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The Gratis Thread πŸ›πŸŽ‰

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 I’ve been finding that while it’s easy to initially post about receiving it and initial reviews, it’s not as easy to follow up! 


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

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Great to hear your reviews, @twilightnicky! I completely agree with your thoughts on the SHISEIDO - WASO: Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask. It's gently cooling - not to the point that it wakes me up before I have to bed, but nice and refreshing on warmer nights. I know I'm going to love it even more in the middle of summer! 

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Yes, maybe keep it in the fridge?

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Ooh, @GeorginaBT, a cooling sleeping mask sounds SO refreshing and perfect for summer.  I've been so into sleeping masks lately Smiley Happy.

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@twilightnicky So many great items! Enjoy Smiley Happy



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Catching up with a few reviews from some recent gratis:


First, is actually a not-that-recent gratis that I just finished. The TATA HARPER - Resurfacing AHA + BHA Serum

This was a perfectly lovely serum that was nicely scented and cosmetically elegant. It gave me no troubles with regards to the active ingredients. BUT it also didn't really do anything? I finished the entire bottle and just didn't notice any sort of difference in the overall appearance of my skin that I could attribute to this product. If you're new to chemical exfoliators, this is very gentle so maybe you'd get better results. But personally, there is no way I could justify the price for just "ok" results. 


Next up, the more recent BUMBLE AND BUMBLE - Surf Styling Leave In

This is lovely but I think it's really meant for people with curlier hair than mine. I have very thick, coarse hair that has a slight natural wave but isn't really anything close to really being wavy or curly. If you're hair has a bit more curl, I think this might work out better. 


And the VERB - Ghost Hair Maskβ„’

At first, I wasn't terribly wowed but this, but I've been consistently using it every other wash and I'm liking it a lot more now. I really enjoy the scent and it does leave my hair soft and more manageable the day of the wash. My only con would be that the effect isn't terribly long lasting, unlike some other masks that I've used. But overall- it's a great deep conditioner that easily rinses out and doesn't weigh down my hair. 

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@quspork  Thanks for the update on the Ghost Oil hair mask. Maybe I’ll stick with my current fave, BRIOGEO - Don’t Despair, Repair!β„’ Deep Conditioning Mask.

thanks for these reviews @quspork πŸ‘

thanks for these reviews @quspork πŸ‘

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Love this thread, @cianni. An update on some of my favorite gratis:


Love, love the LIVING PROOF - Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo and use it once a week now. It's softened my hair and I LOVE that. The KAJA - Mochi Glow Bouncy HighlighterI use daily. It replaced my Dior because it's so easy to apply with just my fingers. I've cut back on my makeup routine overall but never skimp on this! I'm kind of a picky perfume wearer (nothing too floral; spicy is good). But the BY ROSIE JANE - Leila Lou Travel Spray is a nice fruity pear scent that is fresh, not at all cloying. I ended up buying the mini roller set for my daughter for Christmas, and this is still my favorite. The Viktor & Rolf Magic Dancing Roses was part of the same gratis and I find myself reaching for it quite often. It's rose but a bit peppery. Not heavy at all. At first I wasn't overwhelmed by it but now it's almost empty!


that highlighter is so beautiful @eshoe

that highlighter is so beautiful @eshoe

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It’s gonna last awhile too, @lmaster, love that!

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@eshoe totally agree about the detox shampoo! I got a random sample of it and it's one of the best detox shampoos I have used! 


How do you find the Kaja in terms of glitteryness. I swatched some of the blushes and highlight in store but I was worried about the sparkle effect 

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@Kim888 some swatches for you. I have medium skin/neutral undertones for reference:26F48F6B-9D28-45AA-BE01-4FEB15010115.jpeg




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I will do a couple swatches on my daughter and I tomorrow in natural light with some comps @Kim888. Sorry I did not get a notification πŸ™„ otherwise I would have done this today. Becca Opal is blinding compared to this.

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@eshoe I really like the LIVING PROOF - Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo

as well!  I didn't receive it in gratis like you did but I initially received a mini as a GWP and since then I've purchased a couple of the full size--I knew I'd want one as a backup!

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Backups are a great benchmark, @CookieGirl1 πŸ˜‰ 

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@eshoe you're selling me on the kaja!  I initially had purchased a bunch of cream stick highlighters thinking that it would be easy to throw on or take with me for a quick look... several attempts with a very distinct highlighter cheek line later, I buff it out with a sponge, which totally defeats the purpose of something that is easy to apply and go πŸ˜‚(Side note: starting this thread was the worst/best idea because my "next product to try" list has grown exponentially after seeing all the reviews in one place)

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Oooh I πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— my Kaja @cianni! I prefer a more natural as opposed to blinding highlighter for reference. I’ve tried applying it with a brush (the ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS - A23 Pro Brush – Large Tapered Blending Brushbut it barely shows up. As much as I prefer not to use fingerstip application, it’s what helps give this such a beautiful glow.


And yes. I hear ya. I want to buy every mask out there just to see what it’s like πŸ˜‚

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I love the LP triple detox too @eshoe πŸ˜Š

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Very few products help make my hair better, @faeriegirl, and this is one of them. Thank goodness my skin is more tolerant πŸ˜„

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I love this thread. I got a gratis a few months ago. I still use FRESH - Sugar Mint Rush Freshening Lip Treatment daily as its been amazing  


i initially loved FARMACY - Freshen Up All-Natural Deodorant It worked great until it got in the 90s. I’ll use it again when it cools down as it feels better and doesn’t irritate like my normal deodorant 

URBAN DECAY - Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette Still beautiful but I’m using the GoT palette more because that’s just my mood right now. 

My sister was given VIKTOR&ROLF - Flowerbomb Midnightdue to my allergies and she likes it. Not really a great description but that’s how she does. πŸ˜‚ TBH I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say she didn’t like a perfume  

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Cross Posting -

was also lucky enough to receive this gratis! Thank you so much @SephoraBIC, Sephora, GK, Shiseido, Lilah B, Kiehl’s, Drybar, and  Ouai !!!! I am so excited about trying all of these products - they are all new to me ! So I already tried a couple of the products because I can never wait to do that! 

1. I tried the SHISEIDO - WASO: Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask last night. It has a super clean and fresh scent sort of like a mild soap which is very relaxing. It is very lightweight and gel like in texture. It was on easily and absorbed fairly well - my skin was a bit tacky at first but within about 15 minutes it had fully absorbed. This morning my face felt moisturized and plumped. I would definitely use this again - it is going to be great for summer when some of my thicker sleep masks might be too much. 

2. DRYBAR - Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo today was a dry shampoo today and I always spray my hair the night before so it has time to absorb oil overnight. This does go on totally clear which is a huge plus for me as I have super dark hair so anything with a white powder shows up no matter how hard I try to let it absorb. This morning my hair did look less greasy so it did the job there. However, this product does not add any volume - my hair often gets a little flat when greasy so it is still looking a bit limp today. My hair did not have that powdery feeling dry shampoo often leaves behind though so another plus there

3. LILAH B. - Lovingly Lip Tinted Lip Oil - b.elegant so first let me say this shade is really lovely. Nudes can often wash me out but this is dark enough not to do so - it's the perfect work lip color for every day. It was a little bit thicker than I would expect  - it applies very evenly but it was a little hard to get enough on the wand -  I had to dip in a couple of times. I haven't been wearing it long enough to comment on wear time, but I would compare this to the nars velvet lip glide in terms of texture and feel on the lips. Overall it's comfortable to wear and doesn't feel drying, but I wouldn't call it a lip oil. 

4. KIEHL'S SINCE 1851 - Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream - I did not try this yet but it smells good. I love the brand so I am excited to try this out! I will come back with feedback!

5. OUAI - After Sun Body Soother - I did not try this yet but it's been on my list! I can't wait to try it after a day in the sun! It sounds like it will be great!!

6. IGK - Antisocial Overnight Bond-Building Dry Hair Mask- so I hadn't heard of this but I am so excited to try it out! I have super dry and frizzy hair that I try to avoid washing too much so this sounds like it's going to be my perfect product for in between days. I will deff come back and give a review once I try it out!!! 


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