We Tried It

We Tried It: Lipstick Formulas That Claim to Be Life-Changing (Here's the Truth)

May/14/2015 at 05:56 PM ET

Who Tried It: Lena Finkel, Editorial Assistant

What Is It: The newest lip products that claim to last longer, look brighter and go on smoother

Why I Did It: As a lipstick addict, I’m always willing to trick out my pout with new sticks, glosses and lacquers. And with the new spring shades boasting to be better (and more innovative) than fall’s collections, I knew I had to put them to the test

Level of Difficulty: 1 (I could apply lipstick in my sleep, but picking out the right shade is a little more difficult!)

We Tried It LipsticksSteve Granitz/Wireimage. Inset: Jason Merritt/Getty

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We Tried It: Dyeing Our Hair with Kool-Aid

May/07/2015 at 04:42 PM ET

Who tried it: Maria Yagoda, Writer-Reporter

What is it: Grape Kool-Aid as a hair dye

Why she did it: I’m not sure what it is about the warmer months that moves me to do strange things to my hair, but I just can’t help it. Two summers ago — in a woefully unsuccessful attempt to emulate Rihanna — I got an undercut, but this year, I wanted to freshen up my look with some funky color. Blues, reds, pinks and purples were calling out to me, just as they have been for a growing number of stars (Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco, Julianne Hough” and more) who’ve dyed their hair bold colors for funsies or Coachella or for the Instagram photo op

Level of difficulty: 4/10 (or 3/10 if you have a friend on-hand to help apply to the back of your head)

Maria Yagoda Kool-Aid hair dyeCourtesy Dianna Peral

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We Tried It: Lip Plumping Every Possible Way, from Easy to Crazy

Apr/30/2015 at 04:15 PM ET

Even the most Kardashian/Jenner-averse human has to admit to being a little curious about how Kylie Jenner makes her lips look like this. Some fans are so enamored of her super-full lip look that they’ve even started something called the #kyliejennerchallenge, which involves suctioning your lips with a shot glass to sometimes alarming results (she does not endorse that, by the way).

And since everyone’s getting in on the craze, we decided to be right there with them, testing a variety of pout-boosting remedies from all-natural to totally insane. Read on for the results.

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We Tried It: Theresa Caputo's Custom Jewelry Line

Apr/16/2015 at 04:43 PM ET

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor, @renniedyball

What is it: Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s Long Island Medium and a best-selling author, has expanded her empire to the Theresa Caputo Collection, which features custom-made charm necklaces from handwriting, drawings and more.

Why I did it: For some time, I’ve thought about trying to turn a special handwritten note into a piece of jewelry, but didn’t know a jeweler who could do it or where I’d even find him or her. Leave it to the Long Island Medium to practically read my mind on this one, right?

Level of difficulty: 0 (You take a photo, send it in, pay for the piece and it arrives in the mail within a couple weeks. The only difficult decisions are what size to order your charm and chain, and sterling silver vs. gold overlay)

Theresa Caputo Custom Jewelry LineCourtesy Rennie Dyball

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We Tried It: An LED Facial

Mar/05/2015 at 07:26 PM ET

Who Tried it: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor

What is it: A LightStim anti-aging facial, which uses LED lights to make your skin look like this

Why I did it: I’d already done LED skin treatments on the cheap, and because I ascribe to the “Treat Yo Self” school of thought, I wanted to try the fancy version. I’m obsessed with pretty much everything Kate Somerville does (these are genius), except for the fact that she only has one location, so when I booked a last-minute trip to L.A., this was top of my to-do list

Level of difficulty: 0 (as with many high-end treatments, the only painful part is getting the bill at the end)

Kate Somerville lightstim Courtesy Kate Somerville

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We Tried It: A Silicone Toothbrush

Feb/26/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

Who Tried it: Christina Baez, Photo Editor

What is it: The Foreo Issa, a super weird-looking electric toothbrush made only of silicone

Why I did it: Who wouldn’t want a million dollar smile? Or, in this case, a $200 one? I’ll admit that’s pretty pricey for a toothbrush, but I had to try it out to see if it lived up to the hype

Level of difficulty: 0

Issa Silicone toothbrushChristina Baez

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