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We Tried It: Surprising Holiday Party Must-Haves, From Glitter Lips to Scent-Remover Wipes

Dec/18/2014 at 06:55 PM ET

Ciate lip glitter
Courtesy Maddy Zollo:

Maddy Zollo, Beauty Assistant: My love of glitter started in middle school with Bath & Body Works. Not only did they have the most delicious/nauseating scented glitter rollerballs (which I’d bathe my arms and legs in), but they also had a lipstick called Glitter Bug — whic, you guessed it, was entirely made of glitter. So when the British brand Ciaté came out with their Glitz Fix (aka a lip glitter kit) this holiday season, I had to try it.

The premise is simple: Apply a glitter sealer to your lips, generously apply the loose glitter with a sponge applicator and then use the included brush to lightly dust off any excess. In less than five minutes, I took my lips from zero to a full-on glam. I thought it might look like I got in a fight with an art supply closet and lost, but I actually loved how it looked. Plus everyone else seemed to be into it too. Another added bonus was that I could drink — without leaving a sparkly mark on the glass.

The verdict? I’m a Glitz Fix believer! I think next time, I’d layer it over a red lipstick for an added pop of color. But however you wear it, t’s a surefire way to dress up your holiday look. I’m definitely going to be rocking it again this season (although maybe not under the mistletoe)!

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming, $40. Ease of use: 10, Smell: 6, Staying power: 9

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We Tried It: Rent the Runway's Plus-Size Selection

Dec/11/2014 at 06:22 PM ET

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

What is it: The luxe fashion rental giant Rent The Runway has expanded their Plus options! Dresses are available in sizes 14W-22W from top-notch designers like Badgley Mischka, Kay Unger, Anna Scholz, and exclusively from the likes of Carmen Marc Valvo, Monique Lhuillier, Eva Franco and Yoana Baraschi. Prices range from $30 to $175 for a 4 day rental. RTR offers two ways to rent their wares: online or via their storefronts (located in N.Y.C., Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas). I tried both methods — for research purposes, of course!

Why I did it: Finding occasion dresses in plus sizes can be frustrating. Most options available in stores make me look like I just stepped out of an episode of the Golden Girls or like I’m about to audition to be a backup dancer for a Miley Cyrus video. Neither is good. So when RTR invited me to try on their collection, I jumped at the chance.

Level of difficulty: Easy!

Rent the Runway plus sizeCourtesy Rosaliz Jiminez

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We Tried It: MM.LaFleur's Bento Box , a New Way to Shop for Clothes

Dec/04/2014 at 04:18 PM ET

What it is: MM.LaFleur, home of classic wardrobe staples with a stylish twist, recently launched MM Bento. Take their online quiz to determine your perfect togs, and get a box of four to six stylist-chosen pieces to try

Who tried it: Regan Stephens, Photo Editor

Regan StephensCourtesy Ben Trivett

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We Tried It: Retro Waves Using Clip-Less Hot Rollers

Nov/20/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

What is it: Conair Infiniti Pro Secret Curl Setters

Who tried it: Loni Venti, Style and Beauty Editor

Why I did it: Whenever I see my stylist, Ryan Nickulas I leave with waves so perfect that I can’t stop checking out my reflection in every storefront I pass (oh, vanity). But when I’m not getting coiffed up by a pro, I don’t have the time nor coordination to masterfully wrap and tousle my way to a luscious mermaid mane. These babies promised to make waves sans the drama. So I gave them a whirl.

Level of difficulty: Super easy! Here’s what I did:

Conair RollersLoni Venti

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We Tried It: A Star-Loved Waist-Training Corset

Nov/13/2014 at 04:49 PM ET

What is it: Amia’s Almighty Cincher

Who tried it: Alissa Harris, Photo Editor

Why I did it: I just had a baby and figured it was the perfect time to jump on the waist-training bandwagon (Okay, Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian convinced me too)

Level of difficulty: 5. I didn’t love putting the corset on (it’s pretty uncomfortable, especially when a 10-month-old is always hanging off our hip), but the results are worth it

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We Tried It: Wearing Sequins and Sparkle for an Office Party

Nov/07/2014 at 04:55 PM ET

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the PEOPLE StyleWatch December/January issue has plenty of fashionable content to get you through the season. And we just can’t wait to show it to you. So as a sneak peek, we had our editors test out some expert styling tips to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday office party on your calendar. And don’t forget to be on the look out for our new issue, available for download on November 18 and on stands November 21!

Holiday dressing tipsCourtesy Tomoko Takeda Canel

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We Tried It: On-Demand Beauty Apps

Oct/30/2014 at 06:50 PM ET

If there are two things PEOPLE StyleWatch editors love, it’s beauty treatments and convenience.

The Stylisted ReviewCourtesy Brittany Talarico

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