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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Can't believe it's already September!

 

Repurchases:

 

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-Devacurl Styling Cream (leaves my wavy hair soft and really enhances the waves, love it)

-Revlon Colorstay Foundation (my only full-sized empty. It's the only drugstore product I still repurchase).

 

Liked:

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I thought the OH African Red Tea Cleanser did a good job cleansing but I didn't like the liquid to foam consistency. I still have a couple samples left to decide what I think.

-Too Faced Better Than Sex was good, but not a favorite. Seemed to get clumpy quickly after opening the tube and had to wipe off the wand with a tissue before applying

-John Frieda BeachBlonde Sea Wave Spray- It did fine, but not better than the Marc Anthony beach spray that is half the price at Walmart. I don't think this is the same product as their original which was discontinued years ago (and was my HG hair product in the late 90s)

-Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo/Conditioner- liked it, but would want to try another sample before being sure

 

 

 

Not for me:

 

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Trish McEvoy beauty booster serum- had a water-like consistency. Maybe just the sample? Would never use this again

Amazing Cosmetics Line Smoother/Primer- did not help with longevity, too many better primers out there

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream- not special, just OK

Target Up and Up Makeup Remover wipes- didn't get the makeup off. Worst wipes I have ever used. The Walmart version is better.

Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo/Conditioner- I was a huge Matrix fan in the late 90s early 2000s and was excited when I got this sample from Ulta. It just did not leave my hair feeling clean.

B&B Surf Shampoo/Conditioner- too small a sample to know for sure, but I wasn't wowed

Origins A Perfect World SPF 25- I am a big Origins fan (fragrances don't bother my skin!) but I could not apply make up on over this moisturizer. The makeup would make the moisturizer ball up and flake. It was awful. I didn't mind wearing it on no-make-up days but this just wasn't worth it to me.

 

 

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I feel like I had a decent amount of empties this month, for once!

 

I also have a special shout out to meganlisa, who sent me a super nice goodie bag of samples of Korean skincare.  

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Things I liked:

- Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (already purchased a FS)

- Dr Jart Pore Purifying Mask (repurchased)

- Radical Pads (nice, have a few more packs left so I will re-sample at some point soon)

- Shiseido Benefiance (always repurchase; used a few more than this last month, but I threw them away)

- Clinique Take The Day Off Balm (wanted to try a different cleanser, so have not yet repurchased.  This stuff lasted forever, though)

- Etude House Collagen Moistfull eye cream 

- Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Pearl Bay luminizer

- Body Shop coconut butter

- Etude House Sleeping Pack

 

Dislikes:

- Dr Jart Waterfull Hydrogel Mask (I have a few more of these from that Skincare custom bag, and I will use them up, but I was not wowed)

 

Good but unsure if I'd retry:

- Etude House Avocado Sheet mask (for dry skin, so not for me)

- Skin Food Egg White Pore Foam (such an odd consistency)

- Random Clinique Toner Foil (used a few of these last month in my attempt to kill the acnes)

- Good Cera day cream

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Isn't it a great feeling to see how many empties you have?  I feel so accomplished when I actually finish things!

 

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask really?  I love the brand but haven't tried that mask.  Will have to check it out.

I totally feel you about the Clinique balm.  I have used up a whole jar before and just opened a new one the other day.  These last so long even if you use it daily (which I don't since I have wayy too many backups of Shu Uemura cleansing oil)

 

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Oh man, I know!  It feels super satisfying to have empties at the end of the month!!

 

The TH resurfacing mask is genius.  I will never give up my REN Glycol Lactic mask as a weekly treatment, but with all the acne that's been popping up this summer, I've been using the TH mask as an overnight spot treatment.  I put it on before bed and when I wake up in the morning, (most times) the problem is gone.

 

I'm pretty sure I bought that Clinique Balm during the November sale 10 months ago.  I do use it nightly, so that is a looooong time to last!

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My first month saving my empties!  Very glad to be rid of a big group of foils used on a few trips.  Shocked to have used up both a full concealer and a lipstick - never thought I'd see the day.  

 

Im very sad to say goodbye to my la mer eye cream sample, but that is not on the repurchase list.  It's a nice thick eye cream but nothing more special than that.  I got the Tata Harper cleanser as part of a set and enjoyed it, though the scent was a bit strong. Would like to try the dr Brandt microdermabrasion before deciding.

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Nice empties! Out of curiosity, what lipstick did you finish? I have yet to ever finish one Smiley Sad 

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It was a clinique colorpop in barepop - a nice pinky nude color that I kept in my work bag and forced myself to use up!

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Nice! My goal is to finish a lipstick by the end of this year haha...we will see..

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Congrats on your first month of empties.  Looks like you did some good damage.  What was your favorite product out of the lot?

 

I'm coming to really enjoy foils for travel as well.  I swear mine were piling up forever (hoarding tendencies) but lately I've been loving them for travel as well.  I brought a few of them on a trip right now and it was nice to have an excuse to try something different.  Not to mention I have a bad habit of forgetting things in hotel rooms so if I leave a sample or two behind it's not the end of the world vs. a full sized product.

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I really liked the Tata Harper cleanser, and I would consider it again but would probably get the resurfacing mask before the FS cleanser. I also like the Living Proof hair mask, not sure I would get that one specefically again but would try another hair mask

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I totally saved my Jurlique mini spray bottle. It was just too cute to get rid of after using up the product.

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That bottle and spray in the mini form is amazing! I've refilled mine, since it's so tiny Smiley Happy

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I'm always so tempted to keep the packaging for some of these samples because some of them are absolutely adorable.  Of course then they just sit around and clutter up my cabinets and drawers.  I'm trying to be better about reusing them to hold smaller portions of product to travel with or bring to the gym.

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Nice job everyone so far.  My empties will be late this month since I'm traveling and not getting back till Wednesday night.  Is it weird that I'm excited to share?!?  I've got 2 months worth!

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I always get excited about posting my empties also!  It's fun to see that I actually have finished things!

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Yes!  I also think because so long I never seemed to finish things it's really satisfying to know I'm not wasting my money and also making my way through my sample stash.

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August empties

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Loves

Nude Skincare Omega Cleaning Jelly

Living Proof PHD Shampoo and Conditioner

FAB Ultra Repair Cream

Cover FX Drops

My favorite soap of all time (and the only one I keep in my bathroom for washing hands) is this Turkish rose soap directly imported from Turkey

MUFE Hydrating Primer

Jack Black lip balm

NYX Control Freak Brow Gel

Glamglow Youthcleanse

 

Just ok or completely no

Glamglow Thirsty Mud (this is the mask) - I had forgotten how much I hate the smell

Sephora sleeping masks pearl and rose - neither did anything for me

 

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Great empties.  I brought those PHD shampoo and conditioner samples with me to wash my hair while traveling. Also glad you explained what was in that package.  I have never heard of turkish rose soap.  Sounds interesting! I too have also fallen in love with the Cover FX drops.

 

Also interesting to see how so many of our choices are personal.  I LOVE the smell of Thirsty Mud.

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Yes I love the PHD line.  I didn't have to actually purchase it for a long time because I had so many samples and those samples are quite generous!  Haha yeah I'm sure I'm the only one here who uses this soap.  Turkey is well known for rose production and I just cannot get enough of it.  The Cover FX drops are amazing!  I still have 1 or 2 promo bottles left but I just bought the full size today.

 

I just cannot stand all things coconut.  It's the only food I totally dislike.  I like how everyone has their own personal preferences.  Smiley Happy

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Wow.  Good for you on snagging so many ColorFX deluxe samples.  And of course the coconut smell is what u absolutely love about that glamglow

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