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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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Lylysa you've joined us!

I'm going to keep my eyes peeled to see some of your empties

I always love all your recommendations Smiley Wink

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No puffery eye roller sounds awesome.

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Hi there! *waves*

 

Coming back to visit for empties time Smiley Happy Absolutely huge month for empties for me, my Sephora bag was literally overflowing.

 

 

Skincare:

Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes- very nice, but I have found paraben-free options I equally

Le Couvent Des Minimes 3-in-1 Micellar Water with 3 Beneficial Roses- LOVE the scent of this, excellent product and reasonably priced (about $17). Will definitely keep in my rotation.

Swisspers Cotton Rounds

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Cream Cleanser- IN LOVE WITH. Unfortunately, price is ridiculous so I will have to stick with getting this in GWPs.

REN Radiance Perfection Serum- my second deluxe sample, really enjoyed. Smells like raw pumpkin, really brightened my face. I like Lancome Genifique better though.

Dr. Brandt XXY Dual Fusion Water- good product but I prefer lesser expensive options

Kate Somerville Exfolikate- LOVED. Too expensive for me though.

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel- very very drying on my skin, hated the feeling of the gel.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo- this has officially replaced my HG DDF Benzoyl Peroxide. The LRP version has a stronger percentage (5.5%), is much less expensive and has a better texture that absorbs. The DDF version tends to pill up on my skin a few hours later. Have already purchase a full-size Smiley Happy

Lancome Dreamtone Serum- really loved, may add to my regimen

Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil- thought this was very comparable to high end cleansing oils!

 

Makeup/Perfume:

Urban Decay De-Slick XL- WOAH that took forever to use up. Use daily, Holy Grail item Smiley Happy Had a backup waiting.

NARS Sheer Matte Foundation- sadly not an empty but a throw away. Went to get it out of my stash after putting it away a few months and found that the cap had partially corroded away and the foundation had dried out. Won't repurchase, it was ok but very drying and acne-causing on my skin. Loved the light coverage and initial look though.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder- HG powder foundation, one of the rare foundations I've found that I can wear for 13+ hours at work and not have a resulting breakout from. Love the soft glow this gives to your skin, very natural looking. Had a backup waiting!

Mineralogie Cream Concealer- very nice, great color match on me. Great for under-eye and blemishes. Very hard brand to get a hold of though.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara- very nice, repurchased the waterproof version

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel- very nice volumizing mascara

Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey- LOVE, own the full size

Bare Minerals BareSkin Serum Foundation- loved and purchased

Korres Anti-Aging Primer- made my skin shiny

Fresh Life EDP- LOVED the scent but this stuff disappears ridiculously fast for an EDP

 

Hair:

Organix Australian Tea Tree Shampoo- hoped this might be a dupe for the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo, but nothing can beat PM Smiley Happy

Suave 2-Minute Recovery Deep Condition- have had this forever and wanted to use up. Despite the cheap price tag, this stuff was actually pretty decent!

2 Stage Moisture Miracle Mask & Serum- something else I've had around forever. Hair was not happy with.

Madison Reed Nourishing Color Enhancer Shampoo & Conditioner- don't have color treated hair, but this stuff was ok

L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm- too heavy

DevaCurl One Condition- it was ok, won't repurchase

 


Everything Else!

 

Wild Apple Daffodil Shower Gel- very nice scent

Garden Strawberries Foaming Hand Soap- looovee the scent

Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter- love the scent, a little too moisturizing for me, left my skin a little greasy

Vitafusion Multi-Vites- yes vitamins are in my empties. These taste amazing and I 100% recommend if anyone is interested in gummy vitamins (you know you are Smiley Wink )

Cotton Blossom Wallflower

Ulta Fresh Lilac Lotion- lovely scent

Ayres Body Butter in Patagonia- OH EM GEE. This is hands down the best body butter I have ever used. Melts right in to your skin and is super silky. I wasn't 100% on this scent but would definitely repurchase in a different scent. Sad that this stuff is pretty expensive but I think it is worth it!

 

 

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I am close to finishing a few items, so I am going to push off my post for a bit.  

 

Look at you.  I love how much you used up this month.  

 

I am actually in the market for a new vitamin.  Between 9 months of pregnancy and almost three years of breasfeeding, I have been taking prenatals for way too long.  I stopped breastfeeding over two months ago, so I want to switch to a regular multivitamin once my current ones are gone.  A chewy one seems interesting.  I hate the taste of vitamins, and I am having a hard time finding a coated one (like my prenatals).  

 

I got a sample of that Body Shop body butter.  When you said it was too moisturizing, I perked up. I cannot wait to try the sample now.  I had a coconut one a while back, but I only used it on my hands.  The scent was a little too strong for all over my body.

 

I see you started cutting open items.  I am doing that too.  I've already got a lot of extra use out of things I thought were empty.  

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Definitely try the gummy vitamins, they are delicious! I know they make prenatal vitamins as well Smiley Happy

 

The Body Shop's Cocoa Butter smells absolutely delicious. I really love the cocoa butter scrub. My skin doesn't need a huge amount of hydration so products like this tend to be a little too hydrating for me, but I've heard others rave about this product Smiley Happy

 

I couldn't believe how much product I was leaving in packaging until I started cutting things open! I think I got another 3 uses out of the Estee Lauder face wash and another 2 out of the Exfolikate!

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Alrigh!  It took me a couple days to get back to normal after my camping trip but here are my empties for July

amourpacific refreshing moisture bound gel-  meh, not as good as shiseido.

ole hendriksen sheer transformation-  one of my favorite creams.  So light and quick absorbing.  I rebuy. 

Dior hydra life skin perfect-  I liked it.  Felt very nice on and has a subtle nice smell.  I would consider buying this when I run low on something else.

murad illuminating day moisture SPF 30-  really loved this one!   Will be purchasing this!  I love that it's a lotion that has SPF! 

Urban decay original eye primer-  I don't like these.  It goes on clumpy and there are patchy areas when it dries.  :/. I used it when I knew I'd be at home with neutral eye looks and only cause I was trying to use up my samples.

mufe hd primer-  these were alright.  They went on light and did their job.  I have no complaints.  If you're looking for a basic primer I'd suggest this, the thing is there are a lot of other primers out there that work on specific skin conditions which many of us have.  If your skin is already pretty decent and has no issues this is good. 

Fresh black tea instant perfecting mask- I liked this as far as I remember.  I am already using retinoids and glycolic peels here and there so I beleive I was able to absorb more antioxidants. I have it on my purchase list.

shiseidosun protection- lightweight and feels lovely on!  Will repurchase! 

Md solar sciences mineral tinted cream-  love!   It looks just like your skin but better!!!  I got more compliments on my skin than usual wearing this stuff!!  I love that it's a sunscreen as well! 

Japan gals face mask- I really enjoy these!  I have so many more to try!  I picked up one of each when I was in japan last year!  They're so relaxing!  

Asience shampoo and conditioner-  I received a bunch of these as a gift from the hotel in japan last year.  I like them.  They don't dry out my hair and they smell like flowers.  I don't think I'd rebuy unless I were in a situation where that was all I recognized. 

Strivectin-sd cream-  I really love this stuff.  It's already been repurchased.

sephora waterproof eye makeup remover- this is my go to remover.  Enough said

body shop satsuma body wash-  I used to like body shop and this is one of many residual items.  I love the smell but find it actually drying.  Won't be repurchasing but I'm sure it will be gifted to me again at christmas. 

Feria power shimmer conditioner- love this stuff!  I buy hair dyes and toss the dye and use the conditioner.  Lol!  Guilty! 

Vaseline problem skin therapy- I love this!!  I have lots of body shop butters that are too strong and I've been mixing them with the Vaseline cream and it really tones it down.  I love that it's Unscented.  I always rebuy this stuff.

dior addict perfume- already own and love this

i'eau d'issey perfume- really nice

cartier la panthere- buying this once I use up one perfume bottle. 

Abh brow wiz-  my HG brow product. 

Ysl babydoll mascara-  so far the best mascara I've tried.  Waiting til I use up six of my other mascaras before repurchasing

smashbox full exposure mascara- hated this!  Dried out really fast and flaked. 

The rest are sunscreens-

 

i would only reccomend 

coppertone ultra guard SPF 70-  because SPF 70!  I only use this on my body however cause it does sting if you get it in your eyes. 

Neutrogena ultra sheer dry touch SPF 30- this is fantastic!! It is a cream to powder product!! Love it!  It's great for face! 

Hawaiian tropic sheer touch spf45-  loved this one as well.  So light and creamy.  I love that I'm moisturizing while sunscreeningSmiley Happy 

 

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Welcome back.  I've missed your beautiful face.  I like the Neutrogena sunscreen too.  I've never tried any of the other ones.  Glad to her you like the Babydoll mascara.  I keep going back and forth trying to decide whether or not to open that or the Better Than Sex Mascara next.  I cannot decide which I want to try more.

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Thanks kim!  I missed you as well but there was no way to get away from all the other people for long enough to sign in an contribute':/.  It was intoxication week for all our friends and it's hard to escape drunk friends when you're sharing cabins..i've  got that better than sex mascara  open as well as three others right now.  So far not impressing me.  It's so clumpy.  I'd open that one first since I have a feeling the babydoll will just make you hate it more.  Wow, I must really not like it at all. 

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Don't throw away your empties! This weekend only!

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Sounds good. Thanks for sharing!  Didn't find this on their website.  Wonder if it applies at their dept. store counters?

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No, only their retail stores. Go to their website for locations if you need them. What's nice is the empties don't even have to be from Origins. 

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I feel eel like in forgetting something.. But here are my empties for the month. 

 

Love: the Ouidad! 

Maybe: shiseido  eye cream, Ren mask, TBS Brazil nut oil (smells ANAZING!) I liked the Korres Wild Rose but it seemed too heavy for my skin. I'm using the yogurt sleeping facial now, so it depends on how I like that. 

Nope: purity made simple, BBW Fresh Picked Lemon body cream

 

there were some foils too, but I forgot about them and they weren't amazing anyways

 

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I have the world's frizziest hair.  I've been meaning to try that shampoo.  Glad to read a nice review.

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It was good! I really like the hair gel that came in the set. It wasn't really HG status for me, but one of the better products I've found. Especially with how my hair reacts to summer humidity. 

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August Empties: Short and Sweet Edition

 

Loves -

VS Pro Moisture FX Softening Lip Balm

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Amazing Concealer - Medium Beige... perfect shade.  That never happens with samples!

 

Just ok, meh - 

Shea Sugar Body Scrub - Hawaiian Kukui

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask

Too Faced Bronzing Wardrobe - Chocolate Soleil was great, Endless Summer didn't even show up on my skintone.

 

Dislike - 

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion - Just another hotel-grade body lotion

Dr. Brandt dual fusion water - left me with black streaky eyes, wouldn't recommend

The Body Shop Coconut shower cream - great smell, but I need suds

 

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I need suds too.

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Haha, me too!  Not so much on my acid but for body wash I like bubbles or I don't feel clean! 

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A bit late but here are my empties for last month and a couple from this week.

 

would repurchase

 

peter Thomas Roth camu camu brightening sleeping mask

md solar sciences mineral tinted creme

guerlain meteorites

hg mineral veil primer (when I'm down to six primers cause I'm space restricted)

ole hendriksen truth serum (I have tons of these still)

bumble and bumble hairdresser oil (won't be purchasing for a while though cause I'm fully stocked on hair oils )

murad illuminating day moisture SPF 30

caudalie premier cru la creme

N*7 crystal fixative lacquer for wizards davines (smells like cookies)

 

everything else wasn't worth mentioning

 

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How is the sunblock hunt going?  Any keepers yet?

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I like the peter Thomas Roth max sheer and the Vichy capital soleil the most so far.  I still like the neutrogena heloplex one for consistency but i read that the sunscreen is actually solar unstable which is kinda bad, lol.  I've been using it on clothing-covered skin.

I have an entire box of sunscreens to try still.  They'll be showing up as I use em.   

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I love this thread so much.  This actually inspired me to set up a BT account and start a bag of empties for September (I'm awaiting questions on why I'm keeping a bag of trash in the spare bathroom).

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Haha everybody goes through this stage of question. I actually said that I'm keeping them to bring to Origins recycling program (which I started doing) haha. 

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My cleaning lady almost threw my bag away. When I explained to her the concept, she looked at me like I was insane.

I should of just said I'm recycling stuff lmao

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This thread is so inspiring. I recently started keeping my empties but I was not keeping larger bottles like shampoo, conditioner and shower gels. I also threw away empty foils or packaging of wipes and cotton etc. Today I saw some of the pics and now on I am going to keep bigger bottles and foils as well but so sad I threw away many big things just yesterday. Oh well there will be more soon Smiley Wink

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I don't keep or count my foils because I find they're a little too messy and clutter up easily but it's EXTREMELY satisfying seeing the products you finish up Smiley Happy 

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