Monday, July 16, 2012

The "Rice Bag" Method

I just tried out the new “rice bag” method for applying my Jamberry Nails and I LOVE IT!!  Okay, they were pretty easy to apply with the hairdryer but I’m always one for finding the most convenient way.  I love that I can sit in my bed at night, while my husband watches TV, and I can do a full manicure without the smell bugging him, then go right to bed.  Sound good?  Well, with no dry time using Jamberry Nail Shields and by applying them with a warm rice bag, that is exactly how quick and easy it is.

If you’re familiar with applying Jamberry Nails, then you prep your nail as usual—clean, push cuticles, file, buff and clean again with alcohol or nail polish remover to get all the oils off.  Pick your favorite shields, cut the size you need and apply it to your nail.  Now, take a rice bag—like the kind you use for warmth in the winter (I’ll tell you more about how to get them in a bit) heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute (depending on the size of bag you have), use the warm bag to apply pressure and smooth your nail shield on.  I think you get better adhesion with this method than with the hairdryer and I think it’s even easier than the dryer! Depending on how quick you work, you might have to heat it a couple of times.
I am going to be making a bunch of these little babies and using them at my parties to demo, as well as hostess gifts.  One of my downlines has even started selling her little hand warmer creations, which double as Jamberry Nail Shields applicators.  I love it!  Based on her recommendation, I actually used flax seed instead of rice because they are flatter than rice grains and I liked the way the bag lays when stuffed with them.  You can use either (instant rice is NOT recommended).  To try it out, I just put some in an old baby sock, tied a knot in it and heated it up.  Worked like a dream.  Now I’m going to make more (that aren’t baby socks).

And I love this pattern better than any I’ve tried so far!  Exotic Paisley is just lovely!  So feminine and summery—goes with about anything I would wear this time of year.  Remember, you can order directly from my website at   Order three and get one FREE—what a deal!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Manicures for a Cause

One the things I love about Jamberry Nails is their commitment to charity.  Currently, Jamberry Nails offers four lovely designs that help bring awareness to specific issues, as well as donates money to their causes.  The first is Autism Awareness.

My Jamberry Nails have always been attention 
getters and great conversation starters.  With this nail shield, it's a great way to bring awareness to Autism, start conversations about why Autism awareness is important to you, and a way to raise money for the Autism Society.  Jamberry Nails will donate $2.00 for each sheet of the Autism Awareness shields to the Autism Society.  Make a statement with your manicure, help raise money for an important cause and start a conversation about Autism.

I've seen these shields look fabulous applied to just a thumb or index finger with a lovely solid blue (blue for Autism awareness) or red on the other fingers.  I love how colorful these shields are and how they help bring awareness to an important cause.

The second charity is the American Cancer Society and this feminine pattern raises Breast Cancer awareness.  Again, Jamberry Nails will donate $2.00 from the sale of each sheet.  These are lovely and another great conversation starter when people catch sight of your manicure.

The third charity is one I had never heard of.  I was so excited to learn more about their program.  The Pay it Forward (PIF) movement is a charity that promotes compassion and care on a personal, one-to-one level and encourages each person touched by an act of kindness, to carry on a kindness to someone else. It's an amazing charity and you can learn more about it by visiting their website at

 Again, $2.00 from each sheet purchased will go toward this charity and you will also receive PIF wristband with your purchase.  I think the black and white pattern is classy but I really love the color.  This is a great way, especially paired with the wristband, to bring awareness to and help support an AMAZING charity.  

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