What I Got For Christmas 2017

I cannot believe i failed Blogmas. I was doing so well up until the last 3 days where I ended up being sick and very poorly. I spent Christmas Day feeling very sorry for myself and even now, 7 days later, I still have a really bad sore throat. Anyway, better luck next year! I thought I would still show what I got for Christmas. I love these type of blog posts as its hard to remember a year later, what you received!

I absolutely love what I got and am very thankful. My husband got me these lovely Ugg slippers which were a complete surprise.. They are super warm amd comfy. I have also been LIVING in them since Christmas Day. I also asked for some puzzles and he got me Disney 1000 piece plus a 3D puzzle. I have almost completed the Disney one. I just find puzzles so relaxing and you can spend hours on them!

My mother-in-law kindly got me a few jewellery holders. I actually asked for these and they are beautiful. There is a necklace holder, trinket box and a ring stand. She also bought some lovely pyjamas!

My brother in law and his partner got me a board game, a lovely perfume and a Yankee Candle set. I also received a restaurant gift card from some friends and of course E was spoilt! (picture below)  


Blogmas 2017 #Day 22 Wrapping Presents 

It’s almost time! This is the part that I love. Watching other people open presents that I have thought about. It’s nice to buy someone something, but when you actually think about it and put some effort into each gift, it just becomes more thoughtful!

How does everyone start wrapping presents? From watching Vlogmas and reading Blogmas posts, everyone does it differently.

I don’t start wrapping gifts until they are all in front of me. I find that I get more excited. Obviously when you start buying gifts, you buy them over time or so many that you forget what you have purchased! If I wait till they all arrive before wrapping them, I get more excited about how everyone will react when they get them.

Once all gifts are in front of me, I make sure I have all the essentials!

  1. Wrapping paper (lot’s of it!)
  2. Sellotape
  3. Scissors
  4. Gift Tags
  5. Money Wallets
  6. Ribbon and Bows
  7. A pen!

With all the above, I pop on a Christmas movie and start wrapping! It can get boring or annoying very quickly, but watching a good movie at the same time makes it less tedious. This year I watched Arthur Christmas, which is one of my faves! I was still wrapping presents as it came to an end, so I decided to carry on watching Jane The Virgin (LOVE this show!!)

I didn’t have a theme with wrapping this year. (To be honest, I never have a theme!) so I went with the same Primark wrapping paper, which by the way, has really stepped up it’s game on quality! Normally their paper is so thin and tears easily, but this year you can tell that the quality is brilliant. £1.50 for a 6 metre roll is pretty good I think!

Anyway, the presents are wrapped and we don’t have long to go now. Time to watch some more movies, eat more chocolate and eagerly wait till everything can be opened!

Blogmas 2017 #Day 21 Last Minute Gifts

I’ve done it again! I set myself a challenge to blog every single day in December. The end is almost near and I almost forgot! We are almost on Blogmas Day 22, however I am still going to keep up with the challenge!

I thought it would be fitting to include a Last Minute Gifts. We all do it. We all think we have enough time to shop for presents later on in December. We stick our noses up at those people who are early shoppers. I started late myself, but I did get everything sorted by the third week in December! For those that may have forgotten someone or just simply left it too late, maybe these last minute gift ideas will help!

  1. Something handmade! I think it is so cute to get something that someone made you. It doesn’t take too much time but a little thought goes a long way. You could knit something, make a card, do a bit of DIY and make something creative but if someone loves you, they will love anything you make!
  2.  Candles! Candles are my answer to everything. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them. Fragrance free, scented, designer, colourful, there are so many to choose from. They are perfect last minute gifts, especially if you buy them from a supermarket. Don’t knock it until you have tried it! Some of my favourite candles have been purchased from my local Sainsburys!
  3. Gift Cards! OK this is the lazy way out really, but let’s face it. It is the lazy and BEST gift to get anyone. You don’t have to worry about anyone hating your present, getting the wrong size, or bargain hunting. Even more last minute, you can purchase them online for an E delivery, or buy those ones that cover the entire high street!
  4. Photo frames! You can really go crazy with this. It takes 5 minutes to get photos sorted and developed at Boots. Buy a frame or make an album but you can really get creative with gathering some festive photo frames together!
  5. Something for their pet! OK this is a bit weird but if you have forgotten someone, sometimes the easiest thing to do is get something for their pet! That way, they won’t mind so much. Pet’s are easy to purchase for. Again, all supermarkets sell pet Christmas goodies and pet owners love nothing better than when other people treat their pet like part of the family!

Blogmas 2017 #Day 20 Christmas Hamper Ideas

There are a lot of gift guides out there which are really good, but i love a hamper. I was thinking about doing a little gathering at my new house. Im not entirely sure if its pre Christmas, pre boxing day or for New Years yet 😂

I had a thought to do a little hamper for everyone I am inviting. It got me thinking about table favours and ideas for them, which led me to nothing. So here are a few ideas of things to put into a hamper OR as a table favour during Christmas. 

1. Something monogrammed. Everyone loves things with their name or initials on it! I was thinking about a cup, a candle or even a little mirror (key ring for the boys)

2. Candles. Everyone loves candles! To make it more Chrismassy it could be festive smells or just a normal mini candle for each guest.

3. Snow Globe. This is probably a little weird but i love a good snow globe and want to start a collection for E. I thought it would look good to have a little festive snow globe as a table favour or a bigger one in the hamper.

4. Chocolate. I think this is a given. I watched Zoe’s YouTube video where she gave an idea of adding their favourite selection box chocolate into a stocking. If you wrapa little ribbin around a few instead, they would look quite cute as a table favour! Failing that, Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a must. 

5. Nail polish! Again this is probably a little weird but if there are more females, most people love nail polishes. A few of them with a pack of chocolates is a good littlr favor bag!

6. Cards! For a hamper, a few little cards is a cute idea. This coild be funny themed cards or an Xmas card.. Also, game cards would be quite nice like Uno or a deck of cards.

7. Cheese. I have recently become obsessed with cheese. Adding a small packet of crackers and a nice cheese is a thoughtful little hamper gift. 


Blogmas 2017 #Day 19 Work Party OOTD

I love making an effort when it comes to social gatherings. I am not a party person so I only hang around for a short while and then go home, but during Christmas, there are quite a lot of things happening. The work Christmas party is one of those things that I do look forward to. I have sisters who are AMAZING at applying make-up and regardless of buying the same products and same brushes, I NEVER get the same results *sigh*

Regardless, I still try. I wanted to go with a really subtle approach so this is the look that I went for in the end.



Base : Luara Mercier Foundation Primer, Benefit The Pore Fessional, Nivea Tinted Moisturiser Day Cream, NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer, L’oreal Nude Magique BB Powder.

Brows: Benefit Ka-Brow

Eyes: Revlon Color Stay Concealer, Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and The Magic by Juvia’s Eyeshadow Palette, Maybelline Master Ink eyeliner, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Eyelure Accents lashes.

Lip: Dose of colours Truffle with a NYX Mauve Lip liner.

Finally the rest of my face was just a NYX contour/bronzer, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter and a Soap and Glory Love At First Blush blusher.

After all that, it just about looks like I have SOME make up on!! It didn’t come out too clear in the picture and I realise that I don’t put enough on, to make it stay the whole day. I used to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion and my eye-shadow never budged and now it moves within a minute.


Here is my outfit! Please excuse the really bad photo angle. I asked my husband to take the picture and he is significantly taller than me, so I now look a very odd proportion in the picture! Anyway, the dress is from French Connection. He purchased it for me (or from my daughter!) for my birthday and I LOVE it. It’s a love deep purple colour and it’s a jersey dress. To jazz it up a little, I added a necklace that I think I purchased from New Look, last year. I wore thick black tights because it is bloody cold out there! I am not one for fashion over comfort (and also I ALWAYS cover up so I was never going to go with bare legs) I had a bit of a nightmare over shoes but I managed to find some lovely little heels from Asda, believe it or not! They were perfect and comfortable to walk in. I curled my hair with the Lee Stafford Corkscrew Curler and I LOVE my hair this way. I am due for a cut/colour but in the meantime, this style just puffs my hair all up and makes it look half decent.



Accessories wise, I always wear the same things. My Olivia Burton watch that my mother-in-law purchased for me, for Christmas last year, my Pandora charm bracelet which my husband purchased for my birthday, 2 years ago, my wedding/engagement rings, my gold thumb ring my mum bought me 5 years ago and my new Pandora ring that my sister bought me this year.










Blogmas 2017 #Day 18 December Favourites 

I was just sitting in bed watching Zoella on YouTube and realised that I had completely forgotten to write a blog post for today! That means it’s time for a favourites blog post!

I’ve been having a good month with music so I have a few favourites. I am absolutely loving Zayn Malik – Dusk Til Dawn at the moment but also really into Khalid – Silence. Both are very different from the other but they move me and make me feel something. I love it when music does that. 

Its winter so it’s no surprise that my favourite piece of clothing is a coat! It’s brand new and purchased from Next for £50. I love it because it’s a beautiful dark purple colour which fits me perfectly but it has a fleece material inside so I’m completely warm when I wear it! 

It is Vlogmas so ofcourse i am loving Zoella and Tanya Burr right now. I’m also really into Niki DeMar. I really do feel like I should branch out and watch new talent but I’m so comfortable with the YouTubers that i already watch! 

At the moment i am completely hooked on Jane The Virgin. If you haven’t watched it yet, please. Netflix it. It’s absolutely hilarious. A basic synopsis is that Jane is a virgin who accidentally gets inseminated with her bosses sperm 😂😂😂 i mean who comes up with this stuff! But it’s literally the best show I have seen in ages and I’m almost on Season 3.

Like most people i am guilty of not looking after my skin. In these last few months I have purchased the L’Oréal hydrate moisturiser and it is amazing. My skin feels so much better and looks better aswell. You only need one small pump a day so it will last for ages. 

Make up favourites this month has to be my. Urban Decay Naked Heat pallette. I have been reaching for it every single morning. It had so many beautiful warm tone colours and i can make so many different looks with it. I’ve also loved the Eyelure three quarters accent lashes this month! I don’t do well with fake lashes anymore but I find that these are brilliant. You can layer them up and they don’t feel heavy, yet give you much fuller lashes. Also, they are so easy to apply. 

I have been constantly opening my Top Cashback app this month, which really does come in handy considering its Christmas! You simply shop through the website and get cashback for free. It’s brilliant and easy to use. 


Blogmas 2017 #Day 17 Christmas Fails

This particular season (and most others actually) have a tendency to go borderline tacky, if you get things wrong. This applies to clothing, trees, decor, activities. I guess Christmas is about being as tacky as possible, but sometimes you can go too far. There are a few times that I have found myself going towards MAJOR tacky and if I think about those days now, I cringe. For some reason I thought it would be funny to share some of those moments.

Christmas Jumper

Everyone usually participates in Xmas Jumper Day at work and for most people it is just a great chance to get out of wearing uniform. For me, it is a task of trying to get a jumper that no one else could pay. In my old company, there were around 200 people so tasking myself to find a Christmas Jumper that NOBODY else was wearing, was quite an impossible task! The normal shops like Primark were a no go and even online shops like Boohoo.com were being discussed in the office. I ended up going to a small little shop tucked away in the corner of our shopping centre.

I purchased a stupid jumper. There were so many different ones I could go for but when I saw this cat jumper, I instantly gravitated towards it. However, it looks like a simple Cat Jumper! You can’t even see the Christmas hat on the cat, because the hat is the same colour as the dress! It was a complete fail, because even though not a single person had the same jumper as me, people kept saying it wasn’t even a Christmas Jumper!



Christmas Earrings

Last year, I didn’t want to wear a Christmas Jumper, so instead I opted for Christmas earrings. I honest don’t know what I was thinking. I could have gone with ANYTHING. Cute little snowflakes, candy canes, Christmas presents or even some cute little snowmen earrings.



I went for Christmas Trees. Not even cute little Xmas Trees but DANGLY Xmas Trees. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking.

Look at them! They literally are awful.





Baby’s 1st Christmas

Having never participated in the holiday season before, one that is mostly catered towards children, needless to say I was very excited when it came to E’s first Christmas. I thought about the outfits she would wear and again, just like the earrings, something took over me. I found the WORST outfit I could possible imagine and she will actually hate me when she gets older and can see the outfit that I made her wear. I ended up changing it halfway through to a fairly decent jumper, but still!



Bathroom Tree

I think the worst thing I have ever done is hide a Christmas Tree. My family don’t celebrate as we are Muslims. We are not supposed to celebrate a holiday that belongs to another religion. I now argue that Christmas isn’t a religious holiday anymore and is more of a general holiday. Most people who celebrate are not Christians and celebrate because its a western tradition! Anyway, my husband wanted a Christmas Tree last year so like this year, I let him put one up. A member of my family came round to my flat and to avoid any arguments I did the only sensible thing I could think of.

I hid the tree in the bathroom.

Needless to say, they went into the bathroom and saw it. It was very awkward because it was completely obvious that I had actually hidden it, but I couldn’t do anything about it. This has to be the worst Christmas fail, I think!



Blogmas 2017 #Day 16 Games To Play on Christmas Day

I don’t really know what other people do on Christmas Day, but after having our meal and opening presents, we always chill and play some games!

My husband is renowned for taking games so seriously. Actually, so am i! I always play by the rules and get so annoyed when people don’t follow them. There are always a few games that i love playing so I thought I would share them. 

I LOVE Articulate. It is such an interesting and funny game. You have a card full of different colours and each colour is a category and has a word next to it. You have to describe the word to your team without saying it, mining it or gesturing. It’s hilarious because you have a short amount of time to do all of this in! 

Heads Up is more of an easy game that everyone can get involved in. It’s Ellen DeGeneres game that is simply charades on your phone. It’s easy, everyone can play and it can last for minutes or hours.


Blogmas 2017 #Day 15 My History With Christmas 

Most people who have celebrated the holidays don’t really think twice about it. For me though, it’s quite a new thing. See, Christmas for me used to be anxiously waiting for the What’s on Tv guide to come out, so me and my sisters could sit down and go through all the films that were coming on. We would highlight everything  we wanted to watch and then work  out a schedule for all the ones that clashed. As technology progressed and sky plus came out, we were able to record the programmes we couldn’t watch, but it was still a fun thing to do!

It was the only time where everyone was guaranteed to be off work/school. We would literally eat chocolates, chill and watch movies all day!

I got married in 2013 and my husband and his family could not be any more different to mine! He has always celebrated Christmas, even though he isn’t Christian and at the time didnt really believe in any religion. Now that we are married, we have taken on each others traditions. Instead of chilling at home watching movies,  I’ve  been out buying presents, going out for meals and having a full on white traditional christmas! I love it. I love the vibes, the traditions they have, the funny stories and just seeing their family all getting together.  They do a Christmas quiz, which is taken very seriously. It has nothing to do with Christmas but it’s so much ich fun and I always look forward to it.

Now that we have a child, we’ve  changed our views again. Whilst i still take part and enjoy the season, i dont like the idea of santa and lying to children.. Yes I know its all about the magic and innocence but its a decision I  can make and i dont think we should be teaching her those things . Instead, she will know that we work hard to buy her things and she can appreciate the value of everything she has. 

Everyone has different traditions and I would love to know what you do! 


Blogmas 2017 #Day 14 Shopping For Secret Santa

I’ve mentioned a million times in different posts this December, that I’ve only participated in Christmas since I’ve been married, but prior to this, the one thing I ALWAYS took part in was Secret Santa. It is such a cute idea and even better when you get someone that you would enjoy shopping for!

I normally take part in Secret Santa at work and have pretty much always been given some really good things. The funniest moment I have had was when one of my colleagues asked me to help her pick something for her Secret Santa. We laughed and joked about it and decided to go with a joke gift ( a bar of soap that said FACE on one side and ARSE on the other) I even ordered it for her as I was purchasing my gift from the same place. Little did I know that when I opened my gift on the day, it would be the bar of soap staring back at me! I can’t believe that I helped pick my own gift and picked an awful one at that!

The best gifts are always the thoughtful ones and I feel all warm inside when someone gets me something that they know I love. For example, last year I received a Dr Who Diary. I am a HUGE fan of Dr Who and I love writing, so this was such a thoughtful gift for someone to get me. I never wrote in it in the end, but still have it because it is beautiful.

I thought I would write a quick list of ideas below, to help anyone who might be stuck on what to get their Secret Santa!

  1. A gift card – You can’t go wrong with this! Pick one that offers most stores on the high street or if you know that person shops in a particular store, they will love getting a gift card for it.
  2. A mug – Almost everyone needs a mug at work, so this is always a safe bet!
  3. Chocolate! You can sometimes feel like you are wasting £10 on something that person will never use but you can’t go wrong with chocolate. It may not be personal but they will eat it.
  4. Candles! This is mostly for females (possibly) but most women love candles. They never go to waste and during the winter season, are a must! You can never have too many candles.
  5. A gadget – Let’s face it, Secret Santa is usually a joke. People normally buy stupid things that are either going to be offensive or a funny. It’s the only time that you can get away with it, so my advise would be to at least get something that you know they would use.