Jester Mani w/ Brugse Zot Belgian Ale
Nails: All I have to say after this one is PHEW. I used an old technique for this design that I learned back in my days working at Jenniffer and Co. and I’ve provided some step-by-step pics so you can see exactly what I did. First, I used Wet ‘n Wild in Red Red (yes, Wet ‘n Wild) as a base color. Then, I cut off 3 strands of hair. My hair is pretty thin so I could’ve used more. Depending on the line thickness you’re looking for and how thick your hair is, use less or more strands. Then, I taped them to the non-bristle end of a paintbrush. Trim the hairs so that they are all the same length and they are about 3/4 in. long.
This is an awesome way to draw extremely thin, straight lines on your nails. Super simple too. Next, I dipped the hairs into Color Club’s Disco Nap polish (which I received in my Birchbox this month! It’s a REALLY great gold color). Make sure the polish is evenly distributed on your “brush”. Then, place the tip of the hair where you want your line to begin and lay the hair onto your nail in the direction you want your line to go. Just drag the brush along your nail as you roll your nail is the opposite direction of your brush. Let the hair and polish do the work here. Here’s my outlined checkerboard:
Next, I colored in the boxes using a nice small paintbrush. Topped with Seche Vite and viola! Easy, right? Riiiight.
Ale: Ah Belgian Ales…never been a huge fan. I only drink them when I’m sitting in a German beer hall and I can find nothing other than wheat beer to drink. But alas, I was looking through the beer selection at Bierkraft last night and the jester stood out amongst the sea of brown and black labels surrounding it. This beer comes from De Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges, Belgium and the bottle states that the people of Bruges are known as “Brugse Zotten” (Bruges fools”) I hope these nails don’t make me look like one too.
As soon as I cracked this one open I was a bit concerned, as the bottlecap had rusted to the top of the bottle. Then I poured it into my glass the glass immediately swelled with head, like I have never seen before. See exhibit A:
(yes, the beer was poured properly)
Again, I became a bit concerned. I’m going to go ahead and guess that I wasn’t drinking the freshest beer…hey, it did travel quite a way to get here. Eh, I drank it anyway. Initial tastes are not that pleasant. When the beer is nice and cold it has a really harsh metallic flavor, along with all the wheat beer characteristics that I don’t like anyway. BUT, once it’s been out for about 10 minutes the flavors become quite pleasant. I actually find most beers to be at their peak flavor about 7-10 minutes out of the fridge. (Exceptions: Bud Light, Miller Lite, Nattie, Molson, you get what I’m saying. These beers are best drunk upside-down anyway).
Once warmed a bit, Brugse Zot became a lot softer. The initial taste still had a bit of a spicy kick to it, but the aftertaste melted on the tongue and left a lingering smooth flavor, as opposed to the initial metallic aftertaste. I give it 7 out of 10 nails, mostly because it pleasantly surprised me.