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