Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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You are surely aware that I rank Boxwalla among the best subscription boxes created, and it is unquestionably my very favorite. I have had the supreme pleasure to review their Green Beauty Boxes HERE and HERE, and their exquisite Film Boxes HERE, and the 'Let it Glow' Holiday Beauty Box is not just extraordinary, but it would make one seriously exceptional and noteworthy holiday gift. This box features 3 products, two of which are full size, from RMS Beauty, WABI-SABI Botanicals and Lina Hanson. Furthermore, this box has a retail value of $115.00, but it only costs $49.95– therefore it is a fantastic value.
The theme of the Boxwalla December 'Let it Glow' Box provides the recipient with, "three beautiful products that showed you three ways to glow! "
According to Boxwalla,

There was RMS Beauty's cult-favorite, Living Luminizer: a creamy highlighter that enhances the skin's natural youthfulness giving it a luminous glow. Apply on the apples of the cheek, bridge of the nose & cupid's brow for that 'lit from within' glow. SO ethereal, we like to think of it as a kiss from a Christmas Fairy.

Then, there was Wabi-Sabi Botanicals' gorgeous BUDHI Sacha Inchi Eye Nectar which is chockfull of nutrient dense ingredients like Sacha Inchi oil, Coffee Fruit oil, Supercritical Seabuckthorn CO2, Prickly Pear Seed oil (and more!). This has become an indispensable part of our beauty ritual to battle dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. And did we mention, it smells just divine?!

And for the third way to glow we turn to Lina Hanson's incredible & incredibly versatile Global Face Trio.  Inspired by Lina's travels to Asia, this multitasking cleanser/exfoliant/mask contains Thanaka wood powder from Burma, rice bran from Japan, orange peel powder & ginseng used in traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric from India. All these (and more!) ingredients work synergistically to gently cleanse & exfoliate without stripping the skin - so perfect for winter!
WABI-SABI BOTANICALS BUDHI Sacha Inchi Eye Nectar (Full Size. Retail Value $52.00 for .10 ml): I have to preface this by stating that the aroma of this Eye Nectar is utterly intoxicating, and the amalgam of rich, roasted coffee beans, cacao and warm vanilla is unbelievably delectable. It is no wonder that WABI-SABI chose to name it BUDHI, which is a Buddhist term  that means ‘awaken.’ Awaken, indeed.

The texture of this oil-based elixir is lightweight and velvety smooth, and it absorbs into the skin immediately– leaving behind a luminous glow sans a greasy residue. This deeply nourishing, and potent, antioxidant-rich anti-aging nectar effectively targets a multitude of concerns ranging from: dark circles, dull skin, loose skin, dry skin, prematurely aging skin to inflammation and puffiness. Furthermore, this formula is 100% Natural & Non-Toxic, 93% Certified Organic and it is Vegan and Cruelty-Free.

I simply apply 1-2 drops to freshly cleansed skin, that is warm and slightly damp, and gently pat it under and around my eyes. While I do not have skin that is loose, dry, dull, or prematurely aging skin– I do get dark circles and puffiness when I don't get enough rest.

After using BUDHI Sacha Inchi Eye Nectar for several weeks, both night and day, I noted that my skin was deeply nourished and hydrated, and my fine lines were softened and lifted. Furthermore, on the occasions that I would awaken to dark circles and under-eye puffiness, they would be significantly reduced, if not eliminated altogether. Additionally, this lovely nectar consistently leaves my skin soft, silky smooth and glowing. This is an exemplary eye serum, and I will unquestionably buy a full-size bottle as soon as I finish this one. A+
According to WABI-SABI,

This velvety Nectar creation targets dark circles, inflammation, discoloration, and visible signs of aging around the eyes by harnessing the benefits of antioxidant-rich Coffee Fruit, carotene-packed Seabuckthorn berries, and high GLA content Evening Primrose blossoms. With a base of Organic, Peruvian Sacha Inchi oil, scientifically verified to work against free radical damage and protect skin from sun damage, while effectively reducing inflammation and discoloration. Pure, Organic Guava Seed and Prickly Pear Seed Oils deeply penetrate the skin to refine and tighten, lighten and brighten, and restore and protect the precious, delicate skin around your eyes. Warm, sweet Tonka and Cacao Beans combine with the rich aroma of roasted Venezuelan Coffee beans for a truly decadent and delicious nightly skin treat.
Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Peruvian Sacha Inchi Oil: possesses a unique balance of omega-3, -6, and -9 essential fatty acids not found in other plant oils and is one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids found in nature with over 47% omega-3 content. It also contains over 85% linoleic acid, and as a result, restores the skin’s moisture balance, clarifies and improves complexion, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Seabuckthorn Fruit Supercritical CO2: possesses remarkable nourishing, revitalizing, and restorative properties as it has the ability to stimulate tissue regeneration, reduce the damaging effects of sun radiation, and effectively combat wrinkles and dryness. The berries of the Seabuckthorn plant are also rich in vitamins, carotenes, and flavonoids, all vital for maintaining healthy skin.

Evening Primrose Oil: benefits dry and mature skin with it’s high Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) content. GLA soothes and renews fatigued skin, reduces inflammation, diminishes wrinkles and fine lines, and is scientifically proven to reduce symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and other skin disorders.

Coffee Fruit Oil: is made by roasting and cold-pressing Organic Venezuelan coffee beans, resulting in a full-bodied, intensely aromatic and caffeinated oil that infuses the skin with potent antioxidants. This beautiful, rich brown oil effectively firms and brightens under eye skin,while reducing inflammation and puffiness.

Olive Squalene: has a natural affinity for moisturizing and soothing skin, and is a necessary precursor to the production of lipids, a key component for maintaining youthful skin.

Guava Seed Oil: has an impressive acne-fighting Linoleic acid content, as well as extraordinary emollient properties that reduce the appearance of scars and improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture, keeping it soft and supple.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil: has the highest Vitamin E content of all plant oils, making it an exceptional oil for mature skin as it reduces visible signs of aging, improves skin elasticity, and leaves skin petal-soft. To make just 16 ounces of this premium, precious oil requires ½ ton of seeds and a labor-intensive process done entirely by hand, from gathering the Prickly Pear fruit to separating the seeds from the fruit pulp, drying them, and cold-pressing them to extract the oil.

Cacao Bean Absolute: is a decadent, warm, aromatic delight that promotes a greater sense of emotional well-being by decreasing anxiety, increasing clarity, and relaxing the mind and body. Cacao Beans contain high levels of antioxidants and possess antibacterial properties, that make them ideal for repairing and protecting skin from damaging free radicals and acne-causing bacteria. The Cacao Beans used to make our Cacao Bean Absolute are wildcrafted by local workers on the Ivory Coast (Ghana) and traded using Fair Trade practices to support and sustain their exquisite work.

Tonka Bean Absolute: lends it’s deliciously sweet, caramel-like aroma to this formulation. Tonka Beans are believed by some to have magical properties that chase away negative thoughts, relieve symptoms of depression, and cure spiritual maladies.
Full Ingredients: Peruvian Sacha Inchi Oil*, Seabuckthorn Fruit Supercritical CO2*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Coffee Fruit Oil*, Olive Squalene*, Guava Seed Oil*,  Prickly Pear Seed Oil**, Non-GMO Mixed Tocopherols, Cacao Bean Absolute**, Tonka Bean Absolute*, *Certified Organic Ingredient, **Wildcrafted ,***Ethically Grown/Sourced.
Lina Hanson Global Face Trio (Deluxe Size. Retail value $25.00 for 1 oz,): This ingenious three-in-one product is a cleanser, exfoliator and mask, and it is ultra-effective in each of its capacities! You simply add a small amount of water to activate the powder, and the amount of water that you use depends on whether you want to use it as a cleanser, exfoliator or mask. Most often I find that I prefer a particular mode of use over others with multipurpose products, but I actually find all three equally effective in this case.

As a cleanser I use the bamboo spoon to dispense a small amount into my palm, and then I add a tiny amount of water and mis it with my finger. When I achieve my desired consistency, then I gently massage it into my face, neck and décolleté, and then throughly rinse with warm water. My normal/combination skin is left thoroughly cleansed, but not in the least bit stripped.

As an exfoliator I add a little bit of water until I reach my desired consistency (more water means it is more gentle, less water means that it is a lot more exfoliating), and then I gently massage the paste into my face, neck and décolleté, and then rinse with warm water. It effectively and gently removed dead skin cells, helps to unclog pores, and leaves skin soft, smooth and supple.

As a mask I place about two spoons of the powder into my palm or a small glass bowl and add water, until it is a rich paste, and then I apply it to my face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then I use a warm fluffy wash rag to remove it. Lina Hanson recommends adding equal parts of honey and yogurt, but I have yet to try that. It does an exemplary job unclogging pores and eliminating dead skin cells, and it leaves skin soft and silky smooth.

I have also created a slightly thicker variant in order to use it simultaneously as a cleanser, exfoliator and mask– which also works incredibly well, and is also quite efficient.

According to Lina Hanson,

This 3 in 1 multipurpose solution is a gentle yet effective powder that purifies, brightens, clarifies, and balances the skin. This unique product is not only customizable depending on your skin’s needs, it saves space on your counter, in your luggage, and in your mind because its multi-functions. 
Add more water for use as a daily cleanser and light exfoliation, less water for a deeper exfoliation.
Used as a mask, it removes impurities, clarifies the skin and tightens pores for a glowing and silky soft complexion. (Eco-friendly bamboo spoon included.)


Cleanser: Dispense a spoonful of powder into palm. Add a small amount of water, and blend into a creamy blend. Gently massage over face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with water.

Exfoliator: Dispense a spoonful of powder into palm. For mild to medium exfoliation, add water to create a creamy paste. For deep exfoliation, only add droplets of water. Gently massage over face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse with water.

Mask: Dispense two spoons of powder into palm. Add a small amount of water, honey, or yogurt, and blend into a creamy mixture. Apply the mask over face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well.
Key Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Thanaka: Thanaka comes from the bark of the thanaka tree and is used by the Burmese women for its effective skin care properties. It tightens pores, clarifies skin, removes blackheads and decreases breakouts.

Ginseng: Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Ginseng regenerates skin cells by increasing oxygenation. It improves blood circulation, collagen formation as well as brightening your complexion.

Ricebran: Has been cherished by Japanese women for centuries for its ability to smooth and brighten skin.

Lemongrass: used for its anti-bacterial, antiseptic and stimulating effect on the skin. In aromatherapy its used for its soothing and balancing benefits.

Ingredients: Kaolin (White Clay), Limonia Acidissima (Thanaka) Wood Powder,** Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Powder* Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Powder, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Ginseng) Stem Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Stem Powder, Citric Acid, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Powder, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil,* Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil,* Limonene*** Citronellol*** Geraniol,***

*Organic ** Ethically Harvested, *** Naturally occurring in essential oils. 100% Natural / Organic / Vegan / Handcrafted
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (Full Size. Retail value $38.00 for .17 oz.): This is a cult-classic for good reason, and RMS Beauty enthusiasts praise this as among the best natural highlighters ever created! It comes in one shade that is very sheer and it imparts the perfect glowing luminosity with a satin-pearl finish, and it is important to note that there is nothing glittery about it. It is neither sticky, nor greasy, and a tiny bit goes a very long way. It can be used anywhere that you want to create a natural glow, and I love to use it above my cheekbones, in the inner corners of my eyes and o=in the center of my eye lids. It is also great on your cupid's bow and your collar bone.

According to RMS Beauty,

Nothing compares in magically highlighting the skin. This formula is the ultimate illuminator for creating a sensuous, sheer, luminous glow. A must have beauty product and our biggest seller. 

An ultra sheer, glowing, luminizer with a translucent, satin-pearl finish. This highlighter works great on all skin tones, making this a must have beauty product.

Tips from RMS Beauty: For a more precise application to those sensual places on the face, apply the living luminizer with the rms beauty brightening brush. The small tapered brush is perfect for highlighting the inner eye corners (near the tear duct), down the bridge of the nose and bow of the lips. A hint of the luminizer can be added along shoulders, shoulder blades and collar bones for a sexy evening look. Combine with the lip2cheek for a more sensual, shimmery mouth. or mix sparingly with 'un'cover-up for a radiant sheen.

Directions: Apply sparingly with fingers over the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, along the inner corners of eyes, and on the cupid's bow above lips for a natural glow. Add life to eyes by subtly applying onto the center of eyelids, just above the lashes.

Ingredients:*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tocopherol (non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019] * CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Overall Assessment: This is an absolutely amazing beauty box, and I cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which it is worth getting before it is completely sold out. It is a $115.00 value for only $49.95, and it is likely to be one of your best purchases this holiday season!

$49.95 from Boxwalla. While the subscriptions for the December Boxes have closed - Boxwalla is making this available as a one-time purchase for the holidays. Click on image below to purchase the box. (Affiliate Links).

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  1. Another wonderful box from Boxwalla. That Eye Nectar has certainly intrigued me especially!

    1. It really is another wonderful box from Boxwalla! Yes, the Eye Nectar is especially fantastic. I am coveting every single drop, and will definitely purchase a bottle once I finish this one!

  2. What an amazing box. The RMS is such a wonderful product, I've even given it as a gift to a very discerning friend. I love the sound of the Lina Hansen too.

    1. It really is a very impressive box, and I can certainly understand why you love the RMS Living Luminizer as much as you do! Yes, the Lina Hanson Global Face Trio is fantastic, but I currently completely obsessed with the Budhi Sacha Eye Nectar!

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    1. It is, and it is Cruelty-Free and filled with healthy ingredients!

  4. What a great selection of products in this box. I'm definitely "eyeing" the eye nectar. I don't think I have seen many of the Boxwalla box reveals, more people should check it out.

    1. I agree, Honey! It is definitely a very impressive box. I love everything in this box, but I am the most obsessed with the Eye Nectar! It's AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  5. Do they only feature green/natural products? If so, I'd be interested to sub

    1. Yes, Boxwalla only features high quality green/natural products. This is my third green beauty box from them, and they are consistency phenomenal! I think that you would fall in love with the products that they feature!


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