Quick fire beauty questions


Bath or shower?
99% of the time it’s a shower for speed. However, if I’ve had one of my many accidents like falling off a horse at home or a space hopper at work(!!), walking into a wheelbarrow, falling off the tractor or getting knocked over in the fields by a horse or dog, then it’s definitely an SBC Arnica Bath Soak.


Nails – gels or normal?
Gel nails done by a professional was essential when I slipped over on self-tan on air and broke my wrist! The good old days of spray eco tan! However, the rest of the time I do my own manicures and pedicures but two or three times a year I have a professional treatment to do some deep cuticle work. The rest of the time it’s easy to maintain with all of our great brands.


Foundation – liquid or Powder?
This really does depend on what mood my skin is in. When it’s well hydrated and plumped-up from skincare work, it’s best with powder make-up like Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Baked Foundation (213445) (a powder that performs like a cream). If I have an allergy reaction or any breakouts, it’s best with Bareminerals Gorgeously Flawless Foundation (216716). If my skin is feeling dry or has experiences lots of central heating, air conditioning or car heaters etc. then its best with a liquid like Bareminerals Complexion Rescue (209089). I also use Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Foundation (205253) for fuller coverage and if my skin needs more smoothing out then Judith Williams Magic Makeup (206004) or the M. Asam Perfect Teint II and my make-up choices for high glamour are Jay Manual Skin Perfector Foundation (227539) and Mally. This list could go on and on but it certainly shows, even to me as a make-up artist and maybe for you guys at home, how I test out the products and how a foundation wardrobe for you, can definitely give the performance you require.

Individual beauty products or multi-tasking?
You can guess the answer is going to be all of them. In general if I’m not testing specifically, multi-tasking products are great for speed such as Ultrasun and Anti-Ageing and Anti-Pigmentation Day Cream (205014), Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat (227131) when you don’t have time to do a manicure but you need to protect the nails, also Taya Inner Core Shampoo and Conditioner (216289) acts like you’ve had lots of intensive treatments when you don’t have time. Multi-tasking make-up minimises the size of your make-up bag and is great to grab-and-run and for holidays, but individual beauty products will always win out for problem solving of a specific hair/skin/nail or make-up requirement.

Night in or night out?

Almost definitely a night in as I have to work many night shifts at work so it’s actually nice to be at home at tea time and spend the evening in with hubby, dogs and horses and go to bed at a normal time which allows me to get up feeling human instead of the jet lag feeling of a late night work shift. Night outs are few and far between as it takes a lot of organisation for the farm and animals but the promise of Will Gowing and his hubby Steve in a cocktail bar normally does the trick!


Home cooked or takeaway?
Always home cooked. The 20 – 30 mile round trip to a takeaway when you live in the country means it’s not a normal occurrence and is only once or twice a year. Plus the fact that I enjoy cooking and find it relaxing, having done lots of cookery exams and courses when I was younger. Plus we have some really great farm shops and local producers being in the country so I tend to cook whatever is in season or whatever looks good.


Morning person or night person?
I’m definitely a morning person. I’m always the one that takes hubby the cup of tea in bed whilst I’m up with a cup of coffee out at the stable and on the farm and I certainly don’t feel as if the day is right unless I get a lot of jobs done in the morning. I always feel like the day has run away with me. However, as most of my work is later in the day, I am very good at a cat nap or if it’s a Today’s Special Value launch a proper sleep for a few hours in the afternoon to bank up some energy. I have got used to this routine and enjoy it in a sadistic way.


Movies or books?
This definitely depends upon the time of year for example, I would be a book person but don’t get time to read them but on holiday I can always get through about 4 – 5 books and find that very relaxing. When I’m not on holiday, then it’s easier to sit down in front of a film to have a relax with the dogs lying all over my knees.


What other quick fire questions would you like to ask me?


  1. Sally Stock November 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I’m due to have a biopsy on a most prominent position, my nose ! Obviously there will be a small ( hopefully ) scar. What do you recommend to use to help heal & disguise this please. I have heard rose oil ( bio oil ? ) is good. And Decleor pro lagene too. Thank you, Sally.

  2. Helen Brown November 21, 2016 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Alison: I would like to know which eye cream you would recommend as an alternative now that Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair isn’t available please.

  3. Bea November 21, 2016 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello, no matter which foundation I try, liquid or powder the pores on my nose can be seen. I also use Mally primer and I exfoliate. What can I do they are enlarged and ugly. Help.

    • Fabienne November 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

      Have you tried the NIOD Sanskrit Saponis? It is doing wonders for my pores…

  4. Mandy November 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Do you prefer sweet or savoury treats & what are your favourites?
    From Mandy x

  5. Marianne November 22, 2016 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    If there were just one single product that you could take on a desert island with you, what would it be and why??


  6. Gillian Lee November 23, 2016 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    I am 60 years old no wrinkles yet but I’ve started with blackness under my eyes can u help?

  7. Gillian Lee November 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    That should read slackness

  8. Nicole November 30, 2016 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I have eczema and extremly dry skin especially in the winter and wondering if you could recommend a foundation and concelear for me please. Thanks

  9. Annette December 11, 2016 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, having recently purchased the Babyliss PRO TSV to curl my hair, could you recommend what to use to hold the curl longer? Currently using Phillip Kingsley shampoo & conditioner.

  10. Helen McMullan December 22, 2016 at 8:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have pale Celtic skin with Keratosis Pilaris on the tops of my arms. I know it is a harmless skin condition but I was wondering if you could recommend a product to improve the appearance of my arms. Many thanks Helen

  11. Elviramuir December 31, 2016 at 2:43 am -  Reply

    Alison what is the best neck cream for a 74year old very slack and turkey neck

  12. Lynnette December 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Why are we not having Beauty Bash this year. My friend and I come every and really enjoy it. Please let us have one next year .

  13. Christine January 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    I use Liz Earle except cream. I use marine cream. I have redness. Don’t have many lines. Also use Alpha H. Oil at night. Does that suit me.

  14. Tina January 22, 2017 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    hello Alison, please help, I have noticed the bags under your eyes have really diminished. I am getting really depressed about mine with people constantly saying how tired I look. Can you let me know your secret to this. This would really help me. Thank you.

  15. maxine February 6, 2017 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    hi Alison my son is 8 years old and has recently started suffering from black heads in a line across his nose! we use cleanse and Polish once a day in the evening and just Warter in the mornings. They seem to be getting worse and look like a raised lump with a blackhead in them. I’m stressing about it as feel like a bad mum and I don’t want other kids to notice and start to make fun of him as he is already sensitive in nature and it would break my heart for him to be called names! please can u help thank you X

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