Contest: Happy Mother’s Day with LA MER

Happy Mother’s Day! Today, 10 readers have the chance to win a LA MER «The Lip Volumizer».  Just like the brand’s premium concentrates and creams, it is enriched with the label’s legendary patented Miracle Broth™ elixir made from a blend of minerals, vitamins and Sea Kelp. Formulated to hydrate and nourish, this serum-inspired treatment coats your pout in an iridescent sheen and is designed to soften lines and plump at the same time. Great news is that it is free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

To participate, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «LA MER» to . All entries must be received until May 12, 2022. 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 Happy Mother’s Day!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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LA MER The Lip Polish

Meet LA MER‘s new The Lip Polish, a sensorial buffing balm that gently smooths and retextures the lips.

Formulated with Miracle Broth™ and a blend of sugar crystals, marine minerals and sea-sourced exfoliants, The Lip Polish deeply refines the lips – exfoliating, comforting and conditioning the surface for a perfectly plush pout. The Lip Detailing Wand boosts microcirculation and lips have a natural-looking rosy radiance.

You know that I am a huge fan of the brand and can absolutely recommend this new addition to the line that is available now for CHF 85.00. I use The Lip Polish continuously now to help prevent roughness.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © LA MER
DISCLOSURE: We may earn commission from links on this page, but I only recommend products I love. Promise.

Skinvestment

One month ago, it was my birthday and I turned 47. People sometimes wonder why I am so honest with my age. Why shouldn’t I be? It is nothing to be ashamed of. There’s so much to be grateful for. In the recent shadow of many lives cut short, we all understand how fleeting and precious life is. I am proud of my achievements, of all the great memories I built, of all the blessings I received. Each year of life and experience is wisdom gained, lessons learned, and perspective broadened. I find it actually also quite fun to tell people my age because they are mostly very astonished and think that I am much younger.

Blame it to my slim figure, or my facial structure, that might be genetic, but there is one thing that I have been doing since forever and that is taking care of my skin! It is called skinvestment, the action of investing time, money, and effort on skincare routine in order to bring out a healthier skin.

I have been using – as you all know – LA MER products since many years and especially love the Genaissance de la Mer™ line. At first glance, it is an exquisite collection that promises to disrupt the evolution of time. But on a deeper look, this innovative collection is more than a luxurious proposition against the effects of aging. It is a research-based approach that goes beyond the façade to bring the science to the fore, and new empirical testing that yields results such as deep lines measurably reduced, and other signs of aging targeted by specific technology and ingredients. In a clinical study, 100% of panelists showed a measurable reduction in the appearance of fine lines (clinical testing on 26 women, after using the product for 8 weeks.)

Skincare should be fun and Genaissance is the ultimate sensorial experience, while helping to accelerate skin renewal, and addressing the visible effects of time. Usher with me in a new era of Genaissance where the science of beauty is considered, and agelessness knows no bounds.

Genaissance de la Mer™
The Infused Lotion

Unique blend of milky and watery lotion to strengthen and hydrate skin

  • Prepares skin for the power of the Genaissance de la Mer™ collection
  • Hydrates, softens, nourishes, and strengthens skin
  • Leaves skin feeling balanced and comforted and looking healthier and more youthful

Genaissance de la Mer™
The Serum Essence

Ultimate accelerated renewal to visibly address all signs of time

  • Visibly diminishes lines & wrinkles to reveal youthful, renewed skin
  • Lifts & firms the looks of skin and helps strengthen skin’s barrier / density
  • Visibly minimizes pores and smoothes texture
  • Leaves skin with a more even tone and translucence appearance.

Genaissance de la Mer™
Eye and Expression Cream

Targets signs of aging in eye and expression areas

  • Visibly softens all signs of time including the look of dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines, leaving skin looking renewed and more youthful
  • Expression areas such as the forehead, smile, and laugh lines appear more plumped and smooth
  • Skin looks less puffy, more lifted and feels soft and soothes around expression areas

Genaissance de la Mer™
The Concentrated Night Balm

Accelerated renewal, comfort and strength over night

  • Helps skin rebuild natural collagen and elastin to strengthen its Extracellular Matrix, so lines and wrinkles appear diminished and skin feels firmer while skin is in overnight restorative mode
  • Deep hydration plumps and softens skin so it looks smoother and more radiant
  • Rapidly strengthens skin’s barrier to help protect skin from the stresses of the day to come

I recommend trying the The Genaissance de la Mer™ Discovery Collection set that is available on counters and online here. It is great starter set to experience the full range.

The set includes:
15ml GDLM Infused Lotion
30ml GDLM Serum Essence
5ml GDLM Eye & Expression Cream
5ml GDLM Night Balm
Price CHF 705.00

Your Genaissance routine should be followed by your favorite LA MER moisturizer. If you need help in finding the right texture, click here please for a previous post.

Great news is that I have a special promo code for you: use VSASANDRALAMER at check-out. You will receive CHF 40 off any purchase of minimum CHF 200. This code is a one time use and not combinable with other offers or codes. It works only in the Swiss La Mer website and is valid until February 28, 2022.

In case you have any specific question about my skin care, please send me an e-mail to with the header «skin care».

And, ladies, please don’t forget! Getting older is not something to fear or be embarrassed about. It’s a collection of experiences, lessons, and the adventures that have made you who you are. There’s a freedom that comes from getting older as a woman, even if it means accepting some changes to your body. It’s your aura that counts. If you feel good, you will steal the show. Trust me on that one.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
DISCLOSURE: This is a paid collaboration with LA MER and a heartfelt message from me.
@lamer #LaMer #LoveLaMer #GenaissancedelaMer

A LA MER Moisturizer for Every Moment

You know how much I love the LA MER MoisturizersI have a moisture wardrobe for every moment, no matter the season, style or destination.
Infused with cell-renewing Miracle Broth™, the famous moisturizer collection delivers healing moisture and potent renewal. From ultra-rich to refreshingly cool, they adapt to your moisture needs no matter the occasion or destination.

Below you will find the five different textures. I compared them to fabrics to give you an idea how they feel like. It is up to you to find your favorites. Go to the counter and try them. I use them according to my daily needs, the weather conditions and my mood.

So let’s have a look at the 5 different options – that all provide your skin with this extra kick of moisture:

THE MOISTURIZING MATTE LOTION
This ultra lightweight hydrating lotion gives skin a smooth, healthy-looking matte finish, ideal for oilier skin.

If it was a fabric, it would be a fine wool …

THE MOISTURIZING SOFT LOTION
This lightweight lotion absorbs quickly, delivering all day healthy moisture. Ideal for combination skin.

If it was a fabric, it would be a soft satin …

THE MOISTURIZING COOL GEL CREAM
This lightweight gel cream leaves the skin feeling cooled and soothed with a fresh, healthy radiance. Ideal for combination / oily skin.

If it was a fabric, it would be a cool silk …

THE MOISTURIZING SOFT CREAM
With Miracle Broth™ infused Moisturizing Spheres, this lighter-weight cream renews skin’s barrier for a naturally vibrant radiance. Ideal for combination / drier skin.

If it was a fabric, it would be an exquisite cashmere …

CRÈME DE LA MER
This luxuriously rich cream helps heal dryness by immersing skin in deep, soothing moisture. Fine lines appear softened over time. Ideal for drier skin.

If it was a fabric, it would be a rich velvet …

Great news is from November 25 – 27, 2021, you can enjoy a «Black Friday» special. You will receive automatically 4 LA MER deluxe samples, a silk scarf and a make-up pocket mirror for every order over CHF 130 at checkout – only while stock lasts.

Here are some ideas how to wear the beautiful silk scarf. My favorite is to wrap it around the handle of a bag.

Happy Black Friday weekend!

TO SHOP THE LA MER MOISTURIZERS, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht and David Biedert Photography 
DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored. #LaMer #LoveLaMer

La Mer The New Hydrating Infused Emulsion

Hydration – that is one of the most important elements to stay healthy and young. Especially in the summer heat, we have to make sure that we drink enough water and provide our skin with as much hydration as possible.

Healing hydration and a featherlight feel that is what LA MER’s THE NEW HYDRATING INFUSED EMULSION is all about. The brand’s first emulsion is a featherlight hydrator with nutrient-rich kelp and soy, and cell-renewing Miracle Broth™ that delivers all-day healing hydration to renew, strengthen and stabilize. Its fluid, quick- absorbing texture glides on effortlessly, leaving behind only your most radiant, healthy-looking skin.

LIGHT-AS AIR HYDRATION
The ultra-fluid, lightweight Hydrating Infused Emulsion combines innovative technology and ingredients to penetrate skin deeply so it is transformed instantly and continuously.

KELP & SOY
Kelp is a superfood with high natural concentrations of calcium and vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as zinc, iodine, magnesium and iron. It helps give skin cells the ability to hydrate well. Soy is rich in fatty acids, phytonutrients and protein.
MIRACLE BROTH™
Created through a unique fermentation process, this sea-sourced ingredient visibly soothes skin while infusing it with healing hydration. Over time, it helps visibly calm and center the skin, countering the look of redness and other visible signs of inflammation.
LIME TEA CONCETRATE
The La Mer secret to protection, this antioxidant power works to fight free radicals and actively support skin’s visible balance, harmony and well-being.

HIGH-SPEED HOMOGENIZATION
Transformed via an ultra-high-speed «Cyclone-like» homogenization and flash heat process to create a delicate, bioavailable micromilk, the weightless Hydrating Infused Emulsion floods skin with energy, nourishment and hydration.

LAYERS OF HYDRATION
Enhance your skincare experience with a regimen that infuses skin with layers of deep hydration. Banish dry skin and help sustain skin’s hydrated and healthy look with the light-as-air, fast-absorbing.

STEP 1
Prep skin with The Treatment Lotion’s liquid energy to optimize absorption.
STEP 2
After applying your serum, follow with two pumps of The Hydrating Infused Emulsion to reach new depths of hydration and protect skin while visibly softening all signs of aging.
STEP 3
Seal in moisture with a La Mer moisturizer of your choice.

Enhanced Hydration:
The Hydrating Infused Emulsion combined with The Treatment Lotion instantly boosts skin’s moisture levels by 174%.*

Personally speaking, this product has been my savior on my holidays. Saint-Tropez is all about enjoying sunshine during the day in a fun beach club or on a boat and party all night long in a fancy restaurant. This hydrating booster has helped me survive those sleepless nights and endless sunny days without leaving a sign of fatigue or dehydration.

I tend to have dry skin and during the summer it always gets worse. The Hydrating Infused Emulsion delivers deep hydration to fight this inner dryness. You can feel how it protects and helps stabilize your skin’s moisture barrier. Furthermore, it absolutely soothes the look of your skin, improving the look of redness and irritation.

Thank you LA MER, I can absolutely recommend that easy-to-use new product which is available now for CHF 285.00.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Michael HJ Lopez Photographie © Sandra Bauknecht and Courtesy of La Mer
DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored. However I only recommend what I truly love!
*Clinical testing on 22 women after using product once.

La Mer Blue Heart 2021

On June 8th we celebrate UN WORLD’S OCEANS DAY, that is supported by LA MER and the LA MER BLUE HEART OCEANS FUND. A cream that is good for your skin and the ocean… find out more in this blog post about the brand’s commitment and the newest collectible design.

The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth. Our blue planet, our beating hearts: Water comprises both in almost-equal amounts, a proportion so perfectly aligned that it’s impossible to call it coincidence. Faced with this fact, it’s clear that we cannot separate ourselves from our seas. The ocean’s wellbeing is our wellbeing, and protecting it ensures a bright future for us all.

THE OCEAN IN ALL OF US
No matter where we live—landlocked or lakeside, temperate or tropical— the ocean’s tides touch everything and everyone, connecting us as a global community whose future depends on the sea’s wellbeing.

Facts and what we can do ourselves to make it better:

50% of earth’s oxygen comes from the ocean
Protect the organisms that produce it by supporting the planting of mangroves and seagrass.

The sea has become 30% more acidic in the past 200 years due to carbon emissions.
Take fewer car trips and save one pound of carbon for every mile not driven.

80% of marine pollution originates inland.
Get involved in your neighborhood clean-up programs – local acts have a global impact.

LA MER’S IMPACT & COMMITMENT
The sea is the source of so many wonders: oxygen that sustains us, food that nourishes us, even the kelp that fuels our formulas. In return for these gifts, LA MER promises protection—honored through over 15 years of support for ocean conservation efforts around the world. And they’re just getting started.

2017 LA MER launches the LA MER BLUE HEART OCEANS FUND as a way to make charitable contributions that support ocean preservation efforts.

Chimney of the new vent field where hydrothermal activity is visible.

2018 Support for the Oceano Azul Foundation leads to the discovery of the LUSO Hydrothermal Field in the Azores, one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth, a unique zone of biological, geological and chemical importance that is now declared a Marine Protected Area.

Mangroves are rare, spectacular and prolific ecosystems on the boundary between land and sea.

2019 With LA MER’s assistance, The Nature Conservancy plants 400.000 mangroves in the Caribbean.

2020 EarthEcho‘s 30×30 initiative aims to build a global youth movement to protect 30% of our ocean by 2030.

PLUS, BY THE END OF 2025
Over 75% of the LA MER packaging will be recycled, recyclable. reusable, refillable or recoverable.

In LA MER’s latest, limited-edition commemorative decorative jar, this luxuriously rich cream deeply soothes and moisturizes to help heal dryness and leave skin looking naturally vibrant. Miracle Broth™the legendary soothing elixir that flows through all of LA MER—infuses skin with sea-sourced renewing energies. This year’s collectible design takes inspiration from bioluminescent corals, a glowing reminder of both the ocean’s magical power and the healing energy of Crème de la Mer.
Available now here for CHF 360.00 (60ml).

Your purchase of this commemorative Blue Heart Crème de la Mer does not impact La Mer’s charitable donations.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the respective organizations,  © Sandra Bauknecht and © LA MER
DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored.

How to Self-Tan at Home

Today I would like to give you my tips and how to self-tan at home and get professional-looking results. Enjoy these tricks, and product recommendations that will make you look sun-kissed as if you just got back from holidays. Let’s get started…

DO EVERYTHING ELSE FIRST
If you need to get a wax or shave your legs (do it at least one day in advance), get a manicure or touch up your hair color, do it before applying any self-tanner, as those treatments could remove the self-tanner.

EXFOLIATE
The most important thing to do in advance is exfoliate in order to achieve an even self-tan! Self-tanner sinks easily into dry skin, leaving dark patches that look horrible. I use the Aromatherapy Associates Rose Triple Exfoliator for my face and body. Don’t forget too focus on rough spots like the knees, elbows, ankles, and heels.

MOISTURIZE
First of all, let your skin be completely dry after showering. Then I like to moisturize my skin before the application with a light texture (The Reparative Body Lotion). For the rough spots (knees, elbows, and ankles), I dab Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream and rub it well in. For the face, I mix it with self-tan drops. You will be amazed how well the self-tan application works afterwards. Say goodbye to those orange tones …

For my Swiss readers, don’t forget my special promo code VSASANDRALAMER, that is only valid until May 30, 2021. You will receive CHF 40 off any purchase of minimum CHF 200. This code is a one time use and not combinable with other offers or codes. It works only in the Swiss La Mer website. Just use vsasandralamer at checkout. It will be applied automatically.

PICK YOUR SELF-TANNER
After La Mer discontinued their amazing self-tan lotion (still furious about this), I have been looking for something equally easy to use. My search ended when I tried TAN-LUXEicon for the first time. The brand has seriously changed the tanning game with its product range. It is all about personalization as their cult self-tan drops can be added to your favorite skincare. Developed by a team of chemists at its lab, the formulas are odorless and enriched with organic active complexes to create the most natural sun-kissed glow. I use them daily to build my desired tan tone. The revolutionary dropper system allows for total control; the more you drop, the more you glow!

Customize your self-tan routine (from left to right): The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops (my favorite), The Face Anti-Age Rejuvenating Self-Tan Drops, (both are available for different skin tones), and Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum.icon

FIRST THE FACE
First thing, I do in the  morning, I start by tanning my face because it’s the easiest area to apply self-tanner with your bare hands, especially as the drops can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer. Like this, you can customize the intensity. However, wash your hands immediately to prevent any staining. Don’t forget to tan everywhere, including under the eyes, over eyelids, on the tips of the ears, on the neck, and even around the back of the ears, which can be seen when long hair is tied back.

You can also customize also your body self-tan routine: Hydra-Mousse Hydrating Self-Tan Mousse (my favorite, no stains on clothes or bedding!)icon, The Water Hydrating Self-Tan Water, (bothe are available for different skin ones), and The Gradual Illuminating Gradual Tan Lotionicon.

BODY SELF-TAN
Starting the self-tanner application process way down your ankles is probably one of the most important tips to give when it comes to doing your own faux glow. Another great one is to tan the feet with any excess self-tanner from that initial application. Then work your way up the body. Take your time and blend it well. By using the moisturizer on the rough spots, you will see how much easier the application becomes. Wash your hands in between and extensively after the application is finished.

For the lazy ones among you, mix a few drops of The Body Illuminating Self-Tan Drops with your body lotion.

SPOT-MOISTURIZE
Just as moisturizer is important for priming the skin for self-tanner, it can help perfect the results after you’re done applying it. Apply your moisturizer (Crème de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream) over the tan from the palm up to the crease in the wrist and over the heel and up to the crease to finish.

CLEAN UP MISTAKES
Self-tanner mistakes happen, but there’s no need to start from scratch when they do. Use Nannette de Gaspé’s Treating & Cleansing Facial Cloths (you can also use baby wipes) for quick clean-ups during the application process. They can also help you to clear your nails and cuticles of self-tanner.

For dark streaks and patches, you can start exfoliating them off during your first shower after with circular motions on wet skin to help lift the color.

NO TIME TO SELF-TAN
No time to self-tan? Here is your savior! Perfect for parties and events, TAN-LUXE’s Instant Hero
icon is the secret to flawless, sun-kissed skin in seconds. This quick-drying formula delivers a full-coverage tan that can be washed off at the end of the night. The light-reflecting nanoparticles and micro-pigments blur imperfections like redness, cellulite and spider veins, while Aloe Vera smooths and hydrates.

MAINTAIN YOUR GLOW
After you achieve the flawless, sunless tan you sought, certain measures can be taken to prolong it. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, make sure your skin, also on your body, is always well moisturized, and avoid using retinols and acne treatments, which can dissolve color on your face. This will guarantee a flawless, seamless, professional result every time.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Sandra Bauknecht
DISCLOSURE: All products featured on Sandra’s Closet are independently selected by my humble self. However, when you buy something through the retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Which LA MER Texture Is For You?

Did you know that LA MER’s famous moisturizer Crème de la Mer comes in five different textures? Let’s discuss why it’s very popular in the first place and let me tell you why I am so addicted to it.

Originally developed by scientist Max Huber to treat burns sustained after a lab accident, LA MER’s unique blend of transformative biofermented sea kelp and other pure ingredients, the famous Miracle Broth™, has seen the moisturizer achieve cult beauty status. The formulation is now found across the brand’s skincare range to target and transform specific areas.

All creams come with the famous Miracle Broth™ and a few other ingredients that make the consistency to be different. See below please to find out what is the difference between those five different textures?

Crème de la MerIdeal for drier skin.
Benefits: Heals dryness with deep moisture.
Texture: Ultra-rich cream to be warmed up between fingers before application.
Look: Natural, healthy, radiant.

Personal take: My all-time favorite, part of my daily beauty ritual! I cannot live without it all year around. It’s formulated to alleviate the natural effects of aging by smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines. The skin appears immediately softer and firmer.  You can do so much with this cream and I use it not only on my face, but also on a lot of different parts of my body as the elbows, and the knees. An amazing makeup trick I learnt from Mary Phillips is the following: after applying foundation, apply a pea-size amount of The Moisturizing Cream with The Powder Brush all over the face for an instant, hydrated, creamy glow. You can also use this application trick to refresh the glow of your makeup during the day.

The Moisturizing Soft CreamIdeal for combination / drier skin.
Benefits: Deeply hydrates and comforts.
Texture: Ultra-soft cream.
Look: Natural, healthy, radiant.

Personal take: I use The Moisturizing Soft Cream preferably in summer, especially during the day. It absorbs quickly and is a great base for your make-up application.

The Moisturizing Cool Gel CreamIdeal for combination / oilier skin.
Benefits: Calms, cools and replenishes moisture.
Texture: Lightweight gel.
Look: Fresh, healthy, soothed.

Personal take: As I have very dry skin, this texture is not for me, but if you tend to have oilier skin, you will adore The Mosturizing Cool Gel Cream. Store this lightweight in the fridge – a pure treat during the warmer summer months.

The Moisturizing Soft LotionIdeal for combination skin.
Benefits: Quickly absorbing, lastingmoisture.
Texture: Lightweight lotion.
Look: Natural, healthy, balanced.

Personal take: With the legendary Miracle Broth™ at its core, this lotion is lightweight and fast-absorbing to deeply penetrate beneath the surface, creating a healthy glow. This is a texture I also like to use to change a my daily routine from time to time.

The Moisturizing Matte LotionIdeal for oilier skin.
Benefits: Controls shine and diminishes pores.
Texture: Ultra-lightweight texture.
Look: Fresh, healthy, matte.

Personal take: Those with oily skin will know the hunt for the right moisturizer is a serious one and this lotion is perfect for controlling shine. My fiancé loves to use it as it keeps the hydration levels steady throughout the day while keeping the skin matte.

Don’t forget my special promo code VSASANDRALAMER, that is only valid until May 30, 2021. You will receive CHF 40 off any purchase of minimum CHF 200. This code is a one time use and not combinable with other offers or codes. It works only in the Swiss La Mer website. Just use vsasandralamer at checkout. It will be applied automatically.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © La Mer / NET-À-PORTERicon, © David Biedert Photography
DISCLOSURE: This is a paid collaboration with LA MER. 

Tips and Tricks from Mary Phillips

As promised, here is the full list of LA MER products that celebrity makeup artist and LA MER ambassador Mary Phillips used in her IG Live Talk with me. You can watch it here again. At the end of this post, you will also find a special promo code.

For Mary, skincare is the most important and the base for any great makeup look. Her motto is «less is more». She explains, that «if the canvas is good, the makeup is going to look good. If the skin is dry, then the makeup will look dry.» You will be amazed how little product she is using, which means your LA MER products will last much longer and are a great investment.

THE MOISTURE WARDROBE

Depending on your skin type or the moment, city and season, there is a moisture regimen for you. You can also mix and mach the products. Personally speaking, I use The Moisturizing Cream in winter and in summer at night, and The Moisturizing Soft Cream during the day when it is warm outside. The famous Miracle Broth Elixir is infused into all of the LA MER products. It is extremely healing, hydrating, and has anti-aging benefits.

GLOWY LA MER SPRING LOOK

When Mary created her healthy «Glowy La Mer Spring Look», she used the following products:

First, she starts off using The Mist, for her it is the perfect spritz to refresh, hydrate, and energize skin. Turn the bottle before applying it as the internal magnet charges the ingredients to maintain optimum potency for a more energized and revived appearance. After, she’ll apply The Renewal Oil, which is one of her favorites, as it gives your skin immediately this amazing glow. She also uses it around her eye area. In general, Mary taps on all the products instead of rubbing them into the skin. For ultimate hydration, she opts for the ever so popular The Moisturizing Cream or as it is very warm in Los Angeles, where she resides, The Moisturizing Soft Cream.

Surprisingly, primer is the one prep product that she is not including in her routine. LA MER products provide such a great base already, that there is no need for it in her opinion.

For this glowy look, she suggests keeping makeup light and not so set in powder, so it doesn’t get caked from the warm temperatures. After her moisturizing routine, she applies – if needed The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – followed by her favorite summer product The Radiant Skin Tint SPF 30. She adores its lightweight formula that provides a sheer, healthy glow and SPF 30 which is perfect for warmer weather. Afterwards she corrects blemishes, dark spots and the under eye area with The Concealer.

«I like to apply the skin tint first, and then if there are any little areas I’ll use concealer instead of going in with more foundation everywhere,» she explains. «I would also apply bronzer and blushes before foundation to contour the face more naturally

 If needed, she recommends just very lightly powdering the T-zone area to set and finish. «I would rather people be too shiny than matte. It looks healthier,» Phillips says.

Another trick up her sleeve includes a non-makeup product. «Sometimes I’ll take a little bit of The Moisturizing Cream and pat it on the cheekbones or down the nose as it has a highlighting effect,» she notes. «It rehydrates the foundation and gives everything a glow

My favorite makeup trick I learnt from her and I was astounded by is the following: after applying foundation, she likes to apply a pea-size amount of The Moisturizing Cream with The Powder Brush all over the face for an instant, hydrated, creamy glow. She also does this application trick to refresh the glow of her makeup during the day.

The talk with Mary was so inspiring. She looks so natural  and her skin is glowing. Thank you, Mary, for all your tips and tricks!

PROMO CODE

Here is my special promo code vsasandralamer for you. You will receive CHF 40 off any purchase of minimum CHF 200. The offer will end on May 30, 2021.  This code is a one time use and not combinable with other offers or codes. It works only in the Swiss La Mer website. Just use vsasandralamer at checkout. It will be applied automatically.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Mary Phillips © David Biedert Photography
DISCLOSURE: This is a paid collaboration with LA MER. 

IG Live Talk with Mary Phillips

I am so thrilled to announce my Instagram Live Talk on April 20, 2021 at 6.45 pm CET @sandrascloset with the one any only Mary Phillips @maryphillips, celebrity make-up artist and like me LA MER ambassador, who will join me from my favorite city in the world, Los Angeles.

Working regularly on makeup looks for Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Bella Hadid, and many more, Mary Phillips doesn’t need a big introduction. With 1.3 million followers on Instagram, she has established herself as one of the most talented celebrity makeup artists in the world.

«I never considered being anything else, this is what I truly love to do.» – That innate passion cultivated a career Mary Phillips has been training for her entire life. Whether rummaging through her mother’s products as a little girl, or acting as the resident cosmetics «guru» during neighborhood dress up sessions, Mary’s role was clear.

She grew up in California telling everyone she was going to become a makeup artist, and now Mary Phillips is one of the most sought after in the industry. Attending cosmetology classes while still in high school, (and makeup courses after graduating), Mary later worked in a dermatologist’s office- garnering more knowledge about one of her signature passions, skin. After being mentored by makeup veteran Eugenia Weston, Mary’s natural born talents eventually grew into working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Her innovative and evolving looks that Mary’s known for have graced the covers of all the famous fashion magazines around the globe, including Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and ELLE.

Mary’s refined execution and attention to detail leave a memorable mark of high amped sophistication all her own. She is obsessed with skincare as for her, «the right skincare  is the best canvas for makeup».

Today in our live talk, she will reveal her favorite LA MER products and beauty tips. I promise, you will be amazed how Mary uses the LA MER cream. She is super innovative and you will surely love it. We will talk about the LA MER moisture wardrobe and most importantly, Mary will explain how you can achieve a glowy spring makeup look. You can also ask questions at the end of the talk.

Tune in, see you at 6.45 pm CET on April 20, 2021! I hope that you are excited like me!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Mary Phillips © David Biedert Photography
DISCLOSURE: This is a paid collaboration with LA MER.