Many moons ago, I used to have acrylic nails. I absolutely loved going to the salon and have my nails done professionally. Then I had twins and there was no longer time in my schedule for my nails and quite honestly, I was exhausted. My nails have been naked ever since because I am not the best at painting my own nails. I have seen Jamberry Nail Shields floating around the internet the last few months and I was curious. Are they hard to do? Does it take much time? Well, if you are wondering the same thing, then you are in the right place!
Jamberry Nail Shields are a solid, film coverings that can be applied directly to your nail to achieve beautiful nail designs. With 250 styles, you can match your nails to any outfit or occasion. The nail shields come in a sheet of 18 shields that can be used for up 2-3 applications. They can last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 6 weeks on toes. While Jamberry Nail Shields are not sold in stores, you can purchase them from an independent consultant. Jamberry’s also has online parties available where hostesses can earn free and discounted products based on their party sales!
Melissa, an independent consultant at Jamberry’s, sent over two sets for the twins and I to try. I will admit, when our shields came in the mail, I was intimidated. I read the instructions and it seemed easy enough to apply them and they were adorable. You will need to have nail polish remover, fingernail file, nail buffer, cuticle pusher, manicure scissors, nail oil and a hair dryer. There is a great video tutorial to show you how to apply Jamberry nail shields.
How to apply Jamberry Nail Shields:
Step 1: Clean nails with nail polish remover or alcohol.
Step 2: Cut and file nails to desired length and shape.
Step 3: Buff top of the nail and push back cuticle.
Step 4: Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail shield that best fits.
Step 5: Peel off nail shield and warm with a blow-dryer 10-15 seconds or until soft and flexible.
Step 6: When warm, press the shield onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the shield to the nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the shield around the cuticle.
Step 7: Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining shield using a downward motion to remove excess.
Step 8: Apply heat and pressure to the shield again until it is sealed to the nail.
That sounds easy, right? Once I read the instructions and watched the video, I started to apply them to Riyan. This probably wasn’t the best place to start. Although she is 12, she has nails as small as Kinsley’s. I didn’t have much to work with in order to learn. I admit, I cussed. Then I went on to Reagan. Her nails are so much larger than her twin sister’s nails. The application process was smoother and I felt like I knew what to expect and the behavior of the shields. I don’t recommend trying your first set on itty bitty nails. I feel confident I can do them on Riyan now but sheesh, it was a toughy to learn on. You can see Reagan’s shields in the picture above.
Reagan’s Zebra Jamberry Nail Shields
Then it was time to do my own nails. It was a bit tricky applying to my right hand because I am right handed. The left side was a breeze. It took no time at all and the nails shields came out perfect. Although I struggled with the left a bit, they looked awesome when I was done. I didn’t realize it at the time, but there were some differences between the two hands that I will mention in a minute. I also did my toes and by this time, I was a pro! The application process was flawless and the only trouble I had was the little toes and that wasn’t any big issue. I had to pay extra attention to sealing the shield because the nail on the little toes are so little.
My chubby little toes!
So how did they hold up? Both twins wore their nail shields for about 10 days, right in the time frame we expected. The nail shields held up for them through four days of camping, endless tree climbing, arts & crafts and many more activities. I took the shields on my fingers off right at a week. Why? While my left hand was still picture perfect, my right hand wasn’t holding up as well. If you remember, I am right handed and had to apply with my left hand. I thought I had sealed it well enough but they started to lift up after a few days and I experienced some sliding. Each day the shields on that hand would inch down a bit more. There is a second Jamberry’s tutorial video that Melissa sent me and I think this method would help tremendously with this issue.
Embracing my wild side!
When it came time to take it off, I had one of two choices. If your nails have been left on under 10 days, you can simply reheat them with the blow dryer and peel side to side to remove. If they have been on for over that time, soaking them in polish remover for 20-30 seconds helps break the seal and they will rub right off. I tried both methods and recommend soaking them first. Although the website says the shields will not damage your nails or leave a residue, the first removal method did damage the first layer of nail and both methods left residue that easily removed with a bit of polish.
So there you have it! The low-down on the hottest new thing to hit the nail industry! We did three sets of fingers and one set of toes and still have enough shields to do them again. We all received many compliments and it was so much fun having my nails look pretty once again!
Would you like to win some Jamberry Nail Shields? Melissa has so generously offered to send TWO winners a free set of shields!
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Jamberry Nail Shields can be purchased at Melissa’s site for $15 per set of 18.
It is also Jamberry Nails 1 year anniversary and that means every Friday in July they are having 1 shield style for ½ off along with free shipping with orders over $50!
Check out Melissa’s Facebook Page on Friday’s through July!
Summer special: Buy 3 get 1 FREE! Hurry, ends August 31st!