We Tried It

We Tried It: The Estée Edit (a.k.a. Kendall Jenner-Approved Cosmetics)

Mar/17/2016 at 06:42 PM ET

What It Is: The Estée Edit, an 82-piece makeup collection designed to intrigue millennials (color-changing lipstick! Black light-reactive eye shadow!)
Who Tried it: Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Assistant
Why I Did It: Since I’m the target audience for Estée Lauder’s latest line launch, I figured I might as well take them for a spin to see if they were worth Snapchatting about. (Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the collection is already Kendall Jenner-approved.)
Level Of Difficulty: 1

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We Tried It: Suki Waterhouse's Glitter Tears Eye Makeup

Mar/10/2016 at 04:03 PM ET

What It Is: For the past few weeks, stars have been experimenting with new ways to wear glittery eyeshadow— Suki Waterhouse and Elle Fanning took the sparkle off the lid and under the lower lash line and Hailey Baldwin added a hint of shine to her otherwise natural look. Suki’s makeup artist Wendy Rowe predicted glitter eye makeup would be a trend for the upcoming season and she was right: It was all over the runway during fashion month.

Who Tried it: Catherine Kast, Style Editor

Why I Did It: Not only am I a huge fan of Suki’s, but I am the type of girl who always picks a bold eye over a bold lip color. I was on the lookout for something fun to try since I’m already exhausted by quirky cat-eyes. It’s as if Suki’s look at the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies premiere leapt out of my dreams and onto the red carpet (Seriously, it’s worth seeing the whole thing head-to-toe). Once Elle Fanning showed up at the Saint Laurent show in L.A. just a week later trying the trend, I knew I had to get on it.

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We Tried It: A DIY Rebecca Minkoff Clutch

Mar/03/2016 at 12:40 PM ET

What It Is: Brit + Co (the DIY mecca) and Rebecca Minkoff teamed up to create a kit that lets you make your own (!!!) black leather clutch
Who Tried It: Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor
Why We Tried It: Because who wouldn’t want to make their own bag (and then brag about it to their friends after)?
Level Of Difficulty: 5

Rebecca MinkoffBrian Nichols/People

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One Intrepid Cologne-Wearing Journalist's Journey Into the Dark Underworld of Feminine Fragrances, Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Feb/12/2016 at 04:57 PM ET

The Backstory:

My whole adult perfume-wearing life I have been a signature scent kind of lady. And that one scent happens to be found in the men’s cologne section at Sephora. Namely, YSL L’Homme, the same scent worn by “the Andy Warhol of our generation” Kanye West, though for the sake of full disclosure I’ve recently made the bold switch to YSL’s slightly heavier, muskier L’Homme Nuit and I’ve never looked back.

Kanye West Yeezy Adidas Season 3Courtesy Elizabeth Arden, Gap, Bath & Body Works, Juicy Couture, and Victoria’s Secret

Then, one fateful day, the lovely ladies of the People Style department were brainstorming Valentine’s Day content ideas and we landed on the subject of perfumes that men love on women versus the types of perfume ladies flock to. As we started to talk specifics, our associate digital beauty editor Jillian announced that her roommate is a devotee to Britney Spears’ Fantasy and that men are obsessed with it, and by proxy her. Likewise, our senior style editor Alex admitted her sister’s Michael Kors tropical vacation-inspired scent has dudes literally following her around the bar.

As the an evidence began to pile up, I saw my entire dating life (or lack thereof) flash before my eyes. Could I be doing this all wrong? Could I actually be subconsciously repelling men in my attempts to smell just like them? Could this explain my years of routinely being referred to as “sir” on an almost daily basis?
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We Tried It: A Lip Mask That Cures Dry Winter Lips

Feb/05/2016 at 09:00 AM ET

What It Is: A lip-shaped patch that promises to cure even the most weather-beaten pout.

Who Tried It: Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant

Why We Tried It: I suffer from severely chapped lips, and while I use a lip scrub and balm to slough off dry skin regularly, I’ve been in the market for something a little more powerful.

Level of Difficulty: 1

We Tried It: Lip Patches Sarah KinonenBrian Nichols/People.com

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We Tried It: 3 Apps That Do Your Makeup For You

Jan/29/2016 at 04:06 PM ET

What It Is: Apps that claim to do your makeup better than you ever could (assuming that you don’t have a team of pros at your disposal, à la Kylie Jenner

Who Tried It: Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor

Why We Tried It: A Kardashian-quality selfie has many requirements: The right lighting, a team of beauty pros, and a lifetime of skin-perfecting laser treatments. Don’t have those things? Neither do we — but luckily, there’s an app for that.

Even the most new-to-the-medium selfie-taker is familiar with the benefits of a filter, or even the FaceTune app. But we’re not just talking about smoothing wrinkles, removing blemishes, or whitening teeth — these new apps do all that, and then they’ll actually apply makeup to your selfie. What a time to be alive. Sadly, though, this method of applying makeup to your Instagram photo is not always believable — so I tried them, to find out which ones I can use to fool my friends.

Level of Difficulty: 2

Perfect 365Jillian Ruffo

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We Tried It: Trunk Club, a Service That Shops For You and Lets You Try Everything on at Home

Jan/14/2016 at 06:00 PM ET

What Is It: Trunk Club, service that employs a stylist to pick out your clothes based on your preferences then mails them right to you.

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor

Why We Did It: I needed a New Year’s wardrobe refresh, but I really hate online shopping. So if someone was willing to do it for me, who was I to argue?

Difficulty Level: A 1/10 for the whole process, but a 4/10 for trying clothes on, because trying clothes on is Le Worst.

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