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First for Women April 26, 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.

United States
Bauer Publishing
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Cocoa waffle wow “Homemade waffles are a beloved Sunday morning breakfast at my house,” shares Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This week, I decided to surprise everyone with my crispy-outside, fluffy-inside nutty chocolate version. To make: I heat a waffle iron to medium-high heat. Next, I mix 13⁄4 cups of milk, 2 eggs, 1⁄4 cup of Nutella and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. I stir in 11⁄2 cups of flour, 1⁄4 cup of sugar, 1⁄4 cup of cocoa powder, 2 tsp. of baking powder and 1⁄2 tsp. of salt. I pour the batter into the waffle iron and cook as directed. Then I layer each waffle with more Nutella and sliced strawberries They’re surprisingly easy to whip up and always win raves!” Crafting up smiles Sweet garden gifts “I love…

2 min
smart you solutions

2-second kitchen trick nixes dirt under nails You planned to spend a sunny Saturday prepping your yard for spring, but you can’t find your gardening gloves anywhere—and you just know dirt will get stuck under your nails. To prevent it, try this quick trick: Before heading outside, run your nails along a bar of dry soap. The soap will stick under your nails, preventing dirt from lodging there, and it will wash right off when you’re done, leaving you with a pretty garden and clean nails. Genius! QUICK POLL How do you swallow large pills with ease? Those giant vitamins and supplements can be hard to swallow, so we polled FIRST readers for their easy hacks: 54% ♥ this idea! Tip your head forward while swallowing the pill with water, says Jane White. This floats the…

1 min
breezy boho 3 style secrets

✓Subtracts 10 pounds Blouses that skim the upper thighs and have oversize embroidery throughout make the body look top-heavy. Instead, one with a smaller-scale motif across the neckline and a hem that rests above the hips draws attention up and in for a sleek and slim appearance overall. ✕Thickens the body The combination of a maxi dress with a billowy fit and a drop-waist design swallows up the figure while also emphasizing hips, creating a short and stocky look. ✓Highlights an hourglass A defined panel below the bust reins in flowy fabric to showcase the smallest part of the torso and carve out curves. Bonus: A V-neck pulls the eye vertically, “stretching” the body from head to toe. ✓Looks long and lean A bold pattern on a shin-length duster causes the eye to scan all over, optically…

1 min
easy keys to gorgeous

For line-free skin Opt for cupping. The suction created from moving small silicone cups around the face puts tension on collagen-producing cells to increase the production of the skin-firming protein—and it also has an instant plumping effect. Simply follow the kit instructions carefully for smoother skin in no time. One to try: Kungfu Apothecary Facial Cupping Set ($32, KungFuApothecary.com) For a slimmer face Try “ice” rolling. Massaging puffy skin with a cold stainless steel roller nixes swelling and pushes excess fluids out through lymph nodes, erasing any facial “weight” fast. Just sweep the roller in upward motions starting at the base of the neck and move along the face for 5 minutes. One to try: Kitsch Ice Roller ($18, MyKitsch.com) For a gorgeous glow Pick steaming. Warm steam opens up pores, helping to release skin-dulling impurities while…

7 min
brighter hair, younger you

LIFT FEATURES with ‘halo’ highlights “Bright, face-framing streaks that graduate into lighter ends throughout the head create a halo of light around the face that helps counteract saggy features like droopy eyes and jowls for a more energized, lifted look overall,” says colorist Mike Petrizzi, who has worked with Joan Jett and Mandy Moore. Get the look: Using a clean toothbrush (it allows for precise placement), apply the bleach from a highlighting kit (like Revlon Frost & Glow in Platinum, Walgreens.com) onto two 1" sections of hair on each side of the face from roots to tips. Then paint onto various 1⁄2" sections of hair around the rest of the head, applying less bleach on roots and more onto the ends. Let sit for 30 minutes; rinse. INCREASE HAIR’S LUSTER with balayage slices “Caramel-hued highlights pop…

1 min
your best hair brush—found!

Fine, straight hair? The smooth, flexible surface of boar hair bristles glide through delicate locks,minimizing the tugging that can cause breakage. Plus, the soft bristles gently massage the scalp, boosting circulation to encourage new hair growth. One to try: Conair Ceramic Wood All-Purpose Boar Hair Brush (Target.com) Thick, wavy hair? Thicker tresses benefit from a mix of nylon and boar hair bristles. The stiffer nylon “prongs” gently remove tough tangles while the boar bristles distribute hair’s natural oils from roots to ends to help tame frizz. One to try: Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Eco-Friendly Bamboo Professional Ionic Combo Paddle Brush (Ulta.com) Coarse, curly hair? For the tension needed to help loosen tighter, knot-infused curls, look to sturdy, pin-like nylon bristles. Their rounded tips comb easily through hair without pulling or altering texture. Tip: The more rows of…