27 October 2013

What's all the fuss with Allure?


Allure, hugely coveted and impossible to get hold of in the UK. Or so I thought. I was obsessed with the idea of picking up a copy of this coveted magazine for a good 18 months before I found a way to get it delivered straight to my door every month. So many of my favourite beauty YouTubers from the UK who travel a lot, rave about Allure magazine. Then I noticed more and more beauty bloggers picking it up. We have nothing like it in the UK, a magazine all about beauty, and just beauty. I wanted to see what this mysterious, difficult to find magazine was all about and why so many beauty adorers were so besotted. 

I ordered a subscription over on NewsStand and originally, I was just going to get the three copies and then do a little post and run-down of what I thought about the three issues I had received. But then my subscription ended, I'd received, devoured and taken notes from three issues - and I wanted more. I extended my subscription for another two months - and I've just extended it again. Allure has become a monthly parcel I look forward to reading, eagerly awaiting it's arrival. 

Allure magazine has the widest array of beauty features and articles I have ever seen in a magazine - the entire magazine is on beauty with some gorgeous fashion. There's articles, tips and tricks, products of the week, month, season. Interviews, amazing photos, a huge interaction between the writers and readers and lots of gorgeous products that'll leave you wishing you could jump straight on the next plane to New York. As an American publication, a huge amount of the products featured in the magazine are unavailable to buy in the UK, but Allure is often a great way for me to find out about new products from brands we have in the UK, knowing to patiently expect their arrival over here. It's not just about the products featured in the magazine though - for me Allure is like one big blog in magazine format. If we had magazines like this in the UK, I'd happily spend money every month to read a beauty magazine, devouring beauty secrets and writing never ending wishlists. 

Do I think Allure is worth the hype? Yes. Every single issue I have received has been an amazing read, the articles are so varied and it's exactly the kind of magazine that manages to keep me interested, rather than flicking through a few pages before chucking it away. Do I think it's a must-have? No. I don't think any magazine is a must-have to be honest. But if you can spare the pennies each month, then yes, it is. The price is a bit more steep than what we are used to in the UK for the size of the magazine, but the content is very much worth while and it's only a few quid - £5.95 a month. 

And on that note, it's time for my Sunday pamper and to settle down with the latest issue of my most favourite magazine....

You can subscribe to Allure magazine here.

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22 comments

  1. ooo i might have to subscribe! sounds worth it :) x

    http://lifebyemmy.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's a great read, definitely worth subscribing xo

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  2. I love Allure! I pick it up at a newsagent which stocks a large selection of USA/Canadian mags.

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    1. Ah I wish newsagents near me did! xo

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  3. I'm going to try this when I go to New York! x

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    1. So jealous you're off to New York! xo

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  4. I keep seeing people talking about allure but never really looked Into what it was so thanks for this, it sounds great. X
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. So glad my review was helpful Liza :) Let me know if you decide to subscribe xo

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  5. I was a little undecided at first but i really do like it, not a must but its a real good read x

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    1. I agree. If you can spare the money each month, it's so worth it. But it's not a necessity xo

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  6. I think you can make an international order via the Allure website for $40 for 12 issues? Xx

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    1. I am so going to look into this when my next subscription runs out. Thanks for the heads up lovely! :) xo

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  7. This really makes me want to get my hands on one of these :)
    Megan xx | MeganRoisinn

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    1. You need to! It's a great beauty read xo

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  8. I can't get this one in my country, but I've recently discovered that I can buy it on my iPad, so I'll definitely get the next issue. I need to see what the whole hype is about!

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    1. Ah that's fantastic Sandra, I'm glad you can at least manage to get it on your iPad. Let me know what you think to it! xo

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  9. Allure has been my favorite magazine for years! I love how they always touch on the different subjects of beauty and still manage to keep it interesting.

    http://eatinglipstick.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yes definitely, the variety of articles is so good! Better than any magazines we have here. xo

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  10. I love it , it's nice to have a magazine dedicated to beauty :) I use the ipad news stand to subscribe as you can watch videos and stuff on it :)

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    1. I don't have an iPad but I may see if I can do that on my Samsung Galaxy Tab - Although I do love having the real thing to flick through! xo

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  11. I've just set up a subscription for 3 months today - I hope I enjoy it as much as you :) Thanks for sharing.

    Paula at Beauty Lover

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    1. Ah fab! You will love Allure Paula :) xo

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