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Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Welcome to the Monthly Manicure Challenge! There’s a lot of great manicure ideas and inspiration here on BIC. I find challenges are a great way to channel that inspiration, push me  out of my comfort zone, and try new styles or colours I wouldn’t normally go for. It’s a great way to grow in skill and artistry. I hope you’ll join me on this journey.


All are welcome, whether you’re a pro or a novice like me, or if you have a favourite manicurist that is the only one you trust with your hands. You’re welcome to post as often or as little as you like, post late, or skip challenges completely. And feel free to post them on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 too!


September 2023 - We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Program: TV/Movie Inspired Manicures

Summer is on its way out, school’s back in session, and for many parents: the most wonderful time of the year. September also means the return of our favourite shows or the beginnings of new series. Let’s see your TV- or movie-inspired manicures. It could be what your favourite character wore or colours that remind you of one. I know some people have Disney-inspired sets. 







See My Original Post That Started This Challenge Here


I’ve been a part of BIC for a while now. I’ve seen makeup, skincare, and photography challenges, which have been great for giving me inspiration, but nothing for mani’s. I love Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023 because it’s given me lots of inspiration, pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow in my skills and artistry. I’d probably be stuck doing the same looks if it weren’t for that. I know we have Show Me Your Nails 2.0 which has been a great source of inspiration. I don’t want to take away from it but rather give myself and others a way to narrow down all the great ideas from it and get outside of my comfort zone (which has been bright colours and sparkly toppers lately)


Would there be any interest in starting a challenge for mani’s? We could have a different theme every month or even twice a month so that people can wear their mani’s out without worrying about missing one. People could always revisit themes if they miss them but still want to participate. I’m happy to organize it and if people have ideas for themes, I’m happy to work them in. What do you all think? Let me know if we should go one or twice a month and any themes you might want to see. 


Tagging some people but feel free to tag others who I missed or who you think might be interested.

@RGbrown @Titian06 @itsfi @CynthieLu @ather @jaaayp @Saradestin @Mellmars1185 @WinglessOne @Samtian 

Previous Challenges

May 2023 - May Flowers
June 2023 - Child At Heart
July 2023 - Fireworks/Canada Day/Fourth of July
August 2023 - A Day At The Beach

Upcoming Challenegs (*Spoiler Alert!* ⚠️ Click at your own risk!)

October 2023 - Spooky or Silly Halloween
November 2023 - Pumpkin Spice
December 2023 - Happy Holidays: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Years!

I’m open to changing things up or adding bonus challenges. If you have suggestions, please let me know!)

In Case You’re Interested In Other Challenges


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Love, love, love! And you’ve definitely still got some art skills @RGbrown! I usually don’t go for orange coloured anything because it ends up just blending in with my skin, especially in the summer, but I do love the Tangerine you used for the flowers. 

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I disliked orange for the longest time, it's one of the last colors I got into for nail polish, but it's sooooo much fun for a mani! I hope you can find a good one for your skin tone one day 🧡

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You always create masterpieces @RGbrown , and this one is no exception! ❤️❤️❤️

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@Saradestin @Titian06 @jaaayp 

Thanks so much again, y'all!! 🌼

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This is gorgeous, @RGbrown ! 🌸🌷🌻

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@RGbrown I'll say it again, I LOVES IT!!!

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What a fun idea, @JoSometimes! Once a month seems attainable to me, I hope to join in. Thank you for starting this.


And little playdoh cups everywhere? Sounds like you have a pretty full life 😁  

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@eshoeVERY full. I have twin girls who like to dictate my manicures. It makes life plenty interesting and doubly fun. 😊


And thank you for joining in on the fun. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Twin girls, @JoSometimes? I am kinda jealous! I like your attitude, better doubly fun than anything else 😊

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This was my idea, so I should probably start things off. My cheap little dotting tool broke but my Amazon order arrived just in time. I haven’t tried the brushes yet. I feel like I need to practice with them to figure out how mush pressure to apply.


Out with the old, in with the new. And yes, that’s a little playdoh cup to hold nail polish remover for cleaning up. I have SO MANY lying around.




I just finished my Pikachu/Mimikyu manicure a few days ago and didn’t want to remove them yet, so I decided to add a flower to my thumbs. It was a good chance to try out the tools and get a better feel for them. I like the added length. It gives a more balanced feeling. It’s like writing with a regular No. 2 pencil vs tiny golf pencil. 

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@JoSometimes  Great flower!!

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Thank you @ather! 🌸

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Oooh nice tools set @JoSometimes , they worked so well for this! I still love this flowery pokemon fused mani. It's fun on so many levels and really nicely made 🩷


I might have to invest in one someday if I can find one locally, ordering Amazon and my building is risky, package theft is unreal right now 🥺


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Thanks @CynthieLu! It was more of a practice session but I wanted to jump start the challenge.


And package theft sucks! I live in a detached house and still had rhat problem. The other family that lives in the basement suite and I have a deal to grab each others packages as soon as we see them. I know you can have packages delivered to Amazon lockers or local businesses for holding too. Perhaps there’s an option near you?

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It's becoming a huge issue, our entire building complains about the tenants that walk the halls taking people's packages. There's no security cameras in the stairwells and they get away with it.  The Super put up posters asking delivery companies to stop leaving packages due to theft but the delivery people don't want to come back again right, they don't get paid to keep trying to deliver. It's rough.

I know it is a problem everywhere thou.

Oh I wish @JoSometimes they opened small one of those locker places here years ago in a gas station but it didn't work out for whatever reason, they took it away.  They would need a huge one here.  No package is safe these days. 

It's wonderful you have a good system with your neighbour 😀 your very lucky to have good people near by ❤️


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That’s terrible @CynthieLu! I hope things improve. It only takes one rotten Apple to ruin the batch. 😡

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Wow! Your flower is so perfect @JoSometimes ! ❤️And I love that it has two layers. I would have never thought about it. See?? You have already inspired me!!😊

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Thank you @Saradestin! I was actually inspired by your hibiscus and it’s orange petals that go coral/red towards the centre.

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Aww! That’s so sweet @JoSometimes ! Flowers are always an inspiration!

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@JoSometimes repurposing at its finest 🥰

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@jaaayp Now I need to find a use for the other 99! 😆

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