Thursday, December 18, 2008

Charla is Da Bomb, Baby

Charla Rines is by far the kookiest and funniest home shopping host out there. Granted, she can be a tad over the top and a little too much to take at times, but I'd rather be annoyed occasionally than bored all the time.

I was channel surfing last night and happened to come by Charla selling Isomers on ShopNBC. If I see Charla, I have to pause and listen for at least a couple minutes. You just never know what she's gonna do.

Charla seemed genuinely passionate about the Isomers products she was presenting. She talked about what she uses regularly and the results that she has seen--using her own face to demonstrate results. And, no, she didn't look like an airbrushed supermodel. She looked like a regular lady fighting the good fight against the ever-persistent hands of time.

Charla was not only entertaining, but she interacted with the vendor, the fabulous Manuela Marcheggiani, as if she were a customer with substantive questions about the products.

For her part, Manuela was personable and informative. She didn't gloss over the research that explained how and why a particular product worked. I see why Isomers has such a loyal following. It seems to be the way Philisophy was in the beginning, before everything became about a big bowl of sudsy Gingerbread Man shower gel demonstrations.

They were perfect together. The inquisitive entertainer coupled with the knowledgeable vendor was so refreshing. It was everything that home shopping could and should be. And this was on ShopNBC of all places!

I almost ordered some anti-reddness serum since I have such a problem with dry, red skin. Almost. I think that the only thing that stopped me was that there wasn't a special on that specific product. But as soon as there is ...


  1. Oh, my goodness, I remember Carla years and years ago doing demos of some of the first fashions on the ex-CVN before it became QVC! She was one of the show hosts left behind in the merger, along with Colleen Lopez. I never understood why she wasn't brought along to the new Q.

  2. I don't know her or ShopNBC but i got a kick from the Philosophy gingerbread comment. Years ago, i tried some of the skin care & it was fine but not great enough to continue with. I don't want to go around smelling like a pumpkin or a gingerbread cookie & besides, i think that would just be an appetite stimulant anyway which no one really needs esp. during the holidays.

  3. Why did the Q let her go??? She's the best! :-)

  4. I guess the Q, in their infinite wisdom, didn't think she fit into their corporate idea of what a show host should be. Considering some of the others they DID take along with them from CVN, I've always wondered about their broadcasting agenda.

  5. I love Charla!! She is genuine and yes, sometimes she may be over the top but she certainly doesn't use "high end" and "madison avenue" in every other sentence. I have been using some of the Isomers line for over a year and I am very pleased with the results I have gotten. Manuela and her company are always helpful and you can actually email her/associates with any questions about their line and get an answer, or how to incorporate things that you are already using with theirs. I have only had good experiences with shopnbc and their Isomers line.

  6. Well, Da Bomb blew up. She is off the Shop NBC website under the host listing. Another one bites the dust.

  7. My mother loves Isomers Skin Care products and she loves to shop from home. Looks like she's not alone. Ha ha ha homeshoppingqueen!


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