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 must be the first time you're reading The Beauty Blackout. I have no self discipline when it comes to makeup, especially 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 which some of The Beauty... read more »


Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 Collection: Part 3 - The Skin Products (and a PSA that the clock is ticking...)

PSA, everyone - the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Fall 2017 Collection isn’t going to be available for much longer. We know that Selfridges is planning to pull the entire collection from their shelves by the end of December, and at this point, we don’t expect other retailers to be restocking. In light of these revelations, we’ve decided to expedite our reviews of the rest of Victoria Beckham's Fall 2017 Collection with Estée Lauder. In today’s post, we’re going to be focusing on all the skin-related products which we haven’t talked about already. For our thoughts on the Java Sun... read more »


Pat McGrath’s Curated Collections of LuxeTrance Lipsticks for Holiday 2017 (...this is MAJOR!)

When it comes to lipsticks, here's a daily nugget of truth for you: there is no such thing as owning too many of them. Our drawers, vanities and handbags literally overfloweth with them. And since Pat McGrath’s LuxeTrance lipsticks were only the lipsticks of 2017, it should come as no surprise that our top recs for the holiday season are Pat's 'Lust' Curated Collections of her LuxeTrance lipsticks, available in several different sizes/price points. If you STILL don’t own any LuxeTrance lipsticks, we want to let you know that you are officially on notice: you have no excuse not to buy some now.... 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 »