I’m going to start my blog this week by answering a request I received this week on Twitter. Someone very kindly complimented me on my skin and asked what actual Elemis products I am currently using, so I promised to do a list on here. Please take note, the above photo is not of this Sunday’s Elemis TSV (more on that later), it is the line-up of Elemis products I am currently using, although a couple of them are in the TSV.
In the morning, I either use Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser if I am going straight in the shower or Cleansing Micellar Water. For the past six months I have been using Pro Definition Facial Oil and I’m currently teaming that up with the Pro Definition Day Cream. I’m loving the lifted, smooth feeling it gives to my skin. At night-time, I take my eye makeup off with White Flowers Eye Makeup Remover – as you can see, my current bottle is almost empty, but I’ve already got a replacement as I can’t bear to be without it. Then my current night-time treatment and moisturising routine is Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil followed by Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix, which is a ‘drum roll’ product for me – my skin absolutely loves it!
I do change my routine from time to time so that my skin doesn’t get lazy but this is what I’m currently using, teamed with Decleor eye products (which seem to produce the best results on me) and, of course, Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. So two of my current faves are in the Elemis TSV – like I said, more on that later.
While we are talking about Twitter, it was lovely to see the picture Patrick Hoy from Quacker Factory posted of him and his mum reading Little Girl Missing while they were on a family cruise to celebrate her birthday – I think his mum had read a lot more of the book than Patrick!
While they were reading the first book in the Rachel Hart series, I was busy editing the second one. My deadline was Monday of this week and it was always going to be tight with so much other stuff going on! Saturday was dedicated to editing until my friend Nat came over for dinner in the evening.
Sunday I was up early and back at my desk again as it was my daughter Sophie’s dancing show in the afternoon. To digress for a moment, please allow me a proud mummy moment. Sophie used to go dancing when she was a child so has done lots of dancing school shows. She was always technically good but, if I’m honest, lacked a little on the performance side… well… not any more! She was amazing! A little bit of me wishes she would join a theatre group cos I honestly believe she would really enjoy it, particularly with her background in girl groups. Anyway, back from the show and some more editing took place until bedtime.
Monday morning and it was more of the same – editing really does seem to take forever, almost as long as writing the book in the first place! It was such a struggle to tear myself away from my al fresco lunch, as it was such gorgeous weather. My leylandii hedge could do with a trim, but apart from that, the garden is looking lovely.
I wonder how many of you remember the presenter lily-growing competition from a few years back? Mine are still going strong – such a lovely rich red colour!
I tore myself away from the garden and went back up to my desk until Alison O’Reilly (QVC’s Diamonique expert) arrived at my house at 5.30 with a selection of wedding bands for Chris and I to choose from – you’ll have to wait for pictures from the big day to see what we went for. After dinner I went back to my desk and didn’t climb into bed until 2.30 a.m… and it still wasn’t finished to my satisfaction.
I’d booked an appointment with the wedding dress maker for Tuesday morning, as I was supposed to have handed over the manuscript the previous day and the good news is, I have now chosen a wedding dress…. hooray and phew, I hear you all say. It needs some tweaks and a bit of alteration but I absolutely fell in love with the bodice and the neckline on me. My first actual fitting appointment is tomorrow – very exciting. Again, no spoilers, you’ll have to wait for the photos.
I finally pressed send on my line edit at 6.45p.m. and instantly got a response from my lovely editor, Ruth… ‘Now, go and get yourself a glass of wine!’ I’m not going to lie, I may have had two 😉
So, despite not being in at QVC, my first (and only) actual day off was Wednesday and I made the most of it with a bit of gardening, buying some more wool for my latest crochet project and making this courgette and char-grilled pepper risotto for dinner. If there is enough interest, I’ll put the recipe on here next week – I haven’t posted one for ages.
So, as promised, back to Sunday’s Elemis TSV, which has already been selling very well since it went on pre-order last Monday. Two of my current facial faves are in it, the Micellar Water and the Peptide4 Cream-Oil serum, but it also has two amazing body products in the Frangipani aroma, as well as the Plumping Pillow Facial and your choice of Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. If you were to buy all six items individually from us, it would cost over £200 plus all the individual P&Ps, so the price of £67 plus P&P, it’s amazing. I’m really looking forward to my shows with Keeley at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday and I do hope you can join us.
Just before I finish, I had a phone conversation with Simon Wilson from Butler & Wilson this morning. He is getting very excited about his 50th Anniversary shows, the first of which is with me at 6 p.m. on August 1st. Some of the specially-designed pieces will be going live on our website on Tuesday 23rd July but here’s a heads up for you… the iconic dancing couple has been done in four new colours and here are two of them to whet your appetite!!!!
Right, I must dash now as I have a two-hour Fashion on Friday show today.
Have a lovely weekend,