A day in the life of: Alison Young


If I take a Wednesday for you, as this is my regular new show at 8pm #AYBNI, it will help you understand how diverse the two halves of my life are, but will hopefully show you how my life keeps me grounded and give you an understanding as to why I am still passionate today, about beauty products.

The dogs wake me up at 2am and 4am because even they are confused about my shift work and want to go out, even though the previous night, I have managed to go to bed at a normal time. At 6am I give in and the Dobermans come to bed!

7am and the horses are kicking the doors. I grab a quick coffee and Ultrasun SPF50 Anti-Ageing, Anti-Pigmentation Day Cream. Feed the horses (all six of them!) and then take a cup of tea into my husband, who, very cleverly is still in bed.

Figo the grey, then Quanda then Fina (Figo’s naughty sister) and my star 24 year old Lottie the mother

Next I take the dogs for a walk – Zena and Ferguson, the Dobermans, whilst I think about the day and make a plan in my head and wait for the vet to confirm what time he is going to arrive. A quick check back in the house to look at any emails that have arrived, regarding for example, any events I am attending, brand meeting appointments, schedule dates and new products coming in.

Walking the dogs

More coffee (I allow myself three), a large multi-vitamin and mineral supplements that keep me going, and then it’s on to mucking out stables, turning the horses out into the fields and start to exercise horse number one who is recovering from a sacroiliac and is my top jumper, Ellie-May.

In the tack room, I have more Ultrasun and Ultrasun lip, bareMinerals Lip Gloss and emergency mascara, along with a Laura Geller Balance n Brighten which are kept there permanently for when the mirror frightens me and I need to do a quick repair. Baseball cap is kept on if a riding hat isn’t. I am not one who can take a riding hat off and look good!

Precious princess Ellie-May all wrapped up – she HATES flys!

My vet arrives and we check Alliana’s foot abscess and do blood tests on Lottie and Alliana’s Cushing’s disease to ensure her medication level is correct and discuss Ellie-May’s sacroiliac. When he leaves, I grab an hour in the house and catch up on phone calls and messages, involving some accounts work because I am self-employed and run my own books.

Alliarna and the dreaded foot abscess talking to Ellie May

In my study, I have thousands of products, so whilst I am doing this I am also looking and testing applications of some different formulas to make sure that, for example, the Caudalie Eye Product I am using at the moment does work on wrinkles and lines and doesn’t roll off with any of the brands on my make-up trolley that we stock so that I can pass this information on to you.

My current desk!

I hear a car arrive on the gravel and my groom is here, Jade, who has worked with me now for six years. I buy her plenty of chocolate and she is fully-trained and is addicted to Philip Kingsley Elastacizer, Ultrasun and wears a different nail colour every day.

We bring my last homebred youngster in, Fina, who is now five and has been difficult (Chestnut!) so we are starting her off again this spring after a winter’s rest. We lunge and ride her together. Once this is done successfully, which can take just 20 minutes or sometimes an hour and 20 minutes, we have another dog walk to keep the Dobermans happy as I go around checking the fences and making sure the horses are all in the right place and that they have fresh water.

It’s a nice, sunny day so they are able to be out and it hasn’t been raining. The ground is hard (because I am on clay) which means that it is not slippery so they can stay out for the day, although it means that the grass doesn’t grow (a slight preoccupation of mine – the quality of the grazing)!

Fina in training – she does not always look as safe n sweet as this!

I then check the phone and emails again and then it’s time to jump in the shower where today, it’s a Philip Kingsley treatment. I will do a pre-shower Elasticizer and an Ole Henrikson Power Peel. At this point, it is 2pm and as usual I realise that I haven’t had breakfast or lunch and I’m about to head out to non-stop work and won’t be back until after midnight with no time to eat. So, I throw everything into the Vitamix: spinach, carrots, apples, ginger, pineapple and porridge oats and drink that on the way to work. I take some protein bars to eat, pick up a salad and one of my gluten-free sausage rolls out of the freezer to take with me.

When I get in the car, I have wet hair as I often dry it at work. I paint my nails once my seatbelt is on and the car engine is running – then it is easy for them to dry.

I get to work after a 50 mile journey for 3.30pm. I go to my dressing room, check my make-up, pick up any messages and then head off to the Beauty Night In weekly meeting. At 5pm I go up to the broadcast floor to see the producers and directors for that evening, lecture a few on sunburnt noses and get stopped with numerous questions on the way, for example: ‘You know that product you had at the weekend?’… ‘My mum’….  I look to see if my cameraman who has skin allergy hands is around as I have brought some new products in for him to try.

My current testing trolleys for skin and make-up to see what works and if they can be layered etc. to answer your questions before you ask them, and give you advice about expected results and how long products last

At 5.30pm I have 30 mins to get ready with full makeup and hair, check my nails. I then go backstage to pick up my microphone, go to see the final layout of products, and see my backstage manager.

At 6pm I go to see Sinead and Heather ready for the Philip Kingsley show at 7pm and check that they are happy and if there is any change in information or demonstrations compared to when we last spoke, and let them know any questions that have already come through from the viewers on social media that we will be wanting to address. The producer and director are with me at these times so that we can all make the final plan of the hour together. I also have to plan the 8pm AYBNI show as I go straight on with that at 8pm as well so William is trotting along as I will have to leave him to do a lot of the preparation as I will be on air.

After the 8pm Beauty Night In show, I then do a live Q&A on social media which I love because its individual; 121 consultations of real beauty concerns and often gives us ideas and direction for shows on the beauty channel or articles on the web that we want to do in the future. At this point I’m normally eating the food that I brought in whilst William is typing madly away.

At 10.15pm I do a quick change, pick up any post and products that I need to test that have been left in my in tray and can then head off home via the supermarket (I love the all night ones!) to do a shop.

I normally get home just after midnight, where I let the dogs out, check the horses and then my favourite ritual of the day, do a full salon facial removal of my makeup, have a little graze in the fridge and I may catch up on a TV programme that I’ve missed, but normally aim to get to bed as quick as possible because guess who (?!) is going to wake me up in the night!


  1. Hayley Ashbourne June 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Well Alison I don’t know I you do it. You make me sleepy with the thought of all that as I have ME & MS!
    Alsom can you tell me why when I used shampoo or conditioner with panthanot I get a really itchy scalp?

  2. Lorraine T June 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm -  Reply


  3. Marilyn Cameron June 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Omg Alison you are definitely super woman. How do you do it? Please let me into your secret. .
    Marilyn. .x

  4. Nicola June 16, 2015 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Wow! And just when I thought I couldn’t admire you any more! You are a hard working lady. And we would be lost without all your tips and advice (not to mention your wicked sense of humour!)

  5. Karen Webb June 16, 2015 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    That is one very long day! !! Where do you get the make up trolleys from? Xxx

  6. louise June 17, 2015 at 12:49 am -  Reply

    HI Alison, I was wondering if u cud recommended a foundation that will stay on all day and the best concealer for dark circles. Thank you.

  7. Faith June 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Thank you very much Alison. I’m do glad wir have you on QVC, you have taught a lot if we ladies what and what not to in regards to make up error. I never used to like liquid foundation but with your explanation & Mally’s and Laura’s balance and bight en I don’t go out now without any makeup on my face. Love you lots.

  8. jo June 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I.m 56 and have mild rosacea with combination hot skin. can you suggest a wash off cleanser and a cream to calm/cool my skin. thank you.

  9. KK June 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Alison, I have just read your blog. You pack so much into your day. Taking the dogs out and looking after the horses. Why does your husband not help you. With all you to pack in can he not bring you a cup of coffee? Whilst he is in bed could he not walk the dogs? It seems you have very little time to sleep and will be having a detrimental effect on your health. Get your husband out of bed and tell him to help out with dogs, horses etc, and make you some decent food so you don’t have to GRAB anything available . Take care.

  10. Linda June 18, 2015 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Alison I felt tired after reading your blog, how on earth do you do it. You look so good on it.


  11. Margaret June 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    WOW what a day you have and at such an early start. I’m surprised your not falling asleep on some of the shows. I love all your tips and advice and I hope you continue to do so for many years as it wouldn’t be the same without you. So thank you from me and many others on packing so much in to your long days and still have time to include us in to some of them. This was such a lovely blog to read as it is great to hear stories from and about all the individual presenters, we feel that we know you (but we actually don’t) as we watch you so often. I could not end without saying that you have lovely horses and dogs.

  12. Jenny Truelove June 29, 2015 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Alsion, I would like your advise please. I am thinking of buying either the light stim or the tria laser for wrinkles. Which one would you suggest?

  13. Corrinne June 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Like Hayley in Ashbourne I have M E etc. I suffer from puffy eyes.just recently the sbc rep recommended one of the gels as being effective, for the life of me can’t r ember which can u help

  14. Joan Brydon July 1, 2015 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    (Riding) hats off to you, what a hectic day. I started horse riding in my fifties but wish I had started as a youngster as there is so much to learn and fear of falling is never far from my mind and I am terrified of cantering. Horses are such beautiful, perceptive creatures and anyone who can ride gets my complete admiration. How you keep your nails with stable work I do not know!

  15. Debbie Robinson July 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,can’t believe your busy schedule,I feel lazy compared to u,I’d like to know where u get the gluten free sausage rolls and wish qvc stocked some!..we are what we eat afterall so maybe breakfast would be good?I’ve enjoyed the shows where u do the demos very much,nice to see u in ur professional role,Hope u get pressies via the husband from the four legged babies u deserve them! Take care x Debbie x

  16. Liz July 10, 2015 at 4:20 am -  Reply

    Amazed at your schedule. How do you do it?! Love you advice and look forward to your shows and value your advice very much

  17. Carole Mundy July 22, 2015 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    I have always wondered about your horses as I have three horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats( and other animals) I have rescued them all. Unfortunately I do not look as glamorous as you but have always loved your plain speaking, love of chocolate and beauty tips. I have really loved this trip into your daily world..Thank You Alison and love to your horses and dogs

  18. KK July 23, 2015 at 1:18 am -  Reply

    HI, ALISON YOU REALLY DO CRAM ALLOT IN TO YOUR DAY. THE DOGS THE HORSES. GETTING TO BED LATE. HARDLEY EVER A having MINUTE TO TAKE FOR YOUSELF! I just fee sorry for you because you do everything . Waking the , dogs waking for the horses and bringing cups of coffee to you husband !i hope he loves and cares for you. You must stop bringing cups of coffe, tell him to get his own and tell him to get out of bed and walk the dogs himself. I hope he looks after you by walking the dogs and making his own coffee. I would be upset if he didn’t pull his weight and leave you knackered everyday. I watch your shows and most of time you really look so tired. Bless you. Get your husband to walk the dogs and make YOU a cup of coffee.
    You come across as a lovely woman and it would be awful if you collapsed due to working your self to the ground. WAKE UP YOUR HUSBAND!
    Take care Alison
    Best wishes.

  19. trudi July 30, 2015 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I too have a hectic life with all my animals – way too many too mention !! two jobs and a degree course.
    We both know the pleasure comes from interacting with and looking after our animals, from watching them grow, learn and live out their lives.
    Well done with your time management, please give me some tips !

  20. Sarah W August 13, 2015 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Alison – you need to eat better! look after yourself as well as everyone else!

  21. ann cain August 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Alison it really is lovely to read your blog & to show us your beautiful horses.You have made me feel tired,I don’t use make up but I only have one eybrow I know even my friends laugh. Is there anything that I could try. I would be over the moon if there is.Once again it was lovely to here about you daily routine. The last time I read anything that you put in you blog was when your hubby wasn’t to well I think you had been on holiday,hope he is back to normal.x

  22. Alison August 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, my sister gets vitiligo and has a very fair skin. Can you suggest any good camouflage products for her please? Especially ones which would not wash off daily but would address the problem longer term. Thank you & I love your shows & the beauty channel.

  23. janet August 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Not good you go so long without food – 2pm!!! You need something earlier with the amount of work you do – non stop it is. Are you gluten intolerant – just curious as you picked up a gluten free sausage roll

  24. Jean Gillam January 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Alison I have practically every product Elemis makes some Decleor and also quite a few Pericone
    But nothing and I mean nothing even helps or covers my dark circles and bags under eyes I’m 68. I tried the Ariane Poole peach stick that’s no good grrrrrrrrr I could cry please can you help me with this. X

  25. irene appleby February 6, 2016 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Alison I know you are a busy woman but this routine takes a lot of beating.i applaud you.

  26. irene appleby February 6, 2016 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Alison I have no wrinkles on my forehead buy very deep elevenses.i am 69 years old can you give me any advice.thank you.

  27. Julie April 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    I have oily skin and roshua and open pores on my chin. What skin care do you recommend please

  28. John August 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    So you exist on no sleep! Really?

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