Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Emoting Me Collection 2013 Swatches and Review

The latest from Rescue Beauty Lounge is the Emoting Me collection (sent for review).  It's a collection straight from the heart, and Ji's words are beautiful and thoughtful, so I'm not going to mess it up by adding too much of my own commentary.  Ji's vision for the collection is this:

"May my goods come out greater than my own, every time I walk towards your path. Please usher my footfalls, guide me to be where to be, what to do, what to say, what to write, and to whom. Let me embrace every moment you've given to me with clear vision, strength, peace, love and grace. Let me be with you every moment to moment in your magical kingdom. Let me be at your service, my heart is open to you and use me for something greater than my own. Thank you for your abundance, blessings, and your love. Thank you for this beautiful gift of today."

This is my daily mantra and how I greet each day. I subconsciously and consciously recite it from that exquisite place sandwiched between my sleepy-dreamy blur and the lustering lights of a brand new morning. It took me many years of seeking, practicing, and learning to reach this point in my life. I feel stripped naked, revealingand sharing my private daily mantra, but this is my story and also the story that is within all of us: we are all emoting.

I’m convinced that if one is ready to truly learn, this generous universe paves the road in front of us. The trick is knowing when to admit the desire to take that first baby step.

Sadly for me, my desire to take this first step came five years ago, when my beloved mother-in-law suddenly left this earth. Our sunny, delightful home came under a dark gray rolling fog that thickened with our gloom. Lingering questions struck me during this time: Can emotional darkness be contagious? Are we enjoying this sorrowful place just a tad too much? It was time for me to open my own eyes and to start my first step toward my own path and to seek my true self. I became an observer of my own life.

I read self-help books and came across many sparklingly wise words and phrases that we're told should accompany our daily lives. But by painfully peeling the layers off of my own ego, I learned that I’m responsible for my own emotions and the energy I give out.

My everyday practice is simple: I've stopped labeling myself. I’m not so evolved that I levitate in the lotus position in the snowy mountains wearing my flowing pair of tai chi pants. I process and feel every emotion, just like everyone on this earth, but I keep my daily ego in check by knowing that I'm responsible for what I give out and what I receive.

No matter what the circumstances, these are the seven words I repeat persistently: 

Thank You:  Because I'm my own worst critic, I first thank myself, then I thank others, and lastly, I thank the universe. I know that I am loved and, even in negative circumstances, in order to grow, lessons must be learned. It may be tough in the beginning, but when I close my eyes in gratitude and start with a bare, neutral nude, a cast of beatific opalescent pink shimmers radiates with thankfulness.

Be Humble:  I know that I can't be too self-congratulatory or judge others. I always remind myself to stay modest. I try to grey out my ego with this taupe lightness and allow hope to float in pink, blue, and lavender shimmers.

Forgiveness:  To forgive and to ask for forgiveness is the ultimate emotional cleanser, but why is it so difficult for me to open my heart and admit that I'm wrong? Guilt and regret are useless emotions. When I forgive someone, or even when I forgive myself, I step into the serene opaqueness of this dove-lavender color and then I am able to let go and move on.

Smile:  First, I always smile at the sky at least once a day. It is a privilege to be in this universe. When I lift my face to the sun and bask in its gloriousness, I blink my eyes and see this dazzling red light, a neutral red, and full of sunny, shimmery goodness. Like a smile, this color is contagious.

Pause: Violet is the color of the chakra that marks the union of the soul with the body, mind, and divine consciousness. With this come bliss, satisfaction, and rest. Being in the present moment is probably the hardest challenge I have. When I stare at the depth of this multi- faceted mid-violet silky shimmer and be at one with this color and nothing else, then I know I am in my present moment. 

Become One:  I imagine that one brilliantly sunny day in April when I looked up to see the sun flickering through a cascade of innocent leaves. This opaque green takes me to those young; verdant leaves in the spring and reminds me that nature is our best teacher of life cycles.

Turn It Around:  Once I understood the universe's law of polarity, everything made perfect sense. Negatives can’t exist without positives. If I never allow pain to wash over me, then joy becomes meaningless. From this color's dark mossy green pond, a vivid, glittering cast of copper shimmer welcomes me back to joy. 

The formula on these was good.  Smooth, easy application, very creamy.  Standard Rescue Beauty Lounge quality.  The only flaw I could find is that they dry very slowly.  If you apply a coat that is too thick or don't wait a couple minutes in between coats, the slow dry time can cause the layer below to streak, clump up, or, if it's thick enough, run toward the free edge and look bumpy.  Just take care to apply very thin coats and you shouldn't have a problem.

I think the colors are beautiful and the collection is well balanced; a thoughtful mixture of soft and pale, saturated and bright.  My favorite is Pause, followed closely by Become One and Turn It Around.  For such a pale color, Thank You is really interesting and pretty.  My least favorite is Forgiveness, not because it's a bad color, but because it's not terribly complex or unique.  If you're a fan of Rescue's signature subtle shimmer, you'll love this.  If you're looking for something with a more sparkly/glittery type of shimmer that stands out a lot, these may not be for you.

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at for $20 per bottle. 48 hour Pre-Order starts 4/12/13 will be available to the public end of April.

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are created with resin and high molecular polymers to improve flexibility, durability, and high shine. They contain no harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP, and Formaldehyde Resin. We do not test on animals.

(This was sent for review.)


  1. Loving Be Humble, Forgiveness and Turn it around. I could see myself getting those. Smile is lovely, but not a shade I wear often. Perhaps I will get it for pedicures.

  2. I'm really drawn to "Thank You"! Would look lovely in the summer when I get a little bit of color :) Great swatches, as always!

  3. Great swatches, there are some really lovely colors in this collection. I love her descriptions of the polishes :)

  4. This collection has such a beautiful message. The colors I am drawn to the most,are of course the purple one,always a favorite,Thank you,and Turn It Around,because it is just an outstanding shade of green.I love it!

  5. Errr, I think the pale color you are referring to is Thank You not Be Thankful. Anyway, your swatches are perfect as always!!!! I really love Pause and Thank You. But of course, your swatches are having me second guess if I also need Turn it around and Humble. *sigh*

  6. I wonder how many times in my life I have shaken my fist and said "curse you Scrangie"

    1. If we had a nickel for every time, we could buy this collection.

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  8. Thank you and Turn It Around are definitely calling out to me, so pretty!

  9. These are gorgeous, and so well thought out. The whole collection is really meaningful. In a world where many colors are named without reason, or to make a pun, or be glib, it's really nice to see some that have a beautiful reason behind the beautiful colors

  10. Turn It Around looks quite similar to Anne from the Tudors collection. I like all of these colors; the price tag is the kicker. :(

  11. Stunning swatches, I'm loving the first two!

  12. Wow I love Pause, Become One and Turn It Around! :-)

  13. Loving the gorgeous, glowy shimmer in Pause and Turn it Around.

  14. Lovely swatches! I am liking Pause and Turn it Around! Although, I am curious how Turn it Around compares to Estee Lauder Metallic Sage?

  15. that is a gorgeous violet.
    i am a newbie blogger and really love reading your updates. itd be lovely if you wre to follow me, if you cant, no biggie.

    but i just wanted to say im a fan :p

  16. the only one i feel i need is become one but i think for the price tag i'd settle for opi hot fun in the summer lime

  17. ordered both greens plus smile and...pssst....hush...3 more from their older collection...oihhh damnnnnn

  18. Wonderful colors, wonderful message :)
    Pause, Smile, and Be Humble are incredibly beautiful, but out of my price range. Why the heavy price tag? What makes them different from say, Zoya, which is also 4-free, but 1/2 the cost? I see some of you guys have ordered some - can anyone give me a little input? Thanks! :)

  19. Thank you for swatching for us, Scrangie. :) I'm tempted, but Become One looks very familiar, and I just remembered where I've seen a green like that before- Essie Pretty Edgy. What do you think, are they dupes?

  20. Totally love this collection! Beautiful swatches! There's not a single color I didn't like!

  21. Become One is awesome!! And I love the thoughts behind it, too.

  22. Hi Scrangie, adorable swatches!

    In my recent blog post I use your photo of Turn It Around and mention that it's yours with link to your blog. I'm posting about polish brands that I don't yet own myself, but feel the most attempted at this point. Rescue Beauty Lounge is definitely one of them.

    Tell me if it needs to be removed for some reason, I'll do that, but if you're cool with this I'll just say thank you! :)


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