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Flower Power!

Grab Anything Fun That Can Be Pinned In Your Hair With A Bobbi Pin. Who Says Accessories Have To Be Store Bought??


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Twisted Sister…..

Make Sure Your Curly Hair Is Treated With Kit Gloves. Don’t Touch Curls Until They Are COMPLETELY DRY! This Will Help To Eliminate Those Frizzy Ends.

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Fringe Benefits!

Want To Draw Attention To Your Eyes?

Nothing Screams LOOK At Me Then A Heavy Fringe!


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Got Bounce? Use your BIG Round brush to create extra volume, movement and texture.

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Growing out your hair? Try a fun new color to get you through those rough phases when you just want to cut it all off.


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When Back Combing Hair…

Secure The Tease At The Root To Avoid Floppy Hair.

Beauty Expert Kristan Serafino

“Beauty Products Save vs. Splurge” with Kristan Serafino

“Beauty Products Save vs. Splurge” with Kristan Serafino To spend or not to spend…that is…

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“How To Choose A Hairstylist For Your Wedding Day”

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Save or Splurge: Perfect Make-Me-Pretty Picks for Every Beauty Budget!

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Save or Splurge:  Perfect Make-Me-Pretty Picks for Every Beauty Budget

Nothing wakes up a gal’s smile more than a new lipgloss.

Smashbox’s BCA Be Legendary Lip Gloss is the perfect pink that goes with everything in your wardrobe. The
sheer, yet vibrant color is long lasting without being sticky or
gooey. I’ve used it on both my models and actresses with glowing
results. What’s more, $5 of the $20 goes to breast cancer research.
SPLURGE for sure.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with mascara – I can’t wait
to experiment with every new lash enhancer that hits the beauty
counters. My current favorite is L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga

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Inspired by the Japanese trend/love of cartoon manga (huge eyes)
mascaras, the thick formula and unique brush will catch every lash and
definitely make your peepers pop. For around $9, this is a beauty

Shopping for new makeup brushes? Look no further than Sigma Beauty.
I adore the entire line of Sigma brushes (over 150 to choose from),
but the companies latest beauty innovation is pure genius. Hello 3DHD


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In both Kabuki and Precision, the brushes are angled/beveled on both sides to
reach every nook and cranny of the face. Multifunctional for both
creams and powders and available in pink, white and black, the brushes
are a must for all makeup lovers. Priced at under $25, these divine
brushes are must-have SPLURGE.

Neutral eyeshadows are a girl’s best friend, but a nice collection can
be pricey. Well, no more. Maybelline has introduced The Expert Wear
Palette in The Nudes gorgeous wearable colors from soft taupe to dark brown to
shimmering gold that blend and wear beautifully. Try mixing and
matching for countless looks. For around $10, this a definite SAVE.

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After a summer in the sun, most complexions could use a little help.
To add a glow to your skin, try tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted
Moisturizer SPF 20 to both sooth and even out your skin. In 7 great
shades, this water-based oil-free skin saver is loaded with vitamins
and anti-oxidants as well as mineral pigments to diffuse fine lines
and wrinkles for a flawless face. Pricey at $36, but well worth the

Eyeliner is always in fashion – from smudgy smokey lines to
sophisticated winged cat eyes, nothing says sexy more than eyeliner.
I recently discovered that glamour queen Fergie has developed a line
of cosmetics for Wet n Wild Cosmetics. Not only can Fergie hit the
high notes, she knows a thing or two about makeup – her Fergie Creme
Liner in Little Black Dress is fabulous. The tiny pot of black gel comes with an adorable brush to
draw and shape to your heart’s content. And for $5, this beauty
bargain screams SAVE.

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“Beauty Products Save vs. Splurge” with Kristan Serafino

“Beauty Products Save vs. Splurge” with Kristan Serafino

To spend or not to spend…that is the question.  If you’re like me you balance your spending to achieve the best results.  As an example; to achieve a chic style on a modest budget you can combine an H&M shirt, Forever 21 pants, Zara jacket, then a Prada bag.  Voila…you look fine enough to stroll into the offices of Vogue.

The same goes for beauty products.  And the popular host of  New York LIVE, Lilliana Vazquez asked SerafinoSays to show her audience the secret behind the best save and splurge beauty product buys.

Visit this link to discover which beauty products are best to buy from your local drugstore and which are worth spending a few extra bucks for the best results.  By learning to balance your beauty budget you get the most bang-for-the-buck and the end result is comparable to a shopper with an unlimited budget.


Single Sole Shoes

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Single Sole Shoes

A dissection of the latest trend to hit the streets (literally!). The ladies over at Man Repeller are loving single sole platforms, or as they so cleverly coin – “SSP.” SerafinoSays feels just as strongly about these classic heels; they’re sophisticated and sassy all at the same time! Pair them with a pair of old boyfriend jeans and a blazer for a chic casual look.

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Simple Steps to Maintain Pretty Nails after Gardening

Simple Steps to Maintain Pretty Nails after Gardening

Simple Steps to Maintain Pretty Nails after Gardening

Living in the City for 20 years I had never felt a desire to feel the soil between my fingers as I cultivate a garden.  If I wanted to see a few of trees, I walked down a block with the occasional tree imbedded in the sidewalk.  If I wanted to see even more trees, I headed up to Central Park.  And if I wanted to feel lost in nature, I went to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  I found this sporadic brush with nature completely satisfying.

Five years ago my sweetheart and I moved into an apt with a balcony slightly larger than a postage stamp.  I’ve had a tiny balcony before but I used only to step outside long enough to decide whether to wear a jacket that day.   It never occurred to me to use the balcony to garden.

The first spring season in our apartment my sweetheart thought it would be fun to surprise me with a couple plants for our balcony.  Although the gesture was romantic, I thought the man was sadistic since no plant had a chance of survival under my care.  Frankly, I thought the space could be used more effectively to store weatherproof bins for my ever-growing collection of shoes.

Before I broke the news to him that the plants would be happier in a ‘foster’ garden, I decided to embrace his romantic gesture and give it a try.  After much research I decided it seemed simple enough….water when dry.  Then something strange happened as the little plants began to grow.  This city slicker became infatuated with caring for those little plants.  As they grew rapidly and becoming more beautiful each day, it was obvious they needed friends.

The first year I added a few additional pots.  The second even more pots and I even experimented with herbs.  And today the once barren balcony has become my very own Botanical Garden.

How does this have anything to do with beauty and fashion?  Now that I have joined the multitudes that adore gardening I have come to learn toiling in the soil can wreak havoc on one’s manicure.  As much as I loved playing in the dirt, the dirt managed to permeate every crevice of my nails and cuticles.  While I reluctantly chalked it up to price you pay for being ‘one with nature’, I inadvertently discovered the cure to “Pretty Nails When Gardening.”

I recently attended a seminar sponsored by Dermalogica, a leading manufacturer of skincare products.  Since my hands were still recovering from a long, bitterly cold winter season, I decided to slather on the “Body Hydrating Cream” that I received in the Dermalogica gift bag before preparing the pots and soil for the upcoming balcony garden season.  Little did I know the incredible effects it would have on my nails?

I went about my gardening business as usual.  Dug deep into the soil, mixed in fresh potting soil, scraped the plants out of the pots that needed replanting and finished with a sprinkle of water.  After sweeping up my lovely mess, I headed to the bathroom to wash my hands with soap and a scrub brush.  I was expecting the usual firm scrub, followed by digging deep under my nail beds and into my cuticles to remove more dirt…then repeat.  The last step was to now try to recover from the abrasive scrubbing by applying a heavy hand lotion.

Much to my surprise, there was minimal scrubbing, minimal digging…and no need to repeat!  And as an added bonus my hands did not feel dry and certainly did not need a heavy hand cream.

These are the 7 Simple Steps to maintain pretty nails after gardening:

  1. Apply Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream to the cuticles and under the nails. (Vaseline can be used as a substitute).
  2. Garden to your hearts content.
  3. Use Eve Echo Soap (My Favorite) and a scrub brush.
  4. Gently scrub around and under the nails.
  5. Wash hands thoroughly with warm water.
  6. Pat hands dry with a soft towel or paper towels
  7.  Apply desired lotion.

Happy Gardening! :)


“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


Daily – “September Issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine Picks SerafinoSays as a Top Beauty Blog”

I have incredibly exciting news to share with my friends today!  SerafinoSays.com was named 1 of the 11 most influential bloggers on “everything that matters most” by the Publishing team at Cosmopolitan Magazine.  Really… Cosmo!

I am over the moon to have received this recognition from such a respected source, thrilled to be included inside such an impressive collection of women bloggers, thrilled to be named to such an esteemed list.  Thrilled!

Cosmo clicked far and wide for the hottest up-and-coming bloggers.  This partnership will leverage the exclusive network of bloggers expertise and Cosmo’s brand assets to create custom content with Cosmo’s editors, contributors and advertisers to be regularly featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and on Cosmopolitan.com, Cosmo’s Facebook Page, Cosmo Radio, and more.  The Cosmo Community speaks to over 23 million unique viewers every month, more than any other women’s beauty & fashion resource.  Wow!  I encourage you to check out my fellow bloggers who together with me cover everything from fashion and beauty to food, fitness, motherhood, travel and going green.  No matter what you’re into, Cosmo has a blogger for that!

I would like to extend a big WELCOME to those of you who are part of the Cosmo Community and “New Friends” here at SerafinoSays.  My name is Kristan Serafino and I am the chief executive blogger behind my Beauty & Lifestyle blog offering advice, solutions and insider tips from leading authorities.  SerafinoSays’ journalistic philosophy strikes an appealing balance between keeping stories relatably conversational and fulfilling the role as a reliable resource, as well as inspiration to other women.  We like to keep things fun, whimsical, entertaining, but most importantly, we are a reliable source of information.

I think you will discover that SerafinoSays is a great place to hang out.  There is a ton of information to be found by wandering through the posts.  You can look forward to new posts no fewer than three times each week.  And don’t forget to look for the Promotions and Product Giveaways!  To try to make things a little easier for you to find your way around, SerafinoSays has categorized the archives under Headings found at the top of every page.

Just as enjoyable as the informational posts are the people you’ll meet here.  Contributors and followers alike are some of the nicest, knowledgeable people on the web here so don’t be shy about introducing yourself.  You’re sure to get a warm welcome!  Here at SerafinoSays we hope to be inspired by our readers as well as inspire them.

If you like what you read then make sure to click above on “Follow”.  But if you love us, then make sure to share SerafinoSays with all your friends.  And remember… be certain to go to CosmoPromo.com to check out the others that make up this exclusive network of bloggers or just click on their links below, and stay up to the minute on everything you love!











“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

Daily Post – Whisper, Talk or Shout?

When a client sits in my chair regardless if I have been styling their hair for years or its our first meeting, its crucial that I have a reference in order to understand what a client is looking for. You are probably thinking it is simple…..just bring pictures of the color and cut you desire!

Oh, if it were only that simple. Trust me, I know how it works.  You bring your hair stylist pictures and you honestly “think” you have a clear idea of what you want.  But as a seasoned hair stylist and many experiences with clients, chances are you have all these visions of cutting and coloring your hair like an image in a magazine but when you see those shears coming at your head, suddenly you’re telling your hair stylist… “Maybe we will try that look during my next appointment.  Lets just dust off the ends.” ……Come on, I know you are giggling right now…

Here is a scorecard to use when you are talking to your stylist.  It’s a good reference for both you and your hair stylist……. [Read more...]

Serafino Says…

One of the best beginnings quotes comes from the 20th-century philosopher Albert Camus, “All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.”

Well Albert…today is the launch of SerafinoSays.com and I will try my best to adhere to your doctrine. Admittedly, I am a little apprehensive at the daunting task I have given myself to write. Looking back at the love-hate relationship I had with writing essays in college it sort of freaks me out that I would willingly undertake this self-imposed assignment. Although I am 100% excited at the thought of sharing my experiences, and the experiences of my friends, on woman’s hair care and beauty. [Read more...]

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