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What Kesha Can’t Live Without

Photo-Illustration: Courtesy of Dana Trippe

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked Kesha — who recently released an eponymous makeup line, Kesha Rose — about the record, sewing machine, and bath bomb she can’t live without.

Vinyl is one of my favorite ways to listen to music, but I too often find myself in situations where I can’t sit down and enjoy a record from start to finish. This is the first time I’ve been able to go through my collection in probably ten years. I get records whenever I’m on the road; I think I got this one in Germany? It’s really interesting, and very soothing. It sounds kind of like how the streets feel right now: weirdly peaceful, but really strange, and totally ominous. It’s my soundtrack to quarantine.

I love gummies and have such a sweet tooth. These are like candy, but good for you. I love that I can eat them and be like, “No, they’re vitamins.” I’m being healthy and I’m doing my body a favor. They’re great for your immune system. And they’re vegan!

I’ve been sewing since I was 10 years old. I went to Miss Marguerite’s Sewing School in Nashville, but my best friend and I got kicked out — she wanted to make a really short skirt, but Miss Marguerite did not like that, and I was ride-or-die, even back then. I was like, “Well, if she can’t come, then I’m not doing it.” But I did still learn how to sew. I haven’t been able to sit down and sew something since I first put out “Tik Tok” and made an outfit to play a bar in front of maybe 200 people. Now I’m sewing some of the vintage T-shirts I’ve collected back together — they’re falling apart, so I’m making them wearable.

[Editor’s note: The Singer Start is seemingly in high demand at the moment, because we’ve had a hard time finding it online anywhere but Etsy, where the few available right now are priced much higher than the model’s list price. Wayfair says it’ll have the machine back in stock on July 1, and we’ll update this piece as we notice it restocked elsewhere.]

It’s an energy drink that’s kind of like a soda, and helps me focus. I drink one whenever I’m trying to get something done. Or when I’m sick of drinking water, but it’s not quite time for a beer. There are a bunch of different flavors that are really interesting. My favorite is the purple one, the pear-guava. It’s like my version of coffee.

My grandma and my grandpa had a huge farm and they always ordered seeds from Johnny Seeds. My mom, brother, and uncle all order them, too. It’s an employee-owned business that sells non-GMO seeds. I moved recently, so I want to plant roses and herbs.

Earlier this year, I was in Australia at a spiritual retreat and they were trying to teach me how to read people’s auras because I’m really interested in aura photography. So I got the workbook because I want to keep working on being able to see them. They told me that a good way to start is by looking through the trees. Not at them, but kind of through them.

Right now, while I’m at home, I like to take a bath every day or every other day, and these are one of life’s great, simple, beautiful pleasures. I’m cleaning my house — that’s another project I’m doing — and I keep finding bath bombs everywhere. I also give them as gifts; they make amazing presents. I feel like a 5-year-old, but they’re great for de-stressing and just really fun. I love them all: Some have sparkles, some have rainbows, and this one has pop rocks.

I think if anybody’s watched my videos or followed my career, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a fan of trying wild shit, especially when it comes to makeup. I’ve tried so many different kinds. You name it, I’ve tried putting it on my face. I feel like my face has been through it with makeup, so I wanted to create something I could wear everyday that wouldn’t irritate my skin. I spent more than a year making sure the products were vegan and cruelty-free and super pigmented. The eye-shadow palette is every color I looked for and couldn’t find at other brands. My tip is to add a drop of water to a color before you apply it. You can use some of the shades as highlighter and some as blush. There’s also a lipstick that’s your quintessential, classic red. It looks amazing on everyone. And a lip gloss I wear all the time.

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What Kesha Can’t Live Without