Post # 31
I am a big jamberry fan! My nails are about the same thickness as card stock and bend all the time, Polish doesn’t last more than about ten minutes before it starts chipping on me.
1) make sure to push back your cuticles, even the nearly invisible ones.
2) clean your nail with an alcohol pad. I usually do all the nails at once then a little swipe right before I do that nail.
3) choose a strip a little narrower than your nail. No one will notice if it’s like a millimetre off the side, and you are less likely to have issues.
4) if you have a really shallow nail bed, trim the bottom of the wrap, it will work so much nicer. (I always do this for my thumbs!)
5) heat the nail wrap up before and after application; I’ve rarely had lifting issues and when I have, I’ve been able to heat the wrap up again, press it down, and file the tip in a downward motion to take off any that is floating as extra and not sticking down.
It takes me 20-30 minutes to do both hands, AKA the length of one and a half episodes of Friends on Netflix. 🙂 I’ve never had a jam berry wrap last less than five days, usually at least 10-15!
Post # 32
Buy Vinylux! From the company that makes Shellac but there’s no lamp and its very easy to do yourself – two colour coats and a top coat that goes on like a gel and protects it. Easily lasts a week.
Post # 33
I went hunting for vinylux and found it at Sally’s, ended up confused because they sell a lamp. I asked the sales woman for a top coat that acts like gel without the light. She recommended Forever Glaze. Both their polish and top coat will dry like gel. I love it! Painted 2 days ago, and yesterday I did a ton of work- cleaning, moving furniture, assembling furniture (staging a house) and they are holding up well. My reg polish would be half off by now! This is their Tomato red. It’s not as nice as OPI Big Apple but it’ll do. The ring is a cheap CZ I put on for fun 🙂 waiting for my MOISSY!
Post # 34
I liked the Jamberry designs, but after I did it twice, my nails started lifting off the nail bed . I am not completely sure that Jamberry was the cause, but that had never happened before. It scared me. They eventually grew out and are normal again, but I will never use nail stickers from Jamberry again.
Post # 35
i swear by Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat and Orly bonded rubberized basecoat! Use the basecoat first, then use your color of choice, and then finish with the topcoat, best combo to keep nails from chipping I’ve found so far. I used to have the same problem you have!
Post # 36
I can get my regular nail polish to last at least 5 days, but I redo them every 7 days. There is usually just one or two small chips if anything. I use Sally Hansen top coat. I’m not sure exactly what it’s called but it comes in an amber colored bottle and dries to the touch in 30 seconds. I use that with a base coat and 2-3 coats of nail polish, usually Essie. If I really don’t want my nails to chip, I add another coat of just the top coat 2-3 days after I paint my nails and I can easily get to 7 days.
I’ve also heard that if you use nail polish remover right before you put on nail polish, it will remove any oils or lotions you might have on your nails. So, in case you don’t move right from color to color, it might be a good idea to swipe on a little nail polish remover to start with a clean base.
Avoiding too much water is also important. I use gloves when I wash dishes or clean the kitchen. It really helps avoid chips.
I love the top coat. It’s shiny and almost looks like gel. I’ve had manicurists ask me if I’m wearing gel to see if they need to soak it off, I say no, and they don’t believe me. They try their acetone and it swipes right off.
Post # 37
I tried Jamberry and reeeaallly wanted to like them but it looked like I had overpriced cheap stickers in my fingers.