OMD3 – Colorful Waterfall Nail Art


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Oh Mon Dieu…I can’t today. I just can’t.

It was one of those days. I felt less sick but the pain was replaced by brain fog. I restarted my nails three times. My hands shook up the wazoo, I was almost too weak to hold the brushes, I couldn’t focus my magnifying lamp properly and I dropped paint all over my pants!

I am also very sorry the photo is kind of meh. I just couldn’t take a proper picture with my wobbly hands.

And, now that I have vented!…

I really like the colors I used for the “waterfall”. I love blues and ombre color combinations so why not put them together!


#OMD3NAILS - Colorful Waterfall Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseZoya Severine

Details: assorted acrylic paints and artist brushes


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

OMD3 – Black and Gold Stamping Nail Art/Wiki’d It Challenge


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Today’s look works for OMD3 and Wiki’d It! I’ve dropped the ball on the Wiki Challenge. It is intense and sometimes I did not feel particularly inspired. However, this week’s page was about King Midas! I thought the lightning bolts would be a fun touch since Midas is portrayed as a supernatural legend.

I like this look. Black and gold go well together and there is only one design. I do not know if my simple designs phase is driven by my recent flares but I am not complaining because I am really digging them!

I hope you do too!


#OMD3Nails Black and Gold Stamping Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseWet n Wild Black Creme

StampingPueen Cosmetics plate PUEEN 83Zoya Goldie


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Wiki It Challenge

Happy 4th!


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Last year I won on week of Bundle Monster’s birthday month nail art challenge and one of the toppers they sent me contained a patriotic mix of glitters. I never used it so I was excited to pull the bottle from the back of the cabinet and dust it off.

Unfortunately, I felt just freaking awful from last week so I only had the energy for one accent nail per hand. My other nails felt left out, though, so I dressed them up with a holographic top coat to reflect the night sky!

Are you doing anything fun for the 4th? If I feel up to it I’ll head over to a neighbor’s house for a BBQ dinner! Thankfully, it is literally five steps away from my own home, which is probably the only amount of exercise I can manage at the moment!


4th of July Glitters | The Rite of AgingBase: Wet n Wild Black Creme

GlitterBundle Monster Company (BMC) Under the Pier

HoloINM Northern Lights Silver, Seche Vite (to lock in shine)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

OMD3 – Silver Glitter Gradient


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Let me start by saying how glad I am I got some of these prompts out of the way! I forgot to take my medications after lunch and am paying the price now. I couldn’t even use a fork, let alone paint my nails!

I did a few looks last week so I forgot which belonged to each day. It was not until today that I realized I had two glitter gradients back to back! Oops! It’s okay, though, I can never have enough glitter gradients (unless, of course, I am going through my ‘I hate glitter’ phase)!

At first, I had glitter gradient accent nails and dark blue stamping but the look did not mesh together well. I asked my dad before I took pictures and he agreed it so I nixed the dark blue. Sometimes, simpler is definitely better!


#OMD3NAILS: Silver Glitter Gradient Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBase: essie No Place Like Chrome

GlitterSephora by OPI Lights, Glammer-a, Action!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

OMD3 – Peach Glitter Gradient & Stamping Nail Art


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For today’s peach prompt I pulled out my trusted Westside. This was the first Urban Outfitters polish I bought and it is almost completely gone. I bought a Rimmel dupe but the formula cannot even pretend to match up. Westside (and UO’s Blue Velvet) are my most used polishes of all time!

Urban Outfitters cream polishes are surprisingly awesome and for $4 a pop they are easy to stock up on. I haven’t been to the store in a while but I think I’ll stop by soon since I am about to completely run out of my favorite colors!


Peach polish is one of my favorites but I only really wear it during the spring and summer because look how tan my hand is! As much as I love this color, though, it is a bear to photograph. I managed a great picture of the glitter gradient but couldn’t focus properly on the stamping. Ah well, you win some, you lose some.

#OMD3NAILS: Peach Glitter Gradient & Stamping Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseUrban Outfitters Westside

GlitterOPI Pros & Bronze

StampingMundo de Uñas Light GreyBundle Monster plate BM-319


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Oh Mon Dieu! (Year 3) – Teal Glitter Gradient & Stamping Nail Art


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Eek!! I am so excited about this year’s Oh Mon Dieu! This awesome challenge is brought to us by the lovely ladies who also organize the monthly Nail Art Ideas Linkup. Jacqui (from Craftynail), Lindsay (from Nail that Accent!), Jemma (from Eeeek! Nail Polish!) and Brijit (from Brijit’s Digits) work so hard to bring together nail enthusiasts from all over the world. The NAIL linkup was the first community I joined when I first started blogging two years ago and I have participated ever since.

I participated in my first OMD challenge last July and it pushed me to my limits! Not only did I post once a day but I attempted at least three or four techniques I never thought I would touch with a ten foot pole!

These girls have a knack of bringing out the real creative side of the nail junkies without imposing a ton of rules but still providing guidelines so we are not completely lost!


The first prompt is teal! Okay, first, let me say, I could not find any of my teal polishes! The one I wanted to use was an old Milani polish I finally parted with. It was such a beautiful polish. I am slowly but surely moving through my old Milanis and I feel absolutely gutted every time I use them. I knew our relationship would not last forever but I certainly wish it did!

I am starting out nice and easy and RA-friendly with a cute, neon glitter gradient and some simple stamping! Hope you like it!


#OMD3NAILS - Teal Glitter Gradient and Stamping Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBase: Teal – Essie Naughty Nautical, Black – Zoya Anais

Stamping: Wet n Wild Black CremeBorn Pretty Store plate BP-L005

GlitterChina Glaze Can I Get an Untz Untz


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Purple Watercolor and Decal Nail Art


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Where oh where was I? Starting work on my Oh Mon Dieu looks! I cheated and started early because I worked full-day camps this week. I knew I would be too tired to get much done.

I badly wanted to keep up with the challenge so I tucked away some prompts when I felt up to painting my nails.

Today, I switched the order of my meds to see if I’d feel better in the evening and I did! I am still in a fair bit of pain but I still felt like painting my nails. I went with a simple, RA-friendly watercolor look inspired by a picture of a purple flower and bumblebee I posted on Instagram. I received a request to do a nail art for it so here it is!


Purple Watercolor and Floral Decal Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBase: Milani Power Periwinkle

Details: makeup sponge soaked in acetone, Milani Power PeriwinkleZoya HavenBarry M Plum, China Glaze Violet VibesSephora by OPI Domestic Goddess

DecalsPueen Cosmetics


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


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