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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, Be Thankful 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 www.rescuebeauty.com 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.)

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