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Personal Branding identity? What is it and why is it so important?

Ruse on August 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

Every single person has some form of a defining factor. Some people know exactly what it is and some just don’t seem to be able to distinguish what it may be. From movie stars to cabinet ministers, people try to “brand” themselves sometimes in order to stand out, sometimes just to set themselves apart from […]

Social media, cellphones, communication galore but manners, where are they?

Ruse on August 13, 2015 at 8:40 am

We are supposedly more socially advanced and are able to communicate so much easier with people all over the world (and beyond) however when it comes to the person standing next to you things look slightly awry. Most people today have a cellphone, internet connections and various devices with which to communicate and relay messages. […]

What is the point of a customer survey really?

Ruse on August 12, 2015 at 7:39 am

Each time a product or service is sold, it seems we are contacted either via email or phone to take part in one survey or another. The amount of time, resources and money spent on these surveys are surely mind-blowing and in the end the price tag is added to the end product which you […]

The little things in life make a difference – Prada customer relations experience

Ruse on August 5, 2015 at 11:37 am

It’s always so nice when you walk into a store and you are made to feel genuinely welcome! Too many people complain about everything that is wrong and we tend to see the negative in situations, however there are those good things too and we need to celebrate them. The economic situation does not look […]

How to interpret a date code on a Louis Vuitton item

Ruse on August 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

There are many suggestions on how to spot a fake in the luxury world. It could definitely prove difficult if you are not experienced and are looking for an item but are reluctant to pay the price of a new piece. I must admit that this is not a route I would venture to take […]

Dealing with negativity, envy, bullying

Ruse on July 31, 2015 at 7:37 am

We all come into this world in exactly the same way. The circumstances vary, but the manner in which we enter, just our naked selves attached to an umbilical cord, is the same for every single person. When we die, we all leave in the same way, with nothing attached. So what we manage to […]

Purse Bling Discount Code and more product detail

Ruse on July 30, 2015 at 6:14 am

As a follow-up to my post of yesterday on organising your handbag, I have had a lovely email from Jerilyn Stein who is the President of Purse Bling and she has kindly offered a discount code to all of you who may be interested in purchasing something from the website! How exciting!! More detail later, […]

How to Organise your Handbag

Ruse on July 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Yes it has been way too long since I posted a Blog, but I have plenty of stories to tell, so stay connected… Getting right to it though, why on earth would I feel the need to write a whole story about organising your handbag? Well because I have been investigating and searching for something […]

Oh my! but the handbags available now are just so incredible…

Ruse on May 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm

It is impossible to resist a beautiful bag – for me anyway. It is like experiencing stunning art; just another dimension because you can feel it, touch it, wear it, smell it! The colours, textures, shapes and sizes are available in endless varieties and all so creative. Anyone who tells you that only super high-end […]

Customer Service, why is this so complicated?

Ruse on May 7, 2015 at 9:56 am

From recent experiences which range from excellent to substantially poor, I am motivated to Blog about this subject. As a way too young teenager eager to make some money, I started a holiday job in a camera shop and then graduated at the age of 16 to a shoe shop. Working weekends and holidays I […]

What are you looking for in a mascara?

Ruse on May 7, 2015 at 6:52 am

With the extensive range of mascara out there, we are spoilt for choice these days. What one is wanting from a mascara is what counts though. From my experience, whether you pay a little or a fortune you need to determine which brand it is that really works for you. From the high-end mascaras, to […]

A few interesting purchases that you may want to know about

Ruse on April 11, 2015 at 5:25 am

Yes, there are way too many options and far too many nice things out there to just choose one and be done with it. So a variety of things it is in my basket today… Dischem I see are stocking a larger range of false lashes and they are really pretty. The Eylure lashes are […]

Makeup brushes! Where to start; what to use where and maintenance.

Ruse on March 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

Your brushes and tools are as important as the actual makeup you will be using to apply to your face. Without the correct tools, the outcome or results will not be what is desired. Great results do not necessarily require the most expensive brush purchases either. Knowing which brush to use for what application is […]

Can we ever have enough lip products??? Palladio have some surprises…

Ruse on March 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

In the never-ending quest to find a perfect lipliner (besides the ones I already own!), I stumbled upon a range of lip products I have not yet used. The Palladio range of makeup has a variety of products which covers almost everything, but I specifically was looking at the lipliners when I spotted the lipsticks. […]

A little story on Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, one of the most intriguing woman of all time

Ruse on March 19, 2015 at 10:31 am

For as long as I can recall, I have had a fascination with Chanel, who for me seemed the pioneer who revolutionized fashion for women. From her name Coco Chanel to her look, she epitomized individualism. She did this with style, elegance, taste and an eye for detail. The “little black dress”, Chanel NO.5 perfume, […]

Henri Bendel Haul, see what is available and oh so beautiful!

Ruse on March 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

I know that there are plenty of people out there who simply adore clothes, shoes, handbags, make-up etc. I of course, am no exception and each time I see a pair of shoes a handbag or piece of jewellery that makes me just feel happy, I think of my gran. She too loved these things. […]

Beauty products purchased in New York, what are they like? Worth it or not?

Ruse on March 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

I have already raved about my shopping experience in New York in my previous blog on the “New York shopping experience” so if you read that, you will know that, of course, I loved the choices!! Too many of them! From drug store to high-end, it is very difficult to make a choice and the […]

Chanel spring 2015 collection

Ruse on March 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

Things are slightly back-to-front here, but nevermind. We receive some products which have been created for the northern hemisphere in our autumn/winter their spring/summer but hey, I would rather have them straight away than never get them at all!! The Chanel Spring collection came out a few weeks ago and of course the colours are […]

Another new MAC collaboration this time with Isabel & Ruben Toledo

Ruse on March 13, 2015 at 9:06 am

Wow, MAC are really working hard at getting the collections out there fast! This collection, very hot on the heels of the Cinderella collection is another one to take a look at. The collection in collaboration with designer Isabel and artist Ruben Toledo is spunky and the artwork very reminiscent of Picasso in my opinion. […]

MAC Cinderella range, is it hot or not?

Ruse on March 12, 2015 at 2:03 pm

So even though I went online immediately after receiving the email that the Cinderella range was available, the products sold out extremely quickly! An indication that people were waiting for it… Some folks in the USA stayed up the entire night waiting for the online product release!! I managed to get what I wanted, namely […]

NYX Black Label Lipsticks. Are they worth looking at?

Ruse on March 11, 2015 at 8:43 am

NYX products are exclusive to Clicks here in South Africa. The range has some great products, but I had not tried the black label lipsticks for some strange reason. What is different about them? Well they are a slightly higher end range. The packaging is different to the standard NYX lipsticks and the formula is […]

The Beauty Blender…worth the purchase?

Ruse on February 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

This little “sponge” is a GEM! Once you have used one, you will not be able to get along without one again. There are a number of dupes, however they do not feel as soft and light as the original does. The way it works is that the sponge is immersed in water to completely […]

New York shopping experience

Ruse on February 11, 2015 at 9:03 am

I am back! Wishing everyone all be it late, a very Happy and Prosperous 2015. So, everyone said we were absolutely crazy to visit New York in January. It is cold and miserable and we were asked what on earth we were going to do. Well the answer to that was EVERYTHING! No crowds and […]

Competition in conjunction with GlaM Cubes

Ruse on December 19, 2014 at 12:07 pm

In October I posted a blog on makeup organisation. The article featured acrylic makeup drawer units. Now for a little more detail relating to these units, and more especially to the GlaM Cube storage units. As you will see int he pictures, these units are versatile, neat and elegant. They compliment any vanity area. GlaM […]

Various make-up looks

Ruse on December 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

We feature a number of pictures on our website under Make-up. These are all various looks achieved with the products that I discuss in this Blog. Hope you take time to have a look at them and find them useful. I will be posting “how to” achieve these looks in detail in the new year. […]

Beautiful boots

Ruse on December 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I thought I would share a wonderful experience with you all. It is summer in South Africa currently. Generally we would not be buying, or even looking at boots, but because we will be going to New York in January we thought it a good idea to get really warm boots for the cold weather […]

My new spinning Lipstick Tower

Ruse on December 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Thought I would share a picture of the new spinning lipstick tower I have now finally received (following our post office strike). This tower holds a total of 81 lipsticks so it is perfect for space-saving and it looks so cute on the vanity. Neat and tidy, functional and compact. Everything you could possibly want. […]

Winged liner, how to…

Ruse on December 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

It certainly takes a lot of practise and a substantial amount of patience to get a winged liner right. There are so many different variations however the technique remains pretty much the same whether it is a thin line or a more elaborate one you want to create. The most important thing is to have […]

Want longer, thicker lashes and or brows? See how…

Ruse on December 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

There are quite a few products on the market, all claiming to enhance, lengthen and thicken your lashes beyond your imagination. Some work really well but come at a huge cost, others, not so much. There are also some prescription potions available, however they could potentially affect the actual colour of your eyes, and who […]

Make a statement with RED lips & L’Oreal

Ruse on November 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm

One of the best “drugstore” lipsticks currently out is the Celebrity Collection Colour Riche in Pure Red from L’Oreal. There is a wide array of choices (in red) to suit all skin tones. And ALL can and should wear red lipstick at least some of the time!! These lipsticks are packaged in slick black tubes […]