L’Oreal Infallible Nail Gel Lacquer Review

While I love the look and endurance of Gel nails I absolutely hate all the buffing and scrapping which involved in the process of applying and removing Gel polish. No matter what people say I do experience more brittle nails after a couple consecutive Gel applications. If you already have weak or thin nails to begin with then I can only imagine what they feel like afterwards. Therefore I am so happy to see more and more cosmetic brands launching at-home Gel-like effects without the need for LED lights or serious buffing prior to application. L’Oreal have launched Infallible Nail Gel Lacquer which applies like normal polish buts lasts longer and has more shine to it.


Infallible nail Gel Lacquer which retails for R109,95 and is available in 12 shades is a two-part application. I received the delightful shade Irresistible Bonbon which is a soft light pink. I applied it to my toes and it has thus far lasted a full week without any chips.

An interesting difference between L’Oreal’s Infallible Gel Lacquer and regular nail polish is that it is only two-part and requires no base coat. The base coat is within the colour polish and will not stain your nails. Simply apply the colour and then apply one coat of Step 2, the top coat. This provides longer lasting colour and a gel-like shine.

Catrice Romantic Rose Reviews


I try out many different beauty products and well some may get more attention than others I don’t always expect people to comment on a new eye shadow which I may be trying out or wearing. Lipsticks, yes but eye shadows don’t tend to stand out as much, in the palette perhaps but rarely do I have people straight out asking what eye-shadow I have on (fellow beauty bloggers aside, we’ll ask what primer one is wearing!). Without fail however, each and every single time I wear eye-shadow’s from the Absolute Rose Palette in 010 Frankie Rose To Hollywood I am asked what I’m wearing. At R89,95 for 6 shades it is incredible value for money and dare I say I find myself reaching for this palette more often than my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette when I am in the mood for rose shades and subtle shimmers.


While the shades are nicely pigmented I do still like to use the Catrice Prime and Fine Eye-shadow Base first before applying any eye-shadow. The entire Prime and Fine range is really good and if you have oily eyelids and find that eye-shadow tends to clump in the creases of your lid by mid-day then a primer base is advisable.

The lipstick I tend to pair with this palette is the Catrice Luminous lipstick in 120 Wood Rose Propose (R69.95). Aside from the super cute name the lipstick shade is a lovely rich understated red that is perfect for the cooler months.

Autumn Air Outfit Post


This is pretty much my every day uniform at the moment. I love soft sweaters and comfortable practical flat boots. Warmth and comfort are the key things I look for.











Sweater- Woolworths
Jeans- Sissy Boy 8th Wonder
Boots- Utopia
Watch- Sissy Boy
Necklace- Zuri

Optiphi Set The Canvas Review

Optiphi Set The Canvas (R230) is my number one primer for events and launches. With so many social events on the calendar it is important to look good but you don’t want to be stressing about make-up smudging or running after all it is a time for fun so using a primer comes in very handy.


This leaves a flawless finish and combats shine especially on my problematic T-Zone area. I find it best to apply over ones moisturiser and wait a couple of minutes before applying your foundation. I also adore that there is no strong scent.

A little bit of Set The Canvas goes a long way so blend and allow it to spread evenly over your skin, the silky texture makes this super easy. It absorbs fast into the skin and even when combined with your everyday SPF, moisturizer and foundation it won’t feel as if you have a mask on.

Catrice Ultra Stay Gel & Shine Review

Catrice have launched a Revolutionary 3 Step System which increases the durability of the regular Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer to last up to eight days with an added gel-shine finish. This is an afforadbale way to create a professional look but without the need for an LED lamp or a visit to the nail salon. You can also use any of your old Catrice Nail Lacquers which you have at home already for step 2. The polish can easily be removed with conventional nail polish remover.


Step 1- The Ultra Stay & Gel Shine Base Coat (R61,95) which helps to strengthen and protect the nails from discolouration and the formula also evens out irregularities to allow a smooth application of colour.

Step 2- Ultimate Nail Lacquer (R49.95), any shade will work and there are currently over 33 shades to choose from. I am wearing the new S/S 15 shade A Gallon of Melons.

Step 3- Ultra Stay & Gel Shine Top Coat (R61.95) seals the colour and creates an especially long-lasting and gel-shine finish.


This trio lasted a full 7 days on my nails before the first small chip, so not quite the full 8 days but I do use my hands a lot and am not delicate with my nails. I am extremely impressed with the formulas though and received numerous comments throughout the week asking whether it was a gel colour or regular. I was quite surprised by this because it means that the shine truly does give off that gel-shine appearance and others who were completely unaware of this thought it looked like a professional manicure. Double points to Catrice for this innovative system.

Catrice is available at selected Dis-Chem stores nationwide as well as online on Takealot.