Review of Harunouta Plate 10

Fall begs for plaid and argyle prints, so this plate from Harunouta is sure to please the pattern obsessed.

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Harunouta plate 10 from Born Pretty Store.

You get five different patterns on this standard size circular plate, and because they take up entire quadrants, the designs are sure to cover wide and fairly long nails.

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The plate comes with a cardboard sleeve for storage, and it is also covered in a blue protective film which must be removed prior to usage.

The etching on this plate is nice and deep, so you can be sure that your stamper will not have any problems picking up the images.  It’s helpful to clean the metal surface with acetone first to guarantee good stamping results.

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Using the design from the middle, it is easy to create a nice accent nail.

The plaid print is a little on the large side, but it is still very cute.

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I recommend using a firm stamper with these designs so that the lines don’t distort when you stamp the images onto your nails.

The argyle print is ripe for reverse stamping.

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Using the brush from the bottle, I filled in some diamonds with a different color of nail polish. If you have more patience than me, you can make a patchwork design out of this with different colors for a mani that is truly unique.

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The finished preppy argyle nails here remind me of something out of Mean Girls.

I had a slightly hard time getting all the small lines to transfer from the argyle pattern, but I attribute that to letting the polish dry on my stamper for too long.  If you go through the steps quickly, you are sure to get good results.

The quality of the plate is excellent, and you will be able to create many different looks with it that range from classy to cute depending on your color choices.  Let your imagination run wild!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $2.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!

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Blue-Green Fall Multi-Chrome Mani

After I did my iridescent nails, a few things occurred to me.

  1. I can’t commit to gel nails.  I got sick of having the same manicure for so long without having an excuse to change up my polish.  On the other hand, it was nice having a chip-free week!
  2. Gel polish removal sucks.
  3. The iridescent powder that I used was actually a chrome pigment that was meant to be used over black polish!  I still loved the pearl finish.

In any case, I had to see what the powder looked like over a black base, so that was my inspiration for this week.  I used a peel off base coat this time so I wouldn’t have to deal with that horrible gel removal process though!

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I started out by painting all my nails with Dark Matter by Formula X for Sephora. I only needed one coat for full coverage.

After applying a gel top coat and curing it (I used Born Pretty Store Soak-off Gel), I rubbed in the chrome pigment with a sponge applicator.

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Still looks like an iridescent powder to me, but just wait until you see it over the black polish!

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A totally different look! This pigment has a mirror finish and shifts from dark green to gold to teal blue in the light.

I applied another layer of gel top coat to seal in the pigment and cured it.

Because of the gold tinge in the chrome finish, I decided to use gold polish from Ya Qin An to do some stamping with Harunouta Plate 10.

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Patterns upon patterns on Harunouta Plate 10.

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Originally I went with the plaid pattern, but I felt like it covered up too much of the lovely chrome finish, so I ended up taking it off right away. A huge benefit to using gel is that you don’t have to redo your base color if you didn’t like what you stamped.

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I switched it to the design from the center of the plate and made it a single accent nail instead.

Notice that you can see my blond hair reflected in the finish of the polish.  It has the same mirror effect as the silver and gold chrome mirror pigments but with a teal hue instead.  It’s definitely eye catching, and several people have told me that they loved the polish, so that makes it all worthwhile, right?

Happy fall and happy polishing!

Hot Pink Argyle Print Preppy Nails

Wow, how is it September already?  School is back in session, and when I think of school, I think of all sorts of prints.  That’s why the argyle diamond pattern on a stamping plate from Harunouta spoke to me.

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Fabric patterns galore on Harunouta plate 10.

I chose to do a girly Barbie pink with green for contrast for this manicure.  The colors remind me of styles from movies like CluelessMean Girls, and Legally Blonde.

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Colors from left to right are City-Pretty Rose from Nicole by OPI, Pretty Edgy from Essie, and Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.

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On Wednesdays we wear pink!  I painted all my nails with City-Pretty Rose and let them dry.

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The argyle print was transferred from Harunouta plate 10 with Konad Special Nail Polish in Black, and using the brush from the bottle, I filled in some of the diamonds with Pretty Edgy by Essie.

To help speed up the process, I used 2 stampers so that while I colored in the details of one stamper, it gave the other colored in stamper time to set.  It’s important that you wait for the polish to dry completely before transferring the pattern or else things will turn into a smooshy mess.

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If all goes well, you should be able to stamp the design directly onto your nail from the stamper.

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I repeated the process enough times so that I could apply the print to all of my nails, and then I applied Ya Qin An anti-smearing top coat to preserve the stamped image.

It does take awhile to color in the diamonds and let them dry, but it certainly makes the argyle pattern more eye catching.

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Hope you enjoyed this one!  Happy polishing!