Thank You For Your Support. Beautiful With Brains Turns 10!

by Gio

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A bit early, I know, but…


This Saturday the blog turns 10 years old! Can you believe it?!

If you told me 10 years ago that this blog would become my career, I’d have thought you were crazy! And yet, here we are and it’s all thanks to YOU.

So much has changed in the past 10 years. Beautiful with Brains started out as my personal blog, an outlet where I could share my passions for all things beauty with other like-minded people. Now, it’s grown into a skincare resource that helps thousands of women (and men) find the best products for their needs – based on science, not hype.

I admit I wasn’t sure BWB would last this long. Many times in the past few years, I lost my blogging mojo. It’s so easy to lose your passion for blogging in a beauty world where you’re only as good as your number of Instagram followers and where brands don’t hesitate to knock you off their lists if you dare say anything remotely negative about their products.

What kept me going and kept my passion alive was your support. I’m immensely grateful to you all for sticking around with me for so long. Beautiful with Brains may not be the biggest blog in the world but it has the most amazing followers a blogger could ever wish for.

You are the reason BWB is so successful. Your support and trust in me is what gives me the strength to make the right decisions to take the blog to the next level without compromising on my values or selling you out to brands. I value that trust more than words can say and I would never betray it.

I want to make this clear: this blog is for YOU. That’s why I will always tell it like it is. I want my reviews and posts to help you pick the right products for your skin and make smarter choices based on what you truly need, not influence you to buy something you don’t need.

It’s the least I can do for all you’ve ever done for me. I hardly remember the girl I was when I started blogging. She was so insecure, was suffering with depression and spent most of her days at home, too scared to face the real world and talk to people. Today, I’m a confident woman with a job I love, I live in the best city in the world and, most importantly, I’ve met incredible people I’m proud to call friends. None of this would happened without you.

Words will never be able to express how grateful I am. Grateful to you for sticking with me all these years. For reading my thoughts about skincare. For your thoughtful comments. Your kind emails. For sharing my posts on your social media channels. For believing in me and trusting in me. For making me the person I am today. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you. I really can’t say it enough.

Here’s to another 10 years!

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Ana June 7, 2018 - 6:54 pm

I think I came here 6 years ago, and found quality and content that I wanted to support for years to come.

Happy birthday and, as you said, here’s to another 10 years!

Gio June 8, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Ana, aww thank you so much! You’re making me blush. I genuinely appreciate all your support. Means a lot. 🙂

Michelle June 7, 2018 - 7:20 pm

Finding your blog only this year has really helped me deal with my long suffering skin. I wish I’d found it when you first started all that time ago. I’m no longer hiding in the shadows but am out in the sunshine, with my SPF of course. ? Congratulations, thank you and keep up the good work.

Gio June 8, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Michelle, I’m so glad to hear that! It’s great that you’re enjoying the shine now. 🙂 That’s exactly what I’m trying to accomplish with this blog so this means a lot. Thanks for your support.

jdpardinas June 8, 2018 - 8:43 am

Congratulations! Tonight, I shall drink to more future successes for you!

Gio June 8, 2018 - 3:26 pm

JDPardinas, that’s so kind of you! Thank you!

Tatiana June 8, 2018 - 10:51 pm

I found your blog this year and I LOVE it!
I’m So glad to have an honest blog to run to when everything else all about selling products.

Gio June 16, 2018 - 4:50 pm

Tatiana, thanks so much! I really appreciate your support and glad you enjoyed the blog. I’ll always keep it real. The last thing I want is for any of you to waste any money on stuff that doesn’t work.

Mariana Rodrigues June 8, 2018 - 11:38 pm

Happy birthday Gio! You deserve the best. Your blog is well-researched, beautifully written and a pleasure to the eyes. Your writing is not only tremendously charming but also funny and down to earth. I admire the amount of research you do; I trust your reviews the best, right there with icons such as Nadine Baggot.
In a world full of misleadingbeuaty beuaty gurus, this blog is a breeze of fresh air. Thank you for all the knowledge you share!

p.s.: also, The Ordinary should buy you a mansion, tell them I only buy from the brand after seeing your reviews first haha!

Gio June 16, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Mariana, thank you so much for your kind words. You don’t know how much they mean to me. I do my best to bring you the latest scientific information in an entertaining and fun way (cos who said science must be boring?) and really hope it helps you all to make the right choices for your skin. Nothing makes me happier than hearing someone say their skin has improved because of one of my recommendations. That’s what keeps me going and that’s why I will always tell you like it is. Thanks so much for your support. 🙂

Diane June 10, 2018 - 12:27 pm

Congratulations from Holland. Mariana wrote all the things witch I agree. Thank you!!!

Gio June 16, 2018 - 10:35 am

Diane, thanks so much! Appreciate the support. 🙂

Renee / Blog for Beauty June 11, 2018 - 7:57 am

YAY! Happy 10th birthday BWB! Well done, Gio, you’ve done such an excellent job!

Gio June 16, 2018 - 10:36 am

Renee, thank you! Means a lot. 🙂

EB June 15, 2018 - 12:54 am

Congrats on 10 years, that’s such an impressive achievement! Here’s to ten more and beyond!

Gio June 16, 2018 - 9:42 am

EB, thank you! Can’t believe it’s been 10 years. It’s flown by so quickly!

Tracy June 15, 2018 - 4:11 am

Bravo Gio! Happy Anniversary! The best blog there is!

Gio June 16, 2018 - 9:41 am

Tracy, thank you so much! Really appreciate all the support.

Gloria Colman June 15, 2018 - 2:04 pm

Congratulations Gio! Thank you for the great work you do, I’m kind of new to your blog but I absolutely love it, so much as I have learned in a short period of time and my skin is now changing dramatically (for the good) by following your reviews and lectures. I’m actually become addict to your IG post and I have seems others blogs for skin care that should learn from you too.
Really appreciate your honest reviews and please continue with your advices on the right way to use the products. Cheers!!

Gio June 16, 2018 - 9:41 am

Gloria, awww thank you so much for your kind words and wishes Gloria! You’re so kind. I’m so glad my blog and IG have helped you change your skin for the better. That’s why I’m doing all this. 🙂

Annette June 15, 2018 - 2:55 pm

Hi Gio.

Happy 10th birthday! and congratulations on a well written and informative blog. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and website. Especially since I know that I can trust the information you provide us. I feel so lucky to have found you.
Thank you,.Thank you, Thank you!

Gio June 16, 2018 - 9:38 am

Annette, oh thank you so much! I feel so lucky to have such supportive readers like you. You guys are the best! 🙂

Nelly June 16, 2018 - 11:42 am

Am glad i started following. I had a really bad acne when i started following you and my face is now soo flawless not even a pimple 🙂

Gio June 22, 2018 - 10:26 am

Nelly, it makes me so happy to hear that! That’s amazing! Thanks for your support. 🙂

Carla June 16, 2018 - 5:09 pm

Happy birthday Gio! I love your blog, I appreciate it a lot, I look forward to your posts.

Gio June 22, 2018 - 10:20 am

Carla, thanks so much! So glad to hear that, I really appreciate your support. 🙂

Victoria Ogburn June 17, 2018 - 8:03 pm

I love the direct common sense approach you have. Keeping us beautiful through what is “real, being smart”, and watching our hard earned dollars. I just joined , GREAT information on the last post, addressing the correct amounts of products. You are exactly on the same page as my dermatologist……grateful for your site, hugs, from the US, GA

Gio June 22, 2018 - 10:34 am

Victoria, oh thank you so much for your kind words. Means a lot. I real want to help you make the right decisions for your skin and wallet and I’m so glad that’s coming across. Thanks so much for subscribing and all your support. 🙂

Paris B June 18, 2018 - 4:11 am

Happy blog birthday, Gio! 10 years! Well done. I know all too well how hard it can be to keep going, and to want to keep going after the 5th year or so, but I’m glad you got yourself here, and above all, that it’s become your career. There can be no better story than that! I remember the early days, and while I don’t always leave a comment, I still stop by now and again when time permits.

All the best Gio and here’s to many many more years of helpful skincare news and tips and reviews 🙂

Barbara June 21, 2018 - 5:35 am

Congratulations!!! Good for you for taking that leap. I love reading all your posts and often come to your site for your opinion. It was an honor to meet you. Thank YOU!

Gio June 22, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Barbara, oh thank you so much! You have no idea how much this means to me. I really, really appreciate your support and am so glad you enjoy the blog.


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