Leighton Denny Launches Nail bar in Birmingham.

Wednesday saw the official launch of the new Leighton Denny Expert Nails nail bar in Selfridges, Birmingham, and fashion-mommy went along to meet the man himself and get the low down on what I could do with my poor, brittle nails.

Leighton is definitely the right man to ask. He is the four times winner of Nail technician of the year, and has been described as ‘The manicurist’s guru’, previously working as nail spokesperson for Marks and Spencer, Max Factor, Crabtree and Evelyn and Cutex. A well-known face familiar to QVC watchers all over Britain, Leighton brings nail knowledge to the masses with charm and a cheeky smile.

My own nails used to be beautiful before I had Baba. But since then, a mixture of hormones and lack of pampering time meant my nails always look a bit shabby. They break easily and feel weak, and I was hoping Leighton would be able to tell me what I needed to do to improve them. I was in safe hands. “Are you the lady who tweeted me this morning?” He asked, as we were properly introduced. Yes, that was definitely me, I had to admit. Leighton only needed a minute to look at my nails in order to see the problem, and, happily, the cure. My nails needed something called Bio build – a nourishment treatment for the nails and cuticles that would strengthen my damaged nails and help then to grow again. The demonstration proved that this was the perfect stuff for me, it started to work instantly, and was easy and quick to apply.  After the treatment we then looked at choosing a perfect nail colour. I love red nails, and as I was wearing patent red wedges, ‘Provocative’ was the perfect choice.


Leighton in the new LDEN bar, Selfridges, Birmingham


My nails were then treated to a full manicure by lovely nail technician Melissa. We chatted about all the new colours that were being used that day and are going to be launched on 1st April. These are the Gelato range, which proved to be the most popular range on the day, with ‘Do me a favour’ being the most popular shade chosen by customers. Melissa was extremely knowledgable about colours, telling me how much shorter nails look better in brighter shades.

Do me a Favour



Melissa and Nicola from LDEN, Selfridges, Birmingham



The official launch of Leighton Denny Expert Nails in Selfridges proved to be an overwhelming success. Fashionistas flocked to the launch and Leighton was charm personified as he was troubleshooting problems, recommending colours and treatments and chatting with each customer.  The nail technicians were rushed off their feet, with over 50 manicures carried out in the course of the day. This works out to one every 15 minutes! It is certainly true that the fingernails of Birmingham (mine included) look decidedly neater after the opening of the new nail bar!

The prices are extremely reasonable, starting from just £5, and there is even a man-he-cure aimed at the man in your life!

Leighton Denny expert nails is located on the third floor of Selfridges, Birmingham, in the Beauty Hall.

Kate Middleton – the frenzy continues…

Prince Harry and Kate Middleton at the Garter ...

Image by Niquinho via Flickr

We are most definitely in the midst of a Kate Middleton frenzy. Since the engagement was announced a week ago, our appetite for any information about the future Princess Catherine has been unabated. And it seems that what we want to know about most of all is her wardrobe.

The fabulous blue Issa dress that she wore for the announcement was sold out within a few hours of the engagement being made public. Help was at hand though as Tesco announced a budget copy through their F&F range that would cost just £20. It was shorter than the ‘Kate’ dress, had short sleeves rather than long, and would be in stretchy cotton, but was still a pretty decent replica at a bargain price. It went on sale today. Within an hour it had completely sold out online, with the small amount of stock left in stores not set to last the week!


Tesco Kate dress...going...going...gone!

Jumping on the Kate bandwagon next is Net-a -porter, who have tonight announced they will begin taking pre-orders for the Issa dress in the morning. Expect a similar feeding frenzy that consumed the F&F dress by designer fashionistas.

Next…the ring. This is of course the iconic ring that once belonged to Diana, and now adorns Kate’s finger. Jewellers have seen a surge in interest in large gemstone rings in the past week and have been quick to capitalise on this. H Samuel’s are in the process of making two versions of the Kate ring, whilst QVC.com are already selling their simulated version, designed by Kenneth Jay Lane. The interest was stretched further by QVC as sketches of the planned ring were posted on a QVC blog beforehand.


Simulated Kate ring From QVC.

Our magazines are speculating everything, from who will design the dress, which tiara will she wear (my money is that she will NOT wear the Spencer tiara as worn by Diana, the ring is probably enough!), who will be her bridesmaids (Sister Pippa must be a dead cert on this count.) One question was cleared up today, the wedding will be a spring affair, 29th April 2010 in Westminster Abbey, and everyone will get a bank holiday. With Just 5 months to wait for the wedding, we can only expect the excitement to become even more frenzied. Kate may wear sensible shoes…but I certainly wouldn’t want to be in them in the next few months!