Christmas Needle Drag | Nail Art


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I always wanted to try the marble drag technique because it looked abstract and RA-friendly but never got around to it. I used the Formula X Infinite Ombre kit because the green, red sheer tints blended so well together and really popped over the silver base. And, of course, no nail art is complete without snowflakes so I added them for good measure!

I did not have very good luck with a toothpick because I pressed to hard and brought up the base color so I used the tip of a paintbrush. I ended up with a Picasso swirl but I still got the gist of the needle drag.

I hope you like it!


Christmas Needle Drag Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseFormula X Nails Platinum Prime

Drag MarbleTimeless TealBoundless Berry

StampingKonad Special Polish WhiteMoYou London Festive plate 02


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Pink Snow Globe | Nail Art


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Water decals purchased by me.

The Born Pretty Store Christmas decals are my absolute favorite and I purchase them every October. This year was no exception and I paid special attention to the snowmen  and reindeer who are absolutely adorable.

Today’s nail art is fashioned after a snow globe nail art I did two years ago (linked here) except this time I managed the look a little better.

I am on the fence with this one because I like last year’s better.

Maybe I shouldn’t have chosen pink and used a clear top coat for the layers? I do like it but something about this one isn’t quite right. I actually considered not even posting it but it took me so long I just had to! And, I mean, look at those smiling faces!

I hope you like it!


Pink Snow Globe Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseEssie Mademoiselle

DetailsDeborah Lippmann PopularSally Hansen Petal Pushers

StampingKonad Special Polish WhiteBundle Monster plate BM319

Water DecalsBorn Pretty Store Smiling Snowmen Water Decals (scroll down to see the different sheets…and they even featured my review nail art!! How cool is that?!)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Icy Blue Stripes | Nail Art & Review


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Some products provided for review. All opinions are my own.

Some of you may remember that a few months ago I was all blue-d out. Yes, you read that right: blue-d out. All the looks I made in August were blue except for one and when I went into the 31-Day Challenge in September I was wholly uninspired by the color.

I filtered out it as much as possible to give myself a break and I finally decided to use it again. It was surprisingly easy to stay away from my favorite color. It is not only my go to in clothes and decorations but it is the hue I wear most often on my nails.

I also lay striping to the wayside but mostly because I do not like the technique. When I chose products to review from the Born Pretty Store I was immediately drawn to a striping tape holder. Maybe an actual holder, fashioned after a Scotch Tape dispenser might make the whole process easier!


Born Pretty Store Striping Tape Holder | The Rite of Aging

The striping tape comes out easily but it does not fit snugly into the canister so it constantly moves around inside. This affects the tape placed on the nail and continuously pulls it up. I have to use scissors to cut the tape as the mouth does not have ridges.

All this being said, the tape container keeps the striping tape from rolling back into itself and saves me the hassle of finding the end. I prefer this holder over a basic Scotch Tape one because it is closed, lightweight, and durable.

I expected more from this basic holder but looking at the website it is only advertised as a basic tape holder and that is what it is. As long as the end doesn’t stick back onto the roll I am happy!


Icy Blue Striping Tape Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBase: China Glaze UV Meant to Be

GlitterSinfulColors Ice Dream

Sponged TopGlitter Gal True Blue Aussie

Striping Tape: assorted colors bought from, BPS Striping Tape Holder ($1.59 here)

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

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Autumn Waterfall | Nail Art & Video Tutorial


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I have not done a whole lot of fall look this year so I pulled out my most autumnal polishes and set to work. I decided on the waterfall technique (one of my favorites) and since it is RA-friendly I made a video tutorial!

I hope you like it!



Autumn Waterfall & Glitter Nail Art + Video | The Rite of AgingBase: Barry M Gelly Chilli (red), Zoya Charlotte (beige)

DetailsSinfulColors Feel the Vibe (orange), Barry M Gelly Mustard (mustard yellow), Zoya Pippa (yellow)

GlitterSephora by OPI Be-Claus I Said So


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Starlight Saran-Wrap | Nail Art & Video Tutorial


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Press sample.

Well, I have something exciting to show you today: my first ever nail art video!

I received a few Starlight collection polishes from Preen.Me and OPI as part of the PreenMeVIP program and they asked that everyone involved submit a couple of videos. I struggled for a good while with this. I really wanted to start making videos but I was still using my phone for photos and I was not too keen to use a borrowed dinosaur of a camera.

I bit the bullet and tried the regular point and shoot but since it did not want to cooperate I fell back on my phone. I lost a lot of quality through uploading and editing but I am really pleased with my first ever video!

I didn’t really expect this to go up on the web so I went with a nice, easy and simple saran-wrap look. After playing around with editing and filming I took the plunge and uploaded to YouTube!

I hope with practice and time my videos are going to get better! I will definitely have a sugar-spun tutorial up soon!



Starlight Saran-Wrap Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseI Drive a SuperNova

Saran-WrapRo-Man-ce on the MoonGuys and Galaxies


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Purple Dotticure | Nail Art


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Yesterday, I was at a complete loss for the ClaireStelle8 challenge on Instagram. “Purple Nails” opened the floor to absolutely anything and I had multiple ideas floating around in my head. I tried a couple out and they didn’t turn out the way I wanted; at least, not what I wanted for “purple nails”.

Eventually, I leaned back on an old favorite: a dotticure. The bright lights gleamed around my nails. Finally, after literally staring at my nails for a few hours I had a design I was proud of.

I hope you like it!


Purple Dotticure | The Rite of AgingBaseMilani Cosmetics Vivid Violet (I’ve had this old formula for years and it still rocks!)

Dots: dotting tools, Barry M PlumFormula X for Sephora ThrillingSephora by OPI Domestic Goddess


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Freehand Autumn Leaves | Nail Art


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I’ve been wanting to do a freehand leaves for a while but couldn’t get the spacing quite right. I have such short nails (I do love them, though) I sometimes find it difficult to not crowd a hand-painted design.

I hope you like my abstract leaves!


Freehand Autumn Leaves Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseZoya Charlotte

Details: acrylic paints


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


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