Quickfire just for fun!


Our online team thought it would be fun to give me some quick fire questions which I was told I had to respond to with as short an answer as possible – not easy for me!

Nails – brights or pastels?

Definitely brights! They create instant impact and a stronger fashion statement.

Tan – fake or real?

Fake of course.  I’m in complete control, it doesn’t age me and I can do it in minutes with bronzers and liquids, instead of weeks in the sun.

Face wipes or cleansers?

How very dare they ask this question! Cleansers of course, as wipes cause scratching and irritation and do not remove make-up, especially a full TV make-up, very easily at all. Cleansers are effective and efficient and enjoyable but also are the first step in treating your skin.

Glossy or matte lips?

Almost always glossy – even at home as clear, glossy shades give a natural, healthy look or pigmented ones a fashion look to match an outfit. Occasionally I may go more for a matte look to create an authoritative finish especially in a power meeting.

Hair – straight or curly?

Easiest for me is straight as that’s my hair’s natural state but I do enjoy doing some curly looks for special occasions or big shows on the TV.

Exercise or an extra hour of beauty sleep?

If that exercise is going in a gym then definitely stay in bed. However, if it’s walking my dogs or riding my horse, then exercise.

Salon or DIY Pedicure?

Most of the time I do my own pedi but once or twice a year it’s great to go to a salon because its easier for them to do any intense cuticle work.


…Maybe we could continue this! What quick fire Q&A’s would you like to ask me?


  1. Jill September 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    I would like to ask.. Nails, Long lasting Gels or polish? I find polish difficult to apply so get my nails salon Gel , but it can dry the nails out a bit. What do you think?

  2. Karen Reynolds September 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    When I put ultrasun on my face do I use moisturiser, primer and then foundation?

  3. JJ September 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Which exfoliater followed by which mask?

  4. Mo Cowell September 5, 2016 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Which cleansers or exfoliators have tiny plastic beads included ?

  5. Maria Royle September 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    This is a great idea, thank you for doing this.
    Do you use Glycolic?
    I’ve been using Alpha H more intensely titis year and seen a big difference.
    Can you over-use Glycolic? I also use daily essential moisturiser with spf.
    I also cherry pick from other brands eg Prolagene
    Many thanks
    Maria x

  6. Maria Royle September 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    What are your desert island products?
    Thanks Maria x

  7. Wendy September 6, 2016 at 5:56 am -  Reply

    Decleor or elemis because i keep ordering both and get confused which one to use

  8. Jacqui Hand September 6, 2016 at 6:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,,
    Loving the quick fire questions.
    Here’s one for you.
    Foundations, Liquid or powder?
    Love Jacqui Xxx

  9. Carole Hughes September 6, 2016 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    For blondes; black or brown mascara?

  10. Kylie Gottsche September 6, 2016 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    That was really insightful…keep it coming

  11. Sheena Vaughan September 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I love to spend time on my skin and always double cleanse and use oils however when layering im not sure whether to use oils before serums or vice versa. I have oily skin. Thanks.

  12. Elaine Wall September 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    What a great idea. My question is bath or shower? I know this question divides us girls. Thanks

  13. Joanne September 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    vitamin c serum, under or over ultrasun?

  14. Trish Reese September 25, 2016 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    I would like to purchase the IT Celebration Foundation but cannot decide on the correct colour, I have read the reviews and it seems the fair shades are coming through very pale so I was wondering about the medium shade – I have fair skin with a lot of redness and burn easily, however Porcelain is far too light for me in Laura Geller and so I use the Fair in that range but it is a little dark for me, lots of the other ranges are too yellow for my pink undertones. I like the Mally foundations but they are also a bit on the yellow side.
    Please can you advise on the correct colour to order.
    Thanks Trish Reese

  15. ann cain September 28, 2016 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Can you please tell me what colour Jill Francs nail polish please.

  16. Anne leatherland November 17, 2016 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    I am retired active farmers wife worked hard on farm lovely life But no time for skin care is it to late now 82 wrincles!! Help now use Liz Earle thingsi mean I am 82 years old

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