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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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This is very convenient and an amazing idea @cianni! I think you deserve some bonus gratis for getting this started! Smiley Happy

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LOL @ShortErica I actually have a couple things on the way in the near future that I can’t wait to share!! I think I know what one is but no idea about the other. I’m the worst person for surprises, I’m so impatient!! But also so so grateful that brands and Sephora allow us to test some great new products! It’s definitely turned me on to a few things that I probably never would have even thought twice about

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@cianni were you the one trying BENEFIT COSMETICS - They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara? I had been liking it a lot and then it was flaking on me a bit. The reason this comes to mind is a mascara is supposedly being sent my way. As mascara is probably my number one makeup product, I'm super pumped! I always admire your lashes so I think Sephora would be smart sending mascara your way as well. Just my two cents. Smiley Happy

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@ShortErica Yeah! I’m just finishing up my trial of NARS - Climax Mascara

now. Which is just in time for the mascara gratis which I’m guessing is what’s gonna arrive tomorrow based on package weight. I’ll hold off with the benefit because I’m really interested in trying the newness, I’m very curious to see if it’ll dethrone my beloved TOO FACED - Better Than Sex Mascara. Plus it’s probably a FS in the gratis, and I normally only buy minis to avoid half a tube drying out, so I’ll also have a tracker to see how many uses till it dried out/stopped performing as well. FYI - the climax is just ok. I like the brush but find to get really full and dark lashes, you need a bunch of coats and willingness/time to clean up everything on the lid. I’ll use it but won’t repurchase it. It’s also one of the only mascaras I’ve tried recently that even with all my cleansing oils and removers and skincare, I STILL wake up with mascara induced raccoon eyes!

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I tried the Better Than Sex in a lashstash. I was honestly not expecting much because it seems to have love or hate reviews. It was actually the lowest rated in the kit. It flaked on me occasionally but generally was pretty good. I wouldn't say it's my favorite but I would use it if I had it. Thanks for the heads up about the NARS @cianni. It just doesn't sound worth the trouble.

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@cianni  Thanks for making this thread! I keep forgetting to update my own gratis thread, though I think there are just 2 products I haven’t reviewed there yet. But I also have earlier gratis items I can provide updates on. I’ll do that sometime this week. Smiley Happy 

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s gratis review updates! 

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 Can’t wait! I love your in-depth reviews, they really help me make decisions @WinglessOne πŸ€— that being said....... I have been avoiding my MAC counter like the plague because I’m scared of falling in love with the liptensitys now that I know they’re potentially discontinued, but I’m thinking I’m going to cave and pick up Toast and Butter and Ginger Rose πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ 

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Thanks @cianni! ☺️ I’m gonna go full enabler and say YES, definitely buy those 2 shades before they’re gone! πŸ™‚ 

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Great idea, @cianni!  I know that I really appreciate seeing follow-up reviews from the gratis that other people receive and having a dedicated thread will make it so convenient to view everything at once.

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Thanks for creating this post @cianni ! It makes it so much more convenient to view all the reviews in one place! I do have one coming up but won't get to it until I return

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Great idea @cianni! Love it!

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Thank you! @eshoe πŸ€— i Can never remember who reviewed what and when, so much easier to have everything in one place 

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This is a great thread idea. 😊 I got a couple offers of gratis this month so I’ll have to remember to come back here after they arrive.

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@HunterKathleen Same! Can’t wait to see what everything is 😍😍

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Great idea, @cianni ! I'll round up the gratis I've been lucky to receive and do a check up soon 😊 

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Awesome thread idea @cianni!

 

Clean Sephora skincare bundle- I still use and love the eye cream and face wash. The glow pads, serum, and all day hydrator did not work out for me but my daughter loves them. She has oily skin that isn’t sensitive like mine and she said they work great for her and is already hinting she would like me to purchase more when she runs out.

 

Multi brand gratis package- 

Urban Decay reloaded is a great versatile palette I love it.

Farmacy freshen up deodorant is great. It lasts all day and the mint scent is nice and not overwhelming.

Ole Henriksen banana bright primer is another love. The smell is great and it definitely helps my makeup last longer.

Fresh sugar mint rush lip balm is great. It definitely helps keep my lips hydrated and it smells nice.

Viktor and Rolf midnight flowerbomb smells nice. It’s not my favorite but I do still wear it occasionally.

Glamglow super toner was too much for my skin so I gave it to my sister and she loves it. I am just not a fan of toner and don’t ever use it.

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I still need to try that Banana Primer from OH. Glad to hear you're enjoying it, @faeriegirl!

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@quspork  The Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer is a keeper in my opinion. It goes on so easily and makes my skin glow. Hope you enjoy it 😊

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@faeriegirl  Thanks for your review! I have been on the fence about the farmacy deodorant and I think you sold me on it!! 

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@ather I had been wanting to switch to a natural deodorant for a long time and this one worked so well. I also really like Kopari. The regular and gardenia scents are great. I usually rotate between the three depending on how I want to smell😊

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@faeriegirl  that’s so cute!! The smell definitely helps! I tried the tarte one and it didn’t work for me. 

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