Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE Super Spend Your Points Event & FragranceX (January 2017)

In anticipation of the launch of PC Optimum on February 1, 2018, Shoppers Drug Mart is holding a Super Spend Your Points Event this weekend. If you’ve been saving up your Shoppers Optimum Points, now is definitely the time to redeem them!

I wish I hadn’t placed a redemption order earlier this week, but oh well. I really did not forsee them doing such a good redemption deal! The YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche I got, which I worried about going out-of-stock, is still available, too.

Anyway, I went all out pricy perfume (and some nail polish, because it’s me), since I have decided I need to focus on finishing up a lot of makeup and skincare before acquiring any new ones. It is a brand new year, after all!

Brands like Chanel and Dior are generally the best fragrance options to redeem for, since their products are not as readily available at online discounters, or are not well-discounted even if they are. However, I found Dior Poison Girl EDT available at a better price online (and in a 30 mL size, which I prefer), so I decided against redeeming for that. Here’s what I got at Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE:

What I Redeemed For

RALPH LAUREN
Woman Gift Set

30 mL EDP & 75 mL Body Lotion / $84, on sale for $67.20
(now sold out online; I did see some in-store at the SDM in Toronto Eaton Centre)
Ralph Lauren Woman Gift Set (EDP 50 mL, Body Lotion 75 mL)

This seemed to sell out immediately after I placed my order, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will indeed get it! [Edit: as I was writing up this post, I received an email saying my order has already shipped just a few hours after I placed it! Woohoo!]

I’m so glad I saw this set because I didn’t really need 50 mL, but that was the smallest individual bottle available online until a couple days ago. (I never get more than 30 mL unless I have to—I rotate through a lot of perfume.) This elegant, white floral scent is so gorgeous! It was love at first sniff.


CHANEL
Allure EDT

50 mL | $95
Chanel Allure EDT 50 mL

I actually wanted the EDP version of Allure, which is all cozy peaches, vanilla, and powdery florals! But the 50 mL EDP was sold out online, so I got the slightly cheaper EDT. My plan is to go in-store and test the EDT. If I like it, I’ll keep it and just get the EDP in another redemption. If I don’t like it, I should be able to exchange the unwrapped box in-store for the 50 mL EDP, and just pay the difference. It has been well over ten years since I last tested Allure EDT and I can’t remember it at all, but it is supposed to be a lighter, more citrus-y and sparkly scent than the EDP.

Read More »

Advertisements

Sale Alert! Shoppers Drug Mart SUPER Spend Your Points Event (January 13–14, 2018)

aaaaaand of course I already redeemed 95k points this week. Guess I really should have waited. (But I just so wanted that YSL Black Opium Nuit Blanche! I was afraid it was going to sell out since it’s limited edition.)

Well, I have enough points for one more 95k redemption, so I have $210 to redeem this weekend!

Redemption works as follows:

  • 38,000 points redeem for $75 (extra $15)
  • 50,000 points redeem for $105 (extra $20)
  • 95,000 points redeem for $210 (extra $40)

Even if you don’t have enough points to redeem, it’s still worth it to do a little more shopping at SDM this month, before the switch over to PC Optimum. The Shoppers Optimum points you have at the time of the merger will be converted to PC Optimum at the ratio of 95k pts : $170 worth of PC Optimum Points. See more here.

Happy shopping, y’all! Poison Girl and Ralph Lauren Woman are already in my cart, and that almost maxes me out at $207…

And if you order online at beautyBOUTIQUE, don’t forget Ebates Canada!

Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event 2017 Shoppers Optimum

Sale Alert: Spend Your Points PLUS Event at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada Only, November 25–26, 2017)

🍂 Happy Thanksgiving 🦃  to all the American readers out there!

I’m an American living in Canada, so I’ll be whipping up a mostly-traditional Thankgiving dinner tonight, while prepping for the Shoppers event this weekend. Ha!

For all the Canadian readers: this Saturday and Sunday (November 25–26), Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points PLUS Event.

The deal is pretty much the same as usual, but you get additional Optimum Points (rather than additional cash off a purchase).

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive (edited my mistake below!):

  • 50,000 points for $85 off, plus $15 $20 worth of Optimum Points
  • 95,000 points for $170 off, plus $30 $40 worth of Optimum Points

The bonus points get added to your account a week or so later.

This event works online at Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE, as well. Don’t forget that ebates.ca (referral) works with beautyBOUTIQUE online!

Since Shoppers Optimum is merging with PC Plus in February 2018, I’ve been looking to redeem as many of my points as possible (the new program allows you to pick up points from other Loblaw-owned grocery stores, but the value of the new PC Optimum points will drop a little bit compared with Shoppers Optimum points).

In all honesty, the merger comes at an “opportune” time for me, personally, since most of the reason I rack up so many Optimum Points (besides using the app and coupons religiously) is that I purchased a lot of baby supplies there over the last four years. Now that we will be rarely purchasing diapers and baby food, I think my Shoppers spending will be going down fairly drastically.

So, earlier this month, I redeemed 95k points without waiting for an event, but I’m honestly a little surprised to see that an event is being run so soon after the merger announcement!

Here’s what I got:

  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Caché
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Confidentiel
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Energie
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Prodigious
  • Dior Diorific Vernis in Emerald
  • Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Ripped Raisin

I have more points so I will be redeeming them this weekend. A few more Chanel polishes are on my wishlist, but I’m not entirely sure yet what I will fill out my order with. I’m even running out of Christmas gifts to buy—look at me being so organized with my holiday shopping!

If you need more ideas, here are links to some of my other previous Shoppers Drug Mart/beautyBOUTIQUE hauls, mostly from redeeming Optimum Points:

For reference, here’s all the fine print from Shoppers:

Spend 50,000 points and get up to $85 OFF* PLUS get $20 worth of points back. That’s a $105 savings value! OR spend 95,000 points and get up to $170 OFF* PLUS get $40 worth of points back. That’s a $210 savings value!

Offer valid from Saturday, November 25, 2017 to Sunday, November 26, 2017.

*You may only redeem at the points level specified in this offer and in a single transaction. Taxes are payable on the full purchase price prior to the application of the discount reward. Offer is a reduction off your total pre-tax purchase price of products eligible for point redemption. Points are not redeemable for cash or credit. All other reward levels remain in effect during this promotion. Offer excludes prescription purchases, products with codeine, non-pointable items, tobacco products (where applicable), stamps, passport photos, lottery tickets, event tickets, transit tickets and passes, gift cards, prepaid phone cards, prepaid card products and Shoppers Home Health Care locations. Not to be used in conjunction with any other Shoppers Optimum Points® promotions or promotional card offers. Valid Shoppers Optimum Card® must be presented at time of purchase. Shoppers Optimum Points® have no cash value but are redeemable under the Shoppers Optimum program for discounts on purchases at Shoppers Drug Mart. The savings value of the points set out in this offer is calculated based on the Shoppers Optimum Program® rewards schedule in effect at time of this offer and is strictly for use of this limited time promotion. The savings value obtained by redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points will vary depending on the Shoppers Optimum Program reward schedule at time of redemption and other factors, details of which may be found at shoppersdrugmart.ca. The $20 worth of points back on 50,000 points level redeemed is equivalent to 16,000 Shoppers Optimum Points®. The $40 worth of points back on 95,000 points level redeemed is equivalent to 30,000 Shoppers Optimum Points®. Shoppers Optimum Points will be awarded by December 8, 2017. See cashier for details. ® 911979 Alberta Ltd.

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

News: Loblaw Merging Shoppers Optimum & PC Plus (Canada)

Well, it’s the end of an era. However, I can’t say we didn’t see this coming once Toronto-based Loblaw acquired Shoppers Drug Mart in 2013.

The Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs are now being merged into the PC Optimum program. The conversion will happen on February 1, 2018.

The points exchange does not appear to be consistent; when I use their points calculator, I get these wonky results:

Shoppers Optimum Points PC Optimum Points Exchange Rate
95,000 170,000 0.559
50,000 85,000 0.588
100 125 0.800
50 63 0.794
10 13 0.769
1 1 1

PC Plus points are converted to PC Optimum points at a 1:1 ratio (1 PC Plus point = 1 PC Optimum point).

Another change is that the new PC Optimum points may be redeemed in increments of 10,000 points. The Shoppers Optimum points had to be redeemed in amounts of 50,000 or 95,000. So, in the new system, you’ll be able to redeem faster (for presumably lower amounts than if you’d saved up more points, of course).

Read More »

fivezero's beautyBOUTIQUE haulage, Shoppers Optimum Points redemption (September 2017) Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder

Haulage × 2! beautyBOUTIQUE (July & September 2017)

This post covers two Optimum Points redemption orders I placed in July and September 2017.

I’ve been racking up the points via the Shoppers app, and redeemed 95k points for $170 worth of product (all prices in CA$) in both July and September during two PLUS Bonus Events. Here’s July’s order:

  • ARTDECO Art Couture Nail Lacquer in Silver Willow (978)
  • Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules (60 Capsules)
  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in 1N2 Ecru
  • Soap & Glory Flake Away Spa Body Polish

Free samples (I forgot to take pics of these):

  • Elie Saab Le Parfum EDT (sample)
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask (sample)
  • Vasanti Brighten Up! New Skin Amplifying Moisturizer (sample)

beautyBOUTIQUE actually made the first ever mistake I’ve ever had with them: they sent me the wrong shade of ARTDECO Nail Lacquer.

  • ARTDECO Art Couture Nail Lacquer in Rose Peony (953)

ARTDECO Nail Lacquer in Rose Peony 953

They only asked me to send a picture, which I did, and then they sent out Silver Willow right away. I got to keep Rose Peony, as well. I was really pleased with their excellent handling of an error. Plus, when they sent me the correct nail polish, they also included three free samples!

  • Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel (sample)
  • PRADA Candy EDP (sample)
  • Sekkisei Clear Brightening Mask (sample)

Read More »

Haulage! Chanel, Dior, & Estée Lauder with the Spend Your Points PLUS Event at beautyBOUTIQUE

This Saturday and Sunday (September 23–24), Canada’s beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points PLUS Event (see details in this post).

Don’t forget to use ebates Canada [referral link], as well! It’s 4% cash back for beautyBOUTIQUE today.

I’ve been racking up the points via the Shoppers app, and redeemed 95k points for $170 worth of product (all prices in CA$), including my first ever Chanel blush:

  • Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Élégance (370) [$53]
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in New Dawn (578) [$32]
  • Dior Vernis Couture Colour in Metallics (612) [$33]
  • Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Moon Rock [$28]
  • Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Sly Wink [$28]

My subtotal was $174, so after tax, I paid a total of $22.62 plus 95k Optimum Points. Another $30 worth of Optimum Points will be added to my account in a couple of weeks, since this was a Spend Your Points PLUS Event.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Élégance (370)
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Élégance (370)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in New Dawn (578)
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in New Dawn (578)

Read More »

Sale Alert: Spend Your Points PLUS Event at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada Only, September 23–24, 2017)

This Saturday and Sunday (September 23–24), Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points PLUS Event. This event works online at Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE, as well. [EDIT: It looks like this is an online-only event, so just beautyBOUTIQUE.]

The deal is pretty much the same as usual, but you get additional Optimum Points (rather than additional cash off a purchase).

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive:

  • 50,000 points for $85 off, plus $15 worth of Optimum Points
  • 95,000 points for $170 off, plus $30 worth of Optimum Points

The bonus points get added to your account a week or so later.

Don’t forget that ebates.ca (referral) works with beautyBOUTIQUE, too!

My current beautyBOUTIQUE wishlist includes:

I was also very excited about the launch of Chanel’s newest fragrance, Gabrielle, but reviews make me think I will probably not care for it. Either way, I have yet to go sniff it in-store.

If you need more ideas, here are links to some of my past Shoppers Drug Mart/beautyBOUTIQUE hauls, mostly from redeeming Optimum Points:

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