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 »


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 »


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 is your first time reading The Beauty Blackout. I have no self discipline when it comes to makeup, especially makeup 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 that I'm sure some of The... 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 »