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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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@WinglessOne 

Do you patch test on your face or arm? I’m going to do that with the remainder of the gratis. 

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@GG84  I usually start patch testing on either my arm, neck, or jaw (near my ear), and I test for 1-2 weeks (or longer, if I’m only using the product 1-2 times a week). With this cica mask, I’m starting with my wrist and inner arm. If I have no bad reaction within a week, I’ll move the test up to either my neck or jaw. If no bad reaction there within a week, I’ll try the mask on my whole face. 

 

I haven’t done anything with the FAB arnica mask yet; that’s the one I’m most worried about, after reading its ingredients. That might be a longer patch test for me. 

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@WinglessOne 

Yes the coconut concerns me along with a few other ingredient. I think I’ll go with the DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balmβ„’ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask next. Thanks for the tips! 

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Feedback on one of the products from my recent gratis package (thank you Sephora!): 

 

ALGENIST - GENIUS Collagen Calming ReliefCross-posting from another thread:

 

I used this on 2 consecutive nights; one was a retinol night. Algenist calls this a β€œtreatment” but, as thick and moisturizing as it is, it could probably be used as an overnight mask. As with all new-to-me products, I read and researched the ingredients to decide if 1) I can/should use this at all and 2) I should patch test it first. This stuff seemed to contain no bad or iffy stuff for my skinβ€”not even fragranceβ€”so I went straight to full face use. It kinda feels like spreading a L’Occitane shea butter hand cream on my face; it’s that thick. I almost didn’t put my usual moisturizer (YTTP Superfood) over it, but it felt slightly tacky and I thought it might need that additional seal-in layer. It did play nice with my moisturizer.

 

In the morning, my face felt quite moisturized, even after my AM wash. To test Algenist’s β€œcalming relief” claim, I didn’t use Herbivore Emerald CBD oil on either night and instead relied on this stuff to handle inflammation/irritation, including the patch of damaged skin I’m babying. This treatment seemed to do the job well. I’m impressed! Not sure I could use this in warmer weather, but it’ll definitely stay in my winter routine for occasional use. 

 

Products I used with Calming Relief:

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4A270CDB-F8CA-4A31-BB21-E9619E0689B4.jpegPM routine, Jan. 23: retinol night + the return of Raw Sauce + testing Algenist gratis from Sephora.81E8B222-C6BC-4F43-9CC7-D45A27B78431.jpegPM routine, Jan 24: second test of Algenist gratis from Sephora.
YTTP Superfood Moisturizer is in the teal airless vacuum pump jar (with the green owl sticker). I always decant that moisturizer to that reusable jar. 

I’ve also used DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balmβ„’ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask, but only on one night. I want to use it a few more times before passing final judgment. For now, I’ll say It felt very hydrating when first applied, then felt kinda sticky/tacky for 3 hours. My skin felt pretty good then next morning. Best of all, my skin didn’t react badly to it; other Drunk Elephant products haven’t played nice with my face (one beat me up pretty bad and stole my lunch money... glaring at you, Pekee Bar), so this alone is a big score for F-Balm. Smiley Happy 

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@WinglessOne  I love that added other products you used it with. I think it’s super helpful 

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Thanks for the detailed review @WinglessOne 

have you done ingredient compare between DE & Algenist by any chance?

if you would have to pick one as your overnight mask after retinol or 20-25% exfoliation (babyfacial), which one would you pick? No rush πŸ˜€ I will wait to hear your thoughts on these after you have had some more time to test the DE F-Balm.

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@naturalooks15  I haven’t done a direct comparison, but F-Balm is mostly about hydration/moisturization with lots of emollient and moisturizing ingredients, vs. Cica Sleep Mask’s anti-irritation/barrier-building claims. I just started patch testing the Cica mask this morning on my wrist and inner arm because I’m not sure my face can handle the combo of geranium oil, lemongrass oil, and tea tree oil. (I can do tea tree occasionally, in small amounts, but adding the 2 other essential oils to the mix is iffy for me.) In a week, if I have no bad reaction, I’ll move the patch test up to my neck or jaw before deciding whether or not to try the mask on my whole face. 

 

My one test of F-Balm was done on a retinol night so, for now, I’d pick that over the Cica mask. Smiley Happy But we’ll see how my face likes the Cica mask in a couple weeks. I’ll also get in a few more F-Balm uses during the Cica patch test. 

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@WinglessOne  Thanks for the info. Yeah, with these many essential oils, it might be irritating. I was curious about comparison between DE F-Balm and ALGENIST - GENIUS Collagen Calming Relief whenever you get a chance. 

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@naturalooks15  Ah, sorry. I’ve got that cica mask on the brain now. Smiley Very Happy Since the Algenist Calming Relief is so thick (because it contains shea butter), I doubt I could use it in warmer weatherβ€”so I’d use Calming Relief in winter and switch to F-Balm in summer. But yeah, I can give a better answer once I’ve tested F-Balm a few more times. 

 

FYI, INCIDecoder has a comparison function. It’s kinda buried right now: on a product’s info page, under the ingredients summary, there’s a comparison link. Clicking it sometimes gives me only the option to compare the product to itself. But if I search for a different product from the first product’s page, then click the comparison link on the second product’s page, I’ll get the option to compare both products. So it seems the comparison feature relies on a cookie to determine which 2 products to compare, vs. having some kind of interface that lets users choose 2 products. I hope this feature gets expanded and improved, because it could be super useful! 

 

Anyway, here’s what INCIDecoder lists for F-Balm and Calming Relief (common ingredients are bolded): 

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"Beat me up and stole my lunch money"

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@WinglessOne 

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@l8totheparty  It’s true! Smiley Very Happy

Seriously though, Pekee Bar left my eye area all flaky and scaly, and it caused some red sores that scabbed over. I’m still kinda ticked off about that. I had high hopes for that cleanser. Boo hiss! 

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Boo hiss indeed!  Good thing you get the final say in that fight- into the garbage it goes! 

@WinglessOne 

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So I received a gratis last week and I have tried a few out! 

DRUNK ELEPHANT - F-Balmβ„’ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask I’ve been wanting to try this out since it came out. I used it as an over night mask and right now my skin is sooo dry. It made my skin feel so good the next morning. I definitely will repurchase this as an over night mask. I haven’t mixed it with DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboosβ„’ Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serumbut I will this week and report back. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Rose quartz facial massager I love this!! I have a mini one and this one is way better!! It feels like a spa treatment every night when I use it. I will use this every night forever!!

 

FIRST AID BEAUTY - FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask I used this one night before I used the f balm and it felt so nice. I haven’t used much from this brand yet and I was a little worried it would break me out but it didn’t. This mask felt so good after. I felt my skin was nice and calm! 

the voluspa candle is so nice. I love the scent. I have already looked into getting a full size but I haven’t found one. Hopefully I find it. 

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Congratulations on this amazing gratis!! @ather I didn't see where you posted the products your received

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@lmaster  Oh no. I piggybacked on another post with the same items!

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What thread did you post it on? @ather 

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Oooooooo @ather πŸ‘

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@lmaster  I know. So many goodies. I’m a lucky girl!!!  Also I’ve gotten like 3 packages last week and my husband got the mail today and he had a Sephora box and he was like another one 😳 it wasn’t suppose to be here already. Lol

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Baahaaahaaaa 🀣🀦 @ather I wish you would share your hauls girl!!! Let me live through you!!!! πŸ˜†

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@lmaster  I’ll try to start taking pictures!! I always forget. And just add it to the pile of stuff I have lol

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