My new Lipsy collection, friends doing charity challenges and dinner in Manchester

Happy Tuesday everyone, and it’s also mine and Mark’s 1st wedding anniversary today, which has come around so quick!

Thank you to everyone who has wished us well, it really does mean a lot :-) I will speak more about what we have done the last few days in next week’s blog – this one is more of a recap on the previous week’s goings on ….

Firstly – My new Lipsy collection is OUT!

Here’s just a few of my fave key pieces…

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This is my summer range. I am very happy with it, there’s a lot of ‘Bardot’ off-the-shoulder pieces which I love at the minute especially this pretty white top with laced sleeves.

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This top also comes in black… I wore mine when I visited Lipsy the other week, with a pair of black skinny jeans but I think they’ll look great with a pair of denim shorts at a festival, or a day out in a park.

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The reason why I love this off-the-shoulder style is because shoulders, neck and décolletage are a sexy area on a woman, so they need to be seen, plus it’s nice to get a bit of sun on your shoulders if the weather is good!

To celebrate the launch of this next collection, Lipsy did a VIP preview in my home town of Manchester. I couldn’t be there as I was filming Our Girl all day, in nearby Bolton, but my friends from Coronation Street went to the store in the Arndale to get first viewings on the clothing, and have a mammoth trying on session.

How gorgeous do Cath and Brooke look here?!

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And Katie and Tisha!

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Thanks for the support Cath, Brooke, Tisha and Katie it means a lot and I love seeing you out and about in my pieces!

Speaking of the girls – Cath, Tish, Katie and Natalie Anderson are all taking part in a massive charity challenge called Trek Fest next weekend where they will trek cross country for 35 miles in one day in the very hilly Brecon Beacons in Wales. Rather you than me ladies – this one sounds really hard going!

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Here’s a piccie of Cath, Tisha and Katie on a recent trek.

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Well done girls, don’t you look the part with your proper boots on! I am very proud of you for doing this. To sponsor them please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/teamvital01 and for Natalie, it is www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Anderson-shepherd.

I am loving being back up in Manchester though, as I get to enjoy my mum’s cooking and catch up with my friends. Myself and my old school friends enjoyed Sunday lunch together for the first time in a while and we are planning a ‘big night out’ soon which I am VERY excited about.

Mark was also here last week, and we had an early anniversary meal at Tattu, which is a VERY cool Asian restaurant in Spinningfields.

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I was so impressed. The food was really tasty and the cocktails were amazing, but far to easy to drink!

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The restaurant itself was totally different to whatever I’ve experienced in Manchester before, it felt a bit as though we were in Dubai or New York…

They have a huge statement cherry blossom tree right in the middle of the restaurant, perfect to have your picture taken in front of, or to eat underneath!

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Everyone’s been asking me where my black choker is from when I was wearing it that night and many other nights recently. It’s from god old Topshop! You can get it in store now.

For my beauty must have I have got to recommend this matte lip pencil as I’ve been wearing this all week. It’s one of my fave Revlon products.

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I am very pleased with my new footwear purchase. Check out these fitties! My new black strappy sandals from Mango.

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They look great with my cropped boyfriend jeans and a plain T shirt… So comfy, or you could dress them up with an LBD for a hot date.

I am also loving this tres cute bag from Zara.

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Also a few people have tweeted me asking me where my outfit was that I wore when I went to Club Liv in Manchester. I wore my orange Terry De Havilland shoes, jeans from Topshop and and top from my new Lipsy range.

Right, I must sign off now as I need to get back on set!

Until next week,

All my love
Michelle xxx

Catching up at Bafta and Lipsy, and a night out in London

Hi there everyone, hope you are all having a good week.

I am back in my home city – Manchester – I am for a few weeks filming more ‘Our Girl’. So good to be back and see all my family and friends, Mark has been up here a few days too which has been lovely.

So, where did I leave things last week, ah yes – BAFTA.

On my way to the awards!

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My friend Chanel Cresswell was up for an award for ‘best supporting actress’ of her portrayal of Kelly in This Is England….and she won, massive congrats Chanel – you have done so well!

I was over the moon for her when she won, she gave everything in her performance so her BAFTA is well deserved.

I also saw some of my Corrie mates too..

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I bumped into Jennie who plays Fiz, Kate who plays Tracy and Samia who plays Maria.

It was soooo nice seeing them as I haven’t caught up with them for ages. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see them at the after party because I had to leave early because I had an early start in the morning but they all looked so gorgeous and so soon as I saw them it was like we had never been apart.

I also bumped into a beautiful lady at the BAFTAs who was wearing a dress from my Lipsy collection, I thought she looked very good, the dress really suited her so I just had to grab a piccie with her!

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Talking of Lipsy I called in the offices in London this week for a catch up and a development meeting. With being in South Africa for a while, we had a lot to plan and discuss… I’m now currently designing the collection for Winter!!!

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I can’t keep up with the fashion seasons being so ahead of real life, we haven’t even entered Summer properly yet and I’m already discussing snugly knitted jumpers and three quarter length coats.

My new Spring summer new collection is coming out in the next couple of weeks and there’s a sneak preview of what’s to come… The white off the shoulder top I’m wearing is in it (also comes in black) it’s perfect with a pair of dark skinny jeans for a causal Summer day look.

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I always get treated to nice nibbles at Lipsy!

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I was also able to catch up with my cousin Katie this week, who’s going over to Spain to work for 6 weeks .We went to my fave restaurant in London – Sushi Samba. I totally love it there.

Just look at this sushi it’s like art on a plate. We had lovely cocktails and shared lots of different fish dishes.

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It was a special evening – shame the view was lousy though!

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I wore my grey flared jumpsuit from Zara, with a plated gold belt.

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My product of the week is the body scrub from Laura Mercier… Almond and coconut milk… I also have it as a body spray that I keep in my handbag… The scent is insane. The scrub leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky and smelling amazing!!! Defo an investment buy. Perfect for a gift too.

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I am also really impressed with these:

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image1-aCassie Lomas who is an accomplished make-up artist based in Manchester, has released this set of pro make-up brushes.

One thing I have realised over the years of working in TV and doing photo shoots, is that decent brushes improve the standard of make-up application as you can get a much more flawless and professional finish.

I especially love that she has named them after the favourite people in her life … “ Hubby” (awwww! Too cute) “Charl” after her sister, Emmerdale actress Charley Webb and “Jamie” after Jamie Lomas who stars as Warren on Hollyoaks.

The brushes are a dream to use, and you can get them from her website: www.cassielomas.com

I will be filming up in Manchester for the next few weeks so will have lots to keep you up to date with, fingers crossed the weather stays good!

Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Back to the gym, house parties and BAFTA beauty preparation

Hi everyone! Are you all enjoying the sunshine?! I sure am! Of course, I brought the weather back to England with me for you all, haha!

So this week has been really chilled for me which has been a treat, because I was so hectic with filming ‘Our Girl’ in South Africa.

I’m trying to get back into my fitness again,while I was away I only went 3 times in 2 months which is rubbish, but I suppose filming was quite physical at times with lots of running about and lifting, so that kind of made up for it. I have been 3 times this week and it feels GOOD! The gym de-stresses me and gets my endorphins flowing, especially when I have my favourite tunes playing! This week has been happy old school R n B music like Sean Paul, Neyo and Nelly, so it’s been nice to have the time to go.

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People have been asking about the trainers I had on the other day when I was photographed leaving the gym… I got them from xclusivesneaksuk, I’m obsessed with them.

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They are the new Adidas NMD runners, they are so comfy I wear them in the day with a casual out fit (like the other day with a T-shirt and a cap) but you can also wear them to the gym, they support your feet really well, better for running than weights though.

So this week I’ve been getting ready for BAFTA!! House of Fraser were sponsoring the whole event again and like last year they’ve asked me to attend. Yaaaaaay!! Thank you House Of Fraser!

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BAFTA is so much fun and it’s a great opportunity to catch up with people I haven’t seen for so long. Obviously I wanted to represent House of Fraser so I chose to wear one of their evening dresses to wear, it’s made by a designer called Adrainna Papell.

The dress is very classic and demure. I love the nude colour and the mink beaded detail. The one shoulder draping gives it a feminine Grecian feel.

Make-up artist- Krystal Dawn (insta- Krystal_iammakeup) and hair Lisa Laudat (insta – lisalaudat1 ) helped me get red carpet ready for the big awards. Here are some of the products they used …
I really love these products by B at Superdrug for taking your make-up off – especially the B Pure oil to milk cleanser.

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feeling fresh and smooooooth. In order to get my hair really full of volume after it is freshly washed I swear by Batiste dry shampoo I spray this in my roots then back comb it making sure it’s not white…

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Then my hair will hold. We needed to do this for my red carpet fish tail plait hair, and my hairdresser put in some Beauty Works gold clip in extensions for more length and extra oomph.

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For some luxurious pre BAFTA pampering I was treated to a ‘Fire and Ice’ facial by Dr Media Spa. It’s a great treatment to have for a special occasion, because it leaves your skin truly glowing. The
intensive clinical treatment is designed to resurface the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles while softening and encouraging skin renewal. It works on all skin types. I was very impressed!

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I will let you know all about my BAFTA experience in next week’s blog, needless to say, I had a wonderful evening.

This weekend just gone, Mark and I took full advantage of the sunny weather, and had a family BBQ at our home in Essex.

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Some of my family came down from Manchester, and Mark’s family and friends came round. It was such a lovely day. Even our local ice cream man popped round as a surprise, everyone loved it.

Until next week,

All my love

Michelle
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My time in South Africa

Hey everyone !!! I’m back!!!

First of all, an apology – Sorry I haven’t been able to do my blog for the past few weeks, but I was basically filming every day, plus with being on set in the country a lot of the time, the wifi wasn’t the best….

Anyway, South Africa…. WOW! What an amazing experience.

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Not only was I lucky enough to be working in such a magical place, I was lucky enough to experience it for a few days with my family.

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My mum Jackie and brother Andrew came out for a week, and when they went home Mark and his parents Carol and Mark came out.

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Unfortunately I was working most of the time, so I was unable to spend every day with them but we always managed to go out for dinner in the evenings which I loved because the food is out of this world.

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One night we had dinner in Fork which was a Tapas restaurant, and I absolutely loved the Codfather which had no menu, you just had to go to the counter and pick your own, very fresh seafood!

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There’s so much to experience in Cape Town, my mum and brother went on a safari, and went to see the penguins on Boulders beach.

Mark and his parents went paragliding off Lions Head mountain, plus the weather was delightful the entire time everyone stayed which was a big bonus.

My experience working over there was incredible, I loved every second of it, although it was hard work sometimes, and long days, the production team and crew were so positive they kept everyone going. I have learned so much from this project and from the people I have been working with.

Not forgetting all the actors… We bonded straight away, the cast are SO talented and fun to work with, and in the past 6 weeks we have all become great friends.

I’ve only been back a day and already I’m missing not seeing them.

I have a couple of weeks to unwind before filming starts up again for another 6 weeks. The second phase of filming will be in England though, so we are now around half way there to finishing the series.

So, during the rare bit of down time I did get I enjoyed visiting a lot of wineries. Now I’m not a massive winey as such, but since my spell in South Africa I have to say, I enjoy it far more…

One day we went wine tasting for the day in Franschhoek.

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Franschhoek is a traditional vineyard town in the Western Cape famously known as the French Corner of the Cape, and is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa. Believe me, it didn’t disappoint!

We visited lots of different wineries but my favourite was Mont Rochelle, which is owned by Richard Branson. The scenery was just breathtaking, a beautiful part of the world. http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/mont-rochelle

I did manage to go out and have a bit of a shop too, only once or twice, and and in the department store I walked passed a Lipsy concession, I had to take a picture and send it to my mum, pahahah!I know, I am a bit of a geek, but I still love seeing my collection in the stores, and even more so when its in a shop far away from where I live.

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So, since being back, I haven’t really done much of anything, it is so lovely to be back at home, my dogs won’t leave my side they are following me around into every room in case I leave them again ha ha!

I am going to be going to the BAFTA awards which I am looking forward to, I always enjoy this event and it’s a good excuse to wear something really special. I haven’t a clue what that will be yet, I am booked in for fittings this week so I will have a much better idea by this time next week. Some of the outfits from the Met Gala in New York were another level of wow. This seems to be the event that designers really throw the boat out and do something truly artistic and eye-catching . Kendall Jenner’s Versace dress was stunning, and I also loved Emily Ratajkowski’s black and white asymmetrical backless dress. Wow! What a body!

I nipped out yesterday for some new foundation, and decided to go with the MAC face and body. It’s more like a tinted moisturiser, as it’s so light, but last time I had a bottle of it, it lasted nearly a year! If you you need more coverage then you can apply more without it becoming cakey. It’s also good on shoots, because you can cover things like bruises or scars easily.

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http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk

I can never go into MAC and get just one thing, so I bought this matt nude lippy too. It’s called ‘Velvet Teddy’ and glides on like a dream!

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Until next week,

All my love

Michelle xxx

Settling in South Africa

Hello everyone and greeting from stunning South Africa!

I have been here a good couple of weeks now and have settled into the filming schedule.

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Apologies for not writing my blog sooner, but it has been pretty intense some days with filming and I haven’t really done much other than work – and relax in between working!

This is how I learned some of my scenes the other night – in a big ol bubble bath!

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So because of my busy schedule I’ve not really had any time to get to a gym. However every personal trainer who knows their stuff – tells me getting fit and healthy is 70% nutrition and 30% exercise. As a lot of my scenes are physical I am counting this as my 30% for now and instead I am applying myself in the kitchen and experimenting making healthy and delicious meals for when I get back to the apartment.

Here is a chicken with feta and tomato meal I rustled up, but my favourite is this pesto chicken salad was so tasty…..

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It’s pretty hot over here at the moment, so the products I have been using over here have reflected the weather a lot – as both my skin and my hair can get very dry.

The Philip Kingsley and the Unite have been great for my hair because I’m having to wash it everyday, because of the smoke and dust so they keep my hair nourished and feeling really healthy.

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The serum leaves a non greasy seal on my hair so it doesn’t get sun damaged too.

This Darphin sun protection cream is a factor 30 and the consistency is quite thick, so once its rubbed in it stays firm on my skin all day. I have used it on my face under my make-up, my arms and shoulders and my back. I am pretty covered up most of the time on clothing but it’s really important I don’t get red from the sun and this cream works really well.

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We had Easter off over the weekend which was a nice treat.

The whole cast went out for dinner and drinks… Cape Town is very cool but quite casual as far as dressing for nights out, so rather than get dolled up I kept it quite simple, and I wore I black strapless top from ASOS, jeans from TopShop and accessories (rings) from Accessorize.

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My hair is naturally quite wavy but I added a few more defined curls by using my Babyliss wand curler… It’s so easy to use and you get great results – serious curls!

I tried using this really nifty blending sponge from B (Superdrugs brand) to apply my make-up. Normally I use a brush so I wasn’tt sure if I would rate it but my Nars Tinted moisturiserr glided on.

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It’s good at giving you an even coverage and really handy if you are going to try some subtle contouring with different shades of liquid foundation.

If you need your foundation to last on all day, then I always recommend using a good primer. This Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is a make-up artist must have and I like it a lot, but a heavy duty moisturiser like the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré can work just as well and really value for money as a tube starts from just £12.99.

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It is a rich creamy lotion that is really three products in one: make-up artists use it as a primer, moisturiser, and make-up remover.

I love these two Revlon HD Matt lip colours and have been my only lippy of choice since I arrived in Cape Town.

I have been using the B Confident Moisture Gel too. It feels really light on my skin , but it keeps it hydrated all day.

http://www.superdrug.com/B-Skin/B-Skin-Phase-1/c/bs-bphase1

At night I have been slavering on my Kiehls Ultra Facial Balm. You have to warm up the balm in your hands first and then apply liberally to face and neck . It smells wonderful and fresh , and then I sleep in it. Overnight the balm works its magic and any dry patches are gone by morning. Its not cheap – its £52 a tub , but I think its a good investment buy as my tub has lasted 6 months already and I have about ¼ of the balm left.

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www.kiehls.co.uk

Before I sign off from this blog I must say a huge congrats to one of my friends Hayley Moynihan! Her lovely boyfriend Dan proposed to her while they were away on a trip in Vietnam. I am so happy for the both of them and cant wait to catch up and hear all about the wedding plans . Congrats guys :-)

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I may not be able to write a blog for a couple of weeks now as filming is pretty intense, with longs days of around 12 hours on set, but I will be back reviewing products very soon!

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Preparing for South Africa and getting ready to film

Greetings to you all from very sunny South Africa!

I shall recap over the last week for you and bring you up to speed with going ons so far!

The night before I flew out to South Africa, both mine and Mark’s family, and some of our friends, went for a delicious meal at the The Bridge, in Essex.

 

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It was lovely getting to see everyone in one go before I went away for filming.

I wore a khaki shirt from my Lipsy collection, which is out now, jeans from Zara and a black belt from Topshop.

However, typical me left my packing ’til last minute.

Yes I know I said you all in my January blog that my New Year’s resolution was to be more organised!

To be fair I think in general I have been, but maybe not so on the ol’ packing front (whoops).

It took me all the next day – just before my flight – to pack…. 

 

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Luckily my mum was there to lend a helping hand, which I was very grateful for because I wasn’t sure quite what to pack as I am away for a good couple of months.

Here are the results of my packing.

Looks pretty organised really doesn’t it? (thanks again mummy!)

As total coincidence would have it – Mark was due to get a flight to Belfast from the same terminal I was flying out of so we got a car to the airport together, which was really nice.

 

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Anyway…after a 14 hour flight, I arrived in Cape Town after a short stop off in Johannesburg.

 

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Here is a handy travelling tip that I swear by….I always take my make-up off on long-haul flights. ALWAYS!

For this flight I used B Pure Sensitive Cleansing Wipes, they have a pH balanced formula that keep your skin soft and lift away impurities leaving your skin ultra clean and fresh.

They work a treat and are only £1 a pack, or if you can’t get them – then use Simple wipes or just a hot flannel or two to steam off your make-up and clean your pores.

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After wiping my make-up off, I used lashings of Sisley facial moisturiser and for my lips I popped on some Sisley Nutritive lip balm, and then put my eye mask on and went to sleep.

When I woke up my skin felt fresh and nourished.

 

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So, what have I been doing for the last few days? Well…more training really !

I’ve been back at army boot camp, but this time – NO MUD! This boot camp is in 32degree heat.

One word to describe it…Hardcore!

I have been learning so much about army like and I have been embracing it all. I’ve learnt how to hold and fire a gun which felt amazing- serious adrenaline rush, and by the way, they are really loud!

I have also learned to pack a medical kit and how to extract a casualty to safety.

We have started all our costume fittings, here’s my rack!

 

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We have also had a full read through of all the scripts so far, with all the cast in front of the writer, producers and director.  

The scripts are FANTASTIC, everyone was so excited after and we can’t wait to start filming – which is next week.

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We have also been doing hair and make-up trials for our characters.

 

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Products I am glad I have brought with me:

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

 

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I’m using this every other night on my face and neck.

You literally need one tiny drop and it goes a long way on your face!

It soaks into my skin while and sleep and in the morning my skin looks and feels so much more hydrated. Perfect for dry skin, or if you are working in air-conditioning.

Embryolisse BB crème Complexion Illuminating Veil
It illuminates the skin, blurs pores and fine lines, and conceals imperfections with its matifying, light-reflecting powders.

I’m not really wearing any make-up over here when I have some downtime, but this gives my skin a healthy glow. I love it!

 

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Before I sign off, I must wish my wonderful husband ‘good luck’ on his 14 mile walk tomorrow in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital.

His Uncle Eddie is fighting cancer there, and there is a group of them walking to raise money for this fantastic cause.

If you want to donate a couple of pounds towards his challenge, there is still time, please click on this link.

https://www.justgiving.com/EddieWrightfamily/?utm_id=5

 

Until next week

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

 

 

 

My latest beauty must haves and getting ready for South Africa

So , this week has mostly been about preparing and packing for South Africa to start filming for Our Girl.

I have been training with @Tercelmedicalgroup for the last few days to really get a feel of what it is like to be an army medic and to improve my fitness levels. I will talk more about this later, firstly it’s all about beauty!tops

After my shoot with Revlon last week where I used Revlon Colour Stay foundation, I thought it worked really well on my skin and it stayed on from the morning to the end of the day… So this week I’m wearing it day to day and I love it!

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It give great coverage but doesn’t look like your wearing lots. My skin feels like it can breathe and it isn’t greasy.

I have also been trying out the make-up from Topshop.

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I love this blusher colour it really suits me – its called Do It Again and its £7!!

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And I have been playing around with this concealer palette which is the bargain price of £12.

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Mix and match three colours to build customised coverage, counteract discolouration and hide imperfections.

It also has translucent finishing powder to set and finish for skin. I like the fact that mixing the colours will get you the exact tone you need, as your skin is not all the same colour all over your face. The consistency of the concealer is good too – I would say a medium coverage. You can get the palette in two tones – medium and light.

I love a bit of highlighter, especially on a night out and this one works a treat. It is a silky golden powder highlighter called Horizon and very good value at £10.

When I go to South Africa I wont be wearing a lot of make-up so I have stocked up on lots of my favourite products and make-up items that give a barely there look . Top of the list are my Origins ‘Pinch Your cheeks cheek tint in Raspberry

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And the Benefit Benetint cheek stain. I love these products for a natural blush and they withstand a bit of water so you can use it if you are sunbathing (of course I wont be doing any of that, but I will be in the sun a fair bit)

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I also stocked up on my favourite Dr Weil Mega Bright range by Origins – the foaming face wash, overnight mask and treatment lotion are all my must haves.

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The overnight mask is perfect to give your skin replenishment while you sleep Dr. Weil’s potent skin-brightening blend of Vitamin-C rich Rosa,Mulberry, White Peony, Chestnut Seed Extract and powerful hydrators dramatically helps boost resilience, visibly reverse skin tone damage, revive translucency and fade dark spots. My skin always looks clear and bright and feels silky smooth by morning.

My essential product of the week are my ever faithful Simple wipes… I always have a packet in my handbag… I’m taking lots to South Africa with me… LOTS!

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I went to Bluewater Mall last week and I couldn’t help take piccies of the Lipsy store it was a proud moment!

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The new collection landed last week and I’ve had great feedback from customers! Please keep sending me your pictures of you in my pieces and telling me what you think, I love reading the reasons for the outfits too – birthdays and weddings seem a very popular reason for one of my frocks!

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Speaking of clothes, I wore denim on denim this week which I love. My new shirt was from Mango and my jeans were from Topshop. I have worn double (and sometimes even triple) denim for a few years now…

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So, as I was saying earlier, I have been spending time training. I have been in Aldershot for 4 days at an army barracks. This was no picnic! I did dabbing (fast walking) patrolling, drills, some medical training, and combat control.

By the end (and the begining) of every day I was aching in places I never knew could ache. I lost count of the amount of press ups I have done.

If we answered a question wrong or we wasn’t listening properly we’d have to get down and give 10/20 at a time. I answered a few wrong :-(

We went for fast walks that turned into running for a couple of miles with the full army kit on and crawled through LOTS of very cold mud.

Even though the weather was bad – and by bad I mean hale stones kind of bad, we still had to do it!

Even though it was hard and pushed me physically and mentally, I feel a sense of achiement and alot of respect for anyone who has gone through this kind of training.

Thank you @tercelmedgroup for your fantastic training.
I am very excited to get started with filming now.

Lots of love from

Michelle xxx

 

My Revlon shoot and new trainers!

I’ve had a busy week this week working alongside Revlon. I had a Photoshoot for the next campaign which is out in Autumn. It was really exciting because I was able to try out new looks and products that aren’t out yet.

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The pictures look great and I can’t wait for you guys to see them! If you haven’t seen my Instagram there’s a picture of me blowing a kiss to the camera using the hashtag #chooselove it’s all about ‘spreading the love’ so please send me all your kissing selfies (add @revlon_uk) and I’ll share as many as I can.

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A few days after my shoot I was with the Revlon team again for my press launch! We had a room in the very beautiful Rosewood Hotel in London, all the products were on display for the journalists to see and even try a few out!

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I wore a floral boho dress from my Lipsy collection with ankle boots… Which all the girls raved about…(Thank you ladies!)

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The top product that everyone was talking about (no surprise) was the Revlon’s All in One Mascara… It does exactly what it says it does, it lifts, defines and volumizes. It’s defo a make-up bag essential!!

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I had my family down this weekend and I was thrilled when I was able to take them with me to film a pilot for a Friday night chat show with Gino D’Acampo and Dermot O’Leary. We had such a fun night and both hosts made them all feel so comfortable and welcome!

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I loved my casual outfit that I wore to, my floral shirt was from Topshop and my jeans and Khaki green drapped jacket are from my NEW Lipsy collection! You can get it now online Lipsy.co.uk or go into stores.

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My friend Sandy, who’s behind the beautiful Sandy Bay candles, sent me over some of her new scents… I’m obsessed with her candles! They last ages and the fragrance fills my whole house. Try the White Orchid, Vintage Champagne or the luxurious White Tea Lilly & Wisteria room spray.

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Sandy’s candles are perfect for gifts esp as Mother’s Day is coming up. Www.sandybaylondon.com for more info .

My purchase of the week are my NEW Balenciga trainers!!!! I’m so excited about them I’ve been trying to get my hands on a pair for so long… I follow an Instagram page called @xclusivesneaks and if you email him or DM him tell him what trainers your looking for and then his job is to go out and find you a pair.

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It’s so easy and it takes the pressure off you. I’m always on his website looking at the up and coming styles. Give him a follow or check out his website… www.xclusivesneaks.co.uk

Until next week,

Lots of love,

Michelle xxx

Valentine’s Day treats and a personal shopping experience in London

So the last week has been all about love because it was Valentine’s Day on Sunday.

Aaaaaaaah!

And I was very excited because it was the first time I was able to Instagram and Tweet the picture from my campaign with Revlon.

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We the got idea of me lying on the floor surrounded by Revlon lipsticks in the shape of a heart from Kendall Jenner’s Instagram post of her lying on the floor with her hair shaped like love hearts – we were all big fans of the picture, so we wanted to recreate it but with our own spin on it!

Plus the campaign that we’re doing is called ‘Choose Love’ so it tied in perfectly!

Like I said last week in my blog, I’m a big fan of sheet masks…So I’ll be trying lots of different ones and seeing which ones worked the best…

This week I used ‘Masque B.A.R Brightening Mask’ – It did what it said on the packet…

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My face afterwards felt fresh and radiant without the greasy residue, and the next day it certainly made my skin look more even…

My make up glided on and looked really smooth!

Loved this product. You can buy it online at Amazon or Boots for around £9.99 and you get three sheets.

So, where was I?

Oh yes…Valentine’s Day…

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Mark took me to one of our fave restaurants in London, Sushi Samba…It was perfect.

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We could definitely feel the love in London that night…The building, which was directly in our eye line while we were sat at the table, was decorated in gigantic love hearts with red lights.

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The restaurant treated us to their signature Valentine’s Day cocktail, that not only tasted amazing but they were also so pretty….Too pretty to drink!

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We ate lots of tasty sushi and we even tried caviar although Mark wasn’t much of a fan! Hahaha we had a lovely night, it was very special.

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I haven’t been out shopping for a while so this week I wanted to treat myself esp as Spring is only round the corner…

I nipped to the personal shopping in Topshop on Oxford Street and a shop assistant called Lauren really helped me pick out a few good bits!

My fave buys were my new denim bomber jacket with the sheepskin fur lining.

I’ve been after a bomber for a while but I never knew what to put it with.

Lauren was very helpful and told me if you keep everything else neutral and wear the jacket and a cool pair of boots they become the key pieces.

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So I treated myself to two pairs of boots, both very different; the red patent boots looked great with black jeans and a shirt and the grey suede boots looked great with the bomber and a t-shirt underneath or the stripe jumper and a pair of the navy high-waisted shorts!

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The most practical item I bought was the stripe jumper I could put it with everything, ripped jeans, shorts and dungarees.

If you hadn’t already noticed stripes are everywhere at the moment and are a key trend for this season.

They also come in and out of fashion so much that your stripey purchases are worth keeping for years to come!

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Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Photo shoot trip to South Africa for my next Lipsy collection

Hi all,

So I’m back on UK soil again after working away last week in Cape Town.

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I’ve posted a few pictures from the trip and some of the press have said that that I went over to South Africa to start filming for the BBC’s Our Girl, which is not correct, as I don’t actually start filming ’til next month!

I have a few more weeks here before I start my exciting new role!

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Anyhow, I was in the stunning city of Cape Town for just under a week. I took my dad with me which was lovely as I don’t spend as much time with him as I’d like because I live down south and he is back up in my home town of Manchester.

I always say this but I feel so lucky to be able to visit all these beautiful places around the world with work, and I never get bored of travelling as I love meeting new people and exploring new places.

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The best bit about this trip though was the quality father and daughter time we had and experiencing a bit of South Africa in between me working.

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I was fortunate with the fact I had a couple of days off before the shoots started so we had a great time exploring the countryside; we went to different beaches, went wine tasting in the South African vineyards and ate in great seafood and sushi restaurants.

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I was shooting my next Summer/Autumn collection for Lipsy. The range features more knits, which look great on camera, but it was a tad uncomfortable to shoot because of the 36 degree African heat (it’s actually summer out there right now).

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There are also more parka jackets as these were really popular last year, and some gorgeous staple long dresses!

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Can’t wait for you to see shoot in all its glory, I think it will be released end of Spring :-)

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This wine was my favourite from the wine tasting afternoon.

My dad bought it for me as a surprise and gave me it while we were leaving, thanks Daddy! Such a treat!

It’s a delicious Shiraz, quite spicy and with hints of blackberries. Check me out ha ha ha, I am a wine geek!

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I am not sure you can get it in supermarkets but I think you can get it from specialist online wine stores.

After being away, early mornings, sun, and long spells of travelling, I needed to rejuvenate my skin so I have been hammering these products:

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I also loved this mask – skin felt smoother and plumper after just 20 mins…

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http://whenmask.com

I used the ‘When’ mask the night after I got back and the travel mate is a bio cellulose sheet mask which contains moisturising ingredients to help skin recover from sun, wind and the drying effect that air conditioning can have…Perfect!

Sooooo…is love in the air for any of you this Valentine’s Day?

A few people have asked me what I am doing this weekend and the answer is – I don’t know yet!
Would be nice to have some quality time with my husband and go for a meal in London or Essex.

Until next week,

Lots of Valentines love!

Michelle xxx

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