My HERO product: Leighton Denny nail varnish

I bit my nails for nearly 35 years, stopping only a few years ago because my sister-in-law died of cancer.

Leighton Deny nail varnishesNo, I don’t understand the relationship to my nail biting either, but I’m sure someone out there with a degree in psychology will be able to tell us. For some reason, this tragedy – she was just 50 – led me to successfully stop biting my nails for the first time.

My nails are, as a result, soft, likely to split, bumpy, ridged – if fact, downright useless!  For a while I had false nails, which looked lovely, but in the end my nails weren’t improving beneath them and it was getting expensive.

So I’ve been trying to grow them myself for a while.  I use a hardener all the time and try to keep them looking neat and tidy.

The problem is, it’s a little late to start to learn how to manicure and paint nails – if you bite your nails these are somewhat irrelevant skills!  So I find it really, really, hard to do. I’ve tried all sorts of varnishes, colours, and tips, to no avail.

Until now.

A little Christmas miracle

We spent Christmas Day with my partner’s sister Catherine and brother-in-law, and their three fabulous teenage daughters.

Sheila, the author's, nailsTo my delight Catherine did me a stocking, just like she had for her girls.  As well as a gorgeous notebook, a lovely scarf, jellybeans and other delights were two Leighton Denny nail varnishes.

I’d never heard of Leighton Denny before but stockist Marks & Spencer tell me on their website, he is an ‘award-winning celebrity manicurist and technician’ who has an ‘eponymous line of nail products’.

What I can tell you is that the ‘Berry Nice’ pink varnish is absolutely gorgeous; it simply glides across your nail and looks wonderful with one, single coat. No gloops, no blobs, just beautiful silky pink. Glorious!

I’ve ordered a couple more colours and thrown all my other varnishes away – genuinely!

I love this stuff and will be kissing the feet of my sister-in-law in thanks when I next see her.

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Sheila Sturgeon

About Sheila Sturgeon

I'm 50+ and living in the Midlands with my fabulous partner of more than 20 years. I'm a local authority officer working in the policy areas of children and families, having previously led local voluntary sector organisations for many years. We have two sons (one mine, one his!) who have flown the nest and set up home with very lovely young ladies, all of whom I am very proud of! My partner is CEO of a local charity. Follow me on Twitter