We Tried It

We Tried It: FitReserve (a Workout App - Of Course!)

Aug/13/2015 at 05:52 PM ET

Who Tried It: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director
Why I Tried It: As an attempt to find at least one type of workout class that I can tolerate
What I Tried: FitReserve, a site that allows you to book classes at tons of NYC’s top boutique fitness studios
Level of Difficulty: Zero for the process of signing up for the classes, but between a 7-9 for the actual classes (you want me to hold a plank for how long?!)

Fit Reserve reviewsCourtesy Andrea Lavinthal

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I Was Hair Model for the Kardashian Guru's $1,000+ Masterclass, and Here's What I Learned

Aug/07/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

She might not be a Kardashian, West or Jenner, but by this point, hairstylist Jen Atkin is essentially a part of the famous family. (So much so, she even has her own avatar in Kim’s iPhone game!) So, being one of the many resident Kardashian fans here at PEOPLE, when I heard Atkin’s beauty site Mane Addicts was hosting a hair seminar — and that Atkin, along with Karlie Kloss’s mane man, Harry Josh, were teaching it — I wasted no time volunteering my hair as tribute.

Also, I won’t lie, I had a lot of questions. Every day, it seems as if there’s a new celebrity, stylist or makeup artist talking about a “masterclass” fans can attend. I needed to know: Who exactly is going to these classes? Are they really worth the $450 to $1,100 to attend? And can normal people actually achieve magazine-cover-status waves at home? Here are the answers to all that, and so much more.

Jen Atkin hair projenatkinhair/instagram; Courtesy Heather Chapman

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We Tried It: A Spa Day - Using Only Apps

Jul/30/2015 at 06:00 PM ET

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor
Why I Tried It: The only thing I love more than relaxation is minimal effort and financial outlay to achieve it. So I tried these free apps to cobble together one day of pampering.
What I Tried: Three apps: OMG I Can Meditate, ClassPass and MassageNow.
Level of Difficulty: Downloading the apps was a cinch. The actual activities varied in their level of commitment.

OMG I Can Meditate reviewCourtesy

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We Tried It: A Salt Cave for Health and Relaxation

Jul/23/2015 at 06:00 PM ET

Who Tried It: Adeline Duff, Style & Beauty Intern
Why I Tried It: I love being up on the latest health crazes, and a salt cave seemed too intriguing to pass up.
What I Tried: A 40-minute salt cave session at Breathe Easy in New York City.
Level of Difficulty: I would have said 0, but because of the slight aggravation of having to wash off my salt-covered belongings, I’m going with a 1.

Breathe Easy USACourtesy Brian Ach

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We Tried It: All Kinds of (Non-Traditional) Deodorants

Jul/16/2015 at 05:51 PM ET

Who Tried It: Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, PEOPLE’s National Political Correspondent (because politicians, after all, are the ones who never want you to see them sweat — and Washington, D.C., was built on swampland).

Why She Tried It: It’s the hot, humid, sweaty and — let’s be honest — stinky season. So we put some of the new crop of deodorants to the test. Do the all-natural newcomers hold up to the freshly refurbished, aluminum-based classics?

What She Tried: (clockwise from far left, below) Reset Yourself [beauty] Pure Deodorant; Dove Dry Spray Clear Tone Skin Renew; Secret Outlast Clear Gel Sensitive Clean; and Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes.

Level of Difficulty: 0 at the beginning of the day — varied by the end.

Alternative deodorant reviewsSandra Sobieraj Westfall

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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.

RELATED VIDEO: See which Stars’ Nail Art is On Point.

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.

Z Tailors ReviewCourtesy

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