Beauty for the World and Daily Traveler
I’m one of those people who loves everything about the holidays. I start getting excited before Halloween. But I’m not the first to point out that the wallet can take a bit of a beating at this time of the year.

That’s why I love the fact that you can use Membership Rewards® points from American Express to score cool gadgets and experiences, not only for yourself, but for everyone on your gift list.

amex-adOf course, this means you have to take one action: use those points! Which is a good thing, because from what I’ve heard from people, many let their points languish in their accounts for far too long. There’s really no need for this, especially considering how easy it is to rack up points on everyday purchases you’d be making anyway (like gas and groceries, shaving cream and shampoo, to name just a few).

And while many people think that points are only good for airline tickets or hotel reservations, the truth is you can redeem them for all kinds of stuff – everything from a soap dish to an Apple Macbook Pro!

And it’s easy. American Express has a great online store called shopAmex® that lets you choose between using Points, using cash or a mix of both.

And one of the greatest joys of shopping on this site is that there are great deals on beauty products. Here are five great finds that will keep you looking fresh while you’re out and about – whether you’re headed to the mall or to the Great Wall (and they all make great gifts, too!)

5 beauty products you can buy using Membership Rewards points on shopAmex

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1 Philosophy Hope in a Jar (2 oz)

2 Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler For Her

3 Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

4 Bumble and bumble Sumotech (1.5 oz)

5  Clarisonic Aria™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System Black

If you want to shop at your favourite stores instead of buying through ShopAmex.com, rest assured — you can also use points that you’ve earned on virtually any purchase through the new-and-improved mobile app.

What would you spend points on? Leave a comment below!

* I was selected by American Express to help educate consumers about how to use Membership Rewards points. As such, I was paid for my services, but all gift choices selected and opinions about the gifts and American Express are my own.

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