The new, guilt-free way to go on a shopping spree this month

Ask any woman what she’d do if she won one million dollars, and we can guarantee amongst her answers would be this – a shopping spree.

Easily one of the most indulgent and instantly rewarding pastimes, going on a shopping spree is exciting for a number of reasons – it can mark the start of a new season, an uber-fabulous event, a complete wardrobe overhaul, the list goes on. I mean, do we really need an excuse to treat ourselves? Absolutely not.

The most difficult part? Squirreling said purchases into the back of the wardrobe before your significant other/mum/sister quiz you on why you went shopping when you have a speeding ticket/rent/student loans to pay for.

Now, you can spend AND save this month, as you’ll get up to $60 back when you shop at more than 60 of your favourite retailers across New Zealand with American Express®.

With this in mind, we sent our Beauty and Digital Editor Ash out on a shopping spree in Newmarket to discover how this special offer works.

Follow her journey to wardrobe happiness, here, or visit our Facebook page for details on how to win a $500 shopping spree for yourself! 

“What’s better than a short week, than a short week that ends with a shopping spree?!

Armed with my registered American Express Card and two stellar events on my radar that called for two equally fabulous new outfits, I made a beeline for Newmarket’s Teed Street to get my shop on.

With Melbourne Cup Day just around the corner, I was on the lookout for the perfect race-ready outfit. Ducking into Kate Sylvester, I fell in love with the gold and navy striped Medora dress, complete with super deep pockets to store my phone and American Express Card in come November 7th!

I didn’t even flinch when swiping my card – I know I’ll be living in this dress all summer long!

First purchase under my belt, and I’d already earned $20 credit back on my American Express card as I’d spend over $50! Yes!

No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories, and I’d been eyeing up this gold, leopard printed bag strap from STORM since I first laid eyes on it a month ago. Hooking it onto a brushed pony hair bag, I knew this would complement my Kate Sylvester dress perfectly.

A decisive shopper I am typically not, so to have found two dreamy items in the space of an hour was unheard of for me! I swiped my American Express Card at STORM and was rewarded with another $20 credit back. This shopping spree is easily my best ever!

My skin has suffered greatly through the winter months, so I was determined to get my hands on Kiehl’s magical Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which I’ll be slathering on generously for the next week. The Kiehl’s counter inside Smith & Caughey’s Newmarket boasts all your skincare faves, so stopping at just one product was a bit of a challenge!

One more swipe of my American Express Card and ka-ching! another $20 in my back pocket.

What visit to Smith & Caughey’s is complete without a visit to their Benefit counter? I’d racked up $60 credit that would be charged back to my American Express Card, so I knew I could afford one last splurge.

I’m all about that Californian glow this spring, so I picked up my good-to-glow beauty must-haves like Benefit’s Watt’s Up! and High Beam to ensure my beauty look appears it’s dewy best all day at the Melbourne Cup festivities."

But it doesn’t stop there. Nab yourself the latest homewares from Briscoes, and Harvey Norman; overhaul your spring wardrobe at Country Road, Superette and Zara, or arm yourself with the latest sportswear just begging to be taken on a summer hike from Kathmandu, Asics and Rebel Sport. For the full list of participating merchants, head here.

This is one offer you do NOT want to miss, simply head online and register your eligible American Express Card, and spend $50 in-store or online at one of the participating retailers nationwide, and you will get $20 back up to three times*.

But you’d better be quick, this offer is limited to the first 10,000 cards to register. Offer ends 30 November 2017.

For full Terms and Conditions, click here