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I'm a sucker for magazines. I buy loads of them; Cosmopolitan, Glamour, New!, More! Etc, however, if I am out shopping or travelling then I will load up with extra magazines. One of my most recent buys is a magazine called Bella.
Bella is a British weekly women's magazine. The magazine is issued every Tuesday and is currently priced at 89p per issue, which I think is excellent value for money and also means that the magazine is very affordable.
The issue which I am going to review is the April 10th 2012 issue. The cover is very attractive and definitely stands out. The main headline consists of a picture of This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby along with the headline 'Has Holly Made A Huge Mistake?'. I think that this title looks very dramatic and makes you think 'oh my gosh!' - however, having read magazines like these before, I know that the story isn't going to be as dramatic as the cover makes out - I find out I'm right when I read the full story!
Back to the cover; it's very colourful with lots going on. It looks very exciting indeed and covers many topics. I like how it features normal people and celebrities as it shows that the magazine is easy to relate to and for us 'normal' people.
~ * CELEBRITY * ~
There is a quite a bit of celebrity gossip in this magazine; not as much as celebrity gossip magazines, but just enough to inform you of what's going on. I like how the magazine features different celebrities of all ages as well as different 'levels' of famous people from actors to pop stars and television presenters. In this particular interview there is a double page interview with Fearne Britton. I enjoyed this interview and liked that the questions we really wanted to know are answered. There is also a Britain's Got Talent interview, which as I don't watch the show anymore, didn't find interesting. There is also a section called 'Star Style' which shows you how to dress like a certain star (this issue features Christine Bleakly). I liked this section.
~ * REAL LIFE * ~
There are lots of interesting stories; some of which are very dramatic. There also some 'small stories' on stories which were big in the news a while ago - this is interesting as it allows you to see 'where things are' now. There was also an article called 'comp queens' which featured 3 women who are competition mad and live a life of luxury from their prizes. I like how the magazine focuses on real people, especially as a lot of the people feature are inspirational.
~ * FASHION * ~
There are some 'simple' fashion articles in here - which I like and are 'easy to follow' unlike a lot of 'fashion magazines' which are too over the top. The only thing I find, although it's not really a problem for myself (I'm 21), but as the magazine is aimed at women of all ages (including women in their 70's etc), whilst the fashion is meant to be suitable for all, I do feel sorry for older women as the fashion seems to be very young; featuring 'glittery tops' and things teenagers would wear etc. So in a way, I think it would be nicer if they featured fashion items that really were suitable for all.
~ * BEAUTY AND BODY * ~
In this issue, there is a big article on dieting; featuring a special diet by Rosemary Conley. The diet itself looks very easy to follow and even allows you to eat chocolate, and so it is a diet for 'normal people' and not a faddy diet. The only thing is, is that a lot of the food is meat based, and so being a vegetarian, I would be unable to follow this diet, which is a shame, as I was really interested in it.
~ * WHAT ELSE? * ~
Also considering that the magazine is a cheap, weekly magazine, some of the fashion items featured are very expensive; for example in this issue I found a playsuit that was £95 and a top that was just under £90 which I think is very expensive.
There are some adverts in this magazine, although not so many that they take over the magazine (take note Marie Claire magazine etc). The adverts are for everyday household items such as food and other items you would find in the supermarket - and so I feel that the adverts are aimed at normal people and not 'glamorous women on 100k+ salaries who can afford the handbags which are a few hundred quid (as featured in magazines like Marie Claire and Red).
I feel that 89p is excellent value for price - you do get your money's worth from this magazine as there is plenty of reading to be had.
I would say that this magazine is suitable for women of all ages - from teens to women in their seventies. There are beauty articles, celebrities, real life stories, fashion, diets, travel etc; so plenty to keep all ages occupied.
There are some competitions in this magazine where you can win holidays etc. There are also some puzzles; one includes a crossword with a £200 prize.
There is also a travel section which features one location per issue. This article is accompanied by lots of colourful pictures and is very informative telling you where to eat, stay and what to do whilst your there. This article always makes me want to visit the place mentioned.
There are some recipes which may interest you if you like cooking. I myself haven't actually tried out these recipes and am therefore unable to comment.
There's also some television gossip, horoscopes, and health information (this issue focuses on hay fever - telling you the symptoms, how changing your diet can help and medication to take etc).
There's also articles such as how to look slimmer with make-up which is easy to follow. Some of these articles require you to buy products you may not have, whilst others, you can try out using products you already have.
So all in all this is an excellent magazine which I would definitely recommend!
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I love to read magazines but I try not to buy them too often because they usually cost a couple of pound and only give you an hour or so of reading time. I hate to waste money on magazines but if I do buy them then I will usually buy Closer or OK (very rarely OK because that is an expensive magazine). One magazine that I never buy but do read quite often is Bella. My mum buys it so if I'm round her house I will always pick it up and have a quick read of it. It is a magazine I would never buy as I think it is for slightly older readers but overall I think it is not a bad magazine for a relatively cheap price.
Bella comes out every tuesday and costs 85p, although they did have a big bumper addition at christams that cost £1.70. I think 85p per week is quite cheap compared to the ones that I buy that cost around the £1.50 mark. Although it is not a very big magazine, you get about 50 or 60 pages for your money, and it really doesn't take too long to read.
Like all magazines there is a mixture of content. We start with the latest celebrity stories. Often focused around the latest reality show. For example an issue at christmas time had lots of X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing stories featured in it. If you were to get it now it would probably have Dancing On Ice gossip in it. The celebrity content is not that much though compared to other magazines.
After the celebrity part at the beginning of the magazine you then get Real Life stories. Usually readers telling their story about something that has happened in their life. Weight loss, children, adultery can often be the topics of these articles. I think Real Life is one of my favourite parts as I love to read about the extraordinary things that happen in other people's lives.
All throughout Bella there are fashion articles. What the celebrities are wearing on the red carpet, the latest fashions and trends, as well as hints and tips on how to dress well. This is probably the part of Bella that I just flick through, I'm not that interested in 'six ways to wear one black dress'.
Beauty and Body is another part of Bella. Tips on how to get and stay slim. The food you should and shouldn't be eating. The beauty part is all about teaching you how to apply make up and how to achieve certain looks. Again I would rather read celeb gossip and real life stories than read articles on how to put on your make up.
The four sections of Bella that I have already mentioned represent the core of the magazine but there are also regular features that are there in every issue. Letters, travel, horoscopes, reviews and prizes and puzzles to name but a few. Now I'm not one for doing puzzles but if you do like to do crosswords and su-doku then this might be the magazine for you.
Overall I think this magazine is ok. It isn't one that I would ever buy but I do read it most weeks. I wouldn't say that it is aimed at people of a certain age, I think it is suitable for women (and men if they like) of all ages. The thing I probably dislike about it the most is that there isn't actually much content to read. I would say it only takes about half an hour to read it all, so even at 85p it is not really money well spent.
I can't say I'm a fan of women's magazines because they're all the same to me; celebrities, thinness, thin celebrities, diets, fashion...and a little more on how to look thin just incase you weren't already fed up of reading about dieting!
To my knowledge, Bella comes out every Tuesday and is priced at 85p. I remember years ago when it was around 70p, but it's still one of the cheaper magazines out there. If it wasn't for the cheap price I don't think I'd ever bother picking Bella up, but it's worth a peruse if you're bored and want something to flick through with a cuppa tea.
The front cover usually gives a good indication of what to expect to read inside. Although this magazine doesn't strike me as particularly modern, the coverage inside is up-to-date and suitable for its target audience. Such people, strangely enough, are usually women. Although I'm sure there are plenty of men, who may or may not wish to own up, who have a quick read when it's lying around the house (you know who you are!). I personally wouldn't say this is for girls, partially because of my belief that such dieting and celebrity 'beauty' shouldn't be shoved down your throat at such an age. Then again, women in their 20s+ get fed up of it too, which is probably the main reason Bella is only getting 3/5 from me.
It's not all pictures and diets however, and there is some intellect to replenish your brain cells. The articles and real life stories vary in topics, though are generally quite easy and enjoyable to read.
The index at the front gives a brief outline of what's included. This usually covers celeb news, real life stories, fashion, beauty and diet, health and their 'regulars'. The latter tends to cover travel articles, horoscopes, home style, puzzles and quizes, top TV picks, problem pages, letters, and a bit on entertainment.
There are a few advertisements throughout Bella, though thankfully not as many as you find in the larger glossy magazines. There's quite a lot on fashion and beauty, and I've already mentioned, though I'm sure many would find some of it quite interesting. The fashion pages which are intended for the average woman, in my opinion, tend to feature clothing for certain body styles from the higher end of high street prices.
The general layout is relatively busy, but there's a good balance of text, photos, bullet points and separate text boxes to break up the pages and make it easier to digest.
Overall, at 85p I would recommend this if you want something that's quick and easy to read. It's relatively entertaining and enjoyable, though I must admit the puzzles pages are probably my favourite part! This isn't one I would buy regularly, but it's worth a read once in a while.
What have you done to my magazine!!!!!
Where are all my old favourites i.e Rita Rogers, Kevin Cotton etc......?
If i had wanted a fashion magazine i would have bought one!!
If i had wanted to find out all about the lives of hollywood stars i would have bought a magazine containing that information!!
I have subscribed to Bella for quite a number of years but have only bought 2 copies of the magazine with the new format!!
Come on Bella get your act together!!!!!!
I have scanned the internet looking for Bella magazine to find out why Rita Rogers is no longer writing for you? I've been buying Bella for years and the main reason I buy it is to read the sensitively written and heartwarming articles written by Rita Rogers. She seems to bring meaning and comfort, not only to the bereaved whom she features, but also to many other readers.
Like your 76 years-young-reader - if Mrs Rogers is not writing for you any longer, I don't see the point in buying Bella. Sorry - but that's the truth!
I have read Bella for a number of years and always enjoyed it's contents. This week on picking up Issue 12 I was horrified to find a change of format.
No Kevin Cotton, no Rita Rogers and no fiction page.
Masses of fashion and beauty, boring real life stories and pages of bits and bobs.
I am a young 76 year old and keep up with today's fashions and beauty products but I found it all a bit much.
If this is to be the future format I shall be changing my magazine
The postman came this morning and in between my bills was a free copy of bella.
I have never bought this magazine but my sister used to buy it and when i would visit her i would have a flick through , it never appealed to me, i could take it or leave it , but i wouldn,t go and buy it , as i prefer other magazines.
Anyway when i had a free copy come through this morning i thought i,d have a look and see if it was still the same as i remember it before.
Bella is a womans magazine its 78p and comes out every tuesday .
The magazine has seven different sections.
1. celeb news
2.Real life stories
4.Beauty and diet
7. Regular pages included in every issue are
Holiday destination page
If you want to write a letter and have it published in bella the address is ....
bella 24-28 oval road
or you can email them at bella .firstname.lastname@example.org.
As i have mentioned above it does contain a lot , but to be honest i,m not keen on this magazine , its just not one i would normally read .
I normally have chat and take a break and i enjoy reading those .
I wouldn,t buy this magazine .
Thanks for reading x
How odd, you might think. A young person is writing a review on such a ?mature? magazine! But I must admit that I?ve read my mum?s Bella every Tuesday since I can remember. Of course I buy my own Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire and Creative Review (Art Student, yip yip!) but I rarely miss reading my mum?s magazine each time she buys it. Sometimes it makes me laugh, sometimes it makes me cringe, but I find it all highly entertaining. My mum?s forty-one. And as long as I can recall, Bella magazine has been part of her weekly shopping. This means that she?s been reading since at least her mid-thirties. I on the other hand began reading Bella at a much younger age? as early as ten years old! This magazine is the one, which planted questions in my mind about sex, periods, relationships, and also gave me the answers issue by issue. Never too risqué, my mum was quite happy that I should read her grown-up magazine, rather than ?Just Seventeen? until I was entering puberty anyway. So I think I?m fairly experienced in the magazine now to give an informed review of its contents! BELLA ****** Bella retails at 70p, and is available every Tuesday at your local newsagent. It is published in the UK and so each of the features, be it fashion, make-up or true life stories, is relevant to us. Although each issue contains different articles, at first glance you?d be forgiven for thinking it?s the same issue over and over again. Each week there will be a diet page, that typically says something like ?Eat Ice Cream and still stay Slim!? then there will be several true life stories such as ?My Uncle was Evil but how could I stop him.?? There is also at least one story about a couple getting pregnant after years of trying. Perhaps it sounds like I?m talking too light-heartedly about such serious issues, but Bella is an informal magazine, that just likes to give people in difficult situations hope, showing that nice things happen to normal people. And for just 70p
you really can?t complain- most magazines cost a whole lot more. The front always has a cover girl (cover lady, I should say, as they generally look like they are in their mid-twenties!) and a few of the headlines from articles inside. The headlines are as sensationalised as possible to make you want to read the story, and you?d be forgiven for mixing this magazine up with the other magazines ?Woman? or ?Best.? Contents page: The contents page is consistent every week and a nice layout is their first column which is ?On the Cover.? This makes it easy for you to go straight to whichever article on the front page tickled your fancy and saves a lot of time reading through the magazine to find one page. The other sections are: Real-life stories, Your Health, Your Home, Fiction, Food and Drink, Fashion and Beauty, Giveaways and Your Favourites. There are also a few images and the page numbers relevant to these are in the corner. Personally I rarely look at the contents pages in magazines, so I?m surprised at exactly how useful this one is. The second double page of Bella is always split into seven sections and labelled Tuesday to Tuesday, and it tells you what interesting things are happening this week, like ?Anti-Smoking Days? or films which get released on that date. Typical Features: The typical real-life story in Bella will have a mother telling how her beautiful daughter was hurt in a relationship/ murdered/ beaten, and will always have a warning to others. I find the writing style in this section can be a little unrealistic. It is supposed to be the person narrating, but it is obvious that the journalist has made up the words. But it makes good reading, and that is what counts. The beauty pages are interesting to my mum, who wears conservative make-up and doesn?t spend too much on cosmetics. They focus on easy-to-find, cheaper beauty products, rarely using the trendy designer brands for their makeovers. The page
s also look into a lot of supermarket brand cosmetics, which can be very good, and which you rarely see gracing the pages of cosmopolitan. When my mum sees something recommended in Bella she usually is interested in buying it, and thinks it is within her price-range, and not too trendy. I suppose this shows that they understand their target market and hit it perfectly. I, on the other hand, don?t feel too compelled to buy the Collection 2000, and Boots No7 cosmetics. Not that they aren?t good products, I just am slightly snobby about make-up. Probably because I?ve read too many of the more expensive magazines! Parenting features are quite common, like ?How do you discipline your child?? where they will look at all points of view, and get opinions from professionals. The unbiased nature of the magazine is very appealing especially for difficult subjects like breast-feeding, where some publications will make out that you are guilty of hurting your child if you don?t do it, Bella will not condone or condemn you for your own decisions. It is a fence-sitting magazine. Each week there will be a feature on health alternatives, and a Q & A for people to write in if they need advice on the subject. There are also pages on problems which affect women specifically, like Breast Cancer. Usually a reader will have a positive story to tell about the subject and the magazine will offer advice after the story. Every few pages there is a full-page advertisement, either on Tampons, washing powder, coffee or some porcelain doll made up like a baby. Then there are the food pages where you find recipes for scrummy looking meals and puddings. These are good as they tell you how many servings you should be able to achieve from your ingredients. I find the interior design pages are really tasteful, and they give me great ideas, and my mum too. The designs can vary from contemporary to traditional and whoever writes for this section has a great eye for design and
trends. This section could easily compete with any of the more expensive Home magazines. The bonus is that they find their furniture and materials from everyday stores, so we can all afford it. What Bella can give you? So, what?s left is the Problem Page (My Husband is my fifth Child? etc?), the horoscopes, the letters page where the star letter gets £50 and each other gets £25, and throughout the magazine?s 60 pages there are numerous competitions such as ?win a rotary watch? or ?win a fridge? and for the record you can get £500 for having your story featured in the magazine. That just leaves Rita Rogers for me to tell you about. Rita is one of the magazine?s most popular features. She is a psychic, and readers send their story in to her with a picture of their dead loved one. Rita then tells them that their loved one is safe and hanging out with their mates in the other world. Oddly in my opinion, no one in the spirit world is ever unhappy according to Rita?s readings, so I?m quite sceptical, but you can draw your own conclusions to that one. Recommended? Hmmm, well I read it ever week, so I can hardly say no! But I admit I?d never buy a copy myself. However if I were 30 and had a child then this magazine would probably be in my shopping trolley every week. I like Bella, I?ve grown up reading it, and my dad steals it from her as soon as he spies it. I think the stories about people?s real life problems are very relevant to our lives, and sometimes open your eyes to things you were never aware of, like the lengths women go to hiding abusive relationships, or how to really examine your breasts for a lump. It can be educational in many ways, yet never loses its touch with reality. Bella is a bargain read at 70p and the fact that it has been in publication for many years is testemonial to its popularity with women the UK over. No celeb gossip, this is a read for real people.
If you buy Womans magazines for the competitions then this is not the magazine for you. If, like me you want it for a good read and good various items then with Bella you will get just that. Although I would hate to have had the real life stories happen to me, they are not so outragous and unbelievable that you think they could not happen to anyone. They are stories that could happen to you if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The articles are very varied. They cover food, health, fashion and beauty. You get articles on the home and some very good recipes. Throughout the whole magazine the print is easy to read. They do their own "opinions" too. Sometimes it may be food other times things for the kitchen like kitchen trolleys. They choose 5 or 6 from different stores and give stars for how good or bad as ratings. Like a lot of magazines you can write and hope that your letter will be published. They do pay you if it gets printed. They are computer friendly and so you can email their letter page. This magazine does differ from others by not concentrating and relying on competitions to sell their magazine but on giving a lot for the buyer to read.
Bella is a womans magazine that is bought more for whats written between the covers than for doing the competitions in it and winning prizes and because it is still going strong and only bought for one thing then you know it must be pretty good. It comes out weekly costing 64p. Weekly it has 5 or 6 Real Life Stories. These stories I feel ring truer than in other magazines and they are not written purely to shock or to get revenge on someone else. Like all good magazines it has the usual readers write, problem pages and recipes. One good series is Psychic Workshop. So if you want to read someones Character in their face this is to be bought. Mind you in parts it does tend to state the obvious such as did you know a white face indicates someone who is shy or frightened! I know that that should be taken serious, but there is another serious side and that is the section on Know your Rights with a Legal Eagle and a consumer Consultant answering your questions. If you have any problems in this area they will write on your behalf for you. They give some of their results and they have worked wonders where the person has been trying to get sorted out for months. Power of the press. This does seem to be one of the lesser known womans magazines so if you have not bought it go and buy a copy and I think you will be impressed.
'Bella' is a woman's magazine which comes out every week. It contains lots of handy information from fasion, DIY, recipes and the weekly consumer consultant, Kevin Cotton. Not only does it have all of the above named, there's also real-life stories in there, a couple of competions to win, a crossword, and a one or two fiction stories. There's tips to read about make-up, dieting, and other things. Each week it covers topics and issues that concerns our lives in one way or another. It shows you ideas on how to brighten your home up with colourful linen and other accessories for the home - telling you where and how you can obtain these products. There's the regular favourites like your letters, showbiz news on all the hot stars and celebrities, Rita Rodger's pschic workshop, and numerous other articles to read and enjoy. ~~~~~~~~~~ It's a lovely magazine, full of useful and helpful tips and stories.
Bella is a quick read. No heavy stuff. Some good advice, some fun fiction and some interesting articles. It does not do bad taste 'dirt raking' articles like some of the 'less than a pound' weeklies and it accommodates a wide audience. Great of you have a family, lots of ideas for kids (not that I have any. Recipes are more interesting than a lot of mags too. There are lots of short 'filler' articles in Bella, which make it great for a break time read. It's one you can keep 'dipping into' You won't mistake it for a book due to thickness and won’t break the bank either. Cheap and cheerful.
I have read Bella every week for the last twelve years. Although it is not as glossy as many of its competitors' publications, I think the content is relatively interesting. It is not as devoted to unaffordable fashion and has fewer adverts than many similar magazines. The health pages occasionally provide useful information, however the 'Agony Aunt' is as turgid as all of the others. There are daft columns such as 'Rita's psychic surgery' which are just about made up for by a good puzzle section! As I said, it is probably better than most...
Has anyone else noticed that Bella always seems to have "Lose a stone in 4 weeks" or "Drop a dress size in 4 weeks" on the front cover? I must admit that this is the main reason for my buying Bella, trying to find the secret plan to weight loss! Most of the diet plans and recipes take time and effort to prepare! The magazine, after all, is geared towards parents, and working mothers - would they actually have time to make these recipes?? And have you ever noticed that right after all the information on healthy eating and exercise, there is a recipe for Triple Chocolate cheesecake or some other calorie laden dessert?? I know that if I had the time to try one of the recipes, I know what I would go for.......Now where was that diet sheet.......??
I have to say I am not a big fan of this magazine, it seems to be full of completely useless information about other people's life's. I "read" it occasionally when it appears on desks at work - certainly wouldnt been seen dead buying it. I just think it contains nothing useful what more can I say. I like all cookery sections so it does have this going for it but believe me that is it. Even the name Bella drives me crazy - it is not cool to read this so save your money! Remember this is only my opinion!!