Empties

Empties

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 was skeptical of a moisturizing set at first since I really oily roots, but both this set and the bumble and bumble hairdressers oil have been fantastic.  Theyre usually paired with the hairdressers primer or oil or the caviar cc cream.  They've completely changed my hair. 

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Glad to hear it.  If that is the set they had for black friday I got a couple and have yet to try them out but figured they would be good for traveling.

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Ha ha... They sure are from Black Friday, I still have two more sets as well!  I'm hoping I can get more this year and stockpile again!

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Just a few empties in March

 

MAC Pro Makeup Remover 

Tarte Maracuja Oil 

Caudalie Instant Detox mask 

Cane + Austin Miracle Pad +

Sephora Blush Sweet on You 

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid 

YSL Black Opium

Stella McCartney Stella

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Great empties!  I really wanted to love that Caudalie mask since I love everything Caudalie but for some reason I think I'm allergic to something in it because it makes my skin unpleasantly itchy in a way it's usually not with similar kinds of masks.

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I love the YSL Black Opium (not quite enough to buy it), but it is very nice. What did you think of it?

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I liked it but I only used it like 2x so I have to use a few more samples up before I can say I like it enough to buy it

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I love it too, bought a rollerball months ago. Or is it a spray? I never like a perfume enough to finish a big bottle, so those rollerballs are perfect.

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I know what you mean about big bottles.  I just recently finished one and I've been working on it for YEARS and am kicking myself for buying another bottle.  Rollerballs are plenty.

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I love it too. Just need to save up some money before I can buy it, perhaps for my birthday..

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March empties. Not terribly impressive this month, concentrating more on using up some of my full sized products so I can finally move onto better ones in my stash.

 

Loves:

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Skyn Iceland Hydrogel Eye Patches - These really depuff my eyes and are really cooling, which is super nice now that AZ is heating up for summer (already hit triple digits and it's only April >.< )
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum (sample bag) - OMG, my face looked brighter, more glowy and is more moisturizing than the OH Truth Serum! It does have an oilier feeling and a funky smell, but this is my new HG Vit C serum. Already purchased a full size for when my OH Truth Serum runs out.
UD All Nighter Setting Spray - Keeps my make-up in place longer and doesn't make my face any oilier.
UD Naked Skin in 3.0 - I really love this foundation during late fall/winter even though I am in between 3.0 and 3.5 (this foundation doesn't really cater to my neutral/hinting warm undertone). Sadly this breaks down and separates on my skin in unflattering ways during the spring and summer.
UD B6 Prep Spray - I thought this was a like/meh product originally, until I ran out. Once I stopped using this spray my foundation didn't go on as nice, I was more oily (though this is due to season change as well) and redness was a little harder to cover. I have no idea what magic is in this product to make me go meh when using it and then !!!! D: when I run out, but I'll continue to get this to get this since it actually does do something even though I can't tell that when using it.
Nexcare 3M hydrocolloid acne bandages - How did I not know of these until a week and a half ago?!?!?! They are expensive for how fast I go through them, but OMG they are a lifesaver to my skin! It prevents me from picking, helps popped pimples flatten and heal faster/nicer and helps a little bit with the post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Like:

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OH Night Invigorating Gel - I like it, but the DE T.L.C Night Serum knocks it out of the park.
Amika Dry Shampo - First one that didn't make my scalp itchy and absorbed oil! Though it left a noticeable white cast on my dark brown hair and I am not partial to the powder coated feeling all dry shampoos leave on my hair. If I liked dry shampoos in general, I would continue to get this one.
Satin Care Shave Gel - Was nice and did its intended job with a nice smell.
Belief Aqua Bomb - Moisturized my skin nicely, but tends to leave me a little oily and doesn't play well with oils layered over it. If it wasn't for those 2 things I would continue to get it.
PTR Camu Camu Vit C Serum - Felt similar to the DE C-Firma day serum, but didn't give me the same results.
Sephora Blush in Sweet On You - I really liked the color and the formula. If there weren't other brands that had similar colors and nicer formulas I would purchase this in the full size.
Tony Moly I'm Real Pore Care - First cotton sheet mask that I used and absorbed into my skin well! I didn't notice any amazing pore benefits, but my skin felt and looked nice after using it.
MUFE Face and Body in #20 Ivory - If it had a smidge better coverage for my nose redness and didn't smack me in the face with fragrance I would have gotten the full size during the spring sale. Smiley Sad
PC Resist 2% BHA liquid - So far I like it, but a little drying.
Origins Ginzing Eye Cream - This was the delux sample that never ended! I got this in Aug 2015 and just finally finished it. A nice cream that plays well under makeup, but didn't do much for my dark circles or puffiness.

Meh:

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DryBar Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner - Nice, but I was expecting more for an expensive shampoo and conditioner.
MUFE HD R330 - A little to cool for my neutral/hinting warm skin. Also felt heavy later in the day and didn't do very well with my face oils.
Tree Hut Mango Sugar Scrub - Smells amazing and very scrubby, but did next to nothing for moisture. This would only kind of work for me in the dead of AZ summer.
Jose Maran Argan Oil - It was nice, but not high price point nice.
Marc Jacobs Noir Mascara - Black, full lashes are nice, until raccoon eyes happen. Smiley Sad
Skindiava Oil Control Primer spray and UD De-Slick Spray- broke me out and didn't control my oil one bit.
FAB Face Cleanser - Played well with my skin, but rather forgettable.
Miss Spa Damage Defense Hydrogel Mask - Didn't do much for my skin. So slippery that it didn't stay on my face and the serum felt heavy on my skin.

Hate:

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Laneige Waterbank Soothing Hydrogel Mask - People keep raving about the sleeping pack, so I thought I would try the mask first. OMFG, this is pure perfume! While my face has an ok fragrance tolerance, I don't get any other side effects from heavy fragrances and I habituate to the smell quickly. This is the first fragrance product to give me a headache and make me smell it for the entire 20 minutes. Ended up with breakouts the next day too, talk about rubbing salt in the wound. Only ok thing was that my face did feel hydrated after using this. 

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Great empties!  Looks like you did a great job of using up full sized items as well as making it through some deluxe samples and foils.  What did you like about the Urban Decay B6?  I really wanted to like it and I swore I saw results when the girl in the store rubbed it into the back of my hand as a demo, but on my face, not as much.

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I read good review after good review on the skyn iceland eye masks, but I do not notice much of a difference. Someone suggested sticking it in the fridge for a bit first, so I am going to try that.

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I know.  I feel similarly to you notcreative about them, though I can see how putting them in the fridge would make them better.

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@notcreative, sorry these aren't working out for you so far. Smiley Sad I don't have a huge amount of eye puffiness, just enough to be noticeable and make me look even more tired with my dark circles. I also picked up the Tony Moly version of these to see if they'll be a nice, cheaper, replacement. 

 

Sticking them in the fridge is next on my list of things to do with them. I love that they depuff, but the cooling sensation is the biggest perk for me.

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I keep getting so busy with work and forgetting to take photos!  ... but here are my March empties.  I was traveling for about half the month, so not as many this month, but I am so excited to have finished two full sized lip products (I never finish lip products!). 

 

Loves: 

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Likes:

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Meh: 

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Looks good to me.  I hear you on taking pictures.  I have all my empties from all of 2016 so far.  Really need to take pictures this weekend and throw them out but keep getting busy!

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I adore that Dior balm!

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Which shade of Smith& Cult is that and how did it wear?

Thank.

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It is "The Lovers".  On my lips, it added shine more than color, but it lasted for about two hours on me without eating/drinking.  I liked it, but won't be rebuying because it was too sticky for my taste.  

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Glad this popped up. I forgot to share my March Empties

 

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Loved

Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Aloe Lotion- Moisturizing for a medium density formula. The slight greasiness prevents this from being a FabuFind, but the price helps it be something I love and will purchase. This was originally given to me by PINCHme, but I purchased this myself from Target.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream- This is a moisturizing cream that penetrates deeply and rubs in smoothly, because it is not as thick as some others. If I am looking for intense moisture, I will stick with Eucerin, but I will use this when I want something that moisturizes very well and works into the skin quickly.

Neutrogena Ulta Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 45- I almost never burn as long as I reapply this in a reasonable amount of time. It feels great on my skin, because it does not feel thick or sticky. There is almost zero shine added with this, too.

h2o+ Spa Sea Lotus Skin Smoother- This is incredible. It scrubs without being too gentle or too rough. There is oil in it that leaves my skin feeling soft. I do not even add a separate body cream on days I use this all over, and my skin still feels hydrated.

Ulta Peppermint Cracked Heel Treatment- This did not work as well as Egyptian Magic on my heels, because this does not seem to penetrate as deeply into the deep skin in my heels. Even though it is really thick, I still love it all over my feet after I work Egyptian Magic into my heels.

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Broad Spectrum SPF 50- This is thin, rubs in nicely, applies semi-matte, and is very effective. My skin does not burn when I wear this.

Essentielle Beauty Peppermint Balm- I love this balm, which is not as thick as Egyptian Magic, so it is great for dry patches of skin that do not need as much penetration. This smells like a mild peppermint, which is very pleasant.

Essentielle Beauty Rose Balm- I love this balm, which is not as thick as Egyptian Magic, so it is great for dry patches of skin that do not need as much penetration. This has a light rose scent, so it is tolerable. The formula is almost exactly the same as the Peppermint above, so I would select that one (as I prefer its scent).

Davines Anti Aging Hand Cream- I wish the price on this was more reasonable, because it smells lovely. The formula is great, too. It is deeply moisturizing and not at all greasy. Rarely does my husband love my hand cream, but he loves this one. He loves it so much that he claimed my second tube.

O'Keeffe's Working Hands- This is a lovely hand cream with an almost non-existent scent. It starts off medium to thick density, but it becomes thick the more you use it thanks to the open air of the jar. The formula is moisturizing and long-lasting.

Lush Hot Toddy Body Wash- It is a shame this was a limited edition item. Even with the glitter inside, which was not really as bothersome as I thought it would be, I loved this wash. This has a lovely cinnamon scent that is subtle and long-lasting. The lather is nice, and it rinses away clean.

Fekkai Reparatives Deep Conditioning Mask- This definitely helps with frizz and makes my hair softer. I love this. It is a nice mask, but I've tried better ones, including my reigning favorite.

 

Willing to Try Again

Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Leave-In Conditioning Mist- This arrived open and a lot of the product inside spilled. I cannot say if this made any difference in shine, frizz, conditioning, or anything. It really did not seem like it did. There is a chance the formula weakened when the bottle opened. I am going to use the replacement bottle Birchbox gave me to give this a real shot. If I still do not notice a difference after using a full, unopened bottle, I will move this into the not for me category.

Gold Bond Healing Hand Cream- This is feels almost the same as the general one. Even though I liked it and would use it again, I do not see myself purchasing it. The hand cream is more expensive than the body cream but produces about the same result. I'd buy the body cream and use it on my hands and body, which I did with the large one above.

Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner- I did notice a slight difference in my usual frizz (which is a lot), but I did not notice enough to justify the price. If I received this in a kit or gift, I would use it, but I would not buy it. There are cheaper formulas that do better.

Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask- I did not notice much of a difference after using this, but the sample was small. Instead of using all the 0.5oz sample in one application like I should have, I separated it into 2 0.25oz treatments. It did not work through my hair as well as it should have, so I did not get to see what this product is capable of when used to its fullest. If I received this again, I would give it a fair shot.

St Ives Apricot Scrub- I read that apricot seeds can damage facial skin, and I prefer to use a scrub that is more gentle. Instead of using this on my face, I used it on my hands and feet. It was all right. The slight cleansing effect that accompanied it was nice.

Philip B Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse- This was another disappointing product. I did not notice a difference. Like the Corioliss above, I used it less than I should have. If I received this again, I would use more to give it a better shot.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara- This is a really wet formula, so it does not work well with hooded eyes like mine. It transfers to my face. I do see more definition and length in my lashes, but I do not like wiping this off my eyes multiple times during the day.

Mustela Facial Cleansing Cloths- I purchased three of these for my boys who were always getting their faces dirty while we were out. After I purchased them, they magically stopped getting dirty most of the time. That made me remove them from my purse. They added unneeded weight, so I put them away. When I ran out of wipes, I saw them and thought they would expire soon. I decided to use them as makeup removers. They are not the best at removing makeup, but they do remove enough that I feel good in using the other two packages and not using them again (at least on myself).

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay- This is probably better suited for oily skin. When I use this all over, my dry patches of skin feel more dry than they usually do. It assists with removing impurities from oily patches of skin nicely, so I only used this on oily skin. I would definitely use this again, but I am exploring other cleansers and cannot say I love this one.

ATTITUDE 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash- When it comes to these two in one products, I feel like it always does one better than the other and usually does neither as well as a product devoted to one. This does work better as a body wash, but I did not think it did much as a shampoo. It is something I'd use, but it is not something I'd buy.

 

Not For Me

das boom industries Everywhere Lotion Denali- This is a thin lotion that does not moisturize as well as it could. It has a very manly smell, so it is not for me. My husband does not mind the smell and likes it even though it is thin, so it is important that even though I do not like it, he does.

 

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