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First for Women September 7, 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 Berry-mint aah “Frozen fruit slushies are a healthy way to beat the afternoon heat,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This week, I decided to surprise everyone with these minty-cool thirst-quenchers. To make: I combine ¼ cup of sugar, ¼ cup of water and 2 mint sprigs in a pot and simmer over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, then strain the syrup and chill. Next, I puree 1 cup each of frozen strawberries and raspberries, 1 cup of coconut water and the mint syrup until thick and smooth. I divide the mixture among glasses, then top with berries and mint leaves. They’re icy-cool, refreshing and always hit the spot.” Crafting up smiles Pretty picnic tote “My family and I love picnic lunches on the weekends,” shares Patty Bontekoe,…

2 min
smart you solutions

Press here to prevent ‘gotta go!’ If you feel like you’re racing for a bathroom more often these days, you’re not alone. Experts say bladder mishaps are more common during times of uncertainty. To outsmart that constant gotta-go sensation, massage the inner arch of your foot (just above the heel) for 5 minutes per side twice a day. Researchers report that stimulating this reflexology point reduces the production of bladder-triggering stress hormones, cutting urgent spasms by 55% in four weeks. QUICK POLL How do you make a homemade ice pack? Ouch! You sprained your ankle going down the stairs, but you don’t have a gel pack to ice it! Here, FIRST readers share their in-a-pinch relief remedies. 52% ❤ this idea! Freeze a plastic baggie filled with dish soap, says Ann Martin. It hardens into a…

1 min
leopard print 3 style secrets

☑ Slims hips A dizzying pattern combined with a double-breasted style that hits mid-thigh causes the eye to scan from side to side for a hip-widening effect. But a straighter, knee-length coat pulls the eye inward, shaving optical inches from hips for a slimmer look overall. ☒ Erases curves While the fun print can add youthful pizzazz, on a billowy maxi dress with no shape, it overwhelms the body, creating a fuller look from head to toe. ☑ Whittles the middle A wrap-style maxi that nips in at the middle defines the waist for an hourglass shape. Plus, a neck-elongating V-neck on top and leg-lengthening slit on bottom help “stretch” the body for tall and trim. ☑ Looks long and lean Details like bulky outlined pockets, thick, shiny fabric and a busy print on a skirt conspire…

1 min
cuts that wow for months!

Beautiful bouncy bob The wispy layers of a chin-length bob “lift” eyes and cheekbones for a face-lift effect. And the style seamlessly transitions into a collarbone-skimming “lob” (long bob) that slims the face and neck as it grows out. Ask your stylist for: A bob that rests just below the chin and has long, sideswept bangs and graduated, choppy layers throughout Soft shoulder sweep A shoulder-grazing ’do with long layers and angled ends beautifully “contours” the cheeks and chin. Plus, those details create depth as the style gets longer, so it won’t drag the face down. Ask your stylist for: A shoulder-length cut with face-framing pieces and long, blended layers cut with a razor Perky polished pixie Even as a face-elongating pixie transforms into an ear-length crop, the structured cut can remain fresh and flattering with easy…

8 min
fall styles that slim!

If you’re like us, after spending months in loungewear, this season you’re ready for a more fashion-forward, figure-flattering upgrade, but don’t want to spend a ton of cash to get it. FAUX FUR VEST Three reasons to love the soft, fuzzy vests that are everywhere this season, according to stylist Eric Himel, who’s worked with Ali Larter and Rachel Brosnahan: One, they add a touch of glamour to any look—dressy or casual; two, they easily skim over and mask trouble spots without adding visual bulk; and three, says Himel: “The style’s open, mid-thigh design optically elongates the figure for a slender silhouette.” He advises looking for a vest with dark “fur” to trim the body even more. FIRST pick: Balai, $45 (Walmart.com, Faux Fur Warmer Vest) Build the look for less SHOP YOUR CLOSET FOR:…

2 min
look younger in a blink

Fill in ‘bald spots’ with this serum Hormone flux, makeup allergies and stress can cause lashes to become sparse. To regrow lashes, brush them twice daily with a biotin-, peptide- and castor oil–infused serum. Biotin and peptides form the amino acids needed to produce hair-building keratin. And castor oil’s ricinoleic acid delivers growth-enhancing nutrients to follicles while plumping hairs’ diameter to fill in empty spaces. One study found that the mix grew lashes by 24% in a month! One we like: CoverGirl Lash Blast Lash & Brow Serum (Walmart.com) Lengthen short lashes with this primer Drying chemicals in some mascaras make already brittle lashes even more prone to breakage for a shorter flutter. The fix: Swipe on a primer before applying mascara, says lash expert and EndureLash founder Nikki Huebner. The gel-like fibers form…