If you know me, you know I’m not really a girly girl. I don’t wear make-up except for when I’m singing. My hair is a low-maintenance long cut, because- heaven help me- I can’t do my hair to save my life. My beauty routine consists of showering twice a week. (Hey, I’m a mom of two young kids. No judging.) I’ve usually got dirt under my nails from getting into things outside. Call me unkempt, call me a hippie, what have you- but that’s just the way it is.
All that being said, I have a confession to make:
I love having cute toes in the summer.
But once again, my difficulty with effectively executing beauty tricks comes back to bite me. (A beautician once told me I had “enough cuticle to make a carpet.” Sigh.) I’m not good at applying nail polish. Three times in my life I worked myself up to spend the money on a pedicure, but I always found it hard to relax while I was thinking of how much money was going down the drain. And besides, the various harmful chemicals in polish are frightening (especially as a pregnant woman). I pretty much gave up on even trying to paint my nails.
So when I first heard of Jamberry nails, I kind of rolled my eyes. Another girly girl thing I didn’t need, and it probably wasn’t any better for you. And most likely expensive, right?
When my friend Maureen starting selling them, I started asking some of the common FAQs- and what I found out is that Jamberries are much longer lasting than polish, far cheaper than a pedicure, and completely free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and DBP.
Well, that certainly sounds a lot nicer than conventional nail polish.
What’s more, these are just more fun than regular nails. Jamberries are known for their myriad of patterns, mixing and matching, and lots of room for individual tastes. Here are just a few examples:
(All photos credited to Daniel Arnal, used with permission.)
Okay, okay. I give. They’re cute. I decided I would give them a try, just to support her.
I won’t lie- it did take some practice to get the hang of getting the nail “wraps” on- it’s kind of a new skill- but practice makes perfect. Once I got the hang of it, I found I actually… cough cough… Well… I really liked them.
Let me introduce to you to my pal Maureen- my BFF from childhood who I’ve known for 21 years now, she’s as lovely inside as out. She’s going to give you the scoop on all things Jamberry.
After you read Maureen’s story, be sure to scroll all the way down to find out how you can enter to win a fun mini-prize- a Jamberry accent sheet, or $25 to Maureen’s Jamberry shop.
“What are these nail wrap things?” and “Why would I ever want these?” I found myself wondering this, just 3 months ago. My Facebook friend was having a Jamberry party and invited me to attend. She even offered me a free sample! I had no idea what Jamberry was, but a free sample? Yes, please! I love anything with the word “free” attached to it!
I received my free sample in the mail, but it didn’t look very impressive to me. My friend had sent me one tiny little “sticker,” what was I supposed to do with that? I set it on the side of my desk and forgot all about it. Until my friend messaged me “hey, did you try out your sample?” Then I felt guilty. She was kind enough to mail me a sample and I hadn’t even tried it yet. So when the baby was napping I read through the instructions on how to apply my “sticker.” I cut it in half and applied it to 2 of my nails. Then I painted the rest of my nails to really “test” how the Jamberry wrap would do against regular nail polish. I had to admit, these things looked pretty darn cute on my nails!
My baby woke up from her nap and immediately noticed my nails. Her reaction was so adorable, that I could sense myself already getting hooked to these things! She grabbed my fingers and kept making little baby exclamations, clearly enjoying the fun patterns that had replaced Mommy’s usually-boring nails. Did I mention that I never used to do my nails? I hate the smell of nail polish, the expense of salons, and the fact that polish chips so quickly. Plus, who has time to let their polish dry when you have a baby constantly demanding attention?
Now my curiosity was finally piqued, and I went back through my friend’s party posts to see what else I could learn about them. My first question was how much do these cost? As a stay at home mom, I just can’t justify spending a lot of money on myself. I learned that one sheet of wraps costs $15, but that one sheet will give me enough wraps to do at least 2 full manicures, 2 pedicures, and a few extra wraps for accent nails. Most of the sheets are also buy 3 get 1 free, so they really only cost about $11.25 per sheet if you buy 4 at one time. Not bad for 2 manis & 2 pedis! Not only that, but they last! A salon manicure only ever lasted me a few days before it started chipping and looking bad. My Jamberry wraps can last me anywhere from 10-14 days on my fingers and up to 6 weeks on my toes! And they don’t chip (or smell!) at all, because they are made out of vinyl.
I learned a few other things that made me love Jamberry even more. All of their wraps and lacquers are made in the USA – awesome! Jamberry products are non-toxic, vegan, and never tested on animals. There is also no dry-time since they are vinyl and not paint. Baby needs a diaper change right in the middle of my manicure? No problem! Jamberry was started by 3 sisters who loved spending time together at the nail salon, but wanted a new way to do their nails together at a fraction of the cost. So they came up with these vinyl nail wraps after seeing a similar product being sold in salons only (for $60!). They chose to sell their product through direct-selling because they wanted to empower other women by giving them the opportunity to have their own business and work from home should they choose!
The more I learned about Jamberry the more I fell in love with both the product and the company as a whole! It was then I decided I didn’t just want to buy more wraps; I wanted to sign up to be a consultant! I’ve been with the company for a little over two months now, and I’m absolutely loving it. As a stay-at-home mom, it’s been so wonderful for me both socially and financially. I connect with other girls on my team everyday via Facebook, and I also get to throw some really fun Facebook parties! I’ve been making enough money with Jamberry every month that I can take my daughter to music classes at Gymboree, and she loves it! My only complaint? Every time I try to say Jamberry and Gymboree in the same sentence I get myself all tongue-tied!
I encourage you to give Jamberry a try too, and be more open-minded then I was at first! I’d love to give you a free sample just to try it out and see if it’s for you. If you decide you like it, maybe take advantage of our buy 3 get 1 deal for an affordable way to have beautiful fingers and toes all summer long! If you decide you are in love with Jamberry and there are way too many beautiful patterns to choose from, then I’d LOVE to host a Facebook party for you! They are super fun, and you will earn some great free products from Jamberry. And if you’re like me and you‘ve been looking for a fun way to earn a little extra income, then I’d be so excited to have you join my team! Feel free to reach out to me via Facebook or email anytime!
Ready for the giveaway?
Maureen’s enthusiasm is catching, and I’m happy that she is sponsoring my first ever mini-giveaway here on the blog. Enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to win a Jamberry accent sheet- five different nail wraps for you to try- mixed and matched as you please.
Want a chance to win even more Jamberry goodies? Join and participate in my Jamberry Facebook party this week for a chance at a $25 gift card! The first 20 people to RSVP get 10 bonus entries into the drawing.
Despite my initial hesitation, Jamberry turned out to be a perfect solution for a mom like me who is looking to reduce my toxin exposure, save money, and still enjoy a little (secret) indulgence every once in a while.
Don’t tell anyone, but this chicken mama might just have sparkly toes the next time you see her.
Maureen is an Air Force wife and prior Air Force nurse who is currently a stay-at-home mama to her sweet one-year-old girl. You can support Maureen’s Jamberry business by visiting her website here. If you love Jamberries and want more information on hosting an online party or starting your own Jamberry business, Maureen can be reached at MalysManis@gmail.com.
Note from Abi: As usual, I only endorse products that I know and enjoy on this blog. None of the above links are affiliate links, but I will receive hostess rewards as a thank you for hosting the Facebook party. Thanks in advance for supporting my habits. 😉