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SH - Charteuse Chase MainOkay. I am SO EXCITED to write this post, that I’m actually starting it before evening opening the bottle. If you caught my tweet the other night, you knew I was on the prowl for Chartreuse Chase. But let me explain how I got from: not even knowing it existed to I need this polish in my life ASAP.

A week ago Alli reviewed Deborah Lippmann Spring Buds. In the comments, my new friend Magda mentioned searching for chartreuse polishes. I came across a swatch of Chartreuse Chase by Steph over at Steph’s Closet and I knew I had to have it.

Okay! So, the moment of truth? Was it worth the brief stay on my must have now list? Yes. Yes. Yes. If Spring Buds is pollen in a bottle, Chartreuse Chase is its radioactive counterpart. It’s a gorgeous chartreuse, depending on the light it can appear more yellow or more green. It has a subtle, yet magnificent blue flash.  I used three coats to get a nice opaque look and I’m really happy with the results.

You can pick this polish up at Ulta or your local drugstore! Lots of pictures below and I included a little history of the word chartreuse! Go! Look!

TGIF!

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Confession: I kind of love etymology (the study of the true meaning of words & their origins). Most polish names don’t require any research (ex: OPI Big Apple Red, Wet n Wild Red Red) – but every so often I come across ones that I want to know more about (ex: Sally Hansen Loden Green). SO, I decided to look up a bit more about this “chartreuse” business….

Sally Hansen - Chartreuse Chase (lightbox)

I headed to the ever helpful Online Eytmology Dictionary and found out that Chartreuse is actually a type of liqueur made by monks living in the Chartreuse Mountains in the 1700′s. The liqueur takes on a green hue. How fun!

If you feel that my mini-lesson on “chartreuse” has been inadequate, I encourage you to learn a little more! Wikipedia has entries both on the color and the liqueur… Enjoy!

Sally Hansen - Chartreuse Chase

Fun Fact: The only polishes from the Insta-Dri line that I own… are all green!

 

 

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Chartreuse Chase Okay. I am SO EXCITED to write this post, that I’m actually starting it before evening opening the bottle.

Forever 21 Black Magic

Forever 21 Black Magic

Forever 21 Black Magic coverHere comes the broken record: I am seriously loving Forever 21 nail polishes! I’ve tried two polishes in addition to Black Magic; Mint Chip and Cosmic Matter, and I loved both of them. But I have to say, Black Magic might be my favorite!

Black Magic is a textured (or sand lacquer…) blackened purple with gold and purple glitter. It is very similar to Julep Glam Roc though the two aren’t dupes.…

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OPI Umpires Come Out At Night

OPI Umpires Come Out At Night

OPI Umpires Come Out At Night coverAt this point we are several weeks into the MLB regular season and my baseball fever is kind of out of control. My friends call my house baseball central. There’s a game on every TV. And if there are no games, the MLB Network is on.

So to say the least I’m loving the OPI Fashion Plate collection. When I was wearing this polish I kept going up to people and making them ask what my nail polish was…

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Pixi Lime Lustre

Pixi Lime Lustre coverI’ve been seriously into green polishes lately! Normally I don’t gravitate towards green polishes but with all the awesome green polishes being released for spring I can’t seem to help myself.

For Spring 2014 Pixi released 3 new polishes. Lime Lustre immediately caught my attention. In the bottle I thought I was going to like it. On the nail I loved it!

Lime Lustre is a surprisingly wearable pale…

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Giveaway DestinationsHappy Monday! It’s Spring Break for me… Last year I went to South Beach, But I’ve opted for a staycation over something more adventurous this year. It’s time for the second of four Lex Cosmetics giveaways. I’ve decided to celebrate my week off with a Getaway Giveaway: Lex Cosmetics Destinations!

The Shades of Glitter & Grey Giveaway was a lot of fun – congrats again to Anna! I’ve had fun coming up with themes for the giveaways, so this one is…Destinations!

For your polishing pleasure, we have a trio comprised of Atlantic, Cayman Cabana, and Himalayas! I love the way these three compliment each other and I think they’d look gorgeous used together in a dotticure or water marble…

Check below for contest details! This giveaway will end April 25, 2014 at 8pm EST.

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2. The giveaway begins 4/14/14 and ends 4/25/14 at 8:00pm EST.
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6. The winner will win the Lex Cosmetics Getaway trio: Cayman Cabana, Atlantic, and Himalayas.
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Note: If you choose not to provide a mailing address , you must respond to our email within 24 hours. After 24 hours, we will choose a new winner.

Getaway Giveaway: Lex Cosmetics Destinations Trio Happy Monday! It’s Spring Break for me… Last year I went to South Beach, But I’ve opted for a staycation over something more adventurous this year.
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Perfect Pair: POP Beauty Steel Glitz and SinfulShine Pictante

Perfect Pair: POP Beauty Steel Glitz and SinfulShine Pictante

POP Beauty Steel Glitz and SinfulShine Pictante coverI’ve been really into glitter accent nails lately. But not full on glitter. I’ve been doing glitter gradients like they’re going out of style (and hey, they might be!).

For this manicure I used one of my all time favorite glitters; POP Beauty Steel Glitz. I picked up Steel Glitz from HauteLook ages ago and it has turned into one of the most versatile glitters in my collection.

I was already…

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deborah lippmann Spring Buds

deborah lippmann Spring Buds

deborah lippmann Spring Buds coverAs I sit here and type this post my seasonal allergies are in full swing. That yellow greenish pollen is EVERYWHERE and I hate it. So, when I saw Spring Buds in the bottle I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the color. It looks like pollen! But on my nails I absolutely adore this polish.

For spring 2014 deborah lippmann released a 6 piece limited edition collection called Spring Reveries. The polishes…

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butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled coverI know I keep bashing the 2014 color of the year; Radiant Orchid. I just don’t LIKE it. Or at least I thought I didn’t like it. Enter butter LONDON Molly Coddled. I discovered Molly Coddled when I was putting together my Spring 2014 Must Have Polishes post. So when Ulta had their 2 for $15 butter LONDON sale I picked it up (along with Lucy in the Sky).

butter LONDON describes Molly Coddled as a…

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Essie Fashion Playground

Essie Fashion Playground coverWhile I adore Style Hunter, this polish is the standout from Essie’s Spring 2014 Hide & Go Chic collection.

Essie describes Fashion Playground as a pistachio shimmer. While this polish does have shimmer it’s super subtle. It just keeps the polish from being completely flat.

The color is great. There’s no warm or yellow undertones making it perfect for cool skintones. Unfortunately, the formula…

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OPI Short-STOP!

OPI Short-STOP! coverIt’s no secret that I’m kind of a baseball junky. I love many sports, but baseball was my first sports love and therefore holds a special place in my heart. So, to say the least, when I saw OPI was doing a collection with MLB I kind of freaked out. I immediately decided to order the mini set which includes 6 of the 7 polishes from the Fashion Plate collection (Right Off The Batis the missing…

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