Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Inexpensive Nail Design

I am not sure why, but a little nail polish on my fingernails make me feel pretty, even fancy some days. The trouble is, I don’t have time for proper nail upkeep. The cuticles, the filing and shaping, the painting, the drying, etc.  Sometimes I can just be plain lazy. So I am always on the lookout for new quick and easy nail solutions, and it doesn’t hurt if they are inexpensive because Mama is on a budget. (Did I mention I am pregnant with our second set of twins?)

Recently Jamberry Nails came on to my radar as a longer lasting solution to nail beauty. However, convenience comes with a price. I have never personally attended a Jamberry party nor have I used their products, but I know they cost about $15 per sheet, more than a bottle of nail polish for obvious reasons. So, being the frugal person that I am, I have shied away from Jamberry even though they are so darn cute.

The other day I was browsing in our local Dollar Tree because we get some interesting and sometimes valuable items in this particular location. I happened to stumble upon the nail care section and found  “Embossed Nail Stickers” by Sassy +Chic. 
 Basically a cheaper version of Jamberry’s stick ons. They cost $1 for a pack of 16 nail stickers. I figured $1 wasn’t too much of a waste if they didn’t turn out well.

So I tried them. So simple! All you do Is clean your nails, press the sticker on, and then file off the excess. How much easier can it be? The next day I had some slight peeling on one nail, but that was due to a rookie mistake; I didn’t get all the air bubbles out of the sticker. Think of these stickers as a screen cover on your phone; you want to smooth out all the air bubbles or you get lumps. I had a lump on a nail and that ripped. However, the rest of my nails continued to look good for over a week and a half. Not too shabby for $1 nail care. (I get sooo many complimentson my nails!!)
More power to all of you who sell and or buy Jamberry nail products. Your nails look beautiful! I am 100% sure that your product is higher quality and lasts longer than these knockoffs, however, I am satisfied with the knockoff price for as long as the Dollar Tree has these in stock.  Dollar Tree, not Dollar General or Family Dollar. 
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  1. Thanks for sharing! Several friends of mine are selling Jamberry, and while they look cool and I'd love to support my friends, I'm not about to pay $15 for nail products. (I'm a $1 NYC kinda girl.) I do love the look and ease of nail wraps. I'll be on the look out at Dollar Tree for these!

  2. Alyssa, thanks for the comment! I have found that different store locations carry different designs, which is nice. I highly suggest you stock up if you find them; the Dollar Tree tends to run out of things and not restock them.

  3. i used to use these same nails from dollar tree, until my aunt had a bad reaction to it... so that's how i found jamberry because they're non-toxic, latex free and gluten free. you never really know what you're putting on your nails until you start looking into it! check out the "5 free" info on non-toxic nails

    1. Hey! Sorry your aunt had a bad reaction :( I have checked out the 5 free info. Its amazing what they put in the products that we put on our body! I found that the wet n wild products are actually free of most of the yucky crap and they only cost about $.97! The bad thing is that they are cheaply made and the color is pretty watery :(

  4. I have never had a manicure or pedicure so I don't feel like I am missing out since I can't afford it anyway. I do love looking at really cool nail designs though :)