Saoirse Ronan’s youthful Oscar look

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Saoirse Ronan was a stylish standout  at the recent  88th Oscar Awards Show.

The porcelain Irish beauty shimmered like a classic silver screen star in a stunning,

emerald, sequined gown  form Calvin Klein.


“I wanted to give her an undone, textured blowout with a brushed out beautiful

wave hand raked back away from the face,” said celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel

describing the glamourous look he created for her hair.


Here is how to re-create her look from the team:


He started by applying John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse all over the roots on towel dried hair. He then air-dried the hair with 100% cold air to achieve maximum volume.


Then using a medium sized round brush, he dried the hair applying hot air to form the style.

Then he divided the hair in two-inch sections and wrapped each section into a Velcro roller allowing it cool and set. He did this throughout the entire head.


Before removing the rollers, he sprayed John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to set the look. He then removed the rollers, applying more spray to a Mason Pearson brush and brushed the hair into soft textured sexy waves.

He then backcombed the front pieces of hair to create height for a sexy sultry side swept effect.


To finish, he misted John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to lock in the style for the night.



Emily Ratajkowski ‘s versatile Oscar Look

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We heard from Rimmel London that actress Emily Ratajkowski, needed a versatile makeup look Sunday night that would work with two different stunning outfits.  She turned to celebrity make-up artist and Rimmel London Makeup-Artist Ambassador, Jo Baker.


How to Get Emily’s “Simply Gorgeous” look”


For Emily’s eyes Jo really put the emphasis on her lashes. She used three coats of Rimmel London 24HR Supercurler Mascara which not only lengthened from root to tip but the jet black formula set the lashes at a beautiful and upright curl.


Jo kept Emily’s lip natural and unlined. She used Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Summer Angel, the perfect easy nude that kept her pout hydrated and looking perfect all night long!


Emily has beautiful bushy eyebrows so Jo wanted to keep them natural and undone yet have them stay in place. She combed them through using .



Rimmel London products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers.. 


Emma Robert’s Graphic Glam look

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At Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party we get chance see how the stars dress to impress socially as the pull out the stops to at the this  top level industry insider’s do. Emma Roberts called on  Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen to create her Graphic Glam look.


Lauren tells you how to recreate it:



Eyes: To create a modern look, she lined only the center of the lower lash line with Avon Glimmersticks Eyeliner in Blackest Black. She didn’t use any eyeshadow in order to create a more graphic look. She finished the eyes with Avon Big & False Lash Volume Mascara in Blackest Black.


Face: Lauren started with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. She added Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush and added Avon Ideal Luminous Blush in Classic Aura.


Lip: She finished off the look by applying Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Ravishing Rose to her lips.



Trend alert: Spotted at the Oscars

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Important trends are set on the Oscar’s red carpet that will last through. Sketch artists will rush their work to manufactures that will have  copies of the most popular dresses for sale even this week.

Singer Kelly Rowland in her LaQuan Smith and More slender metallic dress with its deep plunge neckline sparkled on red carpets and embodied many of the most popular trends. Her off-face hair was also very popular.


Other trends of note:

Matte berry lips

Strapless or deep plunging necklines


Elegant party cocktails

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If you are planning an Oscar party or just want make your party sparkle like star –studded gala then try these made with luxury elit by Stolichnaya vodka. These drinks inspired by “Oscar” would make perfect signature cocktails.


elit by Stolichnaya is very smooth and these cocktails garnished with real gold leaf and rode petals are drop-dead glamourous. You find real gold leaf that is safe to eat at the craft store or Sur la table – it is stunning. Edible rose petals can be found at organic markets. Do not use regular roses as they may have pesticides.


Academy Martini

3 parts elit by Stolichnaya


Pour elit into a mixing glass with ice and stir until ice cold.

Strain and serve up. Garnish with 24 karat gold flake.



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1 ½ oz. elit by Stolichnaya

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

¾ oz. Crème de Rose Liqueur

½ oz. Simple Syrup


Shake the elit, lemon juice and simple syrup with cracked ice and strain into a double rocks glass. Top with crushed ice and gently float crème de rose on top.



Dripping in jewels

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The Oscar’s are exciting — and often controversial. For those of us who write about fashion and beauty it is important. No one can deny the power of celebrity – especially today. A popular celebrity can set a trend overnight.


And then there are the jewels. There are few places today that can compete with the Oscars for such sparkling display of jewel. This year I really enjoyed Oscar pre-show on E!. Stylist and Fashion Police host Brad Goreski did a fabulous item on how to match jewelry with your gown for maximum effect.


While, Goreski used the same type of opulent jewels and designer gowns that the stars borrow for the red carpet his pointers can be used by anyone.

Goreski, stylist to the stars explained that a strapless gown is the best way to show off statement necklace.   A plunging V-neck is perfect with elaborate chandelier or drop earrings and an updo or swept back hair, according to fashion guru. And what do you wear with a striking but tricky one-shouldered dress or asymmetrical neck-line, Goreski says, a bold bracelet of course.


On another note, this year no one seemed to talk about ageless beauty as they have other years. It is a shame because the amazing Gena Rowland was on the red carpet. She looked amazing and so chic. Not chic or  fabulous for 85 – just plain drop-dead fabulous.


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Trend alert: Pin-Up Imperfection

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We received from New York Fashion Week this report from the Wella Hair Care

Models strutted down the runway to Blondie’s hanging on the Telephone

at Jeremy Scott’s eclectic AW16 show Cowboys and Poodles.

They wore glittered cowgirl boots and retro cartoon prints embellished

with sequins and feathers.  The models statement make up look was “galactic”.

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Eugene Souleiman drew from varied inspirations to create a style that complimented


the show from bold burlesque glamour, to John Waters’ iconic Hairspray styles and glamorous fifties pin-ups – all coming together in a “Barbie goes to Vegas” style.

“The hair at Jeremy Scott is very big, sexy and some might say trashy, but I would say fun.

It’s slightly Barbarella-esque – but it’s all about the volume and not about perfection”, Eugene said describing his work. “Although it has its roots in the fifties, there’s this modernity in the texture and imperfection to the style.”

Get the Look:

Prep hair by spraying ample amounts of Wella Professionals EIMI Sugar Lift and applying Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Setting on the ends of the hair, creating a chemically processed feel that makes hair easier to style into a classic fifties pin-up look.

Next, blow dry the entire head starting from the roots and using a large round brush to create a base for the backcombing.

Once the hair is dry, set it with wide rollers before brushing out.

Finish the look by teasing the hair with a fine tooth comb while applying Wella Professionals EIMI Stay Essential Finishing Spray for hold.

Hair: Eugene Souleiman, Global Creative Director of Care & Styling



Manners can make or break a new relationship

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How you behave on a dinner date can make or break a budding relationship — according to many surveys. International Etiquette Expert Sharon Schweitzer, founder and CEO of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, offers these tips to help men and women date and dine to win and woo.  Most of these tips are also good to remember when dining with friends.


Most people won’t date anyone who is rude to a server.


Dining out tips for polished manners:


Soup: Differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack – remember the proverb, “Just like ships that sail out to sea, I spoon my soup away from me.”


Invitations: The person extending the invitation is the host and is responsible for payment of the bill. When extending invitations; inquire about special dietary requests such as food allergies or kosher, halal, gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free diets. Book a restaurant that accommodates these needs. Guests don’t split the bill.


DolceDolce tip: When dining with friends is clear about invitations and then spilt bills fairly and neatly. Don’t over-charge anyone but don’t be nit-picky – and never forget the tip. And if a woman invites a man she can also arrange to pay the bill.


No table additions: Keep your smart phone, wallet, keys and glasses off the table.


Pre-arrange payment: If you want to be a sophisticated host, arrive early and provide a credit card, or call the restaurant ahead of time to pre-arrange payment. Your date will appreciate that everything is handled seamlessly.


Napkin knowledge: As the host, place your napkin in your lap first. If you must leave the table between courses the napkin is placed on the chair seat soiled side down. At meal’s end, place your loosely folded napkin on the left of your plate. Don’t refold it.


Please take my guest’s order first: Polite comments to the server such as ‘Please bring my guest…’ or ‘my guest will order first, please,’ let the server know that you are the host.


Sommelier: For a pleasing pairing, tell the sommelier what you like and the entrées you and your date ordered. You can provide an idea of your price range by pointing out 2-3 wines in your price range. The sommelier will stay within those ranges. Don’t say how much you want to spend.


Avoid a catastrophe: Alert the server to allergies and sensitivities such as eggs, gluten, salt, sugar, and spice. If the server lists 4 types of dairy as part of a secret specialty sauce and doesn’t mention eggs, protect you. Say: “I’d like the house specialty, but I can’t stand eggs. You didn’t mention eggs, but I know sometimes there are hidden gems.”


DolceDolce tip: If allergies are serious, I suggest calling ahead to make sure the restaurant can handle your requests.


How many courses? Order the same number of courses as your date. This avoids awkwardness and allows you to pace yourself with your date or companion.


Pacing the meal: Make sure to take your time eating and pause after every few bites. You don’t want your date or dining companion to feel rushed during the meal.

Sending food back: If you must send your food back because it is not cooked to your liking, it’s your responsibility to insist that your date or companion start eating.


Silent service signals: If you are resting between bites, place your fork, with tines up, near the top of your plate. To signal the server that you’re finished, place your fork and knife across the center of the plate at the 5 o’clock position.


Silverware savvy: Once silverware is used (including handles), it must not touch the table again. Rest forks, knives, and spoons on the side of your plate. Unused silverware stays on the table.


Refreshing beverages: Don’t pour yourself a drink first. If there is a carafe of water or beverages on the table, always pour for your date or companion.


Sharing food: Depending on how well you know your date, you may unobtrusively pass a bread plate for a sample before a first bite.


Eating difficult foods: Boiled lobster? Artichokes? Avoid panic attacks by planning what you’ll order ahead of time. Read the online menu, call the restaurant about daily specials and do your research beforehand.


New serving trend: Traditionally, professional wait staff have served food from the left and removed food from the right. Beverages are poured and removed from the right. Be aware of a new trend of serving from the right and removing from the right.


Nonverbal cues: Oh server? A closed menu indicates you are ready to order. If you or your date are browsing an open menu, the server has the impression you aren’t ready. Catch the eye of the server if you need assistance, or slightly raise your index finger pointing up. If she is busy, softly call their name or “server”?


Conversation: As the host, it’s your job to keep conversation going during the meal. Don’t hog the conversation—ask your date questions, light topics include books, travel, vacation, movies, pets; avoid politics or religion.


Fete accompli: When you place your loosely folded napkin on the left side of your place setting, dinner plate, dessert, or coffee, the dinner is concluded.


Tipping: Always leave a tip at restaurants: bartender: 10-15% of bar bill, valet: $2.00- 5.00, coat check: $1.00 per coat, server: 15- of the bill before coup