My Christmas party beauty timesaving tips


I can genuinely say that I have not been to a Christmas party for well over a decade! Maybe I don’t quite lead the London TV life, which if you are new to QVC you might expect me to have. Being on a farm at home with animals, the winter weather, dark nights (and mud!) it’s really all about making sure the animals are safe, warm and looked after. A lot of our friends are country people (with horses and dogs etc.) so I tend to meet up with them at horse shows or at each other’s houses, where we are usually admiring a new purchase (a horse or dog) or new project (a rescue!).

The most amount of preparation I have to do in this situation is to try to make sure my socks are matching and remember to wear my better wellies – ones that haven’t been chewed by the dogs! I think also, because I have to wear so much make-up and have a ‘look’ for work, that at home I’m much more normal and relaxed. I think that’s also great for you guys because my chalk and cheese life of London and country does allow me to thoroughly test these two versatile families of products.

The nearest thing I would consider to be a regular Christmas party is combining a shopping day in Knightsbridge with the highlight of the year, the Olympia Horse Show. If we can organise the tickets in time and get house sitters on the farm we’ll put on our best jeans and cowboy boots and I’ll wear my London day make-up look. Plus if any of our London friends are in town we’ll stay over and meet up for a drink.

If I add to this the dreaded word ‘fireworks’ (which you know I all hate!) you will understand that even New Year’s Eve is not a party night. I have to get all the horses ready and then at 11.30pm stand in the stable yard until 1am to keep them all calm, plus be prepared to dope them with medication if they get too upset. While Simon stays in the house looking after the dogs and cats to keep them happy. If I ruled the world fireworks would be banned!!

On the occasion where I do have to do an industry event (lunch, dinner or presentation), then I find it easiest if you break up the beauty preparation across several days beforehand. For example, Elasticize your hair, body-scrub and get your skin intensely exfoliated, and hydrated with masks. This means that any self-tan work is much quicker and easier to do when you just add another 5 – 10 minutes into your routine on a daily basis during the previous week.

While some of you might find it easier and enjoyable (which I would if I had the time) to spend 2 – 3 hours to get ready, I find it much it’s much easier if I keep on top of the preparation in this manner. With the farm, animals and commute I always run out of time, even though I am notoriously always on time or early for everything! This way, when I am going out I can very quickly get ready – I just take more care with my hair and make-up (my nails are always done anyway) and I’ll still be ready an hour before my husband!


  1. Fabienne November 8, 2016 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    I too despises fireworks, thankfully my animals are not affected but my heart goes to everyone else’s…
    I am so impressed by your nails Alison, you are always impeccable! xx

  2. Beverley November 10, 2016 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Great minds think alike Ali. I can get ready in 20 minutes flat. I have 3 children. 2 adult and one 14 year old son. I wear minimal make-up. Blessed with a good skin, but as a 53 year old working full-time, i am a wash and go girl, and on the go all day.
    I am not a party animal, choosing to be with my family and my wonderful house-husband who truly looks after the house like clockwork – very lucky woman.
    I love to catch up with QVC and the beauty programmes when i get the chance and the invaluable advice you give on products to suit different skin types. I am a big Liz Earle fan and quite honestly say i think the products have changed my skin, never a bad one any way, but certainly enhanced it together with drinking a lot of water and a healthy diet when i allow. HAHA. I absolutely love Laura Geller too, BalancE and Brighten – AMAZING!!!

    Have a fabulous Christmas, and keep on with those beauty tips. Maybe one day i can get to the beauty bash. Would love to meet everyone.

    Take Care


  3. Toni November 16, 2016 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    I wonder if you could advice me on what I could use to cleanse my face ( and take my make up off ) and also a moisturiser.
    I am getting prescribed Accutane.
    Thank you

  4. Christine Jones November 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison
    Been watching you tonight, you re a real tonic.. Been full of heavy cold so ordered Molton brown eucalyptus in a Big size.. My travel one came in handy!!!! What make up were the models wearing on the taya programme.. They all looked stunning… As do you too. Can you tell me please..

    Love that you care so much for your special animals, they are blessed to have you special lady!!! Loved to hear your story about burning the oak fence… Could just imagine it. M m m m heaven.

    Take care and stay warm this winter

    Much love Christine xxx

  5. susan kramer November 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    i saw an article on facebook saying that italy use silent fireworks. could be the way to go….

  6. Catherine Brocklehurst November 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello my wee darlin’,
    My daughter has been using my DOLL 10 makeup.
    I want to buy her a gift set for Christmas.
    Can you tell me if there is a visit to QVC on the Cards before December 25th?

    I wish you and yours a beautiful Christmas!

    Many thanks,

    Catherine x

  7. Sandra Morgan December 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas to you and all your animal family. I like reading about your horses, dogs and cats and also seeing all your pictures. Thank you – I have an insight into your “real life” !n

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