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

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

Look, No Make-up

Are you one of my beauty-obsessed readers who’s quick to notice even the most minor cosmetic tweak? Then this post is for you. Today, I would like to share my time-tested recommendation for the perfect concealer, foundation and powder trio.

One lovely morning in Zurich‘s Park Hyatt Hotel, I had the pleasure to try the three products by one of my favorite brands LA MER. All enriched with the brand’s coveted, ultra hydrating Miracle Broth™, the nourishing formulas blend seamlessly into the skin to conceal pores and even out texture. Forget the drying, cake-y powders of your makeup bag’s past, this is the answer to nailing the flawless complexion of everyone’s dreams. It is make-up that looks like no make-up.

Dream trio: Concealericon, Soft Fluid Long Wear FoundationiconPowder and don’t forget to use the right iconPowder Brush.

New to the family: Sheer Pressed Powder (to the left) is the ideal compact companion to create a healthy matte finish – wherever you go.

In the beautiful ambiance of one of the suites at Park Hyatt Zurich, we were able to explore the products and enjoy some yummy food. What a great idea to serve desert in your used cream pots (see photo below) … ladies, keep collecting!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of La Mer and © Sandra Bauknecht

La Mer World Oceans Day

June 8th marks World Oceans Day which is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s overall theme is «Our Oceans, Our Future», with the focus on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier sea life.

Shades of blue: GG Marmont matelassé mini bag by Gucci and the limited edition Crème de la Mer Blue Heart.

iconTo commemorate World Oceans Day, La Mer has created as in previous years a special collector’s edition of its much coveted miracle cream «Crème de la Mer Blue Heart» which will be available from now for CHF 490.00 (100ml). The ultra-luxury skincare brand has long been a committed guardian in assisting with the protection of sea habitats. Inspired by its healing power and the natural regenerating properties of plants, the Crème de La Mer creator and aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber looked to the sea to transform the look of his skin.


The La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund launches with a focus on protecting ocean habitats by expanding Marine Protected Areas and empowering ongoing ocean conservation projects around the globe.

This year, La Mer is taking its mission a step further through a New York City-based art walk and auction in collaboration with ocean conservation organization Project 0 and the storied auction house Sotheby’s.

Here is a glimpse of the extraordinary sea-inspired sculptures on display in New York City through the end of June.


Partnering with La Mer, Project 0 brought together some of the world’s most influential artists, designers and culture-makers to create their own wave-inspired, charitable works of art.

On display in New York City during the months around World Oceans Day, the artworks will be auctioned off with all net proceeds going to ocean protection efforts. The online auction will be live until June 23rd, 2017. Sotheby’s will auction off select wave sculptures in an exclusive, live charity event on June 21st in NYC.


LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of La Mer and © Sandra Bauknecht
#LaMerBlueHeart – #LaMerWaveWalk

La Mer – The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum


Today I would like to introduce to you La Mer‘s newest launch: The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum for continuous hydration and energy. I am loving it!

This deeply replenishing serum awakens vitality one drop at a time, flooding skin with sea-sourced actives and the healing energies of the brand’s famous Miracle Broth™ Tiny micro-droplets of the Deep Hydration Ferment – with an interactive blend of green, brown and red algae – are designed to penetrate rapidly, revitalizing deep within skin’s surface. With 8x the immediate effects of a humidifier, this refreshing serum creates a haven of all-day hydration.


Lime Tea Concentrate – a powerful antioxidant – protects against the elements, allowing skin to thrive, cells plump and lines are visibly softened as natural repair is energized. My skin has become visibly radiant, youthful and full of vibrant life, just after a few days using it.


To use: Apply onto fingertips and gently sweep over face and neck morning and evening. For optimal results, follow with the La Mer moisturizer.

Available in Switzerland from January 9, 2017 for CHF 260.00 (30ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of La Mer

La Mer Celebrates World Oceans Day

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Since 1992 when it had been first inaugurated, World Oceans Day has been unofficially celebrated every June 8th until its official recognition by the United Nations in 2009. It is an annual observation to honour the world’s oceans, celebrate the products they provide such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value.

To cherish the sea world, LA MER has launched BLUE HEART in 2014 with the commitment to support the protection of ocean habitats for generations to come and to raise awareness of the importance of healthy oceans worldwide.La-Mer-Blue-Heart-packshot

To commemorate World Oceans Day and LA MERicon’s BLUE HEART foundation, a 100ml jar of Crème de la Mer with a limited-edition design will be available from now for CHF 490.00.

LaMerBlueHeartAlways a magic moment for me: When you spot the sea of your holiday destination from the plane and you know you are going to jump in the crystal clear water within a few hours.

The brand also invites you to become an editor-at-sea and to share your story with the hashtag  #LaMerBlueHeart. Have fun!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of La Mer and © Sandra Bauknecht

La Mer New Serum Essence

LM Genaissance - The Serum Essence Romance

«Transforms age into agelessness.»

Great news for all LA MER fans, meet the brand’s newest innovation: the Serum Essence, the groundbreaking first treatment within the new Genaissance de la Mer Collection, is born of the extraordinarily pure Crystal Miracle Broth™, which accelerates skin’s natural renewal process.

This age-transcending serum essence was inspired when a scientist at the Max Huber Research Labs discovered crystals forming in a beaker of Miracle Broth™. Extraordinarily pure, the Crystal Miracle Broth™ is slow-crafted in extremely small batches to reach its ultimate potency.
Lines and wrinkles appear diminished, skin’s texture visibly smoothed, natural collagen and elastin are enhanced, pores are refined and skin’s barrier is strengthened. Over time rejuvenation becomes reality, as skin appears visibly reborn.

Available end of December 2015 for CHF 635.00.


LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of La Mer

My Look: Greetings from Barcelona

Greetings from Barcelona-Sandra Bauknecht

Greetings from Barcelona where I went this week with La Mer for the launch of their new eye care product that I will soon tell you more about. I stayed at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, which is located in the center on the shopping mile Passeig de Gràcia. Outside of the hotel before we left for the press conference, those photos were taken. The weather was sunny and extremely warm for the end of October which made this trip even more amazing.

My look: Lace appliqué wool coatfloral quilted top, floral print trousers, floral keys printed scarfcrystal-embellished key earringsAgata ayers-trimmed appliquéd felted-twill clutch iconand embellished slippers, all by Dolce & Gabbana. Limelight Gala watch by Piaget, diamond ring and bracelet, both by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht in Dolce & Gabbana FW2014-11

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Bag Dolce & Gabbana FW2014-2

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Sandra Bauknecht in Dolce & Gabbana F:W2014-2

Dolce & Gabbana Shoe FW2014 Close

Barcelona 1

Dolce & Gabbana Pants and Bag FW2014

Sandra Bauknecht in grey Lace Coat FW2014 Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana FW2014 Details

Sandra Bauknecht in Dolce & Gabbana Top FW2014

Earrings Dolce & Gabbana F:W 2014

Closeup Top Scarf Dolce & Gabbana FW2014

Bag F:W 2014 Dolce & Gabbana

Sandra Bauknecht in bordeauf.Dolce & Gabbana FW2014

Barcelona 3

Dolce & gabbana FW2014 Lace Coat

Sandra Bauknecht in FW2014 Dolce & gabbana in Barcelona

Barcelona 2

Sandra Bauknecht with Diamond Ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery

Dolce & Gabbana shoes FW2014

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

New La Mer Lifting Contour Serum


The power to wow! LA MER always excites me and I was eager to find out more about its new LIFTING CONTOUR SERUM.

This high-performance sculpting serum for face and neck gives skin a tighter feeling from the first touch, and visibly defines and reshapes contours, dramatically transforming and redefining skin’s appearance. You can see a difference just applying it to the back of your hand. Drawing inspiration from shape shifting materials, it helps to resculpt the face’s three-dimensional look and improve contours from the inside out. Active ferments immerse skin in the healing effects of the sea, of course with the power of the brand’s famous cell-renewing Miracle Broth™, while stimulating natural collagen and elastin to enhance skin’s density, dimension and definition. With a unique texture for an instant tightening feel, this refreshing gel-serum awakens youthful definition.

In as little as four weeks, the contours of the jawline look more lifted, and skin appears firmer, more defined, revitalized and healthy. Available now for CHF 390.00 (30ml).
I am already a huge fan!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of La Mer

Gabriele Frantzen: New York City

Gabriele Frantzen NYC


The charming German fashion jeweler shares her time between Munich and New York City, a place that inspires her a lot for amazing creations that were seen at this year’s Oscars. Below you will find her tips for the Big Apple’s best places to visit.

Your favourite city? NEW YORK CITY

Your favourite restaurant? LA ESQUINA, 114 Kenmare Street New York, NY 10012, USA, +1 (646) 613-7100
Market fresh authentic Mexican food in 3 distinct spaces at one location.

Your favourite sightseeing spot? The EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118, USA, +1 (212) 736-3100
At 8am when the city wakes up.

Your favourite district? ELIZABETH STREET / NoLIta
New York City’s North of Little Italy, or NoLIta, is a must visit. Elizabeth Street is packed with upscale & trendy shops.

Your favourite place for breakfast? CAFÉ GITANES, 242 Mott Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 (212) 334-9552

Your favourite walk? Starting in SOHO at WEST BROADWAY over to BLEECKER STREET to PASTIS in the MEATPACKING DISTRICT.
Pastis, 9 Ninth Avenue,  New York, NY 10014, USA, +1 (212) 929-4844
I love the street musicians, the small cafés and all the extraordinary fashion stores.

Your favourite hotel? MERCER KITCHEN, 99 Prince Street,  New York, NY 10012, USA, +1 (212) 966-5454

Your favourite beach? SHELTER ISLAND

Your favourite season in NYC? WINTER
I love the blizzards, when the snow is blowing through the urban canyons. I love to walk through Central Park when all flags are hanging crosswise. The lights are phenomenal then and the windows have beautiful ice crystals.

Your favourite cultural spot? FIT MUSEUM, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street,  New York City, +1 (212) 217-4558
I love fashion and photography exhibitions.

Your favourite store? SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
They sell a large selection of my jewelry pieces.

Your favourite beauty spa? The SPA AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL, 80 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10023, USA, +1 (212) 805-8880
Book an apointment with the „beauty fairy“ Fini. She is amazing.

Your favourite treatment? 80 minutes MANDARIN ORIENTAL SPECIAL FACIAL TREATMENT
They use the Somme Insitute products which I adore . The American NYC-based label is dedicated to the science of skin perfection and uses Molecular Dispersion Technology which is the most significant advancement in skin care, a non-prescription synthesis of five highly-engineered vitamin compounds, designed to treat specific areas within the skin.

Your travel in style tip? I love to wear STRETCH JEANS by Closed, ANKLE BOOTS that are easy to take off or New Balance shoes (Store: 150 5th Avenue New York, NY 10010, USA +1 (212) 727-2520), such as my custom-made sneakers that say I LOVE NY.
I never fly without a CASHMERE SCARF to keep me warm, LA MER EYE CONCENTRATE, an eye cover and ear plugs. Moreover, I always pack two of my NECKLACES to change my look.

Your favourite book to read on a flight? ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoi

Thank you, Gabriele, for sharing your insider scoop on New York City with us!

LoL, Sandra

New: La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream


La Mer aficionados who are looking for a lighter version than the classic formula’s thicker consistency, will be very pleased about the brand’s fifth moisturizer to be launched this fall.

The new Moisturizing Soft Cream delivers the same radiance and renewal that made the original Creme de la Mer a legend in a supple new texture. Infused with the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, and Lime Tea Extract™, it penetrates deeply to replenish moisture and strengthen skin with the help of a new phospholipid technology. Renewed and energized, skin looks youthfully radiant.

Pat a small amount between fingertips and press gently into skin.

Available from September 2012.
30ml (CHF 195.-) and 60ml  (CHF 350.-)

LoL, Sandra

La Mer Soft CreamPhotos: Courtesy of La Mer