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First for Women April 13, 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 Orange puff mmm “This year, I’m not the one throwing my family’s Easter dinner, but I’m still bringing their favorite treat—my famous orange-glazed pastry puffs,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. To make: Combine 1 cup of water, 6 Tbs. of butter and ¼ tsp. of salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in 1 cup of flour. Reduce heat to low; stir until mixture forms a ball and remove from heat. Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time. Drop dough by ¼ cupfuls on baking pan; bake at 400°F until golden, 20 min. For the glaze, stir 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 Tbs. of orange juice, spoon over puffs and drizzle with honey. Says Charles, “They’re light, airy and always win…

2 min
smart you solutions

Keep travel clothing neat and crease-free You’re visiting family for Easter and want to ensure your Sunday-best dress doesn’t wrinkle in your carry-on. This easy packing trick will help: Before packing anything else, lay the top half of the dress on the floor of the suitcase, allowing the bottom half of the dress to hang over the side. Next, place folded clothes on top of the dress, then pull the dress’s bottom over the pile. This keeps the dress flat while preventing fold lines from forming so you and your dress look seamless! QUICK POLL How do you remove price-sticker glue? Scored a great pair of glasses but the glue from the price sticker just won’t come off? FIRST readers share tips to remove it without scratching the lens: 51% this idea! Use a pencil eraser,…

1 min
safari chic 3 style secrets

✓ Erases 10 pounds The baggy fit and boxy-pocket design of classic cargos add optical bulk, thickening the body’s lower half. But the more streamlined look of a high-waisted, belted style creates an elongating column that slims from waist to toe. ✖ Magnifies the middle A shirtdress with no shape overwhelms the body, erasing curves, creating the illusion of belly bulge and adding visual pounds to even the fittest of frames. ✓ Highlights an hourglass Curve-carving add-ons like strategic seaming and a side-tied self-belt help whittle the waist, while a slimming, structured fit hugs the body to enhance a beautiful feminine shape. ✓ Looks long and lean A jumpsuit with puffy sleeves and wide-leg pants creates a balloon-like effect that “swells” the body and shortens its stature. The fix: The linear look of a fitted style directs…

1 min
wow with highlights

Babylights blur wrinkles Focused around the crown, superfine streaks that mimic the way the sun naturally lightens a child’s hair reflect light onto the face to visually diminish the appearance of fine lines. To do: Use a clean mascara wand (it creates precise, small streaks) to apply the color from a highlighting kit (like Revlon Frost & Glow Honey Highlighting Kit, Amazon.com) onto ½" sections of hair around the top section of the head. ‘Sombré’ slims the face A soft ombré gradually lightens hair from the center of the face down, pulling the eye vertically to elongate the face for a slimmer look. To do: Clip hair into six sections. Take down one section and tease 1" segments; apply color from an ombré kit (like Madison Reed Light Works Highlighting Kit, Ulta.com) to the bottom…

6 min
what a difference the right shape wear makes

I want to tuck in my tops, but what if it shows my bumpy belly? FLATTEN LOWER-BELLY BULGE WITH A HIGH-WAISTED BRIEF Tucking a blouse into bottoms is a trick stylists use to “stretch” the silhouette so it looks instantly slimmer. But if you’re like us, you have that “pocket” of pudge that rests below the waistband disrupting the body-slimming effect. The shaping solution: a brief-cut “boy shorts” shaper that sits just below the bust with targeted sculpting panels throughout the front. The fabric comfortably compresses the stomach while the fuller coverage ensures the shaper doesn’t create added rolls on top, says celebrity stylist Dawn Del Russo. What also helps? “Tucking a playful top into high-rise jeans directs the eye up, so the entire body appears longer and leaner.” FIRST pick: Leonisa High-Waisted Tummy…

2 min
breakthroughs for thicker hair!

Best new DIY One key to restoring volume is to wake up follicles that have become stuck in the resting phase. A rosemary essential oil rub can help! The oil stimulates and strengthens circulation to the scalp so follicles get the blood and nutrients they need to shift them into, and prolong, the growth phase. In fact, a recent study found rosemary oil to be as effective at regrowing hair as 2% minoxidil. To do: Mix 4 drops of the oil (like GuruNanda Rosemary Oil, Walmart.com) and 1 Tbs. of a carrier oil, like coconut oil. Rub onto your scalp for 1 minute; let sit 5 minutes, then rinse. Use every other day for results in 30 days. Best new supplement Whether from age, stress or hormone flux, when the hair follicle–shrinking hormone…