Coming Soon: New Hair Pt. I

Let me be real here-this isn’t a drastic change I’m embarking on. I’m changing my hair color  up a bit is all. I plan to  go from Garnier Olia Hair Color in the shade Darkest Brown 3.0...


to Loreal Feria’s “Multi-Faceted Shimmering Hair Colour”  in Coolest Soft Black.


I’ll be honest-most of the people that know me probably already think I have black hair. The reason for my wanting to make a change is because I have a lot of naturally orangey red undertones going on in the thick, lion’s mane that grows uncontrollably out of my head. I am of the opinion that reddish toned locks look great on some people- I’m just really not too crazy about them on me. Immediately after I color my hair with the Garnier,  the red is fully hidden-just the way I like it. After about 5 weeks, it starts to show through again and I end up dying my entire head, even though I really should only have to retouch  my roots. I would really like to get away with doing touch-ups  every five weeks and doing my  full head of hair every eight to ten weeks. You already know that I have a Type A personality-that combined with the fact that I’m lazy means I genuinely feel the need to go from practically black to actually black. This simple switch could be life changing for me.

Not gonna lie, I’m kind of excited to see myself with black hair. I’m super fair skinned (I’m at least 30% Irish, my mother’s last name begins with ‘ Mc’), and I love bright colored lipstick. Being all pale and rocking black hair with bold lips is going to make me feel all cute and sassy. I presume I’ll look just like Snow White-actually, she’s one of my least favorite Disney Princesses.It’s partly because I’m a feminist who isn’t amused by the sight of a cheerful  Disney princess who sings and smiles while cleaning up after seven little dudes…( like woman, come on….) and partly because that movie always has and always will bore the sh*t out of me.

Maybe Snow White isn’t the best example to strive for…  What about Katy Perry? She has black hair and very white skin. I’ll be a less hot Katy with much smaller boobs.

Still not gonna lie- I’m also nervous. So much so that I called my good friend who used to work in a hair salon yesterday from the boxed dye aisle at Target. Kind and patient as always, she reassured me for probably not the first (or the last time), that yes, the black will fade overtime and yes, I’ll be able to gradually return to the darkest brown shade if I am unhappy.  She advised me to only keep the  black dye on my hair for half the time that  the instructions says I’m supposed to, in order to make the soft black even softer in shade.  Thanks girl!

I’m feeling a lot of nerves about this hair situation right now.  Butterflies of both anxiety  and excitement are dancing around in my stomach. To be continued…because I’m tired, and don’t feel like coloring my hair tonight.


Review of Nailhur Renewable Snap On Manicures

So, let me start this review with an honest disclaimer: I’m really a very limited individual when it comes to doing my own nails. I’m lucky I can hold a nail polish brush steady to paint them myself. I can never get those cute nail stickers by Kiss and Sally Hansen to stay on for more than  24 hours. I have no idea what possessed me to think I would be a good candidate for Nailhur press on nails.

Okay, that’s kind of a lie; I do know what possessed me. I follow a ton of beauty accounts on Instagram. I kept seeing pictures of different YouTube glamouristas sporting press on nails from The thing about Nailhur that enticed me was the fact that the nail sets come in various colors, prints, and shapes. I also liked that they were supposed to be reusable up to twenty times. I saw all the pretty girlies rocking their gorgeous  Nailhur nails and thought to myself, “I want to look fabulous too!” So of course, I went on their website  and ordered the white square shaped nails in “Cosmopolitan Chic.” I should’ve been smart and started off with just one set, but  I just  had to get carried away; I also purchased the squaletto shaped set in “Sweet Pink”. Sigh. Sometimes, I just don’t know how to quit while I’m ahead.

As you might have guessed,the Nailhur application process was nothing short of a disaster. Each set comes with 24 nails, so that you can pick the one that best fits over each fingernail. It sounds easy enough, but I definitely screwed this part up-big time. I ended up  applying a dainty, appropriately sized slender nail on my left index finger and a huge chunky nail that was probably meant for a thumb nail on my right index finger. I didn’t realize what I had done until after I had used the glue and pressed the second artificial nail down on my nail bed. I  knew at that point I wouldn’t be able to fix my mistake without ripping off several layers of my natural nail in the process. So, I decided to let it go. No big deal.

I also managed to get nail glue all over the skin on my hands. Don’t ask me how, this is me we are talking about. This wasn’t exactly a big deal either. Still, it didn’t feel very nice.

I didn’t really like wearing the Nailhur press on nails. I found them to be invasive, and even a bit uncomfortable. The best way I can think to describe them  would be to say that they felt “tight” on my nail beds.

I did receive a lot of compliments on the way that they looked. The only negative feedback I received was from my smart ass second cousin, who upon seeing my nails asked me if I had “lost a bet”. Love you too, jerk. ❤️

By the end of the day, I was completely  over my snap-on manicure. I wasn’t too worried about removal , as I had read that  they were supposed to soak off with hot soapy water. Lol, yeah right! After trying to soak them off this way for nearly an hour, I resorted to using the extra press on nails from the set to pry them off. As you can imagine, there was a shit ton of damage done to my natural nails as well as the press on nails. Reusable? For this girl? Not a chance.

I tried to weaken the glue by soaking  my nails in acetone nail polish remover , which you aren’t supposed to do if you intend on reusing the Nailhur. I figured there was no additional harm being done, as I had already damaged nearly all of the press on nails beyond recognition. This helped a lot. I managed to successfully remove all but two of them. My pinky and my thumb press on nails  still didn’t want to budge. I ended up cutting them down to nubs and picking at them myself. It took about a day and a half for them to fall off. As you can imagine, my natural nails were slightly thinner and noticeably scratched up from this process.

While my experience with Nailhur was unfortunate, I will admit that it is probably one that only I would have. I’ve seen several reviews on YouTube, all of which have been pretty positive. I think I may have used too much glue. Maybe I would have had better luck if I had used it more sparingly. Or maybe I should have used adhesive tabs instead of nail glue. The thing is, I’m way too traumatized from my previous experience to give Nailhur another shot. Lol #butreally

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