Sunday, 20 February 2011

TK Maxx Beauty Bargains

Hey guys!

Sorry it's taken me so long to post this - I've been ridiculously busy... no surprise there! Haha. What have I missed?!

Anyway the weekend before last I popped home for a family engagement and I went shopping with my Mum. We nipped into TK Maxx (we have a massive one back home) and I was really surprised at what I managed to pick up! Those who follow me on Twitter will know I tweeted about my bargains straight away - I was so impressed I had to share, haha! I have to admit, it's been a while since I bought any clothes in there - I always head straight to the beauty section!

Here's what I bought:

Urban Decay Ultraglide Lipgloss in Quiver - £4.99 (RRP £11.95)

Obviously it had me at 'Urban Decay'! Since I got the Naked palette for Christmas (you might like to read that blog here) I've been kind of obsessed with the brand...

I was a bit naughty and actually tried the product on my lips in store... I was sure I was going to buy it anyway, but I just wanted to be certain it was the right colour... haha!

Here's what it looked like when I tried it on at home. A lovely, sparkly natural pink. Perfect to pop in my handbag for a night out methinks!

Maybelline Pure Blush Mineral Powder Blush in 50 Opal Rose - £2.99 (RRP £5.99)

I actually picked up this blusher when I was standing in the queue! My skin had just suffered a nasty breakout at the time, I saw 'mineral' and that was it - it was in my basket! I tried it on at home and I have to say, I think I have a problem with this kind of container?! The whole shake it upside down and put it on your brush thing... I never seem to get any? Anyway I use it with my Avon Angled Brush and it's not the most noticeable blush in the world (a very muted dusky-rose) but it's good for my skin, and it was only 3 quid, so I'll stick at it...

Stila Make-Up Set - £11.00 (RRP £61.00)

Obviously, it was the price tag that got me! £61 reduced down to £11 in the clearance, saving £50! Who could say no? I'd never bought anything from the brand before but I'd heard good things about it from other bloggers. Trouble is, the guy at the till couldn't open the container for me, so I bought it on a whim without trying on any of the products...

Here's what was included...

Oil-Free Sheer Color Tinted Moisturiser in Tone (Medium 01)

Beautifully simple cardboard packing... lovely! It was this product I wanted the most. Again, the whole skin breakout thing made me want to try out a tinted moisturiser instead of a foundation...

... & it's SPF30 - perfect for the summer, I thought!

Sadly, when I swatched it on my hand at home, it looked rather dark :( I love the effect of it on my face (it gives your skin a lovely glow) but I worry it's still too dark for me. It is winter, though, and I'm as pale as a ghost right now, so fingers crossed it'll suit me when the sun's out!

Shine Lip Color in Anna (02)
I actually thought this product was a lipgloss when I saw it in the container - I think it was the name 'shine lip color' that confused me?

Swish grey metal packaging... very nice! (Also rather heavy!)

In the tube it looked like a red wine/plummy colour. Too dark for me, I thought...

On the lips it's more wearable. A shimmery wine-coloured red, I can see myself wearing it on nights out... I just haven't had a chance to showcase it yet! :) (I don't go out much!)

Mineral Matte Eye Shadow in Makalu
I actually thought the black bit in the middle was part of the packaging...

... but it turns out it was just a black eyeshadow! I assume you're supposed to de-pot this into some kind of Stila eye make-up palette like Mac lovers do? Sadly I don't have either of those, so I'm going to have to tie it up with an elastic band and add it to my other single eyeshadows! You can't go wrong with a black eyeshadow, I suppose! (Although I do already have plenty!)

That's it beauty wise! I could've bought so much more - they had Tigi Brunette Goddess Shampoo & Conditioner (smells delicious - like fudge!) and St. Tropez Self-Tan but I resisted the temptation! Not without regret, sadly!

A number of items also caught my eye elsewhere in the store. Reading blogs like the Yummy Mummy Beauty Blog and Bubblegarm, where both ladies always find such lovely items in the TK Maxx homeware section, persuaded me to have a look there. I did find some beautiful ornaments to store my make-up in, but I do already have enough make-up storage! *sigh*

So I just bought...

Cupcake mug - £1.99

Isn't it pretty? It's the perfect size for a smaller cup of tea or coffee. Both of which I depend on daily....

What have you picked up in TK Maxx recently? If you haven't had a look in the beauty section before... I'd definitely recommend it! :)

Lots of love,

Style by Sophia



  1. Quiver is a nice shade.:D

    We call it TJ Maxx here in America and it's always fun to shop there -- amazing deals.

    ***** Marie *****

  2. Yeah, it's lovely & sparkly!

    Oh really? I didn't realise it was a global brand! I love it :)