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The Gratis Thread ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

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 Iโ€™ve been finding that while itโ€™s easy to initially post about receiving it and initial reviews, itโ€™s not as easy to follow up! 

 

I thought maybe we could have a dedicated thread to follow-ups and reviews with products weโ€™ve received after weโ€™ve been using them for a while, especially because itโ€™s sometimes hard to find the original thank you and first impressions threads.

Re: The Gratis Thread ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@MissPuff Love reading your thoughts! Thanks for sharing!

Best,
Rebecca

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@MissPuff Just popping in to say that this post added the tickle highlighter to my cart for the sale tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks for the review !!

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Congrats on your gratis @MissPuff - Shu hair products ๐Ÿ’—โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿคฉ!!!! No surprise that was a love for you. Enjoy!

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@MissPuff Thanks for sharing! Both highlighters look beautiful on you.

 

awesome gratis!! @MissPuff

awesome gratis!! @MissPuff

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congrats @MissPuff and thanks for your thoughts - particularly on the avocado melt!

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First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on the gratis! Secondly, both of the highlighters look REALLY good on you @MissPuff. Of the two, I also prefer Tickle. 

 

I have never used retinol before because of my sensitive skin, so I was worried about using the Glow Recipe Eye Mask too. I have only used a few times, but I am also happy to report that I haven't had any issues or reactions. No dramatic results either, but I wouldn't expect any after only a few uses.

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@MissPuff   Congratulations!

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Congratulations, @MissPuff !

The highlighters do look lovely on you!  Thank you for the swatches!

 

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Congrats on the gratis! What lip color are you wearing in the first photo? It's really pretty. <333

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@PenelopeBT  thank you! It's MAC Love Me Lipstick - Maison Rouge!

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@MissPuff Ooh those look amazing on you!

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Congrats on this fantastic gratis @MissPuff!  I am really loving the highlighters on you!

 

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@MissPuff, I love how the Cookie highlighters look on you!

Re: The Gratis Thread ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Congratulations, @MissPuff !  The highlighters look great on you, especially Tickle!

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Update on gratis: Too Faced Damn Girl! 24-Hour Mascara 0.43 oz/ 12.7 mL

 

I've used this for 3 months. In the beginning, I would get an occasional flake but generally no worries about flakes or smudges. I've rotated between a couple mascaras and anytime I wear something else and then this, I can really appreciate the volume it gives.

 

The mascara and workouts can be a bit of a battle. Mascara vs. normal sweaty Erica means the mascara holds up. Mascara vs. super sweaty Erica means if I touch my eyes it will come off some but doesn't get crazy like raccoon eyes. Mascara vs. super sweaty + wearing sunglasses Erica means the mascara rubs off on the sunglasses and gets on my face. I guess having semi-long lashes isn't always a good thing.

 

The wand is unwieldy. Yet even with small wands I can make a mess especially with the lower lashes. My mascara philosophy is put it on then do some touch-ups with a q-tip. But if you don't want to clean up, the wand might be a bit overbearing.

 

4 out of 5 stars. I don't know if I would buy a full size. I currently have a stash of minis to use and don't need to buy any mascara. But if this was part of a Sephora lash stash in the future when I did need a mascara restock, I'd be more than happy to use it again.

Re: The Gratis Thread ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Great review @ShortErica I stopped using Too Faced Damn Girl! 24-Hour Mascara 0.43 oz/ 12.7 mL

about a month in. It didnโ€™t hold up for me during my normal daily commute (I do about 22 000 steps) and when Iโ€™d take my sunglasses off to meet with my next client Iโ€™d find myself running to a mirror first to make sure to wipe away flakes. 

It was also rather clumpy and not in a way I could fix. It just comes down to personal preference. 

I do work in a more creative field where I can get away with heavy make up however I tend to let my hair do the talking and make up take a back seat. 

I wouldnโ€™t purchase but am thankful for being able to try it. 

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Thanks @GG84! The mascara and sunglasses combo was no good. Thanks for adding your experience with it. I enjoy trying mascaras and was happy Sephora sent this gratis my way.

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@ShortErica  I really like the volumizing effect that it gives, though I found that I would get tiny mascara smudges on the tops of my eyelids once in a while. I think this particular mascara would maybe work better for me in the fall/winter when it's less hot. 

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Hopefully the change in weather will help @PrettyPaint!

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Thank you for the update @ShortErica. I did not receive the mascara as gratis plus I missed ordering the sample when it was offered as a GWP so I purchased it. I am not happy with the size of the wand and unfortunately it smudges every time I use it under my eyes. This will not be a repurchase.

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