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Covet: Deborah Lippmann Space Oddity Nail Color Trio

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Deborah Lippman is offering a limited edition trio of nail colors for the Holiday 2013 season. The set is called Space Oddity, and it includes three layerable shades titled When Lightning Strikes (“celestial silver”), Planet Rock (“smoky lavender”), and Baby I’m a Star (“galactic rose gold”).

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Beauty Giveaway: MAKE Lipstick and Sheswai Nail Polish (U.S. Only)

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WHY: Classic red cosmetics are always right for fall and winter, and I happen to have two brand-new items that I’m ready to pass along to another beauty-lover. (Only in the United States, however—sorry, foreign friends!)

WHAT: Two full-size products: a MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Maraschino Cherry (“a rich crimson red”) and a Sheswai Lacquer nail polish in Honeyfox (“a true bright red”).

HOW: For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me that you live in the United States. Be sure to use the “Post a reply” box to create a new comment; do not reply to a previous comment!

WHEN: The contest will be open until Thursday, October 31st (Halloween!), 11 p.m. EST. Then I’ll assign a number to each comment and I’ll let a random number generator choose the lucky winner.

PLEASE NOTE: By entering the contest, you give me permission to contact you at the email address in your reader account. If the email address in your reader account is incorrect, you might want to update it. If you are the winner and you fail to send me your mailing details within two weeks, I’ll select a new winner.

Covet: tenoverten Wall Street Nail Polish

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I recently attended the Elements Showcase, a biannual trade fair for “niche” fragrance houses and a few select beauty lines, and between rounds of smelling perfumes, perfumes, a few scented candles, and more perfumes, I sat down for a mini-manicure at the Tenoverten table. I wrote about Tenoverten (“ten over ten”) and the brand’s line of polish last year (see here), and this time around I was able to sample a new shade: Wall Street.

I was so entranced by this polish that I forgot to take a photo of the bottle, and when I got home I realized that the polish wasn’t going to show up well in photographs. Well, I tried. Here’s what I got…

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5 on 5: My Must-Have Nail Polishes

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It’s my totally unscientific opinion that women are now buying nail polishes they way they used to buy lipsticks: as affordable luxuries, easy ways to follow a trend, and little pick-me-ups for days that didn’t go quite right. I probably own a few more than I really need to own, but my collection is still much smaller than you might guess. In fact, I’d be able to pare it down to five, if I really tried.

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A Quest and A Look Back, plus: OPI Give Me The Moon Nail Polish

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Just about a year ago, the product-sampling club Birchbox invited me to take part in a competition. Twelve bloggers were submitting their ideas for a new nail polish color, with a name, a description and a “mood board.” Three winners would see their concepts made into actual products by the nail-polish brand Zoya.

How could I refuse?

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