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ALU Update – We’re back!

By on November 5, 2010
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Now I have yet another reason to hate Halloween.  On Sunday afternoon, someone played an evil “trick” on me that resulted in malicious code being inserted into my site.  Trick or treat indeed!  For some of you, ALU still appeared but for others, all you saw was an Internal Server Error.  What fun!

It didn’t help that I was in NYC for a long weekend with the boyfriend while all this went on.  I want to thank all of you who sent emails, tweets and Facebook messages to let me know what was happening.  I would have been oblivious without your help!

I also want to give a huge shout out and hug to Ryan from 125mg Design.  He got ALU back up and running and was amazing to work with. Fellow WordPress bloggers, if you need tech support or design help, he’s your man!  Plus he’s married to a beauty girl, the talented MAC Sr. Artist Keri B, so he understands our kind of crazy.

I did lose my scheduled posts and any comments that were made over the weekend so please be patient as I get new content up for you.  Also, if you come across any errors, please let me know

In the meantime, how did you fare in the RBL sale? I was sitting on a boat headed to The Statue of Liberty as I tried desperately to place my order.  I ended up calling in a ringer to place my order for me.  Did you get everything you wanted?

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  1. Tori says:

    Welcome back! I am super excited to have ordered my first Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes… I am ready for my life to be changed ;) I scored Teal, Dead Calm, Recycle, Under the Stars and Moulin Rouge. I did not, however, get the Black Russian which I so desperately wanted. Ah well. Hopefully next sale! :)

  2. Apriltini says:

    I had a friend, who was ordering anyway, get a Scrangie for me. I kinda wish I could have gotten Teal, but didn’t want to get all pushy and start adding stuff. Besides, I really want the CND Teal and new shimmer.

  3. Sarah says:

    Yay for the site being back up!
    By the time I went to checkout at the rebel sale, diddymow, bikini bottom, and bruised were sold out! I was so sad. I still scored 6 polishes but I really wanted those three! I’ll have to be content with square pants, 360, no more war, under the stars, coral, and scrangie!

  4. I had a good experience with the RBL sale. All I wanted was “man magnet red” (aka Chinoise) and No More War and I ordered both with no problems and received shipping confirmation a few days afterwards. I’m sure they’ll both be wonderful :)

  5. Eugenia says:

    So, so so happy you’re back up and running…..praise be that you were able to retrieve practically everything! Whoever did that to you, was just despicable…..I don’t get people deliberately sabotaging others; isn’t there enough hate out there? Seriously, my heart literally stopped when I got that server error message! I thought I had done something wrong! As to the RBL sale, I had place my order, had my 9 polishes good to go, then a major snafu with my credit card which resulted in me cancelling said order. By the time it was all cleared up, it was too late and I lost it all. Ji was phenomenal and even though I totally embarrassed myself, she was truly gracious.
    But welcome back….missed you!!

  6. Sara says:

    I didn’t get everything I wanted in the RBL sale, I really wanted Black Russian & Mismas (I am not ass kissing, I really wanted it). I completed my Zoya BOGO last night. Next up my Lippmann “mini” haul on…20% off!!

    I hope the glitches didn’t ruin your NYC trip.

    • Tams says:

      Oh wow thanks for the heads up on I’ve been eyeing some Lippmann’s too and now I will go ahead & get them as well!! :D I got my Zoya BOGO order in already & I got all the RBL’s I wanted & received them yesterday!! Scrangies for me & xmas gifts, Diddy Mow, 360, and Drifter…all GORGEOUS!!!

    • Kasey says:

      Thanks for the heads up, Sara! I just spontaneously bought 4 Lippmann’s: Waking Up in Vegas, Across the Universe, Bad Romance, and Happy Birthday! I’ve wanted them forever but they’ve always seemed too expensive, out of reach, etc. Got all 4 with free shipping and 20% off :)

  7. sara says:

    Yay! You’re back!! I got 360 and Au Chocolat in the sale, but my friend Meegan tried desperately to get Mismas and couldn’t because it sold out so early. So I taunt her with my bottle. I’m mean like that! ;)

  8. Katy says:

    I had a feeling it was hacked. But why yours of all sites?!

    I got Scrangie and No More War. It’ll be my first RBLs…

  9. Jasmine says:

    Hello, I’m happy that your blog is back !

  10. Faith says:

    SOooo glad you are back! It was painful not being able to access your site – I think I had a mini-panic attack!
    I scored my first three RBL polishes (360, Coral, and Scrangie) and can hardly wait to get them – If only more were in stock and my bank account were unlimited… Hmmmm… Hahaa!

    The Zoya BOGO that ends today will be my next victim!

    Glad to have your site up and running – I hope the recovery wasn’t too painful from your end ;o)

  11. Aimee says:

    I missed the sale – I was stuck in a meeting at school, I really wanted to get Diddy Mow!!

    I did not however miss the BOGO Zoya sale going on until the end of today! My package comes today and Im excited!

  12. Lynn says:

    I’m glad ALU is back up and running!! :) as far as the RBL sale goes, I am a poor college student so I couldn’t go buckwild and get everything I wanted, but I did pick up Scrangie and Bangin- Mismas was sold out by 11:03!! What all did you order?

  13. Nicole says:

    I did! I got Concrete Jungle, Under the Stars and Dead Calm. Im especially excited about CJ, because from what I hear, it sold out really fast!

  14. Alaina says:

    Great news! Glad it’s back up. I’m anxious… when will you do the drawing for the Think Pink giveaway? :)

  15. isnotfashion says:

    so happy the blog is back! i was able to score recycle, ani, plie, scrangie and mismas.

  16. kirsten says:

    Also, I’m not really into halloween either, but hacking someone’s website as a “trick” is without a doubt one of the lamest things I’ve ever heard of! What kind of pathetic moron hacks a nail polish blog for kicks? Whoever it was seriously needs to get a life! Sucks that you lost posts, but its great to have you back! We missed you! Tell us which RBLs you picked up!

  17. kirsten says:

    I got Teal, Dead Calm, Stormy, Under the Stars, Diddy Mow, 360, Bangin, Sheer Red, Smitten, Starfish-Patrick, and Frugalista. Honestly I’m still completely heartbroken over missing out on Orbis and Bikini Bottom which were the two I wanted more than all the rest combined, but I’m hearing both were actually sold out before the sale had even started because I tried adding both to my basket at 11AM on the dot (I already had tabs open in my browser for every color on my list starting with those two and set an alarm for 5 min til so I was ready to go) and it said they were already sold out. Plus I thought CJ and Stormy were the only colors that once sold out would not be re-stocked, but it sounds like Ji will also NOT be re-stocking Orbis, BB, and a few others at all which as utterly ridiculous as it sounds upon hearing this I actually felt like crying out of frustration.

    She wrote on Facebook: “I have been working on many version 2.0 of the “sold out” colors with updated twist…
    So, stay tuned– however as you well know I do listen– let’s discuss after I finish packing — and vote on it….” which is great and while I greatly appreciate it I just want version 1.0 so this news doesn’t really make me feel better.

    Despite my extreme disappoint I’m still deeply appreciative of Ji and her staff for even having this sale in the first place and all of the added hard work they are still putting in for it so a major THANK YOU to Ji and her wonderful staff for everything!

    • KatieM says:

      I don’t know about Bikini Bottom selling out before the sale but I got a back up bottle of Orbis during the sale.

      • KatieM says:

        p.s. just read Khabeer’s comment so Bikini Bottom was available during the sale too.

      • KatieM says:

        I too panicked when I couldn’t get to ALU I thought it was me so I tried my usual go arounds & nothing. Phew! very glad you are back.

        My RBL Haul: Mismas, Orbis & Scrangie, 360, Frugalista, Look Rich, Stormy & Teal. I missed Bruised, Bikini Bottom & the base coat but I was able to find Bikini Bottom (at full price) online so I may pick it up as soon as my wallet recovers.

  18. Annie says:

    I scored Dead Calm, Recycle, Diddy Mow, and No More War. They arrived today and I am currently debating which to try first. I can’t wait to test out the famed formula.

  19. Isabella says:

    Welcome back :) I got almost everything I wanted from the RBL sale. OK, this is a tad nerdy.. but I had prepared days in advanced for this and the biggest challenge was the time difference (I live in Sweden). We changed to Normal time or Winter time last weekend, but I checked like three times so it wouldn’t conflict with the time of the RBL sale. However it turned out I had it all wrong and I guess I was an hour late. But I got what I wanted, except for Concrete jungle. I got coral, scrangie, drifter and bangin. So i’m happy anyways!

  20. Bronwyn says:

    I ended up having a rough day Monday and slept through the sale- all I wanted, though, was a bottle of Miasmas.. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get one at some point.

  21. Winnie says:

    So glad you were able to salvage most of your stuff. Mean people puzzle me, why anyone would want to do that… well, who knows?
    Anyway, in the RBL sale, I got Concrete Jungle, Stormy, Teal, Drifter, Recycle, Frugalista and Ani. I really wanted Grunge too, but it was nowhere to be found and Bikini Bottom and Orbis were sold out :-( (Luckily I already have Mismas, cause apparently it sold out pretty quickly). But still not a bad haul, can’t wait to get them!

  22. beanagirl01 says:

    I got Stormy, Dead Calm, Recycle, and Scrangie! I just got them today!!! I am so excited to try them all!!! My sister got Stormy, Concrete Jungle, Recycle, Diddy Mow, and 360… we are already making plans for the next sale! You wouldn’t happen to know when that is do you???

    • Amy says:

      Back in September, Ji said something on Facebook about this most likely being their last sale. So we might all be out of luck for “the next one”. She could always change her mind though… *wishful thinking* :D

      That said, RBL polishes are definitely worth their higher price tag, even if it means those of us on a budget have to save up and/or buy fewer at a time.

  23. Jennifer says:

    Picked up the blockbuster blues: Teal, UTS and Dead Calm.

    I’ll wait for another sale before I attack Chinoise, Glamourpuss and Concrete Jungle. ;)

  24. Khabeer says:

    I missed last years sale so I was NOT gonna miss this one. I got, Lulu, Under the Stars, Bikini Bottom, Square Pants, Starfish Patrick, Ani, Scrangie, No More War, Au Chocolat, Dead Calm, Teal, Coral, Yellow Fever, Stormy, Film Nior, and Bangin….I went a lilttle crazy but I’m happy that I got all of them being though this is the last sale of this kind.

    • Issaca says:

      OMG!! im so happy to see i was not the only person that went hog wild with the sale. I got Yellow fever, dead calm, jane, anne, UTS, Recycle, Bangin, Coral, Drifter, Cherry Love. Then i checked back later and got Bikini Bottoms and Bruised. I was determined to get all the ones i wanted just in case this was the last sale.

  25. Kim says:

    I’m so glad you got everything back up and running. Yours is the first nail polish blog I check every day and I was so upset when it was down.

    I placed my very first RBL order during the sale. I was able to get Concrete Jungle, Bikini Bottom, Scrangie, 360, Diddy Mow and Dead Calm… every single color I wanted!

  26. Tiffany C. says:

    I scored Black Russian and the Milky colored base coat and Catherine. First ever RBL polishes and i recevied them Friday!!!

  27. Amy says:

    I picked up Black Russian, Dead Calm, and Mismas!

    So happy with all of them! Wearing Mismas right now, just have to say THANK YOU for working with Ji on it… it really is the most amazing purple! :D

  28. Katrina says:

    Recycle and Dead Calm. So glad to have you back! I’m planning a pedicure next week w/DC!!!

  29. Jennifer says:

    I wanted Mismas too but it sold out quick. Hopefully there will be more made. I received mine today and I am in CA. I’m impressed. I got Scrangie, Stormy, Frugilista, Look Rich Be Cheap. All gorgeous. Mt first RBL polishes. Should have gotten a few more.

  30. Tiffany H. says:

    Glad your site is back up. From the RBL sale, I got Stormy and Moulin Rouge. I really wanted Bruised and Grunge but they were sold out. I had to use my Droid phone to order as my computer wasn’t moving fast enough for me.

  31. Brittney says:

    I got… Teal, Stormy, 360, Diddy Mow, Anne, Catherine, and No Mar War….Can’t wait! Its my first RBL purchase and Ji has been spectacular throughout the whole process between the snobby clients and just getting packages shipped… I think I may be a client for life based on the customer service…

  32. Sapphy says:

    Oh my god, I am SO glad I’m not the only one who couldn’t get the site! It scared the crap out of me, lol

    As for RBL, I got Concrete Jungle, Recycle, Plie, Teal, Film Noire, and Underwear. I’m wearing CJ right now and it’s really pretty, though definitely more blue than I was expecting.

  33. riss says:

    I was able to get all of the ones on my list except for bikini bottom. I even added a couple that I initially hadn’t planned to get b/c I figured since it’s the last sale it was the time to get them. I don’t want to skip them like I did with bikini bottom before and then regret it later!

  34. Bartek says:

    Hello, I’m a guy who started wearing nail polish about over a year ago. I usually wear dark shades on my toes, and simple clear polish on my fingers to avoid unwanted comments due to society’s “norms”. I don’t know why or how it all started, I just tried it and found it hard to stop actually. I don’t know if nail polish can be psychologically addictive or not ? Anyway, I was wondering if this is normal for a guy to do (no i’m not gay for those of you who are wondering). I love the feel of the polish on my fingers and the glossy shine it leaves, it makes them look very clean and taken care of. And I was wondering if clear polish really is THAT noticeable, as in if you guys were to meet me if that would be something that you would notice or not ? Thanks for your intput. :)

    • beanagirl01 says:

      I work in the food industry and am not able to paint my nails but I noticed that if I put a matte finish over my clear polish, or even some of my nude polishes I am able to get away with it! You may want to try this if you are worried about the “society norm”. Just a helpful hint from one person addicted to nail polish to another!

  35. Pandora says:

    Welcome back! We missed your posts.
    I was very lucky (or very fast) on the RBL sale… I got one of the last Concrete Jungle they had left, along with Om, Plie and Scrangie. And they arrived today!
    Glad to have you back *hugs*

  36. Cara says:

    Got up at 2am on Tuesday morning (Melbourne time) and bought No More War and Recycle. Can’t wait for them to arrive!

  37. Danette says:

    Is that true?! This is gonna be the last RBL sale?!

    So happy the site is back up and running! :)

  38. Michelle says:

    I was really lucky with the RBL sale, which by the way I wouldn’t even have known about if it weren’t for your site!

    I got: Mismas, Orbis non Sufficit, Glamourpuss, Diddy Mow, 360, Bangin, Stormy, Teal, Dead Calm, Recycle, and I threw Catherine H in there even though it wasn’t in the sale. They’ve even already arrived!

    • Kasey says:

      Same here! Huge thanks Michelle for letting us know about the sale! I was able to plan ahead & by the time my RBL email arrived with the code I was ready to go.

  39. FionaT says:


    Happy your back up love the site. As for the rbi sale I wanted concrete jungle mismas and black Russian along w bikini bottom but they were sold out by 1104 tears. But I did still manage to spend 100 on nail polish alone so um yeah I still made out good. They just shipped today

  40. Laura says:

    Somehow I thought that the sale started at noon EST, so I was an hour late. However, I got everything I wanted: Teal, Under the Stars, and Scrangie, and I got Au Chocolat for a friend. Mismas I got in last year’s sale, thank goodness!

  41. Rebecca says:

    I totally scored at the RBL sale. I didn’t get 3 on my wish list (Bruised, Mismas and Orbis) but I DID get Plie, No More War, Recycle, Dead Calm, Under The Stars, 360, Diddy Mow, Scrangie and Catherine H (not on sale but…) so I did pretty darn good. Glad everything is back up and running and hope your trip was fun!

  42. Kasey says:

    I did well at the RBL sale! I got most of my list though: Recycle, Teal, Dead Calm, Storm, Om, Bikini Bottom, Square Pants & No More War. Now I’m just anxiously awaiting my shipping confirmation! Hope you enjoyed your time in NYC. It’s one of my all-time favorite places :)

  43. kaydikat says:

    I didn’t get Bruised, Mismas or Chinoise, but I did get the rest on my original list: Concrete Jungle, Stormy, Under the Stars, Dead Calm, Recycle, Yellow Fever, Om, Scrangie, Frugalista. Since I couldn’t get Bruised so I got Drifter and I got Bangin’ to replace Chinoise. I bought Jane to complete my Tudor collection. I also added these “last minute” decisions: Ani, Starfish-Patrick and 360.

    Thinking that this could likely be the last sale of its kind is a bummer, but after reading facebook and seeing what Ji and the RBL team goes through, I could see why. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a sale, but I’ll still buy RBLs at full price.

  44. Meika says:

    Welcome back! I was able to order 3 out of 4 from the RBL sale, Underwearm, Dead calm and No More War. I guess I will have to wait to replace my bottle of Mismas that I lent out and the person “misplaced” it. It was sold out by 11:03. LOL.

  45. Carmela says:

    whew! i thought you moved to a new domain or something, i was sad that nothing was coming up when i entered your site. Good thing, everything’s back to normal now! :)

  46. Kristina, lover of polish says:

    Just got my loot from the RBL sale today! I scored Diddy Mow, Ani, Bangin, Sheer Nude, Bruised, and Plie. I’m so excited! In the bottle, Diddy Mow looks like Essie Sew Psyched, but I plan to do a swatch comparison with Sew Psyched, Diddy Mow, and Chanel Khaki Vert…:-) I’m loving me some green polish!

  47. AJ says:

    Got my RBL haul today. Scrangie, Dead Calm, Stormy, 360 and Catherine H (couldn’t help myself). I had to try Catherine H right away and goodness me, I think I’ve been spoiled for other polish. One coat over Orly Bonder and it was dry in five minutes. Even a bit of a botch on one nail smoothed out upon drying. I keep staring at my nails now.

    I was doubting my choices earlier this week, thinking I should have skipped Catherine H and gone for two other half off polishes (Teal and Under the Stars would have been my picks) but man. Catherine H was worth it.