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First for Women September 28, 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 Apple spice mmm “Last weekend, I made a cozy supper for my family and surprised them with a fun dessert,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “My idea: quick-prep apple pastries! First, I core, peel and thinly slice 2 apples and toss with 2 Tbs. of sugar and ½ tsp. of apple pie spice. Then I cut 1 unrolled refrigerated piecrust into ½"-wide strips, create a weave pattern with a few strips, add the apple mixture and press the ends of the strips together to seal. To finish, I sprinkle with sugar and bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350°F until golden, 18–23 minutes. They’re light, flaky and fill the house with warm, fall aromas.” Dazzling on a dime Fresh-picked bliss “From bright flowers to golden leaves to…

2 min
smart you solutions

QUICK POLL How do you clean reading glasses? Your lenses are so smudged, and that cotton T-shirt just makes matters worse. FIRST readers reveal how they get their specs squeaky-clean in a flash! 59% ❤ this idea! Swipe a used dryer sheet over the lens, says Faye Pizzo. The soft antistatic texture lifts dirt, sans scratches! 41% ❤ this idea! Rub a lotion-free dishwashing liquid on the lens, then rinse with warm water, says Kim O’Donnell. The soap dissolves grease with ease. READER TIP Slip-proof all your shower products “I tend to lose hold of wet bottles in the shower, and they tumble painfully onto my toes! Then, while unpacking groceries, I realized the thick rubber bands around my broccoli stems could help give the bottles grip! So I placed one each around my shampoo, conditioner and body wash,…

1 min
classic denim 3 style secrets

slimmer in seconds Dress Choose a belted button-down ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds A dress with a shoulder-widening high neck, bump-causing pleated waist and billowy bottom adds visual heft from head to toe. But one with a linear row of buttons and tie-waist pulls the eye up, down and in for a sleek silhouette. Top Try tailored and tucked ✕ Erases curves The 3D effect caused by a shapeless chambray shirt with huge sleeves and oversize pockets leaves the upper body appearing thick and boxy. ✓ Whittles the middle A sleek denim top showcases the midsection’s feminine shape, and tucking it into pants accentuates the waist. Wearing with similarly hued jeans “stretches” the body for bonus slimming. Skirt Opt for a pencil style Trims legs An A-line skirt that flares out from mid-thigh to mid-calf magnifies the legs’ widest parts. The fix: A pencil skirt…

1 min
stun in a bold scarf

Beautiful as a belt FIRST pick: Banana Republic, $40 (BananaRepublicFactory.com, Kaleidoscope Scarf) Chic as a hair wrap FIRST pick: Wild Dill, $18 (WildDill.com, Kilim Print Pink Scarf) Effortless as a neck ‘tie’ FIRST pick: AQUA, $58 (Bloomingdales.com, Floral and Leopard Print Scarf) A fall scarf adds warmth as the temperature drops, but with eye-catching prints, lightweight fabrics (like polyester and cotton) and longer lengths (around 40" or more), this season’s crop is super versatile! Besides adorning (and elongating!) the neck, the autumn add-on can be tied around the waist to carve out curves and wrapped around the head to hide a bad hair day. Bonus? It subs as a face mask in a pinch! GETTY (2); BACKGRID. TEXT: LEANN GAROFOLO…

8 min
hair that makes you younger!

SOUND OFF EASY DOES IT! “I have fair skin, obviously, and I have sensitive skin. And I have skin that has to withstand a lot…anything that’s simple and easy, I’ll do it. If it’s complicated, I’m like, ‘No,’” says Nicole on how she maintains her youthful appearance. Imagine if you could smooth wrinkles, illuminate skin and brighten eyes without shelling out a dime on pricey anti-aging potions. Great news! You absolutely can—with a hair refresh! SUBTRACTS YEARS A SHOULDERSWEEPING SHAG The vertical pull of overly long locks exacerbates the volume-sapping effect that gravity has on facial features, says hairstylist Marcus Francis, who’s worked with celebrities like Julianne Moore and Cindy Crawford. This, along with the wrinkle-magnifying look of dry hair and split, scraggly ends easily adds years onto the complexion. THE HAIR TWEAK: “Simply snipping hair to…

1 min
make every day a great hair day!

If your scalp is oily… Rub on peppermint. Excess oil on the scalp weighs hair down and clogs follicles, halting growth. But peppermint oil’s astringent properties limit oil production, and one study found the minty oil helped regrow hair 40% faster than pricey prescriptions! To do: Mix 2 drops of peppermint oil with ½ cup of water. Rub on scalp for 1 minute; rinse after 10 minutes. If your scalp is dry… Soak it in coconut water. A parched scalp can lead to brittle locks that break easily. The fix? Coconut water’s lauric acid. It penetrates dry scalp skin, replenishing its moisture while increasing hair’s shine. To do: Pour 1 cup of coconut water onto the scalp, comb through to ends of hair and cover with a shower cap. Let sit 15 minutes; rinse. If your…