We’re big fans of the YouTube Beauty Community here at The Everygirl. We’re constantly talking about our favorite creators, their best looks, and buying pretty much everything they recommend. The YouTube beauty world is honestly what we have to thank for some of the biggest trends in beauty—we’d never be baking our undereyes or curling our hair with straighteners or using men’s post-shave balm as a primer if it weren’t for the beauty YouTubers who taught us how.
Alongside the various techniques YouTube has taught us, the phenomenon of the ever-so-popular “empties video” has truly taken over our subscription feeds. Every beauty YouTuber has made an empties video (if not five), and everyone who even knows just a glimpse of beauty YouTube has seen one. The concept is simple: show everyone what’s in your trash and talk about if you loved it, if you’ll buy it again, and how long it took you to use up.
So being the beauty-lovers we are at TEG HQ, we decided to create our own empties series. Every month, all of our editors will share a few of our own empties—from skin, hair, and makeup products to candles and vitamins and home items—and give our unfiltered review on each of the products. Some of them we’ll love and need to repurchase ASAP … and some we’ll celebrate finally finishing them up. If you’ve ever wondered what our absolute favorites (and not-so-favorites) are, this is the right place to be. It’s finally time for our trash cans to shine!
The Emergency Eye Mask is one of my hero products that I can’t live without (obviously, because I went through this one so quickly). As someone that has under-eye bags and dark circles, this product gets me emotional because of how much it has transformed my life (dramatic, I know, but the people with bad under-eye bags will get me). Loaded with vitamins to hydrate, cucumber juice to depuff, and caffeine to calm swelling and brighten, the formula is thick enough to be used as a 10-minute mask that can be washed off, but TBH, I haven’t washed it off once (it’s too good!). Instead, I dab it on at night as an eye cream or whenever the eye area needs a little extra TLC (like when I’m hungover or traveling). Yes, I will be buying again and have already ordered my next stash because I can’t go too long without it.
TBH, I am already on my second bottle of this luxurious treatment oil because it’s that good. Equilibria is always our go-to for CBD products, but I never knew I needed a CBD body oil until I tried this. Along with 500mg of full-spectrum CBD, the Daily Treatment Oil contains powerful oils like Sweet Almond, Litsea, and Olive Squalene to heal a common range of skin issues. The formula helps everything from sun damage to pore size, and I feel a major difference in my skin when I pat it on my face and body before bed. However, the greatest testament to its healing powers is what happened with my boyfriend. He got a painful rash on his hands (sorry for the TMI) from an allergy to our dog’s saliva (he’s still in the puppy-biting-everything phase. The dog, not the boyfriend), and nothing was helping. I put on a little of this oil, and within a few hours, the rash was completely healed. If that’s not miraculous, I don’t know what is! *Orders in bulk*
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It’s finally happened: the go-to exfoliating mask that has been by my side for almost two years has hit its last leg. This Instagram-favorite product is one of the few masks that I actually notice an immediate difference in brightness and complexion. It has therefore become my go-to “weekend mask,” like a treat to immediately make my skin better when the week’s over (because you know you want to look your best on a Saturday). It uses vitamin-packed pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder to slough away dead skin cells and boost glow for the most illuminating skin ever (and also smells absolutely delicious). The best part? I have used it weekly for a couple of years, and it’s lasted me until now. You only need a little to make a huge impact, and isn’t that what we all want more of with our skincare?
I am someone who takes good care of the skin on my face, but neglect the rest of my body fully. I hate needing to put lotion on and feeling sticky and waiting for it to soak in and the entire process of it, but this has converted me into being a lotion lover. I’ve been putting this on every night before bed for two years now, and it’s become the most amazing little ritual for my nights. It’s the perfect lavender scent—it isn’t too strong or overpowering—and to me it’s the equivalent of diffusing an essential oil before bed. It also makes my skin so hydrated and I can put it on a minute before I get into my bed without fearing it getting everywhere because it sinks into your skin so quickly. This is an always repurchase in the biggest size for me, and would also make an amazing gift for anyone this season.
I put my hair through a lot (frequent color appointments, heat styling, scrappy ponytails) so I like treating it to fancy shampoos and conditioners that I slather on in the shower while whispering affirmations and praise. I’ve been hearing amazing things about this brand for years so when I ran out of my old shampoo and conditioner, I traded up. I’ll absolutely be repurchasing because these both lasted me a good three months and I’ve definitely noticed that my hair feels silkier straight out of the shower and there’s less shedding overall. Win, win.
Our Social Media Editor, Abigail, recommended this candle to me after I visited her apartment a few months back and was like “what is this heavenly smell?!” It’s called “Rosemary” but maybe I just don’t know what rosemary smells like, because it’s more of a hiking-outdoors-with-a-sexy-lumberjack scent. I burn it every chance I get, and when it runs out, I’m always bummed. Constant repurchase.
I received the Mielle Rosemary Mint collection of products as a birthday gift and stashed it in my bathroom closet for almost two months before giving it a try (I’m very picky about the products I use on my hair). After discovering that I had used all of my favorite conditioner, I decided to pull out the Mielle Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque on wash day. This hair masque acts like a conditioner and deep treatment all-in-one; it was soft enough to detangle my curls with and after washing it out, it didn’t leave behind any residue or build-up. The creamy masque smells amazing too, and contains certified organic products like ginger root oil, shea butter, honey, and coconut oil to help plump up dry curls. Let’s just say that this product is no longer in the back of my closet anymore!
I’ve never really been able to understand what kind of shampoo I should be using. Do I splurge and buy one of the uber-expensive ones that is supposed to be a miracle worker? Do I stick with something I can grab for $5 at any drugstore? There are so many types and brands out there, and it has always been overwhelming to me. When I started using this Kristin Ess one, however, I felt like I finally found a happy medium between high-end salon shampoo and drugstore shampoo. It leaves my hair feeling super soft and clean, and it smells great too.
This might seem weird and random, but I really love this mouthwash and I think people need to know about it. I’ve always had pretty sensitive gums, and this is the only thing that keeps them healthy and not irritated. I’ve been using it since about April or May, and have consistently seen improvements in my gums. Also, the mint taste is not overwhelming, there is no burning sensation, and it is made from more natural ingredients than traditional mouthwash, so it is a much more gentle option that still gets the job done.
You’ve likely seen this candle in the homes of the rich and famous—and while I’m neither, I did get this candle as a gift and subsequently pretended to be. While massively overpriced, this candle is indeed my favorite home scent I’ve ever experienced. I can’t afford to burn it on any random Tuesday, but I’ve spent the last year (I received it last Christmas) burning it for special occasions (even when the occasion is “I need to feel happy!”). It’s expensive, so I can’t recommend it for a casual purchase—but it’s a great gift to give to yourself or a loved one. I repurchased, and I plan (and hope!) to make it last as long as this one did. (In the meantime, I’m going to clean this one out and use it as storage in my bathroom!) The scent is crisp, clean, and matches well with any season.
If you’re looking for one single beauty product to brighten you up for Zoom calls, my vote is for this one. I was on the market for a product that would calm redness and add a bit of glow without a full face of makeup, and this one exceeded my expectations. I thought Tula seemed gimmicky when I first heard of it, but this is the most impressed I’ve ever been with a primer. I wear it alone for Monday Zoom calls or running errands (it’s just a light cover that matches your skin and adds a little glow without too much shine), or I layer it under foundation if I’m looking for fuller coverage. The one downside: You can see on my bottle that it’s stained—that’s because I would apply it with my fingers and then it stained anything I touched. Annoying, but worth it.
I kept this mascara for far too long, but it’s because I refused to give it up because I love it so much. It’s the ideal everyday mascara for me: it keeps my lashes curled, adds volume, and makes them look longer. It’s the solid in-between of a separating, “no makeup” makeup look and a dramatic, “it looks like I’m wearing falsies” look, which is exactly what I go for on a daily basis. It doesn’t flake or smudge or do any of the weird things we usually hate about mascaras. I haven’t repurchased yet, but it’s on my list after I finish up another mascara (I currently have a collection of mascaras that should suffice a normal person like a full lifetime).
I don’t wear liquid liner all the time, but when I do, I want something that doesn’t budge all. day. long. Like, I want to be able to wipe my eyes and it doesn’t move. This liner does exactly that. I had it for over a year, and I loved the formula. However, after enough time, the brush tip got so deformed that applying it became impossible. I switched to this one from NYX to try something on a budget, and holy bananas, this is the same, if not better, for a quarter of the price and hasn’t done that weird brush thing yet. I am actually not that sad to say goodbye to this now!
I have been thinking about what I’d say about this product in empties for a few weeks. It’s hard, because I really loved it, but I don’t plan to repurchase. Here’s the deal: this is a gorgeous cleansing oil that feels so luxurious and glamorous when you use it. It has a divine scent, a wonderful texture, and looks great on my bathroom shelf. However, for as luxurious as it feels, I’m sure I could find an equally-luxurious product out there that I like more for the same price. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, but for $48, it just doesn’t blow me away. I would still recommend this because it does everything I could ever ask, but I’m on the hunt for something else instead of buying it again.
This is, without competition, my favorite concealer at the drugstore and in my top three favorite concealers ever. It is truly the best formula for all skin types. When my skin is bone-dry, I love that this really covers dark circles and redness without looking cakey or dehydrated. But when my skin is oily, I love the semi-matte finish that stays on all day and soaks up my oils. It covers dark circles, blemishes, dry patches, scars, broken capillaries, and more flawlessly. I used this all summer to spot-conceal my entire face instead of foundation, and sometimes, it looked even better than when I wore a full face of foundation. I could rave about this concealer endlessly—if you’re in the market for a concealer (or are just easily convinced—I mean, it’s under $7, y’all), try this next.