Essie and the City

ESSIE‘s Fall 2018 six shade nail polish collection will have your fall for NYC. If these city slicking nail polishes can make it here, you can take them anywhere.

From left to right: It Takes a West Village – Stop, Drop & Shop – Booties on Broadway – Fall for NYC – Say It Ain’t Soho – Empire Shade of Mind

Available now for CHF 14.90 (13,5ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of ESSIE

The Best Luxury Advent Calendars

Here’s how to make the countdown to Christmas all the more exciting. Starring Jo Malone, Balmain Paris Hair Couture and Molton Brown, here are my favourite luxurious advent calendars for Christmas 2017. To shop click on the highlighted text or see the information below each calendar.

Balmain Advent Calendar by Balmain Paris Hair Couture
iconThis 10-door advent calendar is filled with some of the house’s best-selling beauty products to get you ready for the party season.

Gold Holiday Calendar by Susanne Kaufmann
iconLet the holidays come early with Susanne Kaufmann’s advent calendar. Presented in an opulent gold box are 24 doors with hidden beauty products designed to make you look and feel your best over the busiest period of the year. Make it an early present to yourself.

Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar by NYX Professional Makeup
24 lip colors are included in this limited edition advent calendar! Make every day more colorful.
Available for CHF 79.90

Nail Polish Advent Calendar 2017 by Essie
It’s never early enough for XMAS! This calendar is for the nail polish aficionados, it is filled with different nail polishes in different sizes, topcoat and base coat as well as apricot oil, remover, a nail file, nail butter and a toe separator.
Available in Switzerland at MANOR, Import Parfumerie and COOP for around CHF 99.00.

Advent Calendar 2017 by Jo Malone
This colourful advent calendar (with it’s sweet Georgian townhouse design), filled with miniature fragrances, shower gel and small candles, is set to be a sell-out; act fast to get your hands on one.
Available in Switzerland at Jelmoli in Zurich for CHF 490.00.

Advent Calendar 2017 by Molton Brown
Trimmed with opulent silver foil, this unisex advent calendar houses the brand’s iconic fragrances and body products. Unlock each door to reveal where a captivatingly scented luxury is hidden. A great gift for a real gentleman.
Available at Jelmoli for CHF 199.00.

Advent Calendar by Amorana
My favorite! For the naughty ones and those who are madly in love, this advent calendar comes with all sorts of toys to bring a little excitement to your bedroom before Christmas.
Available at Swiss online shop Amorana in two versions, classic for CHF 149.90 and premium for CHF 299.90.

Enjoy your advent time!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and via Moda Operandi

Essie Winter 2013 Collection

Essie Winter 2013 Collection Cobver

Yesterday, Essie‘s Winter 2013 Collection was in the mail and couldn’t wait to share it with you! The cold season is coming – and with it, a lavish lineup of the season’s nicest necessities in six smashing shades. Pastels and saturated deeps, enjoy the new must-have hues including from left to right:


Parka Perfect: Shimmering cashmere mint grey
Warm & Toasty Turtleneck: Lavender angora
Toggle To The Top: Sparkling garnet red

Mind Your Mittens: Black teal
Sable Collar: Pearlescent cocoa plum
Shearling Darling: Ebony red

In stores now for CHF 20.00 each.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Essie and © Sandra Bauknecht

Do you mint?

Do you mint

The moment Chanel models paraded down the Fall 2009 runway with mint green nails, I went finally crazy. It looked so cotton candy, reminding me of a mouth-watering sorbet melting softly. When MAC had launched their Sugarsweet” collection last spring, their shade of green “Peppermint Patti” had been sold out immediately.
The same happend when Chanel`s Jade Nail Collection went on sale on Friday, Sept 11th at the N.Y.C. Fashion`s Night Out. Fashionistas grabbed every bottle they could get, probably as an investment. At ebay the little treasures went for up to $200.- (the retail price was $25.-).

In Europe, Chanel 407 Jade was only available at a few spots like Harvey Nichols in London. Germany or Switzerland did not receive it at all (but the cover model wore this perfect hint of shimmer for the november issue of German Vogue). How crazy is that?
Hollywood`s Eyebrow King Damone Roberts created with OPI his signature shade “Damone Roberts 1968” based on the wall colour in his salons (in Beverly Hills and N.Y.C.) and not surpisingly it was sold out fast.

For those of you that have missed the hype, I have some amazing – for your wallets utterly unique- suggestions to get a trendy green on your nails. Essie created for this winter a beautiful shade called „Mint Candy Apple“ and OPI have „Hey! Get in Lime“ in their brights collection. For the Zurich based readers, Beautyssima at the Rennweg has a wide range of OPI products.

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If you think that you would never wear mint green nails, have a look at my way of working it. This outfit would look double-cool with it. But please do not start sucking your thumbs even if they will look so yummy!

LoL, Sandra