I’m lucky because my husband doesn’t really want much “fun” stuff for himself at Shoppers Drug Mart. You can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points for electronics like laptops, game consoles, and cameras, but he’s pretty much an Apple guy, doesn’t want to upgrade to PS4 (yet), and just got a free camera from work. So for the time being, he’s happy for me to splurge on myself with the points.
Yesterday, Shoppers Drug Mart, a Canadian drugstore chain, held an unusual Spend Your Points Event which gave you 30,000 Points back if you redeemed 95,000 Points for $170 worth of free merchandise.
I just want to note for other Canadians that it is really not hard to rack up those Optimum Points if you sign up for SDM’s emails and get their mobile app! They send out Bonus Points deals, some tailored to your personal shopping habits, and it can really be worth it to take advantage of these coupons.
So, off I went to my nearest SDM with a Chanel makeup counter! I typically only like to redeem for brands that don’t tend to go on sale (as far as I know, the best discount I can get on Chanel in Canada is 10% + eBates at Hudson’s Bay whenever they run a cosmetics sale, which is so not better than 100% off!). I’ve wanted a couple of Chanel nail polishes for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to get them.
Here’s the haul (all prices are obviously in Canadian dollars), with more photos:
- Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Expression (635) [$31]
- Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Lavanda (727) [$31]
- Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Vibrato (665) [$31]
- Chanel Brilliant Extrême Glossimer in Bliss (181) [$34]
- Chanel Chance Eau Vive eau de toilette (2x GWP sample) [$0]
- Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil (100 mL, Limited Edition opaque black bottle) [$45]
- Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum (GWP sample) [$0]
- Nuxe Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Cream (GWP sample) [$0]
- Nuxe cosmetic bag (GWP sample) [$0]
- Dove for Men Aftershave Balm (for DH; not pictured) [$9.99]
Subtotal: $181.99 (drat, I guess I didn’t need to buy that aftershave)
Tax (13%): $23.66 (unfortunately, you have to pay tax on the before-discount total)
POINTS REDEEMED: -$170
TOTAL COST: $35.65 + 65,000 Points
And now, for a little story. The SA who helped me was lovely and very sweet lady! She also gave me a Nuxe GWP and Chanel samples, which I didn’t even know were available. She remarked to me, “You really like nail polish, eh?” 😀 Lady, I only got three!
But when I got home, I realized that she’d given me two of the wrong nail polishes. AAARGH. [Note to self: ALWAYS check your purchases before you leave the store! It’d be helpful if Chanel’s boxes had a little window or a color indicator, too.] Later that day, I went back and she was nice enough to let me exchange them for the ones I wanted. I was initially a little worried because SDM has not allowed me to exchange Essie nail polish in the past, even on the same day, for hygiene reasons. I suppose Chanel polish is too expensive for them to not exchange for customers.
Now, I absolutely didn’t open the polishes I returned. But I did quickly take photos of the bottles!
Beige Rose (655) is from this Summer 2015’s latest collection, Les Beiges. Beige Rose isn’t for me, but I did like the look of one of the shimmery beiges, Precious Beige (661).
Vertigo (563), from Fall 2012 is nice and vampy, but I’m not feeling this one for summer! I think I might want it for winter, though. It had some super gorgeous (but possibly too subtle) multi-colored shimmer in it.
OK, so here are the items I did receive!
This morning, I woke up realizing that I think the Chanel Glossimer in Bliss was also not what I wanted. I think I’d picked a non-shimmer, possibly Murmure. Dammit. But it’s too late to exchange now. At least Bliss is pretty! It’s my first ever Glossimer, so I’m keen to give it a try.
Carded samples of Chanel’s new Chance flanker, Chance Eau Vive. I don’t love the original Chance, but it’ll be fun to try the flanker. “Eau Vive” makes it sound like it’ll be lighter and fruitier or more citrusy.
I’ve wanted to try Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for a long time, and it currently comes in a limited edition opaque black bottle! (Only the 100 mL size.) Plus it came with a sample of their Prodigieux Le Parfum, which I believe smells just like the oil.
The SA added a GWP of a Nuxe cosmetic pouch and a sample of Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Cream:
I am super excited to try the dry oil, try my first Glossimer, and swatch up the nail polishes!
What great stuff have you gotten with your Optimum Points?