Posts Tagged ‘Leslie Blodgett’

QVC Host Lisa Robertson And Tyra Banks? JTV’s New Host

October 18, 2014

Here’s some scuttlebutt about veteran QVC host Lisa Robertson, who is leaving the network after more than 20 years.

One wag said that Robertson may be headed to model-entrepreneur Tyra Banks’ new daytime talk show.

As far as our readers, many are predicting that Robertson will somehow end up working with her BFF Leslie Blodgett, who made a fortune selling off her company Bare Minerals to Shisedo.

Over at Jewelry Television, word is that Rebecca Moore — a former vendor guest at Shop At Home and former host at Gem Shopping Network — will be joining JTV’s roster of hosts.

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Bare Escentuals’ Leslie Blodgett Returns To QVC Nov. 22

October 29, 2013

For those QVC fans of mineral makeup maven Leslie Blodgett, good news.

Blodgett, longtime chief of the Bare Escentuals cosmetics line, on Monday posted on Facebook that she will be making a visit to the home shopping network in November. She will be appearing with QVC host Lisa Robertson.

Here is the post:

Secret: Lisa my BFF invited me to be on her show nov 22 qvc. Special stuff. I will share more as I learn more. But so excited.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leslie-Blodgett/129478360410877?hc_location=stream

This weekend we did a blog saying that several months ago, unbeknownst, doe-eyed Blodgett has posted a letter on Facebook saying she wasn’t going to be doing shows for Bare Escentuals anymore.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/first-diamond-dean-michael-oconnor-now-makeup-queen-leslie-blodgett-gone-from-qvc/

We guess Robertson made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.

First Diamond Dean Michael O’Connor, Now Makeup Queen Leslie Blodgett Gone From QVC?

October 27, 2013

Thanks to posters on our blog and on the QVC.com boards for giving us the 411 on what is happening with QVC diamond maven Michael O’Connor, who has exited the home shopping network. And they dug up news about doe-eyed Bare Minerals/Bare Escentuals founder Leslie Blodgett.

http://community.qvc.com/forums/viewpoints/topic/412221/michael-oconner-affinity-diamond-rep-leaving-qvc.aspx

First, O’Connor told a Facebook friend why he left QVC.

Leslie Blodgett says goodbye QVC

Leslie Blodgett says goodbye QVC

“Unfortunately, there would have been a contractual conflict with other projects that I’m working on for future and therefore I had no choice,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor, a celeb stylist, also posted a video on Facebook with a clip for an outfit called Engagement 101 TV. It is launching next year — and O’Connor has a show on it.

QVC’s Affinity Diamond line will go on without him.

And a sharp-eyed poster on the QVC forums said that Blodgett will no longer be hosting the Bare Escentuals mineral makeup shows on the home shopping network.

“Leslie said it on her FB page,” the QVC poster said. “She took a sabbatical, and she’ll be back with BE, but her QVC days are over.”

We went on Blodgett’s Facebook page and couldn’t find this announcement, but apparently she’s been MIA from QVC so it sounds real.

UPDATE:

A smart friend found Blodgett’s post.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/leslie-blodgett/letter-to-leslie-blodgetts-fb-page/584814471543928

Blodgett sold her company to Japanese giant Shisedo for $1.7 billion a couple of years ago,

Bare Minerals Creator/QVC Vendor Leslie Blodgett Uses The F-Word

August 17, 2012

Imagine our surprise when we saw Leslie Blodgett, creator of Bare Escentuals mineral makeup and a QVC vendor, staring up at us from a full page ad in The New York Times Thursday.

“I’ve never liked using the F-word,” the provocative headline said. Do tell, Leslie.

But it wasn’t what we thought. The F-word she was talking about was “foundation,” which the doe-eyed Blodgett described as “cakey” and “pore-clogging.”

Leslie Blodgett New York Times ad

“Now, do you want to know why I’ve always been obsessed with natural-looking skin?” she asked in the ad. “Back in the 80’s when I was living in Manhattan, I was on a first date and the guy tells me he can see my ‘face makeup.’ Seriously, he said that. I was humiliated. And I would never want anyone to hear those words.”

Sounds like some of the cornholes we’ve dated, Leslie.

This was all a lead-in for her to announce that her Bare Minerals line was introducing Ready SPF20 Foundation. It is in a compact, looking like powder.

“It’s creamy, it’s hydrating … You’ll be getting compliments on your skin (not your makeup),” she said.

It launches Sept. 1, and but we think QVC has already had it.

In the ad, Blodgett also said that the first 100 people to email her Thursday would receive her new retractable precision face brush. But we think we’re a little late on that one, girls.

QVC Host Lisa Robertson Looks Pretty Damn Good In Person

September 8, 2011

We’re standing in the Suspenders Building in Soho at QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out Event. Our dogs are starting to bark, our Spanx have cut off our circulation and our hair is frizzy. But who cares?

We’re blogging on one of the laptops that QVC has set up. Sweet.

It’s a typical Manhattan event, with loud music and a lot of people dressed in black, us included. It’s crowded and noisy. The party started at 5 p.m., and QVC doesn’t start broadcasting live from here until 9 p.m. And we haven’t had one drop of liquor! Yet.

Lisa and The Homeshoppingista

The highlight so far has been seeing QVC host Lisa Robertson in the flesh. She’s wearing a simple cobalt blue dress with a black belt, and we love her hair tonight. She is slender and pretty. She was posing for photos upstairs, and of course we had to horn our way in.

Robertson got on our good side immediately when she complimented us on our diamond stick cross.

We quickly introduced ourselves as The Homeshoppingista, but we really have no idea if she knew who are. Then QVC took a shot of us with Robertson, and we will downdoad and post it later. That is, we’ll post it unless we look like a big whale next to her, despite our Spanx.

Being here is certainly a great incentive for us to lay off the Pizza Hut bread sticks. We guess it’s a good thing that we can’t find any food here.

There was a blonde female reporter here from the entertainment magazine show “Extra,” and we’ve been following her around. That’s because we can’t believe how thin she is.

When we came in, we caught a quick glimpse of QVC host Jane Treacy, and then we headed upstairs. QVC has a red carpet area outside, but we didn’t see anyone of note on it. Upstairs, we met QVC top honcho Mike George and briefly chatted with him. We hope our tape recorder was working.

QVC upstairs set up stations with the various makeup lines that it sells, such as Laura Geller, who has tomorrow’s TSV, and Bare Escentuals. In fact, we saw Leslie Blodgett posing for photos with party attendees. We had Bare Escentuals touch up our shiny face, and the Laura Geller rep used one of the blushes from the TSV on us.

We were dying to have the reps from T3 flatiron our hair straight, but it’s so humid that we now it would go curly as soon as we walked out the door. So why bother?

For a QVC shopper like us, this is a dream. Downstairs there are stations with samples of new products from vendors such as Joan Rivers, Heidi Klum, Michael Dawkins, Judith Ripka, Melania Trump, Rachel Zoe, Robert Lee Morris and Marc Bouwer.

There are samples of two huge, gorgeous bib necklaces on display from Joan Rivers. One has huge faux diamonds, and the other has bling and orange and black enamel flowers. Stunning.

We got a gander at Klum’s new jewelry line, but we have to say that we’re not feeling it. Sorry Heidi.

Shiseido Debuts On HSN, Rival To Leslie Blodgett’s Mineral Makeup

July 22, 2011

Ground-breaking Bare Escentuals is one of QVC’s most successful beauty lines, with Leslie Blodgett often on the air to tout its natural-looking makeup.

We find it amusing that the Japanese makeup giant that bought Blodgett’s company, Shiseido, debuted its makeup line on HSN today. But then, we’re easily amused.

Mineral Makeup Pioneer On QVC Leslie Blodgett Is Profiled By The Times

June 13, 2011

Leslie Blodgett, one of QVC host Lisa Robertson’s BFFs and the head of the Bare Escentual’s makeup line, had a huge write-up in The Sunday New York Times today.

The story, headlined “Move Over, Estee Lauder,” ran in the Sunday Styles section of the paper.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/fashion/leslie-blodgett-of-bare-escentuals-the-queen-of-beauty.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=leslie%20blodgett&st=cse

The story credits Blodgett with creating a revolution in cosmetics with her mineral-powder makeup. A lot of the story is about Blodgett’s partnership with QVC. We are also told tidbits like the fact that Blodgett’s stay-at-home husband bought her an early 20th anniversary ring — a huge diamond surrounded by sapphires and emeralds — from Tiffany.

“On QVC, Ms. Blodgett’s appearances have the trance-inducing sensuality of a Dionysian ritual,” The Times wrote.

We are also told that Blodgett, who last year sold her company to Shiseido for $1 billion, last summer “rolled across the East Coast,” in Lady Gaga’s tour bus no less, as part of a 10-city tour to preach the gospel of Bare Escentuals, or Bare Minerals, whichever name you prefer, according to The Times.

There is also a quote from Robertson, who the Times inexplicably described as a “Loretta Young lookalike,” in the story.

“I would never have tried the stuff [Bare Minerals} if it weren’t part of my job,” Robertson sold The Times. “I wore full-on hard-core liquid foundation, like everybody else, my whole life. I thought: ‘Minerals? What? Don’t even go there.’ The first tine I tried it, I didn’t think it was working. I wondered, Emperor’s New Clothes?”

Eventually, Robinson swallowed the Kool Aid.

There are other tasty QVC info, like the fact that Blodgett sometimes sells $1.4 million of product an hour on QVC.

All in all, the profile is worth a read.

QVC Queen And Bare Escentuals Founder Leslie Blodgett Graces Bloomie’s Friday

October 7, 2010

For fans of the Bare Escentuals QVC line, the brand’s creator Leslie Blodgett will be appearing at Bloomingdale’s Friday in Manhattan.

Blodgett, who sold her company (aka bareMinerals) to Shiseido, will be at the 59th Street store from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bloomie’s ran a full-page ad in The New York Times about Blodgett’s visit on Wednesday. It said that she is on her first “Big Buffing Road Trip,” where she is “taking her beauty bus to six cities in eight days.”

Blodgett not only has retail outlets for her skincare products, she sells a wide variety of them on QVC.

QVC Host Lisa Robertson And Bare Escentuals Leslie Blodgett: Why Share A Hotel Room In L.A.?

March 2, 2010

We know money is tight all over, but we heard QVC host Lisa Robertson say last night that she was sharing a hotel room with Leslie Blodgett, the female mogul behind the Bare Escentuals cosmetics line, when they are in L.A. later this week to do Oscar-related shows in Tinseltown.

What? Why? Even at my old penny-pinching job, we never had to share a hotel room with a colleague when we traveled to cover a trade show. BFF or not, we want our own room.

And Blodgett just sold her company to Shiseido for $1.7 billion. She can afford her own room, too.

QVC is shooting its pre-Oscar shows at the ritzy Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills (we’ve stayed there, done that).

Here’s QVC’s descrption of part of its Oscar-related programming from the Left Coast later this week.

“It’s time to get red carpet-ready as we take you to L.A. the week of the big awards for The Buzz on the Red Carpet, live from our star-studded party at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

We’ll be joined by celebrities, designers, stylists and some of Tinseltown’s most popular names in fashion, beauty, accessories and jewelry as they share their favorite red carpet tales and their celebrity-tested secrets for looking great in the spotlight and out. Let QVC bring the excitement and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest week of the year into your home during The Buzz on the Red Carpet, live from L.A.”

Bare Escentuals Is Being Purchased By Shiseido For $1.7 Billion After QVC Made It Famous

January 21, 2010

Looks like Leslie Blodgett, CEO of Bare Escentuals, has landed quite a little pay day for her company: It’s being bought by Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido for $1.7 billion. Leslie, can we be your friend?

Blodgett, a long-time QVC vendor whose line launched the mineral makeup trend in the U.S., is quoted Thursday in a Wall Street Journal story about the deal.

The story says that Bare Escentuals “shot to fame” after Blodgett “started appearing on infomercials on QVC, the television shopping channel.” Journal dumbbell reporters — those were not infomercials, that QVC’s programming! That’s what TV shopping is, you ink-stained wretches of Rupert Murdoch.

The Journal said that Blodgett has become “become something of a cosmetics superstar,” with customers flocking to her public appearances.

“I don’t think of myself of an icon in any way,” Blodgett told the Journal. “The fact that we grew so much is a big suprise…I went on TV because there was no one else to do it.”

She was interviewed at Shiseido’s Tokyo headquarters in Japan.

Blodgett will remain CEO of Bare Escentuals, still operating out of San Francisco.

The deal will give Shiseido more market power in the U.S., while Bare Escentuals gets to expand internationally.