Just so you know, I usually hate it when I log into social media and everyone's trying to sell me something. That's why I'm hosting my party on Instagram, because you get to choose if you want to participate or not, and you don't have to be bothered by a million notifications in your inbox just for being invited.
So, anyway! I thought I'd go ahead and post a little bit about Jamberry here, in case you haven't used them before, and to explain the reason I'm hosting this party.
What is Jamberry?Jamberry is a company that makes (primarily) nail wraps. They're like vinyl decals that adhere to your fingernails and function like nail polish, but better. Here's why:
- They come in a TON of colors and patterns, from basic solids to funky designs.
- They can last up to two weeks on your nails, and up to six weeks on your toes - so you get a lot more mileage out of them than your average manicure.
- They're non-toxic and made right here in the USA.
Why do I like Jamberry?
I've been a nail biter all my life. I tried stopping in the past, and it usually never sticks. I've found that if I keep my nails polished, I'm less likely to bite them. But the problem with typical nail polish is that it chips super easily, and as soon as it starts chipping then I start picking and peeling it, and it ends up damaging my nails. And then, of course, they're not polished any more - so back to biting them I go!
So I decided to try Jamberry wraps, to see if I could keep myself from biting my nails longer if I had them on instead of nail polish. So far it has definitely helped! Once I got the hang of the application process (more on that in a sec), I've found that it's a lot easier to keep the Jamberry wraps on my nails. As an example, I put a sample Jamberry on my ring finger as an accent nail, and I painted the rest of my nails. I've had to re-paint the nail polish three times so far, but the Jamberry wraps are still going strong!
You can see from the photo that I'm still in the process of growing out my nails, but trust me - for me, this is really long!
The Honest Truth
When people host parties like this, they often talk about the products like they're the best things ever, because they want you to buy them. Well, I definitely want you to buy some Jamberry wraps, because then I get more free Jamberry goodies for myself, ha! But I also don't want to pretend like there aren't any "down sides" to the Jamberry system. Though, to be honest, there aren't too many from my perspective!
The first "problem" I had with Jamberry wraps was all about user error. My first application or two I didn't do such a great job, so I ended up having the wraps peel off after a few days. Since then I've asked my awesome Jamberry consultant and my friend Lisa (who wears Jamberry wraps all the time and they always look great) for help, and this is what I figured out:
- Allena sent me this video from a Jamberry consultant, which was super helpful for me in figuring out how to file the nail after applying the wraps. Since adopting this system I've had much better luck. (So that's a 90-degree angle to trim the excess, and then a sharper angle for finishing).
- Another tip that Allena gave me was to use a wrap that's not quite as wide as your nail; it's a good thing to have some bare nail on the sides, because if the wrap is too big then it's going to wrinkle and not seal onto your nail.
- Lisa says that using the mini heater from Jamberry helped her the most, though I haven't tried that yet because I'm planning to buy one with my hostess discount when the party ends.
- Lisa also told me that she always lets her wraps cool off completely after the initial application and before the filing. So she applies them, smooths them down, trims them close to her nail edge, and then lets them sit like that while she does something else for 15-20 minutes. Then she comes back to file them when they're cool, and blasts with one more shot of heat to seal the deal. Doing that on the manicure pictured above has really helped me get a good, strong seal on the Jamberry wraps (I just did the Jamberry first, then let it cool while I painted the rest of my nails and came back to file it after they were dry).
The other "issue" some people have with Jamberry wraps is the price - they're $15 a sheet, which is a lot more expensive than a bottle of nail polish. You get 18 wraps on a sheet, so that's enough for 2 manicures and 2 pedicures(you actually use just two large wraps for all 10 toes), plus a few leftover wraps because they may not all perfectly fit your fingers. You can always trim those extra ones down to fit as accent nails later on, though, so you don't have any wasted wraps.
Keep in mind, though, that that means you're paying $15 for two manicures (which is 4 weeks' worth of pretty nails) and 2 pedicures (which is up to 3 months' worth of pretty toes), which is way cheaper than getting your nails done at a salon. And for me, it's worth it that I don't have to repair chipping nail polish every day or two, and it's helping me grow my nails with actual successful results. Plus, to be honest, the fact that the wraps aren't super cheap means that I'm more careful with them and I try to make them last longer - so I don't pick at them, or try to peel them off, bite my nails, or use them as tools. As an added bonus, if you buy 3 sheets you get 1 free, so then that knocks the price down to just over $11 a sheet.
Anyway! If you've gotten to the bottom of this, then thank you! If you want to join my Jamberry party, there will be games and prizes! Allena has some Jamberry products to give away, and I'm going to be putting together a gift bag full of stuff from my home town and my stash (basically I'm going to pretend I'm putting together a swap package for the winner). I'll be drawing for the winner for that prize from all the people who place an order during my party.
And as an added bonus, Allena and I have worked together to make TWO awesome knitting themed Jamberry wraps! Do you want knitted nails? Of course you do! These wraps have to be custom ordered, so they're a little bit more expensive than standard Jamberries, but it's only a difference of a few bucks if we get enough people to order.
You can only get them through my party, so sign up to follow Allena (my consultant) if you want in on this! Or you can leave a comment here with your email address and we'll make sure you get in on the order, if you're not on Instagram or you don't want to follow along with the fun.
How to Join the Party
You can join the Instagram party by following @AllenaJams - she's my consultant, and this is her special party hosting account (her regular Instagram name is @StarKnits). If you're not on Instagram, you can shop the party any time by going here: http://bit.ly/1LLTjGv
And of course, with every purchase you make, I get more free stuff - so thanks, in advance! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments!