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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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I’ve spent most of the year working through my stash and made some significant progress in March, finishing a host of full size products and deluxe samples.

March empties!March empties!


Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamins – I was a little skeptical about these at first and wondered whether these vitamins were just about the cuteness factor because they are so cute, but I was wrong to think that. I noticed the results from these more on weeks when I didn’t take these vitamins. When I took them, my hair felt more full and thicker – no complaints here about that.

Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+ / PA+++
– this is one of my favorites. Etude House makes two sunblocks in this line; this one is supposed to be geared towards normal to oily skin and is said to help give a matte appearance to the skin. For someone with dehydrated dry skin like me, that sounds positively frightening, but this one works very well for me and my skin. It’s not at all drying and it applies smoothly and doubles as a primer. This is my second bottle and I plan to repurchase this one; I’ll probably pick up the one that is more geared for dry skin and see how it compares to this one.

Laneige Water Bank Essence
– I picked up this essence because I love the sleeping mask and lip mask from the brand so much and that might not have set expectations higher than they should have been or the product. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad product at all. It feels more like a serum-moisturizer hybrid than an essence and I can see this working well on all skin types in the warmer months. I have a couple foil samples of this one and will likely try them out in the summer, when I’m more inclined to lighter moisturizers.

Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask (Aloe)
was a gift from @keana1  (thank you!) My skin loves aloe and I’ve wanted to try these sleeping masks out since hearing about them from a handful of people on the masking thread. This has a bit of an alcohol / chemical smell to it that isn’t totally offensive, but it’s noticeable at the beginning. I also used up the Lingzhi version of this sleeping mask (and I talked about it briefly in a separate posts for my travel empties).  I prefer that lingzhi one to the aloe sleeping mask as it has a better fragrance to it and applies more like a jelly gel-cream which my skin responds to well.  

Pier One Diffuser Oil (Cuban Vanilla) – This gives off an nice, warm and subtle vanilla scent. Vanilla fragrances can be a bit overwhelming for me, but not this one – I really liked having this in the house this winter.

Josie Maran lipstick – This was part of gwp from a few years ago and I can’t read the name off the tube anymore, but it was a neutral tone rosy nude shade. It was a nice color and I liked the shade and texture, but it’s not a color that would be too difficult to dupe.

Elizavecca Hell Pore Control Hyaluronic Acid Serum  – My skin looooves hyaluronic acid. I rotate different hyaluronic acid serums and there’s usually at least 2 or 3 in my bin at any given time – usually one from a Korean or Japanese brand and another from a US or Canadian brand. This one was fine, but not necessarily standout – I would use it again but I don’t know if I’d rush out to get another bottle.

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask – This one has a lovely citrusy scent and the texture reminds me a little of orange marmalade. I love the results from this mask, but I’m not so keen on the large chunks of fruit bits in the mask.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud – I love this mask – I love the scent, the texture, the packaging…and I love how it hydrates my skin without being too heavy. I use this as an overnight mask or as a daytime moisturizer and am happy with the results at every turn. This is something I never want to be without; the only issue that comes up with this one for me is which size to purchase. The mini is too small and the regular size one is a little too large for someone like me who has a handful of wash-off masks open at any one time; something in between would be perfect for me – I’ll repurchase either the mini or regular during the spring sale.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration (Grapefruit) – the FAB Repair Cream doesn’t do much for my face but it does wonders when used as an all over body cream, which is how I ordinarily use this product. It’s hydrating, moisturizing and makes my skin soft and smooth. This grapefruit scented one also has a subtle fresh citrusy scent.

Bath & Body Works PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel – Peach Bellini – I pretty much love anything peach-related and I do like anti-bacterial hand gel so the combination of the two are winners for me.

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water is a well-loved staple in my beauty arsenal. I’ve stopped even being interested in trying out other micellar waters. This is the one for me.

Belif Pore Cleaner Bubble Foam – this one isn’t bad, but I prefer gel-to-foam wash off masks like this to have a tint to them; it makes it easier to know where the gel has been applied and where the mask will foam up. I’d incorporate this mask into my routine if I had it, but there are other foaming masks I prefer over this one, like the bliss Spa Triple Oxygen Energizing Foam or the GlamGlow InstaMud, both of which are tinted.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Regenerative Leave-In Conditioning Spray – This light leave-in conditioner works well as a detangler, leaves my hair smooth and soft. It’s not my favorite leave-in conditioner but it’s not bad either – it grew on me and I ended up missing it after I finished the deluxe sample.


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This is great work, @itsfi!

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Thank you @curlychiquita! 🤗 It felt good to get through the bulk of the open products in my stash. 😊 

random but the bottles are pretty cool looking lol @itsfi

random but the bottles are pretty cool looking lol @itsfi

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Agree @lmaster! It’s fun to see the empty bottles; it serves as motivation too to work through and finish up other half opened products (or decide to declutter). 

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Great reminder for me to try the Etude House SPF @itsfi! How is the Pier One diffuser in terms of how long it lasts? It’s a challenge to find a diffuser that lasts more than a couple of weeks.

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@eshoe, I got about 3 months of usage from the Pier One diffuser, which is about the same amount of time as I usually get from my diffusers .

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Thank you, @itsfi🙂 I’m thinking the dry air here shortens their life.

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That sounds right @eshoe! 👍🏼 I can make due with about one diffuser per season, but notice I go through them faster when the weather is warmer.

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Great empties @itsfi!

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Thank you @faeriegirl! 😃 It’s been a nice feeling to get through so many products that had previously only been used a few times.

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Hi @itsfi ,


It feels so good to go through a ton of product! Great job! 


Best Wishes,



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Thank you @JaneanBT! 🤗 It has felt good to go through what I have and to know what products work for me!

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@itsfi WOW! Good job! You got through a lot of good products 🙂




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Thank you @RebeccaBT! 😃 It’s been nice to not have half used products lying around and I’ve rediscovered some faves in the process! 💗💕

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Nice empties @itsfi 

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Thank you @emaisgr8! 😃 There’s definitely some products that will be repurchases!

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Glad to hear you like the Etude House sunscreen, @itsfi. That one has been on my radar to try!

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@quspork, I’ve been through a couple bottles of this sunscreen and love that it works as an SPF and a primer for me. 😍 I’ve also been liking the hydrating version of this sunblock as well.

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Nice empties @itsfi, and your high marks for the Glam Glow made me put this on my list of masks to try. I'm always on the hunt for a hydrating mask to use after my weekly exfoliating treatment.

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@sephoraaddict918, the ThirstyMud has really been a good one for my dry skin. 🥰 The full size has a lot of product in it and is not inexpensive. It you can get a hold of a DS or a mini or a sample in store, it’s a great way to try out the product. 👌🏼

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