Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sunday Bloggers Interview #5

This Sunday I am lucky to have Cas from Serenity of Beauty take part in the Bloggers Interview series. I must have been following her blog and twitter since I started blogging, which is over a year now! Her blog features a great mix of beauty, fashion and lifestyle.


Why did you start blogging?
To cut a long story short, I got sick during the latter part of 2010, which seriously hindered my way of living. I spent most of my days either at home in bed in a lot of pain, or back and forth to specialists to try and suss out what the heck was wrong with me. It wasn't until into the new year (April 2011) I got so fed up of being bored that I decided to go onto youtube and start watching videos. I started watching music videos and then I came across ‘’My makeup collection’’ by Laura who ran the youtube channel ‘’Lollipop26’’ (but now has a blog by the name of ‘Buy Now, Blog Later’). I saw this and then I discovered lots of blogs and thought ‘’Oooo this seems pretty cool’’, so I decided to start my own. After I started my blog, I gradually began to feel better which is why my blog means a lot to me as I see it as ‘the turning point’ in my recovery, which has helped me soooo much. (In case you are wondering, I am now a lot better)  J.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I enjoy the interaction with like-minded people. None of my friends understand my ‘’obsession’’ with beauty products, shoes and handbags, so having people on social platforms who share the same passion (and actually know what I am on about), is great. I have also come across some amazing people from blogging, who have been so helpful, so I want to say thank you all.
What are your favourite make-up brands?

If I am honest, I don’t wear a lot of makeup purely because I am still fighting a (losing) battle with my skin, and I don’t like to clog my skin with too much product. But if I had to choose a few, they would be:
Estee Lauder

What are your top 5 all time favourite beauty products (hair, makeup, skin, etc)

Illamasqua Volumising Mascara – OMG I kid you not, this mascara is seriously the ‘beesknees’. I picked this up at the Clotheshow back in 2011 as part of a ‘’Buy 3 products for £10 – BARGAIN, and I just thought ‘’Meh, it’s going to be pants’’, but to my surprise it is actually amazing. 

Body Shop ‘Almond’ Body Butter – I have been using this for god knows how long, and my skin absolutely loves it. I find especially in the winter months this is a very good body butter to use to hydrate the skin. Because it is quite heavy, I alternate with Palmers Cocoa Butter for the summer months; it is light, hydrates really well, and smells so good.
D&G ‘L’Eau The One’ (silver one) – I have only started using this in the last year or so, and I have to say it is one of my signature perfumes. It is fresh, light and is long lasting (which I like my perfumes to be).
Mitchum Advanced Control 48hour ‘Shower Fresh’ – Yes, I know, it’s an odd choice but I haven’t changed underarm product for the past 5-6years, as I just love this roll on. I find with deodrants they make me choke and suffocate and my glands always blow up to the size of golf balls!! This roll on I find offers good protection and smells really lovely.
Etat Pur Oil Free Quenching Fluid - I have only been using this for about 8/9months but I just love it. If you are oil/spot prone, then this is definitely for you. I find it sinks in well to the skin, and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy or shiny throughout the day.

Do you have any beauty tips to share?

 Change your pillowcases every few days – we shed a fair bit of skin at night (yuck), and of course that clings onto the pillowcases. So to ensure your face isn’t rolling in it for weeks on end, change your pillowcases every few days – your skin will thank you for it!
Splash your face with cold water – When you wash your face in warm water, you have opened the pores, leaving them exposed and vulnerable to dirt. So to prevent this, splash the face with cold water – this closes the pores and keeps the dirt away.
’Sudocrem is the SHIZ’’ – I make no secret of it, yep, I am a spot sufferer, and have tried everything on the market. I saw someone on TV use sudocrem, and I thought ‘’What the heck’’, but thought I’d give it a try, and I am so glad I did. This actually dries the zits out quite nicely, and from my experience, the next day some of them have virtually disappeared. It is best to use this at night, leave for approx. 20mins, before working into the skin and going to zzzz.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate – We’re now entering the latter part of winter, and of course many of us will be gearing up for holidays and the spring/summer season. So to ensure your skin is silky smooth and buffed, get yourself a good body scrub that leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated, alive and ‘blinging’. 


Thank you to Cas for taking part in the interview. I am so glad she is now feeling a lot better! You can visit her blog here

If you would like to take part in the interview series, visit this page with all the info.

Gem x


  1. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to feature on your blog and be part of this great series that you are currently running :)



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