Category Archives for Beauty

June 17th, 2019

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Review

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Review | Sara du Jour

Me again, back on #SkincareQuest2019. This time, reviewing Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer. If you’ve been considering trying either of these products yourself, keep on reading. (more…)

17. June 2019 by saradujour
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June 11th, 2019

Lash Stash: Koko Lashes Haul + Review

Koko Lashes Haul and Review | Sara du Jour

If you’ve been a longtime reader of my blog, you might remember my last lash haul from back in December of 2015. I bought 5 pairs from House of Lashes, and have been wearing them for costumes, cosplays, and special occasions (sometimes cut up, sometimes whole) ever since. Since I don’t wear lashes on a daily basis, they last me a long time. And lashes last even longer if you invest in better quality ones, and take good care of them.

(Don’t put mascara on them and make them all clumpy! Remove the glue from the strip at the end of the night! Be gentle putting them on and taking them off! Don’t pull and bend them all out of shape! Store them properly so they stay protected!!!)

That’s why I haven’t needed to buy new lashes for almost FOUR YEARS. But I finally used them up, so here we are. (more…)

11. June 2019 by saradujour
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June 9th, 2019

The Girl with the Drag(on) Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Sara du Jour

If you thought regular winged liner was hard, welcome to expert mode. As I’ve said before, I enjoy getting creative with makeup, and once the idea to draw a dragon tattoo in liquid liner entered my head, there was no getting rid of it.

I knew it would be a challenge, but I didn’t realize exactly how hard it would be. I guess I temporarily forgot that the dragon “tattoo” would extend to the side of my face, and that my eyeballs can’t really…see there. In short, I almost went cross-eyed doing this, and pushed my peripheral vision to its absolute limits. But nobody said being the mother of drag(ons) was easy. (more…)

09. June 2019 by saradujour
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June 2nd, 2019

Does Charcoal Powder Whiten Teeth?

Does Charcoal Toothpaste Really Work? | Sara du Jour

In today’s instalment of “Sara tests things from the internet”, I went to the dark side…literally. I had to know if charcoal powder toothpaste really worked for teeth whitening. In short, the answer is kind of – but it’s really annoying. Here’s the good, the bad, and the messy. (more…)

02. June 2019 by saradujour
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May 29th, 2019

Iridescent Unicorn Drag Makeup

Iridescent Unicorn Drag Makeup | Sara du Jour

I called this makeup look “iridescent unicorn drag makeup” because I didn’t really know what to call it, but welcome to my Polly Pocket/Care Bears/Sky Dancer/pastel glitter butterfly fantasy. AKA Taylor Swift’s new #aesthetic.

While I don’t need an excuse to attach rhinestones, glitter, and lashes to my face, in this case I happen to have one. (more…)

29. May 2019 by saradujour
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May 25th, 2019

What I Bought in the Sephora Sale

Sephora Sale Haul | Sara du Jour

A couple of weeks ago, Sephora had their semi-annual VIB event, which meant Beauty Insiders got 10% off their total purchase, VIBs got 15% off, and VIB Rouges got 20% off their purchase. I always try to wait for this sale to stock up on products I’ve run low on and need to repurchase. Plus it’s a good excuse to splurge on that luxury beauty item you’ve been eyeing. “But it’s discounted now! I’d be stupid not to buy it!!”

Since I’m a deeply curious person who always wants to know what other people grabbed during this sale, here’s what I picked up. (more…)

25. May 2019 by saradujour
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May 20th, 2019

Does Tati’s Halo Beauty Really Work?

Halo Beauty Kiwi Seed Skin Booster Review | Sara du Jour

If you spend any time on Youtube, you’ll know that the beauty community went very Game of Thrones these last ten days. The betrayals! The alliances! The takedowns! The plotting! I have whiplash.

I had planned to wait to review Tati’s Halo Beauty Kiwi Seed Booster skin supplements once my full two month trial elapsed, but given all the current interest in her Halo Beauty supplements, I thought I’d better do it now, and save all you millennials and Gen Z-ers your hard-earned money. Money that would be better spent on, you know, avocado toast or something. (more…)

20. May 2019 by saradujour
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May 18th, 2019

The Bratz Challenge

The Bratz Challenge | Sara du Jour

What do you do when it’s Friday night, and none of your friends are free? Turn yourself into a Bratz doll, of course.

I *just* missed the Bratz era growing up (I was a Barbie, Lego, and Hot Wheels gal), but I’ve been seeing the Bratz challenge floating around the internet, and got the itch to try it for myself. Since we all know I’m an all natural, lip-balm-and-mascara kind of woman (ha!), this seemed like a perfect fit.

And all it took was a wig, coloured contacts, extreme contouring, dollar store accessories, and drawing my lips up to my nose. Who knew! If you’re interested in a more detailed breakdown, keep reading. (more…)

18. May 2019 by saradujour
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May 12th, 2019

Sephora Haul: Skincare Hits & Misses

Sephora Haul: Skincare Hits & MIsses | Sara du Jour

Have I been online shopping too much lately? Yes. But Flint still doesn’t have clean water, fascism is on the rise again, an orange sock puppet is the head of the most powerful nation in the world, and we’ve caused irreparable damage to the only habitable planet we have. So you gotta get your kicks where you can, ya know?

While I don’t have much control over any of those horrible things, I do have total control over my skincare. Anything to ward off the creeping existential dread, right?

So anyway, here’s my review of some overpriced skincare products I’ve put to the test recently. (I am the “This is fine” meme.) (more…)

12. May 2019 by saradujour
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April 30th, 2019

My Subtle Glam Makeup

My Subtle Glam Makeup | Sara du Jour I haven’t done a post entirely about makeup in a million years, largely because I had to work through a bunch of dumb internalized misogyny within myself first. I had a teeny tiny l’il existential crisis (that lasted a few years) around whether blogging about makeup/fashion made me a shallow, frivolous person, but guess what? Those things are art forms, and they deserve to be celebrated.

Art forms that are deemed “feminine” have been historically devalued and dismissed. So f*ck that. I’m a creative person who is passionate about beauty and fashion, among many, many other things – so I’m back. Get ready for more content on this blog, folks. (more…)

30. April 2019 by saradujour
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April 20th, 2019

An Honest Glossier Review + Swatches

Glossier Review | Sara du Jour

This Glossier review would have been called “I Spent All My Money on Glossier So You Don’t Have To“, but SEO doesn’t want me to be cute. When I shared on my insta stories that I bought some goodies from Glossier (yes, your girl fell for yet another Instagram ad), many of you reached out to ask for my review. I’ve thoroughly tested out all these Glossier products for about a month, so that I could give each a really fair chance. And I have a lot to say.

Some of the products I loved, some I found massively overhyped. So if you’ve been considering making a purchase at Glossier, you’ll want to read this first. And use my link to get 10% off your order! (more…)

20. April 2019 by saradujour
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October 31st, 2018

Belle Gold Dress Costume + Cosplay

Belle Gold Dress Costume + Cosplay | Sara du Jour
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I’m so excited to finally share this costume with you. I’ve been sitting on this secret for months.

This post is going to be long, because I have a serious bone to pick with Disney. Specifically, the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. But I’ll put that rant at the end of the post. Let’s talk about this Belle gold dress costume first. (more…)

31. October 2018 by saradujour
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October 2nd, 2018

Belle Blue Village Dress Costume – Animated

Belle Blue Dress Costume - Beauty and the Beast | Sara du Jour
Happy Halloween month!! (In this household we celebrate Halloween for a full month.)

It’s October, which means it’s officially acceptable to live out your childhood fantasies and dress up as your favourite characters. If you’re a longtime reader of the blog, you may remember that I’ve attempted this very Halloween costume before – 5 years ago. But two things have happened since then: Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, and my perfectionist tendencies ramping into overdrive. (more…)

02. October 2018 by saradujour
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August 20th, 2018

1920s Gatsby / Daisy Buchanan Costume

1920s Daisy Gatsby Flapper Costume | Sara du Jour
Dress (similar) | Headpiece | Bracelets | Heels

Hello again! I took another little trip through time and thought I’d share it with you! My awesome, fellow-costume-party-enthusiast friend Katya had a birthday over the weekend, which meant: another fabulous theme party. This time? The roaring twenties.

Since I had already done a 1920s traditional flapper costume for a Christmas party a few years ago, I wanted to do something different this time around. Instead of going super dark and vampy, I took cues from Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby film – specifically, Daisy Buchanan’s party costume. (more…)

20. August 2018 by saradujour
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June 17th, 2018

1960s Mad Men Party

1960s Mad Men Party | Sara du Jour

I happen to not be the only one of my friends who loves a good theme party. And thank goodness for that! On Saturday, my friend Katya threw a 1960s party at her penthouse condo. It was an absolutely fabulous night, full of cocktails, retro music, and dancing into the wee hours. In fact, I didn’t get home until almost 7 in the morning! Her condo is decorated mid-century modern, with 1960s movie posters and retro Coke ads adorning the walls. It felt like stepping into an episode of Mad Men.

The sixties – specifically the early and mid-sixties – is one of my favourite eras for fashion. I spent hours scouring the internet for the perfect retro dress, but didn’t find anything I was happy with. So I ended up putting together this look with items I already had in my closet, and hoped I could pull it off with the help of accurate 1960s hair and makeup. (more…)

17. June 2018 by saradujour
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