My QVC favourites


Alison KeenanAs QVC's 20th birthday celebrations continue, we've got a whole host of celebrities, journalists, bloggers and more lined up to tell us all about their favourite QVC items that they've been buying over the last 20 years.

I thought I'd follow suit so here are a few of my QVC favourites, though I've had to leave plenty of great products and brands unmentioned due to a lack of space. Honestly, I could go on and on!




200000Mally's Brow Fix

The most recent addition to my make-up bag and I wouldn't be without it!

108085Vercella Vita Shapewear

The beige option. The only bra type underwear I can now currently wear. Very comfortable and sexy with the thinner straps.



212641Cleanse and Polish Trio

Because someone else always needs one! I've been using this cleanser for the majority of the last 12 years.



229010Perricone Neuropeptide Firming Cream

It may be expensive but I believe it has worked wonders on my somewhat sagging jawline. It began using it last April, 2012.



203397Gatineau Tan Accelerator and Exfoiliating Gel 

Ideally I'd go for the larger size of the Exfoiliating Gel, but both work brilliantly to maintain a real or faux tan



201303Elemis Pro Collagen Eye Treatment

All that makes up this wonderful range of products in a power-packed serum – great for my fine lines and wrinkles.



226445Ojon Colour Sustain Collection

Keeps colour and shine on chemically coloured and natural hair





I have it in black and cream. They've been the saving of me in the bitter winter we've just had!



203078bareMinerals Ready Foundation

This new-comer to the range offers amazing coverage




229983Laura Geller Baked highlighter

A fab brush and a highlighter with incredibly fine consistency yet excellent coverage. Great as an eye primer!



Diamonique flower cluster ring - 600393Diamonique

Diamonique – where to begin…there are so many pieces I love from this range!




Find out what other guests and presenters have chosen


  1. Tricia Coulson-wood May 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Alison you look lovely. You are an inspiration to us all. My daughter commences chemotherapy next Thursday and will lose hair as you did.I have shown her as much of your info that you have posted and she can see the metamorphosis in you and it has given her a feeling of courage to go through the next six months.

  2. Jilly June 1, 2013 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali – I have to say the same as Tricia that you look simply lovely in this photo. It really is a special one. I also have to agree with Tricia that you really are an inspiration (more than you could ever imagine) – and Tricia, Ali’s blogs helped me so much when my daughter was going through her treatment. I kept nipping in to the past blogs and passing on the information to my daughter – I really could not have coped without these blogs over the last months. Just waiting for Ali’s to write her book – as it will be the perfect read for any women but more so if they are needing treatment. Please tell your daughter that mine coped with the hair coming out by us purchasing a wig (well before hand) in a very similar style to her own hair (so people who did not know she was having treatment had no idea she was wearing a wig – well worth paying a little more for one) and even yesterday when she called at the hairdressers to ask about her real hair the hairdressers who did not know what had been happening kept looking at her head and then said “but your hair looks really good what are you talking about” – she then took the wig off for them to see – they were amazed but also said how great the short (very short) hair looked on her. For you as a mum I know quite well what you will be going through and the brave face that you will be putting on with the difficult times ahead. But with the blogs from Ali and the hand you will hold with your daughter she will get through the coming weeks and you will look back and tick off another treatment day and know that it is one less. Onwards and upwards is our motto here and if I can help you in anyway please just let me know. We are all here to hold each other’s hands in times of need. Love Jilly x Oh and P.S buy a jig saw as it has been a great help!!! and Ali thank you from so many women for being there for usXX

  3. Steven June 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Totally agree with your comment Tricia. Wishing your daughter all the best too x

  4. Norma Smithson June 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    My last two messages I sent you didn’t get printed so I fon’t know why, I don’t think I did anything wrong. What a lovely picture, you really are looking smashing Ali, and it’s great to see. Hope you are keeping well, the operation on my hand should be in about four weeks, it can’t come soon enough as |I am unable to do my stitching which I love and Julie my eldest daughter has had a picture of all five grandchildren put onto a canvas for me so I’m itching to get started. Hope Colin and the band are doing well, I get so much enjoyment out of listening to his CD, can’t wait till they get a gig up North. Take care love and I look forward to seeing you on screen on Tuesday afternoon.
    Much Love Norma xx

  5. Jilly June 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – it is me again! I forgot to say (before I pressed send) that the Decleor cream has arrived and is on my legs – I can certainly see a faint colour change and am looking forward to it progressing. Thank you for your concern for Annie’s arm – it is just from the blood clot and you would not really notice any difference except that she keeps saying how it is going down some more. After all the problems with the picc line in the arm she still says she wished the line was put in her neck from the start as when there it gave her no bother at all. She had a ride on her bike today for the first time in months and loved it – not going far but that is no matter – just that she could cycle without her legs aching was brilliant for her. Delighted you have had your appointment with the hospital and although not something you will be looking forward to the start of the ops will be the start of you recovering again and moving forward from the past recent few months. Just wondering how your family are doing and hope that all is well with them. They will be concerned for your next round of hospital treatment but you will also have them with you to hold your hand and how lovely is that. Have a super weekend and looking forward to hearing from you soon Love (again!) Jilly x

  6. mary June 2, 2013 at 7:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali’ with you all the way with cleanse and polish…also love gatineau tan accelerator although still waiting for the sun to shine! Maryxx

  7. alison keenan June 3, 2013 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    My dear Tricia, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter’s diagnosis and subsequent treatment but I KNOW that she will get through it with dignity and courage, and what may help is to try and think of the beginning of this as the start of ‘getting better’. They are giving her the best chance and what may seem before the beginning to be an interminable sentence, will in time to come, be just a fraction of her – and your – life….. I don’t ever underestimate how awful it must be for you and Jilly, and all the other mums, to watch your daughter go through this. But she will, and with your help, she will be all the stronger for it :) Thinking of you both, and sending my love, Ali… ps please do keep me in touch with her progress, and anything I can do to help, you know I will.

  8. alison keenan June 3, 2013 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    My dear Jilly, thank you for the compliment re the photo… not sure if you or Tricia were aware, but it was actually taken six weeks before my diagnosis… December 2010. Incredible to think that my hair is now even longer and thicker than it was and that sometimes, when I catch sight of myself in a mirror, it’s almost as though the last two years never happened… :) Your kind words to Tricia will I am sure be a comfort, and although I can tell you how it was for me, the only leveller I would have with regards it being your child, is remembering how incredibly difficult it was to stay strong when my Sam was so badly hurt… nothing I’ve been through will ever be that hard… Jilly you have an inspiration and thank you so much for keeping us ALL in touch with Annie’s progress. I haven’t managed to write any more of the book, but each time I hear from you, Tricia, and all the other women who’s lives are touched by this awful disease, I know I must crack on with it. Sending you and Annie my love and thanks for being there :) ali xx

  9. alison keenan June 3, 2013 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Dear Norma, so good to hear from you, and I am sorry that you’ve been having trouble getting your comments onto the blog! Sorry too that you’ve still not had your hand operation! Such a long wait, and difficult I am sure for you to get on with just the day to day, never mind the embroidery! What a lovely gift from your daughter though – I am sure the finished picture will look marvellous :) Last night’s gig with Colin in Watford was a corking success, and many people turned up to enjoy. I have a feeling it won’t be too long before they’re being offered dates in the North! I’ll give you a wave on Tuesday evening in between my jewellery and Skweez Couture! Love Ali xx

  10. alison keenan June 3, 2013 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Jilly, you are funny! Just found this second comment, and delighted that you have the Decleor cream now. I was complimented on my tan last night, and although I have had a bit of sunshine, the majority of it is down to Decleor! As you will see it’s not on my list of favourites as it was out of stock when I compiled, so thanks for giving everyone else the heads up on what a fab product it is :) Things a little up and down with the family… Fingers crossed that Jack will get the job he has been on a course of interviews for, Sam doing his own thing, and Lucy rested after half term! Thank you for asking though. As we’re off to Nashville on Wednesday, I’ll let you know abou the rest of the surgery once I’m back – Barbra Streisand beckons tonight! Exciting!!!! Love A xx

  11. alison keenan June 3, 2013 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Mary, once a fan, always a fan! Gatineau’s tan accelerator has been slathered on every night in readiness for Nashville! :) I hope you’re gettting a chance to enjoy the sunshine we are promised for the week. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  12. Jackie (p) June 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to say that I left you a message on your last blog (22/05/13) and should have been this one, Jackie from Watford. Hope you see it. Take care x x

  13. Trisha-Ann Hutchinson June 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi, You are all wonderful inspirational woman, Ali, you are amazing. I just wanted to say that I lost my hair – twice but what did help me was having a very good wig – I went to Selfridges and they were very good there and although it was a bit more expensive I think it was worth it. They are a lot better now, and I was surprised that a lot of people did not realize it wasn’t real – I was very self-conscious but one day I even got a wolf-whistle – you can imagine how that felt, so all I am saying is it may not be as bad as you imagine, and I do think it is worth paying for a good one. I hope this helps, even a little. with love, Trisha-Ann

  14. Jackie (p) June 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was meeting you and Colin in Watford on Sunday evening, what a lovely bubbly and friendly lady you are. The reason for being there as you know was my husband and I went along to watch the Sonny Walters Band (WOW) and were they good, my kind of music).We wish them every success for the future, had a really enjoyable and entertaining evening.
    Take care Ali, keep your blogs coming as love reading them.
    Love Jackie x x

  15. alison keenan June 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, bless you! Not only for coming along on the night, but also taking the time out to write here on the blog! It was so good to meet you, and Colin (Sonny) was very chuffed that you were there, and that you also shared the same home town! Hopefully they will be playing there again soon. You take care Jackie, and say Hi to Dave for me! Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan June 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Tricia, I think YOU are the inspiration! To lose your hair once is very difficult but twice must be heartbreaking. I think you are very brave, and would agree 100% that a good wig is definitely the answer. I bet you looked a million dollars, and that wolf whistle will have proved it :) I do hope that things are better for you now, and it is lovely that you have taken the time to write to me. All the very best, love Ali x

  17. Sue Williams June 5, 2013 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali my god your looking good. I was only thinking the other day when I sow you on tv how thick an long your hair was.good luck for the future you deserve it All the best love sue

  18. Jilly June 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Well Nashville here you both come Ali and a wonderful time will be had by you both that is for sure. We will be waiting for the photos and update when you come back but will be thinking of you while there – it seemed ages ago when you first mentioned it – I mean months for you to wait and here it is now. Great stuff!! Just delighted for you both to have this jolly. Lovely to get your update on the family too so thanks for that. I can quite imagine the half term break will be much needed for your lovely daughter.
    I did not know the photo of you was taken just before all the treatment but you looked so great then and do now so fantastic.
    Today I went out without my legs covered as they are no longer white!!! Brilliant this Decleor – just must not run out – although it is a large container full!!!
    Tricia just to say thinking of you and your daughter tomorrow – one thing that did help Annie on first cycle (see I know the terms now!) was to have a cold flannel on her head the first evening and then digestives to eat as often as possible – even if she woke in the night and did not feel hungry she ate one as this seemed to help her not feeling sick (I know they give anti sickness pills etc but…) So big hugs from us all to you both and tick off tomorrow as “one down”
    Ali have fun fun fun while you are away!!Love to you all Jillyxx

  19. martin forbes June 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison hope you and your sons and daughter are doing well.i am not bad.having anice relaxing 2weeks off from work on holiday doing absolutely nothing.

  20. Tricia Coulson-wood June 6, 2013 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Today is the first day of my daughters chemotherapy treatment and she has her husband with her. i am sat here in floods of tears thinking about my own lovely child having to endure it. i decided to look once again on alisons comments which give us so much encouragement and was shocked to see that i had so many words of support from the comments i left on alisons page. i cannot thank you all enough and I am now so glad I I now feel not so alone. my daughter is being treated for ovarian cancer. Different from most of you ladies but the same in most every other way.i thank you with all my heart. Tricia x

  21. Jackie (p) June 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thanks for your reply, not only do we share the same home Town, my Husband is also called Sonny, how strange is that,. Take care and have a great time in Nashville.
    Luv Jackie x x

  22. Jilly June 7, 2013 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Tricia
    I was thinking of you last night and just said to my husband that your daughter will have had her first cycle now.
    Ali is on her holly now but I am sure she will not mind me sending this to you to give you lots of love and a hand to hold and to say I know where you are coming from in being so upset – I have cried so many tears over the last few months – I have done anger in that my beautiful daughter was told she had healthy breasts and it was only her pushing that the locum did a biopsy which then the breast surgeon (thank goodness back from her holiday) took over and wanted an MRI scan on the breasts and as they say the rest is history. I have cried so many tears at the thought of my daughter having to go through such treatment when she is my little baby (yes, a 40 year old one I know). But with you there and your daughter’s husband she will get through this by taking each day at a time and when she is tired and so fed up you will be there. If you live near a huge suggestion for all (mostly you) is to have them move in with you while the ten days or so of feeling awful is happening. It was really the only way I coped having my daughter and her family with us. Made life easier for them but it was for me that I could pop into the bedroom so just see her sleeping or resting that I managed to cope with it all. It is going to be hard for you all over the next few months but we really are here for you and give a huge hug for you all and will be looking out for your update on your daughter. She will come back fighting fit although before getting there she will have a few ups and downs. But see the light at the end and see the happy celebrations and honestly anything that I can help you with as a mother having gone through this hell then I am here. Love Jilly x

  23. Trisha-Ann Hutchinson June 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me I wasn’t expecting that, so it was a lovely surprise. You are the inspiration, not me. Sadly I am going through another very difficult time again having just lost my beloved Mother very suddenly.
    I know we are all having our struggles but it has completely devastated me and every day is a challenge.
    Anyway, I just wanted to help the lady who’s daughter was losing her hair, yes, it was harder the second time, but anyway… I also want to say thank you for all your wonderful inspiring blogs, both you and Julia are truly inspirational women.
    I was wondering how Amica is too? she is such a lovely lady, I do hope all is going well with her treatment.
    With love and thanks, your reply meant a lot.

  24. Tricia Coulson-wood June 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello jilly, thank you so much for your wonderful words of support, you are like a lifeline to me and I hope eventually I can return the same. My daughter is around the same age as your daughter and yes I feel that she is my little girl. We have had a really bad first weekend as she suffered severe bone pains which her strong medication did not cover . Today it is easing. I know everyone who has chemotherapy have many various grades of pain and discomfort .I also realise they are brave and do not like to mention it publicly so as not to frighten the next person who has not yet commenced the therapy. I wish we had foresight or more information from post chemo veterans? . Do you think it would help if there was a shared experience forum, or do you think it would be detrimental to the new starter?.thank you Alison for your published words as they as I said earlier give us lots of inspiration. We wish you all our love and good wishes when you have your further complex surgery.many thanks for being there, Tricia .x

  25. Alison Keenan June 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    My dear Tricia, I haven’t had much luck with r Internet here but have just seen your post and altho I realise its a good few days since you wrote it, I wanted to send you my love and to say how glad I am that you have had such support from all the other lovelies who write on this blog. I very much hope that your daughter isn’t suffering with side effects of the treatment, and that here hair loss won’t be too traumatic for her… You can see how well my hair grew back and I’m sure hers will be the same. I see that Jilly has written to you too, and it’s wonderful that we can keep this network of support going for you. Do keep in touch, and stay strong… It will get easier. Ali xxx

  26. Alison Keenan June 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Gosh two Tricias… And both of you struggling with so much. Tricia I was so sorry to hear about your mum, and can’t even begin to imagine how difficult each day must be for you. I understand the finality of it all from when I lost my dad, and the disbelief that they are really gone…. But try to hold tight to the memories and talk to other people about her, keep her with you that way… She ‘ll always be a part of you. Sending you my love Ali xx

  27. Alison Keenan June 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Tricia I have just seen your second post and am sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling with pain… You are right, the chemo affects different people in different ways, and altho it is frightening and upsetting when someone you love is struggling, having been there myself, I tried to keep most of the details private for the reasons you give… Not just because its distressing to those who may be facing it, but also because like childbirth no two people react in the same way….I am sure you, your family and the chemo staff will do everything they canto control your daughters pain, and I pray that the second treatment will be easier for her. Thinking of you …. I know how hard this must before you, but we’ all here if you need us xxx love Ali x

  28. Susan Jones June 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.U r an amazing lovely lady. Iv been trying to purchase ur Bibi Bijoux heart necklace u wear. When i c u on air with it on i ring up 2 c what the item no is but nobody seems 2 know. Hope u can remember ali. Take care & keep healthy.

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