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How To Remove Jamberry Nails

How to remove Jamberry nail shields in a few simple steps:

  1. Get your hair dryer ready. Warm up each nail shield about 15 seconds.
  2. The nail shield (or part of it) will peel off. Gently peel from the nail corner slowly.
  3. If it seems difficult to remove, repeat step 1 until it is removed completely, or do the gentle removal process below.
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Jamberry Gentle Removal Process

  1. Soak the Nail Shields in nail polish remover for 20-30 seconds and gently rub them off. Use a soaker tray for this.
  2. Soaking will break down the adhesive bond and allow them to easily slide of the nail bed.

After Removal

You can use alcohol/polish remover to clean your nails from residue. What I noticed when I remove Jamberry nails is some nail shields peeled off some nails with them. Although the peeling occurred, it didn’t weaken my nails. I was told by a Jamberry nail rep regarding this problem. Basically, many things can cause this. So apply cuticle oil often, buff gently and give rest for nails before applying another Jamberry shields set.

I’ll try the gentle removal process next time and see if this helps.

If you are interested in trying Jamberry nail shields, hosting a party or becoming a Jamberry consultant, feel free to visit my website at esther.jamberrynails.net

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How To Care For Your Gel Nail Polish Before It’s Too Late

daisy gel polish sachet pink 1136 color

Daisy Gel Sachet Pink #1136

It is not uncommon that gel polish may get thicker after a while. Here are a few suggestion on how to take care your gel nail polish. These suggestion are from CND website for caring Shellac but I think it works for all gel nail polish.

  • Shake the bottle thoroughly before each use to disperse the solvents which helps prevent evaporation and thickening
  • Close the cap firmly when not in use. This will prevent solvent from evaporating in between services. It may be necessary to clean the neck of the bottle after use to ensure a tight closure.
  • Do not expose the bottle to light without the cap firmly in place. Exposure to light can begin the curing process, this includes sunlight and table lamps.
  • Replace the cap any time you are not actually applying the product. This limits evaporation as well as exposure to light.
  • Use Shellac when the bottle is at room temperature. This will insure good consistency for application and eliminate fast evaporation of the solvents.

When in cold temperature, gel polish tends to be thicker than usual. Therefore, before application, let it stand in a normal temperature for a while.  Also another suggestion is to wrap it in a warm damp towel. Warm the towel first in microwave. Or you can also soak the polish in a warm water in bowl and wait for about 15 minutes.

So do you have any experience with thick gel polish or know the solution to it? Please share with us by leaving your comment below.

Jamberry Nails Review and Tutorial

shop jamberry nails After experimenting Jamberry nails for the first time, I am eager to write my review about Jamberry Nails (if you want to know what Jamberry Nails are, read “Jamberry Nails“)  and tutorial on how to apply the Jamberry nail shields. I used the manicure supplies and sample of Jamberry nails from the consultant kit. But you can purchase them at any nail supplies, such as EsthersNC.com. To purchase Jamberry nails, visit esther.jamberrynails.net.

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Jamberry Nail Review

First of all, I need to let you know why I like Jamberry Nails. We’ve been selling nail products for over 7 years now and there are always new products with new technologies pop up in the market. First there was regular nail polish. Then recently we have popular soak-off gel polish and shellac that revolutionize the application and durability of nail polish. With gel polish or shellac, application is easy and nail polish can stay up to 3 weeks on nails. This is amazing compare to regular nail polish that, if lucky, can stay 1 week.  The drawback is to do your manicure or pedicure at home you have to invest a lot of money in the beginning to buy more expensive nail polish and the lamp and the application can be overwhelming to some people.

shop jamberry nails Then Jamberry nails came to my attention recently. After I read its review on a blog, I was excited and thought this was a must-have product for people who love to do their nails at home. I became Jamberry Nails consultant right away because I wanted to offer it at Esther’s Nail Center. Unfortunately, Jamberry won’t allow its consultant to sell Jamberry products alongside other third-party products. So we have a separate store just for Jamberry Nails: esther.jamberrynails.net

What I like about Jamberry Nails compare to other products is that they are very easy to apply and remove. I read the instruction for my first nail. Afterwards I pretty much could remember almost all the steps.  Application has no harsh odor from nail polish, in fact no nail polish needed, it’s very easy on budget only $15 per sheet for 2 to 3 manicures, and long-lasting. It’s supposed to stay on finger nails for 2 weeks and toe nails for 6 weeks.

Drawbacks always exist with any product, including the popular CND Shellac or Gelish. What I find hard using Jamberry nails..ehm…ehm…is that it’s hard to cover completely your nail bed. My nail is wider on the tip. This leaves some tiny spaces that can’t be covered by the shield. If you look closely you can see it clearly. The other problem that I just notice is that it’s very difficult to apply the shield as French Manicure tip. Has to cut it precisely and the shield is easy to lift up. Maybe it’s just my lack of practice. So I hope in the next catalog Jamberry will release some French Manicure designs.

How To Apply Jamberry Nails

Step 1. Gather all your manicure supplies.

Jamberry nails review step 1

The supplies are alcohol, nail file, cuticle pusher, sharp small scissor, hair dryer, nail buffer block, Jamberry nail shields, and the instruction available on the back of the nail shields.

Step 2. Clean nails with nail polish remover or alcohol. (Clean, oil free nails are one of the most important steps of the application). I used Alcohol and it virtually has no odor (very low odor) so I felt comfortable working with it in a closed room.  I like to clean one nail at a time and apply a shield right away. That way I will make sure the nail is clean before applying a shield.

jamberry nails review wipe clean nails

Step 3: Buff top of the nail to remove the shine and prepare the nail bed for optimal result. Then, push back cuticle.

jamberry nails review buff nail bed

Step 4: Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail shield that best fits. It’s rather difficult to find a perfect match. If the paper is like a plastic transparent it would be easier I think. Basically, choose a shield in a size that won’t touch the cuticle area. If the shield covers the cuticle, it won’t stay long.

jamberry nails review select nail shield

Step 5: Cut and peel the nail shield. Cut it to the size you need. When peeling the shield, make sure sure you touch only the very edge of the shield that will be trimmed  to minimize oil or dirt on the adhesive. You can also use a tweezers. But I find using hand is easier.

jamberry nails review cut and peel

Step 6: Warm it with a blow-dryer 10-15 seconds or until soft and flexible.  I recommend to 20 second.

jamberry nails review heat nail shield

Step 7: When warm, press the shield onto the nail.  Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the shield to the nail.  Use cuticle pusher to seal the shield around the cuticle. Do step 7, twice or 3 times to ensure long-lasting application.

jamberry nails review press shield

Step 8: Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining shield using a downward motion to remove excess. Sometimes a strand of the shield comes out when you file. That’s okay. Keep filing until the edge of the shield clean. You can see that the shield sticks very neatly on the nail.

jamberry nails review cut nail shield

jamberry nails review  file nail

Step 9: Apply heat and pressure to the shield again. Repeating this step several times helps create a tight seal to the nail surface and increases wear time. I would do this twice before I move on the next one. No top coat needed. You’re ready to go.

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Final Result

DAY 1

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jamberry nails

I was amazed at how easy to apply the nail shields. I noticed after a few minutes the shield on my pinky lifted a bit. So I warmed the shield and apply pressure on it. I am not sure why this happened. Maybe it needed more of the heat-and-pressure step.

The next day, half of the shield on my pinky started to lift. However, since the tip part still stuck to the nail, the shield still looked good. The only problem was my hair sometimes got trapped underneath the shield so my hair got pulled many times.

DAY 6

jamberry nails review day 6 right hand

Right Hand

jamberry review day 6 left hand

Left Hand

On day 4, the shield on one pinky peeled off without hurting my nail. The photos above shows the nail shields after 6 days. I use my right hand much more than my left hand. As you can see there are more tear and wear signs on the right ones. I noticed the shields around the cuticle on some nails started to lift off, causing my hair, lints, fabric strands got trapped underneath them.

I really want to change my nails but I just have to be patient to see if Jamberry nails stand up to its claim.

I’ll update this post to report how long Jamberry nails shields stay on my nails. Thanks for staying tune and feel free to comment below.

DAY 14

On day 14, I took the shield that covered my pointer finger because my hair always got trapped under it.  So after constant hair-pulling, I finally peeled it off. However, I was totally amazed on how some of the shields stayed after 14 days.

jamberry nails on day 14

You can see from the photo my nails’ growth. The shields started to lift off especially near the cuticle area. However, on the free edge, the shields sealed very well. I shouldn’t have peeled the shield as it strip off  a little layer of my nail.

In summary, Jamberry nail shields really can stay up to 2 weeks on some nails but not all kind of nails. It also depends on the application process.

So what to do if some nail shields peel off? Just apply nail polish to fill the empty spot or re-apply the shield. Applying nail shield shouldn’t take long so in a few minutes you’ll be ready to go.

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Nail Polish and UV Lamp Bulbs Disposal

Whether you have boxes and boxes of nail polishes in your closet or just a few in your drawer, we all eventually have to throw away some of them. With the rising of gel nail polish and uv lamp consumption, we have to know the proper way of nail polish disposal.

Nail polish and uv lamp bulbs are categorized as household hazardous waste because they contain chemicals that are hazardous to health and environment. Therefore, they need to be disposed in a different way than regular garbage.  In California, nail polish and bulbs are not allowed to be dumped into the dumpster but we need to dispose them in a special facility that accept this kind of waste. For more information about this, please read “How to Dispose Your Nail Polish Properly“.

Another way is to reuse nail polish in different ways. Read “15 Alternative Uses for Nail Polish” to get some ideas. Let us take care the earth by disposing nail polish in a proper way.

How to Remove Shellac Nail Polish

This is the second article in a series:  CND Shellac application and removal. Read the first article about how to apply CND Shellac nail polish that you can do at home. The demonstration was done by CND Education Ambassador, Michele Huynh, who is also a nail technician at a salon at Del Mar, CA.

How to Remove Shellac Nail with Wraps

Products:

  1. Pure Acetone
  2. CND Shellac Remover Wraps
  3. Nail Wipes
  4. Wood Cuticle Stick
  5. Cuticle Oil

1. Before removal

cnd shellac rock royalty

Just want to show one of my nail sporting CND Shellac Rock Royalty before removal. This was 2 coats.

2. Wrap the nail with CND Shellac Remover Wraps. Make sure to saturate the cotton pad with Pure Acetone first. Then, place wrap under finger and fold the pad over nail and wrap around finger ensuring a tight, snug fit. Secure wrap with adhesive tab. The CND logo should be on top of the nail.  Leave wrap for 10 minutes.

how to remove shellac nail polish with wrap

3. Using a twisting motion, slowly pull wrap from the nail.

how to remove shellac nail polish twisting the wrap

4. This is how the nail looks after pulling the wrap. There is still a lot of residue.

how to remove shellac nail polish afterwrap

5. Gently slide off any remaining polish with an orangewood stick. Be careful not to scrape away the surface layers of the natural nail plate. Don’t use metal pusher as it will scrape the layer of the nail.

how to remove shellac nail polish orangewood stick

6. Wipe clean nail with lint-free nail wipe saturated with Acetone. Now the nail is clean and ready for another nail polish application. Or use and massage Cuticle Oil on nail if no nail polish will be applied.

how to remove shellac nail polish after removal

My nail is as clean as the others. Removal was a breeze with Shellac Remover Wraps. CND Shellac removal is best done with Shellac remover wraps. She strongly discouraged soaking nails with Acetone because it will make the nail and cuticle dry. Thus it will create problem of weak and splitting nails in the future.

If you are wondering what color she used, it was Moonlight & Roses over Asphalt. Here is her nails.

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Using a pump bottle like this will minimize messy application.

Sounds easy to do? It sure is. Removing shellac nail polish is supposed to be easy. No filing, no damage to the nail bed. All CND Shellac polish, wraps and pure acetone are available at Esther’s Nail Center. Visit us for CND Shellac products, Gelish, Daisy Gel and other manicure pedicure supplies.

How to Apply Shellac Nail Polish

This is the first article in a series on  CND Shellac application and removal. Read the second article about how to remove CND Shellac nail polish. This series is intended to help you do it yourself at home.

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Recently I was blessed to participate in a CND Shellac Workshop because I got ‘shellacked’ by an experienced CND Education Ambassador, Michele Huynh.

She did a demonstration on how to apply and remove CND Shellac nail polish.  Her application was flawless and removal was a breeze.  My nail (only one nail got done) looked great. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to know how long it would stay since my shellac was removed the same day…:-(..It had to, so I can show you all on how to remove Shellac.

How to Apply Shellac Nail Polish

1. File edge of the nail with 240-grit nail file, to shape the nail. With CND Shellac, you would never file your nail bed.

how to apply shellac nail polish file nail edge

 

2.  Push back and clean cuticles with cuticle pusher. Notice that this is a dry manicure.

how to apply shellac nail polish - push cuticle

 

how to apply shellac nail polish - push cuticle

 

3. Cut any hang nails or cuticle if necessary with cuticle nipper.

how to apply shellac nail polish - cut hang nails

 

4. Wipe clean nail with lint-free nail wipe soaked with CND Scrubfresh.

how to apply shellac nail polish - apply scrubfresh

 

5. Shake, shake vigorously the Shellac Base Coat so the ingredients mix well.

how to apply shellac nail polish - shake shellac base coat

 

6. Apply a thin coat of Shellac Nail Base Coat. The key to get a good result is to apply every layer thinly, said Michele.

how to apply shellac nail polish - apply shellac base coat

 

7. Cure under 36-watt Shellac UV Lamp for 10 seconds. Make sure your middle finger touch the end of the tunnel before starting the process.

how to apply shellac nail polish - cure under 36 watt uv lamp

 

8. Apply a thin layer of Shellac nail polish. In this case, I used Rock Royalty. And cure for 2 minutes under Shellac 36-watt UV lamp. To clean the messy polish application on the cuticle or skin, just use the wood cuticle stick to wipe clean. Do it before curing the polish.

 

9. Apply another thin layer of Shellac nail polish. And cure for 2 minutes. If necessary, you can apply an extra layer for dark coverage.

how to apply shellac nail polish - apply thin color

 

10. Apply a thin layer of Shellac Top Coat. And cure for 2 minutes.

how to apply shellac nail polish - apply thin top coat

 

11. Wipe clean the nail with lint-free nail wipe soaked with 99% Alcohol. It has to be 99% Alcohol. If less than 99% it won’t show the full shine. After wiping, the polish should be dry, hard and not tacky.

how to apply shellac nail polish - wipe alcohol

 

12. Apply and massage Solar cuticle oil on nails. And here’s  CND Shellac nail polish Rock Royalty.

cnd  shellac rock royalty

cnd  shellac rock royalty

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Tips on CND Shellac Application

I also asked her some questions I often heard regarding CND Shellac application. To keep it short, I’ll just post the answer below:

  • It’s not uncommon to hear customers complain about her nails getting dry after using CND Shellac. Michele suggests to use CND Solar Oil every day to combat this problem. If Solar Oil is used often, there shouldn’t be problem of dry or splitting nails.
  • Regarding nails that are not cured properly, check the bulbs. Perhaps one of the bulbs is out. Also on CND Shellac 36-watt UV lamp, you can press the Reset button to see how many hours left for the current bulbs. Also shake, shake shellac coats or polish to make sure the ingredients mix well.
  • Her choice for French Manicure is Cream Puff or Studio White (an off-white) for the white tip and Clearly Pink and Romantique (more opaque) for the pink. Here’s her French Manicure with Studio White and Clearly Pink.
    cnd shellac french manicure
  • Using less than 99% Alcohol won’t show the full shine of Shellac. Make sure when buying, you get only the 99% Alcohol.
  • For customers with weak or splitting nails who want to use Shellac nail polish, she advices to use Brisa Gel as a foundation before using Shellac. The purpose is to strengthen the nails before applying Shellac.

Finally, take a look at these photos on Shellac colors and products that were used.

I noticed using pump bottles like these make application process less messy and easier.

shellac nail products used

CND Shellac Moonlight Roses over Asphalt. Michele was sporting this color. If you like this color, take a look at other photos above. Those purple nails are hers.

cnd shellac asphalt moonlight roses

That pretty red nail is Red Baroness. Two coats with a Top Coat.

cnd shellac red baroness

You can get all these products at Esther’s Nail Center. We have all new CND Shellac Fall 2011 colors in-stock. Check us out.

Nail Art Design with Chanel Decal

I just found a nail art blog that I am so sure to keep it in my bookmarks. Prettyfulz (http://prettyfulz.blogspot.com) is a very talented nail artist with beautiful nail designs. I’d like to post one of her nail art design here, the Chanel nail art design and video tutorial using Chanel logo nail decal.

Chanel Decal Nail Art Design

Just to let you know that we have 14K Nail Decal Chanel here in the store. We also have a new Gold metal decals that can be used for this design.

Chanel Logo Nail Sticker

14K Nail Decal Chanel

Gold Decal Nail Art in Wheel

Gold Decal for Nail Art

And here’s the video tutorial on how she did it. Enjoy!

Reverse French Manicure

I  love to see this tutorial for Reverse French Manicure from The Cherry Blossom Girl blog, because it’s so classy, chic, seems easy and the photos are beautiful. So I think you should check it out. I put the final photo here so you can see what I am talking about.

Classy Reverse French Manicure

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