Sun Ray Mani w/ Hitachino Nest’s Commemorative Ale feat. Sarita Louise Moore
Nails: It took me a little time to get this mani off the ground, as I tried to use my new acrylic paints for the design and found that they end up being really streaky if you’re trying to color in something. I’m not a painter so maybe I need to figure out how much water to add to get the right consistency, but for today I went back to using polish. I started with a base coat of Sally Hansens Pacific Blue. This color looks amazing on Sarita’s skin. Damn. Then, I cut out small half circles on the edge of a piece of painters tape to get a nice clean red moon using New York Color’s Times Square Tangerine.
After this, I was able to use the acrylic paint for the “rays”. I used a very thin brush with bristles about 3/4 an inch long and simply laid it down on the nail and brought it directly back up ( don’t drag it here, the acrylic paint won’t leave a nice clean evenly colored line):
After that, we slapped some Seche Vite on these puppies and Sarita was good to go!
By the way, this was my first time meeting Sarita and she was AWESOME. She is a dancer/choreographer/yogi. Check out her stuff here!
Ale: I always notice Hitachino Nest beers (from Kiuchi Brewery in Japan) when I’m out shopping. The adorable owl catches my attention (as I’m sure it does many ladies) but I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. Just look at how cute he is:
The Commemorative Ale has a beautiful deep amber color. The nose is honey and rust in equal parts. The initial rust flavor can be very abrasive but for 8% ABV, this beer is exceptionally smooth. It’s thick and syrupy and the high alcohol content definitely warms you up fast! Very very light carbonation. There’s a flavor about this beer that we both couldn’t describe, but we did agree that it is delicious. I can honestly say I have never had a beer like this before. Maybe this is because Kiuchi uses a “hint” of their traditional sake brewing method to produce their beers. Who knows. Definitely want to have this around in the winter time to keep me warm! 8 out of 10 nails.
And here’s a photo of the nails out and about drinkin’ some coffee to sober up. THANKS SARITA!
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