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.
Love (have repurchased, will repurchase):
Perricone Cold Plasma Eye (been buying this on and off for years, first time it's a love!)
Lush Cupid's Love Soap (smells great, love the Lush experience!)
Like (may or may not repurchase):
Drybar Southern Belle Mousse (like it, but wish it had more hold for my curls)
Drybar Sake Bomb Conditioner (almost a love, smells good, very conditioning, pricey)
Dial Triple Moisture Body Wash (basic, inexpensive body wash)
Tresemme Smooth & Silky Conditioner (basic, inexpensive conditioner)
Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial (not bad)
Ole Henriksen Power Peel (good results, but intensive and long process)
Shiseido Green Honey Cake (almost a love, smells amazing, great experience, a little drying)
Tarte Eyelash Primer (not bad)
DevaCurl Light Defining Gel (still can't get this to work for my hair, wish it weren't so drying)
Dislike (won't repurchase):
Buxom Lash Domination Mascara (can't stand the brush, throwing these out)
Shiseido Ultimune Concentrate (smelled like alcohol to me)
When I was debating switching to DevaCurl the advice that a SA with curly hair gave me is that it is most effective when you use their no poo and conditioner as well. Accordingly, I use the no poo, their one condition, their styling cream and light defining gel and together I find that my hair is healthier and softer, my curls/waves are more defined than anything else I've tried. I do still use regular shampoo + conditioner on the days I don't wear my hair curly (currently madly in love with Davines Oi). I've experimented a lot with products and at least for me, no one product is a wonder product it's more about thinking about the whole system and how things work together. I've also noticed that my routine is only as good as the worst product. I was alternating Davines Oi with drugstore shampoo & conditioner to save money and sadly it wasn't until I stopped using drugstore products that my hair became much, much healthier. (Having my ends trimmed more frequently definitely also helped.) I know there are people who can get away with drugstore products and have amazing hair but that's just not me. My hair is fussy and can look amazing or horrible depending on what I do to it.
Unfortunately, I've tried the whole DevaCurl system, but still didn't like it for the same reasons I dropped Wen. Using conditioner-type products as a cleanser messes my scalp up something fierce! It just clogs and sufficates my pores. Everytime I get sucked back into trying it, I get disappointed again.
I also alternate between high-end and low-end hair products, just to see if I can tell a difference in my hair. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. I'm a pretty steady user of Carol's Daughter, and have recently begun enjoying Drybar and Lea Journo. Part of me just enjoys sampling different products, though, so I have a hard time sticking with anything for too long!
I loved the Sake Bomb at first but now I find that it makes m hair greasy after only a day or two. And I only use a little bit. I've never had anything be too moisturizing but this one is for me, I think. Usually I can go 4-5 days in between washing my hair. May try the Happy Hour next.
I'm late but here are my empties for February and March. I must say, I'm getting pretty awesome at powering through my stash! I've purchased ALMOST zero makeup and significantly less than usual skin products because I've been committed to using up everything...only you guys understand why that feels like an accomplishment, my boyfriend rolls his eyes (though he does commend me for buying less...joke's on him, I just end up buying more tools and fragrances!).
Hot Tips! If a cleanser is awful, I use it up by cleaning my brushes with it. If a serum/moisturizer/SPF is not doing it or breaks me out, I use it up on my decollate and the backs of my hands.
Batiste dry shampoo....but only if I find it for $5.99 again!
Shiseido cotton, mine and everyone elses favorite excuse to get a good promo!
Beauty Protector detangler and heat protectant - my HG, love that I can get it free from Birchbox whenever I run out!
Korres Greek Yogurt cleanser - felt nice and smells awesome, would consider purchasing if I ever ran out of face wash...
Eclos Apple stem cell cleanser - Ditto, this is a great pump bottle, gentle cleanser, love it in the shower and it's cheap when it's on sale at Ulta.
Caudalie Polyphenol serum - this stuff smells and feels awesome, but I want to try their other serums before commiting to this one.
Algenist SPF 50 - I got this on super sale with a groupon for 50% off, but when I run out of all of them I will probably buy it again. This is a great high spf physical sunscreen, serum texture, and dries very quickly. Not moisturizing, which is great for layering with moisturizer and make up or during hot weather.
Everything else is a ok or meh, but won't go out of my way to repurchase, except for
Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean foaming cleanser - How is this meant for human skin? I have not at all sensitive skin, and yet this BURNS like crazy! What is in this stuff??? Anyhow, I finished it by using it as makeup brush cleaner.
Great empties and interesting about using a cleanser on brushes. As long as it is a gentle cleanser that definitely seems like it would work.
Bummed that the Oi was just meh for you. That's my HG conditioner.
I like your cleaning brushes tip! This is just what I needed to hear right now, as I have dozens of face wash samples that I have not liked (I'm thinking of you Eve Lom), and I've been wondering how to justify tossing them! Now I don't need to
I'm going to do the same thing with that EL Perfectly clean-thanks for the tip! I thought it was awful on the skin too, but it'll do for my brushes. What was up with that EL? usually their skin products are nice..
Took forever to find the ELPC Ingredients but I would say it is the lye. wow.
Ouhhhh, a very productive month!!
I can't wait to power through all my cotton pads so I can get into those shiseido ones! I still have two packs to go. The motivation is what drives my hygiene practices😜
Lol, how is this meant for human skin! Yipes! Soap that burns the grime off! Maybe you have an allergy to one of the preservatives? Burning is never good.
Love (have repurchased, will repurchase)
Lush Celebrate Body Lotion
Like (may or may not repurchase)
Suave Sleek Conditioner (good, inexpensive conditioner)
Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo (been buying this for years, time to try other things)
Dislike (will not repurchase)
Drybar Shower Cap (the terry cloth elastic band never dries, so now it's moldy--lasted less than 10 months)
Drybar Lemon Drop Brush (most of the little rounded tips have popped off--lasted less than 10 months)
Wen Summer Mango Coconut Cleanser (I've been over Wen for years, but was trying to finish the bottle--it's rancid now, so I had to throw it out)
This may sound like a dumb question, but how do you know it's gone rancid? Most of my beauty products get used up in a timely fashion but I have a few that have been kicking around for awhile so now I'm curious. And glad to know that lotion is good. I think I have some from a holiday gift box...
I know the Wen is rancid because it started smelling really funky. Also, product stuck on the inside of the bottle (around the neck) was starting to turn color and get almost moldy looking. To be fair, it's been sitting in my shower for a long time. Also, because I can never get the pump to work, the bottle has been opened numerous times, and water has gotten inside. It was only a matter of time!
Gottcha. I was just curious because I have definitely kept some makeup products long past when the packaging said I would toss them but at long as they seem to keep working, I keep using them.
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Totally late in sharing but so excited to participate in this thread. Previously I haven't been great about using up products and have hoarded my samples so I think this will help! I should note that I've also been using this as a kick in the pants to get rid of some empty containers that were used awhile ago, but still hanging out in my shower so I don't REALLY use this much shampoo and conditioner in a month. Overall, I've been proud of how much I used up last month but challenging myself to use up the last little bit of some products that are on their last legs and to dip into my sample stash overall vs. just hoarding. I also offloaded some makeup products that had been hanging around my drawers but that I knew I wouldn't use to my mom and sis when they were in town.
-Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Action (Already repurchased)
-UD eye primer (Already repurchased)
-MUFE HD foundation (Didn’t repurchase as I wanted to try other things)
-Beauty Blender (Already repurchased)
-Fresh Rose Floral Toner (have samples of other toners to use up first and then may repurchase)
-Bliss High Intensity 24-7 (have other samples of similar stuff to get through first)
-Dior Nude Air (have other foundation to get through first)
-Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash & Treatment (This is a HG for me, already repurchased)
-Davines Oi Shampoo/Conditioner (Another HG, well stocked up)
-Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (Need to use up other lotions first and then will likely purchase)
-FAB Dual Repair Cream (good, but not as moisturizing as I’d hoped)
-Lancome Bi-Facil (works but not sure it’s dramatically different than what I already use)
-Philosophy No Reason to Hide (didn’t see any improvement using these samples, but likely not a long enough trial period to fully judge)
-Bare Minerals Prime Time (not sure this did much either way)
-Eyeko Mascara Wardrobe (this is an oldie I stopped using awhile ago. I think I’ll like just using all the wands with other mascaras. This seemed to dry out fast.)
-YuBe Moisturizing Body Lotion (Fine, but not unique)
-Boscia Luminizing Mask (Like it but still not sure I want a full size)
-Ole Henrisksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel (not sure this does anything and sometimes stings my undereye skin)
-Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash (too harsh for my dry skin, took me YEARS to get through this)
-Soap and Glory Whipped Body Butter (holy fragrance. To me this just reeked.)
-Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist24 (This felt nice on but I ended up with weird bumps on my skin in the area afterwards. Not acne but reminded me of the irritated bumps I get after an eyebrow wax.)
Not pictured: samples of GlamGlow Thirsty Cleanse (Buying during the rouge sale), Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum (already stocked up on two bottles since this improved the hydration of my skin noticeably, Kate Somerville Eczema Therapy Cream (hated how it felt on my skin, felt greasy so a nope for me), Caudlie Beauty Elixir (Holy fragrance! Still have a travel size of this as well I will use up but man is it stinky.)
Ohh you have all the shampoo & conditioners I have been wanting to try out for a while now. I recently went super blonde (at least for my hair) and tried a bunch of purple shampoos but they just dry out my hair like crazy. What's your hair texture like? I'm thinking about ordering the Davines Oil Shampoo &Conditioner next but my hair is fine and am worried it's going to weigh it down and make it greasy.
This thread has definitely given me some motivation to finish up some things and use my samples instead of just switching it up quite so much just to try something new. I love storing my empties up now!
Do you always cut the tops off of your tubes or just if you love the product? I started doing it with my handrcream after seeing you post about it and I was shocked at how much was left even though I thought I had squeezed every little bit.