A Twitter Request


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,
Julia xx


  1. Eileen Mahoney July 19, 2019 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Yes please to the risotto recipe! I am always on the look out for veggie recipes although I am not sure I have ever heard of a vegetable called a corvette! We are trying to eat at least one veggie meal a week but not being veggies, I lack inspiration! I can’t wait to see what ring and dress you have picked out for you upcoming wedding!

    • Julia Roberts July 23, 2019 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Eileen,
      Thanks for pointing out the typo…. we’ve amended it now 😂 The consensus seems to be that everyone would like the risotto recipe so I’ll pop it on Friday’s blog. Alterations to the dress are being done as I write – next fitting is a week today
      Julia x

  2. Karen B July 19, 2019 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia your dress sounds great. Glad you finally found one and cant wait to see the pics. Also looking forward to Simon’s shows and am so so happy to see the iconic dancing couple back in a choice of colours. I have both the original and the purple version that was done once for one of QVC’s anniversary. No doubt i will be tempted by another! xx

    • Julia Roberts July 23, 2019 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen
      I’m really pleased with the dress, it will be exactly what I was looking for once the tweaks are done.
      Simon has done several of his iconic pieces in new colours for his Golden Anniversary – several are available on our website from today. Really looking forward to my shows with him
      Julia x

  3. Julie Atherton July 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    I would like to have the risotto recipe please Julia. I am vegetarian and have been for a very long time, it will be nice to have something different.

    • Julia Roberts July 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julie,
      I will definitely put it on Friday’s blog – it’s one of our favourite dinners at the moment.
      Julia x

  4. Antoinette Browne July 20, 2019 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, thank you for your lovely blog. I am feeling so happy and excited for you. I just can’t wait to see your wedding dress and the rings. Wishing you and your lovely husband to be all the happiness in the world. Have a great weekend. Recipe please. Antoinette x

    • Julia Roberts July 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Antoinette
      So pleased you enjoyed my blog – love the enthusiasm in your comments…. it’s making me feel even more excited.
      Recipe on Friday’s blog
      Julia x

  5. Madeline Mannion aka mancitymad July 21, 2019 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Would I be right to suspect your risotto has courgette or are you hiding a new
    veg? Or, is Corvette a Freudian slip and he is really Palace’s secret new signing to replace Wilfried if goes to the Gooners? So long as he doesn’t go back to Old Trafford I’ll be
    happy, don’t want M U getting anybody good!!!!!

    • Julia Roberts July 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi Madeline
      Wilfie is going nowhere unless the money is right – we already sold Wan Bissaka (tothe reds – sorry, he is very very good) so we are not short of cash 😉
      Typo is now corrected
      Julia x

  6. Elizabeth Keenan July 21, 2019 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia so happy to hear you have got that wedding dress sorted, thought if you waited much longer you would be arriving wearing a bin bag, and you still would have looked stunning. You are getting all sorted now, rings getting picked as well, cannot wait to see all your photos of your lovely wedding day. Love risotto Julia, yes please recipe next time.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

    • Julia Roberts July 23, 2019 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      I would have been a bit hot in a bin bag! It’s actually a relief to have the dress and rings sorted. Just need shoes, music and jewellery – I think Simon Wilson will have some input there!
      Risotto recipe on Friday’s blog
      Julia x

  7. Joan Mone July 21, 2019 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Great to read your blog Julia. I feel you are part of the family because you have been in our home for 25 years. I have been with QVC from the start. Love Butler and Wilson. Good Luck in your upcoming Wedding.

    • Julia Roberts July 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

      Hello Joan
      What a lovely thing to say – thanks for being so loyal to QVC. Lots of fabulous Butler & Wilson coming up this month to celebrate his 59th Anniversary – some go online today if you want a peek in advance.
      Thanks for the wedding good wishes
      Julia x

  8. Julie Thorogood July 23, 2019 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    So pleased about your medical results and also that you have finally chosen your Wedding Dress. But I also want to say I have read Little Girl Missing (and all your other books) and I thought it was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down. Really looking forward to the next one. You are definitely a Star!!!

    • Julia Roberts August 16, 2019 at 11:13 am -  Reply

      Hi Julie
      Many apologies for the delayed reply – I’m afraid I’ve got a bit behind!
      The wedding dress is all altered now and I’ll post plenty of pictures on here when I get back.
      I am so pleased you enjoyed Little Girl Missing (and all my other books) – I have revealed the cover of the next DCI Rachel Hart book on my blog today – I hope you’ll like it.
      Julia x

  9. Meg Tierney July 23, 2019 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Just ordered my copies of If he really loved me, life’s a beach and it’s never too late to say for my holiday in Cyprus. So looking forward to reading them.
    Good luck for your wedding. Hope you have an amazing day x

    • Julia Roberts August 16, 2019 at 11:16 am -  Reply

      Hi Meg
      Apologies for the late response to this – I wonder if you are already on your holiday in Cyprus?
      Thanks for ordering my Liberty Sands trilogy of books, I hope you will enjoy both them and your holiday.
      Thanks for the wedding wishes – not long now
      Julia x

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