My first professional Manicure

For Christmas my OH got me a Manicure at our local spa. I’ve been growing my nails for a while now after biting them for ages so I was excited to get my first manicure done.

The spa I went to used Leighton Denny nail varnishes, a brand I’d hadn’t tried yet. I was excited by all the gorgeous colours they had and found it hard to choose. In the end the beautician suggested one from the new collection – shipwrecked a gorgeous pastel mint cream polish.

 I also had a glitter topcoat put on top. This one is Angel Dust. This left a very subtle glitter top coat and only showed up in some lights.

It was great having them done and chatting to the beautician as she gave me a few tips to keep them at their best (apply a cuticle oil, use hand cream regularly, file and buff them gently once a week) I do most of these except buff. I need to get a buffing block soon as I was impressed with how smooth they felt after and the nail varnish applied so well.

As I said before I’ve never tried Leighton Denny before but I was impressed with the perfect finish of such a pale pastel after 2 coats (we all know it goes nicer when someone else applies it, but still).

Here is the overall finish, my nails were all shaped to match (something I never do) and looking pretty.

If you look closely you can just see the glitter. It was a light covering. The nail varnish is more warm toned than the photo shows.

But them the problems started. I’m not sure if it’s just me but since I had it done (sat) I’d broken four nails by Tuesday and they felt week. I’m not sure if it was the buffing and filing process and my nails weren’t used to it, or my nails are used to having OPI Nail Envy before being painted or all coincidence. 

By Tuesday I was fed up of them breaking and there was a lot of chips on my nail tips so I took it off. For lasting four days is good for me for nail varnish but I’m slightly put off trying other nail varnishes from this range. Them breaking has made me worry about having other manicures done and makes spending £25 on one seem pointless.

Have any of you experience breakages from using Leighton Denny or after a professional manicure?

Any Advice?

Love M


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  1. Charlee Greenhalgh
    May 30, 2012 / 12:27 pm

    The colour looks nice, I had seen the new colours on QVC and was debating about them, it sucks about your nails though. I've never tried Leighton Denny before so can't answer about that, it could be the buffing if they've gone too heavy on it – which they shouldn't :/Charlee

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      May 30, 2012 / 6:25 pm

      They are gorgeous colours, may get one to try along side my opi x

  2. Maddy
    May 30, 2012 / 2:58 pm

    The only thing that happened to me was after a gel manicure I damaged all my nails by scraping the gel off when using my wheelchair. Now I wouldn't let anyone near my hands, I've been peeling stickers off as part of my job for weeks and my nails are just shot!That colour was stunning though and I think sometimes its nice to pay the money just to be pampered.Maddy x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      May 30, 2012 / 6:26 pm

      I've done that before too. Definitely is very nice to have a pampering! X

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