Beauty Month and Babyliss Secret Curl!


Curls just done!June is Beauty Month at QVC…isn't every month!

The perfect chance to showcase the sheer brilliance, choice and offers we have for you on a daily, nay, hourly basis and to have the opportunity to indulge and discuss all things beauty – what it means to us, how we feel and what we love – this is "us" of course (I'm talking to the ladies here) though totally eye-opening /jaw-dropping to find out what men think about it all!



Amazingly, this conversation happened at home the other week.

It was my lovely husband's birthday (he ACTUALLY took the day off work) as I said "I'm just off to get ready", he replied with, "don't darling, you look great as you are".
Ok so here's the dilemma: the fresh-faced no-make-up look, cleansed dewy skin, all good for the school run but now ready to add to…he professes to love (actually he always has been a wonderful complimentary husband, I'm lucky)!
But, to go out with him for lunch for his birthday surely was deserving of more…effort ?

Seemingly not. As we opened up the discussion in the car, it transpired that he has a preference for the natural look and is certainly not a fan of the bright lip look I have been playing with, he tells me!
He's always been an eye appreciator so is happy to have the sexy, smokey dark-eyed look, but (his words), "rather liked how I had done it last Sunday for QVC " Who would have thought he had noticed the difference (it was a nude eye from bareMinerals and a clean slick of Alexa Chung liner from Eyeko, just in case you're wondering, so less eye shadow, but it was teamed with a brighter lip that had obviously worn off by the time I was home)?

Interesting, isn't it? I think it boils down to us girls, maybe our confidence levels and, dare I say it, the feeling of comparing. I know on the times I have packed less on holidays, I have regretted it and do end up comparing myself unfavourably , perhaps worrying Dan may look at others and prefer what he sees…..gosh, that's an admittance, isn't it!

Perhaps it's because I was always brought up to make an effort, to be the best version of myself I can be. Even at college, Betty Laine, our Principal at Laine Theatre Arts said we should always look ready and fully done, with hair and make up done perfectly as someone could turn up to audition us at any moment. How that translates to my everyday life now, I do not know!

So, back to the lunch date. I stayed natural, a single mascara coat and a slick of nudey lips, new sunglasses and a casual hairdo (according to recent findings QVC carried out, half of us, 43%, rarely leave the house without such additions – the mascara and lippy ones that is!). 
But later on, when we went out for tea with the children, I had to add to that it felt ok in the day to be more natural (49% of us feel more confident when the sun shines) but I needed to feel right in the evening (kept it soft though, it was his birthday after all!).

I wonder therefore if it's our "armour", so to speak, and do we really base what we do around the men's thoughts or our own? I know many of us it seems, do desire the more natural look, but it seems to vary dependant on where we live, weirdly.

All the presenters have had a wonderful time road testing new brands, favourite beauty products, launch products this month, even more than usual…it really is an amazing job we have, isn't it?

Curls in the making!I was asked to take look at using the Babyliss Secret Curl. I did smile, as when we featured it as a TSV some time ago, I purposely used it just to check it was easy and worked. It did, I bought it!
So I happily have played and taken some pics along the way to share with you all.






Finished (aside from roller still in the fringe)I absolutely love the type of curl I get with it, it's an ingenious barrel which takes in the section of hair into the barrel effectively almost magically!
Resulting in beautiful curls akin to numerous pincurls being doing all over my head, which, believe me takes some skill…and time!






Casual updo two days later!Top tip: small sections! The Secret Curl doesn't love it if you overload it, so patience please! Yes, it took me some time to do all my mane – 45 mins for the full head – however, three days later I still had the soft curls as I pinned it up and did the casual updo look!






Babyliss Secret Curl in actionTop tip: brush the section through make sure it is flat. If you don't do this, you run the risk of it snarling. A quick remove, brush it through and go again…it happens maybe once each time I do my whole head.

Top tip: leave the curl to cool entirely before doing anything with it, it holds for longer! My hair has a strong, corrugated metal style wriggle! So I find it keeps the curl super well.The adjustability on the temperature and time is great to see as we all have different types of hair.




Curls!Top tip: play with the heat setting to get the best long-lasting curls, but please make sure you're sensible and if you have processed hair, go less on the time and temperature.

Top tip: replenish. I love using Wen hair care, but always treat my hair with Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer after I've used the Secret Curl or had an intense time of styling. It feels like I'm restoring the goodness as obviously intense heat can dry and damage my hair. I love to curl, so Elasticizer plays its brilliant and vital role for the health of my hair.




Curl work in progress!I prefer not to use any styling products, the only thing would be a heat protect spray, or Liz Earle's Hair Oil, and afterwards I love just a smidge of the hair oil through it to separate and smooth any buzzy fuzzy bits, or Color Wow's new Pop & Lock also deposited shine and nourishment beautifully.

Mermaid hair I call it, more casual, boho and well trendier than my usual rollers look!





Three days later...still curly!It's Maddie's 10th birthday this coming week and I've promised I will do her hair with it – though quite when is the question, as she has a swimming party followed by a camp in the garden with six girlies…hmmmmm the hair dryers will be on full speed! Wet hair and camping, a big huge no-no…I feel a late night coming on!

Really loving our lovely June…she is performing!

Lots and lots of love to you all and speak soon,
Claire xxx


  1. Tony June 24, 2014 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Hello Claire,
    I don’t know if I’m legitimate commenting on a girly subject as a gentleman myself, so I’ll only say this. First, I think you look gorgeous under any circumstance, Claire. As for the other women, it really depends, every person is unique and it also depends on the quality and amount of makeup, there is no general rule. I also usually prefer a natural or casual hairdo but that’s just me.
    So keep blogging, pictures of yourself are always welcome, and take care. X

  2. June 25, 2014 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    How very kind! And lovely to hear your point of view of course- I’m so pleased you replied. Have a wonderful day,
    Love Claire x

  3. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv June 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi claire hope you and the family are well i am well
    i am not bad

  4. June 27, 2014 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hello there, nice hearing from you . I’m very well thankyou, hope you are too.
    Take Care,
    Claire x

  5. Steven June 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Hope you are well. I’m just back from Bulgaria today. Roasty toasty out there! Hope you are well xx

  6. Jan Burnley June 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, I’ve just watched your “favourite jewellery” on You Tube” I have a silver charm bracelet which is fifty-odd years old, My first charms were when I was a bridesmaid, lucky clover,and a horeshoe, they aren’t silver but I’ve kept them on and over the years added others. I stopped collcting charms and the bracelet has been in my jewellery box for ages, now however, my 14 year old grand-daughter said how much she liked it, so, I shall have it cleaned,a safety chain put on and give it to her at some suitable time.
    I wore pearls at my wedding but it was ” pearls for tears ” I’m afraid, my marriage only lasted 14 years.
    Happines to you and yours Claire,
    Jan Burnley

  7. Julia Skone July 1, 2014 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire Love your hair up on the Frank Usher programme-makes you look younger & more sophisticated. LUV Mother of Pearl Juliaxx. PS. My husband likes the look to!

  8. July 3, 2014 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    Julia, younger and sophisticated! I’ll take that:-) thank you, and to your husband too.
    Mother of pearl is beautiful, I agree – I always wanted to tile my bathroom entirely in it…needless to say it hasn’t happened! £££££££.
    Lovely hearing from you,
    Have a super weekend,
    Claire xx

  9. July 3, 2014 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Hello Jan, it sounds so like my charm bracelet. I used to wear it and was so proud of it. I wonder if Maddie will take it on when she’s a little older. The Pandora style seems to have taken the limelight at the moment. But we shall see! It’s lovely reminding myself of the charms and, like you, where they were all from.
    I saw the clip myself the other day, gosh I really was emotional! It bubbles up without warning sometimes…
    I’m sorry your pearls were the tears variety. Still I should wait till September before I get past 14!
    Thankyou for chatting back,
    Lots of love,
    Claire x

  10. July 3, 2014 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Ooooo Bulgaria! How fab, mind you we’re toasty here as well, aren’t we! For now at least!
    Hope all is good, we’re all getting rather ready, I feel, for end of term…too much going on and I think some relax time is in order for all of us (as if!).
    Nice hearing from you,
    Happy Thursday
    Claire x

  11. Pseu Donym July 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    I wholeheartedly agree! Attractive women like yourself do not need to garnish yourself with makeup and jewellery to make them more appealing. Less is most definitely more in this case.
    Count this as another vote for less makeup, natural tones, and clear nail polish. You look amazing as you are so there is no need to “paint the lily”.
    Love as always, K.

  12. Claire sutton July 10, 2014 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Ŵell it certainly seems that this is the consensus! And “paint the lily”, what a great description! Sorry to disappoint in the clear polish category …she says sporting deep pink and sparkles!
    One day!
    As ever lovely to hear from you xx

  13. Janet October 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    You have got hair to die for – it is absolutely beautiful.

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