Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sweet Finds: Celestial Shine Magazine Review

I am a magazine junkie. Most 8-year olds have their bed covered in stuffed animals and baby dolls, right? Not this child. I read magazines from cover to cover and displayed them proudly throughout my messy room (you could say organization wasn't one of my strong suits).

I remember flipping through the glossy pages of Country Woman, National Geographic, and Family Fun from the time I could barely read. Something about the catchy titles, diverse fonts, and variety of graphics absolutely thrilled me. As I got older, I started enjoying some fashion oriented magazines as well. At least, I wanted to.

While many magazines aimed towards teens have great hair, makeup, and fashion ideas, they also tend to contain a slew of inappropriate content, sleezy photos, and objectifying material. (I just want a tutorial on applying blush, not articles that make my blush! You get my drift?) 

It turns out that Emily Punjack, a Mother, returned missionary, and BYU grad, shares many of the same frustrations I have with today's teenage media. So guess what she did? She created a magazine just for LDS Young Women called Celestial Shine.

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According to its website, the mission of the magazine is to ". . . encourage Young Women to be in the world but not of the world, to strengthen their testimonies in the Savior Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to provide fashion, beauty, makeup, and dating advice that is modest and aligns with the standards of the Church, and to remind all Young Women that they are daughters of God."

I'm happy to report that Celestial Shine lives true to that motto. Emily was kind enough to let me preview the magazine so I could share it with all of you, and I am absolutely blown away (in a good way, not as in a Carrie-Underwood's-song-about-tornados kind of way. Then I would be squished under a house and couldn't read the magazine anymore. That would be sad).

The magazine is available in both print and digital versions. This month, I got the digital version (which will help me avoid the bed-covered-in magazines situation of yesteryear). :P Here's a shot of what the online reader looks like:

This month's issue was all about Prom! It had tons of beautiful hair tutorials, a great collection of tips for finding a modest dress without breaking the bank, several amazing articles about living virtuously, and even an entire page of hilarious Mormon-inspired pick-up lines!

While the magazine is a very generous length (this month's was 87 pages), I loved it so much that I didn't want it to end!

One of my favorite things about Celestial Shine is that in addition to girly outside things like mascara and fishtail braids, it focuses on true, inner beauty by helping youth come unto Christ and learn of their amazing worth and potential. Says Sister Punjack:

"I love working with the Young Women and seeing their faces shine in the photo shoots, reading the amazing articles that they write, and seeing all of the talent that they possess such as drawing, painting, dancing, etc. We are all daughters of our Heavenly Father, and we are each so unique and beautiful. I want all of the girls to KNOW that without a doubt when they read this magazine!"

That message comes through loud and clear through every word of Celestial Shine. Did you every watch Reading Rainbow as a kid? Remember when the host, LaVar Burton used to say, ". . . but you don't have to take my word for it . . ."? I'm saying that to you right now!

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You can find out how amazing Celestial Shine is for yourself! Three digital issues from 2014 are available for you to read right, here. Just click that little blue/green link and you're golden. (Just don't blame me when you accidentally stay up until 2 a.m. reading them because they're so amazing. . . not that I have experience with that or anything . . .)

Also, if you want to subscribe (and you totally will), they are having an amazing Eater sale! Here are the deets from their Facebook page:
Because we love you so much, we're giving you an early Easter present...50% off a 1 year or a 6 month subscription to‪#‎CelestialShineMagazine‬ for the first 200 new subscribers... because we want everyone who wants a subscription to be able to get one! You don't even need a promo code! Just visit to order! That means you can get a 6 month subscription for only $10 or a 1 year subscription (10 issues) for only $18... that's like $1.80 per issue! 
So make like the Easter Bunny and hop on over to their website to add some wholesome entertainment and inspiration into your life!

Shine on, my friends.

Note: This post was sponsored by Celestial Shine, but all opinions (and lame puns) are my own.

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  1. This is awesome! I spent a while looking at the sample magazines and I am totally thinking of subscribing now! It is SO nice to have people in this world that work to fill it with goodness instead of yucky stuff!

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! And I totally agree! I'm very thankful for people who work so hard to share goodness with the world. Thanks for reading!



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