THE BEAUTY BLACKOUT


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 »


Pat McGrath's Liquid Lip Kits for Holiday 2017: The LiquiLUST 007 Duo in Deceit

How We Got Here (Emily Had Another Beauty Blackout) It's only been two weeks since the official launch of Pat McGrath's (limited edition) lip collection for this year's holiday season. However, since hype has a way of dragging everything out - as does FedEx's shipping process - you'd be forgiven for thinking it's been quite a bit longer. Truthfully, I wasn't at all excited for the launch. I'd tuned in on Instagram for the live reveal at the end of October and - not gonna lie - it left me feeling...deflated. Liquid lipsticks? Really? And a return to the DIY kits?? Look, I'm not a... read more »


Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 Collection: Part 2 - The Eye Foils

In the second installment of The Beauty Blackout's exhaustive* Multi-Part Review of Victoria Beckham’s collaboration(s) with Estée Lauder, we'll be focusing on the Eye Foils, which were re-released for the recent Fall 2017 Collection. First thing to establish: the Eye Foils aren’t - at least, technically - ’new’ to this year’s collection. In VB x EL parlance, the Eye Foils are ‘hero products’ (translation: they were the best-selling/most hyped product from the original 2016 collection, and therefore deemed worthy of re-releasing.) Officially, the only thing that’s changed about the Eye Foils is the packaging, which we agree is a huge... read more »


Charlotte Tilbury’s Limited Edition Lipsticks for Holiday 2017: A Tale of Three ‘Cities’

If you're a fan of Charlotte Tilbury's bullet lipsticks, then you're in good company. Because I own most of them. However, after the massive fail that was the Hollywood Lips launch (seriously, those were the worst liquid lipsticks I've tried and the competition is stiff, believe me) as well as a host of other blah product releases, Charlotte really needed to bring it with her (limited edition, naturally) 'Cities' lipsticks. So, is this holiday collection a slam dunk win or just another big fail from CT? It's that burning question which today's post will attempt to address. Before going any further though, it’s probably time... read more »


Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 Collection: Part 1 - The Non-Optional OG Products (aka Java Sun, Saffron Sun & Modern Mercury)

To kick off The Beauty Blackout's Multi-Part Overview of Victoria Beckham's epic collaboration(s) with Estée Lauder, it made sense to start at the very beginning. But the beginning of what exactly? Upon some reflection, it became clear to me that this collaboration was the beginning of many, many signficant things: 1) a (hopefully ongoing) partnership between Victoria Beckham and Estée Lauder; 2) the beginning of our love affair with all things VB x EL; and 3) the beginning of a beautiful friendship. A friendship between...well...us. Oh come on! It's only the truth! If you really want to know how this blog came into... read more »