January 8, 2016

First Impression Friday: Rica

Happy Friday! I'm starting out a new series on the blog this week called First Impression Friday. I've had a lot of indie brands on my "need to try" list for a long time so I decided to start going through the list and trying out all the brands. This series is going to be my first impression of the shop, I'll let you know my experience with shipping and packaging, customer service (if applicable) etc.  I don't know if this will be a weekly series or not, it will pretty much depend on how shopping crazy I go and when things arrive at my house.

If there are any brands you think I should try please leave them in the comment section! I already have a big list but there are so many brands out there now that its hard to keep track!

The first brand up is Rica! Rica has been on my list for ages, mostly because I've heard good things from people about their Glossy Glam top coat. In addition to their top coat they also sell nail vinyls, regular polish, stamping polish, nail charms and hand/body products like sugar scrubs and cuticle oils.Check out all my thoughts after the jump!




I picked up a polish, nail vinyls, a cuticle oil pen and a bottle of top coat. Rica is on etsy so the whole shopping process is easy and the shop is easy to navigate. You can also pick up Rica at several stockists which will be linked at the end of the post. The shipping was seriously outstanding in terms of cost ($4.45 for 4 items) and quickness. I ordered on 1/1/16 and the polishes arrived at my house on 1/4/16, Rica ships from all the way across the US from me so that's kind of amazing. The polishes and cuticle oil were packed nicely in bubble wrap and the vinyls came in an envelope with a thank you card and a business card. Everything came in a bright pink bubble envelope, it made me happy when I saw it in the mail box :P

First up is the Glossy Glam top coat, I was most excited about this. I like trying out new top coats and this one has been on my need to try list for longer than it should have been. This top coat is affordable at $7 a bottle, you can also buy a big refill for $21 which saves you some cash if you end up liking the top coat as its enough to completely refill your bottle 4 times.

Glossy Glam is 3 free and is described as a top coat that dries to a smooth glossy finish. Its not supposed to cause shrinkage, smell bad or get goopy half way through the bottle (like Seche Vite does). I haven't used this enough yet to attest to if it gets goopy or not but my first impression so far is good. I used it over nail art and had no issues with it smudging it. It left a really nice shine and dried quickly with no shrinkage or bubbling, though not as quickly as my current favorite KBShimmer Clearly On Top. The consistency of the top coat so far has been nice, its thick but not in a bad way, in a way that makes it easy to float onto the nail. I'm excited to keep using this to see how I like it going forward!


I also picked up a Heal & Fortify Cuticle Oil Pen in the scent Peppermint Chocolate. I never used to be a fan of oils but over the last year or so I've gotten much more into them. I like ones in this pen form because they are easy to tthrow in my bag. Oils this size are also nice because you aren't committing to a large size in case you end up not loving it.

You can get this in unscented or in various scents, she has a ton to choose from so there is a little something for everyone. The scent isn't super strong, from the Peppermint Chocolate I mostly get the peppermint from it.  Overall I like the cuticle oil, it smelled nice and absorbed into my skin quickly.


The next item I bought were the Quatrefoil Nail Vinyls. I really like this pattern and somehow didn't already own nail vinyls with it so it was a perfect time to pick them up. You get 8 on a sheet for $2 and they come pre-weeded (aka you don't need to pick the shapes out of the outline). These were easy to use and the right amount of sticky. I used these for an accent nail on my current mani which is below.


Below is Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016 with an accent nail using the Quatrefoil Nail Vinyls and Rica Eskimo Kisses. I ended up really liking this combo!


The last item I picked up was a regular polish, Rica also sells stamping polishes. I picked up Eskimo Kisses which is a light baby blue with silver micro flakes of glitter. This polish appears to be LE so if you want it I'd suggest grabbing it while you can. The price for Rica polishes are pretty good, ranging from $7- $12.

The formula of Eskimo Kisses was good, it was a touch sheer but it built easily. I did have some issues with it being little on the streaky side but it evened out nicely when I put on top coat. I used 3 coats plus a coat of Glossy Glam for the photos below.



Overall my first experience with Rica was great, I'd definitely buy from her again in the future!

Rica is available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/justricarda, you can also pick up Rica at several stockists including Color4Nails, Harlow & Co, Beauty So Fly and Lakilak

23 comments:

  1. I'm sold... Will for sure be checking out her Etsy shop!! (I've been trying to stay away from indies... The options are endless) 😁

    On another note, would love to see color comparisons as you bring in new finds. Thanks, love your blog!

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  2. Hey I love the indoor shots Jen! Great job!

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  3. I'm so glad you tried Rica! She's definitely one of my new fave brands. I have Eskimo kisses but haven't even opened it yet. So pretty!

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  4. thanks love <3 trying to get the indoor lighting working for me...its a struggle lol

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  5. I love shopping with Rica; the products are good, I've been very pleased with Glossy Glam and the cuticle oil and the stamping polishes are super opaque. She is also extra fast on delivery as you say. I made an order on the Wednesday before New Years Day and it was delivered to me in the UK early the following week! Oh and the fabulous pink bubble mailer ... I love that too!

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  6. I have heard good things about Rica's black and white polishes, but haven't yet tried them. My favorite new brand of 2015 is Joy Lacquer, hands down!

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  7. I'll have to add Joy Lacquer to my list!

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  8. I love Glossy Glam. It's not super fast drying but it stays really glossy and I get amazing wear from it. I used it on a vacation mani and I barely had tip wear after 9 days on the beach. I was able to get the refill on sale so I jumped on it. I use it on those manis that I love enough to wear for more than 2 days.

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  9. That blue is gorgeous! I dont have many brands to suggest. I am still new to the indie world. Parrot Polish is amazing & Vibrantvinyls (no polish, just amazing nail vinyls)

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  10. Sounds great i never hear about this store before but the products looks super in quality :)

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  11. Maybe try some Aussie indies now some ave US warehouses and dedicated websites? Off the top of my head Celestial Cosmetics and Emily de Molly.

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  12. I really like this post, what a great idea. I just bought from Rica twice this week for the first time. We'll see what I think once my packages arrive!

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  13. I am so glad to see you do this series! While I have purchased many indie brands over the years, I find that these days I don't really stray from my tried and trues after having some not-so-hot experiences. I am also trying to keep my collection to 4 melmers and 1 helmer (lol just realized how ridiculous that sounds to the non-obsessed!), so if I am going to branch out and try a new brand, they better be GOOD to stay with me! This series will be so useful!! :D

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  14. I've tended to do the same thing, just stick with the ones who have been around ages that I've always loved. I always add new brands to my "to buy" from list when I see swatches but then they just sat there....until now! Hopefully the series helps you out!

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  15. thanks <3 Hopefully you enjoy what you got as much as I do!

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  16. Thats a good idea, I've tried those brands before but never ordered directly from them!

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  17. Parrot Polish is already on my list, I've heard great things about their polish and customer service! I'll add on VibrantVinyls! Thanks for the suggestions!

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  18. That's amazing! I've been wearing Eskimo Kisses with Glossy Glam over top for a couple days and have zero tip wear...that never happens!

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  19. Love this new series! Look forward to seeing more posts like this in the future :)

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  20. I love this new feature, can't wait to see all the brands you try out! I'll definitely be checking out Rica, I love that she does more than just nail polish. I have a weird obsession with trying out different cuticle oils/cuticle care products.

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  21. I am mainly familiar with Rica through her stamping polishes, and they are great! Mellow Yellow stamps wonderfully and has a very nice formula for a pale yellow - the nicest I've ever tried, in fact.


    As for the new brands - try Fancy Gloss! Beautiful colors, fast shipping and a very nice brand owner.

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  22. Cool feature and it sounds like Rica has some nice products!

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