If you have ever read the magazine Bliss and from this month look on the shelves at the newsagents for it and cannot find it there you would think they either dont have it or dont do the magazine anymore. Bliss is alive and kicking though but in such a different format that you would not think from the outside that it is the same magazine. It costs £1.75 which isnt bad for the amount of reading in it and it comes out monthly. Gone is the usual size of magazines and in comes this new sized one that looks more like one of those mini catalogues and would easily fit in your handbag. The size of Bliss is now 6" x 8". It has on average 230 pages and gone so modern that it even has a web site - www.blissmag.co.uk. Some of the content headings in the new style bliss are Bliss Mailbag - This is letters and for the star letter written by the readers you get £50. This is the most I have seen for Star Letters in magazines. Bliss Trends - This covers Beauty, Fashion and all kinds of tips and advice on this subject Bliss Celebs. This covers what is the latest news and some of the Stars most embarrassing moments so that you get to know them in a different light. Bliss Music - This is views of Videos, DVDs, Lyrics and TV programmes with Stars in them. They are given votes by Mr Potato head who gives them a "Hot Stuff", "Not Bad" or Pure Pants which means the best! Bliss Your Life - which really does cover many areas and is a very good and informative section. Things your Mum should tell you but if she doesnt its all here. Written simply, easy to understand and in an unbiased way. Just telling it as it is. There is a lot to read in this magazine There is a downside that there is a lot of advertisements in this magazine and quite honestly I would prefer the contents of the new lay out in the size of the old Bliss magazine.
Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a dust slut, I really find the idea of housework pointless unless there is a specific reason for it (my mum ringing to say I'm dropping around in a few minutes provokes a flurry of dusters and Pledge). Personally I subscribe to the Joan Rivers idea "what's the point of house cleaning, 6 months later you only have to do it all again" So therefore it may seem perverse that this op is extolling the virtues of that fine publication, Good Housekeeping. My conversion to GH came about partly because I was fed up with the "How to bonk for Britain" type articles in She & Cosmo; not ready for the Mills & Boon fiction/knitting patterns within Woman's Own and never likely to be in possession of a figure that would be of interest to Vogue and so I found my choice of monthly reading a bit limited. Yes I wanted my mind stimulated, no I didn't want to be dubbed dull, yes I wanted to read about interesting people, no, Jordan's latest boob op doesn't fall into that category. So goodbye Hello and hello Good Housekeeping (courtesy of some stranger who left a copy on the train!) GH has all the things you'd expect from any woman's mag (apart from knitting patterns!), features on clothes, make-overs (with a very holistic spin to them - it's not just your make-up they review), furnishings, cooking, lifestyle & health and short stories but the whole spin to it is just so much less patronising than some of the other mags on the market. GH has all the things that other racy women's mags have but it all seems to be done in a less voyeuristic way. Yes, you will find articles on the best undies to wear under that party dress but they will cover (or uncover as the case may be) real sized women, not stick insects who could wear a plaster for foundation wear! If there are boobs on view in GH then it's more likely to be an article on breast cancer surgical reconstruc
tion rather than "match these knockers to their owners." There are great features, interesting interviews with famous women that go a bit deeper than "Ooh what colour nail varnish are you wearing today, Cindy" and the back page column by Maureen Lipman is a real delight. The features on health are informative rather than scare-mongering and always give practical advice on recognising symptoms and also treating them, there will usually be a personal account accompanying the article which I always find interesting. GH sticks true to its background when it comes to Christmas and does have terrific cooking & entertaining features in the November for December issue. There are brilliant vegetarian alternatives to the standard turkey dinner - the white nut loaf can be heartily recommended, as well as quick meal ideas, the wines to serve with the food and tips on how to make it all a bit easier. If you're not following "Delia" then GH is just as helpful. Plus if you really want to make your own table decorations and door wreaths, then that's there as well. In fact a GH Christmas would be great in my opinion if I had a GH tested and approved family to go with it. But it's all a bit nobby I hear you cry, not a bit of it, if GH thinks something is the best, then whether it's mince pies from Greggs or bubbly from Asda or the latest multi-toaster from Duralit, it will recommend it. Price is no guide to quality and the famous GH triple-testing procedures tend to prove that. It's sound advice, well researched and presented in an informative way and doesn't limit itself to just "girly things." DIY tool reviews, car safety features and computers have all featured this year along with the vacs, washers and irons. Yes some of the articles reviewed and described may be a bit out of my price range, but then I'm pretty unlikely to be parting with £800 for a pair of shoes a
s reviewed in Cosmo. Still we can all dream and it's always nice to see how the other half live. Aspirational journalism at it's best. GH can best be described (by me anyway) as a thinking woman's magazine - yes it's glossy and glamorous but has depth to it and is suitable for a wide age range. It's one magazine I can see being read by the whole female side of a family, regardless of the generation gap - that's if you can wrest it away from the man in your life first. So if you are struggling for that present idea for a lady in your life, then a subscription to GH is a good investment. At less than £2.70 it's money well spent as it's a magazine that I tend to keep for a few months and reread rather than just abandon it to the bin once I've read through it the first time. So how did I, Dust-Slut Extraordinaire end up a total convert to this bastion of standards? It was a Christmas present subscription from my mum. Plus a dusterbrush. Plus a can of Pledge!
It is my dream to be a features writer for Cosmo. I only recently started buying it every month, as it is quite expensive(£2.70) when compared to other magazines. But it is has many more pages and covers far more interesting subjects. For example, the Noverber issue launches a domestic violence campaign fronted by Martine McCutcheon. To me, this is a worthwhile thing for a magazine to be doing and shows many of the other womens magazines up! They also have interesting invesigative journalism, a few issues ago they did a peice on bogus abortion clinics which are run by pro-lifers. It was moving and actually affecting young women today. Cosmo does have a large fashion section, which personally I don't have a lot of interest in, but it's not all designer clothes so the average reader would actually be able to afford a lot of the clothes featured. Cosmo also has a comprehensive section on sex, which is informative and useful for young women. I think this magazine is definitely the best one around for young women.
I didn't really know where i put this so i guess this will have to do. It concerns the magazine Bliss. A few issues ago as a free gift they were giving this skimpy little top, it was black and was tied at the back by a little string and just covered the front. On the front of the plastic bag it came in was pictures of famous role models wearing it. I decided to buy it to see how small it was. I can tell you it was very small. Anyway these magazine are always going on about young girls being obsessed with their weight and how they don't need to diet. If this is what they really think and want to get this message out then why give kids this small top which would only fit the really skinny girls and make out to be cool u should wear it. If there is a kid who can't fit into it she will think she is fat when she probably isn't. Magazine need to actually think about the free gifts they r giving out and make sure it doesn't give out a negative message. Too many magazine show skinny models and put out the message that to be beautiful u have to look like them which is not true. The media are turning this country and no doubt other countries into a society where everything comes down to your size. Size is not everything and it is about time these magazine stopped putting pressure on young teenage girls to be skinny, there is nothing bad about having a little bit of weight on you. It is about time magazine decided whether they want a society of skinny racks who are obsessed with their weight or a society of healthy people who have a bit of weight. If this society doesn't do something to help stop these young girl becoming obsessed with their weight, the future generations will have a lot of problems. If the magazines won't do anything then we will have to. (I dunno if this actually sounds like an opinion but it is)
I buy a lot of magazines each month, mainly ones like Sugar and Bliss and the celeb ones. When the first issue of the Star magazine came out a little while ago I thought i'd buy it just to see what it was like and I found it very good. It was packed full of information and all the gossip on the stars and unlike other mags it wasn't crammed full of adverts and wasted pages on silly things. After a couple of episodes I stopped buying it, for no particular reason, I just didn't read mags as much as I used to. Then last week I noticed that there was an interview with Destinys Child in it so I thought i'd buy it just to read that. To my suprise I had found it had shrunk in size and there wasn't as many pages as there used to be, and whats more, it was full of adverts that I didn't want to look at. It did however still have loads of gossip and great interviews with celebs. I wouldn't buy this regularly as I think it can be a waste of money especially if theres nothing interesting to read, but if there is a good interview in the mag I would buy it for that and maybe for a few other reasons. Another magazine I have found quite good is Bliss, although it does have a lot of adverts in it, it is still full of great quizes and flow charts to keep you entertained. It also has real life dramas which are interesting to read. Along with its celeb interviews I fing this magfazine worth buying and a great read. I like both of these magazines and would probably buy Bliss more than Star. Other great magazines are Sugar, J17 and Hello.
It doesnt say for 17 year olds but it does say "The Worlds Coolest magazine ... definately". I expect a lot of other Countries "teenage" magazine editors would argue with that. I has 15 pages of lads, advice and celeb secrets. A very varied magazine but has a "you are never to old to read this" so that gives me the go ahead! 17 year olds must definately be more mature than a few years ago as J17 confidential has stories such as I confess ... , views on sex, lads and life. I spent my holidays in the army, and so you know about virginity. Plus a great one I think on "How old is too old!" There are 20 pages of summer style which could show exactly the same cut down to 5 pages. There is also many advertisements. I know this is where a lot of the money comes from but there are so many. I think the August edition is really keyed up for the summer and has a good competition if you are good at designing. You have to design a tshirt and they will put this design on sale in shops. As this is a monthly it has a day by day stars. Each months star birthday are a different colour with white print. The writing is very small and white print on some of the colours makes it almost unreadable. It gives you your "snog day, lucky day, dosh day and hassle day. For £2 a copy this is a glossy magazine with far too many advertisements. But as there are so few magazines for the teens it will be bought.
A while ago this would not have been the magazine I would like my teenage daughter to look at let alone purchase but it is a different matter now. Bliss has changed and changed for the better. In fact it has changed so much that it has some articles that I would suggest to my daughter to read. Bliss comes out monthly and costs £2.00. Like a lot of magazines it does have its pin up boys which they can cut out for the bedroom wall. This month I notice that they are not showing ultra slim models and most articles the girls are around size 14 upwards. So good for Bliss. There is a very good Saturday night party, Monday dead report. Saying it couldnt happen to you could it. A story like this in a teenage magazine will get through to the readers. Also on the same line is about Eminems song lyrics and how a brother telling how his sister took her own life because of the words to the song. There are a lot of contents that you will find in every magazine on fashion and beauty and make up. Stories and pictures of the stars and all the latest gossip. Every month a Bliss reader can have 15 minutes of fame by writing and enclosing their photograph and telling them the reason they want to be famous. Katy Thornton does a good page on body worries and gives a lot of helplines for you to telephone if needed. Tina has her sex questions which seem to be the same as a lot of womans magazines. This magazine a couple of years ago had a very bad reputation. It has certainly cleaned up its act since I last saw it. To end on I must tell you that they have a very good list of 50 summer essentials all for under £30. They show the pictures and give a description and tell you the price but not on any of them do they tell you what size they start and finish at but a lot are from New Look and they do have petite sizes right up to the very large size to cater for everyone.
I am sitting here with a copy of Augusts Cosmopolitan on my knee right now. This months issue came with a a free novel, last months free gift was a pair of summery Flip-Flops. Cosmo knows how to intice its readers! Apart from the free gifts, Cosmo covers are bright and attractive,modern and eyecatching. As is the content! Sex,Men,Relationships,Careers,Fashion,Beauty and Health are all featured in Cosmo. Health is discussed practically and sensibly, Cosmo know how easy it is to stray from strict diets- they dont expect you to be superwoman! Sex is talked about frankly and openly, it seems Cosmo want us to be enjoying sex, and intend to help us do this if we arent already! Cosmopolitan also focuses on serious issues as well as the usual day to day beauty tips. This months issue has a feature on Date Rape. In conclusion i think that Cosmopolitan aims to inform and entertain. It strikes a good balance and doesnt come across as either patronising nor aloof. Hell! They must be doing something right- even my dad asks to read my old copies!
Vogue, Cosmopolitan, B magazine, etc. I think they're all the same. Of course, they're all pretty good - there's good fashion tips, hints about interiors, exteriors and loads more. The problem is the content. There are WAY too many adverts. Obviously, you can't have a proper magazine without adverts, but these take up half of the magazine!! Many women say they couldn't live without their copies of Vogue, but i know i definitely could. The ones who can't are fashion victims, like addicts. Useful it may be, but it doesn't have articles and adverts about or for normal women.
EVERYONE SHOULD BE AWARE OF CANCER AND HOW TO DETECT SIGNS EARLY ENOUGH FOR TREATMENT. Every year, more than 13,000 British women die from breast cancer-a disease which, if diagnosed early enough, need not be fatal. The solution to this unsatisfactory state of affairs is to increase awareness of breast cancer amongst women and their partners. For this reason October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. But did you know that by treating yourself to a glossy lifestyle magazine you can also contribute towards this cause? PINK RIBBON MAGAZINE costs £2.95 and for every issue sold, £1 will be donated to breast cancer charities. The magazine was published last year but this years issue is bigger, glossier and better designed. There are a host of celebrities backing the campaign and some have contributed to the magazine - including Ronan Keating, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Tracy Emin, Judi Dench, Mariella Frostrup, and there are also contributions from big name models and photographers. Pink ribbon is not just a glossy magazine, there is the more serious stuff: a guide to checking your breasts, the latest treatments, updates on reasearch,fashion and therapies, and stories from women who have not only survived cancer but have led fulfilled lives. If you are worried the magazine is full of gruesome medical details and stories of death, dont be it is a fun read with a very simple message, Be breast aware. A MAGAZINE THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE? SOUNDS WORTH BUYING..SO DOOO IT.