Every month or so,
Shoppers Drug Mart has an Optimum Point Redemption promo where you can redeem
your points (for free stuff) and get extra money off. This long weekend was one
of those redemption events.
For instance, 50,000 Optimum points normally equals $85 but during a redemption promo weekend, you can get an extra $15 for those 50,000 points, making it a $100 of free stuff. 95,000 points will get you $200.
You collect Optimum points by shopping at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale.ca. you get 10 points for every dollar spent plus there are opportunities to get bonus Optimum points on items during the week.
For the past few redemption events, I have been just getting basics with my points; groceries, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, tissue/TP, vitamins etc. This time I spent the majority of the points on me and not on household items or other unfun stuff. Okay I got some toilet paper and pop but it was on sale and couldn’t resist.
|a little SDM redemption|
The first item I had to get was a curling iron. About a month or so ago, I broke my 1” barrel curling iron. I had it for over a decade. It was old but it still worked great. I was in the bathroom and I knocked it off the vanity. The way it hit the ground was epic. It blew apart into a million pieces. The end tip came off, something flew out of the barrel, screws shooting off behind the toilet, the stand and clamp went flying. I was so sad after that; a) because it was something I used every other day and was so used to it and b) this meant I had to spend money on a new one L. I tried using my 1 ½” and ½” irons but they either didn’t curl my hair that great (too big) or it took too long (too small). So getting a free curling iron is awesome. I like how this Conair Infiniti Premiere has a notch on the end so you can hang it on a hook when you want to put it away. I also prefer irons with the clamp. With my disability, it is difficult for me to use my right shoulder to turn my hair around the clampless irons. My arms get too sore or my shoulder seizes up. I was trying this method with my 1 ½” iron. I like to just clamp it on and roll away. Maybe I should invest in an iron that also self rotates as well? Hmmmmm
I picked up some more hair dye, Garnier Nutrisse Cream. I have been using the mousse version but now I want to try out the cream.
I also got another Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer. I really love this stuff for an everyday daytime moisturizer. My only complaint is that I wish it had a higher SPF than 15. I know there are other Aveeno lotions that have a higher SPF in them but I really like the results with the Positively Radiant line.I had to restock on my favorite drug store concealer, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light. I am really liking this stuff. It does a great job for a medium coverage concealer. Once I set it, the Fit Me Concealer doesn’t budge or settle too much. I will last me the whole work day.
My first Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer. I love how thick and opaque these are and not crazy sticky. I got Nova, a bright girly pink. I now wish I would have also grabbed a peachy one too. I don't know why I waited so long to try these out.
|Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer in Nova|
I also got some basic beauty items that I didn’t photograph because I put them away already or opened up - Quo nail polish remover, Quo cotton pads, some pointy ear buds/q-tips for makeup and nail fixes.
I was really debating getting the L’oreal La Palette 2 vs the curling iron. But in the end, I figured I had enough eyeshadow for the moment. Plus the price of the La Palette at Shoppers Drug Mart put me off…$29.99! What the fudge? Anyhow necessity won out over want. Forever practical. ~~le sigh~~