The ‘beast’!


As predicted by the weather forecasters, the ‘Beast from the East’ has struck the UK with a vengeance this week. I hope you’ve all managed to keep warm and stay safe in some pretty dreadful conditions! Little did I realise, when I opened my ‘secret Santa’ present at the QVC Presenter’s Christmas lunch back in December, just how useful these thermal, fleecy-lined socks were going to be! Thanks Eilidh… I guess it should be called a ‘not so secret Santa’ as we all managed to work out what was from who, if you get my drift.

On the subject of drifts, him indoors very kindly cleared the snow from my car yesterday morning before I left for QVC, and then walked down our lane behind me just in case I needed a push before I got to the main road which had been gritted.

The conditions weren’t too bad on the main roads and motorways in our area but I know that’s not the case for everyone. I hope you’re heeding advice and only venturing out if it’s absolutely necessary.

Back to the socks, I was wearing them to keep my feet warm up in the loft room on Tuesday while I was getting on with some writing. That’s when I took this video of the snow…

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It really was quite heavy and settled to about three or four inches – not enough to make a snow man though. It’s weird to get the harshest weather of this winter just as we head in to March. Happy belated St David’s Day to all my Welsh readers, by the way.

So we are now in March, which marks the beginning of QVC’s Sleep Better campaign. There will be lots of sleep-related shows throughout the month, everything from beds and bedding to the wonderful This Works pillow spray. As you probably already know, I am a huge fan of this product so I was delighted when This Works approached me for a quote to include in their latest sleep report. Their project includes lots of information on why sleep is so important for our skin and general well-being.

If you find it difficult to get to sleep use our 30-day (or should it be night?) money-back guarantee and try it for yourself – truly, I don’t go to bed without it!

Talking of looking after your skin, here’s a heads up if you are a fan of SkinSense by Abi Cleeve. We have a five-piece Today’s Special Value on Monday, including: Overnight Leave-on mask (which we struggle to keep in stock), Day Cream, Restorative Eye Cream, Plumping Lip Cream and the Anti-Aging Night Cream. It’s still a fairly new brand but judging by the reviews on our website it has impressed a lot of people who have tried it.

I tried something new last night to take my make-up off. I may shock one or two of you by saying I’m not the biggest fan of the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, and I realise I am probably in a minority. I like the texture and I love a balm to cleanse with but the blend of aromatics is just a bit overpowering for me, so imagine how delighted I am that Elemis have created a Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm with Rose at its heart. It is gorgeous!

It only launched yesterday on-air as our Beauty Product of the Month, and thousands have already sold. If you haven’t used a balm cleanser before, do try it as it turns to a milk when you add a few drops of water. I hope it’s not going to be a limited edition – I’ll have to start a petition!

That would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day, which is now only a week away, but we’ll also have lots of other great ideas for your Mum on Triple Day tomorrow. Everything will be available in 3-Easy Payments to celebrate the third day of the third month. The event’s Today’s Special Value from Yankee Candle and is already available to pre-order. The set comprises; two medium jars, two small jars, two boxes of tea-lights and two car jars (which are ideal for cupboards etc. if you don’t have a car) – all you need to do is choose your fragrance.

I’ve gone for Shea Butter but there’s also Clean Cotton, Fresh Cut Roses, Lavender, Midnight Jasmine, and Sicilian Lemon. I’m looking forward to my 11am show tomorrow morning, after the special Saturday Morning Show with Simon Biagi.

I’m also on-air on Sunday morning at 11am with the Today’s Special Value from IT Cosmetics, so I hope you can join me for that too. At least QVC are currently running a promotion (until 11.59pm on Sunday 4th) to earn a £10 voucher of your next purchase if you spend £100 or more, and it doesn’t all have to be on one product. If you love shopping with us, you definitely want to take advantage of this before it ends.

Before I finish, I wanted to mention that as we have now moved in to March we have a new birthstone of the month on our website – aquamarine. The word literally means ‘seawater’ and it can come in various different shades from the very pale (almost silvery) to a much deeper shade and, like tanzanite, is graded using the A’s system. It is purported to be calming, soothing and cleansing and to inspire truth, trust and letting go, but, as with all such meanings for stones, that’s only if you choose to believe it.

I wanted to highlight a couple of pieces I particularly like. You probably remember the amethyst three-stone ring I featured last month? Well, we have exactly the same design featuring an AAA aquamarine flanked by round diamonds. I wore it on air yesterday, along with a stunning angel wing pendant and matching earrings, both of which were admired by our Diamonique ambassador Alison O’Reilly. She wasn’t on QVC yesterday so why was she in the building… all will be revealed very soon, I promise!

Right, I must go as I don’t want to be rushing around in the snow. Stay safe and warm.
Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Elizabeth keenan March 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    That’s nice you were being looked after with car clearing .
    Woo hoo I will be ordering midnight jasmine Yankee candles, only a few pounds to spend now to get my £10 off fantastic.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

    • Julia Roberts March 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      I wonder how quickly your Yankee candle TSV arrived – mine came on Monday & I’m already enjoying the tea lights in the bedroom & medium jars in the lounge!
      I hope you got your voucher?
      Julia x

  2. Suzi Lubi March 2, 2018 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Ahhh, my late Nanny was a March birthday. One of her last birthdays all she wanted was aquamarine studs. They were beautiful x

    • Julia Roberts March 13, 2018 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Suzi
      It really is a very pretty stone – I wonder if your Nanny left them to you. Jewellery is one of the pleasures we can enjoy for a lifetime
      Julia x

  3. Josephine Jennings March 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    Julia I love your socks what a fantastic gift. I have cramp in my feet , mainly at night , I wear my husband’s thermal socks to bed! Heh ho . Are yours from QVC do you know?

    • Julia Roberts March 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Josephine
      The socks have proved really useful. I often wear them (as I did this morning) when I’m sitting writing for hours on end. They are not QVC – they are Totes
      Julia x

  4. martin forbes March 4, 2018 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia with qvc being 25 o 1st october any chance in bringing back old prewsnters dave bradforf paul lavers katy john rob locke julian ballantyne suzanne evett kara baker if possible back to work now 2weeks summer holidays in may watching winter olympics feom friday on channel 4 the para olympoics.

    • Julia Roberts March 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Thanks for being such a loyal supporter of QVC over the past almost twenty-five years. As I understand it, QVC are not currently planning anything special to celebrate the 25th anniversary which, personally, I think is a shame.
      I watched quite a lot of the Winter Olympics – I became quite a fan!
      Julia x

  5. Hazel Edington March 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you have a top man there 😉 . So glad I am not the only one to find the Elemis balm a bit strong . Will give the rose one a try thanks for your advice . Just a little cheeky favour …do you think you could ask the powers that be at QVC to add the details of the models shoes at perhaps the bottom of the screan when the fasions are on. This week there has been loads of fab shoes and I’ve had real shoe envy haha. Had to laugh your measuring your snow in inches … County Durham above my full length wellies . Love to all at QVC x

    • Julia Roberts March 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hazel,
      Yes, I have to agree he’s a good ‘un!
      I’m getting on really well with the Elemis Rose Balm – have you tried it now?
      I will ask the powers that be about putting the model shoe details on screen, although sometimes they are their own.
      Inches it may have been, but enough for us southern softies ?
      Love Julia x

  6. Jan March 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello, was watching you on the television, and would love to know what make up you wear and also what is the eye liner you use, as it really stands out, have noticed it quite a lot lately. X

    • Julia Roberts March 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jan
      I use lots of different brands ; Bare Minerals base, Laura Gellar & Mally blush, Tarte eyeshadows & inner eye liner, Benefit Bad Gal Bang mascara, IT eyebrow pencil & Laura Gellar lipglosses to name a few!! The eyeliner I am currently using is actually a Laura Gellar shadow stick in brown with a hint of gold sparkle, applied with an eyeliner brush.
      Hope that helps?
      Julia x

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