Alber Elbaz Teams Up with Richemont

Great news for the fashion world: luxury conglomerate Richemont is teaming up with former Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz for a new venture at a time when luxury goods groups are vying to make star hires.

«I am very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish my ‘dream factory,’ which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times,» Elbaz said in a statement.

Me with Alber Elbaz in 2015

Elbaz was born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1961 to a Moroccan Jewish family. He immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of ten and grew up in Holon. After his studies at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, he had jobs at Geoffrey Beene, Guy Laroche, Yves Saint Laurent where he designed the Rive Gauche collection under Saint Laurent himself, and Krizia.

Lanvin F/W 2012 campaign

He then began designing for Lanvin, France’s oldest fashion house, in 2001 and transformed the Maison from a small label with only 15 wholesale accounts to a global fashion house known for feminine, comfortable and clever ready-to-wear that earned the approval of celebrities, critics and customers alike. Elbaz’s simple, feminine clothing, which has been compared to Lanvin’s 1920s outfits, has been lauded by the fashion press. Suzy Menkes wrote: «Elbaz is every woman’s darling. And that includes Nicole, Kate, Chloë Sevigny, Sofia Coppola and a slew of rising movie names.» In 2010, Elbaz launched for Lanvin a mass-market collection with H&M, and proved to be one of the retailer’s most popular annual runway collaboration series. In 2013, he created a much anticipated make-up collection for Lancôme.

Therefore the shock was huge when the announcement came that Elbaz had been let go from the fashion house due to major disagreements on strategy and targeted investment in 2015 with major shareholder Taiwanese businesswoman Shaw-Lan Wang. The house has since changed hands and failed to find its footing.

Shaw-Lan Wang and Alber Elbaz in happier times. Photo: BFA / The Cut

After Elbaz was abruptly fired from Lanvin, the industry has wondered when and how he might return to design full-time. Between then and now, he has turned his hand to designing accessories for LeSportsac, collaborated on a fragrance with luxury perfumer Frédéric Malle, and mentored at prestigious design schools. Recently, the star designer had his comeback For Elbaz, after having skipped several years of shows, watching the fashion industry shift from the sidelines. He designed a capsule collection of bags and shoes for luxury Italian brand Tod’s, called «Happy Moments.» Known for his charming and emotional personality, it couldn’t be a better match.

Alber Elbaz lives it up at Tod’s Happy Moments launch. Photo: Tod’s / Getty

«I like fashion, I like fashion people. But after Lanvin, I did not like fashion,» he told Elle Magazine in September 2019, «I needed to fall in love with fashion again.» To fall back in love with fashion took a lot of time. «Because you have to take a few years distance,» Elbaz continues earnestly.

A shoe from Tod’s Happy Moments collection created by Elbaz.

Now Elbaz has a partner for his next chapter. Today, Richemont  announced an agreement to form a joint venture with the designer, calling it AZfashion, which the Swiss luxury conglomerate described as «an innovative and dynamic start-up, meant to turn dreams into reality

As much as the fashion industry has anticipated Elbaz’s return, he and Richemont have their work cut out for them. The announcement about the new brand indicates a completely different approach in this new brand, which the designer told the New York Times will be project-based.

Feminine and dreamy designs: Lanvin F/W 2011 by Alber Elbaz

«Upon hearing Alber Elbaz describe his vision for fashion and the projects it inspires in him, I was again struck by his creativity and insight,» Richemont Chairman Johann Rupert said in a statement. «His talent and inventiveness, with his sensitivity towards women and their wellbeing, will be of great value to our group and its maisons.»

We will all be watching how Elbaz’ vision will transform… I am sure he will let us dream again… something that is desperately needed in today’s fashion world. Fashion should be fun and Elbaz will teach us!

LoL, Sandra

Me in a Lanvin by Alber Elbaz dress, click here for the post.

 Photo: © David Biedert Photography
Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, or otherwise mentioned

Meet Sue Y. Nabi of Orveda

Glow is the new lift. – This is ORVEDA’s science.
«The Science of tomorrow is as kind to the skin as possible. It will not change the skin’s pH, strip it of its natural oils or impact on its microflora. Bacteria, yeast and enzymes – made possible through the power of biotechnology – are beauty’s new factories and its future.» – Sue Y. Nabi

Recently, I had the chance to meet one of the most inspiring persons I have ever interviewed at SPITZENHAUS in Zurich: Sue Y. Nabi, who created ORVEDA together with Nicolas Vu, a hip-hop producer and a champion in many sport disciplines.

Sue Y. Nabi with me at Spitzenhaus in Zurich

Looking back to an amazing career, Sue Y. Nabi was the CEO of both L’Oréal and Lancôme for 20 years, she launched the vegan and highly concentrated beauty brand ORVEDA. Her vision is a healthy, glowing skin because it is before anything a stronger skin.

Sue, first of all what does ORVEDA mean?

«Or» means at the «Origin of» and «Veda» because it is inspired by the Ayurvedic philosophy and science that states that the skin has the power to heal by itself.

What were your first career steps? What is your background?

I was born in North Africa, in Algiers, and raised there until 16 years old. From an early age, without even knowing what the term meant, I was obsessed with biotechnology. Don’t ask me why. I just loved it and studied bio chemistry and environmental science. When I finished my engineering studies, I was feeling that I am not ready to work. I was obsessed with fashion and wanted to do something with it. I met with Yves Saint Laurent who was still alive at that time. I had a connection and he put me in contact with somebody working for him who warned me not to go into the fashion world that was at that time much smaller than today. He suggested to work in a big company and learn how to do marketing. Therefore I entered L’Oréal at the age of 25, after having done an MBA at Paris Business School. This was step one. I did 20 years at L’Oréal and for the last ten years, I was the CEO of Lancôme and L’Oréal

Sue Y. Nabi changed the world of beauty advertising by championing diversity in age or skin colors.

What was your game changer?

One of the biggest changes that I initiated was how we see advertising. It didn’t make sense for me to have a 25-year-old model being the face of a campaign for women suffering from menopausal skin conditions.

On a Sunday, I had a magic moment in my apartment watching TV. I saw Jane Fonda presenting her book and I loved her skin that was even at a certain age glowing and full of life. The day after, I called around to get a meeting with her before she left Paris. Three days after, we had a coffee and six months after, she was shooting our advertising. Nicole Garcia, who is a famous French actress and filmmaker, made the first campaign for «Age Perfect» and it became a huge success. This tiny line of L’Oréal became the best-selling line of the brand thanks to Jane Fonda. 

It opened other doors, I decided to be more diverse and inclusive which is a big thing today. At that time, brands went for Western models like Claudia Schiffer for example. I decided to book Penélope Cruz, the first brunette. Rachida Brakni, the first Arabic ambassador, Gong Li from China and South African actresses. Also men were important. I signed Pierce Brosnan who was 60 years old at that time, Matthew Fox, and Patrick Dempsey. That was new as well. When people were looking at Hollywood, I was looking at TV shows. Also something that is huge today. Those were my years with L’Oréal – the brand did 10% of growth during 4 years. We took it to new heights.

Created under Sue Y. Nabi, La vie best belle has become one of the bestselling fragrances.

Why did you leave L’Oréal for Lancôme?

In 2009, I was feeling very comfortable with my job. The CEO came and told me that they need me for another brand that was not in good shape and this brand was Lancôme. So I used the same recipe. I looked for the face of the brand and tried to create amazing products. I was in Shanghai for my first trip for Lancôme when I received a phone call from Julia Robert‘s agent telling me that she is waiting for me tomorrow in Malibu. So I immediately hoped on the plane and met with her. That was the start of an amazing relationship. She became the face of the campaign. Furthermore, I created many bestsellers, including Visionnaire and Génifique eye serums and La vie est belle fragrance, that is today the number one perfume ahead of Chanel and Dior which was a big bet. People told me to stay away from scents as other brands were so much stronger in this sector. I worked for three years with Oliver Polge, Dominique Ropion, and Anne Filipo to create the best scent possible. It is 10 times more expensive than others in the mass market. When the success happened, I was 44 and I said to myself, I have two options, I finish my life at L’Oréal for the next twenty years or I try to do something different.

Sue Y. Nabi and Nicholas Vu

How did you get started? What is your vision behind ORVEDA?

Nicolas and I started working on Orveda in 2014 with a simple, shared vision: to do things in a better way. Thanks to my business travels through Asia, mainly South Korea and Japan, I heard a lot of things about skin care, what people were complaining about, what they didn’t trust any more and what they were looking for.

Therefore Nicholas Vu and I started to create a skincare line that ticks all the boxes that people were complaining about. We created the probably most concentrated skincare line in the world. Some products go up to 40% of active ingredients. In big companies, they work on nice textures for around two years and they put a hint of active ingredients in it because textures is the way you sell products over the counter, it has to be quick and easy. They don’t care about the longterm results as much as we do. We did it the other way. I asked the laboratory I was working with in France to build the texture around the products with 30% to 40% of active ingredients which was of course a challenge and very importantly we tested them on sensitive skin.

The second thing was that people were fed up with the term «anti-aging». It is not about aging, it is about looking your best at the stages in your life. If somebody is 50, they can look 40 if they take care of their skin. Anti-aging makes you feel guilty. It creates stress which produces cortisol which is the hormone of aging. People said they want to look healthy, rested, refreshed, glowy, just the best version of themselves. All words were not linked to age. Therefore I decided to study the science of glow which is more comprehensive than the science of aging. The latter is about wrinkles and firmness.

If you want to have a glowy skin, you need to work on hydration, on nutrition, on skin texture and evenness, transparency, the way the light travels your skin, you need to work on the size of the pores, on the fine lines, on the architecture of the skin, you need to work in fact on more than 10 skin parameters. This fact was a surprise for me who had worked for such a long time in the industry. It motivated me to come up with a line that caters to glowy skin because this is something we love at every age.

First step to boost your hydration and increase rosiness: The Healing Sap has to be applied not later than 3 minutes after cleaning your skin as the pores are then still open.

At ORVEDA, our glow rivals make-up. This didn’t come from a marketing idea, it derived from a real life happening. When we tested one of our star products, called «The Healing Sap», we gave it to 25 women to do a clinical testing for one month. After the testing was over, the clinic called me and told me, that many of the women called asking to keep the product. All these ladies were heavy foundation users, after four weeks of using our product, they stopped wearing foundation. Therefore we say, glow that rivals make-up.

You can test all the products at SPITZENHAUS in clear bottles to see the texture and colors.

How does it work?

Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic, Naturopathic and Taoist principles, ORVEDA works with skin, not against it. Understanding the skin as a «me-cosystem», it actually works on 3 levels:

On level 1: The skin’s natural moisture barriers. Our unique formula combines a marine enzyme and natural prebiotic to help heal the skin’s natural moisture barriers and helps to promote healthy skin microflora.
On level 2: It literally acts as «make-up from within», thanks to bio-fermented Kombucha black tea. Skin luminosity, skin transparency, superficial skin tones and visible skin texture are all visually improved. Kombucha colors your collagen pink. When you are young, the collagen is pink and blue, the older you are getting the more yellow and green it turns. It is visible from outside. Kombucha is also loved by plastic surgeons as it has a filling effect so that the light is better reflected.
On level 3: Depending on the SKU, it will help to correct all the visible flaws visible in your skin, including the appearance of fine lines, unevenness, visible pores, excess shine, superficial redness, the feel of dryness, rough skin, the appearance of contour definition and more…

What else is inside?

Our signature mix is made of: natural prebiotics that come from fermented potatoes and that, just like taking prebiotics for your gut, are designed to feed the good bacteria on your skin.
Bio-fermented marine enzymes, that come from deep inside the volcanic waters off the Californian coast, that, able to survive in such high temperatures, are designed to boost the healing of the moisture barrier of the skin. And as mentioned before, bio-fermented Kombucha black tea, that is known in Asia, for centuries, as «the long life beverage». On top of these 3 signature ingredients, you will also find the best, state-of-the-art cosmetic actives depending on each product.

Important is always go from water (serum) to oil and to put the cream (which is water and oil) in the middle.

What makes ORVEDA unique?

All our products are highly concentrated with up to 88% of the actives having a bio-fermented origin. They work with immediate effect, with your skin, not against it. Our products have cleaner formulations, we got rid of all the nasty stuff: they do not contain parabens, nor phenoxyethanol, no artificial colorants (the colour of our products is the natural colour of its ingredients or we use natural colourants), no alcohol that dries out the skin.
We have replaced mineral oils with botanical oils. And in all our cleansers, we have replaced sulfates with botanical cleansing agents that are not drying. Our formulations are VEGAN which means that they do not contain animal extracts and are not tested on animals (like the law in Europe requires).

Finally all Orveda packaging is made of Pure Glass that better protects our active formulations and we use less than 5% plastic.

What is the difference between «probiotic» and «prebiotic»?

«Probiotic» is the scientific name for bacteria. «Prebiotic» can be considered a kind of food for our good bacteria strains. All ORVEDA products contain only prebiotics. These are made from fermented potato fibers that are clinically proven to feed the good bacteria that live on our skin. By feeding the good bacteria that live on our skin with these fibers (in the same way that we feed the good bacteria in our gut with fibers from fruits and vegetables), we can strengthen our good bacteria and therefore can better protect our skin. ORVEDA does not use probiotics (i.e. ‘live’ bacteria) in any of our products owing to the fact that these cannot stay alive in formulations.

A truly amazing product: The Prebiotic Emulsion is designed to preserve skin’s moisture and to help prevent natural moisture loss. Augmented by a reusable cosmetic silicone mask, to be washed after each use. Important is always go from water to oil, put the cream in the middle.

Why don’t you sell night creams?

We do not sell night creams because we feel that night creams are just a greasier version of day creams… We recommend using our highly concentrated overnight masques. If you prefer, you can also use our day cream at night, since it is also suitable for night usage i.e. AM + PM.

The scent is beautiful. Can you please tell me a little bit more about it?

Our scent is made of Galbanum and is more expensive than traditional skincare fragrances. This rare plant that has a very unique scent that makes you feel like you are in a green forest… It has been used for centuries for its relaxing and soothing powers. It was created by a master Parisian perfumer exclusively for us.

With Christof Hoerler of SPITZENHAUS, who is also a huge fan of ORVEDA.

Is ORVEDA for women only?

No, it is actually a genderless line which means that all our products can be used either by women (they are made for women) or men (they are strong enough for men’s skin).
You can actually share your products with your husband/companion/son, which is also a way to «invest» smartly in ORVEDA .

Thank you, Sue, for your time and all these amazing insights!

After having tested the range, I can highly recommend some amazing products, such as The Healing Sap, the Eye Make-up Remover & Lash Serum that leaves a coat of lash serum while removing your eye make-up and the Ironing Effect Masque.

If you are interested, I recommend a visit to SPITZENHAUS for a complete personalized introduction to the brand.

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: Courtesy of Orveda, Spitzenhaus, L’Oréal, Lancôme and © Sandra Bauknecht
#IAMORVEDA

Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying Let’s Party

Spring is around the corner, my favorite season. Time to wake up your outer beauty and to get ready to party. Green is the color of nature and health representing growth and nature. It is said to have healing powers – so get ready for the blooming season… with those tips:

WAKE UP YOUR SENSES

Champagne Grand Brut Edition Miami by Perrier-Jouët
Nothing beats a glass of bubbly – it always puts me in a good mood. I am very proud to announce that I am one of the ten founding members of the Artistic Society by Perrier-Jouët. Soon, I can tell you more about this secret club!
CHF 55.00 (75cl)

WAKE UP YOUR SKIN

Energie De Vie Exfoliating Mask by Lancôme
«Energie de Vie» means vitality in English. This is exactly what our skin needs after the cold winter months. Reduce the appearance of pores and reveal softer, healthy-looking skin with this exfoliating mask. I use it daily as a cure.
CHF 85.00 (75ml)

EGF Serum by Bioeffect
This amazing serum restores your skin’s natural glow and youthful appearance. It contains EGF, a cellular activator natural to human skin, which stimulates the skin’s ability to renew itself. My personal must in the spring season. To be used in the evening. You just need 2-4 drops, great for traveling.
CHF 198.00 (15ml)

Super Acid X-Treme Hangover Mask by Rodial
A triple action rub off clay mask to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and restore a radiant looking complexion. Use it once a week for best results in addition to the daily mask.
CHF 69.00 (75ml)

Pro Spa Skincare Hand & Feet Intensive Callus Smoothing Balm by OPI
Last year, OPI launched the first & only professional salon skincare line that brings the quality & efficiency of facial skincare to premium products developed specifically for hands & feet. And here is one of my personal favorites that I use every night. This softening foot and heel treatment balm helps restore dry, callused soles to relieve severe dryness that you get during the cold winter months. For perfect spring feet!
CHF 35.90 (118ml)

WAKE UP YOUR NOSE – THE  MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENTS FOR SPRING

Elements of Man Strength by Ermenegildo Zegna
Such a yummy fragrance for men that gets spring fever for sure. It fuses the tenacity of tobacco leaves with rich gourmand notes. Drips of golden honey and ripe apricot highlight the intensity of agar wood. Deep smoke penetrates the intricate chainmaille of woven pine needles, encasing a core of burnt musk.
CHF 250.00 (50ml)

Valentino Donna Rosa Verde by Valentino
A new fresh scent that is lovely for the first spring days. A radiant composition that combines green rose, mate tea, bergamot, ginger and magnolia. Contemporary and sophisticated.
CHF 174.00 (125ml) – available in Switzerland from April 2, 2018

Aura by Mugler
The latest fragrance launch by Mugler (not Thierry Mugler anymore) Aura might become another iconic fragrance of the brand. After the first spritz, it has really got me by being different, unexpected. Something I would love to wear on a spring evening. By reinventing the Oriental Green family, Mugler has signed  a new olfactory experience for the brand. The mix of ingredients is unheard of: rhubarb leaf, orange flower (new distillation process), vanilla pod bourbon and Firmenich Wolfwood® (Firmenich exclusive).
CHF 109.00 (50ml)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

No More Bad Skin Days

You all know LANCÔME‘s powerful youth activating serum ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE that reveals youthful radiance and smoother skin in just 7 days. This September marks the launch of ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SENSITIVE, a new two-in-one potent serum that not only boots your glow but also calms your skin.

This innovative formula features Génifique’s patented complex with added anti-oxidative biotechnology-derived ingredients, such as ferula acid and Vitamin E. Recommend as a cure for four weeks whenever you have those bad skin moments.

Left: The freshly mixed bottle – Right: The bottle after the ingredients have mixed

The key factor is that you mix the bottle yourself by one click. The blue colored ferula acid oxides to achieve the maximal effect. Important is that you finish the bottle in one month due to its freshness. After the activation, you change the top to the self-loading dropper that delivers the ideal dosage to bring back the light into your skin. ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SENSITIVE is used at night, in the morning ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE is recommended. This beauty routine works for every age, every skin type as well as multiple ethnicities.

ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE SENSITIVE
Available from September 2017 for CHF 99.00 (20ml)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Lancôme and © Sandra Bauknecht

Olympia’s Wonderland

Last Friday afternoon, I was at the Lancôme press conference to learn more about the most beautiful upcoming collaboration hitting the shelves end of August 2017. Parisian fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan is joining forces with Lancôme to create a makeup collection that is full of vintage glam and sexiness.

STAR PRODUCT
Olympia’s Wonderland Palette – CHF 109.00

TEINT
Cushion Highlighter – CHF 62.00

EYES
Monsieur Big – CHF 35.00
Artliner – CHF 47.00
1967 Moderato
1975 Bleu
1976 Insoupçonnable

LIPS
Matte Shaker – CHF 30.00
1976 Insoupçonnable
1980 Olympia
1988 Rouge Profond

L’Absolu Rouge Le Bisou
1955 Rouge de Rose
1980 Olympia
1988 Rouge Profond

NAILS
Le Vernis – CHF 32.00
1967 Moderato
1969 Cardinal
1975 Bleu
1976 Insoupçonnable
Top Coat Amour (see below)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Lancôme and © Sandra Bauknecht

Monsieur Big

At the moment, I really like to put the emphasize on my eyes when it comes to make-up with voluminous lashes and a bold eyeliner. As if Lancôme read my mind, their newest product launch Monsieur Big is catering to this demand.

A new mascara with a best kept secret! It is the equation of a big, soft brush and an ultra black, volumizing and long wearing formula that makes it different. Get ready to meet your match, and forget all the others!

What it is:
This BIG volume mascara delivers instant heart-stopping volume with up to 24 hour wear that lasts all night, and even the morning after, for your biggest, blackest, boldest lashes yet.

What it does:
You’ll know Monsieur Big Mascara is the one at first stroke. The BIG brush and ultra-creamy formula glides like silk onto lashes to deliver up to 12x more volume* with up to 24 hour wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging. Perfect for your BIG evening out AND even the morning after.

BEFORE…

…AFTER – 12x more volume than bare lashes.

What else you need to know:
Monsieur Big’s brush has a unique shape with soft, wavy fibers to deliver the perfect amount of formula with the very first stroke. His ultra-creamy formula has supple waxes and polymers to adhere immediately to lashes for BIG, buildable volume and length. Apply one coat and you will see why Monsieur Big is the one. Keep applying and you’ll forget all the others.

Monsieur Big is accompanied by a marker for the perfect line and a brow stick that is available in different shades.

Mascara CHF 35.00
Marker CHF 35.00
Brow CHF 34.00
00 Highlighter 01 Blonde 02 Chestnut 03 Brown 04 Ebony

In stores now! I am sure that you have found THE ONE!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Lancôme
#LancomeOfficial

Best Sun Products: Lancôme Soleil Bronzer

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Protecting your skin from the sun is essential but finding the right products can be tough. I like to use the highest protection possible, but don’t want to have a white veil all over my body.
Last time, I was in the Caribbean I took four products from the LANCÔME SOLEIL BRONZER line with me and they have all absolutely convinced me! They truly help you to achieve a beautiful and healthy tan.

Here is a brief summary of each of them:

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SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Milk-Mist
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 30 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Body – CHF 54.00
All Skin Types (even sensitive) with Argan, Monoï and Musk Rose Oils

Immediately thanks to the performance of its lightweight melting and delicately perfumed formula, skin is enveloped with a protective film. Water-resistant. The precious oil trilogy prevents skin from premature aging.

SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing and Refreshing Protective Cream
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 50 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Face – CHF 47.00
(Available as Sun BB Cream which is lightly tinted – I love!)

Lightweight, non-sticky water-resistant formula boasting a dry-touch finish. The skin is optimally nourished, smoothed and protected.

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SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Mist
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 50 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Body – CHF 53.00
All Skin Types (even sensitive)

It is the best SPF 50 sun protection I have ever used! Its water-resistant formula can be applied so easily due to its ultra-fine mist, leaving the skin smoothed, refreshed and instantly protected. After its application, your skin already reveals a mysterious radiant glow, an exceptional light.

LoL, Sandra

SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Mist

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Decadence

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All that sparkles, golden hues have never been bigger in fashion, and where fashion goes, so does beauty. No doubt, gold is the most festive shade. This holiday season, decadence is the key word. More is more is the motto. Here are my personal favorites:

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Marc Jacobs has dedicated its newest oriental floral fragrance DECADENCE to opulence and glamour. The bottle design is reminiscent of an emerald green handbag with a python pattern, a gold chain and a black tassel. Definitely the most stylish one on the market!

Top notesItalian plum, saffron and iris.
Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, jasmine and orris root.
Base notes: Liquid Amber, vetiver and papyrus wood.

Decadence by Marc Jacobs
Eau de Parfum 30ml (CHF 106.00), 50ml (CHF 153.00), 100ml (CHF 207.00)
Body Lotion 150ml (CHF 76.00) and Shower Gel 150ml (CHF 72.00)

«The poop was beaten gold,
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that.
The winds were lovesick with them.»

William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

Bulgari

The new fragrance from Bvlgari, GOLDEA is an invitation to an exceptional olfactory journey. The name means «Gold Godess» (eng. gold & lat. dea). The oriental floral composition is a sumptuous hymn to the musks which have always been characteristic of Bvlgari’s style in fragrances.

Top notesCrystal musk, orange blossom, raspberry and bergamot.
Middle notes: Golden musk, ylang-ylang and jasmine.
Base notes: Ambery musk, patchouli and Egyptian papyrus.

Goldea by Bvlgari
Eau de Parfum 25ml (CHF 66.00), 50ml (CHF 137.00), 90ml (CHF 189.00)
Body Oil 100ml (CHF 101.00), Body Lotion 200ml (CHF 68.00) and Shower Gel 200ml (CHF 60.00)

Guerlain-Fall-2015-LOr

For the most radiant facial glow – a formula inspired by pure gold. Guerlain L’OR banishes imperfections, revives the skin by erasing its irregularities, and cloak it in a luminous veil. This ultra-moisturizing primer melts into the skin, offers freshness and prepares it for your perfect make-up with the help of pure gold. For me a daily must-have product! I can also recommend the fluid and the compact foundation of this line.

 L’Or Make-up Base 30ml (CHF 90.00), Fluid Foundation (CHF 110.00) and Compact Foundation (CHF 113.00)

Hypnose dazzling

Happy Holidays with Lancôme. For a truly festive eye makeup, those dazzling eye shadows provide an intense and sophisticated color with jewel-like sparkles. Easy to apply, just dab them in with your fingertips.

Lancôme Hypnôse Dazzling in 420 Givre Doré, CHF 48.00

Golden Top Coat Lancome

To upgrade your manicure, I recommend this glittering top coat. Can be worn alone or over every shade you wish.

Lancôme Vernis in Love Golden Top Coat, CHF 28.00

PerfectBlacks

A pioneer of the beauty industry, Helena Rubinstein created the first revolutionary mascara in a tube. This fall, a new mascara launches, providing volume, definition and softness, encased in a distinctive gold packaging.

Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Perfect Blacks, CHF 47.00

Moet

I am wishing you a wonderful festive season with lots of sparkles and golden bubbles. Here is my holiday favorite – enjoy a glass of champagne with some raspberries to create an explosion of flavors.

This post is also available in German and French on the Marionnaud blog.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

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My favorite hotel in Paris? Clearly the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Its excellent service, great location and beautiful rooms provide everything you can wish for. Here you see me outside the hotel leaving for Lancôme’s Wôw-Party.

My look: Stretch-silk and lace gownicon by Alessandra Richcutout leather platform pumps and Sac De Jour Nano leather shoulder bagicon, both by Saint Laurentnecklace, cuff and earrings, all by Chanel, Lady Excalibur watch by Roger Dubuis and diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

Park Hyatt Paris

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Lancôme Celebrates 80 Years in Paris

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During Paris Haute Couture fashion week, a superlative event took place at the Casino de Paris – the ‘WÔWparty, nicknamed after Lancôme’s signature letter – to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the brand, founded by entrepreneur Armand Petitjean in 1935.

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Celebrating the House’s continually unique take on French beauty, guests enjoyed a surrealistic photocall where they were invited to strike a pose amongst giant cut outs of the brands iconic products and symbols, to the poetic fresh rose arch that served as an entrance to the theatre and a playful exhibition of carefully conserved objects from its patrimony: everything stated loud and clearly that “La vie est belle en Lancôme”, life is beautiful with Lancôme.

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Celebrating 80 years of Lancôme is also celebrating femininity the Lancôme way. This could not have been achieved without the women who today embody the brand: Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Lupita Nyong’o, Lily Collins, Alma Jodorowsky and Daria Werbowy were all on stage together for the first time ever, to wish a happy anniversary to Lancôme. Isabella Rossellini, who graced the brand with her charm and beauty for so many years, was the master of ceremony.

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Among the highlights of the party, which gathered more the 1200 guests from the beauty, fashion, film and art world, was ultimate showgirl Kylie Minogue’s private concert of some of her most danced to songs, followed by French DJ Kiddy Smile who played late into the night.

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Lisa_Eldridge and Sandra_BauknechtLisa Eldridge, recently appointed Creative Director of Lancôme Make up, were also in attendance.

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The party is only one of the highlights of a celebration that started last January with the release of ‘Editions du Regard’ a book celebrating the brand’s heritage. This was followed by the launch of the first web only limited edition Lancôme products – three shades of the legendary L’Absolu Rouge, and a participative digital platform designed as a tribute to Lancôme’s customers “You are Lancôme”. Five participants who entered this creative ‘selfie’ contest won a ticket to the WÔW party.

The celebration will reach its climax in December with the launch of two extremely limited editions: the re-edition of Les Jumelés, a jewel lipstick case form Lancôme’s patrimony, and a very special version of the new La Vie est Belle l’Extrait created with France’s oldest high jeweller, Mellerio dit Mellers. Stay tuned!

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Stéphane Fougère for Lancôme, © Sandra Bauknecht