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First for Women December 21, 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 sip Cookie-kissed cocoa “Creamy hot chocolate is my family’s favorite treat for warming up on chilly days,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This year, for an extra-special holiday treat I decided to float festive cookies right on top! To make: Mix a (16.5 oz.) tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough with 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon, roll out, then cut out snowflakes with a cookie cutter. Bake as directed, then sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. In a pot, steam 1 qt. of milk over medium heat, stir in ¼ cup of cocoa powder, ¼ cup of sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla. Pour into mugs and top with cookies. It’s so fun and cozy—and sure to win raves!” Dazzling on a dime Festive focal point “During the holiday season, I like…

2 min
smart you solutions

Natural Rx for a cold Nose all stuffed up? This DIY humidifier can help: Fill your slow cooker two-thirds of the way with water, stir in 1 Tbs. of ground cinnamon, then set it to low with the lid off. The steady, gentle steam will fill your room with congestion-easing moisture for up to 8 hours while cinnamon’s scent opens up nasal passages for clearer breathing. Bonus: Studies show humidity weighs down viruses in the air, so they’re less likely to be inhaled. Just top the slow cooker off with water every 2 hours so it doesn’t go dry. Aah—sweet relief! QUICK POLL How do you prevent overindulging? You want to enjoy all the festive food without the uncomfortable bloat that comes from having too much. Sidestep the ugh with FIRST readers’ solutions: 57% ❤…

1 min
luxe velvet 3 style secrets

Suit Structured works best ✓ Looks tall and trim A blazer that fans out at the hips paired with wide-leg pants that flare at the ankles pulls the eye out, widening the body’s lower half. The fix? The uninterrupted line of a straight, structured style directs focus up and down for a long, lean appearance. Skirt Choose high-waisted ✕ Magnifies the middle Wide pleats and a thick, bowed belt on a skirt that rests at the hips creates a middle-thickening effect that adds optical inches to even the tiniest of waists. ✓ Carves out curves A skirt with an elastic waist that hits at (or slightly above) the navel nips in and defines the middle. And the more linear look of thin accordion pleats “stretches” the frame for a statuesque silhouette. Blazer Keep it sleek ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds Overwhelming the body with…

1 min
hair that stunsthese

Boost hair color with this gloss When color starts to fade, salons offer a costly pigment-depositing glaze to restore its vibrancy. But you can reap similar results with a drugstore-bought clear gloss! It coats any hair hue with sheer, shine-inducing molecules for long-lasting, luminous color. One to try: John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze Clear Shine ($12, Ulta.com) Hydrate dry strands with a ‘thermal cap’ In-salon conditioning treatments include 30 minutes under a dryer so ingredients can absorb. For hydrated hair in half the time, try a shea butter–infused self-heating cap. Massaging the cap onto the head deposits conditioner onto hair and activates its warming effect. One to try: Facetory Perfectly You Steaming H Hair Mask ($5, Amazon.com) Tame frizz with an in-shower treatment Pricey keratin treatments are a salon go-to—they seal hair’s cuticles so frizzy strands lay…

6 min
look party-perfect in a pinch

’Tis the season to slip into festive fashions, style hair into luxe looks and sprinkle on the sparkles! But no matter how well we prep, there’s always a lastminute beauty argh we hadn’t accounted for—from makeup that ‘melts’ to hair that won’t stay put. Whether you’re gathering with friends on camera or celebrating with family in person, we found the quick fixes for the most common fails so you shine bright all night long! Lift a droopy bust with a paper clip! There’s no better feeling than putting on last year’s party dress and seeing that it still fits. But when your bra doesn’t follow suit, leaving your bust looking saggy, it can take that enthusiasm right down with it. To lift it up fast, stylist Samantha Brown, who has worked with…

1 min
salon-worthy nails—in seconds!

Prone to yellowing? Pick polish strips! Porous nails can absorb pigment in polishes, leaving them discolored. The better option? Pre-cut polish strips like Color Street 100% Real Nail Polish Strips (ColorStreet.com). The 3-in-1 strips (base coat, polish and top coat) are easy to apply, won’t seep into nails and last up to two weeks. Plagued by breakage? Choose these press-ons! Weak, brittle nails are made worse by the acetone needed to dissolve gel polishes and acrylic glues. But the self-dissolving glue in faux nails like Static Nails (StaticNails.com) breaks down over time, so “nails” slide right off after being soaked in warm water, staving off damage. Plus, the gentle removal process allows the nails to be reused up to five more times! Frustrated by small nail beds? Try custom gels! If your nail beds are…