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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


An Easy 4 Step Guide to Getting the Best Beachy Hair Waves

Something you may not know about me is, I’m terrible at doing my hair.  I, for the life of me, can’t curl my hair with a curling iron.  I know this may sound ridiculous but it’s true.  It may be the fact that I don’t have the patience, or it my be that I’m just terrible.  Am I the only adult woman with this problem?  Please tell me no!

My sister on the other hand is great in this department.  Lucky me (and poor her), since we lived together most of our lives, she always did my hair for me.  So I never really had to learn… Even though she begged me to, haha.  Now as an adult I can go get blow outs, or if I’m lucky again, have my friend Erica from 1011 Makeup help me out.

Well, I’m a grown up now and it’s time to learn, or at least try.  So I asked Erica to share her tricks with me and teach me how to achieve the best beachy hair waves.  Now, my hair is naturally wavy which is great.  Most days I don’t have the time so I just let it air dry.  But sometimes, to put it bluntly, it looks like crap.  So… It’s about time I learn!

Here are 4 easy steps to getting the best beachy hair waves from the guru herself, Erica.  PS, I did my own hair using these tips this past weekend… I’m not gonna say I fully mastered it yet but it looked pretty good!!!  Baby steps!!

Photos by Alison Bernier


Spray a heat protectant on your hair prior to using any hot tools on your hair. You can section your hair however you would like, pining some hair up and away while you work from the nape of your neck up, or you can just pull hair from the back and work your way to the front.

The size of the barrel you choose to use as your tool will depend on the desired size of the curl, or “looseness” of wave, you would like to achieve (bigger barrel, larger and looser the curl


Rotate the hair around the barrel until the hair is wound. Wrap hair in rotating directions (towards face and away from the face). Start the wrap with the hair close to the scalp working your way to the ends of the hair. Try to hold the ends of the hair with one hand as you curl with the other. This will help to control the hair and keep the hair taut as you work your way down. It will also keep the ends protected from too much heat.

Don’t be afraid to move the iron around so it makes it easier to control. You can direct the iron angled up or you can direct the iron angled down, depending on what side of the head you are working on, and what hand is your dominant hand.


The hair that frames the face should be directed away from the face. Once you have worked your way around the head, you can use your fingers to break up the curls leaving you with loose, tousled, curls.


Spray hair with beach/ sea salt spray and a light finishing spray.  You can also use a light spray wax to give you a more “piecey” look… just don’t overdo the wax or it can weigh down the curl.

Now let’s see if I can keep it up with doing my own hair… If not, good thing I have Erica on speed dial!



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By on July 17, 2017 in BEAUTY, TUTORIAL


Spring Floral Arrangement DIY

Yesterday we shared our love for wearing Spring Florals and today we are sharing an easy DIY floral arrangement!  Thanks to Meagan from MV Florals, our go to floral guru!  She created this gorgeous arrangement that, if you ask me, would look really pretty on the table this Mother’s Day.  Or even as a gift for the special Mama in your life!

This is another one of our items on the Beijos Spring To Do List, so be sure to tag us if you try this at home!  The steps from Meagan are simple and listed below, now let’s get to it!!

All Photos by Megan Welker

1.  Choose your foliage.  Remove any leaves at the very bottom of each stem. 

I used a mix of wax flower, ruscus, lisianthus,and bay laurel.  

2.  Choose the blooms you would like to use.  Remove any leaves at the bottom of your flower stems, and gently remove the guard petals and thorns on the roses (the guard petals are the outer petals on the rose to protect the inner, more delicate petals).

In this arrangement I used a mix of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, veronica, sweet pea, and lisianthus.

3.  After soaking your OASIS foam, cut it to size in your container.  I like to have the foam stick out a bit of the container; for me its a bit easier to work with.  Fill the container with water.

 4.  Start by creating the line and shape you want with greenery.  Use a mix of greenery to give your arrangement more texture.  I start from the outside and work my way into the middle.

5.  After most of the Oasis is covered with greenery, you can start your placement of blooms.  The first couple blooms you place should determine the height and width of the arrangement.

 6. Place your bigger focal flower next.  In this arrangement I used the peonies and garden roses as my focal flowers.  After they were placed, it made it easier to fill in everywhere else with smaller blooms and greenery.

 7.  Fill in any holes and check if there is any Oasis showing.  Make sure to cover all oasis with pieces of greenery.  

Isn’t it gorgeous!!!  We can’t wait to create some magic like this soon!




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Fresh Faced Beauty with Herbivore Botanicals

One of our favorite beauty looks is that soft dewy look that is so pretty and effortless looking.  Our friend Julia, owner of Gunn & Swain, teamed up with Erica, owner of 1011 Makeup, to create one.  They used Herbivore Botanical products carried on Gunn & Swain that also hydrate your skin.  I’m in love with this fresh faced look that is perfect anytime of year.

I’ve been really trying to branch out and try new beauty products this year that are also more natural.  The older I get the less makeup I want to wear and the more concerned I am about my skin.  Especially these tired mama eyes, which need lots of love these days!!  Follow this tutorial below to achieve this clean look.  Erica also used neutral tones for a soft coppery toned eye across the lid and a brightener under the eye.

Step 1

Combine the foundation of your choice with Herbivore Jasmine Hydration Oil, using a 3 to 1 ratio (three of the foundation and one of the oil) and mix together on the back of your hand or on a mixing palette with a spatula.

Step 2

Wet your Beauty Blender so that it is damp, ringing out any excess water, and apply your foundation by using a stipple/ dabbing motion to apply the foundation to your skin.

Step 3

Repeat step two to add a little color to the apples of your cheeks or your cheek bones using your favorite cream blush (I like mixing it in with a little foundation if you want just a flushed look). Flip the blender over to the clean side, and dab to blend in or smooth out the blush.

Step 4

Using Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Conditioner, mix it with a little of your cream blush and apply to your lips with a brush for a DIY tinted lip conditioner.

Step 5

Set your look using Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, by gently and lightly misting your face to leave your skin with a fresh and dewy finish.

Hope you liked this quick and easy tutorial!  Thanks for sharing it with us Julia & Erica!!



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By on February 15, 2017 in BEAUTY, TUTORIAL


Perfectly Pastel – Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

Each year we wait in anticipation to see what the notorious Pantone Color of the Year will be… This year they surprised everyone and went with TWO amazing colors!!  Rose Quartz and Serenity…  We are loving these pretty soft colors so much and can’t wait to mix them in with our events, we think they are a perfect combo for a Spring wedding, or even a lovely ladylike bridal shower!!


There are so many ways to utilize these pretty pastels and we are sharing one of our favorites… with makeup!  Last year we teamed up with our friend and makeup artist Kierra Scheffer to share our favorite ways to incorporate their color of the year (marsala) into our makeup, and this year we are doing the same.  Check out all of the loveliness that Miss Kierra did to create these looks that you can easily create yourself!

All photos by Anthony Grippa

Let’s start with Rose Quartz…

Creating a soft and pretty palate is so sweet and delicate, we just love the way this turned out!

What Kierra used:

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc – Pink Mosaic
MAC Lip Color – Girl About Town
Laura Mercier Palette – Morning Dew, Espresso Bean, African Violet and Noir

Beijos-007 Kierra first used the Pink Mosaic Shimmer Bloc for a wash of a shimmery rose quartz color on the cheeks and eyes.  She then used this amazing Laura Mercier Palette (that is now on our list of must have makeup items), she specifically used the Morning Dew as the base color on the eyes, Espresso Bean for the brow color, the African Violet in the crease of the eyes and the Noir as the eyeliner.

Beijos-001 Lastly she used the Mac Lip Color in Girl About Town for the lips, which adds a nice POP, don’t you think?

Beijos-006 Beijos-002 Next, Serenity… For this we had to go with a little fun and a little glam!

Here’s what Kierra used:

Mac Lip Color – Hug Me
Laura Mercier Palette – Morning Dew, Espresso Bean, Bronze Glow
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color – Lagoon
Ardell False Lashes

Beijos-015 Kierra used the Laura Mercier Palette again with Morning Dew as the base color and Espresso Bean as the brow color.  She next used the Bronze Glow on the eyelids and the Baked Eye Color in Lagoon as the “serenity” eye liner smudged into the lash line on top and bottom.  The bronze and blue complement one another without overpowering the look, just a hint of glam color!

Beijos-010 Beijos-009 She finished it off with the nude lip color from MAC in Hug Me and her favorite Ardell false eyelashes!  Doesn’t Leah look oh so sexy!?  Meow…

Beijos-011 And there you have it!  Using the Pantone Colors of the year in your makeup is as easy and gorgeous as that!



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By on January 5, 2016 in BEAUTY, MAKEUP, TUTORIAL