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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.
YTD 426 🗑️
Huntington Home Citrus Clove candle: Aldi's version of Woodwick candles, this had a nice throw, good burn time, and a lovely scent.
Tree Hut Tropical Mango scrub: basic staple, excellent all around body scrub with a fun scent. I'll try most any body scrub, but I always come back to Tree Hut as my fave.
Nest Ocean Mist & Sea Salt candle: excellent throw, but I do not like the scent of this at all; I catch a very strong floral scent, nothing salty or ocean air about it.
Huntington Home Holiday Cranberry candle: this seems to be a scent that comes back reliably every holiday, and I am glad it does, I love the spicy fruity scent, it's got good throw, and burns well, though this one didn't burn quite as far down as they usually do...it seems the wick holders are much taller this year, leaving a little extra wax in the bottom.
System Professional Hydrating Conditioner: passable; worked decently well on my dry ends, but not as well as others. I think I've got another packet or two of this in the shower that I'll use up, but it's not something I'd repurchase, as it didn't dethrone my fave, and is near impossible to find anyways.
Philosophy Purity cleanser x10: basic staple. One day I'll finally finish all these packets!
Ulta Makeup Remover Towelettes, watermelon: lovely scent, and they cleanse well enough on my lazy nights. I've got some other wipes in my stash, and they aren't something I go through quickly, but if I ever need to rebuy in the future, Ulta's will be in the running.
Tom Ford Ombre Leather: turns sickly sweet on me, which makes me sad, but made a nice pillow mist instead
Dionis Lip Balm, Blood Orange: basic staple, nice daily driver, cheap enough that I don't mind keeping a stash of various scents around the house
Butter London glass cuticle pusher: I had been testing this versus a metal pusher, and was just deciding that I might like this one a wee bit better when I dropped it in the sink and managed to break *both* ends. Might replace, but may not...my clumsiness isn't dissipating with age, it seems
TONYMOLY masks: thin material, low scent. The collagen variety leaves me with more moisture than the vitamin C one, but both fall into "fine, would use again" territory.
Holika Holika Strawberry Pure Essence mask: also fine, ok moisture, but I've had better. Low scent. Not bad, not spectacular.
Give Them Lala Stay Calm Soothing sheet mask: meanwhile, I liked this one enough to pick up a few more boxes for $4 from BoxyCharm. Moisture is really all I look for in a sheet mask, and this one was pretty darn nice. Thin material, stays in place, very low scent, all around excellent for my preferences, and I was happy to add more to my stash.
@RGbrown Over 400 empties, way to go! Thank you for your detailed info. It helps when considering these products. Let me ask, does ALDI have candles year round or just at holidays?
Aldi has a few candles year round; at my store they are on the cleaning and food storage aisle, between the cleaning products and the foil/Ziploc bags etc, and they are fairly basic scents...not a ton of selection here, but the ones I've tried are good. But they also almost always have a rotating selection of candles in with all the random stuff on the seasonal aisles too. I've been disappointed in a couple of their candles over the last couple of years, but for the most part, I'd say they are worth the purchase...most have been pretty dang stellar, especially for the price!
Recent empties: Peach Slices deep blemish microdarts, Banila Co Clean It Zero cleansing balm (original), Crystal magnesium enriched deodorant (lavender rosemary), COSRX advanced snail 96 mucin power essence (sample size - was part of a COSRX favorites/ bestsellers set), The Naked Bee lip balm (orange blossom). I liked all of these and have restocked the pimple patches and deodorant, as well as purchased the full size of the COSRX essence.
A little mid-month clean out 🗑️
-Ulta Cinnamon Swirl: not what I expected at all; I was looking for spicy and warm, but this was more baked goods/gourmand with barely a hint of cinnamon. Smelled more like cookies baking (which really threw me off the first time I burned it...I'd forgotten I had it burning, and wondered what my sis might be baking upstairs lol). It burned well, and had great throw, it just wasn't the scent for me, as gourmands aren't typically my thing.
-Nest Grapefruit: I've gotten a few of these baby votives in gwps, but always saved them with my fancy candles instead of burning them, so I finally decided it was time to break one out. Wow, great throw, even from a tiny little thing like this. Impressive!
-Aldi Basil, Mint & White Flower: really nice scent, fresh and clean and bright, not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable. This one burned a little weird; there's not much wax left, but what is there looks like little dusty balls smooshed together instead of smooth wax. Odd, but overall, I'm quite content with it.
BBW Lotion, Napa Valley Sunset: basic staple, and this was a lovely warm and fruity scent; notes are pomegranate, plum and amber.
Psssst! Deep Clean Dry Shampoo: I've had this last bottle in my stash forever, knowing it was one I remembered liking, so I pulled it out to see if that was still true, and it is. It reminds me a lot of Redken Deep Clean (my HG)...does a great job clearing up any oil without leaving any residue or texture, and the white stuff shakes out easily. Went online to see about finding more, and it turns out Freeman shut the brand down completely 😐
Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream: I'm pretty dang sure this is the first urea cream I've ever used, and holy heck, I have to say, this stuff is pretty amazing. I used it as a foot cream, and my feet are soft and smooth, and I'm pretty sure even my calluses are smaller, thinner, and softer. The drawback is that it stinks, egads, it's terrible. The initial scent is house paint with a hint of spoiled milk, and then it fades to a tire fire off in the distance 😖 I put on foot cream literally right before laying down, so after that, my hands are shoved up under my pillow and I can't say how long it takes to dissipate, but I'm not sure I could handle this on my hands during the day. At night though? Pretty amazing stuff!
Dermalogica Calm Water Gel: lightweight moisturizer, but overly scented, very spa like with lavender and citrus and something woody or herbal. Too small a sample to know if it's problematic for my face or not, but at least I can rule it out based on scent.
Dermalogica Biolumen-C Gel Moisturizer: another nope from me, this felt like spreading glue on my face. It felt thin and light at first, but as it warmed up, it got thick and sticky and just plain weird feeling. The scent isn't quite as heavy in this one, but it's still got a noticeable citrus scent.
L'Oreal Pure Clay Cleanser: works well for me, cleanses without stripping, rinses well.
Versace Eros Flame EDP: love love love the scent of this, spicy and warm, woody, maybe a hint of smoke? This is the kind of scent I fall hard for. Maybe not all that complex or extraordinary, but I'm still contemplating a bottle one of these days.
Missoni EDT: light and fresh, soft floral, maybe a fruity/sweet hint. Easy to like, but nothing special to my nose.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Dry Shampoo: Lovely formula that doesn't leave any gritty residue, and shakes out easily. Light scent. I'm overstocked on powders for now, but I did just buy a FS of this for my sis to try, and if she doesn't like it, I'll be happy to add it to my backstock.
Clinique Drama Gel: basic moisturizer, not fancy, but works well enough for me to use minis here and there. Not sure it's an all time fave, but it's not bad, and I welcome more samples. My skin has been drier lately, so I'm looking for something a little heavier now though.
Vichy Mineral 89 Serum: has been a really nice extra layer of moisture now that the drier air is here. Have more, will use!
Masks, both reviewed before, both still good. Love the Better Skin Lava Magic scrub, it's super scrubby and rinses easily. Smells good too, citrus scent. Love the Julep Love Your Bare Face Cleansing Oil as well, but this has gone bad, unfortunately 😞 I couldn't begin to tell you how old this Sephora Hydrating Mist is, but I'm anti-coconut lately and just can't with the scent, so it's gotta go.
@RGbrown OMG “little dusty balls smooshed together “ had me on the floor 🤣🤣🤣🤣 What an image in my head, I loved it😀. Urea cream was a frequent order for my patients calloused feet. There is an odor but it works well. Thank you for your detailed information. It’s very useful 🥰
It was the weirdest leftover wax I'd ever seen, almost like it was too dry to melt or something (not that that's even possible really, it was just weird that it melted and cooled with a texture instead of smoothly). Oh, I know, popcorn ceiling, that's what it reminded me of!
So stank is common for urea creams? Good to know, thank you!!
I have a massive shopping bag of empties somewhere, but cannot tackle that one, lol. I’m the meantime, here are a few recents.
loves (well or already have repurchased) - 😍
Fine but not amazing - 😏
Okay but too small to tell really - 🤔
I may have another pic of some other empties that I took but didn’t post, let me look for that one. Also, gonna x-post to Empties V2 because I can’t keep track of the two! 💗💗
-Cypress Mint: one of the weaker Aldi candles I've come across lately, sadly. Gorgeous scent when cold, fresh and woody, but low on the throw scale.
-Apple Prosecco: lovely crisp apple scent, decent throw.
-Mulled Wine: I caught more of a hot buttered rum scent from this one, it definitely had a creamy undertone I wasn't expecting, but it was a gorgeous scent nonetheless, and had amazing throw. This was from a holiday set several years ago, so sadly, not repurchaseable.
Ulta cotton balls: basic staple, perfectly fine.
BBW Vanilla-tini Shower Gel: bbw shower gel is a basic staple for me, true love category; this scent was fantastic, though I don't think it's around anymore.
Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Shampoo: this has become a surprise "really like it". It's got a bit of a hairspray texture that I normally hate, but I've decided recently that a little lift is a good thing for my bangs, so I use this the first day after washing my hair. As a dry shampoo, it's kinda meh, not super effective for me after about day two, and I can only use it once because it builds up to where it's too stiff, but it's great on day one for a hint of oil removal and volume on my bangs. I've got another travel can in progress now, and could be persuaded to pick up a new full size with a deal (though I'm also now open to other texture type dry shampoos, so I'm not committing to this one for eternity quite yet 😛 )
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deodorant: my oh my, this stuff smells sooooo good. Not sure I can bring myself to sring for a $30 deo in the future, but I got this mini in a GWP and have loved every second of it. I do have one more in my stash that I'll probably save for next summer, as it works incredibly well even through intense humidity and sweating in the southern heat.
Burt's Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm: basic staple. I only buy these now with a great deal, but part of that is because my balm stash is massive and I have tons to use up. Would buy again in the future, but not necessarily committed to making sure I have BB handy at all times like I used to. It's fine, and I've found that there are lots of other "just fine" options out there too.
PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask: true love, and I have tons more on hand, perhaps way more than one person should ever need, but this really helps smooth out my face and erase all sorts of buildup. I don't use it often...would like to settle into around twice a month, but that's just infrequently enough that I forget all about for a month or more at a time lol. Quite possibly my favorite scrub of all time (sure, enzymes possibly help too, but really the main feature of this, to me at least, is the scrub aspect).
Ulta Lip Oil (Spiced Vanilla): basic staple, true love, Ulta's lip oils are so freaking good, comparable to Dior and Clarins just in plainer packaging. This was a great scent, part of an old LE holiday scent...they really should expand their offerings with scents like this year round.
BBW Aromatherapy Foot Cream: true love, but discontinued 😞
Pacifica Island Vanilla Hair & Body Mist: fine, I guess. I don't think about body mists often, so this got repurposed as a room spray, and it was a-ok for that.
Ulta Shower Flower (Sweet Slumber): not much scent to this one. I think it has been discontinued anyways, they revamped the lineup a couple of years ago and this is an old one.
Wella Elements Renewing Mask: my least favorite Wella item to date. That's not to say it's bad (not at all!), it just didn't leave me with the wow hair I get after using FusionPlex or NutriCurls, and I am used to being astounded by Wella stuff lol. This mask was good enough to get me by, it didn't leave my hair looking awful, but it didn't give me the same results I get from some of their other lines. Worthy of trying if you are interested though!
Sheet masks, mostly fine. As someone who hates anything around her neck (no turtlenecks, no chokers, not even crewneck tshirts unless it's oversized so the neck isn't bothering me; I can stand a scarf, but only when it's coooooold), I'm not sure why I even had this in my stash in the first place, but no surprise, I hated it, I think I lasted about 10 minutes before ripping it off and gasping for air lol. There's nothing wrong with it if you don't have weird issues with things touching your throat like I do though! Out of the rest, Patchology was a bit overly scented for my taste (perhaps mild to some, but I found it bordered on perfumey). Fairly certain I've reviewed the rest recently; out of them, I think the Tonymoly Collagen is my fave, it's the most hydrating of the lot, and that's really all I want or expect from a sheet mask.
I thought I had cleaned out all my old topcoats like a year or two ago, but found a few I guess I decided to keep for whatever reason. I'm enamored enough with Glisten & Glow that these are completely unnecessary and will never get used, so I'll dump them out, clean the bottles, and save at least some of them for future mixing ventures or cuticle oil or something.
I've learned a hard lesson (again) about hoarding some things; Ulta lip oils definitely do not have an infinite shelf life, and I'm doing my best to race through my stash use what I have before the rest go bad 😕 The Sweet & Shimmer lip oil may still be fine, but the packaging annoys me so much that I tossed my last one half used, so I'm not hanging on to this one. The sunscreen lip balm is way past it's exp date, and is starting to smell funny as well.
Yeah, I’m not a fan of neck masks either @RGbrown for the exact same reasons. 👊🏼 If they are included with a sheet mask I’ve picked up, I’ll apply the neck mask elsewhere; if it’s connected to the face mask, out comes my mini scissors. 😂 No can do.
Yep, Glisten & Glow is my shiny top coat of choice. Good reminder, thank you; I need to do a declutter of the other top coats in my stash. At this point, it’ll be something to add for my 2023 “to do” list, but I’ll try to remember to pull them when I run across ‘em in my bin.