Weekly Review | Jamberry Nails

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I love the look of polished nails. There's something sophisticated and finished about them and I always feel a little more put together when I take the time to do it. My polish usually only lasts 1-2 days though before the wear is obvious. *sigh* I'm also a fan of Shellac nail polish so I do like to treat myself to a manicure every now and then.

I wanted to try Jamberry nail wraps from the first time I heard of them. A friend tried them out at a party then went on to refinish her kitchen cabinets that week. Aside from stained fingers, the wrap held up through the whole process. I've also tried them about 5 times now and am definitely a fan. A variety of patterns, zero drying time and minimal visible wear is my jam. There's a bit of a learning curve to doing them on yourself and I've done a better job each time so don't get discouraged! This video was helpful for figuring out how to apply and remove them. A couple other tricks I picked up are: file your nails to the shape you want before applying a wrap and tug on the excess to smooth out any bubbles before trimming and filing.


Pros:

  • the wraps offer zero drying time
  • choose a different print for each nail
  • polishes coordinate with colors in wraps
  • lasts 1-4 weeks

Cons:

  • definitely a learning curve
  • need a few extra tools than just remover and cotton wipes

I'll definitely be using these wraps for my DIY manicures. They have kiddo size wraps and Emalyn (3) loves to put sprinkle stickers on her nails. We're so fancy!


Weekly Review | Pink Penny sugar scrub

Last week I asked you all in Facebookland for products that I need to try. I'm so excited to review them all and share what I learn with you!

We're chatting smooth skin this week. If you've missed the other posts, you can catch them here and here. I've been using a sugar scrub to shave for about 8 years. I've tried many different brands and you need to know that they are not all created equal. I have a go to professional brand and formula that I love just not the $48 price tag. I've tried others to find a replacement and I think I finally have one!

 

My friend, Dallas, over at Pink Penny makes these adorable sugar scrubs. There are 3 sizes and a variety of scents with new ones coming. This week I've been trying the Coconut and the Orange.

My thoughts ~

Scent | it's real. No strong perfumes or fake orangesicle sweetness. The orange is more like orange zest and the coconut is light and sweet vs a baked cookie. Even in a steamy shower, the scent isn't overpowering.

Scrubby | both have a good scrub to oil ratio. They're a bit crumbly but I'd rather have that, use less and feel the scrub working than one that sticks together better on it's own but takes more to get everything smooth. They're gritty enough for feet and hands while being gentle enough for a great lip scrub.

Cost | $7.00 4oz - perfect for a gift or to have all the scents decorating your bathroom counter.
$10.00 8oz - at home pedicures and daily hand scrubbing
$16.00 16oz - Definitely go this route if you're going to jump on the shave-with-a-scrub wagon.

Packaging | cute! very boutique and handmade. I like that the different sizes are different jar designs. The lids ensure that the scrubs won't dry out before you're able to use it up.

If I could change one thing about these scrubs, it would be the oil blend for shaving. I had to rinse my razor more often and more thoroughly. I'm calling the extra couple minutes it took that kept me alone without small humans vying for my attention a non-deal breaker. The price and scent variety win.


Exclusive BOGO Sale! Now for the best part---Pink Penny is offering a BOGO deal for all my readers! Buy any 2 sugar scrubs and get a 3rd FREE! (free scrub will be of equal or lesser value than purchased scrubs). Mention REFLECT MAKEUP ARTISTRY when you order to get your freebie! You can find Pink Penny on Facebook, follow the blog or email your order to pinkpennybeauty@yahoo.com.

Comment back with what you decide to try!