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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.
Glad you found your way here 🙂
Lots of those sample foils being loved! I need to use mine seriously I wonder how long I could go without buying another jar of moisturizer
In between buying new primers and moisturizers, I give them a go. If a certain brand is not working for me, I'll just pass those on to someone or trash them. I went for almost 2 weeks without having to get it once 😛
haha i'm probably good on moisturizer until halfway through next year, just going by foil and deluxe samples! it's too bad they don't give as many eye cream samples, though! that's something i'll have to buy probably in a month or two. but at least it lasts forever 🙂
I like to hoard my empties for two months at a time so I feel a little more accomplished when I throw them out! This is (almost) everything from July & August
Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer - did not like. Felt greasy and did not extend the wear of my foundation
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer - wasn't anything special. It did feel nice and light and easily absorbable but there's no SPF in it and I obviously couldn't tell if there were any brightening benefits from the foil sample.
Deluxe Samples and Travel Size:
Ojon Damage Reverse Shampoo and Conditioner - so gross. I'm really glad I bought the travel size before splurging on the full size. Left my hair with a lot of buildup and feeling disgusting.
Sephora Anti-Shine Primer - Loved, bought full-size
Arganics Argan Oil - got this in a subscription box a while ago and set it aside because Argan Oil is actually listed as one of the last ingredients. Went to use it the other day and it was just really gooey and thick and unusable.
Fresh Sugar Rose - Loved, will repurchase in full size once I go through all my minis (bought the sample pack with all the colors last xmas)
Ole Henricksen Truth Cream - sample lasted 2-3 weeks, used at night because there is no SPF but left my face very shiny so I wouldn't have been able to use it at night anyway. Might have made my skin a little firmer but not enough of a miracle to get me to switch.
Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleaner - did not like, felt like it really stripped my face
Up & Up Daily Cleansing Cloths (x2) - these were my go-to for a while but after having issues with the resealable closure on the last 4 packets, I've decided to move on and try something new
Say Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes - these have been hanging around for a while since my face has a horrible reaction to them and I've just been using them as hand wipes
Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask - didn't really feel like it did anything. I much prefer the Origins Activated Charcoal mask.
BBW Butterfly Flower Shower Gel
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15 - has been my go-to day time moisturizer for years although lately I've bumped it up to SPF 30
Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream - my go-to night time moisturizer
L'Oreal Color Juice Stick (Pink Lemonade) - I've had this for a shamefully long time, but I really enjoyed it. I have no idea if L'Oreal still makes this product, but if they do I would consider repurchasing after I make more of a dent in my lipstick stash
Ulta Professional Eye Primer - this wasn't actually finished, but after trying to go through it for over a year I just gave up and trashed it. No where near as good as the Smashbox eye primer.
MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NW 15) - another product that isn't finished but I'm just giving up on after having it for ~5 years (gross) and never loving it because it wasn't the best match. Had someone at Sephora match me to one of the Tarte concealers and its 1000x better.
Clarisonic Brush head (I think its the regular one)
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara - I strongly prefer super volumizing mascaras, and I felt like this one really hit the mark with that, but it seemed really dried out when I opened it so it didn't last very long. Not sure if I just got a dud.
Lush Dreamwash Shower Smoothie - I got this to shave my legs with and it was alright, but not my favorite. I do think it would be a really nice body wash for someone with sensitive/dry skin though, which is what it is marketed for.
Bio True Contact Solution (x2) - my favorite
Lush Fair Trade Honey Shampoo & American Cream Conditioner - AWFUL. The saleswoman at Lush told me this would be a wonderful and hydrating combination for dry hair. It was terrible and made my hair feel like straw. The only way I was able to power through both bottles was by combining it with a matrix biolage deep conditioner. On the plus side, I did feel like my the shampoo volumized my hair a bit and made it feel cleaner for longer.
I've always done really well with the rest of the Ojon products that I've purchased in the past, which is why I was so disappointed with this shampoo and conditioner. Oh well, I guess its a good thing in the long run since I'm just sticking with my cheapie shampoos until I can find a high end one that really is worth the price!
Picture of empties before I cut open the tubes to get the last bits out.
- Clinique Moisture Surge. Like this, already got another mini.
- Sephora express nail polish remover: was on sale for $1, so I grabbed 4.
- Shiseido white luscent eye cream: nice but not that special.
- Clinique mascara: does make my lashes look long without weighing it down. Interesting wand.
- Origins ginger souffle body cream: can't stop sniffing it. So good.
- Koh Gen Do cleansing water: finished with the help of curious ladies for Traveling sephora boxe. lol.
I have tried Clinique yellow lotion, not lotion+. However, the lotion contains mineral oil if I remember correctly, therefore I'm not getting it. I have dry/combination skin and uses moisture surge right now. Once winter comes, I don't think the lotion or moisture surge will be good unless you have oily skin. If you have dry/combo, try OH Sheer Transformation, a facial oil, or one of the Origins moisturizers.
It's the end of August and my shoebox of empties is overflowing! Did some serious damage this month 🙂
Simple Wipes- have lots of backups, love 🙂
Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful Shower Gel
B&BW Citrus Crush Hand Soap
B&BW Anti-Bac Hand Gel in Sweet Pea, Sun-Ripened Raspberry and Crisp Citrus Herb
Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner- I have backups of this, but will probably not purchase any more. I think this dries out my skin.
Body Shop Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream- great moisturizer, but definitely better for the winter/fall months- a little heavy in the summer. I have backups.
Cranberry Pear Bellini Mini Candle
B&BW Wild Honeysuckle Shower Gel- probably my all-time favorite scent from B&BW 🙂
Neutrogena Visibly Bright Cleanser
RenPure Brazilian Keratin Shampoo/Conditioner
Shiseido Pore Purifying Warming Scrub- did not impress me at all, considering the cost
Clinique Clarifying Lotion- ew, pure alcohol much?
Cashmere Curls Leave In Conditioner
Benefit Hello Flawless
Sephora Foundation Sample
Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel- not impressed at all
Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara
Stila Forever Your Curl Mascara
Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara- loved and definitely will repurchase. Holy grail mascara, ladies.
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Flirty Honey- WOAH I managed to use up a lipstick!
Clean & Clear Daily Pore Scrub
DDF Acne Control Treatment- loved, already have full-size
MUFE Microfinish Powder- really pleased with the finish this gives, will consider repurchasing
100% Pure Body Creams in Coconut and Vanilla Bean-
thought I had died and gone to heaven when I smelled the Coconut. If I ever get through my lotion stash, most definitely will repurchase.
Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash
Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish- LOVED. Definitely planning to purchase.
Joanna Vargas Daily Serum
I got three sample packets of 100% pure body creams in my Birchbox and omg! I LOVED it! I'm trying not to buy and more body lotion till I use up what I already have though. Can't wait. lol
I am obsessed with 100% pure scents! I got the vanilla in my birch box and bought a full size as its the most amazing vanilla smell that has touched my nose hah. I like that it's organic too, for something that I'm putting all over my skin. Thinking about trying the hand cream... Maybe in the almond scent... I saw it in the sample area at my Ulta once but haven't seen it again! At least I got a sniff though... I'm waiting for a weekly special I like since they have good deals to try a lot of products.
Seriously, I could have licked my skin after applying that stuff it smelled so delicious! It had a really great non-greasy, thick consistency too 🙂
I see the line on Ulta's website, but I'm not sure I've noticed it in stores either! Beautydotcom has it too.
This Organic Honey Almond Body Scrub is SO calling my name:
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
Great job, Prosopon! I used to use YesTo Cucumbers face towels too but have recently switched to Ponds -- which I seem to like even more (thicker and more textured towels!) 🙂 I haven't tried them on my eyes, so I can't comment on that aspect.