December 20, 2018

Hi I’m Here! How Are You?

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately interacting, posting new reviews, etc…! I have a ton of comments to get through, a slew of reviews to post, and a lot of other things that have been backlogged. I’m sorry, please forgive me? My blog is like one big sale page lately…! So many sales, so little time. I’ll have new reviews upcoming shortly! Sorry for the delay in those! It’s just been a bit busy around here due to the Holidays.

How did we get here so fast? Tomorrow’s the end of Fall and Winter starts and Christmas on Tuesday…wow….! Fall has a way of running right by me sometimes and soon after that Holidays too. It’s all such a rushed blur of activities, get togethers, parties, etc….! The Holidays are a time you want to make memories with your friends and family but sometimes it gets so busy you literally can’t remember what you did, who you saw, how you spent time together….! It’s just such a busy, busy time!

I hope you’ve been enjoying it all.

Again, I’m sorry for calling in the blog lately but I promise I’ll be back in fighting form shortly.

Come on over and say hi today if you have a second! I love hearing what you’re up to!



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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  • Christina

    What a pretty and fun tree!

    Tell me about it! I barely had time to shop for gifts this year and am actually still scrambling to pick up one or two things. That never happens; I always buy well in advance! This year is just so busy and the sales are even more plentiful it seems. And the holiday parties are all running together. I just went to three in a row and have a couple more to go to the end of this week. LOL! But it’s all good and fun! When else do we really get to party non stop? Haha! I hope you’re having loads of fun! Happy Holidays!

    • Isabella Muse

      thank you <3! I was good, I did it all on Black Friday and I actually wrapped it all too! My sister was pretty bad this year and waited last min for everything so I'm constantly listening to her grumble that she isn't done yet lol! ;-D The sales are overwhelming at times 🙁 The holiday parties are a little absurd at this point haha...I have one more tonight (this is like the sixth jeez) and I feel a little crushed because of it! It just mucks up my schedule a bit with the endless parties but you're right it is good fun ;-D I hope the same for you my dear! Happy Holidays! xoxox! I hope it's magical!

  • Kish

    I think you are doing a fantastic job given all the things you have going on lately! Traveling cross-country, friends visiting, and still lots of posts. These last few months have just flown by, it’s hard to believe. I treated myself to some new Herbivore skincare and I’m looking forward to going to my mom’s on Christmas Eve after work and staying over for Christmas. First break in a while. Going to be starting a new medication right after Christmas that may be a little tough to handle, so I’m going to enjoy every second of Christmas that I can. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    • Isabella Muse

      awww thanks Kish <3! I love ya for thinking so! I feel I'm so behind! It really is hard to believe how fast time flies by sometimes! Good for you! They make some lovely skincare ;-D I hope it'll be ok for you my dear and that you have a beautiful Christmas <3! xoxoxoxox!

  • Paige

    Beautifully done! Where did you get the skull ornaments? Those are the nicest ones I have seen.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh thanks!!!!!! They were an LE Nightmare Before Christmas Set I got at Disney!

      • Paige

        Thanks! I’ll have to see if I can track that down.

        Really beautiful tree, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

        • Isabella Muse

          oh good luck! they were pretty quick to sell out maybe ebay?! 😀 Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo! Merriest Christmas and a healthy New Year!

  • kjh

    Gorgeous tree….and I’ll bet the photo is near your upstate house in fall… gorgeous, too. You have done a phenomenal job this season. I have benefited from many Muse recs this year. Have a wonderful holiday, and don’t fret about taking some time off to relax. Not that you do. Love to Tia.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thank you!!!!!!!!! There’s actually a little stream that runs on my property 🙂 but it isn’t nearly as lovely as that pic ;-D The picture is by one of my fav painters and totally captures my love of Fall. Thank you der thank you very much! I hope you hve a lovely one too! xoxoxoxox I love you all too!

  • kimkats

    Your tree is beautiful! Is that really yours? 🙂 I didn’t put one up this year… My mom passed away mid October, and I’m just not feeling festive this year, and DH couldn’t care less about Christmas, so I didn’t hardly decorate this year. Now, I’m sorta starting to miss having done so, but it’s late in the season to start, so I guess I’ll just pass til next year.

    Eagerly awaiting your new reviews!! There’s some new drugstore stuff that I’m hoping you’ll review like the new covergirl exhibitionist mascara! Hey, the holidays are the best excuse for not working too hard! So – take advantage of it! :-}
    Merry Christmas, My dear Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      Thank you! yup, that’s mine. I’m so sorry Kim 🙁 I’m so so sorry! You take time for yourself and don’t worry about the Holidays! I hope you surround yourself with people you love and who can coddle and spoil you! I’ll keep you in m heart <3! I haven't run across the CG but I do have some PF reviews coming and maybelline ones ;-D <3! Haha well I always push myself to work hard, it's sometimes difficult to just relax. Merry Christmas my dear!

  • Cindy

    Happy Holidays! 🙂 I went to see Midge Ure at the Iridium on Monday night. He’s fantastic doing the acoustic thing, and he came out after to meet everyone. Got some autographs and a photo, but BOTH my friend and I wound up with a hellish stomach virus yesterday:( . Ugh, that was NOT the bonus holiday gift we had in mind! Your tree is fabulous btw!!

    • Isabella Muse

      You always re-live all the best 80s moments girl!!!!!!!!! ;-D That sounds amazing! OMG! I had it too! Were you completely down and sleeping for like 14 hours with it? I had it and I couldn’t move my head off the pillow! ugh! I wasn’t sure if it was food poisoning or a stomach virus! Thank YOU! 😉 <3!

      • Cindy

        OMG it was the WORST. I couldn’t get out of the bed either, except to run to the bathroom, ugh! I wasn’t sure if it was good poisoning at first either but I was at The Iridium on Monday and this didn’t start until Wednesday so it had to be a virus that I picked up at the show. My friend that I went with got it too, ugh!

        • Isabella Muse

          Not to be gross but I was vomiting like crazy 🙁 and I was just so tired! It was crazy! I have never felt like that in my life and never want to feel that again lol!

          • Cindy

            Same!! Never again! (But I say that every time) I hope that satanic thing stays AWAY!!


    you’re a doll !
    thanks so much for all that you do for the good of ‘wimmenkind ‘…

  • Rachel Coey

    No worries! You are my favorite blogger and I appreciate all your posts! It’s a busy time of year and it’s totally understandable to get out of the norm. We are visiting Alaska for Christmas, my parents live here and we are relaxing and recovering today from traveling with a 1 year old on a red-eye! And of course part of my relaxing time is checking my emails, blogs, and socials to scope out any end of year beauty deals. …And listening to my Dad snore during his afternoon nap. Looks like we will be having a white Christmas too, there’s plenty of snow! ❄️

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thank you and omg I am jealous! Alaska! It must really feel like Christmas! 🙂 that sounds perfect Rachel. I’ll be with my parents Christmas eve and I can’t wait to listen to my dad’s snores in front of the TV lol! It’s the best sound in the world ;-D He has a tv in his office that he watches when he is on the computer and he’ll sometimes fall asleep in there and I’m always envious how easily he falls asleep and in such an awkward position lol with his head tilted at an angle. sigh…! We’re lucky we still have our dads to spend xmas with! Don’t forget to tell him how much you love him 🙂 Enjoy yourself and have the merriest Christmas with your fam!

  • bella


    Beautiful tree! Merry Christmas and thank you for all your hard work!
    I love your blog and have been reading it for many years!

  • Kimmwc03

    I’ve been super busy with work lately so I’m glad I’ll have a few days off starting tomorrow. Merry Christmas!

  • Janeen

    Just enjoy what you can and take time for yourself. Your tree is beautiful! Merry Christmas

  • Mo

    No apologies! The blog is amazing and you do a stellar job. Have a wonderful holiday and take care

  • Lori

    Hi Muse and Merry Christmas! I love seeing your tree every year. The holidays come and go so fast every year. I wish the festive feeling could stick around a little longer. Happy first day of winter even though it’s so gross today in NY! I know you prefer the cooler weather like me so here’s hoping this humid weather passes quickly!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Lori! ;-D <3! I wish the same! Just a little longer would be nice! Happy Solstice! It's very crummy today! The wind was crazy last night. I heard we get a little school! New York Whiter Christmas yes please ;-D

  • Moi

    Isabella, your tree looks beautiful! Bravo! Thank you for all the hard work you do on your post. You are one reason my bank account has a disdained look on it’s face, ha! As I’ve said in the past, your email is the one I look at no matter what first thing in the morning. Love your reviews and how you’re on top of everything. Merry Christmas and here’s to a wonderfully fun New Year! Hugs. Moi from Canada

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Moi! xoxoxo! Thank YOU for reading them! <3! LOL I'm sorry to your bank account ;-D thank you, I can't express how much that means to me and how flattering that is! xoxoxoxo! Happiest Christmas my dear I hope it's beautiful! And a very very Happy New Year! Much healthy and good luck in the year ahead! xoxo!

  • Carolyn (Deaux)

    OMG! When I see your tree, I can only think of that commercial where the hubby buys a red suv and the black truck and the wife runs to the black truck saying “I LOVE IT”. And he’s like “Oh actually the red….” Then she’s inside the truck and again goes “I LOVE IT”. And the hubbies is like “And I Love…That you love…Guess I like red….”. LOL I feel like doing that with your xmas tree … I LOVE IT !!!

    Also, just a little more xmas humor. You have live everything (and I mean like “Everything”) LOL. If I was your sister, I would totally be in your makeup room and pull out and old item you forgot about to wrap up and give to you, LOL!! (I mean what’s the perfect gift to give someone who has everything…sometimes it’s something they already had but forgot about….HEY At Least You Will Know They Will Love It!!! LMAO).

    OK Totally kidding, but silly thinking out loud. (and don’t let your sis see this…don’t want to plant any ideas…then you will be all like….AIIGHT THANKS FOR NOTHING CAROLN!!!)


    • Isabella Muse

      LOL! that commercial is adorable ;-D hehehe! LMAO you should talk to my sister! She’s still “Did you make me a list of things you want because you have everything and I have no idea what to get you!” of course my response back to her is the same! ;-D I HATE shopping for it because she literally has everything! I really have to dig deep to get her something ;-D Oh you too my dear girl! I hope it’s magical and beautiful and lovely and you get all the bestest gifts! xo!

  • Luv Pets

    Long time reader, first time commenting. That tree! That glorious tree! Truly was not feeling festive until I saw your tree. It would be hard to feel otherwise.
    I am old enough to be your mother, but so enjoy your blog. I just wanted to tell you that you’re so talented, funny, and sweet that your writing appeals to a wide audience. Probably bigger than you know.
    I hope you enjoy all of the festivities of the season, because you are so deserving. You bring joy to many through your writing.
    I’m a bit old to party, but I’m still rockin’ at home. Merry Christmas Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my gosh that made my day! I’m glad that it brought a little christmas cheer to you todya! Honestly, I’m not feeling truly festive either! I think I feel a bit swamped with everything going on so I forget to take a sec to just enjoy the season! Thank YOU! thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoy the blog! You’re going to make me cry right now 😀 xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox! Doesn’t matter how old you are! Christmas is for everyone! I hope you have a magical one my dear and thank you for bringing joy into my morning with your lovely words today! Happiest Holidays! xo!

  • Mary

    Enjoy that gorgeous tree over the holidays and be merry! You’ve earned a rest, and we’ll still be here when you have time to catch up in the New Year. Please accept my thanks for all you do. I’ve learned so much from your reviews.

    I check now before I buy something new to see if you’ve posted, and I really owe you for writing about May Coop Raw Sauce. I love it, and I would never have heard of or tried it on my own. It’s made a huge difference in my skin and just might be the best beauty find of my life. I stocked up when Costco put it on sale and saved a bundle.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Isabella and joy in the year ahead!

  • Silvia

    Beautiful richly decorated tree Muse! I tried finding the chihuahua on the bottom somehow? My mom had a huge Christmas tree about 6-7 years ago she has many vintage ornaments given to her throughout the years by coworkers, family members and some she had purchased herself. Well, at that time also had a crazy cat super playful and talk about being naughty or nice Lol! He went quickly up that tree excited with all the ornaments but liked especially a feather. He had played with that feather before but this time went all the up and that beautiful huge tree came rushing down as nobody’s business! We still laugh remembering it! Omg! Quite a show!
    It really seems starting with Halloween, then Thanksgivings and Christmas we don’t seem to catch a breath! I hosted Thankgivings this year at home and haven’t caught up with decorating outside yet. Perhaps it is too late by now I’m thinking of just planting a Christmas tree and decorate every year. I live hanging balls by the trees especially fir the kids in the neighborhood I see them get excited while washing dishes from my kitchen window. So cute!
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and keep an eye on the kitties! Lol!

  • Nikole

    Muse, don’t apologize for being a little behind (especially at this time of year!) At least you made the time to beautifully decorate your tree and home – I haven’t had time for that in years. Life is just different, more complicated, and much busier than it used to be. I still love Christmas and it is still my favorite holiday, but it is crazy busy in all areas of life – everything is magnified tenfold in drama around the holidays. I hate to say I will be glad when 12/26 arrives.
    It is Friday night and I’ve had an exciting (yawn) evening of grocery shopping for the coming holiday and week after working all day. Now having dinner at my favorite Chinese buffet restaurant with a few mai tais. Tomorrow is wrapping day! Sunday is the extended family Christmas party, and I’m working on Monday – so tomorrow is do or die to get ready for Christmas!
    You are my favorite blogger after many years of reading- please don’t stop. You’re wonderful! Merry Christmas!

  • Carla Bisagni-Holmes

    I really love your Christmas tree, it looks so elegant! I’m with you as far as being under a time crunch… I’m getting ready to finish holiday baking as we speak, and once my husband gets home from finishing his Christmas shopping, will be finally wrapping presents to be mailed out. We’ve had to miss a couple of gym days to get everything done, but still getting it in as much as possible! Also, if you like cheapie flavored lip balms, I recommend Taste Beauty’s line of flavored lip balms. They’re available at Big Lots and Walmart, and some even have a tint to them. I’m a balm freak just like you LOL, and I love how you keep it real on here too! Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you!