How to Apply Jamberry Nails

I am so reckless, nothing ever stays on my nails.  Even gel manicures chip in less than a week. My Essie nail stickers, while beautiful came off after 2 days.  Forget about when I paint them myself.  That’s botched up before I leave the house. So I was relieved to find Jamberries.  The stickers stayed on for a week and a half.  It’s likely they would have stayed on longer too.

Here’s how to apply Jamberry nails

Application Steps

1.  Apply cuticle oil and push back cuticles, then rinse.

** I painted my nail. You can skip this step. However, if you have a translucent background and want it to show a different color you must paint it beforehand.

2.  Clean the nail with alcohol.

3.  Find which Jamberry decal fits your nail, by placing it over the fingernail.

4.  Cut the decal in half.

5.  Blast the decal with a hair dryer for about 5 seconds until it becomes pliable.

5.  Fit the circular side against your cuticle and push down.

6.  Rub an orange wood stick over it paying extra attention to the cuticle area and edges of the nails.

7.  Cut off the excess.

8.  File the excess in a downward motion until it comes off or you can rip it off.

9.  Heat it with the hair dryer again.

10.  Push down again.

Then you’re all set

3 Necessities for All Day Makeup

All Day Makeup

The bridesmaids’ makeup lasted through 14 hours of sunshine, dancing, eating, and crying.  So what’s the secret?

For all-day makeup, there are 3 necessary, non-negotiable items:  A primer, setting spray, and pressed powder.  These are my favorites.

All Day Makeup

Tarte BB cream, Urban Decay setting spray, Neutrogena pressed powder

The primer gives your makeup something to stick to.  Smooth it over your face and top it with concealer, foundation, bronzer, and blush.  I know it’s a lot of makeup but we’re talking ALL day.

Once your entire face is done, mist it with setting spray.  On a regular day, I use 2-3 pumps.  But when I know I need my makeup to last at least 12 hours, I spray it up to 10 times.

To finish the look, and lock it dust pressed powder over your entire face with a powder brush.

Voila.  You’ll be picture perfect all night.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to clean makeup brushes - use baby shampoo


Quality makeup brushes are as important as makeup for a flawless application.  But piling the same brush with makeup day in and day out fills it with bacteria.  As a result, I used to break out excessively.  Once I started washing my pillow cases regularly and cleaning my makeup brushes every 2-3 weeks, I saw an improvement in my overall skin.

So here’s what I do.

1.  Run each brush individually under hot water.

2.  I use baby shampoo!  That’s right, if it’s safe enough for a baby, then it’s safe enough for my face.  Lather a drop of it into the makeup brush.

3.  Run the water as you swirl the brush around the sink and watch all the makeup lift from the brush.  If it doesn’t look clean enough (you’ll be able to see the makeup on the brush) repeat this process.

Warning: The makeup leaves residue, so the sink requires a scrubbing after.

4.  Fluff the brush back up with your fingers and lay it out on a paper towel to dry overnight.

Botch and Learn

There are many methods I have experimented with to clean my brushes.

Some people use a spray to clean their brushes daily.  That’s probably the appropriate thing to do.  But I am LAZY.  I give myself 20 minutes to get ready for work, there’s no way I’m using that time or waking up earlier to clean my makeup brushes each day.

I used to boil a pot of water and swirl the brushes around in the hot water.  This was effective, but it deformed many of my brushes and made the handles come loose.  Not to mention, it was painful squeezing the excess water out of the piping hot brushes.

At one point, I would just fill a glass with warm water and a drop of shampoo then swirl the brush in that.  It didn’t have the same effect as working the shampoo into a lather and running it under the water.

Cinema Secrets makes the best brush cleaner.  You dip the brush in the solution, rub it on a paper towel and voila it is clean and dry.  But the stuff is pricy and the makeup brushes absorb copious amounts of it.  So a bottle doesn’t go a long way.  If you’re in a pinch and need to wash your brushes quickly then I highly recommend it.  Otherwise, use the baby shampoo.