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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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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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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Bargain Nail Supplies 

I’ve been in the whole nail art bubble for a while now and for people who are interested in nails, just painting them or even wearing your own designs.. I thought I would let you in on a few little bargains and where to find them when it comes to saving money on nail products. 



Nail Brushes
– They’re probably a good place to start, because chances are, any design done on nails that isn’t plain, will need one or two brushes to get it closer to perfection. You’ll find nail brushes in hundreds of places on the internet, but me personally I like to actually see them first. No doubt, the ones you order on eBay from China are actually much better than would be expected because Nail supplies are one thing you can rely on eBay for! However, I find my best brushes in shops such as Poundland, Home Bargains, B&M and also, Poundstretcher. The ones I am currently using are from Poundstretcher, and I love them! £1, you cannot go wrong.

Polishes for a pound – On the topic of Poundland, most branches, have a huge range of drugstore  branded nail polishes available. Barry M, Revlon, NYC (my personal favourite, is their Gel range) and Rimmel. All amazing quality ones too, that’s coming from someone who owns all of those polishes. All for £1 a bottle instead of the £4 you pay for them usually, and £7 in the case of Revlon. Also, if you are quite an early morning person, boot sales. Go visit your local bootsale/market in the mornings, you would be absolutely surprised the amount of bargain polishes you find there. I’m happy to say, apart from maybe 10/150 of my polishes, I have never paid full price for a bottle, so it’s a great way to save. There is a man at my local who sells them all! Sally Hansen, Barry M, OPI, the lot! So definitely something to look into. 

Nail Wheel Bundles – This is where eBay comes in super handy. For practicing and for nail artists just starting out, nail wheels are a great place to begin. I always used them when I first started getting into it, and they turned out to be really useful (and pretty photogenic once fully painted, for IG of course). I order them from China, yes you do have to wait a couple of weeks, but it’s great when you’ve actually saved yourself a fiver. I pay about £1.20 for 15 nail wheels. Each have 18 nails on them, that is 270 designs!! Great way to get practicing before making sets. Quick little tip, what I do, is paint them in themes because the outcome afterwards looks great. I have a Disney, Colourblock & Geometric nail wheels as my current favourites.

Cheeky lil’ Charms – Everyone knows, adding a little sparkle or 3D effect to nails can make them look that whole lot better looking, so where can nail charms be bought without getting ripped off? Small businesses is your answer to that. My favourite place for little charms that aren’t tacky is ‘Charlie’s Nail Art‘ and no, that isn’t my site, it’s a fellow Charlie doing what she does best! Lots of little bargains over there you should definitely have a look at. 

A little bit of Sparkle – Not to forget, sites like Depop, you’ll find other small businesses which don’t necessarily have a website but are still great. I find it is useful for glitter pots which give your nails that seriously sassy look. 


Need to know where to buy anymore nail supplies? Drop me a question, I’m pretty sure I’ll have a recommendation!

With Love,


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First Blogger Event: Favourite Moments & Thoughts!

On the 29th April, so a couple of weeks ago now, I went to my FIRST EVER bloggers event & yes it was SO much fun! Of course the build up to it was full of excitement but then there was also the small part of my brain going “what if the people you’re going with already know each other, you’ll be a loner in the corner” or “what if I don’t know the persons name, I can’t call them by their Twitter or Instagram handle!” These were my genuine thoughts, I had no idea what to expect really except for a bundle of really excited bloggers. It was the ‘Bloggers Who Brunch’ Launch planned by Kirby Small, who may I add is so so lovely in real life & she did an amazing job!

It was in Central London which for me is beyond convenient, I could probably see my house from the pretty terrace that the penthouse had if I looked enough. I met up with a bunch of the girls before & I definitely feel like we all made each other feel a lot more comfortable. It was a first event for quite a few of us, but during the event I felt like I knew these girls to be honest!

I was one of the very few who was there only with a phone to take photos.. I felt SO left out of the whole Olympus Pen & DSLR thing people had going on, but that didn’t stop me.. I still got a few cute pictures. Overall, the day was full of good people, lots of popcorn & a whole load of laughter and picture taking. It was quite a small compact event, but it’s good that way because I feel like you get to talk to everyone. Plus, it must have been a little scary for Katy & Katherine to do their workshops about YouTube & Photography in front of 60 people, never mind 100! So that was a really good part of it too, especially for someone like me who is useless with photography.

It was a really cute day, and I can’t wait to go to another event..

What was your first event & how was it?!

With Love,

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What Motivates Me?

When someone asks me the question ‘what motivates you?’, it’s not something I can ever actually answer on the spot. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been jotting down all the little things that have motivated me to be more creative, get out of my comfort zone a little more and just generally procrastinate less. The biggest thought I have about everything is ‘what if it doesn’t work out?’ even about the smallest things.

So what actually motivates me?

Complements: such a minor aspect of life and relationships with people, but the littlest complement motivates be to keep doing whatever I’m doing, and do it even better. For example, posting content I’m not sure about and somebody commenting to say it helped them/they loved it, or something as small as walking into work/college and my outfit being complemented. That pretty much makes my day.

My boyfriend: Let me not be cheesy here, but having someone that supports you in whatever you choose to do, it’s a pretty good feeling. I mean lets be honest, a lot of my time revolves around nails and fashion/lifestyle blogging, something which doesn’t interest him in the slightest really, but whenever I’m feeling demotivated, he’s always there to keep me up so I don’t feel down or doubt myself. It genuinely does make me a stronger and more motivated person.

Small new products: Such a silly obsession of mine but buying new stationary. I can’t even explain how much this motivates me. New notebook? I’ll jot down a bunch of blog ideas, on the spot (not something I can usually do). New desk? I’ll be type type typing posts all day sitting at it. New nail polish? I’ll recreate a bunch of designs for my website using it. All the little things that encourage me that little bit more.

Spontaneous picture taking: If I’m out just going for a walk, going somewhere I haven’t been before or for a while, anywhere out of the norm in my life. I always take pictures of random things. For some reason, those random pictures always have a follow on effect that triggers a blog post idea. It’s weird how just being in a new scenery can do that.

To do lists: I write my next day to-do list each night, and it motivates me because I know that I have to do it. Rather than just thinking it the day before and telling myself ‘oh you should do that if you get the time’, no. Having a list actually makes me do it, because I’m really forgetful otherwise.

Putting time into something I’m actually enjoying: This is specific to blogging unlike the other reasons I’ve mentioned. Blogging is just such a positive and happy thing to do with my time, and I’m glad I put so much effort into it.

Positive quotes: Ever see a quote/message and think damn, I need to do that/be like that. I do all the time. Sometimes quotes can be the most motivational push that you need, all because of a bunch of words that are put together to make you feel positive.

Have a lovely week,

With Love C x

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