Monday, October 5, 2015

Jamberry Nail Wraps!*

Jamberry Nail Wraps sheet + an extra sample sheet

You guys know I'm into manicures, right? I love painting my nails. I normally keep it pretty simple, though, purely because I don't have a clue how to do all that fancy nail art! The confusing world of 'nail stamping' is beyond me and I'm pretty sure I'd make a right royal mess if I were to try it. Let alone drawing delicate pictures that resemble animal faces or palm tree beach scenes onto each nail! So you can see why I jumped at the opportunity to try out Jamberry Nail Wraps*! High-tech vinyl nail decals in gorgeous patterns and designs that you just stick on? Yes please!

Jamberry are an American company that have just started operating in Australia and New Zealand this month! I was contacted by Jamberry Nails Consultant Cassy Barfield to trial the wraps, and I was more than willing to give them a go. There are so many design categories, ranging from super-cool Runway, floral Garden Party or pattern-heavy Graphic Punch to the cute as a button Holiday and Animal Instinct designs (think butterfly wings, snakeskin and zebra stripes, to name a few!). Not only that, but there are a range of finishes, including Matte, Sparkle, Clear, Metallic and Satin.

Happily, the wraps come with clear, easy to follow instructions for application and removal. There's even a Youtube video on this if you prefer to follow directions via a visual demonstration. They can be applied to natural or artificial nails, there's obviously no drying time (woo hoo!), no chipping and they are supposed to last for 2 weeks (4 weeks if you put them on your toes).

My Experience
I'll start off by saying the process is a bit fiddly, and it's certainly a learning curve situation! I did spend a fair while selecting the individual wraps from the sheet that best fitted my different nail widths, but I think I could have done a better job at this. I followed the directions for application, but still ended up with bubbles despite heating with a hairdryer and smoothing the wraps out. I feel like my nails may be too curved to get a perfectly smooth fit, because as soon as I'd flatten one bump, another would arise. I think these would best suit nails that are quite flat across the width. Also, I suck at applying them (if you can't already tell from the photos!). I did improve with practice, though.

I would suggest using super-sharp nail scissors when snipping off the excess wrap once it's fitted onto the nail. I found this a bit challenging because my nail scissors were blunt and I had to resort to huge kitchen scissors! I absolutely love the designs and the different looks that can be created with these wraps. I decided to paint my thumbnails with Essie polish (Madison Ave-Hue and Bikini So Teeny) instead of using the wraps there, to get a bold colour contrast.

One of the advantages of these wraps is they are so darn cute that their pretty aesthetic distracts from the dodgy application! It's only my first time using Jamberry, so yes, I have bubbles, bad placement and excess around some of the edges. but I still love how eye-catching and gorgeous the designs are! I can't wait to give these another go, this time with sharp little scissors for neat trimming and a better eye for picking the correct width wrap for each nail!

You can buy Jamberry nail wraps online from or email Cassy at
Many thanks to Cassy Barfield for supplying the nail wrap samples! 

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*Disclaimer: The nail wraps were provided for editorial consideration. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. I painted my thumbnails with two different Essie polishes which I bought myself.

Have you tried nail wraps before? If so, what did you think of them?

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Goals!

Two camels we met at the Hahndorf Farm Barn during our recent break!

Well, I'm back from a week in Hahndorf, and I'm pleased to say I didn't lose my mind during my crazy-busy September (read A Quick Update for the lowdown)! I didn't set any Goals last month, so it's time to start afresh with my October ones.....

  • Publish at least 10 blog posts
  • Remove makeup and stick to a strict skincare routine every night
  • De-clutter emails by unsubscribing from as many unnecessary email lists as possible
  • Go out for a walk every weekday for at least 30 minutes
  • Empty and clean the second Linenpress
  • Finally set my overdue Doctor's appointment for a Pap Smear and just get it over with
  • Bake a Banana Cake and make Cream Cheese Icing for it!
  • First-time watch 5 movies!
  • Go through boxes and throw out as much rubbish as possible
  • Buy new clothes!

I'll let you know how I go with these come November!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Elizabeth Arden Gift With Purchase!

I had a pretty low-key, but wonderful Birthday recently! We went to McLaren Vale and had a lovely lunch followed by a Joseph wine tasting experience at Primo Estate, that I had a voucher for. So there was lots of food, wine and gorgeous countryside!

Anyhoo, in the lead up to my Birthday, I might have emailed the husband with a gentle hint that I'd love the Elizabeth Arden Gift With Purchase (GWP), in case he was short on present ideas! Little did I know he'd already pre-ordered the new iPhone 6s for me! How amazing is that?! It gets better. In my hint-hint email, I made it easy for him by saying for the qualifying $70 or more purchase, I'd love either the Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Night Cream, or the Skin Illuminating Firm and Reflect Moisturizer and for him to choose as I'd be thrilled with either. I also asked him to request free samples, because if you buy this GWP offer online, you get free samples with it. Well hubby, being the best catch in the entire universe, went and bought me both creams, and did it on separate days so he could get me two GWP's! I nearly cried I was so happy! Then add to that the snazzy new iPhone that's coming, and basically I'm just super-spoilt, very lucky and don't deserve such an amazing husband!

Let's look at the products.....

Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Night Cream (50ml) $78.00

Elizabeth Arden say: 'Flawless Future Night Cream supports skin's nighttime renewal process to help brighten and even skin tone, and ease the appearance of fine lines. This intensely hydrating moisturizer features a stress-busting, mineral-rich botanical and an exclusive fragrance technology that's clinically proven to induce a feeling of well-being and relaxation for a better night's sleep. Wake up to skin that looks revitalized, luminous and flawless.'

Skin Illuminating Firm and Reflect Moisturizer (50ml) $80.00

Elizabeth Arden say: 'This luxurious cream formula deeply hydrates and immediately brightens skin with micronized Diamond Powder. Purified mushroom extract encourages surface cell turnover and reduces the appearance of pores, while a silicon derivative replenishes skin’s essential moisture binding proteins and fights moisture loss. Vitamin C derivative fights the formation of dark spots and uneven skintone. Skin feels soft and supple, and looks even toned, fresh and luminous.'

Gift With Purchase
This is a 9-piece gift set valued at $232, free when you spend $70 or more at Elizabeth Arden, exclusively at David Jones. This is available until the 27th of September if you're wondering, so if you like what you see, haul thy arse to DJ's toot sweet! I loved the contents of this GWP, and would have bought it myself had hubby not taken the hint! Here's what you get:

~ PREVAGE Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum (5ml)
~ PREVAGE Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser (50ml)
~ Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum (7 capsules, 3.2 ml)
~ Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream with Sunscreens (15ml)
~ Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (30ml)
~ Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black (3ml)
~ Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Pretty Pink (3.5g)
~ Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Desert Rose (3.5g)
~ Cute Red Bag!

Free Samples
(not automatically included - you have to request them). I got...

Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Night Cream (5ml)
Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum (5ml)
PREVAGE Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum (5ml)

Most of these samples are the same products as either my qualifying purchase or what's in the GWP, but this is an advantage for me, as I now have extra to use, so everything will last me longer. All the products will last me twice as long anyway because I have two GWP sets! Plus the cute-as-pie samples are mini-sized, which is perfect for travelling, in particular my upcoming week away.

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What do you think of Elizabeth Arden's latest GWP? Do you use any Elizabeth Arden products?

Disclaimer: This is a non-sponsored post. All purchases were made by my wonderful husband!