Tuesday, 6 September 2016

3 Reasons Why You Should Use Base Coat

Using a base coat is one of the most important steps in your manicure, and for good reason. If you already use one - good job, you're well on your way to beautiful nails!

Unfortunately, some people don't use a base coat because no-one ever told them why they should be using one.

Or, maybe you've used a base coat before - but you didn't notice a difference. Well, my friend, you'll be happy to know that there are different types of base coats out there and it's likely you used one that didn't suit your nails.

Using a base coat should be a part of everyone's manicure regime. It  horrifies me when I ask people which base coat they use and they look at me like... what?


1) Base Coats Prevent Staining

Have you ever had sickly looking yellow nails after removing a nail polish? Yep, base coat helps prevent that by providing an extra barrier of protection between the nail colour and your nail plate. In saying that, there are some colours out there that just want to stain your nails. These are usually greens, blues, and yellows. However, base coat will always lessen the damage.

2) Base Coats Smooth Out Your Ridges

You've probably noticed when you didn't use a base coat, once the nail polish had dried, the polish had 'sunk' into your nails - amplifying every nook, cranny, and ridge. Yep, base coat helps avoid that by adding an extra layer between your natural ridges and the nail polish. Buffing your nails every now and again will also be helpful in reducing the appearance of ridges and dents in your nail beds.

3) Base Coats Help Your Manicure Last

Not only do base coats help prevent staining and smooth out ridges, but they also help your manicure last longer! Base coats help with the longevity of your manicure because they provide the nail polish with a non-oily sticky area for the nail polish to 'hold on to'.
Your nails naturally contain oils and it's the oils that interfere with your manicure. Some people have nails that are more oily than others. To help with this, give your nails a wipe with nail polish remover or isopropyl alcohol before you apply your base coat. This will remove any current oils from your nail plate.

The Different Types of Base Coats

Remember how I mentioned that maybe you've tried a base coat but it didn't suit your nails? That's because there are lots of different types of base coats out there. Use our guide to find the right one for you and your nails.

Natural - these are your standard base coats, they don't claim to do anything fancy but they work. You can get these kinds of base coats in colours that compliment your natural nail colour like pink and beige. I highly recommend Nail Juice's Natural Pink milky base coat for a nice base coat that reflects your natural nail's beauty.

Strengthener or Treatment - these are the base coats that claim to strengthen, help grow, or repair your nails. They often make your fingernails feel a lot harder. Most of the time you can wear nail polish over them however, some brands say that you should only wear the base coat as you need to apply a new coat of the treatment every other day or so.

Sticky or Rubberised - these base coats are designed for you oily nailed folk like myself, especially if you experience chipping and peeling a lot sooner than you think you should. The sticky base coat provides, well, an extra sticky layer for your nail polish to hold on to. The sticky base coat bonds with your nail polish to help it last longer on your nail. I really love to wear Nail Juice's Get a Grip sticky base coat for when I'm needing my nail polish to last the distance.
Of course, it's also important that you take into account how much your nails go through in a day, as this will often influence the rate at which your polish chips off.

Ridge Filler - base coats naturally smooth out your ridges, but if you have more pronounced or stubborn ridges, a ridge filling base coat will be your new best friend! Ridge-filling base coats are often white or milky looking as they contain small particles that help fill in the gaps between your nail ridges.

So, how do I choose which base coat to use?

Are my nails pretty healthy and just need the protective layer? - Natural.
Are my nails feeling a bit weak and keep breaking? - Use a Strengthening treatment.
Does my nail polish chip at an incredible rate? - Sticky base coat will be your friend.
Are my nails needing some help with looking smooth? - Ridge filler.

It's easy to use a base coat! 

  1. Apply a thin coat of Milky base coat
  2. Apply 1-3 coats of your colour
  3. Seal with a top coat

Our highly recommended base coats - that work!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Top 5 Nail Polish Groups to Join on Facebook

I've compiled a quick list of my favourite nail polish groups on Facebook! 

1) NZ Polish Addicts (PANZ)

PANZ is home base for the polish addicted New Zealanders! It's a great group with lots of good content. Members usually share what they're wearing on their nails, share their latest hauls, and ask interesting nail-related questions. There is quite a few nail technicians in the group, so you've always got an expert's opinion on the technical questions.

2) The Australian Indie Polish Appreciation Society

Australia is home to some of the best indies out there - in this group, you can appreciate group member's swatches, updates on new collection releases, haul pics, and countless swatches. A great resource if you love Aussie Indies like Sayuri, Femme Fatale, Celestial, Pretty Serious, and Grace-full.

3) The Nail Room

 The infamous Nail Room. This is the place to be for when things are going down in the nail world, as most groups try to keep their content quite clean and upbeat, the Nail Room tells it like it is. You'll need tough skin to be a part of this group.  

4) Glittergasm Support

 The name says it all really! If you absolutely love glitter, this is the group for you. With frequent updates of manicures with glitter. Or if you're stumped, you can ask which glitter is in a photo that you've found, and they'll point you in the right direction. Some group members also sell glitter within the group. 

5) Messy Mansion Nail Art Stamping Chatter House

Messy Mansion has some of my absolute favourite stamping designs! If you love their designs too, or just stamping in general, it's a great place to see the group member's gorgeous nail art designs.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Nail Juice Starstruck Collection

Hi everyone! I thought I'd post a quick snippet about our latest release - Starstruck. This week Milky Way and Falling Star joins the Nail Juice family. This collection is an ongoing release, meaning that more colours will join throughout the year - how exciting!

Milky Way is a holographic blue, with a duochrome finish that flashes between purple, green and gold. And Falling Star falls into the same category being a gorgeous holographic teal, with a duochrome finish that flashes from ocean green to bright cyan. 

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