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Empties - V2

Seeing product empties is so satisfying 🙂


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




Previous Empties thread:


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BIC ate my 2nd photo. Keeping the YTTP, the Clarins and the Perricone bottles for repurposing. 💕💕

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Second Quarter Empties. 
I LOVED all the different BubbleT shower gels. They all smell so good. The Spascriptions Glacier Water wipes were another favorite. The Mario Badescu facial spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom was a nice mist. For masks my favorites were Venofye royal honey sheet mask and Therawell Hemp eye steam masks. For make up my favorite was Bare Minerals Mineral veil. 

1st Q - 25

2nd Q - 44

TTD - 69







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Yay for bubble-T shower gel @emaisgr8! They smell so good! 😍

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Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is a staple for me too. Great job on you empties @emaisgr8!

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Thanks @ShortErica 

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Love your empties @emaisgr8 😊

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Thanks @lmaster 

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So much catching up to do so let's start big with the 6 month wrap up (Jan - Jun 2020)


Skincare, Makeup, Haircare, Body, Misc

Total: 49 (which feels so small compared to others)

Full size: 19

Mini: 18

Samples: 12



Sheet masks: 82

Mini wash offs: 3

Samples: 3

This gives me a great gauge of how many masks I use and should keep in my collection.


Now, picking up where we left off: April 2020


Verbana Lavender soap - okay, hotel sample, glad to use

fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm Translucent - this was a generous gift from @faeriegirl, it had a wonderful lemon scent and was nice to apply, I'm trying to be a little more strict on avoiding fragrance in lip products but boy is it hard because they smell and taste so yummy, this is a definite temptation to purchase

The INKEY List Caffeine Eye Cream - I bought the duo with this and hyaluronic acid. Actually I bought two of those kits. The eye cream isn't super impressive but is nice to use. After stopping, I've noticed a slight purpleness near my inner corners. Maybe it did help with that. I'm currently using the SEPHORA COLLECTION Brightening Eye Cream – Hydrate & Depuff which helps more with brightening but I wish it didn't have fragrance. I think I want to try the CosRX peptide eye cream but if I just want some type of eye cream for my routine I might use The Inkey List one again

Sephora clay masks (gray, green, pink) - all were fine and I'd use again. Don't think I'd purchase them though

LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask - do not like it as a sleeping mask so used as a wash-off, it did moisturize but I could use a sheet mask or moisturizer and get the same results, not worth the price to m

fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask Mini 1 oz/ 30 mL - had the typical Fresh scent, I felt a tingle and heat, a little heat remained after rinsing, skin was smoother, not sure how much I'd use a mask like this since I still have so many sheet masks. I feel bad about the waste but I do like the convenience of them

Ouidad Featherlight Styling Cream - since my DevaCurl experiment, I'm now testing other brands. I love getting $5 off of $10 coupons from Ulta and buying this mini. It isn't a holy grail but I tend to have good hair days when I use it

Next up, May 2020


Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 32 oz/ 946 mL - this was enjoyable but with my fairly long hair, I was only able to get 3 uses out of it so it's hard to judge results, my hair still needed to be brushed through to get wetness so unfortunately it didn't help with that for me

DevaCurl Buildup Buster™ Micellar Water Cleansing Serum 8 oz/ 236 mL - I got these at a previous Ulta 21 Days sale. I finally managed to finish one. I feel like it does it's job and I'll use up the 2nd one. I know there are so many other similar products on the market and I'd like to give them a try despite this one working well

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores Mini 1 oz/ 30 mL was another treat from @faeriegirl, it had a fairly strong smell but worked fine, I think I prefer either the Kiehl's Since 1851 Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask or Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask but I really appreciate getting to try this mini!

Estee Lauder Day Wear - it had a refreshing scent like cucumber which I enjoyed although I know scents aren't good in skincare, even with SPF it did not give a white cast that I noticed, I don't think it will become a staple for me but I sure do enjoy getting to try a little bit more of a luxury product thanks to @Loretta55 

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - this gave a radiance to the under eye so I only used for the daytime, I don't know what ingredient is doing it (usually I see mica for that much radiance but nope), has some nice ingredients but didn't expect to see significant results because it was a sample, this was great to try - thanks @Shosh85 

Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Shea Butter & Almond Oil - I think I've found a great light fragrance for the bath, I enjoy the lavender if I want help sleeping but this is great for a more mellow bath, I'll definitely repurchase once I straighten up my bathroom in the new house

 And finally caught up, June 2020


Coola After-Sun Recovery Lotion - consistency was kinda like a sunscreen and took a lot of rubbing in, it was fine and I'm sure helped some with sun exposure post-care but it wasn't anything exciting

Missha Eye Cream - another eye cream from @Shosh85, this gave a great amount of radiance too but was much thicker in consistency, it did have a fragrance, of course now I can't pinpoint it but when I used it, I kept thinking that I know the scent from somewhere

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo 8 oz/ 236 mL - woohoo! I actually used up my birthday gift this year. I guess haircare is a lot easier than a lip product or blush. Anyway, I found the peppermint scent on this a bit strong for me. It was nice to try something different but it isn't something I would purchase

The Body Shop Strawberry Hand Cream - the consistency of this reminded me almost of pudding, it had a delightful strawberry smell and I found it to be a great summer scent, I was in the habit of putting on hand cream at work and this helped motivate me to restart the habit while working from home - thank you so much faeriegirl!

And one more piece of unicorn mail from faeriegirl - DevaCurl High Shine Multi-Benefit Oil - I couldn't use it on my hair dry or it gave a greasy look but when I used it on wet hair, it kinda gave the impression of a gel-like look with more definition, I don't think I'll incorporate a hair oil into my routine but it was great to test and see how my hair liked it

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@ShortErica and the trophy goes to..... Epsom salt!! Good job 🙌

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Thanks @lmaster! Gotta love some Epsom salt especially Dr. Teal's

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@ShortErica I sent you a pm last night and notifications should be working again 😊

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Yay for notifications being back @lmaster! I'll check my messages 🙂

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Thank you! @ShortErica it worked 😉

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My empties for June. All products are listed in the photo’s, truth be told I got to test out the Alterna Caviar CC Cream when it was first released as a promotion to hair stylists, and I just finished the very last bit of it, I am completely obsessed. It gives my thick hair so much volume and makes my hair super soft, and it’s just my favorite thing to use when blow drying hair.

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@cindyvonlovely Hahaha Penalty Box, I like that! Great job!

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Nice set of empties @cindyvonlovely, and I love the idea of putting the busts in the penalty box! LOL The Strawberry Poundcake sounds like it should smell delicious. I'm guessing it didn't since it landed in the Land of Meh. 

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It smelled good, it was just hit or miss. Like, the shower gel didn’t have enough scent, but the body butter had too much.

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Ha I like the Penalty Box Bad category, @cindyvonlovely  😂

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Oh no, what happened with the CeraVe PM @cindyvonlovely? It seems CeraVe has had a few new formulations since they were purchased by L'oreal.

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I really wanted to give it a chance because it seemed people love it, but my face had just never looked worse. It was like even more dried out and flaking and made me breakout everywhere, like every hour almost, I had new bumps all over my face. It was awful and getting really painful, so I stopped using it and switching to Inkey List’s Peptide Moisturizer and that healed my face almost overnight. I tried to check the expiration date of the Cerave thinking maybe it just had expired or something but it didn’t even have one and so that was the last straw and big red flags for skincare to not say an expiration date. I threw it out.

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Oh yuck! I've been wanting to try the Inkey List peptide moisturizer. Glad to hear it was good.