Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Manicure: Pirate Nail Wraps by Jamberry

Pirate Nail Wraps by Jamberry Nails

I was silly shy as a teenager, so I found quiet ways to express myself using my hands. I didn't start drawing until I was older, but I wrote tons of letters to pen pals. Since I spent a lot of time looking at my hands while writing, I embellished my fingers with shiny rings and pretty polish. Over the years, I've continued to get compliments on my long fingernails, but I've painted them less and less often. Ogre is sensitive to the smell, so I try to squeeze time into my schedule to paint when I won't be around him for several hours.

I hadn't thought to try scent-free nail wraps until fellow FAE Kimberly asked me to help her host a giveaway for a sheet of Jamberry Nails. She sent me monster nail wrap samples before it started and they weren't scary to apply at all! All I did was cut a Qtip in half to hold the wrap while I heated it with a hair dryer for five seconds, pressed it to clean nail, trimmed and reheated for another five seconds. And just that easily, my new nail art obsession was sealed!

I picked out the pirate nail wraps above as my first full set, but there are way too many more designs on my wish list to stop the pillaging there. That's why I'm hosting a Jamberry party! If you want to commandeer skull and crossbones nail art for yourself, please sail through her Kiss My Tips shop and find "Aquariann" in party list during checkout so I get credit toward hostess rewards. Each sheet is $15 and includes enough wraps for at least two full manicures. Jamberry is currently offering a buy 3, get 1 free deal so now's the time to stock up on delightful designs, especially the ones that are retiring this month.

I'm starting a weekly Manicure Monday linky this March to spread the nail art love. Jamberry nail shields usually last about two weeks on finger nails (four for toe nails), so I welcome guest bloggers to post photos and nail tutorials on the weeks that I don't have new nails of my own to share. Please contact me using the form on my advertise page if you're interested in a free feature.

Disclaimer: I received this free nail art as a thank you gift for hosting a giveaway. If you think your nail products would harmonize with my whimsical ramblings, learn how to sponsor a giveaway here.

25 comments :

  1. Love the skull and cross bone design...they look great on you :)

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  2. These are one of my favorite designs while looking through the website. My son's love of all things pirate hasn't left the family...We're all huge fans! Love this pic.

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  3. So fun! I should've had these for my trip to the Oregon coast last year.

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  4. Those nails are adorable! I've never heard of Jamberry before. Interesting. Have a terrific Tuesday!

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  5. very cute! my sis gave me something similar but I haven't tried them out yet..

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  6. Aye! Them be jolly lookin' nails.

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  7. I never cease to marvel at the endless progression of expression :) Who would have ever thought you could have multiple skulls and cross bone pirate nails arrrr....
    50 years ago we had red and pink to chose from. 45 years ago we had progressed to undercoats, protective top coats a few more colors (I did that in all in high school for a year or so) and fake nails. 25 years ago Ooor Ogre and his sensitivity to the chemical scent, I can relate, what ever they put in the polish painfully penetrated my nails so I painted only the tips :) At that time nail art was in its infancy and no one else had painted nail tips ( which is popular enough now) . About 20 years ago they came up with the similar French manicure, but by that time I was over it :) I have strong nails that grow very long but keep them trimmed to a sharp point, so that they are both long and short, meaning I can work, type, play instuments etc and keep them clean, but also have a useful nail tip to pry with when needed and yes they would probably afford me protection should that ever become necessary lol,

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    1. Fascinating! I grew up with nail polish, so its progression hadn't even occurred to me. How cool that you were ahead of the time for the tips trend. :D

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  8. oooh sooo cute...love it! I rarely use nail art, tho'..as I'm afraid I will easily ruin it with my works :)..love to see your pics..

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  9. You do have nice, long nails. Mine are so fragile. There are times when they do better than others. During the winter months are the worse for trying to grow them out. Do nail wraps stay longer on than regular nail polish? How well do they protect the nails? I'm curious to learn more, as this may be something I might consider trying. Happy WW!

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    1. Thank you! The monster samples I put on my toenails lasted longer than the polish I painted on the same day - I finally had to remove them at 4 weeks because my nails had grown long enough that the bare bottoms looked funny. I've only had the wraps on my fingernails for a week, but so far, so good. If I'd painted them black instead, they'd be noticeably chipped by now!

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    2. Cathy, Jamberry doesn't have an official statement on how well the nails are protected that I could quote for you. The vinyl coating on your nails does give protection to the nail surface from abrasion and the additional layer of thickness can help protect nails from breaking. The wraps are also called "shields". The key for those with fragile nails would be gentle removal! Some people find that soaking their nails in oil (olive oil, coconut oil, cuticle oil, etc) allows the wraps to slide right off. I myself use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover or alcohol. It's more drying that way but it gets all the adhesive off and for me it takes the wraps off without any damage to my nails. I think everyone finds a way that works best for them. I'd be happy to send you a sample to test out- just send me your mailing address :)

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  10. Very cool! Love the nail wraps!

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  11. I love your linky idea. If only I could remember to get my nails done. Your nails are cool. :)

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  12. THey make having fun nails so easy these days!! Good job mate!!

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  13. Nails sure do have a lot of style these days! Love the pirates!

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  14. fun nail art. I would love to have mine look nice. But sadly they always look just awful. As soon as they start to look nice i think time to polish them and taa daa, I break one or two the shortly there after...giggle. xo

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