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It’s that time of year! We are clearing out lots of our stock, samples and old season items. There is up to 80% off brands such as Bassike, Georgia Alice, Vanishing Elephant, Dr Denim, MLM, Ksubi, Shakuhachi, Assembly, Sol Sana, L’America & many more!
WHERE: Flying Fish Studios, 230 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
WHEN: 13th & 14th December, 10am till 5pm daily.
Martina Organics is one of the few skincare ranges we have handpicked to sell at Black Box. Created by Marta Camara, Martina Organics is a local artisanal skin care range that uses certified organic ingredients. We caught up with Marta to ask her a few questions about the oil-based range, her lifestyle and why she started the brand.
How did Martina Organics begin?
I’ve always been inspired by good quality organic products that have integrity. Ever since working at a natural skincare shop called Nature Unplugged when I was 20, I’ve wanted to create my own superlative products and help people with their skin. At the start of last year I quit my day job in advertising, created a brand, packaged the products and launched them to the market just over a year ago.
The Martina Organics three step system is quite different from other skincare ranges. How do the products work differently from conventional skincare?
My products are made out of 100% organic ingredients without any chemicals or preservatives in quantities that are actually beneficial for the skin, they aren’t watered down and full of chemicals like a lot of other products on the market are, which increase the chances of skin irritation and allergic reaction. So with Martina Organics your skin receives all the benefits from the strong active ingredients and your body isn’t absorbing any nasty stuff.
Oil cleansing is simple method which most people are unaware of, is it suitable for all skin types? What are the most common benefits?
Yes all skin types benefit from using oils. A lot of people think that using oils are going to clog your skin, but dry botanical oils are made up of the same molecular structure as the skin so your skin absorbed the oils easily without clogging the skin, and your skin is still able to breath.
Above: Martina Organics Oil Cleanser, Toner & Moisturiser
The cleanser and moisturiser are made up of an incredible combination of oils. How did you choose which oils to use for each product?
I’ve been researching and creating batches for years, so for me it was all about using the best organic ingredients I could source, which all have proven benefits.
Beside from Martina Organics, what do you like to do in your pass time?
Listen to a lot of music, love reading, love drawing, hanging out with friends and family, love going to the beach and having picnics and I travel as much as I can.
What are your everyday beauty and wellbeing must-dos?
I start every morning with a glass of lemon warm water, followed by one litre of water before breakfast, then I usually try to go for a walk which I find relaxing and peaceful before I start doing any work, then yoga and massages in the evening when I can.
What is one beauty product you couldn’t live without? Other than your products..
Flaxomega capsules.. So good for healthy skin, brain function, and joints.
Youth Machine is back. A hand-picked selection of new styles have just arrived in store. These guys sold out last time, so get int quick to get yours. Click HERE to shop.
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Sugar Mountain is a new local jewellery label that we are pleased to welcome to Black Box Boutique brand family. As the debut collection dropped in store last week, we managed to catch up with the designer Jaime Cassie to ask about her endeavour into jewellery and the inspiration behind the new range.
Above: The Sugar Mountain debut collection campaign
Releasing your debut jewellery line must be very exciting. Tell us a bit about your endeavour into jewellery and creating the Sugar Mountain brand…
Sugar Mountain was born out of the desire to be wanderlust – I needed something creative to fit in with our endless summer dreams. We recently left the city chasing the sun, so Sugar Mountain is home wherever I am. Somewhere to be free and express myself and what we discover along our journey.
How did you choose the brand name Sugar Mountain?
I think Neil Young chose it for us.
What were the main influences behind the designs in the debut collection?
Endless Summer. Our new life with the rising sun, and rising moon each day. Astrological guidance and peace between the elements.
If you had to describe the ‘Sugar Mountain Girl’ in five words, how would you describe her?
Sun-drunk and wandering.
Personally, what pieces of jewellery are your ‘go-to’ or everyday pieces that you cannot live without?
The single Sugar Mountain Moon Stud, with the rest of my ears full of tiny little silver and gold nose-studs from K Road’s ‘Third Eye’, a vintage Virgin Mary Mexican ring and a tatty friendship bracelet that never comes off.