Could There Be Harmful Chemicals In Your Personal Care Products?

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Have you ever wondered why we are so trusting of products we use? Up until recently I never questioned what products I used to clean with, eat or use on my skin and hair. 

It wasn’t until I read about Kourtney Kardashian lobbying on Capitol Hill that I considered there could be harmful chemicals in the makeup I use daily. 

Yes, I am an unapologetic Kardashian/Jenner fan. I knew Kourtney was the sister that’s all about natural foods and beauty. I never thought of myself as that type of person and still don’t, but I do want to stay clear of products that could be causing more harm than good. 

Kourtney was asked to lobby by an organization called Environmental Working Group, or EWG. This is an organization that allows the public to look up a product and check the safety risks associated with it as well as find safe products to use. EWG was trying to get a bill passed that demanded the FDA increase regulations on chemicals used in personal care products, according to Anna Cook from MarketWatch.

According the the EWG website, “For more than 12 years, EWG’s Skin Deep® has provided practical solutions to protect consumers from everyday exposures to chemicals in personal care products”.

The first questions I had after hearing about this were:

  • Aren’t there regulations in place to protect us from harmful ingredients?
  • How do I know what ingredients/chemicals are bad for me?
  • What kind of products could be dangerous? Baby products? Makeup? Perfumes? 

The FDA does not have to approve cosmetic products but does have some regulations a product must pass. For more information on the FDA’s authority over cosmetics, click here.

To avoid harmful ingredients, use resources like the EWG app or just Google the product’s ingredients and do your own research before using them. The risk isn’t only in makeup and skincare. There are unsafe perfumes, sunscreens and even baby products.

For now on, I’ll be more conscious of the products I buy. I want to be educated on what is harmful and I plan on looking up the products I use daily to figure it out. 

MLM vs Pyramid Scheme; What Are They and What’s the Difference?

 

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If you’re active on any social media, you might have come across the phrase multilevel marketing or MLM and Pyramid Scheme. You may have even been asked to purchase products from an MLM company or know someone involved with one. 

The difference between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme is very confusing so i’m going to try and lay it.

According to this video explaining the difference between the two, Pyramid Schemes are fraudulent and illegal and MLM’s are annoying at times but are not illegal. The problem is, Pyramid Scheme companies sometimes disguise themselves as MLM and the line is very thin. This is problematic because on paper, the company seems like a good idea and many people agree to be representatives or distributers, when actually, they’re getting themselves into a trap. 

MLM is a legal marketing practice, where you sell a product directly, recruit other people to sell the product under you (usually people you know personally) and get a portion of their sales as well. This line of recruiters can go on and on. The start up costs for MLM companies are small and the products being sold are comparable in price to others on the market. 

Contrary to MLM, but very similar are pyramid schemes. These are illegal and financially dangerous to get stuck in. People involved in these companies are pressured or convinced to pay and excessive amount of money to start up their business. The pyramid is set up to where you will just keep loosing money. Not only bad for the seller, but buyers are being scammed as well. The products are priced far above other similar products in their market. 

Here is a list of the “15 Most Hated Multilevel Marketing Companies Right Now

  • Lularoe
  • Rodan+Fields
  • Herbalife
  • Advocare 
  • Nerium
  • Monat 
  • Jeunesse
  • It Works!
  • DoTerra 
  • Amway 
  • Primerica
  • Younique 
  • Le-Vel
  • Nu Skin 
  • Arbonne

If you see brands you are familiar with or even use, you might be confused as to why they’re hated. Note- just because a brand is on this list does not mean it’s illegal or a pyramid scheme. Of the companies on the list, Herbalife, Rodan+Fields and Arbonne are some of the most talked about companies in my location. I know A LOT of people who sell these products. 

Pyramid companies will make promises and won’t deliver on them. Before you join a team or join a company, research and talk to people with experience. 

If you have to pay the company to work for it, it’s probably not a good idea. The line between MLM and a pyramid schemes is too thin for comfort. Do research and don’t take someone else’s word for a brand’s legitimacy.

 

 

 

 

 

Distinguished Visiting Artist Mildred Howard Exhibition Showing  at the Fred Jones Museum of Art

 

Distinguished Visiting Artist Mildred Howard Exhibition

The Fred Jones Museum of Art is presenting the Mildred Howard Exhibition, which will be showing until April 7. Howard is the seventh Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair at the University of Oklahoma.

Howard is a mixed media artist and uses a variety of mediums such as “printmaking, sculpture, textile, glass installations” said White. 

Using those materials, she confronts social and political issues. She does this by “Appropriating images from history in a fashion that speaks to contemporary issues,” said the museum director Mark White. 

“There is a little something for everyone,” said White.

Melissa Ski, Director of Learning and Engagement, said Howard’s art is directed towards the history of oppression, slavery, civil rights, the black lives movement, and women’s rights. 

The art makes the viewer think about social issues by contrasting the past and the present. 

For example, a print from her series, “I’ve been a witness to this game” shows Beyonce placed in front of a civil war militia. “You’ve got this very influential African American woman in what is seen in contrast to slaveholders,” said White. 

Howard is a native of San Francisco and got her MFA from John F. Kennedy University. Throughout her career she has received many awards such as the Adeline Kent award, the Joan Mitchell Foundation award, the Lee Krasner award, the Nancy Graves grant and the Douglas G. MacAgy Distinguished Achievement Award. 

She gets much of her inspiration from from her parents, who were actively involved in the civil rights movement. Through her work, she carries on her parent’s legacy. 

For Mildred Howard’s full bio, you can go to http://www.ou.edu/fjjma. Admission to the museum is always free thanks to the OU office of the president and the OU athletics department. 

Melissa Ski (m.ski@ou.edu)

Mark White (maw@ou.edu)

*No previous relationships to sources

 http://www.ou.edu/fjjma/Events This is a link to the upcoming events at the Fred Jones Museum of Art

http://www.ou.edu/fjjma/exhibitions1/now-on-display/DVA-Mildred-Howard This is the link to Howard’s full bio on the OU museum site. 

 

OU Alumni Association Newsletter

 

 

OU Alumni Association Newsletter 

May 2, 2019 

[Alumni Legacy Program] 

As an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Legacy Program. If your children are Sooner born, this program is a great opportunity for your children to join in on the spirit of the university.  

“The goal of the program is to foster the Sooner spirit and loyalty to OU to our children. It is meant to encourage our future Sooners to follow in their parents footsteps,” said Jennifer Dooley, the program coordinator. 

Legacy members will have a scholarship opportunity their freshman year at OU, they will receive a special invitation to be a part of the Student Alumni Association and recognition at commencement activities.  

“The benefits of being a Legacy member include free entrance to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History during their birth month, fifteen percent off OU gear in the online Alumni Store as well as invitations to future Legacy events,” Said Dooley. 

Every legacy member will also receive age appropriate gift such as toys, clothing, commencement cord and an enrollment certificate.  

“The gift program is for children aged 0-16 however there are benefits for incoming freshmen and current OU students.” said Dooley. 

Enrollment is a one time fee of $120 per child for OU Alumni Association paid members and $150 per child for non-members. Only children or grandchildren of OU graduates are eligible for Legacy enrollment. 

[OU Clubs] 

OU Alumni Clubs are an extension of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association. If you’re living out of state, find an OU club near you to stay connected! 

“We have about 110 clubs and they are mostly regional groups but we do have some affinity groups like the black alumni societies and the American Indian societies,” said Andrew Wertz, coordinator for the OU Clubs program. 

All OU clubs are volunteer based and want to keep OU grads connected through fun things like watch parties in the fall. 

“One of the impactful things we do among the clubs is raise money for scholarships,” said Wertz.  The university will match the amount of money that was raised by the club in a tuition waiver. 

Another goal of the OU clubs is to acclimate young alumni into their new environment, wherever that may be. The OU community does not leave you after graduation. Having a community of Sooners 

“If you’re a young alum and moved to a new state or city, we want you to be involved so that you can make connections to other OU graduates but also so they can get involved in the new community,” said Wertz.

Clubs are a great way to celebrate being a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. If you have questions regarding a club in your area and want to be involved, contact Andrew Werz at awertz@ou.edu

[SAA: OU Ring] 

The OU ring is a token of pride and memories that you can have after you graduate from the university. The ring symbolizes the people you met and places you have been at your time at OU. 

“When you’re able to wear your ou ring, you have so much pride for your school but also your accomplishments,” said Caitlin Montgomery, Director of Student Engagement. “We refer to it as your wearable diploma.”

When you go out into the work world, you can carry that pride with you and remember all the things you did at OU. 

“My ring has had a part in guiding my career path. Not to mention, it’s a great conversation started and can help you get connected to other alum,” said Montgomery. 

With the purchase of the OU Ring, you will also receive a keepsake box decorated with the OU seal. The ring has a unified design and you are able to customize your ring in yellow gold, white gold and two-tone gold with either an antique or natural finish. 

To get your ring, you are required to have completed 75 credit hours. OU rings are available to all student and alumni. 

[Boomer Bash] 

  Boomer Bash is a tailgate hosted by the Alumni Association. Come enjoy the pre-game excitement with food, drinks and  The Pride of Oklahoma.  

Boomer Bash makes tailgating easy by providing you with everything you need to enjoy your gameday. 

“Boomer bash is one of our largest events, especially in the fall semester,” said Caitlin Montgomery, Director of Student Engagement. 

Boomer bash is held in the union courtyard before home football games. 

“There are games, food and drink and alcohol for those of age” said Caitlin Montgomery, “The Pride comes by as well as the OU cheer and pom teams, the mascots and even basketball teams”. 

The event is an opportunity to unite with other alumni, family and friends to share the pride of the university. 

“Typically we have an average of 400 to 500 people come,” said Montgomery

To attend Boomer Bash, you can register before game day by contacting the alumni office or pay the day of the game. 

[OU Texas Weekend] 

OU Texas weekend is the most looked forward to event of the Fall at the University of Oklahoma. Thousands of fans gather together at the Cotton Bowl to witness the Longhorns and the Sooners compete once again. 

The Alumni Association travels to Dallas, TX and experiences all the excitement together. The goal of the alumni association is to carry on the traditions of the university. 

“We give everyone a place to gather to be with other alumni, family and friends,” said Deborah Foster, OU Texas event coordinator.

When you travel with Alumni, you are surrounded by friends, family and other alumni. There is a reception, breakfast, Sooner store and more. 

“We have an Alumni Association reception, a breakfast and also a store where you can buy OU merchandise before the game,” said Foster.

More information will be available on OU Texas 2019 this coming summer. For more information, contact the OU Alumni Office. 

 

Alumni and Alumni Association Sources:

1: Caitlin Montgomery (Caitlinrother@ou.edu)

2: Andrew Wertz (awertz@ou.edu)

3: Deborah Foster (debfoster@ou.edu)

4: Jennifer Dooley (jdooley@ou.edu)

SECONDARY:

http://www.ou.edu/alumni/saa/ou-ring

http://www.ou.edu/alumni/clubs

http://www.soonerconnect.com/s/1720/bp18/interior.aspx?sid=1720&gid=2&pgid=828

 

What Is an “Influencer”? And Some of My Favorites

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There are so many bloggers and influencers out there. Some have millions of followers and some have much, much less. No matter, each one has a message they’re  sending to their following. That message is so important because of how influential social media is. People don’t like the term “influencer” but that is exactly what they are. 

Of course everyone has an influence on people, but influencers are on a much larger scale. 

“What is an influencer?”,you may ask. 

An influencer is a person who gains authenticity and trust through social media to promote brands, in turn, making a commission from sales. Brands will send their products to the influencer to try out and possibly promote to their following. 

This trade-off has occasional issues. Influencers are often accused of promoting bad products for the profit or even hiding the fact they’re promoting a brand. Influencers have gotten better about acknowledging Ads. 

If you don’t think you follow an influencer, you’re probably wrong. Influencers aren’t solely in the fashion business. There are influencers in every aspect of life. (Health and Fitness, fashion, makeup, sports, music, interior design, organizing, and probably anything else you can think of) 

Since there are so many, you have the ability to decide who to see scroll across your screen. Here’s a list of 5 influencers I admire and why. 

SIVAN AYLA RICHARDS- she promotes the BEST products and companies 

I like her style (clothes accessories home)

Baby Capri is the cutest!

She’s honest 

Big on skincare 

She’s opinionated 

Insta- @Sivanayla 

Blog- https://www.sivanayla.com

KELSEY PATTERSON- she’s local

Shares cute clothes 

Works really hard on her instagram 

Cute momma-to-be 

Also works in real estate 

Insta- @kelseynpatterson

LAURA GODFREY- she’s so positive

Shares sales on clothes shoes and accessories 

She’s witty and entertaining 

I don’t skip through her insta story 

Insta- @laurangodfrey

DESI PERKINS- she’s a makeup goddess 

She’s Latina!!

She’s genuine and funny 

Shares her life (not only the glamorous side) 

Big on skincare 

Insta- @Desiperkins

YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/user/DesireePerkinsMakeup

KENNEDY FRAZER- full time college student and also running a successful instagram account 

Shares workouts, makeup, clothes, accessories, and more 

She’s newer and fresh

Insta- @Kennedyfrazer

   

 

 

Common Fears About Going to College

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The newness of it all: I’ve always heard that freshman year of college can be the hardest, which scared me because I thought it would be the work. I quickly figured out it’s not because the work is extremely hard, but because everything is so new and you will -most likely- be out of your comfort zone. I don’t know from experience because I didn’t move away, but if your moving away from your hometown, it will probably be more difficult (but also exciting and fun).

Making new friends/ meeting new people: When I started school I imagined meeting those lifelong college friends immediately and a happily-ever-after. It wasn’t like that. Actually, the first semester of college I felt kind of lonely and secluded. Probably because I was just trying to figure out my new surroundings and do well academically. This semester is so different though! I’ve met so many people and built new friendships. So if you’re worried you won’t meet any new people, don’t, because you will in perfect timing.  

Being away from home: This is actually something I can’t relate to because I don’t live in the dorms. The main complaints I hear about the dorms are 1- people not getting along with their roommates 2- the space being too small 3- Not wanting to go back home for breaks. The new freedom you get in college usually trumps all of those issues.

Workload: The work freshman year will be your basics (unless you finished or got credit for most of them in high school). These classes will most likely be pretty easy. There is definitely more outside of class study/ work time, even for your easiest class. It’s nothing you can’t handle. Find fun places to study, study with friends and communicate with your professors. 

Major won’t work out: Do not panic! People change their major all the time and odds are you will change it anyways. You don’t have to know what you’re going to do in school, much less in life. So many people go into college “undecided” so if you have an idea of what you want to do, you’re ahead of the game. If you are undecided, you have plenty of time. 

College is so fun and it’s what you make it. Check out my other articles about college!

Freshman Year Takeaways (College Edition)

Hello friends! I just want to hop on here and share some takeaways and songs that got me through this year. 

It is not only okay, but HEALTHY to take breaks: This is true for everyone whether you’re in school, pursuing a career, raising a family, or really just doing life. Something i’m terrible at is slowing down. The lord has shown me this semester that 1- I can’t be successful if i’m overloaded with work. 2- He is persistent and constantly moving. We tend to have a mindset where we feel like we have to be doing something all the time. So the break might not even be physical, but mental.

Set goals: set realistic goals that benefit your health, faith, education, job, or whatever is important to you. For me, i’ve found that exercise is therapeutic and relaxing and something I genuinely enjoy. I’ve starting setting goals for myself in that way and i’ve felt stronger, more organized, and healthier.  

Most things are not as big as they seem: 99% of the time things work out for the best. One of my favorite quotes is “it always seems impossible until it’s done”. Life it too short to worry about things that don’t matter *me talking to myself* and if you spend your time worrying you will miss so much!

Just do it: I couldn’t think of another way to say this (good job Nike) but for real, it’s simple. A lot of fear and worry could be avoided by facing your fears, not being lazy, and just getting things done. Once you start something you’re more likely to finish, but you have to start.

Find balance: Everything is okay within reason. TRUE. If you’re with your friends more than focusing on school, it may be an issue. In the same way, not having a life outside of school isn’t great either.

Find your people: Spend time growing in those relationships! The people I’ve met the past two semesters are wonderful and I’m so grateful for each of them. College is where you might meet your lifelong friends. I’ve learned to surround myself with people who lift me up, encourage me and let me be my truest self. Those are the BEST kinds of people!

Be informed: Keep up with the news! Know whats going on around you and know what you’re talking about. Even looking at the news through twitter is better than nothing. At this point, not being informed is no ones fault but your own. It’s so easy!

Overall, OU has treated me well and I give this year a 10/10. It’s crazy how much you mature and see the people around you mature in college.

SONGS: 

You Say- Lauren Daigle

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus- Lauren Daigle

Sucker- Jonas Brothers 

Shallow- Lady Gaga

A Million Dreams- The Greatest Showman

Talk- Khalid