We Tried It

We Tried It: Theresa Caputo's Custom Jewelry Line

Apr/16/2015 at 04:43 PM ET

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor, @renniedyball

What is it: Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s Long Island Medium and a best-selling author, has expanded her empire to the Theresa Caputo Collection, which features custom-made charm necklaces from handwriting, drawings and more.

Why I did it: For some time, I’ve thought about trying to turn a special handwritten note into a piece of jewelry, but didn’t know a jeweler who could do it or where I’d even find him or her. Leave it to the Long Island Medium to practically read my mind on this one, right?

Level of difficulty: 0 (You take a photo, send it in, pay for the piece and it arrives in the mail within a couple weeks. The only difficult decisions are what size to order your charm and chain, and sterling silver vs. gold overlay)

Theresa Caputo Custom Jewelry LineCourtesy Rennie Dyball

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We Tried It: An LED Facial

Mar/05/2015 at 07:26 PM ET

Who Tried it: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor

What is it: A LightStim anti-aging facial, which uses LED lights to make your skin look like this

Why I did it: I’d already done LED skin treatments on the cheap, and because I ascribe to the “Treat Yo Self” school of thought, I wanted to try the fancy version. I’m obsessed with pretty much everything Kate Somerville does (these are genius), except for the fact that she only has one location, so when I booked a last-minute trip to L.A., this was top of my to-do list

Level of difficulty: 0 (as with many high-end treatments, the only painful part is getting the bill at the end)

Kate Somerville lightstim Courtesy Kate Somerville

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We Tried It: A Silicone Toothbrush

Feb/26/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

Who Tried it: Christina Baez, Photo Editor

What is it: The Foreo Issa, a super weird-looking electric toothbrush made only of silicone

Why I did it: Who wouldn’t want a million dollar smile? Or, in this case, a $200 one? I’ll admit that’s pretty pricey for a toothbrush, but I had to try it out to see if it lived up to the hype

Level of difficulty: 0

Issa Silicone toothbrushChristina Baez

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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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