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101 Ideas - some great ideas for my mood board, but definitely most items out of my price range as another reviewer noted. Beauty section - Love hearing about new products, especially the Beauty Passport feature. Books section - Picked up some great books based on these write ups.
What I don't like:
Bathroom Confidential - no thanks. Always some scary facts about aging and info on all the new (expensive) procedures required to halt aging, literally this is in every issue. No one over the age of 25 in the "What I Love About Me" section. What, no 40 year old's live in America? Or maybe they just don't love anything about themselves? Issue always turns up at least 10 days after its available in store. ALWAYS! Why subscribe??!!
I subscribed to Marie Claire because I'm such a huge Project Runway fan, but I was painfully disappointed by the magazine!! It's mostly ADS! What's the point of having this big, heavy magazine that's nothing but a bunch of advertisements??
I had no problems with the amazon magazine subscription services. I bought this when it was $5 for a year and I was looking for a new women's magazine. It's not a bad buy for $5 but I'm not sure I would pay anything more for a year of Marie Claire. It's not as strong as other women's magazines. It has potential and it was genius of MC to hook up with Project Runway (that is why I bought it). But... frankly, Nina Garcia's fashion editing is not great. The fashion layouts in the first issue I received might have been the ugliest clothes I have ever seen. I was looking at outfits featured in her spreads thinking, "If a designer did this on PR, they would be torn apart." I do like the focus on some world issues. Additionally, as a slightly bigger girl (i.e. a size 14 instead of a 2, which I don't think is huge at all, but in fashion it is!) I do appreciate the "Big Girl in a Skinny World" column. But I wish they wouldn't confine curvy girls to one little page. Glamour does a MUCH better job at incorporating curvy women throughout the entire magazine. Marie Claire makes me feel like I only deserve to be featured in one column. I worry that some of the models they choose for their magazine are not accurate representations of the majority of women. If you are looking for a well-rounded women's magazine I'd go with Glamour or Real Simple instead.
I read a lot of magazines. My roommates sigh everytime they check the mail because they inevitably have to carry home heavy piles of glossy paper encased in plastic wrap. Marie Claire is probably my favorite magazine out of all the ones I read (I read most fashion and women's health magazines) because it provides a bit of everything that the average young professional woman like myself enjoys. Some of its interest pieces about real life people are thought-provoking and well-written. There is almost always a feature article about some celebrity, but Marie Claire takes the time to interview the celebrity and try to get a different perspective on her life. Finally, MC also has all the other fun and frills that any girl wants when she mindlessly reads a magazine while getting a mani/pedi - beauty tips, fashion ideas etc.
This is another magazine I buy for a special-needs loved one. Although JCPenney catalogs are his favorite and sadly no longer available. He loves paging through these magazines and this is his favorite magazine
If I could give zero stars for Hearst Magazine's audacity in ripping off subscribers I would. But that's not exactly fair to the editorial staff who put together a lovely magazine, so I'll default to giving two stars: 3.5 stars for the magazine content, 0.5 for the company's policies and customer service.
The long story: I ordered two magazines from HM Aug. 4 with the understanding the first issues, September issues, would take "4 to 6 weeks" for delivery-- that would place it sometime between Sep 1 and Sep 15. Sep 2 I received an outdated issue of one of the magazines, and when I went online to check the status of my Marie Claire subscription I saw it would not begin until October. Disappointing! The reason I subscribed in the first place was largely to get the September fall fashion issue. It was also confusing because I ordered both magazines at the same time and they had identical estimated due dates.
I found it impossible to contact Heart's customer service department from their website, unless I wanted to pay for a long distance call. Shame on them for placing the burden upon the customer for rectifying their error. The "email us" link was broken (with an "invalid code" message followed by programming language. Yes, I set my computer to accept cookies and tried again a few times.) I googled and, luckily, discovered a third party website that lists toll-free customer service numbers and reviewers' experiences dealing with the companies.
Upon calling, the customer service agent was able to credit my account for the outdated magazine, but said I would not receive the Sep issue of Marie Claire at all. He explained that if the subscription is received after a certain cut-off point, the subscription begins with the following issue. I asked him to pass along to his superiors that I am disappointed because I was not informed of this key point when I bought the subscription. I also asked him to pass along that HM should post their 800# so customers can contact HM toll-free when, on a day such as today, their email link is broken. It is as if they are making contacting CS as difficult for the customer as possible. He replied, "that's the first I've heard 'the email link is broken'" in a tone suggesting he didn't believe me.
You know, I had made and attempt to be pleasant; it's not the CS's fault that these things happened, I was just asking him to pass along my feedback. He sighed and in an annoyed tone of voice said he would pass it along. The whole experience was a completely off-putting and disappointing. The only credit I give them is for taking the outdated issue off of my account which is, in my opinion, the least they could do. Their practices seem to me to border on something like false advertising or perhaps mail fraud. Magazines are time-sensitive. How can they get away with mailing and billing for expired issues that predate the "4-6 week" window? I loath when companies default to screwing over the customer and place the onus upon the customer to notice it in the first place and waste his/her time fixing it.
The other two magazines I ordered at the same time, from another publisher, had similar problems with one missing issue and one outdated issue. But in contrast to HM, their CS telephone number was printed inside the magazine and the CS agent was quick and pleasant about amending my account.
As far as the magazine itself, I think their take on fashion is fresher than other fashion mags. I enjoy their art direction and styling. Their cosmetics and skincare bits contain products that are of interest to me. I quite like that their articles include examinations of women's, global and human rights issues. It's always a fun moment away from the hubbub of the work-a-day world to cruise through Marie Claire.
I purchased this magazine subscription to study the posing and lighting of the women they highlight, but I must admit, there are some pretty good articles they post. I've caught myself reading quite a few.
It's Marie Claire magazine - while the content is ever changing, it's a girlie combination of product reviews, fashion statements, articles regarding women, advice, and tips and tricks for hair, make-up and clothes. It's another marketing tool aimed at consumers under the guise of providing current information and trending topics. I like to stay up-to-date, even if I am not a hugely trendy fashionista or mass consumer. I was surprised at how quickly this subscription arrived at my house - on time, too. The invoice stated it would be here just before Thanksgiving, and it was.
I got this for $5 so the price was good. But had I reviewed it in the store first I would not spend regular prices on this magazine. It is OK to thumb through like most have said but it is NOT a great magazine. I cant tell what "AGE" it is for. I cant see many people in their 20's or 30's affording clothes in there...not real people especially... so I am guessing it is geared for rich celeb types that have money to burn. So far I have seen one article that I may read... but mostly ads in this. It is OK for the price but I wont be renewing the subscription. It did come in 4 weeks though for the first issue.