We Tried It

We Tried It: Making Our Manicure Actually Last

Jan/15/2015 at 06:45 PM ET

What is it: A signature mani from the pros at Beverly Hills nail salon Olive & June — which we’re going to try not to ruin five seconds post-application

Who tried it: Features Editors Kate Hogan and Alison Schwartz

Level of difficulty (from 1 to 10): 6 — It’s all fun and games until someone chips a nail doing the dishes.

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We Tried It: Celeb Trainer Anna Kaiser's 'Happy Hour' DVD Workout

Jan/01/2015 at 12:16 PM ET

What is it: A 60-minute interval DVD workout with star-loved trainer (and AKT in Motion founder) Anna Kaiser

Who tried it: Style Editors Brittany Talarico and Catherine Kast

Level of Difficulty: 7 (on a scale from 1 to 10), unless you’re a professional cheerleader or Bar Mitzvah dancer

AKT in Motion Happy Hour DVDCourtesy Anna Kaiser

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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

Almighty CincherHourGlassAngel.com

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