Before and After

Life’s extremities


Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all well and still enjoying summer. My heart goes out to all of you younger parents (and grandparents) wondering how to fill the next 6 weeks or so in amusing and entertaining the children during their school holidays!! (Been there, done that…not easy!!) The theme of this blog is all about “extremities”. So to highlight a few:

The weather!
Now that was a bit strange going from temperatures in the mid 30’s in the south east down to late teens/early 20’s and bucketing down for a few days. I have to say, all very pleasant and welcome really, particularly in the garden!

But now we are indeed climbing our way back up there and by this weekend… back where we started I believe. I don’t think we do well in this country with extreme weather… we struggle in the summer with the heat as most of our homes are geared up for the colder weather. But not too cold mind you… remember the “Beast from the East”?! No, we Brits cope “extremely” well with a kind of mild, damp October type climate!! That we can handle!!

Now a big thank you to all of you who have complimented me on my new hairstyle. This was not at all planned, and in fact took place behind the scenes here at QVC with lovely Maria, our TSV guest from last Monday. She had brought with her a hairstyling tool which was really popular. As she was styling my hair I commented on how lovely her hair was and she responded by telling me that she thought her style would suit me too.

Hair on the floor

I wasn’t sure but then thought how fun it would be to go on the morning show with it long and then get it cut and appear on the lunchtime show with a short, whole new look. So after much encouragement by all and sundry (including Jackie Kabler) I decided to go for it.

Check out my before and after photo (there was a huge pile of my locks on the floor for me to look at in shock horror before I saw the final result!) But I have to say I am happy with it. The whole “change is as good as a rest” thing really resonates right now… and it’s a lot cooler in these soaring temperatures!!

Hair before and after

QVC brands
Now why should that qualify as an extremity? Well my last two blogs have focused and been dedicated to only one brand each time (Peony and Skechers). But this week, well I have to cram so much in as there is lots going on at QVC this weekend, and I love lots of it too!! So let’s get started. What have we got for you… well Thursday midnight will see the launch of the Great QVC Summer Sale and we’re kick-starting with a TSV boot from the Skechers range (I know…..bad pun!!).

Now if you are any doubt that I’m a fan, checkout my last blog where the evidence is there for all to see… my 22 pairs of Skechers addiction!! These On the Go City 2 boots are made for more than walking though… they are sooooooo comfy (due to the new Goga Mat insole and the improved arch support) very cosy too and with a great choice of colours to choose from.

Skechers boots

You can wear the fold down cuff either up or down to show off the faux fur lining… and all at a fab price as you would expect. So please join Vonda and myself at midnight to “see what all the fuss is about” (again please see previous blog for any needed clarification).

Friday midnight I will be launching the LAB Platinum Pro Whitening System with Whitening Pen. Many of you have loved this as it’s such a cost effective, and importantly, a fuss-free way to brighten your smile. These sisters are absolutely lovely and it’s amazing to hear about their Oxford Uni background and how they have developed a range of tools which allows us to reap the benefits of what modern day technology has to offer us in our beauty routine.

LAB Platinum Pro Whitening System with Whitening Pen

Saturday midnight sees the launch of a fabulous kit from the ever popular Laura Geller range. Now this is indeed a first. Lovely Laura has recently developed THE most amazing liquid foundation!! Now I’m not the biggest fan of liquid foundations as many of you will know, but I have to say I’m so impressed with this one. What a beautiful texture and coverage!! You just end up with this stunning dewy glow! Of course there’s more besides the foundation to be had… so please tune in to find out!

Laura Geller 3 Piece Filter First Luminous Skin Collection

Monday midnight and for many, a long-awaited Taya TSV. If you want beautiful, manageable locks (although I now have less locks to actually manage) then we have an amazing offer. This is all about the Inner Core range made from Brazilian black clay, renowned to cleanse and condition without adding weight and reducing breakage after just the first application… but the excitement is in a brand new serum that they’re launching.

Using some of the most precious clays to be found in the rainforest and transforming them into a 100% Natural Oil blend, your hair (and your body) will love the results (so will your purse – there are savings of over £30 to be had!!) There are other highlights on Monday, Orla Kiely Accessories at 8pm. I’ve included a photo of one of my favourite bags for you. I’ve also included a photo of a stunning plant pot and candle that was a recent birthday gift from my son Matthew and his lovely wife Rebecca. Not from QVC (yet) but again showing that I am indeed a true fan.

Orla Kiely

And finally at 9pm on Monday I get to bring you not only a fab range for many of you in make-up, but a great story and philosophy behind the brand too. Beauty Bakerie with the lovely Cashmere. I first watched this brand with Pipa and it didn’t take long before I was sampling their delights. We have some new and exciting pieces to tempt you with including the Cake Face Concealer, a beautiful face and body palette Scoops Elysees, and something that went viral after Cashmere tweeted on it, and that’s the Coffee & Cocoa Palette.

Beauty Bakerie Coffee & Cocoa Bronzer Palette 236736

Well my goodness, I do have a busy few days ahead, and if you all don’t end up with at least the hint of a Glaswegian accent by the end of it, then my name is not “Dangerous Dawson”!! (No idea where that name came from… honest!!)

Take care and lots of love,

Anne xx



  1. Sharon Shaw August 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne, I have been watching you since the very beginning on QVC and I think you look so much younger with your new hair style! Keep presenting as will miss you if you are not there!!!
    Lots of love, Sharon. x

  2. Anne Dawson August 3, 2018 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon. What a lovely thing to say!! Thank you so much.
    Keep watching…..lots of love to you.
    Anne xx

  3. Deborah Robinson August 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anne,I love the personality s of the presenters on qvc and the age range s-(im 51) I can’t imagine a day in the life of a presenter but how interested I would be to see it!…you’re hair is fab,the shorter you have it in this style the younger you look,I’m going for it next haircut too!!…keep up the great work.x Debbie x

  4. Susan August 3, 2018 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Happy belated birthday! You kept that quiet! I love the gorgeous flower pot your son and daughter in law bought you!! Really suits your funky house and kitchen.
    I love your hair yes but I love it long and blonde too! Go for whichever you like but I’m sure it’s nice to have a change. How are you all coping in that heat down south?! Poor Spain and Portugal this coming week too. Dangerous.
    Keep cool!x

  5. Heather Blaber August 3, 2018 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    When I saw you on air with your new hairstyle, I thought wow! What a difference having it shorter. It’s made your hair look thicker. It must be easier to look after. I have been growing my hair a bit longer. But it’s very fine with blonde highlights, and with this not weather, it had become dry on the ends. So last week I, instead of my usual inch being taken off, I had half an inch more. So it’s jaw length, and I can now wash and leave it when I’m not going out to work. I also bought the Calista, so I can get root lift and curl.

    Take care

  6. Elizabeth Keenan August 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Anne
    Oh I love your hair it’s beautiful, you are with it Anne that style is so in fashion just now. Makes you look so much younger, need to give it a try lol. Nice blog as usual.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  7. Sandra Morgan August 4, 2018 at 7:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne, love your new hairstyle, suits you!

  8. Mandy August 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne, I love watching you as you are so genuine, down to earth & have a wicked sense of humour which I love! You look gorgeous with your new hairdo & look years younger!!
    I thought of you the other day when packing away my holiday clothes in a vacuum storage bag. I always remember you years ago demonstrating them & the counter was too high so you just burst out laughing & Pippa came over to rescue you! It was brilliant & I always think of you when I have to do mine.
    Have a lovely week
    Love from
    Mandy x

  9. Susan August 7, 2018 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne,
    Get well soon! I thought you were struggling the other day! Poor you. It’s going around.

  10. Elaine Marsh August 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Nice haircut. Suits you, it’s not easy to cut your hair when it’s been long for sometime it’s very scary but you made the right decision. Long hair despite it seeming youthful can be ageing and that’s not what you want.x

  11. Teresa Karasavvas August 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne

    Love the hairstyle it has taken years off you and really suits you.

    Isn’t it amazing what a different hairstyle can do.

    Are you sure it is you!!!!

  12. Anne Dawson August 15, 2018 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Glad you like the hair! I think you’d be surprised at just how crazy a day in the life of a presenter is at times! Let me know how your new hair style looks. Xx

  13. Anne Dawson August 15, 2018 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Yes I don’t tend to publicise birthdays too much at my age!! Lol!!
    Much cooler now in the south. Hope life is treating you well.
    Lovely to hear from you as always!! X

  14. Anne dawson August 15, 2018 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Thanks Heather. Yes it’s certainly been a lot cooler with shorter hair in the recent heat. How do you like your Calista? Xx

  15. Anne dawsin August 15, 2018 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Thanks for the magic words “makes you look younger”… to my ears!! Take care xx

  16. Anne dawson August 15, 2018 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Thanks Sandra. Take care xx

  17. Christine August 15, 2018 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    You don’t have suits you. You look younger that’s what we all want.
    Take care x

  18. Sarah August 17, 2018 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anne
    I’ve just been watching you and had to comment how gorgeous you look today. I don’t usually notice other people’s hair styles, but honestly, yours has taken years off you. Love it!

  19. Bernadette Skinner August 20, 2018 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne – your hair is lovely – it suits you in that shorter bob style! You look great.

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