We Tried It

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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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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