I love magazines and I also love a good bargain. So whenever I am in Boots and I see a new issue of their 'Health & Beauty' magazine, I always make sure I grab a copy, as being a Boots Advantage Card Holder means that I get this magazine for free! :)
The first thing you obviously notice is the cover. This month I am reviewing the July/August 2011 issue, and I have to say that it is a very attractive cover which is bursting with colour and is very summery what with its bright colours and 'holiday/summer headings'.
I like this magazine because it is very girlie and there is something quite 'sussed' and 'sorted' about it. It is the kind of magazine that makes you feel that if you are a part of it (by being a reader), then you'll be ok and feel great.
As this is Boots' magazine, there is a lot of coverage of Boots products; so this magazine is definetely a way of promoting Boots products as well as being a magazine for Boots customers to enjoy reading. Whilst I like this magazine, I sometimes 'get enough' of the whole 'buy this' and 'buy that'.
I like the fact that there is a lot of focus on the readers / Boots customers. I find it interesting reading about real-life people rather than celebrities. There are intereviews in here with questions such as 'how do you earn your Boots points' and 'How do you spend your Boots points?' as well as their tips on certain things e.g 'holiday tips' as well as their stories on where they go and what they do to prepare for their holidays.
There was an article in this issue called 'My Insider Secrets' which was by Jean Ford (who is co-founder of the make-up company 'Benifit', which is one of my favourite brands.) I found this interesting seeing how the ideas for the products were found.
There was also an interesting article by one of my favourite authors; Belina Jones, telling us about why she loves getting ready to go on holiday. Things like this certainly put you in the holiday mood.
There are a lot of adverts in this magazine; mainly health and beauty products. I have counted the adverts, and it appears that there is an advert on every double page, so I am guessing this how the magazine is funded, through adverts.
It is interesting how the magazine uses its articles to promote its products. For example, in this issue there is a a small article which reads:
" Getting In The Holiday Mood - Buying a new swimming costume should do the trick. It's been voted the purchase which gets you most excited about your holiday..." It then goes on to say 'Try this swimming costume, £32 Boots'.
So if you can see what I mean from the above how they 'get your attention' by saying 'buying a swimming costume will put you in the mood for your holiday' - they're making you think, if I buy a swimming costume it will put me in the holiday mood....of there's one there....I'll buy that!', which is quite annoying.
There are also some discount vouchers at the back of the magazine; things such as '150 points when you buy...', although I have to say that they are usually for things I don't normally buy, although they are obviously hoping that getting the extra points will inspire you to buy the product even if you want it or not! Doesn't work with me!
There is also hair and make-up tips which are usually based around 'how to get the cover model's look' which is interesting if you are into that kind of thing.
I enjoyed the interview with Nicola from Girls Aloud; she came across as being really friendly as well as being quite funny! I have to say there was some things she said in the interview which made me laugh out loud!
I think that this magazine is excellent value for money! It is just £1 if you are a non-advantage card holder, but if you do have a Boots card, then you can get this magazine for free which I think is great.
Thanks for reading!
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
Boots health & beauty magazine costs £1 or is free to advantage card holders and if you shop in boots why wouldn't you have an advantage card as that in itself is a very good product.
I believe this comes out once every two months and the edition I currently have is the March/April 2011 edition.
The front cover gives you a taster of what's inside. There are best buys, skincare favouries, offers to get discounts from your favourite labels, health advice and advantage card offers.
Of course it is a magazine filled with adverts that pertain to health and beauty products in the main which is helpful in itself but what I like is the combination of real people on the street and their experiences of certain products intermingled with expert advice and tips from both.
This magazine is very up-to-date as far as what is new on the market and what current trends are when it comes to make-up in particular and what is hot right now.
There is a good mix of your average person's account of how they maintain their health and beauty regimes alongside hollywood and celebrity tips and secrets to looking their best.
Contributors to the magazine include a GP, a make-up artist, the founder of soap & glory and a boots optometrist and between them they are able to adequately cover most issues that surround our health and our yearning to look the best we can!
On one page you have an article about glass frames and what suits who best and on the next page tips on first-aid essentials so even if you are not heavily into skin products or make-up there is something useful in there for everyone.
There is a real life feature which makes this even more like your ordinary mag (just loads cheaper) where real people tell you how they have changed their lives in someway - whether it be finding a new job, getting fit or changing their overall appearance in some way.
An article about how to get a good night's sleep would be invaluable to most people and there are numerous tips and advice from health and beauty insiders.
At the back of the magazine you get a whole page of money off or additional points vouchers that far outweigh the cost of the magazine so another great reason to get this magazine each time it comes out.
All in all I think this is a great mazaine to have a flick through especially if you want to keep up to date with what is going on in the health and beauty industry or even if you just want something to do whilst enjoying a cuppa as there is so much crammed in that there is sure to be something that appeals to you or catches your eye. There are also a few pages that are dedicated to men so even they will find something worthwhile to read if only whilst feeling bored sitting on the loo!
Don't miss out - buy this or get an advanatge card quick and reap the benefits. The only downside I can see in getting and reading this magazine is that you may end up splashing out more on products than you otherwise would!
Thanks for reading. x
Boots health and beauty mag:
I love magazines and as a regular customer at boots and also an advantage card holder i snapped this up right away, if you have a boots card it will be free if not it's only £1. But, to be honest if i seen this sold in any other shop i could probaly get a much better diverse magazine for £1. The boot has tons of useful tips and tricks init. If your a regular boots customer and you are always on the look out for discounts and new product then this is the mag for you! It has a what's new section, discount section and also customer reviews on product which is great it's always nice to hear reviews from real people.
It's also very diverse the mag always says something that is handy weather its what vitamins too buy, what brands are best they also do great recipes mostly feel good and low fat because us girls do need abit of help from time to time. I think my favourite thing about the mag is that theres one for every new season so you don't have to worry about wondering what you're skin needs are in each season.
I would recomend it to a boots and mag fan and if your have a boots card just pick it up anyway you're sure to find and learn something new.
The title pretty much explains what this magazine is and where you can get it, sold exclusively in boots stores and has a range of information on health and beauty products sold in the store. The magazine is free to advantage card holders or £1 to those who don't have a card.
As a self confessed beauty product junkie, I love this magazine! I can learn about all the new products that are out there and get useful tips on how to use certain products that are perfect for use in the season that we're in.
The magazine starts off with a 'what's new' section, where you can see all the newest heath and beauty products that boots have to offer you.
Then there is the 'feel good' section. The magazine I currently have has '12 secrets to a feel good autumn'.
Next is the Beauty section which is my personal favourite. Information on all different beauty products, perfume, make up, nail varnishes etc. Every issue has a '3 on test' section where three products of the same type are tested by three readers. Lots of tips and tricks that I love to try out. The beauty part also has 'your pamper tips' where you can say what products you like using, how you use them and why. Another part I particularly like is the 'top 8 wonder buys' the top rated products off the boots.com website. Also, Step by step make up looks for you to try out and what you will need to create them. Every issue has a celebrities health and beauty secrets.
The health section tells you all about the best health products and tips to make you feel good. Another '3 on test' section to do with health. Th health section has articles on a range of different health topics, the issue I have now has an article on aromatherapy which is very informative. Every issue has a diet can-do section where people tell their story of how the Tony Ferguson weight loss programme that boots has launched has worked for them.
There is a family section of the magazine that tells you about lots of products that are great for kids and babies.
The magazine ends with pages about the advantage card and how many points you can get for products. The very last page is a page full of great offers where you can get lots of advantage card points for certain products.
I love this magazine and for the price its a great buy! I'd recommend you pick one up and see for yourself next time your in a boots store.
I always look forward to picking up the latest Boots magazine, especially as I can get it free with the Advantage card. It's glossy, colourful and easy to read, so it's a great alternative to pricey magazines in the supermarket.
The Health & Beauty magazine has been going for a few years now but is still very popular for Boots shoppers. It can be found in Boots stores, either on a separate stand or by the tills. I can't always find it in my local Boots though, which is the only issue I have with it. Sometimes it's released on time and then there's none left. Other times it doesn't come out until a few weeks after it was due, though that's a reflection on my local store more so than the magazine.
It costs £1, which is a good price anyway, but is free if you take your Advantage card to the till and get it scanned. It's released every 2 months, and the magazine is labelled with the months it covers, for example September/October 2009. This means it covers the latest trends and offers, and gives you enough time to pick one up and use the discount vouchers at the back of the magazine.
The magazine is pretty to look at with a glossy and busy front cover, and around 100 pages that are well-laid out and balanced between text and pictures. There are a few regular features, as well as seasonal/trend articles, so you get something new everytime.
This magazine does have a fair amount of advertising, but it's no worse than most of the magazines out there. The sections usually include something like the following:
What's new - recent trends and most-wanted items
Feel good - articles on health & beauty
Expert - advice from experts, for example on combating stress
Beauty - this makes the majority of the magazine and covers the latest products, recommended buys, advice, celebrity interviews & tips etc
Health - pages on health care, guides & advice on keeping healthy
Family - from keeping kids healthy to celebrity quotes about family life and ways to keep the family occupied during the holidays
Your Advantage card - a selection of ways to spend your advantage card points, along with advice on getting a card/earning points etc
A directory of online & instore services, as well as a few cut-out vouchers on the last page, such as extra points or MOCs (money off coupons)
In general I find the magazine to be quite fun. It's very colourful and has a modern, fresh feel to it. The articles are usually quite interesting and helpful, and laid out in a way that is easy to read.
Details of products you can get at Boots are always well labelled, including the product name and price, so it's a great way to pick out a few things you might want to buy when you're next in store.
It also caters for a wide audience, not just the 20-something readers. It may focus on beauty, but the articles, advice and features vary and can appeal for all different ages, genders and family circumstances (such as family articles if you have children).
All in all, it's a bargain magazine. I've previously reviewed the Advantage card, and would recommend signing up for one not just to start earning points but to be able to get this mag for free. Even at £1 it's a good buy.
Fresh, colourful, interesting and modern, this magazine is definitely worth a read whatever your age or interest in health & beauty.
This is one of my favourite magazines that I really enjoy reading from the front cover to the back page. This Boots health & beauty mag is so full of interesting facts and tips that you learn lots of new things that you didn't know before. It is free to Advantage Card Holders ( to become a card holder
just pick up one of their leaflets and fill in your details, you will get a temporary card until your one is sent out to you) which I would strongly recommend anyone to join, or you can purchase it for £1 if you are not.
This is ia 100 page glossy mag which like other mags does have a lot of
advertisments in it, but this is slightly different because if Boots are doing
it on special at that time it will tell you at the bottom of the advertisment!
On the contents page it is clearly set out to find what you might be looking for:
This keeps you informed of any new products or offers, as an example if you manage to save 3,600 points ( I never would be able too!!!) you can get a
pair of fitflops (the shoes with the wobbly base that helps your muscles tone up) with them. I'll have to just pay for mine!
This is interesting as on some pages it has 4 readers that tell you about something that changed in their lives. Plus on the other pages it has a great guide for going on holiday, with a guide of health and body items that you should make sure you take with you. It caters for holidays in this country, Adventure breaks and Weekends away.
These pages are full of Q & A with some of the answers being very informative, for example I didn't realise that suntan lotion has a sell buy date on it. It should have a 12M symbol near the barcode which means it will
keep for 1 year from when you have opened it.
This covers make-up like waterproof mascara's with a selection of 6 diferent
ones to choose from. Hair treatments to stop the frizz from the sun and beauty secrets from a celeb, this month being Andie MacDowell who share
tips and make-up ideas.
A guide to vitamins , a quiz to find out your fitness personality and great treatments for lovely soft feet ( which you need if wearing sandals,flipflops
ect!! I must read that section!!)
Great if you have kids as it covers school holiday ideas and swimwear for little ones. I didn't realise that you can buy little sunsafe suits that have
built-in Ultraviolet Protection Factor that helps to stop the sun getting through ( how clever is that!). Plus little hats as well.
Your Advantage Card~~~~~
News of what is on offer to get with your card that month. If you call the customer care no. 0845 124 454 you can have your name added to the NHS
Organ Donor Register, where they will send you a new card with your details on for both the Advantage points and Organ Donor Register.
In every issue at the back of the mag is a full page of coupons where you
get extra points if you buy certain goods, plus some money off vouchers as well.
This is a great mag to browse through when looking for ideas for new make-up or hair products to buy. I also like the way that the page numbers are very clear on the bottom of the page, so you can find what page you want quickly. I love Boots as their points soon mount up especially at Christmas when they do 3 for 2 gifts and double points, which they have on some weekends and late night shopping. I usually go and treat myself after Xmas with all my points I have earnt over the last few weeks!!!
I wouldn't recommend that you spent money on buying this magazine- it costs a £1 and it has money off vouchers inside which would more often than not cover the purchase price- but why spend your hard earned cash when by signing up for a Boots advantage card, will not only give you all the benefits that offers, but also you get the magazine for free. So here you are with your free magazine - was it worth it? It all depends on what is being covered that month- if you suffer from any of the health problems they are covering or need advice on a particular beauty problem- result. If you aren't or don't then you will find you flick thru it very quickly. As you go thru you will see many items to tempt you to spend your cash or your advantage points. You will then arrive at the sheet of special offers- freebies/money off and chances to gain extra points. To be honest if you did pay for it you might well not consider it was a pound well spent- but as a free mag- I pick it up gladly every time a new issue comes out. I have to add that the greater percentage of the content is aimed at the female gender.
Boots Health & Beauty is a glossy magazine that's sold exclusively in Boots. It's published every couple of months, ie January/February and it's free to Boots advantage card holders. If you're not an advantage card holder, it'll cost you £1. You need to be quick off the mark at picking up your copy though, because they sell out very fast once they've made their appearance on the shelves.
It's generally aimed at women of all ages who have an interest in the latest beauty products, fashion and living a healthy lifestyle. There is one page devoted to 'Men's News' with advice on products for skincare, shaving etc. Each issue is divided into sections under the headings: 'What's New', 'Feel Good', 'Expert', 'Beauty', 'Family' and 'Your ad card'. Articles are generally uplifting, cheerful and geared towards offering the reader positive outlook on life.
The 'What's New' section includes items such as 'the hottest/latest beauty buys' and 'our favourite moisturisers/beauty buys'.
The 'Feel Good' section often includes an interview with a celebrity, with the focus mainly on discussing their health and beauty regimes. There is usually an article offering tips and advice on some health aspect, often including real people who have undergone a health problem during their lives and how they have overcome it or manage it on a day to day basis.
The 'Expert' section deals with some health or beauty issue whereby a panel of 'experts' are called upon to give their advice. This panel can vary, but regulars are Vicky Pennington, a registered dietician who is an in-house Boots nutritionist and Angela Chalmers who is a Boots Pharmacist.
The 'Beauty' section incorporates a wide range of articles and usually includes an update on the latest products. It's certainly not biased towards promoting Boots own products though and you'll find wide ranging information on everything sold in Boots. Examples of articles are a 'DIY guide to sexy hair', 'great skin at every age' and a 'hair masterclass'.
The health section often includes some sort of diet and recipes as well as articles ranging from hair care to coping with allergies. You'll often find readers own experiences of some health-related problem and the effect it has had on their lives.
The 'Family' section includes anything involving families, children, babies or even just couples. It can include items such as finding the perfect spectacle frames for your family, kids fashion and caring for kids skin in the sun.
'Your ad card' provides details of how to make the most of your Boots advantage card. It details special points offers and how to make the most of your advantage card.
Finally, every issue includes a directory of services available at Boots and a page of cut out money off coupons that can be used in store within a specified time limit, usually 2 months. There's a competition of some sort which usually involves winning a holiday.
Each copy of the magazine has around 100 pages and is exceptionally good value for money, particularly if you have an advantage card as it'll cost you nothing.