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

Proenza Schouler for MAC Cosmetics

Cover Proenza Schouler MAC

When fashion meets beauty, I always get super excited. Proenza Schouler have joined forces with MAC Cosmetics to launch a limited edition line for release this spring, a collection very much in line with the Proenza Schouler catwalk aesthetic, relevant, refined, just beautiful.

Proenza Schouler MAC

Lets have a closer look at those upcoming beauty musts:

MAC Poenza Schouler Lipsticks 1

Woodrose light pink with beige (lustre)
Pinkfringe vivid flamingo pink (satin)
Mangrove bright clean orange-red (matte)
Primrose sheer berry plum (lustre)


Black Ice rich black
Rich Experience true brown

Dynamo bright peony
High Energy bright orange-red cream

Proenza Schouler Blush Ombre

Sunset Beach cool pink ombre into beige
Ocean City coral orange ombre into beige

Nail Polishes MAC

Dayflower clean plum (cream)
Nocturnelle black as night (cream)
Thimbleweed pale nude (cream)
Bougainvillea bright orange coral (cream)

Brush Proenza Schouler


In Switzerland exclusively available at Globus from March 27, 2014.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Guerlain Météorites Blossom Collection


As you might have already realized looking at the Spring looks of the likes such as Dior, Lancôme or Chanel, this season it is all about soft, pastel and very feminine shades. This post is dedicated to GUERLAIN‘s Météorites Blossom Collection which is probably one of the most beautiful and wearable ones this season. In the French Maison’s press release it says “a spring fable by Guerlain“, so please enjoy this little makeup fairytale that tells you the story of light and freshness with a radiant Natalia Vodianova as the princess of the story.
To the springtime muse in you, enjoy!


Light-Revealing Pearls of Powder

In 1828, Guerlain, the magician of powders, enchanted the beauty world and illuminated the royal and imperial courts with its radiance. A stroke of its brushes revived the complexions of princesses, the Empresses Sissi and Eugénie, and even Queen Victoria, lighting them up with joy. This unique know-how was so precious that it led to a multicolored big bang in 1987: the marvelous Météorites, small and perfectly round pearls whose happy and varied colors give a heavenly glow to the complexion. A powder? No, all powders! Each of these intangible little pastel beads has its own function and helps beautify the skin. Celestial bodies in pink for a healthy glow, pale green to correct redness, delicate mauve to catch the light and highlighting white and gold for a boost of radiance. In one swish of the brush, they work their magic to bathe the skin in light. Oh, and the last and now legendary detail: their delicious violet fragrance has a loyal following. More than 25 years later, like the original creation, these delightful and magical little pearls are delicately shaped by hand. This enchanting craftsmanship is mastered by only four people in the world… So rare! Now more than ever before, the Météorites write a new chapter of their legend: a constellation of colors that revives light and absolute radiance.

Guerlain Spring 2014 Ambiance Météorites

This season, Guerlain launches its iconic Météorites in three different shades that adapt to every skin tone. Available in Clair (pure light for fair skin), Medium (tone-on-tone light for medium skin) and Doré (warm light for golden skin).

Guerlain Les Météorites for Spring 2014

BEAUTY TIP –  How to apply the Météorites

1. SCULPT: use Terracotta powder to define the facial contours and the area below the cheekbones. On each side, trace a 3 starting from the hairline, from the forehead to below the cheekbone, then from the facial contour towards the chin. Blend inwards towards the centre of the face.

2. HIGHLIGHT: with your Météorites harmony, illuminate the curved areas of the face. Trace a G from the centre of the forehead towards the top of the cheekbone, then from the bridge of the nose towards the chin. For a dazzling and more iridescent effect, try the Météorites Travel Touch.

Guerlain Ambiance Blush Spring 2014

Blush – Light Cream – Fizzy Healthy Glow

Enchanting partners of the marvelous Météorites, the new bubble blush adds a tangy touch to the complexion for a springtime glow.

130169-11-Guerlain-bubble blush CherryAvailable in 01 Pink and 02 Cherry.


Hydrating Long-Lasting Lip Colour
171 Attrape-Coeur – 144 Insolence

Intense Colour and Shine, Bare Lip Sensation
900 Star Dust (Limited Edition)

Guerlain-Spring-2014-Meteorites-Blossom-NailsCOLOUR LACQUER
Long-Lasting Colour and Shine
263 À La Parisienne –  463 La Petite Robe Noire – 862 Star Dust (Limited Edition)

GUERLAIN-Les-Tendres-Ecrin-4-Couleurs-Meteorites-Blossom-Collection-2014-1ÉCRIN 4 COLEURS
Long-Lasting Eyeshadows, Captivating Colours
503 Les Tendres (Limited Edition)


Colour Fusion Eyeshadows, Vibrant Effects
09 Two VIP

GUERLAIN-Meteorites-Blossom-BrowEYEBROW KIT
4 Long-Lasting Powders  – Tailor-Made Shades
00 Universel
GUERLAIN-Moka-Mascara-Cils-dEnfer-Meteorites-Blossom-Collection-2014CILS D’ENFER
Volume Creating, Curl Sculpting Mascara
03 Moka

In stores in Switzerland starting January 17, 2014.

LoL, Sandra

Natalia Vodianova Guerlain Spring 2014 Météorites Blossom Collection

Photos: Courtesy of Guerlain