Estée Lauder- New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit

Today we are talking Estée Lauder.  One of my favourite brands.  This post will focus on their New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit, a must-have if you like contouring, whether it be a natural look, or a more intense look- this duo has got you covered!

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Estée Lauder is an iconic brand.  What I think sets them apart from some other high-end brands, is that they have a triple threat effect.  By this I mean they have great products in all aspects of beauty.  They have amazing makeup, skincare and fragrances.  Most brands are often known for excelling in 1 of those categories, but Estée Lauder rocks it in all 3.

Last September, I was very lucky and got invited to an Estée Lauder event hosted by Dave Lackie in Toronto.  This was one of the products featured, and we learned how to contour from a pro Estée Lauder makeup artist.  I have been loving this New Dimension line ever since.

The New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit is designed to “Perfect your profile from every angle.”  This duo comes with a highlighting shade and a contouring shade.  You can lift and define using these products together.  Both shades are matte and they are in cream form.  They are suitable for a range of skintones as well, which I find pretty cool!  So if you are nervous to try out contouring because you don’t know what shade to get, a duo like this is perfect for you.

Personally, I am one who really likes the “natural look”.  But what is great about this duo is how the product is buildable.  So whether you wish to achieve a daytime look, or a more dramatic look for a night out, you have this option.  You can intensify the contour you create by applying additional product, it is very buildable and easy to blend.

Note: The sponge applicator that comes with the duo has product on it from me using this.

The highlight shade is on the left and the contour shade is on the right.  If you desire a natural look they suggest applying this before foundation.  If you desire a dramatic look, then apply this after your foundation, preferably liquid or creme foundation.  I actually do not wear foundation at all, and I can tell you this product works beautifully without foundation as well.  Because it is a cream, it is so smooth and once applied to the skin it warms up, making it blend so easily and look super natural.  This duo really gives your face more structure and symmetry.

Here is a closer look at both.  I apologize for the obvious sponge marks in the product photos, but I have been using it a lot.

Highlight shade:

Contouring shade:

Another thing I know you will all love is how you don’t need a lot of product to get results.  This means a little goes a long way, and your duo will last longer.  Yay!

The duo also comes with a small booklet to show you exactly where to apply both shades.

You can purchase this kit from an Estée Lauder counter or from Sephora for C$55.00.  If you need or would like additional guidance on how to use the duo, you can visit Estée Lauder’s website here and scroll to the bottom of the page for step-by-step instructions including a video.

Do you love anything from the New Dimension line?  Leave me a comment or a tweet, would love to chat about it!

Interview- Beauty Editor and Cityline Beauty Expert, Dave Lackie

If you are a beauty blogger or beauty enthusiast, chances are you know who Dave Lackie is.  If you don’t, Dave is editor-in-chief and founder of BEAUTY the guide digital magazine, CityTv’s Cityline Beauty Expert, men’s style columnist for the National Post newspaper, and the list goes on.

He is also very well-known for engaging daily with his social media followers, and for his amazing beauty product giveaways on such accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) as well as his blog giveaways on www.davelackie.com.

Photo: Myself with Dave at Cityline, September 2nd.

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I love the content Dave produces, from the interviews with Marketing and PR executives- giving those of us starting out some career advice, to the celebrity interviews and the current hottest trends in beauty.  But what I love most about him, is the truly wonderful person he is.  I have had the absolute pleasure of attending some of his well-known beauty events in Toronto, and have had the chance to chat with him on social media and in person on many occasions.

He is one of the kindest people I have ever met, especially in the PR/beauty industry.  He is so generous, giving countless opportunities to bloggers and those starting out in the field, and he is so humble regarding his success.   When you think of the beauty industry, it can be a little intimidating.  There is a lot of pressure put on us by mass media and pop culture.  However, I was absolutely impressed to see this is most definitely not always the case, and there are some extremely down-to-earth people who are sincere and generous within the industry, and Dave is one of those people.

I still remember attending my first event hosted by him, late last September (wow, almost a year ago already!) for Estee Lauder contour and skincare products.  I was a bit nervous, but everyone there was so welcoming.  Dave came over to me and introduced himself, and we chatted about PR, beauty products and blogging.  Given my degree in PR and Communications, I have a passion for writing and social media, so getting to chat with him about all this was so exciting.  Meeting Dave that day pushed me to come out of my shell and start my blog.  He is so encouraging and gave me some great tips.

Now, almost a year later, I have attended 5 of his events and have been blogging ever since.  We keep in touch via social media, and he is always open to answering questions about products or career advice.  I attribute so many of the positive things that have happened with my blog to his generosity.  Since meeting him and launching my blog, I have had many doors open thanks to the event invites he has given me.  But most of all, he instilled that extra bit of confidence in me that I needed to start this journey, and for that I will always be so grateful.

I have also made some amazing friendships through Dave’s network.  One I would like to mention is Cat Forsley.  She is a beautiful woman inside and out, and has the most beautiful aura and kind energy.  She is also a beauty blogger and creator and content producer of a beauty podcast on iTunes.  She inspires me every day, and I am so grateful and lucky to have met her.  You can find Cat on her blog www.mylipaddiction.com.

I attended Dave’s Cityline taping event in Toronto on Friday, September 2nd, just over a week ago.  I asked Dave some questions regarding beauty, his role with Cityline as Beauty Expert and his career in general.  I am so excited to share this interview with you.  So keep reading to get to know Dave a little more!!


Interview: Dave Lackie

Q. 1 

Chantal: With your role as Beauty Expert on Cityline, you have worked closely with the crew behind the scenes.  What would you say sets Cityline apart from other daytime shows?

Dave: Cityline has always been about the information and the guest experts. They take the job very seriously, and work to really share their expertise and passion with viewers. There really is a family feeling at the show as we’ve known each other for so long. I used to hire Lynn Spence to produce fashion shows for me when I worked at Hudson’s Bay the first time round and she’d hire Lisa Rogers to model. I think that family feeling comes across on TV. We really do like each other.

Q. 2 

Chantal: You are a big inspiration to a lot of us beauty bloggers and beauty enthusiasts. I personally really enjoy your interviews with those in the industry; especially when you discuss career advice. What advice do you have for those starting out in PR, Communications or Marketing like myself?

Dave: Always believe in yourself. And try to find ways in your current jobs to incorporate your love of beauty. So if you work for a company maybe you can plan a beauty fundraiser or event. I find joining professional organizations like CEW is great. And build your own social media platforms with really good content. When you blog, take the time to really research the brands and products you are writing about. That will set you apart from other bloggers and get the attention of the beauty brands.

Q. 3

Chantal: What is your favourite beauty quote?

Dave: “Beauty is on the inside.” – Natalie Portman

Q. 4

Chantal: What is your favourite beauty tip?

Dave: When you buy a new palette, book a beauty lesson at the counter. It may cost a little but you will learn so many ways to use your new product. The makeup artists will even give you face charts to show how to best wear it for you. I think that it is so important to get the very most from every single product you buy.

Q. 5

Chantal: What inspired you to start engaging with your followers and having these follower events? It is extremely generous of you to do this, and I don’t know of anyone else doing it.

Dave: I have been attending press events for more than a decade, and I thought it was such a shame that the people who most love beauty weren’t able to attend. It was only a select group of editors. So I decided to create these dinners and events for beauty enthusiasts on social media. So many people have become good friends through them. They are great fun.


Big thank you to Dave for doing this interview!!  Thank you for ALL that you do.  For inspiring so many of us,  and giving us the best beauty and career advice, as well as for all of your generosity.  It is rare to meet someone so genuine, and I feel so lucky to have met you!  You truly bring happiness to a lot of people.

You can find Dave online and on social media here:

Website: http://davelackie.com/

Magazine (BEAUTY the guide): http://beautytheguide.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davelackie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/davelackie/

Cityline- Dave Lackie Twitter Follower Event

Last week I was fortunate enough to be chosen to attend a Cityline taping as an audience member (plus one guest) in downtown Toronto!!  Dave Lackie teamed up with Cityline, and he had another Twitter follower event contest on his blog.  I cannot express how amazing this experience was!  This post will cover the main highlights.

Upon arrival we were brought up to a “green room” for coffee, pastries, donuts and croissants, all thanks to Shiseido.  There was a spot at the front of the room with a Cityline backdrop where we could take photos.  The room quickly filled, and the energy was starting to build.  Everyone I spoke to was so excited!

Pictured below is the breakfast Shiseido provided for us:

Breakfast

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Estée Lauder- Contour and Skincare Breakfast

In September,  I entered Dave Lackie’s VIP follower event contest for the Estée Lauder Contouring Breakfast (skincare and makeup) in downtown Toronto, and I was one of the lucky winners chosen to attend.  Dave is the editor-in-chief and founder of “BEAUTY the guide”, and also appears as the beauty expert on “Citytv’s Cityline” TV show.  For my first post I wanted to blog about this amazing event I was fortunate enough to get to attend.

When I woke up that morning, I was so excited to be in the “big city” and could not wait to get to the event to meet Dave and all of the other beauty enthusiasts present in Dave’s circle on Twitter.  The event started at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Toronto at the Arcadian Lofts.  Here are a few photos of the venue:

Entrance

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