I think I first learnt of the concept of "empties" from Liz, the Beauty Reductionista, when I first started reading beauty blogs a few years ago. There is a feeling of quiet satisfaction I get from using something up, more akin to that of wrapping up a good book or filling up a journal than, say, finishing up a carton of rice milk or emptying out the bin. I guess the level of satisfaction is proportional to the length of time you have that product around, or the number of similar items you have in your stash. I don't think I'll ever finish a pan of eyeshadow, but imagine if I did?
(I'm going to use that as motivation to finish my dissertation. I really need to finish my dissertation.)
Googling the phrase "cornucopia of empties" only returns two results; it's almost a Googlewhack. (Okay, I know that "cornucopia" already means "horn of plenty", so it ends up being "horn of plenty of empties". I mean, that makes more sense than "ATM machine" SO THERE.)
Blah blah blah, here are some six word reviews of empties from the past few months. I may or may not review certain things in more depth later, or I have already. A ♥ symbol denotes a product that I will probably repurchase at some stage.
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation (shade 045, current RRP $68): beautiful dewy coverage if right shade ♥ (N.B. I've had this for four years! Disgusting!)
Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover (RRP $14.99): effective, slightly oily residue, budget friendly ♥
Environ b-Active Sebugel A (RRP $45): spot treatment, can result in pilling ♥
Caudalie Beauty Elixir (part of Instant Radiance set, £27.20 GBP two years ago from FeelUnique.com): totally unnecessary, for "fancy water" fans ♥
Aromatherapy Co. Wild Mint and Bergamot candle (260g, $15 from their Onehunga outlet store, RRP $30): sadly very subtle scent, nice design
Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream (3 for 2 deal at Farmers, RRP $55.90): perfectly serviceable moisturiser for normal skin
Aesop Control Gel (from Sydney store 18 months ago, $19AUD): transparent spot treatment, works with makeup ♥
Environ RAD Face and Body Sunscreen (from About Face, RRP $49.99): slightly heavy consistency for oily skin
Olay Regenerist Skin Renewal Cleanser (20 ml, came with cleansing brush kit, 25% off RRP $34.95 at The Warehouse): foaming gel, skin felt slightly stripped
Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser (30 ml, full size 125mls, came in Ibuki Starter Set RRP $48): misleadingly rich lather -- slightly stripping, fragrant
One general gripe about packaging: foil tube products, like the Antipodes moisturiser and Aesop Control, often develop cracks in the foil, resulting in leakage. Not ideal!