Hi lovelies, hope your all okay. I recently was able to visit the QVC studios and see a bit of shooting last week which I was extremely extremely excited about. I’ve visited the studios before, but this time round I was able to drop in to show featuring the beautiful Sarah Chapman and pick at her brain a little bit after the show during a meet and greet. I thought I would show you little back stage action, and make you realise just how different things are behind the camera and talk a little bit about what I discovered regarding QVC.
Home shopping really is a convenience to so many people, and when your sitting down and watching people present the latest beauty finds and amazing deals it’s hard to imagine what really is happening behind the scene. See I’ve worked on beauty counters before and I mistakenly thought that QVC was a little bit similar to that. A lot of claims are made on counters that hold little truth behind it and I thought maybe QVC did the same.. they ‘beautified’ the truth. I couldn’t have been more wrong! The Advertising Standards Authority heavily monitor what is being said and whether there are lies involved, and QVC stick strongly to their rules and regulations. Sometimes brands come out with claims that cannot be proved, and if a brand on QVC attempt to do that then QVC will make them stop if they wish to be featured on the channel. Much more trust worthy than retail shop assistants hey?!
A huge do not disturb sign!
Above we have a couple of snaps from behind the scenes, a On Air sign outside the control room and the control room itself. This is where lots of important actions occur such as camera control and sound control. You know how presenters have little earphone thingys in their ear? This is where the person who talks into it sits. They tell them things such as how long left till break or how long till the camera comes back to them. Also, notice when QVC inform us that there are only 50 items left, or the item is about to sell out? The person telling the presenter that is in the control room. And again I used to be a bit of sceptic thinking is a product really selling out or are they just trying to convince us to buy. Well again they are not allowed to lie, and that is the complete truth. I myself saw how quickly Sarah Chapman’s Neck and Chest Rejuvenating Complex started selling out, the products go really quickly!
I peeked into some of the dressing rooms were presenters and guests get ready and I have to admit I mentally planned how my dressing room in my mansion will look like. Look at those huge mirrors surrounded by lights. Currently at home I’ve also set up a huge mirror going across the wall like the first picture, well not that big ..but it most definitely doesn’t come with lights and the glamour. The studio also has a salon for models to prep and ‘chilling out’ rooms where guests and presenters can sit and relax. It really is rather luxurious and much bigger than I imagined!
As you can see from the pictures above, there is no huge camera crew (like I had imagined) instead there are robotic cameras. AND the thing that really surprised me was the lack of auto cue! Everything everyone says comes from their own mind, their own knowledge. They aren’t being fed seductive words to entice the viewer, only what they know. From the pictures above you can see Alison Young talking to the lovely Sarah Chapman about her latest launch ‘Neck and Chest Rejuvenating Complex’ which happens to currently be a QVC exclusive at the moment which you can get hold of here. Currently it’s on a special price of £45.58 and had great feedback when samples were tested at the QVC beauty bash. I’ve actually been able to get my hands on the product, and I will try to bring a more in depth review on it for you.
QVC have a lot of different studios, and here in another one prepped and ready for a show on bed linen. Apparently there are hidden sets, for example you pull the bed forward and behind a bath room set comes out! With fitting and fixtures like these, I think I can see myself moving in to the QVC studios. Really, you wouldn’t mind being locked in there for the night. In the morning you can head over to the salon and get ready in luxury!
I really had such an amazing time at the studios and it was really great meeting Sarah Chapman and getting to talk about her different products. My stand out favourite was the Overnight Facial which was this gorgeous luxurious feeling oil which you massage in to you skin every night. It smelt absolutely gorgeous and has definitely been added to my never ending to buy list. Honestly it smelt so so good, the jasmine notes really stood out and didn’t smell synthetic at all. You can have a look at it here
Overall I had a great time at the event, getting to tour the studios and see how live shows work in more depth. I hope you all enjoyed this post and were able to get a little bit more of an idea what goes on behind the scenes! I will definitely be bringing you a few more product reviews from the QVC beauty stash so keep an eye out for that!
Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me. I know, the blog birthday was on the 1st of December however I have only just had enough time to fully celebrate it and celebrate it I did! I decided no birthday, blog or not, wouldn’t be complete without cake and also a nice range of my favourite things. So after a meal out at my local much visited Gourmet Burger Kitchen, I tucked into the goodies featured in this post. Warning: drooling may occur (will definitely occur in my case)
I popped along to Harrods earlier in the day to pick up these goodies, I adore Harrods food hall, dare I say even more so than Harrods beauty hall? I was going to pop along to Laudree and pick up a range of different macaroons, but this raspberry with pistachio and chocolate macaroon seduced my taste buds first. I had to take it home. I knew I had to get some sort of cake, macaroons weren’t enough so I picked up two slices of my favourite Harrods cake, the Frasier, it really is absolute heaven on your lips. Oh I just realised it seems as though I was having a little eating festival all by myself, I wasn’t! I was sharing the day with my one of my closest friends although I have to admit I wasn’t too happy about sharing the cakes, even though it was her treats!
I decided that I needed a cheese board to make the day complete along side my favourite olives. I always forget to check what the olives are called, but they are the most buttery textured delicious olives ever. They look really fresh and you can pick them up at Harrods also. I also picked up a bottle of my favourite drink, Belvoir Lemonade and completed the day by tucking into the cheeseboard.
I’m definitely a greedy guts at heart, and I don’t mind that at all. You can’t say I neglected my blog birthday at all now can you? I really have enjoyed blogging for a whole year and will hope to have another blog birthday food festival next year! Obviously it will have to be a bigger festival as it is a bigger birthday. Now no birthday is complete without presents so I have a lovely giveaway for you all to enter, just to say thank you for reading and supporting me over the past year. Blogging really has changed my life in many ways and for that I am really grateful. The Elemis giveaway will go up tomorrow, I thought it would be nice for it go live on Christmas day, and will be open for a month. So keep a look out for that, and again thank you so much for reading – Tanzina x
Hi lovelies, today’s post is about a special deal that I am so so excited about sharing with you all. I’ve been really lucky to have been given the chance to share this deal with you all and if your a skincare fan like me, you won’t want to miss this.
Wednesday evening I was invited over to the QVC studios for the unveiling of Elemis’s Special Value collection which is exclusive to QVC. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and I really didn’t expect the collection to be as great as it was. When I hear big brands doing ‘amazing savings’ deals they usually save you about £10 or the products come in sample sizes which you usually can pick up at counters or magazines for free (sorry Benefit!). However this deal really is a dazzler.
I introduce you to the Winter Skincare Secrets Collection by Elemis which is QVC’s biggest beauty Today’s Special Value of the year! Within this collection you have six products, one being the luxurious Evening Blooms Dry Body Oil which you cannot purchase elsewhere. You can’t even get hold of it on the Elemis website. The oil contains notes of ylang-ylang (I love saying that), jasmine, vanilla and others and smells really divine. You warm it up in your hands and it goes on really luxuriously, sinking into the skin rather than sitting on top and the scent lingers for ages. It really has a relaxing and soothing scent which I hope will help my sleeping patterns.
You also get a full size Quiet Mind Bath Elixir which by itself retails for around £22. I am yet to try this as I am in London and have no access to a bath tub so I definitely will be taking this home with me in the weekend. However the scent! It’s so relaxing and the consistency seems thick and it is said to produce bubbles, it definitely feels like a serious contender for my much loved Jo Malone Bath Oil. I will keep you updated on that front, I do hope it beats the oil as it is so much more purse friendly priced.
Next you have a Gentle Rose Exfoliator, which smells of Moroccan rose and contains Jojoba beads that gently exfoliate your face. I’ve only used this once since I’m in a rush to let you know about these products in time for the deal however I am already impressed. It’s not too harsh and the fragrance is perfect for in bath exfoliating, your relaxed state of mind will only be aided with the fragrance rather than disturbed. To buy this is around £27, can you see that we’ve already gone well over the £50 price mark?
The next product you get in the collection is this lovely moisturising Skin Nourishing Shower Cream with also retails for around £22. It has won multiple awards and contains Macadamia and Jojoba oils and after one use I can already tell why it’s an award winner, post shower my skin felt hydrated. I’m almost annoyed at discovering these products because I know they’re going to stay stuck on my repurchase shopping list. I haven’t been able to fully trial this out as I’ve only had a day since getting them however I will definitely try my very best to get back to you on how I’m getting along with the products.
Next, this is feeling endless, is the Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser which is another award winning product which retails for around £29. It contains ylang-ylang (I just love saying that) lavender, moringa seed peptide and is said to help against pollutants especially if your living in the city like me. I’m really looking forward to trying this out and comparing it to my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser.
And finally the collection features the hugely popular and multi award winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream in a 30ml which would retail for around £40. This is said to increase moisture and hydration levels up to 45% and has even more greater qualities for more mature skin, especially concerning fine lines, and wrinkle depth. I haven’t yet tried this and I may get my mum to trial this out and report back, or I may take it up on the hydration offer and see what it does for my winter dry skin. However it goes without saying this is a huge big seller from the Elemis range and many people will love to see this featured in the collection.
-Also you get that lovely makeup/toiletry bag that’s been in the pictures, it’s hugeee. And is good quality as well, it will definitely be my new beauty travelling bag.
So how much is this I hear you ask? The prices have gone well over the £150 mark already. How amazing would this deal be for a £100? But no, QVC are hosting this collection as the Today’s Special Value at the amazing price of UNDER £50! I can’t believe how cheap they are selling this for especially in time for Christmas and I will 100% be purchasing this even though I already have one and will be giving bits away as gifts and keeping some cheeky bits as back ups!
This is definitely my first Christmas gift idea post, and really your getting six gifts for under £50 which is such a good saving. Plus they aren’t just rubbish six gifts, they’re some really good presents to give someone and I know I would’ve been happy to receive any one of the items from the collection. Plus with QVC, you can pay in 4 instalments and QVC have such faith in these products that you can returns them even after use because they are so sure you’ll love them – they are offering that guarantee. So when does this launch? This launches exclusively on QVC this Saturday (the 1st of December) at midnight and then will be shown throughout the day on the Sunday also. I could not recommend this enough!
In the studio, behind the cameras
Getting the microphone fitted
Showing how to use the oil
Talking to the lovely Debbie
Using the Dry Body Oil
So that is it for today’s post, it’s one I’m really passionate about and I know I will be tuning in to grab this even though I already have one set. I just think they would make such good gifts and I can now officially announce this collection as my first Christmas Gift Guide beauty product! I was able to do a little bit of guest presenting for QVC and have video footage of myself, but I’m still debating whether I should upload it! But I shall leave you with some behind the scenes photos above. Until next time lovelies, I hope you all have a great day x