June 15, 2008

Guess Who’s Back?

Taken in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hello World!

Miss me much?

I know I missed you!

Obviously a few days away from the beauty blogging world is way too much as I see brand new collections, semi-annual sales, Fall Collections, new MAC color stories (Yes, I did indulge and I know you’re gagging to hear about it! Review to come!) and tons of other great stuff!

My fingers are eager to start typing (and sharing) away about all the items I’ve come across and heard about!

How are you all? It appears you’re all alive and kicking as I have over 80 comments to get through! Thanks for all the well wishes on my trip! Appreciate them greatly! It’s going to take me a little time but I promise to respond to each one individually! I noticed many of you commented on my Dior vs YSL post and I’m eager to dive into that discussion shortly!

I’m great and well rested and relaxed after a wonderful and amazing holiday! Yay! My cruise was absolutely fabulous and I’m thinking that maybe I need an extra month more to get back into the grove of work, life, and everything else but ado reality is knocking on my door and it’s back to real life!

A HUGE hello and thanks to a very special couple of friends the Muse made while on her cruise! I was lucky enough to meet a beautiful couple (who may just be reading this) during my time away so a big thanks to them for making my vacation extra special!

What about everyone else?

What have you been up to?

Any new lemmings?

Any new purchases?

Eager for the Japanese Fall Collections?

Tell the Muse all about it!

Comment box is open and available! It seems like years since I’ve talked to each of you!

Before I leave I’ll give you some details on what to expect in the new few days from your dear, old Muse!


A review on Philosophy’s newest cleanser….hmmmm exciting eh?
Reviews and FOTD’s from MAC’s hot new color stories including Cool Heat!
News on Korean and Japanese Fall Collections
Reviews on Japanese Summer Collections (Long over do aren’t I?)
and much, much more……….!

Sadly, I didn’t overindulge in duty-free shopping as truly I didn’t find anything that I didn’t already own or could find cheaper here. I can never understand all the hype about duty-free shopping as it’s sincerely not that fantastic!

However, I do have many a fine trick up my sleeve for the week and you won’t be without your daily dose of Musings from this Muse!

The Muse now needs to unpack…..*groan* Wanna help?


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • B

    Welcome back, sweetums! I just wish I could take a loooong vacation too. Hope you had a wonderful time and your blog fam missed you! Muah!

  • ~raspy~

    me~!! meeee!!! i can help you unpack..

    so that i can step into your house and rob you of your mu~!! hahaha.. j/k-ing x_X

  • ???

    morning darling!

    i can’t wait for ur new posts!
    it’s been too long! 😛
    really am glad that u enjoy ur trip!
    and of course, welcome back!!!


  • Roxii

    Great to have you back!
    I must have checked your site ten times since you’ve been gone…hehe!
    It sounds like you had fun!

  • Becky

    MUSE!!! *squeals* yay your back!! I had no blogs to look at since they update so slowly :D…So I’m out of country, what do you rec from Laneige and Albion or Sonia Rykiel?? Don’t want to miss out…hehe. How was the cruise? I’ve been on 3 myself…fun times. ohh yeah shu uemura fall!


    ^I’ve got swatches! of the cream eyeshadow at least…

    Glad your back!!

  • rocketqueen

    Ooooh welcome back! I can’t wait for you to tell us about everything!!

    Btw, tag you’re it!

  • Piece of Cake

    Welcome home, Muse!!! I haven’t read your blog for sometime and could only sniff in jealousy as I read about your cruise plan. You definitely need to post pictures of all the spots you visited, things you bought as souvenirs, any visit local makeup store, btw?

    Glad to have you back and can’t wait for all the promised posts!

  • londonfan

    Hi Muse,
    I really missed your posts, but I am so glad to hear that you had a wonderful cruise.
    The pictures look fantastic! Which placed did you visit?

  • Nell

    Hey, glad you are back safely!
    Sounds and looks like a wonderful trip you´ve had.
    But I´m sure I´m not the only one happy to have you back. Looking very much forward to your daily posts (especially MAC)!

  • nikkiz.

    Welcome back!!!
    Can’t wait to read all your upcoming reviews.

  • Laura

    Hello Miss Muse,
    Glad to see you back and in good spirits. I’ve been pining for your blog!

    Much love,

  • Chica

    Woohoo, you’re back :o)
    Hope you have a fantabulous time.
    I went on a few cruises when I was little but I’d love to go on one now that I’m a ‘grown up’!

  • Adina

    Yay, you are back! I hope you had a wonderful time (it seems like you did) and I look forward to my daily fix of the muse 😉

    P.S When are we going shopping missy?!

  • the Muse

    aw thanks B 🙂

    I wish I could have took all of you with me 😉

    I missed all of you too MWAH!

  • the Muse

    hi roxxi!

    thanks honey 🙂 Aw shucks I appreciate that greatly 🙂 I seriously wish I could have blogged it while I away but I promised myself a nice, long one with email, blogging, and technology in general 😉 hehe!

    I had a blast! Thanks for the welcome back!!!!!!!

  • the Muse

    hi there becky! LOL! Thanks for missing me so much lovie! Are you in Japan!? AHHHHHHH! Lucky you if so!

    Laneige Snow Crystal Blush Powders
    Laneige Lip Balm
    Laneige Lip Tints
    Laneige Snow Crystal Trio Eyeshadows
    Albion Eprise Gradation Color Eyes
    Sonia Rykiel Real Rykiel N

    You needs all the new summer stuffins 🙂 hehe!

    Cruise was fab! awesome! This is my 7th time going and it never gets tiring. Always so much fun!

    ZOMG! Yummie SHU!!!!!!

    The new palettes look simply awesome!

    Thanks for the warm welcome back! Big hugs!

  • the Muse

    hello piece of cake!

    How are you!?

    Thanks for the warm welcome back!

    I wish I could have brought each of you with me 🙂 A cosmetic junkie cruise wahoo!

    I’ll post some pics up for you soonish!

    Sadly makeup wasn’t vast 🙁 Just duty free stuff and it wasn’t all that good at all 😛

    No local brands as most is imported so plenty of l’oreal, cover girl, etc…nothing to rave about 🙁

    I’m busy getting some reviews done just need pics 😉 So reviews to come soon!

    Hope you’re well!

    Thanks for the welcome back!

  • the Muse

    hi there londonfan

    thank you kindly missus 🙂 It’s good to be missed 🙂

    Thanks! It was Grand Turk, San Juan, St Thomas, and Bermuda 🙂 weee!

    I’ll post more pics soonish 😉

    Thanks for the warm welcome back lovie!

  • the Muse

    hi there nell!


    It was simply grand 🙂

    MAC to come hehe!

    Thanks for missing me 😉 and for the lovely welcome back!

  • the Muse

    hi there nikkiz!

    Thanks honey!!!! I’m doing some now just need pics 😉 plenty of good stuff for you soon!

    Thanks for the welcome back!

  • the Muse

    hi beautyaddict1one1!

    Thanks so much! It’s great to be back!

  • the Muse

    helloooooooooo laura 🙂

    Thanks so much!! It’s grand to be back and even better to be missed by so many fab people like yourself 😉

    Thanks for the warm welcome back!

    Many hugs!

  • the Muse

    hi chica!

    w00t! Fab to be back 🙂 It was amazing!

    Oh you must must experience it now that you’re older 😉 Good fun!

    Thanks for the warm welcome back 🙂

  • the Muse

    hey adina!!!!!!!!!!

    It was fabbbbbbbbbbb! Thanks for the warm welcome back! Missed you!!!!!!

    Your daily dose of Muse babblings is back 😉

    ahh! How about we make a date for the color forums story? Whatta ya think?

  • petitez

    Welcome back dearie! Sounds like you had lots of fun! Any more pictures to share with me?? 🙂

    Waiting to read more on ur reviews…. I missed them!

  • Liz

    Welcome back Izzy!!! San Juan looks beautiful; will you be posting some holiday pics? 😛

    I tried the Bourjois lip tint at Boots… and I HATE it!!!! Definitely a NOT for me. 🙁

    Duty-free shopping, of course you don’t get the appeal, because you live in the US, where prices are often fantastically low! 😛 I often take advantage of airport shopping, as I often easily save anything between 2-5 euro (3-7 dollars) per mascara!!!

  • the Muse

    hey pets!

    Thanks honey! It was fab 🙂 I sure will send some over 🙂 I have a ton!

    Aw thanks! Nice to be missed 🙂 I have a fab blush to show you guys! Review coming tonight 🙂

    Missed ya!

  • the Muse

    hiya liz!

    Thanks honey! San Juan was fab 🙂 It’s my favorite place in PR! I’ll def post more 🙂 I took so many!

    Oooo no!

    That’s not good 🙁 A lovely lady in the UK got one for me 🙂 It should be here or already in my to be read mail box 🙂

    I’ll review shortly 🙂

    Absolutely agreed. If I was from Europe or Asia I’d totally dive into the prices on duty free but since stuff is so low here already the appeal definately isn’t so great 😛

    Everyone was flipping over the fragrance selection but I can get the same here for the same price 😛

    We had a ton of Europeans on board, British, and Asian and many were taking full advantage of the fab prices!

  • Critty

    Yay!! You are back! Glad you had a fab time and got some R ‘n’ R but I am happy you are home to post 🙂

    Big hugs,

  • the Muse

    hello Critty!

    Aww thanks babe!!!!!!!! 😉 I def had some serious r n r 🙂 Was fab just to lay out and not worry about work and reality 😉

    Big hugs darlin’!

  • MC

    Yay..welcome back Muse!!! XD

    I hope you had a wonderful time on your trip. ^^

  • the Muse

    thank you kindly mc 🙂

    It’s good to be home and back with you fine folk =-)