Cosmetics that are Inspired By India

Inspiration from India has become increasingly popular in the fashion and cosmetic industry. The bright and lively scents and colors of the country have inspired perfumes, hair products and makeup lines. 


For example, companies like Aveda has a hair line of Ayurvedic products. This is an ancient medicinal system that uses herbs and natural ingredients that Aveda has adopted into some of their hair products. 



Clarins had a summer collection of cosmetics called Enchanted. This line was inspired by Holi, a Hindu festival of colors. This line includes lip glosses with names like Pink Jaipur and Nude Delhi and Henna-like patterns on the packaging. 



Chanel also launched an Indian-inspired makeup line called Bombay Express which featured less of the vibrant colors, and had a line filled with pearlescent gold shades. 

Some perfumes that have been made to encapsulate the exotic aromas of India included.

Un Jardin après la Mousson, by Hermès was ­inspired by Kerala after the annual monsoon, this perfume has a compelling scent derived from vetiver, cardamom, pepper, and lime. 

Incense Jaisalmer, by Comme des Garçons Parfums is a frankincense-heavy fragrance evokes the medinas of Persia, once linked by camel caravans to the sandstone city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.


Escale à Pondichéry, by Dior celebrates Puducherry’s culture as a ­historic French trading enclave on India’s Tamil Nadu coast, this scent combines locally grown black tea, cardamom, and sandalwood.


Sandalwood Cologne, by ­Caswell-Massey  is a perfume ­redolent of the duskily aromatic, woodsy scent of the oil of the rare East ­Indian sandalwood tree—prized in India for its aphrodisiacal qualities.


My Indian Childhood, DS & Durga is a  sensuously heady perfume is a quintessentially Indian blend of patchouli, jasmine, and tobacco.


What are some of your favorite cosmetic lines inspired by? We would love to know – let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!


August Covergirl Diane Kruger and her Retro Fashion Spread

Diane Kruger’s new cop drama The Bridge has earned her new notice and the cover of Marie Claire for August. We love this spread because it has a retro feel to it; from her clothes, to her hair and her makeup. 
We also picked up a little Bridget Bardot vibe in these photos – and we love it!
Diane’s dark winged eyes, and defined brows stand out and look smouldering against her gorgeous golden locks. 
We think that this would be a beautiful boudoir look! And if you didn’t see the blog post – MYD Loves Boudoir Beauty!
This is such a beautiful and classic look. We like how the hair is styled, but isn’t perfectly smoothed out. It has texture which looks amazing. We also loved her winged liner and beautiful brows. 
What do you think of Diane Kruger’s shoot? Are you loving this retro look? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!

Makeup Tips for Gals with Glasses!

Thanks to the fashion world, glasses have transformed their sole purpose of correcting vision to also being super stylish! We think that sometimes a great pair of glasses can be your best accessory and that girls should use their fashionable frames to compliment their makeup.

Mascara. It is especially important to do 2 things that the non-glasses wearers can get away with more easily. First, comb out those clumps! These can actually be magnified by the lenses. Secondly, curl those lashes! If you don’t they may rub against the lenses and smear mascara on them.

Concealer. The frames of glasses tend to cause shadows around the eye area, so be sure to brighten up with concealer. Especially if you know that you already have dark circles or puffy eyes. These will be easier to see and even appear darker behind lenses.

Cheeks. Put that blush on baby! We think that blush looks amazing on girls with glasses because it really brightens up the face around the shadows of the lenses. Don’t be afraid to wear a bold blush, even with thick-rimmed glasses – it is so stylish!
Lips. We love glasses with bright, bold lips. We think that is looks so modern and chic! 
Eyeliner. For the eyeliner to really stand out behind the lenses and frames of glasses, you can make the eyeliner darker and thicker. It may be a “bold” daytime look for someone without glasses, but with them, it really draws attention past the frames to your eyes. Also, we LOVE cat eyeliner behind glasses, it is a total MUST!
Eyeshadow. Try to keep your shadows on the warm side. Corals, peaches etc. This will look crisp and reflect the light behind your lenses. Some cooler shades can look dull and make you look more tired. 

Review of Maybelline Foundation and Mousse Blush and the Covergirl Lip Stain

So I tried the Maybelline foundation and it actually works very well! I mean, it’s not Chanel, Bobbi or even MAC for that matter…but it’ll do the trick if you’re looking to spend less and still get a quality foundation.

The Mousse Blush was alright. It looks great initially when you put it on but I found that the first day I wore it, it blended down so much that within a few hours I had no color. The next day I layered the mousse with a powder blush over top and it lasted my whole work day. It was a great color, too!

The lips left a little more to be desired. I used the pen which is the stain but it felt really dry coming out. It also turned a lot darker on the lips after it sat for the 2 minutes recommended. I layered the gloss over top and that toned it down a bit but I still found that it came off when I ate. It’s nice for work because I only have to touch up the gloss every now and then but if you want something that REALLY stays all day…this isn’t it.

I hope some of you found that helpful! I’ll keep dabbling on my Wal-mart and Target escapades (because it’s so much fun) and let y’all know what else I find out there!

The Look for Less!

In this state of economic decline I thought, hey, why don’t we try some cheaper products and compare them to the high-end departments store cosmetics we’re used to? I went shopping this weekend with my family (got to see one of my nephews and nieces, too!) and picked up the Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation I have been seeing advertised on TV so much. I haven’t tried it yet, will do that tomorrow –this weekend was a total NO MAKEUP weekend, if you can believe that — and am definitely looking forward to it. The foundation was only $7!!! Whoa! That’s compared to my $50 something Chanel and $40 something Bobbi Brown. I hope it works out. My wallet does, too! Here’s what the website says about the foundation:

Why You’ll Love It

Liquid-mousse texture
Air-whipped formula provides skin perfecting coverage.

  • Smooth, 100% poreless finish with natural luminosity
  • Air-brushed natural perfection
  • Blends effortlessly for a flawless, air-brushed finish.
  • Oil-free, Fragrance-free, Dermatologist Tested, Allergy Tested, Non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores.
  • Safe for sensitive skin, good for all skin types

In addition to the foundation I picked up a Maybelline Mousse Blush and a Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain with Gloss. The Blush is part of that same “Dream” collection and I’m looking forward to trying out the texture since it, too is oil-free but will most likely work great on my surface-area dryness. I’ll let you know! Here are the blush and lip stain/gloss:
For some reason the blog isn’t letting me link to the respective websites that I am talking about so you can find these products at: http://www.maybelline.com and http://www.covergirl.com.