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One of the better womens magazines
Member Name: cerys82
Advantages: Good features
Disadvantages: Not cheap
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.
Summary: One of my favourites