EMPTIES (drugstore + high end)

WASSUP. I usually do my empties posts in video form nowadays, but my channel is turning into an empties post every other video lmao – I’m not having any of that. I want variety over there, so I’m bringing the empties post HERE. Why? Because I know we all love a good empties review blog post.

Below you’ll find TEN products I have completely emptied and are going into the trash as we speak. That means I’ve tried the entire packaging. I have full reviews, some of which I’ll rave about… others, meh. Let’s dive in.

Let’s start with mascaras, because I have a fuck ton of ’em.

  • Essence Volume Stylist 18 hr Lash Extension
    Of the two drugstore mascaras, this one is going to be my favorite. I’d highly recommend this over the lash princess (see below), as you can achieve feathery spread lashes that will last throughout the day.
    The best part? It costs $4.99
  • Essence Lash Princess Volume
    This mascara I could pass on. I likely won’t repurchase. It was very liquid-y, which more often than not led to goopy, chunky lashes that didn’t spread nicely. If you’re looking for thicker lashes, you might like this. I prefer mine spread evenly and full of volume.
  • Lancome Monsieur Big
    YOOOOOOOOOOOO this mascara is FIRE. I love it so much. Like, false lashes worthy. Use a lash curler before going in with this mascara and you will boost your look x 100 – I swear.
    Better yet, the travel size is $12.00 and it’ll last you awhile. Run!
  • Clinique High Impact
    I wasn’t a fan of this. Just didn’t impress me. The formula is very lightweight; if you’re into super natural (barely there) mascara, you may like this! For me, it wasn’t enough volume.

Moving on, shall we? Next up, powders…

  • Coty Airspun loose setting powder
    THE GOAT. My favorite. Hands down. The best powder to *blot* the earth. Lol. ALSO – it’s $5.97 on Amazon. SO like, hello. It sets makeup incredibly, does not move foundation underneath. Keeps me matte throughout the day. HIDES my pores entirely. Banging product.
    The only con: you’ll smell like your grandma’s perfume from 1954.
  • IT Cosmetics bye bye pores pressed powder
    This was not a favorite for me. I’d say hard pass on this one. There was nothing special about it and I don’t feel a need to spend $29.00 on a powder that didn’t “wow” me. If anything, the Coty airspun blurs my pores + stays matte WAY more efficiently.

Two more makeup-related products.

  • Tonya Crooks TheBrowGal instatint brow gel
    I actually really loved this product. It made it SO easy to define my brows. Quick swipe swipe, and you had some pigment (for a badass brow), plus it was easy and not messy! I’m not good with pencils or pomades so this is a bomb product for me. I’d use it daily. I also don’t think $22 is unreasonable for this product. 10/10 recommend!
  • Soho buffing powder brush
    This is my ALL TIME favorite bronzer brush. I picked it up on a whim at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx years ago. It was time to retire it. Lol. It’s a solid brush, but it’ll definitely shed as you wash. Doesn’t phase me as it’s the PERFECT bronzing brush lmao. I’ll keep an eye in the future at TJ Maxx’s bc I’d love to snag it again. Otherwise, it’s available on Amazon. Distributes products well and made it look like I was a bronzing PROFESSIONAL. Super easy to use.

Lastly, skincare!

  • Origins energy boosting gel moisturizer
    This was a SUPER fresh and hydrating moisturizer. I am a big fan. I’d consider buying this (if I want to spend a little extra ca$h money) because I do find the quality is THERE with this product. Origins does skincare right and ever since my friend got me started on them, I’m hooked.
  • Alba Botanica hawaiian oil-free moisturizer
    I am a MEGA fan of this moisturizer. If you are ballin’ on a budget and want a super rich and lush moisturizer (daytime or nighttime), this is your option. My esthetician recommended this to me when my skin was going through it, and I’ve never looked back since. It’s an affordable option with skin benefits and hydration that sinks into your skin. I’ve purchased around 5 of these at this point. When I run out… I notice a difference in my skin! It’s parched without it. Big fan.

So those are all of my recent empties – I live for a good empties post! I hope you enjoyed and found a review of something you were interested in. Let me know your thoughts. Have you tried any of the above? I’m v curious to hear from you.

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EMPTIES #2 | Products I’ve use up & would I repurchase? | Katrina S

HEYOOOOO – more empties! a little skincare, makeup, and lifestyle! hope you enjoy and lmk if you’ve tried any of these // have other recommendations! 🙂 happy Sunday and chat soon

thank you, as always, for spending some time with me

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Alba Botanica Hawaiian oil-free moisturizer
Clinique take the day off cleansing balm
Batiste dry shampoo
Vitafusion women’s multivitamin
Kirkland brand makeup remover wipes (from Costco)
Beauty 360 calming daily moisturizer
Butter London double decker mascara
The Body Shop seaweed oil balancing clay mask
Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge
L’oreal blend artist foundation blender
L’occitane almond shower oil

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KOREAN SKINCARE | DEWYCEL https://youtu.be/kWcOEUQetTQ

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EMPTIES | Products I’ve used up & would I repurchase? | Katrina S

THIS WEEK we are comin’ in hot with an empties segment featuring drugstore and high end beauty products (but mainly drugstore). I think it speaks volumes to a product review when you use an entire tube of it. What are your thoughts on the aforementioned? Agreed? Disagreed? LMK below!

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in ‘made it’
Nature Love Aromatherapy body wash – https://www.amazon.com/Nature-Love-Mo…
Ren Pure Coconut Argan dry shampoo
Batiste dry shampoo
Olive Oil hair conditioner – https://www.amazon.com/Olive-Oil-Cond…
Kirkland brand makeup remover wipes
Maybelline Fit Me loose setting powder in ‘fair/light’
Herbal Essences bio-renew dry shampoo in ‘revitalize’
Maybelline Fit Me matte and poreless foundation in 110 and 115
Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation in ‘nude ivory’
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in light neutral
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in the shade 15
Maybelline Superstay Better Skin concealer in ‘ivory 10’

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Easy Fall Makeup – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jca1…
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I Emptied *another* Six Skincare Products…

“What am I doing with my life besides
working and buying skincare products?”

LOOK WHO’S BACK with another empties post. Ya girl right here. Idk about y’all but I love when someone posts an empties blog post – I am all about the reviews and finding out if people want to repurchase something. It feeds some kind of drug to my mind like, “Oooo wonder if that face mask made a difference” or “That toner put in WURK but is it worth the price tag?” Lemme click and find out.

So I hope that’s what you came here for! Cause I’m about to give it to ya.

First up, the Pixi Glow Tonic – can be found at Target for $15.00 (tho you can get a better value for the 250 ML for $29.00 just FYI).
I love this stuff – it’s a solid product. Might not be life-changing, but for some reason I can’t get my hands off it. I began using this product and kept a four-week diary on how it changed my skin. If you’re interested in those results, I’d suggest reading that!
Would I repurchase? Already have!

Next I had a sample of the Mint Pear C Your Youth Vitamin C serum – $39.00
This product was good, but I’m currently loving another serum that I’m preparing to write aboutImage result for prayer emoji
My thoughts on this are that it’s not bad, and the price is relatively decent for other competitive face serums on the market. I do love the feeling of applying this to my face as it sinks into my skin and traps in the hydration. I wake up in the morning and still feel the product.

Would I repurchase? Actually, maybe (had I not found this other serum).

First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with red clay – $24.00
I looooooooved this cleanser while I had it. It’s rather luxurious and created a thick lather on the face, which I loved. My skin was left feeling refreshed, clean, and smooth. It was a great feeling. I’d use this about 2-3 times a week (as I didn’t want to overdo it). If you’re still interested, I’d recommend checking out the full review so you can decide for yourself if it’s worth it!

Would I repurchase? Yeah! For sure.

Tarte Maracuja Oil – travel size is $16 and large size is $48
I have raved about this godsend before and I’ll rave again. It’s amazing. Hydrating without being sticky/greasy, sinks right into the skin, provides a deep hydration that lasts through the night and into the next day. I rave even more in my full review for those wanting additional benefits. And then again in “The Best of Ipsy.”

Would I repurchase? Already have like 3 times!

South Mane Under Eye Gels – pack of 3 for $9.00
I think this product could be easily looked past and fall into the “underrated” category. These were a good, solid set of eye masks. They were hydrating, stuck fairly well to the skin (tho they will slide around if you’re walking all over or dancing to Drake), and you’re left with a smooth and moisturized under eye area. You are supposed to keep them on for 30 mins, which is a bit much. But honey make yourself a cup of tea, turn on Friends for the 1,000,000th time and relax!
Now that I go investigate the price of these online, I think I’ll buy a pack or two. Well worth the price and I enjoy the process as well as the outcome.

Would I repurchase? About to.

Lastly are my trusty ol’ Kirkland brand Daily Facial Wipes (makeup remover) – they’re selling 150 on Amazon for $24.99
These are a solid choice and won’t steer you wrong. However… however – if you have sensitive skin you might not like how “rough” these are. I find they kind of tug at the skin but they do cleanse away your makeup. I go in with a face wash after using this anyways, but they do a good job removing the first layer. Are there better ones out there? Sure. Will these get the job done? Yes.

Would I repurchase? Already have – thank you, Costco.

So those are my skincare empties! Anyone else have the same ones? What are your thoughts? Are you intrigued? Have you tried any? Let me know below so we can chat!

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Empties Segment: skincare products

“50% of this roundup is Mario Badescu products & I’m not mad.”

TODAY I am bringing to your pretty little eyes six skincare items I have completely used up and my unfiltered opinion on them. Are they worth your $$? I’ma let you know.

First up, Philosophy Purity made simple facial cleanser – 24 oz. retails for $44

So I just want to start by saying, if you prefer a higher end face wash, this is HANDS DOWN worth the splurge. Here’s why: this 24 oz. bottle lasted me an entire year. Oh, you didn’t read that right? Yes, I said an entire year. In the case of some drugstore face washes, you could spend that money in a year! My thoughts are pretty simple here, this face wash is well-deserved of all the praise it receives. It does a great job at breaking up makeup and does not irritate the skin whatsoever.

Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.

*However, if you’re in the market for an alternative that (in my opinion) does the same thing, look no further than Cetaphil at the drugstore. Thank me later.

Next, we have our Kirkland brand facial makeup remover wipes – 150 toilettes for $14.99

I’m not even sure it’s legal to sell makeup remover wipes this affordable. Can someone follow up on this? Nonetheless, they are phenomenal. I took awhile to get used to these as I was so used to the Neutrogena brand. However, these are just as good and get the job done. Also, they’re 10 cents a wipe so like idk what more I need to say to sell you on these.

Would I repurchase? Yes, when I make my way through 150 of them.

Third, we have the Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm – $29.50

Okay, I tried the sample size of this before I spent $30 on a “pre-cleanse” and immediately went and purchased the large size. Absolutely, without a doubt worth your coin. It truly melts away your makeup, breaking down your foundation, concealer, and all powders. Be careful around your eyes as to rub gently, you don’t want to pull any lashes out. This melts away your eye makeup and leaves your skin prepped for your facial cleanser.

Would I repurchase? I already have!

Okay onto our Mario Badescu products as I’m sure that’s what you came to the party for.

  1. Mario Badescu flower & tonic mask – 2 oz costs $18
    This mask is meant for the congested parts of your face (nose and chin for me)
    I love love loved this face mask. I think the price is great, the quality is even better, and I will definitely be repurchasing. This mask dries down very quickly and sucks the life out of your pores. I love it. I think of all the masks I’ve tried, this one does the best job at absorbing excess oils.
  2. Mario Badescu super collagen mask – 2 oz costs $18
    This mask is meant to hydrate dull and dry areas of your face (forehead and cheeks for me)
    I enjoyed this mask as well, but I don’t think it’s for me. As far as the “hydrating” aspect of this, I didn’t notice it. In fact, it dried down quickly just as the flower & tonic one did, leaving me feeling like it was sucking out more moisture than it was replenishing. I didn’t notice a difference in the hydration of my skin. I would not buy again.
  3. Mario Badescu cucumber cleansing lotion – 8 oz for $15
    This stuff is freaking awesome. Don’t be dissuaded by the name, it’s highly deceiving if you’re a normal human like me and think “cleansing lotion” screams moisturizer on your face. Wrong. This is a liquid! I would treat this as a toner, using it after face wash and before moisturizers. It is ideally for combination/oily skin and meant to prevent breakouts by removing buildup and bacteria.
    Would I repurchase? Maybe if I hadn’t been introduced to the Pixi Glow Tonic – yes.

So those are my empties for this month! Have you tried any of these? Would you recommend I give something another thought, or did you have the same experience? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thank you so very much for the read – xo

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Empties/Throw-A-Ways Part #3

“I must be using a lot of makeup to be on my third empties post.”

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What’s up, bloggers?! I’m back with another “empties” post detailing some products I have used up over the last couple months and my final thoughts/review of each one.

As always, the big question stands: Would I repurchase, yes or no?

See a product above you’ve been wondering about? Well, I’ve used the entire bottle so you can find my thorough review below.

First up, two mascaras:

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  • Too Faced Better Than Sex retailing for $23
    This mascara is phenomenal. Personally, I think $23 is a lot to pay for a mascara considering you have a dupe for this which is the L’Oreal Lash Paradise
    retailing for $9.99 at the drugstore. However, the Too Faced travel size of this mascara can last you a 1-2 months and only cost you $12. It has a fat wand that distributes mascara plentifully and creates full, butterfly-looking lashes.
    Would I repurchase? Yeah, probably. Depends on if I’m willing to drop a pretty penny when there are more affordable options out there. But, affordable options or not, this mascara is worth the money.

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  • The Balm Mad Lash retailing for $18
    I had such a love-hate relationship with this mascara.
    PERKS: it makes your lashes look nice and spider-y and distributes product v evenly, also adding length.
    CONS: I hate this wand, so much. I would say 4/5 times using this product left me with a clenched eye and mascara on my bottom lid from wincing after poking myself. It is so easy to touch this wand to your eyeball and doesn’t seem user friendly to me. It’s also very stiff, so on that 1/5 times I’d get it right, it would still scratch my lids in an uncomfortable way.
    Would I repurchase? No, and I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend either.

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Next, two foundations:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless retailing for $7.99
    This foundation lasted me a really long time, and I loved that about it. I also loved the staying power, coverage, and shade selection. Maybelline does such a great job at shade ranges, and I can appreciate that. The coverage on this foundation is surprisingly good, and can be built upon itself.
    It does dry kind of quickly, so I would work with half of my face at a time. It does give you a poreless and matte complexion, but I would still get a little greasy by that 3 o’clock hour at work.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, 100%.

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  • Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth retailing for $7.99
    I also really loved this foundation. For the dryer months (winter and when I’m dry in the summer from suntanning) this foundation is a lifesaver. The matte + poreless foundation would look dry on my skin if I didn’t have a solid moisturized base to my face. This, however, was smooth as could be even when I wasn’t working with a hydrated base.
    Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.

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Lastly, two hair products:

  • Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo retailing for $5.99
    This dry shampoo was actually my first ever try at dry shampoo Image result for surprised emoji
    Crazy, I know. Now I can’t imagine a life without it.
    But it would good. Was it great? No. Did I find something better? Yes. Batiste takes the cake for the best affordable dry shampoo. The Not Your Mother’s wasn’t bad, it just didn’t perform as well as the Batiste ones I have since tried.
    Would I repurchase? Nah.

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  • Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo retailing for $28 (8.5 oz)
    This shampoo is so expensive, and I feel like I didn’t get the results I wanted for the price I paid. The thing that bothered me the most about this shampoo was the lack of suds to feel like my hair was thoroughly clean. I felt like I was using more than I needed to in order to clean my hair. With that being said, this shampoo lasted me a long time (roughly 8 months) so I’d say you get your money’s worth.
    Maybe the next time you’re at your salon you can ask them to use this in your hair and see what you think.
    Would I repurchase? No. Recently I’ve been loving (and have since repurchased) the Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde shampoo. More affordable and smells better/I see better results.

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So those are my empties! Is there anything here you agree with me about? Should I give something another try if I decided not to repurchase it? Let me know your thoughts below!

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Empties/Throw-A-Ways Part #2

“Wow I use a ton of makeup, didn’t I just do a post like this?!”

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BACK at it again, folks 😉

It’s time for another segment of “Will I repurchase?” or “Why did I toss it?” I think these posts are super helpful to others! It shows you actually put time and effort into a product and for some reason or another loved it (considering you finished it) or hated it (enough to throw it away).

This is different than a first impression, this is a bonafide REVIEW, ladies.

First up!

  1. it Cosmetics Superhero mascara retails for $24.00
    THIS. MASCARA. IS. AMAZING. Admittedly, it’s one of the first high-end mascaras I’ve ever used! And it did not disappoint. This is, hands down, a holy grail. It gives volume, length, and adds “ba da BAM!” to your lashes.
    Would I repurchase? Absolutely.
  2. Model Co Power Lash mascara retails for $9.00 (travel size)
    I was not a fan of this mascara. I used it up on weekdays for work because it added something to my eyes to wake me up. On weekends? Forget about it – never reached for it.
    Would I repurchase? No.
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  3. CVS Calming Cleansing towelettes retail for $6.59
    These were dry, which I suppose is to be expected from a store brand makeup wipe. I’d rather use Neutrogena or the Simple micellar water wipes (which Kathleen Lights raves about). Anyways, since they weren’t wet enough, they tugged a lot at my skin, which caused an opposite sensation than “calming.” Instead, I was left with a red face and had to work twice as hard to remove all traces of makeup.
    Would I repurchase? No, but maybe in a pinch.
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  4. Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed powder in sandstorm retails for $5.49
    I LOVE this pressed powder! Since they have a *semi-pathetic* shade range, you can at least get a small amount of coverage from this powder if used with a sponge. I typically swirl my brush into it to set my face, especially the areas where I get the oiliest *cough, t-zone, cough*. But it does a phenomenal job at keeping me matte for longer than usual. I like that it’s small enough to take on the road too.
    BE FOREWARNED: it breaks easily! Don’t be throwing it around in your bag.
    Would I repurchase? Yes! And I already have!
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  5. American Eagle rollerball fragrance retails for $14.95
    I don’t remember which scent this is in, but I loved this! Rollerballs are so convenient to carry in your purse for touch-ups on the go. I remember being pleasantly surprised with this scent and would 100% buy another AEO rollerball. Sometimes they’re on sale for just $10, which is completely worth it.
    Would I repurchase? Yes.
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  6. Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream retails for $39.00
    This moisturizer was good, I’ll give it that. It has a “cream-to-gel” formula that instantly melts into your skin. It left my face slightly tacky for a good foundation application, and the scent wasn’t bad either. However. However. I would never spend $40 on this. I will continue you buy my Garnier gel moisturizer for a fraction of the price. It provides the same moisture my skin needs while maintaining a lightweight feel that doesn’t add any extra shine to my t-zone.
    Would I repurchase? No.
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So that’s everything! What are your thoughts? Have you emptied any of the same or similar products? Did you feel the same, or nah? Let me know – I’d love to discuss them some more.

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EMPTIES/THROW-A-WAYS Segment!

“I know everyone loves a good “empties” post – like, will I repurchase? Read to find out!”

Over the last month or so, I’ve had a paper bag below my beauty vanity to throw out items I am just not using or have used up! I always love when bloggers/YouTubers create “empties” content because that means they have fully invested in a product and are ready to give some kickass reviews.

The main question I am going to answer is: Will I repurchase? Because, let’s be honest, if I’m not willing to repurchase then I’m obviously not that into it.

Product #1: Garnier Refreshing Gel-Cream
I emptied this baby in like 6 weeks – IT’S SO GOOD. I have a full review at the link above and would highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in finding a moisturizer alternative. It’s great for the oily-skinned folks like myself. V lightweight and a super affordable option.
Will I repurchase? YES! And I have already done so.

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Product #2: Ulta Mineral Bronzer
I can’t find this on Ulta’s website anymore, so I’m assuming they did away with this formula. It was glittery and pretty orange. I gave up on it when I transitioned to my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.
I do see Ulta has a new matte bronzer on their website so maaaybe I’ll give it a try next time I’m perusing the makeup aisle.
Will I repurchase? No, there are much better options.

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Product #3: COVERGIRL Outlast Lip Color
These are actually really great lip stains! I’m not sure if CoverGirl still sells them in drugstores/Walmarts, but I remember really loving this in college, and I have a hometown bestie to thank for that (s/o to you Lauren).
Will I repurchase? If they have something similar, yes, I would!

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Product #4: Biore Charcoal Pore Strips
I. don’t. like. these. The original pore strips by Biore are great and I will definitely purchase those again, but the charcoal ones make no difference in my t-zone’s oil production and don’t stick to my nose properly. I have a “Charcoal vs. The Original” pore strips debate at the link above if you’re interested!
Will I repurchase? No.

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Product #5: e.l.f Undereye Setting Powder
This is a THROWAWAY for me. I’ve heard a lot of beauty YouTubers recommend this, but I cannot get on board. It was sparkly, and I’m not about glitter and sparkles under my eyes. The only pro about this product was that it cost $3.00.
Will I repurchase? No.

Product #6: Maybelline Colossal Mascara
This was a good product, and I am a fan of Maybelline’s mascaras. However, now that I know so much more about affordable options that are dupes for high end brands (*cough, cough* here’s to you, L’Oréal Lash Paradise), I don’t think I will be repurchasing this.
Will I repurchase? Probably not, but it was good while I used it.

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So that’s it for this empties segment! Is this something that interests anyone else? I’d love to know so I can continue to collect empty products. I know everyone loves a juicy review.

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