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Aug. 23.

Something Else Saturday: Photos to Smile About

ses-photos-thIt’s not just makeup that I photograph, though it may seem like it at times. If I’m going somewhere where I expect a camera to be useful, I do bring my camera bag with me, and there are bits and pieces in it for different tasks. Sometimes they do turn out quite well, and looking at them makes me smile. Today for Something Else Saturday I’m going to share some of my favourites from this year.



This actually wasn’t taken with my big camera. It wasn’t taken with any camera actually. It was taken with my phone yesterday. I wasn’t expecting to walk around the corner of the house into the gardens and see such a vivid rainbow, but there it is, and I just had to take some kind of photo of it.



One of my other loves is aircraft, and so I spent the afternoon of the Bray Air Show in July on Bray seafront frantically moving about trying to get angles right for shots. There are a few I am happy with, but I am amazed at the perfect timing of this to get both planes lined up so perfectly.



One of the joys of living so close to the coast is that you can put together a shot like this. Taken not long before midnight on an early April night, I just love how the light of the moon illuminates a path along the sea.



This wasn’t taken with an expensive close up lens. All I did was add a close up filter to the included camera lens (cost me less than €10 for a set of 4, thank you ebay). Shortly after getting them, I got a bright morning with the flowers starting to bloom, so I tried them out. This is the result, as is the next photo.

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Using the same close up filters as before, but this time a more powerful one, allowed me to get close enough to the flower to perfectly capture the droplets of dew on the petals, along with the vivid colours.

So, there you go, a few photos o keep you smiling over the weekend. Hopefully that will keep you going until Monday when it will be time for another manicure.


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Apr. 28.

Manicure Monday: Pink, Yellow & Flowers

mm-pinkyellowI’m still very much on a summer nail kick. The weather may not be cooperating fully, but it’s not going to stop me. My nails will look fabulously summery come rain, hail or shine. That’s why I’m going for so many bright colours, like this mix of pink, yellow and flowers.

The main colours in use here are pink and yellow, both from the Spoiled by Wet n Wild range, that has appeared randomly in some branches of Dealz at 2 for €1.49. The yellow is called designated driver, while the pink is called fuzzy dice. To add a little extra to it, I did a reverse colour accent nail, and added a flower on the accent too.


To do the accent flowers, I took a fine paintbrush, usually used for painting plastic models, and did dots of white, using Sinful Colors Snow Me White, a dot of orange in the middle with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Firey Island, and finally added a green stem and leaves using NYC  quick dry polish in High Line Green. I cleaned the brush in between colours by dipping it in some acetone free nail polish remover, and wiped it clean on a cotton ball, repeating a couple of times to ensure it was properly cleaned out.

This is such a simple mani to do, but yields fantastic results. You don’t even have to worry about slightly shaky hands, as it being a little uneven makes it look more natural.

What do you think? What summery colours are you sporting on your nails at the moment? Will you be trying nail art like this? Join me in the comments!


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