April 28, 2021

Me At 17 And Me Now


With time comes experience with experience comes knowledge with knowledge comes age and with age comes fine lines, wrinkles, gray hair….

I was watching a Tiktoker this morning say that some of his followers were accusing him of being 17 and yesterday JenLuvsReviews posted a 17 vs now photo. Apparently the Internet gods know exactly the content I am viewing online because today everything that pops up on social media is about aging.

I don’t think I mind aging all that much. I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, traveled extensively, had some amazing life experiences, but there’s still much, much more to go but so far it’s been a good trip and hopefully, with age, it gets even better. I have to admit the idea of death does scare me. Not only dying myself but also most importantly losing loved ones. I’ve never experienced the death of a loved one before and the idea of it makes my heart hurt. I mean, my grandparents are gone it sometimes feel like I was really too young to understand that. Also, they lived in Europe so, I wasn’t seeing them every single day or even once a week which made it a little hard to miss them.

Young Muse

I can’t lie to you and say I relish the idea of gray hair and wrinkles. I do everything in my power to take good care of my skin in the hopes it’ll look good well into my 50s, 60s, and beyond. I’m not really into surgeries or botox so, I don’t think that’ll ever be an option.

So far, I think I’m well preserved ;-D That’s my senior high school picture above followed by me at two. And you all know what I look like now:

muse selfie

I dunno if I’m not seeing it or not but I don’t think I’ve changed all that much over the years. Same buggy eyes, same out of control wavy hair, same smooth complexion, I don’t really look in the mirror and see changes. But that’s the odd and tricky thing about aging! We don’t notice the change in the mirror because it happens so very gradually however, it does happen and others notice if they haven’t seen you in a year or two.

Do you think you look the same at 17 as you do now?

Or have you dramatically changed?


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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  • kimkats

    I look pretty much the same too – heavier but pretty much the same. I’ve taken pretty good care of my skin, and I think I look darn good for 63!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve lost my mom and my husband in the past 3 years, and there’s nothing good about it. It’s harder than anything I’ve ever experienced, but I know I have to keep moving forward, so I am. I’m not really afraid of aging, but I do NOT like how the world tends to treat older people as either irrelevant or “cute”. I am neither, and if you treat me as either of those, you’ll find out exactly how wrong you are. I remember the lines to the song “this one’s for the girls” – especially the one that says “every laugh line on your face, made you who you are today” It’s true and while I don’t relish those lines, I won’t ever do botox or surgery to erase them. Take it from an old gal – life can be a joy at any age – it just depends on how you approach it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hugs to you Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey speak for yourself I’m cute and fluffy! LOL! ;-D Kidding. But in all seriousness, I know you had a very hard time the last few years. I’m so sorry about your loss and admire how strong you are to move forward and embrace life. You’ll see them again in your next life! You’re an inspiration Kim ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs to you to!

      • kimkats

        Aw, thanks darlin’! I appreciate the words of kindness more than you know. And you look the same thru the years! Even that lil girl looks just like our Muse!! Amazing how a person can turn into an adult but still be recognizeable as that adorbs little gurl! ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Isabella Muse

          You’re so welcome. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and send good vibes your way! aw thanks <3! just as goofy as ever! no changing that ;-D

    • Dee

      What a great attitude about aging! I agree with you. I look in them mirror and see lines that didn’t used to be but won’t do anything surgically to combat them. I’m your age and feel better in so many ways than I did when I was younger. Sorry for the losses you have suffered.

  • Christina

    I think I look relatively the same except I have a slimmer face. I’m not delusional to think I look like I did 20 years ago, but I some friends I hadn’t seen since high school recently commented that I look exactly the same as I did when we were in school. So there’s that. But I take good care of my skin and try to lead a healthy lifestyle.

    I’ve lost close people in my life, as early as a friend in junior high, so I’m no stranger to death. It hits you just as hard every time, though.

    • Isabella Muse

      I am sure you look the same. You take really good care of your skin I’m betting you look the same. Text me a pic I’ll be the judge hehe ;-D I’ve never lost anyone close to me but I cry over strangers so I can imagine how it would feel if it was someone I know!

  • Jane

    CUUUUUUUTTTTEEEE MUSEEEE You were frigging adorable!

    In essence I look the same, yes, though I am heavier, slightly gray and have the same horizontal forehead wrinkle my dad has (despite SPF/general sun avoidance and good skincare since I was 15), but yeah. I’m still me. I’m not getting anything “done”ย either. Sorry. To me it is part of the tyranny of the patriarchy to attempt to stop time, because we may as well try to stop dying or hold up the sky. It’s a game we cannot win. Death itself does not frighten me so much as I’m not ready yet. I don’t think a lot of people in their 40s are.

    But I do wish I could go back and give myself some of the lessons I have learned since. Even if I could go back, armed with what I already know a la Amy Adams in Arrival, I’d still have to live the things and might learn something deeper or more important.

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL aw thanks! I look dorky. That hair oh lord. You sound beautiful to me jane ๐Ÿ™‚ Me either. I’m all about anti-aging but I don’t think botox, fillers, etc are for me. I’ll just age gracefully. my mom always tells me that since as far back as I can remember and when I was younger I never got it but now that I’m older I realized I’d totally go back and do it all over if I could arm myself with the knowledge I have now ;D

  • kjh

    In your HS pic, you look like the Mona Lisa! All the pix are adorable. Even as a wee one anyone would be magnetized to your eyes. Now vs then? IDK, despite decades of different haircuts, my hair has been like first grade for at least a couple of decades. I got the ‘keep your hair color gene’ from my father and would still be considered a natural blonde, whatever that means. People always recognize me, but maybe by my car: on year 25-37 of standard yellow VW.

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL thanks! I look like a DORK! big time! ๐Ÿ˜€ magnetized by my eyes! Seriously, let’s run away together and get married you can spend all day telling me how magnetizing my eyes are lol! I hate them! I spent most of my teen years wanting blue eyes and blonde hair ;-D I’ve been experiencing with different styles lately because bored in the house…! It made me into a hair stylist! Ha! Yellow VWs are cute!

  • Lydia Jones

    Musie!!!! You look… GORGEOUS!!!!! Girl, you ain’t aged a bit!! Luv ya!!

  • Jodi

    At 56, I do not look the same as I did at 17. But people who’ve seen a picture of me at 2 years old say, “You haven’t changed.” Weird.

  • Cat

    You don’t age Muse!
    I look very different. I’m 150 pounds heavier ๐Ÿ™

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m a vampire LOL! Awww! We all gain weight as we age! I’m a fluffy girl myself ;-D <3! More to love!

  • Guest

    I’ve always thought you looked really young in your pictures! If you don’t me asking, how old are you?

    • Isabella Muse

      that’s a secret I’ll never tell ;-D hehe! but thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!