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It’s 2018 And Día De Los Muertos Makeup And Costumes Are Stunning Across The World

Bueno, another year has passed, and maybe some of our loved ones have, too. Cada año, Día de los Muertos gives us the special opportunity to celebrate the deaths of those we love. Whether you’re throwing a party this year, or celebrating with your own private ofrenda at home, we have a bella inspo board to make this year’s Día de los Muertos the most memorable.

Bejeweled Calavera

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Last year, Lily Martinez stole the show with major jewels adorning her face, a corazón santo stitched into her blouse. The handmade enormous rose crown was a beautiful magnification of traditional accents.

This year, Lily Martinez dived into the structured halo trend.

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This year, Martinez elevated her look with precision. The metal adornments seem to be the trend of 2018, allowing for a crisp, clean structured look.

These hermanas lifted each other up this year:

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Martinez also crafted costumes for her two hermanas. ????

Caption: “Happy to be celebrating our loved ones who have passed away by honoring them at the festival for #DayoftheDead. ???????? Love my Mexican culture! • Special thank you to my sister @lilylove213 for this dope head to toe custom costume- you’re the bomb sis!”

 Lace + Pink is a whole new look.

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For all you pastel goths out there, you can go light on the dark makeup and make your entire aesthetic a canvas for death by pink.

So is The Gargoyle Queen look.

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If you’re not a teenager in disguise and are not getting that “Riverdale” reference, let’s just mutually admire those gold bejeweled teeth. Bella.

We also spotted incredible headresses sin flores y fue bien.

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Our point being that it doesn’t have to be a choice between flores or metal, colorful or not. It can be neither and be incredible.

It can also be both.

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The exaggerated floral crown coupled with the metal halo and bright, iridescent makeup complement’s her novio’s own suit. If you’re dressing up with your loved one, these little accents can offer the wow factor you’re seeking.

Pero, go solo si quieres.

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Este hombre was spotted in Mexico City this weekend. Todo el país is gearing up for the upcoming celebrations.

 Another pair of sisters in México properly celebrating the beloved holiday.

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Tradition will never fail you. If you’re feeling paralyzed by the multitude of trends facing you, then come back home to how all our abuelas ever celebrated Día de los Muertos. This is all for them afterall.

For most, Día de los Muertos is a family celebration.

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When you’re with your familia, no le importa casi nada. It’s all about family, and this one came through. There’s just nothing better about spending time on special holidays with your loved ones.

But it’s also a celebration for body painters everywhere.

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There is nothing people don’t like more than being walking art. The only thing better is creating the art for others to enjoy.

Even the most “most” looks are spellbinding.

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I would have to do some serious neck exercises to get my neck in shape just to carry that crown around. That being said, I would gladly do the exercises to look that stunning.

This look is brought to you by Kat Von D Beauty:

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Made by a Mexicana for Mexicanxs. Kat Von D’s Inkwell Liner is all you need for that smudge-free precision. Vamos a la ofrenda.

Many restaurants already have their public ofrendas out.

CREDIT: @laguelaguetza / Instagram

Caption: “To those we will never forget… ✨????????????✨ Since opening our doors in 1994, we have shared this Dia de Los Muertos tradition at Guelaguetza. This year we expanded our altar to make room for your loved ones. Stop by and drop off your photos at any time, this space is for everyone.”

For your private ofrenda, showcase marigolds forever.

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Whether you can afford to buy dozens of marigolds and string them together for your altar, or you’re employing your hijos to make a bunch of paper flores, los muertos will be drawn to you on this special day.

La huela es por los muertos.

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Día de los Muertos is a sensory overload so much more than the visual. The story goes that you need to put extra cinnamon in las galletas, and burn extra palo santo because los espíritus can’t smell, see or taste as well as when they were alive.

Caption: “Dated back to the Aztecs , Day of the Dead honors our loved ones who have passed . It is believed that Marigolds guide the deceased to the altars that are made for them.”

Give la gente what they want: creepy bebidas.

CREDIT: “The Grave Digger.” Digital Image. TresAgaves. 29 October 2018.

If you’re throwing a party, you’ll want to invest in calavera ice cube trays to stay on theme. Spike those bebidas extra for the borrachos muertos.

Eso se llama el “Exorcist Sangrita.”

CREDIT: “Exorcist Sangrita.” Digital Image. TresAgaves. 29 October 2018.

Just blend a tomatillo, cucumber, celery stalk, cilantro, a few dashes of green tobasco, salt and pepper and serve in a shot glass. It’s a chaser.

Claro, what’s a fiesta without a sugar skull decorating table.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Muy Bueno Cookbook. 29 October 2018.

We love that this mother pulled out Día de los Muertos themed vinyl tablecloth, and so we offer you the suggestion to stay on theme y limpia.

The party starts a la puerta.

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Make sure your Nana knows which door to cross (and that all your vecinos know you’re the most Mexicano on the block). It’s a win-win.

Feliz Día de los Muertos, mis Mexicanos queridos. ????????????


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President Trump Declares Día de Muertos a ‘National Remembrance Day’ For Americans ‘Killed By Illegal Aliens’

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President Trump Declares Día de Muertos a ‘National Remembrance Day’ For Americans ‘Killed By Illegal Aliens’

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On October 30th, President Donald Trump released a memo declaring November 1st a “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed By Illegal Aliens”.

Almost immediately, Latinos recognized that Trump’s “day of remembrance” directly coincided with another significant day of remembrance–Dia de Muertos.

The proclamation stated that the purpose of the rememberance day was to honor the lives of Americans who were “so egregiously taken from us by criminal illegal aliens.” It continued: “As sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and as American citizens, these precious lives are an irreplaceable piece of our national community.”

Trump concluded the statement by saying that we “recommit to ensuring that those responsible for these tragedies face justice, while taking every action to prevent these horrific acts from occurring in our Nation.”

Naturally, many Americans saw this as a direct slap in the face to Latinos who celebrate Dia de Muertos on the same day.

It is no secret that Trump has openly derided Mexican immigrants on multiple occasions, calling them “drug dealers”, “criminals”, “rapists”, and “bad hombres”.

Throughout his term, he has sought to limit all forms of immigration from the Southern border–even asylum seekers. His reasoning is that immigrants from Mexico are violent and dangerous, but statistics paint a different story. Studies have shown that crime rates are actually lower among immigrants than they are among native-born Americans.

This type of cultural insensitivity reminds is reminiscent of Trump’s Oklahoma campaign rally over the summer. As a refresher, Trump held the rally in Tulsa on June 11th–also known as Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of Black Americans from slavery. The fact that the rally was held in Tulsa also added insult to injury. Tulsa is the infamous site of the Tulsa Race Massacre, where jealous white Americans slaughtered residents of Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” en masse. Either Trump didn’t do his homework, or he was blatantly inflaming historical racial wounds. Either way, the decision was thoughtless.

Of course, many people on Twitter were shocked and appalled by Trump’s ‘National Remembrance Day’ proclamation.

This proclamation reeks of blatant race-baiting and overall disrespect for this deeply sentimental Latin American tradition.

This Latina doesn’t seem to be convinced that the date Trump chose for this “Remembrance Day” was coincidental.

The anti-Latino sentiment coming from Trump is undeniable this time.

This Twitter user couldn’t help but point out the hypocrisy of calling certain immigrants “illegal” when the OG illegal immigrants were white colonizers.

Where is the remembrance day for the millions of Indigenous people killed by European colonizers? Or the millions of Africans who were stolen from their ancestral homes and forced into slavery?

This Twitter user pointed out the statistical disparity between Americans killed by “illegal aliens” and those killed by COVID-19.

We wish Donald Trump would’ve used this same energy when it came to containing and controlling the spread of the coronavirus across the United States at the beginning of this year.

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This Cannabis Dispensary in Santa Ana Had a Dia De Los Muertos Event and Here’s Everything You Missed

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This Cannabis Dispensary in Santa Ana Had a Dia De Los Muertos Event and Here’s Everything You Missed

Dispensaries, especially unlicensed shops, are not known to be the friendliest of places. For first timers, it can be quite intimidating to go into one and be presented with a plethora of products, where do you even begin? As you stand there trying to figure out what everything means, the pressure grows as fast as the line behind you and the budtender gives you simple responses that don’t even answer your inquiries. You probably ended up leaving with more questions than you went in with and picked the best sounding products, but don’t really know what you got or what to do with it.

Tropicanna is here to change that narrative.

The dispensary, which is located in Santa Ana, serves and delivers to the greater Orange County area, including Anaheim, Irvine, and all the way to San Clemente. You can spot the shop from blocks away, the bright turquoise and pink building is easily discernible among the surrounding storefronts. The inspiration for the decor and color scheme is tied back to the original Tropicana Club in Havana Cuba, mixed with Miami vibes and culture for a modern and Instagrammable experience.

“At Tropicanna, we want people to have fun and feel at home,” co-owner JP told mitú. “When people walk into the shop, we want them to forget about all the other bad experiences they’ve had. We’re here to help, whether it be with medicinal or recreational cannabis, we want everyone to feel comfortable enough to ask all the questions they have and leave our store confident with their choices.” 

Having been to various dispensaries, I can confidently attest to the fact that their customer service team is unparalleled. Seriously. At no point in time did I feel rushed, and when I talked to the reps it was like I was talking with a friend. The shop is well stocked in all types of products, and the customer service reps were able to help me figure out which ones were right for me based on the experience I wanted to have. I even ended up leaving with a couple of products for my mom (she needs her chocolatitos to help her go to sleep).

Not only is Tropicanna changing the customer experience game, they are also inviting the community to get involved and participate in the various events they host, the most recent of which was for Dia De Los Muertos.

“We would be nothing without our community,” continued JP, “so we wanted to let them know that we appreciate them and are proud to be a part of it. That was where the inspiration for the event came in. At the end of the day, at Tropicanna we want to stand out in the experience we provide but also community presence.”

The main event setup was in the parking lot, but there was plenty to see inside the shop. As soon as you walked in you were able to sign up for a giveaway, which was complete with products from the vendors stationed outside. Cempasuchil flowers and calaveras were everywhere, most of the staff was in full calavera makeup, and there was even an altar!


If you purchased any products from the companies that were sponsoring the event, you got some free treats from the vendors outside. 👀

Food was provided by @chef_flip_fantabulas

Chef Rudy, the founder of @cannabiscateredevents, has figured out how to take delicious food and elevate it. He’s at Tropicanna every Tuesday with a weekly rotating menu. This time he made carne asada esquites that were so good, just thinking about them is making me hungry. The meal was not infused, but Chef Rudy encourages customers to season and infuse their food at home with products you can purchase inside Tropicanna! Check out his IG for more info.

Nomad Cocktail Co.

I needed something to wash down my esquites, so I went over to @nomadcocktailco and got a mocktail. Maddi, the business owner and former bartender, works with products from @kan_ade_ and Cannabis Quenchers to create specialty drinks that are as delicious and potent as they are pretty. My favorites were the piña drink with the chamoy rim and the blueberry pomegranate, complete with a cempasuchil flower 😋 Check out @nomadcocktailco and @kan_ade_ for more!

La Familia

By far one of my favorite brands, La Familia is Los Angeles based and Latino owned and operated, which is rare in the cannabis industry. I first discovered them when they launched their infused chocolates, which come in flavors like Mazapan, Fresas con Crema, and Cajeta, just to name a few. This time Tania Noyola, the brand ambassador, introduced me to some of their newer products such as their Chocolate Abuelita cookies and their Churro Rice Krispie (both super yum), and their aguas frescas, which come in flavors such as Horchata, Mango, Fresa, and even Limón con Pepino! Rumor has it they even have some chile covered gummies dropping in the next few months. @lafamiliachocolate is definitely a brand you’re going to want to keep tabs on.

Wonderbrett

Wonderbrett is another Los Angeles local vendor and they brought with them artist @eternallovetribe, well known for collaborating with BJ The Chicago Kid and bringing his design to life. The design is now the packaging for one of Wonderbrett’s most popular strains, “Black Orchid,” which is “perfect for relieving stress, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.” It was really cool to watch @eternallovetribe’s art process as they created a custom piece for the event. Check out Wonderbrett’s website here.

Humboldt’s Finest Farms

What makes Humboldt’s Finest Farms different from all the other brands? For starters, they are a co-op of 3 farmers who are all about sustainability and giving back to the community. From the way they grow their plants to the biodegradable packaging, everything that Humboldt Farms does is with intention. Their goal is to produce the highest quality products in the most natural way. Click this link to check out their website.

Dreamt Products

Another minority owned business! Created by Latina scientist, Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, Dreamt Products began when the founder started suffering from insomnia. Dr. Vazquez Mitchell had been working with cannabis since she was 17 years old, and decided to take her experience and combine it with her education to find a natural solution to her problem. Today, Dreamt Products has tinctures and vapes designed to help you get the sleep you need. Click here to find out more!

If you still had room for dessert, Afters Ice Cream was there to satisfy your craving.

Naturally, I went with their mango sorbet and added tajin and chamoy. Not available infused, but still delicious 😉

If you missed the event, don’t fret! Tropicanna told mitú they’re planning on having at least one event every month. As far as what else we have to look forward to in November, they’re having major markdowns for Black Friday and will be having even more for delivery on Cyber Monday. Check out Tropicanna’s website for more info!

Tropicanna can be found at 1628 S. Grand Ave, Santa Ana CA 92705

Questions? Call (714)701-8186 for more information.

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