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 use a lot of samples, which are small. It looks deceivingly like I am using more than I really am. Each mini shampoo or conditioner gives me 2-3 washes. The L'Oreal one was a little bigger, so I got 4-5 on that. I use lotion every day on my body and many, many times a day on my hands. That is the one product I use a lot of each month.
The containers are a Raspberry cream and a Lavender Balm I sampled for Megan at Essentielle Beauty. I did not like the scent of the Raspberry cream, but it was not a deal breaker. It was very moisturizing on my dry skin, which I always appreciate. The balm did not smell like lavender at all. It smelled like Christmas! I loved it. While it is not as thick as my beloved Egyptian Magic, it did a similar job. I used it on dry patches that were not bad enough to require Egyptian Magic. It takes about 30 minutes to work into the skin, but it does moisturize wonderfully once it works in.
I like that about sample sizes. ouhhh, you stayed at a Sheraton! I actually don't like those little shampoos. I've used them to clean stained clothing before but I find them drying.
I hate every Shine product I've ever tried. My husband loves the Sheraton, so we still stay there often. I try to book different hotels when I can. That came from a Universal Hollywood trip though. The only hotels worth staying at nearby at the Hilton or the Sheraton. The Hilton was sold out unfortunately. Their super thin manly smelling PTR lotion is not much better than the Shine junk, but the shampoo and conditioner are a lot better.
WOW was this a month for empties... I finished ALL the things!
Loves (have or would repurchase):
Estee Lauder Take It Away make-up remover lotion
Nailtiques non-acetone polish remover
fresh soy cleanser
Murad Hydrating toner spray
Lancome Bi-facial eye make-up remover
ren calming day cream
Smashbox full exposure mascara
Bumble & Bumble Full Potential shampoo/conditioner - OMG. This is 2 promos worth of foils, which was 10 hair washes or about a month's worth. IT WORKS. ...shame about the smell
Too Faced shadow insurance
Caudalie Le Cru eye cream
l'Occitane Shea Hand Cream
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
Blow Pro dry shampoo - NEW HG. >>> Oscar Blandi, Pret-a-powder, and every spray I've ever tried.
fresh Black Tea eye concentrate
Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Eraser
Living Proof primer style extender
Nude Genius Treatment Milk
Algenist C+ Genius serum
Algenist C+ Genius eye cream
Aveeno body wash
Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream - I like the Premium better
Origins Nite-a-mins night cream
Sunday Riley Luna Oil - maybe I just didn't have enough time to see results, but I didn't notice it doing anything much
bliss foot patrol, eucalytus/aloe - the smell was not great, really medicinal
Buxom lip gloss in something unmemorable, the label fell off
Josie Maran Black Oil mascara
MUFE HD Powder - not a huge fan of HD powders anymore, and I'd buy a cheaper dupe if I were
Algenist Sublime Defense Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Vanille
Marc Jacobs Highliner Brown(out) - this was good while it lasted, but then it dried up suddenly and fell out of the tube to who knows where... demoted from Love to Meh for this reason.
Sephora eye makeup remover
Clinique acne treatment
Bumble & bumble Thickening shampoo & conditioner
Chanel lifting eye cream
Gardener's Hand Healer hand cream
philosophy back to nurture cream - it worked ok, but it pilled up with everything
I will be trying that Bliss Foot cream soon. Any specific details on why it was meh? I am so tired of foot creams that do not moisturize. They're for feet, which have really thick skin. If they're not thick, they will not even crack the surface.
Mostly the smell. It absorbed really well (almost too well?). I am confident that if used regularly it would moisturize well, but it didn't seem to do much on one application. And the smell made me not want to apply it very often.
It's great! Sephora sold it for awhile, but not anymore. It's water-based, and you can tell; it's not really "lotiony" in the greasy or creamy sense. Gets all kinds of makeup off very easily. It works best if you wipe off with a tissue and then cleanse with something else. I would use it to take off my makeup when I got home from work, and then wash my face for real closer to bed time. It worked really well for that because it didn't leave my face either sticky or dry.
I'm trying out some micellar water removers now, but I may end up going back to this.
Good to know! Next time I'm at the department store, I'll check out the texture, but I think you've enabled me on this one I'm usually a fan of a double cleanse, so this would totally work out well!
These are great empties. I'm impressed you have so many items that (at least for me) are hard to use up like lip glosses and eye primer. How was the Murad hydrating toner spray? I like having a move hydrating one to spritz on during the day when I feel my skin getting dry. Previously used Fresh's rose one and now using Jurilique's Rose one.
I love it, I have the full size. It is a bit heavy on the glycerin, so if that would bother you then maybe not. I have their Vitamin C toner also, and it's almost as hydrating. Love both of them.
I'll have to go try it out in store. Looks like it is the second ingredient in my Fresh toner after water so clearly it doesn't bother me. Does it feel texturally thick? For example, I love the results of the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum but I don't care for the texture of it at all. It's definitely taken some getting used to.
Yes. The stickiness is what gets me about the Truth Serum. I used to LOVE PTR's Camu Camu serum for that reason because it was lightweight, absorbed quickly, and wasn't sticky. But then they seemed to have reformulated it and it was never the same.
Items I have repurchased are
tarte maracuja oil
shu uemura cleansing oil
amorepacific treatment enzyme peel
luna sleeping night oil
algenist retinol firming and lifting serum
shu uemura tsuya skin youthful bouncy fine cream
bite lip wipes
sephora express eyemakeup remover
I like the Glamglow flashmud brightening treatment as well but am still going through samples of it.
I am impressed with your empty fragrance vials. I've never finished one, even the ones that arrive almost empty because they've spilled. Did you finish (what I am assuming is) Naked Dolly? I have a hard time wearing it. Every line gets highlighted.
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I haven't been using my actual perfume bottles for almost a year now cause I started a self challenge to use up my vials. I can get through a vial in about 3-4 days. I am probably one of those stinky perfume ladies that chokes people out of a room, lol.
Yeah I got all the way through it. My lips are pale so any lines are not obvious on me. I used it religiously at night between dinner and bedtime til it was gone. Since I started participating in this empties thread I've been trying to target products to empty.
I just moved on to the Smashbox pout gloss. It's huge! It may take me three or four months to polish it off.