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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jamberry Vintage Chic Nails

This post is a tutorial and a review for the Vintage Chic nail wraps that I got from Jamberry consultant Allison Bowers (IG: @bethephenix). It was my first time using nail wraps, and I was surprised with how easy the process was. Another reason why I'm loving these is because I would never be able to paint these myself even though I am good at nail art! 

Here are the things you will need:
1. Clean your nails. Apply the alcohol on a cotton ball and clean your nails with it. It important for your nails to be completely clean before applying the wraps. If you have any nail polish on, take it off first using a nail polish remover. 
2. Push back the cuticle. You can use the cuticle pusher, or if it doesn't work well for you then you could try using a cuticle removing gel.
3. Match the nail wraps. See which of the nail sizes fits the best and stick the edge of it on your nail really lightly, just to cut it off the right way. Don't cut it exactly by the shape of your nail yet, this will be done a little later.
3. Warm the wrap with a blow dryer. Peel off the nail wrap from your nail and warm it up with a blow dryer for 10-15 seconds, or until it's soft and flexible. Tip: try to hold it using one of those bottom edges that you are going to cut off later.
4. Apply it on the nail. Press on it for it to stick better, especially around the edges. You could also use the cuticle pusher for this. The nail wrap usually wont stick perfectly right away, so heat it up more using blow dryer again after it's already on your nail.
5. Trim the edges. Use small scissors (or a nail clipper) to cut off extra pieces of the wrap on the bottom. Then file off any excess on the sides or on the bottom using a nail filer. Make sure you file off all of the extra pieces! I didn't file it well enough, and there was a small piece on the bottom of my nail, so the nail started to unstick after a day. I had to file it again and use the blow dryer on it again, so you should try to file it perfectly from the beginning. 
6. Plastic baggie. This step will help with sealing the wraps more, and making them stick better to the edges. Get a plastic bag, and wrap it around your nail. Use a blow dryer to heat up your nail while it's wrapped in the baggie. This is an important step especially if your nails are curvy. 
Here's how it looked after I was done with the baggie step. I had a small leftover piece that would have been too small for any nail, so I decided to turn it into a French mani for my ring finger. 
After I was done applying all the nail wraps, I noticed small bubbles on the sides and top parts of some nails. Most of them were really small and invisible except for the ones on my thumb, so I researched on it, and found out that I could use my hair iron on the edges to get rid of the bubbles. 
7. Flat iron (optional). I thing I got those bubbles on the edges because my nails are really curvy, so if yours are flat, or if you don't really get the bubbles, it's better to skip this step. If you do decide to do this, be really careful! Don't burn your fingers! Put your hair iron's setting on the lowest, and don't keep it at one part of the nail for too long. 
This step did make the bubbles go away completely, so what I did next was making my ring finger look fancier. I applied 2 layers of a clear coat, and then put on 5 pieces of glitter on the edge of the wrap using a toothpick. 

Vintage Chic nails with a matching minty floral skirt:
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My matching OOTD:

And another Mint OOTD (from few months ago which I never got to post):

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