Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weekly Geekly: Irrationalities of a Fan girl

Oh, hey there! Sorry for my absense. Remember when I said that giving myself a schedule was going to be a good thing? Yeah, well, Harry Potter is making that a bit difficult at the moment. Which is what inspired this post, really. It's not a Harry Potter post (not yet. I'm planning on doing a whole, long post when I'm done with the whole series), but I have discovered my inner fan girl all over again. It's been in hiding, just waiting to come out. I was a fan girl when I was little, and I will be a fan girl until the day I die. I just needed something to reawaken her.
On that note, I've also rediscovered how irrational I can be when I fan girl. I think we can all admit some irrationality when it comes to our series or book or movie or what have you, and everyone attaches themselves to one character especially. So, for sake of using examples, when needed, I will be referring to my current fan girl favorite in Remus Lupin.
Number One: Your Pinterest, Etsy, etc. accounts are LITTERED with merchandise, quotes, pictures, clothes, etc. from whatever or whomever your fan girl target is.
I admittedly had to make myself a Harry Potter board on Pinterest because my standard Nerd board wasn't enough. I have wands in mind that I want (yes, the Lupin wand), clothes that I need in my life, a cute Moony necklace, a Marauders Map mug, and so on and so fourth. There is not enough money that I can make in a lifetime to justify buying the Hogwarts Lego set for $500 on Amazon from someone who probably already built it and lost three key pieces but it still needs to be in consideration.
Number Two: No matter what the source material tells you, you will fight until you are blue in the face that your favorite character was justified in every single thing they did, no matter how terrible they might be.
You just can't accept that they aren't the best thing ever. They don't need to be perfect, but they are your person, and in some ways an extension of you, so there is no way that they are terrible. They could be the ultimate bad guy but you just can't find a fault. For instance, I won't accept that Lupin was ever a bad person, he's just guilty by association. He ran with a crew who liked to make fun of Snape but he didn't do much himself. He just wanted to read his book. Granted, I'm just done with the fifth book so for all I know, he could murder a town of people in the next two books, but I'm sure that he'd have his reasons.
Number Three: No love interest will ever be good enough for them. Period. End of story. (Except for you, of course.)
I don't really feel like I need to elaborate. You all know that feel.
Number Four: If you fan girl over a character from a book or comic book that is made into a movie or TV show, the person who plays your character will initially not be good enough to play that character. However, they start to grow on you and then you need to know everything about that actor and see everything that they're in.
I feel like people are never happy with the person who brings a written character to life. There's some instances that are exceptions (the Golden Trio jumps to my mind), but there are times when it just doesn't seem to work. Again, for my example, when I first watched Prisoner of Azkaban, I was not in at all with David Thewlis as Lupin. He wasn't at all how I pictured Lupin would look and I wasn't accepting it at all. But then he just grew on me, and I wanted to explore David's work more. And truly, the actors end up becoming just as close with that character as you are so it's easy to let them in. Eventually. Some screening in necessary.
Number Five: Similarly, you get SO MAD if your characters' big presence in the comic book or book is minimized in the movie.
I have to take it to Lupin again on this one. As I said, I just finished the fifth book (Order of the Phoenix) and I have been reading the book and then watching the movie. Lupin had a decent presence in the book, however, in the movie he was beary there. And it's an injustice.
Number Six: Your favorite characters' death puts you in mourning that is equal to losing a family member.
I haven't gotten to Lupin's death yet but I know he does die. Sirius Black is probably towards the tail end of my top ten favorite characters and when he died, I lost a piece of my heart and my day wasn't the same. I wore all black that day and didn't care. It was terrible. I'm not even ready for Lupin to die. It's going to be a terrible couple of days.
Number Seven: When your book, movie, series, what have you comes to an end, you really just don't know what to do with the empty void in your soul.
That's all I have, although I know there are so much more. What other fan girl irrationalities do you experience? Have you experienced any of the above? Let me know in the comics below!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weekly Geekly: X-Men Days of Future Past Excitement

Okay, so this has been in my head for MONTHS and I've been meaning to start this up. I'm just jumping in with it. Welcome to my Weekly Geekly, which will be every Wednesday here on the blog. I will post about one or many geeky things that I'm excited about. This week, it's X-Men.

The X-Men series was one of the first exposures I remember to having to the comic book world. I have a brother that is five years older than I am, so when I was younger I wanted to do everything he wanted to do. I remember watching the animated X-Men series with him on Saturday mornings, or rewatching the VHS tapes we had gotten from Pizza Hut constantly. I remember reading the comic books that he had thrown to the side and becoming captivated by Phoenix (even though Storm will always be my favorite). As I got older, I remember bonding with some of the guys in my elementary school classes over X-Men and buying packs of trading cards to trade with them and taking them home to try to draw them, which was usually a big giant fail.
As I got older I didn't necessarily keep up with my love for the comics but every time one of the movies came out I was definitely there opening weekend. It's something that I can talk about with my dad and with my brother. While I'm not an avid comic book reader (I'm more of a dabbler), I still enjoy living these characters' stories. This series is one that brings back so many memories for me and I really just love having the opportunity to see these characters played out so well in front of me. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to seeing the new X-Men journey this weekend.
Are you planning on going to see it? What's your favorite memory of your Geekly love? Favorite member of the X-Men? Leave me some comments below!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Makeup Monday: #MKGlam Influenster Review

Happy Monday! So I'm going to give myself a schedule to work with and hope that I can stick with it. From the title, Mondays will be Makeup Monday! Today I wanted to pop back with a review of the Mary Kay products that I received a couple weeks ago from Influenster.
First, the brushes. I received the powder brush and the cream eye color/concealer brush. I really liked both if them. The cream eye color one really helps to apply the color evenly all over the lid. Sometimes using your finger can give it those weird bumps so this really helps! The powder brush also is nice as it helps blend the very fine translucent powder perfectly onto the face.
The translucent powder is crazy nice. It is so light on the skin that it feels like you aren't wearing anything at all. Personally, I don't need much coverage and I'm not the biggest fan of wearing foundation so I'm more of a concealer and powder girl. This set the foundation I used perfectly and just gave a nice, finished veil over my skin. I'm really enjoying it.
The Lash Love mascara really blew me away. The volume you can get with that stuff is INSANE. I couldn't believe what my lashes looked like! I could really only get away with one coat before they started getting clumpy but I really only needed the one! It's great stuff.
Left to Right: Gel Eyeliner in Jet Black; Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist; Blush in Shy; Bronzer in Light/ Medium; NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango
The eyeliner (first swatch) is really nice. The consistency of the product is beautiful and makes it very easy to get a nice, smooth line. The pigmentation is great and lasts all day. I didn't have any issues with it flaking off on the wings at any point. It also takes a little budging to get off, which for me is wonderful. I would rather work a little harder to get a product off my eye if it means it stays put all day!
The Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist (second swatch) is stunning and perfect for any occasion. The first application goes on a bit sheer so you can just have a nice wash of color on your lid with a subtle glow, or you can build it up to make it more pigmented. Either way, the product doesn't crease, which is rare for me, so that gets it extra thumbs up!
The blush in Shy (third swatch) is a really pretty color that takes some building up to get it to be an intense color, which in my book is a wonderful thing of blush. There's nothing worse than going into blush thinking you have just enough and then when you put it on your face you look like a clown. The color is beautifully subtle and gives you a lovely glow and It can definitely be built up. I liked applying it a little heavier towards my temples and blending it downward towards my apples for a natural glow.
The Bronzer in Light/Medium (fourth swatch) was my absolute favorite product of the lot. Being a fair skinned chick, I have a tough time finding bronzers that aren't too dark or aren't too muddy looking. This one is absolutely perfect. It has a hint if shimmer to it but not too overpowering that you can't use it as a contour. I'm not a fan of full-on harsh contouring but I like to go over the contour areas with a larger, fluffy brush to get that just off the beach look. If you've been having trouble trying to find the perfect Bronzer, give this a try immediately! You'll love it!
And finally, the NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Mango Tango. This is such a fun color for summer as it can be worn sheer or layered up for a more full-on lip color. The formula feels really nice on the lips, however, it is one of the stickier formulas. I'm not bothered by those but I know some people aren't fans.
Hopefully this helped you guys find some new favorite products! I would recommend all of these, but if you're getting your Mary Kay feet wet I would suggest the mascara and Bronzer. Feel free to shoot me any questions you have on anything!
Alright, I am off to watch some hockey and get my butt back to the world of Hogwarts! Me and a couple girls at work are starting a book club so I'm trying to cram in the rest of book four before I have to start reading something else!
Goodnight from me and Macaroni!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Girl About Town : Philadelphia Zoo

Hello! I hope you all had a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day! My mom and I started the day doing the Race For The Cure 5K in Philadelphia as we do every year in memory of my Aunt Lori, and then we headed to the Philadelphia Zoo! They just finished their Zoo360 project where they have these tunnels that go over the walking paths for the animals to use to go between habitats. The primate one had been done for a bit I believe but they just finished the one for the big cats so we were excited to go see that! Obviously I couldn't help taking a million pictures. This is a lot but there's even more that I left out! Hope you enjoy!



















Also, sorry that I've been MIA lately. I'm really late to the Harry Potter party and I'm completely sucked in. I just started the fourth one after the insanity that was the third one. Holy cow. I don't know what I've been doing with my life up until now.