22 April 2012

An Unlikely Read: Boots Health & Beauty Mag

It's been a while since I've purchased a glossy magazine, and I do partly think it's because there's never too much going on about make-up or beauty, and honestly - I trust bloggers more than magazines! But the other day I was strolling through Boots when I saw this mag - one that I've overlooked many-a-times, but thought - meh, why not!


Am I just really late to the party? Because this magazine was brilliant! I'm not being funny, but I'd be VERY surprised if most of my UK readers didn't have a Boots Advantage Card, and with one of those babies, this magazine is completely free. Let me show you a bit of what was inside this one..


Here's a few things people have gotten with their Boots Advantage Card points. Now let's face it, they're never gonna put anything bad about a product in there (that's where us bloggers are useful, right? ;)) but I think it's a great way to see what Boots has to offer. Some of their stores are mahusive, and it's easy to overlook their stock and gravitate towards what we know. And who knows - you might find a gem while you're at it - it's not completely impossible they publish some truth ;)


I liked that it wasn't just about make-up, but also body care, hair care and skin care.  There are SO many cult products in the blogosphere that yes, sometimes it can get repetitive or we can get narrow-minded. Features like these will keep us open-minded about things we can try, and things that brands that don't emphasize PR on bloggers have to offer :)





I really enjoyed the photography in this magazine, and really liked that it wasn't overly dominated by No7 or other Boots exclusive products. I also loved how because Boots, despite being a drugstore, also stock high end brands like Estee Lauder, Origins, Dior, Chanel etc., that their pages weren't filled with just high street affordables, but also with luxury products. I think this is a balance that will appeal to many people - both to high street afficionados or high end lovers, or to us lot who like a bit of both :) Again, the blogosphere does have a tendency to focus on cult products and at times be slightly narrow-minded, both about products and about brands, so it was nice to have the full range of cosmetics and beauty products covered without the bias of what's trending in blogs. Very refreshing!

I genuinely cannot believe that I hadn't picked one of these up before, and for free too! I just felt I had to share, as I really enjoyed reading it and I felt it was much more interesting and easy to relate to than the typical glossy mags that I used to buy! I definitely got a lot more out of it!

Am I the last one on board?
Or do you pick these up once in a while too? :)

<3yu

24 comments:

  1. I love this magazine! I always try to remember to pick it up when I'm in a Boots. It's basically exactly what I want from a magazine. I always read other magazines and sigh about the tiny beauty sections, I just want more! xo

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  2. I have never seen these before, it looks amazing! Where did you find yours? at the tills? or on the magazine stand? I'll have to keep my eye out, I have an advantage card too, love a good freebie :) great post xxxxx

    http://beautybysarahleanne.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It was near the tills, definitely not on the magazine stands! Hope you like it too :)

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  3. That seems like a good magazine! I wonder if they sell them in the US...

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    1. Hmm I'm not sure, I know No7 is available in the US and that's owned by Boots.. no idea about the magazine though sorry!

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  4. Aww...such useful mag...The free drugstores magazines where I stay tend to have more advertisements than really useful information...wish we have something similar...

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  5. Definitely going to pick one of these up when I go shopping on Tuesday! xo

    tattooedtealady.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I love picking up this magazine and they have the vouchers at the back which are sometimes useful :) x

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    1. Yes! I forgot to mention that, I was like woo bonus! Not that I used any of them lol but it's the thought that counts.. :P

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  7. I can't believe I've never bought this magazine! I've always been on the hunt for somewhere that sells beauty magazines and have even considered subscribing to one but they're all very "high end" and cost about £8 a magazine! And now you're saying I can get this one for free with my advantage card?! Yu....I think I might marry you :D xxxxxxx

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  8. I wasn't even aware that Boots publish this magazine. Will defo keep an eye on this mag next time I'm in Boots. Thanks for sharing YU :)

    But I have to say that Glamour uk always have nice beauty pages. My fave monthly read :)

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    1. Not a problem love! Yea Glamour's okay but I find it's just not enough to quench my thirst for beauty journalism ;P

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  9. Not in the UK so definitely haven't seen this magazine, but I agree it's nice to see non-cult products sometimes. I've found some lovely things off the beaten path, but when I tell people about them I hear crickets. It can feel a bit like an exclusive club you can't get into without buying the stuff everybody is writing about on their blog (and they're often getting it for free) reading beauty blogs sometimes, so thanks for featuring things you honestly think are great and aren't just what everybody else is featuring, Yu!

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    1. Aww Sarah that was like the nicest comment I've ever gotten! :) Thank you so much, and thanks for always leaving me comments it's great to know there are loyal readers out there!

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  10. I always pick one up when they are out, they have some really interesting articles and ofc make-up stuff :)

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  11. I always pick up a copy of this, mainly for the vouchers in the back! :)
    www.ramblingsofgeo.blogspot.com

    xx

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  12. When I started beauty blogging I subscribed to Vogue and Elle. My subscriptions end in May/June ish and I don't plan on re-subscribing to them. They aren't relateable at all and I don't like the super pricy fashion and similar options. Now, I subscribed to Allure a few months ago and I will DEFINITELY resubscribe to them - they are a lot more of a fix of reader's input, high and low end brands and good content. ; w ; Magazines over here don't have vouchers for free stuff like yours do, though!

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