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Spending more time on multiple devises? The Best Eye creams for screen-tired eyes

Staring at a screen more than ever since #lockdown? Eyes looking tired? And dark circles more apparent? Increased time in front of your laptop and on your phone can reap havoc with your precious peepers, but why exactly is this and what can you do to help prevent it?

Why does screen time impact our eyes?

More time in front of multiple screens means an increase in our exposure to harmful high-energy blue light waves. Blue light, if you aren’t aware, is a colour in the “visible light” spectrum” that can be seen by, and therefore have an adverse effect on, our eyes.

Spending just two consecutive hours on a digital device can cause eyestrain or fatigue while overexposure to this blue light also suppresses the release of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep, therefore disrupting our normal sleep pattern. And we all know poor sleep can lead to premature ageing, especially around the delicate eye area!

What can you do to prevent it?

There are multiple ways you can aid your eyes including, avoiding screen time an hour before bed, eating a well-rounded diet rich in anti-oxidant and fatty-acid foods and purchasing blue light filters, but if you really want to show them the love, introduce an eye cream into your beauty routine both morning and night.

Eye creams are different to your daily moisturisers and serums as they are formulated with specific active ingredients to nurture and repair the fragile area around the eyes – the thinnest layer of skin on our entire bodies and up to 1/10 thinner than the rest of the skin on our face! Their main objective is to target specific eye concerns – crow’s feet, under eye bags and dark circles, delivering brightening and anti-ageing ingredients in a mild, gentle and safe dose.

Here are 4 favourite eye creams to tackle your eye fatigue that are definitely worthy of your investment;

 

  1. Vie Collection Chrono Eyes Puffiness – Dark Circles Wrinkle Cream

Enriched with the best nourishing ingredients including; encapsulated high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, Botox-like peptides, fatty acids, vitamin c and vitamin B3, this silky cream is inspired by eye-rejuvenating Botox and hyaluronic acid injections to effectively fight signs of ageing and fatigue. Suitable for everyone even those with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

“This is a wonderful eye cream, it gives immediate gratification thanks to a pearlescent finish that instantly brightens the eye area and it has definitely calmed my puffiness, lightened by dark circles and even smoothed my wrinkles! It’s truly a fabulous eye cream that is well worth the price tag”. Lisa M

Beauty Collective - Vie Collection Wrinkle Dimension Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate

  1. Phytomer Pionniere XMF Reset Eye Fluid

Formulated with 2 specific biotechnological breakthrough ingredients, marine sugar Oligofurcellaran and blue micro alga, this light and fine eye fluid promises to restore youthful eye radiance in just seven days! From the first week dark circles and puffiness are less visible, eyelids are lifted and wrinkles start to fade.

“Since using this product I have definitely seen results! It’s been about a month now and I can honestly say I’ve noticed that the fine lines around my eyes have faded and my dark circles are so much less obvious. Amazing stuff!” Joanne W

9 Phytomer Reset Eye Fluid 

  1. Phytomer Expertise Age Contour Youth Eye Cream

This high performance cream formula corrects crow’s feet while firming up the eye’s contours. Anti-ageing ingredients including fatty acids and moisturising shea butter effectively smooth out wrinkles and brighten eyes while dark circles are lightened and puffiness reduced. Skin appears rejuvenated and younger with every use.

“This eye cream seems to do it all; takes care of dryness, puffiness, and lines. My eyes seem to “pop” more than they were before using it. At 52 my eyes want to withdraw, but this cream brings them back out and you have to love that.” Vicky D

Beauty Collective - Phytomer Expertise Age Contour

  1. Pevonia Evolutive Eye Cream

This anti-ageing eye cream deeply nourishes and renews the delicate under eye area in multiple ways. Formulated with a powerful blend of anti-agers including hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and glycolic acid, it firms, smooths and hydrates dry, crepey skin.

“This is the best eye cream I ever used. I absolutely love the texture, not too light but not heavy either. Keeps my eye contour hydrated all day and I actually stopped using a concealer around my eyes as I simply don’t need it anymore! I started to have really deep wrinkles around my eyes-tried so many different creams-but the wrinkles just kept getting deeper and I always had a dry looking eye contour at the end of the day. Well after using this cream for let’s say a week I saw a huge improvement in my eye contour! Highly recommend this cream!” Demi

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Evolutive Eye Cream

Beauty Collective - Manicure

Fun for all the family: 6 simple steps to the perfect at-home manicure

Who doesn’t love a manicure? Half an hour, to an hour of ‘you’ time to be pampered and preened, and at the end, you come away with fabulous looking fingertips! Sadly though, with social distancing still in place, that frequent visit to your nail salon isn’t an option for now, but it does make for the perfect time to master your DIY manicure skills!

At-home manicures can still be a relaxing activity, as well as a lot of fun if you get your kids or whoever you might live with, involved. While you may not be able to give yourself or each other a gel manicure or a professional shellac, (best to leave those to the professionals) you can still try and recreate a full nail salon experience at home, it just takes a few simple steps and the right products.

Read on for our step by step on how to perfect an at-home manicure;

Step 1 – Remove old polish

If your nails are baring the remanence of regular polish, you simply need to remove it with a good polish remover, but if you’ve been sporting a gel or shellac manicure for some weeks now, a little more effort is involved – but still easy to do! Simply use a fine-grit nail file and very gently file the top coat of the gel, next pour some pure acetone into a bowl, and soak nails for three to five minutes. Finally use a birchwood stick or similar to gently remove the remaining gel. Alternatively, you can soak some gauze in acetone, apply to fingertips and wrap in aluminum foil for 15 minutes.

Step 2 – Determine the best nail shape for you

While there is no wrong nail shape so to speak, there are a couple of rules of thumb which you should follow when deciphering which nail shape would be best for you.

nail shapes

If you like maintaining longer nails, it’s best to opt for an oval shape as this way your nails are less likely to snag. Oval nails also tend to be the most flattering as they create the illusion of slimmer, longer fingers no matter their size or shape. A more square shape tends to work best for short, neat nails, but just be aware that this can be the hardest nail shape to wear too, as it can make your hands appear stumpy! So your other option for short nails (even nail biters!) is rounded. It’s a simple shape, extending only slightly past your nail bed and in line with maintaining your nail’s natural shape.

Step 3 – Trim, file and buff your nails

Once you’ve decided on your perfect shape it’s time to get filing! If your nails are really long and you are vibing shorter nails this time around, it’s best to trim them slightly with nail clippers.

See-sawing back and forth with your file can actually weaken the nail and cause it to split and/or peel. Instead file from the outer edges of your nail toward the center in one direction. Just make sure you use a good quality file.

Finally, buff the tops and sides of your nails with a nail buffer. This is an important step as it’ll help create a smoother surface for polish application but it’ll also prevent the build-up of natural oils on your nails.

Step 4 – Exfoliate your hands

Exfoliate hands, wrists, and forearms with a scrub that eliminates dead skin cells while replenishing moisture. I love Pevonia’s Silky Skin Scrub. Its creamy formula gently polishes away dead skin cells and impurities with jojoba beads, rosemary, sage, and allantoin. Unveiling smooth, radiant, and silky-soft skin. Heavenly.

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Silky Skin Body Scrub

Step 5 – It’s time for some hand pampering!

All hail the hand massage! – just because you’re not in the spa or at your favourite nail salon doesn’t mean you can’t be pampered for a minute or two or three! Even when my four year old daughter has a go at this step it’s honestly a little luxury, and she loves playing beauty therapist! Research has also proven that a hand massage can not only increase hand strength and elevate any aches and pains but also reduce feelings of stress and anxiety!

Now first things first you want to indulge your hands and nails in the spa treat they deserve so choose wisely!  I highly recommend Phytomer’s Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream. Enriched with a blend of skin-loving ingredients, this luxurious treatment soothes, softens, and deeply nourishes hands. Also unlike many other hand creams, it absorbs super-fast to instantly condition hands and nails without leaving them sticky and slimy.

To start your massage gently stroke your hand (or the hand of your mani-partner) to relax and warm it. Now take your cream and gently rub it between your hands to warm it up a bit, then start by rubbing it into your arm with long smooth motions from wrist to elbow, this is to warm up the muscles. Next, use your thumb to lightly rub the back of your wrist and hand applying moderate pressure as your thumb nears the wrist. Now move onto your fingers taking time to massage each finger individually. Give each finger a gentle twist in alternating direction then give a quick but not too firm full to finish. Repeat this for each finger and your thumbs.

When you have finished focusing on each finger turn your hand over. Use your thumbs to apply pressure to your palm. Then interlock your fingers and slowly rotate your hands. Alternate directions and stretch it out. Finally, cup your hand around your forearm and gently move it all the way down the arm from the elbow to fingertips applying a little pressure.

Once your pampering is complete, give each nail a quick swipe with nail polish remover to get rid of any oily residue.

Phytomer Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream

Step 6 – Apply your polish

Now for the fun part! It’s time to polish!

Firstly, it is important to invest in a polish that is not only long-lasting but healthy for your nails too. Look for “5-free” options which means it’s DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor free.  ELES Cosmetics nail polishes are made with the best of Australian quality ingredients and have a 5-free professional patented formula which holds its colour and shine for days.   They don’t require a base coat but you can still opt to apply one first if you wish.

Now select your colour of choice – my forever favourite is the ELES Cosmetics Nail Polish in Alice in Wonderland, while my daughter is currently loving Some Like it Hot! On application be sure not to overload the brush with polish (you need just enough to cover the nail in one coat). Brush from cuticle to nail tip in as few strokes as possible, preferably three times only – one stroke down the middle of your nail, one on each side. For seamless coverage it’s best to apply two coats, however the longer you can wait between coats, the better.

ELES Nail Polish

You can complete your manicure by applying a topcoat if you wish, this can protect your manicure and add a little extra shine.

Beauty Collective - reviews

These reviews will convince you that you need these products now!

We were talking about all the reasons we are obsessed with serums in our team zoom meeting last week, after all no routine is really complete without one right? It’s what takes a skincare routine from basic to professional after all. And available in so many options from anti-ageing to anti-acne, pigmentation to skin soothing serums, there really is an alternative for every skin type and concern.

We understand however, with so many options comes confusion – is the product worth the price tag? Will I really achieve the results I’m after if I invest? Which option is really the best for my skin? – So I asked a few of my team, as well as some of our loyal customers, for a review on their most loved serums. Read on to find out the reasons why these serums are their forever favourites and why you need them in your life too…

 

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Power Repair Collagen Myoxy Caviar Intensifier

Good for fine lines and dehydrated skin
PEVONIA AGE CORRECTION INTENSIFIER COLLAGEN AND MYOXY CAVIAR

“This is hands down a firm favourite of mine. I have a few serums in my beauty repertoire but if my skin is ever lacking lustre or is simply in desperate need of is surge of moisture, this is my go-to. It is formulated with a combination of THE best skincare ingredients including marine collagen, hyaluronic acid and caviar to deeply rehydrate my skin. I use it in conjunction with the Age Correction Marine Collagen Cream and the results are instantly noticeable! Smoother, more supple and radiant skin.”- Taryn Gray, Brand Coordinator, Beauty Collective

 

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Soothing Propolis

Good for sensitive or breakout prone skin
PEVONIA SOOTHING PROPOLIS CONCENTRATE

“I love this product, I bought it while i was pregnant and had severe hormonal acne and it seemed to calm, soothe and reduce the “angriness” of my skin! Since having baby I have continued to use this product and it has since reduced my pore size and also made my skin more evenly toned. It glides on smoothly when applying to skin and a little goes a very long way. So the price is only minuscule when you think about how long this product will last! I recommend to anyone who has skin problems as it also contains anti-microbial properties and antibacterial to keep those yukky breakouts to a minimum!”  – Melinda I, Beauty Collective customer

 

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Micro Retinol Serum

Good for uneven and sun damaged skin
PEVONIA MICRO-RETINOL SERUM

“I’m completely in love with Pevonia’s Micro-Retinol line.  I noticed the most dramatic change to my skin and it just keeps getting better. My favourite product in the line is the Micro-Retinol Serum; it gives my skin a glow and seems to make the pores disappear. I’ve noticed a great improvement to firmness, moisture levels, skin texture and a reduction in hyper-pigmentation. What more could I want? I¹ve used many Retinol based products before but this is the line I find really works, and it feels and smells great too!” – Liane Scior, Director of Marketing & Education, Beauty Collective

 

Phytomer - Pionniere XMF Radiance Retexturing Serum

Good for lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity
PHYTOMER PIONNIERE XMF RADIANCE RETEXTURISING SERUM

“For many years my absolute can’t live without product was the Pevonia Marine Collagen Concentrate (I am still totally in LOVE with this product and use it all the time) but more recently I discovered Phytomer’s Pionniere XMF Radiance Retexturing Serum and have been blown away with the results.

It’s a luxurious, lightweight textured serum which feels amazing on application and leaves my skin smooth, soft, supple and visibly radiant (no jokes!) Also, I swear it has diminished some of my more noticeable fine lines in a matter of weeks. All hail this serum!” – Jo Boyden, PR & Marketing Manager, Beauty Collective

       Optimal C Complex

Good for photo damaged and lack-lustre skin
PEVONIA “C” COMPLEXE WITH OXYZOMES

“This is a beautiful serum. You only requires two pumps and the coverage is excellent. Radiant looking skin instantaneously. Definitely worth the investment.” – Deborah W, Beauty Collective customer

 

Beauty Collective - Pevonia RS2 concentrate

Good for inflamed, sensitive and rosacea prone skin
PEVONIA RS2 CONCENTRATE

“I have rosacea and recently had a severe break out with burning and irritation. I had been using the RS2 Gentle Cleanser and decided to take the leap and purchase the RS2 Gentle Concentrate. It was the best decision I’ve made. I applied the gel like lotion to my extremely irritated face and immediately the cooling began. Within just a few hours the irritation was gone and my face was clear with very little redness. This stuff is a miracle!!” – Kathy R, Beauty Collective customer

 

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Vitaminic Concentrate

Good for dry, dehydrated and environmentally damaged skin
PEVONIA VITAMINIC CONCENTRATE

“This serum is amazing on my dry skin. It is so nourishing and feels like you are getting a bucketful of vitamins directly on your skin and it soaks it right up. It has a delicious citrus smell which adds to the rich feeling. I use this at night after cleansing so my skin can recover overnight with all this goodness.” – Leonia S, Beauty Collective customer

 

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Micro Pores Serum
Good for large pores and oily skin
PEVONIA AGE CORRECTION MICRO-PORES BIO-ACTIVE SERUM

“This is a wonderful product, it does exactly what it says. It minimises large pores and reduces oily skin around my nose and cheeks. Highly recommend!” – Rhiannon K, Beauty Collective customer

self care at home

Practice self-care at home with team BC’s beauty recommendations

Whether you are now working from home, find yourself in isolation with extra time on your hands or are currently channelling your inner teacher while working a full-time job (who doesn’t love a bit of multi-tasking – EEK), practicing self-care is, and will continue to be imperative in these unsettling times.

From DIY facials and mini makeovers to pampering baths and eyebrow maintenance, we take you through some of our team’s must-try recommendations on how to keep both your skin and wellbeing in check….all you need is a little effort and the right tools!

 

Give yourself a DIY facial

While we can’t visit our faithful salon or spa for a while, we can practice self-care at home with a pampering DIY facial. A facial is perfect for nurturing both the skin and psych and is very simple to do. For a detailed account of how to achieve a salon-style facial click here.

Phytomer Oligomer Well Being Sensation Essential Minerals Relaxing Bath

Indulge in a therapeutic bath

Little instantly reduces stress quite like taking a relaxing remineralizing bath. Ahhhhhh. Begin by creating a spa-like atmosphere so your entire body is relaxed – we are talking soothing music, burning essential oils, lighting your favourite candle, whatever it takes to set the mood. Next, fill the bath with a de-stressing bath foam or detoxifying salts. After having the luxury of trying many a bath product, I have to say Phytomer’s Oligomer Well Being Sensation Essential Minerals Relaxing Bath really does create an unparalleled stress-relief experience. This amazing lightly foaming product is enriched with Oligomer – a partially sodium-reduced seawater concentrate that contains all of the remineralizing properties of seawater –to strengthen and restore the skin and release all pent-up tension.

ELES Nail Polish
Try your hand at a mani/pedi

While having my nails done professionally is something I love to treat myself to once a month, it is totally achievable to do a little DIY mani and pedi at home, and something fun you can do with your kids if you have them at home with you too! You can opt to do a simple mani/pedi which just includes a little nail clipping or filing, followed by a hand soak and then polish application (the best method for me to follow when my 4 year old demands ‘mani/pedi time!’ or for a salon-style DIY experience follow these simple tips;

  1. Start by soaking your hands or feet in warm water for a few minutes, you can add some reinvigorating bath salts to the water too!
  2. Next exfoliate your hands and feet to promote blood circulation and slough and file your nails to your desired shape.
  3. Now do the same process on your feet, but remember to file your soles with a foot file or pumice stone.
  4. Next it’s polish application time! Try ELES Cosmetics range of healthy nail polishes.

 

Phytomer Sun Radiance Self-Tanning Cream

Give yourself a sun-kissed glow

Let’s face it, we may be stuck inside for longer than we ever anticipated, but that doesn’t mean we have to forsake that golden, sun-kissed glow, after all who doesn’t feel better with a tan! I personally love the Phytomer Sun Radiance Self-Tanning Cream, it is so light in texture, leaves no streaks and delivers a very natural, luminous, long-lasting tan. Bonus since we won’t be sunning ourselves on the beach anytime soon!

Pevonia Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream

Do an at-home peel

Something I love to do every few weeks is treat myself to an at-home peel. The combination of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (like glycolic and lactic acid), Beta Hydroxy Acids (like the acne-fighting salicylic acid) and gentle exfoliants like fruit enzymes dissolve the so-called glue that holds your dead skin cells together, revealing healthier and more radiant looking skin in as little as ten minutes. There are even options with skin-soothing ingredients so they’re safe for sensitive and reactive skin.

One of my absolute favourites is the Pevonia Enzymo-Spherides Peeling Cream which combines natural fruit pineapple and papaya enzymes to eliminate impurities, blackheads, dead cells and toxins and in turn reveal smooth, soft and glowing skin.

Marine Magnesium

Try your hand at massage

Give yourself or get a family member to give you a massage! And don’t underestimate your kids if you have them at home, sometimes my 6 year old is better at massages than my hubby!

I’m talking anything from a relaxing hand, arm or foot massage, to a back and shoulder massage to elevate aches and pains, or a good head massage to reduce tension headaches. And no it’s not going to be anything like indulging in the hands of the professionals at your favourite salon or spa, but it will reduce stress and enable you to decompress, all the same.

Before starting the massage you need to choose a massage cream, gel or oil. Your choice can hugely impact the effect of the massage as particular scents can evoke relaxation while certain ingredients will alleviate aches and pains. For an indulgent hand and arm massage I adore the Phytomer Oleocreme Ultra-Nourishing Hand Cream followed by an all over arm spritz of best-selling Pevonia Dry Oil Body Moisturiser. It revitalizes and deeply nourishes every inch of skin with squalene, lavender and chamomile. Bliss.

If your legs and feet are feeling heavy and fatigued, both the Pevonia’s Tension Relief Gel and Phytomer Cryotonic Soothing Leg Gel are a must. Both products are anti-inflammatory, cooling and uplifting gel formulations for tired aching muscles and sore feet.

For a therapeutic back and shoulder massage to alleviate aches and pains at the hands of stress, I would highly recommend using the Pevonia Micro Emulsion Massage Oil Anti-Stress. With its gorgeous aroma and nourishing ingredients, it immediately releases pent up tension. For more focused areas of muscle tension, the Pevonia Marine Magnesium is amazing. This de-stressing treatment oil works quickly to relieve fatigue, muscle cramps, and muscular inflammation while nourishing your body and spirit with remineralizing and wellness induced benefits.

Now take your product, rub between your hands and place hands on the chosen area for massage. Set tone and rhythm of massage translating comfort and relaxation,

ELES Nude Palette

Give yourself a mini makeover

While you might be currently donning the ‘makeup free look’ since you are self-isolating at home, a mini makeover can provide a creative and fun outlet for self-expression that can lift you up during tough times.  I definitely find it helps me conquer any anxiety I might be feeling! At the moment, my mind is constantly preoccupied or engaged in worry, but those ten minutes of putting on makeup for fun is a time where I get away from that, after all, it’s pretty difficult to focus on all that is happening in the world when I’m playing with my amazing array of ELES makeup shades! So do yourself a favour and use this time to enjoy your makeup while it’s no longer a must-do daily task!

Do some eyebrow maintenance

For those of us who rely on having our brows maintained by an amazing brow specialist, the next few months will be tough! While you need to be very careful not to undo the amazing work your beautician has crafted, it will likely be necessary to remove a few growing strays yourself in order to maintain your brows’ shape! After all perfect, natural-looking eyebrows can completely transform your face and make you look and feel 10 years younger! Who doesn’t need that in their life right now?

For expert tips on how to create perfect brows at home click here.