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 have so many empties over the past few months that I recycled to ORIGINS.

"Bring any cosmetic brand empty container into any Origins retail store & we’ll recycle it for you for FREE. All returned packing is sent back to a central location where products will be recycled or used for energy recovery."

Favorites/Will Buy

  • Origins Checks & Balances
  • Kiss My Face Moisture Shave (Peaceful Patchouli)
  • Kiss My Face Moisturizer (Lavender & Shea)
  • Skin Food Black Sugar Face Scrub (Korean company-loved the scent and exfoliating sugars in this)
  • Skin Food Strawberry Mask
  • Mane and Tail (as you can tell by the three empty bottles, I do like this stuff and have two bottles waiting in the wings.)
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Intense (does what it says)
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief 
  • Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation (loved the texture and results after only two months or so.)
  • Mario Badescu Drying Mask (love, however, I just bought a similar mask from Origins (Out of Trouble 10 minute mask) that works just as good)
  • Boots Botanics Softening Body Wash (light scent, nice feel)
  • Murray's (it will be another 10 years before I finish my new tin)

Liked, not loved/Maybe Re-buy

  • Matrix Curl Life Spiraling Spray Gel & "Contouring Milk" (it appears they might not even make this anymore.)
  • Tresseme Flawless Curls (thick creme texture; works well, no flakes, nice hold)
  • Marc Anthony Strictly Curls (similar to every other decent to good curl creme)
  • Physician's Formula eyeliners, browns and blacks. (I'm not sure they are worth the PF price, but when they go on sale, I'll probably get them again.)
  • Clinique Acne Solutions (not as instant as I would like it to work; still good though.)
  • Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser (decent, but I've found better waterproof mascara removers like theBalm's Balm's Away and Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil.)
  • Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer (I really like this one, but there are so many out there I have yet to try)
  • B&BW Cherry Blossom Scrub (I've always liked this scent and thought this was a nice body/elbow/foot scrub)
  • Paula's Choice Foundation Sample (medium coverage, semi-matte finish)

Hated/Will Not Buy

  • Blinc Mascara, same issue as BW, itchy eyes. The formula was too wet for my liking.
  • Too Faced Lash Injection, thankfully this was from a set. I would never buy this thick, goopy mascara
  • Sephora Volumizing Mascara, weird brush, blah formula
  • Olay moisturizer 
  • Clean & Clear "Mattifying" Moisturizer  (blah)
  • Neutrogena Blackhead Scrub (a little too rough for a scrub and I did not like the smell of it)
  • The Body Shop White Musk Spritzer
  • B&BW Midnight Pomegranate (too sweet smelling)




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I got a Mario Badescu mask as a GWP from Ulta.  I opened it a couple of weeks ago, and it looks like dried up clay.  It is an off white color.  If I have the same one you have, what are the directions for use?  The sample does not say, so I was going to Google it to see how it works and if it is normal to look like that.

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Where do you get your skin food items?? I'm so interested in trying all of those masks!

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I'm sorry for not getting back to you much, much sooner.

We have a couple of Skin Food Stores in the Bay Area.

One is in the Stonestown Mall, San Francisco

And there is another one in the Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara/San Jose.


On the website, they also have stores in

Flushing ChinaTown, NY (Roosevelt Ave.)

Another in Flushing, NY   (Northern Blvd)

Valley Plaza, Bakersfield, CA

Northridge, CA

Glendale Galleria, Glendale, CA

Los Cerritos, CA

Irving, CA

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So I did some makeup cleanup and didn't take a picture of all but let me tell you about these products here from left to right.

The tarte eyeliner was very thin, I did like it, it was perfect for tight lining. The purple eyeliner wasn't very well pigmented, definite pass. kvd mascara.. i liked it at the start but then it got to be as bothersome as the benefit they're real mascara. the ud liquid liner.. i liked the tip but not the formula, felt too runny for me. blinc mascara made my eyes water, i did give it a couple of tries, including the other day wearing just that to test it out again.. and yes, definitely something in the mascara that my eyes can't stand. 


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What brand is the purple eyeliner? Is it Styli-Style?

I disliked the Blinc mascara too. I have another formula of their's to try, however, the first one made my eyes itchy too, so I'm not looking forward to it.

Thanks for the reviews

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It's NYC, I bought it cause it was cheap but, sometimes you get hits, sometimes you get oh nos.. this was definitely and oh no. It does show some color, but I dont want to puncture my skin to get some deep color like the one seen. 

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Mid-Month Empties:smileyhappy:IMG_0808.JPG


Will/Have Repurchased:

Herbal Essence Body Wash - Rose

Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

GlamGlow Youth Mud

Benefit Porefessional

Joico K Pak Hair Mask

UD Deslick Setting Spray

Smashbox Photofinish Blemish Control Primer

MUFE HD Primer


Might Repurchase:

Not Your Mother's Way To Grow Shampoo

Not Your Mother's Way To Grow Conditioner

Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara

LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty

Korres Mattifying Treatment

Michael Todd Organic Lemon Toner


Will Not Be Repurchasing:

UD Pore Perfecting Primer

Touch in Sol Feel like Honey moon Skin Base

Hempz Coconut & Watermelon Body Wash

ELF Makeup Removing Wipes

ELF Exfoliating Makeup Removing Wipes

Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur

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I don't really have much to photograph, but I have TONS of empties. For one, I have my Lights, Camera, Splashes mascara from Tarte (I love it!), I also have the Neutrogena face cleansers, in both hydrating and foaming. Along with that, my Neutrogena blackhead eliminating daily scrub, same with my Nivea Lip Butter, Smith's Minted Rose lip balm, and Smith's Rosebud salve. 

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I don't have any makeup empties to photograph, but these are my empty YCs for the month so far.  I had a collection of over 200 large jars (I even worked for the company back in 2010 to get the employee discount after my 9-5 job) but I alternated jars so much that I never finished the jars.  Then I had two kids, and I don't like to burn when they are babies.  Now I'm trying to burn through my megastash so that I have some room in the bathroom closet and the boys' bedroom closets.  My goal is to fit them all on the candle bookshelf by December, and burn through those within 2 years.  I've developed a love for Front Porch Candle Company tarts and I just want all these candles gone! :smileytongue:


After this space gets filled I remove the wax then recycle the containers.





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I'm working on getting through my candles (many Yankees) too!  How do you get the wax out once you've burned them down?

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Pop the jars in the freezer for an hour. The wax will fall right out if you gently tap the jar on the counter! Cleanest and easiest way!

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Great!  I will try this.  Thanks!

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Gentle is the key word, I've seen glass shatter after coming from a cold freezer.

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A hot water bath will do the trick.

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I've been so busy and haven't posted in a while. Here's two months worth of empties!


August Empties


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Would Repurchase:

Biologique Recherce P50V

Bioelements Calmitude Hydrating Solution

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum Sample

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Leaders Insoution Aloe Soothing Skin Renewal Mask x2

Leaders Insolution Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch

L’Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo

Redken All Soft Heavy Cream

Cerave Renewing SA Lotion x 2


Maybe Repurchase:

Sulwhasoo Essential Renewing Eye Cream

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Leaders Insolution Mediu 2 Step Sheet Mask Pore Tightening & Brightening

Bath and Body Works Candles: Gelato, Salt Water Taffy & Summer Boardwalk

Dr. Teal’s Epdom Soaking Solution with Eucalyptus & Spearmint

Banana Boat Sport Cool Zone Sunscreen SPF 30


Not Going to Repurchase:

Bath & Body Works Creamy Body Wash Warm Sugar

Bath & Body Works Shower Gel in Juniper Breeze

Bath & Body Works Tripe Moisture Body Cream in Black Raspberry Vanilla

Bath & Body Works Tripe Moisture Body Cream in Secret Wonderland

Skinceuticals Hydrating GB5 Gel

Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9 x2

Chanel Eye Makeup Remover

Ole Henrinksen Utimate Lift Eye Gel

Leaders Insolution Pore Clinic Blackhead Sheet x2

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

Kate Somerville Age Arrest Eye Cream

Derma E Very Clear Spot Treatment

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Serum

Ioma Optimal Moisture Cream x4

Derma E Very Clear Spot Treatment

Nest Amazon Lilly Sample



September Empties


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Would Repurchase:

Sulwahasoo Essential Balancing Toner

Sulwahasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion

Coppertone Kids No Tear Sunscreen SPF 50

Cerave SA Renewing Lotion

Prescription Retinoid

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum

Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster

Dr. Jart Black Label Detox Beauty Balm

Maybeline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Brown & Black

D&G Passion Eye Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Ardell Eyebrow & Eyelash Serum

Godefroy Double Lash & Brow Serum


Not Going to Repurchase:

Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant

Olay Profession ProX Spot Fading Treatment

Phytorelax Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream

Clinique Super Moisture Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Leaders Insolution Pore Clinic Blackhead Sheet x2

Banana Boat Protective Dry Oil SPF 15

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm

MUAC Mandaelic Acid Peel

MUAC Lactic Acid 40% Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster

Dr. Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm

Sephora Lashes

Ardell Lashes 109 & 110

Paco Rabanne Lady Million



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Oh, you didn't like Lavanilla? Why? I was going to buy one!

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Wow sorry I didn't see this... It's an alright deodorant. It just dries out sooo fast and starts crumbling half used. It also stains my clothing.

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I have been using the Lemon one since May (and I walk around in Florida heat btw). I put it on when I'm out of the shower so that more applies, when I put it on dry skin it doesn't activate as much.

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i tried the lavanilla deodorant too...its still sitting mostly unused in my bathroom because it SUCKS!!!  it didn't do a dang thing and left me smelly :smileysad: i don't wanna be smelly!!!

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Wow.  Great emptying.  I am finally going to try the Better than Sex mascara soon.  I've put it off long enough.

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