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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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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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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Blog Decor – Where to buy props & pretty little things!

As a beginner blogger I was always worried about not having the latest trends, the latest blog props & everything like that. Thinking I had to follow trends just to make my blog worth reading/seeing. I admit I had followed some of the trends, but that was because I genuinely wanted to and not because I thought I needed to fit in.

I thought I’d share some of my favourite places to buy blogger props and cheeky little décor bits for your rooms or blogger spaces. I’ve been shopping around lately and got quite a few bargains.

BACKGROUNDS:

Beginning with what is made out to be probably the most important thing in a blog post, the background of your pictures. I have about 3-4 different backgrounds I use. The first background I have is a tile that was in the B&Q sale, it was 10p. TEN PENCE. It’s about A3 size so it’s definitely a sufficient size for putting products on and taking pictures. It’s the marble, sort of cappuccino coloured background you see in my previous posts.

The second background I have is the marble ones which I recently bought & you’ll see images of below as I used it for the pictures related to this post. Marble is such a big thing recently, I mean I get why, it looks amazing as a background! These are in Primark’s latest home range and you get 4 placemats for £2, they’re A4 size, so again, good for taking pictures of products on.

I then have this sort of wooden placemat, but it’s got a kind of weaved/netted effect (literally don’t know what to call it but I love it), it’s from Ikea I believe, I bought it about a year ago though. I mainly use this in my nail posts as nail polish bottles contrast to it so much and it makes the pictures so clear.

I’m not saying you won’t find these kind of things in other shops, these are just where I’ve found mine. Browse about on Amazon I’m sure there will be plenty to choose from. Even when I’m taking my nail pictures, I’ll use the pretty green bush in my garden as a background & the lighting contrast is amazing (FREE BLOG BACKGROUND!!)

DECOR & PROPS:

I just want to begin with what I believe is the best place to get them from, small online blogger shops. They’re super underrated & deserve so much more recognition for the products they create for us bloggers. So here’s a little shout out to some of my favourites to get stationary from (that look SO pretty in pictures):

www.coconut-lane.com – for prints, stationary & even sweatshirts.

www.thatlamecompany.co.uk – for quirky blog planners, stationary & fancy prints.

www.dotcreates.com – for quirky blog planners, stationary & fancy prints.

www.thetreasured.co.uk – for pretty gifts, bedroom décor & all those pretty little things.

They’re great places to find quirky little items that not everybody has.

Moving onto high street shops that I’ve always found my blogger bits in. My number one fave right now is Typo, now as far as I know the only actual stores in the UK are in London Stratford Westfield. But ordering online is just as fun, they have more offers. They are a little on the pricey side so depending on what you’re buying you might find it so much cheaper elsewhere. For example, their cinematic light boxes A6 size are £25, just for A6. In B&M/Home Bargains (a popular UK store) you can find them for £7.99 forA4 which is where I bought mine. So you should probably compare if what you’re paying for is the best value!

My next favourite shop is well obviously, Primark home section. I’m always finding little candles, wall hanging bits, cactuses & weird little quirky stuff for just a couple of pounds each. Most of the time they have sales on their home stuff too so keep a look out. Like here, I found fairy lights for £1.50 & I mean come on, just for the sake of me using them in pictures, what a bargain! They also come in Blue & Pink, but I was sticking with the clear normal colour.

Then there is the slightly underrated UK store Wilkos. Well, actually called Wilkinson but I’m pretty sure nobody would recognise it as that. They have the cheapest stationary & desk décor. How can you not have a cheeky look online. They don’t have as much quirk as some of the specific blogger online shops but they sure do have amazing quality bits for your room.

Tiger, originally a Dutch shop I believe. These are everywhere in the UK now and they’ve become so popular. They genuinely have anything a blogger needs. Desk pads, desk plants, notepads, filing storage, make-up storage, pretty cushions, pretty placemats, the list honestly goes on.. their prices are so reasonable too.

These are all the shops I make my blog purchases in, what about you?

With love,

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