Empties

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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Willing to Try Again

innisfree skin solution mask wrinkle care- I did not notice any improvement in my wrinkles, but the moisture this added to my skin felt great. My skin did not react to it, so I'd be willing to try this again to see if there are any long-term benefits.

Julep Dry Clean Invisible Dry Shampoo- There are five things I look for in a dry shampoo, and I have yet to find one that hits all five. I want: a great scent, oil reduction, volume, no residue, and soft hair. This smells nice (like a light hairspray), does not reduce much oil, does not create much volume, does not leave a residue, and leaves my hair feeling soft. It hits 3 of my 5 desires. If I received another one in a kit, I'd use it. My goal is to find one that hits all five, so I would not purchase this again.

Sephora Collection Pearl Mask- I noticed some minor brightening, but it was not as much as I've seen with other products. This definitely adds moisture to my skin, which is the main thing I look for in a mask. My skin did not react to it, so I'd be willing to try this again to see if there are any long-term benefits.

TonyMoly Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition- I am allergic to avocado, so I was not brave enough to try this myself. Sometimes I do find with avocado products and other times I do not, so I never know what I am going to get. My husband used this, and his skin definitely felt softer. His skin is not as dry as mine, but he did not even apply a face cream after removing this.

The Face Shop Konjac Cleansing Puff- I have yet to try a konjac sponge I did not like. The only thing that keeps me from repurchasing this is I do not like the shape. It has a hard time reaching the areas around my eyes. Like my favorite konjac sponge, this lathers beautifully and dries up between uses. That makes it harder for bacteria to thrive.

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips- I took a long break from using these when I read that they could do more harm than good. Since then, there was more research stating they are probably okay. These clean out my pores nicely. The only thing that keeps me from loving them is they make my skin itch for a while afterward. Washing my face before and after treatment helps though.

Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner- I'm not really sure this did a lot, because I've used toners that feel more moisturizing. It looks and feels almost like pure water with a subtle scent. My skin did not react to it, so I'd try it again to see if it does anything long-term.

Lancome Absolue Ultimate Bx Replenishing and Restructuring Serum- This serum is no longer on the market, and I never got a chance to try it while it was still available. It was slightly separated when I started it, but I used it anyway. That probably meant it was not as effective as it was when it was new. Thus, I cannot give this a proper review. I can say that this gave an immediate glow to my skin, so I can only imagine how wonderfully it worked in its prime.

Josie Maran Black Oil Mascara- I had a love/hate relationship with this mascara. It is another wet formula, which does not bode well for people with hooded eyes like mine. There is a lot of transfer to the face. The mascara on my lashes looked great in the beginning, too, but the sample got clumsy faster than other mascaras I've tried. On the few occasions the formula did not transfer to my face, it provided great definition (which is the number one thing I look for in mascara). Thankfully, I've tried other mascaras that define better, including my all-time favorite, Lancome Defincils.

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy- Of every lip product I've ever tried (I am still working on the lip balm comparison series), this seems to moisturize the best. It sinks into my skin, so it does not feel tacky or sticky on my lips for long at all. I put this on before I go to sleep and wake up with soft lips. The problem is I loathe the taste. When it comes to lip products, I cannot keep them out of my mouth. Bad tasting lip products are nothing I'd purchase, but I will endure the taste for the soft lips if I got another sample. My goal is to find something that works this well that tastes wonderful. So far, By Terry Baume de Rose comes the closest to perfection.

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Conditioner- This is an sub-par product courtesy of the Double Tree Hilton. It does not do much for my frizz. The formula is a little thin, so it does not moisturize my hair at all.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream- When it comes to super expensive creams, I judge them a lot more harshly. This moisturized nicely and felt great on my skin. If there are long-term effects, I will never know. The only thing foils of face cream do is help me decide if I am allergic, hate the scent, and if they give enough moisture. They never help me see if they're worth a purchase. I did think this was more fragranced than I prefer (although I did not hate it). That is pretty common with these super expensive creams though. It seems like they invest half the cost into fragrance and packaging and the other half in ingredients.

Stila Eyeshadows- The formula of Stila shadows is somewhat inconsistent. There are some I love and others I really dislike. Kitten is a star, and this sample was a reminder that their matte shades are somewhat lacking.

Smashbox Eyeshadows- I'm not a huge Smashbox fan, because most items I've tried are not comparable to similar items in brands within its price range. This sample strip was not too bad, so I'd consider getting some Smashbox shadows. The shadows from my recent Birchbox were hit and miss, so this strip was better.

Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream- This scent is described as a kind floral-chypre with psycho-active magic molecules, erotic floral extracts and confidence-boosting citrus notes. I really have no clue what that means, but it smells great. The only thing that keeps me from loving this is it fades too quickly on me. Within about 5-6 hours, I could no longer smell it. It is possible I just became accustomed to the scent, but other people could not really smell it on me either.

LivRelief Pain relief cream- My body was aching at the peak of my sickness. I applied this to my lower back, but I never noticed a difference before or after applying it. Once I try this again, I will report back on if it works or not. If it does not work a second times, I will move it into the Not For Me category.

 

Not For Me

Swisspers 100% Cotton Rounds- I bought a six-pack of these from Sam’s Club without ever trying them. That was a huge mistake, because they stink. They’re rough, fall apart, and leave lint behind. Whenever I make a bad investment, I try to see it through, but there is no way I will purchase these again. Future reviews will be from the same bad investment this came from. The cheap rounds from Target are slightly better if you want a cheap option.

SweetSpot On-the-Go Pipette Grapefruit Verbena- My gynecologist has warned me in the past not to use items like this, but I like trying items I receive in boxes. This was a reminder that I really need to stop trying these scented items where scents do not belong. I will not use the other two Target included in the Fresh & Fabulous Box, because this did not leave me feeling fresh or fabulous.

 

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The thought of listing out all my empties exhausts me, so I'll just stick to the highlights.

 

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HATE: I never thought I could have a strong opinion on cotton pads until my grocery store switched its store-brand ones. Instead of the cotton squares it used to carry, it now makes cotton rounds, which are too large and too thick for removing my eye makeup. On a normal makeup day, I only need about 3/4 of the pad. (But what can I do, cut off the remaining 1/4 and use it later? What a mess.) They're also too thick, so the remover soaks into the pad too much, causing me to have to use more remover just to take off a bit of shadow and mascara. I'll have to shop around at other groceries to find cotton squares again, and then just buy a whole bunch. I refuse to pay real money for a name-brand cotton square.

 

HATE: The PTR Peeling Gel Exfoliant is a gimmick. Luckily it was part of an old points perk, so I don't feel bad about finally tossing it.

 

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LOVE: I got the Burberry Fresh Glow a year ago in the Sephora Burberry kit and used it nearly every day as a highlighter. It gave a beautiful natural highlight and lasted forever and ever. The Glossier highlighter in Quartz is a good dupe and a fraction of the price.

 

LOVE: Maybe not a true love, but the silver and gold eyeshadow was probably my oldest makeup item. My grandmother bought it at a makeup selling party a neighbor hosted (think Avon, but this is a brand I've never heard of) when I was in high school. I used it quite a bit in HS and college, and then kept it around for sentimental reasons and so I didn't have to buy more shadows in these colors. But it mostly just took up space, so goodbye.

 

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HATE: What can one really say about foils? Most are meh, but I really did hate the Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift, which was gummy and cakey. It was also confusing—I thought it was a true eye cream, but it was more of a color corrector, and was too pink for my needs.

 

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HATE: All of these were fine except for the Miss Spa Youth Renewal mask. This is my fault: I didn't read the description when purchasing it online and didn't realize it was a two-piece mask made from that thick "rubbery" mask stuff instead of the "fabric" other sheet masks are made of. These kind of masks just slide right off my face. I even tried laying down while wearing it, but it was causing more trouble than it was worth, so I took it off and applied a different mask instead.

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I'm finding your hates especially satisfying to read.  Like a therapeutic vent.  :-)  Very intrigued by a Daffodil mask.  Usually with these floral masks there is a distinct scent of that flower (i.e. rose) but I can't really remember what Daffodils smell like...

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LOL, I'm glad something good could come from these crummy products, @kelloua. I don't remember a specific scent on the daffodil mask. But unless it's rose- or wine-scented, I think all masks either have a vaguely floral or medicinal scent.

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@TKLJ I have found the up and up brand from Target have some fairly good cotton rounds that aren't too thick, and remove my makeup well without falling apart too much.

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Good call, thanks @StephaniLynn. Smiley Happy

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I just put that PTR gel in my shower this morning. I ended up not using it today, because I am using a new toner tonight and try to stick to one new item per day. Now, I am not looking forward to it! 

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I've tried a few of these gel exfoliators and none have impressed me. It always just seems like it looks like it does something because you can see the balled up gunk when you rub it off, which is supposed to be all the dead skin, etc., but it's really just the gel.

 

If you do use it in the shower, make sure you're skin isn't wet. And I hope you like it better than I did.

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I totally forgot about that exfoliator!  But now that you mention the balled up bits I totally remember it.

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Have you tried the Real Chemistry one? I just finished a sample again recently. I ADORE it. I swear it really removes skin, because I have dry skin and am always somewhat flaky. After using that, my skin looks less flaky.

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No, I haven't. I'll have to use up some more skincare stuff before I buy anymore, but I'll keep it in mind.

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It's expensive for a lesser known brand, so try to get a sample first (if possible). I'd hate for you to buy it and dislike it.

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Loves:
-Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
-Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion 
-Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
-ColourPop Brow Pencil
-Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 
-KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper
-OptiFree
-Arm & Hammer Advanced White Toothpaste 
-Jack Black Lip Balm

Everything else was okay.  

Unlikely to repurchase:
-MUFE Ultra HD- not particularly impressed, missing the old formula   
-Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter- smell was too perfume-y for my liking

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Great empties!  Looks like you went through a lot of B&BW products.  I also have a bottle of the Seaweed Shampoo since I got it to sample and review through the Amazon vine program but didn't realize it was popular enough that others had heard of it as well.

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September:

Loves/Repurchase:

Mederma- I have used so many bottles of this and am still surprised that this hasn't bothered me even though it isn't advertised as gluten free. My husband even agrees this stuff really works and he doesn't pay attention to much or have anything to say as far as products, so for him to say yes it works buy it is reeeeally saying something.

White strips- tried one and saw improvement with one use and didn't have any adverse reactions, even with my dermatitis

Too Faced better than sex mascara- I like this and seems to be ok so far

Madison Reed shampoo and conditioner- good product and actually does work and helping hold color longer, smells very salon-like. I think this may be my favorite shampoo and conditioner.

Madison Reed tame- same salon smell, good finishing product for flyaways or after straightening hair

LaVanila- Love this deodorant, my favorite scent so far. I wish they sold this year round.

Vitality toothbrush head- Had my vitality for years and I love it. Closest brush to dentist level clean I have tried.

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Will Not Repurchase:

 

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Shea Moisture baby wash- was my child's shampoo but I have to test these out too since they touch my skin and we need good quality products. The coordinating lotion made her skin beet red and hot all over. I had already gotten sick from some of their adult lotion. I do not like this brand. May be gluten free but is NOT hypoallergenic. We finished off the bottle without incident, but I'm so glad to be done with this.

 

Physicians Formula masaras- they had dried out from me not wearing them for a while. The red one is scented but I liked the performance. The silver is not scented but was not a fan of performance. Both were irritating to me so I will be moving on to different mascaras.

Pur lipstick- The lipstick itself was awesome and creamy. I definitely recommend trying these out. They're on sale at Ulta. However, I it has some mica in it so I will not be buying a full size since I don't do well with that.

Boscia exfoliating peel gel- ended up making my face burn horribly after use.

Omorovicza balancing moisturizer- very strong musky smell. I rewashed my face immediately and it burned afterwards. I'm not sure if that was the product itself or that mixing with my wash but just noooo. If you have oily skin and like musky, aftershave type smells then this might be something to try. Some of the Omorovicza items have this smell but this product has it very strong, and I couldn't handle it.

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I'm a big fan of mederma as well.  I'm pretty sure it was fading my stretch marks as I got them during my pregnancy.  

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I used a ton on certain areas during my pregnancy and those marks are hardly visible but other areas that were harder to reach during that time look deep and wicked. You can definitely tell on me where I put a lot on and where I didn't. This stuff really does work, but it may take several bottles to get desired results. I gob it on. Like you can see a significant dent in the bottle after I apply it. I have a personal vendetta against my stretch marks.

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@RainbowRae I saw your pick on the main page and was curious of other opinions about the lavanilla. I just opened one from the beauty on the fly favorites set and knew right away the scent just does not work for me. I was going to throw it away, but can send it to you if you like. I really hate for it to go to waste. Just pm me if you would like it Smiley Happy I also had that same Omorovicza sample and had a bad reaction, the black foil of a cleansing balm I think also just felt so gross on my skin and I had a bad burning red reaction, which I rarely have to any products. My skin is not sensitive or anything and I regularly switch up my routine to try my samples. I was surprised it was so expensive too, but must work for some I guess. Thanks for sharing your empties! I wish I could save mine to see and review everything I used, maybe some day. 

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I'm actually really stocked up on my deodorant right now, but thank you so much for thinking of me! I actually feel like I smell less bad overall since I switched to this kind of deodorant and my body adjusted. I feel like I rarely get stinky. I think the scents do vary, but I've only tried three of them so far. Omorovicza is a good quality brand in my opinion, but I've only tested two of their products that were keepers for me so far. I use the cleansing balm and always wipe clean with a warm washcloth and almost always follow with another cleanser. I feel like doing my cleansers that way got me the results I was looking for. Good alone but better together kind of thing. Sorry you had a bad reaction to it Smiley Sad

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Just back from 7 days in Las Vegas. All I brought were sample packets. I must have used 50+ including hair, face, body, sunscreen etc. I wish I had taken a photo...it would have been impressive. I will say, one that stood out was 'insta-sun' by body perfekt. It was a self tanner and body blur type sample. I asked about it in the local Sephora and they didn't remember carrying it. It was spectacular! I looked it up and it sells for about $48.00 online. I also like Christophe Robin hair scrub which I tried for the first time. I often save samples for travel and then can really see what I like.

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That's awesome!  I haven't yet gone on a trip and brought all foils though I do try to bring a bunch and do some damage, but I've never come close to 50!