Thursday, 21 December 2017

Getting ready for Christmas!

Hey guys,

Christmas is literally around the corner and I can't wait.  Since I have had kids, Christmas has given us a new found excitement, however it has always been something which brings the family together and brings happiness and joy. Every year I see negative comments on social media about muslims having christmas trees and I seriously don't see what the problem is!? Since when was decorating your house a crime against religion?

 I am Muslim, we never used to have a tree when I was little, not necessarily because my parents said we couldn't, but just because that's just the way it was. Instead I can remember our presents always huddling around a big cheese plant my parents had and then pouring over and around the TV stand. Now in my own house and since having kids, that was one thing I knew I would like to have. Just putting the tree up and decorating it with christmas songs in the background has become a tradition and brings so much joy. I love getting involved with the christmas spirit.

Christmas is such a lovely time. Literally giving my loved ones gifts actually brings me so much happiness and getting to spend time with them, not just on christmas day but the weeks before and after, with most being off work, is the perfect end to the year.  Decorating my house is part of the fun, and that is it, just fun, so if it makes me happy I will continue to do it.

Christmas day is amazing as we all gather at my sister Romana's house, eat a proper Christmas dinner and enjoy each others company. So I thought I would put together a little 'get ready with me', of small bits and bobs I like to wear to get me ready for Christmas day. 

1. Christmas Jumper


Ok what Christmas day wouldn't be complete without a christmas jumper? In all honesty this is my daughter's as mine hasn't arrived yet! But mine is a gorgeous cobalt blue colour from ASOS and has Ho, Ho, Ho written on it in silver, red and gold sequins. It's the one time you can wear one (apart from Christmas Jumper Day) so we may as well make the most of it!

2. Glitter

 I always like to wear a bit of glitter on christmas day. It just gives that added extra and why not add a bit of sparkle. I think Christmas is all about being over the top. This year I will be wearing my Stila  Glitter & Glow in Smoky Storm, a lovely bronze/gold glitter. It literally sparkles so much and is the perfect way to do an easy glitter eye look.  You would have also seen these feature in my Stocking Filler Gift Guide post. It's not too late if you're stuck for ideas!

3. Red Lips

Top: Stila Glitter & Glow -Smoky Storm, Bottom: Chanel Lipstick - Passion

I find Christmas the perfect occasion for red lips. Red just goes with the festivities. I have to admit I don't always wear red lips on Christmas though, mainly because it is hard to maintain as we all know Christmas Day is all about eating, eating and more eating. So be prepared to reapply, but this year I might put in the extra effort and wear my favourite Chanel lipstick in Passion.

4. Jewellery


Keeping with the sparkling theme,  I have picked out a few key items to wear on the day. I'm all for bauble and christmas tree earrings too by the way, but this year I have picked out a couple of understated pieces from my collection. Firstly the lovely Pave Triangle Ear Climber from Stella & Dot, elegant but eye catching.  I will also wear his lovely ring from Accessorise which was bought for me as a Christmas present from my eldest sister, Sophia a few years back. I love the detail and it just shouts Christmas to  me!

5. Nails


Finally is the nails. Christmas Eve (or Christmas 'Eid', as my daughter calls it) also happens to be my sister Sheeba's birthday. So the whole family is always together celebrating. Without fail we will paint our nails and make them as festive as possible. We usually opt for some form of nail art, or glitter. But this year I was introduced to Kiss Impress Nails Fake Nails , and know for sure I will be wearing them! I love this set in particular as the burgundy colour is perfect but it also contains accent nails in a gold glitter . They are long lasting and just what I need to keep my hands looking pretty for a few days! (Also on offer for £5.32 from Superdrug at the moment so stock up!)

I literally can't wait! Hope you all have a fab Christmas and enjoy it whatever you are doing!

Amina xx

*contains PR samples. All opinions are my own.

11 comments:

  1. Stila is onbviously my favourite from this! Great picks xx

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  2. I love a good Christmas jumper! Xx

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  3. Ah you look all set! I love your picks. I don’t worn a xmas jumper! That’s so sad isn’t it? Haha x

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  4. I love that you've mentioned about putting a tree up, we do the same in my house and its just lovely to have some fun - nothing else!!

    xx

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  5. The Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows are my favourite product of 2017.

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  6. I loved reading this, I have always found other religions and cultures interesting and it's lovely you celebrate Christmas, why wouldn't you? some people are narrow minded! I love your "Christmas Eid" too, all your plans sound lovely and that red lip is going to look amazing on you.Have a lovely time with your loved ones darling it sounds perfect xxxx

    Zoë - MammafulZo 💕

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  7. What a fab post - Such good memories! Love you bab! Xx

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  8. Yup completely agree with all you’ve said. It’s not that my dad doesn’t put a tree up because he’s muslim it’s just something he doesn’t do but he always makes sure my younger half brothers are involved in any Christmas activities and other fun stuff. Plus if they wanted a tree I know he’d get them one. Christmas is also about spending time with family and that’s something all religions have in common so why shouldn’t you be allowed to join in the festivities. X

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  9. Sounds like you have all the boxes ticked! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! x

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  10. That Chanel lipstick is beautiful! It looks like the perfect red x

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  11. Merry Christmas Amina! I hope you have the merriest of Christmas's! xxx

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