Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2016)

This Haulage! post also serves as Part 2 to Online Store Review: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (Part 1).

My order was placed on September 17, it shipped on the 22nd, and it was arrived to me in Toronto on the 23rd (5 business days), so delivery fell well within the advertised 4–7 business days.

Firstly, I want to mention that about a week after I placed the order, I happened to notice something while I was doing my weekly coupon-loading on Shoppers Drug Mart’s website/app (it’s totally worth it, by the way—I’ve racked up so many Optimum points using the personalized coupons they are constantly cranking out!). My Optimum Points total seemed unusually low, even considering the 95,000 points I had just redeemed over the weekend. Then, under my Transaction History, I saw this:

They’d deducted my redeemed points twice!

As I was already on the Shoppers Drug Mart site, I shot off an email to them via their contact form. Shortly afterward, I received an email saying my message could not be delivered because my Yahoo email wasn’t being accepted. Guys, it’s coming from your own web form. Then, a tweet came to nothing as they asked me to direct message them, and then, via DM, asked me to send them an email. I emailed, then they asked me to call in.

I suppose I could have just called from the start, but what on earth are web forms and email and other methods of online communication for, then? In the end, I had a light bulb moment and checked beautyBOUTIQUE.com, where I’d actually made the purchase. They had their own web form for contacting customer service, so I tried that. (Frankly, it was already 4pm and there were constant drilling sounds coming from an adjacent apartment, so I didn’t feel like shouting over the phone with a CS agent. Not to mention Peanut is very keen on talking to everybody on the phone, even if it’s not for him.)

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Ipsy — September 2016 Glam Bag “Glamazon”

I just did my August Ipsy (referral link) bag over the weekend (so late!) and now here’s my Sepember bag. Thought I should get it done before I start running late again.

Ipsy Glam Bag, September 2016, Glamazon
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • Eva NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner (0.75 oz mini; 5.1 oz full size US$14)
  • Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Moisturizing Mask (15 mL mini; 45 mL full size US$25)
  • Seraphine Botanicals 91% Natural Creamy Lip & Cheek Stain in Guava Butter (0.14 oz full size; US$24)
  • Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (1.5 g mini; 4 mL full size US$28—no idea why the sizes are measured in volume for the mini and mass for the full size)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite (17 mL full size / USD$15)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Eva NYC: 25% off any purchase with code Ipsters25 (through 10/31, US/CA only)
  • Nuxe: 20% off any $50 purchase with code SUMMER2016 (through 8/31, US only)
  • Seraphine Botanicals: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 10/31)
  • Too Faced: free deluxe-sized Melted Chocolate Lipstick in Honey with purchase, with code IPSYGWP (through 10/31)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 35% off any purchase with code IPSTER35 (through 9/30)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Optimum Points Event (June 26, 2015) — Chanel & Nuxe

I’m lucky because my husband doesn’t really want much “fun” stuff for himself at Shoppers Drug Mart. You can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points for electronics like laptops, game consoles, and cameras, but he’s pretty much an Apple guy, doesn’t want to upgrade to PS4 (yet), and just got a free camera from work. So for the time being, he’s happy for me to splurge on myself with the points.

Yesterday, Shoppers Drug Mart, a Canadian drugstore chain, held an unusual Spend Your Points Event which gave you 30,000 Points back if you redeemed 95,000 Points for $170 worth of free merchandise.

I just want to note for other Canadians that it is really not hard to rack up those Optimum Points if you sign up for SDM’s emails and get their mobile app! They send out Bonus Points deals, some tailored to your personal shopping habits, and it can really be worth it to take advantage of these coupons.

So, off I went to my nearest SDM with a Chanel makeup counter! I typically only like to redeem for brands that don’t tend to go on sale (as far as I know, the best discount I can get on Chanel in Canada is 10% + eBates at Hudson’s Bay whenever they run a cosmetics sale, which is so not better than 100% off!). I’ve wanted a couple of Chanel nail polishes for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to get them.

Here’s the haul (all prices are obviously in Canadian dollars), with more photos:

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