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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!

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

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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!

Review: Trader Joe’s Face Lotion SPF 15

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Trader Joe’s Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15…whoa, is that a mouthful or what?

I purchased this around March because I was interested in a moisturizer with SPF. Most of the time, my makeup has SPF in it, but there were some that didn’t and I wanted to add this to my daily routine. I purchased this from Trader Joe’s for about $10.

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It is in a nice little bottle and the product is white. It feels like your basic moisturizer, nice and smooth. It’s easy to apply and after giving it about 10-15 minutes to absorb, I find that it doesn’t leave too much of a greasy feeling. I only feel it in my super oily spots like my t-zone and cheeks. Nothing a little bit of powder can’t fix.

Unfortunately, this product did not work for me. I didn’t notice until two weeks ago that it was causing breakouts on my forehead. I tend to have acne on my cheeks, but I’ve never really broken out on my forehead. It was just a lot of really small pimples, which would take forever to come to a head.

At first, I didn’t put two and two together. My mom asked if I tried anything new, and then I thought about the lotion. But I thought that it couldn’t be because the rest of my face was not breaking out as bad. Eventually, I decided to test out not using it for two days, and lo and behold, my forehead breakouts started healing.

It’s so odd, because I put it all over my face, but only my forehead was affected. But the lotion was the culprit and now my forehead is virtually clear.

I’m not sure why it did that, but I’ll let you guys know what type of skin I have and maybe if you have the same issues, you can avoid this product. I have oily skin, prone to acne on my cheeks and chin. I’ve used many products and have almost never had breakouts from them, only the NYX color corrector palette.

I hope you guys found this helpful! Let me know if you’ve tried the lotion and if it worked out for you.

Quick and Easy Summer Eye Tutorial Ft. Toofaced Sweet Peach Palette

Hello my lovelies!

Today, I wanted to share a quick and easy summery eye look. This has been my go-to look eye look when I’m in a rush. I am using shadows from the Toofaced Sweet Peach Palette, but feel free to use similar colors and customize the look.

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I used the Candied Peach shadow (middle row, third from the left), all over my lids. Then, I just added some depth to my outer-V with Summer Yum, (bottom row, second from the right). I blended them out and added more eye shadow as needed. I love how these two colors look together. They really give that perfect summer look that’s been trending right now. The effortless looking pink/orange shadows are really in. It doesn’t take long at all to do and I feel like this super easy look can look great on a range of skin tones. Also, if you have the Sweet Peach palette, the shadows smell amazing.

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I add a lighter color to my brow bone, such as Georgia to give a little highlight in that area. I like to add a wing and mascara to finish off the look.

I hope you guys enjoyed and let me know if you like this look! Also, follow me on Instagram @amandasushma to see more looks. Thanks for reading!

Colourpop Kaepop: Lip Swatch Video

Hello everyone!

This is my lip swatch video of the Colourpop x Karrueche Kaepop Collection. I had a lot of fun making this. If you would prefer a written version, click here for my blog post on it!

Thank you so much for watching! Feel free to leave any comments or questions

 

 

Clinique: Beyond Perfecting Video Review

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Here’s my video review of the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation. If you prefer to read about it, click here for my post about it. Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or concerns! Hope you guys enjoy!