Review: Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray – Matte Finish

Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Setting Spray Matte Finish

We all want our makeup to last, whether is for a night out, long day or ensuring it withstands the heat/weather we all want to stay looking perfect all day. I am always on the hunt for a budget friendly setting spray and with an offer on a Boots a bit back, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new. The Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray comes with two finishes either Matte or Dewy, personally I prefer a matte finish which is the one I will be reviewing here today. So, what’s the verdict on the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix, Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish?

First and foremost, the packaging a topic I usually start with as its always the first thing that attracts you to a product and really makes a huge difference to what you think of it. I must say I find the packaging for the setting spray a little lack lustre, the spray bottle itself is what you’d expect so it’s not where I am disappointed. Within a few days, the label started to peel off, a thick tacky label which is unattractive and makes me want to hide the bottle away. I am aware the aesthetic is very much Barry M but it’s made me realise that other brands such as Primark make a much more sophisticated and more aesthetically pleasing item for the same price point.

There’s no hidden tricks, with these products just a simple mist on the face and your makeup should stay all day. This product has a nice light mist which isn’t too wet or too big droplets which will affect the integrity of your perfectly applied makeup. What I will say is the spray does not spread too far so you need to make the effort to spray round your face opposed to two pumps and your gone. For the budget end through I rather make the effort to ensure coverage rather than have a non-light mist so I can deal with the compromise for such a low price point.

Now the most important thing, did it keep my face matte and my makeup last all day? The result, well kind of. I don’t tend to have an issue with oiliness so the fact my face was still matte at the end of the day wasn’t a huge surprise but I am currently preferring a matte finish to a dewy one, which influenced my decision process. As for the long-lasting effect? It was somewhat there, I did put it properly to the test trailing it on a hot day, and one of those days at work where I never seemed to sit down at my desk for any longer than 5 minutes. Both occasions my makeup held reasonably well, staying reasonably well but it was clear that my makeup had started to wear away on my forehead and some other spots. A full-on day or heat, just isn’t in this products capability and I think I maybe expected a little too much of it. Where I am really finding a love for this setting spray though is when wetting by brush before applying powder based products it just adds something extra to the colours and the staying power of what I wear so it will be put to good use.

Unfortunately, the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray, Matte Finish didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Let me know in the comments which setting spray I should try next, I’m looking for that holy grail item so I cannot wait to hear your opinions.

Gwen

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Review: PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation in 00 Porcelain

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Sorry guys this post was meant to be up yesterday but I was too busy playing Sims 4, they finally added toddlers in a free update on Thursday. As a long term Sims lover this was amazing and I did nothing but Sims, so naughty me ended up finalising the post yesterday night when the post was already meant to be live. But hey grab your coffee and start off your Monday morning right as you add things mentally to your shopping list.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know that my all-time favourite foundation is the L’Oreal True Match Foundation but recently I have want to try something new and while perusing Primark I stumbled upon the PS Pro range and seeing how pale the foundations got I just couldn’t resist.

According to the packaging the PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation:

“Advanced formula provides all the benefits of mineral powders;

Contains silica, mica, magnesium, copper, zinc, kaolin, manganese and vitamins;

Smooths the appearance of skin imperfections and moisturises;

Provides excellent coverage with a natural finish and weightless feel;

With SPF 15 to protect the skin from the sun”

One of the things that surprised me was how pigmented and thick the foundation is, it’s definitely a full coverage foundation you cannot even slightly question it but this is definitely a longwearing foundation. At this point I slightly disagree with the weightless feel claim, it’s not weighty but it’s not heavy and cakey on the skin it just gives you that completely airbrush skin where you can hide all of your imperfections.

I’ve found the best way to apply this is with a flat bottomed brush, you need less product and it leave a nice natural and full coverage look. I found with a sponge part way through the morning the foundation would break up or it would apply funny. In fact I apply this foundation with the Kiko Milano Skin Tone Foundation Brush which I reviewed earlier this week if you wish to check out the full post here.

The one downside is that I found that although the makeup itself is not drying when my skin seriously dried out about a week ago it was slightly patchy but after a few face mask, and some tlc it is now applying perfectly again. This is definitely more of a foundation for normal/combination skin.  Still I recommend checking it out wether you want a good budget option, want a nice pale option or just like trying out new foundation, I generally like the stuff I’ve found in the PS beauty range and cannot wait to try out some more in future.

The PS Pro Longwear Mineralised Foundation is available for £4.00 from Primark, this range seems to have loads of colours as well as testers in store if you are curious to try.

Gwen

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Review: PS Love Primer Water

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Another day, another budget beauty item for when I want to dip my toes in the water but don’t want to part with my money, it’s also another opportunity to try out another Primark P.S product, which I haven’t found one product I haven’t liked yet Primark’s beauty range is well worth checking out there are some amazing products which are all affordable. You can check out some of my previous look at Primark’s beauty ranges by clicking the following links (P.S Love First Impression and Swatches, OTHER)

So today it’s time to take a at the P.S Love Primer Water, in the past I have always loved quick solutions when applying my makeup especially for day to day so a spray primer that is moisturising and extends the life of my makeup (or at least that’s the plan) has huge appeal.

The bottle itself is nothing special, simple and practical I feel like it could be prettier but for only £2.00 I can’t really complain it serves it purpose. The sprayer although it does not emit a super fine mist, like those that are higher end its not spotty and is a fairly decent mist spray too much though and it’ll your face will just feel wet. The one thing I wish is if the mist spready further as you do have to use a couple of sprays and it will cover your entire face. Then you wait a few minutes and it will dry fairly quickly and then you can get on with your makeup, it’s not as hydrating as a traditional moisturiser or moisturising primer but what do you expect it offers that little bit of moisturise but gives back speed and time. I am not convinced it extended the longevity of my makeup but it didn’t make it disappear any quicker, so all in all it probably works at least a bit. I’m not sold on this as a primer, I think it will be great it summer to freshen up, but it terms of priming there are much better products on the market.

Well at least priming in the traditional sense, I have found two great uses for the primer water. First is to use it to use on my blending sponge with foundation, without the real wetness of water itself it doesn’t sheer out or breakup the makeup too much. It’s so easy to use and keep with my makeup and use it when I need it, so it brings a huge amount of ease to my makeup routine. It’s also great for use with eyeshadows, a damp makeup brush can really pack a punch. As you can see from the swatches it provides a real ompf to some colours and making colours more vibrant or custom eyeliners. So, although I might not continue to use it for all the face there are many other uses for the primer water.

So is the PS Love Primer Water worth buying? If you are curious about primer waters, or fancy using it opposed to water with makeup application go ahead. Realistically at only £2.00 from Primark its not a lot of money. What have you got to lose.

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Disapointing Products

It’s almost been two years and I am yet to of written a disappointing products post, quite an achievement really although I’ve had the odd disappointing product I haven’t really had a collection to write about. Unlike our fortunate American friends products can only be returned if they are ‘faulty’ or defective, or in a resalable condition. Makeup is not an item which cannot be returned no matter what. So often I will find a way to use the product or make it work for me, these are the ones I couldn’t make work.

So hopefully this post will prevent you from wasting your money, or you can help me find a way to make these products work for me. Please remember just because a product doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you so I’ve tried to provide as much information as possible about why I don’t like it so you can make your own judgements.

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Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights:

This is what happens when I don’t research, I’d gone in for a MUA highlighter and as it wasn’t in stock and I was in a rush I picked up the Makeup Revolution one without swatching or thinking. I really wish id stopped to swatch. If you swatch it onto your finger the most beautiful peachy champagne shade is there which would add a beautiful and delicate highlight and glow to your skin. Only problem is that it doesn’t swap or transfer from them and you can barely see anything when you transfer it across. Also I can’t seem to pick any up with a brush either, stubborn as help it wants to all stay together in its pan. So what could easily be a beautiful highlighter is just a stubborn dud.

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Tanya Burr Nail Polish: Original Formula

I have to say there are two reasons as to why the original formula is on my disappointing list. First up is the staying power, within a few hours its started to chip at the tips and then by the middle of a work day I have huge bits of nail varnish missing. Probably works for a night out or if you don’t need it to last. Other issue is the colours, although I love the colour of Penguin Chic so much so I end up redoing my nails daily sometimes, the others don’t look like they’ve been pictured or switched especially ‘Peaches and Cream’ which is an ugly orange and ‘Little Duck’ which definitely isn’t the pale mint green its sold as. Although my colour issues may be that I have always brought online from feel unique, opposed to in Superdrug as I’ve always brought them on sale as I don’t think the price is worth it.

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Benefit Roller Lash

Although I have since thrown it a way I have to say I was hugely disappointed when I tried the Benefit Roller Lash, it definitely seems like another one of Benefits gimmicks which are easy to get caught up in rather than a good long standing Holy Grail product. I think this is also reflected in the fact this time last year everyone was raving about it, and then it barely got any mention in peoples 2015 favourites a definite hype products. Even worse that when I compared it to the P.S. Love Lift and Curl Mascara I got exactly the same looking lashes.

 

What products have you found disappointing? Also let me know if you disagree and how you make the most out of the these products?

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Review: P.S Love Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray

If you haven’t seen my recent Primark haul where have you been? (Don’t worry you can check it out here. Anyway in that haul I picked up the P.S. Love Nail Polish Fast Dry Spray which hopefully will speed up the drying time of nail polish and make life easier.

If your anything like me paint your nails can become a chore where your impatience means they quickly get ruined as I never leave it long enough to dry properly. I’ve wondered about the quick dry top coats and sprays and always wonder if they are worth the money but with this option being only £0.80 then how could I possibly go wrong . . .

So I picked out a nail polish I like that’s never done me wrong before, and I went for the MUA Nail Polish in Purple lovely colour but takes a few layers to build it up so this spray is ideal. So I put on the first layer like normal and let it dry completely on its own before using this spray between each layer and following the instructions, keeping the can so many inches away and not touching it for a minute afterwards. Which did leave the nails each time shinny and dry, so in theory it quickened it up but it didn’t feel like it, it felt like a lot of faff. Also I am unsure what I was expecting but it came out feeling oily while I was definitely expecting more of an alcohol spray, instead of oil. I am so glad I was doing it over a blank piece of paper for photo purposes instead of just generally like I might have done if I wasn’t reviewing it. The oil residue sunk straight into the paper making it look like something your fast food is wrapped in which isn’t pleasant. Although I haven’t tried it and don’t especially wish to I have a hunch this may mark/stain clothes, so use with care. I don’t think I will use this without paper underneath or something.

I’ve tried it a few times before writing the review and I have to say I am finding it doesn’t necessarily speed up the process of painting my nails, with all the stopping, spraying, waiting and cleaning off the residue. Also I’ve tried it with a number of polishes from MUA, to the Barry M Hi-Gelly Shine Polishes and within 24 hours my nails are all super chipper and most of the polish has flaked off even if they wouldn’t normally chip so soon which is a huge concern. I think my final verdict is that it does make it quicker if you need a few layers to dry super quick before a night/evening out but other than that I’d just say be patient. Doing your nails normally doesn’t take that much longer and for quick drying the Barry M Speedy Dry Polishes are amazing?

If you have tried any of the speed dry products let me know what you think of them and how they work in the comments. I still love the idea of quick drying nails but this budget option definitely isn’t viable.

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Stocking Fillers

Stocking fillers

To me a stocking filler is anything that is a little bit of fun, quirky and really budget friendly. I’ve included inexpensive gifts within the Gift Guide for Him and the Gift Guide for Her which are more serious, nice and inexpensive these are just all jokey fun and all under £10.00.  For further details, check out my MrLista list here. Although I have attempted to be gender neutral with the stocking stuffers, I’m not as good at this stuff for men so check out my ‘Gift Guide for Him’ if you would prefer a mainly male focus for gifts.

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First up is for the coffee lover with Strong F**King Coffee, I just thought this was a bit fun and I have some friends that cannot live without strong coffee. So if you know a coffee lover and want a fun inexpensive list I think this would totally work, plus it’s a generous sizing although a jar of coffee would be cheaper this is a little bit more quirky. The person you may know may not be a tea or coffee person so there are plenty of Tea and Hot Chocolate gift sets, including ******, a hot drink in the winter months always warms you up and are perfect, plus you can give them something a little bit fancier than they would normally buy but you know they will use.

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A bonus gift with these if you wish to spend a little bit more (or as a gift on their own) is buy a cute mug to go with them you can never have enough in my opinion and it’s something useful. Similarly you can pick up Twinning’s, Starbucks and Costa Gift Sets most are not on the list as they cost more than £10.00 but it is an all in one set.

I fucking love you mug

Worse comes to worst buy a cute mug, or not so cute mug in this case.

paper chase highlighters

In my ‘Gift Guide for Her’ (LINK) I mentioned buying cute stationary items, so I have added some into this post as well as they just build up a stocking in a cute way and I also think they would be great for kids gifts or stocking stuffers too. The Animal Highlighters from Paperchase are irresistible to me, I have had to resist them so many times as I have no need for highlighters in my day to day life. Things like small pretty notebooks (great for a handbag), stationary sets, and business card holders depending on what their job role involves.

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CHOCOLATE! Chocolate is always a fool proof gift as everyone loves chocolate, it’s a little impersonal in some cases but it will always be well received. So I’ve collected a wide mix of chocolate gifts from fancy Truffles to Dairy Milk boxes and more Novelty Chocolate gifts. Chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes, so there is a chocolate filled gift for pretty much everyone.

firebox secret santa

Or if you really don’t know and cannot be bothered to think of a gift sites like Firebox do secret santa boxes wrapped in ‘crap wrap’. You pick box 1, 2 or 3 but god knows if there really are 3 different boxes or not as you nor the person receiving the gift will know what’s in which is all part of the fun really.

So be it Christmas on a budget or you are building a stocking hopefully you’ve liked this slightly different ideas that you can get your hands on. So thank you for looking at my gift guides, what are buying and hoping to receive this Christmas?

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Bonus Boots Haul

Hi guys, I known I don’t usually post on a Sunday but as I missed a post earlier in the month I thought I would do a little bonus post today. I popped into Boots on Saturday just because and decided to get a few back up products for my stash as well as prices and offers being so good. Although I just ended up picking up a bunch of random bits.

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Boots had deals on all sorts of brands that if you spent £15.00 on that brand you could get a little gift set valuing around £30ish and as I wanted a new eyeliner and possibly a new mascara as a few of mine are on the way out.

L'oreal volume million lashes and infaillable

After always having good experiences with L’Oreal Mascaras i thought i would start there and ended up picking up the L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture (£9.99). Mainly for the purple packaging but i prefer plastic wands and volumising mascaras so this ticked both boxes.  I also need a new pencil eyeliner so I picked up the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Liner (£5.19), which I love the twist up as I hate sharpening eyeliners.

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As I’d spent over £15.00 I got the Feline Fatale set free which is meant to be worth £29. I have to say the set is fairly worth it despite receiving another eyeliner and mascara then I can stash them for later. In the set there was the Mega Volume 24h Collagene Mascara in Very Black, So Couture Super Liner in Black, Color Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Jungle Jade and Color Riche Nail Polish in Feline Sauvage. This is a really wearable and beautiful set and I look forward to digging into it.

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One last non L’Oreal PAris product the Botanics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, which was on offer and once I’ve used up I’m such a hoarder.

Have you picked up anything good up in boots or any other shops recently, also have you picked up anything good in the Black Friday Sales?

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September/October Collective Haul

Who doesn’t love a bit of a haul? I was going to do a collective September Haul but with only a smallish feel unique haul which didn’t seem work it I thought it would be worth combining September and Octobers hauls together as I really haven’t been buying too much. I also apologise if you have seen some of these items in posts already, as I have used some of them as I brought them for particular reasons over September and October.

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I think I actually ordered this at the end of August from Feel Unique but it didn’t arrive until the start of September and I missed the chance to put them in the collective August haul. I did pretty damn good though getting everything on sale plus an additional 10% off, I resisted going made and I only brought the things I actually need, as if I needed more makeup.

With Tanya Burrs new makeup or repackaged makeup being launched in August a lot of the older items were on sale, unfortunately the lashes I wanted had sold out. Probably because the packages are all being repackaged so £2.80 for Tanya Burr Lashes is a bloody steal, I also missed out of the lip glosses as the ones I wanted had gone but I picked up two nail polishes which I have been eyeing up for months, I owned two already and they are really great nail polishes. So I picked up the totally out of season but so pretty I’ll wear in anyway Tanya Burr Polish in Little Duck which actually went beautifully with my graduation outfit although in the end I went for flower detailed nails. The other nail polish I picked up was the Tanya Burr Nail Polish in Peaches & Cream, a lovely pinky nude some will consider it more summery but for me it’s a great all round nail polish. Both nail polishes were a bargain at £2.16 each.

I’ve been curious to pick up the Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadows for ages but the highly popular bronze shade, doesn’t fit in with what I tend to wear. However I felt the Maybelline New York Colour Tattoo 24hr Gel-Cream Eyeshadow in 65 Pink Gold (£3.81), would slip perfectly into my makeup collection and will work with everything in my collection either as a strong base or as part of an eye look. Now back to the world of Rimmel, who I seem to own a lot of makeup by concerning lips and face. I think it’s just because they just make such good product, does anyone else absolutely love Rimmel London or is it just me? I love my Rimmel East End Snob Lipliner for being long lasting and thought a second lip liner wouldn’t go a miss so I picked up the Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lipliner Pencil in Tiramisu (£2.01). I’ve tried some cheap, like proper cheap white and nude eyeliners but have found them to be a bit pants but with tired eyes from work I thought I’d try the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal Line in Nude (£2.69) which has been recommended to me by quite a few people.

ASDA Diary and PEns

These are the only other two things I brought in September as I wanted to get more organised, and I prefer smaller diaries opposed to the cheap A4 counterpart I’ve barely used in months. I work close to an Asda and because they had their back to school range still in at the time it made sense to pop in on a lunch time. The Patterned Diary (£3.00) is one in which you write your own dates, although I have written it out until the end of the diary and its an 18month diary which I tend to prefer as I like the thickness (sounds odd I know). Then on the organised line I brought some asda own brand Coloured Fineliners (£1.00) so that I can colour code my events, things to do, blog things etc. and it really breaks up the pages.

Primark Scarf

So I wanted a little something to update my wardrobe for this Autumn/Winter without costing a fortune, so Primark was my first stop, as I have a lot of good winter basics and I love layering so I don’t need a huge amount of new clothes. I’ve kept thinking about getting a huge warm scarfs as you can use it as a blanket or it can keep you warm, especially on the commute as I drive to work and this time of year I don’t need a coat but you want something to keep you warm. So I picked up this super soft and big Tartan Scarf which only cost £5.00 I’m obsessed with it.

Macadamia Foot Pack

I’ve talked about foot packs before as they are one of the simplest, and least messy way to moisturises and treat your feet. I’m not loyal to any particular brand or one as I just pick up what’s there, this time I picked up two Macadamia Oil Extract Foot Pack (£0.99), which I’ve used before and I really love. Well worth trying out.

So that’s what I picked up over September/ October have you guys picked up anything good recently?

Review: Priamark Control Leggings

Something a little different from me as from when I purchased these I thought it would be a nice idea go do a review. For a good while now I have considered buying control leggings and when I saw these cute patterned ones I decided to bit the bullet, I own countless black pairs and I’ve been considering wearing patterned leggings it was a sign. Of course none of these control items make you lose any weight or skin the inches but the smooth everything out and hold any wibbly bits.

I picked up the large ones which on the pack equates on 16-18, I myself vary between a 14 and a 16 but with the medium being 12-14 I didn’t want to risk them being too small and cutting in making me more lumpy than before. I’m not unhappy with my size by any means but I am making a conscious effort to loose weight by eating better and exercising daily, although the pounds aren’t shifting quickly I feel much better in  myself which is more important the weight loss will come. Anyway back to the leggings, they come in small, medium ect branching two sizes and they looks small but obviously that’s how they are designed but like with anything of this nature it’s best to go into store and look. Sizing is very personal, and with shops like primark sometimes being inconsistent with sizing don’t chance it and go in yourself.

The material is very stretchy, more of a firm stretch than a loose one which is ideal for something of this nature. The pattern also doesn’t break up when stretched which I was pleasantly surprised as seeing as its clearly sprayed on top and at something at this price point it would be expected. So all in all it looked promising before actually trying these bad boys out now to actually wearing the control leggings which promise to give light control for you stomach, bum and thighs.

So on to actually wearing them, I will point out at this point though I haven’t tried them under anything else like some people may like to wear them under other trousers ect. it is summer and I feel as though that would be too much for this time of year. The pattern slightly stretches out slightly but it doesn’t split or become too distorted, still looking super cute on. They are super comfy but you may get a VPL so think about what you want to wear under it, a seamless thong in my opinion is the way to go. They are light fitting but due to their control nature they simply smooth everything out rather than emphasis all of your lumpy bits so you can get away with something form fitting. I really loving them they feel super free, breathable yet they don’t go see through or anything making them perfect.

Just a small downside though, the legs are very long I’m 1.68m tall but the legs are still on the long side so you’ll have them bunch up at your ankles which is something I like so it isn’t a big deal for me. I like my leggings to bunch slightly and always get a tall pair, but I’m on the edge of the tall range so often regular leg length items have my ankle out.

Overall I really like these, super affordable leggings that don’t go see through, and they suck you in so it is definitely the way to go and I’m tempted to stock up but I want to see how they wash over time as although they’ve washed fine in the month I’ve had them and they’ve barely worn I’ll wait to go absolutely made in primark. I am pretty pleased with them and will definitely get my money worth.

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N.B. Sorry for the lack of pictures my camera is being repaired at the moment so hopefully it will be fixed for my next few posts or I may turn to some of my back up posts.

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Making the Most of Your Advantage Cards

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We all have a purse full of advantage cards from boots and superdrug to the supermarket club cards but are we all really making the most of these. They all work on a points basis in which the points can have somewhat of a monetary value, so I will cover some hints and tips to making the most of these cards.


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Boots

To me Boots have one of the best advantage card schemes, with regular offers and vouchers as well as earning 4 points per £1.00 spent its fairly generous. Especially as 1pt is equal to 1p you get 4p back per £1.00 you spend it quickly adds up.

First and foremost, make the most of the vouchers you get sent, I received loads back in April and they do not expire until the 9th  of June so I have more than enough time to use them. With things from money off to extra points its well worth taking a look when they come through the post. For example I have a voucher which is 300 points when buying soap and glory bath/shower products which amounts to £3.00 you can get off something else in future. I’m not saying buy the soap and glory or those types of products just because you can get £3.00 back if you don’t like soap and glory but if you love soap and glory it is well worth taking a look at these types of offers.

Also if you haven’t already download the app its free and available for both IOS and Android operating systems, so as well as been able to shop sort out photo printing from your phone you can also link up your advantage card. Upon linking up your advantage card you can not only check your points you can check out offers and events. The really cool thing is there is an offers just for me where you can load up offers directly on to you advantage card so you don’t even have to think about it discounts and points will occur automatically when you use your advantage card at the check out.

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For example I can load up the ‘10% off shower gel or bubble bath’ offer onto my advantage card and then when you buy a new shower gel it will automatically come off when you use it. I just load them all up as I have nothing to loose by doing so.

Spending Points: You can spend Boots points online or in store but the point total must cover the entire value of the product for example if you wanted to get a Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer at £6.49 you need 649 points. There is no par points but its a good scheme and always worth the wait.


Superdrug

Unfortunately Superdrug don’t do vouchers in the same way in that Boots does nor do they have an app but there are more offers in store its just a case of keeping an eye out. Especially within the beauty department with often one line or another having tripple or double points especially with areas such as Superdrug Own Brand Skin Care. A little hint is to keep an eye out and check your receipt as often you can get bonus point vouchers ect and the ones currently in my purse don’t expire into the end of the year.

Spending Points: Unlike with boots you can only spend Superdrug points in whole pounds, but you can use it as part payment. The only problem is that I never seem to save them up always taking a pound off every single time I can get a pound off.


Supermarket

We all know the supermarket cards such as the tesco clubcard and nectar cards, not of interest to everyone but they are quick to apply for and there is no harm picking them up. Before switching to Tesco home delivery for shopping over Asda I am finally earning points on my clubcard as before I only earnt points from my phone contract which is with Tesco. Things like nectar you can earn points on all sorts from bills to ebay so even if you don’t like Sainsburys there is no harm in using it. I’m not fully clear on spending nectar points and there value but tesco have a huge range of ways to spend money from vouchers to money off days out and rail cards, so don’t hesitate to take a look.

Tesco uses clubcards in order to find out customer preferences but it really pays off, initially you’ll get general vouchers but as you use it more the more tailored the vouchers become. It doesn’t take long to get money of items you actually buy and you don’t have to do anything so you might as well go for it.

Also both shops send vouchers if you haven’t shopped there for a while, every six months or so I get vouchers for £4.00 off a £20.00 shop for a few weeks at Sainsburys so I’ll switch for a few weeks to get the most money back and then go back to Tesco. The Sainsburys near me are awful, actually most Sainsburys I’ve been in are awful but if they want to give me loads of money back I am happy to switch.


General Advice

1. Check out the offers in store places like superdrug run limited offers such as tripple points on own brand items which is a massive 12 points per £1.00 so if you want the stuff get it then.

2. If you want items buy them on offer, either extra points or money off its well worth picking items up then to maximise your gains. Funds permitting obviously.

3. Even if you aren’t sure you’ll use them there is no harm in picking them up there is no pressure to use them and they take up very little space in your purse.


Most of us get these cards and never think about them or use them again, or just simply never get the most out of them. What are your hints and tips for getting the most out of your advantage cards?

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Gwenllian Branwen

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