Rescue Me! Thank You Rescue Beauty Lounge for Saving My Nails! Insouciant - Photos, Swatches

 My nails saved by Rescue Beauty Lounge.

Friday, on my glorious day of beauty with the fabulous GlowyJoeyBunny,who writes for, we stopped by early to visit Ji Baek at Rescue Beauty Lounge. My nails were in desperate need of saving.  After working like a maniac, packing, traveling and running around the streets of New York for pre-IMATS coverage, my nails were such a wreck.

Ji welcomed us into her sanctuary of a spa and was the most hospitable and hilarious hostess.  Everyone knows that Ji is beautiful, fashionable and business savvy, but she is also incredibly funny.  By the time we left, our tips and toes were perfection and we were also in stitches.  Thank you Ji for having us, and I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

 Nails in need of saving: broken index nail, tippage, dry cuticles.  Halp!
Saved!  Rescued by Rescue.

I opted for a manicure in Insouciant from the new Ironic/Iconic collection.  It's a sophisticated lavender purple with tiny sapphire microshimmer.  I'm loving this grown-up taken on a pastel purple for spring.

Insouciant is available in limited quantities at for $18.  Rescue Beauty Lounge is located at 34 Gansevoort Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY.

Smile It's Sunday - 1500 Followers! - More Added To Our Spring Giveaway!

 Smile everyone!  Do you find smiling infectious?

Hi all my Beautyburgers.  I have really missed you guys.  Hugs!!!  The past two weeks have been a big change for my personally, and unfortunately, I haven't been giving this blog as much attention as I want to.  As much as things have been really positive in my life lately, I can't help but feel sad that I was neglecting this blog and you, the readers and fellow bloggers.  So please forgive me!  I am trying hard to find balance in my life, but please know that Beautyburg is extremely important to me.  It's my passion and lifeline!

This week I'm flying back to New York for IMATS, International Make-up Artist Trade Show.  It should be really fun and amazing.  This is the first time IMATS has been in NYC, so I can't wait to see what it's like.  I am excited to meet other bloggers, see amazing makeup artists and of course haul.  If you plan on being there, let me know!  I would love to meet up. :) 

I will be bringing you updates while in New York, so follow me on Twitter for the latest updates.  Aside from IMATS, I also plan to hit a lot of other fun beauty related places while in New York.  I have plans to get my nailz did at Rescue Beauty Lounge and check out the new Nars boutique in Soho!

I'm also smiling today because we hit over 1500+ followers this week.  Thank you guys so much for checking in and reading Beautyburg.  As I mentioned before, this blog means so much to me, and it's beyond touching to see it grow!  Thank you! 

 I don't think they have places like this in NYC!
 Marlowe is looking for the Easter bunny.
Just as an extra, I found a few extra polishes to add to our Spring Basket Giveaway.   If you haven't entered yet, click here to do so.  The contest ends April 15th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST

Congrats to the Finalists! My Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection Entry!

 The photo from my Rescue Beauty Lounge fan collection submission.

A little over a month ago, Rescue Beauty Lounge held a contest for fans for to submit their idea for their dream nail polish.  The finalists have been selected!  Out of over 500 submissions, Ji Baek, founder and owner of RBL, narrowed it down to 11.  You can vote for them here.  Unfortunately, my submission didn't make it, but I wanted to congratulate all the finalists and wish them the best of luck and also thank Ji for holding this contest. 

I also wanted to share my entry with you.  Here is the paragraph that I wrote for my submission.  It was based on something that I discovered early in my relationship with my now husband, and it lead to be my inspiration for my wedding dress, which I designed and made.
I first discovered moonstone while killing time at Lucy Barnes boutique before meeting friends for drinks.  In a crowded store, it felt that all the light was being pulled in and redirected as rainbows through a tiny bracelet.  The rough cut stones on this moonstone bracelet transcended into blue, green, red, yellow, violet from different angles in the light.  These seemingly white stones shifted and morphed, mesmerizing and drawing me in.  Moonstone is not only the idea for this nail polish, but it was the inspiration for my wedding dress.  I created the dress to capture the light and to be iridescent just like the stone.  This photo shows moonstone pieces that I used on my wedding gown on top of fabric from the dress.   I envision Moonstone, the nail polish, to be a semi-sheer soft luminous white creating a rainbow of opalescent effects in different lights.  I want this nail polish to make the wearer feel that all the light in the room is drawn through her and that she radiating rainbows.
I know so many of you had beautiful and creative ideas, and it's a shame that some of them weren't showcased.  Many of you have already shared your submission ideas on Twitter, but feel free to post them in the comments below (with links to the pictures if you have them)! 

My runner-up photos.
Do you like moonstone?
My wedding dress with had moonstone on the bodice. 
Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Photography.

Thanks for indulging me everyone!  I would love to see your entries! Please post them or links to them in the comments.

Peace, Love, Nails - Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War - Swatches, Photos and Review - New Twitter Name!

No More War

Happy Monday everyone!  Just a quick note that you can now find us @Beautyburg on Twitter vs "beenofone."  If you were following me as beenofone, you will continue to follow as Beautyburg.  I just wanted to add continuity to the blog and Twitter.  If you don't follow us yet, follow me on Twitter!  It's the fastest way to all the good Marlowe photos! :)

I wanted to start off week with on a positive note.  As we are all anticipating the finalists from Ji's Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection contest, read about here if you don't know about (sorry it's already closed!), let's take a look at one of my favorite RBL polishes.  No More War is an olive camo green creme with exceptional coverage and wear.  As much as a perfectionist as Ji is, there are differenciations between applications among the colors.  No More War is utter creamy, smooth perfection when applied.  Two coats and you are done.  This shade of green is probably one of my favorite to wear among my wardrobe, but it would take a nail genius like Ji to think about creating it as a lacquer.  On my NC35, I find it flattering and unique.  To me, it's edgy but sophisticated, not hippie dippie.  And the durability in wear is tough as... well, nails?  I can get days without significant tippage. 

No More War - $18 at Rescue Beauty Lounge

To Review:
Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War Nail Polish - $18 for 0.40oz, available at
Pro: Unique shade.  Long wear.  Excellent application.
Con: Available only through Rescue Beauty's spa or website and at a few limited e-tailers, but they do ship internationally. 
Overall Beautyburg Rating: A

Your Polish Here - Rescue Beauty Lounge Makes Your Dreams Come True - Turn Nail Polish Fantasy into Reality!

  Your polish could be here! 

Coral and Chinoise.

Today is the day y'all.  Today is the day that your dreams could come true.  At 9AM EST, Ji Baek, founder of Rescue Beauty Lounge, opens her doors, or rather an email address, and gives Rescue's fans a chance to create the nail polish of their dreams! 

Three SUPER lucky winners will be drawn from five finalists to create their fantasy nail polish.  Entrants are allowed to submit 1 paragraph and 1 photo from 9AM EST January 13th - 12PM EST January 15th, 2011 to  Five finalists will be chosen,  and then the fans vote.  The top three will collaborate with Ji to create something so amazing, unique and sooooo Rescue. 

I can't wait!  Do you have your entry sitting in a draft in your email right now?  If you haven't thought of an idea yet, there is still time!

Check out Ji's blog for more info.  Click here

Happy New Year - 2011 Will Rock - A Look Back at 2010

Peace, Love, Beauty in 2011!

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope everyone's NYE was safe, happy and  most of all FUN!  We have a lot of high hopes for 2011. 

Not to dwell on the past, but we had to mention some of our favorite things from last year.  We are looking forward to all the exciting things in the world of beauty that 2011 has to offer.  We wish everyone the best this year.  Thank you so much for helping Beautyburg get off the ground in 2010, and we know that this is just the beginning of a really exciting future.  Beautyburg's New Year's Resolution is to try to be the best blog it can be!

So... Let's just revisit some of our favorite things from 2010.

These are in no particular order, and some products shown were not launched in 2010 but new to us that year.  For more detail click on the appropriate links to the reviews.

MAC Venomous Villains

E.L.F. HD Powder

OPI Shrek Collection - Fiercely Fiona on the right

Burberry - the makeup line

What were your favorite beauty items of 2010?  What are you looking forward to in 2011?  Do you have any beauty resolutions for 2011?

Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure Fedora vs RBL Jane from Tudors Collection

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Fedora, a pale taupe nude with warm champagne shimmer. This is a new (possibly LE?) shade from the same display from earlier posts featuring Problem Child and Golden Ticket. This is a great pale nude shade for most skin tones. It may not work on super pale skin tones with cooler coloring.

From the bottle, it reminded me a lot of Jane from Rescue Beauty Lounge's Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty collection. But on the nail, Jane is much paler and the shimmer is slightly more apparent in Fedora. Both are great neutrals. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to RBL's Jane, Fedora may be a good option, but RBL is having a 50% November 1st. So if your heart is set on Jane... you could wait until then.

Fedora vs. Jane
Sally Hansen Fedora vs. Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane

Similar but Jane is much paler on the nail.

Fedora in the bottle. The shimmer.

Thanks for looking!

Rescue Beauty Lounge - "The Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty" Collection

I love Ji Baek. She just takes the idea of nail polish collection to a whole new level. It impresses me that RBL puts as much insight into the a seasonal collection as fashion designers do. "The Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty" Collection, according to the press release, is referencing the beauty of extravagant, opulent brocade fabrics. Nothing says Fall to me more than rich fabrics, and these nail polishes definitely capture the idea of shimmer and capturing light against a lush, dense background of creamy color.

Here are the photos of the four colors. Each applied gorgeously with 2 coats. I do recommend letting the coats dry completely before applying the second. I found with the shimmer-rich shades, it helped create a smoother looking canvas. (*note to self: probably good advice for all nail polish but I'm impatient. hehe These are worth the wait.).

Jane - bottle shot. Notice the shimmer in the bottle. It's barely noticeable on the nail, but the shimmer gives the shade a depth.

Jane on the nail.

Catherine H. - a beautiful peacock blue with purple shimmer.

Catherine H. - bottle shot. I got the most compliments while wearing this.

Catherine - a rich eggplant purple with pewter shimmer.

Catherine - don't they say that purple is the color of royalty? (or at least that's what I remember from my Sweet Valley High novels).

Anne - gunmetal pewter with green undertone and bronze, gold shimmer.

More Anne - slightly more golden in this photo.

Anne - bottle shot.

In this shot, you can see hints of purple in the shimmer. A really complex and decadent color. My pick for the collection.

The Real Housewives are available on Rescue Beauty Lounge's site for $18 in limited quantities. All dynasties fall at some point I guess, so I would buy now if you are interested in any of these shades.