Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Are You On Depop?

If you have been a long time follower of mine you know I used to be one for having regular blog sales to help keep my make up stash from getting out of control. Well the last few months I have been using the app Depop which is selling site that is a mix between ebay and instagram.

It is such a quick and easy way to sell things and I haven't had any problems so far with selling items. There is a fee if you pay directly through depop from your paypal account and some people ask if you can pay directly from paypal to avoid that. I use both methods depending on what the buyer wants. Through august at the moment though they are not charging fees so I am going to be putting loads of things up including clothes to have a big clear out.

To follow me, my username is @brightowngirl. I have loads of high-end make up for sale as well as some clothes and accessories. If you are on there do let me know your user names in the comments below as I would love to follow some more accounts.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Handbag Shopping - Wishlist.


So I am on the hunt for a handbag but I am kind of fussy and I have what I want in mind that I can't quite find exactly. Above is a selection of handbags I have found that I really like but still am not sure.

The first bag (top right) is the Beige Frame Bag from River Island. (£40) I love everything about this bag except the colour, even if it was a slightly darker brown I think I would prefer it. It has three compartments which is the main criteria I want from a bag. It is a decent size and has a long and short strap so I can wear it in the crook of my arm or slung over my shoulder. I also like that its quite structured and smart looking.

The other tan bag (top left) is from Accssesorize, its the Double Pocket Core bag in tan (£37) and comes in a metallic and red colour too. This is the biggest out of the bags and probably my least favourite. Again it has three compartments and long and short strap.

Lastly the bag at the bottom which I have pictures of both colours is the Zara Mini City Bag with Zips. (£39.99) I didn't jump on the band wagon when the original Zara City Bag came out last year but now I want in. I love this bag in both colours, it has loads of compartments and I just love the general look of it. The only thing is, I wish it was slightly bigger. It does come in a larger size but I found this just too big. (I told you I was fussy)

All three bags I like and I think the Zara bag is the firm favourite but I am just not sure. If any of you have seen any bags similar to this then do let me know as I am still on the hunt. What is your favourite handbag?

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Remember Me?

Hello, anyone remember me?
It has been quite a few months since I have posted anything on here and I wasn't sure if I was going to again to be honest. Life has changed a lot for me over the last 7 months and during my weight loss journey I changed a lot too. Unfortunately this did mean I lost my love for my blog along the way.

Well life has settled down now, life is going in the direction I want it too and with a bit of encouragement from friends and family I have decided to start blogging again. To begin with I thought I wanted to start a new blog altogether but have decided to stick with Brightowngirl as a lot of blood and sweat in this little space on the net for it all to go to waste.

So what to expect from me? Well of course I will be sticking to beauty, my love for it is no where near what it used to be but I am a woman and an ex addict so there will always be some sort of love for it. I want to go down the lifestyle route, so expect fashion, food, fitness, nutrition and everything in between. Also my partner wants to get involved with it with his input on fitness, nutrition and mens skincare. (I have actually found a man that likes skincare and nice smelling bath products as much as me, its a little worrying.)

The plan at the moment is to blog about three times a week as the posting everyday was just becoming too much like a chore and I think the pressure I was putting on myself was one of the reasons I lost interest. I am just going to stick with that for now and see how I get on.

So I hope at least one of you has missed me and glad I am back and I can't wait to get back involved in the blogging world.
Do comment below if there is anything you want me to write about, I am always happy for suggestions.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Mid Week Lunch Date - OOTD

            

On Thursday I met up with my friend Sarah for a chit chat a quick spot of lunch and I really liked my outfit so I thought I'd share it with you guys on here.
Most of the items are new from my shopping trip in Exeter and I am loving them all. 

Top - Primark £8 (I think)
Skirt - New Look £9.99
Shoes - Primark £3
Bag - Primark (this is about a year old and I think I paid about £10 for it)
Sunglasses - Primark £2
Watch - New Look £12

As you can see I am loving a bit of primark at the moment, I did end up spending over £100 in there Saturday which I didn't think was possible. I'm well and truly kitted out until I go down another dress size. ;) shopping is becoming too much fun and my bank balance is not liking it....I sure am though.

Have you had a bit of a shopping splurge recently? 


Friday, 14 February 2014

Coconut Pancakes


Pancakes is one of my favourite things to have for breakfast but they are definitely not the most healthiest things around. I treat myself to them once a week and I have been experimenting with different ingredients to try and make them as healthy as possible.
 
Recently I have been trying out Coconut Flour which has a lot more protein and less carbs in it than standard flour, it is also gluten free and high in fibre.
The first thing I noticed about the flour is that it absorbs liquid a lot more than any other flour so you really don't need a lot.
 
To make 3 small pancakes all you need is -
25g of Coconut Flour
100ml of milk (I use Almond Milk)
1 egg.
 
I just whisk the ingredients together until its all combined and the mixture is smooth. Then with a small ladle pour a third of the mixture into a flat hot pan.
I use coconut oil in the pan to stop the pancake from sticking and I found that the best way to cook them is to take your time and cook them on a low heat.
The coconut flour makes the pancakes a bit crumbly and a lot more fragile than standard pancakes so handle with care.
 
These are really delicious and quite sweet even though they are fairly low in sugar. Plus I find they fill me up for longer too.
 
Nutrition -
Calories - 177
Fat - 10g
Carbs - 5.8g
Sugar - 1.8g
Protein - 10.9g
 
Have you tried coconut flour before? What is your favourite pancake recipe?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

My Go Too Make Up Look - Feb '14




Recently I have been wearing the same look most days, I am kind of in a bit of a make up rut but I am ok with that.
I thought I would share with you the items I have been wearing so you can see what some of my favourite products are at the moment. 

For my base I have been reaching for my beloved Dior BB cream, this is a light base coverage that never lets me down. Then to cover to dark circles and blemishes (well as best as I can) I use the infamous Nars Radiance Concealer, I am now on my third tube of this.
I then set my base with Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation, again another long term favourites of mine.
To add some to colour to my cheeks I have been using either Benefits Coralista or Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed.

For my eyes I can't get enough of the Burberry Eyeshadow in Pale Barley. This is the perfect shadow for a sweep of colour over the lid and you can play it up or down. I then add a flick of the Soap & Glory Liquid Liner and use the Ellis Fass Mascara to deifne my lashes.

To finish off the look my brows are filled in with the L'Oreal Brow Artist in Blonde and I apply a little bit of the By Terry Baume De Rose Lip balm to keep my lips hydrated.

As you can see most of these products are long term favourites and I have been enjoying just grabbing them and not worrying about what make up look I am going for as this is quick and easy. 

Have you used any of these products? Do you sometimes enjoy being in a make up rut?

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A Busy Long Weekend

The last week has been a bit of a whirl wind but also lots of fun. Thursday I went to London to have an afternoon with the lovely Kat from Tales Of A Pale Face who is one of my good friends that I have made through blogging.
We had some lunch and did it a bit of shopping in Selfridges and forever 21, we also had a cheeky slice of cake too.
We finished our day off at Wholefoods where I thought I was in food heaven. I would move into that place if I could. Have you seen the peanut butter machines, you could have hours of fun.


On Friday my friend Samii and I loaded up her car and took the 5 hour journey to Exeter to visit her brother who is training to be in the marines down there. We had an action packed weekend of eating, shopping and drinking too many cocktails. I had the weekend off my healthy eating, just let me hair down and really enjoyed myself.

There was an all day breakfast place round the corner from our hotel which we raided both mornings, its all you can eat and we didn't hold back. They even had cute little toasters on the table.

Another great place to eat which again was just right round the corner from our hotel was called Urban Burger which had every type of burger you could imagine. It was amazing and I truly over indulged.

It was one of the best weekend I have ever had and we met some great people down there. I am currently having the post 'holiday' blues as it was such a good weekend and I never wanted it to end. We for sure will be going back for a visit again at some point.

Some great memories were made over the last week.

Have you been away recently or did you get up to much at the weekend?