Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Gothamista x Boxwalla Box: Renée's Winter Luxuries

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Boxwalla has a really special December Beauty Box in store for you! Boxwalla's eco-luxe beauty boxes are an extraordinary value, and the products themselves are nothing short of spectacular. Their carefully curated cruelty-free green beauty boxes are a tremendous value, with steep discounts, and they feature truly covet-worthy luxurious, and sustainably crafted beauty products.

According to Boxwalla,

The Skincare Subscription Box from Boxwalla is the best beauty box subscription curated for the luxury-loving skincare enthusiast. In our skincare subscription boxes, you will discover the most effective & innovative plant-based beauty products that redefine luxury skincare. By showcasing not only the benefits of each product we feature but also demonstrating how they can be incorporated into your skincare routine, we help you figure out how to take care of your unique skin needs.

The December Beauty Box, The Gothamista x Boxwalla Box: Renée's Winter Luxuries, is an exquisite collaboration between Gothamista x Boxwalla.

Cost to Subscribe: $59.95 (or $49.95 with the three- or six-month prepaid subscription plans). For a limited time, get the Lovinah Ocean Rituals Cleansing Balm free with the 6-month prepaid plans.

Each Beauty Box contains (Retail value $296.00):

  • Saro De Rue x Gothamista Essence (full size, 3.38 oz. $68.00)
  • WYLYS Double Rose Luminizer Revitalizing Oil Serum (full size, 1.01 oz. $188.00)
  • Gothamista x Pink Moon Custom Jade Gua Sha ($40.00)
About: This collaboration between Boxwalla and Renée Chow from Gothamista, features three extraordinary products that offers the perfect way to pamper your skin during the winter months, and to really slow down and enjoy the beautiful ritual.
Saro De Rue x Gothamista Essence (full size, 3.38 oz. $68.00): This beautiful essence is a wonderful collaboration between Mimi Kim, a licensed sports nutritionist and aesthetician, and Renée Chow, a skincare enthusiast and influencer. This essence is a brightening and hydrating gem that offers skin barrier protection, skin immunity boosting and it plumps fine lines. It is silky smooth to the touch, and this ultra-luxe essence functions as a hydrating toner that is mindfully massaged into the skin, and leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and ready for the glorious WYLYS Double Rose Luminizer Revitalizing Oil Serum.

According to Saro De Rue,

Mimi Kim & Renée Chow worked together to craft their dream formula with enhanced black ginseng and Hanbang Medicinal Herbs to create the limited edition Essence. 
Essence is the skincare essential your skin's been waiting for.  With the benefits of a hydrating toner and serum in one, this enriched formula quickly absorbs, leaving skin feeling fresh, radiant, healthy. Essence is created for every skin type, every age, gender, skin type and skin condition

Essence fuses ancient Chinese Medicine practices and techniques, with modern science for the perfect blend of East meets West skincare. A holistic approach combined with innovative science to create a product that produces game-changing results, while being gentle on your skin and the planet. This essence is unlike any other. Crafted using the rarest, most potent ingredients, ancient Korean techniques, and hanbang herbs.

The foundation of our Essence is Black Ginseng, a treasured Korean medicinal herb 
used for centuries for its power to heal, regenerate and enliven. The intense technique used to create it plus its powerful properties make Black Ginseng one of the most celebrated ingredients in Korean skincare.

Directions: After cleansing apply ample amount to palm of hand. Massage onto face & neck in an upward motion. Wait until fully absorbed and follow with a moisturizer.
Ingredients: Panax Ginseng Root Water (62%), Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide (4%), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium PCA, Hydroxyethylcellose, Propanediol, Lycium Chinese Stem Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Lycium Chinese Fruit Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melisa Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Scrophularia Buergeriana Root Extract (50ppm), Panax Ginseng Root Extract (50ppm), Betaine, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Zinc PCA, Maltodextrin, Persea Gratissimia (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ceramide NP, Ceramids NS, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide AS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP.

Key Ingredients:
  • 62% Black Ginseng Water
  • 6 Kinds of Hanbang - traditional Korean Medicinal Herbs 
  • 4% Niacinamide
  • Upcycled Red Ginseng Extract
  • Upcycled Goji Berry Stem and Fruit Extract
  • Upcycled Avocado Peptide
  • 3 Lipids: Ceramides, Cholesterol, Fatty Acid
  • 2 NMF: Sodium PCA & Zinc PCA
WYLYS Double Rose Luminizer Revitalizing Oil Serum (full size, 1.01 oz. $188.00): As a huge proponent of luxury face oils, I was elated to try this gorgeous mid-weight oil that sumptuously melts into the skin. Used after the Saro De Rue x Gothamista Essence, this ultra-luxe oil, with its stunning light herbal/floral aroma, leaves skin hydrated, soft, smooth and supple. It has an unparalleled silky texture, and it never leaves behind a greasy residue. It effectively softens the appearance of fine lines, leaves skin with a luminous glow, and it is a true joy to use. This is one of the most lovely face oils that I have tried in the last decade, and I simply cannot underscore the extent to which this is a delight to use, and that it delivers tangible and visible results.

According to WYLYS,

The Double Rose Luminizer is a vitamin-rich complex of pure rose and cold-pressed essential oils (rosehip, lavender, and geranium) that revitalizes depleted or dehydrated skin. Richly nourishing yet lightweight, this oil gently glides over the skin with just a few drops that easily absorb to provide an immediate, dewy glow. It reinforces a weakened outer layer, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and catalyzing the deeper collagen-renewal process.

  • Great for: All Skin Types, especially Delicate, Sensitive or Reactive Skin.
  • Skin Concerns: Fine Lines, Dryness, Dehydration, Lack of elasticity, Acne-prone.
  • Scent: Herbaceous, delicate, floral.
  • Texture: Luxurious oil that feels light and silky, not greasy.
  • Makes Skin Look & Feel: Radiant, supple, and revitalized.
Directions: Cleanse and tone. Apply a small quantity (2-3 drops) of oil to fingertips, then apply the digito-pressure technique—holding fingers straight while gently exerting pressure across the face to massage and ease application of the oil.
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Geranium Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Pimenta Acris (Bay) Leaf Oil, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Lavandula (Lavender) Stoechas Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil *organically grown.

Active Ingredients and Their Attributes:

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil: to provide antioxidants and essential fatty acids that hydrate, lock in moisture, brighten, and protect skin from UV damage.

Organic Rose Flower Oil: to act as a humectant and draw water within the skin, while also tightening and clarifying pores.

Calendula Oil: to hydrate and add suppleness to the skin, while also lessening redness and soothing irritation.

Organic Primrose Oil: to increase elasticity, radiance, and help skin cells retain moisture.

Salicornia Herbacea Extract: to strengthen the skin barrier, increase skin repair and recovery, and provide deep moisture.
Gothamista x Pink Moon Custom Jade Gua Sha ($40.00): Pink Moon, which was founded by Lin Chen, a Reiki Healer, collaborated with 
Renée Chow to create this gorgeous custom jade Gua Sha. This beautiful Gua Sha, when incorporated into your skincare routine, helps reduce inflammation of the face, relieves muscle tension, and it also helps to relieve the severity and frequency of headaches. It is such a luxurious way to help encourage lymphatic drainage, decrease puffiness and improve elasticity. Plus it feels amazing and gives me an incredible sense of wellbeing.

  • Your new favorite self-love and wellbeing essential for pampered, healthy skin.
  • It encourages lymphatic drainage, moves stagnant energy, and helps relieve tension/discomfort (pain, headaches, sinus pressure).
  • Gua Sha is a 4,000 year old Traditional Chinese Medicine holistic health massage.
Overall Assessment: This is a box really worth getting before it sells out a second time, and the magical products are among the most incredible that I have used this year. This box is the perfect way to slow down, engage in self-care and pamper and nourish your skin. Boxwalla did an incredible job closing out 2023 with one of the most impressive beauty boxes imaginable. This is the perfect gift for yourself, or for the skincare loving people on your holiday list. A+

Cost to Subscribe: $59.95 (or $49.95 with the three- or six-month prepaid subscription plans) from Boxwalla (Affiliate Links). Free U.S. Shipping Always. Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own. 

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  1. What a great price for the value you receive.

    1. It is a spectacular savings for such gorgeous luxury products, Marcia!

  2. I was thinking that the essence sounded wonderful with the ginseng, but then I read your review of the Double Rose Luminizer! You are truly the Queen of Oils, so if this is one of the best you have used, I need to listen up!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Allison! This face oil was such an unexpected surprised, and I am delighted by it. Don't get me wrong, the essence and gua sha are incredible, and the trio is spectacular together, but this oil is otherworldly! I am obsessed with it, and have used it every single day since opening it! I suspect that I will purchase a replacement bottle as soon as I finish it!


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