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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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@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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Thank you @itsfi!! Winter Candy Apple is soooo good!! I am so ready to stock up on that scent!

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WOW @sephoraaddict918 that is a serious amount of products you finished! So may good details, too. The Formula 10.0.6 sheet mask sounds great, I will give it a try based on your review. Lucky you to find the Hello, Calm at TJ Maxx, too. I'm curious, how long did it take you to get through the biggie BumBum cream? 

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@eshoe Thank you!! I didn't realize how many products I finished until I laid everything. I was both proud and embarrassed. 😆 I can't wait to hear about your experience with the Formula 10.0.6 sheet masks, and I hope it's a really good one. 


It's hard to say for sure how long it took me to finish the Bum Bum Cream because I was constantly rotating it in and out of my routine. If I splice it together, I would estimate it lasted about 4 months with me using it about 3-4 times a week. I have dry skin, and I really slather it on, so it may last longer with a lighter hand. 

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Four months @sephoraaddict918 lol I guess I must be really stingy with mine! Full strength for arms, diluted with unscented lotion for legs. I bet it feels soooo good on your dry skin 🥰

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My September empties. MTD = 87

Last month, I hauled some wonderful beauties from Fenty Beauty, a collection I've been fond of since its launch, and a couple from the new Selena Gomez line. Both women are amazing and I was inspired to use some of their songs for my empties categories! ❤️


You Da One (Rihanna): These were products that I had never used before this year, but are now new loves.

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque has been such a workhorse for me over the last couple of months. Maskne and an allergic reaction to a product sent parts of my face into a tailspin. I seriously haven't seen such a breakout in a long time. I usually experience a few pimples here and there periodically but a "few" would be a huge understatement. I ended up using this mask as a spot treatment (with there being a ton of spots on my face) about 4-5 times per week and it helped enormously. This will definitely be repurchased. 

I like the hydration and brightening and plumping effects my skin gets from the lightweight, creamy milky essence in the Troxederm Repair Mask Pack. I'd never heard of this brand before pickup up this mask and I'm interested in checking out the other skincare products from this particular range.

I like the fresh, clean, citrusy scent of everyone Foaming Hand Soap (Meyer lemon + Mandarin); extra points that it's a local brand to me. 

Honey has always been one of my well-loved skincare ingredient and especially so this month for its nourishing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I used By Wishtrend Polyphenols in Propolis 15% Ampoule day and night for most of the month to help heal a bad breakout / reaction. The slightly viscous consistently goes on easily and is not goopy, gooey or greasy.

My preference is typically for Korean or Japanese sunblocks, but there are a few favorites that fall outside of that catgory, including Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen. It has a nice, lightweight consistency to it and I like that it's a physical sunblock and contains zinc (good for breakouts). I find it works best for me on days when my skin is less oily/combo, so when it's been cooler out.

Even lighter in consistency than the Wishtrend ampoule is the Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil. I really have a special fondness for this oil; it's so luxe. The price keeps it from being a love ... at least for now. 😉 

Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule is also a very nice ampoule. I'm a fan of Pyunkang Yul  and I'd be interested in using for an extended time to see how my skin responds.

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant can wear several different hats in my skincare routine - as a toner or spot treatment for larger areas where I can develop a lot of clogged pores often. 
Sephora Collection Clean Lychee Face Mask is my favorite of the full sheet masks from the new clean line. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized with a dewy glow.  

Same Old Love (Selena): These are tried-and-true products; old loves.

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Q-tips Cotton Swabs Precision Tips are great for so many things, including cleaning up eye makeup and nail polish that strays outside of the lines. 😉 


Bath & Body Works Vampire Blood Gentle Foaming Hand Soap (should be included in the New Loves group) smells wonderful! I feel like I go through these B&BW soaps so quickly. This one smells wonderful! They make a candle of this scent and I may need to pick that up when I pick up another of these Vampire Blood hand soaps. Thank you to @ohheyitscindyk for gifting me this one. 🤗


Peace Out Acne Dots (x2) - I went through 2 packs of these within the first 5 days of the month. Big sigh. These did the trick with sucking out the ick from the breakouts around my mouth resulting from a couple of products really not agreeing with my skin. Now to deal with the hyperpigmentation left behind.  


Tory Burch Tory Burch Eau de Parfum - since discovering how much I love this scent last month, I've gone through my bag of perfume samples to see how many more of these vials I have. Fortunately, I found a couple. 


Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner - great mist and even better as an essence or doing a 7-skin method. 


Biore Nose Strip - Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strip is one of the "flavors" in the Biore line that works well for clearing out the gunk. 


everyone Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray (Coconut + Lemon) was how I discovered this brand. There's also a gel version of the hand sanitizer. As with most hand sanitizers, these were readily available pre-covid. Stores have since restocked this and I've picked up another set of 6 and keep a bottle in a few places - in the car, my purse, etc.


Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask worked overtime this month, along with The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque. I have one more, maybe two more, travel sizes of this mask. SR has since repackaged (and possibly reformulated?) the mask as a spot treatment which is generally how I use it. 

Good For You (Selena): Likes

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Lots of "likes" among my September empties, many of which I can see myself repurchasing at some point, if I haven't already. Voluspa Lychee Panjore was a gift from @ather - thank you! The subtle scent is great for some quiet me time with a good book. The sample pack of the Tom Ford lippies had a generous amount of product and as you can tell, I liked all the colors, too!

The Rest. My computer is moving soooooo slowly and freezing up, so I'm just going to post pics of the rest of my September empties. If there's a question about any of these, ask away. 

Complicated (Rihanna): These are maybe's.
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It Ain't Me (Selena): No negative reactions or breakouts but these just aren't for me. The bakuchiol pads started out but began drying up quickly. I rarely use eye cream but have a seemingly endless supply of them in varying sizes, mostly DS and foils. With a few exceptions, I'll repurpose most of the eye creams I have as hand cream - it works out pretty well. 😊
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Farewell (Rihanna) to the items on the left. SOS (Rihanna) is perfectly fitting for the ones on the right, as they caused me to breakout. I don't usually use cleansing wipes for my face but used them last month to remove wash off masks I used to spot treat larger areas. Sadly I didn't realize until I was near the end of the pack that these were keeping my breakouts from clearing up. Ugh. So much better since I just used these for something other than cleaning my face.
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After taking these photos, I found a few more sheet masks and products that I used last month, but was too tired to set everything back up and take pics, so I'll add them to next month's tally.



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@itsfi what does the Bath & Body Works Vampire Blood soap smell like?

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@rosegoldlovely, it’s got a fruity floral scent to it. It’s described as strawberry, jasmine and plum. I don’t really pick up any plum, but then again, I’m not sure if I associate a scent with plum either. 😆 

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@itsfi I only use Bath & Body Works (gel) soaps for my bathroom. Right now, I have Strawberry Tart in there. I make sure I have my wallflowers, bathroom soap, and living room candle scents are the same. My wallflowers and living room candle are Strawberry Pound Cake. The closest soap I could find was Strawberry Tart.


I'm thinking about using Kitchen Lemon soap in the bathroom, Limoncello candle, and Sunshine & Lemons for my next wallflowers. For Christmas I can't wait to use Frosted Cranberry. I don't like Winter scents much, but I fell in love with that one! 😉

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Ooooh, strawberry pound cake!!! Sounds wonderful @rosegoldlovely. The candle and an actual strawberry pound cake! 😝 

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