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An affordable and inspiring monthly read
Member Name: alyson29
Advantages: An interesting read with lots of useful ideas
Disadvantages: None for me
I'm not one for women's glossy magazines for a number of reasons as a good 50% of the pages are taken up by advertising for products that are way out of my price range and the magazines themselves are so expensive. The only time I will ever purchase one is when there's a freebie that catches my eye on the cover. A magazine that I have been subscribing for the past few years is Prima and I can remember purchasing it many years ago when it was first introduced, particularly as I looked forward to receiving the accompanying sewing pattern as I was a keen dressmaker at that time.
Prima is a monthly magazine and is slightly larger than A4 size with the copy to which I am referring for the purpose of this review being the currently edition (May), which consists of 170 pages and a cover price of £2.95. As I prefer to maximise my Tesco Clubcard vouchers each year I use a proportion to pay for my Prima subscription where I need to use £11.50's worth. The point I favour about this magazine is that there are not endless pages dedicated to unaffordable fashion where it would cost me 6 months' worth of salary to purchase the so called latest pair of shoes or the must have handbag. The magazine covers a huge variety of subjects, which are not only aimed at women and as a consequence, my husband jumps on each copy as they hit the door mat.
The paper is of a high quality with the magazine being crammed with colour photographs to support the majority of articles. Each issue consists of a double page index where each topic discussed is clearly indicated. However, I'm not one to study a magazine index as I tend to dive in and flick through the various categories, such as fashion, beauty, real life stories, cookery, health, home and the regular features consisting of readers' letters and competitions.
I'm not generally one to study fashion pages in magazines, as whilst I adore shopping I detest searching for new clothes. However, the items advertised in Prima generally catch my eye due to the fact that they carry affordable price tags and can be purchased from what I class as "normal" shops as opposed to me needing to maximise my credit card. The magazine is modern and as we are now in spring (although the weather would not suggest we are), the pages carry the theme where some of the fashion focus on pastel flowers. I always look forward to each new edition of Prima as it is such an inviting magazine where I will always read each and every article as opposed to skipping the majority when I've purchased one of those glossies solely to obtain the accompanying freebie.
The magazine is up to date and has a real modern feel to it with the May edition looking at various styles and colours of tops, skirts, trousers and dresses. What I love about this magazine is that they concentrate on the shapes of real women as opposed to those expensive glossy magazines, which seem to generally cater for size zero. The May issue focuses on 54 ways to look younger and my eyes were drawn into this article as I always interested in trying out new products to slow down the visible signs of aging. I gain much inspiration from this magazine as over the years it has taught me many things such as the different notes contained within perfumes and where best to apply them to obtain maximum benefit and how to choose the correct foundation for my particular skin type. The current edition focuses on the best instant tanning mousses, which as someone who doesn't worship the sun, is of great interest to me. Consequently, I will soon be carrying out my own research of the mousses that they recommend.
I particularly enjoyed the article named "The way we ate", which looks at the foods people ate from the 1950's to the current date and I found myself chuckling at some of the items as apparently, Arctic Roll and Angel Delight were the favourite desserts in the sixties and whilst I didn't join this world until 1967 these were two of my favourites during my childhood with Arctic Roll still being on top of the list.
Each edition of the magazine covers garden questions and answers, which I find extremely useful, as little tips are provided on the best types of plants to use in certain soils. Whilst I own an array of gardening books and have considerable knowledge, there is always more to learn and I gain many of my ideas from reading magazine articles. There is always a small section on which plants to grow relating to the month of issue and I have realised that I only have a month to sow some of my seeds although the Great British weather currently seems to be totally out of season.
I am particularly interested in interior design and enjoy the regular monthly feature where we are provided with handy tips and ideas on how to make the best of our homes. The current edition looks at options for maximising small spaces and in addition to providing furniture ideas it discusses how to obtain the best light in small rooms. Each month Prima takes us inside the homes or real readers where we learn of their renovating projects and whilst I have no intention of carrying out any such works in my home I enjoy reading the articles.
The cookery pages are always a winner with me as around a dozen pages every month are dedicated to recipes and information on multi uses for certain foods. I enjoy the puzzle pages at the end of the magazine where there is a competition crossword as well as puzzles just for fun such as Sudoku and word searches. When receiving my new copy every month it is the "What's it Worth?" double spread that I always turn to first, as readers write in with an accompanying photograph of an item they wish to have valued. I am eagerly awaiting the day that I see one of my Betty Boop figurines accompanied by a huge valuation although I very much doubt it will be in my lifetime! A regular feature is holidays; many of which are very affordable with discounts being available on some when using a code provided by Prima. Whilst some magazines will solely focus on the accommodation, we are provided with an insight into the associated area and how to get there.
Prima is an interesting and inspiring magazine as well as being excellent value for money as it covers such a huge variety of subjects. Whilst you could previously obtain the sewing pattern with the magazine in store, unfortunately, due to cost-cutting, Prima only provide the pattern to those who subscribe. Another grumble I have is that the magazine will often offer free gifts, but they are not available to subscribers. Consequently, I made a complaint and was informed that it is too expensive to send a free gift with the monthly magazine as otherwise the subscription cost would rise. Prima receives my high recommendation together with 5 stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: An affordable monthly magazine containing lots of useful information
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