Your questions answered – quickfire!


 ‘I always apply primer before my foundation, but between my nose and cheeks always end up cakey – what am I doing wrong?’ – Teresa

The first thing to check to prevent this problem from happening would be  – are you exfoliating enough? I.e. if you have a build-up of dry skin, then the foundation will grab more in this area so try doubling the amount of times you exfoliate as this may solve the problem.

My next piece of advice would be to try changing your application technique i.e. whether you are using a powder or a cream foundation, are you applying to this area first and therefore it is a bit of a thicker layer, in which case, just try switching application to the other areas first and then blend over this area afterwards.

Thirdly, you may need to change your primer. Some primers give a smoother, more plump, almost peachy feeling and allow foundation to float more over the top of the skin.  A perfect one that does this would be the Mally Original Primer or the Bareminerals Primer.

You also may find that a course of peeling might help to refine this area of skin and prevent makeup clogging so take a look at the Beauty Edit, showing one of our key trends which is all about peeling to refine and smooth the skin.


‘With the restrictions on in cabin allowance for long haul flights on lotions, balms, and creams etc., what do you recommend to keep hydrated (apart from drinking water)?’ – Carol 

This is a great question. Firstly, try and layer up your skincare before the flight by using a really good exfoliator like Ole Henrickson’s Power Peel and then going to bed with layers of oil and serums, and a moisturising mask on top such as Gatineau’s Melatogenine. The aim here is to plump the skin up with as much moisture as possible before the long haul flight.

Change your make-up routine if you want to wear make-up. My favourite would be Bareminerals Complexion Rescue which is super-hydrating and still gives coverage and I would put this in your cabin bag so that you can apply it before you land as well. Try to avoid powders and finishing products as these will just further potentially dry your skin out. During the flight, either take one specific face product like one of Gatineau’s Serums and keep pressing onto the skin over the top of make-up, or if you want one product that’s more multitasking then take SBC Collagen Gel in the 100ml size and you can use this for your eyes, face, neck, hands and arms.

My top five 100ml or under recommendations would be:

  • Ultrasun Anti Ageing SPF 50 Day Cream or a 100ml size of their Family Formula SPF30 or 50.  The reason being, in case you lose your luggage or there is a delay, whether you are landing for skiing or a sunshine holiday, you need SPF straight away and you can then easily whip it out of your bag, especially if there are going to be delays such as your room not being ready
  • Ultrasun Protection Lip or Gail Hayman Lip Lift because your lips dry out on the flight and it really becomes uncomfortable so it is imperative to keep applying these
  • Complexion Rescue – a hydrating tint so that you can feel and look glamorous
  • A Gatineau Serum
  • Tee Tree wipes. These could be used to wipe over the face on the plane if required but they are brilliant mainly as hand wipes and for the back of the neck and under the arms if the cabin gets stuffy. Before you land, you can literally go and give yourself a body wipe all over and it’s like you’ve just had a shower. If someone is coughing and sneezing next to you, literally hold them under your nose and inhale and use them to keep surrounding yourself with Tea Tree. They are also essential when you land to help keep biting insects at bay

Make sure if you are travelling with someone that they are using their full liquid allowance because if they are not (like my husband) I would add to that list L’Occitane Foot Cream, which has arnica in it to massage on your feet and ankles and up your calves, and when on the flight I would double it up as a hand cream. Mascara – whilst not essential it does make you feel good.  A Percy and Reed Dry Shampoo or Dry Volumising Spray to give your hair some oomph when you land. Also for a long haul flight I would take a fabulous moisturiser that’s all about hydration such as Decleor HydraFloral or Floramare Day & Night Cream and a mini deodorant. If you have a child, get them to carry your fragrance, otherwise take a solid fragrance which won’t count as a liquid. My list could go on but if you could get someone to squeeze in your tea tree oil, then do, although with the wipes now this is not 100% essential.

I hope this has given you some tips and I look forward to hearing from some of my followers what their tips would be.


‘I am 52 female, use Decleor Iris Night Balm, but feel I need some lifting around the jaw face area, Which cream would you recommend’ – Frances 

If you want to keep using the Iris Night Time Balm I would add Prolagene Gel to your regime and use it in the morning underneath your moisturiser. If your skin is thirsty, you may be able to use the Prolagene Gel also underneath the Night Balm. Alternatively you could change to the whole Prolegene Lift Regime. Once you see the results of this, you could always alternate the balm in when required i.e. one night a week or for one week a month to get the best of both worlds.

I love getting these questions, and don’t forget to join me at 8pm on Wednesdays for  my AYBNI show where you can get hold of me on a weekly basis with my partner in crime, Will, and I can answer so many more questions for you.


  1. Barbara scott February 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    The multi colour stripe top you had on during Saturday evening. . .whose design was it please.thought you looked very glam. It was during the Tarte make up show Ithink. Carnt find it on here. B xx

  2. sharron melia February 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello could you please help me I have got one very annoying blackhead what can I use to get rid of it please.

    Thank you

    Kind regards


    • Julie August 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

      Hi Alison I’m 53 and I’ve suffered with blackheads for years please please what is the best treatment go get rid of them ,I already use Liz earl cleans and polish regularly also I use alpha h liquid gold
      Thank you regards Julie x

  3. Marian February 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    I am 62 I have hooded eyelids have dehydrated sagging skin please help

  4. Fabienne February 23, 2016 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    I would humbly add, for long haul flights, some coconut oil, especially Tiana.’s. Great make up remover (remove with tea tree wipes), sleeping mask, all over moisture keeper even on hair, lip balm etc…plus a spoonful gives you a daily dose of Lauric acid and the fat content is an appetite suppressant… 🙂

  5. Karen February 23, 2016 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I am using bare minerals primer with the bare skin foundation and I find that the foundation come off in the day. What am I doing wrong?

  6. Karen February 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    What is the difference in terms of ingredients, benefits and application between Judith William’s Rose Elixir and her Rose Oil? Need to decide whether to get the TSV today or not. Thanks in advance.

  7. Lindsay Marjoram February 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Alison – any chance you could find out when and if Gatineau are planning to bring back Active Eclat Flash Radiance Serum? I really miss this product and am coming close to the end of my stocks! Help!!!

  8. Jean Sinclair February 27, 2016 at 6:08 am -  Reply

    Alison , you saved my life honestly . Aged 67 I felt so sad and so unhappy until I started really watching you and taking your advice especially with Mally . I have spent thousands on QVC Alison but watching you teaching me about beauty products was just so wonderful and helped me so so so much and oh Alison I feel amazing and tonight watching you again with Mally I’m so looking forward to my new items being delivered . I think I spent two hundred in the last three hours of watching you. I was so so so unhappy so thank you with all of my heart . You are sensational and have given me a reason to go on . From looking like an old witch to feeling and looking great . I just wished I could show you a picture of before and after THANK YOU ALI XXXXXX

  9. Sue Watkins February 27, 2016 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    My son is 17 and has been suffering with the dreaded teenage spots, he has been using Liz Earle cleanse and polish which is helping, but I am worried about scarring. He is very conscious about them and has started to try and cover them up with concealer/foundation. Any advice with treating them and covering them up would be appreciate. Many Thanks Sue.

  10. T Reese February 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Please can you recommend something for my eyes, I have really dry paper thin skin under my eyes that have folds of skin when I smile, I am 57 years old and use Liz Earle superskin eye cream Josie Maran Argan oil and loccitane shea butter, I have tried numerous eye creams all of which have not worked. My skin is in good condition and I would really love to get rid of the bags and folds of skin if possible, My G.P. has said that my left eye has a patch of Excema on the side of it so I would need something for sensitive eyes.
    Thank you for you help

  11. Niki March 1, 2016 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi …. Help!..need something for marionette lines!!!
    I am 45+

  12. Mrs T Reese March 3, 2016 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I am in my fifties and have recently developed a lot of folds of skin under my eyes most noticeable when I smile, I have tried the Liz Earle superskin, Josie Maran argon oil, Locciitane Shea butter and various other creams and nothing is tightening up the skin. Overall my skin is in good condition but is very sensitive so I would not be able to try out anything harsh. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  13. pauline March 3, 2016 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi can you tell me what is the sparkle/ glitter that Catherine the model wears when demonstrating the jewellery please. many thanks

  14. Louise wozencroft March 5, 2016 at 7:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison ,could you advise me on the best product for growing my nails ,I can’t decide as there are many products,and I would like your help .

  15. Kate evans March 10, 2016 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi best product for pigmentation due to pregnancy mask ? Had my baby 3 years ago and still have it ! Using alpha H gold

  16. Sandra March 13, 2016 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I have pigmentation on my neck what would you recommend

  17. Pauline Richardson March 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I am at my wits end….. I am 61 and in the last 2 years have developed pigmentation patches. I can generally conceal small patches but there is one on the side of my face about 3/4″. I use alpha H liquid gold, and I use ultrasun 30 on face as well as well as ultrasun pigmentation on the patches. Can you advise anything else I can use. I have combination skin and don’t really like anything oily or heavy as it seems to disrupt the balance of my skin. I am willing to try anything which you think may help, thanks.

  18. Ashliegh Woods March 21, 2016 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    I’m 38yrs old asian woman who has had adult acne but still using prescription cream to treat it. I have found my skin to be dry but what concernss me the most is the slackness of my skin. My cheek has gone south and my jaw line is none existent. I have lost weight but also am getting old. I notice most lift product are 40+. What do you recommend for my age group and need dramatic change.

  19. Marie pilkington March 26, 2016 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    I am 55,have always had spots blackheads have used most products over the years. Have been using cleanse and polish for last couple of months,would love any help thanks

  20. Sylvia Dean April 11, 2016 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I used to use Aveda hair detoxifier bought from QVC before I had highlights years ago and my colour lasted ages. Now my highlights seem to virtually wash straight out. What product would you recommend from the QVC range to use pre highlights? Thank you. I am a 57 yr old natural blonde that needs a bit of help nowadays to keep my colour. I seem to be going darker rather than getting grey hair.

  21. Caroline bartlett April 12, 2016 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi, was wondering if I can mix SBC collagen and witch hazel for my teenage son,I also have propolis.can you also recommend a face wash for him.

  22. Linda Cormack April 15, 2016 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I have just purchased Judith Williams. Can you advise if the all in one day and night cream should have such a horrible smell? Mine smells like face cream that has gone off, it has an old musty smell. Is this how it is or has mine gone off?

  23. suzanne peaker April 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Cleaning make up brushes? What is the best cleaning product to use? How often should you clean your brushes? There is so much conflicting advice?? Please help?

  24. Wendy McIvor April 17, 2016 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Has YBF left QVC?


  25. Alison April 17, 2016 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    When my 17 year old daughter gets a tan she has started getting in the last 2 years white spots/marks all over her body, we did go to the doctor when we returned from holiday last year and she got a body wash and they said it was something to do with a bacterial infection and they said before she goes into the sun she needs to treat her skin for about 2 months to get rid of this could she possible use the Austrialian Bodycare Bodywash or can you suggest anything she could use to get rid of this please, thank you so much.

  26. Sandie Booth April 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison

    Quick question can you use today’s special value with Gatineau Tan Exelarater


  27. Anu April 30, 2016 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Please could you advise the best products/treatments for forehead lines, especially the dreaded ‘elevenses’. Many thanks, Anu

  28. Sylwia May 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have two questions:
    Please advise which skin moisturiser would be the best for me. I have combination skin with first wrinkles around my face and forehead.

    Last time I got the special value from elemis and the self tan moisturiser with it, but as it doesn’t have an spf, what is the best way to apply it please? Before or after the spf gel?
    Thank you, Sylwia

  29. Elizabeth shore May 7, 2016 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison,im 72 should I just give up with the skincare now. I’ve bought everything and I’m getting no results. What can I do? Thanks alison xxx

  30. Ursula Mueller May 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi this is a question for Alison please. I am 51 years old and have old acne scars on cheeks and under jaw area (left hand side only). I have had face peels and have recently tried Gatineau (the serum in the black bottle). What would you suggest is the best product from QVC to use? Best Wishes, Ursula

  31. Elisa Faggio May 17, 2016 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have a 12 yeasr old daughter who has always suffered from dry skin, but she also has very delicate skin.
    She has particularly dry skin around her eyes. She currently uses Avene and SBC on her face, but is still finding dry spots, especially around her eyes. We have tried Liz Earle in the past but her skin reacted against the cleanse and polish.
    Please can you recommend a skin care routine for her – a suitable cleanser, moisturiser and eye cream to use on the lids.
    Many thanks for your help.

  32. Jennifer wacey June 28, 2016 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison my eyes don’t seem to keep my eye make up on I use primer sparkle please wot can I use

    • Jennifer wacey August 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

      Please can you help eye make up don’t stay on use primer

  33. jennifer mcintosh August 30, 2016 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, could you recommend a good eye cream that has an spf included. I have really oily eyelids and very dark circles. Thank you .

  34. Ann April 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I use Purity mornings and then moisturise in the AM and evenings I use Liquid Gold 3 nights a week and Pixi glow tonic for the other 4. I only moisturise after the Pixi. Am I doing anything wrong and will the Pixi still work once moisturiser is applied? I look forward to hearing from you.. Ann..

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