Sometimes, things enter your shopping basket and you barely even notice it. You wonder, when you reach the checkout, how and why this happened, and sheepishly refuse to ask the checkout lady to take it off the bill when you realize just how much it is. Sound familiar? So it was on a recent trip to Boots, that the Leighton Denny Totally Groomed Essential Nail Kit did just that.

Now, don't get me wrong. I had every reason to pick up everything that was included in the kit. I've never been a nail aficionado per se, but I do like a groomed set of talons for working and, let's face it, when photographing products on Instagram, it just looks better if your mitts are well looked after. Enter this kit. It's got everything you could ever want - glass nail file? Buffer? Interesting lotion-y potion to heal your nails and soften cuticles? Everything. Even the mysterious cuticle pusher-backer which I'm told is a hoof stick. Marvelous. It's recommended by Cosmo. Everything works in this baby's favour. Until your reach the price tag. £25. What. 

I had this life-affirming, rush-of-blood-to-the-head moment whilst at the checkout counter, and I think I just about got away with it. I prayed to the Gods of debit cards that I had enough money in my account, breezed out of the shop, with every intention of breezing back in again the next day to return it, unopened. And then the strangest thing happened... Whilst having my usual afternoon brain-break and perusing YouTube videos, I found myself reaching over to the kit. And then, shock horror... Opening it. And very soon after, poking around all the little tools and wonders within, whipping out the guidebook, and following along.

I'm not going to stand up and say it was a salon-quality manicure experience but, to put it simply, it was bloody close. Probably as close as I'm ever going to get, being a generally lazy pampering girl, I like to keep my routine to the fuss-free, bare minimum required. But this little walk-through gave me polished looking talons, elongated the old digits and really helped the staying power of my varnish, funnily enough. I was converted.

I'm not going to wax lyrical about everything in the set, but let me just say - the crystal nail file. £25 is a lot of money for me right now, so to say that the kit is worth it for the file alone tells you just how impressed I was by it. The precision, efficiency and sheer performance of the tool make it so easy to shape your nails and trust me - if this mug can do it, anyone can. It also didn't jolt through my nails at all like filing sometimes has in the past. A really nifty little number.

Another recommendation I have to make is the RENOVATE serum they provide you with. I don't know what's going on here,but this really helped the condition of my nails. They seemed more moisturized, less flaky and generally a lot perkier after just one use. I like to keep this little bottle in my desk drawer so I can reapply it just to bare nails whilst watching a quick video, just to keep my talons in tip-top shape. Lavly.

Do you think £25 is too much for a nail kit? What's the most you've ever spent on a beauty product? Have you ever had the 'oh-my-god-it's-how-much' checkout moment too? Please tell me I'm not alone!


  1. Pretty nail kit, and I don't think £25 is all too much considering what you'd have to pay to get all these items individually. I'm terrible when it comes to keeping my cuticles in check, so would benefit from a set like this! x

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

    1. Yeah absolutely - I was looking at the price of crystal nail files alone and they came out at £18!! So all things considered, pretty good value! Trust me, I'm exactly the same with my cuticles, but having this set at my desk definitely reminds me to keep them in check!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, gorgeous. T x


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