Thursday, July 11, 2013

Glossy Glam

 Whether you are a nail artist, only paint your nails once in a blue moon or swatch as much as I do, you need a great topcoat to seal in your masterpiece and showcase it in the best possible way.  
 Glossy Glam is the real deal!
I look for 3 super important factors in order to continue using a topcoat. They are all equally valuable and a MUST for me.
1. MEGA Shine
        2. FAST Drying Time
           3. Smoothening Factor

In these last 2 photos I used a purple and a green polish by Island Girl. These Island Girl polishes are super matte.  Glossy Glam gave them the Mega Shine I require in a topcoat.  I like them to actually almost look wet. Done!
Next, it must have a quick dry time. For me, I need it to be under 60 seconds.
  I did several drying time experiments with  Glossy Glam and was pleased to see it completely dry at 53 seconds. It passed my Drying Time test!!!!!
(Keep in mind this was done in my house so , temperature and lighting will affect your results.)
I also work with many different types of polishes. The pic below is a polish I put on that is full of hex,dots and stars called I'm A Star by Neener Neener Nails.

This pic above shows how the stars are not flush on the nail because I placed them myself to test the Smoothening Factor of Glossy Glam.
Look at pic below.

It passed with flying colors. 
Glossy Glam has an amazing Smoothening Factor.  It even gives the illusion that the glitters are suspended in the polish.

I am so pleased to be able to review such an amazing Indie topcoat. 
I whole heartedly recommend Glossy Glam by Rica! 
Click on the topcoat name to take you straight to her shop. She will be putting up another 100 bottles for sale either tonight or tomorrow so keep checking because the first stock literally flew off the shelves.  You can also keep updated via @justricarda on Instagram.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Please forgive me for such few posts in the last few weeks.  With the end of school quickly approaching I have been swamped getting summer plans and schedules hashed out for my family.
 BLUE MONDAY by BLACK SHEEP LACQUER is a vibrant blue jelly with tons of glitter.  I used 2 thin coats for opacity and a nice topcoat of Seche to give it a high gloss finish.  Sole owner and designer Erin Karaim is having an amazing sale.  30% off all full size bottles! Use coupon code:
I am really impressed with this bright and beautiful red jelly. It had a wonderful application and tons of glitters.  It really looks like a bright delicious strawberry on your fingers.  

Don't forget the sale at BLACK SHEEP LACQUER!!!
30% Off All Full Size Bottles! Use Coupon Code:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Today I will be swatching and reviewing 2 polishes by 
 This delicious bright blue jelly is COSMIC BUBBLES.  It is filled with white hexes, squares, and teeny tiny pearlescent white glitter.  I absolutely love how shiny and glossy this looked after only 3 thin coats with a topcoat of Seche to complete this yummy look!
I am really digging this unique thermal polish called ICHOR.  I used a pretty teal polish as my base.  I then layered 1 coat of ICHOR (I wish I had used 2 coats but I am still impressed with the results).  It turned clear when warm, the teal polish slightly darkened but was still very vibrant.  As soon as I exposed the polish to cold water it instantly turned to a beautiful sleek black. Remember to wrap the tips of your nails so you get the full effect!

 This is the shift in action! 

Click on Designer name or polish name to take you straight to her store!