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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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@missjeanie, I have tried the NARS Soft Matte Concealer and like it. It gets more use when I have more time in the mornings. I reach for concealers with a wand a lot because they’re convenient; I can dot it on and quickly pat to blend while I’m waiting for my car to warm up 😆 or I can use it quickly once I get to work if I need to. 

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You know what @itsfi ... I never really thought of it... but I do the same thing.  Wand concealers get used a lot more than pots or tubes for me.  The others get used if I'm getting ready mid-day or touching up in the evening when I have more time. What a great observation.  I think now that it's been pointed out, I'll gravitate towards purchasing more wand style and less pots/tubes. 

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I'm so glad you found your perfect setting powder @ShortErica !  Such a hard thing to do!

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Thanks @missjeanie! Part of me wants to try others such as the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Translucent since it has such good reviews but another part of me is like why push the envelope when you have something good. Do you have a favorite?

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@ShortErica  I tend to bounce around with setting powders. I’ve gone back to the make up forever and the Laura Mercier secret brightening powder a few times though. I found the regular Laura Mercier translucent darkened my concealer a bit and honestly didn’t get the huge hype. I have à Becca  one to try soon, but I’ve certainly learned that some (I’m lookin at you KVD) are worse and cakier than others. 

Mid bet that you could a sample at Sephora that wouldn’t be too ‘contamined’ just due to the sifters etc. If you wanted to test a new one?

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Good idea @missjeanie. Has there ever been a setting powders Sephora Favorites kit? That would be useful for me. 😉

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Oh for sure! I’m pretty sure that’s where I’ve gotten a few to try! I see two on the Canadian site right now. The fresh face set actually looks like a nice set @ShortErica !

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My travel empties




All the masks fall in the love or like categories.  The skincare products, on the other hand, were all over the spectrum.


Leaders Daily Wonder What Happened Last Night Radiance Revitalizing Mask – this one checks off a lot of boxes – hydrating, soothing, brightening! It makes your face look like you got more sleep than you actually did.

Laneige Water Pocket Sheet Mask (Replenishing) – this sheet mask is a tried-and-true favorite that leaves my skin looking and feeling hydrated. The material on this one is thin which I love and it really feels like you’re not wearing a sheet mask.

Skinceuticals Biocellulose Regenerative Masque – this one is touted as being soothing, calming and great for post-peels and it definitely lives up to its claim. It feels gentle on the skin and did not irritate my skin at all. I’ve used this one in the past on just any particular day and it was very nice but I think this mask really shines after a peel when skin is sensitive, possibly red and irritated. It’s an expensive mask, but a good one to have on hand.

your peace. Lanseal Nourishing Mask – this 2-piece sheet mask is made of Lanseal material (it feels a little like gauze) which is said to absorb more than 150 times the essence that other sheet masks do. I don’t know about that, but I do know it holds a lot of essence and it feels comfortable on.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Serum – this is AMAZING!!! For the last week-and-a-half, my skin has been dealing with the aftermath of a professional peel. It’s been sensitive, flaky and, to say it’s been very dry is being kind. This serum literally kept my face from looking like it was covered in dry patches and scales. I carried this tube with me in my purse or coat pocket and would reapply every few hours. A total lifesaver.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – this was also nourishing for my dry, flaky skin. I used this one at night, slathering it on my face and down my neck as the last step in my skincare routine.


The FaceShop Real Nature Lingzhi Sheet Mask – Fresh-scented sheet mask that hydrates and brightens . This mushroom one is nice and there are other ‘flavors’ I’m interested in trying. A “con” about this particular mask is that it does contain alcohol; it wasn’t an issue for me, did not make my skin more dry, but if you’re sensitive to alcohol or just want to avoid it in skincare, this one will be a pass for you.


Leaders Juice Pina Colada Bright Mask (Pineapple & Coconut) – this one smells deliciously of pineapple and leaves my skin feeling soft, supple, hydrated and bright.

Holika Holika Skin Rescuer Mask Sheet (Collagen) – The Skin Rescuer line is one of my favorite lines from this brand. The material is thin and it holds quite a bit of essence. The packaging is nice too – easy to open and makes less mess.

Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask (Lingzhi) – The texture on this one is like a jelly cream gel. It’s light and comfortable on. It has a faint subtle scent, maybe a little floral in nature and applies smoothly and easily. I’ve tried one other sleeping mask from the Sephora Collection and prefer this lingzhi one over the aloe one. Both are great for travel; they take up little space in your toiletry bag and they last for multiple uses.


Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam – this one was fine; it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It has that signature Shiseido scent but this one felt like the scent was stronger than usual.


Milk Makeup Cooling Water  –  I really wanted to like this product, but alas, it was not meant to be. 😞 I think I may be allergic to something in this because the few times I used it, my eyes would tear up a lot throughout the day and I ended up tossing it. This is definitely a “No, it’s you; it’s really you.”

Hair Care / Bath & Body


The top row are loves. Spongelle Beyond Cleansing Body Wash Infused Buffer (Pear Freesia) smells likes springtime and is great to have when traveling. Thank you @lmaster, this came in handy! ❤️  Alterna Hair Care Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner are favorites of mine and, of the foil shampoo and conditioners I brought with me, are the best of the bunch. The shampoos and conditioners that make up the bottom row are okay and range between "maybe" and "meh (aka, "it's not you, it's me!")


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Fantastic travel skincare, @itsfi!  Planes and dry hotel air wreck such havoc on my skin.

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Yes they do @curlychiquita! I find myself having to be even more mindful of my skincare when traveling and when I get back. Sigh. 😔 Do you have any “go to” skincare items you like to use when traveling to keep your skin hydrated?

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@itsfi, I just make sure I have products with hylauronic acid in them to keep my skin happy overnight!

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Looove hyaluronic acid @curlychiquita! ♥️ I can’t even imagine how my skin survived before I discovered it! 

@itsfi the milk cooling primer,,I didn't have a reaction,...

@itsfi the milk cooling primer,,I didn't have a reaction, but I'm not seeing the purpose of it,, it's not doing anything for me 🤷 I also love the pear spongelle too

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The Pear spongelle was soooo nice!  Thank you again @lmaster! It made packing so much easier. Yeah, I really wanted that cooling eye gel to work; it sounds like it would be great, but my eyes kept tearing up and itching both days that I used it; it was not fun. I didn't experience any of that on the days I skipped it.

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You're so welcome sweet friend 😘 @itsfi  I'm not sure if I have bags or shadows lol so sorry you had a reaction!!

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That top row of masks sure makes it look like you had a great time traveling lol! 

What happened last night? Shrooms, Pina Coladas, and a need for water? In all serious though, I love the sounds of the Pina Colada mask, added to the ever growing list @itsfi 

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Hahaha @missjeanie! I didn't even notice that, LOL! 🙂 I'm usually in meetings day and night when I travel so masking is sometimes my R&R and I pack several sheet masks to choose from - a mix of oldies but goodies and some newbies. 🙂  The Pina Colada one is a nice one; there's also a Mojito one in that line.

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I might need to try one of each... Pina Colada and Mojito... bonus marks if I get to drink one while masking @itsfi ... might need try this out over the summer!

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I like your style @missjeanie! 🙂  Masking while sipping on some summer cocktails... love it! 🙂 

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@itsfi so glad you liked it! Those are my most favorite ever!! So very clever 😂

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It’s brilliant @lmaster; so happy with it! 😍 Looks like Bloomingdale’s carries these! Yay! Are there specific scents you like?

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