Time to get your Bargain Hunting Trousers on, friends, as we seek and capture the finest beauty bargains known to humanity. Scene of the crime: TK Maxx.
If you want to join the Korean skincare trend, but you’d rather buy it on the high street than have to send off to Korea, then this could be your lucky week. TK Maxx are currently hosting a Big Brand Beauty Event and amongst the high profile brands lurk plenty of Korean brands worth checking out.
I popped in to my local store in Brighton (Hove, actually) at the weekend and here are my recommendations. Many of these are also available online.
First up, I spotted Strivectin Neck Cream, reduced from £83 to £19.99. I originally reviewed this here, and ended up being so impressed with it that I slightly regretted giving the second pot away. Yes I know that neck cream sounds duller than tea time in Dullsville but trust me, this is the good stuff.
There are some cool NARS products in the event. However, tread carefully with these since they are pretty old products. The gorgeous Andy Warhol palettes below are a limited edition from 2012. Even with a reduction from £75 it’s still not cheap at £39.99. Powder make up might not expire in the way skincare does, but I’m not sure I’d want to put a four-year-old eyeshadow on my lids.
Nails I’m not so bothered about, so I bought this NARS polish in Cha Cha Cha, despite the fact that I can find online reviews of it dating back to 2003. It’s a lovely golden orange, like a goldfish. Wear this and you will have fish fingers for real.
Speaking of dates, don’t be surprised if some of the Korean products in TK Maxx appear to be out of date. It doesn’t mean that they are. It’s just that the Korean convention is to put date of manufacture rather than expiry date. Expiry is usually three years after manufacture.
The Korean brand Elizavecca is especially well-represented, and if you want a fun time this weekend then I definitely recommend their bubbling clay mask. It starts off like a regular clay mask, then it bubbles up like a foam party on your face. Also useful for Shrek impressions and pretending you just grew a beard in 5 minutes.
There are a bunch of gift sets in store, so if Santa is reading I like this:
If you’re interested in sheet masks, TK Maxx have tonnes of them in store. Most are priced at £4.99 for 5, or individually at £1.99. The Naisture brand is particularly good, or you could pick up an animal sheet mask to scare your friends on Instagram. Works for me: