Top 10 Makeup In A Music Video Moments Countdown: #10-2

So before we reveal out top pick for the Makeup Moments in a Music Video Countdown, we decided to recap the last nine looks before we give the final track away. Check out the picks we’ve highlighted these last few weeks, and get ready to ring in the New Year with out final music video look next week:

#10 – Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer: This 80’s music video is iconic for its era. Aside from a chart-topping song, the visual appeal of the video offers great makeup inspiration! If you’ve seen these video vixens in action, the models Robert Palmer features as he’s singing his trendy tune practically steal the show with their all black dresses, slicked back hair, bold eyes, and eye-popping red lips.

#9 – I’m Just A Girl by No Doubt: Don’t you just love this classic 90’s track from the legendary rock group, No Doubt? The song is considered an anthem for girl power, with its satirical play on words authored by the one and only rocker chic blonde, Gwen Stefani. In the video, Gwen sings about the social restrictions often placed on women, venting her frustrations. What makes the video so cool is Stefani’s swag. She’s the only girl in a rock group (rare at the time) and flaunts a tomboy style that still leaves plenty of room for fierce hair and makeup.

#8 – Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera: Remember this chart topper? Who can forget this trendy track? The new millennium remake of this hit from the 1970’s earned a top spot on the billboard. The song which featured Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and rapper Lil’ Kim earned the artists a 2001 Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration. This sexy music video earns a spot on our list for taking this look over the top. Check out the bold color swag each diva offers up. Christina’s lashes are even tricked out with their own bling! And who can miss the hair?! From red to pink to teased out blonde, this fierce foursome was born ready for their on camera close up.

#7 – Joan Jett in I Hate Myself for Loving You and I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll: What isn’t there to love about Jett’s hair and makeup in these throwback videos? Joan is all about her music, but her style speaks for itself. The rocker queen’s shaggy haircut from the 80’s has become one of the most iconic, as well as one of the most requested styles in salons everywhere. The cut framed Joan’s face beautifully and her brunette tresses played up her fair skin and rebel persona.

#6 – Kesha Your Love is My Drug and Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights: These two videos offer up a whole new kind of beauty inspiration. Glow in the dark makeup is the ultimate way to highlight all your favorite features. And after watching these pop divas in action, their videos leave us feeling all aglow!

#5 – Janet Jackson Love Will Never Do: The iconic diva that is known as Janet Jackson needs no introduction and has never been known for just one look. The legendary star is a natural beauty whose singing and dancing prowess has made her one of the most well-known entertainers throughout the world. The imagery for this song screams classic beauty. The music video is filmed in black and white with touches of color and Janet keeps it simple in a classic black crop top and jeans. A fun fact about the making of the video, it’s is said that Janet planned to actually wear a dress, but the director’s vision for her wardrobe ultimately won out and it definitely made for an timeless style moment.

#4 – Crush on You by Lil Kim feat. Lil Cease: The Queen B is known for making a statement. Her looks are iconic and pop culture classics. A goddess of hip-hop, this diva lyricist and queen of innovative style paved the way for many a modern day pop star. Before Katy, Nicki, and Demi were rocking out-of-this-world hair colors, Lil Kim decided to don over-the-top color wigs for one of the most colorful music videos of the nineties.

#3 – Countdown by Beyoncé: The one and only Beyoncé always serves up some serious hair and makeup moments for us all to gush over, but we decided to highlight this particular video for all the many beauty throwbacks B gives us as an ode to her fellow female iconic inspirations. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, legendary music group the Supremes, and the Academy-award winning film West Side Story, Beyoncé makes old school glamour new again with so many fabulous looks it’s hard to keep count.

#2 – Lady Gaga in Telephone: Little Monsters rejoice! Lady Gaga of course couldn’t be left out of our countdown. The queen of shock, creativity, and innovation, this pop sensation and makeup inspiration has come in at number two for her the looks she serves up in yet another epic video that is both over the top and full of perfected pizzazz.

Hair and makeup ideas to speed up your morning routine

By Michele Meyer

From Life & Beauty Weekly

Beauty is brutal, especially in the morning. You often have five minutes – a mere 300 seconds – to pull yourself together. When battling puffy eyes, blotchy skin and less-than-sexy bed head, “go with minimum product for maximum impact,” says Ramy Gafni, creator of Ramy Cosmetics. Here are his and other pros’ step-by-step makeup and hair tips on looking your best under the morning sun gun.

In 2 ½ minutes: A fresh face

First, apply tinted BB (beauty balm) or CC (color-correcting) cream, especially under your eyes and around the chin and base of the nose. “Look for active ingredients, like antioxidants and SPF (sun protection),” Gafni says. “Why not diminish fine lines while perfecting your canvas?” Add another layer where you need concealer. If you have oily skin, add a dusting of translucent power in your T-zone.

Next, paint your lips, cheeks and then eyelids with a single gloss, cream or three-in-one soft pencil that’s peachy, light bronze or pale pink. Judge the shades first on your eyes, Gafni says. “If they don’t look good there, they’re not right for you.”

Blot colored lips with your middle finger, smile and transfer a dot to each cheek apple (or prominent part). Blend outward in circles, says Joanna Schlip, Ellen Pompeo’s makeup artist and Physician’s Formula spokesperson. If you’re tired, also sweep a peach blush slightly lighter than your skin tone on under-eye bags, Gafni says. “It’s a lighting trick.”

To apply mascara with less mess, dab the wand tip on a tissue to remove excess, then apply it only to your top lashes. Hold the brush horizontally, moving from lash roots to ends with a slight back-and-forth motion. Let set 30 seconds, Gafni says. “Then add an extra coat for every decade over 30.”

If you’re truly time-pressed, skip your lips, Gafni suggests. “You always can apply lipstick or balm later.” Or, take the opposite tactic and put on lipstick before your eye makeup, as does Stella Kae, Cloutier Remix celeb makeup artist for Alyssa Milano. “I can’t tell you how many times someone has gushed over my lipstick when I also sport eye bags and blemishes. Highly-pigmented products pack the most punch and generally last longer.”

For a mid-day touch-up, apply one dot of concealer at the inner corner of the eye and one at the bottom center, Schlip says. Spread with your ring finger. “Add a puff of tinted powder around the nostrils, and you’re back in business.”

Finally, remember that your best face begins the night before. “Always go to bed with a clean face,” Gafni says. “At the very least, apply toner with a cotton ball or clean with a premoistened cloth. That eliminates skin problems and allows you to start the day with a fresh palette.” Before turning in, put on a good anti-aging moisturizer and lip balm to let the ingredients do their job while you sleep.

In 1 ½ minutes: Fabulous hair

Just stepped out of the shower? Blot hair with a towel, rub a quarter’s worth of lightweight conditioning oil in your palms and onto your hair, and then create a fashionable braid along the side of your head, says Dueñas. “Once the hair’s dry you undo it, and you’ve got perfect beachy waves without fly-aways.”

But what if you don’t have time to wash your hair? Keep an aerosol can of dry shampoo at hand so you can flip your hair forward, spray the shampoo at the roots and go. “The powder distributes itself,” says Brian Magallones, Exclusive Artist Management celebrity hair stylist. You also can reactivate yesterday’s products by lightly misting clean hair with plain water, says Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist at Boston’s Salon Mario Russo.

For a polished, no-fuss style, you can’t beat a sleek ponytail, says Magallones. While looking toward the ceiling, pull hair tightly to the nape of your neck. Wrap the pony base with an elastic tie, then rub a nickel-sized dab of hair gel into palms from crown to nape to calm any flyaways. Take an inch-wide swatch of hair from below the pony, wrap around the base and clip beneath with a 1 ¼- inch hair pin.

Or try a trendy top knot: Gather tresses into a ponytail on the top of your head. Wrap the pony into a bun toward your face and tuck the ends underneath the knot. Set with 3-inch pins, one each at front, back and sides. “A spritz of light hairspray (or an unscented clothes dryer sheet) will fight fly-aways,” says Michael Dueñas, Reese Witherspoon’s stylist and founder of Hair Room Service in New York and Los Angeles.

Midwife stars happy without make-up

The actresses play nuns on the BBC One programme and revealed being bare-faced makes a nice change from spending hours in the make-up chair.

“Oh, it’s lovely,” said Pam, and Jenny laughed: “It takes away from having to look in the mirror because you don’t really want to!”

However, the actresses insisted they aren’t actually disappointed by what they see on screen. “I’m proud of every line on my face,” said Jenny, 60. Pam, 65, added: “Exactly – I’ve earned all of those!”

The pair aren’t so enamoured with the wimples they wear as Sisters Julienne (Jenny) and Evangelina (Pam).

“Urgh, I have a hate-hate relationship with my wimple, me no love,” said Pam.

“It puts you in a very separate world,” added Jenny. “Sometimes you can’t actually hear what people are saying, and after a while you give up saying, ‘What?’, and just nod and smile.”

Despite delivering many fake babies on set, Jenny and Pam admitted they do not think they’d be much good at it in real life.

“I don’t think I’d be quite as calm as Sister Julienne,” admitted Jenny. “I asked a midwife [about it] and she said you have to be attending on 40 births before you can do it by yourself – and I’ve not done 40 yet.”

But that doesn’t stop members of the public discussing impending births with them. “I always offer to help,” smiled Pam. “As long as it’s a plastic baby, I’m fully licensed.”

:: Call The Midwife Christmas Special airs on BBC One on Wednesday, December 25.

PA: Nigella’s nose powder ‘too white to be makeup’

A former personal assistant of the television chef and ‘Domestic Goddess’ author Nigella Lawson “frequently” found rolled-up banknotes with white powder on them in her handbag, she told a court.

The TV cook would also swig straight from a bottle of liquid tranquilliser, Francesca Grillo said.

Ms Grillo, one of two former personal assistants accused of defrauding Ms Lawson, said she had seen her employer with white powder up her nose and repeatedly found banknotes with white powder on them when moving her things from one handbag to another.

She also said her employer had prescription drugs for depression and that she kept one bottle in the kitchen and would take it straight from the bottle “very often”.

The alleged drug-taking turned Ms Lawson from being kind and warm-hearted to “grumpy, moody and blaming the children”, the jury heard.

Ms Grillo also said that Charles Saatchi had a “personal vendetta” against her and her sister. “He was banging on the table… he said I would end up in handcuffs.” She said the situation became “quite scary” as Mr Saatchi told her: “Hide anywhere in Italy but I will find you and destroy you.” She added: “The more he got upset, the more I got frightened. You don’t cross Charles Saatchi.”

Ms Grillo was giving evidence for a second day at Isleworth Crown Court. She and her sister Elisabetta, known as Lisa, have pleaded not guilty to defrauding Ms Lawson and her then husband Charles Saatchi. The sisters allegedly used his company credit cards on holidays and clothing between 2008 and last year.

Ms Grillo, 35, told the court on Tuesday (local time) that she ordered “fat-burning tablets” and paid for them with Mr Saatchi’s credit card in 2009. “I don’t think they were for me,” she said. She said she had never seen Ms Lawson take drugs but saw plenty of evidence.

Ms Grillo said she used to visit Lisa, 41, at Ms Lawson’s home in Shepherd’s Bush and saw rolled-up banknotes and white powder in the kitchen after dinner parties. When both sisters worked for Ms Lawson after her marriage to Mr Saatchi and moved to Belgravia, Ms Grillo said she found white powder in Ms Lawson’s handbags.

Ms Lawson has admitted to taking cocaine and cannabis but denied being an addict. She said she took cannabis in the last year of her marriage to make “the intolerable tolerable”. The case continues.

Four common formaldehyde releasers to avoid in your cosmetics and skin care

(NaturalNews) Formaldehyde is a highly toxic chemical that is still used under the guise of different ingredient names that don’t include “formaldehyde” in the title in a large number of products that are frequently in close contact with consumers. More often than not, even if we are diligent in avoiding formaldehyde as a known ingredient, we come in contact with this chemical quite a bit simply by proxy of other ingredients.

This is because many of the preservatives and antimicrobials still popularly used in modern day skin, body, hair and hygiene products are “formaldehyde releasers.” They actually begin to release this toxic chemical as they sit on your shelf. Formaldehyde is highly effective as a preservative; however, it is also highly toxic to our immune system, nervous system and is also a major carcinogen.

The longer these ingredientsage, the more formaldehyde they release and the more toxic your product becomes. This is because they are designed to slowly decompose, providing a more long-lasting preservative effect- and may even continue to do so once they are absorbed into your body.

As you likely already know, many chemicals can stay in the body for years. Logic would dictate that we wouldn’t want formaldehyde slowly releasing into our body for years. The following is a list of the most common formaldehyde releasing ingredients to avoid.

Quaternium-15 is a quaternary ammonium salt. It is most commonly used as part of what is usually a large “cocktail” of preservatives in personal and skin care products that require a long shelf life. It is a known formaldehyde donor.

The compound has even been identified by the EU (European Union) as an ingredient that may not be safe in cosmetics and therefore, its use has been limited. It is also used in latex paints, industrial types of adhesives and other home consumer products. Quaternium-15 has also been identified as a potential immune irritant as allergic responses have been reported.

DMDM Hydantoin
This is another preservative that you will find on the back of quite a few ingredient labels when browsing the health and beauty section. This ingredient is restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan due to safety concerns.

There are concerns that it may cause tissue irritation and also may interfere with immunity. This may likely be due to the fact that it begins to release formaldehyde over the life of whatever product it is present in since these are both health concerns attributed to formaldehyde.

Ureas are a family of preservatives that also rely on the slow release of formaldehyde to keep products on the shelf longer. Look for these on ingredient labels to appear as either diazolidinyl urea or imidazolidinyl urea. These have been identified as potential skin and tissue irritants.

Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
This is commonly used not only as a preservative, but also as an additive to hair care products for straightening or softening effects. It has been identified as a potential allergen.

It is actually considered to be one of the lowest of the donors since it does not tend to release as much formaldehyde as those discussed previously. This ingredient can also be listed as any of the following: Glycine, N- (Hydroxymethyl) – Monosodium Salt; Glycine, N- (Hydroxymethyl) -, Sodium Salt; N-(Hydeoxymethyl) Glycine, Sodium Salt.

Dog and owner have words, then make up

I had a fight with a dog.

Not a dogfight, mind you. An argument. A dispute. A spat no less real than that of feuding friends who spew words, stamp feet and slam doors. Lest I be accused of anthropomorphizing the experience, there was no mistaking that my feisty greyhound Olivia was clearly upset. With me.

Since adopting my ex-racer two years ago, we’ve nestled into a comfortable evening routine. Olivia sleeps on her doggie pillow at the foot of my bed and in the morning, when I run the shower, she waits for me downstairs. Upon my arrival, she greets me with a ridiculously joyous response, like it’s been months, and not a mere 15 minutes, since she last saw me.

Not long ago, Olivia discovered that my memory-foam mattress was much nicer than her plush pillow. The first time she jumped atop my freshly washed linen, I was inclined to push her off. I mean, c’mon; doggie dander, bad breath, and God only knows where those paws have been. But then she spooned me, tucked her knobby little head under my chin, and exhaled with a contented “ummmmm.” I flashed back to her first home, a Florida racetrack where she lived in a 32-by-31-inch crate, and my heart melted. I threw my arm around her and we slept.

Over the next few weeks, Olivia started staking more of the bed, spreading her 65 pounds smack across the center while I was slowly being relegated to inches from the edge. When this happened, I’d give her a gentle push and reclaim my rightful place. Recently, she started awakening with a surprised low-level growl, but I’d pat her on the head and all would be fine. Or so I thought.

The Nov. 20 Ask the Vet column in this paper addressed an identical scenario and the response was scary. “Even though your dog is normally affectionate, this behavior will escalate,” the trainer warned. “Dogs are territorial and she is telling you not to bug her. The quickest way to recover from this developed behavior is to remove her.”

Had I created a monster? Olivia is a sweet and affectionate dog who relishes belly rubs, neck massages, and kisses peppered up and down her needle nose. But still, the trainer’s warning niggled in the back of my brain.

Sure enough, the nocturnal growling escalated. One night, illuminated in the soft glow of streaming moonlight, I caught the ominous curling of Olivia’s lip and that did it. I sat up, barked a sharp “No!” and swiftly pushed her off the bed. Instead of returning to her floor pillow she scuttled downstairs, but not before turning around to give me a look that clearly conveyed her displeasure.

My huffy hound slept in the living room that night, her black mood permeating the air like musty central heating. The following morning, she didn’t greet me at the foot of the stairs with her usual happy dance. Instead, she remained on her pillow, her eyes casting darts in my direction while I cautiously looked around, half expecting to find torn pillows or other acts of revenge. Nothing.

Now, I believe that dogs understand more than we give them credit for, which is why I talk to them. Can’t hurt, right? I knelt on Olivia’s pillow and cupped her stiff face between my hands. “Listen,” I told my naughty girl nose-to-nose. “Everything here is mine. Not yours. Mine. You can sleep with me, but no growling, understand?”

I felt her face relax. She blinked and gently nudged my cheek with her wet nose. I took that as a “yes.”

Did she understand? I can’t say for sure, but since then every night has been a silent night. Oh, she’s still a bed hog, but that’s a talk for another time.

Celebrity Beauty Secrets: Olympic Alpine Skier Mikaela Shiffrin

The Olympic Games will soon be here and with them we’ll get to see a whole lot more of apline skier, Mikaela Shiffrin. The 18 year-old just qualified over the weekend to go to Sochi for Winter Games, and she was recently named a spokesperson for hair care megabrand Pantene. Can this girl’s life get any busier?! Luckily, Mikaela had just enough time to chat with us about all things hair and makeup. We were dying to know more about how a professional athlete stays looking fabulous on the slopes, so read our Q&A below and find out this Olympic ‘it girl’ combats helmet hair like a pro!

Mikaela Shiffrin
So Mikaela, give us the scoop on what the beauty routine of an Olympic Champion is like! What’s a typical get ready regimen for you?

Every night before I go to bed, I put on the Olay Night Fortifying Cream, lots of it. When I wake up, I slather on the Olay All Day Moisture Cream. Then I mix it with the COVERGIRL CC cream so I can even out my skin tone. After skiing all day, my skin tone is like 5 different shades. It gives me extra hydration, a more even tone, and pretty looking skin. Then I put on a tiny bit of light colored blush and a little bit of black eyeliner.

What about getting your hair ready for the day?

For my hair, I run the Pantene All-in-one Styling Balm from the middle of my hair to the ends to tame frizz and make it smooth. I spray a little bit of Pantene’s Flexible Hold Hairspray, before I go out, just at the roots. It stays in my hair, pretty much all day. It’s simple, but it brings out my best features. I feel so much more confident taking my helmet and goggles off. I don’t look like I’ve been skiing all day – the products last throughout training session.

Loving all your beauty solutions! What would you say inspires your hair and makeup looks? Is it a fellow athlete? Family member? A certain decade?

The Hunger Games is a big inspiration. I saw Catching Fire the other day and Effie Trinket had a red eye shadow on that I thought looked really cool. So I tried playing with different designs – not as extravagant as what she did, but a toned down version. For most days though, I think of my look as “Beauty base zero” – make it look like I got out of bed looking flawless and didn’t put a lot of thought into it. When I’m skiing I put on a little bit of foundation, little bit of blush and a little bit of eye liner. I’m sweating all day – it’s not a make-up friendly environment, so I put on just enough to look healthy and so I feel confident when I take my helmet off.

So what beauty dilemmas do you have to tackle as a professional athlete? What are some tips and tricks you’ve learned to stay looking your best while competing or being in the public eye?

My biggest beauty dilemmas are split ends, chapped lips and helmet head, so the natural is always the best go-to choice for me. I used to straighten my hair a lot, but I have naturally curly hair. It looked pretty when I first did it, but by the end of the day, it always flattened out at the top of my head, I decided I liked it better curly. I just learned how to use a curling iron to make it less frizzy and make my curls a bit looser, but still embracing how it naturally looks. For me it’s about having a natural hair style, natural hair color, and natural make-up look.

How does it feel to be a Pantene spokesperson?

It’s pretty cool! I’ve always admired the hair in the Pantene commercials. The partnership has helped me learn about my hair, what tools and products I can use to make it almost look like a Pantene commercial. It’s been really exciting for me. I always thought my hair was hopeless and at my shoot, when I was talking with a Pantene stylist, she thought my hair was gorgeous. She taught me some tricks to make it look better, like using the All-in-one Styling Balm to tame the frizz and how to use a curling iron to accentuate my curls. And it’s been amazing to share that with people.

What are some of your favorite hair and makeup products?

All of the products I use need to be quick and easy. My whole life is built on getting ready and looking good really quick. I feel like I’m always rushing everywhere. Ten minutes and I’m ready to go. Some of my favorites are: Pantene Repair and Protect Collection because it is very moisturizing, the COVERGIRL CC Cream, because it evens out my skintone. Pantene’s Flexible Hold Hair Spray is pretty awesome too because it helps ward off helmet head. I just run my fingers through my roots after I’ve take off my helmet and it pretty much goes away. Because I’m dealing with helmet hair every day, it gets really greasy. The hairspray helps me go for an extra day or 2 without washing my hair. My hair is so much healthier now that I wash it less. It helps my hair look good without washing it every single night.

What beauty advice would you give to women who want to be able to work out and still look great while doing it?

Stay natural! It doesn’t mean you need to be scared of putting make-up on. It’s nice to look feminine, but really working out, too. I used to feel guilty putting make-up on and going to a workout. But it’s just a little bit that makes me feel good so I can get down to business. People can judge me by the turns I make on the slopes, but can also appreciate that I am feminine when I take my helmet off.

No makeup offered for many suspected ‘no-show’ classes at UNC-CH

The record of a UNC-Chapel Hill class called “AFAM 280: Blacks in North Carolina” is key evidence in a long-running academic fraud scandal.

Last week, an Orange County grand jury issued an indictment charging what numerous records had indicated: Julius Nyang’oro, the longtime chairman of UNC-Chapel Hill’s African and Afro-American Studies department had created the class in the summer of 2011, but it never met.

Nonetheless, university officials list it only as a “suspected” fraudulent class, a designation it gave to the vast majority of the no-show classes identified by a UNC-commissioned investigation a year ago, and one that accrediting officials accepted in passing judgment on the academic fraud.

As a result, UNC wasn’t required to reach out to the hundreds of students in the AFAM 280 class and 166 others to offer another course, despite compelling evidence those classes also never met. That requirement was only made for students in 39 “confirmed” no-show classes.

Zach Ferguson, a graduate now attending UNC law school, found that out this summer, when he wanted to know why no one had contacted him about a class he took in fall 2005. Like the so-called “confirmed” no-show classes, Ferguson’s never met; Nyang’oro told him to write a paper to turn in at the end.

“I didn’t get the main benefit, which was an educator teaching you and enriching you,” he said.

Former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, an adjunct law professor at UNC who specializes in helping athletes with NCAA matters, said UNC’s default position should have been to reach out to students in any class that the university can’t show was legitimate and offer them an opportunity to get the education they paid for.

Identifying the classes as suspected versus confirmed, he said, “sounds like a sort of euphemistic way to avoid the question of whether somebody taught the class or not,” Orr said.

Former Gov. Jim Martin conducted an investigation into the academic fraud for the university, and found 206 confirmed or suspected classes that date back to the mid-1990s. His investigation identified a “confirmed class” as one in which the listed instructor denied teaching the class, or Nyang’oro confirmed it hadn’t been taught.

Martin said a “suspected class” was one in which no instructor could be found, or the instructor listed in the records couldn’t confirm having taught it. The News & Observer’s investigation into the classes found additional evidence that several suspected classes – including the AFAM 280 class – had not met and only required a term paper.

But the university downplayed the suspected classes in its correspondence with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting commission that launched an investigation last year in response to the discovery of the no-show classes. Accrediting officials could not be reached.

“It is simply not the case that hundreds of registrations by students were for anomalous courses,” the university wrote, citing the 39 confirmed no-show classes.

If the suspected classes were included, the total number of enrollments in no-show classes would climb to more than 4,200.

Karen Moon, a UNC spokeswoman, said in a recent email that the university had no additional evidence to show any of the 167 “suspected” classes were legitimate.

Nyang’oro, 59, of Durham, has been charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in relation to the 2011 AFAM 280 class. His lawyer said he is innocent of the charge. The class was filled with football players, one of many suspected or confirmed classes that showed disproportionate numbers of athletes enrolled in them.

Ferguson, who was not an athlete, thought he was in one of the confirmed classes. In July, he wrote the university about the class he took in the fall of 2005 on Southern Africa that never met. He was a Florida native and undergraduate student paying out-of-state tuition at the time. He wrote the university seeking a tuition credit to make up for the education he did not receive.

Nyang’oro was the professor, Ferguson told UNC officials in the email.

“I visited (Nyang’oro) once, when he approved my topic and told me we would not have any scheduled meetings or talks, only that I could contact him if I had a problem,” Ferguson wrote. His concerns about the class were first reported in the UNC student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel.

In August 2012, The N&O reported that another student in that class had said it never met, and he was also told to write a paper to turn in at the end. But Martin labeled it a “suspected” class in his report.

Christopher Derickson, the university’s registrar and assistant provost, told Ferguson in a letter that he was in good academic standing and didn’t need an additional class, but if he wanted one it would be provided. Derickson disputed that the university hadn’t “proactively” reached out to all students about the “academic irregularities.”

But he also said while the university “has concerns about all the anomalous courses identified in the Martin Report, the courses of greatest concern for the University and for our accrediting agency … were the (confirmed) courses.”

In June, the accrediting commission announced its decision on the classes. It said it would monitor UNC for a year and also require it to do spot-checks on classes to make sure they were meeting. The university sent out a report to students and alumni that answered questions about the decision. It made no mention of offering free classes to students in the “suspected” classes, nor did a report in the university alumni newsletter.

Moon said in an email Friday that students in the confirmed and suspected classes were told to call a dedicated line –  919-962-9853  – for assistance. But a recorded message on that line only tells students in the confirmed classes to leave their contact information. It makes no mention of the suspected classes that involved hundreds more students.

Moon said only one student in a suspected class has sought a free one.

Ferguson said the lack of effort to reach out to students in the suspected classes is disappointing. He said he could find no correspondence from the university that alerted him that he might have been in a bogus class. He wrote the accrediting commission last month to tell them they should be concerned about the suspected classes. All he said he has received from the commission is an acknowledgement of his email.

Själ Skincare Lets Us In On Why Gemstones Are More Than Just A Luxury

Skincare with a blend of gold, natural ingredients and luxurious gemstones seem to be one of the trendiest things in beauty—but are all those precious stones and metals really making any difference in your complexion? Kristin Petrovich of Själ Skincare spent some time with us explaining the ins and outs of her beauty products, well-being and just what makes those gems in your skincare so worth it.

The mother-daughter team at Själ Skincare, Karen and Kristin Petrovich, have long been fans of skincare and after years of searching for the right regimen decided to create one instead. “I always had a strong interest in Eastern or preventative medicine and my mother and I decided to go start a company to get into beauty because we loved doing that. We were especially passionate about skincare,” Petrovich explains. They wanted a simple routine that focused on a few key, multi-tasking products rather than a slew of confusing, time-wasting (and space-consuming) items. They believed with the right ingredients from both Western and Eastern medicine they could create a line that would be perfect for today’s women—simple, straightforward and effective. “Multitasking, nutritionally complete—we wanted something lifestyle-result oriented, but also with our own personal philosophy of Eastern and Western—more of an integrated concept,” she said

Consulting with experts ineach field, the founding duo combined the best of holistic medicine and biochemistry into a skincare line consisting of only nine products—yes,you read correctly—only nine. Tfocus of the brand is to improve upon what they’ve created, to make the perfect skincare. “It’s very streamlined for as long as it’s been around and we do continue to update our existing products, so it’s not just about launching a new [product] every other year. It’s really about perfecting the ones that we have or re-looking at them or repositioning them—making sure that they’re current with everything that’s going on today—from looking at different kinds of degenerative aging diseases to environmental concerns to aging concerns and pushing the limits as much as possible,” Petrovich explained.

While it might seem like a pipe dream for a skincare line, Petrovich assures us that that is the goal they set out to achieve—to better the skin, body and even the mind. She recalls when she was a young woman in New York working in the fashion industry. The stress and pressure caught up to her and after seeing numerous healers, doctors and acupuncturists realized that it was a common problem amongst today’s modern women. “Being overworked and overstretched, pushing yourself way too much—how do you find that balance? How do you start taking care of yourself so you’re not, like, completely falling apart?” she asks. Valid questions—and she’s hoping her holistic skincare will make a positive impact. “You know your skin, you know your body, start making good decisions that feel good for you. This is about you,” she said.

Danger that hides in make-up

They may be reluctant to leave home without it, but make-up is putting women at risk of deadly diseases, say experts.

According to a new book, cosmetics and beauty products often contain toxic ingredients that can cause cancer and other fatal illnesses.

Loopholes in Government regulations are being exploited by manufacturers to allow banned chemicals into over-the-counter products, it claims.

Authors Kim Erickson and Samuel Epstein say many ingredients in make-up have been shown to cause cancer in animals and should never be used as part of a beauty routine.

Coal tar colours, phenylenediamine, benzene and even formaldehyde are some of the toxins commonly found in shampoos, skin creams and blushers, they say.

Hormone-disrupting chemicals, which could lower immunity to disease and cause neurological and reproductive damage, may also lurk in everyday cosmetics.

In their book, Drop Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics, to be published next month, they claim the adverse effects of cosmetics build up over years of use.

Miss Erickson said: ‘Modern cosmetics contain a host of dubious ingredients which would be more at home in a test tube than on our faces.

‘These synthetic ingredients are inexpensive, stable and have a long shelf-life. Manufacturers love them, but the results from long-term use could be deadly.’

She said the same poisons that pollute the environment, from dioxins to petrochemicals, can be found in the average bathroom cabinet.

‘Many of the same ingredients have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals,’ she added.

The UK cosmetics industry is worth £4.5billion a year and employs more than 20,000 people. It is controlled by the Department of Trade and Industry’s 1996 Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations. The regulations approve about 3,000 ingredients for cosmetic use, but many more find their way into the finished products.

One loophole in the regulations allows cosmetics to contain banned substances if they cannot ‘reasonably’ be removed.

The authors say chemicals get into the bloodstream in a number of ways. Hair sprays, perfumes and powders are inhaled; lipstick is swallowed; eye make-up absorbed by sensitive mucous membranes and others taken in through the skin.

Allergy specialist Dr Jean Munro, medical director of the Breakspear Hospital in Hertfordshire, supports the claims.

In the last 20 years she has treated 8,000 women, nearly all of whom were found to have a sensitivity to beauty products.

Dr Munro said: ‘There is no question that people are being damaged by their cosmetics.

‘So many things are put into cosmetics now that are carcinogenic, and it is allowed because cosmetics are not considered to be as serious as drugs or food.

‘One of the most extreme cases I have seen was a woman whose bone marrow was affected by chemicals used in hair dye.

‘The situation as it is is plainly dangerous – unacceptably so.