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Empties #16

I’ve used up some beauty products again and I thought I’d share with you a bit more on them.

Skincare and Makeup Products

L’Oréal Micellar Water for Sensitive and Dry Skin – I got a big bottle of this one, hoping it would be very good, especially considering it’s meant to be suitable even for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, it stings my eyes, it’s tough to remove mascara (although I try not to use micellar water around my eyes) and it leaves some residue on the skin. I always wash my face after taking my makeup off but it’s just not a pleasant feeling;
Clarins Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk – This, on the other hand, is really mild yet effective and simply lovely to use. It has a beautiful and delicate scent, it doesn’t irritate my eyes, feels soft on the skin and the mini was great for travelling;
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel – One of my favourite cleansing gels at the moment. It’s soap-free, it’s suitable for blemish-prone skin, it can be used on both, face and body and you can read more details on my experience with the product here;
Avène Thermal Spring Water – This summer has been so hot and I really like it but it’s been a bit too much for my skin. This thermal water is not only cooling but also soothing and refreshing. I’ve used up more than 4 bottles of it in the past few months and now I’m halfway through a huge one that would probably be the last one for the season. I just don’t seem to reach for thermal water sprays in the colder months or at least not so often;
La Roche-Posay Serozinc – Another mist but this time specially designed to help healing blemishes and mattifying the skin. I’ve mentioned so many times that I love this product, it’s been featured on my blog multiple times and I will keep repurchasing it;
Balea Active Charcoal Sheet Mask – This is my favourite affordable sheet mask for days when I need ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Zinc. It’s lovely to use, it helps reducing the redness caused by blemishes, it also heals them a lot quicker and I always try to have a few of this sheet mask in my skincare stash;
Origins Flower Fusion Raspberry Sheet Mask – The Flower Fusion Sheet Masks are still not mentioned much in the community but in case you’re curious about them, I shared my opinion and experience here. The Raspberry one is probably my favourite of all because it’s perfect for my combination skin, it’s really refreshing and contains vitamins and antioxidants;
Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum – This is one of my favourite budget-friendly hydrating serums although there’s another one I like just a little bit more. This is my second bottle of it, I think I purchased about 5 when I was in London simply because I can find it only in the UK. My skin is hydrated, plump and radiant when I’m using this little gem;
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Day Cream – I haven’t talked about this cream in a long time but it still must be the one that holds the record for being in Empties posts the most. I can use it in the summer or winter and it will still be effective. It’s soothing, hydrating without being greasy, absorbs quickly, regulates sebum production and I’d recommend checking it out if you have oily/combination and blemish-prone skin;
Estée Lauder Revitalising Supreme + – This is just a beautiful product. The mini of 15 ml is great for travelling but it actually lasts a really long time. The cream visibly makes the skin look smoother, more radiant and firm. Sometimes it can be a bit too rich for my skin but mum has dry skin and she absolutely loves it;
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra Comforting Night Cream – Another product that is actually mum’s but I occasionally steal and use when my skin is very dry and dehydrated. The texture is rich, so I don’t use a lot on my combination skin but it’s still enough to make me look more fresh on the next day. It feels nourishing and leaves the skin plump and soft, I also love the scent because it’s nice but not too overpowering;
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Resurfacing Active Foundation 16HR and Fluid Corrective Foundation 16HR – Both of these are great for covering acne or scarring, redness, blemishes. I’m happy I had the chance to try both although the first one is too thick for me, it’s just heavy and difficult to work with on my skin, it feels more like a mousse and the shades look a bit too dark. The fluid one is a foundation I’m thinking about getting full size of because it’s really easy to use, it has great coverage although I don’t usually wear such high coverage bases and it just hides everything I would want to hide when I have bad skin days;
Dior Forever Cushion – I love Dior Forever range, the Forever fluid foundation is my all-time favourite foundation, it’s brilliant and I can talk about it for days. Its cushion for came in handy during my travels, it has different texture but it’s still long-lasting. You can read more here but the only thing I didn’t like is the fact that it didn’t last very long. It’s quite pricey and I like that you can purchase a refill but I wish it lasted longer;
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I think this is a second tube of this mascara I’ve used up although it’s not my favourite one. And that is simply because the formula is too wet for my taste. I don’t hate it, I quite like it because it makes my lashes fluttery but there’s just something missing;
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Ultra BlackBourjois have amazing mascaras and this is great one, it gives me volume, separation, length and it’s super black;

Body Products

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Shower Gel and Body Lotion Travel Duo – I love the fragrance, I have several of its variations and this mini duo was part of a set along with the perfume. The whole bathroom remained fragranced with this beautiful scent every time I used the two products and I really enjoyed the experience;
KICKS Lemongrass Sugar Scrub with Argan Oil – One of my favourite body scrubs. In case you want to read more about it, take a look at this blog post;
Yves Rocher Cranberry and Almond Body Lotion – This body lotion was part of the brand’s Christmas collection last year and it took me a long time to use it up because I always seemed to find myself applying other body moisturisers. Not that I didn’t like this one but it can be a bit too light sometimes when my skin is more dry and dehydrated;
Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Body Lotion SPF 30 – This is my second bottle of this sunscreen, I loved using it every summer morning when I had to go out in the garden and take care of the kitties we adopt. Most of them have health issues and summer is the best time to enjoy some outdoor activities with the little cuties. This sunscreen is physical, so I don’t need to wait for it to work after 20 or more minutes. I just apply it and I’m good to go. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it stains my clothes a bit;
Alverde Calendula Hand Cream – I picked up this hand cream randomly one day because my hands felt really dry and I was passing by a drugstore. It ended up being pretty nice, I love calendula products because they are very soothing and also antiseptic. The tube is quite small, so it’s also great for the handbag;
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream – Another miniature hand cream. I love L’Occitane hand creams and Peony scent is my favourite along with their Cherry Blossom one because they are delicate and feminine. The texture of their creams is lightweight but nourishing and absorbs quickly while the fragrance lingers around the whole room around you.

These are my recent empties and I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday!

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Empties #12

20170304_120507postWe’re already in March and this is actually my first post with empty products for 2017. There are some huge favourites of mine that I’ve used up and now I’m really missing them.

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Skincare and Makeup Products

KICKS Clearing Mud Mask – That’s a second tube of this mask after the first one was sent to me to try. It has Salycilic Acid in it, it’s purifying, washes off easily and the price is good, as well;
Kaufmanns Haut-und-Kinder-Creme  – Another tube of one of my favourite multipurpose moisturisers. It’s now a staple for me, it saves my lips and knuckles in the winter;
Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum – Unfortunately, this comes in a really small size and I didn’t pick up another bottle of it from the UK. A fantastic budget serum with Lactic Acid  that makes my skin look brighter and clearer;
Balea Vital Intensive SerumBalea seem to know how to do good budget serums, too. They always have pumps and feel incredibly nourishing and soothing;
Clinique Superdefense Night Recovery Moisturiser – That’s my second jar of this night cream and it’s one of my favourite ones, I’ve spoken a lot about it but here’s the full review in case you want to know more;
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – I believe this is my second bottle of this mist, as well. I love facial mists and I adore this one. I have detailed information about it here, I love using it before makeup, on top of makeup, on days when I don’t wear makeup, it’s refreshing, hydrating and protecting;
Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate – This mini was great for travelling, the purchase was inspired by mum who loves it and uses it as a serum or just as an additional step to add a bit more moisture and care to the skin;
Tromborg Multivitamin Facial Mask – This was just a sample but it was enough for me to know the mask is amazing. It feels light on the skin, it’s a gel and at first you think it doesn’t do much but when you wash it off, you’re left with a lovely glow, the pores look diminished and the complexion in general is fresher and healthier;
Sephora Pomegranate Sleeping Mask – I love these masks, they seem small but I can use them up to 6-7 times. I don’t like them for travelling, though because you can’t store them and keep them fresh. This mask makes my skin tone a bit more even and fresh-looking;
Sephora Ginseng Eye Mask – The eye masks are lovely, as well, refreshing and soothing;
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks – These ones contain a lot of serum in the bags which I tend to pour into travel pots and use it under my regular eye cream. The patches feel cooling and hydrating and I love them, wish they were more affordable;
Purederm Collagen Eye Zone Mask – Eye masks enriched with Collagen, Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract that brighten the area under my eyes. The serum absorbs really quickly after removing the patches, it feels refreshing and I’ll be repurchasing these;
Purederm Collagen Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes – It’s quite interesting how I really dislike facial wet wipes and use them only when I travel, yet I have at least a pack of empty ones in every post like this one. The collagen ones must be my least favourite of all Purederm I’ve tried, they just seem to not remove makeup that well and feel a bit more harsh on the skin. I’d stick to the tea tree ones;
L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Paris Pamplemousse Rhubarbe  Lip Balm – You may already know I have a soft spot for L’Occitane limited edition lip balms. This one was a memory of our trip to Munich around Christmas holidays and this is one more reason to love it;
Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream – I have a full review on this product here. It can be used on face and body and helped me against the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation I tend to get quite often;
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover – A travel mini of a cult classic, you can’t go wrong with this one;
L’Oréal Skin Perfection Perk-up Cream and Eye Care – That’s a great duo if you want a tinted moisturiser for your face and under the eyes because they even out the skin tone but also have skincare benefits. It looks lovely once applied on the skin and it was actually mum who got me into these;
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I have mixed feelings towards this mascara maybe because I had really high hopes considering how many people compare it to Benefit’s Roller Lash. I quite like how fluttery it makes my eyelashes look…when it’s near the time to throw it in the bin. The rest of the time, the formula is just too wet, it doesn’t give me the separation, volume and curl that Roller Lash provides and I’m not so sure if I love it;
La Roche-Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara – On the other hand, this is a brilliant mascara that I want to find a full size of. It gives a similar to the YSL Effet Faux Cills look and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes;
Essence Mini Lipgloss – These are some of the loveliest affordable glosses and the mini was given to me by a dear friend, I love the colour and it was nice having it in my hand luggage during my travels;
Dior DIORSKIN Forever Perfect Skin-Perfecting Foundation SPF 35 – The best foundation for my skin type, I’m actually quite sad that I’ve used it up because I don’t seem to have a backup. You can read my full review on it here;
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer – Not sure how many times I’ve spoken about it and how many tubes I’ve used up but you can find my thoughts on it here;
Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector SPF 20 – I use it on its own or as a primer and I like how it evens out the skin tone and makes everything look smoother and natural.

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Body and Hair Products

Lumene Cloudberry Hand Cream – The same dear friend of mine gave it to me and I couldn’t thank her enough! This is such a hydrating hand cream and at the same time doesn’t feel greasy on the hands. The scent is subtle, so it can be used by men, too;
Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream – All the hand creams I use up are ones I love and this has a great orange scent combined with wonderful moisturising properties;
The Body Shop Frosted Plum Hand Cream – Reminds me of cosy winter days that were not so long ago, actually. The scent is not too overpowering and the cream is very nice itself but I wish it wasn’t limited edition;
Yves Rocher Pear & Cocoa Hand Cream – I really like the brand’s hand creams and when a Christmas scent is added, I’m in love. Now that I’m smelling it again, I wish I took more of it during the holidays;
Yves Rocher Pear & Cocoa Bath & Shower Gel – The corresponding body wash was amazing, as well. I love that scent wasn’t too overpowering or sweet but still remained different and special;
Yves Rocher Almond Orange Blossom Relaxing Shower Oil – I never knew the brand had shower oils! I really enjoyed this one, it feels gentle on the skin, it’s not really foamy, it has a slightly herbal scent which I personally like and I really want to try more;
L’Oréal Arginine Resist Double Elixir Express Conditioner – I always use leave-in conditioners, I just love them and these spray ones are quite easy to use. Plus, in the winter my hair tends to get a bit more flyaways and knots than usual and this product did a pretty good job at helping me with that;
L’Oréal Elseve Nutri-Gloss Shampoo – When it comes to shampoos, I go through so many so quickly that I don’t even look in details what’s in stores at the moment. That’s why I tend to go for the ones I know like this one here that makes my hair really shiny and clean;
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Fluide – It has a light texture that feels soothing and nourishing, the pump is really handy and I’d purchase it again;
L’Occitane Foot Cream – This mini came in the brand’s advent calendar and it helped me a lot during the freezing winter nights because I woke up to the softest feet on the next morning. I might need a full size of it;
L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion – The range is probably my favourite of all L’Occitane ones but this lotion is too shimmery for my taste, so it was nice trying it but I would stick to the cherry blossom body wash, hand cream and the fragrance;
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – I’m not sure if it really helps you sleep better but the scent is definitely relaxing and calming.

This is everything I’ve used up lately, now I’m off to make a list with what I need to repurchase.

January Favourites

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Seems like it’s time to take a look at the first beauty favourites for 2017…

I’m starting off with two skincare products that help my winter skin look brighter and fresher. Herbina is a Finnish brand and I love trying products from Scandinavian brands because I always expect them to know how to deal with dull skin and often the ingredients are a bit more natural. Luckily, I have a wonderful friend who always sends me different products from Finland to try. The Herbina Energy Boost Energising Peeling Cream contains Orange Flower Water, Sweet Almond Oil, lots of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. I like using it a couple of times a week in the morning because it feels refreshing, doesn’t strip my skin and leaves it radiant and really soft. The formula is plant-based, the granules in the cream are very gentle and biodegradable.
I talked about the Bio-Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water in my Skincare Update post here and I just want to say one more time that it is a good one to use in the winter when the skin is lackluster and dehydrated. It’s very easy to use and rinse, it feels refreshing and calming, the pot is travel-friendly, so I might be taking it along with me when I travel and need to bring back the radiance to my skin.

My love for Eucerin has been confessed so many times on the blog but I haven’t mentioned any of their products in a long time simply because they are now a permanent and just normal part of my routine. However, it looks like there is only one product from their DermoPURIFYER range that I haven’t tried before. I have no idea how I’ve missed their DermoPURIFYER Toner, considering how much I love the whole range. The toner is formulated with Lactic Acid which is without a doubt the best acid for my skin, it unclogs the pores without drying my face, it’s so gentle and yet, so effective. I’ve been using the toner for about three weeks and the difference was visible almost immediately.

One of the most affordable and at the same time, lovely serums I’ve ever tried has to be this Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum. I’m still frustrated I have only one bottle of it because it’s another product with Lactic Acid that does wonders for me. My skin looks clearer and brighter but also, hydrated and this serum is one of the reasons for that.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks are seriously good. I often struggle with dry under eye area but in the winter it can get really bad. These patches have a cooling effect but also brightening, de-puff, plumping and hydrating properties, thanks to the Arnica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and Dragon’s Blood. I was surprised by how smooth and soft the gentle skin under my eyes got after removing these. There is a lot of serum left in the pack after using the eye masks, so I tend to decant it into a small pot and use it before applying my regular eye cream. It lasts ages and it doesn’t ruin the rest of my skincare and makeup. I love the moisturiser from the same range, the eye masks are quite pricey, considering you get 8 sachets and one of mine (so far) came with only one patch inside instead of two but I got it with a pretty big discount and I really like the effect.

Another essential for me during the cold winter days has been the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. I’m not sure what took me so long to get it and fall in love with it, considering I adore the Lip Perfectors but here I am with my half-empty bottle of it. I was passing by my local beauty store, went inside to purchase something, the lady told me they had a good offer on the lip oils and I started wondering if I should take the Honey or the Red Berry one. At the end, I picked up the Raspberry shade because it just smelled so good. The oils are plant-based and simply gorgeous. They come with a big and soft applicator, the texture is like honey, the scents are divine, the moisturising properties are what surprised me the most. My lips feel soothed, nourished, smooth and soft after just one application, thanks to the organic Jojoba, Mirabelle Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Raspberry Oil (this one is only for the shade I got). It doesn’t really look red on my lips, it’s more of a sheer pink tint and I just can’t say enough good words about it.

This MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in Sweet Sweet Fantasy*  may look appropriate for spring rather than winter days but it makes me look a bit more healthy and fresh with its peachy tones and that’s exactly what I need at the moment.

If you’re looking for a budget highlighter that looks natural and beautiful, try the MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion. It delivers a soft radiance that isn’t too out there for the office, for example and blends like a dream.

My favourite fragrance for this month has to be La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense from Guerlain. You can read my full review on it here, it’s more on the sweet side but still remains elegant and chic.

These are the beauty products I’ve been loving and using the most lately and it’s hard to believe that February is just around the corner.

*PR Sample

Skincare Update | January 2017

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Now that winter is in full swing (it’s -18°C at the moment!), my skincare routine needs a bit of a boost. I actually added these products to my regimen a few weeks ago but I wanted to wait a bit before talking about them.

Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum was a random purchase and a totally unknown product for me that turned out to be a huge love! The serum comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pipette applicator but I think it would have been better to have a pump. However, this gem is cruelty-free, 100% vegan and I believe it was less than £5. It’s meant to be anti-blemish and youth-boosting solution that contains spot-fighting Salicylic Acid, anti-shine Cimicifuga and anti-ageing complex of Lactic Acid, Phytoprotein and Polyglycan. I use it 3-4 times a week just because I don’t want to use it up really quickly (I wish I’d taken 5 more bottles!) and I have to say, it does make a difference to my skin. It definitely looks more plump and healthy, it’s clearer and my hyperpigmentation is visibly minimised. I’m really impressed by Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum and I can’t wait to stock up on it next time I have the chance.
Active ingredients list:
Salicylic Acid – BHA that decongests and eliminates spot-causing bacteria;
Lactic Acid – AHA that helps skin cell renewal;
Phytoprotein – Helps nourish and moisturise the skin;
Cimicifuga – Helps regulate sebum production and tighten pores;
Polyglycan – Delivers an anti-ageing, skin restructuring and moisturising effect;
Glycolic Acid – AHA which helps to retexturise skin’s surface;
Bioactive Tetrapeptide – Boosts collagen;
Red Algae Extract – Has anti-pigmenting properties to even out the skin tone.

The moisturiser I’ve been using lately is by Rodial and it’s their Dragon’s Blood SPF 15 Hyaluronic Moisturiser. I’d like to quickly mention that here they use an airless technology to keep the product fresh and sometimes it needs a really good shake to dispense the cream.
Dragon’s blood complex is a unique and powerful tree sap extract that comforts the skin. It’s meant to rejuvenate the skin, boost hydration and improve tonicity.
This cream is supposed to be good for people with dry skin but I have combination skin and I don’t find it greasy or heavy. It gives me the right amount of hydration without breaking me out or making me look shiny. My skin looks brighter and fresher, the moisturiser smells really nice and it’s great for the winter time.

Nuxe is a brand I really like, so when I finally had the chance to take a look at their Bio-Beauté by Nuxe brand (95% minimum ingredients of natural origin), my eye got caught by several products. Unfortunately, the peach lip balm was sold out and I still can’t find it but I saw a tester of their Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water and the scent was zesty and just divine. I purchased it and used it the same evening. Since then I’ve been using it twice a week and I can’t wait to try more products from the brand. I really don’t like when beauty products have “detox” in their names but if we set this aside, the mask itself is brilliant because it’s purifying but hydrating at the same time. The texture is light and gel-like and when you put it on the skin, it feels refreshing. Then I leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then I start massaging it in my skin which turns the gel into an oil and feels really relaxing. Then I wash it off with warm water, it is really easy because it’s no longer an oil but a milky emulsion. My skin gets incredibly soft, radiant and hydrated. I wouldn’t say it’s the most purifying face mask for my combination skin but it’s great for the winter days when I don’t want to use a clay mask more than once a week.

Last but not least, a product that the whole family would love.  La Roche-Posay Lipikar Fluide is a moisturiser that also soothes and protects the skin. Some of you may know I’ve been dealing with irritated skin because of different medicines and I needed something for my body, especially my shoulders and back. There are tons of body moisturisers for very dry skin but they just didn’t fit into my idea when it comes to soothing and protecting the skin. The rest of the products that seemed decent were in smaller sizes (meant to be used on face and not body), so I was very happy to see La Roche-Posay Lipikar Fluide and its promises. The formula is fragrance- and paraben-free, the bottle has a pump which is another big plus for me, the texture is so light and absorbs so quickly that the first night I used it, I almost thought it wouldn’t be enough to give me the hydration I needed. However, on the next day I woke up to the softest and most comfortable-feeling skin ever and I’m not even exaggerating. I’ve never had such soft and hydrated skin on my upper body. Now I’m on the hunt for the 400 ml bottle because I got the last 200 ml one at the pharmacy and I can’t recommend this mosituriser enough to those of you who need something with soothing properties. It can also be used on the face but I’ve tried applying it only on my body.

I would be curious to know if you’ve tried any of these products and what’s your experience with them.

Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum

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This product got really popular, thanks to Sali Hughes and her love for it and years later, it’s still sold out most of the time. It’s a bit of a unicorn, actually, plus it always sits on the bottom shelf in Superdrug. Back in April, when me and my boyfriend were in London, I managed to get 5 bottles of the Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum and I’ve been using it ever since. The expectations were really high, so I wanted to wait at least 3 months to form an opinion.

This serum is from Superdrug‘s own brand and honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of the ingredients lists of their products. However, this one has an amazing blend of soothing, anti-inflammatory and moisturising ingredients for less than £3! I really don’t know how they’ve done this. Simply Pure Hydrating Serum is designed to replenish and nourish sensitive skin, to improve skin’s natural elasticity and to make the complexion smoother and more radiant.

The texture is more of a lotion rather than a serum which actually turns it into the perfect summer moisturiser for oily/combination skin. I have combination skin with oily T-zone but it’s also dehydrated which means my skin produces excess oil but lacks water. In the autumn/winter, I like to layer the serum with my creams and oils and the combination provides a great base for make-up. It sinks into the skin really well without leaving a sticky residue and feels very calming. The Simply Pure Hydrating Serum makes my skin soft, nourished, glowing and plump, it’s a real gem and I hope they never discontinue it.

Another great thing about it is that it comes with a pump and the formula is fragrance-free which is always a plus. I’m happy this serum doesn’t break me out. I use it day and night, applying it all over my face and neck and I’m surprised how long one bottle lasts.

Many of my friends and family are now using the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum, as well, we all have different skin types and we all love it.
I’m glad I have a backup of this product, as it’s a great basic face serum. Of course, there are no anti-ageing ingredients in it for this price but if your skin is a bit lackluster or dehydrated, I’d recommend getting a bottle or two from your local Superdrug or in case you’re travelling to the UK.