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The 5 Best Acne Fighting Products

Best Acne Products to Fight and Prevent Breakouts - Ali in Bloom

Hello real world, hello acne. I’ve shared my acne story on the blog before. It wasn’t until after high school and into college that I every experienced any real acne. Now? It’s even worse! Wether it’s changing hormones, new real-world stressed or environmental factors, I’ve been in a battle the past few months to revamp my acne-fighting routine to fit my new skin situation. After sifting through some terrible products and mediocre purchases, I finally landed on the five best acne products for my skin (AKA the diamonds in the rough).

*When trying out new products of any kind, I recommend switching over one at a time so you can better gauge which products are actually giving you results. If you try five new products at the same time, then find yourself having better skin, you may be attributing all of your new products to your recent success, wasting money and not giving credit where credit is due.

So, after a long process, here’s what’s worked best for me:

Custom Coordinates Gold Bar Necklace

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Top: Red Dress Boutique (similar) | Shorts: Apricot Lane | Shoes: Jack Rogers Larissa Thong Sandal (ON AMAZING SALE) | Necklace: A-List Greek c/o | Bracelet: Shell Accent Open Cuff (ON AMAZING SALE) | Sunglasses: American Eagle Outfitters Aviator Sunglasses | Water bottle: Lilly Pulitzer Big Flirt Tumbler With Straw

Good afternoon! I’m wishing everyone here in the USA a happy late Memorial Day because my Monday post went up early, so I wasn’t in the Memorial Day spirit yet at the time. I hope everyone enjoyed their long holiday weekend and spent it with their friends and family, remembering those who have served our country. I didn’t have any big plans; my mom and I went to visit my brother. We had lunch and went to a farmers market. All in all, it was a pretty great weekend.

Earlier this year I bought this crop top from the Red Dress Boutique and never had the chance to wear it because of the weather. Now, summer is in the air, and I’ve pulled all of my shorts and tank tops from the depths of my closet. I finally got to wear it!!! I paired it with these high waisted, hot pink shorts from Apricot Lane for a preppy, conservative look. Say hi to Ty in my sunglasses!

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Being outside right now is my favorite thing. It could be doing anything. Lately I have been biking everywhere and going on long walks. I’ve even started mowing my lawn. You could get me to do anything now, I swear, as long as it is outside. I’ve even decided to start my own garden. Yesterday I planted two jalapeño plants, one green pepper and one orange pepper plant and two cherry tomato plants. Today I am painting pots for basil, oregano, parsley and cilantro. We’re never going to have to go to the grocery store again (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration)! I’m seriously embracing nature this year- even more than last year.

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I’m happy to announce that my time with Rocksbox has gotten me back into the swing of accessorizing. In the last month, I’ve bought two new piece of quality jewelry and have actually gotten my use out of them. My jewelry is no longer collecting dust at the bottom of my jewelry box. This cuff bracelet is currently on sale for over 50% off, so make sure to grab it up while it’s still around. While we’re talking about sales; these Jack Rogers are on sale for 53% off!

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I also had the amazing opportunity to receive this necklace courtesy of A-List Greek. Moving forward and not knowing quite where I’m going has allowed me to reflect on and embrace all of the special memories I have and places I’ve been. When A-List Greek reached out to me, wanting to share their jewelry with me, I was ecstatic to hear that they offer custom jewelry in addition to their Greek items. A custom coordinates gold bar necklace is something I have been searching for for a while now. So many places offer them, but more often than not, they’re pricey. A-List Greek is extremely affordable and just as high of quality. If you’re looking for custom jewelry, be sure to check out all of the options A-List Greek offers. They have gold, silver and rose gold options in different types of necklaces and bracelets. You can add anything you want onto your jewelry – names, coordinates, phrases, roman numerals.  I’ve been wearing my necklace almost everyday now and no matter where I go, I’ll always have my special place around my neck with me.

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I’ve been such a happy camper lately! I’ve never felt so blessed. It truly is the little things in life. While editing these pictures today I was even feeling grateful to live in a place that has a gazebo by the river. What a silly thing to be grateful for, right? But standing in the gazebo in the middle of the night with the roof and pillars lit up all around me, watching the water flow beneath the bridge is the most calming sight I’ve seen in a long time. Whatever graduation has done to me, I like it.

I want to know: What did you do with your long holiday weekend? What’s your favorite summer item in your closet? Let me know in the comments below!

Rocksbox: First Set & Review (with Promo Code!)

Rocksbox Subscription Box Review 2016 & Rocksbox Free Month Promo Code. For $19 a month, receive unlimited designer jewelry to your doorstep.

I’m bad at accessorizing. It’s not because I don’t like accessorizing or I don’t know how. I simply do not have enough jewelry. I like to limit shopping and live on a tight budget (because, you know, college), so whenever I go shopping, I focus on the things I think are most important- like clothes. As a result, my jewelry box always seems to be a bit on the empty side.

Then I started seeing Rocksbox free month promo codes popping up all over the blogosphere, and I was tempted to try it but also hesitant. Whenever a service or company requires reoccurring charges, I get nervous about being charged after my free month. When can I cancel? How can I cancel? If I don’t like a service, I don’t want to be trapped into paying for it. I don’t think that is too much to ask. Apparently, neither does Rocksbox.

There is absolutely zero risk to trying out Rocksbox because they are great about telling you when you will be charged next. When I visit my account, it plainly states that my membership began April 28 and I will be charged May 28. You are able to cancel your account at any point during the month or before the next payment date. You also have the option to put your account on hold for 1, 3 or 6 months.

Am I speaking gibberish to you? Rocksbox and other subscription boxes became widely popular this last year, but in case you don’t know what on Earth I am talking about, let’s talk about Rocksbox.

What Is Rocksbox?

Rocksbox Subscription Box Review 2016 & Rocksbox Free Month Promo Code. For $19 a month, receive unlimited designer jewelry to your doorstep.

Rocksbox is a monthly subscription service that sends you unlimited designer jewelry for the flat rate of $19 a month. To start out, you fill out a short survey to help your personal stylist better understand your style and what you are looking for. You also have the option to select pieces for your  wish list. Rocksbox then sends you three pieces of jewelry at a time. Once you are done wearing the items, you send them back to receive new pieces. If you happen to fall in love with an item when you wear it, you can purchase the item at a discounted, insider price!

My First Set

My first set arrived with two pieces that I selected on my wish list and one item chosen by my stylist. I received:

The Kendra Scott necklace and the Olivia & Grace earrings were the items I picked out myself. Overall, I:

  • Love, love, loved the Rayne Necklace in White Pearl from Kendra Scott.
  • Liked the Lila Earrings in Aqua Quartz from Olivia & Grace.
  • Wasn’t a huge fan of the Long Disc Necklace from Sophie Harper.

Rocksbox Subscription Box Review 2016 & Rocksbox Free Month Promo Code. For $19 a month, receive unlimited designer jewelry to your doorstep.

The Rayne Necklace in White Pearl from Kendra Scott is just absolutely gorgeous. Really, the Rayne Necklace in any color is beautiful. The White Pearl definitely helps keep it versatile, though. I wore this piece more than any other item in my box, for sure. I won’t be purchasing this item, but in all honesty, I have no idea why. Maybe I want to check out some of the other colors first… Either way, this is definitely a piece that I want to add to my jewelry box sometime in the near future.

Rocksbox Subscription Box Review 2016 & Rocksbox Free Month Promo Code. For $19 a month, receive unlimited designer jewelry to your doorstep.

I spy with my little eye something that does not match in the picture above… Do you see it? I noticed the minute I pulled them out of the black velvet bag that the two top stones on these earrings didn’t quite match. I don’t know if this is just because of natural variation, if these are two mismatched earrings or if it’s from wear and tear on the jewelry. I decided to go with natural variation, and I wore them. Not next to each other and masked mostly by my long hair, you couldn’t even tell the difference, so all was well. I paired these earrings with a plain white T for a simple, everyday spring look. I won’t be purchasing this item, but I enjoyed having them in my box!

Rocksbox Subscription Box Review 2016 & Rocksbox Free Month Promo Code. For $19 a month, receive unlimited designer jewelry to your doorstep.

Now…  The Long Disc Necklace from Sophie Harper. What do I say about this one? Well, when I pulled this necklace out of its packaging, it didn’t immediately speak to me or excite me. It is a long necklace. In the card I received outlining my items, it was wrapped twice, creating a double stranded necklace. I tried it on long and double wrapped. Neither were great. If I’m being honest, I haven’t worn this piece yet, and I’m mailing my set back tomorrow, so I probably won’t. It isn’t my favorite, and I don’t think I found anything in my closet that really goes well with it. Every time I tried on this necklace with an outfit, I could always find an accessory that I liked better than this one. I think if I had the perfect outfit for it, I may have gotten some use out if it, but I don’t. I think that’s a sure sign it just isn’t quite my style. Needless to say, I won’t be purchasing this item.

Conclusion

Based on each item in this box, I suppose it gets a 2/3. Overall, I loved my Rockbox experience. It is just so fun. When I checked the tracking information on my package and found that it had been delivered, I ran so fast out of my front door and down to the mailbox. Rocksbox is seriously a fun, unique way to shop for jewelry. My worrying about the cancelation process wasn’t necessary, because I won’t be canceling my account just yet. I definitely want to try another month of Rocksbox. As I rate more and more jewelry, it only seems likely that my stylist will understand my style even better each time, and I’ll get more and more pieces that I love.

Want to try Rocksbox? You can try it risk free. Get your first month free using the code ALILBFF6!

What was your favorite item that I received? Have you ever tried Rocksbox? What did you think of your set? Let me know in the comments below!

Lemons for Hair Care

Lemons for Hair Care - Lemons can be used for hair care for almost everything- dandruff, growing, adding volume, straightening, removing build up, revitalizing, or bleaching.

Hey guys! Today I am happy to introduce a very special guest blogger, Nimi Popat from Hair Care Square. I’m super excited to have Nimi on the blog today while I am busy starting finals and going to job interviews. No fear, I’ll be posting a video on my YouTube channel this Friday featuring my favorite office/interview looks, and I will be back on the blog next week.


This is my first post for Ali in Bloom, and I am very excited to write for you all. Since you guys don’t know me, I am Nimi Popat, and I am a beauty blogger and a big time hair care freak. I am usually experimenting with various hair care products and masks. One secret ingredient I have to share today with you guys that I am crazy about is lemons.

Yes, you heard right. Lemons form a big part of my hair care routine; they are really rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Being a girl who cares for her skin, hair and body way too much, I am absolutely in love with lemons.

Lemons can be used for hair care in a lot of ways and for almost everything- getting rid of dandruff or growing your hair, adding that extra volume, straightening, removing product build up, revitalizing your dirty strands, or even bleaching your hair. It does it all.

DIY Lemon Mask for Hair Growth

If you have always wanted to have hair like Rapunzel, you need to try this cool DIY trick. This is a bit slow in results but totally worth it.

Ingredients

Lemon juice – 3 tsp

Olive oil – 3 tsp

Method: Take 3 teaspoons of lemon juice and mix it with 3 teaspoons of olive oil. Apply this and let it stay overnight. Wash it off the next day.

DIY Lemon Mask for Lightening Your Hair Color

Have you had an experience where your hair color has gone horribly wrong and you have to face the world with it? Well not anymore. Try this mask, and it will help lighten your hair color. It doesn’t always have to be used for correction either; I use it for adding highlights to my hair.

Ingredients

Lemon juice – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Honey – 1 tsp

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Method: Dilute 1 cup of lemon juice in 1 cup of water. Add honey and mix well. Now pour this into a spray bottle and spray it onto your hair. Leave it on for 2 hours and go for a walk in the sunlight. You will see beautiful, lightened hair.

DIY Lemon Mask for Dandruff

If you have an itchy, flaky scalp, this is the best mask for you. You will see excellent results the very first time you apply it.

Ingredients

Yogurt – 4 tsp

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Method: Take 4 teaspoons of yogurt (unsweetened and plain) and add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Mix well and apply to your hair, concentrating on your scalp. Leave it on for 2 hours. Then wash it off with water, followed by mild shampoo and conditioner.

DIY Lemon Mask to Remove Build Up and Detoxify Your Hair and Scalp

If you use a lot of hair products or use too much heat on your hair for styling, then you should detox at least once a month.

Ingredients

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Baking soda – 2 tsp

Method: Take both the ingredients in equal quantity and mix well. Apply it on your hair and concentrate more on your scalp. Leave in for 15 mins; then rinse with water.

DIY Lemon Mask for Split Ends

If you have a problem with split ends from straighten or curling your hair and you don’t want to continually trim your ends, you have an alternative. Try this, and you will see improved ends.

Ingredients

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Coconut oil – 4 tsp

Method: Take lemon juice and mix it with coconut oil. Rub the mixture on your ends daily for a month and see the results.

Notes:

  • All of these masks are amazing remedies that really work, but the key is patience. It may take couple of applications to get the desired results.
  • Since these masks contains lemons, you may experience a little burning sensation when applied to your scalp, but that is completely normal. Make sure to wash off the mask if the sensation gets too strong, however. Everyone has different sensitivity levels.

You can also use lemons to rinse, add extra volume, and add shine to your hair.