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First for Women March 23, 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 every in sip Minty green mmm “Our family adores celebrating St. Paddy’s Day by going out for rich, creamy shamrock shakes,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “But this year, I decided to surprise everyone with a lightenedup homemade twist that doesn’t sacrifice any of the velvety richness. To make, I simply puree 4 cups of fat-free frozen vanilla yogurt,2 ⁄ 3 cup of milk,1 ⁄ 2 tsp. each of vanilla and peppermint extracts and 4 drops of green food coloring. Then I divide among chilled glasses and garnish with fat-free whipped topping, shamrock sprinkles and minty marshmallows. They’re so delicious and guaranteed to make your crew feel very lucky!” Crafting up smiles Twinkling trio “As we inch closer to spring, I enjoy finding little ways to sprinkle cheery, seasonal charm around my…

2 min
smart you solutions

Nix nighttime cramps for deeper sleep You had fun at your town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, but all that walking left you with swollen calves likely to cramp up over-night. To prevent a painful wake-up, lie on your back with your legs up against a wall, forming an “L” shape with your body; hold for one minute before bed. Elevating legs eases fluid buildup and reduces inflammation so you can enjoy a night of deep, restful sleep. QUICK POLL How do you remove hair dye from hands? Ugh! The dye from your root touch-up kit left your fingers stained with color. FIRST readers share their go-to tips for spot-free skin in a jiffy: 57% ❤ this idea! Let olive oil sit on skin for 5 minutes, then rinse, says Lynn Boyle. The oil loosens pigment so…

1 min
spring jackets

Utility Opt for fitted ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds An oversize utility jacket that hangs at the knees over-whelms the body with optical bulk. The fix: A tailored cut that hits mid-thigh directs the eye up and down for a sleeker, more stream-lined look overall. ✗ Adds width Shoulder-broadening sleeve poufs, plus the middle-magnifying effect of a short jacket that fans out at the hips combine to widen the torso and shorten the body. Cropped Avoid a trapeze style ✓ Looks long and lean A fitted jacket that hits just below the waist pulls the eye up and in for a trimmer-looking top half. Bonus: Pairing with vertically striped pants continues the elongating effect from the waist down. Trench Belted is best ✓ Highlights an hourglass Worn open, a poncho-style trench directs focus out from the neck down, erasing the waist and magnifying hips.…

1 min
instant va-va-volume

LONG HAIR? Build it in at the crown Hair that cascades past shoulders can weigh down roots, making even the thickest of tresses look limp. The quick fix: Make a middle part, then wrap a 2" section of hair at the hairline around a Velcro roller; repeat, moving back along the part (three rollers should suffice). Let sit 10 minutes, then unroll. The rollers help prop locks up and off of the scalp for added fullness. SHORT HAIR? Add it in near the brow A short cut can put a spotlight on sparse spots and thinning around the temples and hairline. The quick fix: The movement and texture of deep, side-parted wispy fringe gives the shorter style oomph while also masking any thinning. MEDIUM HAIR? Focus it in at mid-length Shoulder-skimming bobs tend to be one-dimensional, sapping any life from…

6 min
love the skin you’re in

But while our mind is focused on the warmer days, our body is still knee-deep in winter and all of the season’s skin-damaging and aging effects. Dull complexion? Restore brightening luster with vitamin C Less time spent in the sun coupled with stagnant layers of dead, dry skin makes the complexion appear lackluster—come February, we’re really missing that dewy glow! Vitamin C to the rescue, says Philadelphia-based dermatologist Rina Allawh, M.D. Rich in ascorbic acid, the vitamin is study-proven to encourage cell turnover, brighten skin and promote collagen production so your complexion looks youthful, renewed and radiant. Drugstore star: Lumene [Valo] Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence (Target.com) is a vitamin C–infused serum that dermatologists love, thanks to its skin-brightening benefits. Use twice a day to see results within three weeks. Bonus boost: Pat the serum onto…

1 min
beauty hacks a-listers swear by!

Heidi’s $5 facial cleanser Heidi Klum washes away dirt and makeup with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (Walmart.com). It’s free of dyes, fragrance and sulfates, so it cleanses skin sans the irritating side effects that harsher “adult” products tend to have. Beyoncé’s $7 lash volumizer Beyoncé dabs Smith’s Rosebud Salve (Ulta.com) onto her lashes before curling them, saying, “It’s like a natural mascara!” The waxy balm clings to hairs so they look thicker, longer and shinier, plus helps them hold the curl. Sandra’s $10 wrinkle smoother Sandra Bullock combats crow’s-feet by tapping a pea-size amount of Preparation H (Walgreens.com) onto skin around the eyes, saying, “It stops me from getting lines.” That’s because the ointment’s phenylephrine HCI is a vasoconstrictor that temporarily tightens and smooths skin so fine lines are less obvious.…