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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.

The Gratis Thread πŸ›πŸŽ‰

So. ...with my picky skin, I dip into new skincare at a snail's pace. I used the 1nkey Sea Kelp about a week ago, one pump. It was a bit hard to spread because, it soaked in almost immediately. It does have a scent but faint & goes away almost immediately. I applied my moisturizer as usual & that was that. No adverse effect. No worries. 😏 Cool. I waited a bit & used it 2 days ago, this time 2 pumps & used all HG moisturizers/cleansers. The 2 pumps were more like itπŸ‘ This time, I'm sad to say I woke up with something & I know it's not purging. I NEVER break out here or there (a second spot decided to join in this morning)😳Not sure what my skin is not liking, the ingredients list is short & I don't have sensitive skin 🀷 I don't see this as a total bust though, this experience as made me curious to add a serum into my routine to increase my cell turnover & thanks to Sephora promos/samples. I have alot to choose from! Thank you @TeamBIC again, love trying out new products, even if my skin is not game. πŸ˜… for reference or in case anyone's curious, I'm oily, acne prone (still!πŸ˜’)

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Oh good to know @sonnydee , I’ve only tried this one once so far. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on it once I start using. Hopefully you find some other winners in your gratis package!

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I was lucky enough to recieve this Gratis opportunity from Sephora and @TeamBIC to test out as well!  

I tried out the Good Dye Young's Hair Primer on Friday.  I put it in my damp hair Thursday night and let it dry overnight (as I normally do).  To be honest, it had a lovely scent going on, but I didn't really notice anything different than usual.  I'm purposely trying to give this product a few tests before breaking into the Briogeo's Honey Bear Mask. But dang... that mask sure smells amazing!  I will say that the Bumble and Bumble primer I normally use is 37$ for 250ml and this is 33 for 150ml.  I do enjoy the BB scent as well.  We'll see if this has any change in my hair after a week or so of use.

I also tried out the Briogeo's tea tree oil deodorant.  I typically wear a clinical formula from Dove or Secret, but have been curious about the more natural deodorants. I tossed my regular deodorant in my purse Friday just in case this ended in disaster.  Disaster averted.  While I'm not huge on Tea Tree as a scent, it wasn't as obvious as I though it might be once applied.  The directions say to apply twice a day.  Does anyone apply twice a day?  I'm not super active with exercise so this will be more of a wear test for those of us who are lazy?

The Tom Ford highlighter is way too dark for my skin tone, and I'm not a big highlighter gal to start off with.  I was thinking I might try it out as bit of a wash on my eyes?  I was thinking maybe a body highlight during the summer, but as someone who wears SPF like I own stock in it... we'll have to see.

The Inkey kelp serum will be tested out as soon as I'm done one of my current serums. I know some people wear a dozen at a time, but I'm a 2-3 in a day kinda gal.  

Thanks again @TeamBIC , @briogeo , @GoodDyeYoung , @TheINKEYList , @tomfordbeauty !  I'm looking forward to giving these all a good go round!

IMG_4529.jpgI always love the wrapping!IMG_4532.jpgSo excited to try these all out more!

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Thanks for the brief rundown, @missjeanie.  Good to hear that the tea tree in the deodorant isn't overly strong--I know that a lot of people actually enjoy the scent but it definitely isn't a fav of mine.  And I want to smell the Briogeo honey mask!  My SiJCP doesn't have it but next time I go to a flagship store I really want to check it out.  Gotta admit it, the packaging is so cute!  Congrats on your gratis Smiley Happy.

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Thanks @CookieGirl1 !  I haven't even used the Briogeo honey mask yet, but I can smell it whenever I walk by the bottle!

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I'm almost done with my current deodorant @missjeanie. I'm curious how I'll handle the tea tree since I definitely didn't like the tea tree scent in face masks. I found the with the farmacy that I felt like I needed more by mid-day but at the price, applying twice a day gets expensive fast. It was good to try but not a purchase for me. I'm eager to compare the briogeo. Nice thinking on the backup deodorant! Smiley Happy

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I'm not a fan of Tea Tree either @ShortErica , when I first put it on, I can really smell it, but after a minute the scent is gone for me.  I'm not sold on a switch over yet, but I'll give it this tube a shot.  Maybe if this one isn't quite the one, I'll give another natural one a shot?  We'll see how I'm feeling once I get towards the end of this one.  I'm going to be curious to see how you like this one comparatively. 

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Ooo that’s very smart of you to bring a backup deodorant in case the Briogeo didn’t work out. It’s good to hear it ended well and that the scent fades! I only apply deodorant once a day as well. If I do find I sweat a lot, it ends up being too late in the day for me to reapply (eg. on my way home already). @missjeanie 

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Both of the days I felt the Briogio was starting to fail I was already home from work thankfully @Guessgal .  One day I went and snowblower the driveway and after that the deodorant was pretty much non existant. I might try bumping up to twice a day. But it’ll be an odd habit to start I think lol

Congrats!❀❀I've noticed at least with the Farmacy natural...

Congrats!❀❀I've noticed at least with the Farmacy natural deodorant, you apply more than once a day. i haven't tried the Briogeo yet. But i also live in Florida so there's that.....πŸ– @missjeanie

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Oh wow, Florida loving sounds amazing today @sonnydee ! I had to snowblow my driveway this morning before I could leave for work! 
move been using once a day in the morning, and so far it’s been ok on most days, but if I’m doing anything other than just office work, I think I need the twice a day. Turns out I’m a sweaty mess when shoveling/blowing snow! 

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@missjeanie @Congratulations on receiving this gratis

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Thanks @SportyGirly125 , I’ve been having fun testing this week!

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wow! You guys are so lucky to get gifts/gratis from Sephora! How do you get them? Do you need to earn points or spend a certain amount? Hopeful to know more about these. Would be so glad to get one too in the future.

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@RosieJ18 You get chosen for the gratis from the Sephora team. 

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Congrats on the gratis @missjeanie  looks like some really good products to try. 

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Congratulations on all those goodies! Enjoy πŸ’…πŸ’…πŸ’—

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Congratulations on receiving this awesome gratis @missjeanie. I only use one serum at a time. My BA has me using a routine that is new to me to get a couple of skin issues under control.

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Sometimes more simple can be better @Loretta55 !

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Totally agree @missjeanie .

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