St Patrick’s Day nails: Put a bit of the Irish into your manicure

St Patrick’s Day 2017 has arrived – which is the perfect excuse to get drunk, wear green and look silly.

I’ve put together some of my favourite St Patrick’s Day inspired nail designs to help you on your way to celebrating the special Irish-themed day.

Of course all of these nail art ideas are super easy to do if you’re in a rush to hit the pubs and start on your pints of Guinness or shots of whiskey.

St Patrick’s Day nail ideas

Top tips

  1. Invest in a decent green nail varnish and nail art pens in black, green or white
  2. Use eBay or Amazon to find nail art pens for a decent price
  3. Always use a base coat… and a top coat
  4. If you have short nails, buy some natural fake nails to decorate on – either in a nude or clear shade (you can buy a box for £1 in Primark)
  5. Do 2 layers of your base colour before adding nail art
  6. Test the nail art pens on tissue or a spare false nail beforehand to check colour and consistency
  7. Dots and stripes are easy patterns for beginners but with a bit of practice you’ll be drawing the shamrock in no time
  8. Gems and glitter are always pretty additions
  9. Experiment with a mixture of patterns and colours – different designs look cute on individual nails

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

Love Leeanna xo

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DIY Valentine’s Day nails – How to get romantic with these cute nail art ideas 

Have you started prepping for Valentine’s Day yet?  The most romantic day of the year is almost here which means it’s time to get pampered and beauty-ready!

So whether you’ve got plans for a girlie night on GALentine’s Day or you want to make some effort for your loved one, I’ve put together a handy DIY nails guide that is sure to impress everyone.

Shops are now filled with cheesy cards, love heart chocolates and swarms of roses but who cares about all of that when all you really need is some gorgeous nails to show off.

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Top 10 tips

  1. Invest in a decent white nail varnish and white nail art pen
  2. Use eBay or Amazon to buy cheap nail art pens
  3. Always use a base coat… and a top coat
  4. If you have short nails, buy some natural fake nails to decorate on either in a nude or clear shade (you can buy a box for £1 in Primark)
  5. Do 2 layers of your base colour before adding nail art
  6. Test the nail art pens on tissue or spare false nail beforehand to check colour and consistency
  7. Dots and hearts are easy patterns for beginners
  8. Gems and glitter are always pretty additions
  9. Experiment with patterns and colours – different designs look cute on individual nails

Valentine’s nail art ideas


For more Valentine’s Day inspiration check out my latest blog posts on what to to wear for Valentine’s Day, how to make homemade peanut butter cups and pink cocktails .

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Leeanna xo 

#MidweekManicure || Festive Sparkle

Tis’ the season for Christmas parties, mulled wine and festive sparkle. ALWAYS my favourite time of the year because I’m not the only one obsessing over anything with sequins and going OTT on the glitter.

To match my sparkly and Christmasy mood, as I was getting ready for my work Xmas party,  I decided to treat my nails to a a Christmas tree-inspired manicure!

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I just love the festive dark green colour and making my nails look bold with glitter. Plus it was super easy to do.

I used my dark shimmery green L & B polish as the base colour- I love this varnish because its subtle sparkle isn’t too bold but will catch and shine in different lights.

I topped the base colour with my w7 green tinted glitter polish which always looks great on top of other colours to enhance the sparkle spectrum.

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And to go the extra mile for the Christmas do I added a few sprinkles of glitter from my Avon Colour Trend pot to each thumb and third finger. I set the glitter and coated all of my nails with a clear top coat to give it extra shine and hold.

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I did this manicure last Monday and the glitter and polis are still going strong. I always make sure to keep my sparkly nails going through to the end of the Christmas party season.

I hope you have a go at some DIY festive nails this season too and find your favourite festive manicure. Happy partying this Christmas!

Love Leeanna xo

#MidweekManicure: Candy Combo

Candy coloured nails are bang on-trend this season and look so so cute and girlie. What better way to bring some happy colourful nails to go with these lighter evenings and crisp bright days than to paint them like little love heart sweets!


This look is really simple and works with lots of Summery pastel colour combinations. After using a base coat by L.A.Colours, I applied two coats of the candy shade nail varnish to each nail. I definitely recommend using a base coat because it not only prevents the nail varnish from chipping or peeling quickly, it helps to strengthen your nails and help them grow. Since recently taking a lot more care of my nails, by treating them with cuticle oil and using a base and top coat whenever I paint them, my once-SO-weak nails have gradually become stronger and stopped breaking!

The candy colours I chose my striped nail look were Barry M’s Strawberry shade and Rimmel London’s Sweet Lavender 60 Seconds polish. Both varnishes were quick dry and easy peasy to use! I particularly love the fat brush by Rimmel London because it helps to cover your whole nail with just one stroke. Next time I might try a mint green and powder blue shade together. What candy colours will you try?

Love Leeanna xo

#MidweekManicure: Hand to Toe Shellac

I love love love having shellac nails- the varnish just keeps your nails looking fab and shiny for ten times longer than standard polish! That’s why I normally always get a shellac mani and pedi before any holiday so I know I won’t suffer from any bare or ugly chipped nails while i’m beaching it up. Unfortunately I’m not going anywhere abroad soon… instead the beauty pamper was an Easter present from my lovely mum and I decided to make use of it in preparation for my sister’s birthday celebration in Bournemouth.

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I went for a bold coral shade on my fingers and peachy coloured toes… topped with glitter of course. I thought everyone who would be out on Saturday night would appreciate these summery statement nails because I just loved them.

I had already planned on wearing my peep-toe strappy heels so couldn’t resist designing my toes to sparkle the night away.  Pastel shades are the ultimate holiday paint and with a little glitter it can take them from the beach to the cocktail bar. You will definitely see these shimmering bad boys out for Ibiza this summer!

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And if getting our nails done wasn’t enough pamper time for me and my sister, we treated our hangovers to a relaxing spa day at Norton Park in Winchester on the Sunday. We thought we deserved a massage and facial after all that dancing and champagne in Bournemouth. 😛

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Hope you all have a lovely week!

Love Leeanna xo

#MidweekManicure: Classic White

I absolutely love white nails in the summer and since it’s been so sunny lately I felt it was time wack the classic shade out.

White nail varnish looks so fab against tanned skin and is great for getting heads turning with the bold statement look. Plus white goes with anything so you don’t have to worry about changing your nail colour to suit bright patterns or fancy prints of your outfit- giving you the perfect everyday summer nail shade. I loved the bold classic shade against my monochrome skirt to create a smart and sophisticated workwear look.

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I used the NYC Expert Last Nail Polish for my manicure and it’s really great value! It was under £2 in Superdrug and can easily last up to week with no chips! I can’t stand when one of my nail’s paint starts to chip off or peel… not a great look! So this bottle is definitely a favourite of mine.

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I found this picture on Instagram and absolutely loved this statement manicure!

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If you want to go bolder and really get eyes turning pair the white with some glitter for special occasions and nights out! The next time I paint my nails white I am definitely going to try this look… you can never have enough sparkle!

Love Leeanna xo

#MidweekManicure: Coral and Sparkle

I went into this week feeling really unwell with symptoms of tonsillitis- something that likes to regularly haunt me- so I needed a pick me up with some bright and pretty nails.

imagePeachy coral shades remind me of the summer, which brings me happy thoughts of the beach, sun, cocktails, and parties. Oh I can’t wait for the summer time again!

I decided to spruce up my girlie manicure by adding a bit of silver sparkle to one of my nails on each hand. You can never go wrong with glitter- in my opinion it’s a life essential for every season!

Rimmel London’s 60 second coral shade is perfect for Spring/Summer 2015 and does what it says on the bottle… it dries fast so if you’re like me and can’t sit still for very long it is the perfect paint! I used Avon’s grey sparkle varnish which also comes with a magnet stick to create ripple effects- great for parties!

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Have a happy Wednesday everyone!!

Love Leeanna xo