We Tried It

Fourth of July Nail Art: Three Very Different (but Easy-to-Do!) Manicures

Jul/03/2015 at 04:30 PM ET

If we could offer one tip for the Fourth of July weekend, it’s that red white or blue nails (or a cool combo of all three colors) are the way to go. So after you’ve finished hand-smashing potatoes for your award-winning salad, pop into the nearest salon (or get out your kit for some DIY fun) and apply a design that will work with your beach and BBQ attire. Here are our faves for Independence Day.

Jackie Fields' Firework-Inspired ManiJackie Fields

Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: Katy Perry said: “Baby you’re a firework.” And she was right. So, this weekend I’m making sure all my friends say, “oh, oh, oh” not just to the lit up sky, but to my sparkly mani. I started with TenOverTen’s Washington, which is hands down the best white nail polish ever created. I believe the name of the color was inspired by the N.Y.C. street, it couldn’t be more fitting for this patriotic weekend. After three coats, I opted to top my middle fingers off with Trust Fund Beauty’s Killer Heels. It’s a multi-color sparkle that I applied not to the entire nail, but diagonally from the bottom left corner across to the top right, then from the bottom right corner across to the top left, so that some white would still be very stylishly visible on those nails. When used as an overlay on top of my low-key ivory, this glittery coat created a look that was super-fun, but age still age-appropriate.

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Brittany Talarico's Sea-Themed ManiBrittany Talarico

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We Tried It: An At-Home Tailoring Service

Jul/02/2015 at 04:42 PM ET

Who Tried It: Four members of PEOPLE Style’s Fashion Team
What I Tried: zTailors, an on-demand tailoring service that will come to your home or office
Why I Did It: Because there’s nothing grosser than those weird half-closed curtain rooms at the dry cleaner’s, and because, let’s be honest, clothes that don’t fit just fester in our closet until we finally give them away.
Level of Difficulty: 1 — it was probably the most seamless (pun intended) tailoring experience ever. The extremely professional Deborah (below) met us at our office on one Wednesday and delivered everyone’s clothes back (and tailored to perfection) by the following Wednesday. (She specializes in womenswear, but zTailors will match you up with a tailor whose expertise matches your needs — i.e. men’s suits, bridal, etc.) And prices are painless — about the same or less than you’d be charged at any standard N.Y.C. tailoring shop.

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We Tried It: Korean Beauty Products

Jun/25/2015 at 05:53 PM ET

The beauty world won’t stop buzzing about the latest in Korean skincare, so I figured it was time to play catch up by testing out a few of the wackiest (and coolest) products found during a recent trip to N.Y.C.’s Tony Moly in K-Town. Below, my reviews! 

Sarah Kinonen We Tried It: Korean BeautyCourtesy Sarah Kinonen

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We Tried It: Braids Three Ways

Jun/04/2015 at 06:00 PM ET

Braid season is in full swing, so we decided to get on the plait train trying everything from Viking-inspired cornrows to the biggest braided crown, pretty much ever. Here’s what we learned.

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Who Tried It: Adeline Duff, Style & Beauty Intern
What I Tried: Cornrows
Why I Did It: I truly love braids, especially tiny ones — but the fierce shield maiden Lagertha on the History Channel show Vikings had a little, OK a lot, to do with this experiment, too.
Level of Difficulty: 1, if that. Being the braidee, all I had to do was sit in a chair for 10, maybe 15 minutes.
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We Tried It: Four (Fairly Easy!) Teeth Whitening Products

May/28/2015 at 06:54 PM ET

Because teeth whitening treatments usually involve a lot of time and money (for sometimes less-than-stellar results), we took four products for a spin to see if they actually lived up to the hype. Read on for our editors’ take on oil pulling, whitening gel, toothpaste and more.

Brittany TalaricoBrittany Talarico

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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 LipsticksCourtesy Lena Finkel

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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 Pearl

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