We Tried It

Manicure x Machina! Essie Debuts 'Gel Couture' Polish at the Met Gala 2016

May/02/2016 at 10:49 PM ET

At a night that’s all about the marriage of fashion and technology, it shouldn’t surprise you that some Met Gala attendees were wearing the latest in wearable tech right down to their fingertips. And we mean that literally: Elle Fanning, Kate Bosworth and Katie Holmes all debuted Essie’s brand-new polish at fashion’s biggest night.

Manicures at Met Gala 2016Courtesy Armitron

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We Tried It: Apps to Make Us Love Things We Hate Shopping For

Apr/28/2016 at 05:30 PM ET

What It Is: Cocodune, Match Co. and Jeanuine: All apps and sites designed to ease the pain of shopping for swimsuits, foundation and jeans (respectively)

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director

Why I Tried It: Because I hate shopping for jeans, swimsuits and foundation, and I love better living through technology

Level of Difficulty: Overall, 2. And way less than doing any of these activities at the mall.

cocodune ReviewDavid Carr

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We Tried It Earth Day Edition: Sugaring Hair Removal

Apr/22/2016 at 03:42 PM ET

What It Is: A sustainable hair removal method involving food-based sugar, lemon juice and water

Who Tried It: Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant

Why I Tried It: I can’t believe I’m admitting this, especially as someone who works in the beauty industry, but here it goes: I’ve never been waxed. Aside from the occasional brow grooming sesh, I can honestly say I’ve never had my limbs, bikini line or you-know-what waxed (don’t even get me started on the Brazilian!) So, in honor of Earth Day, I figured I’d give hair removal a try, but using a process that is safe for me and the environment.

Level of Difficulty: 2. There really is no difficulty involved in sugaring (as a client), but the process involves laying down for about an hour during the treatment, you might get a little bored. So come prepared and bring a book!

Sarah Kinonen We Tried It: SugaringDavid Carr

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We Tried It: Johnny Ramirez's 9-Hour Spring Hair Color Transformation

Apr/21/2016 at 06:46 PM ET

What It Is: Los Angeles-based colorist Johnny Ramirez has perfected the process of achieving that summery, sun-kissed color — or “lived in color” as he calls it. It’s the look that’s plastered across your Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards on celebrities like Sophia Bush, Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr and more. Light blonde in the front, darker in the back, as if you’ve just spent the summer surfing in Hawaii. “Women love that beachy, Victoria’s Secret hair color,” he says of his most-requested look.

Who Tried It: Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor

Why I Tried It: I’ve been obsessed with Ramirez’s Instagram account for years — so much so that many of his transformations have been my main source of inspiration for all of my color changes since 2013. So when I finally had the chance to go blonder by the master himself, I jumped at it (even though they told me I’d need to bring a book and prepare to Seamless my lunch to the salon!).

Level Of Difficulty: Well, that depends on your ability to sit still for an entire day.

Johnny Ramirez ColorCourtesy Johnny Ramirez

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We Tried It: Balmain Hair Products (Yes, They're Just as Fancy as the Clothes)

Apr/07/2016 at 06:06 PM ET

What It Is: Balmain Hair Couture, the luxurious hair products created by Balmain, the fashion house adored by the Kardashians and celebrities galore

Who Tried It: Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor

Why I Did It: Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing dresses some of the biggest celebs in Hollywood — just take a look at any given runway and you’re basically guaranteed to see a handful of stars decked in one of Olivier Rousteing‘s elaborate designs. So when the esteemed fashion house launched a line of hair products, I had to try them out for myself. No, their clothing may not be within my budget, but my hair is just as capable of joining the #Balmainarmy.

Level of Difficulty: 0

Balmain Hair CoutureCourtesy Jillian Ruffo

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We Tried It: Spray-On Nail Polish

Mar/31/2016 at 05:43 PM ET

What It Is: Spray-on nail polish

Who Tried It: Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant

Why I Did It: It’s practically my job to test the newest (and coolest!) beauty products on the market. Plus, how hard could it be to spray paint my fingers? (Spoiler alert: Maybe a little more difficult than I originally imagined!)

Level Of Difficulty: 6

NiBrian Nichols/People

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We Tried It: Naomi Watts' Lob (with a Hint of Olivia Culpo's Length and Jessica Alba's Waves)

Mar/24/2016 at 02:40 PM ET

What It Is: The Ultimate Hollywood It-Girl Lob

Who Tried It: Sharon Clott Kanter, Deputy Style Director

Why I Did It: I haven’t changed my hairstyle since 2008. Why? To be honest, it didn’t really bother me before. Every time I went to my hairstylist over the past decade, she asked, “Same thing?” and I usually shrugged my shoulders and said sure. But when I saw a picture taken of me at Rachel Roy’s Design Your Life book launch party last week, I thought that the person in the photo could not possibly be me. (Have you ever felt that way before? I know you have!) I couldn’t believe I looked the same as I did eight years ago. So, impulsively and slightly influenced by Roy’s incentivizing book title, I decided to make a change. The event was on a Thursday night—by Friday at 7 p.m. I hacked off nearly six inches of strands.

Level Of Difficulty: Zero, just a lot of mental prepration

For The Big Chop, I turned to NYC hairstylist Gardner Edmunds. He’s a specialist when it comes to trendy cuts having worked at the famed Marie Robinson Salon and tousled the hair of celebrities such as Lea Michele, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and my favorite fake cop of all time, Mariska Hargitay.

I told him exactly what I wanted: The cut of Naomi Watts + the length of Olivia Culpo + the waves Jessica Alba.

Naomi Watts, Olivia Culpo, Jessica AlbaTaylor Hill/FilmMagic; Stefanie Keenan/Getty; Medi

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