Get ready for what is admittedly one of my most bizarre and painfully vain purchases to date.
Frownies. I know the name alone is pretty darn cheeserific and the packaging most likely hasn't been updated since the mid 80's (they have apparently been around since 1889). Let me explain the reasoning behind my madness and 3am eBay purchase.
Ladies and gentlemen, I suffer from a terrible condition - R.B.F. or more commonly known as Resting Bi*ch Face. Did you know such ailment affects 1 in 10 women? I of course kid but I do naturally frown a lot for no apparent reason and recently I have noticed the start of little fine lines on my head. My first reaction? Google the price of Botox, only to think "ouch" and no "thanks" and end up demanding that my hairdresser cuts my long, thick fringe back in. I don't do panic in halves, full blown panic is all I know. Over the festive period I was treated to a facial and of course mentioned the little lines to my facialist, she got out a magnifying glass (this probably tells you the extent of my lines) and determined that they were a result of dehydration. Cool but really this wasn't enough reassurance for me, did I ever mention that I am hard work and exhausting to know?
So what did I do? What every sleep depraved person does of course, read forums. I can't recall what I Googled but somewhere along the line I found about Frownies. What they actually do is still to be determined. Some believe that they contain ingredients that erase wrinkles others like myself are more inclined to say they stop you from creasing a certain area of your face but holding it taunt, which is what the packaging states in a roundabout way. Some say it is like a non-invasive and natural Botox and with continuous use it re-trains the way you move your face. Frownies are little brown patches that you place on any area of the face you want to prevent lines from appearing and for best use you are meant to leave one in place for at least three hours. On the skin they feel like pore strips, tight but not too uncomfortable. The problem is I don't find they do much, my forehead is still able to jump around with every animated sentence like a kid hopped up on sugar, after half an hour the adhesive begins to wane and they pop off my skin.
Basically dear readers if something sounds too good to be true it is and guess what after a month or so of proper water consumption my so called fine lines on my forehead have all but disappeared. Vanity eh?
Frownies £22 via eBay - link.
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