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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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@Mellmars1185, thank you! It turned out a lot better than I thought it would. Sometimes it takes a handful of tries to pack on the glitter, but the brush picked up a lot of the glitter particles and distributed them nicely along the nail. 

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July - Fireworks 🎆

This shade shall not be named hehe (it is too funny). Anyhow this sparkly topper reminds me of a whole bunch of fireworks going off at once. I was debating on using a navy blue or black for the base shade. Maybe next time...


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LOVE THE SPARKLES @Mellmars1185 !!! I'm so jealous gel nail polishes are so limited sometimes. Also, I feel like you have a lot of polishes with names that shall not be mentioned 🤣🤣🤣

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@jaaayp Thank you. So far this is the only brand where I am afraid to mention the name 😅. When i open my packages my this brand, I always share them with my family and we ger a good laugh! 

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Great topper, @Mellmars1185 !

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@Titian06 Thanks!

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@Mellmars1185 Definitely has fireworks vibes! I’d love to see it over a dark base someday! 🎆

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@JoSometimes Thanks!

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Going for the bonus here with a pedicure. I FINALLY pampered myself with a professional one last week after putting it off for months due to life, work, etc… I went with CND - Mint Convertible. I think it matches well with a whole bunch of colours including my Barbie pink manicure from last week.



Here’s this week’s green manicure. I tried to do a glitter gradient again and it always reminds me of the tail end of fireworks when they trickle away. Details are posted on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 

And if anyone’s curious as to how I did the gif, I took a short video of my hand and uploaded it to a video to gif converter. I was hoping it would capture the shift of my accent nail and some of the glitter of my other nails. Sadly you only catch a glimpse of the glitter. The colour shift is kind of there. I promise I’ll get better at this!

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LOL OMG YOUR PICTURE OF NAILS AND TOES IN ONE PICTURE MADE ME LAUGH @JoSometimes 🤣🤣🤣 I can only imagine your creative pose getting both. Glad you got your pedi done and had some pamper time 🥰🥰🥰

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@jaaayp It wasn’t so bad. Lying on the couch with my feet propped up and a peace sign in front of the camera. Honestly, I hate taking pictures of my feet alone. The only way I would show this off is with something else in the foreground to distract from my foot. Glad I could make you chuckle for a moment! 😁

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@JoSometimes I imagined a cartoon scrunched up 🤣 I get that. Tbh I hate feet with quite a passion (which is why I'll never be posting a pedi nor do I ever do a pedi...) but yours is special and it made me laugh so it's awesome 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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@JoSometimes Lovely mani and pedi!

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Thank you @Mellmars1185! I’m happy I was finally able to get a pedi. It was long overdue. 

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I'm trying to use them all before I reuse. So these two I thought were a good play on the fireworks theme. A sparkly gold and sparkly purple (it's light purple I promise).

Gold- Formula X Alchemy II

Purple- Blackheart Gel Effect (no idea the shade name)

2 coats each. 


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Sooo opaque! Love it ❤️

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Great fireworks-themed mani, @Samtian !

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@Titian06 😄 thank you so much!

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@Samtian Loving this mani for the Fireworks theme! 

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@Mellmars1185 Thank you! I liked how the colors ended up looking. 

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@Samtian Wow! These are just gorgeous!

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