June 8, 2020

Things Are Not Normal But We’re Going to Try for Beauty Today

Kimberly is one of my greatest supporters on Twitter. She’s not only a friend of the blog but she’s such a cheerleader for Musings of a Muse. She’s always tweeting me sale info or retweeting my posts. When you have a blog you need people like Kimberly in your life as she’s always doing her best to share my stuff all around the Internet. It means so much to me when someone shares or retweets something I posted and she does it constantly.

She posted something Donnie Wahlberg posted on Twitter recently (she’s a massive New Kids fan girl!) and it really struck a chord with me. Something I’m super guilty of. Allow me to explain.

With all this stuff going on right COVID-19, BLM, etc…it’s a bit overwhelming isn’t it? I’m pretty guilty of saying I wish things would go back to normal. I hate the new normal that’s for sure. The new normal of being scared to go grocery shopping. The new normal of wearing a mask everywhere. The new normal of no stores still not re-opening here in New York. It’s been pretty crazy isn’t it? We had over 378,000 cases here in New York and nearly 25,000 deaths. We were in complete lock down for 100 days until today when finally we are entering a Phase 1 opening that includes construction and manufacturing workers going back to work. No stores or restaurants are yet re-opening. At first I think some New Yorkers, myself included, were under the impression some stores would re-open but further news today reveals that’s not happening.

When George Floyd was tragically murdered the world spiraled into even more chaos with good reason. I think after two weeks of protests, violence, and an incredible amount of negativity across social media I was all, “I wish things would go back to normal”. I think most of us feel this way but this is where Donnie’s Instagram reminds us things shouldn’t be about returning to normal.

He posted: “When we say we just want to go back to normal. Let’s remember, that “normal” that we speak of, is what allowed so many black men and women to be unjustly killed.”

So, yeah, I’d love things to return to normal but we actually need a new normal. Not one that includes face masks and being scared to go outside but a new normal where when we say All Lives Matters it includes black ones.

So, even though we’re going to try for some beauty today on Musings of a Muse that doesn’t mean we’ll be silencing the fight for Black Lives Matter. I want to be able to create for you the safe environment I did when COVID broke out and you needed something to take your minds off of the daily news that was scaring the living daylights out of you. I’ll always be fighting the good fight over here but I’ll also do my best to stay on top of my beauty game as well.

I have a lot of comments to get through and I hope you’ll be patient while I get to them all. Thanks for always supporting me. Thanks for always being amazing humans.

I love you.

Be safe, be well, fight hard for what’s right. There are good days ahead keep that in mind!


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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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  • Jane

    It’s true. The old normal was comforting because we knew it, more or less. Destabilization never feels good when it’s happening, just because you never know who’s going to be hurt worse, for whom things will improve, whether things will improve… but the old normal wasn’t really working. I guess I’m regards to disease, I prefer the old times though. Wearing a mask feels silly (still! After months of it!), yet like it’s not enough.

    And then in regards to equal rights for black people, my brain is doing that thing where there is so much to be done that I’m starting to freeze up. My donations feel piddly and inadequate, I’ve always felt like my emails calls and letters to pols are largely ignored, and my work at converting my father to anti-racist beliefs is challenging as ever. I brought my (black) neighbors some of my peonies, and I only hemmed and hawed over that for literal hours.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’d totally go back to the normal I knew before covid. But embracing a new normal for BLM I’m all about. Something has to change for the better. People are people and we need to start making sure everyone realizes that! I feel the same way, I don’t think you’re alone in that feeling. My donations felt empty, petitions signed felt meaningless, and letters written to local council feels useless (are they even reading them!? I sure hope so!). Keep trying with your father in law. Never give up the fight! And I bet your neighbors appreciated those flowers more than you’ll ever know. It’s the little things that count for something. Just keep reminding yourself of that!!!!! Little changes can act to change the entire world if enough people do them!

  • Crazy for makeup

    Hello! Thank you for bringing awareness to these good causes. We are living in sad times and it’s heartbreaking. I find myself at times wondering what will occur next. Like ugh what’s next?! You know? But I also know that there is still hope and as long as there’s still good people out there, we should be ok. I’ve seen good people doing good things all over the world and it’s inspiring and hopeful. Thank you again for posting positive uplifting messages!

    • Isabella Muse

      I agree. There are good people out there and those people will bring about change! Thank you for reading them!

  • Chris

    This past week has shown that we need to change our attitudes. A lot of changes are going to happen & for the best of all. I’m glad that various legislatures are going to change things regarding police transparency.

    But just today in a neighboring state some guy was poking fun of the Floyd death. He got fired from his job at the Department of Corrections. So we still have a long way to go to change things.

    • Isabella Muse

      well, I’m happy he got fired. There isn’t anything to joke about right now!