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First for Women October 7, 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 Chocolate dream pie “My family’s go-to dessert at our favorite restaurant is their classic chocolate cream pie,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “So I surprised everyone at last week’s Sunday dinner with this easy homemade version. To make, I start with a 9" frozen pie shell and bake it according to the directions. Then I heat 2 (3.4 oz.) boxes of cook-and-serve chocolate pudding according to directions, stirring in ¼ cup of chopped dark chocolate until melted. Next, I pour the mixture into the cooled piecrust and chill until set. To serve, I add a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate leaves. It’s so easy, and the silky texture wowed!” Dazzling on a dime So-sweet circlet “Cherry-red rosehips and crab apples add such eye-catching color to my backyard this…

2 min
smart you solutions

Natural Rx for headaches Next time you start to feel that familiar throbbing at your temples, fend off the pounding with this easy yoga move: Simply kneel on the floor with your big toes touching and knees spread apart, then bend forward reaching your arms out in front of you; breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds. This move (known as child’s pose) relaxes the spine, shoulders and neck, alleviating pressure in the head and sending blood flow to the brain for instant pain relief sans medication. Aah! QUICK POLL How do you shrink undereye bags? Whether from allergies or lack of sleep, puffy eyes can add years to your look. Here, FIRST readers’ tips to nix them: 56% ❤ this idea! Use a caffeine-infused eye cream before bed, says Jo Brown. The diuretic counteracts the…

1 min
standout stripes 3 style secrets

Skirt Go for thin stripes Dress Opt for illusion panels Top Choose contrast lines ✔ Minimizes a lower half The heaviness of a long skirt with thick stripes that pull the eye out optically widens from the waist down. But a midi-length style with thin lines imparts a lightweight feel and draws focus inward, erasing inches from hips and thighs. ✘ Camouflages shape Horizontal stripes can be flattering, but paired with bulky details like a mesh neckline and accordion pleats, they magnify width, eliminating any slimming definition. ✔ Carves out curves A striped sheath with large, dark colorblock panels placed strategically at the waist tricks the eye into seeing a cinched middle, highlighting a beautiful hourglass shape. ✔ Looks long and lean Dizzying tiers of samesized stripes “widen” the torso for a boxy appearance. And an untucked top furthers the unflattering effect. The…

1 min
stunning in half-up ’dos

LIFTS FEATURES Small sections of lightly tucked-back hair on the sides not only looks sophisticated, it also subtly directs focus up to “lift” eyes and cheekbones. To do: Create a side part, then wrap 2" sections of hair around a 2" curling iron; let cool, then tousle waves with fingertips. Take a 1" tendril from the lighter side of the part, sweep it back and tuck it under strands above the ear; pin into place. SLIMS THE FACE The added height created by a deep, sideswept swoop on top and soft cascading waves below pulls the eye vertically to lengthen the face. To do: Curl 1" sections of hair with a 2" curling iron, then create a deep side part. Gently tease roots on the heavier side of the part. Next, sweep the hair above…

7 min
10 pounds slimmer with denim

Brisk winds, color-changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored deliciousness abound, but when it comes to fashion, nothing says fall quite like denim. And we’re not just talking jeans. From jackets to dresses, there are countless ways to incorporate the seasonal staple into your wardrobe—and look thinner to boot. So we asked FIRST readers to share their biggest body bother and had top stylists dress them in the denim piece that solved it best. Discover the one that will transform you! Now: Tiny tush! Now: Sleek & silm! FULLER BOTTOM? Try back-panel “skinnies” Ugh! With each passing year, gravity seems to pull our rear farther south—and the more it sags, the bigger it looks. Luckily, the right pair of jeans can not only minimize the backside, but new innovations in denim actually give the butt a natural-looking…

2 min
bolder brows in a blink

Stop shedding A reason for thinning brows: Dandruff! Overactive oil glands can lead to yeast buildup, which weakens follicles and causes fallout, says derma tologist Francesca Fusco, M.D. Her easy fix? A zinc pyrithione shampoo (like Dove Dermacare Scalp Dryness & Itch Relief Shampoo, Target.com). The antifungal agent kills any yeast, and the shampoo’s oils nourish skin, so hairs have a healthy environment to grow in. To do: Mix ½ tsp. of a zinc pyrithione shampoo with 1 drop of water. Swipe onto brows with a cotton swab and let sit 1 minute; rinse. Use twice a week for voluminous brows in one month. Thicken hairs Menopausal hormone fluctuations increase the body’s store of the hair loss hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). “DHT shrinks brow follicles, causing new strands to grow in thinner and less dense,”…