Beauty Reward Cards

Beauty Reward Cards
I’m not sure about you, but cleaning out my purse happens once in a blue moon… no really I’m talking twice a year max!  Last week I was forced to take on this odious task; get rid of all the receipts, expired vouchers, used up Nandos loyalty cards… you get the jist.  However while I was emptying out the slots I realised that there are so many ways us beauty addicts can earn free makeup- yep you heard me right.  Sitting in most our purses are reward cards that with enough money spent earn us a free bit of makeup swag.  Here’s the run down on the best beauty reward cards in town!
I think the most well known of the beauty reward cards is the Boots Advantage Card.  I’ve owned mine since I was fifteen and it’s still going strong!  Boots are one of the most generous when it comes to rewarding points for purchases (4 per £1 spent).  Once your signed up they also send through extra vouchers for you to redeem – anything from 20p off to double points voucher (which you can usually use twice!)  Don’t forget that you can only redeem the points when you have as many points as the price of the product you want.  I’ve made it sound long winded and complicated but basically if you want your £5.99 lipstick for free you’ll need 599 points and not one less.  You can also pick up extra vouchers using their machines in store!
After what seems lightyears, Superdrug finally caught up with Boots by offering a reward card scheme.  Launching a few years ago, the Superdrug Beauty Card lets you clock up a point for every pound you spend and once you’ve got 100 points you earn a £1 that can be used to part pay for any of the products in store or saved for a special purchase.  The card is also suppose to double as a mirror however I tend to forget that while it sits in between all my other cards.
Probably the quickest of my cards to accumulate points, the N.Dulge card see’s a lot of lovin’ purely because of the prices of the products purchased.  You get 1 point for every £1 spend and once you have 100 points you get £5 off your purchases.  This made me really happy when I went to get my Nars guy Bourdin palette a few months back!  Because you don’t usually just tend to spend a £5 in Space NK the points build up very quickly and then one day you may have a dramatic realisation that the £15 you’re getting off your purchase means you’ve clocked up £300 in store over the last few months (true story!)  Space NK also send you a little treat on your birthday with is a mini bonus.
The Debenhams Beautyclub card can be used in any of the counters in the beauty hall to clock up some well earned freebies.  You get 3 points for every £1 spend and you’ll need 500 points to get £5 off a purchase.  I use to accumulate mine when I went for an eyebrow thread at the Brow Bar and I’d spend them at Elemis or YSL!  You can use the £5 to part pay for products or you can let the points build and treat yourself in the future.
The least generous of all the schemes mentioned.  The House of Fraser Recognition Card gives you 1 point for every £1 spent but you’ll have to get 500 points to earn £5 off anything in the beauty hall!  The saving grace is that you can use it when buying anything in House of Fraser so you can accumulate points when buying thing like clothes, homeware or beauty products.  You can also spend it on anything in House of Fraser and aren’t limited to just beauty.
One that you might not have on your list is your Tesco Clubcard (my keyfob was to tatty to photgraph!). With 1 point for every £1 spent it’s not as good as Boots, but the supermarkets usually run lots of promotions on things like shampoo and conditioner and the little booklets they send you usually offers double points.  My local Tesco stocks Sleek and other makeup brands so you could end up getting a few treats.  Points are converted into vouchers that you can redeem against anything bought in Tesco regardless of whether you have the full amount or not..  In theory you could use vouchers that have been accumulated during your weekly shop, petrol run or daily sandwich at lunchtime and turn them into beauty products.
So there you have it, my pick of the beauty reward cards.  Even though it may take some time to accumulate the points needed, there’s no better feeling than the cashier letting you know you can have money off your purchase.  Just don’t forget that your points have the potential to expire so make sure you check the t’s & c’s carefully!  What other reward cards would you recommend?
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