Need an Expert Opinion? These Websites and Apps Let You Consult Pros on the Go

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Seeking expert assistance pronto? Look no further than your smartphone or tablet. These services will give you all the advice you need, on everything from resolving decorating dilemmas to clearing up skin-care quandaries, in just a few taps.

House Account, houseacct.comConsider this your virtual personal decorator. Browse the Instagram-like feed of 450 local boutiques and chat with sales associates to get styling tips and place products you love on hold. The app keeps your credit card info on file for seamless purchasing across all stores (free).

Notorious, notorious.imAsk a style or beauty question and receive celebrity-caliber advice via text message from a member of a star's personal glam squad—like colorist Rita Hazan, who tends to Beyoncé's tresses. The cost per query ranges from $1 to $10, a small price to pay to look #flawless (free).

Pocket Derm, pocketderm.comTrips to the doctor's office can be time-consuming—not to mention pricey. Skip the waiting room and hefty insurance bill with this new site that lets you message a board-certified dermatologist with your skin-care concerns, then receive product recommendations via email ($20/month).

Trippy, trippy.comScouting your next vacay destination? Check in with Trippy's panel of travel experts for real-time recommendations and tips on places to go and things to see. You can even get the lowdown on your locale from its team of in-the-know advisers, including Jason Mraz (free).

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