Empties

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.

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Loves

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Likes

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Alrights

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Nope (this is actually the advance balm)

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Whoops, better late than never.

 

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Loves:

* I buy these in bulk (with the exception of the Sephora eye mask), so I love them all.

 

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Loves:

* Assured cotton rounds from the dollar store. Can't beat the price!

 

Hates:

* KvD concealer samples. Cakey and awful on me!

* Charlotte Tilbury lipstick sample in Electric Poppy. It's a near perfect dupe for CT Amazing Grace, so what's the point of having both?

 

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Loves:

* Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta original peels. They're so expensive, so I'll try some others, but I'd really like to repurchase these.

* Glossier skin tint. My ride or die, and I've repurchased it several times. I'm trying a Dior cushion foundation now, but I'll be going back to this once that's finished.

* PTR 24k gold eye masks. Are these the first eye masks I like?! Pricy, but effective, and I've repurchased.

 

Hates:

* Collagen Jelly Pack. Ick, I hated the sticky, filmy texture. I tried it a few times, but I need to get this the heck out of my house, I find it so gross.

* MAC lipstick in Runaway Hit. This cakes up so grossly on me for some reason, a problem I've never had with other MAC lipsticks. At least this was a freebie from Back to MAC.

* Nars Audacious mascara. I can't deal with this wand.

 

Special Don't Hoard Your Stuff Category:

I got a nice DS tube of Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector two years ago as a GWP and put it aside until I finished some other foundations and primers. But it took so long to get through my other stuff that this went rancid in the meanwhile. Smiley Sad

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Yay for my first empties post! I'm usually too lazy to keep all my empties and toss them as soon as I finish, but I still have these! I got lucky, these are all likes/loves!

 

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LIKE:

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Mario: This was nice and I like the smell. It didn't dry out my skin and the price is friendly. I'm so excited to finally have finished this since I've had it for almost 2 years! I use it to tone after I've washed my face and it helps remove the extra makeup by my hair line. I use it to clean my neck as well.

 

Clinique eye cream: this is lovely. I don't have much experience with eye creams but it definitely makes the area feel more moisturized. It doesn't help with the dark eye area like it claims, but most eye products people swear by haven't worked for me, so I have no complaints. 

 

LOVE:

 

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Lalicious: OMG i love this!!! I wasn't expecting much but it works amazingly! It makes my skin very smooth and this specific smell is heavenly. I love how refreshing the lemon scent is. I just wish this stuff wasnt so dang expensive!

 

Not pictured-Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet: I love this also! It made my skin so supple and soft and not greasy at all. I didn't have any dry patches from using this and it didn't make me break out or anything! The only negative is I wish i didn't have a scent, but luckily it's not cloying. The sample (.33oz) lasted me a few weeks. It rocks! Idt I would buy it since there are cheaper moisturizers that have similar effects for me, but if it's ever a GWP, I'll definitely redeem it.

 

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Only on BT would someone call themselves lazy for throwing away their trash😄  

 

I've never heard of Lalicious but will be looking them up in a momentSmiley Happy. It'll be a long while before I buy more body lotion but they're  now on my radarSmiley Happy. Thanks! 

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Haha, perhaps BT warps my reality sometimes Smiley Very Happy

 

I'd never heard of the brand before either, but I wanted a new body scrub and took a chance. I definitely love it. I've tried a few of their scents now and the lemon is definitely my favorite. @heartsmyface

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April Empties!

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Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleanser
Algenist Genius Bi-Phase Peel
Lush It's Raining Men Shower Gel
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof
Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture oil

Likes

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Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Masque- I just like the Nourishing version more.
Lush Fairly Traded Honey Shampoo-I wish this smelled more like honey, it's very floral scented.
Sephora Pomegranate Eye mask

 Meh

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NuFace Nourisher & Smoother Serums- these did nothing
Dr Hart Water Drop Moisturizer- wasn't hydrating enough, I used it up as chest moisturizer
Benefit Posie Balm- this feels nice and hydrates but the scent is a strong floral scent that I could taste
It Bye Bye Under Eye- not hydrating enough

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I'm very much in love with those Macadamia products!!!  The oil is my favorite and I'm in the process of going through a hair mask container.  

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I just got a delux size of the korres face wash, I'm excited to try it now! 

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I've been using it for years. It's my nighttime face wash, it's the only one I've found that can remove all my face makeup, not eye makeup though.

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April Empties

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These are staple products/repeat purchases/products not new to me
-Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (Vanilla Apricot)
-Ahava Deadsea Plants body oil
-J.R. Watkins Body Oil Mist (Grapefruit)
-Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil
-Shiseido Facial Cotton
-Too Cool For School Egg Cream Masks
-Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Mask
-Shea Moisture 100% Shea Oil
-Nugg Deep Hydration Face Mask (x2)
-Nugg Deep Cleansing Face Mask
-Beautyblender Solid Cleanser
-Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
 

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I liked these products and would repurchase, except for the Laneige cream.
-Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Creme Cleanser
-Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel (I already bought a new bottle)
-Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
-Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence (I really enjoyed this product. It felt very good on my skin.)
-Nars Casino Bronzer (from the Sin/Casino blush/bronzer duo) (I'm so happy about finishing this. It's my first time finishing any kind of face powder. I already bought another awhile back when Nars.com was having a sale.)
-Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (This is a nice cream, but a bit too heavily perfumed for me.)
-TonyMoly I'm Real Orange Sheet Mask (I buy TonyMoly masks often, but this was my first time trying the orange.)
-Garnier Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Mask
-Garnier Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Mask Soothing. 

 

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I love Tony Moly masks! I just went to their free standing store the other day and grabbed a bunch. My friend also gifted me that Thayers toner a few years ago. Although I have toners that work a little bit better for me, I still enjoyed it. (: 

XOXO,
Marieke

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Another decent month! Got through 42 empties in April...a little short once again of my goal of 50 empties a month. My YTD total now is 156 so I'm feeling very satisfied either way!

 

Loves

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Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo - good for oily hair, my scalp felt really clean after using
Bumble & Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry - so great for volume. This is one of the only products I've found that helps me actually get "beachy waves." Bought a full size bottle already
Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer - I'm obsessed with illuminating moisturizers, this one is awesome and is my favorite that I've tried. Really gives a good base glow - it's not subtle, which I love, but isn't for everyone. I also thought it was really moisturizing
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt - really liked the gel to oil consistency, great for a first step face wash - really gets almost everything off
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - a staple for me
Glamglow Glow Starter - really liked this illuminating moisturizer too! Slightly more subtle than the Tarte one. I thought it was slightly less moisturizing than the Tarte as well - I still would consider buying this in the future (although I'm not crazy about the price point lol)
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara - another staple for me
Dionis Hand creams in Vanilla Bean and Ocean Breeze - staple hand creams. I loved the Vanilla Bean scent, and the Ocean Breeze was nice too.

Likes

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It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product
Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturizer
EOS Delicate Petals body lotion
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
Urban Decay Perversion mascara
Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths wipes
Philosophy 3-in-1s in Mint Mojito Cupcake and Blue Hawaiian
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Glamglow DreamDuo
Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance
2x Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Caolion Blackhead Steam Pore Pack
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
IPKN New York Radiant Primer
Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water
The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream
Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo
Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish
Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector
Cane & Austin Miracle Pad
L'Occitane Amande body lotion
Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action
Too Faced Hangover RX primer
Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser
Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow mask
Ole Henriksen Rub N Buff Salt Scrub
Smashbox Photo Finish primer

Dislikes

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Alterna Bamboo Style Mango Coconut dry shampoo - made my hair feel and look greasier than before. The scent is also REALLY strong - it's a nice scent at first, but it was SO strong that it became cloying and headache-y
Clinique High Impact mascara - did nothing for me - saw almost no difference even with multiple coats

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Sorry the High Impact mascara didn't work for you. It's one of my favorites.

 

If I was still young, I'd like the Tarte Highlighting Moisturizer. I tested a little bit on the back of my hand at a store and was like "wow that glittery!" 

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Seeing your empties and other posts like it are really motivating for me to use up what I already have, especially in foils and DS! I'm trying to really bring down the stash I have to what I really love in full size and using up the samples is really helping me find what those loves really are!

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This is so satisfying to see so many empties @maddieb25. And it is a great motivation for me to work my way through my stash of foils and DS. I've limited myself to one small storage bin worth of samples but now it's full so time to start using them 😅

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Lol... I just read that we both had almost the exact same comments!  Great minds!

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Yes!! You can do it! Smiley Very Happy Samples accumulate so fast, using them up finally is SO rewarding!

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30 this month; I've hit the DS skincare part of my stash so those take longer to use up to see if they work. I'm just happy those Fresh lip products are out of my life!

 

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Loves:

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Alterna Caviar Repair Rx Instant Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner -- These smelled so good and left my hair so soft. I might even take a break from my tried and true Nexxus, or at least pepper it into my routine. WP.


Unwash Dry Cleanser -- This worked really well and I loved the smell -- to me it smelled like cucumbers.


Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash -- Staple, already have backup bottles.


Elizabeth and James Nirvana White -- It’s not fruity, it’s not floral, it’s just...really nice. WP.

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Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel - I liked how lightweight this was and it moisturized well, though it probably would have been better suited for warmer months. I’d consider purchasing it.


Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturizer -- I’m torn on this because, while I really liked it (very smooth), it made my face super greasy all day long. I think this might have been better for winter when my skin is drier, which is why I put it in the “like” category, but it’s just too much for April. I’d like to try it again next winter.


Mario Bedescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion -- I don’t use face wash in the morning, and this was a great alternative. It’s on the verge of my love list except I didn’t notice any huge differences with it. WP.


YSL Black Opium -- I loved this at first but I realized it was a bit more sweet than I like. WNP but I can see why people would.


Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Concentrate -- This didn’t do much for my under eye circles, but it smelled really nice and made my eye skin really smooth.


Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eyes -- I used this with the product above and, like I said, didn’t notice a difference with my under eye circles but the consistency was nice and kept my eye skin hydrated and smooth.

Meh:

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Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask - I didn’t see much of a difference with this mask, but I did love putting gold all over my face Smiley Happy WNP.


Origins Modern Friction Instant Brightening Pads -- These were fine, but they didn’t wow me or anything. I must not be the only person that felt that way because Origins discontinued them. WNR even if I could.


It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-in Product -- It made my hair really soft but I hated the smell. WNP.


Ulta Beauty Makeup Removal Facial Towelettes -- They were fine.


Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream -- I am also using a DS right now (and have been for a few weeks) and do not notice a difference in my undereye circles. Also, the consistency is like lumpy custard, which I kind of hated.

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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel -- I kind of hated this and was happy to be rid of it. It smells terrible (I feel like all their products do) and it made my face very red after I used it. I feel like it did smooth out my face when used 1x week so I stuck it out, but I’m sure there are things that are as good or better that I won’t be sad to have to use. WNR.


CLINIQUE Lash Power Flutter-to-Full Mascara -- this flaked all over my face within hours. It was not a good enough mascara to put up with that. WNP.


KORRES Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial -- This didn’t sink into my skin very well, leaving it sticky. I also really hated the smell. WNP.


Patchology Flashpatch Eye Revive Gels -- These kept sliding down my face. Maybe I need to lay down for them to stay put, but I wanted it to be something I could put on in the morning while I’m getting ready for work. Plus I didn’t notice any difference. WNP.


Evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm -- I hated the feeling of this under my eyes, like soft candle wax. It says you can use it anywhere but I didn’t even like the feeling on my lips. (Technically a destash since it’s full size and I only used it once, but I got it in the Whole Foods bag.) WNP.


Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer -- I’m not a big fan of eyelash primers, and this was no exception. WNP.


Fresh Soy Face Cleanser -- I hated the consistency and the smell (smelled like boiled parsley to me), and it also didn’t even seem to get my face all that clean/get my makeup off. WNP.


Iles Formula Haute Performance Shampoo and Conditioner -- I feel like I had already tried this before...regardless, this left my hair feeling oily. WNP.


Tarte Lip Scub -- Ouch. This hurt. WNP.


Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy -- I feel like it made my lips drier. Was not a fan and WNR.


Fresh Sugar Lip Polish -- Didn’t notice any difference. WNR.


Garnier Clean Blackhead Eliminating Scrub -- The tiny exfoliating particles really hurt my face, and I don’t have sensitive skin. Definitely WNP.


Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment -- I noticed zero difference after 8 uses. WNP.

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Tarte LipSurgence Lip Cream in Wonder - Nothing against the product itself, I just didn’t like the color on me.

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I had a bit of a clean out of various beauty stashes so my empties are a bit of empty and a bit of tossing old stuff. 

 I averaged 26 empties over the first three months, April I had 26 empties and 37 items I was purging.  Mays goal is to beat 26!

 

Loves

 

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Im still using up some DDG peel pads, I will actually buy a box someday.  The tient idol will be my next liquid foundation.  The PTR moisturizer was a bit nicer than the tidal for me, I did just purchase SR CEO so I'll likely wait on another purchase for a bit. I really may be a marketers dream because I really liked the cream to liquid consistency.  The Dior balm is a favourite, I'll buy berry next, and soon.  Tons of product under the bullet!

Likes/meh

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None of these were bad, but nothing wowed me.  I liked the verb and briogio masks, though they seamed more like rich conditioners.  The Amika shampoo was nice too, just not as nice as the alterna or Bumble ones I've been loving. Everything else was just meh, I'd use them but I'm not re purchasing.

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Proactive was something I tried and it sort of worked, but I've found other products that work much nicer.  Most of these are pretty full and being tossed from a few years ago.  Elf brush cleaner required a lot of product to work, I like the shea moisture bar I'm using now better. Lipgloss in and tube isn't for me lately, most of these photos are just old unused products.