The WAY Overdue TruShine Review!

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.

My “Cosmos” nail wraps on Day 2. The Jamberry Base and Top coats made them extra glossy – and NO lifting at all on the tips!
Cosmic Ice Cream
Day 11 or 12 – I can’t remember which! I just remember that it was an ice cream sandwich kind of day 😉

Pro Tips for Application:

  1.  Shake the bottle!
  2. Apply thin coats – three thin coats look much better and cure more evenly than a couple of thick coats.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

*** This method will ONLY work when you have Jamberry wraps on your nails, under the gel.  If you have gel directly on your nail beds, please check out my first post on the removal process! 

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.

The Basic Application for Jamberry Nail Wraps

Because everyone’s nails, nail beds, and skin are different, there are hundreds of ways to “tweak” your application when applying your Jams to get the “best” Jamicure for YOU.  When you’re first practicing and trying out the wraps, the best thing is to start simple!

If you’re just starting with Jamberry Nail Wraps, start with the Basic Application

This is a SHORT video showing the most basic application method – and it’s actually Jamberry’s recommended method.  It’s fast, easy, and when done correctly, will ensure that your gorgeous manicure lasts for up to two weeks (or more!).

Step-By-Step For the Basic Jamberry Application

  1. Nail prep – Don’t skip it!  Wash your hands with dish soap, swipe them with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any oils or lotions that just won’t LET IT GO.  Get ’em clean, dry, and oil-free!
  2. Push back your cuticles.  Trust.  It takes a couple of minutes, but means the difference between your Jams lasting two days and two weeks.  **This is the main reason why your wraps will lift, peel off, or not get a good seal!**
  3. Size Matters – Pick the wrap that’s slightly SMALLER than your nail so that it doesn’t overlap your cuticles or skin.
  4. Cut it in half, heat it up.
  5. Place it on your nail, rounded edge against your cuticle, but not touching.
  6. Press down and smooth it out like your life depends on it.  Or, the life of your manicure.
  7. Let it cool.  (DON’T SKIP!  The wrap stretches a bit when warm – as it cools, it will shrink a tiny bit – and you don’t want to be filing when it’s still warm!)
  8. File of the excess by filing straight down.
  9. Flaunt what Jamberry gave ya.

Have super curved nails?  Dome-shaped nails? Be sure to follow the blog over the next few weeks! 

I’ll be posting short how-tos of several little “tweaks” that you can add in to your application to get the best application for you!

Treat Yo’Self – with this 1-2 Pampering Punch!

One of the common questions I get about Jamberry Nails is, “But don’t you like going to the salon? It’s so nice to just do for yourself!”  Nope.  With the nail and hand care products from Jamberry in the new Spring Catalog, you can give yourself an indulgent manicure AT HOME – with salon-quality results!  The trick is to use the right tools and the right products, in the right way!

Here’s how you Treat Yo’Self with the Jamberry Nails 1-2 Punch: 

Treat Yo Self 2First: Nail Prep.  Using Jamberry’s Lacquer Remover and Cuticle Remover Pen, you can prepare and clean your nails to a silky blank canvas.  Jamberry’s Lacquer Remover is AH-MAZING.  I’ve heard other girls talking about it on my team and wondered if it could live up to their hype.  Yup.  The packing is really great – the pump-top helps speed things along and keeps my clumsiness a non-issue.  The remover doesn’t have the overpowering scent that most do (my husband basically wants to leave the State of Illinois when I take polish off of my nails with regular remover), and it works FAST.  Like lightning fast.  And check out just how easy it is to remove your Jamberry wraps with it!!

Next, and this is a crucial step: cuticle care!  We’re all blessed with cuticles, some more mangled than others.  (Like mine.) Even if you’re just using a nail lacquer or polish and not Jamberry wraps, this is step not to be skipped if you want all of your hard work to last!!  Pushing back or removing your cuticles – whether you can see them or not, will reap huge rewards when it comes to the longevity of your Jams or polish!

I tried Jamberry’s new Cuticle Remover Pen for the first time this week.  I’m IMPRESSED.  Shout-Caps-Lock-IMPRESSED.  My nails actually look like I’ve just been to the spa for some serious manicure intervention.   If you’ve never used a cuticle remover before, here’s how to do it, the Jamberry way:

How to Use the Jamberry Cuticle Remover Pen

Second: Indulge your Hands.  Using Jamberry’s Cuticle Oil and the Indulgence Hand Care line, moisturize and cleanse your hands with rich and luxurious emollients.  This is the biggest reason why I don’t miss the salon.  Well, other than not having to tip, find a baby-sitter, hope that the pedicure baths have been cleaned this year, and above all, the price tag.  So I guess there are a lot of things I don’t miss about the salon.  But…this is a big one!

Jamberry’s Indulgence Hand Care line is nothing short of it’s name: Indulgent!  My favorite is the “Buff” sugar scrub, which has coconut oil as it’s main ingredient.  It leaves my hands silky and soft – and even after several post diaper-change hand-washings, I can still feel how moisturized my hands are.  A huge number of my customers are in love with the “Nourish” hand cream – my go-to gift for this most recent holiday season.  (Have I mentioned how much I love the consultant discount??  Gift shopping just got a whole lot cheaper!).  Replace a trip to the salon with the Buff and Nourish – for manis and pedis- and you’ll be a believer!

  Indulgence Nourish Promo

There you have it – my “recipe” to treat yo’self to a pampering Jamberry Nails session. I haven’t missed the salon experience once since my sister-in-law introduced me to the Jamberry way o’ life.  And to be perfectly honest, I have NEVER found those massage chairs comfortable – and I end up with the massage rollers stuck mid-shoulder blade.  Nope – don’t miss it.

Find the Indulgence Boxed Set and Nourish Hand Cream Here!

Find all of the Nail Care Products – Cuticle Remover, Lacquer Remover, and Cuticle Oils here!