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.


Breakfast in Bed, Chin Up Buttercup and Caramel Cupcake.


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: Basic Geometric Nails ♡

 Last night, randomly lacking inspiration for nail designs, I came across a geometric type of design and I loved it as soon as it saw it. I’m a fan of quirky bright designs. I thought I’d show you a simple step by step on how to do it yourselves.


♡ You’ll only need 3 bright polishes of your choice, a background colour (in mine, I used white but any light colour that contrasts to your other three is fine!)

♡ Then grab some type of tape. I used actual nail striping tape which you can order on eBay or Amazon for literally 1 or 2 pounds for 10 rolls, bargain! If you don’t like ordering on eBay, sells the rolls for 39p each, and that’s pretty good too! You can even use my discount code ‘CNA10’. Back on track, if you don’t have striping tape you can use masking tape/sellotape just be sure to cut it down to a much thinner size & if using sellotape make sure the base colour is completely dry as the sellotape will peel it off afterwards otherwise.


♡ So I did my base coats the night before so I knew they were super dry & it would save time when putting the tape on and off for the design. So with your 3 chosen bright colours paint the thumb, second finger and pinky.. one of each of these colours. In my case they were White, Purple and then Turquoise.

♡  Place the striping tape at different angles, leaving no gaps between the triangle shaped sections or this would make the lines rigid when you peel it off.

♡ Using your three colours evenly fill in the gaps between the tape which at first will appear messy (like my ring finger) and after a few minutes begin to peel the tape off and it should appear like my middle finger below.


Don’t forget the top coat! Then, literally that is all. Who knew something that looks so complex can be so easy?! I love it because it just looks so quirky.

I hope this gave you some nail inspiration for if you’re bored of plain colours because I can be sometimes!

Until next time,

C x 

[ if you want to see more nail designs, you can find some on my Instagram at @charlieannecx ] 

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Nail Wheel Ideas – DISNEY ♡

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”

“All our dreams can come true, i you have the courage to persue them”

– My favourite quotes from Walt Disney ♡


QUICK NOTE: Apologies for the bad quality photos

♡ Anyway, back to the Disney nail theme. I thought I would recreate all of my favourite characters/films in one nail design. Some were SO difficult, and well there wasn’t enough space either, I’m pretty sure there isn’t a Disney character I don’t like.

Starting from ‘Up!’ and working my way clockwise.


♡ I was super excited when this film came out & I just loved the story line so much. I didn’t want to have to choose between the little boy & Mr Fredrickson.. So I just went with the balloons instead. It gave me a chance to use my favourite colours from the Barry M collection.

♡ The next one is supposed to be Aladdin. I really wanted to include this one but had to idea what to do so I just used the colours of the lamp in the Aladdin animation to create it.

Snow White, everybody loves her, it’s such a classic Disney movie.. and well, she’s one of the Princesses so of course she’s important.

♡ I’ve never actually seen the Disney film Pocahontas butttt I do think she is one of THE most different, loveliest Disney character animations there is, so I had to feature her here.

Ariel, where do I start, I love her. If I was a mermaid, I’d want to be Ariel. That is all I have to say! I mean come on, I know she’s animated but imagine her as a real life person, she’d be every guys dream to be honest.

♡ Oh, and everything I just said basically applies to Belle too. Which brings me onto the next design which is supposed to be a recreation of what her dress looks like. I don’t think I did terribly!

♡ I mean the next one could literally be anything, interpret it how you want to.. but my intention was Tinkerbell. I couldn’t really think of a design for her but she’s one of my favourite characters so there is no way I could leave her out. I do think she deserved a little more sparkle though, oops.

Sully, ‘the big cuddly blue thing’, basically what I called him as a child. I love Sully because he’s my favourite colour.. he’s TURQUOISE.

Nemo is one of the all time favourites for everyone, but he mainly reminds me of me because he’s so dopey, not really good at much and well, just likes to be involved in everything and that describes me so much.

♡ The 101 Dalmatians are my favourite because they are the true definition of life.. they had a horrible start with that woman, but they finally got the happy ending & I just love puppies so it didn’t take much for that movie to impress me.

Winnie was every 90 kid’s wise guy… everything Pooh has ever said has been true, he’s basically the friend everybody needs in real life I guess.


♡ Next up, the pretty princess Tiana. She’s by far the most underrated Disney Princess, but why?? I love her.

♡ Just seeing the Disney Castle makes me want to go to Disneyworld so bloody bad, it is 100% on my bucket list of things to do in the next 5 years either with my boyfriend or family, even both.

Mike Wazowski, the crazy little one eyed green man I dreamed of having as a pet when I was a child.

Woody is such a genuine friend… we all deserve a friend like him in our lives, I mean come on, you’d be lying if you said he didn’t make you cry when you watched Toy Story 3?

♡ Okay, I had to save the best 3 till last ngl. My favourite Princesses like EVER. Ana, Elsa and Rapunzel. Anybody who knows me will understand how OBSESSED I am with Frozen, I mean I have Olaf on my car number plate. How much more obsessed can somebody be? Rapunzel, she has the kind of hair they promote in those Garnier or L’Oreal adverts… so damn jealous of that even if she is a made up character because my hair has not grown for a year.

POLISHES USED: (Of course there are so many colour’s similar to these but I thought I would just share the specific shades I used below anyway!)

Anywhere you see fine Black, White or Pink lines… I used the Barry M nail art pens, I 100% recommend those!

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Breakfast in Bed’ – Featured in the background of Up!

 Sinful Professional ‘Snow me White’ or Revlon Gel ColourStay ‘Sure Thing’ – Used where you see painted white.

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Caramel Cupcake’ – Used for the background of Aladdin.

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Blue my mind’ – (which strangely isn’t even blue, it’s purple)

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Chin up Buttercup’ – was literally just used for the yellow squiggly line on Aladdin.

Barry M Gelly ‘Green Berry’ – Featured in Pocahontas’ necklace, Ariel’s bottom half, the colour of Sully’s fur and the colour of Mike’s eyeball.

Revlon Gel ColourStay ‘Wild Card’ – Used for the colour of Snow White’s dress.

Clinique ’70 Degrees and Sunny’ – The orange kind of yellow you’ll see featured in Snow White and Winnie the Pooh.

Essie ‘Shades on’ – The colour of Ariel’s bikini top, the background of the Disney castle and the bottom of Rupunzel’s dress.

MaxFactor 60 Second Mini ‘Ivory’ – One of my all time favourites used for all the gold little bits of glitter you see (mainly in Belle, for her dress)

Barry M Gelly ‘Key Lime’ – Mainly used in Tinkerbell & for Mike Wazowski.

Flormar shade 401 – NEMO!

Flormar Matte ‘Perfect Mint’ – The shade that perfectly matched Tiana.

OPI ‘Thats Hula-rious’ – the pale pale Green used slightly for the Tinkerbell design. I love the name of this polish!

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Passion Red’ – Anywhere you can see Red, this was the colour used. It’s so vibrant, I love it.

Rimmel 60 Seconds ‘Sky High’ – Ana’s Dress.

Flormar Shade 423 – the pale Blue I used for Elsa, who actually turned out looking more like Cinderella in my opinion!

With love,

C x 

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