#31DC2018 – Black and White || Nail Art

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I considered all the ways I could do this prompt and decided on something simple. I made this look a little late in the day but I was able to get some sunshine for photos…Summer is coming to a close and soon it will be dark by 5pm! Yikes!

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31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2018 (#31DC2018) Black and White Dotticure ft. Revlon, Essie and Wet n Wild nail polishes31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2018 (#31DC2018) Black and White Dotticure ft. Revlon, Essie and Wet n Wild nail polishesBase: Revlon Holographic Pearls

Details: essie blanc, wet n wild Black Creme*

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

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#31DC2018 – Gradient Nails ft. Zoya Nail Polish

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I’m not sure how I feel about this look. I like all three polishes separately but I’m not sure they work well together. People over on Instagram seem to really like it so I guess it’s a win!
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#31DC2018 (31 Day Nail Art Challenge) Gradient Nail Art ft. Zoya Nail Polish#31DC2018 (31 Day Nail Art Challenge) Gradient Nail Art ft. Zoya Nail PolishPolishes Used: Zoya Rocky (blue), Pippa (yellow), and Sawyer (orange)

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Don’t forget to check out the other gradient nails below or use the hashtag #31DC2018 on social media platforms.

#31DC2018 – Rainbow Nails

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You have no idea how excited I was to share these nails!!! I did post a clean version at the end but honestly, they’re not as fun as the full on splatter. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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#31DC2018 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2018 Rainbow Splatter Nails ft. Essie Polish#31DC2018 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2018 Rainbow Splatter Nails ft. Essie Polish#31DC2018 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2018 Rainbow Splatter Nails ft. Essie Polish#31DC2018 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2018 Rainbow Splatter Nails ft. Essie PolishWhite dots are Essie Blanc.  Everything else is acrylic paint.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Isolation is the Key to Destruction

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I’ve always been a bit of a loner. I prefer to stay on my own than go out with a group of people. So, when I was diagnosed with RA I wasn’t surprised I isolated myself even further.

Pride and embarrasment fueled this transition and I found myself pushing everyone away. I have always done this when I find myself weak: weak mentally and now, weak physically. I didn’t want people to see me in a state of pain, disability and sadness. But, friendship is a two way street and I would frequently counter the generic “oh wow, I haven’t heard from you in a while” with a “you could have reached out to me”. You know what my “friends” said?

“Out of sight, out of mind.”

Who can blame them. I hibernate and shy away from the world so how can I expect anyone to care enough to check in on me. There’s more to this, though. Most people find my RA a burden. I’m not sure why when they don’t have to live with this disabiling, disfiguring illness every second of every day. But, because humans are inately selfish, they believe that my illness affects them in some way.

I have never asked my friends for help or accomodations so I don’t know where this annoyance comes from. I know how to take care of myself and I know how to handle situations on my own so…

Why do people get annoyed with me for something I can’t control and that I don’t make anyone else’s problem?

 

Constant isolation destroys the human psyche. We are social animals who crave attention but honestly, I’ve only experienced negative feelings towards me so I continue to be on my own even though I know it will eventually lead to my own distruction.

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

 

#31DC2018 – Metallic || Nail Art

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I was inspired by a look I saw on the MoYou London instagram page and thought I’d swing it for both the 31 Day Challenge and MoYou contest! I hope you like this simple metallic stamping look. And, of course, I added my dots to it!

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Metallic Nails for #31D2018 and MoYou London Back to Basic 2018 Challenges ft. Color Club, Zoya and Born Pretty Store polishesBase: wet n wild Black Creme*

Stamping: MoYou London Time Traveler collection (Back to the 80s) plate 02, Zoya Yves, Born Pretty Store stamping polish* (gold)

Details: Color Club On the Rocks

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

#31DC2018 – Purple || Nail Art

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Dot everything. I was inspired by some of my full nail dotticures from last year. I hope you like this bright, purple nail art for today’s 31 Day Challenge 2018!

 

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Full Nail Purple Dotticure for #31DC2018 (31 Day Challenge 2018) ft. Zoya, American Apparel, Essie, and Milani Nail PolishesFull Nail Purple Dotticure for #31DC2018 (31 Day Challenge 2018) ft. Zoya, American Apparel, Essie and Milani Nail PolishesBase: essie Blanc

Details: Barry M Gelly Plum, American Apparel Neon Purple, Milani Key West

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

#31DC2018 – Blue Dots || Nail Art

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Ah, these are definitely dots! I always shy away from dot designs like straight lines because the time and effort it takes to make them straight greatly outweighs how my arthritis flares in my fingers.
All things considered though, these came out super cute and the colors mesh well together. I hope you like it as much as I do!

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#31DC2018 (31 Day Challenge 2018) Blue Dots Nail Art ft. Zoya, Pahlish, Pipe Dream Polish#31DC2018 (31 Day Challenge 2018) Blue Dots Nail Art ft. Zoya, Pahlish, Pipe Dream Polish

Base: Zoya Rocky

Dots (from dark to light): Zoya Raven, Pahlish Le Bijou de Roi, Zoya SaintPipe Dream Polish Sonic Transducer (brand no longer available)

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Check out the other blue manicures below!