Do I Need an Allure Subscription?

2 November 2014

Allure Subscription Magazine UK L'amour Josie
One magazine that I've seen popping up more on British beauty blogs recently is Allure. Allure is an American magazine entirely dedicated to beauty, jam packed with the latest hair, skin care and make up news. There's a little bit of a gap in the market for this kind of publication in the UK, so I've got the lowdown if you're considering taking out a subscription.

An international 12 month Allure subscription retails for $40/£25. This includes delivery, and works out at just over £2 an issue, which I feel is a great price, considering that most British magazines cost more than that to purchase in your local newsagent. It regularly features innovative beauty products, and I find a lot of their makeup recommendations to be really helpful. Most issues feature a tips page, and so far Allure has helped me to master eyeliner, a bronzed glow and surfer girl hair (seriously).

My only gripe with Allure is the volume of advertisements. I'd say a good 30% of the content is one advert or another, which is a little bit of a pain when you're trying to read the articles. It also makes me feel like I'm gutting less value for money; I'd love it if Allure would cut the advertisements and increase the readable content. On the plus side though, you'll always know what the latest beauty releases will be, because they're advertised on the other side of the pond first.

All in all, Allure is a nice monthly treat to arrive at my door. I'm uncertain whether I'll renew my subscription because a lot of the articles can be found online and I do find the amount of advertisements frustrating. However, if you're looking for a magazine filled with great visuals and interesting beauty related articles, then give it a go.


  1. I find that a lot of "mainstream" magazines are quite ad heavy and I've just come to terms with it. I think if you are buying magazines monthly anyway, a subscription is such a convenience and a money saver too.

  2. This sounds perfect! I've been looking into this magazine for a while but where do you subscribe from??

  3. I go directly through the Allure site Kayleigh :) x

  4. I love Allure magazine! I buy it in the airport when I travel!


  5. I don't mind a load of ads so I'm up for giving Alure a go at some point! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  6. I was going to pick up Allure when I was in the US, as two issues were out whilst I was over there but I just couldn't get past the amount of ads! I kinda wish I had picked them up, as the content did look really exciting and right up a beauty blogger's alley but those ads caused me to put the magazine back on the stand time and time again! :(

    Ellis - Ellis Tuesday

  7. This is perfect timing for me because I've been looking into getting an Allure subscription recently. With my birthday at the end of the month I might hint heavily to loved ones wanting to buy me a present. LOL!

    Mary //

  8. I used to receive Allure, but I find beauty blogs just as, if not more, informational and beneficial. I stopped subscribing; however I do miss having something tangible to read each month!

    Abby from Abby Talks

  9. Where is the subscription that you looked at? I can't seem to find it! I loved reading Allure when I went to New York last year!


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