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
Jester Mani w/ Brugse Zot Belgian Ale
Sister Mani w/ Big Boss Brewing’s Bad Penny Brown Ale
Mani: The first guest appearance on Nails and Ales: my sister Chrissy! She’s a chef, so she normally has short nails and NEVER wears polish, but she’s in the process of moving and starting a new job so she has another 2 weeks to have pretty nails. Of course I took advantage of this. As you saw earlier, the awesome folks at 5W PR sent me a TON of great DesignFX nail decals from Dashing Diva Pro so I took these with me last weekend to Charlotte and we had a lil mani-party in our hotel room. Stay classy. I have used nail decals before and they have proved to be nothing but a pain in the ass and did not adhere very well. Not so with DesignFX. I simply cleaned the oils off her nails with remover and slapped the accent decals on her ring and pinky fingers, painted a topcoat over them and voila! Easy peasy. They are very pliable, which I did not find with other decals AND if you mess up, you can easily remove them and reposition. They also didn’t show any signs of pealing or lifting after 2 days wear. We used OPI’s Mod About You for the rest of the fingers, which we both agreed would be an awesome color with some tan skin. All-in-all, I can’t wait to play around more with these appliques. (They sent me a bunch that are being released this summer so I’ll give you a sneak peak!)
Beer: Well, we were in North Carolina, so we decided to stick with a NC brew. Chrissy had already picked out the decals she wanted to use so we went to the store with that in mind and found this gem! The flowers in the hair were a perfect match. The beer was a nice deep red-amber color which is what you would expect from a brown ale. It had a great initial taste that was tangy and smooth, but that quickly faded and the aftertaste was bitter and dull and left a rough feeling on your tongue. Again, these are things one would expect from a brown ale I guess (remember, I am no expert here), but the aftertaste was a bit more intense than other brown ales I’ve had. I think this beer would make an ok pairing with a lovely breakfast, whether it be sweet or savory. Maybe I’m just saying this because I drank the beer WELL before noon so I had breakfast on the mind…don’t judge, we only had so much time to do the manicure and in keeping with the tradition of the blog, I had to drink it while I painted. I did this for YOU. I’d give it 6 nails out of 10.
Chrissy’s thoughts: “It tastes like a bad penny.” (Apparently she used to put a lot of pennies in her mouth as a child…and is not a fan of brown ales.)
2-Swipe mani w/ The Porterhouse Brewing Co.’s Oyster Stout
Nails: I used White On by Sally Hansen for the base and then I took a 12/0 size fan brush and and swiped Sally Hansen in Mellow Yellow from the inner bottom corner to the top outer corner of each nail. After doing this on both hands I swiped Sally Hansen in The Real Teal from the outer bottom to the inner top corner of each nail. To top it off and tie it into the Oyster Stout, I applied Sally Hansen in South Sea Pearl over every nail (Sally Hansen, you need a spokesperson? geez) Overall, this was easier than I expected and I plan to do this again with a black/white/red color scheme. This mani is SUPER tropical, which is perfect because I’m heading down to the Carolinas this weekend. If you’re trying this out and you’re not very ambidextrous, I’d practice your work before committing!
Beer: Stouts are something I’m getting more and more into (I thought about brewing one this winter but was lazy and never got around to it…next year!), but this one just didn’t sit well. In the 14th century, “stout” took on the connotation of “strong” but this beer is definitely not that. It was thin and the head was not frothy and thick (it dissipated pretty quickly). If you threw some ice into my glass, it could pass as Coca Cola. Maybe I just like stouts that are thicker than this with more of a coffee or chocolate flavor. The flavor (which did not taste of oysters very much, if at all) was very harsh and almost burnt-tasting. Overall, I give it 4 nails out of 10.
Anonymous asked: Where's the bacon and the cat face nail art?
I was just thinking of a Chuck mock-up on the train this morning! I have a beer in mind to match it too. I’m sure bacon will be in my future as well…I just need to get my hands on Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnuts Bacon Maple Ale!
Testing out the next nailsandales.tumblr.com (Taken with instagram)