Marc Jacobs' Bang, for What? Magazine

The Art of Seduction

Onomatopeoia – noun – (on·o·mat·o·poe·ia  ) When the pronunciation of a word sounds like the action of the word itself – such as hiss, buzz and BANG!

And so Marc Jacob’s new men’s fragrance makes a punchy entrance.

Before we even get to the scent itself… let’s take a moment to talk about the saucy campaign featuring the provocative Mr. Jacobs himself.

For the first time ever the renowned designer makes a personal appearance…and what an impression he makes!  Glossy skinned, tattooed, naked (save for a strategically placed bottle) and with a come-hither look, it’s as if Jacobs is daring you to try Bang…and dare I did.

At first glance the beautifully crafted and elegantly unusual angular bottle is curious.  The contours of the black glass and silver plaque beg to be touched and as I explore what’s hidden within, I am pleasurably struck by its intoxicating and exotic contents.

Bang is immediately spicy and bursting with intriguing black, white and pink peppercorns.  This cleverly upfront introduction is followed by warm and soothing primal masculine woody notes and slowly rising from its depths are the base notes of fresh Elemi Resinoid from the Philippines, oriental Benzoin and deep, delicious Patchouli.

It is more than just a fragrance.  Bang is a lesson in the art of slow, playful yet sensual seduction and is absolutely beguiling.  It pulsates with heat, masculinity and mystery and will leave you as we find Jacobs in the campaign…undone.

By Kavita Kaul

Clarisonic, for What? Magazine


Good Vibrations

With the undeniable arrival of winter comes the struggle to maintain that fresh summer glow.  Central heating comes on, cold weather whips the skin into a frenzy of red blotches and dry patches…it’s not sexy!

In the battle of winter vs. Clarisonic however…there is no competition!  The Clarisonic Skincare System emerges the champion every time.

Created by the mastermind David Giuliani, the brains behind the amazing Sonicare toothbrush, the Clarisonic combines cutting edge technology and engineering to change the way you clean your skin permanently. 

When I first received the Clarisonic I thought it looked like something NASA had created.  Sleek and water tight I skimmed through the instructions for use and then set to giving it a go.

With the brush head oscillating more than 300 times per second, this sonic micro massager produces a pleasant gentle hum, like a friendly UFO. 

Whilst the device does the pulsing, it’s up to you to use circular motions to buff the skin, and with a handy beep signalling time to move on to the next area of your face…this thing is fool proof.

After two uses only I was shocked and immediately addicted!  My skin never felt so smooth and the most amazing thing is that because the sonic vibrations penetrate the skin deeply and stimulate layers of the skin that we can’t do manually…you will find your skin thirsty for product like never before. 

Every lotion and potion I own was suddenly being absorbed by my skin like I’d never experienced; and each product was working harder and better for my skin. 

I still find it miraculous how the Clarisonic has not just changed how my skin looks and feels, but how my skin actually functions on a deeper level.

Cleansing the skin up to 6 times better than you ever could by hand,  my skin has never been so thoroughly cleansed, never looked smoother or firmer, and my pores are tighter than they ever have been…there seems to be no end of benefits.

So my conclusion is that for this upcoming party season…instead of spending money on a pair of heels that will make you feel fabulous for a few minutes… spend that money on the Clarisonic and it will make you feel fabulous for as long as you use it.  The Clarisonic isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life!

By Kavita Kaul