Today is my birthday, and as promised on my last blog, I have a birthday giveaway of ten of my favourite QVC beauty products… more on that later!
So, today I celebrate my 66th birthday, but that pales into insignificance against the celebrations last weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the wonderful milestone she has reached! I was very happy to decorate my home to show my appreciation for the dedication to duty she has exhibited over the past seventy years.
In my front window, I had a flag with Her Majesty’s portrait on it and I captured this great photo through the JM by Julien MacDonald mirror that we have above our fireplace in the lounge. Did anyone else see the man himself alongside another QVC favourite, Lulu, on the first night of the four-day weekend? We were watching with my daughter’s family who we had round for the day. I’d also strung bunting, blown up red, white, and blue balloons and dotted several flags around the garden where I’d spent the morning planting up my hanging baskets and containers.
I used Richard Jackson’s Root Booster to give them a flying start, as did Dennis, my helping hand in the garden when he planted up my veg trug, very neatly I might add!
This year I’m growing (or trying to grow) carrots, radishes, lettuce, spring onions, chillis, aubergine, tomatoes, and runner beans. Fingers crossed, with a bit of TLC and plenty of RJ’s Flower Power, I’m hoping for a bumper crop.
My dad always grew runner beans and sweet peas. From my childhood, I have memories of the two rows of canes supporting the growing plants stretching out across the bottom of our garden. What would have been his 102nd birthday coincides with Father’s Day this year on June 19th, so a bit of a double whammy for me. He’d have been pleased to see how well my sweet peas are doing again this year. I’ve already picked two lots to bring indoors for their fragrance and colour… they will always remind me of him.
After I’d finished gardening, I headed to the kitchen to make a broccoli and walnut cheesy quiche, cheese spelt scones and this Victoria Sandwich cake! I’m normally pretty good at cake baking, but this one was a little ‘overdone’ at the edges. The sponge was good though and the jam and buttercream were spot on, if I do say so myself! We were able to dine ‘al fresco’ with Sophie and family for the first time this year! Although I was working for the other three days of the Platinum Jubilee, I did manage to catch the concert, which I thought was superb. The highlight, though, had to be Her Majesty entertaining Paddington Bear to tea at Windsor Castle, which had me laughing out loud.
So, I mentioned at the beginning of my blog that I was doing a birthday giveaway based around my top ten beauty products from QVC. As you can imagine, I use many more than ten beauty products and some of my absolute favourites are missing from this list because they are out of stock currently at QVC – Elemis Pro Collagen Definition Facial Oil is a prime example. But I do use all of the following, and if you are the lucky winner, I hope you will enjoy using them too:
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic duo – I’ve loved the original since the very early days of QVC but this is the Rose & Lavender if you haven’t yet tried it.
Elemis Overnight Matrix Moisturiser – my absolute ‘must have’ at the moment, and it comes with a cleansing balm in my prize.
Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Make-up Remover – no rubbing or scrubbing the delicate eye area and very effective.
L’Occitane Divine Cream Moisturiser – I use this as my day moisturiser over oils or serums and this comes with a bonus travel size in my giveaway.
L’Occitane Treat Your Feet – a foot cream that doesn’t smell minty! And it’s sandal season AND you get the extra rich foot balm too.
Ultrasun Tan Acccelerator 30 Face & Body – I use this on every holiday… need I say more?
Philip Kinglsey Elasticizer in Mango & Hibiscus in a full litre size – couldn’t be without it.
Gale Hayman Lip Lift duo – I’ve used this for almost 25 years and never found a better conditioning treatment for the lips.
Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara – in my opinion, the best mascara for length and definition
Laura Geller Tahitian Glow – my little secret for a bronzed, dewy-looking skin on face and body… I LOVE it!!
This little haul would be over £450 to buy currently from QVC, so it’s a lovely giveaway, especially for my birthday. And to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question.
I’ve been at QVC since it first aired in October 1993 but how old was I when I started?
Leave your answer in a comment before midnight on June 19th to be in with a chance of winning… Good Luck!
Well, we do have Laura Geller Tahitian Glow as part of the competition prize, which leads me nicely into the fact that we have a Laura Geller Today’s Special Value tomorrow (launching 9pm tonight), which is already available on presell. It doesn’t feaure the Tahitian Glow BUT it does have; Balance & Brighten foundation in your choice of colour, Spackle tinted make-up primer in Bronze, Blusher in Rose Bronze, Italian marble lipstick in Bellisima (beautiful in Italian), and Kajal in Burnt Cocoa, which I love. It’s under £45, on 3 interest-free easy-pays and is zero P&P.
I’m not on for Fashion on Friday tonight as I’m off out with the family for dinner, but I’ll see you next Thursday.
Have a great weekend!