Afternoon tea at the Hilton and my make-up artists’ beauty tips

It’s been a week in both Manchester and Essex, which has been really nice. Work is going very well and the cast and crew on Ordinary Lies are great.

I got a day off in Manchester so I caught up with some friends  (including adorable baby Ruby!)  in the Hilton hotel’s Cloud 23 bar – it’s got seriously impressive views of the city with floor to ceiling windows, high up on, yes you guessed it, the 23rd floor, of the Beetham Tower on Deansgate.

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We enjoyed afternoon tea (delish!) and then I went for a wander round town with Lauren my cousin. I picked up this snugly jumper from Whistles. Can’t wait to wear it, it’s very warm & soft.

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Also this week I have continued in my quest to find out more about how to achieve flawless skin. There is definitely a knack to it and who better to ask , than a couple of the brilliant creative experts I work with.

Collette Casey, one of my fave makeup artists, swears by using a decent Primer.

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Collette said: “Priming you skin before foundation is something that once you try and see the difference you will do forever – it evens out any dry or oily areas fills in fine lines, smooths open pores and acts like a film over the skin so your foundation glides on perfectly – they are separate primers for the eyelids because eyelids can often get hot or greasy and your eyeshadow can crease and move after a while.

“It also helps to even out the lid colour and hide those tiny red veins that are sometimes seen on the eyelid and makes a perfect base for eyeshadows. On the face I like to use the Benefit Porefessional or Smash Box primer and for the eyes I use a few different ones – on olive skins Benefit Erase Paste or on eyelids with a lot of veins Benefit Lemon Aid and another favourite of mine is Mac paint pot in Painterly.”

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I also asked Collette about other tricks she uses to help get a flawless and flattering finish .

Let me know if you try it ! Tweet us your before and after pics on @collette1976 & @michkeegan !

Collette said “Always buff the foundation once applied with a stipple brush to even out the coverage , use a concealer two shades lighter than your foundation under eyes in a triangle shape then your T zone area and again buff in with a soft brush will brighten your face and make it photo ready. ”

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Another makeup artist I work with a lot, Emily Clarkson  (@emmyclarkson1) said : “To create flawless looking skin you need to start with a great moisturiser, Embryolisse (which is a French skin care brand) Lait-Crème Concentrè is beautiful moisturiser as a great base to then apply your foundation on top of! It’s quite hard to get in the UK but good news that Topshop online now sells it.

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“Also , adding a pea sized amount of Laura Mercier Radiance Primer into your foundation will give you that dewy, glowing skin which photographs beautifully.

To finish after foundation  I recommend these lustre drops from MAC,  they will last you a lifetime! Just a few pats on the tops of the cheek bone as a highlighter will give your skin that beautiful glow!”

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I always forget to put primer on so I during my shopping trip in Manchester I got some Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer and the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (thank you for the advice Emily !)  I’ve also got the Porefessional that Collette loves. I have used Porefessional before and my makeup definitely stays on better.  Will let you know what the Laura Mercier products are like.

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Oh and I also stocked up on their AMAZING smelling body and bath range – Almond Coconut Milk sugar scrub and wash and the Creme Brûlée body moisturiser. It smells good enough to eat. Very rich and thick in sweet dessert scents. Yummy!

My Dermalogica products are still going down a storm too. My skin is looking significantly clearer and feels soft and smooth. I also love their Extra Firming Booster .

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It’s very light and clear but skin does feel more taught especially around my neck and forehead.
You can’t use it alone as a moisturiser though, you still need one on top of it as my skin does feel a bit dry when you apply it on its own. I’m still loving the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate drops for serious skin regeneration though.

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Honestly my dressing table is starting to resemble Boots – I’m trying so many products right now !

Until next week

Love from

Michelle xxx

Autumn fashion , skin care and Strictly!

Hope everyone has been having a good week. It’s really starting to feel like Autumn now isn’t it ?

I love this time of year , it’s still warm and there’s plenty of sunlight , and fashion wise, its time to get out your hats , boots and statement coats to wear over your dresses and jeans..

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Here’s two of my favourite #lipsylovemichelle autumnal coats – this black PU sleeved coat is smart and sexy – looks great over a dress or leather trousers and killer heels. And this girly pink coat with white faux fur collar – great for jazzing up a dark outfit , plus pink is actually quite a flattering colour to wear too

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Belted coats are really in now and I really like these : wood blend navy trench from And Other Stories and this camel wool blend belted cape effect collared coat from Zara . Ooooh and check out this uber cute grey cape coat from Juicy Couture . I love this and would wear with black leather gloves , mini skirt tights and boots .

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I’m still on a quest to better my hat collection and found this blue felt fedora in Whistles which I like but it’s a bit pricey at £60 – would have to wear it ALOT ! This one which is by Cartozi and exclusive to ASOS is a more modest £35 and is black so will go with more or less anything…

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I haven’t had chance to do a lot of shopping this week as I have been filming up in Manchester most of the week, but I did get some new Lavish Alice pieces – I really like this black collarless cape blazer and wore their new season bottle green jumpsuit to Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night , and my silver handbag is one of my faves that I have had for a while now , by Coast.

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Yes it was Marks first proper dance ( cha cha cha with a cheeky lil ‘worm’ thrown in at the end !) with Karen and I was SO proud of him, he danced so well, but I’m not gonna lie – he was SO nervous beforehand . Here we are after the show relaxing in the bar

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Nerves are a bugger , they are so hard to shake off , I can get them badly too, especially at red carpet events or awards. Deep breathing exercises can help because they slow your heart rate down , or focussing your mind on something else, but that’s easier said than done! Marks got a great teacher in Karen , here’s me and her after the show, she’s so lovely and a very talented dancer. I think Darcy was right when she said Mark can go a long way in the competition!

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There were some other great movers especially Jake Wood , Caroline Flack and Alison Hammond , it’s going to be very competitive ! The atmosphere inside the studio was buzzing though and i loved the live band , they were very impressive.

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I’ve been trying out quite a lot of my new Dermalogica products and I’m very impressed. I’ve already raved about this one : Daily Microfoliant – it’s gentle to your skin and only activates when in contact with water so the more abrasive you need it to be , the less water you add. My skin feels super clean and soft afterwards and not overly dry like you can feel after you use some other scrubs… After this I apply the Dermalogica ‘skin hydrating booster’ and then my favourite Origins Dr Weil Mega Bright serum and my skin is set for the day . My pimples have improved a lot too so that’s a pretty good indicator that something is happening below the surface.

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This Multi Vitamin Power Firm Serum by Dermalogica is seriously good – you put very small dots of it around your eye area to combat fine lines. The best way to get rid of these kind of lines is Botox , but I can’t have it as I need to be able to move and express my face ( otherwise acting would be pretty tricky!) so this is the next best thing. I don’t quite know how it works but fine lines are most definitely less visible. Kiehls do a similar one called ‘Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate’ and it’s equally as good and there isn’t much in it price wise. I don’t think either product would diminish heavier lines but for anyone looking for a Botox alternative I would suggest either.

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Until next week!

All my love
Michelle xxx

I’m starting my new job this week!

So this week I start my new job! So excited! Finally finally I can tell you! I have been cast in a brand new BBC drama series - Ordinary Lies. It’s set in the offices of a motor showroom, and is about the little white lies that people tell and how they can spiral out of control. The writing is amazing (the series is written by Emmy and BAFTA winner Danny Brocklehurst) and there’s a fantastic cast including Mackenzie Crook, Max Beesley, Jason Manford and Sally Linsday. My character is called Tracey, but I can’t tell you anything else about her just yet, don’t want to give anything away! I’m honoured to be working with such a talented group of actors and can’t wait to start filming… Oh and another great thing about this job is that it’s being filmed in my home town of Manchester! Yep, it’s back up the M6 for me for a while…! michelle4Here’s me in the make up chair trying out some looks for Tracey, and randomly after I read through the script, I bumped into someone wearing the leather jacket from my Lipsy collection. She looked great! I was well chuffed :-)michelle3 In other news my daddy Mike came down to spend the weekend with me. We had a lovely time together and went to Sheesh in Chigwell for dinner which is one of my favourite places to eat in Essex. Here’s me with my dad… Untitled-1 michelle2 My next wave of the #lipsylovemichelle collection was released this week too. You can buy it in store and online this week. I wore this outfit out to Faces on Saturday with Mark, you can get the skirt from www.lipsy.co.uk. lipsy When I was up in Manchester for the read through I got the chance to see some of my bestest girlfriends. We went to this great ‘urban pub’ in the city centre called Beef and Pudding. It has been recommended to me by a few people so I had to try it in. Firstly – LOVE the name and secondly – LOVE the food. Deeeeeelish Sunday Roasts, hearty British dishes and it’s very reasonably priced… the only criticism I have is that I got a parking ticket because I went five measly minutes over. Boooooo! Fines aside we had a great giggle and have started planning the hen do for next year woohoo! Check out www.beefandpudding.co.uk and make sure you allocate enough parking time to your car :-))) michelle5 I also popped into town to get these gorgeous bits from Boux Avenue. How cute are these?!! I also got this gorgeous tomato red dress from Blonde and Ginger, love the style and cut. It’s very smart and could be worn for a dinner date or a business meeting. bits On Wednesday Mark came to Manchester for a few days and I decided to treat us to some very special pampering so I booked us into our favourite spa over in Huddersfield called Titanic. It was soooooooo nice!!! He had a full body massage to ease his muscles after all the dance training he’s been doing, and I had a Decleor Aromassage and an Elemis Visible Brilliance Facial, and my skin looked so clear and radiant after. Untitled-8 michelle7 michelle8 We also went into their snugly relaxation room to have a snooze and enjoyed the heat and ice rooms which are great for circulation and for cleansing your pores. If you’re feeling run down, want a first class pamper, or just need a to unwind for a day I recommend Titanic in spades – Go to www.titanicspa.com for more info. michelle9 michelle10 Until next week. All my love, Michelle xxx

Spending time with family and the TV Choice Awards

I want to start off this blog by saying how pleased I was that Corrie won best storyline at the TV Choice Awards this year. Hayley’s cancer storyline was moving and beautifully written. I was surprisedd that Julie Hesmondhaulgh didn’t win best actress though because she was amazing during Hayley’s final months.

It was so good to catch up with my old friends on the show. Mark and I went together which was lovely . My dress was the same one I wore to the Jonathan Ross show earlier in the year that my pal – fashion stylist Kelvin Barron got for me .

It’s by a cute brand called Blonde and Ginger http://www.blondeandginger.com/ and they have some other really nice tailored pieces on their website.

My shoes were Kurt Geiger but they look like Jimmy Choo! Here’s a nice pic of myself and Mark on the red carpet :-)

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We sat with Richard Arnold, Mary Berry amongst others and had had a fun evening.

I really liked what my friend Brooke Vincent was wearing at the awards , I thought she looked really stylish and cool in her Forever Unique black and gold two piece and slick pony tail. She was actually wearing real Jimmy Choos as opposed to my similar KG ones !

My make-up artist Colette gave me a smokier eye than normal (we decided to go a lil crazy , ha ha) using the HD Brow Palette , Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow palette in Dolce Vita and Shu Uemura individual eyelashes which I loved, and my hairdresser Reuben Wood did a really natural blow dry on my hair to give it a bit of bounce. Thanks team!!

Over the weekend I had spent a lovely time with my mummy who came down to London to help me start making a very important decision – yep – its time to start thinking about my wedding dress! No pictures or clues I’m afraid !! It’s top top secret! Instead, here’s a picture of us enjoying afternoon tea at Claridges which was a super treat and SO delicious.

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Speaking of food I have been a bit of a masterchef this week , having put together a tapas evening at my house for my cousin Katie who visited , and the following night I made a mean and lean spaghetti bolognaise for myself and Mark. I’m not gonna lie I was pretty impressed with myself ha!

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I have been trying to get to the gym a bit more but guys, I’m struggling ! I dislike it SO MUCH and have been finding much more important things to do this week instead (eg the dishes , sorting my wardrobe, anything really that doesn’t involve excersises!) I’m going to try and be good next week instead. Here’s me in the gym last week in my http://www.peaceloveworlduk.com/tracksuit bottoms, not actually doing very much, but hey I was there which is an improvement on this week!

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Now, one of the perks of having this blog is being sent products to try every now and again… This week I have been treated !

First of all, actress , presenter and all round fashionista Patsy Kensit is launching her own beauty and skincare range. Now, this is a bit of an exclusive because these are only samples, and I have been told the packaging will be changing a bit( I do actually quite like the girly pink and white though?) but I have to say I am REALLY impressed. My favourite products from the range are the ‘Gentle Pearl Face Exfoliator and the Refreshing Face Spritzer which is now my new must have for your handbag. You spray it all over your face if your skin feels dehydrated and in need of a pick me up, and it smells floral and fresh.

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The range isnt on sale anywhere just yet, but I think it will be very reasonable price point when it is . Well done Patsy!!!

Secondly I need to thank the lovely people at Dermalogica for sending me loads of their amazing products to try out . My skin is playing up at the moment , so I’m going to see how it fairs out next week when I use some of this. I have already tried the Daily Microfoliant and it’s very very good – my skin was soft clean and silky smooth afterwards… here’s me at home – mid scrub! I will report back on some of the other products soon..

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This week I also shot the first of 4 spring fashion campaigns for Lipsy. Can’t reveal the actual clothes but here’s where we spent the day- in a stunning home in leafy Middlesex . The house was on beautiful land and was surrounded by a private lake . I spent my lunch break feeding the huge fish !

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This week Lipsy and I decided to release 3 new dresses – you can buy these gorgeous LBD’s now from the website www.lipsy.co.uk and they are available to buy in stores nationwide next Wednesday .

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This weekend I’m spending some quality time with by daddy Mike and then I’m up in Manchester for a couple of meetings early next week. It’s not long till I start my new acting job either. So excited!!

Until next week

Michelle xxx

London, Manchester and the latest on Strictly!

It’s been a busy old week for me – first of all, I met a lovely girl called Ellie through the Ray of Sunshine charity. Ellie wanted to be a model for a day so she joined me on a photoshoot in London. She’s only 11 years old – what a natural she was in front of the camera! Here’s the two of us together:

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Mark and I went for a day out in London this week because we love our trips out together and haven’t had one for a while with us being so busy. It was loads of fun, we went to Harrods – check out these amazing chocolates (yes I DID enjoy farrrrrrrrr too many!)

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We also had oysters and champagne which was deeeelish! We stayed in one of our favourite hotels in London- the Malmaison @TheLondonMal. The service is always very good and I really love their cool bar called ‘Stripbar’ downstairs (no it’s not an actual strip bar!)

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I managed to get a bit of shopping in too and have treated myself to some new bits – thus as follows: new NARS foundation. I have never used their foundations before but this Sheer Glow Foundation is very impressive. Gives a lovely satin/glowy finish. Very JLo!

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Also got some of this which I ADORE from Laura Mercier – Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Cream. It smells good enough to eat (don’t try to though, I’m fairly sure you would get ill!)

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This 4 day moisture body oil spray from Sanctuary is also really lovely. It’s very moisturising and luxurious but isn’t greasy at all. It’s only £6.99 and a little goes a long way. Well worth a purchase!

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I’ve also got this from Kiehl’s for my face – my skin is better than it was a couple of weeks ago, but not entirely cleared up – the mask is very impressive indeed. Your skin feels so soft and smooth when you wake up in the morning!

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I was lucky enough to be invited to another wedding last weekend – this one was my stepdad’s sister’s wedding, and I went with my mum, brother and stepdad Dave, here’s a pic of us all dressed up!

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We had a great time – here’s a typical picture of me and Andrew mucking about :-)

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I wore a red dress from Zara to the day do (my bag is Reiss), then changed into one of my favourite dresses from my Lipsy Love Michelle range for the night.

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It’s cut to give you the illusion of curves and I think the length is very flattering too. This dress is great for so many occasions and is £65.

While I was up in Manchester I also popped into Annie’s for afternoon tea and a good catch up with my Corrie friends, Paula Lane and Jennie Mcalpine. They are both pregnant and looking blooming lovely :-))) It was so lovely to see them and we had LOADS to catch up on. Annie’s is Jennie’s tea/dining rooms in the centre of town, and she’s done so well with it. Such a gem of a place in Manchester, with delicious northern hearty food: click here to visit their website.

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Now that it’s going to start getting a bit colder, I am on the hunt for some key autumn pieces. I’m getting more and more fond of hats, I wore my old Mango one on my day out in London with Mark and I think it really helped finish the outfit off. Please tweet me if you spy any cool baker boy or fedora hats on the high street over the next couple of months so that I can add to my growing collection!

I think it’s always good to invest in a few good quality sweaters as it starts to get colder, and I have spied this beaut from Juicy Couture which they do in 3 colours – pink, grey and black. It’s a cashmere poncho and looks so classy and will last a few years. It’s £206 but I think it’s worth it for a good quality wool like this.

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I went to watch Mark in rehearsals for Strictly. I’m so excited and proud of him, his dancing has already improved so much in just a few days. Can’t wait to watch the first show! Here we are backstage. My dress is from Uniquo in Bluewater and Mark’s outfit is from ermm, the costume department at Strictly!

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Next week I am off to the TV Choice Awards in London.

I’m looking forward to it very much because I’m presenting an award – Best Drama Series – and I’m looking forward to seeing all my old pals from Weatherfield, especially Cath and Brooke!

And finally, don’t forget you can get a copy of my first official calendar from Monday!!!

It’s available to buy in HMV, Clinton Cards and from Calendar Club, Play.com, Amazon as well as www.danilo.com.

See you soon girlies!

Until next week,

Love from
Michelle xxx

Loved ones getting hitched and congrats to Cath!

First of all I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to my dear friend (and fellow HELLO! blogger) Catherine Tyldesley on her wonderful news! She is going to be an amazing mummy! We are going to catch up over the next few days because it’s been a while since we last saw each other and I can’t wait to see her and and give her and her bump a big hug :-)

I’ve spent another lovely week chilling out at my new home and just going to the gym occasionally, and getting to know my new neighbourhood.

My new acting job starts next month so I am enjoying this down time as much as possible because it’s going to get very busy for me again in about 4-5weeks.

First of all here’s a picture from a recent shoot I did with the British Heart Foundation.

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It was in conjunction with DFS about a great initiative they have – if you buy a new couch from them they will arrange for your old one to be picked up and sold in one of the British Heart Foundation stores nationwide wide to help raise funds for this worthy cause. I didn’t need this couch anymore when I moved to Essex, so that’s exactly what I did! For more info go t …

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I was invited to two weddings over the bank holiday weekend and they were both such lovely days. First of all Mark was an usher at his friend Nick’s wedding to partner Ella, this was on the Saturday – here’s Mark (looking very dapper) and I.

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Then we drove up to Manchester late on Saturday night to attend my stepbrother Craig’s wedding to Stacie on the Sunday…

Here’s me in a summery Lipsy dress giving my daddy Mike a hug, and one of me with one of the guests who happened to be wearing one of my Lipsy Love Michelle dresses! I was so chuffed and thought she looked gorgeous in it!

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You can still get it for £60 from www.lipsy.co.uk

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And here’s me with Mark :-) I’m really looking forward to him doing Strictly and will be so proud of him. He’s going to train really hard, I bet the competition will be fierce this series!

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Before both weddings I enjoyed some much needed pamper time. First of all I had LVL lashes done by a great beauty therapist called Lisa Kempley. This is one of my favourite beauty treatments because it curls your lashes and really opens your eyes up. If you have your eyelashes tinted too then there’s no need to wear mascara. It takes about 30 mins and although it’s not that comfortable sat there with your eyes closed with weird pads over them, you can just daydream a bit and listen to music. LVL lasts about 6 weeks for me and I really recommend it.

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I also enjoyed playing with my new Cloud 9 Waving wand and used it to style my hair for both weddings, decided for both to leave it down with some volume and some very subtle waves.

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I used a decent heat protector first – it’s SO important to use one! Kevin Murphy do a great smelling one called Damage Manager. p

I’ve still not quite got rid of the patchy skin on my forehead, I’m starting to wonder if it could be the Southern water affecting my skin?! Anyone else get it too? I have just bought some Midnight Recovery Concentrate from Kiehls to see if that helps. It’s the dogs doodahs! blue bottle 0001

I went for a bit of a scour in the shops too this week and got myself a fab new fedora from Zara and some cute chunky knits. Yes it’s that time of year again – you may assume my favourite season is Summer but it’s not – it’s Winter and it’s not that far away! h

I love it when the weather turns and you an start to layer up your looks, wear chunky knits and big warm coats, get the knee high boots out from the back of the wardrobe, and dress an outfit up with a big statement scarf or cool hat.

I’ve also started looking for a dress for the TV Choice Awards which is Sep 8 in London. Not made my mind up yet what I will be wearing for it, I think it will probably be a suit or a cocktail dress.

I really like Sandro at the moment. Some really strong pieces in store now. Lots of tailoring sheet panels, monochrome and LBD’s …

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Will be keeping my eyes peeled for a great dress!

Until next week,

Lots of love
Michelle xxx

Official 2015 calendar cover , moving dogs and chilling out down south !

It’s been a lovely lazy (and rare) week spent in Essex with my mum, brother and Mark. I was in Manchester on Sunday and then we drove down with some more things from my house and set about buying lots more nice things like bedding , utensils and glasses..

It’s definitely starting to feel a lot more like home now – and that’s because the best thing that happened this week… my babies have moved in!! Yes!

Phoebe and Pip have arrived! They are so excited about their new residence and spent hours looking around and sniffing everything ha ha. It feels like I have really moved now that they are here!
Here’s me with Pip (She’s the naughty one) who looks very settled doesn’t she!
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And here she keeping guard by the door – in her little bed of course!
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Here they both are together! Phoebe is so patient with Pip, who is so cheeky and barks at everyone (except me!) Phoebe is very well behaved and even does tricks but Pip doesn’t do any, she does exactly what she wants to do ..
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Here’s me and my amazing mummy Jackie, she has helped me loads with the new place ( thanks mum!)… we treated ourselves to a Dominos takeaway with champagne on Wednesday night…

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In this piccy I’m wearing some of my new lovely lounge wear from Peace Love Clothing – the company I told you about last week. I love it – so comfy! www.peaceloveworld.com
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Seeing as this week was a chill out week, I have spent a bit of time enjoying my beauty products and catching up on my sleep. Haven’t been to the gym, it’s actually been nice not doing much at all.  I recently got a new wand for my hair -’from a company called Cloud 9 and have been having a play around with that. It’s very good and heats up in about 7 seconds… This one is great for creating loose curls – The Waving Wand . www.cloudninehair.com… A good beauty investment !
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Also tried out this 3d mascara – from Younique which you apply after putting on one coat of normal mascara. You put the gel on and  then coat your lashes in the teeny tiny fibres after . It certainly gave the illusion if my lashes being fuller and a bit longer, but  some of the fibres did come off under my eyes after a while. It’s good if you need a bit of oompf though and dont like wearing false lashes!

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I’ve also been trying out some new face masks as my skin has gone a bit dry and patchy recently (maybe I’m allergic to the British sun ? After all it’s been a full 2 weeks since I was abroad last ha ha)
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I tried this one by Kiehls – it’s an Algae Mask! Yes Algae as in green gungy seaweed type stuff. It smelt a bit fresh, but wow my skin felt smooth afterwards. It’s not the cheapest but the tub is big and a little goes a long way… Also tried No Puffery by Origins , it was quite sticky but there was a decent improvement and my skin looked a lot clearer afterwards.
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For a bargain face mask that will give you instant results I would suggest Soap & Glory – No Clogs Allowed . It’s a tenner and well worth it because it does refine your pores and leave your skin with a healthy glow. It goes on a bit like a mud mask and heats up as you apply it but soon cools down. I really like it – it’s a good one to use before a big night out , and he Morning after the night before for that matter!!
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Before I sign off I can FINALLY show you the front page of my first ever official calendar. I’m SO happy with the pictures! You can pre order it from www.danilo.com and it’s available to buy from HMV, Clintons, Play.com and Calendar Club from Sep 8th…
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If you remember – I went to Pollensa Majorca back in April to shoot it with my creative team of Alan, Laura, Fay, Lorraine and Collette. We worked hard on the images, and deciding which ones made the calendar was VERY tough. Hope you like it!!!!
Until next week
Love
Michelle xx

Partying with Brooke Vincent in Ibiza

So I’m back on UK soil, after having a fab break in sunny Ibiza. I was over there for a photoshoot and luckily got the chance to relax with my friends, including my cousin Katie who celebrated her birthday there and one of my best pals from Corrie, the one and only Brooke Vincent.

Brooke and I used to share a dressing room and we have a similar sense of humour. She’s huge fun to be around and I’ve missed her since I left in April so it was lovely to have some QPT (quality party time) together!

Here’s us in Ushuwia and us at the Lipsy Ocean Beach pool party.

 

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We also went to Pacha which was amazing. The nightlife over there is really something.

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Once back in Essex my mummy Jackie and my stepdad Dave came down to stay with me in the new house. We did some serious homeware retail therapy, I also managed to get my hands on this gorgeous new pair of new look shoes – perfect for a LBD or trouser suit at the absolute bargain price of £34.99. No, they are not home wear, but I could wear them in the house??!!

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I also got this really cute necklace from @sparklingrings, I haven’t taken it off!

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I have been searching for some new lounge/chill wear and spent ages wandering around Westfield some some comfy clothing… but couldn’t really find anything that caught my eye – so it was a sheer fluke this week, when I got sent this gorgeous new range from Miami.

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It’s starting up in the UK via www.bestfriendshowroom.co.uk (the website isn’t live yet so if you want to get some of the range now – go to www.peaceloveworld.com) and the clothing is really soft and feels quality, fits really well and I love the slogans on the tracksuit tops and t shirts.

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Reminds me a bit of the ‘Wildfox’ Brand but the cost is a little less.

Look at these! Really cute, perfect for travelling, yoga or just snuggling on the couch with a brew and a mag!!

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This week I stood in for Mark Heyes who is the fashion expert on Lorraine. I really like working with Lorraine Kelly and Kate Garraway… They make presenting look so easy, and if I’m being honest – it really isn’t! You have people talking into your ear while you are talking to the camera and it’s very fast paced but the show is very professional and I always enjoy going on.

While I am on the subject of TV it won’t be long now till I can let you know what me next acting role will be!! I’m SO excited about it, it’s a serious drama and can’t wait to get started on filming which will be later next month… As soon as I can tell you more I will :-)

The second phase of my Lipsy collection was out nationwide on Wednesday. I love the campaign images, we shot it at the very cool London ME hotel here’s a few of my favourite pieces :-)

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You can get the new phase on www.lipsy.co.uk on ASOS.com in Bank and Lipsy stores too.

Until next week
Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Adjusting to our new home and my trip to Ibiza

I’m writing this while sunning myself on the White Island. Yes, I’m in Ibiza for a few days for a photoshoot… It’s over 100°f today … Hot hot HOT!!!

This last week has gone in a flash! On Saturday I was in Scotland doing personal appearance with my dad (Mike). He enjoys taking me to the Scottish ones in particular because he has scottish heritage, plus it’s nice for us to get some quality time together. I’m not going to lie though, the weather was SHOCKING! It rained practically the whole time we were there. There’s not much to report on the fashion front from that trip only that I kept warm in one in one of my own Lipsy designed navy blue parka jackets, blue jeans and Wellington boots…

On the Sunday I flew into London for Mark’s sister Natalia’s birthday which was so much fun and it was nice to get back to the house in Essex again too. We are really enjoying making it our home. Here’s Mark looking very pleased with himself, hosing the garden!

 

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I had to have a relatively early night because I had a campaign shoot for Lipsy on the Monday. It was in Surrey in a hugeeeee mansion. Look at this! It was like a hotel! We did some investigating and found out that it was on sale for a modest £12million… Wowsers. Here’s a few sneaky pictures for you :-)

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The shoot was for my last Winter collection with Lipsy. It’s going to be out mid October and it’s all party dresses and winter warming coats and wraps. We have started working on designs for Spring now, yes I know it’s August but that’s how it works in the world of fashion. After finishing the shoot I had to go to the Sanderson for a PR morning to release the new phase of my Lipsy collection. It’s a little more Autumnal with darker colours of Ox blood, black, monochrome, deep blue and fiery red. I have kept cuts and style simple, with more cocktail dresses, jump suits, a gorgeous tux shorts and jacket with black PU lining. It’s on sale in shops on August 13th and also on www.Lipsy.co.uk. This is me wearing one of my favourite pieces- a black jumpsuit with lace panelling – I’m with top fashion blogger Danielle Peazer (@daniellepeazer www.idlelane.com ) and she is wearing another one of my dresses a nude knee length one shoulder piece which is perfect for a date night :-)

 

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HELLO! Online at my PR morning !

With Ainhoa Barcelona from HELLO! Online

Look at #nailgate !!! It's got polish on it for the first time !!

Look at #nailgate !!! It’s got polish on it for the first time !!

That evening Mark and I enjoyed a date night at one of our favourite restaurants in Nobu, Mayfair. My dress is from my new Lipsy phase. Here’s us at the table.

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So now I’m gonna fast forward a bit to today! It’s Friday morning in beautiful Ibiza and I am loving it here.

Laura my publicist and I in Ibiza!!

Laura my publicist and I in Ibiza!!

Managed to get a little trek out to some of the cool little clothes shops. I do love picking up gems from local boutiques. Here’s some hippy beachy dresses I spotted.

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My team am I went to a really quiet part of the island for a photoshoot. The location was a ultra modern villa set into the hills. It was really something.

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Not sure if I could ever live in a place like that, felt more like a set than a home- here’s a few sneaky pictures from the shoot – just look at that view!!!

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Until next week,

Love

Michelle xxx

My nail drama and spending time with family…

Sooooooooo, let’s start this next blog with the ongoing drama that is #nailgate ! Yes people, I have an update for you …. My nail is growing back!!!!
Look at this!! I think it’s only been 4 weeks till I trapped it in the front door (still makes me wince when I think about it) and luckily Mother Nature has decided to bless me with a new nail. So relieved!!! It’s still a way to go till it’s looking more normal but I’m very happy about this…
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Aside from #nailgate it’s been quite a quiet week in the grand scheme of things…
Still settling into my new home. My mum and brother came down to Essex at the weekend to help me unpack and settle in. Mark was working away so it was so lovely they joined me…
After a day spent cleaning and shopping I took them both to one of my favourite restaurants in Essex- Alec’s Fish Restaurant  http://alecsrestaurant.co.uk
It’s delish!!! Here’s us sat on the balcony …
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And here’s a pic of my mum enjoying a couple of cheeky cocktails. Go on Jackie!!
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I headed back up to Manchester on the Monday night for a shoot on the Tuesday in nearby Whitefield. I can’t say too much about it but it was extra fun because my two dogs were in one of the pictures!
Andrew (my brother) brought Pip and Phoebe along and it was so entertaining watching them in front of the camera. Phoebe (sausage dog) is as good as gold but Pip (chihuahua with proper small dog complex) on the other hand, is a total scallywag and wouldn’t sit still and kept running round barking at the crew. Here’s a pic of her milling about near Andrews legs ha ha…
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On Wednesday I went to a Lipsy fitting in Manchester Malmaison. The team came up to meet us to discuss the next photoshoot which is next week… The theme is called ‘Starburst’ and this is making me very excited!! It’s a really Christmassy one – lots of fab party dresses, long and short, an amazing play suit and some snugly jumpers and warm coats too.
We are shooting in a top secret location (it’s in the country…. In the south…. In a huge mansion …Yep, that’s all I’m giving away!)
I promise I will sneak a few pics from behind the scenes and show you next week… My Lipsy Love Michelle  range is selling really well, so thank you to everyone who has bought pieces… The next wave is hitting shops and the www.Lipsy.co.uk website on August 13th.
This one has more monochrome  pieces, body sculpting dresses, a statement jumpsuit and much more more… I hope you like it! Please keep sending me in pictures of you in your #LipsyLoveMichelle outfits . I love seeing you all in them.
To round off the week I visited a couple of Lipsy stores to meet some competition winners and see my collection in the shops.
Here’s me in the Manchester Trafford centre store with some lovely ladies who were buying dresses for special occasions.  Hope you like them Georgia, Ruby, and Lily!!
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After Manchester we went to Liverpool to the launch of the Bank store there. It’s a high street store that house lots of great UK based labels including mine and I couldn’t believe the amount of people that turned up to see me. Thank you so much to everyone who to came to see me it meant so much!
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Until next week,
Lots of love
Michelle xxx

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