December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays!

Here we are my dear, dear friends! Christmas is a few short days away and the New Year is looming. This is a good time to reflect on your life and ask that age old question that Lennon put forward to us in 1972, “So this is Christmas and what have you done…” I live my life by that sentiment all year long as well as Wheaton’s Law, “Don’t be a d*ck!” because it applies to real life as much as it does the gaming life.

Unfortunately, we have become a society that depends rather heavily on Internet and we live part of life in this virtual world (a large part of it). And let’s be honest, it also seems to give few choice people the liberty to be quite nasty, mean, and downright awful. Don’t be that person (Not that ANY of you are! You’re all wonderful!). This extends to the real world too though…I can count on my ten fingers the amount of times that a stranger wished me a Happy Holiday or a Merry Christmas. For example, when checking out at a store…! I never fail to wish the person at the Starbucks drive thru a Happy Holiday or the girl checking me out at Walgreens a very Happy Holiday season. It’s rare I hear it first and most times I don’t hear it at all. New York…..! I guess we’re just too busy or grumpy to go there.

So, maybe, we have to take some Buddy-isms into account here and go the extra mile that everyone doesn’t. What was it he said? “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Don’t go out there and start singing…! I’d never embarrass you like that 😉 But try to spread a little Christmas cheer by wishing a stranger a Happy Holiday or smiling at that grumpy guy preparing your burrito bowl at Chipotle. Who knows? Maybe it’ll make them feel a little bit better about life, the universe, and everything.

“It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be.”

Please be that person every day of the year.

Be nice. Always. Especially around this time of the year. I’m not asking anyone to save the world but do your part to make it a nicer place to live in. Which I know you’re already out there doing as you’ve proven to me time and time again what wonderful people you are through your kind comments and conversations I have with you daily.

Thank you for spending your time with me. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for spreading your cheer around here. Every single one of you has touched my life in ways I can’t explain.

Happy Holidays!


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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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  • Vicki Stammer

    Thank you for this post, Isabella. You’re right: every day is the right day to be the person we might have been. Thanks for the words of wisdom. Take a cup of kindness. Happy holidays.

    • Isabella Muse

      Amen 🙂 If yesterday wasn’t such a great one we still have more chances to be as good as we can in the days ahead. We are lucky we get second, third, and fourth chances ;-D aw cheers! We’ll drink that cup of kindness together! Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas (if you celebrate)! I hope it’s a magical solstice for you!

  • Cindy

    Have a fabulous holiday! 🙂 2018 was a rough one for me & my family so hoping 2019 has some better things in store. Enjoy some time off!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m sorry Cindy! I hope 2019 is much, much better for you all! Enjoy! Relax! ;-D <3!

  • Maria

    Muse. I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy new year!

      • Maria

        I forgot to mention thanks for your beautiful message. So true. I love your blog and I read it daily. I hope
        2019 is a better year for my healing of my sicknesses.

  • Felicia

    Merry X-mas to you too Isabella. Reading your blog and wondering what you are going to review or talk about next is like opening a little x-mas gift every day! Seriously, it may sound cheesy but other than my pets, son and boyfriend the world of beauty is my escape and brings me the most joy ever and you are like the leader of the beauty parade. I hope you are taking some time off and enjoy the holidays. XOXO

    • Isabella Muse

      awww thanks Felicia 🙂 <3! xoxox! I'm so glad I'm part of your beauty escape ;-D Thank you so much! Happiest Holidays my dear!

  • Violet

    Aw, we share the same sentiments, thank you for your beautiful post. Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2019 for you and yours, Missy Muse!

  • Kish

    Got a little teary-eyed reading this post. You are so right and just saying hi or smiling can change someone’s entire day. Be kind. Be better. Happy Holidays my friend.

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw Kish! I know you’re likely out there making someone’s day a little brighter; -D I know you make me smile everytime we talk! You’r succeeding wonderfully at being the best human you cann be! Happy Holidays!

  • Paige Shaw

    I don’t celebrate Christmas, because I’m Jewish. But I still wish people a happy holiday or a merry Christmas. It isn’t such a big deal, it’s just being kind to people I know who would be happy hearing that phrase, because it evokes memories and good feelings for them. It doesn’t have to be important to me for me to acknowledge that something is important to you. I also don’t get offended if someone wishes me a happy holiday or a Merry Christmas, because when I hear that, I know people’s hearts are in the right place, and they’re just saying something reflexive for them. Semantics aren’t that big of a deal if you’re just reaching out to make a connection. Today I was part of a secret Santa situation where the gift I brought didn’t have a dedicated recipient. So I found someone who hadn’t received a gift – and she was so thrilled and touched, which was the best part of participating in secret Santa. It was a high point to my day. I told her merry Christmas and she gave me a big hug. 🙂

    I think it can be hard for some people to understand, but I’m fine living in parallel with Christmas. I just don’t want to be told by my television, or a store, or a politician that I am required to participate because I have to be like “everyone.” And I don’t need Chanukah stockings or trees or ornaments or wreaths. We can all coexist with one another and not make one holiday be the grafted little sibling of the other. It’s Christmas,not the Borg. It’s okay if in the United States we just let people be whatever they are, and we can also be respectful of others who aren’t celebrating.

    • Isabella Muse

      ugh please accept my apologies I wasn’t trying to imply that everyone celebrates Christmas and everyone should be telling me Merry Christmas or joining in the celebrations when it is clearly something that isn’t in keeping with their own religion or tradition, values, etc! I typically say Happy Holidays which for me means Merry, Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanzaa etc…! I’m like you, that Merry Christmas, even if you don’t celebrate it, is a nice sentiment and greeting and that people have their heart in the right place when saying it. I wish heard Happy Holidays more often. It just seems everyone is wrapped up in other stuff and don’t care enough to just smile at a passing stranger; -D that was my point with this post. I think you’re lovely to make someone’s day like that! That was EXACTLY my point with this post 🙂 The little stuff! I got a few extra boxes of chocolate covered Joe Joe’s and I wrapped them up just for this reason. The same lady is at the starbucks drive-thru every time I go and I gave her a box and she was just so thrilled I thought of her. It’s just the little things for me. I hope you didn’t feel like I was telling you that you need to participate I swear that wasn’t what I was implying 🙂 I was just trying to say I wish more people were just a little nicer, not just now, but all through the year! I hope that message came through the most clearly with this post xo!

      • Paige Shaw

        Oh no! You’re always a dear, I *never* think of you as having mean thoughts about any of your readers! Have the happiest of holidays!!!

    • Cindy

      Agreed Paige! I’m Jewish as well but I appreciate all of these greetings because the sentiment is there!

    • Nikole

      Paige, thank you for saying this. There are too few of you who recognize kindness when it is well intentioned. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and a have a happy 2019. Thank you.

  • Sakura

    Thank you for reminding us how to be good humans! I personally try to greet people that I see everyday no matter if they are co-workers or support staff. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday! Your blog has been like an old friend who dishes the best advice. Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      Haha I don’t any of you really need that reminder! You already displayed to me you’re all wonderful people 🙂 Me too! My sister calls me miss mary sunshine! I don’t care, I don’t have anything to frown about and hopefully my smile and greeitng maybe makes someone’s day a little nicer 🙂 xoxox thank you! that means so much to me! xoxoxox! Happy Holiday!

  • Linda M

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Muse! Looking forward to all your “musings” in the new year. Blessings!

  • Corgigrrl

    What a lovely tree & lovely sentiment!
    I have noticed, here in rural Pa, people have been grumpier, not nicer. How ironic that the holiday season often has the opposite effect on people!
    I will keep your post in mind as this holiday season dwindles down. Thank you for your blog, the only one I follow. I trust your recommendations. I like the way you cover more than makeup. My credit card company loves you!
    Just recently, I managed to snag some Bath & Body Works hot cocoa candles on sale even though I’m a die-hard Yankee Candle fan, thanks to you!
    Merry Christmas!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw thanks! Yeah likewise here. It always seems like people are a bit grumpier around this time of the year 🙁 We don’t always know what is going on in someone else’s life so that’s why we should always bit a little nicer to those grumpy folks ;-D Awww thank you so so much my dear that warms my heart (although, I am sorry about the credit card haha).

      Have a very Happy Holiday season 😀

  • NL

    Thank you, Isabella! You are right and this post is going to be my favourite Christmas story this season. We all are in need of more mere human kindness – and may it last throughout the year! Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you – and all of us! XXX

  • Penny

    You are spot on…definitely not enough Christmas cheer in the world! I do want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Looking forward to your blogs in 2019!

  • genevieve

    Thank you so much Isabella for all the reviews and sales info you provide for us.
    I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a restful New Year.

  • Bobbie

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to the Best Person that I watch Fatefully. You have changed my Whole Life with your words of Wisdom. Thank You Very Much……peace ✌️

  • Hayley

    Happy Holidays, Muse!!! I’ve followed you for years, and hope that you keep this blog going as long as you’re able and as long as you find it fulfilling.