The ultimate hair care line?

There relatively new line of hair care products out there.

Have you heard of them?

It’s called Olaplex.

I went online to see what they recommended for my dry color-treated hair and they recommended me a hair care line that costs almost $300!

I’m no Kardashian sister.

That shit’s too rich for my blood.

I’m sure it does amazing things to your hair, though.

And for that price, it better smell like angels rubbing your naked body with cocaine laced body oil.

Falsies

When given the opportunity to get dolled up and go out during covid, I ALWAYS go all out.

I miss my friends and my community.

So an outdoor socially distanced party in the Bay Area with a bunch of burner friends is right up my alley.

Make it a costume party and I’m even happier.

That’s exactly what I did this past weekend.

I got dressed up as Miss Piggy from The Muppet Show and I went to a party.

I spent quite some time trying to get my cut crease sparkling silver eye shadow just right and you know what that means. . .

FAKE EYELASHES!

Because Miss Piggy is ALL ABOUT long eyelashes and demure glances from beneath lowered lashes.

Little did I know that adding fake eyelashes to your eyes is not an easy accomplishment.

I tried over and over again to attach them.

First I tried lash glue.

Then I tried liner lash glue.

I finally got them to work when I found a special tool designed for applying falsies.

Pics, or it didn’t happen?

Okay, here you go:

Needless to say, a great time was had by all and our hostess threw an amazing party and dinner for us.

Starry Night

I’m totally enthralled with nails by vivxue on TikTok.

She designs really cool nails with acrylic paint.

It can’t be easy to paint on a curved surface, but she does so and it’s incredible!

I fell in love with her Starry Night by van Gogh nails:

They are truly a masterpiece, even though the length is prohibitively long for me personally.

I so desperately want to order a pair from her, but at $199+ a set, it’s a little too dear for my blood.

Still, I think they’re worth every penny spent, especially when you consider that you can wear them over and over again.

I’m tempted to order some blinged out pink nails for my Miss Piggy costume however since my costume includes pink gloves, I assume long nails are out of the question.

Still, I’m going to follow vivxue on TikTok and keep her in mind for future costumes.

And of course, I’ll get a kick out of the new designs she posts regularly to her stream.

I did not buy Starry Night nails for myself, but I did indulge in a sheer Starry Night top from Shein:

As you can see, I’m working on a costume idea for a Masterpiece costume which includes Starry Night.

More to come.

Desperate

Has anyone been experimenting with doing their own nails during Covid closures?

I’m desperately in need of a manicure.

I’m so desperate that I’m considering buying an in-home kit.

The nearest I can tell there are two types:  Dip powder and UV light kits.

I’m leaning toward using dip powder.

You paint your nail like normal with a special polish then dip your finger into a little jar of acrylic powder which then bonds to your nail.

I think you do this a few times until you reach your desired thickness, paint a layer of top coat on and you’re good to go.

The other kind uses acrylic gels which you shape into a nail using a heinously toxic chemical then adhere the nail to your nail bed using UV light to cure it.

The benefit to this kind of kit is that you get an INSTANT long nail, instead of having to grow out your nails covering them with acrylic powder every time.

But, I’m not sure my nail shaping skills are honed to perfection.

Honestly, I just need something to strengthen my nails so that they can grow out.

No matter how many vitamins I take, I can still bend my nails ever so easily.

Genetics, that’s what it got me – brittle nails and hair that’s falling out.

Anyways, if you have two cents to share about these types of acrylic nails, please LMK via email at michelle@unblunder.com or comment below.

Gracefully

Not surprisingly, I am going a little gray.

It’s noticeable now, especially during Covid, that my roots are turning silver.

And there’s something else.

I have a silver streak in my hair:

I’ve always had a light streak in my hair and I’m actually quite tickled that it’s turned silver.

After a little reflection (and discussion with my sister), I’ve decided I’m going to keep it silver and stop dyeing it.

This is a big step for me.

I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was in college.

I mean, I DO plan to dye my hair, but I’m NOT planning on fighting the silver streak which invariably turns gray a week after I dye it.

Stubborn silver hair.

I’m actually considering going full gray, but I’ve heard that can be difficult to accomplish.

I’m no fool.

I believe that something like this should be done by a licensed and trained professional.

So I won’t be buying box color and trying it on myself.

I’ve never tried to have two-tone hair.

This will be a new experience for me.

Wish me luck!

Braids

While surfing TikTok, I came upon the COOLEST hairstyle imaginable:

I love the faux hawk and all the silver jump ring detailing.

It reminds me a little of Selling Sunset.

In that show, several female real estate agents spice up their looks by adding braids to their hair repertoire.

There’s not much I’d emulate from this show, but the braids definitely get me.

I love them.

The trick of course is finding someone who is really good with braiding because personally I SUCK.

I can do a standard three-part braid and a French braid and THAT’S ABOUT IT.

Perhaps a good place to start would be the blow dry place by me, which offers braiding as part of their services.

I’ve got a good picture of the hairstyle.

And there’s even a tutorial put out by the stylist showing how to do it.

Whoop whoop!

When I do it, I’ll be sure to post pictures to unblunder.

Don’t laugh

Don’t laugh.

You know that salons have been closed due to covid?

Well, it’s been 6+ months since I had my nails done.

Needless to say they need some love.

I’m so obsessed with nail care that I finally find all those manicure videos on Facebook really interesting.

But it’s not just your standard nail care videos that I watch.

I watch those videos when women get super long skinny sculpted ballerina nails which render the user completely unable to use her hands for anything but the most languorous of activities.

I watch videos by Naio Nails UK.

Now, you probably don’t know of Naio Nails and have never heard of it.

Naio Nails UK is the brain child of a very colorful British nail designer Kirsty Meakin (I think).

She crafts the MOST OUTRAGEOUS blingy, sequined, glitterified nails I’ve ever seen!

And even though it would be a total waste on me. . .

I WANT THEM!

How Kirsty has the patience to sculpt and sand and shape these works of art is beyond me.

But she has THE MOST creative ideas and should I ever find myself in her neck of the wood (somewhere across the pond, I suspect by her accent), I will make myself an appointment to get myself a set of truly DECADENT nails!

Studly

Well, I went and did it.

I got two more holes in my head.

In my ears, to be exact.

I went to a piercing studio in Reno and I got my ears pierced by a guy nicknamed Thumper.

So far, the piercings look good.

The good news is that they’re not bleeding or weeping fluid.

The bad news is that my daughter accompanied me to get her belly button pierced and (if you can believe it) she was unable to do that because she doesn’t have enough stomach fat/excess skin for the piercing to be successful.

What a problem, huh?

Being too thin.

In any case, she opted to get her conches pierced with beautiful opal stone studs.

My daughter took pictures of my piercings and managed to capture the moments when Thumper pierced both ears (one after the other).

The first piercing I didn’t even feel.

The second piercing felt like a pinch.

I’m pretty happy with the results for me and for my daughter.

Here’s some needle pics for those of you who aren’t squeamish.