Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday 2018

Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Going Out of Business (Plus: Song de Chine and Lavender & Espresso)

One of the very first perfumes I ever bought for myself was actually a blind-buy (which, if you know me at all, is hardly surprising!), Crabtree & Evelyn’s Song de Chine. It is long-discontinued, and to be very honest, I don’t even remember why I bought it! The marketing blurb must have sounded very compelling to me, and I have to say that when it arrived in the mail, I was quite excited to give it a try. As luck would have it, I loved Song de Chine very much—it was a soft floral with tea and vaguely aquatic notes—and the thrill of the blind-buy has not left me since.

From Crabtree & Evelyn’s press release in 1997:

CRABTREE & EVELYN SONG DE CHINE SCENTED BATH AND BODY LINE marks the company’s first major launch since it was purchased by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad. The five-SKU range, which Crabtree is promoting as the “essence of tranquillity,” is available now in Crabtree & Evelyn doors in the U.S. Crabtree & Evelyn Song de Chine bowed in the U.K. and Canada in June.

I’m doing some perfume and makeup organizing at the moment and don’t particularly feel like tossing everything up in the air and digging around for my old bottle, but I found this photo online for the same item I had…I feel like I might have thrown out the box, which is sad as it’s kind of pretty, isn’t it?

Image: Sovrana Parfums

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Free Canada Day Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada (2018)

Hi everybody! Once again, in anticipation of Canada Day on July 1, Nail Polish Canada is giving away a number of Canada Day nail vinyls by Whats Up Nails!

The first ten people (Canadian addresses only, please) to use the coupon code QJRG3846006 will receive the nail vinyls for free.

Nail Polish Canada free Canada Day Nail Vinyls by Whats Up Nails

If all ten have already been redeemed, you can check Nail Polish Canada for a list of other participating blogs, each with a unique redemption code.

My free vinyls haven’t arrived yet, but I’ll post pics here when they do! 🇨🇦

Disclaimer: This product is a press sample and was provided by Nail Polish Canada as part of a promotion. There are no referral links in this post.

[Images: nailpolishcanada.com / Whats Up Nails.]

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!

Fragrance sale shelf, Shoppers Drug Mart (December 2017)

Fragrance Sale Shelves & Revlon Street Chic Collection (December 2017, Canada)

One of the things I love best about drugstores in Canada is the fragrance sale shelf, where amazing deals can often be found—perfect for holiday giftgiving!

I’m not sure whether it was started by Shoppers Drug Mart, where there’s typically a $19.99 sale shelf, but Rexall definitely has this sale shelf now, too. They actually do two tiers of prices, at $19.99 and $29.99, though I generally still find perfumes I’m more interested in at Shoppers. Granted, I have more Shoppers locations in my repertoire.

Over the last week, I’ve hit up several of my usual locations in downtown Toronto and snapped shots of their perfume sale shelves. I think if you check out the shelves throughout the year, you’ll find better deals than they have right now, but it’s not too shabby in this holiday shopping season.

Shoppers Drug Mart fragrance sale shelf, December 2017

Shoppers Drug Mart fragrance sale shelf, December 2017

My personal picks from the Shoppers shelves (sorry, I’m not too well versed in the guys’ selection):Read More »

Tom Hiddleston drinking tea

Sale Alert: Black Friday Roundup 2017 (Canada)

Experience Black Friday the civilized way: at home, in front of your screen, with a nice cup of tea. I will be adding to this post as I see new deals.

Don’t forget to use Ebates.ca (referral link) for many of these stores!

Annabelle: 40% off everything & free shipping, plus a free Full Blast Mascara GWP with a $35 purchase. No code required.

beautyBOUTIQUE: Get 20x the points with a $75+ purchase; Black Friday deals; Saturday & Sunday is the Spend Your Points Plus event.

belif: 20% off.

The Body Shop: Various deals. [12% Ebates.ca]

Cake Beauty: Code CAKEFRIDAY40 for 40% off, plus Black Friday sets.

Charlotte Tilbury: 50% off select luxury beauty sets.

Chatters: Selected deals.

Clarins: 15% off $100, 20% off $150, or 25% off $200 orders.

Clinique: Code 25OFF for 25% off. Choose a free full sized GWP with a $75 order.

ColourPop: Code BESTPALS for 20% off shadow palettes.

DECIEM: Black Friday sets; CA/US$4.95 shipping applies to any Black Friday Set order.

Estée Lauder: $99 Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (reg. $120).

Glossier: 20% off and free shipping.

Illamasqua: 25% off.

Inglot: Code BF2017 for 20% off.

Julep: $5 nail polishes and plenty of Black Fri-YAY deals. [1.5% Ebates.ca]

Kiehl’s: Code BFRIDAY for 15% off or 20% off a $150+ order. [3% Ebates.ca]

Lancôme: Code BLACKFRIDAY for 20% off. [3% Ebates.ca]

Lise Watier: 20% off everything & free shipping, plus choose one of three 2-piece full-sized GWPs with a $100 purchase. Codes are TEINT (Base Miracle + Perfecting Foundation Brush), YEUX (Eye Primer + Eyeshadow Brush), and LEVRES (Magnifix Lips + Lip Brush).

London Drugs: Pay with Visa Checkout to get $10 off a $100+ order.

MAC Canada: For Select members only, 25% off with code MAC25, and pick 5 samples. [3% Ebates.ca]

Marcelle: 30% off everything & free shipping, plus a free 3-piece GWP with a $65 purchase.

Nail Polish Canada: Various deals.

NARS: Code TAKE20 for 20% off.

Sephora: Various Black Friday sets. [4% Ebates.ca]

Shu Uemura: Code SHUBF 20% off $50 or 25% off $100, plus free shipping on $50+ orders.

tarte: Code FRIYAY for 25% off (just FYI, tarte also very recently had their site hacked.)

Trust Fund Beauty: Code BF50 for 50% off.

Urban Decay: Code: LETSCYBER for 20% off Friends & Fanatics event, 2 days only. Spend $80 and get a free Prime and Set Duo.

Vasanti: 20–80% off.

Well.ca: Pay with Visa Checkout & use code VISA10 to get $10 off a $75+ order. [1% Ebates.ca]

Yves Rocher: 50% off sitewide, plus $20 off a $60 order and free shipping with code 20BLACK60.

YSL Beauty: 15% off with code YSL15, today only.

Zoya: Code FRIYAY for 50% off and free shipping (handling fee applies for Canada).

Exclusions apply for some deals.

Happpy Shopping!

[Image source: Tom Hiddleston in Jaguar’s 2014 Super Bowl commercial]

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?

Sale Alert: Save 20% Using PayPal at 8 Luxury Beauty Brands (Canada, through November 15, 2017)

Just a quick post to let you guys know that if you use PayPal (and code PAYPAL13), you can save 20% on $50+ purchases at the following Canadian beauty stores:

Certain product exclusions apply for some of the stores.

This offer is good through November 15, 2017. (Of course, you can get 20% off some of these brands at the Sephora sale through November 15, as well!)

You can also use Ebates Canada (referral link) with most of these stores, though I can’t be sure they’ll apply using the discount code, as well.

Happy shopping!