We’ve always thought of discovering a divine new nail polish shade as something of a transcendental experience, and based on Rescue Beauty Lounge‘s latest polish collection, looks like we’re not alone.
Founder Ji Baek‘s latest, called Emoting Me, features a very personal backstory: “I’m convinced that if one is truly ready to 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 came five years ago, when my beloved mother-in-law left this earth. I read self-help books and came across many sparkling wise words that we’re told should accompany our daily lives, and learned that I’m responsible for my own emotions and the energy I give out.” Wise words indeed.
Baek took that enlightened thinking and created a collection of seven polishes named after the uplifting and inspiring words or phrases that she tries to say each day: Thank You, Be Humble, Forgiveness, Smile, Pause, Become One, and Turn It Around. While brands often say that a product is their “baby” or that they poured their heart and soul into it, in this instance Baek is actually sharing herself on a deeply personal level, as well as passing on some knowledge that she had to go on a journey of the soul in order to find. There’s nothing we love more than beauty with a deeper meaning and a positive message.
Click through to commune with the shades, then head on over to RBL to stock up. They’re available right now for a 48-hour pre-order before they are released to the rest of the world at the end of the month.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Emoting Me Nail Polish, $ 20 each, available at Rescue Beauty Lounge.
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Finally, a way for us to marry our love of art history and nail polish: The latest Rescue Beauty Lounge lacquers are based on the life and works of Georgia O’Keeffe. The collection — which goes on sale in July, but is on pre-order starting in June — is a labor of love for founder Ji Baek, who spent the past 128 days “living, breathing, dreaming, and channeling Georgia O’Keeffe.”
Best known for her paintings of flowers that also look a bit like your lady bits, O’Keeffe may not seem like the most obvious choice for nail-polish inspiration. But according to Baek, she was the perfect starting point: The colors in her paintings were so rich and vivid, Baek says looking at them “intoxicated me daily with color-gasms.” Well, that’s one way to put it.
Each of the seven colors — Bella Donna, Faraway Nearby, Abiquiu, Santa Fe Road, Oriental Poppy, Ghost Ranch, and Jack In The Pulpit — are inspired by a specific work or a profound aspect of O’Keeffe’s life. Standouts include Oriental Poppy, a vibrant crimson with gold shimmer that is possibly the most perfect summer red we’ve ever laid eyes on, and metallic cocoa Ghost Ranch, inspired by O’Keeffe’s home in the Southwest, an avant-garde neutral we can’t wait to get on our tips. Watch the “nail trailer” below to get a sneak peek at the collection, and a rare behind-the-scenes look at how Baek lovingly created it.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Georgia On My Mind Collection, $ 18 each, available for pre-order in June at Rescue Beauty Lounge.
If you’re the kind of girl who would walk down the aisle rocking neon tips and nail art, then we say congrats to your soon-to-be hubby — he’s about to lock down one awesome lady. But not everyone is comfortable with color, which is why the majority of wedding polishes tend to be barely-there pinks and creams. Boring.
There’s no reason you can’t wear color on your digits for your big day — it can look really gorgeous without being garish, despite what your new mother-in-law might say. But if you’re hesitant to go for full-blown rainbow hues on your tips, there’s still a way to punch up your polish without stepping too far outside your comfort zone.
Essie's '12 Bridal Collection features four creamy, candy-hued polishes to accent your soon-to-have-a-ring-on-it fingers. There's reflective pink Like To Be Bad, mint green Who Is The Boss, glittery white Instant Hot, and lilac Love & Acceptance. The colors are described as a collection that "celebrates brides who are confident and want to have fun with color, yet with a nod to tradition." Sounds about right to us! How about you? Would you strut down the aisle in one of these shades?
Essie 2012 Bridal Collection, $ 8 each, Essie for salons.
One of the main reasons we love Nicki Minaj so much — besides her mad skills on the mic, of course — is the way she manages to straddle that divide between girly and edgy so naturally. Hip-hop’s reigning queen brings that same eclectic mix to her limited-edition nail polish line, made in collaboration with OPI.
Launching in January, the Nicki Minaj by OPI collection features six bold and bright hues, all named after Nicki's hit songs."Nicki has taken the hip hop world by storm, but her music is only part of the equation," says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice-president & artistic director. "She's also become a fashion inspiration, noted for her daring costumes and hair color, both on and off the stage."
We didn’t think anything could get us as excited as Katy Perry’s OPI collection, but the glitter-ific Save Me and metallic plum Super Bass Shatter are giving us shivers of anticipation. Is it January yet?
Nicki Minaj by OPI , $ 8.50 each, available at OPI.
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In honor of Nordstrom’s upcoming anniversary, luxe makeup brand Le Metier de Beaute has created a collection of limited-edition mini nail polishes. This “Rock ‘N Romance” collection contains four jewel-toned shades in chocolate-charcoal, black cherry, midnight blue, and metallic nude, are available for pre-sale on July 5th and will hit the counters on July 15th both in-stores and online. The best part, however, is that these polishes were made without formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, so you can feel good about sporting it on your pretty little nails.