But I Wanted Balloons

Hello and welcome! Well if the title didn’t give it away, my birthday is coming up. Which means this manicure is all about me ūüėú

I immediately knew that I wanted to use the color purple, and my Bundle Monster Let’s Celebrate stamping plate. The only problem was that I couldn’t decide on just one purple. So I changed my design a bit, to a neutral base with a bunch of different purple balloons. Then it was just a matter of making my vision a reality. (spoilers: I did not execute it well)

What I Used:

(everything with a * didn’t end up in the final look)

  • Base Coat: Orly – Bonder
  • 1st Color: Painted Polish – Tickled Taupe
  • *2nd Color: Glisten & Glow – Calming ones Chakras
  • 3rd Color: Colors by Llarowe – Berries in the Snow
  • 4th Color: Quixotic Polish – Insatiable Hearts
  • 5th Color: Pahlish – Wibbly Wobbly
  • Top Coat: Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Bundle Monster mini lotus mat
  • Bundle Monster double sided nail art brush & dotting tool
  • *Bundle Monster BM-XL30 stamping plate
  • *silicone stamper & scraper
  • *lint roller sheet
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • acetone nail polish remover

I started with my Orly base coat. And then two coats of the beautiful Tickled Taupe. I was glad it only took two coats to be opaque. Because the first coat looked like it was going to be very sheer.

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two coats of Painted Polish – Tickled Taupe

Next, I got ready to make little balloon decals. I wanted one nail to have big balloons with a 27 on them. And then little scattered balloons on my other nails. But for some reason, I was really struggling to stamp. I either couldn’t get the image to pick up correctly, or would place it crooked and then the decal would be screwed up. So I had to restart after a few failed attempts. I reapplied a square of top coat, and neatly stamped the light purple balloons. Then I filled the small balloons with three different colors of purple. One was more red, one was closer to blue, and the last one was just purple. I felt like Goldilocks and the three purples!


Unfortunately, the second I placed the big balloons on my ring finger I just hated it.  I debated for a long while if I could do something to fix it.  But in the end, I just removed it and had to start over.  And of course, it was late, and I was cranky.  I had done all of this work to make these decals, and they were just a waste.  So guess what I did next?  Just grabbed a dotting tool and made random dots of color that kind of faded at the tip of my nails.  Of course I forgot to take pictures, but it was only a few dots per color.

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I changed the design to confetti spots

Well, I really wanted balloons. ¬†So I’m not too happy with this design, even though it does kind of look like exploding purple confetti. ¬†Plus, the colors are beautiful. ¬†Which makes me a little more happy about it. ¬†The only problem is, I’m already picking at them, so most likely something new will pop up by the end of the week.


Hope you all have a good week!


Oh boy!¬† I mentioned that I had already started picking at this design.¬† But I couldn’t stop at just the nail polish.¬† By Monday I had picked off all of the polish on my thumb nails and moved on to my natural nail, plus my other fingers.¬† (I’ll spare you the photos of my absolutely destroyed nails)¬† So when I got home, I had to file down the few nails that survived to be even with the others.¬† And then I removed and reapplied the base color.¬† Although, this time I used peel off base coat.¬† And this time, I tried balloons again.¬† But red/white/blue balloons because of the 4th of July.¬† It worked out much better, still not perfect, but better.¬† And they lasted throughout the rest of the week.¬† They peeled off so easily.¬† I should’ve recorded the peeling, √† la simplynailogical (sorry – I just thought of it).

What I Used #2:

  • Unt – Peel Off Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Rapid Red
  • Bundle Monster – bam! white
  • KL Polish – Porter Miami

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