My OPI manicure from #rushbloggermeet at The House of Rush

I'll be honest, for a beauty blogger and general beauty afficionado, I am RUBBISH at painting my nails. Seriously - it looks like I've just taken the brush and tried to paint my nails with my eyes closed. (which, incidentally, you should DEF try sometime with your gal pals - google blind makeovers - just don't do it on a white carpet)

Anyway, little snippets of my spare time aside, I wanted to tell you about a recent manicure I had done at the #rushbloggersmeet organised by Lipgloss&Lashes & The House Of Rush (Rush Salons)

What colour is this?

Isn't it lush? A perfect autumnal choice - this colour is "Quarter Of A Cent-cherry" by OPI, a dark, carmine, blood red colour which smartens up day-time looks and adds a touch of class to evening-wear.

The House of Rush salon is at Picadilly and is so much bigger than I imagined - do check out some of my new blogger pals who have posted great write ups of that night: Milly (Mini Adventures), Rachel (BeautyQueenUK), Dani (So Many Lovely Things)

And a treat for you:
 For 20% off an beauty services (and 50% off microdermabrasion) - quote the code BLOG20 /MICRO50 upon booking at The House Of Rush until 31 October


And I cannot even begin to say how impressed I am with the manicure. Over a week later, my nails have barely any chips - a broken fingernail yes, but other than that it's allllll good.

When I do them myself, they've normally chipped within the first hour! Though a LOT of this is also to do with the fact that I'm so impatient. I'm like - yeah, I can get myself a drink without ruining my nails, yeah I can put on a jumper with one hand. Discovery? No Zoe, you CANNOT.

9 days later

It really has converted me to start using a base coat and a top coat to lay the foundation and seal the deal for fab long-lasting nails. Don't get me wrong, I've got the polishes I need - I just need to start USING them now!

 Now... if only I could work out how to paint my nails accurately. Hmmm.

  What about you? Are you a nail painting pro? Do you have a method other than just... hoping for the best? Would love to hear your thoughts on how you get that perfect finish!  

  Do you use a base coat and a top coat too? Or are these amongst the  polishes you've bought but haven't actually used? GUILTY. 


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