(CLOSED) Get Your Nails Holiday Ready with Jamberry!
If you're anything like me you saw the word Jamberry and said "huh?". No worries, I'm just getting acquainted with this Fab and fun product myself. I had come across Jamberry during one of my many cyber strolls through the interwebs and while it sparked my interest, I didn't really look into it any further. Enter Nikki, a Jamberry Consultant I had the pleasure of 'meeting' through an online Mom business group. I told Nikki that I'd love to try them out and she was nice enough to send me a sample to review.
What are Jamberry Nail Shields?
"With over 250 designs, there is something for EVERYONE!!Our nail shields are easy to apply and give you a salon look at home for a fraction of the cost. They last up to 2 weeks on fingers and up to 6 weeks on toes. They are NOT nail polish, so they won’t chip, smudge or stain your nails. They are free of harsh chemicals and fumes. Your nails will look great with Jamberry Nails!” – Source
Nikki sent me everything I needed to get my Jam(berry) on: sample shields, application instructions, alcohol swab, orange stick, emory board and her contact info for any nail emergencies lol
Now I have to admit I was a little intimidated by the application process. Nikki emailed me a couple of videos so that I could see how it was done since she wouldn’t be here to help me with them. After watching the video I couldn’t help but think that this process was way too involved. Here are the Application instructions from the Jamberry site:
Step 1: Clean nails with nail polish remover or alcohol. (Clean, oil free nails are one of the most important steps of the application)
Step 2: Cut and file nails to desired length and shape.
Step 3: Buff top of the nail 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 rubber 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)
Optional Step 9: For active users you can add a small amount of nail glue to the free edge to better seal the nail shield.
Whew! That is a whole lotta lotta (as my mama would say). So off I went. My previously long nails had been reduced to nubs by the time I decided to apply my Jams so I was able to cut one in half to use on both accent nails. I usually like to make my ring fingers the accent but I did have an issue with the width of the shield not completely covering my nail and the material wasn’t pliable enough to stretch it any. I ended up using them on my index fingers and filled in the gaps with black polish which camouflaged well. Keep in mind that this was a sample and that the actual sheets come with 18 shields in different widths.
The instructions and video suggest using a blow dryer as your heat source but since I happened to be freezing at the time, I thought my space heater would work just as well and it did (without all the noise I might add). I was able to get the shields on my nails without any air bubbles or folds and it only took a few minutes to apply. I applied my Jams to two nails and the entire process took maybe 10 minutes from start to finish.
I did have some issues with lifting at the tips of my nails but they are so short that I couldn’t really get a good seal without using nail glue which I opted not to do.
The finished product. Not too bad for my first time.
I’ve had them on for about five days now and they’re not too shabby. I think I did okay for my first time and will definitely keep Jamberry in my nail art rotation from now on. At $15 a sheet they are definitely a Fab and Frugal way to fancify (yeah, I said it) your nails.
So what say you? Would you give Jamberry Nails a try? Well here’s your chance! Nikki and I are offering two lovely ladies the chance to win the Jamberry Nail shields of their choice. All you have to do is enter below for a chance to win!
*The fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older. The winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter. Each of the two (2) winners will receive one (1) sheet of Jamberry Nail Shields of their choice valued at $15. By entering your e-mail address, you agree to receive e-mails from Fab Impressions. I promise not to spam you (unless you spam me first then all bets are off) and I won’t share your email address with anyone. Entries will be accepted until 12:00 AM EST December 7th 2012 and the winners will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on December 8th (winner will also be notified via email). This is not a sponsored giveaway. While Nikki graciously provided a sample for me to review, the nail shields provided as prizes have been paid for by me.