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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

My Top 5 Beauty Products : Summer 2017 Edition

Earlier this year I wrote about my summer holiday essentials on this blog and I also shared my holiday packing tips on the Hotter Shoes blog.  Now that the summer is almost over *sob* I thought I'd share my favourite summer beauty products.

Orly Breathable

My Top 5 Beauty Products : Summer 2017 Edition - featuring Vaseline, Orly Breathable, Regenrate Enamel Science, Schwarzkopf got2b Powder'ful and Body Collection Highlight FoundationWhen visiting my nail technician, I switch between using acrylic nail powder and having a Gelish manicure as both last a good three to four weeks however, in between manicures, I've been loving trying out the different shades of Orly Breathable and I'm really impressed at how I can get away with just one quick coat for a couple of days.


My summer holiday saviour was Vaseline and their Intensive Care range. The Radiant Spray Moisturiser is really their hero product this year (the directional spray means there's hardly any waste) and I've been a fan of their Lip Therapy for years now.  

BC Body Collection Foundation

I've been on the hunt for a tinted face moisturiser but came across the Body Collection Highlights Foundation in our local Bodycare shop. It's a light foundation with a bit of shimmer which reflects and catches the light and it's good quality make-up that doesn't break the bank.

Schwarzkopf got2b Powder'ful

I'm in between hair styles at the moment - growing one out to have it restyled into another. My hair is really fine so my go-to thickening product has been Schwarzkopf got2b Powder'ful which lasts all day.

Regenerate Enamel Science

I am a woman of a 'certain age' and need to look after my smile. I have a teeth whitening session booked very soon but I've been trying out this Regenerate Enamel Science system to improve the outermost protective layer on my teeth. I'm already noticing a difference after short term use and I have a review coming soon.

These are my top five beauty products for the summer. Let me know what yours are - I'm always on the look out for recommendations.