THE BEAUTY BLACKOUT


The Tom Ford Iris Bronze Set: The Beauty Blackout Verdict on Nordstrom's ‘Exclusive’ New Quad

The Lowdown on the Tom Ford Iris Bronze Quad: The Iris Bronze Set includes a brand new four-colour quad and two mini lipsticks from the permanent range of Lip Colors, namely Spiced Honey and Casablanca... read more »


How to Go Broke The Beauty Blackout Way: Step One - Binge Buy Pat McGrath’s Entire* LuxeTrance Lipstick Collection

*Alright, we don’t have four but in our defence, one of them is mysteriously MIA (Paradise Garage, where art thou?); another is currently being procured despite its low chances of being flattering (Beauty Junkie), and the remaining three (35MM, Anarkissed, and Exxotica) all appear to be variations on the same muddy shade of burgundy brown. Most of the LuxeTrance line has been covered extensively right here at The Beauty Blackout! As always, we strive to be of public service- use this overview as your personal buying guide when trying to compare shades without involving photoshopped brand promo pics (we all know how downright deceptive those... read more »


Battle of the Expensive Lip Balms: Pat McGrath Lip Fetish vs. Dior’s NEW Lip Glows for Spring ‘18

Introducing the Contenders Dior Addict Lip Glows in 101 Matte Pink, 102 Matte Raspberry & 009 Holo Purple (US$34 for 3.5g) Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm (US$38 for 3.5 grams; supposedly LE). Emily: I'll just get one thing right out of the way: I've never been big on expensive lip balms. I usually prefer expensive everything so this is, I suppose, one of my eccentricities. (Is it endearing? Comment below, please.) As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get better than Lucas Papaw Ointment (preferably in the small tube with the slanted applicator) and Lanolips 101 Ointment (no slanted applicator sadly.... read more »


Rachel’s 2017 Beauty Favorites

Ah New Year’s Eve - that special night of the year where we all stare into the abyss of time, make resolutions that we’re DEFINITELY going to keep longer than the first week of January, and read so many “best of” lists that the phrase pretty much loses all meaning. Which brings me to the topic of today’s post….my own ‘best of beauty’ list for 2017. I don’t claim that these products are the absolute best products released in 2017. 1) Makeup is far too subjective for that; and 2) you’re reading The Beauty Blackout, not Allure Magazine. What you... read more »


Mini Black Friday Haul: Rouge Bunny Rouge, Tom Ford, and NIOD Photography Fluid (12% Opacity)

This year, I managed to get through the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness without giving in to too many impulse buys. Instead, I mainly started on my holiday shopping. Boring, but hey, even a beauty blogger has to be responsible sometimes. Christmas always seems to sneak up on me, inducing a state of panic in which I wake up the morning after Thanksgiving and - all of a sudden I realize I need to buy the tree, get hold of wrapping-paper, buy new ornaments and decorations for said tree (must be cat-proof, unlike last year's) - and, of course, presents, presents and more presents! Still, I... read more »