Nailtini makes these little acetone-free soaked nail polish remover squares called Cocktail Napkins. Cute huh? Goes great with their brand name! They also contain cuticle conditioners that clean your nails and get them in prime condition for their next nail cocktail. This container comes with 40 squares!
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Before
     Here you can see my nails with polish on them. Plus they have a strengthener, ridge filler and base coat! All you have to do is take one of the little squares and hold it on your nail for a few seconds then rub off all the nail polish. These worked surprisingly really well! I only ended up using three squares total for both hands! So you I'm estimating you can take off about 13-14 manicures with just one container.
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I used 3 wipes total for both hands
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After
     I found them to work great, I didn't have to rub on my nail hard either to take off all the polish either. These are great to save time too because you don't have to constantly keep applying polish remover to cotton balls. I also plan to put this in my purse incase a nail starts chipping because I'll just take it off with one of these squares and reapply the polish because I don't know about you but I can't stand when a nail is chipping. Painting over the tip where the paint has chipped off doesn't work for me either so the travel aspect of this is great.
     They can get a little messy though. After you get off a good amount of polish on one square it can get over your skin a little but doesn't stain it. So that's something to be careful about, put down paper towel. I do absolutely love the smell of this though. It's citrusy and doesn't dry my nails and skin out like regular polish remover does. Oh an not to mention there is no more getting yelled at because my dad doesn't know when I'm doing my nails because he can't smell that harsh polish remover stench that gives him migraines! 

$12/pack

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     My nails were in some serious need of help. I own a bunch of colors of polish but don't have anything else really. And then I wonder why I get so mad because my nails are always chipping. That's why I got excited when MASH Nails let me try their Nail Polish Treatment set (only $9.99!!!) In this set you get a ridge-filler, quick dry top coat, non-yellowing top coat, strengthener, wet look top coat and milky base coat and all are in a .2 oz bottle.
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Ridge-filler
     A ridge-filler? I never used this before so had to look up exactly what it was. Well wouldn't you know, it fills in ridges on your nail bed. Haha. If you have bumps or grooves on your nails, a ridge-filler is going to help smooth all that out along with priming your nails for a application of nail color.  This was my favorite product out of the set. I could even wear this alone without any color just because it smoothes out my peeling nails and gave a clean appearence. All I can really said is I wish I found MASH's ridge-filler a lot earlier. Now I refuse to put polish on with out it!
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Quick Dry Top Coat
     My bottle of "Quick Dry Top Coat" came with that little glob of dried up something on it and was stuck to the packaging. It peeled off fine but still has that stuff on the bottle. It was weird because nothing was leaking or cracked. Oh well! Anyways, I used this on top of my color for when I'm rushing and don't want to sit around a few extra minutes to have my clear top coat dry. That's when I usually screw up my nails is when the top coat is drying, so with this being a quick dry formula, it saves me from having to repaint a nail that I smudge! This was very quick drying and always nice to have because you don't know when your gonna need a quick nail color change and can't wait for regular top coats to dry. 
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Non-Yellowing Top Coat
     Another product I have not owned but wish I did before! This "Non-Yellowing Top Coat" is perfect for those who are in the sun or go tanning!! You spend all that time carefully doing your nails or getting them done. Don't mess it up by having the UV Rays changing the color of your polish. This reminds me of a hat for your nails. You apply it after your polish dries and it protects your color. This is a must have for French Manicures too because when I went tanning a long time ago, the tips used to change to a more yellow color. I'd also even reapply after a few days.
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Strengthener
     Now this is something I needed. I put this on before I do any other kind of polish on my nails. My nails are soft and weak and if yours are to then a strengthener is what you need to get your fingers on. Do not use this if you have brittle nails, from a little research I found that brittle nails need a moisture treatment and protective coatings. So for me I was happy to have this in my MASH kit!
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Wet Look Top Coat
     Now I am a fan of the shiny/"wet" nail polish look. Don't get me wrong I like trying matte colors too, but my go to is a shiny wet look. And this does it for me. I do have like 4 other top coats but the size of this one is perfect for me to keep in a zipper pocket in my purse and have on me when I need to reapply a layer if I notice chipping occurring.
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Milky Base Coat
     As with any nail polish routine, if you want a little more wear out of your polish you need to use a base coat. This particular one in this set is a "Milky Base Coat".  This base protects your nail bed from dark color nail polish. Dark colors without using a base could stain your nails making them not so cute and hard to cover up. So I always use this base coat to ensure that my nails don't look like I dipped them in kool-aid after I take off a dark red color. Not only that it has great adhesion so when you apply a color it has something to grip to and prolong your manicure. I also found this one to dry quickly so I could get right on to the color!
     The only issue I had with this was on two of the bottles the brush kept coming apart from the handle. I was brushing on the top coat and it just came apart. I imagine a little super glue would do the trick though!

Set of 6 Treatment Polishes - $9.99
 

Have you ever heard of Jamberry Nails? A Jamberry nail consultant recently contacted us asking us the same question.

 Had we heard of it? NOPE! 

Who is that consultant? Her name is Emilie Royer. Emilie is a Director at Jamberry nails. Emilie is a California stay at home mother of four, who is celebrating her 10th wedding anniversary this June. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, crafting, spending time with her family and the occasional small shopping spree. ( Who doesn't?! ) She loves what she does, and is so excited to share Jamberry Nails with all of you. 


Emilie would love to be your Jamberry Consultant. You can visit her Jamberry page here. You can also email her at  dressupyournails@yahoo.com with any questions you may have. She is very helpful. (I even emailed mid application for some tips)

Ok... but what is Jamberry? Jamberry is a U.S. based company that makes heat activated, vinyl plastic nail coverings. They call these coverings "nail shields".


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Emilie included this photo sized business card with my nail shields.
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On the back of her business card, she included an extra shield.
When can I Jamberry? Any time! Jamberry is great for every day, but is also a great idea for special occasions. Do you have a wedding, prom, photo shoot, or work presentation coming up? Jamberry nails look sleek and sophistacated at the same time as looking fun. Jamberry would also be a great thing to do at a spa party. Of course, Jamberry does the hosting parties if you would like a consultant to come over and host the party for you. 
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This sheet is the one I was sent. There are 18 shields on a sheet.
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The shields come with a set of instructions.
These instructions were located on the Jamberry nail site. They seem a little more descriptive than the card. 

Step 1: Clean nails with nail polish remover or alcohol. (Clean, oil free nails are one of the most important steps of the application)

Step 2: Cut and file nails to desired length and shape.

Step 3: Buff top of the nail and push back cuticle.

Step 4: Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail shield that best fits.

Step 5: Peel off nail shield and warm with a blow-dryer 10-15 seconds or until soft and flexible.

Step 6: When warm, press the shield onto the nail.  Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the shield to the nail.  Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the shield around the cuticle.

Step 7:  Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining shield using a downward motion to remove excess.

Step 8: Apply heat and pressure to the shield again until it is sealed to the nail. (Repeating this step several times helps create a tight seal to the nail surface and increases wear time)

Optional  Step 9: For active users you can add a small amount of nail glue to the free edge to better seal the nail shield. 

How to Remove: Use hair dryer to heat for 15 seconds and slowly peel from the corner of your nail



Jamberry's video directions/tutorials 

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Here are the shields and instructions together.
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Here are my toes before the Jamberry nail shields. ( i hate feet )
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Here are the nails after applying heat and pressure.
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As you can see here. I only used up 2 nd 3/4 shields for a full pedicure.
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After cuting and filing, my nails looked good. But by the end of the first day, my smaller toes began to fall off and some corners began to lift.
Although I highly enjoy the concept and designs, these seemed a little unpractical for my life. I work two jobs regularly, do freelancing, side jobs, babysitting, the blog, I workout daily, I have my family, my boyfriend, and sometimes I require eating and sleeping... doing this pedicure took me over 45 minutes. (not including researching the videos, instructions, tips etc...) Polishing my nails takes three minutes. 

For a special occasion these would be great for me though. I may just get some for the next wedding I have to attend. 


Because these are heat and pressure sensitive strips, I think my daily routine may have sped up the wear time. Daily, I have multiple shoe changings. (from running sneakers to heels, or from pointe shoes to ballet shoes. I work out a lot, so running and dancing is causing hot sweaty feet and movement of my toes in the shoes. I think my shelds may have been getting pulled and tugged on, causing them to not stick as well. 

If your less active, or dont wear shoes and hosiery often theses would probably work great for you.

Please keep an eye out on our blog page for continuous updates to this post. I will continue to use the Jamberry nail shields in manis and pedis and will update pictures and thought every time. 


Alyx's Fave Nail Shield Designs

Click the image to be taken to it's page on the Jamberry site. 

This blog will be updated throughout the wear of several manicures and pedicures using Jamberry nails. Please keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook page.