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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

A Year in Glitter World

Aloha Sprinklerinos.

As this year draws to a close, I have been looking back over Sprinkle of Glitter and I thought I would give you a small recap of what 2011 has been to me.

January was the start of my quest for perfect skin and the beginning of my love for Liz Earle products. I also reviewed a new Collection 2000 range and told you all about my Christmas MAC purchases. January was also the month Baby Glitter's nursery was debuted and I continued to whinge about feeling sick in my seventh month of pregnancy. I was still working in my temp job for the council and I recall having a bit of an addiction to Crunchies. I made some lovely chums at that job (hello Daniel and Emma if you are reading!) and all in all was a merry little soul.

February was my most busy blog month, with 22 posts in the 28 days- I was on Maternity leave! I left my little temp job half way through the month because I was utterly exhausted and after a false alarm at my desk, I decided enough was a enough and called it a day. Also in February I chatted about the IMATS (which was at the very end of Jan) and had a brilliant time at the MAC LFW event (best. goodie. bag. ever.).
My chum Ceri threw me a brilliant Baby Shower complete with little baby cupcakes and fun games. We had so many lovely gifts and I remember February being a fabulous but tiring month.

March was a month of waiting. Baby Glitter was due, but alas, didn't want to pop out until April. I spent the month doing a lot of lifey posts as well as professing my love for more cosmetics (Liz Earle, Topshop, Avene and Tisserand all featured). As a blog post request I also invented a lush product of opal fruit scented face wipes which lots of you enjoyed. I remember being a little blue in March because I was so huge and uncomfortable and just wanted to get on with everything.

April- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. April saw me give birth (after a long and traumatic delivery) to beautiful Darcy Jane. Whilst I was overjoyed to have my own bundle of joy, we were in and out of hospital (I didn't dwell too much on this at the time but Darcy had a few little health problems and is fit as a fiddle now), I had the baby blues, my recovery was slowed due to stress and lack of sleep, I ignored my own birthday, felt sad for my late Mother's birthday, made the mistake of having my long hair cut short and all in all found this month quite a struggle.

May was a better month by far. Baby Glitter slept a bit better, her feeding improved and Mummy and Baby had found our footing. My chum Ceri and I attended the Beauty UK exhibition in Birmingham and I hotfooted it to London for the MAC Baftas Event, where I met the lovely Muhsine of Bubblegarm and stroked her lovely baby bump (she now has beautiful Esra, aww). This was a much more sunny month and I started to feel good again. Yippee!!

June was explosive, but not in a good way- on the day I was supposed to attend the L'Oreal event, my boiler decided not to used the little gadget that controls the gas and combusted...loudly. Cue fire engines, police and an ambulance, neighbours all out in the street and my standing barefoot crying and there you have it. Aside from the boiler debacle, I enjoyed playing with and reviewing Sleek, Liz Earle, OPI, 2True and MAC and showing you a few FOTD's. Baby Glitter was featured wearing my Dad's specs and also sporting an adorable mauve tutu. June was happy.

July was another fun month. Matt went off on his travels to do charity work in Costa Rica (that wasn't too fun for me I must admit), but whilst he was doing that, I kept myself busy with visits from friends, playing with Baby Glitter and Mindycat in the garden and reviewing more lovely makeup. I showed you step by step how to create a vixen red lip, chatted about MAC's Haute and Naughty dual wand mascara and marvelled at the new intense pigment Bourjous Pots. Also, remember those amazing cribs I found on weheartit? I still want to recreate those!!

August was a month of drugstore brands. I went crazy for Garnier, Sleek, Beauty UK, Gosh and Soap & Glory. I discovered the HD Brow Kit (and haven't looked back since) and of course, Glitterbits with Marie was born! August was also the month I stopped helping out at Fanx HQ after my 12 week stint there. I feel a bit like this month went by in a blur of coral lipstick and cuddles.

September was a GREAT month. Baby Glitter was sleeping through for 12 solid hours, my Dad and I went to Miami and Orlando on business and I had my first taste of Sephora. Also, I had a swanky treatment at Hensmans Hair Salon, reviewed a lovely Sleek Palette, celebrated my blog's second Birthday (ooh it's a toddler now) AND celebrated my first wedding anniversary. I could go on and on for this month because I think it was the best, best, best of the year!

October saw Sprinkle of Glitter hit the 4,000 follower mark and I was over ze moon and zo stars. I've decided that if this little patch of internet hits the 10,000 follower mark, I was throw a party in it's honour (haha, I'm so sad!). This month I went all profesh and had a photoshoot with Baby Glitter in an Autumnul setting, attended the GlossyBox and Illamasqua events, got a new jazzy camera, met the Liz Earle, delved into the world of charity shopping and talked about nail wheels! Oof, I was busy!!

November was the month Baby Glitter and I rocked our Crown and Glory sparkle crowns. I still wear mine and on occasion, I wear hers too, tehe. Zoe and I had a whirlwind of events and attended shindigs for Look Beauty, GlossyBox and Superdrug, as well as having a little slumber party and doing the macarana to Christmas songs. As you do. I also shared with you some ideas for storing cosmetics and jewellery and a simple lips FOTD.

And here we are in December. It's been a month of beauty boxes, glitter nail polish, christmas crafts and a commemorative post to my Mummy and the month isn't over yet!

What a year it's been! It has been so much fun writing this blog and sharing my life with you all. I have found so much love and support through this glittery portal and really think of you as friends. In dark times you provide me with great comfort and in happy times I enjoy sharing the fun with you all. I hope you have had a fabulous year and that 2012 is even more bright.

If you would like to vote for Sprinkle of Glitter to be best Beauty Blog according to Marie Claire magazine, please do (if you don't want to that's completely fine too). I would love to be nominated and it would mean so much to me. All the details are HERE.

What has been your greatest moment this year?




  1. First picture is beautiful.You are very blessed and I wish you all the best in 2012 :) xxx

  2. These pictures are lovely! And your baby is so so so so cute! :)x

  3. you certainly have had an eventful year. hope 2012 brings a lot of smiles ur way xxx

  4. what a lovely post!<3
    baby glitter is so cuteee :')
    LOVE THE FIRST PICTURE, and WOW, what a busy year you've had!

  5. That is such a lovely pic :)

  6. I just nominated you! I couldn't help myself. This really is my favorite blog that I read. By the way, what a darling post. I am currently in that waiting for baby to arrive stage like you were this past year. I'm 35 weeks today and I am miserable yet excited at the same time. I kind of have the blues too, but it's supposed to be the happiest time in my life. I haven't felt like blogging much, but I never stopped reading yours. I hope 2012 brings even happier times for you and your family.

  7. What a lovely post! I think it's always good to reflect on the year. Such a lovely picture :-) you have has a busy year! The highlight of my hear has been getting engaged. I hope next year is great for all of us! Xxxx

  8. Ah Louise I love your writing style, and as creepy as this sounds as I read this I could actually hear your voice. HA I SOUND LIKE A CREEP/STALKER. I'm not honest, according to my old lecturer it actually means you have found your "inner voice" if others can hear you through writing!
    Ok I'm waffling. I'm glad you've had such a good year even if April was a bit crappy, I think it's a good thing to look back on both good and bad times as it makes you appreciate things a lot more.


  9. beautiful first picture, we actually see the husband's face!! Haha.
    Lovely post, enjoyed reading this and seeing what you have been up to this year. Just seems to fly by, doesn't it?

    Holly x

  10. Aww what a lovely post Louise! And the photo is so cute!

  11. The first picture is AMAAAZE! You look so beautiful, and its a great family pic!

    This was a lovely post, lets hope next years can be a lovely as this one! xxx

  12. Hi Louise, I loved reading this post, it's nice to look back over the year with you, thank you for sharing it with us :) I have just voted for you too :) and one of the best things for me this year, was seeing Lissy's face when she received her random act of wowness from you, she was so thrilled and it meant and still does mean the world to her and to me for making her so happy, thank you will never be enough :) thank you again for another lovely blog post, can't wait to see what the new year brings for you and Baby Glitter, take care both of you, lots of love and have an amazing new year xxxxxx

  13. Oh Louise you've had such a lovely year, I'm so glad you shared it with us! That first picture is gorgeous, definitely one you'll look back on and be so happy it was taken :D

    I hope your 2012 will be just as wonderful for you!
    Mollie xo

  14. Louise I looooove that family photo, it's simply beautiful! You look ah-mazing!

  15. My greatest moment this year?? Hmm...well, its been a downer looking for a job here in America. Sad and frustrating. So I must say two of the greatest moments this year have been finding your channel and your blog. Its hard trying to keep busy and keep my spirits up when I've been looking for a job for so long. So finding you and the "Glitter-verse" (a play on Glitter Universe :) Has been a real blessing to me. You and Baby Glitter have made me laugh and smile on the dreariest of days and for that I am ever so thankful. Many blessings to you Lovely Louise! You are beautiful inside and out! :D <3

  16. hey could you please check out the giveway on my blog it would mean the worls to me pkus looooooove the pics wish u were my big sis!!!!

  17. All the best for 2012 you are such a sweet hearted woman !! I would love it you could give me feed back on my blog because your are my favourite blogger Thanks xoxoxo x

  18. Nominated you! You were the first ever blog that i followed- and you along with Zoe were the inspiration to create my own! Thankyou so much, it would mean a lot if you looked at my blog? thanks, for everything!xo

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  20. Louise youve inspired me to do a post about my year :-)

    Hope youve had a lovely christmas xx

  21. wow louise that is a stunning photo:) you at your finest!
    loved this post! just such a genuine piece of writing about your year and I loved reading every bit of it:)

    love as always x

  22. aw what a lovely lovely post honey :)
    You have had a very busy month, Baby Glitter is an absolute darling, I love watching all your videos hon and best of luck for the new year!

  23. This was a really fun post to read!
    I loved how you spoke about every month and what happened ! It feels like you had Darcy Jane for over a year, I can't believe you were still preggers in January !
    Oh wait, yes I can haha
    It's a marvel at how your blog grew. I've been following you for ages, and I still love it just as much as i did beforehand <3

    Hope you have a wonderful year in 2012 as you did in 2011 :)

  24. I voted for you, it would be a well deserved win in my opinion :-) xx

  25. What an amazing year it has been for you!

    I'm so glad that you're so happy with Baby Glitter and Matt, you deserve every bit of it! :)


  26. Louise, is that Matt with you in the first photo? Because I swear he looks like Tom Felton!

    Have a happy new year louise! :)

  27. That black and white photo of you three is so cute! I've had a great year reading your blog and just voted for you:) ♥

  28. You all look so lovely in that first picture. I enjoyed this post :) good luck for 2012!

  29. I tag you to do the boredom tag a good way to add a new post and to round off 2011. Please mention my blog if you do so :) xx

    Let’s start off with your relationship status?
    Is the last person you kissed also the next person you’ll kiss?
    Who has the power to break you?
    Have you been disappointed in the past three days?
    Have you ever done something you told yourself you wouldn’t do?
    Have you ever fallen asleep in school?
    Who’s the biggest douche bag you know?
    Do you have siblings over the age of 21?
    Are you missing anyone/something?
    What do you usually do right when you wake up?
    Would you rather have orange juice or milk with your breakfast?
    Once a cheater, always a cheater?
    Ever sat in someone’s lap because there was no more seats in a vehicle?
    Ever get hurt by someone who promised they wouldn’t?
    What are you sick of?
    How many days until your next birthday?
    Do you think you are a good person?
    How many arguments have you had with the last person you kissed?
    Have you made a mistake this past week?
    How many piercings do you have and what are they?
    Do you believe what comes around goes around?
    How’s 2011 been for you?
    Why did you last cry?
    Are you happy with your life?
    How would your parents react if you got a tattoo?
    What’s something you need to do?
    Ever wished you could freeze time at a specific moment in your life?
    What can you hear?
    How do you feel right now?
    What would make you happiest right now?

  30. It looks like you had a very eventful year. I hope that 2012 will be filled with just as many memorable events and much happiness for you and your family. Happy New Year!

  31. Looks like you've had an amazing year! I love that pic of you Matt and Darcy!

  32. louise, you have an amazing blog (and youtube) keep it up:-)! all the best for 2012!

    just opened a blogger account and would love for people to come see!

  33. You husband looks like Tom Felton :D Cute pic x

  34. Hi! This is such a coincidence- i saw ur baby and partner at imats on saturday- i was sitting having lunch at a table nearby and thought how cute she was and now i stumble across ur blog (via youtube!!)


  35. Was your husband in the first picture? @w@
    Ohh I thought he was camera shy! XD

    You have a beautiful family!

  36. I've completely fallen in love with your YouTube channel, and have been inspired to make videos myself, coming out of a pretty depressing time of my life. Thank you sooooo much for being so funny and real and honest about life. I'm new to the YouTube experience, but I'm so delighted I came across your vlogs, and now love reading your blog, too!! You can find me on YouTube at shannonlove811. :)

    Shannon McGinnis

  37. Your family is adorable!! Bless them xx I love your youtube channel and twitter. If you followed me on twitter it would make my day @MomoRafiq. Thanks darling and lots of love to Baby Glitter, she is one of the CUTEST babies in this WORLD! xox

  38. I can't see any of the photos?? xxx

    1. i kno it a shame cuz i reali want to c them aswell. xxx

  39. i luv ur blog its sooooooo pink but how did you get it like tht plz help me and plz read my blog. xxx

  40. Hey check out my blog it's new and needs a lot of work so wondered if you could help me!:)

  41. If you click on Megan's beauty Blog that will take you straight to my actual blog !:)

  42. hey louise,
    omg i love your blog louise it looks like you have put so much efforr and time into it and that really shines through your work. Love you bye bye xxxx

  43. You are an inspiration to girls who are curvier! I do feel some what up lifted when I tune in to your you tube videos.. you are so refreshing!! and I love how you speak the truth and are honest ! much love Christina

  44. Love it :) Baby glitter (darcy) is blessed xx

  45. Hello Louise, my friend Rachel told me to tell you that I want to marry you (after saying that I want to leave a message to you) even though you're married to Matt! I love you, Darcy and everything about you! You help so many people, mums, teens, future fashion people so I guess I want to say thank you. You're video ('Having Hope') made me ball my eyes out, because now I have hope. Thanks, Niamh xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  46. That is really a good post. louise, You made some really good points and I am grateful for your research. This information helps all of us.

  47. Check out my blog, it would mean a lot to me, Thaaanks <3

    xx Nika

    Nika's Beauty Land

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