I hope everyone had a fun, safe and overall pleasant 4th of July weekend. My hubby had off work for several days because of the holiday so it was nice to have him around and spend time with family members starting Friday afternoon. What did you do? Now on to the good stuff.
When I was a little girl I used to stick round tiny reward stickers on my finger nails and pretend they were nails for as long as they could stay on. Of course they would pop off within minutes but for that moment of wearing them I was in decorate my nails heaven. Imagine my face when I saw that there was a real life “sticker” or “wrap” that worked on finger nails and stayed on for weeks. This my friends is the accomplishment of Jamberry.
Today, I am going to review for you my first Jamberry nail wraps from my blogging friend Becky, who happens to be a consultant for Jamberry (see her page here) I “attended” a online Jamberry nail wraps party with Becky months ago and was intrigued by how to apply and remove the nails as well as the hundreds of designs available. But I still didn’t order. Recently though Becky had an opportunity open for me to review her nails as well as host a all week party (you can join the party here and enjoy it in the comfort of your home, on your computer when you want). Without further adieu here is my review of my first nail wraps from Jamberry.
For this particular review I asked Becky if she could send in wraps for my little girls as well as adult friendly ones since I knew my girls would want to be in on the fun. Becky sent me several links with choices for me to pick from and so Nevaeh (my six year old) choose a set for her and Elizabeth and then I selected mine. (See what we choose below).
I choose these gray and white polka dotted wraps as I had a feeling they would go with most everything.
Nevaeh choose these shiny, rainbow wraps set for her and Elizabeth. These were so cute and come in the Junior sizes. The order came in within 4 to 5 days afterward. Nevaeh was so excited we did the wraps almost immediately.
Our wraps came with Hand Moisturizing crème, a cuticle pusher, sample wraps pack of accent nail wraps along with a card with application images and instructions. I used a hair dryer to heat the nails on (although Jamberry has a heater you can buy separately).
See the link here for applying or watch video below on how to apply the nails:
The application process is where it got frustrating. Nevaeh complained and whined most of the application process because the “hair dryer was too hot” even when I turned the hair dryer to a lower setting she still couldn’t brave the heat. In frustration she wouldn’t let me continue after the third nail application and she peeled them off. They became peelable because she wouldn’t let me apply heat for long on each nail and I later learned that peeling can occur if you want to peel them off the first few hours they are on. The longer they are on the nail the better the abhesive sticks.
(Nevaeh’s end result, nails not filed down yet, and she used the rainbow as an accent on the thumbs).
Next, I tried my nails while Nevaeh watched. I had no difficulty applying the nails, however I kept having several peel off when I did dishes or gave kids a bath, or even pulled clothing on and a wrap got caught in string. I e-mailed Becky in frustration and she had me send her some photos of my nails with the missing wraps and some with and she concluded that I had covered the whole nail and even cuticle when I didn’t need too. She also told me that any water related activity the first few hours or even day of application at this can break the bond of the abhesive to the nail as I learned the hard way and as Becky later suggested. I ended up peeling the other five wraps off that day and tried again on another day.
(Elizabeth’s nail wraps, with rainbow wraps as accents on the thumbs as well).
The next day after the initial process I tried Elizabeth’s nails and again same reaction to Nevaeh only she allowed me to apply all the nail wraps but with some complaining to the dryer heat. After her wraps were on she took them off immediately (again I don’t think I applied them with long enough heat or even the way they were suppose to as Elizabeth has itty bitty nails).
Nevaeh allowed me to do wraps on her again with initial heat being applied to a wrap on a stick, then wrap applied to her nail to press on afterwards applying more heat. She still peeled her nails off within the hour. I concluded that the wraps were not for the girls at their ages or that I might have to try an Iron (for it’s heat source) next time.
(before the nail polish on the other fingers, with polka dot wrap on middle finger)
As for myself, I tried applying two nail wraps and felt I didn’t cut them right or line them up on the nail right so they peeled off. I didn’t give up and tried a third time, this time applying one wrap on each hand and then painted the rest of the nails in a similar color with nail polish and this seemed to work better and give off a “accented nail” look.
(accented nail look, the rest of the nails are painted with an Ulta creamy pink nail polish).
Overall, I would say that while the nail wraps are cute and that it did keep me from biting my nails, these were not something my girls and I initially enjoyed as it takes almost an hour the first time to apply. I was frustrated with the first initial applications but gathered a lot of good feedback from Becky on how to better apply the nails or things to stay clear of while the wraps “stick” etc. I would say this is a trial and error experience and that it definitely requires patience; however in the end it is worth it and the final wraps stayed on while swimming in the lake all day this past Saturday and have remained since. I think everyone should give it a try!
Have you tried Jamberry nail wraps, and if so what are your thoughts on them?
Again you can join my facebook party all week and at your own timing here.
*Thank you Becky for sending these nail wraps for my girls and I to review. While the wraps were provided in exchange for a review and party, all opinions are mine and not that of Jamberry or it’s consultants.