You’re Invited for a Special Treat with La Mer

I am so happy to share today’s post with you. Next week my blog is turning 9! Can you imagine? Time flies… just to give you an idea of all the work that went into this site. This is my 3821st post and since many years not one day has passed without spotting something new in the world of fashion. I enjoy so much what I am doing and would love to celebrate with you

Meet me next Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 between 6pm – 9pm at the LA MER counter at JELMOLI in Zurich!

For all my Swiss readers and of course also for those who want to come to Switzerland, meet me next Thursday, November 22nd 2018 between 6pm – 9pm at the LA MER counter at JELMOLI in Zurich for an evening filled with bubbles, beauty and great company.

That night, the shops in Zurich will be open until 10pm and the city’s «Lucy» lights for Christmas will be illuminate the Bahnhofstrasse in a switch-on ceremony at 6pm.

As space is limited and a personalized gift will be waiting for you, I would kindly ask you to sign up latest on Monday, 19th of November. Please send me an e-mail with the header «LA MER», your full name and the time you are planning to come to . First come, first serve. I will send you a confirmation e-mail to confirm your presence.

You will get a lot of special treats – here is what to expect:
Champagne from Perrier-Jouët

Freelance celebrity make-up artist Andrea Kipfer will introduce LA MER‘s amazing Skincolor Foundation. Andrea is the co-founder of the renowned hair & makeup agency Style Council and has done many advertising and fashion shoots. During the evening, she will happily help you to improve your make-up skills and share some beauty secrets with us.

You also get the chance to discover the different textures of the famous LA MER moisturizers. Once you find your favorite, you will be gifted with a luxury size sample of it.On top, each guest will receive an original size LA MER Lip Balm worth CHF 82.00 that will be engraved with a special message.

I am so much looking forward to meeting and spending the evening with you!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Andrea Kipfer
© André Hengst – www.on-eyes-photography.ch
#LoveLaMer www.lamer.ch

My Look: Hybrid Fashion

Hybrid fashion has been trending for some time now and it is a must when you are looking for refreshing staples. Here you see me wearing a deconstructed sweater that instantly catches your eye. Spliced with a lace-trimmed cream satin camisole through the middle, it slouches off the shoulder and has an adjustable spaghetti strap. The gray wool-blend is knitted with touches of cashmere so it feels soft and cozy. Perfect for a stroll through the city.

My look: Cashmere coat in pink by Pradapaneled wool-blend, lace and satin sweater by Alexander Wangicon, drawstring shorts by Givenchy, suede overknee boots by Dior, Kelly «So Black» by HermèsGG jacquard pattern knitted scarficon, and rabbit-felt fedoraicon, both by Gucci.

The key to fight the autumn blues is to wear some vibrant colors and to have a glowing complexion. One product I can highly recommend is LA MER‘s new The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20. This all-in-one compact is also a hybrid product, a mixture between powder and foundation, especially great for touch-ups on the go. With healing hydration from Miracle Broth and color capsule technology, it gives skin a lift of luminosity—for a fresh, flawless look and a plumper, firmer feel, like cashmere for your skin. Available now for CHF 115.00 including a refill and additional sponge applicator.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Rescue Remedies to Keep Skin Trouble-Free

In 2017, SHISEIDO launched the WASO skincare line. Comprised of 7 daily skincare products, the line, which is inspired by Washoku, a traditional Japanese cuisine, is formulated to address the specific needs of young adult’s skin, as well as boosting its resistance to daily stressors.

This fall, Waso introduces two brand NEW masks to visibly and instantly rescue skin by resolving concerns due to our daily environment and lifestyle.

Formulated with two new star ingredients, associated with a unique anti-blemish technology, these masks will immediately improve sudden skin troubles and bring it back to a balanced and healthy looking condition. Constant exposure to the stresses and strains of modern living: late nights, overworking and pollution can take its toll on your skin. Your skin, as well as your mind, deserves a break with these little helpers.

PURIFYING PEEL OFF MASK
A pearl-red mask powered by botanicals. Peels away dirt, pollutants, such as oxidation, carbon and airborn dirt particles, and others causes of breakouts, to uncover smooth, hydrated skin that’s free from impurities. An emergency reset button for stress free skin and a stress-free mind.

FOCUS: RED SHISO FOR DETOX
Renowned for its natural health benefits, the Red Shiso’s roots lay deep in Japan. Rich in vitamins and minerals, this herb has been used throughout history for its detoxification and anti-oxidizing effects. By suppressing the glycation of protein, shiso leaf extract helps to minimize dullness caused by stress and restore radiance. For dewy, healthy-looking skin with a radiant glow.

WHO IS IT FOR?
• All skin types in need of refining
• Skin that needs purifying
• Skin that is dull
• Skin with visible pores

WHAT DOES IT DO?
• Removes old surface cells for smoother, more radiant skin
• Lifts sebum and impurities from pores for a clearer complexion
• Maintains essential moisture

WHAT WILL I SEE?
• A fresh, bright skin with renewed clarity
• Less visible pores

HOW TO USE IT
Use once or twice a week – approximately 3cm x 4 of product (equivalent to a tablespoon)
Smooth evenly on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area, brows, lips and hairline.
Wait for approximately 20 mins or until the mask becomes no longer sticky to the touch and gently remove from forehead to chin.
Purifying Peel Off Mask – CHF 46.80

BEAUTY SLEEPING MASK
An intensive yuzu-infused moisturizing mask. Recharges skin while you sleep for a refreshed, radiant and healthy-looking glow the very next morning – even after little sleep.

FOCUS: GREEN  YUZU FOR MOISTURE
High in vitamins A, C and E, Yuzu (Japanese citrus) is known for its intense beautifying effects. The Aoyuzu (Green Yuzu), harvested only in early summer, possesses a fresh acidity and crisp dewiness. Its extract promotes production of hyaluronic acid to help moisturize skin that is prone to dryness.

WHO IS IT FOR?
• All skin types in need of an intensive moisture boost
• Fatigued skin

WHAT DOES IT DO?
• Restores skin using an intensive moisture wrap
• Recharges skin overnight for a rested and vibrant complexion

WHAT WILL I SEE?
• Radiant and healthy looking skin
• Skin plumped with moisture

HOW TO USE IT
Complete recharge at night
. Use as the last step in your skincare routine, just before going to bed. Take an almond-sized drop and smooth evenly over the face, gently blending it in. Do not remove the gel. Allow the mask to work while you sleep.

Flash 10 minutes recharge. Apply the product in thick layer and smooth over the face, focusing on the cheeks and around the eye area. After 10 minutes, massage the remaining gel onto the skin. When applying makeup directly after, use a tissue to absorb any excess oil.
Beauty Sleeping mask – CHF 55.80

Two masks to reset and recharge your beauty – true rescue remedies to keep skin trouble-free, and not only the young one. My daughter and I are fighting over them…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Shiseido

Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge

«Ultra Rouge adds new magic both to the experience of lipstick and the expression of red. Because the formula acts as an overprint, like an ink tattooing the lips and like an extremely weightless coloured film, it enabled me to develop new, highly saturated and luminous shades. Like a painter with a new colour palette.» – Peter Philips

Meet DIOR‘s first weightless, ultra-pigmented long-wearing hydrating lipstick with the comfort of a lip ink: Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge. A true revolution in the history of lipstick, it delivers high colour impact and wear for up to 12 hours. The colours seem more saturated with a luminous, semi-matte finish for incredible sensoriality and hydration.

Always at the cutting edge, DIOR challenged its research department to combine the desire for dazzling colour with the need for long-lasting comfort. The fruit of in-depth scientific studies, Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge is the first lipstick composed of a polymer combined with a plant-based oil.

Application Tips
1. Start by lining the lips with Dior Rouge Ink Lip Liner.
2. For perfectly even results, then apply Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge with the Backstage Lip Brush working from the center of the lips outwards.
3. For a bolder colour finish, apply the lipstick directly on the lips. For optimal application, extend the tip of the stick by 2 mm.

Available in 26 ultra-saturated couture shades of which DIOR named four it-shades that make strong statements:

999 Ultra Dior – «You can never be too much of a woman, so enjoy it.» Red par excellence, iconic yet different.
770 Ultra Love – «Believe in yourself, if you don’t, who will?» This loved-up raspberry is easy to wear yet has a strong temperament, setting the tone for rosewoods and beiges that border on coral.

851 Ultra Shock – «It’s better to be shocking than boring.» A high-impact heady burgundy carries intense shades in its wake, from wines and deep browns to greyish taupes and deep purples.
777 Ultra Star – «All of us are stars, aren’t we?» Poppy stars in a palette of bright hues fed on pop culture.

Two cursors of intensity:
Alongside these honorable reds, two collectible shades stand out. These two extreme shades can either be worn alone, making a powerful statement, or as a base or finishing touch to modify another shade:


111 Ultra Night 47, a black that enables you to intensify each shade or practice your lip artistry.
000 Ultra Light 47, a pure white to neutralize your natural lip colour or soften another shade.

To play with colours and intensities, use the white and black shades.

Personal note
I brought my new lip combo to my trip to Korea but it took me a while to get used to the application of the lip liner as it would not work so well on my upper lip. Why? I didn’t get enough colour. You have to be careful of the angle you hold the pen. Once you have got it, it is amazing. In combination with the lipstick, it holds extremely long while hydrating your lips at the same time.

ROUGE DIOR ULTRA ROUGE: CHF 51.50
DIOR ROUGE INK LIP LINER: CHF 39.00

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dior and © Sandra Bauknecht
@diormakeup @diorbeautylovers

OPI x The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Watching Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet is a Holiday tradition that’s full of magic and wonder. In honor of that beloved tradition, OPI has collaborated with Disney in celebration of their new blockbuster, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to bring shades of royalty to your nails.

OPI created 12 new limited edition nail colors and three perfectly coordinating glitter shades inspired by the Disney movie. Journey through the magic of the Four Realms this holiday season and choose from classic Nail Lacquer, Infinite Shine and GelColor.

Shades top left to top right: Dancing Keeps Me on my Toes – Tinker, Thinker, Winker? – Dreams Need Clara-fication – March in Uniform – Dazzling Dew Drop – Envy the Adventure
Shades bottom left to bottom right: Lavendare to Find Courage – Berry Fairy Fun – Toying with Trouble – Candied Kingdom – Ginger’s Revenge – Black to Reality

Great news! Glitter shades are available for the first time as Infinite Shine:
Gold Key to the Kingdom – Dreams on a  Silver Platter – I Pull the Strings

It doesn’t matter if you’re cold as ice, never sacrifice your sparkle. I love the combination of these three shades: Dreams Need Clara-Fication, Tinker Thinker Winker?, and Dreams on a Silver Platter.

The collection will hit the shelves in Switzerland today and will be available for at least 3 months. Nail Polish CHF 19.90 (15ml) and Infinite Shine CHF 24.90 (15ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of OPI
#OPIandNutcracker

M∙A∙C Shiny Pretty Things

This Holiday, break from the everyday and take a technicolour trip in an all-new shiny, pretty, kaleidescopic collection.
More is more – so lose yourself in bauble-bright, hallucinatory hues built to party, including shiny pretty shadow – high-intensity pressed glitter eye shadows created for major sparkle.

LIPSTICK
A WINK OF PINK MID-TONE ROSE PINK WITH BRONZE GOLD SHIMMER (FROST)
AT LEISURE CREAMY PINK BEIGE WITH GOLD PEARL (FROST)
BABETOWN DIRTY BEIGE PINK (CREMESHEEN)
BOTH CHEEKS BRIGHT FUCHSIA (MATTE)
STRAIGHT FIRE METALLIC TRUE RED (MATTE METALLIC)
CHF 28.00

LIPGLASS
CAKETOP PINKY PEACH WITH ICY SHIMMER
ICE ORCHID MID-TONE COOL PINK
ROSEBUDDY DEEPENED BERRY
SCARCELY SEEN LIGHT BEIGE PINK
TUDOR ROSE HOT MAGENTA WITH PINK PEARL
CHF 26.00

SHINY PRETTY SHADOW
P FOR PINK ROSE GOLD WITH SILVER SPARKLE
JUST CHILLING GREY WITH SILVER SHEEN
MAJOR WIN ASH PINK WITH SILVER SHIMMER
MAKE A WISH TARNISHED OLIVE SHIMMER
JOY TO GREY BROWN WITH SHIMMER
CHF 26.00

DAZZLELINER
A LITTLE MOONLIGHT BLACK WITH SILVER AND GOLD PEARL
HOLIDAY TIME! GOLD WITH PINK SHIMMER
MIDNIGHT TOAST MIDNIGHT BLUE WITH SILVER PEARL
STATUESQUE TRUE SILVER SHIMMER
CHF 28.00

EXTRA DIMENSION SKINFINISH
OH DARLING METALLIC GOLD
SNOWFLUSHED METALLIC BRONZE PINK
CHF 41.00

Available at all M∙A∙C Counters and Stores and at www.maccosmetics.ch from November 2018.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of M∙A∙C Cosmetics

First Advent Calendars Available Now

Christmas might be months away but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about the advent calendars set to be released in the coming weeks. I’ve had a peek at most of them already and can confirm that 2018 is looking gorgeous. These three luxurious calendars are a fabulous way to count down to Christmas. Best of all, the beautifying treats inside won’t take a toll on your waist line.

The CLARINS Advent Calendar 2018 is available now as limited edition for CHF 99.00.

The 25 Days of Beauty – NET-A-PORTER Advent Calendar offers one door more…

The JO MALONE Advent Calendar 2018 will be available from October 30, 2018 for CHF 490.00.

If you like to travel mostly with hand luggage like me, you will totally enjoy all these travel size products included for face, body and hair.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Hair We Go Again

Launched in January 2018, Hair Rituel by Sisley is the new haircare brand by Sisley treating the scalp and the hair fiber thanks to products highly concentrated in natural active ingredients (for the previous post, click here please).

This month, two new products have been launched that are complementing the line perfectly. Don’t forget, much like skincare, following a haircare routine keeps your tresses healthy-looking.

REVITALIZING STRAIGHTENING SHAMPOO WITH MORINGA OIL

Benefits
This sulfate-free shampoo gently cleans while providing vitamins and minerals necessary for the vitality of the scalp and hair. Its formula benefits from a cocktail of effective active ingredients that targets both the hair bulb and fiber. The fresh fragrance is designed to complement the efficiency of the active ingredients. Its fluid texture transforms into a delicate and creamy foam on contact with water.

Results
Hair is shinier and full of energy. Hair is visibly straightened, frizz is controlled.

Application Tips
Apply a small amount to wet hair. Massage into the scalp and hair. Add water to make the product foam. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid contact with the eyes.
CHF 88.00 (150ml)

VOLUMIZING SPRAY -TEXTURE & DENSITY

Benefits
A light and airy hair care with plant-based active ingredients and texturizing and volumizing properties. It is delicately scented and instantly supports the hair from the roots providing texture and density for a long-lasting lifting effect. The texture doesn’t leave hair sticky and is humidity resistant.

Results
From the moment it is applied, it provides the hair with visible volume from root to tip. Day after day, hair is stronger and more resistant.

Application Tips
With damp hair, before drying or styling, hold 20cm away and spray on the top, back and each side of the head, lifting the hair. Can be applied to touch up dry hair. Do not rinse.
CHF 75.00 (200ml)

TO SHOP HAIR RITUEL BY SISLEY ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Sisley Paris

L’Oréal Paris x Isabel Marant

Great news for all beauty addicts and fashion lovers around the globe, this month Isabel Marant, the queen of effortless Parisian chic, is launching a make-up collection with L’Oréal Paris. Five multi-purpose products in a range of perfect shades, the line is ideal for creating the insouciant, pared-back look Marant’s customers adore. Below, take a first look at the products as the designer gives us an insight about the process behind creating the collection, and how the partnership came about.

With Isabel Marant – the queen of effortless Parisian chic

L’ORÉAL X ISABEL MARANT – WANTED: ONE COLLECTION OF EFFORTLESS PARISIAN ALLURE

For your first ever makeup collection, what did you want to bring to women?
Exactly what I want in my makeup bag. The essential products for every day, for life on-the-go. I approached this makeup collection in the same way I design my ready-to-wear collections: to be wearable anytime, anywhere. For me, Parisian cool style is not about social media perfection, it is a natural elegance: Super-natural for day then statement updates for night with a dark eye or a bright red lip. But never both at the same time. And always worn with a slight offbeat edge. Imperfection has a charm all its own. A makeup embracing your own personality.

This collaboration is Paris meets the Wild West, what inspires you about that era?
I love the myth of the Wild West. That borderless way of life, eyeing new horizons and feeling the endless possibilities of adventure. The way our culture is today. This modern reinterpretation of the West has been a theme of my fashion collections. The wildness of that era, the exploration, the rebelliousness… it is a continuous inspiration to me.

Why on-the-go makeup products?
For this collection, the question I asked myself was the same as when I design clothes: “what do I want to wear? What do I need that I don’t already have?” And the answer is makeup that’s effortless because we’re all on the go. Who goes back at home to change after a long day of work? I wanted to create products that are practical, fast on the draw! That can be applied on the go. Products that are small enough to take with you anywhere, any time. And also what was important to me was that each of these is multi-purposed. Easy to use and easy to take with you anywhere.

How did you decide what you wanted to include as essentials?
For me, every day makeup should be about wearing just one thing. One brush of mascara or a touch of lipstick or a little shadow. To create this collection, started with those three products. Then, the addition is a bit of color on the cheeks. The look I envision is makeup without trying, slightly undone. Easy natural elegance.

What influenced which colors you wanted?
For this collection, I had in mind colors “hors du temps”, timeless. The sought after Parisian look of today with a modern feel. We have three red lipsticks for that modern women can dress up with.

Isabel Marant F/W 2018

What inspired the L’Oréal Paris x Isabel Marant graphic aesthetic?
The inspiration is my Fall Winter 18 Collection, which is cowboyish: The “Wanted Posters” from the Wild West that we have reinterpreted in a modern way. And Black on white is the signature!

With each product emblazoned with either to SMILE, to SHINE, to AMAZE… is the message to wear makeup with confidence?
Absolutely. For me, that’s the difference between embracing first the woman, her personality, rather than the makeup first. It is very important to me. Those sentences are a lift me up to women using my products. And it is also a small touch of humour. We had fun in thinking about those sentences.

Let’s talk about each essential.
SMILE – You’re known for your smile – what is lipstick to a smile?
I love red lipstick: Beautiful alone, lipstick can even be more powerful with a smile! We’ve created 7 Isabel Marant shades for Color Riche, 2 nudes, for a bare lip look, 3 different reds for that bold lips you spot brightening a grey day on the Paris streets, and two deeper plum shades.

WANTED – Why a double-duty translucent mascara?
This transparent mascara is very natural but in the same time very sexy and you can also use it to tame your brows. Transparent, it suits every lash color, and gives a very natural, ‘wet’ look – a dewy, just emerged from water finish – that works on everyone. I love it.

SMOKE – When and where do you rock a smoky eye?
I’l l create a smoldering smoky eye to go out. The handy pocket shadow combines matte black for the smokiness with a beautiful iridescent black, blended with chromatic emerald and blue shimmer to add depth and intrigue to any eye color. Smudge on with your fingertips for a nonchalant Paris night.

AMAZE – When do you most need or use a cheek tint?
At the final stage of a show, when all the final touches being placed start showing up. When you just need a most subtle touch of color and light on the face. What’s genius about this cheek tint is that the formula adapts to your skin’s natural coloring.

SHINE – How does this highlighter reintroduce shine?
This is the light to detract any shadows or dullness. It’s a flattering, anytime highlighter that puts women in their best light. A multi-purpose cream that turns into a powder on skin, to blur imperfections while it subtly highlights.

What did you learn in the L’Oréal Paris labs that you didn’t know before about makeup?
So much. There’s a level of technology involved in the colors and in the textures. For example, AMAZE really amazed me! A formula that responds to the pH of your skin!

You’re the epitome of the natural look, how does this new capsule collection achieve that effortless result?
I would say understated not overdone. We’ve made the tones and the shades for natural looks – that take a nude lipstick, transparent mascara, a cheek tint for a flush that looks healthy and natural.

WANTED: WHEN THE WILD WEST HITS PARIS

How is the spirit of the Wild West captured in the campaign?
The Wild West comes to the Paris of today. So, of course the first shot is a woman on horseback. You see these strong women who dare to kick up dust, stand tall and prepare to duel in the City of Lights. These heroines will not stand for the status quo. The world is theirs – and they know it.

What made you decide – “Women on horseback!”
It was inspired by my Ready to Wear Fall 18 Collection. Uninterrupted horizons and low skies were the unseen backdrop for my silhouettes that inspired me. It’s such a powerful image, the rider on horseback. I enjoy rewriting the myth of the Wild West, the Wild West in Paris. These are heroines in their own right, not a cowboy in sight.

Is the Isabel Marant woman a loner or part of a bigger gang?
I don’t like the idea to put people in boxes. But I see my “girl” as an independent-minded woman shaping her own paths – yet joining up with other women to travel stretches of road at a time together.

Isabel Marant’s F/W 2018 campaign was photographed by Juergen Teller.

WANTED: A SHARED FORCE OF FEMININITY

What are the 3 values distinct to the Isabel Marant brand?
Sincerity, pioneering spirit, joy.

What is self-worth to you?
It’s self-respect, having an inner voice that speaks up for yourself, not down. Being yourself without letting the others change your point of view.

When did you first hear “Worth It”?
“Je le bien” I remember hearing as a teenager. It stood out at the time, but it must have resonated, even as a tomboy teenager raiding her dad’s wardrobe and not subscribing to the feminine ideals of the time.

What does “Worth it” bring to mind today?
It makes me think of women having to take ownership of their identities and choose their own path. Unfortunately, it is still not the case everywhere in the world.

Why L’Oréal Paris & Isabel Marant?
I love dressing women all around the world, in all their diversity – with a vision of femininity that I share with L’Oréal Paris. I like to give women the confidence to express themselves freely.

Both represent facets of the Parisian look, how would you describe French style in a few words?
French style is style. It’s somewhat hard to define the Parisian look. It is a carefree nonchalance, without trying just simply elegant, not pretentious. I think my style is really Parisian.

How do both you, and L’Oréal Paris champion women?
Giving each woman the freedom to be whoever she wants to be.

How do you define beauty?
Beauty is embracing yourself, it adds confidence.

WANTED: ONE SELF-MADE DESIGNER

How did your journey to a most wanted fashion designer begin?
I was actually going to study economics, but then because I couldn’t find the kind-of clothes I wanted to wear in the shops, I started making them myself. And that’s how the label first began.

Over 24 years as creative head of your label, what are your greatest triumphs?
I’d say one of the things I love most is seeing someone on the street wearing one of my designs from years ago. Seeing a pair of boots or a dress, be loved and worn for seasons. That to me is the greatest triumph.

Known for her conic heels: Lileas ruched leather ankle boots for F/W 2018icon

As a fashion designer, everybody wants more of you, how do you deal with fame?
I don’t see myself as famous. I’m not recognized all the time and luckily in Paris, people are mostly discreet, they want to play it cool and that’s great with me.

Your designs have a very distinctive Parisian signature, how do you describe it?
Effortless, free. A silhouette that speaks of self-affirmation and individuality with an art of contrast. Tomboyish but sexy.

What drives you to stay independent?
I always had creative freedom since I was young and that is never going to change. Freedom is everything to me.

You’ve said before what you do isn’t about fashion, rather “getting dressed.” How does that ethos translate into this beauty collection?
This collection is about getting ready: getting ready for a special day or getting ready for a party, the essentials to have always in your bag but still embracing yourself. Essentials that aren’t about creating an entirely new look but giving elegance to the look you have.

What makes Parisian style so desired by the world?
This is a question I’m often asked. I think Parisians are known for not overdoing their style, for having discreet elegance. Just having that little touch of charm. That’s said, French don’t look to work on their style but in fact they do!

WANTED: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE DESIGNER

How do you feel about your reflection?
I am happy with who I am and I am not afraid of time passing. I see the movement of time. I see aging as a beautiful thing that does not need to be changed and I do things for myself, to keep my mind and my body healthy. I’m very happy to be here, doing what I do.

Why such social media discretion?
I lead a full life, I’m a busy working woman. I cannot spend my time on social media because I don’t have time. But I am curious about what customers have to say about the brand. In the past, it was difficult to get feedback and get customers points of views.

Agnès Varda and her historical alter ego in her most recent movie.

Who’s your superhero?
Agnès Varda, one of the only female film Directors of the New Wave. I like what she represents for the French cinema, and what she has made smoothly for the feminist cause.

Do you see yourself as feminist?
I am not a feminist as a militant but rather in the way that equality is so rooted in me that I do not really think about people’s gender when I think of them. A majority of women work in my company, but this was never thought-out and I don’t make a political statement of it, they were just the best persons, the right moment.

If you could live in any other decade, which one would it be?
In the Wild West of the 19 th Century. 

What would you say to your younger self?
Stand up for yourself. Trust your voice. And don’t listen to anyone else. Follow your own path.

What is your mantra? Favorite quote?
Less is more.

One makeup product that you couldn’t live without?
A beautiful red lipstick which galvanizes when you are a little bit down.

Indians or cowboys?
I love the culture, the history and the myths surrounding both. Indians and cowgirls you mean?!

AVAILABLE NOW ONLY AND EXCLUSIVE AT MANOR IN SWITZERLAND.

HIGHLIGHTER: CHF 14.90
BROW MASCARA: CHF 16.90
LIP GLOSS: CHF 15.90
LIP STICK : CHF 21.90

TO SHOP ISABEL MARANT PRÊT-À-PORTER AND ACCESSORIES, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of L’Oréal Paris and © Sandra Bauknecht

Beauty Crush October 2018

I cannot believe that it is already October. Time just flies… we were so blessed this year with beautiful weather that I can hardly imagine that we will soon be freezing.

What I love about fall the most is that I enjoy being at home and making myself cozy. I love to spray my house with a yummy room scent that welcomes me every day with summer memories.

LALIQUE Voyage de Parfumeur
Vanille Room Spray

A delicate, delicious aroma of the sweetest of orchids: vanilla – pairing it with a sandalwood heart and a musky amber base for a delectable, enveloping and mouth-watering effect.
CHF 65.00 (100ml)


There are also three new scents on the market that you shouldn’t miss: Yuzu, Figuier and Santal.

In my beauty closet, fall starts when I exchange my fragrances for more opulent ones. One scent I have been loving since many years is:

MUSK RAVAGEUR by Maurice Roucel
Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle

This beautiful oriental rich scent has a intense, warm base of vanilla, amber and musk with top notes of bergamot, tangerine and cinnamon. Complex and lasting, it’s perfect for anyone who loves sensual and powerful fragrances.

TO SHOP MUSK RAVAGEUR ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

Moreover, there are two new fragrances on the market that caught my attention. If you get a chance, I recommend trying them – they are both really beautiful. There’s no reason buying a gift shouldn’t be a treat for you, too:-)!
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BVLGARI GOLDEA
The Roman Night Absolute

Created by  Alberto Morillas, this scent is a hypnotic modern elixir, a chypre musk with exhilarating power. Orange blossom and black plum provide a stunningly unexpected opening. The majestic floral heart electrifies you with an addictive absolute encapsulation of sensuality. Mysterious and magnetic, blended with black musk, the chypre accord stirs under bewitching patchouli and crystal moss while exuding the scent of infinity.
Eau de Parfum Sensuelle
CHF 78.00 (30ml), CHF 117.00 (50ml) and CHF 140.00 (75ml)

DOLCE & GABBANA
The Only One

A new fragrance that captures the essence of sophisticated and hypnotizing femininity. The Only One’s signature lies in the surprising combination of violet and coffee giving life to an enchanting floral scent. The fragrance is an interesting play of opposites; it is from this fusion of the unexpected that it draws its appeal. The violet opens the fragrance, combining with subtle touches of bergamot to create a lively, surprizing and juicy bouquet. At the heart, seductive notes of rich coffee are blended with charming iris. Finally, the warm base of vanilla and patchouli lends a tactile, comforting quality, enveloping the senses in an opulent embrace.
Eau de Parfum
CHF 86.00 (30ml), CHF 114.00 (50ml) and CHF 159.00 (100ml)

When the fall season starts, I tend to wear darker lip colors – preferably in red. A new generation of care lipsticks with an ultra-silky texture that envelop the lips with a fine, smoothing, contouring and hydrating film. Perfect for the cold season.

SISLEY
Le Photo Rouge

The intensity of a lipstick combined with a balm-like sensation in an exceptional skin care formula and a stunning packaging that makes it a real beauty accessory. Thanks to the «Hydrobooster Complex» composed of microspheres of hyaluronic acid and konjac glucomannans, lips are immediately plumped up, voluptuous and smoothed.
CHF 53.00 each

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LoL, Sandra

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