Claire Sutton

The past, the present and the perfect nails

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Hello to you all, it looks like a wonderfully sunny day from my standing up desk (as Dan calls it) where I was wading through various bits of paperwork, endless amounts of “I must deal with and haven’t” stuff, when, boom! A casual email from Tom’s college sent a jolt right through me.

End of term arrangements for… NEXT WEEK… whaaaaaaat! How on earth have I missed this, how? Why? What to do… I actually laughed out loud albeit verging on hysteria as it’s going to be a crazy time trying to organise things, but I’m sure it will work out okay …she says!!! Frantically leafing through said diary like a mad woman and firing off lots of emails.

It has been a lovely week both at QVC and home, I’m trying a new thing. When a negative thought enters my head I immediately say ”I’m so grateful for….” and verbalise (in my head!) something; teeny or large, it doesn’t matter. I’ve noticed the negative thought disappears immediately.

Paula (she who paints my nails so brilliantly for me so that it’s one less thing to stress about when I’m getting ready for QVC!) is also a mindfulness practitioner and works with young children in school settings teaching them about and practising mindfulness in order to have a tool box of skills to help them through life. I always come away from her with so much more than perfectly painted nails… try it, honestly it’s a great technique.

Nails Inc nail polish

Talking of painted nails, I have loved showing off the new Nails Inc colours that officially launch tomorrow (Tuesday 12th June) as the Let’s Go Flamingo Today’s Special Value, but it’s actually available right now for you to buy online.
Paula says I must tell you all how easy they are to paint with, and there is also an extra treat available with a second delivery with a collection called Peacock Status.

Claire Sutton

I had a fabulous weekend when I met up with some of my college bunch, the ‘Class of 86’ from Laine Theatre Arts. Ruthie Henshall, one of our gang, is currently playing Mama Morton in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre so we all arrived in London to eat, drink, see the show and incredibly my Saturday shift at QVC was later than usual so I could even stay over in town too!

The show was totally amazing and Ruthie is an incredible talent (but we knew that at college all those years ago). To be in the company of everyone again was truly special.

I can’t believe that I left home at 16 years old and went to college, I grew up with these girls and boys and became who I am. I felt kind of young and kind of old on Saturday! Lots of chatter and catch up about all our families, notes compared about menopause, who is in it! Who’s not! And lots of lovely laughter.

I stayed with Michelle and, horror of horrors, I forgot my sponge bag, can you believe it) No biggie, I knew she would let me borrow her things…WELL, what things? She DOESN’T USE MOISTURISER… I know, don’t get me started!!!
We laughed, I lectured her, and am going to send her some….though now I’m worrying what if she doesn’t use suncare either.

It was a challenge I shall not lie! So when I arrived at QVC I slathered three layers and serums on ahead of my show to try and make it up to my skin.

It got me thinking about my current skincare routine, which is alternating Elemis Cleansing Balm and Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and toner spritzed onto damp skin. Dr Perricone serum with a Tan Luxe drop in, then Face Finishing Moisturiser and or Ultrasun face depending on the day. Dr Perricone is a newer addition for me and I’m rather loving the smoothness and clarity I’m seeing. Tonight I shall be using my Gatineau mask after the fabulous peel off exfoliation as a little boost.

My Tan Accelerator is being used regularly too, we have some fabulous ones from Ultrasun and Elemis too but my current one is Gatineau. It’s to help when I actually see the sun and as Dan and I are nipping off for a few nights away in Spain next week to celebrate his birthday and allow him some rest and relaxation time, I need to be prepared!

It’s Beauty Month at QVC this June, so we have lots of wonderful goodies, launches and fabulously priced things. I’m certainly on the look-out for a refresh of my make-up. I looked back at some old pictures and realised that the colours I used to use on my eyes really showed their colour up. I think it’s good to experiment but I’m a creature of habit, so some bronze-browny shades will be making their way into my case for our make-up artist to use. I love make-up but hate too much of it on my skin, so it’s always struggle with the amount we need to wear on TV! I prefer the less-is-more approach but with a decent eye and always a cheek!

A recent find has been Laura Geller Quench-n-Tint, a tinted moisturiser/foundation, which with a dusting of Balance-n-Brighten to take away the shine seems to do the trick. It feels light and doesn’t look too heavy. Balance-n-Brighten is the Beauty Pick of the Month so there’s no P&P to pay, though it was very busy this first week of the month so I wouldn’t wait too long to order there are no advanced orders. I wear the shade Golden Medium by the way.

Mally’s Starlight eye pencils in Brown are gorgeous, they have a soft bronze glow so create a softer look than the Midnight (black), though for extra drama black always works its magic! I decided I might ask some of the make-up girls to go free rein and “do me” without my interfering… what do you think? It would be so interesting to see how they see me, I will share those looks in my next blog hopefully if they are up for the challenge!

I must say I so admire Eilidh Nairn (one of our newer presenters) and her chameleon looks. She is beautiful of course (and a lovely person) and she always tries new exciting looks with her hair, make-up and fashion, I love seeing her end results each time. We share a dressing room (well I take over with mess and chaos, unless Jackie is in and then I’m tidier). Poor Alex and Eilidh have to work around us and the mess I make! Mind you 20 years of stuff isn’t easy to keep tidy! Can you believe It’s been 20 years since I started at QVC, Dale and I were reminiscing and reading Julia Roberts’ blog, a look through the years has been wonderful. She’s been amazing and kept so much, thank goodness as we all now have the chance to revisit it.

Joe and I are planning to do a fashion shoot too with some of my latest QVC fashion purchases. It’s work experience coming up for him at school, so along with coming into QVC he will be working alongside my friend who is a photographer as he is taking Photography at GCSE next year. Joe has taken some lovely shots of Maddie, do you reckon he could make me look like her?! Or more to the point can I still pose as I used to…

Claire Sutton

I found these shots from my early days and thought, showing off? Or, just enjoying and celebrating what I was… I’m going with the latter! Remember let’s not have those negative thoughts! So watch this space for shots of the more mature version of me!!!

Right I am off to organise a manicure and pedicure for… DAN! It’s his birthday and I figure a treat is in order, let’s hope he loves it.

Talking of love, much love to you all. Keep in touch with me won’t you? Here on my blog, on Twitter and on Instagram which I’m really enjoying. I love photographing lovely things, family things, random things and QVC things, so join me if you can.

Kisses,
Claire xxx

22 Comments

  1. Josephine Lynne Jennings June 11, 2018 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire I feel I should say breathe . You seem to be living in the fast lane . Enjoy your break with hubby .

  2. Patricia June 11, 2018 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Fabulous photos Clare you really haven’t changed that much just got older. Hope you and Dan have a lovely time in Spain. Xx

  3. Noreen June 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    You look gorgeous Claire in all of these photos.

  4. Claire Sutton June 15, 2018 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Josephine , I so am,!! Relaxed for sure:-)) xx

  5. Claire Sutton June 15, 2018 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Patricia
    You’re lovely and Thankyou we are so appreciating the down time , and the sunshine! X

  6. Claire Sutton June 15, 2018 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Thankyou so much Noreen 😘 lovely to hear from you x

  7. Alison Smith June 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, the photos of you are lovely, you are always smiling and happy. Enjoy your holiday with Dan.

  8. Kim June 16, 2018 at 9:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire! Great photos – is it just me, or do you resemble a certain Princess in the one at the bottom, with you in a pink top?!
    I think it’s the eyes, mainly, but I can definitely spot a similarity! Take care xx

  9. Diane robinson June 17, 2018 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hi claire yr beautiful lady im diane that made you shawl for baby

  10. Teresa Karasavvas June 18, 2018 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Claire you are a beautiful lady inside and out. Be proud of yourself and what you have achieved. Go girl!

  11. Claire Sutton June 18, 2018 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Alison , Thankyou so much , it was a lovely little break and much appreciated! Xx

  12. Claire Sutton June 18, 2018 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Kim, well actually i was asked to go and see the look a like agency in regard to “ being” her!!!
    I knew it would be too much of a commitment for me !! But I was honoured to be spotted !!
    Xx

  13. Claire Sutton June 18, 2018 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Oh Diane, you absolute treasure. I was so touched that you had knitted that for me.. Thankyou so much 😘

  14. Elaune June 18, 2018 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    I try and replace a negative automatic thought with a positive automatic thought keep it up Claire xx

  15. B S Thomas June 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Just have your hair cut short – you will more like you did!

  16. Eileen Davies June 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire what a great blog as always photos are lovely .godbless Eileen xx

  17. Sandy Hill June 22, 2018 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Ah you look gorgeous then as you do now! I’m sure your hair is even thicker now, xx

  18. Anita June 24, 2018 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire my first visit! I found my glam pics – beauty queen ( for those who remember such things?) and modelling photos. I used to give myself such a hard time – thinking I was fat yet size 10 shorts and stomach like an ironing board!! And all the rest pretty good too!! Why do we do it? We are hard on ourselves. I wish I had that figure now!!😜😜 anyway my Mum used to say “if only I knew then what I know now…”. Well wishing I looked the same now with nearly 60 years of experience – a leathal combination i think when I really consider the package? Hmmm that’s why the we were made the way we were – otherwise we would all be setting the world on fire!! I like your blogs as they encompass daily life. Take care my dear!
    Anita xx

  19. Claire Sutton June 25, 2018 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Elaune,
    Great tip ..Thankyou I’m trying to keep it up for sure…
    Well done to you too xx

  20. Claire Sutton June 25, 2018 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Eileen,
    Bless you , super kind Thankyou very much xxx

  21. Claire Sutton June 25, 2018 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Sandy …I know what you mean…I don’t think I lost the pregnant hair!! X3 and im now extra dense !!!
    That made me laugh.
    Take Care and Thankyou for reading ,
    With love ,
    Claire xx

  22. Claire Sutton June 25, 2018 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anita. CRAZY isnt it!!
    I now try and stop myself hitting delete after taking pics straight away as sometimes a few days later ….and you realise that OH I actually look ok after all !! magic!!
    Good to hear from you ,
    Hope you’re enjoying this weather?
    Miss Beauty Queen !!! Woo boo , I hope you have one framed and up on the wall !
    Much love
    Claire xx

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