Monday, June 22, 2015

Boots has an app! Win €200 in vouchers! Sponsored post

The comes a time in a beauty blogger's life when the stars align.  When you find out that Boots (your happy place, the place that has you in current financial ruin, the place where you go in for a deodorant and come out €50 poorer and with no deodorant) is bringing out an app.  What makes it even better is that they want you to tell everyone about it.  And the cherry on top?  They want to offer €200 in vouchers to one lucky reader to go on a spending spree!



Then your street smarts kick in.  You wonder why they didn't have this long ago?  And why didn't you think of it yourself?  Come to think of it, if they did, you'd be on a permanent spending ban because a beauty lover and special offers will always lead to a good time.  Good time for your face, bad time for your wallet.

There are some key features on the app that I want to explain to you today because I've been playing around with the app myself and obviously picking up a few bits.

The main thing is that you need to sign into the app using your Advantage card number (that's the Boots card to you and me).  If you don't have an Advantage card, you need to sit down and ask yourself why.  Why do you not have the thing that gives you free money?  Why do you not have the thing that is one of the main reasons and excuses to go shopping in Boots?  They're always having points events and it's so easy to build up those points.  The trick lies in being like Braveheart when it comes to spending the points.  At the till it can be easy to say ah look sure I might as well pay for these cotton pads and shower gel with my points.  But listen to your inner Braveheart who is screaming "Hold.... Hollllllddddddd" trying to help you build them up and treat yourself to something really cool!


Once you log into the app with your Advantage card, it does a little jiggery pokery (official terminology) and lists offers just for you, tailored to your taste.  It's like it knows you.  It's in your brain.  It knows what you've bought and what you should buy, even if you don't know it yourself.  Why yes, Boots app, I really do think I need that deodorant.  How did you know it was the one I use and that I'm nearly finished it?


There's also a section for the best offers at Boots.  These offers are the ones that everyone can avail off.  It feels less special, but hey, we won't complain when there's haircare on a 3 for 2 offer.  That means everyone can do what they need to do - buy two bottles of conditioner and one bottle of shampoo because no brand listens to us (me) when we go through conditioner in days.




Of course, you can shop online through the app.  This is both very amazing and very dangerous.  Bye bye money.  Hello points.  You don't need me to explain what shopping online is.  You'll need to check the terms and conditions with your offers to see if you can use them online or just in store.  But if you do make a purchase online, you can get it delivered to yours Boots shop of choice the next day.  And this leads me on to the next feature....


Like any good beauty junkie, you'll probably know the location of your favourite Boots chemist.  Actually, let's be real.  You'll know the GPS coordinates of each one on the north/south side of Dublin but can never locate your house keys.  But let's say you're out of your comfort zone.  You are in a place unknown and you really need something random.  Like actual deodorant because you've been caught on the hop and it's fierce humid outside and wearing that grey top to work wasn't the best idea you've ever had.  That's where the Location part of the app comes in.  Poof, you can be safe in the knowledge that you're close to a Boots and all will be well in the world.  The app would have come in handy recently because up until a couple of months ago, I didn't know there was a Boots in Donaghmede...  I had ordered stuff online and wanted to get it delivered to my nearest Boots, thinking it was Santry, when up pinged Donaghmede on the computer!  So now I am delighted that it's just up the road and makes life so much easier for me.



We've all been there.  Standing in Boots trying to decide which mascara to pick up.  You're most likely in there with a non beauty lover who you've lured in under the pretence that you were just going in "for a look".  They don't know that nobody goes into Boots for a look.  Beauty amateurs.  So you're on the clock and can't do your usual search for blog reviews or swatches.  Activate the Scanner part of the app, aim it at the barcode of the product and poof, you've got access to reviews!  Now of course, feel free to google for swatches (come to my blog obvs) but being all high tech like this is great craic and will help you not make an uninformed purchase that you'll regret!


Now, if that hasn't tempted you enough to download the app, then how about this...


Boots have given us €200 in vouchers to give away to a lucky reader!  I know, sit down for a second and take that in because you can buy a lot in Boots for €200 and I'll have a video showing you exactly what €200 can get you next week.

To be in with a chance of winning the Boots vouchers, enter your details in the widget below.  The more you do, the more chances you have of winning!  Good luck!  This giveaway is only open to residents of Ireland.

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This blog post has been sponsored by Boots.   As usual, all opinions are my own!


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36 comments

  1. Ah thanks for the reply Karen, appreciate it, I might be a member of SW by the end of the day thanks to that reply xx

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  2. Making a list in my head of everything I'd buy. :)

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  3. Have the app love it xxx oh I could do some damage with. €200 !!!!

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  4. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 22, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Keep me posted because I need all the inspiration and motivation I can get too! ;) Best of luck bridie :)

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  5. I'm consciously NOT downloading the app. I seriously would decimate my bank account if I had it, it makes it way too easy to feed my Boots addiction!

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  6. Look forward to all thats coming Karen--I love your blog--it reminds me of the old beaut.ie site. I feel your reviews are honest and the bit of humour brightens my day
    What I rdally love are the before and after pics-- you're a brave woman --I'ld barely go as far as the fridge without my slap on

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  7. Ah here! What a prize 😍😍

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  8. I would love this. In bad need of retail therapy πŸ’•

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  9. Great prize.. fingers crossed. :-)

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  10. I enjoyed this post Karen and you are forever one of my favourite bloggers and people that I have not yet met - love your Snapchat so much, kinda unconsciously moved away a little from Twitter too but I do like the Irish Beauty Hour chat when I remember it. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the future xx

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  11. Amazing prize! love the app!

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  12. Great prize. Would love to win πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

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  13. You sound really motivated! I really hope you do get to blog full-time. I love reading your blog xx

    Beautylymin

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  14. AlishaShaughnessyJune 22, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Great prize! I really want to download the app, but at the same time I really don't because I know I'll have no money :P

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  15. Does anyone know what you are supposed to write in the text box below the following options? Xx

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  16. oh my goodness I would be in heaven if I won this honestly :) I need this voucher in my life hehe been pregnant I have put myself on a ban on buying the newest products until baby is born but that can be tough with having a blog :) I only have 11 weeks to go until baby is born but imagine me going round spending that €200 ahhhhhhhh :)

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  17. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Hi Ava, if you just want to put your username for those following options :)

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  18. I can't wait to see what you've got in store for the next year! I love your blog and your no-nonsense approach to beauty.. I knew we'd get on when we met! x

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  19. God I love Boots I actuall think it's my fav shop. I spend ages (& loads!) in there I even just go in to browse as a way of @

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  20. You're too hard on yourself! Your blog is one of my favourites. I know I can come here and find honest review...and have a bit of a giggle too x

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  21. Great giveaway!

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  22. I desperately need this πŸ˜†πŸ˜„πŸ˜‰

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  23. This is a great giveaway but I'm actually really disappointed with the boots app. Looked up my offers, all ready to shop and treat myself......offers can only be used in store!?! My local boots is crap and have only some make up brands and no premium brands so I won't be able to use the offers. Came home and they had posted the offers to me anyway so I don't see the point really. Thought having an app would make online shopping great but sure it's no difference to me now!! Sorry for the negative and the rant. I was so looking forward to a blowout shopping spree of some nice make up and it's put me right off now 😒

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  24. Looking forward to what you've got coming! I'd love to be able to blogging full time at some point in the future, but I think that may be a bit far fetched for me haha
    Emma xo | missemmalouise12.bogspot.ie

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  25. Loving the app offers are far too tempting!!

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  26. Magnificent prize super app

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  27. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 26, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Thanks so much for that Fanta, I loved beaut back in the day so that's a fantastic complement :) I don't think I'll ever stop doing the before and after photos, they're my favourite :)

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  28. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 26, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Ah thanks a mill Shard'n. Some day we shall meet and it shall be mucho weirdo because I feel like I know you already and even more so now that you've been Snapping, Shapchatting?!

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  29. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 26, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Thanks so much missus, I'll keep plugging away at it until it's my job!

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  30. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Thanks a mill Becca, right back atcha :) Looking forward to lots more chats this year :)

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  31. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 26, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    I really am hard on myself! You know when you know what you're capable of and can't quite get there? Like when I won the awards last year, I was so proud of the blog and knew they were deserving wins and I feel like I've let things slip, but I'm back on track now :)


    Hope to keep you giggling!

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  32. Karen (lovelygirliebits)June 26, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    You never know what's around the corner Emma! Keep plugging away :)

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  33. Great giveaway, just watched your haul love it!!! Left a polish recommendation in the comments haha. Loving the boots app so handy

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  34. Done πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

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  35. Fingers crossed - lovely prize!

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