Author Archives: amandasushma

About amandasushma

Hi there! I have an interest in many different things. My beauty blog is amandasushma.wordpress.com, and my blog where i just state my opinions on things on amandasushmathinks.wordpress.com. Feel free to check them out.

Fun Purple Night Out Look

Hello everyone!

I have a fun glittery and purple look for you guys today! I felt a little burned out from work yesterday, and then I looked at my makeup and felt really creative. Creating new looks really helps lessen my stress and I love doing it!

So without further ado, here’s the look. It’s pretty simple actually. I used three different shades of purple eyeshadows, a gold liner, and a white pencil liner.

I used two palette’s, the Makeup Revolution palette and the Sweet Peach palette from Too-Face.

First, from the Makeup Revolution palette, I used the lightest shade of purple on my inner corners. Then, I took the purple shade next to it and swept it across the rest of my lids.

 

For the outer corners, I took a little of the dark purple from the Sweet Peach palette, and carefully blended that out.


I created a simple wing with my gold glitter eyeliner for NYX. Then, I finished the look off with lining my water liner with white pencil liner from NYX.


I hope you guys enjoyed this look! Thanks for reading!

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Labor Day OOTD

Hello everyone! 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I’ve been going to different parks and walking a variety of trails…in white pants…

I wanted to share my Labor Day outfit with you guys! I purchased the top and bottom from my local Versona, for less than $26! They were both in the sale section! I love finding inexpensive, cute pieces.

I purchased white stretchy pants and a navy tank. I paired the outfit with two different shoes, heels and flats! I hope you guys enjoy!

Female Side-Burn Love

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re all having an amazing start of the week so far! Today, I have something a little different I wanted to talk about. It’s sideburns.

At my job, a customer told me I should get my sideburns waxed. Mind you, we weren’t having a conversation about that at all. She just randomly said it, and it made me feel insecure, like middle-school all over again.

But that feeling only lasted for a second, because I remembered that I had waxed them back in middle school, and had absolutely hated it. So that’s what I told her, and she said that I should still think about it. She did it and it changed her life, apparently. Just letting you guys know, this is a white, blonde woman telling this to me. I’m a medium-tan olive complexion, with black hair.

That interaction really irked me. I don’t really like when people you don’t know try and tell you what to do, you know what I mean.

Anyway, back on topic. Female sideburns. Now it’s 2017, a great time for female hair growth. The brows, lashes, legs, pits, so why can’t  sideburns be on that list too? Well guess what, they’re on mine.

I used to feel really ugly back in my younger days, surrounded by gorgeous blonde girls, who virtually had no hair. When I started wearing makeup, was when I noticed my sideburns.

I begged my mom to let me wax them, and let me tell you, worst experience ever! I can stand the pain because I used to get my eyebrows waxed, (threaded now). But, the aftermath was the worst. I had little, irritated, red bumps and the hair started growing back coarse. It was more obvious when they were growing back because it was like black dots on my face. Super itchy and annoying, and makeup couldn’t cover it.

Eventually, I learned to accept and actually like my sideburns. Honestly, I looked weird without them.

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And, it made me feel better to know that many of my favorite celebrities also loved their sideburns. Like Aishwarya Rai and Alia Bhatt, (pictured below), two really great Bollywood actresses.

 

If you want to get rid of your sideburns, go for it. What I want you to take away from this post, is do it because you want to, not because some judgmental person put it into your head. Also, be prepared and exfoliate so you don’t get those nasty red bumps like I did.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this! Thanks so much for reading!

Black Opal Stick Foundation VIDEO Review

Hello everyone!

I recently did a post on the Black Opal True Color Foundation Stick, and thought that a video would help show you guys my experience. If you would prefer to read about it, click here. Thanks for checking it out!

 

Black Opal: True Color Stick Foundation SPF 15 Review

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share my review on the Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation with SPF 15. I was really excited to try my first Black Opal product. I really want to start giving money to cosmetic companies who really push diversity, and I thought Black Opal was the perfect place to start. They have the perfect shades for women and men of color. I’m Indian, with a medium-olive complexion and I was able to find my perfect shade, which is Cashew.

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First of all, the packaging of the product is the most convenient packaging I’ve ever witnessed. FYI, this is my first stick foundation ever, so I didn’t realize how nice and easy it was. It’s basically a small cylinder, all black, with the company and foundation information on it. It has a cap that’s clear at the top, and you just have to turn the cylinder to get the product to come up. It’s so easy, hygienic, and not messy at all.

To apply this product to my face, I basically drew lines all over my face with it, since the product is in a nice compact case. It’s a cream type of product, and the description states it gives you a velvety-matte finish.

I applied this product two different ways: one half of my face I did it with a brush, the other half I used a beauty sponge from Real Techniques. I don’t recommend a beauty sponge because for me, it didn’t blend very well at all. I liked how it blended out with a regular face brush, but I did spray my brush with the Mario Badescu rose water and aloe spray.

The coverage is medium to full. I have quite a few dark spots from acne, and I did about two layers and they were all covered up. Also, my redness was perfectly covered as well.

Unfortunately, this product did not work for me. In the pictures below, you can see that it left my skin looking streaky, dry, and very bad overall. Before applying the foundation, I moisturized, applied primer, and I have oily skin, so it doesn’t make any sense as to why my skin looked like that. I’m not sure if it’s because I have textured skin and large pores.

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Black Opal Dry on Cheek/Jaw Area

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Black Opal Dry on Cheek/Jaw Area

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Black Opal Dry on Temple Area

I really wanted this foundation to work out, so I waited a couple days and tried it again, thinking maybe it was something I did wrong, but I still received the same result.

I found the Black Opal brand in a Walmart near me, but this is the only Walmart around me that it’s in. From what I understand, it just varies by area, and it could be found in Walgreens, RiteAid, etc, depending on where you are. You can also check out their website by clicking here. I paid about $10 for it, which I think is good for the amount of product you get and how creamy it is. If it had worked for me, it would be even better.

Just because this product didn’t work out for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. The reason I purchased this one specifically is because of all the great reviews, but because of my bad luck, it didn’t work for me. If I looked at myself from a couple feet away, the foundation looked really good. Like a better version of my skin, but up close, it was obviously streaky and dry looking.

I will definitely continue trying more Black Opal products, because just because one product didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean the others won’t. If you guys have any recommendations for Black Opal or from any cosmetic company similar to them, I would love to hear it.

Thank you for reading!

Netflix’s Death Note: Reaction Video

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. I watched the trailer and formed some opinions on the cast and story line. I hope you guys find this interesting! Let me know what you think in the comments!

July 4th OOTD

Hello everyone!

I hope you guys are having a great 4th! I wanted to share what I wore. Also, I love seeing everyone wearing basically the same colors, it’s like we’re all in “uniform”.


I’m wearing a red tank top and dark denim vest from Forever 21. I decided to wear black leggings because it was going to rain, and some navy vans. I went with pearls for my white.

That’s about it! Hope you guys enjoyed and had a great 4th of July!

Video Review: Trader Joe’s Enrich Facial Moisturizer 

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday! Below is my video about my experience with the Trader Joe’s Enrich Facial Moisturizer, where I actually show the breakouts it caused. If you’d rather read about it, click here. 

Hope you guys find the video informative and feel free to leave any comments down below! 

Fun and Summery OOTD

Hello everyone!

I’ve been posting a lot of ootd’s, but I love doing them! Today’s look is a fun and summery look. Follow me on instagram @amandasushma to see more looks!

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I wore a white dress with black stripes that was from the brand Mudd, which I purchased in the clearance section of Kohl’s for about $7. Yes, your heard that correctly. Check your clearance section people!

I paired it with an olive button-up from American Eagle. I like tying it up to add a little something to the outfit. I also like wearing it open sometimes, for a more casual look. I finished the look off with American Eagle (not the clothing store) shoes from Payless.

Hope you guys liked it!

Denim and Crochet: Summer OOTD

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great day! I wanted to share one of my favorite casual, yet dressy summer looks with you guys! Also, follow me on instagram @amandasushma to see more outfits and makeup looks!

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I LOVE my off white crochet skirt from Charlotte Russe. I actually found it in the clearance section for about $7, which is a steal. It’s so cute! I love pairing it with my denim shirt from Hollister.

The shirt is super old and has been washed so much, it has that denim to bleach effect. I personally like that look because it just looks super chill.

I love pairing this dressy skirt, with my casual top. I paired it with a white tank top and black sandals. Hope you guys like it!