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The Gratis Thread ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

A place to say thank you, provide reviews and first impressions, or follow up on gratis received after more use!


Many of us have been very lucky to receive gratis (thanks Sephora!), and Iโ€™ve been finding that while itโ€™s easy to initially post about receiving it and initial reviews, itโ€™s not as easy to follow up! 


I thought maybe we could have a dedicated thread to follow-ups and reviews with products weโ€™ve received after weโ€™ve been using them for a while, especially because itโ€™s sometimes hard to find the original thank you and first impressions threads.

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@cianni I love this idea!!

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@lmaster thanks!! I love hearing everyoneโ€™s reviews and experiences with gratis, BIC recommendations and reviews make up 90% of my purchases ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

A few months ago I was chosen by the incredibly lovely @jozkid to receive a gratis that included some amazing items! I could rave on and on about the NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palettebut this post is actually about the FIRST AID BEAUTY - Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream


i love FAB skincare, and the ultra repair saved my skin in the winter, so I was excited to try. The scent is comparable if youโ€™re familiar with the ultra repair (super light, smells like lotion if that makes sense?). The texture is very light and airy. It actually foams up a bit, so it seems like itโ€™ll evaporate actually if you take too long to use it, or donโ€™t seal it properly. In either case, I was so-so on it initially.


now that the weather is warming up, Iโ€™ve ditched my heavier moisturizers (for now) and decided to give the Barriair a fair shot. My first impression was totally wrong! I love this stuff. My skin feels smooth and hydrated, and it absorbs quickly. It plays well under makeup. It seems to give a slight blurring effect on me, which is great for no makeup days. The texture seems like it would have dimethicone in it, but I checked the ingredients and it doesnโ€™t! It contains the same colloidal oatmeal as the ultra repair, which is nice for sensitive, irritated or skin suffering from redness or irritation. Iโ€™m really happy with this product, and will repurchase it for the warmer months. Obviously I almost run out AFTER the sale ... luckily itโ€™s very reasonably priced. 


The only thing is that it does contain lecithin, which I donโ€™t have any sensitivies to, but I do know some people who are allergic to it, so be careful!

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@cianni Cool idea! 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Hi @cianni


What a great idea!