Vikings season 6 spoilers: Ivar the Boneless star teases brutal battle with new warpaint

Vikings finished off its fifth season on a high, as Bjorn (played by Alexander Ludwig) achieved a lot in the final two episodes.

After more-or-less defeating his brother Ivar the Boneless (Alexander Hogh Andersen) in battle, he returned to Kattegat to await the next event.

The upcoming sixth season is no doubt going to continue the brutal battle waging between these siblings, and how it will affect their lives as viewers move into the final episodes of the series.

Ivar actor Alexander has now all but confirmed a huge event for the upcoming season, as he has shown off a new costume feature for his character.

Alexander posted on his Instagram account earlier this week to show off some new face paint – reminiscent of the infamous “god” face paint he donned back in season five.

The paint can be seen to be white from the shoulders up, covering his entire face. His face is also covered in black stars, which gives Ivar a menacing look, while below his shoulders is entirely blood red.

Alexander captioned the image with a tribute to his costume and make-up designer Tom McInerney.

He jokingly wrote: “That one time @puffjockey went a lil’ too far.

“Miss you touching my face, painting my nipples, shaving my armpits. For your Emmy consideration.”

This is the first time this make-up has been featured on the show, so will Ivar be sporting this brand new look for an upcoming battle?

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If so, the question remains: Who will he be fighting against?

Obviously, Ivar has a huge problem with his brother Bjorn, who currently resides in Kattegat, but he also may dare to take on Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick).

With rumours flying online about Lagertha’s supposed upcoming death, fans of the show may have just had a glimpse of the demon who is about to kill her – in the form of Ivar’s new warpaint.

Fans of the actor began praising him and his new look, and also started saying he deserves an Emmy.

One wrote: “Looks great, holy s**t!!!” while another added: “Thank u for this.”

A third sincerely said: “I truly hope you get the nomination and you win the Emmy, Im voting for you…

“You’re an amazing talented person and there is nobody on earth who could ever portray Ivar as f*****g AWESOME as you do.”

Recently Lagertha star Katheryn posted a trailer for the upcoming sixth season, in which she teased a conflict between her and King Harald (Peter Franzen).

But with Ivar ready to attack as well, will Lagertha be facing enemies on all sides?

Vikings season six is expected to return to History Channel and Amazon Prime Video this year.

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Sofia Vergara teeters on cleavage catastrophe in strapless dress

Sofia Vergara attended celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Wonderland event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, wearing a stunningly sexy midi dress. 

The Modern Family actress, 46, put on a busty display as she wore a frilly white and red polka dot dress with frilly detailing across the chest. 

Wearing her trademark brunette tresses down, her hair was, as ever, immaculate. 

Flaunting her radiant skin and glowing complexion, Sofia choose natural makeup for the event. 

Topping off her glam with a slick of red lipstick, a light smattering of bronzer and a coating of black mascara, Sofia rolled back the years in the stylish ensemble. 

The Hot Pursuit star completed the look with a pair of towering nude heels matching her cream colour bag with a butterfly clasp. 

She kept it simple when it came to accessories, opting for a simple stack of golden rings and a single bracelet. 

The A-Lister dropped by the The Grove shopping centre to join highly regarded makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and celebrate her new lipstick line.

Other celebs in attendance included Fajer Fahad, the contributing fashion and beauty editor at Chaos magazine, and Youtuber Jackie Aina. 

Earlier on in the evening Sofia uploaded an Instagram story to her 16.6 million followers from inside the super trendy the event. 

In the video, an excitable Charlotte applies one of her latest lipsticks to Sofia’s plump pout. 

The makeup artist has named the new hot lips shades after notable women including Amal Clooney, Jennifer Aniston and JK Rowling. 

Sofia has a lipstick named after her, labelled ’Viva La Vergara’, which, according to Tilbury, is “inspired by Vergara’s vivacious, hilarious personality and mesmerising beauty.”

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Sofia Vergara: Modern Family bombshell puts on eye-popping display in boob-baring dress

Sofia Vergara, 46, looked sensational when she attended a beauty event in Los Angeles last night.

The Colombian-born actress, who is best known for playing Gloria in American TV show Modern Family, arrived at the opening of make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Wonderland – her first US store at the Grove shopping centre in California.

The beautiful star wore her long caramel tresses in waves over her shoulders and wore a pretty red and white frilly dress for the occasion.

The low-cut number, which drew attention to her ample assets, showcased her famous curves while the ruffled hemline revealed her toned and tanned legs.

Sofia, who has played Jay Pritchett’s wife in the award-winning show for for ten years, took to Instagram to share a picture from the Hollywood event with her pals.

She captioned the snap, which she shared with her 16.6 million followers: “Luv u girls @fajer @thefaraheffect #summernights.”(sic)

Other images from Wednesday show the actress with British make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, 46, who received an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours last year for services to the beauty and cosmetics industry.

Sharing pictures and footage on her own social media account, in view of her 2.8 million followers, Charlotte described the TV star as her “mesmerisingly gorgeous, hilarious friend”.

Sofia, who is set to star on the big screen this summer in American film Bottom of the 9th, modelled a new line of lipstick called “Hot Lips” at her friends launch night

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‘My friends get me through my cancer hell with hugs and ALL the fighting talk’

I’ll get by with a little help from my friends

Everyone needs good friends in their life.

Who else can you really escape everyday life with? Share gallons of wine, dance in a club, gossip with, climb bloody mountains with?

I am so thankful for mine.

I needed them from Day 1 of diagnosis.

I’ve never been one of those to say “ooohh you find out who your real friends are when you’re going through a tough time” because some people are just terrified and don’t really know what to say.

I have found myself really needing particular friends though and they never fail.

I remember my recurrence when I was living in hell for a week (AKA my bedroom, my solitary self imposed confinement).

The door knocked and next thing I know, my bedroom was filled with four of the best.

It felt like my movie moment and it didn’t stop there, more friends came with goodies, with meals for us, with hugs, but mainly with FIGHTING TALK.

And it was just what I needed to pull me out of hell.

I don’t like the phrase ‘fight’ or ‘battle’, I’m not strong or brave and I don’t see people who haven’t made it through cancer as people who lost against cancer.

Sometimes it’s luck, sometimes it’s new treatments and sometimes it’s just your body responding differently to medicine.

Mostly it’s the fact that cancer does not give a toss who it destroys.

However, when I have my friends behind me I feel like I am ready to take on everything.

Of course Ivy and Michael and our super families help incredibly.

But the importance of my ‘army’ has always been so incredibly special to me.

They’ve walked miles upon miles to help in my quest to raise as much for Cancer Research UK as humanly possible and they even came along to help sing my own version of ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ where I changed the words to ‘Do they know it’s booby time’.

I remember a terrible phone call I’d had from the hospital where someone had told me they’d had a meeting discussing my case that day.

They told me they had all been in agreement that they were very surprised that The Christie had even mentioned the word ‘cure’ to me because to them, it seemed like an impossibility.

Michael had gone away for the weekend and it was a Friday evening.

I lost it. I cried and asked why did they need to tell me this?

I felt that if a whole room of specialists agreed that cure wasn’t an option, how the hell was I meant to have any hope whatsoever?

The next thing I know, my door is knocking and there they were….laden with wine, snacks, hugs and swearwords. God I love them!

We’ve talked of holidays to celebrate being alive and we have our WhatsApp group, which always keeps us going.

I think it’s so important to really reach out to people who want to help you when you’re going through difficult times.

My one piece of advice to someone who feels like they want to help someone you love is don’t just ask if they need anything, just do it.

Bring a meal round, leave it on the doorstep.

Tell them you’re taking their kids for a day out.

Send them treats, make plans for the future.

So many people offer us help but we usually say we’re fine thanks because we just feel like we don’t want to put people out.

We loooove it when we open the door to a nice lasagne/cottage pie/fillet steak and lobster (I’m dreaming).

Having good friends is like having your own little corner of the world you can escape to.

They’ve always got my back, they always seem to know what to say – and if they don’t, they know the right joke to crack but mostly, they make me feel loved right up to the very brim.

Ahh I bloody love ‘em.

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How much you need to earn in your town to buy a house

FIRST-TIME buyers now need to earn an average of £54,400 a year to buy their first home, up from £49,900 three years ago.

This comes as the average deposit you'll need is sitting at a whopping £38,400.

In an analysis of the house prices of the UK's 20 biggest cities, property website Zoopla found that Liverpudlians "only" need to earn £26,100 in order to get on the property ladder.

Meanwhile, residents in the capital would have to earn a whopping £84,000 to be able to buy their first property.

This comes despite the fact that the average household income needed has dropped by £3,250 in London compared to 2016 due to weak growth and price falls, Zoopla said.

Outside London, Cambridge and Oxford require the highest first-time buyer incomes, although like London these have also fallen over the past three years.

Leicester has seen the largest percentage increase in the income required to buy since 2016, at 20 per cent, followed closely by Birmingham and Manchester.

Across all the cities looked at, the average income needed has increased by more than £4,500 or 9 per cent over the past three years.

The research assumed that 30 per cent of a household's income is spent on mortgage cots, and that buyers borrow no more than four times their income.

It also expected that buyers would have a 15 per cent deposit to put down, increasing to 25 per cent in more expensive cities such as London, Oxford and Cambridge.

Average mortgage rates were used to calculate repayments over a 30-year term.

In August last year, the Halifax House Price Index showed that house prices had reached an all-time high of £230,280.

Yet there were also fewer homes for sale.

Then in January, Nationwide found that house prices slowed sharply at the end of 2018 recording its weakest annual growth in nearly six years.

Growth slowed from 1.9 per cent in November to 0.5 per cent in December, while house prices were also down by 0.7 per cent month-on-month at the end of the year.

Richard Donnell, research and insight director at Zoopla, said: "First-time buyers are an important group accounting for more than one in three sales.

"While the average household income to buy a typical home across UK cities has grown 9 per cent since 2016, weaker price growth and recent price falls have led to a 5 per cent reduction in the income to buy across the most expensive cities.

"It will come as a modest relief for would-be buyers although the income to purchase still remains relatively high."

What help is out there for first-time buyers?

GETTING on the property ladder can feel like a daunting task but there are schemes out there to help first-time buyers have their own home.

Help to Buy Isa – It's a tax-free savings account where for every £200 you save, the Government will add an extra £50. But there's a maximum limit of £3,000 which is paid to your solicitor when you move.

Help to Buy equity loan – The Government will lend you up to 20 per cent of the home's value – or 40 per cent in London – after you've put down a five per cent deposit. The loan is on top of a normal mortgage but it can only be used to buy a new build property.

Lifetime Isa – This is another Government scheme that gives anyone aged 18 to 39 the chance to save tax-free and get a bonus of up to £32,000 towards their first home. You can save up to £4,000 a year and the Government will add 25 per cent on top.

Shared ownership – Co-owning with a housing association means you can buy a part of the property and pay rent on the remaining amount. You can buy anything from 25 to 75 per cent of the property but you're restricted to specific ones.

"First dibs" in London – London Mayor Sadiq Khan is working on a scheme that will restrict sales of all new-build homes in the capital up to £350,000 to UK buyers for three months before any overseas marketing can take place.

Starter Home Initiative – A Government scheme that will see 200,000 new-build homes in England sold to first-time buyers with a 20 per cent discount by 2020. To receive updates on the progress of these homes you can register your interest on the Starter Homes website.

Earlier this month, Martin Lewis urged first-time buyers to open a Help to Buy Isa even if you only put £1 in.

In April, a map revealed where first-time buyers need to save for a DECADE to get enough for a house deposit.

Meanwhile, here are six homes under £50k where single first-time buyers only need a £2,500 deposit.

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One extravagant wedding simply isn’t enough for rich Americans

When Diane Schutz and Arie Moller started planning their wedding two years ago, they couldn’t imagine their elderly aunts and uncles sharing the dance floor with their free-spirited Burning Man friends.

So the couple had two weddings. First came a sensible Jewish ceremony with 30 family members and close friends in New Jersey, followed by brunch. And then, a week later, they held a raucous, glitter-filled blowout in a Gowanus loft with more than 100 of their closest “Burners.”

Both weddings had a ceremony, complete with vows and a white dress, Schutz says, but a decidedly different “vibe.”

“They just represented different sides of our personalities,” says Schutz, 49, a television producer who’s been going to the desert festival with her now-husband, a real estate entrepreneur, since 2013. “It felt right to have one wedding just with family and close friends, and for the Burner one . . . it was more funny, silly, a little tongue-in-cheek.”

If you’re lucky, you only get married once. But, these days, that doesn’t mean you have to have just one wedding. Instead of choosing between tradition and something more personal, couples such as model Karlie Kloss and venture capitalist Joshua Kushner are opting for both.

Last weekend, the celebrity duo threw a yeehaw-themed bash in Wyoming, where Kloss wore a white prairie-chic Jonathan Simkhai dress, and partied through the night with their famous friends — just eight months after the two celebrated their first wedding, a formal affair in upstate New York.

A month after their kitschy ceremony in Las Vegas, “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner and her hubby, Joe Jonas, are prepping for their second wedding in Paris this weekend. For them and many other couples tying the knot in an increasingly extravagant wedding culture, it’ll be I Do: Part Deux.

“We’re at this intersection where we’re still hanging onto marriage as an institution we long for, but we’re also being constantly flooded with the ways to make it new and different,” says counselor Landis Bejar, founder of AisleTalk, a therapy practice for anxious brides and grooms.

Bejar says most of the soon-to-wed couples she works with find a way to make both visions work at once. But she has seen a rapid rise in those who are having two or even more weddings.

Schutz and Moller were able to keep their festivities under $14,000, but other couples are spending six figures and beyond to hold celebrations that will encompass all their wildest dreams — and family expectations.

“They’ll say, ‘This wedding is for my parents and then we’re having one for us,’ ” says Marcy Blum, a longtime wedding planner whose celebrity clients have included LeBron and Savannah James, Billy Joel and Katie Lee and Tamiko and George Soros.

‘Look at social media. It’s just that next phase of ‘more.’ ’

Five years ago, Blum says, it was pretty much unheard of to have more than one wedding, unless it was for cultural reasons — such as when one couple’s family was from another country, or had opposing wedding traditions. But a recent wedding she organized, which she estimates cost about a half-million dollars all told, was split between San Francisco and New York City. Each had a ceremony, but one was geared more toward the parents: elaborate tasting menus, chamber music and, as a wedding favor, personalized, leather-bound journals.

“The first party had all the photo ops,” Blum says. And the second was “exactly what they wanted — a party.”

Michelle Rago, who runs an eponymous destination-wedding planning company for a roster of well-heeled clients, is currently planning a nearly $2 million series of weddings — three of them — for a famous client and her fiancé. There’ll be festivities in Spain, the Caribbean and Santa Barbara, Calif.

“There is a small crossover of people who will go to all three,” says Rago, who believes the trend has something to do with couples compartmentalizing their social circles. But “likes” matter, too.

“Look at social media,” she says. “It’s just that next phase of ‘more.’ ”

Not everyone’s cheering, however. Some relationship experts warn that multiple celebrations may signal a failure to compromise — “and that’s not a good foundation going into marriage,” says clinical psychologist Jocelyn Charnas, who specializes in pre-marital counseling.

“If you have the financial wherewithal and the time and inclination to plan two parties, good for you,” she says. “But when we look at the emotional underpinning, there’s an avoidance of certain challenges that we have to face.”

Sara Steele-Rogers sees it differently. The barre instructor lives on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, where she and her fiancé married in city hall last week. They’ll have a celebratory wedding bar crawl on the island with friends on Wednesday, and a distillery celebration in Boston with her American family in September.

“It just wouldn’t be us to have one large wedding,” says Steele-Rogers, 35. Breaking up the celebration actually made it easier for them, since they wouldn’t have to plan travel and events in Anguilla for guests visiting from Boston, she says. “One of the most intimate moments of a couple’s lives has become such a spectacle, and has become so much about other people and not about the couple.”

Schutz, for her part, says her two weddings weren’t at all about a failure to compromise between two sides of her life. In fact, she says, “I’m actually bringing my mom to Burning Man this year.”

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Dawn makes a shocking discovery in Emmerdale

Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley) and Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton) have finally started to get their relationship back on track after that whole awkward business of her pretending her dad was dead, which led to the vicar being rather annoyingly crushed under a coffin.

However, Will (Dean Andrews) is not so keen on leaving the Dales behind and despite Harriet trying to put things behind them, he reckons that they can pick up where they left off and embark on a relationship. Keeping their previous liaisons a secret from Dawn, Harriet can’t help but be tempted as her old feelings for Will continue to resurface.

And as he makes himself more comfortable in the village, including by getting himself a job at the garage, it’s clear that Will intends to stick around.

Dawn’s focus is very much on getting her son back and she wants Harriet’s help with that but tonight, she walks in on the pair getting close and realises what has been going on behind her back. As she is left reeling by the fact that Harriet and Will have been keeping this secret from her, she heads to the edge again and there’s the very real threat that she will relapse once more.

Can Harriet talk her round – and will she be forced to pick between her and Will? And if it does indeed come to that dilemma, would Will stand a chance?

Given that Dawn has told more than a few porkies to Harriet herself, here’s hoping that she is understanding towards her. But can a relationship between Harriet and Will ever end in anything other than disaster?

Surely they don’t expect that they can go back to playing happy families after everything that has happened?

Emmerdale continues on Thursday 26th June at 7pm and 8pm on ITV.

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How to wear… a dress over trousers

There are certain trends that circle back around again and again. Many of this summer’s biggest looks fall into that category: tie dye, satin and now, the dress over trousers. Last seen strutting down the catwalks, the red carpet and the high street in the 90s and Noughties, the much-derided styling proposition is back, with a modern twist.

Of course, in South Asia, traditional dressing has long involved the combination of a dress and trousers such as the shalwar kameez, or a kurta or kurti layered over matching trousers or even jeans. In the west, it became popular in the 1920s and 30s, with the likes of Louise Brooks, Lucille Ball and Ginger Rogers pairing housecoats and robe-style tops with silk pyjama trousers. More recently, stars such as Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway and Britney Spears threw together cocktail dresses and flared jeans for their red carpet appearances in the early 2000s.

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Too often, dresses paired with jeans come across looking heavy, bulky and shapeless. But when styled properly, the clever interplay of masculine and feminine looks stylish, fun and very 2019.

While we wait for summer to really kick in, this is the ‘It’ silhouette to ensure you’re prepared for unpredictable weather, without having to keep pulling on the dreaded opaque tights.

For inspiration, we turn to the catwalks. Look ahead to autumn-winter, where Jil Sander made a study of this silhouette, offering an ease and simplicity that is often missing from interpretations of the trend. There was a white shirt dress, unbuttoned to the waist over black trousers, and a number of V-cut tunic tops floating over wide leg trousers in stone and chocolate brown.

At JW Anderson, too, a pair of impeccably tailored high-waisted black trousers with a wide-leg cut provided the foundation for gorgeously chic asymmetrically draped tunics in deep teal and butter yellow, embellished with crystal brooches. At both shows, the effect was simple, clean and unforced – this wasn’t your typical high-gloss runway styling, reserved for size-zero, 6ft tall models. It was grown-up, practical and doable, even for mere mortals.

The trick to pulling it off is to put together the top and bottom halves in such a way that creates shape and definition. Shirt dresses are particularly useful for this, as you can choose to undo a few buttons to lighten the look and show off more of the trousers. Likewise, the recent trend for midi dresses with high leg slits comes in handy for the same reason.

Naomi Watts stepped out last week in a strapless tunic over trousers by Marina Moscone and balanced out the sculptural satin draping with strappy sandals. When worn under a dress, wide legs are most flattering for any height, and even petite women like Naomi can join in with a cropped style.

Amber Heard opted for wide legs too at the Cannes Film Festival last month. For ease of wear, go for a lightweight, floaty dress like Amber’s midi, which comes across more effortless and streamlined than fussier styles. She teamed her dress with billowing culottes in the same neutral tone for an elegant, minimal finish, topped off with layered gold necklaces.

If you prefer more of a statement dress, such as Yara Shahidi’s sequinned Monse gown, a fitted slim or cigarette cut on the bottom will let it shine.

The asymmetric hem is key for making this one work, as it reveals the jeans and offers a contrast, and the playful juxtaposition of the ultra-dressy frock and the casual denim gives it another boost. From there, let the dress be the star of the show, and keep your accessories simple and sophisticated.

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Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker’s BBC show axed after ratings nosedive

The Doctor Who actress left her BBC Show Trust Me after she landed her biggest role ever.

Jodie Whittaker was previously the lead in the hospital thriller series, which experienced a ratings boom at launch, but after she left to be the Doctor, viewing figures plummeted.

After two series, the popular TV show has officially been cut, sources confirm.

Jodie Whittaker starred in the first series in 2017, but landed her role as Doctor Who in 2018, resulting in her exit.

“Once Jodie left, the ratings went with it”

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Speaking to The Sun Online, a source said: “After Jodie left, there was then a feeling something miraculous was needed to keep viewers.”

Despite trying to cast a number of good actors, they claimed it was difficult to attract audiences.

They added: “Once Jodie left, the ratings went with it.”

The series was written by ITV’s Good Karma Hospital writer Dan Sefton and was based around imposter doctors.

A BBC spokesman added: “We are very proud of Trust Me but it won’t return.

“We thank the brilliant cast and crew and look forward to working with Dan Sefton in the future.”

It seems Jodie taking on the role as Doctor Who was a good move for the babe, because despite facing backlash, she’s gained millions of fans.

Speaking to Bustle previously, she teased she won’t be leaving the show for quite some time.

She said: “It seems like such a long time off.

“The thing that was so brilliant about getting the part, is that once you’re in the family, you’re never out.

“I can be 80 years old and referred to as ‘the Doctor’ by somebody, and to know that you’re always welcome in that world is extraordinary.”

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Daisy Ridley Raps Lil’ Kim’s ‘Lady Marmalade’ Verse – Watch Now!

Daisy Ridley is channeling her inner Lady Marmalade!

The 27-year-old Ophelia actress made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (June 26).

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During her appearance, Daisy revealed how J.J. Abrams spoiled the Star Wars: Episode IX -The Rise of Skywalker ending to her right in public.

Later on, she rapped Lil’ Kim‘s “Lady Marmalade” verse from memory.

“I do have a strong memory for songs,” Daisy admitted. “I mean, if you want to hear one…”

Watch Daisy Ridley‘s appearance inside…

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