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Jamberry Nail Review

My friend Andrea and I met in college. We were both music education majors and currently teach on opposite sides of the state (Pennsylvania). She has become a Jamberry Nails Consultant and has been raving about how great her nails look. I’ve seen Jamberry online, thought they were really cute, but never considered them for me. I have the worst nails ever. Sometimes they are okay, but then they go in phases of destruction.

This winter, they have been ridiculously weak and peeling like crazy. I was really frustrated with the peeling. I take my vitamins, started taking iron and biotin and nothing was helping. So when Andrea asked if I wanted to try them, I told her I didn’t think they would even stick to my nails! I was sick of constantly painting a strengthening clear coat over them every 2-3 days due to the peeling. She told me to try them and thought they would still stay on. PS I hate painting my nails. They look okay, you try not to touch the bed sheets as you lay with your hands on top and then you wake up the next morning to smudges or bubbles. The worst.

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So she sent me a trial pack. I watched the YouTube videos and put them on both my nails and toes. The verdict? They stayed! I kept them on my toes for a full month! My pointer fingers started to lift after 4+ days, so Andrea recommended the “plastic baggie” technique and it has really helped. Since I play instruments all day long, my pointer fingers are the first to peel at the tips but I can usually trim the jams down and re-plastic baggie them and they are good. My nails are slowly growing the peeling tips out. Some continue to peel, but the jams help them from getting worse. The jams also keep them from catching on everything. I guess I just need to be extra careful and get the weak part to grow out.

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Second attempt and I was so much better at putting them on! The metallics are even easier to put on. These stayed on for a full two weeks.

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I wanted something pink and for the spring!

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** (wrote the beginning of my post a week ago and this section today)  I have found what works the best… making sure to use a jam that is slightly smaller than your actual nail. It shouldn’t actually make it to the exact side of each nail. I was using ones too big, especially for my pointer finger. By using ones just slightly too small, it keeps them smooth. I’m still using the baggie technique as well. If the tips of my nails start to peel (usually a little after one week) I just trim the jam down. Even if the tip of my actual nail is showing, it is hardly noticeable. This keeps them looking fresh for 2 weeks!

Great way to apply them.

Want to try them for free? Contact my friend Andrea and she will get you hooked up.

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I want these next!

I am currently hosting an “online party” during the month of March (ends this Saturday the 28th). Order some spring nails! New spring catalog just came out!

How to Avoid Running “Burnout”

January-April 2014 – Trained for Nike Women’s Half Marathon

April 2104 – PR-ed at Nike Women’s Half Marathon

June 2014 – CXWORX training

June-October 2014 – Trained for Steamtown Marathon

October 2014 – Steamtown Marathon

October-November 2014 – Maintained training for 13.1

November 2014- Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Rest of November-December 1, 2014 – Tried to maintain mileage and train for BODYFLOW

December 2, 2014-March 7, 2015 – Got sick in December, trained for BODYFLOW, went to BODYFLOW training in January , stopped obsessing and forgot about running in the cold!!

 

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My new running buddy – Garmin Forerunner 15

 

After running and training, I wanted a break! I wanted to focus on my Les Mills classes and my BODYFLOW certification. I was sick of the long runs that consumed my weekend. You know, the day BEFORE the long run. You think about the long run. Where will it be? How many loops do I have to do in the neighborhood? What do I eat for dinner the night before? What do I wear? Do I wear my nutrition belt? THEN – the morning of the long run. For some of you this might not be a big deal. Sometimes I would get myself so worked up over it. Worried about my pace, worried about the weather, worried about my legs. I just needed a break!

 

When I got the stomach flu in December, I took a few weeks off. Then I felt guilty. I was still teaching my Les Mills classes and practicing BODYFLOW, but not running. Then a few more weeks went by without running. Who wants to run on the treadmill? Or on the snowy roads? I wasn’t signed up for a race, so it shouldn’t matter. The guilt went away, and I started loving the break. I needed the break from running. It started to feel awesome. I was able to take different Les Mills classes at the gym. The guilt started to go away and I realized I would run outside when I really wanted to – even if that meant with warmer weather!

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BODYFLOW training in January

 

So my three month break from running cured my “running burnout”.   I felt the urge to run outside this past Sunday with Amy. She is training for 2 (!) marathons this spring. She had a 17 miler scheduled for Sunday morning and I tagged along for 6. The weather was wonderful. Sunny skies and 40+ degrees. The roads were almost completely clear from our last snow storm.

 

Now I’m feeling that urge to run outside more often. The warmer weather really motivates me to get out there! I’m looking at a local (cheap) ½ marathon in June I might sign up for soon. I have heard it’s hilly, but I’m not worried about time. I would like to have a little motivation to start up the “long” runs again. Anything under 12 for a long run isn’t so bad! I have to remind myself to not get so worked up over pace and to just enjoy it!

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I get to teach BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW tonight!  I made the image above for our gym’s Facebook page.  We got snowed out last week so I’m excited for double classes tonight!!

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