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17 Jul

The following are various scents that are available in my shop in different products like Heal + Fortify cuticle oils, soaps, et cetera.

7-UP POUND CAKE: A sweet bakery scent that is the perfect blend of warm cake, almond, lemon, lime, vanilla, and sugar.

ALOHA: Sweet coconut paired with island fruits and floral fragrance (tiare and plumeria flowers)

ANGEL FOOD CAKE: A bakery scent that smells just like angel food cake!

APPLELICOUS: A fruity scent that has clean crisp apples with slight pear and jasmine overtones.

BEACH BUM: A very summer-y scent with mandarin, sand jasmine and ocean mist.

BERGAMOT (EO): The aroma of bergamot oil is fresh, lively, fruity and sweet.

BERGAMOT & CHAMOMILE: (Rica’s favorite!) A calming bergamot scent with hints of tangerine, neroli, green moss, pear in a light chamomile tea.

BIRTHDAY CAKE: A bakery scent of cake with buttercream vanilla frosting. It’s like having a “cake in the bottle”! Be warned, you may be hungry after taking a whiff of this delicious fragrance.

BLONDE MOMENT: Sweet scent with iced champagne mixed with rich sweet raspberries and cranberries.

BLOOD ORANGE (EO): A sweet, fruity, tangy, radiant citrus scent.

BONFIRE BLISS: A fragrance reminiscent of gentle, dusky breezes and bonfires, with notes of dried, wind-blown leaves, heliotrope, charred woods of pine and cedar, amber, smoky sandalwood, and musk with a background containing hints of roasted marshmallows, brown sugar, coconut and soft vanilla.

CEDAR WOOD: A warm earthy scent of cedar, with base notes of vanilla and musk.

CK ONE (type): Dupe of Calvin Klein’s CK One. It is a clean, refreshing unisex fragrance. Light scent, not too heavy. Has notes of bergamot, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, amber, and green tea.

CLEMENTINE LAVENDER: A calming and balancing scent that is clean and pure. Herbal French Lavender mingles with fruity notes of sweet clementine and hints of tangerine. The scent is rounded out and balanced by a bed of aromatic bergamot and Italian lemon bottom notes.

COCONUT COAST: Coconut scent with fresh fruits and island air.

COTTON CANDY DREAMS: Smells just like the pink fluffy cotton candy you would find at your local carnival!

COUNTRY APPLE: I have searched high and low for a close dupe to the once discontinued Country Apple over at Bath & Body Works (they brought it back recently). I’m pleased to say I found a very close if not exact dupe.

CRACKLIN BIRCH: It is a strong woodsy scent on a clean/refreshing side. It’s like being outside in the winter. It has top notes of bergamot, orange, and lemon; with middle notes of geranium, lily, and rose; and base notes of patchouli, vetiver, and tonka beans.

CRANBERRY YUZU: Asian Yuzu (grapefruit like scent) paired with red cranberries.

CRAZY FOR CHOCOLATE: Perfect scent for chocolate lovers. Chocolate, chocolate and some more chocolate!

CREME BRULEE: It’s the scent of the classic rich, creamy dessert with a caramelized sugar topping. If you’re into bakery type of scents, this is a must have!

CRYSTAL SUNSHINE: Unique floral blend of sweet grapefruit combined with the delicate touch of honeysuckle, tones of warm crisp greenery and accented with hints of musk.

CUCUMBER MELON: A perfect blend of cucumbers and melons.

DESERT SAGE: Sweet, earthy sage fills the air with a hint of earthiness and an abundance of green sage.

DRAGON’S BLOOD: This fragrance is hard to describe. It’s earthy, rich and spicy. There’s a mixture of citrus, floral, sensual clove and rose with a woodsy patchouli base.

DREAMER: A close dupe to GAP’s Dream (discontinued). It smells like a mix of white freesia and orange flowers. Very light clean fragrance.

FRESH LINEN: Clean scent that smells like fresh,clean sheets.

FRESH OUTDOORS: It’s a green, clean, woodsy fragrance. It smells like outdoors! You can smell the air, the dirt, and the grass in this fragrance. There’s fresh ozone, orange, jasmine, lily, cedar and pine overtones.

FRUIT SLICES: This particular scent is one of my best sellers! Scent is of citrus fruits combined with a harvest basket of apples, plums, peaches, nectarines and pears. A fruity, pleasurable scent!

GINGER: Close dupe of ORIGINS’ GINGER scent.

GRAPEFRUIT (EO): It has a fresh, sweet, bitter, citrus aroma.

GRAPEFRUIT MANGO: Clean fruity scent with grapefruits and mango.

GREEN TEA: Unique, refreshing, clean scent that smells like green tea.

GREEN TEA CUCUMBER: Fresh scent of clean cucumbers paired with soothing green tea.

HAWAIIAN SUNTAN: This fragrance is reminiscent of the Hawaiian Tropics suntan lotion. Smells like paradise with coconut, passion fruit, guava, pineapple, banana, melon, and grapefruit.

HIBISCUS PASSION: It’s a sweet fruity-like floral scent. It is a blend of hibiscus flower, fresh pear, apple, pineapple and violet. It will make you want to wear a flower in your hair and take a trek through the jungle.

HONEY L’OCCITANE: It is a dupe of L’Occitane type. It smells like sweet honey nectar.

JUNIPER ALOE: It is a clean, fresh strong fragrance. There’s notes of herbs, woods with juniper, aloe, night blooming jasmine, fruity apple, musk, peaches and clean melons.

KAI: Floral scent. Kai is the perfect blend of tropical gardenia and white exotic flowers.

KIWI WATERMELON: Fruity scent with kiwis and watermelons.

LAVENDER (EO): It has a sweet, balsamic, floral aroma – a very strong scent of lavenders.

LAVENDER APPLE: Lavender Apple fragrance starts with top notes of red delicious apple, raspberries, plum, and sugar; followed by middle notes of floral rosaceous green notes, lilac, pear, and eucalyptus; and sits on a powdery, woodsy musk base note.

LAVENDER MARTINI: Lavender scent in a soft woodsy base with notes of sage and basil. It’s to die for!

LEMONGRASS (EO): It has a powerful, lemony, grassy aroma.

LEMON SUGAR: Lemon Sugar is a happy fragrance that combines zesty citrus notes of Italian lemon, yuzu, mandarin with lychee, orange blossom and ginger flower, then adds sensual undertones of oak moss, caramel, and white santal.

LEMON VERBENA: The wonderful scent of fresh and clean lemon! It doesn’t smell like a cleaning lemon at all. Very uplifting scent.

LITTLE BLACK DRESS: This scent oozes sex appeal. It’s the perfume-y type of scent. There’s base notes of white carnation and blood orange, sandalwood, black rose, smoky wood, and a little touch of patchouli. This sexy scent will make you go Rawr!

MACINTOSH APPLE: pure, juicy, crispy and fresh scent of MacIntosh Apples. If you’re an apple lover, this is the one for you!

MANGO PAPAYA: Fruity blend of ripened mango and juicy papaya.

MERLOT: Sweet, fruity, sophisticated scent of plums, strawberries, and pears with light notes of fresh green leaf, gardenia and Neroli. Not overwhelming or perfumey at all. It’s really a fun scent!

MERMAID KISSES: Ocean/by the sea type of fragrance. Scent is a blend of feminine florals, ocean mist, and sea salt.

MONKEY FARTS: A unique blend of bananas, fresh grapefruit, with strawberries, kiwi, bubble gum and a touch of vanilla.

NECTARINE MINT: Fruity blend of juicy nectarine with mint. Slight woody undertones support the fruit sensation with deep richness as a base of musk finishes the fresh blend.

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE: Scent of sweet and creamy peppermint with a touch of dark chocolate.

PINEAPPLE: Fruity scent of ripened fresh cut pineapples.

PINE NEEDLE (EO): It has a fresh, resinous, pine needle aroma.

PINK SUGAR (type): Close dupe of Aquolina’s Pink Sugar. Pink Sugar is an incredible blend of bergamot, raspberry, fig, vanilla, caramel and musk.

PLUMERIA: Floral scent of plumeria flowers.

PUMPKIN CREME BRULEE: This scent is so yummy. As a pumpkin lover myself, I cannot seem to get enough sniffs & whiffs from this. There are notes of creamy pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, cardamom, Vermont maple, rum, french vanilla and caramelized sugar.

PUMPKIN PIE:  Bakery scent of spices and pumpkin are combined with a buttery crust note. An excellent autumn fragrance!

ROSE ABSOLUTE (EO): It has a sweet, deep-rosy, long-lasting aroma.

SEA & LOTUS BLOSSOMS: Clean scent of fresh air, sea salt, ocean mist and aquatic florals.

SEX ON THE BEACH: A festive mix reminiscent of the tropics and, of course, the popular drink! Made from the smells of creamy coconut, bold pineapple, fresh honeydew melon, and touched with a splash of tart cranberry.

SPICED CHAI LATTE: Spicy and herbal fragrance with blend of spices of ginger, nutmeg and clove.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS: Fruity fragrance of strawberries!

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY: Sweet, somewhat fruity scent of plums, dark cherries and sweet oranges with peppery woody undertones.

SUMMER’S BREEZE: Fragrance is a fresh/ocean type of scent. It’s a blend of citrusy scents, sea salt air, and summer flowers.

SWEET GRASS: Clean scent of fresh cut grass, clover, with a hint of wisteria.

SWEET ORANGE (EO): It has a lively, fruity, sweet aroma of ripe sweet oranges.

SWEET PEA: Light floral scent of an English garden reminiscent of hyacinth, lily of the valley, violets and wild jasmine with a background of light herbal and musky notes.

SWEET TEA ZING: Yummy scent of sweet tea with a zest of lemon, drops of honey nectar with the extra zing of cardamom.

TEA TREE (EO): The aroma of the tea tree oil is warm, spicy, and medicinal.

TOASTED MARSHMALLOW: A fragrance oil so true to its name! Imagine a marshmallow on a stick, just slightly toasted by the fire.

WHITE TEA: Close dupe of Origins White Tea. It is a sweet and herbal scent with notes of white tea, apricot kernels, nutmeg and ginger.

WHITE TEA & GINGER: Close dupe of Bath & Body Works’ White Tea & Ginger type. Scent blend is of white tea, yuzu, lemon, bergamot, and ginger.

WINTER’S CHILL: Clean light scent of snow crocuses with a backdrop of spicy juniper berries.

YUZU: Wonderful clean, fresh scent of Japanese grapefruits or better known as Yuzus. This is not your average grapefruit scent. It is not to be missed!

Halloween Nails: Day 18

18 Oct

Witches be bitchin’ 🙂 here’s Day 18!

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Whimsical Woodland

4 Dec

Here’s my nails of the day! Last weekend, we decorated our Christmas tree at home with these whimsical woodland creatures and little toadstool mushrooms. I felt inspired by the whole look and wanted to do something on my nails.

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Essie’s Toggle To The Top

23 Nov

Hi darlings!
I decided to try out Essie’s Toggle To The Top from their newest winter collection that’s called Shearling Darling.

I love the whole “snowflakes / let there be peace and love on earth” finished look after stamping Essie’s Good As Gold on top of this new polish.


Let’s talk about this new polish I got. Toggle To The Top is a very dark vampy red jelly filled with these sparkly red glitters. It’s very gritty and I found applying very thin coats to be helpful in making it easier to work with. It is my understanding that there’s been some complaints about it being very lumpy and/or chunky and that it is very difficult to apply.

This is two coats of Toggle To The Top with one coat of my Glossy Glam topcoat.


It’s really pretty! It reminds me Leading Lady from their last year collection. Here’s a bottle/swatch comparison between the two. Leading Lady is on the left and Toggle To The Top is on the right. As you can see, Toggle To The Top is a little darker. Here’s swatches to show the difference. Both colors have two coats on the swatch sticks.


I hope you found this comparison helpful! Now the stamping…
I used the snowflakes design on the Cheeky’s Jumbo Plate 6. The plate is called Happy Holidays. Love + Peace is from a Fauxnaud (Konad knock-offs) with QA11 on it.



This was fun to do! I can’t wait to try out the other 5 colors from Essie’s Shearling Darling collection this weekend! ❤

By The Sea…

17 Nov

My nails today:


Close up of the crab because I love it that much!


Here’s what I used:
All fingernails except for the ring finger have been painted with OPI’s OPI’s Kiss Me at Midnight (liquid sand) and stamped with OPI’s Alpine Snow.

Stamping plates:
Oyster: Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 Tropical Holiday

Mermaid: Winstonia W108

Dolphin: Cheeky Jumbo Plate 2 Tropical Holiday

Ring: OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie. Stamped with Essie’s Good As Gold using Cheeky Jump Plate 2 Tropical Holiday plate for the wavy lines. Painted OPI’s My Favorite Ornament on the tips to make “sand” for the crab. Stamped the crab with OPI’s The Thrill of Brazil using the Winstonia W106 plate. Painted OPI’s Kiss Me at Midnight near cuticles.

Hope you liked it!


17 Nov



I used a couple of things but most importantly the Nailz Craze’s stamping plate NC05 for this manicure.

Polishes used:
OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble
Essie Mojito Madness
Essie Mezmerised
Polish Addict (indie) Dr. Franken
Two of Skin Food polishes. I apologize for not knowing the color names. They’re written in Korean.

First, I painted my nails with OPI Don’t Burst My Bubble.


I got my chosen polishes for the stamping plate ready.


Here’s the stamping plate I used by Nailz Craze. I’m pointing at the full multi stars print. This is what I used on my ring fingernail.


This is how I set the plate up for gradient stamping. I painted a generous amount of various colors on top of the chosen design. You could do lines or blobs all over the place.


You will need to work quickly before the polished lines sets in. Take your scraper and scrape in one direction. The excess polish will go on the scraper. Go back to the beginning and use the excess portion that’s on your scraper… and scrape one to two times so it overlaps to create this gradient look.


I picked up the gradient stars with a stamper and stamped it on my nail. I also went ahead and did the individual stars on other nails. I stamped a star and topped it off with the Glossy Glam topcoat, then I would stamp another star on top and repeat the process until I was happy with the results.

I painted Dr. Franken by Polish addict on my pinky and thumbnails.


I hope this manicure inspires you to do some gradient stamping!
Until next time – xoxo, Rica

Amanda’s Pretty Bokeh Pics!

6 Jul

It’s amazing how one can “create” art. There are so many beautiful things in everyday life. Flashes of light here and there,… suddenly it’s like a shining rainbow from from a far off distant land. Ooh look at those pretty colors! Amanda of @amaree31 from Instagram was kind enough to share these with you guys! She took these close-up pictures of various polishes for this blurred effect. This blurred effect is actually called “bokeh”. I am currently using Zoya’s Aurora as my background on my phone which my favorite from this series of bokeh pictures done by Amanda!

Check out all of her pictures! Feel free to use them for backgrounds or whatnot. Thank you so much Amanda for sharing this with all of us!

Zoya’s Aurora

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