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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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Thx you @SpaceLlama Heart

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You are sweet! Thanks, @SpaceLlama! I know what it feels like to dislike a scent that everyone seems to love!

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@SpaceLlama Thanks! The banana scent is definitely there, but it's not like BANANA. If you aren't totally banana adverse I think you'd really enjoy them as products, I love how they make my hair feel. 

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I've hesitated posting my review on the two products I've tried, because I didn't want to seem like a party pooper - but here it goes..

Starting with the KéRASTASE - Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum I put it on mid-length to my ends. I was only able to try this once because the first time I used it I got a horrible migraine from the strong and perfumy scent. It's a bummer too, 'cause it did make my hair feel softer, smoothed down my split ends and tamed the slight frizz I had going on without it feeling weighed down – but that scent is just too much for me.

Next I tried the MURAD - InvisiScar Resurfacing TreatmentThe first time I applied a small amount on my chin and jaw area where I have a couple small scars - it felt fine, went smooth on and kinda felt like a couple primers I've used before. I used It again the next day on the same area, but this time my skin started to burn a little and turned into a bright red, very uncomfortable rash. That was maybe a week ago and my skin is just now close to normal again and don't even have sensitive skin, nor have I ever had a reaction like this from any other product I've ever used. This may sound silly, but out of the plethora of products I have, the only thing that gave me relief and didn't make it sting was A&D ointment. 

Its safe to say I won't be using these two products again. I will be using the Briogeo Shampoo & Conditioner this weekend and I'm pretty confident that'll be a better experience! 😉🍌

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Congratulations for receiving this gratis @Shosh85 ! I’m so sorry that the Kerastase gave you a migraine and that the Murad burned your skin! I hope that everything else won’t cause any problems for you! 🧐

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Sorry to hear these two products didn't work out for you, @Shosh85. I definitely appreciate your reviews to help give a complete picture of the items and how they may or may not work, so do not feel like a party pooper at all! It's all valuable info!

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Thank you so much, @quspork!! I just feel bad sharing negativity on free products everyone else seems to be enjoying. Good thing is, my sisters sense of smell is pretty weak, so she happily took it off my hands 👍😃😂

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Oh noooo @Shosh85! 😟 I’m so sorry these didn’t work out for you. I’m glad you posted thought. We all have different reactions to products so it’s good to know - I can see the scent on the Kerastase being too much for someone who is sensitive to scents. I was worried about the Murad being too much for my sensitive skin and have put off using it until I get back from my work conference. After reading your review, I might do a couple of patch tests on different parts of my body first. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. 🤗

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Thanks, @itsfi! I feel like a bit of a dummy for not patch testing first, but I was just so excited to try it! Haha! Although, when I used it the first time everything was fine, so I'm not sure if a patch test would've revealed anything - maybe if I did a patch test twice, like at two separate times?🤔 I've gotten out of the habit of patch testing because my skin has never had a reaction like that before!

On another note, I'll be trying the Briogeo this weekend and I'm super excited for it! You know you're adulting when you get excited for shampoo 😂 

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@Shosh85  Thank you got your honest opinions! It’s what we count on each other for in BIC 🙏💗

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Thank you so much, @PinkEvergreen! I totally agree! 😃

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I'm sorry these 2 products did not work out for you!  @Shosh85 

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Thank you, @l8totheparty! I'm sure I'll be able to find new homes for them! 😃

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Sorry these didn’t work out for you @Shosh85☹️

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Thanks, @faeriegirl! You never know about a product until you try it! 😉

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@Shosh85 ,

Thanks for your honest reviews!  That matters!  It means that we are showing real experiences here.  Everyone can't expect to have exactly the same experience.   

I'm sorry that you were unlucky your reactions to these two products.

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Thanks so much, @tsavorite!! You are so right, not everyone has all the same experiences with products, and that's ok! I always appreciate the honest opinions of others and I am in no way bashing these products. It's just a "me" thing and I can see why people like them!

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@Shosh85 oh no sorry to hear those products didn't work out for you! thanks for the honest reviews though!

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Thanks, @Kim888! Just goes to show that not every product works the same for everyone! 

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Thank you for posting honest reviews, @Shosh85. If anything, it might prevent people who are highly susceptible to fragrance-induced migraines from purchasing and having to return a product. Who knows, there might be some who really love the scent of that line and run out to buy it thanks to this intel Smiley Wink

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Thank you, @eshoe! At the very least it'll give people with certain sensitivities a heads up. I am very happy these are working for other people, they're just not for me. I still really appreciate the chance to try them out! 😃

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