So it’s my first day back at University after Christmas (I didn’t have January exams so I got a couple more weeks off!) and I decided to do a ‘What’s in my bag post’. I’ve decided to try and be more prepared this semester and ensure everything in my bag the night before because I always seem to forget something.

I use this Carvela Handbag as it’s big enough to fit my A4 notebooks inside. As my laptop doesn’t fit I have a different bag if I need it, although this is not often as I prefer to take notes by hand.

As most people do, I bring my phone with me everywhere as I have access to my calendar, emails and my university portal with lecture notes on. My phone is used a lot to plan tasks, events and my time in general but I also have a paper planner as well. This planner is small because I only put my most important events in, this is so I know I cant change these plans. As I’m short sighted I need glasses for my lectures and seminars, although I always forget to put them in my vbag.

I like taking the traditional method of taking notes and so I have an A4 notebook to write in. Usually, this is for my quick notes and I usually rewrite them out into individual module notebooks for revision. I always bring a water bottle with me to ensure I drink enough water throughout the day. My purse is always in my bag as well. I usually buy a coffee, or food if I’m hungry when i’m at uni. I often run errands like food shopping after lectures as well so it’s important I have my money with me.

The bottom of my bag is often littered with earphones, pens, hair ties, highlighters and random change. Maybe I need a pencil case to add to my bag? For now though I keep them there ‘just in case’.

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‘The first step is admitting you have a problem’ is age old advice. My problem is that I buy way too many bags and shoes, which means the next step is probably buy some more. So I’ve bought another bag from Boutique of Molly! The Tokyo bag is very much Mulberry inspired without the price tag.

Boutique of Molly Bag

Similar to the Milan bag I’d previously bought, the strap is adjustable. I also much prefer the chain style strap because it’s smaller links than the Milan, which in my opinion makes it look a bit more classy. The size isn’t too small or too big which is great! It fits all the essentials like my phone, glasses, purse etc. without putting too much strain on the strap. It’s not an everyday bag purely because I need a bag to fit my A4 notebooks at uni, but it works well for my days off.

Boutique of Molly Tokyo Bag Strap

The clasp is small, and could easily be undone by accident but the bag also has a zip inside which will stop you losing anything. The clasp is near identical to the clasp on Mulberry’s. Inside there’s two pockets on either side of the bag, one with a zip and one open. I can’t wait to see what BoM bring out next!

Boutique of Molly Tokyo Clasp

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I received Throw Away Girls by Jennifer Vaughn as an E-book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

‘Hard-charging, insightful, and ambitious, Jaycee Wilder wants to take her TV news career to the next level. The Los Angeles reporter is hungry for the big story. When dead girls begin to pile up at seedy nightclubs that cater to whimsical, fetish-seeking strangers, Jaycee suspects a serial killer is at work. She aligns herself with an east coast cop trying to resurrect himself- and his once stellar career- from a drunken skid.’

Throw Away Girls

Although pulled in by the book cover the storyline kept me guessing and on my toes throughout. The first chapter throws you straight into the deep end of the murder mystery, with my guesses constantly switching every other chapter as new evidence arises. I found the use of the killer’s perspective to be particularly powerful and enabled me to see his thought processes and connect with him as a character.

Jaycee’s strong presence and stubborn nature helps to make her an engaging character with who I could follow along on her reports. Vaugn has written each chapter to be of importance and without monotony, the story often taking unexpected turns and an atypical ending. Although not for the faint hearted due to brutal crime scenes, this book is definitely a winner. Book 1 of the Jaycee Wilder series and I can’t wait for more. 

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I’ve used the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner for years now, since I was about 15. I’ve had an on/off relationship as I often switch over to pen or pencil liners. I know a lot of people don’t get on with gel liner, but I find it lasts much longer. I also think it works better if you’re looking for a matte eye look, as pen liners usually look shiny.

Maybelline Gel Eyeliner

The Maybelline Gel Liner comes with its own brush which is quite good for application. You only need the smallest amount on the brush, which means it lasts for ages. The first time may be difficult as it takes some skill to get a fine and straight line. The brush also lasts a long time, just remember to clean it often. I often lose the brush and it gets dry and unusable quickly.

It claims on the box that it’s 24 hour wear which is probably true. I have never tried 24 hours straight but it does take a good makeup remover to get it all off. I’ve also never had problems with it smudging off in the day.

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The Bobbi Brown Liquid Foundation with SPF15 is a great liquid foundation. As one of the few foundations I’ve found which matches so well to my complexion it has gained a permanent place in my beauty draw.  Also I don’t get lines or turn orange which is always a bonus!

The liquid is very lightweight, and it makes you feel like you’re not wearing makeup. I would say it’s good coverage for me as I don’t like having my makeup too heavy. I can still see my freckles slightly with it on, so a good concealer needs to be used to hide blemishes. Because it’s liquid it creates a dewy effect, which is not great for me and my oily skin. I’m currently using this with Benefit’s Hello Flawless Powder to have a matte look effect. This also gives me more coverage for blemishes but again stays lightweight on my skin.

It’s long lasting, I can wear it all day and it still looks great. I find that if I want to top up before a night out it works really well without being cakey. Because of the watery texture it’s also great to blend in, and you don’t need a lot so it lasts a long time. The finished look is often natural, which is exactly how I like my makeup to be.

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