about investing in a DSLR camera for quite some time, but the price was never right and I hadn’t yet thought of what I’d use it for. During the after Christmas sales, London Drugs, a Canadian retail store that sells pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, house hold appliances, and electronics had a selection of cameras on sale and the Canon EOS Rebel T5 was calling my name since it was on sale for an affordable price (as far as cameras go). One of my best friends is a photographer and she and the London Drugs sales associate assured me that the T5 is user-friendly and a great camera for beginners. I honestly didn’t know the slightest thing about photography and I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy it, but I bit the bullet and bought it anyway since I knew that I would never see a DSLR camera and lens kit at a price that low.

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After a 3 hour crash course and a few weeks of trial and error, I’m pleased to say that I’m STARTING to get the hang of it. There’s still so much that I need to learn about this camera (I haven’t even dabbled into photo editing yet), but at least now I know the basics like how to turn it on, focus it, and take a picture! One of the reasons why I bought the T5 is because I want to start taking higher quality pictures of the beauty and lifestyle products that I test out so I can include them into my blog posts. I also think it might be interesting to have a “Through My Eyes” blog post series that features photos I’ve taken throughout the week. Let me know what you think about these ideas in the comment section below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink because I love taking my readers’ ideas and opions into consideration when I write blog posts.

Do you have any tips for a photography beginner?  Please share!

Cheers,
Kels


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Blogilates #30DayFlatAbs Challenge

I haven’t written a blog post sharing my 2015 resolutions yet (I’ll link it to this post when I do), but implementing a new fitness routine is definitely on my list. I know getting into shape is a common resolution, but if you’ve been following my health and fitness Instagram account, then you would know that strength training is something that I’ve been working on for the past few months. Although it’s hard for me to admit this, especially on social media, I fell off the fitness wagon in December and I lost track of my goals and veered away from my daily workout routine. When January rolled around I became incredibly motivated to get back on track and I decided to start off the year with the Blogilates #30DayFlatAbs challenge.

If you’ve never heard of Blogilates.com or youtube.com/blogilates, where have you been?! Cassey Ho is a fitness guru, entrepreneur, and the mastermind behind Blogilates. On her YouTube channel she creates fun, challenging, and educational workout videos and on her website she has meal plans, recipes, printables, and a monthly workout calendar (for both beginners and seasoned Blogilates members). Here’s a picture of the challenge and the link to Cassey’s #30DayFlatAbs blog post. I’m currently on day 16, so join me on Instagram if you want to see how I’m doing and how my new year’s fitness resolutions are coming along!

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If you want to get flat abs I challenge YOU to complete the #30DayFlatAbs challenge! This challenge is great for gym rookies and gym rats alike, so what are you waiting for?! LET’S GET PHYSICAL and kick off the year with rocking abs!

Cheers, Kels

Lilly Pulitzer 2014-2015 Agendas

“Failing to plan is planning to fail”

Oops, I did it again, I bought ANOTHER 2014-15 agenda! I wasn’t intending to buy a new agenda because I already have a gorgeous Kate Spade one, but I couldn’t resist the Lilly Lovers print…especially at 50% during a pre-Christmas sale. From grade 1-12 I went to a preparatory school where agenda usage was mandatory (honestly, I’m not quite sure what I had to organize at age 5), so I guess you can say that using an agenda is ingrained into me. When I went to university I continued using an agenda, even though everyone else was using their electronic devices to plan out their day, and I even found other agenda obsessed people in the Greek system. Who knew joining a sorority would introduce me to agenda lovers?!

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I got my first Lilly Pulitzer agendas during my freshman year of university, thanks to my sorority sisters, and I’ve had one every year since. This past summer I unfortunately lost my agenda and could only find a Kate Spade replacement (not that I was complaining about the one that I got), but it just wasn’t the same. Lucky for me, the Shopping Gods pulled through and I found a new Lilly Pulitzer agenda at a stationary store on sale just before the new year started. I love Lilly Pulitzer agendas because they have a simple layout, lots of writing room, colorful illustrated pages, and STICKERS. Yes, stickers still excite me.

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In my agenda I love planning out my day/week/month/year, making to-do lists, using multi-colored pens and highlighters and flagging important pages with neon sticky notes. If you want a Lilly Pulitzer agenda review video or a How I Organize My Agenda video on my YouTube channel, let me know and I’ll be sure to film one. If you’re not already using an agenda or if you’re looking for a new one, I would highly recommend getting a Lilly Pulitzer agenda in the large size.

This year Lilly Pulitzer has 6 agenda designs to choose from: The Hot Spot, Trippin and Sippin, Loopy Lilly, Juice Print Monkeys, Jellies Be Jammin, Lilly Lovers, Tusk In The Sun, and Let’s Cha Cha.

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Trust me, with these agendas you’ll be one step closer to having a stress-free, organized year.

Cheers,
Kels

*PS: The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is happening RIGHT NOW for the next few hours! Click here to shop the Lilly Pulitzer online store and score BIG!


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Hello 2015!

“Here’s to the bright New Year 
And a fond farewell to the old; 
Here’s to the things that are yet to come 
And to the memories that we hold.”

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All of us at pandamoniumpink.com wish you a very Happy New Year!
May 2015 be a year of happiness, good health, prosperity, and many more blog posts!

Cheers and good luck,
Kels


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Topbox December 2014 Unboxing & First Impressions

Topbox is a Canadian beauty subscription service that delivers 4-5 deluxe sized samples monthly right to your door for $12 a month (shipping included). Topbox is the only subscription box service that I’m signed up with at the moment (I cancelled my other subscription box services a few months ago) and I’ve been very happy with the products that I’ve been receiving, as well as their customer service. I’ve decided to write monthly Topbox unboxing posts from here on in, so here’s post number one!

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The contents of my December 2014 Topbox:

1. Marsk Natural Mineral Eyeshadow – Rich List
“You can use the product wet or dry to take your look from subtle to dramatic in a blink of an eye. Simply coat the brush with powder (wet or dry) and sweep over the lid. 1.2g – $22.50″

My first impression: A loose pigment eyeshadow? This is going to get very messy. Because I’m a klutz when it comes to using loose pigment makeup products, I wasn’t thrilled at first about getting this product. It wasn’t until I tested it out for a New Year’s Eve look that I realized how gorgeous it looked and easy it was to use. The pigment is glittery and I love how the pot has a sieve so the pigment doesn’t get everywhere. I tested it out wet and dry and this gorgeous shade works as either an all over lid color or as an accent. It’s a true holiday gold color (instead of a bronze gold or orange gold) and I can confirm that it works with all neutral eyeshadow colors.

2. Kinetics nail polish – Ice Smoothie
“Developed from a double patented formula, Kinetics nail polish has plasticizers that facilitate smooth, easy application supported by saturated pigments for vivid, crisp, colours. 15mL – $12″

My first impression: I absolutely LOVE the deep, blue based purple color and the narrow brush makes the application mess-free. With the Seche Vite top coat it lasted on my nails for 5 days without chipping, but I change up my polish every 7 days so that this short time frame wasn’t a deal breaker for me. Unfortunately, there is no metal ball in the bottle to help mix the polish when it separates, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to stash it away in your nail polish collection for later use.

3. Eslor – Proprietary HPT System 
“Eslor differentiates itself by its proprietary HPT System (Hydrate, Protect and Treat) that transforms the skin and effectively increases your overall skin health. No prices available.”

My first impression: Foil sample packets? Forget it. I’ve actually received this sample pack in a previous Topbox, so this is more of a review than a first impression. Not only did the products do nothing for my skin, but it was hard to use because of the sample packaging. This entire kit was a no go for me.

4. Faith Aromatherapy and Apothecary – Gingerbread shower gel 
“Apply 3 pumps of Gingerbread shower gel to sponge or loofah gloves and lather over body. Due to the circulation increasing affect of Clove and Cinnamon Bark oils, your skin may turn red for a few minutes after use. 250mL – $15.99″

My first impression: Wow, a full sized bottle in my box! The product description didn’t make me want to try this product at all, but once I did I was happy that I took the plunge because it realistically smells like gingerbread, it’s certified organic, and I felt squeaky clean and didn’t have any skin irritations!

Let me know on Twitter (@pandamoniumpink) if you enjoy these unboxing posts and if you’d like to sign up for the Topbox subscription service, check out their website here: http://www.topbox.ca.

Cheers,
Kels