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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jamberry is My Jam: Review & Giveaway

**This post was sponsored by Karen Anderhalt, an independent Jamberry consultant, and contains links to their products and media outlets. The product being reviewed was provided to me by Karen/Jamberry free of cost.  All opinions are 100% my own and I do not review products that I don't believe in or use myself.**

I've recently gotten more into nail polish, but quickly remembered a few things about painting my nails - it smells, it takes forever to dry, and it instantly. That didn't stop me from buying like a dozen bottles, but finding all the time to paint and dry my nails is a tall order most nights. Oh, and this inevitably happens. Amiright?

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a friend's Jamberry party on Facebook and, I'll admit it, I kind of blew it off at first. When I started seeing pictures, tutorials, and testimonials about Jamberry, however, I payed a bit more attention. The independent consultant, Karen, was super helpful in answering my skeptical questions and even sent me a sample to try. Well, that's all it took and I was hooked. 

Developed by three sisters looking for a better way to do their nails, Jamberry Nail Wraps are made of a non-toxic, latex free, stretchable, vinyl material which means no dry time, no scary chemicals, no spilling or dripping polish, and no damage to your nails. 

Karen sent me a half sheet of wraps in Punchy Puff to try out. I gathered up the necessary supplies for application and got to work! To put on Jamberry Nail Wraps you'll need...
  • A hair dryer or small space heater
  • Nail polish remover
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • An orange stick
  • Nail clippers
  • File
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
You need to start with clean, dry nails so take off any polish you have on before getting started. Also, wiping down your nails with rubbing alcohol will get rid of any excess oil or dirt that could prevent the wrap from sticking properly.

Once your nails are prepped, you can get started!
  1. Hold the clear sheet over your nail to decide which width will best fit your nail.
  2. Using the tweezers (not your fingers since they have oils) peel back the nail wrap you want and cut it in half or to the approximate length of your nail.
  3. Hold the nail wrap (still stuck to the tweezers) up to heat source for several seconds until you can tell that it is soft and pliable.
  4. Stick the nail wrap to your nail, making sure not to get it stuck to your skin. Use the orange stick to push the wrap down. 
  5. Apply pressure all over the nail and smoothing out any air bubbles.
  6. As you are rubbing, put back in front of the heat for a few seconds.
  7. Cut off and file any excess.

Ta da! Though it sounds pretty cut and dry, I highly recommend watching a tutorial video before doing anything. Here is the official Jamberry application video, but there are a ton of other videos out there with various tips and tricks for styling, application, and removal. 

Does that help? It sure helped me. 

With a little planning ahead and a little trimming, I was able to get a full manicure and a full pedicure out of my half sheet with a few pieces left over for accent nails later.

I LOVE this print! It took me about 45 minutes to do all of the wraps, but it definitely got easier as I did them. Plus, no drying time! They're on and you're ready to go! I wish I had more pictures from the application process, but it was too hard to hold my big camera while carefully sticking on the wraps. Let's just say there were no expletives or thrown nail files, so things went well!

When you're ready to change them out, you can remove them with olive oil or lemon and warm water instead of nail polish remover! An organic, safe way to remove a fun, nail polish alternative? I have terrible brittle nails and this is right up my alley. 

Do they last?

When Karen sent me a sample (two nails worth), I applied it on my ring fingernails and then painted the rest a coordinating color.....then went to summer camp for a over week. By the end, my polish was trashed, but the wrap was still perfect. These wraps are tough - they last about 2 weeks on fingers and up to 6 weeks on toes. 

Are they easy to use?

Yes....mostly. They can be tricky, BUT if you watch the tutorial and take some time to learn what works best for your nails, it only gets easier from there. I put on all 20 without a single issue and I'm not the most patient person in the world. If I can do it, you can too!

Do I recommend them?

I genuinely do. While they are more expensive than a regular bottle of nail polish, the quality, colors/patterns, and non-toxic make up have me pretty sold. I love that they are safe for children (which they also sell mini wraps for!!) and pregnant women looking to stay stylish while not exposing themselves to chemicals. 

What is my favorite part?

This is a tie - I love the wide range of colors and patterns, including matte, metallic, and design your own, and the ease of removal without harsh chemicals.

Will I buy them again?


Want to win a free half sheet of Jamberry Nail Wraps? 
ONE lucky winner will get their choice of Metallic Silver & White Circles OR Faded Deco!


A little about Karen...

"I was introduced to Jamberry Nails in May by a friend of mine from the cloth diapering world. Her enthusiasm for the product eventually piqued my interest, so I decided to join her Facebook event even though I hate messing with my nails only to have them look rough a few days later. However, after trying a sample, I was sold. I needed ALL THE JAMS. Well, I just needed the ones I liked, which was a good number of them. Knowing that I absolutely enjoyed the product made my decision to become a consultant an easy one. Jamberry is a young company with a solid business model and that's attractive to me."

If you don't have a Jamberry independent consultant in your life already, please feel free to contact Karen. She is super sweet and will happily answer any questions you have! And if you're lucky, you might even catch a pic of her ridiculously adorable little boy!

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  1. If I manage to paint my nails without causing a mess/with them actually looking good, they end up chipping the very next day. It is so frustrating. I am interested in trying Jamberry to 1)see if they will make my nails look more polished (pun intended); and 2)see how long a pretty manicure can last for me.
    -Kim F.

  2. I need more pretty in my life!

  3. I love my Jamberry wraps! I haven't broken off a tip of nail due to clumsiness since starting to wear them - I think it's that little extra layer of protection and strength.

  4. i love that jamberry has so many different prints colors and styles it very cool

  5. I hope that they last! I hope I can see if they do!

  6. These are adorable!!! I can't wait to try them!

  7. I've been hearing good things about Jam & would love to try them.