We Had A Killer Time Whale Watching – Our Day Adventure In Pictures

A few weeks ago, Ed and I had the opportunity of a lifetime to go on a whale watching tour! I’ve been mentioning all summer that I wanted to go on a tour because marine biology fascinates me, so Ed surprised me by arranging a whale watching day with the Prince Of Whales whale watching tour company. Honestly, I’m not that knowledgeable when it comes to whales (I focused a lot of my attention on sea otters when we studied marine biology), so I was excited to spend the day on a boat learning all about them!

We started our journey at 8am in downtown Vancouver, where we met the 10 other people who would accompany us that day, as well as the 2 tour guides and captain. Once we were dressed in our long yellow water jackets and had gone over all the safety precautions, we loaded everything on to the boat and set out for the day. I wasn’t too sure what to expect on the boat because Ed didn’t give me much information about anything, so I was surprised that it had a small kitchen area, a heated covered section, 2 washrooms, and a ton of seating. I guess I should have known that a whale watching tour boat is very different than a sail boat, which is what I’m more familiar with. Although it was a rainy day, we were optimistic that the sun would come out in the afternoon and we would have a pleasant trip. If you’re planning on going whale watching, my number 1 tip right off the bat would be to wear layers. It’s cold when you get out into the water and I was very lucky that I was over prepared by wearing 4 layers and a jacket!

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The boat headed south towards the San Juan Islands, which was where the majority of the whale watching occurred. On the way there, which took around 3 hours, the two tour guides (who were also certified captains and marine biologists) gave us a lesson on whales. We were educated on the different species of whales, their behaviour and eating habits, their relationship with humans in the past and present, and we even went over identification charts and pictures of the pods that we would be seeing. We touched on the other marine life that lived along the West Coast, as well as the geography of the area, and I would definitely agree that the time passed by very quickly on the boat because we were hearing so much information. Learning in depth about what we would be seeing definitely added to the whale watching experience and it gave us a good insight as to what to expect that day.

Once we reached our destination, the boat’s engine was switched off and we began searching for whales. We saw sunbathing seals (pictured below), a variety of birds, and lo and behold… WHALES! We saw 3 of them and were told by the guides that 1 of them was the eldest in the pod (appropriately named Grandma), 1 of them was the youngest, and 1 of them was adopted from another pod. It was absolutely incredible to be so close to the whales and witness them hunt for fish and course play with each other! The guides said that the whales were used to people and boats because they grew up around research and tour boats. Although the whales loved to come right up to the boats, the boats had to relocate at times to make sure that the whales and (people on the boat) were safe.

I’m aware that my pictures of the whales aren’t the best, but check out the Prince of Whales’ blog to see daily updates on whale spottings and pictures!

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After the whale watching portion of the day was over, we continued on towards Victoria, BC. It took us an hour to get to Victoria by boat from the whale watching location, but the sun was starting to poke its way out from behind the clouds and it was finally starting to warm up. Included in the tour was a ticket to the famous Butchart Gardens, so our plan was to grab lunch in downtown Victora and then catch the tour bus that went to the gardens. I had a steak salad for lunch, which didn’t look appetizing at all, but was surprisingly good, and after, we poked around a few tourist shops and bought matching caps because they were on sale for $2 and we’re weird like that.

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The bus ride to Butchart Gardens was about an hour long, but we were so excited when we finally got there because all the flowers were in bloom, the pumpkins were being brought out, and the view was breathtaking. Here are a few pictures from the gardens that we visited. We didn’t have as much time as would have liked to explore the entire grounds, but we saw the Butchart Garden’s listed highlights and of course picked up some rose flavored gelato (it was delicious)!

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After a long, exciting day, it was time to board the boat and return to Vancouver. It was a pleasant ride back since it was sunny and I managed to take a few photos of the beautiful scenery. After this short day trip, Ed and I are definitely planning to return to Victoria (especially the Butchart Gardens) to explore further. Who knows, we might end up taking another whale watching tour!

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If you’re ever in the Vancouver area, check out Prince of Whales whale watching tour! I highly recommend them because their staff are very knowledgeable and the company has a whale spotting guarantee! To learn more about whales and the Prince of Whales whale watching tour, check out their website and blog at http://www.princeofwhales.com.

Cheers,
Kels


All the pictures in this blog post are my own. I took them with an iPhone 5s camera.

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#VFW2014

Last week, thanks to one of my best friends Sean, I had the opportunity to go backstage at Vancouver Fashion Week! Like I mentioned in a previous post, VFW is relatively new and is much smaller than fashion week in other cities, but it was still exciting to attend nonetheless and I had a fantastic time having an all-access pass to all of the tents.

This year P&G was one of VFW’s main sponsors and I got the chance to check out the makeup and hair products from CoverGirl, Olay and Pantene that were used on all of the models. As you can imagine for a beauty lover like myself, it was a dream come true to be in a room with hundreds and hundreds of products and I found it so interesting to see first hand how they were being put to use to transform each of the models into the various charted makeup looks.

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In addition to living out some of my wildest makeup dreams, I had the honor and privilege to meet and sit down and talk with Melissa Karis – Beauty Communications Director of P&G Canada (and the women with my dream job), Justin German – P&G Lead Stylist for Pantene, Amelie Ducharme – P&G Lead Makeup Artist for CoverGirl, and Jamal Abdourahman – Founder of VFW. It was fascinating and inspiring to hear how each of them broke into the fashion and beauty industry and made it to the top of their profession, while continuing to have a passion for their job.

pandamoniumpink.comFrom left to right: Melissa Karis – Beauty Communications Director of P&G Canada, Justin German – P&G Lead Stylist for Pantene, Amelie Ducharme – P&G Lead Makeup Artist for CoverGirl

pandamoniumpink.comOutfit: Navy blue one shoulder dress – Nordstrom / Accessories: Chanel Mini Flap / Makeup: CoverGirl CG Smoothers BB Cream, Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder, MAC Capricious lip stick, CoverGirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara, Prestige Waterproof eyeliner 

All in all, VFW 2014 was a great success and I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow in the upcoming years. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this year and to spend all afternoon backstage and I hope you enjoyed reading all about my experience. Again, a huge shout-out goes out to my buddy Sean for brining me along!

Cheers,
Kels


All the pictures above were taken by myself on an iPhone 5s

My Sephora Holiday 2014 Sneak Peek Wish List

Every year I look forward to Sephora’s holiday sets and this year is no exception! I love buying these sets for my family and friends as Christmas presents or for myself (since my birthday is in December and I look at it as one big TREAT YO SELF month) because it’s a great opportunity to try multiple products from various brands at a valued price. I went through each of the sets on the Sephora website and in stores, and I narrowed my favorites down to a top 4 list (that is organized in no particular order). Here’s what I’m loving…

1. Sephora Favorites: Bottled Dreams Fragrance Sampler – For Her
I love the Sephora sampler kits because if you’re someone like me who isn’t fully committed to a particular scent, this is the best way to try a variety of fragrances. This set contains 8 deluxe sized samples of fragrances that have been recently released or ones that are very popular in-store. Usually Sephora includes a voucher that you can redeem for 1 full sized bottle of any of the scents in the kit, but I’m unsure if this ones comes with one because it didn’t specify online. I’m most excited for both of the Elizabeth and James rollerballs (is anyone else still a MK & A fan?) and the Juicy Couture scent (because I received a sample in a press pack a few months ago)!

This particular fragrance set includes:
– 0.25 oz Balenciaga Florabotancia
– 0.15 oz Burberry Body Tender
– 0.17 oz Bvlgari Omina Crystalline
– 0.24 oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black
– 0.24 oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana White
– 0.16 oz Gucci Guilty
– 0.17 oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur
– 0.14 oz Lancome La Vie Est Belle

2. Too Faced – Under The Mistletoe
I’m a sucker for lip products and the creamier they are, the better. This Too Faced lip set comes with 3 shimmery La Creme Color Drenched Lip Creams, which are currently  Too Faced’s best selling lip products, and a glittery pink makeup bag (!!!). I want my hands on this set so badly because I know that these lip creams are moisturizing, pigmented, and they last through eating and drinking. They’re formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and they don’t have an off-putting plastic smell. Also, the glittery pink seals the deal for me because I’m instantly attracted to anything pink and everything glittery.

This set includes:
– Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny
– Shimmering Spice Spice Baby
– Shimmering Naked Dolly

3. Urban Decay – Naked2 Basics
If you’ve been a long time reader of pandamoniumpink.com, then you already know that I love matte, neutral eyeshadows and I love the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette line. Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are pigmented, creamy, paraben free, and long wearing, and these small palettes are portable, more affordable than other eyeshadow palettes, and great for every day wear. I’m very excited about the Naked2 Basics because each of the eyeshadows complement the shades in the Naked 2 Palette, which is one of my most used eyeshadow palettes, and they’re matte which means that they’re very versatile.

Do I need another neutral eyeshadow palette? Definitely not, but if I were to get another one, I would choose the Naked2 Basics because the palette includes 5 never seen before shades and 1 cult classic shade:

- Skimp (pale nude satin)
– Stark (nude-pink matte)
– Frisk (warm gray matte)
– Cover (muted red-brown matte)
– Primal (muted brown matte)
– Undone (deep, smoky brown matte)

*If you’re looking to invest your money in a neutral eyeshadow palette that you’ll get a lot of wear out of, or if you’re shopping for a makeup lover, you can’t go wrong with any of the Naked palettes.

4. Fresh – Sugar Lip Legends
Like I wrote previously, I go nuts for lip products. It’s no secret and I’m not ashamed of it, but sometimes I wish I saved my money for important things, like textbooks… Anyways, I LOVE the Fresh Sugar Lip products and they’re an absolute dream to wear. They’re buttery, super moisturizing (for the record, I’m prone to dry, flaky lips if I don’t take care of them properly), and they smell excellent. If they weren’t so expensive, you’d bet that I’d be buying these lip products left, right, and centre! In my opinion, and based off of my own experiences with these products, the clear, SPF Fresh lip balm (not included in this set) is the best base for any lip color especially if you have dry lips, and the tinted Fresh lip balms are sheer, yet can be built up after a few layers of application. These lip balms are paraben, sulfate, and phosphate free. This set is pricy considering it has 7 mini tinted lip balms, but I guarantee you that these lip balms will change your life (and your lips)!

The set includes:
– Sugar Berry (flirty berry)
– Sugar Passion (vibrant yet sheer rouge)
– Sugar Cherry (sheer sunny red)
– Sugar Honey (warm nude)
– Sugar Rosé (sheer rose)
– Sugar Tulip (sheer hot pink)
– Sugar Petal (pink blossom)

So there you have it, these are my favorite holiday sets from Sephora! Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter (@pandamoniumpink) what you’re eyeing on the Sephora website and if you also look forward to the release of holiday sets!

Happy Shopping!
Kels


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My Workout Playlist: September 2014

I don’t know about you (but I’m feelin’ 22…jokes, I won’t be singing that for another few months), but music motivates me more than anything at the gym. Whether I’m lifting weights or sweating it out on the cardio machines, music makes me lift heavier, move faster, and finish my workout with a smile on my face. That being said, when I forget my headphones, I have a miserable workout. I know that’s silly and it’s all in my head, but music just gets me going and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying and thinking that.

Anyways, for today’s post I thought it would be fun to share a few of the songs that are in my workout playlist. Some of these songs are pretty old, but I enjoy listening to them during my workout and they do a good job of pumping me up!

1. Break Free – Ariana Grande

2. No Mediocre – T.I

3. Look At Me Now – Charlie Pluth

4. Waiting All Night – Rudimental

5. F*ck Love – Iggy Azalea

6. This is How We Do – Katy Perry

7. Lights – Kayplex

8. Maps – Maroon 5

9. Classic – MKTO

10. Eat You Up – BoA

Let me know what songs are on your workout playlist either in the comments down below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink. Also, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to follow my health and fitness Instagram @pandamoniumpinkFIT for daily pictures of my meals, workouts, and more!

Cheers,
Kels


Pictures from left to right:
Ariana Grande: images.twistmagazine.com/uploads/photos/file/50901/ariana-grande-break-free-2.png?crop=top&fit=clip&h=500&w=698
Charlie Pluth: berklee.edu/events/charlie-puth-mike-ballz-taylor-berrett
Katy Perry: the305.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/katy-perry.jpg
T.I: rapbasement.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ti-5058e6cc3a106.jpg
Iggy Azalea: fashiongonerogue.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/iggy-azalea-revolve-clothing-photos-2014-4.jpg

Home Decor Inspiration: Decorative Wreaths

Recently I’ve been obsessed with decorative wreaths for outdoor spaces and fireplace mantles! I usually get into the crafting mood in the fall and winter months, and this year is no exception. With Michaels and Hobby Lobbing sending out coupons left, right, and centre, and the holidays quickly approaching, September – December are my busiest and most productive crafting months. Having crafted a few wreaths in the past, I can confirm that decorative wreaths are easy and inexpensive to make, which means that they’re the perfect crafting activities for anyone on a budget (like myself). They add a festive touch to any space and can be used during any occasion, whether it’s the holidays or the start of a season. Because I’ve been all about wreaths lately, I’ve decided to pull my favorite fall wreaths from my Pinterest boards and share them with you all in this post. If you’re interested in seeing a DIY wreath video on my YouTube channel or on pandamoniumpink.com, please let me know!

All of the wreaths pictured below require a pre-made wicker wreath that you can find at any craft store, as well as decorative flowers, ribbons, and any other festive accessories.

Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink if you’ve ever made a decorative wreath or if you want to make one! I’m excited to share my favorite crafts on pandamoniumpink.com with you all over the next few months!

Cheers,
Kels


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F.Y.I – YouTube Update & #VFW2014

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know in a post, since I’ve been receiving questions about it, that the next video in my Back To School series will be uploaded on to my channel later this week. Due to some technical difficulties with my editing software, I won’t be able to export and upload any videos until I get this problem checked out at Apple. Because of my hectic work and school schedule this week, I won’t be able to get to Apple until Thursday or Friday.

My deepest apologies about this minor setback, but just know that I’ll be back with new videos as soon as possible! In the mean time, I’ll be continuing to write posts on pandamoniumpink.com and uploading pictures on to my Instagram account. If you haven’t seen the first video in my Back To School series, click here.

In other news, today I’m heading off to work at Vancouver Fashion Week (#VFW2014)! Of course it’s not as big of a production as New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week or London Fashion Week, but it’s still exciting, none the less. I will be working as a part of the media, so I’ll try my best to get photos and video footage of my day at VFW for pandamoniumpink.com and for my YouTube channel. Also, I picked up a new facial moisturizing jelly! It’s definitely an innovative product and something that I’ve never used before, so I’m excited to test it out and review it.

That’s it for now!
Cheers,
Kels

Beauty Box 5 Unboxing – August 2014

Like I mentioned in my previous Beauty Box 5 post, the August box is my last box that I will receive from Beauty Box 5 because I terminated my subscription. Before I get into what I unboxed, I just wanted to mention that I cancelled my subscription because I want to expand my horizons and try a new subscription service. I’ve been receiving Beauty Box 5 boxes for half a year now and although I love the products that they send me every month, I want to spend my money on boxes that feature more than just beauty products. It’s nothing against Beauty Box 5, I just want a change!

If you’re not familiar with Beauty Box 5, it’s a beauty subscription service that ships out of Texas that includes 5 deluxe beauty samples (and sometimes full sized products) that can be haircare, skincare, or makeup products. For $12 a month (free shipping in the USA), it’s a great way to try out products that you might not reach for on your own. Beauty Box 5 typically is sent out at the beginning of every month, but I didn’t receive this box until halfway into the next month.

Okay, let’s get into last month’s box…

1) La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes
Full size: 48 packets – $19.99

These makeup removing wipes claim to be powerful enough to remove waterproof makeup but gentle enough to not leave skin feeling irritated. I haven’t tried the wipes out yet because I’m currently working through a new pack of Neutrogena wipes, but I’m excited to do so because they smell fresh, they’re oil free, and they’re formulated without parabens.

2) Nanacoco Lip Gloss – Mysterious
Full size: 0.22 fl oz – $3.99

For once I received a wearable lip color in my Beauty Box 5 (better late than never, I suppose)! This stunning fuchsia pink-purple lip gloss is a very flattering shade for my skin tone and it’s one that I can sport on it’s own or over top of a similar lipstick color. It has a creamy, non-drying formula, a coconut scent, and it’s NOT sticky. Overall, this full sized product was a complete win.

3) Novex Brazilian Keratin
Full size: 2 lbs – $19.50

This product claims to work on all hair types and it’s supposed to renew and reinforce hair strands right away. Beauty Box 5 recommends massaging it into your scalp and leaving it in for 25 minutes before rinsing. Because my hair is feeling very healthy, I’m going to be saving this product for the colder months when it gets dry and straggly.

4) Style Essentials Nail Polish – (Name not listed)
Full size: 4 nail polish collection – $7.00

When I opened up this month’s box, the first item that caught my eye was this glittery baby blue nail polish. I love receiving full sized nail polishes in my box and this month’s color is absolutely gorgeous. This polish is meant to be a top coat and it will add the perfect holographic, iridescent shine touch to my nails. This color is definitely one that I’ll be reaching for during the holiday season, as it reminds me of snowflakes and iceicles!

5) Purlisse Pur Protect SPF 30 Sunscreen
Full size: 1.7 oz – $55.00

Who says no to another sunscreen sample? Not me! This sunscreen is for normal to dry skin and it’s has Vitamin E and soy proteins in it to make your skin feel and look softer. It also has White Tea to calm your skin and it has a grease-free application. A full size bottle is definitely on the pricy end, but this sunscreen is effective, it doesn’t have a scent, and it leaves your face feeling like you’re not wearing anything at all.

That’s it for last month’s Beauty Box 5! I really enjoyed my last Beauty Box 5 and although it’s sad that I won’t be receiving another box, I’m excited to post a first impressions or an unboxing of my next beauty subscription service box. If you have any subscription service box companies to recommend to me, please leave them in the comments below or tweet me @pandamoniumpink.

Cheers,
Kels


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…And So It Begins. Again.

Hello Readers!

Once again I’m sitting at my desk writing a blog post to recap why I haven’t been present on pandamoniumpink.com. If you haven’t already seen my Heart To Heart: Let’s Talk About Vlogust video, then you wouldn’t know that this summer, August in particular, has been a rough time for me. Not only was I preoccupied with summer school, a new job, moving, and a new fitness regime, but I was also battling some physical and emotional demons. I don’t want to get into all of that right at this moment, but I did want to bring it up so that I can thank you all for your continuous support and love. Although I wasn’t posting on pandamoniumpink.com regularly, I was still communicating with you all on my social media networking sites as well as via email, and your comments and emails truly kept me motivated and determined to keep on going.

So what’s going to happen with pandamoniumpink.com now that I’m back to blogging? Well, I’m going to be taking it easy at first, as I’m now back to my super busy school and work schedule. I eventually want to aim for a structured blogpost uploading schedule, but for now I’m aiming to post 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Of course if I have more to share on certain weeks I’ll for sure include extra posts, but for now I’m going to strive to post 3 times a week just to ease myself back into blogging.

Also, I wanted to talk about the types of blog posts that I’ll be writing. Since my blog has transitioned into a lifestyle blog, I wanted to write a post about beauty products on Mondays, one about home decor or lifestyle products on Wednesdays, and one about fitness on Fridays. I’m going to bring back the Nail’d It Nail Art Design posts, the seasonal recipe spotlight posts, and the beauty product review posts, but I also want to incorporate posts with little updates on how my personal life is going and maybe ones that give advice on relationships, college life, and more. My blog started off as my online diary (props to you if you remember those blogspot days), so I’m excited to get the ball rolling again and continue to use this space as my creative outlet.

So here’s to my return to blogging! I’m thrilled to be back at it again and I can’t wait to interact with you all on pandamoniumpink.com.

Cheers,

Kels

Beauty Box 5 Unboxing – July 2014

One month ago I reviewed my very last Beauty Box 5 on this blog… or so I thought it was my very last Beauty Box 5. I was under the assumption that I had to manually re-subsribe to Beauty Box 5 once my quarterly subscription was over, but apparently they automatically charge your credit card for another 3 months. No worries, I didn’t mind receiving another 3 months worth of Beauty Box 5 boxes, but I have a feeling that after these 3 months are over, I’m going to officially unsubscribe and see what other beauty box subscription services have to offer.

For the past year and a bit I’ve loved watching Beauty Box 5 unboxing videos on YouTube and I knew that if I was going to sign up for any beauty box subscription service, it would definitely be Beauty Box 5 first. Beauty Box 5 is based out of Texas and it costs $12 USD a month (shipping included). What attracted me to this beauty box subscription service was the promise that each box includes 5 deluxe beauty samples. So far, I’ve enjoyed the samples (and sometimes full size products) that I’ve received in my boxes and I’ve been very impressed with the customer service. I definitely recommend trying out Beauty Box 5 if you’re new to beauty box subscription services because they include a good variety of makeup, skin care, and hair care products.

Today’s post isn’t going to be a review because I just received this box in the mail last Friday and I unboxed it on my channel yesterday. Instead, I wanted to list each of the products that I received in my July box and their full size retail price (since I never got an information card in my box) in preparation for the review that I will write on each of these products later on this month.

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1. Body Drench Candy Licious Lip Balm – Red Licorice (FULL SIZE SAMPLE)
Retail price: $2.99 CAD for 2.55g
Beauty Box 5 sample size: 2.55g

2. Argan Oil From Morocco – Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment (FULL SIZE SAMPLE)
Retail price: $4.99 CAD for 50g
Beauty Box 5 sample size: 50g

3. Revlon Bold Laqueur Mascara (FULL SIZE SAMPLE)
Retail price: $10.99 CAD for 0.47 fl. oz
Beauty Box 5 sample size: 0.47 fl. oz

4. Starlooks Cosmetics Lip Pencil – Bare (FULL SIZE SAMPLE)
Retail price: $12.00 USD for 1 pencil
Beauty Box 5 sample size: 1 pencil

5. Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Walnut Face & Body Scrub
Retail price: $10.99 USD for 4 fl. oz
Beauty Box 5 sample size: unsure – size not listed on label

Click on this link here to watch my first impressions of each of these products that I received in my Beauty Box 5 July box!
Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comment section down below or on Twitter!

Cheers,
Kels


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My May Beauty Favorites

I wish I could say that the month of May just flew right by, but in all actuality, it felt like one of the longest months of the year so far. I started off May in San Francisco and I flew home the following week to start my summer semester at college. I celebrated with my friends at their college graduations, I hit major milestones and took on new projects at work, I caught up with 35 friends on separate occasions (many of whom I haven’t seen in 3+ years), I spent my weekends grilling various meats with Ed on our new barbecue, and I reunited my best friends who returned to the city for the summer before heading off to grad school. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great month, but it just felt really, really long.

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Even though May was hectic, but I was still able to find the time to test out new beauty products and rediscover old ones! This month I’ve decided to write about my favorites instead of filming a YouTube video about them, so please let me know in the comment section down below which format you prefer.

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1. Bioderma Micellar Cleansing Water
I’ve heard a lot about Bioderma from other beauty bloggers and YouTubers over the past year, so I decided to pick up a trial size bottle and test it out as a makeup remover. I like how the product gently removes all traces of my face makeup and I appreciate how it didn’t break or dry out my skin, but it’s not strong enough to remove my eye makeup, which the cosmetics lady at Murale guaranteed it would do. That being said, I like using this cleansing water before I go in with my Clarisonic Mia and face wash and it makes my face feel cleaner and more refreshed. The bottle says that you don’t need to wash your face after using this product, but I like to do so anyways.

2. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
When I first used this primer I was not a fan of it at all. I felt like it didn’t do anything to minimize the appearance of my pores and it made my skin feel and look greasy. I left it in my makeup storage for a few months and returned to it at the beginning of May when I accidentally stuffed it into my makeup travel bag. This time around, the primer blurred the appearance of my pores around my nose area and it made my foundation and concealer look matte and oil-free for hours. I’m not sure if it’s because my skin has changed due to the warmer weather so it’s reacting better to this product, but this primer is now a staple in my makeup routine and I’ve already finished off the entire bottle. For $6.99, it’s turned out to be a great purchase!

3. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Like I said in the previous paragraph, my skin has been changing because of the weather and it’s now more sensitive. My skin has been reacting badly to products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, so I decided to return to my tried-and-true face cleanser. Cetaphil is effective at removing the oil and makeup from my face and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. I like how this cleanser has 0 scent and color, and it helps calm down skin irritations and acne blemishes.

4. Essence Silky Touch Blush – Adorable
I picked this blush up on a whim at Shoppers Drug Mart for $2 and I was prepared for it to be chalky and lacklustre since I wasn’t able to test it out in the store and it was inexpensive. I was very surprised to find out that this blush is anything but. It’s buttery, pigmented, and it gives my cheeks a healthy glow. If you’re on a budget or if you want to try out blush shades that you wouldn’t normally wear, I would definitely recommend this blush line. For $2 a pop this blush is a hidden drugstore gem!

5. Tangle Teezer
I didn’t feel the need to buy the Tangle Teezer because I already own a Wet Brush, but I saw this brush on sale at Target in the hot pink color and I wanted to give it a try. Unlike the Wet Brush, I like how it’s compact and doesn’t have a handle, which makes it easier to travel with. This brush leaves my hair tangle-free, straight as a pin, and feeling soft. Also, when I’m not using a blowdryer, this brush makes my hair air-dry faster so it’s perfect in the warmer months.

6. Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Pressed Powder
I ran out of this product last December and I didn’t want to repurchase it because of its high price tag. I ended up caving earlier this month at Sephora and shelling out the money because this product leaves my super oily face  completely matte for the entire day (no touchups necessary!), it’s translucent, and it doesn’t make my skin look cakey. I’ve tried many other translucent pressed powders, but this one is by far my favorite. It doesn’t break me out, my skin can breathe under it, and I also use it on my oily eyelids as an eyeshadow/liner primer. Don’t let the price of this product scare you off, it’s worth every penny!

7. NYC Smooth Skin Sunny Bronzer
Every summer I keep coming back to this bronzer because it’s matte and it makes me look sun kissed in all the right ways. It’s incredibly inexpensive and I don’t have to worry about it looking muddy on my pale skin because it’s a light, milk chocolate brown color that is very buildable. I definitely recommend this bronzer for those who are looking for a natural face contouring product!

8. Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Treatment
This month for the first time ever, my hair was feeling dry and damaged. I didn’t know what to do since I’ve never had this problem before and I only use 2 products on my hair (shampoo and heat protectant), so I turned to my mom for advice. She bought me the Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Treatment at London Drugs and after only a day of usage, my hair returned to its healthy, normal self. This product works like magic and it smells like summer in a bottle. A little goes a very long way and the pump bottle packaging makes it mess-free!

9. Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck
I said in a YouTube video that I feel like the original Taylor Swift scent Wonderstruck is way too strong, so I was hesitant to try Enchanted Wonderstruck. I found this perfume on sale in San Francisco for $19 (what a steal for a 3.4 ounce bottle) and once I smelt it, I couldn’t turn it down because it’s the perfect floral scent. I’ve been wearing this perfume almost on a daily basis and I get compliments on it saying that I smell like a bouquet of flowers. Since I’m terrible at describing scents, here are the perfume’s notes:
Heart notes: Peony, Sugar-Glazed Champaca Petals, White Freesia
Top notes: Wild Berries, Passion Fruit, Pink Poppy
Base notes: White Musk, Vanilla, Blond Woods

Well, that’s it for my May beauty favorites! Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter (@pandamoniumpink) what your beauty favorites were for the month of May.

Cheers,
Kels


I made the collages above using Polyvore.