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 »


The New Graphik Eyeshadow Palettes from Hourglass: A Review of Expose and Vista

Since it was acquired by Unilever back in July, Hourglass Cosmetics has been on a real roll. In the last couple of months, they’ve broadened the shade range that their Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is available in (and revamped its packaging to boot.) Given the controversy over Tarte’s decision to include a single token dark shade in their Shape Tape foundation, I think it’s awesome that Hourglass got on the post-Fenty bandwagon sooner rather than later. Hopefully more brands will follow suit. Foundation, however, is not the topic of today’s post. What I’ll be discussing today are two of the new... 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 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 »


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 »