I Moved & Exploring 12 South
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I Moved & Exploring 12 South

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DIY Back-to-College Care Package
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DIY Back-to-College Care Package

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Weekend Getaway: Door County, WI
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Weekend Getaway: Door County, WI

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My Reverse Bucket List
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Next-Gen Social Network

MeWe Next-Gen Social Network is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that?

Guess what? I have exciting news! I joined the latest social media network: MeWe. The app just announced its launch on March 9 of this year, and it is already making a big impact. I honestly did not see myself joining another social media site anytime soon. I already manage a lot of social media sites between my blog and internship; I have so much going on, I don’t even have personal social media accounts anymore!

When I heard about MeWe, however, I knew I wanted to join, and I had two very good reasons. The first was that MeWe has multiple features that combine the functions of other social media sites, which makes it convenient. All of your favorite sharing tools are in one place. Some of my favorites are:

MeWe Next-Gen Social Network is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that?

The first thing that I did after joining MeWe was create a group for you guys. The Ali in Bloom public group is just another way to stay up to date on new content. I will be posting about my latest blog posts, new Youtube videos, pictures that didn’t make it onto the blog, and behind-the-scenes fun! Even better, the group has its own personal chat room, so if you want to connect more personally with me or ask any questions that you might have about posts, a topic I’ve covered, my blog or life in general, you can connect with me quickly and easily there in the group chat- or private chat! A lot of you reach out on Facebook and Instagram, and I try to respond to each and every one of you. Having all of this communication streamlined into one app makes it way easier and faster for me to get back to all of you though. Connecting with readers is one of my favorite things about blogging, and I only hope that joining MeWe means I can hear from even more of you!

MeWe Next-Gen Social Network is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that?

The second and honestly the biggest reason that I wanted to join MeWe was because it offers me something that no other social media can: privacy. You might think that sounds silly. I do post a lot about my life on the internet, so you might be thinking privacy isn’t my biggest concern, but I’m actually very particular about how much I do and do not share on my blog and social media channels. I like the option of being able to share what I want, and I don’t like the idea of anyone storing or owning my personal data. The goal is to share my life with you- not random third parties.

MeWe is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that? I honestly had no idea that other social networks were so open and free with collecting and giving away our information, but I’m glad that I know now. Knowing that I have privacy and safety on MeWe means that I’ll be using MeWe as a way to share inside sneak peaks into my life! This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop using other social media sites- not at all. This just means that I get to share more and be more comfortable sharing more with you all on MeWe!

Wondering why other social media networks are so unsafe? I’m no expert- even after hours of research, but some other bloggers who joined MeWe are spilling the beans. Here are other great blog posts to read on the privacy issues with other social networking sites:

The Really Bad News About Facebook (and What to do About it)

Why You Should Kick Facebook to the Curb (and Where You Should Go Instead)

Will you join MeWe and be a part of the Next-Gen Social Network? How do you feel about the lack of privacy on other social media networks? I want to know! Let me know in the comment section below.

28 Days to Clear Skin

Wouldn’t we all like to wake up and find that our acne cleared over night? I would! With end-of-the-year stress hitting hard, my face has been breaking out badly. But the reality of the situation is that getting rid of acne overnight just isn’t realistic (although keep reading for a great product that clears up redness quickly!). Most dermatologist will tell you it takes 4 to 8 weeks to achieve glowing, clear skin. So, here is my advice for what to do in those 4 to 8 weeks to clear your acne:

Eat Healthy & Drink Water

Oxy 28 Day Challenge. Getting rid of acne overnight just isn't realistic. Most dermatologist will tell you it takes 4 to 8 weeks to achieve glowing, clear skin.

Food affects a lot more than just our weight and energy levels; what you eat can also have a big effect on the health of your skin. I could go on and on about what foods we should and should not be eating to maintain (or achieve!) healthy skin, but there is a ton of information out there on the internet for you already. I’ll give you a quick summary: just eat clean. Eat your fruits and vegetables and natural foods; skip the sugar, refined carbs, salty potato chips, and other processed foods. Your skin will thank you! While you’re at it, don’t skimp on the water. Drinking water helps flush toxins from your body, preventing them from building up in places like underneath your skin.

Clean Regularly

Oxy 28 Day Challenge. Getting rid of acne overnight just isn't realistic. Most dermatologist will tell you it takes 4 to 8 weeks to achieve glowing, clear skin.

Keeping your skin clean requires keeping everything that comes into contact with your skin clean as well. Wash your makeup brushes, sheets, pillow cases… and hair. If you’re skipping showers or regular cleaning sessions, you aren’t doing your skin any favors. In fact, you’re leaving excess oil on your face and spreading bacteria. If you are prone to acne, be sure to wash your sheets, pillow cases, and makeup brushes once a week. I know it sounds like a lot, but it will be worth it when your skin begins to clear up! Set a routine; write it in your planner that you will wash these items every Sunday… or whichever day works best for you.

Oxy 28 Day Challenge

Oxy 28 Day Challenge. Getting rid of acne overnight just isn't realistic. Most dermatologist will tell you it takes 4 to 8 weeks to achieve glowing, clear skin.

To help you stay on track with your goal to clear skin, Oxy created an app that will change the way you take care of your skin. After downloading the app, you enter in your age and current level of acne, and you receive a personalized acne fighting regimen consisting of three products. For example, I use the Daily Defense Skin Clearing Cleansing PadsMaximum Action Rapid Treatment Sensitive Skin Face Wash, and Maximum Action Rapid Spot Treatment. Over the course of 28 days, the app will send you daily tips and alerts to remind you to use your products and help you fight your acne. My favorite part about this program: if the Oxy products don’t work for you, you get your money back!

I get super nervous when I think about buying a new health/beauty item, because so often they claim to do things they really don’t. That’s why I love this opportunity. There’s no doubt that no two people have the same exact skin and acne, and our skins won’t all react the same to specific products. Now, here is a company that understands that. If you want to learn more about the Oxy 28 Day Challenge, you can find Oxy on Twitter, Facebook,  Instagram, or check out their website.

Oxy 28 Day Challenge. Getting rid of acne overnight just isn't realistic. Most dermatologist will tell you it takes 4 to 8 weeks to achieve glowing, clear skin.

Don’t Over Do It

As much as we try to fight oil, our skin also needs its natural oils, so washing too much can actually turn into a bad thing. Use your products according to the packaging and don’t over do it. If you find yourself wanting to use the product more often than prescribed because your skin is feeling oily, carry oil absorbing pads with you during the day. This is a great way to prevent over drying of the skin.

Moisturize

A lot of acne medicated products can be very drying – even when not overused. Oxy even addresses this on their packaging, so make sure you have a good facial moisturizer on hand to use after washing your face – emphasis on facial. You don’t want to spend all of this time treating your skin only to lather on pore-clogging, oily lotion afterward. I personally use the Theraplex Hydrolotion that my dermatologist recommended to me, but if you are ever in doubt, consult your own dermatologist on what would work best for your skin.

So, there you have it – my tips for clear skin. The most important part of all: don’t rush your skin recovery; it takes time… I know, I know. Graduation, prom, summer, and important interviews are all right around the corner, but if you start now, you still have time and will be picture perfect for prom…

28 Days to Clear Skin

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Oxy . The opinions and text are all mine.