Take Me Out


Wow! What an amazing response to my first competition of the year. Thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to enter but of course there could only ever be one winner randomly selected by our social media team this morning. Congratulations to Mandy Miller from Stoke on Trent!!! We’ll be sending the bag to you soon and I hope you will have more occasions to ‘take it out’ than I have offered it over the past two years.

Speaking of ‘taking it out’, do any of you watch the show ‘Take Me Out’? We do because my best friend is an associate producer on it. Imagine my surprise when one of the first contestants of the new series said he had a ‘model’ mum called Pirio! Recognise the name? She is of course our Hairfix model – small world isn’t it?!

It’s just a very short blog this week as I am technically off work sick. I had to go to the doctor’s yesterday and have been put on a week-long course of antibiotics which unfortunately my body doesn’t react too well to. I have everything crossed that I will still be able to attend the Beauty Bash on Tuesday afternoon – one of my highlights of the year being able to meet so many of you who enjoy the beauty brands QVC sells. I will put a brief message on this blog if I’m not going to be able to make it as I know some of you were planning to bring your paperbacks to be signed – I wouldn’t want you taking them along and me not be there.

I am determined to get myself well for my first ever Lunchtime Show which I am due to be presenting next Friday with Jackie Kabler. The show looks such fun and I love all the guests asking questions or commenting on products other than their own. Also, of course, I don’t want to miss the Beauty Weekend, on the 23rd and 24th, which will be featuring a Perricone Today’s Special Value offer on the Saturday and Revitalash on the Sunday. I have recently being doing another course of Revitalsh and once again the results are fabulous with my eyelashes looking longer and thicker – it really does work well for me.


I’m going to finish now and snuggle up on the sofa in my slanket – probably with one or other of the cats sitting on me.

Have a great weekend
Much love
Julia xx


  1. Teresa L January 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So sorry to hear that you are unwell, you have been going through the mill since the end of 2015. Paul and I hope you will be well soon and that you do not have any reaction to the antibiotics.
    Keep smiling as always love from Teresa xxxx

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Teresa,
      Thanks for your good wishes. It has been a rough few weeks but am hoping that’s my share of health issues out of the way for 2016.
      Antibiotics are the bane of my life – I only take them if absolutely forced to as my body just hates them!
      Feeling much better now they are finished
      Julia x

  2. Andrea January 15, 2016 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Always enjoy your shows Julia. You will be missed on Fashion on Friday.

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Andrea
      I was disappointed to miss Yong Kim on last week’s Fashion on Friday & of course it’s not on today because of Diamonique Week. I’m back with it next week though – Together, a range I really like
      Julia x

  3. madeline January 15, 2016 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie, sorry you are not feeling well, but hope you are soon back fit as a fiddle, enjoy your rest and keep warm

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Madeline,
      I’m not usually good at resting but the antibiotics gave me little choice – I’m fine now that I’ve finished them
      Julia x

  4. Jean Pugh January 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    So sorry yo hear you are not well. Do hope you feel better soon.

    Hope you are able to make the Beauty Bash, and the Lunchtime Show, I enjoy watching that. Also the Beauty Weekend.

    But firstly you must get yourself well again.

    Take Care.

    Love Jean. XX

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jean,
      Unfortunately I didn’t make the Beauty Bash but I’m feeling much better now and looking forward to our beauty weekend.
      Did you watch the Lunchtime Show with me and Javkie today – my first one, and I enjoyed it
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  5. Denise January 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear you’re not too good Julia. I hope the anti biotics do there job and you can make it to the Beauty Bash. Take care and get well soon.
    Denise x

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

      Hello Denise,
      Well the antibiotics did their job but unfortunately made me feel really rough in the process. Still I’m feeling well again now so can’t complain even though I did miss the Beauty Bash
      Julia x

  6. Di Brown January 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi get well soon Di x

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Di, feeling much better now

  7. Kathleen Mastin January 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Well done Mandy….”congratulations”

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kathleen,
      Nice of you to congratulate Mandy – very gracious of you
      Julia x

  8. TINA S January 15, 2016 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well . l hope that the antibiotics do the trick and you’re feeling better soon.
    I was gutted that I didn’t win your Lulu Guinness bag especially as it was my wedding anniversary last week! It would have made a fab present, but never mind. I may get around to treating myself to one of these day’s, lol!! With all what has gone on our house lately I could have bought quite a few bags! Still l can dream.
    We haven’t had any luck again with the house as the couple who were going to view again cancelled at the last minute. I was disappointed as we actually viewed a house that we really liked.
    Anyway that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I’m off to read in bed for a while.
    Take care, and get well soon.
    Best wishes, Tina x

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Sorry you didn’t win the bag but congratulations on your wedding anniversary – hope you did something nice to celebrate?
      The antibiotics worked, in fact I felt fine by Sunday apart from the side effects of the antibiotics!
      Someone will come along and fall in love with your house – just stay positive
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  9. Rebecca January 16, 2016 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia I hope you will be feeling alot better again very soon. Make sure you take it easy and get plenty of rest. I am disabled and my body refuses to accept any treatment for my illness at all. So each year brings more and more problems and more and more harder times with it. But even so I find if I cannot do something one way then usually there is an alternative way to deal with things. Its surprising how things can be dealt with at times by having to compromise and adapt to using other methods. I am thinking of you and send all my best wishes to you. I missed you on the fashion show yesterday. Take care and keep warm. Our QVC Slankets are such a blessing arent they? All my love from Rebecca XXX

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

      Hello Rebecca
      I’m sorry or hear you have such problems with your health.
      Don’t know what I would have done without my slanket to snuggle under & the cats to cuddle.
      No Fashion on Friday today but back next week with Together.
      Julia x

  10. Margaret Miller January 16, 2016 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Get well very soon Julia…..

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Margaret
      All better now
      Julia x

  11. Beryl January 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Wish you a speedy recovery Julia and hope you will be well enough to go to the beauty bash

    Love Beryl xx

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Beryl,
      Unfortunately I missed the Beauty Bash but I’m all better now thanks
      Julia x

  12. Sarah Eales January 17, 2016 at 2:18 am -  Reply

    Get well soon! X

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sarah
      Feeling better now
      Julia x

  13. Mary Rottier January 17, 2016 at 2:36 am -  Reply

    Get well soon Julia maybe this cold weather we have at the moment will kill of all the germs that are around, again get well and a Happy New Year 2016 to you.xx

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mary
      I think you’re right, the warmer weather seems to contribute to all the bugs that are flying around.
      All better now though.
      Happy 2016 to you too
      Julia x

  14. martin forbes January 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    happy new year to you sophie chris and daniel .
    how are you i am not bad.

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

      Happy New Year to you Martin from all of us xxx

  15. Julia Roberts January 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    I’m really sorry ladies (& gents) but unfortunately I don’t feel well enough to go the Beauty Bash tomorrow Tuesday).
    I’m really disappointed as it is one of my favourite events of the year.
    If you’re going, have a great time.
    Julia xx

  16. Marian Bolton January 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I hope you’re feeling much better by the time you’re reading this.
    Congratulations to Mandy on winning your bag. I have one Lulu bag which I love.
    Only two sleeps for me until the Beauty Bash. That’s if I can sleep in all the excitement!!
    Great to hear that Revitalash are doing a TSV. I need to stock up
    Marian xx

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marian
      Hope you enjoyed the lunchtime show today – loved your tweet!
      Sorry you didn’t win the bag but very gracious in congratulating Mandy.
      I don’t even need to ask if you enjoyed the Beauty a Bash – hope you’ll be watching this weekend.
      Julia x

  17. Adelle Howatson January 19, 2016 at 1:20 am -  Reply

    Sorry to hear u’ve not been great. Seems like u’ve been ill since end of last year, like myself! I’ve gone from bronchitis to cracking and bruising my ribs ( caused by my terrible cough) so I know how u feel. Somehow illness always seems worse at this time of year and drags on. I hope u r soon feeling better and bag on our TV screens, where u belong. Take it easy. and I hope u make it to the BB, it’s a good job I hadn’t planned to go! Maybe next year? xx

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

      Hi Adelke
      I hope you’re feeling a bit better. I got over the flu bug thing, only to have a problem with my tooth breaking and then this latest issue – hope I’ve had my share of ill health for a few months at least.
      Wishing you well
      Julia x

  18. Joanna Downey January 19, 2016 at 6:09 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia, I’m so sorry to read that you’re still poorly and having to take antibiotics; as with many cures they can make you feel worse than the original problem. I hope that your energy is soon restored and you get back to being the busy person we know you to be. I work in a school, so bugs abound, and the students find it hilarious that I sterilise computer keyboards – some are the stuff of nightmares… Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts January 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jo
      You are so right about antibiotics but at least they helped the initial problem.
      Quite right to sterilise computer keyboards – germs are spread so easily.
      Feeling much better now
      Julia x

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