Narciso Rodriguez Oriental Musc Editions

After the launch of AMBER MUSC in 2013 and ROSE MUSC in 2016, Narciso Rodriguez is launching a new fragrance to complement his Oriental Musc Editions this fall: SANTAL MUSC.

All three stand for pure luxury: addictive modern classics created through a masterful synchrony of East and West. Dedicated to discerning fragrance connoisseurs, I invite you to have a closer look:

AMBER MUSC (2013)

The quintessential fragrance. For centuries, the distinctive nature of both amber and musc have captured a sublime sensuality as scent dissolves into skin. Narciso Rodriguez melds the two iconic notes as one in this captivating Eau de Parfum Intense.

The idea for the amber musc was to honor two great periods of fragrance with my own modern interpretation,” says Narciso Rodriguez, “and the results have been beyond my dream.

The perfumer Aurélien Guichard synthesizes a golden balsamic accord with the smoky sweetness of oud wood, the illusive nature of incense and the lush smoothness of black patchouli to create a dusky palette. Narciso Rodriguez’s signature musc acts as a luminous counterpoint to this palette, softened by orange blossom.

ROSE MUSC (2016)

The poetic symbol of perfection in the annals of perfumery: rose, a most mythical ingredient. In both Eastern and Western culture, its rich yet delicate scent has served as the synonym of fragrance for over a millennium. For this creation, the world’s most iconic flower meets an equally iconic note, the signature musc of the famous designer.

I was very passionate about the idea of creating a new fragrance using rose, the ultimate symbol of refinement, and musc, which is more raw,” says Narciso Rodriguez. “The process to find the precise scent was very challenging and I think we met the challenge.”

The perfumer Sonia Constant has obtained the supreme rose absolute for rose musc from Morocco. Golden saffron lends vibrancy to the top notes as a hint of labdanum adds a unique opulence to the heart of musc. Spicy black pepper and dusky patchouli further refines its intensity.

SANTAL MUSC (2017)

This new beautiful fragrance captures a discreet luxury that’s addictive by transcending boundaries. Narciso Rodriguez conceives a provocative balance of soft woody accords and bright florals with delicacy and nuance. Santal musc reinterprets the masculine-feminine with a sensuality both illusive and potent. It is a surprising contrast of deep warmth and silky softness.

The santal musc was meant to be an entirely unique fragrance—very magnetic, very intriguing,” says Narciso Rodriguez, “I wanted to capture beauty and desire in a scent that both men and women would covet.”

Sonia Constant and Caroline Sabas create a transformative fragrance, bold yet enigmatic, with eclectic woody accords and floral notes.  The signature heart of musc is surrounded by sumptuous amber accords, sandalwood and vetiver heightened by fresh ylang flowers and a hint of cardamom spice.

Available as Eau de Parfum Intense for CHF 229.00 (100ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Narciso Rodriguez

Get Party Ready with Bobbi Brown

Glowing skin, make-an-entrance shades for lips and eyes, must-have accessories and made-to-be-gifted palettes. Bobbi Brown‘s holiday edit makes it easy to ace party season.

CAVIAR & RUBIES COLLECTION

With the holiday season now on the horizon, beauty brand Bobbi Brown is getting in the festive mood with this its new “Caviar & Rubies” makeup collection that features items for the eyes and skin and that makes me just want to buy it for the name alone!

Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette – CHF 110.00
Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Limited Edition Highlighting Powder – CHF 72.00
Bobbi Brown Caviar & Rubies Luxe Lip Color – CHF 47.00

STOCKING FILLERS

Bobbi Brown Evening Glow Eye Shadow Palette – CHF 74.00

Bobbi Brown Travel Brush Set – CHF 159.00

OPULENT GIFTS

Bobbi Brown Luxe Classics Mini Lip Set – CHF 169.00
Bellini – Uber Beige – Bond – Bahama Brown – Uber Rose – Tahiti Pink – Flame – Plum Brandy – Red Velvet – Imperial Red

Bobbi Brown Beauty Case – CHF 199.00

Bobbi Brown Deluxe Beauty Trunk – CHF 288.00

All products are in stores now.
BOBBI BROWN IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT NET-A-PORTER.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Tom Ford Beauty Boys & Girls

Such great news! Tom Ford Lips & Boys goes to the fourth round by introducing 50 girls to his celebrated Lip Color collection. Named after women he admires in his daily life, from intimates to collaborators from around the world, the girls limited-edition collection debuts in clutch-sized, ivory and gold packaging. Designed to be worn on their own or layered with one another, each transforming color and finish amplifies a woman or man’s individuality, while inciting an insatiable desire to try more than one.

From lip color sheer in Lisa, Carine, and Amber to ultra-rich lip color in Emma, Grace, and Sasha, there’s a shade and finish for every girl. All shades are pictured below.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colors for Fall 2017: Alain, Charles, Connor, Federico, Magnus, Warren

Boys & Girls also introduces six new cream shades of boys showcased in a sleek, clutch-sized mahogany and gold case.

TO SHOP THE LIMITED EDITION TOM FORD BOYS & GIRLS LIP COLOR COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

iconTom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers: Row 1 – Alexis, Alicia, Amber, Beatrice, Carine; Row 2- Carolyn, Edita, Ellie, Fabiola, Greta

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Lip Color Sheers: Row 1: Ingrid, Isamaya, Julianne, Lara, Leigh; Row 2: Lena, Lily, Lisa, Marguerite, Natalia; Row 3: Nico, Nina, Rinko, Romy, Scarlett

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Colors: Row 1 – Anne, Ashley, Bianca, Dakota, Emma; Row 2 – Gala, Georgie, Grace, Ines, Isla

Tom Ford Boys & Girls Ultra-Rich Lip Colors: Row 1- Joan, Katherine, Kyra, Loulou, Mariko; Row 2 – Marisa, Monica, Naomi, Rosie, Sasha; Row 3 – Sophia, Valentina, Violet, Zelda, Zoe

Photos: Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty

My Look: Teatro alla Scala

Last month, when I visited Milan with my daughter, I took her to the Teatro alla Scala, the famous opera house in Milan, which is regarded as one of the leading theatres in the world. Most of Italy’s greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala. We enjoyed the German opera «Der Freischütz» by Carl Maria von Weber. Being considered the first important German Romantic opera, especially in its national identity and stark emotionality, it was a true pleasure to see it in our mother tongue surrounded by the stunning ambiance of La Scala.

My look: Ruffle-trimmed single-breasted wool coaticon, ruffle bow dressicon, embellished leather pumpsicon, and Sylvie mini buckle leather shoulder bag, all by GucciChoker with evil eye symbol by Chanel, diamond rose ring and Limelight Gala watch, both by Piaget.

My scent: Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, which is the first fragrance developed wholly under Alessandro Michele’s creative vision and blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas. The beautiful powdery floral scent features tuberose and jasmine combined with rangoon creeper, also called Chinese honeysuckle, which is a unique flower discovered in South India that is being used for the first time in perfumery to create a rich fragrance that transports its wearer to an imaginary garden.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
A big thank you to my daughter for taking them!

MAC Snow Ball

Find your rhythm. All eyes are on the cool kids, hanging out, swaying to the beat, showing off with a little festive flirtation. You’re the sleighbelle of the ball, dancing until morning, feeling alive, reveling in the new generation. The lights catch a crystal and glitter snowflake adornment, all the bling you’ll ever need – everyone goes starstruck. See you on the dance floor.

Were you a good girl this year? MAC Cosmetics has launched some products for the festive season you’ll surely want to be asking for from Santa. If not, the problem is yours so be ready to be a bad girl with your wallet. The new «Snow Ball» holiday collection is absolutely enchanting.

SO OBSESSED MINI LIPS, CHF 89.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

Below are all the beauties, from snowflake-embossed eye-shadow singles in shimmery shades to a to die for lip kit of 12 minis, topped of by shiny silver and gold makeup brush sets.

GOLD LASHES, CHF 19.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

My favorites? The set of gold false eyelashes. How much fun are those? I mean if there is any time of the year to really shine… it is the holiday season!

LoL, Sandra

EXTRA DIMENSION EYESHADOW, CHF 28.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

DELICATE DRIFT Light pink with sparkle
FROSTWINKED White with silver pearl
IT’S SNOWING Pinky purple shimmer
STARRY STARRY NIGHTS Black with silver sparkle
STYLISHLY MERRY Gold shimmer

SNOWBALL FACE POWDER, CHF 41.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

HERE COMES JOY Peachy gold with shimmer
HAPPY GO DAZZINGLY Gold with sparkle

LIPSTICK, CHF 28.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

WARM ICE Dull light pink with silver sparkle (Frost)
SHIMMER AND SPICE Dusty rose with shimmer (Frost)
HOLIDAY CRUSH Muted pink with sparkle (Frost)
I’M GLISTENING Light pink with purple sparkle (Frost)
ROUGE EN SNOW Apple red (Matte)
ELLE BELLE Deep red (Amplified)

In stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Fleur du Mal x Kilian – Scented Lingerie

Ladies and gentlemen, this is amazing! For the festive season, Kilian Hennessy and Jennifer Zuccarini unveil a capsule collection of scented lingerie, combining the expertise and aesthetic unique to each brand. And it is perfumed with one of my favorite fragrances: KILIANicon’s LOVE, don’t be shy.

KILIAN Love, Don’t be Shy Eau de Parfum –
Orange Blossom, Vanilla and Marshmallow, 50ml

iconEach piece in the collection features handcrafted Leavers lace from the Solstiss lace mill in Caudry, France that is woven from threads scented with microcapsules holding KILIAN’s LOVE, don’t be shy fragrance. Taking inspiration from the marshmallow, this fragrance is a sweet treat for sensuous connoisseurs that perfectly compliments Fleur du Mal’s feminine chic designs and continues KILIAN’s mission to make perfume visible.

Great news is that you can wash your lingerie pieces up to 10 times by keeping the encapsulated fragrance within the lace.

Those will vamp up every outfit: Lace cuffs by Fleur du Mal x Kilian

The pieces are now on sale on the fleurdumal.com website and will be as well available in Kilian boutiques and exclusively at Printemps department store (Boulevard Haussmann) in Paris from November 15, 2017.

So sexy: Thong and collar by Fleur du Mal x Kilian

I am so in love with this collection, sexy, sophisticated and scented. Why would you ask for more?
TO SHOP THE COMPLETE COLLECTION NOW, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Fleur du Mal x Kilian

MAC x Robert Lee Morris

If you’re like me, you always get excited when you see an announcement of a new MAC collaboration. Today, it won’t be different as the most recent collection will definitely not disappoint.

German-born jewelry designer and sculptor Robert Lee Morris is teaming up with MAC for a collection that is inspired by his unique jewelry pieces. Attributing much of his inspiration to forms he admires in nature, his imaginative yet architectural designs are exploring the boundaries between fashion and sculpture. With that in mind, MAC created 16 new, brass-packaged products that belong in an artist’s collection and that will bring out your fancy side.

As we head into the season of gift-giving, you might want to take note of all those must-haves included:

Pro Longwear Pressed Powder – CHF 55.00
Light PlusMedium PlusDark

Powder Blush – CHF 49.00
PeachLindaRhubarb

Matte Lipstick – CHF 32.00
LycheePersimmonPumpinkConcourd GrapeFigPomegranate

Brush Roll – CHF 145.00
Large Flat Powder Brush 135 – CHF 87.00
Large Angled Contour Brush 168 – CHF 68.00
Small Mirror Compact – CHF 25.00

The collection is in stores from now for a limited time only.
In Switzerland exclusively available at Jelmoli Zurich, and at MAC stores Zurich Bellevue and Lucerne as well as online at www.maccosmetics.ch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics and Robert Lee Morris

Perfect for Fall: Orange Lips

One thing I believe in is that the right lipstick gives you more power. Pumpkin-inspired hues are the color palette for Halloween and are perfect for transitioning into fall as they help tired faces to look more vibrant. Incorporating a fresh contrast to every fall look, try to make your pout take center stage.

Here are my favorite lip products for orange lips:

Phyto-Lèvres Perfect Lipliner – 8 Coralicon by Sisley

Phyto-Lip Twist Tinted Balm – 3 Peachicon by Sisley


iconBaume De Rose Nutri-Couleur – Mandarina Pulp by By Terry

Lips & Boys – Connor 97 by Tom Ford


iconLip2cheek – Curious Orangeicon by RMS Beauty

Audacious Lipstick – Geraldine by NARS
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Lip & Cheek Bloom – Orange Blossom No.07 by Burberry Beauty

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Man Ray for Nars Holiday 2017

Beauty-lovers around the globe will adore the new NARS 2017 Holiday collection. The brand has previously partnered with various artists for its winter lineups. This season, the creations are inspired by iconic photographer MAN RAY and its electrifying art. Featuring vibrant new shades of lip gloss, eye shadow, lipstick, and blush, there is also a must-have golden highlighter that works for a wide range of complexions. But the excitement doesn’t stop there if you see the packaging.

My personal favorites: Duo Eyeshadow in «Montparnasse» (shimmering gold / iridescent orchid), Love Triangle mini gift set featuring the famous «Orgasm» shade in a Mini Blush and Lipstick and Overexposed Glow Highlighter in «Double Take».

Moreover, NARS is also releasing amazing gift sets which include mini iterations of its classic blush and lipsticks, along with new eye and face palettes.

In store now. It’s safe to say that we would love to add all of it to our wish lists.icon
TO SHOP NARS ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of NARS and © Sandra Bauknecht

Pink Ribbon Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

October is breast cancer awareness month and this year marks Estée Lauder‘s 25th anniversary of the iconic Pink Ribbon collection, a special range of beauty products with 20 per cent of the profits donated to research. A movement that started with one woman, Evelyn H. Lauder in 1992, The Estée Lauder CompaniesBreast Cancer Awareness Campaign was born when the visionary became troubled by the lack of awareness, funding and resources necessary to overcome the disease.

Evelyn H. Lauder co-created the pink ribbon 25 years ago.

In the beginning, the brand started the campaign by handing out pink ribbons at its beauty counters around the world, and one year later, Lauder went on to establish the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a non-profit organisation, to generate funding that would be solely dedicated to the study of the disease. A quarter of a century later, The Estée Lauder Companies’ beauty brands – among them La Mer, DKNY, Jo Malone London, Tom Ford Beauty just to name a few – continue to create a breast cancer-free world by raising funds.

Interesting to know is that a touch of blue in the design represents the less than 1% of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information on The Breast Cancer Campaign, visit bcacampaign.com.

For more information on the Pink Ribbon products, click here please.

By shopping one of the specially created products, you can support the campaign. Moreover for every post on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #PinkRibbon25 and #ELCdonates @bcacampaign until October 31, 2017, The Estée Lauder Companies will donate $25 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to fund a half-hour of breast cancer research. The goal is to finance 500 hours worth $25.000.

Time to end breast cancer!

LoL, Sandra

My Instagram post with my beloved Advanced Night Repair in pink by Estée Lauder.

Photos: Courtesy of The Estée Lauder Companies and © Sandra Bauknecht