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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Instagram: Growth, Followers & Tips ♡

♡ I think we can all agree that Instagram is probably the hardest social media to grow on, with people consistently becoming inactive, unfollowing slyly as if we can’t see it, and them following back when they noticed that we have unfollowed. I mean there is plenty of cliché tips like doing giveaways, which if you ask me if I wasn’t gaining and constantly doing giveaways, I would definitely think people were just following me purely for that reason. Giveaways every once in a while are cool, but not 10 times a month. I’m not saying my Instagram is perfect because believe me I have way more inactive followers than I do active ones, but it’s something out of my control. I just thought I would share a few tips of things I do to keep my Instagram active!

HERE IS A FEW LITTLE RULES I FOLLOW:

– I use my other social media platforms a lot. So Twitter for example, every couple of nights I’ll tweet my link for Instagram. Specifically at times when there are active blogger chats going on, because then it’s likely that plenty of bloggers are going to see your tweet when the accounts retweet it. Not only that, I don’t want to come across selfish and I’m ALWAYS looking for new bloggers to follow, I love pretty feeds; so I will always ask for people to share their links in return. This again, gets people actively on your page.

Regular posts, yes this sounds so obvious but it makes a huge difference. I went through a phase where I seriously lacked inspiration and I probably posted once every two weeks. This was way before I started blogging but still to this day I use that account. If I could do one thing then, that I didn’t, it would be to post at least 3-4 times a week because it really does slow down the rate that people follow to unfollow, and the amount of inactive people that pile up on your account. If you’re thinking ‘I don’t have anything to post’, it’s Spring! Spring is so pretty, take random snaps while you’re out, you never know how they might turn out.

– Leading me to my next point, themes. They honestly do not matter, in my opinion, if you have a theme eventually you’re going to run out of photos. If you just post photos that are you, make up your life & aren’t too scripted/predictable.. you won’t run out! I wouldn’t say my account has a theme, I post quotes between each picture but that’s just because positivity is important, but the actual pictures I post are pretty random.

Relevant hashtags. Yes they do work. I agree they look really annoying but what I do is post a normal caption, and then comment the hashtags below it. If you get fed up of seeing them there, you can always delete it easily. Most times, posting at the right time of day… 30 likes in a minute or two is the average I would get. If you’d like to know what hashtags I use you can DM me on Twitter, I won’t put them in this post because it’ll look messy, sorry OCD over here.

Collaborations are cool. For example me, I’m a nail art account mostly, so things like mani swaps are popular and relevant to those kind of accounts (for those who don’t know a mani swap is basically a recreation of someone’s design, so I would send someone mine & vice versa, recreating each other’s) but in relevance to bloggers, pick a topic.. for example ‘favourite products right now’, tag each other and mention it in the caption it was a little favourites swap. Then you’ve got an indirect shoutout to a bunch of new people & there’s another pretty picture on your feed.

Shoutouts using annoying pictures are a no from me. ‘SFS’, is rather irritating to followers unless you’re some sort of gain party account & that is what people follow you for. Personally me, I don’t think they work posting continuous shoutout pictures because I feel like that trend has passed, and if anything it makes you lose followers as people don’t want that on their timeline.

– Sitting on a train, waiting for a lecture.. if you’re on a journey or waiting for something, sit and scroll through your explore page, you never know what pretty blogger accounts you’ll find. Even just scrolling through and liking random pictures, that brings more traffic to your page.

– This one is important, use your own photos! Having a few pictures that aren’t yours and a few that are, people will never really know what’s real & what isn’t. Make your Instagram about you! Authenticity is needed on Instagram imo.

– Not sure if anybody else does this, but I find it handy. If you follow anybody who has lots of followers & is an account relevant to you, have a look on their followers list for more inspiration and prettiness for your feed, I usually just have a scroll through and find a bunch of new bloggers in their followers list to follow myself.

These are all the tips I follow, hope they help you out because Instagram isn’t the easiest of social medias.

Until next time, C x

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Typical Spring Look ♡

♡ I took some really good pictures today that I wanted to share, because they look super Spring toned & I wanted to post what I’d typically wear on a Spring day.

♡ I’m not adventurous in the spring, well any season of the year to be perfectly honest. Though I wear what’s comfy & trending usually.

My big brown trench, teddy bear kind of coat, I feel like most girls own one of these this year. I totally get why, they are SO comfortable, I wouldn’t call it Wintery because it isn’t that thick but there you go. It took me ages to find this, one that fits me and doesn’t look too overly massive. I got it in the Primark sale for £10, and it has lasted me ages, I am impressed.

♡ Recently, I decided I needed a change with my jeans. I always buy typical plain blue, high waisted skinny jeans. I was daaaazed when I walked into Stradivarius, they have so many jeans. You know when you see a pair and think damn, that is literally the shade of blue that I need in my life. They were mostly ripped jeans which is also a change from my usual. So the ones I bought are the ones you see in my everyday outfit, which I now do literally wear every single day!

♡ My top, it’s just one of those Primark haul pick ups. I love it, it’s comfy, everyday &  striped (stripes are my thing right now). It was only £6, from the latest range section.

♡ I’m so into plaid scarves, I really hope it stays a little cold, just a while longer so that I don’t have to not wear one. I feel so naked when I’m not wearing a scarf. This particular one, £4 in Primark, again I am impressed. I know not everyone wears scarves in Spring, but it’s pretty darn cold in London until about July/August.

♡ Typical Converses. Of course. These are just plain white ones with a wet look front. One of my many pairs, they’re my everyday shoes just because I can drive in them, I can walk in them (yes, I am clumsy and trip over flat surfaces constantly), I can run for buses in them, I can shop in them.. CONVERSES ARE VERSITILE OK.

♡ I had to leave my favourite until last, my little backpack. I’m pretty obsessed with cute backpacks, it’s like the key to my happiness. Backpacks and Biscuits = Charlie’s happiness. This particular one from New Look I got for my 18th & I’m 99% sure I’ve used it every day since I got it on the 8th October. 

With Love C x

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My Everyday Fashion Struggles ♡

♡ Everyone has their typical every day fashion problems and I’m going to share a few of mine. I’m neither short nor tall, I guess I’m what society would call ‘skinny’ but I don’t necessarily take that as a complement. I’m happy with my size, shape and what not, but there’s just a few things that annoy me when I’m getting ready in the mornings and just fashion in general.

White Clothing Items

Since Spring is now here, I want to wear brighter colours. One of them being that I want to buy White jeans, they just look a whole lot more Spring/Summery. I just cannot trust myself with wearing anything White, I’m so messy. I’ve never owned White trainers purely for this reason, Fifty odd pounds for me to accidently step in dog poo or fall into a muddy puddle because I am SO CLUMSY.

 Ripped Jeans

No matter what anyone says, as amazing as ripped jeans are, it is near impossible to put them on without your whole foot going through them and making them even more ripped.

Light Coloured Jeans

While we’re on the subject of jeans, the paranoia when wearing light coloured jeans at that time of the month is unreal. Since I’m not really a fan of wearing dark coloured jeans, I always have this problem.

Too much leg or too much cleavage?

I’m always so cautious about this. There’s so much on social media of girls knocking each other down for having too much skin out. It literally makes me paranoid when I’m out shopping if I see a really nice top and it’s too low cut or you turn it around and the back is open. Little things like that just make me think ‘no you couldn’t wear that, it looks too revealing’. As much as I love wearing shorts and stuff, especially in the summer, I’m never really comfortable because of stereotypes. How sad.

Size 6/8 in Seasonal Sales

I never find anything in my size throughout sale periods. In all my favourite shops New Look, H&M etc, I’m pretty sure that even from the day the sales begin they have no smaller sizes to accommodate us small people, so there we are, having to pay full price while everyone saves money. Can I just point out also, whenever I do somehow manage to find something in an 8, there is always a make-up stain or something on it. Please, have some consideration to the girls who try this stuff on after and actually want to buy it.

Dark Colours

For me, dark colours and pale skin is a no. It just makes me look 96x more pale than I already am. I love Burgundy’s and all, but they just don’t suit me.. or maybe I just need a little more confidence to wear them!

Size 7 Clothing

I’m at that awkward size where I’m not a 6 and I’m not an 8. Come on UK, where’s the size 7 clothes at??? Size 8 jeans go baggy after a while & size 6 jeans feel too tight around my bum. Size 8 tops make my flat chest look even flatter because they’re normally so baggy but size 6 are a little too skin clingy. The struggle. Though I’m loving Stradivarius at the moment.

Knicker Lines

Okay, you’re probably thinking what?? You can’t even see underwear when you have clothes on so why is it even a problem? So I wear a lot of HW skinny jeans & it is one of my biggest pet peeves when you can see your knicker line, like a little bump bit wrapped around my bum, where it rolls up. Do you know what I mean? This is why I’m glad brazillian knickers are a thing, they’re not as uncomfortable as thongs, but they aren’t full on briefs!

These are my biggest fashion problems, tweet me yours

With Love, C x

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Latest Best Buys ♡

I had some really good lighting earlier and was like damn, I have a lot of favourite things that I’ve purchased this month so why not do a blog post on them.

♡ I have to start off with my two absolute favourites of all of them. The newest watch in my collection, my lil Fossil. Since working for the company, buying watches has become a slight obsession, I’m constantly at outlets. This one is the one I wear the most though, I love it. It’s just simple, looks like a Michael Kors but isn’t so tacky & plastic looking.

♡ Next up, my second favourite of the month, the Barry M Brow Kit. I was a bit hesitant at paying £5.99 for a brow kit. If you’re like me and don’t really bother with makeup most days you’ll probably get why I never pay more than a fiver, and even that’s generous. This. Since I have owned this I genuinely don’t think I have had a bad eyebrow day. Besides the fact my brows MAJORLY need doing, this palette is unreal. I think the shade I wore before was just too light, but this one is perfect. I also treated myself to a brow brush too, a Studio London one. It’s one of Superdrug’s own branded selection of brushes and if you ask me they are so worth the price you pay. This particular brush was £2.50 and if you compare it to a Real Techniques or another majorly popular high end brush, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

♡ So I was just generally browsing around Pound Stretcher with my parents & came across their whole nail art section. I mean I know they have everything, but a whole nail art section and everything is a pound or less? I was so shocked. I bought a packet of 8 nail brushes, mainly because they were pink not going to lie. I just wanted to add them to my collection, and they’re pretty damn useful. For 50p you cannot go wrong.

♡ Yankee Candles. They’re amazing. Yes they are. Everytime I go to Ashford Designer Outlet, I have to pop in and buy me some candles. I know this is a Christmas one but if you have smelt it, I literally cannot think of anything better. Christmas cookie smelling candles was the weirdest but best smelling candle they could have made, I so cannot wait to burn this.

♡ Last but not least, of course it’s another nail product. I got this in a Barry M offer at Superdrug because I needed a better top coat for the nails that I sell as I want them as best quality as possible. Anyway, this dries in literally 60 seconds (I mean not if you dig into it, but the top layer does), it is not false advertisement like most nail polishes. I am so damn impressed. It also is a wet look one, which I think is so cool, it makes them look so glossy and shiny.

I feel like I’m talking a lot now, my thunder typing fingers are giving up on me,

With Love, C x

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Lazy Blogger Nail Tips ♡

♡ So, we can all get a little lazy and tired during the week, especially being at work or college all day, it’s hard to make time to pamper yourself.

♡ Baring that in mind, I wanted to share a few little tips that could make that little extra difference, and don’t take up a huge amount of your time.

♡ TOP TIPS & PRODUCTS ♡

  • Electric Nail File – These battery operated ones are honestly so handy to have. I bought this a couple of weeks ago and boy am I glad I did. Using a manual file is pretty cool you control it how you want etc, but these save so much time. This one by Broadcare, comes with all the different heads (similar to a nail shop, but less powerful of course). They just save you having to do all of the work. They’re on eBay/Amazon.. around £7. Boots do one for £14.99.
  • Nail Stamping Plates – So as I was saying before, after a long week it’s hard to find time, let alone energy to do any kind of design on your nails. Stamping plates are a time saving way of making your nails, not so plain, but still keeping it simple & pretty. The stamping sets you can find in UK stores like B&M or Savers for literally £1, but they’re also available on eBay/Amazon too. You can buy the plates which have different designs on, both simple and more complex looking.. yet all you have to do is paint over the design you want, scrape it off & stamp! SIMPLES.
  • Nail Hardener – So if you’re like me, a little lazy when it comes to actually doing my own nails, having a nail hardener comes in handy. It’s not of any colour but still keeps nails looking slick and shine. The one I have is simply a £1 one (Poundland of course).
  • Special FX Coat – Using just a special effect top coat on top of a base coat would come in really handy if you want to have a pretty but simple nail look for the day but can’t be bothered to create a design. The one in the picture is Barry M’s Confetti, it reminds me of sprinkles & looks so pretty on a plain background.
  • Peel-Off Base Coat – Glitter. Glitter is the reason for this product being a part of this post. We have all had the struggle of not being able to get glitter polish off. It either acts as a permanent marker, or the cotton wool used to clean it off with gets stuck to your nails.. it can be disastrous.
  • Rapid Nail Drying Spray – I always thought this was just a lie, a tin of air, just another selling point, but I’m convinced it actually does work. These are 89p a spray, I buy mine from B&M and they save a whole load of time after you’ve painted your claws.

Hope this helped you lazy nail do’ers,

Until next time,

C x

 

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Nail Art Necessities ♡

♡ Every nail artist will constantly talk about certain tools they own, that are involved in pretty much every single design they do. I’m going to share my nail art necessities with you because well, they’re pretty damn important.

♡ First of all, my favourite of all of them. I was on Amazon a couple of weeks ago and thought you know what I need? An electric nail file. Don’t get me wrong normal ones are great, but it’s nice to not have to do all of the work sometimes and only have to hold it whilst it files. It makes the job a whole lot quicker too, with all the different heads for it, it’s like what they have in nail shops but a bit less dangerous. Seriously recommend these! Only 7-11 pounds for a battery operated one.

♡ Acrylic clippers.. everywhere I searched for these online they were minimum £3, and they were coming from China. Honestly I know £3 isn’t that expensive but I was SO convinced I’d be able to find these cheaper. Which I did. They were 99p in Home Bargains (a really cheap shop with home, beauty, food etc in the UK). I was so happy that I didn’t have to wait for it to be shipped either, it was in the shop there & then which is also a bonus. These make life a lot easier in comparison to having a nail file, having to file it down to the shortest length. Why do that, when I can just grab these bad boys and cut them in an instant.

♡ Moving swiftly on, to nail art pens, I emphasise the usefulness of these in every single post. You’ll never guess what guys, as much as I promoted the Barry M pens, I think I’ve found a new favourite here. The NYC showtime ones, have the really super fine brush which makes is so much easier to do free hand lines and squiggles. The squeezy kind of nail pens (the Pretty & Witty one shown in pic) are amazing for doing dots, dotting tools are a lot more fiddly.

♡ Can I give a shoutout to Poundland for making such great nail art brushes, they come in a pack of about 7 and are a pound (obviously) which is the same if you compare to ones on eBay or Amazon which come from China, except you don’t have to deal with the wait. A lot more satisfying.

 That’s my top favourites of all of my nail art necessities, so until next time…

With love, 

C x 

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Nail Related Pet Peeves ♡

♡ Since getting into the whole nail art thing many months ago, I have learnt that I have MANY pet peeves when it comes to all things nail art related. The main one being that I genuinely cannot stand seeing my nails NOT painted, it’s so weird. I look at my nails, see they aren’t painted and just cringe.

 ♡ Here’s a ‘few’ other pet peeves:

  • Since we’re on the subject of always having a colour on your nails, I hate hate hate when I use my favourite colour (BLUE OF COURSE) and once I decide it’s time to change, it completely stains my nails. Leaving a mouldy, permanent colour for the next couple of days. The same applies with Greens, and especially Yellow’s!
  • The application of Glitter, as much as I LOVE sparkle, god it is difficult to get off! I really need to start remembering to use a peel off base coat!
  • I don’t know if these can be classed as a pet peeve but I’m gonna say it is! When somebody says to me ‘did you get your nails done at the shop? Why didn’t you just do them yourself?’ Okay. So, I can never find a glue that is actually strong enough to keep on good quality nails especially since with the job I do, watches and changing the batteries would break them constantly. I go to the nail shop & get them done to a very natural length, I leave the, plain so that I can paint the designs onto them. Besides, it’s nice to be pampered once in a while!
  • Over exaggeration with the amount of ‘charms’ or ‘jewels’ being used, like come on, you must admit they get rather tacky?! Personal preference on that one I guess. 
  • The most frustrating thing for me is no matter how hard I try, my left hand and right hand will never be the same. Doesn’t matter how much practice I give myself, my left hand does not want to function when it comes to nail designs.
  • I ALWAYS, when I’ve taken a picture of my latest nail design compare it to where I got my inspiration. If I get my inspiration from a professional I sit there judging myself like ‘ooo you missed abit there, that isn’t straight’ etc etc, like hello? Why am I judging myself, it’s a hobby for me, not a profession and I need to teach myself that it’s okay!
  • Having a good everything day. Hair is great, face on point, outfit looking lush… and then there’s your nails which you didn’t get time to do. Yep, it’s irritating. It just kills the whole vibe of the outfit.

There definitely needs to be a part 2 of this because I have plenty of pet peeves!

Until next time…

C x

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Perks of Learning to Drive ♡

♡ This isn’t one of my usual posts, but I thought it might be helpful to some of you 17/18 year olds like me. So I recently passed my driving test (November 2016), with just one fault! I thought I’d give some of my tips and experiences in case it’s any use.

 

MAIN TIPS: (I’m not very good with advice, but these tips are just what helped me so! These are mainly for manual driving but it’s kind of the same process for automatic learners, just one less pedal and no need for gear changing)

♡ Focus on yourself, your driving, gear changing, and all the important stuff as a pose to seeing what the driver next to you is doing whilst at the red light for example. Try not to be easily distracted!

♡ One thing I always struggled with was gearing down to turn, I always did it too early which made the car do a really confused jump or not at all and then lost control around a corner. What made me remember is “brakes to slow, then gear to go”, simply meaning before you even put your foot on the clutch, slow down to get the speed you need for the gear that will get you around the corner (so second or first). Of course, it’s possible to go round a corner in any gear, but for test purposes you’d get a minor if it wasn’t in less than third

♡ Keep track of when your lessons are, timings and all. The amount of times I have just rolled out of bed in my pajamas for a lesson that I forgot about is ridiculous. I literally throw on a jumper and jeans, brush my teeth and act as though I have been awake for ages. I usually put them in my phone since I’m on it constantly and set a reminder the night before.

♡ This is a weird one but I always drove badly in certain shoes. For some weird reason, I cannot drive in my Timberlands, my foot slips off of the pedal (causing me to stall, drive to slowly etc). I ALWAYS have to be comfy in my Converses, so yes wear comfortable and suitable shoes so your lesson has the best outcome.

♡ Driving instructors are extremely eager to make sure you’re constantly using all 3 of your mirrors. Most of the time for me, I was checking my mirrors consistently and when my instructor was watching me for 10 seconds I didn’t, it would come across as though I wasn’t using them at all. Make sense? Can anybody relate? Well anyway, when I first began driving in January, I neglected my mirrors a lot, but the easy way I remember to use them is to look each time I change roads/direction & if I am on a straight road for a while then around every 7 seconds.

♡ Blind spots, they’re easy to forget about. Remember to check them each time you’re pulling away or about to do a manoeuvre, and checking windscreen pillar blind spots at junctions. (the second really, is only necessary for the sake of not getting a minor fault on your test, I don’t feel the need to use it all the time now though)

♡ There is some seriously frustrating things about being a learner, and having that big L above your car. My biggest issue was being concerned too much about what other drivers are doing and thinking, which I guess is useful in some cases. What frustrated me the most was the aggravation of other drivers, getting impatient and rude because they’re in a hurry to be somewhere. It’s almost like they don’t remember that they were also a LEARNER once to get where they are now. Beeping you, cutting you up, all of that, it’s a joke. Simply because I’m driving a car with an L on it, it doesn’t make you any more superior on the roads. So don’t let them knock you back confidence wise, drive safely and focus on progression.

♡ I could go on, but I don’t want you to get bored.. as this isn’t my usual kind of post. However, if you did make it this far and you can relate, leave me a comment below and let me know how your driving is doing! If you have a test coming up soon then GOOD LUCK!

With love, 

C x 

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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.

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♡ 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, charliesnailart.co.uk 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.

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♡ 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.

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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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