Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010's Greatest Hits

I hope you have all had a great Christmas! Here is Part One of what I think were some stand-out polishes of 2010.

MAC Blue India 
This was released in the Liberty collection which had special packaging. It was quite expensive and I think is the last MAC I have purchased. A great smokey-blue. Only a two-coater.

OPI Jade Is The New Black
This came out quite early in the year with the Hong Kong collection. I still love it just as much as when I first bought it. It's a very nice muted forest green. Two-coater.

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
This polish had everyone wanting it before they even knew when it would be released. A very pretty light turquoise with a timid frost. It's like a frosty version of China Glaze For Audrey. Nouvelle Vague reminds me of Goody Goody Gumdrops ice cream (yum!).

OPI Catch Me In Your Net
I never thought NZ would get the Summer Flutter collection, so I just had to get this one when I saw it. It does have a few dupes by Zoya and Orly. A great shade for summer! I might be decking this one on my toes very shortly. 

Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe
My photo isn't very good of Mistletoe, but I really do love the polish. I haven't seen anything like it. A beautiful forest green with green and gold glitter. 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Quick Look At: Orly Instant Artist

I hope you had an awesome Christmas! I hope you got some of the polishes on your wish list :)

I just wanted to show you something that I came across today and have never seen before, the Orly Instant Artist collection.

This seems to be a collection of special nail art colours. By that I mean they have super long and thin brushes designed for nail art. I chose the only colour that blew me away. Blue Sky. It's a pastel periwinkle shade.The rest were quite bold colours or basic glitters. (I took a photo of the stand, trying to upload it).

There was a set of Black, White, Red, Yellow and Blue for $49.90. Basically the same price for any 5 colours, but you get a dotting tool with that lot. The polishes retail for $10.90 each. Not too bad!

I only had a quick play with it (as I managed to spill some on my new pyjamas :( ) and I was really impressed! The coverage was great, not sheer at all. The brush was really easy to control.

I've also managed to pick up Sinful Daddy's Girl, OPI It's a Girl! and OPI Time-less is More. So stay tuned for those ones!
More pictures to come when the sun is out :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Hi again guys,

So there seems to be a new blog with the name Nail Juice as well and it looks like they have paid for the '.com' instead of the host site they use. 

Please do not mistake this blog for the real Nail Juice. I used to have the '.com' but my year ran out and I had no funds to re buy it and so I guess this other person took it. So now the address for this blog is

I just want to make sure that you guys know that I haven't completely changed my blog :)

I thought Nail Juice was quite an unusual name, so I am a little puzzled over this... It's a bit scary seeing a blog with the exact same name.

Open to New Zealand only. Send an email with the subject as "Win Under The Mistletoe" to to enter the draw!

Good luck! :D

A Quick Look At: Oh Naturale & Turn The Other Chic

Hi guys! I finally bought myself a rechargeable battery charger, so now I don't have to wait to travel back to my parents house for batteries :D 

For now I am showing you photos of Color Club's Oh Naturale and Turn The Other Chic. These will be released in NZ fairly soon I would think. They are a part of the Pardon My French collection. A beautiful array of soft sheers and matching glitters.

The reason they aren't on my fingers is because I recently worked in a pack house for 5 days (50 hours all up) and as you can imagine, the poor little fingernails got a bit of a beating. Hopefully they come right soon :)

Here is Oh Naturale:
A very soft salmon.

And here is Turn The Other Chic:
A juicy looking colour! Looks best over others rather than being by itself.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mode VIP

I think these Mode polishes, have to be the best for value. Only $3.95 for a polish.

I first came across these in Australia a couple of years ago, wasn't too fussed on the colour range available. But it seems they are coming out with some great shades! 

I only limited myself to 3 polishes. I picked up this pretty grey, a dark purple jelly with glitter and a muted teal. I am really pleased with them all! I would show you photos but my camera just died uploading this one.

Back to VIP, amazing coverage! If you were extremely precise at applying polish, you could have this done in one coat. It isn't streaky, sheer or thick. The teal was like this too. The purple one was quite watery, but I think that's needed for jelly polishes.

I don't think it is as yellow as it is showing in my photo. It's a very neutral grey.

On a side note: I have changed the comment section as I was having problems before. Hopefully it's fixed now! :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Up For Grabs!

You could win whole Poptastic collection! Check the 'Up For Grabs' page under the Nail Juice logo :D

Friday, December 3, 2010

Orly On The List

Just to be sure, On The List is not a part of Orly's holiday collection. It was thrown in with the minis though, and I think it seems quite fitting. Everyone has a list for the holidays :)

I used three coats of On The List as it was a little bit sheer and watery. It is quite a pretty polish though once on. I am a little sad though that the pink glitter didn't show through as much as it does in the bottle.

It has quite a jelly look to it once applied. I think it is good that On The List is a bit sheer, because then you get to see more glitter particles in all the different layers. And of course you get that lovely squidgy jelly look.

It's kind of like a darker, deeper version of China Glaze Ruby Pumps.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

OPI Catch Me In Your Net

Mum and I were flabbergasted when we saw the summer OPI display with this colour on it. I really wasn't expecting to get it in New Zealand. A very nice surprise!

Catch Me In Your Net is a beautiful shade. I am so happy to have this in my collection. I have nothing like it! Although a few companys have released something very similar, this is the first to hit NZ.
I thought it was going to be a sheer shade but you really only need two, maximum 3 coats for this one.

I really like Catch Me In Your Net because it's just one of those fascinating polishes that change all day long, you know? It has a really different look in every light. It's so pretty.

I just love to look at this one in the bottle too. I wish I had some shoes this colour... how cool would that be

None of the other colours really caught my attention in the Summer collection. It seems a lot of sparkly polishes are coming out recently, I like it!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OPI Simmer & Shimmer

Simmer & Shimmer is from OPI's holiday collection, I can't quite remember the name but it has some exquisite colours. I really want to get that fuchsia one, gorgeous.

I only used two coats here. I think you can use any amount of coats with this one really. Depends what you're after. I haven't tried layering it yet though, I think all of my blues are all too greeny/yellowy. 

I quite like it although I can't help feeling it's too cool. You've got your yellow, orange and red in there but I think the silver is too overpowerring. Well for me it is. I keep looking at the orange glitter in this collection too. It's just so unusual isn't it?

I haven't bought any polishes in awhile but recently I think I've bought over 5! It's quite exciting but I suppose bills and unexpected expenses have to come first, so I'll have to buy in moderation lol. If that's possible.

I quite like how polish companies are pushing the envelope in a way. Bringing us more exciting and differnt colours. I think there was only one red in OPI's holiday collection wasn't there? I don't know if Suzi has been hit over the head lately, but I like what she's doin!

On a side note, it's December already! 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe


 I'm so happy with this colour. It feels really Christmasy to me, and I just love the shimmer in Meet Me Under The Mistletoe.

I only saw it in mini form when the store first got them in. The next time I visited they had the normal sizes in. I'm still deciding if I should get the full sized Meet Me Under The Mistletoe. 

It is a pretty unique colour, has a beautiful formula too. It has really great coverage and is very smooth.

You only need two coats with this one as well, possibly three.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Liquid Palisade Review

Liquid Palisade is a product for those of us who love to do nail art and french manicures. It's really fun to use and I love the colour of it.

It's a product that you paint on and peel off. It takes a little getting used to as I found out.

What I found out while playing around with Liquid Palisade is that you need 'tabs'. What I mean by that is, say, if you drew a straight line down the middle of your nail, how are you going to pick up the Liquid Palisade when you just painted polish over it?

So if you continue painting the Liquid Palisade over the edge of your nail and on to the cuticle, you have a 'tab' to pull. :D Easy peasey!

- When Liquid Palisade dries it turns to a darker shade of pink which is great for lighter colours. But when painted over darker colours, Liquid Palisade has a pinky/blue shimmer so it is still really easy to see where you painted on darker colours too.

- Liquid Palisade is very stretchy! Be careful of this as I accidentally let it go a few times when I was trying to remove it and ended up flinging back into my nail! No major damage caused lol.

- When you are removing the Liquid Palisade, I recommend to pinch & pull the tab you created in the direction of your design. 

- You do have to apply it when the first coat is dry, otherwise you may pull that off too when you remove the Liquid Palisade.

- You have to make sure you remove it before the coat of polish on top of the Palisade has dried. Otherwise you end up pulling off more polish than you would want and the design gets messy. :(

- The formula is a little bit on the thin side, so make sure you layer up on your design so it's easier to remove.

- Circles don't really work, let me know if you find a way.

- I haven't really figured out a way of doing designs without tabs yet (i.e. designs in the centre of the nail). Once again, let me know if you find a way.

Seeing as my first go round with the stuff didn't turn out so flash, I tried more simple designs. These were probably too simple, but at least you get to see what it does.

I tried a straight line (lol), a curved line and a half-moon manicure. I was particularly happy at how well I could do a half-moon manicure with Liquid Palisade. (Colours used: OPI Jade Is The New Black and Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe).

Then I gave Liquid Palisade another go, this time with designs a little more complex. One didn't quite turn out though.

The glitter polishes didn't really work all that well. I think it's because the polish is more glue like than a regular polish. So it tends to pull itself off.

 I also forgot to paint a tab on one of the orange lines, so it was lost under the polish.

This was my favourite design! I really do love Liquid Palisade and will definitely show you some more examples once I get more used to how it works. :)

If you have any questions, please ask away!

You can purchase Liquid Palisade from here and it retails for $22.00. Free shipping at the moment and it looks like you get $5 off on Mondays!

Ingredients: Natural Rubber, Water, Ammonia, Tetramethylthiuram Disulfide, Ammonium Hydroxide. May contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, D&C Red #6 or #7, FD&C Yellow #5.

Warnings: Keep out of eyes, mouth, hair and clothing. For intended use only. Do not use this product if you have any skin allergies to Havea, which is commonly called Latex.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

L.A. Disco Light Show

This is a really nice jelly orange if you are after one. It looks quite creamy here, but I assure you it has jelly like qualities. 

I only needed two coats of this one. The formula once again like the other L.A. Girls polishes I have tried, has a nice thickness to it and very smooth. Great coverage too.
I'm not really too sure why I bought this one. I think I just had a thing for orange at the time.

I wonder how I'm going to be able to choose a colour for the walls when I own a house? You know, you just feel so passionate about some colours and want them on everything. Then you get sick of seeing it around and need a change... 

L.A. Disco Vinyl Record

Once again, our faithful cameras let us down again. Vinyl record is much more teal than what is shown here.

You can get this for $7 at Dress Smart in Onehunga. I haven't really seen the L.A. girls colours anywhere else.

The formula was quite consistent with the other shades I tried from this range. Quite a nice thickness to it, very smooth and excellent coverage. It can apply thickly quickly though, so be careful with these ones.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

L.A. Disco Can U Dig It?

I recently discovered these polishes at the wonderful Dress Smart in Onehunga. They were pretty cheap too, only $7! They have OPI polishes too but only a lot of sparkly poo coloured ones. Hmm I wonder why no one buys those shades...

Any who, this little beauty is called Can U Dig It? I don't really care much for the name, but I adore the colour! (Still pining over that OPI Shrek colour!). I wore it on my toes first and wore it for weeks. I couldn't get enough of it!

You only need two coats of Can U Dig It? The formula is quite good, a nice thickness and opacity to it. Quite fast drying too as I put it on my toes again the other day, then got distracted and forgot to apply top coat. It dried just fine, maybe not as shiny, but pretty well.

I think the colour of Can U Dig It is a little more vivid than what my photos show.

It also says it glows in black light, I haven't tested that but it sure would be cool to see!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe & On The List

How's it going? I went into town today and can't resist walking into Farmers and checking out their ever-expanding nail polish collections. Today they had the Orly Christmas shades, the white, green and red that come with a little red purse, and some minis.

The only minis that excited me were these two, Meet Me Under The Mistletoe and On The List.

I don't think On The List is actually a part of this collection, but it sure fits doesn't it?

I will be posting swatches of these two hopefully this weekend if I'm not still settling into the new place, but for now here are some pretty pictures!

Speaking of On The List, which polishes are you wishing that Santa will bring you?
For me.... I think mainly is OPI Who The Shrek Are You?, Isn't That Precious and It's a Girl!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Job Interviews - What To Wear?

What should we wear on our nails for a job interview? I may or may not have one coming up shortly, but I can't quite make up my mind on what is suitable.

Do we go for the original red

Do we go for the classic sheer pinks?

Do we go for something a little bit different?

Do we try something bright

Do we go for something bold?

Or do we simply just go for a nude?

For the job I may or may not be having the interview for, we aren't allowed to know any information about the company or who the company is. So it's a little bit tricky to know how to dress.

What do you think? What do you think is most appropriate? Is there a colour you always turn to for these sort of situations?