Sunday, December 30, 2012

OPI Ulta exclusive - Skip The Gift Wrap

Oh, the Christmas mani that never was...

Good morning everyone, long time no blog eh? I hope everyone's holiday celebrations were as spectacular as mine have been! This has been the best Christmas ever. I can't tell you how good it felt to have my family here for my graduation and to spend the holiday with. Everything just felt right, like they fit right in. I don't know how to explain it exactly, it felt like putting on your favorite sweater... perfectly cozy. They left yesterday afternoon and I cried and cried, I was surely a sad puppy for the rest of the evening. That is, until I cashed in one of my Christmas presents from my hunny bunny - a fancy date night! Man, I feel like there is just too much I want to share and so much I need to catch up on so instead of rambling on and on, I'll get to the polish and put together a wrap-up post so I can share with everyone just how happy I've been the last few weeks.

One of the things I planned to do with my mom and sisters, even before they got here, was to do their nails so we could have Christmas manis for our Christmas morning gift exchange. It turns out I have spawned some polish monsters since my visit home this past spring! lol Well, with all the excitement of graduation and sight seeing we didn't get around to doing manis until after Christmas, even though I'd had fancy-pants wrapping paper designs in mind for all of us. Oh, well. At least I get to share with you the polish I'd chosen for my non-existent Christmas manicure: OPI Skip The Gift Wrap. All I seemed to find time for was to lay down my base color. This seems to be a reoccurring theme for me, the failure to execute manis for special occasions!

OPI Skip The Gift Wrap is a metallic emerald shimmer with blue undertones. Its an Ulta Exclusive for this holiday season and I picked it up last week (its actually a trade of sorts... mom raided my blog sale box). I couldn't for the life of me get it to photograph true to color, even in the sun, it just wanted to lean teal for the camera.

I used three coats for good opacity, but two would have sufficed. The formula was decent, not too thin and definitely not thick. I've read mixed reviews about this polish but I like it and found application and removal easy as pie. Plus it isn't similar to any of the other numerous green metallics I have in my collection. I'd wanted to do gold stamping and some free-hand ribbons to mimic a patterned wrapping paper I saw while browsing my local Tar-jay recently, but time unfortunately ran out. Every day we had something going on and I just didn't get to it. I did eventually get to do everyone's manis though, and I'll share those in a separate post!

So tell me, did anyone out there grab any of the OPI Ulta Holiday exclusives this year? I wanted Gift Cards For Everyone! also but it was already sold out. How was your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus?


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