EauMG’s December 2017 Empties

December 2017 empties

It was the holidays so I tried so hard to not buy stuff for myself despite everyone tempting me with sales. I did buy Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss in Call Me. I had been looking for a gross terracotta/gourd lip gloss and this is perfect. I also could not resist that the LORAC Mega Pro 4 Eyeshadow Palette was 40% so I picked it up.

My beauty gifts were abundant. I received some Juvia’s palettes, two Jouer lip sets, Malle Iris Hand Cream, Chanel No. 5 Fragments d’Or, NARS Liquid lipsticks and an Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit (all talked about here). So, I really racked up!

As far as empties, I have been content using some new full-size items. I have tried to empty some samples and little travel/deluxe sizes. As you can see, most of my empties are that of the super small variety.

Here’s what I emptied in December 2017. (I apologize that this is so wordy):


December skincare empties


My skin has been sooo dry and dehydrated. I tried to use up some samples for dry skin. My full-size empties were of my basics. 

Nature Republic Forest Garden Argan Cleansing Oil – This has been my first cleanser. It’s an emulsifying oil. I love it. I have sensitive eyes and this didn’t irritate them or my face. That’s all I require from an oil cleanser. It rinses off very easily too.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – As I’ve mentioned before, I really like this despite the ‘cone heavy formula. I do notice a difference when using it.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate – This is a Vitamin C serum for the eye area. This isn’t a necessity but my eyes are sensitive and this didn’t kill me. It’s a serum; I have to follow-up with an eye cream.

  • Repurchase? I don’t know. I like it but I feel I have exhausted its benefits. I’ll stop using it and see if I notice a difference.

Colleen Rothschild Clarifying Detox Mask * – Review here. It’s a great mask.

  • Purchase? Yes.

Garden of Wisdom Fruit Hydrating Mist in Cherry (old formula) – Smells just like cherries. I  wish the packaging was more luxe. Oh, well.

  • Repurchase? Sure.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm (deluxe sample) – I don’t really know how to use this or what it is for. It’s like a primer/silicone-heavy-balm with shimmer. But, apparently you can use it on top of your makeup and I don’t understand why you would do that.

  • Purchase? No. I don’t really need it.

JK7 Lip Balm (deluxe sample) – This brand is insanely expensive. It’s an OK balm but my lips ate it up. I needed something that would stick around longer.

  • Purchase? No.

CeraVe Healing Ointment (travel size) – I wanted to love this but it doesn’t last on my lips at all. I prefer Aquaphor over this.

  • Repurchase? No.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish (deluxe sample) – I prefer chemical exfoliants. Scrubs like this aren’t for me. Has a nice apricot scent.

  • Purchase? No.

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Age Cream (deluxe sample) – No negatives, no positives.

  • Purchase? No.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (travel size) – Effective, cheap eye makeup remover.

  • Purchase? Maybe.

Valmont Prime Regenera II (deluxe sample) – This is a thick balm that has saved my skin this cool, dry December. It’s basic but it works for me so well.

  • Purchase? I hate to say it, but I’m considering it. I look so good after using this.

Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap (sample) – Absolutely too harsh and drying for my skin type. If I had used with this a cleansing brush, my face would have fallen off.

  • Purchase? No way. It’s awful.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Mega Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Normal/Dry Skin (sample) – So basic. Feels just fine but so does the original Olay.

  • Purchase? No.

Lancôme Energie de Vie Illuminating & Cooling Eye Gel (sample) – I expected to hate this as all Lancôme skincare products are just silicone and perfume. However, this feels great and helped with my indoor allergy induced puffiness.

  • Purchase? Maybe. I am looking for an eye gel.

Yves Rocher Wrinkles & Lifting V Shaping Serum (sample) – No clue if this lives up to its massive claims but it felt good.

  • Purchase? Probably not.

StriVectin Advanced Acid Dual-Response Serum (sample) – This feels good and appears to have a lot of ‘cones.

  • Purchase? Nah.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads (sample) – I wanted to see if these are like Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads. They are except they smell like a terrifying peach bellini wine cooler consumed at underage house parties.

  • Purchase? Probably not.

SMD Cosmetics Inhyunjin Night Cream * (sample) – Oddly smells like a sweet amber perfume.

  • Purchase? No.


Leaders Brightening Recovery Coconut Gel Mask – It’s great.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

When The Last Choice Hydrating Mask – This made my skin so soft.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

EauMG's fragrance empties


As you can see, operation Project Sample Empty is going on strong!

Belle Fleur Nazara Candle * – This is the brand’s limited edition holiday scent. This has become one of my favorite holiday candles – crisp evergreens and lemon-y frankincense. It’s so fresh and uplifting.

  • Purchase? I would if/when it comes back.

Belle Fleur Palo Santo Candle * – Review here.

  • Purchase? Probably not. I like the scent though.

Perfume samples I would purchase:

DSH Perfumes Euphorisme d’Orient * – Review

DSH Perfumes Fleuriste * – Review

Heeley L’Amandiere * – Review. I want a bottle so badly.

Roberto Cavalli for Women – I own this. I bought it when it was dirt cheap.

Perfume Samples I would not purchase:

Providence Perfume Co. Rose 802 Perfume Oil * – Review. FYI – It became more cedar-y as it aged.

Roxana Illuminated Perfumes Mellifera EDP * – Review. FYI – This got even better with age.

Blackbird x Zola Jesus Taiga * – Review

Eris Perfumes Belle de JourReview

Chanel Egoiste

Jo Malone London Sweet Milk – Discontinued. Chabaud Lait Concentré is a nice replacement.

Carolina Herrera 212 for HerReview

Yohji Yamamato Homme – 2013 Relaunch

Nez a Nez Figues et Garçons

Escentual Alchemy Primordial Forest * – Review

DSH Perfumes Bancha Extreme *

LUSH Superworld Unknown *

House of Gloi Pumpkin Queen

Ayala Moriel Zangvil * – Review

Piguet Calypso Review


December bath empties


It has been so cold and dry. My skin has been parched! I have to moisturize a lot more frequently and you can see that from these empties.

Nivea Skin Firming & Soothing Concentrated Serum – Yes, I fall for the European firming treatments not because they actually work, but because I like their feel. This is one of those that I like the feel. It’s light and makes my skin feel temporarily firmer.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Lotion – This smells really sweet like chocolate and I love the texture. However, this is totally the wrong packaging for such a thick formula. It’s such a struggle to get out. The packaging will keep me from repurchasing.

  • Repurchase? No. But, I love the actual lotion.

Nature Republic Avocado Hand Cream – I only bought this for EXO’s Chen. The smell is really nice and fresh. It’s a good cream for day use.

  • Repurchase? Sure, why not?

Scodioli Laudanum Soap – Smells like pipe tobacco.

  • Repurchase? Yes.

Yves Rocher Long-Lasting Moisturizing Hand Cream – It’s OK. Lightweight and the smell reminds of the L’Occitane Immortelle line.

  • Repurchase? No.

Avena Collagen Regeneration Cream – I wanted snail slime for my body. It’s a good lightweight lotion.

  • Repurchase? Sure.

Teatrical Crema – This is a thick lanolin cream that smells like theatrical makeup. I bought it in Mexico.

  • Repurchase? Yeah.

LUSH Dirty Springwash Shower Gel (3.3 oz bottle) – I bought this when I had a cold from hell. It’s bright blue and smells minty.

  • Repurchase? Maybe in the summer since it’s so cool and fresh.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel (travel size) – I love this scent so much in its bath/body products. It’s like Egyptian musk or something and smells so “clean”.

  • Purchase? I’d love to after I get through some of my shower gel stash.

L’Occitane Supple Skin Almond Body Oil (travel size) – I’m completely obsessed with L’Occitane’s almond range right now. It smells amazing and feels even better. It leaves my skin so soft.

  • Repurchase? Yes. I plan on buying the full-size.

Moroccanoil Body Souffle Body Moisturizer in Original Scent (travel size) – This stuff is surprisingly watery and seems to only exist for the fragrance.

  • Purchase? No.

Kneipp Bubbling Mineral Bath Salts in Iris & Geranium (travel packet) – It’s a powdery iris that turns the bath a shade of bluebonnets.

  • Repurchase? YES.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream (deluxe sample) – This is a great unscented lotion for dry, itchy skin.

  • Repurchase? Yes, I’d like the full-size.


January hair empties




December makeup empties


For me, this is a lot of makeup empties. I’m proud of myself. 

Benefit Dandelion Powder – BEHOLD! The world’s oldest Benefit Dandelion finally EMPTIED.

  • Repurchase? No. I’m so tired of this stuff.

NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker in Carbon Black – Totally decent liquid liner with a firmer tip (that sort of hurts tbh). The shade is not a true black and is sort of streaky.

  • Repurchase? No.

Atomy BB Cream with SPF 30 – This is a thicker, full-coverage BB cream with the dreaded ashy, gray undertones. Yet, I still used it and I can’t explain why.

  • Repurchase? No.

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact – I prefer the loose powder but have this one for travel. It works. It sets makeup and absorbs oil without looking overly powdery (disclaimer – I apply with a brush).

  • Repurchase? Like I said, I prefer the loose and will stick to it. But, this is great if you are oilier than me or need something for travel.

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Face Powder (deluxe sample) – Perfectly decent translucent powder that works even on dry skin. HOWEVER, you can get a Korean powder that does the exact same for much less. *cough* *see above*

  • Purchase? No.

Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara in Black Taffeta (travel size) – This is too dry of a formula for my liking. Lovely packaging though.

  • Purchase? No.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in Candlelight (sample) – This is gorgeous.

  • Purchase? Yes.

Total: 62. 20 full-size. 15 deluxe sample/travel. 27 samples

This number is extremely high for me; however, it was mostly small, little things.

What about you? Which products did you empty in December? Did you buy anything new?

Disclaimer – If there is a /*/ next to an item, it was provided by PR/the brand. All other items were purchased by me or are samples/gifts with purchase/subscription box products.

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8 thoughts on “EauMG’s December 2017 Empties

  1. Damn lady, that’s a lot of empties! I’m so impressed with your perfume sample usage. Mine has dropped off a lot. Probably because I’ve already emptied the ones that had the least amount left. I found a Kniepp Lavendar Herbal Bath Oil for $3 in November and will defintely try more of their bath stuff.

    I bought a bunch of hair stuff in December: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Conditioner (my hair isn’t even colored lol), Paul Mitchell Neon Sugar Cleanse Shampoo, and Paul Mitchell Neuro Prime Heatctrl Blowout Primer. I got about 8 inches of hair chopped off, so I had the fresh haircut buzz. I didn’t really take much persuading to take advantage of the PM buy 2 get 1 free in the salon. Otherwise, Covergirl Outlast Lipstick in Fireball, which was marked down to half off at the grocery and in a shade I’d been looking for. I got Lush Death and Decay from eBay after I saw they took it off the site with their packaging change. I ordered a January Scent Project Vaporocindro sample and then also found a gorgeous gold seashell solid compact of White Linen at Goodwill, basically unused and perfect for my aldehyde craving.

    I emptied:
    Malin & Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser sample
    Leaders Teatree Relaxing Renewal Sheet Mask
    Dermal Apricot Collagen Essence Sheet Mask
    Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriching Toner sample
    L’Oreal Revitalift Face Cream
    Doctor Eckstein Vitamin Supreme Facial Cream sample
    Monsillage Chypre Soap
    Formulary 55 Wildflowers & Honey Guest Soap
    Voluspa Orangerie d’Azahar Candle
    DSH Perfumes December sample
    Ann Gerard Cuir de Nacre sample
    Huitieme Arts Ciel d’Airain sample
    Ava Luxe Moroccan Mint Tea sample
    Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Shampoo and Conditioner samples
    Whole Foods 365 Fragrance Free Conditioner

    Of course I fell for a few pricey things. I loved the M&G Grapefruit Cleanser and Doctor Eckstein night cream. It might be one of my favorite night creams I’ve tried. And ugh I want the Oribe shampoo and conditioner so bad, but they’re outrageously priced.

    1. You bought some great things 🙂 I really need to get my hair chopped off. It’s too long right now. And how do you always find the best stuff at Goodwill?! Do you get insider tip-offs, lol?

      Impressive empties! Um, do I need that Chypre soap?! It’s funny because I just ordered that Doctor Eckstein on Tuesday when I made a Beautyhabit order. I hope it’s good! I’ve heard great things about it. I like that Grapefruit Cleanser too. It has a low pH and actually cleanses without feeling tight. It’s good stuff. Ditto on Oribe. Love the brand but sooooo much $$$ for hair stuff.

      Jan. empties are going to be much less. I have gotten through those “almost gone” samples. I’ve also been working on full-size perfumes.

      Oh! That Ava Luxe Moroccan Mint Tea…what is that like?

      1. Ha, no tip-offs at Goodwill. The Capitol Hill neighborhood lends itself to an amazing array of donations. I mean, you’ve got the big, old fancy houses in one sub-section, so I’m sure all the older ladies take their stuff there. And so many hip young people. And I feel like other Goodwills probably send the I vintage stuff over to my store. I just go often and am very thorough. I think I would make a great professional shopper. 🙂

        I loved the scent of the Chypre soap, but I didn’t love the formula. It took a little coaxing to suds and didn’t seem very moisturizing. AL Moroccan Mint Tea is exactly how it sounds and seemed to last decently from me dumping half a sample on my arms. I don’t really go for mint perfumes, but it was a nice, cheerful scent.

        I hope you love the Doctor Eckstein cream! I’m sure I’ll cave and buy one sometime. The Nivea night cream I’m using right now is lasting me forever.

        Totally with you on only buying low pH face washes from here on out. I was shocked at how well my sensitive skin took to the Grapefruit Cleanser.

        1. You do 🙂 I used to donate there so you’ve probably rummaged through some of my random things, lol.

          I love the Fennel soap from the brand. I haven’t bought it in a long time, mainly because I’m so overwhelmed with back stock. I never think I want something mint-y but there’s a few weeks in the summer when I do. I want something that smells like the Cire Trudo Dada candle.

          Update – I do love the Dr. Eckstein cream. It’s good, especially for my dry skin right now.

          I’m all about the low pH. My skin is less fussy when I use the gentle stuff. If I use a sample of something pearly, foamy (bad signs) my skin is instantly red and angry.

  2. Good work on the perfume samples! I somehow didn’t realize you were also a carnation lover. I’m just obsessed with that note and have a ridiculous number of carnation scents. Will you definitely be buying DSH Fleuriste? I got some myself and it is so gorgeous–I get a little shiver when I sniff it–and it seems like it’s wearable in any season (warming in the winter, cooling in the summer). I’m really curious about the Euphorisme d’Orient. One of my most worn fragrances of the year is DSH Fou d’Opium, which is another Opium-inspired perfume (also not a dupe but based on the parfum version of Opium). I should get a sample of the Euphorisme (based on the EdT) and compare it.

    1. I love carnation. I plan on buying this one but I’m making “my list” for the year. I’m pretty sure I just missed out on the DSH sale too. Oh, well.

      I don’t have vintage Opium so I’m going by memories of aunties wearing it back in the day. In that case, Fou d’Opium and Euphorisme d’Orient are perfect. It’s how I remember it being. Is that accurate? Probably not, but I love the two of them. They’re perfect for this time of year.

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