Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review on Benefit Lip Plump

Benefit Lip Plump is Benefit's idea of a lip primer. It claimed to be a primer for full and sexy lips. This primer gives a smooth base for full, voluptuous, sexy lips and help lip color stay on longer

By the way this lip primer has been sitting in my train case for quiet some times. I got it on my holiday to Europe, last July. And I haven't used it until these last couple of weeks. I remember this Lip Plumps comes with a "how-to" note, just like any other Benefit products. But of course I lost it already.

The packaging is a tube that comes with a wand. Just like a lip gloss usually looks like. So you can just dot the primer directly to your lips. Honestly, I always love this kind of packaging although I know some people might think that a tube like this could be unsanitary.

As for the primer itself, it's a creamy, neutral-tone color primer. Apply about one or two dots of this primer on each of your lips. Blend it. Wait a while until it's dry, then start apply your lipstick.

My first take when I first applied this lip primer, it does erase my natural lip lines. Which is a good thing because I have pigmented lip lines that usually visible even if I have lipstick on. Especially sheer ones. But I notice that this lip primer accentuates my fine lines inside my lips, that makes me look like I have super dry lips. Well, that's unpleasant.

It turns out, this lip primer doesn't absorb into lips. It stays creamy on my lips. So when I apply my lipstick, it feels like mixing your lipstick with a lighter color. Unlike eye primer that supposed to make eyeshadow looks more vibrant, this lip primer makes your lipstick color looks lighter. And that means you have to apply more pigments to get the actual color of your lipstick. I try to apply my lipstick directly form the tube and with a brush, and both give me similar results. Same thing happen when I do my lip liner. So that makes lipstick application twice longer.

Once I have my lipstick on, I notice no plumping effect whatsoever. And this lip primer does nothing to help my lipstick stays on longer. I have the same result with or without primer. My lipstick eventually fades in the middle of the day. This primer does help prevent dryness on my lips, though. I put this on under my Revlon Superlustrous that usually doesn't just dry on my lips but also literally dried my lips. With this primer, I notice no dry feeling. But it's the same effect I can get from my drugstore lip balm.

So, to sum up, this lip primer does no bad effects on me as well as it does nothing for my lipsticks. It's a shame though, considering how pricey this primer is. I don't mind to keep using it but definitely will not repurchase.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Graduation Day (Picture Heavy)

I went back to Jakarta last Thursday, since Saturday was my Graduation Day. I was so excited!

Me in the graduation robes. Green is the color of Medical Faculty.

Me and family getting ready before going to my graduation ceremony. All the ladies in kebaya. Pretty, huh?

Here's the hood. It's kinda Superman-like. Looks kinda weird tho, IMO.

And boyfriend was there too. He even took a day off from the hospital, so sweet of him.

My dad took this picture. It's supposed to be me when I received my certificate. But it went blurry. Oh well..

Me and family after the ceremony.
By the way, that red tube that supposed to be "my certificate" was actually empty. Haha.. It was of course just as a symbol.
After the graduation ceremony, me and family went to photo studio to take pictures. It's kind of a tradition. Although not every family do this. But hey, a thing like this, it doesn't happen twice.

Before we reached the studio, we dropped by at a coffee shop next to the photo studio for snacks. It was really embarrassing, walking around the coffee shop with my graduation robes. But I was still gonna wear it for the photo shoot and taking it off wasn't a practical thing to do. Especially with the hat pinned to my hair.

It takes about a month and a half until I can see the results of the pictures. So all the pictures above were taken by our own camera.

Afterward, we went for dinner at Ritz Carlton. The one in SCBD. And oh man, the place was breathtaking. It has the view of Jakarta. Seriously ladies, it's a great place to be proposed if you like romantic settings. Haha.. And the food was great too!

And that was the end of the day.

And of course I will not end this post without listing the products I used *wink*

On face
* MUFE HD Foundation #128
* Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Medium
* NARS Loose Powder in Beach
* MUFE Shimmering Powder
* MAC Powder Blush in 'Margin'

On eyes
* La Tulipe eye shadow quads
* VIVA Eyebrow Pencil
* Lancome Liner Design
* Stila Kajal Liner in Onyx
* Falsies

On lips
* Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick in 'Almost Nude'
* Revlon Creme de la Chrome in 'Gilt Complex'

And our kebaya are from 'Kebayaku by Indah'. She's a highly recommended tailor! Feel free to message me if you have any questions.