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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


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

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

March 2024 - March Madness

In Case You’re Interested In Other Challenges


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So pretty @happyskincare!! 😍 

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Thank you so much @Saradestin❤️❤️❤️

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@happyskincare Red is such a classic colour and super festive. And you’re right. These are sooooo glossy! ❤️❤️


And it’s never too late to join in on any of the challenges here on BIC. All of them are meant to be done on your own time. Join in when you want or skin the ones that don’t interest you. And back track to past ones any time!

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Thank you so much!❤️ I’m excited to be more active this year!❤️❤️❤️

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Blue and white winter wonderland mani! It’s hard to capture the subtleness of the bar glitter. I tried indirect light, flash, but I couldn’t quite capture it. A special shout out to @RGbrown for inspiring me to give bar glitter another try.

Details will be cross-posted on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 

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You know already what I think of this one @JoSometimes …. Amazing!! 😍😍😍

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

Hannukah nails.jpg

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Happy Hanukkah!


Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish L02 Under the Covers, 3 coats topped with 2 coats of Zoya Leia (thumb). Under the Covers is a very thin white demi creme. It's streaky on the first 2 coats, which is not an uncommon experience for me with white polishes but this one seemed extra streaky. A third is necessary for the slightest bit of opacity. This is from this year's SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Hit Nail Polish Set; the same shade was included in last year's set and was just as streaky. Le sigh. Zoya Leia is a pretty, sheer white with an opalescent finish, sprinkled with fuschia, green and gold sparkly flecks. 
Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish L02 Under the Covers, 4 coats (index) - I considered adding a 5th and possibly 6th layer, but was concerned it might look too thick at that point.
Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish L74 Engagement Ring, a beautiful silver metallic polish (middle). This is easy to apply, 2 coats is enough for opacity; I added a 3rd since most of the other base colors had at least 3 layers. This is a pretty shade, a little too thin to be used for nail art stamping, but I might give it a try if I'm feeling adventurous over the holidays.
Hearts & Promises Esmeralda (ring) is described as "a light, smokey violet crelly base with silver reflective glitter, gold flakes, turquoise metallic flakes, purple metallic flakes, and blue to purple micro flakes". It's such a pretty polish, on its own or as a topper. Easy peasy to apply, 3 coats. I picked this shade up as part of Hella Handmade Creations offerings for May, 2023. 
Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish L02 Under the Covers, one coat, topped with 2 coats of Hearts & Promises Esmeralda (pinky).

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Wow!! Beautiful @itsfi!! 😍😍❤️❤️

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@Saradestin, thank you. Love the blues and the stickers. 

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@itsfi Those are so good!!

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Thank you @Samtian; the stickers were a good find! 👍🏼

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These are so fun and festive @itsfi! I love the little stickers, especially the menorah and dreidel.

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100% agree @JoSometimes! I was hoping there would be menorah and dreidel stickers that would be large enough so you could make it out easily but also small enough that they would fit on my fingernails. 

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These seem like a pretty good size @itsfi! Where did you find them?

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@JoSometimes, I was attending a program at the local Jewish Community Center and found these at the gift shop while I was waiting for the program to start. 🛍️ They’re also available on Amazon.

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@itsfi What a great find and also a great way to support the local community!

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It was definitely a win-win @JoSometimes.


Well, maybe not for my wallet. 💸 I may or may not have picked up more than just these nail stickers. 😝 

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@itsfi LOVE the theme, background colors, stickers and every thing about this manicure 💙❄️ How cute are the dreidel, menorah, snowflakes, snowmen and lights?! 🤗

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@QueenMarceline, the white was a little finicky, which is typical, but I like how it all turned out. The nail stickers were pretty easy to use and I’m happy that they were a good size for my nail size & shape. 😊 

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@itsfi - Your mani is so pretty! 🥰  I have Zoya Leia and love all the different shimmer colors in it.  Sephora Engagement Ring and H&P Esmeralda look so good together.  I love the description of Esmeralda.  Is that color LE?  I'll look on their website, but thought I'd ask in case you picked it up via PPU or HHC. 🙃  Love the stickers too.

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Thank you @Titian06. Leia is a gorgeous polish. I first pulled it out to try my hand at the beautiful glazed donut nails that @ather was doing on the nails thread. Hearts & Polish Esmeralda was for Hella Handmade Creations. I thought I put in the original post that it was for the May 2023 group of polishes - that's what the sticker said, but I could have picked it up after that date, as part of some overflow supply. Based on the name, it was probably a month where the theme was princesses or Disney princesses. 

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