Leighton Denny Nail Polish

Hi Everybody,

A review of the nail polishes by Leighton Denny which I have been using recently. Leighton Denny is one of Britain’s leading nail technicians and 4-times winner of Nail Technician of the year. Through his knowledge he has developed his own nail product range. As the man says himself ” I am passionate about nails and know how vital it is they looked groomed in today’s society. I developed my own range to share my expertise so you can have the confidence that comes from knowing your hands, feet and nails are beautiful and healthy”.

I have only 3 colours in his range and I wish I had more!   Plush Pink, Viva la Diva and Crushed Grape.

Plush pink is a vibrant, hot pink perfect for the summer. It dries very quickly with a shiny gloss to it. I only had to apply one coat as it is so thick! The colour stays true and doesn’t chip at all, if course you have applied base coat and a top coat.

Viva La Diva is a bright red with a hint of coral. Again it dries very quickly with a top coat by( I use Mavala Mavadry). This is again a perfect summer colour or going out for the evening for a sexy night out with the little black dress on!

The last one I use is the Crushed Grape. This is a superb colour as it is creamy, thick and glossy. Like the others one coat is enough and it is a real wow factor of colour. Love, love is all I can say about this one and this will be great for the autumn.

I only have 3 colours from his range but none have disappointed, £12 may be expensive for nail polish but these are quality and as we all know ladies, quality never comes cheap. As the back of the bottles state, high performance nail colour, easy to apply, long lasting and chip resistant. Mr Denny, correct on all counts!

What are you favourite nail polishes and colours? Let me know I love to hear from you all.






I will confess right now I have no idea what I would do without having a Body Shop near me! I just love going in there, not necessarily to buy anything but just to try, smell and touch.

The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick. In the early 1970s, Anita Roddick (then Anita Perilli) visited a shop in Berkeley, California selling naturally scented soaps and lotions called The Body Shop. The Berkeley Body Shop was run by Peggy Short and Jane Saunders and they used natural ingredients. The shop also helped to employ and train immigrant women looking for a new life in the United States.  The company now has 2,400 stores in 61 countries. The Body Shop turned increasingly toward social and environmental campaigns to promote its business in the late 1980s and one of the reasons for the success of it has been the stance of being against animal testing and the use of Fairtrade products. The chain uses its influence and profits for programmes aimed at fair labour practices, safe working environments and pay equality.

One of the many things I like about the Body Shop is their ability not to follow the rest of the cosmetic /beauty world but to make their products different enough from the rest. I first came across their products when my older sister received a present from a friend. It was a nutty Body Butter (I cannot remember which it was) but the smell was amazing, the texture on the skin was soft and gentle and it lasted all day. I must find more I thought!

Now living in the UK, I am blessed by having a store nearby to go and discover more about their products.  I first started to use their body care range, their shower gels, body butters, body lotions and now use their skin care products for everyday use. Their hand creams are really good for the UK seaside winters I have to put up with!

I now enjoy their bronzers for my fair skin as it isn’t too dark and leaves a good even tone with a hint of sparkle which I love. Their shea beautifying oil is another new product which I enjoy using, the smell is wonderful and moisturises the skin.  My latest buys include the limited edition range endorsed by Lily Cole which include primer, eye shadows, lip glosses and eyeliner.

One story which I like is that the opening of Roddick’s first shop in Brighton received early attention when the local newspaper, The Evening Argus, published an article about an undertaker with a nearby store who complained about the use of the name “The Body Shop.” Not bad for a company that was sold to L’Oreal in March 2006 for 652.3 million!

Anita Roddick passed away in 2007 and Prime Minister Gordon Brown on her death remarked  “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. She will be remembered not only as a great campaigner but also as a great entrepreneur.”

Anita Roddick

Thank you Anita for your gift that is the Body Shop to the world.

What are your favorite products from The Body Shop?


Pink Glamour Make-up.

Hi Everybody,

As I’m studying beauty it was a good idea to do show some of my work 🙂 I’m lucky to have a sister who is more than happy to be a model for me to practice on.  So here is Everita without make up. We decided on a pink glamour look which is perfectly suited on  a young woman  for a girls day out  in the city! She did prepared her skin by cleansing, toning and moisturizing herself. This allowed her skin be fresh and clean ready for make-up.


 I started by using  L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light primer which makes the skin glow and radiant. Everita has oily skin and hates a matt finish so I used L’Oreal Studio Secret anti-redness primer which covers blemishes.  I then used Helen E concealer under eyes and where the skin has a few dark patches. I then used Rimmel Wake Me up Foundation SPF 15 in Ivory with a MAC 190 brush. I then used Eylure shape and shade brow palette which is one product I use on a regular basis to define the eyebrows. Ono the eyes I used Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion which is a superb base which doesn’t crease the eyeshadow and holds for a long time. Using my Number 7 brush I applied from Coastal Scenes 88uUltra Shimmer pallet, a light pink over the eyelid and using a second MAC 275 brush I used a light purple colour on the crease of the eyes to give an of additional tone to the eyes. I used Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel liner in black to give a sexier look! I applied 2 counts L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara and Bourjois Blusher 34 Rose D’or and to finish Lancome Juicy Tube pink lip gloss.



Hope you enjoyed this and many thanks to my youngest sis 🙂

 R xx



How not be a lobster!


If we ever get a summer here in the UK, protection from the sun is vital. After all, summer is about bikinis and beaches and not looking like a lobster! Living in the UK has shown me that the British, when the sun comes out, can’t wait to remove their clothes and forgot about sun care. Hence the lobster look as I call it. One serious fact to consider is that the skin cancer and melanoma rates around the world has skyrocketed in the last decade at an alarming rate Lines, dark spots and uneven skin texture are NOT the inevitable effects of ageing but the result of too much sun. The  The sun from 10am and 3pm is at it’s most strongest, a few simple things to remember when enjoying the sun is vital. Use SPF cream with a factor of at least 30 is recommended for use during the summer. Secondly, use a hat. The number of people who don’t wear one never ceases to amaze me. Thirdly, sunglasses are not just a fashion item but essential to protect yourself. Use Sunglasses with 100% UV protection and the bigger the better! 


What should you do if you do burn? Here’s a few tips. Aloe Vera cream or gel placed on the burnt places on the body calms the skin down. Sea Buckthorn oil or cream is a superb product anyway for the skin but if you burn you can be 100% sure that it will help.  When working in Latvia in our garden I made the mistake of being burnt on a bright day. I quickly went on the internet and find out that a towel soaked in cold water and placed on the skin was recommended to help the skin. I then used a cream by Dzintars which consisted of aloe vera, cocoa butter and sea buckthorn oil and this was a tremendous help. The pain was unbearable and I couldn’t sleep and the whole experience taught me a lesson about the dangers of the sun. A week later friends asked how did I get such a wonderful tan! It wasn’t wonderful to get it!!


my go to suncreams 🙂


Here’s a final warning on the dangers of too much sun.




What are you recommendations/tips for keeping yourself safe in the sun?

 R xx