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 don't think there is anything wrong with being in the minority. There are other mascaras that get a lot of love around here that just don't work for me. Though I do love me some Hourglass Powder.
Here are my empties from the last 2 months! I've been doing really well not purchasing products for the last year until I use up what I already have- taking empties pictures has been my motivation to do so.
Isn't it amazing how motivating this thread can be to get you to use things up vs. just purchase, purchase, purchase. I've started to look forward to dipping into my stash and using things up every bit as much, if not more, than buying. Any standouts from what you tried in the past 2 months
So late to the party with empties, but I'm thankful for this thread this month. It was one of those months that I didn't feel like I finished much until I pulled out my empties bag from my bathroom cabinet and it was fuller than I expected. This thread also definitely pushed me to finally finish up a couple of things I had kicking around for awhile.
I wrote reviews for all of my loves and nopes, but only some of my likes so if you have a question, feel free to ask!
All the empties:
Dr. Dennis Gross Facial Peels - These continue to be my favorite for exfoliating. Immediate results.
Davines Love Conditioner - Davines continues to be my HG hair brand and I like the smell of this conditioner, though for my dry coarse hair I always give the edge to their Oi Line.
Davines Oi Conditioner - As mentioned above I love, love, love this. I'm not sure I've ever found a conditioner this rich and my hair loves it. The scent is pretty nice too.
Caudalie Vinexpert Serum - This is discontinued so I can't purchase anymore, but I really liked it especially since I was able to get it for a steal. In general my skin seems to like Caudalie serums and I like the scent and how they feel on my skin.
Dry Bar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shots - Love using these once a week (well, more likely when I remember) for added moisture.
Mediheal G.R.P. Wave Forehead Patch - I found this a nice option for when I really just want a sheet mask to lessen the appearance of forehead lines.
Darphin Perfecting Body Scrub - This had a really nice almond scent I liked and did a nice job of exfoliating my body. I loved using it before shaving my legs. That said, I got it for a steal on clearance at Marshall's and I'm not sure it's worth the full price.
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude - I've tried many different complexion products over the years and always come back to this because I love how subtly it enhances my skin and how well it blends in.
Ole Henriksen Camomile Comfort Mask - I got this as a part of the power peel set and really like it. It has a really soothing, creamy texture and a lovely almond scent. It feels really nice over the peel.
Eucerin - I have yet to try a bad Eucerin product. It's no frills but my dry skin likes it.
Everything in this bunch was good but didn't wow me. In particular I was surprised by the Skin Inc Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide Serums (which didn't seem to do anything special for my skin and didn't last long enough to really see any results) and the Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream (which was definitely good but didn't seem to justify the price to me since it didn't seem significantly better than other night creams/masks). All the sheet masks were good but with so many out there I tend toward variety.
Great reviews. Bummer on that Laura Mercier Souffle. I'd be pissed if I paid that much for one step above B&BW quality. It's something I've wanted to try, but I think I will pass on trying unless I magically get one as a GWP or in a set.
I can't complain too much because I found it at Nordstrom Rack so I think I got it for 1/2 off, but I don't think I could justify full price. But I expected it to be...better. Though in hindsight I associate LM with more cosmetics products so I guess I shouldn't be so surprised that the body care seems to be just ok. I did also get a set of hand creams though so I'm hoping those will be genuinely moisturizing. The little jars are super cute though and I'm curious to see if any of the other scents in the line will be better.
Loves (have or would repurchase):
Meh (would use again but not pay for):
Too Faced concealer: all wrong colors
Tarte BB primer: cakey, weird texture/pigment interaction
Whish cleansing oil: waaay too silicone feeling
l'Occitane Light Comforting Cream: too fragranced for my face, I used it on my neck to finish it up
Julep cleansing oil: too heavy/greasy
Algenist moisturizer: it had PINK SHIMMER IN IT wtf Algenist. It did say "optical brightening" or something so I might have guessed, but I did not think Algenist would be a brand for random sparkles. Just no.
Lancome cream: too much fragrance and alcohol
PTR 24k Prism cream highlighter: way too dark for me, and also just an odd product. It's like a really moisturizing radiance primer, but it's SO shimmery it looks like it should be a highlighter... but it's the wrong texture (I think) to be using over base makeup instead of under... so confusing.
Cargo mascara: hated the applicator. It was one of those X things where the bristles are only in 4 ridges and don't go all the way around the brush. Ew.
Too Faced Lip Injection: made my lips burn, had to take it off immediately and they felt raw and stripped for almost a half hour. Common reaction apparently. Huge nope.
I thought the PTR prism was so strange as well. I wiped it off after I put it on because it was just orange shimmer overkill on me. They tried to make it everything and missed the mark. I agree with it being too dark, maybe it would be a better general illuminator if it was lighter?
That sucks about the sparkles in the lotion. I get some brightening but that seems....odd. I feel that way about Lancome products. Generally way too much fragrance for my taste and never feel as nourishing as I want them to. What's the Tatcha product?
Camellia Cleansing Oil! My absolute favorite.
The Algenist has pretty bad reviews too - looks like people don't actually want an allover sparklebomb from their moisturizer
Glad to hear the glowing review. I have 2 sample sizes from a couple of their starter sets. I'm excited to use it since I've been loving the Tatcha lotions. I didn't want to because I didn't want to justify the price to myself (especially when I have so many lotions to finish up first) but they are so lovely.
Finished a lot of full-size this month, so I separated my pictures.
Sample or travel size
Go Smile Double Action Whitening System- This is still a FabuFind. It is the only whitener I’ve used that actually works on tooth colored fillings and relatively pain-free. My gums and overly sensitive teeth rarely hurt anywhere I use this. The actual whitening is mild, but noticeable.
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Aloe Lotion- This is still a FabuFind. It is the only drugstore lotion I've bought for my hands lately. Most lotions are not moisturizing enough for my hands, so I usually prefer hand creams. One pump keeps my hands feeling moisturized until the next wash. I apply lotion or hand cream after every hand washing, because even the best creams usually cannot withstand a hand washing. The cream can feel a little greasy until it settles into the skin, but it feels more silky than greasy when my skin is really dry.
Ulta Beauty Smoothie Berrylicious- I actually like this scent more than the Yum Yum Yumberry I selected as a FabuFind, but it is still not as great as my favorite scent, Dragonfruit Frappe. Exploring the different scents is a lot of fun to me, so I will continue to try new ones. After I've tried them all, I will only purchase Dragonfruit Frappe or whichever scent I like best at the end of my exploration. This is a soap, bubble bath, and shampoo, but I've only used it as a soap. As a soap, it has an incredible lather, makes my skin smell great, rinses clean, and is somewhat moisturizing.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream- The more I use this the more I love it. My boys really love this, too, and they seem to get less eczema flare-ups when this is their primary moisturizer. That is why I keep buying this for their body cream and find myself using it as well. I'm ready to promote this to FabuFind status. It is not as thick as Eucerin, so it is a lot easier to work into the skin. This moisturizing cream is still moderately thick, and it penetrates deeply.
Julep Charcoal Body Konjac Sponge- This is still a FabuFind, but I also named this one of my top 10 of 2015. It is the best body sponge I've ever used, because it provides gentle exfoliation in a comfortable way. The shape is perfect, and I like the size. I love the way this lathers and how it dries out in between uses. Germs and bacteria have a hard time thriving, so I can use it longer than 3 weeks average sponges last for. The sponge usually stays in shape for around 2 months (give or take depending on the products used with it).
Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip- This strip tingles a lot more than the regular version from this brand. I'm not sure if that is good or bad, but it seems like this removes stuff from my pores a little better. My skin is sensitive, so I need to wash my face before and after using this strip.
Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover- Sephora does not sell this nail polish remover anymore, and it's a shame. I love this, because it is one of the few cheap(ish) polish removers that does not dry out my nails. It does not leave them feeling desperate for moisture or white and malnourished. Once I use other removers in my stash, I will try some of the newer options in the Sephora Collection.
NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base- This is my all-time favorite eyeshadow primer. If shadows do not go on nicely and stay crease-free with this, they are probably not going to work with anything else. There are some shadows that are beyond help, so this is not a miracle worker. It works more than 95% of the time though. The whitish primer blends in mostly clear, so it does not lay down a color base. Those without overly greasy lids (like mine) may prefer one that adds a bit more pigment to even out the eyelid tone.
Benefit Big Easy- This is a past FabuFind that I'd like to somewhat downgrade but not fully demote. The more I used this the more limitations I noticed. It still works beautifully during normal weather that it not too hot or too cold, so I still love this in the spring and fall. During the summer, it slides off unless I set it. Not setting it is the main reason I named it a FabuFind, because it resembles BB cream with more coverage. My skin is dry, so I always recommend setting it for people with oily skin. In the winter, it highlights dry patches more than more luminous formulas. I will still reach for this in nice weather when I want something as easy to apply as BB cream with slightly more coverage.
Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Head- This is still a FabuFind. Nothing, other than my hygienist herself, cleans my teeth as well as my Philips Sonicare toothbrush, so I will always buy these.
It Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-aging Collagen Veil Primer- This is the best primer I've used so far, but I will stop short of naming it a FabuFind. I cannot promote products when I hate the packaging. The pump stops working when there is still a lot of product in the container. Waste on wonderful products is the worst, so I use the pump to scoop out as much product as I can. Maneuvering the pump inside the container is difficult, so there is still a lot of waste when I toss this. It creates a beautiful base, feels silky on my skin, and helps my makeup stay on longer. If getting the product out was not so difficult, I would keep repurchasing it. Hopefully, It Cosmetics redesigns the pump.
L. Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder- This is a tighter ponytail holder, so it takes a while to break new ones in. For the first few weeks, they leave marks on my wrist and feel too tight in my hair. Neither are unbearable, so I am able to push through to the comfortable stage which lasts a long time. It does not look anywhere near as pretty on my first as the Sephora Hair ties, but it is my preferred tie for a bun. My hair does not fall (other than the weird short pieces). I was lucky enough to get 3 of these from Birchbox last June, so I still have one left (if I can find where I put it).
365 Foaming Hand Soap Citrus Grapefruit- The only thing that keeps this from being a FabuFind is the inconsistency and potential product waste. Sometimes, one pump is enough and does a thorough job foaming (as it should according to the product name) and cleansing. Other times, it takes 2-3 pumps to get the same effect. While I am unsure why this happens, I am not okay with it. Unless a soap is very cheap, it is unacceptable to use multiple pumps for one hand wash. The pump on this bottle broke with almost half of the refill left to go. Instead of buying a new pump for this scent, my husband switched scents again. That meant we had to finish this bottle with a broken pump. He purchased a refill for the current scent, so I hope that pump makes it.
Carol's Daughter Ecstasy Bath & Body Oil- I had delusions of grandeur that I could talk my husband into massaging this into my skin the first time I purchased it. Even though that never happened, I've repurchased this a couple of times. It moisturizes beautifully and gives my skin an incredible glow. The glow fades in a few hours as it sinks into the skin, but it looks great while it lasts. This product stayed with me all summer, and I will repurchase this (probably next summer).
Gold Bond Softening Foot Cream- This is a very rich cream, so it works extremely well. My feet always feel wonderful, and I really love the light almost citrus scent. I probably work in way more than I should, because my skin absorbs it.
Secret Clinical Strength Smooth Solid Light & Fresh- I bought the wrong 3-pack of deodorant from Sam’s Club by accident, so I still have 1 left. Thankfully, I do love this, but I do not love it as much as the Invisible Solid, which is a FabuFind. This does everything I expect from deodorant but it is a little more messy than the Invisible Solid.
Simple ultra-light gel moisturizer- My skin is too dry for gel moisturizers, so I never used this on myself. I usually do not share products I never use, but this one came inside the Birchbox CEW Mass Appeal Box from 2015. This worked extremely well on my boys. It is very gentle and provides all the moisture their skin needed. When I used this on my younger son, he never experienced a dry eczema patch on his face. He has experienced them with other moisturizers.
Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo- I received this in the June Target Beauty Box, and it arrived leaking. Thankfully, Target shipped it in a plastic bag, so it did not mess up any of the other products. If it did not arrive leaking, I would not have tried it so soon, so I am almost glad it did. This works with my hair even better than the version I received in an Influenster Voxbox. It leaves my hair squeaky clean, feeling soft, smelling great, and with less frizz than usual.
Gold Bond Healing Hand Cream- This is thicker and more moisturizing than the lotion, which I also love. It is more expensive per ounce, so I prefer to use the lotion when my hands are not as dry. When my hands are really dry, I reach for this drugstore cream that rivals many of the prestige ones I love.
Ahava Mineral Body Lotion- This is a medium density lotion, but it moisturizes extremely well. The scent is not my favorite, but it luckily fades.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel- This is still a FabuFind. It peels my skin quickly and efficiently. You can see and feel the skin coming off, so it is not at all like a peel where you’re unsure. After using this, I do not see dry patches at least for a few days.
Sephora Collection Colorful Blush 05 Sweet On You- I really like the color, and I find the blush very pigmented. This also lasts on my cheeks for more than 3 hours, which puts it near the top of powder blushes (from any brands). If I did not use this while I was sick (had a formal wedding where I needed makeup), I would have finished it. There are germs in it, so I cannot keep it any longer.
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder- I usually do not use a finishing powder, because my skin is dry and setting powder is enough. Using too much powder on dry skin is not ideal. This actually works well enough on my dry skin as a setting powder, so I was able to use this sample when I did not want to place germs (had to attend a formal wedding while sick) inside my regular powders. There was no flashback, so I must have applied it sparingly. I cannot see myself purchasing a finishing powder (unless I use it as a setting powder).
Such thorough reviews as always @notcreative I had no idea any whitening products worked on fillings. I have a crown on the bottom and veneers in front on the top and my dentist had always told me to skip those teeth in my at home whitening system I got from them (basically custom trays + whitener).
These totally work and are mostly pain-free. I had molds of my teeth, but the top ones no longer fit well since I got a crown. I am not even sure where my molds are though. I have not seen them in over a decade, so my guess is boxed in the garage.