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.
These are saved up since new Year's so it's going to be a bit of a long post!
Gucci II perfume - this is my fav. I'm on my 8th or 9th bottle of this and have been wearing it for probably well over a decade.
Shu Uemura Porefinist cleansing oil - Also a staple. Have repurchased multiple times. It does a great job removing makeup and the large bottle lasts a very long time. It's lightweight and I much prefer it to the Tatcha Cleansing oil I'm trying to finish up now.
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Perfume and Deodorant - love both of these! Also a staple and have also repurchased many, many times. The scent is light and fresh and the deo does a great job.
Klorane dry shampoo - the ONLY dry shampoo I like and I've tried lots. I don't find the smell overwhelming. Each of these is a different variety - one is the color tint one, the other is the original and the third one with the green cap is the oily hair one. All three are fantastic and do a great job. I'm currently digging the tinted one and thats the one I repurchased because it's just easier but the oily hair one was amazing for when I had seriously oily hair.
Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream - a fantastic moisturizer. Already repurchased. I love the Eve Lom line in general and this cream didn't disappoint. It's smooth, easily absorbed and sits nicely under makeup. Leaves the skin plumped but not puffy and does do a bit of lifting.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Lip Balm - staple. Already repurchased. This is not the lip balm for people with seriously dry lips. I like it because my lips are only a bit dry and it is not too goopy, has no smell and no taste so I enjoy it at night. I like it for under liquid lipsticks as well since it can be applied very lightly and not mess with the consistency of the liquid lipsticks.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Cream - The smell, the texture - this moisturizer is divine and I've repurchased many times. It is very moisturizing and does a great job under makeup.
Armani Eyes to Kill Classic Mascara - It's one of my favorites for sure but it does flake by the end of the day unfortunately. With that said, it does give a beautiful eye opening effect so I do love it.
Lancome Hypnose Mascara - a classic mascara that just works. Nothing over the top and it doesn't amaze me but it's reliable.
Chantecaille Longest Lash Mascara - this mascara is absolutely stunning and stayed wet for a very long time so I used it for quite a while. Cons though is that I didn't notice any lash growth and that it's a very wet formula so there is no avoiding q-tips for cleanup but with that said it's a really great formula. Doesn't irritate my eyes or my contacts and does a beautiful job volumizing the lashes. The price point is just so steep. I rebought just the faux cils mascara thinking it's the same formula minus the growth factor but it's just not quite the same.
By Terry Ombre Blackstar shadow stick in Frozen Quarts - I'm on my third one of these and already repurchased. It's just the easiest quick makeup item that I use constantly. Pink and Shimmery and not over the top. Beautiful, neutral everyday look.
BeautyBlender - I love my BB but this one molded awfully quick. Unfortunately prior to that happened, I bought the pro one in black and now I'm worried all the time because if that one molds too I won't be able to see it...
Like, might repurchased
Amrani Crema Nera - just a basic heavy duty moisturizer. Not sure the price tag is justified though.
Biotherm Cleansing Balm - this was a good makeup remover but it didn't do anything special to my skin like other cleansing balms do. At the price point, it's a great buy but nothing too special.
Armani Eyes to Kill Excess - this was dramatic and a bit clumpy but it gave the eyelashes the nicest curl!
Urban Decay Dew Me - I liked Dew me a lot and go the replacement Chill but Chill is just not doing it for me. It's not as dewy and it's just not keeping my makeup on any longer. Anyone else find the same?
Alterna Bamboo Volume Conditioner - I finished the shampoo a while ago but I usually use much less of the conditioner. I do occasionally repurchase this and it's not but not a must have. I'm really into John Masters Organics at the moment.
Lancer the method Polish and Nourish - liked both of these a lot and repurchased the full size but somehow fell out of love with them in the full size. Nothing really to justify the price tag.
Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color - this was an impulse purchase after I got my hair balayaged since I spent a fortune and wanted to keep it looking nice the longest. This shampoo is a bit of a mystery to me. It smells amazing, definitely helps the color keep but it doesn't leave my hair shiny or clean looking. But my hairdresser used it on me in the salon and it was incredibly shiny. Go figure!
Bliss Steep Clean - an OK cleansing mask. Took me forever and a day to finish it because I just didn't find I was reaching for it.
Neutrogina Body Clear Body Wash - I used to adore the scrub version of this but then it was discontinued so I started getting this. I don't use this all the time but just once in a while and mostly because I like the scent of it. I totally do miss the scrub though
Vaseline Spray Moisturizer - the aloe vera smell is great and light and the spray function of this is great. I've gone through 3 or 4 bottles and towards the middle the sprayer almost always becomes much less fine and annoying so I hven't repurchased.
Not for me
Benefit They're Real - this does nothing to my eye lashes except make them spidery.
Benefit Roller Lash - same spidery effect, I just don't get it.
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara - this one was ok but nothing special. Would use again if I got it as a freebie but wouldn't spend the money on it.
Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus - not a bad primer but nothing special.
Almay Once Coat Multi-Benefit - this was a freebie that was thrown in with my contact lens purchase with the idea being that it was great for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. And after trying it once, I figured out what - it does nothing!
Max Factor False Lash Effect - bought this while on a trip to London because it was raved about on YouTube. It ended up being pricy for a drugstore mascara - over $20CAD i think and I don't know what the hype is about. It's about as natural as they come and nothing special at all.
Purity Cleanser - I don't like this for the face at all because its far too drying but used it up cleaning my brushes.
😄 it was a gift from a friend who thought I could use a break. It was nice enough but more a novelty item than something I would repurchase. I find Epsom salts and essential oils are more effective.
The crazy cleaning lady in me will not allow me to save more than a bagful of empties at a time so I had two batches for June 😂. At this point I just have one more bag of foils and a shoe box full of DS to get through. I really like most of the samples that I used with the exception of Philosophy Hope in a Jar, Dior Micellar water, Fresh Rose eye cream, Clinique pep start and oil free gel. These items were really kind of meh; I didn't really see any results and there are better alternatives out there.
Good on ya for getting through those samples! I'm nearing the end of my sample stash. I've accumulated more samples since I started my own little challenge but I'm not counting those.
I've been working really hard to use up the stuff I have. I hadn't realized that every ime I went to get my hair done I ended up buying shampoo and conditioner and I have like 6 half used bottles cluttering my bathroom.
C-Firm Drunk elephant: As you can see it is completely oxidized, the annoying part is that ever since I bought it back in November it was that exact color. They have reformulated and changed the manufacturing process so new batches are clear. Still I think customers who bought the first oxidized from the get go batch should get some kind of voucher.
Awapuhi shampoo and conditioner: Liked it especially the smell but I don't feel it did anything out of the ordinary for my hair.
Pantene Dry Shampoo: this is my HG formula it works so well, why does it have to smell like roach killer??? Pantene please change the perfume on this!!!!!
Kiehls conditioner: NOPE it left my hair a greasy mess, heavy, weird.
MUFE mascara: this was part of a rouge birthday present from last year I think? LOVE it already bought the full size!
Not in the picture a lip scrub from Lush that went stale (Another reason to keep going through my stash of unused stuff I hate throwing away gone bad beauty products)
*Drags photo over from other thread*
Ulta Shower Smoothie in Tangerine Dream
Bath & Body Works Peony and Berry Vanilla Shower Gels
Bath & Body Works Body Lotion in Candy Apple
(won't be repurchasing anything body wash or lotion related- I have enough for a year (or two), and need to use up my stash!)
Simple Exfoliating Wipes- love these, having been using for a long time and have backups!
Wei To Go Ideal Skin Perfect Finish (CC Cream)- love, already have repurchased
Tresemme Split Remedy Serum- won't repurchase, didn't do much
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap- ok, but I want something with salicylic acid
Body Shop Peppermint Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub- wasn't any grittier than the other scrubs I own, and frankly I don't like peppermint
Beauty Protector Leave In Conditioner- didn't do much
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo/Conditioner- ok, won't be repurchasing
Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter Mask- smells absolutely divine but didn't do anything special for my hair sadly
Wasn't really a month for trying out a lot of samples, but I was happy to get rid of a lot of full-size items!
I'm with you, I've told myself I absolutely can not buy any more lotions shower gels or exfoliators until I use mine ALL up. And really glad to know about the Organix Argan Oil Mask I was thinkign about trying it out.
Solidarity sister! I'm going on 7 months of no purchases of body products, and I'm finally starting to make a little room in the storage bins for these items! I have a serious candle hoarding problem too.
My hair is extremely particular. Until very recently, I had not found any products (and I've experimented quite a bit) that really were amazing for my hair. I wouldn't take my advise to heart- just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean it won't work for you!
I'm going on an absolute no buy until I use up everything! I'm gonna be strong lol I should probably do that for candles too... I honestly have way too many I've used up two though that counts for something
I love this thread! It is helping me to document my empties so I do not have to keep them for long periods of time. Also, with the short descriptions (yay or nay) it helps me to remember what I have liked and not liked.
Here are my mid August empties!
-Phyto phytojoba shampoo - it was nice, but for the price I need "wow!"
-DDF ultra-lite oil free moisturizing dew - love! Perfect for my skin in the summer, I already have another (wish Sephora still carried it!)
-Yes to Cucumbers facial towelettes - got some on clearance at Target, I like it for make up in general but I noticed that it stung my eyes a little bit, so I will be looking for another brand for my eyes sake.
-Korres Provitatim B5 & Rice Bran mascara - got it in a set of some sort, kind of a dry formula, flaked, and it irritated my eyes, will not repurchase
-Maybelline Full 'N Soft mascara - already have a replacement, perfect for my sensitive eyes (it is a good basic mascara, I need to find a better (more volumizing/lengthening) one for sensitive eyes)
-Covergirl Natural lash mascara (clear) - just for my brows
-Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye cream - it is nice, I wouldn't say fabulous like their night face serum, still looking for the best eye cream.
-(not pictured - I forgot it) Mary Kay age fighting eye cream - I have a few Mary Kay foil samples that I am using up, it was just an okay eye cream