The Ultimate Advent Calendars

There are advent calendars and then there those supersized, super-luxe advent calendars, full of the best in makeup, hair and skincare or even filled with surprises for intimate pleasures. It’s what self-gifting was made for…

Consider them the ultimate, carefully curated «best of» – and everything you need to take you through the holiday season. Click on the highlighted description to find out more… I personally love the small sized products as they are great for travelling.

LoL, Sandra

The Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar by Harrods
Housed in a beautiful navy blue coffret which will serve as a keepsake for years to come, it’s packed to the rafters with twenty five miniature and full size favourites from the famous Harrods Beauty Halls.

icon25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar by Net-à-Porter Beauty
Counting down 25 days, its drawers are packed with a slew of goodies picked especially by Net-à-Porter’s team of Beauty Buyers.

iconGlittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Advent Calendar by Charlotte Tilbury
 Filled with hero products to get you through the party season and beyond.

10 Day Balmain Advent Calendar by Balmain Hair Couture
Balmain Paris Hair Couture brings back the joy of opening advent calendars with this grown-up version featuring 10 haircare products.

icon 12 Days of Red Carpet Advent Calendar by Rodial
This round-up of miniatures will ensure your skin is looking refreshed and radiant in time for the big day.

Beauty Advent Calendar by Acqua di Parma
Featuring a miniature version of the signature scent Colonia, it also includes Blu Mediterraneo, Le Nobili and Signature of the Sun miniatures.
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12 Days of Glowing Renewalicon by La Mer (coming soon)
Featuring 12 mini La Mer products from the popular Renewal Oil and Treatment Lotion to two 15ml mini moisturisers in the Soft Cream and original Creme de la Mer Moisturising Cream.
In Switzerland available from October 21, 2019 for CHF 440.

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Townhouse advent calendar by Jo Malone London (coming soon)
As always, the calendar is filled to the brim with sweet-smelling products, with 24 doors containing small vials of perfume (9ml), candles and body lotion.
In Switzerland available from October 28, 2019 for CHF 490.

Deluxe Advent Calendar by Amorana
In Switzerland available now for CHF 479.90 – for intimate pleasures.

Photos: Courtesy of the Brandsicon

A Contest to Win the Next (Re)Generation

Ladies and gentlemen, the next (re)generation is here and this is your chance to win youth in a bottle for three months!

Personally speaking, my beauty secret has always been the use of serums. I swear on them as they target the skin’s natural metabolism and strengthen every treatment. As I am constantly travelling and deprived of sleep, chronic inflammation – caused by outside stressors, such as pollution, UV light, and others – can be one of the reasons skin prematurely shows the typical signs of aging. As the LA MER research department discovered, through decreasing inflammation, you can effectively preserve the pre-existing collagen and elastin already found in your skin.

Therefore a decade after the launch of the beloved Regenerating Serum and inspired by breakthrough discoveries, LA MER re-engineers its cult-favorite with advanced science, new sea-sourced actives, and an added dose of Miracle Broth™ to accelerate skin’s natural renewal process. The new Regenerating Serum is formulated with plant stem cells, lightweight and quick-absorbing. With a new Metabolic Ferment, it helps skin activate collagen and boost the elastin production while reducing the appearance of evident fine lines, wrinkles and pores. This super-charged serum is free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

Like the rest of LA MER’s skincare line, the new Regenerating Serum is incredibly easy to use, too. To release key ingredients, shake gently and sweep 1 to 2 pumps over face and neck morning and evening. Follow with your LA MER moisturizer.

In stores now for CHF 390.00 (30ml).

While not exactly a budget buy, the new formula offers up cutting-edge ingredients from LA MER and it is absolutely worth the try. Great news is that five lucky readers get the chance to try the new Regenerating Serum for three months!

To participate, please send me an e-mail with your postal address and the header «LA MER NEW REGENERATING SERUM» to . All entries must be received until October 6, 2019. 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!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © LA MER and © Sandra Bauknecht
@LaMer #LoveLaMer

Festival Fresh

Got a jam-packed summer of festivals lined up? Whilst letting loose and embracing the dirt is all part of the festival experience, a few days of minimal showering and little sleep doesn’t exactly make for the best look. The key is to pack light, look after your skin and keep to multitasking makeup in your beauty bag. Below are some tent-proof products to get you festival-ready:

Luminizing Powder – Grande Dame by RMS Beauty
This pressed powder imparts a subtle yet radiant glow that’s perfect for every day to achieve a fast and lasting complexion.


Amethyst Bottle by GLACCE
Childhood friends Sharon Leslie and Julia Schoen grew up in New Orleans and were affected by Hurricane Katrina, so they decided to use crystal healing to spread comfort, gratitude, and love in the community – that’s how GLACCE was born. The removable amethyst crystal is thought to emit calming and creative energy.

A Social Life For Your Hair Finishing Cream, 80ml by Larry King
London’s celebrity hair stylist’s new product line includes this finishing cream that can be used to tame curls and flyaways or to smooth tresses. It’s fragranced with a ‘cloud watching‘ scent, perfect for Coachella.

Boost Supplement (30 capsules) by Form Nutrition
iconWhenever you need a hit of energy before dancing through fun Coachella Parties, this calming boost formula is a natural caffeine supplement to get you in the zone. Each tablet contains calming Amino Acid L-Theanine to improve attention and alertness, plus a powerful dose of CDP-Choline to maintain healthy mental function and focus.

The Icon Palette by Charlotte Tilbury
iconInspired by the musicians and dancers the makeup artist used to party with in her heyday, it offers everything you need to enhance eyes, lips and cheeks. Don’t forget, festival season is not for the shy!

Holi(stick) N3 Deodorant, 50ml by Agent Nateur
iconDancing around in the sunshine all day long means you’ll require a reliable, high-performing deodorant. This aluminum-free deodorant is formulated to keep odors at bay without the use of toxic chemicals.

Facial Cleansing Wipes x 15 by Cleanse by Lauren Napier
iconAfter a long day soaking up the festival vibes, all you’ll want to do when you get back to the tent is remove your makeup – and the many layers of dirt and grime. Cleansing wipes are the perfect tool to leave you feeling as fresh as a daisy – or near enough!

The Broad Spectrum SPF50 UV Protecting Fluid, 50ml by La Mer
iconOf course we’re always hoping the sun shines for our festivals, but the truth is, whatever the forecast, protection from the sun’s radiation is an essential. You’ll want to choose a broad-spectrum high SPF sun fluid, that is lightweight like this one by La Mer.
For my Swiss followers: the promo code sandralamer is still active on the Swiss La Mer website until April 30, 2019. Receive some amazing goodies. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE ONLINE SHOP DIRECTLY.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Net-à-Porter

My Look: Fishtank Dress

Here is my mandatory outfit post from the LA MER event at Jelmoli last week. I went through my closet to find something that would perfectly match the occasion and I am convinced there couldn’t have been a better choice than my Fishtank Dress from Mary Katrantzou’s S/S 2012 season. Funnily enough, some thought this is the new LA MER uniform. Would be pretty cool, don’t you think?

My look: Fishtank silk-blend jacquard mini dress by Mary Katrantzouribbed wool turtleneck sweater by T by Alexander Wang, GG Marmont leather belt bag and Angel platform boots in turquoise, both by Gucci, and Impatiens clip-on earrings by Oscar de la Renta.

LoL, Sandra


Photos: © David Biedert Photography

La Mer Event with Sandra’s Closet at Jelmoli


Celebrating my 9th blog anniversary with LA MER at Jelmoli in Zurich last week was absolutely amazing and I truly would like to thank everyone who came and made it so special, also for the many amazing gifts I got. A big and heartfelt «thank you» goes also to the very professional LA MER team, that is so much fun to work with and to PERRIER-JOUËT for the lovely champagne.

I have been blogging for a long time now, and that evening made me acknowledge just how much happened all these years, and the fact that it all happened because I created a space online to share my love for fashion and beauty, my ideas, inspiration and advice with others. I always believed in being authentic and that staying true to myself would gain success in the long run.

Some of you have been reading Sandra’s Closet since I pressed publish on my very first blog post. I hate the word following. Why? If you see my readers you know they are not followers, they are leading ladies! This was such a rewarding feeling. Seeing all these beautiful, smart women who came from all over Switzerland, from Geneva, Chur, or Basel to Zurich to join me on this occasion. Together we indulged into the luxury world of LA MER and each guest could take home her personally engraved lip gloss.

There were friends who became blog readers and blog readers that became friends. Everyone had a big smile on their face and I was the happiest girl that night! Thank you!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography and © Sandra Bauknecht

You’re Invited for a Special Treat with La Mer

I am so happy to share today’s post with you. Next week my blog is turning 9! Can you imagine? Time flies… just to give you an idea of all the work that went into this site. This is my 3821st post and since many years not one day has passed without spotting something new in the world of fashion. I enjoy so much what I am doing and would love to celebrate with you

Meet me next Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 between 6pm – 9pm at the LA MER counter at JELMOLI in Zurich!

For all my Swiss readers and of course also for those who want to come to Switzerland, meet me next Thursday, November 22nd 2018 between 6pm – 9pm at the LA MER counter at JELMOLI in Zurich for an evening filled with bubbles, beauty and great company.

That night, the shops in Zurich will be open until 10pm and the city’s «Lucy» lights for Christmas will be illuminate the Bahnhofstrasse in a switch-on ceremony at 6pm.

As space is limited and a personalized gift will be waiting for you, I would kindly ask you to sign up latest on Monday, 19th of November. Please send me an e-mail with the header «LA MER», your full name and the time you are planning to come to . First come, first serve. I will send you a confirmation e-mail to confirm your presence.

You will get a lot of special treats – here is what to expect:
Champagne from Perrier-Jouët

Freelance celebrity make-up artist Andrea Kipfer will introduce LA MER‘s amazing Skincolor Foundation. Andrea is the co-founder of the renowned hair & makeup agency Style Council and has done many advertising and fashion shoots. During the evening, she will happily help you to improve your make-up skills and share some beauty secrets with us.

You also get the chance to discover the different textures of the famous LA MER moisturizers. Once you find your favorite, you will be gifted with a luxury size sample of it.On top, each guest will receive an original size LA MER Lip Balm worth CHF 82.00 that will be engraved with a special message.

I am so much looking forward to meeting and spending the evening with you!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Andrea Kipfer
© André Hengst – www.on-eyes-photography.ch
#LoveLaMer www.lamer.ch

My Look: Hybrid Fashion

Hybrid fashion has been trending for some time now and it is a must when you are looking for refreshing staples. Here you see me wearing a deconstructed sweater that instantly catches your eye. Spliced with a lace-trimmed cream satin camisole through the middle, it slouches off the shoulder and has an adjustable spaghetti strap. The gray wool-blend is knitted with touches of cashmere so it feels soft and cozy. Perfect for a stroll through the city.

My look: Cashmere coat in pink by Pradapaneled wool-blend, lace and satin sweater by Alexander Wangicon, drawstring shorts by Givenchy, suede overknee boots by Dior, Kelly «So Black» by HermèsGG jacquard pattern knitted scarficon, and rabbit-felt fedoraicon, both by Gucci.

The key to fight the autumn blues is to wear some vibrant colors and to have a glowing complexion. One product I can highly recommend is LA MER‘s new The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20. This all-in-one compact is also a hybrid product, a mixture between powder and foundation, especially great for touch-ups on the go. With healing hydration from Miracle Broth and color capsule technology, it gives skin a lift of luminosity—for a fresh, flawless look and a plumper, firmer feel, like cashmere for your skin. Available now for CHF 115.00 including a refill and additional sponge applicator.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer … it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them. Fact is though, every 19 seconds a woman is diagnosed with this terrible disease somewhere on this planet. So, don’t be ignorant, during breast cancer awareness month October go for a medical checkup, it might save your life. Moreover you can shop for a good cause by getting one of the PINK RIBBON 2018 products below. The Estée Lauder Companies’ iconic brands support the mission #TimeToEndBreastCancer to create a breast cancer-free world. In Switzerland they raise funds for the «Look Good Feel Better» foundation that helps people with cancer deal with the appearance side effects of cancer treatment.

LIMITED EDITIONS ESTÉE LAUDER
Advanced Night Repair with Pink Ribbon Keychain
Enjoy the #1 repair serum plus a collectible keychain, honoring and supporting breast cancer awareness.
CHF 149.00 (50ml) of which CHF 20.00 will go to charity.

Powerful Pink Color Collection
A make-up set with everything you need.
CHF 75.00 of which CHF 15.00 will go to charity.

Powerful Pink Contour & Highlight Minaudière
This golden, sophisticated clutch holds a Pure Color Lipstick, plus powerful pink makeup shades to sculpt and glow-on-the-go.
CHF 195.00 of which CHF 30.00 will go to charity.
All three available at Estée Lauder counters or online.

LIMITED EDITION BOBBI BROWN
Pinks with Purpose Lip Color Duo
Think pink with this set featuring two of our iconic, semi-matte lipsticks that deliver comfortable, full-coverage color in a single swipe.
CHF 59.00 of which CHF 15.00 will go to charity.
Available at Bobbi Brown counters and online.

LIMITED EDITIONS CLINIQUE
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
Limited-edition bottle of the famous yellow lotion in a jumbo size for a great cause. Adorned with a 5-charm key ring including the Pink Ribbon.
CHF 89.00 (200ml) of which CHF 17.00 will go to charity.
Available at Globus and Jelmoli.

Moisture Surge – 72Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
Enjoy 72 hours of non-stop hydration, even after washing your face.
CHF 39.00 (50ml) of which CHF 7.00 will go to charity.
Available at Manor, Marionnaud, Import and Beauty Alliance.

LIMITED EDITION LA MER
Cleansing Micellar Water
This light, fresh, sea-inspired cleanser sweeps away dirt and micro-emulsifies makeup in one rinseless step.
CHF 60.00 (100ml) of which CHF 12.00 will go to charity.
Available at all La Mer counters.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Friends, Mermaids, a Sea God and La Mer

«The story of La Mer is one of hope, healing, and one man’s deep respect for the power of the living sea

Dear readers, let me invite you to my home to discover the hero, the icon, the original moisture miracle by LA MER.

In the beginning of September, I hosted a lovely intimate dinner with LA MER at my house for my dear friends. The evening was filled with everything we as women like – from discovering skincare products to sharing beauty secrets, from great conversations to playing games. Under the eye of a sea god with great abs, real mermaids were swimming in the pool while we enjoyed lots of PERRIER-JOUËT bubbly and a four-course gourmet meal.

A huge thank you the LA MER team – pure women power!
From left to right: Quynh Arguello, Jasmin Aziz and Maike Kiessling with me.

During dinner, Quynh and Jasmin gave us a lovely insight into the journey of the famous cream that began when Dr. Max Huber suffered burns in an experiment gone awry. Scientist by day, star-gazer and dreamer by night, he hoped to unlock the legendary healing powers of the sea he held so dear.

Living by the ocean, he was constantly inspired by marine life, especially the extraordinary, self-regenerating properties of giant sea kelp. Eventually he created his own method of unlocking potent activity from such pure ingredients, using the power of fermentation, an art that works like alchemy. Perfected over 12 years, after nearly 6,000 experiments, this transformative process finally produced the iconic cell-renewing Miracle Broth™ by using light and sound energies to amplify activity. The elixir that soothed his skin still flows through every LA MER product today.
Every time the Miracle Broth is created, it all begins with a starter drop from the previous batch – the unbroken link to Dr.Huber’s very first Crème de La Mer.

I am truly a LA MER fan. I like that the fact that I don’t need to worry about finding the right product. It is one cream, available in different textures and accompanied by additional products such as body care must-haves, serums, masks and more. Here I am explaining my addiction to the brand’s self-tanning lotion.

As I am having very dry skin, I love to indulge in the original texture of the Moisturizing Cream. For those who will try it for the first time, don’t forget to warm the product between your fingers before you apply it. If you prefer a lighter texture, I recommend using the Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream or the Moisturizing Soft Lotion.

During dinner we were able to try many different LA MER products and even enjoyed a fish sabayon served in the famous white jar.

On display was a preview of this month’s launch: to celebrate Crème de la Mer’s transformative touch, a vintage edition is available now featuring one of the brand’s earliest jar designs.

After dessert, the ladies were invited around the pool to chance their luck by playing «Message in a Bottle». Our lovely sea god fished them for us. Each of us was gifted with a little note and three even got some extra surprises.

It was a beautiful summer night filled with laughter and fun. A huge thank you to LA MER for this beautiful idea and to all my lovely girlfriends for coming!

LoL, Sandra

All Photos: © André Hengst – www.on-eyes-photography.ch
#LoveLaMer www.lamer.ch

The Best Eye Creams, Treatments and More

The skin around the eyes is the most hard-working part of the face – we blink up to 28,000 times a day – but it can also be fragile and under-nourished. Here are the best eye creams and treatments to strengthen this sensitive area.

THE EVERYDAY ESSENTIAL
The Eye Concentrate by La Mer
iconThis light, deeply conditioning cream comes with an applicator that doubles as a massager. Use the cool metal tip from the inner corner of the eyes outwards to get rid of puffiness.

THE DAILY ANTI-AGER
Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
 by Estée Lauder
This lightweight eye serum tackles all the major problems that we have around the eyes: puffiness, dark circles, dry and crepey skin. The skin around the eye doesn’t produce natural oils, so the high dosage of hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates before applying your eye cream – and don’t be fooled by the name, you can use it in the mornings, too.

THE MASK
Eye Contour Mask by Sisley Paris
iconOne of my favorites as you’ll see instant results from the first use! Apply a thick layer of this transparent gel and gently tissue off 10 minutes later to look refreshed, rested and rejuvenated. 

MASK ON THE GO
All Natural Retinol Infused Eye Mask by KNC Beauty
I always have them in my pocket and take them on my trips. Playfully shaped like shooting stars, they’re infused with retinol to improve texture and stimulate blood flow. The plumping collagen, soothing aloe and moisturizing hyaluronic acid help reduce swelling and diminish dark circles in no time.iconTHE DE-PUFFER
Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes by Anne Semonin
Perfect ahead of a big event or to counter the effects of jetlag, iconthese clever cubes use cryotherapy to refresh tired eyes. Keep them in the freezer for at least three hours before use, remove the cube and gently run along the contours of your eyes. The freezing temperature firms the skin and helps to eliminate toxins and lessen the effects of eating too much salt or a night of drinking a few too many mojitos.

THE GADGET
SpectraLite EyeCare Pro by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
Fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet are reduced by 72 LED lights penetrating the skin to stimulate collagen production. Use for two weeks, three minutes per day, for noticeable results.

THE COVER UP
The Cure Sheer Eye Cream & Concealericon by Natura Bissé
This multitasker, infused with water lily and caffeine, acts as an anti-aging eye cream and a concealer. The perfect mix of skincare and coverage, it goes on like a lightweight foundation while the added serum brightens and hydrates.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands