When it comes to judging the merits of beauty products, opinions don’t come much more highly-regarded than those of the end-user themselves. Which is why I like the QVC Customer Beauty Awards. QVC shoppers are a real pro-active bunch, you only need to read the product reviews on the website and check out the forums to understand how much effort they invest in being part of the QVC “community”, they’re hardcore!
Returning for another year, the QVC Customer Beauty Awards have been gathering ratings and votes from this tight-knit community over the past month and last night, the results of the best available at the shopping channel were revealed.
Across a total of 12 categories… 48 beauty product nominees battled it out to be crowned the ultimate winners, and here they are:
Best Moisturiser – Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Best Facial Cleanser - Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Best Haircare Product – Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Best Foundation -bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation Best Nailcare Product -Leighton Denny Crystal File Duo Best Beauty Essential Product -L’Occitane Hand & Foot Care Duo Best Anti-Ageing Product -Decleor Aromessence Iris Best Make-Up Must-Have -bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer Best Summer Essential -Ultrasun Face 50+ Duo Best Male Grooming Product -Liz Earle Men’s Face Scrub & Cleanse & Polish Best Targeted Treatment -Gatineau Melatogenine Force Collagene Duo Best Newcomer – Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm
All of these products are available to buy online at qvcuk.com
I was disappointed that the lovely Lipstick Queen Sinner range didn’t beat off the competition for best newcomer but the might of Elemis was just too strong! Leighton Denny’s fabulous nail files triumphing over Seche Vite’s top coat made this SV dissident smile broadly but I was shocked that neither Emma Hardie nor Alpha-H picked up a win!
Did any of your favourites make the winner’s podium?
Remember I told you about this TSV last week? Well – it’s gone live today and the remaining set details and price have been revealed!
Contents (details pulled from the QVC website):
1 x Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml) – award-winning moisturiser helps to actively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst hydrating your skin
1 x Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (150ml) – formulated to deeply cleanse your skin, gently dissolving make-up and daily grime to a radiant, youthful-looking complexion
1 x Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail Cream (100ml) – luxuriously rich hand cream quickly absorbs to instantly hydrate hands and condition your nails. Only available at QVC
1 x Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (100ml) – super-hydrating oil designed to leave your skin feeling silky soft and beautifully fragranced. It can be used as a massage oil and a hair treatment
1 x Tranquil Touch Bath Elixir (300ml) – enriched with cocoa butter, patchouli, cedarwood and vetivert to leave your skin felling soft and delicately scented
1 x navy patent wash bag – 26.5cm x 17.5cm x 8cm (10.3″ x 6.8″ x 3.1″)
And the price?
£39.96on Easy Pay! (4 interest-free installments) – representing a massive saving off the original combined RRP for these products.
I’ve snapped one up but I’m gonna be a bit devious and split them into individual Christmas gifts. However, this plan has ultimately left me umming and ahh-ing over whether or not to nab another one for myself, I don’t need it but it’s the Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser and Monoi Body Oil that’s pushing me close to the edge! Perhaps I’ll just have to come to the conclusion that I don’t know anybody who would like those two for Christmas. Delusional much?
Are you buying this set today? And if so, is it for yourself or someone else?
Father Christmas must be feeling particularly generous this year because Elemis have released details of an exceptionally tempting Today’s Special Value (TSV) with QVC this Sunday. Full details are being kept secret but I can reveal that you’ll be sitting on your fingers trying not to pick up the phone and place an order.
The TSV is set to include:
Elemis’ NEW sp@home Pro-Radiance Hand & Nail Cream, the number one anti-ageing moisturiser Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml), a full size Exotic Frangipani Monoi Body Oil (100ml), full size Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir (200ml)plus one other full size hero Elemis product that will be revealed on the show – all packed in a luxurious high gloss navy make-up bag.
Ooooh, mystery item! Oooh Frangipani Monoi Body Oil! Oooh Pro-Collagen Marine Cream! And a final “Ooooh” for the brand new Hand and Nail Cream that isn’t even being RELEASED properly until next year.
Are you all oooh’ed out yet? I’m getting there.
Seriously though, if you’re looking for an impressive Christmas present for your mum/daughter/sister/best mate/mother in law, this is a very nice-looking set. I’d prefer a snazzier bag to keep it all in but beggars can’t be choosers etc. etc.
So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What’s it gonna cost you? Well, the exact price – in true QVC style – will be announced live on air but I *can* tell you that it will be under £40 and offer a guaranteed saving of more than 50% off retail.
The airing times on Sunday 20th November are midnight, 1am, 7am, 8am, 9am, 11am, 2pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm. QVC is available on Sky Digital channel 640, Freesat channel 800, Freeview channel 16 and Virgin TV channel 740. To order call QVC on 0800 50 40 30 or visit www.qvcuk.com/elemistsv
The Five Piece Tranquil Indulgence Face and Body Collection will also be available to purchase at www.qvcuk.com/elemis (item number 200194) and will be live from 20th November 2011.
I think I rank pretty highly on the sad-o-meter… I don’t feel very confident until I’ve put some sort of war paint on in the mornings, I can’t walk past a beauty counter without going in for a closer look and my bank statement reads like the exhibitor list at IMATS.
But what about you? QVC have commisioned a survey of over 2000 women in celebration of their annual July beauty month which reveals that more than a 1/3 of British women won’t leave the house without makeup on and that 21% of us admit that putting on our makeup is the most important part of our day! Say what?!
If you think that’s a bit extreme, read on…
Instead of thinking of our loved ones, a third of British women admit that their beauty regime is the last thing on their mind before they go to sleep and for one in seven British women, it’s also the first thing they think about when they wake up!!
But why do we do all of this? Well… perhaps the next juicy snippet from the survey will answer that question…
Over a third of women (31%) revealed that they are more concerned with looking good for other women as opposed to impressing the opposite sex, perhaps because 65% of British women believe they are judged by other women more than men.
What do you guys think about this? Do you feel judged by other women and c’mon own up, who thinks about their beauty regime last thing at night AND first thing in the morning!
I was in London on Tuesday with Mr. L and made him go for coffees whilst we were en route to Regents Park to smell the roses (quite literally). I had good reasons for these diversionary tactics. I wanted to have a nosey at the QVC press day to check out the beauty goodies coming this coming Autumn/Winter!
I snapped the things that caught my eye…
NEW Smashbox 5-in-1 Beauty Balm and Waterproof Shadow Liner Pencils in Bronze and Shimmering Plum.
A selection of OPI Shatter Coats – not new but they looked too pretty lined up like that!
Some Louise Galvin potential hair disaster saviours on their way to QVC
I did a little intake of breath when I saw this Laura Geller Baked Eye Accent. Use wet or dry, stunning blue!
I’m itching for a sniff of one of acclaimed florist Jane Packer’s scents but I had my hands full of camera! Adore the attention to floral detail with the packaging on these bottles.
Shiseido Benefiance! The luxe Japanese brand is returning to QVC this Autumn!
I’ll always stop to ogle a bit of Elemis! I particularly liked the variety on offer in this upcoming set.
Anything in that small selection piquing your interests too?
You may have already heard about Karen Alder’s new lipstick creation – TRUST which has been developed to raise funds for the youth charity, The Prince’s Trust.
100% of the proceeds from the sales of TRUST (exc. VAT) will go directly to the charity!
I thought I’d share some images of the celebrity supporters sporting the lipstick (in various guises!) and I particularly adore Kara’s playful pose! (bottom right)
Karen Alder, Celebrity Makeup Artist and creator of the TRUST lipstick said…
I love the power of the colour red – no other shade has such an impact.
I call it a not-so-secret weapon. My new creation – TRUST – is a foolproof easy to wear bright red, packed with Vitamin E. To me, this is the perfect red, striking the balance between the orange tones and blue. Its satin finish really makes it easy to apply without bleeding, yet keeps the look contemporary.
What with being ALL about the red lipstick, I’ll be logging on to snap one of these babies up quicker than you can say ‘big ears’. Wait… can I get put in the tower for that?
The limited edition lipstick will go on sale on the 2nd of April exclusively at QVC UK.
You will be able to log on to the QVC website or call 0800 50 40 30 to buy one and it’s priced at a bargainous £8.00
I was sent a tube of Prai’s new o2 Infusion last month which is described as an “innovative formula (which) contains oxygen molecules to help deliver additional oxygen to the surface of the skin, giving lackluster skin a more youthful and a refreshed look”.
I’m in two minds about this product.
For me, it does what it says on the tin. After using it just one time, my skin did look brighter… the tone seemed more even and gave an impression of (dareisayit) outright perkiness!
But the next day? My skin was ALL kinds of flakey.
So, I brought my ever-faithful, heavy duty skin oils into play and a week later my skin was back to normal.
Being me though, I couldn’t help but eye up this lovely, neat tube of product every time I stood at the sink washing my face and it wasn’t long before I was slathering it over my skin again, watching it get foamier and foamier as I waited the requisite 2 minutes before rinsing it off.
“Oooh, nice fresh looking skin again!”
Until the next day, when I was back to square one and looking more Mumm-Ra than Yummy-Mummy. My foundation looked like crap and I was moisturising 3 times a day just to try and inject some life back into my skin.
Third time’s a charm right? Wrong.
I feel like this…
I experience no sensitivity when using it and no dryness issues immediately afterward. I moisturise straight after use and in fairness, I suffer from normal/dry skin anyway.
So what do I do… do I recommend?
Well… at under £20 for 40ml it doesn’t break the bank (and a little goes a VERY long way thanks to the foaming action), so I’m happy to recommend under one condition; you have oily skin.
You know I’m a sucker for Elemis and on Sunday, they’re launching their brand new Melting Cleansing Gel to the fanfare of one of QVC‘s legendary TSVs.
I get excited when TSVs like this come up. They sometimes include products that I’m less likely to use which reduces the value of both the TSV and the set for me. This one? Love everything in it and the new Melting Cleansing Gel sounds exciting! (you know you need to get a life when you genuinely get excited at the prospect of cleansing gel).
But because I know you lot are as tragic as I am… have a listen…
This gorgeous cleanser is suitable for all skin types and transforms from a gel to a milky cream when it is mixed with water. (Love cleansers that emulsify like this and am sorely tempted to give it a try whilst ignoring the 4 half full bottles of cleansing oil still in my bathroom)
key ingredients include :
~ Argan Oil to tense the skin and support the skin’s fibre networks.
~ Rice Silk to eliminate shine.
~ Assai Fruit to protect the skin’s lipid barrier to avoid it getting dry.
~ Rosemary Leaf a powerful antioxidant to stabilize oil flow and the sebaceous glands.
Will you be checking out the Elemis TSV on Sunday (sky channel 640)? What’s been some of your favourite TSVs to date?
Appointed “The Complimentor” by new TV Channel QVC Beauty, he’s been dedicating November to dishing out feel-good compliments to people on the streets of London and online at QVCBeauty.
“The world is a very serious place at the moment, but there is always room for a compliment. They are simple to give and great to receive so I’m hoping that I can spread 100,000 little moments of happiness, which will brighten up the receiver’s day. To hit the target I have to give away roughly two compliments a minute, but I’m confident I can be chivalrous until the end.”
I haven’t even been paid a compliment and I’ve still got a smile on my face after watching that!
What’s the nicest compliment you’ve received lately? Or if you haven’t… be sure to drop The Complimentor an email at email@example.com before the 15th November to receive yours!
Next up doing their bit for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is…
What is it?
The Breast Cancer Care Smashbox Smile Brightening lipstick duo from QVC – in luscious pink!
Light up your smile with this Smile Brightening Lipgloss Duo (each 6ml) from Smashbox. Each lipgloss is packed with light-reflecting particles for a gorgeous shimmering pout, as well as specially coloured pigments designed to reveal your brightest smile. It’s also infused with a cool minty flavour that will make you feel fresh and ready for the day or evening ahead.
Hmmm… that makes this post sound far more dramatic and exciting than it actually is.
Perhaps if myself and VexintheCity hadn’t been gently chaperoned to the exit when it was time to go home, I’d have had the opportunity to ‘lose myself’ and run around QVC HQ in a style akin to Mission Impossible… camera flailing… whilst being chased by 3 burly security guards and papping Dale, (the ‘Housewive’s Choice’) secretly devouring all the biscuits in the QVC kitchen.
Not that it wasn’t exciting or interesting… It was! But the one thing that struck me above all else was simply how quiet and relaxed the place was. Now, I know we arrived after ‘home time’ for most, so the offices were understandably peaceful… but the live studios were also incredibly relaxed, almost serene.
Anyway, let’s have a look around…
The offices… where all the model booking, show planning, product organising and general adminy stuff takes place.
The prep room! Like a well-oiled machine… all the trolleys get stacked with products relevant to the show they’re destined to appear in. This is the beauty trolley for that evening’s 10 o’clock airing. I spy Decleor, Nails Inc, Bare Escentuals and other lovely things.
The prep Kitchen! They were showcasing utensils and a range of cookware. Gotta have some food to put in ‘em right? It was HOT in there, but the gorgeous foodie aromas that were wafting down the corridor were immense!
Check me out, I done a panoramamama! What a geek! (Click the picture to see it LARGE)
This is one of the studios (I forget which number – there’s 6 in total I think). QVC headquarters and studios will be relocating in the next couple of years to Chiswick. Their current location was never supposed to be permanent, though they’ve been there 17 yrs now!
The building they’re in wasn’t designed to house studios. Natural light floods in from the atrium above and needs to be blacked out and checked before they go live each time, which obviously isn’t ideal.
Oh, oh, oh! We got to stand behind the cameras whilst a show was going out live! Mobile phones OFF and super quiet creeping about was the order of the day. At one point, I had to physically restrain VexintheCity who admitted an overwhelming urge to run infront of the camera waving her arms about like some day-release. I would have TOTALLY pretended not to know her.
As I said earlier, the studios were really quiet…. even the live ones. Imagine it… big room, two presenters, 1 floor manager (have I made that job title up?) and 1 camera man. That’s it. Eerie! It was pure QVC cheese too… I loved it. Jilly Halliday was demonstrating some funky *cough* clothing, whilst Dale Franklin was asserting his charm over the nation’s ladies, encouraging us to part with our cash for some of the latest and greatest jewellery on display. Flippin’ fabulous!
Control Room/Production-y bit…. Like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise! Lots of buttons…. wanted to dive forward and press a couple. Accidentally slip and sit on about 20 at once, you know the score. I behaved myself.
This lady was watching Dale do the jewellery presentation… she was nice. Are you still with me? Hello? Hellooo?
After all that tour excitement, we retired upstairs to where Bare Escentuals had set up a little room to give us a sneak preview of their new (to the UK) matte foundation. I’d had the pleasure of meeting their national makeup artist SJ previously but it was good to see her work her magic again.
Bare Escentuals Matte is due for release on QVC on the 10th July… we were given a sample, but I’ve already got a pot (in a better colour match) that I scored in a blog sale a month ago. I promise to review it before it releases over here (tick tock). It’s a great alternative for those among us who like the idea of mineral makeup but dislike the dewy finish that minerals tend to give. I predict it’s gonna be a big seller throughout the Summer.
SJ getting to work on the beautiful Keren who’s currently guest blogging for Lindsey at Beauty Mecca.
And the finished result. Subtle but flawless.
It was a fabulously fun evening and a real change from the norm for me. I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek behind the scenes. Don’t forget, it’s beauty month at QVC… there’s lots of tempting TSVs coming up and check out the Bare Escentuals big Matte launch day on the 10th July.
For more info on what you can expect from QVC’s Beauty Month, watch this video with Alison Young below: