Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jamberry Nail Shields

Good morning! So, as you may know, I started a new job and this is my third week there. It's slow going getting adjusted into a routine for work and taking care of the kids (especially nighttime feelings for E) but it's gotta be done!

A week ago OMG, Wait What Polish Is That posted a FB Challenge to try out Jamberry Nail Shields for a week and I thought it would be the perfect thing to try since I have been so short on time lately! Shea sent me a couple of options to try out and I selected a cute, simple black and white floral design.

For those of you not familiar with Jamberry shields they are adhesive nail strips that you apply with heat and remove with heat or polish remover. There are soooo many different designs and something for everyone. My biggest concern with trying these was that they are a bit pricey to me for what they are so I was very excited to be able to test them out! By the way, I live in Texas and it's dang hot here and I was very worried I would get my mail and the appliqués would be applied to the sticker sheet but nope! They were just fine! :)

Here is my mani on Day One:

The instructions were to cut a strip in half and use each half on one nail on each hand. The strips were more than long enough and there were multiple sizes to choose from. Applying them with my blow dryer was pretty simple, although I have slightly rounded nails and on each hand I ended up with a little (not so little on my right hand) crease in my appliqué. The ladies in a FB Group I'm in suggested "more heat and more pressure" to smooth out these rough areas but I just couldn't fix my right hand. In fact, I think that my attempts to unstick and smooth were the undoing of my right hand's strip because it came off that very same night. Disappointing!!! Also, I am still slightly annoyed with the results of my attempt to file the edge of the strip "in a downward motion" as instructed. Nonetheless I said I would do the challenge which was to post a pic on Day One and Day Seven so I hung in there with my other nail strip in tact. 

Skip ahead about four days. I was losing some of my nail polish, Whimsical Ideas by Pam's Persian Violets over Essie Play Date, but I was also experiencing peeling on the remaining nail strip. The edge was just coming right off! Of course, I can't handle that so I went ahead and cut the loose corners off.

Here is Day Seven:

All in all I'm not super duper impressed with this first experience but I have seen some amazing manis sporting Jamberry nail shields and I am definitely going to use my other samples to practice application. I would purchase if I could figure out how to use them properly! ;)

Until next time, I leave you with a link to Shea in case you are interested and want to purchase from a Jamberry Nail Shield consultant.


  1. Cute mani! I do like them as accents and my nail shape must be perfect for them because I don't have much trouble. I say give them another try ;)

    1. Lucky!! ;) I wish my nails were a little flatter because it seems everything would work better!!! I will definitely try again though.

  2. This is such a lovely manicure :)

    1. Thank you so much! :) And thanks for reading!!

  3. Pretty mani!! I was wondering how you've been doing with the new job :-)
    I am pretty bad with the nail strips as it is so I am not sure I would be able to handle strips that need heating. I love the design though.