11 July 2016

Julisa Nails Review: How to Get Mermaid Nails

If you like sparkles, mermaids and pretty colours, then today's review is definitely going to be for you! Julisa Nails is a boutique nail company from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Their mission is simple, to offer mermaid shades for everyone so they can create gorgeous mermaid nails. Co-founders Juliet and Elisa formed Julisa Nails for their kind-hearted & earth-caring mermaid friends. Make sure you read until the end for a discount code for these gorgeous nail polishes!

Julisa 5-free nail polish is formulated with NO formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor for mermaids with green souls. Their polishes are also vegan-friendly with no animal derived ingredients and 100% cruelty-free, meaning no animal testing. Julisa Nails also donate 5% of all their profits to environmental sustainability initiatives. To reduce their carbon footprint, they also use an eco-friendly biodegradable paper instead of using bubble wrap when sending their packages. What a lovely social enterprise to support with some great ethics and values.

Now, on to the actual nail polish products! These are absoloutely stunning. I was first introduced to Julia Nails when I went to the Bloggers United AU event in Brisbane (read more about that here) where each attendee was gifted with a free nail polish to take home. I was so impressed with the packaging, friendly customer service and the gorgeous polish formula, that I had to order more.

I ended up choosing three complimentary shades to go with my freebie which was Mermaid's Lullaby the pale blue shade. They come in a gorgeous reusable drawstring gift bag with an aqua mermaid stamped on the front. How cute! 

Henna Moon - This is a new shade from the Julisa range which was released last month. A medium toned warm brown shade that resembles melted chocolate with a hint of red. This is a gorgeous neutral nail shade with a point of difference.

Ghost Cactus - A very unique shade, I was instantly drawn to this colour choice. This is a silvery-blue shade with medium-sized holographic glitters. The glitters reflect rainbow colours which are just stunning and hard to capture in photos but look beautiful in person.

Tibetan Bride - A stunning navy blue shade that is a perfect winter hue. This shade is very opaque and you can get full colour coverage with just one coat.

Mermaid's Lullaby* - This is the signature mermaid shade from Julisa, which is a milky fairy floss pastel blue. I love that this colour is still very creamy and opaque which can be hard to achieve with a lighter shade like this. 

(L-R): Henna Moon, Ghost Cactus, Tibetan Bride and Mermaid's Lullaby

Overall, I have been so impressed with the formulation, durability and longevity of these polishes. I can get anywhere between 5-7 days of chip-free wear with these polishes which is really great for me. They are just stunning and I love the unique shade range and quick shipping as they are located within Australia. I also am so impressed by their clever marketing and the mermaid theme. It's such a gorgeous idea and really drew me in right away when I visited their stall at the Bloggers United AU event. Make sure you visit their instagram page for more mermaid inspo.

Each polish retails for $18.95 AUD for 15ml. You can also purchase nail bundles, which are discounted at $51.95 AUD for three polishes (shop here). They offer free shipping within Australia on all orders over $20 and a flat rate of $38 for all international shipping. I would definitely recommend checking out these polishes if you are interested in indie nail polishes and supporting brands who are environmentally friendly and cruelty-free.

Julisa Nails have been kind enough to offer me a discount code to share with my lovely readers. Use code "BOWS" at checkout to receive 20% off all products until 31st July 2016. This is not an affiliate link but I am glad to offer you this discount so take advantage!

What is your favourite boutique nail brand? 
I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments below!

*This product was sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. For more information please read my disclaimer.

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