You might have noticed that recently, I’ve unearthed a bit of an obsession with that Aladdin’s cave of treasures, independent brands and discontinued buys – TK Maxx. Since buying our flat back in the Spring, we’ve been popping into the local store that’s just 10 minutes away, and we’ve found so many amazing buys that we just keep creeping back for more.
I pride myself on having a pretty careful attitude to spending; generally, I always want the higher-end options over budget alternatives, but most of the time it’s not justified, and so I won’t buy it. That’s part of the reason why I enjoy a spree in TK Maxx so much – it means I can treat myself to those posher brands without experiencing extreme buyers’ remorse the next day.
I’ve already written a post on buying Christmas gifts and goodies at TK Maxx, but now that the Christmas shopping is out of the way, I’ve been fully focused on finding some treats for myself too. I popped in over the weekend to pick up some last-minute festive bits, and I left with a whole basket of new purchases for myself…
My local TK Maxx is packed to the rafters with brilliant beauty buys; there’s always tons of NEOM, Emma Hardie, Illmasqua and Nars, to name a few. You usually have to dig around amongst broken powders and leaking nail varnishes, but when you make the effort, it’s so worth it.
This weekend, I added the infamous Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£7.99) to my kit, and a tube of Revlon Skinlights Illuminator (£4.99) that I was keen to try anyway. Sidenote: it’s so good! Thanks Kate for the recommendation. I also stumbled across a Stila Convertible Color in Peony for just £1.99 – definitely my biggest bargain, when they’re still retailing for around £18! It’s a gorgeous deep dusky rose shade that’s perfect for creating a natural wintry flush, and the quality is great. I’ll definitely be hunting for more of these!
Whilst picking some beautiful candles for gifts, I couldn’t resist treating myself to a set of my own. I picked up a boxed set of Cowshed Travel Candles, in the beautiful ‘Lazy Cow’ scent, for £12.99. They’re so beautifully packaged and I can’t wait to indulge; the scent is jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood and just smells so relaxing and dreamy. I can’t wait to light them and unwind.
I picked up this very pretty pink leather ‘Gratitude Journal’ (£3.99) as another little treat to myself; I had a diary for 2015 but I found that it made me focus on the negatives too much, so I’m going to try this for 2016. It offers a small space to write down the highlight of the day, and it feels like a really positive way to record the year. Plus, it’s so gorgeous!
TK Maxx homeware is something that I get really excited about looking at, as there’s always so many unusual things, practical buys and pretty bits that you wonder how you ever lived without.
I picked up this lovely painted ceramic cake baking tin for £5.99; I saw something similar in a vlog last week and couldn’t get it out of my head – I know, right? It’s essentially a cake tin. Humour me. We still have a fair few bits in our kitchen that we’ve had since we were students and gradually I want to weed all of the boring, cheap things out and replace them with much nicer pieces. And why shouldn’t kitchenware be pretty?! I’ll enjoy baking a cake even more now I can look at it in this, I swear. TK Maxx don’t have it online but this one is similar.
Finally, I spied this lamp while browsing the Christmas aisle and couldn’t resist a second look – it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, for our living room. It looks so expensive that I didn’t want to check the price tag, but I was pleasantly surprised – it was just £16.99! I love the gold stand and the very minimalistic look, it reminds me of one I fell in love with in Oliver Bonas months ago, only this is miles cheaper. Even the flex is cool!
So that’s it for my most recent TK Maxx haul – have you bought anything amazing there recently?