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 

What to wear to watch the Super Bowl 50?

NFL Superbowl 2016 is just around the corner, and whether you are lucky enough to be be watching at the Levi’s stadium in California or chucking back some beers cheering at the tele, it is important to get your look on point. If you are looking for NFL tickets, or any other tickets for that matter, be sure to check out TickPick!

I have put together a few match-day outfit ideas for whatever style you are going for and to keep you looking stylish and bang on-trend this season. And of course you don’t have to break the budget to look fabulous.

If you’re a die-hard football fan you need a game-day outfit to match and show your support for the team.

Support the Carolina Panthers with this look:

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Nike Carolina Panthers t-shirt, £100 Fanatics

Distressed skinny jeans, £30 H&M

White Hi-top converse, £41 AKIRA

Keep it casual and comfy for all the cheering and why not show some extra support by painting your nails in your favourite team’s colours.

Support the Broncos with this look:

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If you’re just there for the half-time show

With Lady Gaga singing the national anthem and Beyonce and Coldplay performing at halftime, I’m surprised the teams are even showing up. If you feel the same way, go for more of a flashy game-day look with a little bit of fashion oomph.

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Felt floppy hat, £57 lastcall.com

Sequin crop jacket, £48 John Lewis

Plaid funnel tunic dress, £36.50 Topshop

Black over the knee boots, £39.99 New Look

Gypsy warrior red lips clutch, £11 Forever 21

Just here to cheerlead?

Get your pom poms out and pair with this cute but cosy outfit:

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Rose blue satin bomber jacket, £24.99 New Look

Grey mia hat, £8 Monki

Navy corduroy skater skirt, £24 Glamorous.com

Handmade leather choker necklace, £5.86 Amazon

Caper lace-up trainer, £26 Topshop

I hope have given you a little bit of inspiration for whatever game-day style you were going for.

Enjoy the game!

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

Beauty sale haul at the office!

It’s not everyday you get an amazing beauty haul like this for just £2 and without having to barely move from your desk at work. That is definitely one of the perks of where I work- the Notebook Magazine’s beauty team will occasionally hold a sale of beauty products featuring make-up, pamper gift sets, fake tan, hair treatments and it’s not just the cheap stuff either they’re all the fab brands too! I’m not great at maths but 5 things, that wouldn’t necessarily be in my current spending budget, for just £2 is an amazing deal!

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What I’ve added to my beauty bag:

Morrocon argon oil- I love nourishing my hair with argon oil every now and then and since i’ve been using it I’ve definitely seen a huge improvement to my dry, damaged, bleached and split-ended hair! So i’m very glad I now have some more.

Barry M Nail Varnish- I’ve wanted to try Barry M’s new ‘Sunset Daylight Curating’ collection for a while now and I particularly loved this colour. Blue shades are always a favourite of mine for all-season manicures and this totally stood out to me! I was letting no-one at work get their hands on this as soon as I saw it. I coudln’t wait to try it out and was so pleased when I used it- the paint literally dried in about 30 seconds. Didn’t even need to fear about smudging!

Co Lab Dry Shampoo- I thought this miniature bottle would be perfect for taking to Ibiza as I can only take a small amount of luggage for the journey. Dry shampoo is definitely a hair essential especially for the occasional on-the-go greasy hair days! This one smells gorgeous too with its lush fresh summer smell.

No 7 Nail Varnish- I don’t think there has ever come a summer season when i’ve not worn coral nail varnish, either on my toes or my fingers, it’s always been a summer must-have shade for me!

Bare Minerals Primer I was so happy when I saw this in the make-up box as I had literally just days before ran out of mine at home! I love using this before nights out for that extra coverage and it really helps keep your make-up on all night- without having to worry about doing a touch up.

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I’d never been to one of the sales before but oh my god it was carnage! Women were coming from everywhere- huge bags at the ready to get their bargains. I would have probably came out with a hell of a lot more if it wasn’t so claustrophobic and their wasn’t so much wrist slapping in the make-up bins! Next time I’m going to go in all guns blazing!

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: Block Colour Nails

For my birthday one of the presents from the girls was an awesome Nail Art Book with loads of cool patterns and paint ideas to try for my #MidweekManicure posts. This week I decided to try out the block effect on my nails using a pastel blue shade and a metallic silver together.

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The girls got me a new BarryM Gelly paint in the Blueberry shade- a gorgeous colour for this Summer season and it matches perfectly with my new dress! This nail trend was so easy to do. After buffing and filing my nails I used my L.A base coat varnish before painting two layers of the pastel blue over all of my nails.

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Top tip: Paint from your baby finger to your thumb to save your hand from smudging your nails as it moves across the hand.

Once the the blue is dry, carefully paint the top half of your nails with a new colour. I thought my L&B metallic silver went great with the summer shade to create the perfect sparkly holiday look. I recommend to again do two coats of this. Barry M’s Gelly collection is great for shine and the shellac-like paint means it will last for a good length of time. To finish it off just add a top coat for extra shine and protection.

And wahla the perfect birthday, holiday summertime block-print nails that will take you straight from sunbathing on the beach to dancing the night away at an Ibiza boat party!

Love Leeanna xo