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Get Into It with Marion Witz

Marion Witz is getting into it! She sat down with The Shopping Channel for a candid interview about being a mother, an entrepreneur, and life working with Elizabeth Grant. From turning 60 years-old to climbing a mountain in Peru, Marion is sharing her insights, interests, and all she’s learned over the years!

Q: What’s new and exciting in the Elizabeth Grant Collection for Summer Beauty this year?

A: For Summer Beauty this year we have together created the most incredible product called SOS Rescue Cream. It’s specifically formulated to help the skin cope with the environmental damage. Let’s face it, it’s very hot and we are outside now so our bodies are outsides…our skin is going to be stressed that much more. Well that’s our exciting new product for summer!

Q: What’s your best Summer Beauty tip?

A: One of the things that women should always know is to stay out of the sun – and that’s really difficult, especially in the summer! Wear a sunscreen if you’re outside and get your colour from bronzing products. There are so many beautiful bronzing products today! At one stage bronzing products would make you look streaky and yellow. But today with the technology, when you put a good bronzer on your body, your body looks bronzed and it looks lovely! That’s where we should get our colour from, not from the sun!

Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as an entrepreneur and what advice do you have for others who are interested in starting their own business?

A: When Elizabeth and I started the company – I think it was 1998 or 1999, we were very naive about everything. We started the business in my basement and it grew from there. People often ask me what advice I have for other people – especially women, who want to start a business. I really say, when you start a business make sure your research the market, make sure that you don’t put every bit of money you own into the business because when you start a business you don’t know if it’s going to be successful. Start small, dream big – which is great! But start small and know that if it doesn’t work you’ll still have your life.

Q: How did you juggle three children and running a business and what advice do you have for busy working moms?

A: It’s not easy being a mother with children and running a business. As a mother you always want to give everything to your children, you want to be there for them and be able to take them wherever they need to go. When I started the business with Elizabeth, my children were older and what I did was I roped them into the company. Every single day when we had packing I made them come downstairs and help me pack all the boxes. They would moan and groan, but I said this was a great way for you to earn money! The kids almost grew up with me in the business, but I always made sure – now this is very important- I always made sure that I was there for them when they needed me, that I was there to take them to wherever I needed to take them, and that I was there to sit down and talk to them when they needed me to be there. Children are young for such a short time! You know you blink and then the kids are grown up. Like now I’ve blinked and my kids are grown up. But I know and I’m pleased that I was able to juggle my time then – it’s not easy, but it’s always about priorities!

Q: You appear regularly on The Shopping Channel and are comfortable with public speaking, you even wrote a book about it. How do you recommend others get over their fear of public speaking and empower their voice and strengthen their expression?

A: Many people don’t know that prior to being with Elizabeth I was a presentation skills trainer and a voice coach. I actually wrote a book called Stand Up and Talk to 1000 People (And Enjoy It!). I think “And Enjoy It!” is really the most important part of that title, because so many people hate giving presentations. And yet if you know how to do it, and if you know how to manage it, it becomes something that you can do so very, very well. Being a voice coach, I think, was a great way for me to learn how to do presentations because I learned that your voice is like a musical instrument, it’s like playing a piano. All you have to do is to learn how to play it, and if you know how to play it well your voice will never let you down. The more you do deep breathing exercises you’ll start to find you can manage that first step of your presentation.

Q: What’s one of your greatest accomplishments?

A: I turned 60 this year! For my 60th birthday I decided to do something I’ve never done before and that was to hike up a mountain in Peru. I asked my friend to accompany me. I had no experience, I never exercise and I’ve never walked before. I have to tell you it was the most thrilling thing I’ve ever done because every single day was an accomplishment. Every single day when I started out and I battled and I never ever thought I’d reach the height that I reached. Then when I did, coming down the mountain at the end of every day and just eating and then jumping into bed was the greatest accomplishment of my life!

Get into your skin with Marion and Elizabeth Grant during their 15th Anniversary visit at The Shopping Channel on July 19 & 20 with our Today’s Showstopper.

To hear our interview with Marion Witz click the player below!

Four Essential Summer Sandals

The Victoria Day long weekend is only days away, which can only mean one thing – summer is well on its way!

For many women this means a trip to the nail salon for a pedicure. Knowing us, we’ll probably throw in a manicure while we’re at it for good measure! It’s only when this vital step has been taken will we be ready to breakout our summer sandals and rock them with confidence!

The Shopping Channel loves shoes just as much as the next gal - and a great summer sandal is the icing on the cake! So we decided to raid our shoe closet and have come up with four must have sandals that will take you through the summer season! From super comfy to sky-high and fabulous, we have exactly what you need for day and night summer lovin’!

Dr. Scholl’s Iris Toe Thong Sandal

Living up the summer months means a trip to the beach, and proper footwear is a definite must! This Iris Toe Thong Sandal from Dr. Scholl’s features cushioned Memory Fit® foam which ensures superior comfort while walking on the sandy beach. It’s fitted with a floral detail fastened to an elastic stretch instep strap that not only ensures a great fit, but also boasts must-have style!

Orthaheel Women’s Lola Toe Post Sandal

If you’re taking a trip this summer you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking. Women don’t want to sacrifice style for comfort, so our solution is this Lola Toe Post Sandal from Orthaheel. This sexy toe sandal is adorned with two-toned metal trim to help add glamour to your feet. But these sandals are also good for your body! They feature a built-in, lightweight EVA biomechanical orthotic footbed that helps support your feet, realigns the lower legs, and improves posture and balance.

Sam Edelman Georgina Gladiator Sandal

We don’t always know where our day will take us; plans change and we have to go with the flow. We can be spontaneous in this Sam Edelman Georgina Gladiator Sandal. They’re flat which makes them comfortable and perfect for a day of shopping. However the grey crystal and gunmetal stud embellishments give them a dazzling chic flare that’s appropriate for a casual dinner with friends.

Franco Sarto Kashmir Cork Wedge Peep Toe Sandal

Summer date nights and outdoor weddings are the highlight of our summer. These special occasions call for a spectacular shoe and our Franco Sarto Kashmir Cork Wedge Peep Toe Sandal fits the bill! It’s versatile and can be dressed up for more formal events or dressed down for a more casual setting. The sling-back, peep toe style features a platform wedge that will elongate your legs in all of the skirts, dresses, capris and shorts you plan on wearing in the warmer weather.

Shop all our summer sandals on our website!

Elizabeth Grant home videos - part 2

We hope you’re celebrating, shopping & enjoying our Elizabeth Grant Anniversary Event. As promised, here are some more of Elizabeth’s home videos. You can watch the videos I posted yesterday here.

 
 

An Anniversary Gift to all my favourite Girls!

Everyone knows no matter how great one’s face can look, there are tell-tales signs of aging that most people cannot fight. Where are these areas? The hands and neck! Well — you all know me — I am not getting any younger, though I wish I could find this fountain of youth, and by the stories people tell me about it, it sounds fantastic. It’s a very strange site to see me walking up to every fountain … Anyhow I digress!

Nothing shows your age more than the lines and wrinkles and saggy skin on the neck and the vertical lines on the décolleté. An old looking neck is described as a turkey-neck because the lines, wrinkles and crepey folds. I refuse to wear turtlenecks all year round! I ran directly to my chemist, and said “look at this, can you see this?” directly pointing to my neck and then I said, “now fix it.” What can I say? Sometimes it’s great to be Elizabeth Grant!

As you all know, I am in my eighties, but what is important is how I feel and how I look. Girls, you all know I have never been happy with my neck (40 years ago for sure, 20 even) but when this serum came along …. WOW!!! As soon as I put it on my neck felt firmer and tighter … immediately. Yes, immediately. I ran straight back the labs and almost jumped onto our chemists with excitement “thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!”

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How does it work? This is the part that gets a little science-y even for me. My lab told me that the Caviar Neck and Décolleté Serum “has a dual action system of intensive repair and restructuring peptides. When combined with the beads of Caviar and Torricelumn™ the results are quicker and longer lasting.”

Well, all I know is it WORKS! Only the best for you girls. I am telling you that this is the product NOT to miss. And once you have a gorgeous neck, my new necklace is the perfect way to show it off!

Go on girls enjoy and paint the town red on me!
Much love,
Elizabeth Grant

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Elizabeth Grant’s Home Movies - part 1

We have such a treat for all you Elizabeth Grant fans out there. In celebration of our Elizabeth Grant Anniversary Event tomorrow, we have some incredible home movies to share with you. Watch & enjoy the clips below. I’ll post some additional home movies again tomorrow.

Join us for our Elizabeth Grant Anniversary Event tomorrow - we know it will be another cherished memory for Elizabeth, just like the ones captured in the videos below.

 

 

 

Make a date with us tomorrow for our Elizabeth Grant Anniversary Event

Whatever your plans may be on Saturday, I would definitely work our Elizabeth Grant Anniversary Event into your day.

We kick off with an incredible Today’s Showstopper, followed by a day featuring kits especially put together (and priced) for this special event.

Our Beauty Buyers have put together a line-up that’s sure to please every Elizabeth Grant fan, and the Grande Dame herself will be with us at 10am, 3pm, 6pm and 10pm ET to celebrate and shop with you.

Some of the over 2 dozen new arrivals from Elizabeth Grant include …

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Elizabeth Grant Beautiful Colours Lip Stain & Gloss Collection
Blockbuster: $37.50

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Elizabeth Grant Surprise Box

Back by popular demand. Only $30

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Elizabeth Grant Clutch Bag Set
Available in 5 fashion colours + 6 of our favourite Elizabeth Grant products

David Dangle’s top Joan Rivers picks

If you caught David Dangle’s first show today at 8am ET, you saw how excited he was about the Joan Rivers Summer Beauty line-up. If you one of the thousands of Joan Rivers fans out there, you won’t want to miss David’s top picks:

1) Joan Rivers Fairy Pales 10-Piece Nail Collection
Blockbuster Price: $20.63 & includes a quilted makeup bag.
Featured in Harpers Bazaar magazine, you’ll received 10 of the hottest sheer shades of the season. Soft, beautiful & easy-to-wear.
Joan Rivers
2) Joan Rivers Absolutely Magic Body Glow Moisturizer Duo
Our model Kelly is currently walking around with one leg & one arm beautifully bronzed, after demo’ing this fabulous product on air this morning!

Joan Rivers

3) Joan Rivers Great Hair Day Fill-in Powder
This revolutionary product sold out during it’s first airing at The Shopping Channel and David was so pleased to be able to bring it back today. If, like Joan, you have naturally thin or thinning hair, this fill-in powder gives the illusion of having more hair!

Joan Rivers

Catch David Dangle live again today at 11am, 2PM, 5PM & 9PM ET. Shop the entire Joan Rivers jewellery, beauty & accessories collection online.

David Dangle

Get started with Smashbox Studios

We can’t have a Summer Beauty Event and not talk about Smashbox Cosmetics. Actually, let’s let Smashbox make-up artist and our TV Guest Nina Brabec do the talking:

Don’t have Smashbox in your make-up bag currently? Here are the best-selling items that are a perfect intro to the brand: 

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Smashbox Jetset Eyeliner & Brush

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Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Your Beauty Day Top 5 To Do List

24 hours of beauty programming … it’s any beauty addicts dream come true. With all the excitement we’re packing in to a single day, I can’t help but be concerned that you might miss something! So I’ve compiled this Beauty Day Top 5 list - 5 things you need to know & need to check out during our Beauty Day event today.

1 - Order the Ojon Today’s Showstopper
This will be a sure sell-out. Don’t even take the time to make your morning cup of coffee before ordering the Ojon 5-Piece Hydrate, Thicken & Style Collection.

2 - Tune in to our Beauty Views show at 9AM & 9PM ET
Our expert panel includes Denis Simioni (Ojon), Jane Nugent (Go SMiLE), Joli Baker (Pur Minerals) and Elizabeth Grant. Full of fun & fast-paced, we’ve now expanded Beauty Views to one full hour.

3 - Check out our new arrivals from Elizabeth Grant
Including the Elizabeth Grant Fragrance & Scents Collection, now at a Summer Beauty Price of $60
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4 - See what’s new this month from Pur Minerals
Voted Customer Favourite Makeup Line in our 2009 Shoppies Awards, Joli Baker has brought over a dozen new items with her for her Summer Beauty Visit, including:
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Pur Minerals Pur Rocks & Lip Gloss Kit

5 - Make note that we’re offering a minimum of 4 Easy Pays on ALL orders today. What does that mean for you? Stock up on your beauty favourites & hot new finds while spreading the cost of your order over 4 months or more. How beautiful is that?!

 

Ojon’s Denis Simioni defines wildcrafted beauty

As part of our Summer Beauty Event, The Shopping Channel is putting the spotlight on some of Beauty Masters. In this exclusive video, Ojon founder Denis Simioni shares his definition of “wildcrafted” beauty:

Denis Simioni & Ojon kick off The Shopping Channel’s all-day Beauty Day event tomorrow. We’re expecting the Today’s Showstopper to sell out early, so be prepared to shop early. I can’t tell you the price … but can tell you that it’s the Ojon 5-Piece Hydrate, Thicken & Style Collection with a $124 retail value. You can be sure we’re offering it for way less than this, tomorrow only!

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