Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beauty Bargains @ TJ Maxx

Hi, everyone.  My name is Mao and I am a Maxxinista. :)

I love TJ Maxx!  Who doesn't love great deals on clothing, shoes, home decor and so much more?!  TJ Maxx has become go-to place for high-end beauty bargains.  Because the inventory is constantly changing, I stop into my favorite location at least once a week (only 10 minutes from the office!).  Over the past few months, I've scored some pretty sweet deals...

Clarins Summer Fever Sun Palette (Spring/Summer 2008) with SPF 20 - $12.99  (Love the sunflower!)
Original retail price: $35Savings = $22!

NARS Deep Throat blush/Striptease lip gloss Set - $24.99
Original retail price of NARS blush: $26.  Original retail price of NARS lip gloss: $24Savings = $25 or one free lip gloss!
For a quick review on this set, check out this post by Makeup by Ren Ren.

Original retail price: $15.  Savings = $9! 

Clinique Brighter, Smoother Skin Set (left) - $29.99
Includes full-size bottle of Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer (reg. $39.50), trial size of discontinued Turnaround 15-Minute Facial and a trial size of All About Eyes RichSavings = $10+!

Clinique Eye Refresher Set (right) - $19.99
Includes full-size jar of All About Eyes (reg. $28.50), travel size of Take the Day Off Makeup Remover (reg. $8.50) and a trial size of High Impact MascaraSavings = $17+!

Back in September, I also picked up three sets of the Korres Body Butter Trio for $6.99 each (reg. $24.50)!  Savings = $17.50 each for a total of $52.50!

I encourage everyone to hit up their local TJ Maxx in search of similar deals.  Inventory does vary from store to store.  Happy bargain hunting!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Jessica Alba's beloved black boots!

I came across photos of Jessica Alba in these black harness boots several weeks ago.
Since then, I've been trying to figure out...
who, what, where and exactly how much?!?

Photo credit:  Buzz Foto

Well, folks... S U C C E S S... I've found them!

The only problem is...
the boots will set one recessionista (ME!) back over one thousand buckaroos...
as they are made with love by Prada.

With an original retail value of a whopping $1,350... Prada's black calfskin harness strap rubber lug boots can still be found at Bluefly for $1,080!!

Only a few sizes remain... none of which are mine.

Photo credit:  Bluefly

The boots may look so plain, but on Alba -- they look so plainly gorgeous!

Photo credit:  Splash Online

Photo credit:  Just Jared