The moral of today's story is: Allison needs to not be lazy. And get new striping polish.
I saw some "Up" posters recently and wanted to do a cute balloon mani, and I got about halfway there. The balloons are a little sloppy, but workable; it's the darn strings that messed me up.
Anyway, I used several colors for this mani. The base is Essie Borrowed & Blue, which you all know is an awesome sky/pastel blue.
For the dark teal balloons, I used OPI Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection. It's actually one of my favorites and has a great application, though it looks a little grainy here. The orange balloons are done with OPI In My Back Pocket and the light green is OPI Gargantuan Green Grape. The pink, unfortunately, I don't have a name for because it's one of those old crusty polishes I dug up from the bottom of my stash.
To make the balloons, I used the large and small ends of a dotting tool ... that was the easy(-ish) part. I admit that I was getting lazy by this point, and tired of dealing with so many colors, so I whipped out my black striping polish rather than using a striping brush and regular blax polish.
The result was kind of disastrous. The polish had gotten clumpy since I last used it, so the application was incredibly uneven and the brush was impossible to control. The result was messy, misshapen strings that had no real rhyme or reason. At least the colors were cute?