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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.
Ulta candle (Toasted Fireside): I can't decide if I like the scent of this one or not...I'd actually be willing to buy another just to try it again lol. It's warm and toasty, great fall scent, but there's an undertone that I think didn't agree with my nose all the time. Good throw, and it was a mildly amusing minor diversion to focus on it and decide if I liked it or not in that particular moment. Sadly, all sold out for the year, so unless I go in store and stumble on one, I'm SOL for now.
Paula's Choice Resist 2% BHA: basic staple, HG product. I love this version because it doesn't have the oily finish of the original, and it's also got peptides. Have more, will never be without!
Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo: another basic staple HG item. I knew I loved this the first time I tried it a couple of years ago, so I started hoarding samples from gwps and such, but never used them, continually trying others. I finally broke some back out recently and hot dang, I'd forgotten how good it was, even though I knew it was my fave. It shakes out so easily, and does an amazing job at making my greasy-on-day-one hair look fresh as can be without any white cast or buildup on my scalp. I still have a bazillion other dry shampoos to get through, but I will continually have a stash of this on hand.
Bumble and bumble Bond Building Repair Treatment: I can't really speak to any bond building action, but wow, this is really nice as a conditioner on my clarifying shampoo days, leaving my hair soft, not greasy, and low on frizz. The scent is great too, not too strong, just a soft woody, slightly fruity, unisex type scent that I really like.
Kinship Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream: I know I'm supposed to hate fragrance in skincare, but dangit, this was a fun treat with its vanilla marshmallow scent. Borderline too sweet for me some days, so I wouldn't want to buy a full size anyways, but I enjoyed this while I had it. It was a nice moisturizer too, good moisture without being too heavy, it mixed with my oils well, and sank in without leaving me feeling slick. Would use again.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Leave In Conditioner: eh, fine, whatever. No real impression, not sure it did much, but it didn't weigh my hair down or make my roots greasy, so it wasn't bad.
Murad Prebiotic Cleanser: perfectly lovely cleanser that cleanses well without stripping my face dry. Low scent. Would use again.
Hempz Citrine Crystal & Quartz Body Moisturizer: love the smell of this one, a nice tart grapefruit (maybe mixed with peach and/or raspberry?). I've used another packet or two of this and never noticed before, but it's also got a subtle sparkle to it, superfine gold shimmer running through it. Pretty sure I've got a travel bottle in the cabinet, and would absolutely get a full size at some point as well.
The Annie's Way mask was really nice, super thin material, low scent, good moisture; would absolutely use again! Biobelle is a true love as always. Soap & Glory is ok, decent moisture, but the mint and eucalyptus scents are fairly strong (I love minty, but dang, it's not great for your face).
I burn candles in spurts, then forget all about them for a while. I've gone nuts buying them this year though, and have more candles than I have room to store them, so I'm trying to get some gone! I love having a nice scent all throughout my home ❣️
EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo: not sad to see this one go. Works OK at best, but doesn't keep my hair looking fresh for a full day. It takes a lot to get halfway decent results, and that leaves flaky buildup on my scalp.
H2O+ Beauty Sea Salt Mousse to Oil Body Moisturizer: this is pretty amazing stuff! I've had it in my stash for a couple of years now (the hazard of buying entirely too much body lotion lol) and I wish I had tried it out sooner, as it seems the brand has discontinued this format altogether now. It's an airy mousse that melts into my skin as an oil, and has great moisture for what seems to be a fairly lightweight product. This was super fun to use (as long as I was careful...on more than one occasion, I'd plop it onto my skin a little too hard and wind up splattering it everywhere lol). Light fresh scent. I have one more in another scent, and am so torn on whether to hoard it or use it 😂
Glisten & Glow top coat 2oz: true love, HG, and while "never say never" rings in my ears, I'm pretty dang sure I'll never stray. Super quick to dry, no shrink, nice shine!
Mamonde Calming Hydro Sleeping Mask: everything else from the brand I'm sniffed has been way too heavily floral scented for me, but this was a nice light scent. It's fairly light and thin for a sleeping mask, I could tilt the jar and give it a few seconds to just drip into my hand, but it was perfect for my oily skin over the summer...nice moisture without being too heavy. This isn't something I'd buy, especially as I have plenty of other sleeping masks, but I'd use another sample if I got one.
Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Concentrate: The name makes it sound like I was supposed to use this in the mornings, but haha whoops, it was my nighttime eye stuff. Nice moisture. I don't generally have dark circles, so I can't really comment on that function anyways.
Lip Smacker Dr Pepper Lip Balm: so it appears this has been discontinued, and I'm not sure I'll ever get over the heartbreak. I have 3 more in my stash that I will treasure. This is just a daily balm for me, with a fun flavor that I love, perhaps not all that special in formulation, but one I've been keeping on hand for a few years now. Le sigh.
Ulta SPF30 Sunscreen Lip Balm: another discontinued love that I have a couple more of, this is the best sunscreen lip balm I've come across. It's not gritty or slimy, and feels just like a regular balm, no funny sunscreen taste.
Aldi Spiced Cider candle: nice throw, burned well, great scent
CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion: basic staple
Dionis Sole Keeper Foot Cream: my new tied-for-favorite foot cream. MINTY minty minty goodness, decently rich and thick. BBW is just a touch thicker, but leans heavy on eucalyptus scent-wise, whereas this has the better mint scent, and for a foot cream, mint is my jam. Love this and have more!
Declutters: I found more expired sunscreen 😞 I thought about keeping these just for the glitter, to use as a sparkle topcoat over a layer of non-expired sunscreen, but TBH, I didn't use these at all this past year, even for the glitter, so there was no point. The SheaMoisture body cream stinks (side effect of expired vitamin C perhaps? This is a couple of years old, so I'm not sure if it turned or just smelled bad to begin with), and also goes on white and takes forever to rub in.
Biobelle is a true love as always. The Lancome one would be nice if it wasn't so heavily fragranced.
Looks like I finished off my last G&G in February, so I'm going through 2oz every 9-10 months 😮
I've been really impressed with most of the Aldi candles I've tried! I've got one of their wood wick ones going right now, and the throw isn't quite as nice as I'd hoped, but otherwise, they've all been great.
G&G is all I use!
I don't track anything heavily, I just looked through my album of empties pics to see when it last made an appearance 😋 I finished off the old one sometime between Jan 31 and Feb 21. I probably wouldn't have opened the new one until mid March or so, so perhaps even 8ish months 😮
So many empties, @RGbrown!! Congrats!!
I'm trying to remember the scent on the lancome masks (since I'm usually pretty sensitive to scents but like this mask).
While it certainly wasn't the most offensive out of all the sheet masks I've tried, it had a floral/perfumey scent that I just don't appreciate in skincare. I've got one or two more I'll use up eventually, the mask itself was nice and hydrating, the scent just didn't agree with me 😐
L'Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil 8.4 oz/ 250 mL has been an HG product for years. @makeitup305 mentioned on another thread that Trader Joe's has a cleansing oil that is a dupe for it - that's on the shopping list for my next trip to TJ's.
None of the sheet masks caused any irritation; the first two are promising, but there's just something about them that makes them unexciting when compared to other similar masks on the market - alcohol being so high on the ingredients list did in the Vitamasques Manuka Honey Sheet Mask. As for the Decorte Vita De Reve Sheet Mask, the mint-ish herbal scent is relaxing but there's not enough essence to the mask to last longer than 15-20 minutes on my currently combo-leaning dry skin. While 20 minutes is usually the recommended wear time for most masks, I like to wear masks for 30 minutes and save for daily sheet masks that are intended to be kept on for a shorter period of time, I can usually keep on a mask for at least an half hour, so there was a little disappointment with the wear time on the Decorte.
Hahaha! Yeah, I was bored one day and wanted to come up with a fun theme for empties so Love, Likes, Lackluster and Loathes came to mind. I've tried a few different themes over the years but these L categories may be the ones that stick. 😂
Thank you @haleyvvvv! I'm happy that I'm working through my stash of products. My goal is to have fewer and fewer empties each year, because for all of last year and the earlier part of this year, I had more than my fair share of foils, DS and partially used products that I just kept around for the sake of keeping - ugh!
@itsfi @ Oh wow, thanks. I love the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, so a Trader Joe's dupe is an exciting tip! I switched to The Body Shop Hemp Shower Oil for the price and like it, incl. the earthy scent, but the TJ's ingredients look very similar to the L'Oc. I'm gonna have to try it. ☺️ Thanks for posting your takes!
@EsinaJ, if you try the TJ cleansing oil, I'd love to hear your take on it. I picked one up but haven't opened it yet - trying to work through a few of body washes I already have opened - "trying" is the operative word here. Ha! Is the earthy scent on TBS Hemp Shower Oil really strong? I find that my nose can be a little sensitive to earthy scents that are really potent.
@itsfi Ha. The body wash work-through; I get it! I'm cycling through washes too, so I just got back to the Body Shop Hemp oil. To me, the scent is what I think a hemp hut would smell like. Mildly of dried grass, mildly patchouli. It's definitely on the musky side, not sweet or fresh or green floral. If musk is not for you, I'd probably skip it. 😉 Will definitely let you know when I try the TJ oil. (It may be a while. I've banned myself from buying any more shower gels atm! 😂)