Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Macaroni: Saturday Bird Watching

So there's a part of this here blog that I have been neglecting and that is my darling sweetheart, Macaroni.  She is my little fluffball of occasional jerkiness and lots of love. 

Saturday I spent most of my day at home with the windows wide open and Macaroni enjoying the bird show outside.  I took it upon myself to experiment with my camera as I'm still learning all the functions.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cleaning Out My Camera Lookbook

Happy Saturday!

Hope you're all having a great weekend so far!  I was going through my camera and had a bunch of looks that I never posted because it didn't really "fit in" with any posts so here's a post for all the misfit looks!

Monday, August 19, 2013

That Time I Got a Twitter

Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I got a Twitter.  I'm sure you were wondering to yourself when I was going to get one.  Now you can finally sleep at night.  (Aaaaand sarcasm ends here)

You can find me @makeupmacaroni.  I'm still getting the jist of it.  Most of my tweets are about Breaking Bad sooo yeah.

Come follow me!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: Ulta Eyeshadow

Good Sunday night to you!  I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!  I had a great one so far, including getting the new Disney Infinity game this morning!  My boyfriend spoiled the crap out of me and got me so much stuff so I've been enjoying that for the afternoon.  But being that I'm not a huge gamer and I lack the patience to get through parts that don't seem to make sense I had to walk away for the night.  Not to mention the fact that Breaking Bad is in a little more than an hour!!  So excited.  I decided to blow off watching Summerslam because I couldn't even handle not watching that show when it airs.

Anyway.  If you read my last post [link] about the free Ulta stuff I got using my rewards you'll remember that I got two different quads of eyeshadow.  I decided to give them a try this weekend and I'm excited to share my thoughts with you!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Haul: Free Ulta Stuff (You Can Get It Too!) and Target Cartwheel Awesomeness!

Remember that time that this was a makeup blog?  Me too!  And I'm back at it with something pretty awesome.

If you're an Ulta Rewards member you should have gotten your rewards certificate.  I love getting these!  I used to get to high levels but I haven't in a while, but somehow I ended up getting a level 7 this quarter.   Nothing was really popping out to me in higher levels since lord knows the last thing I need is another curling iron and I still haven't even moved all my perfume and body sprays from my parents' house so I decided to group together some of the lower level stuff.  I've never tried the Ulta brand makeup and while I was flipping through the catalog I saw that if you spent $19.50 on Ulta brand products you received a bag full of more Ulta brand makeup and a couple brushes.  Any Ulta brand eye shadow or pencil was a level 2, so I got 3 of those and an Ulta brand nail polish, which was level 1.  The cashier didn't think that I was going to qualify for the gift since I didn't acually spend the $19.50 but it worked!  Behold all the freebies!

Let's break it all down!

Healthy Living: Volume #8


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ramble On: Music and the Importance of TRL

We take a break from this regulary scheduled blog post to substitute another blog post.  I'm going to be doing Healthy Living tomorrow because I was at a concert last night (which if you can guess is the reason why I'm posting this blog) and I didn't get home until 12:30 and had scheduled myself to come in to work at 1:00 this afternoon.  I like to weigh myself at the same time and that's usually around 6:00am.  Since I slept in I'm holding off until tomorrow so it's a more accurate representation of the week.

Anyway, onto the topic at hand:  music.  Last night I experienced something that my 12-year-old-teeny-bopper-self would probably never imagine would ever happen in the Legends of Summer tour which consisted of the amazing colaboration of Jay Z and Justin Timberlake.  Growing up in the late 90's I was definitely all about the boy bands.  First it was the Backstreet Boys and anyone who tried to come up against them was just a rip off and I wouldn't have anything of it.  Then I started to bow to NSYNC and 98 Degrees and LFO and all the rest of them.  The more the merrier, right?  That was my life.  I just loved boy bands and pop music and nothing else.

That is until a little show called Total Request Live started airing on weeknights.  They would play 5 songs voted on by the public in numeric order by the number of votes each video got.  It was a simple enough concept but man was it probably one of the most important music-related things that could have happened to my generation.  Obviously the show ended up morphing into a full hour-long show that blew up and was all anyone talked about.  Anyone with internet access would vote their heads off to make sure that their favorite band's video wasn't bumped from the ever coveted number one spot.  The genious of this show was that while I was sitting there waiting to see where "Bye, Bye, Bye" fell in the Top 10, I was taking in all these other genres of music that I wouldn't have ever given the time of day and the scope of Top 40 music changed.  As much as I tried to hate Korn, who always seemed to be one of the bands trying to knock my beloved boy bands from their top spot, their songs started to grow on me.  Same with Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Jay Z and the like.  All these artists that I would scoff at at first started to become artists that I wanted more of.  Not to say that I stopped loving my boy bands but I was able to enjoy other genres just as much.  And I think that speaks to most of the TRL generation.  I think you would be hard pressed to find someone in their mid-to-late 20s that doesn't know "Freak on a Leash" even if they aren't Korn's biggest fan, or someone who doesn't love rocking out to "Bawitaba". 

I feel as though this realization was evidenced even more last night at this concert I went to.  I don't know what I was expecting out of the crowd at this concert to be honest.  I know that personally I was way more excited to be able to see Jay Z than Justin Timberlake but when I got to the show I felt like I was probably going to be in the minority.  I was dead wrong.  There were just as many people around me going lyric for lyric with Jay as they were with Justin, and girls who didn't look like they knew any words to Jay Z surprised the crap out of me.  Granted I'm probably included in that category because one probably wouldn't look at me and imagine that I can pretty much rap word-for-word the entirety of "99 Problems". 

It makes me sad to think that the generation behind me doesn't really have an outlet that allows them to explore music the way TRL did for me.  Everyone has iPods and Spotify and pretty much listen to what they like instead of trying to branch out and try new stuff.  And the sin of it is that it takes some time to for most new music to grow on people.  The beauty of TRL was that odds are that most of the music on that show was on there for at least a week so you started to be able to form a better opinion of it as the week went on as opposed to listening to something and turning it off after a couple seconds because something about it doesn't sound right to you. 

We could obviously go on and on about how MTV barely even plays music anymore but that's common knowledge and an argument that apparently just seems to fall on deaf ears anyway.  The point is, you should be trying out some new music every once in a while.  Step outside your comfort zone.  You never know what you may end up liking and having a broader knowledge of music never hurt anyone.

Anyway, the concert was beyond amazing and is rivaling Mumford and Sons for the best concert I've ever been to.  The way they weaved in and out of each other's songs and how Justin would seamlessly collaborate on a Jay Z song by playing guitar or piano was the coolest thing ever.  And good lord, I give Jay so much more credit for being able to rap and bounce around and move all over the stage because I would get myself so out of breath trying to keep up with him while I was dancing!  I just wanted that show to keep going forever and lord knows they probably could have.  The music library between them is vast and they somehow were able to narrow it down to I would say 30-40 songs between the two.  I almost feel like it didn't happen, it was that surreal, but my sore throat from screaming and singing and my sore body from dancing for three straight hours remind me that I did indeed experience this once in a lifetime performance.

Somewhere inside me my little teeny-bopper self is still in disbelief that a collaboration like this even happened.  If you asked me 15 years ago if this would be a concert I would ever see in my lifetime I probably would have told you that NSYNC is never breaking up and I probably wouldn't go see Jay Z in concert.  Look at me now.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Random Happiness: Mumford & Sons "Hopeless Wanderer" Music Video

Good afternoon!

My favorite band in the world right now is Mumford and Sons.  I saw them in concert in February and it was hands down the best concert I've ever been to.  They even filmed the music video for Whispers In The Dark in and around the concert venue in Camden, New Jersey.  So awesome. 

Then they released this video for Hopeless Wanderer this week.  Ohmygoodness.  I love this.  It features Jason Bateman (as the Arrested Development Facebook page said, "tasting the happy, which tastes a lot like the sad"), Will Forte, Ed Helms and Jason Sudeikis as the band and they do all sorts of weird things.  Take a gander and enjoy the music!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Healthy Living: My Weekend

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  Mine was nice and relaxing, although I feel like I snuck too much food cheating in those couple days without any working out to balance it out.  Ugh. 

Friday I did some errands in the morning.  I came home and had lunch and then relaxed until my food was settled so I could do some Zumba.  I had gone to Target in the morning and decided I wanted a Frappacino.  I got it skinny so it had to be okay, right?!  Wrong.  So very, very wrong.  Even skinny, my Grande Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frapp was 420 calories.  That's an entire MEAL!  But I did get this adorable little plastic cup thing that is totally going to be used for some smoothie action in the near future!  The boyfriend and I went to Chili's for dinner and we got potato skins for an appetizer and I got a buffalo chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries for dinner. Yum.  That was supposed to be my cheat day but then the next day came... :-\

We went to the Christiana Mall in Delaware so we could go explore the LEGO Store tax free.  My boyfriend collects them and I love to build them so it all works out!  We did a little bit of walking but for the most part all the stores we wanted to go to were closely clumped together so there wasn't much of a workout in there.  Then we went to Cheeseburger in Paradise and I had a buffalo chicken wrap this time with sweet potato chips.  I'm awfully predicable, aren't I?  Just throw some buffalo chicken and a form of a sweet potato in front of me and I'm a happy camper.  I can't find the nutrition information anywhere so I have nooo idea how far out of my calorie zone I was.

On Sunday I was hell bent on getting up, having breakfast and being productive, which would have included working out.  Then I started watching Breaking Bad and it all went downhill from there.  I sat on my couch and took those in all day long.  I started at like 9:30 and didn't stop until 7:30.  I'm now starting to see why Netflix is so addicting.  I only used it for Arrested Development before.  We ordered out for lunch and I got a turkey and cheese wrap with lettuce, tomato and mayo, along with half a bag of sweet potato chips (surprise!).  I tried to make some delicious quinoa salad but it turned out so very, very wrong that it shall be going in the trash.  Ugh.

I picked up some kale when I went grocery shopping, however, so I'm going to make some kale stuff tonight.  I think I'm going to give kale chips a try because they sound delicious!  I'm also going to be trying a dip for some fruit that I saw.  I shall let you guys know how everything turns out!

So that was my failure at a healthful weekend, haha.  I'm going to try to do some sort of something tonight while I get sucked back in to Breaking Bad.  I can certainly watch the show while doing a workout.  It's times like this when I miss having a gym membership.  I would totally just take my iPad and my Netflix and go on the eliptical for an hour or something.  Oh well, I'll make it work!

Hope your weekend was a little more on the successful side!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Girl About Town: Ocean City, New Jersey

Hello everyone!  I'm unfortunately not one of those people who can go to the beach and just relax on the sand, read a book or take a nap.  I'm way too anxious for that.  That's why I usually gravitate towards places with a boardwalk and hands down my favorite one in New Jersey is in Ocean City.  I'm also a giant fan of mini golf and I think that Ocean City has some of the best courses.  My Mom and I used to take a whole day and go up and down the boardwalk playing every single one.

I went down there over my vacation to take some pictures and enjoy the ocean air.  There's something so magical about the ocean.  Just knowing that out in that water are all these amazing and majestic creatures swimming around, not to mention that on the other side of that ocean are a slew of other countries with different ways of life and culture than me.  It just makes you feel so small to stand there and watch the waves roll in.  Plus there have been a number of great white shark sightings around here and I can only hope that I see one!  I have an obsession with them that is beyond explanation.