Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Introducting Rescue Beauty Lounge: Anatomy of a K-Drama Collection 2014

Picture this: A really hot, rich boy (his parents practically own the country—think  Samsung!) falls in love with a plain Jane, a pitifully poor girl whose family was financially  ruined by loan sharks. The boy’s equally wealthy best friend falls in love with her too,  and they even come to blows over the girl. She is without a clue since she is often too  exhausted from taking care of her family—and working two or three jobs. It takes about  8 episodes for this couple to hold hands; we don’t know which of the boys she will   choose, she may have held hands with both of them. They reach into their bottomless   wallets to give her makeovers—in fact, one of their fathers owns the department store!   (Oh Snap!)   

Enter the boy’s no-nonsense Korean tiger mom who always has a rich girl for him to  marry (think company merger), someone he loathes. There are loads of schemes to get   rid of the poor girl, even if his mother has to hire a hit man. Yes, there will be a kidnapping and perhaps some injuries, you name it—I’m scared for her too, no lie. It  takes about 16 episodes for these two to kiss and overcome her accidents, hospital  recoveries, etc. They promise never to part. But wait! Something else surfaces, after the boy’s friend digs up the girl’s family history, it turns out that the couple are exactly like   Romeo and Juliet, their ancestors were enemies and the reason why her family is destitute.  What will she do? Will she honor her family and reclaim their wealth? Or does she abandon ship?! Anatomy of a #KDrama is my latest collection, brought about by my newest compulsion.   –Ji Baek

Burn The Evidence
(Opaque and rich gold, copper,  and rust-red microglitter in a clear base. My favorite of the collection!)

Burn The Evidence has a finely milled panache glitter that is not only jammed-packed with a mélange of red, gold, orange and copper glitters, but it also provides that dash of ash-black brilliance. This color fully covers in two full coats and dimensional depth: Your hot nails will look like they’re on fire.

Cue The Montage
(Silver glitter in a spring green creme base. Very interesting effect between glitter and base, but needs a lot of topcoat since it looks dimpled when it dries.)

Yellow chartreuse is the most difficult color to wear; it was a daring task to try to create  one that would be suitable for all skin tones. Cue the Montage has a different texture  than any other RBL nail polish. It dries matte and textured, so you must apply a   basecoat and topcoat for the full effect. This color has glittery silver that peaks through   in glorified harmony.  Warning: The glitter in this bottle does not appear the same when applied to nails; it   has a sandwiched effect.

Instant Amnesia
(Suede-colored creme with really cool iridescent microshimmer!)

This is the perfectly neutral balance between fawn and taupe, a lofty palate cleanser   with a tinge of attitude. Its flawless beauty is infused with flutters of silver, green, and   pink shimmer. Once you wear it, Instant Amnesia will erase your memory of all the bad   nail polish colors from your past.

(Deep midnight blue with fine blue-green duochrome shimmer)

Virtuously inky, Monologue’s navy blue base is embedded with a soliloquy of elegant light-blue shimmer. Even in low light, this solitary dark blue retains its color and does not   appear to be black. Monologue has a smooth, undemanding application; this color is darkly pigmented yet calmingly engaging.

Not Your Baby
(This is a metallic green-bronze with awesome pink microglitter and a bit of duochromey shift. You could consider it a cousin to Scrangie 2.0)

A deceitfully, mysterious brown-bronzy-sage-green duo chrome, Not Your Baby is a classic RBL chameleon nail polish—its identity changes depending on the light. Trickery   plays. This color may appear to be brown with a cast of sage-green shimmer in a certain light, and yet bronze the next moment.

Oh Slap!  
(Pink creamy jelly that makes your nails look cute and perfect... I'm kinda smitten with it)

The quintessential flushed cheeks for your nails, Oh Slap! goes on as a sheer pink in one coat with opaque coverage in two coats. This is THE PERFECT PINK; the formula is flawless and streak-free and is not pastel or white-based. You can practically apply it with your eyes closed.

Will They Won’t They
(Muted lavender jelly with blue-green duochrome glass fleck)

Will They Won’t They catches the sun’s rays as it glides on your nails. A gentle cascade of the tiniest silvery, blue-green micro glitter softly flows on a pool of doleful  lavender. Sheer coverage in one coat, and opaque in two.

The formula on nearly all of these was great.  The only one that gave me trouble was Cue the Montage.  That one went on thick and kinda chunky, which made it difficult to create thin, even coats. All the others applied without a single issue. I used three coats of each and I prefer the look of all of them at three. Dry time is on the long side.

My top picks from this collection are Burn The Evidence because it's so cool and sparkly (and they will never find the evidence in the furnace), and Oh Slap! because it hides all the ridges and imperfections on my nails and applies like a dream.

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at for $20 per bottle.  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. 

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(collection provided for review)


  1. Love your review! Monologue looks especially breathtaking on you!

  2. Beautiful swatches Scrangie! I always swoon at your pretty nails :)

  3. I kind of got ridiculously excited about this because I just finished my annual rewatch of "Boys Over Flowers" and am looking for another good K-drama to watch (that is available on Netflix). The swatches are excellent and I'd love to have Oh Slap and Will They Won't They, but what I really want is to see the drama you described. ;)

  4. All of these look amazing on you! I especially love your swatch of Burn the Evidence.

  5. So many interesting shades. My favourites are "Burn The Evidence" and "Oh Slap!".
    It's nice to see you blogging again. I hope you are ok. :)

  6. Lovely swatches as always!! And omg that backstory. Missed your posts!

  7. Love "Burn the Evidence", seems quite unique.

  8. "Instant Amnesia" looks really, really close to Essie Case Study. In your opinion, for someone who has Case Study, but is also a big taupe/nude lover, is Instant Amnesia an essential purchase?

  9. You've always been my blogging idol, so glad you are back.
    Many good thoughts your way, no getting around tough times, that's for sure. Wish I had a magic wand to make the pain that comes into our lives go away.
    Hopefully these will be around for a while, I love that last one!

  10. Glad you're back! I'd like to have Oh Slap, since it's so darn pretty and I don't have a light pink crelly in my collection. I love Will They Won't They too... it's unique without looking like it's trying too hard to be unique (I'm talking to you, Cue the Montage).

  11. While I have other colours like Oh Snap the idea of a streak free pastel is very tempting :) Will They Won't They is pretty too but I have SO many grey-lavenders (grelevanders?)

  12. Grelavender totally sounds like a Pokemon


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