Happy birthday Cosmo!

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I just got my newest issue of Cosmopolitan through in the post today, I’ve been waiting for it! It’s by far the best magazine for women out there, and the handy travel-sized version never leaves my handbag.

Cosmo celebrates its 40th birthday this year. 40 years of brilliant reading for ‘fun, fearless females’. Cosmo has never failed to bring us the latest fashions, beauty tips, sex facts and hard hitting stories on issues that are affecting women all over the world. 

Cosmopolitan lets you indulge in all those cringey stories that you hope never happen to you, and it gives you the answers to all those questions you never wanted to ask your mum. It keeps you up to date with the hottest new clothes, and informs you of all the latest beauty products that you want in your make-up bag. Not only that, but there’s loads on sex and never a shortage of gorgeous men to look at.

I wouldn’t call myself a feminist – I’m not all up for kicking and screaming about equal rights – but by reading Cosmo, it makes me feel like I’m part of a huge community. Not only in the magazine, but through the website too, a space is provided for women to talk about anything from the best new mascara to domestic violence. It provides a voice for women that you just can’t help but relate to yourself. Not only this, but Cosmo has campaigned on several pressing issues that women face, such as rape and domestic violence.

So thank you, Cosmopolitan for 40 years of enjoyable reading and strong support for women everywhere. I can’t remember the last time where I didn’t have an issue on my desk, and I can’t imagine a future without it.

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Retail therapy: does it work?

There are many reasons why I haven’t been my usual self recently, and being unemployed is definitely up there as one of the main factors. It’s frustrating having to turn down a big night out with your friends because you don’t have the funds, and having to pass on that offer of a Pizza Hut buffet between lectures. Not to mention, not being able to buy that new mascara you want (and everyone else seems to already have) because you have to buy food instead. Basically, I’m skint. So when my friend came over and tried to convince me to come out shopping with her, I only had one answer I could give: YES.

We’ve all been there, trawling round shops, looking adoringly at things you really, really want but know you can’t afford. You say no to that gorgeous pair of leopard-print heels because you don’t need them. But when you’re feeling down it’s like you have that excuse to buy things to cheer yourself up, and you can buy things because you want them.

So off I went, excited at the mere thought of having something new to add to my already crammed wardrobe. First shop, Republic. I saw this gorgeous teal green dress and I just had to try it. The colour was amazing, it fitted perfectly and looked fab. £28 and 10% student discount? YES PLEASE. I was chuffed with my new purchase, despite the fact that £25 is a serious dent in my dwindling bank account.

Really, spending money doesn’t help the fact that I have incredibly empty pockets: it just makes it worse. Maybe I’m fast approaching becoming a shopaholic. However, my new dress did make me feel that bit happier, and it did make my day considerably better. To me, happiness is more important than having money.

So does retail therapy work? To me it certainly does.