The Showstopper

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This is the ultimate showstopper. My object of desire. The everything. The heart shaped cape that Hedi Slimane presented as a tribute to the late designer at his last show (F/W 2016) for the brand. Yves Saint Laurent had reinvented endlessly the symbol of the heart and created endless love stories with it.

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TO SHOP THE HEART SHAPED FUR CAPE, VISIT LUISAVIAROMA OR MYTHERESA.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Saint Laurent and Vogue.com

My Look: The Roaring Twenties

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Last week, I had a little fashion challenge as I got a last minute invite to a «Roaring Twenties» party. Thank God, Sandra’s Closet is full of little treasures that I have collected over many years… here is what I came up with. 1920s fashion is considered one of the most glamorous decades in fashion history. It was all about short flapper dresses in loose fitting that allowed women to literally kick up their t-bar shoes in new dances like the Charleston. The hair was worn shorter. One of the first trendsetter of this style was Coco Chanel.

My look: Gold fringed flapper dress by Bottega Veneta (Runway F/W 2007), feather stole, satin evening bag with fake fur trim, choker and earrings, all by Dior, long pearl and feather necklace
by Lanvin, t-bar shoes by Yves Saint Laurent, head piece with rhinestones by Sonia Rykiel,
icon diamond ring and bracelet by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The YSL Wardrobe of Fragrances

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The House of Yves Saint Laurent celebrates a half-century of fragrance creation. Fifty years marked by unforgettable elixirs, fragrances that have become references, benchmarks, icons.

This fall, «Le Vestiaire des Parfums» will launch, a wardrobe of fragrances, that includes 5 new scents that are inspired by the house’s iconic fashion creations.

THE TRENCH

Trench coat from Yves Saint Laurent’s  F/W 99 collection.

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Trench is a citrusy fragrance with dry cedar and iris.

THE CABAN JACKET

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The first cabin jacket in 1962.

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Caban is a sensual fragrance with notes of pink pepper, rose and tonka bean.

THE SAFARI TOP

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Veruschka in YSL Safari Ensemble by Franco Rubartelli, Vogue Paris July/ August 1968.

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Saharienne is fresh due to its ingredients of neroli, wild herbs and white musk.

THE CAFTAN

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Yves Saint Laurent loved Morocco and caftans himself.

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Caftan is an oriental scent that contains incense, benzoin, galbanum and musk.

THE TUXEDO

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Created in 1966, the ‘Le Smoking’ tuxedo suit for women was the first of its kind to earn attention in the fashion world. Photo by Helmut Newton.

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Tuxedo is the most masculine among the five with notes of patchouli and a spice accord.

Available from November 2015 for CHF 350 (125ml) each.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent

Beauty Wish List Worthy for Spring 2015

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For S/S 2015, soft and pastel, long tutu tulle skirts and dresses were gracing the runways, reminiscent of the lightness of a ballerina (in the collage above from left to right: Valentino – Giorgio Armani – Vionnet). They same trend can be seen for makeup. Creating the perfect no makeup look, mastering a healthy complexion, a radiant glow by applying subtle pink blush on the cheeks, nude eye colors that can get a colorful upgrade and lips that look as if they just had been kissed are the ultimate hype this spring. Here are the products that are wish list worthy:

FACE

Rodial Contouring Powder 03

Instaglam™ Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder 03 by Rodial
The beauty brand of the celebs is launching an amazing makeup line this spring. This face sculptor and definer can be best applied with a contour blush along cheekbones and jawline to sculpt and define the areas of the face.
CHF 72.00 (Available exclusively at Marionnaud from April 2015)

Guerlain Eclat Angélique

Météorites Perles de Blush – Eclat Angélique by Guerlain
An angelic complexion in a swish of brush, this small technological wonder infuses cheeks with soft, evanescent pink. A magical hybrid blush that recreates the glow of a complexion bathed in springtime freshness.
CHF 70.00 (Limited Edition)

Chanel Camelia Blush Jardin de Chanel

Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rose by Chanel
The exclusive creation of the Spring 2015 Collection Rêverie Parisienne, is the most romantic blush that can be easily slipped into your bag. This beautiful duo of pinks smells divine and recalls the delicate grace and purity of the favorite flower of Mademoiselle Chanel. 
CHF 63.00 (Limited Edition)

EYES

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My favorite eye palette for the day this spring. The perfect mix & match for your eyes, it reveals a little secret of aquatic hues hidden under an extra lid in this treasure box. Create versatile looks from the most sophisticated to the cutest.
CHF 79.00 (Limited Edition)

YSL Couture Palette Collector Ombres de Jour

Couture Palette Collector Ombre de Jour by Yves Saint Laurent
The name itself declares this palette to be used for the day but personally speaking it is perfect for a smokey eye look for a night out. A rare and precious object, this exclusive palette combines luminosity and darkness. Dressed in a glittering sequined pink all-over, the iconic gold case is belted with black satin.
CHF 100.00 (Limited Edition)

LIPS

Clarins Lip Balm Perfector

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I am convinced that you will love those new lip balm perfecters by Clarins as much as I do. Great for every day, part makeup, part skin care, it melts onto the lips to veil them with subtle luminous color. 
CHF 30.00 (Available in 6 colors)

Phyto-Lip Twist 3 new Shades

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This spring, Sisley offers three new shades of its famous
tinted balm, which is colored like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss. Ladies, let’s twist again! Easy to apply, it stays on for hours! If you haven’t tried it yet, you will have to now!
CHF 45.00 each

Veiled Rouge Shiseido in Sloe

Veiled Rouge Sloe RS 308 by Shiseido
Mellow, delicate color and sheen, this lip stick keeps lips moist and shimmering like a veil. You will love it for summer. 
CHF 40.00 (Available in 8 colors, I adore this deep berry hue.)

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Dior Addict Gloss 624 Mylord by Dior
Part of Dior’s Spring 2015 Kingdom of Colors Collection, this new lipgloss has the perfect shimmering mauve nude with gold sparkles mixed in.
CHF 46.00

NAILS

Nail Colours Spring 2015
Le Vernis Nail Colour 625 Paradiso by Chanel
CHF 35.00 (Limited edition)
Top Coat Eclosion Blossoming 01 by Dior
CHF 38.00 (Limited edition) 
The perfect duo when for together!

This post is available in German and French on the Marionnaud blog. Check it out – there are more interesting products available.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Runway photos: via Style.com and Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

Marsala – Colour of the Year 2015

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Every year, I am curious which shade will be announced by global color authority Pantone as the official color of the year. For 2015, it is a soothing and comforting tone, which could be an inspiration for a balanced and more fulfilling life: MARSALA. Much like the fortified wine that gives it its name, this tasteful hue with its grounding red-brown roots embodies a satisfying richness and a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

A hearty yet stylish tone, the impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. I like it extremely in combination with mint green. It’s time to fill your wardrobe with the new It-shade!

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Valentino Marsala

Fringed suede trench coaticon by Valentino

Smythson Marsala

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Marsala, a slightly muted wine shade. It’s much deeper and more winter-friendly than last year’s bright, showy purple, Radiant Orchid, which means it’s kind of perfect to start wearing right now. If you’re into it, here are a some great beauty products in the hue:

Chanel Exception 639 Nail Polish

Marsala for Nails: Chanel‘s Le Vernis in “639 Exception“, CHF 35.00

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YSL Kiss & Blush Babydoll Marsala

Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks in 11 Prune Impertinente iconby Yves Saint Laurent

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5-Colour Eyeshadow in 876 Trafalgar iconby Christian Dior

This post is available in German and French on the Marionnaud blog. Check it out – there are more interesting products available.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Via Pantone, Etsy, Valspar Reserve, pica4u.ru – Stills: Courtesy of the Brands

YSL Or Rouge – Red Gold for Your Skin

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Great news for all beauty aficionados: Yves Saint Laurent‘s new luxurious premium skin care line OR ROUGE fights aging with the help of saffron, often called red gold, as the key ingredient. But it’s not just any saffron strain, explained Stephan Bezy, International General Manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, it comes from high in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, a country with historic links to the founding couturier himself, since that’s where Saint Laurent gleaned inspiration. Saffron pistils from crocus flowers grown there contain a high concentration of a unique glycan known as crocin. Glycans play a leading role in skin’s cell communication and metabolism, plus contribute to tissue structure and architecture. Their quantity diminishes as people age, causing skin to lose substance and the deterioration of its supporting architecture.

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I have tried this new skin care collection since a few weeks and it has absolutely convinced me. It targets the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, smile lines and roughness. Dullness and dark spots are reduced, leaving the skin appearing more radiant, firmer and more uniform.

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Or Rouge Cream
CHF 539.00 (50ml)
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CHF 243.00 (15ml)
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CHF 182.00 (200ml)

Available at Harrods as an online exclusive. In Switzerland at Jelmoli Zurich and Globus Basel.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of YSL

YSL Oriental Collection Splendid Wood

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After Majestic Rose, Noble Leather and Supreme Bouquet introduced last year, the Yves Saint Laurent Oriental Collection has received the fourth fragrance inspired by wood created in an oriental style: SPLENDID WOOD.

The extremely precious ingredients for this scent to fill the luxurious glass flacon decorated with gold colors were imagined by perfumers Marie Salamagne and Amandine Marie.

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WOODY SPICY
Top notes: Cardamom, Incense and Saffron
Middle notes: Jasmine Sambac and Oriental Woodsy Notes
Base notes: Cypriol Oil, Cedar and Oud

Splendid Wood is available now as 80 ml Eau de Parfum for CHF 250.00.
A beautiful scent for men and women.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent

Manifesto – The Collection

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Yves Saint Laurent‘s beautiful scent MANIFESTO that was launched in February 2013 has already got two new family members. Each of the three variations has a white floral at the heart combined with elegant woody notes in the base.

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Manifesto – Eau de Parfum (Spring 2013)

ORIENTAL FLORAL
Top notes: Bergamot and black currant
Heart notes: Sambac jasmine and lily of the valley
Base notes: Cedar, sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean

30ml (CHF 84.-), 50ml (CHF 124.-) and 90ml (CHF 157.-)

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Manifesto L’Elixir – Eau de Parfum Intense (Fall 2013)

ORIENTAL FLORAL
Top notes: Bergamot and mandarin orange
Middle notes: Sambac jasmine, heliotrope and tuberose
Base notes: Cashmeran, vanilla and ambroxan

30ml (CHF 104.-) and 50ml (CHF 154.-)

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Manifesto L’Eclat – Eau de Toilette (February 2014)

ORIENTAL FLORAL
Top notes: Neroli, currant buds, green tea and bergamot
Middle notes: Orange blossom, red rose, freesia and jasmine
Base notes:  Cashmere wood, sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla

50ml (CHF 111.-) and 90ml (CHF 140.-)

The complete fragrance family is a wonderful addition to your wardrobe of scents.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent

YSL Oriental Collection

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A fragrance completes your look like an invisible accessory. Personally speaking, it is a daily must for me and I admit that I am a perfume addict. Therefore I was over the moon today when a magic box filled with Yves Saint Laurent‘s new Oriental Collection, a trio of scents celebrating the splendours of the East, NOBLE LEATHER, SUPREME BOUQUET and MAJESTIC ROSE, arrived at my doorstep. All three extremely yummy!

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Between Conquest & Surrender

“The potent and deep scent of leather fervently states its case and whispers an elegant, raw and carnal sensuality. The ambery wood accord embraces languid vanilla and the earthy scents of patchouli before giving way to intermingling tanned leathers. Enhanced by a dash of bright saffron notes and softened by the candied sweetness of the dried fruit accord, this skin-deep fragrance leaves an unforgettable impression.”

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Between Exaltation & Serenity

“The radiant burst of a bouquet of white flower, a blend of whimsical tuberose, exotic ylang and enigmatic jasmine. Their blossoms drenched in luscious fruit and animal scents, fully spread their opulence. As a counterpoint, the vibrancy of the ambery wood accord, musks and patchouli is an invitation to serenity.”

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Between Opulence & Mystery

“The dense blossom of May rose releases its majestic seduction through delicious honey-scented notes. The texture of its petals is warmed by spicy and vibrant saffron accord. The flower is drenched in notes of raspberry and is then lost in the darker folds of a balsamic oud wood accord, blended with a boldly smoked essence of guaiac wood.”

The Yves Saint Laurent Oriental Collection (Noble Leather, Supreme Bouquet and Majestic Rose) will be available mid June 2013, as 80 ml Eau de Parfum, for CHF 250.00 exclusively in Switzerland at Jelmoli Zurich, Globus Basel and Geneva.

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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent and © Sandra Bauknecht

Bronze and Nude Summer Makeup Looks

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If you think that the emerald makeup trend is too vibrant for you, you will love today’s post featuring the most alluring nude and bronze products for this summer.

Above you can see my personal must-haves that are all part of the new collections hitting the stores now.

1 CLARINS Shimmer Body Oil – CHF 49.00
2 CLARINS Summer Bronzing Compact – CHF 49.00
3 CLARINS Colour Quartet & Liner Eye Palette – CHF 62.00
4 ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Nail Lacquer So Vain – CHF 34.00
5 ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Nail Lacquer Diabolique – CHF 34.00
6 ESTEE LAUDER Dual Ended Liquid Liner Black Sands icon – CHF 40.00
7 YVES SAINT LAURENT La Laque Couture N°37 Taupe Maresque icon – CHF 38.00
8 TOM FORD Bronzing Powder Gold Dust – CHF 82.00

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CLARINS Splendours Summer Makeup Collection

Amazing, that was the first word that literally came into my head when I unpacked the stunning summer makeup collection from Clarins. Splendours is themed around a harmony of glistening gold shades for the perfect warm natural summer glow. Available now.

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Suiting every women’s skin tone, Makeup Director Tom Pecheux created these muted nudes that look elegant and sophisticated. In stores now.
From left to right: Diabolique, Nudité, Bittersweet, So Vain and Ballerina Pink.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT Saharienne Heat

Lindsey Wixson, the face of the ad campaign, shows how gorgeous the variety of colours in this collection look: bronze and nude combined with shades of purple and emerald.
The perfect alternative for those who would like to add a splash of colour to their natural look. And with the golden Moroccan arabesque designs on top of the compacts, it is a pleasure to open them every day. In stores now.

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TOM FORD Beauty Summer 2013 Color Collection

Tom Ford’s summer 2013 makeup collection brings some interesting essentials to the table. Beautiful nudes and bronze shades that will give you that natural-looking glow we all want to achieve during the warm weather months, for a skin that is bathed in sunset light.
In Switzerland available Mid May 2013 exclusively at Jelmoli Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht