Red Door 25, Nutri Lift Gold foundation and nifty nails, Beauty newness #11

Red Door 25

There’s a running dislike of Red Door amongst hair stylists and beauty therapists. Not necessarily because it’s an unpleasant fragrance, but because there are SO MANY women that use it. It gets overwhelming when your third client in a row plonks down in your seat in a cloud of eau de Red Door!

Red Door 25

To celebrate its 25th birthday, Red Door 25 has been created to celebrate the evolution of the Red Door woman. I find it a lot softer, and there’s more of a floral scent to it – they’ve added a rose heart note. It’s not as heady and musky as the original, and I think this would be a very welcome addition for Red Door fans – I know exactly who I’m giving this one to for Christmas (yep, shameless – my friends and family know they sometimes get pr samples as gifts after I’ve reviewed them and they don’t even mind one bit because I always save good stuff from throughout the year).

Available from November 17th for a limited time only, R595 for 100ml

L’Oreal Nutri Lift Gold Anti Ageing Serum Foundation

You’re probably tired of the way these stories go, but I couldn’t properly test Nutri Lift Gold because I didn’t receive a shade that works for me. I do have a suspicion that I would have loved it, since it swatches really smoothly and it’s been getting good reviews as far as I could tell. It also boasts some anti ageing ingredients like vitamin c, pro-retinol and hyaluronic acid. Generally it seems to be a good combination of a creamy, medium coverage foundation and an illuminating, radiance giving one.

L'Oreal Nutri Lift Gold Anti Ageing Serum foundation

L'Oreal Nutri Lift Gold Anti Ageing Serum foundation swatches: 150 Creamy Beige, 180 Rosy Beige, 330 Golden Honey
L’Oreal Nutri Lift Gold Anti Ageing Serum foundation swatches: 150 Creamy Beige, 180 Rosy Beige, 330 Golden Honey

My only disappointment is the shades, as the case often is especially with L’Oreal foundations – neutral doesn’t seem to be an option, as they mostly have either very yellow or very pink undertones.

Eight shades available, R200, in stores now.

Naillusion no-dip polish

What a novel idea – the majority of the nail polish is housed in the cap, so you gently press on it to distribute nail polish into the brush (instead of dipping the brush back into the bottle). I have yet to try this, but it looks like a winner to me. This shade is Pink Lemonade from the neon collection if I’m not mistaken.



R100, available from Dischem.

Nail Candy Mani Pedi Pen

If you’re into nail art I’d highly recommend the Nail Candy Mani Pedi Pen. It’s a double ended nail polish pen with an applicator as fine as the sharp end of a pin. Nail polish is dispersed drop by drop, which enables you to go about your nail art business effortlessly.

nail candy mani pedi pen

nail candy mani pedi pen

Available from Clicks and CNA stores for R100 each, there are at least 10 colour options that I know of.

C x




  1. Oct 1, 2014 / 9:42 AM

    I wore red door in my early 20’s. For some reason I cringe now when I think about it, but at the time I was obsessed with it.

    Love that nail polish in the cap and even the pen. After you did the Essie colour review I’ve been obsessed with nail polish. I however still can’t find any of those colours in PE from your review:(

  2. Charmaine
    Jan 17, 2016 / 4:26 PM

    And here I thought that I am the only one who detests Red Door perfume. I cannot stand the smell of it. I am so glad that not a lot of women that I know use it nowdays. When it was popular it was so bad that I sometimes had to leave meetings if anyone was wearing it due the smell!

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