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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I have a bunch of BrightMud samples to try but haven't gotten around to it. After seeing your review, I''ll definitely prioritize them when it comes to sampling my stash :smileyhappy:


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Definitely try them.  Just read my directions on use to mpolansky on the next page first.  I forgot to add something there, so I am going to amend it now.  If for any reason you do not like them, you can always work them in our trade.  However, I think you will want to hold onto those babies.


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Wow, look at all those full sizes! I liked your use of the spoiler for your reviews, I will do that in the future to cut down on the clutter of my posts :smileyhappy:


I really love the Lancome Visionnarre Serum too! I tried it this month, and when I finish my serum stash, plan on using the Visionaire and Genefique together :smileyhappy:


Regarding your search for inexpensive face wipes- have you tried the Garnier line? I was really pleased with the sensitive wipes (haven't tried the regular yet), and they are paraben free (lots of wipes have parabens unfortunately) as well as dye, fragrance and alcohol free!


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I did a mini review for each item, so I thought it could be a little much without the spoiler.  This way, the people who are not interested in my reviews can just keep swimming.


When it comes to lotions and creams, it is easy for me to finish a lot of full size products around the same time.  I use a lot in general, because my skin is so dry. Knowing that I can use up a bottle long before it expires, I have multiple bottles open at the same time.  That allows me to choose the one that best suits how my skin is feeling at the time.  For products I use less frequently, I try to only have one item open at a time.  I rarely have more than one mascara open at the same time for example.


I love Genifique and Visionnaire together.  Genifique is an activating serum, so it works best when paired with another one.  In the morning, I pair it with Dreamtone.  In the evening, I pair it with Visionnaire.  You will love the results you get from both together.  I never suggest more than two serums after one face wash though, so ignore anyone who tells you differently.


I have not tried that wipe yet.  Thanks for the tip.  I stocked up big time, so I am going to try to work my way through them.  When I am done, I will try the Garnier one next.


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Thanks for the tips! I haven't tried the Dreamtone Serum yet, but I think I have a sample of it. Lancome has become one of my top favorite brands lately!


I definitely hear you on stocking up on wipes, I'm pretty sure I have enough to last me into 2015 at the moment, since I only use about 1 pack per month!


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Lancome is my top brand.  I am glad you're liking it so much.  You're going to love Dreamtone, I bet.


I barely use the wipes, because I barely wear makeup.  I try to wear it 2-3 times a week, but there are weeks where I skip the whole thing.  That said, I still have a huge stockpile of wipes.  It is my quest to find a nice, inexpensive wipe.  Thanks again for your tip on the wipes.


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Gotta love making more progress through products :smileyhappy: 




Loved/Would repurchase:

Benefit High Beam 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Top Coat (already have a new one!! so good)

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Benefit Porefessional

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque



Murad Clearing Solution

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment

B&BW Sleep Aromatherapy Lavender Vanilla Body Wash

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner

Surf Foam Wash Shampoo & Creme Rinse Conditioner




Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel



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Nicely done!! I've got a packet of that Macadamia Masque I'm looking forward to using :smileyhappy:


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Ah I love mine! You'll have to let me know what you think!


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Nice job finishing the High Beam.  Those little babies take so long to use I fear it will expire before I finish it.  We are in agreement on The Murad serum.  I love the GlamGlow for eyes though.


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Thanks, it took forever to finish!


How long do you leave the GlamGlow eye treatment on? When I leave it on for the recommended time I feel like it doesn't do much for me. I like it, but can't say I love it enough to buy it.


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I leave it on just slightly over three minutes.  I read that it hardens if you leave it on too long, making it less effective, because you then have to wash it off (washing away most of the effect).  It usually takes me around five.  I basically put it on after my shower.  Then, I put my body lotion on, which is about a 5 minute process with my foot cream.  I wash my hands.  Then, I remove the GlamGlow with a dry cotton round.  


After I remove it, I am very careful not to get any toner on the portion of my eyes the GlamGlow touched.  The trick is to ensure you do not get the area wet.  On the rare occasions I have accidentally touched the toner under my eyes (which is normal for me on non GlamGow days), my eyes never look as bright.


I also suggest only using one pod (AKA 1/2 of the unit) for both eyes.  There is way too much in a single pod for each eye.  The product lasts twice as long that way but works just as well in my opinion.


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my June, 2014 empties will be updating as things are emptied until the month end then will start a new post for next month, repeat so on and so forth.



  • Burt's Bee's: facial cleansing towelettes with white tea extract (mini)
  • Burt's Bees Intense hydration cream cleanser with clary sage
  • Dior: Addict Perfume Spray (Sample)
  • Dior: Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet (sample Card) 
  • Elizabeth & James Nirvana White, For Her Perfume Spray (Sample)
  • First Aid Beauty: Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with red clay (sample)
  • Fresh: rose face mask (deluxe Sample)
  • Love and Beauty: green tea Cleansing wipes
  • Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo (full-size)

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May Empties!!


Bath & Body Works Shower Gels in Apple Blossom Citrus, Sea Island Cotton, Be Enchanted

DermOrganics Sample Kit- Shampoo, Intensive Hair Repair Masque and Leave In Treatment Argan Oil- smelled great but didn't do anything special for my hair

Fekkai Glossing Shampoo- love the smell of this and great shampoo

Gilchrist & Soames Body Lotion

Caldrea Body Wash in Coconut Fig Leaf- really like Caldrea's products! They smell fantastic

Bath & Body Works Dark Kiss Body Butter- was surprised how much I loved this body butter- thick texture almost like peanut butter, but goes onto the skin very nicely, no greasy residue.

Yankee Candle Wisteria Tart Melt

The Body Shop Grapefruit Body Scrub- very nice, had just enough grit to it, smells fantastic


Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Acne Treatment Cleanser- Incredibly drying, got 2/3 of the way through and it was destroying my skin so much that I finished using it as a body wash.

PRT Rose Stem Cell Mask- smelled great, didn't notice any change in my skin

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Mascara- loved, huge fan of LM Mascara, makes your lashes look incredible and still natural

Lancome Definicils Mascara- also loved, must try in waterproof

Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara- too dried out to form an opinion

Bare Minerals Lash Domination- HATED this brush, only used a few times before giving up

Tarte Maracuja C-brighter Eye Treatment- finally used up this full size eye cream, won't repurchase but it was ok

REN Micro Polish Cleanser

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil Free Acne Treatment & Moisturizer- loved, will most likely repurchase

Craptons of perfume cards from Sephora

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base- really liked!

Hourglass Immaculate

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate- oh em gee fell in love with this stuff. It's expensive but super easy to get in GWPs. Will eventually repurchase a full size if I run out of the deluxe GWP samples.

MUFE HD Pressed Powder- loved, kept some extra cards for traveling

Shiseido Cotton- I know this a loved favorite, but I won't be repurchasing. Prefer my cotton circles

Garnier Sensitive Skin Face Wipes- really liked! Paraben free too, which makes me a happy camper.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

UD E/S Primer Potion

PTR Oil-less Oil- this sat on top of my skin and refused to absorb

Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer- made face super shiny, looked terrible under foundation, didn't finish.

Mario Badescu Ceramide Eye Gel- sat on top of skin and refused to absorb. Bleh. Didn't finish.

The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen



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You know I agree with you on the Definicils and Genefique.  NARS eyeshadow primer is the best.  Glad you liked it.


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My March & April empties!



Loved, would repurchase or already have:

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution: Really liked this. I want to try the Skinceuticals version next and see how they compare.

MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Spray: Nice hydrating toner. Didn’t clog my pores.

Leaders Insolution Sheet Mask in Aloe Soothing: Loooove this. Especially after a long flight.

Leaders Insolution Sheet Mask in Leaders AC-Dressing: Calms redness a bit.

Leaders Insolution Sheet Mask in Mela-Tox: Nice purifying mask.

Prescription Post Laser/Electrolysis Cream: Have a pack up sample from the dermatologist. Use this after electrolysis to help with the redness & healing.

Prescription Retinoid: Already on my next tube. HG for me.


Meehh, a maybe repurchase:

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser: Average cleanser. Nothing mind blowing.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: Nothing remarkable. I want to get another sample of it, maybe I didn’t give it a fair try.


Not for me, wouldn’t repurchase:

NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes: Used on body. Has some oils in it that I know will break me out. Smelled odd, kind of like black pepper.

Amore Pacific Enzyme Peel: Too gentle for me. I’ve been using chemical exfoliants for a while now. If you’re new to exfoliating I would give this a try.

Ole Henrinsken Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil: Used a couple of times, broke me out. Ended up using on the body.

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil: Nice oil. Not too thick, didn’t break me out. I just didn’t see much difference in my skin.

Neocutis LUMIÈRE Bio-restorative Eye Cream: Good eye cream. Didn’t cause milia but I just don’t think the price is worth it.

Origins Plantscription SPF 25: Super greasy. Not for me.

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector: Alright dark spot lightener. Maybe if I had a full bottle I might see some improvement. I just don’t have many dark spots to justify buying it.

Caudalie Premier Cru the Eye Cream: Nice eye cream. Maybe when I’m a bit more mature… don’t really need that much hydration at this point.

Leaders Insolution Sheet Mask in Collagen Lifting: Didn’t see much difference.

Leaders Insolution Sheet Mask in Wrinkle Filler: Didn’t see much difference.

My Beauty Diary Hyalurunic Acid Moisturizing Mask: I’ve got a box of these left and will use them up but after trying the Leaders Insolution Masks I wouldn’t purchase these again.



Loved, would repurchase or already have:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel: Always a repurchase. HG brow pencil.


Not for me, wouldn’t repurchase:

Bare Minerals brushes: Had these for 2 years. Super scratchy now, just tossing them out.

La Roche Posay Ceralip Lip Cream: Beeswax based lip products dry my lips out. This one was no exception. For the price, such a disappointment.

Bare Minerals Foundation Matte: Don’t get the hype. I’ve got a same size of the regular version, maybe I’ll have better luck with it.

Bare Minerals Ready Touch Up Veil : Didn’t use up. Just tossing it out. Have other setting powders I prefer over this one.

Buxom Mascara: Average mascara, the applicator is so large! I always got a bit on my lid. I think I’ve got another sample of this somewhere. I doubt I would ever purchase.


Loved, would repurchase or already have:

Giovanni Hot Chocolate Body Scrub: Smells like brownie batter. Average body scrub, I would just repurchase it for the amazing scent.

Giovannie 3 in 1 Body Wash Orange Creamsicle: Great hydrating body wash. Smells exactly like a creamsicle!

Avalon Organics CoQ10 Repair Ultimate Firming Body Lotion: Love the scent. Great natural lotion. I didn’t see much firming but I’m still young and that’s not yet an issue. I’ve already got a new one.

Lush Bath Products (Enchanter Bomb, Sex Bomb, Floating Island Melt & MA Bubble Bar): First lush products and I really liked them! Want to try a lot more. Loved Sex Bomb & Floating Island. I think the others are discontinued.


Meehh, a maybe repurchase:

Frederic Fekkai Color Technician Shampoo & Conditioner: I’ve gone through a couple of these. Would repurchase if I colored my hair again but I’m going lighter/bleaching and need something more hydrating.

Tree Hut Shea Body Butter Amazon Pequi: Decent scrub. Nice smell.

Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic Acid: Favorite body lotion with AHA got discontinued. Trying this as a replacement. I’ve got a backup of it. I think I need a higher percentage of AHA for my body.

Josie Maran Argan Oil: Only used in my hair. Nice argan oil but there are other more affordable brands of hair oil that do practically the same thing.

Sample (Boucheron Place Vendom, Nest Midnight Fleur, & Jo Malone Peony & Blush): Liked the fragrances but I’m not running out to buy them… The Jo Malone was lovely, I just splurged on some fragrances but I might consider this one in the future.


Not for me, wouldn’t repurchase:

Frederic Fekkai Color Technician Protecting Glaze: Weighed down my hair. Not too impressed.

Dove Volume Dry Shampoo: Gave me horrible headaches. Made my hair crunchy. I’m amazed that I actually used this up!

Now Foods Cocoa Butter Jojoba Oil: I prefer shea butter over cocoa butter.

Samples: Marchesa Perfume, Versace Ero, Kenzo Flower, Especially Escada, & Tom Ford Sahara Noir.


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Nice.  How do you cut the tops to get all of the product (great idea by the way)?  Are you using scissors, a knife or something else?  Also, do you wait until nothing else squeezes out before cutting?  Do you transfer the leftover contents to another container?


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Sorry I just saw this post! I just use scissors. I usually wait until the tube feels really light or sometimes if the tube is made from a lighter type of plastic I place it in front of a light and I can usually see how much product is left. I don't transfer the product actually, I use a couple of those paper clip things (pic below, don't know what they are called LOL) to keep the product closed. It's not air tight, but I usually only have 3-4 uses lefts of the product so I'm not too concerned with contamination. I need to get one of those makeup spatulas or whatever they are called because if the tube is super long it's a pain to try to scoop the product out!




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I got a cute little spatula from sephora that gas a long handle and scoop it into a tiny jar If there's more than i ipexpect.  There's usually not enough to last more than a week of anything so i just leave it in the cut tube and throw it in a ziplock.



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It is always out of stock though.  If it ever returns, I am buying 2.


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Grab a pair of sharp scissors and snipped off the top. I like to completely flatten it out first. Use the back of a knife and scrape from the bottom up until it is flat, thin and empty. Cut the top the scrape out what you have left. If you still have some leftovers, fold it down and clip it up with a binder clip. If you need to get down closer to the cap, cut another section and use it up!


Some call me cheap,*ahem* my mom *ahem*, but she just doesn't know that I am bad are restocking and I tend to lose things when I restock before I open the new stuff.


Oh and please be super careful with the knife scraping/

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