We Tried It

We Tried It: DIY Purple Hair

Oct/23/2014 at 06:33 PM ET

We Tried It: DIY Purple Hair

Who Tried It: Sarah Kinonen, Editorial Assistant

Why I Did It: I’m young, hip and if Ashley Tisdale can do it, why can’t I?

Level of Difficulty: 4. If I were doing this alone, I’d bump that number up to a 7. But with a little help from my friend, the process was super easy.

We Tried It: Manic Panic purple hairCourtesy Sarah Kinonen

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We Tried It: Wrinkle-Reducing Face Patches

Oct/16/2014 at 02:14 PM ET

We Tried It: Wrinkle-Reducing Face Patches

Who Tried It: Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer

Why I Did It: I’ve discovered at the ripe age of 30-something that some of my expression lines are overstaying their welcome. And I tried smizing, but turns out that gives me a headache (a supermodel I am not).

Level of Difficulty: 1. You know where your wrinkles are, so simply stick these products on top of them — both come with handy visuals just in case — then sit back and let the clock turn back.

Best wrinkle patchesCourtesy Jackie Fields

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We Tried It: Faux Freckles

Oct/09/2014 at 06:23 PM ET

We Tried It: Rocking faux freckles

Who Tried It: Maddy Zollo, Assistant Beauty Editor at PEOPLE StyleWatch

Why I did It: Fake freckles were all over New York and London fashion week — from realistic ones at Preen, Vivienne Westwood and Adam Selman to star embellishments at Tommy Hilfiger and A Détacher. I’m never one to shy away from off-the-wall beauty trends, so how could I not put this look to the test? Plus, Topshop even created a “freckle pencil” for their fall makeup collection, which meant it had to be cool … right?

Level of Difficulty: 3 (one point for making sure you have a steady enough hand to draw them on and two points for the sporadic pangs of self-consciousness you are sure to experience when people stare and wonder what the heck is all over your face)

StyleWatch's Maddy Zollocourtesy Maddy Zollo

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We Tried It: A Subscription Service for Plus-Size Clothes

Oct/02/2014 at 02:41 PM ET

Who tried it: Rosaliz Jimenez, Photo Director (and a size 16)

What is it: Gwynnie Bee, an “unlimited wardrobe” clothing subscription service that features trendy and chic pieces for curvier girls who wear between sizes 10 and 32. You pay a monthly fee between $38.11 to $159 per month, depending on the plan that you select.

Why I did it: Two reasons. First, shopping for plus-size clothes is really hard and expensive. Second, it also appealed to the shopaholic in me! I got to road-test a ton of clothes without having to worry about my Visa bill!

Level of difficulty: Zero for effort — it was all fun!

Rent the Runway storeErin Hendry

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We Tried It: The Rent the Runway NYC Storefront

Sep/18/2014 at 04:00 PM ET

Who tried it: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor and Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

What is it: The smash-hit website brings the experience to a storefront in NYC’s Flatiron neighborhood for those who are shy about renting online. You try on any number of looks in the store, rent them from the checkout and mail them back just like you would a normal RTR order.

Why we did it: We’re already well-versed in the online RTR experience (among our staff, we’ve rented looks for the Oscars, the Grammys and countless weddings) and when they invited us to check out the just-opened store before NYFW, we couldn’t resist.

Level of difficulty: Fairly high if you live out of town. Pretty painless if you’re down the street, especially if your stylist “clicks” with you right away.

Rent the Runway storeCourtesy Alex Apatoff

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We Tried It: A Celeb-Loved Facial That Didn't Irritate My Skin

Sep/11/2014 at 05:28 PM ET

What is it: A multifunction facial that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates your skin — all in the name of preventing breakouts and fighting wrinkles

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

Why I did it: I’m getting married in a month and wanted to pick up my skin routine. Plus, I saw a few amazing before-and-after photos of stars who tried it, so I had high expectations

Level of Difficulty: 0 effort required, it was beyond relaxing and pain free Read More

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We Tried It: Getting a Full Glam Squad Treatment at Our Desks

Sep/05/2014 at 11:31 AM ET

Who tried it: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor; Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director; and Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

What is it: One-click total beautification, thanks to a genius collaboration that allowed us to summon a Glamsquad team to our desks using only the Uber app (and it cost $40!)

Why I did it: We’ve been intrigued by the proliferation of on-demand beauty apps like Glamsquad, The Stylisted and Vensette. And an in-office service at a major discount during New York Fashion Week seemed like as good a time as any to try one. Read More

 

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