Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP 50 mL

Haulage! Diesel — Loverdose Tattoo, & Perfume Notes (December 2017)

After the disappointment that was Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid, I felt like I wanted a pick-me-up, and I usually like my birthday/Christmas money to go to perfume.

I was craving a rice pudding scent, and the fragrant folks over at the Fragrantica boards reminded me that Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP was a perfect choice for that scent. I had actually tested—and loved!—Loverdose Tattoo when it first came out, and somehow I had forgotten all about it. I think I may have been waiting in vain for it to show up on Shoppers Drug Mart’s clearance shelves. But after snagging both Loverdose and Loverdose Red Kiss 30 mL bottles for $19.99 a pop, I guess my luck has run out.

I had one of those big bonus Optimum Points offers (18,500 points for a $100 spend) loaded onto my Shoppers Optimum card, so I picked up Loverdose Tattoo EDP in the 50 mL bottle and added some grocery items (COFFEE) and small holiday gifts (CANDY) to reach $100. Not a bad deal at all, though I’m sad to report that the cosmetician didn’t give me any free beauty samples! It’s so random. Once I spent less than $5 on nail polish, and a different cosmetician gave me a nice skincare sample. This time I got a $67 perfume and nada. Should I be pushy and ask next time?

If I’d ordered via beautyBOUTIQUE online, I’d have gotten a free deluxe sample Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick and three additional free samples, plus had the opportunity to use Ebates. I’m not sure the Bonus Optimum points would have counted, though—it might have just been an in-store offer.

By the way, if you’re wondering, my favorite online grey market perfume reseller, FragranceX, also had Loverdose Tattoo. The 75 mL was the only size available, and it was priced the same as the 50 mL I got. I’m not fussed about the extra 25 mL, since it takes me forever to use up perfume. 50 mL is plenty for me. The only real advantages would have been no tax and the 10% discount I get with my loyalty points, though I would have had to add another small item to my order to get free shipping. I think the Optimum Points work out better, and, I get instant gratification buying it from the drugstore down the street.

Anyway, here’s the rundown on my latest perfume acquisition, and notes on several other perfumes I’ve tried in-store over the last week.

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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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Haulage! fivezero's beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event Optimum redemption (June 2017)

Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (June 2017)

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!

$181 subtotal – $170 redemption + $23.53 HST = $34.53 Total

Plus the $30 worth of bonus points to come later, too.

As usual, my beautyBOUTIQUE order arrived very promptly and perfectly packaged.

Here are more detailed product photos:

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours in Coralium and Sargasso

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours in Coralium and Sargasso (which doesn’t look this shimmery in real life, it’s the famed Chanel “invisible shimmer” type)

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract

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Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (February 2017) fivezero's Chanel & Dior haulage

Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (February 2017)

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 Baycough! 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:

#PackagingFail by @hudsonsbay #wasteful and poorly packed. Loose #nailpolish in a huge box?! #smh

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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:

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New Release: Dior — Diorific Vernis (Holiday 2016)

[Images: dior.com]

Collection: Dior Holiday 2016, Diorific Vernis

Dior’s Holiday 2016 Diorific Vernis collection consists of four festive lacquers.

From Dior:

The couture signature of this Holiday 2016 collection, Diorific Vernis comes in four statement colours around a pearly heart.

  • Nova (001), a glimmering “broken mirror” top coat
  • Golden (328)
  • Splendor (850)
  • Cosmic (899)

I haven’t tried these annual releases, but they do look wonderfully luxe and holiday-perfect, don’t they? I wonder how they stack up against the exceptional Dior Vernis line.

Dior Diorific Vernis, Holiday 2016

Happy shopping!

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Dior Vernis retails for US$28 / CA$34 and is 0.4 fl oz / 12 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and is made in France.

Christian Dior Cosmetics is a division of Christian Dior S.A., based in Paris, France. Dior and LVMH are both controlled by Bernard Arnault.

Dior Vernis in Skyline, swatch

Dior — Skyline (Vernis) Swatch & Review

Collection: Dior Fall 2016, Skyline

After falling head over heels in love with Glory last year—and it was my pedi most of this spring and summer—I resolved to get a few other Diors. When Hudson’s Bay recently offered a couple of coupons for almost 20% off beauty ($20 off $100), I thought it was a good time to finally do it, especially with the new fall collection out.

The full name of this Vernis polish is actually a mouthful: Vernis Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer. Seriously! The longer and more unnecessarily complicated a product name is, the less luxurious it tends to feel to me. What’s wrong with just Vernis? Tack on the Gel Shine, if you must, for marketing purposes. At least all that verbiage is absent from the bottle itself:

Dior Vernis in Skyline

Skyline (848) is one of four neutral shades in Dior’s fall collection. It’s a deep, rum raisin chocolate in a glossy cream finish. Browns can be a little tough to pull off without looking a bit too circa 1990s, but the taupeish plum tone means it is really just the hottest vampy mauve-brown, ever.

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