celebrity shopping

What Serena Kerrigan Can’t Live Without

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage; Illustration: Joe McKendry

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. We asked dating influencer Serena Kerrigan about the boob tape, statusy hair clip, and indoor fire starter she can’t live without.

I don’t have boobs that skyrocket close to God. When you’re a woman, you feel like you can’t wear certain things for your body type, and that’s simply not true. I can wear virtually anything now, and it’s so easy to use. I just cut four strips the same size, place it underneath my nipples, and pull up so that the end of the tape is behind my shoulders almost like a stirrup. I do recommend having a friend join the ride if you want it to be really tight. Once it’s on, I don’t have to mess with it. I’ve worn it to red carpets, weddings, bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras, on dates. If you end up going home with a guy after a date and have to take off the boob tape, it’s pretty funny. But I’m very confident, so I don’t really care.

I’ve been using this stuff since I was in high school. I’ve tested a lot of different powders, and this one’s a good middle ground between a finishing powder and a concealer. You still get a full coverage look, but it’s not cakey. It’s great for someone like me who’s on camera a lot or trying to make out with guys because it stays on and is subtle.

I’ve been talking about this lip gloss since I was like 22 years old. I’ve seen the packaging go through different iterations, but the formula has stayed the same. It’s creamy. It doesn’t stick to your hair, and glides right onto your lips. It’s really moisturizing and lasts forever. This specific shade is neutral, so I can wear it from day to night. I’m actually wearing it right now. I’ve heard that the best lip shade matches the color of your nipples, and this matches mine. (Now I’ve effectively left nothing to the imagination for any of your readers.) But I’ve seen it on my friends, who have all different nipple shades, and it looks good on them too.

There’s no one I trust with my face other than Dr. Laura Devgan, who does my baby Botox. She says this serum helps you get “glass skin.” Obviously, I don’t buy into that kind of bullshit advertising, but then I started using this every single day. I’m pretty sure it cured my rosacea and skin flare-ups I’ve had since growing up. I’m not someone who’s a stickler about routine, but this is the one thing I won’t skip. I pour it into a mini-bottle when I go on vacation.

Masks are annoying. They get in my eyelash extensions or don’t stay on my face — it’s just a mess. And sometimes, I’m like, Wait, what did that even do? That is, until I met this one. After applying it, it dries up, and when you wash it off, your skin is like a slip and slide. It feels like my face went to Splash Mountain at Disney World. It gets all the gunk out. I wear a lot of makeup, so it’s important to truly cleanse my face. The instructions say to only use it a couple times a week, but I find myself using it every night. Whenever I’m hungover, have a photo shoot, or am just bored and want to feel clean, this is what I use.

I don’t like investing in shoes because I ruin all of them when I go out on the town. These are sturdy and still look new after two years. If you break out the cost per use, they’re cheap, essentially. I have a lot of inexpensive pairs of shoes that I rarely wear compared to these. There’s something about the platform style of the boots that actually elongates my legs. I can wear a little minidress or jeans with them and they automatically elevate a look.

I love that I can coordinate clips with different outfits and that it doesn’t crease my hair. I have a bob, so I like how my hair looks in a clip versus a hair tie. Emi Jay’s have weirdly become like the affordable Cartier Love bracelet of millennials and Gen Z. They’re not exactly the cheapest — you could probably get a way cheaper clip — but it’s a status symbol. I have a lot of their clips, like a Juicy Couture one that says “Juicy” on it and ones in other colors. They sent me a beige one that says “SFK” in pink crystals on it. I’m very big into branding. I’m basically one big walking advertisement for myself.

This isn’t one of those massive ring lights, but you can attach a small light to it. It’s made specifically for content creators and is essentially just a desk tripod. It’s great for when I film TikToks and videos. It’s lightweight, and the legs fold in so I can bring it in my bag when I’m traveling. I don’t think I would bring it on a date, but at this point, who knows? I do like to “do it for the plot.”

Duraflame Firestart

During the pandemic, I landed in an incredible West Village apartment with a fireplace. I didn’t think it was usable until the owner told me it was. When it started getting cold last November, I was like, I wonder what it’s like to light a fire. I was born and raised in New York City. We don’t light fires on the side, and I didn’t have a country house where I could do that. It seemed daunting and scary. A friend was like, “Dude, you just need Duraflame.” Little did I know Duraflame is incredible. You just light one side of it and the whole thing goes up in flames. I didn’t use my heat in my apartment once this entire winter because of this. And the ambiance was next level.

Let’s Fucking Date is the OG game I created during the pandemic. It’s great for first dates, groups of friends, and couples. It’s a communication tool that’s masked as a game if you want to get more vulnerable or more sexy. I’ve seen a lot of people in Manhattan with the game. Last week at the airport, a woman was like, “Look what I have in my bag.” For some people, having this is a hidden superpower. It makes them feel more comfortable in certain social situations. I’ve been in a new group and have pulled it out myself. It’s like the new 21 questions, so there’s no awkward silences or surface-level conversations. My two favorite questions in the deck are “If you were a type of soup, what soup would you be?” and “What do you want to do to me right now?”

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

What Serena Kerrigan Can’t Live Without