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!
Testing out a beer mug mani for @bkbeerfest this weekend! Do you like? #nailsandales #nailart #beer  (Taken with Instagram)

Testing out a beer mug mani for @bkbeerfest this weekend! Do you like? #nailsandales #nailart #beer (Taken with Instagram)

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Look what just came in the mail! Can’t wait to use all this goodness in this week’s #nailsandales! #nailart #beer (Taken with Instagram)

Look what just came in the mail! Can’t wait to use all this goodness in this week’s #nailsandales! #nailart #beer (Taken with Instagram)

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Ivy Mani w/ Thornbridge Brewery’s Jaipur India Pale Ale
Nails: This beer was given to me as a bday present from my roomie. Nice pick, Jenni! This label is so beautiful. The woman on the label is Flora, the Goddess of Flowers and Thornbridge’s website states “Like our beers she represents, beautiful elegance and is a compliment to the craft of her maker.” Aw, I like that. On another note, I got a new kit to carry all my nail stuff in! Movin’ on up people, movin’ on up. Here’s Chuck guarding the shit out of it:


I really love the gold design on the label, so I decided to emulate it on the nails. I tried buying some lace today, laying it over my base color, painting the accent color over that and then pealing off the lace to reveal a sweet lace design. Don’t do that. It was a fucking mess. So I stuck to hand-painting, which seems to be my go-to tactic when crafty gimmicks fail. First, I painted my base using Sally Hansen’s Sun Kissed which is the most perfectly orange color (another Jenni contribution). I used 3 coats to make it super solid (plus, my nails tend to have horizontal ridges in them, so they sometimes will be discolored if I don’t use enough paint. It’s weird…and annoying). Next, I used Color Club’s Disco Nap to paint on an ivy design, leaving some spaces open in some of the leaves: 



I was just going to leave it at this point as I liked the 2 colors together and the simplicity of the design, but I really wanted to add some purple into the nail to incorporate Flora because I would never hear the end of it from her if I didn’t. So I used a Wet ‘n Wild color here that probably isn’t even made anymore because I think I’ve had this polish since the 90’s (not a joke). I filled in the leaves on the ivy and it really made for a nice accent.The end.


Ale: Thornbridge Brewery in England makes this lovely drink- the Jaipur India Pale Ale.


It pours with a pretty decent head and a light, cloudy color. The color threw me off, as it looks much like a Belgian ale (not my faves), but you remember what your mother used to say? “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Thanks mom! It’s a very light-bodied beer that packs a shit-ton of flavor. So very hoppy, which I lurv. Full of wonderful citrus-y notes as well. It also has a fair amount of very fine carbonation, which adds a bit of sharpness to the overall taste. It’s simply a well-balanced beer. Just the right amount of sweet and bitter. 8.5 out of 10 nails! Yummy yummy.


Ivy Mani w/ Thornbridge Brewery’s Jaipur India Pale Ale

Nails: This beer was given to me as a bday present from my roomie. Nice pick, Jenni! This label is so beautiful. The woman on the label is Flora, the Goddess of Flowers and Thornbridge’s website states “Like our beers she represents, beautiful elegance and is a compliment to the craft of her maker.” Aw, I like that. On another note, I got a new kit to carry all my nail stuff in! Movin’ on up people, movin’ on up. Here’s Chuck guarding the shit out of it:

chuck


I really love the gold design on the label, so I decided to emulate it on the nails. I tried buying some lace today, laying it over my base color, painting the accent color over that and then pealing off the lace to reveal a sweet lace design. Don’t do that. It was a fucking mess. So I stuck to hand-painting, which seems to be my go-to tactic when crafty gimmicks fail. First, I painted my base using Sally Hansen’s Sun Kissed which is the most perfectly orange color (another Jenni contribution). I used 3 coats to make it super solid (plus, my nails tend to have horizontal ridges in them, so they sometimes will be discolored if I don’t use enough paint. It’s weird…and annoying). Next, I used Color Club’s Disco Nap to paint on an ivy design, leaving some spaces open in some of the leaves:
firststep

I was just going to leave it at this point as I liked the 2 colors together and the simplicity of the design, but I really wanted to add some purple into the nail to incorporate Flora because I would never hear the end of it from her if I didn’t. So I used a Wet ‘n Wild color here that probably isn’t even made anymore because I think I’ve had this polish since the 90’s (not a joke). I filled in the leaves on the ivy and it really made for a nice accent.The end.

finished

Ale: Thornbridge Brewery in England makes this lovely drink- the Jaipur India Pale Ale.
beer
It pours with a pretty decent head and a light, cloudy color. The color threw me off, as it looks much like a Belgian ale (not my faves), but you remember what your mother used to say? “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Thanks mom! It’s a very light-bodied beer that packs a shit-ton of flavor. So very hoppy, which I lurv. Full of wonderful citrus-y notes as well. It also has a fair amount of very fine carbonation, which adds a bit of sharpness to the overall taste. It’s simply a well-balanced beer. Just the right amount of sweet and bitter. 8.5 out of 10 nails! Yummy yummy.
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Sneak peek at tmrw’s #nailsandales. Can u guess the beer? #nailart #beer (Taken with instagram)

Sneak peek at tmrw’s #nailsandales. Can u guess the beer? #nailart #beer (Taken with instagram)

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I just put @nailsandales up on a separate account on Instagram, so please make sure to follow me there! Cheers.

I just put @nailsandales up on a separate account on Instagram, so please make sure to follow me there! Cheers.

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Went to the craft store in preparation of tonight’s @nailsandales. Let’s hope this works! #nailart #beer  (Taken with instagram)

Went to the craft store in preparation of tonight’s @nailsandales. Let’s hope this works! #nailart #beer (Taken with instagram)

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First night of bowling league. Wish me luck(not only for my score, but for my nails…) (Taken with instagram)

First night of bowling league. Wish me luck(not only for my score, but for my nails…) (Taken with instagram)

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Salmon Mani w/ Midnight Sun Brewing Co.’s Sockeye Red IPA

Nails: Sockeye salmon are known for their bright red bodies and beautiful, beautiful green faces with that lovely hook of a beak. You just want to kiss ‘em: 

This beer features a lovely artistic rendition of the Sockeye so I chose Sally Hansen’s Cherry Red for the “body” (my thumb, pointer and middle digits) and Dashing Diva’s Beautylicious for the ring and pinky fingers, which serve as the “head” here. On top of that, I painted a thick line of Sally Hansen’s Green with Envy and then a smaller line of Sally’s Mellow Yellow on top of that (it should be enough polish to move around):

Then I used a paintbrush to blend the colors outward in a marbling effect:

Wait for this to dry completely. Once it was dry, I used my trusty dental pik dipped in Sally’s Black Out to draw the fish scales: 

Finally, I used a bottle of red glitter and sporadically stuck, one-by-one, pieces of glitter inside the scales to accent them:

I initially thought about doing the scales on EVERY finger and I am really glad I decided against that. Wouldn’t have gone to bed until 2am. I also think it would’ve been a bit too “reptile-y” looking for my taste. The accent nails were just the right amount of salmon. Here’s a look at the whole kit and kaboodle:

Ale: Midnight Sun Brewing Co. comes to us from Anchorage, Alaska and relies on an “art marries science” approach when it comes to brewing, but that also seems to have spilled over into their labeling. Really fun look:

The coloring of this beer is a really pretty red and the nose just smells delicious. Super fruity…wished I could drink it through my nose. The taste was a bit odd though. Initial taste was very watered down and then the end of the sip was really hoppy. It was actually a confusing beer to drink. I don’t think I’ve ever described a beer that way. I give this brew a 5 nails out of 10 as I would have liked the flavor to have been more consistant throughout my gulps. 

Salmon Mani w/ Midnight Sun Brewing Co.’s Sockeye Red IPA


Nails: Sockeye salmon are known for their bright red bodies and beautiful, beautiful green faces with that lovely hook of a beak. You just want to kiss ‘em: 

sockeye

This beer features a lovely artistic rendition of the Sockeye so I chose Sally Hansen’s Cherry Red for the “body” (my thumb, pointer and middle digits) and Dashing Diva’s Beautylicious for the ring and pinky fingers, which serve as the “head” here. On top of that, I painted a thick line of Sally Hansen’s Green with Envy and then a smaller line of Sally’s Mellow Yellow on top of that (it should be enough polish to move around):

lines

Then I used a paintbrush to blend the colors outward in a marbling effect:

blend

Wait for this to dry completely. Once it was dry, I used my trusty dental pik dipped in Sally’s Black Out to draw the fish scales: 

scales

Finally, I used a bottle of red glitter and sporadically stuck, one-by-one, pieces of glitter inside the scales to accent them:

glitter

I initially thought about doing the scales on EVERY finger and I am really glad I decided against that. Wouldn’t have gone to bed until 2am. I also think it would’ve been a bit too “reptile-y” looking for my taste. The accent nails were just the right amount of salmon. Here’s a look at the whole kit and kaboodle:

whole

Ale: Midnight Sun Brewing Co. comes to us from Anchorage, Alaska and relies on an “art marries science” approach when it comes to brewing, but that also seems to have spilled over into their labeling. Really fun look:

beer

The coloring of this beer is a really pretty red and the nose just smells delicious. Super fruity…wished I could drink it through my nose. The taste was a bit odd though. Initial taste was very watered down and then the end of the sip was really hoppy. It was actually a confusing beer to drink. I don’t think I’ve ever described a beer that way. I give this brew a 5 nails out of 10 as I would have liked the flavor to have been more consistant throughout my gulps. 

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Anonymous asked: What nail polish would you recommend while enjoying an ice cold Natural Light?

Anything that will distract people from the fact that you’re drinking Nattie Light! Haha #collegeflashback

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New post coming your way tmrw…in the meantime I’m trying to figure out which brew to showcase next. Thoughts?

New post coming your way tmrw…in the meantime I’m trying to figure out which brew to showcase next. Thoughts?

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