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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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@mrsmouse Congratulations! I came so close to picking this up during Ulta's last big hair sale event because it gets amazing reviews. I was kind of kicking myself afterward that I didn't so I'll be anxious to hear what you think of it. :-).

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@CookieGirl1 I love and use this product and have gifted it to others on BIC. 

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@SportyGirly125 I've really seen very few negative reviews on it but it's nice to hear your feedback as well because I'm always jealous of how great YOUR hair looks in the pics that you post.  You and @gonerogue both have gorgeous hair! 

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@CookieGirl1 Awww thank you 😊 @gonerogue really has great hair. 

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Thanks @CookieGirl1!  I try to steer clear of any reviews of gratis products as I want to formulate my own opinion without any outside influence.  I did look at the directions and it seems there are two ways to use it (on damp hair & on dry hair), so I'd like to try both before reporting back.  I am really excited to try it out & will certainly let you know.  Smiley Happy

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@mrsmouse 

That sounds awesome! Enjoy! 

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Thanks @GG84Smiley Happy

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@mrsmouse  Congratulations!! This sounds amazing. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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Thanks @ather!  I am going to give it a go this weekend and I'll report back.  Smiley Happy

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I have been using and loving ❀️❀️❀️ ALGENIST - GENIUS Collagen Calming Relief. I’ve mainly been using it as a nighttime moisturizer and mixing  it with Blume Meltdown. I did use it on its own twice to see how it performed as the solo star in my skincare line up - but had a little zit pop up around my hairline from not washing my sunscreen off properly so ultimately decided to add Meltdown into the mix. It’s great for my always dry skin but I don’t think I could use it in the morning. It’s a bit too rich to go under my medium coverage foundation. Will absolutely purchase this gem when the gratis runs out. Algenist is always a win with me! 

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@GG84  I’m so happy you love this!! That’s so great! 

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I've been hearing a lot of good things about this @GG84, and since I'm a big Algenist fan it's definitely one I will be picking up and trying out.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts!  Smiley Happy

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Wanted to give some updates on the last gratis. 

DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balmβ„’ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask - So I have been using this pretty consistently since I received it - about 2 pumps a night as the last step in my skincare. I do think it's giving a little boost of extra hydration which is nice in these winter months and it plays well with my other night time skin care products. It absorbs pretty fast. However, I'm not sure I would really miss this if I didn't have it - like the extra hydration is nice, but I'm not sure it would be noticeable enough if I weren't paying attention. 

LANEIGE - Hypoallergenic Cica Sleeping Mask - I'm actually surprised how much I like this.  I haven't found their other sleep masks to be anything special for my dry skin, but this has a much more cream like texture and it absorbs and delivers really nice hydration for me. My skin looked really plumped on the mornings after I used it and felt really hydrated. I know some people had reactions so test patch but it worked for me. 

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@Kim888  Too bad you didn’t love the f balm. But I’m glad you liked the sleeping mask

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@Kim888 I'm loving both of these products as well!! 

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I have tried the drunk elephant f balm mask a couple of times and I don’t have an opinion on it. It doesn’t seem to do much, honestly. Coincidentally, I received a bunch of drunk elephant samples last month β€” the pink glycolic acid, the face wash, the light pink moisturizer and the orange eye cream. 

ive purchased the framboos glycolic acid before and didn’t repurchase because I didn’t see any results after finishing the bottle β€” and I bought the large size bottle!  It was around the same time I discovered good genes which I did see results with so I just kept purchasing gg. 

Since I have the whole suite of drunk elephant skincare I thought I’d start with f balm first. I just don’t really notice a difference. And now that I’m not pregnant my super dry skin seems to have corrected itself. So I can’t say how this performs on dry skin. Just combination skin. 

I feel like I’m missing out since I know so many people love drunk elephant and especially the glycolic acid. I just don’t see any difference. I love the baby skin peel though. I have to go back and see if I can use it while I’m nursing because that stuff is amazing!

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@itscarin  I think different things work for different people. So as long as you find something that works good for you then that’s all that counts. 

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@itscarin I understand where you're coming from!  I've tried several DE products and while I haven't had any negative experiences with any of it I also haven't noticed any "good" results either.  I guess I should be happy because NOT buying DE saves me money but I'm a little jealous of all of the people who swear that it does wonders for them.

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You aren’t alone, @itscarin. TLC is amazing for my skin but GG and Framboos didn’t make much of a difference. Retinols also do not work for me, though they do for so many others. Goes to show just how unique each person’s skin can beπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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@itscarin Sometimes I feel like people are either lactic or glycolic acid people - the TLC works so well for me but I used an entire bottle of the Good Genes once just to see what the hype was and I felt like it did nothing for me 

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Following up on the Gratis received: 

I used LANEIGE - Hypoallergenic Cica Sleeping Mask for 5 nights. I had no reaction the first night, I broke out in hives the second - fifth. I needed to make certain it was the product I had an allergy to. The only thing I did different on night 1 was first applied HERBIVORE - Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil so it might have acted as a barrier which may explain why I didn’t get hives. Unfortunately I don’t think I can continue on with this product. 

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