The Perfect Complexion

A few days ago, I showed you my beloved combination when you are looking for just a bit of glow. Today, I would like to present you my absolute favorite when you are looking for more coverage. This exceptional duo leaves skin looking beautifully radiant and flawlessly eventoned, while also delivering intense comfort. I have been looking quite a while for such a result and tested a lot of products after my longtime favorite make-up got discontinued, this duo is absolutely worth the investment, you’ll shine head to toe. Thank me after! Here you go …

Ultimate Radiance-Enhancing Priming Moisturizer
3 x 15 ml CHF 280.-

A 3-in-1 moisturizer, primer and illuminator that perfects the look of skin and preps for foundation. Imperfections appear visibly diminished and pores look minimized. The complexion has a more radiant appearance, even without makeup.

Key Ingredients
Intense Vanilla Planifolia Water, a potent antioxidant, helps shield skin from free radicals and reduces the appearance of dullness caused by oxidative stress. Hyaluronic acid offers exceptional hydrating benefits, while a marine extract refines the look of skin texture. Pearlescent particles add a touch of luminosity.

How To Apply
Use as a daily moisturizer, as a base for makeup or on targeted areas for a subtle glow. Follow with the foundation for a sublime finish.

Ultimate Radiance-Generating Serum Foundation
40 ml with brush CHF 165.-
Available shades in Switzerland : B10 / BR12 / B20 (mine) / BR22 / B30 / B40

An exquisite foundation with an unprecedented serum-like texture that melts into skin and instantly creates a smoother, more radiant-looking complexion. Day after day, skin maintains a luminous appearance.

Key Ingredients
Infused with Vanilla Planifolia—the signature ingredient of SUBLIMAGE—along with soothing Vanilla Enfleurage Oil and light-reflecting mica, this sensorial formula moisturizes and plumps the look of skin. Antioxidants help protect against external aggressors. Includes a deluxe brush for seamless, customizable coverage.

How To Apply
Dispense a drop of foundation on the back of your hand and dip the brush into the product. Dab onto each cheek, forehead, chin and neck, then smooth over your face from the center outward to blend. Use the tip of the brush to build targeted coverage where desired.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © CHANEL, © Sandra Bauknecht / Nadia Krawiecka
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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. 

New: La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream


La Mer aficionados who are looking for a lighter version than the classic formula’s thicker consistency, will be very pleased about the brand’s fifth moisturizer to be launched this fall.

The new Moisturizing Soft Cream delivers the same radiance and renewal that made the original Creme de la Mer a legend in a supple new texture. Infused with the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, and Lime Tea Extract™, it penetrates deeply to replenish moisture and strengthen skin with the help of a new phospholipid technology. Renewed and energized, skin looks youthfully radiant.

Pat a small amount between fingertips and press gently into skin.

Available from September 2012.
30ml (CHF 195.-) and 60ml  (CHF 350.-)

LoL, Sandra

La Mer Soft CreamPhotos: Courtesy of La Mer

Happy Birthday Kiehl’s!


Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care was founded as a classic pharmacy in the East Village neighborhood 160 years ago.

Kiehl’s founding family established their apothecary to fulfill the individual needs of every customer who came through its doors. Assuming the establishment from Mr. John Kiehl, the Morse family nurtured their community, cared for their customers as neighbors, and welcomed every visitor to Kiehl’s as if it were home.

In doing so, Kiehl’s founding pharmacists and chemists launched a tradition of personalized service that’s become legendary. Nearly 160 years later, the magic that is the “Kiehl’s experience” extends around the world as the company continues to delight patrons with its high quality products that assure the health of their skin and hair.


Today, the family’s message endures: “We are delighted to serve you.” In honour of this tradition, Kiehl’s proudly introduces the Limited Edition New York Heritage Collection, only available for a limited time in Kiehl’s stores worldwide now.

Comprised of four historical formulations that are still customer favorites today, adorned with limited edition black and gold packaging inspired by Kiehl’s New York roots, the collection features: Ultra Facial Cream and Moisturizer, Calendula Toner, and Original Musk Oil.

Ultra Facial Cream, CHF 39.90 (50ml)
Ultra Facial Moisturizer, CHF 39.90 (125ml)
Calendula Toner, CHF 59.50 (250ml)
Original Musk Oil, CHF 76 (50ml)


Last night, Zurich Kiehl’s store celebrated its 5th anniversary with the launch of  a special limited edition I LOVE ZURICH Ultra Facial Cream by Tara LaTrash.
Proceeds from each sale will go 100% toward Swiss Aids Charity.

2_-_(c)_Alexandra_PauliCHF 39.90 (50ml), CHF 75.00 (125ml)

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Kiehl’s and © Alexandra Pauli