Empties

Empties

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 love the idea of hate and love categories, especially as it relates to smell or texture.  There are so many things that my skin loves, but where I don't care for the smell or texture.  I recently started using May Windstorm The Youth Dew and for a serum/oil it feels so heavy on my skin and the smell was so overpowering (I don't think from added perfume, just the natural ingredients) that it took quite a few uses before I stopped gagging.  But my skin does seem to like it.

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Nobody is perfect, even May Lindstrom Smiley Happy

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January empties (52)- got through a lot this month! Took lots of foils/DS on vacation earlier in the month, that helped a lot. Then my boyfriend was like, why are you bringing your trash home? hahah

 

Loves:

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Sephora Foot mask

Josie maran face butter- used this on my body- argan doesn't do well on my face

NYX studio powder (already repurchased)

Tatcha indigo body butter- there are much more effective ones out there, but I love the scent of this

Tatcha indigo hand cream- same ^

Korres body wash

L'occtaine almond body lotion

beauty blender

Benefit girl meets pearl- tossing b/c it's at least 4 or 5 years old, found at the bottom of a drawer. I have other things like it in my collection now but will consider a repurchase if I run out of everything

Dr Brandt NNM 3D filler

PTR unwrinkle night

PTR unwrinkle turbo DS (not pictured)

Dr. Dennis gross AB peels (not pictured)

Smashbox soft lights blush 

Dr. Jart tiger grass cream

DR. Jart ceramadin cream

Stila tinted moisturizer

Tatcha camilla cleansing oil

Sephora express eye makeup remover wipes

Lancer polish

Farmacy coconut hydrating sheet mask

Crest Whitestrips
Pixi glow tonic to go- my first pixi use, really liked it!

 

 

Okays: wouldn't buy but would maybe use, didn't cause any ill side effects.

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Karuna antioxidant mask- it was okay, the serum left my face feeing SO sticky and had to wash off before completing my routine.

Caudalie micellar water: didn't get everything 

Ouai hair oil- not bad, but not my favorite. Did really like the mild scent.

Orgins plantscriptions eye cream

LP no frizz hair oil- yeah I had frizz. It was okay as an oil but didn't live up to the claims

UP and UP cotton balls- 

Ouai shampoo/conditioner- were okay, not as hydrating as my normal and I have super dry hair, so not for me.

Raico hotel lotion- fine.. not great.

Shisedo sunscreen- worked okay but very thin and dehydrating to my dry skin

MD solar science sunscreen- no issues

Sephora pearl undereye patches- no major improvements

Perricone MD firm serum

Fresh soy cleanser

Guerlain abilie royal night cream- okay, not as hydrating as HG creams for me

IT confidence in a cream- this was fine on my face, not as hydrating as I'd like. since I have lots of HG things for my face, I ended up using as a hand cream.

PTR rose cleanser

PTR irish moor mud cleanser

Tony moly cleanser

Kiehls line reducing concentrate

 

 

 

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Tokyomilk lip balm- I LOVE the formula but it is too strongly scented for me

R&CO death valley dry shampoo- okay formula, also a scent thing. I can smell it on myself for at least a couple hours, if not more. I get migraines easily and that just doesn't jive with me. 

UP and UP rounds- scratchy.. ended up using for nail polish only

Drunk elephant framboos- broke out

RMS wipe- came dried out

Ole henriksen- tossing an old jar, but my skin doesn't get along with this anymore

Orbie apres beach- took to the beach, still looked like a hot mess after.. 

 

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Love the BF comment...silly boy. I always forget to save my empties at home so I'm super impressed with your skill!! I had a similar experience with DE Framboos. Irritated itchy skin and I noticed a strange scent the third time I used it. Could it go rancid after being open for only a month?

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I'm not sure @petitesweetmom.. Even after the first use I could tell it wasn't for me, and I don't have sensitive skin at all. Could it go bad that quick in the pump?

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I thought it was too fast to go bad and I don't have sensitive skin either. Chalking it up to "not for me". Thanks for sharing your empties and review!

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So many great empties and the wood in the background is really gorgeous, such lovely grain!  Also impressed you seem to have used up a blush completely.

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Thanks! And the blush had to have been 6 or 7 years years old? Thinking about it, kinda gross.. I have another one also on it's last legs! 

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I was on a trip this whole month and tried to pack pretty light, so I didn't quite make my goal of 50+ empties every month of 2017...but I got through some foils and DSs!

 

Loves

 

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Ole Henriksen PowerPeel - the best facial peel I've ever used, hands down.
Too Faced Better Than Sex - a staple in my collection.
First Aid Beauty Red Clay Deep Cleanser - my skin always looks and feels good when I use this. I used this regularly a few years ago and took a break. After receiving it in my Play box, I rediscovered how well it works for my skin.
Laura Mercier Caviar eyeshadow stick in Rose Gold - this was a surprise love for me. I got this in my Play box a few months back and it turned out to be the perfect shade and consistency for me. It's great for a lowkey look when I need to get ready quickly in the morning, and it makes a really great base for other shadows. Definitely buying the full size of this!

 

Likes

 

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Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear
Sephora Collection Instant Moisture+ Cream
L'Occitane Almond Milk Hand Cream
Cover FX Illuminating primer
Sephora Collection Pomegranate Face Mask
Hask Kalahari Oil Shampoo & Conditioner
Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Shampoo & Conditioner
Living Proof Timeless Shampoo & Conditioner
Rahua Shampoo
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
Rita Hazan True Color Shampoo & Conditioner
Sea Rx Microdermabrasion Face & Body Scrub
No. 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Purifying Shampoo
Random hotel makeup remover towelette
Neuma Scalp Therapy Exfoliator
Hempz Color Protect Conditioner
Cane & Austin Miracle Pad 30%

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That is awesome that you are setting a goal for yourself to hit every month. Even though you didn't hit it at least you used up products that always feels good.

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Exactly.  Plus even if you don't get quite there it keeps the notion of using things up in your mind.  I will admit I went on such a kick of using foils in 2016 for travel that I honestly don't have that many left in my collection.

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Thank you! It does feel great to use up samples that are just sitting around. I was getting around 40 a month each month at the end of last year, so I figured I could try to step it up a little this year! As long as I'm using up product, I consider it a win!

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50 empties a month... wow what a great goal!  I like the idea of setting a number, but 50 is too many for me, I'm thinking 15 is a realistic goal for the first few months.  I love the BTS mascara too, and recently re discovered the OH power peel-- note-- don't put the peel on and fall asleep on the couch (I have super dry skin this week lol)!

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Thanks! I thought 50 a month would be reasonable because that's about how many I was getting each month towards the end of last year. Since I count foils into it, it doesn't seem like as high of a number...if it was all DS or full size products, 50 would be a crazy goal! 15 is definitely a great number to finish a month, products add up quickly!

Falling asleep in a PowerPeel sounds painful - I can't believe your skin made it through! I'm sure it was smooth afterwards - definitely dry too though! It's a great product, but not one to overuse!

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I feel like I'm constantly switching up what I'm using, especially with skin care, so I never finish things lol.  I'm going to go through my empties bag tomorrow ( I'm anticipating about 8 items lol).  I think I'm going to grab a few samples at the same time to set out on my bathroom counter.  If I can hit 15 in Feb, I'll go for 20 in Mar.

 

i actually sat in the OH peel for around an hour and a half!  My skin did clear up nicely, but I've never been so dry in my life! 

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Empties for Jan. 2017.. Finally remembered to post..image.jpg

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How is the Tony Moly 3-step blackhead kit? I almost bought it at Ulta the other day.

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I really liked it. Did the job, much better than Biore products. My teenage daughter also liked it.

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Maybe one day, I'll be good about posting empties monthly, but for now, here is my stash from several months... (I'd also be more likely to be in-depth about my thoughts on the products, too)

 

Big fan of:

• Garnier micellar water - waterproof formula 

• MISSHA Perfect Cover BB Cream

• Dr. Jart Beauty Balm & Water Drop Moisturizer

• UD Primer Potion

• Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

• YSL Black Opium

 

Not interested:

• Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask (HATED how my hair felt after using this!!!!!)

• ACV by DP hue (it was okay, felt it's too expensive for how quickly I went through it, but I have long hair too)

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Most of my Q4 2016 empties.  IDK what happened to most of the packets.

 

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I would use the Estee Lauder Nutritious cream, Aveda Damage Remedy, and Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel SPF 15 again.

 

I'm a regular user of the Estee Lauder foundation, Bumble & bumble spray, Laneige SPF, Biore strips, and Shiseido Bio-Performance .

 

Others in image:  Laneige Water Bank serum, Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Eye Contour Cream, RoC Max Resurfacing Facial Cleanser, Target brand pore strip, Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum, SK-II essence, Loreal Revitalift SPF 15, eos hand lotion in berry blossom.

 

 

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Loves:

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Likes/Meh:

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Nope:

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Candy Cane body scrub: oil wasn't integrated enough. I tried to mix it before I used it the first time, but I still ended up using most of the oil in the jar somehow, and when I went back to use it again it was almost all sugar and no oil. Boo.
Soapbox Coconut shampoo: too heavy/moisturizing to actually clean my hair
Skin Inc moisture mask: not moisturizing enough. I used it as an overnight mask and my face would be bone dry when I woke up.
Dermablend foundation foil: too heavy, wrong colors
Pur double-ended eyeliner, liquid/pencil: liquid dried up and separated, pencil was a meh color/formula
Dermablend & Clinique moisturizer foils: not moisturizing enough
Kate Somerville moisturizer spf 50: caused congested skin, probably from the sunscreen
Biossance Revitilizer rose face oil: broke me out
Origins GinZing mask: no discernable effect
LaNiege overnight mask: same as Skin Inc, waaay not enough moisture for the whole night. Probably because both of them are gels, I never get good results there.