Decadent Dinner Party

Recently, I followed YSL Beauty‘s invitation to a decadent dinner party that took place at Die Giesserei Oerlikon in Zurich. The YSL Beauty team transformed this amazing location into the most instagrammable spots with different areas all dedicated to the Maison’s iconic products, from the famous Libre scent, to make-up and skincare. After the dinner, we went downstairs to the underground club where we danced all night long.

The dress code said «all black with a touch of decadence» and needless to say, I went for a head-to-toe Saint Laurent outfit. All details of my look will be coming up shortly. Stay tuned and in the meantime enjoy the impressions of this fun night.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography #indulgeingold #yslbeauty
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MAC Bubbles and Bows Party at Kraftwerk

You know the Christmas season is around the corner when brands start to show up with their festive collections. This season, I was invited by MAC Cosmetics for the launch of Bubbles & Bows at Kraftwerk in Zurich. The evening was such a great success with lots of magical surprises from a drag queen’s live act to dancers performing in big plastic bubbles.

As the name and packaging suggests, the MAC Cosmetics Bubbles & Bows party kits and limited edition make-up are festive and fun – and very sparkly, too. The collection is not only a perfect holiday gift, but also a treat for yourself. With everything you need to create a custom going-out look this winter, from glowy eye creations and signature fluttery lashes, to bold festive lip shades, the magic will be all yours thanks to the legendary cosmetic brand. In stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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Beach Waves

Have you ever asked yourself why beach hair is always the best? Beach hair is essentially the opposite of dull, lifeless hair. The salty water makes it look fuller and feel thicker. It’s got volume, texture, and definition while being artfully suspended in perfect form without any effort whatsoever.

Do you dream of getting to enjoy the best hair day you’ve had in months also at home. So pay attention island-hoppers and champagne-poppers: get beach-to-bombshell hair – tousled, touchable waves with sun-kissed shine – without the salty stiffness. I have two products you will love from ORIBE. To shop click on the highlighted product description.

APRÈS BEACH WAVE AND SHINE SPRAY  

The moisturizing glamour spray uses rich extracts and exotic oils for lush repair and sultry texture. It creates shine, separation, and beachy waves.

DRY TEXTURIZING SPRAY

Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sultry texture. Zeolite crystallines absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).

Both come in travel sizes. In Zurich available at Charles Aellen Company.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht – Taken at the Ritz-Carlton Fair Islands resort.
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Natural Berry Lips

Who doesn’t like to have a beautiful natural pout? DIOR has two products that I absolutely adore. Easy to apply, they immediately protect and enhance the lips while providing deep nourishment. The best is that they lastingly bring out your natural lips color thanks to their color reviver technology that adapts to the pH of lips to reveal a custom glow for up to six hours. The formula saturates the lips with nutrients, and revitalizes them immediately and day after day, lips are more beautiful, even bare, after 5 days of application.

I always start the application with the iconic DIOR ADDICT LIP GLOW in 006 Berry. Featuring cherry oil, shea butter, and sunflower waxes, it offers both custom color and lip care.

Afterwards, as a top coat for volumizing shine, I apply the DIOR ADDICT LIP GLOW OIL in 006 Berry that instantly nourishes, protects, softens and revitalizes the lips. Its non-greasy, non-sticky oil texture pushes the boundaries of shine and creates a smoothing film that shapes the lips with an almost magnifying mirror-shine effect. Multi-use, it can also be worn equally well on its own, or as a primer under lipstick.

Both products are available in a couture case and in several shades to suit all skin tones. I love the berry hue as it makes teeth appear much whiter thanks to its bluish undertone.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht 
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Beautiful Hands

Beautiful hands are the result of great care. I haven’t been a day without nail polish since a very long time. My favorite manicurists in Zurich is Carmen at Medical Garage and Megan at GG Cosmetics. They are mother and daughter, and I promise you will be in very good hands.

In terms of nourishment, I love this new hand cream from SHISEIDO’s best-selling ULTIMUNE collection. It is bursting with natural vitality that moisturizes and protects — courtesy of Multi-Defense Shield — for smoother, more beautiful skin. I love its quick-absorbing non-sticky texture, lasting smoothness, and relaxing floral scent in an easy to carry tube. In Switzerland available for CHF 32.00 (75ml).

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht – @shiseido #Ultimume
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Acqua di Parma Holiday 2022 Collection

Each year, I enjoy ACQUA DI PARMA’s Holiday collection to the fullest. It is a true festival of wonders, with so many gift options or delightful treats for the house.

This season, the Italian House has come up with something very delicious: the seasonal exclusive Panettone candle. It is a delightful treat for the sight, smell and taste evoking the most delicious memories of the holidays. Brining the iconic scent of yummy Panettone, the traditional Milanese festive dessert well-loved all over the world, its sparkling citrus meets in an irresistible blend with the gourmand notes of vanilla and candied fruits.

The limited-edition candle (CHF 107.00) features a weave of sunlit yellow elements on the glass jar and the outerbox, a one-of-a-kind print inspired by a Florentine artisanal technique by Italian craftsmen, especially for ACQUA DI PARMA’s Holiday Collection. Perfect as festive notes across your living spaces. It is also available as a diffuser (CHF 121.00).

The other seasonal exclusive scent is called Magia del Camino. The packaging is dressed in intense hues and magical tones to scent the home with the comforting warmth of gathering together around the fireplace. Available as candle and diffuser.

Rejoice in a snowy atmosphere where the crisp winter air of Bosco brings a sense of bliss.

Other beautiful gift sets and products dedicated to the festive season are:

The splendid welcome into the Italian festive wonderland with an Advent Calendaricon (CHF 595.00) full of surprises.

Convivial and vibrant with radiant Colonia Collection gifts sets (CHF 171.00) that gives light to a festive Holiday.

A window with a view that opens into a journey of discovery with Oud Favorites Set (CHF 317.00).

The Barbiere Daily Ritual Set (CHF 123.00) is the perfect gift for your loved one.

A treasure trove of Mediterranean gems in Blu Mediterraneo gift sets (CHF 113.00) to take you back to your favourite memories.

Every print in this beautiful Holiday Collection is a unique one-off combination produced by hand through the marbled technique. A wonderful detail that defines the Italian wonderland dressing those creations in colours bursting with festive joy.

In Switzerland the collection is available at Jelmoli and Globus.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: © ACQUA DI PARMA
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Dress Your Eyes in Tweed

Tweed, the durable beautiful fabric, has been CHANEL‘s signature material for over a century years. In March at the Grand Palais Éphémère, CHANEL’s artistic director and designer Virginie Viard showed for F/W 2022 a ready-to-wear collection completely dedicated to tweed and CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio drew also inspiration from the emblematic fabric for its 2022 EYE MAKE-UP COLLECTION.

Anyone who is familiar with the French Maison knows that tweed has been synonymous with the brand ever since Coco Chanel rose to fame in the 1920s. Many do not know, however, how Coco Chanel’s affection for tweed started. While she was dating the Duke of Westminster, she realized the versatility and potential of the fabric with its flexible texture and irregular patterns, giving it its natural appearance. Being a true visionary, she partnered in 1924 with a Sottish factory to begin making her first tweed designs which ranged from jackets to sportswear.

A few years later, Chanel partnered with a French factory to create tweed that could incorporate different materials such as silk and cotton in order to give it a more elevated, high fashion look and feel. Chanel also began dying the material different colors to distinguish her tweed from the typical, classic hues. Until today, tweed is a source of infinite possibility and offers exceptional creative freedom for the House of CHANEL. It is produced each season in a variety of forms, colors, and styles.

For the new EYE MAKE-UP COLLECTION, called LES 4 OMBRES TWEED, the essence of the emblematic fabric has once again been reinterpreted, now taking the form of limited-edition LES 4 OMBRES eyeshadows. First created in 1982, this eye quad has also become a CHANEL makeup staple.

DRESS YOUR EYES IN TWEED
For this new collection, four exclusive creations were designed with a tweed pattern embossed on the surface of each shade. The four-color harmonies capture the creative worth of the fabric. Just as different fibers are intertwined to form tweed, the shades can be blended, and their intensity varied, to achieve chic and bold makeup results. The eyeshadows are as effortless to apply as a tweed garment is to wear.

For this special occasion, the compacts are paired with tweed pouches crafted by Maison Lesage, which is part of CHANEL’s Métiers d’art since 2002. Each of the four harmonies features a unique color palette and suits all skin tones. These versatile eyeshadows work in synergy to create a wide range of looks, from simple and natural to sophisticated.

TWEED FAUVE
The first harmony, entitled Tweed Fauve, is composed of radiant hues that bring warmth to the eyes. A combination of powerful colors between earth and fire, which combines a fiery brick orange with the depth of an intense aubergine brown, illuminated by the subtle shine of a satin coral and the reflections of an amber gold.

TWEED CUIVRÉ
The second, Tweed Cuivré, makes them shine with golden shimmer. An elegant accord that evokes the richness and brilliance of the precious metals dear to Gabrielle Chanel.

TWEED POURPRE
Tweed Pourpre combines pinks and mauves to offer a satiny and iridescent make-up look. A harmony that oscillates between softness and audacity. Tweed Pourpre brings together pinks and mauves while offering a satin and iridescent finish.

TWEED BRUN ET ROSE
Four natural brown and beige tones represent the final creation, Tweed Brun et Rose. It is embodied by four eyeshadows in natural colors with shades of brown and beige. I am wearing it in the picture above.

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF
To complement these color harmonies, two new shades of STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF have been created—one, Cuivre Doré, to illuminate the eyes, the other, Bois Noir, for added intensity.

This extremely beautiful eye make-up collection is in stores now.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL and © Sandra Bauknecht / Nadia Krawiecka
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A Monday Morning with Aveda

In general, hair salons are closed on Mondays (actually not sure if this is only a European thing…), so it was a lovely surprise when I received the invite from AVEDA to get spoilt on a Monday morning at the hair dresser.

As you know, I have been using AVEDA products for a long time. I admit that I always switch between brands or product lines during the month as for me personally speaking my hair gets a kick from the alternation. However, the reason why I am a big fan of the house, that was acquired in 1997 by the Estée Lauder Companies, is that AVEDA is a cruelty-free brand with a mission to care for the world by creating vegan, high-performance hair, skin and body formulas for beauty professionals and consumers, all with sustainability at heart. Green chemistry at its best.

During an intimate breakfast at Eddine Belaid in Zurich, we learnt a lot about the history of the brand. The face of the campaign, Anja Leuenberger, was also present and told us about her experiences with the hair products, that helped her to finally achieve longer, healthier hair.

Aveda was founded in 1978 by Horst Rechelbacher, a pioneer of holistic beauty, and a champion of environmental responsibility.  Born in Austria in 1941 to an herbalist mother and a shoemaker father, Horst began working in the salon across the street at the age of 14. «I was not a good student at all but I was very eager to be something different,» he said. Horst was a natural talent, and by 17 he was working as a stylist at a prestigious salon in Rome, tending to international celebrities. By the young age of 20 he had won the European Hairstyling Championship, which he used as a springboard to tour Europe and the United States. «What is a calling? It’s like almost a fire inside me and it keeps me alive,» he said.

He opened his first salon in Minneapolis as a European hairdresser, and then several others, becoming a successful salon entrepreneur in his twenties. In the late sixties, Horst suffered burn out from overwork and recovered thanks to herbal remedies prepared by his mother, as well as to the practice of yoga and meditation. Following a retreat in India in 1970, Horst integrated ayurveda in his lifestyle and his salon business model.

He adopted a holistic thinking, the belief that individual beauty is directly linked to the beauty of the world around us. His were ideas that would revolutionize the beauty industry. In India, he also received the inspiration to create Aveda. With Shiv Nath Tandon, whom he met in an Indian ashram, he developed his first Clove Shampoo in a kitchen sink in Minneapolis, together with doctors of ayurveda, Vinod and Kusum Upadhyay. All have continued to work with Aveda since the early 1970s.

Out of this well-timed collaboration, AVEDA, which stands is Sanskrit for «all knowledge», was born in 1978 with the vision to bring beauty professionals botanical products that would be good for them, their guests, and the Earth and its communities. Horst’s foresight is a testament to how far ahead of his time he was, and although no longer with us his legacy lives on in countless ways.

Horst Rechelbacher taught us that: «Every day presents every one of us with the opportunity to create positive effects. Even the simplest, seemingly insignificant choices we make in our daily lives—what to eat, what to wear, what to use on our bodies and in our homes—have a ripple effect that reaches far beyond us personally.»

Living up to this legacy, I was spoilt this Monday morning. The ritual started with smelling the different essential oils AVEDA has to offer. After choosing my favorite one, I got a neck and shoulder massage, that AVEDA salons are known for. The journey of relaxation starts already then.

I then received two different in-salon treatments after washing my hair, first the famous SHINE TREATMENT, that helps improve the condition of damaged hair and only takes 5 minutes. It refreshes your color, tints your natural hair, and corrects uneven tones or adds clear, eye-catching shine. It lasts up to 20 washes.

And as the second part of the ritual the BOTANICAL REPAIR™ professional treatment that transform your hair with molecular plant repair to strengthen strands from the inside out. Dry, damaged hair is instantly transformed with stronger, softer, visibly smoother and shiner hair in just one treatment. It is plant-powered, bond building and scientifically formatulated to treat three key layers of hair, so that it is transformed from the inside out. The hair is visibly revived and shinier after the treatment.

With the AVEDA Botanical Repair™ Strengthening Overnight Serum for home, you can get healthy hair while you are sleeping.

I received the treatment at Eddine Belaid in Zurich, an AVEDA exclusive salon.

I have also some great news for you. Until November 4, 2022 you receive a 30% off site wide discount on all AVEDA products with the code AVFAMILY.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of AVEDA and © Sandra Bauknecht
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Luxurious Advent Calendars

Anticipation is the greatest joy and what a better way to indulge in the holiday season than getting a luxurious advent calendar that will get you even more excited for Christmas.

As usual, click on the highlighted product description to be transferred to the shop directly.

Forte Beads 18-karat gold and multi-stone advent calendaricon by Carolina Bucci

This advent calendar is my winner this year. How cool is that? Thanks to Carolina Bucci’s advent calendar, you’ll have a completed bracelet by Christmas day – every drawer is nestled with two beads that you can arrange on the Lurex cord with 18-karat gold charms. Each one has been hand-carved from unique gemstones for a joyful play of colors.

25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendaricon by NET-A-PORTER

The NET-A-PORTER Advent Calendar might be in your letter to Santa, but don’t leave it in your Wish List – the annual set sells out notoriously fast. Carefully edited by the beauty buying team, 2022’s round-up showcases the year’s heroes: a mix of team favorites and best-sellers to power through a season of parties and pamper nights. Expect plenty of industry stalwarts and new discoveries for 2023’s top shelf.

Advent Calendar 2022icon by Dr. Barbara Sturm

Including an extensive array of full sizes and minis from her coveted range of skin and haircare, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s advent calendar ensures you step into 2023 at your most radiant. Regenerative Purslane – the aesthetic specialist’s hero active – features across many, and they’re house in an elegant box inspired by jewelry cases.

Holiday 2022 Advent Calendaricon by Acqua di Parma

Twenty-five gifts of colours and joy in an explosion of hues and radiance, only with Acqua di Parma’s Advent Calendar, the star of the Holiday Collection dressed in a visual symphony of the Maison’s golden shades of yellow with seasonal accents of red and green. The one-of-a-kind print is inspired by a Florentine artisanal technique by Italian craftsmen. The countdown to the Holidays begins as every window unveils a daily surprise to immerse in the complete Acqua di Parma universe, from Colonia and Blu Mediterraneo to Signatures of the Sun and the Home Collection. The hatbox is inspired by a luminous Italian home and makes for a stunning addition to your space.

Women 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar iconand
Men 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar, both by Clarins

This is a must for all love birds. There’s no better way to countdown to the festive season than with two advent calendars, one for her and one for him. Each has 12 drawers filled with an array of the brand’s must-have products. For her, it reveals make-up, skincare and body surprises to pamper and indulge in ahead of the big day, with favourites such as the brand’s bestselling Double Serum – a guaranteed favourite for healthy skin. More treats come in the form of the SOS Pure Mask, the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and the Cleansing Micellar Water. For him, he will find everything for an ultra-refreshing skincare routine, including the ClarinsMen Energising Eye Gel, Active Face Wash, Super Moisture Lotion and Fresh Face Scrub. The small sized products are all so great for travelling!

Advent Calendar 2022 by Dior

Upgrade on the advent calendars of Christmases past for Dior’s spectacular iteration. Housed in a smart navy box, it’ll open to reveal 24 windows just waiting to be opened, overlaid with a delicate illustration of the brand’s Parisian Maison surrounded by celestial figures and constellations – the perfect depiction of this magical time of year. As the days roll by, you’ll discover a number of Dior delights, from perfume and lipstick to luxurious skincare and even mini candles.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Givenchy Le Rouge Interdit Intense Silk

You can never have enough lipsticks… therefore meet GIVENCHY‘s new LE ROUGE INTERDIT INTENSE SILK. Housed in a rechargeable leather case, this timeless and elegant fashion accessory comes with a modern texture that glides effortlessly over the lips like silk, while delivering a luminous, semi-matte finish. And, thanks to its formula enriched in hyaluronic acid spheres and Acmella Oleracea extract, lips are instantly smoothed and the inner water is locked for up to 24 hours, for absolute comfort. The intense color is impressively long-lasting, staying vibrant for up to 12 hours.

A lipstick inspired by Givenchy’s iconic scent L’Interdit. 

«There is a power of just wearing a red lipstick, it always suits everybody, always looks amazing and GIVENCHY offers a red for everyone. With red lipstick you can also use it on the cheeks, it’s the perfect weapon.» – Thom Walker, Creative Director of Givenchy Makeup

THE MASTER OF REDS
Available in 25 silky shades (all refillable), Le Rouge Interdit Intense Silk’s highly-pigmented color palette includes the most iconic and the most fashionable reds. Discover Givenchy’s signature brown-toned red Rouge Graine (N°37), the ultimate suits-all neutral red L’Interdit (N°333), and the most luminous red with a hint of yellow Carmin Escarpin (N°306).

In Switzerland available at SEPHORA at Manor Geneva, Vevey, Chavannes, Lausanne, Vésenaz, Basel, Lugano, Zurich main station, Bern, and Sihlcity as well as online at manor.ch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: #LeRougeInterdit @givenchybeauty
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