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We Tried It: A Super-Fancy Customized Facial With Isabelle Bellis

Feb/20/2014 at 06:23 PM ET

Isabelle Bellis facialCourtesy Andrea Lavinthal

What it is: A one-woman, one-room spa with a six month waiting list of Very Important People
Who tried it: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director
Why she did it: See above where it says “six month waiting list”
Level of pain: Nada, but I’m one of those weird people who enjoys extractions.

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If you’re a regular “We Tried It” reader (and really, who isn’t?), then you already know how I feel about facials. Whether it’s at a fancy-schmancy spa or in my own bathroom, I’m all for making my skin look smooth and glow-y. So when my friend emailed me with the news that Isabelle Bellis, a big-time facialist with whom you can never get an appointment (her client list is top-secret), had a rare last-minute opening that afternoon, I canceled all of my meetings and headed to the Upper East Side.

Bellis’s HQ feels like your coolest friend’s apartment, not a spa (see the pic above!) — and her French accent makes things feel even more chic. After I filled out a lengthy questionnaire about my skin, Bellis lead me to the treatment room where she kicked things off with a guided meditation. I’m not usually into that kind of thing but when a pretty French lady is telling you to relax your toes and relieve your mind of stress, it’s hard not to cooperate.

From then on it was all about massaging my face to increase blood and oxygen supply to the skin. She even put her fingers in my mouth to relieve tension in my cheeks, which felt weird but not unpleasant. While insanely thorough (I swear she inspected every single pore on my face) her extractions barely pinched. I have no idea what else she did for the rest of the hour and a half, but when she was done my skin looked the best I’ve ever seen it, and that was with a hint of redness from the extractions.

She sent me home with a bottle of L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil, but not before giving me a demo on how to properly apply it (put a tiny dab in your hands, rub them together, then pat your palms gently around the perimeter of your face working your way in).

The most impressive part of my appointment is what happened after I went home: My skin maintained its clear and radiant status for over a week, as opposed to the day or so I get with other facials. Consider myself the newest member of Bellis’s miles-long wait list.

How far would you go for the perfect facial? Tell us in the comments!

We Tried It: The Winter Solstice Cleanse from Juice Press

Feb/13/2014 at 05:59 PM ET

Brittany Talarico Juice Press CleanseBrittany Talarico

What is it: The latest three-day all liquid cleanse system from famed NYC health shop Juice Press — all six juices are made to specifically target the immune system and help your body ward off infection brought on by the cold weather (and since this has been the most brutal winter I’ve experienced in my 26 years on this planet, I thought, ‘Why not?’).

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

Why I did it: Because everyone around me was getting sick, and I wanted to load up on vitamins. (Okay, and I wanted to feel really “cleansed” and slim for a jam-packed weekend of wedding dress shopping!)

Level of Difficulty: 5. Cleansing is not for the faint of stomach. I missed snacking (well, chewing!) and the social aspect of eating

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We Tried It: Sally Hansen's New 'I Heart Nail' Kit

Feb/06/2014 at 06:32 AM ET

Brittany Talarico Sally Hansen nailsBrittany Talarico

What is it: Sally Hansen “I Heart Nail” art kits

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

Why I did it: Because I’m tired of spending over $50 bucks for a tricked out mani (aka I’m getting married in October, and it’s time to save some money)

Level of Difficulty: 3. Thanks to the handy “dotting tool,” which you use to apply the fun appliques, it’s pretty simple (Trust me, I was skeptical at first too!)

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We Tried It: Three of Spring's Trickiest Trends

Feb/04/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Our March issue hits stands Friday (though you can nab it on your tablet right now!) and it’s packed full of the hottest trends for spring, from entry-level to more advanced. Our #Trending story features tons of the red-hot looks straight off the runway (and beloved by your favorite celebs). But if you find yourself wondering if you really can pull off overalls, you’re not alone. That’s why three of our magazine editors road tested these trends for you. Were they convinced? Find out below!
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We Tried It: Replicating an In-Store Makeover Along With a Video Tutorial

Jan/30/2014 at 05:08 PM ET

The Balm MakeupAlex Apatoff

What is it: Editor-loved beauty brand The Balm opened their first brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco, and their in-store makeovers come with a fun extra: They videotape the makeover and send you the link, so you can try it step-for-step at home

Who tried it: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor (that’s my “after makeover” photo above and my disaster vanity)

Why I did it: Because I know I’m not the only one who’s bought a million products after a makeover, and then had no idea what to do with them the next day

Level of Difficulty: A 3 for me, but it depends on your level of makeup fluency. I like makeup already, so I found the video easy to follow. Probably the hardest thing about this whole experience will be sharing the embarrassing videos and photos below.

RELATED VIDEO: How to get the perfect red lip!
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We Tried It: Customizing Our Own New Balance Sneakers

Jan/23/2014 at 02:03 PM ET

Like many people, PEOPLE StyleWatch editors resolved to be more active in 2014. And like many people, we’re always looking for ways to make that resolution a little more fun. We’re trying new classes, working out with friends — and investing in cuter workout wear, starting from the ground up. When we heard about the customizable New Balance sneakers, we decided to each give them a shot to see if having just-for-us footwear would inspire us to get off the couch. Did it work?
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We Tried It: Latisse, An Eyelash-Growing Serum

Jan/09/2014 at 03:26 PM ET

Andrea Lavinthal LatisseAndrea Lavinthal

What is it: Latisse, an FDA-approved topical solution that makes your eyelashes longer and thicker

Who tried it: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director

Why I did it: Because the only thing I admire about Kim Kardashian is her lashes.

Level of Difficulty: If you can apply eyeliner, you can do this. The hardest part is being consistent and using it every night, even the ones where you drink too many glasses of Cabernet while watching Scandal.

Note: This isn’t a #TBT post from 2009. It’s just taken me this long to try Latisse.
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