Hello and welcome to Beyond the Paint, a blog by Bio Seaweed Gel (BSG). Every month, we will be releasing new content discussing all things BSG for this upcoming month including sneak peeks, nails and more. We finish up every issue with ‘Artist Spotlight’ a mini-interview series featured on Beyond the Paint where we share insider interviews with our favourite nail professionals and creators.
NOVEMBER AT A GLANCE
Happy November everyone! Welcome to the calm before the storm, the period before the busiest time of the year and all the holiday chaos ensues. For BSG, we may very well be in a busy storm already, as we have a ton of new and exciting events and sales that will be released in the next few weeks!
What’s on the top of this month’s list? We will be having our annual Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale, the best sale of the year! Plus, we are releasing our final collection of the year – the Holiday 2021 Collection. Read through this month’s blog for your chance to win this collection - details are at the end, right after our Artist Spotlight with BSG Brand Ambassador Vivian Xue of @vivxue. Last but not least, we have three words for you: Flagship Retail Store!
POINTS FOR DONATION
Before we get into everything that’s new for November, we want to remind our readers that last month we partnered with a new featured organization to be the beneficiary of our Points for Donation initiative: National CARES Mentoring Movement.
Points for Donation is a reward in our BSG Squad Rewards Program that will allow our customers to redeem your BSG points for a $5 donation to the featured organization. This reward was added as a response to help highlight and support organizations that empower and elevate the Black Community every day, beyond just Black History Month. There is no purchase necessary – you can donate your points and there is no additional order or shipping fee required.
We thank everyone who made contributions towards the last featured organization, CEE: Centre for Young Black Professionals and hope to see the same support for our current organization: National CARES Mentoring Movement. A movement that is dedicated to secure, heal, uplift and transform the lives of Black children and families living in under-served communities through recruiting and mobilizing mentors to help challenge and champion them.
HUE MYSTERY SUBSCRIPTION BOX
Another reminder that we are currently in our Fall release of the Hue Mystery Subscription Box and you will have until December 21st to get your hands on a Fall Hue Box. Get it before it’s gone!
Hue is BSG’s seasonal box subscription service, where we select the season’s top five colours in different hues to take the guesswork out of your next manicure and pedicure at an unbeatable value (over 51% off!) Each mystery box will contain five products with one of the items being a guaranteed colour from the latest collection. You will also receive limited edition BSG merch that is not sold anywhere else!
HOLIDAY 2021 COLLECTION
The Holiday 2021 Collection will be…drum roll please…the return of a specialty gel polish. We are so excited to announce that our gelChrome Multi-Chromatic Gel Polish will be making a comeback in the original 6 shades and we are releasing 2 additional new shades!
Capture the prismatic beauty and strength of the natural worldly elements on your fingertips with The Elements 2.0 Collection. All gelChrome polishes must be applied over a black gel base to achieve the multi-chromatic finish.
The official collection launch date is November 19, 2021 with launch promotions happening from 11.19.21 11AM EST – 11.24.21 11AM EST:
- Free shipping on your entire order with the purchase of any colour from the gelChrome The Elements 2.0 Collection. Must use code ‘GELCHROME’ at checkout.
- Free Upgraded Dual Pack and free shipping with the purchase of the entire gelChrome collection.
NOVEMBER NAIL LOOKS
For those who are not familiar with this Specialty Gel Polish here are some of our favourite looks! Note that when using a gelChrome, it must always be painted over a black base to achieve its full chromatic look. However, you are always free to use the gelChrome over any base to achieve a more subtle shimmer or chrome look.
BLACK FRIDAY + CYBER MONDAY SALE
Mark your calendars because following the release of our gelChrome Holiday 2021 Collection will be our annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale! Our Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale will start on 11.25.21 11AM EST – 11.30.21 11AM EST and we have the first look of the promotions here.
BLACK FRIDAY PROMOTIONS:
- 30% off the entire site with code 'BFCM2021'
- 50% price markdowns on select tools and accessories
- $5 Dip Powder + $3 Bebio Nail Lacquer
Earn double the BSG Squad Reward Points
Free shipping on all orders over $30
CYBER MONDAY PROMOTION:
$5 flat-rate shipping, no minimum purchase required.
*Kind reminder: the gelChrome will be excluded from the BFCM sales, we suggest to take advantage of the launch promos instead if you are interested in the gelChrome collection!
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: VIVIAN XUE RAHEY
You may have seen spotted her press-on work of art on Instagram or perhaps watched one of her videos on TikTok where she has amassed nearly 2 million fans. Whichever it may be, we are excited to introduce this month’s Artist Spotlight, our Brand Ambassador Vivian Xue (@vivxue).
Let's start from the beginning, could you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us where you are based and how you got into the nail industry!
“My name is Vivian Rahey! (@vivxue on IG/Tiktok) I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area and I got into the nail industry just blogging about nail art I tried to make on myself! I really didn't think I would be any good at it, but at the time, I was messing around with regular polishes trying to paint stuff I loved. I became addicted and loved it so much I couldn't stop!”
If you weren't a nail technician, what other profession or career could you see yourself in?
“I was a front-end developer/software engineer before! I definitely still do this as part of running my business Pamper Nail Gallery. I'm a very analytical person who likes art too, so I think this career path rounded out my art style. 😅”
Your nail art is amazing and the details are impeccable - to date what is your favorite nail set/look you've done and how long did it take to complete?
“I still think that my Rush Hour nails are my favorite because it was my childhood favorite movie and I know all the lines to it. It took me 18 hours to paint Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, and Soo Young. I really wish I kept those nails because I miss them SO MUCH.”
Could you share with us your favorite nail look using BSG products/colours and let us know what your favourite BSG colour is!
“I painted this fall woodlands scene using all BSG colors!! My favorite BSG color is definitely Ember (which you see featured here)”
Going back to your incredible artistic ability - I recall one nail look that you did with Wanda and Vision and thought it was super cool and creative that Vision changed from black and white to red! Your videos on TikTok are also hilarious! Where do you pull your inspiration from for your creativity when creating these nail looks and videos?
“I feed off the energy of my clients nowadays! I paint every day and so constantly try to find new and exciting ways to make movies, shows, and art come alive! I usually watch the shows themselves, and think of ways to make the nail video equivalent of the subject I'm asked to create something around.”
We'd love to give you a chance to plug in anything you'd like to share with us and the readers! Is there any exciting new projects or content that we can expect upcoming from you?
Nothing I can share publicly yet...but there is something huge that we're working on and hope to announce in 2022!
THE BSG STORE
As we are coming to the end of 2021, we are so excited to announce the grand re-opening of the BSG Store in Toronto, ON Canada! The BSG Store will be our Flagship Retail Store, center of professional and DIY education + workshops and THE place for a unique experience for our BSG Squad!
Stay tuned for more details released throughout this month.
HOLIDAY 2021 COLLECTION GIVEAWAY
With the Holiday season upon us, we want to know what’s your go-to Holiday BSG colour? Leave a comment below letting us know. Every comment will also double as an entry for a chance to win the Holiday 2021 gelChrome ‘The Elements 2.0’ collection or the equivalent gift card value of $160.
One winner will be contacted by email on December 1st 2021. Must be 18+ to enter and a resident of Canada.
For all USA residents, to leave a comment on our USA blog click here.
Giveaway Closed. Winner is Debbie G.
Love love love the Rhinestone collection!!
You can’t beat the sparkle of Crystal Ball! Reminds me of the Christmas carol, Silver Bells 🔔
Absolutely the Rhinestone Collection💖, always something there for everyone! For me, Garnet, who could say no to red And sparkling ! But saving the Cobalt for NewYears!
The entire Rhinestone collection gives all the holiday vibes! I love them all, I can’t just choose one 😍🤗
I’m obsessed with Morganite! It’s the perfect Holiday & New Year’s colour!
Those chrome colors are amazing!
My go to holiday shade is Candy Cane Lane. It brings the sparkle to the holiday season.
Loving the rhinestone collection, it’s perfect for the holiday season🥰
My fav colour for the holidays is Pretty In Sage!! I also like to add in some Candy Apple and White on my accent nails! ❤️💚
My go to Christmas colour is Naughty and Nice❤️
My favourite BSG colour has got to be Ivy, such a flattering colour on all skin tones. Can’t wait to stock up during BF sale!! Also LOL @ Rush hour nails, I love them!
Love all the beautiful colours! Really looking forward to the holiday season 🥰
I’ve been using gold bar a LOT this year for holiday nails!! A new favorite is escape the city 😍
My go-to Holiday BSG colours are Garnet, Diamonds, Onyx, Cool Blue, and Gold Bar, with Free Spirit, and Mystical, plus White for accents.
I am very excited about the Gel Chrome collection. Any of those Colours would be a perfect holiday go-to.
I’ve just recently been introduced to BSG polish. I was so overwhelmed with all the beautiful colours! I bought plaid please # 1021 which is a beautiful Christmas red and ShootingStar #22, to add sparkle to your colour or wear alone. Debbie
My fav go-to holiday colour is Garnet!
I love a classic dark grey like Great Catch and throw in some sparkles like GoldBar or a light nude such as Coconut!
My go to is BSG Scarlet and any of the Candy Cane Lane colours!
I’ve used Poppy on multiple Christmas nail sets. It’s a great holiday red!
My Holiday go-to are definitely Emerald, Garnet, Onyx and Tuxedo Blue!🙊🌲
I’m soooo excited for the Element collection beimg back and ohh can’t wait to see the new shades.😍
I love garnet for the holidays but this year I’m looking forward to try something new with a dark green.