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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: @WinglessOne some scents are just too strong, sorry the f...

@WinglessOne oh nice!!

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

This is a great gratis, @WinglessOne!  I want o try the Four Sigmatic products some day! (I own a lot of supplements - it will be a while.)

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Thanks @curlychiquita ! I really wanted to try the hot cacao last winter but, for some reason, I forgot about it. I donโ€™t usually drink hot cocoa/cacao/chocolate when itโ€™s warm outside (yet Iโ€™ll still drink hot mochas) but this will be an exception. 

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Awesome swag bag! @WinglessOne 

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Thanks @l8totheparty !

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Dang, @WinglessOne, that's an AWESOME swag bag.

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Thanks @CookieGirl1!

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@WinglessOne This is such an awesome gratis. Iโ€™m all about that bum bum cream. The scent is perfect for summer!

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@trishavt  @PinkEvergreen  If the scent was muted by about 50%, itโ€™d be great for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ One night I tried using just a small amount after a pre-bed bath soak, but it was still too strongโ€”and it made my sheets smell overwhelmingly of Bum Bum Cream, so I had to wash them the next day. My sinuses couldnโ€™t handle it. I love that other folks like it, though. 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@trishavt  ...and Fall, Winter, and Spring. I slather it on all year round ๐Ÿ˜‚

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

I will gladly read your non-recent review @WinglessOne. Good, bad, and ugly, I want to hear it. Thanks for remembering all you did and sharing it!

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Thanks @ShortErica! Good thing I still had that photo from October, or Iโ€™d have forgotten which items were originally in the bag. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

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@WinglessOne sometimes I have to hunt on BIC to find and redownload a picture from the past. Glad you found yours!

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@WinglessOne  Nice gratis! The Sephora Cleansing Wipes are honestly so good. I have tried many non-Sephora ones and I keep coming back to them. I like almost all of them. My faves are coconut, watermelon, rose, yuzu (but only once a week or less because it can irritate my skin), and cucumber. 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Thanks @PinkEvergreen ! The yuzu ones irritate my skin so much, I canโ€™t use them at all. But I do also like the cucumber wipes a lot! I use the watermelon wipes just once in a while: they donโ€™t tick my skin off as much as the yuzu ones, but they cause irritation if I use them frequently. 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Ok, I have some thoughts on the gratis box I received on May 23:

 

Drybar Detox Clear Invisible Dry Shampoo-I loved this, it cleaned my roots and gave them volume. The smell is heavenly, some sort of vanilla-y scent. I will buy for sure when I use up the can ๐Ÿ˜„

 

Shiseido Waso Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask-it stays tacky for a bit, then dries down. I wake up with a moisturized face and the texture is gel, so is perfect for the summer when its hot with the lightweight texture.

 

Lilah B Lovingly Lip Tinted Lip Oil in b elegant-its a nice nude color and goes on smoothly, smells good. Didn't stay on my dry lips long though. Texture was more of a liquid lip and is not much of an lip oil. I will keep using because its still lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Kiehl's Since 1851 Calendula Serum Infused Water Cream-its goes on cold and is refreshing and the smell is nice. Texture reminded me of Belif's Aqua Bomb gel cream. Tried it a few times but came to the conclusion that it doesn't moisturize my dry skin enough and would be better suited for oily/combination type skin.

 

Ouai After Sun Body Smoother-will have to give review later because it's been winter in Northern Nevada and the warm weather hasn't showed up yet! So, I gotta be outside for awhile then test it lol

 

IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond Building Dry Hair Mask-tried it once so far, it has a strong smell. Didn't clean my roots as well as the Drybar, so I will need to test it out a few more times then make a final review ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So, once again thank you @TeamBIC for this wonderful opportunity to use these products and report back. I really appreciated getting the box of goodies and for feeling valued in this community. Thank you!!!!!!

 

 

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

@twilightnicky That IGK product isnโ€™t a dry shampoo, that may be why you are finding itโ€™s not cleaning your roots as well. Itโ€™s basically a spray in hair treatment. 

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Whoops! I will re-try it keeping that in mind lol. Thanks!

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Hmm, I'm intrigued by the Kiehl's for summer usage since I tend towards oily, @twilightnicky. Thanks for the reviews!

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Youโ€™re welcome! Try to get a sample of it, I believe thereโ€™s a deluxe sample with purchase available right now. Hope it works out for you ๐Ÿ˜€

Re: Gratis Check-Ins๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ‰

Great to hear your reviews, @twilightnicky! I completely agree with your thoughts on the Shiseido WASO: Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask. It's gently cooling - not to the point that it wakes me up before I have to bed, but nice and refreshing on warmer nights. I know I'm going to love it even more in the middle of summer! 

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