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!

Monday, May 13, 2013


I am so excited to show y'all these 4 amazing polish designs from The White Collection by POLISHAUS LACQUERS.   I came across designer and owner Lesley Urla via her Instagram @polishaus. Go check her out because she is having a blockbuster sale, 40% off her entire stock!!! And when I say her White Collection is gorgeous, it is an understatement.  
BURFDAY FROSTING  is my co-favorite from the White Collection!! This design is full of teal, red, orange, periwinkle, and blue glitter in hexes and squares with a variety of sizes.  Opacity was acheived with only 2 thin coats!  There was no fishing necessary!! It literally looks like a party on my nails, I love it!!!!
CELLIE MINT is so pretty.  This formula is an amazing white creme with opacity acheived in 2 coats.  It is filled with delicious pastel green and periwinkle hex with micro blue glitters  throughout.  I had a hard time between this one and Burfday Frosting for my #1 so they are 
tied for my favorite spot from this awesome upcoming designer.
TAFFETA WHITE has a very consistent and amazing creme formula(they all do).  It is jam packed with adorable teal and coral hexes with micro teal glitters throughout.  The 2 colors really complement each other in a way that my pic could not convey. It is a super pretty combination.  
  No collection is complete without some purple, so here is Purple Rain! There are beautiful purple and gray squares and hexes to make this design a beauty.  2 coats to opacity and like with all these formulas, application was a dream!

Friday, May 10, 2013


 This is Bluebell by ZOMBIE DARLINGS.  This blue/periwinkle jelly has lots of pink, purple, red and holo gliitters.  I used 2 thin coats and a Seche topcoat to complete this extremely romantic look. 
 Hatched by ZOMBIE DARLINGS is perfect for a bright spring and summer day! I really enjoyed the formula on this pretty yellow jelly filled with purple, hot pink, teal and holo glitters with sparkles throughout.  I used 2 thin coats and a Seche topcoat to complete the look above
Last but not least by ZOMBIE DARLINGS is Princess Problems.  This is a dusky pink jelly shimmer filled with teal, yellow, soft blue hex and orange squares and the random holo stars.  It is a perfect flirty polish.  I used 2 thin coats a Seche topcoat. (some fishing for stars required if you want on all nails).
Click on the Polish Designer's name to take you to her shop!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


 When I opened up my box containing CAMEO COLOURS LACQUERS's Brite, Rainbow Brite Collection I became so excited because what I saw rocked my world!  All these designs have an awesome finish, they are like jellies with a matte look that just blows my mind! As if that wasn't enough, they are all fluorescent black light reactive polishes.  I picked my top 4 of the 6 polish collection to swatch and review for you(which was tough because I loved them ALL), my only sadness was that sole designer and owner Cameo Kingsbury did not include a fabulous blue jelly in this amazing collection. But that is ok because I am having a custom blue made to add to this collection, just another wonderful service Cameo provides!  I came across this designer by way of Instagram last year.  She was one of the first Indies I ever purchased and gives wonderful customer service.  She is having an awesome sale from now until Mother's Day. Click on designer or polish name to go to her shop!
Receive 25% off your entire order with coupon code:
STOP THE PRESSES! My favorite from this collection is TICKLED PINK (I don't usually like pink).  I have fallen in love with this beautiful neon pink.  I used 3 thin coats to achieve this high quality matte look with no topcoat.  Of course if you want a glossy finish, just use a good topcoat like Seche Vite to complete your own look. 
PATTY O'GREEN is just as delicious and bright with that amazing almost leather look matte finish I can't stop fawning over!  Once again only 3 thin coats and no topcoat to get this green with envy look on my hands!
INDIGO is a jaw dropping, traffic stopping amazing purple in a bottle!  I can't rave enough about how I only used 3 thin coats (no topcoat) to obtain this delicious look.
Make sure you wear your sunglasses when you sport LALA ORANGE!  It is moments like this I wish I had a blacklight to see what this polish does in the dark.  Once again I used only 3 thin coats with no topcoat.  Application of all these polishes is amazing and smooth!
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Today I am reviewing and swatching VOODOO LACQUER by owner and designer Heather Fronda. All of her designs are 3 Free.  Click on designer name or polish name to take you straight to her shop.  She is also having a sale until May 12, save 25% off your entire purchase by using coupon code:
With all the hype on the nail scene with glow in the dark polishes, I have been on a hunt for a glow in the dark polish that does not need to be charged and I found it!  GLOWIN GHOULIES is a glow in the dark neon green filled with tiny black glitters that requires absolutely no charging to glow! This is 2 coats over a white base and application was smooth without any grittiness that I have found with other glow in the dark polish.  
This is my favorite of the designs I swatched(imagine that, it is blue).  This is a lovely blue jelly filled with blue purplish iridescent glitter, smaller black glitter, and fine blue flakes. I really love how the glitters just float on your nail.  I used 2 thin coats with a Seche topcoat to achieve the look above.

Don't forget, VOODOO LACQUER is having a sale until May 12, save 25% off your entire purchase by using coupon code:

Monday, May 6, 2013


Kawaii Nail Lacquer is a designer I found while Etsy surfing.  Sole owner and designer Jamie Constantino has a large variety of lovely colors and glitters in her shop, it was hard for me to pick just 4 to review! Make sure you check her out on Instagram @jamiesayss If you see something you like, click on the designer name or polish name to take you to her shop. She is also running a special! Get 25% off your entire purchase until Mother's Day with the coupon code: 
This beautiful blue crelly is loaded with fine white hexagons, fine teal holo hexagons, with large white hexagons, white bar glitter, and blue stars that make me go gag over this look.  Nothing sleepy about this design, but definitely dreamy!  I applied 3 thin coats of polish plus a Seche topcoat to make this mani "twinkle"!
Beriwinkle has a periwinkle jelly-ish base with tiny magenta and lavender hex, very small magenta and opal (flashes blue) hex, and small grape purple squares!!! This is 3 thin coats plus a Seche topcoat. I wish my pic could have captured the color better, I just love the purple squares!!!!

Monday, April 29, 2013


Today's featured designer is Oopsie Daisies Nail Polish. The 4 polishes I am reviewing are all very pretty and unique.  I really like the diversity in the on-line shop.  So many beauties to choose from, definitely something for everyone. Click on designer name or polish name to link you to the store.  Shop owner and designer Cathryn is offering $3 off any order $20 or more with the coupon code: BDETTENAILS
With Autism Awareness Month coming to a close, I definitely wanted to swatch this vibrant blue jelly.  I used 3 coats to achieve opacity and a Seche top coat.  It is loaded with blue and aqua hex and square glitter and a very subtle blue shimmer. And I love the name, being a Greek Mythology admirer!
Besides blue, white cremes with glitters hold a very dear place next to my heart and this design  is right up my alley.  I love the formula on this white creme, very easy to apply with 2 thin coats and a Seche topcoat. The various size hex in blue, green and purple made this one of my faves.  No fishing required and just a crisp clean look that I adore.
This true purple jelly is spectacular.  I am not an accomplished nail artist and that is why I love Indie designs that just pop because they do all the artwork for me.  This design creates such a gorgeous picture with purple and teal glitter, suspended in a shimmery purple jelly base that screams fun!
My last swatch is a black crelly filled to the max with various glitters.  I just love a 2 coater design!!! Below is a pic of the designer's to showcase the amount of lovely glitters this polish contains I really love a good dark polish with just the right amount of pop to make it stand out against a store brand. It is literally a constellaton overload!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I am so excited to feature Kassi Moughler, designer and owner of Lacquer Junkie.  I was fortunate to come across Kassi's 3-Free polish designs on Instagram.  She is a the proud mother of 4 and a self proclaimed polish addict since grade school. When I received my package from Kassi there was a polish included that said "Name It".  I am so honored she used the name I suggested! Coincidently today is her Birthday!!!! She is offering 24% off your purchase with the coupon code(which by the way she isn't):
I am so honored Kassi took my suggestion of naming this design Dark Ice Princess! Let me tell you why I'm gaga over this! First of all it's a blue jelly, my absolute favorite color. Secondly it has amazingly huge blue hexes that I love and various other glitters that highlight the huge hexes. And lastly I love the name!!!! I applied 2 thin coats over a matching undie(Rain Storm by Sinful Colors) and applied a new topcoat I am trying out by Island Girl. No fishing necessary!!!!
This is 2 coats layered over a matching undie(Unicorn by Sinful Colors).  This polish optimizes Spring in my eyes.  Those fabulous jumbo blue hexes and large red and orange hexes were super easy to get on the brush. Very festive look!
I usually don't buy or review too many toppers but when I say Acid Rain has made me a true believer I mean it! This super light almost clear yellow jelly is magic in a freaking bottle! It is jam packed with tiny neon yellow glitters, small gold shiny hexes and jumbo blue hexes(always a winner in my book)! I had so much fun with it I layered it over 2 different neons by Julep.  I can't wait to layer over black!!!! Kassi will be restocking this awesomeness in a bottle on May 7 so mark your calendars!
I am just amazed on how beautifully 3 thin coats of this pistacio green jelly did without an undie.  I tried with an undie and it really distracted from the uniqueness of the color. I am captivated by the neon pink butterflies, aqua squares, & subtle large neon green hex that make this my favorite of all featured today. My only regret is that I couldn't get a better pic. :0(

This definitely won't be last time you see this designer on my site!  If you want to go to her shop click on polish or designer name! Don't forget to use the coupon code:
to receive 24% off your entire order!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Tonight I am featuring 4 polishes by D&R Apothecary Nail Polish.  I was Etsy surfing (my favorite late night pastime) and came across this Indie Designer and was squealing at the huge and exciting assortment of polishes and sizes there were to choose from.  I like all the formulas but the colors and glitter combos have me drooling! If you see anything you like click on the designer name or polish name to take you straight to the store.
This is my absolute favorite polish from this designer!!!  This amazingly bright turquoise crelly is filled with fuchsia, hot orange and turquoise dots and hexes in metallic, matte and holographic finishes. I used only 2 thin coats and a Seche topcoat to make the magic happen!
This is a cream crelly with brown, gold, caramel and copper hex glitters in fine to large sizes; in both metallic and holographic finishes.  It has such an elegant and sophisticated look that makes it really stand out. 2 thin coats with a Seche topcoat was all it took, and I was ready to have tea with the Queen of England!
I am smitten with this beautiful black jelly filled with hex and shredded glitters in silver, and rainbow colors, fine to large in size; in both metallic and holographic finishes.  I really love to wear a nice black jelly anytime day or night. The glitters look like they actually float in mid-air! I used 3 thin coats with a Seche topcoat to achieve this galactic look!

Of all the designs, this one surprised me the most! I am not the biggest fan of reds and pinks but this pinky-red crelly has me mesmerized.  It literally looks like a Strawberry Patch on my nails and just so incredibly shiny and luscious it is mouth-watering delicious.  I applied 2 semi thin coats with a topcoat of Seche. This design is packed with glitters ranging in size from fine to large; square and hex in kelly green, black, rose pink and hot pink including matte, metallic and holographic glitters.
I have 4 more designs from D&R Apothecary that I will be putting in GIVEAWAYS next month so watch out!!!! You don't want to miss out!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013