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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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.) Continue Reading →

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May 5th, 2019

Vegan Spicy Tofu Poke Bowls

Vegan Spicy Tofu Poke Bowls Recipe | Sara du JourI’m obsessed with poke bowls, and I order them all the time. However, what I’m not obsessed with are the tofu poke bowls most restaurants offer. See, raw salmon and tuna have an inherent flavour, so those bowls are tasty even without the fish being marinated or drenched in a sauce. But when tofu is served up that same way – plain – it’s bland as hell. And we don’t do bland in this household. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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! Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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October 11th, 2018

7 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women

7 Halloween Costume Ideas for Women | Sara du Jour

Halloween parties are coming up fast, so I thought I’d put together a little post to give you a few Halloween costume ideas. These are some of my favourite looks from years of Halloween and costume parties.

This year alone I put together 4 costumes – the last one will be revealed on Halloween. I can’t wait to share it with you! :)

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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. Continue Reading →

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September 30th, 2018

Yacht Club Commodore’s Ball Outfit

Yacht Club Party Outfit | Sara du Jour
A longtime friend of mine needed a last-minute date to his yacht club’s Commodore’s Ball – a formal dinner and dancing event – and I’ve never been one to say no to an opportunity to dress up. (Or an opportunity for free food and drink, for that matter!) Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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March 19th, 2018

Postcards from Cancun, Mexico

Postcards from Cancun | Sara du Jour
Canadian winters are long and brutal. When we say “it’s cold”, we’re not talking -3 degrees Celsius. We’re talking -30. I was desperately tired of being wrapped up in layers, bundled against the cold. And after not travelling in almost 5 years, I was overdue for a bit of sun, and a real vacation. I wanted to feel the warmth on my skin and dip my toes in the sea. Continue Reading →

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March 12th, 2018

Mexico Vacation Style: Resort Lookbook

What to Wear to a Resort Vacation | Sara du Jour

I just came home from a week in Mexico with my best friend. We had the most wonderful, relaxing time in Cancun – but I’ll wait to tell you all about it in my next post. I have so many stories and photos to share, but for right now, let’s focus on vacation style, and what to pack for a resort vacation. Continue Reading →

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February 18th, 2018

Night at the Museum: Satin Top + Dress Pants

Night at the Museum | Sara du Jour

Quick Links: Satin Bow Top | Ankle Pants | Heels | DW Watch | Kate Spade Bag

I’ve been going to the ROM since I was tiny. (For my readers who don’t live in Toronto, the ROM is the Royal Ontario Museum.) I used to love the dinosaur exhibit, and I’d marvel at the enormous bones, trying to imagine what it must have been like to live in a time when such monsters ruled the Earth.

This was, of course, before we got to find out, with this presidency. Continue Reading →

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