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.
We start this month’s blog with a moment of silence for the sudden passing of our beloved friend and Brand Ambassador Kimberly Ta of @ohlalanails.
We send our hearts, condolences and prayers to Kimmy's family and friends during these difficult times. Our hearts too are broken for the loss of Kimmy.
We have the incredible honour of recognizing Kimmy as our Brand Ambassador for six years, but more importantly, she was our friend. Kimmy was and always will be one of our nail community's top nail artists. Her artistry and talent were undeniable and will continue to inspire us all, but it is her beautiful and kind spirit that touched all our lives and will be remembered forever.
Although we only had the honour to meet Kimmy once at Premiere Orlando 2018, it was unmistakable how much of a sincere, kind, caring, sweet and loving person she was. Kimmy was always the ray of sunshine, she would light up the room without even knowing it. Kimmy was so humble and the way she made us feel so much positivity will never be forgotten or replaced. Kimmy made a difference in our lives and she will be dearly and truly missed by us all.
We reach out to all our readers and ask you to please visit this link if you have anything to share and help support Kimmy’s family during these difficult times.
Thank you, Kimmy, for being our friend. We will always love and miss you.
DECEMBER AT A GLANCE
Round of applause because we’ve made it to the final month of the year! 2021 has been such a thrilling ride filled with new opportunities, faces and adventures- especially after what some may find was the most difficult and unprecedented time. We will continue to carry on into normalcy and bring this positive energy into 2022.
Before diving into 2022, let’s wrap up all the events we have going on for this month which includes but is not limited to the blog giveaway and Artist Spotlight on our Brand Ambassador Hannah Lee of @hannaroxit.
OFFICE CLOSURE NOTICE
Before we jingle away into this month, we’d like to announce that the Bio Seaweed Gel Offices in Canada and USA will be closed for the holidays starting December 24th 2021 and resuming regular business and office hours on January 3rd 2022.
All emails and orders placed from 12.24.21 – 01.02.22 will not be replied or fulfilled until starting the first week of January 2022. We kindly ask you to expect delayed replies and fulfilment notifications starting from 7 business days from January 3rd, 2022.
THE BSG STORE
The doors of our first flagship store, The BSG Store are open once again. Thank you to everyone who made it out to our Grand Re-Opening party on December 5th. It was so nice to see both familiar and new faces! The BSG Store is set to be more than just a retail store but also a space where all types of education will take place! We will be hosting retail workshops, demos and professional certification classes – these are all in the works for 2022. Plus, did someone say DIY nail bar?! Make sure to join our email list to be the first to know full details.
From now until December 23, come visit us for 20% off store-wide!
The BSG Store will also be closed for the holidays from 12.24.21 – 01.09.22 and resuming regular store hours on 01.10.22
The BSG Store was not the only something new for the beginning of the month! December 1st was the first day of our seventh annual 12 Days of BSG!
12 DAYS OF BSG
The 12 Days of BSG is happening now and this year’s 12-day event involves:
- New promotions & sales released daily
- Limited time free shipping on orders over $50
- A grand giveaway of $1000 in BSG E-Gift Card for you and a friend (Enter here)
- Donating a dollar for every order made during the 12 Days of BSG to the SickKids Foundation
If you’ve missed out on the last 8 days, do not fret! All promos are valid until the last day of the 12 Days of BSG, December 13th at 11AM EST. However, if you happen to miss out on the 12 Days of BSG, we do have our upcoming Boxing Day Sale.
BOXING DAY SALE
Get ready for the last sale of the year! Our Boxing Day Sale will start on 12.26.21 11AM EST and end in the new year on 01.03.22 11AM EST.
Here’s what you can expect:
- 25% off the entire site for BSG Retail
- 15% off the entire site for BSG Pro
- $20 off $50 Reward Card for all purchases made during the sale for future use!
If you are a nail professional, make sure you apply here to get access to preferred rates on our products for even greater savings during the sale (and all year long)!
If you are DIY nail lover, create a retail account today here to start earning points which you can redeem later on for savings and more!
Both account types who join the BSG Squad Rewards Program enjoy member-only benefits of earning points on every order for future discount, access to exclusive sales & news, birthday bonuses + more!
T’is the season to give back, we invite you to learn more about our Points for Donation cause featuring the National CARES Mentoring Movement to make a difference with your points this Holiday season.
DECEMBER HOLIDAY LOOKS
What’s a December post if we do not showcase some holiday nails!? We have been particularly loving all the #BSGGreen, #BSGBlue, #BSGRed and #BSGWhite looks we’ve been seeing on our feed- so delicious and luxe looking! We are also here for the full out Christmas vibe with the gnomes and snowflake nail art 😍
1045 Living Lush
91 Poison Ivy
266 Prize Every Time
277 Peach Tea, 01 White, 17 Cherry Pie, 207 Lime, R7 Citrine
12 Tea Party
1010 Sugar Cookie, 43 Evergreen
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: HANNAH LEE (@HANNAHROXIT)
Our last featured artist spotlight of the year is on none other than our dazzling Brand Ambassador, Hannah Lee of @hannaroxit. With 137k followers on Instagram and 411k subscribers on YouTube, we had the honour of nabbing some one-on-one time with this busy creative – read on to learn more about the glitzy world of Hannah.
To begin, could you tell us a little about yourself - namely how you got into this profession and into this side of the nail business as a content creator?
“I have always loved doing my nails since I was young. I did have much interest in makeup or hair, but when it came to my nails, it was just way more fun to me. After high school, I decided to get my nail tech license since my mom has a small wellness studio. I thought it would be a good idea to offer mani/pedi services since she has a good clientele already. Half way through school, our teacher showed us how to marble flowers with a needle. It was definitely one of those old school looking designs, but back then, I was so amazed. I thought, how cool is this?! That's when I got the idea that I could make a channel on YouTube for all things nails included nail art designs. When I first started, I really had no idea what I was doing. And I never considered myself an artist in the first place so my very first videos are so funny to watch. I do enjoy seeing videos from then and now because it just shows how much you can grow and learn.”
I see that you've done work for big name fashion houses like Valentino and Bottega (amazing!! 😍) Could you tell us what set was your favourite to have worked on? Have you ever had a * pinch me is this real life!?
“I'm so honored to have worked on so many big name sets! My favorite would definitely have to be with Zendaya for Valentino and Lancome. It was so much fun to be behind the scenes and watch how they create these amazing commercials and photos. I remember when we were all heading back to set and you could hear on the walkie talkies something being said about Z's crew coming in which was hair, makeup, stylist, and then me, as well. I was like, wait... I'm included in this. This is really cool.”
Of course, being on a BSG blog, we have to ask ... what is your favourite BSG colour?!
“That's so hard to choose, but as soon as I saw the rhinestone gel collection, I was super drawn to it. I have to pick purple geode as my favorite, for now at least.”
The holidays will be coming up soon and we'd love to know what are your favourite nail looks for the holidays?
“I'm all for sparkle during the holidays. These two designs can really work for any part of the holiday season. The rhinestones over a darker base is really great for New Years' and the more minimal sparkle outline over a natural color can compliment any outfit. You can also mix and match whatever colors you like!”
Lastly, we'd love to give you a chance to share any exciting news or upcoming projects that we can expect from you!
“I do have an exciting project coming soon but it's still under wraps so I can't say much about it yet! But other than that, I will be creating more fun nail art designs that will be great for the holiday season!”
$100 BSG E-GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY
To end the year and for the final blog post giveaway, we will be giving away an $100 BSG e-Gift card. All you need to do is comment below and let us know what was the most memorable moment of BSG for you this year?
One winner will be contacted by email on January 3rd 2021. Must be 18+ to enter and a resident of USA. For all Canada residents, to leave a comment on our Canada blog click here.
Giveaway Closed. Winner is Brandy Worden.
I think my most memorable moment with BSG was my first purchase and realizing I had finally found a brand of gel that I wasn’t allergic to. I was honestly in a real slump when my allergy developed and felt like I had lost something that was quickly becoming a big part of my life. So thanks BSG for bringing this back into my life!
My most memorable moment with BSG was buying 10 Unity shades and a lamp right before my two week hotel quarantine in South Korean and spending everyday learning a new design! Now I’m able to do my own and my friends’ nails ☺️ Best lesson of the year with BSG!
My most memorable BSG moment this year was recording my first package from BSG and falling in love with the beautiful vibrant colors.