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Ladybeard

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Ladybeard

Don’t try searching for ‘beauty’ on the web because if you did you would get, like I did, millions upon millions of references and images of the unattainable or, seductively, the nearly attainable, if you are prepared to sacrifice your wallet, your health and months under the knife. You will be bombarded with precisely the kind of self-esteem sapping imagery that has the world, and especially women, spending money they don’t have, time they can’t afford and energy that would be so better applied elsewhere, to that transient and ultimately unreachable goal of being beautiful. This is precisely what Ladybeard is aiming...

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Goldie

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Goldie

The nascent Goldie promises much and delivers interesting and, dare I say, unique articles in a first issue acute observations and noble aspirations: ‘For so long we have been labelled according to our age as if creativity, relevance and vibrancy automatically taper off as another page turns on the calendar.’ Well, hurrah. At long last. When I turned 50 I was bombarded with inducements for step-in baths, stair lifts and luxury retirement living. The one-size-fits-all algorithm had clearly clicked in and I was a market segmentation which put me in a cardigan and curlers looking forward to my weekly visit to the...

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Suspira

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Suspira

Fear resides in half-seen things, shadows without bodies, flickers in your periphery. It's in the primal place that sends our heartbeat racing and leaves us in a cold sweat. And now, fear lurks in Suspira, too. Spawned by the Dreadful Press laboratory, the home of Sabat, it stares into the void where grotesque, supernatural and unnerving monsters in all their forms live and puts them onto paper with an intellectual eye for our own enjoyment (can it be that?). Could you find a better hand to hold to navigate this darkness? From the outset, Suspira is ethereal. It is textured, lightweight and unthreatening...

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Caboodle

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Caboodle

I have consumed many magazines hoping to find one that's different, one that isn’t filled with a vlogger’s top tips or some other similar mush, and with Caboodle I have definitely found it. I think everything about Caboodle can be summed up by the back pages of the magazine, the first Girls Just Want to Have Fun (of course) and this edition Make Your Own Sunshine (which I cannot agree with more). Caboodle is an extremely modern magazine, it’s main message being be and love yourself no matter what. It includes interviews with women in fashion, music and food, vegan recipes (that don’t contain smashed...

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Mushpit

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Mushpit

The lovechild of journalist Bertie Brandes and stylist Charlotte Roberts, Mushpit is full of nervous, restless energy and good humour. To the untrained eye, it appears a cacophony of bad Photoshop, peculiar typography and garish design, but look a little deeper and you’ll find that this is not trash, but very clever treasure. Founded in 2011, Mushpit began as many other magazines do. There was nothing out there Bertie or Charlotte felt spoke to them, so they decided to create something that did. Inspired by the magazines of the late 90s and early 2000s, it is a light medicine to treat jaded millennials. It’s...

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