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).

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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)

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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)

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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?

Sale Alert: Spend Your Points PLUS Event at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada Only, July 20–22, 2017)

Today through Saturday (July 20–22 only), Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points PLUS Event. It actually states on their site that it runs from July 20 at midnight through July 23 at 4 AM (EST). I have no idea why they insist on doing it that way, since it makes it sound as though you have all day on Sunday to redeem the points with this event [edit: they’ve since readjusted their banner to read July 20–22; it’s still odd that the event doesn’t run through Sunday like it usually does].

This event works online at Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE, as well.

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!

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

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

Sale Alert: Ebates Canada Celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary

This first of July, 2017, marks Canada’s 150th anniversary! I’m sure there will be many sales to come, but here’s one of the first big ones: Ebates Canada (referral link) is offering double the cash back at 150 stores!

Here are some of the beauty- and fashion-related ones (my favorite categories to shop, naturally). Note that not all of these stores will be shipping from Canada, so duties may apply; check before you order!

My top picks here are Charlotte Tilbury (8%), MAC (6%), Sephora (8%), and tarte (10%)—who are having a 48-hour sale right now. Yes, I got the Make Believe In Yourself Palette.

  • aerie (5%)
  • Amazon.ca (up to 2%)
  • Ardene (6%)
  • ASOS (5%)
  • Aveda (8%)
  • Banana Republic (6%)
  • Blue Nile (2%)
  • Bobbi Brown (8%)
  • The Body Shop (8%)
  • Charlotte Tilbury (8%)
  • Clinique (8%)
  • Club Monaco (5%)
  • Coach (8%)
  • eBay (up to 2%)
  • Estée Lauder (6%)
  • Etsy (2%)
  • Farfetch (6%)
  • Gap / Baby Gap (4%—by the way, you can stick Old Navy and Gap stuff in your shopping cart and check out via Banana Republic, instead, and nab BR’s 6% cash back; I don’t believe you even need any BR stuff in your cart. I know I’ve done this in the past.)
  • Gilt (4%)
  • Hudson’s Bay (5%)
  • Indigo (up to 4%)
  • J.Crew (3%)
  • Jimmy Choo (8%)
  • Joe Fresh (4%)
  • Kate Spade (8%)
  • Le Château (7%)
  • Links of London (10%)
  • L’Occitane (5%)
  • Luisa Via Roma (up to 9%)
  • MAC (6%)
  • Modcloth (4%)
  • Naturalizer (8%)
  • Old Navy (4%—by the way, you can stick Old Navy and Gap stuff in your shopping cart and check out via Banana Republic, instead, and nab BR’s 6% cash back; I don’t believe you even need any BR stuff in your cart. I know I’ve done this in the past.)
  • Origins (8%)
  • The Outnet (6%)
  • Rose Gal (5%)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue (8%)
  • Sephora (8%)
  • The Shoe Company (6%)
  • Shopbop (4%)
  • tarte (10%—heh, I literally just used this with their 48-hour flash sale)
  • Toms (10%)
  • Tory Burch (6%)
  • Town Shoes (6%—I did not even know they had an online store, now!)
  • TSC (3%)
  • Well.ca (2%)

See the full list here.

Happy Shopping!

Sale Alert: Spend Your Points PLUS Event at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada Only, June 10–11, 2017)

This Saturday and Sunday (June 10–11 only), Canada’s 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).

This works online at Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE, as well. They seem to have added a few brands online recently, including Vasanti, though I wish they’d hurry up and add more nail polish. (By the way, Chanel and RMS polishes are squirrelled away on their respective brand boutique pages, so you can’t see them on the regular nail polish page.) The Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat stuff all seems to be on sale, as well (dammit, never get the UD LE stuff at full price!)

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive:

  • 38,000 points for $60 off, plus $10 worth of Optimum Points
  • 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 contains:

  • Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Angélique
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Coralium
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sargasso
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sea Whip
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Loose Powder (heh)
  • Givenchy Mother’s Day Set Hot Couture EDT

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

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