Jamberry Nails Review & Giveaway

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Have you ever tried Jamberry Nails?  I’ve been hearing about them for years and finally gave it a shot.  I’ve only applied nail wraps/appliques once or twice before this (the last time was well over a year ago) so execution on my part was a little rough, but still not horrible.  I’m going to try again when I get a chance to see if I can get better at it.  I see lots of cute designs that I would love to try!

First things first – the independent consultant who provided the review items as well as the giveaway items was really awesome to work with!  My main concern was that I didn’t have a heat source (such as a blow dryer… and that’s right – I don’t own a blow dryer) and she let me know that Jamberry does have small heaters you can purchase if you don’t have a blow dryer or similar source.

Heat source

This is the heat source I received.  It actually looks like a mini room heater and works like one.  It plugs in and the red switch in front turns it on and off, pretty straight forward!

Appliques

These are the Jamberry Nails I decided on – Raspberry Sparkle.

Step by Step on Application

To get started, I made sure my nails were cleaned and prepped for best results.  You can apply the Jamberry Nails Wraps over polish, just make sure you apply a fresh coat of polish first.

Next, go through the wraps and match up the best width with each nail.  I only found that my pinkie didn’t really have a match.  The smallest wraps were too small, and the next largest were just a touch too wide.  The rest of the nails found their matches pretty quickly and easily.

I peeled off the nail wraps one at a time, used the mini heater to heat up the adhesive side of the wraps for about 6 seconds each so they were flexible.

While still warm, I pressed the wraps onto the desired nail and applied pressure all around to  get the wrap to adhere to the nails all around.  Once on, I used small cuticle scissors and cut the wraps down and then filed off the rest if the excess wrap with a file.  I assume a metal file would work best, but all I had are emery boards and glass files.  It took a bit to get the excess of with these files I have.  I only say a metal file would work better because I remember using one the last time I did wraps and it seemed easier.

After they are the desired length, apply heat again and press down on the wrap to make sure it’s on the nail good.

My results

Jamberry Applied

Overall they went on good… and the tip area actually looked really good until it came to filing excess off.  So I will say the ripples on top were user error.  I didn’t have a proper file to finish the job basically.  Those ripples were NOT there when I started filing down.

Aside from the ripples though, these stayed on my nails pretty well.  I tested them for 4 days (did you notice I had an over abundance of makeup, skin care, etc type posts the last several days?) this is why.  While my application job was rough, those babies were on there to stay.  When I was ready to remove, I soaked my nails for about 40 seconds in polish remover and gently rubbed them off.  My nails under were still in good condition and there was no nail wrap residue left behind.  Pretty fast and simple!

Price: $15.00 per sheet (each sheet has 3-4 applications)

Where to Buy: Laura Jackson’s Jamberry Nails Site

Make sure to follow Laura on Facebook for upcoming Jamberry Nails designs, tips & tricks!  Have a question before you buy?  Contact her!  She was awesome about answering my questions before and after I used the wraps!

Not only did Laura help me out with these Jamberry Nails wraps… she also offered a set of Jamberry Nails Wraps and a Jamberry Polish to giveaway!

The Giveaway

Prize

The prize for the giveaway is a set of Sapphire Blue Sparkle Jamberry Nail Wraps and a gorgeous polish in Kiss by Jamberry!

Rules are simple – must be 18 years or older to enter, or have the permission from a parent or guardian.

Open to all of my readers.

Complete all of the tasks.  I made them pretty straight forward and simple.  If all tasks are not completed, you will not be eligible to win.

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Nicole by OPI Announces NEW Limited Edition Roughles Textured Nail Lacquers

Nicole by OPI Announces NEW Limited Edition Roughles Textured Nail Lacquers

This March, Nicole by OPI launches Roughles (“ruffles”) — 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow.  When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish.   Roughles should be applied without a top coat to achieve a matte effect.

 “Chic pastels were a major trend throughout the runway collections at spring/summer 2014 shows and textured, matte nails are going to be one of the hottest looks this spring,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann,Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Wearing these feminine shades on fingers and toes is a refreshing take on this trend.  Pair these lacquers with candy colored fabrics and flirty floral prints to really make a statement!”

Roughles shades include:

I’m Stucco on You

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I terra-”cotta” have this textured purple on my nails!

Rock the Look

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The edgy side of girlie…a textured pink all your own.

On What Grounds?

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Stop in the name of this textured turquoise beauty!

Sand in My Shoe

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I “beacha” just love this grainy golden yellow in me.

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.  The 4 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning March 2014 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Duane Reade, Kroger, Kmart, Fred Meyer, CVS locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Rexall, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

About Nicole by OPI:

Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based on OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers.  Known for its celebrity collaborations and partnerships, the brand invites consumers to be creative and confident by expressing themselves through color. Currently, Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers, and serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.

365 Days of Color Celebration Swatch & Review

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Running just a little behind on this review!  365 Days of Color is continuing on with her 12 Months of Color!  If you don’t remember this, basically she will release a new shade every month that is exclusive to that month.  Because of a few minor things – January was delayed, so it is still available!

January brings us the top coat – Celebration!

Celebration

Celebration is a clear base with gold and silver shredded glitter within it.  I have gold shreds… and I have silver shreds… but I don’t have a mixed one so I was happy to get this one!  Celebration was easy to apply, I used 1 coat over a black creme for this photo to bring out both the gold and the silver!

Celebration CU

I love the concept of 12 Months of Color, and Sunny has been doing this for quite awhile now!  Every month I’m excited to see what she came up with, and so far she has not disappointed!

Price: $8.00 for Full Size, $4.50 Mini Size

Where To Buy:  365 Days Of Color Shop

Make sure you check out 365 Days of Color on Facebook for more reviews as well as sneak peek’s into future months polishes!

I have February’s color coming up soon as well as the new Spring Collection!  Keep an eye out, I’ll have those up soon!

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New Milani Baked Blush Delizio Pink and Bella Rosa Swatch, Review & Giveaway

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Milani Baked Blush

Milani has recently released their new items for 2014 and I have a ton of them to show you!

To start, lets take a look at the 2 new Milani Baked Blushes!  We have Bella Rosa and Delizio Pink.

Milani Baked Blush 2

Both gold compacts open up to reveal the blushes, but have a hidden flip up to store the blush applicator(I never use the brushes provided, but they aren’t bad if you are on the go!) as well as a mirror.

Baked Blush mirror and brush

I’m going to start off with my favorite of the two!

Delizio Pink

Baked Blush Open 2

Delizio Pink is the perfect pink for my skin tone!  This is a light matte pink.

Milani Baked Blush Swatch 2

Bella Rosa

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Bella Rosa is a medium matte rose shade.  I like this color but I have to use a REALLY light hand when applying.

Milani Baked Blush Swatch

Overview

Both of these Milani Baked Blushes have really good pigmentation, feel silky smooth and apply easily.  Delizio Rose is great for my skin tone, but Bella Rosa has to be applied with a light hand so it doesn’t look like I went nuts with the blush brush.  I like the compartment under the blush that houses a brush plus a mirror is always helpful!  These lasted all day on me and looked just as good when I was removing it at night as it did when I applied it that morning (about 14-15 hours of wear!)

For drugstore blushes – these are really awesome.  I’ve purchased high end blushes for upwards of 30 bucks that weren’t as good as these.

I have a TON of new Milani products to show you that are new for 2014, so stay tuned!

Price: $7.99

Where to Buy: CVS, Walgreens and Walmart as well as online at MilaniCosmetics.com

The Giveaway

Want to win your own set of Milani Baked Blushes in Delizio Pink and Bella Rosa?  Well just enter the quick and easy Rafflecopter Widget below!

Must be 18 years or older, or have consent from a parent or guardian.

Open to US and International entrants.

I basically got sent an extra set of these blushes to review, but since I already received them, the lovely people at Milani said to go ahead and hold a giveaway for them!  So make sure to thank Milani!

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Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara Review & Giveaway

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Many times over I have said I am a mascara junkie.  Whenever I hear about a new one, I need to try it.  You can only imagine my excitement when I was asked to review Younique 3D Fiber Lashes!

Lets start with packaging!

Younique case

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara arrive in what looks like a sleek black glasses type case.  I really liked the presentation of this!  It helps keep both tubes inside in one place (seriously, I have gotten 2 piece systems before and lost one half because I just kind of toss em when I’m in a hurry).

Open Case

Inside there are 2 inserts to hold the transplanting gel and fibers in place.

Ok onto the product!

Transplant Gel (Step 1)

Transplanting Gel

The Transplant Gel looks like your standard black mascara.  It applies as such as well.  The brush gets good separation of lashes and coats nicely.  I applied this to my lashes and and then started on the Natural Fibers!

Natural Fibers (Step 2)

Fiber Wand

This looks a little odd I know, but this is step 2 – Natural Fibers .  Once you’ve applied the Transplant Gel, you apply Natural Fibers just like you would regular mascara and the fibers cling to the gel.  It helps to make your lashes appear longer by sticking to the ends of your lashes.  It did took a minute to get the hang of this, but I think part of it was fear of fibers falling in my eyes (which didn’t happen).

Before & After

Before Lashes

Here are my natural lashes!  This is before I applied anything.

After lashes

Here are my lashes using Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara.

Overview

I’m thrilled with the results.  They lengthened my lashes like they said they would and it didn’t take much effort at all!  Weartime?  THE BEST!  I applied this around 7am on a Wednesday morning and kind of passed out when I got home and forgot to remove my makeup (shame on me!).  I woke up the next morning and not only were my lashes still perfect – but I didn’t even have any smudging or anything under my eyes.  On nights I didn’t pass out with it on, I removed with a cleansing oil quite easily.

Price: $29.00

Where to Buy: Younique Website

I know the price tag seems a little steep, but it is a good buy for sure!

Make sure to check out Kate from Younique on Facebook for more Younique products as well as reviews!

Want to try to win your very own 3D Fiber Lash Mascara?  Read on!

The Giveaway

This is open to EVERYONE!

Good luck and have fun!

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