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.
you are so organized! Mine just looks like a jumbled mess! I'm actually running out of foil packets and deluxe samples! Guess it's time to move on to the full size stuff and start clearing some space!
These are my empties from May and June. Please excuse the dried up mask that spilled all over (thankfully, I laid down a towel).
Loved -Would/Have Repurchase(d)
Carol's Daughter Monoi Body Repairing Cream Oil- This works great on my hands and body and the smell is nice. The oil helps penetrate deeply while the cream prevents it from feeling greasy.
Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie Bath and Body Oil- My skin is very dry, and I love the way this penetrates deeply. It is oil, so I would not recommend it for anyone who does not like the shiny look. It is shiny for the first couple of hours while it absorbs. I prefer the Ecstasy scent, so I would not likely purchase this scent again unless it was in a nice kit or on sale.
Carol's Daughter Love Butter- This stuff is so rich. It really helps my dry skin even more than the oil. For the price, you do not get much product, so I only use it when I am VERY dry. I prefer the Ecstasy scent in this product too, so I would not likely purchase Love again.
Carol's Daughter Ecstasy Body Souffle- Penetrates deeply without going on greasy. My current favorite body cream (unless I am VERY dry, then I prefer the Butter listed above).
Ulta Dragonfruit 3 in 1 Beauty Smoothie- I love the smell of every scent I've tried so far. This is a great one, but I will keep exploring the different scents before I settle on one. These leave my skin softer than most soaps too.
Wen Lavender Cleansing Conditioner- I love what Wen does for my hair. It leaves it softer, less frizzy, more manageable and I get less fall out. My hair is a mess too, so I am glad this helps. The lavender one is the best one for me, because I have fine hair.
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve- My husband's favorite, but I always steal it. I love how it moisturizes, because some creams disappear as soon as I put them on. It is not too greasy either.
H2o+ Targeted Care Hand and Nail Cream- This works decently well, and I actually like the smell (my husband does not). When my hands are really dry, I need something stronger. I like this better than the stronger ones when they're not too bad, because the price is better.
H2o+ Targeted Care Mint Foot Rub- The smell is amazing. I like the very slight tingling that helps my tired feet. It penetrates deeply, but I need something stronger when my feet get really dry.
Lancome Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream- It feels great, and I cannot really smell the sunscreen. The smell is nice. When my skin is really dry though, I need something a little stronger.
Glamglow Bright Mud Eye Treatment- If you can get past the first two minutes when this stuff is burning, it is so worth it. My eyes always look so bright and have minimal dark circles after using this. It only lasts about a day though, and I only use these once or twice a week.
Lancome Visionnaire Serum- This stuff really works. My skin is getting better.
Go Smile Teeth Whitening System- It gives subtle whitening, but it really works on teeth that have been filled whereas many other products do not.
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer- I liked the base this created. It was very matte and smooth. While it is not my favorite primer, it worked nicely. I could repurchase this is in the right situation.
Alchimie Forever Calming Evening Cream (foil)- It is usually hard to get a good feeling from a small foil, but this was thick and creamy. I liked the smell, and my skin felt softer in the morning (hours after application).
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions (foil) - It definitely made my pores look smaller without going on thick (like Porefessional). I would repurchase this, but it is not my favorite.
Em Lipsticks in Misty Mauve and Daredevil (foil)- I already knew I loved Misty Mauve, because I own it. The Daredevil color is stunning and buildable. It can be worn as a medium to dark color. For $16, this is a decent lipstick. I kind of want to buy Daredevil, but I do not like the recent stuff I read on the brand's founder.
Hempz body Fresh Coconut and Watermelon Nourishing Body Wash (foils)- I liked everything about this product. It smells great, leaves my skin soft and lathers really well.
Okay -May Repurchase
Carol's Daughter Ecstasy Body Cleansing Gel- I just prefer more lather, but it feels and smells great.
Phyto Phytokeratine Masque- Nothing special. Nothing terrible.
June Jacobs Peppermint Hand and Foot Therapy- Do not get me wrong. I love this stuff. For $40 a bottle though, I do not want to keep repurchasing. Hopefully, I can find something a little cheaper. The H2o foot cream is only $15, but it does not work as well when my feet get really dry.
Lancome Renergie Eclat Multi Lift- This is another one that would move up a category if the pricing was a little better. Although I really like it, $75 is just too much for it. My $38 Big Easy works almost as well, but is half the price.
No4 Fleurs de Temps Volumizing Shampoo- It smells great and really provides volume. My problem is it leaves my hair feeling a little sticky and more frizzy than usual.
No4 Fleurs de Temps Volumizing Conditioner (foil)- Sample was not big enough, but I feel it was likely in line with the shampoo.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer- It smells all right for an spf 40 product. I wished it was a little thicker, because it dried my skin a little. That said, when my skin was not dry, it worked nicely. My face never burned when I was outside for short periods on time with just this (I burn easily with some light spf products).
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Eye Serum- It works, but I am looking for something a little stronger for advanced wrinkles. I think I found one I love, but the price is insane. Thanks a lot Glossybox!
Sephora Monoi Creamy Body Wash- The formula was nice, and I liked the smell. It was the perfect amount for a single use too. I just do not need single use washes, because everywhere I go there is soap that gets the job done. If I needed to add something quickly for free shipping, I would grab some of these.
Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion- Decent serum. It is possible the sample was too small to give this a real shot, so I would try it again.
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes- They get the job done. I am on a quest to find an inexpensive one I like better, so I would not repurchase anytime soon. If nothing I find is better, I may repurchase in the future.
Lancome Absolue L'Extrait Ultimate Eye patches- These worked great, but they are more than I want to spend. I would definitely welcome samples.
Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask (foil)- It worked decently. I just was not wowed.
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum (foils)- I can feel this tingling when I use it, so I want to think it is working. It is so hard to judge serums from foils (even though I had two). I looked up the price and felt the sample was not good enough to justify a purchase.
Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation (foil)- This particular shade was too dark for me, so I was only able to use it once. I did keep it on long enough to tell that it has a decent formula. I would need to get a sample closer to my color and wear it all day to determine whether or not this product would get moved into loves or not for me.
N.I.P+fab No Needle Fix Serum (foil)- I have to put this here, because once again the sample was too small for me to get a feeling either way. It is not something I hated, but it did not make me say wow either. (There are no periods in the first three letters, but the system kept bleeping it).
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment White (foil)- This was decent even though I prefer the black one. I did not get the slight burning that comes with the black one, but I also felt my face did not have the same bright effect afterward. I sent MK89 my deluxe sample of this after not loving the foil. I hope it works for her. If another sample came my way, I would give this another try.
Eve Lom Rescue Mask (foil)- It looked and smelled like Noxzema with little beads in it. While it worked okay, I just could not justify the price for the performance.
Orlane B21 Etrxaordinaire Youth Reset Complex (foil)- I just did not get a feeling bad or good, but I would be open to trying a sample again.
NARS optimal brightening concentrate (foil)- I just did not notice much (bad or good). The sample was either too small or this product is just not for me. I would try it again to try to figure it out.
H2o+ Advanced Age Repair Night Cream (foil)- It was all right. I would use additional samples, but I could not see myself buying this.
Versace Yellow Diamond Perfume (foil)- I am not really into perfumes, so it would have to be amazing for me to purchase it. That said, the smell was decent. I would use any future samples that come my way.
Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer (foil)- It does not do enough for the dry parts of my skin. I like the way it feels when my skin is not overly dry, so I would use additional samples.
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum (foil)- I would try this again in sample form, but I did not see enough results to justify a purchase.
Philosophy Time in a Bottle (foil)- I think I have a deluxe sample of this somewhere, and I am looking forward to getting a better try at this. While I think it is decent, I cannot tell for sure. The foil's design is terrible though. A lot of product got wasted.
Not for me -Would Never Repurchase and will give away future samples received
Fekkai Shea Butter Damage Protecting Hair Mask- This does not evenly distribute. I find myself using a lot of this to work it through my hair. My hair is impossibly hard to comb after using this. Then, my reward is straw like hair. Honestly, I am surprised I convinced myself to finish it.
Thann Aromatherapy Shampoo- Does nothing for my hair at all.
Thann Aromatherapy Conditioner- Does nothing special for my hair at all.
MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara- Spider lashes
Benefit They're Real Mascara- People complain they cannot get this stuff off, but I cannot keep it on. Within an hour of application, it was on my face every single time. The formula just does not agree with me.
Elemental Herbology Cell Food Serum (foil)- I tried a foil of this in the past and decided to give it another try. Now, I am certain it is not for me. It goes on a little thick, and I do not feel it going into my skin. The smell is not the best, and I am not certain it is doing anything. That is probably because it does not penetrate well on me.
Wow, look at all those full sizes! I liked your use of the spoiler for your reviews, I will do that in the future to cut down on the clutter of my posts
I really love the Lancome Visionnarre Serum too! I tried it this month, and when I finish my serum stash, plan on using the Visionaire and Genefique together
Regarding your search for inexpensive face wipes- have you tried the Garnier line? I was really pleased with the sensitive wipes (haven't tried the regular yet), and they are paraben free (lots of wipes have parabens unfortunately) as well as dye, fragrance and alcohol free!
I did a mini review for each item, so I thought it could be a little much without the spoiler. This way, the people who are not interested in my reviews can just keep swimming.
When it comes to lotions and creams, it is easy for me to finish a lot of full size products around the same time. I use a lot in general, because my skin is so dry. Knowing that I can use up a bottle long before it expires, I have multiple bottles open at the same time. That allows me to choose the one that best suits how my skin is feeling at the time. For products I use less frequently, I try to only have one item open at a time. I rarely have more than one mascara open at the same time for example.
I love Genifique and Visionnaire together. Genifique is an activating serum, so it works best when paired with another one. In the morning, I pair it with Dreamtone. In the evening, I pair it with Visionnaire. You will love the results you get from both together. I never suggest more than two serums after one face wash though, so ignore anyone who tells you differently.
I have not tried that wipe yet. Thanks for the tip. I stocked up big time, so I am going to try to work my way through them. When I am done, I will try the Garnier one next.
Thanks for the tips! I haven't tried the Dreamtone Serum yet, but I think I have a sample of it. Lancome has become one of my top favorite brands lately!
I definitely hear you on stocking up on wipes, I'm pretty sure I have enough to last me into 2015 at the moment, since I only use about 1 pack per month!
Lancome is my top brand. I am glad you're liking it so much. You're going to love Dreamtone, I bet.
I barely use the wipes, because I barely wear makeup. I try to wear it 2-3 times a week, but there are weeks where I skip the whole thing. That said, I still have a huge stockpile of wipes. It is my quest to find a nice, inexpensive wipe. Thanks again for your tip on the wipes.
I have a bunch of BrightMud samples to try but haven't gotten around to it. After seeing your review, I''ll definitely prioritize them when it comes to sampling my stash
Definitely try them. Just read my directions on use to mpolansky on the next page first. I forgot to add something there, so I am going to amend it now. If for any reason you do not like them, you can always work them in our trade. However, I think you will want to hold onto those babies.
I tried the It's a 10. It has only been one day, so it is far from empty. It makes my hair look and feel nicer than usual, so I am a fan. The only con is it does not detangle as much as my current leave in, which is a big deal to me. My hair tangles so easily and falls out in patches when the tangles get bad.
Which leave in treatments have you tried so far? I'm always on the search for something new and better…and it's a 10 does nothing for me at all. I use a leave in spray every time I wash my hair, so its a big deal!
This is the one I've been using for years. I bought it originally when my older son first started getting longer hair. I get it from my son's hair salon, but you can buy it online as well. The stylist suggested I use it too, and I did. It detangles very well, so I keep getting it. My hair looked better with the It's a 10, but it barely detangled at all.
My Summer empties.
I'm not gonna write about every single product, well... because it's too much
Let me know if you're interested in particular one, I'll let you know my thoughts on it ))
What I have repurchased or will repurchase:
Yves Rocher gel washes - they don't dry out my skin and smell amazing.
Moroccanoil hair oil treatment - does amazing things to my hair.
L'occitane hand creams - my hands never been softer.
Sephora brush cleanser - does a good job and very convenient.
Glamglow both masks!
Ole henriksen truth serum - my must have, I can't live without this thing.
Dermatologica pre-cleanse oil - removes all my makeup very well!
Ole Henriksen face cream
Guerlain mascara and lipstick ( I have several already )
Benefit brow gel