Sunday, September 16, 2012

Guest Post: Elizabeth from Did My Nails

My newest Twinsie never ceases to amaze me.  Her manis are always so cool and her posts always make me laugh.  And really, what else can a blog reader ask for?

I simply adore what Elizabeth came up with here and I have no doubt you will too!

Hi, Amanda's readers! My name is Elizabeth, and I'm happy to be pitching in while Amanda recovers from nail trauma. Given her penchant for purple and my appetite for some autumn shades, I thought this post would be a great time to try a gravender (greige? grurple?) gradient. Wow, that's a lot of alliteration. Where was I? Right, gradient!

My original plan was to do a gradient of China Glaze Below Deck and Essie Smokin' Hot, but when Below Deck dried much darker than the bottle, there really wasn't enough contrast between the two. I sponged a 3rd purple, Revlon Bold Sangria, on the very tips, but it was too purple, too different to blend well with the others. Frustrated, I tried blotting a little more of the Bold Sangria around, which didn't quite work...and that's when things got kinda weird. And just a little bit awesome.

I figured it wouldn't hurt to throw some more colour around, just dab and sponge and go a little crazy with it and see if it might turn into something fun. Along with the purples there's China Glaze Trendsetter, Exotic Encounters, and Elephant Walk all jumbled up in there--I think it looks a little like a muted Mardi Gras! Thing is, from a distance or in dim lighting, it all kind of blends into a sort of dark olive creme, but when the light hits it you can suddenly see all the colours that go went into the mix. I couldn't have planned that if I'd tried!


Elizabeth, while I don't see muted mardi gras, I see all the magnificent colors I saw when I studied abroad in South Africa.  I'm sure the names of the China Glaze polishes included have somehow manipulated my memory, but regardless, I'm stunned by how gorgeous this mani is.  Just wow.

Thank you so much for helping out while my nail catches up with the rest of my fingers!

And to all my readers who are also celebrating Rosh Hashana, wishing you a happy, healthy, and sweet new year to you and yours!



  1. This looks so cool! I'm loving the colors that were used! This is awesome, Elizabeth!

  2. This looks gorgeous! I love the way the colors look together, very fall-ish! Nice work!

  3. Wow this looks amazing, love how you played with the colors love that it almost looks rustic.

  4. This mani is really neat, Elizabeth amazes me, too! I hope you have nice holidays Amanda :O)

  5. Thank you so very much, Amanda and everyone else, for all the kind words! I'm really glad I could help pitch in, and I hope you're having a wonderful holiday!

    (Oh, and the Mardi Gras thing...Its colours are purple, green, and gold, so anytime I see a combo that's even close to that I can't help but think of beads and doubloons. And also beer. You can take the girl out of New Orleans...;p)

  6. Elizabeth, this is amazing! Hope you had a nice holiday Amanda!