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Well, it is that time of year again: the 31-Day Challenge! I went quiet last week, partially because of the flare but also in preparation for this month. I want to complete the challenge this year! I completed it last year and want to continue the streak!

As the month progresses, I will update the 31-Day Challenge tab above. I think it’s going to be really cool to see how different my nail art looks now and from a year ago. I started nail-art blogging in August 2013 so I was still new to the community. It will be interesting to see how I’ve grown in the past year!

Anyways, I decided to start the month out nice and simple. As you all know, I love my messy water marbles so why not start with that?


I am exploring RA-friendly nail art. It is going to take me time to adjust to the Orencia’s absence (still haven’t gotten my money back!) so I may struggle with intricate nail arts. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have already seen my hashtag #rafriendlynailart? While nail art by nature is not RA-friendly I want to find alternatives to established techniques that are easier on the fingers. I hope you enjoy and follow my new-ish? journey!

I think messy marbles are RA-friendly. I do not mess with the design’s perfection in the water and I dunk two or three of my fingers because the nails do not have to be the same and I marble one color at a time so the design is easier to manipulate.

I really like how this came out. I did double layers of red polish and they mostly came out in the same directions! This reminds me of the reject peppermint candies restaurants never put in the concierge bowl! Hahaha, I hope you like it!



I started with 2 coats of Milani Color Statement Spotlight White as my base. Honestly, I am not the biggest fan of the formula. Sure, I did not expect much to begin with but I much prefer Julie G’s white polish. I reserve this Milani polish for the base of marbles or other detailing where the base does not need to “well-done”.

I marbled with Orly Bonder and Wet n Wild I Red A Good Book.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Check out the other manicures below!