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In my stocking last Christmas, I recieved a small envelope in which looked quite intrueging. Inside the envelope was a subscription to one of my favourite magazines "_TOP SANTE_.Top Sante is, in my eyes classed as a "Special Magazine" and so I was pleased to recieve this gift as it meant I wouldn't have to splash out every month.
The name Top Sante, comes from the french word "health". This indicates before you even read the magazine, that the contents will mainly be health related. My mum has been buying these magazines for 4 or 5 years and had saved up most of them. So you can imagine my delight when I came across a huge pile of them in one of my mum's drawers!
Top Sante is a magazine which comes out monthy, normally on the 1st or 2nd day of the month. The magazine contains roughly around 140 pages, and each page is jam-packed full of lots of information and stories.
My review, is going to based on the issue from this month- June 2008.
==The Front Cover==
The front cover of Top Sante is very appealing and definitly stands out among other magasines. The cover is a "glossy", thus giving us the impression the magazine is something extra special! In every issue, TOP SANTE is written in the top left hand corner. Underneath, the magazine name, it stats "Feel, Look and Live Your Best". Under this the issue and the price is printed in small writing, barely visible. The cost of this issue, and most other ones too is £2.80. Though on subscription it works out cheaper. On every issue there is a large picture of a celebrity on the front. On this particular one, the picture is of Amanda Holden. Almost every celebrity ever on the front cover is wearing something red, and this is no different. The front cover gives quite a fair bit of information of what is included inside. Some of the things mentioned on the cover are ''Shrink Your Tummy Special", "15 ways to get fit and happy", "Got A food hangover? How to bounce back from a blowout". These are among many other things. Also on the front an offer is placed, for 50% off St Tropez. Goodies. Overall I think the cover is very appealing and looks promising!
==The contents page==
Opening up my newly bought mag, I have to flick through a few pages of advertisment and "Editors note" to arrive at the contents. The contents of first look, looks very full. It is split up into sections, allowing it easier to read and to find what you are looking for. The contents sub-catogries are "Feel Younger, Look Younger, Features this month, Live Younger & In Every issue". Underneath each catogrey is a list of the pages and a small description of each. For example, in the "In Every Issue" one of the pages stated is "The Health Clinic, and under this it says "Your most embarrassing questions answered". Another example is in the "Features this month" one of the pages listed is "Can You make friends for food", then stating "_Leah Hardy_ wonders if its really possible to strike a healthy balance". All in all I think the contents is very clear and easy to understand. And some nice pictures make it all the more attractive.
Top Sante, really is jam-packed full of different things!! There are obviously too many to list, however I will name some of them; 8 things you have to do this month, Inspiring stories- eg Weight loss, Food news, Calorie Gallery, Anti-ageing news, Interviews, Your questions asnwered, 20 secrets (the secrets change every month, this month is 20 Hypnotherapist secrets), Agony aunt pages, Special features (this month is Shrink your tum fast, some other examples are Cellulite special!), Recipes, mealplans, holiday retreats and much more.
_8 THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO THIS MONTH_
Most issues come with this page at the very begginning, basically it is what it says in the title. 8 things you are reccomended to do this month. These may include things to buy, foods to try and places to go. This month the eight are as follows; 1. Summer up your undies. 2.Donate your memories. 3. Brush to beat ticker trouble. 4. Get him cooking. 5. Fake paradise. 6. Avoid half-term holiday bugs 7. Grab your girlfriends 8. Ask him to wash up.
The titles are all kind of written in riddles to be honest, but underneath each one is a description of what they really mean. For example, number 3 "beat the ticker trouble", really means Brush and floss your teeth etc at _least_ twice a day.
I think this is a really good feature because it gives you some ideas about what you need to work towards in the up-coming weeks!
The calorie gallery is extremely useful for people who are trying to watch/lose their weight. The calorie gallery is usually 2 pages, however sometimes it can be up to 8 pages, of food swaps, to save calories. Each issue has a theme, this one being "Teatime treats". Some of the other themes in previous issues have been "Christmas foods", "Foreign food", "Fast foods" among lots more! The magazine supplies food swaps for things related to the theme. For example, being teatime treats, we are given information and swaps for things such as scones with spreads, Tarts, Eclairs, Sandwiches, Slices, Wraps and pastries. Each swap has two pictures with it, of the glorious looking foods they are advising you swap for.
More often than not, the calorie-ladden, higher fat foods, pictures look alot nicer and alot more appealing than the lower fat alternative.
_AGONY AUNTS- THE TOP SANTE CLINIC_
The top sante clinic is usually four or five pages full of questions and answers. Each page is a different "theme". In top sante, the different topics are "The natural clinic", "The gynae clinic", "The health clinic" and "The sex clinic". A different expert is suited to each different topic, the four experts being Dr. Miriam Stoppard, Dr Ali, Dr Maggie Blott and Dr Kate Saffin.
I think these are really helpful and both my mum and I can often relate to some of the problems and diffiuclties voiced. For example in the health clinic, somebody may ask about what is causing there attacks or hot flushes, or things like "am i dehydrated?".
I think this is a really helpful feature, and is definitly not a waste of four to five pages!!
In every issue, there are various recipes and delicious things for you to try out at home.
The recipes included in this issue are, Grilled Prawns, Brushcette, Moroccon Orange salad, Seared swordfish steaks, and Strawberrys in primitivo with vanilla.
Sometimes there is a theme to the recipes given, for example at christmas there will more often than not, be recipes for cooking your turkey to perfection, gorgeous roast potatoes, and a delicious christmas cake. Around bonfire night there will most likely be recipes for warming, family dishes such as mice & 'tatties. The theme in this months issue was "Go Mediterranean". I think they did a pretty good job of supplying delicious recipes, and I may try the Brushcette one out as it sounds scrumptious!!
All in all this is a spectacular magazine.
There are an extremely large amount of pro's to the magazine, however one of the very few con's I can find about it, is that, in every single issue without fail, at the back of the magazine, are 8-10 pages of adverts for various things, such as slimming clubs, beauty products, holidays like spa breaks etc. I find this is a waste of 10 pages and could be used for far more helpful things.
Putting this aside however I can thoroughly reccomend buying this magazine as I feel it is definitly worth the £2.80 you will have to cough up.
Top Sante is available quite widely. In most magazine sections in supermarkets, and in shops suchas WH Smith. They are rarely found however, in small newsagents and garage shops!
Also under the same name on ciao!
Allow me to paint a picture. of where i am at the moment. I am sat at work, In the control room, taking the odd occasional phone call and in my bored moments i am flicking through this months edition of top sante. purchased in a moment of frivolity 2 days ago, and as yet i've not had chance to read it.
I'm greeted with the a-typical glossy magazine cover featuring further a-typical grinning female. the even more a-typical headlines gracing the cover scream at me "lose three dress sizes... by WALKING!" and "shift that cellulite!" before venturing inside I am already hoping that this isnt a magazine for females looking for the quick fix weight loss or beautifying that lasts minutes and not days or weeks.
So lets take a walk through the interior pages...
Already things are looking much more promising than the cover initially conveys, with the contents pages revealing health and wellbeing, medical issues and how blogging can be beneficial to your mental health. AND reading through further, an article on vegetarian diets!! woohoo!! it is a pet peeve of mine that any and all slimming diets in all magazines are based around chicken and fish, and then chicken, and once they've suggested that they may if your lucky suggest chicken again!! This is looking promising!!
Ignoring the filler pages i go straight to and read the main articles within the magazine. and i have to say i am very pleasantly surprised. Extremely well written and informative articles abound, packed with case studies to back up teh advice given and short and snappy self help tips integrated within each article. The case studies help to identify with the fact that real women, members of the public like us, not stick-thin-paid-a-mint-to-say-it models, that have managed to change their life/weight/health for the better.
My main fear with magazines such as this is that usually they are packed with adverts. At the moment this is not the case. yes there are some, sparsely placed throughout the magazine, leading me to feel that this magazine is definately value for money. The thought of purchasing the magazine again is certainly confirming itself as a possibility.
I've just come to the article previously mentioned of "loose 3 dress sizes by walking!" and i have to say that headline does this article no favours, Instead of the usual posing celebrity boasting at their miracle weight loss, the article details country walks, city walks, walks in your lunch hour and general ways to get active! it further goes on to mention the mental and physical benefits that a quiet contemplative stroll can accomplish for mind and body alike. (and my favourite bit, they advocate recruiting a neighbouring fido to accompany you! That wins this mag serious brownie points on my part! ) The veggie article has me sat here wishing that my shift was over so i can leg it home to savour some of the recepies, the miso broth with rice noodles looks particularly appetising for my tea!
The remainder of the magazine is chock full with health tips, recepies, miracle creams and the usual problem pages.. out of 148 pages (including covers) only 43 of these are full page adverts. Meaning 105 pages of article, readers offers, money off coupons etc. At a reasonable price of £2.80 this puts the likes of runners world (£3.55) and other ladies magazines to shame, pound for pound. The subscription page details their current offer of 12 issues for £12! a bargain price of £1 per issue!! most certainly worth the money!!
Closing the back cover i feel pleased with my purchase, after a quick browse i am now looking forward to settling down once home with a nice cup of tea and having a good read of a good magazine.
Top sante is a magazine with health and beauty tips.This isn't normally something i would read but someone else in my household bought it and i needed something to read on the train.
Each magazine has a celebrity on the front and how their life is now better.In the current one Denise Van outen is on the front and the article talks about how busy her life was and how much better she is feeling now.The celebrity is usually quite well known unlike other magazines when it says read about so and so and you have never heard of them.
The magazine contains loads of helpful hints and tips, i particularly liked an article in the current issue that explains the best way to create dramatic eyes-its not something i was good at but nowi feel more confident mixing eyeshadows with each other.
There always is some real life stories in this such as how losing weight gave someone more confidence.
There isn't a lot of adverts in this and they are mostly at the end which is another thing i like about this.Nothing more annoying than a magazine that seems to be 60% adverts.
Overall worth reading especially because i dont have to buy it because my sister gets it!!
****Top Sante - Feel,look and live your best****
Top sante is a health and beauty magazine- In my opinion the best one out!!!. It frequently has free gifts and sign up offers that are more expensive than the magazine. The sign up offer i got was worth £35,i got piggypoints and i am only paying £26 for a years worth of magazines!!
The current price is £2.80 and i think that this is good value(even if its not what i am paying)The magazine comes out monthly.
The magazine is made up 7 "experts" who are extremely knowledgeable about their areas so you can be sure the information you are getting is accurate
Each magazine contains articles such as healthy eating plans,switching food you like for lower fat "similar" versions ,question and answer pages... Okay so this is in loads of magazines but i like the way this one is set out .
It also has real life stories in it which i think is good.a recent article was about a women's experience with yo yo dieting and how she decided to get a gastric band.The magazine often explains procedures/operations in such a way that it is very easy to understand.
Top Sante is a monthly health and beauty magazine, published by EMAP Élan, which retails at £2.It is an excellent publication, with just the right balance between articles on health and articles on beauty and personal care. The magazine’s philosophy is that to look and feel beautiful you have to first be fit and healthy. This “holistic” approach is in line with most modern thinking. The advice given in the magazine is reliable as many of the regular contributors are medically qualified, although the advice is never patronising. The Team There are currently three practising GPs who contribute to Top Sante – Dr Sarah Brewer, Dr Rob Hicks and Dr Carol Cooper.Together they write a regular page called “In The Surgery”, where readers can write in for advice. (This is not intended, of course, to replace a visit to your own GP.) Other medical experts include Dr Brian Pigott, a former GP, Dr Lesley Walker, who is Head of science information at the Cancer Research Campaign, Professor Stephen Palmer, a psychologist, Dr Jacinta Yeo, a private dentist with a practice in Harley Street and Jayney Goddard, president of the Complementary Medical Association. Beauty experts include Bobbi Brown, the well-known make-up artist, the well-respected Bharti Vyas who specialises in holistic beauty therapy, Jo Hansford, a leading hair stylist and Rachael Anne Hill, a fitness instructor and lecturer. The magazine’s own editor, Juliette Kellow, is a state-registered dietician and often writes articles herself. So you will see that with their wealth of expertise, the team offer sound and reliable advice on all matters of health and beauty. I am especially pleased that alternative medicine is not ignored, as I am very interested in herbal and homeopathic remedies. Sexual health is discussed, as is emotional health, both subjects being treated with sensitivity. There are no taboos, and
all topics are discussed frankly and with a refreshing degree of openness. Each month there is a healthy eating guide, not as boring as it sounds, and you might be surprised at just how many of the foods you love can come under the "healthy" label (even chocolate...yippee!) Top Sante never preaches or forbids certain foods. Actually, some of the recipes for healthy eating are so mouthwatering, you could be forgiven for forgetting that they are good for you. This month’s issue features comfort food for winter months, such as Roast lemon Chicken with potato wedges, sausage and mash with spicy gravy and cheese and leek jackets. Mmm. The beauty sections contain advice on exercise, skin care and make-up tips. My only gripe is that some of the products reviewed can be rather expensive, and probably out of many readers’ price ranges. I have seen face creams advertised which cost twenty to thirty pounds. Now, there is no way that I could afford such products, but I still like to look good. I would like to see a regular budget section introduced. I see in this month’s issue that there is a feature on the best beauty buys for under a fiver – I do hope that this becomes a regular item. However, each month you can have a go at winning some goodies featured in the magazine. It’s easy – just decide which item you would like to win and either ring the telephone number given or drop a postcard in. Yes, it is a draw and you have to hope you are lucky…but.. I did once win a jar of L’Oreal Plenitude facecream, which arrived soon after the closing date. So people do win (I was sceptical, too!) My best prize to date, though, was when I recently had a letter published as the Letter of the Month and my fantastic prize was a selection of goodies from the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea range. There are frequently some great give-aways from Top Sante.One of my favourites was an eye-gel mask,
which you cool in the fridge then place over your closed eyes to soothe and refresh (also great if you have a headache.) Another favourite was a CD of relaxing music, which I use quite often when I’m feeling stressed. This month, as you might expect, the freebie is two little diet and exercise books to put right the damage done over Christmas.Next month’s freebie looks good too…three mood candles. There are quite a fair amount of adverts in the magazine, some of them full page, but then you get that in most publications. The final few pages in the magazine are devoted to adverts, and, if I’m honest, I usually skip these. But I suppose these ads do keep the cover price down. I don’t mind the ads for vitamins as I often spot a product I would like to try. The same goes for ads for healthy food products which are new on the market. I’m not too interested in ads for top clinics offering expensive cosmetic surgery. One of my favourite articles is towards the back of the mag, where readers can write in anonymously with their health worries, and other readers who may have had the same worries can write back with advice. They say that a trouble shared is a trouble halved, don’t they? I did once reply to a girl who was desperate to lose weight. I don’t know if my reply helped her;I hope it did. If you want to, you can also take out a subscription and the magazine will be delivered to your home each month. There is usually an incentive to do this. As well as paying a reduced price over twelve issues, you also get a nice beauty treat .I haven’t taken out a subscription as my local newsagent saves my copy every month and I don’t want to take his business away (see how kind-hearted I am?) I’ve been reading Top Sante for a couple of years now, and usually file away past issues for future reference, or pass them on to friends. I suppose it’s quite feasible that c
ertain topics are repeated once in a while. However, by the time they come around again, I have either forgotten about them, or there have been new advances which means the topic needs to be updated anyway. Top Sante is the only monthly magazine I buy these days so I don’t begrudge paying a couple of quid for it. It’s my treat, and better for me than a bar of choccy. I really enjoy the mag, with or without freebies (with is better!) Try Top Sante – I think you’ll enjoy it too.
Never in my wildest nightmares did I ever imagine that one day I would be writing an opinion on what is basically a “girly” magazine. But that day has come and no I have not flipped or had a sex change or anything like that. I was attracted to the magazine for one reason only. A few days ago I read an excellent opinion on Top Sante Health and Beauty that came with an audio CD in the September issue. This CD is a compilation of 15 tracks of mood music to relax to. I have never had any problems relaxing when wanting to, even in the noisiest of places (like a warship with all guns blazing) so the reader may wonder why I wanted such a CD. I was interested in the country and sea sound effects as a source for a project that I have in mind. It was claimed that the CD is worth £9.99 so paying £2.00 for a magazine seemed like a bargain especially as I can give it to my daughter-in-law and notch up another rare star with her. I know that the reader wants to know all about the magazine but if you just bear with me for a while, I’ll do my best on that score. But first the CD. Well it is the reason why I bought the magazine. Longshore – A moody tune with a background of waves breaking on the seashore. Forest Dawn – A tinkling tune with the sounds of birds greeting the dawn. The Meadow – A chorus of spring birds accompanied by a symphony of piano sounds. Seagull Serenade – Seagulls calling to a steady rhythm. Paradise Garden – Birds chirping and orchestral music. What did you expect? The Swan – Conjures up visions of a lazy swan on a summer’s day. Swirling Seas – Slow soothing sound of the tide coming in. Sunlight Rhapsody – Rhapsody of insects chirping. The Mandrin – A Chinese feel with birds but not an orange in site or sound. Undercurrent – Breaking waves again. Butterfly Breeze – Insects yes but no butterflies. <
br>The Cycle – Those birds get everywhere. Water Echoes – The sounds of the sea with echoing voices. Twilight Haze – Without the music it would be like being in the jungle at twilight time. The Tiger – Indian feel with those damned birds again. The music is composed and played by Van Christo. I can find something of use on this CD but the music as a whole is boring and would send anyone to sleep but that’s not the same as relaxing. OK then, the magazine. It is glossy with 130 pages of all things to do with health and beauty with loads of adverts thrown in extolling the virtues of anti ageing creams and the like. There is the obligatory “letters” page where readers can write in and say their piece and a page where readers can have their diet questions answered. I was surprised to find that there was not an “Agony Aunt” column, or at least it was not in the index and I wasn’t going to trawl through all the pages to find out. Come on! Let’s be reasonable, this IS a “girly” magazine with an opinion written by a feller. If you really want to know about the magazine and don’t fancy forking out two quid then go and read Xxxxx’s excellent opinion as she does a much better job than me. Can’t name the writer ‘cos that would be touting for reads on her behalf and that, to me, is no different to quoting my own userID for referrals. You’ll find the opinion without my help anyway. That’s it! That’s all you get on the magazine so if you want to rate the opinion NU then be my guest although for the CD bit alone it is surely worth at least an SU. I still get the 5p though. Must dash as the film The Cruel Sea is on in a minute and I never tire of watching it. Hueeeey!
Every Thursday I pop along to WHS for a couple of magazines. Normally I buy Chat and Take a Break and on the odd occasion I buy Top Sante. I do have good intentions of getting myself healthy one day, so buying this magazine always puts me in the mood for a right good workout/diet etc. The September issue cost me £2.00 and with that I got a free CD worth 20p, no seriously I don't know about that. It's an Ultimate Relaxation CD with music for you to chill out with. I put it into my CD Rom drive whilst I was writing an op and nearly fell asleep . There are 15 tracks consisting of, Forest Dawn, The Swan, Water Echoes. The first two were very relaxing, there were the sounds of nature, birds tweeting, waters flowing. After the first few songs, they all started to sound the same. Oh well at least it was for free. The magazine itself has had a new look to it, it's all glossy and very colourful. The headlines "Look and feel young forever" attracted me seeing as though Iam nearly reaching the BIG 40. I quickly turned to the article on page 61 and scanned for some miracle tips. Basically I was unimpressed, there was just a load of bumff about a professors verdict. What they probably meant was to have a face lift, no thanks it hasn't quite dropped just yet!! I suppose there were some good tips on "50 ways to relax". I liked number 14, it said to eat an Orange and the Vitamin C will lower stress hormones. I get stressed trying to peel an Orange. Also number 8 tip was to Fantasise, it said to close your eyes, breathe slowly and think of something you would like to happen, bloomin heck I do that every night lol. On page 36 it shows you how to correctly measure yourself for a bra, it says "Is your Bra damaging your health". Mine was, the wired bone popped out and stabbed me in the titty the other day, I must go and get a new one. I mu
st admit, nearly all women wear the wrong size bras. I know I do, I keep thinking my bust size is going bigger, what it really is I think, is my back is getting bigger through days of stuffing my face with choccie yum yum. I like the In the Surgery section, here there is always an article on a health problem, this month it's about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I read that and found out I must have that problem myself. It's an injury to the hand, for years I always thought I had RSI, repetitive strain injury, I get tingling sensations in my fingers and my hands hurt sometimes. I found it worse when I worked as a sweing machinist and had to wear a support bandage. On the same page you can write in with your health problems and get a reply from a Doctor. There are lots of adverts featuring the latest shampoo or cleanser in this magazine and normally it is a good read. This month though I was slightly disappointed, there wasn't a good choice of interesting articles to read. I only buy it every few months, so I will see what the next one brings. Ah well back to the birdie CD. ZZZZZZZZZ.
Along with Here's Health, Top Sante is, in my opinion, the best news stand health magazine. If you are interested in a really broad range of health and fitness issues this title is a 'must have'. What is so great about Top Sante is the wide range of topics you'll find in every issue; Complimentary / alternative health, womens issues, healthy eating, hair and skin etc and along with the feature articles there are lots of regular column features including diet, beauty, wellbeing, relationships, celebrities etc. Every issue is packed with top class articles by the best health and fitness writers around. The current issue has articles on anorexia and bullemia, treating psoriasis, surviving the Southall rail crash, secrets of the dead sea, cloning, how to survive a long haul flight, the life of an environmental health officer ... and there's lots , LOTS more inside. I am shortly going to send off for some of the freebies they are giving away this time, including skincare kits, aromatherapy products and nail kits. The ratio of reading to adverts is excellent and there is so much *relevant* content, this magazine could have been written just for me. Therefore as I'm your average UK woman I'm certain there will be many features here to appeal to many others. AND IT'S ONLY £2! Thumbs up Top Sante!
I have read the Health Magazine Top Sante, for over a year now and I find it very easy to read and very useful with it wide range of articles. I read the magazine from cover to cover. The magazine covers reviews on Make up, Cosmetics and articles on Health, Fitness, and Ailments. You can write in and ask for readers experiences on problems which you are having. There is also a prize crozzle for you to win a break away. There are always very useful healthy recipes. They have a section called Complementary World, where they review alternative therapies and natural solutions.
Top Sante is a great read and isn't as sanctimonious as the other health magazines on the market. A lot of health magazines seem to be aimed at young, single, well-off women who spend hours in the gym. Top Sante is aimed at more 'normal' women and there are articles aimed at different age groups. The magazine is divided into sections on health/medical concerns, beauty and fitness. The exercise pages don't assume that the reader can afford expensive equipment and the health pages are easy to understand. There are a lot of mini articles and titbits in Top Sante which mean that it is great for long bus journeys. It does have a cheaper look than the other health magazines on the market though. The articles are not always that indepth, but there are always suggestions for further reading. The competitions are also great!
Yes, top sante is easy to read... in fact, i think it is too easy. I find that all of the articles are quite vague and never go into enough depth. It is all very well serving as an introduction to areas of health and beaty such as different types of holistic health, but i think that maybe they should dedicate more of the magazine to a new topic each time, rather than just one article. this way we could learn more than just the basics. I think that top sante has a broad appeal to all age ranges and most interests within health and beauty. Top sante is one of the cheaper health magazines and the subscription rates always look to be good offers but they have never managed to tempt me. The best aspect of top sante is their competitions and the giveaway pages. There are loads of interesting products to win, and i have won several things from them. All in all, i find this magazine good value for money but if i really wanted to find out about a specific area of health and beauty, i'd look at a specialist mag or book.
As a glossy magazine, it’s quite expensive. It does tend to repeat itself, so I would not recommend a 12-month subscription. But it’s good to dip into now and then. It reminds me how much water I should be drinking, that I should really be taking the stairs rather than catching the lift and it does to special issues that, depending on the issue, are really useful to many readers. I like the educational sections – they’ve recently run reports on epilepsy, which is good for general awareness of the condition. Thumbs up really, but too many editions and you may feel guilty about stepping outside your front door in anything less than a hermetically sealed plastic bubble! It also seems to have jumped on the vitamin and supplement band wagon. If you bought every vitamin and supplement that it says you need, you would have nowhere to put them and they would bankrupt you. I fully support the use of supplements but it has to be sensible. Top Sante seem to recommend everything to everyone. This magazine also seems to assume a certain readership and that they have prior knowledge of many things. Even though it runs educational articles that start from the most basic level, on the following page they 'drop' in a paragraph about endomorphins and lactic acid - not easy reading for everyone. It's not a bad magazine, bnut don't be too influenced by it!
Top Sante is lively and easy to read magazine. It achieves this whilst not putting off the older (well over 30) audience too much. It is full of health and fitness articles that look at their subjects with a fresh perspective. It is not all about calorie counted diets and face packs, but looks to give advice in an interest, holistic way, that a reader can dip into and be better for. The reading is light and easy as well interesting and worth dipping into if you have any interest in the area. There are also different competitions or prize draws in the magazine as well as special reader offers.