Nails and Ales

I love beer and I love nail art. This is where I combine them for a pleasurable experience. Sometimes the beer inspires the nail art, sometimes the nail art inspires the beer.

Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert On either of these subjects. This is strictly for fun so take a deep breath and enjoy!
Surfs Up Mani w/ Ballast Point’s Pale Ale

Nails: Took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do here, as I sure as hell wasn’t about to paint a fish on my fingers. I thought I’d paint the background blue and and do a white moon with rays, but that would just look like Sarita’s mani. So, I opted for a little bit more depth. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Blue It and then I used some yellow acrylic paint in the bottom far corner of each nail to mimic the sun shining through the water:

Next, I painted 1 coat of Dashing Diva’s Water Taxi on top so the blue wasn’t so harsh:

Then I took on my handy-dandy fan brush to work on the “waves.” I love this brush for many reasons, but it’s so perfect for getting a fun swipe on your nails:

As you can see above, I mixed some white and blue together for a light blue color to start and I simply laid the brush flat and swiped from the bottom, far corner to the top near corner on each nail:

This light blue color is the base shade of the wave, so you can make this stroke a bit longer so it will peak through the next color. Next up was white (I waited until the light blue was completely dry). Same placement and motion, but a smaller stroke:

Those bottom corners where all the paint is were a bit sloppy, so I took a small-tipped brush and filled them in with white to make them clean, topped them off with Seche Vite and we were off to the beach! (I wish):

Most people who saw this mentioned right away that it looked like a wave, so my job here is done. You can do this in so many other fun color combos too. I just love the swipe method. Also, did you notice my new nail shape? I’m trying out the almond shape here a bit, as my nails are now long enough to do it. Not sure I like it…definitely feel like my grandma. Maybe it’ll grow on me.
Ale: Never had me a Ballast Point brew before (from San Diego), but they really love their fishies. All sorts of different ones on the label:

What is this guy? A yellowtail? I think so. Anyway, the beer wasn’t up my alley. It poured a cloudy yellow with minimal head. The taste of bitter dough and yeast were overwhelming. No traces of hops. I am definitely willing to try a different Ballast brew, but this one was not for me. I give it a 3 out of 10 nails.
Sorry this post was so short! I’m heading out the door right now to go to the Newport Folk Fest and ambush Newport Storm Brewery with my nails. Special edition post coming your way next week!

Surfs Up Mani w/ Ballast Point’s Pale Ale


Nails: Took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do here, as I sure as hell wasn’t about to paint a fish on my fingers. I thought I’d paint the background blue and and do a white moon with rays, but that would just look like Sarita’s mani. So, I opted for a little bit more depth. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Blue It and then I used some yellow acrylic paint in the bottom far corner of each nail to mimic the sun shining through the water:

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Next, I painted 1 coat of Dashing Diva’s Water Taxi on top so the blue wasn’t so harsh:

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Then I took on my handy-dandy fan brush to work on the “waves.” I love this brush for many reasons, but it’s so perfect for getting a fun swipe on your nails:

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As you can see above, I mixed some white and blue together for a light blue color to start and I simply laid the brush flat and swiped from the bottom, far corner to the top near corner on each nail:

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This light blue color is the base shade of the wave, so you can make this stroke a bit longer so it will peak through the next color. Next up was white (I waited until the light blue was completely dry). Same placement and motion, but a smaller stroke:

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Those bottom corners where all the paint is were a bit sloppy, so I took a small-tipped brush and filled them in with white to make them clean, topped them off with Seche Vite and we were off to the beach! (I wish):

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Most people who saw this mentioned right away that it looked like a wave, so my job here is done. You can do this in so many other fun color combos too. I just love the swipe method. Also, did you notice my new nail shape? I’m trying out the almond shape here a bit, as my nails are now long enough to do it. Not sure I like it…definitely feel like my grandma. Maybe it’ll grow on me.

Ale: Never had me a Ballast Point brew before (from San Diego), but they really love their fishies. All sorts of different ones on the label:

beer

What is this guy? A yellowtail? I think so. Anyway, the beer wasn’t up my alley. It poured a cloudy yellow with minimal head. The taste of bitter dough and yeast were overwhelming. No traces of hops. I am definitely willing to try a different Ballast brew, but this one was not for me. I give it a 3 out of 10 nails.

Sorry this post was so short! I’m heading out the door right now to go to the Newport Folk Fest and ambush Newport Storm Brewery with my nails. Special edition post coming your way next week!

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Hippie Mani w/ Ithaca’s Flower Power IPA feat. Maggie
Nails: My first traveling NailsandAles! I went up to the Upper West Side last Saturday to paint my friend Maggie’s nails. She had this beer picked out for months (gotta love that)! We decided to try out the water marble technique, which I have never done before but thought it would be perfect for that 60’s look we were trying to accomplish. 
First, you need to tape around the nail so you won’t have to spend a ton of time on clean-up later:


Our first “dip” was a bit of a fail:


The colors we used weren’t right here. They were also really light, so we did a base color of China Glaze’s Peachy Keen to help make the pattern pop a little more. The yellow and green were too similar and we also didn’t dip the finger in the proper area to get a good pattern. Placement is everything. So, we added an orange to the dip and thought a bit more about where we were placing the nail:

Pretty! Also, here’s an action shot:

It was really nice having other people there to take photos. (Thanks Alan!) Also-side note- I know that my next step has to be shooting video as pictures of these steps don’t really show people how to do them. I’m workin’ on it people, so just hold your horses! (but also be prepared for gratuitous action shots of my cat).
Moving on. Let’s talk about some tips here. You can Google “marble water nail art” to watch some videos on this technique but here’s what we found out:
* move fast. Before you start dropping paint in the water, make sure all the tops are unscrewed on the paint you’re going to use. You want to drop the paint really quickly because once this paint starts to dry, it’s difficult to draw a design into it. 
* we used room temperature bottled water here and while I’ve heard you have to change it out after every nail, I was able to use the same water for at least 3 nails with no problem. Don’t waste water, people. 
*  I painted Maggie’s nails with a peach color before dipping them, just to get a more vibrant pattern, as the paint color thins out significantly after you drop it into the water. Darker shades definitely work better here.
* once you’ve “drawn” your design in the paint, choose your favorite spot to dip the nail. Don’t go dipping all willy-nilly, you don’t want to have to re-do anything. 
Here’s the final outcome:

Love this look! There are so many things you can do to make this your own and every nail is going to look different. I used a dotting tool to paint a flower on the middle fingers and we were done!

Ale: The name and the label of this beer don’t really match the flavor. You look at this label and think “Hmm, it’s going to be fruity and sweet in flavor and maybe light and girly.” (ewwww, “girly”!) But then you take a sip and holy shit, it’s a really amazing and flavorful IPA.

As I have said before, IPAs are my fave so maybe I’m biased, but this IPA was just wonderful. Flower Power is Maggie’s favorite beer and I can see why. The color is this lovely golden amber and it pours with a light head and medium carbonation. The nose is very flowery, which I assume helped to give it its name, but the taste does not have that same flowery note. Perfect blend of hops and light citrus. Maggie noted that she actually isn’t an IPA drinker but she likes this beer because it tastes OF hops, but not LIKE hops and it almost had a wheat beer flavor coming through. As someone who loves the smell and taste of hops, Flower Power satisfied me. Maggie’s right, it’s not too strong, but it’s definitely there. An IPA that hop-haters and hop-lovers can both enjoy? We are one step closer to world peace, people (annnnd this post has come full circle). Flower Power gets a 9 out of 10 nails. And is Toby-approved:

(THANKS MAGGIE!)

Hippie Mani w/ Ithaca’s Flower Power IPA feat. Maggie

Nails: My first traveling NailsandAles! I went up to the Upper West Side last Saturday to paint my friend Maggie’s nails. She had this beer picked out for months (gotta love that)! We decided to try out the water marble technique, which I have never done before but thought it would be perfect for that 60’s look we were trying to accomplish. 

First, you need to tape around the nail so you won’t have to spend a ton of time on clean-up later:

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Our first “dip” was a bit of a fail:

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The colors we used weren’t right here. They were also really light, so we did a base color of China Glaze’s Peachy Keen to help make the pattern pop a little more. The yellow and green were too similar and we also didn’t dip the finger in the proper area to get a good pattern. Placement is everything. So, we added an orange to the dip and thought a bit more about where we were placing the nail:

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Pretty! Also, here’s an action shot:

Meg

It was really nice having other people there to take photos. (Thanks Alan!) Also-side note- I know that my next step has to be shooting video as pictures of these steps don’t really show people how to do them. I’m workin’ on it people, so just hold your horses! (but also be prepared for gratuitous action shots of my cat).

Moving on. Let’s talk about some tips here. You can Google “marble water nail art” to watch some videos on this technique but here’s what we found out:

* move fast. Before you start dropping paint in the water, make sure all the tops are unscrewed on the paint you’re going to use. You want to drop the paint really quickly because once this paint starts to dry, it’s difficult to draw a design into it. 

* we used room temperature bottled water here and while I’ve heard you have to change it out after every nail, I was able to use the same water for at least 3 nails with no problem. Don’t waste water, people. 

*  I painted Maggie’s nails with a peach color before dipping them, just to get a more vibrant pattern, as the paint color thins out significantly after you drop it into the water. Darker shades definitely work better here.

* once you’ve “drawn” your design in the paint, choose your favorite spot to dip the nail. Don’t go dipping all willy-nilly, you don’t want to have to re-do anything. 

Here’s the final outcome:

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Love this look! There are so many things you can do to make this your own and every nail is going to look different. I used a dotting tool to paint a flower on the middle fingers and we were done!

final 2

Ale: The name and the label of this beer don’t really match the flavor. You look at this label and think “Hmm, it’s going to be fruity and sweet in flavor and maybe light and girly.” (ewwww, “girly”!) But then you take a sip and holy shit, it’s a really amazing and flavorful IPA.

beer

As I have said before, IPAs are my fave so maybe I’m biased, but this IPA was just wonderful. Flower Power is Maggie’s favorite beer and I can see why. The color is this lovely golden amber and it pours with a light head and medium carbonation. The nose is very flowery, which I assume helped to give it its name, but the taste does not have that same flowery note. Perfect blend of hops and light citrus. Maggie noted that she actually isn’t an IPA drinker but she likes this beer because it tastes OF hops, but not LIKE hops and it almost had a wheat beer flavor coming through. As someone who loves the smell and taste of hops, Flower Power satisfied me. Maggie’s right, it’s not too strong, but it’s definitely there. An IPA that hop-haters and hop-lovers can both enjoy? We are one step closer to world peace, people (annnnd this post has come full circle). Flower Power gets a 9 out of 10 nails. And is Toby-approved:

toby

(THANKS MAGGIE!)

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Border Mani w/ Birra del Borgo’s Rubus Raspberry Ale
Nails: This post took me weeks to complete. That’s sad. A couple weeks ago I sat down to complete this mani and decided to mock up the raspberries on the label (the photo is a negative and in green, so I actually didn’t know they were raspberries for a while…). So I painted my base in Sally Hansen’s The Real Teal and then I dipped a drinking straw into some acrylic paint and made a sort of chain-link design on the nails:

But it just wasn’t right. The paint I used was too red so I kept meaning to add some more pink to it but never got around to it. Also, people kept saying it looked like a turtle shell, which it did. I liked the design, but it just wasn’t working here. Eventually I had to take it off and I just got around to re-doing this one. “Second time’s a charm” is the saying, right?
Take 2: I painted a base of So Laque’s Rose Vamp (just one coat):

(Wait for this to completely dry or else the next step will be shit.) Then I used Sally Hansen’s The Real Teal and (very slowly) painted the inside of the nail, leaving a thin pink border (2 coats here):

After letting this dry, I used the pink again to paint a draped french tip. This was a pain, as this polish is on its last legs and trying to paint a design with sticky polish is the bane of my existence. I added some nail polish remover to the bottle to try and keep it alive for this mani and we barely made it through! Crisis diverted. As with every mani, I slapped some Seche Vite on top and we were off!


Ale: This was a gift given to me for my bday and the labels colors are so fun and perfect for spring/summer. Birra del Borgo is in Italy and after translating their website, here’s what you get:
"The love story all in pink between the Raspberries and the Duchess. Made sweeping adventure of spontaneous and controlled fermentation, passion and time. An extraordinary plot to Enjoy."
haha, I fucking love that. Some things are better when they’re lost in translation.
As I do with most fruit-flavored beers, I expected the beer flavor to be at the front, with the fruit flavor playing a much smaller role. This was the complete opposite, but I love raspberries so I didn’t mind! The color is thick and dark, almost red:

Carbonation is at an extreme minimum, which is probably why this beer bottle comes with a reusable cap(!) as you could probably keep it for a couple days after opening. Rubus has a super authentic raspberry flavor with a tangy bitterness that makes you pucker after every sip (in a good way!) This is definitely more of a dessert beer or something to enjoy one of, very slowly. I really enjoyed this “le bizzarre” ale: 8 out of 10 nails.
PS- They have a beer called “Hoppy Cat”!! OMG. I’ll be looking for this one. In the meantime, here’s a pic of Chuck and my nails:

Border Mani w/ Birra del Borgo’s Rubus Raspberry Ale

Nails: This post took me weeks to complete. That’s sad. A couple weeks ago I sat down to complete this mani and decided to mock up the raspberries on the label (the photo is a negative and in green, so I actually didn’t know they were raspberries for a while…). So I painted my base in Sally Hansen’s The Real Teal and then I dipped a drinking straw into some acrylic paint and made a sort of chain-link design on the nails:

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But it just wasn’t right. The paint I used was too red so I kept meaning to add some more pink to it but never got around to it. Also, people kept saying it looked like a turtle shell, which it did. I liked the design, but it just wasn’t working here. Eventually I had to take it off and I just got around to re-doing this one. “Second time’s a charm” is the saying, right?

Take 2: I painted a base of So Laque’s Rose Vamp (just one coat):

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(Wait for this to completely dry or else the next step will be shit.) Then I used Sally Hansen’s The Real Teal and (very slowly) painted the inside of the nail, leaving a thin pink border (2 coats here):

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After letting this dry, I used the pink again to paint a draped french tip. This was a pain, as this polish is on its last legs and trying to paint a design with sticky polish is the bane of my existence. I added some nail polish remover to the bottle to try and keep it alive for this mani and we barely made it through! Crisis diverted. As with every mani, I slapped some Seche Vite on top and we were off!

final

Ale: This was a gift given to me for my bday and the labels colors are so fun and perfect for spring/summer. Birra del Borgo is in Italy and after translating their website, here’s what you get:

"The love story all in pink between the Raspberries and the Duchess. Made sweeping adventure of spontaneous and controlled fermentation, passion and time. An extraordinary plot to Enjoy."

haha, I fucking love that. Some things are better when they’re lost in translation.

As I do with most fruit-flavored beers, I expected the beer flavor to be at the front, with the fruit flavor playing a much smaller role. This was the complete opposite, but I love raspberries so I didn’t mind! The color is thick and dark, almost red:

beer

Carbonation is at an extreme minimum, which is probably why this beer bottle comes with a reusable cap(!) as you could probably keep it for a couple days after opening. Rubus has a super authentic raspberry flavor with a tangy bitterness that makes you pucker after every sip (in a good way!) This is definitely more of a dessert beer or something to enjoy one of, very slowly. I really enjoyed this “le bizzarre” ale: 8 out of 10 nails.

PS- They have a beer called “Hoppy Cat”!! OMG. I’ll be looking for this one. In the meantime, here’s a pic of Chuck and my nails:

chuck

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Happy 4th! At Kobayashi’s new hotdog eating contest. #crifdogs #kobayashi

Happy 4th! At Kobayashi’s new hotdog eating contest. #crifdogs #kobayashi

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4th of July Mani w/ Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale feat. Cristin

Nails: I enlisted my fried Cristin for this tribute to the 4th of July as I found out the other week that she’s a big fan of supporting our country via her nails. Check it: this girl sketches out 4th of July designs on paper and takes them to her manicurist! Love it. We started with a base of Sally Hansen’s Cherry Red on all nails. We decided to use the pointer and ring fingers as accent nails and painted vertical stripes in Creative’s King’s Ransom (a really nice silver/gold color) on each of them. While those dried, I used the same polish to paint a thick stripe diagonally on all of the other nails to mock the golden trimming on this label. Both of these steps were done using the polish brush itself. Then I used a tiny brush to paint a thin strip of blue on the bottom of the stripes on each of the non-accent nails: 

Next, I used Sally Hansen’s Blue It for the French tip on the accent nails. We made the French about 1/3 of the tip of the nail: 
The stars on the accent nails were the final touch. I tried using a very tiny dotter tool to make these tiny stars with a white polish but when the polish gets the least bit sticky, it’s useless. So I switched to white acrylic paint and a tiny, wide, flat brush to get these done. Happy birthday, America!


Ale: This beer is brought to us by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co. I love Anchor beers, but have never had this one before. 

The color is a nice light amber with a pretty thick head, as you can see here. Cristin described it as a “medium” beer and I have to agree. It’s pretty well-balanced in flavor and feel. The nose struck me as odd because it was almost a little fishy…but the flavor was nothing like that. A really nice, even bitterness that’s not too intense. A great choice of brew to enjoy on the 4th! I give it an 8 out of 10 nails. 

Thanks for lending your nails, Cristin!
Enjoy your 4th everyone!

4th of July Mani w/ Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale feat. Cristin


Nails: I enlisted my fried Cristin for this tribute to the 4th of July as I found out the other week that she’s a big fan of supporting our country via her nails. Check it: this girl sketches out 4th of July designs on paper and takes them to her manicurist! Love it. We started with a base of Sally Hansen’s Cherry Red on all nails. We decided to use the pointer and ring fingers as accent nails and painted vertical stripes in Creative’s King’s Ransom (a really nice silver/gold color) on each of them. While those dried, I used the same polish to paint a thick stripe diagonally on all of the other nails to mock the golden trimming on this label. Both of these steps were done using the polish brush itself. Then I used a tiny brush to paint a thin strip of blue on the bottom of the stripes on each of the non-accent nails: 

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Next, I used Sally Hansen’s Blue It for the French tip on the accent nails. We made the French about 1/3 of the tip of the nail: 

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The stars on the accent nails were the final touch. I tried using a very tiny dotter tool to make these tiny stars with a white polish but when the polish gets the least bit sticky, it’s useless. So I switched to white acrylic paint and a tiny, wide, flat brush to get these done. Happy birthday, America!

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Ale: This beer is brought to us by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co. I love Anchor beers, but have never had this one before. 

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The color is a nice light amber with a pretty thick head, as you can see here. Cristin described it as a “medium” beer and I have to agree. It’s pretty well-balanced in flavor and feel. The nose struck me as odd because it was almost a little fishy…but the flavor was nothing like that. A really nice, even bitterness that’s not too intense. A great choice of brew to enjoy on the 4th! I give it an 8 out of 10 nails. 

Thanks for lending your nails, Cristin!

Enjoy your 4th everyone!

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Chuck is helpin’ me pick colors for the next #nailsandales. #goodkitty  (Taken with Instagram)

Chuck is helpin’ me pick colors for the next #nailsandales. #goodkitty (Taken with Instagram)

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Sun Ray Mani w/ Hitachino Nest’s Commemorative Ale feat. Sarita Louise Moore

Nails: It took me a little time to get this mani off the ground, as I tried to use my new acrylic paints for the design and found that they end up being really streaky if you’re trying to color in something. I’m not a painter so maybe I need to figure out how much water to add to get the right consistency, but for today I went back to using polish. I started with a base coat of Sally Hansens Pacific Blue. This color looks amazing on Sarita’s skin. Damn. Then, I cut out small half circles on the edge of a piece of painters tape to get a nice clean red moon using New York  Color’s Times Square Tangerine.

After this, I was able to use the acrylic paint for the “rays”. I used a very thin brush with bristles about 3/4 an inch long and simply laid it down on the nail and brought it directly back up ( don’t drag it here, the acrylic paint won’t leave a nice clean evenly colored line):

After that, we slapped some Seche Vite on these puppies and Sarita was good to go! 
By the way, this was my first time meeting Sarita and she was AWESOME. She is a dancer/choreographer/yogi. Check out her stuff here!
Ale: I always notice Hitachino Nest beers (from Kiuchi Brewery in Japan) when I’m out shopping. The adorable owl catches my attention (as I’m sure it does many ladies) but I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Just look at how cute he is:

The Commemorative Ale has a beautiful deep amber color. The nose is honey and rust in equal parts. The initial rust flavor can be very abrasive but for 8% ABV, this beer is exceptionally smooth. It’s thick and syrupy and the high alcohol content definitely warms you up fast! Very very light carbonation. There’s a flavor about this beer that we both couldn’t describe, but we did agree that it is delicious. I can honestly say I have never had a beer like this before. Maybe this is because Kiuchi uses a “hint” of their traditional sake brewing method to produce their beers. Who knows. Definitely want to have this around in the winter time to keep me warm! 8 out of 10 nails. 
And here’s a photo of the nails out and about drinkin’ some coffee to sober up. THANKS SARITA!

Sun Ray Mani w/ Hitachino Nest’s Commemorative Ale feat. Sarita Louise Moore

Nails: It took me a little time to get this mani off the ground, as I tried to use my new acrylic paints for the design and found that they end up being really streaky if you’re trying to color in something. I’m not a painter so maybe I need to figure out how much water to add to get the right consistency, but for today I went back to using polish. I started with a base coat of Sally Hansens Pacific Blue. This color looks amazing on Sarita’s skin. Damn. Then, I cut out small half circles on the edge of a piece of painters tape to get a nice clean red moon using New York  Color’s Times Square Tangerine.

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After this, I was able to use the acrylic paint for the “rays”. I used a very thin brush with bristles about 3/4 an inch long and simply laid it down on the nail and brought it directly back up ( don’t drag it here, the acrylic paint won’t leave a nice clean evenly colored line):

After that, we slapped some Seche Vite on these puppies and Sarita was good to go! 

By the way, this was my first time meeting Sarita and she was AWESOME. She is a dancer/choreographer/yogi. Check out her stuff here!

Ale: I always notice Hitachino Nest beers (from Kiuchi Brewery in Japan) when I’m out shopping. The adorable owl catches my attention (as I’m sure it does many ladies) but I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Just look at how cute he is:

The Commemorative Ale has a beautiful deep amber color. The nose is honey and rust in equal parts. The initial rust flavor can be very abrasive but for 8% ABV, this beer is exceptionally smooth. It’s thick and syrupy and the high alcohol content definitely warms you up fast! Very very light carbonation. There’s a flavor about this beer that we both couldn’t describe, but we did agree that it is delicious. I can honestly say I have never had a beer like this before. Maybe this is because Kiuchi uses a “hint” of their traditional sake brewing method to produce their beers. Who knows. Definitely want to have this around in the winter time to keep me warm! 8 out of 10 nails. 

And here’s a photo of the nails out and about drinkin’ some coffee to sober up. THANKS SARITA!

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Ombré Mani and Beer Mug Accent Nails w/ Brooklyn Brewery’s Radius Belgian Pale Ale at BK Beer Fest (phew!)
I did this mani specifically for the BK Beer Fest that took place on Saturday, June 16th in Williamsburg and decided to pay homage to Brooklyn Brewery’s Radius to keep this mani completely BK-themed. Radius is only available in Brooklyn and I’m pretty positive it’s only available on tap. I found an image of the logo online and went with that, hoping that the tap would be similar, if not the same. Luckily, it matched pretty darn well! 

Nails: This was my first try at an ombré mani and I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be. There are quite a few different ways of doing an ombré, or gradient, mani as you’ll quickly find out after searching for how-tos on Youtube. I chose the sponge method and started out with a base in Sally Hansen’s Mellow Yellow and then painted the top half of each nail (minus the ring fingers) with New York Color’s Times Square Tangerine. 


After letting these dry for a bit, I painted a strip of each color on the fat end of a makeup sponge:


Next, I laid the sponge on the edge of the nail and gently rolled it to the other side. After you do this, you can just start dabbing it up and down quickly to blend. If it’s still a bit rough, put some color on the small end of the sponge and use that to get a more accurate blend. Don’t be too nit-picky here. If the sponge leaves bumpy marks on your polish, don’t freak. Your top coat (if you have a decent one) will help smooth these out and make the polish look more blended. After that was done, I painted a white French tip on each of the accent nails (this doesn’t have to be a straight line, as it’s emulating bubbly foam):


Next, I used an x-acto knife to trim down the “Gold Bubbles” DesignFX decals (from Dashing Diva) to the proper size and placed them under the “foam”. Top everything with Seche Vite and you’re done! 


Nope. No you are not done. I thought I was finished after this and was about to go to bed when I realized that my nails looked a LOT like candy corn. Guh.

Before the fest the next morning, I went about trying to make my nails look somewhat presentable. I took a super old polish I have (doesn’t even have a color name…) and painted 2 coats over the ombré nails. This turned out to be just the right thing to tone down the colors and make this mani work, giving the nails a lovely golden sheen. Ta da! Candy corn be damned!


After hanging at the Brooklyn Beer Fest for a couple hours, I approached the Brooklyn Brewery table and told the guy pouring beers (I think his name was Patrick) allllllll about my blog. Shameless! He’s a dude, so I understand that he wouldn’t give two craps about a nail art blog, but he graciously let me stand behind the table and have a little photo shoot. Thanks Patrick! You made my day. 



(Note, and try not to be too jealous of, the penis pretzel necklace. My friends and I have learned in the past few years that people LOVE this necklace, but I learned on Saturday just how much it leaves an impression. I had 2 people recognize me from the NYC Craft Beer Festival back in March. One guy even had a photo of me on his iPhone! This is funny, but also kind of weird…)


Ale: Yes, I reside in Brooklyn. No, I have never tried Radius before. One reason is because I haven’t seen it around a whole lot. The second reason is because I don’t go for Belgian ales, it just ain’t my thang. I’ll admit that this tasting is a bit hazy, as I had been drinking all sorts of different beers for the 2 hours previous, but I do remember myself not hating it. It’s a pretty light-colored beer, which is never appetizing to me, but it had a bit of a bite to it and that is enough for me to want to take a second go-around with this one.

It was refreshing and light and seemed to be the quintessential summertime refreshment. Not too Belgian-y. I’m definitely going to need to seek out this beer for another taste to give you a more complete review. In the meantime I’m going to give it 7 out of 10 nails because if I don’t remember anything else, I DO remember raising my eyebrows in surprise after my first sip…and that is never a bad thing.


(PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Tyler!)

Ombré Mani and Beer Mug Accent Nails w/ Brooklyn Brewery’s Radius Belgian Pale Ale at BK Beer Fest (phew!)

I did this mani specifically for the BK Beer Fest that took place on Saturday, June 16th in Williamsburg and decided to pay homage to Brooklyn Brewery’s Radius to keep this mani completely BK-themed. Radius is only available in Brooklyn and I’m pretty positive it’s only available on tap. I found an image of the logo online and went with that, hoping that the tap would be similar, if not the same. Luckily, it matched pretty darn well! 
Nails: This was my first try at an ombré mani and I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be. There are quite a few different ways of doing an ombré, or gradient, mani as you’ll quickly find out after searching for how-tos on Youtube. I chose the sponge method and started out with a base in Sally Hansen’s Mellow Yellow and then painted the top half of each nail (minus the ring fingers) with New York Color’s Times Square Tangerine. 
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After letting these dry for a bit, I painted a strip of each color on the fat end of a makeup sponge:
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Next, I laid the sponge on the edge of the nail and gently rolled it to the other side. After you do this, you can just start dabbing it up and down quickly to blend. If it’s still a bit rough, put some color on the small end of the sponge and use that to get a more accurate blend. Don’t be too nit-picky here. If the sponge leaves bumpy marks on your polish, don’t freak. Your top coat (if you have a decent one) will help smooth these out and make the polish look more blended. After that was done, I painted a white French tip on each of the accent nails (this doesn’t have to be a straight line, as it’s emulating bubbly foam):
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Next, I used an x-acto knife to trim down the “Gold Bubbles” DesignFX decals (from Dashing Diva) to the proper size and placed them under the “foam”. Top everything with Seche Vite and you’re done! 
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Nope. No you are not done. I thought I was finished after this and was about to go to bed when I realized that my nails looked a LOT like candy corn. Guh.
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Before the fest the next morning, I went about trying to make my nails look somewhat presentable. I took a super old polish I have (doesn’t even have a color name…) and painted 2 coats over the ombré nails. This turned out to be just the right thing to tone down the colors and make this mani work, giving the nails a lovely golden sheen. Ta da! Candy corn be damned!
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After hanging at the Brooklyn Beer Fest for a couple hours, I approached the Brooklyn Brewery table and told the guy pouring beers (I think his name was Patrick) allllllll about my blog. Shameless! He’s a dude, so I understand that he wouldn’t give two craps about a nail art blog, but he graciously let me stand behind the table and have a little photo shoot. Thanks Patrick! You made my day. 
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(Note, and try not to be too jealous of, the penis pretzel necklace. My friends and I have learned in the past few years that people LOVE this necklace, but I learned on Saturday just how much it leaves an impression. I had 2 people recognize me from the NYC Craft Beer Festival back in March. One guy even had a photo of me on his iPhone! This is funny, but also kind of weird…)
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Ale: Yes, I reside in Brooklyn. No, I have never tried Radius before. One reason is because I haven’t seen it around a whole lot. The second reason is because I don’t go for Belgian ales, it just ain’t my thang. I’ll admit that this tasting is a bit hazy, as I had been drinking all sorts of different beers for the 2 hours previous, but I do remember myself not hating it. It’s a pretty light-colored beer, which is never appetizing to me, but it had a bit of a bite to it and that is enough for me to want to take a second go-around with this one.
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It was refreshing and light and seemed to be the quintessential summertime refreshment. Not too Belgian-y. I’m definitely going to need to seek out this beer for another taste to give you a more complete review. In the meantime I’m going to give it 7 out of 10 nails because if I don’t remember anything else, I DO remember raising my eyebrows in surprise after my first sip…and that is never a bad thing.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Justin Tyler!)
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I’m super busy this week and won’t be able to upload my BK Beer Fest special edition post until Tuesday morning, but here’s a sneak peek at the mani! 

I’m super busy this week and won’t be able to upload my BK Beer Fest special edition post until Tuesday morning, but here’s a sneak peek at the mani! 

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