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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JAN + FEB empties
L'occitane hand cream: lots of backups
It was okay:
Nuxe Rive de Miel: it lasted so long, it was okay but didn't blown me away
Vicky micellar water: I had so much of this stuff, I am finally finished my last bottle...I am going back to bioderma
Avene Tolerance Extreme: it was moisturizing, but felt a little thick, La Roche Posay toleriane ultra is still my HG
3 foundation samples: Dior nude, Shu Uemura architect, Giorgio Armani luminous silk: I am looking for a new foundation, they are all good, but I think I am going for the YSL touché éclat foundation
It was not okay:
Marc Jacobs lip balm: it came in last year's rouge promo but I forgot about it in one of my bags. basically, it's the least moisturizing lip balm I have ever came across. I didn't finish this deluxe sample but I am glad I found that out without having to pay $30 for it.
Full size: 4
Deluxe sample: 1
I am going to keep a tally throughout the year to see how much I can finish! Jan + Feb wasn't the best months but 4 full size isn't tooooo bad. I really want to work on going through more the samples in my stash though.
Loves (have repurchased, will repurchase):
Lush Celebrate Body Lotion
Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
Lush So White Shower Gel
Lush Love Locket Bath Bomb
Like (may or may not repurchase):
Lush Snowcake Soap (not bad, but there are other scents I like better)
PTR Max Sheer SPF Lotion (pretty standard sunscreen, nothing amazing)
Disney H20 Grapefruit Shower Gel (smells good, basic shower gel)
Tatcha Luminous Mist (almost a love, but I went through the bottle very quickly for the price)
Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation (interesting, would need to try more)
Mary Kay Creme Lipstick (not bad, this was a really old sample, though!)
Sephora Cotton Pads (been buying these on and off for years, good inexpensive alternative to Shiseido)
Fresh Black Tea Mask (I don't think it did anything, would need to try more)
Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil (nice smell, basic cleanser)
Josie Maran Argan Oil (been buying this on and off for years)
Tom Ford Velvet Orchid (not bad, would need to try more)
Gucci Guilty Diamonds (not bad, would need to try more)
Prada Candy Florale (not bad, would need to try more)
Chloe Love Story (not bad, would need to try more)
Tory Burch Tory Burch (not bad, would need to try more)
Dislike (will not repurchase):
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment (didn't care for the color or smell of this on my face)
Benefit They're Real Mascara (throwing this out, not worth trying to finish)
Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment (made my hair sticky and dry)
Lea Journo Pro Series Shampoo Creme (I love her original shampoo, but this product was too drying)
Anthony Hydrating Treatment Gel (not hydrating, made my skin bright red with a burning sensation)
Lancome Dullness Relief Daily Lotion (too drying)
here we are with februarys empties!!
these are products i wouldn’t hesitate to repurchase! in fact…i already have!!!
~ brow whiz (soft brown): this is hg status for me!! my brows just don’t feel the same without it. the colour is a perfect match for my brows, the pencil is thin and creates a realistic looking brow and the spoolie is amazing!
~glyosomed hand cream: this is hg status in the winter for me. i use it on my hands and feet. it’s the only thing i’ve found that is strong enough to keep me from cracking but isn’t greasy.
these are products that i liked but i’m still on the hunt for “something better”. i may or may not repurchase in the future
~ benefit boi ing concealer – this lasted quite a long time. the colour match was pretty good and i could use it for covering blemishes, and starting the under eye conceal – but it creased like crazy if i didn’t set with powder asap.
~revlon whipped colour stay foundation (shade 330 true beige) – i actually really like this foundation! i have combo/dry skin and it doesn’t cling to my dry patches. i’ve gone through 3 of these. realistically i’m going to repurchase at some point but i want to play
~sephora daily brush cleaner – this cleaned my brushes well enough for a daily spot treatment. its ok but i have something else that i’m currently trying
~first aid beauty facial radiance pads – i like these for days when i’m breaking out. i feel like it gives me a little extra exfoliation that i need without being too abrasive. i currently have another package that i’m working on.
these are products that i wouldn’t repurchase if you paid me!
~ ponds wet cleansing towelettes – i hate these!!! these were dry, didn’t clean the makeup off my face and irritated my skin. no thank you!
~vaseline cocoa butter – i think the issue with this is the bottle was too big and i got bored! when i started using it i remember liking it, but now i’m just over it! it seems greasy feeling and just not moisturizing enough
~devacurl ultra defining gel and styling cream: both of these are hg status for me! i could not and will not live without them!!! my hair loves them!
~bareminerals mineral veil: i haven’t repurchased yet because i have something “similar” its been like a week – i already miss it!
~benefit porefessional primer – this just works with my skin. evens out my skin leaving me with a smooth surface for foundation!
~kat von d – unlock it makeup removing wipes: these are amazing!!! the amount of makeup taken off with one swipe was amazing!!
~glamglow thirsty mud – this leaves my skin feeling hydrated. i can really feel the difference after using this!
~glam glow powermud dual cleanse – this leaves my face feeling deep cleaned but not stripped and dry
~algenist complete eye renewal balm and anti aging moisturizer – these are amazing!! they leave me hydrated and my skin feeling fresh
~shiseido ultimure power infusing concentrate – i just don’t feel like this did anything.
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Did not finish - Exfolikate and Diorshow primer. The primer fried my lashes. Exfolikate didn't do anything for me at all.
Finished - Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher, Brightmud, Juice Sensitive Peel and Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. The Omorovicza is like the TH Regen Cleanser and slightly more expensive. It also smells like blue bath salt. Ew. Brightmud did nothing for me. The Juice was too weak, I'd like to try full strength. I loved the Resurfacing Mask, I think I'd pay more to get this instead of the Ren glycolic peel.
I think I've also finished two deep steep hand creams in addition to this lotion bottle. Love dis stuff. The BM is my stable mositurizer, also love. The Bite gloss is the last of the gloss trio from the fall. I have one more trio, a single, and the one I have open. Nine months of gloss left? The Flowerbomb is what I had on my bedside, since I baby my rollerball out of paranoia.
I'm also curious for more details about your experience with the Dior primer. I have been wanting to get it and I've heard nothing but awesome praise about it. But I want to hear how it affected you as well.
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I'm planning to try the Tart and Urban Decay primers sometime to see if they are any better or if I run into the same issues. The Dior does add drama to the lashes, it was amazing. But the formula is too harsh.
Sorry to hear the Dior eyelash primer didn't work for you. I personally love it and use it everyday under mascara.
when you say it fried your lashes, what do you mean? Did it dry it out and make it brittle ?
Yes, it did dry out my lashes. I noticed a lot more fall out and difficulty removing mascara that would otherwise remove fairly easily. I am interested in some other primers to see if I can get the effect without the downsides.
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My February empties. I don't really need to repurchase anything, as I have plenty of other products and samples to use up, so I'm dividing my list into likes and dislikes.
- Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long and Strong shampoo and conditioner: Perfectly serviceable, though I have other S&Cs I've liked more. I like the squeeze-tube packaging.
- Burt's Bees sensitive makeup remover wipes: my HG
- Marc Jacobs Makeout lip balm: It's lip balm; you can't really go wrong.
- Josie Maran BearNaked and Butter London Scrubbers nail polish remover wipes: These both smelled great and really worked. But I have 1.5 bottles of traditional polish remover to get through.
- Bliss Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream: Dunno if it recharged my skin, but it was a nice, light moisturizer.
- GlamGlow eye pod: Love these, really takes care of my dark circles and puffiness.
- Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover: my HG
- Sephora Ginseng mask: The scent was so off-putting. The only mask from this collection that I dislike.
- Random Algenist eye cream: The name wore off the tub. It was OK.
- Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Night Cream & Bareminerals Prime Time primer: Once I used up the night cream, I depotted the rest of the primer into the container. Both were OK, but I wouldn't repurchase.
- GlamGlow SuperCleanse in-store sample: This did nothing and I never felt like my skin was clean.
- Illamasqua Hydra Veil primer: Gel consistency was too slippery. You can't buy this in NA anymore anyway.
- Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara: Clump city.
- Marc Jacobs Blaquer mascara: Good only for a few weeks before it clumped up. The good thing is that the formula doesn't smudge.
- Benefit Total Moisture cream: This made my skin burn.
- Dr. Jart Ceramidin cream: Too thick and hard to absorb into skin.
- AmorePacific Future Response day and night eye creams: Nothing special. I have a ton more samples of this that I might just give away.
- Dior Hydra Life eye cream: Nothing special; sort of a weird fragrance.
- Clarins Multi-Active cream: Nothing special.
- Verso Super Eye Serum: not hydrating enough.
Love (this list is going to be short, I'm picky):
Origins Ginzing (have finished many jars, just used a sample)
Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin (OMG this scent! I wish it weren't so insanely expensive )
Origins Make a difference hand cream (this is awesome, already purchased full size. smells great, very moisturizing)
Like (liked to use but not enough to buy again - at least not soon)
MUFE lipstick N9 from last birthday
Dr. Dennis Gross Beta peel extra strength formula
Living Proof no frizz shampoo+conditioner
Murad intensive age-diffusing serum
Chloe Eau de Parfum
Boscia Cleansing Oil-Gel
Repetto eau de toilette
Did not like (Not for me)
Burberry Brit Rhythm - this smells so powdery, I can't even describe it.
FAB face cleanser - I don't know why but my face never felt clean after using it...
Philosophy Miracle Worker night cream - balled up like crazy on my face
Sephora body scrub in Vanilla - doesn't exfoliate properly and overpriced
PTR cucumber gel mask - I didn't feel like it did anything for me
Clinique DDML+ I liked the original DDML but this is too much... I don't think it absorbs properly
Secret De Nuit Intense hydration regenerating night cream (for hair; I don't see the point of this product)
Prada Candy Florale
Stella McCartney eau de parfum
Will have to round up my empties this weekend! I've been prone to hoarding empty packaging and samples so I think this thread will be a good way to help me move on and free up some space for other stuff.
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- Sephora triple action cleansing water
- ACT mouthwash
- Hawaiian tropic sunscreen- I use this on my hand, arms, neck and ears through out the day (I sit near a window at work). I actually love the coconut smell
- Caudalie hand and nail cream- love love love
- Nutranail 5 to 7 day growth- this is discontinued
- Hourglass film noir mascara
- Hourglass(deluxe sample) lipstick in grace
- NARS stick concealer
- OH sheer transformations- a daily use product just trying to use up samples
Meh (will not repurchase)
- Dr. Jart+ All that and firm mask
- Bit lip wipes- Loved the wipe I had a dark red lipstick that I know to stain my lips, but I used this wipe and the lipstick came off with no remaining stain. The reason I put it in “meh” is because of their price I probably wouldn’t repurchase
- Loccitane rose hand cream- this is good stuff just not as good as the Caudalie hand cream
- UD lip liner in native- good lip liner it’s just the color was too dark for me so it darkened up all my lipsticks.
- YSL babydoll mascara- I liked this mascara on it’s own, but I found it started to flake off by the end of my workday. It did not work well with my Dior lash maximizer which is HG for me so this is a no go for me.
- Korres wild rose 24 hour moisturizer- I love the sleeping mask, but this moisturizer was just meh for me
- Jurlique rose mist- I saw no difference using this product but the small spray bottle is cute and I will reuse it.
- Phyto secret de nuit- I saw no difference using this product
- Sample of Flower bomb- I like this scent a lot, but it is strong. It lingers a loooong time on me.
Did not like
- REN radiance mask- just didn’t work with my skin
- Loccitane almond shower oil- the product itself was fine, but I struggled to get the cap open every single time I went to use it. It was so frustrating!!!
- Formula X nail strengthener- didn’t strengthen my nails I ended up using it as a top coat
- Viva la juicy- I used to love this scent to the point that I had backup roller balls. But my likes have changed and I am over this scent. It was all I could do to use this up, the backup roller balls have been donated.
- LOccitane shea butter- this was too greasy for my likes but the small tin container is adorable and I will reuse it.
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Loves - would (re)purchase
- FAB Ultra Repair Cream
- Nugg Revitalizing Face Mask - this has peppermint oil so it does sting, not terribly for me but I can tell this is not for ppl with sensitive skin but I actually really enjoyed it
- Glamglow Youthcleanse
- BB Solid Cleanser - my fave product to clean brushes hands down
- ABH Dipbrow - all ready broke out a backup. It's my HG for brows. This is the jar that I bought right when the Dipbrow first came out and was only available on the ABH website. It took me this long to finish it!
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day line - the name says it all!
- Soap & Glory Scrub Em and Leave Em Body Buff - sadly not carried at Sephora anymore
- KVD Makeup Removing Wipes - I love the sample packets that have 2 wipes each, I always try to keep these in my purse
- Benefit's Porefessional
- Cover Fx Calming Primer
- Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
- Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
Would Not (Re)purchase
- Marula Cleansing Lotion
- Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer
- Loreal OleoTerapy Shampoo and Conditioner - worst smelling hair products I've ever used
- Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo
- Nude Skincare Overnight Repair Mask
- Up and Up Cleansing Towelettes
- Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
- IT Cosmetics Age Defying Primer
- Omorovicza Balancing Moisturizer
- Boscia Oil Free Nightly Hydration
Loves (have repurchased, will repurchase):
Carol's Daughter Hair Milk
Caudalie Cleansing Water
Lea Journo Hydrating Shampoo (this stuff smells amazing, and I love that it doesn't lather)
Kate Somerville Exfolikate
Like (may or may not repurchase):
Lea Journo Hydrating Conditioner
Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream (almost a love, need to try more)
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum
Amore Pacific Age Defense Dual Eye Cream (almost a love, need to try more)
PTR Rose Gel Mask
Josie Maran Argan Oil (been buying this for years, time to move on to other things)
Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Algenist Algae Brightening Mask (not a fan of messy masks, but this made my skin so smooth after)
Dior J'Adore Perfume Sample
Acqua Di Parma Mirto di Panarea Perfume Sample
Acqua Di Parma Bergamotto di Calabria Perfume Sample
Boscia Red Konjac Sponge (almost a love, but I am currently using the Eve Lom muslin cloth, which now surpasses my love for this sponge)
BareMinerals BareSkin in Bare Sand (like, although this color is darker than I need)
Dislike (meh, can't see myself repurchasing):
DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel (leaves my curls too dry)
Lancome Dullness Relief Daily Lotion (very drying and smells like alcohol)
Verso Super Eye Serum (stung my undereyes pretty bad)
Buxom Lash Mascara (this packaging was so annoying, I finally gave up)
Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar (whatever)
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Loves - Would Repurchase
Chanel Giggle gloss - MY HG lipgloss! I can’t e without this. I’m the crazy person who has 4 backups of this at all times so as soon as one finished I automatically buy a new one.
YSL touche eclat #3 - HG ben using this for 10 years now. Absolutely love it!
YSL Shocking Mascara - Love this stuff I’ll repurchase once I use a few more
Fresh Rose Gel Eye cream - Really liked this. I have dry under eyes and this did moisturize them. I have too many other samples but I’d consider purchasing this as a day cream.
Fresh Sugar Lychee Bath & Shower Gel - Smells so good! I love all of the Fresh shower gels.
Fresh Soy Cleanser - Really like this. It grew on me. I’ve tried it a few times and never loved it just liked it. I do’t know what changed but I fell in love with this.
Tata Harper Resurfacing mask - Great mask. Prefer this to the Ren’s mask.
Rodial Glamtox cleansing balm - Where has this been all my life? I randomly picked this up and O-M-G. It’s beautiful. It comes in a pump so super hygienic. A little goes a very long way. Makes my skin glow. Take off every trace of make up. It is perfume heavy but I don’t mind that so it will sting the eyes. I’m already using a back up!
Beautyblender Blendercleanser - My standard brush cleanser.
Nivea SkinMilk - Picked this up in Japan and I regret not getting more. I have very dry skin with eczema and the occasional psoriasis. I need heavy duty moisturizers. I bought this and the first time I used it I was very skeptical about it, like the name suggests it’s a milk. The consistency was very watery and thin but somehow managed to moisturize my skin like my other thicker options.
La Sana Hair Essence Oil - Also picked this up in Japan. Made my hair so shiny! Loved the smell too
Shiseido Cottons - My go to for cottons.
Caudalie Foot Cream - My favorite foot cream! Leaves my feet soft and well moisturized. Also sinks in very fast which is something I look to in a foot cream.
PTR AHA/BHA clearing gel - Picked up a full size of this. It keeps all the clogged pores I get on my chin at bay!
OH Lemon Peel - HG Peel! Have a full size of this and plenty f other deluxe samples!
Sensodyne toothpaste - Love this stuff for when I whiten my teeth or they’re feeling sensitive
B&BW Endless Weekend body scrub - I usually prefer scrubs that leave an oil behind. This scrub didn’t do that in fact it foamed but it didn’t leave my skin dry at all. The scent was great and this was great for removing all traces of sunscreen during summer or as a pre-shaving scrub.
John Masters Organics Bloody Orange & Vanilla Body Milk - Smelled very fresh and moisturized my skin well.
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub Tropical Mango - The smell was divine! I love tropical scents reminds me of Brazil and my childhood. This left my skin very soft and left some oil on my skin which I absolutely love!
Daisy Dream - Smelled good. I’d use this as a day scent
BVLGARI Mon Jasmi Noir - Love this, I have a full size.
Fresh Seaberry Body Cream - This lotion sinks in the skin super fast I like especially for humid FL. Smells great and tastes sweet? Don’t ask me how I know that. The scent does linger but it isn’t overpowering where it clashes with your perfume. Love fresh!
B&BW Wall plug in Leaves - Love this smell and it fills the whole room.
Josie Maran Argan Oil - I don’t use this on my face. In fact I’m not a fan of this on my face. I like to add this as a hot oil treatment on my hair before washing it. Also, love to add it to my body moisturizers or hand/foot lotions.
Laneige Perfect Renew skin Refiner - Leaves my skin soft and keeps it clear.
AQUIESSE Cambria Pine - This is so $$$$$$ but I’m a sucker for a good candle. I love the smell of pines and this did not disappoint. It lasted me a long time as well. Will repurchase again during the holidays.
Wish Body Butter Pomegranate - Used this while I traveled and surprisingly I loved this stuff. The smell is very faint and left my skin super super soft.
Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant - HG for the gym! No one likes a stinky sweaty betty.
Likes - Maybe I’d repurchase
Revive Fermitif Neck Renewal Cream - I like this, made my neck very smooth but for now my neck isn’t a concern. I just use all my serums/cream on my neck anyways so I wouldn’t repurchase this. Besides the crazy $$$$.
D&G Dolce - At first I loved this stuff then it was meh I wouldn’t repurchase it.
Sephora Brush Shampoo - Was ok but I have so many brush cleansers open atm I wouldnt repurchase this right away.
Fresh Seaberry Oil - I’m allergic to an ingredient in this so I didn’t use it on my face. I like to add oils to my hand lotions to give it a boost. My hands felt super soft and had an unusual glow to them. I wouldn’t repurchase this but I’d use it again if another deluxe size came my way
Caudalie Vinopefect SPF 15 Fluid - I liked this but I don’t use anything below SPF30 especially on my face!
Dermadoctor KP Duty - This doesn’t get rid of bumps as it claims. It did leave my skin smooth. I liked it but wouldn’t repurchase.
Yu-Be Foaming skin polish - Same as above. Good but not great wouldn’t repurchase.
C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream - Liked this except for the scent. Way TOO STRONG for me.
Meh - Not for me
Maybelline MAster Precise liner in black - Was in need of a cheap liner during a trip. This was awful! From day 1 this was never eve BLACK!
Cutex Non-Acetone Polish Remover - The smell is AWFUL. I just couldn’t get past it.
PTR Neuroliquid Volufill Youth Moisturizing blah blah blah- Longest name ever! This gave a terrible rash. My skin is still trying to recover itself.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream - I started to use Shiseido when I was 15. It has never let me down until this product. I have dry under eyes so when Sephora decided to give me about 10 samples of this on an online order I was stoked! It went on so nice! The next day I woke up with milia and dryer then usual in that area
Benefit Porefessional - I just don’t get it. I know it’s all popular but this just doesn’t work with my dry skin. It makes my skin even more dry and patchy. Also I notice every time I try this I get a random whitehead here and there.
Smashbox photo finish lid primer - Not the best eye primer. Also, this made my eyeshadows somehow not show up as true to color.
Givenchy Very Irresistible - Although I got lots of compliments while wearing this, it just didn’t feel like a me scent. I like musky and woody scents. This was somewhat too girly for me lol