I don’t know how many of you know this, but TK Maxx is an absolute treasure trove when it comes to beauty shopping.
On entry, the floors may resemble a jumble sale. Indeed, you may narrowly avoid treading on several piles of stained nylon as you weave your way through a besmattering of wild and apparently guardianless children.
However, as you approach the quiet corner stacked with salon-size bottles of Tigi Shampoo and multipacks of Nails Inc polish, you may also be happening upon something magical. Well, once you’ve got past the makeup bags scented with cigarette smoke, anyway (true story).
Look around. See any brand names you recognise? On a bad day, you might not. But on a good day, everything from Aromatherapy Associates to Too Faced is ready to be found, albeit with a little bit of digging.
On my last visit, I found the mystical Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps, lauded on the blogging circuit for their brush-cleaning abilities. Tea Tree, Peppermint, and the unscented ‘Baby Mild’ flavour were all there – and I thought only old-style pharmacies and feelunique stocked the stuff! I chose a 472ml bottle of Tea Tree Pure-Castile Soap, which cost £5.99 instead of £8.49. It wasn’t a huge reduction, and the bottle itself definitely carried the distantly familiar, hempish whiff of those shops you go into to buy dream catchers when you’re 12. Nevertheless, I was chuffed with my purchase.
More pleasing still was my visit to the Colchester branch a few weeks ago. I popped in before an appointment, and found a multitude of Percy & Reed hair products, which I’ve loved ever since Glamour Magazine stuck a bottle of P&R’s No Oil Oil to its covers last year. I was lucky enough to purchase a texturising spray for just £4.99, which is significantly more affordable than its usual £14.00 price tag. If you’re a fan of this brand too, I also spotted a volumising mousse, a salon-sized bottle of shampoo, and an amazing gift bag containing several 100ml versions of their products – for £10! Go forth and buy them!
The best bargain yet has to be a bottle of Tigi’s Dumb Blonde Shampoo in one of those big 750ml bottles. It still had the old pink bottle design, but was £12.99 instead of £19.95, and lasted for nearly a year. TK Maxx still run Tigi shampoos but I am yet to find another Dumb Blonde lurking on their shelves. Perhaps you’ll be more lucky?
With these cracking bargains in mind, I leave you with three Effietips for shopping in TK Maxx:
- Don’t stay in there for too long. You will find yourself subject to creeping depression, and will mostly likely catch an infection of some kind.
- Don’t bother buying anything you don’t recognise. Chances are it’s some cheapo rubbish masquerading as a beauty bargain, and it will probably bring you out in hives. Or you might be lucky and stumble across something brilliant. It’s a risk I’m not willing to take, but perhaps you are!
- Whenever you’re passing, go in. TK Maxx isn’t a place you take a shopping list to – you pop in periodically for five minutes at a time, and you either find something or you don’t. It’s all about chance. And that’s part of the fun!
PS: I really should demand that they pay me for this kind of stuff. But they don’t. Enjoy the sincerity!