PROFESSIONAL AT-HOME MANICURES (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

In the last few months I’ve gotten really in to painting my nails. I’ve gone through stages in my life where having painted nails was important to me (I remember in seventh grade making a goal to have freshly painted nails every week — I don’t think it lasted for more than three weeks), and right now I’m in one of those stages. When my nails are done I feel more put together and pretty, and I think it adds a nice finishing touch to any outfit. 
I’ve never been big into nail art, but I do like fun colors and every once in a while I like doing something a little above and beyond a normal coat of polish. Today I’m teaming up with Cult Cosmetics to show you two easy nail looks that will take hardly any more time than your normal nail painting routine, but will add a big wow factor. 
Cult Cosmetics features a monthly BlackBox with on-trend colors and styles that are sent right to your door. Each nail color is made in California, is vegan and free of any harsh chemicals and toxins, and my favorite part is that the polish is super fast drying, which is helpful for me since I almost always paint my nails right before I go to bed. 
Today Cult Cosmetics is generously giving away two months of their BlackBox to one lucky reader AND offering all my readers 50% off your first box, making it only $9.99! Click here to visit their website and your discount will automatically be applied at checkout, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post! 

My first nail look was with two of the colors that came in my box — “Los Feliz” and “Abbot Kinney.” A super cool antique metallic look that is SO easy.

Start with a fresh coat of “Los Feliz.”
Then open the “Abbot Kinney” color and scrape almost all of the polish off the brush. Then brush the almost-empty polish brush over each nail as much or little as you’d like until each nail has as much metallic as you desire. 
Super easy, right?
My next look is a simple DIY french manicure. I love the look of french manicures, but always have a hard time finding a base color that I like. “Hollywood Hills” is the exact color I’ve been searching for, and although I love it by itself as a perfect natural pink, it’s also great here for a french manicure. 
Start with a fresh coat of “Hollywood Hills.” 
To achieve a perfect french tip, use the white nail art lacquer (NA1 White) with the long thin brush.
Paint a continuous line across the tip of your nail, and then fill in the tip. 
Classic, chic, and no one will know you did it all by yourself!
And now for the giveaway…
One lucky reader will win a 2-month subscription to Cult Cosmetic’s BlackBox, which contains 3+ nail polishes and a nail art tool in each box.  
TO ENTER: Visit Cult Cosmetics and enter your email address to become a member (totally free and no obligations!) and have a look around their site. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me which Cult color is your favorite! 
Please include your email address in the comment so you can be reached if you win!
This giveaway will be open for one week and will close on February 6th at midnight. Open to US and Canada readers only. Good luck!
WINNER!
  • The second nailart is so chic and pretty! Love it!
    Xx
    Rhea
    http://www.fuss.co.in

  • Love the El Matador color. Looks like the perfect red!

  • the rose bowl looks pretty. I'll have to look into this company. I stopped painting my nails because of all of the junk in most polishes

  • I've just started painting my nails a lot (it's usually twice a week since I can never keep them looking nice!) and have been looking for the perfect green and Runyon looks like it could be a winner! cmentillo(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Loving the color Boneyards! sstr0615@gmail.com

  • K

    I like Catalina or Chateau Marmont

  • Too many cute colors I can't decide! My top three are Weho, Runyon and Rose Bowl!! SO CUTE!

  • I love Point Dumont. I've been looking for a good blue!
    kelsi.leavitt@gmail.com

  • My favorite cult color is Boneyards – I'm always on the search for the perfect grey color.

    Email address used: cpresto11@gmail.com

  • I like the boneyard shade. wtiger9 @ bellsouth .net

  • Joshua Tree is a really pretty nude!

  • My daughters love the boneyard shade and the Point Dumont. They are teenagers who love to paint their nails. This would be a fun treat for them.

  • I've bee wanting to try them! I like the color dogtown! My email is cstone412.cs at gmail dot com.

  • I love their modern matte color! So simple. Email, wes.makeachange@gmail.com

  • Ohh I love the Point Dume!

  • I stopped painting my nails the second someone introduced me to Jamberry. They are awesome!

  • I Love Griffith park! Is it lame that it's black? I just need a good black polish. Plus I saw them do the matt black French tip look on there website and I love that. sdescha1ne@aol.com

  • Stay Gold or Rose Bowl are gorgeous! Email: robandemliddle@gmail.com

  • I love the matte options! emmalynnwebster@gmail.com

  • Abbot Kinney looks pretty awesome! benandalli @ gmail.com

  • El Matador is the PERFECT shade of red! https://www.cultcosmetics.com/products/el-matador my email is themickeyness (at) gmail.com though i registered for the website using my work email. Thanks!

  • Rose bowl is my favorite!
    Lauren.ashley.aiken@gmail.com

  • I love Rose Bowl. Reds don't look great on me, but that is a nice bright color that would be perfect. Mjaugusti at gmail.com

  • oooo I love hollywood hills! Thank you!

  • I signed up with the email tarah716 at ymail.com – I really love the "Stay Gold"

  • I signed up with the email elisabeth.k.walker@gmail.com and I love the "Griffith Park" color!

  • Boneyards and catalina are my favorites! saramiller04@gmail.com

  • Point Dume is my favourite colour sharonhuxford@netscape.net

  • Love the purples and blues specifically Catalina. lasatermeg@gmail.com

  • This is so cool! I'm also going through one of those nail polish phases too.. Haha, I signed up and my favorite color on their website is 'Catalina' (which is funny because my last name is CatalAnO! 🙂 my email: n.catalano@me.com

  • Love, love, Love the Chateau Marmont color. GORGEOUS!
    seanrconn@gmail.com

  • These colors are amazing. I love the Mulhullond one the best. email: apicazo@umich.edu

  • I really love Rose Bowl and Catalina!
    annbates21@gmail.com

  • Boneyards looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway! crannberri7@hotmail.com

  • I love the Boneyards color! kristenblick@gmail.com

  • I love the weho! katrihakes(at)gmail(dot)com

  • I love runyon! karenyuan@gmail.com

  • I love all of the colors, especially joshua tree and weho! sdclement@msn.com

  • I love Boneyards and Chateau Marmont! Sarahjlarsen@yahoo.com

  • My favorite is their stay gold! Margaret_michel@yahoo.com

  • I like the Point Dume color, love that blue! gapgirl031@hotmail.com

  • Joshua Tree!! Hope I win!! nicoledinsbach@gmail.com

  • Super great colors! I love the matte black 🙂 annamtrout@gmail.com

  • I think I like the Point Doom the best! But there are a couple that were also up there. I would love to win!!

    lisajohnson3@gmail.com

  • Absolutely LOVE this idea! Love the Catalina color and signed up for an account.

  • I just started painting my nails a month ago (for the first time ever) in a desperate attempt to stop biting them. So far it's working. So I think my effort would be very reinforced with some new color. El Matador looks like the right kind of red and I like Joshua Tree for its sweetness.

  • I love Joshua Tree.
    holliister at gmail dot com

  • Joshua tree is the perfect natural shade! Christine114@gmail.com

  • catalina! i love all the fun colors! jdrichardson22(at)gmail.com

  • I like boneyards 🙂

    emilyjodi at gmail dot com

  • Weho is my favorite Cult fingernail polish. Thanks for the giveaway! sarah@mtemercy.org

  • Sunset Boulevard is too cute! karlawithak27 at gmail dot com

  • I like Hollywood Hills – lighter colors like that are really appealing to me at the moment! Thanks for the giveaway!
    jdanz37 at gmail dot com

  • I love Joshua Tree (a nice neutral) and Rose Bowl…it's one of the prettiest blush colors I've seen! ebciwixom at gmail dot com

  • It's between Catalina and Boneyards. Thanks for the chance to win! ksmith8@emich.edu

  • Love Chateau Marmont. karastutz at hotmail dot com

  • Joshua Tree or Dogtown. mekmadhatter at gmail dot com

  • Ooh I love the rose bowl!
    Lizziewestfall1@gmail.com

  • Really like Chateau Marmont!
    nkcaughey@gmail.com

  • I love the sunset blvd and the El Matador!
    keshakeke(at)gmail(dot)com

  • My favorite color is Suset Blvd – I love gold!

    kimbercrafts (at) gmail (dot) com

  • I love sunset blvd and joshua tree!
    tiggergrl117@gmail.com

  • I love Boneyards, Chateau Marmont, and the DTLA….want the Modern Matte!

    momoftheklan@hotmail.com

  • Joshua Tree and Boneyards. Oh my heck, Boneyards.

    amylee(at)dostuffmakestuff(dot)com

    dostuffmakestuff.com

  • kp

    I love Rose Bowl and the Fall Classics trio pack!
    Kelli
    fiftiesgirl@ca.rr.com

  • I'm loving Point Dume and Weho. So cute.

    mel.y.tung(at)gmail.com

  • Love Boneyards! lizettereiss@yahoo.com

  • Love Boneyards! lizettereiss@yahoo.com

  • Thanks for the giveaway! I like boneyards or joshua tree. ninjaracechik @ yahoo.com

    -AJ

  • Joshua Tree!
    Lifelongdance(at)gmail.com

  • I am loving Paradise cove and the i love matte for u blackbox mini nail art kit!

    m deaner 86 at gmail dot com

  • I entered my email on their site to sign up for their emails!

    Kayla

    kaylajmorris@gmail.com

  • My favorite is the stay gold color! So pretty and classy!! I would LOVE this!! I too have started loving nail polish, but I haven't found one I like yet, that will stay on for more than 1 day! I would love to try this one! Thanks for the opportunity!!

    Kaylajmorris@gmail.com

  • My favorite is Joshua Tree! Ive been on the hunt for a good nude!
    jacquelineburvill at hotmail dot com

  • I love the WEHO. I am not over glitter polishes just yet.

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