Tuesday, 29 November 2016

What are Jamberry Nail Wraps?

Have you heard of Jamberry nail wraps? My sister recently invited me to a Facebook "party" for her friends business and I found myself wayy too absorbed in the fun games and fascinated by the pretty wrap options.

Jamberry Nail Wraps

So what are Jamberry nail wraps? Nail wraps are thin vinyl sheets that are pressure and heat activated to adhere to your nail for a long lasting and beautiful look. They are made with durable materials, so smudges and streaks are never an issue, and can last for up to two weeks on fingernails and four weeks on toes! (Jamberry website)

With over 300 wraps to choose from, it's very easy to get lost in picking which ones you want to try! I ended up winning half a sheet in one of the games and purchasing some more in a deal with my sister.

When they arrived a few people asked me how I got on with them, hence this blog post!

On Sunday I decided to go all out for "cyber Monday" and try the City Lights wraps. The instructions are written on the packet but there's also a handy video on their website to follow. The instructions are as follows:

  1. Push back cuticles and clean nails with a Nail Prep Wipe or rubbing alcohol. When applying wraps over lacquer, apply a fresh coat and allow to dry.
  2. Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits.
  3. Cut nail wrap in half.
  4. Peel off nail wrap and warm with the adhesive with a Mini Heater or blow-dryer for 3-5 seconds or until soft and flexible.
  5. When warm, press the wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle.
  6. To remove excess, trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion.
  7. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail.

So how did I get on?

Well, to begin with, I put them on upside down with the curved end by my tip and blunt end by my cuticle. Not a good look!! But that was me not watching the video and generally being a bit thick. You won't make that mistake, I'm confident!

There's definitely a knack to it but I found the longer I did it the more used to it I got. Of course, as with painting nails, my dominant hand came off much worse than my non-dominant. They took some neatening up and it's definitely not something you want to be doing in a rush but overall, the instructions are easy to follow and only slightly more difficult than painting your nails and I definitely couldn't get my nail art this beautiful. 

Jamberry Nail Wraps

The best bit was I was able to just carry on with my evening without worrying about drying or smudging. 

So far, we're two days in and they're looking pretty good. They even survived a 4 and a half hour stint picking orders in our warehouse at work, including ripping open boxes and peeling labels. I'm not sure my normal manicure would survive that!! 
They do suggest some upkeep such as cuticle oil and filing, but I'm super lazy so I probably won't get around to that!

At around £15 for a single sheet (that does a minimum of 2 manicures and 2 pedicures (some lucky ladies get 3-4 manis a sheet!! But it is nail size dependant!!)) they're definitely a luxury in comparison to picking up a couple of bottles of nail varnish, but, in my experience, cheaper than if you paid for someone to do them at a salon. The range of options is amazing, they're suitable for nails of all shapes and the look can be changed with nail polish underneath. 

I will be hosting my own Jamberry party on Facebook in January, please let me know if you'd like to come along!

If you fancy placing an order in the meantime - Check out the website and contact the lovely Chloë for more info. 

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