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 had big plans in 2014 to keep track of my empties each month. Then the end of January came, February began, and I never quite got around to photographing them. Instead, I just kept collecting in the same big bag, so here's my 2014 collection of empties. I've finally just thrown out and recycled everything, but let me know if you have questions and I may be able to remember details on the product.
The whole disaster:
Haha, and it all fit in an average-sized paper shopping bag. I'm with you on the trash thing. I had a friend who had a Tumblr dedicated to a photo a day of everything she threw out that day. It was addicting.
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Hot tamales! That must've been quite the bag!!!
What a great collection of empties to look at though! I love looking at empties like I love looking at biore strips! Thank you for the eye candy! I can't stop looking!
I'm noticing you don't cut your packaging open to get the stuff that doesn't sqeeze out the little hole in the tubes. You can get A LOT of extra product out of "empty" tubes this way. It's surprising how much stays in there! I've gotten anywhere from two days to two weeks worth of extra product depending on what it is.
Keep your plastic sample containers and scrape the contents into them with a mini spatula. For the price per ounce of product it's a waste not to
unless,of course, you don't like the product.
I cut into my Origins charcoal mask (another love that I repurchased at the holiday sale), but I think some of the other samples I was just ready to be done with. Dang, Clinique can shove a lot of product in a little squeeze tube. Good value for your money, I guess.
As for the jar tip, I think I'll have to take you up on it. I hated the Philosophy stuff, so it was a good excuse to bin it, but I now have an eye cream in a jar that I like but hate the packaging. I think I'm going to repurpose some plastic spoons from takeout. I can use one a day and wash them when my collection dwindles, and it will prevent cross-contamination.
- GlamGlow Brightmud eye treatment
- Sephora Collection paper masks
- Sephora Collection lip balm
- YSL Touche Eclat
- YuBe lotion
- Anastasia waterproof mascara topcoat
- Burt's Bees sensitive makeup remover wipes
- Sephora Collection waterproof makeup remover
- Wet 'n' Wild waterproof mascara (although now I only get mascara samples)
- YSL, Bobbi Brown, and Marc Jacobs mascara samples that I always get more samples of when I can.
- Philosophy Take a Deep Breath and Hope in a Jar Night creams. The jar packaging is awful.
- Gorgeous Cosmetics lipstick. Both tubes went moldy after fewer than 6 months of use, a first time I've ever had lipstick go bad before it's at least a few years old.
- Josie Maran Argan Black Oil mascara. Tammy Faye—level clumps and the formula was hard to remove even with waterproof cleanser.
- L'occitane Immortelle Precious Cream. It made my skin burn and I had to wipe it off after a few seconds.
- Milani baked eyeshadow. Bloggers kept raving about Milani, which I'd always dismissed as a cheap drugstore brand. I should have stayed strong, instead I ended up with a glitter bomb eyeshadow that had no color payoff.
Aren't the Burt's Bees wipes the best? I like the white package and the green too (cucumber and sage-soothing). Much better than more expensive alternatives I've tried!
Impressive collection of empties. I love looking at it but my husband would kill me if I left all that trash inside
A lot of the full-size stuff took me more than a year to finish, and some I gave up on halfway. But I really tried to make myself use things up this past year and to weed out unused and unwanted things. That way I could break into my newest pretties.
This is my second month of keeping empties. I am finding it to be very satisfying!
Big Sexy Hair Get Layered - this was a really good hold hairspray
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel in Original and Extra Strength - love and already had backups
Amande Shower Gel - this was rich feeling and had a fairly nice scent
Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash - have been through many bottles of this
Lush Silky Underwear powder - I love this scent and formula
Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel - this is probably the only rose fragrance I like
Dr Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster - good hydration, easy to combine with other products
Glam Glow Supermud Mask - I liked this, I don't know if I love it for the price but have a backup mini
Lush Big Conditioner - like many things Lush, this smells so good I want to eat it
Kiehl's Creme de Corps - this was a good light moisturizer with minimal fragrance, I would consider buying it in the future
Would Not Repurchase:
HUM Runway Ready Vitamins - I bought these because I feel like I've been shedding a lot lately, not sure if it's coincidence but I broke out in several bouts of cystic acne for the month I took these. Went away as soon as I stopped.
Agave Nectar Oil - this made my hair SO ridiculously full of static
Lush Helping Hands Hand Cream - this was so/so, there are so many other Lush creams I like better
Alterna Lengthening Hair & Scalp Elixer - this was also so/so to me
AG Fast Food Leave in Conditioner - not the first bottle of this I have bought but I now feel like it leaves a residue, on the hunt for something better
Alegenist Firming and Lifting Cream, Oil, and Serum - great products, I have other favorites and probably won't ever purchase these
This may seem like an obvious question. What is underwear powder? I definitely want to explore that particular brand more and am intrigued as to how one would wear it and what purpose it would serve.
I used my second to last DDG peel pad today and am bummed that I have no backups. They are really dry now though, so I have to put water on them to use them. It is my fault, because they probably only stay dry for 4 months while you use them. I took a couple weeks off, so it has been almost 5 months.
I love Kiehl's Creme de Corps as well.
notcreative....Silky Underwear is a dusting powder, kind of like a grown-up version of baby powder. It has grated cocoa butter in it, so it's moisturizing at the same time it absorbs moisture. It's just a way to finish off your skin and give a nice, scented slip to areas like your arms and chest or wherever you care to use it.