Online parties are great for reaching a bunch of people, being introduced to something new without having to wear pants, and pretending that there’s a really serious reason that you HAVE to be on Facebook or Pinterest. All night.
But there’s one problem – pictures of the catalog don’t do justice to the designs, colors, and possibilities for products. Many times, I’m left thinking…
Yeah – But what does it *actually* look like?
Of course the catalog picture is beautiful. And of course the designs look gorgeous on the hand models in staged pictures. But what about in real life?!? What do the colors actually look like when not in a beautiful color blob? Well, for all you nail lacquer and polish girls, check THESE out!
I’ve had the TruShine gel enamel system since July, when consultants were allowed to purchase at the National Conference. I’m really glad I did – it’s given me time to trouble-shoot, try out different combinations and colors, and get the removal process perfected – all before it was released to the public.
Here’s my review from application through removal!
First, a confession. I LOVE the Jamberry wraps. I love the designs, which I would never be able to achieve on my own. But the wraps with the sparkle finish just never lasted very long for me. After about a week, they just didn’t look great. I’ve never had issues with any of the other designs or finishes – JUST the sparkle wraps. So that was my first real test of the gel system: layering it OVER a sparkly wrap and seeing if it actually helped them last longer.
Applying Jamberry’s TruShine Enamel over Jamberry Wraps
1. Apply the Jamberry Nail Wraps:
So much easier than you think. And a lot less time-consuming than you’d think, too! First, apply your Jamberry nail wraps as you normally would. Remember – prep is essential! Make sure you get all of the oils off of your cuticles, nail beds, and hands before applying. Also, and this is **especially important** for layering the gel over the wraps, make sure you can see a bit of your nail all along the edge of the wrap. Don’t let any of the wrap touch your skin, or you WILL get lifting.
2. Lightly Buff the tops and tips of the wraps.
Seriously – just do it 🙂 The gel needs a little somethin’ to grip and adhere too. If you’re applying the gel enamel directly to your nails, you STILL need to buff your nails. Then, wipe your nails with an alcohol wipe or cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol. This cleans any dust and oils that may have accumulated while you were prepping and buffing.
3. Apply the TruShine BASE coat.
Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle – which includes shaking it to mix the enamel inside. Then, taking care to only paint your nail bed and leaving room around your cuticles, apply one THIN coat of the TruShine base coat. This is VERY important for getting a long-lasting gel manicure that will cure properly – you MUST use THIN coats. “Cap” the tips of your nails to create a strong seal all along the tips. Don’t skip this step- it really does cut down on the chips and increase the durability of your manicure. Wipe off any excess around your cuticles or under your nails with an orange stick.
Cure the base coat in the Jamberry LED-light for 45 seconds/ (The light will automatically turn off.)
4. If using a color coat, apply the color enamel.
If you’re applying the TruShine over nail wraps, you’ll skip this step. If you’re using one of the TruShine color coats, apply one THIN coat, capping the tips as you did when applying the base coat. Again, wipe off any excess with an orange stick and then cure. Apply additional coats until the desired color is achieved, curing after each color coat.
5. Apply the TruShine Top Coat.
This is the step that you will have to REALLY concentrate on getting thin coats. The top coat is a thicker formula than both the base and color coats, so just be aware of that as you’re applying. Cure the top coat in the light.
6. Wipe! Go ahead – it’s okay!
It won’t smear. After you’ve cured the top coat, you’re ready to wipe off the “tackiness” and be left with an extremely glossy, rock-hard manicure. I like to use the Jamberry alcohol wipes (they come in the kit!). If you don’t have them, a lint-free cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol will do the trick.
Pro Tips for Application:
Shake the bottle!
Apply thin coats – three thin coats look much better and cure more evenly than a couple of thick coats.
Apply start-to-finish with your fingers, THEN go back and do your thumbs together. This way your thumbs don’t cure at an angle in the light, as they would if you tried to do your entire hand at the same time.
Use the Jamberry light. While other lights may cure the polish to the right hardness, other lights may cause the TruShine gel to shrink or discolor.
Applying the base and top coats over Jamberry wraps makes the wraps last up to two weeks longer – and makes removal EASY and gentle.
Removing Your Jams when UNDER TruShine Gel Enamel.
I’ve posted this video before, but here it is with the rest of my review. This is what I REALLY loved, and why I’m a true believer in the TruShine product now. As I said before, the sparkle wraps just never worked as well for me. They lifted at the tips after a week or so and occasionally I’d snag my hair in the edges. I NEVER had this issue with any of the other styles.
With the TruShine layered on top, I got two weeks of wear from these Cosmos sparkly wraps, which I changed ONLY because I got bored. SOLD.
Does the gel damage your nails? Do the wraps damage your nails? How do you take them off?
I get these questions all the time from people who are curious about Jamberry products, but haven’t given them a try yet. Lately, I’ve been absolutely hooked on layering the Jamberry wraps with the TruShine gel enamel system. I love the look of the wraps, the extra durability and strength from the gel, and the ease of removal.
That’s right – an EASY removal with a gel manicure. What?
Here’s the secret! Love a Jamberry design? Put in on FIRST like a normal Jamicure, then apply the TruShine base and top coats as normal – layered OVER the wraps. You get a diamond-hard glossy top coat that will protect your nails – and still be a gorgeous and fun manicure.
Then, because you’ve layered the gel on the WRAP, and not your nail bed, you can remove the whole shebang just like removing wraps. I tested it out after hearing about this magic – check it out!
MAGIC. Take a look at my nails after I’ve removed the wraps. No flaking, no white spots, no cracks. Like I said in the video, there are very few things that I really try to “upsell,” as most people call it. Orange sticks? Get them at a drugstore. Rubbing alcohol wipes? Same. Buy ’em in bulk. But the LACQUER REMOVER. It’s WORTH it. When I use Jamberry’s lacquer remover, my nails are healthy, strong, and moisturized. The wraps come off in seconds with no resistance or pulling. It’s acetone-free, so it’s not drying on my cuticles. If there’s ONE product that you COULD get elsewhere on the cheap but SHOULDN’T, it’s the lacquer remover. Trust, girls. Trust. You can find it here!
So there you have it! An easy damage-free way to wear gel, have the look that only Jamberry can give you, all while saving money by doing it at home!
Remember – this is JUST for when you’re wearing the gel on top of your Jams, NOT when you have the gel directly on your nails. ***If you have a straight-up gel-only TruShine manicure, you’ll need to follow the soak-off removal process that I’ve shown you before. It takes about 10 minutes – and is WORTH it to be able to do it at home, with zero damage, and the only person you have to tip is yourself!! ***
My little girl is one of the GIRLIEST girls that I’ve ever encountered. She’s also one of the most colorful and uh…fashion risk-taking. And I love it. Why wear one tutu when you can wear 4? Why were one headband when you love all 5 with a particular outfit? Leg-warmers? Those go on arms. Pink Hair? Don’t care. Nails? Gotta do ’em.
Mommy and Me Jamicures – Because I’m *THAT* Mom
Amelia has been asking for us to be “Matcher Matchers” with our nails for a while now. (Matcher Matchers = exactly what it sounds like. We match.) But then she usually picks out something that even I’m a little gun-shy about wearing. But this time, she asked to be Matcher Matchers AND picked out something pretty cute for us to try. So we got down to business with some serious Mommy-and-Melia time.
Amelia picked the pattern – One “Tropical Mirage,” one “Mini Teal Polka.” Repeat. Love it!
Whenever I do Amelia’s Jams, I always take a few extra steps to make sure they’ll stay on through the craziness of her days. Here’s my go-to tips for making sure your little one is going to get more than a week from her Jamberry Juniors:
Wash their hands really well with dish soap. The good kind. Like the kind you use if you’ve been frying something and your house is covered in cooking oil. Little kids seem to have super oily nail beds – and this is actually a gentle way to get them prepped!
Cuticles, cuticles, cuticles. If I haven’t done Amelia’s nails for awhile, her cuticles will cover almost half of her nail. NO JOKE. No matter your age, cuticles and Jams don’t mix. You just won’t get a good seal. So you really do need to take the time to push back the cuticles on their (and your!) nail beds. Also – you’ve just washed their hands really well, so their nice and soft and ready to be pushed back.
Heat the wrap, THEN apply it to your kiddo. This isn’t so much for the application success, but more so that I don’t have to aim a heater at her little hands.
Clip – don’t file. Nail clippers on little fingers and toes makes a fast, smooth, and easy job of removing the excess on the tip of the nail.
So how did the Juniors last?
We did Amelia nails on July 30th. After a few days in a row of half-day preschool and a couple of play dates, they looked like this:
And as of August 9th, here are Amelia’s as I was typing up this post: Still on, but definitely a little grubby. But that’s from “helping” in the garden, not so much the Jams themselves!
Okay lady, you have “TruShine” in the title of the post….That’s the only reason I’m here.
I’m like a kid in a candy store right now with the new TruShine gel system. I’ve tried it solo and on top of a wrap or two, but I really wanted to see how long it would last layered over Jams for an entire manicure. It’s magical. Have trouble with lifting tips? Solved. Like the thickness of gel? Need a little more strength than Jams alone? SOLVED.
As of today, not one chip, not one dent, and NO lifting at the free edge or the cuticles of my Jams. Just glossy, glossy goodness. I have to say – I’m impressed, ESPECIALLY for an at-home system. And ESPECIALLY since I haven’t painted my own nails now in about a year (since I first tried Jamberry wraps).
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I just got back from Jamberry’s International Conference, where we were treated to some MAJOR sneak peeks at products to come! The BIGGEST reveal?? Jamberry’s very own line of LED-cured gel polish! We got to sample some of the new colors to be offered (Sparkles, too! Whoop!) along with the gel application process. Plus… everyone at conference was able to purchase a kit to try out before it’s released in September. It totally felt like (what I imagine) being at Oprah’s “My Favorite Things” show. “You get a gel kit! You get a gel kit! Everyone gets a gel kit!”
Trying Jamberry’s TruShine Gel for the First Time
My initial thoughts? REALLY like it. Glossy, glossy, glossy! My only complaint – I have to get used to painting my nails again because I’m so used to just wearing the Jamberry wraps! But that’s on me – not the product! Overall, I love the results of my first attempt.
Here’s the kicker – you can layer it on top of or under your wraps as well. I layered it OVER the Mother’s Day exclusive in my first go-round. I love the glossy look, the thickness of the gel, and the extra durability above-and-beyond that of the wrap. I really like that the light is LED rather than UV and has an auto-timer. Plus, the kit has some great value – you get manicure tools, soak-off gel remover pads, cuticle oil (total necessity when you have gel nails!), etc. I haven’t used the remover pads yet, so I can’t weigh in on those!
I know my pics are pretty crummy (I was too excited about trying it out for the first time!). Here’s another consultant’s first attempt – she’s obviously been “polishing” up her skills. See what I did there?
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