Mark makes the Strictly Final, and attending the Millies.

HURRAY!!!!! MARK IS IN THE FINAL! SO, SO proud of him! All our family and friends are. Thank you SO MUCH To everyone who voted for him. He’s going to go all out for the final and I will be there cheering him on :-)

Here’s a pic of him and Karen after the show.

I went on Saturday night with his family, the atmosphere in the studio was buzzing.. Karen and Mark have worked so hard for this, and it’s extra special for Mark as he is the only one in the final who has never had any dance training prior to the show, what an achievement for him!

Here’s a pic of me and with Mark, after the results show having a much earned beer … (I’m wearing my new season Lipsy Poncho)

Earlier in the week we both attended the Millies at Greenwich Maritime Museum. It was such an honour to be invited. We had a wonderful evening, and met so many service men and women… hearing their stories was very moving.

I will be doing more with the Help For Heroes charity in 2015. .


The head of external operations there is a man called Mark Elliott (Hi Mark!). And he has asked me to highlight a very special plight – about homeless veterans this Christmas.

There is a project that H4H is championing, which is an incentive by one of their sister charities – Walking with the Wounded

Inspire your friends, colleagues and family by walking home from work this Christmas – no matter how far or how long it takes – to raise funds for those who won’t be spending the festive season at home with their families.

You basically pay £15 to the charity and the money goes directly to their £40k homeless project called Make It Work which helps wounded, injured and sick veterans who have become homeless back into work.

So, ditch the train, the bus, your car or your bike, put on your trainers or walking boots and get walking. The only rule is that you have to do the walk between 15 – 23 December and be home safe in time for Christmas. So not only do you help a good cause, you also get fit!

Anyway, back to the Millies- Before the awards I had some pamper time and the day before I tried this Bliss instant energising mask and eye gel – my skin felt very clean, a bit dry but tighter and the pores were less visible.

Then on the day I used this Radiant Glow Express Mask by Sisley – well it certainly does what it says on the tin.

My skin was soft smooth and glowing after just 10 mins of putting it on. I also used this Origins GinZing eye cream to brighten and depuff my eyes. I’ve used it before and think it works a treat ..

Remember last week I said I would be wearing a Mark Melia gown? Well it was sent down to my house in Essex but not in time ! Gutted! Not to worry it’s just one of those things, I will definitely be wearing it to another red carpet even as it is such a beautiful dress and Mark is a great designer…

So luckily Essex isn’t exactly without its ultra glam ladies, so I headed to a great boutique in Chigwell in Essex called Debra. I found this elegant evening dress which was perfect for the occasion.

I wore jewellery that Mark Melia provided for me (sent earlier than the dress, ha ha). Here is their website – they also sell online – have a look if you still need a Xmas day or News Years WOW frock!

For my hair I had a simple blow dry and had my fringe pinned off my face. I used this new bit of kit that was sent to me by Nicky Clarke. The heated rollers are really good, they left my hair full of bounce with a gentle curl.



For my make-up I kept it quite simple with a slick of red lippy, used these Ardell false lashes for some extra lash oomph, and I used the Nars Hot Sand Illuminator on my arms and collar bone.



Here’s some pics from the night – The Millies is on ITV1 on the 18th December I think!


Aside from the Milles and Strictly, I have just been relaxing at home in Essex and had a few meetings. It’s actually really refreshing to be doing nothing for a change, I’m not lying when I say it rarely happens! I’m popping back to Manchester for a few days this week to see family and friends and then it really will be Christmas time!

I don’t really know what I want for Christmas, I have asked for a nice big make-up organiser box, and some comfy pyjamas, I know… not very glam pahahaha, but so long as I am around my loved ones this Xmas then that’s enough for me. :-)

Until Next Week ( and after the Strictly final- exciting!! !!!)

Lots of Love

Michelle xxx

Mark makes the Strictly semis, The Millies and Christmas make-up must haves

So I’m going to start this blog by saying hurray! So proud of Mark for making it to the semi-final of Strictly. How amazing has he done?

He’s trained so very hard and it just goes to show that hard work does pays off. I think he is the one who has improved more over the weeks than any of the other dancers, especially as he had never had any dance training before. He’s so grateful to everyone who has voted for him (as am I!), and to his dance partner Karen - and he’s really looking forward to Saturday’s show.

This week I have hardly done any filming with Ordinary Lies – as I didn’t get back from South Africa until Wednesday morning and then spent the rest of the week catching up with myself. Filming is starting to wind down for Christmas now and I’m very fortunate to be getting some real time off this year. I’m going to try and get all my Christmas shopping done in good time and not race around the shops all in a day like I have done in previous years…

Here are some more pictures from the shoot. South Africa is a beautiful place, I was completely in awe of the scenery. I would have loved to explore a bit around Cape Town but it was literally arrive and work, and then leave!






The make-up artist I was working with over there used this on me and I was very impressed! It’s just £16 by The Body Shop and a fraction of the price of the NARS Body Glow which is £44. It’s a shimmering dry oil, great for shoots and for nights out because it gives your skin an even bronzed/golden glow with a hint of a shimmer – without looking greasy.


This is one of my must have winter nail colours too by Chanel. It goes with everything and doesn’t chip.


I have asked the wonderful Collette Casey @collette1976 @vitalcreatives – who is one of the best make-up artists I work with – for her recommendations on winter sparkly make-up and gift ideas for your girlfriends.


Collette said: “I have managed to have a nosey around the shops this weekend and as usual I ended up in the beauty department! I spied some lovely Christmas gift sets so I thought I’d tell you what caught my eye.

“MAC are doing some great gold pigments for the eyes. They do a gift set with five different shades in and I love them all! So nice to add over the top of your eye shadow or even on its own for a little Christmas sparkle. I also like to use a tiny bit in the inner corners of my eyes to add some bling.


“Benefit are doing some amazing little gift sets too! They have put together some of their best sellers all in miniature form so it covers everything you need. I spotted a great one with some of my favourite primers, mascara and bronzers in. To top it off they are in the cutest packaging!


“I don’t know about you but when the weather gets a bit colder and I’m inside and outside with filming my skin can get very dry, I’ve been using Origins “Make a Difference – plus+” Rejuvenating moisturiser and it’s made a huge difference. Then if I want to put a little bit of foundation on I’ve been using Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. It’s really light so just gives your skin a lovely glow plus it has SPF20 in it for added protection.”


Thanks Collette – I’m wayyyyy ahead of you on the Origins suggestion – already bought that bad boy and lots more! My skin is definitely going drier in the colder months so it’s a good job I have stocked up on my favourite products by (the aforementioned) Origins and Dermalogica – lots of good stuff for my face and body.

Here is a selection of my skin must-haves.


Since being back from South Africa I have been loving my Paleo food – thank you to I enjoyed a Full English the other day – you don’t get many of them on the average healthy eating plans!

Here’s a pic of some of the yummy food I have been sent. Delishhhhh!


I am off to the Millies (The Sun Miltary Awards) on Wednesday. It will be my first time on a red carpet for ages, and I am looking forward to it very much. I have asked a great designer who is based in Liverpool City Centre called Mark Melia to design me something and we have come up with something really elegant. Here’s a sneak preview – that’s Mark in the picture. His website is and he’s lovely, nothing is too much trouble!



On Friday myself and my best friends all went for a big catch up meal in Manchester city centre at one of our fave haunts – Rosso. It was Beckie’s birthday, and here she is with her cake awwwwwwwww!


Here is a shot of us all together. I love our get togethers :-)


It’s also been lovely getting the house all ready for Xmas – I have already got a few of my favourite candles from burning to flood the rooms with gorgeous smells like Nutmeg and Ginger, Inspiring Spice and Vintage Fig…I will be decorating the tree over the next couple of days so will put a couple of piccies up next week to show you…

Until next week

All my love

Michelle xxx


Christmas is coming, and top tips for sparkly festive party hair

Hurray! It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Have you all got your advent calendars? And your Christmas Jumpers?

Here’s a GREAT one from


I’m away on a photo shoot at the moment (yes, I know…back in the sunshine AGAIN!) and we are in the most amazing place. I’m very lucky to be able to come to places like this :-)

Here’s a pic of me on my way to the airport.



And here’s a couple of pics from one of the locations:





As soon as I get back I will put up my tree at home and decorate the house. It’s our first Christmas together in our new home and I’m so looking forward to having a lovely time with all our friends and family. I’m not as busy filming wise this month for Ordinary Lies as I was the last few months, so I will get some much needed chill out time – hurray!

Speaking of the festive season, I have been spotting some great hair styles and asked top hair stylist Alex Foden to give me (and now of course, you!) some top tips for festive party hair.

Alex @MrAlexFoden has worked with some of the best known tresses in the business, including Amy Winehouse and Lindsay Lohan, and has a real flair for creating gorgeous looks.

Alex said: “This Christmas’ hair trends are all about adding sparkle and glamour with a good old bit of glitter as far as I’m concerned!

“From subtle to completely in your face, this is a look taken from the catwalks and a favourite of stars including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence and Rita Ora. You can achieve this so easily yourself at home with just a few styling products and glitter colour pots of your choice.



“This style worn by Beyoncé is so simple and fast.

“Just go online and order yourself some clip in glitter strands. Add a 50 pence sized amount of Kérastase Forme Fatale Voluptuous blow-dry gel to the hair using the product on the fingers and taking it through from root to tip then blow-dry the hair straight and smooth.


Kerastase1“Pick up small pieces of the hair and back comb at the root ready to clip each strand in to so that it’s nice and secure and won’t slip. To help with that back combing I love to use Kérastase VIP Volume in powder. Do this on either side and then let the top sections down and the strands will break through the hair as it moves.

“Add some extra shine and calm any frizz using Kérastase Touche Finale serum and Gloss Appeal Instant Shine. Now you’re ready to add your Christmas sparkle.  Place your hair in to the desired parting then section off the top inch either side.Kerastase3

“Jennifer Lawrence sports this next classy look by weaving some dazzling jewels in to this tousled hair up. Add some Kérastase Spray à Porter tousled effect spray to damp hair and blast with the head upside down with a diffuser to achieve a nice wave and movement to work with.





“Section the hair in to 5/6 wide sections and loosely plait the hair with hardly any tension so the movement and almost thrown up look stays in the hair. Starting with the bottom plait pin from side to side. Add the first lot of beading in to the hair and work around the plait. Take the next plait at the same time as wrapping the beading.  You can grab beading like this from somewhere like Claire’s Accessories or Accessorize or take a long necklace of your choice and this will be just as effective.


“You can add more bling to this by using singular hair jewels also available at Claire’s Accessories or any Indian clothes store will have some amazing hair jewels and pieces.  Finish with Kérastase Laque Noire extra strong fixing spray, some Gloss Appeal Instant Shine and you’re ready to dazzle!

“Taking this look to a much more dramatic level Rita Ora shows just how funky you can make it with multiple tones of glitter panels including bronze, gold and silver whilst mixing it with her normal hair.


“Start by prepping the hair with Kérastase VIP Volume in powder then start to back comb away.  Take out a few random sections around the front and section away so that the glitter does not go on to them.

“Mix together L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.Art Glue with large amounts of your desired coloured of glitter for each panel. Stroke large amounts of this through the hair then pin back loosely still leaving the front sections away and dry with a diffuser at a distance so not to cause any flyaways. Once dry take the front sections over spray them in to place with Kérastase Fix Fabulous Precise fixing spray, pinning them if necessary and you’re ready to go.

“So this Christmas get yourself ready with your pots of glitter and experiment away to get that fairy like sparkle that everyone will lust for…it’s this Christmas must have!”

Thanks Alex!

I absolutely love the Jennifer Lawrence hair style that Alex has championed, it’s so pretty and feminine. I have just confirmed that I will be attending the Millies in London with Mark on December 10th and if I decide to wear my hair up I want it to be like that. Gorgeous…I like Rita Ora’s glitter hair too, but I don’t think I could do the glitter streaks myself it might look a bit messy if I did it ahahahah!

If any of you try these styles and get handy with the glitter – please tweet me some pictures I would love to see them.

I have been sent this hairdryer to try out by Parlux. Alex tells me it’s like THE BEST hairdryer to have, so I will report back on its performance soon.


Another way to add a bit of sparkle and glow this month is to put it on your skin.

I love body moisturiser products that reflect the light. These products give you a healthy shimmer on your skin and also look great in photographs. The Vita Liberata Capture the Light range is one of the best on the market today come in a few different shades – the ones that suit my skin tone best are Latte and Gold.



Oooooh before I sign off for today – here is a picture of me wearing my new leather skirt from Zara that I mentioned here last week – I teamed it with a silk shirt (also Zara) and some new nude strappy sandals from Stuart Weitzman at Russell and Bromley. I really like this look, perfect for a dinner date or a business meeting.



Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx


Leather skirts and getting festive

Brrrr! It’s getting colder now ! Here I was last week getting some rays in the beautiful sunshine, and now it’s proper wrap-up-warm weather!


This week I am loving leather skirts. I had the chance to pop out and do some shopping and picked up this beaut from Zara. It’s a STEAL at just £25.99.


I haven’t worn it out yet, but rest assured  I will do!

I have also spied these ones from Mango and from Espirit (you can get it from ASOS. I think the leather has to be good quality, and not too shiny for this look to work well, and the skirt to be just on the knee.)


I would team it with a oversized or long clutch, and either over knee black boots or these MUST have shoes I have seen from Dune which I LOVE!

I’ve also bought this lovely coat from Almost Famous. It’s not the cheapest at £229 but I think it will last a few years, it’s timeless in style and it’s very good quality.

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This week was a bit of a prep week for me, so I went to Essex and caught up with myself after filming away and also hit the gym a bit too. I had a meeting with Lipsy up in Manchester about my Spring/Summer collection and I’m very excited about it. The first wave will hit the shops just before Christmas! I’m hoping to be able to give my Hello! blog readers a sneak preview too.

On Saturday I went up to Solihull to launch the big Touchwood shopping centre festive celebrations. I’ve never been there before and I have to say – the people who turned up to meet me were all so lovely.


Thank you Solihull for giving me such a good welcome! I wore my Lipsy poncho – you can’t buy it on the Lipsy website anymore but you CAN get it from the Next website. It’s very snuggly and perfect for this time of year.

I teamed it with a polo neck jumper, black jeans that I have had for years (I think they are Topshop) and some Zara cream boots. Here I am arriving:

Thanks to everyone who brought calendars and posters for me to sign too!


I had a lovely morning and came away feeling even more festive. I can’t wait to put my tree up. In fact I might just do it this week!!!

Straight after my PA in Solihull I had to jump in a car to take me to Elstree to watch Mark tango on Strictly. I loved his performance I thought him and Karen did incredibly well. He’s so tired at the moment bless him, he’s working so hard!

I used this mascara by Benefit – ‘Beyond Mascara – They’re Real’ on Saturday, and I’m not sure if its waterproof or not but it didnt move or even smudge all day . Very impressed.

I also wore my favourite pearl studs from Pearlescence.


and these very cute and delicate bracelets from Chlobo


This week I will be mostly up in Manchester filming, and hopefully I will get some time to start planning my hen party! It’s all top secret I’m afraid. I mean, I don’t even know half of what my gals are planning for me… all I know is the dates and the location so who knows what will be going on!

Until next week

All my love

Michelle xxx

Winter skin – advice and recommendations, and a sunny filming trip abroad!

Hi everyone!

Have you had a good week? I have been out of the country on a top secret filming project for Ordinary Lies. It went very well, and I am not going to lie – it was lovely to be in the sunshiiiiiiinnnnneeee! and to get a few hours of downtime on a sun lounger, was very much enjoyed.

Here’s some pictures of me and some of the cast/crew – this is me with Gemma & Fiona our two fantastic make-up artists, and Charelle who is my co-star on the series.


Here’s myself and Charelle on a scooter – my playsuit is from Primark! Love the bright colours and it fitted really well too.


We had SUCH a good time and all got on very well.

I made sure I watched Mark’s performance on Saturday night – I thought his and Karen’s charleston was SO GOOD and my dad Mike and stepmum Lynne went down to support him in Blackpool too, so that was nice. I’m very proud of how well he is doing, he’s been so dedicated, and I think he’s really starting to shine on Strictly.

Anyway its back to errrrr not so sunny Manchester now, and yes, I AM feeling the chill! I have kept up with my training over the last week though and have been working out in my new Lipsy Sportswear.
My favourite pieces are these slogan T’s :



Also, this week I have changed my healthy eating plan to the Paleo eating plan with

The Paleo plan is a different way of eating, a nutrient dense plan… lots of protein! The Paleo Diet is based on how humans used to eat as cavemen, WAY back in the day, before processed foods etc. the philosophy is this – If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you.

My ex Corrie co-star and friend Cath Tyldesley swears by Paleo for good health, so I thought I would give it a whirl. Will let you know my thoughts soon and will tell you if I am honestly missing carbs or not!

To find out more go to:


Now with Winter now well and truly here, it’s so important too look after your skin. Mine does get quite dry during the cold months so I change my skin routine a bit. I tend to go for cream based moisturizers instead of serums, and make sure I put on plenty of eye cream in the morning and the night time.

My favourite eye creams are Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Dark Circle minimizer which has a goldy tint to it to help with brightening your skin under the eyes.


And Dermalogica’s Intensive Eye Repair which contains Vitamin A and Pro Vitamin b5 to help with fine lines and improve elasticity.


Before I moisturize at night I make sure my make-up is all off by using this Kiehls Deep Pore Cleansing Mask which foams a bit when you add water and gives your face a really decent clean without drying out your skin and making it feel taut.

mkblognewa It contains Amazonian clay apparently too (not sure what that does but it sounds good!), the cleanser claims to help reduce the appearance of pores. I have been using it for a couple of weeks both in hot and cold weather and I definitely see an improvement.

Rich moisturizers I am loving at the moment are Dermalogica Skin Smoothing crème during the day and their Super Rich Repair moisturiser at night.


This is the Don of face creams that I have tried – it contains powerful peptides help stimulate collagen production while an acid-free smoothing complex helps improve elasticity and tone. It’s by no means the cheapest product on the market though – (its £62 but a little does go a long way!) and if you are looking for something more affordable then I would suggest The Sanctuary Moisture Miracle Balm ( absolute BARGAIN at £7.50) or the Laura Mercier Mega Moisturiser £42.50 which really hydrates your skin and contains lots of Vit A + E too.



I also asked one of my favourite make up artists Emily Clarkson @EmmyClarkson1 for her tips on Winter skincare – her comments below:

“With the winter season fast approaching, it’s time to start preparing your skin for the cold weather. I always start firstly by using a great cleanser. I first used this Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm years ago when my skin was extremely sensitive and prone to breakouts and it completely changed my skin! It’s perfect for removing make up at night and I also use it in the morning to clean and cleanse the skin before moisturizer.


“A great moisturizer is key to keeping you hydrated throughout the day, if you have read Michelle’s blog on radiant skin you’ll know we love the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre, it is amazing and perfect before applying make up- you’ll really see the difference! My clients love it! (


“If you have extremely dry or flakey skin and need a moisturizer that is thicker and more intense- Origins ‘Make A Difference Plus +’ is instantly effective and is incredible for targeting extremely dry areas.


“It’s really important to keep your lips protected against the cold weather, we all know how frustrating chapped lips can be! This Dermalogica climate control lip treatment- is perfect for repairing any damaged skin and really helps protect against the coldest of days!

“Lastly but still just as important, don’t forget to keep your body moisturised! This Soap & Glory body butter lotion smells unbelievable and keeps your skin silky smooth and smelling great all day! Double up on your elbows and knees for the best result! “

Thanks Emily for your expert advice!

Before I sign off this week, I must let you know about my official posters that are now on sale in HMV, Poster Lounge and GB Posters –


The pictures used were some extra images from my 2015 Calendar. I LOVE these pictures and hope you do too… if you go to the GB website you will see a competition to win a signed one from me too! :-)

All my love




Winter party hair and birthday celebrations in Essex

Have you all had a good week ? I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of days off filming, so I headed back to Essex to have some quality down time.

First of all this week I want to wish my friend Reuben Wood congratulations for 10 years in business in Manchester.

Myself and Mark with Reuben at his 2nd salon launch party earlier this year

Myself and Mark with Reuben at his 2nd salon launch party earlier this year

He is a fantastic hairdresser and owns two busy salons, one of which also doubles as a photo studio. He had a big knees up in Manchester but I couldn’t be there as I was in Essex, but I imagine there were some sore heads afterwards pahahaah! I asked Reuben’s advice on key looks for winter hair, basically because I needed some hair-spiration for party season! and this is what he said:

“This season I am loving the the new not so up do! One of my favourite looks from the catwalk this season was with Amanda Wakeley, I assisted Tina Outen to create the beautiful swept back look for her latest runway show.


“I particularly love this look as it is so easy to wear, and looks great on most face shapes. It’s also a great way to get longevity out of a salon blow dry, so if you get your hair done for one party then you could do this look for day two or three and really make your blow dry last.


“This look was also seen on Rosie Huntingdon Whitley on the red carpet. Think sleek modern almost sculptured hair with a architectural feel!


“Still rocking this Winter season is the braid..See here on Kristen Stewart for Chanel it is almost a little punk inspired and looks really cool for party hair.


“You could use clip in hair to make the braids ( I would suggest as they have a really wide selection of shades and styles) and grip them into your hairdo or use your own if its long enough!

Great products to achieve these looks, are the Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray, his shimmer shine for the sleek modern look and a pair good old GHD big irons!”

rwblog6 or @reubenwood

I will definitely be taking his advice on the AmandaWakeley/Prada look I think its really stylish and elegant, hopefully I will the opportunity soon as there’s so many invites coming in for Christmas do’s!

Speaking of party season, I did actually get to one this weekend! It was for Mark’s brother Josh who was celebrating his birthday. My dress is my new season Lipsy range and I love it and got loads of compliments on it which was very nice :-) You can get it here -

Here I am with Eddie Mark’s granddad, my cousin Katie (who was rocking a similar dress!) and Josh, his gorgeous girlfriend Hollie & of course Mark looking very handsome in his tux. It was a fantastic party!



My friend Krystal did my make-up for me, I really like how she did my eyes, and she used one of my fave products on my face – the Charlotte Tilbury contouring pallet. This useful compact is a must have for any handbag!


Finally I’m chuffed to bits about the sales of my 2015 calenda. Apparently its doing really well and I have had so many tweets about the pictures – so thank you to everyone who has bought it and has tweeted me, I am so pleased you like it, because I really do too!

Here is a link to the website that you can buy it at :

You can also get it from Amazon, Play, HMV and Calendar Club.

This is one of my favourite pics – the top is like a back to front waistcoat made by a Liverpool based designer called Mark Melia. I love this look, its not something you can wear round the pool though, I would look a bit OTT! But it works for this kind of shoot :-)


calmichkcoverlowres for more info on his creations..

Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

Getting back into the gym, fright night and Strictly Come Dancing

I’ve been filming all week again in Manchester, but despite the early starts I have managed to get my ass to the gym a few times so I’m feeling pleased about that, I try and do a mix of cardio and squats, lunges and press ups using weights for about 45 mins to an hour. I still hate the thought of going but once I have been I feel so much better!

I invested in some new gym gear to motivate me to go a bit more, this kit is all by Nike . The trainers are really comfy and I like the neon pink colour too.



I’m still doing the SoulMate healthy eating food plan too and love their smoothies in particular, as they are filling and taste really good. Even the green ones!

This one is carrot and ginger and was delish.

michelle4 for more info.

On Halloween I finished work around tea time and managed to get down south in time to go to ‘fright night’ at Thorpe Park with Mark, his sister, brother and our friends. It was a bit chilly – I’m wearing one of my favourite #lipsylovemichelle coats , you can’t buy it on the Lipsy website any more but you can get it from Next still I think?

We had a fab night, here we all are together :-)


And here’s me (looking slightly paler than usual) with my cousin Katie !


On Saturday day I went to the gym (third time this week! ……I’m in the ZONE!) and got ready to go to watch Strictly and support Mark. My dad Mike came down for the weekend, I love it when he comes to visit.

Marks uncle Eddie and aunty Debra also came with us to sit in the audience , and Debra looked lovely in one of my Lipsy creations!



I had a bit of a play around with some of the new make-up before we set off for the studio.. I think this hydrating primer by Laura Mercier is one of the best on the market. I did my make-up at 2pm and it was still fresh at 11pm after sitting under studio lights for 4 hours.


I also love this ‘Boing’ concealer by Benefit . I use colour shades 2 & 3 for a bit of subtle contouring on my face and I like the consistency of this concealer as it’s not too heavy on your skin but it glides on and gives very smooth and even coverage.


Anyway , back to Strictly – Mark was amazing on Saturday night! Karen choreographed such a fun, and slick routine …. Their jive was awesome!

I’m so proud of him, he’s doing so well :-))))))

These pics are taken backstage at Strictly, I’m wearing my new season #lipsylovemichelle blue and black blouse, I love the lace detail on it , you can get it now from:


I like wearing a blouse or shirt on a night out, and there are some great ones on the high St at the moment.

Check these out!

Here’s a couple I like from All Saints


And these from TopShop


And these are from ASOS :


I love this white blouse maxi from ASOS !! Really cool and a snip at £30…


Until next week

Love from

Michelle xxx

Filming Ordinary Lies and my beauty and fashion must haves

It has been another busy week on the set of Ordinary Lies. There’s a real camaraderie amongst the cast and crew and I’ve struck up some really good friendships which is really nice.

Here’s a picture of me with some of the gals!


One of the cast members is Jason Manford, he’s a very funny guy (yes I know , he’s a comedian, he’s supposed to be!). He made a joke on twitter a couple of weeks ago that I’m playing his wife in the series, however I’m actually not! The press keep writing it every time we get pictured now, sorry to disappoint guys but Jason was having you on!

I’ve been keeping warm on set in my Australia Luxe boots. I’ve had them a while, a couple of years at least, and they are so snugly. Bit more expensive than Uggs but they last for years and I think they are funkier looking too.

Here’s some other designs they do that I have my eye on:


As I said the other week, I’ve had my hair extensions taken out now, and I’m giving my hair lots of TLC so that it’s in the best possible condition next year.

I have been using this Philip Kinglsey Elastizer and it’s seriously good.


The way it works is this: Healthy hair stretches when wet before returning to its original length when dry. However hair in poor condition snaps and breaks when stretched (like mine!) Intensely moisturising Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture to the hair’s cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down or coating the hair.

You can notice the difference in how your hair feels and looks after the first time you use it!

Have you every heard of a make-up brand called Kiko Milano? It’s a leading Italian cosmetics company, they launched in 1997, and aren’t that well known in the UK, but the brand is growing fast so they must be good! I have been sent some of their pieces. Love the packaging especially the decent sized mirrors in the eye shadow compacts, and will be trying these out properly in the next couple of weeks.


I’m still loving all my Dermalogica products (especially here two below) and can say that my skin is sooooo much better than it was a couple of months ago. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly has made it improve, but combined with healthy diet, lots of water , skin supplements and of course all the different potions and lotions I have been trying on my boat race, this seems to have done the trick!


Finally, I must tell you about this gorgeous Orange Flower & Lychee body mist from Kiehls. Now I tend to stick to perfumes, but this scent is so delicious that I don’t need to put anything on over it and it’s a handy handbag size. Next time you pass the Kiehls counter – ask for a spray! It kind of reminds me of a morning summery holiday scent, combined with my favourite Lychee Martinis from a restaurant in Manchester called Australasia. YUM!


Until next week
Love from
Michelle xxx

Making a house a home, cheeky night in London, and top tips for healthy hair

This week has been a mixture of filming up in Manchester and getting my home all nice and organised in Essex.

We are so settled in our new home, it’s like a real sanctuary now, and I have to thank Laura and Sarah who run an interior design/furniture shop business in Essex called ‘Stripes of Essex’.

They are sisters and have a sharp eye for detail, and have helped make the house into a home :-) can’t recommend them enough – thank you talented ladies!! To contact them please tweet @stripesofessex or here’s the website

Here are some pictures:

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In other news, I’ve finally taken out the hair extensions I had in over the summer, and it feels goooooood!

Instead for volume and thickness, I just pop in some Beauty Works clip in’s ( ) and they do the trick. They do them in lots of different lengths and colours and the quality of hair is very good.

It’s so important to look after your hair , and keep it in tip top condition. This week I asked one of my favourite hairdressers Reuben Wood, what his expert tips are on keeping your tresses shiny and lush :-)

Reuben said :
1 Try not to wash your hair every day, as this can strip your hair of natural oils!
When you wash your hair try using silicon free shampoo, massage you scalp, as this increases circulation and prevents dandruff. Repeat and rinse. Then use a good conditioner using stroking motions and try to avoid the roots, just mid length to ends! (For a bouncy blow dry) and try using the coolest temp, so that you don’t overheat your hair .

2 Avoid combing your hair when wet, as the hair is stretchy and can snap.

3 Always good to use a soft bristle brush, as this also helps spread natural oils through the hair!

4 When blow drying point the dryer down the shaft of the hair to smooth the cuticle, avoid pointing the hair dryer to the scalp.

5 Once a week use a good treatment (such as Kerastase Masquintense ) have a glass of wine and chill for a hour!!!!!

Pahaahaha, not sure what relevance the glass of wine has in keeping your hair in good condition, but who cares!

I’ve been continuing on my healthy (ish) eating mission with my SoulMate food plan

As I said the other week, I’m not on a ‘diet’ (I have spotted a couple of magazines suggesting this, and it’s not true). I have no desire to loose weight, healthy eating is just that- eating balanced and nutritious meals. I’m having three meals and three snacks a day!!!

I’m still enjoying Bootea too and have these tasty herbal teas instead of coffee, because they are much healthier.



Bootea teatox is from or Holland and Barrett nationwide.

Speaking of food, I went to London end of the week to see Mark , he was on ‘it takes two’ (here’s some sneaky lil piccies backstage).


Then we went to the INCREDIBLE Sushi Samba. It’s a mixture of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food.


Wow this was food heaven!! We had steak cooked on stones, delicious sushi and these ice cream parcel cake things (can’t remember what they were called) …. here’s me – wearing my new gorgeous faux fur pink #lipsylovemichelle coat, top is Zara and skirt Topshop. Gorgeous night!



My Winter collection for Lipsy London went on sale nationwide this week. Hurray!!! to check it out. Here’s some of my favourite pieces …tweet me @michkeegan and let me know which ones are your faves!



Until next week

All my love

Michelle xxx

Doing my bit for charity and catching up with my best friends

This week I was officially made a patron of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. I’m both honoured and touched that they asked me, I have been a supporter of the charity for a few years now and being Mancunian born and bred, I know the excellent work the hospital does and couldn’t think of a better local charity to support than RMCH Charity.

Having visited the hospital myself, and spoken to so many families of poorly children in their care, I have seen first-hand the difference that the charity makes.


Charitable funds ensure that the hospital environment is as child-friendly and as comforting as possible. They also support vital clinical research and provide state of the art equipment for diagnosis and treatment.


On Friday I met with the Chairman of the charity Maurice Watkins and we did a tour round some of the children’s wards. It was a very moving experience, and I will be doing what I can to raise money so that the children and families get the best possible care.


To find out more about the brilliant work they do go to :

Also this week I caught up with my best friends. We tend to all get together a few times a year and have a big ol night out and catch up!michelle6


We have all known each other since high school and our friendships are as strong as ever. We all headed to my favourite restaurant in Manchester: Australasia .


The food and service is unreal, if you go you MUST try their Lychee Martinis. FITTTTTT!! We all got different dishes such tempura prawns, sushi, blackened cod and, aherm.. More Martinis!! We were celebrating one of our gals – Robyn’s birthday.


Happy Birthday Robyn!!


I had to do some work for Lipsy on Saturday and met up with the design team to start work on the Summer collection for 2015, so I couldn’t go to the audience of Strictly (you have to be there quite early on) but I watched it live from home. I’m SO proud of Mark! I’ve seen him practice the Paso Doble all week and he was getting into this one more that the previous two as it’s quite theatrical, serious and masculine. I loved his ‘super-mark’ costume too haahah!! We have a couple of days together before I’m back up to Manchester for Ordinary Lies so we plan to just relax and spend time with the dogs :-)

Speaking of Ordinary Lies it’s been a busy week filming, I’m loving it so much. Here’s me getting my make up done on location.


I’ve started on a bit of a health kick. Please note – I’m NOT ON A DIET. I don’t need to be! I don’t need to loose any weight, I just like to eat healthy and I’m going back to the gym again because it makes me feel good inside and out. Therefore I have started on a healthy eating plan with the rather delish …. very handy if your on the go a lot (as I am!) as they prepare healthy and nutritious gourmet food – and deliver it weekly, straight to your door.


I’ve been getting more organised thanks to this very handy diary I was sent. It’s from a really cute company called . It’s got lots of positive and inspirational quotes in it and loads of sections for diaries, notes, planning, lists etc… Especially handy for anyone organising a wedding!!


Next week the main Winter phase of my Lipsy Collection is released. Its bursting with gorgeous glam pieces perfect for the festive season. There are some luxurious faux fur coats, cosy knits, beautifully embellished kimonos, tops and some show stopping maxi dresses!


The response and feedback about each range has been truly amazing, and I still get a huge sense of excitement when I see girls wearing pieces from my collections.

After a hugely successful Autumn Winter I cannot wait to unveil my Spring Summer 2015 to you all :-))))

Until next week

Love Michelle xxx

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