We Tried It

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

We Tried It: Celeb-Loved 'Seamless' Hair Extensions

Aug/28/2014 at 06:09 PM ET

Loni Venti Platinum Seamless Hair ExtensionsCourtesy Loni Venti

Who tried it: Loni Venti, Style and Beauty Editor (and lover of mermaid hair)

What is it: The very same hair extensions that a bajillion celebrities have but will never admit to

Why I did it: I just really wanted long, lush hair. And if celebs can cheat the system, why can’t I? Read More

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We Tried It: A Brazilian Blowout

Aug/21/2014 at 03:16 PM ET

What is it: Brazilian Blowout, a super-strong hair treatment that uses amino acids to seal and smooth the hair cuticle — and thus straighten my very curly hair for three months

Who tried it: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor

Why I did it: Because Aug. 21 is National Brazilian Blowout Day and I’m nothing if not celebratory

Level of Difficulty: A 4 when you’re in the chair; the chemicals are intense and it’s a time commitment. A -65 when you get home. I never knew haircare could be so easy! (P.S. See the photos below? That’s my curly hair on a good day after two hours of maintenance, at left, and then air-dried post-Brazilian Blowout, at right.)

Brazilian Blowout trialCourtesy Alex Apatoff(2)

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We Tried It: Fall's Top Trends (Like the Creeper!)

Aug/12/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Who’s excited for PEOPLE StyleWatch’s September issue? We thought so! That’s why we’re giving you a sneak peek at some of the stylish content headed your way. Our editors tried out the most popular fall trends (already seen on celebs, of course!) to let you know what you should be adding to your closet — and how to wear it. And don’t forget to download the September issue (on stands everywhere Friday) on your tablet … right now!

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We Tried It: Doing Our Own Wedding Makeup

Aug/07/2014 at 01:14 PM ET

Who tried it: Loni Venti (although I was still Loni Albert when I tried it!), Style & Beauty Editor

Why I did it: I’ve been painting this face everyday for the last fifteen years. Who knows it better than me? No one, that’s who! Plus, not to sound like a brat, but I just really like how I do my own makeup.

Level of difficulty: Out of 10, I’d give it a 5. In real life, it would probably rank a 2 or 3, but everything feels a gazillion times harder when you are moments away from tying the knot. Seriously, even walking was an epic and exhausting feat! Read More

 

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