How did it all begin?
I started blogging in April of 2010 with an intention to share makeup looks and reviews and especially to help Pakistani women in any way I could through my writing. I always wanted to run my own magazine so I could share my views about beauty and fashion. My blog is a dream come true. Also, I wish to run my own salon someday.
Who is Sara Hassan?
I am a 23 year old graduated student of Iqra University with a bachelors degree in Media Sciences with major in Animation. These days, I am working as a high school lecturer and teaching is just as fun as blogging. Both ways, I get to speak my mind and help others.
What is your blog about?
Well, initially it started out as a beauty blog however recently; my blog has started embracing fashion as well. Over all, it is a beauty blog with traces of fashion.
Where do you live?
I live in Karachi, Pakistan. I love my country and I am very proud to represent it. I speak four languages – Urdu, English, Pashto and Persian. My nationality is Pakistani.
Do you manage your blog alone?
Not at all! I used to do all of it alone but with time, I got my sisters into it and honestly, I wouldn’t have come this far without them.
What camera do you use?
I use a Nikon D90. I mostly take photos with the kit lens but lately, I have switched to a Nikon Macro lens for capturing better details. For lighting, I use Nikon SB-900 speed light.
Do you receive free samples for review?
Yes I do! I am sent free samples for consideration. I believe in being honest to my readers and free stuff doesn’t sway me. please also go through my disclosure policy.
Do you get paid for your reviews?
No! I don’t get paid for reviews nor will I ever do that. Paid reviews kill the purpose of an average man’s thought about a product. I don’t advertise or promote brands or products.
How long do you take to review a product?
Well, It depends on the nature of the product. For skincare products, I usually take 3-4 weeks. For makeup, I take at least 2-3 weeks time.
Who designed your blog template?
I designed it but haven’t made it from scratch. I used a free layout and done a lot of tweaking.
Where do you mostly shop from?
I mostly shop from Agha’s superstore (for makeup) and Zamzama, Gulf way and Ashiana mall (for shoes and outfits). Other than that, I like to shop online from Just4girls.pk or other websites like BeautyJoint and Ali Express.
Why is a particular brand not been reviewed on your blog?
I try to review both drugstore and high-end brands. My priority is to review brands that my readers can approach. Unfortunately, not all brands are accessible to me where I live. For people in Pakistan wondering about why I do not support local unknown brands, I have a responsibility to you. I can never talk about a brand that has no website, no details or ingredients written on the back. I only review brands that have been approved by FDA or other trusted administrations.
Are you earning through your blog?
No I am not earning through my blog. I never wanted to earn money from my blog but in a way, yes! I am earning a lot of support and love from my readers. My readers are the reason I blog.
Any message, tips for new beauty bloggers out there?
Blog out of passion, not because you’ll get something in return. Be true and original, that’s what it takes to win peoples’ hearts. You can also go through my post on Beauty Blogging.