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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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Hi, friends! I wanted to update on the hair products from my last two gratis packages:

 

BRIOGEO - Don't Despair, Repair!β„’ Honey Moisture Deep Conditioning Mask

- A favorite!  I've purchased the regular version before and like this version even better.

 

AMIKA - Reset Cooling Gel Conditioner

-  Nice.  I have very thick hair.  It  claims it doesn't wear hair down and it doesn't.  I can use a little weighing down, though.  This is nice and I'll certainly finish it.  I have a friend with thin hair who would love it.

 

VIRTUE LABS - The Perfect Ending Split End Serum

- I used it all over, not just on my ends.  I like it but I like my VIRTUE LABS - Recovery Conditioner more.  For a leave in, I like my KΓ©RASTASE - Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum (which I use as a leave in).

 

GOOD DYE YOUNG - Prime Color Kind Hair Primer

- Not good but not bad.  There's a flaw in the black paper packaging.  If my hands are wet when I spray it on wet hair, the black ink of the label comes off on my hands.  You can see it on the packaging in the 2nd picture.  I don't want ink on my hands while trying to style my hair.  I've used it three times and I'm not going to use it again.

 

Thanks, Sephora!

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Good reminder about the Kerastase @curlychiquita! πŸ’— I need to put that somewhere within eye sight. 

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I went ahead and used AMIKA - Reset Clarifying Gel Shampooand AMIKA - Reset Cooling Gel Conditionerway ahead of when I thought I would. I do love the scent on these products. I'll also note the conditioner had more of a foam consistentcy the first time I used it, this time it was more of a gel that expands a bit after dispensing. I still enjoy both of these products, and my hair was not dry feeling at all! Also continually usingVIRTUE LABS - The Perfect Ending Split End Serumit does a nice job on repairing my ends, would I repurchase at 40$? No not for the amount of product that comes in that bottle. Maybe more like $28 range imo 

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What I thought would be a never-ending search for a red lipstick that suited me (i.e., didn't turn fuschia on me) has come to an end, thanks to @TeamBIC and GUCCI - Rouge Γ  LΓ¨vres Satin Lipstick - 25 Goldie Red. The art deco - like design on the packaging is absolutely beautiful, the satiny cream formulation goes on oh-so-smoothly and wears comfortably, and the color, well, it's just stunning! I've been giddy with how well is looks, feels and wears. Thank you TeamBIC and Gucci to introducing me to my red. Smiley Happy 

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@itsfi  Beautiful picture!!

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Thank you @ather! πŸ€— Taking pics for posts here has turned into a bit of a creative outlet for me. πŸ’–

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What a great pic @itsfi! Glad you found a red that works for you! Smiley Happy

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Thank you @veronika23! πŸ€— It was a very kind and generous gratis. β™₯️ I wouldn’t have tried this red but for that. After trying this one, I’m sure I’ll be looking into the other colors and formulations when they hit the stores. 

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@itsfi I completely agree with you!! This is the most beautiful color, and it applies with perfection,, love the formula

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@lmaster I’ve seen your pics with this red and it looks amazing on you! ❀️

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Awwwww thanks! @itsfi πŸ˜Š

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Wow @itsfi, fabulous photo and even better that it's a perfect match for you. Guess this answers my question about which item you've been loving! 

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Thank you @eshoe. πŸ˜ƒ The mask was for a masquerade themed gala I attended years ago and I will use the combo of the mask and Gucci lippie for a masquerade casino night a friend is hosting for a fundraiser. 

I’ve been loving all the lip products πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’. The Amika clarifying shampoo arrived at the perfect time - I needed to pick one up soon but hadn’t decide what to pick up.

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@itsfi ,

Congratulations on finding Your Shade!  Smiley Happy

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Thank you @tsavorite! πŸ€— The reds-that-turned-fuschia all went into a box with other lippie shades that didn’t work for me and every once in a while I’d mix colors to see if I could get a combination to work for me. 

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@itsfi  You have most definitely piqued my interest, as I have a huge problem with reds turning fuschia. Let me know please if you decide to try one of the other formulations because I’m not sure which one I should order. And I wonder whether the color would vary greatly across formulations. Such a beautiful shade πŸ’–

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@PrettyPaint, you too?! I’m sorry you also experience reds turning fuschia. πŸ˜” Good call on the change in formulation possibly varying the color. Hmmmm... I’m going to think about this more. Of the two other formulations, sheer and matte, which one would you be more interested in? I don’t think Sephora has them in store at them moment but if I’m feeling bold, I may brave the crowds next week to see if one of the department stores downtown does.

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@itsfi  Wow, you are super brave. I'm not a big crowds person. Smiley Happy

 

That's a good question. I'm not sure which formula I'm most interested in to be honest. I was thinking matte, as long as it's not too dry of a matte. Does the satin version require a lip liner and have you noticed any migration with it? That's the main reason I was thinking that the matte may be nice (I sometimes struggle with red shades not staying within the lip line as much as I would like). The satin formula sounds really comfortable, though.

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@itsfi I love this pic! it's so glam!

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Aww, thank you @averylayne. You’re so sweet! πŸ˜ƒ 

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@itsfi, I'm glad I you love it on you!

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