Archive | November, 2013

Red + Gold = fun, elegant and festive!

14 Nov

Hello dolls!
My nails are growing to an acceptable “nub” length. I cannot wait for it to get a little bit longer. I have truly missed swatching, reviewing and painting my nails! Here’s my nails tonight:


So here’s what I’ve used for today’s manicure. As shown in the picture below from left to right, they are:
Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Sparkling Sands
Stardust Polish: Always Pays His Debts
Essie: Good As Gold


All of my fingernails with an exception to my accent nail have been painted with Stardust Polish’s Always Pays His Debts and stamped with Essie’s Good As Gold. I used Cheeky’s Jumbo Plate 2. It is the tropical holiday themed plate.


This is two coats of Stardust Polish’s Always Pays His Debts. This polish has been discontinued and it is from her Game of Thrones collection. It’s a bit on the thin side however coverage isn’t an issue at all. It’s a rich sheer-jelly shimmery red polish with these medium gold and small holographic gold glitters in it. Here’s a closer look at Always Pays His Debts.


It’s so festive and it made me think of Christmas! Naturally I wanted to pair it up with some gold to dress the manicure up a bit. My favorite gold to stamp with would be Essie’s Good As Gold. It’s so easy and foolproof!


On my accent nail is Femme Fatale Cosmetics’ Sparkling Sands. Sparkling Sands is a shimmery gold base with all these various gold glitters in all shapes and sizes. Femme Fatale Cosmetics is hands down one of my favorite Australian indies! Sparkling Sands in here is three thin coats to full opacity. It is nearly opaque in two coats but by the third coat it was entirely covered. I love love love this so much! So gold and so sparkly!! Application was a breeze. This is the PERFECT gold glitter polish for those seeking full coverage!


Isn’t it lovely? Here’s a better look at Sparkling Sands.


I’m absolutely smitten with with Sparkling Sands! What do you think of this manicure? I hope you like it as much as I do!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics polishes can be found at
Stardust Polishes can be found at
More information on Good As Gold by Essie can be found at


Black Cloud + White Dots = instant nail art!

6 Nov

Here’s my nails of the day!


Polishes used:
Orly Bonder base coat
Lime Crime Peaches ❤ Cream
Orly Liquid Vinyl
OPI Alpine Snow
Rica Glossy Glam topcoat

I decided to do something that's simple, easy, and eye catching tonight! This "look" works well on short nails and its very easy to do!

1. Paint your nail with the base color of your choice. I used Lime Crime Peaches Cream for this one. Wait until its completely dry before doing the next step.

2. Begin forming a black "cloud" by using a dotting tool and an opaque black polish. I used Orly Liquid Vinyl. It is an amazing opaque black polish! Begin your dotting from the middle of one side of the nail and work your way up to the top. Make sure the dots are connected but not in a straight linear line. It should look like a beaded necklace.

3. Once the black dotting is complete, take your black polish and paint to fill in the uppermost space to create this partial black "cloud" look. Please wait until the black is dry enough before proceeding to the next step.

4. Take your opaque white polish. I used OPI Alpine Snow. It's opaque in one coat! Use a dotting tool to create white dots on top of this black "cloud" area on your nails. I used a double-end dotting tool that had both large and small tips to create dots of different sizes.

5. Wait until the white is semi-dry before adding the topcoat on.

I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial!
Goodnight dolls! Stay tuned for more this week 🙂
❤ Rica

I’m back! Frank Llyod Wright inspired mani

6 Nov

Hi lovelies,
I took a little hiatus from blogging to focus on starting off the Rica polish line for a couple of months. I’m back and I’m hoping that you guys are happy I’m back and blogging all about nails.

I had some nasty nail breaks recently so I did have to cut my nails back down to nubs. I apologize for not having long nails for today’s post.

I decided to do something simple. I saw a Frank Lloyd Wright pattern online and decided to use it as inspiration for my nails tonight.


Polishes used:
Essie Instant Hot (for white base)
Essie Mint Candy Apple
Essie The More The Merrier
Essie Bouncer It’s Me

What do you think?

More posts coming soon ❤