IG Live YSL Beauty: Mother’s Day Special

Don’t miss today’s IG Live Beauty Talk «Mother’s Day Special» on my account @sandrascloset at 6.30 pm CET. I will go live with YSL Beauty National Makeup Artist UK Fred Letailleur @fredletailleur. With his expertise, I will create a fresh make-up look only with my fingers, will apply some lifting techniques, with the new YSL Beauty S/S 2021 makeup products on my daughter Anouk who is back from Boston for a few months. Best Mother’s Day gift ever!

Fred Letailleur

It has been a crazy morning so far, as the live talk was supposed to be with the YSL Beauty National Makeup Artist Switzerland Abdel Zouitina @abdel.zouitina. Unfortunately, Abdel woke up sick and Fred jumped in to help. We had a lovely morning training and I can promise you, the beauty talk is worth watching. He has been with YSL Beauty for 9 years and has been working in the beauty industry for over 23 years. His work was featured in international fashion magazines such as Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Instyle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and he created the makeup looks for celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dun, Kim Cattral, Sadie Frost, Eva Herzigova, Mischa Barton, Patricia Arquette , Ines de la Fressange, Catherine Deneuve, just to name a few.

«YSL Beauty is truly about beauty empowerment. It’s embracing all forms of beauty from natural, understated beauty to setting a more contrasted statement. It just merges perfectly the aspect of creativity with luxury. Yves Saint Laurent was always inspired by art as a form of inspiration. Like him, I always like to push it a little further to challenge beauty while respecting at the same time the natural beauty of a woman’s features.» – Fred Letailleur

Here is a summary of the products we use. To shop the products, just click on the highlighted product description. I am sure your mother would be delighted to receive such a gift.

The new S/S 2021 YSL Beauty makeup look is called POPPIN’ FRESH and features pastel and milky shades inspired by ice-cream colors. Playful hues perfect to start the warm weather season.

FACE & EYE PALETTE COLLECTOR
This limited edition palette is the perfect make-up accessory for summer. Reminiscent of a Saint Laurent clutch bag, it features 10 shades that can be used to dress the eyes.
Use the trendy pale rosy purple and silver shades as highlighters to bring light to the face and eyes.
Use the beige, soft pink, and rosy pink shades as blush to sculpt the face.

TOUCHE ÉCLAT
The iconic illuminating pen for over 25 years. It is 8 hours of beauty sleep in one click.
To illuminate, apply to the upper area of the cheekbones and the top of the brow bone. Create a three-dimensional effect by highlighting the bridge of the nose and adding a radiant touch to the middle of the forehead. Lightly trace the contours of the lips to define their shape and create the illusion of volume.
To remove shadows, draw a line over the smile lines to create a radiant light and smooth skin effect. You can also apply it under the eyes and along their inner corner to remove eye area shadows.

MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS THE CURLER
Say bye-bye to your lash curler. This amazing mascara features a bi-material brush to volumize, lift, curl and define your lashes.
1. Volumize with fiber brush
Using the black bristles on the concave side with the loaded reservoir, apply the mascara from the base of the lashes to the tip.
2. Lift & define with the elastomer comb
Using the pink comb, push the lashes upward at the base and holding for a moment before combing upwards to separate and lengthen.

ROUGE VOLUPTÉ SHINE
143 Chill Toffee
and 144 Peachy Light
Melting shine with fresh and vibrant color.
Apply directly on the lips for a moment of pure pleasure. Dab the color instead of applying it in one stroke for a super natural and plumbing effect. You can add several layers to intensify the color.

LIBRE EAU DE TOILETTE
The final touch to the new summer look is a spritz of the newly launched Libre Eau de Toilette by Yves Saint Laurent, a floral fragrance created by Anne Flipo and Carlos Benaim.
Top notes: Lavender, Mandarin Orange and Bergamot
Middle notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine Tea and Jasmine
Base notes: Musk, Vanilla and Ambergris.

See you in a few hours at 6.30 pm CET on IG Live!

I always loved playing dress up with Anouk when she was little. So for me, it is the best Mother’s Day treat to do her makeup again, this time of course in a more refined way. Hope that you will enjoy our session.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of YSL Beauty © David Biedert Photography
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Purr-fection

Today, I would love to show you the perfect gift idea for every cat-loving fashionista. From Alessandro Michele‘s cat prints for Gucci, to Miucci Prada‘s Miu Miu collection, the runways are replete with feline fantasies.

LoL, Sandra


Cat-print cotton-jersey T-shirticon by The Vampire’s Wife

Guardians printed tie-dyed cotton-jersey T-shirticon by Miu Miu

Check fil-à-fil cat-print shirt by Miu Miu

Cat-print tulle-trim T-shirt by MSGM

Cat-print appliqué wool sweater by Charles Jeffrey Loverboy

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Appliquéd organic printed cotton-jersey T-shirticon and embroidered-cat floral-print satin cushion, both by Gucci
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Oversized distressed printed cotton-jersey hoodie and oversized printed cotton-jersey T-shirticon, both by Balenciaga

Cat-print pillow by Fornasetti

Chiavari cat-print chair by Gucci

Photo: © David Biedert Photography – Stills: Courtesy of the Brands
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Happy Birthday Anouk

Dear Anouk, from the day you came into this world, I was as proud as can be, blessed with you as my beautiful daughter. So every year we had been celebrating this very special day together to mark another milestone in your life. This year is the first time we are separated due to the current pandemic. I am wishing you all the happiness in the world, celebrate to the fullest! Happy Birthday, Anouk, I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again and will always treasure the moment when I held you for the first time 19 years ago, on April 4th, 2002 at 12.34pm.

You laugh with me at ordinary things, you share my thoughts and understand the things I do and say. As you inspire me every day, your name has also inspired many designers to name their creations after it. I love you!

LoL, Sandra

Anouk hooded belted quilted ski jacketicon by Fusalp

Anouk Audacious Sheer Matte Lipstick by Nars

Anouk woven textured-leather clutchicon by Akris

Anouk sling-back pumps by Gianvito Rossi

Anouk leather tote bagicon by Tsatsas

Anouk sandals by Saint Laurent

Anouk small textured-leather toteicon by Oroton

Anouk cotton-jersey track pantsicon by Ernest Leoty

Anouk pumpsicon by Jimmy Choo

14kt gold-plated Anouk heart locket necklace by Sasha Samuel

 Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Sandra Bauknecht
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Happy Tasty Easter with Dolce & Gabbana

Easter greetings from Italy! The luxury label Dolce & Gabbana has collaborated with the traditional Sicilian bakery Fiasconaro and is providing you for Easter brunch with a sweet-smelling and exquisite pastry. This so-called «La Colomba Pasquale» is a counterpart to the popular festive Christmas panettoni. A modern take on the traditional recipe, they come in three different variations and make every festive table look special … a bit like vacation in Italy.

The «Colomba Pasquale» is the dove of peace, which is traditionally baked in Italy for Easter. It is not only a symbol of peace and rebirth, but also stands for traditional craftsmanship, family and the typical flavors of the south. Since a handmade Colomba has become rare, the «Colomba Pasquale» from the Sicilian Pasticceria Fiasconaro, which has been run as a family business since the 1950s, is something truly special.

The natural sourdough is refined with fresh ingredients and is known for its incomparable lightness and seductive fragrance. The Dolce & Gabbana by Fiasconaro edition is available in three versions: Colomba with Sicilian almonds and candied orange, Colomba with Sicilian chocolate and wild strawberry jam and the classic Colomba with Sicilian chocolate.

The exquisite eye-catching tins come in a typical Dolce & Gabbana print that has taken inspiration from the fine china of Delft, with its deep contrasting hues of blue against a porcelain-white background. The tins alone make for a most impressive gift, worth keeping long after the contents has been consumed.

In Switzerland available at Jelmoli and Globus, or online. Happy Easter!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Dolce & Gabbana and © Sandra Bauknecht

When Food Meets Fashion

When food meets fashion! Belonging to different luxury fields, Mary Katrantzou and Galateo & Friends have joined forces and created a limited-edition luxury gift box, containing a selection of excellent quality olive oils and vinegars to brighten up any table setting.

This four-piece gift set contains:
– Extra Virgin Olive Oil «Cultivar Taggiasca»
– Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
– «Flamingo» Rosé Wine Vinegar
– A gourmet condiment based on Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fresh LemonMary Katrantzou «dressed» each bottle and the sustainable and elegant gift box with colourful stamp prints, inspired by her signature postage stamp print. The perfect addition to the home of any food and fashion lover, specifically designed to please you both visually and gustatorily.

TO SHOP THE GIFT SET, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Mary Katrantzou
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Show Love This Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day will be different this year: with limited options for spontaneous getaways or romantic nights out, it is time to rethink the ways in which we can show appreciation for those who are dear to us. But when expectations are out the window, opportunities for new traditions arise. Let’s get creative! From small handwritten gestures to a beautiful gift. Treat your partner (or yourself!) with a Valentine’s Day surprise. Looking for inspiration? Have a look at my suggestions below:

Ruffled organza-trimmed printed silk crepe de chine dress by Rodarte
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Bracelet As de Coeur by Hermès

Cherries T-Shirt by Miu Miu

GG and heart crystal-embellished choker by Gucci


iconCrystal-heart drop clip earrings by Alessandra Rich

Happy Hearts 18-karat rose gold diamond ring by Chopard

Valentine’s Day plate set by Louis Vuitton

Valentine cotton-jersey hooded sweatshirt by Balenciaga
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Nike Air Force 1 Valentines Day 2021 for Women by Nike
I LOVE that they feature cute heart-shaped air holes on the top of the sneaker rather than the usual circle holes.

Nike Air Force 1 Valentine’s Day for Men by Nike
For the madly in love couples that love to match, there is also a sneaker for men.

Personalized chocolate by Toblerone

Besides all those fabulous gift ideas, there’s nothing quite like a handwritten Valentine’s Day card. Beautifully handcrafted, they’re ready to be filled with your love notes.

Love Valentine’s Day card by Smythson

Have a lovely Valentine’s weekend!

LoL, Sandra

Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

New Silver Lockit and Doudou Louis

As part of its Louis Vuitton for UNICEF partnership, Louis Vuitton adds four new colours of the Silver Lockit bracelets and launches its first Doudou Louis.

In continuation of its #MAKEAPROMISE campaign, Louis Vuitton is committed to raising awareness and funds for UNICEF to support the most vulnerable children around the world. Perfectly color coordinated, the new Silver Lockit bracelets come in pastel blue, pink, celadon green, and black.
Incorporating recycled silver and organic cotton for the first time, the Silver Lockit bracelets feature the iconic padlock as well as the LV signature circular logo.

In its rainbow of pastel colors, Doudou Louis, the Louis Vuitton for UNICEF teddy bear, appears for the first time in textile format. Made from organic cotton, the Monogram printed textile covers the teddy bear, with embroidered Monogram flowers making up Doudou Louis’ blue eyes.

Worldwide launch today, on January 29th, 2021.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Louis Vuitton

Win the New Retro, Chic! Limited Editions

If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift idea, I have one and it is getting even better… I am giving one lucky prize draw winner the chance to win this amazing CLIQUOT TAPES COLLECTOR BOX that is filled with six VEUVE CLIQUOT Brut Yellow Label 75cl bottles, worth almost CHF 1000.

The famous French champagne brand, which is part of the LVMH Group since 1986, is going Retro, Chic! and celebrates its love for retro aesthetics and beautiful objects, with the new CLIQUOT TAPE limited edition. As a true symbol of retro style dating back from the 1960s, VEUVE CLIQUOT revisits the audio cassette with a collection of 6 distinct designs. From disco to zebra patterns each CLIQUOT TAPE has its own look and feel, and you don’t need pick your favorite one as the collector box includes them all!

Once you enjoyed your bottles of VEUVE CLIQUOT Brut Yellow Label, you can display the beautiful tapes. Whether you want to store your own audio cassettes or any other things, this giftbox has been conceived to be kept for life. In case you don’t want to keep them, no hard feelings throwing them away. The packaging is 100 percent recyclable.

To participate in the contest, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «RETRO, CHIC!» to . All entries must be received until December 24, 2020. 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 cheers!

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Veuve Cliquot, Collages: © Sandra Bauknecht

Aesop Sensory Chronicles Gift Sets

Each year, Aesop unveils its gift kits that I am always a huge fan of. Themed around «Sensory Chronicles,» the 2020-2021 kits are inspired by the power of imagination with a forgotten work of literature included in each gift kit. As well as the literature, the kits contain a range of stand-out Aesop products.

Take a look at the four kits below, that are all housed in a biodegradable case which is produced from 100 percent recycled material. The 2020 gift kits are available from now until October 31, 2021. Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly.

The Chance Companion Kit
iconAesop’s ‘Chance Companion’ set includes two full-size bottles of the brand’s best-selling hand and body products, making it the perfect gift for fans of the label. It comes in a recycled paper pulp presentation box that’s printed with a QR code – scan it to hear short stories by the modernist writer Katherine Mansfield.

The Lore Collector Kiticon
Aesop’s ‘The Lore Collector’ set is all about nourishing your body as well as your mind. It includes four soothing staples to help skin remain hydrated and supple. Plus, if you scan the QR code on the recycled pulp packaging, you’ll hear a relaxing audiobook with tales from folklorist Lafcadio Hearn.

The Seasoned Wayfarer Kit
iconAesop’s ‘Seasoned Wayfarer’ set is a thoughtful gift for those who love hosting. It includes three aromatic products for the home, all packaged inside a recycled paper pulp presentation box printed with a QR code – scan it with a phone to unlock a range of audio stories by Nobel Prize-winning writer Rabindranath Tagore.

The Metaphysical Voyager Kit
iconWith Aesop’s ‘The Metaphysical Voyager’ kit, you can enjoy skin-friendly benefits and some magical storytelling as well. You’ll find a scannable QR code on the recycled pulp packaging that reveals an audiobook version of the Brazilian author Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis‘ The Delirium and other stories.

The Ardent Nomad Kit
iconEach skincare product in Aesop’s ‘The Ardent Nomad’ kit is infused with Parsley Seed, an antioxidant-rich extract that promotes a calm, supple complexion. It’s boxed in recycled pulp packaging – scan the QR code to hear audio samples from the diary entries of legendary explorer Isabelle Eberhardt for an inspirational way to start the day.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Aesop
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The Piano of 24 Colors by Hermès

Dear Santa, if I asked you for an instrument for Christmas this year, it would be the Piano of 24 Colors by Hermès. Indulging in a gifting extravaganza, the set is filled with 24 Rouge Hermès lipsticks designed by Pierre Hardy. The 24 number is in reference to the Hermès address in Paris, 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honorè, which means it could also work perfectly as an advent calendar.

The gift box that houses the lipstick collection is as long as a piano, spanning 88.3 cm. Beautifully packaged in the label’s signature orange bag in addition to the box, the collection includes all of the signature shades such as «Beige Naturel,» «Rouge Orange» and «Rose Lipstick

As Hermès Beauty’s creative director Jérôme Touron explains: «The 24 colors of our lipsticks resonate together like piano keys. Having them all to hand allows you to play endlessly

Limited to 440 boxes, the Piano of 24 Colors is available for example at Selfrigdes to order for £1400 here. A lipstick a day keeps the sorrow away!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Hermès