Happy New Year! Welcome 2015!

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Hello everyone,

thank you for spending this past year with me! I hope you’ll stick around in 2015 as well.

Your support and friendship means a lot to me. 2014 wasn’t an easy year for me, but this blog and all of you really helped me keep me sane. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my little blog, to leave comments, write emails, and just being there. I can’t thank you enough.

I hope 2014 was a much better year for all of you, and may 2015 be a lot better! I wish you a prosperous year, full of joy, peace, and health. May all your dreams come true!

Happy New Year friends!

Best Posts Of 2014

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Hello gorgeous,

would you like to take a trip down memory lane with me to reminisce about the beauty topics we’ve talked about this year? Here we go:

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5 Anti-Aging Superstars You Should Include In Your Skincare Routine: we all want to keep premature aging at bay, but what ingredients can really do that? And in what products are they found?

Are You Reducing The Effectiveness Of Your Sunscreen?: we all know how important wearing sunscreen all year round is. But if you don’t apply it properly, you’re reducing its effectiveness!

What Are The Best Antioxidant Serums?: looking for an antioxidant serum? Read this post to find out which are worth investing in.

How To Choose The Right Serum For Your Age: the right serum can do wonders for your skin. Here’s a quick guide to choose one suitable for your age and the needs your skin has at different times in your life.

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How Going On A Media Fast Helped My Self-Esteem: are you suffering from low self-esteem? So did I. Going on a media fast was one of the best things I did to fix that.

Dry Skin? Here’s What Your Moisturizer Should Contain: need to banish dry skin? Find out what ingredients your moisturizer should contain, plus a few product recommendations.

5 Reasons Why Fitspo Is Unhealthy: fitspo is supposed to inspire us to get healthier. But, more often than not, it just helps us get sick and feel awful about ourselves. Read the post to find out why.

6 Things To Look For When Buying Sunscreen: are you looking for a new sunscreen? Here are a few things to consider before purchasing one.

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What Are The Best Lip Balms With SPF?: are you looking for a lip balm with SPF? Check out my top picks.

AHAs VS BHA: Which One Is Right For You: AHAs and BHA are the best ways to exfoliate skin. But which one is more suitable for your skin type?

Do You Have Dry, Acne-Prone Skin? Here’s How To Deal With It: it’s already bad enough having acne or dry skin. But how do you deal with both at the same time?

7 Makeup Myths Busted: think red lipstick is not for everyone, and concealer should always be a shade or two lighter than your foundation? This post will make you think again about those, and more, makeup myths.

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Why You Shouldn’t Make Your Own Sunscreen: sunscreens available in shops aren’t dangerous. Making your own is. Read this post to find out why.

5 Makeup Tricks I Learned From Beauty Blogs: beauty blogs have taught me so many tips and tricks about makeup. Thanks girls!

A Tan Isn’t Worth Dying For: our Western society is obsessed with tanning. But it’s a dangerous habit, and it can kill you.

Top 7 Misleading Cosmetic Claims: we all know that a lot of cosmetic claims are exaggerated and sometimes, even misleading. This post features the worst offenders.

Which posts did you enjoy the most this year?

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everyone! Have a wonderful day with your loved ones.

And to those who don’t celebrate it: happy holidays, and enjoy the day!

Readers’ Feeback Survey: Help BWB Change For The Better

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I know, I know, I have already done a readers’ survey a few months ago, but this is different, I swear. Here me out. :)

Since celebrating my 6th blog anniversary in June, I have done a lot of thinking about the future of Beautiful With Brains. Back when I started blogging, I had absolutely no idea of what I was doing (most of the time, I don’t even now ;) ). I just knew that I wanted to share my passion about beauty with like-minded people, never dreaming of all the opportunities this blog would give me, the way it would change me, and the many friendships I would make. That’s all thanks to you, so thank you!

During these 6 years, I kept the focus of this blog solely on beauty, but now I think I would love to talk about other things and share my other interests as well as more bits and bobs about my personal life with you every now and then. I also have a lot of ideas about new features to make the blog bigger and better, and I would like to know your thoughts about them. This blog is for you, and I want it to be the best possible resource for your beauty fix.

Hence the survey. I’d really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes of your time to let me know how do you think Beautiful With Brains should change, and what topics and features you’d like to see here in the future. Or if you want everything to stay the same, that’s fine too. Just let me know. :) The survey is anonymous and not even I will know who said what, so you don’t have to be afraid to hurt my feelings. Besides, I always appreciate constructive criticism and every suggestions you may have. It helps make Beautiful With Brains a better blog. :)

To take the survey, click here.

Thank you!

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. ;)