Empties: When a Foil Packet Makes You Buy the Full Size

Hi friends! At it again with another Empties! I have a lot of foil packets this time around. I want to get a handle on some of my stash, and getting rid of my one-time use products seems like an easy thing. A couple of these foil packets led me to want to purchase the full size! So I guess the sample is doing what it was intended to do!

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Empties: Finished a Foundation!


I feel like it’s been quite some time from my last empties and my bag was getting quite full! My star empty this time is a foundation! I think it’s actually the first time I’ve finished one. As usual, I have my plethora of makeup wipes!

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Empties: Foil Packets and Face Masks

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Hello friends. It’s been a bit since I’ve done my last empties post, but I figured it was time to dig through my beauty trash for the last couple of weeks. I have a few foil packets, a few face masks, and of course, a few packs of makeup removing wipes. Lets get right into it!

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Empties: Saying Goodbye to 2015

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Hello! Sadly, the holidays are over, and we are in to the next year! I had two weeks off of work during the holidays so I feel like I was able to try a lot of new skin care items. A lot of these items were from THEFACESHOP’s advent calendar. This was my only advent this year and I actually really liked it!

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Empties: Lots of Hair Stuff


Hello! 🙂 I have another empties post ready to go. I feel like I’ve been starting to hoard a couple of small sample things so I’ve been trying to make an honest effort to use things up!

Foil Packets

Bumble and bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner
Repurchase: No

I got this as a sample with one of my Sephora orders. All in all a good shampoo and conditioner, but nothing really I would pay for. And Bumble and bumble you pay EXTRA for haha.

Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Eye Firming Treatment
Repurchase: Maybe!

I’m not really a huge eye cream person but I actually really really liked this one! It just felt so refreshing. I would definitely use it again, but just not sure how much use I would get out of it if I bought it…

Biore Charcoal Nose Strip
Repurchase: Maybe

I feel like charcoal is definitely the ‘it’ thing for beauty products nowadays. I got this free in a magazine and was intrigued. I like the regular Biore nosestrips so I was wondering how these would perform. They kind of were pretty regular in their performance, but what I liked was you could more easily see the nasty pore gunk on the strip because it’s black!

Shiseido Eye Wrinkle Expert Cream
Repurchase: Nah

I got this sample from buying something from Shoppers! I love how every time you buy something from the Beauty Boutique you usually get a little sample (compared to Sephora…) This was a really nice cream too, but I felt it was just a bit thick. I guess that’s what eye cream is supposed to be but meh. I liked the sample, but don’t think I would repurchase.


Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Repurchase: Haha maybe

I’ve talked about these before, and I really don’t love them. I find they aren’t moist enough and have kind of a funny smell. They do the job though, so if I receive them from one place or another I’ll use them up.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette
Repurchase: No

I don’t have colour treated hair, so meh. Haha.

Nexxus Therappe Shampoo
Repurchase: Maybe

I actually really liked this shampoo and conditioner. (Conditioner will be in another empties)! It definitely seemed like a higher end shampoo that did make a positive difference in my hair. I feel like these might be expensive though, haven’t really looked into it.

Living Proof Perfect hair Day Conditioner
Repurchase: Maybe

I’ve talked about Living Proof in the past and like their hair stuff. I think they are definitely overpriced for the full size, but I end up stocking up when I see them on sale.

Boscia Thermal Black Cleanser
Repurchase: Maybe

I thought it was really interesting how it warmed up! It was a nice cleanser that did the job, but I just didn’t feel that oomph. Like, it didn’t break out my skin, but didn’t necessarily help it.

Full Size

Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes
Repurchase: Yes

My friend Leah bought some of these and kindly let me have a pack. These are definitely quality wipes for a very good price. The only thing is that I don’t like the smell too much. They kind of remind me of baby wipes. But I did repurchase some because they work really well and are so cheap!

Up and Up Cotton Rounds
Repurchase: Can’t, but slowly going through my stock pile…:(

Clean and Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Repurchase: No

I kept this in the shower as a cleanser and it did the job. I don’t see myself really purchasing Clean and Clear cleansers again just because I used one once and it totally broke me out. I wouldn’t say I have super sensitive skin either. This one I got for free somewhere and it works nicely though! Just fearful to try others…

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ebony
Repurchase: Probably

Classic. I say I’ll probably repurchase this just because it’s so expensive! I’ve been using the NYX Micro Brow lately and I like it, but it’s not quite as amazing as this. But I’m willing to search for another dupe! I might try the Marcelle one next.

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Empties: Goodbye Summer :(


Hello friends. As we are almost half way through October, I’ve come to a sad realization: Summer is OVER. ;___; For this empties post, I’ve grouped together August and October. Here’s what I finished off in those fleeting days of summer.

Foil Packets

Fresh Rose Face Mask
Repurchase: Probably not

This was a nice face mask. I’ve used this one before in the little foil packets. I think the full size is just too far out of my price range considering I really don’t use masks all the much.

Biore Nose Strip
Repurchase: Probably

I have a few of these to use up. I never find the time to end up using these. I don’t think they work great, but they do a decent job to remove my yucky blackheads pretty much ingrained in my nose.

Balea Purifying Face Mask
Repurchase: No

I really like the Balea masks just because they are so affordable, but I didn’t like this one all that much. I prefer the mud masks from them, as I thought that this one really didn’t do all that much for my skin.

Full Sized/ Deluxe Minis

Dove Body Wash in Cucumber and Green Tea
Repurchase: Yes

Probably my go to body wash! If you’ve been reading my empties for awhile, you’ve probably seen this one pop up quite a bit!

Klorane Dry Shampoo
Repurchase: Maybe

If you’re interested, I did a dry shampoo comparison post here. This worked quite nice and I liked the scent. I’m just not sure if I would pick it over Batiste or Colab. Also, the price is a bit of a turn off too.

Cetaphil Makeup Removing Wipes
Repurchase: Yes

I won this deluxe sample size from a contest that Alanna had over at Classy on the Run. I was very pleasantly surprised with these! They left my face feeling very clean and were very very moist! I look forward to picking up a full size of these after I go through my wipe stash.

Boscia Cleansing Gel
Repurchase: Maybe

I got this in one of those Sephora Favourite kits last year. I liked this cleanser, but nothing really all that special. It did the job and didn’t break me out, but I didn’t feel any real benefits for my skin.

Josie Maran Bare Naked Wipes
Repurchase: NO

I was very disappointed with these. The packaging was kind of weird and would not close properly, so the wipes dried out very quickly. Even when I first opened them, I really didn’t feel any cleansing properties. It got off some makeup but not nearly as good as other wipes I’ve used.

Up & Up Cotton Pads
Repurchase: I can’t

Another Target cotton pad pack is done! I’m slowing making my way through my stash.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and 5 in 1 Styling Treatment
Repurchase: When they have the Sephora sales!

These are from the Sephora 500 point perk (which you can check out here). I like this Living Proof line, but I am honestly not willing to pay that much for it. It’s great in my opinion, but not thatttt great. Lets see when they have the Boxing Day/ Black Friday sales if I’m able to snag the sample packs.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Repurchase: Maybe

I’ve had this little bottle for an embarassingly long time. It’s so old that the packaging was starting to break down a bit. :/ I finally finished it off though. I like the primer potion, but I’d be open to trying different eye primers out. I’m using the NARS one right now and I like it. I’d also like to try the Too Faced one eventually!

Urban Decay De-slick
Repurchase: Yes

I loved this for summer. It’s been the only thing to keep me somewhat matte throughout these sticky months. I’ll probably use this less now that winter is coming, but I’d kind of be curious to see what it looks like now that the air is much drier!

And there we have another empties post! Soon enough I’ll be posting how I did in my Finish 5 by Fall Challenge (spoiler, not good). Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading!

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Empties: Oodles and Oodles of Empties! :D

I am so proud of myself, I’ve been able to finish a lot of items in July! I believe this is the most products I’ve finished in a month! Granted, most of these are foil packet one-use things. I split these up into separate pictures, just to get a better look at things.

Foil Packets

Repurchase: Yes, but different varieties as well!

To hear my thoughts about these, you can check out my full review here.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream**
Repurchase: Maybe

I got this for Christmas actually, it must have came as a sample when my parents purchased me some gifts from Sephora. Is it sad that my parents got samples and I never get samples from Sephora? Probably. This was very pleasant actually. It soaked into the skin very quickly and I work up with my skin refreshed. I’m not too sure the full price on this and am not really looking for a new night cream right now.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
Repurchase: No

I got this sample after my makeover with the CT makeup artists. (You can see my haul from CT here!) I noticed this on my makeover day and I noticed it with this sample, but I thought the cream was a bit too moisturizing for my skin. My oil production was no match for this product! I can see if you have very dry skin this could be a really good moisturizer! Another reason I wouldn’t repurchase this is the UNGODLY price tag!!

Murad Pore and Line Minimizing Hydrator
Repurchase: Maybe

I used this at the beginning of the month and to tell you the truth, I don’t really remember if I liked this or not (#bbloggerfail :/). I want to dive a bit more into the Murad brand and would be interested in some of their acne solutions or moisturizers! Maybe soon.

Full Sized/ Deluxe Minis

Up & Up Cotton Rounds
Repurchase: I can’t!

I have a pack of these every month in my empties. I stocked up like crazy from Target and I have a pretty generous supply!

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Wipes
Repurchase: Yes

I really liked these wipes! They’re a tad cheaper than my Ole Henriksen ones (aka super expensive lovelies). All in all a very solid wipe. The wipe is thick enough, stays moist in the package, and large enough to get all my makeup. It’s soaked with the Bioderma micellar water so if you’re a fan of that, you’d probably like these as well! I feel like I’m a makeup wipe aficionado with all the wipes I’ve tried!

Glam Glow Youthmud Mask
Repurchase: Maybe…

This little sample size lasted me for quite awhile. I did notice a difference with this mask, but I’m not sure it’s really a $90 difference to shell out for the full size. Something I noticed which was weird was there were huge leaf chunks in it. I wish it was ground down a bit more just because it’s so odd to put a whole leaf on your face!

Caudalie Make-up Remover Cleansing Water
Repurchase: No

I got this awhile ago with the Caudalie 500 point perk (which can be read about here). I was able to use this up, but I really wouldn’t purchase this again. It did remove some bits of makeup, but nothing life changing. I was using it as a toner to remove some last bits of makeup leftover from my wipes.

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple**
Repurchase: Maybe

If there is something that I use up from Bath and Body Works it’s the shower gels! I liked this scent a lot!

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
Repurchase: Yes

This has been one of the best hand creams that I’ve used! It was the fastest absorbing cream and that’s a major factor when I use hand lotion. It’s not the most moisturizing cream that I’ve used, but just for on the go moisture, I would repurchase!

Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner in Trooper
Repurchase: YES

I have a comparison of this and the KVD ink liner here!

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Repurchase: Maybe

I felt it left my skin very clean, but I found the scent a bit weird. It had a bit of a plastic tinge? Nothing crazy though and it wouldn’t necessarily make me not use it!

Maybelline Baby Lips in 05 Quenched
Repurchase: Yes

Perfect for just tossing in my purse when my lips needed a bit of hydration! I thought the formula was great and much more affordable than Fresh Sugar balms!

Benefit Posietint**
Repurchase: Maybe

This was my favourite tint of all the ones I tried! I loved how perky and pink it was! I felt like it didn’t stain my face awkwardly like Benetint which meant for a more natural blushed look!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Repurchase: No

Vanessa mentioned that she uses this to foil eyeshadows. I was going to try this but then I used it up before I could try. D’oh. Haha. After trying de-slick, I won’t be repurchasing this.

Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray
Repurchase: Yes

You can read a more in depth comparison of All Nighter and De-Slick here!

E2 Elements Squared Detox Fire Shampoo**
Repurchase: I don’t think I can!

Full review on my experience with E2 here!

Macadamia Deep Repair Mask
Repurchase: Yes

I really love this hair mask and it lasts FOREVER. I’ve had this kicking in my shower for more than 3 years (gross? Maybe). I love how it smells and makes my hair feel really nice after!

And there we have a very long post about all the lovely products I finished in July! Nothing was trashed this month! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

*Item was sent for review, all opinions are my own
**Item was a gift

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