Winter 2019 Empties

Hi everyone I hope you all had a great week!  I am overflowing with empty products, so I thought I would make a post to share everything I used up this winter. It is a lot of products that I give short reviews on below, so next time I won’t wait as long to make a post of my empties. I am also planning on making a post on trying out Terracycle if that is something you all would be interested in. Let me know!

Travel Sizes:


1. Clinique Lash Flattening Mascara: I have decided that this is my favorite mascara and I also have a full size of this. I love the volume and length that it gives and it is so easy to achieve.

2. Olay Microscrubbing Cleansing Infusion: I was not a big fan of this body wash. I liked the smell, but I prefer to just use a loofa to get the exfoliation on my skin.

3. Clarins Moisture-rich body lotion: This was not particularly moisturizing and I wouldn’t pay for the full size of this.

4.  Native Coconut and Vanilla Deodorant: I really love this, it was the first aluminum free deodorant that actually worked for me, but the little size doesn’t let you use it up completely. I also have this deodorant in the Lavender and Rose scent, which I am loving as well. Also, if you click the hyperlink for this you can get a free mini deodorant with your purchase.

5. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Barriar Cream: This was a lovely light weight scent-free moisturizer. I like a thicker moisturizer during the winter, but would consider getting this again (get 20% off with my link).

6. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Hand Cream: This was pretty nice, but once again, I wouldn’t pay for the full size, which is $68.

7. VictoriaLand Skin-Loving Elixir Revitalizing Face Oil: I really liked this facial oil. I have another little sample that I am going to use, but definitely found that it was moisturizing and even helped my acne. They are also currently offering 25% off.

8. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: This is super simple, gentle and doesn’t have any fragrance. I also have the full size of this, which I am excited to use.


9.  Biossance’s Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil: I liked this facial oil, but I think I prefer the VictoriaLand one. I do have another sample of this, so I will try both out again and let you guys know. (Use the link to get $15 off)

10. Mario Badescu seaweed night cream: This was okay, but I didn’t particularly like the smell of it. However, I recommend checking out the little sample pack they offer of a personalized skincare regimen because it is a nice way to try a few things out.

11. Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate: I really liked this and applied it under my moisturizer during the winter. It added a nice hydrating layer that was light and refreshing. I would probably even use this as a moisturizer on its own in the summer.

12. Biossance’s Squalene and probiotic gel moisturizer: As a moisturizer, I prefer this to the Clinique one I mentioned above. I remember that I really enjoyed this one and will look into picking it up in the summer.

13. Estee Lauder Advanced night repair eye supercharged complex: As you can see in the picture I did not use this up because it was causing a lot of irritation and dry patches under my eyes. This is why I like to find samples first because I don’t feel so bad about throwing out a free sample.

14. Clarins Skin-Refreshing Water Comfort One-step cleanser with Peach Essential Water: This is best makeup remover I have tried. I may get this if it goes on sale, but  otherwise a bit out of my price range (see photo below).

Full Size:


15. Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser: This does a great job of removing makeup, smells like rose and is very moisturizing and affordable. However, I don’t like that I have to use a washcloth in order to remove it and it won’t wash off with just water. My skin has been breaking out recently and I am concerned that it was this. Possibly I had this for too long. After I stopped using this i did notice that I stopped getting new breakouts. I may try it again in the future when my skin is a little more clear.


16. Makeup Forever Excessive Lash: It has a pretty small wand, which I prefer Besides the Clinique lash flattening mascara, this is my other favorite mascara.

17.  Clinique High Impact Mascara: I found that this was okay, but definitely have other  mascaras that I prefer.


18. CoxRx Acne Patches: I love these pimple patches. They are affordable and I find that they work so much better than others I have tried.

19. Simple Micellar Wipes: I love these. I use them occasionally to take makeup off. They are very gentle and fragrance free and do a great job at removing makeup. I am going to try to stop using wipes because I prefer to have something that I can reuse, but may pick these ones up again when I am out of wipes because they do work well in a pinch.

20.  Missha Speedy Solution Trouble Patch: I didn’t find that these worked very well and they were kind of hard to stick down on the contours of the face.


21. Clinique Exfoliating lotion: I did really like how refreshing this was, but it does have alcohol in it and I am trying to go for an alcohol free toner.

22. Loreal Hydrafresh Toner: This was okay. But, I thought it was funny because it says Alcohol free on the front, but denatured alcohol was the second ingredient.


23. Pantene Micellar Shampoo: This is my favorite shampoo, it has such a nice fragrance and feels so gentle on my hair. However, I can’t find the Aloe one anywhere and don’t like the scent of the original. I am thinking of  possibly trying the rosewater one when I run out of shampoo, so I would love to know if anyone has tried that one and your thoughts on it!

24. Pantene Foam Conditioner: This really did nothing for me. I think my hair is too thick for this conditioner to really work, but maybe if you have thinner hair it may add volume to your hair.


25. Mitchum Gel Deodorant: Oh this deodorant does not work for me and is not aluminum free, so definitely will avoid this.

26. Mitchum invisible solid deodorant: Its funny how much better this was compared to the gel one, but I  have found some aluminum free ones that I like, so I don’t think I will get these again.

27. Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant: This does work as well as deodorants with aluminum, but it leaves black marks on the armpits of my shirt. So, I would like to try some of the other Schmidt’s ones because otherwise I did like this.


28. Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser: I really loved this face wash it has such a nice cucumber smell and is so gentle. I am also a big fan of the pump and have already repurposed this bottle. I am thinking it is possibly a dupe for the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, although I haven’t tried that one, they do have very similar ingredients.


29. Free & Lovely Coconut and Rose Body Butter: Honestly, this one I have only used a couple times and I have to get rid of it because I can’t stand the smell, which seems like a common theme on it’s reviews. It may moisturize my hands, but I can’t get past the smell.

This ended up being a lot of products, especially with the sample sizes! I also didn’t realize I used so many deodorants, but I was thinking it could be fun to dedicate a post to aluminum free deodorants, so let me know if that is something you would be interested in. Next time I will try to post a Spring empties a little sooner.

Thanks for reading!

~ Hannah

7 thoughts on “Winter 2019 Empties

  1. Loved this post! We use a lot of similar products. Noticed how you mentioned the Clinique has alcohol in it. I too use Clinique no3 probs even more alcohol. Just wondered if you knew why it was so bad. It really confuses me why Clinique continues to add alcohol to their products? – you’re not the only blogger I’ve seen turn away from this product … great content all round x


    1. Thank you I appreciate the comment! So, in my research it is really just when it has denatured alcohol or isopropyl when it can really strip your skin of natural oils and dry your skin out. However, that said I think it can work if used for a short term for those who suffer from acne. I found a really good post on it on the Paula’s Choice website. I am not sure why Clinique still use it and at one point I had a Loreal toner that said it was alcohol free, but I think it was the second ingredient. So, I think it just goes to show that I need to make sure I read the actual ingredients list before I buy something.


  2. This is a great reply. I guess because I’ve been using Clinique no3 for so long I’m a bit worried. I wonder if there’s anything that could be said If you’re replenishing the moisture’s and oils in later steps is it really that bad. XD

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    1. That’s a really good point. I do think if it works and you’ve been using it without any dryness issues by applying oils and things afterward, I don’t see why that should be an issue.


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