DIY Drippy Nails

We were immediately inspired the moment we saw bare nails with blood-like, drippy polish accompany Prabal Gurung‘s spring collection at New York Fashion Week. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and thus, the timing couldn’t have been better to recreate this deliciously daring DIY for our phalanges. Though a more vampy, burgundy color went down the runway, I went for more vibrant red . . . but the best part about this tutorial is that you can make it your own with just about any color, for any season!

You’ll need:

Dip the toothpick into the nail polish bottle so that the tip collects a round bead of polish.

Place the bead of polish on a bare nail and drag it upwards, creating a tapered line.

Create two to three more tapered lines, re-dipping the toothpick into the polish each time.

Reload the toothpick with polish and drag a line across the tip of the nail. Go back and soften the curves between the tops of each “drip” with the toothpick.

Repeat the steps on the other nine fingers and voila, you’re done!!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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165 Comments

  1. This so cool!!! And i thought it was going to be harder!! I am so doing this too!! 🙂
    http://bonnieclydemarni.blogspot.gr/

    10.2.12
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  2. I love it!!! it’s very fun!!

    http://thestelstyle.com/

    10.2.12
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  3. Awesome DIY!

    xoxo
    Fashion Agony blog

    10.2.12
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  4. rachael wrote:

    it looks so simple! what if you did GLITTER :O

    rachael

    10.2.12
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  5. Daria wrote:

    WOW!! Cool idea. Absolutely gonna try.
    🙂

    http://laschiumadelcappuccino.wordpress.com/

    10.2.12
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  6. Jurgita wrote:

    Nice, but I really fall in love with these http://pinterest.com/pin/89509111315344188/
    Any idea how to make them? 🙂

    http://www.afterout.com/

    10.2.12
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  7. Ashley K wrote:

    AMAZING! I can not wait to try doing this for Halloween! Thanks so much for always inspiring!

    10.2.12
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  8. Yes!! This is perrrrfect. Italians don’t celebrate Halloween and they might look at me strangely, but “honestly wtf”, I don’t care!
    http://www.whenwewander.blogspot.com

    10.2.12
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  9. Jules wrote:

    thanks for sharing honey!
    sooo gonna do this for Halloween!

    xoxo, sundaesins.blogspot.com

    10.2.12
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  10. Love that you did this – so clever.

    10.2.12
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  11. EUGENIA wrote:

    LOL YOU MADE ME LAUGH. THESE ARE SO GREAT..I AM A NAIL POLISH FAN BUT IM SO LAZY FOR THESE:)))

    PERSONAL STYLE | FASHION NEWS | COOL HUNTING | RUSSIAN FASHION SCENE :

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    10.2.12
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  12. Ambyr wrote:

    This is cute and perfect timing for Halloween. I’m going to try it.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

    10.2.12
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  13. Amy wrote:

    These look great, very halloween! x

    srslylou.blogspot.co.uk

    10.2.12
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  14. Brittany wrote:

    I’m not the only one to think this totally perfect for Halloween – can’t wait to try this look! And I love love love the look of the rings on your middle finger!

    10.2.12
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  15. Christi wrote:

    It looks so easy! Trying this for Halloween.

    10.2.12
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  16. Sophie wrote:

    I tried this a couple of months ago using white as the top colour for a wet paint french manicure look which looks great too!

    10.2.12
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  17. nathalie wrote:

    will try this for sure!
    http://www.curlsandbags.com

    10.2.12
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  18. Carol wrote:

    Really beautiful !!
    I’m posting accessories from Los Angeles on my blog!
    Take a look!

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

    10.2.12
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  19. Aubree wrote:

    I Love these! And they look super simple, thanks for a fun diy! 🙂 I might just have to try these for Halloween
    xo

    10.2.12
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  20. brilliant!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

    10.2.12
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  21. Domonique wrote:

    I saw this nail art in the latest issue for ASOS magazine, but they used pens, so I’m so pleased you explained how to do it with toothpicks…love it!

    http://lilylovelock.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

    10.2.12
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  22. Natalie wrote:
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  23. christin wrote:

    this is the most amazing thing i have ever seen.

    10.2.12
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  24. Michele wrote:

    That is GREAT and looks so easy!! Thanks for the fun tip!

    10.2.12
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  25. Cristina wrote:

    I used to do this in high school and most of the kids thought that it was freaky…guess i was just waaaay ahead of my time 😉 Love your rings btw!

    http://www.mostlyclothes.com/

    10.2.12
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  26. Trish wrote:

    These are SO freakin awesome! I will definitely be doing these for the end of the month. 🙂
    Trish

    http://www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

    10.2.12
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  27. Nomadic D wrote:

    Yikes. Really? Halloween maybe, but every day nails? Me thinks not.

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

    10.2.12
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  28. Bijou wrote:

    Really cool and original, i’m gonna try it for sure!!!

    10.2.12
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  29. Beleigh wrote:

    I love this! I will have to try it for Halloween for sure! 😀

    Beleigh, Hearing Aids Colorado

    10.2.12
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  30. Michaela wrote:

    Your engagement ring is stunning! That is my dream ring. The nails are awesome too.
    Xox
    Fashion415

    10.2.12
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  31. Denysia wrote:

    This looks great! I’m going to try this out! 🙂

    10.2.12
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  32. Sweet wrote:

    Really cool! I love it!

    10.2.12
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  33. Awsome 🙂

    10.2.12
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  34. lexi wrote:

    i have the perfect shade of red! can’t wait to try it out!

    10.2.12
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  35. Luana wrote:

    So creative, I will try iiiiit !!
    I’m posting accessories from Los Angeles on my blog!
    Take a look!

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

    10.2.12
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  36. Sletnin wrote:

    Sorry, honey, it should be drippin’ from the cuticles. You got it upside down.

    10.2.12
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  37. Sophie wrote:

    Been dreaming about the look.. can’t wait to do it myself! Thanks for the motivation boost!

    10.2.12
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  38. Otay wrote:

    cant wait to try it!

    10.2.12
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  39. Nita wrote:

    These are kinda awesome — I bet they’d look even creepier with a pale pink base. The red would REALLY stand out.

    Funny enough, I did a lazier/simplified version of this last week:
    http://quasionstilts.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/spilling-the-oxblood-nails-diy-mani/

    10.2.12
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  40. Nadja wrote:

    omg so cool! always was wondering how that works! thank you!!! i think i’ll try it with black and orange for halloween 🙂

    http://www.violetfleur.com

    10.2.12
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  41. Mira wrote:

    That so cool!!! Will definitely try that 😀
    xo

    glamDevils

    10.3.12
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  42. ella wrote:

    holy guacamole! i’m definitely trying this one out. the simplicity of it will hopefully bypass my clumsiness when it comes to doing my nails 🙂

    http://sincerelyella.blogspot.com/

    10.3.12
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  43. mama wrote:

    where can i get those rings?

    10.3.12
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  44. What a great diy. Perfect for halloween! 🙂

    10.3.12
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  45. Sooooo funny!! Must try this!

    http://www.9lla.it
    fashion – trends – DIYs

    10.3.12
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  46. Holy mack! The best Halloween manicure ever!

    My jewelry blog: joliejouel.blogspot.com

    10.3.12
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  47. lena wrote:

    That looks really cool!

    http://joyfuldiary.blogspot.de/

    10.3.12
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  48. Lisa wrote:

    Haha that’s an awesome Halloween nailairt 🙂 It almost looks real haha !

    10.3.12
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  49. Floortje wrote:

    Looks fun!

    10.3.12
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  50. Love the ideia (onde more ideia :D)

    Beejus

    *Senra

    Usado reciclado/facebook page

    10.3.12
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  51. Wow, these are awesome! x

    10.3.12
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  52. Marina wrote:
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  53. Kirbybee wrote:

    Ok that is so cool, definitely trying that!

    xx

    http://thekirbybee.blogspot.com.au/

    10.4.12
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  54. Betsy wrote:

    that looks really cool!

    http://www.suspironews.blogspot.com

    10.5.12
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  55. meixi wrote:

    Such a smart and pretty idea!! Will be trying that out like, now.

    http://thiscache.blogspot.com

    10.6.12
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  56. Kay wrote:

    Just tried it with a deep red. Super easy, a great look. I’m going to try it in black next week and a bright pink after that. Think I’ll sprinkle some glitter on the pink!

    10.6.12
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  57. ummm this is amazing.

    Collections

    10.6.12
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  58. minnie wrote:

    i love it

    10.6.12
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  59. Güler wrote:

    my DIYs ——-> http://www.facebook.com/doneGK

    like plz:)

    10.7.12
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  60. Ces wrote:

    very nice!

    10.7.12
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  61. I’m never really a nail polish person, but I tried this and I love it!

    xx
    http://www.naturally-christina.blogspot.com

    10.7.12
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  62. Jade wrote:

    I tried your nail tutorial this weekend and posted a picture of it on my blog!

    http://jsmatterings.blogspot.com/2012/10/notw-drip-drop.html

    10.8.12
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  63. HairWord wrote:

    Really impressive yet so simple! Thats what makes it unique i suppose.

    Ill be trying this one!

    Vic x

    10.9.12
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  64. Здорово, я обязательно попробую))

    10.9.12
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  65. kinkin wrote:

    Wow gothic 😀 I like it.

    another tips for nails http://www.healthyaround.com/2012/07/nail-care-tips.html

    10.9.12
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  66. That is brilliant! Totally trying this!

    http://www.inherentstylela.com/

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  67. This DIY tutorial is easy to learn. I’ve tried this nail art before but I had a hard time. Hope I get it this time. Thanks for this! 🙂

    10.10.12
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  68. Great tutorial! I’ll remember this next time I want to get creative with my nails.. maybe for Halloween.

    >> http://www.ArcticSummer.se <<

    10.10.12
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  69. Carol wrote:

    Gorgeous, it looks very cute and I would like to have a try, thank you for sharing:)

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    10.10.12
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  70. really cool but how?

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  71. Jen wrote:

    OMG i am sooooo gonna wear this for this coming halloween! i am totally obsessed!
    Follow me: chiccupcake1.blogspot.com

    10.16.12
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  72. Kona Katie wrote:

    Sooooooooo love this!! I’m re-posting into my blog 😀

    http://konatanningcompany.blogspot.com

    10.19.12
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  73. What a great idea! I tried it myself in black but I think yours turned out better.

    10.25.12
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  74. Cari wrote:

    Just wanted to post my version 🙂
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    http://i50.tinypic.com/2mhart0.jpg

    10.25.12
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  75. Stella wrote:

    Good one. Will try to make it today with different shades.

    10.27.12
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  76. Iffath wrote:

    Did this last night! http://instagram.com/p/Rds52MPa4b/

    11.1.12
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  77. Bar wrote:

    amazing !! and your rings too !

    11.3.12
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  78. Kezia wrote:

    Sooo cool! 🙂

    11.13.12
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  79. Maggie wrote:

    I love your site! I think I have told you that before but your post are so interesting… Your on my blog-lovers list. Okay, back on to topic….. the nails are awesome! I wish I would have seen it BEFORE halloween though! Darn it! Take a peek at my place, http://www.borntobeblonde.com!

    11.19.12
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  80. Taylor wrote:

    Its Sorta cool

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  81. Noemi wrote:

    Nice! I think I’l try this. I love your ring with the tiny heart, it’s so cute!

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  82. pauline wrote:

    do someone know where did you get this heartring from ?

    12.9.12
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  83. My nails are becoming yellowish. Need good suggestions.

    12.17.12
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  84. Auria wrote:

    Super cute! This actually makes me think of popsicles on a summers day haha! Check out more fun nail art ideas on Socialbliss 🙂

    http://www.socialbliss.com/auriahorne/chic-manicures-HAYDGMBS

    xoxo Auria

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  85. Wow! They’re so cool and super cute! Never thought that they’d be that easy to do!

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  86. Mikki wrote:

    Stumbled upon this had to try it right away! Very cute and so simple! I love that it looks like it took a ton of effort haha!

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  87. Very clever idea ! I love everything that is creative …

    1.22.13
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  88. Cocomaja wrote:

    your blog ist wonderful….an the nails a very nice….and i discovered your rings…. I see for 2 years the small ring (whith heart) in vienna, (i hope that is the same manufacturer) where can i buy this rings? Do you have the name of the company?

    1.29.13
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  89. Cocomaja wrote:

    @ Erica.. thank you very much…..and sorry for my bad english…

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  90. aziajs wrote:

    Fantastic step-by-step. Great pictures.

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  91. juju wrote:

    that’s awesome i love it

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  92. Simple and easy steps for attractive nail polish

    simple guide nail art designs beginners

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  93. haha thats so dope!!!

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  94. Sallie wrote:

    I’m going to try this…like right now

    4.28.13
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  95. Maheen Ali wrote:

    Very nice nails collections

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  96. Lintang Kathleen Donovan wrote:

    Can you please try teach us how to do basic french nails? Please

    6.18.13
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  97. christina wrote:

    ok i’m a nail blogger and never bothered to figure out how to do this. every time i saw it, i would actually wonder how these girls did it!! my friend just sent me your link – love the tutorial. thanks for posting!!!

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  98. TOO COOL. The red would be so perfect for halloween. Seems easy enough too! Thanks for sharing <3

    9.7.13
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  99. naji wrote:

    Oh!so cooooool
    I like it..tnx so much.

    9.9.13
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  100. ellen wrote:

    I tried this and failed horribly. Thank god for nail polish remover.

    10.11.13
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  101. Destiny wrote:

    My daughter is being a zombie from walking dead for halloween next week n these are are perfect for her nails . I was wondering what I was going to do and now I know.ty

    10.21.13
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  102. Megan wrote:

    I really love this idea, it’s simple and easy to do, and gets you in the spirit for Halloween. It’s all about the details! These bat crusader contacts are a nice, simple touch as well http://mdy.lv/BatCrusaderContacts

    10.28.13
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  103. Jess wrote:

    I used a bright pink for the drip and white for the base coat and it looks amazing!!! Thanks sooo much for this DIY ❤❤❤

    11.8.13
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  104. OMG this is such a cool idea. Going to try it.

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    thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page repeatedly.

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  106. it s creatif say

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  107. steve wrote:

    Great ! Really impressive yet so simple! Thats what makes it unique i suppose.ll be trying this one!
    regards
    steve

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  108. Amina wrote:

    What a great idea! I tried it myself in black but I think yours turned out better.

    10.24.15
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  109. Astha wrote:
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