Beauty,  Fashion,  feminism,  health,  magazines

Monthly covers: August 2014

I thought it might be fun to start doing a monthly run-down of the magazines I’m reading for the month and what’s inside. I read quite a few, but these are the more popular fashion and beauty-related titles that showed up in my mailbox this month.

Monthly covers Aug14 1

Allure. On the cover: Rachel McAdams. Highlights: Finding out that lots of fall’s hottest clothes are already in my closet. Not so hot: Yet another article on the “new” nude makeup. (Is there really anything “new” about it?)

Elle. On the cover: Kristin Wiig. Highlights: Guys, Kristen is wearing my uniform, aka my Olivia Dunham outfit. Not so hot: More of the same ol’ “miracle products” and “sexy hair without a blow-dryer” articles that have been done to death. Yawn.

Glamour. On the cover: Katie Holmes. Highlights: An awesome ’60s-mod fashion shoot with Anna Kendrick. Not so hot: Most of this issue was a bit of a yawn, which is weird, since I normally love Glamour. Oh well.

InStyle. On the cover: Zooey Deschanel. Highlights: Zooey talking about feminism. Not so hot: So much fur. Why does fall fashion have to include so much fur?

Monthly covers Aug14 2

Lucky. On the cover: Solange Knowles. Highlights: A piece on fall’s pants silhouettes, plus some neat jeans to shop for autumn. Not so hot: This was another issue that just felt really snoozy to me.

Marie Claire. On the cover: Zoe Saldana. Highlights: Zoe’s interview. She’s so feisty. Not so hot: Everyone’s going bonkers about denim right now, and so many of the pieces featured are just out of my budget range or not at all suited to my body.

Natural Health. On the cover: Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Highlights: I didn’t know Jenna was a vegan! Some interesting articles on mediation, yoga and natural stress relief. Not so hot: Product recommendations that are only partially natural or are tested on animals.

Women’s Health. On the cover: Shailene Woodley. Highlights: Shai’s interview; I feel like we’d be great friends in real life. Plus, a really interesting article delving into the possible root cause and recommended cure for most types of chronic pain (like migraines). I struggle with migraines so any chance at a natural cure is always interesting to me. Not so hot: Swimsuit magic? Please. It’ll take more than a magic swimsuit to get me beach-ready. I like fitness magazines because they inspire me to be healthier, but I also feel like some of the articles can really trigger self-loathing–if people who are already so hyper-fit are looking for visually slimming swimsuits, what hope is there for the rest of us?



  • Erin

    I have never really understood fashion magazines, after all we get free advertising everywhere so paying 7 EUR for a book of advertising is just odd to me.

    Zoe Saldana however is amazing and impossibly beautiful!

    • writergirlm

      It does seem that way, doesn’t it? I get mine for free but I certainly wouldn’t pay for the subscriptions. Not worth it!

  • Katrin

    I read Glamour a couple of years ago but I got annoyed because of all the promotion of fur, leather and beauty products that are tested on animals. Plus half the magazine is just advertising. There are some interesting articles once in a while though. Like your new series! And I like Zooey Deschanel.

    • writergirlm

      I really get bummed out by all of that, too. I like some of the celebrity interviews but a lot of the articles I have to just skim over.

  • rika@vm

    I love this post, Martha, love the good and bad reviews on these magazines! I hate fall fashion that uses leather and so much fur – they can do something else better! I just saw a fashion feature about all denim and all denim is one of my biggest fashion peeves.

    • writergirlm

      The ‘cowboy tuxedo’ look is pretty low on my list of faves, too…though nothing is lower than fur and leather! Ugh!

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