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Skin Edit: Ultra Violette, discovering the home-grown sun protection brand

“Beautiful skin requires commitment. Not a miracle.” – unknown via Pinterest

For some one who never invested in putting effort on her skin in her teenage years, I can share one piece of wisdom, wear your sunscreen! If anything else you don’t care for, care for sun protection. The thing with the sun, what affects our skin the most is not so much the heat, it is the ray both UVA & UVB. Easiest way to remember, UVA = ageing, UVB = burning. As much as UVB will hurt you through burning which can potentially lead to skin cancer, UVA is all about the unseen photo ageing affect of sun rays. UVA is responsible for your pigmentation/sun spots and the terrible fine lines on your skin. Have I scared you into using sunscreen yet? Yes? Okay… read on…

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Ultra Violette is the only name you need to know, when it comes to sun protection this Aussie born brand is all over it. The founders are two women who are an alumni of the Australian beauty industry, who are so familiar with the rigorous Australian testing when it comes to qualify products as sun screen/sun protection. I believe that the fact that it took them two or more years to develop Ultra Violette, definitely means they have put their time and effort on researching the best ingredients against Australian sun, which is super harsh. I definitely feel that Ultra Violette is more of a passion project that just a mere business for these women.

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Queen Screen Lightweight Skinscreen SPF50+ UVA+UVB Broad Spectrum 50ml

This is the first product I ever purchased from Ultra Violette, because I literally see this bottle all over the social media. Points for all that marketing. I literally think about purchasing for so long, any way finally purchased and fell in love. The texture is light, milk-like, oil free formula with a subtle rosewater scent. It is a chemical sunscreen that contains Australian Kakadu Plum, which is knowns to be the world’s richest source of Vitamin C. Off course Vitamin C is the best antioxidant that protects your skin from free radical damage, all the while evening out your skin tone as well.

It has a pipette applicator and to make sure you have the best coverage, you need to use 3 pumps. Regardless, this one bottle last for a while. Queen Screen is definitely my staple, must-have, forever and until the day they decided to not make them anymore…

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Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF50+ UVA+UVB Broad Spectrum

If you asked what the difference are between the Supreme Screen and the Queen Screen, I would say it lies on the texture and tint within Supreme Screen. The original Queen Screen has the more milk-like consistency, while the Supreme Screen feels slightly thicker lightweight lotion. I love the slight tint which gives your skin a nice glow when you use it on its own on days that you do not want to wear makeup. On its own, you can say the Supreme Screen can make wonderful primer. One of the ingredient in Supreme Screen is pentavitin which, gives your skin a boost of hydration that last on your skin for up to 72 hours.

They recommend for you to use 5 pumps daily, however I do find the size of Supreme Screen to be quite small, travel friendly, but will definitely ran out quickly if you do 5 pumps. What I do is 3 pumps of Queen Screen as base before applying 2-3 pumps of my Supreme Screen

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Extreme Screen SPF50+ Hydrating Body + Hand Skinscreen UVA+UVB Broad Spectrum with 4 Hours Water Resistant

The latest to have been born into the Ultra Violette family, this hand and body sun protection is the reason I am regularly using sun protection for my hands. To be honest, as much as I am an advocate of applying sunscreen on the face, I know how much I lack in applying sun protection on the rest of my body. Despite the many advancements facial sun screen, being light and smells good now, body sun protection unfortunately, not as exciting. Well, not until this one arrived. Extreme Screen has a texture similar to that of the Supreme Screen, however without the tint. The coconut scented sunscreen is so light, you will think that you’re not wearing anything at all, except when the sun hits you and your skin sparkles cause of the extremely smooth glitter-like particle ingredients mixed in to the cream.

You are meant to leather this everywhere, all over your body! But I only ever use it on my hands unless I am planning to stay outdoor for a prolonged period of time. Extreme Screen  contains soothing aloe vera, which can help reduce the redness post sun exposure and Vitamin E, which can help to repair skin for a more youthful look. As a chemical sunscreen, Extreme Screen has no white-cast or grease-feel on

Interested? You can get your hands on these babies online from Ultra Violette website, simply click here. If you happened to live in Australia and prefer to feel the products before purchasing anything, Ultra Violette is now available in Sephora Australia. 

-k.

My Current Go-to Foundations

Personally, I believe that the main and biggest investment you should make when it comes to beauty is a good skincare routine. The second one will be an amazing foundation. Whether you prefer low-med coverage or high coverage, a good foundation will get you through even the worst day of your life… well, not quite, that’s probably a job for lipstick. I digress, but colour-matched foundation is important. So here are my top three that I find myself reaching out for every morning…

In terms of foundation, personally, I always pick light to medium coverage, especially for my daily make-up. Anything too high coverage feels very thick and cakey on my skin and I hate that feeling of wearing make-up. I spent so much time looking, searching and trying every foundation imaginable. Few I used to wear feels heavy and not sitting comfortably on my skin. The worst is when they settled into my lines, good gracious! I should probably mention that I have oily skin, with a slight dehydration and occasional hormonal breakouts.

The first one I found and love is SHISEIDO Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation with SPF20. This one has more of a watery texture, very light and feels very much like a second skin. I find this one stays on all day and I do powder at the end to ensure additional support for its all day “lasting” ability. Initially, because I have oily skin, the lady suggested a different one with even lighter texture and coverage. But I decided to go with the Synchro Skin because of the unique packaging (I know… I roll my eyes at myself too).

What took me so long to try this one, I don’t know, maybe cause I don’t want to be carried away by the hype. But finally, I picked up NARS Sheer Glow foundation at the end of last year. I do tend to use my hands when applying foundation, so this brand is perfect, apparently the brand’s founder and I have the same philosophy in applying foundation, with the two hands we’re given. I get the hype, everyone… Got the memo. Compare to SHISEIDO, this one is heavier in texture, however applies well onto the skin and you can gradually build to higher coverage if need be. I always use loose powder in order to set the foundation, as I believe the Sheer Glow formulation does not control oil. The annoying thing with NARS foundation, is the seperate pump that you can buy, why can’t they make one that already come with a pump in the Sheer Glow formulation, please…

Last but not least, my most recent purchase, ESTĒE LAUDER Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup with SPF10. I purchased this one at a discount store, hence the difference in packaging, for a cheaper price compared to Department Store. It was a little bit of an impulse buy, because I’ve always wanted to try the Double Wear foundation. But after trying this one, I will definitely re-purchase as this one is fast becoming a favourite of mine. The foundation is very light texture and sheer coverage. Without knowing, and I read about it after my purchase, this one actually helps to control oil BONUS! I don’t necessarily need to powder, in order to set the make-up because this foundation makes my skin looking dewy, even at the end of a long working day! I am so amazed because I have never find foundation that does that without powder to set. Trying this one makes me want to try the original ESTĒE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place foundation even more.

What is your current favourite foundation and why? Make sure to share with me your favourite in the comment section, maybe I could try others for next time.

Have a great week ahead everyone 🙂 Make sure you follow me on Instagram @karina.mandala and I will catch you next Saturday for another post.

-k.m.

Beauty// Dior Airflash

   
 
Dior Airflash Spray Foundation, $84 from David Jones

Did somebody say Spray Foundation? It must be slightly gimmicky and perhaps ridicolous, I have to give it a whirl! Yes, it is pricey and probably unnecessary but for my own curiosity and your amusement… Is it revolutionary? Absolutely! Is it good? 

Well… 

Yes,

  •  I love how easy it is to put them on. You spray twice in a Z-motion on your face, then blend it out with your beauty blender. If you’re in a super hurry, this is probably the get-up and go foundation
  • It gives you an amazing airbrushed finish. You know how photoshop helps you smooth out all bumps on your photos, this foundation pretty much do that for your skin in real time

No,

  • Need to cover hair when you spray, or else you will get whote streaks all over your hair, not a good look
  • They are pricey, no doubt! 
  • Very light coverage, which you can build on, but you end up spraying multiple times and feel like you’re wasting product

In my opinion, I have to get used to the idea of spraying on my foundation. It is pricey but I still have a full can after few weeks of using them all day, so they do lasts a while. It’s a good no-full makeup day foundation, but I’ll see how I feel once the bottle is done. I have a sneaky suspicion I might try Dior‘s Nude Air Foundation next 😊

Will you try it for yourself? 

-love Karina.