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

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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


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FOODspiration: Zucchini Pasta

Like I mentioned in my Guess Who’s Back blog post, I’ve been working on changing my lifestyle for the better and I’ve been eating healthier. Recently, I purchased a vegetable spiralizer from Bed Bath and Beyond to make vegetable pasta and I’ve been looking up recipes to make with it. Not only does the vegetable spiralizer help cut down my gluten and daily carb intake, but it has also introduced vegan and vegetarian options in to my diet.

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Here are 4 zucchini pasta recipes that I’ve gathered Foodspiration from and I absolutely recommend trying out recipe 1 and 4! If you’re not a fan of zucchini, of course you can substitute it for carrots or any other easy-to-peel vegetable.

1) Zucchini pasta with cashew pesto

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2) Zucchini noodles with avocado dressing

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3) Zucchini pasta with marinara sauce

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4) Zucchini pasta with pesto, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes

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Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink if you’ve tried any of these recipes or if you’re thinking of doing so.

Cheers and happy spiralling,
Kels


The pictures above were taken from the links in the recipe titles.

NYX Macaron Lippies

Lipstick that isn’t red, pink, or plum colored usually doesn’t interest me, but I’m very intrigued by the new NYX Macaron Lippies collection that was released in April. It’s not everyday that a drugstore makeup company creates a colorful lipstick line, so when NYX released the Macaron Lippies for $5-6 a tube, it immediately went on everyone’s “must buy” list. I have yet to see this colorful collection on the stands in Canadian drugstores, but I’ve heard from my friends across the boarder that these lipsticks are creamy, non-drying, and of course very pigmented. I would love to get my hands on the Lavender shade (it reminds me of a lighter version of the Lime Crime lipstick in Airborne Unicorn), the Earl Grey shade, and the Pistachio shade. I wouldn’t wear the NYX Macaron Lippies on a daily basis, but they’d be the perfect finishing touch to any Halloween or themed party costume.

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Are you interested in any of these NYX Macaron Lippies colors? Would you wear them out regularly?
Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink.

Cheers,
Kels


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DIY Beauty Face Mask

Over the past few weeks my acne-prone, oily skin has been freaking out due to the change in the weather. I’ve tried many drugstore and high end face masks, but I’ve found that the best remedy to calm my skin down is a face mask that is made up of ingredients that I already own in my kitchen. In this post, I’m going to share my most worn mask that not only leaves your skin moisturized, glowing and smooth, but is also simple to make, easy on the wallet, and very effective!

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1/2 Banana
2 tbsp Raw Honey
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1. Mash the banana with a fork in a bowl until it’s a smooth, non-chunky texture.
2. Add the honey and cinnamon to the banana mixture.
3. Spread the mixture all over your face.
4. Leave the mixture on your face for 20-30 mins and then rinse it off with warm water and a gentle face cleanser.

Do you have any face mask recipes? Share them with me in the comments below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink.

Cheers,
Kels


I made the collage above using Polyvore.