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Empties

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.

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I love Dr. Teal's Lavender Epsom salt soak! I used it yesterday to soften my feet!

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Very late here but here we go for November. upload_972744190273170808.jpg

Mouthwash x 2- Pictured because I'm super excited about finally finishing that gigantic monster bottle. Not picky about mouthwashes but I liked the ACT better.

VO5 shampoo/conditioner- Used both bottles in one sitting to wash the henna out of my hair when I dyed it. Would only purchase again if I need to redye my hair.

Vanilla buttercream sugar scrub- Would absolutely buy again if the store I bought it from didn't shut down. Smells heavenly.

Cover Girl Intense Shadow Blast- Would consider buying again. Pretty color but dried out very quickly.

Kiss My Face Pore Shrink Deep Cleansing Mask- No no no no no no no. I'm tossing this 95% full. I've given it multiple chances and something about this mask gives me a 3 day headache and makes me heave.

Biore deep cleansing pore strips- Loved the nose strips. The face ones were only okay.

Desert Essence eye serum- Still undecided on. I have another sample for December so we'll see.

Jergens oatmeal crema- Once I go through my stash of lotion, I may purchase.

Reviva Labs eye gelee- Nope. Still 99% full. Never absorbed but acted like glue and got tacky/balled up when I rubbed my eyes.

Ballet slipper soap- No idea where my mom bought it but it's cute. Smells good. Would consider.

Neutrogena visibly bright cleanser- Not a fan. Smells like grapefruit and has golden shimmer added in.

Nude oil- Nope. Too thick and hard to remove. I had to wash my face afterward to get this all off.

 

Looking back at that, it's all super negative. Hope I like more of my empties in December lol.

 

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Shimmer in a cleanser?...interesting!

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image.jpgI like getting and using fragrance samples so I'm always up for new ones am

nd repeats of ones I like. Cuteness factor of minis. I keep notes on fragrances I test. The Olay cloths ate my face, I couldn't use them 2 days in a row without stinging. Yes to blueberries is for when I'm very lazy and need to clean or refresh my face or hands, they do not remove makeup adequately but I don't think they are supposed to? I've stopped using them regularly but still handy to have around as a break from sanitizer/refreshing spray. Gentle and I like the smell. The Nivea was an old nostalgia purchase, but it's never really done anything for me. I like the smell. It's drying up, so I'm tossing. Won't repurchase.

As I come across things, I'm saving them in a little bag until I have at least 5, then take a pix and toss. 

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I do the same thing with Yes to Blueberries cleansing wipes. After a workout I will use as a quick refresher. I like the smell too!

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So far this month I have been making a dent in my fragrance samples.

 

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  • Viktor &Rolf Flowerbomb card - it actually had enough "stuff" under the plastic to really put the scent on! It first smelled a little too sweet for me, but after some time it mellowed out.  Will need to try a bigger sample.
  • Estee Lauder Modern Muse - sorry to anyone who loves this but on me it smelled too mature.
  • Lancome La Vie est Belle - too sweet
  • Paco Rabanne Lady Million - at first I really liked this scent, but now I am on the fence.  I will need to try another sample
  • Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub - got this sample at Walgreens.  I really like this scrub.  I bought a full size already.  I use it twice a week in the shower.  My favorite part is that it gives me a warm tingly feeling on parts of my face, like some sort of treatment.
  • Philosophy Miracle worker - got this in an Allue magazine, I also got a deluxe sample from Sephora (still trying it), so the jury's still out on this one.
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant mascara - No! No! No! Hated the brush, too clumpy.  Did give volume but no length.
  • Almay Get Up and Grow - this had a weird brush as well.  The formula was on the drier side (which I like), so needless to say, it dried out.
  • L'Occiane - was a bit skeptical about this product, but it smelled good and was very hydrating.  Would possibly purchase.
  • Boyfriend parfume - too strong for me, though it was nice to have a scent last all day.

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I think one of the problems I had with the MUFE mascara sample is that the weird sample container thing let too much mascara out on the brush and so it all clumped up too much. Plus I wanted to use it a couple of times because there was a ton of product in it, but there was no way to close it and putting the wand back inside the container was so messy! Not well thought out!

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Used up minis before I butcher those tubes so I can get every last drop. Muahahahaha!

2013-10-06 20.18.17.jpgClinique liquid soap for oil skin: was my basic for many years but I was so happy to move on.....until my mom called me to tell me she brought me a full size bottle and was so proud she remembers what I like. X.X

Bliss Fabulous moisturizer spf15: I think this might be my fav summer moisturizer.

Koh Gen Do spa gel: very nice, but not hydrating enough and a bit sticky when applied generously.

Koh Gen Do gommage gel: kind of like PTR FirmX, but I like my physical scrubs.

Shiseido spf42: not really a fan. It's very lightweight but separated a bit and comes in a non-squeezable and non-pumpable bottle.

Tokidoki Siberia: yay! First rollerball I finished!

 

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Well its the thought that counts right?!?! 

 

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Made some more empties this morning!

 

 

 

IMG_1188[1].JPGnailpolish remover... of course I rebuy all the time just usually different brands from wherever I am when I need it. The blush I had been packracking since middle school... no idea why but it needs to say helllo to my trash can already so I can replace it with more benefit blushes! and the body wash... addicted to most of that whole scent line and have way to many bottles already waiting for me under the bathroom sink.

 

 

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Yay Smiley Happy

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IMG_1187[1].JPG quickly scrambled around to find some almost gone things and forced myself to use them one last time. Bye bye Dove deodorant,bottle of proactiv toner that has got to be older than I want to remember, Gwen stefani lamb perfume, Huggies baby wipes(i love these things... i get ocd about cleaning my makeup off once a week and these are great for wipe downs of my palettes and work area as well as swatches on my hands!), 2 packets of malibu hard water build up remover, 1 packet of ion hair mineral and styling product build up remover and one bottle of boscia's black mask(3rd bottle this year! i love love love this stuff and have already reordered!)

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Omg I HATE that boscia black mask x_x

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3 Foil Deluxe Samples First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads 

And a 28 Count Size.  I've already repurchased another big tub.  However, the sample ones had turned discolored, so I ended up having to throw them out.  It was a sad waste of product.  

First Aid Beauty Smooth Shave Cream.  This was decent, but I didn't feel like it was any better than a regular body wash.  

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes When I first started using these I loved them.  After a while I had a reaction to the regular oil.  I was afraid to use these for a while after that.  I finally finished them up.  I found if I use it too long during wiping my face I do get a slight burning sensation.  I mostly just use them if I need a quick wipe down or to remove swatches on my hands.  

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil in Be Beautiful and Be Loved.  I liked the scent of the Be Loved better (small jar).  These moisturize great.  I don't think I'll repurchase right now, but possibly in the future.  I am not a huge fan of tubs for moisturizer.  

Josie Maran Natural Volume Lip Gloss.  I really like the formula to Josie Maran's lip gloss.  It really moisturizes my lips, but never makes them peel.  I wish it was a more opaque color.  I may repurchase in the future because it is so nourishing for my lips.  

Make Up For Ever Sens'Eyes.  I've already repurchased.  It is my HG eye makeup remover.  Nothing else compares.  

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.  You can probably tell from the bottle how old this one was.  The consistency was just gone.  

DevaCurl No Poo and One Condition. I really love the DevaCurl system.  I've repurchased large bottles of both of these.  

 

Mascaras:

Lancome Hypnose Star--ehh I found my lashes would not hold a curl with this.  

Lancome Hypnose Doll--again okay, wasn't great for me.  

Lancome Definicils--this was probably my favorite of the whole bunch that I used.  And I liked the traditional brush.   

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes!--I didn't love the formula.  It was too dry for me.  

Guerlain Maxi-Lash--I liked the results to my lashes and I also surprisingly liked the smell, but I noticed when using this one my lashes were falling out when I removed it.  It could have been coincidence, but I don't want to chance it.  

MUFE Smokey Extravagant--okay not too impressed.  I found the brush really large.   Hated that this sample was one time use and thus hard to really test.   

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You went through an impressive collection!

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Top row:

* Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Cream - okay, came in a set with the night serum I love. I actually did not use this on my face but on my neck.

* Crest 3D white - seemed to get my teeth whiter at first, but then plateau-ed rather quickly. Will not repurchase.

 

Middle row: 

* Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox bb cream - love, love, love. I have purchased a couple other bb creams to try, but I know I love this one and will go back. Right now I have branched out to mixing bb cream with my foundation.

* Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal mask - I had real high hopes for this, maybe I need to try one more sample (use it for a little longer) before nixing it. I tried it on my T-zone area and I did not really notice any difference in my pores.

* Neutrogena Norwegian formula hand cream - love this! Very cheap (less than four dollars), the fragrance free is better than the original, I have already purchased two full sized tubes.

* Caudalie premier cru eye cream - I purchased the full size before I finished the sample, it was very hydrating (but not too hydrating where I am left with oily under eyes) and though it was very expensive, it has lasted me almost a year, I probably will not repurchase only because I am looking for bigger and better improvements in my eye area.

* Opti-Free Replenish solution - free from eye doctor, geez the solutions are so expensive nowadays!

* Simple eye makeup remover - seemed to irritate my eyes, still looking for the perfect eye makeup remover

 

Bottom row:

* Mary Kay Timewise age fighting eye cream - okay, just trying to get through samples I have accumulated.

* Whish deoderant swipe - got in my birchbox, it is a neat idea, the scent has a fresh flowery smell, it actually worked in keeping me dry on a hot day, and I guess you pay for convenience, right now I can not afford convenience for my arm pits!

* LA Fresh Instant body smoother wet wipe - I liked this, it is like a refresher on a day (or time) when you get a little sweaty and cannot get into the shower. Better than a handi-wipe because it does not dry you out, will definitely purchase.

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Some interesting samples there! 

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My June empties! Better late than never.  I had 36 empties and 8 de-stashes this month.  Not quite my target, but I'm happy with what I got through. I'm ordering way less this year and happy to be shrinking my supplies down. I'm hoping to keep using up samples before I order again in order to shrink my collection down to true loves.

LOVES

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- i never thought I'd love cotton, but I was wrong. I use a tip from BT and cut these in half. A bag lasts me about 6 months.
-the sol Janeiro body wash is way more than I think is ok to spend on body wash, but it does last and smells so amazing. I may or may not repurchase depending on how ballar I feel.  The body spray is on a to buy list because of this and the lotion.
- I think I'll forever buy the UD all nighter, but I am getting curious to if anything else out there strikes my fancy.
- st Tropez in shower tanner,. This is something at first I felt like was a waste.  But I started using it again this summer and fell in love.  I only really use it on my legs so it goes further than if I were to try my full body.  I like that it's a gradual tan so I don't get any odd patchiness or streaks and it looks natural.
- Latisse is a staple and I can't imagine my lashes without it.
- bumble &bumble hairdressers oil conditioner, I was away for two weeks and made use of the mini I got in a 500 point reward. Already have used several full size. Great smell, great hair!

LIKES

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-the fresh mask sample was surprisingly nice but I've found a new love from herbivoire.
- NARS primer again nice, but ive used better, not as pore filling as a pore filling primer should be I think.
the Kate Somerville goat milk moisturizer was nice, I'll be thinking about this as a purchase. Nothing special, but a good, no scent, no spf moisturizer.
-the olay quench was okay, but I prefer the scent on the jergens.
-batiste is my favourite cheaper dry shampoo but the brunette version leaves résidu on my finger nails if I scratch my head.  I'll stick to the tropical from now on.
-the Korres eye cream was the first full size eye cream Ive ever used. It moisturized, sure but didn't help dark circles as claimed. Ive a ton of samples to use up before I contemplate a full size of anything but I'll move on from this on the quest for the best.

NOT FOR ME

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- the shoppers masque actually stung a little, and while good value as I got 4 uses from one packet... no visible results and no relaxing experience.
-the ole oil I used up on my elbows and feet. It did nothing but make my face feel oily.  Im not really into oils so that may be part of the reason I wasn't feeling this. 
- the skyn moisturizer was supposed to be cooling.  The menthol sure was cooling but was too strong for me. Would probably feel great on legs or arms innthe warm weather!
- I think this was an essence? Came with ipsy. My skincare routine isn't advanced enough for this yet. While it didn't hurt, I didn't see it do anything.

DESTASHED

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Body shop oils were nice when I was 15 but I'm long past 15, and so these oils are likely over 20 years old lol. Time to move em out for things I use.
elf foundation I thought would be a dupe for my Mac studio tech, nope. Greasy and oily.
the burts bees foot crème is sooooo greasy, i had to wear socks while using it and Im anti socks, so I'm moving on!


 

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