Mission Exfoliation

Just for you, Clarins has created three scrubs with active, sensorial textures and instant actions. With natural beads from wood cellulose, lava and sugar from beetroot, they refresh, purify or nourish the skin and adapt to the needs of all skin types. So, are you ready to exfoliate?

Fresh Scrub – A refreshing cream scrub for soft, supple skin
Comfort Scrub – A comforting oil scrub for silky, smooth skin
Pure Scrub – A foaming scrub to dislodge and remove impurities

Available from August 12, 2019 for CHF 42.00 each.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the importance of exfoliation for your skin:

Is exfoliation good for keeping my skin young?
Absolutely! Regularly exfoliating your skin removes dead cells and stimulates cellular renewal.

How many times a week should I exfoliate my skin?
To remove deep-set impurities, exfoliating once or twice a week is recommended. Particularly for more mature skin which naturally eliminates dead cells slower and less efficiently than young skin.

What happens if I don’t exfoliate my skin?
Dead cells which accumulate on the skin surface, make the complexion look dull, create a barrier to skin products and hinder the boosting of cellular renewal. Also, unexfoliated skin is not as soft and is more prone to imperfections and roughness.

Can you exfoliate all skin types, even sensitive skin?
Oh yes. For particularly sensitive skin, exfoliation should be carried out with very light, gentle movements. Never rub the skin, or you risk weakening it further.

Happy scrubbing!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Clarins

Converse x OPI Neons Collection 2019

Ladies, here are your next-level neons. The summer glo-up gets glossy with Converse x OPI Neons Summer Collection 2019. From your flashy nail art to your neon Chucks, stay shining.

This electric-charged collaboration features Converse One Star slides plus Chuck Taylor All Star High and Low Top silhouettes in shades to match new Neons by OPI nail lacquers, available in a fun and playful palette including bold neon hues of yellow, orange, purple, teal, blue and hero shade pink.

Great combination (the name of the nail polishes are in parentheses): Chuck Taylor All Star Low Tops are available in neon purple (Positive Vibes Only) and yellow (PUMP Up the Volume).

The Chuck Taylor All Star High Tops are available in bold shades of pink (V-I-Pink Passes) and blue (Music is My Muse). The shade names are inscribed on Converse’s iconic vulcanized rubber sole.

Converse One Star Slides are available in bright hues of pink (V-I-Pink Passes) and teal (Dance Party ‘Teal Dawn). Another shade featuring the bright monotone aesthetic is Orange You A Rockstar, which is also part of the 4-piece mini nail polish pack (CHF 24.90).

The Neons by OPI will be available in GelColor, Infinite Shine (CHF 24.90) and Nail Lacquer (CHF 19.90) formulas. PUMP Up the Volume (yellow) and Music is My Muse (blue) will be available in GelColor and Nail Lacquer formulas only.

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

The Converse capsule will be available globally from Converse.com and select retailers. The Neon by OPI collection will be available from mid-June 2019, for at least four months in Switzerland. The Converse x OPI shoes can be purchased from SCHUH and delivered to Switzerland here.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of OPI, Collages: © Sandra Bauknecht

MAC Electric Wonder

Switch on electric summer feels! New naturally charged lip and eye shadows serve a wonderstruck summer of bronzing. Specially designed in gold-flecked marbleized packaging, MAC Electric Wonder Collection is the newest limited edition collection from MAC, and it includes five lipsticks, five lipglosses, four cheek colors, one cheek palette, and two eyeshadow palettes.

EYESHADOW X 12: DESERT LIGHTNING, CHF 71.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

DESERT LIGHTNING Light yellow beige (Matte)
DUABANDITA Red with blue pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
IS IT THE BEAT Deep black (Matte)
RETROSPECK Beached blonde (Lustre)
SO JADED Seafoam green (Veluxe Pearl)
DECEPTION Cool medium brown (Frost)
FRESH INNOCENCE Ivory frosty warm white (Frost)
BIG ATTITUDE Dirty grey (Frost)
MARZIPAN Muted plummy taupe (Matte)
GOLDEN BROWN Golden brown (Veluxe Pearl)
FOOL’S GOLD Dirty olive gold (Frost)
BRUN Muted blackish/brown (Satin)

EYESHADOW X 12: NATURAL VICE, CHF 71.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

DIAMOND BUTTERFLY Silver white shimmer (Frost)
FAB ACCENT Soft nude (Matte)
DESERT ROSE-MANCE Warm golden peach (Veluxe Pearl)
CORK Muted golden brown (Satin)
SUN TWEAKED Soft frosty pink (Frost)
PLEASING TO THE EYE Dirty mauvy pink (Matte)
MAGMATIQUE Warm reddish brown (Matte)
REBEL PEBBLE Cool deep muted brown (Satin)
STRUCK GOLD Bright yellow gold (Frost)
VALLEY OF THE GODDESS Orange beige (Matte)
GO WILDER Pearly red brown (Veluxe Pearl)

IGNITE WONDER FACE PALETTE, CHF 65.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

GIRL WONDER Peachy pink
SEVEN WONDERS Rose gold
WONDER YEARS Warm berry pink
WONDER WHO? Soft champagne beige
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Champagne gold
ANY WONDER Bronze

ELECTRIC WONDER IRIDESCENT POWDER, CHF 41.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

SERENITY SEEKER Warm gold
INTO ETERNITY Rosy pink

NEXT TO NOTHING BRONZING POWDER, CHF 42.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

CANYON DREAMIN’ Yellow brown
SUN-SOAKED STRIP Warm light red brown

LIPGLASS, CHF 26.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

MARBLE FAUN White with gold pearl
NATURAL FREAK Bright yellow gold
CORAL OF THE WILD Light corally nude
ROCK STARZ Cool bronze
MAKE ME MERCURIAL Berry with slight pink

LIPSTICK, CHF 28.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

FEELIN’ SEDIMENTAL Light corally beige (Satin)
THE NATURALIST Warm peachy nude (Lustre)
LET’S MESA AROUND Light bubble gum blue pink (Lustre)
LIFE IN SEPIA Muted mauvey brown (Matte)
NATURAL BORN LEADER Muted red berry (Matte)

BRUSHES, CHF 40.00 to CHF 67.00 (LIMITED EDITION)

126SES Split Fibre Large Face Brush (CHF 67.00)
243SES Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush (CHF 40.00)

Limited Edition. Available now at MAC counters.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of @MACCOSMETICS #MACSWITZERLAND

Barrettes Speak Louder With Words

Since last year, barrettes have been trending crazily (for the previous post, click here please). But this season, hair clips with a message are making the humble hair accessory the piece of choice this party season. I mean, it’s not hard to see the charm in this trend, spotted everywhere on the streets of fashion week.

And who have we to thank for introducing this new frontier of self-expression? London designers are leading the party barrette trend. Ashley Williams’ diamante clips tap into the general mood of the fashionistas. Bestsellers this summer include the «fuck» and «witch» designs.

TO SHOP ASHLEY WILLIAMS HAIR CLIPS, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

Kitsch‘s collab with influential hairstylist Justine Marjan, is another one to watch and will literally make your hair scream «glam».

icon
TO SHOP KITSCH x JUSTINE MARJAN HAIR CLIPS, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

My personal must-have barrette screams CHANEL. Presented at the final collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld shown at Paris Fashion Week in the beginning of March, this incredible CHANEL pearl hair clip used by hairstylist Sam McKnight will surely be among «2019’s most Instagrammed accessories».

Crystal Interlocking G hair slide by Gucci

 Whichever word appeals to your personal truth, I can almost guarantee there’s a hair slide that says it. And if there is none, create your own. It is time for your statement hair!

LoL, Sandra

iconPhotos: Courtesy of the Brands

La Mer Summer 2019 and a Good Cause

On Saturday, June 8th, is World Ocean’s Day that is celebrated around the globe yearly. The LA MER Blue Heart Oceans Fund is committed to helping protect marine habitats through awareness-raising initiatives and charitable donations. Striving to ensure a future with flourishing seas for generations to come, LA MER donates $25 to the LA MER Blue Heart Oceans Fund every time someone post a public picture on Instagram using the hashtags #LaMerBlueHeart and #LaMerDonation this June until $650.000 will be reached in total.

Limited-Edition Blue Heart Crème de la Mer CHF 490.00 (100ml)

For summer, LA MER has some other limited edition goodies that you should not miss. Experience the sun-inspired radiance of Soleil de la Mer™ with:

The Bronzing Powder CHF 105.00
This velvet-to-the-touch bronzer creates a look of glimmering sun-kissed glow any day of the year. Harmonious and illuminating shades blend perfectly to highlight and contour the complexion. Skin looks radiant with a sun-warmed, illuminated glow.
The Glowing Body Oil CHF 120.00
My personal must-have each summer. With its rich blend of Vitamin E and nourishing oils, this luxurious, limited-edition body oil softens and conditions to create a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow. Layer over skin for a touch of shimmer and youthful luminosity.

The Lip Voluminizer CHF 95.00
Such an amazing new product! This lip gloss aka voluminizer has a beautiful iridescent sheen with an irresistible sensation. Infused with cell-renewing Miracle Broth™, this serum-inspired treatment instantly plumps, visibly softens lines and defines the look of lips.

All products protect your skin or lips with anti-oxidants and nourish with healing hydration, just one try and you’ll realize why nothing less than LA MER will do.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of LA MER – Cover Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht
#LoveLaMer #LaMerBlueHeart #LaMerDonation #GiftedByLaMer #SoleilDeLaMer

CHANEL New Eye Make-up Collection

For 2019, Lucia PicaCHANEL Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer — has created a collection inspired by female individuality and designed to encourage self-expression.
Eyes make the first impression: they need to reflect a woman’s character and convey her nuances, to amplify her personality rather than mask it.

«It is not about covering them; it is about beautifying them,» reflects Lucia Pica. «I am very attracted to style and character. I feel like women should still look polished, just not too overly done and old-fashioned.»

THE NEW «SECOND SKIN SMOKY»
4 HARMONIES, 3 PRODUCTS
Inspired by the «blurry» effect, and based on the three pillars of CHANEL eye products (LES 4 OMBRES, STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF, LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL), Lucia Pica has created four universal harmonies with a distinctive colour signature for all women, regardless of their level of makeup expertise. Four ways to dress a look in the most personal and intuitive way, with ease and freedom.

Each palette’s elegant colour combinations can be endlessly mixed and layered, by varying and blending shades and finishes. Their blurry effect creates a foolproof «second skin smoky» look.

LES 4 OMBRES – CHF 77.00 each
Four palettes designed to offer infinite results. Silky concentrated pigments gently glide over the eyelid, their emblematic shades universally appealing, their diffusive, blurry textures seamlessly blendable. On application, effects can range from natural definition to intense drama.

THE SHADES
318 Blurry Green a dusty antique gold; a satin golden green;
a warm rosy bronze; a deep dark green
322 Blurry Grey a smoky grey; a dusty platinum;
a deep aubergine; a matte stone beige
324 Blurry Blue a lightly rosy grey; a matte blue grey;
a taupe grey; an intense dusty blue
328 Blurry Mauve a terracotta tile red; a light dusty rosewood;
a bronze, satin taupe; a deep greyish lilac

LUCIA’S TIP
Playing with texture and finish ensures modern impact: when both lips and eyes are enhanced, keep the skin fresh for a contemporary finish.

STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF – CHF 35.00 each
A waterproof eye pencil created to enhance the eyes with intensity and depth. A retractable tip and integrated sharpener encourage easy and spontaneous use. Whether tracing the contour of the upper lash line for a natural effect, or thickening its application for sophisticated drama, the smooth, gentle formula offers profound impact.

THE SHADES
943 Brun Agapé a luminous bronze
944 Noir Énigmatique a sparkling blue grey
945 Black Wood a deep brown
946 Intense Teal a duck blue
948 Jungle Green a forest green

LUCIA’S TIP
For an effortless but dramatic effect, apply the liner a little heavier and smoke out the colour using a small brush, blending out and upwards. Then, re-apply liner close to the lashes for extra depth and definition.

LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL – CHF 48.00 each (limited edition colours)
The first ever 3D-printed mascara brush, LE VOLUME RÉVOLUTION DE CHANEL offers a revolution through its unprecedented precision and immediate, extreme volume. This uniquely high-tech innovation ensures perfect, even application with every stroke — and with no clumps in sight.

THE SHADES
17 Jungle Green an emerald green
27 Deep Eros a bright burgundy
37 Intense Teal a sparkling green blue
91 Volcan a deep blue grey

LUCIA’S TIP
Apply extra mascara to the centre of the lashes, and remove a little from the outer edges, for a wide-eyed effect.

In stores Mid June 2019.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL

My TV-Spot with Sisley Paris

Before flying to Brazil, I filmed with SISLEY Paris a TV-spot at Jelmoli about the most important S/S 2019 beauty trends that will air for the first time on May 31, 2019 at 6.30pm during «Lifestyle» on Tele Züri. SISLEY National Make-up Artist David Hahmeyer created three different looks on me that reflect what is in vogue now and explained which star products he used. The spot will be constantly repeated in case that you are missing out…

A big thank you to the Sisley team and the Tele Züri crew!

Every season poses an opportunity for the biggest names in makeup to decide how they would like to see the beauty world. For the S/S 2019 makeup trends, their focus was on clean, glowing skin, to create a no-make-up look. Effects were punctuated by just a single messy or unusual element, in this case preferably a wild graphic eyeliner to watercolor-esque eyeshadow in an eye-catching hue. For the evening, old-school glamour played an important role, with the focus on strong red lips combined with soft smokey eyes. This is a season of «everything is possible», and the S/S 2019 beauty trends certainly reflect that.

SISLEY Paris star products for the «No Make-up» look:
Phyto-Teint Expert Flawless Skincare Foundation
icon and Instant Eclat (a great product that you can also mix with your blush to create a highlighting effect).
icon

SISLEY Paris star products for the «Statement Eyes» look:
Phyto-Eye Twist Long-Lasting Eyeshadow – 5 Lagoon icon
and Highlighter Blush – L’Orchidée Corail No.3.

SISLEY Paris star products for the «French Red Lips» look:
Blur Expert
and Le Phyto Rouge Lipstick – 42 Rouge Rio.

icon

Now that the sun is finally coming out, you also may feel liberated to have more fun with your makeup, because the next few months are the perfect time to press restart and try new things.

LoL, Sandra

So happy with the results – thank you, David!

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Clarins Joli Rouge Lacquer

Finally something new…. meet the first stick lip lacquer! I promise, this is the one and only trick it’ll play on you…  Joli Rouge Lacquer by CLARINS has all the packaging of a lip lacquer but when you open it, it’s a stick ! So please don’t be fooled by appearances – it is not just another fluid lip lacquer…! Joli Rouge Lacquer may look like one, but it has a surprise in store… it’s actually a melting, nourishing stick which is ultra-easy to apply and leaves lips looking super luscious.

The formula of these 8 stick-format lip lacquers has a high content of pigments to give an intense and bold colour result, just as a liquid lipstick would. Its long-hold ultra-shine comes from a texture infused with over 70% oils. It’s the perfect lacquer for intense colour and vinyl shine.

In the press release CLARINS announced 2 it-colours: a joli rouge red, 742L JOLIE ROUGE, and a new pop pink shade, 762L POP PINK, soon to be on everyone’s lips.

My personal favorite shade is 705L Soft Berry.

It even gets better. Behind its vinyl lacquer finish, the lip care benefits of a balm! Since CLARINS never compromises on comfort, its ultra-moisturizing balm formula enriched with organic marsh samphire extract and oils, smoothes and softens lips day after day. Its ultra-smooth texture is quick and easy to apply, just like a regular lipstick. It melts onto the lips, to immediately, intensely and brilliantly coat them with dazzling lacquer shine! And the taste is divine…

And to create different effects… all shades of Joli Rouge Lacquer are also available in Joli Rouge, Joli Rouge Brillant and Joli Rouge Velvet lipsticks.

I am sold and so will you… In stores for CHF 36.50 each.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of CLARINS

Meet Sue Y. Nabi of Orveda

Glow is the new lift. – This is ORVEDA’s science.
«The Science of tomorrow is as kind to the skin as possible. It will not change the skin’s pH, strip it of its natural oils or impact on its microflora. Bacteria, yeast and enzymes – made possible through the power of biotechnology – are beauty’s new factories and its future.» – Sue Y. Nabi

Recently, I had the chance to meet one of the most inspiring persons I have ever interviewed at SPITZENHAUS in Zurich: Sue Y. Nabi, who created ORVEDA together with Nicolas Vu, a hip-hop producer and a champion in many sport disciplines.

Sue Y. Nabi with me at Spitzenhaus in Zurich

Looking back to an amazing career, Sue Y. Nabi was the CEO of both L’Oréal and Lancôme for 20 years, she launched the vegan and highly concentrated beauty brand ORVEDA. Her vision is a healthy, glowing skin because it is before anything a stronger skin.

Sue, first of all what does ORVEDA mean?

«Or» means at the «Origin of» and «Veda» because it is inspired by the Ayurvedic philosophy and science that states that the skin has the power to heal by itself.

What were your first career steps? What is your background?

I was born in North Africa, in Algiers, and raised there until 16 years old. From an early age, without even knowing what the term meant, I was obsessed with biotechnology. Don’t ask me why. I just loved it and studied bio chemistry and environmental science. When I finished my engineering studies, I was feeling that I am not ready to work. I was obsessed with fashion and wanted to do something with it. I met with Yves Saint Laurent who was still alive at that time. I had a connection and he put me in contact with somebody working for him who warned me not to go into the fashion world that was at that time much smaller than today. He suggested to work in a big company and learn how to do marketing. Therefore I entered L’Oréal at the age of 25, after having done an MBA at Paris Business School. This was step one. I did 20 years at L’Oréal and for the last ten years, I was the CEO of Lancôme and L’Oréal

Sue Y. Nabi changed the world of beauty advertising by championing diversity in age or skin colors.

What was your game changer?

One of the biggest changes that I initiated was how we see advertising. It didn’t make sense for me to have a 25-year-old model being the face of a campaign for women suffering from menopausal skin conditions.

On a Sunday, I had a magic moment in my apartment watching TV. I saw Jane Fonda presenting her book and I loved her skin that was even at a certain age glowing and full of life. The day after, I called around to get a meeting with her before she left Paris. Three days after, we had a coffee and six months after, she was shooting our advertising. Nicole Garcia, who is a famous French actress and filmmaker, made the first campaign for «Age Perfect» and it became a huge success. This tiny line of L’Oréal became the best-selling line of the brand thanks to Jane Fonda. 

It opened other doors, I decided to be more diverse and inclusive which is a big thing today. At that time, brands went for Western models like Claudia Schiffer for example. I decided to book Penélope Cruz, the first brunette. Rachida Brakni, the first Arabic ambassador, Gong Li from China and South African actresses. Also men were important. I signed Pierce Brosnan who was 60 years old at that time, Matthew Fox, and Patrick Dempsey. That was new as well. When people were looking at Hollywood, I was looking at TV shows. Also something that is huge today. Those were my years with L’Oréal – the brand did 10% of growth during 4 years. We took it to new heights.

Created under Sue Y. Nabi, La vie best belle has become one of the bestselling fragrances.

Why did you leave L’Oréal for Lancôme?

In 2009, I was feeling very comfortable with my job. The CEO came and told me that they need me for another brand that was not in good shape and this brand was Lancôme. So I used the same recipe. I looked for the face of the brand and tried to create amazing products. I was in Shanghai for my first trip for Lancôme when I received a phone call from Julia Robert‘s agent telling me that she is waiting for me tomorrow in Malibu. So I immediately hoped on the plane and met with her. That was the start of an amazing relationship. She became the face of the campaign. Furthermore, I created many bestsellers, including Visionnaire and Génifique eye serums and La vie est belle fragrance, that is today the number one perfume ahead of Chanel and Dior which was a big bet. People told me to stay away from scents as other brands were so much stronger in this sector. I worked for three years with Oliver Polge, Dominique Ropion, and Anne Filipo to create the best scent possible. It is 10 times more expensive than others in the mass market. When the success happened, I was 44 and I said to myself, I have two options, I finish my life at L’Oréal for the next twenty years or I try to do something different.

Sue Y. Nabi and Nicholas Vu

How did you get started? What is your vision behind ORVEDA?

Nicolas and I started working on Orveda in 2014 with a simple, shared vision: to do things in a better way. Thanks to my business travels through Asia, mainly South Korea and Japan, I heard a lot of things about skin care, what people were complaining about, what they didn’t trust any more and what they were looking for.

Therefore Nicholas Vu and I started to create a skincare line that ticks all the boxes that people were complaining about. We created the probably most concentrated skincare line in the world. Some products go up to 40% of active ingredients. In big companies, they work on nice textures for around two years and they put a hint of active ingredients in it because textures is the way you sell products over the counter, it has to be quick and easy. They don’t care about the longterm results as much as we do. We did it the other way. I asked the laboratory I was working with in France to build the texture around the products with 30% to 40% of active ingredients which was of course a challenge and very importantly we tested them on sensitive skin.

The second thing was that people were fed up with the term «anti-aging». It is not about aging, it is about looking your best at the stages in your life. If somebody is 50, they can look 40 if they take care of their skin. Anti-aging makes you feel guilty. It creates stress which produces cortisol which is the hormone of aging. People said they want to look healthy, rested, refreshed, glowy, just the best version of themselves. All words were not linked to age. Therefore I decided to study the science of glow which is more comprehensive than the science of aging. The latter is about wrinkles and firmness.

If you want to have a glowy skin, you need to work on hydration, on nutrition, on skin texture and evenness, transparency, the way the light travels your skin, you need to work on the size of the pores, on the fine lines, on the architecture of the skin, you need to work in fact on more than 10 skin parameters. This fact was a surprise for me who had worked for such a long time in the industry. It motivated me to come up with a line that caters to glowy skin because this is something we love at every age.

First step to boost your hydration and increase rosiness: The Healing Sap has to be applied not later than 3 minutes after cleaning your skin as the pores are then still open.

At ORVEDA, our glow rivals make-up. This didn’t come from a marketing idea, it derived from a real life happening. When we tested one of our star products, called «The Healing Sap», we gave it to 25 women to do a clinical testing for one month. After the testing was over, the clinic called me and told me, that many of the women called asking to keep the product. All these ladies were heavy foundation users, after four weeks of using our product, they stopped wearing foundation. Therefore we say, glow that rivals make-up.

You can test all the products at SPITZENHAUS in clear bottles to see the texture and colors.

How does it work?

Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic, Naturopathic and Taoist principles, ORVEDA works with skin, not against it. Understanding the skin as a «me-cosystem», it actually works on 3 levels:

On level 1: The skin’s natural moisture barriers. Our unique formula combines a marine enzyme and natural prebiotic to help heal the skin’s natural moisture barriers and helps to promote healthy skin microflora.
On level 2: It literally acts as «make-up from within», thanks to bio-fermented Kombucha black tea. Skin luminosity, skin transparency, superficial skin tones and visible skin texture are all visually improved. Kombucha colors your collagen pink. When you are young, the collagen is pink and blue, the older you are getting the more yellow and green it turns. It is visible from outside. Kombucha is also loved by plastic surgeons as it has a filling effect so that the light is better reflected.
On level 3: Depending on the SKU, it will help to correct all the visible flaws visible in your skin, including the appearance of fine lines, unevenness, visible pores, excess shine, superficial redness, the feel of dryness, rough skin, the appearance of contour definition and more…

What else is inside?

Our signature mix is made of: natural prebiotics that come from fermented potatoes and that, just like taking prebiotics for your gut, are designed to feed the good bacteria on your skin.
Bio-fermented marine enzymes, that come from deep inside the volcanic waters off the Californian coast, that, able to survive in such high temperatures, are designed to boost the healing of the moisture barrier of the skin. And as mentioned before, bio-fermented Kombucha black tea, that is known in Asia, for centuries, as «the long life beverage». On top of these 3 signature ingredients, you will also find the best, state-of-the-art cosmetic actives depending on each product.

Important is always go from water (serum) to oil and to put the cream (which is water and oil) in the middle.

What makes ORVEDA unique?

All our products are highly concentrated with up to 88% of the actives having a bio-fermented origin. They work with immediate effect, with your skin, not against it. Our products have cleaner formulations, we got rid of all the nasty stuff: they do not contain parabens, nor phenoxyethanol, no artificial colorants (the colour of our products is the natural colour of its ingredients or we use natural colourants), no alcohol that dries out the skin.
We have replaced mineral oils with botanical oils. And in all our cleansers, we have replaced sulfates with botanical cleansing agents that are not drying. Our formulations are VEGAN which means that they do not contain animal extracts and are not tested on animals (like the law in Europe requires).

Finally all Orveda packaging is made of Pure Glass that better protects our active formulations and we use less than 5% plastic.

What is the difference between «probiotic» and «prebiotic»?

«Probiotic» is the scientific name for bacteria. «Prebiotic» can be considered a kind of food for our good bacteria strains. All ORVEDA products contain only prebiotics. These are made from fermented potato fibers that are clinically proven to feed the good bacteria that live on our skin. By feeding the good bacteria that live on our skin with these fibers (in the same way that we feed the good bacteria in our gut with fibers from fruits and vegetables), we can strengthen our good bacteria and therefore can better protect our skin. ORVEDA does not use probiotics (i.e. ‘live’ bacteria) in any of our products owing to the fact that these cannot stay alive in formulations.

A truly amazing product: The Prebiotic Emulsion is designed to preserve skin’s moisture and to help prevent natural moisture loss. Augmented by a reusable cosmetic silicone mask, to be washed after each use. Important is always go from water to oil, put the cream in the middle.

Why don’t you sell night creams?

We do not sell night creams because we feel that night creams are just a greasier version of day creams… We recommend using our highly concentrated overnight masques. If you prefer, you can also use our day cream at night, since it is also suitable for night usage i.e. AM + PM.

The scent is beautiful. Can you please tell me a little bit more about it?

Our scent is made of Galbanum and is more expensive than traditional skincare fragrances. This rare plant that has a very unique scent that makes you feel like you are in a green forest… It has been used for centuries for its relaxing and soothing powers. It was created by a master Parisian perfumer exclusively for us.

With Christof Hoerler of SPITZENHAUS, who is also a huge fan of ORVEDA.

Is ORVEDA for women only?

No, it is actually a genderless line which means that all our products can be used either by women (they are made for women) or men (they are strong enough for men’s skin).
You can actually share your products with your husband/companion/son, which is also a way to «invest» smartly in ORVEDA .

Thank you, Sue, for your time and all these amazing insights!

After having tested the range, I can highly recommend some amazing products, such as The Healing Sap, the Eye Make-up Remover & Lash Serum that leaves a coat of lash serum while removing your eye make-up and the Ironing Effect Masque.

If you are interested, I recommend a visit to SPITZENHAUS for a complete personalized introduction to the brand.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: Courtesy of Orveda, Spitzenhaus, L’Oréal, Lancôme and © Sandra Bauknecht
#IAMORVEDA

The InstaSisley Filter

Ladies, those two products are so absolutely amazing, I don’t want you to miss out on them. It is honestly like applying an Instagram filter to your skin in daily life.

BLUR EXPERT
Luminous matte perfecting veil

The «InstaSisley» filter that creates ultra-luminous, perfect skin in a single stroke that lasts all day. This perfecting smoothing powder veil illuminates and beautifies the skin. Enriched with an ultra-pure, flawless mica and an ultra-smoothing high-tech powder, it allows for excellent light reflection for a very natural, perfect skin result.
CHF 89.50

L’ORCHIDÉE CORAIL
Highlighter blush with White Lily

The famous highlighter blush composed of three shades that blend endlessly to enhance the complexion and gently sculpt the face comes this summer in a variation of amazing coral shades. Enriched with White Lily to enhance your skin’s natural softness, this powdery formula is packed with light-diffusing micro-pearls.
CHF 102.50

TO SHOP SISLEY PARIS ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
iconNo more filter needed…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Sisley Paris