Lessons Learned from JamCon – (a.k.a. Girls’ Week Away!)

I spent a huge part of last week at the Jamberry International Conference at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.  I went with my sister-in-law, a handful of gals from our immediate team, and 5000 of my closest Jam Friends.  Here’s what I’m taking from the experience!

  • The Gaylord Texan is ENORMOUS.  It’s quite possibly the size of my hometown when I was a kid.  There was a RIVERWALK.  With a “real” river.  (Ahem – man-made.)  The picture below?  It doesn’t even show the gargantuan glass atrium, complete with bell tower, the water park, or a huge portion of the convention center.   You can work off your margarita(s) just by trying to find your room.  And that water park?  You have to take a SHUTTLE to get to it because the property is so big.
  • Gaylord Texan
    The Gaylord Texan Pic: http://www.marriott.com

    wA good lazy river is better than therapy.  We showed up after an insanely early flight out of Chicago (hat tip: United Airlines!).  I was coming off of a few manic days with my kiddos, who were beyond excited that their grandparents were watching them while I was gone and my husband was at work.  Candy-store levels of excitement.  Which means I was certifiable levels of crazy.

    But that lazy river… We stopped for lunch (nachos – see below) and immediately made our way over there.  Via hotel shuttle, because TEXAS!! After hanging on the inner tube for a few trips around, I became a normal person again.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my little babies to the moon and back.  And I was expecting to feel guilt-beyond-measure about being away.  The lazy river solved that one.  (Until my sis saw a couple of cute redheads that reminded her of her boys she left home, at which point we jumped back in the tubes and did our water therapy a little longer.

    Pro Tip:  If you go, there are some MAJOR jets and waterfalls going on at this attraction.  So keep your wits about you.  You’ve been warned.

Lazy River
The Gaylord Texan Lazy River Pic: http://www.Marriott.com
  • You can in fact laugh until your core muscles refuse to hold your body upright.  Hot Jam – you can take the girls to a professional event, but you can’t make them act like grown-ups.
  • Our CEO is a pretty awesome person to be leading a company filled with moms.  Most people familiar with Jamberry know that it was founded by three sisters who wanted an at-home option for no-chip manicures.  Some people even know that the husband of one of the sisters, Adam Hepworth,  is our CEO.  I had heard him speak several times via leader calls and YouTube videos on our dashboard, so I knew he came across as a very likeable and approachable person.  He and his wife have a newborn little boy, who made the trip from Utah to Dallas with them for conference.

    At one of the meetings on leadership, he was scheduled to give our presentation.  But… his wife was exhausted and occupied and the baby was asleep in his stroller.  So he did what any dad would do: He walked that kid back and forth in the stroller to keep him from waking up.  You know the drill.  Except he did it while addressing the leaders of the organization, many of whom happen to be moms.

    Check it out:

    (Photo Courtesy of S. Normand)
    (Photo Courtesy of S. Normand)
  • NACHOS.  Seriously.  If you ever go to the Gaylord, go to the Riverwalk Cantina and get the Nachos.  Wear your eating pants.  You can easily feed a couple of people with this plate of happiness.  Which is good, since the plate of happiness is kind of spendy.
  • Five-thousand women in one room learning about new products?  The loudest experience of my life.

    Re-enactment:
    “GEL POLISH!” **SQUEE**
    “NEW LACQUER COLORS” **WOOOOOOOT**
    “CATALOG REVEAL”  **YOU CAN HAVE MY FIRST BORN**

  • My team of girls is inspiring, hilarious, and down-to-earth. I just wish my sis was in the picture – but she was busy being recognized at the EXECUTIVE dinner.  Holla!
  • PaJAMaPartyA 35th birthday should be spent dancing with your girlfriends.

    Birthday Selfie Suz and Meg

  • Or standing in line to ride a bull (I cannot express how thankful I am that the line was too long for it to actually happen.) Also – Peacock Jams!

    Suz at Denim Diamonds
    How this happened: “Hey! Let’s give Suz Jamberry Punch and challenge her to ride the mechanical bull!” – The most maniacal SIL in the world
  • Liquor licenses in Texas are either extremely lax or super easy to skirt around.

TX Liquor Laws are Interesting

Mostly, I learned that I can give over control to my hubs and everything will be perfect.  It reaffirmed that my sister-in-law is my best friend and I’m so happy to be doing this with her.  I learned that total strangers can become some really amazing friends.  And that a CEO will push a sleeping baby back-and-forth in a stroller while giving an important presentation.  Because Hell hath no fury like an awakened baby.

Want to Know What it’s Like – From the Inside?

My team is having a Sneak Peek next week!  If you’ve ever been interested in seeing what my team has for support, documents, perks, fun, and earnings, this is a great opportunity!

Sneak Peek Backstage Pass

Want to try it, but aren’t sure if you’d be getting in over your head?  Have you wondered if you have to start “from scratch”?  My sister-in-law, my good friend Kelly, and I will be running the Sneak Peek from Sunday, May 31st until Monday, June 1st.  Two days of info, games, and getting to know our team.  You’ll see the support we have from other teammates, the HUGE resource pools that we all share, and mostly – the relationships that we’ve formed as Jamberry consultants.  It’s been such a fun and motivating experience!

Want in on the fun??  Comment below or send me your email address to suzanna.mayhugh@gmail.com asking to be included!

Spring Trend Alert – The Layered Look!

This week I tried something that I’ve shied away from in my 7-months of being a Jamberry consultant – Layered Jams.  Jamberry has a huge line of designs on a clear wrap MADE specifically to be layered on top of nail lacquers or other wraps.   Check out this amazing Jamicures just using the clear wraps on top to really amp it up – the perfect way to add in a “layered look“!

Whisper Layered over Suede Lacquer Touch of Lace Layered Jamicure Leo Geo Lace over Blue Jeans Lost Ruins over Fizzy Grape

Okay.  Seriously.  Why haven’t I done this??  It looks SO CUTE!  But I’ve either 1. Loved the look of the clear design on it’s own, or 2. Been nervous that I wouldn’t get it lined up correctly. I’ve seen SO many examples of how great it looks and love the idea of a “customized” look, but I just never tried it out.

Yesterday, my kiddo wanted us to have “matching fancy fingers.”  I had wanted to  experiment with the Jamberry Lacquers for her, but I wanted to give in to her heart-melting request.  Then I remembered – the “Kiss” Lacquer and “Haute Pink” Jamberry wraps are so close in color; so – lacquer to try out on my kiddo and “Haute Pink” for me.  But then… we got a little adventurous.  Mostly because painting Amelia’s nails with the Jamberry lacquer took about 10 seconds and dried in about a minute-and-a-half.  She looked up at me like, “Uh – that’s it?? That’s all you got??” Mommy and Me Kiss with Leo Geo Lace

So since she wanted a little somethin’ somethin’ added to hers, we tried out the layers.  Ten minutes later, we were both done.  I LOVE how it turned out – and Amelia was SO excited to be “just like Momma.”

We used the “Leo, Geo, and Lace” Jamberry wrap to layer – mine over “Haute Pink” and hers over the “Kiss Lacquer.”  It’s the same wrap layered above over “Blue Jeans.” – See how versatile it can for totally changing up a look??

My worries about everything lining up perfectly were totally unfounded.  It was SIMPLE.  I just did each set separately – Haute Pink first, then the Leo, Geo, and Lace on top after I was totally done with the first set of wraps.  **I then went back and did the “Baggie Method” once both sets of wraps were on to make sure they were totally bonded to each other and that I had a good seal.**

For Amelia’s, I waited until her lacquer was dry, then wiped that one finger again with a Jamberry alcohol wipe.  Trimmed the smallest-sized wrap to fit her itty-bitty ring finger (gah! kiddo fingers!!), heated it, applied, and then clipped with nail clippers.  Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezie.

I really like how it turned out – fun for Spring, even though it’s been snowing here since last night.  (Go home, snow!! You’re drunk!!) Here’s how it looks this morning:

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If you’ve been wanted to add a little something to your manicure, but aren’t totally on board with a full-hand of nail art, give this Layered Look a try on one or two fingers!  I like the “Leo, Geo, and Lace” option because you get three different designs – so you can pick whichever design you’re up for that week.   Want to see the clear options perfect for layering?  Click here to see them all! 

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The PERFECT tools for Jamberry Nails – And one that’s a SURPRISE!

A perfect Jamberry manicure is EASY to get – and even easier if you using the right tools for the job!   Yup, Jams can be applied with stuff you have at home – a regular hair dryer, scissors, nail file, etc. And you’ll have an awesome long-lasting look. But….

mini heaterThe truth is, if you want a proper application and want to get the best wear out of your wraps, using the tools Jamberry has designed specifically to work with the wraps is the way to go! These are not luxury goods or price-gouging add-ons; these are the tools that give you a perfectly proper application every time. These are the tools that will give you that two-week wearability that Jamberry is known for from your wraps!  And they’re all less than $20! 

Why go with the Jamberry mini-heater over your hair dryer?  1. The noise level – the heater is SO quiet that I can do my nails sitting next to my hubs while we binge-watch “The Wire.”  2. The consistent heat ouput; 3. The heater puts out heat, but not a gust of air like your hair dryer; 4. It’s purple. (Pro-Tip – It’s REALLY good for heating up price stickers to remove them, and even better to get Dora the Explorer stickers off of your wood floors.  #MomLife.)

And the new application kit – so convenient!  It holds all of your stuff – including that Jamberry heater – all in one cute purple cosmetic case so you never have to hunt for a file or your nail scissors again!   This cute little kit includes:Application-Kit-Without-Nail-Oil

  • 2 alcohol wipes
  • 1 pair of nail scissors
  • 1 pair of nail clippers
  • 1 buffer block
  • 2 orange sticks
  • 1 rubber cuticle pusher
  • 1 nail file

And speaking of nail scissors, the scissors that come in this kit are top-notch.  A cut above the rest, if you will.  (See what I did there?)

Cuticle Spoon and Pusher But – there is ONE tool that you can’t find from Jamberry –and it can mean the difference between “Your nails look great” and “Your nails are AMAZING!!” Enter – the cuticle spoon. Yes, it looks like a torture device.  But this little thing is a Jam-Miracle worker.  Use it to prep your nails – push back the cuticles, get rid of that pesky “invisible cuticle,” and clean your nails.

Then – and here’s where the magic happens.  After you’ve applied your wraps, heat the cuticle spoon with your Jamberry heater.  Then, use it as an iron to flatten any bubbles or ridges: press it flat against your nails (it’s the perfect shape!) to apply uniform pressure to the wrap and the adhesive.  It’s perfect for an edge that is lifting up on you or to give a little extra oomph to those tips!  The best part?  You can usually find them for around $5.00 – Either on Amazon or at a beauty supply store – even Zulily had one on their site over the weekend!

Click here to find the right tools for your next Jam Session:

The New Jamberry Mini-Heater

The Application Kit