FOTD: Before & After

Wednesday, 27 February 2013
WARNING - this post features makeup free close-up photos of my ugly mug :P

I was out on Saturday night at the Scottish Bloggers Valentines meet up - this was the third blogger meetup I've been to, and the first one that's taken place in Edinburgh (yaaaay, no rushing off for a train!).  We had a lovely night of cocktails, speed dating, raffling and good chit chat.  It was lovely to see some of the girls I've met at previous events before, and to also meet lots of new blogger ladies - us Scottish Bloggers are a lovely lot!

I've been meaning to do a before/after makeup post for ages as I've read a few of these on other blogs, I just hadn't built up the courage yet.  As I had left myself plenty of time to get ready for the blogger meetup  decided to take some snaps for a Face of The Day post and I was feeling a bit brave so thought I'd also add in the "before" shots too.  So here we gentle on me!!

bare faced

eyes done

fully madeup

outfit on and good to go!

Firstly, please excuse the red eyes in the first few shots - I think I had traces of garlic or something from dinner on my fingers when I changed my contact lenses so I irritated them, ouchy!  Also, you might be wondering why I've got a picture of full eye makeup and nothing else - if I'm doing a heavy eye look that uses a lot of eye shadow then I tend to do my eyes first so I don't ruin my foundation with shadow fallout.  Once my eyes are done I'll then wipe off any spillage with cleanser, use toner and moisturiser then primer and foundation - I recommend giving that method a go if you're fed up with eye shadow spillage on your cheeks!

I've listed below the products I used:

hourglass veil mineral primer
estee lauder double wear light foundation (intensity 1.0)
benefit erase paste concealer (no1 fair)
benefit sugarbomb blush
topshop highlighter (crescent moon)
boots 17 loose powder
clarins eyebrow pencil (02 light brown)
elf mineral eyeshadow primer
naked 2 eyeshadow palette (ydk & busted)
avon super enchant mascara (black)
rimmel exaggerate eye liner (100% black)
inika organic eye liner (07 graphite) - on my lower lash line
topshop lipstick (whimsical)

Finally here's a quick shot of my outfit (although I did change the necklace just before I left as this one was annoying me).


  1. Your skin looks flawless with the double wear! I don't know where I'd be without my EL double wear! It's the best foundation I have ever had.

    Your make up look is just lovely and I love your outfit x

  2. Blooming eck, your skin looks flawless after the double wear. I am going to have to look into this foundation!! I am hearing and seeing fabulous things!

    Great post! x

  3. Gorgeous lovely, you looked fab on Saturday I was like a total magpie at your shoes they are so cool, I love anything glittery xx

  4. you look lovely! I too do eyes before face if I'm doing a heavy look! Eyeshadow fallout drives me nuts!

    Lauren x

  5. Love double wear although I only use the camouflage concealer regularly as it makes my roseaca skin worse. You look fab!

    Shame I couldn't make the meet up, maybe next time there is an Edinburgh one!


    (Sorry about the anonymous post, can't comment on my phone easily!)

  6. You are gorgeous! Love the makeup, your base is so natural! Glad you enjoyed the meet up

    A little bit Unique