- Rod Stewart performed at the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland;
- Cub told me he had to poop, so I took off his diaper and held him on the potty, twice (both times were false alarms);
- Cub peed on the floor, twice (since I was lazy about putting his diaper back on);
- Cub sat on my lap and played with my manicure supplies;
- Cub asked for more croissant with peanut butter and I complied.
- Spilled nail polish;
- Head ache from nail polish fumes;
- Nail polish all over my cuticles and finger tips (I have terrible coordination with my left hand);
- General frustration and an aborted manicure.
- Cub’s diaper was changed, multiple times;
- Supper dishes were cleaned up;
- The sheet that covers our sofa (to hide its dilapidation) was removed due to peanut butter staining and replaced with a fresh one and fully tucked in behind the cushions;
- Cub and I had a bath.
Things that didn’t happen immediately after I was finished applying my Jamberry nail wraps:
- Smudged nail polish;
- Nail polish transfer to inappropriate surfaces;
- General frustration about a ruined manicure.
Things that happened during the week wearing my Jamberry nails:
- Dish-doing 2-3 times per day, no gloves (I know, I should wear gloves to preserve the beauty of my hands… but I hate wearing dish gloves!);
- Scrubbing pots with an abrasive pot-scrubber, multiple times;
- Scratching at unidentified sticky substances on the floor, multiple times;
- Typing… a whole lot of typing;
- Pushing at and picking at my cuticles (it’s been my bad habit since I was a kid);
- Repairing a slightly peeling wrap with my flat iron in mere seconds, making it good as new (this was after 6 days);
- Admiring my nails and feeling fancy.
- Chips or cracks!
- Getting pregnant.
- Winning the lottery.
So yup, Jamberry nail wraps are definitely Mom friendly. Stop and start your mani-pedi as many times as necessary… and nothing gets ruined (assuming you can at least press down your wrap before you tend to whatever urgent matter needs your attention). Your kids can be around you without fear of them knocking over the polish or the polish remover. (Mind you Cub did peel off one of the wraps from the sheet, which was a no-no.) There are no fumes if you do manage to lock yourself in the bathroom for some Me Time. Are they easy to apply flawlessly, really, really quickly? Well, first of all, maybe you should read the instructions and/or watch a YouTube video on how to apply them instead of winging it like I did for my first one. (I put it on upside down.) And no, if you want to do a good job, you need to work carefully and be patient. The upside, however, compared to using polish (which obviously also requires you to be patient and careful) is that once applied, you can carry on with your day without fear of ruining your hard work. You’ll notice in my apple picture that I didn’t apply my thumb wrap very well, and didn’t get a good seal at the tip. Despite this, my thumb wrap didn’t rip or crack or peel! I recommend first watching this video so you know what you’re supposed to be doing: (Note that I just used a hairdryer for my heat source.)
When I was applying my wraps, I had a lot of trouble getting them on smoothly. This, it turns out, is a common problem if you have curved nails. (I do.) Since I didn’t figure this out ahead of time, I was able to at least improve upon my initial application using my flat iron to smooth out some of the bumps. When, after 6 days, one of my tips started to peel up, I fixed it in a jiffy with my flat iron. What I’ve learned for next time is that I will probably get a better application if I use the “cold” application process, which is perfectly demonstrated here: I’ll be getting out my rice bag and my ziplocs next time I apply my Jams! Removing my Jamberry nails was really, really easy. I could have left them on for another week (they are meant to last up to two weeks), but my less-than-perfect application was getting on my nerves (not noticeable from a distance, but you can see in the picture with the apple that I didn’t get the on very smoothly) and I also wanted to be able to comment on the removal process. I soaked my nails in very warm water with a bit of lemon juice, used my cuticle pusher to lift up the edge of the wrap, let the water get in under it and then peeled off. I wiped each nail after with nail polish remover as there was a bit of sticky residue left. This was so much better than removing nail polish, which always had me surrounded by cotton balls and choking on nail polish remover fumes. I also find my nails are often stained by dark polishes- not the case, of course, with Jamberry. From an Eco-Warrior perspective, using Jamberry appears to me to be a much better option than buying bottles of nail polish (which contain a lot of freaky substances and are hard to dispose of). They are made of a non-toxic substance called Acrylates Copolymer (It gets a “2” from the EWG, hurray!). You also need little to no nail polish remover to take off the wraps. Rather than sending lots of nail polish and nail polish remover down the drain or into the garbage, when you’re done with your manicure the only waste is this: Depending on the size of your nails, you can get a lot of applications out of just one Jamberry sheet. There are tons of designs, both print and solid colours, and you can choose a matte or glossy finish. I chose matte, but next time I’ll definitely go for glossy, as I realized I prefer a shiny finish on my nails. If you’re interested in trying Jamberry, check out Samantha Magee, Maple Ridge, BC-based Jamberry Consultant! You can check out her website and her Facebook page. She tells me that August is a great month to become a Jamberry consultant because of this promo: