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- 03/22/13--08:03: A Very Versatile (and Very Special) Floral Cardigan!
- 03/22/13--13:22: Celebrating 300 Recipes! What Dish Would You Like to See Next?
- 03/22/13--14:30: Mother/Daughter Cardi Party!!
- 03/25/13--09:22: A Wedding in ATL, Snow in March & PM Style Tonight!
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- 03/25/13--11:30: Have a Question for the Nails, Inc. Team? Ask Away!
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- 03/25/13--17:50: Trend Spotting in Europe!
- 03/25/13--20:32: Another St. Patrick's Day Draws To A Close
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Welcome, spring! Okay, so I realize March 20 is the official calendar start to spring, but let’s be honest, most of us know spring really begins the first time we faux tan for the season! The moment I see pretty new dresses and shoes or the first time the weather gives us a sneak peek of warmer days, I’m ready to get my glow on with the most natural-looking tan possible.
I’m declaring March 22 the official bareMinerals start to spring because it's the day we'll be back on air with tons of makeup and skin-care spring must-haves, including the brand-NEW Faux Tan Face Sunless Tanner, the perfect complement to our beloved deluxe-size Faux Tan Body Sunless Tanner & Brush.
Better than the real thing.
The QVC Customer Choice Award Winner (3 years in a row!) for Best Sunless Tanner is back in a big way! Once again, we're bringing you the big daddy Faux Tan & Deluxe Tan Brush. Look no further for the perfect tan. This skin-softening gel tanner is so easy to apply, looks natural, and gives you an instant sun-kissed glow that develops over time. Another bonus? I love that it not only helps me achieve bronzed-goddess skin, but it actually hides imperfections on my legs, arms, and décolleté. Plus, Faux Tan Body has a new partner in crime: Faux Tan Face Gradual Glow Sunless Face Tanner. You've been waiting for this for years and it’s finally here! This stuff is GOOD. It's developed specifically for the face, so you get a subtle, golden glow that gradually develops into a natural-looking tan. It’s lightweight, dries quickly, and is going to be your new best friend.
Faux Tan Face Gradual Glow Sunless Face Tanner
Lips are in full bloom.
Florals are everywhere this season. Freshen up your lip look with the new Modern Florals Double-Ended Lip Quickie Collection. The rich, creamy, semi-matte-finish formula is perfect for bright colors. This collection gives you 3 double-ended Lip Quickies in complementing tones. It really has every bright/pastel you need for the season. Go ahead, play around and create your own custom shade!
Bases are loaded.
Did you ever notice how you use up one shade of an eye-shadow duo or quad long before the others? Yes, well, we noticed that, too. We're solving that problem by introducing The Comfort Zone, a bareMinerals Ready Eye-Shadow Quad of four perfect base tones. Each base shade has a slightly different hue, so you'll be covered no matter what eye look you're going for. It's kind of genius. You’re going to wonder how your eyes ever lived without these 4 superstars.
You’ll be saying goodbye to winter for good with our new Treatment Trio. There's nothing I love more than when my skin looks radiant and revitalized, and these three bareMinerals skin-care products do the trick. Revitalize and help brighten, replenish moisture, and restore the appearance of elasticity with these targeted treatments.
I could go on and on. These are just some of the new goodies we have in store for you. Join me March 22–23 and we'll celebrate spring together. I’ll be sure to bring you lots of new tips and tricks.
P.S. I often give sneak peeks on my Facebook page. Come hang out with me if you haven’t already!
And that's why we are so excited about the TSV launch of the Milana by Instyler Rotating Iron. The Milana is exclusive to QVC until 12/31/13! This styling tool quickly and easily achieves the new looks that were so hot at Fashion Week. I love the fact that I can depend on one tool to be able to give that salon-style finish.
The Milana Rotating Iron has a brand-new Black Tourmaline Ceramic Titanium Coated Rotating Barrel which glides through your hair, leaving it as soft and smooth as silk. It will straighten, wave, and smooth your hair, while adding body and shine unlike any other product you’ve ever used.
It’s perfect for any hair type, and it's gentle enough to use on both the finest of hair and the thickest. With multiple digital heat settings, Black Ceramic Coated Barrel and Smoothing Plates, no hair is too hard to tackle.
I am very much looking forward to my shows this upcoming weekend. It will be a fun-filled weekend of NEW, NEW, and more NEW (with some classic favorites, as well, of course!). And, as most of you know from all of the buzz already on the threads, I will be launching a NEW TSV at midnight on March 23rd. The TSV is the Sterling or 14K Clad Braided Double Row Bracelet (J279920)!
Inspired by the Gotham bracelet from my couture collection, it embodies both the elegance and edge of New York City. The combination of classic, sophisticated sterling with the black braided look of leather strikes the perfect balance between uptown’s fashion flair and downtown’s street chic. It is important for me to also share that the material I used for this very special QVC piece is the same that I use for my couture version, because it is as soft and flexible as possible. I always want to bring you the best in quality and comfort, and this piece is no exception. And, since variety is the spice of life, I am also debuting this special piece in 14K gold-tone and rose-tone, as well (J280751). The color combinations are rose-tone with a chocolate braided band or gold-tone with a taupe braided band (as shown above). As most of you know, I love offering my designs in many colors and sizes, so that my jewelry is truly for EVERY woman.
For those of you who may feel that the look of leather may be too edgy, as Allison shared in her blog, leather is one of the hottest trends of the Spring season, and it will definitely continue through Fall 2013. I personally love the look of leather, but for those of you who are unsure, please feel free to take baby steps. A little leather goes a long way, and the TSV is a great way to add the look with a small accent piece. The perfect piece to coordinate with the TSV is the Sterling Braided Necklace with Heart Charm (J276113), which was also inspired by my couture collection.
I debuted this necklace last Fall, and the positive feedback has been wonderful. Thank you, thank you! Therefore, I am looking forward to debuting a NEW version of this style in 14K gold-clad (J279930) during my shows this weekend.
Now, drumroll please – the best part about this TSV and coordinating necklace is that one of you will have the opportunity to WIN it. Simply click here and share your story with the QVC Community about why you love wearing my jewelry. By doing so, you'll automatically be entered to win the TSV and coordinating necklace in your choice of color. It's just that simple!
As you may have noticed, I started creating more and more designs inspired by my couture collection, and with every show, I will continue to add more and more couture-inspired pieces to my collection, as well as Limited Edition pieces too. This weekend, I hope you will enjoy the Aurora cuff in Amethyst (J276524) and the PIA Collection in Emerald (J279178 and J279179), as well as in a choice of Ruby or Sapphire (J269685). This collection spans several product categories including earrings, a ring, and a cuff.
If you happened to have read Allison’s blog, you know that Emerald green is the “Pantone Color of the Year.” Therefore, I am particularly excited about the Sterling Silver Emerald Estate Pia Cuff (J279473).
In addition to the sheer beauty of a rich emerald hue, I have always loved emeralds because they are thought to possess phenomenal powers of healing, luck, and love. It is classified as one of the traditional four precious stones along with sapphires, rubies, and diamonds, and besides love, emeralds are a symbol of loyalty, devotion, adoration, and friendship. Since Emerald is the birthstone for May, I definitely plan on debuting additional NEW pieces featuring this beautiful hue, as I am working with QVC to bring birthstone pieces to you with each of my visits.
Since March is the month of Aqua, it is with great pleasure that I debut 3 NEW pieces in Aqua to celebrate including the Sterling Heart Enhancer (J279478), the Oval Stone Band Ring (J279469), and the matching cuff (J280160).
In the past, I have not featured many aqua pieces, so these are definitely exciting and fresh new additions to the assortment!
As always, thank you very much for your love and support. I am counting down the hours until my visit to the Q. Please tune-in! Show times are as follows:
Saturday, March 23rd:
Sunday, March 24th:
With much love and appreciation,
Hi everyone! I am so excited to be back on the QVC Community Blog! I want to share some fun news with all of my darling fans – I’m bringing you a very special floral cardigan on Monday, beginning at 12 midnight. Then at 3pm ET, join me for a special live audience show - Cardi Party! Don’t miss it!
You know how much I love a cardigan and I know how much YOU a love a cardigan, and done in this engineered peony floral print, it’s a must-have, for so many reasons. It’s colorful, it’s versatile, it’s luxurious. But the best reason is that it’s GORGEOUS.
There are so many wonderful details you must know about.
The flower is done in a watercolor print effect with layers of color to create depth and dimension. I’ve placed them in this particular way, framing the face, to create a silhouette that is seriously flattering.
The yarn is this deliciously soft cotton, and I’ve done the edge of the sweater at the sleeve and bottom with a very refined and clean finish. There’s also this really chic grosgrain ribbon placket. It’s a signature trim of mine that I’ve used for years.
My favorite thing about all my customers is how incredibly smart you are. Nothing gets past you! My team and I take extra care to give you such quality product and that’s why this cardigan is fully-fashioned which means that each panel – front, back, and sleeves - are knit to meet the exact measurements of every size. This is something really special that you won’t find just anywhere. It’s a very fine detail, but an important one, darlings.
One last thing I want to share is a few different ways to wear this cardigan. It is such a versatile piece. Pair it with a maxi dress for an evening out or a t-shirt and capris for something more casual. You know I love mixing prints, so don’t be afraid to try it with a floral tee or even a floral skirt! Also – one of my favorite looks: wear the cardigan buttoned with a pair of jeans. It’s classic.
I’m so excited to bring this cardigan to my fans on Monday. Remember, don't miss my 3pm ET live audience show! We're having a Cardi Party so be sure to dress in your favorite cardigan! I hope you’ll tune in!
• Play things
Although March comes in like a lion, you’ve already got spring break on your mind. I’m getting lots of questions about Bluetooth speakers. In case you’re wondering, Bluetooth is simply a method of uniting devices through wireless communication. Bluetooth speakers are an ingenious, inexpensive way to get all your music, audio books, and videos off your phone or computer and into your real life with full, rich sound. These speakers are available in a wide range of prices and sizes. I think what you’ll find is that you wind up picking one based on your sound needs, personality, and budget.
• Play things…well, only if you’re willing to dance along!
Here’s a few options that have gotten fabulous reviews and sound really great:
HDMX is really making a name for themselves in all kinds of small, personal electronics. At CES, their booth was full of color and breathtaking displays. Just a few months ago, during the holiday season, we simply couldn’t keep the cute little “speaker that could” stocked. With its bold colors, small footprint, and easy operation, the HDMX Jam Jar had everyone a flutter. Don’t let the small price and size fool you! This one’s ultra portable for an instant party.
Last week, I posted on my Facebook page about my current gadget du jour, which is my Sansa Sandisk. I love being able to listen to audio books (especially when I can download them from the library for free). I’m currently making my way through a Julia London series; the narrator comes to life with great sound! When I’m home working on the computer or on the treadmill, I connect my Sansa to my Braven 570.
Hopefully this will get you on your way to finding the absolute best sound for your lifestyle. Whether relaxing on the beach or simply having a bit of laundry-folding music to pass the time, I’m sure we’ve got something to help you get your groove on.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Spring is officially upon us! My daughter Gabby and I couldn't be more excited. We are both warm-weather gals and anything that puts a hint of spring in our lives is well received! So when I found out Isaac Mizrahi was bringing us a floral cardigan (think something extra special at midniht) I asked if we could borrow a few and have our own Mother-Daughter Cardi Party and Photoshoot!
Gabby was definitely down..but insisted I let her put her own spin on things. So being the ultra-cool mom that I am (work with me here), I happily agreed!
We decided to try on several and asked my friend Wendy to snap the pics. And afterward, she and I would choose our favorite looks and take the show on the road to have coffee (cocoa in her case!) and celebrate Spring! Yes, it should have been iced tea. But wouldn't you know it's still in the 30's up here in PA!
I have to say that it was so fun and a real bonding experience for us both! Who knew that tossing on a few cute cardigans could bring us closer.
Check out our pics below. I'm honestly still deciding which one is my favorite..but I promise to decide by the time I present Isaac's creations at 3am on Monday!! Hope you'll join me!
You know that when two people say their vows in front of their closest friends and family and refer to each other as “Kira Bira Boo Boo Bear and my Tall Fuzzy Man Peach” that they are in it for the long haul. Such is the case for these two lovebirds below, my boyfriend’s brother Luke and his new wife Kira. They have to be the most loving, light-hearted couple I’ve ever met and I was lucky enough to spend their wedding weekend with them in Atlanta, Georgia. How cute are they?!
Their wedding was uniquely their own and the bad weather stopped just in time for the new couple to enjoy their very special day.
The weekend ended up being perfect. I got to spend time with my Dad, Step-Mom, and our sweet Jack Russell, Zoey (who is currently working on her doggy altoid regimen) and my mom and Step-Dad. As you always hear me say, it gets harder and harder to leave my family every single time I visit. I just love them so much. Oh! if I could get your prayers, my sweet dog Sophia has a mass underneath her arm… my momma discovered it as she was giving her a good ole tummy rub… and now she’s scheduled to have surgery on it Friday. Please pray that she makes it out safely and that it will only be a random mass and nothing else. Thank you : )
On the flight home, Aaron and I had a little bit of a scare… incredibly bad turbulence. Aside from wanting to curl up into Aaron’s lap like a small child and cry, I discovered that I have incredible hand strength and that I clam up like Clammy McClamerson when I get nervous. I was thinking to myself how nice it would be not to have to get on a plane for a while (I was so nervous, my hands were shaking) but then I remembered Aaron and I start our long awaited vacation this Saturday! Talking about what we would like to do and all of the places we could go helped me calm down a little. And wouldn’t you know it… as soon as we got off the plane and back into Philly, people were talking about a potential Snow Storm…. Gotta love Philly. In March. And this is what we woke up to.
Needless to say, St. Maarten can’t come at a better time! We’re staying on the Dutch side, in Simpson Bay, but are looking forward to spending time on the French side, as well as visiting the Islands Saba and St. Barth’s. If you have any suggestions please find me on my facebook or here. Thank you!
There are a few things I have to do to get ready for vaca… can you guess? For me, it’s Nails and Self Tanner. Which color nail polish do you like best? I’m going through a Julep phase these days and all of these colors are available on qvc.com.
This week on PM Style, one of my favorite products from It Cosmetics, Bye Bye Redness will be in the show. As someone who doesn’t have a lick of color in her skin, I appreciate that this not only covers the splotchyness that can sometimes happen to my face- but that it breathes a little more life into by giving me a hint of color and clean slate to work with.
I’ll also be celebrating the would-be spring time here in Philadelphia with Isaac’s new Floral Cardigan… I mean it has to eventually warm up right?!
Have a wonderful week and I will talk to you all very soon!
Do you have questions for Thea Green and the Nails, Inc. team? Ask away. We'll be answering throughout the TSV day on 3/28! We're so excited to bring you this exclusive collection of ten must-have shades. We have named all of our shades after iconic London locations so this is our way of bringing a little piece over England over to you in the US!
We want to know, what's your favorite shade this season?
Talk to you soon!
Hi Denim & Co. ladies! It’s Heather from the design team. I am looking forward to spending time with you today during the 11 AM show. Have questions about items in the show or just want to chat about Denim & Co. fashion? Ask away! I’ll be here during the show to chat and answer your questions. Feel free to leave more comments after the show, and I’ll check back throughout the day.
So here’s my question today: What's your favorite neckline for a top or maybe even a dress?? Crew neck, scoop neck, V-neck, square neck, etc.? Does it change by season?
Denim & Co. Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Trapeze Top
Denim & Co. 3/4 Sleeve Knit Top with Adjustable Ruching Detail
Talk to you soon!
Was the phrase to define the theme of the Philadelphia Flower Show this year. The central focus was London, and its personal influence on the modern world. With that, the attendees were taken on a journey through everything that would feel ‘English’, all expressed through the power of flowers.
The show is always a big deal, and I love going. It was so much fun to see how the different images that we are all so familiar with like the gates of Buckingham Palace and Big Ben came alive with flora.
One of my favorites was the “Mad Hatter Tea Party” that brought all the charm and whimsy to the table with floral arrangements that formed a cohesive and fragrant madness.
My other favorite was “Pure Britain”, which was a contemporary look of high tea with centerpieces that were so majestic they were fit for the royals.
Of course since it was an English theme, the already very popular British phrase of “Keep Calm and Carry On” was seen everywhere. Since there are so many variations of that saying, I thought it was high time that we had one for our dear Bob Mackie, so here you go:
The revival of this phrase and image, which is now public domain, actually was created during the Second World War to boost the morale of the British public in the event that the aftermath of the war took a turn for the worse. Thankfully, it can be used now for fun and décor and, of course, to remind you to wear your Bob Mackie.
Since I am still in the botanical mode from the flower show, I thought I would highlight this gorgeous piece:
This is the green. It also comes in periwinkle, lavender and gold. Beautiful movement, a little bit of an hombre effect…and seriously?!?...Silk for an unbelievable clearance price! We are not seeing much in the way of silks anymore; so scoop this one up before it’s gone!
There are new things popping up all the time. You can visit the entire collection at QVC.com. Bob will be back at the end of this month. Mark your calendars now. He will be on Friday, March 29th from 9-10 PM ET and Saturday, March 30th from 2-3pm ET. I’ll be on for a 2-hour show Saturday morning, March 30th from 4-6 AM ET. I hope to see you there.
You can always give me a shout on Bob’s Facebook page!
Have a great week!
It’s not what you think!! Joan has launched a hilarious new talk show EXCLUSIVELY for the internet! And it’s REALLY REALLY funny! Joan, tell me about the show?
I’ve never had this much fun in my life! The whole show is shot at Melissa’s house in Malibu and takes place in my bedroom! The guest and I sit on my bed and it’s hilarious! It’s all done on a shoestring budget and the guest actually comes out of my closet when I introduce them!! The show is called In Bed with Joan (http://inbedwithjoan.com/).
I have to say, I am loving this show! Only you could pull this off Joan!!
I want to share a gorgeous picture we took of you recently because you are wearing 2 items from our upcoming QVC show on March 28th from 4-6pm!
I love this new jacket (A230524)! It’s bold, crisp, and a NEW way of wearing animal print. I named it my Joan Rangers™ Jacket in honor of all my wonderful Joan Rangers out there!!! And, my brand new Shades of Style Sunglasses (A232862). I am living in these glasses and am stopped on the street by ladies asking where they can get them.
And exclusive, right here on QVC!!
I’m looking forward to premiering our new Garden of Tulips Chiffon Scarf. This design is a brand new printing technique that we haven’t done before. I have never seen a more colorful, photo-realistic printing. You brought us a similar scarf from LONDON and it has taken all season to make this perfect! Tune in on March 28th and look for item A232333.
David, it’s my favorite scarf for spring! Its light weight chiffon and the colors are AMAZING!!!
If you catch Joan’s new show, IN BED WITH JOAN, come back HERE for our chat during our 2 hour show on March 28th from 4-6PM and tell me what you think!!
Joan’s Upcoming Appearances:
Thursday, March 28th
4-6 pm Joan Rivers Classics Collection Chat LIVE with David Dangle on this blog!
Friday, March 29th
1-2 am Inspired Style with special guest David Dangle
Monday, April 1st
7-10 pm PM Style with Lisa Robertson
Follow Joan on Twitter at www.twitter.com/joan_rivers
Or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joanrivers
Follow David on Facebook at www.facebook.com/daviddangleqvc
For Joan’s concert and QVC schedule go to www.joan.co
Hello, everyone! Welcome to my new blog. We have a big team that works on the Denim & Co. brand, so from time to time, you will be hearing from me plus other members of the group on this blog. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.
A group shot from one of our recent Denim & Co. design meetings…and yes…it does take a village!!!!
One of the great benefits of being a designer is having the opportunity to travel around the world and gather ideas to bring back for design and development. It is an exciting part of my job, and I love it! Last week, we traveled to Rome and London, and, besides the fact that it rained every day, we brought back some great items for inspiration.
Maryanne and I shopping for trends in Rome!
And you can’t go to Rome without trying one of their delicious gelato desserts…yum!
Now…off to London…
Maryanne, Lucia and I with a fabulous picture of the Queen!
London is one of my favorite cities in the world. The culture has so much to offer, and, not only is it a great shopping destination to find the latest trends, but it is also a must for anyone who loves museums, the theatre or great people watching on many of the famous streets. We usually visit London twice a year and are never disappointed!
I am so excited about the trends we saw in Europe and wanted to share a little of what we saw. I would love your feedback as these are ideas we would put into work for Spring 2014!!!
What color do you like? There were still lots of pretty colors in Europe with beautiful corals and teals, but the newest color direction is these pretty sunshine yellows and bright blues!
Pretty prints, lace trim, chambray and embroidery were in all the stores. I particularly loved this display and the ideas and would love to hear what you think!
We saw printed shirts everywhere! This was a great presentation of all types of new ideas…from checks to floral to smaller conversational prints such as birds. What would be your favorite Denim & Co. shirt print?
So…these are just a few of the exciting ideas we saw while traveling. It is so much fun to start working on a new season and be inspired to create beautiful clothes for all of our Denim & Co ladies! As for me and my team…we look forward to hearing your feedback, and stay tuned for more exciting blog posts to come!
Shop the complete Denim & Co. collection.
Well, we had a great day on March 17th! What a fun way to spend the day, and the finale with Jane was such great fun. I hope that you enjoyed it too. We are all home safe in Ireland, and I've put the Leprechaun hat and slab of marble back in safe keeping until the next show.
And as the Irish blessing goes: "May the road rise before you, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand."
See more Connemara Marble.
Shop our St. Patrick’s Day Review on QVC.com.
So after a FANTASTIC day at QVC, we all packed up and headed to the airport to make the journey back across the Atlantic - here we all are gathered in the Aer Lingus lounge waiting for our flight – there is always great fun and laughter as we recount the day and the fun things that happened!
A highlight for me was David and Dave James becoming ‘irresistible’ after being sprayed with Patrick cologne – check out the video on QVC.com about 2.5 mins. in – I showed it to the girls in the office this morning – had everyone in stitches!!
Thank you to everyone for making us so welcome – in particular, all the members of the live audience who came to meet us at the QVC shop – it was so lovely to get to meet and chat with some of the fantastic ladies who have supported us throughout the years!
See you all at Rose of Tralee!
Very best wishes,
Here’s some behind-the-scenes photos from our trip to QVC!
Shop our St. Patrick’s Day Review on QVC.com.
So I needed a way to try out the new Starbucks Verismo coffee machine...
It’s coming up as a Today’s Special Value and they sent me a sample to see how I liked it. Now, it’s no secret I’m not a coffee drinker. I’ll have an occasional cup every once in a blue moon, but I’m no connoisseur. I needed the opinion of coffee drinkers -- and to be specific, Starbucks coffee drinkers.
So, I decided to set it up and use it for a club meeting at my house.
I belong to a women’s civic and social organization and our local chapter holds an annual event to raise scholarship funds for students who need financial assistance. Our fundraiser is a luncheon featuring a Hat Fashion Show and Auction. We have the pre-show meeting at my house every year. I thought the meeting would be the perfect place to try my Verismo coffee machine. I knew for a fact that some of our members love a robust cup of coffee.
The afternoon of the meeting, I unboxed the Verismo. I was very impressed the machine came ready to use. There was nothing I had to assemble--just take it out of the box. Off to a good start.
The instructions were super easy--another plus. I was confident I could make whatever my guests wanted -- coffee, espresso, latte. And the TSV came with a variety of pods to make them.
Every year, our group’s final planning meeting is part business/part fun. We hammer out all the last minute details for a luncheon for 200 people--assignments, tickets, hats, auction items, hotel banquet staff instructions and seating. There are a lot of tasks to manage to make sure things go off without a hitch. But we have fun while we’re doing it. Like trying on our hats and dancing a Soul Train Line.
At the end of the meeting, I powered up the Verismo. Everyone was amazed, yet thrilled. The coffee I was serving was just like the Starbucks from the coffeehouse -- it WAS the Starbucks from the coffeehouse. The only difference was I made it at home. And the final thing I liked about the machine was that I didn’t have to remove a pod to make a new cup. Lifting the lever dropped the used pod into a receptacle, so it was simple to make one delicious cup after another.
My coffee was a hit. The Verismo was a hit! And I didn’t have to be a coffee connoisseur to know that! Just call me a Barista!
I have been the lead beauty buyer at QVC for the past two and half years. I am very excited and proud about our British Beauty premiere because I am actually a Brit myself! I moved to the United States nine years ago but have worked in beauty my whole career.
Growing up in beauty it was rare to see brands that originated in the UK. The British have been a late comer to the beauty scene, but all that started to change a few years ago. Beauty is now one of the most progressive markets in the UK, which is now buzzing with new beauty brands like The Sanctuary, SPACE.NK, and Lulu.
I hope you enjoy the product assortment we have put together to celebrate British Beauty. It’s really the tip of the iceberg and we hope to continue to bring you new beauty innovations not just from “Cool Britannia” but from all over the world.