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First for Women July 6, 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 Red, white & mmm “This year for our July 4th dinner, I decided to make individual desserts for my family,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “These sweet bites fit the bill! I start with white cake mix and bake according to box directions for cupcakes, adding 2 Tbs. of strawberry extract to the batter. Then I melt 1 cup of white candy melts, dip 18 strawberries into the candy and let dry. Next, I melt ½ cup of blue candy melts and dip the bottoms of the berries into the candy. I tint 1 (16 oz.) can of vanilla frosting with red or blue food coloring, pipe onto the cupcakes, then top with the berries. They’re so fun and super festive!” Crafti ng up smiles No-sew lunch totes “Sunny…

2 min
smart you solutions

Do this while sitting for can-do energy! You plan to clean out the garage today, but an early wake-up has you catching up on some TV shows first. To ensure you don’t lose steam and remain couch-bound all day, try this move: While watching TV, hold a full water bottle in each hand and do overhead arm raises during every commercial break. Moving arm muscles activates enzymes that help cells burn excess glucose for fuel, increasing energy so you can power through the rest of your day! How do you break in new sandals? Those new strappy sandals look so cute, but you just know that blisters are a mere step away. Here, FIRST readers share their tips to break shoes in fast: 42% ❤this idea! Spritz straps with water and wear damp, says Shay…

1 min
slimmer in seconds summer whites 3 style secrets

Looks long and lean Baggy, pleat-front pants that bunch awkwardly at the ankles make legs appear short and stocky. But flat-front trousers with a slight flare create a linear column that “stretches” legs for a sleek, slim look. Adds bulk An ankle-length dress with fussy details like lapels, a double-breasted top, oversize buckle and bubble-like skirt optically widens the body from head to toe. Highlights an hourglass A self-belted wrap dress that hits right below the knee defines the waist, masks trouble spots and shows off calves, offering beautiful, curve-carving definition. Minimizes hips The fitted top and fluted hem of a skater-style skirt directs the eye out at the fullest part of the body. The fix: A structured A-line skirt skims easily over hips and directs focus vertically to streamline from the waist down. FIRST PICKS GETTY (3); SHUTTERSTOCK;…

2 min
stun in a straw hat

Your face is a HEART if: The width of your forehead from temple to temple is longer than the width of your jaw from ear to ear Balance it with a boater A boater’s structured brim and contrasting band draw focus up and away from a pointier chin. Plus, when tipped down just below the hairline, the brim disguises a wider brow for a more even appearance overall. FIRST pick: Breath of Youth Women’s Straw Fedora with Black Ribbon, $25, Amazon.com Your face is LONG if: The length from hairline to chin divided by 3 is shorter than the length from the tip of your nose to the bottom of your chin Minimize it with a floppy bucket The wide, squared-off crown of a bucket hat directs focus horizontally, tricking the eye into seeing a wider…

8 min
salon-beautiful at home!

HELP! My skin has gotten pasty! Between stress over a million and one things and being cooped up, it’s no wonder your skin has lost its usual luster. A steam facial can restore that radiance fast, says Gabrielle Ophals, aesthetician and co-founder of Haven Spa in New York City. “Steaming increases circulation to bring blood flow back to the complexion for a fresh flush while softening the outer layer of skin to boost the effects and absorption of post-steam skin care.” To do: Pour 3 cups of boiling water into a heat-safe bowl. Add 2 mint tea bags to re-create the calming feeling of a spa and awaken skin. Drape a towel over your head, keeping your face at least 6" away from the bowl; steam for 5 minutes. Follow up with your…

1 min
easy hacks to pretty in a pinch!

No polish remover? Try clear polish Swipe one coat of a clear top coat onto your old color, let sit for 1 minute, then rub away with a cotton ball. The fresh layer of polish bonds to the color underneath, softening it enough to remove it. No eye cream? Try lip balm Use your ring finger to apply a dab of lip balm around the eyes (don’t apply directly from the tube since this skin is super delicate). Ingredients in the balm (like beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter or shea butter) that hydrate lips also moisturize and plump crow’s-feet. No makeup wipes? Try night cream Rub a pea-size amount of cream onto skin, then rinse. Night creams are made with a thicker consistency, which helps lift and remove makeup from skin. Plus, it leaves behind a hydrating residue…