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Star Trek Into Darkness Inspired Manicure

by Bionic Beauty on 15.May.2013 · 4 comments

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


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 09.Apr.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

Its Nail Heaven at CVS

by Bionic Beauty on 30.Mar.2013 · 2 comments

My local CVS finally got the “new” nail center setup! I know these stations have been in larger city stores for quite a few months, but those of us in smaller towns have been patiently waiting.

Anyhow, after chatting with the manager (I’m in this store pretty much everyday so they know me), I snapped some photos for all the Bionic Beauties who haven’t witnessed these little nail islands of wonder!



Some of the brands displayed are: Cover Girl, Revlon, Nicole by OPI, Sally Hansen, L’Oreal, Kiss, Essie, Sensationail, Maybelline and Seche.

Does your local CVS store have the new nail center display?

Bunny ears and marshmallow Peeps,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Vampire-inspired Halloween Mani

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Oct.2012

Yet another Halloween themed nail polish creation by yours truly…

I created this manicure using all Gelish SOG (Soak Off Gel) polishes, but you could create the same look with regular polishes from your own stash.

I used Electric Metal Lover – a magnetic red – for the main color. Two coats and the final coat I “activated” the magnetic properties using one of my China Glaze nail magnets. The drips were freehand painted using Black Shadow – a black creme.

Vampire-inspired Halloween gel polish manicure

I think this style polish would also look awesome with a clear base over the entire nail, then apply the “drips” in a deep, blood red.

Happy Halloween y’all!

Spiders n’ Webs Manicure

by Bionic Beauty on 21.Oct.2012

In honor of Halloween being just a few days away, I polished up my fingers with some spiders and webs accents.


My Spiders n' Webs manicure

All the polish is soak-off, UV-cured gel polish by Gelish.  The polish base color is a blurple (blue-purple) achieved by mixing Caution (a shimmery navy) and Sheek White (creamy white).  The spiderwebs were painted on with a toothpick using Sheek White. The spiders were also done with a toothpick in Black Shadow.

Have you created a Halloween inspired mani or pedi?  I’d love to see photos if you have!