Pampering bliss!


Ali with a moustache as opposed to eyebrows - courtesy of Lucy with an eyebrow pencil I do hope that wherever you are at the moment, the sunshine is beaming into your home, and that the somewhat parky edge to the weather is being combatted by central heating, thermal underwear or both! πŸ™‚

Bless you all for your kind words and remedies – I feel I should document them all and write a book – shared royalties if it's a best seller of course! In fact I felt particularly excited having read the suggestion of a hot steam treatment, as it tied in perfectly with my friend Debbie's 50th birthday treat – a hot tub experience! 

Not that I could fill the tub with Olbas Oil or anything, I just thought the nature of the thing would do my tubes good :) 

Oh, and it wasn't just the hot tub. This is a purpose-built sanctuary for over-stressed and over-worked girlies like ourselves, and so we booked a couple of other things like facials, various massages and eyebrow tinting. 

Debbie is one of my five girlfriends from the village here, and much discussion took place prior to the event as to our mode of dress… would it be de rigueur to travel in a taxi with PJs on and a cossy underneath? What if we forgot our underwear (some of us are older than the others), and what would we travel home in? I did point out to them that by the time we had quaffed champagne, been massaged within an inch of our lives and then soaked ourselves in hot water, I didn't think we'd honestly care! 

I have to say I was majorly impressed with the set up. Behind a nice house in a normal surburban street, tucked away in the back garden, and beautifully screened with willow and bamboo was this pinewood sanctuary. And by that I mean pine timbers, not trees… so as not to confuse you! Like a Norweigan chalet, it housed a warm fire, luxurious  seats, our very own dressing gowns and towels, and a large fridge! Perfect. 

We had brought nibbles with us, just incase we got peckish in between treatments, so were all set for the evening. It was bliss. As there were two therapists we disappeared off a little like animals in the Ark in pairs, and then came back with glossy skins, soothed muscles and more defined brows. Bliss!

Tinting my eyebrows!

However, because some had booked more than one treatment I was left with time on my hands… and during a moment of bubble-filled enthusiasm (from the champagne not the tub), I elected to get my eyebrows tinted too..!!! OMG!

I have always had blonde eyebrows, and it was only at Alison Young's insistence that I would pencil them in. Even in the warm glow of the fire I could see my reflection quite clearly in the rather large mirror on the wall… Think Groucho Marx minus the glasses and cigar… yes, that was me…

Of course, in a situation like this the only answer is to drink more champagne, and believe one's friends when they tell you that you look fine. A different course of action however is needed in the cold light of day when a somewhat surprised looking stranger peers back at you from the bathroom mirror. 

Flash bleach spray is remarkably good at toning the colour down when applied with a cotton bud, and although the manufacturers would NEVER suggest you use it for this, it was a case of needs must. I could see a slight improvement but not enough, and there's a limit to how much hair you can have over your eyes, and still safely see. 

In desperation I paid out the princely sum of Β£13 to buy a 'Colour Out' concoction from Boots which is for coloured hair, and followed the instructions painstakingly… mercifully it worked (again applied with a cotton bud)! Well, it toned them down sufficiently to stop people saying "What?" when I looked at them…

I had hoped to have been able to have them on screen to show you, but sadly not even the hot tub could sort out my ailments, so I've decided to take some time off to completely recover – as some of you have been advising me :) 

Do take good care , and make a note of all that's going on, so we can exchange news when I blog again πŸ™‚

Much love and good health, Ali  xxxx


  1. Louise January 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve only had my eyebrows tinted once – never again! I looked as if I’d gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. I think the girl made a mistake by waxing them first and then tinting them, thus allowing the tint to enter the holes made by the removal of the copious amount of hairs. I’m a strawberry blond, so am not very hairy but, when it comes to my brows, I’m not very adept at plucking and they become overgrown quite quickly. I must say the salon owner was very good; she offered me a free treatment and I chose a manicure with, guess what? OPI! Heaven sent. Believe it or not, that was the first time I’d had a manicure! I wasn’t going to risk the eyes again.
    Take are and see you back on screen soon.

  2. Una January 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sunds like a fab evening. i could be doing with a nice old pamper after the awful time weve had. Having said that, i have the house to myself tonight, so have my Elemis face and body products at the ready. My Lime and Ginger salt scrub is calling me. Followed by a nice soak in the bath with my Elemis milk bath, then my frangipani monoi melt, then a facial, using EVERYTHING from Elemis.
    I have a nice wee bottle of red and some gorgeous Calvados cheese that Ive hidden!!! Probably shouldnt be eating and drinking after doing all that good work with the products, but heyho!!!!!!
    Glad to hear you are taking some time off to recover fully. Sometimes its the only thing that will help.
    Look after yourself Ali.
    Love Una x

  3. Pauline Johnson January 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison what are you like,just how much champas did you have? hope you have a good break and glad the eyebrows turned out ok, no more crazy ideas right!
    Love Pauline

  4. Babs January 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison Bless you, sounds like your bugs are sticking fast to you. I’ve kept woundering how you are and hoped you were better.Best thing for you is stay home and keep warm and keep taking the medicine.Take care, hope you soon get better and back on your feet.Love to you and your family. Babs xxx

  5. Lynn January 23, 2011 at 2:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Firstly, i am really pleased youve decided to have “time out” to get back on your feet!,sadly,as we get older we just dont “bounce back” like we used too!! but, youll get there,and well miss you till you get back,look forward to seeing our windswept and exotic ali back when your 100%.
    oh what a scream, you with hugh dark eyebrows, can just imagine the bleach, good god bleach near your eyes,mind im daft enough to do that…except ive got the opposite bother due to chemo i havent got any at all!!!! so im having to pencil+i seem to have different shapes+thickness everyday cos i cant keep it in mind how i did it the day before lol ali young(scarey woman that :)) would dispair with me thats for sure teehee.keep smiling, taking the remedies ok+ see you soon my love take care “nurse” Lynn xx

  6. mary morphy January 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, reading your ‘Eyebrowgate’ episode made me chuckle out loud hence the kids thinking that I have gone completely barking mad. Not had a good week myself yet your blog was better than a large bacardi lime and soda (well almost) I will look carefully when I see you on screen next but as I work and don’t watch during the day the impact may very well have calmed down by then! I am just warming up after having spent all this afternoon (Sunday) in a school sports hall in Maidstone watching my 10 year old daughter ( 11 next Wednesday but going on 16!) do her Kent Cricket practice sessions. These are every Sunday until April and an hour or so journey for us each way. It was freezing in the viewing gallery even with several layers of wool and snow boots. I had just warmed up from a 2 hour stint on Friday evening in a school hall in Canterbury for her indoor practice with her club side and I swear it would have been warmer in an igloo! Also went for a bracing walk in gale force winds along the seafront to Reculver yeasterday. Not sre about reculver but should be called recover! I Could barely breathe and am sure that the top layer of my face was removed by flying sand and seaspray. Not one of his best ideas!The cold and wind plays havoc with my asthma and I was wheezing like an old cat despite a few glugs of whiskey mac that accompanied us in a rather large hip flask. The walk was probably not the best thing for my newly diagnosed COPD (on Tuesday;Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and only have 50% of my lungs working but hopefully they can sort me out with new medication and stop the deterioration. At least when I am poorly I can watch QVC and do some retail therapy over the phone and save my energy. My husband seems to think if I don’t go out I can’t spend anything. Oh how wrong he is…… Lots of love to you and your eyebrows. Mary x

  7. Susan January 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I can’t believe how hilarious your ‘scraps’ are! You, Pipa and the 2 Debs are just a hoot! I so wish we could have seen your brows..not to laugh of course…really?! Sorry. Eyebrows are a bit of a tricky one I think…maybe just as well you’re taking some proper time off! I really am glad to hear you’re taking a breather though. You deserve it and to feel like yourself again. I am also glad you are being taken care of too and got to the spa. Sounds idyllic by the way! Just my sort of thing. I prefer the little quirky places rather than the big places. You take care and we’ll miss you a lot but better to do as you are.
    Susan x

  8. Susan January 24, 2011 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Ali, I just read Mary’s blog and how FUNNY! You’re a funny lady Mary. I hope you take it easy too though – asthma and COPD – hope you’re being looked after yourself.
    Have a good week and both take care.
    Susan x

  9. alison keenan January 25, 2011 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Louise, your reply made me laugh out loud! someone once said that defined eyebrows can take years off you – clearly not the way you and I had them done πŸ™‚ Manicure is a much safer option, and OPI a very good choice of products. Maybe you should treat yourself to one of those more often. Lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  10. alison keenan January 25, 2011 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Una it would be somewhat improper and possibly a little odd for me to say I wish I’d been there too, but your line up of products, snacks and beverages was right up my street, and I hope they did the job and made you feel human again πŸ™‚ Sorry you’ve been going through a rough time, and hope very much that things will be getting better for you a little each day, with love, Ali xx

  11. alison keenan January 25, 2011 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Pauline in all honesty I lost count after three!!! It was a hoot, and you know what they say, laughter is the best medicine, and certainly laughter with a whole gang of friends is even better πŸ™‚ I’ll blog again soon, but lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan January 25, 2011 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Windswept and exotic!!! Love it πŸ™‚ Nurse Lynn, thank you for making me smile, especially when it seems you have probably been having a far rougher time of it than most – REALLY hope you’re well on the road to recovery. Don’t know if you’ve ever seen our eyebrow expert Shavata on QVC but she does a kit with little silhouettes in them, so you just stick them on your forehead and colour in…. sounds a little simplistic when put like that, but the results are good πŸ™‚ I won’t tell Ali Young if you won’t… your secret’s safe with me. Love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan January 25, 2011 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Mary what are you like?!!! Surely the last thing you should have been doing is standing in freezing cold halls and then doing a bracing anything when your lungs are working at only 50% of their normal capacity!! COPD sounds awful, and I very much hope that they will find a better medication for you. Reculver sounds lovely, but possibly more inviting with warm sea breezes as opposed to a howling gale πŸ™‚ I have to agree with Susan though, your writing is very entertaining and you paint an excellent picture of what you’ve been up to. Do stay in touch, and I’ll blog again soon. Love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan January 25, 2011 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Susan, you are lovely πŸ™‚ And yes I too prefer the smaller, more personal places, rather than the huge ones. I promise I’ll blog again once I’m feeling better, but thank you for your kind words, love Ali xxx

  15. julie perry January 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    hello Ali,
    so pleased you are taking some me time,good for you,glad i did not read eyebrowgate earlier….this morning my eldest daughter was paying me a visit,and i was told to be ready go out on her arrival,bit of lunch and shopping i thought. if only,i was dragged to her best friends beauty and hair saloon….for a make over,she said after losing 5 stone,i needed dragging up todate … and my 80’s hair style was going,with a fringe and half my hair missing,i was then taken to a room.dimley lite,to have HD BROWS…waxed,threaded,plucked coloured,i am asured i look fabby,not sure who keeps looking back at me in the mirror,sounds like me,but looks nothing like the lady i was this morning,husband due home from work soon…fingers crossed he likes what he see’s.will update you later,now look after yourself,read loads,watch tv,and generaly take good care,hurry back fighting fit,hugs to you,julie x

  16. Lynn January 27, 2011 at 1:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…..update on my brows! my friend had some of the shavata brow things…..we messed on …i came home like groucho marx!!!! we had an absolute hoot,we laughed till our sides ached!! she did every shape possible even upside down ones! am blonde like you,but, the near-on baby blonde so it isnt really too big a deal,but,thanks for caring, i have systemic sclerosis,its chronic,degenerative+ in-curable,but,the drs manage the symptoms,i do the best i can,its hard sometimes but a smile and a good laugh pays bounties love Nurse Lynn x:~)

  17. Una January 27, 2011 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You,re right, it would sound a bit odd!!! I did have a lovely evening, and felt all the better for it.
    My snacks and beverages went down a wee treat!!
    Hope you are feeling better.
    Love Una x

  18. mary morphy January 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali (and Susan, thankyou for your kind words) just thought I would write to see if the eyebrow situation has reverted back to pre-treatment stage and to fill you in on the not so delightful Reculver…not really that great except for an old ruin ( think it was a castle in it’s glory days), a run down old caravan park that would would make Hi di Hi camps look like palaces and a battered old pub. No disrespect to any of your bloggers who may live there ( apologies to anyone I offend but freedonm of speech and all that allows us all to have an opinion!) but it has seen better days. You can walk along the coast from Minnis Bay to get there (about 6 miles) which we have done in the warmer (and less windier) weather and despite the pub being a little tired and the only place to get a drink, you are so thirsty and desperate for a drink that you don’t mind the odd smeared glass or two! ( I usually take some straws if I am well organised or smear the glass with a little bacteria killing gel!) However the walk IS lovely. We are having a weekend in London this weekend courtesy of Tesco Vouchers and staying at the Hilton Hotel in Kensington. I was keen to visit QVC Towers and loitre for some autographs but there was little enthusiasm from the kids and my husband didn’t even feel he had to reply! We will probably be in Hamleys for my daughter to spend her birthday money, probably on copius amounts of lego and hoping to book a show as a last minute thing. If its not to cold I would like to do the bus tour but with the weather as it is, I think I will be billy no mates sitting on the top deck. I do not believe that you can do a bus tour inside the lower deck as you can’t see that much or maybe I am just plain nosey! Have a good weekend everyone.. Mary

  19. Gail January 31, 2011 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’m so glad that you are sounding a lot more chirpy. Hope the family are well. Speak soon, lol, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  20. Susan January 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so very sorry to hear that you have been so ill, but hopefully with time off work to fully recover, you will soon feel better and be back at QVC and in our homes again. You have really been missed as you are such an excellent and fun presenter and so very good at your job. QVC should make sure they hang onto you. I went to the Beauty Bash last Thursday and it was fantastic. I was asking about you and discussing how great I thought you were with a lovely young lady from QVC who works on the QVC website and works with you and Julia on the presenter blogs. She confirmed that you were just as lovely a person as I felt you were. I also met and chatted with Julia and Debbie G who were both so lovely and giving of their time. Thanks for bringing such good presentation skills, clear and helpful product information and fun comments to us when you are presenting your QVC shows. Get better soon. Love Sue

  21. Susan February 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just a wee quick message to say still thinking about you and hoping you are feeling a bt better and recovering – even if slowly. Nasty weather and bugs around and finally I have fallen to them too! Getting there though. Really we dont have the time to be ill do we!? How dare they! Take care, Susan x

  22. Mrs Janet Jones February 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali your blog did make me laugh.Glad to hear you are taking time out to fully recover & I am sure your lovely family will be looking after you.
    I had my 50th birthday last week and came down to London to celebrate. I am so tired but I had a fabulous time. We saw 2 shows ‘Wicked’ & ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ both were fantastic we did various other things, so much to see and a limited amount of money!! So much different to my last birthday when I was still having my radiotherapy and just finished my chemo!I got some lovely gifts and cards and was made to feel really special. Iam going to collect my son tomorrow for his 21st
    we are going for a meal and the pictures, can’t wait!! Take care Ali and hope to see you back on our screens soon Love Janet xx

  23. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, first of all, FIVE STONE!!!! Fantastic achievement! You so deserved what your daughter arranged for you, and I’m sure your husband LOVED the new you! I’m sure also that your eyebrows look fab, so it’s just a new wardrobe next πŸ™‚ Will be blogging tomorrow to bring you up to date, but thank you so much for keeping in touch, love Ali xxx

  24. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Nurse Lynn, you’re right – and you as a medical professional! – know that laughter is the best medicine, so thank YOU for making me smile with your comment today. Not sure that Shavata herself would approve of your shenanigans, but I’m going to get a set of those eyebrows for my next girlie weekend away!! Hilarious. You sound very courageous to me, and I’m glad that with medication you can keep on top of your symptoms. Certainly hasn’t affected your sense of humour or your ability to cheer others πŸ™‚ Thank you, with my love, Ali xxxx

  25. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Una, glad you had a good evening. A hot bath is always a therapeutic, and as that lovely girly says in the advert “you’re worth it” πŸ™‚ Am half way through writing my blog so should be posted very soon. Will be good to catch up on how you all are – have missed you!! Love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Mary, great to read your response, and I’m delighted to inform you that the eyebrow situation has improved vastly πŸ™‚ Loved your description of the walk from Minnis bay, and it made me smile because my friend’s daughter Phoebe used to have a funny saying “Oooh er Minnis” instead of “Ooh er Missus”. She’d say it at the most inappropriate moments and has us all in stitches. I will take your lead and use my Tesco Vouchers for a weekend in the future. I spent a fortune before christmas and bought Pizza Express vouchers with my points. I have enough to feed the 5,000!! πŸ™‚ I hope that you all have a great weekend away and definitely do the open top bus tour. I did one in New York with Lucy which resulted in me being sooooooo cold that I couldn’t face to the boat trip to Statton Island to see the statue of Liberty. Sitting next to me as she is now, she’s reminded me that she STILL hasn’t forgiven me! Make sure you take a blanket. Look forward to hearing how it all went, Love Ali xxx

  27. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gail, nice to hear from you, and yes the family are all well. We had Jack’s 18th birthday just last week, and I’ve got a nice piccy to share with you of that. Will be blogging again very soon, with Love, Alixx

  28. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Sue how very sweet of you, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the Beauty Bash. I spoke to a few of the girls and they all said what a great day it was, and Jules had a ball with the live broadcast. I think you must have met our editor who is a star (creep creep :)and as a team, I’m lucky to work with some of the best people there are. Take care, and I’ll be in touch, Love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Susan, how very dare they!!! πŸ™‚ So sorry to hear you’ve succumbed to the bugs, but hope you’ll be up and at ’em again soon. Take good care, with my love, Ali xx

  30. alison keenan February 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, so good to hear from you and I am delighted that you had such a great 50th birthday. Think how far you’ve come in just one year πŸ™‚ Amazing – I’m so pleased for you. Just been working back and you are just one year behind me and my son Sam for birthdays! How lovely that he is coming home for his 21st. I’m sure you’ll spoil him and you’ll all make it a time to remember. Jack was 18 last week – where do the years go….. Take good care, and keep in touch, with Love Ali xxx

  31. Steven February 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Hope you feel much better soon Ali. Sure your bubbly personality is missed by all. Take care of yourself

  32. Una February 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So nice to hear from you.
    Hope you are starting to feel a bit more human again. Ive been lucky to miss out on the bugs and other nasties that have been doing the rounds, but everyone Ive known who had something or other, has been left feeling absolutely dreadful.
    We are all missing you, but dont you come back until you are completely well again.
    Take care
    Love Una x

  33. Gail February 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, nice to have you back, Gail xxx

  34. Rhona Fenton February 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I hope you are feeling better and enjoyed your pamper with Lucy I bet you both had a fantastic time:) sorry I have not been on your blog for a while but as you can imagine it’s all wedding plans this end and not long to go now it’s so exciting:) hope the wedding plans are going well your end also with Lucy:) could you wish Jack a happy belated 18th birthday from us all here hope he had a fantastic time but I am sure you would have made sure he did:) we had a 17th here Rebecca she had a lovely day also:)hope you are all well and things are going ok with Sam health wise also love to you all talk soon love Rhona xx

  35. Elaine Sallis February 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    hope you feel better soon Ali you are sorely missed. Poppy went to the hospital today and they still dont know whats wrong now waiting for an appointment to be examined under anesthetic at a bigger hospital. She is a beautiful happy baby and this is such a shock. The stress has caused problems between my son and his partner and the wedding is now cancelled. Just when you think life is looking up!!!!! I have to say that the way you deal with all life throws at you is really acting as an inspiration for me through all this. Elaine

  36. Una February 10, 2011 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hello Elaine
    Im sure Ali wont mind me hijacking her blog for a wee minute.
    Just to say, i sincerely hope all goes well for little Poppy, my thoughts are with you. Its just horrendous when they are little and poorly, you just wish it was you, and could take it all away. It sounds like she is surrounded by people who love her, and hopefully you will be reassured once shes seen the other Drs.
    Maybe once the pressure is off, and your son and his partner dont have such an enormous worry to deal with, they will be able to concentrate on their relationship, and sort it all out.
    Sending my best wishes to all of you
    Love Una x

  37. Susan February 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Elaine,
    I like Una just want to say I am thinking of you all and I agree in her thinking that maybe once the awful stress has subsided that things will get back on track with the relationship. Stress does funny things to us and we cope in different ways I suppose. You just look out for yourself too.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  38. Glenda O’Hare April 6, 2011 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    just thought I would check your blog as I hadn’t seen you on QVC, I’m sorry I didn’t realise your situation. I’m glad you are taking time out to get better and recover fully, you are missed, but I’m glad you have such a wonderful family and friends taking care of you and I know you will be back to full health soon and back on our screens.
    Take best care
    Love Glenda xx

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