What’s a PIF? It’s an acronym for Pay-It-Forward, as used by the lovely ladies on Chanty’s Forum.
How does it work?
Someone offers a list of beauty/skincare/sometimes jewellery and other miscellany up for grabs for free to anyone who claims it first by either posting on the thread or PM-ing the giver. In return, the claimant has to counter-offer a list of her own stuff up for grabs to anyone who might be interested.
Who’s eligible? This is open to all international forum users, so everyone offering has to be willing to post overseas! Postage costs are absorbed by the sender, of course. Airmail, usually. No point waiting too long!
The items are usually a mix of new, lightly used and used. Not everyone states the condition they’re in so it’s best to assume they’ve been used unless otherwise specified. Probably an unwritten rule, but please don’t offer junk that you wouldn’t use yourself.
Check out my first 2 PIFs packages I received from the US ladies jlcn and dandy!
jlcn’s generous offer included:
Camellia Care Concentrated Green Tea Skin Cream sample plus resveratrol and hyaluronic acid – Brand new
Sephora Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF15 sample – Brand new
Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 PA++ sample – Brand new
Fresh Soy Facial Cleanser sample – Brand new
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss 08 Ginger “gloss baume hydrantant” 5ml deluxe size sample tube – Brand New never been used
Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling Shadow in Glamethyst (high sparkle iridescent purple)- swatched on hand
Korres Pomegranate Mattifying/Pore minimizing Treatment Sample- brand new
elf Studio Eyeshadow in Buttercream (too light for my skin)- tried a couple times
Maybelline SuperStay Gloss in Golden Pink – used 3x
Nude Skincare Cleansing facial oil sample- brand new
Sally Hansen Cotton Candy Pink nail polish – used 2x
EM Foundation in Golden Medium- Brand New
Model 21 Falsies a pair of Lashes No. 16- Brand New
Model 21 Falsies a pair of Lashes No. 7- Brand New
*The Boscia sample was included, but I left it out while photo-taking.
I was drawn to the skincare samples in this lot, as well as the Clinique balm and VS shadows, having never tried both items. The Sally Hansen nail polish turned out to be a MNBB (My Nail But Better) shade when only one sheer coat is applied on my nails. Very subtle and I love it! Thank you, jlcn!
Dandy’s offer included:
smashbox fusion soft lights- dusk
http://www.makeupalley.com/product/show … x/Bronzers
nyx glitter mania- purple
Tarina Tarantino – pearl glow primer – smaller trial pump bottle 0.33oz
http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.j … =us_search
Rimmel stay matte- 200 soft beige
edm roller ball thingy- heart 2 shop
DG- whimsy es sample
TKB- turquoise tweak- looks like glitter
I was particularly keen to try the Smashbox, Tarina Tarantino and Rimmel products. The Smashbox fusion soft lights in particular would look smashing as a bronzer on my skintone 😛
PIFs are a great way to try products unavailable in Singapore or you’re unsure about, when the right ones are up for grabs. First claimed, first served, of course. Similarly, if you’d like to destash and pass on your goodies to someone else, do post them on the PIF thread too. Most ladies on Chanty’s forum are bona fide users and I’ve not had any unpleasant encounters so far! It’s a really friendly place, with more substance than most Cozycot or Flowerpod threads 🙂
In case you’re wondering what I posted in the PIF thread, they were:
I also have the items featured below up for grabs on the PIF thread, so claim it over there if you’re keen!
New in box Shisem falsies (Korean brand)
New/untested Fyrinnae Predatory eyeshadow sample
New & sealed Joppa Tranquility eyeshadow FS
Swatched 1x Lumiere Mineral Cosmetics Lumi Lips lipgloss (mini size, maybe 1.5ml?) in Dahlia, Vineyard, Ruby Slippers and Hot & Ready Red (total of 4 tubes)
New with sifter seal EDM blusher samples in Cookie Sheet and Morning Cup (with white caps)
New and shrinkwrapped One Hand Washes The Other solid scent in Gimme Shelter
Mineral makeup samples!
As well as the following Indie perfume sample vials listed here http://www.flickr.com/photos/96844472@N00/6800471276/in/photostream