Bionic Asks: How many print beauty magazines do you subscribe to?

by Bionic Beauty on 18.Mar.2009 · 10 comments

With so much beauty information available for free on the net, I was wondering how many readers subscribe to in-print beauty and women’s magazines.

I picked up a copy of Allure a few months back as reading during a road trip (no, not while I was driving. Ha! While I was the passenger.). Beauty magazines were always a MUST for my road trip gear.

But as I flipped through the pages I realized the beauty, skincare and makeup information seemed “old” or dated. Things that were announced on the web about a month ago. And makeup trends and looks that I’d already seen demonstrated & photographed very well on various sites; and then had been sporting myself for weeks.

I did still enjoy the women’s interest articles and the celeb “news” (I can’t take too much, but a few pages is fine). And I did plenty of hair cut, style and color oogling… since I love researching my next haircut. Here’s a funny anecdote, for my last cut, I brought my laptop to the salon loaded with photos I’d downloaded of the cut I wanted. I justified it by not wanting to spring for a paper mag (saving trees and being more green in my life), the economy (saving a few bucks), and yes, I’m a bit of a geek too.

So this week Bionic is Askinghow many print beauty or women’s magazines do you subscribe to? What are your favorites?


1 Elke March 18, 2009 at 10:29 am

I used to subscribe to about $300-$500 per year in magazines, and wrote them off as ‘research’ as a makeup artist. Now? I maybe will pick up Allure (of course!) and Marie Claire (love how they style the clothes for ideas…) and that’s about it now. And it’s always bought at the airport while waiting for my plane. Wow, how times have changed. I used to salivate at each major magazine back in the Kevyn Aucoin days, but now? You’re right. Everything’s the same and rather boring. You’d think the magazines would have noticed by now that we’re not reading them anymore.

2 Kimberly March 18, 2009 at 11:43 am

Hi Jami, well I only subscribe to one. But i read a few, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Marie Claire, & Lucky are my favorites.

3 hazel March 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I used to get Vogue, People, Glamour, ect but I now subscribe to none of them, they all got annoying after a while. Every issue seemed the same.

4 Cindy March 18, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I love Magazines. I get Allure, Lucky, In Style, Redbook, Rachel Ray,Marie Claire, People Style Watch, Real Simple and buy Fitness, Self, Shape, Women Fitness and probably a few others if it looks good. I’m like a wealth of information after reading. 🙂

5 Luci Weston March 18, 2009 at 6:14 pm

None…I do subscribe to decor mags, but I am over the beauty and fashion magazines. If I am waiting at an office, I will pick one up, but I don’t buy them anymore.

You are right, they seem dated. Plus, they are becoming very slanted toward the paying advertisers in each issue. This puts the truthfulness of any reviews into question.

6 Karissa March 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

NONE, basically for the same reasons you listed. i only use natural (not greenwashing natural but for real natural) products and well more then half of those mags are full of ads and they are just annoying. and the clothes too, I don’t buy $200 jeans so they just dont do anything for me.

I LOVE Prevention. I used to get Real Simple but that even started to bore me, I love when they would have their budget stuff and a spoon would be $50. come on!

7 Marymoo March 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Ok, maybe a little boastful maybe about how hip you are? Just giving you a heads up………….
I only subscribe to 2, Allure and Elle, and only because the subscription was super on sale. I get the rest from the Library, and bring home a bunch from the office, and swap with my girlfriends too! Clearly addicted!

8 Bionic Beauty March 19, 2009 at 7:48 am

Hi MaryMoo, First, welcome to Bionic Beauty! I’m honestly not trying to brag about my hipness. After all, I’m a T-shirt and jeans kinda girl- my friends know that I am honestly trying to live greener (our whole household is) by cutting back on extra waste. I wasn’t reading my magazines, so I couldn’t justify the cost to paper ration. 😉

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on this! I was wondering how other had been approaching the magazine issue and it’s interesting to see the differences and similarities.

Kimberly, Lucky is one of my favorites! I had a subscription to them for years, but then they changed their format… sigh. I guess I don’t like change. lol

Cindy, WOW! That’s a ton of reading, girl!!

Luci, I head straight for them at my doctor’s office too. I figure for free… why not? Plus I can see if there’s truly anything new or if they’ve changed their format or added new online “offshoots” of their magazines.

Karissa, Don’t you love their idea of budget. I remember one where I saw this budget article for accessories and the purses were around $100! I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of coin. I spent $20 for each of my Kathy Von Zeeland & italian purses- I get them at Ross or Marshalls. Same thing, much cheaper price.

Again, thanks ladies! Keep up the sharing!

9 joycey couture March 19, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Ah, yes… I used to be a magazine addict! But now that the economy has plumpeted, I decided putting $2.50 towards a meal is much more worth it. 😉 I do still tend to snag an US weekly from time to time… I have a love/hate relationship with celebrities.

10 The Cheap Chick March 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I used to by a ridiculous mag junkie, until one day I noticed something – they all look the same. It’s like every magazine is trying to be Elle or Vogue (which I’ve never cared for in the first place). Now I only read Lucky, and if they keep featuring CHILDREN on their covers, I’ll let that subscription run out, too.

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