Byredo and Susanne Kaufmann

Pioneer of the natural skincare space Susanne Kaufmann and luxury beauty brand Byredo have partnered to launch a limited-edition series of products that celebrate the sensorial connection between skincare and fragrance. What started as a friendship and meeting of two friends developed into a creative collaboration that celebrates the worlds of both brands, their passion for beauty and commitment to local production and craftsmanship.

Combining Susanne’s expertise in skincare with Ben Gorham’s knowledge of fragrance, the collection includes a deeply moisturising scented body oil and roll-on fragrance oil, inspired by the Bregenzerwald, a forest region in the heart of the Austrian Alps and home of the Susanne Kaufmann brand. Drawing on these surroundings, the fragranced oils celebrate the idyllic landscape, amplified by the green freshness of the pine trees that blanket the mountainous area. Antioxidant rich, locally sourced plant oils deliver lasting moisturising benefits, while notes of jasmine and hints of sweet fig create an invigorating yet soothing aroma, reminiscent of a walk in the forest.

Inspired by the fresh, energising air of the forest and developed with apricot kernel and meadowfoam seed oil, achieve silky smooth skin by applying the oil all over the body to damp skin after showering or bathing and massage in.

Transport yourself to the forests of Bregenzerwald in the heart of the Austrian Alps with this on-the-go fragrance oil. Apply to the pulse points and desired areas of the body and sense the wild yet calming openness of Alpine nature.

The Bregenzerwald Fragrance Oil retails for €110 EURO/$125 USD/$130 CAD/£90 GBP and the Bregenzerwald Body Oil retails for €90 EURO/$100 USD/$155 CAD/£75 GBP. Both are available at Byredo stores,, and select retail partners from 14 September 2023.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Susanne Kaufmann / Byredo
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Clé de Peau Beauté Launches in Switzerland

I am happily announcing that I am a new ambassador for Clé de Peau Beauté. Founded in Japan in 1982, the ultra luxury skincare and makeup brand is finally available in Switzerland again. Today Clé de Peau Beauté is owned by the Shiseido Group. The name says it all, Clé de Peau means in French the key to skin’s beauty.

Mathieu Arsac, Marketing Director Shiseido Group, Switzerland, with me.

Yesterday, influencers and journalists were invite to Signau House in Zurich for an intimate lunch and to discover the products first hand.


Clé de Peau Beauté’s mission has always been to forge new frontiers in advanced skin cell science. It was the first brand in 1982 to consider the skin on a cellular level. Based upon decades of research and with a sophisticated combination of cutting-edge Japanese technology and precious ingredients, scientists unlocked the power of Skin Intelligence – skin’s innate ability to distinguish between good and bad stimuli to achieve and maintain its ideal condition. Scientists considered the epidermis as the third brain. Clé de Peau Beauté products were created to empower skin to reach this highly desired state of harmony – the key to skin’s radiance, and optimal qualities of texture, tone and contour.


Luxurious in every aspect, from masterfully crafted formulations to highly sensorial experiences, Clé de Peau Beauté adopted the global language of luxury, French. With a full range of exceptionally crafted skincare, color, and complexion products, Clé de Peau Beauté helps women to unlock skin’s innermost potential and, ultimately, transform skin and reveal the radiance within.

During the next weeks, I will explain you the different products, my skincare routine further and give you some make-up tips. So stay tuned for more.
Clé de Peau Beauté is available in Switzerland at Globus and Marionnaud.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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OPI Big Zodiac Energy Collection

With enchanting shades that are off the charts, the new OPI Big Zodiac Energy Collection for Fall 2023 offers a colorscope of hues channeling earth, air, fire, and water tones. Featuring a palette of 12 elemental hues with one-of-a-kind pearls, celestial shimmers, and even a holographic effect, these multidimensional shades will make nails glisten from hand to toe.

Mesmerizing sage, mint, and gold capture Earth signs’ tranquil nature, while water signs make a splash with a dreamy baby blue, cobalt, and holographic silver. Fire signs light the way with a fierce red, burgundy, and gold, while air signs give off pearlescent white, navy blue, and violet.

«Each shade represents an individual zodiac sign, and consumers can choose the colors that match their sun, moon, and rising signs, or mix and match shades to create other looks with more ruling planets and signs in their birth chart,« says OPI Global Director of Color Equity Jill Bartoshevich. «The season’s top trend shade Scorpio Seduction is a shimmering cobalt blue that’s bold and has hidden depths, just like its namesake sign.»

OPI has partnered with astrology app Sanctuary to develop horoscopes for each shade in the Big Zodiac Energy Collection. Astrologically, each color has a different meaning. Each zodiac sign is associated with a specific color that reflects its personality traits and energies. Consumers can choose a shade based on the zodiac season or their personal connection to the cosmos. In support of the Big Zodiac Energy collection, Sanctuary’s color horoscopes will be paired with custom content on their social media channels to help consumers connect to the shades that speak to the season or their stars.

Big Zodiac Energy Collection shades will be available in Infinite Shine, Nail Lacquer, and GelColor formulas.
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.

A bronze pearl that’s nothin’ but perfection.
Taurus-t Me
A mint green shimmer that’s the most loyal.
Feelin’ Capricorn-y
A sage green shimmer that’ll bring the wit.
Pisces the Future
A light blue pearl that’s totally psychic.

I Cancer-tainly Shine
A holographic silver that’s giving intuition.
Scorpio Seduction
A cobalt pearl that’s mysterious AF.
Kiss My Aries*
A fiery red shimmer that doesn’t hold back.
Big Sagittarius Energy
A burgundy pearl that’s pure fire.

The Leo-nly One
A bold gold pearl that’s the center of attention.
Gemini and I*
A soft white shimmer that has mani sides.
Aquarius Renegade
A navy blue pearl that doesn’t follow the rules.
Feelin’ Libra-ted*
A shimmery violet that’s beyond balanced.

• Launch date Switzerland: 14th August 2023
• Recommended retail price per Infinite Shine 15 ml: 24.90 CHF (at the discretion of retailers)
• Recommended retail price per Nail Lacquer 15 ml: 19.90 CHF (at the discretion of retailers)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © OPI #OPISwitzerland #OPIBigZodiacEnergy
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CHANEL Chance Eau Fraîche Eau de Parfum

CHANCE EAU FRAÎCHE charmed the world with its joyous, lively, and sparkling scent. Now, CHANEL presents a new, dazzling and elegant interpretation of it. A new chance is within reach.

VIBRANT ENERGY 2002: CHANEL unveils CHANCE, a gleeful and optimistic floral fragrance creation. A name redolent of success and achievement. «Chance is a way of being», said Gabrielle Chanel. It is no coincidence; it must be created, honed, sought out. It is the product of effort and passion.
Four interpretations of this now-iconic scent emerged, including CHANCE EAU FRAÎCHE Eau de Toilette, a floral-sparkling fragrance with a modern, sophisticated, and decidedly light trail that features notes of jasmine and zesty citron paired with a teak wood accord. An invigorating composition with charming optimism.

BOLD DUALITY 2023: CHANEL reinterprets CHANCE EAU FRAÎCHE Eau de Toilette, creating a version that combines the density of an Eau de Parfum with the brightness of the Eau de Toilette. For this unique composition, CHANEL Perfumer-Creator Olivier Polge amplified the intensity without overpowering its freshness—a challenge he met with great success. CHANCE EAU FRAÎCHE Eau de Parfum has the same spontaneous, lively nature as the Eau de Toilette, but leaves behind a more intense trail. Rather than merely adjust the concentration, the perfumer composed something completely new, a fragrance in its own right. The citron accord has become exhilarating without losing its original juiciness; the jasmine is richer and more intense; and the teak wood accord reveals a more ambery facet, giving it a certain elegance.

CHANCE EAU FRAÎCHE EAU DE PARFUM Vaporisateur 100 ml CHF 192.-

Available from Mid August 2023.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL
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NARS Laguna Summer 2023 Collection

NARS released their new limited-edition Laguna Collection for Summer 2023 and I fell immediately in love. The collection is available now featuring some amazing products.


Light up lids with striking Quad Eyeshadow palettes, inspired by bestselling shade Laguna. Pure pigments suspended in an innovative liquid binding system create rich, high-impact color in just one stroke. Create a sultry gaze with bronzed neutrals, ignite eyes with brightening shimmers, and sweep on deep browns for smoldering intensity. Featuring matte, shimmer, and glitter finishes. Available in two versions, Laguna and Laguna Sunset.


Indulge lips in inviting shine with tinted Afterglow Lip Balm, featuring Monoï Hydrating Complex for smooth, supple comfort and a blend of antioxidants to help protect lips. Swipe on a hint of tint. Saturate with a surge of hydration.


A color-meets-care hybrid lipstick with dimensional shine and 8-hour hydration. Available in 10 different shades.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Rian Davidson 
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Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Regimen

As promised in my recent post about my Bobbi Brown Skin Routine, here are more details about the newest additions to the amazing Vitamin Enriched Collection.

Multivitamin-infused moisture meets just-right coverage in the newest addition to our Vitamin Enriched Collection. It’s makeup that does more. Skin-loving nourishment gives skin a boost of moisture for 12 hours. Sheer, natural-looking coverage blurs imperfections. Plus, SPF 15 protects while it perfects to help prevent UVA and UVB damage. NEW Vitamin Enriched Skin Tint SPF 15 is a tint that does more.
It’s available in 18 shades featuring the Pigment-Flex Technology with specially coated pigments that help shades to melt seamlessly into skin and adapt to a range of skin tones. CHF 56.00

Naturally derived ingredients:
– Signature blend of Vitamins B, C and E helps nourish skin
– Pro-Vitamin D and Cactus Flower help strengthen skin’s barrier to keep skin hydrated
– Vitamin E Complex helps defend skin from environmental aggressors
– Hyaluronic Acid helps instantly moisturize
– Shea Butter helps soften and condition

Blur. Balance. Boost. the NEW Vitamin Enriched Pressed Powder helps lock in moisture over time, refines skin tone, and controls oil all day to balance skin for a fresh, healthy look. CHF 60.00

1 Powder. 3 Powers:
– Vitamin B5-infused formula helps lock in moisture and boosts hydration in 7 days.
– Hydro-Soft Powder Technology creates a creamy, silky-soft finish with blurring benefits.
– Weightless formula blends effortlessly into skin and controls oil all day.

Refresh your regimen with our Vitamin Enriched Collection for a good skin day – all day, every day. These multitasking formulas plump, prime, and perfect – for more beauty with less effort.
VITAMIN ENRICHED EYE BASE: Wakes up tired-looking eyes as it smooths and preps for corrector and concealer
VITAMIN ENRICHED FACE BASE: Nourishes, plumps, and primes for smooth makeup application
NEW VITAMIN ENRICHED SKIN TINT SPF 15: Gives skin a boost of moisture and just-right coverage
NEW VITAMIN ENRICHED PRESSED POWDER: Boots moisture over time, refines skin tone, and controls oil all day for a fresh, healthy look.

Available from August 2023.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / David Biedert Photography
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Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess

Summer is almost here and we are ready to bring out our inner Bronze Goddess. Discover and enjoy these summer essentials and create your perfect glow.

Bronze Goddess Lumière
Summer Look Palette for Eyes & Cheeks

Inspired by the sun, the limited edition palette has 9 eyeshadows, one of which doubles as a highlighter. The eyeshadows have satin, matte, and shimmer finishes and are supposed to be highly pigmented and blend together seamlessly. Create endless goddess-worthy looks with nine silky shadows designed to emphasize and dramatize the eyes.

CHF 88.00

Bronze Goddess
Self-Tan Gelée for Face and Body

Keep your glow going all year round with this super-luxurious limited edition tinted gelée. Lightly fragranced with key notes from Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche, this streak-free formula immediately improves radiance as it builds a natural-looking bronze color over time. The gel is infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Monoi Oil to nourish skin and provide immediate moisturization that lasts for 24 hours.

This formula glides on for a smooth, mistake-proof application that results in an even tan every time. Control the depth of your tan by washing off the transfer-resistant gel after 1 hour for a more subtle glow, or after up to 3 hours for a deeper tan. Embrace the glow and confidence of a Bronze Goddess.

CHF 35.00

Bronze Goddess Lumière
Eau de Parfum Spray

Embrace the warmth of a tropical paradise with this sensual fragrance that is as relaxing as it is enticing. The freshness of a distant, lush island comes alive with the scent of Frangipani. Its slightly fruity and rosy presence paints a picture of a sunrise landscape. Bronze Goddess’ signature feminine sensuality glows from the heart of the scent, as rich, exotic Jasmine Sambac is met with the brightness of Lemon Leaves and Italian Mandarin notes. The fresh scent of Coconut Milk further evokes the essence of the original Bronze Goddess fragrance. Notes of dreamy Tuberose and earthy Cristal Moss deepen the fragrance’s base while the warm note of Amber makes it all come alive. This unforgettable combination works together to create a destination you’ll want to come back to over and over again.

CHF 76.00


LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Rian Davidson 
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My Bobbi Brown Skin Routine

Today, I would like to present you my BOBBI BROWN Skin Routine and show you how the multitasking formulas in the Vitamin Enriched Collection help you plump, prime, and perfect your skin for more beauty with less effort. For a previous post how to vitaminize your skin, click here please.

On my Instagram account, you will find a tutorial of me showing you the application process in detail.

Step 1: After your moisturizing ritual, you will apply the Vitamin Enriched Face Base as the last step before your actual makeup application. I personally love to let my skincare absorb well before continuing.

Step 2: The Vitamin Enriched Eye Base is best applied under the eye before your concealer. Don’t put it on your eyelids as your eyeshadow won’t last well. At night you can use it all around the eye to pamper this delicate skin.

Step 3: The Vitamin Enriched Skin Tint SPF 15 (for more coverage use the Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation) is blended in with the Full Cover Face Brush by gently tapping the product into the skin in a stippling motion. Avoid any wiping or rubbing motions because that will only push the foundation around and cause streaks.

Step 4: Skin Corrector Stick in Light Bisque is applied under the eyes only on the dark circles, by dabbing it with the Full Cover Touch Up Brush.

Step 5: On top of it, add a thin layer of Skin Full Cover Concealer in Natural. Again, only dabbing no rubbing.

Step 6: Setting powder should be applied after you let the concealer «marinate» (sit) for 2-3 minutes best with the Eye Blender Brush. Once the excess product shows, you tap it in and fix it immediately with the powder. This helps to set your base makeup in place and keeps creasing away. In general the rule is for applying corrector and concealer: «less is more».

Step 7: For the final touch use bronzer, blush and highlighter from the Sculpt & Glow Palette to sculpt your face.

Stay tuned! In my next post I will give you more details about the newest additions to the amazing Vitamin Enriched Collection.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht for @bobbibrown #BobbiBrown #VitaminEnriched #BobbiBrownSwitzerland
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Le Jardin des Rêves Dior at the Timeo

Belmond unveils a partnership with Dior for a new wellness experience in the legendary gardens of Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, in celebration of the iconic property’s 150 year anniversary. From now to October 2023, the hotel’s storied gardens will welcome two Dior treehouse treatment cabins perched in the majestic cypress trees, offering guests and visitors exclusive skincare treatments in a verdant oasis, overlooking the sea.

In Timeo’s six-acre gardens, designed by English gardener and pioneering wildlife conservationist Florence Trevelyan at the end of XIX century, many artists and writers have found meditative peace and inspiration over the last 150 years. Today Grand Hotel Timeo and Dior Spa are fostering the same spirit, inviting guests to enjoy a moment of wellbeing in the hotel’s lush enclave.

Guests are invited to climb a few steps up a wooden staircase to access two highly sophisticated treatment cabins, one double and one single, perched in the cypress trees. These vibrant green wooden treehouses are elevated with the famous Toile de Jouy curtains, in a matching shade.
The decor takes inspiration from the fragrant flora and fauna which envelopes the pop-up spa. Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior, has reimagined the iconic Dior fabric decorating the cabins in a bold leaf-green to blend seamlessly with the lush surroundings. The Dior Toile de Jouy wallpaper, the bamboo seating and the modern design lamps with brushed brass finishes, create an intimate and refined atmosphere.

Each cabin, designed by Thirtyone Design + Management, has its own individual terrace with sea views complete with a parasol in matching fabric, rattan furniture and plants, offering guests the privacy to extend this moment of well-being in absolute serenity.

The menu of signature face and body treatments draws on the skills and expertise of Dior skincare, created to help the skin and the senses blossom during the summer. The signature Dolce Vita Solar Glow, a one-hour face and body treatment ensures a perfectly enhanced and extended sun tan. Depending on the time of the treatment, it concludes with either a head-to-toe application of protective sun cream, lotion or oil before sun exposure, or with a soothing after-sun balm or shimmering oil, at the end of the day.

Beauty-enhancing treatments, all characterised by iconic Dior techniques that combine the best of traditional Eastern and Western methods with powerful, targeted movements, include: Dior Prestige Haute Précision, a major holistic face treatment using the Dior Prestige product line and combining the regenerative power of the Granville Rose with enveloping massage techniques to blend pleasure with visible correction of the signs of age; and Constellation, a deeply relaxing holistic body massage, for perfect harmony between body and mind.

To see the spa menu and prices, click here please.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Pierre Mouton for Parfums Christian Dior
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Read My Lips

The eternally-glamorous red lip has recently undergone a seriously racy makeover, thanks to trailblazing makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench. Her eponymous beauty brand Isamaya Beauty has just launched its third collection, entitled LIPS, that literally screams «read my lips

We all know that packaging is important in our days, and Isamaya Beauty seems to have heard the call for action. Sex sells … therefore the latest product additions are head-turning phallus-inspired lipstick tubes, a playful take on the sexual innuendo marketing tactic that beauty brands have deployed forever.

But be careful, your better half might be jealous how many times per day you enjoy this glow job …


LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Isamaya Beauty
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