We Tried It

We Tried It: Olympic Gymnast Dominique Moceanu's Custom Jewelry Line

Sep/03/2015 at 12:00 PM ET

Dominique Moceanu jewelry lineCourtesy Dominique Moceanu

Who Tried It: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why I Tried It: During a massive apartment cleanout, courtesy of the KonMari method (off-topic: read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), I unearthed a photo of a charm necklace that I’d torn out of a magazine. I’ve wanted to replicate it for some time now, and noticed on one of my social media feeds that Moceanu had a new custom jewelry biz. I took this as a sign. Read More

We Tried It: Custom-Blending a Fragrance

Aug/27/2015 at 08:00 PM ET

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor
Why I Tried It: I’ve had this job for seven years and I still don’t know how to pick a perfume
What I Tried: A one-on-one meeting with Mark Crames, the CEO of Demeter Fragrance Library
Level of Difficulty: I found it harder than I thought to make decisions — luckily, Mark knew what he was talking about so could steer me in the right direction

custom perfume reviewCourtesy Alex Apatoff

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We Tried It: FitReserve (a Workout App - Of Course!)

Aug/13/2015 at 05:52 PM ET

Who Tried It: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director
Why I Tried It: As an attempt to find at least one type of workout class that I can tolerate
What I Tried: FitReserve, a site that allows you to book classes at tons of NYC’s top boutique fitness studios
Level of Difficulty: Zero for the process of signing up for the classes, but between a 7-9 for the actual classes (you want me to hold a plank for how long?!)

Fit Reserve reviewsCourtesy Andrea Lavinthal

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I Was Hair Model for the Kardashian Guru's $1,000+ Masterclass, and Here's What I Learned

Aug/07/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

She might not be a Kardashian, West or Jenner, but by this point, hairstylist Jen Atkin is essentially a part of the famous family. (So much so, she even has her own avatar in Kim’s iPhone game!) So, being one of the many resident Kardashian fans here at PEOPLE, when I heard Atkin’s beauty site Mane Addicts was hosting a hair seminar — and that Atkin, along with Karlie Kloss’s mane man, Harry Josh, were teaching it — I wasted no time volunteering my hair as tribute.

Also, I won’t lie, I had a lot of questions. Every day, it seems as if there’s a new celebrity, stylist or makeup artist talking about a “masterclass” fans can attend. I needed to know: Who exactly is going to these classes? Are they really worth the $450 to $1,100 to attend? And can normal people actually achieve magazine-cover-status waves at home? Here are the answers to all that, and so much more.

Jen Atkin hair projenatkinhair/instagram; Courtesy Heather Chapman

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We Tried It: A Spa Day - Using Only Apps

Jul/30/2015 at 06:00 PM ET

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor
Why I Tried It: The only thing I love more than relaxation is minimal effort and financial outlay to achieve it. So I tried these free apps to cobble together one day of pampering.
What I Tried: Three apps: OMG I Can Meditate, ClassPass and MassageNow.
Level of Difficulty: Downloading the apps was a cinch. The actual activities varied in their level of commitment.

OMG I Can Meditate reviewCourtesy

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We Tried It: A Salt Cave for Health and Relaxation

Jul/23/2015 at 06:00 PM ET

Who Tried It: Adeline Duff, Style & Beauty Intern
Why I Tried It: I love being up on the latest health crazes, and a salt cave seemed too intriguing to pass up.
What I Tried: A 40-minute salt cave session at Breathe Easy in New York City.
Level of Difficulty: I would have said 0, but because of the slight aggravation of having to wash off my salt-covered belongings, I’m going with a 1.

Breathe Easy USACourtesy Brian Ach

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We Tried It: All Kinds of (Non-Traditional) Deodorants

Jul/16/2015 at 05:51 PM ET

Who Tried It: Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE’s National Political Correspondent (because politicians, after all, are the ones who never want you to see them sweat — and Washington, D.C., was built on swampland).

Why She Tried It: It’s the hot, humid, sweaty and — let’s be honest — stinky season. So we put some of the new crop of deodorants to the test. Do the all-natural newcomers hold up to the freshly refurbished, aluminum-based classics?

What She Tried: (clockwise from far left, below) Reset Yourself [beauty] Pure Deodorant; Dove Dry Spray Clear Tone Skin Renew; Secret Outlast Clear Gel Sensitive Clean; and Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes.

Level of Difficulty: 0 at the beginning of the day — varied by the end.

Alternative deodorant reviewsSandra Sobieraj Westfall

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