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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!




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July Empties (3/4)





ACURE Brightening Vitamin C & Ferulic Acid Oil Free Serum 

R (Results) - No dramatic brightness; Slight decrease in hyperpigmentation

A (Aroma) - Didn’t notice any strong fragrance, but not advertised as fragrance free

T (Texture) - Creamy Lotion

E (Expense) - $19.99 1.0 Oz.; Very affordable Vitamin C. I used 2-3 pumps, and it lasted for about 3 months.

Rating: Haul It - Although I didn’t see dramatic results, I would repurchase. I have dry sensitive skin, and I had zero irritation.

Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Creamy Luxe Hand Soap 

R (Results) - Hands are clean, but not dried out

A (Aroma) - Smells like cherry, but it doesn’t linger.

T (Texture) - Creamy and luxurious

E (Expense) - $7.50 8.0 Fl. Oz.; It’s rare to pay full price for B&BW soaps, but I would still pay full price for this soap.

Rating: Clearance Bound - I enjoy this soap, but Japanese Cherry Blossom isn’t my favorite B&BW scent.

CeraVe SA Lotion for Rough Bumpy Skin 

R (Results) - Smoooooove legs!

A (Aroma) - Nada! This is a fragrance free product.

T (Texture) - Lightweight, but creamy. Mixes well with my go-to body moisturizer

E (Expense) - $17.99 8.0 Fl. Oz.; Used 2-3 times a week and lasts for about a month. I would definitely repurchase.

Rating: Haul It - After 1 bottle, I still have strawberry legs, but they feel much smoother.

Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Tropical Coconut

R (Results) - Goes on sheer; No white cast!

A (Aroma) - Has a light sweet scent initially, but started to smell more rancid as I continued using it.

T (Texture) - Creamy lotion that absorbs quickly and mixes well with other moisturizers.

E (Expense) - $28 5.0 Fl. Oz.; Price isn’t a deal breaker.

Rating: Clearance Bound - Although not a bad sunscreen, it’s not replacing my holy grail Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen. However, I would buy it in a pinch.

Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 Piña Colada 

R (Results) - Light mist that allows for easy reapplication and goes on invisible.

A (Aroma) - Didn’t have any noticeable scent even though it’s supposed to smell like piña colada.

T (Texture) - Very lightweight and no stickiness.

E (Expense) - $25 6.0 Fl. Oz.; Price wasn’t a concern; seems like the standard price for sunscreen.

Rating: Haul It - While I will pass on the lotion version, I love the spray for reapplying sunscreen.

Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Mask (Apricot) 

R (Results) - Slight hydration to the skin.

A (Aroma) - Smells like peaches.

T (Texture) - Not nearly enough serum

E (Expense) - $9.99 16 Pack; This is beyond a great deal, but these are some cheap masks in both price and quality.

Rating: Scam Alert - I would only buy because of the heavenly scent.

Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Moisturizing Foot Mask 

R (Results) - Left these on for over an hour, and my feet felt AMAZING! 

A (Aroma) - No strong scent

T (Texture) - The serum feels squishy and goopy with plenty to cover my big AF feet.

E (Expense) - $7 1 pair; The price is around the same as the other foot masks I’ve used. Also, they are often on BOGO sale at Ulta.

Rating: Clearance Bound - Although I liked this foot mask overall because it’s one of the few that aren’t too small for my feet, it was still a struggle to get them on. These will be a sporadic purchase when I can get a good deal.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

R (Results) - I didn’t notice any results using, but I prefer it as a wash off mask.

A (Aroma) - Fruity in the jar and on initial application, but the scent didn’t linger.

T (Texture) - Bouncy Jelly; Feels sticky on the face especially if you apply a thick layer

E (Expense) - $45 2.7 Oz.; I would not purchase the full size jar at this price.

Rating: Clearance Bound: I originally purchased this in a gift set. I would repurchase the mini size Watermelon Mask, but I don’t see myself purchasing a full size version.

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

R (Results) - Hydrated face 

A (Aroma) - Cucumber, spa-like scent 

T (Texture) - Light liquid, but the nozzle makes it feel like your face is being doused if you hold the bottle too close.

E (Expense) - $34 4.2 Oz.; This is way overpriced; Only lasted about a month. I would repurchase if there was a sale.

Rating: Clearance Bound: I wouldn’t repurchase often because of the price.

It’s Skin Aloe Mask Sheet

R (Results) - Plump and hydrated skin

A (Aroma) - I don’t remember any strong scent

T (Texture) - Basic sheet serum

E (Expense) - $2.99 1 Mask; It’s not the worst price for a basic sheet mask.

Rating: Clearance Bound - I don’t hate this mask, but I don’t love it either.

Juicy Couture OUI Eau de Parfum 

R (Results) - Doesn’t has great lasting power

A (Aroma) - Sweet, fruity scent that’s totally forgettable

T (Texture) - Light; good for spring

E (Expense) - $65 1.0 Oz.; This scent was not worth buying a full size of this fragrance. I also don’t really like the bottle design.

Rating: Scam Alert - The only Juicy Couture fragrance I absolutely love is Viva La Juicy. OUI doesn’t even come close to taking that top spot.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin 

R (Results) - Moisturized skin

A (Aroma) - No scent; Advertised a fragrance free

T (Texture) - Light cream

E (Expense) - $29.99 1.35 Fl. Oz.; This is not worth the price for me. I can spend the same amount of money for one of my favorite moisturizers, the Kiehl’s Creme d’Elegance Repairateur.

Rating: Clearance Bound - I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews for this moisturizer, but it was kind of a bust for me. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t the rich, thick moisturizer that I love.

Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau de Parum 

R (Results) - Smells good immediately and melds well with my body chemistry.

A (Aroma) - Warm, spicy floral

T (Texture) - Medium; Probably better in warm weather, but could work in slightly cooler months

E (Expense) - $70 1.0 Oz.; This is around the price I would pay for a fragrance.

Rating: Clearance Bound - I’ve never met a Michael Kors fragrance I liked until Wonderlust. Although it was an enjoyable experience, I need a few more samples before making the plunge to full size.

Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum 

R (Results) - Lasts for hours!

A (Aroma) - Warm Floral; This is a floral for people who don’t usually like florals.

T (Texture) - Medium; Although it’s a floral, this would work better in cooler weather

E (Expense) - $84 1.0 Oz.; This fragrance is pricey, but the scent is so unusual that I’m okay paying that price.

Rating: Haul It - I love a warm and spicy fragrance that doesn’t smell like anything else in my collection.

Truly Blemish Treatment Acne Heart Patches 

R (Results) - Reduced and eliminated pimples … sometimes

A (Aroma) - Nothing noticeable

T (Texture) - Stickers 

E (Expense) - $10 36 Patches; Seems standard, but these patches are very hit or miss.

Rating: Clearance Bound - These patches are just so adorable, but sometimes they didn’t do anything for my zits, but when they work, they’re amazing!

Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water Spray Rich in 15 Minerals 

R (Results) - Gives me a hydrated face ready for serums

A (Aroma) - None; Product is fragrance free.

T (Texture) - Fine, light mist

E (Expense) - $9.50 5.1 Fl. Oz.; Although I ran through this bottle quickly, I think it's one of the more affordable mists.

Rating: Clearance Bound - The mist is so fine, I probably sprayed too much, which is likely why I went through this bottle so fast. There is no way I’ll pay full price for it on a regular basis. 

Vichy Pureté Thermale Mineral Micellar Water for Sensitive Skin 

R (Results) - Removes light layer of makeup or sunscreen without drying out the skin

A (Aroma) - Nothing noticeable. However, parfum is listed in the ingredient list.

T (Texture) - Water; No added oil

E (Expense) - $14.50 6.7 Fl. Oz.; I went through this very quickly, so it might be overpriced.

Rating: Clearance Bound - This micellar water doesn't strip the skin or sting the eyes, but I would wait until a sale to buy.

WHIM by Ulta Beauty Pineapple Hand Sanitizer 

R (Results) - Still don’t have the ‘Rona ...

A (Aroma) - Smells just like sweet pineapple

T (Texture) - Thicker gel; doesn’t make my hands feel sticky

E (Expense) - $3.50 1.0 Fl. Oz.; Probably overpriced, but I love the scent.

Rating: Haul It - I ran through this sooooo quickly, but the scent it delicious. I would most certainly repurchase.

White Barn Wallflowers Midnight Blue Citrus 

R (Results) - Kept my office smelling nice

A (Aroma) - Fruity, juicy ocean water

T (Texture) - Liquid

E (Expense) - $6.50 0.8 Fl. Oz.; Could be overpriced, but I like it. Plus, there are always B&BW sales and coupons.

Rating: Clearance Bound - I like the scent, but I will only buy if the color coordinates with the plug-in decor.

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July Empties (4/4)





Bath & Body Works Rose Water & Ivy Gentle Foaming Hand Soap 

R (Results) - Hands are clean, but not dried out

A (Aroma) - Smells like a bouquet of roses

T (Texture) - Light and foamy

E (Expense) - $7.50 8.75 Fl. Oz.; It’s rare to pay full price for B&BW soaps, but I would still pay regular price for this soap.

Rating: Haul It - This is a scent I would happily seek out, and I would buy a couple back ups.

Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleansing Balm

R (Results) - Woke up to soft, plump skin

A (Aroma) - Mix of baby powder and a floral perfume

T (Texture) - Light balm with a little silicone

E (Expense) - $60 3.4 Oz.; Definitely overpriced, especially if being used for a cleanser. I like it best as a sleep mask

Rating: Haul It - I’ve only tried a few samples of Charlotte Tilbury products, and this is the first one I wanted in full size. However, I would still wait for a sale or some kind of incentive before laying down that much coint.

Dove Dry Spray Rose Petals

R (Results) - My armpits feel dry all day!

A (Aroma) - One word: Roses! 

T (Texture) - When they call this a dry spray, they mean it. Sometimes I spray too much because it doesn’t feel like I’ve sprayed anything. 

E (Expense) - $5.99 3.8 Oz.; I don’t care how much this deodorant costs, I will always buy it.

Rating: Haul It - Since I’ve found the Dove Dry Spray, I have never gone for anything else.


Dr. Jart+ Dermask Foot Smoothing Mask 

R (Results) - Makes my feet feel incredibly soft! However, I have to leave these on for hours before they start to warm up.

A (Aroma) - I didn’t notice any strong scent.

T (Texture) - There could have been a little more serum, but I absolutely love the warming sensation.

E (Expense) - $12 1 pair; After scoring at TJ Maxx for less than $5, it's worth any price

Rating: Haul It - This is the best foot mask I’ve ever tried! I will happily buy it.

Earth Therapeutics Cracked Heel Repair Stick

R (Results) - Moisturized feet.

A (Aroma) - Light sweet scent

T (Texture) - Rich, thick, and buttery thanks to the coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter.

E (Expense) - $12 1.0 Oz.; Seems overpriced, but it’s often on BOGO sale at Ulta, and I got it for less than $5 at TJ Maxx. 

Rating: Clearance Bound - I LOVE the product, but HATE the packaging.

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask 

R (Results) - Skin felt soft and nourished

A (Aroma) - Don’t remember a strong fragrance; Ingredients include lavender and rosemary

T (Texture) - Whipped and creamy

E (Expense) - $49 2.3 Oz.; Although this seems pricey, I would purchase the full size because my dry skin loved the richness of the mask.

Rating: Haul It - This will definitely be repurchased!

It’s Skin Honey Mask Sheet

R (Results) - Hydrated, plump, and slightly tacky skin

A (Aroma) - There is an initial sweet honey scent, but it dissipates

T (Texture) - Plenty of gooey serum! 

E (Expense) - $2.99 1 Mask; Good price for a mask that I continue to repurchase.

Rating: Haul It - This is a mask I never pass by. I always buy at least one!


The Oozoo Bear Water-Bang Hydrating Mask

R (Results) - Super hydrated skin

A (Aroma) - Light, sweet floral fragrance

T (Texture) - Milky, slightly viscous serum

E (Expense) - $4 1 Mask; This is one of the pricier masks, but I usually only buy it when it’s on sale. 

Rating: Haul It - I buy this mask every chance I get. I have never been disappointed by it.

SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Bar Soap 

R (Results) - My skin always felt nourished after using this soap.

A (Aroma) - This smells AMAZING!!! Has a light sweet floral scent 

T (Texture) - Gives the most rich and luxurious lather. 

E (Expense) - $5.99 8.0 Oz.; This may seem expensive, but this is a BIG bar of soap that will last for months. Also, SheaMoisture bar soaps are always on sale.

Rating: Haul It - I haven’t met a bar soap from SheaMoisture that I didn’t love. This is no exception.

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Oh yes that Dr.Jart+ foot mask is absolutely DELIGHTFUL @sephoraaddict918 🥰 I found if I stayed in one place, it would warm up, to the point of feeling almost hot. As soon as I got up and walked around, poof-the sensation was gone. It returned again when I stayed still again, though. What a great foot mask!!!

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@sephoraaddict918 I LOVE your rating system and might have to use a few of your categories 😆🙌 great job!! 

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Sorry about your posting troubles @sephoraaddict918 but thanks for your thorough reviews!

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July Empties



Loves. Would or have already repurchased.



Likes. Would potentially repurchase or need to try longer to see if it is a love.



Okays. They were fine to use, and I wouldn't be upset if I got, but wouldn't go out to repurchase.



Meh. Just not for me.



No thank yous.

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Nice empties @haleyvvvv!!! The Sephora Foot Mask and SDJ Bum Bum Cream always gets 5 stars from me! 

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Yes!! Same, @sephoraaddict918!! I'm a little concerned that they changed the feet masks for the new clean ones, but I haven't tried yet.

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@haleyvvvv ohhhh sdj!! Great empties

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Thank you, @lmaster!! Love me some bum bum cream (even if I go through it kinda fast)

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2.5 months into my no-buy, slowly but surely I am using up my stash. 



Most of these products are regular use items I love. The biossance eye serum did nothing for me, the patchology eye masks are just ok and I don’t think I’ll repurchase, the Missha blueberry cleanser was a bit drying but it was a gratis so I used it up anyway. 

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Whoooo hoooo!! @lnum I'm literally now on a noooooo buy again lol I did some damage this past week,,, @lnum 

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@lmaster Uh-oh what did you do? 😂

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Did more damage this week too uughhhh @lnum no joke though I'm done starting September through December!! 🤦 I also need to decluttered some products

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July Empties - for me this is a lot and August I'll have some full size things too. Woohoo to adding to the count!


Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx™ Exfoliating Peel Gel 3.4 oz/ 100 mL - although the Holika Holika egg is adorable, in terms of results, the PTR beats it out. I was able to get quite a few uses out of this - thanks for sending it to me @Alphaboo! Sometimes I found get peeling on the tips of my fingers but I was never able to certainly say it was the PTR that caused it. I'd consider purchasing

Obagi Clinical Kinetin+ Hydrating Cream - this was in unicorn mail from @keana1 and boy did it impress. The sample came with a pump which was super cool. It was a thick cream with no fragrance. Instructions said 1-2 pumps but I need 3 for face and 1 for neck. Not sure if the sample size pumps less. I'd like to try this longer term but it has a hefty price tag. We'll see what happens but I'd put this in a fantasy basket

CeraVe Baby - I had been a dedicated CeraVe PM user - I like the ceramides, HA, niacinamide. I opted to try the CeraVe Baby which had similar ingredients but a better price point. It is thicker since it has dimethicone and emulsifying wax which I didn't mind using for nighttime. I put serums on damps skin and then do moisturizer over top. This didn't absorb as nicely. I think it is geared more for body vs face. CeraVe PM's consistency has gotten a lot thinner after the reformulation so my goal would be to find something inbetween the two with those nice ingredients.

Caolin Pore White Care Pack was a gift from @missjeanie - I've been enjoying trying a variety of pore mask samples as a new Monday ritual but unfortunately this was the bottom of the barrel vs Kiehl's Since 1851 Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask and Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores Mini 1 oz/ 30 mL. The Caolin had a strong peppermint smell and little granules. My face looked a bit red but faded after use. The others just seem more gentle and effective at clearing oil and dirt. Still happy to have tried it for my experiment. It helps me narrow down what I want.

Onto sunscreen..

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Activewear Lotion Sunscreen 60 - I got 3 uses out of the sample which gave me a few times to try and get a feel for it. It balls/pills up when I'm applying so I'm not sure how much is rubbing in vs. rubbing off. There wasn't a white cast on me but I'm pale. It sticks horribly in eyebrows which was the other big downfall. It does have silky skin feel and natural finish. If only I knew it was staying on my face and wasn't blaring "white mineral sunscreen" from my eyebrows. On to the next!

Algenist Alive Prebiotic Balancing Moisturizer SPF 15 - this must have been mismarked even in clearance - $2! It expired in August 2020 and I found it in January so I knew I couldn't let it sit on the backburner. As an SPF 15 I hoped it would be a quick daily wear one for when I didn't plan to see much sun. Also because of the lower SPF, despite it being mineral I was hoping it wouldn't have a white cast. I found the white cast could be blended in (again I'm pretty pale). It only has spf 15 so I really would want more. It did get stuck in hairline and eyebrows though not as horrible as the La Roche-Posay. It feels heavy on the skin. Another use for it was reapplication on my way to an afternoon sport (so that happened pre-pandemic). I sweated white drops/streaks when wearing it for that purpose which was not flattering. I found my "good" use was for brief outside experiences like after work when going outside with the kids - enough to feel I'm getting some protection without needed lots of SPF or caring how it looked if I did sweat a bit. I would not purchase even at that low price again.

Nivea SPF 50 Water Protect Gel PA+++ - easy to apply formula that dries quickly. Has non US chemicals. It does have alcohol - probably for that fast drying. It can be shiny though tends to fade and can be toned down with setting powder. I think I've found a better face sunscreen in the Purito Unscented Green Level but want to use this on hands and arms daily going forward because it is easy to apply and not very expensive.

Schmidt's Sage+Lavender Deodorant - For me the sage was a bit much. I thought it made me use it more sparingly but based on start and finish dates, seems in line with others. It did work, even when the sage smell faded I did not stink. It also seems like it keeps stink away even when not wearing - less likely to stink when not wearing anything. Schmidt's has been the best for me in terms of natural deodorant but there scents are all a bit overwhelming. I have a couple more scents and then a Kopari deodorant to try but I'm looking forward to seeing if Native works after those.

Bite Glace (birthday mini) - sometimes I felt it leaned brown on me and other times was a more pleasant pink. It did smear outside the lip lines when I would wear it which I didn't like. I'm happy to have successfully used an entire lipstick (even a mini) but wouldn't say this formula or color was the perfect match for me. Still a good birthday gift from Sephora

Now to the hair..

Invisibobble Strong - so I had some original Invisibobble ones and they were great for keeping my hair up at night when I slept. They could not hold a ponytail for working out and even were a bit awkward for everyday ponytail wear without it swishing around crazily while running. So I higher hopes with the strong version and unfortunately it didn't live up to its "strong" claims. It also couldn't keep my ponytail in place while working out. I did the hot water trick and it was still pretty elongated and stretched so I think it's time to use another out of the pack. I feel invisibobbles have a place in my hair routine (for night, lounging, etc) and I would repurchase when all the ones I have stretch out but I need something different for athletic activities so these would not be the only hair ties in my life.

DevaCurl Decadence Shampoo - this was fine. It didn't weigh my hair down even though I have waves. It is interesting how DevaCurl has such different scents in the different lines. I preferred this scent to both the original and delight.

DevaCurl Decadence Conditioner - this worked pretty well. Most days when I used it my hair turned out good but there were a few ones were it just didn't do well. It was nice to try the samples and I'm still on the hunt for the conditioner for me and wouldn't think to buy this one.

Love and Planet (shampoo and conditioner) - 2 uses out of the shampoo and 1 out of the conditioner. Had a strong lavender scent. I enjoy lavender in the bath for relaxing but didn't like it for my hair. As far as shampoo and conditioner, my hair was no better or worse than it normally was when I tried these.

SoCozy Kids Conditioner - this stuff was interesting. It is sooo thick. I could get away with not wearing a styling product and my hair wouldn't be very frizzy because it seemed moisturized. Although I think it was good at moisturizing I don't know that it helped my curl. Still on the hunt. I'm trying the Hask Argan Oil Conditioner now.

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Outstanding empties!! @ShortErica 

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Thanks @lmaster! I'm proud of myself

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I also found that the Obagi required a fair bit of pumps (from the DS size) to get good coverage; makes me think I'd quickly go through a full size. Nice job on the empties, @ShortErica!!

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Thanks @haleyvvvv! I got 6 uses out of the 5ml sample so that would be ~60 uses for the full size so a little less than a dollar a use. That just seems like a lot to me.

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Glad you got to try out the Caolion @ShortErica , I believe they have a few different versions of the masks and some I preferred more than others.  I think the one that heated up was my favourite.  Good info on the LRP sunscreen, I've had that one on my list to check out and just haven't gotten to it yet.  Might need to move it to the bottom of the list lol.  

I'm following along with your natural deodorant journey as well.  I'll be curious to see how you like the kopari.  I just ordered three new native ones and thus far they've been good through an 11 hour shift waiting tables and bartending.  I was sweaty for sure, but I was sweaty all over my body since it was a crazy hot day and I was outside.  But... I didn't stink! lol. I might need to check out the kopari if you end up loving it. 

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@missjeanie the one thing about the LRP is that because it was a sample, I'm not sure of a date on it. I snagged a different LRP sunscreen, a tinted one, from the dermatologist so I'll report if it is better.


And for deodorant, it's been interesting. My latest Schmidt's is a sensitive skin one so no baking soda. Curious to see if there's a difference because of that. Did you get some new Native scents? Which one(s) are your favorite?