During last weekend’s Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event, I hopped onto their luxury beauty website, beautyBOUTIQUE, and redeemed 95,000 Optimum Points for $170 (plus $30 worth of Bonus Points to be added to my account later this month):
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Coralium (562) [$32]
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sargasso (558) [$32]
Clarins 4-Colour Eye Palette (LE) from Sunkissed Summer 2017 [$45]
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract (867) [$72]
These were my 3 free samples:
Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster (free sample)
Elizabeth Arden White Tea EDT (free sample)
Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel (free sample)
My total was CA$181, so $170 was subtracted from my points redemption. You still have to pay tax (13% HST in Ontario) on the full amount, however.
The savings is like paying $1.94 for each Chanel polish, $2.74 for the Clarins palette, and $4.38 for the Dior palette!
Camélia (506) is from the original launch of Chanel’s reformulated Le Vernis polishes, which I love. They’re so much better than Chanel’s previous polishes that it annoys me to even use those anymore.
Pink is not usually very “me”, but I am often quite drawn to those that are halfway to being red, like Camélia is. It’s a quite-neutral, medium pink cream, which makes it eminently wearable by most skintones, though you can see in the swatch that my yellow-toned skin does make it pull quite warm on the nail. (The bottle color shows the true shade.) Don’t be fooled, as it’s really a perfect, clear shade of cerise.
I have a lot of points accumulated, and decided I don’t want to hang on to too many at once (should Loblaw decide to change the Optimum Points system). I redeemed twice for $200! Whee! Optimum Points get racked up a lot faster if you load the personalized coupons every week.
Here’s my haul. I was good and didn’t get any lipstick! But I did get nail polish (of course), eyeshadow, lipgloss (doesn’t count!), and foundation. I only had to pay the excess beyond $200 ($1 on the first order, $2 on the second!) and 13% HST (sales tax) on the full amounts—and of course I redeemed 2 x 95k Optimum Points. I also received a bonus 10k points for spending $100 on Clinique skincare. I think it’s nice that they let you get the bonuses even when you’re just redeeming points and not “really” spending money.
Denim is generally associated with blue, even when it’s of the “washed” variety. Chanel must have had grey denim in mind, because Washed Denim is an elephant grey cream with a subtle green undertone. Not much denim blue going on here. This means the color gives me lobster hands (olive drab shades generally look quite terrible on me).
Nevertheless, I love the moodiness of this shade. I wore it on a rainy, overcast day, and it just fit perfectly.
As a side note I do love grey jeans! It’s my favorite jean color. (I definitely stick to greys without green undertones, though.) I have three pairs—a lighter grey, a medium-light grey, and a charcoal grey—and am still waiting on losing my pregnancy weight so I can squeeze back into them. Le sigh.
Chanel’s Spring 2017 Coco Codes collection includes basic colors of nail polish in black (Black Métamorphosis, a tinted top coat), red (Rouge Red), beige (Beige Beige), and white (Blanc White):
When beautyBOUTIQUE was running a sale, I picked up Blanc White (548), which is really more off-white than “white white”. It’s a semi-sheer ivory with a delicate, pearly finish. (I’m not sure why Chanel’s promo pic has it looking so very pink-beige!)
It’s a beautifully classic and conservative shade—really not my kind of thing at all! Ha! But as far as pretty, pale pearl polishes go, it’s really nice.