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“More” for the Millenials

“More” mag, which was bought by Meredith mags, has relaunched online as a portal for millwniala.

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Distribution and Grey Market Beauty Products

You guys know that I live with my mom, and am pretty much her caretaker/chauffeur/personal shopper/tour guide since she stopped driving last year. That means we get to go hang out at her favorite discount stores on the weekend – especially the TJ Maxx just outside our of neighborhood. Convenient for me, not so much for my wallet!

Anyway, I tend to post my beauty finds over on my IG, with the last trip including this delicious smelling gel moisturizer from The Body Shop.

Now, this was definitely not my first TBS grab from there. But, it was the one that made me wonder if *maybe* these were some “grey market” beauty products, as in they may be pretty sketchy. So, I went straight to the source to see if TBS were aware that their products were being sold at TJ Maxx, if they are an official distributor, and that I am scoring some pretty sweet deals. Well, you will be relieved to know that The Body Shop got back to me, and according to them:

While TJ Maxx is one of our retailers, our products that are sold there are either discontinued, soon to be discontinued or not in the newest packaging. So they’re not considered to be on the “grey market,” they just aren’t our newest products.

And that, my friends, is great news. Because, now, when I am not at their store in the mall picking up all. the. body butters. to give to my coworkers as gifts, I can pick up random goodies at TJM when I’m browsing with Momma. (*Seriously, if you aren’t already, you need to get involved with the body butter gifts sets around the Holidays. They are such a ridiculously good deal. And, I have been assured that this year’s offerings are “amazing”. Per usual!)

But, not every line you might see there are using TJM as a legit distributor of their product. One brand you may have seen on here before, DermOrganic, seems to be a staple at many TJM’s. But, on their website, they explain that you could be purchasing “diverted” products:

Diversion is when professional salon-only products are found for sale in unauthorized retail outlets. For example, genuine DermOrganic® products are sold exclusively by your hairdresser and licensed hair and skin salons. But every once in a while you might see a professional product for sale in a retail store or discounter. These are what we call “diverted” products.”

TJ Maxx’s do not have salon’s in them. At least not around me, which, my wallet would cry harder if there were.

So, fellow Maxxinista’s, like any other find you pick up there, you are taking your chances when you get home, and they DO have a return policy. But, at least in the case of The Body Shop, you know it’s a legit outlet for their outgoing products. Just don’t forget to support the main stores when you want the latest and greatest! Is it Holiday season, yet? 🙂

(P.S. I did reach out to TJ Maxx’s rep for a comment on this, but hadn’t heard back by the time I posted. If they get back to me with a reply, I will update this to let you know!)

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Beauty Zodiac

Do you follow your horoscope, and adjust your life accordingly? Are you like me and tap your toes just waiting for Susan Miller to post your monthly scope on AstrologyZone? If so, then you totally understand when I tell you that you need to be adjusting your beauty routine according to the stars, too.

Uber hot Scorpio via The Sixth Leaf Clover

Not me, but another uber hot Scorpio via The Sixth Leaf Clover

And, Bryce Gruber, over at The Berry, talked to an astrologer who broke the whole beauty zodiac down by the signs. Now, I’m a Scorpio and this is what it said I need to pay attention to:

“Sultry Scorpios have the ability to hypnotize people with their gaze so they should make sure their eyes are always on point. Lining them with a chunky kohl pencil liner in an unexpected jewel tone will keep onlookers mesmerized and inspired.”

LET ME TELL YOU! This info is on point! If there is one thing to know about me, is that I do not wear black eyeliner ever. I think it looks too heavy on me. So, I have replaced it with jewel tone liners – purples, greens, dark blues, with some bronzes thrown in for good measure, over the years.

Thanks for letting me know I am owning my sign, Bryce.

*Get more of Bryce’s wit and wisdom over on Twitter at @BryceGruber.

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Wide width TOMS shoes

Okay, maybe this info will help you guys as much as I think it is going to help me.

I don’t know if any of wear a wide width in your shoe sizes, but I have since Junior High. Shout-out to younger me and back to school shopping! (*It doesn’t get any more fun, FYI! HTH!) Anyway…I have always liked TOMS Shoes because I am lazy, love a slip-on and can get behind the mission of “One for One”. Unfortunately, the footbed has always been to narrow for me, so, I’ve always only supported them by buying them for my kid.

Well, thanks to the randomness of the internet, I was able to chat with the Creative Director of TOMS, Mara Evans, about my wistful longing for a wide width shoe and she was kind enough to give me the following tips:

Paula Wade if you haven’t tried TOMS in a while, we have tweaked our Classic design so you may find they are comfortable now. Also if you soak them and put them on wet – seriously – they loosen up a bit. Or you can order two sizes down from a men’s which are wider.

So, you can guess that I will now be throwing all of my dollars at TOMS to take advantage of Mara’s generous wisdom.

Have you guys avoided TOMS because of this? Or are y’all lucky enough not to have my “delicate” foot issue?

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About that whole “Regular” thing

Well, my regular normal for the first half of the year was not what I expected. I think I described myself in real life as a “caretaker, mom, full-time employee, student, & Pokemon master” (because ya gotta catch’em all!). So, my online writing life was the first to get the short end of the stick.

Now, I’m not saying I’m back to writing here on the regular, but I sure do miss it. So, I’m going to dip my toe back in with links to articles from other amazing folks that you may or may not know – not only to share their stuff, but to get back in the habit of posting things here. I also have some beauty things I have done this year that I want to share with you, like my trip to Spa Castle down in Texas, and going floating at Float OKC. There is also another Makeup Show happening in Dallas next month, so, you know I’m going to be going down there, too.

(Sourced from the Googles, but I can't find the creator)

(Sourced from the Googles, but I can’t find the creator)

Plus, I just like all kinds of random stuff on the internet. Like the tagline says, “the older I get, the more beauty I see”. My definition of “beauty” just continues to get broader with each passing year. Which is just my way of saying that getting back on the proverbial posting horse is really for me, and that I hope you come hang out with me sometimes, too.

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