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Four NC State University Undergrads Developing a Date Rape Drug-Detecting Nail Polish

Undercover Colors wants to be the first fashion brand to help women combat sexual assault and it’s coming out of the gate strong with a discreet new beauty item that could allow millions to protect themselves from a potential attack. Four North Carolina State University undergrads are currently working on a nail polish that changes color when exposed to Rohypnol, GHB or Xanax — better known as the date rape drugs. Stephan Gray, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim are accepting donations to help them put the ingenious lacquer into production.

So how does it work? The wearer slathers on a few coats of the polish, and when she’s offered a drink, all she needs to do is dip her finger into the liquid. If the polish changes color, that means there are traces of a date rape drug present in the drink. “While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection,” reads the Undercover Colors Facebook page. “Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.”

The team at Undercover Colors hopes their invention will place more responsibility on the actual rapists, rather than the victims, which happens all too often in these cases. “We hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators.”

The polish is pretty genius, and it’s a subtle way for a woman to be aware of her surroundings and prevent a potentially horrific situation. But while we applaud the Undercover Colors team for standing up as young men against the type of violent and devious behavior exhibited by some of their peers, it’s sad that date rape has become so prevalent that there is a need for this type of product at all.

Undercover Colors is still taking donations to help develop the product. You can send the brand some cash here.

[via HelloGiggles]

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Lands in Sydney Rocking Smart Casual

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Beauty Brand ModelCo has flown its celebrity ambassador, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, to Sydney, with the Victoria’s Secret model touching down on Sunday morning after a long flight from Los Angeles.

The leggy blonde nailed smart casual as she stepped out of Sydney Airport in a relaxed, light grey top tucked into knee-rip, skinny-leg jeans and dressed the look up with a white Chloe jacket featuring bronze detailing.

Rosie accessorised in a fashionable yet on-duty way, with a dove grey Chloe handbag, nude sandals and plenty of coordinated bronze jewellery. The oversized circle sunglasses protected the 27-year-old from paparazzi flashes, while also helping the feminine and stylish elements of the getup.

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Did Cheyenne Tozzi Just Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Without Ice?

Cheyenne Tozzi ALS Ice Bucket

Photo: Instagram

Cheyenne Tozzi has joined in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fun after being nominated by Sir Philip Green‘s daughter, Chloe Jade Green. One thing was definitely missing, though, and that was the ice. We’re just going off the thousands of people who have taken on the challenge before her, but we’re pretty sure the ice is what actually makes the task all the more challenging and mildly entertaining.

Cheyenne nominated her fellow Australia’s Next Top Model team, including Jennifer Hawkins, Didier Cohen and Alex Perry, but one judge wasn’t too impressed with her efforts. “I SEE NO ICE….. THERE MUST BE ICE!!!!!!!” Alex commented on the post. Cheyenne didn’t really defend herself in response, instead just telling Alex to “do it.” Alex reiterated Cheyenne’s forgoing of the ice, by replying, “OH I WILL…. WITH ICE!!!!!” (more…)

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Gisele Bündchen is ELLE Australia’s September Cover Girl

ELLE Australia has tapped Gisele Bündchen as its September cover girl in perfect timing, following the news that the Brazilian babe is the highest-paid model for 2014. Even the blurb next to Gisele plays on her recently-public salary, saying, “The secrets behind the body that earns $135K a day.”

Taking just one glance at the cover, it’s not hard to see why Gisele makes more coin in a day than we could hope of making in an entire year. The eyes, those cheekbones and, of course, that body are serious money-making assets.

The side-on pose she strikes for the cover also exaggerates her impeccable features, with Gisele pulling up the T-shirt to reveal her always-tanned stomach, plus showing off her facial structure and beachy locks.

The front cover easily gets us in the mood for spring, too, with Gisele donning a floral top with contrast sleeves and matching bottoms. The September issue hits newsstands today.

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