Ask And You Shall Receive

gwen stefani beautyInterview the stars! InStyle.com gives you the opportunity to ask your favorite celebrities a question.

READERS ASKED: What was your first fragrance?

GWEN SAID: “Love’s Baby Soft. Probably because it was the one that I saw over and over again in commercials. I’ve always been into beauty products. As a kid one of my favorite stores was Sav-On Drugs. I just loved the smell of L’Oréal lipstick.”

Dying to know how Halle Berry always manages to look so effortlessly beautiful? Find out what products she uses – click here to submit your question.

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News You Can Use

qvc beauty newsmakers
I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit this, but I spent my Saturday night watching QVC.

Totally by accident, I stumbled on QVC while channel surfing…and was surprised by the addictive nature of their Beauty Newsmakers Face-to-Face, a special that gives viewers the inside scoop on beauty from the industry’s leading experts.

The program showcased new and bestselling products from Bare Escentuals, Borba, Essie, Kate Somerville, Laura Geller, Mally Roncal, Ojon, Peter Thomas Roth, Smashbox, and Tarte – just to name a few. I was also surprised to learn that many of the show’s featured products are QVC exclusives. For example, RareMinerals Blemish Therapy with Brush won’t be available at Bare Escentuals stores, counters, or on their website until February 2008 – but you can buy it now at QVC.

I usually consider myself immune to home-shopping television, but this particular program was absolutely riveting. The hosts were selling the you-know-what out of those products. I had to restrain myself, several times, from pulling out my credit card and picking up the phone.

For more information about the products featured on QVC Beauty Newsmakers, click here.

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A Tale of Two Foundations


 

Yesterday, my quest for an everyday foundation took me to my local department store. I’d seen advertisements for Clinique’s new Supermoisture Makeup in my favorite fashion magazines, so I headed straight to their makeup counter.

On the Clinique website, the Supermoisture Makeup is described as having an ultra-creamy yet refreshingly lightweight formula that goes beyond flaw-fixing, providing a dewy look. Clinique promises that this product disguises unevenness with sheer-to-moderate coverage, resulting in soft and radiant looking skin all day.

Okay, so back to my shopping escapades…the saleswoman warned me that the Supermoisture Makeup is meant for individuals with dry skin. Now, while my skin can be an oil slick during the summer, it gets tight and very dry during the fall and winter months. So I told the woman that I still wanted to give it a try. She color-matched me, and the shade she chose was spot-on. However, it was much too dewy for my taste. In fact – it looked, dare I say, greasy. I would only recommend this product to those with extremely parched skin (think Sahara thirsty).

The story does have a happy ending, though. I walked out of Bloomingdale’s with Clinique Superfit Makeup in Nutty – an oldie but a goodie. And the helpful saleswoman threw in a gift with purchase (Colour Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmer in Twiglet and Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer) to boot.

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Virtual Reality

Want to test the hotest new trends, without the commitment? Why not try a virtual makeover? Here are a few of my favorites:

Who needs to end up on the wrong side of the scissors? Try on hairstyles at the Marie Claire Virtual Hair Salon. Make an informed choice by uploading your photo (or choose from our library of models) and virtually try on a variety of popular cuts, colors, and styles.

With InStyle.com’s Hollywood Hair Makeover, you can try on your favorite star styles and colors before you make a trip to the salon. Get Jennifer Aniston’s beachy waves or Jessica Simpson’s blonde – with a click of your mouse. Just upload your photo or choose a model with similar face shape and complexion. With new styles added every month, the possibilities are endless and the commitment is zero! Print your favorite looks or email them to friends!

Ready for a free, fun, no-hassle virtual makeover? The iVillage Makeover-o-Matic virtual makeover game lets you try on virtual hairstyles, makeup and accessories with your own photo or a model photo. Select from hundreds of hairstyles, cosmetic colors and accessories in the privacy of your own home.

Want to try on hundreds of CoverGirl shades? Just install the CG Makeup Mirror! It’s easy, fast and free to install, and takes less than 2 minutes to download to your computer. The CG Makeup Mirror is certified virus-free and is safe for your computer.

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