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  • Ten Dia de los Muertos makeup tutorials

    Day of the Dead Mexican sugar skulls are a symbol of recognizing death as a part of life.By Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica

    Dia de los Muertos is this Friday and Saturday, and one of the most celebrated traditions of the holiday is the art of face painting. In Mexico, those who celebrate the holiday paint their faces like skulls to embrace death as part of the cycle of life. And the designs are as diverse as the people who create them.

    If you plan to paint your face this week in honor of Dia de Los Muertos, here are my tips:

    - Before you start, read up on the history.
    - Supplies: You can buy a kit at the store, but it is just as easy to use your own make-up. Eye shadow, liner, lipstick will work for color and outlining, so all you’ll need is a white base.
    - Many kits will come with applicators, I suggest using make up brushes instead for a more polished look.
    - Make sure to wash and moisturize your face first.
    - Keep make-up wipes on hand for easy clean up.

    Here are some of my favorite Dia de los Muertos face paint video tutorials.

    1. Sugar Skull Make-Up Tutorial by Desiree

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  • Elliott Sailors dresses as man to continue career

    Former blonde bombshell Elliott Sailors chopped off her sultry tresses and swapped bikinis for men's blazrs after 25, when she stopped getting many modeling gigs as a girl.

    The 31-year-old whose near-bare body previously graced Bacardi billboards now enjoys dressing like a man on and off camera. Nathalia Ortiz has the story below.

  • VIDEO: Peruvian steak-grilling secrets

    In Shine Latina's new series, "Grill like a ...", host Paola Pedroza will take you to the expert chefs in Latin American grilling styles.

    This week, it's Peruvian dishes:

  • Halloween nail art: Frankenstein's monster

    Keep your nails on par with your spooky outfit with this truly easy Frankenstein nail design. Follow along with Charleen's easy steps in the video below, and see that your nail art doesn't have to be exact to look amazing.

    To see more of Charleen's beauty videos check out her YouTube channel

    For content that speaks to you, visit Shine Latina

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  • Are Oreos really as addictive as cocaine?

    Lab rats reacted to Oreo cookies in much the same way the reacted to cocaine, found a study by Connecticut College researchers. The scientists found that Oreos actually excite the brain's "pleasure center" even more than cocaine!

    The research study was investigating a connection between the marketing of high-fat, high-sugar foods and the rate of obesity in low-income neighborhoods. Finding a possibility for addiction to everyone's favorite cookie was not in their plan.

    So, does this mean eating too many Oreos will send you to cookie rehab? Check out Desi Sanchez below for more info on possible cookie monsters.

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  • Team Cruz: Top off your workout with a green veggie mojito

    In their weekly series, the Cruz family shows you how to make fitness fun and inclusive even for the littlest kids.

    This episode features a cardio workout and a treat: Trainer Armando's green veggie mojito. Watch on for the recipe!

  • Halloween Nail Art: Skull and Bones

    Don't leave your hands out of the fun this Halloween. If you're dressing up, dress up all of you.

    In the video below, Shine Latina's resident beauty vlogger Charleen Gonzalez shares her tips for painting a super-easy skull and a pair of crossbones onto your nails.

    It doesn't take very long and it doesn't have to be exact to look legit.

    And once you have the steps down, you can play around with color combinations. Try a glow-in-the-dark polish at a party! 

    For more quick-and-easy beauty tips, see Charleen's posts at Shine Latina.

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  • Can You Sing 'Rapper's Delight' like Sandra Bullock?

    By Maria Murriel

    Sandra Bullock got the beats.During a harmless web hunt for mid-day cheer, I found gossip blog Jezebel's post of a video in which eternal sweetheart Sandra Bullock gets down to some Sugarhill Gang beats. That's right: Miss Congeniality spits the words to "Rapper's Delight" perfectly in this clip, and it's really all you need to see or hear today.

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  • A Mother's Effort to Reclaim Halloween

    Mexican sugar skull for Dia De Los Muertos.Chef Maggie Jimenez has made a living out of Mexican food. She's hosted cooking shows and contributed recipes to magazines. Born and raised in Mexico, she holds her heritage high. But her half-Mexican daughters are growing up in the U.S., and Maggie seeks to instill pride for their heritage in them.

    Married to an American man for 17 years, Maggie found ways to balance the presence of her and her husband's cultures in their girls' lives.

    "In my case, it's also the Catholic-Protestant lifestyle," Maggie says. "One Sunday it would be at [my husband's] church, one Sunday with me."

    The chef is currently working with instant-coffee brand Nescafe, which released a survey stating that 70 percent of Latino parents in the U.S. feel guilty about their children not being exposed to as much Latin heritage as they were. Maggie finds the way to remedy this is to tell them stories, and interlace them with food.

    Now divorced, her daughters celebrate Thanksgiving at their father's house, and spend other holidays with Mom. For Maggie, a big one is Mexico's Dia De Los Muertos.

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  • Mexican Atole: Get in the Holiday Mood ... Dia De Los Muertos-style!

    Mexican atoleAtole is a typical, corn-based Mexican hot drink commonly drunk during the holidays. It's the perfect drink to start off the cold season and get into the Dia De Los Muertos mood after Halloween!

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