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Beauty Bag: DJ Mia Moretti’s New York Fashion Week must-haves

Back-to-back shows, after-parties and posing for street-style photos (all in heels and in the cold) can quickly get tiring for even the most seasoned fashion week vet. And often it’s the booming music (and a 15OleHenricksenredtealip steady stream of nonfat lattes) that keep people moving from the daytime shows to the late night parties.

75HYDRA_SQUALANE_4d6c3404a9410Mia Moretti is no stranger to this scene, in fact, as one of the week’s most sought-after DJs, she’s responsible for keeping people on their feet and, hopefully, dancing the night away. This week, she’ll be found spinning at Alice & Olivia, Rag & Bone, Hugo Boss, Carlo Pazzolini and Rebecca Minkoff, to name a few.

The rest of the year, Moretti plays celeb-studded parties, logging plenty of air miles between posh fashion gigs. Her busy schedule (she recently released a single called “So Beautiful” with electronic violinist Caitlin Moe) and plenty of late nights make her a pro at finding the most effective, multi-use beauty items to keep her looking gorgeous and well-rested, even when sleep is not an option.  24Narsredsquare

Here’s a look at the products in her makeup bag that will be working overtime this fashion week.

Ole Henricksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation $15 at Sephora

45Chanel“This is a yummy lip exfoliator that isn't too harsh,” says Moretti. “You can use it throughout the day, and it doubles as a gloss because it has a nice light pink tint to it.”

Ling Skincare NYC Hydra Squaline Oil $75 at

“I love this oil for the winter and put it on as soon as I get on a plane,” says the New York-based, California native.  “Sometimes I put it on again in the middle of a flight, because flying dries your skin out so much.” 

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Red Square $24 at

A bright pop of orange-red lipstick can take a look from day to night and Moretti relies on this moisturizing matte pencil for the bold color and because the formula stays put without fading. 195Tomford

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15 $45 at

This is her go-to foundation for its sheer and dewy finish. “It also has an SPF in it,” says Moretti, “which I like because other products with sunscreen I've used in the past always seem to be a little too oily.”

Tom Ford Private Blend Amber Absolute Eau de Parfum $195 at Nordstrom

The earthy scent is the DJ’s favorite blend and the bonus is that it’s housed in a container under 3 ounces, making it easy to travel with.

--Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos: Top: Mia Moretti/Mia Moretti; Top right: Ole Henricksen African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation/Ole Henricksen; Top left: Ling Skincare NYC Hydra Squaline Oil/Ling Skincare; Middle right: NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencil in Red Square/Nars Cosmetics; Middle left: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15/Chanel; Bottom: Tom Ford Private Blend Amber Absolute Eau de Parfum/


Your Stylist: Chic Valentine's Day treats you'll love


Buying a Valentine's Day gift can be a daunting task (or simply something that makes you roll your eyes with disdain for the occasion in general). But, perhaps it's about finding the perfect token of affection for a loved one that will ignite a desire to present your sweetheart with something you're excited about giving.

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It doesn't have to be red or pink or heart-shaped or trimmed with lace -- in fact, it would be best to avoid the predictable stuff that basically says "I got this thing last minute at the grocery-store checkout" and go a more stylish route.

Here are some ideas for Valentine's Day presents, fit for the fashion- and beauty-loving person in your life.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo: These stylish time tellers are a chic spin on "his and hers" watches and sure to capture the heart of your fashion-conscious sweetheart. From left, Balenciaga Montre Acier gold watch, $1,945 at and Uniform Wares watch, $600 at Credit: Barneys NY and Mr. Porter.

Allure and launch Sample Society

Sample SocietyAllure magazine and just made it possible to peruse and try your favorite products, without the fear of getting showered with a heady perfume by the woman trailing you at the cosmetics counter.

In fact, much like most of our bricks and mortar shopping these days, you may not ever have to leave your couch again when wanting to sample a new eye cream or smell the latest perfume from your favorite fashion house. Sample Society, launched this week, is a members-only subscription service that gives shoppers access to samples of hair care, makeup, skin care and fragrance products as well as a "mini issue" of Allure magazine each month.

The subscription ($15 a month) gets you five deluxe-size (translation: there's enough in there for more than just one use) samples from brands like Frederic Fekkai, By Terry and Bond No.9. And each month there's also a gift code for $15 to use toward the purchase of any product from the month's featured brand. Tips and advice about the products from Allure editors is also included.

“Given the thousands of beauty products that are introduced each year, sampling just makes sense,” says Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure. “Who can really buy all those products? Who has the time to try them all?

Hopefully smaller sized portions will make the process less overwhelming. At least you won't come out of it smelling of a powdery, headache-inducing perfume.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo: A selection of products from Sample Society. Credit: Sample Society

Your Stylist: Denim goes bold, bright, floral

For fall, we saw denim festooned with wild prints such as leopard, cheetah and snake-skin patterns. Now, the trend is exploding for spring, with colors and patterns that are bigger, bolder and brighter. Virtual in Eden_Ghost 

The stiletto_1280-0386_red roseDenim companies don’t seem to be wasting their time with subtleties. Just look at the tropical print  jeans called "Another day in paradise" ($250 at Curve) that L.A.-based Mother Denim is doing. They're like the feminine, sleek and modern equivalent of a Hawaiian print shirt, and certainly not for the understated dresser. These jeans would look best with a simple, solid, worn T-shirt in gray or black, flip-flops and very natural hair and makeup, rather than trying to dress them up in way that was more possible with last season’s printed pants.

Mother is also doing cherry print jeans ($230 at Curve) with pops of fuchsia and orange cherries against black denim. They have a retro vibe that would appeal to Katy Perry wannabes. Jbrand

Goldsign has a pair of pastel-colored tropical floral print jeans ($224 at Ron Herman, Melrose) that feel very "Dirty CurrentElliottpolkadotDancing," especially if paired with a cropped eyelet top and a pair of classic Keds.  

Current Elliott, the brand responsible for many of the animal-print pants we saw for fall, is moving into polka dots ($218 at, dusty florals ($198 at Ron Herman) and '80s-inspired neon leopard ($248 at Bloomingdales) for the warmer months.

The styles are certainly splashy and perfect for breezy tank tops, or even paired with a bikini top at the beach.

For anyone who likes the trend in theory but can't picture themselves in anything too eye popping, Current Elliott and J Brand ($229 at have some plaid skinny silhouettes done in darker-toned plaids and checks that still deliver printed denim, but in a much more subdued and easier-to-wear way.

Regardless, when it comes to spring denim, we're bound to see boring blue replaced with plenty of prints -- bold, bright and in your face.


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Upper photos: Mother Denim's "Another day in paradise" and cherry print jeans. Credit: Mother Denim

Middle left photo: Current Elliott Red Rose jeans. Credit: Current Elliott

Middle right photo: Goldsign's pastel, tropical flower print pants. Credit: Goldsign

Lower left photo: Current Elliott green polka-dot jeans. Credit: Current Elliott

Lower right photo: J Brand houndstooth jeans. Credit: J Brand

SAG Awards: Coral beauty rules the red carpet

Coral is a popular color for spring and on Sunday night's red carpet we received a sneak peek of how it works in makeup.

Emily Blunt, Gretchen Mol and Emma Stone were all done up in a palette of peach and coral and it looked fresh, spring-y and provided an effervescent alternative to the dramatic red lip or smoky eye.

Blunt's makeup artist Jenn Streicher was inspired by the vibrant green of the actress' Oscar de la Renta gown. "I usually focus on her eyes," says Streicher. "But this time we went for the lips."

The makeup artist used a pink-coral hue by Tom Ford called Flamingo. She kept the eyes fairly simple, just adding a lot of lashes, Dior deep brown eye liner and a sweep of pearly pink eye shadows (Chanel Quad #34 Eclosion and #92 Rose de Mai) across her lids.

Streicher played up the cheeks with a coral shade -- YSL powder #2.

"I knew it would be warm outside," she says "And I wanted to keep the look fresh and spring-y."

Mol's makeup also encompassed the trendy spring hue. Her makeup artist Daniel Martin was inspired by the film "In the Mood for Love" which meant defined eyes and a pop of peach on the cheeks along with a fresh coral lip to bring some contrast to her white L'Wren Scott gown.

Her blush was Lancome's Blush Subtil in Nectar Riche and the lip color was Lancome's Rouge in Love in Corail in Love.

Mol's eyes were defined with Lancome's new Liner Design in Black Fishnet and 5 Pan Palette in Sunset Fling.

--Melissa Magsaysay


SAG Awards: Glenn Close's deconstructed glamour

SAG Awards: Rose Byrne's 70's inspired hair

SAG Awards: Best dressed for Stone, Saldana, Williams and Byrne


Emily Blunt arrives at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Hall.

Gretchen Mol arrives at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

Credit:  Photographs by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images


SAG Awards: Glenn Close's deconstructed glamour

Glenn Close channeled old Hollywood in a custom made, black tiered taffeta and tulle Zac Posen gown. To modernize the look, while still giving a nod to the past, her hair stylist Brant Mayfield designed a deconstructed yet glamorous hair style that looked natural and fuss free.

"It's Marilyn Monroe hair, but 2 days later and pulled apart," he says of the inspiration.

He took the shape of dress into consideration, deliberately giving the hair a lot of volume in order to balance out the fullness at the bottom of the gown.

He started by spritzing the hair with Bumble and Bumble Thickening spray -- a product that Mayfield uses on many of his celeb clients for volume and hold. Then, with a round brush, he blew Close's chin length hair out with a bit of an outward curl toward the end.

To achieve some extra oomph, Mayfield used an Enzo Milano curling iron right at the root of the hair to create a bend and lift so the volume would last throughout the night.

He pulled her waves a part, so there was a piecey finish.

"It's slightly old school, but glamorous and deconstructed." says Mayfield.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


SAG Awards: Rose Byrne's 70s inspired beauty

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SAG Awards: Unique jewelry on Vergara, Rancic catches the eye

Photo: Actress Glenn Close arrives at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Hall. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

SAG Awards: Rose Byrne's '70s-inspired hair

Rose Byrne's heavily embellished, ivory Elie Saab jumpsuit was topped off with what her hair stylist Harry Josh calls " '70s-inspired with a modern twist. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in 'Scarface' meets a modern-day Anna Wintour."

To get a bob this sleek and straight, he first sprayed Byrne's wet hair at the roots with a volumizing spray (John Frieda Full Repair Lift Foam) for a weightless lift. "I needed to get a lot of lift at the roots," says Josh.  "Without that, the look would just fall flat."

Because the actress' new haircut is so blunt, Josh had to ensure the end result be super-smooth, so he applied a small amount of John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion to the ends.

Using a natural bristle brush, he then blow-dried the hair section by section, angling the dryer in a down to get maximum shine.

And for that final, perfect Anna Wintour bob effect, Josh put Velcro curlers into the hair so the ends would curl under slightly and the volume at the roots would stay locked in.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo: Actress Rose Byrne arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles. Credit:  Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Reformation, Spring & Clifton collaborate

Reformation, Spring & Clifton
It was while vacationing on the shores of Montauk, N.Y., that designers Michelle Zacks (Spring & Clifton) and Yael Aflalo (Reformation) tapped into their Southern California roots to get inspired for a collaborative resort collection. After coming across a vintage Baja jacket (or Drug Rug) at a local surf shop, they were inspired to rework the oversized shape into colorful fitted silhouettes, mixed with denim, leather and cashmere.

The result is a collection with a streetwise vibe that puts a modern spin on '80s skate and surf wear.

“I would say that our collective teenage years spent in Southern California played a role in the look of the collaboration," Zacks says. “References include surf and skate culture, music, art and downtown New York City meets SoCal.”

There’s a worn-in, punky look to each of the pieces, particularly the Baja jacket with leather sleeves and the leather short shorts with a panel of bright, woven fabric running down the front.

It’s a different approach to the typically airy and juicy-hued look of resort -- beachy vacation pieces for the cool downtown girl.

Reformation x Spring & Clifton pieces range from $85 to $300 and are available at Reformation Los Angeles and

Reformation L.A: 8117 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90015


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: A look from Reformation x Spring & Clifton. Credit: Reformation


L.a Eyeworks annual sale starts Jan. 26

LaeyeworkssaleIt's a sale that's been known to draw hundreds of customers who are on the hunt for affordable statement-making eye wear. L.a Eyeworks' annual sale knocks a selection from the brand's sunglasses frames down 30% to 70% off the original price, and it runs Thursday through Saturday.

The event has been known to attract a sizable crowd, often with a line snaking out the front door. But when $300 frames are going for under $100, it's no wonder people are snapping up several pairs of colorful or funky frames to add to their growing eye wear collection.

Their optical frames and prescription sunglasses are on sale, too, starting Monday through Feb. 4.

L.a Eyeworks' annual sale is at their 7386 Beverly Blvd. location only; (323) 931-7795

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photo: L.a Eyeworks sale flyer. Credit: L.a Eyeworks

Your Stylist: Products to help style men's hair


Men may not have the same endless stream of hair products marketed and available to them as women do, but for many guys, the pool of pomades, hair wax and light-hold gel can be overwhelming.

“Most guys are very set in the way they think they look good,” says celebrity groomer Kim Verbeck, who counts Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake and John Hamm as longtime clients. “They’re not as willing as women to experiment or trust a new look.”

So, unless you follow the same grooming routine as the guys in the cast of “Jersey Shore,” hair products may be a foreign subject. Here, we break it down to the basics, with recommenations on what works best for different types of hair.

All types
Angel Gonzales, master barber at the Art of Shaving in Beverly Hills, says basic light-hold hair gel is the one product that works on all hair types. He recommends the Art of Shaving’s bergamot hair gel ($20), for its light and moldable hold. He advises looking for a gel without alcohol or sulfates, since those ingredients are drying and can cause flaking and dandruff.

Verbeck’s favorite product for all types of hair is Sebastian’s Microweb fiber ($19.95, find stores at Sebastian's website), something she is never without while on a photo shoot set or prepping a star for the red carpet. “It’s good for putting texture and separation in the hair,” she says of the product. “I’d use this for most hair styles as well as for the guy who’s a novice when it comes to doing his hair. It’s a product that you don’t have to fight, it just works with the hair and makes you look like you have natural, cool hair.”

Thin hair
“The most important thing with thin hair is finding the right product,” Verbeck says. For clients with thin, flat hair, she uses Shape Paste from Shu Uemura Art of Hair ($38), because it gives hair a workable hold and adds volume without weighing it down. She advises starting with a small amount and building up if needed. Fine hair can easily look weighed down with too much product.

Verbeck also recommends using dry shampoo to plump up thin or thinning hair. Bumble and Bumble and Klorane are brands she uses on clients.

Curly hair
When it comes to curly hair, Verbeck says that the most important thing is to add moisture, which, somewhat counterintuitively, can help prevent unwanted frizz. “You want to give the hair a little definition, but soften it so the curl can work itself out,” she says. “Putting moisture into the hair helps settle it down.” She likes Bumble and Bumble Grooming Cream ($27) because it conditions as well as helps to define the curl.

ClaywaxDry hair or scalp
Verbeck begins every styling session by prepping the hair with Bumble and Bumble Tonic spray ($20) to condition and freshen hair before coiffing. She adds that besides being great on hair, it works to condition the scalp, which is a good thing for guys who tend to skip the conditioner in the shower and suffer from occasional flakiness.

Thick hair
When faced with a head of thick hair that just won’t cooperate, Verbeck turns to a product called Osmo Essence clay wax ($20). “It’s got a strong hold and matte finish that gives hair a very textured, dirtied-up quality,” she says. “I use it a lot when I have someone’s hair that won’t do what I need it to. It’s great for thick hair.”

For everyone
No matter what hair type or styling skills a guy has, Verbeck adds that there’s one thing everyone should watch out for. “It drives me crazy when guys only put product in the front of their hair,” she says. “Your whole head should have an even amount of product, not just the front. Work the product into your hands, let it heat up and first run it into the sides of the head, the back, then the front. Effortless hair happens when you don’t see one spot of product.”


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--Melissa Magsaysay


Top, left, Art of Shaving hair gel, courtesy of Art of Shaving

Top, right, Sebastian Professionals Microweb Fiber, courtesy of Sebastian

Bottom, Osmo Clay Wax, courtesy of Osmo 


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