Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.193

by Gio

Hello everyone,

if you were wondering what’s going on with this blog lately, you must read today’s post. Here we go:


time for change
It happens to every blogger. You spend years putting your heart, passion, sweat, and tears into build your blog and then, one day, you realise the magic is gone. You look at your blog and you don’t really like what you see that much anymore.

I’ve been feeling like that for more than a year now. At first, I tried to shake it off and kept on working as normal, hoping the magic would come back. Sometimes, it does. But it didn’t work. That nagging feeling that something was broken was still there.

After some soul searching, sleepless nights, and talks with friends, I realised that I wasn’t tired of blogging. I’ve always enjoyed that immensely. But I was tired of blogging only about beauty.

Beautiful With Brains is seven years old, which is pretty ancient for a blog. But it’s such a short length of time really and, in these past few years, not much has changed in the beauty world. We’re still using the same old products, with the same old ingredients, just repackaged in shinier and prettier boxes.

Sometimes, I felt like a broken record, saying the same things over and over again. I was tired of writing them and, I guess, you were tired of reading them. I can’t blame you if you just jumped to the end of the post to get the gist of it. I would have done the same.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still obsessed with makeup, skincare, and all things beauty. It’s just difficult, after seven years, to keep the content fresh. It’s also becoming harder to keep my other interests off the blog.

When I first started blogging I was a super insecure girl in the throes of depression. Since then, I embarked on a journey of self-love and personal development that is, slowly but surely, changing my life.

I strive every day to be a better version of myself, conquer my limits, and achieve my goals. I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting there. One little step at a time.

Along this journey, I rediscovered some old passions of mine that depression had suffocated. A passion for psychology and personal development. For feminism. For entrepreneurship. For fashion. So, I’ll be talking about all these things, and more (I’m pretty sure I’ll manage to sneak some art and a musical or two in here as well) from now on.

But don’t worry. The heart of Beautiful With Brains hasn’t changed. I’m not going to stop dissecting ingredient labels and busting myths to parade around in pretty dresses. That’s just not me. Beauty, and the science behind it, will always be the main topic here.

I just want to expand the “Beautiful With Brains” philosophy to other areas. I named this blog “Beautiful With Brains” because I was tired of people assuming that just because you’re pretty or into makeup, then you must be stupid and shallow.

Women, all women, are both beautiful and smart. But too many of us don’t believe it. Too often, we never feel neither pretty enough nor smart enough. I want to do my tiny bit to change that, to help you believe in yourself and go after your dreams. Because when you don’t, we all lose out.

So, I want to talk a bit more about body acceptance and media literacy. I want to share what I’ve learnt (and am still learning) on my personal development journey.

But I also want to introduce you to new small brands and the amazing women who have created them. There’s so much talent in the world that gets lost when we only focus on the big names, just because they are more easily accessible (although I won’t stop talking about them).

And yes, I want to talk about fashion too. When I started the blog, I hated my body so much, I hid it under layers of shapeless clothing. Now I love playing with fashion and trying new things. It’s fun and can give your confidence a little boost too.

But I don’t want to shock you. I’ll introduce these changes slowly. I just thought I’d give you a heads up, in case you were wondering why I’m talking about different things every now and then here.

And, if you don’t like them, please let me know. Truth is, I know what changes I want to make, but I haven’t figured out exactly how to make them yet. I’ll have to experiment, so your feedback will be very appreciated.

One thing I know for sure is that I want to scale back the “Know Your Ingredients” series to once a month. During these past seven years, I have already covered the most common and important ones. And reading and writing about a thickener or emulsifier isn’t that interesting, is it?

I hope you’ll like this new direction. Whatever your thoughts are, whether good or bad, please let me know in the comments, or on social media, or shoot me an email if you don’t want them to appear on a public space.

I’ll be happy to answer all your questions and concerns, and to hear all your suggestions. I want this to be a positive corner of the web that makes women feel good and empowers them to make the best choices, whether it is buying the right moisturizer for their skin type or figuring out how to let go of what’s holding them back.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

What I’m Reading Now

stop the diet I want to get off
Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! by Lisa Tillinger Johansen
The Paleo. The Dukan. The Atkins. The Gluten-free. It seems like every day a new diet, promising us quick weight loss and lots of health benefits, pops up. But do they work? Rarely. Often, we put back more weight than that we lost. And some of them are so strict, you just can’t wait to be off them. Worse, they may even be dangerous for your health!
So, how can we figure out which ones work and are good for our health, and which ones we should avoid at all costs? Enter registered Dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen. In her new book, Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off, she examines the most popular diets based on medical facts, not hype. That was the best part of the book. I enjoyed discovering the truth behind these diets, and most of them arent’t healthy at all! In the second part of the book, Lisa reveals the true and healthy weight loss strategies that really work. Needless to say these are quite boring – don’t eat more than you consume and fill your plate with lots of fruits and veggies for instance – but they ensure you get all the nutrients you need and boost your health.
If you’re tempted to try one of the popular diets your friends or fave celeb are following, give this a read first. You’ll likely change your mind and be much better off for it! It’s available at Amazon.

The Links

8 Physical signs of aging and how you can combat them to look younger – My Women Stuff

11 ways to use hair oils for extraordinary hair – Hair Romance

Do cosmetic ingredients really penetrate skin? – The Beauty Brains

What My Mom’s Self-Loathing Taught Me About Self-Love – xoJane

Top tips for nervous flyers – What Olivia Did

A copy of this book was sent by PR for consideration. This post contains an affiliate link too.

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Christina @ Hair Romance July 26, 2015 - 3:14 pm

Thanks for linking to me Gio and good luck with the blog evolution! Everything changes and you should write more about what you’re passionate about 🙂

Gio July 26, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Christina, my pleasure. And thank you for your support. 🙂

Laurie July 26, 2015 - 3:35 pm

I applaud your decision to break out in new directions! After all, beauty is not an isolated thing, but deeply related to other things as well — psychology, aesthetics, history, culture. It makes sense to consider beauty alongside those other topics as well.

Gio July 26, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Laurie, thank you for your support. That is so true.I think we tend to forget that when we focus only on mascara or lipstick, which is why I want to expand the focus of this blog a bit. 🙂

Annette July 26, 2015 - 10:19 pm

I know it was not an easy decision to change the direction of your blog but I think it will be good for you. You’ve moved to a different country and you’ve got so much ahead of you that it is time to step out of the old Giorgia clothes and into new ones. And as you are Italian I await all your fashion posts because I know I could learn something from you!!! 😀

Gio July 27, 2015 - 6:11 am

Annette, thank you for your kind words. It wasn’t an easy decision at all, but I feel this is the right time to do it.So much is changing, but it is good and exciting. This blog can’t be left behind. 🙂

Lisa Tillinger Johansen July 26, 2015 - 10:22 pm

Thanks for taking the time to read my book and post a review. I appreciate it! Good luck with your direction. I’m sure it will be a success for you.

Lisa Tillinger Johansen

Gio July 27, 2015 - 8:59 am

Lisa, thank you for your kind wishes. And my pleasure. I really enjoyed reading your book. It’s both informative and entertaining.

Janessa July 27, 2015 - 5:30 am

You are NOT a broken record! We need to be reminded and retold in order to retain!
You bet I’m joining you on this sailing! I’m so happy you’ve been so consistently posting on your blog because I love reading it and I’d love to hear your insights on fashion! Show me your tastes and styles! I don’t think it’d deter any old readers from your blog. It’d be refreshing to read about new topics and learn more about you!
😀 I’m very excited for your upcoming posts!

Two books on reversing and preventing diabetes came in the mail today so I’m starting those soon. 😀 Right now I’m reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers, recommended by a classmate. We’ll see how that fares. (I will let you know on your upcoming posts as I read.)

Gio July 27, 2015 - 6:16 am

Janessa, oh thank you! Your kind words mean so much. I love writing this blog, but I think it’s about time I put more of myself in it. I’m glad you are as excited as me about these changes. .:)

Oh yes, please let me know. Those books sound very interesting. I’d love to know how you like them.

Vivella July 27, 2015 - 9:01 am

I love the idea of some changes and diversity in your blog! Thank you for a well written post and for sharing your thoughts with us, I look forward to more.

Gio July 27, 2015 - 9:11 am

Vivella, thank you for your support. I’m so relieved you all seem to like this new direction. 🙂

Ana July 28, 2015 - 6:32 am

Your personality expressed through your well-written comments brought me here, and expressed through your writing has kept me here… and it will continue to do so.

I agree with everything Janessa wrote.

I look forward to your new posts.

Gio July 28, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Ana, oh thank you! That means so much to me!

Alexis July 28, 2015 - 9:59 am

I for one am quite excited about the new direction for your blog! I’m an infrequent visitor but I have your blog bookmarked, and I love doing searches on it for the right skincare products for me. Long story short, I love what you’ve done in the past and I can’t wait to see what the future brings. All the very best!

Gio July 28, 2015 - 10:42 am

Alexis, thank you for your support and your kind words. I’m glad my blog is helping you find the right skincare products for your skin. Hope you’ll find the new content useful too. 🙂

Paris B July 30, 2015 - 2:48 am

Hiya Gio! Thank you for sharing my link and you know what? Change is good. It always is! Plus I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes, it can get a little restrictive just going on and on about beauty and beauty stuff when we know we have much more to offer! I look forward to what you have planned 😀

Gio July 30, 2015 - 6:03 am

Paris, my pleasure, and thank you for your support. I was really nervous about the change, and am so relieved you all look forward to this new direction as much as I do. I still love beauty, but there is so much more I want to share. Hope you’ll like the new content. 🙂

Marina (Makeup4all) August 18, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Good luck with all the changes! x

Gio August 18, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Marina, thank you!


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