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June 09, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Jamberry Nail Wraps

About a month ago I first heard about Jamberry Nail Wraps, and it's changed the way I care for my nails FOREVER! First let me tell you a bit about this great company.

Jamberry was started with three sisters, Keri, Christy and Lyndsey, who are best friends and became business partners in 2010. They launched Jamberry Nails for women just like themselves who want perfectly manicured nails while running from the gym to school drop offs to work and back again. “It had to be doable for people that don’t necessarily do “girly” stuff, “explains Lyndsey, the youngest of the Jamberry Sisters, “It had to be easy to follow, last a long time and of course be stylish and personal in a way that would speak to a woman’s personal tastes.” 

After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps of Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared. A new era of nail art was born. 

Thanks to Meaghan's generosity, I had a chance to try Jamberry and review it on my blog. For those of you who know me I'm always experimenting with nail designs, colors, textures etc, so I was very excited about this. In the past I've used Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips, and as you can see from the photo they didn't work out well. They didn't lay right along my cuticles and sides of my nails (#1). They were so curved that it left blank spots on my nails (#3), and started fading/peeling almost instantly (#2). They also had expiration dates...if they were out of their pressure sealed bag, they would no longer stick. I was not a fan, so I was skeptical about how well Jamberry would work.

So if you think that Jamberry is like all the other "stick on nails", get that thought out of your head right now, because it is not!  Only 8 steps to having beautiful fashion-forward nails, and you don't need much - wraps, cuticle stick, nail file, nail cutters/scissors, rubbing alcohol and a heat source (space heater, heating pad, iron, curling iron etc). Tweezers are helpful with placing on nails but not essential.

Step 1: Clean nails with nail polish remover or alcohol.
Step 2: Cut and file nails to desired length and shape.
Step 3: Buff top of the nail, clean once more with nail polish remover or alcohol, and push back cuticle.
Step 4: Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail shield that best fits.
Step 5: Peel off nail shield and warm with a blow-dryer 10-15 seconds or until soft and flexible.
Step 6: When warm, press the shield onto the nail.  Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the shield to the nail.  Use cuticle pusher to seal the shield around the cuticle.

Step 7:  Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining shield using a downward motion to remove excess.
Step 8: Apply heat and pressure to the shield again until it is sealed to the nail. (Repeating this step several times helps create a tight seal to the nail surface and increases wear time)

I started with an accent nail to get the hang of things. As you can see my nails are badly discolored from years of polish use. This is just one advantage of using Jamberry wraps, they don't discolor your nails!

Most of my nails are very curved and wide so I had to use the wider wraps to cover my nails. The only wrap I had to trip to fit better was my thumb. It has a square base, so I just trimmed away the curved bottom and it fit perfectly!

It was pretty simple to apply these. I just cut the strip in half, picked up the non-curved end with my tweezers, placed by heat source for a few seconds, put on nail and smoothed down. As you can see, I did get some bubbling/wrinkling, but since doing this I've looked up some tips. Some say to smooth the center of the nail first before doing the edges. On a few of these i lined up the edges first, so that may have been the issue. Another person on YouTube said to use a heated tweezers or heated metal spoon to tamp down the bubbles and seal the wrap to your nail in those issue spots. I tried it, and it did help! I even used my hair straightener to seal the nail tips and that's worked really well!

As of today my accent nail has been on for 8 days, and the tan (flourish) has been on for 5.  The problems I had with the Sally Hansen wraps I didn't have with Jamberry. Jamberry nails were easy to match up and trim when needed. They also don't "expire". You can use half a sheet and use it years later and it'll still stick. I love this! They also don't fade. If you use your hands a lot, you may start to see some lifting at the tips, but you can use nail glue or reheat and try to re-seal, but they're not indestructible. They definitely last longer than polish, that's for sure!

Check out the instruction video for an idea of how to apply these wraps to see how easy it is:

Today, Meaghan is giving away FREE samples to all of my blog followers PLUS a sheet of nail wraps of your choosing to one winner! Each sheet will give you between 2-4 manicures and pedicures, depending on the length of your nails and will last up to 2 weeks on your fingernails and 6 weeks on your toes. Choose from over 450 designs at a value of $15.00. For everyone who wants to redeem a FREE Sample, complete the form at the URL below requesting the design of your choice. 

WIN IT: One reader will win a sheet of Jamberry nail wraps of your choosing


Today's giveaway is from Meaghan Vandeloo, a consultant with Jamberry Nails.

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