Davis Factor: Los Angeles

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Davis Factor, the renowned fashion and celebrity photographer, is the grandson of Hollywood makeup legend Max Factor. Together with his brother Dean, he founded Smashbox Studios in 1990, followed by their own make-up line six years later that is dedicated to work best in the tough studio environment (Smashbox products are exclusively available at Marionnaud in Switzerland). Davis lives in the third generation in Beverly Hills which is his favourite place on earth. Below you can enjoy his tips for the City of Angels.


Your favourite city?
LOS ANGELES – This is my home, where my family roots are. I am a surfer, I love the weather and the waves. It is spread out but peaceful. I love the mixture between the nature and the city.


Your favourite hotel?
BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL – I have spend my whole life there. They have a great pool, great atmosphere. The restaurants cater and they love me as I eat there 3-4 times per week. But  I have never stayed there as I live too close.
9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, +1 310 276 2251


Your favourite restaurant?
MR.CHOW – I love Chinese food a lot and I am great friends with Michael Chow’s daughter China. It’s the place for the who is who.
344 N Camden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, +1 310 278 9911

Your favourite dish there?
I love their Shrimp and Oyster sauce.


Your favourite bar or nightclub?
HYDE LOUNGE – Best on Fridays. A friend of mine owns it and I feel comfortable in there, it’s not like a big club, it’s not too loud, more lounge style with great food.
8029 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, 90046, + 1 323 655 8000


Your favourite sightseeing spot?
SUNSET IN MALIBU – Very Californian! My brother has a fabulous house in Malibu where I like to watch it.


Your favourite beach?
MALIBU BEACH – The sand is fantastic.
MANHATTAN BEACH – I surf there a lot, great community, classic beach with a family atmosphere.


Your favourite shop?
MAXFIELD – I buy for myself in there. Great selection of designer clothes and I love their Hermès vintage collections.
8825 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069, +1 310 274 8800


Your must-have accessory in Los Angeles?
A CAR – I drive a Mercedes-Benz. I have such a great experience with their service.


The best book to read while being on vacation there?
WONDERLAND AVENUE by Danny Sugerman.
It’s about his life as a troubled Beverly Hills kid who ended up being Jim Morrison’s best buddy. He hang out with all the rockstars of the ’80s and it all happens in the area where I grew up. It reminds me so much of Los Angeles and his brother is my doctor.

Sandra Bauknecht and Davis Factor 101

Thank you, Davis, for sharing your insider scoop on Los Angeles with us.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Locations and Smashbox Studios

My Look: California Cool

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While being in Los Angeles last week with Smashbox, I visited the Max Factor Hollywood museum, a real treasure box for all makeup and movie addicts. I will soon tell you more about it. Later, Davis Factor invited me to his amazing mansion for lunch. It was truly the perfect day not only because of the sunshine…

My look: Chain trim dresslogo bucket shoulder bag and pearl necklace with bow, all by Moschino, sunglasses by Miu Miu and shoes by Prada.

LoL, Sandra

Sandra Bauknecht and Davis Factor

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Sunglasses Miu Miu

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknechticon

My Look: Viva California

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The last days here in Los Angeles have been magic like always. There is something about this city that makes me feel like I have arrived, that makes me want to embrace the world. I am leaving today but will be back in 10 days… here you see me outside of the Smashbox Studios in Culver City where Davis Factor himself photographed me yesterday. A truly divine experience that I will share with you soon. In the meantime enjoy the details of my outfit.

My look: Daga sequined bandage dress by Hervé Léger, pointed leather Mary-Jane pumps by Saint Laurent, shearling bag and earrings by Chanel, sunglasses by Michael Kors, diamond ring and bracelet by Vainard Fine Jewellery, rose diamond ring and Limelight Gala watch by Piaget.

LoL, Sandra

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Chanel Bag in LA

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Sandra Bauknecht in LA in Hervé Leger

Saint Laurent Shoes

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Piaget rose ring

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Michael Kors Sunglasses

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Vainard Ring

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Smashbox – Created. Tested. Photographed.


SMASHBOX – Created. Tested. Photographed at Smashbox Studios LA.

Smashbox Cosmetics is an American makeup brand, founded by Dean and Davis Factor in 1996, with the focus on meeting the needs of “a high definition world”, the needs of a photo shoot brought to daily life.


Their goal has always been to demystify makeup and to help every woman to be her own makeup artist.

From finding quick beauty fixes to easy makeup application, Smashbox offers innovative products for everyone, everywhere. I recommend to visit their homepage for awesome makeup tutorials and more by clicking here.

Photo Primer

Smashbox’s most important products are the legendary PRIMERS, with 23% of the company’s overall business.
11 different primers are offered to choose from. To find out which one works for you, try the primer finder or visit the nearest Smashbox counter for a personalized shopping experience.

My personal favourite is the new oil-free Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer (blue, second to the left) that delivers immediate hydration to the skin and seals it in for hours while smoothing fine lines and pores, CHF 44.-.

Smashbox products are exclusively available in Switzerland at selected Marionnaud stores.

Click, you’re it! It is your flawless-looking skin…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Smashbox and © Sandra Bauknecht