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A skeptic’s review of Jamberry Nails.

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I’ll be honest. I’d never heard of Jamberry Nails before September 7th. You know what I DO know? Shellac ruined my nails permanently, and ever since that craze, I’ve been turned off of all things nail-related. Give me some basecoat, polish and topcoat and I’m calling it good.

With that said – nail polish DOES suck – doesn’t it? You’ve got a couple good days, and then it’s chipped to high-hell no matter what expensive topcoat you use. Am I right or am I right? I think I just resolved myself to a life of dull nail polish, and then Jamberry came along.

Let me start out by saying I am CRAZY laid back when it comes to my beauty routine. Don’t tell Erin, but sometimes I wear my makeup 2 days in a row (if the lashes don’t look wonky, then why not?).

Another beauty confession: When I get my hair done, I tell the poor girl I will be wearing my hair in a ponytail most days….so the highlights need to look good up. Seriously, I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine.

Back to my nails. A year ago, I went out and bought one of those shellac do-it-at-home kits. I loved it for a while….but that was until my thumbnail split, and it’s my forever reminder to never do that again. Sold the kit on eBay and swore of shellac permanently.

Then Sarah Anderson with Jamberry reached out and asked if I’d be willing to try Jamberry. I am not going to lie, I was VERY skeptical. I Googled Jamberry and read many reviews. Some were fantastic – some not so much. So I reached out to Sarah and told her my main concern was getting the dang things off. She shared with me this easy-to-remove tutorial, and I was put at ease.

So I gathered my materials.

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Basecoat, polish (for the other non-accent fingers), topcoat, acetone, cotton swabs, nail file, nail scissors, Q-Tips Precision Tips and a blowdryer. I looked at the clock – it’s 5:00. GO TIME!

I cleaned my nails with the acetone, then filed them down to the perfect size. I applied basecoat, and then trimmed my Jamberry sample in two. One for each ring finger.

I peeled the Jamberry sticker off, and then held it under the dryer for about 10 seconds. Then – something miraculous happened! I stuck the sticker on – and it just FIT! First try! No bubbles, no wonky-ness. It just FIT! I used my finger to press it down firmly. I trimmed up the excess sticker with my trimmers, then I held it under the dryer for another 20 seconds or so to make sure the seal held.

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It held.

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I thought – that’s way too easy. Things like this are just NOT that easy! So I moved over to my right hand, and did the same thing. Peeled off the sticker, and held it under the dryer for 10 seconds. Stuck it on my right ring finger – and voila!! Perfect again! It really went on so easily and smoothly, my skepticism was falling away. These things may be brilliant.

Looked at my clock…. it’s now 5:10. That took 10 minutes. TEN MINUTES!? That’s nothing – AND it was my first time! Next time I’ll have that cut in half for sure!

So then I moved on to paint my other 8 nails and that’s where my trouble started. Why is it I can’t just paint my nails? I have to paint all the freaking skin around the nails as well. I painted my nails, and then spent a solid ten minutes cleaning up the polish off the skin. But this is the end result. Pretty amazing, no? I’m really in love with these little buggers, and that is NOT how I expected this to go!

PS: Do not judge the polish on my fingers. Can’t be helped.

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Jamberry Nails are so easy – it’s not even funny. I’m thinking I need to buy a sheet for every girl in my family and stick it in their stockings this Christmas. How fun would it be to receive something like this in your stocking?

I visited the website, and the choices are ENDLESS. Like, this could become a problem for me. There are more styles to choose from than I could EVER imagine. Check out their store – it is WORTH looking into!

I am dying to pair this design with this design. How hot would that be? Although this has me written all over it.

Anyhoo – point is – there are THOUSANDS of options. The possibilities are endless! I think I’m sold on Jamberry Nails. What a fun, safe, alternative to that horrific shellac stuff. I will be buying some of these sheets for SURE.

This post WAS NOT SPONSORED. I was not paid to write this post. This is my genuine opinion, unbiased. If you are interested in checking out Jamberry Nailsplease visit this link – and go nuts!

You won’t be sorry – I promise!!

StyleBox

I officially can’t decide which wraps I want to buy first, so I’m thinking of going with the Stylebox.

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Vanessa Hudgens’ Nails: Love em or hate em?

Would you rock nails like actress Vanessa Hudgens? They look like weapons!

What’s the verdict? Love em or hate em?

Now there’s a BB Cream for your nails!

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Have you ever thought about using an anti-aging treatment on your nails? Me either. Turns out – there is actually a need for it!

Orly has created an anti-aging blemish balm (called BB Cream) for your nails! It acts like a tinted moisturizer for your nails, which strengthens and protects brittle nails from breaking.

Orly suggests not using this product with anything else.

So who’s ready to give it a try?

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Pick up this month’s Martha Stewart Living!!

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Summer is here!! Have you picked out your favorite summer nail polishes yet? Do you know what’s hot this season?

Pick up the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living for tips on how to give yourself an easy, at-home manicure.

Time to Master the Manicure! The new issue of Martha Stewart Living tells you which products to buy – in order to achieve the perfect at-home manicure!

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Photographer Credit: Aaron Dyer

*Disclosure: I was sent this magazine to review for the site, I was not paid to write this post, and I was not compensated for my opinions. The opinions you read here are mine alone.

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