I recently had the chance to spend the afternoon with Philosophy and QVC for the 12 Days of Wishes Campaign. It was a dream come true to walk into the QVC studio and see everything that comes into play to produce such an iconic show. We were able to sit back stage and watch the hosts do their thing. It was so fun listening to them talk about their experience with Philosophy, how they use the products and why they make the perfect holiday gifts. I had the chance to go behind the scenes to see how the show comes together and I get to share it with all with you so stay tuned for some insider insights!
Up Close and Personal
Have you seen the movie, Joy? It was kind of like that except instead of watching everything unfold on a movie screen, I saw everything up close and personal. When I watch QVC from home, everything looks so easy. In reality, there is so much that goes into each show to account for every detail. We took a tour through the studio, which included stepping into the Philosophy set and getting to watch a live episode behind the cameras. It was magical.
Philosophy products were neatly organized and each station was easily accessible so the hosts could demo everything live. Every moment counts so it’s really important that everything is ready since there is only one chance to get it right! The hosts and the crew had everything planned out to the second. QVC and Philosophy have been partnering for 18 years now so they have everything down to a science.
If you saw my Instagram stories, you may have noticed little sticky notes behind each product. Value is a major focus of the show. The products are strategically bundled so you can get more for a lower price, especially during the holidays.
The world of TV is so exciting to me. Seeing how the show was set up and especially the countdown to going live was surreal. The Philosophy set is bright yet cozy with a winter wonderland feel. It takes about three to four hours for everything to get set up before the show even begins. Even the lights are strategically placed to showcase the product in the best possible way.
As the time to go live approached, I started to feel really nervous for the hosts. So much was on the line and there was no room for error. Surprisingly, everyone was so calm. I had the chance to chat with the two hosts, who were incredibly kind and took the time to chat with us minutes before they went live in front of the camera. The cameras were on large cranes moving around to get the best angle. The bright lights were shining. The models were getting ready. Bloggers were asking questions. Yet, the hosts were calm and ready to go. It was unbelievable to watch, especially since the producers were in a separate room and communicated with the hosts via an earpiece. These ladies took multi-tasking to a whole new level.
I could go on but I also want to share some details on the incredible products we got to see in the Philosophy holiday pop up shop and throughout the day.
Philosophy Holiday Gifts
I have been using Philosophy for years and rely on my classics from the Amazing Grace collection. During the holidays, these classics are available along with so many other options. Some of my personal favorites are the handbook 5 piece hand cream collection and the amazing and pure refresh 4 piece collection. With the hand creams, you get five 30 mL hand creams in a variety of scents. I love that because I can put one in my purse, on my desk, in my car, by the kitchen sink, and on my nightstand. You can even use the creams as little stocking stuffers. Plus, it is super affordable at $28 since it comes in a bundle.
I also love the amazing and pure refresh collection I mentioned above. Did you know that Philosophy has dry shampoo? I am all about making my blow out last as long as possible. I really only wash my hair twice a week because I think it makes for healthier hair. Many of the dry shampoos I have tried either didn’t work or left a gross white residue in my hair. I really like the one by Philosophy and especially love I can get two of my favorite scents, amazing grace and pure grace. It makes your hair so shiny and gives you that third day tousled hair vibe that we all covet.
The body spritz smell amazing, of course. I like to keep one in my car and one on my nightstand to spray the sheets each night. I love climbing into bed after a long day and having the sheets smell like my favorite perfume. Sold separately, this package would be $102 but with the bundle, it’s $59.52. You can also get this dry shampoo and fragrance duo for less than $50. I’m also loving this 12 piece winter wonderland set for $88, which includes the high gloss lip shines.
Philosophy has the best gift bundles for the holidays. You can gift the entire collection to someone or depending on how much you want to spend, you can break the set apart and gift items individually. If you have a lot of family members or a lot of friends, you have plenty of options for all of your loved ones. I love the idea of separating the winter wonderland collection by product so I would take a shower gel, body soufflé, and lip shine, put it in a gift bag with tissue paper and have the perfect gift for multiple people. Another set you could break apart is this body soufflé set with 8 different lotions. The possibilities are endless.
I’m always struggling with what to gift my loved ones for the holidays. I want it to be special and something they would use all year round. I hope this post was helpful in giving you some gifting ideas!
Another reason I am excited to partner with Philosophy is their focus on giving back to the community. Philosophy has the Hope & Grace Initiative, which gives 1% of all US net product sales to support community-based mental health efforts. I love supporting companies that support the community.
On November 28, 2017, help QVC spread the love in support of #GIVINGTUESDAY. Just snap a photo and share the love with your friends and family on social media.
Thank you Philosophy for sponsoring this post and for an incredible day at QVC studio!
My outfit details: Top: Express | Skirt: State via Revolve | Jacket: Zara, sold out (similar here) | Shoes: Schutz, black and nude (back in stock!!) (similar here)