A Beauty Weekend Preview


It’s great to kick off the New Year with a key focus on new brands and technologies but also a celebration of some heritage and existing brands. The dates for your diary start the week commencing Monday 18th January, at 4pm when I will be doing a two-hour live Beauty Weekend Premier show on the beauty channel, as well as seeing some key products released on the web that week. Then Beauty weekend, of course, is Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January so make a date if you can, to stay in and update your beauty regimes. Or make sure you have downloaded the app to keep an eye on what we’re doing whilst you are on the go.

Two new brands that we are very excited to introduce to you are the winners of QVC’s ‘Find a Beauty Brand’. The first one is NIOD. This brand originates from Canada where they manufacture their own formulas based on the latest technology and trend ingredients in the industry. They have a great price point and cool but functional, no-nonsense packaging. For skincare savvies that understand the biology of the skin and like to do their research on ingredients, you will love this range. It has a very modern look and feel so I think will appeal to any of you that want quick results, easy application, speedy routines and concentrated formulas. Any of you that would like to dip your toe in to test the range can take a look at it with a view to perhaps buying just one key product that will slot into your existing regime.

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This range has been launched in the UK to great acclaim from the UK press, and you will have seen it out there in the magazines a lot. Going forward, as the co-winner of our ‘Find a Beauty Brand competition’ we are going to be able to bring you new launches, and special sizes and prices first.

Our second new brand is Little Ondine. It is a genius new nail range. Developed by three guys, one of whom had a family paint company, and, because they looked at nail varnish differently, questioned ‘why is it so difficult for girls to take it off? And why are they always using those smelly, strong varnish removers?’ After many years, they have created their own peel-off nail varnish.

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Although we are very excited by this concept, I was a little bit dubious as to whether it would look high end. However, the minute myself and my fellow judges used it, it went on like normal nail varnish, looked like you’d had an expensive manicure and the finish is just as good as our other prestige brands – but then you can peel it off when you want to remove it without any damage to the surface nail plate. I think this makes changing your nail varnish both more fun and practical for all ages. Maybe even easier for holidays because you don’t have to carry liquid varnish removers, or suddenly you can take your varnish off quickly on the bus on your way to work or school. It is a massive advantage when using glitters because they are a nightmare to take off normally with nail varnish remover. Whilst here, you can fall back in love with special effects, knowing that you can just peel it off quickly. It dries at the same speed as normal nail varnish and the only slight disadvantage is that it’s not going to last as long as our fashion brands on the nails. However, with the judges and I it certainly lasted 2/3 days looking perfect and on some people, this may be all that normal nail vanish lasts anyway – with the farm and the horses at home, I have to repaint my nails every time I go on air, so to me Little Ondine will last just as long but will be so much easier to remove.

Although Beauty Weekend sees lots of new launches, we will also be celebrating our heritage products and my advice would be to all of you prior to these exciting shows to review your beauty regime for hair, skin, makeup and body. Write down your am, pm and weekly routines that work for you so that you know the regular products that you would like to repurchase in special kits and prices, and then look to new brands or new launches of your favourite brands to further enhance your results and take your regime to the next level. This way you will spend your money wisely because a new purchase should always be a new result.

Other new brands to look out for include Dr Dennis Gross (look out for a future blog coming very soon on this!), Nudestix, Bee Good, Westmore Beauty, Blink Brow bar, Pure Gold Collagen, and Fillerina.

Ultra Gentle Peel

Other exciting items featuring over the weekend include Today’s Special Value offers from Revitalash and Perricone, and throughout the weekend we’ll also be joined by tarte, Liz Earle, Nexxus and Molton Brown.

Don’t forget that we will be running lots of special shows on the beauty channel and then going forward we will be celebrating some of these new brands every Wednesday night starting January 27th at 8pm when my AYBNI shows with Will return. We also have a great two-hour review of Beauty Weekend on Thursday 28th at 4pm so I hope you can join me then too.

Remember to get in contact if you have any questions you can tweet me @AlisonYoungQVC, or post on my Facebook page.



  1. Melanie Kemp January 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Was so looking forward to attending the beauty bash to see some of my favourite brands and find out about new brands and products coming to qvc as I buy nearly all my products from qvc. Being able to try products there is great and also taking home the goodie bag! Unfortunately wasn’t able to attend as I am currently on crutches and my husband is in hospital so I just wanted to ask if all the new brands/products will be featured on beauty weekend as this may be the only time I can watch

  2. Fiona January 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison! My friend and I both really enjoyed the QVC Beauty Bash, so much to enjoy and take in, and a great goodie bag! You were kind enough to give me your time and advice regarding organic natural products v. anti ageing ones and it was a pleasure meeting you. As I mentioned I would love to have a personal consultation/treatment with you, and would love to hear from you if you do find you have a break in your hectic schedule. Many thanks x

  3. Susan Olufsen January 21, 2016 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, A few years ago I tried a product that was very expensive but only needed this one product for everything. It came in a drops formula and was developed in one of the Scandinavian countries. Can you tell me if you remember it and what it was?

  4. Justine FinlayMeyer January 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Wanted to say a huge thank you to all the QVC Beauty Team for the opportunity to attend this years Beauty Bash. It was a privilege to meet so many of the brand ambassadors, therapists & some of my favourite presenters. It’s strange that I felt that I already knew some of you (I think I probably watch too many shows), particularly you Ali. Watching you work through the queue of customer questions was genius, your so knowledgeable and though I’m sure asked so many times the same questions, you made everyone feel that they were getting their very own mini consultation. Wanted also say a thank you to Andrew from Gatineau, who was a great sport when I asked for a picture to tease my husband, I think we both ended up as red as my coat. Great day, keep up the great work All :)

  5. Tina Collier January 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison and the QVC Team, I just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous morning I had with my friend at the Beauty Bash on Wednesday. We thought the show was fantastic and we both had our first ever glyconic peel (courtesy of the lovely ladies on the Murad counter)! I must admit it sounded a little scary but it has left my skin very smooth and I would definitely do it again. Had a great makeover courtesy of Jack on the Bare Minerals counter and even managed to grab a photo with Andrew! The goody bags were great too. Thank you again.

  6. Anita January 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Great to see you on Wednesday and thank you for your advice. x

  7. Bammie January 22, 2016 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Can’t’ wait for the NIOD launch this weekend Ali! Been committing to trialling its products and regime in the order recommended on their site to dramatic effect.
    What a way to kick start the New Year with New skin – NIOD -loving its name and all it stands for -Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science – – it genuinely does inject your skin with new life – without a single needle in sight. NIOD’s own website describes its range as ‘skincare for the uber-educated’. Great that we don’t have to all be rocket scientists to see how far these products can take your skin if you follow their instructions. New range, new routine, new age in anti- ageing.. Love NIOD’s whole ethos around optimising skin hydration and restoring the natural lipid balance where needed and maximising skin’s performance in the dermal/epidermal layers -allowing it to be the best it can be. I normally have very sensitive, dry, menopausal skin and am trying out the whole range. ( This is after having already had great results with the other ‘haute couture , honestly -priced,’ high performers. Nevertheless I’m delighted with the results and further improvement to my skin so far -after just 2 weeks now of committed use of the NIOD regime..It’s seriously different, seriously good for anyone serious about skin health and beauty.. No one is more fickle or a harder, more impatient, task master than I when it comes to my expectations from skin care – but this really is the business . Hyper concentrated without the hype, but these drops and serums really have pulled my already good skin up literally by its boot straps into shape at an astonishingly quick rate and taking it to a whole new level. It’s suddenly behaving as if its 10 years’ younger with a springy, velvety- bloom, elasticity, density, suppleness, day-long hydration and youthfulness that I thought had gone forever on my 53 year old skin. Thanks Ali and QVC for continuing to trail-blaze the way for us to be able to have these ‘blue-chip’ skin care products that really make the differencex. Bammie

  8. margaret January 24, 2016 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    thanks for a great beauty weekend
    can you use nexxus serum with phillip kingsley elastercizer

  9. Judy Austin January 26, 2016 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Wonderful time at the beauty bash. Thanyou to everyone for all their hard work staging the event.It is lovely to be able to talk to the people behind the brands and hear about new brands and trends.your knowledge and understanding of all things beauty Allison is amazing, THANKYOU.

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