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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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