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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!


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

December is finally upon us! Pretty soon, many of us will be celebrating the holidays. For some of us, it means some quiet time with loved ones and for others it means an endless list of parties and get-togethers! Either way, it’s the perfect excuse for a holiday mani!



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
September 2023 - We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Program: TV/Movie Inspired Manicures
October 2023 - Trick or Treat! Halloween-Inspired Mani’s
November 2023 - Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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

We’ve read the final month! I’m happy to continue this next year if people are willing. 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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December 2023 - Happy Holidays: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Years!


ILNP Forest Drive is described as "a rich and earthy holiday green jelly infused with mesmerizing holographic pigment." That's a pretty spot on description to me, but take a look for yourself. Happy Holidays, BIC!

Indoor natural lightIndoor natural light

Outdoor, natural lightOutdoor, natural light

blurry pic, to show all the pretty holo sparkles. They are indeed mesmerizing!blurry pic, to show all the pretty holo sparkles. They are indeed mesmerizing!


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@itsfi So sparkley! I love this. So weird question - My nails are currently around the length of yours. Do you mainly file them in a straight across/square type way? I need to keep my nails pretty short because I play piano, but I never know the best way to shape them. 

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@PrettyPaint, thank you. My nails are usually on the shorter side and my go to shape is square round. This is more square, which I was trying out again - I tend to get my nails snagged on things when they are square, which is why I prefer square round - the rounded edge I find makes it so that there’s usually no snagging. 

Oooh, how are your piano lessons coming along? 

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@itsfi Thanks! I think that's exactly what I'm going for - square with rounded edges. I absolutely hate it when my nails get snagged on things. I'm not taking piano lessons, though I probably should be. I used to take them when I was a kid through middle school. I didn't play at all until fairly recently, so I'm trying to get back into it again and relearn anything I may have forgotten over so many years. 

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@itsfi That definitely captures the essence of a forest drive. It reminds me of those drive-thru Christmas lights displays. 

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@JoSometimes, driving through neighborhoods with Christmas lights is always a fun activity this time of year.

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Lovely, @itsfi ! 🥰  It definitely looks like an evergreen with holiday lights. 🎄

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It's very pretty @Titian06, the color builds up with the number of coats.

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Pretty!!!!!!!! I love your nails @itsfi 💚


What's the name of this color?

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@furbie, thank you! Such a fun & festive shade. It's ILNP Forest Drive.

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@JoSometimes Loving this thread, hoping you make one for 2024 🙂

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@QueenMarceline I will certainly try! If you have any suggestions for next year, let me know!

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November 2023 - Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice 

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The camera on my phone was not being a team player 😞 Wondering if I accidently changed some settings; will have to look into that when I have more time. Sorry, folks; these were the best of the ones I took. 

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Base Coat: Deborah Lippmann All About That Base 

Top Coat: Glisten & Glow Top Coat


Zoya Yardley (thumb) - the first photo is a more accurate depiction of the polish - it's a dark peachy champagne with a finish that is a cross between a metallic and a shimmer; 2 easy coats. 


786 Merida (index) - described as a peachy beige, but on my nails, it has a very faint peach undertone in person. This is 3 coats.


786 Dubovnik (middle) - it's the shade of the month for 786 and is described as a creamy coral / terracotta. I think the terracotta description is apt, though in person, the color is softer than many terracotta shades. 2 coats.


786 Merida topped with Zoya Bonnie (ring) - Bonnie is a sheer, warm rose gold topper; very pretty. 2 coats of Merida, topped with 1.5 coats of Bonnie.


786 Seville (pinky) - I pulled this one out of my bin by mistake. It's a golden yellow, not really pumpkin spice like. It's more on the "and everything nice" part of this month's theme. 😄 3 coats.


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@itsfi Those are beautiful but that Seville calls to me badly lol.

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Seville is beautiful in person @Samtian; reminds me of a marigold yellow bordering on a mustard shade. 💛 It’s not a shade I have in my collection and is definitely one I’m happy to have picked up. I feel like you did a mani with a similar shade, or at least one from the same color family. It was lovely. 

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@itsfi Thank you, I did! I love mustard colors.

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Lovely mani @itsfi! It definitely gives fall vibes. The ones on your thumb and middle finger really change with the lighting!

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Thanks @JoSometimes. Agreed! I didn’t realize how much they changed until looking through the shots I took. 

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@itsfi Great colors for the fall 🙂 I think my favorite would have to be Dubovnik. 

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@QueenMarceline, thank you. I’m not typically a fan of terracotta shades but Dubvronik really stands out for me. A keeper for sure.

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