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!
Antique Mani w/ Dogfish Head’s 75 Minute IPA
Nails: Hello strangers. Sorry I completely biffed on posting last week. I had painted my nails for this Dogfish brew, but they just weren’t what I wanted. So I tried again last Friday with a different spin. Wore them for a night and, again, it just wasn’t right. I was feeling like fuckin’ Goldilocks here. Finally, last Saturday morning I got it juuuuust right and here we are! To be honest, I think I was so anal about this look because I spent $22 on this 22oz. bottle of beer. Let’s do some math, kids. That is 1 dollar per OUNCE.  Whaaaat?! Still undecided on whether or not it was worth it, but the label is so beautiful I just couldn’t resist:

One would look at this label and think “Oh, well of course you should focus on the stars and hearts for the nail design!” Well, I’m not into stars and hearts and shit. I really loved the antique look of the label, so I focused on that. I started with 2 coats of Dashing Diva’s Bluetylicious:

The next step really threw me for a doozy. I thought I had the PERFECT way of getting the antiqued look: crumple up a piece of paper, dip it in gold polish, and dab on my nails. Nice try, Meg. That looked like shit, so then I got creative and tried to use the pumice stone collecting dust in my shower. Another bust. Finally I went searching for a sponge. The only one I had was all beat up and living in a dark corner beneath my kitchen sink. I still tried it (don’t judge) and that too did not look right. At this point, I’m 12 ounces deep in a 7.5 abv and things are looking bleak.
As I sat there and stared blankly at my cat hoping he would give me a brilliant idea, I noticed the paper towel I had been using to paint on. LIGHT BULB. I ripped off a small square, dabbed some gold polish on it, and gently dab-rolled it over a nail. It was perfect (don’t mind my stubby thumb nail. I sliced it off with a knife while chopping some veggies): 

I just bought Milani’s Gold Glitz that week and it was the perfect polish for this.  It’s a brilliant gold sparkle with a hint of red, which is exactly what the label has. I made a video to show you guys how to do this, but it was taken with the cam on my computer and it looked stupid and the soundtrack was Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk with Me”. (which actually made for a funny combination, but alas). I promise videos are on their way, but it won’t be until October, so hold onto your horses.
In the meantime, if you want this look, take a small piece of paper towel (the kind I used had larger divots in it, which I think would work better than smaller) and paint some gold polish on it. Then, dab it lightly with another piece of paper towel to get off any large globs of paint. Next, lightly roll the paper from one side of the nail to the next. You should be done at that point but if you notice some areas that didn’t get covered with the design, go ahead and dab the paper towel straight up and down over that specific section (try not to dab over the areas that were already covered, as this will simply make it look like a solid layer of glitter on your nail.)
Next, I painted the pinky nail with the Gold Glitz and used brown acrylic paint and a teeny brush to paint a zig-zag down the center. Then I used a VERY teeny dotting tool and a lighter gold polish to add the small dots along the zig-zag path to mimic the border of this label:
And there we have it. What a road it’s been! Here is the final look:

But to REALLY complete it…

(How could I resist?)
Ale: My friend recommended this beer to me because of the awesome label, but also because of the fact that he really really loves it. I am a fan of Dogfish’s 60 minute IPA, so I decided to check it out for myself. 

The color is a very hazy orange and it pours with an EXTREME head, as shown above. It was very frothy at first and then thinned out along the edge of the glass into big airy bubbles, while remaining frothy and thick in the middle:

Haven’t seen anything like that in a while! The nose was sweet and tangy and the carbonation stung my tongue. The initial taste is smooth and sweet (due to the maple syrup they use in it), but that quickly turns bitter with a sharp bite to it. The aftertaste goes right back to smooth and sweet, which is surprising. It’s definitely a roller coaster for the tongue! I’ve had the 60 minute before, which I love, but when I’m looking for something more and I drink the 90 minute, it tends to be too much. The 75 is a “juuuust right” blend of the two. (FULL CIRCLE!) high five. Dogfish 75 is getting 8 nails out of 10 from me! 

Antique Mani w/ Dogfish Head’s 75 Minute IPA

Nails: Hello strangers. Sorry I completely biffed on posting last week. I had painted my nails for this Dogfish brew, but they just weren’t what I wanted. So I tried again last Friday with a different spin. Wore them for a night and, again, it just wasn’t right. I was feeling like fuckin’ Goldilocks here. Finally, last Saturday morning I got it juuuuust right and here we are! To be honest, I think I was so anal about this look because I spent $22 on this 22oz. bottle of beer. Let’s do some math, kids. That is 1 dollar per OUNCE.  Whaaaat?! Still undecided on whether or not it was worth it, but the label is so beautiful I just couldn’t resist:

One would look at this label and think “Oh, well of course you should focus on the stars and hearts for the nail design!” Well, I’m not into stars and hearts and shit. I really loved the antique look of the label, so I focused on that. I started with 2 coats of Dashing Diva’s Bluetylicious:

The next step really threw me for a doozy. I thought I had the PERFECT way of getting the antiqued look: crumple up a piece of paper, dip it in gold polish, and dab on my nails. Nice try, Meg. That looked like shit, so then I got creative and tried to use the pumice stone collecting dust in my shower. Another bust. Finally I went searching for a sponge. The only one I had was all beat up and living in a dark corner beneath my kitchen sink. I still tried it (don’t judge) and that too did not look right. At this point, I’m 12 ounces deep in a 7.5 abv and things are looking bleak.

As I sat there and stared blankly at my cat hoping he would give me a brilliant idea, I noticed the paper towel I had been using to paint on. LIGHT BULB. I ripped off a small square, dabbed some gold polish on it, and gently dab-rolled it over a nail. It was perfect (don’t mind my stubby thumb nail. I sliced it off with a knife while chopping some veggies): 

I just bought Milani’s Gold Glitz that week and it was the perfect polish for this.  It’s a brilliant gold sparkle with a hint of red, which is exactly what the label has. I made a video to show you guys how to do this, but it was taken with the cam on my computer and it looked stupid and the soundtrack was Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk with Me”. (which actually made for a funny combination, but alas). I promise videos are on their way, but it won’t be until October, so hold onto your horses.

In the meantime, if you want this look, take a small piece of paper towel (the kind I used had larger divots in it, which I think would work better than smaller) and paint some gold polish on it. Then, dab it lightly with another piece of paper towel to get off any large globs of paint. Next, lightly roll the paper from one side of the nail to the next. You should be done at that point but if you notice some areas that didn’t get covered with the design, go ahead and dab the paper towel straight up and down over that specific section (try not to dab over the areas that were already covered, as this will simply make it look like a solid layer of glitter on your nail.)

Next, I painted the pinky nail with the Gold Glitz and used brown acrylic paint and a teeny brush to paint a zig-zag down the center. Then I used a VERY teeny dotting tool and a lighter gold polish to add the small dots along the zig-zag path to mimic the border of this label:

And there we have it. What a road it’s been! Here is the final look:

But to REALLY complete it…

(How could I resist?)

Ale: My friend recommended this beer to me because of the awesome label, but also because of the fact that he really really loves it. I am a fan of Dogfish’s 60 minute IPA, so I decided to check it out for myself. 

The color is a very hazy orange and it pours with an EXTREME head, as shown above. It was very frothy at first and then thinned out along the edge of the glass into big airy bubbles, while remaining frothy and thick in the middle:

Haven’t seen anything like that in a while! The nose was sweet and tangy and the carbonation stung my tongue. The initial taste is smooth and sweet (due to the maple syrup they use in it), but that quickly turns bitter with a sharp bite to it. The aftertaste goes right back to smooth and sweet, which is surprising. It’s definitely a roller coaster for the tongue! I’ve had the 60 minute before, which I love, but when I’m looking for something more and I drink the 90 minute, it tends to be too much. The 75 is a “juuuust right” blend of the two. (FULL CIRCLE!) high five. Dogfish 75 is getting 8 nails out of 10 from me! 


  1. luxlikescats reblogged this from nailsandales and added:
    I wish I was talented enough to do my nails like this. I’ll have to settle for just drinking.
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