Rock Solids!

Young woman hand with multicoloured nails.

If you’re a Jamberry vet, chances are that you were drawn to all the possibilities of PRINTED DESIGNS! Because Jamberry wraps are printed, the options are endless. Polka dots, chevrons, and florals, oh my!

But have you checked out the Sparkling Solids collection yet? No? Well, now’s the time!

Listen, I can hear you through the monitor. “Why would I pick a solid color when I could just use nail polish?” Good question! Here’s why: Polish sucks. Sorry, but it does.

1) The oh-so-careful, but ultimately flawed paint job.

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2) The loooooong dry time.

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And why do I always have to pee as soon as I’m done painting???

3) The chips (not the salty, delicious kind).

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Okay, so maybe you’ve decided that polish really does suck, but you can just go to a salon right? Sure. You can drive there, pay $20 plus tip, and it still won’t survive through next week’s Game of Thrones episode. Want gels? Fork over even more money (though hopefully it will last a little longer) and risk nail bed damage.

There’s a better way. Once you’ve gotten accustomed to Jamberry’s quality and ease, it really is hard to go back to polish. Even if all you want is just a solid color.

Because solid isn’t boring! Jamberry users like to show off their pro-looking designs, but not everyone is into reptile scales or lace. And that’s OK! Go solid! Go bold! Go neutral! Go gothic! Jamberry has a ton of great solids in a variety of finishes and some even available in sparkle. It’s really never been easier to have the perfect, salon-esque nails right from home.

Here’s my latest Jamberry order – ALL SOLIDS! 20150516_125650

These are Daydream, Grapefruit, Athens, and Blue Jeans.

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New to Jamberry? Check out some of my other posts on application techniques.

And as always, if you love Jamberry but don’t want to pay for it – host a party! You can earn lots of free and half price items and it can all be done over Facebook! No need to shower or set out hors d’oeuvres. Contact me or see my Jamberry website for more details.

http://www.jenduvall.jamberrynails.net/

Custom Holiday Jamberry Nails

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Use the Nail Art Studio to get your own custom holiday look!

“Ohhhh…So you both have laayyerrssss…” (Jamberry-style)

LayeringIt is a fact that I quote Donkey from Shrek more than any other character from any other movie. I don’t know why I find his little nuggets of wisdom so applicable to my life, but quite frequently I find “that’s a nice boulder” is really the ONLY appropriate thing to say in a given situation.

Anyway….

Layers. Onions have layers, ogres have layers, parfaits have layers, and even Jamberry can have layers. Yes! You can layer your Jamberrys! And that’s just what we’re going to do.

Now I always layer my Jamberry wraps over a nail strengthener, but I suppose that lost ruinsdoesn’t quite count. In the same fashion, you can layer the wraps over a colored polish like this pic from the Jamberry website of Lost Ruins over Copper Penny (both Jamberry products).

On a sarcastic note, be sure to layer the clear or tinted wraps over colored polish – otherwise you won’t be able to see the polish. Whew…public service announcement complete.

But the really fun part is that you can layer Jams on Jams. I feel like that needs to be made into a jingle.

I have some tips for this, because you want to get the wraps sized just right so you don’t have any wonky areas where they don’t match up.

IMG_9944First, trim your base wraps down like you would for normal application, only don’t apply them yet and don’t remove them from the backing. Use them as templates and trace the edges on the backs of your tops wraps. When you’re trimming your top wraps, be sure to trim just inside the traced line.

IMG_9952It’s my opinion that you should do one nail at a time, both wraps. Let them kind of fuse together with all that combined heat.

The best part about Jams on Jams is that you can really get creative and have some fun. I would absolutely LOVE to see your works of nail art in the comments below!! Please let me know what you come up with 🙂

 

 

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Jamberry Nail Art Studio

What is it and how do I use it?

First, the Nail Art Studio is a place where you can upload your own images to create your own one-of-a-kind nail wraps. Fun, right? But, how does it work?

On the Jamberry home page, click on the Get Started button in the Nail Art Studio section. WebBannerNASFrom there you’ll need to set up a customer account to be able to save your designs. Once you’re into the studio, click on “create” to get started. This is the fun part!

You can choose between several pre-loaded objects or patterns or you can upload your own.

*** Be warned *** Jamberry will not approve any licensed designs. So, no, you can’t upload a picture of Olaf’s face and put it on a wrap, but you can design snowman inspired wraps. Think of it as a challenge!

Here’s one I recently designed:

Tartan NAS Design

I was browsing through Pinterest and came across a beautiful tartan scarf and thought – I need that on my nails!!! So I searched for a plaid pattern that I could legally use and popped that baby into the design studio. I couldn’t decide between these two plaids so I went for them both.

And here they are in real life! How much fun is that?!

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Just think of the possibilities – personal artwork, photography, favorite color combos, bridal party nails….

The cost is a little higher for these custom beauties. They are $18.75 per sheet with a one time $6.00 set up fee, but you can order up to 25 sheets. I’ve found it’s best to get a few friends on board and split up the cost a little. As much fun as regular Jamberrys are, the freedom to design your own is surprisingly addictive and fun!

Some tips:

– Be sure that the design covers the dotted outline of the wrap on the screen. Otherwise it won’t print properly.

– Pay attention to how the image is centered on all of the wraps. If you have an object centered on the largest wrap, and apply it to all the sizes, it may not appear centered on the smaller sizes. You can go in and change the positioning individually.

– Remember you can move objects forwards and backwards. For example: my sister is a Steelers fan (no hater comments) and she wanted black and yellow stripes. I selected the black stripes first and positioned them, but when I went to put the yellow on, they covered up the black stripes. No problem! Just click on the “Back” button to send the yellow behind the black.

What if I’m creatively challenged?

I’d be happy to design a custom wrap for you! Let me know what you’re thinking of and I’ll send you a proof for free. If you decide to purchase I can order for you and just invoice you for the cost.

 

Online Holiday Party Anyone?

OK, so I promised I wouldn’t use my blog to advertise my Jamberry business, but well, I lied. I have come up with some really awesome holiday themes for online parties and would just love to test them out! Would any of my lovely readers be interested in being a hostess?

party themes2How cute are those themes?? For each party I’ll have custom graphics, and we’ll raffle off a prize package for your guests that consists of a re-heatable (and ultra cute) rice bag, 1/2 sheet of Jamberry wraps, a mini manicure set, and some application accessories.

HeaterAs a hostess you’ll get a free Jamberry mini heater just for having the party! Not to mention every party that hits $100 in sales receives a free wrap sheet. Rewards keep going up from there so you could earn lots of fun stuff for yourself – or gifts, whatever you want!

 

 

 

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If you are interested (and you would be SO AWESOME if you were) fill out the form below to contact me and I’ll be in touch. Most online parties are done on Facebook and last between 30 to 45 minutes. Very little investment for a really good time. All you do is invite a few friends you think might like Jamberry and I’ll take care of the rest!

Thanks to all for considering!!!

My Top 10 Jamberry Tips & Tricks (plus 3 bonus myths busted!)

 

Tips & Tricks TitleI started my Jamberry journey back in April 2014. In that time I’ve tried maybe every tip and trick I’ve run across online. As much as I LOVE the product, my nails haven’t always cooperated properly and I keep maintaining that I’m the problem.

So, here’s the quick and dirty list (in no particular order) with the explanations below. Please feel free to comment below with any questions or tips of your own!!! As always, go to my sample request page to get your free samples for some wraps to experiment with.

tips & tricks1) Don’t shower or bathe an hour after application. 

This is a big one and one I frequently forget to tell customers. Many people, completely understandably, follow up their mani with a nice soak in the tub. This is a no-no. At least for a little bit after application. The brand new wraps are still setting and the warm water will loosen the seal. So stay away from dishes, showers, and baths for as long as possible after you get your nails done.

2) Don’t use your nails as tools.

This is kind of a common sense tip, but if you’re using your nails to pry open a particularly stubborn blister package (not saying it was me, but it was), the tips of your wraps will suffer. Do yourself a favor and just grab some scissors.

3) Wash your hands with dish soap before application.

Washing with dish soap, like Dawn, will remove your hands’ natural oils that will try to repel the wraps. The Jamberry packaging recommends using alcohol wipes, but a quick wash with dish soap will work just as well.

4) ALWAYS cut down your wraps smaller than your nail beds.

I’ve said it once and I’ll continue to say it. Trim your wraps. Don’t be afraid, it’s surprisingly easy. The wraps absolutely will not stick to cuticles or skin so any overlap will cause peeling and bubbles, which will drive you crazy and make you pick at them until you eventually take them off. A really tiny trim with some small scissors will solve all that. If a little bit of natural nail shows through, I promise it won’t be noticeable. Your wraps will last longer and look better.

5) Don’t use cuticle oils or lotions within an hour of application.

This is kind of like taking a bath. Lotions and oils are great for your hands and nails, just not right after application. You need to let the wraps set fully before you introduce those elements.

6) File ends off in a downward motion (after they have cooled off a bit).

The Jamberry packaging clearly advises to file the edges of your wraps in a downward motion, but it doesn’t mention that you should give it a minute or two to cool first. I typically apply all of the wraps to one hand and then go back to file the edges down. If you file them right away, they could still be too warm and the movement might make them buckle.

7) Avoid touching the sticky backing with your fingers.

That sticky stuff is meant to stick and stick quickly. If you handle it too much, it will quickly lose it’s stick-to-it-ness. Instead, use an orange stick or tweezers to pull it off the sheet and hold it up to your heat source.

8) Don’t forget you can always use a nail strengthener under the wraps for weak or flexible nails.

My nails are naturally weak. I take a daily supplement of Biotin to try to combat that (and it is starting to work), but I also ALWAYS put a coat of nail strengthener on underneath my wraps. I feel like it actually helps my wraps last longer since my ends aren’t as flexible, and the wraps can’t move as much.

9) French tips: Long=less tip, Short=more tip

It’s almost counterintuitive, but when sizing for the French tips, the “long” size refers to the long nail bed, meaning the clear (or bottom if you’re getting one of the colored French tips) section. The “long” size has a shorter white portion. The “short” size is the exact opposite and the medium is, well, right in the middle. The catalog has a great fitting guide if you’re still unsure. Contact me and I’ll send one to you!

10) For easy removal, soak in coconut oil and run floss underneath.

Alright, I’m the worst at this. I get impatient and just pick them off. BUT, for a really easy and really gentle removal, coconut oil is the best (isn’t the answer for almost everything coconut oil???). A quick soak, like 3-5 minutes, and then gently run a piece of dental floss under the wrap and it’ll come right up with zero damage.

BONUS MYTHS BUSTED:

– You can absolutely take baths or get in a hot tub with the wraps on. I get asked this question all the time! The only problem is in the first hour after application but, after that you are good to go!

– These wraps are PERFECT for people in jobs that have to wash their hands frequently (education, health care, food industry). They actually hold up far better than polish and again, after that initial application, they hold up very well in water.

– No, they don’t feel like stickers on your nails. With the proper application they actually feel more like the gel manicures you get at the salon.

 

Any other questions out there that I didn’t address? Ask me in the comments section!

 

 

The Latest Jamberry Application Test

I feel the need to be the OFFICIAL tester of all Jamberry applications that claim to be THE BEST WAY EVER. So when I ran across this video on Pinterest, I had to give it a shot.

Here’s the breakdown if you don’t want to watch the video.

What you need:

– Jams (duh)

– Spoon scoop cuticle remover – like this one on Amazon for around $6

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– Alcohol wipes or rub

– Little scissors

– Rubber cuticle pusher

– Heat source (either the Jamberry heater, your hair dryer, or I’ve heard of girls using toasters and stoves – whatever ya got)

– Optional – Cuticle dissolver

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I was skeptical. If you’ve read my other posts, I’ve got wonky nails and I was just sure this was great for other girls, but not me… I was totally and happily wrong.

I started with a good cleaning of my cuticles using the spoon scoop since Krysten’s video claims that most of Jamberry’s bubbles are caused by those invisible cuticles that actually surround the entire nail that most of us miss.

I used Sally Hanson’s Instant Cuticle Dissolver in this step because I thought if one thing was good, two might be better? I bought this at Ulta for about $7 and I’m not sure how much it helped since I haven’t tried the process without it, but it did remove ALL of my cuticles fully.

Next I trimmed my wraps down because as I’ve stated before and will reiterate here: SMALLER IS ALWAYS BETTER. Trust me. If a little natural nail shows on the sides, no one will ever notice it. It’s way better than peeling edges.

Then I used my alcohol wipes, my heater, and applied my Jams as usual, using the rubber pusher to apply pressure.

Next up, I tried the somewhat barbaric step of heating up metal and then holding it against my nail. You take the spoon scoop and hold it in front of your heat source and then press it down against your nail bed rubbing down as you go. It really wasn’t as bad as I initially thought and it actually did an excellent job of sealing down the edges. Just don’t heat it up too long, because seriously…it’s metal, against your skin, and it’s hot. Be smart, people.

So I used the old Gold Glitter wraps (before they were redesigned to be thinner and easier to apply). I thought I might as well run this application test through the ringer. I am absolutely happy to report that on Day Two I have ZERO bubbles or lifting anywhere. I will have to update to let everyone know how long the wraps actually last on my nails, but I’m pretty happy so far.

This method may be my new go-to over the vent method because it requires less steps and doesn’t leave me with extra edges that could get caught on clothes or hair. Please give this a shot and comment to let me know if this works for you! If you need some free samples to experiment with, go to my sample request page and I’ll get them to you right away!

UPDATE: Day 3 and my wraps are still picture perfect!
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Here’s a video I made using the application used in this tutorial. Be warned: It’s 15 minutes because I explain some of the products I use, but I think there’s some useful info in there.
https://www.wevideo.com/view/265187471

Using Vents in Jamberry Wraps for Curved Nails

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I choose to think of my nail beds as “special” because frankly, I didn’t know I had strange nail beds until I started using Jamberry.

How can you tell if you also possess “special” nail beds?
Take a look at your nails straight on. Do they curve like mine do in this picture, from side to side?
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That would be one problem to deal with, but like I said, I’m special.

Now look at them from the side. Do they also curve from front to back? Yup, special.
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Another way to tell is if you get bubbles or puckers around the edges of your wraps. It’s not the wrap’s fault and it’s not your fault. It’s your nails.

Not to worry! There is a solution for either or both problems and those are vents. I can’t take credit for coming up with this idea. I’ll link to the video where I learned about it, but I do mine a little differently.

This is a vent:
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It’s just a tiny cut placed towards and angled to the bottom of the wrap. Put one on either side. The video suggests cutting a wedge, but I found that ends up leaving a little gap that kind of bothers me. This way may have some overlap, but it’s less bothersome. It’s totally up to you.

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You’re going to place the bottom of the wrap on first and just let the top hang out for a second while you get everything placed right.

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Once the bottom is pressed down, now pull the top into place around the sides.

Heat and file as usual and there you have it! I went from an average of 5-6 days with my wraps to over 2 weeks. I’d say that’s worth an extra little step!
Let me know if you have any questions!

FYI – This wrap is the Mad Hatter from the Fall/Winter 2014 catalog.

Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CUV3OzzPgc&feature=share

UPDATE: If you liked this post, be sure to check out The Latest Jamberry Application Test where I try out another method that worked out well for me. For some (like me) Jamberry can take some trial and error to find the right method. Hopefully these tutorials help! Please comment if you have specific questions!

– Jen

My Jamberry Rice Bag Method

Hi All! There’s no shortage of creative methods for applying your Jamberry nail wraps, but the rice bag method is my favorite. Here’s a quick tutorial on how I do it and why I think it’s the best!

Step 1: Start with clean nails. If you want to put a base coat on, now’s the time.
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Step 2: Gather the tools. You’ll need your Jamberry nail wraps (obviously), a super cute rice bag, alcohol wipes, buffer, nail file, scissors, and cuticle pushers. First you want to use your alcohol wipes (or nail polish remover or wash your hands with dish soap). Then cut your wrap to the right size – don’t be afraid to trim them!! Smaller is always better since the wraps won’t stick to skin or cuticles.
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Step 3: Now for the different part – place the wrap right on your nail BEFORE heating it up!
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This one is “Mad Mod” from the Fall/Winter 2014 catalog and is adorable!
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There’s a BIG advantage to this: once the wrap is heated, it will seal pretty much instantly to your nail. So any shaky hands or wiggly children will result in bad placement. Putting them on “cold” lets you re-adjust it a bit if you need to. Once the wrap is where you want it, trim down the top a bit to take off the excess.

Step 4: And now for the heat!
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If I’m doing all my nails at once, I will typically go ahead and place all the wraps on cold before I heat up my rice bag. This makes the process very fast because I can heat them all at the same time. Pop the bag in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and then gently press it on to the wrap. You can use the bag as pressure to make sure to get a good seal around all the edges.
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P.S. These rice bags are very easy to make at home, just some regular white rice in whatever scrap fabric you have around. If sewing isn’t your thing, contact me and I can sell these beauties that are hand-beaded and scented (optional) for $5 each.
P.S.S What isn’t easy is photographing yourself when you need a third hand. You get the idea. You don’t really have to hold it in the same hand…

Step 5: Give the wrap a few seconds to cool then file in a downward motion to remove the bit of excess at the tip and seal those suckers down.
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And there you have it! A beautifully applied nail wrap that will last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 4 weeks on toes!

Check out the full catalog of wraps at my site: http://www.jenduvall.jamberrynails.net
Please contact me if you are interested in doing a party, either virtual (Facebook) or in person (I’m local to central Maryland). When you book a party you and your guests will all get a rice bag with your order for FREE!