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Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Welcome to the Monthly Manicure Challenge! Thereโ€™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 wouldnโ€™t normally go for. Itโ€™s a great way to grow in skill and artistry. I hope youโ€™ll join me on this journey.


All are welcome, whether youโ€™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. Youโ€™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!


November 2023 - Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice


Weโ€™re deep into fall and winter is fast approaching. Letโ€™s see some fall inspired manicures! They could be pumpkin spice themed, a leaf colour-change inspired skittle, or whatever makes you feel warm and cozy. And happy thanksgiving to all the American BIC members. Feel free to post thanksgiving-inspired maniโ€™s too!


See My Original Post That Started This Challenge Here


Iโ€™ve been a part of BIC for a while now. Iโ€™ve seen makeup, skincare, and photography challenges, which have been great for giving me inspiration, but nothing for maniโ€™s. I love Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023 because itโ€™s given me lots of inspiration, pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow in my skills and artistry. Iโ€™d probably be stuck doing the same looks if it werenโ€™t for that. I know we have Show Me Your Nails 2.0 which has been a great source of inspiration. I donโ€™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 maniโ€™s? We could have a different theme every month or even twice a month so that people can wear their maniโ€™s out without worrying about missing one. People could always revisit themes if they miss them but still want to participate. Iโ€™m happy to organize it and if people have ideas for themes, Iโ€™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
September 2023 - We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Program: TV/Movie Inspired Manicures
October 2023 - Trick or Treat! Halloween-Inspired Maniโ€™s

Upcoming Challenegs (*Spoiler Alert!* โš ๏ธ Click at your own risk!)

December 2023 - Happy Holidays: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Years!

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

In Case Youโ€™re Interested In Other Challenges


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They already look like fun @CynthieLu! I canโ€™t to see what it looks like in full sun!

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I know,  the clouds are taking away from my sparkly fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lol, naw. We totally need the rain, but it didn't decide to come down today.

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@CynthieLu  These are so pretty!! Too bad the sun isnโ€™t shining! 

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Thank you @ather ๐Ÿ’™ It was so overcast today but it never stormed like they were calling for.  

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I love glitter @CynthieLu , so I can just imagine how gorgeous your mani must be now with those toppers, sparkly rainbow beauty! ๐ŸŒˆโœจโœจโœจ

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 Thank you! @Saradestin ๐Ÿ’– I'm really colorfull and sparkly atm and I'm totally happy about it ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Someone said stamps???????????? ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช

I was sent a Sally Hansen polish from Influenster and  I have been testing it these past days. It is Xtreme Wear in Concrete Jungle. The application was terrible, going on thick, gummy and uneven. And even doing my nails like I have for the last decades, it generated bubbles on each coat. Bad. But the lasting power is very impressive!
I ended up โ€œfixingโ€ the bubble mess by adding some stamping (surprising, isnโ€™t it?
๐Ÿ˜…) and top coat, which evened out the texture.
The pattern is very cute and I would love it if I 
were a child, (and I felt like one while applying the stamps for sure! ๐Ÿ˜Š), so I found it appropriate for this months challenge.

I used Maniology M093 spamming plate. So cute!






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This turned our amazing! Totally winnie the pooh vibes โœจ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜Œ ๐Ÿ’• @Saradestin 

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@Saradestin AHHH I am obsessed! I'm fangirling over here. 

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๐Ÿ˜ Thank you so much @Samtian !! They are cute!! 

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Stamps! I knew I was missing something @Saradestin. I love this honey bee theme! Itโ€™s super cute!

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Stampsโ€ฆ stampingโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿคช Thank you so much @JoSometimes! These bees are very cute, with those smiley faces! 

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@Saradestin  I love this bee ๐Ÿ theme set! The honeycombs are perfect!

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Thank you @ather !! ๐Ÿค— I love bees and this stamping plate is very cute. 

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This is a sweet little set, and it showcases our important pollinators @Saradestin ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’› I love how it saved you from the bubbles too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yes @CynthieLu ! I love bees and what they do for us. And these are so cute, with their smiley faces! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Pink glitter and star stickers! Iโ€™ve been doing a lot of purple lately, which one of my daughters and I share a love for. My other daughter loves pink and kindly asked me to do them pink this time. Itโ€™s a bit hard to see the pink glitter but I swear itโ€™s there! On my ring finger, I still tried to incorporate purple through a lilac polish and a star sticker stolen from my kids collection.

I think it turned out super cute and definitely kid approved! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’–

If anyone is wondering, you CAN use actual stickers, assuming they fit your nails. If you want to try, I recommend laying down your polish of choice and letting it dry at least overnight before putting on a sticker. The solvents in the polish eat away the adhesive and they stop wanting to stay on your fingers. Once fully cured, clean the nail with rubbing alcohol and a lint free cloth before applying the sticker and sealing with quick-dry top coat. Iโ€™ve only tried this with foil stickers though. Iโ€™ll try paper ones next. 


Cross posted on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

I think these totally remind me of childhood for some reason @JoSometimes ?!?!? Polly pockets?!?! It's good to know you can use regular stickers... overnight tho... ๐Ÿซ  the patience you have ๐Ÿคฃ

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@jaaayp I didnโ€™t even think about Polly pocket! One of my daughters came up to me and asked so politely to make them pink and I couldnโ€™t say no. She picked out the pink and the glitter. I keep thinking fairy princess. 

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@JoSometimes Very very pretty!

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Thank you @Samtian! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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