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Nails

Spotted at CVS – Awesome Kiss Nails!

by Bionic Beauty 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 Bionic Beauty 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*

Elf Nail Polish Spotted at CVS!

by Bionic Beauty on June 8, 2013 · 1 comment

On one of my (many) jaunts to the local CVS drugstore, I spotted this tiny display of nail polishes from elf cosmetics!

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I had no idea elf cosmetics (aka eyes.lips.face cosmetics) was going to be coming to CVS. Total surprise to me!

So Bionic Beauties, keep your eyes peeled on those drugstore shelves and please post in the comments below if you spot elf nail polish at your local store!

Happy shopping,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Star Trek Into Darkness Inspired Manicure

by Bionic Beauty on May 15, 2013 · 4 comments

I’m dedicating this manicure to all female Trekkies and their continuing voyages to boldly go… with awesome nails!…

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Hopefully I’m not the only one who is super excited for the new Star Trek movie, Into Darkness, which opens tonight! (Insert geeky squeal here.)

To show my fandom, I decided on a simple but meaningful nail style.  The main color is Bella’s Vampire by Gelish – a very dark purplish burgundy.  I added tiny Star Trek “Command” emblems on my ring finger using a silver no-name nail art pen; then drew in the elongated 5-point star with a black Sharpie.  I added a bit of extra starry bling with a holographic shimmer top coat – just on my ring fingers.

A quick top coat of Seche Vite and I was done!

Now I’ve just got to calm my excitement until I can see the movie!  Any Bionic Beauties heading to the midnight premiere tonight? Or will you be waiting for the crowds to subside a bit?

Live long and prosper…
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Bionic How-To: Parisian Map Nails

by Bionic Beauty on April 9, 2013 · 3 comments

Do you remember those strange pamphlets of folded paper covered in tiny type and bright lines that were a necessity before any car trip? Maps!

These analog accessories are now usually passed over for our GPS-laden smartphones, but some strange people (like me) hold a fondness for paper maps.  And I’m saying this right now…

Nail Polish + Map of Paris = Super Awesomeness!

Parisian Map Nails ~ A tutorial by Bionic Beauty

Want to know how you can create your own radical map manicure? It’s actually pretty easy-peasy (Especially since I did a gazillion tests and worked out most of the kinks. Bonus to you!) with these steps:

  1. Paint your nails as usual. I used a base coat; 2 coats of a very light pastel blue nail polish (“Havana Dreams” by OPI for Sephora); and a cheapy top coat. A note about color: I recommend using any light color for your polish ~ white, off white, cream, and pastels all work wonderfully!
  2. Flip through your magazines or printed materials for a map, words, design, logo, or pattern you like!  DIY if you have a laser printer at home, or have your map/other copied/printed at the local print shop ~ you basically need a laser or toner printed image.  Inkjet won’t work.  For the magazines ~ look for ones with pages that are *not* the super shiny.  I used a Paris tourism ad page from the French version of Elle.
  3. Cut little 1 inch by 1 inch squares from your chosen map.
  4. Fill a shallow saucer a bit of rubbing alcohol.  I used the 70% Isopropyl Alchohol from the drugstore.  I tried the other concentrations and they didn’t work as well, but your mileage may vary.  I also tried Vodka… and didn’t have much luck but you could drink it while doing your nails *wink*.
  5. Dip a square into your alcohol until it is fully damp.  Just a few seconds should do it.
  6. Press the paper square, with the design side facing your nail, onto your finger nail.
  7. Mush the paper against your entire nail.  Be sure to press it down into the edges too!
  8. Keep pressing for a good 30 seconds. Be careful not to move the paper! Otherwise your design will double print or you’ll get smudgies.
  9. Slowly peel away the paper from your nail.
  10. And there’s your design!
  11. Finish your other nails.  Let the final nail dry for 5 minutes after you finish.
  12. Apply a nice thick top coat!  I use Seche Vite.

If you mess up, just wipe the design off your nail with a alcohol soaked cotton ball. And then start with a new square of your map!

It might take a bit of practice, but the comments I got were SO totally worth it!  I hoping to do a set with QR Codes soon to show off my geeky side.  Can you imagine?  “Lookie! Scan my nails to visit Bionic Beauty!”

Wishing you many long and happy car trips,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog