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Monthly Manicure Challenge 2024

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!

 

February 2024 - Love and Fortune

 

For such a short month, February is pretty busy! Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Black History Month to name a few. It’s also a leap year! So feel free to showcase manicures that are inspired by any of these lovely events. 

Lunar New Year - Red and Gold are the usual colours. Feel free to throw in anything floral too! 🧧

 

Valentine’s Day - Nothing says I love you more than red, pink, and even white! ❤️🩷🤍

 

Black History Month - Highlight black-owned polish companies. The more people know about them, the more we can support them! 🖤

 

Leap Year - It comes around once every four years. Show of designs inspired by uncommon events like this. 🗓


See My Original Post That Started This Challenge Here

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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

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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
December 2024 - Happy Holidays: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Years!
January 2024 - New Year Newness

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

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March 2024 - March Madness

In Case You’re Interested In Other Challenges

 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

 Thank you! @Saradestin 💖 I'm really colorfull and sparkly atm and I'm totally happy about it 😋

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Someone said stamps???????????? 🤪🤪🤪

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 “fixing” the bubble mess by adding some stamping (surprising, isn’t it?
😅) 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! 😊), so I found it appropriate for this months challenge.

I used Maniology M093 spamming plate. So cute!

 

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Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

This turned our amazing! Totally winnie the pooh vibes 😌 💕 @Saradestin 

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

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😁 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! It’s super cute!

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Stamps… stamping…. 🤪 Thank you so much @JoSometimes! These bees are very cute, with those smiley faces! 

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@Saradestin  I love this bee 🐝 theme set! The honeycombs are perfect!

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Thank you @ather !! 🤗 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 🐝 💛 I love how it saved you from the bubbles too 😉

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

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Pink glitter and star stickers! I’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. It’s a bit hard to see the pink glitter but I swear it’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! 💖💯💖


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. I’ve only tried this with foil stickers though. I’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... 🫠 the patience you have 🤣

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@jaaayp I didn’t even think about Polly pocket! One of my daughters came up to me and asked so politely to make them pink and I couldn’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! 😊

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@JoSometimes Pretty! Pretty cool trick with the stickers. Looking forward to how it works with paper ones. 

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Thank you @Samtian! I’ll be sure to post it when I try. 

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@JoSometimes  I love this colour story! The sticker is perfect! It’s great to know you can use a regular sticker! I’ve never used a sticker before but I’ve used the plastic confetti pieces! 

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Thanks @ather! I just liked the two colours together. I haven’t tried printed paper stickers yet. We’ll see how that goes when I get to trying it. 🤞

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Excellent first mani for this month's challenge @JoSometimes 🥰 💗

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