Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Product Review: Jamberry Nails

Disclaimer: Vanessa of Vanessa's Rocking Nails is a personal friend of mine. She offered me a few samples of the product in exchange for my honest review. The opinions stated are my very own.

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Earlier this May, you might have seen me posting some photos of my nails on Instagram. okay, well I always have pictures of my nails.  BUT - in early May, I had the opportunity to test Jamberry Nails.

I'm quite girly if you hadn't noticed and any opportunity to test a nail polish I am ALL for it!

About Jamberry Nails 
From their website
The story of Jamberry Nails begins with three sisters who possess distinct tastes but share a love for style. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands  looking polished, while still spending time together. 

After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps on 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 art was born. 

Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a days! Gone are the days of mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry Nails arm you with style and confidence demanding very little of your time or money. 

To be quite honest, I'd never heard of Jamberry Nails until my friend Vanessa started to sell the product. My nails have always been brittle and easy to break. Therefore, my nails were ALWAYS chipping. Since I work in a professional setting, I need to avoid chipped nails. So, when I heard that these Jamberry Nails go on smooth and stay on for up to two weeks without chipping, I was up for the challenge!

The Application.
How to apply your nails. 

The application is super easy.

  1. Clean unpolished nails with alcohol wipe and push back the cuticles.
  2. Match nail to the nail wrap that best fits.
  3. Peel off the nail wrap and warm with a blow-dryer for 10-15 seconds. 
  4. When warm, press the wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges and adhere the wrap to the nail. - Use a rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle. 
  5. Trip the top with scissors and file off the remaining wrap using a downward motion to remove excess.
  6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail. 
Jamberry Nails does sell all the supplies (including a little dryer) but I didn't use any of those items. I used my own hair dryer, regular scissors and I may have pushed my cuticles back with my nail. I'm sure the correct tools would have made it easier but it totally worked without all the supplies.

How long did it last?

The nails stayed on for 10 days. The only reason I took it off was because I wanted to change the color. Seriously. I was shocked!

How do I remove it? 
Removal of the nails is super easy. First you heat the nail. Then, you can either soak your nails in nail polish remover for 20-30 seconds  or you can soak them in warm water with a little bit of lemon juice.

Can I tell you that I LOVED having a more natural approach to removing nails? I always feel like my fingerprints leave chemicals on things for days after I remove nails. So, when I read that I could use warm water and lemon juice, I was ecstatic!

How much?
For 15 - 18 dollars you get a sheet of nails ranging in multiple sizes. Obviously, it's not as economical as an 8.00 bottle of Essie nail polish (Essie is my favorite!) But, when you think about the time spent actually painting your nails it kind of evens itself out.

Right now, Vanessa has a special on her site, if you buy 3 sets you will get one free! So, now is a fun time to test out a couple of designs!  (There are SO many designs you will have a hard time choosing!)

Is this a replacement for a relaxing spa day?  
Nope. I absolutely would not give up a once and a while trip to the spa for Jamberry Nails. I enjoy the pampering experience far too much. However, I do like these nails for more of an at home treat to myself! Because let's be honest, painted nails are just so pretty!

Wanna Have a Party? 
Vanessa also hosts nail parties for you and your friends. Information on  how to schedule a party can be found on her website! Sadly we don't live very close so I haven't gotten to attend a nail party BUT I'd LOVE to go if I ever had the opportunity!

As mentioned, if you are in the mood to pamper yourself with a day at the spa with friends (or by yourself) by all means, DO IT! I absolutely enjoy getting my nails done by another person. However, if you'd like to take more of a DIY approach and have pretty nails at home Jamberry Nails is an excellent product! I'm looking forward to ordering some for an upcoming cruise!

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