Try this: A Victoria Partridge signature facial
I’m a fan of the facial, which is lucky as I try out gazillions of them on Muddy. Some are a bit meh and don’t make it onto the blog, other treatments are definitely worth the trip out.
Either way though, the main thing I think with facials is to be realistic. Though I’d say I have a treatment once every three weeks, I haven’t noticed myself returning to the happy days when I could wink without the side of my face collapsing. My wrinkles are now like those paper fans we all made at school, folding this way and that to create a concertina effect, and only a very large dose of botox and some dim lighting is going to sort that one out. But, but, but… I do believe in the power of a good facial because a decent cleansing, seruming, moisturising and SPF routine clearly helps. If only I could be arsed to do it myself!
This is a very long preamble to say hello, thanks and I’m coming back to see you Victoria Partridge, a facialist with an attention to detail that I find really refreshing (not to mention a slight OCD professional tendency to superclean, polish, vaccum and sterilise everything within her salon – there’s even a Hygiene tab on her website!). Her premises, The Lavender Room, is set on the outskirts of Steventon, part of a small barn complex – not the prettiest location, but frankly who cares? Inside it’s as elegant as any high street salon.
More importantly, she offers a facial that’s different to any I’ve had before. Firstly she’s not attached to any one beauty house, so doesn’t need to push products for sales, which means that secondly, she’ll tell you what you need (often from the high street) and you can go get it direct. Thirdly, the facial included a really vigorous massage which I really really liked, the idea being that it stimulated your muscles to get into gear and stop flapping around aimlessly (yes, I am talking to you, Muddy double chin).
Here I am afterwards – sorry for the whooooooa there close up, but at least you can see I’m looking buffed, shiny, plump of skin and *cough* may I say slightly younger than my 45 years? All using natural oils, muslin cloths, and no scritchy-scratchy exfoliation.
I have, on Victoria’s advice, bought two items – Nip + Fab cleansing pads from Superdrug, and a 50+ sunscreen from La Roche-Posay (Anthelios XL), both of which I’ve been using, if not religiously, then with a reverence not usually seen in my beauty routine. I like that she looked at my skin and helped me out rather than sent me directly towards the designer beauty products. And they’ve been good buys, so it was good advice.
Victoria’s facials seem to be her signature treatment but she also does massage, waxing, bronzing, hands and feet and all that jazz. Plus she’s a qualified pilates teacher. And the working mum of a toddler. And her hair’s great (just saying). Respect on all levels, lady, respect.
The Lavender Room, 2 Deanes Close, Steventon, OX13 6SZ. Closed Weds & Sun. Opens 8.30am Fri & Sat, otherwise 9am. victoriapartridge.com