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.
Took this last night. Thought I had more empties this month, but apparently not
Things I will repurchase/do repurchase:
- clarisonic pedi disc
- PMD green microdermabrasion discs
- farmacy eye dew
- odacite jo+l
- would repurchase the nude if I could
- shiseido benefiance
the rest is sort of meh
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream- This is a moisturizing cream that penetrates deeply and rubs in smoothly, because it is not as thick as some others. If I am looking for intense moisture, I will stick with Eucerin, but I will use this when I want something that moisturizes very well and works into the skin quickly.
Dial Spring Water Antibacterial Body Wash- I use this on my hands only in the shower. The smell is nice, and I like the price. There are certain times where nothing short of antibacterial will work for my hands. This or any other antibacterial will never touch any other part of my body.
The Face Shop Konjac Cleansing Sponge- While not my favorite Konjac sponge, I really love this as well. It is soft (when soaked) and exfoliates gently. It hardens if I skip a day like my Julep ones. The only thing that keeps this from being a FabuFind is the circular shape is not idea for parts of my face where circles do not easily fit. I also wish it softened a little faster. If I wet it at the beginning of my shower, it is still semi-hard by the end when I need it.
Juara Coconut IllipeHand & Nail Balm- I really love the consistency of this. It feels silky and smells great. My hands maintained the silky soft feeling until the next wash.
h2o+ Targeted Care softening mint Foot Rub- This is still a FabuFind. It is very soothing on tired feet. When your feet are not overly tired, you may not notice the mint at work. I prefer something a little thicker for moisturizing, but this is my go to (within foot creams) for relaxation.
L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum- I received this from SheSpeaks in exchange for a review. By the time I had to publish the review, I gave it 3 stars. From the beginning, I could tell it was temporarily filling in lines. When I used it, they looked less deep. If I skipped a day, they returned. My problem was I kept getting a slight tingling making me think I was allergic. After a full-blown allergic reaction, I gave this product a break for a while. Turns out, this was not the culprit. Once I started using this again with other products, the tingling stopped. It temporarily fills lines, so I would give this 4 stars today. This falls short of 5 stars or FabuFind status, but barely on both accounts. For the price, this is an excellent temporary line filler.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter- This is a moderately thick cream that does moisturize. I love the scent. My husband really dislikes the scent on this more than he dislikes the h2o+ hand cream I love so much. Since there are better moisturizers on the market, I will limit how often I buy this lovely scent.
Sephora Collection Hair Ties- I love everything about these hair ties when they're new. They fit beautifully on my wrist without sucking the life out of it or falling off. Whether on my hair or my wrist, I like that they look somewhat fashionable. It does not look like I am wearing a boring hair tie. A new one wraps around my hair perfectly. In 3 twists, it keeps everything in pace without being too tight or too loose. As time wears on, these stretch out and get to this awkward phase where I cannot wear them on my wrist or my hair. Thankfully, they are cheap (especially since I always wait for a sale to stock up), so it does not cost much to replace them. Most last at least 6 months or so (longer if used less often).
L. Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder- This is a tighter ponytail holder, so it takes a while to break new ones in. For the first few weeks, they leave marks on my wrist and feel too tight in my hair. Neither are unbearable, so I am able to push through to the comfortable stage which lasts a long time. It does not look anywhere near as pretty on my first as the Sephora Hair ties, but it is my preferred tie for a bun. My hair does not fall (other than the weird short pieces). I was lucky enough to get 3 of these from Birchbox last June and this is the first one I've had to toss.
L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream- This is still a FabuFind. It is deeply moisturizing, not greasy, and smells decent. If the smell was a little nicer, it would probably be my favorite ever, because I love the way it feels on my hands.
Egyptian Magic- This is still a FabuFind and the product I loved enough to dedicate an article to. I received this mini in my June 2014 Birchbox. It really is the best sample I've ever received in a subscription box. We travel with this mini and after refilling and using all of it for our June 2016 trip, I decided to toss the container instead of refilling it again. In retrospect, I should have just washed it and used it again, because my portable containers are clear. Having this in a solid white jar helped the product stay in its natural state. It is not as solid in the clear container I moved the travel amount into when we got home. If you ever get your hand on this container, do not toss it.
AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion- This is a medium density lotion, but it moisturizes extremely well. The scent is not my favorite, but it luckily fades.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer- This is one of my favorite primers, because it fills in everything and leaves my skin with a silk effect. I actually have another I prefer, but it is harder to find travel sized samples of that one. When I see this sample available, I order it.
Philips Sonicare Toothbrush Head- This is still a FabuFind. Nothing, other than my hygienist herself, cleans my teeth as well as my Philips Sonicare toothbrush, so I will always buy these.
Pond's Luminous Finish BB Plus Cream with SPF 15- This adjusted perfectly to my skin color, and disappeared into my skin. I could barely tell I was wearing anything. That is typically what I look for in BB cream, so this was a great one.
Willing to Try Again
Up & Up Regular Cotton Rounds- These work fine. They are nowhere near the best, but they are not the worst either. These mostly stay together, which I appreciate. I think it's a little rough at times, but they are fine when they have less hard pieces of cotton (common in cheaper cotton). If I want to save a little, these are the best I've tried in the low price-point.
Up & Up makeup remover cleansing towelettes- These were not as great as I'd like. I've gotten into the habit of cleansing really well, even when I use "cheat products." After using this, I notice my cotton rounds with other products still pick up product they left. The reason I'd use them again is they felt fine on my skin, and I wash thoroughly anyway. Everything these leave behind will get obliterated with my routine.
Dr. Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense- I've got dark spots on my face, so I wanted to love this. It goes on yellow with its medium density cream that does not smell too much like sunscreen. The problem is my skin burned. I have another one of these, so I will try it again. If I burn again, it is not for me.
Ulta Eucalyptus Mint Moisture Cleanse Hand Soap- I love everything about this other than the scent. It is not bad, but both the eucalyptus and the mint come through strongly. This leaves my skin feeling extremely clean, I love the lather. There was one time while using this where I did not immediately moisturize, and I could tolerate it. Most washes make me want to climb the wall when I cannot moisturize upon drying.
Peter Thomas Roth Massage Bar- This bar from the Hilton is a typical soap. It leaves a slight film on my skin. I’d use it again, but I would not buy it.
Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15- This is a moderately thick cream that moisturizes well and provides a little sunscreen. The price is incredible, especially given the size. It took us a long time to use this. I did not use this often. My skin is again, so I want advanced moisturizers with lots of goodies. For my boys, this is perfect. It does not aggravate their sensitive skin and moisturizes them well (when they apply it all over). This is a really great, no frills product if all you want is moisturizer with a little SPF. I want a little more, so I will and have used this occasionally.
Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Shampoo- I do like this a little better than the conditioner, but it is nothing I'd buy either. The lather is on the weaker side, so I have to scrub hard to cleanse. That gives me more tangles and frizz. It is not too unsightly.
Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Conditioner- This conditioner, courtesy of the Hilton, is nothing special. It is a little thin as conditioners go.
Kiko Milano hand&foot stone scrub- I would not have purchased this if I knew my skin should be dry to use it. It is easier to exfoliate in the shower. While this does work on somewhat wet skin, it does work better the two times I actually used it on dry skin. Of the full-size product, I only used it as intended twice. That is why I would not buy this again. If it made it to me somehow, I would use it again. This does exfoliate decently on damp skin and well on dry skin.
L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Shampoo- After using a full-sized bottle, I can say with certainty that I did not see any improvement in my hair from start to finish, so I doubt it does any reconstructing. It does cleanse well and rinse extremely clean. My hair does look less frizzy than it does with some products.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment- The sample was small, so I will try this again with the deluxe sample I have. From the foil, I am not overly impressed. It definitely makes my hair look better than using nothing at all, but I am not sure it does any of the 5 things it should do very well, except adding volume. My hair does not look smooth or polished, and I need more time to see if it strengthens or conditions. I will always use a separate leave-in, so it is okay if it falls short on the conditioning as long as it does at least 2-3 of the other things it promises well.
boscia B.B. Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27- The finish on this is nice. It melts into the skin beautifully and provides a bit more coverage than the average BB cream. There is not a heavy SPF smell or feeling. My problem is it is too dark. This is the natural finish, which is the only shade I've seen. While it does go on dark and come down a little, it never settles perfectly into my color leading me to believe this could not work at all on fair skin. On my light skin, it barely works.
Schick Quattro Razor- This usually works well, although I prefer the Hydro Silk. I am extremely disappointed in this particular blade though. It was dull from the first (and last thanks for poor performance) use. After using many of these, I am sure this was a fluke. As soon as they're gone, I will only use the Hydro Silk razors though (my plan even before I used this dud).
Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil- This smells heavenly, not like sunscreen at all. It leaves my skin dewy and feeling moisturized. My problem is I burned. The sun was really hot, so I want to see if it was a bad product or bad luck. If I get another sample, I will try it again.
Coola Makeup Setting Spray- This had potential for greatness. A setting spray that adds SPF seems perfect for days where I brave wearing makeup in the heat. Like sunscreen, this burns my eyes when it gets inside. I can block my eyes, but then none of the areas that need setting spray most get it. It is important my setting spray can go over my eyes, so I may have to avoid ones with SPF. When the sample was more than half full, it also stopped spraying. That meant I only had two full uses where it sprayed. Thankfully, I had a second sample and was able to pour the waste into that one. The second one is still spraying, so I hope it does not happen again. If more samples come my way, I will use them.
ACT Advanced Care Mouthwash- It burns a lot less than my usual Listerine. I am unsure if the burning means it is removing more germs or not. As such, I am unsure what I think of this. Listerine supposedly removes the most germs, but I have no clue if that’s true or if they have clever marketing people. The taste of this is fine, so I would certainly use it again. Both this and my usual mouthwash give me fresh breath.
Coola Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion- This definitely works. I apply it after a sunburn, and it seems to soothe a little. It also moisturizes to assist the sunburned skin from drying out too much. Much cheaper products do the same thing, so I am not sure this is worth it. After I use the rest of my samples, I will decide if it is worth purchasing.
h2o+ Grapefruit Bergamot Conditioner- The conditioner is probably the best item from this line if I had to pick. It is nothing I would go out of my way to purchase. I like the scent and it conditions even though it is on the thin side. Plus, I love the scent that reminds me of Disney.
LA FRESH Waterproof Makeup Remover- This seemed to do a nice job removing makeup, but I cannot remember much else about it. I need to try it again to make a better decision.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm- This was a generous sample, but I am unsure how I feel about it. I've read that a lot of people get allergic reactions to this, so I decided to open my foil before the deluxe. It is fine on my sensitive skin, and moisturizes well enough. Once I try the deluxe sample, I will see what else it can do.
VERB Leave-in Mist- I was only able to get 2 uses out of this, and neither of those uses were enough to make the purchase decision. It seems like it works. My hair did seem to detangle nicely, but I used this while traveling. How much of that can I accredit to this or the water at the hotel. Who knows? If I can get another sample of this, I will try it at home. Although, it is so nice to have portable products like this for trips.
Omni Resorts Bath Soap Enriched with Ginseng Extracts- I am not a huge fan of bar soap, but this one did cleanse and rinse clean. Most leave a sticky film on my skin. In order to decide if it is a great soap, I need to use it at home first with my water. The water at the Omni may be treated, but mine is not.
Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Cream- I am a huge Eucerin fan. This specific product is very cheap, so I use it as an add on at both Ulta and Drugstore.com when I need to get over a shipping minimum. It is a little thin compared to the rest of the Eucerin line. Short of needing something cheap to throw into an order, I would not buy this.
Not For Me
Julep One-Step Polish Remover Pad- This is not as terrible as it once was, but it is still bad. One side of each pad does not really work at all. They’re small. If you’re wearing a dark color, you will need at least 3 to remove your polish. Even then, you will need a Q-Tip to clean up. I’ve used nail wipes where one or two cleans everything with no Q-Tips needed. I will never buy these again, but I will use them if they come in one of Julep’s awesome kits. While I use up those remaining in my stash, I am only using them to remove swatched polishes only applied to my tips. Even then, I am still having a lot of trouble.
Gum Butlerweave Dental Floss- This does not glide at all. I need floss that does not get stuck in my teeth. If it gets stuck even a single time, I will never buy it. The one I use all the time never gets stuck.
Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning- This was the second essence in my challenge. It looks and feels like pure water. Since everything is in a language I cannot read, maybe it is.
h2o+ Aquafirm Micro Collagen Cream- I am not sure if it is the fragrance, which is strong, or one of the ingredients, but this moisturizer gave me a light rash. It was nothing compared to some of the reactions I've had to products, but I am positive this was the culprit. If I skipped a day, the rash went away. It returned when this returned. That was enough trial and error to see this is not compatible with my skin.
Alafia Everyday Coconut Body Wash
Avalon Organics CoQ10 Repair Ultimate Firming Body Lotion x3
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment
RenPure Coconut Milk Nourishing Shampoo
Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Toilettes
Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste
EltaMD UV Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Rita Hazan New York True Color Shampoo & Conditioner x2
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel x2
Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb
Kate Sommervile Quench Hydrating Face Serum
Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in Number 9
Tom Ford Lipstick in Casablanca
Too Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer from Bonjour Soleil Bronzer
Urban Decay W.O.S Eyeshadow from Naked Basics
Prada Candy Florale
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Clean Velvet Flora
Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret x2
Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter **
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Balm Stain in Charm **
Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Balm Stain in Previous **
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil
NYX Wonder Pencil in Light
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume **
** Stuff I'm just tossing, didn't technically fully use up.
Pretty happy with how much makeup I was able to use up!
Some finished products! 😊
Love, will repurchase or buy the full size:
Lubriderm lotion....unscented, non greasy favorite lotion.
Shiseido cotton...my fave for removing eye makeup. Does not fall apart.
Besame brightening French vanilla translucent powder...perfect for setting under eye concealer.
Benefit roller lash mascara....gives my lashes length and volume, non smudging yet easy to remove.
Natural Ice original lip balm spf 15......favorite matte unflavored balm, and it's only 99 cents.
Loreal True Match lumi cushion foundation....great coverage and staying power.
Clinique pep start eye cream....excellent fragrance free, and absorbs easily into the skin.
Fresh rose face mask....One of the most effective masks I have tried that moisturized without irritating my sensitive skin.
Did not love:
Deva curl super cream....the coconut fragrance was too strong for my liking, however the product performed well.
Crack original styling cream.... no detectable fragrance, however the product was difficult to work with and had a tendency to ball up.
Pacifica glow baby face scrub.... this was way too harsh of an exfoliant for my skin, and I did not like the fragrance.
Maybelline super stay better skin concealer...did not conceal well and had an odd fragrance that lingers.
Chanel hydra beauty micro serum......the strong rose fragrance was the dealbreaker, which was a shame because it is an effective serum.
Fresh soy face cleanser.....did not care for the cucumber fragrance, and it made my skin feel dry and tight.
Belif the true cream moisturizing bomb....not for my combo sensitive skin, felt very thick and greasy.
Dior jadore EDT.....does not work with my chemistry.
I've wanted to try that Pacifica, but have not gotten my hands on one yet. Thanks for the heads up, because I hate harsh exfoliants on may face. I am already a picker, so there is enough damage on my skin.
the rest of my august empties!
Dislikes on the left, likes on the right
benefit ka-brow: my brows are super thin and this didn't look as natural as other things for me
Sephora hand mask: doesn't come close to the awesomness of the foot mask! No real changes after wearing or lasting hydration.
Sephora lip mask: SA's highly recommended. Didn't stay on, no hydration with what little I did get on my lips.
Bare minerals lash domination: maybe it was the mini size wand, but made my lashes SO sparse.
Smashbox primer: eh.. nothing special
Tarteguard: also nothing special.
sephora lipstick card: loved the color of the matte (rebel chic) but it didn't go on well at all. Dry and not smooth.
PTR 24K gold: too orangey for me
guerlain abeille royale: sticky!! tried before bed and felt heavy. took 3 good rinses to get off. one of the ingredients is caramel..
josie maran finish balm: i prefer something heavier to get into my volcanic pores.. If you don't need that, this would be a good primer for you.
Dr. Brandt pores no more: okay, but NYX pore filler does the same thing for much cheaper..
Ole Power bright: Many have already seen me rave about it. If you haven't- this stuff works! brighter after use and thought eh, it's okay.. woke up the next morning with visible dark spot reduction and rejoiced.
Murad essence: got this DS in store and ended up purchasing FS. SA said it was the step i didn't know I needed, so true. Upped my hydration game..
Fresh nectar mask: It smells so good!!! I was softer after use, not much else change. Not sure I would pay full price but I enjoyed it..
Dr Jart BB: went on really well, would consider buying after i use up the 100's of things i have
Erborian bamboo water lock: Another game changer. I had this foil sitting around for ages and didn't think much of it. After abusing my skin playing with a new technique, this restored a red, dry patch right to normal. Also another hydration game upper and super calming.
Sephora makeup remover wipes: Worked, didn't sting but would seek out cheaper options.
Benefit goof proof brow pencil: I like it and goes on natural, not water resistant nor does it stay put overnight. A little goes a long way. Would use it if it showed up but probably won't buy because of brow power.
It brow power: goes on natural, somewhat water resistant and stays put (within reason) overnight. A little goes a good way, bought another.
DDG alpha beta peels- Right now I only have these from promos but I will definitely purchase in the future
REN glycol lactic radiance renewal mask- I love this stuff! Works well and I've already openned another one.
ban in sweet simplicity- This keeps me dry and I really like the scent
Origins drink up intensive mask- Smells great and I like to use it after a clay mask. Gives my skin a lot of hydration.
Dr Brandt instant wrinkle relaxing cream- I swear I could feel this working! I definitely do not need intense wrinkle cream at this point in my life, but I could see myself returning to this in the future.
Glamglow youth cleanse- Will use samples in the future but I have other cleansers I like better.
NYX matte liquid liner- cracked and flaked off within minutes! Throwing away.
DIOR Miss Dior blooming bouquet- Although nice, it didn't mesh well on my skin. Throwing away.
Ole Henriksen professional cleansing sponge- Nothing special and a washcloth works better.
Kiehls powerful wrinkle reducing cream- I started to use this then put it to the side to finish the Dr Brandt one. When I came back to use it a few weeks later it had gone bad. Throwing away.
John Frieda smooth control conditioner- Nothing special but it smelled really nice.
FAB face cleanser- I could not get over the smell! Not sure if I got a bad one or what but it didn't smell good.
Skintimate shaving cream- Was nice but drying
Gilette satin care shaving cream sensitive skin- Again, it was nice but drying
Curly Girly conditioner- conditioner from my former salon. Nothing special and very expensive.
My September empties with a focus on trying to work through samples (yet being careful not to stress out my skin).
Sur Medic: My face was always brighter after using any of these.
The LLang masks all had a chemical smell and I will not repurchase any of them.
The SkinFood masks are so-so.
Skincare and Makeup:
Ole Henriksen PowerBright: I didn't notice a difference but will try another sample in October.
La Mer: I tried twice and couldn't stand the chemical smell - I'll give my mom the rest to try.
Bite Agave Lip Mask: I really like using this at night - I wake up and it is still on my lips and they feel soft and hydrated. I will purchase the full size.
Algenist Eye Balm: This was such a lovely product but my quest for the perfect eye cream continues.
Deep Steep Fig & Apricot Body Scrub: Enjoyed and already have backups. Lovely scent and relatively natural ingredients.
The Body Shop Peppermint Pumice Foot Scrub: I really liked this and will definitely repurchase.
Andalou Naturals Aloe Mint Body Lotion: Lightweight lotion that has the same peppermint scent as a Girl Scouts Thin Mint - I loved how this smelled!
I don't have any photos because empty packaging sitting around drives me nuts (I tried saving in a plastic bag next to my vanity but threw it out 3 days later) but here are my recent empties!
Clinique Take the Day Off remover - Just finished my 15th bottle or something. This is one of those products that I have no idea how many I've purchased because it just doesn't get any better than this!
Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Soap cleanser - used this as my AM cleanser for the last 6ish months? One bottle lasted forever and I liked how gentle it was. Moved onto something else already but would repurchase in the future!
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Conditioner - This was a repurchase in a larger size (largest with the pump) and I've moved back to my Evolvh Conditioner which I actually don't like as much as I remember. I'd imagine I'll got back to the Alterna once I'm done my two bottles of Evolvh!
Odacite Jojoba Beads Exfoliant (deluxe sample) - I got this with an order of Odacite serum samples, and while I like jojoba for my skin, this just didn't do much for me. The jojoba wax beads didn't feel like they did anything. Wouldn't purchase the full size.
Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil - This is great at removing my face makeup in preparation for cleansing. Can't comment on how well it removes eye makeup since I always use my Clinique makeup remover to remove eye makeup. Lathers well and good first oil cleansing step! I've since moved onto Skin Food's Black Sugar cleansing oil but would consider repurchasing in the future!
LUSH Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - I bought this mainly for the scent, I went in Lush looking for the Rose Jam shower gel/perfume but both were LE and sold out. The sales lady said this was the same scent, which is true.... but after using a couple of times iin the shower the scent faded a little and smelled different. Also, the conditioner didn't do anything for my skin. Just feels like I had a layer of residue on my skin and really didn't keep it moisturized. I would be better applying body oil coming out of the shower! Took me forever to finish a tub of this and I won't repurchase. I will be buying the Rose Jam shower gel this year during the holidays though!
Ouai Treatment Mask (1 foil) - Just used this in the bath after using clarifying shampoo to remove hard water residue, and I love the smell! Hair feels very nice, will see how it feels after it dries. May repurchase depending on results.
-Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
-Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion
-Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
-ColourPop Brow Pencil
-Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
-KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper
-Arm & Hammer Advanced White Toothpaste
-Jack Black Lip Balm
Everything else was okay.
Unlikely to repurchase:
-MUFE Ultra HD- not particularly impressed, missing the old formula
-Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter- smell was too perfume-y for my liking