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What Not To Wear's Stacy London Says This "Winds up looking like I've got dirt on my lips."

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Comedy writer Bonnie Datt once bought a chainmail vest "for clubbing"—a purchase she later came to lament, once she realized that chainmail isn't particularly slimming. Inspired by this, she now spends her spare time asking famous people to dish about purchases which they initially loved—but ended up regretting, for Buyer's Remorse.


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We've been publishing Buyer's Remorse stories for more than nine months now, and occasionally we get the opportunity to interview someone from our fashion wish list—people renowned for their very specific tastes—like Daphne Guinness and Betsey Johnson. This week we were fortunate enough to check another name off that list, when we spoke to What Not To Wear's witty stylist, Stacy London.

On each episode of TLC's What Not To Wear, Stacy and her co-stylist Clinton Kelly ambush someone in dire need of a makeover, then teach them how to shop for and style themselves better. Thanks to the show's success, real world requests for Stacy's talents have been so numerous that she started Style for Hire, a site where people from across the country can get help from local stylists she's trained. Since Stacy's vision is so clear regarding what others should buy, we were dying to know if she'd ever had Buyer's Remorse. In her candid response, Stacy confessed to regretting buying something none of our previous interviewees had ever mentioned before...

Racked: Can you tell us what, if anything, you've had Buyer's Remorse about?

Stacy London: I try to plan my purchases so that I don't have Buyer's Remorse, and I'm constantly telling people that they should mull things over before they buy them, but I'm really guilty of the impulse buy.

I would say the thing that I have Buyer's Remorse most about is lip gloss. Tinted lip gloss. I always think that if it's not clear it will be interesting, I'll like it, and it will somehow give me personality. But the tints never look right on me. Never. It's not a color and it's not sheer. It's nothing. It winds up looking like I've got dirt on my lips. I can never get it right. Not since Black Honey—Clinique used to make a lip gloss called Black Honey, which is the only one that ever worked for me—but they discontinued it. Now every time I buy lip gloss, it's a problem.

Racked: But you keep trying—over and over again?

Stacy London: I keep trying over and over. Hope springs eternal.

· All Buyer's Remorse Posts [Racked]
· Style For Hire [Official Site]
· What Not To Wear [Official Site]