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We Tried It: Using a 'Revolutionary' Eyeliner in a Moving Car and Without a Mirror

May/29/2014 at 05:12 PM ET

What is it: Benefit’s brand-new “They’re Real Push-Up” eyeliner, which is a gel formula in a click-through tube. The idea is that it lasts as long as a gel but doesn’t dry out as fast as the ones in pots, and it goes on more precisely than a pencil

Who tried it: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor

Why I did it: I got a sneak preview of this product at an event a few months ago and was intrigued as to whether it could possibly live up to the hype. One model put it on herself without using a mirror, while the ad shows a sexy prowler putting hers on in the back of a cop car — and thus, my “We Tried It” was inspired.

Level of Difficulty: A 2 with the mirror, a 4 in the back of the cab and a 6 without a mirror

Warning: Truly terrifying selfies ahead. I need a Kardashian tutorial in selfie-taking, but for now, this is what you get.
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We Tried It: Lacy Little Things Meant to Prevent 'Thigh Rub'

May/22/2014 at 02:20 PM ET

Do Bandelettes work?Courtesy Elizabeth Carmona

What it is: Bandelettes — they’re lacy bands (see above left photo) that promise to protect your inner thighs from rubbing — and all the pain and suffering that comes with it.

Who tried it: Elizabeth Carmona, Associate Editor

Why she did it: Because I have a curvy lower half, and, while I love skirts and dresses, the thigh rub situation is a highly unfortunate side effect.

How crazy is it?: Crazy … crazy genius, that is!
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We Tried It: Drinking Clay (Because Shailene Woodley Told Us To)

May/15/2014 at 06:18 PM ET

Shailene Woodley clay eatingCourtesy Catherine Kast

Today’s We Tried It is in honor of one of our favorite kooky beauty gurus: the inimitable Shailene Woodley! While most other celebs on the red carpet are trying serums, lasers and blood facials (yes, that’s a thing), the Divergent star takes a holistic approach to taking care of her body. When the actress isn’t swishing sesame oil or making her own soap, she likes to lounge around and sip on a cold one — of clay water, that is.

“I’ve discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes,” Woodley says. “And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body.”

While we wouldn’t have assumed that we were full of metal, we were intrigued enough by her passionate promotion of clay consumption to try it ourselves. PEOPLE reporter Catherine Kast, our resident tester of celeb-based cleanses, volunteered to try out this unusual concoction.

Click here to see how she fared and let us know in the comments if you think you would give the beverage a try.

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We Tried It: A Bra That’s Supposed to Hide Your Armpit Fat
We Tried It: A Haircut Just for Curly Hair
We Tried It: The Energy Lift Facial at Ling Spa

We Tried It: A Bra That's Supposed to Hide Your Armpit Fat

May/08/2014 at 03:35 PM ET

Bella Thorne Candie'sCourtesy Callie Petsch

What is it: A bra that’s supposed to conceal your armpit fat (see the “befores” on the left and “afters” on the right, above)

Who tried it: Callie Petsch, Fashion Assistant

Why she did it: To get rid of underarm bulge/armpit fat and to get a smoother look under clothing.

How crazy is it? Depends on how much you hate armpit fat.
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We Tried It: A Haircut Just for Curly Hair

May/01/2014 at 05:00 PM ET

What is it: A haircut and styling session just for curly-haired girls at Ouidad in N.Y.C.

Who tried it: Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor

Why I did it: Because I’m coming on 28 years of managing the unmanageable mane, and I figured it was finally time for the pros to take a look

Level of Difficulty: Incredibly painless to actually sit in the chair and have the super-professional (and super fun) Jessica Scott work her magic. Investing in the kinda pricey products and learning the patience to get these perfect curls at home? That might be a little tougher.

I didn’t even know I had curly hair until I was about 13. My mom and sister both have beautiful hair that air dries straight and thick, and I’d always try to brush it out to look like theirs, ending up with a snarly rats’ nest. Then a kind stylist intervened and taught me the words “long layers” and “mousse,” which led to a crispy full head of ringlets for all of high school. In college my hair relaxed a bit, leading to the semi-shapeless waves I’ve worn for the past 10 years or so.

But though I feel like I know more about curl maintenance (thanks to my job) than the average girl, I still often feel like my hair texture is overlooked in beauty magazines and YouTube tutorials. I wanted to go somewhere that was all about my incredibly high-maintenance hair and to learn about how to coax it back into curls. And I was glad I did, since I found out that almost everything I do to my hair, I’m doing wrong. It was all Jessica could do to keep from laughing out loud, but we got through my new do together. (Her cardinal dos and don’ts are at the bottom of the post!)
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We Tried It: The Energy Lift Facial at Ling Spa

Apr/24/2014 at 04:51 PM ET

We Tried It Energy Lift Facial at Ling SpaCourtesy Andrea Lavinthal

What it is: A facial for people who can’t decide between a facial and a massage

Who tried it: Style and Beauty Director, Andrea Lavinthal

Why she did it: Because the only thing better than a facial is a facial that starts off with a massage.
Level of pain: More like level of pleasure!

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We Tried It: 3 Hairstyles from Kate's Royal Tour

Apr/17/2014 at 05:22 PM ET

We Tried It: Kate Middleton Royal Tour HairSamir Hussein/Wireimage. Inset:Tim Rooke/Rex USA;Courtesy Brittany Talarico

What it is: Being a total fangirl and bringing pictures of your hair idol Duchess Catherine to the blowout bar so you can get her look (pegged to her current Royal Tour hairstyles of course)

Who Tried It: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

Why She Tried It: Because the only thing that excites me more than this gif of Prince George is Kate’s hair

How crazy is it on a scale from 1 to Ridiculous? If you’re getting one of her looks recreated at a blowout bar, it’s a zero. They’re super easy for any hairstylist to master. If you’re doing it on yourself, I’d say about a 3.5-7.5, all depending on your hair type, and how good you are with a curling iron and bobby pins.

RELATED: More of the best beauty tips you’ve never heard!

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