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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jamberry Review and 8 Helpful Tips

Back in March I wrote a list of things that I wanted to accomplish before I turned 40. Number eight on the list was to try Jamberry nail wraps.

My sister-in-law commented on my Facebook page after reading my post that she knew a girl who is a consultant with Jamberry. My friend Renee and I picked wraps that we liked and placed an online order a couple weeks later during a Facebook party with that consultant.




Tip #1 - Jamberry wraps are always buy 3 sheets get 1 sheet free. That is a great deal. If you don't want to purchase 3 sheets to start with, consider asking friends and family members if they would like to combine an order with you. If you try them and love them like I do, you probably won't want to combine orders after that. You will want all four sheets for yourself.

My friend Renee and I got together after the order came in and applied our wraps with the help of my blow dryer. She applied her wraps fairly quickly, and they looked great. I was having trouble with the wraps puckering around the edge of my nails. I later found out that I have curved nails. It can be a challenge to apply the wraps smoothly to curved nails. YouTube videos helped me work out some of the kinks in my wrap application.

Tip #2 - Watch YouTube videos before you attempt your first application. There are many helpful videos about Jamberry nail wraps on Youtube. It is important to watch videos on how to apply and remove your nail wraps. There are several ways to remove your wraps properly, and you may want to try them all to find the easiest way for you. 

Our wraps lasted about a week, and we were ready to try new wraps. My second application went a little faster, and I had less puckering than the first time. But I didn't love the color. My mom saw my wraps and said "What is up with the 1980's neutral that you are wearing on your nails?" I must admit that I was a little disappointed with the color when I opened the package. The color wasn't quite what I thought it would be.

Tip #3 - Search wraps that you are interested in on Instagram. Looking at the wraps on fingernails gives you a better idea of what the wrap may look like on your nail. There are tons of photos of Jamberry nail wraps on Instagram. 
Use the Instagram hashtag search option by searching the wrap name with a jn after the name (example: #midnightcelebrationjn). Or you can go to the Jamberry website, click on the wrap name you like, and look at the pictures you see there. 
And If you don't like your wraps, Jamberry does have a decent return policy.


1. Midnight Celebration  2. Marsala (glossy)  3. Kiss Me Ombre  4. Faded Deco


A couple weeks later, a new shipment of wraps arrived. Yes, we placed a second order. What can I say? We were smitten! Renee and I were ready to apply new wraps because we took a short break from wearing the wraps (about two weeks). We took the break because when we took off our second set of wraps, we noticed that our nails were a little dry and brittle. It was at that time that we decided to use cuticle oil daily. 


Tip #4 - Use cuticle oil and keep your hands moisturized. It will help your nails stay strong.

The third time I applied my nails wraps even faster than the previous time. We had invested in the handy mini heater that Jamberry sells, and it sped up the application process for sure. 

Tip #5 - If you are planning on applying Jamberry nail wraps often, invest in the mini heater. It makes applying your wraps easier.

Unfortunately, I realized later in the day that I forgot to wipe my nails down with alcohol before applying the wraps. I had washed my hands with hot, soapy water so I hoped that would be good enough. It wasn't. My wraps were falling off in under 72 hours.

Tip #6 - Always wipe your nails down with the alcohol. This step is very important.

I didn't make that mistake the next time I applied my nails. On my fourth application I decided to use a heavy pattern for the first time. During one of the YouTube videos, I learned that it is a good idea for women with curved nails to use heavy patterns. The pattern distracts from the application flaws. That was a great tip! I loved the heavy pattern. I knew there were a few puckers because I could feel them, but I sure couldn't see them.

Tip #7 - If you have curved or ridged nails, you may want to stick with heavily patterned Jamberry wraps.


French Countryside and Jamberry Smoothing Base Coat


I also have ridged nails. Jamberry has a product to help with ridges. They sell a smoothing base coat. The fifth time I applied my wraps, I put a layer of the smoothing base coat on first. It did help with the ridges, but some of my ridges are so deep that I could still see them. I like the smoothing base coat, but I do not love it. 

One thing that I find appealing about Jamberry is not having to mess with polish. Applying a base coat is the same as applying polish. Having said that, I applied all of my wraps without any puckers at the tips the first time I used the smoothing base coat. Is that a result of using the smoothing base coat? Or am I getting the hang of applying my wraps? We may never know. 

Tip #8 - Applying the smoothing base coat may give you a smoother application or it may not, but it is worth trying it to find out.


Overall, I think Jamberry nail wraps are great. I can see myself continuing to wear them regularly. They last longer than polish on my nails. My friend Renee and I take an hour or two every seven to fourteen days to chat and apply new nail wraps, as it is a fun activity to do with a girlfriend. 

Have you tried Jamberry nail wraps? If you have, do you like them. If you have not, are you thinking about trying them? 




This post was not sponsored, and I am not a Jamberry consultant. I am just a woman who likes to have pretty nails. :)
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