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Hello and welcome to Beautiful with Brains!

Are you tired of being told that you can’t be both beautiful and smart? Of being asked to conform and look like everyone else? Of being fed marketing nonsense that makes it difficult to choose the best products for your skin? Then, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m Gio, a freelance writer obsessed with all things beauty. I love makeup. I’m a skincare fanatic. A perfume junkie. I’m obsessed with sunscreen. I adore fashion. But I’m also an avid reader. I’m passionate about art. I’m fascinated by history. And I choose my skincare products based on what science, not overblown claims, say.

In 2008 I created Beautiful With Brains, a beauty blog for smart women who want to look pretty while conquering the world. Here you will find lots of honest, in-depth product reviews, makeup and skincare tips and tricks, and science-based information about cosmetic ingredients. No scaremongering here. Just the plain truth.

But real beauty can’t be achieved just with a swipe of lipstick. It comes from within. Confidence. Kindness. Being genuine and true to yourself. Those are the secrets to real beauty. That’s what I discovered since I embarked on a journey of self-love and personal development. I blossomed from a shy girl in the throes of depression into a young, confident woman pursuing her writing dreams in the most amazing city in the world, London. Dreams do come true, if you believe in yourself and take action! I invite you to share my journey, and live your life to the full, without fear, shame or apology.

I hope Beautiful With Brains will inspire you to think positive, step out of your comfort zone and try new things, and lead a beautiful life, both inside and out.

Here are a few of my favourite posts to get you started:

I would love to hear from you. You can chat with me on Twitter, stalk my pins on Pinterest, find me on Google Plus, like me on Facebook, follow me on Bloglovin’ or drop me an email at beautifulwithbrains[at]gmail[com]. You can also subscribe via email, and receive new blog posts directly in your inbox. Whatever you prefer. :)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you come back soon,

Love, peace, & happiness,