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First for Women September 20, 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 Banana pancakes “Pancakes are my family’s favorite Sunday morning breakfast,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST Associate Food Editor. “And this week I decided to make them extra-special with bananas and walnuts. First, I mix 2 cups of my go-to pancake mix, 1½ cups of water, 1 mashed, peeled banana and ¼ cup of chopped, toasted walnuts. Then I drop ¼ cupfuls of batter into a lightly greased skillet over medium heat and cook, flipping once, until golden, about 2 min. per side. Next, I melt ½ cup of butter, then stir in ¼ cup of honey. I serve the pancakes drizzled with the warm honey-butter and top with more bananas and nuts. They always win smiles.” Crafting up smiles Bright fruit basket “My kids and I look forward to apple picking every…

2 min
smart you solutions

Outsmart overnight charley horses Lately, you’ve been startled awake in the middle of the night with intense calf cramps. Blame dehydration from end-of-summer heat plus an uptick in activity, which causes nighttime cramps for more than 60% of women over 50. Thankfully, heading off the cramps is as easy as standing on your heels for 2 minutes before bed. Heel-walking activates the shin muscles opposite your calf, which in turn creates a relaxation response in the calf muscle. Sweet dreams—guaranteed! QUICK POLL How do you avoid nail polish chips? It seems like our polish always chips within days of painting our nails! So we polled FIRST readers to find out how they increase manicure longevity: 51% ❤ this idea! Buff nails with a sponge block before polishing to remove oils and residue that can chip paint,…

1 min
fall denim 3 style secrets

✓ Subtracts 10 pounds A topper that’s two sizes too big and hangs below the hips optically widens the upper half and erases any shape for a broad, top-heavy look. Instead, a fitted jacket that sits right above the hips pulls the eye up and in, creating torso-trimming curves. ✕ Magnifies the middle The billowy look of a chambray sheath with bulky scalloped panels creates the illusion of lumps and bumps and masks any figure-flattering feminine shape. ✓ Highlights an hourglass A structured denim shirtdress with top-to-bottom buttons creates a vertical, slimming column effect, while a bow-tied belt cinches the waist to carve out beautiful curves. ✓ Looks long and lean Boxy details like a drop waist and relaxed-leg bottoms visually shorten and widen the body. The fix: A jumpsuit that cinches in at the ral waistline…

1 min
wow with bouncy curls

MEDIUM TO THICK HAIR? Try a ‘guided’ wand Reining in thick hair to create uniform curls can be difficult. But a spiral wand can help. The design acts as a guide, so you know where to place hair for even, defined curls. To do: Wrap 1" sections of hair around the wand, alternating the way curls fall (toward and away from the face). Once cool, comb through with fingers. One to try: Bed Head Curlipops 1" Spiral Styling Iron ($30, Ulta.com) TEXTURED HAIR? Go for a diffuser Already have a head full of curls? Enhance them with a diffuser. The blow-dryer attachment disperses airflow all around hair, preserving its natural curl pattern and eliminating the nozzle’s stream of frizz-inducing heat. To do: Place hair ends into diffuser; scrunch until dry. One to try: DryBar The Bouncer Diffuser…

6 min
fall looks that flatter all figures

As the summer comes to a close, many of us are gathering with family and friends, enjoying shopping and fun meals out. But with more than a year spent at a lower social gear and with the addition of perhaps a few pandemic pounds, our wardrobe is definitely in need of a major refresh. Plaid pantsuit No longer just for the boardroom, pantsuits are getting an update with a subtle plaid print, making them a stylish pick no matter where the day takes you! “Best of all, the linear pattern draws focus up and down, ‘stretching’ the body for a taller, trimmer look,” says stylist Anna Katsanis, who’s worked with Jessica Chastain and Sarah Paulson. “And one with a dark background, like navy, helps ‘erase’ trouble spots.” FIRST pick: SUSIELADY Store, $77 (Amazon.com,…

1 min
innovations to looking beautiful with ease!

For precise mascara application An unsteady hand can make it hard to coat lashes—and not the rest of your eyes—with mascara. Guide Beauty Lash Wrap (GuideBeauty.com) mascara can help! It’s knob-like handle (you grip it between the index and middle fingers) lets you steady the rest of your hand against the face, providing better control when applying the lash-defining color. For a mess-free manicure From weak muscles to joint pain, painting on polish seamlessly can be a real pain! The fix: The HandiMani (HandiMani.com). Simply place your wrist on the holder while painting nails, and it will stabilize your hand so you can swipe on neat coats with ease—even when using your nondominant hand! For a painless blowout Holding up a hair dryer and a brush can be taxing on the arms. To the rescue:…