An Ode to Dune

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Dune Roland Cartier Clutch Bag


Apart from loving beauty, I have a massive obsession with fashion. Personally, I have a weak spot for handbags and purses, I love to purchase loads. It is not secret that I have an obsession with Dune, I have been in love with this brand for the last 5 months and gradually growing my collection. I love the fact that Dune reminds of Jo Malone - very British. Kindly enough, a couple of weeks ago Dune sent me a gift card to spend money in their store and you know I had a blast....

The first item I purchased from Dune was this beautiful blush pink purse that I haven't stopped using, it's such a lovely purse that has many compartments especially loads of card compartments for those who have endless amounts of cards. I think that the Dune Slim Faux Leather Purse it's so simple and sophisticated, I think I might have to purchase another one but in a different colour. Whilst looking around the store, I had fallen in love with their handbags especially this dark blue clutch bag which is absolutely stunning.

Dune Slim Faux Leather Purse

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This Dune handbag that I have was not originally purchased but it was given to me because I literally fell in love with it. I love how the bag is shaped and how it doesn't look like a traditional handbag, I also love the fact that this handbag comes with a detachable strap as sometimes I do dislike having straps. I love the simplicity, once again, of this bag - I think it can go with any outfit whatsoever and it fits a lot of items in there as well.


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This beautiful, rose gold clutch from Dune is absolutely beautiful. The Roland Cartier Bayliss Gold Clutch * bag has been my favourite thing of the moment. The one thing that caught my eye about this bag was the embellished clasp closure, I love it so much. This bag goes with any outfit as well especially if you want to dress up an occasional outfit, with the optional shoulder strap. Such a classy bag!


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Although my little collection with Dune is very small, it is growing very slowly as I have a lot of items on my wishlist from here.......







Do you own any items from Dune? What is your favourite brand?

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A Few More Blogging Tips

Monday, 29 May 2017


It has definitely been a while since I wrote a post on here, it's been a hard couple of months but I'm attempting to make sure that I post as much as possible as I do love blogging a lot. As I have said in many of my blogging tips posts, I have not been blogging for very long, but in the short time that I have been blogging, I have learnt a lot. Hence, why I love to share as much as I know as often as I can, especially for new bloggers and others.

Purchase or download Grammarly | I have talked about Grammarly previously on this blog before, but I have to talk about it again. I have been using Grammarly for roughly two years now and I think it is absolutely amazing. Grammarly is an English-language grammar checker that checks for grammatical errors, spelling errors, proofreads and detects plagiarism. This can be downloaded online for free and helps me write my blog posts and emails successfully. It saves so much time whilst ensuring that I have written posts to the best of my ability. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone. 

Proofread aloud | If you don't have Grammarly, I'd recommend doing this each time you write a post. Proofreading aloud at least 2 times ensures that you don't make silly mistakes, sometimes this can be a huge chore to complete which is understandable after writing a long post so maybe ask someone else to read it on your behalf. Another second set of eyes is more useful in spotting the little mistakes. 

Be simple and straightforward | When it comes to writing a blog post, I'd suggest being straightforward and simple, it's the best approach. Try not to write details that may be irrelevant or hard to understand as readers will become less interested in the rest of your post.

Use Bloglovin as much as possible | Despite the fact that Bloglovin is changing sometimes, I'd suggest using this as much as possible. You can find so many new blogs on here, follow loads of people and promote your blog posts! Apart from Bloglovin, try to pin your photos to Pinterest as well in order to get more traffic! 

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My Opinions On Sacha Buttercup Powder

Wednesday, 3 May 2017




I am a sucker for a good translucent powder before using this powder; I was obsessed with the Ben Nye Banana Powder which was an absolute dream. Unfortunately, it finished so I will be purchasing another one. For today's I will be sharing my impressions on the Sacha Buttercup Powder.

I have heard numerous amounts of opinions on this powder as the holy grail for people with darker skin, after watching numerous YouTube videos I wanted to try it. Personally, I like to try many ways as possible because it annoys me if I spend a significant amount of money on a product which I only tried once and threw away. The first method I used to put this on was the classic way of setting your concealer with a damp beauty blender - it kept my concealer creaseless throughout the day, but it did make me look a bit cakey - maybe that's because I put too much on? So I tried it again but with less amount of product and the beauty blender. This time, I looked a lot better, and I didn't keep it on for too long, I immediately blended it in once I put it on, and the lasting power was still the same. So at this point, it is safe to say that even though the appearance doesn't look nice, the staying power is great. However, after I sprayed my MAC Prep & Prime, my face didn't look too powdery.

As a couple of weeks have passed, I am still using the same technique with the beauty blender. Instead, I realised that because I use a lot of oils on my face before it doesn't make my makeup look great so if I let the oils in my face settle for at least 30 minutes, the powder doesn't look powdery on my face. I keep the time the powder spent on my face the same (1 minute including blending it in). The past week I have been wearing a minimal amount of makeup, and I don't tend to use my beauty blender instead I stick to brushes instead - so I set my powder with a Real Techniques small brush which was also as effective. 

Just like any other makeup product, it is all about making it suit your face and skin. In comparison to my Ben Nye Banana powder, there are similarities regarding the longevity and appearance. However, I do prefer my Ben Nye Banana Powder. In regards to photos, I have realised that the Ben Nye Banana Powder shows up a bit more in dim light whereas in natural lighting it looks nice. Also, it's a good powder to mix with other powders as well, for my dark skin gals out there this is a really good powder. The Banana Powder isn't heavy but lightweight and comfortable to wear, I do love this powder and would consider purchasing another powder as a backup, but there's something about the Ben Nye Powder that I can't seem to get rid of. Nonetheless, I will continue trying different methods as I attempt to finish the powder. 





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