Beverly Hills, CA (Hollywood Today) 2/26/2013
Roger Neal’s 17th Annual Beauty & Couture Oscar Suite Experience – guests, gifts & spa-treatments.
Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
Roger Neal’s 3 days Beauty & Couture Oscar suite was located at L’Ermitage hotel in Beverly Hills.
ISO Beauty president Mr. Alon Peled, jeweler Raju Rasiah, Jewelers Unblocked CEO Patricia K. Low and celebrity hair stylist Marcello Costas were all in the suite opening day to unveil the most expensive hair straightener worth $500,000 dollars.
Jewelry designer Raju Rasiah explained why it is so expensive:
“We adorned it with one rectangular mixed cut natural orange sapphire, with the exact weight of 30.22 ct.”
“Most people don’t know that the Ion in the sapphire smoothes the hair and keeps it healthy and shiny.”
Jewelers Unblocked provided the insurance policy of $500.000 for this kind of hair straightener during the Oscar week. The policy was offered through the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Hair-stylist Costas was using the straightener on the hair of best actress nominees Oscar morning of the awards, February 24th.
Hollywood High School‘s elite group H20 is considered The Original Glee from the Performing Arts Magnet. They performed as an opening act at the two floors suite, February 19th.
The Roger Neal 17th Annual Beauty & Couture Oscar Suite has become the place for stars to get pampered, select gowns, shoes, handbags and jewelry for the Oscars.
“For the past 17 years we have had no less than 3 nominees and at least 8 stars wore designs from the clients in our suite to the Oscars and to major parties” Roger Neal said.
Neal and his wife Lynn had over 200 stars and 10 Oscar nominees attending this year.
In the past guests included: Steven Tyler, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Angela Basset, Adam Lambert, Penelope Ann Miller, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Joe Montagna, nominee Siedah Garrett, and Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius and his wife Berenice Bejo of the movie The Artist.
“Our suite also has a purpose by spotlighting a charity each year and we gift stars for coming and supporting our charities” said Lynn Neal. The most expensive gift bag is worth $20k including a stay at the Historical Belleek Castle in Ballina, Ireland and www.belleekcastle.com
- A stay at the Historical Bed & Breakfast Gold Mountain Manor www.goldmountain.com
Guests enjoyed spa treatments that included:
* Spray tanning which lasts 7-10 days, and mini-facials featuring Eminence cosmetics by Sunloungestudios. MFR massages were provided by ”YourMFRmassage.com”. The studio has locations in Pasadena, Montrose and Studio City, and they also go mobile for special occasions.
Massage therapist Lara Weithorn from MFR Massage explained: “Myofascial (MFR) release is a form of stretching, compression, skin rolling to facilitate the release of adhesion. Many times we tend to treat the symptoms of injury, rather than treating the location, or the injury itself”
Gary & Lara from YourMFRmassage utilize gentle stretching and pressure to help smooth out the fascia that is bound down by the injury or trauma, returning it to its original state as much as possible. This allows the energy in the body to once again flow freely, and decreases pain. Once pain is decreased there is a greater chance for relaxation and the opportunity for healthy healing to occur. www.YourMFRmassage.com www.sunloungestudios.com
Other beauty treatments included:
Eyelash extensions by Long Mi Lashes/Daniel Dinh. www.longmilashes.com
Hair Blow outs by ISO Beauty. www.isobeauty.com
Shaves by The Art of Shaving in Beverly Hills. www.theartofshaving.com
The couture designs were provided by:
Addy Van Den Krommenacker Gowns – of the Netherlands who has made a mark in the U.S. with stars, over the past two years. www.addyvandenkrommenacker.nl
Timmy Woods Handbags Beverly Hills. www.timmywoods.com
Shekhar Rahate Gowns – Nominees wore Rahate gowns to the 2012 Oscars including Marriane Brock whose movie “Love is God” was nominated and won!
The wife of Oscar nominated exec. producer of ‘The Artist”also wore Rahate. www.shekharrahate.com
Banzai Saki, was making history by giving the world’s most expensive sake to stars and nominees in the suite, they are valued at $2,000.00 per bottle. www.banzaibeverage.com
Jeannie Bottle - Mario Della Casa was making wishes come true and showcased his celebrity art work with a real Jeannie figure inside the bottle. He created a piece of celebrity art during the three day suite and donated two Jeannie Bottles which was autographed by stars attending the suite, and donated them to Gentle Giants and Hollywood High School’s Performing arts program. www.jeanniebottles.com
Renee Taylor’s Face Love - Created by Renee’s makeup artist Cindy Cohen. This face serum lifts, tightens and diminishes fine lines and de-puffs eyes in 30 seconds without surgery. Everyone is in love with this product, especially if you live a stressed lifestyle. www.rtfacelove.com
L’Anza Healthy Hair care products is a leading manufacturer of quality hair care products, which offering products that heal, seal and protect the hair. Their Keratin Phyto IV complex oil contains four botanic oils, and provides up to 500F heat protection for all hair types. www.lanza.com/salonlocators
Valeroso Cigars are old-style Cuban hand rolled cigars. Valeroso have a new premium line of cigars to be released in the spring of 2013. The three country blend are from Nicaragua, Dominican and Ecuador, and handcrafted in the world-renowned MATASA factory.
Steps 4 Paws, Cashmere Hoodies from www.steps4paws.com
Erin Fader disco deco jewelry collection with inspiration from the 70’s. www.erinfader.com
Gentle Giants Rescue was founded by Burt Ward who was present at the suite every day. He starred as Robin on the TV series Batman. www.gentlegiantsrescue.com
“The Vallie” the book from Adam Rendon is based on his personal diary age 9-18 years. The book talks about his physical abuse from his father and sexual abuse from two female neighbors at the age of 9-12. Over the last 5 years Adam has been dedicating his time and effort to organizations as Habitat for Humanity and The Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. www.thevallie.com
“New Parents are People Too” and “Children are People Too” are two books written by Dr. Sharon Fried Buchalte. She uses her own experience as a mother and author. www.peopleTooUnlimited.com
The books feature the deepest truth of effecting parenting as an individual or as a couple.
“Learn the 8 secrets to family happiness, every expectant parent need to know” Sharon said.
Dr. Sharon Fried also introduced her Love on the Go kits, for couples to improve your love life - www.loveonthego.com
“Husband Unleashed” by Byron Williams Author of several best selling books. www.byronwilliams.org
Olez Hair Care Products; - www.olez.com Olez new product Inception is the first restorative treatment using apple stem cell technology, which also contains amino acids to repair damaged hair. The apple stem cell technology strengthens the hair follicle and promotes healthy hair growth while delivering total frizz control, shine and softness. The apple stem cells are cultivated from a rare Swiss apple and rich in antioxidants and nutrients.
Marena’s Shaped by an Angel by Angela Dean- “Move over, there is a new angel in town” said designer Angela Dean who partnered with the Marena Group to create this new shape wear. “It is different styles of compression garments – which makes you look one size smaller instantly”.
The shape wear is to wear before plastic surgery, and is made of F7-certified fabrics. Coolmax rated fibers pull moisture away from the body, and keep you cool and dry.
Sisa Designs- Gowns & Jewelry by Simone Rodrigues. www.sisadesigns.com
Getroxo & ROXO bracelets are for both kids and adults. They are little charms on your bracelet which come with a sticker. The adult version is a colored Swarovski crystals collection. “ROXO is all about put what you love on your band. It can be pictures of your best friend, dog, or a cool photo you snapped on Instagram”.www.getroxo.com They are launching the line at major department stores as Toys R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond and Wal-Mart this spring. www.getroxo.com
JENEUVE SKINCARE skincare line is from Switzerland www.jeneuve.com
JENEUVE’s was promoting the new Anti-Cellulite Pro-Complex gel, which is a molecular cell booster. The active substances are caffeine and Indian forskolin, which target the fat deposited within the collagen fibers.
Muchachomalo- is the new line of micro-modal cotton underwear & t-shirts from the Netherlands, for both men and women. www.muchachomalo.com
Prints from their underwear line were designed for the 2013 ART Collection.
The garments feature prints from surrealism, futurism, expressionism, optical & paper art, baroque & psychedelic art – and will be out on the market by spring 2013 in US.
Tasting was provided by;
Miracle Noodle & rice. The products are vegan pastas, made of wheat, soy and gluten free & kosher. The best part is that they contain no calories or fat, and completely guilt free. The USA made product comes in plastic packages of angel hair, fettuccini, and rice, and is considered a good choice for who suffer from diabetes, celiac and high cholesterol. www.miraclenoodle.com
Starfire Water hydrogen rich water “makes you shine like a star”, and was the non-alcoholic choice of Oscar week. Starfire water with Etherium Gold is the cell replenishing superconducting magnetized water. www.starfirewater.com
VIP Bartenders were serving special “Oscar-tini” drinks from the most popular spirit brands. www.vipbartenders.com
Chambord Vodka. www.chambordonline.com
Lorimar Wine & Champagne were serving their award winning wines, champagnes and new dessert wines. www.lorimarwinery.com
Mary’s Cake shop is based in Huntington Park, and is also is well-known for their cupcakes in many flavors. They were serving a “Best Picture Cake” delights to guests. www.maryscakeshop.com