Wednesday, 30 April 2014

PRINTED WORDS / Bathroom Beauty

I originally wrote this piece for The Mushpit issue #5.



Do you have enough disposable income to justify 24 hours of unadulterated luxury at a day spa? Do you have any disposable income at all? Did you even know disposable income was, you know, a thing?

 Just because we’re making and living off of pennies does not mean our desire/need for pampering dies. But hallelujah, since Vogue gave home haircutting their seal of approval earlier this year it seems we’ve all been given the green light to get our DIY beauty on. 

So in association with both thriftiness and indulgence we present to you The Mushpit’s how-to guide on turning your humble bathroom into a Wowcher worthy health spa. 


Why pay for tranquil ambience when you can manufacture it for yourself on a budget?

Lighting – Buy a bag of tea light candles (conveniently, they tend to be sold in standard bundles of a hundred) line them up along every available surface of your bathroom and light as many as you can without causing a fire hazard. A full on blaze is so not conducive to relaxing environment. Your bathroom should now resemble the ending of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’, but less death-y. 

Scent – It’s a well known fact that lavender oil is the official fragrance of serenity. During my finals I added a few drops of said aromatic elixir to a basin full of water day and night when cleansing (hello added antibacterial properties) and not only did I avoid a stress meltdown (which is surprising as not only was my academic integrity on the line but I’m a also a Virgo so am totally more prone to worry than other star signs) and ended up with a first. So the couple of quid you’ll spend on a small vial will be worth it. Trust me. Diffuse at least five drops of oil in both a hot bath and basin and you will literally be inhaling and exhaling calm. 

Water – As Derek Zoolander once said, “Moisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty.” He was not wrong. Hydration is a crucial component of the spa experience, not just for luxuriating in but also for imbibing. According to Mary Helen Bowers (aka the guru of graceful health and fitness who turned Natalie Portman into the Swan Queen) turns everyday H2O into a desirable beverage by creating “spa water.” Fill a glass jug with water, handfuls of ice and slices of lemon or cucumber. Drink in the beauty. 

The Bathtub

The epicentre of any at-home spa is obviously the bath. The great thing about a bath is that being in one can transform usually mundane activities into a glamorous scene from your own private movie/music video/perfume advert. Here are a few things to do whilst in the bath that probably wouldn’t go down so well in the hydrotherapy pool at The Sanctuary.

Live Your Regular Life – Make like our all-time bathtub idol, Tony Montana, who knew that the best way to make the most of bath time is to modify your behaviour in no way whatsoever. So what you’re up to your nipples in excessive bubbles? Smoke that cigar, continue to watch TV and carry on exerting power. 

Be Cool – There is no logic for wearing sunglasses after dark or when inside, and the same rule applies when donning a pair in the bath. There’s no reason for it, it just feels and looks cool as proven by Natalie Portman (not sure why she keeps coming up in this guide) in the Miss Dior Cherie commercials. So insouciant, so necessary.

Have An Emotional Breakdown – Get the most out of whatever emotional turmoil is bubbling away inside of you by saving it for the bath. Crying when in the bath is the most effective method for wringing out every drop of catharsis possible from each tear you shed. You’re naked, alone and vulnerable all of which heightens the intensity of your weeping. See Britney Spears ‘Everytime’ for inspiration, NOT emulation. 


All spas justify their lofty price tags by the plush services they offer. However, our own self-styled, no-appointment-necessary treatment list just oozes luxury.

The All-Over Kate Moss Revitalisation – Who better to take beauty tips from than the sovereign of burning the candle at both ends and still looking good the next day? This treatment is the ideal remedy for the day after a heavy night. Begin the healing process with Mossy’s personal hangover antidote of an aspirin and a can of full fat Coca Cola. Follow by filling the sink with cold water, ice and cucumber slices (maybe just recycle the spa water you were sipping on earlier) and dunk you head in. Follow La Moss’ well worn advice to get your cover girl glow. 

The Ballerina Soak – Perhaps you’ve been wearing super stylish but super uncomfortable shoes all day, or maybe you had to change tube lines at Green Park. In which case, this is the solution for you. Make like a die-hard ballerina and throw a generous amount of Epsom salts (a large pot costs around £2 and their primary use is for constipation relief, just FYI) into a hot bath for a muscle-relaxing soak. 

Optimum Hair Removal – This is an ad-hoc beauty tip that most girls know, but JUST IN CASE there is a Mushpit reader out there who is unaware, know this; hair conditioner doubles up as shaving foam. Don’t bother buying overpriced shaving foam, no matter how much Jennifer Lopez urges you to. If you’re not a shaving kind of gal take a leaf out of Debbie Harry’s book who stated in a 1979 interview that her preferred form of body hair removal was plucking. It took her week to remove every follicle from each leg. 

So what you waiting, what you waiting, what you waiting, what you waiting, what you waiting for? Go get your very own private Mushpit spa ready! 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

I Like... Free Michael Jackson Stuff / Xscape Promo Postcards

Are you planning to buy the new Michael Jackson album Xscape on 12th May?

Of course you are.

If you're a Londoner please consider visiting HMV's flagship store on Oxford Street to buy Xscape as upon purchase you will be gifted with two free promotional postcards - brought to you by the team behind MJ Vibe/Iconic Magazine.

Only 200 postcards have been printed so get there early.

Get more details on Iconic Magazine's Facebook page.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

DIGITAL WORDS / Kate Moss x Topshop

For some reason only selected pieces and pictures were published, so here's the full thing...

Kate Moss X Topshop: The Pieces We Have To Have

It’s been over three since Kate Moss’ last collection for Topshop, but praise be she’s back with a new line inspired by the best bits of her very own wardrobe.

The full spring/summer haul is bursting with billowing ‘70s shapes, slinky evening gowns and tassels galore. With a noticeably more sophisticated and detailed look to her latest designs, Kate Moss is helping us all out to step-up our everyday glamour game.

Here are the essential pieces we can’t wait to dress up in come April 30th when Kate Moss x Topshop goes on sale.

The Feather Embellished LDB

Kate Moss has only gone and re-created the dress she wore to Cannes in 1998 when she had Johnny Depp hanging off her arm. The original was a late ‘50s/early ’60s design purchased from the ultra-exclusive Montaldo’s, but now you too can add this oh-so-necessary number to your wardrobe with no vintage dealers required.

The Yellow Chiffon Dress

Modelled on, arguably, one of Kate Moss’ finest vintage finds, the lemon Grecian/prom dress Kate wore to Another Magazine partyback in 2007 is the stuff of modern fashion legend. With the single shoulder detail, fitted bodice and airy skirt this dress is going to see us through every event through the summer. Kate Moss herself re-wore it for her daughter’s christening so we’re planning to get our money’s worth out of it too.

The Pajama Suit

It’s official – pajama dressing is back. Kate Moss declared it so on the weekend when she donned her own matching coat and trouser set to the Oliver Awards. Embrace the onslaught of paisley and ditch the handbag as the sizable pockets should house your phone/money/lipstick/whatever-you-can’t-leave-home-without quite adequately.

The Suede Jacket

Tassels are clearly high on Kate Moss’ fashion agenda for the coming seasons what with this collection boasting numerous dresses and jackets adorned with them. We’ll be going for the black suede variation for a Rolling Stone groupie-inspired look. Just add an over sized hat, micro denim shorts and kohl smudged eyes.

The Sequin Cardigan

This is rather reminiscent of a 1920’s glitteringcover-up Kate Moss wore to a Linda McCartney exhibition back in 2008 but we’ll be wearing ours layered up at summer festivals, poolside with a bikini, teamed with skinny jeans during the day… Actually we’ll be wearing this everywhere and with everything.

View the full Kate Moss collection HERE

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

DIGITAL WORDS / Five Celebrity Perfumes That Don't Smell Like Shit

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The celebrity endorsed scent – it’s an odd phenomenon. Buying the bottled essence of a pop star, actress or it girl based on the image and idea we hold of them? It’s a weird thing to do. Despite the fact that celebrity scents make up 40% of the fragrance market and literally hundreds of them are newly created every year, many of them flat out reek. They’re cheap and cheerful but there’s a reason for that – they tend to use the same inexpensive ingredients with mass sniff appeal. Think vanilla, sugary fruits, like strawberries, coconuts and peaches, and a few floral notes. However, navigate your way past the Marc Jacobs-rip off bottles from Justin Bieber and the surely-discounted-by-now Unbreakable fragrance from Khloe and Lamar, there are some celebrity fragrances out there that are worth a spritz. Also, despite the deceiving featured image, Katy Perry’s fragrance is not included, wah wah.

Eau De Toilette by Kate Moss
Not many people know what Kate Moss’ voice sounds like, let alone how she smells. But judging by her debut, eponymous fragrance Mossy probably smells as good as she looks. This airy perfume is fresh and sophisticated yet edgy. Although Kate Moss has released seasonal variations on her first perfume, the original is still the best.


Curious by Britney Spears 
With more perfumes to her name than albums, Britney Spears has made serious dough from her fragrance empire. We’re talking billions of dollars. Whilst she continuously re-works her Fantasy and Radiance lines, the little crystal blue bottle that started it all is still her greatest scent. Curious is light and girly, and somehow conveys an aroma of youth. It’s one of the best-selling women’s perfumes of all time for a reason.


Miami Glow by JLo
So savvy is Jennifer Lopez in the fragrance market that during her guest appearances on Will & Grace her constant promotion of her Glow perfume was turned into a running joke. She made her backing dancers wear it and pushed it on strangers on the subway. Whilst Glow was a surprising success story, the warming variant of Miami Glow is the real winner. Don’t be deceived by the unimpressive bottle, inside lies the smell of summer.


Fame by Lady Gaga
Bringing out a perfume is such a prerequisite of pop stardom that it seemed odd for the ever unconventional Lady Gaga to follow suit. However Gaga did it on her own terms by making her scent a unisex eau de parfum that is black whilst housed inside its alien-looking bottle and then becomes clear once airborne. Lady Gaga’s Fame is not your run-of-the-mill famous fragrance.

Lovers G Harajuku by Gwen Stefani
Whilst her first fragrance, L, was a rather sophisticated and understated affair, Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers line was all about the kawaii style she adopted and popularised during her solo musical years. Harajuku Lovers G is our favourite out of Gwen’s army of dolly-bottle perfumes. It’s inconspicuous, ultra cute and we love having a mini Miss Stefani displayed on our dressing table.


Written for GALORE