Vegan Collagen Facial Serum is a game-changer for a more desirable, younger-looking skin

I’ve recently discovered on Tik Tok, a vegan serum that seems to be known for achieving a better-looking skin. Usually, serums can be quite expensive, and we might not know what type of ingredients it could have. However, Truly Beauty has this anti-aging Vegan Collagen Facial Serum that works wonders! I bought mine at Ulta for $35 or you can also purchase it on their website at Trulybeauty.com

After only 2 weeks, I’ve seen an improvement of a tighter, glowy, and clear skin. I was worried, at first, about using a serum and how it would react to my skin. My skin is a combination of oily and dryness. Nevertheless, with their fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and Vitamin C boost ingredients, there were no harmful reactions. 

How to Apply

After washing your face, before applying moisturizer, with only 2-3 drops you can apply it to your face. I usually place the drops on both my cheeks and my forehead. I then start massaging my skin in an upward motion, and down my neck. After spreading it, I pat down with my fingers to really get it on my whole face. Lastly, I put on my moisturizer to finish off. 

Should You Buy It?

If you want to have younger-looking skin, then yes! It’s never too late to start on a skincare routine that works best for you. Although this serum might not work best for everyone, there are always others that can help based on your skin type. You also don’t have to be a girl to care about your skin, anyone can care about feeling good about themselves. I recommend this serum and would definitely buy it again once I finish it. I may not be Skin Care by Hyram, but take my word for it! 

Written By: Ariadna Rodriguez

Photo By: Ariadna Rodriguez



Time to Read

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” This quote by author and activist James Baldwin has altered the way that I view reading. What was once an activity that I lost passion for after being overwhelmed by reading for school, became essential to the path of developing greater compassion for others and myself.

Slow Down and Read

For many people, especially students, reading can feel like extra work that’s adding to our already busy schedules. We are used to moving fast in a world that’s filled with instant gratification, so taking part in the slow process of reading can be difficult. When I finally forced myself to read during my free time, I learned about how rewarding the experience can be. I have connected with characters who have very different lives from my own, which allowed me to figure out that one does not have to have the same life as me in order for us to understand each other. Through reading, I have gained more compassion for people living with mental illness, incarcerated people, the lonely, the afraid, and those who are confused about their place on this Earth. These circumstances and feelings are often not talked about, which can cause us to forget about people who experience them or if we are the person experiencing them then we feel like we’re alone in our struggles. Reading helps us recognize others while feeling known.

People of Color have Stories too

As a person of color, I often felt frustrated by reading stories about people of color but told through a white lens. Although people of color have our own individual experiences, we have more personal insight on issues that people outside of our communities do not have. I recently began to read books by Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. Their books didn’t simply tell me that “racism is bad,” something that I already knew, but they put words to the pains of being a Black woman, they guided me to feel my resilience that was sent down to me from past generations, and they helped me to know that I exist beyond oppression. Angelou and Morrison are two important figures who made room for other writers of color to tell our stories, but our stories are often still placed in the shadows. In order to prevent this from continuing to happen, we must uplift writers of color, which is what Noname’s Book Club is doing

Noname’s Book Club

Noname is a rapper from Chicago who started the book club to elevate the voices of people of color. Each month, two books by writers of color are selected and participants in the book club are strongly encouraged to access the books through libraries and local bookstores, rather than supporting large and exploitive corporations. The book club has an online community, but the goal is to have in-person discussions and to build chapters in various communities, including prisons. I have been the owner of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis book, but I never took the time to read it until I saw that it was selected by the book club. Before reading Persepolis, Iran seemed like a distant place that I would never know anything about. After reading Persepolis, I began to care deeply about Iran and the people who call the country home. This shows another reason, and possibly one of the most important reasons, for the necessity of reading: in a world pervaded by apathy, reading forces us to care. 

Written By: Maya Dixon
Photo by: Catapult

FoodieBooty: Love Letters to Mexico at Holy Paleta

Hello, my lil’ snacks!

This is FoodieBooty once again and I know I have been going on and on about ice cream but I promise you this will be the last one for a WHILE. Hopefully anyways.

Today I will be talking about a place that is dangerously close to my place of residence. A place that is a true MECA for Mexicans and ice cream lovers alike. A place that delivers love, nostalgia, and flavor, all in one skinny wooden stick. I am talking about Holy Paleta! A tiny but mighty storefront in the heart of Bonita in the Chula Vista area.

If you have any Mexican or Latino in you, your mouth is already salivating. Or as we say where I’m from “se te está cayendo la baba.” But if you don’t have that, don’t worry, pictures of these pops will get anyone salivating in no time.

So, what is a paleta?

Paletas, according to Morelia’s Gourmet, are “a Mexican frozen treat made from fresh natural fruits such as strawberry and mango or made from rich creamy ingredients such as Chocolate and Sicilian pistachio.” I am a little biased but if you asked me I’d tell you that a paleta is heaven on a stick. They can be your savior on a hot day, a friend under the covers on a cloudy day, a moment to share laughs and licks with your best friends, or a quick escape to your memories feeling like a tropical queen enrobed by pink hammocks and sun-kissed skin. A paleta is not just a popsicle; it is a burst of happiness that can take on so many different tones, shapes, and flavors. It is a quick moment of peace, joy, and whatever flavor you could possibly imagine!

In Tijuana, I was used to seeing paletas everywhere. Michoacanas (home to paletas and snacks galore) can be spotted every 2 to 4 blocks and Oxxos (Mexican 7-11s) carry a pretty nice selection of tasty paletas. However, when I started living on the U.S. side of the border, I noticed that good paletas were much harder to come by and thus a treat I had to reserve for weekends back home. Holy Paleta has changed that.

The Experience

Located very close to Rohr Park on Bonita, Holy Paletas has its storefront snugly fit in between a hip hop dance studio and a Mexican fruteria called “Frutas.” You can spot it right away by the huge paleta design that covers its entire front window. When you walk in you immediately notice two things. First, how stunning, vibrant and delicious their paletas are. Second, how impressively small the store is. It is a serious no fart zone.

Let’s get back to the paletas though. Two huge freezers take up most of the space, with one carrying all the non-dairy flavors and another carrying those with dairy flavors. Flavors such as avocado, coffee filled with condensed milk, mazapan, acai, and chamango, fill your eyes with excitement but also so many questions of what to order. 

When I went for the first time, I wanted ALL the paletas. I wanted a dozen of the avocado, a couple of the mazapan, a bunch of the arroz con leche (rice pudding), and one of the chamango, to break the sweetness obviously. But then, I saw the true jewel of service which Holy Paleta offers. They not only sell mouth-watering, high quality paletas, they also let you BATHE the paleta in the chocolate and crunchy toppings of your choice in whichever ratio you deem appropriate!! They have some arrangements already set in their menu such as the “Pop Spicy” which is a mango paleta topped with dried chili mango and drizzled to the death in chamoy, and the “Cookie Monster” which is a cookies and cream paleta dipped in milk chocolate, topped with chips ahoy and oreo crumbles and also drizzled to the death with milk chocolate. However, you can order whatever paleta and configuration speaks to your heart on any given day!

My first time I had an avocado paleta with dark chocolate dip and chocolate crispearls as a topping. It was incredible. The paleta without any of the dips and toppings is creamy and has a beautiful avocado taste that is the perfect balance in between sweet and savory. If you’re afraid of sweet avocado taste, don’t be. Paired with the dark chocolate and chocolate crunchies, the flavor combination covered my mouth with sweet avocado contrasted with the depth of the dark chocolate dip.

Ever since that first time, I have gone back repeatedly with friends, family and the dip to my paleta, Eduardo. I have tried every combination imaginable like strawberry with chili and dried mango, key lime pie with dark chocolate and pistachios, and coffee stuffed with condensed milk smothered in dark chocolate. As you can see, the first couple times I  tried to do the math on how many toppings and dips I could possibly fit into one paleta and I recommend it to anyone who is a first-timer at Holy Paleta. However, I have found that so many toppings fog up the paleta experience as the chocolate or crunchies overpower the taste of the amazing paleta. Holy Paleta makes amazing paletas that you might think don’t stand on their own because of all the “fru fru” that they offer to jazz them up. But, the naked paletas are just as good as the most amazing looking paleta you could possibly make.

Now, when I go to Holy Paleta I either order two bare paletas or one with a simple chocolate dip. I love their paleta flavors and textures as they remind me of home whilst adding a layer of fun novelty and innovation. My favorites are the avocado, key lime pie, sandia con chile, and creamy coconut paleta.

The Verdict

Holy Paleta is a fun, grab and go paleta store that I highly encourage people to visit at least once. Although it might seem like pure novelty, it is a place that has delicious, creamy, and refreshing high quality paletas accompanied by a taste of joyful Mexican culture. When I think of Holy Paleta, I think of love, family, and yes please! I give it 4 out of 5 booty points. I would give it a closed 5 but I reserve that for the paletas in Acapulco.

Until later my dear snacks! Love u! 

P.S. Holy Paleta is opening up a new location in Little Italy soon so keep an eye out for that! They also sell chocolate-covered frozen bananas and conchas filled with ice cream if paletas are not your jam.

Holy Paleta

4230 Bonita Rd suite b, Bonita, CA 91902

Holy Paleta Instagram

Written by: FoodieBooty

What You Should Know About COVID-19

With high concern and hysteria filling our news feeds, it is important to address the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease, 2019).

In regard to, San Diego State University all university study abroad programs to China, South Korea, and Italy have been cancelled. Since there are confirmed cases in San Diego, certain institutions have decided to do virtual classes as an extra precaution. On March 12th, 2020 the entire student body received word that classes will be shifting online after March 13th, 2020. More information is provided here regarding SDSU.

COVID-19 Myths

Since this virus seemed to take a racial turn, I just wanted to address that a virus cannot infect a particular race or ethnicity. Infections and diseases are essentially a great equalizer because anyone can get them. Also, I am not sure if this was a joke, but coronavirus has nothing to do with corona beer.

The Science Behind It

Coronavirus is a disease that came from an animal source. Check out this video to get more of an explanation of the transmission. This new coronavirus is different strand that is my lethal. Since this virus is different, research is currently being done. Currently, we are in a period of uncertainty which is mostly causing this hysteria. COVID-19 is easily transmittable as it is a respiratory illness, and the illness is transferred by respiratory droplets.

The symptoms for COVID-19 may be fever, cough, and shortness of breath (CDC, 2020). Those symptoms may occur 2 – 14 days after exposure, however, if you feel that you have been exposed it is important to call before you go to warn your medical provider and make sure they have the proper tests for COVID-19.

Moving on, these groups are at high risk if exposed to the virus: older adults, individuals with chronic diseases and compromised immune systems.

Ways to Stay Safe

Here are a few ways to help prevent the spread, according to the CDC (2020):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces

Finally, some takeaways are 1) stop being racist, because viruses can not target one race or ethnicity. 2) this coronavirus strand is new so stay up to date with information. 3) Take precautions and for the love of all that is good cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve not just your hands.

Taken from @courtneyahndesign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, February 13). Coronavirus. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

Written by: Jasmine Alexander