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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Applying myself

So I have tried two different manicures now with Jamberry and I was losing my love of them.


The first application I used the Jamberry instructions on their website. It basically instructed you to prep your nails, wipe off with cleanser or alcoholic rub, cut the strip to fit your nail, heat the stip, apply to nail, apply pressure and pull the excess over the nail tip as you file off.

I also used a "snap lock bag" technique where you put your finger in a snap lock bag and pull it down over your nail while heating and applying more pressure. This was to take the bumps etc out and to improve the adhesive element of the nail wraps.


Nail tools: Essence Studio Nails 'better than gel nails' top sealer, very course nail file, alcohol swab, rubber cuticle pusher and orange stick.

Snap lock bag technique

First application of whole mani - Paper Mache

The first application mentioned in the last post was done slowly and carefully and was admittedly a little time consuming as it was my first time and they are a little pricey so I didn't want to waste them.

As they started to peel and bump within a week, I was a bit disheartened as I was hoping this was the answer to the nail chipping issues we all have. Not to mention the amazing patterns and designs that are achievable with this product.

As there are a few girls at work who are wearing them now, one colleague in particular mentioned I was possibly doing too much when applying. She thought I might be over working the adhesive (glue part) of the nail wrap. We also thought the curve/arch of my nail bed is pronounced compared to some of the girls who had more success.

So I picked a design that I could live with out if it was an epic fail and attempted to simply heat, apply to nail with pressure and heat then file off. This time it was a lot quicker to apply....but I had bubbling and peeling within hours. I went three days and then HAD to take it off... and so I continued to lose my motivation for the wraps.

Second full mani attempt - Cabana

Could tell straight after application it wasn't going to last long - Cabana

I decided to see some outside tips. I viewed a youtube clip that was specifically for curved nails. This technique seemed a little different. It required to you to ensure the nail strips were cut in a way that it did not touch the edge of your nail where your skin would meet your nail, but rather leave a very small gap.

The lady started by putting on base coat (this is the only step I ignored). You place the cold wrap into position in the middle of your nail bed with minimal touching of your finger to the adhesive side, heat it while on your finger (by this stage I had purchased the Jamberry nail heater at $27) and then press the wrap down into place, first in the middle then to the sides. Heat again and press all over the wrap using a rubber cuticle pusher. File off the excess as usual. Finally the last step which she mentioned (this one I did) was to put top coat on, I also put some at the very tip and under the nail to seal it all in.

Gatsby with Essence top coat


Smooth all the way to the edges


I must say, with this new technique......I am back on board!! woohoo!!



- I'll let you know how long this Jamberry set lasts on my nails. Check back in for updates. xx

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

I'm back!!!! And it's all about the Jamberry!

Sooooo...I just realised its been over 2 years since my last post! Oops!

I realised the key factor in being able to constantly do my nails and blog about them is....living with my parents lol. Since moving out I have noticed being an adult and adulting takes up a lot of time. 

I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things. Can't guarantee a weekly post but hey this is a good start ;)


So let's get to it! The latest thing to hit Australia (apologies American readers as this is probably old news for you) is Jamberry! 

It all started for me with someone bringing in a basket of catalogues and samples to work and next thing I know I'm mortgaging the house (bit of an exaggeration) buying nail wraps. But I must say, I love these things.

Jamberry is a vinyl nail wrap that is applied to the nail with heat. It comes in hundreds of colours, patterns and designs. 

Each regular sheet includes 18 nail wraps. The sheets of Jamberry Juniors wraps include 42 nail wraps.

I personally was able to get 2 manicures and 2 pedicures from a sheet of Jamberry nail wraps. 


Here are the application directions according to the Jamberry website:

  1. Clean unpolished nails with alcohol wipe and push back the cuticles.
  2. Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits.
  3. Peel off nail wrap and warm with a mini heater or blow-dryer for 3-5 seconds or until soft and flexible.
  4. When warm, press the wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle.
  5. Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion to remove excess.
  6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail.


The first set of photos below are a comparison between regular nail polish (a-England Galahad) and the Jamberry nail wrap 'Sedona'. You can see that after a week my polish is shocking while the nail wrap was still in tact. (I've since learnt you can use a hair drier to reheat the wrap on your nail and add pressure if you feel a few bubbles or start of lifting begin).

Before: a-England 'Galahad' / Pinky finger Jamberry 'Sedona'




After 1 week of wear

Notice the slight lifting on the left side and some slight tip wear

So after placing an order and receiving the wraps, I decided to go the full hog and put on a full mani and pedi. Apologies in advance as I hate feet photos but for interest sake I put one photo up so you can see what Jamberry looks like on toes.


Jamberry 'Paper Mache'



argghh! The dreaded foot photo (sorry again!) 



So here's the part we all want to know, how much are they?! Well in my opinion they are not that cheap, $22 a sheet or buy 3 sheets get one free so essentially $16.50 a sheet. 

Although they are quite pricy, the design and longevity of the wraps I feel are worth it. I probably couldn't afford to have a full set on every couple of weeks but I will certainly be using some as feature nails with my regular polish :)


Click here for where you can source these bad boys from ;)


Let me know if you have tried these before, what do you think? 


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Emily de Molly - Bright Young Things and OPI - Tomorrow Never Dies

Emily de Molly - Bright Young Things

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Opi - Tomorrow Never Dies

 
Warning - the post is very pic heavy! But with good reason.. today's polish by Emily de Molly (an Australian polish maker) is A-MAZE-ING!
 
 
I always have a chuckle when I think of Emily de Molly polish because I was ordering her polishes from an American website before I realised it was an Australian polish and I could buy straight from her Etsy store, a privilege not many get! So I was kicking myself for a while but found the overall experience quite amusing.
 
Below I have layered Emily de Molly - Bright Young Things over OPI - Tomorrow Never Dies. I am in love love love with Bright young things. Its make up of blue, teal, hot orange and fuchsia glitter bits of varying sizes (many hex in shape) is stunning over both light and dark base colours. This polish has a clear base so its intended to go over a base colour.
 
 
I am definitely going to be ordering more Emily de Molly polishes soon. I would love to know your favourites and any suggestions on what do buy next!
 
Enjoy xx

 
 
 Left: Direct Sunlight, Right: Shade
 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jindie Nails - Honey Blue Blue SWATCH

Jindie Nails - Honey Blue Blue SWATCH

 
I've recently had a few nail catastrophes (I know I'm sad lol). After many surviving weeks of renovating the house and my nails surviving, they have finally met their match.. the kitchen bench. I have chipped a total of 4 nails doing these blooming benches.. so I have filed my nails right down and I am starting fresh with them.. So until then... I have dug up some photos off my camera of swatches I haven't had a chance to blog about yet.
 
Today's swatch is by Jindie Nails. I feel like I have been posting a lot of these lately but when I bought my stash off Jen from her Etsy store, I bought so many because they all looked so pretty and unique!
 
'Honey Blue Blue' was not what I expected.. The base colour was but the glitter application was not.
The base colour of this polish is a beautiful milky creamy baby blue. The milky trademark of a Jindie polish was as usual beautiful to apply. My disappointment came when I started an unexpected fishing trip for glitter.. man was this a pain to get out! You can see in some of the photos below, when there is a bottle shot it's pretty loaded with glitter. you may also notice hardly any of that glitter is on my actual nail! This is one of my pet peeves because it's like the glitter is in there taunting meeeee!!
 
I did use Jen's tip of turning the bottle upside down for a few hours before applying to distribute the glitter inside the bottle but this still didn't work. I think in future I'll be sticking to Jen's other polishes as this one (although still pretty) is not for me.
 
Apologies in advance for some of the photos below. Due to work this was a late night application, so all the photos are taken in artificial light. The hard life of working full time means that I leave the house when it is dark and I come home when it is dark...thus - no sunlight photos for me :(
 
Hope you enjoy xx
 
 
 Artificial yellow toned light 

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Jindie Nails - Dream in Colour Swatch

Jindie Nails - Dream in Colour Swatch

The name of todays' polish is perfectly matched...Dream in Colour by Jindie Nails...
 
 
Imagine the screen on the TV turning to snow (static) but instead of black and white you see every colour imaginable. Beautiful.  It is from Jindie Nails Winter Chic collection and has 'black, white, neon yellow, neon blue, barbie pink, neon green all same size small matte glitters in a clear base.'
 
I used 3 coats for the photos below and a coat of Seche Vite. All coats were easy to apply but you can see on my index finger a few glitter pieces trying to escape (a lil filing was all that was needed to remove those pieces). This polish was fun and unique and since this one was released I've noticed a few other similar style polishes with a change up of colours. Can't wait to get my hands on the others!
 

 
Direct sunlight and Bottle Shot
 
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Left - Shade, Right - Direct sunlight


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