THE BEAUTY BLACKOUT


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 »


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 »