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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Got to finish a few things over the weekend :smileyhappy: Here are my thoughts:

  • Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla : Will definitely repurchase. It's one of the best concealers out there. I use it mostly for my undereye circles, but if I ever have any problematic areas on the face, it's good to go to that use as well.
  • YSL Touche Eclat No.2 : Will repurchase as well. This is one of those products that I used almost daily. It doesn't conceal in the same way the Nars one does, but it helps with undereye circles without it looking like you've used anything, whereas with the Nars, at the end of the day you start seeing the creaminess of it under your eyes.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel : One of my staples. I use it daily. Even if you don't do anything with your brows, this product will help keep the hairs neat and in place.
  • Bumble and Bumble Sunday shampoo : Already repurchased. A great 'end of the week' shampoo for tired over-styled hair. This baby is a hangover cure for your hair.
  • Boscia Detoxifying Black cleanser : Loved this while I was using it, but moved on to the Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil. I've got nothing bad to say about this, though :smileyhappy:
  • Korres Showergel in Guava : Love the idea, hate the execution. This smelled absolutely nothing like Guava, but more like powdery old lady. Really hated the smell of this and tried to finish it as soon as I possibly could. I even told my boyfriend to go ahead and use it for me :smileyvery-happy: Will never repurchase again just because of the smell.

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I am super stoked and proud of myself for finishing these.

 

IMG_8482.JPGMy number one most proud moment is finally finishing this bottle of Shu Uemaura cleansing oil that was part of their Princess holiday collection in 2013!

 

I also finished the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm which I alternated with the Shu Uemura.

 

A pack of Shiseido cotton, a small size of Alerna shampoo, a Nars radiant creamy concealer, an Anastasia brow gel, and a "deluxe" sample of the Benefit 12 hour flawless primer.

 

I pretty much have repurchased everything except the following: that Benefit primer was a joke, the Alterna shampoo was such a small size (it was the one from the Black Friday set) that I only got 2 uses out of it so I can't decide if it's good for me or not,and I have decided to try the NYX Control Freak brow gel instead of the ABH because I've heard so much about it.

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Great job!  I love finishing anything, but it is always more rewarding when I finish a full size item.

 

I've been wanting to try the NARS creamy concealer for a while.  Would love to read your thoughts.

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Especially when it takes this long!  It's just so rewarding!

 

I personally LOVE the radiant creamy concealer, granted you get the right shade.  I use it under my eyes (albeit I don't  have bags, circles, or any darkness there but I like to brighten the area anyway) and around my lips since I have some dark scars there.  It works great and I don't even set it.  I've never been into setting makeup on my face because I have terribly dry skin and I'm afraid of cake face.  I will say that this concealer is a good medium coverage concealer.  I don't say it's full coverage because I have terrible very black scars that this won't cover and I'm still searching for a concealer for those. 

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It was an odd coincidence that I finished all three of my Korean skincare items during my skincare session last night. I am deeply dedicated to these three products: this is my third empty bottle of each, and I have multiple backups in the wings.

 

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From left to right:

MISSHA Time Revolution Night Repair - a light serum with a lovely texture; full of happy-skin ingredients like niacinamide, antioxidants, ferments, hyaluronic acid, peptides, CoQ10...

MISSHA The First Treatment Essence Mist - a supposed dupe for SKII's Facial Treatment Essence, I credit this stuff with making my skin barrier stronger

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel - I use this as a slip agent to perform my nightly facial massage after I've put on my treatments but before I finish with moisturizer

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A "nightly facial massage" sounds so luxurious. :smileyhappy:

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Lisa Eldridge convinced me it was a nightly necessity!

 

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I think it is odd when I finish two at the same time, so three must have really felt weird.  I've heard great things about Missha.

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Oooo I am interested in these products.  Any chance you've written reviews on them?   Have you experienced any skin benefits from the Benton Aloe gel?

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I started using all three of these at about the same time eight months ago. My skin was extremely sensitive and I had mild rosacea. The gel definitely helped to calm my skin. Even now, when I recently had a bit of an angry-skin flare up on my neck (after starting Tretinoin and bringing it down to my neck when I shouldn't have... at least not as quickly or as often as I did), this calmed it right down and helped it heal. I also use it as my main moisturizer during the summer months.

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Love Missha night repair!

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I"ve been trying really hard to use up foils and deluxe samples from my large stash of samples.

 

This past week I finished using:

  • Deluxe sample size Algenist Firming and Lifting cream
  • Deluxe sample size Algenist Overnight Restorative cream
  • Contact Solution
  • Nars deluze sample eye primer
  • KVD sample tatoo liner
  • YSL Babydoll mascara deluxe sample size.
  • 10 various foils/store made samples--can't remember--shisedio ibuki, lemon peel mask, glam glow (white one) etc.

Loved it all

I have opened up more of the same deluxe samples to continue using. (Except for the YSL baby doll as I am trying to finish my full size Guerlain Maxi Lash this month)

 

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I love the YSL Baby Doll mascara. I stock up whenever there are promos.

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Love empties - Love Babydoll - Love Maxi Lash! hehe :smileyhappy:

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I started collecting my empties but never got around to posting them (well…I finish products reeeaaally slowly too). So this is over half a year (ish) worth of empties.

 

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Will repurchase again

Roc Soleil Protexion lip balm

Nars eye primer (sample)

L’occitane almond shower oil (sample): already bought!

Aveeno baby lotion: I had a horrific reaction to an Ole Henriksen moisturizer (my face was red and swollen looking), nothing else but this smoothed it

Sephora color-proof eyeliner: love! Bought many many backups of it, my favorite navy eyeliner

Covergirl professional super thick lashes mascara: Love, but it’s reformulated now, and I have yet to test the new version

Maybelline color tattoo (tough as taupe): love this color, it’s old now so I shall get a new one!

L’occitane shea butter hand lotion (sample): have lots and lots of back ups in all sizes!

Caudalie vinosource moisture recovery cream (sample)

Lancome bi-facil(sample): always have backups

Glycerin: I use dr. bronner’s castile soap for hand soap and add glycerin to it

La Roche-Posay Toleriane ultra x2: my HG moisturizer! Have 2 backup bottles!

Kiehl’s creamy eye treatment with avocado (foil x3)

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA lotion: loved this lotion!

Laura Mercier radiance primer: already bought!

 

Really liked but-there-are-other-things-I-want-to-try-but-may-come-back-to-it

NYX HD concealer**

MUFE Face & Body foundation (it’s got about 20% left but it’s 2 years old)**

Dior Lip Glow

Fasio volumizing mascara: bought this in Japan…so even though it’s good, chances of repurchase isn’t that high anytime soon

Dior lash serum: this is my second one, but my new Kate lash primer from Japan (half the price!) is looking very very very promising

Bobbi Brown corrector: took me ages to finish! Okay, there’s still a little left on the rim but you-know-what, I consider that doooone!

Korres milk protein cleanser (sample)

Kiehl’s ultra facial cleanser (sample)

Klorane dry shampoo (travel size)

Jack Black lip balm

Mentholatum lipice lipbalm

Caudalie cleansing water

Kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate

Clarins daily energizer cream: this is my second one, but I decided to switch away from jar packaging

Essencia rose water: it’s actually kinda hard to find a rose water toner that’s just rose water (with no additives) and not water + rose essence

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (foil)

Suzuran cotton pads (x4): nothing special but gets the job done

 

It was okay

MUFE HD concealer

Benefit total moisture face cream (foil)

Marc Jacob genius gel + remedy concealer pen (foil): nothing amazing

Bioderma Atoderm nutritive cream: really emollient but too thick feeling

Dior Diorshow extase mascara (sample): smudged a little

Lancome Cils Booster XL (sample)

Maybelline dream lumi: bought a long time ago, and it’s old now**

Hourglass veil: don’t seem to make a difference on me, prefer a more luminous base

Maybelline color tattoo (bad to the bronze): very dupable in twist up pencil form (which I prefer more)

Ren Hydra-calm day cream (sample+foil)

Vichy purete thermal micellar solution: I didn’t care for the fragrance

The Body Shop rainforest volumizing shampoo

 

Didn’t work for me

Tarte energy lipsurgence (sample)*

Guerlain maxi lash

Marcelle lengthening & curling mascara*

Korres milk protein moisturizer (sample)

Clarins HydraQuench cream (sample)

Covergirl Clump Crusher: didn’t do anything for my lashes

Maybelline color tattoo (electric blue): patcheyyyyy*

Caudalie gentle cleansing milk: it didn’t do anything other than leave a film!*

 

*not fully finished but it didn’t work so I don’t want to finish it!

**it’s really old and I am starting to get concerned whether it safe to use!

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I am impressed with how much makeup you've finished.  Even in 6 months, I do not finish that much.  I love you asterisk table.  

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The L’occitane almond scent is so addicting. :smileyhappy:

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Loves (have repurchased, will repurchase):

Kate Somerville Exfolikate

Josie Maran Body Butter (although I prefer other scents than this lavender one)

Rare Minerals Renew & Reveal Cleanser (this bottle is so old that both the packaging and name have since changed!  I've been buying this stuff for years and love it.  However, now that everyone else has come out with powder cleansers--like Tatcha, PTR, Josie, etc.--I will be branching out to try some new ones.)

 

Like (may or may not repurchase):

Origins Plantscription

Nude Treatment Oil

Nude Omega Cleansing Jelly

Korres Quercetin & Oak Face Serum

Bliss Micro Magic (almost a love, need to try more)

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Perricone MD G Blue Plasma

GlamGlow BrightMud (almost a love, need to try more)

Tarte Maracuja Oil (I have been using this for years, but it's time to try other things)

Sephora Age Defy Moisture Cream

Jack Black Face Buff

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

YSL Gloss Volupte No. 19 (almost a love, smells great, need to try more)

 

Dislike (wouldn't repurchase):

Burt's Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo (I love Burt's Bees, but this stuff was pretty bad)

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Yes, try more Bright Eyes.  You will love it.

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Does it cause a serious tingle/minor burning sensation on anyone else? I tried a sample and wiped it off prematurely because the stinging made me worried that my skin was reacting to it. Now I'm wondering if it's worth giving it another try...

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