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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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Charlotte Thomas
    October 13, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Glad I'm not the only one, usually ends up looking like I've dipped my tongue in the polish and had a go with that!Charlotte – xx

    • Zoe Dubs
      October 13, 2013 / 5:59 pm

      It is isnt it?! I just wish I could do that myself, sadface x

  2. Becky Smith
    October 16, 2013 / 12:36 am

    I love this colour, it's just the sort of shade I go for in autumn/winter. I always use a strengthening base coat when painting my nails as they get weak once they get longer and I always use Seche Vite top coat as well (unless I'm using a matte top coat). I'm not sure how I manage to paint my nails neatly really. I guess a steady hand and being a complete perfectionist helps 🙂 x