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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.

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Thank you @PinkEvergreen! The Olaplex have become staples in my routine and I can see that being the case for the DE and Kate Somerville at some point as well.

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My first gratis was Kaja Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick 03 Crazy 4U

I was very impressed with the pigment and still am. I do continue to wear this.

Farmacy Freshen Up All-Natural Deodorant

I really love this deodorant and use it almost everyday. It has yet to make me smell funky

Fresh Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment

Still use this also to this day, usually I apply in the morning about an hour before makeup application

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette

I did enjoy this palette and used it for quite a few looks. I do plan to get it back in rotation soon.

GLAMGLOW SUPERTONERโ„ข Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner

This toner I've used 3 times, about once a month, it has alcohol, so I try to to reach for it too often. I didn't really care for the scent either, wouldn't repurchase, but will try to use it a few more times.

OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Face Primer

I was thrilled to receive this as gratis! I do still use this, sometimes without any makeup to give my face a nice glow. I really enjoy the scent ๐Ÿ˜Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight 1.7oz/50mL Eau de Parfum Spray

This is not my favorite scent, I tried to use it, but passed it along to a family member who does enjoy it

SEPHORA COLLECTION Hot Line Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner - Waterpoof Black

I love this liner, continue to use it at least 3 times a week, it's a go to

SEPHORA COLLECTION House of Lashes x Sephora Collection Lashes Yvette

The style is very pretty, I'm not the best at lash application, but will wear these at some point again

boscia Skin Perfecting BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Manhattan Beach

This BB cream is awesome!! I've been saving it for these summer months, so it'll be getting tagged again very soon


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@lmaster totally agree about the Kaja Lippie ! I still use mine all the time!

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@Kim888 I was very impressed, I seen some on YouTube saying they thought it was gimmicky but it really has great pigment,,, and I do love the heart shaped ๐Ÿ˜

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@lmaster Everyone raves about that SC liner! I'm tempted to pick it up because I think I'm finally over the KVD and won't be purchasing it anymore. Partially because of her stance on some issues, but mainly because mine keep drying out so quickly! So happy to hear there were so many hits for you!

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@cianni I agree with the KVD drying out quickly, the SC is still going strong ๐Ÿ˜‰

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@lmaster Loved seeing your thoughts on all of your awesome gratis! Thanks for sharing!



thank you so much @RebeccaBT I love almost everything! ๐Ÿ˜Š

thank you so much @RebeccaBT I love almost everything! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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@lmaster  Youโ€™ve received some awesome gratis! Great to hear that youโ€™ve gotten lots of use out of it ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thank you so much @PinkEvergreen many many loves โค๏ธ

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@cianni great thread idea.

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Great idea @cianni And congrats on your gratis box. I have a few more items to review my lovely gratis box and felt like my reviews were kind of getting lost in that specific thread.

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Thanks for starting this thread, @cianni !

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@cianni ,

A Gratis Check-in Thread is a great idea!

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Ahhhh thank you thank you @TeamBIC and @toofaced for this!! As a self-described mascara junkie, and die-hard Too Faced Better Than Sex Volumizing Mascara Limited Edition Diamonds - 0.27 oz/ 8 mLfan, I was super intrigued when I heard about this release, and am so grateful to be able to give this one a try before itโ€™s โ€œofficiallyโ€ released! As Iโ€™ve come to expect with Too Faced, the packaging is gorgeous and on point. Itโ€™s actually quite heavy and feels pretty luxe. The bag is adorable too!98C3B767-B536-4755-8602-831E0AB92D33.jpeg


now - this mascara makes some bold claims, such as 24h wear, and the photo on the outer packaging seems to indicate that the Dang, Girl! (The BIC appropriate name๐Ÿ˜‚) Mascara is gonna give crazy length and volume. Iโ€™m gonna give it a wear test tomorrow, and some with/without photos, and a comparison of the BTS wand and this new one. Updates to follow probably on Sunday! 


Thank you again for picking me to receive this gratis!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• so excited to try it tomorrow!

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Congratis!! @cianni  Everything looks gorgeous. 

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I received the LP Triple Detox Shampoo in a February Gratis box.  I decided to test it out again last night since it had been a while and this thread reminded me I should do another update.

I've used this a few times, and I do like it, but I'm not sold on needing it.  I find that I need quite a bit of product to get my entire head done.  After the shampoo, my hair feels like straw, If you've ever dyed your hair a lighter colour and know that super dry bleached out feeling, this is it, times 10.  I put a hair mask on in lieu of conditioner, the Too Cool For School Egg Remedy Hair Pack.  I really like this hair mask and it transformed my straw hair into smooth, silky strands.  Today I found that my hair got a bit oily earlier in the day than it usually does.  I'm thinking this is from overcompensating for getting my scalp scrubbed extra clean. IMG_3049.jpg

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@missjeanie thanks for checking in! Thatโ€™s interesting about the extra oil production. That dry-straw feeling description is giving me serious flashbacks to when I first started lightening my hair, and had no idea about purple shampoo or hair masks ๐Ÿ˜‚ super hey AND brassy, not the best look LOL. Thanks for the mini review on the TCFS. I got a foil of the TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL - Egg Mellow Creamages ago and I remember being oddly into it, although I never ventured into anything else from the line, aside from a couple sheet masks here and there. did you pick it up at winners? I feel like Iโ€™ve seen one or two in the last couple months but I didnโ€™t pick it up

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@cianni I grabbed the hair mask from a little shop in Wisconsin where a friend was getting his hair cut last year.  I was back there about a month ago and they still had them in stock.  I've tried the shampoo as well but the hair mask is a star!  Completely recouped the straw like hair into silk!  Glad to know it's popped up at Winners though.  I'll keep an eye out going forward, this stuff is amazing!

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Congrat @missjeanie ! Enjoy!!!

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Thanks for starting this thread, @cianni! It can be so hard to keep up with a million different gratis threads sometimes, haha.