Beautiful With Brains Turns 7!

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Beautiful With Brains is turning 7 today! I can hardly believe it.

When I started this blog, I was an insecure girl in the throes of depression. I hardly left the house. Talking to another human being brought on a strong anxiety attack. I didn’t have the energy to do anything. Even brushing my teeth was too difficult some days. Writing, something I always loved, didn’t excite me anymore. For years, I only wrote a few lines here and there.

Fast forward seven years, and I am now living in the most amazing city in the world, trying to make my dreams come true. I’m still shy and reserved, but I’m learning to come out of my shell, put myself out there, and try out new things. I’m a lot happier and relaxed. And I’m writing more than ever. In fact Id’ like to turn it into a career. :)

While I couldn’t pinpoint the moment or the event that triggered my recovery (it was a slooow process and many factors contributed to it), one of the things that helped me the most was starting this blog.

At the time, I had no idea how it was going to change my life. I just wanted to share my almost dead passion for one of the few things that I still had a remote interest in: cosmetics. I thought no one would be interested in reading what I had to say and that within a few months, Beautiful With Brains would be just a memory.

But seven years later, it s still going strong. It has now turned into a wonderful community. Along the way, I have met some amazing people I am now proud to call my friends. I regularly receive emails, twits, and messages from people telling me how this or that post helped them with a problem they had, which makes all the time and effort that go into this blog worthwhile.

Beautiful With Brains also led me to some amazing opportunities, like going to events, and working with brands I have always admired. And it made me rediscover my love for writing. More than that, it gave me back my confidence in my writing abilities and made me realise that I could do it professionally.

And none of this would have happened without you. All of you who take the time to read this little blog, write me emails and comments, send me twits, messages, say hi or just lurk in the background. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You’ll never know how much you helped me. I’m striving every to make this blog a better, more enjoyable place to give you back something of what you have given me. If I can do that, I can consider this blog successful. :)

Can You Fill In My Readers’ Survey, Please?

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Can I ask you a favour?

I’d really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes of your time to fill out my readers’ survey. I’d love to hear what you think of Beautiful With Brains, what you’d like to see here in the future, and what needs to go, so that I can plan what’s ahead for the blog and create the best content for you.

The survey is anonymous, so you can be as honest as you’d like. I always appreciate constructive criticism. I can’t improve if I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, after all. 😉

Here’s the link to the survey:

http://goo.gl/forms/z4LBiyVRX1

The survey is now closed. Thanks to all those who filled it in. I really appreciate your feedback.

Thank you!

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.

best ingredients moisturizer dry skin

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.

ahas vs bha exfoliants

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!