Hit The Bottle Water Tight Top Coat - Swatches & Review

Monday, 25 May 2020


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you have had a good weekend.  I managed to hurt my back on Saturday so it has been quite an uneventful and painful weekend.  One good thing to come from the weekend though was I got the chance to test out Hit The Bottle's Water Tight Top Coat.  Now this top coat is said to stop smearing (which I didn't realize so I haven't tested this over stamping yet) but the thing I was most interest in is testing it over foil!  If you have ever used any top coat over foil then you will know it wrinkles like crazy and it's not a good look.  Enter Water Tight....

Water Tight is a very thin cloudy looking top coat.  It did seem quite odd to look at and I was concerned how it would apply and dry but I had zero issues.  Initially it goes on cloudy but it dries fast and clear!  It didn't crease my foil at all.


I am a huge fan of this for foil stamping.  I am also addicted to foil stamping so I am definitely going to get some good use out of this top coat.  I will also have to try it over regular stamping too to see if it smudges.

The Water Tight Top Coat is available now from Hit The Bottle.

Hit The Bottle Stonewashed & Windswept Polish - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 21 May 2020


Let's kick today's post with a little bit of a spoiler.  Don't worry you won't be seeing anything today (although I am pretty sure if you go into the Polish Pick Up group you will see the polish) but I was sent the upcoming Polish Pick Up shade from Hit The Bottle.  Along with that I was also sent Electro Candypop (which you can see here) and Stonewashed & Windswept which I will be sharing with you today.

Stonewashed & Windswept is a pale grey with a warm blue tinge to it.  This polish can be worn as a regular polish or as a stamping polish.  How awesome is that?  I love a polish that is a two in one.  The formula is a little on the thick side (which obviously is better for stamping) but it applies easily when wearing it alone.  I used one coat for my swatch and stamped using Hit The Bottle's To Love Or Not To Love stamping plate.






I love this polish!  I'm not sure if I love it more as a stamping polish or a regular polish.  It's definitely awesome as both.  It also stamps beautifully over black and white.  I'm a huge fan!

Stonewashed & Windswept is available now from Hit The Bottle.

What's Up Nails B039 Geometric Trance Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 19 May 2020


Hello!  I feel like it has been ages since I sat down and blogged.  Really it hasn't been that long but I have been behind in painting my nails (life has been really busy that by the end of the day I either don't have time to do my nails or I just can't be bothered).  So to make up for lack of nail time I have had recently I spent the full day on Saturday swatching away like a crazy person.  I now about a hundred pictures to edit.  Yay for me!  Anyway, today I have the Geometric Trance Stamping Plate from What's Up Nails to share with you guys.
Image from What's Up Nails
I love this image!  I thought it would look cool with a really shifty base.  I love how this turned.  Next time I will definitely try it with a gradient base because that would look awesome too!  For my base I used Emily de Molly LE130 and stamped using Hit The Bottle As Black As Night.
                      



I actually had a couple of ideas for this next image.  I think even though it is really simple in its design that it has so much potential for some awesome manis.  For my base I used Color Club East Austin and double stamped using Hit The Bottle's Snowed In and As Black As Night.


I am a big fan of this plate.  There are some really great images on it (I do love geometric nails!) and I am excited to play with it some more.  The images all pick up and transfer well to the nails.

The Geometric Trance Stamping Plate is available now from What's Up Nails.

Moyra Stamping 88 Love Love Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 14 May 2020


Last year I welcomed some Moyra stamping plates into my collection and I fell in love with them!  So much so they all landed in my end of year favourites last year.  Now I have another one of their plates - the Love Love Stamping Plate to add to my collection and of course to share with you guys.

Image from Moyra
Technically my first time using this plate was when I was swatching the Neon Pink stamping polish from Moyra so I may as well pop that swatch in here too.  I do love this image.  I think it would look great over a glitter base or even with some lead lighting/reverse stamping.


When I sat down to do this mani I really hadn't decided which of the full sized images I was going to use but I am so happy that I went with this one.  I think it is so fun with the bright coloured background.  For my base I used Color Club Tic-Tac-Toe, Players Gonna Play, Schoolyard Crush, Extra Credit and All Dolled Up and stamped using Hit The Bottle's As Black As Night.


This image I absolutely love!  I think it would look amazing as a simple black and white mani.  In fact, that's what I had originally planned (or just using it as an accent nail in black and white).  At the last second I decided to use it over Emily de Molly Here We Go Again (because I have been dying to put this polish back on my nails).  I love how this image looks with this polish.


I am a big fan of this plate.  I really like the full sized images in particular and some of the smaller images are nice but as we know I don't really do small images.  All of the images stamp beautifully as well.

The Love Love Stamping Plate is available now from Moyra Stamping.  Don't forget to use my code TRACYMOYRA for a 10% discount on your order.

Hit The Bottle Electro Candypop Stamping Polish - Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 12 May 2020


I have written about 1250 blog posts over the years and still to this day I have trouble starting off my posts.  You would think at this point in time that I would be in the swing of writing posts but nope.  Today I am having "writers block" - always a fun thing when you are trying to write.  Anyway, I am rambling.  Today I have the stunning Electro Candypop stamping polish from Hit The Bottle to share with you.


Electro Candypop is a turquoise creme stamping polish.  I love the colour this one but I couldn't for the life of my get it to photograph accurately.  It's definitely so much better in person.  I swatched it over black and white so you can see how it looks over both light and dark colours but I have seen it swatched over purple and other colours and it looks amazing!  I can't wait to play with it some more.






Electro Candypop is available now from Hit The Bottle.

Moyra Nail Stamping White Foil Stamping Polish, Gold & Silver Foils, & Aqua Top Coat - Swatches & Review

Sunday, 10 May 2020


Today I have a quite a few products from Moyra to share with you.  They all work well together and it would be kind of hard to separate into different posts so I thought why not just talk about them all in the same post.  Which products are we going to be talking about?  Well, I have the White Stamping Polish, the Silver and Gold Stamping Foils and the Aqua Top Coat.  

White Foil Stamping Polish
This polish surprised me a little.  It seemed a little sheer in comparison to other white stamping polishes but it does stamp well.  It also dried relatively slow which allows for plenty of time to add the foil.
        
Silver & Gold Stamping Foils
I have very curved nails and foils don't seem to love me.  With that said, I think I am finding a way for them to work for me.  I definitely still have a bit of a learning curve with them.  I allowed the stamping polish to "dry" for about 10-20 seconds and then sponged on the foils.  I did attempt to apply the gold foil to the full nail but it didn't turn out great so I ended up having to random put the foil on to fix it.  I do love how shiny these are and definitely want to keep trying to get them for work for me.
        



Aqua Top Coat
If you don't know most top coats will cause foils to wrinkle.  Introducing the Aqua Top Coat...I am a big fan of this for foils.  Initially I was worried because it looked quite milky on the nails but as it dried it turned clear and the foils remained smooth and shiny!  It does dry slowly but I am ok with that.
While I definitely have a learning curve when it comes to foils and my nails I am definitely a huge fan of all of these products.  I am definitely going to have to break out the other colours in the Moyra foils that I own and practice some more.

All products mentioned are available now from Moyra Nail Stamping.

What's Up Nails B047 Everyday Is Caturday Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Friday, 8 May 2020


The important questions in life - are you a dog person or a cat person?  I personally like cats better than dogs.  Don't take that to mean I don't like dogs because I do, I just like cats more.  We have two cats in our family.  Max and Sampi.  Both equally as adorable and have very different personalities.  Anyway, I am getting side tracked here.  Today I have the Everyday Is Caturday (which it very much is in my house) stamping plate from What's Up Nails to share with you.

Image from What's Up Nails
This first mani is kinda inspired by my cat Sampi.  She is a beautiful tortoiseshell cat with lots of black and browns/nudes.  She also has a similar looking face to the cat with the black patch on its face.    For my base I used Emily de Molly Faux Creme and stamped using Hit The Bottle As Black As Night.


Now you can't go past the magical caticorns can you?  Such beautiful magical creatures.  For my base I sponged on Pretty Serious Cosmetics Fluffykins, Bunny Foo-Foo, Doodlebug, Cutie Patootie, Little Duckling and Peachie Poo and stamped using Hit The Bottle As Black As Night.


I think this is a super cute plate but it's not one that I would grab for on a day to day basis.  It's just not my style.  The images themselves stamp beautiful.

The Everyday Is Caturday stamping plate is available now from What's Up Nails.