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July Empties!

I have to say that I am quite proud of this month’s batch of empties because I managed to finish some full-sized products that I have had for far too long!

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1. Goldwell Rich Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Samples

Nothing special as it didn’t make a huge difference in how my hair felt. I also was not a fan of the scent. Will not purchase.

2. L’Occitane Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Samples

Smells divine, but again I didn’t feel like it made a huge difference to my hair. I’d probably purchase the full size just to see if using it for a longer time would allow me to see more of a difference.

3. L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo Sample

Smells just as good as the Volumizing Shampoo and I might repurchase again to see if I experience more of a difference with longer use.

4. Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo

I LOVE this stuff, but this is a premature empty as I only got this a week ago and only got a chance to use it twice before it started leaking…all I know is that when I picked up the can a couple of days later, it was virtually empty and wouldn’t spray at all! I’ve written to Dove and they were nice enough to give me a coupon for another bottle. This is an aerosol dry shampoo that was great for my dark hair as it didn’t leave a coloured residue.

5. Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion

I have had this for probably 4 years?? I loved it at first, but then the scent just got too strong and overwhelming for me and I stopped using it. I won’t repurchase this scent again (is it even still available?)

6. Cake Milk Made Velveteen Hand Creme

I think I’ve had this particular tube for about 2 years and the scent and consistency remained just as nice as when I first got it. I know a lot of you are fans of Cake products and this hand creme is probably one of their bestsellers. As for whether I’d repurchase? There is already a fresh tube by my nightstand!

7. The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Very gentle and is very much like using a cold cream on your eyes. Will repurchase!

8. Ola Tropical Organics Coconut Lemongrass Creme Lotion Sample

This was one of my June Luvs and now it’s all gone! I would love to repurchase, but the shipping is crazy expensive.

9. The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Scrub

If you are familiar with TBS Christmas lines, you’ll know approximately how long I’ve had this! I actually really liked it as it exfoliated quite well, but was gentle enough to be used everyday. The only thing is that this scrub contains little berry seeds and in the shower it looks like there are little bugs all over your skin…but other than that, it’s great! I would totally repurchase this!

10. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 Sample

Received a sample of this in June’s Glossybox and I have already repurchased this in the full size!

11. Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion SPF 15 Sample

I loved the fact that this was a lighter moisturizer that had SPF in it, but I found that my skin was kind of sticky after which I didn’t really like. I won’t be purchasing in the full size, but I’m glad I got a chance to try it.

12. Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel Sample

I love using this to remove my makeup and I now have the full size! It’s great for dry skin like mine and I think the texture is fun Smile

13. Orlane First Time Fighting Care Eye Contour Sample

I received this in May’s Topbox and I found it be a little heavy for my eye area as I prefer an eye cream that is lighter. Unfortunately, I will not be getting this in the full size.

14. Soap that Make Scents Coconut Mango Body Lotion Sample

Can you believe I just opened this today and now it’s done? I received this in one of my Divalicious boxes and there was enough to cover one leg and part of my arm. Smelled quite nice and had a nice gel-like consistency which I like for summer. I would get the full size even though the sample wasn’t even large enough for one use.

15. Lancome Cils Booster XL Sample

I received this in a Lancome GWP awhile back and I honestly didn’t think it made that much difference to how mascara looked on my eyes. Would not purchase the full size.

16. Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm

I prefer the peppermint version much more! I will not repurchase in this scent.

17. AG Hair Cosmetics Argan Flat Iron Spray

This was a May Luv of mine that I miss already as I haven’t had the chance to get the full size yet, but if you straighten your hair a lot, this leaves your hair feeling so smooth and straight. Will definitely repurchase!

18. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes Travel Size

I just mentioned this as a July Luv and I have another pack ready to go! These are so refreshing, smell great and are soft on the face. Will continue to repurchase!

19. Fekkai Color Care Moisture Mask Sample

I received this in my April Luxe Box. Smelled nice, but didn’t work any better than the current hair mask I have been using, so I don’t think I will be purchasing the full size.

20. L’Occitane Angelica Exfoliating Gel Sample

This new line has been growing on me as I found the scent to be quite natural and refreshing. The gel itself was gently gritty and I would get the full size for sure!

21. Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream Sample

I received this as part of a sample pack and I did not like it…it was too greasy for me and made the skin around my eyes get little white bumps…I think this is just me though because the bumps went away almost 24 hours after I stopped using this eye cream. I’m sure it works for other people, but it just didn’t for me. Will not repurchase.

22. Julep The Best Pedi Creme Ever! Sample

Smells great and leaves my feel feeling soft! I have a full size of this already and I love it! Will purchase once my current supply runs out.

23. La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover Pad

I received this in my This smelled just like oranges which I loved, but as for whether it was able to remove nail polish from all TEN fingers? Sure, I guess one pad can indeed do that, but by the seventh finger, you have to work quite hard to remove the polish and the remover pad is also hard to use because it’s so thin! I did like it and I would purchase a full pack of them…with my Glymm points.

24. Free Your Mane Shampoo and Conditioner Samples

I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this! Pleasant smell and left my hair feeling soft and smooth. I don’t know if I would purchase the full size because it seems a bit expensive and not easy to get. For some reason, the thought of ordering shampoo online instead of just picking it up locally seems like too much trouble…

25. L’Occitane Amande (Almond) Exfoliating and Stimulating Soap

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I love the whole Amande line and this soap was no exception! Will definitely buy again!

26. Everyday Minerals Semi Matte Foundation Base in Golden Medium Sample

For a mineral foundation, I found this to have fantastic coverage without making my face look cakey. I normally use Pur Minerals 4 in 1 foundation, but the Everyday Minerals foundation feels just as invisible on my skin, but gave me more coverage. I have already placed an order for the full size.

And that’s another round of empties! I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this as well as reading everyone else’s empties! It feels like the reverse of Christmas!

33 comments

  1. Oh my goshness, that's a whole lot of products! hehe. I love how you do this!! I would feel so accomplished if I did this lol. I really want to try #4 and #18 :D

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    1. I was pretty lucky this time around because I had a lot of half-filled full sized items that I just committed to finish this month! Samples are super easy to go through, especially the shampoos and conditioners because a girl always has to wash her hair!

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  2. Wow what a collection of empty products you got going on:P
    I tried the Fekkai mask, and didn't feel a difference at all, I would not purchase the full-size.
    I think there are other great brands that do the trick better!

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    1. I was lucky that I had a lot of half-filled products lying around and just decided that I had to go through them! I felt that the Fekkai mask was just meh...nothing special at all. You're right, there are lots of other better hair masks available!

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  3. Oh that's really great! I would most definitely feel accomplished after this!

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    1. LOL, the key to getting motivated is starting with some sample sizes so that you see that empty bottle and you feel a sense of accomplishment :-)

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  4. Lots of empties! L'occitane sounds like an interesting brand, never heard of them before!

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    1. L'Occitane is from France and there are actually quite a number of their boutiques where I live so I can never escape them! Their stuff is a little bit on the expensive side, but they have a lot of Gift with Purchases so you get a good opportunity to try a lot of their products that way.

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  5. Great Job on your empties post! That's a lot of items!
    That was nice of Dove to give you a coupon to get another one! Hopefully they give you more than one!
    I totally agree with you on the Burts Bees..I love the peppermint one soo much more!
    Number 18 is on my next facial wipes to buy.. I really want to try this!

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. If I can go through at least a couple of samples a month, I will be happy. It sort of gets you motivated to go through the full sized items too. The Yes to Cucumbers wipes were really a favourite of mine :-)

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  6. The same thing happened to me with my Dove dry shampoo. I only got to use it once before it leaked and was empty. Dove sent me a coupon too!

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    1. OMG! I thought I was going crazy when I picked up the can again! I thought I was "using it wrong"!

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    2. I have had it happen to me twice, with 2 different bottles! I love the product, but can't keep repurchasing it if it only lasts a couple of uses before it leaks. I never thought about contacting the company - I will have to do that!

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  7. a big thumbs up! I will probably never do a post like this because I never have any empties...just a lot of half-filled bottles on the go ;)

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    1. i'm the same as CityGirl!
      your list of empties is quite impressive!! i just rediscovered my love for almond soap so i will keep an eye out for that one :)

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    2. The half-filled bottles are motivators for me to get them done! I was lucky this month because I had quite a number of half-filled ones and I just HAD to finish them because I've had them for so long!

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  8. Awesome!

    Where do you find L'Occitane stuff?

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    1. They usually have their own boutiques, but I just checked for you and the closest ones are in Quebec! There are three in Vancouver and I live close to two of them so that's usually where I stock up. You can order online though with a flat rate of $9.99 which isn't bad if you order a lot of stuff.

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    2. Ooh! Thanks for looking into it, I'll check it out online :)

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  9. I love empties posts! I love the Yes to Cucumbers wipes! They smell so good! I've never tired the Dove dry shampoo though! I think I may pick it up!

    http://dulcet-sparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely give the Dove shampoo a try, it's very cool :) It's easier to get at the roots and it comes out clear which for us girls with dark hair.

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  10. I agree with you on the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream Sample! I hated it- it was soooo thick and greasy! It didn't make my eyes happy at all. It didn't seem to sink into my skin, but just sat on the surface! terrible.

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    1. Ugh, yeah, it just never disappeared! It was not for me...

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  11. There are loads of products on this list I hadn't even heard of :P Really great post :) I really like L'Occitane so I'll definitely be checking out the almond soap :) x

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    1. Yay! I love the scent of the Amande line so much. It's a subtle sweetness that's sort of soothing too. I'm glad you loved the post, it was fun for me to write!

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  12. So many empties! That's awesome! Lancome Cils Booster was such a disappointment, did nothing for my lashes. I think I'll try the Clinique primer next.

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    1. LOL, I tried really hard this month to get through some old full sized products. Yeah, Cils Booster was such a let down...maybe I'll look into the Clinique Primer as well.

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  13. Holy cow! I don't think I could go through that much in a year!
    I definitely want to try the Yes to Cucumbers facial towelettes, I've been hearing so many great things about that line. Congrats on your empties, I should do a post like this at the end of the year. I'd have a total of.. 5 things.
    (Ha-ha just kidding... maybe.)

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    1. You'll have more than that! Just commit to one or two and boom they'll be done! Although, I can never say no to opening up a new product that I find (which is almost every week!)

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  14. wow, you did so well! i love seeing empties of samples from beauty boxes. :)

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    1. Thank you! I know, I love seeing other people's empties too! I don't know what it is!

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  15. Holy soooo many empties! Must feel like such an accomplishment haha. I want to try that makeup remover from the body shop!

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    1. I definitely patted myself on the back for July that's for sure! Definitely try the eye makeup remover, I found it to be really gentle and non-irritating especially when I would get it in my eyes by accident. Some removers really make your eyes sting or water, but this one was totally fine.

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