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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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Previous Empties thread:

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@ShortErica I've also heard good things about both MegaBabe and Myro deodorants that Target carries as well as one from Nateur.  @WinglessOne is a natural deodorant guru and she can definitely give you some detailed recs :). 

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@CookieGirl1 oh yes - @WinglessOne just taught me about Routine deodorant. I hadn't heard of Megababe or Myro and I've been in Target plenty of times. I'll have to stop in again..haha!

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Happy New Year!!!! I was hoping to get my empties before midnight, but that didn't happen. LOL

 

I have so many December Empties!!!! I'm just sharing a bit about some of the products that stood out, both good and bad, during the month.

 

Mehs:MehsMehs

None of were standouts. I like the way my hair smelled after the TGIN Hair Mask, but it contains silicones, which my hair tends not to like. The NARS blush is a declutter. I've had it forever. I recently hit pan, but it no longer brings me joy. The Ulta Sheet Mask is one of the worst I've ever tried, and I sad that I have 3 more from the set. I don't understand how a sheet mask can be wet while also containing little to no serum. The foot balm is more of a lotion than a balm. I was looking for something thick, but this didn't live up to being a balm.

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As much as I love the Sephora Foot Masks, I won't be purchasing them anymore. I am tired of them ripping every time I put them on. The Laniege Waterclay Mask is very good, but the scent is very off putting. If you love the Fresh Rose Mask, but hate the price, then I recommend trying the Dearpacker Royal Black Tea and Black Rose Mask as a possible dupe. 

Loves:LovesLoves

Most of these are repurchases and routine staples. I tried the Essence Lash Primer after the Lancome Primer. I prefer the one from Essence. The Soap and Glory was a new try, and I really like it. I'm not a fan of the scent, but it doesn't linger, and the cream feels great!

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Ooooh I’m excited to hear the Dearpacker could be a dupe for the fresh, @sephoraaddict918! I’ve been wanting to try it for awhile now. Thanks for the heads up!

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December 2019 Empties

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My thoughts:

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Josie Maran Cleansing Bar

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Clinique Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturizer

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belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb 1.68 oz/ 50 mL

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belif Hungarian Water Essence

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belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

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Dr. Teal's Lavender Bath Salt

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For all of 2019

I used 103 products in 2019 (not including masks): 54 full size, 18 mini, and 31 samples. I wish I did a better job on the foil challenge so I'll have to be more dedicated to pulling them out in 2020. Still I'm happy to be using products up!

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Glad you enjoyed the cotton squares @ShortErica 

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Thanks again @missjeanie! It is crazy how big of a difference there is.

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I never would have believed it until I tried them @ShortErica ! I have enough right now thanks to @mrsmouse that I’m going to try incorporating some make up erasers and use the squares when I just can’t be bothered mentally or it’s dirty.

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Sorry that you didn't get along with the scent of the Belif, @ShortErica.  It's funny how we all like different things--I actually love the scent of the Aqua Bomb and they're fairly similar if I'm remembering correctly.  That being said, I can't stand the scent of most of the Dr. Teals soaks and I know that a lot of people really enjoy them.

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It is so interesting! Yeah, I can do scents in a bath but not for face products @CookieGirl1. And yes, I had a sample of aqua bomb I used in November and they smelled the same to me.

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Last round of 2019 empties: 

 

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This was my last FS pack of makeup remover wipes for(hopefully)ever. I won’t use makeup wipes at home anymore, in an effort to further reduce waste. I’ll still occasionally use smaller packs for travel, like this one I finished last night. Coconut water is still my favorite variety of Sephora wipes. 
 
Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil Body Cream: I forgot I had this til I cleaned out a shelf of my linen closet a few months ago. It has a custard texture and smells kinda like amber + Ivory bar soap. It works great, but the scent is quite strong. I’ll wash and reuse the plastic jar for something else. 
 
More empties of some of my favorites: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen, YTTP Superfood Moisturizer, Paula’s Choice Hydralight cleanser, and PC Gentle Touch Makeup Remover. 
 
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy is a former favorite lip balm. Took me longer than expected to use up this tube! I still think it’s a great balm; I’ve just moved on to something that works better for me. 

And here are the travel empties from my December trip: 

 

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Routine mini deodorants: these are from the bunch of minis a friend gifted me last spring. I have FS jars of Sexy Sadie and Superstar, and I keep the mini jars to refill for travel. I’ll buy a FS of Blackberry Betty once I finish off one of my other big jars. I love being able to easily pack several deodorant scents in tiny containers. They take up much less space than a typical mini stick deodorant. 
 
Lancôme Bi-Facil Face makeup remover: I found this nearly empty DS in my parents’ guest bathroom. I must’ve left it there after my last visit. 😄 I used it up before opening the Sephora wipes. 
 
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer: got 3 uses out of this foil, so it got a 1.5-days test. It reminds me a lot of DE Lala Retro. It’s very rich and moisturizing, but doesn’t feel pore-clogging. My dry zones liked it a lot, and it felt great under my eyes. My oily zone seemed okay with it, producing no more oil than usual. I’m gonna compare the ingredients to Lala Retro and maybe get another foil of this with my next PC order. (This foil was a free sample.) 
 
Sephora Cleansing Brush Wipes: used these on my concealer and synthetic eyeshadow/liner brushes. They’re very oily, but they work well. 
 
DDG Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peels: I don’t use these at home anymore, but I do still travel with them. I don’t think they work as well as my FAB 10% AHA exfoliant, but they’re fine during trips and they’re not ineffective—and they don’t count toward my quart-sized plastic zip-top bag. 

 

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@WinglessOne - I have a dumb question, how do you use the deodorants? It looks like sample pods like from Sephora in the pictures so I'm curious about application. And yay on using up your makeup wipes! Hopefully I'll use the rest of my stash in 2020. If only I traveled more!

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Thanks @ShortErica @for asking your “dumb” question as I had the same question! And thank you, @WinglessOne for your answer, not to mention your original

post. Always on the lookout for new products that work well for others.

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@ShortErica  Not a dumb question. 🙂 Routine makes cream deodorants that come in a jar. You scoop some out and spread it on your armpits. It’s a little messy, but the payoff (smelling great all day and no armpit irritation or darkening) is worth it. 

 

Here’s my FS jar of Cat Lady (my favorite Routine scent) vs. my mini jar, which is almost empty. I love these mini jars because they’re already branded—and I love Routine’s branding—so I don’t have to label them myself. 🙂 

 

Another FS vs. mini photo.Another FS vs. mini photo.Full size glass jar vs. mini plastic jar.Full size glass jar vs. mini plastic jar.Inside the jar.Inside the jar.

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Interesting. And I'm just noticing and appreciating the names @WinglessOne. Napoleon's Dynamite 😂

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@ShortErica  Right? 😄 Their scent descriptions are pretty accurate, too. 

 

Last year I tried a few natural deodorants from different companies and the only one that worked all day on me was Agent Nateur No. 3, which is a stick deodorant. It made me smell like a eucalyptus branch and I wanted some scent variety, but nothing else I tried had worked well for me. So last spring, a friend asked if I’d tried Routine’s deodorants. I hadn’t, and I insisted they wouldn’t work because, well, nothing else but that Agent Nateur scent did. A couple weeks later, he surprised me with a package of 15 mini jars to sample. Some scents didn’t work well for me. But the winners were Sexy Sadie, Cat Lady, Superstar, Like A Boss, The Curator, A Girl Named Sue, and now Blackberry Betty. I still haven’t tried my Maggie’s Citrus Farm mini. 

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I'm so happy you found something that works and had so many scents to try @WinglessOne. I love learning about products through people's empties. Thanks for sharing about Routine. 🙂

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@WinglessOne nice empties!

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My last Empties for the year!Can you tell what we burned in the house all month long?Can you tell what we burned in the house all month long?

 

No real standouts here.No real standouts here.

 

Not really a fan of the Elemis or the Tula but I'm currently using a bigger jar of Belif and I have a couple of backups (also bigger jars) of the Farmacy.Not really a fan of the Elemis or the Tula but I'm currently using a bigger jar of Belif and I have a couple of backups (also bigger jars) of the Farmacy.

 

Not gonna lie--I'm a little proud to have finished off two foundations AND a bronzer.Not gonna lie--I'm a little proud to have finished off two foundations AND a bronzer.

 

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Wow - a bronzer! Awesome empties @CookieGirl1!

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Thanks, @ShortErica!  I really liked the bronzer--I already have another one just like it as a replacement.

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