Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2016)

This Haulage! post also serves as Part 2 to Online Store Review: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (Part 1).

My order was placed on September 17, it shipped on the 22nd, and it was arrived to me in Toronto on the 23rd (5 business days), so delivery fell well within the advertised 4–7 business days.

Firstly, I want to mention that about a week after I placed the order, I happened to notice something while I was doing my weekly coupon-loading on Shoppers Drug Mart’s website/app (it’s totally worth it, by the way—I’ve racked up so many Optimum points using the personalized coupons they are constantly cranking out!). My Optimum Points total seemed unusually low, even considering the 95,000 points I had just redeemed over the weekend. Then, under my Transaction History, I saw this:

They’d deducted my redeemed points twice!

As I was already on the Shoppers Drug Mart site, I shot off an email to them via their contact form. Shortly afterward, I received an email saying my message could not be delivered because my Yahoo email wasn’t being accepted. Guys, it’s coming from your own web form. Then, a tweet came to nothing as they asked me to direct message them, and then, via DM, asked me to send them an email. I emailed, then they asked me to call in.

I suppose I could have just called from the start, but what on earth are web forms and email and other methods of online communication for, then? In the end, I had a light bulb moment and checked, where I’d actually made the purchase. They had their own web form for contacting customer service, so I tried that. (Frankly, it was already 4pm and there were constant drilling sounds coming from an adjacent apartment, so I didn’t feel like shouting over the phone with a CS agent. Not to mention Peanut is very keen on talking to everybody on the phone, even if it’s not for him.)

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Ipsy — September 2016 Glam Bag “Glamazon”

I just did my August Ipsy (referral link) bag over the weekend (so late!) and now here’s my Sepember bag. Thought I should get it done before I start running late again.

Ipsy Glam Bag, September 2016, Glamazon

What I Received

  • Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner (0.75 oz mini; 5.1 oz full size US$14)
  • Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Moisturizing Mask (15 mL mini; 45 mL full size US$25)
  • Seraphine Botanicals 91% Natural Creamy Lip & Cheek Stain in Guava Butter (0.14 oz full size; US$24)
  • Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (1.5 g mini; 4 mL full size US$28—no idea why the sizes are measured in volume for the mini and mass for the full size)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite (17 mL full size / USD$15)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Eva NYC: 25% off any purchase with code Ipsters25 (through 10/31, US/CA only)
  • Nuxe: 20% off any $50 purchase with code SUMMER2016 (through 8/31, US only)
  • Seraphine Botanicals: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 10/31)
  • Too Faced: free deluxe-sized Melted Chocolate Lipstick in Honey with purchase, with code IPSYGWP (through 10/31)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 35% off any purchase with code IPSTER35 (through 9/30)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Ipsy — August 2016 Glam Bag “Sugar Highness”

Obviously, I’m quite late with my August Ipsy (referral link) bag. (The September Glam Bag post is on the way!) August was a busy month, with visitors coming and going, and baby Olive still in her second month of life.

She’s a total sweetheart, though. Looks just like her brother did at the same age, but with a dose of pixie. She’s got a bigtime appetite and loves to smile and coo from only one month. Plus, she’s already sleeping through the night at just under three months, which is why I’m no longer a zombie.

Back to Ipsy. August’s bag was a bit disappointing. It was a nice mix of products, but none of them were things I am especially keen to use. Some of it is quite expensive stuff, too, but still…eh.

Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2016, Sugar Highness

What I Received

  • 111SKIN Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask (23 mL 1-use full size; GBP£20, or GBP£85 for a 5-pack)
  • Beauty for Real I-LINE 24-7 Waterproof Eyeliner in Black Magic (0.28 g full size; US$14)
  • Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy (1.8 g mini; full size for US$20)
  • NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Gleam (13 mL mini; full size 18 mL for US$7.50/CA$11)
  • Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster (10 mL mini / full size 30 mL for USD$44)
  • Ipsy makeup bag


Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Haulage! J.Crew Signet Bag


As I’ve mentioned recently, I’m in the market for a camera bag! The Gucci Soho Disco was top of my list, and I was considering the new Marc Jacobs Shutter—until I opened up a J.Crew email yesterday and saw these pretties!
They’re called Signet Bags and they come in both colorful leather (US$128/CA$168) and colorblocked (like some of the Soho Discos) leopard calfhair options (US$298/CA$358).
Here are the calfhair bags in Leopard and Bright Ruby:
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Online Store Review: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (Part 1)

Today and tomorrow only (September 17–18, 2016), beautyBOUTIQUE is holding its first ever online-only Spend Your Points Event for Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points. I am sitting on a big pile o’ points, having skipped redemption during the last one or two events. I’m also racking up those points like mad—along with the usual diapers and other baby things I have to buy, I’m also doing more grocery shopping at my local Shoppers, which has installed a new grocery section.

So, last night I sorted out my beautyBOUTIQUE shopping cart and headed for checkout around 12:15am.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart, fivezero's order, September 2016

Firstly, I’ll just mention that I’m using Mac OS X (10.11, the most recent operating system) and my browser of choice is Mozilla Firefox. Well, beautyBOUTIQUE doesn’t work properly with Firefox. I couldn’t remove things from my shopping cart. With a long sigh, I switched over to Apple’s default Safari browser. Luckily beautyBOUTIQUE saves your shopping cart to your account and not just in your browser cookies, so as soon as I logged in using Safari, everything in my shopping cart was there.Read More »


Sale Alert: Spend Your Points Event at beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (Online & Canada Only, Sept. 17–18, 2016)

This Saturday and Sunday (September 17–18 only), Canada’s beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart is offering an online-only Spend Your Points Event!

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive:

  • 50,000 points for $100 off (extra $15)
  • 95,000 points for $200 off (extra $30)

This is better than the occasional Beauty-only events that they do, and it’s the first time that a Spend Your Points event is online-only!

One great thing about this is that normally, when you have to go in-store to redeem points, you can’t always get all the brands you want in one store. This way, there’s no problem because most of the brands are online.

Most. I notice that Chanel isn’t available, nor is Urban Decay. Also, there are no lower-end brands apart from Marcelle and some Quo makeup brushes and tools. So, you can’t pick up the latest Chanel nail polish along with some Revlon lipsticks.

However, there are still loads of makeup brands like Guerlain, Dior, Bourjois, Smashbox, Paul & Joe, Anna Sui, Clarins, Shiseido, Lise Watier, Stila, Lancôme, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Vasanti, and BeneFit. Skincare brands include Nuxe, No7, StriVectin, IDC, Biotherm, philosophy, Pür, Dr. Roebuck’s, Sekkisei, Mychelle, Korres, Bio-Beauté, Lierac, Delectable by Cake Beauty, Filorga, Orlane, and Rodial. There are also hair products, bath and body products, and a fairly wide selection of department store fragrances.

I have 95k points to redeem (that’s a lot of diapers) so my shopping list currently has a new bottle of Estée Lauder Double Wear and some nail polishes.

Happy shopping! What’s on your beautyBOUTIQUE shopping list?

If you need some ideas, here are links to some of my past Optimum Points hauls (granted, they tend to be a little Chanel-heavy!):


Haulage! Perfume & the Dangers of the FragranceX Waitlist

I’m on the waitlist for many items at FragranceX, my favorite online perfume discounter (no affiliation), but I’ve never actually bought anything they’ve notified me about being back in stock. Until just now.

I currently have a tester bottle (capless and boxless) of Guerlain Mitsouko eau de toilette, and have wanted to pick up a proper bottle of the eau de parfum, too.

Well, it just came back in stock at FragranceX, and there was just one bottle. 75mL was a bit more than I wanted (50 would have done me just fine), but the price was pretty darn good, so I bit. I get a 10% loyalty discount and free duty-free shipping, as well. I mean, it’s only my second-favorite perfume of all time, and it’s perfect for the upcoming fall. Plus, I’m getting tired of smelling baby poo and spit-up!

Guerlain says:

Fruity Chypre.
Mysterious, balanced, velvety.

A masterpiece of balance and originality, Mitsouko marries a fruity note of peach with jasmine flowers and May rose. The mysterious dry-down of the fragrance blends spicy notes with those of underbrush and vetiver.

Mitsouko initiates the use of the peach note in perfumery. Illustrating the innovative side of its creators, Mitsouko is the first fruity chypre fragrance in the perfume world, following other chypre fragrances introduced by Guerlain.

Guerlain Mitsouko edp. It’s miiiiine!

I’ve accumulated too many new perfumes recently. Time to put an end to it (and go back to buying nail polish! Hahaha…) Here’s my recent damage:Read More »