HOW TO: Messy Marble Nails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Love,

C x

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Summer Nail Ideas

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

Here are my ideas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Basic Stripe: If you prefer simplicity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main Colours I used:

Barry M

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

Rimmel

Breakfast in Bed, Chin Up Buttercup and Caramel Cupcake.

NYC

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

Sinful Proffesional

Snow me White.

With love,

C x

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

 

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HOW TO: Doughnut Nail Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until Next Time,

CNI x

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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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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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