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Monthly Manicure Challenge 2024

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!


February 2024 - Love and Fortune


For such a short month, February is pretty busy! Lunar New Year, Valentineโ€™s Day, and Black History Month to name a few. Itโ€™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! ๐Ÿงง


Valentineโ€™s Day - Nothing says I love you more than red, pink, and even white! โค๏ธ๐Ÿฉท๐Ÿค


Black History Month - Highlight black-owned polish companies. The more people know about them, the more we can support them! ๐Ÿ–ค


Leap Year - It comes around once every four years. Show of designs inspired by uncommon events like this. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

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
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!* โš ๏ธ Click at your own risk!)

March 2024 - March Madness

In Case Youโ€™re Interested In Other Challenges


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@inkluva  So fun! 

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Oh what! Your claws are fantastic @inkluva ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿฉต๐Ÿ–ค

I totally feel these for Halloween. 

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@inkluva I totally get dead-of-night, hocus pocus, Halloween vibes from this! Your nail tech is very talented!

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At first, I wanted to do a Jaws themed manicure with Clionadh Cosmetics - Sunken Treasure and a dark grey polish to represent Bruce the shark. When I looked at the only grey in my collection, it was much lighter than I remembered and gave dolphin vibes, not shark vibes. I could have mixed it with some black to darken it but I decided to pivot instead. Its Pirates if the Caribbean themed now! The blue representing the open water and the gold topper representing the cursed gold that kept them all from dying in the first film. 

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@JoSometimes  Both of these colours are beautiful!

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Thank you @ather! I need to use that blue one again soon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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The main polish here is Clionadh Cosmetics - Ring of Fire. It gives me lava/centre of the earth/peering into a volcano vibes ๐ŸŒ‹ 


The name of the polish makes me think of two movies. The first is Pacific Rim because another name for that part of the world is the Ring of Fire.


The other one it reminds me of is The Hunger Games trilogy because of Katnisโ€™ nickname of โ€œThe Girl on Fireโ€ with the white being a nod to President Snow and the glitter topper as a reference to President Coin. 

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@JoSometimes  I definitely see lava here! So pretty! 

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Thank you @ather! They did a great job naming these polishes.

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@JoSometimes  These are great colors ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿงก

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Thank you @Cissy63! This one is from Clionadhโ€™s Deep Sea Treasures set. 

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They are so pretty @JoSometimes ! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

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Thank you so much @Saradestin! Itโ€™s also great to see you back here again!

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Thank you @JoSometimes ! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Oooh these are strong firey vibes @JoSometimes Katniss would approve ๐Ÿฆ (Btw I love ring of fire, it's stunning!)

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Thanks @CynthieLu! Itโ€™s actually a nice polish. I originally paired it with a red accent but it just didnโ€™t match. Iโ€™m excited to try out the last of the set. Maybe next weekend. 

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September - TV / Movie Inspired Manicures


Before heading downtown for some, let's say "errands" ๐Ÿ˜‰, I decided to go for a Barbie-inspired shade. I've not seen the movie, but getting glimpses of everyone's Barbie-esque nails last month nudged me (along with @jaaayp's support for a bright and bold mani) to see what I had in my polish pile. This was from a Zoya haul I made in the spring that I completely forgot all about. Whoops. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I'll post that set to the hauls thread later this week, along with whatever I *might* pick up while running "errands" today. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ›


Indoor with natural lightIndoor with natural light

Outdoor, natural lightOutdoor, natural light


This is Zoya Zelli, a bright, bold, neon pink, aptly described by the brand as a Dragron Fruit pink. ๐Ÿ’— This is two coats and before a top coat. It has a slight shine to it in the photo but in real life, the shine does dry away and once the color is completely dry, it takes on a demi matte finish. I just add a top coat (Glisten & Glow) and the shine comes back, even brighter than before! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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OMG this color is aaaaabsolutely gorgeous! Totally reminds me of dragon fruit! I haven't seen the barbie movie either and probably won't until I can stream it but I totally see it!! I will always support your bright bold colors while I stay in line with my neutrals ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ @itsfi 

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Right @jaaayp??! It made me want some dragonfruit. I even went to the store over the weekend but they didn't have any. โ˜น๏ธ Not the one with the red rind / skin or the yellow one. Ahhhh, I'm a neutrals girl at heart but love to play with the brights, especially when trying out different nail art designs. 

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Really good movie inspired manicure @itsfi !! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Thank you @Saradestin! I love the vibrancy of the bold colors but don't wear them very often. This one though is definitely a keeper. A new summertime fave! 

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