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Transformers Nails with DIY Nail Decals

by Jami Summers on June 27, 2014 · 2 comments

As many of you know, the newest Transformers movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, opens today in theaters across America.  I’ve been a Transformers fan since the 1984 cartoon series. I can (mostly) recite the first three movies line-by-line. I even walked down the aisle to a song from Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. So I had to do something to my nails to celebrate the latest movie’s release!

I pondered, brainstormed, and pontificated. I knew I wanted the Autobots insignia on my two big toe nails. Hand-painting the design seemed like my only option until I glanced at our printer cabinet and saw a pack of clear mailing labels waving at me. Ding ding ding! Lightbulb moment!

First, I’ll show the results of my Autobots nail art; then I’ve got a tutorial to make your own nail decals!

++ The Results ++

Transformers Autobots Nail art design with DIY nail decals

++ The Materials ++

  • Seche Clear base coat
  • China Glaze nail polish in For Audrey
  • Seche Vite polish top coat (or other thick, glossy, quick-drying top coat)
  • Printable sheet of clear mailing labels (decal or tattoo “paper” would also work – maybe even better!)
  • An inkjet or laser printer - either variety will work just fine.
  • Digital image of the Transformers Autobots (or any design you wish) logo.
    • Big Hint: Make sure your chosen image is in png format with a transparent background! This will allow your nail color to show through.
  • Tweezers

++ The Creation ++

  1. Use Microsoft Word, Open Office, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or a similar program to place your Autobots insignia on the appropriate template for your chosen clear labels.
    • Hint: You can find templates for your specific label size by Googling the brand name plus the label number plus the world ‘template’.  For example you could Google “Avery 8329 template”.
  2. I found it easiest to use a full sheet clear label.  Basically my label sheet is an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of paper that just happens to be one huge peel n’ stick label.
  3. Resize your image/logo/insignia to approximately 1cm by 1cm (approximately 0.4 inches x 0.4 inches) size for use on the big toe nail.
    • For use on your fingernails, a size of 0.75cm by 0.75cm (approximately 0.3 inches by 0.3 inches) should work for most nails except the teeny pinky nail.
    • Hint: I suggest placing multiple copies of the logo/insignia in your document similar to the ones I created – shown below. That way you can make a few different size; a variety of colors; even a ton of different logos!
  4. Print the document onto your clear labels.
  5. Leave the backing on for now and use scissors to carefully cut out your design.
  6. Paint your nails with the polish base coat.
  7. Paint your nails with 2-3 coats of a colored polish such as For Audrey by China Glaze.  Let dry completely.
  8. Use tweezers to help peel away the label backing from your Autobots logo.
  9. Use the tweezers to hold the logo “sticker” and place it onto your nail. Press down thoroughly.
    • Smooth out all air bubbles using your finger or the wrong end of your tweezers.
  10. Apply at least 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat to seal and protect your design.
  11. Ta-da! You’ve just DIY’d personalized nail decals!

DIY nail decals featuring the Transformer Autobots

Honestly, this step-by-sep list makes the process look difficult but it is actually darn easy. The most difficult and time consuming part is finding the right image (Google Images is your BFF here!).

Please do not hesitate to post questions, requests for help, or a photo of your own design in the comments section down below!

Pedicures are cooler with Autobots on your toes,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

When I named Bionic Beauty, I never imagined there would be actual “bionic” makeup!  Women have applied makeup in a similar fashion for hundreds of years using brushes, fingers, sponges, cotton, and natural fibers.  Since 1930 women have had the option of permanent makeup – a tattoo that is applied to your face, eyes, or lips – but the process never grabbed mainstream attention until the 1980s.  The drawback of tattoo makeup is the lack of changeability.

Makeup needs a game-changer!  Turns out, it is here. Now.
Pax Color Change Cosmetic Implants - color changing permanent makeup

Blue Sun Research Group has developed Pax Cosmetic Implants. My best friend and research director at Blue Sun Research Group, Dr. Kate Jones, sent me an overview of their new permanent makeup cosmetic implants.

Pax implants are placed under the facial dermis during a quick, outpatient procedure and allow a woman to alter makeup colors on her cheeks, eyelids, and lips through a wireless interface. Basically you can change your makeup look from smokey eye with a nude lip to old Hollywood glamor in just a few minutes!

Pax, short for G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate, uses micro-dermal transduction of bio-luminescent liquid crystals to produce color visible on the skin’s surface. Currently there are 147 doctors in the United States authorized to perform Pax Cosmetic Implants; but the amount of doctors performing the procedure should be widespread by late October 2013.

To top it all off, this summer you’ll be able to change color on-the-go, with the Pax smart phone apps!

Will you be visiting your doctor to get the new Pax Cosmetic Implants?  And how often do you think you’d change your makeup through the day?

And after this leap forward, what’s next in the world of makeup?

Stay bionic y’all,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Pax Cosmetic Implant side effects can include: redness, itching, swelling and discomfort at the implantation site(s); permanent or random color changes of the skin; personality changes such as aggression, akathesia, and insomnia; abnormal growth of the first bicuspids; excessive hunger; swelling of the pituitary gland, adrenal gland, and ears; and restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Spotted at CVS – Awesome Kiss Nails!

by Jami Summers on February 24, 2014 · 0 comments

On a jaunt to my local CVS drugstore this week, I spotted these completely awesome glue-on nails by Kiss.

The complete collection:
Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails - 3

And a close up of my absolute faves:
Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails - 2

I am DEFINITELY going to recreate those rainbow-ombre-sparkly-goodness nails as soon as I can! I’m figuring I’ll custom mix some pastel colors with my Gelish top coat – that should get the job done.

Which set is your favorite?

Rainbow nails and glitter,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

 

P.S. You can click the photographs above to view them in a larger size!

Happy Valentine’s Day! And Vday Nails

by Jami Summers on February 14, 2014 · 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day, Bionic Beauties!

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And… I managed to squeeze in a teensy bit of *me* time last night for a minimalistic St. Valentine’s manicure!

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Base color is Sally Hansen’s Pat on the Black; and the bitty hearts are done in the new Sally Hansen Purplexed (which is AWESOME by the way!).

Hope you all are having a marvelous day.
Lots of hugs, pink cupcakes, and candy hearts,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. Please, pretty please, don’t pick on my beat up, short, stubby nails. We’re in the midst of a home reorganization, helping some family move across the country, and re-sodding our entire yard. So I’m just happy they are painted. *grin*

The 14 Best Makeup Removers

by Jami Summers on October 12, 2013 · 2 comments

TotalBeauty.com
The 14 Best Makeup Removers

Still waking up with mascara smeared on your pillow? You need one of these

The 14 Best Makeup Removers

This is a TotalBeauty.com Health & Beauty article

A makeup remover that completely removes your makeup, doesn’t make you break out, and doesn’t leave your eyes red, itchy, and sensitive is hard to find. If you’re using your concealer to cover up yesterday’s mascara residue, it’s time you checkout out our reader-approved, top-rated makeup removers.

See makeup removers

NO. 14: NOXEMA CLEAN MOISTURE MAKEUP REMOVAL, $4.79

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5

“These remove makeup and oil gently, but thoroughly. They smell amazing and don’t irritate my skin or clog my pores.”

NO. 13: NEUTROGENA MAKEUP REMOVING CLEANSING TOWELETTES — HYDRATING, $6.99

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5

“They will remove waterproof mascara, waterproof eyeliner, eye shadow primer, eye shadows, concealer, foundation, and more with great ease and absolutely no irritation at all.”

NO. 12: ALMAY OIL FREE GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER PADS, $6.49

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.5

“These pads work great! Just the right amount of remover seems to be on each one. For travel I throw a few in a zip lock baggy and I don’t have to worry about a 3 oz. bottle on the plane!”

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