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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Yes! Managed to save many of my empties this month, I usually throw them out.
Love - Tatcha Body Butter & Hand Cream (Repurchased), Sephora Green Tea Mask (Repurchased)
Like - Missha Mask, Glamglow Supercleanse (purchased full-size) & Brightmud (22 more packs to go, lol), Kate Nourish, Bite Lip Wipes (Might repurchase)
Indifferent - Boscia Cleanser, PTR Serum, Tatcha Serum, SK-II mask (Repurchased)
At least I didn't hate anything this month. LOL.
Nice! I'm so tempted by the Tatcha website and trial sets, but haven't pulled the trigger yet on anything.
(Also, I think I had my thread sorted the wrong way and replied to some posts from 2013 before I realized, oops! I'm sure 2013 will be so interested in my comments.)
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I first indulged in a few small purchases of travel sizes: the body butter, the hand cream, the cleansing oil, GWP of the blotting linens and rice enzyme powder.
Then a Ruelala offer came so I bought a ritual trial kit for oily skin, the full-size of the body butter and hand cream, and got the eye cream as GWP.
Overall, I love the cleansing oil and body butter. The rice enzyme powder is also nice and I can see myself repurchasing it after I finish the three I have, lol. Oh, I really like the blotting linens! They're the first I have used that do not take off any makeup along with oil when I press them on my face. I didn't expect to like the blotting linens as much as I do. I think the serum and face cream are nice too, but not necessarily life-changing for me.
I've already picked out some products I'm targeting to use up in May (BM redness remedy and Jurlique Love Balm, I can see pan on the balm). I've also gotten reacquainted with my Vice3 palette and fallen back in love with it.
BM Blemish powder - it works, tames inflammation, red bumps and whiteheads alike when they come up.
Tata Harper Regen cleanser - sometimes I get bumps on my forehead that linger and never resolve to a point where the BM Blemish powder can do anything. This stuff polishes them off.
Ren Glycolic Lactic peel. I'm trying out a Jurlique enzyme product right now and not as strong smelling as Ren. This product is the bar for how a good a peel should be for me.
Perversion - I can see why it is a standby mascara for so many. Not quite the effect I want though.
ABH Brow Wiz ash brown - worked really well but the NYX micro brow is the exact same product with texture application and firmness AND a spoolie but it's $10 msrp. I broke off the tip to see how much was left in the ABH after I couldn't crank it up anymore. There was a quarter inch of product left in the dispenser tube- but it's firmly wedged in and who wants to use the little flimsy dispenser tube to try and draw on brows?! I nearly had my eyes roll back in my head when I saw that, for a $21 product I hated leaving that much on the table.
The purple Tarte bottle actually had PTR Oilless in it (who wants to use a liquid product without a dropper??). I am stalking the product on another site that regularly has this stuff 20% off, it works great under makeup by itself, or I use it after washing my face under moisturizer and my skin isn't as dry. I figure buying full size that would last around five months if my rate of usage on this sample was a good barometer. All the raves, all the stars for this review.
Jurlique Purely Bright - I've nearly fixed the uneven spots from a two year old sunburn spot. If I ever do something that silly again, you can bet I'd buy a bottle of this.
Ulta Nail Remover pads - Thicker polish or glitter, these don't do that well and they dry out fast. More like one pad does one hand... most of the time. I really want to get the OPI lavender wipes again, they were large and didn't dry out too fast or shred to bits.
Subversion - this stuff is a gloppy mess and doesn't stay on my lashes (well it only grabs on to a few). The UD rep was surprised and said maybe it is because I have citrus in my cleanser (Juice). uhhh maybe? I think other than how runny the formula is, the applicator isn't the best design for distributing product evenly. When you can get it on, it does enhance the look of dramatic longer thicker lashes but it really isn't worth the extra time in my routine to tease it there.
Kelloua, the subversion might work better with either a spoolie brush or one of the Sephora disposable applicators. Give it a shot? I'm just not dedicated enough to the lash primer idea to get fiddly with the wands.
Love (have repurchased, will repurchase):
Perricone Cold Plasma Eye (been buying this on and off for years, first time it's a love!)
Lush Cupid's Love Soap (smells great, love the Lush experience!)
Like (may or may not repurchase):
Drybar Southern Belle Mousse (like it, but wish it had more hold for my curls)
Drybar Sake Bomb Conditioner (almost a love, smells good, very conditioning, pricey)
Dial Triple Moisture Body Wash (basic, inexpensive body wash)
Tresemme Smooth & Silky Conditioner (basic, inexpensive conditioner)
Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial (not bad)
Ole Henriksen Power Peel (good results, but intensive and long process)
Shiseido Green Honey Cake (almost a love, smells amazing, great experience, a little drying)
Tarte Eyelash Primer (not bad)
DevaCurl Light Defining Gel (still can't get this to work for my hair, wish it weren't so drying)
Dislike (won't repurchase):
Buxom Lash Domination Mascara (can't stand the brush, throwing these out)
Shiseido Ultimune Concentrate (smelled like alcohol to me)
When I was debating switching to DevaCurl the advice that a SA with curly hair gave me is that it is most effective when you use their no poo and conditioner as well. Accordingly, I use the no poo, their one condition, their styling cream and light defining gel and together I find that my hair is healthier and softer, my curls/waves are more defined than anything else I've tried. I do still use regular shampoo + conditioner on the days I don't wear my hair curly (currently madly in love with Davines Oi). I've experimented a lot with products and at least for me, no one product is a wonder product it's more about thinking about the whole system and how things work together. I've also noticed that my routine is only as good as the worst product. I was alternating Davines Oi with drugstore shampoo & conditioner to save money and sadly it wasn't until I stopped using drugstore products that my hair became much, much healthier. (Having my ends trimmed more frequently definitely also helped.) I know there are people who can get away with drugstore products and have amazing hair but that's just not me. My hair is fussy and can look amazing or horrible depending on what I do to it.
Unfortunately, I've tried the whole DevaCurl system, but still didn't like it for the same reasons I dropped Wen. Using conditioner-type products as a cleanser messes my scalp up something fierce! It just clogs and sufficates my pores. Everytime I get sucked back into trying it, I get disappointed again.
I also alternate between high-end and low-end hair products, just to see if I can tell a difference in my hair. Sometimes I can, sometimes I can't. I'm a pretty steady user of Carol's Daughter, and have recently begun enjoying Drybar and Lea Journo. Part of me just enjoys sampling different products, though, so I have a hard time sticking with anything for too long!
I loved the Sake Bomb at first but now I find that it makes m hair greasy after only a day or two. And I only use a little bit. I've never had anything be too moisturizing but this one is for me, I think. Usually I can go 4-5 days in between washing my hair. May try the Happy Hour next.
I'm late but here are my empties for February and March. I must say, I'm getting pretty awesome at powering through my stash! I've purchased ALMOST zero makeup and significantly less than usual skin products because I've been committed to using up everything...only you guys understand why that feels like an accomplishment, my boyfriend rolls his eyes (though he does commend me for buying less...joke's on him, I just end up buying more tools and fragrances!).
Hot Tips! If a cleanser is awful, I use it up by cleaning my brushes with it. If a serum/moisturizer/SPF is not doing it or breaks me out, I use it up on my decollate and the backs of my hands.
Batiste dry shampoo....but only if I find it for $5.99 again!
Shiseido cotton, mine and everyone elses favorite excuse to get a good promo!
Beauty Protector detangler and heat protectant - my HG, love that I can get it free from Birchbox whenever I run out!
Korres Greek Yogurt cleanser - felt nice and smells awesome, would consider purchasing if I ever ran out of face wash...
Eclos Apple stem cell cleanser - Ditto, this is a great pump bottle, gentle cleanser, love it in the shower and it's cheap when it's on sale at Ulta.
Caudalie Polyphenol serum - this stuff smells and feels awesome, but I want to try their other serums before commiting to this one.
Algenist SPF 50 - I got this on super sale with a groupon for 50% off, but when I run out of all of them I will probably buy it again. This is a great high spf physical sunscreen, serum texture, and dries very quickly. Not moisturizing, which is great for layering with moisturizer and make up or during hot weather.
Everything else is a ok or meh, but won't go out of my way to repurchase, except for
Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean foaming cleanser - How is this meant for human skin? I have not at all sensitive skin, and yet this BURNS like crazy! What is in this stuff??? Anyhow, I finished it by using it as makeup brush cleaner.
Great empties and interesting about using a cleanser on brushes. As long as it is a gentle cleanser that definitely seems like it would work.
Bummed that the Oi was just meh for you. That's my HG conditioner.
I like your cleaning brushes tip! This is just what I needed to hear right now, as I have dozens of face wash samples that I have not liked (I'm thinking of you Eve Lom), and I've been wondering how to justify tossing them! Now I don't need to
I'm going to do the same thing with that EL Perfectly clean-thanks for the tip! I thought it was awful on the skin too, but it'll do for my brushes. What was up with that EL? usually their skin products are nice..
Took forever to find the ELPC Ingredients but I would say it is the lye. wow.
Ouhhhh, a very productive month!!
I can't wait to power through all my cotton pads so I can get into those shiseido ones! I still have two packs to go. The motivation is what drives my hygiene practices😜
Lol, how is this meant for human skin! Yipes! Soap that burns the grime off! Maybe you have an allergy to one of the preservatives? Burning is never good.