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What You Need to Know about Jamberry Nail Wraps

My Jamberry Review

By now, you have probably heard of Jamberry, the direct sales nail wrap company.  A handful (pun intended) of my friends sell these super-cute “stickers” for finger and toe nails, and all of them post lots and lots about their sales and patterns and accessories on Facebook.

Lots.  And lots.

One of my friends struck up a conversation thread that caught my eye, and I found myself engaging the other people commenting.  For one, I didn’t know you could get toenail wraps as I had only ever seen them used on fingers.  Two, I didn’t want to get caught up in some pyramid scheme where I had to buy so much and sell so much and so on.  Three, yes, you can get free samples; all you have to do is ask.

I Be Jammin

I really like them!  They didn’t take too long to put on, which tells me they’ll take less time to put on during future applications now that I know the drill.

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I love free samples…and inside jokes!

The patterns my friend sent me were very pretty and very purple.  A few days after applying the wraps, during my daughter’s birthday party, my dad even noticed them!

Here’s the Process

Clean your toes.  This is an image of mine, as clean as I can get them in the summertime.  I run around in sandals or barefoot a lot this time of year so please don’t judge the dark smudges.

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My clean toes!

Cut the applique to the rough shape of your nail and press it on.  I used my very short and blunt fingernails to ease the edges down plus the pads of the thumbs to smooth the wrap evenly.

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The very first nail I attempted. (Look at that cute design!)

I went ahead and cut and smoothed all my other nails.  Then I went back and trimmed the excess.  That’s when I got out my $9.99 end-cap special hairdryer and blasted my toes with the low heat.

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The reality, folks.

There was some trimming and filing, like the instructions say, until I got the wraps looking just right.  Then I whipped out the hairdryer for one more blast.  All told, it took me about a half hour this first time.

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The end result.

In Retrospect

I lost my right pinky nail’s wrap the very next day, thanks to strappy sandals.  Since those toes are at a weird angle and the strap goes right over it, I wasn’t too surprised.  I decided that had I spent a little more time on the detail of tucking the wrap around the edges and under the cuticle, then used a clear top coat as a sealant, it probably wouldn’t have happened.

They looked good and lasted about a week.  Then each toe started to peel up a little, and of course, being me, I picked at them.

It should have been twice that long, according to my friend who sent me the samples.  She also said her first attempt didn’t last; she had to get the hang of it and figure out which tools did the best job.

Going Forward

I will definitely do this again.  And I plan on buying some as gifts for others.  Some of the patterns are truly inspired, and they can be so personal and show such much of a person’s personality.

I don’t like harsh chemicals or the smells of regular nail polish and remover.  I don’t like constantly having to touch up chips or wait ages for polish to dry.  I love what Jamberry wraps have to offer, especially to a chemical-concerned time-constricted working mother.

And now, for the show you’ve all been waiting for, the interview with the seller!

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to my first Q&A with a direct sales associate. I’m talking to the darling Linz of Jewelry By Linz who supports individual sellers of Posh and other direct sales friends while selling Jamberry, the oh-so-cute and fashionable nail wraps.  She also blogs about books at Linz the Bookworm.

Welcome, Linz, to my thoughtfully sought path. You’ve actually been with me on it for years now, ever since we became friends working for The Man. Now that we’ve both struck out on our own, you have included me in your sales approach by sending me free samples of Jamberry nail wraps for my toes.

First off, THANK YOU! Second, I’ve got some questions. You’ve got the answers.

Hi Sarah, thank you for inviting me to talk about Jamberry here on Thoughtfully Sought. I’m glad you liked your samples!

Let’s get started!

Number one will always be: How much do these cost?

Wraps start at $15 per sheet! A sheet is going to get you two manicures, two pedicures, and it’s also going to give you a couple of extra wraps for additional sizes or if you want to do an accent nail. In addition, the majority of our wraps are buy three get one free. This special is always going on!

Explain how to put them on (or where to go to learn).

To put these wraps on, you’re going to want to make sure your nails are clean and dry. After that, you’re going to want to size them up and have a heat source to apply them. You can use a hair dryer, our mini heater, or something like a warmed up rice bag.

Here is a link to a YouTube video one of my leaders put out. I think Rachel does an amazing job of explaining the application process.

Does Jamberry have other products, like sealants or scissors or other accoutrements for applying the wraps?

We have SO many products beyond wraps. To start with, we have an entire collection of lacquer (nail polish) and gel! We even have the heating lamps and remover packets for gel manicures. In addition, we also have a whole line of nail care items including nail polish and gel remover, tools, lotions, and even an amazing pedicure line.

The best part is that our product lines are free of the following chemicals (which are found in a lot of other nail products from various companies): Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, TPHP, and Xylene.

I struggled with getting the wraps cut. Then I struggled with getting them filed. Then I thought I had them applied perfectly, but the next day there were a few edges peeling up. What should I have done differently?

I’ll be honest, there is a little bit of a learning curve to applying wraps. It took me a couple of times before I felt really comfortable with applying. Instead of filing, I tend to use nail clippers instead. I feel like it gives me more control over the ends. With cutting them you can either cut them before you put them on your nail or while it’s on the nail, but before you smooth it out. I always heat a second time and then smooth out with a cuticle. Next time you apply feel free to send me a manicure picture and I’ll see if I can trouble shoot from there!

How long will one set last, if applied properly?

If applied properly, Wraps can get about 10-14 days wear. I tend to change mine around the 10 day mark because for me my nails start showing growth at this point. The biggest thing is make sure your nails are clean and dry before you apply. Use our Nail prep solution or an alcohol cleaning pad.

Any tips on getting more out of them?

I would say that sizing is key to getting the most out of them; also you can use your extras as accents or cut them up and do your own designs with them. (Example, use your extra to create stripes, or a cut out to give it a new shape.)

What is your favorite thing about being a Jamberry consultant? What is your least favorite thing?

My favorite thing about being a Jamberry consultant is the people that I’ve met. I’ve had customers who have become friends that I would have never met otherwise, and other consultants who have been amazing sources of information and inspiration.

Hmm, my least favorite thing is probably that we’re paid solely on commission. If I don’t have a lot of parties booked, or parties aren’t doing well, it can really affect those weekly paychecks!

What got you started selling these? Have you ever done direct sales like this before?

My aunt and cousin both had Jamberry parties fairly close together. My cousin’s was first and I had no idea what it was about, so I left the party. Then my aunt had one and I got hooked. I used to love doing my nails, but I’m not great at painting them. This kind of was a great way to have fun funky nails again without looking like I dunked my fingers in a nail polish bottle.

After that I had my own party. It did so well that I really wanted to be a part of this company. Aside from my jewelry business, this is the only sales-y thing I’ve done, direct or otherwise.

How would one of my readers go about ordering from you?

Readers can send me a message on Facebook or contact me through my Jamberry website. They can order directly from the website, but I’m always happy to answer questions or help place orders.

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Blurry attempt at posing for the paparazzi.

 

 

 

Healthy Baby Home Party 

Sharing something I’m passionate about couldn’t have been more fun!

First Things First

Every year, we have thrown a party for our little girl’s birthday. The theme was her choice, I made some fun invites, we bought colorful goodies, and the party was so much fun.

Because of the timing of the party, I decided to make it a joint operation.  The focus would be on the Angel but I would have the best audience possible for my Healthy Baby Home Party.  The people I care about the most were in attendance, as were most of the little people (re:  adorable children) I love so much.

We did your typical cake-and-presents, but then I passed out the sample bags along with some great information about creating a healthy home for happy babies (and parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles).

Passion

It means a lot to the BHE and me to provide the best we can for our children. We care about their health and safety as well as that of our home and the environment.

A few years back, we really got into cleaner living, with a big focus on food. These days, we try our best to eat organic and nonGMO foods as well as not support the major chemical companies that are harming the world and its population with poisons.

But it isn’t just our food! I mean, we can eat organic and use cloth diapers, but what good is that really doing our babies if the dishes they eat off of, the detergents used on their diapers and clothes, the cleaners sprayed on the tub they bathe in are full of harsh chemicals?

Healthy Baby Home Party

As a member of Seventh Generation’s Generation Good, I was presented with the opportunity to share my passion and spread the word about the Come Clean campaign with free samples. I received a great big box full of free goodies to give my guests to not only learn about the facts but also test some of the best products on the market, like Plum Organics, Zarbee’s, Bobble, American Meadows, and of course, Seventh Generation.

There’s this video:  Maya Knows Clean

And this one:  Seventh Generation:  40 Weeks webisode by Big Belli, LLC

Plus, for hosting, I was given some games and prizes to really teach through fun. Bingo for Bobble? Memory for Detergent? Hey, why not!

Grateful

I am so thankful for my family and friends. I am filled with gratitude and awe today as I go through the presents my daughter received. Thank you thank you thank you!

My heart is lifted by the knowledge that those I love had fun, got some goodies, learned that there are alternatives to home cleaners that can trigger asthma, saw the benefits of dishes washed with “clean” dish soap, ate a cake that tasted as good as it looked, and exited my home happier and a little healthier than when they entered it.

Generation Good

Generation Good, a comunity supporting bright & safe solutions.

“We’ve always felt that being a part of a community is about connecting to what matters. And we know that what matters most to you is raising your family in a safe and healthy environment.

 You’ll love being part of Generation Good™ – a community where you can exchange tips, let your opinions be known, try new products, receive valuable offers, and take on missions that matter!”

Learn something. Share. Enjoy.

This home party wasn’t the only thing I’ve received free from Seventh Generation. I have been selected in the past to try laundry detergent and baby wipes. They sent me free samples and coupons, only asking that in return I provide an unbiased opinion of their products. This company wants to know how its consumers feel about what they are doing.

Check it out!

Disclaimer

I got awesome stuff for free. I was not paid to write this blog post. I have received no money and I will not receive anything if you click on any of the included links.  All opinions and pictures are mine.  Well, except for the image that I copy-and-pasted from the Generation Good sign-up site.

I am feeling like I don’t know how to write a proper disclaimer; I just don’t want my readers thinking I’m a sales person for Seventh Generation or any of the other companies that were part of the host kit I received for the Healthy Baby Home Party.  I’m not in sales. I write about how I am on, and want to help you get on, a thoughtfully sought path towards a cleaner, greener, healthier, happier life.