Anyway, my pal Stephanie of Short 'n Chic and I are back today with our first Shopping My Stash post of 2014! We -- okay, I -- tossed around a couple of ideas for our January theme before ultimately opting to share our wintry finds with you guys today. Given this week's weather in our parts of the country, I think we made the right choice! It may not have snowed in my area of VA, but it was JUST. TOO. COLD.
For this snowy edition, I dug back into my holiday polish box -- yes, I have a box for holiday polishes! -- because I wasn't kidding when I said I could drag out holiday stuff if no one stopped me. I actually had a few good options to choose from, but nothing quite as old as Nicole by OPI Midnight Snowfall. On my nails it went.
Yes, we get a rare all-OttLite photo post today because this just would NOT photograph in sunlight/natural light. Even so, sometimes this looks purple. Sometimes this looks blue. It's just a pain to capture. But I think I did an OK job, given, you know, camera phone and no Photoshop.
Three? Four? coats with SV. It was so late when I put this on, I was delirious for sleep.
Why are these so grainy? >:( This is making me stabby!
First of all, I need to disclose that the color as shown in these photos isn't 100% accurate. It's a pinch deeper and darker and not quite as blue. But it's so gorgeous, I don't know why it took me so long to get around to it! It's one of those blurple shades that became so popular after OPI Sapphire in the Snow -- but I daresay that this is brighter.
The formula confused me a little bit. I'm not sure if it was so thin because that's how it was intended to be or because it was something that happened over time (hey, 3 winters of sitting in my stash could've affected it), but it was thinner than I thought it would be. It went on quite sheer at one thin coat but built up all right. If Midnight Snowfall were even remotely squishy, I would call it a jelly-creme. Strangely, it's not squishy. I took this off right after swatching, so I can't elaborate on its wear time and results, but I'd like to put it into rotation again -- this would be good to layer with a flakie top coat or something, right?
Midnight Snowfall was released in 2010 as part of the Nicole by OPI Shades to Crave limited edition holiday collection (along with one of my favorite polishes of all time). The only reason I'm going to classify this collection as a Target exclusive is because I never saw it sold anywhere else at the time of its release. (I saw this at Five Below this time last year, I think.) But it's pretty htf now, and if I'm being honest, you could find a similar color quite easily these days -- especially one with a creamier formula. I didn't mind working with this one because I'm patient, but I'm a masochist that way.
All right, y'all. What do you think? I'm really, really glad I pulled this one out. (That's what she said.) I'd forgotten I had this! See, my other choices were Orly Winter Wonderland, which is too sheer for anything, and China Glaze Winter Berry, which is lovely and all, but I am so not in the mood for another red right now. Additionally, I didn't want to subject you to three China Glaze stash shopping picks in a row. I know, how considerate of me. But truly, things like this are why I love this series, and Midnight Snowfall was a great choice to kick off the year with Steff. Don't forget to visit Short 'n Chic to check out her winter nails!
If I can manage it, I'll be back on Monday. Until then, have a good weekend! Oh, and if you're in an unforgivingly chilly part of the country right now, stay warm!!!
P.S. ... and enjoy these winter tunes, maybe? Consider this an apology for this post going up an hour late. (GDI.) Some of these songs don't exactly mention the season in the lyrics, they just remind me of this time of year. They're basically "drink a cup of hot cocoa and snuggle in front of the space heater with a good read" tunes. And who doesn't love that?
I love Grooveshark, and was very chagrined to find that they didn't have one of my favorite winter songs in their system. So I will share it here with you.
Okay, that's really everything. Over and out.