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Thank you Sephora, Briogeo, Dior, Kerastase, Murad Gratis!!!

Oh my goodness gracious!!! I am just really overwhelmed by the generosity of @SephoraBIC@TeamBIC@briogeo, @DiorBeaute@Kerastase, and @DrMurad! Thank you for this amazing gratis! My hands are literally shaking as I type this post. Wow! So many of these beauties have been in my cart or on my loves lists and now I can try them! My heart is just so full and humbled by this goodness. Thank you!! <3 <3

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Planning on using a couple of these beauties tonight and will be back to post my initial thoughts on them here. Smiley Happy Thank you again!

 

ETA: first impressions...

BRIOGEO - Banana + Coconut Superfoods Shampoo & Conditioner Hair Pack

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I used the Briogeo shampoo and conditioner this morning and wow! This stuff smells amazing! Reminds me of banana candies, a bit like banana runts. Bananalicious! But the scent isn’t the only noteworthy thing about these products. The shampoo has a thinner consistency to it, lathers well and leaves my hair clean without feeling dry, strangly or stripped of its oils or moisture. In fact, my hair feels really soft, light and nourished. The consistency on the conditioner reminds me of a smoothie and the ingredients list makes me think of (and want) a tropical smoothie – banana, coconut, pineapple, papaya, mango and more!! It’s lightweight, creamy and does an excellent job of detangling my hair and making it look and feel soft, smooth and shiny – glossy shiny, not greasy shiny. 

KéRASTASE - Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum

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The Kerastase night serum is described as “a leave-in, overnight serum that nurtures and detangles hair while you sleep.” Sounds dreamy. Smiley Wink  The bottle is beautiful and serum itself is lightweight and smells really good. The scent is familiar to me but I can’t figure out what exactly it is.  A little of this goes a long way so this bottle is going to last.  The serum applies very easily and does not weigh down my hair – a huge plus, but I do need to remember to focus the product on the ends and length; if I put too much on the top or crown of my head, it can look a bit greasy by the end of the day. I don’t typically get 8 hours of sleep and the night I used it I got 6 and the next morning I woke up and made my way to the bathroom to check on my hair and …. whoa!! Color me impressed.  My hair looked and felt soft, silky, smooth and shiny. This made a very good first impression. I’m looking forward to using this one again.

 SEPHORA COLLECTION - Exfoliating Wipes - Bamboo - Matifying

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I love bamboo as a skincare ingredient and was excited to have received these Sephora Collection Exfoliating Wipes. I’ve used a few different SC Wipes, both the regular and exfoliating ones. With the exfoliating wipes, I use the exfoliating side primarily on my nose because it can be quite harsh to use elsewhere on my face. On occasion, I will use the exfoliating side as a gentle scrub on my elbows and soles of my feet. The non-exfoliating side is much gentler and good to use all around. The bamboo one smells nice - clean; I’m not sure what bamboo smells like so I can’t say how closely it resembles the scent of bamboo. I like to keep these wipes in my gym bag, to use right after a workout and to clear my face of sweat, etc. before heading home to shower.

 

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I'll try that too @Kaitlyn89 .  Thx you

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@blackkitty2014, the exfoliating side of the Sephora Collection cleansing wipes that have the two different sides can be a bit harsh in my experience. The non-exfoliating side is fine, but yes, ouch sometimes with the exfoliating side. I thought the first wipe I used of the bamboo wipe was more gentle than flavors, but I was going to test it out again this week.

 

I use the exfoliating side a couple of ways - one is to just use the exfoliating side on certain areas of my face, like the nose and the sides of my nose, and maybe the corners of my mouth, areas that can take a little more. And the other way is to use them to exfoliate my elbows and soles of my feet. 

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More great ideas @itsfi Heart

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@blackkitty2014  I know this isn't what you are asking but I use these to clean the back of my hand when I do makeup. I tend to try different colors or mix colors on the back of my hand while applying makeup and these come in super handy to clean everything away. Hope someone has a suggestion for you!

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Oh great great idea @veronika23 !!! Heart

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@itsfi Congrats! That's an amazing gratis - I was wondering about the Briogeo banana set (I love banana!) and I am now even more tempted!

Enjoy your goodies <3

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Thank you @Cyncynn! Smiley Happy You're gonna go bananas over this Briogeo set! Smiley Wink heehee! Seriously, it smells so good; and it leaves your hair soft, smooth and shiny. 

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OMG, @itsfi, I just now saw your gratis post and that stuff is amazing!  I'm so happy that you were lucky enough to receive it.  I've been wondering if the new Briogeo banana set was good or not and I totally appreciated your mini review on it and I can't believe you got that little Dior palette!  Congrats, friend--you deserve it Smiley Happy.

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Oh @CookieGirl1, thank you; such kind words. Smiley Happy I can't believe it either - I feel so lucky to have this opportunity. The Briogeo banana shampoo and conditioner is wonderful - and the scent lasts CookieGirl1! For most the day, about 7 hours - yeah, I was smelling my hair off and on throughout the day to check. lol. I think I will try my hand at the pretty Dior palette today.

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Ooh, @itsfi, banana scented hair sounds divine.  i'm here for it!

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OMG @itsfi ! This is such amazing gratis!! I'm seriously peanut butter and jealous rn! You totally deserve all these goodies! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on everything.

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Awww, thank you so much @makeitup305! You are so sweet; thank you for your kind words. I'm seriously still like "what?!!" Very grateful for such generosity.

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Here I am wearing the Peach shade from the Dior palette. It’s all I’m wearing on my cheeks, no bronzer or highlight. It’s much more of a highlight than a blush, and I was hoping it would be a blush. It’s really lovely as a highlight though for sure. I will need to try it again as a highlight, since I put it on with the intention of it being a blush. I also used the conditioner, and my hair does feel super soft and nice! I really love how it smells, it reminds me of the banana Laffy Taffy flavor (which is my favorite flavor). 

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This is such a pretty look! What are you wearing on your lips?

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@PenelopeBT Thank you! It’s Too Faced Melted Matte Pumpkin Spice from the set offered last Christmas. More of a fall shade but I felt like wearing it!

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Congrats and that is a lovely shade for the summer as well! @alexasteph  Smiley Happy

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Beautiful @alexasteph! Love the look you created with it! Smiley Happy

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Thanks @itsfi! Now that I know it’s more of a highlight I’ll be able to pair it a bit better with other things. I might try it on my eyes too, the bronzer shade is a bit too sparkly for me to use as a bronzer but it’s a really nice warm brown for eyes I think. 

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@alexasteph, I wore the bronzer shade as eyeshadow today and like it a lot. It’s a little too warm for me as a bronzer. 

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@alexasteph that's such a nice glow and it looks so pretty and fresh on you.

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@CookieGirl1 Thank you! It is a bit of a glow! More than I’m used to I admit but I went with it! 

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