Thursday, July 19, 2018

Miss Sporty ~ #466


Miss Sporty ~ #466
Orange with subtle pink shimmer

Today I wanted to wear something bright. None of my untrieds caught my eye so I had a look in a random drawer of a Helmer. #466 from Miss Sporty called out for me. It’s been a year since I wore it so I thought “Why not?” and sat down to polish my nails with it.

I used three coats for this manicure. I can see that I wore two coats last time so it’s definitely possible to make it cover in two coats. The drying time is pretty average.

The stamp is from the stamping plate “Mezerdoo35” and I stamped with a mix of El Corazón’s White stamping polish and “Burgundy Crush” from Max Factor, which isn’t originally a stamping polish, but it works great for it.

I topped it with a layer of “Northern Lights” holo glitter topcoat from “Out the Door” and this is what it all ended up looking like in the sun:

Miss Sporty ~ #466

Isn’t that just pretty?

Miss Sporty ~ #466

I didn’t photograph #466 alone last time I wore it so I did that today. This is three coats and no topcoat. The shimmer is really subtle but it’s showing itself a bit when it’s in the sun.

Miss Sporty ~ #466

These are the things I used.


I have promised myself many times to reach out for my many “older” polishes more often. They shall not just sit unloved in the Helmer forever!


Number of coats: 3 but you can get away with 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Subtle shimmer
Overall impression: I like this colour, it’s fun and cheerful
Buy again: Yes

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Blackheart by Hot Topic ~ “Purple metallic”


Blackheart by Hot Topic ~ “Purple metallic”
Purple metallic

I bought this beautiful bottle of purple nail polish when I was in New York years ago. Unfortunately it has lost its little name tag so I honestly don’t know the name of this prettiness.

The formula is on the thick side but still easy to work with. I used two coats for my manicure but I think it’s possible to make it cover in one coat. The drying time was really good.

I stamped on it and what’s more appropriate than to stamp little skulls on it. The bottle is skull shaped after all. I found the skull designs on the stamping plate “Celebration BPX-L007”. I stamped with BornPrettyStore’s white stamping polish.

Here’s the end result including a layer of topcoat.

Blackheart by Hot Topic ~ “Purple metallic”

This is the Blackheart polish alone. It’s two coats and no topcoat. It’s photographed in the sunshine.

Blackheart by Hot Topic ~ “Purple metallic”

Here’s the stuff I used.


I love this little gem of a polish, especially because of the skull shaped bottle.

It’s the first time I try the white stamping polish from BornPrettyStore. I’ve heard many girls recommend it so I wanted to see if it was good enough to replace my beloved white from El Corazón. It’s definitely just as good.



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: Nice polish, good formula
Buy again: Yes, possibly

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Colors by Llarowe ~ Red Dawn


Colors by Llarowe ~ Red Dawn
Described as a multichrome holo shifting between purple, gold, red and more

“Red Dawn” is from The Mysterious Vanishing Pigment collection from 2014. My bottle doesn’t seem to have the lots of shifts that the description says. Red to gold perhaps but that’s about it. I don’t see any purple in it at all and if I hadn’t read that this is supposed to be a multichrome then I wouldn’t have known because I can’t actually see it.

“Red Dawn” has got a really nice formula though and the coverage is really good. I think I could have got away with one single coat! I used two though and the drying time is good.

I wanted to try some of my new nail foils: holo hearts! It didn’t turn out well at all though! The hearts didn’t want to stick to my nails, only bits of the hearts and it didn’t look very good to be honest. I covered it up with a shimmer topper from Gabriella Salvete called “Acrobat”.

Here’s what my nails ended up looking like. You can see the bits of foil underneath the topper if you look closely.

Colors by Llarowe ~ Red Dawn

This is “Red Dawn” alone. It’s two coats and a layer of topcoat. The photo is taken in the evening sun.

Colors by Llarowe ~ Red Dawn

And here are the things I used: The polishes, the nail glue and the nail foil.


“Red Dawn” is no longer available.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Holographic
Overall impression: Good formula, nice polish. I don’t see much of a shift, if any.
Buy again: Yes, possibly