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!
Bday BBQ for lunch (and a sneak peak at the next #nailsandales. Nailsandales.tumblr.com (Taken with Instagram at Hill Country Barbecue Market)

Bday BBQ for lunch (and a sneak peak at the next #nailsandales. Nailsandales.tumblr.com (Taken with Instagram at Hill Country Barbecue Market)

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Pinwheel Mani w/ Dugges Hiphiphooray! American-style Pale AleNails: 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.

THANKS JENNY!

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: 

jenny

(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):

outline

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:

pinwheel

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:

chuck

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.

beer

THANKS JENNY!

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AOTP (All Over the Place) Mani w/ Left Hand Brewing Company’s Good Juju

Nails: How could I NOT do some nail art to this label? 

I could basically take it in any direction I wanted so it was fun to do a different design on each nail…but now I’m dizzy. I started with a base of Sally Hansen’s Green With Envy which is a super fun color. Next, I took an x-acto knife and cut out a bunch of different designs for each nail. 


Place the tape wherever you want it, make sure the edges are firmly pressed down so polish doesn’t leak under, and then paint over them. I used Sally Hansen’s White On and Dashing Diva’s Grand Central Station as the accent colors. 


To finish it off, I took a dental pik (you can use a toothpick or anything pointy really) and placed dots along the curves to fill out the designs. Here’s a final, overhead pic:
 

Also, I am starting to realize I need a tripod for my iphone…this is how I got that overhead picture: 




Ale: I do not like ginger. Let’s just get that out of the way. It tastes like cleaning products (the SMELL of cleaning products, people. I’ve never actually tasted a cleaning product. Except for that one time I wrote “ass” on a piece of paper and my mom put liquid soap in my mouth. But I digress…) This “beer brewed with ginger” went over exactly like I thought it would: badly. The ginger flavor was really strong and the taste of malt and hops was nonexistent. I was hoping that maybe the ginger taste would be a sort of afterthought. Oh well. The beer was pretty flat and after the initial, quick hit of ginger the taste was pretty watered down.  Gonna give this one 2 nails out of 10. 

AOTP (All Over the Place) Mani w/ Left Hand Brewing Company’s Good Juju

Nails: How could I NOT do some nail art to this label? 
bottle
I could basically take it in any direction I wanted so it was fun to do a different design on each nail…but now I’m dizzy. I started with a base of Sally Hansen’s Green With Envy which is a super fun color. Next, I took an x-acto knife and cut out a bunch of different designs for each nail. 
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Place the tape wherever you want it, make sure the edges are firmly pressed down so polish doesn’t leak under, and then paint over them. I used Sally Hansen’s White On and Dashing Diva’s Grand Central Station as the accent colors. 
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To finish it off, I took a dental pik (you can use a toothpick or anything pointy really) and placed dots along the curves to fill out the designs. Here’s a final, overhead pic:
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Also, I am starting to realize I need a tripod for my iphone…this is how I got that overhead picture: 
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Ale: I do not like ginger. Let’s just get that out of the way. It tastes like cleaning products (the SMELL of cleaning products, people. I’ve never actually tasted a cleaning product. Except for that one time I wrote “ass” on a piece of paper and my mom put liquid soap in my mouth. But I digress…) This “beer brewed with ginger” went over exactly like I thought it would: badly. The ginger flavor was really strong and the taste of malt and hops was nonexistent. I was hoping that maybe the ginger taste would be a sort of afterthought. Oh well. The beer was pretty flat and after the initial, quick hit of ginger the taste was pretty watered down.  Gonna give this one 2 nails out of 10. 
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Look at this lovely match! Helles Schlenkerla Lagerbier, my go-to refreshment at Brooklyn Buschenschank.

Look at this lovely match! Helles Schlenkerla Lagerbier, my go-to refreshment at Brooklyn Buschenschank.

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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. 

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. 
hairbrush
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: 
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:
beer
 (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. 
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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.)

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.)

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Katie H. @5W_PR sent me all of these goodies to pair with my ales! Thanks to her and @dashingdivapro! Can’t wait to use them!

Katie H. @5W_PR sent me all of these goodies to pair with my ales! Thanks to her and @dashingdivapro! Can’t wait to use them!

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2-Swipe mani w/ The Porterhouse Brewing Co.’s Oyster StoutNails: 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. 

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. 

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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! 

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Testing out the next nailsandales.tumblr.com (Taken with instagram)

Testing out the next nailsandales.tumblr.com (Taken with instagram)

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