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.

NAIL (October) – Week Two: Textured

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I am not the biggest fan of textured polishes, I own a couple but I got them as gifts with purchase. I’ve used them a couple of times but was not feeling particularly creative…And then I realized, textured polish is not the only way I can achieve texture! Why not go with one of my favorite techniques??

Ever since I started blogging I wanted to do a bumblebee manicure. When I got my Bundle Monster plates it was the first stamp I tried! However, due to my inexperience I never managed to transfer the design correctly to the stamper so I gave up. What better time to re-try than a textured manicure prompt for the Link-up?

I hope you like it!


NAIL October - Textured | The Rite of Aging

I started with Color Club Almost Famous! as my base.

I detailed with Wet n Wild Black Creme and stamped with Konad Special Polish in Black with a Bundle Monster plate (sorry, I mixed up the plates and can’t find the one I used!).


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Giveaway Winner!

Hey all! The giveaway result is in! Rafflecopter randomly shuffled through the entries and the winner has been selected!

Congrats to Jacqui over at Craftynail! I’ve emailed you so please look out for it!


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Thank you so much to everyone for entering and sharing my blog on the interwebs! I really appreciate it!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

SIMPLES – Week 12: “Splodged” Base under Dots

I always fall behind during this challenge but I wanted to catch up because I had the perfect inspiration! A friend of mine made this awesome background for one of her art pieces. It is everything I love: color, neon, “splodging”, irregular dots…this piece is just cool! You should check out Bridgette’s Instagram, she is extraordinarily talented. I am and always have been in awe (and slightly jealous, hah!) of her artistic ability. The picture below links to her Instagram!


bridgette - inspiration

Her Instagram handle is thechairmanzou.

Take a look at her artwork, it is beyond amazing!

I definitely did not do this piece justice, but I had so much fun doing it. I am not sure I would call it RA-friendly because working with the eyeshadow applicator is a bit tedious but the abstract result doesn’t need to pristine. You decide!

I hope you like it! (I especially like how the pinky and ring finger turned out)

SIMPLES Challenge - Splodging Under Dots | The Rite of Aging

I started with 1 coat of Milani Spotlight White as my base.

I detailed with a dotting tool, a sponge-tip eyeshadow applicator and the following polishes:

  • Color Club Pucci-licious, Wham! Pow!, Almost Famous
  • Urban Outfitters Blue Velvet
  • Milani Black Swift
  • Girly Bits Supersonic

I wanted a matte effect but not completely so I used Cult Nails Wax That! It gives a matte, wax finish that kind of glistens but is not shiny or flat.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Nail Polish Canada’s 2014 Halloween Contest!

I decided to participate in the NPC Halloween contest. Instead of trying to freehand some scary, detailed cool designs I focused on the techniques I am good at: splatter and sugar-spun! The color scheme says Halloween without the scary! I added some BPS spider web decals though because I was not feeling up to drawing them. I like how they peak out from the splatter. They’re kind of spooky, right?


Even though I waited 30 minutes to add top coat, the decals still dissolved. Very unfortunate.

Click (here) to vote for your favorite submission! I hope you like mine!


Nail Polish Canada Halloween Contest | The Rite of Aging


I started with 2 coats of Color Club Wham! Pow! and Girly Bits Supersonic as my base.

I detailed with Milani Swift Black. The decals are from a Halloween collection from the Born Pretty Store.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

52-Week Pick n Mix Challenge: Pink Color Gradient

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Debbie from the Crumpet changed the weekly prompts to combine them. This definitely makes it a lot easier to participate! We still use “oldies” but incorporate untrieds and nail art techniques. We may do both prompts or combine them. This week we can do a color gradient or a pink manicure. I decided to combine the two!

I hope you like it! I used both my favorite neon polishes and added some subtle stamping (I finally re-purchased Wham! Pow! so I am not struggling to use the polish anymore)! It was difficult to capture the stamping because the neons were so bright. It was definitely a little more prominent in person!

Pick n Mix - Pink Gradient

I started with 2 coats of Color Club Wham! Pow! as my base.

I used a make-up sponge and added Color Club Pucci-licious to create the gradient.

I stamped with Pueen 2013 Love Elements plate Pueen-35 and Mundo de Unas 28-Neon Orange.

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Bundle Monster’s 30 Days of Scream Challenge – Day 8: Jack O’Lanterns

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Today’s prompt for the Bundle Monster Halloween challenge is Jack O’Lanterns! I loved carving pumpkins when I was little. The activity will always hold a special place in my heart because I did it with my mom. She would cut open the pumpkin and removed the innards. I was absolutely fascinated by the newspaper absorbing the moisture so I threw the guts on and watched the mess. At least I kept everything on the newspaper! We didn’t do scary so our carvings were always cute or funny. This was my first lesson in candle management. In the beginning, my mother reminded me to blow out the candle before  bed then she stopped to see if I remembered on my own. If I didn’t, she turned off the foyer lights so I saw the glow and remembered. It’s funny how certain memories just pop up randomly but I guess that’s the importance of remembrance and keeping those who are no longer here close to us.

Now that I’m done rambling and being a sap on to today’s manicure…


I had an idea: “nimbus” gold to mimic a glowing candle inside the Jack-O’-Lantern. I am okay with the final results but I don’t think I achieved what I wanted. I think I should have used a different base coat so that gold popped more but, at the same time, I wanted a subtle glow. I am really happy with my stamping, I am finally think I’m getting better at it.

I hope you like it!


Bundle Monster's 30 Days of Screams - Jack o' Lanterns | The Rite of Aging

I started with one coat of Color Club Almost Famous and two coats of Sephora by OPI Cab Fare as my base.

I “nimbus-ed” with Zoya Goldie.

I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM-305 and Milani Black Swift.

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.