Hello everyone

First things first I bought a new hat!

Rather pleased with it.  I saw it in  charity shop on our Sunday walk and yes, you’ve guessed, I pounced!

It cost all of £4!

We were out and about watching the Vintage Car Rally which begins in London and ends on Brighton seafront. Here’s a brave person seated backwards – not sure I’d like that!  But everybody seemed to be having fun.

A lot of Peaky Blinder’s hats were being worn but I can pretty much guarantee they’re worn by toffs not gangsters!

Very pleased to see a woman driving!

Here’s someone who’s biked all the way from London. Don’t you just love his clothes!

Looking at my face I can see I’m quite lined and tired.  I mean my face is lined and that’s nothing to worry about or think, oh, no, because this is totally normal for my age, but it is about being a bit post-viral. So mid-week off I went to the beauticians for a facial. Btw, I’ve been having facials forever, so it was nothing new for me to do this.  And I do love them.  I like the care and attention paid to the quality of your skin and personally, for me, it’s not anything to do with anti-ageing but all about wanting to look as good as one can.

But my word the choice you have these days. No longer is a facial simply a matter of a standard cleanse, exfoliate, mask and moisturise with massage.  You can still get those, but at the beauticians I go to there are organic and vegan skincare facials, specific product facials and then there are the more intrusive yet non-invasive and non-surgical treatments such as:

i) Derma planing which uses an exfoliation blade to remove skin cells and hair.  Personally, I would not have this treatment on my face as the hair growth on my face is very strong, and I wouldn’t want that hair boomeranging back!

ii) Radio-frequency which is a tightening and firming treatment. I had 3 or 4 of these in the Spring and found it an interesting experience as the facials are very unrelaxing and like a warm octopus moving over your face. However, it actually worked, as in, it did tighten my jowls and neck, but sadly this effect lasted I’d say for only 3-4 months.It is also too expensive for me to continue to have this type of facial, so on reflection I won’t have any more of those.

iii) Then there’s LED facials, which uses LED light in one of four ways after a cleanse and exfoliation which I think I’m going to try as it sounds less intrusive than the Radio-frequency. I’ll let you know what the results are.

But this week I had the very pure organic facial, which was simply lovely and very relaxing. No it hasn’t made me look less tired, that will pass. But the whole point of the facial was to moisturise, hydrate and generally improve the quality of my skin, and I think it did.

That’s all for now, but I’m interested in whether you have facials and what type of facial you’ve experienced.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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21 thoughts on “A new hat and a facial, and gosh the choice you have now! Plus out and about in Brighton

  • 9th November 2019 at 8:54 am

    Wow that car rally is fun! And it seems that they had good weather! Fun! I get a facial in December with something new! I am curious about it!

    • 11th November 2019 at 7:53 am

      That car rally has been going on for ever and is great fun to watch. Only the rich take part of course, but the cars are beautiful.

      I shall try the LED facials (approx one a month) and see how they go. Have a lovely week x

  • 9th November 2019 at 9:32 am

    Morning Penny

    Thanks for this posting. Great to see the London-Brighton rally; reminded me of the 50’s film, Genevieve, with John Gregson, Kenneth More and Kay Kendall. I loved that film as a kid. Not as many crowds as I remember in the film – old hat now, I expect, rather like the Boat Race; both were major events in my childhood.

    Talking of hats, I like your new hat – nice shape and colour. And, of course, a real bargain. Is that a new puffer coat? Don’t believe I’ve seen it before. Looks good and warm – and needed here today; we’ve got frost.

    I’m pleased you enjoyed your facial and hope this is the restart of your make-up sessions. I’m fascinated by how people apply make-up. I’m not really looking for tips but find it interesting to see others making up. Probably related to my mother not wearing make-up and not having sisters. You asked if readers have facials. I do but not often. A couple or three of times a year I might have one at a salon – my favourite being Eve Lom, but it is expensive. So I go the other way, buy the stuff and do it myself, lay on the bed, play some music if I feel like it. I take the same approach with manicures and pedicures. You mention facial hair. I agree, not a good idea to mess around there. My friend had hair removed from above her lips and it’s now come back thicker and stronger.

    Well, typing this I’ve just notice fog has come down. So what with that and the frost I don’t think I’ll be venturing far for a while = time for a facial?

    All the best, Mary

    • 11th November 2019 at 7:59 am

      Hi Mary That red puffa coat is, amazingly a Michael Kors coat! I bought it for £40 at TKMaxx – found it on the designer bargain rack.

      I shall write about excess hair shortly as I have a lot of it. And interesting to hear what you do re: facials. I’ve read about the Eve Lom facials and might try one at some point.

      The hat was a great find! And btw, still thinking about the book(s) I might write.

  • 9th November 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve been getting facials (just the normal) for years now because my friend became an esthetician. So I think it has behooved me to take care of my skin like this. Now that I’ve moved away from her have to find someone new and I have heard of some of these new techniques. But I haven’t been brave enough to try them. I’ll be interested to see what you find.

    • 11th November 2019 at 8:03 am

      I’m going to try the LED facials. It is important, I think, to find a beautician and/or aesthetician one trusts, as some of the techniques are beginning to be almost intrusive. I wouldn’t get these facials done just anywhere. Good luck with your search Jodie XXX

  • 9th November 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Looking rested and even “younger” automatically happens when we wear beautiful and mousy colors related to our skin types. By the way, you have nailed it with your latest choices. Cheers, Judy

    • 11th November 2019 at 8:05 am

      That hat was such a good find, Judy. Plus I agree with you that colour is key to mood and often looks, as for example, my red fedora gives a lovely warm touch to my face. Cheers and have a great week xxx

  • 9th November 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Love the hat…great charity shop find! I tried derma planing once – my skin felt lovely and smooth afterwards, although a couple of days later a big spot developed. The fine hairs didn’t grow back any more noticeable than before though. I’ve heard good things about the HIFU facial, and I often see deals on Groupon and Wowcher so I may give it a try.

    Emma xxx

    • 11th November 2019 at 8:11 am

      That’s so interesting hearing about your experience with derma planing. But honestly I have more than fine hairs on my face. I have a lot of very strong down which given the slightest encouragement goes prickly and sticks out – to have it removed that way would only encourage the hair on my face to grow thicker. It’s the penalty for having a thick head of hair which I’ve lived with all my life. I’ve also got very bushy thick eyebrows!! But having that hair on my head into my 70s is great! I’ll try the LED facials and let you know how they go. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 10th November 2019 at 9:41 am

    I saw some fun pictures of the rally from my brother-in-law. I love those old cars. You look fresh and rested after your recent illness Penny. I love facials too although I don’t have them regularly. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday.

    • 11th November 2019 at 8:15 am

      The cars are amazing and lovely to watch, but although the owners and other passengers all wear Peaky Blinders caps it really is like watching an episode of Downton Abbey – but it’s fun and a peek (ha) into another way of life!

  • 10th November 2019 at 11:21 am

    Hello Penny! You wear hats so well; your new hat is fabulous. I enjoyed the excellent photos, too. When I was working, I used to have facials more regularly; they were so relaxing and stress relieving. Lately, I have got out of the habit which is something I intend to remedy. I think it’s important to find a ‘facialist’ ?! one can trust and have faith in. I’ve often thought about having facial acupuncture but haven’t tried it, yet. Hope you are soon 100% recovered.

    • 11th November 2019 at 8:16 am

      That hat was such a good find! Re: the facials, yes, absolutely you have to find a beautician/aesthetician you can trust. Much better, thanks – have a great week 🙂

  • 11th November 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I have only ever had one facial and did not enjoy the outcome much. Very blotchy skin. Keen to hear about LED treatments. Love your red puffer coat. Lise

    • 13th November 2019 at 5:15 pm

      The thing is I’e been having facials forever so I’m very used to them, but I always go to a quality beauticians – you have to trust that they’ll do a good job. Will tell you about the LED. Thanks re: that puffa coat – it’s a Michael Kors but bought in TKMaxx!

  • 11th November 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Love the hat, Penny – it looks like velvet or velour?

    I have never had a facial and unless someone in the family treats me, I probably never will!

    I have looked after my skin since I was 14 years old, Always take my make up off, moisturise night and day; eat healthily (or try to), drink enough fluids and protect from the sun. I have inherited good skin genes from my mum, I think, and that’s my skin care regime.

    • 14th November 2019 at 8:36 am

      It’s a great hat and a typical felted fedora.

      And re: facials actually I think you’re one of the few people who don’t need a facial as from your pix it looks like you have the most wonderful healthy glowing skin. My skin has always needed work done on it. I had bad acne up to my mid-20s and then the facial hair which has been a life-long thing and now it’s very pale and blotchy with age spots – geez – you should see me without makeup!!!!

  • 13th November 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I would be very interested in your thoughts on superfluous facial hair Penny. I don’t mind getting older (72 next month, never felt better in my skin), I am not worried about wrinkles or white hair or even being a bit jowly – but I hate the whiskers!

    I do not have regular facials, perhaps I should! I have had them occasionally as treats but it seems extravagant. We spend quite a lot on keeping fit, with regular cures once or twice a year at a thalassotherapy spa but no “beauty” treatments as such.

    Anyway, you look great: not tired at all!


    • 14th November 2019 at 8:39 am

      Hi Lizzie-Anne – as you can probably see this week’s piece has just been posted. But for my next post I will definitely write about superfluous hair as it is a subject I think about a lot and have some 50+ years of experience and knowledge of so, yes, I will share my thoughts on this subject next week. Thanks so much for the prompt 🙂

  • 25th November 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve only ever had one facial and all the time I was worried that the massage might be making my thread veins look worse! Recently I’ve been feeling quite depressed about my face – I seem to have suddenly aged a lot. I have such shadows and bags around my eyes in particular. I’ve also found out that I have sun damage on my nose which needs (home) treatment. It’s just a small rough patch which I was ready to ignore so only told the GP when asking about something else. She just looked at it and wrote a prescription saying it would avoid a problem later on. Just come back from a cruise so about to use the stuff, knowing it will look worse before it gets better!
    I’m interested in the LED treatment which I’ve been reading about. happy to let you be the guinea pig, however!

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