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First for Women March 15, 2021

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.

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United States
Bauer Publishing
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Savory side dish “Nothing says St. Paddy’s Day like homemade potatoes and cabbage,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “And this traditional, easy Irish side dish always hits the spot. To make, I chop 1 lb. of cabbage and cook in salted boiling water until tender, 15 minutes. Next, I boil 1 lb. of peeled chopped potatoes in salted boiling water until tender, 20 minutes. I cook 2 sliced scallions in 4 Tbs. of butter until softened, then in a blender, pulse the mixture with the cabbage until chopped. To finish, I mash the potatoes with the cabbage mixture, season with salt, stir in chopped parsley and top with more butter. It’s creamy deliciousness for everyone.” Dazzling on a dime Cozy candlescape “The warm glow of candles on the dinner…

2 min
smart you solutions

QUICK POLL How do you keep eyeglasses up? Ack! Your glasses keep sliding down your nose, but you don’t have any tools on hand to tighten them. These temporary fixes from FIRST readers can help! 59% ❤ this idea! Dab eye shadow primer on the bridge of your nose, says Jill Fair. The tacky texture mattifies skin to nix slipping. 41% ❤ this idea! Wrap a rubber band around the end of each arm, says Megan Horn. It adds behind-the-ear grip and support to help keep the frames in place. MONEY SAVER SOS for red cheeks To ease windburned skin after a brisk walk, steep two green tea bags in hot water; remove bags and chill them in the fridge. Then simply dab the cooled sachets onto ruddy spots for quick relief. The brew’s antioxidants reduce redness and inflammation,…

1 min
spring denim 3 style secrets

✓ Whittles the middle A shapeless shirtdress with large round pockets overwhelms the body, creating optical bulk around the belly. But one that nips in at the waist and fans out below it showcases the smallest part of the torso while masking belly lumps or bumps. ✗ Erases curves The straight fit of a jumpsuit with a drop-waist design and multiple bulk-adding pockets emphasizes hips and swallows curves, leaving the body looking boxy. ✓ Highlights an hourglass A more structured style one-piece with a waist-showcasing self-belt hugs the body while skimming easily over curves to carve out a figure-flattering feminine shape. ✓ Minimizes the hips An oversize, above-the-knee skirt pulls the eye from side to side, visually widening hips. The fix? The streamlined design of a pencil skirt that rests below the knee pulls focus vertically for…

2 min
you, beautiful with the right bangs!

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 textured ends Before: Heavy, blunt bangs exacerbate the width of an already wide forehead, causing a small chin to look even smaller in comparison. Now: Infusing fringe with choppy ends adds soft movement to “break up” a wider forehead and offset an angular chin. What to ask for: Full, brow-skimming textured bangs that are point-cut. Styling tip: Mist a volumizing spray (like John Frieda Volume Lift Thickening Spray, Ulta.com) on the roots of bangs before blow-drying to keep strands from falling flat. Your face is LONG if: The length from your hairline to your chin divided by 3 is shorter than the length from the tip of your…

7 min
love the skin you’re in!

To calm eczema Cold weather interferes with skin’s barrier, which can exacerbate the itchy dry-skin condition, says Philadelphia-based dermatologist Erum Ilyas, M.D. A-list secret to stunning: Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream (Walmart.com). “Because I have eczema, my skin is really dry,” Garcelle Beauvais has said. “I try to stay as moisturized as I can, so [I apply it] right out of the shower or in the morning—that’s my routine.” How it works: Ceramides in the cream (natural lipids that make up skin’s barrier) restore and strengthen the outermost layer of skin to repair and prevent eczema flare-ups, while its anti-inflammatory oatmeal eases redness and soothes irritation. To do: After showering, apply the lotion to damp skin (when it’s most permeable). Use daily for hydrated, itch-free skin in two weeks. It’s that time of year when…

1 min
nature’s cure for happy and healthy!

Being enveloped by the elements of the forest (“forest bathing”) has been shown to improve mood and well-being by 102%! And you can get the benefits without leaving the house by inhaling forest-found fragrances! Read on to discover the scent that will work best for you, then add 6 drops of its essential oil into a diffuser and breathe. Aah… De-stress with pine Scientists say that holiday-reminiscent scents like pine bring out comfort-invoking feelings of nostalgia that help lower cortisol levels. The result? You’ll feel “lighter” and more worry-free. One to try: Aura Cacia Pine Essential Oil (AuraCacia.com) Reenergize with frankincense When inhaled, the earthy resin’s boswellic acid kick-starts the production of energizing beta brain waves to increase alertness and mental stamina for a full 60 minutes, allowing you to power through any fatigue. One to…