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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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@RNGesusPls ,

I seriously love the Dobby GIF!  Socks! 

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Thanks @tsavorite ! It's the weekend and Dobby is freee

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@RNGesusPls  I am loving those socks so very much! Smiley Happy Congrats!

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Thanks @PrettyPaint !

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@RNGesusPls seriously this is the cutest BIC gear. So lucky, are you Smiley Wink

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Thanks @eshoe ! I wonder if this is why they created the BIC gear ideas thread that one time!

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Congratulations @RNGesusPls what a great surprise to get. These socks are just adorable. Happy anniversary @TeamBIC  

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Thanks @fatimamummy !

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Congratulations @RNGesusPls! Those socks are so cute!โค๏ธ

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Thanks @faeriegirl ! They really are, and the note on it is as well!

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Iโ€™ve already posted on the specific Peter Thomas Roth mask thread, but I really like this central gratis spot that you started, @cianni, so Iโ€™m cross-posting here ๐Ÿ‘

   

Many thanks for the gratis, @SephoraBIC and @peterthomasroth! It was a lovely surprise on my doorstep ๐Ÿ˜Š Canโ€™t wait to dive in. 

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PETER THOMAS ROTH - Mask Mashup

Was the awesome gratis!! Thank you so much @peterthomasroth @@TeamBIC  

I used the PETER THOMAS ROTH - Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme Detoxifying Hydrator

Spoiler
This was the first time I've ever used this mask. It had a faint cucumber scent with a jelly texture. I noticed how soothing it is as I was applying it. Left it on for 20 minutes and rinsed with cool water. My skin felt refreshed and more moisturized. 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

A few more updates: 
 
FRESH - Soy Face Cleanser - โŒ Iโ€™ve used it nightly for a week, and now I remember why I didnโ€™t like it in October. It makes my whole face feel weirdly greasy... eh, โ€œgreasyโ€ isnโ€™t quite the right word... it leaves my skin coated in something I wanna wash off. For folks with very dry skin all over their faceโ€”no oily zoneโ€”this stuff might be great! But my combo skinโ€™s not sure what to make of it. My oily zone feels even more oily (greasy!) right after I use this cleanser, and my dry zones feel somewhere between moisturized and oily. By the time I added FAB AHA or The Ordinary Buffet and my YTTP Superfood moisturizer, my dry zones felt clammy and my oily zone was ridiculous. I thought maybe Soy Face Cleanser wasnโ€™t cutting through my sunscreen, hence the residue, so I followed up with micellar water. Any Coola tinted matte sunscreen residue shouldโ€™ve appeared on my bamboo round. But nothing showed up, and my face still felt yucky. A few nights later, I noticed a few new tiny bumps on my jaw, right under both ears. Not a terrible reaction, but why keep using something that causes any reaction at all? So nope, I wonโ€™t use the rest of the tube. 
 
KAJA - Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick in Too Hot - ๐Ÿ’š I still love it. Took it on my April cruise and my lips were happy to have it in the Caribbean heat. Itโ€™s glossy and just pigmented enough to work for casual days and fancy dress up events, and itโ€™s a good companion for bold eye looks. It wears down quickly during coffee/water drinks, but I expect that from any balm-like product, plus itโ€™s very comfy. I keep it in my purse/bag. Even when I leave home wearing a different lipstick, sometimes I apply this Heart Melter instead of reapplying the other lipstick. 
 
MARC JACOBS FRAGRANCES - Daisy Love Eau So Sweet - โŒ Definitely too sweet for me. Cotton candy in a big bowl of confectioners sugar sweet. Not that thereโ€™s anything wrong with that for folks who love sweet fragrances. Iโ€™m just not one of them. Smiley Happy I wore this on one arm for about 4 hours before I finally had to wash it off; my nose and sinuses couldnโ€™t take it any longer. On a positive note, it seems to be long lasting! 
 
KATE SOMERVILLE - Liquid ExfoliKateยฎ Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment - โŒ Despite successfully patch testing this for weeks before using it on my whole face earlier this year, it dried my skin out thanks to its honey content. I didnโ€™t like how it left my face feeling gummy and tight. And I learned from a dermatologist that this stuff has the wrong pH (โ€œitโ€™s close, but not quite there,โ€ he said) for good AHA exfoliation. The 10% AHA exfoliation serum I currently use is much better for my skin. One positive thing Iโ€™ll say: at least Liquid ExfoliKate didnโ€™t cause a super bad reaction, unlike regular ExfoliKate. 

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@WinglessOne  The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is a pass for me, too. Iโ€™ve tried several samples and my skin just doesnโ€™t feel clean or balanced afterward. I thought I would like it because I prefer to use gentle cleansers, but this doesnโ€™t work for me. 

 

Thanks for your thoughts on the other products! ๐Ÿ˜Š

RE: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

I was so excited when I was chosen to try this product before it was released. I have now had it for over a week and have used it daily. I. LOVE. IT. It claims 24 hour wear and at first I was actually quite skeptical because Iโ€™ve never had good luck when Iโ€™ve had the misfortune of falling asleep with my mascara on. So the idea of actually leaving it on overnight ON PURPOSE was a little intimidating. But itโ€™s actually been fine! I woke up with nary a flake and no itchy eyes! I wear contacts and have very sensitive eyes but this doesnโ€™t bother them at all. It delivers volume and lift without weight or clumps. Iโ€™m shocked. I truly love it. It even gets all of my tiny little bottom lashes. I will be purchasing it in the future!

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@AJLClough this looks great on you!

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@AJLClough Your lashes look so long and beautiful! Happy that you were able to test this out and share your great review with us! 

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@AJLClough ,

I'm glad to hear how much you loved the D*mn Girl! Mascara!

congrats!! @AJLClough

congrats!! @AJLClough

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@AJLClough  Thanks for your review! Looking forward to trying this ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Congratulations on your gratis @AJLClough! It looks great on you!