Tag: RBL

Dec 07

RBL : Aqua Lily

Before we dive in to my nail polish post, I have to warn you that Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily is sold out! Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way:

RBL: Aqua Lily

RBL: Aqua Lily

When I first starting painting my nails again, I was focused on finding the perfect red, the perfect nude, and later, the perfect green. Blues and purples never really entered my consciousness until very recently. But lately, blue polishes are all I think about! And this one is a winner. Aqua Lily is a wonderful, imaginative blue (think turquoise, marine blue) and looks great with nearly everything.

Aqua Lily is originally from Rescue Beauty Lounge’s inaugural Fan Collection. Aqua Lily debuted as part of a set of four polishes created in response to Ji’s 2011 call for submissions from her ReBeL fans. The four “winners” were then created based on the winning color stories of the finalists and they debuted in the first quarter of 2012. I wasn’t keeping up with the excitement back then (probably struggling to stay afloat in my Biology class), so I missed out on Aqua Lily before it sold out (quickly). Apparently, it was an oft-requested “bring it back” (BIB) color — it made the most recent BIB cut and as always, newsletter subscribers got in on the fun first and were given the opportunity to pre-order their favorite BIB shades. Score!

Confession: before I resurrected my love of nail color, I coveted a trip (someday) to Ji Baek’s posh Manhattan nail ‘spa’, Rescue. For years, I carried around a late 1990s or early 2000s Allure magazine clipping with a list a “must-go” spas in NYC. It was on my bucket list! Although Ji closed Rescue, it allowed her to shift her focus exclusively to her nail polish line.

I don’t jump on many bandwagons, but I’m a really big fan of RBL for Ji’s commitment to her formula — her nail polishes are cruelty-free, and contain no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, or Toluene. But the thing I love most is that her collection of shades is so small. It seems counterintuitive at first, but I love her color stories and the fact that so much thought and love goes into each color. I’m okay with small color runs and limited edition shades (as long as I’m a newsletter subscriber, I’ll know about the shortages and popularity of a color and can decide what to do)! I’ll probably only order one RBL a year, but it’ll be because I love it.

I’ll close with saying that I hate to feature a nail color that you might not be able to get your hands (ha) on, but the next Fan Collection is right around the corner (early 2013) and you will want to get in on it early!

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Aug 25

Nail Color of the Week: RBL Santa Fe

GOMM: Santa Fe & Shibui sock yarn in Pagoda

RBL GOMM Nail Lacquer in “Santa Fe” and Shibui sock yarn in Pagoda

I had the chance to try what’s going to be my newest addition to Top Five Favorite Nail Colors. It’s Rescue Beauty Lounge’s (RBL’s) Santa Fe from the GOMM collection. One clue that it’s going to be a favorite color is finding a complementary yarn in a similar shade. I haven’t bought the Shibui yarn yet, but isn’t it pretty?

I’m not changing my nail color anywhere close to once a week (when I wear polish at all), but I’m still a nail polish fan! In less than 72 hours, I’ll be back in class (Texas History and Creative Writing this semester), and I’m catching up on some of my overdue blogging in anticipation of being even more preoccupied (offline) than usual. So you can probably expect my nail color blog entries to be infrequent through the end of the semester.

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Apr 21

Rescue Beauty Lounge : Insouciant

RBL : Insousciant

Rescue Beauty Lounge: Insouciant and Zealana possum (blend) mini-skein of yarn. Both courtesy of SoKnitPicky

While my humble little point-and-shoot failed to capture the true color of either the nail color or the yarn, I’m obsessed with this grayish purple color and am on the lookout for clothes and yarn in this wonderful color. My favorite thing, however, is the meaning behind the name of the color. Perfect.

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