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      28.07.2013 16:25
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      • "Everything really!"

      Not for me at all, I'm young at heart!

      I tend to not read very much. Instead of picking up a book I will pop in a dvd in and watch that instead, I read if I have to read up on something but it really isn't my thing.

      However I do like the odd trashy tabloid and I love a glossy magazine. I enjoy reading who's dating who, who's splitting up from who and the likes....nothing too heavy and I watch BBC 24 in the hope that I get the 'real' news! I don't find the need to read things full of facts!

      The other day I was in my local Tesco store and came across this magazine with a see through plastic cover on it. I was looking for a magazine to have a read of and not only was this on offer from £3.80 to £2.50 it had a ten pound in value freebie on the front and being a black liquid eyeliner so I simply couldn't resist it!

      The magazine is a glossy one and quite thick. In total in this August edition there are 242 pages to it and I initially thought it was good value for money looking like good reading matter whether it has a freebie attached to it or not and even at £3.80 it wouldn't be a bad buy. But how wrong was I?

      The Content:

      What content? There really isn't all that much at all. No celebrity gossip really just factual pieces, not many of them and loads and loads of adverts! I mean really this contains over 100 pages of advert campaigns from Herbal Essences through to Volkswagen, Salad Cream right through to Gin. Its boring to me however I will say that along with more expensive products on offer are really cheap ones too but you also have to take into account that that almost every other page has ideas on it fashion wise and whats hot and so have here's where you can buy it ideas or a piece on earrings you really should be buying or sandals for under a £100! This really is a selling magazine and great if your looking for ideas on how to spend your dosh.

      The fashion within in it is ok and there is also a kids section and then you have the odd story 'My week as a French maman', Kids on the catwalk, pieces on plastic surgery and a woman in her 30's talking about her mother getting married before her. The only celebrity story in it is about Patti Smith who I have never heard of and Diane Krunger talking about her life and some nice posed for photographs....someone else I have never heard of! Not many stories in this one and they all made me yawn, didn't teach me anything I wanted to know or inspire me, there was no reference to sex I spotted and only a bit of make up advice.

      This is not a touchy feely magazine at all and in my opinion aimed at professional women of between late 30's to end of 40's and at 38 in age I probably am in the target audience but it was a bit too mature and serious in tone for me and I really didn't like it though wanted to.

      It is nicely laid out and won't make you feel poor cos you can't afford the four hundred pound Stella Mcartney bag they are showing you because at the very least you'll be able to buy a bag of mushrooms that are being totted as a superfood in this months edition!

      Not for me this one and I'm glad I only spent under three quid for it but I won't be going anywhere near it in the future!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        19.11.2010 22:23
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        A decent magazine but really worth £3.50? I don't think so.

        Every so often I decide to pick up one of these fashion/celebrity magazines, for reasons unknown to me. I don't really care too much about what is in fashion and celebrities aren't all that important to me, but for some reason I just get pulled in. So when I saw that Rihanna was featured on this month's issue of Marie Claire, I had to pick it up because she is so amazing!


        ----------Price----------

        I'm not sure if the magazine if priced the same every month, or if it depends on the free gift included. I paid £3.50 for this month's issue, which gives some idea of how much it would roughly cost.

        There is a flyer included in the magazine to subscribe to 12 issues for £12, which does seem like a bit of a bargain considering how much I paid.


        ----------Fashion, Real Life & Celebrities----------

        The magazine has a wide range of articles, which suits me quite well as I can get very bored with looking at photos of people wearing 'this season's must have' over and over again.

        The issue that I have is December's issue, even though I picked it up atleast a week ago, and has a lot of Christmas based articles. These include 'great gifts', which are lots of pictures of many different items which would make great gifts for certain 'types' of people, all of which are priced under £50. There is also an article about different people's worst Christmas's which was quite amusing.

        Every month there is a different celebrity featured on the cover, this celebrity will have given an exclusive interview to the magazine and will have a number of pages dedicated to them. As I have said, I only brought this magazine for the Rihanna interview, so I was extremely disappointed to find that the 8 page interview was 5 pages of photographs, with only 2 and a half pages of actual interview!

        As with most women's magazines, we then have hundreds of pages with this season's must haves and the best bargains etc. And lots of photos of celebrities wearing it (none of whom I seem to recognise) so you must go out and buy it!

        The magazine has many other articles which include real life stories, health issues and love and sex.


        ----------Is it my favourite?----------

        No. Marie Claire is definately not my favourite magazine but I prefer it to others.

        I think my main problem with this magazine is the fact that a third of the pages are adverts and just seem to be there to fill space and give you the impression that you are getting more out of the magazine as it has a higher price than others.

        Also, I feel that the fashion pages could have been spread out a little more, there are too many items on one page and it is difficult to work out which label goes with which product.

        However, I do enjoy the real life articles and there are some great tips included, such as the Christmas gifts page.

        Unfortunately, I still haven't gotten round to reading the Rihanna interview but I will get there eventually.

        Overall, I give Marie Claire 3 stars.

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          24.09.2010 16:18
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          Some of the types of issues Marie Claire covers sets it apart from its competitors

          Marie Claire is a women's monthly magazine and was first published in the 1930's. At £3.50 Marie Claire is one of the most expensive magazines sold monthly, though it is bigger than an average magazine. In recent years there a has been a handsize version of Marie Claire, as well as the standard version (both sold at the right price). Marie Claire magazine is mainly associated with fashion, though it does tackle serious issues as well. Each month there are special reports mostly on issues from third-world countries, which can be quite disturbing. There are real life stories on issues such as domestc violence, brest cancer and mental illness for example. There are a lot of pages and adverts on fashion and beauty pages.


          You'd have to be a millionaire to afford most of the clothes, bags and shoes in this magazine - £2000 for a handbag? Hmm I think not! There are a lot of designer names and a few high street names. Some of the make-up and beauty products are more affordable at under £10. There are a few celebrity interviews which includes the celebrity/celebrities on the front cover. There is travel information such which hotels to stay in and which places to visit. Marie Claire has spotlight pages which tells the reader what films to see, programmes to watch, music to listen to, and books to read.


          Marie Claire regularly have have freebies such as chocolates, hand creams, canvas bags and nail varnish. Sucribing to Marie Claire it is a lot cheaper and especially the introductory price. At the moment there is over a 70% saving for 6 issuses at only £6 instead of £21. Readers who subscribe also get a free gift, which is normally a set of beauty products.



          I don't buy Marie Claire each month, I like to look at the front cover and flick threw the magazine first. Sometimes the thckness if the magazine varies as well. This months issue is like a book and far too heavy to carry around.


          A 'grown up' magazine.


          www.marieclaire.co.uk - website is sometimes slow, though don't know whether ist's because of my internet connection.

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          11.08.2010 21:18
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          Maybe I picked up the wrong issue but I didn't get a good vibe from this mag! :(

          I buy a lot of magazines, but tend to stick to the £1 and under mags, I have just recently started getting into Glamour which is £2. This magazine is priced at around £3.50 If i remember rightly. Like I said I don't normally purchase this magazine, however I only bouhgt it as they was giving away a free 'designer bag'. The bag isn't a top designer one, it's proberbly an upcoming designer, but still I liked the bag and felt it was worth £3.50, plus i got to try a magazine i've never read before.


          *** Design, Layout & Contents

          This is an A4 sized glossy magazine, which consists of 290 pages. Their is quite a lot of advertising in this, some of the advert pages are in thick card, which shows they are going to a lot of trouble to get their product out their. The magazine appears to be very much high end fashion, I struggled to find any pages in which I could relate to. Their seemed to be no high street shops, a lot of the models was wearing clothes which you could proberbly only get away with wearing in cities. It seems to have a lot in the magazine, but quite a lot of it like I said, just consists of pictures of clothes which seem out of a typical persons price range and also their is the odd interview but nothing that is in the current news.


          *** Would I repurchase?

          No! I think this is an awful lot of money for what you get in the magazine; the only reason I would buy this again is if I fancied the free gift. For me this doesn't fullfill my magazine needs. I like to be able to get beauty, life and health advice, along with style ideas from shops within a reasonable price range. I like adverts that tell me of new yogurts not £200 D&G watches. I think if you buy this magazine you know what you are expecting, very high end top class style and lifestyle.


          *** Hope this Helps :)

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            02.11.2009 21:16
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            a great woman's mag

            Marie Claire Magazine started out in France in 1937 as a weekly edition. Over the years it has expanded, and is now published worldwide to countries including the UK, USA, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Saudi Arabia and many others.

            The magazine's subject matter centres around health, beauty and fashion, and each country's edition had subject matter specific to it. The magazine also deals with relationships and current world issues. Each monthly issue features a celebrity on the cover who gives an interview inside the magazine along with additional photoshoot.

            Running in Heels, the reality TV show follows three interns working in the New York City office of the magazine.

            Marie Claire UK is part of IPC Media, which is based in London.
            Other IPC Media titles are InStyle, House to Home, Homes and Gardens, Idea Home, Livingetc, Wedding Magazine, Woman & Home, Wallpaper, Now, Webuser and Horse and Hound!

            The monthly edition of UK Marie Claire is £3.50. A subscription can usually take around 46% off the price, so if you are a keen reader of the magazine, it's worth doing.

            The online site is www.marieclaire.co.uk.

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            13.10.2009 22:47
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            My top pick.

            Marie Claire is a monthly women's magazine published by IPC magazines.

            The current issue (November, with last year's X factor winner Alexandra Burke on the cover) is 338 pages and is priced at £3.40.

            I have been buying Marie Claire regularly for the past few years, it tends to have more substance than some other monthly magazines. It has its fair share of fashion, sex and celebrity but there are also intelligent articles in each issue and it takes a green stance where possible - the magazine is printed on recycled paper and any free gifts are attached with biodegradable wrappers rather than plastic. The ratio of serious content/fluff pieces did seem to change when the magazine's new look was launched earlier this year - each issue lost about 50 pages and there was a definite increase in the number of glossy adverts in the new version.

            The magazine does attempt to tackle some pretty serious subjects, mostly from the perspective of an individual, usually a young woman who the target readers can relate to. Though the journalism is never going to be very hard hitting but the articles are compassionate, can be thought provoking and provide a useful introduction to a subject. For example this month features victims of the civil war in Sierra Leone who had their hands amputated by the rebel soldiers and the story of a 17 year old homeless single mother who went on to run her own company. There are more low brow articles as well - pieces on beauty pagents, sex toys and plastic surgery - the balance feels about right between the two.

            Being a glossy magazine the fashion pages do have an emphasis on designer clothes which are very expensive and way out of my price range but they do look great. There are some features with high street clothes but most things featured will be over £50 so not great for those on a budget. There are also beauty features - again these tend to feature products which are mid range and above but the ideas can always be adapted to suit your budget. There is generally a celebrity featured each issue with an indepth interview - usually someone with a new album or film to promote or sometimes someone who is an ambassador for a cause such as UNICEF or women's health.

            Marie Claire's freebies also make it stand out, most issues come with one - this month it was a bar of Devine fair-trade chocolate, previously there have been Body Shop products, hair products and a pair of flip flops.

            The magazine is pretty expensive but I recently took out a subscription for £6 for 6 issues which is much more reasonable.
            I do think that Marie Claire was better before its relaunch but it is still my favourite monthly magazine.

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              04.10.2009 13:24
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              As far as women's glossies go, you could certainly do a lot worse.

              I got a subscription to Marie Claire because I needed a magazine to read while using the stair stepper at the gym. Working out without something to read is far too painful as I need more distraction than just some music, and there's no way I could concentrate on a novel or some such when I'm suffering over my workout. I needed something nice and light, so I thought a glossy woman's mag would be just the ticket. In some ways it serves its purpose, but it's far from being a truly satisfying read.

              Take this month's issue, for example, dated November 2009. First, I have to give it mega-points for featuring a woman of colour on the cover. This is all too rare and I'm glad to see Marie-Claire breaking the mold on this.

              However, the cover model is "Alexandra" who is supposedly "Britain's New Superstar." I've never heard of her, and so am not really interested in an article about her. Shame, as there's nothing else listed on the cover to catch my eye except for some lame "fashion updates" that sound quite boring as I can never afford the clothes in these magazine anyway.

              I flip through a bunch of ads to get to the table of contents which is on page 21 - quite a bit of flipping to get there which isn't too convenient while on the stair stepper. And here I can find little to catch my interest. There's an article on sex toys which looks like it would be fun, but it turns out to be only a page and a half long. There's something about a man who dates much younger women and something about addictions of the modern age. These are both very light and fluffy pieces but fine as far as they go.

              There are some other very good articles in here though. One about a woman who was a victim of war in Sierra Leone who goes back as a UNICEF ambassador, and one about a woman who went from being homeless at 17 to a company director at 25. These are both very inspirational and well worth reading.

              If you do subscribe, make sure you do so with a special free gift offer. Currently it's Frederic Fekkai products worth £20 (if you go to the newsagents and look on page 22 of this month's magazine you'll see the offer - I'm not sure I'm supposed to quote it here so I will say no more...). If this offer has expired there will certainly be another one about so be sure to shop around until you find it. Another good thing about the subscription apart from the free gift and saving a bundle off the cover price is that all the free gifts given with the magazine in the newsagent are also sent to you so you don't miss anything.

              In short, I do like this magazine a fair bit and feel it goes more in depth in some issues than a magazine like Cosmo that appears to focus primarily on getting and keeping a man (sad!!!).

              But you do have to wade through loads of ads to get to the good bits, some articles are quite light and disappointing, and don't even get me started on what it does for women's self esteem to see all the unrealistically beautiful models featured in these pages....

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              05.07.2009 20:35
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              Better than most but still not all that different to Red or other womans monthlies.

              It used to be that I would rather gouge out my own eyes with a rusty spoon than read a woman's magazine. "How terribly un-feminist to read a magazine telling me how to be a gorgeous woman". And the contraditions. On one hand they tell how to be the perfect mother, on the other they tell how to be a new woman with a high flying career. All of which I have to do with the waist of a 5 year old. So...bring on the rusty spoons.

              That is until Marie Claire had an eco makeover. I'm a bit of a domestic eco nut, I like to use ecover, turn off my heating as much as possible and I'd never use a tumble dryer. Then I saw an issue of Marie Claire with a paper covering and a free mini body shop coconut body butter. I was intrigued and coerced by the "free gift". So I bought it, and had to read it to make my moneys worth. I was nicely surprised.

              The articles were compassionate and intelligent, the fashion not too catwalk (though certainly not suitable for my curvy body), there was enough eco/fair trade fashion to warrant their claims of caring consumerism. The recycled pages were sturdy-which gives the obvious question, why don't all magazines use recycled paper? I read it from cover to cover, no mean feat for an anti-woman's magazine pessimist.

              It's not mindblowing, but it is fun, and the eco/fair ethos seems genuine enough not to be merely a marketing gimmick. Still, it's not different enough that I'll subscribe but I will get it now and then when it's fun. Or offering body shop bait.

              © L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.

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                11.06.2009 14:43
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                Much more than your usual sex and fashion, this has thought provoking articles too

                In my twenties I used to waste a criminal amount of money on magazines - I could easily kill about £20 a month on these!

                I started off reading More but outgrew it, graduated to Heat and Now but with the internet, you can pretty much curb your celeb gossip craving without buying the mags.

                I had a preconcieved idea that Marie Claire was in the same vein as Cosmopolitan (which I personally hate) so never bothered with it.
                I started reading it when I came across one of these offers - it was get a copy of Marie Claire free and the next four issues for 25p each. Credit crunch times meant I leapt at that offer and it did what it was designed to do, meaning I'm hooked.

                Marie Claire retails at £3.30 and is published monthly. Originating in France in 1937, it is now published worldwide so that gives you an idea of how longstanding and successful this magazine is.

                It covers all the features you would expect to find in a magazine of this type - quite heavy on the fashion, beauty and real life stories.
                What I like about Marie Claire, is that it has substance. Apparently the theme for Marie Claire is "More than a Pretty Face" meaning it gives readers information about different women around the world and their needs, struggles, and stories of life.

                One example of how this is demonstrated is that there seems to be ecological and ethical features in each issue, whether its promoting fair trade products, or organic food / clothing. They call it "Fashion with heart" and it just makes a welcome change to see this as a regular promotion rather than a one off token article.

                Thats not to say that the mag is all preaching and no fun - its really heavy on fashion, beauty, travel and interior design. Another appealing thing about it is it features the designer clothes you would expect in a glossy but also includes high street too which makes it accessible and easier to relate to if you don't have a designer bank balance!

                I read this from cover to cover and rarely come across anything that doesn't interest me. I mentioned before that Im no Cosmo fan - maybe its just coincidence, but every time I glance at a cover, its always about sex and orgasms..which is fine every now and again, but I'm interested in reading about other things too!
                Finally they have some cracking give-aways - in the four issues I subscribed to, I got a bodyshop body butter free, and a neals yard face cream - oh I do love a bargain :)

                Marie Claire has great variety from issue to issue and it's the one mag I will splash out for.

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                09.01.2009 20:28
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                IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT INTERESTING ISSUES - DO IT SOMEWHERE ELSE!

                MARIE - CLAIRE

                I used to buy this magazine in my twenties, but then stopped. I now only read it at the hairdressers. This is why:


                ***WHAT DOES IT OFFER?***

                Marie-Claire is a fashion magazine with special interest articles aimed at women. It's motto is "Fashion With Heart" and it is priced at £3.30. This month's issue (Jan) has 244 pages, plus a 32 page special about hair at the back (confusingly upside down).

                It has an expensive glossy feel to it with heavy quality pages. However a rough estimation tells me that over 50% of it's content is ads!!. In fact, I leaf through 8 pages of ads before I even get to the editorial. Many of the ads are for high end designer companies such as Prada, Gucci and Armani.

                The magazine aims to publish stories about inspirational women and takes an ethical stance (also having a 'green' section. As well as one off features, it has regular slots reviewing books, films and tv, as well as a home and travel section.

                I note that it often has stories about what life is like for women from other cultures. This month it features a western woman living in Iran, depicting the dangers of conducting a relationship outside of marriage. There are also usually a couple of interviews with stars or celebrities, this month being Kate Bosworth and Richard Madeley.

                There is sometimes a free gift attached, which can be worthwhile, but I am not sure about this month as I read it in the hairdresser's.

                ***OPINION***

                This magazine utilises an extremely clever ploy into making the reader think they are choosing a magazine that cares; that they are reading about the pertinent issues of the day - the thinking women's magazine!! Yet, why would a 'thinking' woman choose to buy into a magazine that yes does expose difficult situations for women around the world - but fundamentally, still thinks that women need to be told what to wear and buy???

                Indeed, who needs a magazine full of Chanel, Gucci, Armani etc? Is this what the modern woman aspires to? Who in an average job can even afford to buy any of this stuff?

                This magazine and it's ethos is a paradox; it has pages exposing the plight of many poor women and children the world over, whilst on the next page there will be an ad for a company that might exploit these very people. Does that audience just turn the page and think 'oh dear, never mind, oooh must buy that new lipstick!'. I think the editorial team must think that women are gullible and to an extent this must be true, as it has a strong following.

                It would be better if this magazine was one thing or another; choose one stance, instead of patronizing it's audience. As I said before, when I was younger I thought that I was reading something a bit different - a magazine that cared and highlighted interesting and topical issues. Now I have more sense and wouldn't feed the pockets of those very large advertisers!

                OVERALL

                I would flick through it if I was in a waiting room - some of the articles are of interest. I wouldn't buy it anymore, as I think that I could direct my money to a more worthwhile cause. *Rant over!!!*

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                  Add it to your list of regular reads

                  I'm gonna keep it simple. I didn't know Marie Claire is 15 years old, but I was shocked to discover that, because I have been reading it since my GCSEs (16 years old) and now I'm 31.

                  I acknowledge it as my first grown up magazine (prior to that it was Big! and Just Seventeen.... ) I have stuck faithfully to it ever since and it isn't blind loyalty. If I had to take one piece of reading material with me on holiday it is Marie Claire. If I could only read one thing it is Marie Claire.... so long as it keeps feeding me current affairs too!!

                  It's my first choice as an all-rounder.

                  To complete my regular dosage of magazines my current compilation stands at: Marie-Claire, Pschologies, Grazia, Red and You (Sunday Times).

                  I love the fashion editorials - fab photography, modeling and styling; I love the feature articles - well-chosen topics; I love the lighter side of it and I especially love the beauty section - amazing advice.

                  SERIOUSLY, I must thank Marie-Claire for making me aware of sun protection and using SPF daily to protect my skin. I found this out when I was 16 and hunted down a daily moisturiser with SPF and have never looked back.

                  I also thank it for feeding me invaluable insight into various aspects of being a person/woman: world news, women's issues, health... all covered with real substance.

                  A lot of the most up-to-date stuff I've learnt about nutrition, skincare, politics and countless other stuff I've gleaned from the pages of Marie-Claire* over the last 15 years (I never read it all the time, but I currently have a gift subscription). To me it is money extraordinarily well-spent - I used to read it cover to cover.

                  (* I do also read daily and Sunday newspapers!!)

                  I love the British media when it comes to stuff like Marie-Claire...

                  It's fed in a way that's highly enjoyable to read.

                  If I had the skill and talent to create a magazine, this would be it.

                  But after having read it on-and-off for 15 years some days it feels kinda young... but I still love it. The thought that's put into its layouts and photography is amazing. Sometimes I enjoy it just for that.

                  What I love most:
                  (1) the up-to-date science stuff related to Health and Beauty
                  (2) the way it writes about world news/current affairs... or have I got that mixed up? there was a time when it had a leading feature article about Worldwide Women's Issues.
                  (3) it teaches you how to save and splurge to get different looks - it's not all designer!! it teaches style e.g. day to night, occassional wear, work wear
                  (4) it's advice is practical and intelligent, but not frumpy

                  I know it's current readership is really wide so we can't always get what we want. A magazine should always stay sharp and know its target audience, or it's just vague and misdirectional, however...

                  What I'm waiting for:
                  (1) stuff about marriage and families... or is that another sector of the market?
                  (2) more about other figures in society, not just celebrities and bright young things... or is there another magazine for that?

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                  03.11.2008 14:07
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                  Give it a go.

                  I've been a reader of Marie Claire for over five years now and it is the magazine I keep coming back to. I'm now 32 and still find it's the best magazine for me. Even though I get fed up with it every now and then there is nothing better on the market.

                  Why do i like it ?
                  I find it does the most interesting articles of this genre of magazine as it stays away from celebrity tittle tattle and focuses on world issues. It features all the essentials of a women's magazine from beauty to fashion, food to travel. The fasion shoots are always beutiful and you can get some good ideas for the latest fashions.

                  Why don't I like it?
                  It's heavy so not any easy magazine to slip in your bag. There are too many adverts. It focuses on high end fashion too much and even it's budget fashion is still too expensive. There are times when I skim thorugh it and find nothing to read as none of the articles are too my taste or there is far too much fashion and beauty. Somtimes I think it aims at women who earn £70K+, live in London and have nothing better to do than buy makeup and clothes.

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                    05.05.2008 19:38
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                    A magazine with great articles and features.

                    -MARIE CLAIRE-

                    "Marie claire presents new, innovative and inspirational ideas, combining style with commonsense. A magazine of contrasts, it beckons its readers with pages of the finest fashion, beauty and food. It's a winning formula of serious journalism and a healthy dose of glamour".


                    Marie Claire is a thick glossy monthly magazine from IPC Media and it is Jam packed full of interesting articles that are topical and highly interesting. It celebrates its 15th year of production and it is aimed at the prime 25-39 age market. Marie Claire is a high quality, better than average, woman's fashion and beauty magazine and Its readership is over 15 million each month worldwide. -

                    I have been buying Marie Claire on and off for quite a few years now. They always have such great gifts offered with this magazine and the month of June is no exception. It is an eco friendly edition and the magazine comes wrapped in a thick brown paper cover. With the statement slashed across the front page of "Eco Chic goes Glam". "The hottest fashion and beauty buys that are 'Green and Gorgeous', and with the amusing comment to the top of: "This is not a plastic bag". - Really? -

                    Included inside the magazine, as a freebie for June is a 50ml tub of Body Shop, Coconut body butter, which contains fair trade ingredients, worth £5.00 retail price. I love this stuff as I do most of the Body Shop terrific body butters, so the magazine cost me £3.20 but the body butter is worth £5.00 and I think I got an absolute bargain. I have been using it as a hand cream and it has the most gorgeous coconut smell and moisturizing feel. So a great magazine with a free gift attached.

                    What I really like about Marie Claire is the quality. This is not a trash mag and has very little celebrity gossip in it which I am pleased about. Don't get me wrong I don't mind a bit of celeb gossip, but not the whole magazine, as tends to be the case today with the myriad of Bi weekly trash mags. I quite like Heat and think it is one of the better ones, and it also comes with the TV guide. But there are so many out there with all gossip and no real content. So when it comes to a half decent mag, Marie Claire is my first choice. Its also not sex dominated as magazines such as Cosmopolitan tend to be, and not one single mention of the female orgasm, which makes a refreshing change, just good articles loads of content, being a really thick publication and lots of nice samples. By samples I mean all the little sachets and perfume wipes, shampoos etc that are stuck to the individual pages. Marie Claire is packed full of them...So what makes Marie Claire the magazine of choice for me?

                    ---THE MAGAZINE---
                    The magazine itself comes in A4size, so this is not one for the handbag. It is thick and heavy and worth every penny of it £3.20's worth. Having 380 pages this month, this is no skimpy magazine. The quality of the paper is thick and glossy and this months issue has the logo: 'Fashion with Heart' printed across the top with a picture of a heart to accompany it. This issue is all green from the fashion to the beauty to the newest top-to-toe organic products. The magazine is also available in a handbag size should you prefer it.

                    ---INDEX---
                    -BEAUTY- FEATURES -
                    'Keep a Clear Head'. (Haircare that's ethical and effective).
                    'Trick or Treatment'. (The ten day cleansing diet that promises to restore your summer glow).
                    'Celebs Go Back To Nature'. (The planet Friendly Products Taking Pride Of Place on Celebrities Bathroom Shelves).

                    ---LIFESTYLE---
                    Life and Style. (Smart Buys For Your Home).
                    Green House Effect. ( The Award Winning Energy Efficient New Build That Saves a Fortune in Bills).
                    Green For Go. ( Conservation-Conscious Holidays That Don't Cost The Earth).
                    On Location: Tanzania. ( The Masai Locals Join Our Fashion Shoot).
                    On Location: Cornwall. ( Clifftop Walks and Scenic Harbours).

                    ---LAYOUT---
                    The layout to the pages are all well placed and beautifully photographed. The magazine is clear and easy to read and the print is not overly small. I wear glasses for reading and found no problem at all with the size of print. The pages are neatly sectioned, clearly headed and bright and colourful. They always make their pages come to life and I love the way they layout the fashion section, giving plenty of space between featured clothing. Which by the way is excellent; the articles are all very interesting and extremely well written. I am always particularly interested in the fashions they choose. They are a little more in cost than most high street shops, but they are really original choices of good quality clothing and there are always lots that I am interested in. Marie Claire has a charm about it and its subtlety and understated style appeal to my eye.

                    I do have to mention the adverts as I know these are off putting to lots of people. Basically you can't get away from them whatever fashion magazine that you buy. They don't actually bother me, I quite like them and you quite often see something that you would like to try out. The good articles and features are abundant so a few adds stuck in between is not the end of the world for me. Without adverts we wouldn't be aware of the many products on the shelves and sometimes I need to be persuaded to buy something by the power of advertising. I can never make up my mind when presented with rows of products in the shops.-

                    ---ARTICLES---
                    The articles this month are Eco-Friendly, featuring climate change and predictions for the future. Mary Portas speaks to us on ethical fashion. Trendy and Eco-Friendly- "How to spend money with a clear conscience". They have an amazing article on the indigenous communities of the Amazon. About the devastation and deforestation and how a tribe deep in the jungle within the rainforests is fighting for survival. Can experts go 'Eco-Glam'? Challenging the experts to see if they can manage it and asking celebs how green they are? A list activists: The Hollywood stars turned eco campaigners. Self sufficiency and how four couples cope living under this regime. After watching the programme 'The Good Life' I always wanted to try my hand at this. To throw in the proverbial towel, travel to France and live off the land. This is a very interesting article for anyone thinking of trying self sufficiency. All very interesting stuff and lots more beside...

                    ---REGULARS---
                    Their expert section 'The Guru' which covers 'Advice on diet and nutrition' - Lifestyle and Careers' - 'Fitness' - Sex and Relationships. - Editors Letter - Contributors letters - Web News - Eco News - Classified - Horoscopes -.

                    Competitions: Win a 5 star luxury spa break in Cyprus.

                    FREE: Stella McCartney goodies for every reader.

                    Marie Claire: At the moment they are offering 6 issues for just £6.00, a saving of 69%. Plus you will receive an Aveda replenishing body moisturiser and Shampure soy wax candle worth £42.00. There is a pull-out in this month's Marie Claire, or go to: http://marieclaire.co.uk/av. Or alternatively, ring the 'Hotline' on 0845 676 7778 and quote code '552Z'. They are available 7/7 from 9 till 9. This is an offer that I will definitely be taking up. You are set up on DD and after the 6 months is up you can continue on at a discounted price of £15.99 for the next 6 months, receiving 18% discount off the full price of the magazine. This will be available to you in the 'Bag' size or full size magazine and will be delivered straight to your door. -

                    ---SUMMARY---
                    What I like about Marie Claire is its content. Its good value; the featured articles are always very interesting and relevant. I find it an exciting magazine, not flat. I actually read this one. So many magazines I have bought and tried just don't interest me enough to read the articles. Marie Claire does. Its good journalism plain and simple; It is very well written and the articles are always highly original. I find it fresh and lively, and beautifully presented and the high coloured glossy pictures jump off the page. The balance of articles to feature is spot on too with a good variety and scope.

                    There is some absolutely amazing photography this month in their fashion feature: 'THE TRIBE'. "Make like a warrior princess in this seasons bold prints, batik and ethnic inspired jewellery". Photography by Wayne Maser; they appear to have used an authentic Amazon tribe for the shoot. It really is fantastic photography and worth buying the magazine for this alone! -


                    So in summing up I would have to say Marie Claire is a brilliant value, better than average, monthly fashion and beauty magazine that is well worth its shop price. An upmarket monthly with intelligent attitude.-



                    MARIE CLAIRE: £3.20 From all good Newsagents.


                    www.marieclaire.co.uk

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                      Inoffensive and indifferent but not a lost cause.

                      It was with an almighty thud that the copy of Marie-Claire hit our hall floor. I won’t pretend it was long awaited, in fact I’d forgotten about it. One of those Greasy Palm offers recently was tied into a magazine subscription, faced with a stark choice of Home and Garden etc, I’d plumped for the good old Marie-Claire. At least there might be some righteous feminist article in there, a few glimpses of cutting edge fashion, a voucher or a free front cover lipstick. Anyway, something I could relate to as a 20-something woman, without a hayfever inducing cover shot or boring mail order elastic man-corsets.

                      I am a magazine lover. There, I’ve admitted my vice out loud without regard for the mounting stacks of evidence that topple from The Boyfriend’s coffee table or stuff the dusty void beneath my bed. I read them all, doing the puzzles in Take a Break and Bella, laughing at the celebrity gossip in Heat and poring over cleansing techniques to be ignored in You. I’ve never really bought a Marie Claire though, even in the limited motorway service stations on a journey home from Edinburgh I chose to pick up Glamour (and that had rehab stalwart Li-Lo plastered across the cover).

                      The first time I read a Marie-Claire was at the age of 13, while waiting for Best Friend to get ready for a night out. It was on her bed, unopened and likely to stay that way. She’s a girl who hated reading with a passion when we were growing up, bizarre that she now frequents Bookhopper – somehow I don’t think we can thank Marie Claire for that. I remember that there was a sole article on Chinese foot binding or something with the rest of the magazine given over to adverts and articles which were just Clearasil-type promotions in disguise.

                      What would have changed I wondered? The answer is * nothing *. At first glance, Marie-Claire is subtle. It lacks the neon shout of the trashy gossip magazines or the eye-catching SEX headlines of rival Cosmo. Even the price of £2.90 is middle of the road for this kind of publication. Perhaps the saving grace is that it looks like a nice magazine for nice girls. Even the cover girl is demure on an inoffensive background with little or no teeth or cleavage on display. You wouldn’t be ashamed to be caught reading it on the morning train or have to fish about on the top shelf for it. I’ll use the September issue as a case in point, one of the headlines is ‘It’s cool to care, your shopping choices can change the world’. Deep in a shallow kind of way.

                      There’s usually a free gift encased in the plastic cover. This month it was a make up bag. Last month a couple of crappy wooden bracelets that wouldn’t have fitted a three year old and the month before, yeah, another make up bag. I do like a free gift (who wouldn’t) but there’s nothing too imaginative about these. I once, aged 11, begged my mum for a copy of Mizz to get my hands on the tiny pot of must have limited edition lip balm. It turned out to be rock hard, stung like hell and went missing in a week, but I had to have it. Later on (at 24) The Boyfriend and I spent a sunny afternoon tearing apart the racks in Tesco to get the ‘right’ Cosmo – i.e. the one with the very wearable string bikini. Sounds sad, but this is what a good free gift can drive a girl to and it makes my point that the Marie Claire ones went straight onto the Car Boot Pile.

                      Having written a negative piece here so far, I flipped up the Marie Claire website to check out two things; firstly some interesting snippet to pass onto all you Dooyooers and secondly to see if I caould find out Marie Claire’s target audience and therefore cut the magazine some slack. Well, this is a amazing website. Shiny, monochrome and eyecatching with glamourous celebrity photos. Oooh, before I knew it I was chasing headlines left, right and centre at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/.

                      Did Elizabeth Arden use a body double for Britney Spears in their latest perfume advert? Are women with breast implants three times more likely to commit suicide? Well, where’s this in my magazine? Why would I pay £2.90 to read about Mandy Moore (don’t know who she is) when I could be on this website enjoying hot gossip for free? Perhaps IPC media could and should switch this around., after all this is up to the minute and interesting.

                      As we all know though, monthly magazines have to be prepared a long way in advance. In Marie Claire’s defence this might well explain the fashion focus on the now dated smock top and a lack of September’s hot new look of waistcoats and sharp suit trousers. It could be the logic behind the interviews with now over exposed Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. The trouble with these music interviews in any case, is that if I wanted cutting edge or next big thing I’d be trawling through the specialist NME. I might crave a little more detail on already popular singers, but not for long after I’d seen a million photos plastered across the tabloids or heard the newest album to musical death on the radio. The timing for music articles has to be impeccable and this is perhaps a lot to ask of a monthly magazine.

                      Is there anything I like about Marie Claire? Yes. I love the fact that it doesn’t rehash the same hackneyed bore-gasm articles that Cosmopolitan shamelessly devotes itself to. It’s a little more upmarket and worldly wise than other magazines without following the current trend of baby bashing. By this I mean the hideous tendency of magazines to either try to ‘age with their readership’ or appeal to an older audience by running back to back articles on how to regain your pre-pregnancy figure or dress as a yummy mummy. Nothing makes a young woman with plans more likely to sling the magazine back to the dentist’s waiting room.

                      The worthy articles I mentioned earlier are generally the main feature. The focus isn’t always on the points I’d like to hear most about and case studies are skimmed at best, leaving an irritation when you want to feel compassion. However, there’s a certain interest in reading about life in a women’s prison or a new fashion label by Brazilian sex workers. The coverage of a Courtney Cox interview in a recent issue was surprisingly sharp (albeit shamelessly agenda pushing in terms of her new TV series) and didn’t attempt to knock off her edges. Not only that, but they published the interview long before the spate of similar articles in rival magazines. The Life and Style section with its fixtures and furnishings adds a touch of grown up glamour and the beauty investigation into Laser Facials is the kind of thing that appeals to a broad range of women.

                      Best of all, this chunky A4 magazine smells good with old fashioned perfume samples and sachets of one cream or another between the pages. It exudes a old world of magazine splendour which seems to have become long-lost among the current breed of trashy bi-weeklies. There’s something about the Marie Claire image that says charm and elegance in comparison to other publications.

                      I did eventually dig out the information on Marie Claire’s target audience on another site. “Intelligent women interested in everything from fashion to world politics” and according to pacificmagazines.com “Marie Claire delivers the highest reach of any fashion or women’s lifestyle magazine into the highly coveted target audience of women 25-39”. The target audience is after all me, so how well do I think it fits the bill? Overall it’s not that bad. It fills a niche for women who want neither pie recipes nor knitting patterns and who really couldn’t care less if Jordan is one inch taller than Peter Andre. I didn’t notice anything beyond Daily Mail style superficial ‘outrage’ though, when it comes to world politics.

                      It hasn’t in its fifteen year history succumbed to the dumbing down which afflicted magazines like 19 and Cosmopolitan (who were desperate to play down to the school girls who in turn only read them because they looked ‘grown up’.) The impressive statistic says as much about Marie Claire’s staying power as it does about the appalling choice available for 25-39 year olds.

                      As I read a lot of magazines, I don’t like to spend too much on each individual one. I also try to limit my petrol station sprees to magazines with a lot of reading, fewer adverts and good swapability. For this reason I probably won’t be picking Marie Claire up off the shelf when I can get a 99p trashfest with Primark’s weekly selection. However, on a holiday sunbed with The Boyfriend splashing in the pool I could easily fish this out of my beach bag and settle in for half an hour with nothing too demanding or outrageous to grab my attention.

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                        Im a huge fan of Glamour magazine, but as its a monthly publication i get a bit fed up waiting for the next issue to come out, so i always end up buying marie claire every month aswell. Its a great magazine for the modern woman and i hope you'll find this review very helpful!! Marie claire has been around for 15 years and in its time has won 27 awards, including best designed consumer magazine of the year award in 2003, editor of the year 2003, best beauty pages in 1991 and best international magazine brand in 1994. The magazine is roughly A4 size, so the standard size for most magazines, which makes it quite difficult to lug about in your handbag and doesnt make for very comfortable reading on the train unless youre lucky enough to get a lovely table seat. At the moment marie claire is priced at £2.50 but thats subject to change about once a year or so, most magazines go up in price about ten pence every now and again. Its the same size as magazines like FHM and Vogie which cost upwards of £3 an issue, so its good value. Every few months you will find a free gift with the magazine, most recently these have been a set of different sized makeup bags and a tote bag which i have found extremely useful in carting my tons of makeup to and from my boyfriends house, although im not too chuffed with the watery blue colour of the bag, i feel they could have splashed out on some nice fabric dye or something, i know im a student and im poverty stricken and therefore forced to carry my stuff about in magazine freebies but that doesnt mean i dont have any taste!!! Anyway, rant over with, the magazine boasts a huuuge range of celebrity covers, this month its cate blanchett, but every month theres a celeb on the front, last month was jennifer aniston (im SO loving her new fringey look). About a third of the magazine pages are taken up by adverts, but thats where they get most of their funding from, it costs mega bucks to place a full pa
                        ge ad in a national magazine or newspaper, let alone a 5 page spread like skincare company Biotherm did in this months Glamour. The magazines are mostly for makeup and skincare products, and for the latest lines from fashion houses such as Dior and Gucci. (Did you know that Gucci now make an ice cube tray?! thats right folks, for 40 quid you can plonk G shaped lumps of ice into your margaritas) The magazine is roughly 350 pages per issue, but remember that alot of that is advery space - actually, ill have a nosey in the latest issue and count! .......................*my arm is aching like mad from all that page turning!*.......there are 167 pages of adverts in the April 2004 Marie Claire. Some are one page ads and the rest are 2 page ads. There are 12 pages of classified adverts also and the ads are on almost every other page. The ont place in the magazine where you can turn more than three pages and not see an advert are the fashino pages where there are dozens of pictures of models wearing the latest unaffordable clothes, and in the name of research ive just put myself through the trauma of seeing a chanel jacket ill never be able to afford - i could cry! - so rate my op nicely! :) Marie Claire isnt just sold in the UK, its also sold in america, europe, the middle east and africa. The content of the magazine goes something like this............... Features - such as this months special on las vegas weddings Interviews - this month with the cover star cate blanchett and Nigel Harman from eastenders. Global report - every month theres a feature on a developing country, or an article outlining an issue in another country, this might be adoption or animal cruelty, or something like the developing nations. Columns - a monthly contribution from pamela anderson (!) and features from the magazines own journalists, and journos from other magazines, such as Pete Cash from Loaded. Icon - on the ba
                        ck pages theres a hero of the month section, where modern day heros are given some recognition, these are more often that not, women, and this months is Sara Payne. Juice - music, films, books, tv Fashion - models, trends, designers, ideas, budget Beauty - skincare, makeup, haircare, makeovers, latest looks, salon treatments, cheats guides to makeup Health - latest health issues Lifestyle - home, food, garden, men Travel - minibreaks, reviews, holiday destinations Special offers - giveaways and competitions Monthy features - editors letter, letters, problem page, horoscope, directory - where you can find numbers and web addresses for all the companies listed within the magazine, careers, classifieds. Quite frequently you get free samples of products attatched to their adverts within the mag, such as sachets of shampoo or skin cream, so that you can try them out before you rush off to buy them, theyre great for saving for your holidays because they take up no space at all and cant leak - little tip there for ya ;o) You can subscribe to marie claire via a form inside every issue of the magazine, and via www.ipcmedia.com and www.subscription.co.uk but if you subscribe using a code inside the magazine on the subscription advert then youll be able to take advantage of special offers such as discounted rates and free gifts. Subscription currently costs £16 for a year. Thats a 20% saving on the full price. Marie O'Riordan is the editor of the magazine (watch out missy im after your job!) and she can be contacted via marie claire 13th floor kings reach tower stamford street london SE1 9LS Tel, 020 7261 5240 Email marieclaire@ipcmedia.com www.ipcmedia.com I hope this has been useful to you Natalie :)

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