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 »


Pat McGrath’s LuxeTrance Lipsticks Part 3: Madame Greige and Lust Angeles

...aka: Emily is (Over) 20 LuxeTrance Lipsticks In and There's NOT A SINGLE DUD to report, folks! Before I dive into this review, a quick PSA to all readers: Part 1 of the Beauty Blackout's Multi-Part Review of the LuxeTrance lipsticks has been updated to include lip swatches of all shades discussed. You can find the updated post here. While you're at it, check out part 2: Blitz Brights and Vicious Venoms here. Readers, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you straight up that this post has not turned out the way I'd originally planned. What I'd intended it to be was a... read more »


Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipsticks: Part 2 - The Blitz Brights & One Vicious Venom

A Joint Review by Rachel & Emily ​ In Part 2 of our overview of Pat McGrath’s newly-launched LuxeTrance lipsticks, we’ll be covering six of the ‘Blitz’ (translation: bright) shades along with one - yes, ONE - Vicious Venom (that’s a dark to you and I). For those of you who haven't read Part 1, which covers the ‘Skin Show’ shades aka the nudes, we recommend giving that a read first. It includes my comprehensive breakdown of the LuxeTrance formula, as well as Rachel’s comments on Pat McGrath’s choice of packaging. We won’t be repeating those parts in this instalment but... read more »


Emily's Fall Beauty Round-Up

It’s crazy how fast fall has flown by and when I say ‘fall’, I’m talking about the fall beauty collections. (When you live somewhere where it’s always summer, new product launches are one of the few ways to gauge the passing of time.) ​ So before we get swamped with all the holiday launches and major new collections that are dropping like....now, we want to first take a moment to appreciate the best of what fall had to offer. ​ The ‘Big Deal’ Topics: ​ Victoria Beckham’s (second) collaboration with Estée Lauder: This collection was definitely the fixation du jour (okay, more like 'fixation... read more »


Rachel's Fall Beauty Round-Up

​ When one lives in a constant state of FOMO it's necessary to force oneself to pause and reflect on the state of things every so often. Seasonally at least! Now that we're halfway through autumn and being bombarded with holiday collections and bundles, it's good to take time and appreciate the heavy hitters of the past few months. My number one love has to be the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 collaboration. Emily and I spent the entire month of August obsessing over the coming launch, drafting and redrafting "must have" lists which were frankly pointless because they included practically the entire... read more »