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We Tried It: A Push-Up Bra For Your Butt

Apr/10/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

We Tried It Spanx Booty BarCourtesy Gillian Morales

What it is: Shapewear that promises to give your butt a lift [I'm holding it in the photo above, along with the before (center) and after (right) back views!]

Who tried it: Gillian Morales-Fraietta, Associate Fashion Editor

Why she did it: Because I’m a new mom whose body can use a lift in more places than I care to admit

As soon as I became a mom, shapewear took on a whole new meaning in my world, and as much as I hate to admit it, I have a drawer dedicated to different miracle workers. I have always used shapewear to flatten and smooth out certain parts of my body (and by certain parts I’m referring to my troublesome thighs), but never to lift. Then I had my daughter and well, a little thing called gravity came into my life along with her.

When the “Booty Bra” made its way into our offices, I had to try it. The name alone had me intrigued. My first thought when I saw it: This thing can’t be comfortable. It has a thick strap that goes right down the middle of your backside (the same way a thong does), but this strap is wide. I imagined I’d feel like someone gave me a major wedgie, and would look like that too. But if something is promising to lift, tighten or hide, you can always count me in.

We Tried It Spanx Booty BarCourtesy Gillian Morales

[Editor's Note: Three editors stood around a computer just to rave about how pert Gillian's behind looks in the "after" photo, right]

So, I tried it. Might I note, I didn’t just “try it.” I really put it to the test and wore it all day long. I could not believe how comfortable it was. The only time I felt any discomfort was when I changed into my pajamas at the end of the day and forgot I still had it on. But I have to be honest, even if it was uncomfortable, if it made my booty look good (which it did!), I’d wear it all day every day.

The first thing I noticed when I looked in the mirror was that my butt looked perky. It was visibly higher. There was actually a “lift” and I was genuinely surprised. Nothing can be more disappointing than putting on shapewear with the hope of seeing a difference and instead — nada. This was not the case. So far, I was happy.

Now I needed outside opinions. I asked my mom and husband if they noticed a difference and if my butt looked perky. My husband responded “Your butt always looks perky.” Well played, Sir, well played. But he wasn’t helping, so I turned to my mom. Now this is the difference between a woman and a man. She made me take it off and do a “before and after” fashion show for her. She confirmed it was definitely perkier and also asked if I could get her one.

Final Verdict:
It delivers, and the name “Booty Bra” is so very fitting. It’s a push-up bra for your bum.

What shapewear have you had success with? Would you test out the Booty Bra like Gillian? Share your thoughts, and see what other trends editors are trying, below!

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We Tried It: Oil PullingCourtesy Brittany Talarico

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Feb/28/2014 at 04:52 PM ET

Workout WonderCourtesy Mio Skincare/John Soper

What is it: A gel that helps warm up your muscles and alleviate tension pre-workout

Who tried it: John Soper, Editorial Assistant

Why he did it: Because I was sick of using sore muscles as an excuse to skip the gym, and the only other gel I’m familiar with is the kind I put in my hair (so I was curious!)

Level of difficulty: 1: If you’re comfortable applying moisturizer, then this will be a breeze

I’m someone who loves any excuse to skip the gym, up to and including “But I went yesterday and I’m so sore!” But with bulky winter coat season rapidly coming to an end, I knew I needed to kick my routine into gear. That’s why I was intrigued by this Workout Wonder gel, which promises to make muscles looser pre-workout and relieve tension after the fact.

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I brought it back to the office for my coworkers to sample, and over the next couple days I kept hearing, “Do you still have that muscle relaxing stuff?” It passed the grueling “office tension test,” but now it was time to see if this gel would really help me during my workout.

Right before I hit the gym, I rubbed the cream on my neck, chest and arms, then conducted my usual lifting routine and then ran on the treadmill afterwards. I felt unusually energetic throughout my workout, and I was able to push myself a bit further than usual. Then while changing, I reapplied the cream to sore spots (and let’s be honest, the smell didn’t hurt). I noticed a lot less tension the next day, so I got another bottle to keep at my desk for those days when I feel my shoulders creeping up, or some residual soreness from the morning’s workout.

Verdict: Clearly, I’m a fan, considering I now have it handy at all times. It’s $33 for a bottle, but a pump or two goes a long way, so it lasts. Is this going to be the thing that makes the guy at the gym check-in desk know me by name? I don’t know, but it sure can’t hurt.

Do you think you’ll give Workout Wonder a try or do you have other pre/post-workout rituals that you do? Let us know in the comments below!
–John Soper

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