Nail Blogger Struggles

Being a generalised blogger is hard enough as it is, me being a nail blogger mainly, I have A LOT of struggles. The struggles are worth it because I love blogging, I feel appreciated & I love what I write/do.

My Blogger Struggles:

Time: Probably a major issue for most bloggers who aren’t full time. For me, juggling work and having the hours left in the day to blog is a challenge. When it’s something you really enjoy, you manage it I guess. When I have spare time, I seriously make the most of it.

My Collection: Not having the exact shade when I want to do a nail design. Say I need a peach, I’ll have a colour which looks too Orange and one which looks too Pink.. It’s not Peach! MUA’s probably have this struggle too with eyeshadow etc.

Shopping: Every single time I’m out with my Mum or Boyfriend, without a doubt I will look at nail polishes and I’ll get the classic line of “gosh, you don’t need anymore! Come on Charlie”.. but yes, I really do. I need more pretty photogenic bottles and shades I don’t have.

Tutorials: These are my FAVOURITE things to do for Instagram and Pinterest, but nothing frustrates me more than starting to make a nail tutorial and one of these three things happens.

  1. I get called to do something/go somewhere when I had no official plans.
  2. The lighting just completely changes as if I’m in a completely different country to the previous photo.
  3. I realise I had to do something, which I now cannot do because I’d have wet nails (I’m pretty much useless then!)

Polishes in my posts: The literal moment I buy a new polish, my first thought is ‘omg okay, going to go home, paint my nails with it and then I need to incorporate it into a blog post’, I mean come on Charlie, let’s be honest, If I put every one of my polishes into a post, I’d have the most tedius blog out there.

Staring game: If I got a pound for every minute I sat staring at my colour collection, not having a clue what to use/do, boy I would be rich. I just have too many designs bursting out of my brain cells. My brain is a little like “hm, maybe Yellow because Summer but no I think I’ll use Black please”.

Desk Obsession: I guess this isn’t a bad thing as a blogger, but for general life it’s kind of shocking. I literally never leave the house in my spare time because all I want to do is nails and make blog posts? It’s like I’m obsessed with my desk more than people.

My Bank: Yep, they probably hate me, my card is SO overused. I have to use something to fund my nail blogger obsession! However, I need to learn money isn’t unlimited and nail polish doesn’t fall from the sky for free.

‘Why don’t you keep the designs on?’: Something I get a lot, mainly because of my outfits and work. Most of my designs are bright and impractical for everyday life. Believe me, if having Disney Frozen nails was socially acceptable, I’d have that every day!

Patience: Waiting for the friggin’ things to dry is my biggest issue. If I have 6 posts planned, and one nail design takes over an hour it really does stress me out! It can’t be rushed though.

They’re most of my struggles.. maybe I’ll stop waffling now.

With Love,

C x

 

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Ideal Summer Morning Routine

If you ever asked me what my ideal kind of morning would be. This is it, the fact I experienced some of it for a day or two was a lot of fun.

Unlike most people my age, I am a morning person. I love waking up knowing I haven’t wasted the day, time schedules set to get things done. I’d usually spend the afternoon out after having a productive morning in (blogging, working on personal projects etc). These mornings include watching Jeremy Kyle, I have to admit. I try to spend as least time as possible after waking up, laying on my phone because we all know how fast time is wasted doing that.

One thing I do want that I can’t do now? It’d be nice to wake up, knowing I don’t have to work in retail. Being able to wake up, to the beach at my doorstep and going for long old morning strolls. Walks on the beach, just walking and talking for a couple of hours watching the world go by is literally my FAVE thing. Probably topped off with McDonald’s pancakes & an egg McMuffin. Even if I’m slightly tired, I still would force myself to get up, just because I know it would be so relaxing. It would give me a chance for a cheeky bit of sunset photography too.

One thing I never get in the morning, is a proper breakfast. I’m obviously not going to go to McDonalds everyday, incredibly unhealthy. It’d be amazing to actually get time to make a proper breakfast for me and my other half. It’s the little things that count and all of that jazz!

A little unrealistic, but imagine having a magic beverage fairy that would bring you tea to your bedside table every morning. Okay Charlie, back to reality please.

To speed up my getting ready process, I would love to have a wardrobe of clothes, of which I wear ALL of the things inside it. Right now I wear about 9 items out of 50 I own, it’s shocking. Imagine not having the stress of not knowing what to wear, ah just the thought of it is too good.

I wish I had the time & patience to change my nail colour each day to perfectly match my outfit, ambitious but still possible.

What’s your ideal morning routine?

With Love,

C x

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Perks & Disappointments of Instagram ♡

Instagram, arguably one of the best social media’s to use to get yourself out there a bit more. Having a pretty theme, posting regularly so your followers don’t become inactive & making sure the editing is perfect… we all have these problems right?

♡ I love that you can have this whole pretty page of pictures of things you do in your life. If you’re like me, I love to see what people did during the day, the places they visited & when they post their lunch (yes, I’m a fan of the foodies but it makes me hungry!) I follow some pretty awesome people on Instagram and all I can do is hope that one day my feed looks as great as theirs. My favourite accounts to look at on there are fashion, beauty & lifestyle bloggers. I feel like they’re just so organised with their feeds and it looks so cool. The way their photos are set up, the lighting is on point, and all the bits and pieces they have just go perfectly together.

♡ If you’re blessed with good natural lighting, then I envy you so bad because mine is absolutely terrible. I feel like there’s a lot of pressure on Instagram sometimes to have perfect pictures taken with a DSLR camera.. and that there is way too many people who judge you based on it. Whenever I get an unfollow, I can’t help but think ‘urm, was it because my theme wasn’t to their standards?’. My Instagram isn’t exactly themed, but it’s just organised and not a mess (well, to my standards). I think it’s too much work to keep consistent with one theme because eventually your photo inspiration does run out & you’re left with no option but to change (messing up your feed) or start again (which still messes up your feed).

♡ Hashtags.. They really are actually useful on Instagram as a pose to Twitter. For me I find hashtags do not work on Twitter (maybe it’s because I have a smaller following there, but I don’t think that would correlate). My favourite hashtags to use on Instagram are: #vsco #london #art #igdaily #photography #nails & obviously #bbloggers. These get noticed instantly, and they aren’t as annoying as the #lfl #fff typical ones. Don’t get me wrong they are SO useful, but I just get bored of them, the hashtag is so spammed up. 

♡ Since the latest updates, I do think Instagram has gone slightly downhill with how useful it is. For one, my feed now comes up as: (example) first picture – 6 days ago, second picture – 3 minutes ago, third picture – 6 hours ago. You get the point? Well, yes, I find this extremely irritating because I miss out on so many posts. Of course, this affects my posts too because it is the same with my followers’ feed.

♡ I feel like it’s just easy to gain a following on Instagram as it is on Twitter, something people would disagree with. However, it’s much easier to have a high proportion of inactive followers on IG, which is never good for blog post promotion etc. As well as the number of unfollowers, don’t get me started there. I gain more than I lose though so I try not to let it bother me. 

I’m going to stop rambling on now, and I should probably go & post a photo on Instagram, so maybe I’ll see you over there? My username is @charlieannecx!

Comment your biggest issues with Instagram, and your favourite things too!

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HOW TO: Messy Marble Nails

This is one of my favourite nail posts, since my geometric one. I love finding new easy ways of different designs, that saves a heck of a lot of time. So marble, it’s a blogger/interior designers’ best friend because it just looks so modern and quirky. I always wondered an easy way of doing it on my nails and now I’ve figured it.

You don’t need anything more than a couple of different grey/black shades, 2 or 3 ear buds and a peel off base coat might help for taking it off, but it isn’t essential. Try not to make all the colours too dark, vary them so you get the contrast.

You should probably make sure you have some energy in you, that’s pretty important for this.

– Simply, paint all of your nails white to begin with.

– Begin with the darker colour, so Black if you have that.

– Chop both of the fluffy ends off of the ear buds, try not to cut them too short because you don’t want to be eating the nail polish.. I don’t suppose it tastes very good.

– Paint the top of the ear bud and blow through the other side onto your nail. It should splatter out if you blow hard enough. You may have to do this a couple of times to get the coverage you want.

– Do the same working your way through the shades until it looks a little something like this.

There you have, a messy marble nail design. Simple, right?!

PS: another couple of ear buds might be essential to helping you get off any excess which completely missed your nail.

With Love,

C x

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Summer Nail Ideas

When Summer comes, I always want to go for the brightest colours and then I think to myself ‘ok hold up Charles, you cannot rock that’ and I stick with a bog standard colour but hey, doesn’t stop me giving you some Summer nail ideas. Not as complicated as they look, believe me! I’ll leave the main colours I used, but they obviously don’t need to be exact.

Here are my ideas:

Ice Lolly: One of the best things to have in the Summertime.

 – Pineapples: I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with Pineapples this year. The amount of trinket dishes, ornaments etc I have seen with them on, I want it all.

– Sunshine: To brighten up your day (see what I did there, ha no).

Happy Clouds: Dedicated to the Brits because our Summer is more clouds than Sunshine.

Palm Trees: Something we don’t have here in England but are still a very pretty design for nails.

Bright Aztec Patterns: Can’t go wrong with a basic Aztec using some summery colours.

– Basic Stripe: If you prefer simplicity.

Floral: You never know, this might just match your Summer outfit patterns, there is plenty of florals to choose from. Use Pinterest and you’ll be addicted to floral nail patterns.

White with a glitter of your choice: Pretty self explanatory. Simplicity at it’s finest because White will always stand out.

Blossom Tree: because again, we love the florals for Summer.

Basic Colorblock: Good design for when you don’t have loads of time on your hands.

Ice-Cream: Weird craving I had, so I came up with the nail idea instead.

Glitter base on bright colour: Subtle and then ba-bang, a sprinkle glitter.

Watermelon: Who doesn’t love this during the summer time? So refreshing. So refresh your nails.

Sunglasses: They’re just the coolest thing about Summer really. Love me some Primark sunglasses.

Strawberries: Ok, my idea list is getting a little too fruity, sorry.

Bright dotted mandala: I LOVE mandalas all year round. You’ve just got to switch up the colours depending on the time of year.

Bright sprinkles: It reminds me of ice-cream. You can always find actual sprinkle nail polishes in Poundland for those wondering.

Main Colours I used:

Barry M

Berry Ice-Cream, Dragon Fruit, Black & Pink nail art pens and Key Lime.

Rimmel

Breakfast in Bed, Chin Up Buttercup and Caramel Cupcake.

NYC

Long Island Supermodel, Frozen Metal, Sunny Manhattan and Uptown Fashionista.

Sinful Proffesional

Snow me White.

With love,

C x

[You’ll find some more Summer ideas on my Instagram]

 

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HOW TO: Doughnut Nail Art

The idea of this post literally came about just from my craving of doughnuts. In the end I settled for a sandwich and a bottle of water, whilst painting doughnuts on to my nails instead. So, I thought I’d show you how to do a simple doughnut design, made easy. I mean, we all love them right?!

It’s pretty basic. Pick your favourite Pinkish Nude (Pretty n Witty shade, which doesn’t actually have a name), a very neutral colour (Barry M’s ‘Nude’) & another colour you’d want your icing to be. In my case, I chose a dark Pink, one of my newest colours ‘Don’t be shy’ by Rimmel.

Paint your pinkie & your thumb both this ‘icing’ colour. They’re simply gonna be the good old doughnut glaaaaaze.

Your second finger should be all Nude Pink to begin with, and both middle fingers pale Nude.

This part is literally about as complex as it gets. If you have a dotting tool, a brush even better (you can get brushes from PoundStretcher or Poundland for literally 50p-£1 in the UK.. you’ll find other nail bits in my nail blogger bargains post). Anyway, you’ve simply got to draw some circles. If you haven’t got anything besides the nail polish bottle, run to the kitchen and get a cocktail stick!

I squished in lots of doughnuts on one finger and just did two bigger ones on the other so that you can actually tell what they are. Besides, my nails are tiiiiny so, only so many of them can fit here.

Now if you have a sprinkle kind of polish, I’m using ‘Barry M’s ‘Dolly Mixture’ from their Confetti range, these are really easy to get hold of.. then literally just ‘sprinkle’ onto each of the doughnuts edges. Don’t forget the two nails painted previously because they’re gonna be covered in sprinkles. Use your ‘icing’ colour and paint a squiggly line onto your second finger which should be a different colour to the rest, filling it in & once dry, again, BACK AT IT WITH THE SPRINKLES!

You should end up with something like the photo below. There you have, doughnut nails, made simple.

I’m hungry, so off I go to have some real doughnuts.

Until Next Time,

CNI x

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Barry M Besties

Let’s just clarify one thing, this isn’t sponsored or anything I just R E A L L Y love anything and everything Barry M to be quite honest with you. Any good beauty product I’ve liked or owned, is usually Barry M. I thought I’d share with you some of my all time favourite purchases.


Flawless Matte Foundation – I had to start with this because I was honestly so shocked. When you think of Barry M, you would associate it with nail polish right? I would. As someone who uses beyond the lightest foundations to avoid that orange look, I didn’t expect to ever have this as the best I’ve ever used. In all of the other popular brands you find, you’d expect ‘porcelain’ to actually be what it says, but usually they’re just pure brown/orange. This is actually MADE FOR PALE PEOPLE, I repeat, PALE PEOPLE THIS IS FOR YOU!!! Only £5.99 too, and in Superdrug, Barry M is pretty much always 3 for 2. 

Shape & Define Brow Kit – I hate doing my eyebrows, it’s possibly the most annoying part of my morning. When I bought this, after using for just a couple of days, it’s just the right amount of Brown. Not to dark for my pale face & not too ginger looking. 

Barry M Matte Me Up (shade: minimalist) – when these came out, I thought yes! Something that isn’t a Kylie Lipkit, and is less than £10 for amazing quality. I was definitely right about the quality, I wouldn’t look at another brand now for lipstick. The tubes are pretty too. 


Barry M Nail Paint (Raspberry, Wet Set & Frosted Cupcakes in Earl Grey) – These take up the majority of my nail collection. I just featured my two favourite colours & the glossiest top coat I’ve ever used. So nail do’ers, this one is for you! It dries super quick. 

You definitely need these in your collection

With love,

Charls x

 

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OPI All Stars

I received this multi-pack of OPI nail polishes as a gift a month or so back, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on it. One major thing about OPI is that they test on animals to make their products. From left to right, the shade names are (prepare for some really quirky names, one thing I do love about OPI):

– Strawberry Margherita // The prettiest hot pink. I’m always cautious with wearing these colours because I personally think they’re quite provocative but there you go, I have a paranoid way of thinking.

Princesses Rule! // A sparkle baby Pink, which needs LOTS of layers if you’re going to wear it on it’s own, it’s very subtle.

Bubble Bath // A very vague Nude, nice if you just want your nails to be evenly coloured but not of a bright colour. This again needs quite a few layers, but it’s what I expected from a simple Nude.

Tickle My France-y // A typical dark Nude, caramel type colour. Plain, simple and goes with any outfit. I must say I have so many shades like this from different brands.

That’s Hula-rious // The quirkiest Green colour you will ever see. Paints on amazingly.

Do you Have This Colour in Stockholm? // A dark Purple, a daring colour for me personally as all dark colours make me look SUPER pale. It’s annoying because this is a really nice colour. I must say, it’s a little watery though.

Lincoln Park After Dark // Now, don’t be fooled. This isn’t Black which is what I thought when I first received it. It is a REALLY deep Burgundy kind of Purple colour. Again, one I wish I had the confidence to wear.

Big Apple Red // One of the brightest Red nail polishes in existence, can we just appreciate the shade of this colour because I think it is unbelievably nice. It’s also the easiest to apply. You could easily just wear one layer of this and it would be fine.

Malaga Wine // We all love a Burgundy colour, it’s one of my all time favourites.

There is also a White colour called ‘Alpine Snow’ included but I didn’t feel the need to include it as it was like a bottle of PVA glue, so watered down. I do think that with multi-packs of nail polishes, there are always going to be some bad/bog standard colours and some amazing ones, there has to be that even mix right? It’s almost like a selling tactic because they know people will still purchase it just to get the good colours, and have spares of the bog standard ones. I mean for £14 they’re still cheap, even if they are only mini’s. They have a sufficient amount in them so I don’t see the justification for the full sized bottles being £12.50 each. I’d rather have a bundle of different colours in the small version for the similar price of one.

If I did have to pick three of them, my favourites in order, would be ‘That’s hula-rious’, ‘Strawberry Margherita’ (bonus points for that one, because I love the name) & ‘Big Apple Red’, just because of it’s brightness.

They come with such varied colours, besides a Yellow and a Turquoise, how can you complain with this varied selection? They look super pretty on my nail rack too.

With Love Kiddos,

C x

 

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Summer Smoothies

During the Summer, smoothies are my go to drink. I guess I could say a cross between a smoothie and a daiquiri. Since I’m feeling all Summery (well, actually I’m roasting like an absolute chicken in this 30 degree heat) I decided to snap photos of me making my FAVOURITE drink, and share it.

I use Strawberries, Banana, Kiwi and Raspberries (you see sliced apple in the picture but I decided to ditch those so I could eat them with my lunch instead).. and also, Lemonade. I buy the frozen fruits that come in a big bag in all the supermarkets, purely because they last longer. I don’t use a whole pack of fresh strawberries or a whole bunch of bananas in one morning, so these are ideal. Occasionally, it’s nice to add Pineapple too.

Excuse my battered & bruised banana

No instructions needed here, chop them up & throw em in! That’s my smoothie making motto. I blend all the fruit together first, adding a little apple juice just so it isn’t too thick before I add the Lemonade. I have one of those actual smoothie blenders, like a cheap version of a ‘nutri-bullet’ I guess, so it makes less washing-up.
I always use a mason jar for my smoothies. I dont’t know why? I guess I just like taking photos of my drinks & mason jars are the most photogenic way to go! Once I’ve blended everything, and it’s in the jar, I pour in the Lemonade to give it that fizz! Makes it 10x more refreshing honestly, oh and not so thick and chunky.

To top it off, I add little chunks of ice, because honestly it won’t stay cool for very long otherwise

That’s all, that’s my smoothie.. I call it the kiwi-nana-berry daiquiri, yes, I know, creative right?!

With love pals,

C x 

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Summer in Greece 

Kos. The most beautiful, yet weird Island I have been to. I’ve been to a lot of places but none as good as this. On holiday I’m one of those people who needs to seriously relax, but I also want to be up and active all the time. Contradicting right?

I thought I’d share some of my favourite memories, in chronological order of course, from my 8 days away on this beautiful island!

Generic flying photo of course, look how amazing the sunset is looking! This was around 6pm UK time.

My morning view, on my first day being there. I wish I had taken a photo of the room we had so I could show you how modern yet quirky it was. I loved it. 

Who doesn’t want to see a beautiful waterfall every morning as they’re on their way to breakfast? And yes, you could jump right into this pool.

Had to share my holiday nails with you. Turquoise is my GO TO colour, always.

Clearly not trying to show off my nails again here.

We had free pedlo boats on our resort, so that was A LOT of fun too. Here’s a photo of my part of the island I stayed on, Kardamena.

Who needs Greek food when in Greece? I MANAGED TO FIND A WAFFLE PLACE!

My favourite summer watch and bracelet combo. Olive Tree and all of that because, Greeks love their olive oil apparently.


We couldn’t actually swim in this pool, but it was so aesthetically pleasing to look at anyway. The main bar, slightly unenthusiastic during the day, but unreal at night.


Outside views.. the front entrance.

A boat trip, out in the sea. Oh my goodness, it was SO blue. I had never actually been into the sea before in my life anywhere, so I decided what a time to jump off the boat and straight in. 

*inserts weird gif of this experience below*


Excuse the bad quality, best it is going to get.. but can we just laugh at how much I was kicking my legs, literally like my life was going to end. The salt kept me a float, yet I was still kicking as if my life depended on it. 

The boat visited three islands. This being the most mainland one of them, Kalimnos I think it was called. The first had less than 30 people living on it, all it had was a supermarket and a bar. The other, ONE man lived on it, it had his house and a church. It was so fascinating considering I live in busy, built up London.

Again, back on the resort at midday. I’m just showing off now honestly, I loved it.

Off guard photo, whilst a maintenance man decided to join in the picture also off guard.


It was an unreal holiday. I hope I can go back there one day!

With love kiddos,

Charls x 

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