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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Make the most of your nail wraps: Peacocking with Jamberry Nail Shields

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I am no stranger to weird and funky mix up manicures. Today's is another one of those crazy ones! But this one actually has a purpose, more than just making a statement (which it does, too).

Nail wraps are pretty big right now. They are everywhere, and in every style. I've seen wraps made out of real polish, wraps that are essentially nail stickers, and more... The wraps I am wearing in this manicure are actually vinyl, and they are by Jamberry Nail Shields.

The usual problem with wraps is the cost. But, never fear! I've come up with a solution to extend the life of your set of wraps: the mix up manicure!


For my design, I chose the Peacock nail shield. You can see it in action on my fourth finger and on my thumb.

I very much liked working with the Jamberry Shields. I've tried the sticker type of wraps, but they buckled along the edges of my nails and left them incredibly bumpy and looked unfinished. I've also tried the real polish wraps, and while I liked those, they are fragile and easy to mess up when applying. Jamberry shields are applied by heating the wrap to activate the adhesive. Then you stick the freshly heated wrap on your nail and smooth it down. The heated adhesive is incredibly sticky and the bond feels very very secure on the nail. Then you just file off the extra from the edge of your nail! (For extensive application details, check out Jamberry's page.)

The only thing I would do differently is to add a bit of nail glue along the free edge of the shield. Jamberry includes this as an optional step, so I skipped it. Admittedly, I was pretty hard on my nails while I had these on, but the edges had a bit of wear to them after about four days. The nail glue would have helped this, I'm sure.


Let's talk about the rest of this manicure. For my pointer finger, I did a marbled design using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Sally Hansen Going Green, China Glaze Sky High Top, and China Glaze  Happy Go Lucky. I chose those colors to mimic the colors that can be found in the peacock nail wrap.


On the middle and pinky fingers, I did a half moon design using China Glaze Sky High Top and China Glaze Happy Go Lucky.

I then added on a small bit of bling by attaching some green rhinestones. Seeing a pattern here? I tried to incorporate the blue, yellow, green, and white of the shields throughout this whole manicure.


So as you can see, by simply applying the shields to only a few nails every time you use them, you can really get a lot of mileage out of a single sheet of wraps!

Jamberry Nail Shields are available for $15.00 per sheet on their website. Jamberry says that each sheet will do 2-3 full sets of fingers and toes, so if you are doing a mix up manicure, who knows how long you can make it last! You can also check out Jamberry Nails on Facebook.

The Jamberry Nail Shields in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR for review.

48 comments:

  1. this is a beautiful mani! i love how all the colors match and the mix up look! you are soooo creative!

    the problem with the nail polish ones is that once you open the package you have to used them or else they dry up and wont stick. since they come in 2 packs, one for each nail, i only use one, and cut each strip in half, that way i get 2 manis out of 1 box. the sticker ones are good because they last forever, so i plan on using every single one of those stickers eventually, even the weird sized ones! i'm not letting them go to waste! these seem like a nice mix of each. last long in the package but are easy to work with, and they look beautiful!

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  2. This is unbelievable!! Looks Ah-Mazing!!!

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  3. This is really beautiful! Love how different your nail designs always are..

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  4. really really gorgeous, i love these colors together!!

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  5. That looks so perfect, wow!! I love these peacock shields! Too bad they don't ship to Europe... :(

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  6. These are amazing!!! I am a new consultant and I will ship them to Europe for you ^^^
    just leaving my website for anyone that is interested.... You did an amazing job with yours.. may i share your picture?
    www.wildaboutnails.net I am in the process of making a better site and would love to link up with you!

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    1. Hi Melissa. I have been working with Sarah on this site and didn't know if you knew that. Thanks for understanding and good luck with your business!

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  7. Thank you so much for sampling the shields...they turned out beyond amazing! A few things about Jamberry Nails: non-toxic/latex free and safe for kids, last 1-2 weeks on fingers and 5-6 weeks on toes, made in USA, no need for a top coat, easy to apply, won't dry out like some of the competition, over 150 designs available. If anyone has questions, please ask! I have a lot of info and photos on my facebook page linked above. My site is www.melaniebyrd.jamberrynails.net and email is melrowe@aol.com. All shields are buy 3 get 1 free right now! If you're interested in selling Jamberry, let me know - it's an excellent opportunity at ground level and you will always have awesome nails! If you are interested in buying, but live out of the USA, contact me and we can work out something. :)

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  8. Wow, these look amazing! I love the beautiful design on the shields combined with your water marbling.
    I've never tried shields, but this makes me want to.

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  9. I am sorry about that!!! still love the post!!

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  10. OMG! this is just amazing :)

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  11. Gorgeous manicure, really feels in balance even though all the designs are different. Actually thought these were all wraps and you'd just give tips on how to extend the wear time!

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  12. This is beautiful! Love all the combinations you did but they all incorporate the nail shield. :)

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  13. love the end result. I am also a Jamberry Nails consultant but will not give you my info because that is just rude...(ahem...wildaboutnails...)
    Jamberry's are so awesome because they don't dry out when they are opened...and so many different choices. Thanks for doing this blog for one of our incredible consultants!

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  14. Wow this is simply gorgeous. the design is incredibly eye catching!

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  15. i love the peacock design, i need to practise my wraps, i can't ever seem to get them right

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  16. This mani looks amazing! Love the colors!

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  17. Very pretty. I love how you've matched all the colours together and made the design work, very creative!

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  18. This is seriously one of the most beautiful mani I have even seen. You put my own nails to shame. I especially love the water marble, but when I tried it, I kept flooding my cuticles :(

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  19. Omg! This mani is just awesome :)

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  20. I was able to try out Jamberry as well, but when I went to take them off they peeled off some of my nail with them. Did you experience anything similar?

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  21. Jamberry Nails will not damage your nails if you heat them up and peel slowly from the cuticle edge. I did peel my first set off and had that happen. Now that I know how to properly remove them, I have had no problem at all!

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    1. Ah I wish I had known that! The instructions I received with mine didn't say anything about removal

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  22. whoaa gorgeous! love how you mix the colors

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  23. What a brilliant idea! The peacock feathers are so pretty and eye-caching, but all 10 digits of them might be a little much. As you've done them, they're a great accent, and the colours totally pop!

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  24. Very cool! I have used Sally Hansen;s nail wraps quite a few times and they aren't too hard once you get the hang of it. I have never tried Jamberry's though so will have to check them out.

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  25. OOoooo amaaazing!!! They all look so uniform and the colours are just perfecto! Is there a way to make nail wraps last longer i.e. by putting a top coat on them? Or does that generally make them a bit floppier and ruin it? Love your blog and the always perfect nails and cuticles!!

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  26. Looks great...good answer to the cost of nail wraps or whatever ya want to call them. I personally don't like the cost AND the cookie cutter look of each nail looking like a carbon copy of the others...so your mixed up nails here solve that issue. But gads...I would never spend as long as this takes to do a mani! I don't have it in me. Kudos to you!

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  27. So pretty! I love the peacock design, but I love the nail art you did more!

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  28. I am a Jamberry nails consultant also. I love the nail shields but your idea make it looks so much better. I am glad that I found your blog.

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  29. Corrie Anne CarsonDecember 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    If anyone would like these cross seas let me know i could ship corrie.trista@hotmail.com is my email and i xan send u my jamberry link to view the catalouge :)

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  30. Http://lakebum.jamberrynails.net

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  31. good morning, Love my nail wraps, love your posts... wondering how you store your wraps??

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  32. Some wraps don't save, like the ones that are made of real nail polish. Sticker wraps save and you can just put them in a plastic baggie.

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  33. I'm looking for a nice way to store what I have, not partial packs. I have quite a collection and it is growing! LOL

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  34. Ohh, hmm. I don't use wraps often so I don't have that many. Maybe just a plastic bin with a lid?

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  35. A consultant friend stores her Jams in a photo album: perfectly-sized clear pockets, and all she has to do is flip through the pages to see what she has!

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  36. OH!! Can you send a pic or give me a link so I canget the same thing!

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  37. Hi I am an independent consultant for Jamberry Nail wraps. I've used them for a while now and I love them. No drying time, no chemicals, no mess, durable, affordable, fun, bold, classy, elegant, an instant manicure. We also have Junior Jamberry wraps for your little ones. They are $15 a sheet but we have a buy 3 get 1 free promotion which makes them $11.25 a sheet. Each sheet can give you up to 2 manis and 2 pedis which makes the cost of each of about $4 (can't compare that price to a mani/pedi at a salon). On your hands they can last up to 14 days and on your toes up to 6 weeks. We have over 350 designs. You can buy the wraps and use tools/supplies you already have at home to apply, no need to buy anything extra. Your hairdryer is your heat source. Check out my website to buy your Jamberry Nail wraps and follow my business page on Facebook:
    http://www.paolahernandez.jamberrynails.net
    https://www.facebook.com/paolafunsassynails

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  38. Try using some olive oil and be very gentle (hhazen.jamberrynails.net)

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