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Nothing Screams LOOK At Me Then A Heavy Fringe!

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Fourth of July Nails



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We love colorful and amazing nail art just as much as the next girl, and with the Fourth of July right around the corner (as in tomorrow!), SerafinoSays has decided to scour the internet for our favorite patriotic tutorials. Use the numbers to serve as a guide for the tutorial you want to try out for the upcoming weekend.

1. Our talented friends over at InStyle, have posted two fun yet chic nail art tutorials that serve not only as a conversation starter at your upcoming Fourth of July celebrations, but also are just subtle enough to don at the office. Click here to see the full post from InStyle. (Photo courtesy of InStyle)

2. This manicure is one of our favorites here at SerafinoSays. We absolutely love the pop that the metallic polish gives off. If you’re looking for some nail art that will help you outshine the rest (literally!) this is the one for you. Check out the tutorial from Nailside here. (Photo courtesy of Nailside)

3. Another adorable manicure by Selena from her adorable nail art blog Pink U Rock, named by her niece – love! We love how festive and clean this manicure is. Just enough red, white, and blue for the upcoming weekend and just enough red and glitter to wear for the rest of the month! ..Or at least until your polish starts to chip. Here’s the full tutorial from Pink U Rock. (Photo courtesy of Pink U Rock)

4. Our most festive manicure out of the bunch, this nail art tutorial from Spellbound Nails really gives off that patriotic feel with its clean stars and stripes. While this manicure is also the most tedious and tine consuming, hard work definitely pays off. We love the transition of a navy background to the bright white and red striped stars. Click here for the full tutorial from Spellbound Nails. (Photo courtesy of Spellbound Nails)

SerafinoSays hopes you have an eventful fourth, enjoy the fireworks and send sparks with your hot nail art!



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

 



“Fashion Show Presentation Daniel Vosovic’s Autumn/Winter 2013″



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Fashion Show Presentation – Daniel Vosovic’s Autumn/Winter 2013

While it’s entertaining to attend a perfectly choreographed Fashion Show Presentation, I find it even more exciting to watch the organized chaos occurring backstage.  It’s fascinating to see how all the magic is created behind the scenes.  While at Daniel Vosovic’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection, I ran into two friends who were leading the Makeup and Nail teams that were responsible for the creation of the stunning looks worn by the models.

Led by Celebrity Makeup Artist Kristin Hilton, and her team of MAKE artists, they created a contemporary inspiration which referenced modern aristocracy – “a polished girl with a playful side.”  A bold, statement lip was the focus of the look which was offset by the regal, porcelain-like skin.  Click here to add Kristin’s MAKE suggestions to your beauty vanity! (I LOVE the makeup)

SKIN:
Step 1: Kristin began by removing excess makeup with MAKE’s Makeup Remover Wipes
Step 2: She then applied AM/PM Moisture Cream to hydrate dry, winter skin
Step 3: Working from the palm of her hand, where she saturated a stipple brush with MAKE’s Soft Focus Foundation, Kristin blended the foundation onto the model’s skin to create a flawless, porcelain look. Concealer was used where needed to cover any blemishes or under eye darkness
Step 4: Kristin used MAKE’s Expert Veil Brush to powder the forehead, under the eyes, and around the nose to deliver a matte finish with a bit of extra coverage to ensure the look was perfectly polished
Step 5: Finally, Kristin used Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Kalahari – a medium cappuccino brown with yellow undertones – as a contouring blush

EYES:
Step 1: Kristin began by filling in the brows where needed to create a natural yet defined look. She used Expert Brow Definer Brush and Brow Sculpting Duo to provide definition
Step 2: MAKE’s Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Kalahari was also used on the eyes where Kristin brushed the shade into the crease of the lids and blended out to create natural shading
Step 3: She then lined the water line with Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Very Brown and blended Satin Finish Eyeshadow in Aubergine – an intense eggplant purple – into the lower lash line to set the look
Step 4: Finally, Kristin curled the lashes with MAKE’s Eyelash Curler, applying several coats of Defining Mascara. She added a touch of Skin Illuminator in Skir to the inner corner of the eyes to brighten the look and add luminosity

LIPS:
Step 1: Kristin began by applying concealer to the lips to offset any pink pigment that may interfere with the dark, dramatic colour she and Daniel chose
Step 2: She then lined the lips with MAKE’s Lipliner Pencil in Rum Raisin and filled in lips with Silk Satin Lipstick in Beetroot – an intense wine with red undertone

Fashion Show Presentation Daniel Vosovic’s Autumn/Winter 2013

Nails: Fashion Show Presentation

Celebrity Nail Tech and friend Elle, who is a member of Dermelect’s Board of Advisors, requested the help of Rose Velez, manicurist to the stars, to create the two nail looks.  Rose created two variations depending on the models presentation attire.

"Fashion Show Presentation Daniel Vosovic’s Autumn/Winter 2013

Look 1:  Bold Ombre using the teal and navy

Look 2:  Mushroom shade and topped with a gold striping tape.

"Fashion Show Presentation Daniel Vosovic’s Autumn/Winter 2013

Can’t wait for Fall to try out Dermelect’s sexy Nail Fall Shades but in the meantime, make sure to check out their nail colors for Spring!

“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

 



“5 Minute Micro Mini Manicure”



Written by: Kristan Serafino

Imagine this… you are the hairstylist on a video shoot for an extremely cool musician.  Of course you have to dress for the occasion so you arrive on the set wearing skinny jeans, cute top, comfy boots, styled hair, and natural makeup.  You spend a couple hours styling the musician’s beautiful long hair then walk her to the set for a final touch-up before she jumps before the cameras.  Unexpectedly the producer of this big-budget video, along with the musician’s publicist, walk up to you and say, “This morning we altered the script slightly to include a scene where the musician is in her dressing room preparing to go on stage for her concert.  Who better to play the hairstylist than – her hairstylist – so we need to show your hands fixing her hair for the video.”

What comes next???  Well I can tell you what came first for me – PANIC!  I immediately look down at my nails with utter alarm as I realize everything I should have done before arriving on the set today, such as spending an additional 5 minutes in the shower pushing back my cuticle, filing my nails to be even and applying a fresh coat of nail polish.  Yikes!

When anxiety was about to hit its peak, the nail God’s looked down on me.  Celebrity Manicurist Gina Eppolito, just happened to be working on the same job.  (Yes, this is the same Gina that just so happens to prepare the nails of such highly photographed women as Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, Kelly Ripa, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Tina Fey and now Kristan Serafino….Giggle!)

Gina shoots me a little wink and informs the producer I’ll be ready to go on set in 5 minutes.  Gina reaches over to grab a few nail essentials and in no more than 5 minutes my nails look good enough for the cover of Allure Magazine.  Want to learn how Gina brought my nails to “camera ready” in just 5 minutes?  Here is how…

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“Sarah Jessica Parker, Tina Fey & Kelly Ripa Have A Secret”




Have you ever wondered how celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Robers, Kelly Ripa, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and Tina Fey, to name just a few, keep their nails looking so sleek and sexy?  They all turn to celebrity manicurist Gina.  Not only does Gina keep these stylish actresses with “red carpet”, or “magazine cover” ready nails, she keeps these global celebrities on the cutting edge of nail polish trends.SerafinoSays was really excited when Gina offered to share what she is polishing on all of her celebrities for Spring.

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“The Blonds Fashion Show”



SerafinoSays had the privilege of interviewing Jan Arnold, the visionary behind CND Creative Nail Design.  Not only did Jan share the inspiration behind the nails at the Blonds Fall Fashion Show, but she shares tips and the patent design created by her father.

Jan has made CND an “A-Lister” on the world’s red carpets and runways, particularly in the exhilarating venue of New York Fashion Week, where her team preps thousands of custom-nails for top designers’ catwalk collections every couture season.

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“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



“Milly Fashion Show Fall 2012″



SerafinoSays was backstage at the Milly Fall 2012 Fashion Show when we bumped into Celebrity Manicurist Candice Manacchio for CND Nails.

Let’s hear with Candice had to say about the nail trends for Fall 2012:

 

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“Lela Rose BackStage Fashion Week 2012″



SerafinoSays was excited to interview Celebrity Manicurist Ana-Marie for Essie Nails back stage at the Lela Rose Fashion Show.  Let’s hear what Anna had to say about the Nail Trends for Fall 2012!

 

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“Helmut Lang BackStage Fashion Week”



SerafinoSays was really excited to interview Celebrity Manicurist Ana-Marie for Essie Nails back stage at the Helmut Lang Fashion Show.  Let’s hear what Anna had to say about the Nail Trends for Fall 2012!

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“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 – “Holiday Blues”



Where has 2011 gone?  I say gone, since whatever is left on the calendar after Halloween is a blur of feasts, travel and shopping.  Along with the fatigue of increased holiday activity and heightened expectations can come a case of the Holiday Blues.

SerafinoSays wants to counteract this common anxiety with its own interpretation of the Blues.  Don’t let the pressures of shopping, coordinating social functions and negotiating family issues overwhelm you.  We say cope by recharging your batteries with this array of Blue-rrific treats.

 

Sephora Brush CollectionLacoste Men’s Cologne

Aquage Up All Night


Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil 

IsClincical Active Serum

Chanel Le Vernis Coco Blue

Philosophy Peace On Earth Body Lotion

Crest 3D White Vivid Fluoride Anti-activity ToothPaste

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Toilette

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Daily – “SerafinoSays Interviews Jennifer Lopez & Blake Lively’s Manicurist Elle”



Next stop at Fashion Night Out for SerafinoSays was the Teen Vogue & Essie Nail Polish Block Party.  Celebrity Manicurist Elle, who is Jennifer Lopez and Blake Lively’s personal manicurist, was kind enough share her inspirations and designs from  Essie’s fall nail collection.  Let’s listen to what Elle had to say:

SerafinoSays gets a sneak peak at Essie’s Winter Collection. 

“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


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