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Jamberry Nail Wraps Application + Removal (featuring Bubbler)

jamberry-application-kitIt’s been a while. We have lots of catching up to do, friends.

I first tried Jamberry a few years ago when an awesome reader, Brittany, was kind enough to send me a sample to try. The application was difficult and I absolutely damaged my nails upon removal. Since then, I’ve been fairly vocal about my “yawn Jamberry, please go away” attitude. I’ve had conversations with Alli about how OMG NO ONE CARES ABOUT JAMBERRY. We’re were totally #TeamSallyHansen (and still are). Their real nail polish strips are top notch.

I hadn’t really given Jamberry until I noticed my work pal, Kate, was a consultant. FYI: She’s also my rival in a made up best dressed competition and she’s hilarious. So, I’m pretty sure I said something along the lines of… if you give me some Jamberry wraps to try for free, I’ll try them again AND review them. So, here we are. So, full disclosure, I received half sheets of Bubbler and the December hostess exclusive wraps to try in exchange for an honest review. Kate let me borrow her mini heater and I did purchase the Jamberry Application Kit so I could go all in.

I put it off for a few days because… I figured it’d be like my Blue Apron experience and take 6 hours – I’m slow. Love me anyway. I decided Saturday night would be THE night. See, Kate was having a little Halloween party over on her Facebook Page and I saw a few Halloween designs I totally loved but I didn’t want to buy any if I was just going to end up hating them again. You got me? Yeahhhh.

So… I decided to get to work. I got out the mini heater and the nail prep kit. Included in the nail prep kit: two orange sticks, one cuticle pusher, a nail file, a buffer block, clippers, small scissors, and two nail prep pads (all pictured above). The kit retails for $12.50 and it’s not a bad deal really – clippers and files and buffers individually can add up quickly plus you get a nice little bag – which is my favorite part because I hoard small cosmetic sized bags. However, since you’re here, you’re probably a nail addict and you probably already have all of this already. The nail prep pads are very simply alcohol wipes in a condom cute like package. I didn’t use these because I figured this would be the one thing you guys didn’t have at home.

So… how’d it go? Check under the jump to find out my thoughts on the entire process.

It’s good to be back.

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If your eyes are already tired and you JUST can’t read another word – pop on over to Kate’s Jamberry Facebook Page – she does giveaways from time to time. You can also check out her Jamberry Consultant Site and see some of the awesome designs.

Update: If you scroll all the way to the bottom, I’ve included my own Jamberry links & you read can my post here about why I decided to become a Jamberry Consultant.

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Super Bowl 50 Nail Art Guide

I don’t know if y’all have heard but the Super Bowl is coming. The Carolina Panthers and I happen to share a hometown. Charlotte is buzzing with Super Bowl hype. Right down to my local grocery store meat counter. While I’m not a big NFL fan I do hope the Panthers win. It’d be great […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: Carolina Panthers

The city of Charlotte has lost its collective mind. Charlotte isn’t exactly what I would call a good sports town. But the Carolina Panthers are in the NFC Championship and the buzz around town is amazing. The bars are packed every Sunday and there are Panthers flags on houses and cars. Even though I’d hardly […] Continue reading →

New Year’s Eve Manicure 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve! This year I’m having a rather low key New Year’s. Tonight (or rather, this afternoon…) the boy and I are heading to our normal bar to watch the first of the College Football Playoff games. We plan to come back home for the second game and ring in the New Year […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: Neutral Color Blocking

This manicure is one of my favorites. I just love it! While I’m all about the red and glittery nails this time of year I wanted to come up with something that was neutral yet still a tad bit flashy. To achieve this I went with neutral colors (nude and silver) but an eye catching […] Continue reading →

Trick or Treat: Spooky Eyes Nail Art

I spent way too much time thinking about what to call this manicure. Every time I looked at my nails all I could think was “what are you looking at?“. I was just going to go with that but Katie suggested Spooky Eyes Nail Art which is clearly better. Anyhow. This is really easy to do […] Continue reading →

Nail Art: Mint and Nude Ombre

I’m bringing ombre back with this manicure. For awhile ombre nails were all the rage. Well, really, ombre EVERYTHING was all the rage. But, as trends do, ombre fell out of fashion. But…..I was contemplating what to do with my nails the other day and I thought Nails Inc Bamboo White and OPI Gelato On […] Continue reading →

#CLTPride Manicure 2015

Last weekend was Charlotte Pride and it was fabulous. This was the first Pride weekend in Charlotte since gay marriage became legal in North Carolina (Y’all Means All!) and people were ready to celebrate! Estelle performed, as did The Prancing Elites (those girls can move!). Obviously I couldn’t go to Pride without some kind of […] Continue reading →