I love seeing other peoples empties! So I decided to make a board where people could post pictures of their empties, or just tell us about them! I'd also be interested in knowing whether you're repurchasing anything or not.
My first empties post! These are from January through May. I kept meaning to post monthly, but I never felt like I had enough to make it worth it. Oops. At least I'm doing it now and tossing all the empty bottles! Woohoo.
Loves (have or would repurchase)
-The DE C firma is the 2nd Vit C serum I've used, but the first I've really try to use consistently. The 1st being Caudalie Polyphenol C-15 (broke me out, not a fan, never finished). I like the DE; I haven't had the break out issues that some have had. I purchased the mini day set with the B moisturizer and got a full size. I like it and would repurchase, but I'm also curious about other formulas. I do think it has done good for my skin. I have been using the full size bottle daily since January or February and think I have maybe another month or two out of it. $80 is a lot to invest at once, but I do feel better that the bottle will last a half year or more with daily (1 pump) use. I would have no qualms about this if it were priced at $60/bottle. Get it during the 20% sale!
-This formula of Secret deodorant is my HG. I stray from it every once in a while and ALWAYS regret it and come back. Lavender is my current fav scent.
-Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream. Got this sample in my Sephora Play. It's relatively cheap and seems to be doing its job. Bought a full size to evaluate more.
-UD Perversion Mascara. I like this and actively seek out samples of it. I don't know if I would pay full price given the ubiquity of samples and how slowly I go through full size mascaras, but I like it the most of out any higher end mascara I've tried in recent memory.
-Origins Gin-Zing Eye Cream. I was originally trying this on one side of my face and the Clinique on the other, but gave that up for this in the morning and the other in the evening. I like this and feel like it brightens my under eye with its reflective particles or whatever. I bought the full size of this that was bundled with other products of the line because it was in a squeeze tube instead of the jar and the price of the eye cream alone with all the other stuff. Worth it for that deal.
-Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum. I actually REALLY loved this stuff. It lasted me forever and didn't cause any weird break outs (I have struggled with acne all my life). This is one of the first oils I've used and it maybe didn't sink it as much as others, but it left my face feeling moisturized and looking good. And it's not crazy expensive. Simple ingredient list that I like, as well. Probably one of my best Ipsy introductions. I would repurchase this in a second if I didn't have a million other oil samples to work through (which aren't living up to this).
-Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer. I think the name is cute, but I also felt it worked just as well if not better than UD's primer. I don't know how expensive this is, but assuming it's the same price or less expensive than UD's, I would repurchase. As it is now, I have primer samples to last me for at least 5 years. I like the small sample sizes bc I feel like I can use them up before they go (really) bad.
Mehs (used up, unsure about purchasing full size, would use again as sample)
-Dr Jart Ceramidin cream. I used this in drier winter months and I really liked it. The sample wasn't big enough to determine lasting effects. I'm hesitant to buy a full size due to price. But I'm really contemplating it.
-Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream. This was nice for warmer months. I'm hesitant about moisturizers that have cones in them, but this didn't seem to break me out like others. Needs further research.
-Coola Sport Sunscreen. I tried 2 flavors of this (mango and white tea), it worked pretty well. Maybe a bit greasy for daily application, but worked great at the pool in FL. Like the smell of both. It didn't break me out/give me hives like chemical Neutrogena sunscreens have, but I'm a bit gun shy since this reaction to chemical sunscreens only developed in the past 2 years.
-DE B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. It was ok. Don't think it was hydrating enough for me. I used it on vacay in FL and still don't know how I feel about it. Didn't break me out, so that's a positive. Probably more expensive than it's worth.
-Klorane Corn Flower Eye Makeup Remover. Works well enough. Don't know if I want to spend this much on eye make up remover. FWIW, I don't often wear waterproof eye makeup or anything like. that. I like these little bottles for travel for sure.
-Caudalie Polyphenol Eye Cream and 20 SPF sunscreen.I think this whole line has been discontinued so it doesn't really matter. Didn't do enough to justify the price. I'm not paying $40 for a 20 SPF moisturizer.
-OI All In One Milk. I didn't like the smell of this at all, but it did make my hair easier to brush and left it feeling nice.
-Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle. This was super fragrant, which I wasn't the biggest fan of, and it was thick enough to clog the pump a bit.
-It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Product. I liked the smell of this better than the others, but it didn't make my hair as easy to brush as the others. It also left it with a weird residue.
Nopes (wouldn't repurchase, probably wouldn't even reuse if it was free)
-BioRepublic Aloe Revitalizing Mask left my face feeling like it had a weird residue on it and looking more blah than revitalized.
_Dr Jart Water Drop Moisturizer This was just a small sample from Sephora. The way this behaves is really cool, but I think it was too full of cones to be good for my skin and also not moisturizing enough.
-Sephora Pearl Mask This just felt blah. Didn't think it did anything.
Sorry for the novel. Maybe I will learn how to be succinct with these eventually!
I do my empties a little different than others. I saved one of my bigger bags from Sephora (of course) and will post when I have it filled up.
So here it goes:
Dior diorshow mascara full size, like but you get way to many samples to buy ever
Lancome courbe virtuose mascara full size, I don't remember and it dried out so most likely no
Buxom lip gloss dolly, deluxe sample like but have 3
belif true cream aqua bomb, ds, so far my favorite will purchase full size whenever I run out of samples
Yuni shower sheet x1, sample, don't care for the smell
Sephora almond foot mask,fs, will buy to hit 25 for promo ha!
Sol de janeiro,fs,got it for the smell already bought another one but I don't know if I'll purchase again
Soap & glory cream wash,ds, I had to use a lot to feel clean will not purchase
Soap & glory sugar crush, fs, yes love it
Dial skin therapy Himalayan salt& exfoliating beads,fs, like it would probably buy again
Soap&glory scrub of your life,fs&ds, I'm sad this worked very well on my arms for clogged pores then stopped
First aid beauty red clay deep cleansing bar,ds, no didn't do anything at all.
Herbal essence, fs, love
Drybar detox,ds, love replaced my herbal essence due to the bad ingredients he has
Pantene,fs,like but found other without bad ingredients
Beauty protector,ds, like but not enough to buy also cancelled birchbox
Drybar, ds, prep rally, my new love
Ulta nourishing nail polish remover,ds, did the job no complaints couldn't find my other one
Sephora instant nail polish wipes x6 so far, they work but dry quick!
Ulta nail polish wipes not as saturated as Sephora
fresh soy eye makeup remover, sample, like out conditioning this was but it's been discontinued
Boscia tsubaki cleansing oil,sample, didn't feel like it cleaned
Korres wild rose exfoliating cleanser,sample,undecided but didn't break me out
Korres Greek yogurt cleanser x8 like but can't use everyday it dried my very oily skin out
Philosophy purity 3in1 sample, no broke out don't like smell
Boscia makeup breakup cool cleansing oil,sample, like the thickness but broke out
Dr. Brandt pores no more, like maybe buy only used ds
First aid beauty deep cleanser red clay liquid,fs, like it a lot saw almost immediate results
Ouai volume s&c x2, leaning toward no
Bumble&bumble thickening s&c, fs and ds,like but probably take a break from other stuff I like better
Drybar Texas tea s&c, fs and packets, love totally works on my straight fine lifeless do nothing hair
Drybar sake bomb,ds and packets, meh, will use samples
Rahua s&c, packet x 1, NO the smell is awful but it goes away by morning and it does good stuff but the smell kept me up at night
Iles formula haute performance,packet x2, wanted to love this but no will only use samples
Verb hydrating s&c, ds and packets, meh
Living proof, fs and ds, full s&c loves my first high end purchase
Igk 30,000 ft s&c, loves bought full size immediately
Igk hot girls s&c, loves bought full size immediately
Alterna caviar repair s&c, sample x3 loves it it gold but expensive will purchase when ULTA has good promo
If you havent guesses I have to rotate my s&c cause my hair gets immune. It's weird I know.
Sorry for no pics but it says my pics are too big even when they're not
These are actually all of my March - April empties:
Loved items, previously repurchased or willing to repurchase:
+ Alaffia EverDay Coconut Body Wash that was accidently thrown out
The Donkey Milk & Benton snail masks I have several more to go, I liked them but I can never makeup my mind on masks on the first try.
Ah! The powders in the back aren't included, shoulda moved them!
Not for me:
I really like the Buxom glosses, it's just this really pale nude color. I didn't like it against my complexion, made look very sallow.
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My May empties consisted of a lot of foils and some DS and even a couple of FS items. I was inspired by all the great posts in this thread and made a conscious effort to get through all those samples that I have accumulated😂
Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Diffused Light
Bioderma micellar water
Caudalie micellar water
Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense cream and serum
Fresh Sugar Lip in Rose
The Chemistry Pro Repair hand cream
Algenist Genius cream
Algenist Genius Vitamin C serum
Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen serum- didn't really see any changes in my skin
Consonant eye cream- the dry texture made it difficult to blend into my skin, it was just odd.
Shu Uemura Tsuya cream- super strong fragrance that I couldn't get used to.
April and May empties together - 51 piece. I think I did pretty good job, cause many of them are full-size.
So, my loves (tried them before).
Loves - new discoveries. Very excited about SHU UEMURA, MIO and MOROCCANOIL
HELL NO/never again
Every month in 2017 thus far I've used 26 products, my mini goal for May was to use up 30. I overachieved and had 45 empties and 10 declutters! My goal for June is to use 40, I've finally got some space in my day to day areas having used up a number of already opened products, now I'm moving on to stashed samples.
LIKES WELL ENOUGH
NOT FOR ME
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-Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Body Mist
-Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey body lotion
-Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne
-Jo Malone Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne
-Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
-Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age
-Josie Maran Argan Oil
-Hylamide SubQ Eyes
-Algenist Ultimate Anti-aging Eye Cream
-Ren Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk
-Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
-Nugg Hydrating Face Mask
-Shiseido Facial Cotton
-Tony Moly Propolis Sheet Mask
-Tony Moly Lemon Sheet Mask
-Tony Moly Tomato Sheet Mask
-Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
-Botanic Farm Salmon Egg Hydrogel Eye Patches
-Vivant Skin Care Exfol-A Forte
-Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream
-Karuna Anti-Oxidant Face Mask
-Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
-Goodal Moisture Barrier Eye Cream
-Ren Ulta Moisture Day Cream
-Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence
(my 2nd deluxe sample-will definitely repurchase)
-Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid
-PTR Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask
-SpaLife Avocado Facial Mask
-Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Sheet Mask
-In.gredients Greek Yogurt Cream Mask
-Sephora Ultimate Warming Cleanser
-Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment
-Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment
-GlamGlow Thirstycleanse Hydrating Cleanser
-Hylamide Low-Molecular HA
-Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
-PTR 24k Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter
-First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm
-Sephora Collection Rose Sleeping Mask
-NIOD Flavanone Mud
May Empties! Getting closer and closer to my goal of 50 each month. This month I had 45 empties - my YTD total has reached 201! Woohoo!!
Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover - the only eye makeup remover I'll use
Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo - already bought the full size. My hair felt great afterwards, and it's great for oily scalp/dandruff
Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Powder - I always repurchase this, it's great for setting and mattifying
L'Occitane Almond Body Lotion - mostly love it for the smell!
Sephora Collection Tinted Brow Freeze (Shade 3) - really good for days when I'm too lazy to fill in my brows with a pencil, lol. I noticed these were on sale the other day, I bought a bunch for $5 each while I could!
Sunday Riley CEO Moisturizer - loved the feel of this! It's expensive so I'd only purchase when I've gotten through some of my older moisturizers
Algenist Optical Illuminating Moisturizer - again, it's expensive, but I REALLY love this. It's my favorite illuminating moisturizer I've tried - the color is so nice, it gives a great shiny pink base. Will consider purchasing when I've used some other products up
Boscia Sake Treatment Water - this was a really nice first moisturizing step. My skin felt really nice when I was using it, and I think it did help my serums and moisturizers sink in to my skin better
OGX Fight Fallout Niacin & Caffeine Shampoo and Conditioner - my hair felt really nice after using these! I only used them once so I have no idea if they really help with fallout, but since that's a concern for me, I bought full sizes of both and am going to try those out
Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action x2 - my skin felt really nice using this!
Ole Henriksen Grease Relief cleansing wipes
Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer
Philosophy Fresh Cream 3-in-1
Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Prism Cream
Pinrose Wild Child EDP wipe
Laura Gellar Spackle Tinted Primer
Julep Hydrating Cleansing Oil
Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer
YSL Mon Paris
L'Occitane Hand Cream
FAB Ultra Repair Cream
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea skin mist
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
Matrix Biolage Color Last Conditioner
Oribe Gold Lust dry shampoo
Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment
Fave 4 Twice as Thick Thickening Cream
FAB Pure Skin Face Cleanser
Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Face Exfoliant
Clarins UV Plus sunscreen
Jack Black The Stick lip balm
Jack Black Natural Mint & Shea Butter Lip Balm
Ouai Treatment Masque
Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate Shea Butter hair mask
Benefit Roller Lash mascara - again, didn't do anything for my lashes besides a little bit of definition
Philosophy Time in a Bottle serum - didn't work well on my skin, it kind of balled up as I tried to rub it in into my face. Definitely didn't go well with my moisturizer
Soap & Glory Hand Food - I've used this product before and liked it. However, this bottle had obviously gone bad or something - it was chunky and watery. I didn't receive it that long ago either. Very weird!
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Top is YESES
PMD Moderate disc - a constant repurchase
Odacite Jo+L - another constant repurchase, I use this every single day
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows & Lashes - loved both of these. The Lashes is one of my favourite mascaras, and I really love the simplicity of the brows, though I dislike how small the product is.
Mahalo The Unveil - an absolutely gorgeous cleanser. My wallet will cry when I finally purchase a full size.
Leaves of Trees Lavender Tangerine deoderant - a natural deo that smells nice and works well. I dislike their FS packaging but the product actually works so I can't complain.
Mahalo The Bean - a lovely detoxifying but hydrating mask. My favourite new mask of 2017 - it plumps my skin and leaves it feeling so silken. Already repurchased.
NARS Soft Velvet loose powder - I use this mostly in my t-zone but it does what it says and looks natural.
Middle is MEH/UNDECIDED
Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter - maybe I got a bad batch or maybe they've reformulated, but it seemed a lot thinner textured than it used to be. Wasn't a fan.
Blithe Vital Treatment Nourishing Beans - I've tried a few different essence type products over the years and I think I'm still of the mind that I don't need them in my routine. The Beans are nice, but I don't think I'll repurchase.
DDG Ferulic + Retinol Peel - I haven't used these consistently enough to form an opinion.
Bottom is NOPENOPENOPE
Odacite Green Tea Mint Purifying Toner - I just don't like this. If I used it on my face, the mint would irritate my skin. To finish it up I ended up using it in my hair and on the back of my neck when I needed to cool down.
This is pretty good for me!
victoria’s secret red hot heavenly shine lotion
stila one step correct
trader joe’s face wash with tea tree oil
peter thomas roth cucumber gel mask
peter thomas roth pumpkin enzyme mask
peter thomas roth 24k gold mask
l’occitane relaxing shower gel
LXMI creme du nil hydrating moisture veil
l’oreal color vibrancy nourishing shampoo
make up for ever hydrating primer
Thrown Out (because of age):
urban decay razor sharp liquid liner - dark force
opi nail polish in copper mountain copper
a bunch of lotions
These are my May empties, I'm feeling pretty good about finishing all of these products
tarte -tarteist glossy lip paint in Obvi
Secret Deodorant in ooh-la-la lavender
Smashbox - photo finish foundation primer
Ulta collection - Eye makeup remover
Peter Thomas Roth - 24K Gold Mask
The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
belif - The true cream - aqua bomb
Farmacy - honey potion
Dior - Diorshow mascara
Original Beauty Blender
Milani - Amore mettallics lip creme in 01 chromatic addict
Empties from the last 3 months. It feels good to get through products and saving empties has helped me more consciously use up what I already have instead of buying more things to try.
Nude Jelly Cleanser- Discontinued, if anybody knows of something similar, any recommendations would be would be greatly appreciated!
Soap & Glory Body Wash- love this for the scent!
SR Good Genes- I recently finished a 0.5 oz bottle and have been refilling it with these samples from an old promo. When I stop using this I can actually see a negative difference in my skin.
FAB Radiance Pads- effective and reasonably priced. I have a few other acids I'm working my way through so I will probably hold off on repurchasing right away. Currently using N ip + Fab extra strength pads and I definitely don't like them as much as FAB.
L'occitane Almond Shower Oil- I know a lot of people like the scent of this but I'm actually not a big fan.I love using this for shaving.
Sephora Quill lashes- These are my perfect lashes. My eyes are on the smaller side and a lot of highly recommended lashes look ridiculous on me. These are full, provide a bit of length and aren't too obvious which is exactly what I'm looking for. Unfortunately I ruined a pair when I started using my TTDO balm before removing them. I didn't get much on the lashes but it was enough to cause them to separate.
Algenist Eye Renewal Balm- I always pick this on up when it's on promo. I don't necessarily notice any minimizing of lines but I like this for daytime under makeup, a little goes a long way.
E&J Nirvana Dry Shampoo- Good but leaves me wanting more. Can easily leave residue marks in my black hair if I'm not careful but soaks up oils better than other dry shampoos I've tried.
DDG Alpha Beta Glow Pads- Nice but can start to look orange on my medium olive skin if used more than 2 days in a row. When I use up the box I plan to try the Clarins Glow Booster.
SR Tidal & CEO- I used CEO on nights I wanted extra hydration. Did not use long/consistently enough to notice any vitamin C brightening effects. Tidal was nice but I have enough deluxe sized moisturizers I don't think I'll need to buy anything for awhile lol.
Hourglass 1.5MM Eyeliner- I actually loved this but it ran out way too fast. Right now I'm using the Clinique Skinny Stick eyeliner. I prefer the HG one and actually think the Skinny Stick might be being discontinued.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balms- Deluxe sizes from a holiday set. I love love love the formula and subtle colors but the packaging is terrible. When you get to the bottom there is actually a lot of product left that can be scooped out from the plastic part that twists up.
Oribe Royal Blowout- This lasted a really time making it a good value. It promises a lot but is just average imo.
Clinique brow gel- I thought this dried out quickly. When it comes to tinted brow gel I prefer Glossier's Boybrow.
Lush Charity Pot Body Lotion- I love the ingredients of Lush products but this one left me feeling sticky.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye- the only thing I really disliked. No matter how thick of a layer I put on I felt like it wasn't moisturizing enough.
This is awesome. I have a big post coming because I have (unintentionally) been saving up since the beginning of the year. My bag is practically overflowing at this point and now I just need to get my act together to photograph & post.
Im the same way with saving empties helping me use up products I already have. Ive been on a low but in 2017 and this has helped me realize how much I already have to use.
I too scoop out balm from from sticks that appear to be used up. It constantly amazes me how much product is left in there. I've never been a fan of using a lip brush when I'm out and about, but at home while putting on my make up, heck yes. Fresh and the Dior balms are two of the biggest culprits!
When I first noticed it I was amazed too! It wasn't until my 3rd or 4th tube that I noticed it either which means I threw away a bunch of product. Also, a lip brush is a good idea, I usually snap a q-tip in half and scoop it out that way lol
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Here's all 43 of my monthly empties
Just Okay/ Wouldn't repurchase...
Looks like you had a productive month! Love the used up candles. I feel the same way about the Tatcha enzyme powder. I want to love it because I love the brand and many of their other products, but I just don't know. It's definitely not enough to be my sole source of exfoliation and I'm not sure how worth it it is to use in addition to other exfoliants. Also just opened that PTR cream. Not sure I like it, but generally I don't love gel creams.
I have a few empties to share!
Tons of heat/styling protectants - I had quite a stash of heat protectants for my hair...finally used up the last one! I don't count the ones with hold, since I don't like using products with hold to blow dry (unless I'm setting my bangs)
Sunday Riley Blue Moon - yep, used up the entire 3 oz size cleansing balm. Really love this stuff. I MIGHT repurchase but may consider trying a full size of the Clinique Take the Day Off balm first to see how that works for me, since the SR is so $$$.
Pixi Glow Tonic (100 mL) - used this mini bottle up after almost 6 months (wow!) and don't think I'll repurchase. Have already switched back to my Missha First Treatment essence.
My close-to empties:
Herbivore Blue Tansy mask - I figure I have maybe 3 uses left. I'm seriously considering repurchasing.
The Ordinary Buffet serum - only 1/4 left, already repurchased! Went a few days without this stuff and my skin felt WRONG!