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Maui Welcomes T.J. Maxx - Grand Opening Today

I have been waiting for this day to come for over a year now and I am truly excited to finally say that Maui welcomes T.J. Maxx and today they were celebrating their Grand Opening.  Despite the warnings of funky weather and storms due to Guillermo,  many made it out early this morning to experience the doors opening on this big day.  I received confirmation that many stood in line from 6am as the doors opened at 8am and many experienced the opening festivities that went off without a hitch.  I arrived just after 8am and while the line was wrapped half way around the building, it moved quickly and I was able to get into the building within a minute of standing in line.

Maui Welcomes T.J. Maxx - Grand Opening Today

As I neared the entrance with my girlfriend Jamie, we were greeted politely and sweetly by many employees of the new T.J. Maxx as well as Corporate Representatives.  I’ll be honest, I have been to Grand Openings of stores before and it was awesome to see smiling faces on employees that looked genuinely happy to be working for the company.  While walking around – I overheard several of the workers exclaim that they were excited to be working for a company that had already proved to be beneficial.

Maui Welcomes T.J. Maxx - Grand Opening Today

I was a bit bummed to have missed out on the opening festivities, but nonetheless, I was just happy to be a part of this launch day.  Walking around the store was a bit hectic as is any store when it is newly opened, especially when you live on an island that really doesn’t have too many stores like such.  But, considering I have shopped like a mad woman on days like Black Friday – it was busy but it really wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  It was nice to see a variety of products and selections available and I immediately set my eyes on the handbag section which I’ll be back to visit later.  The displays were placed appropriately and I loved seeing how neat and organized it all was on the inside.  I’ll be honest, I loath shopping at another discount store because of the disorganized mess, so I am hoping T.J. Maxx will hold on to their reputation by keeping it in order as it was today.

Despite the craziness and the large crowds, employees still managed to keep a smile on their face and I stopped to ask several questions and received knowledgeable responses, friendly smiles and accommodation which was a breathe of fresh air.

Maui Welcomes T.J. Maxx - Grand Opening Today

It’s nice to know that there is much more option on the island for shopping and I wish T.J. Maxx would have opened a month earlier to accommodate for school shopping, but I’m glad it is open today.  Filled with various name brands at discounted prices, I found everything from housewares to cosmetics (and everything in between) and I look forward to visiting the store again in the future to really take the time to check it out.  It’s nice to know that some of the higher end brands that I love (like hair care) can be purchased at a discount here.

Maui Welcomes T.J. Maxx - Grand Opening Today

The little showers that we experienced this morning certainly didn’t rain on anyone’s parade and shoppers were excited to see what the store offered.  I love the personal “Hawaii” touches I seen through out the store and while I didn’t purchase anything today – I know I’ll be back soon.

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A few weeks ago I received a box in the mail that I was very excited to get.  Let’s face it – anything from Yves Saint Laurent is a treat for me and I couldn’t wait to test out the new Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector compliments of Influenster.  Adorn with the signature YSL gold and packaging, the new Touche Eclat duo looked as great in the packaging as it did in all its glory.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector - Influenster Voxbox

The Touche Eclat Blue Primer is a clear gel like product with gold reflects suspended though out.  I received the mini which includes 0.33 fl.oz. worth of product, however the full size includes 1.0 fl.oz. and retails for $52.00.  The blur primer is an illuminating primer that blurs imperfections and boosts the radiance of your foundation.  Like most primers – it preps the skin for foundation application, creating an improved – refined appearance and minimizing the look of pores, improving skin texture making it feel smoother and evening out the skin tone.  This product is packed with four nourishing oils – corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil which all help to make the skin feel soft without a greasy residue.  It is packed with blur technology, the primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for gorgeous and ultimate luminosity.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector - Influenster Voxbox

Since I don’t use foundation or concealer, I wasn’t sure how much this product would work for me since everything that I read states that it helps with foundation.  However, I did notice a difference in how my skin looks after applying the primer as well as how my face products like blush, bronzer and highlight have a longer staying power.  Since I tend to bathe in highlighter, I also found that when I apply it to my cheek bones, it looks flawless and I barely notice my pores.  I also like that my powder or cream products apply so smoothly and evenly giving my face the look of even skin tone and overall a glowy and healthy appearance.  This product is non-comedogenic and suitable for all skintones and sensitive skin.

The primer has a gel like type of consistency but as soon as it hits the skin, it reminds me of silicone primers I have used in the past.  It applies smoothly and evenly and as it is blended onto the skin, it has a soft and baby powder like feel to touch.  It dries quickly and instantly and leaves your skin feeling soft and I love that it is not sticky and it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin.  Most importantly – I haven’t had any reactions or flareups with my sensitive skin which is a BONUS.  I honestly think that once I am done with the mini I received through Influenster, I will be looking into purchasing the full size.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector - Influenster Voxbox

The next product I got in the Voxbox from Influenster was the Touche Eclat Blur Perfector compact to perfect skin while retaining its luminous glow.  I was very excited to get a full sized sample of the Blur Perfector.  With a Net Wt. of 0.33oz and retailing for $55.00 – I was ecstatic to add this to my beauty arsenal.  The perfector is portable and packaged in a sleek and gorgeous compact.  This is Yves Saint Laurent’s first ever blur perfector encased within a compact and it’s gorgeous.  This product transforms from a balm to a powder upon application to soften the skin’s imperfections – creating a transparent yet subtle rosy-glow effect.  You can use this product alone or as an allover complexion perfector, to set your makeup or as a mattifying touch up to get rid of shine and hide imperfections.  What’s awesome is that it is a universal shade that will compliment all skin types and instantly minimizes the look of pores so that the skin feels smoother and the complexion appears even.  The blur perfector is also non-comedogenic and ideal for all skin tones and skin types.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector - Influenster Voxbox

The first time I tried this product, the results it gave me as well as the feel and texture reminded me of my beloved Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.  While a tad bit sticky to touch – it blends out easily and turns into a powdery like texture that feels great against the skin.  It kind of me reminds me of an odd-like almost sticky wax – if that makes any sense.  This product works well to help give your face a matte finish and I love when I’m using a cream blush because applying this product on top keeps it in place all day.  I haven’t used the sponge to apply the product yet and have been applying with my fingers – creature of habit I guess.  While I do like the matte like effect it gives and it does keep some of my blush on all day – I think that it doesn’t help blur my imperfections on my face as well as the primer does.  However, used in combination over a BB cream or CC Cream, I did notice that it gave my face an almost airbrushed effect and I liked it.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Blur Perfector - Influenster Voxbox

In the photo above, I am using the Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Perfector.  I noticed my blush, bronzer and highlight lasted for hours that day and my skin felt very nice and soft.

Overall – I’m pretty impressed with both products and I’m very thankful I was given this opportunity to try both of them out.  While I think I would definitely repurchase the full size of the Blur Primer, I may not repurchase the blur perfector since it is a similar cost to my Mally Pore Defender and I much more prefer that over the YSL.  The packaging on each is gorgeous and very lux for sure.  You can purchase these products on the YSL website or at Sephora, Nordstroms and other retailers that carry the brand.

Thank you Influenster for including me in this Voxbox.  Have you tried any of these products before and if so – what are your thoughts?  If not, have you tried similar products on the market?  What are they and what are your favorites?  Don’t forget to stop by my video and check it out.

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Disclaimer:  The products mentioned in this post were sent to my courtesy of Influenster and the Influenster Voxbox.  While I have received these for free for review and consideration – all thoughts are my own and 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not compensated monetarily to provide this review.