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First for Women February 10, 2020

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 Crispy, toasty mmm “French toast is one of my family’s favorite Sunday breakfast picks,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “So this week I decided to surprise everyone with a chocolaty banana version. To make, I beat 4 eggs, 1 cup of milk, ½ cup of heavy cream and a pinch of ground nutmeg. I dip 8 slices of bread into the egg mixture, turning to coat. Melt 1 Tbs. of butter in a skillet over medium heat. In batches, I cook bread until golden brown, 2–3 minutes per side. I layer the toast with chocolate-hazelnut spread and sliced bananas. To finish, I drizzle on warm maple syrup. It’s syrupy and delicious—and wins sweet smiles.” Crafting up smiles Cute pincushion “Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to shower my mom…

2 min
smart you solutions

The pillow trick that quells hunger fast A busy day left little time for lunch, and all you can think about is that big dinner you’re planning to have. To ensure you don’t stuff yourself to the point of a stomachache, try this: Before sitting down to eat, place a cushion between the small of your back and the chair. The pillow ensures you sit upright, a posture proven to help food travel more quickly to the lower stomach, which helps ward off discomfort. You’ll feel comfortably full rather than stuffed. QUICK POLL What’s the best way to wash a bra? FIRST readers share their tips to ensure pricey bras always fit and feel like new 58% ❤ this idea! Put bras in a pillowcase tied with a rubber band before placing in the washer, says…

1 min
eye-catching animal print 3 style secrets

✓ Whittles the middle A busy print on a high-neck top worn untucked creates a 3D effect that magnifies the torso. The fix: A V-neck top breaks up the pattern and directs the eye vertically for a longer, leaner look. Plus, a blouse that’s a bodysuit on bottom stays neatly tucked into pants. ✗ Erases curves The combination of a dress with a waist-swallowing fit and a shoulder-widening boatneck pulls the eye from side to side for a short, wide and shapeless look. ✓ Highlights an hourglass A belted structured shirtdress directs focus in to the thinnest part of the torso, while a subtly flared skirt skims over hips. This defines feminine curves and beautifully balances the body. ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds When a bulky coat flares out from bust to thigh, it adds optical heft that…

1 min
pretty up hair with pearls

Pins to add volume Pearl-tipped pins not only keep a bun in place, the texture and dimension of the chic embellishments help even the thinnest of strands look plumper. Plus, the pearlescent glow enhances hair’s natural highlights for the illusion of a fuller, more vibrant mane. FIRST pick: Unicra, $7 (Amazon.com, Wedding Silver Hair Pins) Barrettes to boost luster The bright, linear glow of alternating pearls and rhinestones reflects up onto hair for a luminous sheen. Bonus: Placing the clip above the ear pulls the eye upward for a face-lift effect. FIRST pick: Statement The Label, $20 (Statement-TheLabel.com, Pynchon Barrette) Headbands to tame frizz and flyaways Sliding a pearl-adorned headband through loose locks cleverly controls rogue hairs for a smooth and sleek finish. Even better? The hair topper directs the eye vertically, “elongating” the face…

6 min
you, winter-gorgeous for pennies!

Months of bone-chilling temperatures, whipping winds and dark days can take their toll on everything from your skin to your mood. So we found pampering treatments that harness the beautifying powers of ingredients you already have at home—no need to even step outside! Here, the easy recipes to soothe your skin and your soul, stat Calm rashy skin with a coconut-eucalyptus ‘ointment’ Ease the redness and irritation that comes with flare-ups from winter skin ailments like rosacea, windburn, bacne and eczema with this skin-soothing salve. 1 Tbs. coconut oil3 drops eucalyptus essential oil TO DO: Mix ingredients in a bowl and apply to areas where skin is irritated. Relief is instant, but use two to three times a week for long-lasting results. WHY IT WORKS: “Eucalyptus essential oil is packed with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that…

1 min
aah-romas that reverse the winter blahs

Katie de-stresses with lavender Katie Couric relies on lavender oil (like Plant Therapy Lavender Essential Oil, PlantTherapy.com), saying, “It’s supposed to be relaxing!” She’s right: Research shows its linalool soothes the nervous system to calm anxiety. Kerry boosts joy with geranium Kerry Washington smartly keeps geranium oil (like The Vitamin Shoppe Geranium 100% Pure Essential Oil, TheVitaminShoppe.com) on her nightstand. The floral scent is known to signal the brain to promote emotional stability and well-being. Jennifer stays slim with grapefruit Jennifer Lopez takes a whiff of grapefruit oil (like Homedics Grapefruit Essential Oil, Homedics.com) to curb cravings. Why it works: The oil’s limonene helps the brain release hunger-blocking chemicals that suppress appetite to help shed pounds.…