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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 like it...i use a mac 163 around the outside of my forehead and use my ud optical blurring blush to ends up being very subtle on me

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Thanks. I am thinking of using it for the hollows of my cheeks and sides of my nose but trying a lighter color for my three and E.  I will keep practicing applying it with a lighter hand and blending more.

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I love the scent of the soft soap - body butter coconut scrub I've lost count of how many times I've bought it.

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Another great month for me!






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I am so curious what is in the lip package?

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It was a Korean lip mask from one of the memeboxes. Nothing special. I didn't feel it did anything to my lips 

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What June Jacobs item is it and what did you think of it?

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It was an exfoliating mask. I wasn't impressed much, it was very very gentle, and I didn't feel much results. it might be a good product for a sensitive skin, though, but not for mine. I like Exfolikate better. 

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Thanks for letting me know.  I only use one June Jacobs product so far (the foot cream), but I really like it.


I love Exfolikate.  The only one I like when I refuse to splurge on Exfolikate is the one from Benefit.  I get rashes from so many and find the others ineffective.  I think I remember you writing that you were not a Benefit fan though.

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I like the Benefit's scrub though, I think their skincare is pretty good. I'm not a big fan of their makeup and corporate rules/policies Smiley Happy 

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I keep getting samples of their skincare (and other than the exfoliant that I surprisingly bought without ever sampling, I have yet to try any of it.  Glad to read you like it.  I will eventually give it a try.

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November/December Empties (minus vacation items)


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Soft Soap Coconut and Warm Ginger soap- I love everything about it, but my favorite thing is it does not make a huge mess when my kids drip it all over the sink.  The smell is subtle, too.

Julep Nail Masks- These really soften my cuticles.  It is too bad the effects do not last long, but I love them for the temporary effect.

Lush Bath Sample- I have no idea what it was, because it did not have a product card, but I loved it enough to want to start an exploration on the brand.

Julep Foot Mask- Like the hand masks, I love the way these work.  The effects are temporary but great while they last.

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation- I have loved every foundation I've tried lately, so I would be happy with any of them.

Lancome BiFacial- I love the way it feels and it removes everything nicely.

Lancome Bienfait UV 50- My favorite facial sunblock ever.  It applies thin and matte.  My skin never burns when I am wearing this.  It expired before I could use it all, but I will repurchase as soon as I use all of the facial samples I've accumulated.  (I hate when samples keep me from buying my HG items)!

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Hand Cream- Feels and smells great.  LOVE!

H2o+ Hand Cream- Feels great and I like the smell.  (Have so many of these on hand at all times).

Glamglow Bright Eyes- This makes my eyes look so bright.  I love this stuff and my normal skincare routine is having me use this less and less.  I will keep repurchasing this though for when I need it.

Tarte Blush Dollface- I love the Tarte clay blushes and this color is very pretty.  Will purchase the full size at some point.

CoverFX Concealer- The color is slightly off, but this is a fantastic concealer.  It was my first experience with the brand.


Generic sponge (unknown brand)- Bought for my husband when he refused to let me buy him a replacement body brush for my Clarisonic.  He said he would rather use a loofa.  When I bought it, he told me his expression was hypothetical.  I used it on days I did not use my Clarisonic.  It worked fine.

Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon Body Cream- I like everything about it but the scent.  I would be open to using other scents, but I hope people stop buying me this one.

Up and Up Nail Polish Remover- Nothing special or horrible.  It removes the polish and is a great price.

Sephora Rose Sheet Mask- I liked it.  I did not put anything on after it and my face, which is usually dry felt decent until the next wash.  I did not really notice any other effects though, so I am not in a hurry to rush out and buy more.

H2o+ Shampoo- Smells nice and lathers well, but it does not do a whole lot for my frizzy, stringy hair.

H2o+ Conditioner- Smells nice and conditions decently well, but it does not do a whole lot for my hair.

Tresemme Shampoo- Cleans nicely but nothing overly special.

H2o+ Collagen Shampoo- I like this slightly better than the other one, but it is still not my favorite.

CO Bigelow Peppermint and Lavender Conditioner- It is not thick enough for me and does nothing special for my hair.  I love the smell though, so I tolerate it just for that.

Urban Decay Primer Potion- While I would never buy the full size (I prefer NARS), I find this works all right when used with quality shadows and given a lot of time to set before applying shadow.  Otherwise, it creases every time.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid- I like the scent.

Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Jane- The formula feels nice, but I do not really like the color.  There was not enough lipstick in the sample for one full application though.

Benefit Fake Up- The formula is all right.  The color was too dark for me to keep using the sample though.

Dr Haushcka face cleanser- This stuff smells terrible (fades quickly though).  It does not lather super well, but it leaves my skin so soft with its very subtle exfoliant.  

Clinique Powder Redness Correcting- My skin did look slightly less red when I used it.  I am not in the market for a new powder at the moment.

YSL Touche Eclat Illuminizer- This is growing on me.  The first time I sampled it, I used shade one.  It was not a right fit for my skin tone, so I did not like the way it looked.  Someone convinced me to try it again with shade 2, which is perfect with my skin tone.  The only thing that keeps me from loving it is it does not pair well with all of my foundations.  I love it with YSL foundations, so I may purchase this down the road.

H2o+ lotion- A little thin, but it does the job all right.

Eucerin calming lotion- Much thinner than the Eucerin I am used to, which explains why this stuff was so cheap.

Sephora Cotton Rounds- These do not fall apart as badly as the cheap ones, but they still fall apart slightly.  I want something a little nicer when I purchase again.

Not for Me

Malin and Goetz body b-6 lotion- Not thick enough for me, and I hate the smell.  I was only able to use this once. My husband gave it to me after someone gave it to him (two years later).  It was too old for me to give to someone else, so I tossed it full!

Swisspers Cotton Rounds- These are junk and fall apart easily.  Sadly, I purchased a 6 pack before ever trying them, so I have 5 more to go.

Shine Shampoo- It does not lather well, the smell is not great and it does not make my hair look special.  I stay at Sheraton often, which is why I have so many of these.  I am forcing myself to use them, because my husband wants me to use all of my shampoo up before I repurchase more of my beloved Wen (hopefully during Chic week).

Korres Quercetin and Oak Anti-Ageing Primer- Felt slightly moisturizing.  I do not think this worked any better than when I forgot to use anything though.




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Cotton buds that fall apart too easily annoy me intensely! Can definitely empathize!

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As soon as I am done with my stockpile, I am trying Sheseido.  The problem is my stockpile will probably last me through 2015.  I like to buy things in bulk.

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The Shiseido ones are amazing, and a pack lasts quite a long time compared to the cotton rounds!

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So that's the magic trick with Urban Decay's Primer Potion! I never realized it needed to set before whacking on eyeshadow.

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It took me a while to figure that out.  After having it crease 90% of the time when I applied the shadows within two minutes of application, I now have about a 90% success rate of no creasing if I wait over five minutes from applying it and waiting for shadows.  The amount makes a difference, too.  Applying too little obviously does not work well but surprisingly, you can also apply too much.  Whenever I apply a lot (which I have the tendency to do with everything), I get creasing as well.  The trick is to do one tiny squirt (that is enough) and wait five or more minutes after application to start shadows.  


That is why I will never buy it though.  My NARS rarely creases no matter how I apply it.  If you have samples though, this technique is a good way to put them to use.

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Urban Decay, you are so high maintenance Smiley Happy


I've moved over to my sample of NARS, and I'm still having the creasing issue, so I think I'll take this technique and try it out. Thanks for the tips!

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I just saw your message above.  Once you've tried the technique for a while, please let me know how it goes.  Good luck.

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Already Repurchased

CVS cotton squares

Rusk Clarify shampoo—this time I didn't buy the jumbo bottle

Sephora eye makeup remover

Sephora pomegranate and pearl masks

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist 24 eye mask

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist 24 eye cream

GlamGlow BrightMud eye pod

Butter London Ruby Murrary lipstick

Anastasia Lash Genius waterproof mascara topcoat

Sephora lip balm

Urban Decay B6 vitamin spray


Love, May Purchase

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation face cream

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer BB cream



Philosophy Strawberry Italian Soda body wash

Shiseido Bioperformance eye cream

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey

Revlon lash curler

Boscia facial moisturizer with SPF

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve lotion

Omorovicza face wash

Lancome Visionnaire skin corrector

Radical Skincare eye cream

Supergoop Everyday face and body sunscreen

Sephora pore clarifying mask

Sephora oil-blotting films



Sephora clear brow gel

Sephora clear mascara

MUFE Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in Mat 8

Gorgeous Cosmetics lipstick in Lola

Ciate base coat in Underwear

Ciate top coat in Speed Coat

Dior Diorshow Extase mascara

Buxom mascara

Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara

FAB Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Polynesian Purple and Rio de Rose Gold

Eve Lom cleanser

Shany Cosmetics brow and lash comb

Misc. eye cream samples

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Congrats on finishing that shampoo!

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