BOXWALLA + TWELVE BEAUTY

 

 

The April Boxwalla showcased two unique and incredible products from the Twelve Skincare line: the London Mask (my absolute favourite) and the Ideal brightening Corrective Serum. Both products are outstanding and demonstrate Dr Pedro’s talent at creating plant based products that perform.

The London Mask is like no other, this pretty pink mask will have you masking every other night. An impressive mask that effectively treats skin. Typically most clay based masks dry out the skin or leave it feeling tight and stripped. The London Mask provides skin with moisturise and has a soothing effect. I found the mask works to combat dullness and redness as well. Formulated to treat the most sensitive skin types this lush mask has been very effective on my oily skin. All skin types will benefit from this mask, as it was inspired and created by Dr Pedro to help combat the stresses and pollution of living in London. With an abundance of gentle yet powerful plants this mask delivers a detoxing yet soothing result. A great mask to pop on the end of the day that aids in eliminating daily toxins and pollution build up as well proving skin with a brighter complexion.

The second product featured is the Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum. Like all Twelve Beauty products this serum delivers hydration, potent herbal ingredients and skin loving results. As the name suggests it has been formulated to treat and correct a variety of skin concerns making it a multitasking serum. This smooth serum consists of 12 effective herbs that work in harmony together to help treat dark spots, acne scars, sun damaged skin as well as the brightening tone and complexion of the skin. It has a creamy, gel like consistency is light weight and easily absorbed into the skin. An ideal evening treatment that can be layered with a face oil or moisturise and making it a perfect corrective skin booster. The results from this serum are powerful and will amaze you. Nature delivers results and Dr Pedro has formulated a brilliant product that harnesses the power of herbs and plants, that works!

 

BOXWALLA + MODERN ORGANIC SACRED SKINCARE

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The theme for the June Boxwalla Beauty Box is MOSSAIC and features two full size products from MOSS (Modern Organic Sacred Skincare). Relatively new to the brand I was so excited when I found out The Boxwalla was featuring MOSS. I have always wanted to try the MOSS products and I’ve been really drawn to the formulations of the products. The products showcased are the Beurre Céleste Cleansing Balm and the Illumina Vitamin C Treatment Serum. Founder and formulator Celestyna Higgins comes from an interesting background in astrophysics, fashion and yoga. Her diversity and worldly knowledge have allowed her to create some of the most pure, powerful and active skincare that helps treat a mosaic of skin issues and types especially adult acne as well as mature and sensitive skin types. A natural skincare brand that is effective and performs.

MOSS’s mission is to deliver truly effective, luxurious skincare that doesn’t contain “fairy dust,” toxins or fillers of any kind. A synergy of natural ingredients mixed with skincare actives like ceramides, peptides that are effective and non-toxic.

After my first cleanse using the Beurre Céleste Cleansing Balm, I was immediately impressed and in awe of the results. I’m not usually drawn to cleansing balms but this exceeded all my expectations and actually “wowed” me! This honey infused rinsable cleansing balm is like no other and does not require you to follow with a washcloth. It is specially formulated with raw neem honey, macadamia nut oil, sunflower seed oil, kokum butter, lemon myrtle, seabuckthorn pulp extract and without the use of any preservatives. The ingredients have been carefully selected to allow the cleanser to permeate and aid in the reconstruction of the skin’s barrier. Never stripping your skin or leaving any residue behind. It also doubles as a nourishing mask and gives skin a brightening glow. I love using this in the evening as a cleanser and as a mask in the mornings, a truly impressive and unique cleansing balm.

The Illumina Decongesting Radiance Concentrate is another impressive product. As someone who has quite congested skin and is prone to breakouts this multitasking serum is absolute perfection for my skin. It’s a gentle (retinol free) yet high performing serum that has a high concentration of Vitamin C (4 x the usual amount of Vitamin C) derived from Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate – which means it’s a stable form of Vitamin C and will not oxidise.

Formulated with pumpkin enzyme, moth bean (a natural retinol alternative), plant ceramides, Vitamin C and a selection of other beautiful botanical extracts that allow skin to be gently exfoliated, promoting collagen as well as providing skin with anti inflammatory and antibacterial relief. The benefits don’t stop there, it also aids in the soothing and purification of the skin, making it a great treatment for skin that is inflamed (perfect for breakouts and acne). I’m excited to add this to my evening routine and see the benefits. I am so impressed with how Celestyna has created such an innovative and natural product that delivers results. It is recommended that you start using the serum once a day to once a week. Then proceed to using it every two to three days for glow skin.

The date for the this box has been extended to June 5th, a great Beauty box with some seriously impressive products! Head to the Boxwalla site to grab your box!

OCINIUM SKINCARE

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Ocinium has been on my radar for a while, as they are a luxurious beauty brand with a range of very interesting products backed by clinical science.

This Australian beauty brand focuses on the skin-enhancing powers of natural ingredients and combines this with cosmeceutical actives to deliver a range of skincare that is formulated without sulfates, silicones, parabens and is cruelty free.

I have tried the Ocinium Age-Defiance Discovery Pack. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the products, test them and see how they perform for your skin. This little set of three mini Ocinium products, features the Ecdysis Cleanser, Immortelle Vitamin B3 Serum and Metamorphis Crème. This trio is designed to boost collagen, promote DNA repair, reduce the early signs of fine lines and wrinkles and deliver age-defying benefits to address modern skin concerns.

The Ocinium Ecdysis Cleanser is a cream based cleanser that has worked wonderfully on my (oily/combo) skin. It not only effectively cleanses, it also gently exfoliates the skin as well. Formulated with probiotic fruit ferments, alpha-hydroxy acids and enzymes, the cleanser promotes cellular turnover, brightness the complexion and leaves skin feeling balanced. A great and impressive cleanser that can easily be incorporated into your a.m. and p.m. routine.

The Immortelle Vitamin B3 Serum is undeniably my favourite product from the trio. Upon first use, this serum did wonders for my skin (Hello glowing skin). The B Vitamins and Hyaluronic Acid in the serum aid in repairing the upper most layer of the skin, providing hydration and moisture as well as treating an array of skin concerns. Think of this product a your one step solution to treating  your skin’s issues. It is brimming with vitamins, plant based botanicals and antioxidants that assist the skin to look brighter and calmer. If you are after a serum that gives your skin that healthy glow, you definitely need to try this serum.

The Metamorphis Multi-Vitamin Crème is the last step in the trio and provides the skin with immediate hydration. The innovative formula of plant nutrients, antioxidants and actives protect the skin, stimulate collagen and promote cell renewal. This nourishing face cream maintains the moisture in skin leaving it to feel supple and soft. An elegant and beneficial product that works well in the a.m. beauty routine.

If you are after a high-performing, organic, science-lead skincare, I can highly recommend Ocinium.

 

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AIKA WELLNESS

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Aika Wellness launched late 2017, Aika is the world’s first 100% certified organic Ayurvedic inspired range of skincare for purists. As the winner of Australian Organic’s (ACO) Cosmetic of the Year award in its launch year, Aika sets a new standard in luxury certified organic skincare.

Created in a wellness spa environment over fourteen years of concentrated research and hands on spa therapy, Aika skincare draws on its founder Eranthi Bonney’s Sri Lankan heritage steeped in Ayurveda and her extensive background in owning and running wellness spas.

Uniquely formulated with spa grade high performance results, Aika sources only the most premium certified organic ingredients available worldwide for the ultimate spa at home sensory ritual. All products are lovingly hand made in small batches in Melbourne, at Aika’s own certified organic studio ‘The Lighthouse’.

More than functional skincare, Aika’s philosophy is about the whole person where the goal is to awaken the healing power of the skin, body, emotions and mind so that true healing and rejuvenation can take place.

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Daily Rituals for lasting wellbeing

A key concept in Aika’s skincare is the Ayurvedic practice of dinacharya, meaning the ‘daily routine’ to support your body’s natural energy and daily rhythmic cycle. Aika’s products empower you to set aside precious time each day to take care of yourself, to love and honour the skin and body you’re in.

This daily regimen of caring for ourselves through adequate rest, healthy eating, movement and spiritual practice has a cumulative affect that is quite powerful and results in a greatly improved sense of wellbeing in a very short period of time.

Here are three simple steps for your morning and evening rituals to help support your wellbeing and get glowing skin with Aika skincare.

AM – ARISE

  1. Rise and Shine. Ideally wake up with the sun. After a refreshing shower smooth over Aika’s Body Anoint to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and silken. Cleansing your face is an important morning step and Aika’s Pure Polishes are a luxurious treat to help gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells that have been shed overnight to reveal a glowing face.
  2. Get Moving. A walk, run, yoga or stretching can help you get your mind and body ready for the day. Aika’s Tonics help this awakening process by infusing your skin with herbal extracts and essences to refresh, remineralise and increase your skin’s circulation for a new day.
  3. Nourish yourself. Eat a breakfast packed with whole fruit and vegetables to give you the energy to perform at your peak. For your face, Aika’s Balms are concentrated skin food that melt into your skin to lock in hydration, providing essential nutrients your skin needs during the day while strengthening its barrier function from environmental damage.

 

PM – RETREAT

  1. Remove the day. De-stress by having a warm bath or shower with Aika’s herbal salt Body Polishes. Thoroughly cleanse your face with Aika’s Deep Cleansers which contain clay for drawing out toxins and pollution from the day and removing makeup.
  2. Restore your mojo. Replenish your prana or energy with a mindful activity such as meditation, breathing exercises or visualisation to move from the external focus of the day to an internal one of connecting to your essence. Aika’s Ayuressences are created to balance your energy and calm the emotions while promoting your skin’s overnight cellular turnover.
  3. Increase the peace. Dim the lights or light a candle to help your mind adjust to slowing down. Aika’s Elixirs facilitates your skin’s overnight renewal process with a boost of anti-oxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids for ultimate rejuvenation. Finally massage your head with Aika’s Hair and Scalp elixir which helps slow down the mind and soothe the emotions preparing you for a restful sleep.

 

 

ISUN SKINCARE

 

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Isun Skincare is an artisanal and natural brand that is formulated with wildcrafted and organic ingredients. It’s also an award winning brand and a cult favourite amongst celebrities and makeup artists. Kate Bosworth is a fan of the wonderful Isun Skincare creations, in particular the Sapphire Facial Oil, calling it ” A bottle of Love”.

Each ingredient is carefully grown to create products that are pure and skin transforming. Isun Skincare believe in the power of nature and grow their plants (ingredients) so that they are not compromised with toxins or chemicals. As this allows them to grow in a happy state, therefore creating a euphoric feeling when the products are applied to the skin – Living light, living skin. “Alive and ageless skincare handmade with loving care”. The brand is truly committed in creating  products that are infused with healing vibrations of light and energy.

I have fallen in love with the Isun Skincare products as they have treated and addressed my skin concerns instantly. They are truly potent, pure and allow skin to feel rejuvenated and nourished. For the last four to five months I have used the Clarity Facial Serum and the Rhassoul Crystal Exfoliant. These two products are wonderful for normal/oily skin types and help keep breakouts, inflammation and congestion at bay.

The Rhassoul Crystal Exfoliant is a mineral rich product and a great multitasker. Containing only two ingredients; Rhassoul Clay and Siliceous Earth (Ocean floor earth) this exfoliant helps skin look radiant and super smooth. I use it as the first step in my morning routine and if time permits, I also use it as face mask. You can also cleanse with it, exfoliate and use it as a refining face mask that helps eliminate impurities from the skin.

The Clarity Facial Serum is my HOLY GRAIL product and a necessity for any one with oily skin, blemishes, large pores and congestion. The soothing herbal and floral formula comfort skin and aid in the balance of excess oils. As well as calming redness and inflammation. I love how this serum is antibacterial, balancing and softening on the skin. This product also treats blackheads and congestion around the nose/chin. Especially when used  in the evening. It is great at eliminating a shiny t-zone when used in the morning.

If you haven’t tried Isun Skincare or you’re after a truly pristine and organic skincare brand, I highly recommend trying this line. You won’t be disappointed.

WILDCRAFTED ORGANICS

 

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Wildcrafted Organics is an Australian skincare line that is inspired by the healing power of plants. Nicole, the founder has a background in nutrition, botanical medicine and extensive experience in the area of herbalism. Her broad knowledge and practice in this field led her to create clean and pure skincare products that incorporate Australian botanicals that are unique and wild crafted. Read about the importance of wildcrafting in the interview with Nicole below.

What is wildcrafting?

Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting certain plants from their natural or wild environment to use for food or medicinal purposes. Its something that has to be done sustainably and with considerable respect for the environment and in some cases would involve only removing a certain part of the plant so as not to endanger the species.

Why are wildcrafted ingredients so important to your line of products?

Wild Plants have grown without any interference, they develop differently as they must survive in the harshest of environments and it is here that they don’t just survive – they thrive where other plants could not exist. Incredibly high levels of antioxidants are produced to enable their survival and it is these bio active antioxidants that are so beneficial for our skin. The essence of all things “Wild” – Strength, Wisdom and Beauty.

Can you tell us more about where your ingredients come from?

I use only the purist organic or wildcrafted ingredients in my products and they come from all over the world but it is Australia’s unique botanicals that excite me the most. As an Island Australia is a sanctuary where nature evolves and flourishes in a pure environment, sheltered from the influence of the rest of the world. Australia has an abundance of unique botanicals that the Aboriginal people have been Wildcrafting for thousands of years and as these plants are studied using advanced extraction methods we are seeing incredibly high levels of bioactive ingredients. An example of this is Kakadu Plum which has the world s highest Vitamin C concentration, equivalent to 100x that of an orange. The Kakadu Plum powder I use  comes from the Dampier Peninsula just north of Broome in Australia and it is here that Bruno Dann is bringing back to his community the traditional ways of taking care of the land and the Kakadu Plum or Gumbinge trees, which is helping restore the amazing bush in this region. All profits from this product are sent back to the Nyui Nyui people who wild harvist it. Other native botanicals I use are found in pristine parts of  North/ North East Australia and are now being organically grown so as to ensure the sustainability and survival of the plant.

What are your favourite ingredients to work with?

I use a bioactive complex of three indigenous Australian plums Kakadu Plum, Illawarra Plum and Burdekin Plum. The research on this particular extract is compelling showing it to to contain incredibly high levels of antioxidants, stimulate Hyaluronic acid, pro-collagen 1and fibronectin synthesis in the skin reducing fine lines and wrinkles and increases hydration while strengthening the skins barrier.

What was the first product your created for Wildcrafted Organics?

The first product in the collection was my Wildflowers Rejuvinating Serum, from the beginnning it was so important to me that all of  the products were concentrated in skin loving ingredients, nutrients and bioactive botanicals – no ingredient is added to reduce cost or fill and all bioactives are used at the required level for efficacy. This product is used instead of a moisturiser and is basically a daily multi vitamin for your skin with a scent of wild jasmine and cacao.

What is your hero product from the line?

The Everlasting Beauty Balm Concentrate with 24 kt gold. So concentrated in skin regenerating / collagen promoting / healing butters and precious oils. It absorbs effortlessly into the skin leaving no trace but providing a level of nourishment that moisturisers just can’t compete with. Multi tasking it transforms into a luminous, skin loving foundation when mixed with your dry mineral make up and can be used anywhere that needs extra nourishment. Is suitable for all skin types but especially dry, stressed, scarred or sun damaged skin. Massage into the skin with a Gua Sha for an incredibly indulgent treat.

MALDIVES

 

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My recent trip to the Maldives was absolute BLISS! The only way to describe the Maldives is “Island Perfection”. It is absolutely stunning and pristine.

The Maldives is the perfect destination to soak up the sunshine, swim with turtles and manta rays, (that experience blew my mind), snorkel, drink fresh coconuts from the island and simply just relax. It’s definitely not hard to enjoy yourself or feel rejuvenated. You’re surrounded by stunning turquoise lagoons, white sand, crystal clear water, blue skies, palm trees and the most stunning coral reefs.

You know that saying “on island time”, well after spending a week in the Maldives, I have learnt to fully appreciate that saying. I love the Maldives!

NYC VIBES

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No matter how many times I visit New York, it always feel like I’m discovering new things in the city. There is always so much to do and so much to see. It’s the kind of city where every minute counts, because there is an abundance of cool and amazing thing to do! I can never get enough of this city.

Some of my favourite thing to do and places to visit when in New York:

  • Walk The High Line (Meatpacking District)
  • Visit the Glossier Showroom, lots of pink & mirrors
  • Sézane for the ultimate Parisian chic shopping
  •  Drinks at rooftop bars (Check out the Refinery rooftop)
  • Stroll through the West Village and SoHo
  • Get a mani/pedi at Sundays Nail Studio (Best nontoxic mani &pedi in town)
  • Eat matcha muffins at Sweets by Chloe
  • Make your own customised lipstick at the Bite Beauty Lab
  • Walk around NoLita, you will find some very cool street art
  • Have a matcha at Matcha Cha Cha

 

 

 

LA VIBES

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Los Angeles is one of my favourite cities to visit, the sun is always shining and the streets are lined with gorgeous green palm trees. With the weather being amazing for majority of the year, you can definitely soak up the California sun and chill by the pool.

I’m always excited when I visit, because LA has some of the best vegan and pressed juices places. On this recent trip I discovered some new delicious vegan places as well as revisiting some classic favourites.

Classic favourites are: Moon Juice, the best one is in Melrose Avenue. The store itself is open, bright and inviting and they have a fabulous collection of green beauty products and other cosmic juices, snacks and drinks. Another favourite is Tea by Alfred, as the name suggests it’s all about tea. There is also Kreation Juices, this place is next level cold pressed juice AMAZING! I have never seen so many healthy, creative and nutritious juices, and smoothie options in one place. They also have cafes too, their menu as well as juices are inspired by Persian cuisine (YUMMM).

New places I discovered, Beaming Smoothie Juice and Bar. This place has the best vegan cookie ice cream, full of protein and very very scrumptious. Another new favourite of mine is Erewhon Market, this place is the epitome of health and exceeded my expectations. I spent an hour alone in the kombucha and pressed juice section, there are so many options and what they don’t compromise on is quality. All the products in store are exceptional. You can find teas, food, supplements, beauty products, chocolate and other products. A must if you’re in LA.

LA has so much to offer, there are incredible fashion/lifestyle stores, the latest eco beauty, fabulous restaurants and bars. And if you’re into health and well being this is definitely the right town for you!

MALLORCA

 

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Mallorca is one of my favourite European destinations. Palma De Mallorca is the Island’s capital, it’s stunning, quaint and cosmopolitan. It is also like a mini Barcelona. You will find impressive, colourful buildings designed by Guadi, the most authentic and delicious tapas, fabulous shopping as well as historical sites.

This Spanish Island has some of the worlds most beautiful beaches. There are over 200 beaches to discover on the Island.  My favourite beaches are located in the area of Santanyí. This is a stunning and lovely part of Mallorca to visit or stay in.

I love Mallorca it’s the perfect holiday destination, you can relax, swim in crystal clear waters, shop and eat the best Spanish food.