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Bella Interview: More with Nadine Haobsh

Yesterday, I shared part of my interview with Nadine Haobsh, whose book Beauty Confidential is out this week. In the first part, we talked about the growth of beauty blogging, and today's installment covers products that are worth their price—and which ones are a waste. Here we go...

Can you tell us three products that are absolutely worth the money, and three that aren't?
Not worth the money: Creme de la Mer, Chanel nail polish, any cleanser over $10. Completely worth the money: Solano or Chi hair tools (flatirons or blowdryers), Bare Escentuals mineral foundation, any fragrance from Bond no. 9 (I am obsessed with Chinatown!) Nail polish, no matter how expensive or cheap, will be on your nails three days at best. Why spend $40 when you can spend $4? It's just not worth it. And you can't skimp on your hair; an expensive cut, expensive tools and moderately priced products will truly make a difference.

To find out a dirty little secret about beauty editors,

What are some mistakes you see a lot of women make with their makeup routine?
There are several! Women are often afraid of makeup and so apply next to nothing, which makes their features look blah and completely defeats the entire point. Most women have trouble with the eyes, especially, and don't know how to apply eye shadow, eye liner or mascara. As far as foundation goes, less *is* more (you don't need to glop it on like a mask), but most women don't realize that the right foundation will make a world of difference in how young, glowy and fresh your skin appears. Finally, makeup should be fun, and women don't play with it enough. There are easy ways to apply colored eyeshadows and tinted mascaras that won't make you look '80s or like a thirteen-year-old, but inject a shot of life into your looks and bring out your eyes.

And any beauty-editor secrets you can share? Ones that haven't run—or will probably never run—in magazines?
Beauty editors never wash their hair, haven't paid for a salon, spa or treatment service since they were "civilians", and recommend drugstore products in magazines, but wouldn't be caught dead using them (with one or two notable exceptions) on themselves. They tend to be a lot less democratic—even the service book ones—than they appear in magazines.

So why do they recommend drugstore products? Because of advertiser pressure, or because they want to have affordable options?
Both. If it were up to them, most editors would recommend expensive, esoteric, beautiful and foreign products exclusively. There is absolutely a culture of "Our advertiser this month is X; we have to find three of their products that aren't terrible to put in the magazine." There is a certain cachet in working for a magazine like W, because you know you will never have to recommend or test another drugstore product again (at least, that's the mindset.)

Still want more? Good. Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of our talk!

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Dr_NO Dr_NO 8 years
I disagree about the creme de la mer. I used a sample and noticed a BIG difference in how glowy my skin was. Everything else she said was good though.
alillee alillee 8 years
thanks aimeeb! :)
madhatter madhatter 8 years
Aimeeb, you mentioned that you're a vegetarian, but you also use emu oil? Can you please explain this - I'm being genuine, not snippy - because I thought emu oil was extracted from emus, which (under most definitions of vegetarian) would be a no-no... Perhaps I am misinformed.
jmast jmast 8 years
I had an ex that worked for the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue (no longer there) and his wife was Editor-In-Chief of another popular mag and she used to not wash her hair for like 2 months!!!! He once went to their apartment and her pillowcase was yellow! How gross is that????? I maybe can skip one day, I can't skip more than that or my hair gets too oily.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
i agree with the majority except the over $10 cleanser, i was using cetaphil forever but after my face kinda got used to it, i started using borba and it stays clear.
tundrababe tundrababe 8 years
I disagree somewhat on the nail polish. Chanel is definately a ripoff. I notice that the slightly more expensive brands like OPI or Creative last longer than cheaper brands though. They're also easier to apply because the brushes are larger. I bought some cheap Avon nail polish recently, and that was a joke. It didn't even last an hour and the brush was teeny tiny and made the polish look streaky and cheap. A sticky coat on the bottom makes a big difference too, and a good top coat doesn't hurt either. I totally agree about the cleanser. I haven't tried Bare Minerals, but I do use Everyday Minerals and it's supposed to be better for sensitive skin, and from what I understand is basically the same. It's also a lot cheaper.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
alillee I use: http://www.avalonorganics.com/?id=82&pid=253 And love love love it! It's also: • 100% vegetarian ingredients and no animal testing
alillee alillee 8 years
these are some good tips..both from the expert and the other commenters! aimeeb - what brand is the moisturizer you use? i'd like to try it out!
jomamanguyen jomamanguyen 8 years
oooh. i love bare esentials!
jomamanguyen jomamanguyen 8 years
oooh. i love bare esentials!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
And I second Bare Escentuals mineral foundation. I don't use it all over but it's great as just a concealer when need be.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Opps go with the $4
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Opps go with the $4
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I couldn't agree more with some of her tips. Nail polish is nail polish, it's going to chip regardless and would you rather know you wastd $4 vs $40-I'll go with the 44 and reapply if I must. As far as cleansers I think it has a lot to do with a person's skin what will work best for them, some people with trouble skin need RX cleaners and those drugstores brands just aren't potent enough. As far as moisturizers I can agree with her comment. I pay 1000.00 for rent on top of other expenses, car, insurance and so much more. I can't fathom paying over 100.00 on a moisturizer especially that I've heard mixed reviews on. I use a vegetarian, vitamin C mositurizer from a local health food store and have been for over a yr and I love it, $22. And I also use emu oil, from that same store and have zero complaints and both I recently read even more rave reviews about in a book I purchased a few months back: The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets I think some people assume if it costs more it's better which isn't true in most cases. Look at Sophia Loren she swears by virgin olive oil and she's in her 70's-and looks amazing!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I couldn't agree more with some of her tips. Nail polish is nail polish, it's going to chip regardless and would you rather know you wastd $4 vs $40-I'll go with the 44 and reapply if I must.As far as cleansers I think it has a lot to do with a person's skin what will work best for them, some people with trouble skin need RX cleaners and those drugstores brands just aren't potent enough. As far as moisturizers I can agree with her comment. I pay 1000.00 for rent on top of other expenses, car, insurance and so much more. I can't fathom paying over 100.00 on a moisturizer especially that I've heard mixed reviews on. I use a vegetarian, vitamin C mositurizer from a local health food store and have been for over a yr and I love it, $22. And I also use emu oil, from that same store and have zero complaints and both I recently read even more rave reviews about in a book I purchased a few months back:The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty SecretsI think some people assume if it costs more it's better which isn't true in most cases. Look at Sophia Loren she swears by virgin olive oil and she's in her 70's-and looks amazing!
candace117 candace117 8 years
I own a Chanel nail polish but only because of what color it is - Vamp, one of my faves.I don't polish my fingernails, only my toenails, and I can give myself a pedicure that will last two to three weeks and look as shiny and brand new as day one. It's mostly in the preparation and finish, I think, however maintenance is definitely key! You can't just ignore your hands and feet and expect the polish to stay fresh!Although, I used to polish my fingers and I could extend the life out to a week unless I got bored with the color (which usually is what happened!!!!)Some tricks:Get solar oil. If you have a stylist friend, get her to go to the beauty supply and get it. It's made by Creative. It will last a LONG time. Use it on your cuticles every single morning and rub it into the polished nail. It helps keep the shine up and protect your fingers so the cuticle area doesn't get dry and gross looking. Also, you should use it to finish right after a mani. Next, prep the nail with a swipe of polish remover, and don't touch your nails with your fingers afterward. It keeps your nail bed free of oils which your fingers could re-deposit onto them, and this helps the polish adhere to your nails.ALWAYS use base and top coat. DON'T put thick layers of polish on, if you need more than 2 coats make sure they are thin. Treat your nails like a treasure rather than tools and your polish job will always last much longer. Em mentioned Dr. Hauschka. Another great and pure skincare line is Jurlique, it was also started by a German and it's actually made in Australia. Their products are so pure they don't even add water if they don't have to. I go back and forth on skincare, I have a lot of stuff from the Body Shop and Lancome. All of my facial masks and scrubs are Body Shop, and I find that using them frequently (2 times a week) is beneficial to help enliven the skin. The thing I spend the most money on is good lip products - glosses, lipsticks, etc. I rarely ever buy eye products because Lancome and sometimes Chanel give me free samples every time I order something or buy something, so there's no need! :) As for hair - mine has been a bajillion times better since I started using exclusively salon products. I have tried multiple brands, anything from Kenra to Abba to Alterna, and for me Matrix Biolage works the best. It's important to stress experimentation and not treat beauty magazines like an absolute Bible. Use it as guidance and maybe for new ideas or ways to refresh old ideas, but don't think twice about trying something totally new and unheard of if you have the opportunity!I color treat my hair, so when it is feeling extra dry I will leave in Body Shop Monoi Miracle oil overnight and wash it out the next morning. It does work miracles! hee!A couple of recommendations:If you want a good blowdrying aid, try Kenra styling creme - it has a light to medium texture that won't overwhelm thin hair, but has enough booty to aid thicker hair. Just work some through damp hair and blowdry and style your hair like normal! A bonus: It smells like strawberries :)If you have very damaged hair from overprocessing or heat styling, try Alterna's caviar complex shampoo and conditioner. It is a little more pricey but really does work how it is supposed to and worth the extra dollars, unlike some products. Make sure you use a protective spray or creme if you do style your hair with hot tools, think of it like a Burberry trench coat -you wouldn't go out in the cold without it, right?Also, you should find the article on this site about washing your hair properly...I tried the techniques and it really does help your hair! Have a great day! :)
candace117 candace117 8 years
I own a Chanel nail polish but only because of what color it is - Vamp, one of my faves. I don't polish my fingernails, only my toenails, and I can give myself a pedicure that will last two to three weeks and look as shiny and brand new as day one. It's mostly in the preparation and finish, I think, however maintenance is definitely key! You can't just ignore your hands and feet and expect the polish to stay fresh! Although, I used to polish my fingers and I could extend the life out to a week unless I got bored with the color (which usually is what happened!!!!) Some tricks: Get solar oil. If you have a stylist friend, get her to go to the beauty supply and get it. It's made by Creative. It will last a LONG time. Use it on your cuticles every single morning and rub it into the polished nail. It helps keep the shine up and protect your fingers so the cuticle area doesn't get dry and gross looking. Also, you should use it to finish right after a mani. Next, prep the nail with a swipe of polish remover, and don't touch your nails with your fingers afterward. It keeps your nail bed free of oils which your fingers could re-deposit onto them, and this helps the polish adhere to your nails. ALWAYS use base and top coat. DON'T put thick layers of polish on, if you need more than 2 coats make sure they are thin. Treat your nails like a treasure rather than tools and your polish job will always last much longer. Em mentioned Dr. Hauschka. Another great and pure skincare line is Jurlique, it was also started by a German and it's actually made in Australia. Their products are so pure they don't even add water if they don't have to. I go back and forth on skincare, I have a lot of stuff from the Body Shop and Lancome. All of my facial masks and scrubs are Body Shop, and I find that using them frequently (2 times a week) is beneficial to help enliven the skin. The thing I spend the most money on is good lip products - glosses, lipsticks, etc. I rarely ever buy eye products because Lancome and sometimes Chanel give me free samples every time I order something or buy something, so there's no need! :) As for hair - mine has been a bajillion times better since I started using exclusively salon products. I have tried multiple brands, anything from Kenra to Abba to Alterna, and for me Matrix Biolage works the best. It's important to stress experimentation and not treat beauty magazines like an absolute Bible. Use it as guidance and maybe for new ideas or ways to refresh old ideas, but don't think twice about trying something totally new and unheard of if you have the opportunity! I color treat my hair, so when it is feeling extra dry I will leave in Body Shop Monoi Miracle oil overnight and wash it out the next morning. It does work miracles! hee! A couple of recommendations: If you want a good blowdrying aid, try Kenra styling creme - it has a light to medium texture that won't overwhelm thin hair, but has enough booty to aid thicker hair. Just work some through damp hair and blowdry and style your hair like normal! A bonus: It smells like strawberries :) If you have very damaged hair from overprocessing or heat styling, try Alterna's caviar complex shampoo and conditioner. It is a little more pricey but really does work how it is supposed to and worth the extra dollars, unlike some products. Make sure you use a protective spray or creme if you do style your hair with hot tools, think of it like a Burberry trench coat -you wouldn't go out in the cold without it, right? Also, you should find the article on this site about washing your hair properly...I tried the techniques and it really does help your hair! Have a great day! :)
laura6567 laura6567 8 years
I agree with Em, I can't go cheap on face cleanser. I've had eczema since I was 6 months old, and used Murad through high school and college. Now that my skin's getting older I've switched to Korres. Even the most gentle cheap stuff makes me break out (even Cetaphil, though their lotion is the only thing I use for my body!)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Hahaha so true about the nailpolish! 3 days max and it will start to chip - no matter how much you broke your abnk for it!!!
perpetuallysarah perpetuallysarah 8 years
I love Jolie! She's so great. Check out her blog at http://www.jolieinnyc.com/Love her!
perpetuallysarah perpetuallysarah 8 years
I love Jolie! She's so great. Check out her blog at http://www.jolieinnyc.com/ Love her!
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 8 years
i agree with the $40 nail polish. black nail polish is black. but, that said, some of the brands do really have fab colors and texture that are different from the cheap ones. and i agree that an expensive haircut is important. your hair 'keeps' its shape and style longer and less styling is involved. :)
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 8 years
i agree with the $40 nail polish. black nail polish is black. but, that said, some of the brands do really have fab colors and texture that are different from the cheap ones.and i agree that an expensive haircut is important. your hair 'keeps' its shape and style longer and less styling is involved. :)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Wow...interesting stuff! I have to disagree on the "any cleanser over $10" though...I've had problem skin for the longest time and the only line that actually works is from Dr. Hauschka...I can't tell you how much money I've spent before discovering that line. But yeah, I don't bother with too-expensive nail polish. Why bother? L'Oreal makes great ones that are really affordable. :)
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