Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart / beautyBOUTIQUE (September 2018), Joe Fresh clearance

Haulage! Joe Fresh clearance at Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2018)

Over the last few months, Loblaw, a Canadian grocery and pharmacy retailing giant, has been making a lot of changes to their online luxury beauty store, beautyBOUTIQUE.

For one, they changed their website from beautyboutique.ca to keep it under their Shoppers Drug Mart umbrella at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca. This redirects to beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty-boutique, which seems a little redundant to me.

Anyway, secondly, they added a regular Beauty section to the Luxury Beauty section! This means that Canadians can now purchase a wide variety (though not a full selection) of drugstore beauty products online via Shoppers. This is great news for me—I’ve been sending messages about this to Shoppers whenever they ask for suggestions—since I hate having to hit up a few different locations just to find the all products I want.

I’ve noticed that there are still some growing pains. For example, not all brands are available online (L’Occitane and quite a few perfume brands in the luxury section). The weekly sales are not always posted at the right time. The database is a bit wonky: Mid- and lower-priced brands (Calgon, J.R. Watkins, Marcelle, Pixi, Cake Beauty, all lower-end fragrances) show up in the Luxury section. There are some other oddities: Vasanti is under Luxury, but similarly-priced Nude by Nature and Consonant Skincare are slotted into regular Beauty; Strivectin is Luxury but Fekkai and Redken are filed under regular Beauty.

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Haulage! Clinique GWP at Clinique.ca (Spring 2016)

Another month, another Clinique Bonus! I usually have a Clinique item or two on my wishlist, and I have a few Clinique staples, as well, so it’s not hard to come up with a purchase to get a GWP—especially when it includes a cute makeup bag! This month, Clinique Canada is offering a GWP with a makeup bag designed in conjunction with Australian graphic artist Georgia Perry.

Clinique & Georgia Perry GWP at Clinique Canada, May 2016

This is also an especially alluring GWP for me, since it doesn’t come with the normally ubiquitous Dramatically Different+ Moisturizing Lotion, which is just ho-hum for my skin.

A CA$31 Clinique.ca purchase gets you the GWP, and I got lucky because my latest Clinique wishlist item, Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, is exactly CA$31. Plus, Clinique.ca is also offering free shipping on all orders, for a limited time. (Psst, I also got ebates.ca cashback!)

Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask

The 7-piece GWP contains:
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Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Event, April 2016, Optimum Redemption Haulage, Chanel nail polish Gitane Roubachka, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour Nail Enamel Black Perfecto, Meteorites Medium

Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Event (April 2016)

On Saturday, Shoppers Drug Mart ran a Spend Your Points event. I skipped the last such event, so this time, with wishlist in hand, I headed out to the largest beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart near me to redeem 95,000 Optimum points for $200 worth of loot.

My wishlist went something like this:

  • ANNA SUI nail polish
  • CHANEL nail polish
  • GUERLAIN nail polish, particularly Black Perfecto
  • PAUL & JOE BEAUTÉ nail polish (are you noticing a trend, here?)
  • GUERLAIN Météorites
  • SOAP & GLORY body scrub

Basically, I wanted those fancy Météorites, a new body scrub, and, well, I always want new nail polish! I had decided to avoid getting any lip products, eyeshadow, and skincare, since I really-really-really don’t need more at the moment.

I didn’t do too badly in the end, as this is what I came home with (the location I went to didn’t have any Paul & Joe and Soap & Glory—bah!):

  • CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gitane (510), $32
  • CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Roubachka (514), $32
  • GUERLAIN Météorites Light-Revealing Pearls of Powder in Medium (03), $75
  • GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in Black Perfecto (007), $37
  • GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Black Perfecto (007), $27
  • SHISEIDO Facial Cotton, $11

All prices are in Canadian dollars, by the way, so don’t be shocked if you’re used to US prices! And, yes, we still have to pay sales tax (13% HST in Ontario) on the $200 redemption.

Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Optimum Event, April 2016, receipt

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Haulage Week (& Throwback Thursday)! MAC

This week, I’ll be posting about some little hauls I’ve made recently, rather than swatches and reviews. Here’s the haulage post schedule for this week:

  • Monday: Essie, Illamasqua, Smashbox, W7
  • Tuesday: Zoya
  • Wednesday: Perfume (Ellen Tracy, Jennifer Lopez)
  • Throwback Thursday: MAC
  • Friday: Essence, L’Oréal, OPI

Last week, MAC decided to drop their prices on Pro Palette Eye Shadow refill pans (they used to be CA$12, and now they’re CA$8), so I picked up four that had been on my wishlist for some time.

Pardon some of the slightly out-of-focus photos; I should be getting my new camera lens soon!

I got Soft Brown, Nocturnelle, Concrete, and Bamboo, another Large Duo Pro Palette, and an Eyeshadow x15 Insert, as well as a free sample of Pro Eye Makeup Remover (6 mL):

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Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson's Bay, Fall 2015

Haulage! Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson’s Bay (Fall 2015)

On the last day of August, since I knew I was starting a fall low-buy, I decided to splurge one last time! I knew Hudson’s Bay was running an Estée Lauder GWP, and eBates.ca (referral link) was offering an additional 5% cashback. Plus, I’d had Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Blush in Sensuous Rose on my wishlist ever since I bought it for my mom last year. Then, last week, Stashmatters praised the blush, and basically, all the stars aligned and I finally ordered it. It costs just enough to qualify for the GWP, as well!

Well, I should say that most of the stars aligned. I recently updated my Firefox browser, and I don’t know if it was the browser update or Hudson’s Bay updating their online store, but I suddenly could not add anything into my shopping cart. I also couldn’t remove existing items from my shopping cart. Both actions prompted JavaScript errors.

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