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 must try that my little pet eye patch!   Soooo cute!  

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My favorite day of the month! This has been my best month so far collecting empties.

Loves

 

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray - love the smell, works well for my hair
Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover - only eye makeup remover I'll use. Liquid removers irritate my eyes, this is perfect
Stella Stella McCartney body lotion - smells soo good
Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying pressed powder - use it every day to set my face and get rid of the greasies. Love it!
Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil - great for removing makeup, my skin felt so clean
Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappee - more of a like than a love, but I forgot it in my likes picture. Decent moisturizer. Would use again but probably not purchase
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum - love using it as a morning serum
Philosophy Raspberries and Cream 3-in-1 - one of my favorite scents of theirs
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in 0.5 - love it as a light foundation. Always use on light makeup days or mix with other foundations to avoid a cakey look
GlamGlow SuperMud mask - my pores always look so good after this mask!
Urban Decay Virgin eyeshadow - I really cleared this pan out, lol. Love it as a highlight, or all over - perfect shade for my skin tone
Redken Pillow Proof - good for air drying hair - speeds the process up a little bit without adding weight
Klorane dry shampoo for dark hair - one of my new favorite dry shampoos. Really works well for me
ABH Brow Wiz in Caramel - must-have for brows
Kat Von D Tattoo liner - only black liner I'll use. Will buy this forever
Sabon Body Scrub - forgot this in the first picture. This is one of my favorite products of all time. Makes my skin softer than anything I've ever used, and the Patchouli Lavender Vanilla scent is SO good.

Likes

 

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Matrix Oil Wonders Shampoo and Conditioner
Number 4 Restore and Repair Hair Oil
Peter Thomas Roth Anti Aging cleansing gel
Philosophy Almonds and Cream 3-in-1
Dr. Brandt Ferulic and Retinol Overnight Serum
Estee Edit Flash lip gloss
Josie Maran Argan Finishing Balm
Urban Decay B6 spray
Loreal Everstrong Thickening conditioner
Caudalie Divine Oil
Ole Henriksen Clean Truth face wipes
Amika Nourishing Hair Mask
IGK 30,000 Feet Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Vasanti Brighten Up exfoliator
SuperGoop Hand Cream
Perfectly Posh Oh Snap hand cream
Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm
La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream
Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Body Lotion
Les Couvents de Minimes Gardener's Hand Healer lotion
Algenist Genius cleanser
Dionis Water Flowers and Sea Salt hand cream
Soap and Paper Factory hand cream
Ahava hand cream
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask
Korres Greek Yoghurt face wipes
Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection
Rahua Conditioner
Beaver Repairing Shampoo
Madame CJ Walker Pre-Wash Protein Treatment
Milk Makeup Micellar Water face wipe
Skin Inc Ceramide serum
Hempz Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon body wash
Alterna Caviar Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

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Pureology Cleansing Conditioner - not for my hair type. Used once and it made my hair crazy greasy (even more than usual, lol).
Marula Foaming Cleansing Oil Towelettes - had to wash my face twice after using one of these. Didn't take off any makeup, just covered my face in oil.

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I love, love, love the Sabon scrubs! 

 

So many great empties!

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Thanks! Sabon has a lot of good products, but the scrubs really are the greatest!!

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My November Empties:

 

Skincare:

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I loved the Tatcha Water-Gel Moisturizer (I will purchase a full-sized for summer but it's not enough hydration for the winter months) and Cane + Austin exfoliating pads.
I ordered a sample of Vitners Daughter from The Detox Market and wasn't impressed but it's likely I didn't use enough (I spread the sample out over several uses when it was likely the amount for one use). 
I didn't notice a difference with the full-sized PTR Unwrinkle serum but it did work well with my makeup. 

 

Masks:

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I usually don't notice much of a difference with these (but I enjoy the boost of hydration) however the Karuna and Skinfood Propolis and Bee Venom stood out as making my skin feel brighter. 

Makeup:

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I liked both foundation samples and purchased full-sized versions - Hourglass and Josie Maran Vibrancy. 
I liked the Besame powder (lovely light vanilla scent) and UD blush. 

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The EO shower gel and Deep Steep lotions are regular purchases for me - both are relatively natural and with lovely scents.
I purchased a sample of May Lindstroms The Good Stuff from The Detox Market and I loved the scent - this will be a full-sized purchase eventually. 
I enjoyed all 3 foil samples - they each had a lovely scent (yet didn't cause a fragrance-related headache). 

 

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I finished a PTR unwrinkle turbo this month and feel the same you do with the un-wrinkle. No better but more importantly no worse! I agree it was light and layered well with things though. Have you started a new product in place of it?

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We had so many similar empties this month. Smiley Happy I switched to a vitamin C serum in the AM (I am finishing a Murad and then switching to an Odacite) and am using a variety of serums (including samples that I want to use up) in the evening - I have samples of Algenist, Fresh and full-sizes of May Lindstrom Youth Dew and several Leahlani serums. What serum(s) are you using now? 

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@JoannaMarieC Yes we did! I loved the hourglass foundation too and traded for more foils of it. I don't wear a lot of foundation so that should go a long way for me hopefully.

 

I'll be interested to see what you think of may lindstrom! I tried fresh samples a couple times and it was an okay for me. I am bouncing around with them also. I tried lancome genifique and liked it until it broke me out. I have DS of sheisedo concentrate (working on now and like so far), caudalie vinosource, bioeffect, and perricone MD. I am also working on a Dr. Brandt glow serum at work.

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Ahh, you reminded me that I have a few deluxe-sized samples of Vinosource serum! 

 

I have been using May Lindstrom products for a bit now, just not consistently (because I am trying to use up my sample stash and also because I keep buying more skincare). I really enjoy her products - they contain lovely ingredients and everything has the most wonderful scent which makes my AM and PM routines feel like a luxurious, relaxing time. My one concern is that my skin is a bit on the dry side due to it being colder weather - it feels like it needs lots of moisture and water-based products but her serum and balm are oil-based and don't seem to be quite enough. Having said that, they are still favorites and a part of my routine but I just need to layer them with water-based products. You should think about trying her line - I initially ordered samples from The Detox Market before committing to full-sizes. My favorites are Problem Solver, Honey Mud, Blue Cocoon and Good Stuff. 

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I've gone onto detox market probably a dozen times for ML samples and talked myself out of samples because I have so much to use up! My skin is also really dry, once winter breaks hopefully I'll have used up some things and can try it out on it's own! Thanks for the nudge Smiley Happy

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I'm quite jealous that you live close to a Detox Market! Every time they have an email about an in-store event I silently weep! Smiley Wink

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Absolutely loved:

Evercos sheet masks

Benton snail bee mask 

Kanebo Kate lash primer (my last one from stockpile...)

Clinique superbalm: HG lipbalm 

Clinique cleansing balm

Holika Holika aloe shower gel: bought this by mistake, thinking I was getting the aloe gel--best mistake ever Smiley Happy

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Love all the empties.  Looks like you used quite a few sheet masks.  Also, the pattern on that tube (hand cream?) looks so pretty.

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September and October empties. We were traveling so I took this chance to request samples wherever we went and tried tons of new products. Found a lot of new loves and holy grails!

 

Loves

 

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Indifferent

 

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Wow!  Love this.  That is SO many samples.  How many stores did you visit to get such a big haul!  Were you able to completely leave skincare and cosmetics at home because of these samples.  If so I bow down to you because that is pretty resourceful!

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Whoa!! So many samples! Good for you Smiley Happy

 

and I really hope they're phasing out those clear clamshells because they leak!!

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Indifferent nothing wow

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Great candle empties as always. ;-)

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october empties!

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good standouts

  • phyto paris express conditioner
  • devacurl super cream
  • soap & glory scrub of your life
  • body shop peppermint foot rescue
  • essence false lash effect mascara
  • milani conceal & perfect foundation

bad standouts

  • soap & glory face soap & clarity
  • wet n wild last primer
  • melt lipsticks
  • formula x drying spray

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Nice empties!  Looks like you used up so many lipsticks.

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Okay ladies, I've been stockpiling for a long time. Way too long of a long time. My problem is that I convince myself if I just wait a week or so, I can add another empty to the pile, which is true, but I think it's about time I post these! Reviews are below but any questions just ask Smiley Happy 

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Haircare

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John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo: love the smell, decently moisturizing without weighing down hair. Would repurchase

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo: bought on Amelia Liana’s recommendation; did provide volume, but isn’t a repurchase for me

Dove Youthful Vitality Conditioner: I like Dove conditioners, but no matter how they are marketed they really all work the same for me. I would repurchase a Dove conditioner, but nothing special about this one in particular

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger Hydrocream Whip: I’m obsessed with the scent of this; it’s a strong natural ginger scent that lingers. I have purchased other items of the line for the scent, but have not yet repurchased the mousse although I might consider it in the future just because of the scent.

Keune 2-Phase Conditioning Spray: I bought this on Leighannsays recommendation; didn’t do much for my hair type. It does soften, but it also can weigh it down quite a bit. Also didn’t like that I had to purchase off Amazon, would not repurchase.

Tresseme Thermal Creations Heat Protector Spray: bought ages ago on Ingrid Nilsen’s recommendation. It took me forever to use up because I rarely heat style my hair, and when I do I always forget to use a heat protectant. I don’t get the hype behind this product and wouldn’t repurchase.

St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask: I really liked this more than I thought I would. It’s a lot like natural coconut oil and has a very natural fragrance. You can also put the whole packet in the microwave since it’s microwave safe. Would repurchase (bought in the mini section of Ulta)

Living Proof PHD Dry Shampoo: I don’t remember much about this dry shampoo, I remember it worked pretty good for a dry shampoo, but I’d hesitate to repurchase because of the price

Herbal Essences Scrunch Hair Gel: Nothing special about this hair gel; I got a sample of it and my boyfriend and I ended up sharing using it on a trip; works okay, but it is pretty crunchy. Wouldn’t repurchase.

Macadamia Curl Cream: Didn’t like. It did help my hair curl, but not in a very flattering way. Perhaps better for traditionally curly haired girls rather than wavy like mine. Would not repurchase.

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Body Care

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Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion w/ Aloe: Love this lotion for both hand and body in the wintertime. It’s super thick but sinks in well; does not have an offensive odor (a tinge of the traditional Gold Bond scent, but nothing overpowering) and it really does have the “healing” effect that it claims, particularly on my cracked hands in the wintertime. Have and will repurchase.

Paula’s Choice Resist Body Oil Spray w/ Jojoba: Didn’t really care for this. It was a pain to use, even though it had a sprayer, it was pretty greasy so I would put off using it. Would not repurchase.

Lush Movis (facial soap?): I didn’t realize this was a facial soap, I was using it as a body soap but hated it nonetheless. It never really breaks down when you add water, it just turns to mush and gets everywhere. There are a lot of other body washes and scrubs I prefer from Lush and the scent of this one wasn’t even that great. Would not repurchase.

Sephora Lavender Foot Mask: I was surprised how easy these were to use! Liked the scent and while the effects were short-lasting, I would repurchase as a once in a while treat. I’ve also repurchased as gifts for folks.

Lush The Comforter Body Wash: LOVE. So glad Lush came out with a scent of this body wash. It smells very clean and has a hint of candy sweetness, almost like bubblegum. not the most moisturizing body wash, but I didn’t think it dried out my skin either. I have repurchased.

Shea Moisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: This was fine, but there are other coconut oils I can purchase at a better value, there’s nothing special about this one.

Marvis Lavender Mint Toothpaste: Fun to use, although a bit pricy. I’m considering trying the sampler pack during the VIB sale since I want to try the other flavors. Works pretty well as a toothpaste, and it feels like a luxurious treat!

Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone: They used to sell this at Ulta, and now only sell online through Ulta, or you can get it through Amazon. It works decently well for a natural, aluminum free deodorant. The only downside is that it’s a liquidy form, so some people might not like the feeling under their arms. I really like the scent since it’s a bit herbally and would repurchase.

Green Tidings All Natural Lavender Deodorant: Purchased off Amazon. Works very well for a natural deodorant and I would repurchase although I’ve found similar brands on Amazon that work just as well.

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Skincare

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Tony Moly Makgeolli Sheet Mask: Tbh I bought this as a gimmick only because I really love makgeolli, but it’s a typical sheet mask. It has a lot of glycerin so naturally it makes your skin feel smooth afterwards, but it’s nothing special and I probably wouldn’t repurchase.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen: I really trust this sunscreen and I use it every morning as a primer/base before putting on makeup. It does have a very strong sunscreen scent, but that doesn’t bother me. Have and will repurchase.

Nivea Anti-Age Sun Protection Sunscreen: I really liked this, it’s slightly more moisturizing than other sunscreens, but I’m not sure if I’m going to repurchase it only because I can only get it on Amazon.

Garnier Micellar Water: Works really well, will repurchase. I think this one works just as well as the Simple one, but this one is usually cheaper per ounce.

Paula’s Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser: My absolute holy grail cleanser. I cannot be without this no matter what. It works really well on acne-prone skin but is NOT drying whatsoever. Have and will repurchase multiples.

Paula’s Choice Clear Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution: Works well as a mild chemical exfoliant, I use this one and the BHA liquid interchangeably.

Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Pore Refining Treatment 2% BHA: Probably my favorite BHA formula from PC. I use this as a toner at night and it keeps my skin smooth and clear.

Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment: This stuff is expensive, but I think it lasted me over a year with sporadic use. I saw visible improvement in my skin after every use. It uses retinol along with a strong dose of moisturizing ingredients to counteract the effects of the retinol. I’d like to repurchase, but I’m waiting for a good sale since this bottle is about $50.

First Aid Beauty Instant Oatmeal Mask: I love the scent of this, it’s really mild and soothing. It doesn’t have much effect on my skin personally, but it is nice as a soothing mask, especially in the wintertime. I would consider repurchasing.

Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer: Great nighttime moisturizer! The tube looks small but I promise it lasts a long time. It has a very mild, almost non-scent scent. I will repurchase as it’s one of the few moisturizers that doesn’t make my skin feel clogged.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Moisturizer: Too thick for my skin type. Even though my skin is prone to be dry, it’s also acne prone and this really didn’t help my skin. I finished it but would not repurchase.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream: IMO a great formulation for a drugstore skincare product. Does similar things as the PC retinol, just more mild. Definitely would repurchase.

Paula’s Choice Superlight Antioxidant Serum: My holy grail serum, and the only serum I’ve used that doesn’t make my skin feel really clogged and congested. Will repurchase.

Paula’s Choice Daily Mattifying Fluid w/ SPF 50: I did not expect to like this and put it off for a while since I have dry skin, but it came in handy in the summer since I work outdoors and it helped me stay a little less “sweaty” in the summertime and it was an easy switchout for my normal sunscreen.

Clinique Moisture Surge: I used this as a neck cream since it’s too thick for my face personally. I got it as a sample so I wouldn’t purchase the full size.

Bobby Brown Ultra-Hydrating Eye Cream: I bought this ages ago on Ingrid Nilsen’s recommendation, but in my opinion it’s nothing special and not worth the $50 price tag. Woud definitely not repurchase.

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Makeup

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Mac Fix+ Mini: Love, have repurchased in the full size

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation: I liked this foundation, it’s somewhat liquidy though so I felt like I went through it pretty quickly using my beauty blender. Might repurchase, but I’m not rushing to restock as I have other foundations I like better.

L’oreal Cushion Foundation: Was nice when I first bought it but I went through it (it dried out?) super quickly. Not a great value for money, although I loved the dewy glow it gave!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Mineral Foundation: Wow, this lasted me absolutely ages. I swear I had it half used up and went back to using it towards the end of Spring/ beginning of summer and I only just now finished it! Gives amazing coverage for a mineral foundation and it looks very natural. Would definitely repurchase!

Anastasia Brow Wiz (x2): Love, have and will repurchase. I am trying out the NYX Microbrow to see if it’s a dupe, but I still like this one better.

Mac Prep & Prime Highlighter Pen: Hated using this. I think I just don’t like Mac concealers. I found this to be really thick and hard to blend. Bought on Tati/ Glamlifeguru’s recommendation, would not repurchase.

Nars Creamy Concealer: I am one of the few who actually does not like this concealer. I don’t hate it, but I don’t think it’s as good as everyone claims. Maybelline Fit Me is just as good if not better IMO.

Origins Planscription: They’ve since changed this concealer, but anyways while I liked this okay, the lightest shade was still super dark.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer: I tend to like liquidy concealers like this one, but since trying the Maybelline Fit Me, I would repurchase that one over this since it has better coverage.

Elf Blush (shade rubbed off): One of my first makeup purchases. I definitely got my money’s worth and it’s fine as a blush, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase just because I got bored of it and I have so many blushes to get through.

Hoola Bronzer: Loved using, although for what it’s worth it felt like it took ages after hitting pan to get through. Definitely worth the price though!

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (loose): loved, would repurchase, but I’m trying out some others right now. I anticipate I’ll come back to this one at some point.

L’oreal Telescopic Mascara: I liked this as a lengthening mascara but the brush is super flimsy, so it doesn’t really last that long as a mascara for me.

Benefit Roller Lash: Doesn’t work particularly well for my lashes, would not repurchase.

Kat Von D Liquid Liner in Trooper: This was a sample size but it felt like it lasted me sooo long. I might repurchase, but Sephora gives these out so often as samples or point perks, I don’t see the point.

Maybelline Skinny Eyeliner: I really liked this, it’s a dupe for the Hourglass 1.5 mm IMO, but the only downside is that you can’t scroll the pencil part back down once you’ve scrolled it up, I ended up wasting a big chunk of the pencil this way. Would repurchase.