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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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Congrats on receiving this wonderful gratis @Loretta55!  I initially thought I was going to like Flamenco the best, but I have actually found myself reaching for Cha Cha Cha more.  Which do you prefer?

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I do not favor one over the other yet @mrsmouse . I like both colors. Next time I am in store I want to swatch the other colors especially Salsa.

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Congratulations to you on your gratis @Loretta55 ! 

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Thank you @Sunnysmom.

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A thank you and a gratis update. Tagging @naturalooks15  who I think wanted to know my updated thoughts on F-Balm. 

 

First: aww, thank you @TeamBIC  for the Valentine’s Day surprise! You know this lipstick junkie will absolutely put both of these to the test this weekend. For now, I can say the cherry scent surprised me but I’m not mad at it! While swatching, I kept sniffing the wand. Smiley Very Happy 

 

Also, love the handwritten note inside the card <3Also, love the handwritten note inside the card <3Can’t decide which one to try first.Can’t decide which one to try first.

Next: I’ve now used DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balmβ„’ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask enough times to say I’m underwhelmed. I’ve tried it at night with various facial oils, 2 different cream moisturizers, and on its own (no oil or cream underneath), plus once during the day applied after my usual AM Herbivore Emerald CBD + YTTP Superfood Moisturizer combo. It always feels like a hydrating splash of water when first applied; then it’s sticky for a while; and then it’s just kinda non-existent. It’s not moisturizing enough on its own for even my oily zone, let alone my dry zones. 

 

I’m grateful for the Sephora gratis and the lack of typical breakout/bad reaction I get with Drunk Elephant products. But the only way I get much benefit from F-Balm is by layering it over an oil and/or a cream moisturizer (which is kinda how DE meant for it to be used anyway, as a last step)β€”and even then, I don’t get nearly enough of a moisturizing boost for this product to earn a spot on my skincare carousel. 

 

Still, I’ll hold onto this bottle and try it again when temps warm up. I want to see if F-Balm performs better in much warmer weather. It’s no match for Chicago winter, not even one this mild compared to the deep freeze we normally get. For winter, ALGENIST - GENIUS Collagen Calming Relief is by far the more moisturizing product for my skin. I can’t use Calming Relief every day (it becomes a bit much for my oily zone) and probably won’t use it in summer, but my skin loves occasional use in colder weather. 

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Congrats on the Jelly Melt gratis @WinglessOne! Also, thank you for the additional thoughts on the F-Balm. My only experience with it was as a skincare first-aid of sorts in tandem with a few other products and it worked wonders. Other than that...it want hydrating enough for me. I would definitely set it aside, though. 

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Thanks @WinglessOne  interesting to see how different both our experiences are with F-Balm. I actually quite like it so far and it has helped curb the dry flaky skin I was getting for 2-3 days after using retinol so its effective for me (maybe won’t be in Chicago winter); our winter is not as harsh plus it’s been raining for last 2-3 weeks so env is humid here. I also haven’t tried the Algeinist Collagen relief so don’t have a comparison.

Congratulations, @WinglessOne! They swatch beautifully!

Congratulations, @WinglessOne! They swatch beautifully!

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Congratulations @WinglessOne. Pretty swatches! 

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Double congrats @WinglessOne! Thanks for your thoughts on the mask! Smiley Happy

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Congratulations lovely!! @WinglessOne 

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Congratulations and happy V-day @WinglessOne β€οΈπŸŒΉπŸ’„

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@WinglessOne Congratulations on receiving this gratis 

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Congrats on your new lippies @WinglessOne! πŸ™‚

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Congratulations, @WinglessOne , on the lippies!  πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–  Too bad the F-balm isn't working out for you.

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Congrats on receiving the fun lip tints, @WinglessOne!

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@WinglessOne  Congratulations! Can’t wait to see them on you!! Thank you for the update on the F balm!

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Congrats to you @WinglessOne , hoped you’d get these lippies to try too! πŸ€— Boo on the mask tho. No match for your cold Chicago winters for sure! Good to know on the Algenist. I haven’t tried it but will! 😘

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Congratulations on receiving this gratis @WinglessOne.

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Congratulations on receiving the Valentine's Day Gift, @WinglessOne !

Happy Valentine's Day!  

Thanks for the review on DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balmβ„’ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask .

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@WinglessOne   Thanks for the review on the F-Balm.  I’m kinda hoping for a sample of it cause I want to try it but the more and more I hear about it the less attractive it’s sounding.  So far the closest thing I can imagine it being similar to to the Belif aqua bomb where it’s nice and watery at first and then disappears.  

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