THE BEAUTY BLACKOUT


'At Your Lip Service’: A Review of Charlotte Tilbury’s Royal Lipstick Trio

Featuring the Queen, Legendary Queen & The Duchess If you’re a Charlotte Tilbury fan - and I’d be lying if I pretended I wasn’t* - you’ll understand why I spent January 2018 waiting anxiously for news of something (well, two things, to be precise) epic to drop in time for February 14th. That’s right - Valentine’s Day. Please don’t get the wrong idea. I couldn't care less about all the hokey sentimental cr*p that gets shoved down our throats every February - already the most miserable month of the year. My first and only Valentine’s Day-related priority... read more »


The New Graphik Eyeshadow Palettes from Hourglass: A Review of Expose and Vista

Since it was acquired by Unilever back in July, Hourglass Cosmetics has been on a real roll. In the last couple of months, they’ve broadened the shade range that their Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is available in (and revamped its packaging to boot.) Given the controversy over Tarte’s decision to include a single token dark shade in their Shape Tape foundation, I think it’s awesome that Hourglass got on the post-Fenty bandwagon sooner rather than later. Hopefully more brands will follow suit. Foundation, however, is not the topic of today’s post. What I’ll be discussing today are two of the new... read more »


The Eyes of Tom Ford Collection - Part 2: An In-Depth Review of the Private Shadows

So you may have wondered, after reading Rachel's post, whether I managed to resist the temptation to buy any Tom Ford Private Shadows of my own. Or maybe you've just suspected I've been keeping it on the down-low. If you guessed the latter, you're right and if you guessed the former, I'm gonna assume this must be the first time you're reading The Beauty Blackout. I have no self discipline when it comes to makeup, especially of the Tom Ford variety. And yes, I confess I have not been immune to getting sucked into the Tom Ford Private Shadow black hole which some of The Beauty... read more »


Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 Collection: The Finale/Part 5 - The Lip Products

This post is the final installment in The Beauty Blackout's comprehensive overview of the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 collection. Today, we'll be discussing the only products we haven't covered already - the lip products. Specifically, we'll be reviewing the Lip Pencil in Victoria; the Matte Lipsticks in Burnished Rose, Victoria, and Black Cassis; and Desert Heat Lip Gloss. If you've been reading The Beauty Blackout for a while, you probably know that this blog owes its existence to Victoria Beckham and her Java Sun Bronzer (okay, hyperbole - but only slightly). Bonding over bronzer was how our friendship started, believe it or not.... read more »


Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 Collection: Part 4 - The Eye Metals, Eye Quad, Eye Matte Duos and the Eye Ink Mascara

As promised, we've expedited the remaining installments* in The Beauty Blackout's comprehensive overview of the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 collection. In today's post, we'll be discussing the eye products that we haven't yet reviewed: the Eye Metals in Bitter Clove and Blonde Gold; Eye Ink in Black Myrrh, the Eye Quad; the Eye Matte Duos in Noir/Vanille and Saphir/Orange Vif; the Eye Ink Matte Liquid Liner; the Smudgy Matte Eyeliner; and the Eye Ink Mascara. (Phew.) We've already reviewed the Eye Foils in Blonde Gold and Burnt Anise, and you can find that post HERE. ​ This year's VB x EL collection... read more »