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4 Easy to Create DIY Braid Hairstyles with 1011 Makeup

Something I’ve been seeing EVERYWHERE are fun braid styles.  I myself am terrible at doing my hair.  Don’t even ask me to braid, because well, I can’t.  Luckily I have friends like Erica, owner of 1011 Makeup to teach me these things!  She helped me create 4 easy braided hairstyles – 2 that can be changed easily into another.  Doing your hair in a fun way is basically like adding a cute accessory to an outfit!  And, you’ll be the envy of all the ladies, because these braids, are real impressive!

Photos by Riley Starr

Here is what you’ll need….

A Curling Iron (Not Pictured)
Mini Rubber Bands
Bobby Pins
Teasing Comb
Sea Spray
Hair Wax
Volume Powder

Here is me before… Looking all sorts of dorky!  But I basically just blow dried my hair that day before getting going!

Braided Back

Choosing a hot tool of your size preference (larger the barrel, larger the curl), put some texture in the hair by curling the hair rotating the direction of the curls, always with the hair framing the face directed away from the face. Break up the curls and spray texturizing spray or a sea salt spray. For more fullness, you can add in a little texturizing/ volume enhancing powder at the roots and gently backcomb the hair.

Gather the hair at the top of your head, leaving a perimeter of hair out framing the face, and begin a dutch braid (inside out braid), keeping it fairly tight and directing it along the side and towards the back of the head as your braid. once you get to about the ear, finish the braid no longer gathering pieces.

Starting at the ends pull and tug on the hair to loosen it with your pointer finger and thumb and work your way up the braid until you have reached your desired size of braid, and secure with a hair tie. 
 Take the end of the braid and direct it across the back of your head and secure it with a hairpin. Tuck the end of the braid back and under the portion you have secured and pin. Spray with finishing spray.

STYLE 1 into 2
Braided Back and Pony

Take the remaining portion of hair that is down and gather a section of each side and cross the two sections, one over the other. Loop the hair into a knot and pull the knot tight. Take each side and wrap around to the back side of the hair that has remained down, and secure it with a hair tie. Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the hair to cover any hair ties and securing with a hair pin underneath.

While you wrap the hair around the pony tail, you can also loop the hair through the wrapped portion, placing the end of the hair under the rubber band, and pulling it through. This will hide the rubber band while also using it to help hold the hair secure. Spray with finishing spray.

Knotted Cozy “Braid”

Same first steps as the first style…

Choosing a hot tool of your size preference (larger the barrel, larger the curl), put some texture in the hair by curling the hair rotating the direction of the curls, always with the hair framing the face directed away from the face. Break up the curls and spray texturizing spray or a sea salt spray. For more fullness, you can add in a little texturizing/ volume enhancing powder at the roots and gently backcomb the hair.

Gather the hair at crown of your head, leaving any pieces that you prefer out,  and secure it a hair tie, that can later be broken. Use your fingers to tug on the hair at the crown to loosen the hair and add in texture. With the remaining hair, outside of the hair secured, separate it into two sections and cross them over each other, looping the hair to tie a knot, and tugging on each side to make it tight.

Add the ends of the knot to the other hair previously secured, creating two sections, and cross each section looping the hair to tie a knot.

Repeat as many times as you would like, and secure the ends with a hair tie. Take a small section of hair to wrap around the hair tie, looping the hair through the wrapped portion, and under the hair tie to secure the hair and cover the tie.  

Using your fingers, tug/pull on the hair to create larger knots. Break the band that you first secured the hair with. Spray with a finishing spray.

STYLE 3 into 4
Cozy Knotted Braid into a Night Out

 Taking the end of the pony tail, direct the hair up and slight roll the styled hair towards the back of the head. Secure the hair hair pins, slightly pulling the hair apart to create a fuller look.

Make sure to wrap the end of the pony tail up and under the hair and secure with a hair pin, to hide the ends. Spray with finishing spray.

And there you have it!  4 easy braided looks for you to try at home!  Let us know how it goes!!  And thank you Erica for being the best teacher!




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By on November 2, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, HAIR, TUTORIAL


Make Your Own Pumpkin Mask In Less Then 20 Minutes


With Halloween season creeping up around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere you look. Even after Halloween is over there are still pumpkins that pop up everywhere during fall. Pumpkins have so many uses… decor, tons of seasons treats, those yummy pumpkin seeds, and so much more. But my favorite use of pumpkins is all over my face! This squash is awesome for your skin! Pumpkin contains enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells.  It contains vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotene, vitamins C, K, and E for those wrinkles, and minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron, which helps eliminate redness. This mask only contains three ingredients, and I’m pretty sure you have all three ingredients already in your kitchen. Plus what are you gonna do with Halloween’s leftover pumpkins! 

An easy homemade pumpkin mask full of vitamins to nourish the skin and enzymes to dissolve away dead skin cells leaving you with radiant, glowing skin!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

P U M P K I N   M A S K

I N G R E D I E N T S 

2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin puree or 1 small pumpkin (but make sure its organic)
1/2 tsp organic Manuka honey
1/2 tsp coconut milk or coconut oil

*extra bonus add 1 tsp vitamin E



1st wash that face! You can’t waste all this time with layering on all this goodness on a dirty face. Wash with your regular cleanser and gently pat dry. 

Combine pumpkin puree, honey, and coconut milk/oil in a small bowl and mix well. 

Apply the mask using your fingers and avoid getting the mixture too close to the eyes. You might feel a slight tingle, which is totally normal!

Allow the mask to set for about 20 minutes.

Gently wash off the mask with a warm, and follow up with a moisturizer.

During the fall season, I apply this mask once a week along with my normal skin care regimen.

You can also make a BIG batch of this amazing mask and freeze into ice cubes and store away for later use. Simply, just take out a cube each time and allow to thaw. 




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By on October 16, 2017 in BEAUTY, DIY, SKINCARE


Halloween Makeup Ideas for the Adults with Tiana Rae Holiday

Let the Halloween posts commence!!!

It’s October so that means it’s time for all things Halloween.  First on our list are some ideas for the adults, because Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the kids.  Last year my friend Alatheia of Art of Being Female had her makeup done  to be a deer and I admired how amazing it was.  This year I teamed up with her to showcase Tiana Rae Holiday, her talented friend and makeup artist.  Tiana is also Mariah Carey’s makeup artist, so I knew I was really in the best hands!

There are four different looks that we tried, each unique and fun.  Great ideas for Halloween, and Tiana is still booking so if you’re in the Southern California area, she’s your girl!  Keep scrolling for all the fun looks and a question and answer with Tiana herself!

Photos by the lovely Riley Starr

Jacquelyn – The Fortune Teller

How and when did you get into the makeup industry?

I have been in the industry for almost 20 years. My mom owned a hair salon in my small mountain town growing up, Big bear Lake. She kinda pushed me to do makeup for her clients but I was a tomboy and didn’t really love makeup. Funny how things turn. When I was 18 years old I applied at Nordstroms and opened the Armani Cosmetics counter. Later transferred to the MAC counter and eventually the MAC Pro store. By networking and working jobs that didn’t pay on the side, I found a mentor, Natalie Macgowen,  who was in the business a very long time. She took me under her wing and showed me how it was in the Industry . She later opened her own agency, Macgowen Spencer Agency and signed me; I did commercials, music videos, photo shoots and celebrities. My very first gig with her was a music video for Velvet Revolver.  Networking and knowing so many people from MAC has opened many doors for me. 

You work with lots of celebrities, what are some of your favorite jobs you’ve had?

Someone I know from MAC, Maile, started a huge successful beauty on demand mobile service, Beglammed,  and I stepped in with them. That’s where I met Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson, Noah Cyrus and many more.  I did a segment for Halloween Makeup on Good Day LA as well.  I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to be where I am and it’s only because of the people I’ve met along the way and the chances I’ve been given. 

Alatheia – Pop Art

How did you start doing Halloween makeup?  You are so amazing at it!!

Halloween is my favorite time of year, so blending makeup and Halloween came very natural for me. I love a theme, costumes, things dark and creepy. So that is where my most creative looks come from. Also my son and I have “couple costumes” every year till he tells me to take a hike. Some of our costumes have been Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, Beetlejuice and Lydia, Darthmaul and Queen Amidala, chucky and bride of chucky, to name a few.

When it comes to Halloween makeup, what are a few of your favorite looks to do…

 I always love a good skeleton and Dia De Los Muertos, and clowns.  I find that I get inspiration from Movies, TV, Instagram and entertainment; especially Tim Burton.  I practice on myself when I’m feeling stressed or not creative, it pushes me out of my box.

Leah – The Wooden Doll

If you had a really adventurous client, what would be something you’d love to try for Halloween?

If I could do anything on an adventurous client it would be not only stop at the makeup but also do the hair and styling and than have a photoshoot based around that look. I never get enough pictures or good pictures that showcase the makeup. I like runway looks and avant- garde. The look isn’t what matters necessarily but the face features and costume is what seals the deal. I eventually want to do all of Tom Burtons characters and than make up my own characters that other people want to reproduce. The creative wheel is always a good one to be on.

How long does the Halloween makeup take and how can clients book with you?

I book clients for Halloween starting as early as a year out. I like to have an hour and half to two hours per look. Sometimes more of it’s more detailed. The best way to book me is through email

Kirby – The Ethereal Goddess

Thank you for sharing your talent with us Tiana!  Halloween doesn’t have to be just for the kids, we can get in on the fun too!  Get more Halloween inspiration over on Tiana’s instagram account.

More Halloween posts to come!!




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By on October 3, 2017 in BEAUTY, HALLOWEEN, MAKEUP


Wedding Spotlight – 10.11 Makeup

Can you believe it’s the last day of July?!  Well I couldn’t end the month without doing a spotlight on one of our wedding vendor friends!  This month’s is another great one in Erica Beukelman, owner of 10.11 Makeup.  I met Erica for the first time when she did my makeup for a maternity session through The Fox and the Sparrow Sessions.  Right away she felt like a friend and I could sense how genuine she is within a few minutes of being around her.  

Erica is extremely talented, honest and makes you feel at ease being around her, all things you want from your hair and makeup artist.  She is one of the first people we recommend to our brides for this reason.  She also has the best puns known to man, you literally can’t leave her presence without laughing your butt off.  I admire so many things about this woman including her drive in her business, her friendships and of course how she is as a mom.  Keep scrolling to learn more about this talented lady in our Q&A and to see her beautiful work! 

Tell us a little bit about you…

 I am a wifey to my hot baby daddy, and a mamma of three boys.  If you were to describe me based on the most common things people tag me in it would be : whales, puns and hallmark movies.  I think that really sums it up.  I have an admittedly weird obsession with humpback whales.  If I wasn’t doing hair and makeup, I would 100% be doing something where I could make puns for a living, like naming nail polish?  And I start listening to Christmas music and looking for Hallmark holiday movies starting in about May of each year.  I live for bad tv and movies that were made for 14 year old girls.  I love rosé out of a can and chips and salsa.  I’m kind of a homebody, and love lazy days and spending time with friends and family.  I also love to travel and explore, and I could probably write a book on how to eat your way through the coast of California and Hawaii.

How and when did you start your career in hair and makeup?

 I have always wanted to be a hairstylist. Like I lined up my barbies and styled them all, teaching myself to french-braid on a Barbie head. Right out of high school I wanted to go to cosmetology school, but my parents encouraged me to go to college first. So after completing my Masters program, I enrolled in a cosmetology program, and started 10.11 while in school.

I attribute a lot of my success to the amazing relationships I’ve established and the vendors that refer. I used twitter back when that was a thing (don’t tell my husband I said that because he loves the twitter) and I really put myself out their inorder to build my portfolio. I was very particular with who I worked with and began to define my niche in the industry.

We are more known for a natural beauty style, so I intentionally aligned myself with those I thought would have clients that would prefer that look. I don’t advertise, so all of our business comes from word of mouth and referrals from those relationships with vendors. It’s been pretty incredible to see the growth and evolvement of my company and team. I’m extremely particular with my Artists and have been so thankful to have such a professional and talented group of girls.

What do you love most about working with brides on their big day?

 Honestly, I think it goes for any of our clients (bridal or not),  I love helping them recognize their beauty. Watching a client feel comfortable in their own skin, not needing to look like someone else, but seeing their natural features highlighted and brought out, is a beautiful thing. I love the emotion in weddings, the excitement, and it’s special getting to be a part of one of the biggest moments of their lives. Sometimes I get back in my car after a wedding and I’m a little emotional because it’s over and that client feels more like a friend.

I also think that because the majority of our clients come as referrals they trust us to do what we do. Plus I’m kind of a crazy person when it comes to being on time, so I think they really appreciate that as well, and it’s fun for us to get to enjoy the day with them.

What advice do you have for bride’s out there who are looking for a hair and makeup artist for their wedding?

 Hire a professional, this is an investment in your wedding. Specifically, hire a professional that specializes in weddings. Skill matters just as much as understanding the importance of timing on a wedding day. Also trust the person you hire and the advice they give. But be honest if you don’t care for something, and don’t overthink it- what you want matters more than what other people want to tell you you want ;) 
Do a trial with the person, make sure they have a contract, and if you’re going to be making any changes (hair color, length, etc) plan for that prior to the trial date. 
Lastly, be prepared. Have an idea of what you want or don’t want for your wedding look, and then allow your artist to create something for you. 

Talk to us about setting goals for you and your business… I know you set a big goal this year and achieved it!

 At the end of /beginning of each year my hubs and I have a conversation just reflecting on the year prior and then I always say out loud one goal that seems totally crazy that I have for the year to come. One year I said I wanted work on TV, one year it was to be published in a national magazine, and this year it was to have work up on a billboard… every year I have hit that goal.

I think it places a fire inside to say it out loud and it is motivating.  I have to talk myself out of doubt and discouragement, but it’s almost like saying it out loud resets focus and makes dreams come alive. If you tell yourself you are capable, I think you can achieve anything. I have always loved goal setting, I used to make giant poster-size dream boards haha.

 What is your favorite project you’ve done with Beijos?

 All of them, duh! But really, I love all of the shoots we do. I love the tutorials. But I would say my fave was probably when we did the “If I were to get married now what would I choose” hair and makeup looks for some of my favorite mamas in the industry!

What are your top 3 beauty tips?

 Take care of your skin. Honestly I think when it comes to skin, less is more. I don’t understand big nightly routines of using 85 products. I think the less you put on your skin, making sure the products are pure and clean, the better. So I’d say for skin and face:  cleansing your skin daily, washing your pillows consistently, and changing out your mascara every month will help keep bacteria away.
For hair, I love hair masks for hydration and clarifying shampoos to get out any buildup. I would say don’t overwash color treated hair- invest in some dry shampoo, and use a heat protectant in order to help maintain the integrity of your hair.

What are your top 5 beauty products you can’t live without…

Well personally, if I named 5 products that would be my personal makeup bag in its entirety haha. 

 Mascara, always. 
Beauty blender 
Facial oil- I love jojoba oil, as well as Beauty Counter’s facial oils.
Rose water spray
Sea salt/ ocean spray

Bonus, lip gloss also from Beauty Counter. Its THE best gloss I have ever tried… and no I dont sell it :) 

You have made some amazing friendships through this industry, talk to us about that and why they are so important to you… 

 I have made lifelong friendships in this industry and I am so grateful. I think its so important to have healthy, non-competitive, friendships with others that share in the same passions as you. I love that quote “comparison is the thief of joy”, because it’s true.  It’s hard, but it’s a major truth bomb.  There is so much work to go around, there is no room for cattiness, but always room for celebrating others’ successes and victories. Surround yourself with people who can be cheerleaders as well as teachers. So I have a lot of incredible makeup artists/ hair stylists friends that I value so much.

I also think its incredibly important to surround yourself with people who will challenge you and inspire you to become a better person (we always have room for growth). For instance, I know I am a better businesswoman because of some of the women I have surrounded myself with that have strengths I did not. Relationships are a big thing for me, genuinely caring for people on a personal, not just business, level, and I am so grateful for this industry and the lifers I have made :) 

Thank you Erica for being so inspiring and sharing your story with us!



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By on July 31, 2017 in BEAUTY, HAIR, MAKEUP, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS


The Best Sunscreen and Tips for Protecting your Skin from the Sun all Summer

Most people, like myself, love the Summer and being in the sun.  It’s the time to get outside and enjoy the great weather and also get a tan!  With that being said, it’s also SO important to use sun protection.  I grew up with my aunt being an esthetician who had me wearing sunscreen daily from when I was 10 years old.  It’s a habit I’m grateful she instilled in me and one I’m still strict about today.

Photos by Nea Nabayan

I recently signed up for monthly facials from Facial Lounge in Newport Beach.  Facial Lounge is an amazing skincare boutique that offers advanced treatments focusing on organic products.  Amber Johnson, the owner, is first of all hilarious but also extremely well versed in everything skin care.  She’s a medically trained esthetician and has created Facial Lounge to share her passion and her skincare philosophies and expertise. She believes that all treatments should be effective and safe.

One of the things she said to my sister, who got me started with them, that sticks out in my mind is… “Why do people spend so much money and time on their nails getting manicures and pedicures every month?  They should be focusing on their face and their skin.”  I had never thought about it that way and it’s SO true!!  

Our face and our skin are the first thing people see and the first thing we see when we look in the mirror!  And it’s what needs the most attention and care.

So let’s talk sunscreen…  My last visit with Amber we talked about the products I was using on my face.  Things I thought were pretty clean and good, but Amber told me about this app Think Dirty.  If you haven’t heard of it then you should definitely check it out!

It helps educate the consumer on the cosmetics industry by allowing them to make an informed decision on what products to purchase.  When I looked at it and talked to Amber more, I was shocked how poorly some of the products I was using that I thought were “clean” ranked on Think Dirty.

Amber talked to me about how the beauty industry isn’t regulated like the food and drug industry.  That there are even hormone disruptor chemicals in many products that have been possibly linked to breast cancer.  Things that I thought were so simple and common like lip gloss or even deodorant have so many bag chemicals in them!  So that’s when Amber started showing me the cleanest and best products for me, and I want to share them with you!

Today I’m talking about the sun and sunscreen so I will focus on that!  The best sunscreen Amber can recommend is Coola.  First of all, it is organic and vegan.  Secondly it is SPF per application, most sunscreens are SPF per bottle, which I didn’t know!  They are also full spectrum which is UVA and UVB protection.  Most moisturizers and make up only have UVB for burns, not UVA which helps with aging, skin cancer and discoloration.

Here’s a little bit more about Coola, straight from their website…

“Our quest is to spoil your sometimes finicky, always worthy skin with the most pure, eco-conscious products possible. After all, you may obsess over what you put in your body, but think about what you put on it. We thought about it, quite a bit actually, and we consciously chose to develop our line using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, much like the foods we prefer to eat.

Green, yet still luxurious, each of our high performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba and phthalates.”

More I love about them…

“Our full line of luxury sun and skincare products incorporate a Farm to Face sourcing philosophy, using the freshest and most natural ingredients whenever possible. Look for our organic formulas that contain over 70% certified organic ingredients and are easily identified by our organic seals.

Additionally, we formulate with Plant Protection, which allows us to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protection while using fewer traditional actives. Better for your skin, better for the environment.”

Coola also has a great product if you want color without the sun, according to Amber it’s the most natural beautiful color and smells so good!!  You can find it here.  All of her favorite sunscreens can be purchased here as well!

Something Amber also gets asked about all the time is how to take care of your sun burn…. Ouch!  You can shop her favorite products to soothe and treat a sun burn here.  Her favorite is this Sea Whip Gelle Masque because it takes out the heat.

Now there’s a little heath and beauty info for you!  I’ve been using Coola so far this Summer and love it!!  And if you want to have an amazing facial and talk to Amber herself, book with the Facial Lounge!  I guarantee you will love it!  Amber is also giving us a 15% discount to use on any products to shop online!  Use VIP15!!

Enjoy the sun this Summer but be sure to protect your skin!



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By on July 20, 2017 in BEAUTY, SKINCARE