Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pamper Yourself: A Jamberry Giveaway!

You know the joke where the parent shows a photo of their kid destroying something and says, "This is why we can't have nice things" ?

I have a slightly different take on that joke tonight. First the photo:
This is why I don't bother painting my fingernails. Ever.

I love my kiddos so much, but there are certain pampering type things that just don't happen anymore. While I like to keep my toes painted (when I get to it), I just don't even think about my fingernails anymore. I wash my hands constantly to keep germs at bay, and chasing four kids means that I don't even get 48 hours into fresh nail polish without chipping.

*sniff*

Certainly a sacrifice worth making for my babies, but just between you and me, I really like feeling a bit more "done up." Eh, I figured that I'd give it 18 years and then revisit the idea of keeping my fingernails nice.

Imagine my surprise to find that there is actually a way to keep my fingernails nice without worrying about chipping for up to two weeks.

What?!?!
Rachel, a Jamberry consultant, sent me an email and asked if I wanted to try Jamberry Nail Wraps. I'd seen them floating around FaceBook which had piqued my interest, and I thought that they sounded interesting. But I really didn't see how wraps would stick to my nails without falling off or chipping. I'm a mom. I use my hands constantly.

Rachel was kind enough to send me a couple of wrap sets in my favorite color (purple!!) along with wraps for my girls as well! She also sent a heater and a nail application set. Everything I would need to thoroughly try out Jamberry.

In spite of my nervousness, they ended up being pretty easy to get the hang of. You can see the application steps in this video:

I also learned a few things through trial and error:
  • Do a pedicure before you do a manicure, that way you have both hands available as you are learning how to use the wraps.
  • There is a learning curve, so leave yourself extra time the first time you try it. If you suddenly remember that it's Bird Day at your child's preschool and you are supposed to go to it, that is not the time to rush through learning how to use these. Not that I know that from experience or anything...
  • Make sure that your cuticles are pushed all the way back and your nails are prepped completely before starting.
  • It's better to use a too small wrap than a too big wrap. You don't want the wrap to touch your cuticle or skin once it has bonded.
  • The wraps have to be completely cool before you trim or file them. If you mess with them too soon, they bubble at the end. The best way to do this is to apply the wraps to all of the fingers on one hand before going back to trim and file them.
Jamberry Nail Wraps come in over 300 designs and are non-toxic, have no scent, don't chip, and have zero drying time. Each wrap sheet also has enough wraps to do 2 manicures, 2 pedicures, and still have extras for accents! That's a much better value than a nail salon.

My favorite part of Jamberry is the non-toxic aspect. My girls both suck their thumbs, but the Mommy and Me nails are too cute to pass up! I ended up emailing Rachel about my concern over their thumb-sucking, and she let me know that one of her customers had actually taken the wraps into her pediatrician's office, and they said they were fine! Yay! There are several designs that come in adult and kid sizes so that your girls can have nails just like you. How fun is that?
Ellie's nails 10 days after application. Abby was a pickle and pulled five of hers off today before I could take a picture. I found them stuck to my cast iron pans. True story.

I asked my girls if they wanted flowers on their fingers like Mommy, and they were very excited! My girls are three years old, but the nails only took me about 20 minutes to put on each of them (keep in mind that I'm still a beginner. I imagine that a real pro could haul through a manicure in 10 minutes or less!) I thought that it might be too much for a little one to sit through, but since there is no drying time, I could have stopped to let them play if necessary. I like having options!
Ellie really wanted a photo of her pretty flower nails with her bunny. Already setting up photo shoots!

So how did these end up working for me?

Two weeks ago, I sat down to figure out this whole Jamberry thing while the kids were at preschool. I'll be honest, my first attempt wasn't that great and I had some bubbling, but I figured out a few tricks as I went along. I did my toes next, and they looked pretty good! By the time I did the girls' fingernails, I was pretty much a Jamberry pro!

Because of the bubbling on the ends, and my incessant picking at the bubbling, my first wraps lasted about 10 days. I see future wrap applications lasting longer!

Last night, I put on a fresh set of fingernail wraps. Today, I ran errands, went grocery shopping, baked three dozen cupcakes, chocolate dipped two dozen strawberries, cooked dinner, hand washed a bunch of dishes, scrubbed two cast iron pans, and changed way too many diapers. My nails have zero chips or bubbles. They look like I just applied them!
My nails after scrubbing pans tonight!

Happy, happy!

I like looking more dressed up these days, and I've had a TON of compliments over the past two weeks. I'm already thinking about which nails to get next. What do you think of these? I think they would be fun to wear out at the Fireworks Tent in July! (The little ones would be for Abby and Ellie!)
Rachel has two really great offers for you! She has a special right now where you can order three wraps and get one free! She is also giving one of my readers a sheet of wraps, a heater, and a nail application set. Make sure that you visit Rachel's website and enter the giveaway below for your chance to try Jamberry for free!

~Giveaway!~
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The contest ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, May 29th. The winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the contact email with their information so that the prize can be forwarded to them. A Beautiful Ruckus is not responsible for the delivery of the prize and is not responsible if the sponsor does not deliver. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States. A Beautiful Ruckus received review items and compensation in exchange for hosting this giveaway. This post contains affiliate links. For more info, please see my disclaimer page.

110 comments:

  1. Icy pink polka is my favorite- Kayla Black

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  2. I like Silver Floral on Magenta!

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  3. Lindsey modesittMay 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Ive always been keen on a french manicure so i like the white tip option!

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  4. I have been interested in trying these! I use gel polish all the time. I like all the Chevron designs.
    Alison Mertz

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  5. My fave is Raspberry sparkle-love anything that shines!
    Margaret Sarver

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  6. OH I love Jamberry! So many good ones to choose from, but right now I'd love the Curve Ball wrap

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  7. I really like all of the Ombre wraps!
    Kelsey W

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  8. I like Ditzy Floral! :) (Liz-Guy Nieman on FB)

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  9. Oh I LOVE Jamberry!! I am wearing the baseball wraps right now!! I am really really really wanting some Americana wraps for the holidays coming up (Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th). Those are my faves!

    Jenifer Metzger

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  10. I like all of the chevron prints!

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  11. I love the WHITE TIP M. Theres just something about those white tips that I love :)
    Abedabun dawn

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  12. I like the mint green chevron!
    Marianna B.

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  13. I really like the Turple Ombre

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  14. These look like so much fun!! Would love to try. Brenda F

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  15. Icy Pink Polka & the Black and White Chevron look like they would be fun styles to try out first.

    Amanda W

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  16. I change my mind every 30 minutes, but right now my favorite would have to be Heartstrings. Purple is the awareness color for neuropathy, so I'm always wanting to rock the purple! (Sarah Nelson)

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  17. i love the icy pink polka, so cute!

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  18. I can't pick just one of my favorites! I love the curve ball and candy chevron the best!

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  19. I have a whole wish list of wraps I want. I love the icy rose polka and the metallic berry.

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  20. Love the Raspberry Sparkle.

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  21. I like the gray and white polka dot :)

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  22. gray and white polka and raspberry sparkle :)

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  23. Turple ombre or raspberry sparkle are my favs right now!

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  24. Would love to try these out. :-)

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  25. I'm loving all the orchid wraps together - bouquet with polka & skinny!

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  26. I like Turple Ombre and vintage chic!

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  27. I LOVE Azure Rose, but I also love about 1,000 other ones, too! haha

    Jenn R.

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  28. I have too many favorites, but Fresh Fern is next on my wish list!

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  29. I like the SILVER FLORAL ON MAGENTA.

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  30. Mint Chevron is my (Katie K's!) fave!

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  31. I love all the floral ones, but especially Metallic Berry.

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  32. I love the Tropical Mirage and Polka Dots!

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  33. My favorite is the White Chevron

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  34. I like the fireworks or flag for 4th of July. They are all fantastic!

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  35. Sara- my favorite is the Bohemian Blossom

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  36. I like ZEBRA & SCRIBBLE HEARTS

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  37. I love under the sea!

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  38. My favorite is under the sea

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  39. i would choose the vintage chic design

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  40. My favorite is the Raspberry Sparkle.

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  41. I like the Mint Green chevron.

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  42. I love the white chevron

    Carol

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  43. Christina StrappMay 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    There are so many that I love, but I really like the Raspberry sparkle.

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  44. There are so many great ones! I love Birds in Paradise, though.
    Thanks!

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  45. There are so many great patterns, but Galactic is especially cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. So hard to choose! I like Raspberry Sparkle!

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  47. I have never heard of these before and I love the idea! As someone who is constantly painting my own nails and has tried gel manicure/shellac, and acrylics this is amazing! And I'm getting married next spring so I definitely will have to try this out before then. :)

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  48. Fireworks , Would Love To Try Them I Use Gels! But Yet So many To chose !!! Thank You For A chance To win In Your Awesome Giveaway !!!

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  49. The Orchid Skinny and Garden is my absolute Favorite! I love the floral and stripe duo.

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  50. My fave is the Reminisce they look so elegant

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  51. Hello! I love nail wraps! My favorite design is the Black Floral. Fun! Thank-you for this generous giveaway! (Entered as Natalie Brown)

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  52. This would be for my wife since she has been talking about wanting to try them. She usually always wears pink so I think she would like the Kiss me ombre.

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  53. i like diamond dust sparkle


    JOE GERSCH

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  54. My favorite wrap is Mint Green & Gold Horizontal Pinstripe.

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  55. I love the nautical! I can't wait to try the nail wraps. Looks so easy.

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  56. I love arrowhead! I also love the ideas of pinstripes and flowers so I could do a manicure with my niece. She's just as obsessed with nails as I am!

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  57. I like the turple ombre, cute!

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  58. I love the TURPLE OMBRE. It's just so beautiful with the graduated shading.

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  59. MINI POLKA & TROPICAL MIRAGE

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  60. I like the pink camo nail wraps.

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  61. I love the flutterby nail wraps and have a dress that would match perfectly!

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  62. I love the black and white polka dot.

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  63. I love the nautical thanks for a great giveaway :)

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  64. I like Kiss Me Ombre. Thankyou

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I like the KISS ME OMBRE


    sw92978(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  66. My favorite is the white chevron.
    Chicsoutherncharm at gmail dot com

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  67. I like the Diamond Dust Sparkle best.

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  68. hm.. maybe raspberry sparkle or fiesta

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  69. I really love the white chevron print

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  70. I love the Silver Floral on Magenta, really awesome!
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  71. I love the curve ball! Great for summertime baseball games!

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  72. Candy Chevron
    Nicole Burkett

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  73. I love the white tip the best.

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  74. How cute are the polkadots!!

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  75. Oh my gosh! As a mom of two little girls, the mommy and me sets are perfect!! Love this one! http://rachele.jamberrynails.net/product/french-tip-bows--little-mo-mo

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  76. I like the silver flora on magenta

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  77. forgot to put my name Joy Quinnan

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