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First for Women April 5, 2021

First for Women is a women's interest magazine that gives its readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, First delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition, to beauty and fitness, to home and family.

United States
Bauer Publishing
$3.97(Incl. tax)
$26.50(Incl. tax)
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Carrot cake mmm “Nutty carrot layer cake is a must-have at my house for Easter every year,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “And this elegant showstopper is an easy bake, thanks to jazzed-up cake mix and a creamy orange-infused canned frosting. To make: I prepare 1 (15.25 oz.) pkg. of spice cake mix with 3 eggs, 1 cup of water, ⅓ cup of oil, 2 cups of grated carrots and ½ cup of chopped walnuts, then bake per box directions for two 8" round pans. Next, I stir 1 Tbs. of grated orange zest into 1 (16 oz.) can of cream cheese frosting. I frost the cake, then decorate with blanched carrot ribbons. The moist cake with tangy frosting is the perfect finish to our holiday…

2 min
smart you solutions

Simple way to regain inner calm When you feel yourself about to blow up, regain feelings of calm fast with this move: Gently touch the tips of your middle fingers and thumbs, allowing the rest of your hands to relax so your fingers curl. Hold for 3 minutes, focusing on the position. Researchers report this remedy, called the Shuni Mudra, targets an acupuncture point at the tip of the middle fingers, calming the adrenal glands and reducing the production of stress hormones. QUICK POLL What’s the best way to corral earrings? Always misplacing one of your stud earrings? We can relate! Readers share their clever ways to keep them paired: 51% ♥ this idea! Poke them into a wine cork, says Amy Wilde. It’ll hold them in place and make them easier to find! 49% ♥ this…

1 min
jumpsuits 3 style secrets

✓ Whittles the middle A jumpsuit that’s white (the light hue can magnify trouble spots) and sags around the middle causes the belly to appear full and bumpy. But one that’s tailored with center-placed buttons draws focus in and vertically, offsetting the color’s unflattering effects for a trimmer-looking belly. ✖ Adds 10 pounds The billowy pants and top of a two-sizes-too-big jumpsuit with a dizzying floral pattern cause the eye to scan all over, adding visual heft from head to toe. ✓ Looks long and lean The linear look of a more figure-fitting style creates a slimming column that counteracts the widening effect of a botanical print. This “stretches” the frame for a more statuesque appearance. ✓ Carves out curves The lack of give on a jumpsuit made with stiff denim ends up masking the body’s shape…

1 min
beautiful in blooms!

Angelic with a baby’s breath halo One to try: EZFDYJZZ, $25 (Amazon.com, EZFDYJZZ Babys Breath Halo Crown) Dazzling with blossom barrettes One to try: Caravan, $6 (Amazon.com, Caravan Painted Flower Barrettes) If you’re like us, simply seeing spring florals puts a smile on your face. A great way to carry that happiness with you? Wear them in your hair! Flowers impart youthful flair to the face, add pizzazz to an ensemble and have a 3D effect that helps hair look thicker. And choosing faux flowers (from fabric to jeweled) ensures you won’t have to worry about wilting! Radiant with a rose pin One to try: Worallymy, $9 (Walmart.com, Worallymy Rose Flower Hairpin) SHUTTERSTOCK (2); GETTY. TEXT: LEANN GAROFOLO…

7 min
fabulously flatte ring spring looks

We may have spent the better part of the winter in pj’s, but studies show that putting a little effort into getting dressed each morning can boost confidence—so we look and feel good! And what better time to start than the warmer days ahead! FLARED OVERALLS “Farmers, construction workers and artists wear them for their durability and comfort,” says stylist Dawn Del Russo, who’s worked with Vivica A. Fox and Rachel Bilson. But what makes this spring’s denim overalls modern, feminine and fashionable too? “Unlike the oversize, shape-erasing design of the past, the body-hugging fit showcases curves and the subtle flare at the bottom visually stretches legs for a tall, trim look.” FIRST pick: Life Styled, $70 (ShopLifeStyled.com, Juliana Flare Overalls) Build the look for less SHOP YOUR CLOSET FOR: A white long-sleeve top, dainty…

2 min
the color secret to a younger you

Sallow skin? Try purple If your once-radiant skin has turned a pale yellow tone, swiping on blush may not be enough to restore it. Instead, simply rub a small amount of a purple primer on the face with your fingers, then apply makeup on top. “The violet color, opposite of yellow on the color wheel, counteracts any sallowness, restoring a youthful glow, fast,” says celebrity makeup artist Amy Zdunowski-Roeder. ONE WE LIKE: Neutrogena Cosmetics Prep + Correct Primer in Brightening (Target.com). It contains seaweed extract, which increases blood flow for a healthier flush over time. Red, splotchy skin? Opt for green Whether from breakouts, rosacea flare-ups or broken capillaries, redness can peek through foundation and sap our confidence. What can help? “Green is opposite red on the color wheel, so applying a green primer will instantly…