Blog Anniversary Giveaway Winner!

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Hello everyone,

and a big thank you to all of you who have entered my sixth blog birthday giveaway. Now, the time has come to announce the winner, which was chosen by the random.org generator. There were 27 entries in total and random.org picked:

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N°22. Alejandra! Congratulations! Your prizes will be on its way to you very soon! I hope you’ll enjoy them!

Beautiful With Brains Turns 6 (Plus, A Giveaway)

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I’m so proud to announce that Beautiful With Brains is celebrating its 6th birthday today! When I started this blog I had no idea what I was doing. I had no expectations. I just wanted to share my passion for all things beauty with other like-minded people.

Little did I know that this blog would grow so much, nor how much it would enrich my life. It gave me some incredible opportunities, helped me come out of my shell, and, most importantly, allowed me to meet lots of new wonderful people from all over the world, which I’m grateful to be able to call friends.

And it’s all been possible thanks to you all, my dear readers. Thank you for your support, your comments, your emails, your tweets, your participation, and for visiting the blog. Words can’t express how much I appreciate it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To celebrate this great occasion, one of you lucky readers will receive this goodie bag:

6th anniversary giveaway

The Prize

- Labello Fruity Shine Watermelon
- Pupa Diamond Vamp! Kit in Glitter Rose Gold, which features Vamp! Mascara Extrablack (my favourite mascara ever!) and Diamon Eyeliner
- Deborah GlamourKit N.2, which features a makeup remover for eyes and lips, Il Rossetto 534 (a bright pink lipstick), Pret A Porter 6 (a brown nail polish) and Lip Liner 198 (pink)

How to enter

- For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me anything you want: what you had for dinner last night, what your fave makeup product is, what was the best or worst birthday present you ever received… anything at all.

- The contest is open to all readers. I will ship worldwide.

- Only one entry per person, please.

- The contest ends on 30 June 2014 at 11:59 GMT is now closed. A winner will be chosen randomly and announced the next day, 1st July 2014.

Good luck everyone! And feel free to spread the word. ;)

Readers’ Feedback Survey 2014!

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Hello everyone,

Beautiful With Brains needs your help! I’d be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to fill in this survey to tell me what you like and dislike about the blog. I want to make sure that visiting Beautiful With Brains is a wonderful and enjoyable experience for you all and your feedback will help me achieve just that.

The survey is completely anonymous. Not even I will know who said what, so, please, feel free to be as honest as possible. All feedback, including constructive criticism, is always welcome. After all, I can’t fix something if I don’t know I’m doing it wrong!

To take the survey, please click here.

Thank you very much everyone!

Happy New Year 2014!

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As 2013 is quickly drawing to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being part of Beautiful With Brains this past year. I hope you’ll stick around for next year too.

Thank you for visiting my little blog, for all your comments, your emails, for listening to my rants about disappointing beauty products and sharing the fun of all things beauty with me. I can’t thank you enough for all your support. Without you all, Beautiful With Brains wouldn’t be the same.

I also want to wish you a wonderful 2014! May it be filled with happiness and health!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Best Posts Of 2013

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2013 is almost over, so why don’t we take a few minutes to look back at the topics we’ve discussed this year? Here we go:

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Why the whole concept of bikini body is ridiculous: you shouldn’t be afraid to don a bikini, no matter what you look like. Everyone is beautiful and every body should be celebrated, not hated.

What are the best sunscreens for oily skin?: people with oily skin can really struggle to find a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a lightweight texture that doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind. Here are 4 options to check out.

Skincare ingredients I avoid: some cosmetic ingredients can do more harm than good. In this post, I share the ones I avoid (and no, this isn’t your usual “nasty chemicals list; parabens, silicones and mineral oil, to name a few, aren’t in it).

My 6 favourite natural ingredients: I know it can sometimes seem like I hate natural ingredients, but I don’t. It’s silly statements like natural=good and chemical=bad that I can’t stand. Not all natural ingredients are good, while others work amazingly well. These six have made it into my daily skincare routine and I couldn’t live without them.

How to reapply sunscreen while wearing makeup: we all know that we should reapply sunscreen frequently, but that’s not exactly easy when you’re wearing a full face of makeup. This post reveals how I deal with that.

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5 Eye Brushes Every Woman Should Own: to achieve beautiful and flawless eye makeup looks, you need the right brushes. Here are five that are every woman should have in her stash.

7 Ways To Treat Hyperpigmentation: hyperpigmentation is a very common problem that can affect anyone. Luckily, there are lots of ways to treat it.

9 ingredients to soothe irritated and sensitive skin: has something irritated your skin? Or do you have sensitive skin that’s prone to irritations? Check out this post to discover what ingredients have soothing properties and how they can help your skin.

Spotlight on niacinamide: niacimanide is one my favourite skincare ingredients due to its many beneficial properties. It can reduce water loss, hydrate skin, treat acne and rosacea, and even reduce discolourations!

Do you really need SPF 100?: is SPF 100 a necessity, or just a gimmick that can lull you into a false sense of security? Read the post to find out.

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Can I use coconut oil as sunscreen?: a lot of people, especially those who are into natural treatments and products, like to use coconut oil as sunscreen. But doing so can be very dangerous…

Do anti-aging haircare products work?: our society is obsessed with aging, and brands are taking advantage of that to promote anything as anti-aging. Including haircare products. But can they really prevent or reverse the aging process of hair, which is dead?

9 eyeshadow blending tips: lots of tips and tricks to blend your eyeshadows effortlessly.

How do you figure out the concentration of an ingredient in a cosmetic product?: even ingredients that have been proved to treat wrinkles, acne or other skin conditions won’t work if used in too small concentrations. This post will help you determine just how much on an ingredient is in a beauty product.

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Can you apply sunscreen on a baby?: at what age should you start wearing sunscreen? And which type should you use? Read this post to find out.

Why you shouldn’t use milk of magnesia as a primer (but it’s ok as a deodorant): Milk Of Magnesia is often recommended as a primer to people with oily skin, but in the long run, it can do more harm than good.

Help! Why does my face turn white in photos?: isn’t that just annoying? This post will explain why that happens and what you can do to prevent it.

How to deal with rosacea: rosacea is a harmless skin condition that can, however, deeply affect your self-esteem. Although a cure hasn’t been found yet, there are lots of things you can do to keep this condition under control.

Which posts did you enjoy the most this year?