Shiny Metallic Matte. Wait. What?

Jamberry’s May Stylebox introduces a brand-new “finish” to their huge beauty arsenal – and it’s only for Stylebox subscribers!

It’s Metallic.  It’s Matte.  Wait. What?

"This Ore That" by Jamberry - Subscribe by May 15th!
“This Ore That” by Jamberry – Subscribe by May 15th!

The May Stylebox arrived in my mailbox today.  Happy dance!!  (Along with yet another XFinity promo.  Those people are RELENTLESS, amiright?)  I love the subscription service – worth it just for the happy mail day on a monthly basis 🙂

The design this month introduces a brand new “finish” for Jamberry – adding it to the other options of glossy, matte, metallic/glimmer, sparkle, and clear.  It truly is a combination of metallic and matte.  The shine is a bit more subtle than the full-on metallic or glimmer wraps, but it absolutely shows through.  And depending on the angle of the light, it looks like a totally different design/color!   Really fun – especially for an accent or two in an otherwise-neutral manicure!  Also, polka dots.  I love me some polka dots!

Like the Shiny/Metallic/Matte Look?  Just want in on the fun??

The cut-off for this month’s design is coming up soon (as in a matter of DAYS, people!).  If you’re interested (and who wouldn’t be?? It’s a bargain, it’s an exclusive product, AND it’s a product premiere!), subscribe by the 15th for *these* designs!

Click HERE to find out more about the subscription, what you’re guaranteed to get, and the FREE shipping perks!

Blog Interrupted – Bibliophile Problems

This Blog Won’t Write Itself

Hey Jam Fans!  I signed my little guy up for childcare at the gym today thinking that I’d head up to the lounge area and write a super amazing post about Jamberry Nails and it would totally change your life forever.  But instead…

Reading.  Because “Outlander.”

GOOD GRAVY.  Stop what you’re doing and go check out the first one from the library, download it on your Kindle, whatever.  DO IT.  And you might as well go ahead and get the rest of the series, too.

outlander-seriesI’m truly convinced that I have given myself a cold from staying up all night reading, just to know what happens next.  And extra bonus?  You start talking with a Scottish accent.  ALL THE TIME.

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So, no Jamberry news today, other than that I’m still happy with the March Matteness Jams that withstood the lawn work over the weekend.  They look nice as they’re turning the pages of “The Fiery Cross.”   And let’s face it, even if they looked like I’d shoved them in the garbage disposal, I’d still be wearing them.  Because OUTLANDER. 

Jams vs. MAJOR Lawn Clean-Up – Including a Wood Chipper!

Jams Vs ChipperHow do Jamberry Nails hold up to serious lawn clean-up – including tree-trimming and using a wood chipper, you ask?

Oh, you didn’t ask?  But now you’re curious, right?

Almost exactly one year ago, we moved into our house – and have been tackling projects one-by-one to make it our own.  The yard has been a HUGE project.  The last few families to live in the house either didn’t care about it and left it to go wild, or added just about every possible plant you could imagine – letting it go wild.

Little-by-little we’re slowly taking it back and “taming it.”  It’s an ENORMOUS yard, which we’re really happy about given that our kids need every chance they can get to run around like crazed hyenas.  But – every single border of it is basically a forest of Buckthorn trees.  They’re pretty, but terrible for kids to crash into – and they propagate like the Jolie-Pitt family.  (This is the most invasive tree EVER** – every day I feel like I’m pulling 5 or six new ones from every square foot of our yard. **Probably not true at all.)

Tackling the Buckthorns – with no gloves!

Buck Thorn TreesSo this weekend, my husband and I decided to tackle at least ONE border of the yard.  This is what we were up against – tree-height bramble of thorns, branches, and scratchy limbs.  (Side note – my really fabulous, patient, loving, and not-at-all-bitter-that-I-started-this-project husband is STILL picking thorns out of his hands.  And he was actually wearing gloves!)

On Friday, I wanted a new manicure, so I put on the March Stylebox wraps – the “March Matteness” floral chevron design.  CUTE.  And then I woke up on Saturday just knowing that *that* was the day we reclaimed huge portions of our yard.

For the first day, I just used a pair of garden loppers and trimmed smaller branches.  But… I totally forgot to wear gloves, so I was ripping these branches out and dragging them bare-handed to a big pile.  Not fun.  When I got sick of that, I started pulling up the weed-trees instead (SO satisfying.  Die, thorns, die!).  Again, forgot my gloves.  At this point I had the hands of Tom Hanks from Castaway.  Scraped up, caked with dirt, looking like they’d never seen a bar of soap.

At the end of the day, we had some major piles that needed to be taken care of, so we don’t get large animals making burrows in our yard.  I SCRUBBED my hands with my trusty scrubbing brush that has never really been used for dishes to clean off the mud and muck.  A liberal dose of Neosporin, then on to the next day.

Day Two: In which Jamberry Nails stand up to a Wood Chipper better than that dude in “Fargo”

So…. Jeff bought a wood chipper.  I LOVE it.  (I never thought I’d write those two sentences in my life.)  It vacuums leaves, shreds smaller twigs and sticks, and chips up small branches and sticks through a feeder.  (Instant mulch! Crazy Garden Lady is happy!) Basically, there’s a little chute that you shove the branches in, and they come out looking like gerbil bedding.  Fabuloso.

One problem – this thing is SERIOUS work.  Sweaty, hot, back-breaking, skin-scraping work. I remembered to wear my gloves, but even with them, the thorns from the Buckthorn branches were killer.  Like I said, Jeff is still picking thorns and splinters out of his palms.  (Love you, buddy!).

We worked almost all day on Saturday and until the rain started yesterday – another 5 or 6 hours of work.  The worst part – we’re not even half-way done with the ONE side of the yard we had wanted to tackle in a day.  So…. I know what we’re doing every weekend in May!  But the Jams… LIKE A BOSS.  There are a few spots at the tips that are a little worn where they got scraped by the thorns or rocks, but for the most part?  Good to go! If you aren’t studying them, you’d never know!  MUCH better than any polish or lacquer manicure after a weekend of yard work! My cuticles need some serious TLC now from getting scratched by the thorny branches, but my nails are still looking great!

March Matteness after Yard Work
Left: My hands and my Jams after a few days of HARD yard clean-up! Right: Close-up to show near-perfect Jams, despite mangled cuticles and scratches from the Buckthorn branches!

Interested in learning more?  Check out the entire line of designs here! 

Jamberry Mail Day – aka – My Stylebox is Here!

March has always meant March Madness in this house.  Jeff will get out any screen that can be hooked up to the internet, subscribe to the channel that airs every single game, and sets up the TV room like it’s Mission Control.  Then – each screen is on a different game.  (I know – it’s crazy, but it’s only once a year.)  And the craziest part?  He actually FOLLOWS it; he knows the points, the rankings, the favored picks and the upsets.  For each game.  Every year.  Even if you don’t like basketball, it’s pretty impressive.

When Jamberry announced that the March Stylebox was named “March Matteness,” I knew I’d love it.  A play on words for March Madness??  Matte nail wraps?  Sign me up.  So today, my “mailbox got a little more stylish” (Jamberry’s ad-line, FYI).  March Matteness in the HOUSE!!!

March Stylebox 1

With the Stylebox subscription, you get a REALLY good deal.  You get at least $30 of Jamberry products, PLUS the necessary tools, AND free shipping, but for only $25.  You’re already getting a $5 discount on the Jams, then add in the tools, shipping, and styling tips and you’re getting a steal!  Jamberry has also said that going forward, all of the wraps or lacquers included in the Stylebox will be exclusive items – you won’t be able to find them in the catalog or order them at a later time!  So it’s like a secret little Jam o’ the Month Club.  Members only, peeps.

March Stylebox 2First out of the box – you get a styling card that tells you how to incorporate the designs into your “Signature Look” and the inspiration behind that month’s color and design scheme.
Stylebox 3In the box? Two EXCLUSIVE Jamberry products, a Jamberry file (these things are FANTASTIC = sturdy enough to even survive my two-year-old), and an orange stick.

Coming in for it’s close-up, March Matteness is GORGEOUS.  I love the spring pastels and the floral chevron.  And the matte finish is pretty – I like that it kind of mutes the design a bit, making it a bit more feminine and classic than a passing trend!
March Stylebox 4

Now – I say this as a basketball fan, born and raised on watching the Indiana Hoosiers and Bobby Knight.  So I don’t say this lightly.  I like March Matteness more than March Madness.  Just sayin’.  What do YOU think?  Did they “Nail It?”  Interested in more info on the Stylebox subscription?  It comes in 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions and you can give it as a gift – or just guarantee yourself a fun day at the mailbox.

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