Category Archives for Makeup & Skincare

October 22nd, 2020

How I totally cleared my skin in lockdown

My Skincare Routine | Sara du Jour

This post has been a looooong time coming. I didn’t want to share my skincare routine before I finished testing everything, and was absolutely, totally sure my skincare routine worked (for me). Now, skin is completely individual, and what works for me isn’t guaranteed to work for you. All I can do is share the changes I made that took me from perpetual adult acne all through my 20s to clear skin. Hopefully, you’ll find something here helpful. (more…)

22. October 2020 by saradujour
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September 14th, 2020

Rare Beauty: What to Get and What to Skip

Rare Beauty Review | Sara du Jour

So: Rare Beauty launched at the beginning of September, and despite the initial assumption that this would be just another cash grab by a celebrity slapping their name on some mediocre makeup products (catered to preteens), it turned out to be pretty awesome and very fairly priced. I’ve gotta hand it to Selena Gomez and her team – I didn’t think I’d be purchasing anything from this launch, but after watching a bunch of Youtuber reviews, well, here we are. I’ve taken just over a week to test everything out myself, including wearing the products for a whole day to see how they last.

Some of these items I’m keeping, and some are getting returned. So let’s break down the good, the bad, and the…meh of Rare Beauty. (more…)

14. September 2020 by saradujour
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May 19th, 2020

Cruella de Vil Cosplay Makeup + Costume

Cruella de Vil Cosplay Makeup Transformation | Sara du Jour

Cruella de Vil is one BAD BITCH. So of course I eventually did a Cruella de Vil cosplay and makeup transformation. Of all the Disney villains, Cruella is probably the most fabulous, with her big fur coat, slinky black dress, blood red lipstick, and elbow-length gloves. She’s a fashion icon AND has hilariously insulting one-liners.

Once I had the whole Cruella outfit on, I definitely felt my inner bad bitch come out. (more…)

19. May 2020 by saradujour
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May 10th, 2020

Korean Skincare Haul: Klairs + COSRX

Korean Skincare Haul: Klairs, COSRX, and more | Sara du Jour

It happened. I finally got into Korean skincare. Like many other people, I decided to use this time in lockdown to finally figure out my skincare routine. I’ve struggled with sensitive, acne-prone dry(ish) skin my whole adult life, and I’d like to get clear, glowing skin – once and for all. Plus, my thirties are just around the corner, and I’d like to have an effective and complete skincare routine sorted before then. (more…)

10. May 2020 by saradujour
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April 24th, 2020

Ariana Grande Costume + Makeup

Ariana Grande Costume + Makeup | Sara du Jour

I’m back, wearing all the bronzer I own for this Ariana Grande costume and makeup transformation. I promise this is the closest I’ll ever get to blackfishing. 👀Aside from her occasional bouts of cultural appropriation, I’m a fan of Ariana Grande, especially this more recent chapter of her musical and style evolution.

But that’s not why I did this Ariana Grande costume. What happened was this. I ordered a pink oversized sweatshirt to lounge in during quarantine, and when I tried it on, the thought struck me to do a full Ariana Grande look, since she often wears oversized sweatshirts and thigh-high boots. Once the idea took root in my brain, there was no going back. Classic me. (more…)

24. April 2020 by saradujour
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April 17th, 2020

What to Get in the Sephora Sale (2020)

What to Get in the Sephora Sale | Sara du Jour

Sephora’s Spring Sale 2020 starts today for Rouge members, April 21 for VIB members, and April 23 for Beauty Insiders – which means 20% off, 15% off, or 10% off your total order, respectively. Wondering what to get in the Sephora sale? I gotchu.

I’ve put together this post to share my Sephora favorites, and which products I recommend you buy while prices are slashed. Their sale event only happens twice a year, so I wait and wait to stock up on all my holy grail products at a discount, or nab any big-ticket items I’ve had my eye on. Because buying things full-price is for suckas. (Use code “SPRINGSAVE” for your discount!) (more…)

17. April 2020 by saradujour
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April 11th, 2020

Maleficent Cosplay Makeup + Costume

Maleficent Movie Cosplay Makeup Tutorial and Costume | Sara du Jour

Well, well. It is I, the world’s worst procrastinator, here to bring you the Maleficent cosplay makeup tutorial I meant to share last October when I took these photos. And what a different world it was! Now we’re in lockdown because of a global pandemic. (more…)

11. April 2020 by saradujour
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April 7th, 2020

Pink Hair, Don’t Care: Meet Quarantina

Pink Hair and Pink Makeup | Sara du Jour

Well, we’re still in quarantine. I don’t know how you’re coping, but I’m doing everything I can to keep myself entertained and busy to prevent the darkness from creeping in. For me that means throwing myself into creative projects and transforming for fun.

It’s day 26 in my apartment as I write this, and on day 24, I had tickets to watch many of my favourite queens from Drag Race perform in Werq the World live – a streamed event broadcast around the world. It was Saturday night, and I planned to watch the show while video chatting some friends. So I decided to surprise them by showing up on Zoom in a drag look for the occasion. (more…)

07. April 2020 by saradujour
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November 10th, 2019

Shego Cosplay + Costume – Kim Possible

Shego Cosplay and Makeup - Kim Possible | Sara du JourWelcome back! As promised, here’s my Shego cosplay from this year’s double Halloween costume. Want to see my Kim Possible cosplay instead? Go here.

Don’t know who Shego is? She’s the iconic baddie from Disney’s Kim Possible. She hurls green magic just as easily as she hurls snappy insults. (more…)

10. November 2019 by saradujour
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October 31st, 2019

Kim Possible Cosplay: Makeup + Costume

Kim Possible + Shego Cosplay / Costume | Sara du JourHappy Halloween! For all the details on this Kim Possible cosplay, including my DIY Kim Possible costume, props, makeup and hair, keep reading. And yes, I even made Kim’s grappling hook gun. (more…)

31. October 2019 by saradujour
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October 7th, 2019

Lara Croft Cosplay Makeup – Angelina Jolie

Lara Croft Cosplay Makeup - Angelina Jolie | Sara du Jour

Happy Halloween month! To kick off October on the blog, I thought I’d share a recent transformation I did, turning myself into my favourite human face of all time: Angelina Jolie. So here’s my Lara Croft cosplay makeup from the Tomb Raider movies. (more…)

07. October 2019 by saradujour
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September 5th, 2019

Ariel Cosplay + Makeup – The Little Mermaid

Ariel Cosplay + Makeup - The Little Mermaid | Sara du Jour

Sebastian said it right: the human world IS a mess. That’s probably why most of us wanted to be mermaids as kids after watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Heck, even to this day, anytime I swim underwater I imagine I’m a mermaid. Am I alone in this?

The grass is always greener on the other side, I guess. Or the…seaweed? Anyway, it was only a matter of time before I attempted to do an Ariel cosplay from The Little Mermaid. (more…)

05. September 2019 by saradujour
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September 2nd, 2019

Sephora Sale Haul: My 5 Must-Haves

What I Got in the Sephora Sale | Sara du Jour

Sephora recently had their VIB sale, meaning 15% off everything for all VIBs and 20% off for VIB Rouge members. High-end beauty products are an expensive habit, so I try not to buy anything full price if I can help it. Especially when I know I’ll need to repurchase certain products again and again anyway. (more…)

02. September 2019 by saradujour
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August 22nd, 2019

QUEEN MIDAS • Gold Makeup Look

Queen Midas - Gold Makeup | Sara du Jour

The myth of King Midas has captivated me since I first heard it as a young girl. It’s a tale of greed and grief; great wealth and even greater loneliness. For those not familiar with the Greek myth, let me tell you a story. In this story, the king will instead be a queen, because this was the inspiration behind my Queen Midas makeup look.

Once upon a time there was a queen who ruled over a prosperous land. (more…)

22. August 2019 by saradujour
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August 13th, 2019

Elsa Cosplay + Makeup from Frozen

Elsa - Frozen Cosplay | Sara du Jour

Felt cute, might freeze the town later. Idk.

I didn’t exactly plan to do an Elsa cosplay, but found a great platinum blonde wig on sale and the ideas started flying, so I hope you like it. And if you’re not a fan of Frozen, I hope you can let it go. *ba-dum-tss* (more…)

13. August 2019 by saradujour
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