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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)
First night of bowling league. Wish me luck(not only for my score, but for my nails…) (Taken with instagram)
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.
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
Bday BBQ for lunch (and a sneak peak at the next #nailsandales. Nailsandales.tumblr.com (Taken with Instagram at Hill Country Barbecue Market)
Pinwheel Mani w/ Dugges Hiphiphooray! American-style Pale Ale
Nails: I got my friend Jenny to sit in as a model today. Here she is wondering what the hell she got herself into:
(Follow her on Twitter- @jennyg29. She’s a funny lady.)
We chose New York Color’s Times Square Tangerine Creme for the base. Next, I used my “hairbrush” (see Jester Mani) to outline the pinwheels with China Glaze’s Peachy Keen (one of my FAVE Spring/Summer colors):
Once all the outlines were done, I filled them in with a tiny brush and a steady hand…we were watching the Blue Planet: Frozen Seas episode, which involves lots of whale-on-whale violence and cute baby polar bears, so there was lots of head-turning involved. Television during manis is not my friend, but we prevailed:
To finish it off, I mixed Sally Hansen’s Flirt with Wet ‘n Wild’s On a Trip and painted a star on the accent nails and because 1 star is never enough, I used Sally Hansen’s White On for the another lil’ guy in the bottom corner. Here’s a photo of Chuck and the finished product:
Ale: This beer comes all the way from a relatively young brewery (‘05) in Sweden. A nice light and refreshing taste. Jenny kept mentioning vanilla and I think that speaks to the smooth, subtle sweetness to this beer. There’s not much to say about it except that it’s a classic, even-tempered pale ale. I’d definitely enjoy it again. 7.5 out of 10 nails.
AOTP (All Over the Place) Mani w/ Left Hand Brewing Company’s Good Juju