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.
I am really loving my First Aid Beauty Cleanser with red clay too. I alternate it with quite a few other products, so it will probably take me a while to finish it.
I like the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray too. I always forget to use it though.
Ole Henrisken Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask- this isn't truly empty, about 2/3 full. Hated so much that I have to get rid of though, stings like crazy and I hate the feeling of gel products. Hate the smell too!
Body Shop Vit E Sink-In Moisture Mask- meh. Used it up, but wasn't fond of it. Also stung slightly, odd for a moisturizing mask. Felt uncomfortable on skin too.
Beauty Protector Shampoo & Conditioner- average products, but smell SO CRAZY GOOD. Very gourmand smell to them, wish it existed in a perfume!!
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Cream Cleanser- Oh. My. God. This stuff is like pure gold. And for $50 a bottle, I know why. Hands down, best cream cleanser I've ever used. Can't afford it though, so I'll have to get it from GWPs
REN Radiance Perfection Serum- really good! Really brightened my skin, smells like raw pumpkin. Zero breakouts or sensitivity.
Bath & Body Works Black Currant Vanilla Hand Soap
Bath & Body Works Shower Gels- Apricot Vanilla, Wild Honeysuckle. Two of my top fav fragrances from BBW
Styled Pure Happy Smooth Keratin- didn't work for me, but then again pretty much nothing does work with my hair!
Caudalie Divine Oil- oh my Lord this stuff was divine (see what I did there?). Absolutely loved the product, but not in love with it to pay the price for a full size. Smells a bit like tootsie rolls to me??
Sephora Advanced Lash Booster- good, but dried out very quickly. I've had this a bit too long, but it has been sealed in plastic, not sure if that might be the issue.
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes- too dry. Not sure how long I've had this one either
Anastasia Lash Genius- HG. Probably my 5th or so in a row.
H20 Optimum Cleanser- very nice, would consider repurchasing.
Chanel Ultra Correction Line Repair Eye Cream- nice, not worth the price
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream- fantastic healing cream, but very comparable to FAB Ultra Repair, which is a fraction of the price of this.
Origins A Perfect World Moisturizer- made my skin very shiny under foundation, only used a couple times before giving up
Stila Perfecting Concealer- have had for way too long, time to toss. Too thick, difficult to work with and I think this exacerbated acne spots.
Korres Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial- like the Greek Yogurt version, this stung badly. Only used 1-2 times.
Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask- very nice, smelled great, very hydrating. Definitely not going to pay full price for this stuff though- $158 for 2 oz??? What the fook??
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum- this did absolutely nothing for my skin. Pass.
Stila In the Light
Swisspers Cotton Rounds
Korres Pomegranate Wipes- I think these made my face more sensitive? Going to pass the last pack of these I have on to someone else.
Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo/Conditioner/Masque- bleck, weighted my hair down and made it look greasy.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil/Endless Summer- bought the full size of Endless Summer after using! Already have a Choc Soleil deluxe, which is a bit too dark for me but with some blending I can make work.
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil- fantastic product, smells crazy good and my skin loved it.
Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Eye Cream- made my eyes look more tired. Hard pass.
FAB Purifying Mask- My skin liked it, but this was a bit too minty/tingly for my personal tastes.
Lancome Visionnaire- loved. Definitely making part of my full time regimen.
REN Resufacing AHA Concentrate- definitely made an impact on my skin's brightness and reduced pigmentation! One little packet of this stuff lasted me a whole week!
Philosophy Full Of Promise Day/Night Serum- loved the day version. The texture of the night version reminded me exactly of Smashbox's Primers, which break me out within hours, so I didn't use it.
Philosophy Eye Hope- this wouldn't sink into my skin and would pill off a couple hours after applying. Pass.
Tokyomilk La Vie La Mort- really beautiful flower scent, loved the hand cream as well, not greasy at all.
Kate Spade Twirl- Really like, own a full size.
Roses De Chloe- initially loved, but by the end of this sample vial I was tired of it. Glad I didn't purchase a full size.
Have you noticed a significant difference in wear between the endless summer bronzer and the chocolate soleil? I also have 2 deluxe samples of chocolate soleil but after those are up, I'll need to purchase a full size.
I agree with you on Visionnaire. How do you blend the chocolate soliel to lighten it up? I got another deluxe size in my sun safety kit. Before I give another one away, I want to see if I can get it to work for me. I love the milk chocolate one.
I use a blush brush and lightly dust it in the appropriate places and then take a larger, dense brush and buff the heck out of it so it blends nicely in with my powder foundation. I just have to be careful to use a light hand or I can easily overdo it The milk chocolate would definitely be much more appropriate for my ghost-like complexion, but like you I got this one for free and will try to use it up!
I tried the chocolate soleil this evening with a light hand and it worked out. you just can't be as carefree with the application as you would with the milk chocolate but it definitely is workable!!!
You two have convinced me to give it a try. I have not seen the person I was planning on giving it to in a long time, and I never told her I was going to give it to her either. No shame in keeping it now.
I am going to be soooooo bronzed in a week!!!! lol! I have that little black book coming!!! Prepare for a very brown leah!!! I really hope I get it before Toor Camp.
Re: Empties[ Edited ]
Here are my June Empties!
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
- Bath and Body Works Pink Chiffon Body Wash
- Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Wash
- Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 cleanser
- Versace Bright Crystal Absolu EDP
- Neutrogena makeup remover wipes
- Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter body moisturizer
- Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
- Fekkai Full Blown Volume Shampoo
- Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Conditioner
- Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in Natural Monica
- Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment
- Caldrea Body Lotion
- Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash and Creme Rinse
- Sephora Super Supreme Body Butter
- Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
- Smarty Pants Vitamin Gummies
- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
- Bvlgari Omnia Indian Garnet
- Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet
- Urban Decay Naked Flushed
- Smashbox Full Exposure
- Gilchrist & Soames Body Lotion
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- Ulta Makeup Brush Shampoo
- Lancome Perfecting Make up Primer
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm
- Benefit They're Real Mascara
- Whish Shave Cream
Thanks! I do go through foundation pretty quickly. I bought a Nars tinted moisturizer but I think it might have been breaking me out so I stopped using it so my skin can clear up for a friend's wedding next week. I might experiment with it again after that so hopefully I can ease up on the foundation usage.
That's definitely one of my favorite aspects of TSBs! I love being able to put in items that others are excited about and love getting to tell people that some of their pass-on items have become my favorites!
Re: Empties[ Edited ]
These are my empties from May and June. Please excuse the dried up mask that spilled all over (thankfully, I laid down a towel).
Loved -Would/Have Repurchase(d)
Carol's Daughter Monoi Body Repairing Cream Oil- This works great on my hands and body and the smell is nice. The oil helps penetrate deeply while the cream prevents it from feeling greasy.
Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie Bath and Body Oil- My skin is very dry, and I love the way this penetrates deeply. It is oil, so I would not recommend it for anyone who does not like the shiny look. It is shiny for the first couple of hours while it absorbs. I prefer the Ecstasy scent, so I would not likely purchase this scent again unless it was in a nice kit or on sale.
Carol's Daughter Love Butter- This stuff is so rich. It really helps my dry skin even more than the oil. For the price, you do not get much product, so I only use it when I am VERY dry. I prefer the Ecstasy scent in this product too, so I would not likely purchase Love again.
Carol's Daughter Ecstasy Body Souffle- Penetrates deeply without going on greasy. My current favorite body cream (unless I am VERY dry, then I prefer the Butter listed above).
Ulta Dragonfruit 3 in 1 Beauty Smoothie- I love the smell of every scent I've tried so far. This is a great one, but I will keep exploring the different scents before I settle on one. These leave my skin softer than most soaps too.
Wen Lavender Cleansing Conditioner- I love what Wen does for my hair. It leaves it softer, less frizzy, more manageable and I get less fall out. My hair is a mess too, so I am glad this helps. The lavender one is the best one for me, because I have fine hair.
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve- My husband's favorite, but I always steal it. I love how it moisturizes, because some creams disappear as soon as I put them on. It is not too greasy either.
H2o+ Targeted Care Hand and Nail Cream- This works decently well, and I actually like the smell (my husband does not). When my hands are really dry, I need something stronger. I like this better than the stronger ones when they're not too bad, because the price is better.
H2o+ Targeted Care Mint Foot Rub- The smell is amazing. I like the very slight tingling that helps my tired feet. It penetrates deeply, but I need something stronger when my feet get really dry.
Lancome Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream- It feels great, and I cannot really smell the sunscreen. The smell is nice. When my skin is really dry though, I need something a little stronger.
Glamglow Bright Mud Eye Treatment- If you can get past the first two minutes when this stuff is burning, it is so worth it. My eyes always look so bright and have minimal dark circles after using this. It only lasts about a day though, and I only use these once or twice a week.
Lancome Visionnaire Serum- This stuff really works. My skin is getting better.
Go Smile Teeth Whitening System- It gives subtle whitening, but it really works on teeth that have been filled whereas many other products do not.
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer- I liked the base this created. It was very matte and smooth. While it is not my favorite primer, it worked nicely. I could repurchase this is in the right situation.
Alchimie Forever Calming Evening Cream (foil)- It is usually hard to get a good feeling from a small foil, but this was thick and creamy. I liked the smell, and my skin felt softer in the morning (hours after application).
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions (foil) - It definitely made my pores look smaller without going on thick (like Porefessional). I would repurchase this, but it is not my favorite.
Em Lipsticks in Misty Mauve and Daredevil (foil)- I already knew I loved Misty Mauve, because I own it. The Daredevil color is stunning and buildable. It can be worn as a medium to dark color. For $16, this is a decent lipstick. I kind of want to buy Daredevil, but I do not like the recent stuff I read on the brand's founder.
Hempz body Fresh Coconut and Watermelon Nourishing Body Wash (foils)- I liked everything about this product. It smells great, leaves my skin soft and lathers really well.
Okay -May Repurchase
Carol's Daughter Ecstasy Body Cleansing Gel- I just prefer more lather, but it feels and smells great.
Phyto Phytokeratine Masque- Nothing special. Nothing terrible.
June Jacobs Peppermint Hand and Foot Therapy- Do not get me wrong. I love this stuff. For $40 a bottle though, I do not want to keep repurchasing. Hopefully, I can find something a little cheaper. The H2o foot cream is only $15, but it does not work as well when my feet get really dry.
Lancome Renergie Eclat Multi Lift- This is another one that would move up a category if the pricing was a little better. Although I really like it, $75 is just too much for it. My $38 Big Easy works almost as well, but is half the price.
No4 Fleurs de Temps Volumizing Shampoo- It smells great and really provides volume. My problem is it leaves my hair feeling a little sticky and more frizzy than usual.
No4 Fleurs de Temps Volumizing Conditioner (foil)- Sample was not big enough, but I feel it was likely in line with the shampoo.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer- It smells all right for an spf 40 product. I wished it was a little thicker, because it dried my skin a little. That said, when my skin was not dry, it worked nicely. My face never burned when I was outside for short periods on time with just this (I burn easily with some light spf products).
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Eye Serum- It works, but I am looking for something a little stronger for advanced wrinkles. I think I found one I love, but the price is insane. Thanks a lot Glossybox!
Sephora Monoi Creamy Body Wash- The formula was nice, and I liked the smell. It was the perfect amount for a single use too. I just do not need single use washes, because everywhere I go there is soap that gets the job done. If I needed to add something quickly for free shipping, I would grab some of these.
Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion- Decent serum. It is possible the sample was too small to give this a real shot, so I would try it again.
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes- They get the job done. I am on a quest to find an inexpensive one I like better, so I would not repurchase anytime soon. If nothing I find is better, I may repurchase in the future.
Lancome Absolue L'Extrait Ultimate Eye patches- These worked great, but they are more than I want to spend. I would definitely welcome samples.
Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask (foil)- It worked decently. I just was not wowed.
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum (foils)- I can feel this tingling when I use it, so I want to think it is working. It is so hard to judge serums from foils (even though I had two). I looked up the price and felt the sample was not good enough to justify a purchase.
Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation (foil)- This particular shade was too dark for me, so I was only able to use it once. I did keep it on long enough to tell that it has a decent formula. I would need to get a sample closer to my color and wear it all day to determine whether or not this product would get moved into loves or not for me.
N.I.P+fab No Needle Fix Serum (foil)- I have to put this here, because once again the sample was too small for me to get a feeling either way. It is not something I hated, but it did not make me say wow either. (There are no periods in the first three letters, but the system kept bleeping it).
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment White (foil)- This was decent even though I prefer the black one. I did not get the slight burning that comes with the black one, but I also felt my face did not have the same bright effect afterward. I sent MK89 my deluxe sample of this after not loving the foil. I hope it works for her. If another sample came my way, I would give this another try.
Eve Lom Rescue Mask (foil)- It looked and smelled like Noxzema with little beads in it. While it worked okay, I just could not justify the price for the performance.
Orlane B21 Etrxaordinaire Youth Reset Complex (foil)- I just did not get a feeling bad or good, but I would be open to trying a sample again.
NARS optimal brightening concentrate (foil)- I just did not notice much (bad or good). The sample was either too small or this product is just not for me. I would try it again to try to figure it out.
H2o+ Advanced Age Repair Night Cream (foil)- It was all right. I would use additional samples, but I could not see myself buying this.
Versace Yellow Diamond Perfume (foil)- I am not really into perfumes, so it would have to be amazing for me to purchase it. That said, the smell was decent. I would use any future samples that come my way.
Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer (foil)- It does not do enough for the dry parts of my skin. I like the way it feels when my skin is not overly dry, so I would use additional samples.
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum (foil)- I would try this again in sample form, but I did not see enough results to justify a purchase.
Philosophy Time in a Bottle (foil)- I think I have a deluxe sample of this somewhere, and I am looking forward to getting a better try at this. While I think it is decent, I cannot tell for sure. The foil's design is terrible though. A lot of product got wasted.
Not for me -Would Never Repurchase and will give away future samples received
Fekkai Shea Butter Damage Protecting Hair Mask- This does not evenly distribute. I find myself using a lot of this to work it through my hair. My hair is impossibly hard to comb after using this. Then, my reward is straw like hair. Honestly, I am surprised I convinced myself to finish it.
Thann Aromatherapy Shampoo- Does nothing for my hair at all.
Thann Aromatherapy Conditioner- Does nothing special for my hair at all.
MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara- Spider lashes
Benefit They're Real Mascara- People complain they cannot get this stuff off, but I cannot keep it on. Within an hour of application, it was on my face every single time. The formula just does not agree with me.
Elemental Herbology Cell Food Serum (foil)- I tried a foil of this in the past and decided to give it another try. Now, I am certain it is not for me. It goes on a little thick, and I do not feel it going into my skin. The smell is not the best, and I am not certain it is doing anything. That is probably because it does not penetrate well on me.
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