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.
Some empties to share
Loves- A sweet BIC friend sent me Creme Shop masks. I was excited because the brand is new to me. Still learning about masks, and these were great and easy to use with a good fit. The Dior lash primer is also a fave!
Not for me-
I purchased the A’Pieu Cucumber mask at Target. Very cute concept (loved the slices), but it made my skin sting and turn red. The Smashbox Super-Fan mascara weighed down my lashes and flaked.
My latest batch! I've been holding some of this too long...don't remember much about a couple of things, but I've added notes to the best of my ability in the spoilers
YTD count: 304 empties
Cala Peppermint Moisturizing Foot Mask: At $5 for 3 at TJM, these are an economical moisturizing mask that does a nice job. I don't think about them often, but will always try and keep a few on hand.
Biobelle Dreamskin sheet mask: from their original lineup, which is still my all time favorite brand. The fabric in these is simply phenomenal, thin and stretchy, conforms well, doesn't slide around, fits great...plus they have low scent and provide great moisture. I will always have a variety of their OG masks on hand (provided they don't change them).
Fizz & Bubble Relax (Black Amber & Lavender) Shower Steamer: I don't have a tub so I can't get in on the bath bomb/scented bath items trend (sadly), but I have really enjoyed scented shower steamers as an alternative. This one was a huge cube, good for several showers, but it made a drippy mess; I have a soap dish about hip-high built into my shower wall, and the streaks running down the wall between showers were incredibly unsightly. Next time I'll break these down to chunks and just sprinkle a bit in the dish for each shower. But the scent is fantastic!
Klorane Anti-Pollution Purifying Mist with Aquatic Mint: I leave my hair up in a ponytail most of the time, especially in the heat, but on the occasion I want to take it down, sometimes it just smells...dusty? Stale? This is like a breath mint for your hair, removing the funk and freshening it up for the day. Pleasantly light minty freshness!
Ulta Brightening Yuzu Fruit sheet mask: Ulta house brand masks can be hit or miss...some are great but others are alcohol bombs. This is one of the good ones, though I think it has been discontinued. I bought a bunch of them when they were available, and will happily use them up (and will be sad when I've finished them off lol). It's a thicker black fabric, thicker than I normally like, but it still adheres well and lays pretty decently, and the fit is good. Low scent, good moisture...I don't ask for anything more from a mask, and this one checks all my boxes.
Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer: Korres has never been a brand that interested me much, not for any negative reason though...I just haven't really looked at them. This took me by surprise! Added fragrance is bad, I know, but it's low on the list, and it smelled really good (lightly fruity/herbal). This was the perfect consistency and gave me the exact amount of moisture my oily skin in the humid south needed. I have way too many samples to work through, but this has shot to the top of my "rebuy when I actually need something" list.
The One by Frederic Fekkai One More Day Dry Shampoo: I've been using up some mediocre dry shampoos lately, so perhaps my initial thoughts are tainted just by "thankfully this isn't as bad", but holy cow, I was impressed with this. It feels like nothing in my hair, just leaves it soft and silky. The powder is more of a pale brown/beige, so it blends in better than most white ones, and it all disappears easily with only a tousle or two of my roots. The scent is a little perfumey, but it isn't strong and it dissipates quickly. I need to try this next to my other fave (bumble) but this is definitely in the running for top of the list status. Price will make it an occasional splurge, unfortunately, but I will be hoarding any samples I can get my hands on.
Urban Skin Rx Purifying 2-in-1 Pumpkin Pore Detox Mask and Scrub: This is a white creamy mask with little orange jojoba beads for exfoliating. I find the beads quite gentle (too gentle for my taste...if I'm going to scrub, I want to feel it), but overall, I really liked the mask and will be picking this up at some point, perhaps for the winter. It's self-warming, which is a bit overkill in the summer but will be appreciated when the weather cools down, and it makes my skin feel nice and smooth. Removal is easy. And it smells divine...warm and spicy pumpkin, not too sweet, maybe a pumpkin gingerbread? Yum.
Leaders AC Clear Treatment Mask: I really don't remember much about this one, but I don't recall disliking it. Leaders does some nice sales, so I could see myself ending up with more at some point, but there aren't many that wind up on my "would definitely rebuy" list because no matter how hard I try to like them, sheet masks just aren't my favorite skincare step.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: I keep using 'em, Ulta keeps sending me more lol. They feel nice, they're fine, but not something I'd pay for.
Patchology Flashpatch Restoring Night Eye Gels: similar to the Skyn gels, I wouldn't buy these, but will use them as I get them. These were slippery...it took a few minutes for them to dry out enough to stay in place, so they fall just a notch under the Skyn gels in terms of likability for me, but they're still fine.
Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara: I think I'm one of 5 folks on the planet that really liked this one lol. It wore well for me, provided good definition and length. Would absolutely use again, but it didn't dethrone my fave (Laura Geller Lash Boss), so it stays in likable territory.
CoTz Lightly Tinted Face Moisturizer: I didn't realize this wasn't a sample of my fave sunscreen from them until I opened it...they've recently redone their packaging and I just didn't pay close attention. In any case, this was really nice. It's not quite as thick as their Prep & Protect, and the tint is muuuuuuuch lighter/more subtle. If you are too pale for their OG Natural Face (now Prep & Protect), you would probably love this one. This is still thick for a moisturizer, but not nearly as dense/heavy/silicone-y. It spreads well, and disappears completely on me (and I imagine it would for most, except maybe the darkest of skin tones). I still prefer Prep & Protect...I actually like the denseness of it over this, but I will absolutely use this again if I get more.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam: A light foam cleanser that does a good job of cleansing without stripping. It takes a good bit though, and it's a bit perfumey...the scent isn't terribly overwhelming, but I could do without it.
Sun Bum Revitalizing 3-in-1 Leave-In: smelled fabulous (banana coconut)! Did an ok job and wasn't too heavy, though it wasn't the best detangler I've ever used.
Biobelle (Peachy, VitaminSea, InstantDetox): I am soooooooooo disappointed with Biobelle's new masks. Pics on Ulta's site all show "Tencel" on the packaging, but the masks I received mostly don't say that. And even VitaminSea, which does say Tencel, isn't the same material, or at least it's not woven/constructed the same. The new ones are thicker/less stretchy, and just don't lay nearly as well as the old ones do. And Biobelle has also taken to adding some pretty hefty fragrance to the new line. Sure, peach and watermelon smell good, but it wasn't necessary IMHO (plus the rose one nearly made me gag as I'm not a fan of florals). Unfortunately I have a few more of the new ones to use up (because I thought Biobelle could do no wrong!), but these are definitely on my no-buy list for eternity.
Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo (Mango Coconut): The scent wasn't quite as fruity as would be expected, but it was still fine...it had a touch of something dry/woody to it, which I liked. But, this stuff dried my roots out pretty badly, leaving them crunchy, and it also has a bit of texture/volumizing function that left my hair stiff. Product feel is a big no for me, so this is out.
Bliss What A Melon Overnight Mask + Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: I lumped these together because while they are different formulas and aren't really dupes, the texture/consistency is similar between the two. Unfortunately, these jelly-type sleeping masks don't seem to agree with something else in my routine, and they pill off somewhere around 90% of the time for me.
Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Mask: perhaps the gentlest mask on the face of the planet lol. It's not a bad mask, but I prefer something a little stronger.
Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner: The added fragrance makes this anything but soothing. It's pretty high up on the ingredient list, and I could tell when my skin was angry...this stuff would burn like crazy. Nope.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Mask: a creamy lotion-type wash-off mask. Overly scented (and offensive to my nose). Easy to remove, but I didn't really notice any results, and the scent was just awful...perfumey baby powder was my take on it. Another nope (and I've noped so many items from this brand now that I've lost all interest, even in the one or two things I did like).
@RGbrown This was a good read. Thank you! I am inspired to go find my Kloraine spray! And I am also inspired to lament the fact that I bought an Elemis trial kit that I haven't opened yet and now it's too late to return. Why do I do things like this to myself? I had no idea that brand was so heavily scented.
I'm really disappointed in Elemis as well 😥 I bought one of the trial kits too, ironically just to test this toner, not realizing how heavily fragranced the brand was.
Their Superfood Day Cream (non SPF version) wasn't terrible, and I've got a mini of the enzyme peel to test again (I tried a packet a few months ago and I think I liked it, but it's been a while so I hope I'm not misremembering), but overall, this brand will be a pass from me in the future. 😐
The Klorane is a really nice alternative to the typical perfumey hair mist; I'm really enjoying it!
Few empties from this month:
-I've been using this as a heat protectant for the last few YEARS. Yes, that's how long one of these has lasted me. I think it's been about 3-4 years since I purchased it and used it on my damp hair before I blow dried it. I love the smell, love the watery consistency and I would say it did a good job as a heat protectant as I heat style my hair everyday and my ends are not terrible. Definitely repurchasing this after I finish the bottle of Kerastase I am testing out.
Morroccanoil Shampoo and Conditioner- Another product that I feel has lasted longer than I anticipated (7+ months). The shampoo and conditioner have that typical Morroccanoil scent and did an amazing job of keeping my hair smelling fantastic and looking shiny and hydrated once dry. The shampoo lathered well and the conditioner conditioned well- not really much else to say. I would recommend it to someone looking for more of a hydrating shampoo and conditioner duo although I will add that this product was nothing truly noteworthy or special. It got the job done and left my head smelling amazing. This was a gift so I didn't need to purchase it but I will probably not purchase in the future because I am sure there are tons of products around just like it.
Pureology Refresh and Go Dry Shampoo- I was not a fan of this dry shampoo. I picked it up due to the stellar reviews it got on the Ulta site but I found that I was not fond of the scent or the super white cast it left on my head after I used it. I have used various dry shampoos in the past so I am used to the white cast but this one made combing the white powder harder than it should have been. It did a good job of soaking up the oils on my scalp but in the end, the scent was the biggest turnoff for me. I will not be repurchasing this nor will I recommend it to anyone sensitive to strong smells.
The latest batch! I'm still working through multiple minis and foils, and while there were a couple of "I think I'd like to try that again" items, this is mostly a "it's fine but not wowee" trash haul.
Notes in the spoilers!
Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil: a great sub for Clarins Lip Oil, and I swap back and forth between the two. I don't think I have more of the Ulta oil in my stash right this second, but I do have a couple of Clarins that I need to finish up before rebuying. But I will absolutely get more in the future.
PTR Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Atomic Heat Mask: that's a mouth full Receiving the PTR Gratis mask set made me realize I had a mini in my cabinet (that I went out of my way to get, no less) that I had forgotten about and needed to try! Ever since this came out, and seeing the clay in the ingredients, I thought this was going to be a standard clay mask...color me confused when it was more of a thick cream that seemed to melt with my skin temp instead of hardening up like a clay lol. It's a neat mask, the heating function is fun (if not a bit over the top warm, especially for summer), but this is one I can take or leave. Would use again (still have the one from the set, after all, but I'll save it for cooler weather), but won't buy.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: these are fine, and I have a never-ending supply from gwp's. Will use up, but it's not something I'd buy.
Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C sheet mask: perfectly fine; light grapefruit scent, nice moisture. The mask itself is a little big...I'm not even sure how...it doesn't seem all that long or wide, but it's somehow just baggy all over.
Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8: a lovely, silky serum that feels great and provides plenty of moisture. Not worth the price to me at all, but I would happily use more samples.
111Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel: another lovely eye product...I could pretty much repeat my Verso description here.
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Moisturizer: all of my previous retinols have been stand-alone formulas (e.g. a serum or a booster, not in my moisturizer itself), and I think that's still my preference, but I'd love to give this one another try at some point...it seemed like my skin made a decent amount of progress while using this, but it's always hard to tell with a mini.
Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask: Sulfur, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus...my oh my, this thing STINKS. But it is an excellent clay mask if you want a deep clean. Not sure I can bring myself to buy it, but I would absolutely use it again.
Schick Facial Razor: I still like Tinkle a wee bit better, Tinkle seemed to glide a bit easier and get more with just one pass, but these are a nice sub available at Ulta so I can buy with points/q's. Would use again, might even buy more once I finish this pack.
Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash: a thick, moussey cleanser that foams up almost like shaving cream (yes, that thick!). It does a great job of cleansing without stripping, but it can be tricky to rinse off...it takes a good bit of work and rinsing to make sure it's gone. Would be a love if it didn't require so much effort and attention.
Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Toner: another nice alcohol-free, non-acid toner. I've decided the calendula petals in it drive me nuts though, so I've started straining them out of my samples. I might be on board with buying a full size bottle if I didn't have to go through that lol.
Luxie 141 Mini Round brush: really liked it, but it came loose and snapped right off after only a few months of usage. Meh.
Here are my empties for April to June! I went back to quarter empties this time because I could not take the stuff to recycling. Most of it is I think from June anyways.
All of it:
Items that didn't work for me or I wasn't impressed with, these will not be repurchased.
Loved, will repurchase or already have!
I'm not sure... I honestly can't really make up my mind on these items. I thought they were okay. Will I ruuuuush to repurchase? No. Will even repurchase, maybe.... I mean if they end of my collection okay. Cool.
Items that I ended up using the last week and didn't have a chance to photograph with the rest. The retinoid is a HOLY GRAIL... I always have backups and I would consider repurchasing is Cremo. Everything else is meh...
It just keeps piling up! More trash! 🗑️
Seeing so many folks tally their numbers lately, I went back and counted my empties to date. 264 😮😯 That's a lot of empties!
Notes in the spoilers
Ulta SPF 30 lip balm (watermelon): I started this one after finishing a pomegranate one, and the shock as to how sweet this one was in comparison was a bit startling at first, but it wore off and I found it quite pleasant after a couple of days. I'm really liking these as my every day basic balm, and SPF is a great bonus.
Inglot Duraline: fabulous for making your own liquids out of powders (hello completely budge-proof eyeliner for those oily or watery eyes!), or reviving liquids/creams that have dried out (like my dried out Stila Glitter & Glows ). I already have a backup on hand.
Esfolio Foot & Heel Peeling Mask: quite possibly the best foot peel I've tried to date, and the price is even better! Most peels I've tried have started peeling at 9 days, and I was done around day 21; this one started peeling in 6 days, and I was done on day 18, so it knocked a few days off the process, and it seemed to pull more/thicker skin off than most I've ever tried. The closest contender for me was TonyMoly, which I'd also happily buy again. The one con is this is the only peel where I've had the bootie split; I was only about 15 minutes shy of my desired removal time when I realized it (though I have no idea how long it had been split...it's hard to tell your slippers and socks are wet when your feet are wet anyways lol). Regardless of the split, the results were fantastic.
Biobelle Primer sheet mask: I actively avoided this one for a long time for some reason, but wound up with a couple when the company subbed some in one of my orders, and finally got around to trying one. It was quite nice, reminiscent of pretty much all of their other masks lol. Light scent, though it does have a touch of tea tree oil in it which gives it just a bit of an unpleasant undertone to my nose. I dunno about the "primer" aspect of it, but my face felt refreshed and hydrated, and I'd absolutely use it again.
Better Skin Co Lava Magik Cleanser-Scrub-Mask: I can't imagine using this as a cleanser or mask, but it's my favorite non-acid scrub. The scrubbies are extremely similar in size and grit to the PTR Pumpkin Mask, and are really concentrated in here; just a pea size dab is more than enough once I spread it out on wet skin. I only use it every couple of weeks or so, and this tiny 0.25oz has lasted me 5 months. I have a full size on hand which I now calculate should last me around 3.3 years
Clinique TTDO Cleansing Balm: Love this as my first step cleanser. I have some other samples I'm going to work through for a while, but I already have a full size on hand as well.
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Pore-Refining 2% BHA: Salicylic Acid is a MUST in my routine; even on the laziest of days where I pare down to next-to-nothing, BHA still gets used. I've tried several of her liquid formulas, and I think this one is my favorite, even though it's a smaller bottle for more money. It's got peptides in it, which is a great addition to any skincare routine. I have a little more in a travel bottle to finish off, and I will absolutely be repurchasing this shortly.
RoseAllDay is tencel, and was just as thin as the ones I love from the brand, but it has a pretty overwhelming rose scent that turned me off. This one also seemed to have smaller eye and mouth holes than I remember from their others. This is another "would use again" (because I have two more, sigh), but the scent just isn't for me.
NEST Grapefruit & Verbena Fragranced Body Wipe: the scent is really nice, and it was a quick way to refresh and de-stinkify lol. I don't think I'd ever spend the money on these, but I would happily use again.
Oh K! Hydrating Bamboo Water Sheet Mask: Not bad, but the serum was a little thick, borderline slimy, and that gave me a bit of the heebie jeebies. Light scent that didn't bother me, and I seem to recall the fit being fine. Nice hydration.
Pacifica Super Green Detox Kale & Charcoal Detox Facial Mask: these are the ones with heart shaped eyes, which are kinda cute, but not particularly well fitted for most folks. The fit is pretty terrible too...I have what I consider to be a long face, and this was still somehow laying in my hair above my forehead and hanging several inches off my chin...but it was nowhere near wide enough. Scent was fine, and the moisture was fine, but not impressive enough to overcome the awkward fit.
Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner: a nice non-acid toner that I just can't bring myself to commit to for some reason. When there's a nice sample or gwp glitch at Nordstrom, I'll happily grab another travel size as my purchase, but I don't think this'll enter my HG inner circle quite yet.
AG Hair Coco Nut Milk Conditioning Spray: has a touch of mint to it, and I adore the smell. Not sure the product itself does much for me though in terms of conditioning or detangling. Would use again for the smell, but can't see myself purchasing it just for that.
IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo: it did a great job as a dry shampoo, but it made my roots feel like straw, and I don't think I've ever had a dry shampoo that literally dried out my hair so badly.
Murad Night Fix Enzyme Treatment: I tried and tried to tolerate this, but nope...it's way too highly scented to be good for your skin, and the scent isn't all that pleasant to me to begin with. It's supposed to be a soothing nighttime aromatherapy type scent, lavender etc, but I just found it harsh and artificial.
Victoria's Secret Passion Struck Lotion: I wasn't terribly keen on the scent to begin with, but had it in my truck as my "just in case" lotion. It's been in there, oh...5 years? and finally turned. Glad to toss it lol.
@RGbrown Good to know about that Esfolio foot peel. Have you tried the Baby Foot one? I have several brands and having too many means I can't make a choice on which on to try first. (Patchology, Esfolio, and Baby Foot)
I have the Babyfoot one, but haven't used it yet; I'm scared it's gonna be my favorite and I'll be stuck wanting $25 foot peels instead of $5 ones lol, so I keep using my cheaper ones first.
Patchology did next to nothing for me; I had a little flaking all over, but I never got to peel any large sheets off (which frankly is my favorite part), and what did come off was quite thin. When my feet were finally done flaking (it still took 21 days, even though it didn't take off much), I could hardly tell I had done a peel at all. I've read a lot of great reviews on it, but it was a solid nope for me.