Dilemma: What to spend Boots Advantage Points on?

Ladies, I HAVE A DILEMMA!  I have a whopping £20.05 worth of Boots points on my Advantage card and I need help with what to spend them on!

For the past three years or so I have always saved up enough points to repurchase my Urban Decay Primer Potion and that’s it, but now I’ve finally saved up enough for that and a few more treats, they only go and bloody stop selling Urban Decay in Boots!  So now I’m going to have to buy that with my real pennies, which means I have a few other options of what else I can spend my points on.

My real dilemma is – do I keep saving a bit more and buy myself one piece of high end makeup as a treat, or do I use my points to repurchase all of my toiletries to save me actually buying them?  I’ve compiled a wish list below for each category, so please, what would you do?!

High-end makeup choices


1) Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick (exact shade undecided but I love #13 so much that I quite fancy another)

2) Estee Lauder Blush in Peach Nuance (I’ve wanted this blusher for a year now and always drool over it when in Boots – could now be my chance to actually get it?)

3) Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara (I’ve never tried a high end mascara and I want to!)

4)YSL Teint Radiance Foundation (…and I’d also love to try a high end foundation if they have one pale enough)

5) Estee Lauder Lipstick in Crystal Baby (a back up for my current one which I’ve nearly finished).

Toiletries and Cheaper Treats


1) No7 Eyeshadow Brush (It looks super fluffy and nice, but I could just purchase it next time Boots do a £5 off voucher)

2) Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (My favourite conditioner and I’ve just run out!!)

3) Batiste Dry Shampoo (I go through about two of these a month so I could stock up!)

4) Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner (I’ve seen soooo many reviews on beauty blogs about this and I’m dying to get my hands on it!!)

5) Rimmel Nail Polish in Rose Libertine (I’ve also been eyeing this up for a year but always forget when I go into Boots)

6) Vaseline Lip Balm in Cocoa Butter (I LOVE the smell of this, its identical to the body oil which I absolutely adore and now I want this too!!)

7) Simple Soothing Eye Balm (My eyes have been quite sore lately and I’m looking for a nice gentle eye cream to use, this looks perfect)

 What to do?My gut instinct is to spend my points on toiletries and the little treats above, as I’ll get more little bits instead of just one thing and I’ll save some actual money, but at the same time a luxurious treat would be nice. 

However, I’ve just been looking at my money situation and it works out that I have around £20 a month to spend for the next month if I don’t want to come to the end of my overdraft, so I’ve decided I’m going on a spending ban starting tomorrow (1st April) and won’t be allowed to purchase any clothes, makeup and beauty products for a month.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stick to it but I’ll try my hardest.  (I’ll still be able to spend my Boots points though because that’s not actually coming out of my bank account, right? :p)

What do you think I should do?  What would you do?  And have you ever been on a spending ban before? Have you got any tips?




  1. March 31, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    I'd go for a lot of small things.
    It looks like more, you feel great that you managed to get so many nice things, and if it's on stuff you'll be running out of soon, you're safe in the knowledge you have it and don't have to find money to buy it.

  2. March 31, 2011 / 4:17 pm

    I would definatley buy the YSL lipstick (no. one), and wait for a no 7 £5 off voucher to buy the brush and maybe something else too!

    Points are for a treat, not the daily essentials haa 🙂 x

  3. March 31, 2011 / 5:13 pm

    I am currently on a spending ban. I need to save so I can go on a vacation in a few months. So while those items look lovely I would try hard to hold out.

    P.S. We are having a giveaway on our blog to celebrate its first birthday. Would love for our to enter.

  4. March 31, 2011 / 5:46 pm

    get a high end piece 😉 feels like more of a treat! xoxo

  5. March 31, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    I have (& loveee) estee lauders peach nuance blush and its gorgeous. If you missed out on the Ripe peach blush ombre by mac, this is pretty much identicle. I actually prefer this to my Ripe peach actually.
    Plus, youve wanted it for so long, youd regret it if you pass on it!

  6. March 31, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    I would totally go for YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick. I hate Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara by the way x=

  7. March 31, 2011 / 6:21 pm

    i would get the estee lauder blush it'a gorgeous and ideal for spring and summer!

  8. March 31, 2011 / 6:34 pm

    Lucky for me I always use my points for lunch so never get to build up the points! However I was actually at the Estee Lauder counter today getting coloured matched for DW Light and saw the stunning Peach nuance blush and wanted it! It reminds me of Macs Ripe Peach! I would get that one hun! 🙂 x

  9. March 31, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    Heya hun! Oooh I've been wanting Peach Nuance for donkeys too! That & just to own one YSL Rouge Volupte lippie would make me a happy bunny! 😀 Lol, is a difficult one though, you could get pretty much all the items on 2nd list, so you'll have more stuff! That Rimmel polish looks gorguz! 😀

    Love Aysh xoxo

  10. March 31, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    I say treat yourself!

  11. March 31, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    such nice things! i really want the YSL lipstick or blusher, so I would probably go for them. You can buy little things anytime without really noticing so buy something a bit special! xo.

  12. March 31, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    YSL products, everytime! I love them and they work so well! A little pricey but worth every penny! Happy spending xx :o)

    p.s great blog on the Nubar lacquers they looked stunning on you


  13. March 31, 2011 / 8:45 pm

    the wise thing to do would be get the stuff you need to stock up on BUT you've saved those points up and therefore should be able to spoil yourself, girl! Go for the YSL mascara (I LOVE IT!!!!).

  14. March 31, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    I'd wait till the end of your spending ban and use them to buy yourself a guilt-free treat at the end as a well done!
    However, if it was up to me i'd get a YSL Rouge Volupte. Heaven!
    I'm very jealous, I don't seem to get that many Boots points considering the amount I spend in there!

  15. March 31, 2011 / 9:25 pm

    deffo get the maybelline liner, its amazing, stays on all day and doesn't smudge (my eyes water loads and i think its the first eyeliner ive had that doesn't smudge!)

  16. March 31, 2011 / 10:16 pm

    I'd go for the mascara! Ive read some great reviews about their mascara and it's amazing!!

  17. March 31, 2011 / 10:46 pm

    Estee Lauder Blush in Peach Nuance <3 It is so pretty. ^_^

  18. March 31, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    i actually don't like the maybelline eyeliner so much to be honest. i think it dries up far too quickly and it isn't as smooth. I think the loreal gel liner is much better. i also wouldnt spend your points on a high end mascara. i mean, i think its a good way to try one without actually spending all the money for one, but think about it- its only going to dry up on you real quick. you might as well buy something that will last you a while longer. some bang for your buck- well points in this case.

  19. April 1, 2011 / 1:02 am

    If you're going to get a high end mascara, get Lancome Hypnose. It's amazing and I won't buy anything else now.

  20. April 1, 2011 / 3:42 am

    OMG go for that blusher! It is so lovely and the gradient is amazing!

  21. April 1, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    While the YSL lippie is lovely, I say go with your gut! You'll be able to get necessities for free as well as a few treats.

    Reward yourself at the end of your spending ban! xx

  22. April 4, 2011 / 9:51 pm

    loving the products….really want the YSL lipstick <3

    Xisses Onyxsta

  23. April 5, 2011 / 8:51 am

    Why'd they stop selling UD? I noticed yesterday when I ran out of my UDPP! 🙁

    I've got about £10 worth of points on mine but I'm going for the essentials…I think. Haha. I really want the EL lipstick too! Decisions! Lol xx

  24. August 9, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    i so want the estee lauder blush but im waiting till my birthday or xmas because of the price, it looks gorge.x

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