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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

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Botox not an option right now? Natural alternatives that actually work!

Feel like you’ve aged 10 years in 8 weeks thanks to #isolife? Botox wearing off? The furrowed frown making a comeback? Every Botox and filler fan knows that injectables require regular maintenance but with cosmetic institutes and beauty salons still closed due to lockdown, your next appointment is likely looking a while away.

While there is no serum or moisturiser that can magically make wrinkles disappear in 10 days quite like Botox, there are homecare alternatives which do deliver smoother, firmer and plumper skin in next to no time, and what’s more, they are safer, natural and needle free!

So read on to discover our top four alternatives and worry about the return of the wrinkles no more!

 

Medicalia Retinol & “C” Care Cream

Aside from Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C, Retinol has long been worshipped by beauty professionals as the hero ingredient in the fight against wrinkles! Some even say nothing fights the signs of ageing better! Designed to stimulate your skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid and collagen which depletes with age, as well as improve its overall texture, Medicalia’s Retinol & “C” Care Cream delivers potent retinol deep within the skin to enhance cellular performance. Micro Retinol micro particles, combined with anti-agers Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Elastin peptides tighten, revitalise, resurface and rehydrate skin!

“This is the best product for aging skin I have ever found.” Heather

Pevonia Power Repair Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Serum

Unfortunately as we age, our production of collagen (which keeps skin firm), elastin (which keeps skin supple) and hyaluronic acid (which keeps skin hydrated) decreases! This unique de-ageing serum features one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid on the market (12%), combined with the powerful anti-ageing duo of marine collagen and Escutox® (Hibiscus Esculentus extract which relaxes harsh wrinkles similar to that of Botox), to deliver immediate skin soothing results and deep hydration. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, apply it to a tired, lacklustre complexion for an instantly brighter, plumper and firmer face! You won’t be disappointed!

“I have just started using this serum and the results are already noticeable. My skin is so much more youthful! Smoother, plumper and visibly radiant! I couldn’t recommend more highly!!”  Marie C

Vie Collection Time Control Deep Wrinkles EGF Cream

Inspired by the professional benefits of EGF (Epidermal growth factor) injections to combat deep wrinkles, loss of elasticity and devitalization, this deeply nourishing cream – formulated with powerful cosmetic ingredients including EGF-like peptides and pro-collagen peptides – visibly reverses lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, lack of density and sagging of the face.

“I have been using this firming cream for a month now and I can honestly say it has reduced the appearance of even my deepest wrinkles! I was even asked if I’d had botox the other day! Winning!” – Anne K

Pevonia Myoxy-Caviar Timeless Repair Serum

Formulated with a high concentration of age-defying Caviar and Escutox® (Hibiscus Esculentus Blend) this standout serum immediately increases skins plumpness and softens and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Skin’s texture and elasticity is noticeably improved, resulting in a tighter, finer, resurfaced complexion and an unequivocal youthful radiance.

“I LOVE this stuff. Pricey yes but I noticed a dramatic decrease in my wrinkles as well as a smoother texture in a matter of weeks.” Tanya L

Beauty Collective - Pevonia Myoxy Caviar Serum

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