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Empties - 2019

Seeing product empties is so satisfying Smiley Happy


Post your weekly, monthly, quarterly, whenever-ly empties and let us know how you felt about them!




Previous Empties thread:


@itsfi at first I really did like the Coco Cabana but the...

@itsfi at first I really did like the Coco Cabana but the third time I went to use it, it made my stomach churn lol just too sweet of a scent mixed with butter...ewwwwww

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@lmaster, it's funny how the cream turns a different scent - though neither the plasticky scent I had the pleasure of experiencing or the overly sweet and buttery scent you had sound appealing. It really does depend on a person's body chemistry. I thought of just tossing it, but ended up mixing it with some other lotions and oils. 

Re: @itsfi at first I really did like the Coco Cabana but the...

Excellent idea @itsfi 😆

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February Empties


- Camille Rose Cupuacu Sweet Cream All-Over Body Nourisher
- Ahava Deadsea Plants Dry Oil Body Mist
- Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel
- Nivea Essentially Enriched 48hr Body Lotion
- Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
- Algenist Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream
- Beauty Blender Pro (technically not an empty, but it needs to be replaced)
- Dr. Bronner's Citrus Pure-Castile Soap
- Sunday Riley CEO moisturizer
- Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
- Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
- MUFE Ultra HD Foundation
- Fresh Seaberry Face Oil
- L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream


- Frudia Blueberry Hydrating Mask (x2)
- Frudia Citrus Brightening Mask
- SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
- Yes to Coconut Cleansing Wipes


Productss I would repurchase
- TGIN Sugar Pear Shea Butter
- Raw Sugar Vanilla Bean + Sugar Body Wash
- Ole Henriksen So Nurturing Cleansing Cloths
- Trader Joe's Frosted Berry Body Butter
- Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion
- Dr. Roebuck's Hydrating Face Moisturizer


Products I would repurchase
- The Oozoo Face In-Shot Nutrient Mask
- Papa Recipe Bombee Fruitables Pink Squeeze Vitality Mask
- Mustus Daily Harvest Squeeze Fresh Up Mask Relaxing/Moisturizing
- Jayjun Essential Therapy Trouble-Care Mask
- Jayjun Honey Dew Red Mask
- Acwell Traditional Grain Syrup Mugwort Mask


Just ok
- Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys
- Origins Modern Friction Cleansing Oil
- Mally Volumizing Mascara
- Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer (Medium) 
- Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel (I actually like this, just wish it wasn't so heavily perfumed)
- Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm
- Mitomo Rice Leaven Essence Mask (ill-fitting)
- Acure Incredibly Clear Sheet Mask

I can't remember if I liked these masks or not, so I would retry.
- Botanic Farm Rose Mask
- Botanic Farm Rice Mask

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Ouhhh!  Good month!!!  It looks like you cleared out a decent number of deluxe samples! 🙌🏻 @MoniDJ 

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@MoniDJGreat empties!  You've gotten through so many!  What do you use the witch hazel for?  I've seen them sold, but never knew what people used it as?  Toner? Same question with the Dr. Bronners soap... I've just purchased a pack to try out but have no idea where to start!

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I use the witch hazel as a toner. I like it because it’s gentle and doesn’t dry my skin out. The Dr. Bronner’s soap is my makeup brush cleaner (I alternate between it and Beauty Blender solid cleanser). It gives my brushes a very good deep cleanse, especially those that tend to get stained from foundation and concealer.

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Thanks so much for the reply @MoniDJ !  I'm overstocked on toner at the moment but I'll have to give that a try sometime!

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@missjeanie Your're very welcome!

awesome empties!! @MoniDJ

awesome empties!! @MoniDJ

RE: awesome empties!! @MoniDJ

I was surprised I finished so many full sized products this month.

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@MoniDJ, there are so many fabulous February empties here! 😍💗 Love DE Lala and NARS eye primer. 💕 I’ve wondered about that line of Papa Recipe masks and the Mustus ones as well; 🤔 I have seen the latter at TJ Maxx and I have the hardest time  deciding whether to pull the trigger - now I know they’re worth a try! 😃👍🏼 That Acwell mugwort mask looks so interesting; definitely on my list! 😊

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The Nars eye primer has been my favorite for years. I plan on trying the new tinted version soon. Lucky you for finding Mustus sheet masks at TJ Maxx. I’ve never seen them at any of the locations I frequent, but I’ll be looking out for them now.

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@MoniDJ, of course I didn’t find the Mustus masks at the stores closest to me! 😂 I’ve seen them at a couple of TJ Maxx stores that are about 45 minutes from my house, but I have friends who live near those cities so I do sometimes go the scenic route on my way home! 😉😆

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Look at all those masks! @MoniDJ I find using the Masking Challenge is a great way to keep track of my thoughts on mask so I know whether to retry or not. That way you have an archive of your experience in case you forget.

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I have been intending to post in the mask challenge thread since it was started because I mask (almost) daily. I just never remember to do it. Thanks for the reminder.

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Please join us @MoniDJ! We’d love to see what masks you’re using and your thoughts on them! 😊


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I have a few more empties in February than January so that's exciting. I generally liked all the products in the first two rows and those with pluses are winners for me but I wouldn't die without them.Capture.PNG


CeraVe PM

CeraVe PM is something I can use day or night my skincare routine. I prefer it in the morning and would rather use a thicker cream at night but if I'm traveling (rarely) this is a good product that will work anytime. They have reformulated it. It seems a bit thinner than in the past. I feel like it works the same but I go through it slightly quicker than the old formulation. This bottle I got ~80 uses out of vs. the old formulation I generally had ~90 uses. I will likely repurchase this product in the future. On the other hand, I've read the CeraVe Baby has a similar ingredient profile (includes the niacinamide that the CeraVe moisturizing lotion and cream lack) and cost per oz is cheaper...SO...I'm trying it out as a replacement. My budget can afford a CeraVe PM but this girl likes saving money if she can. Overall, thumbs up CeraVe!


Dr. Teal's

Dr. Teal's is my homeboy! I enjoy baths for relaxing and these products are great. I like the Lavender scent and I've also paired it with my homemade sandalwood bath salt. I've already repurchased the Lavender and the Pink Himalayan to try. This one is close to a heart for me but if I'm judging myself correctly I think I will enjoy the Pink Himalayan more and that may become a favorite and a staple for me.


Vaseline Lotion

I try to keep lotion at my desk at work because I need to get better at regularly applying it to my legs and body. I feel like my body skincare game is lacking compared to my face. Anyway, this is a nice pleasant lotion and I like the slight aloe scent. At some point I stocked up on lotion and have another bottle already in its place. I enjoy it but I'm sure there are a variety of wonderful lotions on the market.


Clinique Moisture Surge

I purchased this half price during an Ulta sale. I have a second one I've just opened. The jar was 65 uses for me. I used this more as a hydro boost product vs. a moisturizer because of it's gel consistency. This may be a user error since I think the combination of this and the CeraVe cream in a tub might be a bit much for my face. I think this works better with makeup. On days without makeup I think the auto-replenishing from the Clinique Moisture Surge didn't look bad on my face but would cause grease (not grease but I can't think of a better word) marks on my phone. I will gladly use the 2nd jar but this is not a repurchase. I am excited to try the Dramatically Different Jelly I purchased during my birthday month since it seems to fit the gel type of product profile I am looking for in my 2 moisturizer routine. Only ~65 uses/1 month until I can. Smiley Happy


Ulta Lip Oil

TGID! - Thank goodness it's done! I started using this at the end of September/early October 2018. My plan was to use this up and then I would be able to break into the Laneige holiday kit. Well this sucker lasted forever and I went ahead and opened the Laneige for the new year. I got 120 uses out of it (I removed the stopper and got every last drop too). The lip oil was fine and the first lip oil I've tried. It felt lip a gloss and was a bit sticky. It felt okay as far as hydrating the lips but nothing phenomenal. Because of the cranberry and/or pomegranate it did burn my lips if they were previously damaged. I used it mostly before bed and the lasting power isn't there for overnight. If I received it again I wouldn't be upset but I wouldn't repurchase. Also I used the one time lip mask previously so now I can get rid of the box. It was comically huge and I wasn't impressed by it.


Random perfume

Let's not talk about how old this perfume potentially is. It has a more masculine scent and I don't really wear perfume. I'd spray it around occasionally more as an air freshener or something to perk up my feet after a long day. No idea what it is, where it is from, and I won't be searching it out. I wouldn't say it's bad but it is not for me.


Anatasia Brow Wiz sample

I was so excited to receive this as a GWP. It was one of the reasons I created the Fe-Brow-ary thread. Well it broke the first time I tried to use it. I managed to salvage one of the broken pieces and get 4 uses out of it. For me, it was okay. I don't have much experience with eyebrows and I think using a pencil requires a more artistic hand and patience than I gave it. Not a bad product, just not for me.

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Yep yep @ShortErica, last year every time O went to Ulta with a code for a free DS and they were out, they would give me one of those sets😂 I had 5!!!!!

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Holy cow that's a lot of the same thing @eshoe! I'm always sad when they don't have the deluxe sample I went in to snag.

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A lot of the bad same thing @ShortErica 😆

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