Tom Ford Beauty – Soleil Summer 2018

One make-up collection for summer always gets me extremely excited and has never disappointed me. This year is no different: Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Summer 2018 has launched with the most beautiful fresh colors for eyes, lips and cheeks.

There is a new double-ended product called Shade and Illuminate Glow Stick (CHF 68.00) in Sunstruck with a shimmering gold and bold apricot cream. The colors are creamy and quite pigmented but blend beautifully on the skin, for the perfect glow on your face. You can swipe them without disrupting your foundation.

The famous Soleil Contouring Compact (CHF 100.00) comes in a new colors. The palette Nude Glow offers three shades, a soft powdery gold champagne, soft peach and pale pink glow. Most beautiful when layered together.

For the lip colors, there are really some beautiful new shades. I’m very happy with the Lip Color Sheer (CHF 62.00) in Bambou. It is a warm brownish shade that looks great in the sun especially if you don’t wear a lot of make-up at the beach.

For the eyes there is a new Shade and Illuminate Kohl Duo (CHF 51.00) in L’Avventura and Soleil Blanc, great to brighten the inner part of your eyes.

If you like to wear a stronger eye make-up, have a look at the new shade Emerald Isles (gold glitter + emerald cream) of the Cream and Powder Eye Color (CHF 60.00). Easily applied with the fingers, it intensifies any eye color.

There is also the new Eau de Soleil Blanc Eau de Toilette (CHF 132.00 for 50ml and CHF 200.00 for 100ml) which you should not miss. It embodies a refreshing illumination on the original Private Blend Soleil Blanc, bright, crips and drenched with sparkling citrus. The vibrant twist on the floral, amber warmth mirrors the crystalline reflection of the white sun, a sensual gleam of sky on water.

If you are at the counter, have also a look at the new Ultra-Shine Lip Colors (CHF 62.00 each) which are available in 11 new shades, the Soleil Lip Glow in Lumière (CHF 62.00) and the Sheer Cheek Duo in Exotica Flora (CHF 88.00).


LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty

Contest: Beautiful Summer Hair with Wella


Summer is here, days are getting longer, nights are getting shorter, the city is coming to life again and the anticipation of the upcoming summer holidays is rising.
Whether beach or balcony, whether 20°C or 40°C, the right sun care is a must. Protect your hair as you protect your skin. UV rays, ocean breeze, chlorine, and salt, all damage the hair by opening the surface, making it dry, coarse, dull and difficult to manage. That’s why WELLA offers the WELLA SUN care range for before and after sunbathing – for healthy, shiny, and summer-scented hair. And to make sure you are perfectly styled for the nights, there is the INVIGO line, which takes care of your individual scalp and hair needs, infused with caring and refreshing ingredients.


Product set of WELLA SUN, consisting of:
Hair & Skin Hydrator (Provides long-lasting moisture to the hair and skin, leaving a seductive shimmering effect)
Protection Spray (High-performance UV protection for before and during sun exposure.)
Hair & Body Shampoo (Gently helps to remove impurities from sunscreen, salt, and chlorinated water while actively restoring moisture, leaving the hair and body feeling invigorated.)

Product set of Wella INVIGO, consisting of:
Refresh Water Revitalizing Shampoo (Refreshing shampoo with menthol that cools and helps energise the scalp, leaving the hair full of vitality.)
Deep Nourishing Conditioner (Instantly moisturises dry or stressed hair for nourished hair full of vitality.)
Volume Boost (Uplifting care spray with cotton extract that gives lightweight care, shine, fullness and light control.)

Two summer accessories (striped blanket and fruit infused water bottle) that will help you to enjoy a sunbath in style and stay hydrated.

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «WELLA» to . All entries must be received until June 4, 2018. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. By entering this contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these official rules.

Good luck and cheers! By the way, I like to fill my water bottle with fresh lemon and basil leaves… such a refreshing and healthy drink!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Miu Miu’s Limited Edition Straw Basket Bags

MIU MIU’s wiconoven basket bagicon is the perfect summer companion. Classic with a little retro touch, it’s embroidered with the label’s logo, topped with vibrant red, blue and black-striped grosgrain handles, and fitted with a zipped pocket at the canvas-lined interior.

My own limited edition woven basket from Cannes (there was only one, sorry :-)!).

If you want to prove your true jet-setting spirit, look for one of the limited edition versions that MIU MIU has launched in small quantities for some of their shops around the globe. A red tag is attached to the bag that indicates the location where you bought it.

Limited edition woven basket that is still available in MIU MIU’s newly opened St. Tropez boutique.

Those limited editions are available at the following MIU MIU stores around the globe: Madrid, Barcelona, Capri, Porto Cervo, Forte dei Marmi, Cannes, St. Tropez, Miami and Hawaii.

My personal summer essentials: Woven basket bagicon, frayed St. Tropez embroidered straw sunhaticon, and suede platform sandals, all by MIU MIU.

The perfect pieces to breeze effortless style from town to beach and back again.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: first one courtesy of Matchesfashion, all others © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: St. Tropez

Back from the amazing ASW Summer Weekend in St. Tropez, I am filled with many lovely memories that I will soon share with you. For the first evening, I wore this beautiful gown by my friend, Ukrainian-born, London-based designer Natasha Zinko who is one of the most talented designers I know. Her creations are beautiful, architecturally crafted pieces that play with proportions and cuts. Unexpected and different, exactly what I love!

My look: Point d’esprit strapless maxi dressicon by Natasha Zinko, Dioressence heels in dark blue cracked leather by Dior, bracelet by Anselm Reyle for DiorMy Own Code clutch by Valentino, Minimal Baroque sunglassesicon by Prada, silver-plated, Swarovski crystal and faux pearl clip earrings by Miu Miuiconand laser-cut leather waist belt by Alaïa.

LoL, Sandra

With ASW Chairman Patrick Liotard-Vogt.
Photos: © David Biedert Photography

Dior Prestige Firming Sheet Mask

Today’s post is dedicated to an amazing sheet mask I can only recommend. You might look a little awkward for 20 minutes so probably better do the treatment when you are alone as others might get scared that you are heavily burned. But the results are truly outstanding.

DIOR PRESTIGE Exceptional Regenerating Firming Mask delivers the equivalent of one bottle of serum in each application. Its innovative design fits the curves of the face perfectly thanks to its woven texture that is similar to a satin veil. Developed with the Rose de Granville, a robust rose iconic for preserving beauty, simply use twice a week for one month for a more youthful appearance.

Available for CHF 199.00 for 6 sheet masks.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Kiss-Kiss Hooray

Kiss-Kiss Hooray… CLARINS‘ first Water Lip Stain is here! Color that won’t kiss off and fade too quickly. A barely-there feel and customizable lip product for a transfer-proof pout that lasts up to 300 kisses (no joke – that was tested in a clinical study with the help of 22 volunteers).

Applying your Water Lip Stain is easy. The lip-hugging brush applies the perfect amount of color while giving precise results. The more coats, the deeper the intensity. The texture is really interesting. Composed of 77% water, it has the fresh effect of a sorbet and tastes very yummy.

Softening organic raspberry water combined with moisturizing organic aloe vera extract protects lips from dehydration while ensuring suppleness and comfort.

Available in four shades: 01 Rose Water, 02 Orange Water, 03 Red Water and 04 Violet Water.
In stores now for CHF 30.50 each.

Kiss who you like.. without leaving a trace! Goodbye lipstick prints and make-up that stains.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Clarins

My Look: Vintage Viktor & Rolf

Here is my look that I wore to the 10 years Atelier Swarovski dinner last Tuesday. As Viktor & Rolf were present, I decided that it would be nice to wear something from their previous collections. When I last met them in 2015 (click here for the previous interview), they stopped doing ready-to-wear to focus only on couture.

My look: Cropped leather-trimmed wool-gabardine blazer by Saint Laurent, silk crepe de chine blouse and strappy heels in nude, neon yellow and black, both by Miu Miu, yellow and nude printed A-line skirt and mini Bombette bag, both by Viktor & Rolficon, and resin bead necklace iconby Marni. Rose des Vents bracelets in turquoise, orange, green and pink by Dior Joaillerie, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Christian Dancker – and © Sandra Bauknecht

10 Years Atelier Swarovski Dinner

On Tuesday evening, I was invited to a lovely dinner in Zurich‘s new restaurant Ornellaia (absolutely worth the visit, I loved it!) to celebrate 10 years of ATELIER SWAROVSKI. Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, who launched the brand in 2007, has collaborated since then with over 75 of the world’s most exciting contemporary designers of which two had come for the occasion to Switzerland: Dutch designer duo Viktor & Rolf.

Partners in shine: Rolf Snoeren, my humble self, Nadja Swarovski and Viktor Horsting.

Swarovski crystals and fashion are a never-ending love story. Nadja’s grandfather Martin Swarovski worked already closely with designers, such as Christian Dior, whom he helped to embellish the famous «New Look». Many fashion designers have used those famous crystals to embellish their collections.

«Working with crystal is like applying fairy dust to the collections.»
Viktor & Rolf

From the new book «Brilliant: The Story of Atelier Swarovski»:

Left – Maggie Rizer in a look from Viktor & Rolf’s F/W 1999 «Russian Doll» collection, right – a necklace from Viktor & Rolf’s «Velvet Rock» collaboration with Atelier Swarovski in 2014 for which the duo used crystals on the jewelry embedded with velvet flocking.

In 2016 ATELIER SWAROVSKI added a home decor line, in 2017 the first fine jewelry collection first presented at the Oscars. The designs deriving from the versatile collaborations are truly special, adding to ATELIER SWAROVSKI’s success of today.

It was a lovely evening and I had a great time, especially with these two. Isn’t it great when your girlfriends are so beautiful and come in model sizes :-): Nadja Schildknecht and Mimi Mollerus, both wearing ATELIER SWAROVSKI.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Christian Dancker – and © Sandra Bauknecht

Dior Rose des Vents New Summer Editions

Celebrate the arrival of summer time with these new limited edition bracelets by DIOR that will stand out beautifully against sun-kissed skin. Personally speaking, my temptation to stack these pieces in vibrant hues is even stronger in summer: a mish-mash of whisper-thin pieces jangling against each other on a tanned wrist evokes a holiday mood, whatever the temperature outside.

DIOR’s Rose des Vents collection is a prime example: first launched in 2015 (for a previous post, click here please), the house has cleverly come up with a constant supply of new colors and designs – first were the pretty little bracelets with lapis, pink opal, mother-of-pearl and turquoise; later the medallion-like charm was studded entirely with diamonds, rendered in various colours on long sautoir necklaces and covered with onyx.

This summer the eight-pronged star, inspired by an old maritime navigational tool, appears in three limited edition colors, pink, orange and green. I love to flip the bracelets between the plain and embellished surfaces.

On my arm are these Rose des Vents bracelets from top to bottom:
18k white gold, diamond and pink ceramic lacquer (limited summer edition)
18k yellow gold, diamond and green ceramic lacquer (limited summer edition)
–  18k pink gold, diamond and orange ceramic lacquer (limited summer edition)
18k yellow gold, diamond and turquoise (permanent collection)

The perfect way to elevate the fresh summer accessories one step up, is to paint your nails in a vibrant hue that looks particularly flattering against bronzed skin. Part of Christian Louboutin Beauty‘s limited edition «Loubiflash» collection, these mini lacquers come in the matching colors to complement Dior’s summer bracelets.
Turquoise «Dragonflash» – iconOrange «Crosta Meteor» – Pink «Neoprene»

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dior and © Sandra Bauknecht

Pouch Bags Make an Appearance for Day

It seems like every season, the bag shapes on the runway get more inventive and eye-catching. Something that has definitely caught my eye is that one bag shape, that is traditionally used for night, makes this season an appearance during the day: the fancy drawstring pouch bag. Load up your elbow with a mega embellished satin version, as suggested at Attico, and combine it with some jeans and a silk robe for the ultimate chic.

Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly to the store.

LoL, Sandra

Tasseled embellished satin pouch by Atticoicon

Tasseled embellished satin pouch with stars by Atticoicon

Feather-embellished poplin pouch by Attico

iconTasseled sequined tulle pouch by Attico

iconTula velvet shoulder bag by Hunting Season

Maison leather-trimmed metallic jacquard pouch by Clare V.

Maison glittered suede pouch by Clare V.

Tasseled lace and silk-jacquard pouch bag by Etro

Photos: Courtesy of Attico and the Brands