Monday, May 9, 2016

Unbiased Jamberry Nail Wraps Review

 My wraps after 2 weeks 

I have such a hard time with nail polish lasting and not chipping.  Plus, I rarely have time to let it dry before I have to start doing something, so my nails usually start out a little smudged or damaged right from the get go.  Not to mention I am a very sloppy nail painter and have to wait a day or two for it to wear off of my cuticles and actually look good.  So even though I love the look of a cute manicure, it is next to impossible for me to do for myself!

Then I heard of Jamberry.  This product promises to solve all of those problems for me!  Cute patterns and colors, check; no drying time, check; won't chip off, check!  But do they actually work? Do they really stick and stay on?  How hard are they to apply?

I am so excited to report that yes, they do work and do stick and stay on!!  Do they have Pro's and Con's?  Yes, they definitely do.  I am going to walk you through my personal experience and also touch a bit on my mom's experience with them.

I have been accumulating these wraps for a while whenever I could find a deal on them.  They are always buy 3 sheets get 1 free and most consultants will give you samples if you want to try it first before making that kind of a commitment.  The sheets are $15 each and provide 2-3 manicures according to Jamberry's site but they can be used for even more manis and pedis with these tricks.

They are definitely cheaper than a salon manicure or pedicure but you have to apply them yourself.  The application process is a little tricky and has more steps than slapping on nail polish but it does get quicker and easier with practice.  Each nail needs to be very clean, needs to have the cuticle pushed back off of the nail and each wrap needs to be sized so that none of it touches the cuticle or skin.  Each wrap needs to be warmed before applying and then applying the wrap where you want it can be tricky too.  I really struggles with this!

The nice thing is that I was able to stop a few times during the application for interruptions from my son and I did not have to worry about ruining wet polish.  This mani was time consuming but no more time consuming than the DIY gel nail mani I have been trying to do recently to keep my nails from chipping.

These lasted on me for over 2 weeks on all but 2 of my nails (those 2 lasted just over a week).  These 2 I had painted over with clear polish because they didn't seal as well as the others.  I don't know if they peeled off sooner because of the polish or because they didn't seal as well.  They did sometimes catch in my hair when I was washing it at the beginning and this got worse as time went on.  Also these may not work for everyone.  My mom tried them a while ago and couldn't get them to seal well at the top and she wasn't able to make them work for her.

Biggest Pro's: super cute and lasted a long time.

Biggest Con's: tricky to apply (some weren't centered and none were as close to my cuticle as I would have wanted them to be which was super noticeable as time went on and they grew out).

Overall I really liked having these on my fingers and I am excited to keep using them and hopefully I will get much better at applying them exactly where I want them and at doing it a little quicker.

Have you tried these nail wraps or a similar product?  Let me know how it worked for you in the comments below :)

Thanks for reading!!  
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Amazing deals at Burlington Coat Factory!!

I just went to Burlington Coat Factory this week and it was awesome!!  We were shopping for matenity clothes and I found so many and for super great prices.  They had tons of Motherhood Maternity tops and sweaters and they were all under $20 with a lot of them under $10!

My Mother-in-Law, Shauna, and I went so that I could spend my Birthday and Christmas money and we found so many cute things!

I made a "haul" video to show everything that I got :)

They also had Barco Scrubs there for $10 a pair of bottoms and $8 per top which is an amazing deal so I had to grab a pair of scrubs too :)

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Perfection, Comfort Zones, Mistakes

I wanted to write a nice positive post for this Monday about mantras and positive affirmations and being positive with yourself.  Then one of the quotes I was using reminded me of this quote and I really wanted to tie it in too.  We shall see how it goes.

I love this quote because it is so true!  I don't feel like much of being an adult falls into my comfort zone.  I still feel like a kid faking my way through most days.  Being an adult is so much better than being a kid though in so many ways!  Yes, I had a lot less to worry about back then (comfort zone) but I can do so much more now and have so much more too.  One example: being a parent is much harder than playing with my dollies ever was, but it is also infinitely more fun and rewarding. :)

I feel like there are so many things that we do in our lives that are stressful because we are worried about making mistakes.  Most things that are outside of our comfort zone are outside of it because we are highly likely to make mistakes doing those things.

This blog is something that is very outside of my comfort zone.  If I compare myself, or this blog to other bloggers or youtubers and their blogs, I start to feel very insecure.  But if I choose to just look at my blog and how far it has come, I feel pretty proud of what I have accomplished.

The point I would like to make with this post, is that we aren't perfect.  None of us are and we aren't going to be anytime soon.  But we can decide to still do things that make us uncomfortable, we can see the progress that we make and enjoy the journey.

This all started with a quote from Taylor Swift that she has been sharing at her concerts.  The quote focuses on not tearing ourselves down, and realizing that mistakes make us wiser.  I love this idea because we are all going to make mistakes.  If we are too afraid of making them then we won't take any risks.  Realizing instead that they are something that we learn from is empowering.

I feel like these lines from Taylor's speech might say what I am trying to say, so much better than I can:

"You need to look into the mirror in the morning and not tell yourself that you're not special or you're not good enough, or you're not pretty, or you're not awesome.

I'm going to tell you right now the things you actually are not.

These are things you really are not:
You are not the opinion of somebody who doesn't know you.
You are not damaged goods just because you have made mistakes in your life.
You are not going nowhere just because you haven't gone where you want to go yet.
Those are things you actually are not.

Now I want to tell you what you are.

You are your own definition of beautiful and worthwhile, that's what you are.
You are someone who is wiser because you have made mistakes--not damaged--wiser.

You know it's not about perfection. It's about just getting on with things sometimes.  Sometimes you just get credit for getting up and going on with things, and you don't have to do it perfectly."

You can watch the whole video and probably get even more out of her speech.  These were just my favorite parts that I wanted to share :)

Thanks for reading!  Have a great Monday!!

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