Watermarble and Stamping Nail Art

I wanted to do a watermarble but didn’t feel like fighting the process so I used my trusty Barry Ms. Annoyingly, the first time I painted my nails the lightest color I used and the result appeared muddy and dark. I re-started by painting my base white and it definitely made a difference. I don’t know why I never remember to do this!


I seriously can’t get enough of the Pueen plates. They make my stamping look so much better than it actually is….which reminds me I need to re-purchase “No Place Like Chrome” since I’m running low.


Anyways, I hope you like it!

Pink Watermarble and Silver Stamping Nail Art | The Rite of AgingI used Milani Spotlight White as my base.

I marbled with Barry M Mustard, Rhosilli, Grapefruit and American Apparel Neon Purple.

I stamped with


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Plastic Bag Marble Nail Art for NAIL and Red Coat Tuesdays

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It is funny how inspiration strikes. The last February NAIL prompt was for our least favorite polish. The newest Milani white (Spotlight White) and butter London nude (Tea with the Queen) both made the short list but I could not think of a good nail art with them!…and then it hit me…my Wet n Wild red. I’ve mentioned I don’t like this polish: formula, brush and all…but, for whatever reason, it did not make my original list.

So, why use it? There is a group of bloggers who take part in Red Coat Tuesdays in honor of Pretty Little Liars. I always wanted to take part but never actually created a manicure for the linkup. I am obsessed with this show but even though I love it I have serious issues concerning it. There is too much going on: too many characters, too many plot lines. I tune in every week but this season is seriously lacking. I lean towards colder side of lukewarm because each episode feels like a filler biding its time until the finale.

As excited I am the show was green-lighted for a seventh season (even before this past season aired) I honestly don’t know what else they can do. They are just dragging out everything and it’s getting boring. They just need to tell us who A is, who is torturing the girls, and WHY? I don’t think they ever told us.

Why did they randomly stop thinking Ezra was “A”? (I still think he is just because being A is a very expensive habit and he is the only one who has access to the funds).


Anyways, on to the nail art! I decided to do something simple, RA-friendly and abstract. This is my first attempt at plastic bag marbling. There are a couple of ways to do it, either apply the dots directly to the nail or marble on the bag and transfer the design.

I decided to try the latter. I continued to splotch and mash until I was happy with the final design. I hope you like it!


Dry Marble - Red Coat Tuesday | The Rite of Aging

Plastic Bag Marble Nail Art - Red Coat Tuesday | The Rite of AgingI started with 2 coats of Wet n Wild Red a Good Book as my base.

I marbled with Wet n Wild, OPI Red Lights Ahead…Where?, Essie No Place Like Chrome, Zoya Goldie, and Barry M Gelly Chili.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Pissed-Off Prescriptions (Long, Long Post!)

I am stopping my medications.


Just kidding…


I am sure you noticed the increasing “security” around prescription drugs and the increasing difficulty of obtaining them (don’t I sound like an addict right now…) And, if filling and picking up the prescription is a piece of cake, paying for them is not, even if you meet your insurance deductible.

Today’s post is not about my specialty medication but my everyday run of the mill prescriptions. Enjoy!


prescription meds


Before we get into the lovely narcotics let’s work start with literally the most boring supplement ever..


I take a weekly Leucovorin Calcium tablet. It is a folic acid supplement that counters the effects of my chemo medication, Methotrexate. It protects my red blood cell counts and reduces my nausea. Honestly, I am not sure what happened but back in December I ran out of pills. I called for a refill and my insurance declined it. Apparently, they would not refill for five weeks! I thought I only took two extra pills when I missed my weekly injections…why wasn’t it covered? This was most certainly not a opiate. It probably had a negative potential for abuse.

I could purchase four pills at $5.00 a pop to tide me over but I refused to give in to this insurance craziness

You guys know me well now, I am a proud consumer. I like spending money, I like buying things. But, you know what I have a problem with? Paying for things I ain’t supposed to be paying for! (CVS has such a great rewards program all my purchases average 50% to 60% off, Bath and Body Works, about 70% – if I cannot manage a good discount I don’t purchase!) I stopped the medication for four weeks…and my dad really yelled at me for it. Okay, for good reason too…My hair fell out and I was all sorts of lethargic. Regardless, I stood firm…but, enough of the boring medications…


It’s now time for the fun stuff! Let’s start with Tramadol, the least aggresive of the two narcotics I talk about.

On my “foggier”, more flared up days I felt like my brain was deteriorating and decaying from the inside. I sometimes did not even remember conversations while I was having them! I tried to lessen the amount I worried about by placing my prescriptions on “Auto-Fill”. The pharmacy refilled medications as early as seven days and paid me a courtesy call when they were ready for pick-up.

Tramadol is now a Class IV substance. It has always been considered a “controlled” substance but with the new classification pharmacies were no longer legally able to fill the prescription before its due date. On top of that, they need a new written prescription every few months.

My pain medications are one of the more important pills I take on a daily basis. They take away my pain and allow me to function (How much more do I sound like an addict now?) What if I cannot get to the pharmacy that same day? Am I supposed to go without painkillers? It’s not the biggest deal in the world, just a little extra work. Speaking of extra work….


Now it’s time for the really fun stuff!

Vicodin does not make my daily medicine list. It does not even make my monthly or bi-yearly list. It is reserved for those special occasions when I f*ck up my spine so badly the pain radiates throughout my entire body (I rarely curse on the blog but this pain warrants that language). My spine is the few areas that are not as affected as other joints except during very, very bad flares.


We got a snowstorm last weekend. An actual snowstorm, with at least five or six inches of accumulation. I got a true snow day which unfortunately, includes shoveling. I only freed the back and driver’s side of my car so I could get out the driveway but I felt it in my lower back. I added insult to injury and gave Saachi a bath. While she was in ICU she refused to pee until she could no longer hold it and urinated in the cage. She was a stinky pup but I had to wait for her suture line to heal over the two week recovery period. It was easy to give her a bath but it was activity I was unused to.

As I was getting ready for bed I knew I was going to pay for the extra work the next day. I was already in discomfort but I could feel the acute tingle creeping in. Usually, sleep healed my pain but this time it was not enough. I was fighting a sinus infection and a flare and there was just not enough energy left over.

I called my doctor for a Vicodin prescription and asked his medical assistant to fax it into the pharmacy for me. Guess what? The FDA also re-classified Vicodin as a class II drug. This meant faxed-in scripts were no longer accepted. I had to physically pick up and submit the prescription myself.


The last thing I wanted to do while my spine was out and could not even bend down was drive to my doctor’s office, drive to my pharmacy and wait for the drug!

At the time, the idea of driving made me sad so I asked her to mail me the prescription which postponed my access to the painkillers by a couple of days…


Eventually, I got my pills, I filled my prescriptions, I did not even pay through my nose for them…it was just getting tougher and tougher to get hold of them.


Have you had trouble with any medications? What has changed over the past few months?


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.



Gradient Nail Art with Pahlish and KBShimmer

After I fell out of love with glitters last month they began collecting dust at the back of my shelves. I felt bad for them, especially my new KBShimmer “Sand in My Stocking”. I lusted after this polish for months and months and finally purchased it when I bought a cuticle oil pen from the website.

I started a love affair with Pahlish nail polishes and purchased a whole lot of them from Llarowe during the massive New Year’s sale! I did not even think twice about adding them to my cart when I saw how discounted they were. As much as I love all the colors I had I rarely used them in nail art! For some reason, I could not figure out how to use them….until today.

I decided to bite the bullet and go full on glitter. It almost overloaded my nails. I guess after such a long dry spell there was no such thing as moderation!

I am actually quite fond of today’s nail art. I was slightly worried it would get too busy but, I think it came out quite nicely! The colors worked together well! I hope you like it, too!



DSCF4119_fotorI started with 2 coats of Pahlish Fevers and Mirrors as my base.

I applied KBShimmer Sand in My Stocking on my thumbs, middle and ring fingers.

I used a makeup sponge, Pahlish Fever and Mirrors and Reinette for the gradient. I alternated Sephora by OPI Cover me in Petals and Fever and Mirrors to brighten the color. When I was finished I applied a dab of Sephora by OPI Be-Claus I Said So at the tips.


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Incoco Ready to Wear Nail Appliques

I’ve mentioned a couple of times I really love Incoco nail strips, however, I rarely wear them because I do not usually keep nail art for more than couple of days.

Incoco Appliques claim to last at least 14 days. I mean, just wow. Of course, I’ve never kept nail polish on for that long. The last time I wore these strips they did last at least 5 days which is a-ok in my book.


So, today, I was working on my A2Z P is for Pale post and came up with this really fantastic sponged base. Then, I thought I would stamp and I just effed the entire thing up. It looked so much better without the stamp. I couldn’t post or finish it. Feeling ultimately defeated and ill from shoveling snow I decided to walk down ready-to-wear lane.

Now, these specific strips I’ve had for over a year if not longer so I had quite a bit of trouble. I think they dried out and they unfortunately dried out during the process. I could only use each stripe once after taking off the protective covering.


Incoco AppliquesMy nails are super small! The smaller sizes fit my thumb, index, third and fourth fingers. I think the smallest would have also worked for the pinky but I was applying them in order from thumb to pinky and ran out! In order to remedy this I decided to use the larger decals and then cleanup with acetone. It did not work well at all! In retrospect I should have cut the appliques to size. Since I did not think about this until afterward I placed them both pinkies look a little odd.


There is a definite learning curve to these appliques but I do like them. They are made from real nail polish so they attach and stretch well with a little body heat.I don’t remember having this much trouble the last time I applied them and I think it has a lot to do with the age of the strips.

The designs are so pretty though! I personally have to use the full design decals because my nails are too short and the tip designs don’t even reach! The polish strips are pretty expensive but I think I’m going to give them another try just because it they are so convenient. I do have some Bundle Monster strips I won in a contest I want to try first, though.

Nail wraps and appliques like this are super RA-friendly! I do not have to mess too much with teeny tiny details and they stick pretty easily. These are a great nail art alternative when I just do not have the dexterity and strength to do my own!


Incoco does a bunch of different designs, plain colors, and french manicure tips on their website here. The designs retail at USD$8.99 but if you’re careful when applying and storing them, you might get two manicures out of each set. If not, keep the extras and use them as accents later on!


Have you tried Incoco? Do you like them? Have you had the same issues as me?


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Waterspotting and Dotticure Nail Art: The Fire Doesn’t Always Burn Gold

The last couple of days left me totally uninspired. Nothing in particular except for that time I shoveled snow and busted my spine…and that other time I had to lift my mastiff out of the car because she knew she was at the vets and dug her legs into every open crevice around the seat.

I could hear my doctor’s voice in the back of my head, and I could see his expression floating in front of my eyes but, I had to do what I had to do; even if it made me feel awful later.



Months ago Glam Polish released a limited edition Lord of the Rings collection of polishes. I did not delay in purchasing it…it sold out within days so I consider myself the lucky few who managed to grab the entire collection. I was so excited when I received the collection and meant to post swatches. Instead, I couldn’t bring myself to use them and placed them on my Lord of the Rings shelf (I did not just admit that to the entire interwebs)!

I finally used them and I can’t believe I waited so long. The holographic shimmer in these are amazing! As you all know, I do not generally post swatches but I decided to give it a try. The picture below was taken in fluorescent lighting. It really picked out the silver sparkle.

Glisten & Glow – HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat

glam polish fires of mordorI tried to capture the polish in incandescent light as it showed the gold shimmer but I couldn’t get my camera to behave.

I can’t get over this polish and can’t wait to incorporate the other colors into nail art! The consistency was great. It was a little thick but in the good, unmoving, doesn’t pool kind of way!


Also, let me gush on how wonderfully this silver water-spotted. It reacted beautifully with the hairspray. It’s my favorite stamping polish and now it’s my favorite water polish too (Shhh, let’s not talk about cleanup)!

Waterspotting and Distressed Nail Art | The Rite of AgingI used 2 coats of Glam Polish Fires of Mordor as my base.

I dotted with Color Club Mrs. Robinson and Pucci-licious.

I water-spotted with Essie No Place Like Chrome.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Distressed Nail Art for the Chinese New Year

My mom celebrated the Chinese New Year and after my first complete zodiac cycle she wrote me a card. I rarely keep cards but I couldn’t get rid of this one after her death. It has her handwriting on it and that makes me feel like she’s still around.


I thought I would do a simple, RA-friendly nail art for this Chinese New Year. I hope you like it!

Distressed Nail Art for Chinese New Year | The Rite of Aging



I used Wet n Wild I Red a Good Book as my base. As you know, I am not a fan of true reds. They just don’t look good on me. So, for the purpose of nail art I bought a cheap one. Unfortunately, unlike my favorite Black Creme this polish is pretty awful. The formula mimics a jelly, but it is not a jelly polish. The brush is strange and broad but uneven so there is no way to paint my nails properly. Yay for acetone and cleanup!

I distressed with Sephora by OPI Mr. Right Now, Zoya Goldie and Revlon Parfumerie Fresh Linen.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

A2Z Series: Midway with Manis


We’re halfway through the A2Z Series and Charlie put together a post about the blogger’s favorites manicures so far!

Originally posted on Pocket Money Polishes:

So we’ve just got past the halfway point and I thought it would be good to catch up with the bloggers taking part and put them all in once place. You might remember the “Meet the Bloggers” introduction post, this is my version of a follow up as I think it’s great to stay in touch with everyone through out the challenge and keep each other going. We’ve also had a few new people joining us so hopefully by the end of this post you’ll have seen a couple of them.  For anyone who doesn’t know A2Z is a 26 week series with a theme for each letter of the alphabet, we post once a week on Thursdays – you can find complete archives HERE and we have #A2ZNails on IG so you can check us out there as well.

For this post I asked the bloggers/instagrammers to send me…

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Waterfall Nail Art for the A2Z Series: O is for Old

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I kind of struggled with this prompt. I could do all sorts of things. Some ideas that crossed my mind: use my oldest polish (but with what technique?) or attempt my first and oldest nail art (really not feeling the watermarble today). Then it hit me: I was toying with the idea of getting a thick grey streak in my hair. As early as middle school, I played with highlights and fun colors and even a year ago I sported orange and blue! But, the condition of my hair while growing out the Pixie took priority and I stopped bleaching it.

When people get old, their hair gets grey…I love grey hair, if maintained properly it looks so chic!

It was so frigidly cold outside due to wind chilld and my RA flared up so I stuck with some RA-friendly nail art: the waterfall manicure!

I hope you like it!


Black and White Waterfall Nail Art | The Rite of Aging

I started with Wet n Wild Black Creme as my base. I searched and searched for this polish because I started running low on my current bottle. I finally found it at my CVS! It was always out of stock and now I know why, they re-vamped the polish bottle. Even so, I bought two just in case!

I detailed with Milani Color Statement Spotlight White, Barry M Gelly Chai, Nails inc. LONDON Foubert’s Place, and Essie On a Silver Platter.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


 Don’t forget to check out the other “old” interpretations below!

Freehand and Watermarble Nail Art: Classic Colors

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I was in a freehand mood this evening and thought I’d give it a try. I know, weird, right?? I cut down one of my brushes and think the thinner point works a whole lot better!


I wanted to try a black and white watermarble after I saw Peachy Polish’s valentine nail art and decided to doodle some flowers for contrast. I thought I would try something relatively familiar, I always doodle these on paper!


Freehand and Watermarble Nail Art | The Rite of Aging

peachy polish valentine 2015I know my marble does not even rival Valesha’s but I am pretty happy with my overall look. At first, I tried for two marble nails but I could not get the second to look right so I just left it alone. The polishes swam together and I did not get as crisp a line as I wanted.

For the watermarble I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Wet n Wild Black Creme.

I used Zoya Anais as the base on the other nails and white acrylic paint for the flowers.


I hope you like it…As you know, I don’t usually go for freehand but I just felt like giving it a go!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.