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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.
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.
Derma E Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste: pretty decent cleanser. I wasn't wowed, but I can't really figure out why...low scent, didn't strip my skin, light lather that rinsed well (and didn't get all foamy and difficult to remove from my hairline like some do). It has a few scrubby bits in it, but there were so few that I don't think they really did much, and they definitely weren't harsh or scratchy...they felt fairly well rounded, and just slipped around my fingertips. All in all it was a good cleanser I'd use again.
AG Hair Vita C Conditioner: sweet mint scent. Worked pretty well for my fine/oily/curly hair, though not as well as Wella Fusionplex. Might use again if I had more samples, but not looking to buy at all.
Matrix Biolage All-In-One Intense Dry Shampoo: Matrix's dupe of Redken Deep Clean (which is my HG). This is scary white out of the can, but shakes out so freakin' easily, and it's the best dry shampoo I've ever used on my fine but oily hair. Leaves my hair looking fresh and clean without any sort of stiffness or texture or grit, and just as shiny as if I'd just washed it. Truly amazing stuff ❣️
Verso Super Eye Serum: way back in my early BIC days, I stumbled upon this on Sephora's site and desperately wanted to try it (back when they carried the brand), so much so that I steeled myself for a Sephora visit specifically to ask for a sample for the first time ever. Turned out my store didn't carry it...womp womp. But I was thrilled when I got this in a sub box last year, and good grief, a 20mL eye serum? That's INSANE. I've been using this for what feels like eternity, even used a decent amount up on my neck just because I was bored and ready to move on 😅 It's lovely, a thinner texture than I expected, but with plenty of hydration for my sometimes drier eye area, and it never irritated my skin or caused any breakouts. Would use again.
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Water Gel Moisturizer: lovely stuff. My face is oily, but can lean dehydrated, and this did a great job for me during the tail end of summer. Not sure it would be enough for me on its own in winter, but I'd bet adding one of my oils would amp it up. I've got two more of this size to use up (along with some other moisturizers), and depending on how that goes, it just might be a buy for me in the future...this is definitely in the running to be a regular feature in my daily routine.
Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Toner: just a basic toner, used to add a little extra hydration under the rest of my skincare. Falls into the "I'll use samples, but not interested in purchasing" category.
Paula's Choice Resist 2% BHA: true love, all time superstar, and I love the addition of peptides in this one. I always have more PC BHA on hand, mostly this one, sometimes the Clear version. Both are watery in finish, no oily feel like the original, and do wonders for keeping my blackheads at bay.
Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace Body Lotion: long time true love, it's time to finally say goodbye to the very last of my bottles of this discontinued scent. This one is only about half empty, but I can tell the scent is starting to turn and there are a few black specks in it (ewwww). It's somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-8 years old, so it's my own fault for hoarding it for so long.
Ulta Black Salt Vanilla Body Lotion: love love love this one! The scent is amazing; I don't catch a ton of vanilla, at least not the typical sweet version of it, but there's a sort of mineral/salty woody freshness going on here that is simply divine. Unisex for sure, perhaps even masculine-leaning to some. I bought 2 more bottles at the last sale (and 2 candles, though the candles don't have as much throw as I'd like).
Aldi Orange Blossom Apricot: fresh and fruity, could be a bit stronger throw-wise, but I've had much worse. Nice citrus + apricot scent. Burned well until it got close to the bottom, where the wick slid out from the center of the jar to the outside edge (hello melted label), and I caught it too late, winding up with a good bit more leftover wax than normal.
Give Them Lala Stay Calm Sheet Mask: This is the second I've used out of a 5pk, and I really liked it again, perhaps enough to consider buying more. The material is super thin, and the serum is super hydrating...I can go without moisturizer until whenever my next face wash/full routine comes up in my day. Next to no scent. Two thumbs up from me!
Kwailnara Strawberry Milk Vitalizing Mask: the weakest one I have in my current stash, it's only so-so in terms of hydration, and I have to follow it up with moisturizer pretty much immediately. Light, creamy strawberry scent, thin and comfy sheet. It's fine, I'll finish off the rest of the box, but it won't be a rebuy.
TONYMOLY Master Lab Collagen sheet mask: low scent, decent hydration. Not bad, have a few more that I'll finish up happily (quickly, as Ulta sent out ones that expired in Sept 🙄)
@RGbrown Lots of good info. I appreciate your comments on the Redken dry shampoo that you like and also the Matrix Biolage dry shampoo. I have looking for a new brand 😊
Happy to help! Redken is my fave, I like the scent a bit more than the Matrix one, but as far as I can tell in any other way, they are almost exactly the same...the ingredient lists between the two are nearly identical.
I'm having a brain fart, can't remember if you're in the US or Canada, but if US, check JCP (is JCP in Canada? I don't know?!). They run one or both for $10ish fairly often (Redken Deep Clean is $9.90 right now!)