Fashion Days Zurich 2012 Backstage


During the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Days Zurich 2012, I went backstage several times. I love watching hair and make-up artists at work as you can always learn so much. Paul Mitchell and Marionnaud belonged to the main sponsors of the event. I spotted some great products that I am now completely addicted to and of course, I am sharing them with you.


Me having fun at work.



Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer by Smashbox
Let me introduce you to the first primer dedicated to the delicate skin under the eyes! The brand’s signature silky primer texture keeps your concealer looking fresh and never cakey or settled into fine lines so that your eyes will always look well-rested. 
Available in Switzerland for CHF 33.- exclusively at Marionnaud.



Germany’s Next Topmodel 2012 winner Luisa Hartema‘s hairdo was done with products by Paul Mitchell. Scroll down to see what you will definitely need to get the perfect blow-dry.




Hydromist Blow-Out Spray™
High-performance volumizers prepare hair for a flawless blow-dry. The weightless formula boosts volume, hydrates dry strands and delivers a clean, long-lasting hold while protecting hair from damage.

Shine Spray™
This finishing spray with a light mist adds brilliance and luminous shine to any style while protecting your hair.

Styling Treatment Oil™
The idea of oiling up your hair might sound weird, but rubbing a little of this lightweight formula between your palms and then over strands before blow-drying or ironing adds a beautiful gloss and tames frizz.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

How to Protect Your Hair from Sun Damage


You are surely aware of the risks that you face by exposing your skin to the sun. How about protecting also your hair from sun damage? Of course, cancer isn’t a concern for it, but prolonged sun exposure and many hours in the pool or in the sea can damage the hair from the cuticle to its inner structure. The result is mostly faded colour, split ends, dryness, weakened and thinning hair. Therefore I recommend using products with formulas that contain UV absorbers in them. Above you can see my favourites that I have packed for my vacation.

Here are the details:

Paul Mitchell Sun

Paul Mitchell‘s newly launched first sun collection is amazing. Created for all hair types and especially colour-treated, dry or damaged hair, all three products feature the SolarVeil™ Complex, a powerful blend of sunflower extract and highly active UV absorbers, shields fragile strands from damaging UVA and UVB rays. The Island Passion Flower scent is inspired by the tropics and smells absolutely divine.

The limited edition range consists of:
Sun Recovery Hydrating Shampoo™ (CHF 29.- / 250ml) which nourishes hair and helps lock in colour – sulfate-free.
After-Sun Replenishing Masque™ (CHF 33.- / 250ml) aiming to hydrate and guard hair from UV rays and prevent colour fade.
Sun Shield Conditioning Spray™ (CHF 29.- / 125ml) to help maintain shiny hair colour and provide UV protection.

L'Oreal Solar Sublime

This after-sun nourishing milky serum (CHF 26.- / 50ml) from L’Oréal Professionnel‘s Solar Sublime Series Expert is a must. With the help of ceramide and vitamin E, it is instantly absorbed and conditions the hair fibre immediately to replenish it with suppleness and softness after exposure to the sun. Best applied on towel-dried hair. Available in salons exclusively.

TakeCover Redken

Personally speaking, I like to change my shampoo once in a while and therefore always pack two different products. Redken‘s New Color Extend Sun protects highlights, safeguards color and replenishes sun-stressed strands. The advanced Hydra-Shield Complex with Mexoryl S.O, a patented UV filter, provides powerful protection while restoring lost moisture and luminous shine.

Color Extend Sun After-Sun Shampoo (CHF32.- / 300ml) continues to protect the hair even after the product is rinsed out, so using the shampoo prior to sun exposure will also help prevent UV damage.
Color Extend Sun Take Cover SPF25 (CHF 42.- / 154,1g) is an innovative hair treatment to protect the hair and scalp from UV damage. This lightweight mousse contains no alcohol, best to be used 30 minutes before sun exposure.

K_Soliel Huile lactee

Kérastase‘s Huile Lactée (CHF 38.- / 125ml) is a great product with Vitamin E and UV absorbers to smooth sun-exposed hair. Its biphasic solution has two effects: The milky texture enriched with Ylang Ylang helps to avoid the unwanted frizz effect, while the luxurious oily phase protects the hair from moisture loss.

With those products, your hair will be safe. I also like to wear a big sun hat that is stylish and protective in one.

Eugenia Kim Sunhat

Bunny embellished straw sunhat iconby Eugenia Kim

LoL, Sandra

Photo: © Sandra Bauknecht, Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

Fashion Days Zurich 2011: Julien Macdonald


As a culmination of the Fashion Days Zurich, the renowned Fashion Rocks event took place on Saturday evening for the first time in Switzerland. The charity party is a combination of music and fashion, raising funds for The Prince’s Trust. Unfortunately, that fact got kind of lost during the night.

Julien and IJulien Macdonald with me

Absolute highlight was the spellbinding show from Julien Macdonald. The only question that I was asking myself was: Why did the British designer, who worked for Chanel and took over the reins from McQueen at Givenchy before launching his eponymous label in 1998, showed his F/W 2011 collection that I saw and wrote already about in February (for the previous post, please click here) instead of the new S/S 2012 line? I asked him, but he avoided the answer. My guess, the F/W 2011 collection is the much better one, at least for me! But it gets worse….

The final gown on the runway presented by Swiss model Ronja Furrer was worn already by Heidi Klum to the Oscar’s but is from Julien Macdonald’s F/W 2009 collection (see photos at the end of this post)! Excuse me? Zurich might not be a fashion capital like London and Paris, but we don’t deserve this old stuff!

Thumbs down, Mr Macdonald, don’t you have anything new to show?!

Enjoy the backstage and catwalk photos! The Paul Mitchell team was in charge for the hair and the extensions. And if you are more interested in charity than old gowns, I recommend a project in Tansania that the annabelle magazine presented that night. For further information, please click here.

LoL, Sandra

























Julien Macdonald

JM7Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Awapuhi – Rebirth of The Hair


Treat hair from the inside out with ten new luxury products by Paul Mitchell featuring proven ingredients to restore dry, damaged hair: HydroMist Blow-Out Spray, HydroCream Whip, KeraTriplex Treatment, Keratin Intensive Treatment, Moisturizing Lather Shampoo, Keratin Cream Rinse, Texturizing Sea Spray, Styling Treatment Oil, Finishing Spray and Shine Spray.

Paul Mitchell was part of the Vidal Sassoon team before he moved on to create his own universe. Today, Paul Mitchell products are the number 1 hair products in the US.
The “pioneer of the blow-dry” lived in Hawaii where he got inspired by the natural aspects of the area. Hawaiian natives have used the fragrant juice of the Awapuhi ginger plant to moisturize skin and hair since ages. On the Big island, Paul Mitchell has a farm where to this day all of the Awapuhi used in the John Paul Mitchell Systems products is harvested there. Its aloe-veranesque nectar helps to nourish the hair deeply.


The KeraTriplex is a protein that is derived from sheep’s wool. A medical break-through that is also used in cancer products. Paul Mitchell owns the technology and is launching the awapuhi treatment on a global approach. It is virtually identical to human’s hair. It improves shine up to 35%, prevents colour to fade up to 67% and reduces breakage up to 80%.

The KeraTriplex treatment is only done in-salon. It is a highly concentrated blend of exclusive keratin proteins that repairs and seals from cuticle to core. An infusion of moisture for softness and shine. Last week, I was invited by the Paul Mitchell team to test it:


First you start by washing the hair with the Moisturizing Lather Shampoo.



Then the first step of the treatment, the KeraTriplex Treatment, is worked into the wet hair.


The second step, the Keratin Intensive Treatment, is applied with a brush.


With a little heat, the treatment can even better work its magic.


After carefully having rinsed out the hair, it can be styled as liked. Just be careful not to blow dry it too hot.


The treatment is amazing. It leaves you with this “Can I touch your hair” look.

For a store next to you, please click here. For my Zurich based readers, I recommend Anja Stähelin Hair Company in Erlenbach.

LoL, Sandra