Sephora Loves Givenchy

Great news for my Swiss readers: from now on you can discover Givenchy‘s range of perfumes, fragrances, makeup and skincare products at Sephora Switzerland. Givenchy has been synonymous with avant-garde elegance since its conception. From couture collections to bold beauty products, discover how the house continually defies conventions.

Ever-changing, the signature scents reflect unique style and grace. And don’t miss the three bestsellers of the brand, created by Nicolas Degennes, the Artistic Director for Makeup and Colors at Givenchy, during your next shopping spree:

– the Lipsticks of the Le Rouge collection
From powerful rouge to delicate nude, our cutting-edge lipsticks are made for every shade of you.
CHF 49.00

– the Mascara Volume Disturbia
Application as innovative as the formula. Maximize your lashes for immediate sophistication.
CHF 39.00

– the foundation Teint Couture City Balm
Perfect your skin with the feel and finish you desire. This is covert coverage designed for comfort.
CHF 61.00

Last week, I was invited to try the products and indulge in the world of Givenchy Beauty at Folium in Zurich. Nicolas Degennes, who has been at the forefront of technical innovation and design since the launch of the Givenchy beauty line, is the man responsible for some of the Maison’s most iconic products. Unfortunately, he couldn’t join us personally that night as he was not allowed to travel due to the corona virus situation. Nevertheless, I got a great interview with him via mail that you can enjoy reading below.

Nicolas Degennes, Artistic Director for Makeup and Colors at Givenchy

You are at the helmet of Givenchy Beauty since 99… what has changed during the years?
Everything has changed. Competitors, research evolve all the time. There are more new propositions on raw materials. It has changed and is going to change again.

Make-up now and twenty years ago – what are the biggest differences?
Competition, many brands are on the market today comparing to 20 years ago.
This give to the consumer more choice but it can also give confusion. So we need to be more and more straight to the point, especially for a couture brand like ours, it is fundamental to keep our promises.

Got my Givenchy lipstick engraved with my name that night.

5 minutes of make-up … what is a must?
If you had to choose…Eyes or lips?
Always the lips. Complexion in 3 minutes because in 5 we have time to do complexion, lips, and mascara.
But the more important is to apply a mascara and a lipstick.
If we have no time to apply some mascara, I would recommend just clean lashes with water to give them more density but anyway apply a red lipstick. This will give power and strength.

What are the biggest make-up trends at the moment?
The red lipstick is making a strong coming back. It has been always present in the makeup world but it is becoming more and more powerful.

What will be next?
New textures! These textures will make the colors and I know what I am talking about.

How much do fashion and beauty influence each other?
We constantly observe the fashion trends but in the beauty world, we work 3 years in advance so, obviously we have to look upon fashion and let ourselves influenced.
However, we also have to take our own decisions. However, you will notice that the beauty around the skin and the texture have a real influence on fashion.

The biggest faux pas in make-up?
Not to wear any make up at all. This is a big mistake.

Your icon?
Women, all the women!

Best trick you have ever learnt?
Patience.

Thank you, Nicolas, for your insight into the world of Givenchy Beauty!
Sephora loves Givenchy and we love it, too…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht – © Debora Zeyrek for Sephora
#sephoraswitzerland #sephoralovesgivenchy #givenchybeauty @sephoraswitzerlandPhoto of Nicolas Degennes: © PR, Robert Jaso for PARFUMS GIVENCHY

Sephora Frosted Christmas

Recently, I was invited by SEPHORA to explore their FROSTED CHRISTMAS specials at Kaufleuten in Zurich within a festive atmosphere. The event was a beauty addict’s winter wonderland. Have a sneak peek below into this beautiful universe, get inspired and make your beauty wishes come true!

I included my favorite products but there is so much more to discover…

Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Collector’s Set by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – CHF 49.90
A limited- edition collection of five mini Gloss Bomb shades.

«Winter Wonderglam» Eye Shadow Palette by Tarte – CHF 71.90
Includes 24 eye shadows, a liquid eye liner, a mascara and a double-sided applicator.

«Brow Superstars» in a hat by Benefit – CHF 89.90
Everything you need for the perfect eyebrows.

«GingerbreadBronzed & Kissed» Set by Too Faced – CHF 49.90
Includes a Gingerbread Tan Bronzer and a Matte Lipstick in Peach Kiss plus a limited edition pouch.

Life Liner Duo Pencil by Huda Beauty –  CHF 32.50
The ultimate lifeproof, dual-ended eyeliner with a liquid tip one side and pencil on the other.

Christmas Set «Holiday Heroes» by Mario Badescu – CHF 59.90
Everything you need to perfectly clean your skin.

Igloo Box of Masks by Sephora – CHF 29.90
7 masks for every occasion.

Set «Carnaval Dreams» by Sol Janeiro – CHF 49.90
Including Lip Balm «Brazilian Kiss», Facial Cream «Brazilian Bum Bum», Shower Gel «Brauzilian 4 Play» and Cream «Coco Cabana».

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Debora Zeyrek for Sephora
#sephoraswitzerland #SephoraFrostedChristmas @sephoraswitzerland

Sephora Opening in Zurich

Yesterday evening, I attended the long awaited opening of SEPHORA in Zurich as a shop-in-shop concept at Manor located at Bahnofstrasse 75.

Craziness a few seconds after the doors opened at Sephora Zurich.

Here are some facts:
Selling Space65 m² (small, but filled with great stuff)

Staff: 10 sales associates and one shop manager

Question: which Becca highlighter should I get…

Exclusive brandsMade In Sephora, Too Faced, Make Up For Ever, Marc Jacobs,
Becca, Dr.Jart+, Tony Moly, Caolion, Skinfood, Too Cool for School

Other brands availableNars, Benefit Make Up and Benefit Skincare

ServicesSephora Make Up Bar and Benefit Brow Bar
Thanks to Click & Collect at manor.ch/sephora customers can order all their favorite products online and get them delivered to their preferred  Manor department store in Switzerland.

A goody bag filled with so many amazing products… thank you, Sephora!

Founded in 1969, Sephora is today part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and present in 32 countries worldwide.

LoL, Sandra

With lovely Myriam Françoise at the opening yesterday.

Photos: © David Biedert Photography, © Andrea Monica Hug and © Sandra Bauknecht

Ciaté Cuticle Tattoos

Ciatée Cuticle Tattoos

As you know, I was recently in Los Angeles and one spot I always like to visit is Sephora to browse through the latest beauty must-haves. My most inspiring buy comes this time from Ciaté, known for innovative nail trends.

This season, their newest hype are cuticle tattoos, a faux embellishment for the skin around your nail. These super simple transfers make a cute fashion statement and a tattooed look without the needle. They are easily washed away when required. Very important to know: Don’t use any oils to minimize damage to your design.

Ciaté Cuticle Tattoo

The Ciaté Cuticle Tattoos set includes 10 sheets in 5 different designs and it sells for $12 at Sephora.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Ciaté and © Sandra Bauknecht

Advent Calendar Day 16

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This revolutionary magnetic nail lacquer by nails inc. London used to create stunning 3D nail art designs in chic metallic shades is a lovely gift for a nail polish devotee or for yourself to wow during X-mas time.

Choose from three magnetic polishes named after iconic London attractions: Trafalgar Square (chrome), Houses of Parliament (purple), and Whitehall Teal (teal). I am using Houses of Parliament in the pictures.

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This unique formula has been specially developed with metallic particles to create a pattern on the nail using magnetic forces. As the magnet is held over the nail, the iron powder in the formulation gravitates toward the magnet forming the pattern secretly hidden in the magnet for an astonishing finish. The magnet is included in the cap of the nail polish.

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Those nail polishes are available at  Sephora. For a tutorial, I recommend this video:

Now it is time to marvel about the amazing nail designs that you have created!

LoL, Sandra

Anastasia – The Queen of the Eyebrows

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While beeing in Los Angeles, I met with the Queen of the Eyebrows, Anastasia Soare, herself.  Being widely referred to as the Beauty Innovator and The Definitive Brow and Eye Expert, the charming lady of Romanian origin developed over the years her own Golden Ratio technique to shape eyebrows and to enhance the overall eye area. Today, she is the CEO of a beauty empire, including two full service beauty salons and exclusive brow, skincare and colour products that are sold at select Nordstrom, Sephora and International locations.

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Her success has no end. While I was with Anastasia, Kim Kardashian texted her and David Beckham was scheduled later. Celebrities like Oprah, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Sharon Stone, line up to get their eyebrows done by her.
So you can imagine how happy I was when she did mine. She told me that I was tweezing too much and that my shape is the so-called high-arch. After explaining her technique to me and giving me the gorgeous brow kit, I can perfectly do it by myself now. I have been receiving so many compliments since then. The right shape of the eyebrow makes such a big difference to the whole face. It can even make you look so much younger.
Above you will find the most important steps.

CIMG6948I truly recommend her products to you. The brow kit makes the shaping so much easier.

The stencils are included in the kit to find the best eyebrow shape for you.

The stencils are included in the kit to find the best eyebrow shape for you.

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In case that you are in the L.A. area, here are some insider tips. Try to book a long time in advance. Her technicians are also doing a great job. You will lay flat during the treatment, it is very relaxing, not painful at all.

If you are dreaming of seeing Anastasia herself, she takes walk-ins from 9-10am. On Tuesday, she is in her Brentwood store (11933 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025) and from Wednesday to Saturdays, she works in her famous Beverly Hills location on 438 North Bedford Drive. But please call the store first, as she is travelling a lot.
The beauty salons offer full service from eyebrows to hair styling to make-up and waxing. See the price list for the complete services.


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The walls of her store are plastered with thank you notes of celebrities.

The walls of her store are plastered with thank you notes of celebrities.








Anastasia with me after my eyebrow shaping.

Anastasia with me.

Thank you, Anastasia, for giving my brows the perfect arch! I am loving them!

LoL, Sandra