HOW TO: Ice-Cream Nails ♡

WARNING: IF YOU EAT A LOT OF ICE CREAM… THEN THIS POST IS FOR YOU! (Even though you can’t actually eat this)

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♡ The inspiration for this post was literally so random. I woke up on Monday morning & my first thought was “I’m so weird, I’m actually craving ice cream at 10 o’clock in the morning”, clearly I’m not going to have ice cream for breakfast because that isn’t quite acceptable. So I decided to paint nails instead:

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♡ I used my nail fingers to make these pictures a little clearer and quicker. So starting off, choose a background colour.. I chose a pretty neutral Pink colour because in my head it’s supposed to resemble strawberry ice cream.

♡ Pick 4 other colours which you want to resemble your ‘ice cream sauces’.. I tried to stick with pastels because they looked most realistic. Literally start with a thin brush (you don’t even have to this makes it a little easier) and do a rough outline, quite squiggly as if it were like dripping sauce. Any rough lines don’t matter you’re going to paint over them afterwards, it’s just to get a rough shape of what you’ll fill in without going overboard.

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♡ Then grab the actual nail polish brush of the colour you’ve chosen and just fill in that space. Most polishes have reasonably tidy and thin brushes so it should be fine!

♡ Then comes the colourful & creative part. If you, like me have a colourful sort of mixed up nail polish i.e. Confetti by Barry M. Then that’ll make it a lot quicker.. not necessarily easier. If not you can just either pick a bunch of colours that would look like sprinkles and use a thin brush or cocktail stick (if you’re not a nail art tool hoarder like me) to make little tiny tiny streaks. If you have some different coloured nail pens, that will make life 10x easier.. but it is still possible without them.

♡ Voilaaaa, you have a set of ice cream themed nails.

I hope this made it somewhat easier… isn’t as complicated as it looks!

Until next time,

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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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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 ♡

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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.

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♡ 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.

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♡ 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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