unnamed sparkle

31 December 2011

One of my Christmas presents was this gorgeous make-up brush. I have absolutely no idea where it's from. It had no label or anything..just came wrapped up in a lovely box. If anyone could enlighten me as to where its from (if you happen to have seen it before) then I'd love to know! I haven't used it yet (partly cos it's just so pretty!) but I would love to know a little bit about it too. It's absolutely gorgeous with the pink studded diamontes and the dusted pink hairs. It's very me..I must admit!

Did you ladies get any new brushes for Christmas?

-Tamsin xxx

fotd: pina colada

30 December 2011

I went out to a family friends birthday cocktail party last night (many cocktails were drunk..lushness!), thus it was time to don the Eylure specials as ever. Keeping up with my love for the 'Naturalites' range, I went for that, going for the 'Evening Wear' style this time. These are just fab because they are slightly fuller than the 'Super Full' lashes I featured on my last FOTD. 

Foundation: Lancome Teint Miracle in 010
Powder: MAC Loose Powder in Natural Flare

Blush: Nars 'Sin'
Eyeshadow: Accessorize 'Freya'
Mascara: Collection 2000 Skyscraper
Lips: MAC Pervertte

Lashes: Eylure Naturalites Evening Wear

Apologies for the terrible photo of the lashes in their box. Somehow they got completely squashed in the bag on the way back from Boots :( The Naturalites really are becoming my fave range from Eylure at the moment. They're just so wearable for any occasion, and you never look too over the top.

Anyhow, it sure is nice to be blogging after a week of a Christmas break. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are enjoying all your pressies. I certainly am loving mine!

-Tamsin xxx

an 'aussome' delivery!

20 December 2011

When the front doorbell buzzed this morning and I was standing half in my pyjamas/half in leggings having not brushed my hair yet, I didn't expect DHL to be delivering a parcel to me at all. Mum and I were all confused as I knew I hadn't ordered anything for myself that would be coming from DHL. This is what was inside:

How AMAZING can you get?! Absolute ginormous massive endless love goes to my fav Abby for thinking of me and getting the fabulous Aussie to send me this brill bag of goodies. I have yet to buy one of their new big bottles, and now I'm beyond excited. I absolutely adore the Colour Mate shampoo (need to look after the blondielocks) and I'd run out of the Take the Heat 3 Minute Miracle treatment, so I feel seriously loved and lucky right now. My Aussie needs have been replenished :)

Go spam Abby with love and thanks. She's a babe. Thank you Abby <3 I love surprise parcels!

-Tamsin xxx

Make-up Secrets of 'Downton Abbey'

Downton Abbey has become one of my favourite programmes on tv. ITV scored an absolute blinder with this show in my eyes, and I adore so many of the characters and the storylines that keep me ever gripped to the tv screen. After watching series 2, I began scouring the internet about information on the make-up they used on the programme - the actresses skin always looks so flawless and natural...me like! Fortunately, in last weeks You magazine, I came across the article I'd been looking for and thought I'd share with you my findings in an interview with Downton Abbey make-up artist Ann Oldham:


Complexion: Le Blanc de Chanel primer (£29) followed by Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (£33). -Apparently, this creates the illusion of immaculate skin and that 'pale foundation highlights dark shadows' so Ann used one shade darker than their natural skin tone.

Blush: Stila Raspberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain (£16) - This is apparently used on Lady Grantham's (Elizabeth McGovern) cheeks and lips to enhance natural pinkness and not over-do the rosy effect. 

Eyes: No such products mentioned, but the actresses are encouraged to grow their eyebrows so they 'frame the eyes naturally', and they also have their eyelashes dyed.

Fragrance: Yardley Lily of the Valley eau de toilette (£9.99) - I love the fact the ladies wear a fragrance on set. I can imagine it really enhances their perception of the character they play, and really helps them get into the role.

Cleanser: Sisley Demaquillant Doux Pour les Yeux (£40.50) - Ann states that they must cleanse the faces after 11 hours on set with full make-up on. She also says that after cleansing, they 'drop lavender oil on to a warm face flannel to soothe their complexions.'


So there you have it. Inside information from the make-up artist herself . All credit goes to You magazine for the information..I just wanted to share it with you all :) Also, how utterly fabulously gorgeous do Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens look in the above photo?! They recently did a 'Twilight-esque' photoshoot, and my GOD they look amazing! I've linked to all the products mentioned, and I'm now very interested in buying the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation after watching some reviews on YouTube! I will certainly be watching the Downton Abbey special on Christmas Day...I can't wait! 

-Tamsin xxx

red cup

19 December 2011


So it's only 6 sleeps till Christmas. Only SIX. I'm sorry but where did December go?! It's absolutely flying by. It's been a great month so far though and I'm really feeling the Christmas love and spirit, especially now we're officially on Christmas week :) I've had a pretty busy week since I've been staying with my parents. Shopping here and there, I went to my old school's carol service which was lovely, lunch with my uncle and mum, a family friends birthday, and yesterday, I even made a flying visit back down to Plymouth for just one night with the Sailor. I know..crazy considering I've just come back from the South West, but one night means a lot to us, so one night it was. Dinner, hotel, chilling and just generally having fun. We even managed to get a cosy sofa spot in Starbucks in Drake Circus this morning (which is a rarity!) as he had this morning off work. Nothing better than a snuggle, chat and Starbucks red cup to make your Monday morning good :) My Sailor finishes for Christmas fingers crossed on Thursday...so the Christmas celebrations can start to commence then :)

Tonight is about final present wrapping, spring cleaning (I know that sounds mental..but I like to keep on top of my items and find that before you receive new items is a good time to do it..I know..genius right.) ;) and snuggling with my dog.

How's all your Christmas shopping going?

-Tamsin xxx

fotd: snuggle bear

16 December 2011

Not essentially a make-up face of the day, as I'm not going to list the products I'm wearing (which isn't much today as I'm having a cleansing and toning day), but more of a 'this is me and my new hat of the day'. This is the hat I mentioned in my 'Foxy Baby' post earlier on this week. A student got me the hat as a Secret Santa present, and didn't she do well! It's absolutely massive and super warm and snuggly. Now the snow is finally starting to fall, it's my first go-to clothes item I think!

Does anyone else love cute animal style items? 

This is also my 100th post on Little Glitter! I can't quite believe it, but thanks to all my followers for keeping me writing. I love my little bloggy! Snuggle up warm guys - snow has hit London! Happy Friday!

-Tamsin xxx

lock and key

15 December 2011

I'm pretty useless at buying myself jewellery. I find it very easy to stick to a couple of items which have been bought for me or mean something to me and never wear anything else, and as much as I like being minimalistic, it can get a bit boring sometimes wearing the same jewellery over and over. But when I was out with Abby last weekend, I decided to be brave and buy something new.

How cute are these? The earrings and ring are from good old Primark and I was pleasantly surprised that the ring was only £1 and the earrings 50p. Can you shout bargain anyone? This is the first double ring I've owned and I'm really enjoying wearing it actually. I absolutely adore the earrings though. It's nice having something so different as one long and one stud earring. I wore them today and I had a lot of compliments so that's always a bonus :) I'm going to make it a new thing that I build up my jewellery collection more! If you guys know of any online jewellery stores, link me up!

-Tamsin xxx

Christmas tag!

13 December 2011

I've seen this Christmas tag flying around the blogosphere for a couple of days now, and so thought I'd give it a go myself. You all know by now how much I love Christmas and the festivities, and I look forward to it every year, so this tag seems very much perfect for myself ;)

1.What is Your Favourite Holiday Movie?
Definitely 'The Muppets Christmas Carol'. I don't think anything beats it! 

2. Whats Your Favourite Christmas Colour? 
It's got to be the traditionals...red and gold with some glitter thrown in there too! Although recently, I've been liking the 'Winter Blues' that are going round teamed with silvers.

3. Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?
In my family, we open presents in PJs and then dress up for Christmas day (men in shirts and ties, ladies in cute dresses) so pretty formal. Although most years I'm at Church early in the morning so tend to be ready and dressed!

4. If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?
This is a pretty difficult question, but I'd say my boyfriend. Christmas is special for us as he gets two weeks leave from the Royal Navy so we spend all our time together.
5. Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?
Christmas Day, for definite. I know a lot of people who have their Christmas Day on Christmas Eve, and then do it again on Christmas Day but without as many presents, but I definitely couldn't do that!

6. Have You Ever Built a Ginger Bread House?
Yes! And in fact, I'm building one with my mum this week. She's bought a special Jamie Oliver accessory kit or something, so it's going to be fun doing that with her :)

7. What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?
I love all the trimmings that come with Christmas, from the shopping to the wrapping, from the cold weather to the great TV. For me, Christmas is all about spending it with the people you love, family and friends, going to Church , and of course having a good old drink up in the pub!
8. Any Christmas Wishes?
For my boyfriend to have a successful 18 months on his new ship, and that next Christmas, he's not away for it!

9. Favourite Christmas Smell?
Mum's oil burner with the Frankincense and Myrrh smells..so good.
10. Favourite Christmas Meal Or Treat?
Oh God I love all the food at Christmas so either the main Christmas dinner, orrrr the massive cheeseboard my Mum always gets out in the evening on Christmas Day. Every year we know we're full from dinner, and yet still eat the cheeseboard and then complain for a week after why we're so bloated haha! Gotta love Christmas!

Tag! - You're It!

-Tamsin xxx

Sleek Molten Metal

9 December 2011

Yesterday in Superdrug, I picked up an item I had been wanting to get for a while but never got round to buying. It's the Molten Metal Eyeshadow Duo from Sleek, and I got it in 'Pewter' (on the left) and 'Gold Leaf' (on the right).

Apologies for the bad light in the swatches. Winter light. Enough said. Typical Sleek packaging and a perfect size to pop in any makeup bag without taking up too much room. Perfect. I love golds and silvers at all times of the year, but throughout Christmas, there is no better time to wear a pop of glitter or shine, so I know these two shades will come in handy. 'Gold Leaf' is definitely a good name for the shade on the right. The pigmentation in it looks fab and really gives off the brassy gold you get with gold leaf. The 'Pewter' is also a good name, as it's slightly more tinny and has a bronze sheen to it. The texture of the cream shadow is soft and not too sticky like some cream shadows can be. The staying power seems to be quite good at first test but I reckon there will be some slippery creases along the way, but I will have to check that when I wear it tonight! It's my boarding house's Christmas formal dinner tonight, so I've got a new LBD to wear from Monsoon which is just lush, and I'm going to go all out on the makeup and lashes. Who says teaching staff can't look glam? ;) It's the last day of term at school today and I have teacher presents flying in all over the place. The festive cheer really is here and I'm loving it..but definitely can't wait for the holidays to start! One month..yes please!

Let me know what you think of the Molten Metal duos! I might get the silver duo if I like this gold one.

-Tamsin xxx