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I'm not really a big fan of Reveal magazine so I don't buy it that often. However I do sometimes buy it to read along with other mags on a train journey or because other magazines aren't available.
My main problem with Reveal is that it doesn't really seem to know what kind of magazine it is. It covers celebrity gossip and interviews, real life stories, lifestyle features and a TV guide. It's a kind of "jack of all trades, master of none" magazine.
There's not a huge amount of content in it either - there's a couple of celebrity columns which the celebs in question use to publicise their up and coming reality TV show / fitness DVD / perfume and some "news" which is normally a week or so old (and i've read in other publications).
The plus side of all of the above is that it is good for escaping reality - if you want to just curl up on the sofa and forget about the world, Reveal is ideal .. even the "real life" stories are often so far fetched that they don't feel "real" when you read them! It's also quite a cheap mag at just 99p.
Reveal is one of my favourite weekly magazines costing only 99p and is available from newsagents and supermarkets.
I like Reveal because .......
It is broken down into different sections Reveal Celebs -
It has celebrity news and gossip I will be the first to admit I don't actually believe half of what is written and if you buy another magazine at the same time it is nound to have the opposite side of the story in but it keeps me entertained. I like that the articles are set out with articles are set out with pictures to match the story. The articles tend to be short but sweet rarely going over a 2 page spread. I am not a fan of magazines with lots of writing I tend to loose interest my main reason for reading magazines is to relax so I do not want to read masses of information, if I want that I will read book.
Interviews with celebs again short and sweet with pictures.
Reveal style, fashion, beauty-
Some great fashion tips and also where to buy clothes from on the high street at realistic prices because lets face it most of us do not have £200 to blow on a dress for the Christmas do now do we. Also shown where to buy those pieces that celebritys have that you must have. The also feature tried and tested make up with tips on how to get the different looks.
Allows readers to voice there opinions on whats going on in the world or on articles from previous additions its a nice extra and shows they are interested in their readers opinions.
Reveal Health and Self- Here are articles on you it might be on reducing stress or tips on how to battle winter colds. I have picked up quite a few tips from this section I find them quite interesting to read.
Reveal Real lifes- Here is the real life stories none celebrities. I like that Reveal has a mix of celebrity and Real life it keeps the magazine grounded.
Team Reveal - Here Celebs give you tips Gok Wan on Fashion and Jamie Oliver on Cooking some of the reciepes look delicious I just need the time to make them lol. Jonathan Cainer gives you your horoscope forecast and Vanessa Feltz deals with peoples problems some of which I find amusing it is beyond me why some people would think a complete stranger can fix their problem especially medical ones at the end of the day go to the doctor if you want a real answer on what is wrong with you.
TV Highlights- Here there are little snippits of the shows Reveal suggest you watch and of course soap spoilers.
Puzzles- There is a 2 page spread of competitions at teh back of Reveal featuring Arrow Word, Sudoku and Fill in Puzzles all of which have cash prizes.
Reveal on average is 98 pages long and keeps me entertained for a good couple of hours when I need to relax. The only thing its missing for me is a tv guide section and for that I buy Closer. Reveal does also feature adverts for various items but there are not so many that they take over. I would recommend Reveal to anyone who wants a easy read.
I am a big fan of reading magazines, most I find light hearted and easy to pass some relaxing time with a cup of tea and a tin of biscuits (or chocolate depending on my mood).
I try not to buy too many magazines as I also feel they can be overrated and they all tend to say the same thing. I also feel a lot of magazines are expensive, however with REVEAL this I find not to be the case.
~ The front of the magazine ~
I find this to be bright and appealing and always draws me in with a catchy story of something going on with celebrities which I just feel compelled to read and know more on.
~ Price, value for money and availability ~
Priced at 99p this is one of the magazines that is not expensive compared to the likes of cosmopolitan etc. I have never struggled to get my paws on a copy of this and find it available at supermarkets and all good newsagents and petrol stations. With 98 pages in this issue I would say it has very good value for money.
~ Brief summary of the contents of this magazine ~
The magazine I would say mostly consists of celebrities and fashion. The magazine is accessible and easy to read. The pages are set out so they draw you in with bright colours and catchy titles.
There is lots of news on celebrities currently in the media and what is going on in their lives at present, true or not I can not guarantee. There is lots of photographs also.
Throughout this glossy magazine is pages of advertisements for products such as:
> Maxfactor make-up
> GHD hair straighteners
> Garnier skin products
> Herbal Essenses hair products
( To name a few)
The magazine also includes readers letters. The winning letter featured wins a Smartphone.
Beauty tips on makeup, hairstyles and fashion are also included.
What I like is that the products and outfits advertised are affordable and not extortionate in their pricing.
Also there is health advice and tips which can be informative.
Recipes which always look tasty and easy to do.
There is a double page spread on horoscopes by Jonathon Cainer "The worlds most respected astrologer".
I love the problem page "Dear Vanessa" (Feltz). I think she is brilliant, frank but fair in her opinions.
Also included in these 98 pages is television information on programmes and soaps currently on the box.
There is also puzzles to do including arrow word and sudoku.
~ My overall verdict ~
Although this magazine has far more advertisements than I would personally wish to look at it has loads of enjoyable reading and is full of something for every woman. For 99p I would recommend this and would class it as a firm favourite as a magazine to read.
Reveal is an ideal magazine for your celebrity gossip update and fashion ideas. It's one of the glossy magazines that I actually consider to be good value as it is only 99p and it's got quite a lot in it. The one I have now has 98 pages which I think is good.
The magazine covers stories about high profile celebrities like Katie Price and Victoria Beckham. It also contains things like recipes for food, advertisements for beauty products, style guides, real life stories and where you can buy clothing seen on celebs.
One of the things I don't like about this magazine is the amount of advertising. In the first 11 pages of my magazine there are 4 pages of adverts. I find this quite annoying as the thick magazine you orginally picked up would become increasingly thin if you started ripping out each advert. Saying this, the things advertised are interesting and relevant to the likely readers, things like shampoo and Boots deals, but still, you've paid for a magazine not an advertisement booklet.
There are competitions in the back of the magazine like sudoku and arrorword which I like. You can send them off for the chance of winning some money although I have done this countless times and never won anything. :(
The magazine is really colourful, it's bold and it does stand out on the shelf so you can easily spot it. It's up to date, so you do get the latest information, not what happened last month.
The articles are well written, I've never spotted any paticular errors or anything like that. It's pretty easy to read and I always find the stories in the magazine interesting and relevant. It claims to be aimed at women to tell you all the fashion and celeb gossip and that is exactly what it does.
Another thing I'm not mad on is the fashion pages. I like to see the products that they show, like nice clothes and where you can get them but they always seem to show ludicrously expensive things like £65 bags and £80 shoes. It may just be me, but this doesn't interest me as I wouldn't pay that much for sandals and strappy little bags. I'd much more appreciate them advertising clothing and accessories that I'd actually buy, i.e. from George at Asda or Matalan. I know this may just be me and perhaps these pages are more aimed at the younger readers, but that is just my opinion.
Overall, I do think that the magazine is OK for the price. I wouldn't pay any more for it but for 99p I will continue to read it. To make it better they could get rid of a bit of the advertising!
Thanks for reading :)
Now I'm writing this review starting with a moan, as I stopped buying mags some months back as I felt that they were an essential thing that I didn't need to buy as the money mounted up each week. Well as I have mentioned before I now have a small part-time job, so I thought I would treat myself to a mag. As usual when moneys a bit on the tight side everything is expensive, so I was surprised to see that Reveal was on sale for just 60p ( sod's law I suppose as I could now afford the full price!). I purchased this particular mag as this was one that I used to buy along with Closer.
Getting it home and later that evening I decided to flick through the mag to see what would be on telly next week when I do THERES NO TV GUIDE!!!, I'm sure there used to be one in the back. This was one of the reasons I got this mag.
It does contain 6 pages that are called 7 days, which contain "This weeks TV highlights", which gives you a small bit of information about new programmes that are starting, a whole page on Eastenders about who's going and who's coming back, 2 pages about the cast of Glee and 2 pages about whats happening in the soaps next.
Going to the front a bit disappointed with there being no guide, I then see that Jordan still has control of the front pages as I quoted before in one of my other reviews ( OK Magazine) this time with new man Alex Reid ( is that girl ever happy!).
Then of course it wouldn't be a mag if it didn't have a bit on Posh ( another miserable cow!) all that money and still not happy.
Kerry Katona's ex slagging her off, don't any of them think about their children, we all know she's a bit crazy and they have the nerve to say he wasn't paid for the interview ( thinks about your kids Brian! they can read!).
Further on into the mag Cheryl's divorce demands, then the pages that I like best, the celebs that let go of the diets and have become human again, although I was a bit suprised about Mariah Carey putting on 4 stone.
Then the woman who nearly killed her boyfriend with her ample 40LL breasts ( they nearly suffocated him!), whos' dating who and a health update. I see that Vanessa Felz has a problem page, I'll say no more on that!.
Now I'm getting over my initial disappointment of no TV guide I am quite enjoying the rest of the mag, it has some good tips on different make-ups, great fashion pages with whats in what shops at the moment and some lovely salad dishes to prepare. One of my favourite pages is the last page which is called "Revealations" and this has a celeb talking about the different things in their life that they either hate or love and this one has the lovely John Partridge (Christian) in Eastenders.
I also discovered that I have 4 more vouchers to be able to purchase this mag for a further 60p each time I use one.
So all in all it is a very glossy informative mag, but I do wish that they would change the people that the keep putting in the mags as there must be some more interesting ones out there. As I said at the start I haven't bought a mag for some time and it was a bit like being in a time warp as the same old faces are still doing the rounds!.
I will give this 4 Dooyoo stars as it would get 5 if it had a TV guide, I know that it has 98 pages, but a couple more wouldn't go a miss!
Reveal is one of those glossy, gossip filled magazines that make your week that bit brighter by providing you with an injection of celebrity scandal and gossip. It is the kind of magazine that is fantastic for flights or to liven up a long and boring journey on a train, for example. The issue I am reviewing is not the current one, as I feel the current one didn't have as much juicy gossip in as this one. I am giving it my review based on content, the qualirt of the content, the gossip and general value for money. Reveal retails at 99p and it is available from all good newsagents,supermarkets and the majority of other retailers.
When you open the magazine you are greeted by an editors letter, contents page and a "meet the team" section, all of this being on the first page. The editors letter is short and sweet; this issue was from November and it was his last issue before he left the magazine to go and look after his sick mother - how sweet is that? All of the cover stories are printed in red as opposed to black in the contents to make them stand out more and to make it easier to jump to a particular section if desired.
There are 5 main sections in this magazine: celebs, real lives, fashion and beauty, life,love and sex and plus. In the celebs section there are stories about Jordan (shock) and Kerry Katona and how she is unsuitable to be a mother, along with some X Factor related gossip and what was happening in the X Factor house. The real life section includes a story about a woman who was blinded by using sunbeds too much and the heartbreaking story of the woman who jailed her rapist brother after he stole her childhood from her. The fashion section contains hot hair tricks, quick fashion fixes and a comparison of the high street fashion ranges launched by Pearl Lowe and Kate Moss. The life section includes interior design tips, agony aunt columns and cooking tips from james martin as well as basic lifestyle issues. The plus section contains puzzles, reviews of the best movies, DVDs etc and also a 7 day TV guide.
There was a guide on how to dine at home restaurant stly by Laurence Llewellyn Bowen which was innovative and creative. It involved using 2 strips of chic wallpaper down the ceentre of your table and chocolate brownies and summer fruits in glass vases as centrepieces/appetisers. The agony aunt is Vanessa Feltz and I personally don't find her all that interesting or helpful, but to each their own. There was a fantastic article on winter food swaps to keep you fuller for longer; swap a doner kebab for irish stew and a big mac for a baked potato with baked beans....I think not. Every week they also have a lazy girls cuisine which gives you a super quick and tasty meal for you and your family.
There are celebrities and celebrity gossip galore in Reveal. They often feature articles on the best and worst dressed celebrities at parties and events as well as articles on the fame whoring celebrities such as Katie Price/Jordan and suchlike. The current issue included an article in which she plastered makeup and fake eyelashes on her 2 year old daughter!
All in all, Reveal is an excellent weekly magazine. You get the lowdown on celebrity gossip, tips on how to be a great hostess and a domestic goddess, how to slim down and how to dress and feel like a celebrity at a fraction of the cost. Reveal is ideal for some light reading and entertainment but it doesn't really focus on current affairs or anything more serious. With its bright, attractive cover splashed ith celebrities left,right and centre, it will jump out at you from the magazine shelves. As seen on TV for only 99p it is well worth checking out to improve your home, figure, relationships, fashion and obvioualy nurture and increase your celebrity gossip. Every issue offers something new and different; I saw Jesse Wallace featured in another recent issue. Highly recommended for those long and boring journeys or even just your lunchbreak!
I bought this magazine earlier, and I have bought it on numerous occasions in the past. Although I do surcome to the advertising bracing the front cover, I'll be honest and explain that most of the time the reason as to why I choose this magazine over the rest is due to the price; at 99p. This magazine in particular is often always one of very few that have the pick of the bunch in the conveinent impulse purchase section at the end of the tills in Morrisons. I'm not sure why this particular one has this spot compaire to all the others but it may be to do with the nifty low price tag maybe.
The magazine is very glossy, which is also another reason as to why I always find im attracted to it. The front cover is nicely laid out and its always got lots of bright colours on which do attract you to the magazine amonst others all mixed together on a shelf. The magazine has 98 pages and on feel of it's thickness it feels fairly decent for the 99 penies that I made for it.
The magazine has just 1 real life story by a non-celebrity, their is your starsigns as with most magazines these days. I have also just noticed that their is a fairly decent simply laid out Sat-Fri terestrial tv guide, which is handy if you want to catch up on whats on BBC 1 or ITV. It appears that REVEAL have taken the role of having set celebrities do a specfic page spread for them. For example we have Martine Mc Cutcheon as their beauty columnist, Jessie Wallace with her fitness and diet plans, Gino D'Acampo giving us foody thoughts ect. The magazine also has some handy style tips of the latest fashion trends and were to find 'reasonably' cheaper versions.
*** My Opinion
It's a nice magazine and always catches my eyes on the shelf, it's a great price, however reading it for the second time in the last 2 weeks today, I don't think I will be repurchasing it again, unless their is something on the front cover which really catches my eye. The magazine can't be knocked back for its variety as their seems to be something in here for everyone, with the food, fashion home and beauty guides. Yet for me I think the magazine isnt to my tastes. I will read it, however I just seem to get boared reading it, like its a chore.
Hope this helps :)
My sister is a big magazine buyer, and I usually get her 'hand me downs' meaning I don't have to fork out myself. On a recent trip she picked up Reveal magazine at the airport, and when she had finished I got a chance to take a look at this magazine, one which she has never bought before, and one therefore that I have never read before.
Reveal is usually priced at a very cheap 99p, however I have a Christmas special issue which cost my sister £1.50.
It is easy to tell from the very front of the magazine that this centres on the world of celebrities and gossip, along with a few real life stories thrown in and some advice pages.
Inside the front of the magaine the contents are quite clearly laid out with page numbers highlighted besides various articles that may attract the reader.
The pages are then compiled on celebrity interviews, my issue contains a chat with Simon Cowell and Natalie Cassidy, there are also the latest gossip about celebs, usually looking their worst with accompanying pictures, just to make us all feel better about ourselves.
As with a lot of magazine, as I already mentioned, there is the usual real life story, with the Christmas edition interviewing a family who have their very sick child home in time for Christmas. There is also sections on celeb couples (who is on, engaged, off etc) followed by some 'exclusive pictures' on the latest celeb on a beach, looking particularly skinny.
I always enjoy the fashion pages on the magazine, and like seeing what the celebs are wearing, particularly when they are heading to a glitzy affair. There are also the usual fashion ideas and suggestions from various high street shops, with advice from Nicky Hambleton-Jones.
There is also a page devoted to readers, who can write in with opinions and may even receive money for being a star letter.
A few pages on cooking and food is also included, again a part of the magazine which I like, giving some new ideas for dinner and there are also some pages on weight loss and dieiting ideas.
Also included is the usual problem pages, advice being given out by Vanessa Feltz, who is quite straight talking.
The magazine finishes with some more celeb pictures , a quiz/puzzle section to keep the brain ticking, and a guide to the TV listings.
All in all, there is really nothing different in this magazine from all the other usual celeb gossip magazines. You are unlikely to find tough journalism in Reveal, however if you are simply wanting a cheap magazine to pass the time, and find out a bit about the lives of your favourite celebs then this is ideal, and doesn't cost the earth. I myself, probably prefer the likes of Company magazine, where there are probably more articles about real life events, finance, work etc, rather thatn centred entirely on the world of celebs and the latest 'exclusive' pictures.