Today is the first day of a beautiful 2 day holiday/festival – Dia de los Muertos, which translates to Day of the Dead. Unfortunately, many have reduced the holiday to colorful facepaint and costumes – but it is much more than that. So if you’re interested in learning a little bit more, keep reading!
Day of the Dead starts on Nov. 1st and 12 am – at this time the gates of heaven open and the spirits of all the little kids, infants and babies come down to reunite with their families. This first day is called Dia de los Angelitos – Day of the little Angels. On Nov. 2nd the spirits of the adults come down and join the party!
Down here family and friends build beautiful altars to welcome the spirits of the dead. They fill them with their favorite foods, drinks, candies and other things. Here is a list of the altar essentials:
Pictures of the honored guests – the departed
Cempazúchil flowers – with their bright colors and intoxicating smell these flowers guide the spirits to the altars
Salt – to purify
Papel picado- tissue paper cut in designs like skulls and skeletons to decorate
Representation of Elements – fire (candles), papel picado (wind), fruits (earth) and water
Skulls – Usually made of sugar, these represent what happens to all of us when our lives end
Pan de Muerto
Food and drink – Favorite foods of the deceased
Religious figures – Crosses, saints, virgins
Favorite objects of the deceased
Dog skeletons – to show companionship (can be any pet really)
These are things that my family does, it may vary by family or region, but you get the idea. Here is a picture of the one we put up for my uncle and great grandparents – it’s small but we put it up with lot’s of love.
It’s that time of the month again… no not my period haha, its Ipsy GlamBag post!
So if you’re interested in seeing what’s in the bag, keep reading.
Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t a unicorn!
So first of the bag is super cute. It has little umbrellas, kind of like a beach summer theme, but the actual bag is iridescent. Also how cute are those stickers?!
Next is this little highlight stick. The pay-off is super nice, very pigmented and will definitely have me saying “yaaaas queen!”.
See swatch below.
This highlighter reminds me of a dupe for “Watt’s Up!” by Benefit Cosmetics.
Next, I got an eyeshadow and a lip liner. Both are a very pretty deep burgundy color.The lip liner was from OFRA in the color Maya and the eyeshadow is from The Balm “Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette.
And finally an angled brush from Luxiebeauty and a hand cream from Delectable.
Overall, I am super happy with this bag. The cosmetics are so rich and pretty, and perfect for fall, which is right around the corner! The cream smells delicious, like a dessert and the brush has a super fine brush, which I think will perfect for lining with eyeshadow.
Did you get your July Ipsy bag yet? What was in your bag?
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I’ve been looking for these babies for a while, and I was finally able to find some of them at Ulta. These are the NYX Cosmetics Macaron Lippies. I am still missing seven of these (I found the black one at another visit).
Overall the color payoff is “meh”. The formula is super creamy, which makes the color come out super sheer and you have to apply it several times to get the right color. Also, I am used to matte formulas, and this feels like it never dries, so that may take a while to get used to. One of the solutions I found to this was patting color eye shadow to help make it more matte.
I give these a 3 out of 5.
Still on the hunt for the Pistachio color though, but am excited to try the black.