The big reveal


I was hoping to bring you the after pictures of my new bathroom on today’s blog but as I sit here writing at 11am, they are not quite finished – more on that later with maybe a picture of work in progress – but I can definitely reveal what is inside the pink and blue boxes I posted a picture of last week.

I’m sure many of you already know and have possibly ordered but for those of you who don’t, here is what you get in this year’s Elemis Christmas TSV.

Firstly, there are two fragrance options; Exotic Blooms or Skin Nourishing. Exotic Blooms is quite heady and transports you to faraway holiday destinations while Skin Nourishing is a cleaner more ‘milky’ scent. The contents are almost the same in each box, the only difference being in the formulation of the shower product… it’s ‘nectar’ in the Exotic Blooms and ‘cream’ in the Skin Nourishing.

So, each box will have 30ml Pro Collagen Marine Cream, 50g Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, 200ml Ginseng Toner, full-size shower product, full-size hand wash and full-size hand and nail cream.

As well as the beautiful gift box containing everything, there is a second gift box if you want to break it down into two presents. It’s worth £150 at QVC individual prices, plus six lots of P&P, but is priced at under £45 and is on 4 Easy Pay instalments.

It’s a fab deal, great for Christmas gifting or maybe as a treat for yourself. Perhaps, like me, you fancy a little reward after losing some weight, this would be perfect or … maybe some jewellery?

There is no Fashion on Friday today as it is The Magic of Jewellery all day today on QVC. Everything on air is on 3 Easy Pay instalments and we are featuring some of our biggest fine and fashion jewellery ranges.

The TSV is from Links of London, their only TSV of 2017 and is a beautiful necklace. I’ll be with you a little later than usual; at 7pm I have Aurora with Swarovski (there is a stunning watch in that show), 10pm with Butler & Wilson and then the finale of the day at 11pm.

This means that I won’t be able to see my daughter off at the airport tonight for her flight to Australia. She and two former school friends are going to spend two weeks with another school pal, Nicola, who is working out there for a couple of years. I can’t believe Sophie will have been twice and I’m yet to go – it is definitely on my bucket list. She is looking forward to some sunshine, although, to be fair, it hasn’t been too bad here, if a little cold.

On Monday, it was a lovely day, so I decided to go for a walk around nearby Virginia Water. It is so peaceful there and whilst walking a piece of the plot of my Christmas story that I had been struggling with, suddenly fell in to place.

I had feared that I wouldn’t be able to get the story out for this Christmas, as I haven’t done much writing lately with all the work we’ve been doing on the house, but I’ve now decided I can. I quickly emailed my usual team (Angela, my cover designer; Justine, my copy editor; and Yvonne, my formatter) and they were all up for it, so it’s all systems go.

I wrote 2,000 words on Tuesday, 1,500 on Wednesday and another 1,000 yesterday before work so hopefully I will meet my deadline and the ebook will be out week commencing 11th December. My team work quickly so I may even have a preliminary cover design to show you on next week’s blog. It’s called, Christmas at Carol’s.

Something else I will be missing tonight is the England friendly against Germany. It’s a shame really, as Gareth Southgate is starting Crystal Palace player, Loftus Cheek – I’m hoping he does well enough to be selected for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil as I will definitely be watching that one.

So, back to our new bathroom. As I mentioned earlier, I had hoped to put some pictures of the finished project up with Elemis hand wash and shower products strategically placed but it has taken a little longer than expected due to the intricacy of the tiling.

They are doing a fab job and there is no point in rushing them so here is where they are up to at the moment and the finished picture will have to be on next week’s blog.

We are also having the tiles in our hallway laid this weekend, some under stairs storage cupboards fitted on Monday and the final landing and stairs carpets laid on Tuesday. No wonder I’m planning on retreating to the attic room to write!!

Just before I finish, I thought I would share this video, filmed on World Polio Day, with you. It was the day we planted the purple crocus corms at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park:

Thanks for reading my blog, and do remember you can check out all I’m up to on Twitter @JuliaRobertsTV on my Facebook page, also @JuliaRobertsTV and on Instagram @juliagroberts.

And one final thing – Hazel asked me to post a picture of Wilfie the cat as she used to have a black cat and loves them. Here he is, Hazel, looking suitably adorable.


  1. valerie blake November 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    really enjoy reading your blogs,and am not one for asking questions, so i hope you dont mind but i am a lady of a certain age and thought your face makeup looks amazing,could you let me know what products you have used.
    many thanks and hope your bathroom exceeds your espectations

    • Julia Roberts November 15, 2017 at 10:59 am -  Reply

      Hi Valerie,
      I don’t mind you asking questions and thanks for the compliment. My routine at QVC is to use a pump of Becca (currently in Prosecco Pop) before a light dusting of Bare Minerals powder foundation – I’m using medium tan at the moment. I use Tarte shape tape concealer under my eyes & when I’ve applied everything, I finish with Mally poreless face defender. I do try other ranges but that is what I’m currently using.
      Julia x
      PS The bathroom is fab!

  2. Sue November 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia you are such an eloquent and knowledgeable ambassador for the polio campaign – thank you for your amazing work xx

    • Julia Roberts November 15, 2017 at 11:01 am -  Reply

      Thanks Sue
      I suppose it is because it is so close to my heart and I genuinely don’t want anyone else to suffer needlessly from a preventable disease
      Julia x

  3. SheMag November 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    I have to ask…Loftus? Does he have very disappointed QPR fans as parents, I wonder? You’ll have to rename him Selhurst, surely?!

    • Julia Roberts November 15, 2017 at 11:04 am -  Reply

      Hi Shemag,
      ??? Loftus Cheek is his last name – I should probably have put a hyphen in it …. Ruben Loftus-Cheek …. but I take your point. He won Man of the Match last Friday but unfortunately went off injured last night in the Brazil friendly.
      Julia x

  4. martin forbes November 11, 2017 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi julia hope you chris sophie and daniel are well iamnot bad any chance you can give me the qvc postal mailing adress for me sending your xmas card

    • Julia Roberts November 15, 2017 at 11:19 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin,
      We are all pretty good thanks – Sophie is currently on holiday in Australia.
      The QVC address is:
      Building 8 Chiswick Park,
      566 Chiswick High Road
      London W4 5XU
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  5. Christina Lindsay November 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia good taste in the wall tiles they are the same as mine!

    • Julia Roberts November 15, 2017 at 11:04 am -  Reply

      Hi Christina
      Read minds think alike – really pleased with them
      Julia x

  6. Sylvia Bourne November 14, 2017 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Your bathroom looks lovely, the colours are beautiful.
    I like the photo of Wilfie. I would love to have a cat myself but I am a little worried as I live on a main road. Is it ok to keep cats as house cats as it says on line somewhere that you should keep your blinds shut as its not fair to keep them in.
    One last thing I have started reading Alice in Theatreland and it’s great. xx

    • Julia Roberts November 15, 2017 at 11:14 am -  Reply

      Hi Sylvia
      It’s very different from what we had but I’m delighted with our new bathroom.
      Re cats; we used to live on the main road through a village and allowed our cats to go out. Two of them were knocked down by cars so we are reluctant now to allow our cats out. I think if they have never been out it’s not so bad so long as they get plenty of love & cuddles.
      My 91 year old mum has a cat and finds her great company.
      So pleased to hear you are enjoying Alice in Theatreland – message me again when you’ve finished it
      Julia x

  7. Hazel Edington November 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Thanks so much Julia he is beautiful , green eyes just like my Lucky . He was my friends but he had his own ideas haha …cats ! 😉 x

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