Thursday, November 23, 2017

Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event 2017

It's that time of year again. No, I don't mean Black Friday or Cyber Mondaythough those are both very fun daysno, I mean Shopper Drug Mart's big, end-of-year Optimum points redemption event. This year it's taking place on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27.

Historically this event saw Shoppers increase the cash value of its top two redemption levels. For example, in 2011, you could cash in 95,000 points for an impressive $250 worth of stuff (the standard amount is $170). Then last year Shoppers changed things up. Instead of increasing the cash value, it gave points back.

It's using that model again this year. Spend 95,000 points and you'll get $40 worth of points back. Spend the next highest level, 50,000, and you'll get $20 back. Last year I wasn't thrilled about this change however, now I prefer it.

I have over 145,000 points, enough to redeem at both the 95,000 and 50,000 levels. Under the old model, that meant I could have redeem my points for $500 worth of stuff (you're only allowed to redeem the top level of points twice). And while that sounds amazing, it can be hard to spend that much, even at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Under this new approach, I only have to spend $255 to maximize the value of my points, I figure that I'm confident I can hit. I'll then get $60 worth of points back on my card, which can then be used during a separate shopping trip, say in January. While this way isn't quite as fun as having a huge amount of points to spend, it is more practical and manageable.

Shoppers hasn't posted this weekend's flyer yet but Smart Canucks has it up now. I'm off to check it out and make my shopping list for this weekend.

Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I've had some good luck with Avon products in the past so when I was given a bottle of Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and a bottle of the line's conditioner, I had high hopes.

According to Avon, these products use "argan oil, provitamin B5 and vitamin E" to "instantly improve hair’s health and shine." Each one also supposedly, "fights frizz; instantly detangles hair" and "Cleanses and conditions hair." And as a nice bonus, these products are also supposed to have a "creamy, luxurious lather."

They do lather up nicely, I'll give them that. And they washed out easily, leaving me with light, clean hair that was pretty tangle-free. However, the shine that I wanted just wasn't there. And this duo had pretty much no impact on my frizz and flyaways.

Monday, November 20, 2017

My November 2017 Topbox

This month's Topbox had only four items in it but despite that small number of products, I think this box is the best one I've received all year. Each item is one that is both new to me and something that I want. And even better, three of the products are things that I need and almost bought. Here's what I received this month:
  • Laritzy Cosmetics Silicone Makeup Blender (full size)
  • Elizabeth Arden Lasting Impression Mascara (2.5ml)
  • Joico Blonde Life Brightening Veil UV & Thermal Defense Multitasker (50 ml)
  • MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream (6ml)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Katrine Marso Night Cream Review

Last month I had a long overdue facial. At the end of it, the aesthetician gave me a sample tube of a product I'd heard of: Katrine Marso Night Cream. She said that it was just what I needed to rid my forehead of a few small patches of milia.

It turns out that this product is Canadian and made by a company, "that combined methodical facial care and technical efficiency in order to provide highly effective treatments at the forefront of cosmetology."  The star of its night cream is five per cent non-neutralized glycolic acid, which is supposed to, "stimulate cellular renewal, therefore allowing better oxygenation of tissues for brighter and radiant complexion."

A type of AHA, glycolic acid is frequently found in anti-aging and anti-acne products because of its ability to break down the old, top level skin, revealing the smoother, brighter tissue found underneath. Well, that's the theory. A lot of AHA-containing products simply don't have enough of that key ingredient and/or aren't packaged properly, to actually achieve visible results.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Review

A couple months ago I made an unfortunate discovery: I was all out of my favourite fast-drying top coat, Avon's Quick Dry Nail Enamel Spray. And since it's an Avon product, it's not exactly something I can run out to Shoppers' for. Thankfully I remembered that several Topboxes ago, I received a sample of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. It was time to test this product out.

Since then I've used Seche Vite a few times and I can understand why it's such a hyped product. Seche, the company behind this item describes it as a, "Specially formulated fast drying top coat delivers the plumping effect of a gel in a glossy, high shine nish without the use of a UV/LED light!" I have no idea what a "nish" (no, that's not a typo on my end) but it sounds like Seche Vite is suppose to make regular nail polish look like a gel polish while speeding up drying time.