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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‰

@gonerogue   I see what you mean.

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@cianni Genius idea!


Valentine's Day Gratis

-Kaja Heart Melter: used it once and put it in my "friends giveaway" pile. The color was sadly all wrong for me. 


April Gratis Box

-Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist: I haven't seen any skincare benefits from it, but I love using it on very light makeup days, on an airplane as a in-flight mist, or lightly sprayed over my face when I've used a powder. I anticipate carrying this in my purse throughout the hot, humid Chicago summer. 

-Skinfix Eczema Hand Repair Cream: THE BEST. THE END.

-Velour Effortless No-Trim Lashes: It's not their fault that I'm inept with false lashes. They aren't effortless for me, but the length is spot-on and they don't look as ridiculous as many other lashes. 

-Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Sweet: I can see how it would be too sweet for some, but when applied with a light hand I find it quite lovely and fruity. I normally lean towards bright citrus fragrances, but this is a nice change. 

-Clean Reserve Solar Bloom: This is a fascinating fragrance. On my skin, it has a heavy mineral quality and not much citrus. I don't think I'll repurchase it, but I'll definitely use the entirety of this sample. 

-Sephora Collection Hot Tip Liner: Still working on achieving the perfect wing, but this pen makes it easier. It works well for both fine and thick lines, and it *does not budge* the entire day. 

-Olaplex No. 6: I haven't used this enough to render judgment. I avoid silicones when I'm wearing my hair naturally wavy, and plan to use this only when I'm straightening. 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Great idea, @cianni!  I know that I really appreciate seeing follow-up reviews from the gratis that other people receive and having a dedicated thread will make it so convenient to view everything at once.

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Thanks for creating this post @cianni ! It makes it so much more convenient to view all the reviews in one place! I do have one coming up but won't get to it until I return

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Great idea @cianni! Love it!

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Thank you! @eshoe ๐Ÿค— i Can never remember who reviewed what and when, so much easier to have everything in one place 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

This is a great thread idea. ๐Ÿ˜Š I got a couple offers of gratis this month so Iโ€™ll have to remember to come back here after they arrive.

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@HunterKathleen Same! Canโ€™t wait to see what everything is ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Great idea, @cianni ! I'll round up the gratis I've been lucky to receive and do a check up soon ๐Ÿ˜Š 

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!