Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening System Review

If you follow me on Instagram then you would know that I don’t keep my love for coffee a secret. I have at least 3 cups of coffee a day and it’s a bad habit that I’m trying to quit, but haven’t done so quite yet.

Unfortunately, with the coffee addiction comes the teeth yellowing. Even though I brush and floss my teeth after every cup of coffee I consume (yes, I’m a weirdo who keeps a tooth brush, toothpaste and floss in her purse), my teeth still yellow and it annoys me to no end. In the past I’ve used teeth whitening products such as trays, mouthwashes, and strips, but none of them have given me the pearly white results that I’m looking for.

pandamoniumpink.comMy teeth before using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system

pandamoniumpink.comEd’s teeth before using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system 

Smile Brilliant, a professional teeth whitening company, contacted me by email asking if I wanted to try out their teeth whitening system and I decided to give it a shot, since I was still on hunt for an effective teeth whitening method. At first I was very hesitant to try out their products, since my last Crest 3D Whitestrips experience left me in so much pain (and in tears) that I had to avoid drinking cold beverages and eating cold desserts for 2 weeks, but I talked on the phone with a friendly Smile Brilliant representative for 20 minutes and she walked me through their products and the teeth whitening process. She explained to me that the Smile Brilliant would make custom trays for my teeth, so the actual teeth whitening part wasn’t going to be uncomfortable. As well, she promised me that this experience wasn’t going to be anything like my disaster with Crest 3D Whitestrips because the teeth whitening gel was dentist quality, and that she would also send me the Smile Brilliant Desensitizing Gel so that I wouldn’t feel any pain once the process was over.

It was going to be efficient and pain-free? Alright, count me in! Already it was sounded way more promising than any of the other teeth whitening methods that I’ve previously tried.

The Smile Brilliant representative sent me 2 Smile Brilliant kits, 1 for myself and 1 for Ed, and they both arrived at my doorstep 1 week after I talked to her, which I was not expecting since the kits came from St. Louis and Canada Post is notoriously slow. Each kit contained the teeth impressions materials (3 white containers of Catalyst paste, 3 blue containers of Base paste, 2 teeth trays), a prepaid envelope, 3 boxes of Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Gel syringes, 3 boxes of Smile Brilliant Desensitizing Gel syringes, and a detailed instruction manual.

pandamoniumpink.comOne thing that you should know before you purchase the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system is that before you whiten your teeth for the first time, you will need to make impressions (using the Catalyst and Base paste included in the kit) and send them back to their offices so that they can make the custom teeth trays. You can’t use this process right out of the box when it first arrives in the mail, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to use the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system for a special event. Also note that their shipping is extremely fast (shipping within the USA is 2-3 business days and shipping outside of the USA is 6-1o business days), so really, this isn’t that big of an issue.

As soon as Ed and I tore into the box, we brushed and flossed our teeth and went straight to work on making our teeth impressions. The instruction manual said to do the top tray and bottom tray separately to make sure that the mould mixture doesn’t dry out, so I made the top tray first and then the bottom one. I mixed 1 container of white Catalyst paste with 1 container of blue Base paste by hand for 45 seconds, placed the putty into the tray, and pressed it into my teeth for 1 minute and 30 seconds, making sure that my front teeth lined up with the centre of the tray and that the paste covered my gum line. If you’ve done impressions for braces or retainers before, this process is very similar to that, minus the awful putty taste and plastic smell.

pandamoniumpink.compandamoniumpink.comEd had a fun time making his teeth impressions!

This step sounds challenging, but it’s not. You have to work fast, but it’s very intuitive! My tip would be not to move the move the mould around while you’re taking your impressions because if you do, it won’t accurately get the shape of your teeth.

After the 1 minute and 30 seconds were over, I took the moulds out of my mouth, placed them in the prepaid envelope, and sent the envelope off to Smile Brilliant.
Phase 1: complete!

When my Smile Brilliant custom clear teeth trays and a mould of my teeth arrived in the mail 8 days later, it was time for phase 2: the teeth whitening! I was so excited to start whitening my teeth because Ed’s birthday was coming up and I wanted to have sparkling white teeth for the pictures. I was still a little bit nervous that it would be painful, but I had the Smile Brilliant Desensitizing Gel syringes on hand, just in case.

The Smile Brilliant custom clear trays fit like a glove on my teeth and they wear so comfortably that while I was whitening my teeth, I completely forgot that I had them on! With the Crest 3D Whitestrips, I had problems with them sliding off my teeth while they were whitening, so it was always a messy process. With the Smile Brilliant customer clear trays, I could probably get away with wearing them while I was out of the house, provided that I didn’t have to do much talking.

The Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Gel is a dentist quality product that has 22% Carbamide Peroxide in it. It’s sticky so it adheres well to teeth and it lasts up to 1 year in room temperature environments and up to 2 years in a refrigerated environment.

The Smile Brilliant Desensitizing Gel is a dentist quality pre- treatment product that is used after the teeth whitening process to prevent teeth sensitivity. It temporarily seals micro-fractures and pores in the tooth’s enamel and it eliminates the possibility of the teeth whitening gel to penetrate into the more sensitive dentin beneath the enamel.

The teeth whitening process was incredibly simple, to the point where I had to double check the instruction manual to make sure that I wasn’t forgetting a step or two. I started by breaking off the tip of the whitening gel syringe and lining the inside of the custom clear tray with it. Because the gel is in a syringe, it’s easy to have control over how much gel you want to apply. The instruction manual suggests to use 1/3 – 1/4 of the 3mL syringe on both custom clear trays.

When I put both of the custom clear trays into my mouth, I was careful to make sure that my teeth didn’t pushed down the gel to the bottom of the trays. Since I want the front of my teeth to be whitened, I had to make sure they were in maximum contact with the gel.

pandamoniumpink.comThis is picture of me whitening my teeth with the clear custom clear trays and the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Gel. It got quite spitty!

I left both custom clear trays in my mouth for an hour before taking them out. The instructions say that you can leave them in for up to two hours, but I wanted to play it safe since this was the first time I was trying out the gel. It was suggested to me that for optimal results, I should whiten my teeth every other day for 1 hour for 2 weeks.

When I initially removed the custom clear trays from my mouth, I didn’t feel any pain, whatsoever, unlike when I do with the Crest 3D Whitestrips. I almost didn’t want to follow up with the Smile Brilliant Desensitizing Gel because I didn’t think that it was necessary, but I did anyway just in case. I applied the Smile Brilliant Desensitizing Gel the exact same was as I did with the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Gel, and I left it on for 15 minutes. Since my teeth didn’t feel sore after the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Gel, I didn’t notice any difference after I took the custom clear trays with the Smile Brilliant Desensitizing Gel out. I felt absolutely no pain after both gels and I was able to drink ice cold smoothies and eat ice cream later on that night, without any difficulties.

After my first teeth whitening session with the Smile Brilliant kit, I was amazed by how white my teeth looked. Finally, I was getting the results that I had been trying to achieve with the many drugstore products that I’ve wasted my money on! Not only did my teeth look clean and whiter, but they still felt healthy. I can only imagine what my teeth will look like after 2 weeks of teeth whitening. Pearly white teeth was actually attainable with Smile Brilliant!

pandamoniumpink.comMy teeth after using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system

pandamoniumpink.comEd’s teeth after using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system

Overall, I was very satisfied with the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system. It whitened my teeth very well (bye, bye yellow!), the process was simple, and most importantly, it was pain-free. Since I now have custom teeth trays, I can continue to use the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Gel and Desensitizing Gel and ditch the drugstore teeth whitening trays, mouthwashes and strips.

If you want to learn more about the Smile Brilliant at-home teeth whitening system, check out their website here: To watch a video about Smile Brilliant Professional Teeth Whitening Kit and the process, check it out here:


Disclaimer: The Smile Brilliant At-Home Teeth Whitening System was sent to me for review by Smile Brilliant. All of the thoughts and opinions mentioned in this product are my own and I am not receiving monetary compensation for this blog post.

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My “No Makeup” Makeup Routine

I rarely wear makeup in the summer when it’s very hot out, but when I do, I wear a “no makeup” makeup look. Sure I could probably skip makeup completely, but if I’m going out to a dinner party or an important work meeting, I like to wear makeup to cover up my redness and acne, and to prevent my face from looking overly greasy. I know that this makeup look is similar to what my face looks like when I’m not wearing makeup, but that’s the point! I decided to film and upload this tutorial video because it’s been highly requested by my YouTube viewers and Instagram followers for many months, so here it is. I hope you enjoy this video and remember that if makeup gives you that extra boost of confidence, then go ahead and wear it, no matter what the weather outside may be like. It’s your face, so you do what you please to it!

Here’s a list of products that were mentioned in the video:

1. Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen SPF 60
2. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
3. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion
4. Urban Decay ABC Gum Matte Eyeshadow
5. Target Eyelash Curler
6. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder
7. L’Oreal Voluminous Millions Of Lashes – Waterproof
8. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream (with 2% Salicylic Acid)
9. Beauty Blender
10. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
11. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Treatment Corrector
12. Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Powder
13. Murad Energizing Pomogranate Lip Protector
14. Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Gloss – Pink Protect
15. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray

If you have a YouTube video request for me, feel free to leave it in the comment section down below or tweet it to me @pandamoniumpink.

Until next time,


It’s the start of July, which means that I need to catch you all up on what’s been going on in my life… since my last blog post was uploaded in June. I’m not at the point yet where I can dedicate my entire life to blogging, so things like my job, my 2 online summer classes and my personal life have been taking top priority. That being said, I’m going to try my best to upload a blog post once a week so that I don’t have to come back in a month’s time with yet another update! Okay, now that I’ve gotten the boring updates out of the way (work and school), let’s move on to the FUN stuff:

1. I dyed my hair blue!
I finally, finally, FINALLY re-dyed the under belly of my hair! I dyed it ultraviolet purple back in November of 2014 and instead of getting it touched up when the color started to fade, I just let it turn into a lavender-white color. Before I decided to dye my hair ultraviolet purple, I really wanted to go pastel purple, so by letting the color fade out, I got to experience the best of both worlds! Two weeks ago I finally decided to visit my hair dresser to switch the color (I’m not going to lie, I was starting to get really tired of having purple hair) and I went royal blue. I  love my royal blue hair even more than my ultraviolet purple hair, and I think once the color fades out I’m going to re-dye it the same shade of blue.

2. I’ve been making YouTube beauty and lifestyle videos AND vlogs!
4 weeks ago (ironically around the time of my last blog post) I decided to get back on track with my YouTube beauty and lifestyle videos and vlogs. I re-discovered my love for making youtube videos on, so I set up an uploading schedule (I’ve been posting every Monday and Thursday for the past 4 weeks), revamped the banner artwork, and started filming collab videos (the first one is going up this week)! I feel like I finally have my YouTube groove back and I’ve been really excited to film, edit and upload videos on my “main” channel. I’ve also made a banner change on my vlog channel and I’ve gone back and redesigned every single vlog video’s thumbnail. Last week I got a vanity URL (at last!) for my vlog channel, so now I’m posting a vlog twice a week on It’s been really fun capturing my summer memories on film and I can’t wait to see what July and August’s vlog videos are going to about. Go check out both of my YouTube channels and let me know how you like the new changes!

3. I’m starting a new 12 week fitness program on MONDAY!
In the middle of June I finished a 12 week fitness program that I was working on with my trainer and as of last Monday I’ve decided to start another 12 weeks of training this coming Monday. Going into a workout with goals and a set plan really keeps me motivated, so I’m excited to push myself even harder at the gym over the next 12 weeks and see what happens. Just to clarify, I’m not preparing for a competition of any sort, I’m working on becoming a stronger version of myself both physically and mentally. It’s ME vs. ME! I’m still tracking what I eat and what I do at the gym on my health and fitness Instagram account, so don’t forget to follow me on

4. Exciting things are coming to!
Yes I haven’t been writing blog posts for the past month, but I have been thinking about the future of my blog and communicating with various companies to bring exciting things to I can’t say anything at the moment about what’s to come, but get ready for big things that will be beneficial to YOU.

So that’s everything that you’ve missed. Don’t forget that you can also keep up with my life via Instagram and Twitter. I’m really active on my social media networking sites, so follow me on those platforms to get up-to-date information about, and, my fitness journey and my social life.

See you soon,

My May Beauty Favorites

Yes May is over and we’re already 1 week into June, but today I’m throwing it back a week so I can talk about the beauty products that I loved last month!

1. Boscia Konjac Sponge Trio

I first heard about these Konjac cleansing sponges back in December when I was shopping at Sephora for Christmas presents, but I forgot about them until April of this year. At first I thought “why the heck would I spend $19 on 3 tiny sponges?” and then I realized that I splurge every few months on a new Beauty Blender Sponge, so I decided not to be so critical until I tried them out for myself. Halfway through May while I was on vacation, I decided to splurge and purchase the sponge trio and I’m really glad I did because these sponges have helped my skin out quite a bit! The trio includes 1 white sponge for all skin types, 1 back bamboo charcoal sponge for oily-combination skin, and 1 red deep hydrating clay sponge for dry skin. Each sponge lasts for 3 months and they have strings attached at the top, so you can hang them up to air dry (apparently that prevents bacteria from growing on them!). Although they’re small in the package, they double in size once they’re soaked in water, as sponges usually do, and they’re the prefect size to use around the nose and eye area. So how do you use the sponge? Exactly as you would use a washcloth! I put one pump of cleanser directly on to rounded part of the expanded sponge and then gently massage my face with it in circles. After, I rinse my soapy face with lukewarm water, apply my moisturizer, and wash the sponge to remove any excess soap. I hang it up to dry in my shower and it’s all ready for the next use! I’ve used both the white and black sponges and so far I’ve noticed that my skin doesn’t feel as oily as it usually does and the majority of the blackheads on my nose have disappeared. I haven’t used the red sponge yet because I usually have dry skin in the winter months, so I can’t speak on that one. I don’t really notice a difference between the black and white sponge, so if you’re debating between the two, I would suggest using the white one since it’s recommended for all skin types. So far I’m not regretting this purchase and I’ll most likely try the other Konjac sponges in the Boscia line! If you don’t want to spend the money on the Boscia Konjc sponges, I’ve seen other brands online carry Konjac sponges, so I’d suggest checking those ones out as an alternative.

2. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment – Light/Medium

I’m not usually a liquid concealer wearer, but recently I’ve been experimenting with different concealer formulas. This concealer is my top pick out of all the other concealers that I’ve tried so far (more on this in a future post), and I use it to cover up my acne and my acne scars. It’s not a full coverage concealer (I would say it has a light-medium coverage), but it’s not cake-y, it blends really easily with the sponge on the tip or with a Beauty Blender sponge, and it stays on for the entire day, even on my oily skin. I know some people use this concealer as an under eye brightener, but the shade that I’m using matches my skin perfectly, so I can’t comment on how well it can brighten the under eye area. The only issues that I have with this product is that I’m not sure how much concealer is in the tube and there’s no way to clean the sponge. This concealer does exactly what it claims to do and so far it’s at the top of my affordable drugstore concealer list!

3. Maybelline Pure BB Cream – Light/Medium

I started wearing the Maybelline Pure BB Cream last year and it’s the best drugstore face product that I’ve ever come across. I’ve been wearing tinted moisturizers and BB creams for 2 years now because they have a light and natural coverage, but this is the first BB cream that I’ve tried that is specifically formulated for acne prone skin. This BB cream has 2% salicylic acid and it does a good job covering up light acne and treating it at the same time. I love using it because it conceals my redness, it doesn’t clog my pores, and it can be used with or without a primer. A little dollop of this BB cream goes a long way, so although the tube looks small, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. If you’re giving this BB cream a shot, I would suggest applying it with a dampened Beauty Blender sponge!

4. Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof – Black Lace

I’ve repurchased this eye liner pencil from the Sephora Collection at least 8 times and honestly, I can’t live without it. The eye liner is extremly pigmented, creamy (almost as creamy as the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in the shade Perversion), and long lasting. I wear this eyeliner on my tight line and I don’t have a problem with it budging for at least 8 hours. I wouldn’t say that it’s completely waterproof, but it does hold up well through rain, sweat and tears, and it requires an oil based eye makeup remover to remove all traces of it. For the price, I would suggest this eye liner pencil over eye liner pencils from other high end makeup brands!

So there you have it, those were my 4 favorite beauty products in the month of May! If you have any makeup recommendations for me, let me know in the comments down below or tell me on Twitter @pandamoniumpink. Also, my laptop has been fixed, so I’m back to a regular blog post schedule. Thanks for sticking with me through all of my technological issues!

Until next time,

We’re Experiencing Some Technical Difficulties…

Hello Readers,

I just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I’m alive, I’m still here, and I’m writing and uploading this blog post from my WordPress iPhone app. I’ve been trying for the past few days to post something on my blog, but I haven’t been able to do so because my laptop has been shutting down by itself every 10 minutes. I’m bringing it into the Apple store tomorrow (Monday) to see what’s wrong, so fingers crossed that it will be fixed ASAP.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but please join me on Instagram (@pandamoniumpinkfit) in the meantime!

Until next time,

My Planner Supplies Storage: Travelon Mesh Pouches

Last week while I was shopping at Marshalls for OPI nail polishes (everyone knows that they have the best nail polish deals!), I came across a set of 3 rainbow striped mesh bags by Travelon. I had never heard of the brand before seeing them in the store, but the bright colors definitely caught my eye and I figured that I could always use a bag set, whether it be for travelling, makeup storage, or something else.

The set was on clearance for $6.99 regular $14.00, so I popped them in my shopping cart, paid, and went home (sans nail polish). As soon as I got home, a lightbulb went off in my head and I got the bright idea that I would use the big bag as an A5 Filofax carrying case, the medium bag to store sticker sheets, and the small bag to store rolls of washi tape. Since patent leather Filofaxes are prone to scratches and dents and my stickers and washi tape rolls were cluttering up my office desk (at the time), I knew was the perfect solution!

Over the past few weeks I had been searching on Etsy for an A5 Filofax cover, but I didn’t find one that fit my criteria. The large Travelon case was almost exactly what I was looking for because it perfectly fits my A5 Filofax width wise, it has a zippered enclosure so I can hold other things in it such as sticky notes and extra highlighters, and it didn’t add any extra bulk. Since it’s made out of mesh it isn’t waterproof, but it’s not like I’ll be carrying the bag and planner as is, so it will do a good job preventing future cover scratches from the contents of my bag.

The medium bag can hold my compact Calipso Filofax, but since it’s big enough width and length wise to hold my sticker sheets, what’s what I’m currently using it for. I don’t have many sticker sheets at the moment, but this bag can expand to hold a sicker collection 10 times the size of mine and possibly more. Now I can carry my stickers with me and scrapbook on the go!

Before buying these bags I was storing half of my washi tape collection in a carrying tube that I got at Michaels and the other half in a Ziploc plastic bag. Now all my washi tape rolls can be stored in the same place and I won’t have to spend extra time hunting for the one washi tape roll that fits my project’s needs. Sure I’m going to have to think of another storage situation as my washi tape collection grows, but for now the smallest Tavelon bag works! Also, in the future I plan to use this small bag as a pencil case to hold my pens, pencils, glue stick, correction tape, and sticky notes.

These bags feel sturdy and will probably last for the next few years. Because the entire set of 3 was only $6.99, I’m not too concerned about each bag’s longevity or if I get them dirty. I’m still going to be on the lookout for a colorful, waterproof carrying case for my A5 Filofax, but for now these bags work for what I’m using them for, so I’m pretty happy!

If you have any other bag suggestions that are affordable, colorful and around the same size as these ones, let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink. If you’re interested in my planner, crafting, and scrapbooking pictures, follow my new Instagram account pandamoniumpinkplans!

Until next time,

All pictures were taken by myself with the Canon Rebel T5. Please do not take my photos for personal or commercial use.

My Week In Pictures: May 11-17

To encourage myself to use my Canon Rebel T5 more often, I’m starting a weekly blog post series called My Week In Pictures, which will feature photos that I’ve taken throughout the week. Not only will this be a fun way to chronicle my day to day activities, but it will also give you all an idea of what I get up to when I’m not sitting behind my computer working and writing blog posts.

This week I visited quite a few Vancouver attractions and got to experience my city from a tourist’s point of view. I went on an adventure every day (it seemed) and I got to do it with a few of my favorite people.

1. The Vancouver Aquarium
On Tuesday I accompanied my mom to go to the Vancouver Aquarium, a world renowned marine science centre and research facility that is located in Stanley Park. I’m an annual member at the Vancouver Aquarium and I enjoy visiting all the animals (except for the snakes). The Vancouver Aquarium is currently featuring a special exhibit called Sea Monsters Revealed and if you’re living in Vancouver or just visiting, I would highly recommend checking it out!

Sea Monsters Revealed!

At around 4pm the majority of the animals were taking an afternoon nap. Above are 2 pictures of Sea Otters and below are 2 Sea Lions.

The 2 belugas were quite active and were really enjoying each other’s company!

The jellyfish always captivate my attention. Also, they show up really well on camera.

Every time I visit the African Penguins I always smile because they’re so amusing and silly. It was challenge to take their pictures because of the reflections on the glass, but I figured it out (kind of) in the end.

2. FlyOver Canada and The Vancouver Lookout
On Thursday Ed and I experienced the Fly Over Canada 4D simulation ride at Canada Place for the first time and took the Harbour Centre elevator 553.6 ft skyward to the Vancouver Lookout to get a 360 degree aerial view of the city. Of course I couldn’t take any pictures while on the simulation ride, but I did snap a shot of Ed hanging out at the Canadian Trail around Canada Place.

A gorgeous view of BC Place Stadium, home to the BC Lions Football team.

An overview look of Gastown, Railtown, and East Vancouver. This is where I played the “Spot My Office” game.

Stanley Park and Coal Harbour from afar. 

3. The Greater Vancouver Zoo
On Saturday Ed and I drove for 45 minutes to visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo. It was a first time experience for both of us, but we really enjoyed seeing all the mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles.

4 or 5 peacocks were running around the zoo freely and I couldn’t get enough of them. They’re so majestic!

The first thing that we did once we got to the zoo was watch the Radical Raptors show. We were introduced to the Great Horned Owl named Hedwig (pictured above) and a falcon, and we watched them fly from post to post and respond to their trainer’s verbal commands.

This peacock posed perfectly for our pictures. I had never seen a peacock spread its feathers before and it was breathtaking.

2 Camels having lunch.

An Arctic Fox.

2 Hippopotamuses walking towards their napping spot.

The fastest turtle I’ve ever seen. I’m not kidding, this guy was motoring really quickly!

So that wraps up this week’s adventures! I’m quite excited to be starting this blog post series and it’s definitely going to motivate me to carry my camera wherever I go. Don’t forget that you can see more pictures from my adventures on my Instagram page (@pandamoniumpinkfit). Do you have any suggestions on where I should adventure to next? Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter (@pandamoniumpink).

Until next time,

All pictures were taken by myself with the Canon Rebel T5. Please do not take my photos for personal or commercial use.

Who Are You? Who, Who, Who, Who?

I’ve gained a handful of new blog readers and followers ever since’s re-launch last week, so I’ve decided that it would make sense for me to write a blog post re-introducing myself. You know everything there is to know about my blog, so now it’s time to learn a little bit about me: the girl behind the computer screen!


Name: Kels
Age: 22. Yes I’m aware that I don’t look my age. I often get mistaken for a 17 or 18 year old.
Current location: Vancouver, Canada.
Hairstyle: I’ve had bangs and straight hair for 22 years.
Glasses or no glasses: I only wear glasses when I’m reading, writing, or in class, although technically I should be wearing them all the time.
Favorite Animal: I love pandas, of course! I’ve loved them ever since I was 5 years old and I still do, hence the decision to name my blog Pandamoniumpink. Coincidently, my sorority’s unofficial mascot is the panda.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What spare time? I kid, I kid. I love blogging, writing pen pal letters, reading, scrapbooking, filming YouTube videos, watching Netflix, hanging out with my friends, working out at the gym, shopping, and eating my way around Vancouver. I’m currently learning how to use my Canon Rebel T5, so that’s what’s been taking up the majority of my spare time these days.

What’s your favorite food to eat? Oh man, I love eating! I’d have to narrow it down to tacos, sushi, pasta and anything with avocados. If I had to only choose one, the choice would definitely be TACOS. I live for tacos. #WhyIsThereNoTacoEmoji

What’s your favorite TV show?  I re-watch a lot of TV shows so the only one that I follow religiously that is still on the air is Pretty Little Liars. I love re-watching Friends, Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, The Mindy Project (the news that it was cancelled DEVASTATED me), Reba, Hope and Faith, and Seinfeld. I used to be a big fan of CSI (all of them except for Miami), Law & Order, and Criminal Minds, but I had to stop watching any sort of crime/forensic show before I went to bed because it gave me terrible nightmares. I used to watch 2 Broke Girls, Gotham, The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn 99, Modern Family, Dance Moms and New Girl, but I lost interest in all of them about a year ago (that being said, I’m planning to give them all a second chance this summer). I’m thinking of starting One Tree Hill and Hart of Dixie (does anyone have any opinions on either of these shows?), but I don’t really have the time at the moment.

What is the longest you have gone without sleep? 26 hours.

What’s your favorite word? Melancholy.

What do you like on your pizza? My favorite toppings are black olives, ham, cheese, fresh basil and onions.

What’s the one sound that annoys you? The sound that a lawnmower makes drives me absolutely nuts!

What’s your favorite junk food? I love popcorn, chips, Diet Coke, and ice cream. I’m also a big fan of Sour Patch Kids, but honestly, I’ll eat anything that’s gummy.

Batman or Superman? Batman ALL THE WAY. I’m a self proclaimed Batman Super Fan.

Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island? I think I would choose my dad because he’s smart, resourceful, patient, and calm in any situation. Also, he has a lot of great survival skills, so that’s a major perk!

What would you do if you won the lottery? I would take a vacation to a tropical island for a few weeks and then put the rest of my winnings into my bank account. I know that’s a really boring answer, but that’s exactly what I would do.

What was your most memorable birthday? My 5th birthday because I cracked my head open and went to the hospital to get 13 stitches. My scar is one of the reasons why I have bangs.

So there you have it, that’s everything you need to know about me. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section down below, in my Tumblr ASK section, or on Twitter. Also, if you’re a new blog reader or follower, welcome! It means a lot to me that you checked out my blog and it would mean even more to me if you hit that Follow button on the right hand side.

Until next time,

How I Got 3 Filofax Planners For $20 Each

Now that you’re all caught up on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing, let’s talk about what I loved during the month of April.

I’ve been a planner girl since the age of 5 (I went to a university prep school where they made all the students from grade 1-12 use a planner) and it’s always been a dream of mine to own a leather Filofax. Sure we’re now in the era of smart phones and smart watches, but I find that I can organize my thoughts a lot clearer on paper. Also, I admit there’s something really satisfying about physically crossing things off a list. My planner goes wherever I go and I use it to track my appointments, meetings, conference calls, date nights, gym training sessions, and of course to make lists. My planner is my lifeline, which is why I wanted to invest in a Filofax for many years, since it’s known to be THE BEST of the best. The price tag of an A5 Filofax was what held me back from getting one all these years, but I decided that if I was going to use it every single day, all day long, for the rest of my life, then why not splurge for once? I was ready to buy a Filofax planner, no matter the cost.

At the end of March I was procrastinating online (I really should have been studying for my final exams) and I stumbled upon the Office Max Canada website. I was looking through their planner section when I saw a banner that said “FILOFAX- 50% OFF SALE.” Uh, what?! I did a double take and immediately clicked the link to the Filofax section. To my disbelief, all the Filofaxes were marked down to $19 – $28! Filofaxes are typically $50 – $150 so this was quite a steal. I told myself that if I bought 3 Filofaxes it would cost a little over half the price of 1 full price A5 Filofax, so I immediately picked out the 3 that I wanted (1 Patent Fuchsia Original A5, 1 Purple Calipso A5, 1 Black Calipso compact) and proceeded to the online check out. 3 Filofaxes for $85 (including tax) and free shipping? Yes please! Lo and behold, 3 business days later my 3 Filofaxes were delivered to my house and I went from a Filofax dreamer to a Filofax collector.

I should also add that the hefty discount on the Filofax planners was a MASSIVE mistake on Office Max Canada’s part. The day after I received my planners in the mail I returned to the website to decide whether or not I should buy one more (I know, I’m addicted). I noticed that the prices were set to a different sale price than what I had paid and instead of each planner being $20 something dollars, there was a little banner that said the planners were 20% off. Oops!

Anyway, as soon as I unboxed the shipping package, I decided to put the 2 Calipsos in storage and only use the Patent Fuschia Original, since it was the first one that caught my eye on the website. It’s been a little over a month since I’ve transferred all my things into the Filofax and made it my new home for all my important scribbles. I wasn’t a huge fan of the inserts that came inside the Filofax, so I recently designed, printed, cut, and punched my own (more on this in a future post). I think it’s safe to say that all 3 of my Filofax planners trumped all my other favorites this past month and I’m definitely not finished collecting them.

Are you a planner collector? Does your heart beat faster when you see a Filofax, Erin Condren Life Planner, inkWell Press Planner, Plum Paper Planner, Kikki K Planner, or Color Crush Planner? Let me know in the comments down below or on Twitter @pandamoniumpink.


All pictures were taken by myself with the Canon Rebel T5. Please do not take my photos for personal or commercial use.

I Fell Out Of Love… But That’s Okay.

Hello readers of,

It’s me, Kels! Do you even remember who I am? I’m the girl who hasn’t written a blog post since the end of February. Yes, the one who’s been very active on social media, but who has had troubles committing to this blog over the past 10 months. I’m the same one who’s been having a challenging time deciding which direction to take this blog into.

Does any of this ring a bell?

Today I’m bringing you good news: I’m back, I’ve finally decided on what I want to do with this blog, and I’m here to stay.

At the beginning of February I actually had everything figured out. I sorted out a realistic blogging schedule, a list of blog posts to write, and my life (somewhat). I was on a roll with my blog post writing and uploading, and I was determined to keep delivering content to my readers. It wasn’t until the end of February when I hit a roadblock that I couldn’t get past. I spent many hours sitting at my computer writing blog post after blog post on Microsoft Word, editing my work, and then dragging the file directly to my desktop trashcan. To make even more time for writing, I pushed aside midterm exam studying (thankfully my grades didn’t suffer), I cancelled plans with friends, and I even stopped working a side job that I had started in January. This writing process continued until the end of March, when the 1-month anniversary of no new blog posts came around. It frustrated the hell out of me that I couldn’t think of anything to say and I officially chalked it up to it being a ginormous writer’s block. I took a 1-week electronic detox and I decided that the best way to overcome this was to take a vacation from my blog.

For an entire month.

Sure it was discouraging to see my readership number drop and fewer comments left on my blog posts, but time away definitely helped me see the bigger issue. This writer’s block didn’t hit me because of poor organization and multitasking skills, as some would like to think (I’m actually excellent at organizing and multitasking, not to toot my own horn or anything), or because I suddenly hated writing; it actually transpired because I had fallen out of love with my blog.

I first started blogging (on a different blogging platform) when I was 18 years old and obsessed with all things beauty. I had aspirations to work in the industry and talking about makeup and skincare products truly excited me. I kept a calendar that was dedicated to product launches, I memorized entire makeup collections from brands that I loved, and I may or may not have skipped a few Anthropology lectures to network with industry professionals whom I idolized. I was head over heels with this world and my blog was a love letter from me to the beauty industry.

When I was 20 years old I was still fascinated with the beauty industry, but my love for it had scaled back a considerable amount. I was less focused on makeup and skincare products and more focused on the packaging, the branding, and the marketing, since that’s what I had transferred colleges to study. Instead of pining over how well a product preformed, I was more interested to see how a brand would sell it. I still enjoyed writing about beauty, but I wanted to see what else was out there, so my blog post topics started to branch out. I was now calling a lifestyle blog.

That brings us to now, 2 years later, age 22 (turning 23 later on this year). I’m now more confident when I don’t wear makeup than when I do and I can count on both hands the number of times I wear makeup in a month. My beauty product knowledge is out-dated by 6 months and I can’t for the life of me tell you what’s new in stores. I can’t remember the last time I walked into a Sephora. I’m less thrilled about makeup and skincare and more thrilled about scrapbooking supplies and 40% coupons at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. (That being said, I’m still very up to date with every nail polish collection launch by OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Julep, Butter London, and Ciate, but I digress.)

So what does this mean for Well, my blog is definitely not solely a beauty blog anymore, that’s for sure. I still love the beauty world and I think it will always be a part of my life, but I don’t want to write about beauty products in every blog post. My blog is going to turn into an online journal where I’m going to write about beauty… AND music, fitness, food, fashion, photography, crafting, my sick obsession with Filofax planners, and my life. Instead of writing blog posts that are scheduled like clockwork around product launches and parties, I’m going to write when I feel like it (2 times a week, at the very least) and I’m going to let my personality shine through in my writing. I’m not a business trying to turn a profit; I’m a blogger who is using this platform as a creative outlet. I enjoy writing and I want to keep enjoying it. I don’t want my blog to feel like work and I don’t want to dread writing blog posts.

I understand that by writing this post I’m sacrificing my viewership, but I think it’s fair to let everyone know what’s been going on. I believe in being honest with my readers all the time and I hope everyone can respect that or at least understand my blogging decision. Please keep in mind that I’ve grown up since starting this blog in 2010. Change is inevitable and I’m lucky to have all my changes documented on my blog.


On a different note, if you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to while I was on a blogging vacation, here are some pictures! I finished up my final exams at the beginning of April and then went on 2 road trips: 1 to Agassiz, BC and 1 from Austin, Texas to Scottsdale, Arizona.

The road trip to Agassiz, BC was a daytrip with my boyfriend (and blog contributor) Ed. We originally planned on going to the Tulip Festival, but due to an unforeseen festival closure, we ended up going to a dairy farm, a hazelnut farm, a hot spring, a pottery and coffee farm, and an Olive Garden. I love being on farms, so this was definitely a relaxing and fun mini road trip!

This was my very first time taking my new Canon EOS Rebel T5 out, so I experimented with the different camera features by snapping shots of the farm animals and gorgeous scenery.

Two days later I left for Austin, Texas. I don’t really want to divulge into my reasoning for begin down South, but I had an amazing time with my family and friends. Of course I took pictures at the iconic Allen’s Boots. It doesn’t get more Texan than Texas flag cowboy boots!

Meet Murphy, the friendliest Cavalier King Charles Spaniel you will ever meet. He enjoys long walks, any toy that squeaks, and watching HGTV’s Property Brothers when no one’s home!

I loved taking pictures of cacti and flowers in Austin. I definitely enjoy taking pictures of still objects over moving objects… I learnt that very quickly.

After a stopover in Lubbock, Texas, we drove to Santa Fe, New Mexico. What a fun city! None of us had ever been to Santa Fe, so it we did a lot of exploring. We stayed at a suite-hotel (that had a kitchenette, a living room and a patio) and spent our days touring Old Santa Fe, eating amazing food, and exploring public art, various art studios, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

pandamoniumpink.comArt work from left to right: Kevin Box, Georgia O’Keeffe, Kevin Box

After a few days in Santa Fe, we packed up the car and headed to THE GRAND CANYON. Ever since I was 5 years old the Grand Canyon has been on my bucket list. Pictures and words do not do it justice and I’m happy to report that we spent 13 hours there! For more pictures, check out my instagram account.

pandamoniumpink.comYes, it snowed the night before!

After spending a few days at the small town next to the Grand Canyon, we drove to Sedona, Arizona and then to Scottsdale, Arizona. This was the last leg of our trip and we spent our time tanning by the pool, shopping, and relaxing. Again, more pictures are on my Instagram account!

So that wraps up this tremendously long blog post. I’m excited to start this new chapter of my blog and I’m grinning from ear to ear because I get to end this blog post by saying “SEE YOU ON MONDAY.”