No More Bad Skin Days

You all know LANCÔME‘s powerful youth activating serum ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE that reveals youthful radiance and smoother skin in just 7 days. This September marks the launch of ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SENSITIVE, a new two-in-one potent serum that not only boots your glow but also calms your skin.

This innovative formula features Génifique’s patented complex with added anti-oxidative biotechnology-derived ingredients, such as ferula acid and Vitamin E. Recommend as a cure for four weeks whenever you have those bad skin moments.

Left: The freshly mixed bottle – Right: The bottle after the ingredients have mixed

The key factor is that you mix the bottle yourself by one click. The blue colored ferula acid oxides to achieve the maximal effect. Important is that you finish the bottle in one month due to its freshness. After the activation, you change the top to the self-loading dropper that delivers the ideal dosage to bring back the light into your skin. ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SENSITIVE is used at night, in the morning ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE is recommended. This beauty routine works for every age, every skin type as well as multiple ethnicities.

ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SENSITIVE
Available from September 2017 for CHF 99.00 (20ml)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Lancôme and © Sandra Bauknecht

Olympia’s Wonderland

Last Friday afternoon, I was at the Lancôme press conference to learn more about the most beautiful upcoming collaboration hitting the shelves end of August 2017. Parisian fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan is joining forces with Lancôme to create a makeup collection that is full of vintage glam and sexiness.

STAR PRODUCT
Olympia’s Wonderland Palette – CHF 109.00

TEINT
Cushion Highlighter – CHF 62.00

EYES
Monsieur Big – CHF 35.00
Artliner – CHF 47.00
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LIPS
Matte Shaker – CHF 30.00
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NAILS
Le Vernis – CHF 32.00
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Top Coat Amour (see below)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Lancôme and © Sandra Bauknecht

Monsieur Big

At the moment, I really like to put the emphasize on my eyes when it comes to make-up with voluminous lashes and a bold eyeliner. As if Lancôme read my mind, their newest product launch Monsieur Big is catering to this demand.

A new mascara with a best kept secret! It is the equation of a big, soft brush and an ultra black, volumizing and long wearing formula that makes it different. Get ready to meet your match, and forget all the others!

What it is:
This BIG volume mascara delivers instant heart-stopping volume with up to 24 hour wear that lasts all night, and even the morning after, for your biggest, blackest, boldest lashes yet.

What it does:
You’ll know Monsieur Big Mascara is the one at first stroke. The BIG brush and ultra-creamy formula glides like silk onto lashes to deliver up to 12x more volume* with up to 24 hour wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging. Perfect for your BIG evening out AND even the morning after.

BEFORE…

…AFTER – 12x more volume than bare lashes.

What else you need to know:
Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. Apply one coat and you will see why Monsieur Big is the one. Keep applying and you’ll forget all the others.

Monsieur Big is accompanied by a marker for the perfect line and a brow stick that is available in different shades.

Mascara CHF 35.00
Marker CHF 35.00
Brow CHF 34.00
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In stores now! I am sure that you have found THE ONE!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Lancôme
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Best Sun Products: Lancôme Soleil Bronzer

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Protecting your skin from the sun is essential but finding the right products can be tough. I like to use the highest protection possible, but don’t want to have a white veil all over my body.
Last time, I was in the Caribbean I took four products from the LANCÔME SOLEIL BRONZER line with me and they have all absolutely convinced me! They truly help you to achieve a beautiful and healthy tan.

Here is a brief summary of each of them:

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SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Milk-Mist
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 30 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Body – CHF 54.00
All Skin Types (even sensitive) with Argan, Monoï and Musk Rose Oils

Immediately thanks to the performance of its lightweight melting and delicately perfumed formula, skin is enveloped with a protective film. Water-resistant. The precious oil trilogy prevents skin from premature aging.

SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing and Refreshing Protective Cream
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 50 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Face – CHF 47.00
(Available as Sun BB Cream which is lightly tinted – I love!)

Lightweight, non-sticky water-resistant formula boasting a dry-touch finish. The skin is optimally nourished, smoothed and protected.

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SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Mist
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 50 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Body – CHF 53.00
All Skin Types (even sensitive)

It is the best SPF 50 sun protection I have ever used! Its water-resistant formula can be applied so easily due to its ultra-fine mist, leaving the skin smoothed, refreshed and instantly protected. After its application, your skin already reveals a mysterious radiant glow, an exceptional light.

LoL, Sandra

SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Mist

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Decadence

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All that sparkles, golden hues have never been bigger in fashion, and where fashion goes, so does beauty. No doubt, gold is the most festive shade. This holiday season, decadence is the key word. More is more is the motto. Here are my personal favorites:

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Marc Jacobs has dedicated its newest oriental floral fragrance DECADENCE to opulence and glamour. The bottle design is reminiscent of an emerald green handbag with a python pattern, a gold chain and a black tassel. Definitely the most stylish one on the market!

Top notesItalian plum, saffron and iris.
Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, jasmine and orris root.
Base notes: Liquid Amber, vetiver and papyrus wood.

Decadence by Marc Jacobs
Eau de Parfum 30ml (CHF 106.00), 50ml (CHF 153.00), 100ml (CHF 207.00)
Body Lotion 150ml (CHF 76.00) and Shower Gel 150ml (CHF 72.00)

«The poop was beaten gold,
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that.
The winds were lovesick with them.»

William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

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The new fragrance from Bvlgari, GOLDEA is an invitation to an exceptional olfactory journey. The name means «Gold Godess» (eng. gold & lat. dea). The oriental floral composition is a sumptuous hymn to the musks which have always been characteristic of Bvlgari’s style in fragrances.

Top notesCrystal musk, orange blossom, raspberry and bergamot.
Middle notes: Golden musk, ylang-ylang and jasmine.
Base notes: Ambery musk, patchouli and Egyptian papyrus.

Goldea by Bvlgari
Eau de Parfum 25ml (CHF 66.00), 50ml (CHF 137.00), 90ml (CHF 189.00)
Body Oil 100ml (CHF 101.00), Body Lotion 200ml (CHF 68.00) and Shower Gel 200ml (CHF 60.00)

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For the most radiant facial glow – a formula inspired by pure gold. Guerlain L’OR banishes imperfections, revives the skin by erasing its irregularities, and cloak it in a luminous veil. This ultra-moisturizing primer melts into the skin, offers freshness and prepares it for your perfect make-up with the help of pure gold. For me a daily must-have product! I can also recommend the fluid and the compact foundation of this line.

 L’Or Make-up Base 30ml (CHF 90.00), Fluid Foundation (CHF 110.00) and Compact Foundation (CHF 113.00)

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Happy Holidays with Lancôme. For a truly festive eye makeup, those dazzling eye shadows provide an intense and sophisticated color with jewel-like sparkles. Easy to apply, just dab them in with your fingertips.

Lancôme Hypnôse Dazzling in 420 Givre Doré, CHF 48.00

Golden Top Coat Lancome

To upgrade your manicure, I recommend this glittering top coat. Can be worn alone or over every shade you wish.

Lancôme Vernis in Love Golden Top Coat, CHF 28.00

PerfectBlacks

A pioneer of the beauty industry, Helena Rubinstein created the first revolutionary mascara in a tube. This fall, a new mascara launches, providing volume, definition and softness, encased in a distinctive gold packaging.

Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Perfect Blacks, CHF 47.00

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I am wishing you a wonderful festive season with lots of sparkles and golden bubbles. Here is my holiday favorite – enjoy a glass of champagne with some raspberries to create an explosion of flavors.

This post is also available in German and French on the Marionnaud blog.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

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My favorite hotel in Paris? Clearly the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Its excellent service, great location and beautiful rooms provide everything you can wish for. Here you see me outside the hotel leaving for Lancôme’s Wôw-Party.

My look: Stretch-silk and lace gownicon by Alessandra Richcutout leather platform pumps and Sac De Jour Nano leather shoulder bagicon, both by Saint Laurentnecklace, cuff and earrings, all by Chanel, Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos : © Sandra Bauknecht

Lancôme Celebrates 80 Years in Paris

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During Paris Haute Couture fashion week, a superlative event took place at the Casino de Paris – the ‘WÔWparty, nicknamed after Lancôme’s signature letter – to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the brand, founded by entrepreneur Armand Petitjean in 1935.

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Celebrating the House’s continually unique take on French beauty, guests enjoyed a surrealistic photocall where they were invited to strike a pose amongst giant cut outs of the brands iconic products and symbols, to the poetic fresh rose arch that served as an entrance to the theatre and a playful exhibition of carefully conserved objects from its patrimony: everything stated loud and clearly that “La vie est belle en Lancôme”, life is beautiful with Lancôme.

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Celebrating 80 years of Lancôme is also celebrating femininity the Lancôme way. This could not have been achieved without the women who today embody the brand: Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Lupita Nyong’o, Lily Collins, Alma Jodorowsky and Daria Werbowy were all on stage together for the first time ever, to wish a happy anniversary to Lancôme. Isabella Rossellini, who graced the brand with her charm and beauty for so many years, was the master of ceremony.

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Among the highlights of the party, which gathered more the 1200 guests from the beauty, fashion, film and art world, was ultimate showgirl Kylie Minogue’s private concert of some of her most danced to songs, followed by French DJ Kiddy Smile who played late into the night.

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The party is only one of the highlights of a celebration that started last January with the release of ‘Editions du Regard’ a book celebrating the brand’s heritage. This was followed by the launch of the first web only limited edition Lancôme products – three shades of the legendary L’Absolu Rouge, and a participative digital platform designed as a tribute to Lancôme’s customers “You are Lancôme”. Five participants who entered this creative ‘selfie’ contest won a ticket to the WÔW party.

The celebration will reach its climax in December with the launch of two extremely limited editions: the re-edition of Les Jumelés, a jewel lipstick case form Lancôme’s patrimony, and a very special version of the new La Vie est Belle l’Extrait created with France’s oldest high jeweller, Mellerio dit Mellers. Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Stéphane Fougère for Lancôme, © Sandra Bauknecht

Beauty Wish List Worthy for Spring 2015

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For S/S 2015, soft and pastel, long tutu tulle skirts and dresses were gracing the runways, reminiscent of the lightness of a ballerina (in the collage above from left to right: Valentino – Giorgio Armani – Vionnet). They same trend can be seen for makeup. Creating the perfect no makeup look, mastering a healthy complexion, a radiant glow by applying subtle pink blush on the cheeks, nude eye colors that can get a colorful upgrade and lips that look as if they just had been kissed are the ultimate hype this spring. Here are the products that are wish list worthy:

FACE

Rodial Contouring Powder 03

Instaglam™ Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder 03 by Rodial
The beauty brand of the celebs is launching an amazing makeup line this spring. This face sculptor and definer can be best applied with a contour blush along cheekbones and jawline to sculpt and define the areas of the face.
CHF 72.00 (Available exclusively at Marionnaud from April 2015)

Guerlain Eclat Angélique

Météorites Perles de Blush – Eclat Angélique by Guerlain
An angelic complexion in a swish of brush, this small technological wonder infuses cheeks with soft, evanescent pink. A magical hybrid blush that recreates the glow of a complexion bathed in springtime freshness.
CHF 70.00 (Limited Edition)

Chanel Camelia Blush Jardin de Chanel

Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rose by Chanel
The exclusive creation of the Spring 2015 Collection Rêverie Parisienne, is the most romantic blush that can be easily slipped into your bag. This beautiful duo of pinks smells divine and recalls the delicate grace and purity of the favorite flower of Mademoiselle Chanel. 
CHF 63.00 (Limited Edition)

EYES

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My favorite eye palette for the day this spring. The perfect mix & match for your eyes, it reveals a little secret of aquatic hues hidden under an extra lid in this treasure box. Create versatile looks from the most sophisticated to the cutest.
CHF 79.00 (Limited Edition)

YSL Couture Palette Collector Ombres de Jour

Couture Palette Collector Ombre de Jour by Yves Saint Laurent
The name itself declares this palette to be used for the day but personally speaking it is perfect for a smokey eye look for a night out. A rare and precious object, this exclusive palette combines luminosity and darkness. Dressed in a glittering sequined pink all-over, the iconic gold case is belted with black satin.
CHF 100.00 (Limited Edition)

LIPS

Clarins Lip Balm Perfector

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I am convinced that you will love those new lip balm perfecters by Clarins as much as I do. Great for every day, part makeup, part skin care, it melts onto the lips to veil them with subtle luminous color. 
CHF 30.00 (Available in 6 colors)

Phyto-Lip Twist 3 new Shades

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This spring, Sisley offers three new shades of its famous
tinted balm, which is colored like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss. Ladies, let’s twist again! Easy to apply, it stays on for hours! If you haven’t tried it yet, you will have to now!
CHF 45.00 each

Veiled Rouge Shiseido in Sloe

Veiled Rouge Sloe RS 308 by Shiseido
Mellow, delicate color and sheen, this lip stick keeps lips moist and shimmering like a veil. You will love it for summer. 
CHF 40.00 (Available in 8 colors, I adore this deep berry hue.)

DIOR-ADDICT-GLOSS

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Part of Dior’s Spring 2015 Kingdom of Colors Collection, this new lipgloss has the perfect shimmering mauve nude with gold sparkles mixed in.
CHF 46.00

NAILS

Nail Colours Spring 2015
Le Vernis Nail Colour 625 Paradiso by Chanel
CHF 35.00 (Limited edition)
Top Coat Eclosion Blossoming 01 by Dior
CHF 38.00 (Limited edition) 
The perfect duo when for together!

This post is available in German and French on the Marionnaud blog. Check it out – there are more interesting products available.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Runway photos: via Style.com and Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

In the Blink of an Eye

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Dear beauty lovers! It is this time of the year when I am looking for the best eye makeup palettes as most beauty brands are launching amazing limited edition products for the holiday season. In winter time, eyes should sparkle and shine in deep hues. I have always been a huge fan of smokey eyes and for this post I tried many palettes to present you my favorites. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it…:-). Here we go!

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My favorite: YSL Palette Collector – Wild Edition – CHF 111.00

This is your little black book! The packaging of this palette is absolutely amazing. Including everything you need for eyes, lips and cheeks, you can carry it like a little clutch. The super chic satin tassel which is inspired by Saint Laurent’s passion for oriental styling gives it the ultimate touch.

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DIOR 5 Coleurs in 046 Golden Reflections – CHF 90.00

Perfect for every day: when golden hues and metallic effects collide, they create a chic look. This palette is a token of femininity and a modern classic you can easily play around with.

Chanel Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2014

CHANEL Les 5 Ombres de Chanel in Oiseaux de Nuit – CHF 80.00

For all night owls: the Chanel holiday eyeshadow palette with the eponymous name features five pretty shades: icy white, pale lavender grey, deep purple grey, black and antique gold. The texture is amazing and easy to apply.

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LANCÔME Hynôse Palette Drama Eyes in Parisian Lights – CHF 79.00

Get ready for the party season with this limited edition Hypnôse eye palette from Lancôme. Play with dark, smoky shades and golden tones to create your dramatic look for the holidays, a spectacular eye made easy. The advantage of this palette is that you can use it wet and dry.

Guerlain in 10 Cygne Noir

GUERLAIN Écrin 2 Couleurs in 10 Cygne Noir – CHF 62.00

For a magical mysterious eyes. Glistening black and copper-colored plum combine for a sophisticated finish. The perfect companion for the handbag because of its size.

Happy Self-Decorating!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, Adriana Tripa and © Sandra Bauknecht

Get the Perfect Tan

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Finally, summer has arrived in Switzerland and I couldn’t be any happier about it. I spent the last sunny days like probably most of you outside and really got impatient to get a nice tan. Here is a post dedicated to my favorite beauty musts for the sun. Whether you want to look slightly sun-kissed or savagely tanned, these bronzers and spray tanning products will deliver.

Especially on your first day at the beach (like me above in Maui – Happy 4th of July to my American readers by the way!!!), you don’t want to look too pale, so you better start getting organized now…

Sun Products 2014

ALL YEAR AROUND
LANCÔME Flash Bronzer Self-Tanner Gel gives you the perfect glow in a record application.
CHF 45.00 (50ml)
GUERLAIN Terracotta Sunless Tinted Self-Tanning Gel smells well and gives you a golden skin tone in a second.
CHF 72.00 (150ml)
GUERLAIN Terracotta Sun Celebration La Lacque Couleur in 602 Tonka Impériale. This limited edition nail polish has the perfect shade to match your summer tan.
CHF 37.00

BEFORE TANNING – SUN PROTECTION
BIOTHERM Brume Solair Dry Touch SPF 30. I love this ultra-sheer, oil-free and waterproof sun protection spray for the body that leaves a dry and matte touch.
CHF 39.00 (200ml)
SISLEY SUNLEŸA G.E. Age Minimizing Sun Care SPF 30 is the “Rolls-Royce” among the sun protection products and I love using it specially for my face. It is waterproof, protects and also minimizes the signs of aging.
CHF 245.00 (50ml)

AFTER SUN CARE
GUERAIN Terracotta After Sun Cream prolongs your tan and restores comfort to the skin after a day in the sun.
CHF 72.00
SISLEY SUNLEŸA Age Minimizing After-Sun Care is the best product to minimize aging due to sun exposure. It hydrates and cools your face. I like to use it as a mask.
CHF 207.00 (50ml)

This post is available in German and French on the Marionnaud blog.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht