THE BEAUTY BLACKOUT


Pat McGrath’s Liquid Lip Kits for Holiday 2017: The Skin Show Set

After my dramatic experience with the Deceit Duo - I think I'm probably still recovering - I confess I decided to take a brief break from testing out Pat's LiquiLUST 007 kits. Alright, full disclosure: I may have been otherwise preoccupied with picking up a rather generous array of Tom Ford's new Private Shadows - for sampling purposes only, of course (translation: for the benefit of The Beauty Blackout's much valued readers.) Oh yeah, and I bought one of the new mascaras too, also for your benefit, but it turned out to be the wrong one - so I guess a return trip is in the... 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 »


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 »


Fude 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Going Bankrupt Buying Japanese Brushes

It’s strange how long it takes many of us makeup lovers to start thinking seriously about the brushes we use as tools everyday. I was maybe 17 when I was bitten by the beauty bug and its crazy to think that for four years, I used half a dozen makeup up brushes from MAC. I could never figure out how to do a smokey eye because, well...my eye brush collection consisted of the MAC 217, 242 (x 2; why I had two of this already useless brush I can't explain) and, of course, the 266. That was it. With one blending brush aka the... read more »