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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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August 2020


I've been trying to get rid of/use my hair samples and this continued into August from last month

2nd of 2 DevaCurl No-Poo® Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser 32 oz/ 946 mL - it was fine. I forget what I said about the 1st packet. Didn't make my hair feel bad but didn't make it look awesome either

DevaCurl SUPERCREAM™ Coconut Curl Styler 5.1 oz/ 151 mL - this was one of the Deva styling products that worked for me. It was the best for making large ringlets on my waves/curls but they would stretch out throughout the day. My strictly DevaCurl year (Oct 2018 start) meant I found some decent products but also duds. And Deva is no magic cure to my curls becoming waves..I think that is more age, hormones, hair change and I've been exploring other brands.

DevaCurl STYLING CREAM Touchable Curl Definer 5.1 oz/ 151 mL - I got a few uses out of the sample. It was fine but the coconut curl styler worked better for my hair. Glad to have another sample used

Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream - I received this in gratis. It would not a product I seek out for myself because I try to limit fragrance in my skincare. It had an artificial banana scent that doesn't stay while wearing. I enjoyed the gel-cream consistency and that was probably my favorite part of the product. It applied very nicely. I was not a fan of the container and it was harder to get in toward the end. I also had that fear of dropping it and breaking the glass but luckily that never happened. The experience didn't change my original conclusion that I wouldn't buy it but was glad to have received in in gratis - always fun to try new things!

CosRX Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence - I like having some type of simple but plumping type serum in my routine and the consistency of this fit that bill, more gel than watery. I lean toward HA but this was a good change of pace. When using I applied 4 pumps (forehead, both cheeks, neck) on damp skin and it would glide around easily. I found it could be stringy and more apparent it's snail if applied on dry skin. I got 144 uses out of the bottle or ~15 cents per use full price. I got this particular bottle during Ulta's 21 days and have a 2nd one for it I'm currently using. I also just bought another one so you can say I enjoy it. I may got back to a more HA serum to see which my skin prefers though I can't tell a difference and both seem to do well on damp skin out of the shower for me.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion - I've used their PM lotion, skin renewing night cream, and the moisturizing cream. It seemed a bit separated but I shook it up. It was fine for a face moisturizer but nothing groundbreaking. I like the ceramides but was disappointed CeraVe has changed formulations (looking at you hydrating cleanser) and feel skeptical of the brand. I'm not giving up on the brand because they are affordable and have those good moisture barrier ingredients but am trying some other options. But price factors in and if other things don't wow, I'll probably repurchase CeraVe in the future.

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ - my spreadsheet says I got this at Christmas but I thought it was in unicorn mail possibly so if so thank you to who sent it. It had a citrusy smell and did blend smoothly. I found it nice but not a purchase product because it's US chemical which to me isn't anything special (especially at that price) and is only SPF 30 and I opt for 50 if possible.

Gold Bond Moisturizing Lotion - this is the hand cream I had in my car that I was like, well haven't been driving as much, I should take it out and finish it. It is pretty basic but does a fine job. It is pretty thick and I remember getting a bunch with coupons a few years ago. Might have another one left that I won't mind using but wouldn't run out to purchase it.

Hanhoo Blemish Patches - thank you @Shosh85! I had not used blemish patches before. In college my roommate said about putting toothpaste on pimples. I am lucky that I only get an occasional breakout but these were very nice. It works well on popped pimple, white stuff goes on the patch and it heals more quickly but I didn't see a difference if blemish isn't popped. If anyone knows a patch that work on those deep ones let me know. I have The Creme Shop ones and am interested in the CosRX ones but I'd purchase these.

Lavanila deodorant - This was a bummer and not very effective for me. I liked the harder texture which meant it didn't waste product with overapplication. The product would fade by afternoon. Even applying twice a day wasn't enough to make me enjoy it. In one instance, Scott commented on a stress sweat day about how bad I smelled. That was the nail in the coffin - yes stress sweat smells but it wafted. I didn't get to play much sports while wearing it (thanks covid) but have no faith it could have handled it. Just laying around at home it still didn't last full day. I didn't reek but would smell when sniffing armpit. Strong pass.

I was going to share September but boys are demanding to play so I'll post later. 😉

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September empties = 57 YTD empties = 624


⬆️ Love products


⬆️ Love masks/ bbw soap


⬆️ Love 


⬆️ mehhhh not terrible but not great


⬆️ destash


⬆️ had high hopes but fell flat 😣


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Nice empties @lmaster!!! I had high hopes for that Teddy Bear Sheet Mask too. I don't know what they were thinking with the shape of that mask. It was even too big for my face, and that never happens to me! 😆 I also wasn't wowed by the Glow Recipe Cleansing Balm. I can get better at a cheaper price. 

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@sephoraaddict918 thank you!! I love love love the scent of the Sephora mask,,, but holy cow,, that's so much material!!

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Nice work on the empties @lmaster! 👍🏼😃 Reminds me that I need to pick up that St Tropez watermelon self tanner. 

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I usually use the watermelon lotion to maintain what I get from the tanning drops @itsfi thank you sweets!!

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My empties from mid April to end of September 





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Ohhhhh nice!! What is the Uma product?? @blackkitty2014 I use the Uma mask and it does wonders

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@lmaster Yes, there are 2 Uma products in the picture: Rose toner and Absolute Anti Aging Oil.  The Rose toner is okay.  It smells really good but i try better toner before.  I'm a big fan of Uma face oils (I try all of their  face oils i think).  Oh their body oil is wonderful too especially for ppl with super dry skin liked me. 🙂  

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@blackkitty2014 thank you for the info!! 

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@blackkitty2014 I've never heard of the Tatcha Satin Skin Mist. Is that discontinued?

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@rosegoldlovely No, it’s still there. 



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@blackkitty2014 I did a quick Google search. I was suspicious that it was green like the Water Cream I use for oily skin. Turns out there was a such thing as the Satin Skin Mist that was launched last year but was discontinued quickly. It was a hydrating mattifying mist for oily skin, hence, why it's green. Tatcha's purple is for dry skin, white is for normal skin, and blue is for sensitive skin. A great example is their Rice Polish Exfoliators. I'm glad that you posted this though, because I always wondered why there wasn't a mist for oily skin. I wish oily skin got more love. It's hard to find products that doesn't contain any oils. I hope they rerelease it. I'm a huge fan, but I didn't start shopping at Sephora much until this year. Last year I only bought lip gloss and foundation.

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@rosegoldlovely I hope Tatcha will have the skin mist for oily skin soon.  They're kinda expensive but i like them.  Have you check out other brands liked AmorePacific or Omorovicza? They're expensive too but break down by volume ... they're probably in the same range.price.

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@blackkitty2014 I've never heard of those brands. Where are they sold?

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@blackkitty2014, your skincare choices make my heart happy. ♥️ I spy lots of wonderful skincare treats! 😍 Nice work going through them! 

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@itsfi I force myself to go thru the deluxe samples so they don’t go waste .... then I discover tons of things I want to buy full-size 😂🤣 liked the Chantecaille and EL which are both in $300+ price range. Ugh! Maybe if I stop hoarding all the makeups that I can’t never finish I can afford one of those moisturizers sometimes 😂🤣😂

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September Empties!


All the products I finished in September!All the products I finished in September!



🥰 - Love it / Routine Staple / Definite Repurchase

😊 - Enjoyable experience / Will Likely Repurchase

😐 - Can take it or leave it / Might Repurchase

☹️ - No thanks / Won't Repurchase





🥰 Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Serum Stick - Love this! It makes my skin feel soft and look so glowy and dewy. I already have another stick in my current routine and a backup in my skincare stash.

😊 Ariul 7 Days Avocado Sheet Mask - This mask was great for bringing back hydration and nourishment to my skin after a clay mask. The sheet fit my face well and had plenty of rich milky serum. I would buy this again.

☹️ Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara - This mascara has one of the better brushes on the market. I like how it separates my lashes, but I don’t use it by itself because my lashes don’t look volumized with just this mascara.

😡 Clarisonic Acne Brush Head - Since Clarisonic discontinued my favorite Radiance Brush Head, I’ve been looking for a replacement, and this ain’t it chief. I was surprised that a brush head supposedly made for acne-prone skin would be so rough. I still had plenty of uses left, but I just couldn’t take it anymore. Even if they were still around, I would never buy this again.

😊 The Crème Shop Honey Lavender Fusion Sheet Mask - I haven’t met a Crème Shop mask that I didn’t like, and this one was no exception. It smelled like lavender and helped me relax during an evening mask session. The mask fit well and had plenty of serum. I would repurchase.

😐 ElishaCoy Revitalizing Ampoule Solution Sheet Mask - This mask must not have blown me away because I don’t really remember anything about it. I could see myself repurchasing this only because I wouldn’t remember that I already used it before.

🥰 Essence Volume Booster Lash Primer - I immediately fell in love with this primer after I discovered it, and I never looked back. I actually prefer this lash primer to the highly rated (and expensive) Lancôme lash primer. This is the only lash primer for me.

🥰 Formula 10.0.6 Soak Your Face Sheet Mask - This mask is so amazing! It fits my face well and has so much serum. It’s great for replenishing the skin after an exfoliating mask. I would definitely buy this again.

😊 Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask - This is an oldie, but goldie for me. I don’t use it often, but when it’s on sale, I pick it up.

☹️ Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm - I like the texture of this balm, but it didn’t break down or have the slip I prefer in cleansing balms. Although it did a good job of taking off my makeup, I had to keep adding water to make it milky because without it, the balm feels like a paste. I can get great cleansing balm at cheaper prices, so I don’t see myself buying the full size version.

☹️ The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C and EGF Serum - This serum did nothing for me. I didn’t notice any brightness, and I didn’t notice a decrease in my PIH. The positive is I didn’t experience any irritation. I wouldn’t repurchase because the results didn’t wow me.

☹️ Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream - This was too light for my dry skin. I needed to add another moisturizer on top of it.This is not the face cream for me.

😊 Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil - I really liked this cleansing oil. It did an excellent job removing my makeup, and I enjoyed the earthy lavender scent. I probably wouldn’t run out to buy this because I can get good cleansers at cheaper prices, but I might get it during a sale.

😊 Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate - When I first got serious about skincare, this one of my first purchases. I love how soft and glowy my skin looks from this face oil. The downside for me was always the price. Now, I can get those results from more affordable face oils and serums. Despite my love, I probably won’t be purchasing this anymore.

☹️ Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream - This is a nice moisturizer, but I prefer something richer. I wouldn’t buy the full size.

😊 Laneige Cream Skin Mist - A mist so fine that feels like nothing at all. I’m sure I went through this more quickly than I should because I sprayed so much because the mist is so light.

😊 Lapcos Hyaluronic Acid Sheet Mask - This mask has grown on me, and I’ve gone from meh to yay! This has plenty of serum and fits my face well.

😊 Origins Hello, Calm Face Mask - I immediately fell in love with this mask from a sample and was lucky enough to find it at TJ Maxx. I love the creaminess and the earthy scent. This is the perfect mask for a relaxing pampering session. I would happily repurchase.

☹️ MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer - Didn’t make my lipstick last longer, and just adds another unnecessary step to my makeup routine. Wouldn’t repurchase.

☹️ Neutrogena Bright Boost Gel Cream - Too light to work as a moisturizer for me. This worked best as a serum because it is also kind of sticky.

☹️ No7 Resurfacing Skin Paste - So gentle that it didn’t seem to work. I wouldn’t buy this again.

😊 NYX Radiant Finish Setting Spray - Like the sparkle this setting spray leaves behind. I would absolutely buy this spray again.

🥰 Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser - This stuff is AMAZING!!! It’s the best cream cleanser I’ve ever used.

😐 Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots - Bought these on clearance. I liked that they came in different sizes, but they weren’t the best with attacking my zits.

😊 Peach Slices Hydrate Sheet Mask - This was a surprise hit for me. After the lackluster zit patches, I didn’t have high hopes, but this mask was fabulous.

😐 Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist - Another super fine mist that I used up much too quickly. I didn’t really like the floral scent, so I’m on the fence about buying this again.

😊 PUR Lit Mist Illuminating Setting Mist - I really liked the sparkle and the fine even mist. The negative was when I was close to finishing, the mister gets a little wonky. It spittles instead of sprays. I don’t know how well it actually protects against blue light. That claim seems a little hokey, but I would repurchase again during a sale.

☹️ Sephora Moschino Toy Honey Mask - This mask is super cute, has plenty of serum, and smells delicious, but it doesn’t fit my face well. I got this on clearance, but I still wouldn’t repurchase.

😡 Sephora Pink Clay Mask - This burned as soon as I put it on. I thought it might be a compromised skin barrier, but it happened each and every time, so it’s not me, it’s you pink clay mask.

☹️ Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream - My dry skin loved this rich cream, but the size I got was not enough to see any results in the brightening department. Also, this did sting my face a few minutes after I applied it. I received this as a Diamond gift, and my experience didn’t make me want to purchase it.

😐 Supergoop Superscreen Daily Moisturizer - The is an excellent 2-in-1 SPF moisturizer for lazy days. I’m on the fence about buying this again.

😊 Too Faced Hangover RX 3-in-1 Setting Spray - I didn’t like the artificial watermelon scent in this special edition, so I would buy the original formula before giving my final final thoughts. I did like the sprayer and how it helps my whole look come together and keep my foundation in place.

😐 Ulta Beauty Youthful Glow Concealer - This gives an amazing glow, but it doesn’t give the best coverage for my dark circles. I like to layer it over a full coverage concealer for extra brightness.

☹️ Ulta Beauty Youthful Glow Foundation - This is an okay product with terrible packaging. Product leaks, and it gets messy very quickly. Luckily, this was a Diamond gift, so I didn’t waste my coins on this.

☹️ Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Mask - This mask also burned upon initial application each and every time I used it. I did like that this clay mask was hydrating, but I wouldn’t repurchase.




😐 A La Maison de Provence Coconut Cream Hand & Body Lotion - Picked this up at TJ Maxx. I like the texture, but didn’t like the scent. I wouldn’t seek it out, but I might try a different scent.

🥰 Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Hand Soap - Love this scent!

😐 C. Booth Vanilla Butter Body Lotion - Basic moisturizer with a nice sweet scent.

😊 CeraVe SA Cream - I’m using this to help with my strawberry legs. I haven’t noticed dramatic results, but my legs feel much smoother. I’m already on my second jar.

😊 Danielle Miracle Foot Mask - Plenty of serum and the booties fit my big feet without ripping! Win-Win!

🥰 Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash - This has been my go-to body wash for years! I love the scent and how soft my skin feels after using it.

☹️ Giorgio Armani Sí Eau de Parfum - Not a fan

😐 Hum Glow Sweet Glow Gummies - They taste fruity, but I obviously didn’t see dramatic results after 1 serving.

☹️ Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum - There is something missing that keeps me from loving this fragrance.

😊 Love Beauty and Planet Bountiful Bouquet Hand Wash - Smells like roses and has a creamy lather.

😊 The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner - I’ve been using this to help with the discoloration on my knees and elbows. I have seen some slight improvement and am currently on a second bottle.

☹️ Philosophy Pure Grace Nude Rose - Smells floral, but nothing like roses.

🥰 Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream - This is the poor man’s Bum Bum Cream. Smoothie Star also has a sweet vanilla, nutty scent that I love. It one ups the SDJ by actually working well for dry skin.

🥰 Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - I keep coming back to this because of the scent and the scent alone. This doesn’t do a great job in the moisturizing department.

☹️ Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub - This is a very gentle scrub, but the signature scent doesn’t linger, so I will stick to the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrubs.

😊 Sol de Janeiro Glowmotions Body Oil - Samba Sway leaves a nice sparkle, but it’s tinted, so it may transfer if you don’t allow it to absorb properly before getting dressed.

☹️ Sol de Janeiro Shower Cream-Gel - I wasn’t wowed by this after one use especially since the scent didn’t last. I’ll stick to the cream.

☹️ Ulta Beauty Makeup Remover Facial Towelettes - Use these for big makeup messes. They work well enough.

🥰 Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb - Love this scent! I have a full size in rotation right now.

☹️ Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Dew - Meh

☹️ Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight - Meh




🥰 Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème Mask - Smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling nourished and looking healthy.

🥰 Kreyòl Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil - Love this for moisturizing my scalp. This has Rosemary and Mint, so it also gives me a tingly sensation. I’m on my second bottle.

☹️ Ouai Detox Shampoo - Like the scent, but this is too stripping.

☹️ Pattern Jojoba Oil Hair Serum Self-Heating Pack - I liked the oil, but this whole system feels unnecessary and gimmicky.

😐 Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave In - Used for my wigs. I like the smell and it worked well as a detangler.

😐 Sunny Isle Knot Free Forever Leave in Detangler - A random TJ Maxx find that works well as a leave-in on freshly washed hair and when detangling before shampooing.

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Amazing job! @sephoraaddict918 I agree with the GR cleansing balm... I'm so glad I opted to wait for a sample because it doesn't compare imo to the farmacy cherry balm

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Excellent work @sephoraaddict918. You got through a lot of full size products! That always feels good. Oooouh, B&BW Winter Candy Apple is a scent I really like a lot! ♥️

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