Short and Sassy: Jamberry Nail Wraps ARE for Short Nails

Lots of ladies wonder if Jamberry will work for their short nails.  In a word, “yes.”

The secret?  Clip, don’t file.

That’s it.

Wait, what was that?  Well…you follow application instructions as normal, but instead of filing the edges off at a 90 degree angle (which is very difficult if your nails don’t extent past your fingertips), you clip your nails with the Jamberry wraps on them.

But come on, Jess… won’t I lose precious length?

Only a TINY TINY bit!  And check out how cute your nails will look!

Boysenberry Tint, short style!

Boysenberry Tint, short style!

Finishing Touch: How to tell the difference between the Jamberry Nail Wraps surfaces (tint, sparkle, glimmer, gloss, matte)

As you’ve noticed, Jamberry has a number of beautiful finishes, or surfaces, you can choose from.  Tint, Matte, Gloss, Glimmer, and Sparkle, to name a few!

Jamberry's New Official Image!

Jamberry’s New Official Image!

Each finish is different not only in the way it looks, but in its texture.  Jamberry gets their different finishes by printing onto different materials.  Some are thicker than others, some are more bendy and pliable.  General rule of thumb:  the thicker the material, the more heat you need to apply.

So in this post, I’m going to walk you through the surfaces, and their pros and cons!  (as well as show you a few pictures so you see how they look compared to each other)

Gloss.  This is the classic Jamberry finish.  Usually printed on clear or white, it is easy to work with and a has a consistent, shiny look.  Requires “normal” heat, about 4-5 seconds.  You’ll notice the wrap start to get bendy and pliable when you’ve applied enough.

Casual Friday -- printed on clear

Casual Friday — printed on clear

Channel your inner Elsa!

Channel your inner Elsa!

Glimmer.  This is printed on a metallic backing (you can tell if you look at the “wrong side” of the sheet.  It is a little trickier to work with for some, so be sure to get rid of invisible cuticles and heat it a bit longer (so perhaps 8-10 seconds).  However, it also tends to last a little longer than gloss, tint, or mattes, because its sturdier.  You are trading application ease for longevity here.  And its just gorgeous.  Who can argue with that?

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Rose Gold Accent nail with the March Hostess Exclusive (I wish I could find this wrap again… I love it)

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Icy Rose Polka with Rose Gold… and my favorite drink =D

Matte.  This is this thinnest wrap, and therefore the most delicate.  Very easy to apply, but you will want to be gentle with it.   And it has a non-shiny surface that most people only get by applying a matte top coat.  Requires less heat than the rest of the wraps.  I find this finish doesn’t last as long as the others, but I like to wear it from time to time to achieve specific looks for specific events… like halloween!

Candy Corn Matte

Candy Corn Matte

China Rose Matte

China Rose Matte

Tint.  One of my favorite finishes EVER.  It is slightly see through… and super easy to apply.  It requires less heat, and is very forgiving.  Plus, its LOVELY!  I wrote an entire blog post about it.

Haute Pink Tint

Haute Pink Tint

Tinted Classics

Tinted Classics

Sparkle.  This is the thickest wrap, and therefore requires the most heat. Give it a full ten seconds, or more… you’ll want to see it bending from the heat, but to keep it from curling on itself!

Don’t fear these sparkles, because they are GORGEOUS wraps, and totally manageable!  Most people hate sparkle nail polish because its hard to remove and it feels all rough from the glitter.  These are smooth, consistent, and gorgeous!  The best part, is that they are very sturdy, so if you get a good application they will last beautifully.

Jaded!

Jaded!

Rose Gold Sparkle paired with Botanical Gardens (gloss)

Rose Gold Sparkle paired with Botanical Gardens (gloss)

My Tips are Sealed: How to get a perfect Jamberry Nail Wrap application with no lifting and snagging at the tips!

One of the most annoying things I can think of is having my fingers snag on my clothes or hair.  So, in this post, I’m sharing with you how to keep that from happening!  You don’t have to use all these tools, but if you’ve been having trouble some of these may help you.

1.  Clip, don’t file.  The official Jamberry application video does show filing your wraps off your tips, but if you’ve been getting icky edges that way, try trimming the very edge of your wrap and taking some nail with it.  It produces a very clean, even edge!

Snip Snip Snip...

Snip Snip Snip…

2.  Give it a day.  I find that after 24 hours, my Jamberry Nail Wraps are completely set onto my nail, and the tips have settled and smoothed themselves out  Before I do any remedial tip-fixes, I wait it out to see if it will fix itself.  It usually does!

3.  Try the Strengthening Base Coat.  This is all some people need!  It seems to prevent lifting and results in a longer application for some! You simply apply it after you prep your nail and before you apply wraps.

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4.  The Glass File.  Some people swear by this.  Because its such a fine, gentle file, it creates a very smooth edge.  A lot of people like to file at a 45 degree angle instead of 90 degree, exposing a thin layer of their nail bed at the tips.  This makes it so they can use their nails as tools and not worry about peeling up the wrap when using their fingers to scrape something.

5.  Baggie Method.  I love this.  I do the baggie method probably 3-4 times per application, just to make sure the nail is settled the tips are tight!  If you haven’t seen this before, all you do is wrap your nail tightly with a ziplock plastic bag, and apply heat.  you can use any heat source (rice bag, hair dryer, mini heater) for this.  All that matters is that the bag is tight!

See how tight its stretched!

See how tight its stretched!

6.  Heat first, second … and maybe third and fourth (if you’re feeling ambitious)!  I find that when I heat my wrap before applying it to my nail (rather than following the cold application, where you apply the wrap and then heat it), I get a tighter seal, which results in smooth tips.

Now, adhesive side facing the heater, heat until it starts to look a little flimsy.

Heating the Jamberry nail wrap first makes a huge difference for me.

And then keep heating and smoothing throughout each application… and its ok to do 2 or 3 more times if you really want!  It will only improve the bond to your nail!  For the smoothing, you can use your rubber cuticle pusher or do the plastic baggie method, or even your good ol’ fingers will do a lot of good!  You can’t have too much heat (actually, you can if you try hard enough… so if you notice your wrap curling or melting or something, back it up a bit from the heater), but you do want to make sure that you…

7.  Cool your Jams before you file or clip! You can do this with good, old-fashioned patience and wait a few minutes for them to cool, or you can be impatient like me and grab a bag of peas from the freezer and stick your fingers on it.  Once they are cool, you are good to go!  Filing before they cool down can have a few problems.  (As we know, heat expands and cold contracts… so if you file your wraps while they are expanded and then they cool down, they will shrink on you after, leaving an insecure tip and maybe not covering as much nail as you wanted.)

Day 3 or 4 of Jaded sparkle… no lifting, super pretty! I used to fear sparkles but now I don’t!

A quick, secret tip about Jamberry Nails

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret about how to get your Jamberry Nail Wraps to last longer….

If you have grow-out that’s driving you nuts, just heat your nails up and slowly but firmly sliiiiiide the jams back toward your cuticles.  Then clip or file the bare tips!  

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See all that cuticle space?? That’s gotta go.

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Heat it up!

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Then use your other hand to slide it down. It takes some time and patience but its worth it. See?? It moved!  Then just clip or file the tips to your jam!

Welcome to a whole new week out of your Jamicure!

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Any other tips?  Share in the comments, or email me at enjoyingjams (at) gmail (dot) com

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Some Hints about Tints!

Before the new fall/winter catalogue came out, we still had some great finishes to choose from (solid, glimmer, matte, sparkle) but now we have a new one.  And it is definitely my favorite.

I’ll give you a hint…its called Tint!  And, it is what it sounds like…slightly see-through color.  But instead of boring you with my words, scroll through to see what it looks like ON THE HAND.

This image is a great way to see the difference between solid and tinted!

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Here are my nails, wearing Haute Pink Tint.

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Coffee tastes better with Jamberry on my fingers.

Below is Haute Pink in solid.  The finish is not transparent, and the color is more dense.

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Photo credit to http://instagram.com/wcmccoyphoto

Here’s me being a goof, because I’m so excited about these tints.

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I find it much easier to apply, because the wrap is a little thinner than regular solids and sparkles, and its very forgiving.  Metallics, for example, can be a little trickier with bubbling.  This application was so easy though, I barely had to work for it!

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Here it is on the sheet.

Another favorite, in Boysenberry instead of Haute Pink!

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A little richer, a little deeper. Will be busting this out a little later into fall!

Thanks to Tints, you can now buy white tips with a slightly pink tinted nail bed rather than clear.

Extremely subtle.  Photo credit to http://instagram.com/p/tB8b0ZoJwj/

Extremely subtle. Photo credit to http://instagram.com/p/tB8b0ZoJwj/

And for those of you that love patterns, you’re in luck too!

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Tinted Classics, from the Jamberry catalogue! http://www.jamberrynails.net/uploads/cms/docs/FW2014Catalog.pdf

Here’s a few other tinted patterns.  I am partial to Rose Colored Glasses (far right).

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Rose-Colored Glasses.  Photo credit goes to http://instagram.com/p/s4QJ1BmNV0/

Rose-Colored Glasses. Photo credit goes to http://instagram.com/p/s4QJ1BmNV0/

So…you can see why I’m so excited!  Which is your favorite tint?  And if you have it on your hands, please post pics!
Email me at enjoyingjams@gmail.com and let me know what you’d like to see next in the blog!
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Sigh… one last look.

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Just got my Jamberry sample…but now what do I do?

Your consultant just mailed you a little ‘sticker-like’ strip that looks something like this.

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Long, rounded at both ends, a cute pattern or something.  But maybe you’re wondering how this little oblong sticker ends up on your nails for a beautiful mani?

First, you’ll need a few tools (which you probably have around your house).
Your supplies:  Cotton ball and rubbing alcohol, tweezers, nail scissors, nail file, hair dryer, a cuticle pusher, and a plain plastic bag.

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Rubbing alcohol (or alcohol wipes).  You can also use acetone.

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Cotton ball (or alcohol wipe)

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Tweezers (you don’t HAVE to use these, but they help a lot!)

Nail scissors

Nail scissors (regular scissors can work too)

Nail file

Nail file (nail clippers can work too)

Hair dryer

Hair dryer (or any heat source)

Cuticle pusher

Cuticle pusher,  of some sort.  If you don’t have this, don’t worry.  You could also use your fingernails to push back your cuticles.

Any ol' ziplock bag will do!

Any ol’ ziplock bag will do!

 

You probably noticed these are mostly, if not all, household items (and we can always improvise if you don’t have some of these — see the captions on the photos for substitution suggestions). Ok, got all that?

Step 1: Find which nail is closest in size to your sample.  
Really all you need to do here is hold your accent nail up to your nail bed and see if it seems to fit.  You are looking for the wrap to be slightly smaller than your nail, because its important that it doesn’t adhere to your skin.  Make sense?

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See how the clear backing allows you to figure out the fit?

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So this Jam is going on my index finger.

Again, its best to err on the side of having your wraps slightly smaller.  Its good to have a little sliver of natural nail showing on the sides of your nails.  You only notice if you looking closely for it, and it leads to a much stronger bond to your nail.

Step 2:  Prep your nail bed
Grab your cuticle pusher and push back your cuticles.  This should never hurt — you are just making room for your Jam to go on.

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You may notice that you have a very thin layer of skin on your nail.  If you can use your cuticle pusher to gently scrape that up, your application will last a lot longer.

See that little layer there?   Invisible cuticles.  Be sure to take care of that if you can!

See that little layer there? Invisible cuticles. Be sure to take care of that if you can!

Good!  Now that your cuticles are pushed back and your nail bed cleaned up, go ahead and use your cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to wipe down your nail.  An alcohol wipe (like from your medicine cabinet) will work great, too.

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This step is important because it sterilizes your nail, and it dries out the nail bed.  Sterile is good because you’re about to put a vinyl covering on it for a week or two… its best not to have anything trapped under there.  Dry is good because on the back of your wrap is an adhesive formula.  Oil or moisture will affect its ability to bond to your nail.  This is also why you don’t want to get your fingers on the sticky side of your wrap.

Step 3:  Put it on!
So now you have picked out which nail you’re putting the jam on, and you’ve prepped your nail by pushing back the cuticles and wiping it down with rubbing alcohol.  Now for the fun part!

Cut the wrap in half.  Or, if you’d like to try and get three nails covered with it rather than two, hold the wrap back up to your nail, and use your scissors to cut it just a tad longer than your nail is.

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Take your tweezers and pull up the wrap from the adhesive, grabbing on the side you cut (not the round side, or the long side).

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Great.  Now for your hair dryer — we are going to heat up the wrap.  You should choose the high heat setting and put it on low air pressure.  Use the tweezers to hold the wrap up to the dryer, and wait until it gets a little flimsy.

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Now you’re ready to apply it.  You should still be hanging onto the tweezers, which have your wrap.  All you have to do is stick it to your nail.

These are your goals:
•  Place the wrap close to your cuticle, but NOT touching it
•  Stick the cuticle end on first (don’t apply side to side, that can lead to bubbles).
•  If you can get it centered properly, you should have those little slivers of natural nail on the side like we talked about earlier.

Now you smooth it out, applying firm pressure.  Use an upward / diagonal motion with your fingers and not a side to side motion.

All on?  =)  Sweet.  Now give each corner of the overlapping wrap a firm tug.  This pulls the sides of your nails even tighter and should remove any bubbles.

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Perfect.  Go ahead and heat it up with your dryer again and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles.  Remember, heat + pressure is what it takes to get a good seal.

Step 4:  Remove the excess
Now you have two options.  You can file the wrap to fit the edge of your nail, OR, you can use nail clippers and just clip your nails.  This will remove the excess wrap and give you a clean edge!

If you are clipping, grab your nail clippers and go to town!  If you are filing, take your nail scissors and trim the wrap closer to your nail, leaving a smaller edge.

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Next, use your nail file to gently file downward, at a 90 degree angle from your nail.  If that sounds confusing, look at the picture.

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You should end up with the excess breaking away and coming off like this.

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Look at you, you’re wearing a Jamberry nail wrap!

Step 5:  Seal it all in!
Now grab your plastic bag and the blow dryer, and wrap the bag TIGHTLY around your nail wrap, especially putting pressure on the tip. Then turn on your hair dryer and heat the nail up through the bag.  This creates a shrink-wrap effect and gets a solid seal on your tips!

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If at any point while wearing these jams, it seems like your tips are lifting, just repeats step 5 with the baggie.  It helps a ton, because it provides both heat and pressure.  Great way to reset your jams.

Now that you have your gorgeous accent nails on, go ahead and paint the rest of your nails.  I wonder which will last longer? 😉

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Kryptonite is to Superman as Nail Polish is to Woman. So forget nail polish, and try this!

I can’t help by stand behind this statement.

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But now, thanks to JAMBERRY, woman is, under NO circumstances, helpless!  

Take for example, the stay at home mom (any mom, actually…).  Lets just call her Super Woman, because that’s her true identity. Super Woman is always caring for and responding to her kiddos, changing diapers, washing dishes, taking her kids to the pool… and so many of the ways she loves on her kids use her HANDS.  Now, in the past, pretty nails would have been a deal breaker.  You know the drill… Filing, base coat, wait to dry, first coat, wait to dry, 2nd coat … oh wait, gotta go pick up my screaming baby.  Why isn’t there a no-hands mode for this?  Mani ruined. 

Gosh talk about frustrating.  

If she was using Jamberry, it’d look something like … push back cuticles, prep nail, heat wrap, apply wrap, done.  Oh no, crying kid!  I think I’ll go take care of him and feel NO INNER CONFLICT about smudging my gorgeous mani because its stinking INVINCIBLE.  

That’s right.  And it lasts 1-2 weeks.  Endures the dishes, the diapers, the time at the pool.  The cleaning, the crafting, putting on necklaces with funky jewelry clasps.  You can’t dent it, smudge it, or chip it. 

So forget having a kryptonite.  Try Jamberry.  

Welcome to pretty nails that aren’t a pain.  =)

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