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I love Red Magazine it does nt usually fail to satisfy my crave for a magazine as i am a former fashion and beauty writer that is also a well known magazine addict.This magazine is my alternative to a good book just curl up on a warm sofa with a nice drink and a chocolate chip cookie and get stuck in.The thing i like about this it makes me feel like a sophisticated got it toghther women whos got it toghther when really i am a wife and a mother fashion following scatter brain lol. It offers it all it inspires me its ambitious it features entreprenural women stylish classy who wear the trends with out it talking over them some much to offer in a thick magazine that makes up for a dozen flimsy star studded ones any day those ones seduce you but this one you will get stuck in to and pick up the same one to read anything you may have missed.I have bought this for years and found it hard to part with ones i say but stacks i had for years its not suprising this magazine is big all over the world.The feature celebrity women that are stong stylish passionate and share apart of there lives with you a sneaky peak in there homes who does nt like that.Covering fashion, beauty,home cookery, celebs,shopping at much more every month stocked in most good newsagents.Not to forget when you get freebies they give you lovely items that seem like gifts what more can you ask for.
I'm not a great magazine reader. I usually pick up the free ones at the supermarket or Boots but will occasionally buy one if an article looks interesting or if there is a promotion of some sort. This is precisely why I picked up the August issue of Red magazine. I'd spotted on the Money Saving Expert website that they were giving away a small tube of Neal's Yard Orange Flower moisturiser. As this alone retails for £7.00 and the magazine was £3.60 I would be quids in so I decided to buy a copy when I was in Tesco's.
My first impression of the magazine was that it was incredibly bulky. This particular issue stands at a whopping 242 pages! This combined with its A4 size means that it's not the type of magazine that I'd easily be able to carry around with me. Instead it's one that I would snuggle up on the sofa with in the evening after work.
The front of this particular issue has picture of Louise Redknapp on the front along with snippets of some of the content in the magazine to tempt you into buying. This issue included an article about 'Summer Superfoods' and the 'Red magazine Beach hot list' The magazine is broadly split into the following categories:
and seems to be marketed at a female audience.
I rarely sit down and read a magazine from cover to cover, instead preferring to flick through it, reading articles that catch my interest, which will be different depending on what mood I'm in. Therefore I will dip in and out of the magazine for a few days rather than read it in order or all at once.
What immediately struck me when I first flicked through was the huge number of adverts. There were 7 double-page spreads before I even got to the contents page! As I worked my way through the magazine I found this increasingly annoying as the articles seemed to be few and far between, always separated by endless adverts. So I decided to see exactly how many adverts there were in this 242 magazine. Starting from the beginning I counted no less than 96 pages of adverts! That's a humungous 40% of the magazine taken up already! These adverts were for a wide variety of things ranging from cosmetics such as creams and mascara to perfumes, cars and books.
When I finally managed to find an article I was pleasantly surprised as they were well written, balanced and very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the ones related to health and diet. One of the articles in the travel section focussed on visiting Kenya which coupled with spectacular photos I found really inspirational and it's definitely somewhere that's moved up my 'to visit' list!
It was also refreshing to see that the magazine wasn't too focussed on celebrity culture and the fashion was for 'normal women' - not a stick model in sight! In this sense I thought the magazine was aimed at the slightly more mature woman who has probably grown out of reading Cosmopolitan, Glamour or Vogue and was more comfortable in themselves.
The fashion section was also fairly substantial with outfits put together for different occasions and budgets. For example there was a spread on '10 items that cost under £50' and would be found on the High Street or how to wear the same dress in different styles. I thought these were interesting although some of the items were way out of my price league. There's no way I'd pay £188 for a handbag - I don't care who designed it! They had similar spreads for items you could take on a picnic or pack for your holiday bag. I thought these spreads were well laid out but there were so many of them that I felt like I was browsing through a shopping catalogue. It would have been nice to have short reviews or information profiles of the products in the spread rather than just a picture, price and where it could be bought. These spreads along with the adverts took up around 65% of the magazine!
Overall I feel slightly disappointed with the magazine. It had some really good quality articles but for me they were too few and far between. There were way too many adverts for my liking and I found it quite annoying having to flick past these to find an article. It is also quite big and bulky which means that I couldn't really carry it around to read whilst travelling on the bus or tube. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again unless they had another promotion. Unfortunately in this case I was disappointed with the cream as well (which has been reviewed separately) so disappointments all round!
Every month I receive a copy of Red Magazine as a 'hand me down' from a friend, we like to each buy a different magazine, and once we have finished reading, we like to swap, so really getting two reads for the price of one.
Red Magazine retails at £3.60 so isn't a cheap read, but I do feel that it does offer good value in terms of quality and content. Red is published by Hachette Fillipacchi UK who are also responsible for other well known publications which include Elle, Elle Decoration, Sugar, Iniside Soap, All About Soap and Psychologies. At the end of 2008 circulation was approximately 225,000.
What you may first notice with regard to this magazine is a distinct lack of celebrity gossip and tabloid styles tales, it does however, give readers credit for being slightly more intelligent, or having a broader range of interests.
The profile of the average reader is something like this: well educated mid 30's, with around 50% havin families, most have a career of some description, while others remain at home to raise their children.
This may be why I like this magazine, it's very different to many other glossy monthlies, I find it insightful, interesting, inspirational and a good escape from day to day mundane tasks without being too heavy. It fits well with my interests too, and another draw for me is that while I really enjoy fashion, I find myself a bit too old for some featured in the likes of Glamour and not quite as avante garde as Vogue. Here steps in Red with grown up glamour and day to day dressing very age appropriate.
What I also find interesting are the monthly 'contributors' who are different every magazine, it may be that they are a photographer or a model, whatever, but what I like is that they make this personal, tell a bit about their private life, so you feel more in tune with the features.
Red starts off with the editors letter, which is the first thing I turn too. The editor, Sam Baker, writes a short letter to introduce the current issue, and often this letter is witty, true to real life, and very honest.
The magazine is then broken down into the regaular features you would expect such as:
Here you will find sections covering what's hot, current fashion, often the latest make up on the beauty counter, amongst great tips from fashions elite and the Red team.
Some of it is pricey as you would expect, but there are always high street bargains in there. I'm not put off by the designer garb, as you can often find similar on the high street, at purse friendly prices.
The shopping section not only covers fashion, but also things for the home too.
As it states, fashion, what ever is in season from beach to bar, ballroom to boudior, Red has it all, and makes it look accessible.
In this section you will find all types of articles and interviews with celebrities, but all done in taste, not the 'in your face' type would would find in the New of the World. Here you will also find amusing anecdotes from writers giving a tounge in cheeck insight into their hectic lifestyles, to which I find it easy to relate.
Red also features real women, who have had personal struggles, or over come great difficulties and want to share their story's with women everywhere. The story's are often inspirational, and while I have not rushed out and done any of them, they do encourage me to feel that I am capable of anything I set my mind to.
There will be articles regarding love, life, families, relationships, health and current affairs, all done in a way that I can relate to.
This is one of my favourite sections, and while I'm more of a 'superdrug counter' kind of girl, its nice to read about some of the amazing products out there, and often as a result of reading, I do tend to treat myself to an item featured.
This section covers everything from regular womens health topics, to cosmetic surgery and readers real life issues, all done in great taste. There is all types of advice on healthy eating, excercise and how to have a generally good lifestyle without it costing your health.
This section is devoted to interiors, design, furniture, cooking and most of it looks delicious. This is where I found my ultimate chocolate brownie recipe, these are to die for!
Red helps you to discover places you've never heard of, makes camping look stylish and gives the low down on seaside breaks, city breaks and far flung jauns.
Here you are encouraged to subscibe with the additon of savings and free gifts, I've never succumbed, but after reading Red for a number of years, I'm not really sure why! Other offers may include cheap concert tickets and savings on beauty products etc.
In addition to the above sections you will also find other regular features such as horoscopes, the directory (where to buy featured products), what's coming next month and readers letters.
It does feature a number of advertisements, but no more than any other magazine of this type.
I recommend Red magazine if you too are sick of the tabloid style mags out there and would like a read that has a bit more substance and style.
Red magazine is available from all good newsagents and magazine retailers on a monthly basis for £3.50. There is a corresponding website at www.redmagazine.co.uk, but this does not contain very information aside from links of how to subscribe and details which signify indicative articles from the issue currently available.
Each issue typically contains around 220+ pages. The magazine is available in regular size or in a more compact travel-size. The magazine also has a mail-order/online shopping directory of jewellery, bags, homeware and quirky gifts for children at www.reddirect.co.uk and you will often find a physical catalogue as part of the magazines inserts.
To give you an indication of the content - here are the different sections as indicated and defined in the contents page.
Red shops/Fashion - pages signifying particular fashion trends and where these items can be bought.
Features - an indepth interview with the celebrity that is on the cover, other celebrity interviews, articles on relationships, family, careers and an article by a male contributor
Beauty - focuses on particular beauty trends, tips etc
Living - recipes, articles on food and cooking, ideas and tips on your home interiors and gardens
Escapes - articles on travel both in the UK and further afield
Health - articles on health and wellbeing issues, exercise, healthy living etc
Offers - Reader exclusive special offers on subscriptions, particular products, services and events
In every issue - entertainment and cultural news, horoscopes etc.
I personally get the feeling it is aimed at people in their 30s onwards just due to the fashions which are flagged up and the fact that there is such a prevalent focus on home related issues - and because of the people featured in their articles
The magazine itself is really nicely presented, colourful and bold but not cluttered. There are a lot of adverts, which are always the case with this type of women's magazine and whereas some of them are for high-end products such as cars, mostly they are for mid-range beauty products.
The clothes featured in the fashions sections are also on the pricier but not prohibitively expensive side. However the accessories shown tend to be designer and therefore run into the hundreds of pounds. It is fair to say that the photography is beautiful and shows off fashions and interiors in a good light over a lot of pages. I am not massively interested in things like this - preferring to get through to the well-informed and interesting articles.
Prominence is also given to women who are successful, in particular there tend to be articles on women who have achieved success off their own backs eg by founding their own businesses. However, these are written in an informative and admirable way, being more empowering of women rather than judgemental and often contain information that the subject acknowledges that achieving a level of success is not easy and often requires triumphing over adversity.
The recipes are often really good, and there are several in an edition, based around a theme. My favourite section is the health section, as there is often a lot of very interesting and useful information in it which is largely to do with wellbeing as much as anything else and contains useful tried-and-tested methods from ordinary people, as well as tips on exercise and healthy eating.
Although it has a target audience that is slightly older and probably significantly wealthier than I am (!). I still find this to be an enjoyable magazine. It is well written, mature but not prohibitively so, informative and beautifully presented. I find that it has far more substantial content than the likes of Glamour and Cosmopolitan and there is often good stuff in the health and food section which I tear out and when recycling the magazine.
It is not prohibitively elitist like some of these magazines are, and is certainly a pleasant read despite the fact that it has preference for pricier products. I do not buy women's magazines frequently, maybe perhaps if I am unwell or travelling but Red, along with Good Housekeeping is one that I would normally go for in these situations, just for the quality of the writing and the content of the articles that it features.
I was given a subscription to Red magazine as a Christmas present, so have been reading it regularly now for several months, and whilst I had never come across it before, I am very impressed. Lots of womens magazines these days tend to be either full of gossipy celebrity stories, or completely devoted to fashion. As a thirty year old woman with a young family these now hold limited appeal, so I was pleased to find that Red holds a great mix of features.
The magazine has a celebrity interview every month, in the current issue it is with Louise and Jamie Redknap, but recently has included women such as Sophie Dahl and Uma Thurman. Each issue will also include several features relevant to the life of a young woman, including features aimed at working women (this month includes a feature on female MDs), features about finding love, and features about family life, from the female perspective (this month including a piece on the controvertial admission that you may have been happier before starting a family).
In addition to the features Red also includes a good section on fashion, including high street buys but also more aspirational designer wear. There is a beauty section including reviews of new products, and a living section which includes cookery features and articles showing the insides of peoples homes. There is also a health and well-being section, which this month includes a feature on self-help books. The magazine also usually includes a couple of readers offers (this month, 20% off at LK Bennett, and £10 to spend at Molton Brown for example).
I really enjoy reading Red as I think you get a great mix of features- it has a little bit of the celebrity magazine, a bit of fashion and beauty and a bit of the home style magazine. I always find the features relate to me, as a young (ish) woman, and it always feels like there is a fair bit to actually read in the magazine (sometimes you spend £2.50 on a magazine to find it takes 5 minutes to read from cover to cover). The only downsides to Red magazine are perhaps the amount of advertising contained within it, but then this is always the case with glossy magazines and is not restricted to Red, and the price. Red costs £3.50 per issue, so not the cheapest magazine, although I think its pretty good value. The subscription packages to Red do offer a better deal however, they are currently offering a subscription for £19.99, so it makes a great Christmas present.
In summary, if you are looking for a magazine with good variety in its features, I would thoroughly recommend Red for a good read.
I never really read Red Magazine that much, but a long wait at my hairdressers and it was either reading the magazine or slowly going crazy with boredom.
I didn't think I would find Red Magazine that interesting as it seems to be aimed at older women, with a husband, children and a house to run; of which I have none (I am a 19year old student). I wasn't totally correct in my assumption; there were alot of sections I skipped such as Red Living that has recipes and furniture ideas. I also skipped the sections on health, property and holidays as these do not interest me.
I did enjoy the fashion section although all of the clothes were way out of my price range, this did not bother me much though because expensive clothes are nice to look at. I also spent some time looking at the beauty section that was interesting but it did seem to be aimed at older women so I did not think many of the products mentioned were suitable for me.
There was also a celebrity interview and a reallife article but I just skimmed these as they didn't seem as juicy as interviews in the magazines I usually read.
Red Magazine is usually about £3.50 which is quite alot but it is quite a thick magazine. For me Red Magazine is not worth the money but I dont think I am its target age range so it would appeal to other people.
I have been reading Red magazine since March when it was recommended to me by a friend. She is a bit older than me and already married with children, where as I am not. I thought it would be a bit out of my age range, but I bought it anyway and really enjoyed it. I couldn't put it down.
Each month there is a celebrity interview, and this is not like the normal celeb interview you find, but it is conducted in a relaxed environment and the write up is about 2 or three pages long.
They have resident writers each moth writing about topics that many women can relate to. One writer is Rosie Green, who always refers to her partner as 'Alpha Male'. I particularly liked the article in September's issue entitled 'Real men don't get ill'. At the time of reading I could really relate to this and it made me laugh.
There is also a fashion section, which I often skip over because the clothes are too out of my price range. But they also have their own 'Red Directory' which offers a range of products for Red readers to purchase.
Red prides itself on including real women in the magazine and often has articles from readers whose lives have changed someway. There are also minor celebrities and authors talking about their home lives, or what has inspired them - it changes each month.
Other sections include 'Red Hot' where films, TV shows and books are reviewed, 'Red Beauty' where the hottest beauty products are reviewed and tips are given, and 'Red Living' which includes recipes and home furnishing ideas. There are also sections for travel, property and health.
Overall this magazine includes things that women want to read about and includes issues that are meaningful. I liked it so much that I subscribed to it on a special offer of 12 issues for £12. Normally it costs £3.50 each month. It also comes in two different sizes, a normal one and a travel size one which is perfect to slip into a handbag. When you subscribe you can choose which size you would prefer.
The free gifts are worth it alone. On the first issue I got a book and another book was received in the September issue. I have also got a make up bag and a travel bag. There are also discounts inside for readers and if you subscribe you often get other benefits as well.
This one is well worth the money and a superb read!
It's always such a treat to snuggle up with a magazine and a bar of chocolate. During my early twenties however i lost this luxury as the magazines were all too young, too 'celebrity' focused or too much home and garden. Then i discovered Red, which was actually first donated to me by my Nan's friend - she's 84! This is a fab magazine.
Unlike others, it is not just stuffed full of adverts or pictures - there is a great deal to read on a range of diverse topics - the articles come under the following headings: Red shops, fashion, features, beauty, living, escapes, health, offers and 'in every issue'.
The shops and fashions are affordable and offer real choices for the real woman. The mag is not stuffed full of size 0 models - it also appreciates the beauty of the full figure and recognises and values the diversity of women. It shows how to put the fashions together and mixes the expensive with the more affordable making the ranges accessible for all - with 'invest v impulse' articles showing the full product range from high street to designer.
I particularly like how this magazine appears to target the more intelligent reader - the reader who wants more than just air-brushed pics of celebrities. Articles are well written, diverse and useful, reflecting on all from relationship issues through to life coaching, through to memoirs and work/life balance. Personally i always feel like i've had good value with this magazine whereas I am so often left disappointed with others.
The magazine is currently priced at £3.50 - although there are offers to subscribe for just £12 (£1 each mag - bargain!) There's usually also a freebie enclosed - anything ranging from a fiction book through to a beach style bag. For me, this is great value - i then pass it on to my mum, who passes it to my nan who passes it to her friend. It's one for all to enjoy.
I have always been a bit of a magazine addict - at the peak of my obsession, in my mid-20s I was spending a silly amount of money on magazines, reading a couple of women's glossies each month, at least one weekly celebrity gossip title and every wedding magazine I could get my hands on... at least once I was safely married I couldn't justify buying any more wedding magazines, although it didn't stop me lusting over all the pictures of beautiful dresses and expensive flowers. I then launched full-on into a pregnancy magazine obsession - until I realised that they're all the same and I could find out far more on the internet anyway.
So now, older and hopefully wiser, I have come to the conclusion I shouldn't be let loose in a magazine shop and I now subscribe to Red magazine. This feeds my addiction without costing me too much money or encouraging me to succumb to temptation and buy even more glossy titles.
Red is a women's lifestyle glossy, aimed predominantly at the 30-something age group. An average issue will contain features on fashion, beauty, celebrities, relationships, real-life stories, homes, food, health, diets etc... very typical of most magazines of its type. I find it a really good read and look forward to my copy dropping through my door at the start of every month. It is a more-grown up read than Glamour or Cosmopolitan, for example, but I feel that it is the next step up from those magazines - not too grown up to be fun to read, but not too young that it makes you feel old.
For the rest of this review, I am going to focus on the current issue (April 2009) as that's what I've got in front of me. It came with a choice of two free books which was a good free gift, although I didn't actually get the book I wanted... one disadvantage of subscribing rather than picking it up in the shop is that you don't get to choose your gifts!
The fashion emphasis in this issue is on enhancing your style with clever accessorising rather than whole new outfits - this is very relevant in times of financial troubles, although a lot of their suggestions for accessories cost more than I would spend on a new outfit! The aspirational nature of the products doesn't really bother me though, and I love browsing the fashion pages for inspiration and then looking for more affordable versions on the high street. I definitely don't use the fashion pages of glossy magazines as a shopping guide as my idea of budget is very different from theirs.
The beauty sections of this issue focus on a grown-up guide to keeping your hair looking good, including a feature on whether or not you should cover your grey hairs (believe me, as soon as I find any, I will be covering mine!), reviews of hair-colouring products and some of the new beauty products on the market - I always enjoy reading Red's beauty pages, although it can be an expensive read... I'm even more addicted to cosmetics than I am to magazines!
There are little bits of celebrity features scattered throughout the magazine, but the main celebrity articles in the current issue are an interview with Bill Nighy and an article on the style secrets of the women that Red deems to be the 10 most stylish, featuring an extended interview with Laura Bailey and a run down of the other 9 most stylish women.
One of the things I like about Red Magazine is the range of features - this particular issue has a real-life stories about women leading less conventional lives, and a moving piece about euthanasia, an article about ending that 3am anxiety that so many people seem to experience, a really interesting article about people who have become stay-at-home foodies in response to the credit crunch, pre-natal DNA testing and the pitfalls of being on one faddy diet after another. There are also a good selection of recipes, some suggestions for updating your home, a look at close-to-home coastal getaways and lots of other features.
It is £3.50 an issue but cheaper if you subscribe. They often have 3 issues for £3 deals if you look around on line (I got my initial subscription through Quidco with £5 cashback so actually made a £2 profit on those first three issues) and then subscription will be at their standard subscription rate.
Overall, Red is a magazine that I would definitely recommend. I love curling up on the sofa with a glass of wine and flicking through it - sometimes I just read the whole magazine from front to back, sometimes I skip straight to the articles that interest me most, sometimes it makes me aspire to be like some of the women featured in it's pages and sometimes it makes me feel lucky to have the life I have - but it's always a good read.
I have subscribed to this monthly womens magazine for almost as long as it been going. I think it's one of the best magazines around. It is fantastic value for money.
The articles are useful informative and relevant. THere is a good shopping guides, and tips. pages about travel, recipes, going green, decorating and looking after the house. It has some really refreshing ideas each month to inspire you.
It isn't full of stupid articles about relationships etc, and no crappy problem pages or crap about whose wearing what etc
Being a subscriber you can get discounts of some things, and they have a great range of their own products in a catalogue - Red Direct and great 'free gifts' such as bags and books. I know a lot a magazines do this, but these are always useful.
The only bad thing is that often the products featured and clothes modelled are way out of my reach financially, but one can dream.
I can't wait for each month to pass to get the next issue.