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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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@WinglessOne sometimes I have to hunt on BIC to find and redownload a picture from the past. Glad you found yours!

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@WinglessOne  Nice gratis! The Sephora Cleansing Wipes are honestly so good. I have tried many non-Sephora ones and I keep coming back to them. I like almost all of them. My faves are coconut, watermelon, rose, yuzu (but only once a week or less because it can irritate my skin), and cucumber. 

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Thanks @PinkEvergreen ! The yuzu ones irritate my skin so much, I can’t use them at all. But I do also like the cucumber wipes a lot! I use the watermelon wipes just once in a while: they don’t tick my skin off as much as the yuzu ones, but they cause irritation if I use them frequently. 

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Ok, I have some thoughts on the gratis box I received on May 23:


Drybar Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo-I loved this, it cleaned my roots and gave them volume. The smell is heavenly, some sort of vanilla-y scent. I will buy for sure when I use up the can πŸ˜„


Shiseido Waso Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask-it stays tacky for a bit, then dries down. I wake up with a moisturized face and the texture is gel, so is perfect for the summer when its hot with the lightweight texture.


Lilah B Lovingly Lip Tinted Lip Oil in b elegant-its a nice nude color and goes on smoothly, smells good. Didn't stay on my dry lips long though. Texture was more of a liquid lip and is not much of an lip oil. I will keep using because its still lovely πŸ™‚


Kiehl's Since 1851 Calendula Serum Infused Water Cream-its goes on cold and is refreshing and the smell is nice. Texture reminded me of Belif's Aqua Bomb gel cream. Tried it a few times but came to the conclusion that it doesn't moisturize my dry skin enough and would be better suited for oily/combination type skin.


Ouai After Sun Body Smoother-will have to give review later because it's been winter in Northern Nevada and the warm weather hasn't showed up yet! So, I gotta be outside for awhile then test it lol


IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond Building Dry Hair Mask-tried it once so far, it has a strong smell. Didn't clean my roots as well as the Drybar, so I will need to test it out a few more times then make a final review πŸ™‚


So, once again thank you @TeamBIC for this wonderful opportunity to use these products and report back. I really appreciated getting the box of goodies and for feeling valued in this community. Thank you!!!!!!



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@twilightnicky That IGK product isn’t a dry shampoo, that may be why you are finding it’s not cleaning your roots as well. It’s basically a spray in hair treatment. 

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Whoops! I will re-try it keeping that in mind lol. Thanks!

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Hmm, I'm intrigued by the Kiehl's for summer usage since I tend towards oily, @twilightnicky. Thanks for the reviews!

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You’re welcome! Try to get a sample of it, I believe there’s a deluxe sample with purchase available right now. Hope it works out for you πŸ˜€

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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 :).

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@twilightnicky So many great items! Enjoy πŸ™‚



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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 1 oz/30 mL

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 5 oz/ 150 mL

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„’ 6.3 oz/ 180 g

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 Hair Mask 8 oz/ 237 mL

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:




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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