Over the weekend, Shoppers Drug Mart held another Spend Your Points Plus event, and I redeemed 95,000 Optimum Points for $170 worth of haulage from beautyBOUTIQUE, Shoppers’ online luxury beauty store. Since this was a Plus event, I’ll get $30 worth of Optimum Points added to my account, as well.
It’s not as good a deal as some of the older Spend Your Points events (where you’d get to redeem 95,000 points for over $200 worth of stuff), but it looks like Shoppers has been phasing those out. It’s disappointing, but the Optimum Rewards are still pretty awesome.
beautyBOUTIQUE recently added Chanel (in its own boutique section, not mixed up with the riff raff in regular product categories!) and Urban Decay to its online store, which is great since those brands are not available in most Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE locations. It was always a massive pain to redeem points in-store if I wanted products from several brands. beautyBOUTIQUE online has a lot of the brands together in one place, so I’m much happier redeeming points online, now. Plus, you can use ebates.ca for additional cashback!
Anyway, I would like to give beautyBOUTIQUE another huge rave! I’ve experienced a lot of crappy cosmetics delivery in Canada—cough! Hudson’s Bay—cough! Yves Rocher—but beautyBOUTIQUE has been fantastic. Everything arrived in a pretty little cardboard box, with bubble wrap and tissue paper so that delicate products are nicely protected. Free samples came in an organza bag tied with a ribbon.
Contrast that with nail polishes chucked into a massive cardboard box with no padding whatsoever, or a single crumpled up piece of brown paper at best, like I get from Hudson’s Bay and Yves Rocher. Yes, I’ve had luxury polishes shipped from HBC like that:
Also, I placed my order on Saturday, and my order arrived the next business day, Monday. I do live in Toronto, but damn if that isn’t awesome service! They even sent me a shipping notice less than three hours after I placed my order.
Final verdict? beautyBOUTIQUE is pretty great. I’ll be shopping with Shoppers/beautyBOUTIQUE for most of my beauty products at the moment, since I’m currently grabbing my wallet and avoiding Hudson’s Bay, Winners/Marshalls/HomeSense, Amazon, and storefronts using Shopify.
On to the fun stuff! Here’s what I hauled:
Everything arrived packed very neatly in a beautyBOUTIQUE box:
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours in Gris Obscur (538), Blanc White (548), Camélia (506), & Mythique (512)
I’m head over heels in love with Chanel’s revamped nail polish formula. My sole complaint is that I wish they had left the polish name and number on the front. It just looks incomplete, now. And they need to bring more of their classic colors into the new line. I’ve been wanting to get Black Satin for ages! Gris Obscur will have to tide me over.
Rouge Dior Couture Colour Lipstick in Daisy Plum (976)
I’ve only ever tried one Dior lipstick, and that was about a million years ago. It’s high time I tried one, and they revamped their line last year, so it’s a good time to give Dior lipsticks a go. I chose a shimmery wine called Daisy Plum. I haven’t actually been wearing shimmery lipsticks much, but this one called to me! (Crap, now that I think about it, I think my other Dior lipstick had been a shimmery wine, too. Gah.)
The packaging feels pretty nice and luxe, as it should in this price range. I love the cannage quilting effect on the silver band! This lipstick also has an incredibly strong floral scent, as I expected of Dior.
BURBERRY, MICHAEL KORS, THIERRY MUGLER
My Burberry Black EDP, Wonderlust EDT, & Angel Muse EDP samples
Finally, I got three free perfume samples with my order.
I’m so happy with my points redemption! If you’re curious, you can see the total cost breakdown in my previous post. Download that Shoppers app and rack up those Optimum Points, beauty addicts!