Hi Guys! I’m sorry it’s been a long while since I’ve written. We still have quite a few adventures we have to write about the Philippines. We’ve been busy through Halloween, so it took us awhile to edit photos. They will be coming soon!

In the meantime, we went to HARD Haunted Mansion Dia de los Muertos event last Saturday. We wanted to celebrate Halloween at a festival like last year with little cost, so we drove up to California with some friends to see Justice! We finally got to see them, and they are the rockstars of the EDM world. Their lights and sounds are reminiscent of 80s rockband Queen. We loved them and would love to see them again!

The event is called Dia de los Muertos as it is around the Mexican holiday on November 1st. We decided to blend EDM’s popularly used neon colors on our make up and called our costume “Dia de los Neon”! I’m happy to say that everyone in our crew did the makeup work, and we got plenty of props for this at the event. One guy came up to us and started freestlying, spittin’ ryhmes about our crew’s groove! It was legit! He said our makeup inspired him. Weee! One of those unforgettable rave moments. I absolutely love when our art inspires others!

Check it out:

For those of you who thought the makeup was done professionally, it wasn’t! It was a collaborative effort with our group, and I’m very proud of how it turned out. Just buy makeup paint at your local Target or buy the Mehron theatrical makeup if you want a higher end feel for your face. With my makeup (the black and yellow), I combined the product Sara bought at Target with the Mehron black paint. The Target product was a lot brighter and looked better at night. The makeup is a lot easier to apply than you guys may think! I absolutely can’t draw, but I was able to apply this type of makeup on my face. If I can do it, so can you! Look up videos on youtube for help. Add rhinestones for insta-bling! Then fake lashes for girls to keep the face lookin’ girly and cute!

A closer look at the rhinestones and lashes

And most of the makeup lasted through the night!

The event itself was amazing as always! I actually got to ride the Holy Ship, named after another one of HARD’s EDM events. The ship that swings left and right. We even met a mermaid (costume) on this ride! She was with a group of three girls and we named our group Aqua Monsters! For the mermaid and Jayna’s furry monster hat. I wish we got a picture with them! Sara, Jayna, and I sat at the very top seat! I wish I took a picture from up there, but I didn’t bring my phone with me (as always). I’m so little, I could stand every time it the boat swung high up! I stood, raised both my hands like a rockstar, and screamed! I felt like I was on top of the world! Thinking about it now creates a silly grin on my face! Teehee!

On the Ferris Wheel

We brought a few newbies with us, and of course they had an absolute blast! I was delighted when they all joined us on our costume ideas! Neons and Dia de los Muertos makeup! A group costume really does have a bigger effect at events. Even the simplest ones…

Notes on the artists at the event. Clockwork and Tittsworth started the event for us and they have to be one of my new favorites! Knife Party’s stage was too small for the big audience they attracted. Major Lazer killed it as always and Justice is one of a kind! My only complain about the event is that they lowered down the volume towards the end of the night. I’d like to see Justice again in full force next time!

And of course, a mandatory trip to Guppy’s that weekend!

This weekend was what we needed after the Philippines trip. It was filled with creativity, costumes, music, and friends! We can’t ask for any more!

What did you do for Halloween? What did you dress up as?

Date: November 3, 2012

Location: Los Angeles, California

Life Experience: HARD Haunted Mansion

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