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.
January Empties! These are less than December in part because I didn't get around to doing those until about a week into Jan, and partly because I've been going through some larger DS/FS skincare items in my ongoing quest to Finish All My Samples. But I do have a FS powder product, so that's something!
Loves: Have or would repurchase
Meh: Would use again but not buy/pay full price:
Nioxin shampoo & conditioner for fine hair: these were both tingly and menthol-y, without the anti-hair fall benefit I saw with Bumble&Bumble's Full Potential line. I like to leave my conditioner to work in my hair while I body wash, and with this my scalp was tingling and unhappy halfway through. No thanks.
Katy Kat mascara: awful applicator. I hate the ones that have gaps in the "teeth," and this was like that.
Maybelline Pushup mascara: either a bad formula or this one had dried out
Douce mascara: same as Katy Kat, bad applicator
Living Proof texture spray: used to love this, but it makes second-day hair a pain
Estee Lauder makeup remover: again, used to love it, but it's too finicky now. For best results (for me), you apply and then tissue off, but it's a pain with eye makeup and can sting.
NARS radiance primer (old formula): meh on radiance, BOO on texture. Made even reliable formulas sink into pores.
UD Vice Gubby lip foil: way too sheer, emphasized lip lines
Origins pre-mask face spray: It doesn't do anything a toner or other face spray wouldn't
Tartist lash paint: clumpy/flakey
Benefit Kabrow: color worked ok, but the whole included brush thing was meh. After a few applications it got really messy and detracted from the finished look. Part of it was that the DS version was too small for any other brush to fit into the pot, so the FS version might be worth it...but I have other, better brow products, so I'm not going to bother.
Tarteist Lip Paint in Namaste: bad formula. Not drying, but it separated on lips and this color was light enough to let natural lip color through, looked terrible.
AmorePacific BB Cushion: very sheer formula, and also really too dark for me
Philosophy Time in a Bottle: not enough product to comment on results, but I don't like when serums include tint/shimmer, it feels very gimmicky.
Just ok- The Cle de peau cleanser is ok but nothing special just a basic foaming cleanser and the price is high for what you get.
The Darphin serum is soothing but very thin consistency more like toner or essence to me than a serum.
Re: Empties[ Edited ]
Lots of empties this month. January was all about skincare for me.
Timeless 20% Vitamin E/C/Ferulic Acid (already repurchased)
Drunk Elephant Framboos (already repurchased)
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask: Has a strong rose scent that I don't care for, but I just love the way my skin looks after using this.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra (not pictured): I only used a mini of this so the love status is on the fence, but I really like it so far and think it will be the perfect moisturizer for summer. While the air is still dry, I'm enjoying using it under a heavier cream moisturizer. Purchased the full size today.
NARS Tinted Moisturizer (Alaska): This is one of very few staples in my makeup routine and the product I have stuck with the longest. It might be the love of my makeup life. I have the next lighter shade, Finland, which will work for the next month or so while I'm at my palest but I fully plan to repurchase Alaska in the spring/summer.
Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Lip - I don't use this for lip wrinkles as advertised. It's just a good lip exfoliator for me and I already have a backup.
Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Hydration Booster - I do enjoy adding this to my moisturizer and am considering repurchasing. For now I'm experimenting with layering a lighter moisturizer (like the PTR cloud cream or Drunk Elephant B-Hydra) under my cream moisturizer.
Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream: I like this but used it up too fast to form a full opinion. I'm intrigued though and plan to check out the Cloud Serum next since this is similar in texture to the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra, which I just purchased a full size of.
Murad Hydro Dynamic Moisturizer (2): Basic, but effective for my dry skin. I plan to repurchase either this or Drunk Elephant Lala retro.
LXMI cream - I thought I could only use this on very dry, flaky spots but lately I've been using it all over. I have another sample size that I'm going to continue using.
La Mer Treatment Lotion - This feels nice going on and I really like the texture of it. It's gentle but hydrating under my moisturizer. I'm going to purchase another mini (if I can find one) to try it out a bit longer.
Fresh Rose Cream - not moisturizing enough and I didn't care for the strong scent.
I love the NARS tinted moisturizer! I also wear Alaska for most of the year, but since I moved to a less sunny locale I now need a lighter shade in the winter months. Thanks for the heads-up that Finland works for you...I'll take a look at it!
These are my empties for January.loves
Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream
Loccitane Hand Cream
Philosophy Melon Daiquiri
Purity Made Simple
Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask
Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask
Algenist Genius Vitamin C Serum
Sephora Argan/Avocado Hand Masks
Sephora Lavender Foot Mask
Caudalie Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm- not moisturizing enough
january makeup empties!
things i'd repurchase in a second:
too faced hangover rx - heaven for my dry skin!
mufe ultra hd foundation
colourpop brow pencil
mac paint pots - soft ochre and morning frost - morning frost quickly became a fave and i'm sad i can't find it!
nars pencil in sex machine
essence lash princess mascara
dr jart bb - sooo gray!!!! so hard to make this work with my skin
colourpop liner - dried out so quickly & broke so easily
maybelline instant age rewind eraser makeup - thought it was the concealer until i actually purchased it - no returns - and got out and actually looked at it - found it cakey and super orange
I finally used up all my Nars radiant concealer and I have to say i'm more impressed with my KVD concealer, the Nars was really thick and i felt like it just didn't blend out well for me no matter what I tried and just made me look a little cakey.
Well I think I finally was able to upload a picture
wilma schumann - Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads (x2)
Josie Maran - 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
Cerave - Hydrating Cleanser
John Frieda - Frizz Ease Extra Strength serum
Avene - Eau Thermale (Thermal Spring Water)
fresh - Soy Eye Makeup Remover
Ren - resurfacing AHA concentrate
smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Clinique - Moisture surge moisturizer
Jack Black - Lip Balm SPF 25
Secret - Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Deodorant
Josie Maran - Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot
Urban Decay - Mini Perversion Mascara
Ulta Beauty - Warming Charcoal Cleanser (2x)
Too Faced - Glitter Glue
smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Water
Prada - Candy Kiss Eau de parfum
Dr. Jart+ - UV Sun Fluid SPF 30
MUFE - Artist Plexi Gloss in 202
Farmacy - Skin Dew
belif - The True Cream Aqua Bomb (2x)
Juliette had a Gun - Not a Parfum
smashbox - Photo Finish Primer Oil
Ole Henriksen - Truth Sugar Glow polishing mask
Clarins - Multi-Active Jour SPF 20
fresh - Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm
Ole Henriksen - Ultimate Lift Eye gel
Ole Henriksen - Invigorating Night Treatment
Garnier - Skin Active Waterproof Micellar Cleansing Water
Products that expired/no longer work
Revlon - Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in 150 Buff (This foundation has been open for almost a year, plus it is about 4 shades too deep for me.)
Bath and Body Works - Ultra Shea Body Cream in Twisted Peppermint (Cream will no longer come out, plus I have had this for almost 2 years-I think it's time to let go of it.)
eslor - Chlorophyll Lifting Mask (It's completely hardened/unusable)
L'Oreal Paris - Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer (It doesn't actually prime my skin and it somehow made my neck break out in hives so nope, am not keeping it.)
Sorry all, I can't bear to keep empty product vessels around, so I never take pictures. However, it is oddly satisfying to write them down!
ds=deluxe sample, s=sample(e.g., foil)
fresh soy face cleanser - ds (LOVE)
origins high potency night-a-mins - ds (LOVE)
urban decay one & done hybrid complexion perfector in light medium - ds
fresh rose face mask - ds (LOVE)
l’occitane hand cream in amande - ds (LOVE)
ahava time to clear purifying mud mask - s
pinrose wild child fragrance towelette - s
atelier cologne silver iris - s (LOVE)
kiehl’s multi-corrective eye opening serum - s
penhaligon’s iris prima - s
urban decay naked skin color collecting fluid in peach - s
urban decay naked skin concealer - light and medium light - s
becca aqua luminous perfecting concealer - fair and medium - s
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One of my goals for the month was to finish off things that were half empty in my skincare cupboard.
A regular use item. Need to remember to use them more often.
Murad Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence
A great hydrating serum. Already purchased the FS
Odacite Bl+C, Pa+G
Both serums I regularly repurchase. Bl+C for acne, Pa+G for hyperpigmentation
REN Glycol Lactic Peel
Love this peel but I had gotten distracted by other peels and let it sit for a while.
Farmacy Eye Dew
On my fourth jar of this stuff. I <3 this so much!
PMD Microderm Sensitive Disc
I go through one of these or the 'normal' discs a month. Can't complain!
Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
The only version of TTO I've found that doesn't irritate my skin.
Skin Laundry Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask
Received as gratis, this was lovely and quite hydrating. Still testing the rest, but will have a writeup of my thoughts soon.
Ok, but I didn't like the scent and sometimes it felt a bit too stuffy.
Kate Somerville Eradikate
Works fine but the product dries out quicker than I can use it.
Odacite CaR, Ac+R
Nothing wrong with either of these, but I'm not sure if I'd repurchase.
Alpha H Liquid Gold
Quite a strong peel, perhaps too strong for me. The pad it came presoaked with was the oddest texture; it had little rubber nubs on one side.
Sunday Riley Flora
I used to love Flora; this was actually my second bottle but at some point last year my skin stopped absorbing it well and so it sat for some time. I used what was left on my décolleté and neck area.
Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose
It's a nice dry style oil but it isn't something I'd repurchase.
All the nope. Don't like anything about this. Smells bad, so slimy.
NIOD Non Acid Acid Precursor
Every time I tried to use this it either gave me a rash or caused a cluster of irritation on my skin. I finally gave up.
Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos
No matter how slowly I tried to incorporate this into my routine, I could never get to more than 2x/week usage. It is too strong for my skin, so it took forever for me to finish.
@Mochapj Did you find the texture of the Flora oil changed? The same exact thing happened to me and I'm trying to figure out why this went from amazing to meh all of a sudden?
@laynebr I feel like it may have changed between bottle 1 (finished this time last year) and bottle 2 (above)
Bottle 1 always felt like a dry oil and absorbed instantly. Bottle 2 did not feel like a dry oil and so I'm not sure if this is because it may not have been fresh (it didn't smell rancid, just like roses and pomegranate) or whether they reformulated it.
It sucks because it used to be one of my favorites.
So many nice skincare items in your bunch. It's interesting that you noticed a different reaction to your Sunday Riley Flora. That has only happened to me once with another product and shortly after it was recalled, guess they messed something up on the formula.
My empties from January.
New category called Odi et amo. I hate and I love. Eve Lom morning cleanser. Skin feels amazing, but the smell... I learned to wash my face and do not breathe.
Loves (some of them I tried before). New discovery - May Lindstrom Clean dirt (full size is on its way).
Likes (not planning to purchase, but will use if I get a sample)
No. I still can`t get Tata Harper thing.
Love your comment about the Eve Lom cleanser. I have the same experience with the Eve Lom Rescue Mask. Does a great job but smells horrendous! I don't even have it on and can smell it! Haha Maybei should breath through my mouth...since I can't hold my breath the whole time the mask is on. Lol