We Tried It

We Tried It: An Extensions-Only Hair Salon

Feb/19/2015 at 06:29 PM ET

What is it: RPZL (as in Rapunzel), a brand-new salon in N.Y.C. devoted solely to three levels of hair extensions: clip in, tape in and keratin, all done with their in-house hair line (so no preliminary hair-matching consultation is needed)

Who tried it: Style and Beauty Director Andrea Lavinthal and Senior Style Editor Alex Apatoff

Level of Difficulty: 0 for effort (but all that royal treatment doesn’t come for free!)

clip in hair extension bar RPZLCourtesy

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We Tried It: Using a Snow Day as an Excuse for a Face Mask

Jan/29/2015 at 05:08 PM ET

N.Y.C. weather forecasts were dire Monday night, with the mayor telling residents to stay indoors for the next 24 hours and the subways being shut down to all passengers. So naturally, we did what anyone faced with a snow day would do: Loaded up on junk food, queued up the Netflix and prepared for a long day inside. Well, the snow was pretty disappointing, but that doesn’t mean we had to abandon our plans for a day in checking everything off our to-do lists — including some deep cleansing and hydration, courtesy of three face masks. Check out our reviews, below.

Glamglow supermud reviewSarah Kinonen

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We Tried It: Using Selvera to Get Back on Track with Our Bikini Resolutions

Jan/22/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

What is it: Selvera, a “personalized, long-term, weight-management” service

Who tried it: Loni Venti, Style and Beauty Editor

Loni Venti SelveraLoni Venti

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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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