SimplyME is a collaboration of hair and makeup services provided by my talented partner Erikka and yours truly! This is not your average bridal styling service, gone are the days of the done-to-death styled hair and perfectly placed curls. Our goal is to bring out your natural beauty and enhance your most beautiful features in the most organic way possible. Inspired by the beautiful bow valley mountains of our home town Canmore, Alberta. I am so excited to take you on the journey and keep you all in the loop with photos and tutorials, if there is anything that you would like us to post please let us know!

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simplyME

Jan28
Michaela
beauty
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My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am. Anais Nin
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in the still

Dec21
Michaela
beauty, style
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Time for a beautiful bold lip! Here is a little “how-to” video that will show you how to exfoliate, line, brush and perfect your way to gorgeous lips, just in time for the holidays!

Michaela Howie Makeup Tutorial – Red Lip from Alexis McKeown on Vimeo.

Step1: Exfoliate, you can make your own lip exfoliant by mixing half olive oil and brown sugar. Wipe off the dead skin with a tissue
Step2: Moisturize your lips to create a smooth base
Step3: Line your lips with a cherry coloured pencil starting from the cupids bow and working your way outward
Step4: Brush the colour of the lipstick of your choice onto your lips, starting in the center and working your way outward. This gives you the most control.
Step5: Blot your lipstick and repeat step 4.
Step6: Clean around the edges with a cue tip & conceal the edges with a small brush, powder over the top of that.
Step7: Use a coral brush to add colour to the cheeks and make sure the eyebrows are filled in so that the face is framed.

Photographer: Alexis Mckeown www.alexismckeown.com
Model: Marika Cockney

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RED

Dec18
Michaela
beauty
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I thought it would be fun to get a little festive and create a 10 minute up-do that is easy & elegant for any Christmas event or party! You could use any hair piece you like, I picked up some festive flowers that I thought would suit Kassi’s blonde hair the best.

You want to start by adding some texture to the hair, I used bumble and bumble surf spray all through the hair and curled some front sections with a curling rod. I gathered two pieces of hair from the side creating a headband with the hair strands. Working from the center of the head you want to gather the hair and tuck it into the headband you created. You don’t want things to look to perfect, its okay if it looks a bit messy. Pin it all in place and secure it with hairspray!

 

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Festive Hair

Dec3
Michaela
beauty
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Time for a skin care post! I can’t hold it in any longer…  Clinique’s “redness solution” is my new best friend. In order to fully understand why I love it so much, I need to explain my skin. I’ve inherited a pair of rosy cheeks from my mother’s side of the family. We blame it on her great grandfather and a dominant gene that  worked its way throughout the next couple of generations. I was one of them it struck hardest. Various parts of my face flair up unexpectedly turning my skin blotchy and fiery red; causing me frustration and making me self-conscious. Slapping on make-up is a necessity. My skin is also very dry and at times, prone to acne. After breaking out worse than I had ever in my life earlier in the summer, I finally bought some “Redness Solutions” to calm and moisturize my skin in an oil-free way. Within days I noticed a huge difference. It’s not as if my whole redness problem is solved, but it certainly is the best skincare technique I’ve found! For those of you who have similar skin issues, “redness solutions” is certainly worth a try!

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skin care: redness

Sep20
Adri
beauty
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Summer hair=messy hair. A new hairstyle can be the perfect accessory to an outfit! This one has a particular summery feel; sun bleached hair braided back into a messy bun. Having 2 braids twisted together adds some extra texture to this style. I have to have my hair tied back at work and I was tired of wearing pony-tails and top knots everyday. My favourite thing about this look is that it’s super easy-the messier you are, the better. Here is what I did:

 

1.     flip hair to one side

2.     section out a chunk of hair

3.     braid it

4.     secure first braid, grab another section of hair

5.     braid it

6.     twist 2 braids together and pin back

7.     twist and scrunch remaining hair back into a messy bun and secure with elastic

8.     pull wisps of hair out, loosen bun, tuck in any strands of hair into elastic

 

xx

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undone summer bun

Aug6
Michaela
beauty
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These braided bangs were inspired by this video from leafTV. I used her technique to ‘messy up’ the braiding, but only braided one strand for either side of my head. I usually don’t do a whole lot with my bangs so I was happy to get them out of my face and primp up my regular hairstyle. L’Oréal’s matt&messy spray is wonderful for adding a little extra texture for more workable hair.

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braided bangs

May31
Adri
beauty
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This past week I finally got around to a little spring cleaning. I sorted through all my makeup, tossing out the expired, giving away the neglected and finding old loves. I love using gift boxes to store lipstick and eyeshadows. It felt so good to clean up the dust bunnies and make way for a fresh clean start, ready to be inspired! Next to tackle is my closet!

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vanity love

Mar1
Michaela
beauty
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I am quite jealous of my cousin, Rebecca’s long bob. She chopped her hair for a new look this semester and it makes me want to do the same! The side swoop and loose curls is only one of many styles you could do with this cut!

 

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a fresh cut

Jan25
Adri
beauty
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I thought I would share my current evening makeup routine, nothing too flashy here as I like to keep things pretty simple:

– Start by using a primer so that your makeup lasts all evening.

-Even your skin tone using your favorite foundation, a fuller coverage makes for a flawless base.

– Conceal under the eyes and on any problem areas.

-Powder is key especially down the center of your face.

-Bronze the skin on the high points of your face where the sun would naturally hit, temples, cheekbones, nose and chin. Sometimes I even use bronzer as a blush and apply it on the cheeks as well.

-Highlighter is always nice for an evening out. You want to apply it so that it catches the light, on the tops of your cheekbones and under the brow bone.

-Define Brows, if I am going for a more dramatic eye I like to make sure the brows are strong.

-Use a primer if you are going to be using eye shadow, I started by sweeping a gold colour all over my lids, then took a kohl liner and smudged my upper lash line, bringing it underneath my eye as well. I then set the black with a plum coloured eyeshadow and made sure everything was blended well.

-I love using a light frosty pigment just on the inner corners of my eye and brow bone, you can use a frosty eye shadow if you don’t own pigment. I find this step really makes a big difference in opening up the eye!

-Go for a neutral gloss, I always follow this rule if the eyes are dramatic then go for a neutral lip colour. If you want to wear a bright lip then keep the eyes simple.

This is just how I like to wear my makeup, you could go for dramatic eyes pared with bold lips, glitter and fake lashes, but I like to keep things pretty simple and still feel like myself:)

 

 

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an evening makeup look

Jan18
Michaela
beauty
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