ABC Challenge: H is for HH-2013 (a/k/a Color Club’s 2013 Halo Hues)

I’d been working on an upcoming post that compares Color Club’s 2013 Halo Hues nail polish collection with its 2012 predecessor, when it hit me:  Why not incorporate some of those current holographic polishes into this week’s ABC Challenge, celebrating the letter “H”?

In the end, I used five of the six newly released colors, and jazzed up my effort with a Dashica stamping plate that arrived with the day’s mail (just as my haloed tips were drying).

Clearly this was mean to be….

L to R – a hand of holographic Skittles:  peachy-toned Cosmic Fate, mossy gold Kismet, sky blue Over the Moon, strawberry-pink Miss Bliss, and the ever-amazing Eternal Beauty on my stamped-up thumb. 

FYI:  These shots were taken indoors on a cold and dreary late-February New York day.  Without exposure to the bright overhead sun, I’m afraid these linear holographics – though lovely – never quite reached the pinnacle of their spectacular effects.  But fear not…my next post on these polishes is coming up soon, and that’s when we’ll see the difference a harnessed ball of solar fire makes.

In the meantime, here’s more “H” nail porn…

Color Club’s Halo Hues – that’s the 2012 as well as the 2013 collection – are noted for their splendid formula, coverage, and application.  This is two coats.  No top coat.

Smooth as glass, I tell you.

Have I mentioned that I’m a goner for accent nails?  Goodness, I love ’em to pieces.  One of my fave ways of accenting said nails?  Stamping!  Oh, yeah!

And that Dashica stamp, I’m using?  It’s one of the HUGE Celtic-leaning ornate images on plate# SdP-U.

Here’s something you’ve got to know about Dashica’s nail plates:  These engravings are larger and deeper than their Konad and Bundle Monster counterparts.  That difference makes for an ultra crisp and clean image that extends over any and all parts of the nail you want covered.

Mmm hmm.  That means no more naked patches where your smaller image never quite reached.

The upshot?  Dashica makes me want to stamp everything in sight!  By the way, I used Konads Black stamping polish for these image transfers.

Here’s another cool thing….

Because each engraving is soooo large, I was able to achieve five different looks using ONE stamped image.

Bottom line:  If you’re a fan of quick and easy nail art…do yourself a favor, and get some Dashica nail image plates.  You’ll thank me. 🙂

 Well, darlings…that’s all she wrote for this 8th letter day of Kimber’s ABC Challenge.  Be sure to come back next time for that comprehensive Halo Hues review of the entire collection (2013 v. 2012) that I’m promising.  Oh yeah, that review will be complete with sun-lit pix, fireworks, exotic male dancers, and acrobatic cats.  Well, maybe not the fireworks, dancers and cats.

Until then, please join me in checking out the goings-on with my heavenly challenge sistahs.

  42 comments for “ABC Challenge: H is for HH-2013 (a/k/a Color Club’s 2013 Halo Hues)

  1. February 27, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Thinking alike! I can’t agree with you more – LOVE THESE!!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you, darlin’! As you can imagine, I’m kinda excited about what you did, too! LOLOL. 🙂

  2. February 27, 2013 at 7:42 am

    OMG Halo Hues and Dashica <3 it looks amazing Lisa! The Halo Hues aren't available yet in the netherlands but I'm definitely getting all of them! Your stamping looks perfect! When we do another polish swap I'll get you another Dashica plate and you have to try the XL stamper!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Do you have any big cosmetic shows coming up in the Netherlands? I bet they’re coming soon. If not, let me know what you want. Oh, my dear…I got the XL stamper, and it’s changed my life. 😉 LOLOL. It is super!

  3. February 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The stamping is gorgeous! I love that the holo peeks out from under it!!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

      You’ve got to get one of these plates. I’m telling you…you will LOVE it!

  4. February 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Gorgeous! What a great way to display a collection! I have to get this!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Jenni. It’s kinda a cheat, since I didn’t do the whole thing…but it’s good enough for government work, as they say. 😉

  5. February 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Beautiful!! I did stamping with halo on black, gonna have to try switching in up after seeing your mani!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      And I LOVE what you did! Love it to pieces! I think both are viable options and real pretty. But I do indeed ADORE your version!

  6. February 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I really hope I can purchase CC holos at the Cosmoprof, they are beautiful! I really like the stamping pattern you use, I have a lot of Dashica stamping plates and I love every single of them!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks, Cristina! I’m interested in knowing when these CC will appear in your part of the world, and will be asking one of our local reps soon.

      Dashica rules stamping. I cannot get over the quality difference.

  7. February 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Wooooow that is beautiful! Between Lariesa and yourself you’re making me want a Dashica plate so much!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks, Kat! 🙂

      You must get these plates! You WILL love ’em!!!!!!! 🙂

  8. February 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    LOL!!! I can’t wait for the review of the new CC holos!
    Lisa, please don’t ever stop doing skittle manis, you do them so well :D!!! LOVE this! And the stamping is just the icing on the cake!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you, sweet Mari!!!!! I’m kinda obsessed with skittles. LOLOL.

      And the review…just waiting for the acrobatic cats 😉

  9. February 27, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Wow!! Perfect as always Lisa!! And I love the idea of larger stamping plates, the few I have never cover my entire nail. Not to mention I stink at stamping! Love this so much!!

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Dionne!

      I am no great shakes at stamping. It’s the stamp plate, I tell you. It really makes a difference. You must get one of these!

  10. February 27, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    love it!

    • March 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Thank you, Tina!

  11. February 27, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Wow… what can I say? Haha I don’t even know where to start! I love the colors, the skittles look amazing, but the stamping is just flawless and gorgeous! I ab ab absolutely love the fact that you can have 5 designs with just one plate and a single image! Could you show a picture of the plate?

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. The stamp plate is sick (as in amazing….lol), and yes…you can achieve different nail images off of a single huge image. I’ll be putting up a post soon, showing pics of the plate.

  12. February 28, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Wow! Amazing, your stamping is flawless 😀

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you! Now, I need to thank Dashica! 🙂

  13. February 28, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Thanks for the tip on the stamps. I’ve been looking for some good plates! Love this manicure!

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you for the kind comments, Natalie. Of the three brands I’ve tried (Dashica, Bundle Monster, and Konad), I Dashica has the crispest and largest transfer.

      Highly recommended.

  14. February 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Gorgeous!!! Love the stamping over these! I’m so in love with the Holo Hues!

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you Gini! I’m just loving the Halo Hues, too. I’m hoping they come out with a more dramatic color palette later this year.

  15. February 28, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Oh BTW Lisa, if you’re interested, there is a special Dashica Facebook group here:
    And yes, Shirley Dashica is the owner so you were tagging the right person lol.

    • February 28, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Oh I could add you myself haha XD feel free to remove yourself from the group if you’re not interested 😛

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      LOLOL Thanks for adding me to the group, Laries! So glad I friended the right Shirley Dashica!!!

  16. February 28, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Oh Lisa! May I say the Cosmic peachy colour looks gorgeous on your skintone??? That’s so wow! And well, you can’t go wrong with holos honestly, I love them all. And the stamping!!! Oh my goodness! So crisp! I love it!!!!!

    • March 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      You may! 🙂 LOLOL. Thanks so much, sweetie!!!!! 🙂

  17. February 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    i love this stamp! why didn’t i think of Holo for H? haha

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you! Because you were event smarter! Hare is AMAZING. 🙂

  18. February 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Yup, that’s it. I’m getting these. Swatch schedule be damned! Dontcha just love Dashica’s plates? Man, I love mine to pieces. Need more. As in all of them.

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks, Kimber. Yeah, I’m with you…Dashica is in a class by themselves.

  19. March 1, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Gorgeous and those stamping images are amazaballs (your fave word!!)

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      LOLOLOL! Thanks, Nicole!

  20. March 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I love love love this manicure! The color on your thumb is AMAZING!!!

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks, Ria. So glad to see you back and feeling better! <3

  21. March 6, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Ive been wanting one of these for a while and I can never find any. The colors are to die for! I really like your stamping too 🙂

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