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6.17.2016

Boxwalla Beauty: The Wandering Woman

Boxwalla Beauty
If you ask me, there isn't anyone who embodies the Wandering Woman more than American street photographer Vivian Maier, who worked for over four decades as a nanny and travelled all over the world with her camera. 
She took over 150,000 photographs in her lifetime (mostly in black and white) but curiously left most of her film negatives undeveloped and only achieved fame posthumously when her rolls of work were discovered in an estate sale. And so it is only apropos that I use her stunning street portraits as the backdrop to showcase Boxwalla's June Beauty Box*.

I reviewed their April Beauty Box earlier and explained the clever multi-themed concept behind the subscription plan and how co-founder Lavanya curates the products to enable you to develop an effective beauty routine over time, so I won't bore you by repeating myself and you can click here to read more. 
The folks behind Boxwalla have the most discerning taste and a keen understanding of the modern woman, and June's Beauty Box is poetically titled "Wandering Woman" and features both travel necessities and beauty discoveries from wandering the world. This box pretty much has my name stamped on it and I loved everything that came in this selection.
The journey begins in Italy with an ingredient introduced to America in the early 1900s: the Brassica Oleracea Italica  (Broccoli) Seed Oil found in the Gressa Lumière Complexion FluidA natural alternative to chemical silicones, it provides antioxidants and protection for the skin and lightweight but lasting moisturization from essential fatty acids. The inventive formulation also contains Safflower Seed Oil and CoQ10 to create a skin barrier to keep dirt particles out and help fight free radicals and prevent loss of elasticity.

The swatches on the website shows Elise as a medium rosy pink, but I would describe the color more as a bold fuschia, although it does blend out to a more muted pink on my cheeks. Be gentle too- half a pump is more than enough for a luminous flush on your cheeks. I put it to the test when I walked for over an hour uptown and back on a very humid evening, and the Lumière did not budge at all! On my lips, it comes off as a slightly metallic lip stain, although I would recommend using a gloss over it to enhance the color.

I also own the Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge which is a richly-pigmented lip stain that I also use as a blush, and that gives a color pay-off as intense as the Lumière.

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Brassica oleracea italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil*, Rosa canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Rosemary Extract, CoEnzymeQ10, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Proprietary blend of therapeutic precious oils*
* Certified Organic

We then voyage to Sweden with the Aronia Arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry) used in Henné Organics Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator. A superfood rich in Vitamin C, it is also what lends the product its gorgeous rose quartz color. The Lip Exfoliator is one of the most luxurious lip product I've come across, with all organic ingredients and a heavy rose scent.
All you have to do is massage this onto your lips in a circular motion and rinse with warm water, followed with a lip balm. Henné carries a Luxury Lip Balm which would work beautifully with the Lip Exfoliator, but I use Kari Gran's Naked Lip Whip and they both are all-natural and petroleum-free formulas safe for your body.
Ingredients: Organic Sucrose (Sugar), Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Organic Aronia Arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry), Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil

Boxwalla BeautyRachel's Plan Bee Body Polish ($20.00 for 7 oz) and Mini Bee Cream ($6.00 for 0.5 oz)
Last but certainly not least, we find ourselves in Morocco with the Moroccan Lava Clay (Rhassoul Clay) blended into Rachel's Plan Bee Body PolishRich in magnesium, silica, potassium and calcium, the Rhassoul Clay is naturally-occuring and comes from the the lake beds of the Atlas Mountains and has the unique ability to draw out impurities from your skin. The Body Polish also has beneficial ingredients like organic oils, shea butter and beeswax that will leave your skin hydrated and glowing.

Now I have blogged about my obsession with Rachel's Body Oil and Bee Cream before, and I not only love her products but her brand story as well. The Bee Cream is a multi-tasker that can be used any dry spots on your body, and the formula is so concentrated that you really only need a tiny amount each time and the mini tub will last you for a long time to come. This baby comes on my all my long-haul flights and I have also gifted many to my friends. 

Both the Body Polish and Bee Cream are infused with Rachel's signature delicious blend of vanilla and orange essential oils, and in the summer I am using this duo as a nightly treatment for my cracked heels since I am often in open footwear walking all over the city.

Ingredients for Body Polish: Sucrose*, Apricot kernel oil*, Shea butter*, Grapeseed oil, Moroccan lava clay, White kaolin, Beeswax, Tocopherol (mixed)**, Citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, Vanilla planifolia, Citrus paradisii (grapefruit) peel oil, Glyceryl monocaprylate and Glyceryl monoundecylenate
* Certified Organic  **Non-GMO

Ingredients for Bee Cream:  Grapeseed oil, beeswax, Shea butter*, Coconut oil*, Apricot kernel oil*, Tocopherol (mixed)**, Citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, Vanilla planifolia and Citrus paradisii (grapefruit) peel oil  
* Certified Organic  **Non-GMO

A subscription to Boxwalla will cost you $49.95 every two months and this particular box has a combined retailed value of $78, bringing you savings of over 35%! More importantly, a bi-monthly plan allows you to properly experience and appreciate the products that you receive in each boxand the option to switch to a different theme whenever enables you to indulge your varied interests in life. 
What I value most about Boxwalla is they are a small family operation with a lot of heart for fellow independent businesses. They uphold quality over quantity and are committed to supporting the work of the artisans and artists they partner with. 
P/S: The street portraits in this blogpost are from Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, and you can also check out some of Vivian's amazing work here and the fascinating documentary "Finding Vivian Maier" is streaming on Netflix.


Psst! For a very limited time the Wandering Woman box is available as a one-time box, and you can also subscribe to August's box here!


*   Boxwalla's June Beauty Box was kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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