Happy New Year! My highlights of 2015 and some 2016 ideas for you

So the new year started with a bang… from what I have heard. Unfortunately I can’t actually remember the first few hours of 2016 as I may have got a little too excited about the festivities. I did drink a third of a bottle of champagne before I’d even put my sparkly dress on!

I can’t believe how fast 2015 went, it just flew by but I have had one of my favourite years so far and these are definitely my highlights:

2015 has been great… especially my trips to Newcastle, Cambridge, Ibiza, Sunny Beach and Bruge!! And despite turning 20 this year I’m glad I have still embraced my inner child riding all of the rides at Thorpe Park, ridding Harry’s broom and flying Ron’s car at Harry Potter world and visiting Hertfordshire Zoo and London Zoo.

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New things I’ve done this year that I would love to do again and definitely recommend is a partying at a silent disco, having yourself a go at punting and seeing the Angel of the North in Newcastle.

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London life

Things I have loved about my second year living in the city… watching my fave chick flick, Mean Girls, on a sunny rooftop in Fulham Broadway, scaring all of the tourists when I dressed up as a petrifying Cheshire Cat for Halloween and partying at Notting Hill Carnival for the first time where I tried Caribbean jerk chicken. Mmm mm Summer in London this year was wicked!

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Winter

But I can’t work out if Christmas in London was even better… my favourite winter moments were  sipping a cocktail from a frozen glass in the Ice Bar, while wearing a huge igloo cape, and typically being a regular at Winter Wonderland and its German Bar.  But this year I got to embarrass myself going down the Magical Ice Kingdom slide and also watch Cirque Berserk, which was absolutely incred! This Christmas we did ice skating at Somerset House and I’m so glad we did because it is just one of prettiest places i’ve seen in London especially when it’s all Christmasy.

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Music

I have seen some of my favourite DJs, bands and artists play live this year and my highlights have got to be…

Chase & Status at Amnesia in Ibiza. This might even be one of the highlights of the life. I saw Chase & Status about three years ago at Reading festival and ever since I’ve been desperate to see them again! And omg there were even better abroad… probably because I dancing on the podium the all night grabbing strobe lights straight apposite the DJ set.

Rudimental at Ally Pally in North London. I loved this night even more because Alexandra Palace is such an amazing venue… You would actually feel like a Princess in a place if you were wearing a ball gown. I definitely recommend going to a gig there! I’ve seen Rudimental three times and they’ve never failed to impress… I loved it this year because their guest singers were flawless and I still can’t stop playing ‘Lay it on me’ all the time!

BESTIVAL. I know I go every year, so it’s no surprise this was one of my highlights!

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NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT – SEPTEMBER 13: Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jermain Jackson of The Jacksons performs on day 4 of Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images,)

I’ve got to say though this year my faves were defs The Jacksons (can you believe they’re actually grown ups now?!), Duke Dumont, sweating it out in the Bollywood tent for Shy Fx, dancing in the pouring rain with the girls squeezing under one rain cape for Mark Ronson and of course Annie Mac at the port- she’s amazing every year!

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If you haven’t tried any of my 2015 highlights then make sure you do this year!!

Love Leeanna xo

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#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: Summer Sparkle Nails

I totally love blue nail varnish shades for the summer but what I love even more is glitter and lots of it! There’s something about these nails I did this week that makes me feel like a mermaid! They just look like the sparkling ocean- perfect if you’ve got any paradise getaways this year or want to bring some statement sparkle to your off-duty weekend looks.

All I did to get this gorgeous sparkly look was use two colours- my new favourite Barry M gelly ‘Blueberry’ shade topped with my L.A glitterbomb ‘Aqua’ shade. After using a basecoat on my nails, I painted one coat of the pastel blue colour. This is why I love the gelly range so much- you only need one coat and it’s instantly got the perfect thickness and perfect glossines. No hastle or extra waiting to see your new look! Over this colour, I then painted on the clear blue tinted glitter varnish and was immediately ready to get out in the sunshine and show them. I finished with a top coat for extra shine and wholla the perfect holiday/statement sparkle nails! Or mermaid nails… they can definitely be called mermaid nails!

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: 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