I bit my nails for nearly 35 years, stopping only a few years ago because my sister-in-law died of cancer.
No, 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.
A little Christmas miracle
We spent Christmas Day with my partner’s sister Catherine and brother-in-law, and their three fabulous teenage daughters.
To 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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