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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AVEDA Smooth Infusion™ Routine

AVEDA, the high-performance hair care brand with a mission to care for the world, is reintroducing a new and advanced Smooth InfusionTM collection, created to provide protection against frizz and humidity for a smooth, sleek finish that lasts. Even the most frizz-prone hair is instantly transformed with an advanced plant-powered technology that protects all hair types and textures from frizz for up to 72 hours with the collection’s multi-benefit stylers. I absolutely LOVE this collection. It helps me to achieve exactly this sleek look I love.

Tapping into the principles of Green Chemistry, the botanical technology in Aveda’s 95% naturally derived1 Smooth InfusionTM collection includes a Plant Polymer Shield and Botanical Smoothing Oil Blend, giving hair instantly smooth, sleek results in just one use. This dual-action technology protects from humidity without silicones.

How it works: First, a botanical complex created from castor bean plant extract instantly cloaks hair strands and repels water, giving silicone-free protection. Next, a smoothing botanical oil blend formulated with Kalahari Melon Seed Oil and Tamanu Oil smoothes and conditions cuticles for softness and shine.

«Leveraging our expertise in high-performance, naturally-derived materials, we were able to identify the Plant Polymer Shield in the Smooth InfusionTM collection used to block humidity and give frizz protection,» said Camille Sasik, Ph.D., Aveda’s Director of Hair Care Research and Development. «This is an exciting technological improvement that replaces silicones with plant-derived alternatives, without sacrificing performance — actually, it gives better, longer-lasting results than our prior silicone-based formula. That’s the power of Green Chemistry!»

SMOOTH INFUSION™ COLLECTION


ANTI-FRIZZ SHAMPOO: Silicone-free smoothing shampoo gently cleanses, moisturizes and enhances shine while fighting frizz. 200ml; CHF 34.-


ANTI-FRIZZ CONDITIONER: Silicone-free smoothing conditioner moisturizes, detangles, and softens hair, improving manageability and preventing flyaways. 200ml; CHF 39.-


PERFECT BLOW DRY™: Advanced heat activated treatment makes frizz prone hair 5X smoother instantly. It wraps each strand in an invisible shield that provides 72-hour anti-frizz protection, even in extreme humidity. Best for those with straight, wavy, and curly hair textures (1A-3C) of all hair types. 200ml; CHF 44.-


STYLE-PREP SMOOTHER: Lightweight leave-in treatment serum primer preps hair with pre-style protection for 72-hour frizz defense while providing protection from heat styling and the drying effects of the sun. Best for those with straight, wavy, and curly hair textures (1A-3C) of all hair types. 100ml; CHF 39.-


PERFECTLY SLEEK HEAT STYLING CREAM: The rich, conditioning butter creme deeply nourishes and protects naturally curly or coily hair textures during heat styling. Best for those with curly and coily hair textures (3A-4C) of all hair types. 150ml; CHF 43.-

The Smooth Infusion™ collection features an aroma with rose, Australian sandalwood, certified organic palmarosa, certified organic bergamot, and other pure flower and plant essences.

ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS
The Smooth Infusion™ collection is 95% naturally derived1, silicone-free and sulfate cleanser free, and like all Aveda products, is vegan and cruelty free. The packaging contains minimum 59% post-consumer recycled plastic; and the formulas are manufactured using 100% renewable energy through solar and wind power at AVEDA’s primary facility.

The Smooth Infusion™ collection is now available  in Aveda salons, spas, stores and online at aveda.ch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Aveda
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Contest: Happy Mother’s Day with LA MER

Happy Mother’s Day! Today, 10 readers have the chance to win a LA MER «The Lip Volumizer».  Just like the brand’s premium concentrates and creams, it is enriched with the label’s legendary patented Miracle Broth™ elixir made from a blend of minerals, vitamins and Sea Kelp. Formulated to hydrate and nourish, this serum-inspired treatment coats your pout in an iridescent sheen and is designed to soften lines and plump at the same time. Great news is that it is free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

To participate, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «LA MER» to . All entries must be received until May 12, 2022. 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. The winner has to have a Swiss address.

Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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OPI Power of Hue

Joyfully embrace vibrant color with OPI’s Power of Hue Collection for Summer 2022! Featuring 12 limited edition shimmer shades in three different formulas, Power of Hue includes a palette of mood boosting, warm colors to activate and energize the mind and body, balanced by cooler, more therapeutic soothing hues.

Bold, bright pops of fuchsia, electric turquoise, and violet uplift spirits while candy-colored pink, lilac, and sky blue evoke euphoric feelings akin to a sugar rush. Versatile, adaptable rich rose and neutral shimmering hues balance feel-good shades of citrusy orange, vivid yellow, lime green, and hot pink that will animate any look.

«The global crisis that has overwhelmed our lives for the past two years gives way to a color direction that’s alive with energy,» remarks OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. «Invigorating aesthetics, therapeutic textures, and vibrating color combinations are at the heart of Summer 2022’s color story. This collection’s hyper-colored shades bring a sense of euphoria and escapism with mood-boosting effects.»

Sun-rise Up
Lead the way in this shimmery coral pink.
Sugar Crush It
Make cotton candy waves in this soft pink shimmer.
Exercise Your Brights
An electric hot pink that will crank up your volume.
Pink Big
Do BIG things in this shimmery fuschia.
Go to Grape Lengths
A daring shimmery purple that stops at nothing.
Don’t Wait. Create.
Make things happen in this bright shimmery lilac.
Sky True to Yourself
Beam your true colors in this shimmery sky blue.
Feel Bluetiful
An electric sparkly blue that will put you on cloud fine.
Make Rainbows
An iridescent lime green that spreads major joy.
Bee Unapologetic
Dare to be different in this vivid shimmery yellow.
Mango for It
A zesty orange shimmer that doesn’t hold back.
The Future is You
Take on the world in this shimmery golden tan.

Infinite Shine (CHF 24.90) offers a high-shine finish and traditional lacquer application, Nail Lacquer (CHF 19.90) features a highly-pigmented, rich formula for even application without streaking, while applications with GelColor, available at OPI professional service partners, provide a salon-perfect finish with up to three-week wear.


In addition to this vibrant collection, OPI is partnering with and donating $25k to the Trevor Project whose mission is to provide LGBTQ youth with free, 24/7 crisis counseling. Together, the goal is to support and amplify the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community and help build a more colorful future.

The launch date in Switzerland will be the 16th of May.
Be Bold. Be Colorful. Be Hue.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © OPI #OPIPowerOfHue
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Rituals Cosmetics and Earth Day

Today, Rituals Cosmetics announces its biggest investment yet to support the wellbeing of the planet by planting, protecting or restoring a tree for every refill sold. In collaboration with its partners, the brand aims to grow 5 million trees globally by the end of 2022. The initiative is part of Rituals’ bigger Clean, Conscious & Caring Strategy in which Rituals commits to reduce its environmental footprint. Rituals became a Certified B CorporationTM earlier this year, and this commitment marks another important step in Rituals’ continuous journey to sustainable wellbeing.

WITHOUT TREES, THE PLANET CANNOT SURVIVE
The United Nations defines trees to be key in reaching sustainable development goals. From cleaning the air that people breathe and promoting biodiversity to preventing soil erosion, there are numerous reasons why trees are fundamental to the planet’s existence. Moreover, forests are one of the largest carbon sinks in the world, as trees capture CO2 from the air, which makes them crucial in combating the climate crisis. Over the next year, Rituals will support multiple reforestation initiatives to help prevent climate change and mitigate its effects.

USING BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD
Supporting carbon capture via reforestation initiatives is part of the wider Clean, Conscious & Caring Strategy in which Rituals commits to reduce its environmental footprint. The wellbeing company has pledged to transition its personal care range to 90% natural origin ingredients by 2023, shift all of its packaging to 100% recyclable/refillable or made with recycled materials by 2025. In addition, Rituals aims to reduce its carbon footprint in line with the scale of reductions required by the Paris Climate Agreement. To accelerate its impact, Rituals now commits to growing 5 million trees.

JOIN THE REFILL MOVEMENT
Rituals aims to balance pampering its customers and help them take care of their wellbeing, while acting responsibly at the same time. The brand’s Refill Collections operate on that exact intersection by allowing customers to keep using beautiful, luxury products at home while being mindful of the planet too.

«Rituals is all about wellbeing – we value people’s personal wellbeing as much as the environmental wellbeing. With our refill movement we help our customers to make conscious decisions. In 2021 alone, we saved 434.138 kg in materials, thanks to our loyal customers choosing our wide range of eco-chic refills», explains Director of Innovation & Sustainability Niki Schilling. «Understanding the crucial role that trees play in the future of our planet, we introduced the Buy One Refill, Grow One Tree Program, to trigger proactive changes that support our environment

Throughout this year, Rituals will plant, protect or restore a tree for every refill sold. To encourage customers to join this refill movement, the beauty brand is offering customers a discount on any refill they buy throughout Earth Week.

GROWING MANGROVES IN INDIA AND IN KENYA
To realize its commitment to growing 5 million trees by the end of 2022, Rituals will partner up with EARTHDAY.ORG and ClimatePartner and focus on planting, protecting and restoring mangroves in India and Kenya. Not only are mangroves one of the most important natural carbon sinks on the planet, but they are also a haven for diverse flora and fauna and the first line of defence for coastal areas from both ocean tides and cyclones that often impact these regions. The collective projects are supporting local communities and their livelihoods by building back the loss of tree cover from deforestation and protecting nearby forest reserves and natural preserves. Throughout the year, Rituals will be partnering up with additional organizations to support its reforestation initiatives.

Great initiative, shopping for a good cause.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rituals Cosmetics
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LA MER The Lip Polish

Meet LA MER‘s new The Lip Polish, a sensorial buffing balm that gently smooths and retextures the lips.

Formulated with Miracle Broth™ and a blend of sugar crystals, marine minerals and sea-sourced exfoliants, The Lip Polish deeply refines the lips – exfoliating, comforting and conditioning the surface for a perfectly plush pout. The Lip Detailing Wand boosts microcirculation and lips have a natural-looking rosy radiance.

You know that I am a huge fan of the brand and can absolutely recommend this new addition to the line that is available now for CHF 85.00. I use The Lip Polish continuously now to help prevent roughness.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © LA MER
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Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge

For nearly 20 years, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has worked hard to help empower women and girls beyond makeup. By partnering with non-profit organizations that fight for gender equality through education, the Pretty Powerful Fund continues to support the creation of new possibilities around the world. Since its launch in 2019, it has donated over $1 million.

So behind the new Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge stands more than just a makeup with a positive design, it represents the brand’s commitment to empowering women. This limited edition product brings together a creamy versatile formula with a new shade that adds a natural touch of color to cheeks and lips, making them look pretty rosy.

Press onto the apples of cheeks with fingertips, blending out toward the hairline. Dab onto lips with fingertips or a lip brush. Available online for CHF 44.00.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
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Les Eaux de CHANEL Paris – Paris

Inspired by the places that were significant to Gabrielle Chanel during her lifetime, LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection features six fresh fragrances that offer an escape and invite you on a journey.

«I was inspired by the destinations that have a strong connection to CHANEL. Each of them has left its mark on one of these fragrances» explains Olivier Polge, CHANEL’s In-House Perfumer-Creator.

Seemingly simple at first, LES EAUX DE CHANEL leaves a fragrance trail that gradually reveals their extraordinary complexity. Each composition is part of the same olfactory score that has resonated through every CHANEL fragrance since the creation of N°5 in 1921.
Having followed the paths of PARIS-BIARRITZ, PARIS-DEAUVILLE and PARIS-VENISE in 2018, enjoyed a sunny getaway with PARIS-RIVIERA in 2019, and set off on an adventure to the Scottish moors with PARIS-ÉDIMBOURG in 2021, CHANEL has dreamed up a new journey in 2022: PARIS-PARIS.

Some trips we take in real life, others we dream about. Those offered by LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection allow us to do both: they take place in our imaginations, as a stationary form of travel.

PARIS-BIARRITZ
An active, revitalizing getaway in Southwest France, with an ocean view. A burst of grapefruit and mandarin, drenched with an aquatic note and a lily-of-the-valley accord and escorted by vetiver, all of which lend the fragrance an invigorating quality.

PARIS-DEAUVILLE
A stroll along the coast of Normandy, surrounded by the sharp green of the tall grass. Invigorating orange peel and basil give way to a softer accord of rose and jasmine and a patchouli base.

PARIS-VENISE
An evocation of both the baroque city and the Orient Express route, cushioned in comfort. Berry, iris, and geranium notes are warmed up by the softness of cedar, leaving a warm, enveloping fragrance trail.

PARIS-RIVIERA
A radiant, floral fragrance par excellence. A sunny escape to the Côte d’Azur. Mediterranean jasmine and neroli, as brilliant as a ray of sunlight, are infused with the freshness of orange peel and petitgrain before giving way to a subtle sandalwood and benzoin base.

PARIS-ÉDIMBOURG
A woody, aromatic fragrance. An immersive ramble through the rugged Scottish countryside that is vividly fresh. Crisp, intense, aromatic notes of juniper berry and cypress are paired with warm tones including cedar and vetiver, which impart their smoky, slightly peaty qualities.

Photo François Kollar © Ministry of Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN

PARIS-PARIS
A vibrant olfactory journey imbued with freshness and lightness.
To experience PARIS-PARIS is to find oneself in Gabrielle Chanel’s Paris, a timeless city full of life, authentic character, and modern spirit. It is the Paris of our dreams, one that has been idealized through fleeting images. The allure and inimitable style of the Parisian women. A leisurely morning spent at the terrace of a Parisian café. A fresh, spicy rose with natural, elegant charm.

«With PARIS-PARIS, I created a sparkling floral composition inspired by the effortless elegance of Parisian womenOlivier Polge

To embody the essence of this new destination, Olivier Polge chose to use Damascena rose, a rose full of character that reveals a multitude of facets, which are bolstered by fresh citrus accents and heightened by the sharpness of pink peppercorn extract and an elegant patchouli base.

PARIS-PARIS is housed in the same refined, curved bottle as the other fragrances in LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection. While quite sophisticated in composition, it simultaneously echoes the lightness of the fragrances created by Olivier Polge. It is crafted from high-quality materials that are used in their simplest form. The thin, lightweight glass bottle reveals a rose-colored fragrance inspired by the glistening stone facades of Parisian buildings in the early morning sun. It is topped with a black bio-based cap engraved with a double C. The corrugated cardboard packaging, which is usually not visible, has been transformed into a pared-back sleeve that lacks a laminated or gloss finish, making it easier to recycle.

PARIS-PARIS is available as an enveloping mist that offers lavish, generous fragrance application, which makes using fragrance throughout the day even more enjoyable.

LES EAUX DE CHANEL PARIS-PARIS Eau de Toilette Vaporisateur 125 ml CHF 160.-
LES EAUX DE CHANEL PARIS-PARIS Lait pour le Corps Flacon 200 ml CHF 68.-

Available starting in the beginning of May 2022.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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Charles Aellen Company

A quick stop in Zurich before heading off to Boston to go to my hair dresser CHARLES AELLEN COMPANY who had just moved location. The new interior is even more breathtaking than its previous one. From a Parisian apartment style interior, it has now more an urban cool New York vibe with always the best floral decoration. I love the atmosphere, the location in the city center and the great music.

Charles Aellen Company
Sihlstrasse 37
CH – 8001 Zurich

+41 44 201 78 10

I only go to the hair dresser twice a year to get my ends cut and to do a deep nourishing SHU UEMURA or ORIBE treatment. Luckily, I don’t have grey hair yet and leave my hair color all natural.

My dream team: Charles to the left, Nathanael to the right.

However, I can recommend Charles and his team for every treatment or cut you can imagine. They are very advanced, always looking for the newest releases or hair trends. They have been working with celebrities worldwide and been constantly booked for photo shoots or during fashion weeks.

Now available at CHARLES AELLEN is the the famous K18 Biomimetic Hairscience Leave-in Molecular Repair Hair Mask. K18Peptide™ is the patented molecular breakthrough clinically proven to reverse hair damage from: bleach + color, chemical services, and heat in just 4 minutes.

This mask doesn’t just make hair feel healthier, it actually reverses the damage with some pretty powerful bond-repairing science. How does it work? The K18 bioactive peptide is recognized as a natural building block by hair – the perfect, very welcome puzzle piece to reconnect broken keratin chains in the inner-most layers of hair, post heat and chemical services. When you use it, skip the conditioner, put this in towel-dried hair for four minutes, and watch miracles happen.

With my new hair cut I am off to Boston, hopefully leaving all this crazy snow behind…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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