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.
Can't believe it's already September!
-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).
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:
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.
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
- 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
I love that Body Shop Coconut butter. The smell is wonderful! I hate eating coconuts, except Girl Scout Caramel Delights, but I love the way coconuts smell. Feel the same way about coffee beans. I cannot stand consuming them, but I love smelling them.
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)
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.
You can do it! I make sure to pick one that I want to use that is pretty neutral and keep it in my desk/purse/wherever I am most likely to see it and reapply. I should say that no lipstick ever stays on me for longer than a few hours, so I probably wear some lippies like chapstick - lots of application!
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.
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