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First for Women June 7, 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 Dessert ‘martini’ “I’m always looking for new ways to transform super-simple desserts into something extra special,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST Associate Food Editor. “So this week, I decided to surprise everyone with this sparkling gelatin ‘martini.’ First, I prepare 1 (3 oz.) pkg. of cherry-flavored gelatin mix per box directions, substituting 1 cup of champagne or ginger ale for the cold water. I stir in 2 cups of mixed blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries, pour the mixture into 6 martini glasses and chill until set. Next, I beat 1 cup of heavy cream and 2 Tbs. of sugar to soft peaks, spoon it over the desserts and top with more berries and mint. It’s fun, fruity and oh-so elegant.” Dazzling on a dime Fresh-picked joy “Showcasing beautiful garden blooms is the…

2 min
smart you solutions

Genius way to avoid a sunburned back Applying sunscreen to your own back without a helping hand is so frustrating—you twist into a pretzel and still miss a spot! To get the job done solo, try this clever hack: Cut a 3-foot length of plastic wrap, squirt lotion in the center, then wipe the plastic sheet over your back as if you’re drying off with a towel to evenly distribute the product. Take that, sunburn! QUICK POLL How do you prolong the life of razors? Lingering moisture can rust razor blades fast, so we asked FIRST readers how they keep theirs dry after shaving to ensure longer-lasting blades 59% ❤ this idea! Blot baby oil onto blades, says Kara Stein. It creates a water-repelling barrier that thwarts corrosive moisture. 41% ❤ this idea! Store it in a container filled…

1 min
tie-dye dresses

3 style secrets ✔ Subtracts 10 pounds Oversize horizontal stripes on a shapeless maxi dress magnify hips and thighs so they appear wide and thick. But a diagonally oriented design directs the eye down and away from the area for a trimmer appearance in an instant. ✗ Magnifies the belly A random “splatter” of tie-dye across a two-sizes-too-big minidress overwhelms the middle, emphasizing any Natascha belly lumps or bumps. ✔ Looks tall and trim Tie-dye designed with tiers of gradient color pulls the eye vertically, optically stretching the silhouette for a more slender-looking middle and a more statuesque appearance overall. ✔ Highlights an hourglass The stiff lines of uniform tie-dye on a boxy sheath visually broaden the figure, erasing curves. The fix? A more fitted dress that has a “spiral” motif. It enhances the body’s feminine shape while…

1 min
hair that shines!

For beautiful volume Opt for a watermelon-infused mask. The fruit’s water-retaining abilities lock moisture into hair from roots to ends, which plumps the diameter of individual strands for a more voluminous-looking mane after just one use. One to try: Garnier Fructis Plumping Treat 3-in-1 Hair Mask for Fine Hair ($6, Target.com) For lovely luster Choose an apple cider vinegar mask. Acetic acid in the vinegar dissolves dulling product buildup on the hair shaft to boost strand shine, stat. One to try: Found Apple Cider Vinegar Cleansing Hair Mask ($9, Walmart.com) For captivating color Try a color-depositing mask. Semi-permanent pigments coat hair with a slight wash of color, restoring vibrancy to locks and reducing the need for frequent dye touch-ups! One to try: eSalon Tint Rinse ($15, eSalon.com)…

7 min
instant body-beautiful

Come summer, we’re all primed for some fun in the sun. But if you’re like us, the thought of putting body bothers on display can easily sap that seasonal excitement. That’s why we gathered fast-acting, expert-backed solutions that eradicate swimsuit-baring arghs—from cellulite and belly bloat to parched patches and spider veins—before you even step foot outside. Plus, we found portable remedies that you can easily toss in your bag for just-in-case coverage while you’re out and about, so you’re stunning and confident no matter where the summer day takes you! Skin flaws? Mask them with this lotion Our skin hasn’t seen the sun in months, and that pallid tone can bring flaws like age spots, spider veins and stretch marks into harsh focus. To conceal these imperfections quickly, makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, who’s…

1 min
suddenly slimmer!

Whittles the middle Thanks to diagonal ruching across the center, a suit like L.L.Bean Women’s Slimming Swimwear Tanksuit (LLBean.com) conceals rolls and tricks the eye into seeing a slimmer belly. Bonus: Its firm-control fabric smooths and flattens bulges to further minimize the midsection. Lifts the bust Adjustable straps on a halter-style suit like Tommy Hilfiger Solid Halter One-Piece Swimsuit (Macys.com) hoist up the bust, while allowing you to tailor the support to a level that’s comfortable for you. And built-in cups create natural-looking shape for an even bigger boost. Trims the thighs The built-in spandex shorts on a swimdress like Lands’ End Women’s Square Neck Swim Dress One Piece Swimsuit with Shorts (LandsEnd.com) rein in wobbly thighs for leaner-looking legs. Even better? A pretty pattern draws the focus up and away from the lower body.…