We Tried It

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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We Tried It: Wearing Sequins and Sparkle for an Office Party

Nov/07/2014 at 04:55 PM ET

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the PEOPLE StyleWatch December/January issue has plenty of fashionable content to get you through the season. And we just can’t wait to show it to you. So as a sneak peek, we had our editors test out some expert styling tips to help you prepare for the upcoming holiday office party on your calendar. And don’t forget to be on the look out for our new issue, available for download on November 18 and on stands November 21!

Holiday dressing tipsCourtesy Tomoko Takeda Canel

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We Tried It: On-Demand Beauty Apps

Oct/30/2014 at 06:50 PM ET

If there are two things PEOPLE StyleWatch editors love, it’s beauty treatments and convenience.

The Stylisted ReviewCourtesy Brittany Talarico

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We Tried It: DIY Purple Hair

Oct/23/2014 at 06:33 PM ET

We Tried It: DIY Purple Hair

Who Tried It: Sarah Kinonen, Editorial Assistant

Why I Did It: I’m young, hip and if Ashley Tisdale can do it, why can’t I?

Level of Difficulty: 4. If I were doing this alone, I’d bump that number up to a 7. But with a little help from my friend, the process was super easy.

We Tried It: Manic Panic purple hairCourtesy Sarah Kinonen

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We Tried It: Wrinkle-Reducing Face Patches

Oct/16/2014 at 02:14 PM ET

We Tried It: Wrinkle-Reducing Face Patches

Who Tried It: Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer

Why I Did It: I’ve discovered at the ripe age of 30-something that some of my expression lines are overstaying their welcome. And I tried smizing, but turns out that gives me a headache (a supermodel I am not).

Level of Difficulty: 1. You know where your wrinkles are, so simply stick these products on top of them — both come with handy visuals just in case — then sit back and let the clock turn back.

Best wrinkle patchesCourtesy Jackie Fields

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We Tried It: Faux Freckles

Oct/09/2014 at 06:23 PM ET

We Tried It: Rocking faux freckles

Who Tried It: Maddy Zollo, Assistant Beauty Editor at PEOPLE StyleWatch

Why I did It: Fake freckles were all over New York and London fashion week — from realistic ones at Preen, Vivienne Westwood and Adam Selman to star embellishments at Tommy Hilfiger and A Détacher. I’m never one to shy away from off-the-wall beauty trends, so how could I not put this look to the test? Plus, Topshop even created a “freckle pencil” for their fall makeup collection, which meant it had to be cool … right?

Level of Difficulty: 3 (one point for making sure you have a steady enough hand to draw them on and two points for the sporadic pangs of self-consciousness you are sure to experience when people stare and wonder what the heck is all over your face)

StyleWatch's Maddy Zollocourtesy Maddy Zollo

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