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.
These are actually all of my March - April empties:
Loved items, previously repurchased or willing to repurchase:
+ Alaffia EverDay Coconut Body Wash that was accidently thrown out
The Donkey Milk & Benton snail masks I have several more to go, I liked them but I can never makeup my mind on masks on the first try.
Ah! The powders in the back aren't included, shoulda moved them!
Not for me:
I really like the Buxom glosses, it's just this really pale nude color. I didn't like it against my complexion, made look very sallow.
I do my empties a little different than others. I saved one of my bigger bags from Sephora (of course) and will post when I have it filled up.
So here it goes:
Dior diorshow mascara full size, like but you get way to many samples to buy ever
Lancome courbe virtuose mascara full size, I don't remember and it dried out so most likely no
Buxom lip gloss dolly, deluxe sample like but have 3
belif true cream aqua bomb, ds, so far my favorite will purchase full size whenever I run out of samples
Yuni shower sheet x1, sample, don't care for the smell
Sephora almond foot mask,fs, will buy to hit 25 for promo ha!
Sol de janeiro,fs,got it for the smell already bought another one but I don't know if I'll purchase again
Soap & glory cream wash,ds, I had to use a lot to feel clean will not purchase
Soap & glory sugar crush, fs, yes love it
Dial skin therapy Himalayan salt& exfoliating beads,fs, like it would probably buy again
Soap&glory scrub of your life,fs&ds, I'm sad this worked very well on my arms for clogged pores then stopped
First aid beauty red clay deep cleansing bar,ds, no didn't do anything at all.
Herbal essence, fs, love
Drybar detox,ds, love replaced my herbal essence due to the bad ingredients he has
Pantene,fs,like but found other without bad ingredients
Beauty protector,ds, like but not enough to buy also cancelled birchbox
Drybar, ds, prep rally, my new love
Ulta nourishing nail polish remover,ds, did the job no complaints couldn't find my other one
Sephora instant nail polish wipes x6 so far, they work but dry quick!
Ulta nail polish wipes not as saturated as Sephora
fresh soy eye makeup remover, sample, like out conditioning this was but it's been discontinued
Boscia tsubaki cleansing oil,sample, didn't feel like it cleaned
Korres wild rose exfoliating cleanser,sample,undecided but didn't break me out
Korres Greek yogurt cleanser x8 like but can't use everyday it dried my very oily skin out
Philosophy purity 3in1 sample, no broke out don't like smell
Boscia makeup breakup cool cleansing oil,sample, like the thickness but broke out
Dr. Brandt pores no more, like maybe buy only used ds
First aid beauty deep cleanser red clay liquid,fs, like it a lot saw almost immediate results
Ouai volume s&c x2, leaning toward no
Bumble&bumble thickening s&c, fs and ds,like but probably take a break from other stuff I like better
Drybar Texas tea s&c, fs and packets, love totally works on my straight fine lifeless do nothing hair
Drybar sake bomb,ds and packets, meh, will use samples
Rahua s&c, packet x 1, NO the smell is awful but it goes away by morning and it does good stuff but the smell kept me up at night
Iles formula haute performance,packet x2, wanted to love this but no will only use samples
Verb hydrating s&c, ds and packets, meh
Living proof, fs and ds, full s&c loves my first high end purchase
Igk 30,000 ft s&c, loves bought full size immediately
Igk hot girls s&c, loves bought full size immediately
Alterna caviar repair s&c, sample x3 loves it it gold but expensive will purchase when ULTA has good promo
If you havent guesses I have to rotate my s&c cause my hair gets immune. It's weird I know.
Sorry for no pics but it says my pics are too big even when they're not
My first empties post! These are from January through May. I kept meaning to post monthly, but I never felt like I had enough to make it worth it. Oops. At least I'm doing it now and tossing all the empty bottles! Woohoo.
Loves (have or would repurchase)
-The DE C firma is the 2nd Vit C serum I've used, but the first I've really try to use consistently. The 1st being Caudalie Polyphenol C-15 (broke me out, not a fan, never finished). I like the DE; I haven't had the break out issues that some have had. I purchased the mini day set with the B moisturizer and got a full size. I like it and would repurchase, but I'm also curious about other formulas. I do think it has done good for my skin. I have been using the full size bottle daily since January or February and think I have maybe another month or two out of it. $80 is a lot to invest at once, but I do feel better that the bottle will last a half year or more with daily (1 pump) use. I would have no qualms about this if it were priced at $60/bottle. Get it during the 20% sale!
-This formula of Secret deodorant is my HG. I stray from it every once in a while and ALWAYS regret it and come back. Lavender is my current fav scent.
-Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream. Got this sample in my Sephora Play. It's relatively cheap and seems to be doing its job. Bought a full size to evaluate more.
-UD Perversion Mascara. I like this and actively seek out samples of it. I don't know if I would pay full price given the ubiquity of samples and how slowly I go through full size mascaras, but I like it the most of out any higher end mascara I've tried in recent memory.
-Origins Gin-Zing Eye Cream. I was originally trying this on one side of my face and the Clinique on the other, but gave that up for this in the morning and the other in the evening. I like this and feel like it brightens my under eye with its reflective particles or whatever. I bought the full size of this that was bundled with other products of the line because it was in a squeeze tube instead of the jar and the price of the eye cream alone with all the other stuff. Worth it for that deal.
-Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum. I actually REALLY loved this stuff. It lasted me forever and didn't cause any weird break outs (I have struggled with acne all my life). This is one of the first oils I've used and it maybe didn't sink it as much as others, but it left my face feeling moisturized and looking good. And it's not crazy expensive. Simple ingredient list that I like, as well. Probably one of my best Ipsy introductions. I would repurchase this in a second if I didn't have a million other oil samples to work through (which aren't living up to this).
-Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer. I think the name is cute, but I also felt it worked just as well if not better than UD's primer. I don't know how expensive this is, but assuming it's the same price or less expensive than UD's, I would repurchase. As it is now, I have primer samples to last me for at least 5 years. I like the small sample sizes bc I feel like I can use them up before they go (really) bad.
Mehs (used up, unsure about purchasing full size, would use again as sample)
-Dr Jart Ceramidin cream. I used this in drier winter months and I really liked it. The sample wasn't big enough to determine lasting effects. I'm hesitant to buy a full size due to price. But I'm really contemplating it.
-Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream. This was nice for warmer months. I'm hesitant about moisturizers that have cones in them, but this didn't seem to break me out like others. Needs further research.
-Coola Sport Sunscreen. I tried 2 flavors of this (mango and white tea), it worked pretty well. Maybe a bit greasy for daily application, but worked great at the pool in FL. Like the smell of both. It didn't break me out/give me hives like chemical Neutrogena sunscreens have, but I'm a bit gun shy since this reaction to chemical sunscreens only developed in the past 2 years.
-DE B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. It was ok. Don't think it was hydrating enough for me. I used it on vacay in FL and still don't know how I feel about it. Didn't break me out, so that's a positive. Probably more expensive than it's worth.
-Klorane Corn Flower Eye Makeup Remover. Works well enough. Don't know if I want to spend this much on eye make up remover. FWIW, I don't often wear waterproof eye makeup or anything like. that. I like these little bottles for travel for sure.
-Caudalie Polyphenol Eye Cream and 20 SPF sunscreen.I think this whole line has been discontinued so it doesn't really matter. Didn't do enough to justify the price. I'm not paying $40 for a 20 SPF moisturizer.
-OI All In One Milk. I didn't like the smell of this at all, but it did make my hair easier to brush and left it feeling nice.
-Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle. This was super fragrant, which I wasn't the biggest fan of, and it was thick enough to clog the pump a bit.
-It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Product. I liked the smell of this better than the others, but it didn't make my hair as easy to brush as the others. It also left it with a weird residue.
Nopes (wouldn't repurchase, probably wouldn't even reuse if it was free)
-BioRepublic Aloe Revitalizing Mask left my face feeling like it had a weird residue on it and looking more blah than revitalized.
_Dr Jart Water Drop Moisturizer This was just a small sample from Sephora. The way this behaves is really cool, but I think it was too full of cones to be good for my skin and also not moisturizing enough.
-Sephora Pearl Mask This just felt blah. Didn't think it did anything.
Sorry for the novel. Maybe I will learn how to be succinct with these eventually!
May and June empties
Philosophy Purity Made Simple- I've been using this for maybe 8-10 years in the A.M. I rarely Try something new.
Kate Somerville Goat Milk- This was my second jar and I had a backup on standby. My only beef with it is it doesn't mix well with some of my primers- like MUFE Hydrating for example.
Lush Pink Custard Shower Jelly- This is new to me but I bought 2 backups. It smells good and is crazy foamy.
Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner-I'm sad this was my last Snow Fairy. I went through about 4 total.The scent was light and was sooo moisturizing. I'll have to buy more next Xmas.
Lush D'Fluff- Also new to me, but good for razor burn when used after Scrubees also by Lush.
Formula X Erase Cuticle Cream- This worked when used nightly but is now discontinued.
Escada Perfume- I wish I knew which one LOL. It doesn't say on the bottle but all the Escada summer perfumes are good IMHO. It's sweet and fruity if you like those scents.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter- Another favorite. It's unscented and very moisturizing, all that I need in a body butter.
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Waterproof Mascara
Joico K-PAK Shampoo- This is good I just need something more moisturizing. I wouldn't be able to use this everyday.
Paula's Choice Lip Balm- It got the job done but I haven't repurchased. I used it at night.
Rahua Omega Hair Mask- This was pretty good and I'm thinking about buying a full size. It was moisturizing without being heavy. I just don't know If I will still like it in the winter.
Tarte Tarteguard 30- I used this on my neck and chest only so I can't really give an opinion. It's too strongly scented for the face I think.
Ren Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Mist-This was just ok. I prefer something that gives more moisture.
Sephora Avocado Sleeping Mask- These things last forever. I poked a hole with a pin and covered it with tape to keep it fresh. This gave me the same results as the sheet masks I've used by Sephora.
Lots of empties for June...at least by my standards.
comforts for baby shampoo (I use this to wash my brushes)
bath & body works country apple shower gel
pacifica tuscan blood orange body butter
pacifica underarm deodorant wipes - travel size (this doesn't really deodorize, but it did make me smell like coconuts)
sephora eye makeup remover - travel size (definitely not the best eye makeup remover I've used)
korres cranberry instant lifting mask
peter thomas roth irish moor mud mask
too faced shadow insurance eye primer
make up for ever hydrating primer
murad invisiblur perfecting shield
smashbox pore minimizing primer
1st Half of 2017 (plus some packets from Q4 2016)
Repeat use: Pantene Pro-V conditioner, Biore nose & face strips, OCuSOFT Lid Scrub, Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief,
Laneige Multi Cleanser
Like: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye, Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask duo,
OK: Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel, Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence SPF 50, The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick (sample), Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate (sample), Dior Fix It Color (sample quad)
Other: La Roche-Posay Lipid-Replenishing Body Balm Anti-Irritation Anti-Scratching, Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Hairtherapy Repair Rescue, Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (sample), Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum (sample), Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream (sample), Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream (sample), Garnier HerbaShine Shine-Infused Conditioner (sample), Up & Up Deep Cleaning Pore Strips, Sephora Express Eye Makeup Remover Wipe, Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Restoring Cream (sample), Sansho Skin Moisturizing Gel (sample), Sansho Skin Renewal Gel (sample)
I know I'm a little late to the party but I somehow managed to get through a ton of products during the month of June!!
Kat Von D - Lock-It Foundation in #42 Light Neutral
Josie Maran - Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
Tory Burch - Eau de parfum spray in Love Relentlessly
Wilma Schumann - Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
Ole Henriksen - Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths
Dr. Roebuck's - PURE Hydration
Secret - Invisible Solid Deodorant in ooh-la-la-lavender
Amika - Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Lancome - Dual Finish Powder Foundation
NYX - Total Control Foundation Drops
Drunk Elephant - Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Becca - Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation
Clinique - Day Moisturizer
Glamglow - Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer
Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer
Shiseid - Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24
Ulta Beauty - Mattifying Balm Oil Control
Clinique - BIY Pigment Drops
I'm bad at saving empty. These was at the end of their journeys last and this month.
All AmorePacific products in this picture are in my current skincare routine. Love love them. New favorite are Tarte in Nude Tom Ford Fluer de Portofino and Creed Aventus for her. Already repurchase Tarte. For the Creed and TF fleur de Portofino, if not because of the super expensive price, I already get them . Dislike: Tom Ford Primer. I wouldn't want another free sample. Everything else is okay.
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.
-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!
- 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
-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.
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!
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
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.
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.