The Liebster Award

The Liebster AwardI was nominated for the Liebster Award. I would like to thank the beautiful Ayesha who nominated me‚̧ Her blog A Messy World is really cool. Go check it out.

The Liebster Award is an online award. Bloggers nominate each other. It is a way to support and connect within the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from the nominated
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers – let them know you nominated them.

11 Facts About Me

  1. I could watch animation movies all day long.
  2. I used to do ballet, irish dancing and drama when I was in primary school.
  3. I have read all the Harry Potter books and still have them to this day.
  4. I am mixed race.
  5. I dyed my hair plum red when I was seventeen. I was a bit of a rebel me thinks- not.
  6. I never had a tooth filling so far, maybe my teeth are made of rocks. haha
  7. I love online shopping.
  8. I can roll my tongue. Not the best ability but just thought I would include itūüôā
  9. My nails grow super fast and strong. I’m talking about a week and a half, no jokey.
  10. I still have my strawberry birthmark, it never actually faded.
  11. I sing in the shower.

11 Questions For Me:

  1. What is your favorite food?
  2. Are you passionate about new gadgets?
  3. Do you like TV serials?
  4. Do you like sports?
  5. What is your favorite thing to do in weekend?
  6. What is the most significant part of your makeup?
  7. What do you always keep in your purse?
  8. Where are you living now?
  9. Favorite dress?
  10. Do you have any hobbies?
  11. Are you a social person?

My Answers:

  • Just plain mash potato with pesto. (I like simple dishes ok ; ))
  • I don’t really have a passion for gadgets as such, but who knows maybe in the future.
  • Yes, who can live without them.
  • Well, I’m not particularly good at them but I do like to watch them from afar. I mean on the TV. Sports like tennis and basketball interest me.
  • Spending time with my friends.
  • I have dry skin. Moisturiser or oils, its the one thing I apply all the time to avoid caking.
  • The main things include lip balm, sunglasses, nail file, nude lipstick and a compact mirror.
  • Ireland.
  • I have many favorite dresses so it’s kinda hard to choose.
  • I do. I am a creative person, I like to draw and paint.
  • Yes, I love getting out there, meeting new people and surrounding myself with positive people.

My 11 Questions:

  1. What has been your favorite holiday to this date?
  2. What/who inspired you to take up blogging?
  3. Have you ever had an embarrassing moment?
  4. Have you ever been to Disneyland?
  5. What are your pet peeves?
  6. Your favorite clothing store/s?
  7. What is the last book/magazine you read?
  8. The best movie you have seen in the cinema this year?
  9. Tea or coffee?
  10. Are you a early bird or late owl?
  11. Can you hula hoop?

My 11 Nominees:

  1. http://indistilling.wordpress.com
  2. http://lemonslemonade.com
  3. http://mrsstrawberryblonde.wordpress.com
  4. http://halfhudson.com
  5. http://tellmeyblog.com
  6. http://ellrachel.wordpress.com
  7. http://anspiring.wordpress.com
  8. http://melissaofford.wordpress.com
  9. http://elljt.wordpress.com
  10. http://bethxkate.wordpress.com
  11. http://kerinichole.wordpress.com

Can’t wait to hear your answers.

It’s so nice to get nominated for the Liebster Award, haven’t forgotten about previous nominations, they are still in progress. Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

The 10 Bad Beauty Habits

I think everyone including myself have at some point decided to take shortcuts in their beauty routines. Whether it’s all 10 bad beauty habits or just a few. And if you haven’t good for you gal!

1) Washing your make up brushes and sponges when they start to look really dirty

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Cleaning your brushes and sponges may seem very tedious but who knows what kind of bacteria they are carrying. Waiting for breakouts and all kinds of rotten stuff to erupt on your face is not a good look. Just thinking this creeps me out and motivates me. What about you? Taking care of your brushes and sponges properly also extends their lifespan. Ensuring that your washing them effectively by using a natural shampoo or mild baby shampoo at least once a week, shall do the trick. Relying on one brush to do your foundation may make you want to speed up the brush drying time. This may mean using the blow-dryer. Always have another brush you can fall back on. Air drying keeps the brush heads in shape and in their best condition.

2) Going to bed with your makeup on

This is probably the most common bad habit. Most of the time it is not intended, your out late and too tired to wash it all off. This however is probably not the best thing to do, as it ¬†does have an effect on your skin. During the night is when the skin renews itself, with a face full of makeup it can’t. The results are clogged up pores and lose of collagen leading to acne and wrinkles.

The eyes don’t escape it either, mascara can cause irritation and eye infections such as conjunctivitis.

Maybe stock up on make up wipes. Your skin will thank you. The next time you find yourself to tired just grab your compact mirror and a pack of make up wipes. Least it will take most of your make up off.

3) Sharing your besties make up products

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This seems harmless but your actually spreading germs. Sharing brushes without cleaning in between uses can spread infection, especially if you’re using them on your eyes and lips. Our skin regularly carries bacteria viruses and fungi. Think about it, our skin is exposed to all kinds of environmental factors such as pollution and dust.

If you like a make up product your bestie has, test it on your hand or go to the same store she brought it from and ask for a sample.

4) Trying to extend the lifespan of your make up, past it’s sell by date

Those expensive mascaras, foundations, gel eyeliners the list may go on. Sometimes you may never use all of it, or just opened it once forgetting to use it. Then you might try to extend the lifespan even though it’s out of date. I’ve heard stories from a few of my friends about what they use, when they find themselves in this situation. Using water and other liquids, need I say anymore.

If it is mascara or gel eyeliners you are probably at risk at developing eye infections. When buying make up maybe try to avoid over splurging in products that you aren’t necessarily going to use most often.

5) Fiddling with hair and face

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You may have had a stressful week at work and before you know it, your twisting your hair with your fingers.

Wrapping your hair around your finger is that thing that happens probably unknown to ourselves. I know I find myself doing this from time to time but have recently stopped. This pulling of the hair causes damage to the root leading to thinning of the hair. Then there’s the split ends that arise, of course they ain’t pretty.

Can’t keep your hands off your face? Picking at your face spreads the bacteria from your hands to it. It can also cause redness, scars and eruptions.

Carrying a stress ball wouldn’t go a stray when finding yourself in a stressful situation.

6) Squeezing that spot

Whether its an important event your going to or somewhere special, you look in the mirror and see this huge spot. It’s not easy having the most annoying spot, you want to get rid of it. It’s so tempting to just pop it. This however just might cause damage to your skin if doing it all the time. Unfortunately there is no quick solutionsūüė¶

This only leads to acne scars and more acne forming on the surface. This happens because when you squeeze a spot, your just injuring your pore in that area. It looks as though the skin just heals over the area but in fact bacteria gets trapped within, resulting in more acne forming.

To reduce the redness, use eye-drops. Dip a cotton bud into the drops and gentle dap onto the spot. Make sure to get the eye drops that reduce redness in order for it to work its magic.

7) Lying in the sun all day long

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Everyone knows the dangers of lying out in the sun. Exposure to the sun for a long period of time and regularly can increase the risk of skin cancer. But not only that premature aging as the UV rays break down the collagen and elastic within the skin.

8) Lip picking

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Having dry and chapped lips doesn’t look good. That’s why we always have the urge to just peel off any flakes that may be present. It’s not as harmless as you may think though. This causes more flakes and dryness to happen again and again.

Looking after your lips by regularly exfoliating and moisturising will put them back on track. Keep a lip balm in your hand bag, that way you can easily reach for it when on the go.

Being dehydrated is another cause of dryness so drinking lots of water can help too.

9) Nail biting

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I’d say that nail-biting is probably the most hardest habit to quit. I know myself, because I was one. It’s not impossible though. Think about the route cause as to why your biting your nails, is it due to trauma, anxiety etc.

It takes time for your nails to recover from nail-biting, it doesn’t happen overnight. Just cause you feel that your nails haven’t grown in a week or two, doesn’t mean they aren’t.

You can keep your nails moisturised with jojoba oil.

10) Blowing money on new beauty trends

Beauty trends come and go but every year you may find yourself being enticed into buying them, even though you might only use them once or not at all. Every year there is new trends out there, available on beauty counters but really do those bright eye shadows or bold lip shades suit everyone. You buy them, rip open the packaging and slap it on and realise jeez that colour looks horrendous.

Always ask for a sample of something you find appealing before actually rushing for the cash.

Breaking those 10 bad beauty habits might not be easy but at least we can all try.Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Whiten Teeth With One Ingredient?

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Make stained and yellow teeth a thing of the past. Wanna improve your overall mouth health and save money whilst doing this? Why not try out a more holistic way that will beat tooth decay, bad breath and get a whiter smile. Commercial teeth whitening doesn’t come cheap not to mention the damaging effects it causes to tooth enamel from the hydrogen peroxide, used in most teeth whitening procedures. Easy whiten teeth with one ingredient. What’s not to love?

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What You Will Need

Organic Cold Pressed Coconut oil ( sesame oil, olive oil any vegetable oil if you don’t like the taste of coconut oil)

A tablespoon

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It’s basically a coconut oil mouth wash referred to as oil pulling. Have you not heard this, it is treading everywhere with celebs like Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow swearing by it. It removes toxins from your teeth and gums creating a healthier environment. This is what keeps teeth from developing tooth decay and loss aswell as making gums stronger, reduces inflammation and healing gum disease. So really it decreases the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Of course it sure does whiten teeth and prevent bad breath in the process too. This natural teeth whitening gives gradual results it’s not a quick fix but you will see the difference from regular use (daily or 4 times a week) ¬†It’s a safer alternative to the commercial route.

Other benefits it has

  • Decreases headaches and migraines
  • Helps keep the skin clear (acne, eczema etc)
  • Improves hangovers
  • Improves immune system
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Helps joint pain/ arthritis
  • Helps with sinus infections
  • Detoxification

Interesting Fact

What is interesting is the mouth is a common place for bacteria streptococcus being one. This bacteria can travel to the bloodstream and stop in many parts of the body such as joints, heart etc. A growth of research has found that bacteria within the mouth can effect overall health aswell as causing heart attack and dementia. Sounds scary I know.

The reason I like using coconut oil for oil pulling is because it contains a high amount of lauric acid  which is great for killing germs and I find it good for a range of uses such as cooking. Plus I also like the taste.

Oil pulling is not a new thing, it has been used in India for centuries which is derived from the Ayurvedic technique. It is one of the best natural ways to keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Since using coconut oil for oil pulling I have noticed a difference in both the whiteness and overall health of my teeth and gums. I’m so happy I started using it now. High five to the Ayurvedic technique. The one I use is the Aldi Coco Loco Coconut oil which is reasonably priced at 4 euro.

Here are some studies that have shown oil pulling to be effective here, here and here

How To Oil Pull?

To see a short demonstration on how to oil pull click play

  1. Gather a tablespoon of coconut oil (or preferred oil) and place in the mouth.
  2. Start swishing it around the mouth for 20 minutes. Whilst waiting you can read, clean or even do a little dance LOL, do what you guys do. Be careful not to swallow it as it will contain all that bacteria from the teeth and gums.
  3. Spit in bin. This avoids blocking the drains. Remember the coconut oil will become solid again.
  4. Brush the teeth as normal.

Tips: When starting out you can build yourself up to the 20 minute time frame. Swish for 10 mins then spit and then add another tablespoon and swish for another 10 mins etc. You get what I mean.

Take it easy while swishing. You don’t need to overly swish with force, this will only put your jaw under strain.

Set the 20 minutes on your phone or alarm, that way you know exactly when to spit.

Try to avoid or limit your intake of anything that stains teeth etc coffee or smoking.

To lessen the taste of the coconut oil maybe add a few drops of essential oils that are safe to use in the mouth. Examples of such oils would be peppermint, cinnamon and tea tree. This also gives the gums and teeth more added anti bacterial benefits.

If you have any questions about oil pulling feel free to leave a comment below.

Keep smiling ; )

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

*I am not a medical professional, I am just sharing my experience on what has worked for me.

Eco Fashion, How To be An Eco-Fashionista?

 

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Eco friendly fashion was once thought of and categorised into the hippy hey day era. That’s not the case anymore, now people are thinking of ways on how to be an eco-fashionista. Fashion designers such as Stella McCartney have paved the way for change. These days there is more knowledge into the background in which clothing is produced.

There is a lot to be made from clothing in general, there’s no doubt about that. Everybody needs clothing right? The fashion industry is definitely a profitable market. ¬†The¬†manufacturing of clothing can be a way of generating more sales through bad practices. The bad stories are:

child and adult workers being exploited whilst working in unsuitable conditions. Most recently the collapsing of a Bangladesh clothing factory in 2013. 

toxic chemicals being used in fabrics which are both dangerous to our health’s and the environment. The use of pesticides in fabrics can even leak into water supplies.

clothing in the landfill waste has increased worldwide.

Eco Fashion, How To Be An Eco-Fashionista

  1. Recycle Your Unwanted Clothing
  • Instead of throwing your unwanted clothing items in the bin. Bring them to your local clothing bank. Most charity shop nowadays are crying out for clothes, donations of unwanted clothing won’t go a stray. I know in Ireland and the UK, Marks and Spencer’s have bins in store, where you can put your unwanted clothing. In return you receive a 5 euro voucher when you spend 50 euro or more, this excludes the food hall. It is a nice little incentive. H & M have a similar campaign running in their stores.
  • Try swapping clothes with friends and family. You would all be saving money. Many sellers on Depop are open to clothes swaps with their customers too.
  • ¬†The Jazzing up off dull lifeless clothes by DIY can be a fun way of creating quirky ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†fashionable pieces. You never know, it might even turn into a hobby.

    2. Avoid Buying On The Spur Off The Moment

  • I think everyone’s guilty for doing this, especially when reductions are on. Next time you find yourself running into this situation stop and think. ¬†Ask yourself “Do you really need this? ” ¬†Or wait a day or two. Remember that many stores are trying to sale items that are made of cheap materials, that won’t last. With this regular pattern, you may be throwing good money after bad. Think about shopping for pieces you generally need, that may cost more but in the long run last longer.
  • Next time you have an occasion why not rent a dress. There are many boutiques in Ireland that have a dress rental service. Check the boutiques in your area.

3. Second Hand Shopping

  • Go shopping around the charity shops in your town. It’s the best way to find good quality clothing at next to nothing prices.

4. Try A Hand At Making Your Own

  • Be aware of materials that last longer. Do your research and gather eco-friendly fabrics that last. Making your own clothes is a way of being able to wear quality. Start off small. Rome wasn’t build in a day.

5. Wash Your New Clothes Before Wearing Them

  • It’s always a good idea to wash your new clothing twice before actually wearing them. Natural fabrics like cotton are included in this aswell. Chemicals such as formaldehyde are used in the production of most clothes so it’s best to beware of this.

Finding ways on how to be an eco-fashionista is fun. Green fashion has that appeal, it’s definitely wearable. With ethical brands you can ensure that they are complying with employee rights and are fair trade. Choosing green fashion brands can be challenging if your not familiar with them. Here’s some websites:¬†http://www.fatface.com¬† ¬†http://www.peopletree.co.uk¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†http://www.stellamccartney.com¬† ¬†http://www2.hm.com¬† ¬†http://www.asos.com¬† ¬† ¬†¬†http://uk.monsoon.co.uk¬† ¬† ¬†https://www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk¬† ¬†¬†http://jannjune.com¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†http://www.mayamiko.com¬† ¬† ¬†¬†http://www.braintreeclothing.com

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furry Friend Tag!!

furry friend tagI do own a pet so I thought I would introduce y’all to her. Here it is the Furry Friend Tag. Woohoo!!

1… 2….3……..HERE WE GO

What is your pet’s name?

Bella

What breed is it?

Long haired Chinchilla Silver Persianfurry friend tag,

How long have you had your pet friend?

Around five years

How did you get your pet?

A breeder in the UK since there wasn’t any breeders in Ireland, at that time.

I did  do some research on persian cats and came across the chinchilla breed. I was like yup I want one of these.

How old is your pet?

In cat years she’s 33.

What are some quirky things about your pet’s personality?

There is so many quirky things about Bella’s personality. Here are a few to mention.

She likes to be noticed, if I’m reading a magazine she will jump up and just meow and rub her head off the magazine until I say her name.

She is so playful and loves learning new tricks. She learns them almost instantly. She’s very smart.

She snores when sleeping.

What does your relationship with your pet mean to you?

It does mean alot. She definitely has brought alot of happiness. I just love her to bits.

We are some of your favourite past times with your pet?

Definitely teaching her tricks.

What are the nicknames that you call your pet?

Bells and Ella.

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

I tag YOU bloggers that have pets. YOU know who you are

 

 

 

How To Grow Your Eyebrows

How To Grow Your Eyebrows

If only you knew how to grow your eyebrows back in the day. We have all been there, the teen years when you thought that having thin brows was cool. Unfortunately no one ever tells you that constantly over-plucking your brows just weakens the brow growth until ultimately they just don’t grow.¬†In other words your basically just killing your brow growth which doesn’t sound so fun I know. There is a solution though.

You can grow back your eyebrows. Yes you heard that right. I have used this method myself, to correct those sparse areas where I wanted more fullness. I would stay away from the tweezers during the process you will be thankful you did, after all your trying to induce brow growth not delay it. I definitely did see results in a short space of time. I will say that everybody’s hair growth is different so just to beware of this. What works for you, might be longer or shorter for somebody else. I wanted to use a more healthy and natural way to achieve that fullness that wasn’t harmful or aggravating to my skin. While I was waiting for this growth I filled my eyebrows in with powder just to cover the area.

The miracle product I used is called Castor Oil. I would suggest getting the organic cold pressed castor oil it’s the best form on the market, with no heat being added to it resulting in no nutrient value being lost. The question is why is it good for eyebrow growth? It has high levels of fatty acids called ricinoleic acid. This triggers the hair follicles in the eyebrows to grow whilst keeping them moisturized leading to healthier growth.

Castor oil has many benefits aside from this, it’s good for fading scars, stretch marks, hair loss on head, dandruff, eyelash growth the list goes on.

Products you will need:

>Organic Cold Pressed Castor Oil

>Cotton buds

>Cotton Wool

I got the Pukka organic cold pressed castor oil.¬†It’s best to wash off any powder or product you have on your eyebrows before applying the castor oil. You want to avoid any bacteria getting inside the castor oil or on your eyebrows so I would recommend using a disposable product like cotton buds.

I applied the castor oil about a half an hour before bed so’s that the oil soaks in to the eyebrow hair, not on to the pillow case.

The first step is simply dipping the cotton bud into the castor oil. Using the cotton bud, you just gently apply the castor oil to your eyebrows. You want to massage the oil into your eyebrows to evenly distribute the product. You don’t want to end up with more hair growth in one area now that wouldn’t be nice, nope. Wipe off the excess with cotton wool.

Leave the castor oil on those brows overnight. Then when morning comes your gona wana wash it off, unless you like that greasy brow look which is ok too.ūüôā

I absolutely love this how to grow your eyebrows method and I hope you guys try this out for yourself. If you do, let me know how you get on.

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

Where To Get Jeans For Tall Girls?

I am a tall gal and have people ask me all the time where do I get my jeans from. And my answer is always,¬†most stores have a tall range now both in store and online.¬†For me though, I find buying my jeans online a better choice as I like having more styles to choose from. With the exception being Primark ( Penneys in Ireland). Their in store tall jeans range has nice styles, catering for sizes UK 6-20 with an inside leg of 34”.

These are the stores in which I like to take a peekaboo at, whilst in search for jeans:

jeans

Topshop——Their tall range caters for sizes UK 6-14 , 5’9 and over. I know that their jeans are a 34 inseam.¬†The Topshop joni tall jeans would be one of my fave pair of jeans from their collection. They are the most comfortable high waisted skinny jeans I have ever worn (no exaggeration).

Next——Their tall range caters for 5’10 and over, sizes UK 8-20.

ASOS——-Have sizes UK 4-20 and leg lengths 34”, 36” and 38”

Dorothy Perkins—–Sizes UK 6-22 and I find the leg lengths vary sometimes, they state a 34 inseam and are slightly shorter than this.

New Look——Their tall range caters for sizes UK 8-20, 5’9 and over. Their jeans do extend quite long with a 36 inseam but it’s great, for those girls that are a bit taller.

Gap——-Sizes UK 6-16 and 5’9 and over. They are doing more of a crop style of jean at the moment. Their sale items have more of a longer length.

Boohoo—–Sizes UK 6-14 and caters for 5’7 to 5’11.

It’s nice to see that there is a great selection of stores out there right now, that have thought of designing a taller range. If your a tall girl, leave a comment below on where you get your jeans. I would love to hearūüôā

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx

 

 

 

 

 

Products I Currently Like

So I thought I would share with you guys, the products I’m liking at the moment.

Lavera

LAVERA ORGANIC MINT, SILICEOUS EARTH AND SALICYLIC 3 IN 1 WASH-SCRUB-MASK

This product can be used¬†not only as a face cleanser but as a scrub and mask. The ingredients are all completely natural with plant ingredients from Lavera’s own production source. I have used all three methods and like how my skin is left after using it. The salicylic acid in it, is natural from the willow bark which I have not seen in a face wash before I tried this one. I have used face products with salicylic acid and found them extremely harsh on my skin. I was quite pleased that Lavera have brought out this in a natural form. This helps to actively clear the skin and the organic mint and siliceous earth really cleanses the skin. I found it very effective in keeping my skin that bit clearer. ¬†Another thing I was happy about this product is that the scrub particles are free off micro plastics.

Trilogy

TRILOGY ROSEHIP OIL AND ANTIOXIDANT +

I heard so much about this oil that I had to give it a go. I was a bit worried on first application though, as I felt it was going to break out my face. To my relieve it didn’t, thank gawd. I ¬†like to use it, after I have cleansed my face before I go to bed. It leaves my skin feeling softer, smoother and glowing. My skin definitely feels more hydrated when I wake up in the morning. It’s great.

I’d love to hear about any products that you’ve been liking lately?

Thanks for readingūüôā

Alli-Xx

 

How I Curl My Hair

I use alot of heat on my hair in general so before I curl my hair I always apply heat protectant spray. I use the Tresemme Care and Protect Heat Defence Styling Spray. It works really well, my hair is left shiny and soft from using it.

Tresemme

Then I just quickly brush out any tangles that may be present.

When I’m curling my hair I like to set my curling wand to 170 degrees. I find this works best with my hair type. The curling wand I use is by Remington, the Pearl Wand one which I got a while back.

Curling wand

First I part my hair down the middle and tie one half up with a hair tie.

I start with the other half of my hair. Using a hair tie to tie up sections I haven’t curled, I curl from the back to the front sections of my hair. Each section I take is about an inch.

Then I repeat this process on the other side of my hair.

I curl away from my face and wait about 14 seconds before moving onto each section.

After I have finished curling my locks. I use my fingers to break up the curls to give a more natural look. Shea butter is the next product I use. I find this locks in moisture and eliminates frizz, which is why I like to use it when using heat appliances on my hair.

Shea butter

I generally don’t use any hair spray as the curls do last all day long.

Since my hair is medium length  when straight it shrinks up when curled, so I like to add that extra length. I currently like to use the Lullabellz choc brown 16 inch 1 weft curly hair piece.

Finished result

What products do you guys use, when styling?

Happy Tuesdayūüôā

Thanks for reading,

Alli-Xx