Need An Escape? OPI’s Island-Style Manis Are Just The Thing

Attention, those in need of a spring vacation (a. k. a. all of us): We’re in a tropical state of mind thanks to OPI and their new Hawaii collection. We teamed up with them to give you the beach break you need both virtually and in real life. Vote for your favorite mani in our Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes and one lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the Polynesian paradise. The rest of us can channel the Aloha spirit thanks to OPI’s Little Hulas mini pack of four nail lacquers, complementary with a purchase of $75 or more in the Hawaiian Getaway Sale; plus, four cool manis to try with your new polishes. We tapped Valley Nails—NYC’s premier nail art salon—to create these exclusive island-style manis with the OPI Hawaii collection. Get the rundown below for the step-by-step how-to, and jumpstart your journey to umbrella drinks in bikinis.

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Gilt Goes Backstage: Four Fall 2015 Beauty Trends You’ll Love

Photo Credit: image courtesy of Butter London/HL Group

Photo Credit: Andrew Day for Butter London, Nicole Miller 

Wondering what’s hot for next fall? The editors at Gilt.com headed backstage to get the scoop on the coolest beauty trends from the biggest designers. But no need to scour the web for inspiration, we’ve rounded four of the best looks we know you’ll love! Trust us, you won’t want to wait until fall to test these out.

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Seen at: Timo Weiland, kate spade and Banana Republic

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Photo credit: image courtesy of Fekkai, kate spade

The choice word to describe a few hairstyles was “beanie hair.” Think of an imperfect halo of strands that looks cool without looking too disheveled. “The kate spade girl looks like she’s just come home from a long winter walk in the woods,” shares Bob Recine for Fekkai. “Her hair looks effortless, easy and a bit disturbed.” We love the realness tied into this style because brushing at your desk or at brunch is so passé.

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The Gilt Staff Guide to Winter Beauty

It’s no secret that cold weather wreaks havoc on your skin…and hair and nails and pretty much everything else. One antidote to the problem: Boost your routine with an arsenal of quality products—courtesy of today’s Skincare Solutions sale, on Gilt now. But that’s not all you can do. As our team of editors and buyers can attest, for every raw nose, dry cuticle, and cracked lip, there’s a homespun fix that does the trick.

“Coconut oil – not only do I smell like a tropical retreat every night, my hair, face, hands, and skin are ultra soft.” – Stephanie Yuan, Assistant Buyer, Private Label

 “I sleep with a humidifier on. It’s my go to winter skin fix since the heat in NYC apartments can be savage!” – Aileen McBride, Assistant Buyer, Women’s Accessories

“Cover your hair in full-fat mayonnaise and put a shower cap over it and sit for 45 minutes. Then hop in the shower and wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as you normally would. It’s the best deep conditioning treatment to save your hair from winter. Just make sure it’s full-fat mayo —the light mayo cuts out the hydrating fats you want!” – Sarah Norman, Assistant Merchandise Planner, Footwear

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Exclusive: Deborah Lippmann’s Perfect Holiday Mani

Who better to go to for the perfect holiday mani than celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann (whose clients include A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker)? Lippmann chose two of her luxe, seasonal hues and a hint of sparkle — available on Gilt — for our exclusive design. Follow the four easy steps below and you’ll be polished and ready for every occasion — including any last-minute invites.

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  1. On clean, dry nails, apply a base coat and let dry two minutes. Then apply Flash Dance to the bottom half of your nails and let them dry for two minutes.
  1. Using Rolling In The Deep, paint two coats, leaving a half moon shape of Flash Dance at the base of your nail exposed. Wait two minutes between each coat.
  1. Brush out some I Love The Nightlife on a piece of tin foil. Using a dotting tool, pick up and place individual glitters on the edge of your nail to create a studded French tip.
  1. Apply top coat and wait two minutes to dry.
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