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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.
I went into the bathroom last night to grab my empties for pics, and somehow wound up spending an hour dusting my makeup and perfume?? Found some long lost items that need to be tossed, so this batch is some empties with a few declutters thrown in 🗑️
Notes in the spoilers
THINGS I ACTUALLY USED
BBW Aromatherapy Conditioning Foot Cream (Eucalyptus Spearmint): The formula on this line of foot creams is almost exactly the same as the old True Blue Spa line. Very similar ingredient lists between the two, with just a few things in a different order. I loved TBS, and love this one too. The scent is heavy on the eucalyptus, where I wish it focused more on the mint, but overall, it's a very good cream, very thick and rich.
Smashbox Primerizer: This works well for me alone as a summer daytime moisturizer, and adds an extra layer of hydration in conjunction with a regular moisturizer in the winter. Love it, and have more.
Klorane Dry Shampoo (loose powder): Works ok, but tends to lead to build up and flakies on my scalp, and I absolutely cannot get past the scent, it's kind of a musty, powdery smell that assaults my nose. The bottle is terrible as well (but I decant powders into a different one anyways...I have an old Alterna bottle that while it isn't perfect, it works reasonably well).
Klorane Nourishing Leave-In Cream with Mango Butter: I used this in place of my curl cream/gel step, and it's definitely not meant to replace that, but I can't be bothered to add an extra step to my routine, and you know what? While it's decidedly not a curl cream, the moisture helped tame a bit of frizz and worked pretty dang well as an alternative, helping define my curls a smidge more. While I'm not running out to buy more, this falls into "I'd use it again" territory.
Skyn Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: fine, just trying to use 'em up.
Oozoo Water Bang Hydrating Mask: So I have spent the last year using up way old sheet masks, ones that expired as far back as 2017 (!), and I finally get caught up only to find this one has dang near dried out in the pouch, even though it hadn't expired! It was still a wee bit wet, so I slapped it on anyways, but 5 minutes later, I was peeling it off my face because it was dry dry dry. Meh, whatever, it was the only one I had.
Leaders Kalahari Melon Moisturizing Mask: As someone who doesn't really care about most sheet masks, I like this line pretty well. These are probably one of the few I'd consider repurchasing if I ever want more masks in the future.
Jack Black Oil Free Sun Guard 45 is a decent sunscreen, and whoops it should have been in the first pic, but I apparently get confused easily lol. A little slick/shiny, I mostly reserve it for yard work or non-makeup days, but I like having it on hand. This tube is 80%-ish gone, but expired earlier this year, so it's gotta go. I have another though!
Sara Happ The Fuchsia Slip has a godawful strong rose scent, big no for me. Butter London Sheer Wisdom Lip Oil is (was)...fine...but I never wore it much and it's starting to smell a bit off, so I may as well toss it. Yensa Lip Oil is a big no for me, it feels slimy. And the Ulta Lip Butter has turned as well.
@RGbrown Funny that you use an old Alterna bottle for your loose powder dry shampoo - b/c I do the exact same thing! I'm glad I saved a couple when Alterna changed the formula and bottle. (I think they re-formulated yet again, and might be back to the "old" back.) I'm sorry that you didn't care for the Klorane loose powder dry shampoo. It's been a staple for me for years. I like how it works, and to me it is low-odor which I really appreciate.
The Alterna bottle has been pretty decent to me! It's not perfect, and I'm not sure there is a "perfect" solution for spraying out powders, but it's better than any other bottle I've ever tried. I don't even remember if I liked the Alterna dry shampoo or not at this point, but the bottle has been handy!
@RGbrown Oh - I didn't realize you were spraying the loose powder. Does this look like the kind of bottle you use?
I use one that looks more like this:
Just curious, is all 🙂
Yeah, I've got so much stuff I like that I'm just not willing to try and force a use of something I find iffy or bleh, and I'm certainly not looking to force a whole new category (like self-tanners) to become a thing for me lol. Sometimes it's best just to let something go and move on!
I can't stand strongly scented lip stuff, especially if it's floral/perfumey...florals are my least favorite scents in general, and rose is typically a strong no for me in anything, especially a lip product that's going to be right under my nose all day 😒 Thankfully I grabbed this on clearance, so at least it didn't hit my wallet too hard 😋
Empties from the first half of the month
* Hanyul Yuja Face Oil Sheet Mask - the oil essence in this mask feels luxuriously rich and smells absolutely divine - a fresh, slightly sweet, citrus scent. Results were good too - skin felt soft, plump and nourished and looked brightened.
* Some By Mi Diamond Brightening Glow Luminous Ampoule Mask is one of the biggest finds for me so far this month. The mask is aptly name - my skin looked lit - it was glowy, bouncy, plump, supple and looked happily hydrated. I was very pleasantly surprised with how radiant my complexion looked after using this mask.
* Innisfree Jeju Root Energy Mask (Ginger) - the ginger variety is one of two masks within this series that has a cream serum to it and my dry and dehydrated skin feels nourished and moisturized by it without feeling heavy or looking greasy after use.
* Innisfree Cica Mask with Bija Seed Oil - this was magnificent - redness was diminished, breakouts flattened, skin felt soothed and nourished and had a fresh-faced, dewy brightness to it.
* Etude House 0.2mm Air Therapy Mask - Madecassoside is another winner from this series of mask, especially good for when my skin is sensitive, irritated or going through or recovering from a breakout.
I have had a tube on Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum in my skincare collection for about 5 years or more. It's a thicker gel / jelly texture that is hydrating and soothing. It comes out when my skin is going through serious dryness and I've found it to works well with the moisturizers I typically reach for to treat extreme dryness.
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi has been a go-to for me when I want to add some healthy color and glow to my skin.
The whipped consistency of Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream is great; mixes well with oils as well as something like D-Bronzi. This is my last, or one of my last, DS of this thick, rich, ceramide based cream.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is good quality at a good price - a winning combination. Soft but not too soft; firm but not too firm. The slant, angles and points of the sponge come in handy too.
* Etude House 0.2mm Air Therapy (Camellia) - the jelly oil serum in this one is good for dry or dehydrated skin
* Etude House 0.2mm Air Therapy (Argan) - dry or very dry skin types will like creamy oil serum
* The Creme Shop Squalane Rose Oil - oil in serum is light enough to suit those with normal, combo, dry or dehydrated skin. Those with oily or very oily skin might like it in the coldest part of the winter.
* Kocostar Waffle Mask (Ice Cream) - the waffle design of the sheet combined with the gel like serum make this a great combination for those with sensitive and dry or dehydrated skin
butter London Lip Gloss (Tea With the Queen) - it took me some time to like this product. On it's own, it completely washes me out, but after working with it for a while, I've discovered this one works well with both the bolder matte liquid lip colors in my lipstick collection as well as the ones that have a warmer coral / peachy / orange tone to it, in both instances making the colors look more wearable on me.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser is a very thick cream and needs some water to help emulsify it and make it easier to spread and massage into the skin. I wouldn't say it foams up so much as you can get a gentle lather. It's a good cleanser for very dry skin though not my favorite one.
Farmacy Honey Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum with Hydrating Honey + Gentle Flower Acids does make my skin feel soft, smooth and more clear overnight. I do like the Farmacy honey products, including this one, but I find that at the moment my preference is to exfoliate my skin either with a wash off peel or in a liquid formula that I apply with a reusable cotton round.
La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Mask has a nice cream consistency to it. It's not an immediate repurchase as I have a handful of other very good wash off hydrating masks that I'm working through at the moment.
Nest Candle - Vanilla Chai smells wonderful and perfect for the fall. I just prefer the pumpkin scented candle from Voluspa.
One of my first fancy candles, Votivo Aromatic Candle (Red Current) has a slightly sweet, slightly warm and creamy scent and a great throw.
Illume Eternal Nomad Thai Lily Body Butter is one of those products I wished I would have actually gotten around to using when I first picked it up - it has a nice, fresh, floral scent.
For the most part, the sheet masks in this last row are fine enough. I would use these again, with maybe one exception. For the two Etude House masks (Damask Rose and Pearl variety), there's a season when these masks work well for my skin. There are just others within the 0.2mm line that work better for my skin year round.
I'm intrigued by the Beauty Pie Japanfusion Uji Tea Leaf Sheet Mask - it's cut vertically. It does take some getting used to and while my first impression were more 'meh', I will give it another try to see if that opinion holds true.
The Sephora Collection hand masks and foot masks are great to have on hand; these limited edition holidays one make for wonderful gifts / stocking stuffers. I pick up several every year for that reason. For personal use, these are fine; just not my favorites.
AmorePacific makes one of my favorite mists. This AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Mist (pink version) was part of a trio set I picked up a couple years ago= each mist had its own design, color and a different scent than the original AP moisture mist. It's the scent on this one that makes it a 'meh' for me. There's a hanbang / herbal / slightly medicinal scent that doesn't make my nose super happy, which is odd since I tend to like the hanbang scent; there's just something in this particular fragrance blend that isn't my favorite.
Eminence Organic Skincare Birch Water Purifying Essence is another and the big 'meh' of this batch. My skin didn't care for it when I layered multiple layers of it like an essence - it was too much for my skin, but it worked fine if I used it just as a toner, which is what I did to use it up.
MTD (as of 10.15.2021) = 27
I know I dont keep track of what I use and always forget to take a picture. 🙄. This time I remembered to take a few😁. Here are my empties:
Glow RecipeWatermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist
Loved it as always but I have since used other sprays. This was my 3rd bottle from the Holiday collection last yr. I used to use it during the day but I'm afraid the oils will break down my sunscreen faster. I will definitely buy this again and use it at nightime. The soft watermelon scent is very relaxing too. I'm going to see if I can open it to re-use the fine spray nozzle.
Glow Recipe Glow Lip Pop Lip Balm OG
Loved this balm and finally finished this one in May this year, from the Gratis in 2019(?). It smelled the same and never went bad. 🙂 This was a lifesaver when the Marine lip Algae by Dr Dennis Gross was discontinued on Sephora. I am now using up my other Gratis love, the Tatcha lip mask.
Lawless Forget the Filler lip gloss
A Gratis 2021 used up because I fell in love with it. I bought a Sephora collection bottle scraper and used every last juicy morsel of this gloss. As you can see in the pic, lol. It hydrated and stayed on the whole night even with drinking water. It plumped up my lips during the day and the wand was an awesome lip hugger that pleasantly massaged my lips. It lasted a long time because one siwpe at the bottom of my lips was all I needed for all over coverage. I wish the handle didn't peel off with all the oils I used in my skincare routine but that is a tiny issue. I will definitely purchase the color glosses once I have panned my mini Ilia balm oils.
Milk Makeup KUSH High Volumizing Mascara
This was from the Holiday set with the Lip balm (that I have yet to use) and the brow gel. It built up my lashes pretty well and was a timesaver compared to Benefits They're Real! Magnet Extreme Lengthening Mascara. It took way less time to build up to some extreme lashes. I love the heavy feel of the wand and the bristles weren't prickly. Still, I love my Ilia mascara better for the ease of washing it all away with only soap and water.
Nuface 24k Gold complex Gel primer
I really enjoyed this and wish they had kept it in their line. It felt very cooling and more moisturizing than the regular gel. I am using the new Silk creme and am not wowed by it. The built in brush was also very helpful in applying.
Julep Triple Quench Deep Hydration Sheet Mask System
This was a very hydrating and relaxing mask to use. The essence packet was easy to open with wet hands and had more than enough to apply on. The mask didn't cover the whole face but well enough. I would pull it up and down depending on where I needed the hydration more. It was very easy to separate the mask from the mesh while it was on. It was very cooling to the face. There was so much juice in the mask packet, that I would give my hands a soak as well. The moisturizer after the mask was ok but I felt I needed to complete my skincare and often would forget I had that 3rd step to complete. I dont remember what the price was but it was a good deal for a 5 pack.
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream with TFC8
It was not that moisturizing and didn't alleviate any dryness for me.
Tatcha The Dewy Serum Resurfacing and Plumping Treatment
I didn't see any improvement in the 7 days challenge I used it for. It's been the only serum that has sat heavy on my face. The Tatcha overnight repair serum and Eye cream are much better samples to use. They have been more beneficial than the serum and am glad I didn't give up on the Tatcha line. I will probably re-purchase those deluxe samples and give my review on them in a few weeks.
You definitely scraped the LAWLESS Forget The Filler Lip Plumper Line Smoothing Gloss @Buootiful. I did the same thing--I wasn't going to let a bit go to waste!
Great job @Buootiful! The GR watermelon mist is wonderful and has one of the best misters out there. ♥️ Was there anything in particular about the AB cream that made it just meh?
@itsfi For the price point I really expected more. Even though I got it as a gwp, it felt lile a generic moisturizer. It does its job in a pinch but nothing special.