31 day challenge day 30


The contents of your make up bag?

Like my backpack my make up bag is highly functional (I do have a wash bag with some extra seldom used stuff).

1)Foundation – one I bought in China so old the only thing I can read is “solar protect”. I only use foundation around my eyes so it lasts me forever. A second tube is Rimel BB cream 9 in 1 super make up. This is my special occasion foundation and works great to camouflage the bags and wrinkles around my eyes.

2) Bob magic concealer (again bought in China) for the afore mentioned bag shadows.

3) Max Factor cream blush.

4) Pinkish Mac powder eye shadow

5) Dark brown Barry M eyeshadow (for eyebrows and under eyelashes.

6) Max factor lipstick (raisin)

7) Lush Eyes Right natural mascara. (Note if anyone else has super sensitive eyes try this one, its the only mascara I’ve been able to wear in years without looking like I had pink eye for days. I was so happy to find it)

8) 3 eye make up brushes (for different jobs)

7) One foam eye brush I use for cover-stick  when needed.

8) A pair of tweezers.

Since I’m an old granny I’ll add a word of advice gathered through the years. No matter how good the brand make up ages the skin (especially foundation) so only use it where and when you need it (keep the full face look for special occasions) and help keep that beautiful skin well into old age.

31 day challenge day 9


What is your best physical feature?

That’s got to be my eyes.

They’re big, (with long lashes) without looking buggie, The colour is a greenish, grayish, blue in the center with a dark band of deep ultramarine around the outside.  All my kids inherited them though in varying hues (even my son who is not so keen on some aspects) and have been much complimented on them especially when living in S E Asia..

Now in age my lashes are not as thick and there are lines at the corners but I still get compliments from time to time. Once, while in China I had to take part in a TV show for the English club I attended (they had to drag me screaming and shouting on that one – I hate even being photographed!) But just as we were about to start filming the chatty, young, Korean presenter suddenly stopped in mid sentence, stared at me, and said, “You have the most incredible eyes!”

That not only made my year but gave me the confidence to do the show.

I don’t have any other outstanding features but if I had to choose one  it would be still be eyes. Why? Because more than any part of us they communicate with others.

Cameras are not eyes!


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I spent another blissful sunny day experimenting with my camera. I reached a conclusion, like all marvelous man made inventions they still cannot compare with nature. I’ve a very long way to go in learning all my camera can do but it seems part of that is realizing its limitations.
Being a sculptor I love exploring depth and volume (around trees in particular). I realized just how much my eye and mind interact when I look at things changing focus again and again, the mind enhancing those things that interest, incorporating mood, enlarging prominent aspects.
No matter how adept the photographer a camera is limited to one set of settings at a time.
My frustration turned to wonder at a part of myself I had never perceived before. How wonderfully I am made (I’m glad I’m not a camera!)

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