A new home!

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Hey everyone! Thank you for following me here and all your lovely comments and support.

I wanted to let you know – I’ve moved. 50Sense can now be found on 50Sense.net.

There is all the content from this blog plus new posts going up.

50Sense.net is for all women who have reached their 40s – or more – and feel absolutely invincible but can’t find a voice in the press that reflects them.

My aim is a fun read on the subjects that matter to you, from family to food, style to sunspots, the menopause to Me Too. Forget that “invisible woman” nonsense, this is about celebrating who we are and the life we live.

See you there!


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How my skincare routine is becoming as easy as Pai

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After many false starts, the Mumster knows what suits her skin – and a new discovery is helping make all the difference

If you’re one of those people who comment below articles about skincare saying how you merely wash your face with soap and water and have skin that people stop you in the street to ask about, then you carry on with what you are doing. For me, it’s your more-typical cleanse, tone and moisturise.

It’s been a case of trial and error finding what works, what doesn’t and what is simply a waste of time and money. Even when you think you’ve got it nailed your skin can change with hormones, ageing and the seasons. So this routine is what is currently working for me. It may not work for you, but it might give you some ideas and if you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comments below. Continue reading “How my skincare routine is becoming as easy as Pai”

Urban Decay Naked Palette 3: My secret love

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Dear 50 Sense. Please help me – I think I’m having an affair… After testing the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette, I’ve discovered a love of colour, but now I’ve met  Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 and I feel torn…

Seriously, this is a lovely collection of nudes with two darker shades for definition in matte, shimmer and foil finishes that suit most skin colours. The range means you can create a variety of wearable looks for day and night.

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Being honest, I’ve always been unsure of pinks. But the colours here really compliment my green eyes and pale skin. I have a bit of colour in my face now after the sunny weather and the shimmery pinks and golds really accentuate it.

I would definitely recommend this palette for make-up novices. The eyeshadows are creamy in texture and easy to apply and blend. I also got it at a bargainous price on eBay, making me love it even more!

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These are two of the looks I’m currently wearing. One is achieved with the matte browns and bronze shimmer and the second with the nude mattes and then definition along the upper lash line with the dark grey and purple shades.

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And I’m sorry, Anastasia, but I guess I’m a two-palette woman now.


Burt's Bees Lipstick Scarlet SoakedTheir lip balms are well-known, but Burt’s Bees also have a range of lipsticks. Available in satin and gloss, they’re wonderfully moisturising and intense in colour. I bought Scarlet Soaked, a lovely red that has made my lips feel less dry after the winter. And at £9.99, I thought it really good value for money – cute packaging, too.

(Check out Burt’s Buzz, the documentary about Burt Shavitz who co-founded Burt’s Bees. It’s a lovely tribute to him – 50 Sense)

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How to summerproof your make-up

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It’s wonderful to have warmer weather, but the heat can play havoc with your everyday look. Luckily, The Mumster has the answers…  

I have a confession. Summer isn’t my favourite season. It always feels like every grey, rainy day is a disappointment while every nice, sunny day in spring or autumn is a bonus. I also find the heat difficult when it comes to applying make-up that stays put. However, in the spirit of embracing change, I am taking a more positive attitude to the rising temperatures and sunny days and have created a face that will stay put. Continue reading “How to summerproof your make-up”

Seven steps to cleansing heaven

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It’s an important step in your skincare regime, says The Mumster, so take as much care removing your make-up as you do putting it on

I love wearing make-up, but there’s something almost meditative about the routine of taking it off at night. Which is just as well as my three-step routine has now expanded to six.

But it’s not about spending a fortune (although that is incredibly easy to do), rather more about finding a routine that works for you and your budget and lifestyle. Continue reading “Seven steps to cleansing heaven”

Putting a spring in my step – and the rest of my body


The Mumster has a girls’ weekend to look forward to, so it’s time to shed her winter body and spring into action

If my face is a temple then my body is most definitely a shed – it gets a clear-out once a year. Frankly, though, if I didn’t have to bother then I probably wouldn’t; but a girls’ weekend away and the thought of sandals motivated me to do a bit of housekeeping… Continue reading “Putting a spring in my step – and the rest of my body”

Spring fever with Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

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The Mumster has been “fluttering and dancing” with the daffodils this week and put a spring in her step – and her make-up

Nothing says spring in The Mumster household like the sight of daffodils in the local park where I walk the dog. (Unfortunately, this sight is often accompanied by the dog having a crap next to the said daffodils, but you get my drift.)

Lighter evenings and warmer days mean a change in clothing and in make-up. Suddenly the foundations that felt right in the depths of winter feel too heavy, especially when you get a few days of unseasonably hot weather.

With this in mind I went in search of a lighter formulation, somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a medium cover foundation. Continue reading “Spring fever with Nars Sheer Glow Foundation”

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette: Adding sunshine to a grey day

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When times get tough, you should “pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together,” said Elizabeth Taylor. There’s something in that, says The Mumster

Things were shitty Chez Mumster last week and while it may sound banal, at times like that sometimes you need to count your blessings and find comfort in the small things. And for me the small things include make-up.

Few people appreciate the restorative power of a bright eyeshadow or bold lips but when the world seems a dark place, an orange eyeshadow can bring much needed cheer. Continue reading “Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette: Adding sunshine to a grey day”

Can you teach a not-so-old dog new make-up tricks?


The Mumster has plenty of experience when it comes to make-up, but what can she learn from her young daughter?

It’s with a certain amount of trepidation that I allow someone else to do my make-up. Too many times in the past, sales assistants have caked me in so many products I barely recognise myself. And then there was that memorable make-up party where I was volunteered to be the guinea pig only to be turned into an orange-faced, silver-eyeshadowed clown. So when 50 Sense asked my daughter and I to do each other’s make-up to see if we would learn anything, I was rather apprehensive, to say the least. Continue reading “Can you teach a not-so-old dog new make-up tricks?”

How to do the perfect cat’s eye


It’s a make-up trick everyone should have in their repertoire, but it’s not always the easiest look to master. Never fear, says The Mumster, help is on hand

I love playing with different looks but there’s one that has always defeated me: the cat’s eye – or flicky eye – is a bugger.

I’ve watched YouTube and Instagram tutorials galore to no avail. They make it look so easy, one swoosh and it’s done. But no matter what I do it never quite works.

So why not get help from someone trained, especially if that help is free? Continue reading “How to do the perfect cat’s eye”