Smiles, Snow & Solutions


Hello there,

I do hope you are well and managing to stay warm in this bitter cold?

Well, Christmas is a distant memory now and as I often say on air these winter months are not my favourite! I find my mood can often get very low in January, so with that in mind in this blog I wanted to bring some smiles and remind myself of all the good that life brings despite being in the darker months.

We have our make-up done at QVC now and one of my favourite artists is Rachael, she always cheers me up and we have such a giggle. She gave me a facemask to try out this week and this photo makes me laugh.

sheet mask

mirror selfie


In the other one you can see her applying one of my favourite concealers Creaseless by Laura Geller currently on clearance price and priming my rather oily skin with Benefit Matte Rescue.

Talking of smiles I have also had some lovely quality time with friends so far this month. I had a belated Christmas pub lunch with my friend and shopping telly soprano, Justine Balmer.

justine and I

And also celebrated my Hemi’s birthday, he was drinking vanilla milkshake and it went down the wrong way which he then proceeded to cough milkshake all over the place, it was so funny and this photo captured the fun so well:


As you may remember I have pledged to stay away from alcohol and sugar this month, its not easy but at almost halfway through the month I have not weakened yet. I am finding it difficult at times but also proud that I am sticking to it.

One thing I did do this week was make these vegan, sugar free brownies – they have really helped when I was craving my usual chocolate fix – Julia Roberts tried one yesterday and actually asked me for the recipe, always a good sign!


Now for the solutions and specially winter solutions; in this cold weather if you drive you may want to consider buying the Telescopic ice & snow scraper. I have found it so useful since new year, look at the windscreen of my little smart car – it was a solid sheet of ice which I removed in next to no time and without the mess of a de-icer.

Or you might prefer to do no scraping or clearing at all and use the Delk Frostguard cover that you can see here on my boss Mike’s car, you will notice how all the frost is on the cover so once removed it leaves a frost, snow and condensation free windscreen so that you can safely drive off immediately!

And finally, if like me you find these darker months hard be sure to have little bits around the home that keep your spirits up; even simple things like these gorgeous Alison Cork candle holders with a couple of Yankee Candle Olive & Thyme votives in clear holders have put a smile on my face when I have been at home.

alison cork tealight holders 3

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Before I go, did you know this weekend is QVC Beauty weekend? I recorded some preview shows that are going out on the QVC Beauty Channel this week. One thing I was super excited about and so will you if you are a fan of Australian Bodycare is a new formulation of their much loved tea tree skin wash – this one contains lavender too! I have been using it as shower gel, in the bath and as a hand wash and it is beautiful, I find lavender so refreshing and calming so for me this formulation is such a great idea. I am hoping Annette may extend this formula to their body line too!

And if you would like to watch the preview shows, here are the times they are on this week. Enjoy!

17th January: 12 noon, 11pm

18th January: 10am, 10pm

19th January: 12 noon, 10pm

20th January: 10am, 6pm


So, that’s it from me this week, do please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what your January survival strategies are!

Big big hugs
Craig xxx


  1. Frances Maxwell January 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Could you put up your recipe for your brownies please, they look lovely.

    • Craig Rowe January 22, 2017 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Frances! Thanks for your comment. I’m going to put my brownie recipe on my next blog!



  2. Jill January 17, 2017 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig me too PLEASE print the brownie recipe they look yummy. My tips for the winter months include getting out and walking for just 20 mins in the sun if you can. Eating lots of brightly coloured foods and sleep as much as you can in a room fragranced with This Works! You recommended this on one of your blogs and it works!! I tend to spray my bedding 20 minutes before I get into bed as it induced a cough if I sprayed and stepped into bed straight away.
    Well done on the sugar free January too Craig.
    Walks by the sea would be my favourite thing to do in the winter. All wrapped up warm and cosy, and a hot chocolate when you return home.
    Love Jill XX

    • Craig Rowe January 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

      Hey Jill,

      Thanks so much for your message. I’m going to put the brownie recipe up on my next blog!

      Loving your winter tips, they all sound great, and great to hear you like the this works spray, it’s great isn’t it. Oohhh a walk by the sea and then followed by a nice hot chocolate sounds lovely!

      Hope to hear from you on my next blog. Take care. Craig x

  3. Kim Jackson January 18, 2017 at 5:19 am -  Reply

    Please can you I have the recipe for your brownies, they look lovely! X

    • Craig Rowe January 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kim. Thanks for your message. I’m going to pop the brownies recipe on my next blog. Thanks. Craig x

  4. sue January 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    I would love the choc brownies recipe too . Love your blogs as well .

    • Craig Rowe January 22, 2017 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

      Hey Sue! Keep a look out for my new blog as going to pop the brownies recipe in there. Thanks. Craig x

  5. deborah morris January 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Lavender skin wash item number is not recognised on q cut please update

    • Craig Rowe January 24, 2017 at 11:57 am -  Reply

      Hi Deborah – I just tried it on Q Cut and it recognised the number so I guess it must have been updated now. Thanks so much for letting me know, let me know if it works ok for you. Craig x

  6. Lorraine January 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Brownie recipe please ,……..!!!!!!!

    • Craig Rowe January 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine,

      You’ll be able to grab the recipe off my next blog coming soon.


      Craig x

  7. janice reeves January 20, 2017 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    would love to have the brownie recipe xx ta very much

    • Craig Rowe January 24, 2017 at 11:58 am -  Reply

      Thanks Janice…. it will be on my next blog, Craig xx

  8. Susan January 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig, you ray of sunshine! You should be on every day. Though maybe not the best for your health lol. I’m sure you have bad days like we all do but you’re the best presenter. Can’t wait for brownie recipe x

    • Craig Rowe January 24, 2017 at 11:59 am -  Reply

      Thanks Susan – that is really kind of you to say :). Yes, I have my low days like everyone but on-air I always try and smile and focus on the good things in life that I am so grateful for including my wonderufl job as a qvc presenter 🙂 Sending you hugs, Craig x

  9. Frances Maxwell January 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Craig, that’sounds great. I’ll check it now.

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