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.

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.