December 23, 2013

Happy Christmas Friends And To a Great New Year Ahead!

my christmas tree

So this is Christmas! Almost another year over and a new one soon to begin. How did it get here so fast? I do believe I’m still in Fall mode.

I wrapped until my fingers bled yesterday and I still have more to wrap! Remember when you were 8 and the entire month of December felt like it lasted 365 days! You had to count back from 365 all the way until 1 to get to December 25th. 365, 364, 363….surely it was some sort of torture devised by our parents to make the month long and drawn out. And you’d try so hard to stay up all night so you could catch a peek at old St Nick but never could make it past 11 or 12ish.

Needless to say the Holiday comes very quick when you grow up and disappears even quicker still. I find as I get older the gifting is so much better than the getting. I always find complete joy and magic in gifting to family and friends. I get a little melancholy when it is all over and the tree comes down, the lights get diminished, and the magic of the season disappears replaced by the cold Winter!

But for now, right this second, the magic is still in the air and I hope you’re feeling it this week as you gather with your family and your friends!

Thank you for spending some of your Holiday season with me this month. Thank you for spending time with me all year round and finding the joy in all things beauty!

I only wish for you what I wish for myself this year….happiness, health, warmth, and good fortune! Oh and lots of makeup goodies and gifts under your tree and in your stockings!

Happy Christmas!

Thank you for befriending me and making me part of your daily day!


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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  • Nina

    I absolutely adore you, and would not count my day complete without checking your blog. I feel like you are family. Thank you for everything and Merry Christmas, Sweetheart! LOVE the tree… this your place?

    • Isabella Muse

      thank you so much Nina for visiting daily 🙂 I feel exactly the same way! You’re all part of my extended family 🙂 happiest Christmas and a beautiful New Year ahead. Yes, this is one my trees, I actually got to decorating early this year, right after T-day so proud of myself! Yay me hahaha 🙂

  • The Beauty Alchemist

    Merry Christmas . Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday . MWAH 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      likewise D 🙂 I hope it was a beautiful one for you! happy new year ahead my friend! Haven’t watch the Who Special yet! any good?!

      • The Beauty Alchemist

        We had a wonderful day. Hope you did too. The special was ok, not very upbeat to say the least. But covered some backstory . But it was too long . And MS gets nekkid. Would they please warn us to put sunnies on before that happens. Dear God. We’ll chat once you and Sam have viewed. Happy Boxing Day.

        • Isabella Muse

          it was incredible! Too fast to be honest…! too, too fast 🙂 but beautiful! 🙂 Awww sadness I’m going to save it for the weekend 🙂 LOL…hmm naked eh? 😀 Happy Boxing Day! Yay for sales! 😀 xoxoxoxo!

  • Maggie

    I’ve stalked your site for many years, but never posted…but I just had to for this picture. Your tree is amazing!! Not quite as beautiful as you, but close 🙂 Merry Christmas — hope you have a very happy holiday season!

    • Isabella Muse

      AWWW Maggie! Thank YOU! 🙂 and happiest Holidays to YOU and yours! May it be beautiful and bright <3!

  • Joy

    I have a little more wrapping to do too. Having a lot of fun coz wrapping is my favorite part wheeeeee! You got anything you want me to wrap? LOL

    Lovely message Musey! They say in life you get the family you’re born into, and you get family that you choose. Trite but true! Its been a blast keeping up with all-things-beauty on your blog. So much so that if I miss a few days things just don’t feel right. Which is exactly how I would feel if a family member is absent. Thank you for all you do and all that you are.

    Merry Christmas to you & your loved ones! And all the best in 2014 for you and for Musings!

    • Isabella Muse

      gawd wish I read this before I’d have brought over a few boxes LOL! 😀 awww that is so true my dear…! It’s been great getting to know you and I love speaking to you daily Joy 🙂 xoxoxoxo! many thanks for being part of Musings of a Muse! A very Happy Holiday to you and yours too!

  • Robin

    Merry Christmas! I check your blog when I get up, and before bedtime. Great way to start and end the day. :). I’ve finally found a makeup sister! Cheers to 2014 being full of peace, happiness, and health plus new shades of lipipies that we can’t live without! 😀

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Robin 🙂 that is SO sweet! 🙂 Happiest 2014 I hope it is filled with beautiful things for you including plenty of great makeup 😀

  • Libby

    Merry Christmas, Muse and Happy Holidays 🙂

    I haven’t been around lately with uni and finals, but one of the best parts of my weekends is being able to sit down with my ipad to go through your reviews and posts!

    Keep on being your rockin’ self ;D

    P.S. Love the Nightmare Before Christmas ornaments!!

    • Isabella Muse

      and to you libby 🙂 how were finales? Great I hope 🙂 Awww flattered 🙂 Have a beautiful New Year my dear! hehe glad you like ’em!

  • Elisa

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Muse. I hope you have a fabulous one. I’m sick for the third christmas in a row so am feeling a little bah humbug myself, but can’t wait for my loved ones to open my gifts on the 25th. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw Elisa! How are you feeling today? Hope you feel better!!!!!!!!!!!! <3! Hopefully you got plenty of rest in and plenty of beautiful pressies 🙂 Happiest Holidays and a special get well soon!

  • Jackie Diane

    Merry Christmas Muse! Thank you for the year-long gift your hard work and dedication gives. Hope you have an incredible day and get everything on your list. I look forward to another year of musings!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thank you jackie 🙂 I hope you had a beautiful day and santa got you plenty of makeup goodies 🙂 <3! happy new year ahead I look forward to spending it with you all!

  • Paris B

    Merry Christmas, Muse! It’s been a pleasure following you on your beauty journey this year and here’s to many many more ahead! Wishing you a wonderful time with your family and friends and lots of makeup goodies under your tree xx

    • Isabella Muse

      and to YOU Sue! I feel the same way! I enjoy reading your site daily and I’m so honored to call you friend 🙂 Have a beautiful Holiday season! and a very successful New Year with plenty of makeup of course!

  • Amy Amethyst

    Beautiful tree, Muse! I love the Nightmare Before Christmas ornaments. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  • hb13

    I love, love, love your tree! I am traveling on Christmas Day this year – so no tree

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks hb! that’s ok! Traveling is ALWAYS fun for the Holidays and no mess to come home too either 🙂 hehe!

  • Cookie

    Merry Christmas, Muse!

    I too check on you daily 😊. I value your wit and honesty not to mention that dash of sass — gifts to us every day of the year!

    Have a wonderful holiday. All the best to you and your loved ones.

    • Isabella Muse

      hey miss cookie happiest holidays aw thanks 🙂 <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You and yours as well thank you for being a big part of Musings of a Muse 🙂

  • Joan

    Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to you, Muse. Your tree is beautiful! I totally agree with Nina. I look forward every morning to reading your blog and miss them on your days off. Hope Santa brings you everything on your list.

  • Joan

    Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to you too, Muse. Hope Santa brings you everything on your list. Your tree is beautiful! I also love the autumn picture on the wall behind the tree. I totally agree with Nina. I look forward to reading your blogs every day and miss them on your days off.

    • Isabella Muse

      and to YOU Joan 🙂 I hope Santa brought you a ton of beautiful blushes this year hehe 🙂 aw thanks! It’s by one of my favorite painters! I adore the Fall 🙂 hehe! thank YOU SO SO SO much! sniffle! I’m going to cry now hehe <3!

  • Kimmwc03

    Merry Christmas, Muse. I love your blog and look forward to reading it everyday.

    • Isabella Muse

      you’re very welcome Ana 🙂 and Merriest Christmas to you and Happy New Year!

  • Susan K

    Merry Christmas Isabella! And thanks for all the time and effort you put into your blog. Hands down its the best beauty blog imho. What makes it so great is your personality which comes shining through in almost every line of your writing. Visiting here every morning with my coffee is one of life’s little pleasures. I ordered that Pixi glow tonic stuff. Can’t wait to see what kind of magical wonders are going to happen to my complexion!

    • Isabella Muse

      Merry Christmas Susan! Thank you SO much 🙂 You’re lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely adore talking to you thank you for visiting 🙂 I hope it works for you so far so good for me 🙂 update me on what you think! I know you had a tough year losing your cat 🙁 so I have wishes and hopes that 2014 will be beautiful and bright for you!!!!!!!!!!!! <3! hugs!

  • Lori

    Merry Christmas, Muse! Thank you for all of the time and effort you put into your beauty reviews and posts. I never buy makeup without checking here first to see your thoughts. Have a safe and happy holiday!

    • Isabella Muse

      and to you Lori 🙂 thank you for noticing :)!!!!!!!!!!!! and VERY flattered to hear it 🙂 Have a beautiful Holiday season! I hope your New Year brings much success!

  • ashley

    jack. skellington. ornaments. can you please stop being so awesome and making the rest of us (me) seems so lame? LOL no but in all seriousness, Merry Christmas! Hope this holiday season brings you as much joy as your blog as given me! *hugs*

    • Isabella Muse

      lol haha…:) Happiest Christmas Ashley!!!!!! aw thank you so much I’m so glad you enjoy Musings many hugs!

  • Miss D

    Merry Merry Christmas Muse!
    Thanks for posting another wonderful photo of your Christmas tree; and yes, when you’re older, Christmas seems to speed by and then…it’s all gone. Personally, I like to slowly fade it out in the following weeks (still play Christmas music here and there, still keep the decorations up).
    Anyway, I am currently resizing some photos of my white tree, you should probably have two emails from me within the next few hours, so if you need a break after lunchtime, check out my pics.
    Another year has gone by but your wonderful blog is still here and we all still love you for sharing your time with us! Hugs!

    • Isabella Muse

      AND TO YOU Miss D 😀 doesn’t it though? It just sped past this year (and the last several years)! It’s like a band aid for me, I rip it off fast so the week after New Years I’m busy cleaning and store things away already! I didn’t see your emails yet (my inbox is crazy in the two days I was off) but I’ll look for them 🙂 I always look forward to seeing your tree! Thanks for sending them :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo! happy new year ahead lovely!

  • kimkats

    Merry Christmas Muse! So happy to have made you part of my daily “family”! Yours is the first site I visit every day – a day without my Muse is a day without sunshine. Wishing you and yours the very merriest Christmas ever, and blessings for a wonderful new year.


    Kim 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      and to you kim 🙂 I hope it was a beautiful one and quite happy to have YOU in my extended family as well 🙂 awwww you’re TOO too sweet thank you for bringing me into your daily day 🙂 Have a beautiful Holiday my dear and a very special New Year ahead 🙂 <3!

  • Nadia

    Merry Christmas beautiful muse! I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and family! It is always such a pleasure to visit your blog. Thanks for sharing your beautiful personnality with us!

    • Isabella Muse

      and you Nadia 🙂 I hope you had an equally beautiful day 🙂 Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you for sharing yours with me! I always look forward to hearing from you 🙂 <3!

  • Jane

    I think you are wonderful. Yours is the first thing on check on every day. I totally agree with you on your feelings about Christmas. I was thinking exactly the same thing this morning amidst the chaos that is wrapping, baking, cooking, wrapping, bowing, shoveling snow, wrapping and enjoying a hot toddy. May you have the merriest and most blessed Christmas ever. Thank you for your delightful self. Janie

    • Isabella Muse

      jane that is such a huge compliment thank you so very much! thank you for reading daily and a very happy Christmas and successful new year ahead my dear!

  • bebe

    Merry Merry Christmas and a BEAUTIFUL and Prosperous New Year to you and yours, Lady Muse, and thank you for a fantastic year of glamour and beauty. I can.t wait to see the fine assortment of goodies you have in store for 2014. (P.S., Isabella is a beautiful name..reminds me of Ms. Rossellini). 😉

    • Isabella Muse

      and to YOU bebe thank you so very much!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Aw thanks…I actually hate it but thank you 🙂 <3!

  • Miss D

    Just FYI- I sent the photos to your gmail account…I hope you like them. Please don’t feel like you have to reply; I just wanted you to know I sent them. Hugs and Merry Christmas!

  • Dita

    Merry Christmas! I love your tree, it’s so fun 🙂 Haha I am glad I don’t need to wrap any more presents! I always get papercut, the worst one is from the packaging box!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks D 🙂 OMG yes the boxes are the worst! I sliced my palm on one ouch!

  • TickledPink1908

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Muse!!….You are appreciated and thanks for all u do!!! Luv ya much…..Lydia!!!

  • Rosie in Brooklyn

    We love you dear heart that is tree is beautiful hope ur fingers will heal I love u sister muse you are my sister from another mister may you have a beautiful kissmas and new year 🙂 may 2014 sister muse and sister rosie meet up xo ro

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks rosie 🙂 <3!!!!!!!!!! have a beautiful New Year lovely lady! We do indeed, just been crazy as always here 🙂

      • Rosie in Brooklyn

        we gotta see each other u want my # so we can keep in touch this lovely lady is very beautiful xox <3 Rosie

  • Amber H.

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for all your hard work and for all of the “bad influence” you put on my wallet throughout the year. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      haha sorry Amber 🙂 not really though! hehe! Happiest Holidays dear thank you so much 🙂

  • diane

    hii!!!!! i hope you had a very Merry Christmas my friend! Thanks so much for all the hard work and amazingness you do for us beauty junkies out here <3

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks D! Same to you and a happy new year ahead! Hope you had a beautiful Christmas!

  • Icequeen81

    I am a bit late but Merry Christmas for you, and a wonderful new year. God bless you.With your amazing personality.

    Btw I do love your christmas tree decoration The Nightmare before christmas is always coool 🙂

  • Icequeen81

    Im am a bit late but , Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I wish you the best. You have a great personality. God bless you