Halloween Nail Art Challenge – Day Three: Villains

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I tried a couple of ideas for today’s manicure. My first was ghosts, but I was not really feeling freehand work. For my second I finally tried Frankenstein patchwork but it looked too crowded. After that bought of freehand, I felt pretty discouraged so I sat down and flipped through my stamping plates. I came across a nocturnal creature and I was suddenly inspired…Vampire Bats! And to top it off, I combined two RA-friendly techniques: splatter and saran-wrap!

So here’s a fun story…sort of…When I worked the morning shift at the animal hospital one of my duties was to walk the dogs in the outside yard. These walks took place at 5 a.m. so I stood outside with the “barkers” to make sure they didn’t bark. One morning while I stood next to this patch of decorative bamboo in the yard, I heard a rustling in the leaves. I thought it was a person or animal but it was coming from the top. I freaked out thinking whatever it was might jump on me, grabbed the dog and ran inside. Later, I was telling this story to one of the receptionists and she told me bats were pretty common in our neck of the woods. She also told me she never walked her dog, at night, in forests or patches of trees and never ever let her dog out by itself. Bats carry rabies!

I love watching bats in captivity but out in the wild!…Nope! Anyways…

I hope you like it!


Halloween Nail Art Challenge - Villians | The Rite of AgingI started with two coats of Zoya Goldie as my base.

I “saran wrapped” with Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora and butter London Scuppered. I sealed the base with a generous coat of Seche Vite.

 I “splatter painted” with Wet n Wild I Red Good Book.

I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM-314 and Konad Special Polish Black.


Hi my name is Monica and I have RA.


Don’t forget to check out the other villains below!

Halloween Nail Art Challenge – Day 2: Pumpkin Faces

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I combined the NAIL prompt with the Halloween challenge today. When I googled pumpkin faces most of them were traditional orange background, line marks and funny or scary faces.

I love pumpkins but I always got bored of the bright oranges ones. They were so monotone! My favorite were the tiny abnormally colored ones. They were a lot more rare and just looked cooler!


white orange mini pumpkin

Distressed nails are very RA-friendly and work perfectly with these pumpkin’s look. I am very excited I can inject a little more “nail art” into today’s manicure to make up for yesterday!

Anyways, I hope you like my “jack-o-lantern” nails. These were really fun to do!


Halloween Nail Art - Pumpkin FacesI started with 1 coat of Milani Spotlight White as my base.

I “distressed” with Color Club Almost Famous, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Short Cir-cute, and Sephora by OPI Metro Chic.

I detailed with Wet n Wild Black Creme and Sephora by OPI 212-Sephora for that candlelight flicker inside :)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Check out the other pumpkin faces below!

Halloween Nail Art Challenge – Day 1: Classic Orange & Black

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Whee!! Today is the first day of the Challenge Your Nail Art group’s Halloween Challenge. First, a little information on the group. The group was started by the wonderful Jessica who runs the blog Be Happy and Buy Polish. Every few months Jessica puts together prompts (with input from the group!) and inlinkz codes for short, bite-size challenges. There are never more than four daily prompts but each theme is different and usually touches on the time of year. What I especially love about these challenges is how unique each prompt is! And even though they are different, I can take it any direction I want. Perfect! But be warned, the link-ups are only open for 24 hours! Mwahahaha. (That was my poor attempt at Halloween humor…)

Moving right on past that…


I hope you like my classic orange & black manicure. I cheated a little since I did not do “nail art”, per say, but as you know, I am not all that into Halloween so I usually feel pretty uninspired in this department! But hey, I will take any excuse to use my Formula X Halloween topper during this time of the year!


Halloween Nail Art Challenge - Orange & Black | The Rite of Aging EarlyI used 2 coats of Milani Spotlight White and 2 coats of Revlon Parfumerie Fresh Linen as my base.

I used a sponge-tip eyeshadow applicator with Formula X by Sephora Bombshell at the cuticles.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Don’t forget to check out the awesome manicures below!

Nail Art: Simple Halloween

Except for challenges, I have not done any Halloween-inspired manicures this year. Last year, around this time, Sephora launched their new Formula X polish collection. There were so many options and I managed to walk away with one: Bombshell. Bombshell was a glitter topper from the Explosives collection. I had and still do not have any similar polish.

I did not know this at the time, but they discontinued this one shade. I am not sure if it was always limited edition though I am pretty sure it was not. Regardless, I am glad I got my hands on it.

I have been totally uninspired in the nail art region, the last few days so I opted for water decals. Unfortunately, this Born Pretty decal would not sit still on my nail, even after it dried, and top coat just wrecked it. In person, at the very least, I could not really tell there was supposed to be a pumpkin and the ghost was severed in half…

I considered not even posting this manicure but I wanted to show off the glitter. FYI, this is ONE coat…That is how much you get with one brush load (I even had to scrape off a little in the bottle). I used the dab technique for even coverage but I did not have to double-dip! Better yet, I did not have to fish for the large pieces! I have not tried any of the other Explosives but if they are similar to Bombshell I would highly recommend them!

I hope you like it….and please excuse my index finger.


Halloween Glitter Topper | The Rite of AgingI started with 2 coats of Sephora by OPI Metro Chic and 1 coat of Formula X by Sephora Bombshell as my base. Just look at how dense that glitter is!

The decal is from the Born Pretty Store. I usually have trouble with smearing regardless of which topcoat I use but today was particularly bad. I used Glisten and Glow HK Girl Fast Dry Top Coat and experienced total severing of this decal. I do not know how much of it was the top coat or the decal since the decal was not sitting still anyways. However, I have never had as much disaster with Seche Vite. Thoughts?


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

NAIL (October 2014) – Favorite Indie

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I knew exactly which indie polish I wanted to use when I saw this week’s prompt. Serum No. 5’s Happy Special Day! is one of my favorite polishes! Sadly, I rarely use it just because I do not generally reach for glitter toppers.

I loved my sprinkled sugar-spun manicure from Bundle Monster’s birthday challenge, linked (here) and I wanted to re-create it. However, every time I sat down to make this manicure I started too late in the evening and could not finish! I finally finished it tonight, though, and was so excited to share it! I am really pleased I managed a good variety of the pieces found in this polish.

I hope you like it too!

NAIL (October) - Favorite Indie | The Rite of AgingI started with 3 coats of Color Club Wham! Pow! and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Short Cir-cute as my bases.

I cling wrapped with Pahlish Le Bijou du Roi before sealing everything with Seche Vite.

I sugar-spun with Wet n Wild Black Creme. I love sugar-spinning with this polish. It dries so shiny!

I used a toothpick to add Serum No. 5 Happy Special Day!.

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Bundle Monster 30 Days of Screams – Day 20: Black & Orange

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What goes better with a two color palette than sugar-spun? Hehehe. I also had a neon orange Mundo de Unas stamping polish that was supposed to work well over black! I am a little bummed the two oranges did not match up. I was also surprised how sheer the stamping polish came out. It worked well over other colors, I guess I should give it a break since it is difficult to show up over black.

I hope you like my manicure!

Bundle Monster 30 Days of Screams - Black & Orange | The Rite of Aging

I used 2 coats of Wet n Wild Black Creme as my base. I really love this black. The consistency is awesome, the polish itself is cheap. I am thrilled I found it in the back of my stash!

I sugar-spun with my trusty Color Club Wham! Pow! and I stamped with Mundo de Unas Neon Orange (28).

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Bundle Monster 30 Days of Screams – Day 19: Vampires

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…or vampire bats!

I hope you like my manicure today!


Bundle Monster 30 Days of Screams - Vampire | The Rite of AgingI used 1 coat of Essie No Place Like Chrome as my base.

I saran-wrapped with Nails Inc. Foubert’s Place. (I almost did it the other way around and caught myself! If you own the Essie polish you know how annoying clean-up is!)

I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM 301 and Konad Special Polish Black.

I detailed with Milani Black Swift.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Bundle Monster 30 Days of Screams – Day 15: Trick or Treating

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I hope you like my Trick or Treating manicure! What’s funny is I would not have been allowed to eat half the sweets on my fingers! My mother tossed  the unwrapped candy in my loot. It made sense but it sucked to give up such lovely candy.

Initially, I wanted to create this candy corn Picasso Swirl manicure I did last year, linked (here) but it would be difficult to stamp over that texture so I settled on a candy-corn splatter base with stamping on top.

I will definitely revisit the Picasso-Swirl at some point this month (hopefully)!


Bundle Monster Halloween Challenge - Trick or Treating | The Rite of AgingI started with 2 coats of Milani Spotlight White as my base.

I splattered with Color Club Almost Famous and Wham! Pow! I evened out the blobs with 2 coats of Seche Vite.

I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM-306 and Konad Special Polish Black. I had a lot of trouble stamping today. The design either smeared on the stamper or did not pick up the image. But, it felt like it was the polish…I’ve had this Konad polish for a while, does it “dry” out?


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Bundle Monsters 30 Days of Screams – Day 13: Chains

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I can’t seem to put words to paper right now so this is going to be a short post.

I hope you like my bloody barbed wire manicure!



Bundle Monster 30 Days of Screams - Chains | The Rite of AgingI started with 2 coats of Milani Spotlight White as my base.

I splattered with Wet n Wild I Red a Good Book, I stamped with Bundle Monster plate and Konad Special Polish Black.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Bundle Monsters 30 Days of Screams – Day 12: Black Cats

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I do not own any of the Bundle Monster cat stamping designs so I was thrilled to use my new Pueen water decals! The black cats may or may not have drawn me to this specific set. Heh…But, since this is a Bundle Monster contest I stamped a base for the little kitties.

I fell in love with my first Pahlish lacquer a few weeks ago so when I re-purchased my coveted Color Club Wham! Pow! I couldn’t help but buy a few more nail polishes from Pahlish. I was excited to use this grey base because I knew exactly what other colors I was going to use! Don’t you love it when you don’t have to pour over colors for hours and hours to decide which to use??

I had trouble with the water decals, they applied well but my hands were shaky so I couldn’t position them properly. These specific designs have very thin necks (literally!) and I, unfortunately, wasted a few because they folded over. That was definitely a bummer. I did not have trouble with air bubbles with these and they smoothed out nicely in the end. Better yet, they didn’t smear with top coat application!

I hope you like today’s manicure! The bottom is a closer look at this awesome Pahlish base!


Bundle Monster Halloween Challenge - Black Cats | The Rite of Aging

Bundle Monster Halloween Challenge - Black Cats | The Rite of Aging

I started with 3 coats, for good measure, of Pahlish Mind Like a Diamond. It is an awesome light lilac-grey with black, potentially dark purple (sorry, I’ve got terrible eyesight apparently) and a light purple shimmer throughout.

I stamped with Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess and Bundle Monster plate BM-315.

I finished with Pueen water decals and Seche Vite.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.