How I got clear skin

This is not a typical blog post for me, seeing as I’m not a health or beauty blog. However, as someone who has struggled with acne I feel compelled to share my experience with others. I know how much pimples suck and the toll they can take on our self-esteem. I also know how frustrating it is trying to get rid of them. If you were to look in my medicine cabinet you’d think you were at a pharmacy. I have bottles and bottles of different products that I’ve tried, none of which worked for me.

About two months ago a friend of mine recommended I try goats’ milk soap, (I know what you’re thinking… ‘what the hell?’) and seeing as I had nothing to loose I gave it a try. I went to my local pharmacy and bought a bar, it only cost me about $3.00 and after about a week I already began noticing a difference. You can buy goats’ milk soap from your local pharmacy or even your local bulk barn. I recommend buying a plain one without scents, the less ingredients the better. The brand doesn’t really matter, I bought whatever my pharmacy had which was Caprina. 

Goats’ milk is great for you skin for a number of reasons, here are just a few:

  • It has anti-bacterial properties which stop bacteria from forming in your pores, and therefore stops pimples from growing
  • It reduces skin inflammation due to its high fat molecule content
  • It moisturizes your skin because of the cream present in the milk
  • It contains lots of vitamins and minerals, which are absorbed into your body

Exfoliation has also become a key part of my skin-care routine. I make sure to exfoliate my face once to twice a week. I make my own face scrub because the more natural the ingredients the better. My face scrub contains sugar, honey and lemon juice. The sugar is to exfoliate, the honey is to moisturize and bring down any inflammation and the lemon juice is to lighten any dark spots.

Lastly, after washing my face I always make sure to moisturize (morning and night), I use a NIVEA face cream that’s unscented. And that is my full skin care routine! Nothing high maintenance and nothing expensive.

We have to remember that everyone has different skin types and everyone’s bodies’ react differently to different products, however I have noticed a significant improvement in my skin since starting to use goats’ milk soap. And because it’s so inexpensive there really is nothing to loose by trying it.

I hope anyone who is struggling with their skin gives it a try and is as pleased with the results as I am. 🙂




End of Semester Thoughts

We’re nearing the end of the semester, and as students we all know what that means. Last minute cramming, stress eating and crying about our grades! University is the time of our lives! Here are some thoughts that I’m sure have crossed all our minds in the last few weeks:

  • The essay is due tomorrow? Wait… we have an essay ?
  • Honestly, I’ll just get up early tomorrow and finish it.
  • Wow I’m starving, I need to go make a snack. I know I just had an hour long study break but I can’t deny myself proper nourishment!
  • Why does my T.A. hate me?
  • Who even is my T.A.?
  • C’s get degrees *I tell myself as I check my marks online and cry*
  • But do I REALLY need an education? *googles careers that don’t require university degrees*
  • *gets into bed* WOW I have so much to do, am I going to pass school? If I fail where will I end up in life? I don’t want to be a disappointment. Shit I didn’t submit that paper online. Who am I as a person? Why did I eat those chips today?
  • Why did I think high school was hard?
  • If I just don’t eat lunch for 3 days I’ll have enough money to go out this weekend.
  • I’ve only opened my $100 textbook once…
  • I need a drink.
  • I need a hug.
  • Having 3 large coffees before 3 p.m. should be fine right?
  • Sleep is for the weak *stays up all night and falls asleep in lecture*
  • I’m so stressed out! I have so much due! *lies in bed eating cereal*

If I had a dollar for every time I procrastinated on my homework:



Former mayor Rob Ford, remembered as a man for the people

Ford Nation showed its support for the man who put them first

IMG_0431.jpgRob Ford supporters march through the streets alongside Toronto Police to pay tribute to their former mayor. Photographer Credit: Alexis Perikleous

Rob Ford supporters say he will be remembered as a man who took action and inspired people to care about their city.

During both procession and funeral which moved from Toronto City Hall to St. James Cathedral on Wednesday, hundreds of people lined the streets to pay tribute to their former mayor.

“Rob had inspired them by his words, by his actions and to care about their city,” said former Ontario premier, Mike Harris in his opening remarks at the funeral.

Ford’s supporters felt he set himself apart from other politicians because of the personal connections he made with his constituents.

Katalin Toth, who helped campaign for Ford during his mayoral run said, “I love John Tory. I think he’s a great mayor, but I would rather have Rob…When there was a problem he went out personally and helped”.

“I found him very nice, very simple, unpretentious. To me that was the appeal, and also putting tax payers first,” said the former teacher. “I just retired two years ago, I have to watch where my dollars are going, so yes he appealed to me very much, as he did to other retirees I suppose”.

“He was a man of the people”

—Donna Fowles

Donna Fowles, a Ford constitute from Etobicoke agrees, “He was not selfish, he was tenacious and he was full of love,” she said.

Ford was respected for being driven by his love for Toronto and it’s people.

“If you are a politician, you have to volunteer. He had a passion. He didn’t work for his salary. His salary was nothing to him because he had a big fortune to begin with,” said stock trader, Balan Alagaratham.

Ford impacted adults and children alike. Among procession attendees was 10-year-old Evan Roy, “I was going to meet him one time but he was too sick so he gave me a picture of him… I prayed for him every night,” he said.

Ford Nation seemed to have gained new members Wednesday, members who discarded their former mayor’s controversial past and focused on his achievements.

“People who were criticizing him are now here to support. So I guess they all put aside their differences, because they knew behind the persona was a great guy,” said Fowles.

Eulett Cox, a city volunteer and proud supporter of Ford said, “He acknowledged you as a human being, wether you were of high or low status. He didn’t care how you looked or how you spoke, he was always there”.

People sang and waved banners and signs in the air to display their love for the city councillor, as his casket was transported to St. James Cathedral from Toronto City Hall.

“It’s like the passing of any dignitary or public figure in society. In the immediate period following the death there is always that outpouring of support,” said Deputy Commander Paramedic, Leo Leach.

“I would wish to thank him for his service and the dedication that he did have to the people and the city of Toronto. He was a great guy…Toronto’s going to really miss him,” said Leach.

Lorna Rodrigues, a former broadcaster thinks highly of the Ford family and said, “For a white prevailed anglo-saxon family they really catapulted us into the twenty-first century”.

“Rob had the courage to be 100 per cent authentic at all times. I don’t think Rob has a secret that the world doesn’t know about,” she said.

“To be courageous is to be honest, and he was a man of courage”.


The life of a creative

Attending an arts school gave me an extremely unique high school experience. My high school  offered an overwhelming sense of comfort and belonging and will ultimately always have a very special place in my heart. We had jocks, theatre kids (a lot of theatre kids), art kids (a lot of those too), math lovers and everything in-between. However, although we had such a large assortment of personalities, not once did I ever feel as if I couldn’t 100% be myself. Everyone expects high school to be cliquey and terrible, but mine was the exact opposite, and for that I am eternally grateful. We didn’t have cliques, friend groups of course, but there was never a strong divide that deterred people from talking to one another and overall being quite friendly. Aside from the extremely “everything goes” and “we’re all friends” vibe that my high school had, what I am even more thankful for are the arts.

Throughout my four years I was apart of the drama, dance and musical theatre programs and auditioning was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Not only did performing break me out of my shyness and make me much more outgoing, but it made me a part of something. The tiring, long rehearsal hours all seemed to be worth it once we stepped out on stage. When you and all your friends got to bow at the curtain call, holding hands and truly appreciate how hard you all worked and how amazing the show was. Nothing will ever replace the adrenaline you feel on stage and nothing will ever replace the amazing memories you make with everyone out on that stage with you. You have no choice  but to become a family. You spend all your time together and put all your energy into creating something wonderful together, and you never realize how much you love it until it’s over. Here I am, a year after graduation, still missing the opportunity to be apart of something creative and beautiful. Missing the long rehearsal hours and the sheer exhaustion. My high school turned me into a creative, and for that I am thankful but also resentful. Because ever since leaving I have the undying urge to create, to write, to dance, to act. I have the undying urge to be apart of something innovative and artistic and for as long as I live I don’t think that thirst will ever really be quenched.


Toronto star reporter addresses employee exploitation

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, wealth and work reporter, informs Ryerson students on precarious employment


Sara Mojtehedzadeh addresses Ryerson students during an engaging discussion on the unjust working conditions of part-time employees and inters. Photographer credit: Alexis Perikleous



Employers taking advantage of interns and part-time employees has become a cultural norm, says the Toronto Star’s work and wealth reporter.

Young adults, immigrants and others who are desperate for employment and/or experience are exploited by employers due to flaws in Ontario labour laws, Mojtehedzadeh told Ryerson University students on Wednesday.

“Many of these workers are so incredibly vulnerable and they don’t even have protection over unjust dismissal,” said Mojtehedzadeh.

Under the current Employment Standards Act, not a single worker is protected from wrongful dismissal and there are at least 45 professions in the province that do not have the right to be paid minimum wage, she said.

“Last year there were 12,000 successful complaints against employers for unpaid wages and other entitlements, but only eight of those employers were prosecuted by the Ministry of Labour for breaking the law,” said Mojtehedzadeh.

“If the work is worth doing, it’s worth being paid for.”

—Sara Mojtehedzadeh

Stephanie Critelli, a marketing graduate from York University, said although her internship at Astral Media six years ago was paid, she would have done the work for free “just based on circumstance, because everyone needs to start somewhere essentially.”

Although not all people have the financial freedom to work for free, “for people who have student loans to pay off or who don’t come from money… It’s just not possible for them to survive,” said Mojtehedzadeh.

“We do need to think about how we protect those workers who are not doing it out of choice, but are doing it because there is no other work available.”

During her co-op placement at the auto retailer 1-800-Radiator, Melina Magnatta, a 19-year-old high school graduate, felt exploited. “They had me doing the most random things that no one wants to do. You’re working the same amount of hours, or longer as someone employed there, except you’re not getting paid.”

Currently, Magnatta is now working part time at Lamanna’s Bakery and endures the stress that comes with precarious employment.

“There are so many teenagers that apply looking for part-time work, so I have to make sure I’m doing my best. Because I can easily be fired or replaced, I’ve seen it happen so many times.”

Joanna Giannoulis, another part-time employee is a waitress at Jack Astor’s restaurant at. The 22-year-old Ryerson English graduate said, “It’s always up in the air. You don’t know what time you’re going to finish. So when I was in school that was a problem. It was stressful.”

Giannoulis said she feels taken advantage of at times, as managers put her and other employees on the spot, unable to say no to taking on extra hours.

“The thing that’s most unstable is your hours and your money,” she said. “A lot of people won’t have money for rent if they’re working day shifts instead of night shifts. But if a manager doesn’t like you, they’ll give you a day shift as punishment.”

Mojtehedzadeh offered a few words of advice, “if the work is worth doing, it’s worth being paid for.”