Buying Beauty Products from T.J Maxx?

Those who know me best, know I’m a Maxxinista through and through.

Not just because I love TJ Maxx, but because I’ve become extremely knowledgeable about the products to hoard from there, but also the ones to steer clear of.

As an example, here are great things to BUY at TJ Maxx:

  1. Obviously clothes, shoes
  2. Towels, bath mats, etc.
  3. Candles!
  4. Greeting cards/wrapping paper (really good quality for CHEAP)
  5. Wall decor (just try not to buy too many of the quotes signs. I say 2-3 per home is acceptable)

However, there are few things to def NOT get at TJ Maxx:

  1. Hair products
  2. Headphones, electronics
  3. Sometimes candy
  4. Sometimes perfume

Also, historically I have been super wary of makeup/skincare from TJ Maxx. I always see brands like Elizabeth Arden, Shiseido and Bliss but more recently they’ve added Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Erno Lazlo etc. And when a Clinique eye serum is selling for $16.99 I always wonder…what’s the catch?

Is it expired? Discontinued? Is it from a bad batch? In my wildest fantasies, these products are all just overstock, fresh and just a SWEET DEAL. But then I wonder why errrone isn’t snapping these things up right and left.

Needless to say, I rarely buy anything from the bath & body section of T.J Maxx except the odd hand soap, Body Shop Body Butter or nail polish. I am scared to death of wasting my money on products that simply don’t work.

So the other day at lunch when I spotted two lowly GIANT bottles of St.Tropez Dark Tanning Mousse  for $14.99, just in time for our trip to Hawaii – I squealed inside my mouth a little. I inspected the bottle from top to bottom, looking for signs it had been in a fire, damaged or used, to no avail. I even googled all the random numbers on the bottom of the bottle to see if anything fishy turned up. Nothin.

So I bought ‘er and took ‘er home.

The next day, I took a pre- self tanner shower (exfoliated, scrubbed, etc) and excitedly jumped out in anticipation of applying my new tan! I shook it up generously and pumped it out into my tanning mitt.

It. Was. GREEN.

Just, completely Shrek green.

I know lots of self tanners have an olive undertone so I wasn’t that surprised and thought maybe this was just the color of the product, not the tan. So I rubbed a tiny bit into my forearm and it dried just straight-up green. Then I google imaged the product to see what color it is supposed to be…

Definitely NOT green!

I figure it must have just been expired. So. Yeah. I wiped the green right off my arm and plopped the bottle back in the T.J Maxx bag  to be returned. I guess the moral of this story is…

Do not buy tanning products from T.J Maxx 🙂


6 thoughts on “Buying Beauty Products from T.J Maxx?

  1. stashy says:

    I think it’s supposed to be that green colour, check out these reviews:

    So while the green self tanner is WEIRD, it’s not TJMaxx’s fault – that’s on St. Tropez.

    I’ve bought loads of skincare and makeup from TJMaxx / Marshalls. There’s so shadiness going on for the most part. Lots of items are excess inventory from big chain stores or directly from the brands themselves. I just stick to trusted brands and stick to items that are securely packaged.


    • The Natalie Diaries says:

      I saw a bunch of posts about the green color too! I think I may just be too pale for the “dark” version, as I’ve used st. Tropez before and it didn’t have that effect.
      I’m glad to hear you’ve had success with the makeup and stuff there! You’re making me want to go back and load up 🙂

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  2. stephieestie says:

    Yikes! Yes, you may think you’re getting a good deal but then you get products that are…green. 😦 So sorry about your experience. More often than not, I have noticed that the reasons the prices are so cheap are because they are about to expire or they’ve been out for a while and that’s the leftover, which brings it back to the expiration date. Definitely something to steer clear of.


    • The Natalie Diaries says:

      Yeah, that may have been he case here. I know the undertone for this product is green, so it may have just been a bit old and then just didn’t go well with my pale skin! I’ve seen several reviews where the green is quite prominent, but the St.Tropez YouTube page clearly shows the product as being dark brown.

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