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.

Grace-full Nail Polish Boxing Day 2019 Cremes - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 6 May 2020



I have been sitting with these gorgeous limited edition cremes from Grace-full Nail Polish for way too long.  Theresa kindly gifted them to me and sadly they have been sitting in my polish rack to swatch ever since.  It's not because I haven't wanted to swatch them but because I have been swamped with other swatching things.  I have definitely been playing with them in some nail art (which you may have seen on my Instagram) and now I have finally swatched them.


Lilac Vision is a soft lilac creme.  I love this colour!  It's so pretty and girly.  The formula is great and is opaque in two coats which is what I used for my swatch.


Mintie is a mint green creme.  Again, I love the colour of this one.  Super pretty and the formula is great and easy to use.  For my swatch I used two coats.


Oasis Blue is a pastel cornflour blue creme.  Now if I had to pick only one polish from this trio then I think that this would be the one.  I have actually worn it a few times now.  I love, love, love the colour and the formula is fantastic.  My swatch shows two coats.


I love these cremes and I am so happy that I have them in my collection.  Hopefully you guys also managed to grab them when they were released.

Moyra Nail Stamping Neon Pink Stamping Polish - Swatches & Review

Monday, 4 May 2020


Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend.  I know I did.  Last week I received an awesome package from Moyra Nail Stamping so prepare yourself for some Moyra goodies on my blog again.  Starting with their Neon Pink stamping polish!

Neon Pink is a neon pink stamping polish.  This polish sits somewhere in between a creme and a jelly.  It's really interesting and the colour is awesome (but I am a sucker for a neon pink polish).  This polish does dry really quickly so you need to move fast.  As you can see from my swatches it swatches perfectly over white but not so great over black - which I think is because it's kinda jelly.




While this polish isn't great over black I do love it over white!  It's definitely a lot brighter in person than what it looks in my picture.  I also love the wide brush that this polish has too.  It makes it really quick and applies a good amount of polish on the plate.

The Neon Pink stamping polish is available now from Moyra Nail Stamping.  Don't forget that you can use my code TRACYMOYRA for a 10% discount off your purchase.

What's Up Nails B045 Simple Shapes Stamping Plate - Swatches & Review

Saturday, 2 May 2020


Happy May everyone.  I feel like this month may be quite an interesting one but not necessarily in a good way.  But hopefully I am wrong.  Anyway, today I have another plate from What's Up Nails called Simple Shapes which as the name suggests is a plate full of simple shapes.

Image from What's Up Nails
For this first mani I couldn't go past the zig zags/chevrons.  I think these types of patterns are some of my favourite types to wear on my nails.  I kept it nice and simple but OMG I love this mani!  I wore it for few days because I simply didn't want to take it off.  For my base I used Grace-full Nail Polish Blue Oasis and stamped using What's Up Nails Jay For A Day.


I was in a bit of a nail funk the day I did this mani.  It was one of those days where I needed/wanted to do a new mani but had no clue what to do.  I couldn't decided if I wanted something simple or something a little more 'fancy', some bright or dark, glitter or no glitter....anyway I eventfully went for Color Club Modern Pink, Emily de Molly Bright Retreat, China Glaze I'd Melt For You and A-England Merlin.  I LOVE this mani and think it will be staying on for a few days.


While this isn't the type of plate that I would normally gravitate towards I actually love it!  Yes you can do some really fancy stuff with it (think like gradients and layering) but I really love it for the simplicity of the designs.  I can see me grabbing for this a fair bit.

The Simple Shapes stamping plate is available now from What's Up Nails.

April 2020 Favourites

Thursday, 30 April 2020


Here we are at the last day of April.  What an interesting month it is has been.  I have officially lost track of days and times - I have to constantly check my calendar to know what it is I am doing.  I am sure I am not the only one that is looking forward to some normalcy but for now I am happy that most people are staying home (if and when they can) to help flatten the curve.  Anyway, before officially moving into May I want to wrap up April (like I do ever other month) with all of the things that I have been loving.


Nail Art
April has been a good month of nail art for me.  Well at least I think it has.  I did go a bit back and forth about the flame mani because I didn't like how the stickers don't lay flat on my nails but I really do like the look of the mani which is why I have included it.
     

Stamping Plates
This month I have been playing with quite a few new stamping plates which has been fun.  I also have some more plates to play with in May which I am also excited about.
     
Uberchic Beauty Business Chic 01 and Simply Organic Stamping Plates
This month Uberchic released two new plates and I am in love with them both.  They are both full of really cool full nail images that there are sooooo many options of ways to use it that it's kinda hard to decide where to begin.

Image from Uberchic Beauty

Image from Uberchic Beauty
What's Up Nails Geo-Radical Stamping Plate
This plate is so cool!  I have never used so many images in one mani before but this plate makes it so easy to do and the result is awesome!  I think this plate also has a really good mix of geometric images.
Image from What's Up Nails
Stamping Polishes
It has been a hot minute since I have played with some new stamping polishes.  I was lucky to be sent a lot of the stamping polishes from What's Up Nails and I am so impressed.  They all stamp beautifully and work over both white and black (although some that are a dark colour don't look the greatest over black).  They also have a great range of both colours and finishes.
     

Indie Polishes
Every month without fail I have Emily de Molly and Grace-full Nail Polish in my indie polish favourites.  Until this month....oh who am I kidding here?  Of course we have Emily de Molly and Grace-full Nail Polish in my favourites for this month.

Emily de Molly April Releases
Really I should be including the full release because I don't love Enjoy The Fall but I do think that this might look really cool with some nail art over it.  Stay tuned for that at some point.  I do LOVE the rest of this month's releases though.  So awesome!


Grace-full Nail Polish Beauty Of The Sea (Polish Pick Up April 2020)
Ok so this polish is seriously amazing and I am totally in love.  It's definitely a very "me" polish.


Grace-full Nail Polish Drag Queen Collection
This month Grace-full teamed up with MckFresh Nail Attire to create the Drag Queen Collection.  I haven't tried the MckFresh polishes so I won't comment on those but there were definitely a couple of favourites from Grace-full - It's Not Personal It's Drag and I Need An Adult.


It's only a small favourites post this month.  Hopefully that will help me come December when I try and narrow down my favourites for the year.

Emily de Molly Faux Creme (Polish Pick Up May 2020) - Swatches & Review

Wednesday, 29 April 2020


I can't believe we are so close to the end of April, and more importantly that I talking about things being released in May.  Time is such an interesting thing isn't it?  Anyway, before I start rambling let's take a look at this month's Polish Pick Up shade from Emily de Molly.

Faux Creme is a very pale brown with subtle holo and assorted iridescent flakes.  This is such a pretty shade and perfect as a palette cleanser (but with a little something extra).  The formula is great and applies evenly.  I did find that the first coat was a little on the sheer side but it built up nicely on the second coat.  On shorter nails you can definitely stop at two coats but I added the third coat for my swatch.

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken in light box

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting

Picture taken in overcast lighting

Picture taken in direct sunlight

Picture taken in direct sunlight
Faux Creme will be available from the Polish Pick Up from 1st May until 4th May (or if you are in Australia you can purchase this shade from the Emily de Molly website).  This polish is capped to 250 (USA) and 30 (UK).

Grace-full Nail Polish Gumpy (Polish Pick Up May 2020) - Swatches & Review

Monday, 27 April 2020


We're going back to back with some blog posts this week because it's time again for Polish Pick Up.  I have two of the polishes that are being released on Friday - one from Emily de Molly and one from Grace-full Nail Polish which I will be sharing with you today.

Gumpy is a plum burgundy red thermal with chrome chameleon flakes and red aurora shimmer.  I love the cold colour in this polish but not to fussed by the warm colour (I'm not really a red polish fan).  This colour transitions well better each state and has a great, easy to use formula.  My swatch shows two coats.

Picture taken in light box (transition)

Picture taken in light box (transition)

Picture taken outside in shade (transition)

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken in light box (cold)

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting (cold)

Picture taken outdoors in overcast lighting (cold)
Gumpy will be available via the Polish Pick Up from 1st May until 4th May.   This polish is capped to 70 (US) and 5 (UK).