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 know what you mean. I was putting off posting empties for awhile (mostly because I didn't feel like taking the time to write down my thoughts about them) and before I knew it I had over 6 months worth.
Reading your empties is reminding me that I need to use my Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment more regularly. Because I also use topical creams for acne I try to not use retinol or retinoid-based products too, too often but as a result I never seem to use it regularly enough to remember to use it consistently. Must go back to that.
I liked it! I was skeptical because I thought it would be really messy and difficult to use, I was also wary about the scent because often lavender can be so overpowering. It didn't disappoint on either account though! The mask fits like little booties and here's little sticky tabs to close them so you can still walk around the house and such. The scent is a pretty natural lavender scent. I even ended up giving a few to my grandma for her birthday since she likes pampering items!
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Belated empties. Finished up a few HG products this month and also made a small dent in my sample stash.
Epsom Salt – I’m a big believer in taking an Epsom Salt bath after a tough workout. It does seem to help my muscles recover faster.
May Coop Raw Sauce – I absolutely LOVE this. It feels really nice on the skin, smells fine and does seem to help with my skin hydration. Already repurchased the larger size.
Caudalie Premier Cru L’Elixir – Love this. Gives my skin the benefit of an oil without feeling heavy. Also like the scent. Already repurchased.
Hourglass Illusion – My HG complexion product. It looks dark coming out of the tube but it’s the absolute perfect hue for my skin, feels creamy, helps with hydration, and blends easily with my fingers. Already repurchased.
OH Lemon Strip Peel – I really like this followed by the chamomile mask in the same set (for whatever reason I used up the chamomile mask first so it was in a previous month’s empties). It does a nice job exfoliating my skin so it feels soft, my fine lines are less noticeable, and my hydration products seem to work better. I think I like Dr. Dennis Gross wipes better but really like this too. Not yet repurchased, but have 2 back ups.
DevaCurl It’s That Good SuperCream – Love the results and scent of this even more than the original. Already purchased in FS.
Tatcha Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream – I wish I didn’t love this because of the price but it feels so silky on. Though I think I prefer their Indigo Cream slightly.
Swisspers Rounds – I got a BUNCH of these at Costco. They’re fine and get the job done. Know there are more luxurious brands of these out there that others love but I don’t want to tempt myself by trying them.
CoverFX Custom Cover Drops – I’m on the fence about whether this is a like or love for me. Shade is a perfect match for me and I love the idea of these, but the dropper is messy and I never quite achieved the finish I like no matter what I mixed them with. But still open.
Pure Silk Raspberry Mist Shave Cream – This is a solid shave cream. No better or worse than others I’ve tried but gets the job done.
Missha Real Essence Platinum – Liked this although the shape of the mask was odd for my face
Make Up For Ever Mascara – Works well on my lashes.
Rata & Co Kiwifruit Seed Oil Face Mask - Really different than others I’ve tried. More creamy vs. a serum.
OH Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask – I don’t use scrubs on my face but I liked how this felt on my body and the orange scent.
Origins Plantscription Youth Renewing Night Cream – I didn’t mind this. It was fine.
Lancome Absolue Premium PX – This too was fine. I thought I would hate it because of the scent but I actually didn’t mind the texture.
Mybody Beat The Rush – Sadly did nothing to help with redness and I noticed that it would sting if I used my Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder in the morning, even though I’ve not had problems with other serums/treatments.
IT Cosmetics Mascara – Nope. Too thick.
Klorane Dry Shampoo – Made my scalp itch. :-/
Thanks! I know what you mean about the Tatcha products. I had the same fear. Thankfully, I haven't loved everything. I can't decide on how I feel about exfoliating powder (I think it does something but isn't enough for me to skip peels) and I haven't decided on the serums yet. But ahhh that cream...
I keep using foils of HG illusion and I think I'm going to have to cave on FS.. It does go on and match perfect, and has great coverage without drying out. You're inspiring me to try raw sauce, I keep talking myself out of it.
Yeah HG Illusion is great. Prior to finding it I seemed to bounce around between brands but I haven't since. The new one I opened is the 3rd tube I think I've owned.
And I really love raw sauce. It helps that relatively speaking the price for the TS bottle isn't too bad.
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Paula's Choice Resist Anti Wrinkle Serum - so, so, so sticky, and no results. So glad this is finally through!
Living Proof Style Extender - nope. Made my hair feel dirty and limp.
First Aid Deep Cleanser - This probably would have been a just okay if the packaging hadn't broken and leaked all over everything!
Shaveworks The Cool Fix - Dear god, no. Absolutely not. Burns like the dickens - even when I put it on skin that hasn't been shaved. Seriously, the CIA should use this in interrogations. Just awful!
YOWZA! Awesome job on using up all of these in one month.
What were your thoughts on the cinnamon toothpaste? I used to love Crest (or maybe it was Colgate) that made a cinnamon toothpaste but it got discontinued. I've been on the hunt for a more natural toothpaste too so the product you used up looks interesting.
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@blondesluv2shop I love the cinnamon toothpaste - if you like cinnamon, I think you would love it. The only moderately alarming thing for me at first is that it is sort of strange lightly tinted yellow/orange color? It threw me off at first, but now I don't even notice. They also make a mint version that is delicious (sort of a mild sweet mint). I definitely recommend - it is Xyliwhite Toothpaste by NOW foods (should be available at most health food stores). It lasts forever too - giant tubes, and not very expensive for a natural toothpaste.
I try to avoid fluoride and be more natural in general in my dental products, and it has made a world of difference for me health wise.
@JoannaMarieC @kelloua - it is seriously only thanks to this thread that I ever got started on my alarming number of samples. The thing that has made the biggest difference for me is that I keep two boxes on my bathroom counter, one with daytime samples and one with nighttime samples, and try to use at least one from each of the boxes every day. I also have a plastic container on the edge of my shower/bathtub with bath or shower samples. Good thing I don't have to share a bathroom, since it isn't the prettiest set up... but it seems to be working so far.
@JoannaMarieC I know right! Some ladies here are seriously amazing when it comes to using up foils and samples. Every month it's inspiration for me to dip into my sample stash even more. I'm on a business trip right now and I know this thread served as a reminder to take foils with me!
October empties! Mostly DS samples I powered through
- Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (Best cleansing water. HG status.)
- Sunday Riley Good Genes (Amazing treatment..but too pricey )
- Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet (Best summer moisturizer. A tad too light for winter)
- Body Shop Grapefruit Hand Cream (Have yet to find a better grapefruit cream)
- LUSH Sacred Truth (My current go-to daily mask. Super moisturizing.)
- June Jacobs Papaya Mask (Amazing smell, okay results.)
- Too Faced Melted Chihuahua (Great MLBB color. Applicator is so-so.)
- Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (Amazing smell, good results.)
- Ren Anti-Redness Serum (Calms skin, but leaves it a tad tacky)
- Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara (My go-to. No smudging, but gets dry quick if not used under less than two months)
Foils: Only liked the NUDE fizzy powder.
And sadly, one huge miss: The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner.
This was honestly one of the worst eyeliners that I’ve used…