New Beauty Channel Project, Happy Feet and Scottish Beer


My new Beauty Channel project

Earlier this week I spent an afternoon in the studio with the team from the Beauty Channel, putting together some videos focussing on make-up for women of colour and who have a darker skin tone than a tanned ‘Honey’ one.
Throughout my life as a dark-skinned woman I’ve found it hard to seek out make-up that suits me when many companies don’t offer much choice.

On the day we were joined by super-knowledgeable make-up artist extraordinaire, Mikey Phillips. You’ll remember him from being the Brand Ambassador for NEW CID. Mikey gave me, Eunice, Jazz and Sharron (who I stole from our fashion catwalks!) all a new look using a selection of make-up brands that you already know and love from QVC – Benefit, Tarte, Becca, Japonese, bareMinerals and Laura Geller.

My friend and well-respected beauty blogger, Jo Gay from Patent Purple also joined in the fun with a Q&A session. Jo’s already blogged about her fun day with us, because she’s such a QVC fanatic. The lovely Mark at QVC shot a little behind-the-scenes video for me so I could tease you. So keep an eye on my blog for more news about exactly when the videos will appear on the QVC Beauty Channel. In the meantime don’t forget to spread the word for me, won’t you?



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Happy Feet

Facebook commentsWho else wants to give Margaret Dabbs a hug? The incredible super size pot of her Foot Hygiene Cream has easily been one of the most talked about Beauty Picks of the Month since I started working at QVC almost two years ago.

I ordered myself some about eight days into May and when I posted this picture of it asap, it arrived a few days later, it garnered 106 comments on Facebook from ladies LOVING the transformations they’d seen with their feet! Here’s a snapshot. Make sure you order FAST before Sunday 31st May!

If you’re wondering what the Beauty Pick of the Month is for June (which also is QVC’s Beauty Month) then all has been revealed here…



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Scottish beer trip

James and Martin from Brewdog Last Friday I was flown up to Aberdeen with a small group of fellow journalists and beer writers to visit Brewdog Brewery. The brewery has a reputation world-wide for being rebellious in terms of the beers they brew, their marketing, and the modern bars they serve their beers in.

We had a tour of their huge brewery, and plenty of time to talk with the young founders James Watt and Martin Dickie, who set up Brewdog in 2007. In that time they’ve responded to incredible demand for their beers in Europe and America – in fact they’re stars of their own TV show in the US!

For me it was hugely exciting and educational, not just because I love beer, but also because James and Martin told us all about their dedication to Scotland, the country of their birth. They employ over 130 local people at the brewery, and more in the bars around the country.

They also invest a lot in staff training and development so that their employees can forge a career and a future in brewing. Brewdog is one of the fastest-growing food and drinks businesses in Britain, and brewing as a career in the UK can be a viable one. Recent statistics show that the British beer and pub industry supports 870,000 jobs across the nation, 44% of those jobs for the under 25s. The industry also contributes £21.7 billion to the economy in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA) *

I took lots of pictures of the event, including a look at the food we enjoyed on Friday at the restaurant which James owns, called MUSA ( Click here to take a look at them – see if you can spot the specially produced Joe & Seph’s popcorn – I was thrilled to see some of their packs in my goodie bag from Brewdog!

If you’ve not explored who they are then take a look at their website (there’s a pic of the boys on the front page. If ever you’re in a Wetherspoons pub then try their lager, specially brewed for the chain called ‘THIS IS LAGER’.

*BBPA/Oxford Economics –


Where to see me on QVC…

Thursday 4th June – Midnight – Today’s Special Value launch of H2O Super Clean with Steam

Sunday 7th June – 9pm – Accessories by Kipling

Monday 8th June – Midnight – Today’s Special Value launch of Mayfair Manor Bedding

Tuesday 9th June – 9am – Kim & Co

Tuesday 9th June – 10am – The Brazilian Footwear Collection

Sunday 14th June – 9pm – Dyson

Monday 15th June – Midnight – Today’s Special Value launch of More Than Just Furniture

Stay in touch, I do love hearing from you live on air as well as when you don’t see me, feel free to Tweet me (@TVMarv) and Facebook ( me anytime!


  1. Jill DowdingWalker June 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marverine! Is this where you wanted me to email you about the E-ticket?

  2. Anne Marie Mason June 3, 2015 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    HI, great make up video! I’m at the opposite end of the scale with skin tone but loved watching this. I hope this is what you wanted, you all had great skin without looking really ‘made up’. Anne-Marie. x

  3. Marverine Cole June 5, 2015 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    HI Annie Marie – glad to hear you like the video. Do you have difficulty finding make-up to sort your skin? What ranges do you enjoy from QVC?

  4. Tania June 5, 2015 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Yay thank you Marv and to all involved. About time!!! Loooove watching Mikey. Completely fed up with most beauty shows just showcasing up to honey skin tones and yet saying they cover all tones errr NO! To be honest there I get annoyed and stop watching. Tartes tsv is a good example I wasnt convinced it cover my tone. I tweeted but received no response so no order. Also when running through the colours they start off well then rush through the darker tones at the end not really explaining them as well as the ones at the other end of the scale. Plus hardly EVER having truly darker skinned models being made up live. Maybe they should have both various tones being made up live like ybf (brill) or at least rotate. Looking forward to the shows. Please can you post videos in case someone misses the show (?).

    Sorry I am just being honest and hope this is the start of things to come.

    Thanks again and take care x

  5. Isabel Lindsay June 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Loved the video & I’m like Annemarie on the colour scale but love beauty of any kind! Its great that you love our beer…yes I’m a Scot! Its usually our whisky people are after when visiting Scotland! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

  6. Louise June 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marv
    Great to see some proper representation of darker skintones, which are not always showcased properly on the live channel, sad to say!
    You’re a perfect ambassador for this as your skin always looks fantastic on air, and you obviously have a good starting point with your natural skin!
    Like others who have commented here, I’m at the other end of the skintone scale, but I like to see everyone offered skincare and makeup choices, and offered the tips and tricks to make your skin look fresh and alive rather than flat and ashy.

    Nice to see your beer roving continues, and I hope maybe you can recommend some light refreshing beers for the summer heat we’re supposed to be getting, please!

    Hope that your househunting mission is heading for success too.


  7. sandra June 17, 2015 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Marve
    Can I say congratulations for embarking on this project on make up for darker skins. It is something, that I have never understood why QVC have ignored /excluded this clientele.
    Like many others have already commented, I am often dismayed when the make up brands on QVC do not offer full demonstrations on skin tones darker than olive. Or they make broad statements saying the 1 deep shade offered will suit all darker skin tones. Err hello, 1 shade will not cover Halle Berry and Alek Wek.
    Most guilty of this is Sarah for Laura Geller. She seems to have difficulty even acknowledging there are dark skinned women in existence.
    I know many QVC customers feel the same way I do, just look at the likes when I commented on the lack of shades available on QVCuk if Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue.
    Please let us know when these programmes will be aired. As a QVCuk customer of 20 years and someone who is make up junkie, I can’t wait to buy my foundations from QVC.
    Good Luck.

  8. Marverine Cole June 19, 2015 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello and thanks for your comments : Tania, Isabel, Sandra and Louise. Not all make-up brands want to, or are able to extend their ranges to cover women with darker skins, and that’s a shame because there is a huge, huge market of self-confessed beauty junkies out there of all ages who want to buy the right products. I’m really pleased to be able to make a small start with this so please watch and feedback as to if there’s anything you want covering in the next show so we can incorporate that in. Please feel free to join my facebook page and inbox me there too. And yes I don’t mind you being FRANK and HONEST. QVC needs to know that it makes sense to be more inclusive, and aim to cater for all shades of women watching. BEAUTY comes in all colours, races, shapes, and sizes!!!!!!!!!!

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