I remember getting Sky TV for the first time when I was about 12. The highlights of this, for me, were being able to watch The Simpsons for the first time and stumbling across the QVC home shopping channel. The fact that you could shop FROM YOUR SOFA was exciting, even to my pre-teen self. If you can look past the myriad of fashion offerings that your nana would love, the Diamonique jewels and the kitchen gadgets (okay, I do like the kitchen gadgets), then you'll see that QVC is quite the shopping destination for beauty enthusiasts. It offers both mainstream and niche beauty brands, always at a discount. Even better if there is a TSV beauty buy (that, for the uninitiated, means Today's Special Value and is a one-off crazy-good offer that runs for just 24 hours). But I don't have time to watch TV all day—is what, I'm pretty sure, you're thinking, and I know, me neither (a lot's changed since I was 12), which is why you need to bookmark qvcuk.com and check out my round-up of the best beauty buys from QVC stat!
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who Read has worked with for a decade, is a fan of this mist. It's 95% organic rose water, so it's seriously hydrating, and it gently adds a bronze colour that looks more like a healthy glow than a fake tan. Apparently, Rosie keeps hers in the fridge.
Retinol is a wonder ingredient, it stimulates cells to produce collagen to soften wrinkles and even targets pigmentation and skin texture. Usually you find it in night treatments because it can leave skin sensitive to the sun, but StriVectin have packed it into a day treatment and thanks to the SPF you're protected. This means you can tackle skin ageing 24/7 not just at night.
Containing a blend of oils, including lavender, wild chamomile and patchouli, this sleep-inducing spray has become quite the cult beauty buy. It's clinically proven to work, one study found 89% of 200 people fell asleep faster when using this spray. The trio contains a balm and pulse point oil.
This concealer is a team favourite, it's sheer enough in texture that it doesn't cake or dry, but it's packed with reflective mineral pigments to conceal and brighten. Use it around the nose and it makes light work of redness, or blend it into the inner corner of your eyes. It's not too illuminating, so you can use it on spots too. Oh, and did we mention this duo is only £27? You would normally pay £22 for one.
Red polish is always a chic choice and this trio includes two Gel Effect (read: high-shine) polishes in St. James, a scarlet, and West End, a pillar box red. The third is Alexa Chung's textured red top coat that gives a lace-like texture to the nails. Layer over red for a subtle effect or apply over a nude for a vivid nail-art effect.
A daily serum, this contains epidermal growth factors (EGF) derived from barley—EGFs are a protein that naturally occurs in our skin. Tjese plant-derived EGFs communicate with our own skin cells, encouraging them to produce more youth-boosting collagen and elastin. Expect softer, smoother, brighter skin in a matter of weeks.
With natural proteins and conditioners, this overnight mask absorbs into the hair to strengthen and repair it from the inside out. Wake up to frizz-free, glossy hair. Oh, and you get the eye mask too!
If you haven't tried this body oil before, you really should. It smells glorious, how we imagine the scent of an untouched tropical island would be. Just like coconut oil, this hardens when it's cold, so you need to warm the bottle in a bowl of hot water, but it's worth it. It leaves skin seriously smooth and with a healthy sheen.
It's the combination of the acids (lactic, phytic and fruit) that loosen and slough away the dead skin cells that can leave our complexions looking dull. Copper also helps to regulate oil production. Skin is more even toned, pores are refined and redness is soothed.