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First for Women October 28, 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 Spooky-cute starter “My family always looks forward to our annual monster mash bash,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This year, I’m surprising everyone with these ghoulishly good mummies in a blanket. To make, I cut an 8-oz. sheet of refrigerated crescent dough into ½"-wide strips. Then I wrap 24 mini hot dogs, leaving a ¼" opening at one end, and bake at 350°F until golden. When cool, I dollop dots of mayo on the open end and top with chopped black olives to make the eyes. For a festive dip, I pipe mustard circles on a small bowl of ketchup and drag outward with a toothpick to make a web. They’ll earn screams of delight!” Dazzling on a dime Pumpkin posies “Recently, I picked up a few gourds at…

2 min
smart you solutions

Safely press your most delicate fabrics Your steamer is on the fritz and your favorite silk blouse has wrinkles, but direct heat from an iron will ruin the fabric. Here’s help! Place a large piece of foil on your ironing board and lay your shirt over it. Then hover your iron 3" to 4" above the garment and make several passes over it while pressing down on the steam button. Wet heat from the steam radiates from the foil, which transfers through clothing to nix creases without touching or harming the fabric. Crisis averted! QUICK POLL How do you ward off hot flashes? Those pesky flare-ups come on so suddenly and at the worst times. Here, readers’ top tips to sidestep them: 52% ❤ this idea! Think about snow, says Jen Davis. The cooling imagery tricks…

1 min
fall jackets 3 style secrets

Moto Wear it neat Trench Choose A-line Denim Opt for fitted ✔ Lifts the bust The slouchiness of a soft-leather moto paired with a loose T-shirt drags the chest down. But one in a stiffer fabric (it “structures” the bust) worn with a half-tucked tee (it directs focus up) creates the illusion of a perkier bosom. ✘ Erases shape Worn open, a heavy, oversize trench coat with large lapels and no belt ends up overwhelming and widening the body for a boxy look from head to toe. ✔ Highlights an hourglass An A-line coat nips in at the waist and flares lightly over hips to give the figure beautiful curve-carving balance. Plus, one in a lighter material with small lapels won’t add visual bulk. ✔ Looks long and lean A thigh-skimming baggy denim jacket cuts the body awkwardly, so legs appear short and…

1 min
beautiful with a bob

To elongate the neck style in barrelled ends Large barrel waves concentrated at the ends of hair draw attention down to the neck so it looks long and swanlike. And the bigger waves create a 3D effect that gives tresses more depth and dimension. To do: Create a slightly off-center part, then use a 3" curling iron to curl 2" sections of hair from mid-length to ends. Let cool and gently comb through strands with fingertips for an “undone” finish. For a slimmer face style in structured curls Curls that cascade down uniformly direct focus vertically, visually stretching the face to counteract any roundness. Bonus: The definition infuses finer locks with instant volume. To do: Part hair down the middle, then wrap 1" sections of hair around a 1" curling iron, let cool then set with hair…

9 min
stunning at any age!

Well, knowledge is power! So we uncovered the agers to expect with each decade, the remedies to reverse them and the makeup tricks to cover them—so you look young and feel great in a flash If you’re in your 40s You’re likely in the swing of perimenopause and experiencing hormonal fluctuations resulting in changes in skin texture, tone and elasticity, says dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D, author of Skin Rules. This can lead to: Oily, blemish-prone skin Thanks to the oil-producing hormones that start to rage again in our 40s, those breakouts you thought you left behind with high-school graduation? They’re baaack! What can help: a glycolic acid toner. “The astringent acid removes pore-clogging oil and toxins to reduce the occurrence of acne, but it also attracts moisture into skin, so it won’t dry out…

1 min
hair that makes you happy

Thinning locks? Choose a palmetto oil massage. Studies show the oil’s phytosterols improve hair density by 35% in three months, while massaging it in increases blood flow to the scalp to boost hair growth, together restoring the volume lost with age. To do: Massage a nickel-size amount of oil onto the scalp to see a difference in one month. FIRST pick: Hairmetto Saw Palmetto Oil, Amazon.com Wiry strands? Try an avocado mask. The fruit’s hydrating fatty acids absorb into strands and lock in moisture, softening hair from deep within. And letting the mask sit for up to 20 minutes gives nutrients extra time to penetrate the coarser texture hair develops over time. FIRST pick: Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask + Avocado Extract, Target.com Stubborn grays? Opt for a root covering dye. As follicles produce less pigment, they…