This week, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of having the Liz Earle range on QVC, an amazing achievement for any brand to reach this silver anniversary milestone. The picture above of myself and brand ambassador, Caroline Archer, was taken a couple of years ago and although that particular collection doesn’t feature in our anniversary shows, I loved the message on the bag: “Let your true self shine,” so chose it for the title of this blog. Of course, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser lets your skin truly shine by removing dead skin cells with the muslin cloth. Those of you who love it already know that, but if you haven’t tried it, there is a chance to win a collection of the original four products that I presented live on air twenty-five years ago later in this blog.
My mum is a huge fan of the Liz Earle range, which leads me nicely into Mother’s Day. Like a lot of people, I was unable to visit with Mum because of the pandemic restrictions, but we had a lovely chat before I left for work, and I showed this photo of her, taken on her 90th birthday, while I was presenting a fountain in one of my gardening shows that day.
Mum loves her fountain, in fact, she loves her garden, which has been something of a sanctuary for her over the past year. How appropriate then that this cherry blossom bush, which she bought us a couple of years ago, came into bloom a couple of days before Mother’s Day.
I was also unable to meet up with my daughter, Sophie, on the day, although we are planning a catch-up in our back garden on Tuesday of next week, weather permitting, as the restrictions we’ve been adhering to are being relaxed slightly from Monday. It hardly seems possible that the first lockdown began just over a year ago. My thoughts are with everyone who has suffered personally during this time and it felt appropriate to mark this with a minute’s silence on Tuesday, remembering those we have lost during this particular battle.
I was treated to some lovely Mother’s Day cards, including one from Chris, as I’m the mother of his children, and also flowers from both of our offspring and a primrose plant from Chris. My main present though was these framed front covers of all of the books I’ve written.
They’re not on the wall yet, but they will have pride of place on my writing room wall very soon. We were able to have a celebration dinner of my favourite veggie lasagne, made by my husband Chris, with our son and his girlfriend who are currently living with us. They are coming up to eighteen months of ‘being a couple’ this Sunday and, thanks to the pandemic, have been living under our roof for about eight months out of the past year… quite an achievement I’d say, no matter how easy-going Chris and I think we are! They are hoping to move into their first home together fairly soon, hot on the heels of our daughter, who moved just over a month ago.
Funnily enough, I’d been wondering what to get them as a house-warming present, when I received a text from Sophie asking for my opinion on the Dyson V8. We have that model, so I was able to give her my honest opinion, which is that it is excellent, particularly as she, like us, has cat fur to contend with. I asked her if she would like one as their house-warming present and she said a resounding YES! So, I ordered it without realising we had a Today’s Special Value coming up so soon – this weekend to be precise – so you will be getting a better deal than me!!! The TSV is the V8 Animal Extra and is specifically engineered for homes with pets. It comes with eight tools and accessories, including the Stubborn Dirt Brush and the Mini Motorhead – really effective for use on your pet’s favourite sleeping place. Don’t miss out on the great price if you’ve been thinking of getting a Dyson and remember you can use your 60 Day Money-Back Guarantee to give it a go.
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That is the TSV on Saturday, and if there’s any stock left, I will have it in my 2pm Top Offers show, and then on Sunday we have a great offer from Gatineau, one of our longest-standing beauty brands on QVC – even longer than Liz Earle! The Gatineau TSVs always offer great value, but this one sees the launch of not one, but two new products, Contouring Overnight Serum and Contouring Eye Cream. It is the relaunch of Defi Lift 3D, which we know many of you love, with a brand new type of hyaluronic acid and new BioPeptide complex. As well as the two new products, there are also two favourites, Collagene Expert Serum and the Firming Neck and Decolletage Gel. I’m looking forward to my two shows with Andrew at 2pm and 5pm.
So, while we are on the subject of beauty, how would you like to win this Liz Earle collection? These were the original four products that featured in the very first show in March 1996, a show that was a complete sell-out in around forty minutes. There have been a couple of tweaks to the products since then, but they still deliver great results, as those of you who have voted Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser your favourite cleanser in the QVC Customer Beauty Awards every year since the awards began can attest to. All you need to do to enter is leave the answer to the simple question below in the comments section before midday on Monday 29th March and Caroline and I will announce the winner live on air in the 2pm show. You will also need to state your preference of moisturiser; Gel, Light or Rich. And the question relates to that:
What is the name of the original Liz Earle Moisturiser?
- Skin Rescue
- Skin Repair
- Skin Revive
Remember to leave your preference of moisturiser, as well as your answer. If you are on Instagram, Caroline and I will be having a chat live at some point on Sunday on my Instagram, juliagroberts, which should be good fun.
That will be in addition to this week’s Permission to Pry, featuring diamond diva, Laurie Wickwire. I presented Laurie’s first ever show on QVC back in 2008, but I don’t know a huge amount about her, so I’m delighted to have been given Permission to Pry – if you miss the live, it’s always up as a video afterwards.
Twenty five years is a very long time, but thirty seven is even longer and I could hardly believe when this picture popped up on my Twitter feed on Wednesday. Apparently, March 24th 1984 was when the first The Price is Right show was broadcast in the UK. Funnily enough, I had it in my head that it was June, because I remember going to a party at William G Stewart’s house, the show’s producer, and it was definitely warm and sunny… maybe that was the wrap party.
Just before I finish, two things. Can I wish a belated Happy St Patrick’s Day to all our Irish viewers? I wore green on air on the day to mark the occasion and June, who heads up our hair and make-up team at QVC and is Irish herself, took this photo of me backstage.
If you like the jewellery I’m wearing, they are some of the Diamonique pieces that have been selected for me to wear this month. I love the double layering of the butterfly and the initial pendant and if you do too, check out our whole range on the website.
And, although there won’t be a blog from me on here next week, there will be a blog about my ‘love affair’ with my AeroPilates machine going live on the Health and Wellbeing page on April 1st, if you fancy giving it a read.
But, that’s all from me for now, good luck if you enter the competition and have a great weekend