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First for Women September 16, 2019

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
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Veggie dip mmm “Two of my family’s favorite spreads are hummus and pesto,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “So I decided to combine them into one delicious easy-prep dip! To make, I puree 1½ cups of drained canned chickpeas, 2 Tbs. of olive oil, 2 Tbs. of tahini, 2 Tbs. of toasted pine nuts, 1 tsp. of lemon juice and 1 clove of garlic. Then I stir in ¼ cup of store-bought refrigerated pesto, season to taste with salt and pepper and voilá! I always serve my pesto hummus as a healthy yet fun appetizer alongside a colorful mix of fresh-cut veggies. It’s also a perfectly light take-along snack for a late-summer picnic. It’s always a hit!” Crafting up smiles Fresh-picked bliss “I love surprising dinner guests with a…

2 min
smart you solutions

Power through the 3 o’clock slump Instead of grabbing chocolate to fend off that afternoon energy dip, put some pep in your step with a simple stretch. To do: Duck into a stairwell, hold a bannister for support, place the ball of one foot on a step, then drop your heel as low as it can comfortably go; hold for 30 seconds. Switch feet. This move activates acupressure points in the arch of the foot, increasing the production of energizing dopamine for up to an hour so you can race through your to-do’s! QUICK POLL How do you ward off hunger pangs? FIRST readers share their genius tips to sidestep a late-night binge 51%❤ this idea! Pinch the area between your nose and upper lip for a minute, says Pam White. This signals the release of…

1 min
statement blouses

Neck bow Tie it high and neatly ✓ Boosts the bosom When a neck bow hangs low and loose, it drags the eye down, so the chest looks saggy. But a knot tied neatly up at the base of the neck optically lifts “the ladies” and trims the midsection. Tunic Choose fit and flare ✕ Adds bulk A top with tiers of body-squeezing elastic causes fabric to bunch in the middle for the illusion of bulge. Puffy sleeves and wide-leg pants further “pack on” pounds. ✓ Slims from head to toe A tunic that flares out slightly below the bust subtly defines the waist and grazes over trouble spots without spotlighting them. Pairing with skinny jeans helps streamline the silhouette. Off the Shoulder Avoid oversize ✓ Highlights an hourglass The body-broadening effect of a billowy off-the-shoulder blouse with an oversize ruffle erases shape…

1 min
lovely with a lariat

Boost the bust with wrapped tassels By directing focus upward, a lariat with neck-wrapping layers gives the bosom an optical lift. And one with chunky dangling tassels “plumps” the area to create beautiful volume. Elongate the neck with stacked stones The linear look of a lariat with shiny tiered stones “stretches” the neck for a swan-like appearance. Plus, it illuminates the face for a glowing complexion. Camouflage flaws with sparkly charms A lariat with delicate but dazzling charms that cascade down the chest, reflects light onto the neck, visually blurring age spots and crepiness for a youthful-looking décolletage. EVERETT COLLECTION; BACKGRID; REX TEXT: LEANN GAROFOLO…

7 min
your best fall hair now!

The at-home toner that transforms dull gray to lovely silver From increased shedding to sparse spots, by the age of 60, 80% of us will experience noticeable hair loss—what a confidence sapper. The good news? All you need to infuse hair with tons of volume, camouflage thinning and boost self-esteem is the right hair color. Here, the standout shades guaranteed to turn back your lock clock. Bonus: Pair your new color with these gorgeous cuts and stunning styles to fake a full, lush head of hair in an instant Salt-and-pepper swirls “Embracing your grays can actually make you look younger as the contrast between silver strands and dark gray roots ‘thickens’ hair,” says Odete DaSilva, colorist at Artistex Salon in Westport, Connecticut. And a short crop with bouncy curls enhances the effect. Get the…

1 min
breakthroughs to even more va-va volume

Add this to your diet According to Japanese researchers, apple extract’s procyanidin fortifies hair at the root to reduce fallout along the hairline and increase hair growth by 71% within six months. Simply take two apple-extract gummies, like New Nordic Hair Volume Gummies ($18 for 60, NewNordicUSA.com) per day. Comb hair with a laser Low-level laser therapy stimulates follicles to boost growth. And while a six-month in-office treatment can cost $2,000, one study found that using HairMax Prima 9 LaserComb ($195, BedBathAndBeyond.com) for 15 minutes, three times a week, led to an average increase of 129 hairs per square inch—for thicker locks in three months. Shampoo with caffeine A recent study found that using a caffeine-infused shampoo (like Alpecin C1 Caffeine Shampoo, $10, Amazon.com) daily for six months was nearly as effective at regrowing hair…