OPI Fall Wonders Collection

Ground yourself in color with the OPI Fall Wonders Collection for Fall 2022. Featuring a down-to-earth palette that harnesses the healing power of nature, this collection of 12 shades in three different formulas channels the calming and colorful hues found in natural wonders around the world.

Earthy mauve, clay and dark brown ground and balance consumers, while warm hues of purple, yellow, rust and red reflect the mineral and ruddy tones found in natural rock formations. Meditative color-scapes in hues of blue, metallic gold, tin and black pearl reflect elements of wellness rituals (think sound vessels, water and stones) and evoke a sense of introspection.

«Nature is imbued with color, and that color has the power to lift your mood and offer balance,» remarks OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. «The energy of the earth is like a balm for our mind and body. With Fall Wonders, consumers can use color as an escape into nature, allowing them to detach from reality and connect with the feelgood world outdoors – from anywhere

«This collection taps into classical elements – water, earth, air, fire,» adds OPI Global Director of Color Collections Jill Bartoshevich. «The idea of using color to ground yourself rests on the intuitive assumption that connecting to the energy of the earth through these elements can soothe, empower or motivate you when needed. Hero shade Midnight Mantra is a dark navy crème that inspires deep serenity and peace. This shade is perfect for day-to-night looks thanks to its timeless style that sets a complementary canvas for other fashion and accessory color trends.»

Fall Wonders Collection shades will be available in GelColor, Infinite Shine and Nail Lacquer formulas, including:


Peace of Mined
An earthy créme mauve that will create a mined shift.
Claydreaming
A neutral brown-purple créme that will make you sedimental.
Medi-take It All In
A balancing purple créme that’s a rich-ual on your nails.
Brown to Earth
Ground yourself in this dark brown créme lacquer.


Ochre the Moon
Lift your mood with this warm créme yellow.
Rust & Relaxation
Take (re)charge with this warm rust créme.
Red-veal Your Truth
A warm red créme that will make you rock steady.
Suzi Takes a Sound Bath
An earth toned blue you’ll feel in your mind, body, and soul.


Midnight Mantra
A dark navy créme that will take you from clay to night.
I Mica Be Dreaming
A shimmery metallic gold lacquer that’s set in stone.
Clean Slate
Get tin your element with this dark metallic gray.
Cave the Way
A black pearl lacquer you’ll cave for.

GelColor provides a professional salon finish with up to three-week wear, while Infinite Shine offers a high- shine finish with gel effect and traditional lacquer application. Nail Lacquer features a highly-pigmented, rich formula for even application without streaking.

The collection will launch in Switzerland on August 22, 2022.
Infinite Shine 15 ml: 24.90 CHF – Nail Lacquer 15 ml: 19.90 CHF

Click here to find out where to get professional OPI nail service.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © OPI #OPISwitzerland
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Louis Vuitton Fleur du Désert

Having explored the olfactory culture of the Middle East since 2018, Les Parfums Louis Vuitton now make a new stopover. Following Ombre Nomade, Les Sables Roses, Nuit de Feu and Pur Oud, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud composes a tribute to three native Middle Eastern flowers that over the centuries have become emblematic of perfumery all over the world: jasmine, a symbol of beauty from the Far East to the Mediterranean; orange blossom, which has been used in the region since Antiquity; and rose, one of the most famous varieties of which originated in Damascus. For the fifth opus in this collection, Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer wanted to capture these natural wonders in their original setting: gathered in a «nectar of flowers,» they blossom at the heart of a rich and resolutely sophisticated oriental composition. More than a perfume: a signature.

The Splendors of the Desert

In the desert, everything is magnified. This theater of extremes has fascinated and inspired stories since the dawn of time. Its immensity invites us to dream even further. Despite its hostile environment, the desert conceals spectacular wonders. Unforgettable emotions…

Amid the expanse of sand, a touch of color catches the travelers’ eye and makes them stop in their tracks. A corolla of petals. The unexpected presence of a plant in a vast, mineral ocean. At once fragile and strong, this flower has braved the omnipotence of the elements to express a beauty that is all the more sumptuous. It is life that springs forth against all odds, foiling the impossible. A miracle, poised at the boundary of reality and magic.

A Nectar of Flowers

From his many visits to the Middle East, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud carries in his memory striking contrasts. Arid dunes skirting the sea. Scorching days succeeded by freezing nights. A sumptuous palace rising from the heart of the desert, an architectural treasure breaking the monotony of sand like a mirage. To compose Fleur du Désert, he immersed himself in the «absolute beauty» of an oasis with lush vegetation, encountered during a morning walk in the Saudi Arabian desert not far from Jeddah. Moved by the power of such life defying the aridity of the landscape – an «eminently optimistic symbol» – Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer captured the image in a colorful signature brimming with contrasts. The delicacy of a bouquet of fresh flowers, exalted by the depth of an oriental trail.

Jasmine, orange blossom, rose: originally from the Middle East, these three flowers became emblems for Western perfumery. «They were brought to Europe by caravan from different regions in the Orient,» explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. «My idea was simply to stage these natural wonders in their original setting.» Directly inspired by the history and origins of perfumery, Fleur du Désert celebrates the essential contribution of the Middle East, the birthplace of this millennia-old art.

The House’s Master Perfumer selected the finest qualities of these flowers that he knows by heart as they are redolent of his native region: Grasse. Two essences obtained by supercritical CO2 extraction faithfully reproduce the scents of the fresh flowers at the center of his composition: Grandiflorum jasmine, tinged with the honeyed accents of orange blossom absolute, emanates its delicately radiant scent, while the Centifolia rose reveals the sublime softness of its petals. This precious bouquet is an ode to the art of perfume, enveloped in an oriental accord with original tonalities of spices and honey.
«I didn’t want an oriental accord in the Western sense of the term, but rather one that truly speaks of the culture and beauty that are unique to that region,» the perfumer explains. Oud Assam, also known as «black gold» — a treasure of Middle Eastern perfumery — expresses its unprecedented olfactory richness through an exceptional essence, distilled for two centuries by a family of producers in Bangladesh who have become the exclusive supplier to Louis Vuitton. Woody, animalic, spicy, amber… its deep scent is rounded by a honeyed note that responds to the suavest facets in the floral bouquet. Touched by a whisper of cinnamon, warm as the desert wind, this opulent trail embraces the skin with the sensuality of Ambrox, then melts into the naturally musky softness of ambrette seed. Enveloped in precious ingredients, this «nectar of flowers» reveals its absolute sophistication as the hours pass…

Louis Vuitton and the Middle East: A Legacy of Signatures

Introduced with Ombre Nomade in 2018, Les Parfums Louis Vuitton‘s tribute to Middle Eastern olfactory culture is not limited to its ingredients, nor to its territories of inspiration. Fragrance after fragrance, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud reaffirms the connection between his personal creative process and Middle Eastern perfumery, which share a singular love for textured, sophisticated fragrances. The son and grandson of perfumers, he observes that «Truly great perfumes have olfactory imprints that are distinctive and instantly memorableIn a word: they are signatures. Guided by this conviction from his earliest creations, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has naturally developed a strong affinity with lovers of Middle Eastern perfumery. Through this collection, he reveres the culture and curiosity that drives them to explore all olfactory families, well beyond the clichés to which Western perfumery sometimes confines them. «What defines a »Middle Eastern» perfume is not a question of notes, in my opinion,» he «It is rather a matter of textures and complexity. Undeniable elegance and presence.»

The Colors of the Desert

With the perfumes in this Middle Eastern-inspired collection, Louis Vuitton offers a palette of vibrant blacks that capture the colors of the desert and the multiple nuances of its mysteries. Crafted in precious glass that appears black at first glance, the House’s iconic perfume bottle reveals a deep, intense cast when touched by light. Fleur du Désert reveals pinkish reflections evoking the sumptuous hue of a freshly bloomed flower. Like the desert surrendering its most beautiful secrets to those who know how to look…

Eau de Parfum Fleur du Désert 100ml, 320€
In-store refill 100ml, 190€

Eau de Parfum Fleur du Désert 200ml, 495€
In-store refill 200ml, 380€

Available at select Louis Vuitton stores and from louisvuitton.com.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton #LVParfums #louisvuitton
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CHANEL Les Beiges Summer Essentials

Finally I am on vacation, ready for some days of digital detox which doesn’t mean I am not keeping you updated. I indulge in those carefree days at the beach in the South of France and brought my new CHANEL LES BEIGES summer essentials that embark this season on an oversized journey.

The extravagance of head- to-toe makeup and the radiance of a naturally luminous complexion, CHANEL is thinking BIG this summer with XXL product formats, multiple uses, and ultra-sensorial textures for the face, body, and hair.

SIMPLE, SWEEPING, GENEROUS makeup application.
For a FRESH, LUMINOUS, and effortlessly NATURAL look.

The OVERSIZE HEALTHY GLOW SUN-KISSED POWDER warms the skin, giving it the radiance of a summer day spent by the sea. It offers the freedom to wear it on the face, but also on the shoulders, décolleté, and even the arms and legs. This exclusive creation features a rounded square shape —emblematic of the LES BEIGES line—and its pearly, lightly creamy powder formula comes in three ideal summertime shades.
The new OVERSIZE KABUKI BRUSH completes the experience, for flawless application to the face and body.

Available in three shades:
Sunshine LightLight satin shade
Sunkiss MediumMedium satin shade
Sunbath DeepDeep matte shade

LES BEIGES MAXI POUDRE BELLE MINE ENSOLEILLÉE CHF 90.-
MAXI PINCEAU KABUKI CHF 60.-

My absolute favorite is the HUILE ILLUMINATRICE, that envelops the body in soft copper and gold shimmer. This large-sized (250 ml) dry oil is designed for generous application to the face as well as the hair. It subtly enhances the shoulders, legs, and décolleté. Apply liberally, to your heart’s desire. Skin that reflects the sun’s rays is a sign that summer is here. The sheer shade comes with subtle copper shimmer.

LES BEIGES HUILE ILLUMINATRICE Flacon 250 ml CHF 96.-

This limited edition mini collection is available now to celebrate summer in grand style.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © CHANEL #lesbeiges #ChanelMakeup #ChanelBeauty
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Kologne – Shield of Protection

Cologne is classic. Kologne, shield of protection by KILIAN PARIS is next generation.
Splash into a Kool summer with an incredible sensory trip across freshness, intensity and time. Perfume is like a shield of protection to Founder Kilian Hennessy, emboldening our unconscious fears with a sense of security and the new Kologne is the ultimate olfactive expression of this belief. He created a scent for feeling protected anywhere, anytime, as an aura of purity and vitality in an instant spritz.

Cologne is named after the German city, where Italian perfumer Giovanni Maria Farina created the citrus, rosemary and alcohol blend Eau de Cologne in 1709; yet its origins go deeper.
Eau de Cologne was inspired by recipes from the Middle Ages, «versatile remedies» called Aquae Mirabile, or mixtures of antiseptic aromatic herbs used to «cleanse» the air. It also referenced L’Eau de la Reine de Hongrie, an herb blend used in the fairytale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to awaken the legendary princess.

Founder Kilian Hennessy had been developing his own cologne for years, sparked by a desire to return to the roots and meaning of this unique genre of perfume. Together with perfumer Calice Becker, his own ‘shield of protection’ has been forged.

A playful garden of delight, Kologne, shield of protection debuts with luminous citrus notes of green mandarin, bitter orange leading into a heart of rosemary, mint and neroli. A sophisticated, woodsy dry-down is built upon cedarwood, cashmeran and a distinctive ‘sap’ accord composed of green vegetal notes.

Kologne, shield of protection’s perfume bottle is vivid blue, colored like the perfect summer night pool party with gun metal hardware accents. The bottle features KILIAN PARIS’s signature style: angular and elegant with art deco design undertones, as well as its iconic motif along the sides: concentric circles inspired by the divine shield crafted for the ancient Greek warrior, Achilles.

An olfactive armor, a source of personal power, and an immediate uplift for the Kraziest KILIAN PARIS summer. The new Kologne Kilian Paris is available now for CHF 240 (50ml). In Switzerland at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Zurich and Globus Geneva.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © KILIAN PARIS
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Acqua di Parma x forte_forte in Forte dei Marmi

Acqua di Parma and forte_forte partner to showcase the forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma Collection in Forte dei Marmi, at the Bocelli family’s Alpemare Beach Club. An all-Italian love story inspired by the partnership between the Maison representing the most sophisticated Italian style and a fashion house offering dreamlike charm, featuring timeless designs that resonate with emotions.

Set in the charming seaside town of Forte dei Marmi, the historic Alpemare Beach Club has hosted artists, poets, and actors from all over Europe since the last century. Today it is owned by the Bocelli family, which has preserved its legendary charm, turning it into a marvellous oasis filled with timeless elegance.


The joyous atmosphere of the Italian Mediterranean, the protagonist of forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma, is conveyed naturally and spontaneously in this sparkling setting. The graceful fluttering of butterflies and dragonflies that characterises the collection adorns beach towels and soft cushions that decorate the beach tents, treating Alpemare guests to a magical experience.

The enchanting and dreamlike motif created by forte_forte for Acqua di Parma appears again in the scented candles strategically placed in the lounge areas, in the garden and in Alpemare’s restaurant. The bright notes of mirto di Panarea waft all around, resulting in an exhilarating sense of awakening and harmony.

The magnificent view of the Apuan Alps, the scents of the Mediterranean pine forest at one of the most picturesque stretches of beach, together with the contemporary works of art that embellish the areas, make Alpemare a veritable treasure trove of beauty and wellbeing. Here, Andrea Bocelli himself, the world- famous Italian tenor and singer, often performs a concert or indulges in a rare moment of relaxation.

«It gives me great pleasure to work with Acqua di Parma again for the third summer. This year’s forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma Collection immediately won us over with its glowing sensation of lightness, harmony and freedom. The dreamy, bright tones of forte_forte’s motifs, the joyful notes of mirto di Panarea: all perfectly complement the atmosphere of the Alpemare Beach Club, designed by us as a genuine oasis of wellbeing where every detail is taken care of. Together with forte_forte and Acqua di Parma, we have succeeded in enhancing the various areas with aesthetic and sensory features that create a unique experience for our guests», emphasised Veronica Berti Bocelli, wife of Andrea Bocelli.

Energy resonates everywhere while the fragrances of Acqua di Parma’s Home Collection featuring Blu Mediterraneo candles and diffusers waft through the air. The beach cabins, which Alpemare has left in their traditional style, are fitted with the Arancia di Capri amenities from the hotel line of Acqua di Parma in special recycled plastic (RPET) produced in Italy from recycled PET plastic bottles. The comfortable bathrooms are complemented with the Arancia di Capri Hand Soap and Hand Cream ranges.

A fragrant dream for an Italian holiday full of emotions. Enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Acqua di Parma
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CHANEL Les Beiges Complexion

This post is not sponsored, however I got the products to try and I am completely in love. The perfect products for summer to achieve a healthy, lightweight glow. Let me give you some detailed information.

LES BEIGES COMPLEXION
THE NATURAL AND EFFORTLESS HEALTHY GLOW
LES BEIGES makeup line has made natural a style in its own right. In a way that no other line does, it recalls Mademoiselle Chanel’s free spirit and breaks with tradition to reveal a fresh, luminous complexion, pure and simple. Makeup is made easy, intuitive. Skin is as radiant as if you had spent a day in the great outdoors. Beauty is universal and effortless.
By means of lightweight, extremely buildable formulas, LES BEIGES has redefined both the texture of face makeup and how we apply it. A promise of authentic elegance. A promise to get back to basics.

RETHINKING FACE MAKEUP
In 2019, WATER-FRESH TINT upended women’s face makeup rituals. For the very first time, a fresh, water-based formula containing micro-droplet pigments was developed. Micro-droplets melt on contact with skin, evening out the complexion with a sheer finish. With this innovation, microfluidic technology has opened up a host of possibilities for cosmetics; it has led to an entirely new generation of face makeup products featuring lightweight formulas, freed of all non-essential ingredients.
The microfluidic technology revolution continues into 2022, with two new products. To supplement LES BEIGES face makeup ritual, CHANEL created two products complete with unique application techniques: WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH, a multi-use concealer that delivers natural- looking results, and WATER-FRESH BLUSH, a «blush 2.0» for rosy cheeks.

WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH A TAILOR-MADE COMPLEXION
This product can be applied like a concealer, for targeted correction as needed, or like a foundation, over the entire face. The joy of a fresh, luminous complexion; a bare-skin effect for natural-looking makeup.
WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH is composed of an aqueous phase, enriched in hydrating and protective naturally derived active ingredients and ultra-lightweight micro-droplet pigments. It diminishes the appearance of imperfections without compromising on comfort. Halfway between a foundation and a concealer, WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH visibly improves the look of skin thanks to a high concentration of pigment. It delivers a supremely weightless fresh feeling to the skin.


To melt the micro-droplets and release their pigment, simply blend the formula on the back of the hand for several seconds before applying. Immediately after application, the skin looks more even and smooth. It is more luminous, and appears refreshed. Visible imperfections such as pores, redness, and dark circles are reduced v visibly. After 8 hours, the skin appears more comfortable and plump. WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH has antioxidant and anti-pollution properties, to enhance the skin as well as protect it.

WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH is available in a range of 8 shades.
B10, B20, B30, B40, B50, B60, B80, BD121.
CHF 78.00

WATER-FRESH BLUSH
CHEEKS AS ROSY AS IF YOU HAD SPENT A DAY IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The micro-droplet pigments in this lightweight gel blush blend seamlessly with the skin for a delicately rosy glow, a flushed cheek look, and immediate comfort. The new blush by CHANEL imparts subtle color to the cheeks without drying out the skin. Its water-based texture delivers a healthy glow effect that lasts all day. After applying WATER- FRESH TINT and WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH, WATER-FRESH BLUSH enhances the look with an instantaneous healthy glow. It is quick and intuitive to apply with either your fingers or a brush. Within seconds, the formula melts into the skin, so pleasant and weightless that you may forget you are wearing makeup at all.
WATER-FRESH BLUSH is enriched with tamarind seed extract, a naturally derived active ingredient that helps regulate the skin’s moisture balance for a healthy glow. The complexion is instantly more radiant and appears immediately refreshed.

THREE INTUITIVE MAKEUP STEPS FOR A NATURAL, FRESH, AND LUMINOUS LOOK
LES BEIGES face makeup ritual now comprises three products that were inspired by microfluidic technology and designed as perfect complements. First, WATER-FRESH TINT sits delicately on the face like a skin tone-evening veil, for a radiant, refreshed appearance. Next, WATER-FRESH COMPLEXION TOUCH provides additional coverage wherever it is needed, creating a flawless complexion without weighing down the skin. The final touch, WATER-FRESH BLUSH, gives cheeks a rosy flush —a guaranteed healthy glow.

WATER-FRESH BLUSH is available in 6 shades, designed to suit every skin tone.
LIGHT PEACH a rosy peach
WARM PINK a beige pink
LIGHT PINK a light, fresh pink
INTENSE CORAL an intense coral red
DEEP APRICOT an intense apricot
DEEP BRONZE a terracotta brown
CHF 62.-

Both products are available now and I can highly recommend them.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma

THE MAGIC OF A MEDITERRANEAN AWAKENING
The Italian fashion brand forte_forte celebrates Mirto di Panarea
forte_forte and Acqua di Parma are teaming up for the first time in an all- Italian love story. The «forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma» moniker is the result of the collaboration between a fashion house with a dreamy allure, focused on creating timeless designs filled with emotions, and a Maison symbolic of the most refined Italian style. The two houses share a passion for craftsmanship and for Made in Italy culture, for the atmospheres of Italian landscapes and for a pure and spontaneous beauty inspiring a revitalising rebirth. They come together to celebrate Mirto di Panarea, one of Acqua di Parma’s most loved fragrances.
More than just another capsule collection, «forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma» evokes the magic of Spring and its rebirth, inspired by the aromas and colours of the fascinating Aeolian island. This kaleidoscope of emotions radiates a new freedom, fluttering on the wings of a butterfly and a dragonfly. An iridescent atmosphere, vibrating with light and energy.

forte_forte aims to eliminate the distance between clothes and the wearer, by placing the focus on feelings and emotions. This joint project between the brother and sister team of Giada and Paolo Forte began in 2002 with a limited collection of hand-finished tee shirts. The fashion house creates special designs in which the Made in Italy is represented by the quality of the garments and a constant research driven by the desire to create pieces that are in complete symbiosis with the wearer’s body. This concept perfectly matches with Acqua di Parma’s core values.

What does a fashion design share with a fragrance?
«In this exciting story, the alliance between a fashion design and a fragrance generates a dynamic choreography that transports us into a dreamlike world, filling our senses with emotions and magic. Together, they create an intimate and special bond with our soul and body, enveloping it in a wonderful embrace.» – Giada Forte

A mythical landscape that lives in the delicate and dreamy design created by forte_forte for the Maison. Butterflies and dragonflies spread their coloured wings, in a fluttering flight that celebrates freedom and rebirth and that is reflected in a kaleidoscope of flowers abloom. The radiant yellow Parma tones alternate with the violet of myrtle berries, the symbol of an island suspended in time, on an aquamarine background with pearlescent reflections. Everything vibrates with life, whilst in the air you can breathe the scents of aromatic herbs that grow spontaneously and free-flowing in the Mediterranean scrub ecosystem.

The heart of the collection is the Mirto di Panarea fragrance in the novel 100ml format. The luxurious aesthetics of forte_forte dialogues with the regenerating notes of the fragrance. The aromatic warmth of myrtle is combined with basil, sparkling citrus accents of lemon and bergamotto di Calabria. In the heart of the fragrance accents of sea breeze meet jasmine and rose. The base notes intensely shine with mastic and juniper combined with cedar and amber.

Joyful and modern, the motif wraps around the cylinder box and the green coloured glass bottle that calls to mind the fragile beauty of ceramics. Made with a bright and special iridescent paper, the packaging, like a forte_forte dress, surprises and makes you dream, creating an intimate and exciting bond with those who opt for this fragrance. The outer cylinder is embellished with a small crochet decoration, its shape recalls a warm and bright sun. The charm scoubidou around the bottle cap in cobalt blue and fluorescent yellow tones and with a precious gold medallion, can be transformed into a bracelet or an anklet, a hair clip or a colourful and joyful keychain.

Apart from the fragrance, «forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma» includes the Discovery Set with the three fragrances Mirto di Panarea, Arancia di Capri and Fico di Amalfi in 12ml vials. The box, entirely covered with forte_forte designs, invites you to discover the authentic essences of the Italian Mediterranean. The Mirto di Panarea scented candle, a unique interior design element, with the glass decorated with the kaleidoscopic motif of flowers and butterflies embossed also on the packaging, will fill the house with the sparkling awakening notes of the Mediterranean nature.

«forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma» also embraces sustainability in line with the programme of the Maison «Acqua di Parma Futura». The outer packaging is made of fine paper approved by FSC, an international certificate for responsible forest management throughout the world.
The fragrance bottle, with a recycled plastic cap, features a separable dispenser to make recycling easier. «forte_forte loves Acqua di Parma» is a fragrant dream that unites two Italian stories in a tale of emotions.

Mirto di Panarea Eau de Toilette 100ml: CHF 153
Candle 200gr: CHF 87
Discovery Set: CHF 75

I am off to Italy today with Brunello Cucinelli… so excited for another love story!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Acqua di Parma
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Tom Ford Beauty S/S 2022

Color – eclectic – lilac – chartreuse – shocking pink – S/S 2022 is a hopeful collection to give you light in your life. Diane Kendal created the matching make-up look, a look you will surely adore. Wearable, sexy and so Tom Ford. She revealed that the show’s beauty inspiration was none other other than Tom Ford himself. Inspired by Tom Ford’s 1996 runway show, the stunning models donned sultry lids, sculpted cheeks, and of course, some sex appeal.

In a wonderful zoom call with Melissa Fernandes, Education Manager EMEAI Tom Ford Beauty, we explored the whole concept behind this beautiful look.It is all about working on your bone structure with the focus on your eyes for a bold dramatic look.

BROWS
Brows are sculpted with the eye brow pencil. Brush upwards with a flat hold. With a straight hold, make short flakes and fill in gentle your brows.
You can give it a nice lift by accentuating the high point. To summarize:
Flat – bold effect
Straight – hairy effect

Brow Perfecting Pencil – 02 Taupe
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EYES
Use the pointy side of your applicator above the grease for the reddish tone, not directly in it. According to Melissa, this will make your eyes look much bigger. This is when your smokey eye effect starts. Under the eye, use half way the yellowish tone.

Then you will apply the brown tone on the eyelid. Very importantly, use the blending brush to blend well between the eyelids and the grease.

Whatever you do – ALWAYS us the blending brush with one or two swipes in between. This will make sure that no hard edges will be visible and that your result will look like from a make-up professional.

The third step for the eyes is to use the yellow tone under the eyebrow and to blend it nicely. Also use this yellow shade in your inner eye corner and for the first part of the lower eye. Then take the spikey edge and tap the sparkling color on top of these areas.

Eye Color Quad – 4 Eye Shadow Compact – Leopard Sun
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Next comes the eyeliner but in a very modern way, no wing, only on the base to give definition. Don’t apply it in one stroke, use short movements for your eyeliner. It will give you a much more defined and natural look.

However, Melissa gave us a great tip for any eyeliner mistake. You can use your eyebrow brush to take it off immediately.

Eye Defining Pen – 01 Deeper
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If you prefer a super definition, you can apply a kohl pencil on the water line.

Emotionproof Liner – 01 Dominateur
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For the final step, use a lot of mascara to give you this sexy and seductive look.

Extreme Mascara – 01 Raven


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BLUSH/CONTOURING
Enhance your bone structure. With the darker color, you can contour face perfectly. With the lighter shade, you can add light and highlight parts of your face. Tap on top of cheekbones and blend it in nicely.

The more color you add, the more intense the outcome will be. It is truly an amazing product. Once I tried it, I immediately have become addicted. It will make your skin look juicy and nourished while providing this contouring and highlighting effect we all love. It is so easy to use and I am absolutely convinced that you will love it too.

Shade & Illuminate – Intensity One (comes in different intensities)

LIPS

As the main focus of this make-up look is on the eyes, lips stay natural and muted.

Lip Color – Matte Equus 100
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SCENT
«Some scents capture an aspect of my life», says Tom Ford.

This applies to OMBRE LEATHER, which is connected to Tom Ford’s childhood (you can read more about the background here). This Eau de Parfum explores ideas of touch and texture in a warm, enveloping aroma. The notes of Black Leather and spicy Patchouli are enlivened with bright Vetiver, Violet and Jasmine. It’s poured in a matte-black bottle with a faux leather plaque, so it’ll look great on your vanity.

Eau de Parfum – Ombré Leather

The collection is in stores now. You can also shop the products by clicking on the highlighted product description.
It is my favorite make-up look at the moment!

LoL, Sandra


iconPhotos: © Sandra Bauknecht and © Tom Ford 
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YSL Beauty Celebrates Dua Lipa in Zurich

Before heading to the Dua Lipa show in Zurich as guest of YSL Beauty, I was invited to an intimate cocktail reception by the French Maison on the rooftop of the Kameha Grand Hotel. The dress code said black and gold. Every corner of the terrace offered another fun experience, from photo booth to make-up application, from specially created drinks to a fun claw machine. DJ Rebekah Abdeen warmed up the crowd for the upcoming concert taking place at Hallenstadion.

There is no doubt that Dua Lipa has become a worldwide phenomenon with a million of fans and several collaborations. She is one of the most streamed and celebrated artists in recent memory. Free, powerful and elegant! Three words that suit the British artist well, who had been chosen by Yves Saint Laurent to be the face of the brand’s bestselling fragrance Libre. A scent that evolves around masculine lavender and the feminine sensual, burning notes of orange blossom. It also comes with a good dose of florals and musks.

The concert in Zurich marks a big milestone in Dua’s career as it was her 50th concert.

 Thank you YSL Beauty for having me! Enjoy all my impressions below…

LoL, Sandra

Thank you Dijana Vasiljevic from the L’Oréal Luxe team for the lovely invitation.

DJ Libre 🙂

My plus one was my friend Cat.

With lovely Erica Coimbra from the L’Oréal Luxe team.

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht #IamLibre
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Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss Shimmer

I have been a huge fan of Bobbi Brown’s Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss since their launch in 2020 (for a previous postwith a make-up tutorial, click here please). A beauty lover’s favorite, this easy-glide, never-sticky formula is everything you love about the bestselling Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss, that is now finally available in universally flattering shimmer shades. I am so happy about that!

Available in three shimmering shades enhance all skin tones.

Bare Sparkle (pearlescent champagne with pops of gold and copper pearl)
Bellini (pearlescent neutral pink with gold and subtle red pearl)
Kir Sugar (pearlescent burgundy with pops of gold, bronze, and silver pearl)

Swipe on lips and go – or layer over lipstick for a multidimensional look. This blend of nutrient-rich botanical oils offers a cushiony, comfortable feel and never disappoints.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Bobbi Brown
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