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3 Reasons Jamberry Isn’t Working Mom-Friendly


Moms can’t avoid Jamberry nail wraps. Chances are you’ve been added to at least five Facebook groups from friends selling the product. Most of those who’ve tried it become obsessed with the fun designs. I’m one of the few who prefers actual nail polish.

Here’s why:

  1. It takes too long to apply Jamberry wraps.  As a working mom, I don’t have a half hour at home to sit and heat nail stickers with a blow dryer and then make sure they are perfectly placed on my nails. I want to spend time with my baby and give her my full attention.  I can paint my nails in five minutes while I read work emails, though.

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  1.  Jamberry doesn’t chip but it shows growth from the cuticles down. That’s ugly and just as bad as chipping. I’d much rather have naked nails then two weeks of grown-out nail wraps. If I need my nails presentable in a pinch, I can throw on Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish and call it a fashionable day.
  2. The removal process is time consuming. Do busy moms really have the time to soak and peel off nail decals? I sure don’t. Nail polish comes off in two minutes.

My bestie sells Jamberry and loves it. It’s easy for her to apply while her toddler amuses himself. She enjoys a professional-looking manicure from the comfort of her living room. For her, it works.

I actually had her apply Jamberry on my nails once. I wasn’t a fan of the application process but loved the end result. I obsessed over what color nail polish would complement my accent nail. And even changed it twice and shared my love on my instagram.

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(Don’t mind my messy mani!)

But then, I noticed that the application wasn’t perfect. And I could start to peel off the sticker by the edges. My OCD kicked in and within a day, I pulled the entire sticker off, taking a thin layer of my nail with it I’m sure.

I’m a Jamberry failure and proud of it.

Now, where’s my remover?  I have some majorly chipped polish on my hands!

This entry was posted in: beauty


Navigating life as a wife, new mommy to a baby girl (Genevieve) and fur mommy to rescue dogs Lucky (Korean Jindo) and Lulu (plot hound) and media maven (PR Exec, lifestyle journalist and young divorce author-- learn more at I have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, was in labor for 20 hours then had a C-section, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets (bottle mom from now on!), taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at

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