I have a slightly different take on that joke tonight. First the photo:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!)
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