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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!


June 2023 - Child At Heart: Stickers, Stamps, and Glitter


I remember, when I was in elementary school, June was this magical month where we did all kinds of arts and crafts involving glitter or sparkles and special guests were invited to the school and gave out stickers. Now that I sit on the other side of the desk as a teacher myself, I realize the glitter was saved for June because glitter is a pain to clean up on a normal day but the rooms would be deep cleaned during July and August. And all the special guests were there because teachers had already finished grading us and needed to kill time until the end of the year! And stickers make for quick and easy prizes and going away presents. So I thought we could relive those fun childhood memories. Feel free to use glitters, sparkles, shimmer, stickers, stamps, or anything else that makes you feel like a kid again! 💖🦋👧👦

And bonus challenge! June is also pride month for many, so feel free to showcase your support through rainbows. Kids love rainbows too, so it’s two-in-one! Or if you feel more inclined, you can go with the colours of a particular pride flag instead. And if the Pride celebrations happen at a different time of year for you, feel free to come back to the bonus challenge later. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

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

Mother Nature has always been an amazing source of inspiration. For this month, show off your floral-inspired manicures. It could be as simple as a colour that reminds you of your favourite flowers or break out your dotting tools to paint some pretty petals.

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

July 2023 - Fireworks!
August 2023 - Day at the Beach
September 2023 - On the Next Season: TV/Movie Insprired Manicures
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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I feel like I'm drawn to sparkly polishes, I love them, I have a bunch 😉 this one is very glittery and multi faceted IRL


( full nail post on the Show Me Your Nails 2.0 thread)


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I love this @CynthieLu! It’s like a galaxy in a bottle and now on your nails!

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Indirect Sunlight (sorry for the blurry photo!)


Glitter glitter everywhere! I was planning to check out some pride events this month and decided to rep the trans flag colours of blue, white, and pink too. This took WAAAY longer than I wanted because I kept smudging fingers. It’s been hot and humid here recently so I guess I have to be even more patient now.


I’ll cross post the exact polishes on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 

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I know what you mean,  humidity and nail drying are not friends. This one was worth the work thou, it's a beautiful mani. @JoSometimes 

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Thank you @CynthieLu! This manicure has garnered a quite a few compliments, yours included. 😊

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Did someone say glitter

6.3.2023 Glitter Mani.jpg


Danglefoot Polish is a UK-based indie nail polish brand. Danglefoot Zoltar Says Make Your Wish was part of a Polish Pick Up haul last year. It's a reflective glitter polish; this is 2 coats, before a top coat.

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I really love this polish @itsfi I need more sparkly ️ oranges in my collection.  This one is beautiful!

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That's a fabulous color, and I bet the reflective glitter looks amazing!

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Glitter 🤩🤩🤩 my sparkly glitter-hoarding goblin hands will be all over this thread this month 😂



Glitter and rainbow colors, what's not to love? 





Tangentially related aside, my favorite glitter meme is twofold...yes, glitter is my favorite color, but also, um, font matters 🧐😂




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Oooh this is phenomenally fun! I love how you used the glitter. 😄 (I will defintley try that at some point. 😉) and it's a rainbow 🌈 perfect! @RGbrown 

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Thanks so much! Nothing beats rainbows and sparkle 🌈

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@RGbrown Love the glitter, love the rainbow, love this mani! I like that you concentrated it as just a line of glitter down the centre. Definitely stealing that idea someday!

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Thanks so much! And steal away! 💖

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💫June is glitter for me 💫

I updated my mani with my sparkle rainbow toppers. One is big circle pieces, the other is rainbow glitter and halo pieces. 


A sun lit photo was not in the cards today,  we're supposed to be getting thunderstorms and the cloud cover isn't breaking.  ️ but when I move my fingers it's glittery rainbows everywhere! 🤩

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Ahhh, fabulous update, glitter is always a welcome addition! 💖

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Thank you 😊 @RGbrown  I'm always down to sparkle 💖

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Cuteee! Glitter is always fun @CynthieLu 🥰

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@jaaayp So fun to use,  but sooo hard to clean up. 😉 Sparkles love to hang around forever, lol. 

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@CynthieLu That is really pretty!!

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Thank you 💖 @Samtian 🙂 I was very exited to try to boost up my glittery-ness for this challenge.

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