Secret Agent Lila

Sometimes a manicure can completely flop. The vision in your head is cool and will surely produce some cool results, but then you finish one whole nail and ask yourself what the heck you were thinking. You try and try to come up with a clever solution to salvage the disaster while still remaining close to your fantasy, but no matter which way you shake the 8-ball, it's an inevitable failure.

That is not the case for this manicure.

It was almost the case, but I salvaged it.

Originally, I wanted to use Lila (Savina) and Secret Peri-Wink-Le (China Glaze) to create a cool gradient under a white stamp that would cover my whole nail. However, the obviously visible line created by the two polishes was absolutely visible under the white polish. It looked terrible.

I wanted to scrap everything and start over, but I had already painted on both Lila and Secret Peri-Wink-Le and felt bad ripping up the foundations. I searched through my stamping plates, and BM 11 saved the day. Using black (Black on Black, Sinful Colors) instead of white, I created "Secret Agent Lila".

It appears more purple than periwinkle, but that's expected since there's a few layers of that hot pink living underneath.

Saved the day today, but I'm sure I won't be able to avoid a complete disaster for too long.


  1. Girl, you rock! What an awesome idea! now i want to do something like this too!!!!

  2. I like it, it's very original, and the combination of the colours is great :)

  3. I really love this!!! I need to try something like this!

  4. This is really cute! Love the pattern with the colors, so awesome :-D

  5. OMG this is SO.EFFIN.CUTE!
    I seriously just said that aloud in my living room, accept real eff words were involved.

    Love it!!!

  6. Thanks everyone! I'm glad this saved manicure didn't flop as hard as it could have!

  7. love it! i hope i have an appropriate stamp to do this with!

  8. I adore this design and great photo!


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