BAFTAs, girls night in Essex and my Lipsy London A/W launch

I was fortunate to be invited to the BAFTAs this year, and for the first time in about 3 years I have been able to actually attend (I have always been either filming or out of the country previously).

I love the BAFTAs. It is always a great turnout of people, very well organised and I love a good excuse to dress up!

I took my cousin Katie along with me as Mark was in Vegas. Here is a shot of the room as we walked down to the dinner after the awards. Loving all the feathers!

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I decided to wear this pretty mint green dress from Label Lab at House of Fraser.

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Yes I know! I saw the creases! I got the creases because I was sat down in a car for an hour beforehand. The fabric creased easily and it was a shame but saying that I still loved the dress.

Mint green is such a flattering and fresh colour and I like the back detail on the dress too – here is a piccy!

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My handbag was from House of Fraser and did you see my ultra pretty hand jewellery? So unusual! Here is a close up:

This stunning jewellerey is from from http://www.leivankash.com

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Founder of the brand Leila Kashanipour takes inspiration from her Persian roots, mixing her Iranian culture with the clean and contemporary lines of her life in London.

Since Leila founded the company in 2011 post graduating with a BA in Jewellery Design from Central St Martins, LEIVANKASH has become synonymous with style and fashion, with many famous ladies wearing her designs such as Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Olivia Palermo, Rita Ora…and now me! I love her pieces and will definitely be wearing more!

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I have been doing a lot of wedding prep this week. I am actually writing this week’s blog, sat in the hairdressing chair at Inanch on Great Portland Street. I love coming in here, and getting a good pamper.

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Mark has been on his stag party the last week so to keep me company some of my girlfriends and family came down from Manchester to see me.

We met up with some of the other Essex girls who also came on the hen party out in Dubai.

We all had a brilliant night down in Faces in Essex. Here we all are having a dance :-)

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The white two-piece I am wearing is from Miss Selfridge. Love my girlies, thanks for a fab night!

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Also, last week was latest my Autumn and Winter Lipsy London launch, which was held at the very sexy ME hotel in our capital city, London.

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I wanted to showcase the range as much as possible so we all agreed a do three changes on the day, I think the press loved the collection, we got loads of great feedback on it.

Here is a close-up of my make-up by my make-up artist Emily.

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I asked Emily what she used on my skin and here is what she had to say:

“When you’ve got great skin, my best advice is not to cover it all up but enhance your natural beauty!

You can always cover up areas of redness or blemishes with a high converge concealer. Michelle has amazing skin as she’s just been on holiday so firstly I prepped the skin with Embryrolisse moisturiser and then went in with the resultime CC Cream to give a glowing, dewy finish to the skin.

I used MAC moisture cover concealer underneath the eyes which has a great consistency as its really hydrating and doesn’t dry cakey. I love the NYX liquid illuminator to add a glow to the cheeks and highlighted and contoured with the B. Sculpted contour kit from superdrug- one of my new favourites!

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On the brows, Michelle loves the Charlotte Tilbury brow pencils which are amazing and super easy to use! We went for a natural but defined eye for the Lipsy Launch which is the perfect day look. I used Mac Bronze lustre drops as a base and set with the Naked pigment also by Mac. I used my firm favourite gel eyeliner by illamasqua and cut the ends of the ‘Demi-Wispies’ lashes by Ardel to give a more feline shape. Finished off with lots of Code Beautiful mascara and a subtle nude lip which was ‘Subculture liner’ and ‘Cherish’ lipstick!

To go from day to night super quickly, we changed the lip to Soar lip liner and smoked up with the eyes with the Tom Ford bronze quad!

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Thanks Emily!!!! loved my make-up ….

Lipsy surprised me with this absolutely beautiful flower wall.

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We had a party in the evening (also at the ME) and everyone tucked into canapés, champagne and cupcakes with edible pansies on the top!

These strawberries were FIT !!!!!!

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The collection is out in July – please let me know what you think – just tweet me on @michkeegan.

Right I need to go, I have the small matter of a wedding to organise!

Lots of love,

Michelle xxx

My hen party in Dubai

Hi everyone, hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday. I didn’t do much, just hit the gym and sorted the finer details of the wedding!

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Here is Mark sorting out the table plan – I was told that this is quite a stressful part to planning a wedding, but we quite enjoyed it!

Sooooo let me tell you more about my amazing hen party! There is a fab feature about the trip in this week’s Hello! magazine so make sure you get a copy!

First of all – some thank yous!
To the staff at the amazing Grosvenor House hotel and Al Maha Spa in Dubai thank you for making our trip so special.
To all my hens, thank you for coming and to Becky my beautiful maid of honour for helping to organise the trip!
Also a big thank you to the website  www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk for the cool games, Mark Wright masks (the girls took me totally by surprise when I came down to dinner one night wearing these!)

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The Grosvenor House Hotel is situated near the marina.

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And I was presented with a beautiful bunch the last night I was there.

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On the first night we all went to Toro Toro which was like a Latin American restaurant. It was delish, here’s some piccies from the night:

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We went out clubbing in Dubai that night and the following morning, I’m not gonna lie, there weren’t that many faces down at breakfast pahahahaha!

Becky surprised me and the girls with a huge stretch hummer type car/bus to take us out to another beach party the following afternoon.

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Apparently it’s one of a kind! I’m not joking it was massive! Like a nightclub inside. It even had a pole inside it (no idea what that’s used for pahaah)

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Here we all are outside the Grosvenor, the matching black kaftans were also a surprise – they were made especially for everyone, when I came downstairs I had no idea everyone would be wearing the same thing! I wore this fab white one and a ‘bride to be’ white bikini.

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On the Saturday we all went on an amazing day trip out to the desert. We were all picked up in blacked out 4x4s. Very cool!

The Al Maha www.al-maha.com is about an hour out of Dubai and properly in the desert. There is literally nothing around apart from road and sand. It was so very peaceful and and hot, hot, HOT!

We enjoyed a drinks reception, were spoilt with the most delicious Arabic food and rode camels at sunset.

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It was a very special day, spent with some of my all time favourite people. Thanks girlies!

For the last night we went to the amazing Siddharta Lounge – its just a stylish place.

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The hotel lights up at night

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View from the restaurant

Perfect for people watching and enjoying the views as it’s an open restaurant situated within the hotel. It even has a pool.

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Me with my girlies

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Me with Lauren and Roisin

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My earrings from Merola – GORGEOUS

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Cool shoes, pearl anklet and sparkly gel toes!

All in all this was a magical trip and I cannot wait to go back!

This is one of my favourite pics from the trip. Taken by one of the hens on our flight home! :-)  I was so tired at this point – I actually slept the whole flight back to Manchester!
The bear was a gift from the general manager Pam – Thanks Pam!

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Soooooo lets move on tooooo TEETH

I get asked a lot about my teeth. A lot of people comment to me about my teeth and I think they assume I have veneers – which I take as a compliment :-) sorry to disappoint but they are all my own!

I have had YEARS of braces to correct the position of my teeth… visible and non. I’ve had a wire at the back of my teeth which snapped and caused my teeth to move which wasn’t great!

For the last year I have had an “invisilign” by my dentist Sandeep at Smile Stylist Manchester http://www.smilestylist.co.uk/

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So, Invisalign is the clear alternative to a traditional braces. I’ve had great results, and the fact that you can’t see it was a big factor in my decision to get one.

This weekend Mark is off on his stag – so I’m having a few of the girls from Manchester including my mum and aunty down to Essex for a post hen night with the Essex ladies… Can’t wait to catch up and share stories about our trip! Will let you know all about it next week ! Lots of love Michelle xxx

 

Beach beauty and my accessory faves

Hi everyone, and a very happy Wednesday to you all!

I’m writing this blog having just returned to Manchester after celebrating my hen party with my female family members and some of my closest friends. We had the most amazing time and stayed at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai. Mark and I stayed here with a couple of friends over New Year, and it was then I decided this was the ideal place for my hen… I will tell you all about it over the next couple of weeks. Promise!

Here’s a couple of snaps from inside the hotel :-)

 

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(one of the pools!)

 

I feel very inspired about summer fashion after seeing so many beautiful women from all over the world. Basically I am loving colour right now. Winter is a time for black and grey – summer is all about the white and the brights! I love these dresses from Topshop and Zara.

 

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I wore a lot of white on my trip away – here is a pic of me on my way to dinner at Siddharta Lounge.

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This dress is one of mine with Lipsy London, and it’s also the one Denise Van Outen wore on Alan Carr Chatty Man a month or so ago. It’s my favourite piece from this latest collection, I love it.

 

Tips for looking your best on the beach:

For makeup on the beach – unless you are really suffering from a sore head from the night before it’s better to wear none, or as little as possible.

Before I go away, I get a procedure on my lashes called LVL which curls them and then I get them tinted black so that I don’t need to wear mascara. I also get my brows shaped too.

I only wear a cheek stain because they last under your sunscreen and blend in well giving your cheeks a healthy glow – and, most importantly, it doesn’t cake or fake easily.

My two favourites on the market by far are the Benefit Posietint, which is a girly baby pink …

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and Origins Pinch Your Cheeks in raspberry, which is a much deeper pink – more like a rose –  and has more of a gel texture than Posietint. It stains your cheeks and is waterproof.

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The only other thing I really wear on my face is a sunscreen (SPF25/30) and lip balm – I love Rodial lip balm (but mine actually melted in the Dubai heat).

There are loads you can buy for a quid or so at Boots, and up to a tenner for the more expensive brands.

For my hair, I tend to stick it up in a big bun so that it’s out of the way. Spray it with a leave in conditioner and a heat protector to stop it from drying out in the intense sunshine.

For nights out, I really like those pretty headpieces you can buy – my cousin Lauren wore a gorgeous one from TopShop – she looked just like Princess Jasmine with it on.

Here’s a few from TopShop and Miss Selfridge I like:

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I also like big thick disheveled plaits. Using a salt spray can keep your plait together for longer and give it a more beachy look  – or you could just let your hair flow free in the sun and the sea. That works just as well, but I prefer my barnet off my face when I’m sunbathing!

I really like body jewellery on the beach too. My other cousin Katie wore a really pretty belly chain at the pool parties we went to and I love my real pearl anklet from
www.pearlescence.co.uk.

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But ladies – go easy on the bling! Otherwise, it looks way over the top and a bit cheap. Also – metal gets hot in the sun so it can actually burn you!

A pet hate of mine is heels round the pool. Or even worse – the beach! It looks totally wrong – and also, they are totally impractical. You just can’t walk on the sand! Sandal style wedges are fine if you need a bit of height at a beach party, but stick to flip flops and flats please!

Don’t forget your hat either.

A wide brimmed one doesn’t suit everyone but they keep the sun off your face and you can look super chic.

I wore a white one like this over the weekend and I loved it:

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I’m not a fan of things like sun visors but they can look cool if you are a model, and are good for keeping the sun out of your eyes if you are playing tennis of course!

Flowers always look pretty in your hair, girls! Jazz up an outfit with one of these floral headbands – accessorise have some really cute ones:

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Anyway, I need to sign off for now – I will tell you all about the trip in next week’s blog!

Oh. and before I go, thank you SO much to everyone who voted for me in the FHM most sexiest poll! I could not believe it when I was told the news!

All my love,

Michelle xxx

The new film is a fantastic challenge!

First of all – SORRY my blog is late. It’s down to me being so insanely busy right now. The film I am working on is 12/13 hour days and there hasn’t been much opportunity to sit down and get my hands on the computer… I’m also trying to use what spare time I have to plan the wedding – and it’s all coming together now, which is lovely!
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So…. The film… We are mostly filming around Salford – Pendleton area… Not far from where I grew up. It’s really nice to be back in my hometown again and the film has been a fantastic challenge. I’m working with really talented actors whom I learn from, and I’ve gotten really close to. The crew are really professional too and we have all bonded well which is nice.
Here’s some pics of us all that I have taken on set.
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We spend most of our time in a small flat filming:
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The days are so long – I can’t lie – we become a bit delirious towards the end of the day, and always start laughing in the last scene, so it takes double the time!
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Another early start! I am NOT a morning person pahahahha!
I’m trying to healthy eat – here’s a picture of my latest food plan from Soulmate Food… Sounds uber good for you doesn’t it ? http://soulmatefood.com/
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I try and take some of the meals and snacks  on set with me and nibble in between scenes… but because some of the filming that I’m doing is so energetic I get sooo hungry so when the crisps and afternoon sandwiches come I can’t help myself… same with the tea and biscuits! I love a good brew and dunk of a biccy… Ah well! A little of what you fancy doesn’t hurt you…
I have been living in my comfies when I haven’t been filming – here’s a great trackie I got a few months ago from http://peaceloveworld.com. So soft to wear and perfect for a Sunday slothing about the house…
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On a well deserved evening off myself and a few members of the cast had a delicious meal in one of my favourite steak restaurants Gaucho which is next to Kendals in Manchester… I had a lil pornstar martini too ( Okay, I’m not going to lie. I had two!) Here’s a picture of us all taking some time out and eating lottttsssss of steak.
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Elsewhere, my latest Lipsy collection launched this week – the shoot happened back in November out in the beautiful country of South Africa. It was a STUNNING location… these are my two favourite dresses.
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They are gorgeous for summer. I was also pretty chuffed that Denise Van Outen wore the all white one when she was on the Alan Carr show the other week. Thanks Denise! Glad you like the dress, you look beautiful in it!!
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The only beauty recommendations I have this week are my trusted Baptiste dry shampoo (been using on set a lot), perfect for livening up tired or greasy hair:
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And these delicate false lashes which look really thick and natural on. They are from a company La Luxe. Bit more expensive than your normal false lashes but if you look after them you can get a few wears out of them.
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Sorry it’s a short one but I’m literally writing this in between scenes. I promise I will make up for it next weekend!
Until next week.
Lots of love,
Michelle xxx

My new film role, the gym and hair perfume!

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good a Easter break? I enjoyed spending time up in Manchester with the fam and yes… I did indulge in a couple of eggs… however my bank holiday was short lived because (and I’m so excited about this) I started my new role, it’s a brutal comedy drama film called ‘Strangeways Here We Come’.

I play a character called Demi, who is totally different to the characters I’ve played, she has many insecurities as a young girl on the estate she’s from (in Salford) and is quite an anxious, fragile and introverted character.

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When I got the script that has been written by Chris Green (like me, also from Salford) I was so impressed. The film is produced by and stars Stephen Lord. He’s also been in Shameless and EastEnders. The whole cast are great to work with and it’s fab to be back in my home town, working on such a gritty project.

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Anyway, before Easter I had a shoot for Lipsy, my first one in a while, and the make-up artist Liz used Laura Mercier creams on my face to prepare my skin… She used the eye repair serum under my eyes and I literally could see my puffy eyes being lifted and the dark circles (which you have at 7.30am in the morning) started to fade… I have always been quite a fan of Laura Mercier, especially their face primer.

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And secret brightening face powder (bit of a fave of mine!).

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I will definitely be getting some of this eye cream for myself now!

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I went to the gym quite a lot over Easter (to compensate for the eggs!)… And I have to say, wearing all the new Lipsy sportswear collection makes it more bearable… I love the
fact it all matches, and it’s not too flamboyant with colour. The collection has that sporty feel to it that you would normally find with a normal sports brand, but with a feminine/cool edge! I’m obsessed!

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I love this gym top too by Lipsy you can look at the range here: http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/clothing/sportswear

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Everyone’s been asking where my horse shoe necklace is from on Twitter and when I have been out and about… It’s from Laura Gravestock, the company I mentioned last week, she has amazing
intricate jewellery just like this. I literally haven’t taken mine off.

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Kevin Murphy Shimmer Shine

https://www.kevinmurphystore.com/finish/shimmer-shine

Great for holiday hair, I always use this product when I’m leaving my hair to dry naturally especially on holiday by I know it’s a hair product but I use it on my legs too.. And because it’s an oil and has the shimmer it makes your legs look amazing and it smells gorgeous but don’t wear it in the sun because it’s and oil and you will burn!

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Hair perfume… There’s so many really nice ones around that you can buy. I think it’s one of my essentials for when I’m going on a night out or out for a nice day out in the sun… The key is not to spray too much if so it could leave your hair looking a little greasy… Less is more. My favourite is by Herra. http://herra.co.uk

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I got it a while ago in a goody bag and have been using it ever since. The smells is quite luxurious, musky and exotic.

There’s another one by Balmain called Silk Perfume which is really nice too but its more of a day hair perfume. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

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This is one is great because its more of a leave in conditioner with argan oil as one of the ingredients.

Im busy working all weekend, so won’t get much opportunity to enjoy the sunshine :-( but I hope you all can for me! :-)

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

 

My favourite designers – and a quick word on my new project!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!!

Hope you are all having a good week – only one more day then it’s the 4 day weekend hurray!! Although it sucks that the weather is apparently going to be rubbish -I’m going to make the most of Easter and catch up with my family and friends. Oh, and get some shopping in too!

I have discovered this rather cool lil’ designer called Laura Gravestock, http://www.lauragravestock.com/ Her pretty and feminine brand was founded in 2009. Taking inspiration from her surroundings, be it her childhood spent in the Middle East and Spain, or the stylish part of East London where she lives, Laura creates intricate, feminine jewellery, and it’s my new obsession!

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Using precious metals and gemstones, Laura works from her London studio at Cockpit Arts. Named as one of Professional Jewellers Hot 100 in 2014 and 2011, and a finalist for the UK Jewellery Awards New Designer of the Year 2012, the brand has blossomed, gaining recognition both within the industry and with its ever increasing loyal customer following. Including me!

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This is one of my faves – the written infinity ring at £59

Laura also makes personalised jewellery. How cute is this bracelet?!

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And these earrings personalised to your lucky number?

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For a cheaper alternative to personalised jewellery – then these are pretty cool and under a tenner from Freedom at Topshop!

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I love this cute necklace too by Freedom.

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I’m also so proud to announce that I’m the new ambassador for Garnier Ambre Solaire http://www.garnier.co.uk/

I have been a fan of for many years and I love their tanning products , so I feel so honoured to be working with such an amazing company.

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My favourite tanning product is their No Streaks Bronzer Self-Tanning Dry Body Mist (£7.79)! I’ve always used it, like for years. It’s not a new thing for me at all – I’ve loved it for yonks. And then for my face, the Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Self-Tanning Dry Face Mist (£5.66)

The best way to apply the dry mist that I adore, is you should always exfoliate first and not just knees and elbows, all over your body. I like to use the Origins Incredible Spreadable Ginger Body Scrub.michelle8

 

Next, I moisturise all over, and then use Garnier Dry Body Mist all over my body, including the underside of my arms. it’s so easy to use and gives a great all over glow.

Here is the summery dress I wore for the press launch by Orla Kiely (I went to her fashion show earlier in the year at London Fashion Week!)

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Since I got back off my holiday, my skin has gotten pretty dry again, so I have been slathering on this Ginger body moisteriser. this is my fave, also by Origins… Very hydrating and it smells FIT!

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I was very chuffed this week to get to be a guest on Channel 4’s brilliant Alan Carr Chatty Man.

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He is SO FUNNY! I can usually get a bit nervous on shows like this, but he really put me at ease and I loved it. I’m a massive fan of the show and Alan is such a lovely guy

I decided to go with this dress by http://markuslupfer.com/ and the shoes are by Terry De Havilland.

But how cute is this other dress that I have my eyes on ?! Its £235, a great cut and perfect for a fun dinner date or even a race day if you keep the headwear simple.

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I love the rich blue fabric of this dress too and would wear this for a date night or cocktails with the girls. Big fan of Markus Lupfer!

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My shoes were by Terry De Havilland his official website is http://www.tdhcouture.com/

Look at these beauts!

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I have also spied this seriously sexy pair of  stilletoes by the goddess designer Sophie Webster on the Cricket Liverpool Instagram.

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Note I haven’t put the prices on any of these pairs of shoes. That’s kind of irrelevant – just marvel at them in all their beauty! Pahahahaah!

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Anyway, sorry, it’s a short blog this week but I’m on my way for a script meeting for my new BRITISH FILM. Can’t say anything more at the moment other than I’m very excited about this new project and will tell you all about it as soon as I can!

Have a great Easter and enjoy those easter eggs!!!

Lots of love

From

Michelle xxx

Ordinary Lies and a surprise meal with my fave gals

Hi everyone, happy Wednesday to you all!

Firstly thank you SO MUCH for all the comments about Ordinary Lies last night. It was truly overwhelming to get so many great messages of support on Twitter and compliments on the episode. I loved filming it, and the writer Daniel Brocklehurst is so talented. I fell in love with his scripts as soon as I started to read them. Next week it’s the turn of the fantastic Sally Lindsay to take centre stage, you must watch! It’s a brilliant episode!

So, I have been making time to train, and no it’s not to loose weight, it’s to get muscle tone and improve my fitness levels. I don’t really do any cardio and I dont have a personal trainer, I just tend to train myself, I get my tunes blasting and I love the feel good factor you get after a good workout… I find that weights and resistence training is more effective for me. The only bit of cardio I tend to do is a bit of a warm up for my muscles on the cross trainer for 10mins. Then after I’ll concentrate on one area of my body which is arms or legs… If it’s a legs day I do squats, lunges and kick backs and if it’s arm day I’ll use free weights normally 6k but it differs each time I go, and I do shoulder press, fly lifts, bicep curls on dips to work my triceps on an arms day.

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I have also been sent this recipe book by the founder of the Soulmate food plan I have been on the past few months – it’s by @Soulmatefood @Christiancoates and called #FitnessGourmet. Looking forward to trying out some of his recipes! Like I said – this is about being healthy and fit. Not loosing weight.

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I usually wear just an old T-shirt and leggings or Nike gym gear, but have been sent some sportwear from a brand called ‘No Jiggle’ – cool name! Will be trying them out and reporting back to you all :-)

http://www.nojiggle.co.uk/

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In other news, I had a big suprise thanks to my mum and friends last weekend when I was back in Manchester.

My mum organised a surprise pre hen party at The Double Tree Hilton which is a sister hotel to the Hilton. It is near Piccadilly station and a really lovely hotel.

My friend Beckie picked me up and made out we weren’t doing anything special, and as I walked into the room- all my aunties, cousins, and friends shouted ‘surprise’!! I was in complete shock!

The room was a gorgeous private dining room which had amazing views of Manchester, with its own roof terrace! How gorgeous is this?!

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We had a lovely meal and drank champagne… Laughed and chatted the night away… It was perfect!

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I was over the moon. It was so nice to see so many of my nearest and dearest under one roof! We did lots of gossiping and planning for the hen party and of course the wedding..not long now!

I have been able to get out and about into town for a spot of retail therapy and I fell in love with this dove grey jacket from Topshop. The sleeveless jacket is a massive trend this season.

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I wanted a new spring coat and this is perfect cause it’s not too heavy and I love the no sleeves, because it gives it a edgy blazer feel.

Oh and I must show you My new dress from Zara! I have had so many compliments! I love the graphic detail and long sleeve, this dress could be worn day or night.

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I have been VERY lucky and been given some products to try from Charlotte Tilbury. I’m a massive fan of her brand of make-up. I always use her products on shoots, and I find they really compliment my skin tone. My fave product has to be the ‘face sculpt and highlight’.

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OK so it’s not cheap at £49, but this is a serious investment product for your make-up bag.

I’m also loving this MAC lippy – its very matte and called ‘kinda sexy’ ( LOVE the name!)

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Looks good day or night!
Ohhh before I go I must say congratulations to Cath and Tom on the birth of their beautiful baby boy – Alfie James. So happy for you both and hope to see you all very soon!!!!

All my love
From
Michelle xxx

 

My relaxing trip away to the beautiful Grenadines

Morning everyone! I have just got back from a really relaxing trip away in the beautiful Grenadines.

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Mark and I visited one of our favourite places Buccament Bay which is on the small island of St Vincent. I first went there for a Hello shoot with my mum a few years ago, and fell in love with the resort then.

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Mark and I have visited twice since then and love it because it’s very private, tranquil, the weather and scenery are beautiful and the staff are so lovely.

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You can check out the resort we stayed at – here : http://www.buccamentbay.com/uk/

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I’m not going to lie, we didn’t do very much! Mainly a lot of sunbathing and relaxing and it’s only when you stop that you realise how much you needed a break…

We were very good and went to the gym most days but also enjoyed all the fresh fish, shellfish and delicious steak dinners that we could fit in.

Plus quite a few cocktails and delicious desserts… well, we were on holiday!

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I wore a lot of my ‘Holiday’ Lipsy collection while I was away. Perfect for the beach!

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http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/michelle-keegan-holiday-shop/

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love this kaftan to wear over a swimmie on the beach

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I have been looking after my hair while on holiday because it can dry out very quickly in the heat and the sea. Every day I have been using my Philip Kingsley Elasticizer… I wet my hair in the morning brush the serum through and leave it to dry naturally.

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I have also been using a new product on the market by Beauty Works called “10-in1 Miracle Spray”. It is a trio of super oils with Argan Macademia and Linen Sead oils and this gives the hair ultimate nourishment and conditioning. It is also a heat protector spray and helps to prevent those pesky split endS… you can buy it from www.beautyworksonline.com

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I have also been using this great cream for my hands by Garnier (and the odd time, I have also slathered my feet in it and it felt very nice indeed!) We often neglect our hands and feet so its important to keep them moisturised and smooth to prevent them getting dry and chapped.

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I also love this dry shampoo by Baptiste… great if your on the go – or on holiday of course! I love the smell too…

Last night was the first apisode of Ordinary Lies on BBC1. There’s 6 episodes centred around each of the main characters. The 2nd episode is where my character Tracey is at the forefront. I can’t wait to see what you all think. Please tweet me @michkeegan and let me know your thoughts on it!

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I loved working on the series and enjoyed working with different actors and production team, I felt very lucky, because As soon as I read through the scripts, I knew I wanted the role.

This week I am back to work and getting ready for some filming for a new role. Im also catching up with my mummy Jackie too which will be nice!

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As I have been away this week I haven’t really bought anything new however I LOVE these new shorts I got a couple of weeks ago from H&M and they look good with a white tee.

Anyway, must dash,

Until next week

Love from

Michelle xxx

My Mothers Day HELLO! Magazine shoot & beauty recommendations

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Have you seen my gorgeous mummy Jackie in HELLO! this week? She is looking GREAT!!! Happy Mothers day this Sunday to all the amazing mums in the world.

We had a great time on that shoot. It was done back in January at an amazing house just outside of Chester, very modern and sleek in design, and was built into the side of a hill.

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The house even had a mini football pitch/dancefloor/games room.

My dogs Phoebe and Pip decided to get in on the action too, here’s a pic of Pip wanting some attention!

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The clothes and styling was fab, thank you so much to Lorraine Mcculloch @lorrainestylist

I loved every outfit, some of the labels my mum and I wore included: Lanvin ,Victoria Beckham, M, J Brand Jeans, Jimmy Choo, Tibi and much more. You can get a lot of the pieces from:

http://www.cricket-fashion.com/

Lorraine mixed it up with some high street pieces from the likes of Matalan, John Lewis and of course – Lipsy London!

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I asked Lorraine for some feedback on her styling on the shoot and this is what she said:

Lorraine said: “I have already had a lot of people tweet me about the orange pointed suede court shoes Michelle is wearing on the shoot. They were by Christian Louboutin and are called ‘So Kate’.

The jeans Michelle is wearing are by JBrand. They are an amazing fit, with great stretch in them and are a classic staple skinny fit jean, that would last for years.

Tibi are a cool popular American brand based in Soho in New York City. They are a young, fresh, feminine and dynamic label. I like to use a lot of Tibi on Michelle because she suits it well, and its very ‘on brand’ for her.

Michelle is wearing a Matthew Williamson dress in the shot of her sat by the piano , it is actually in the sale at Cricket at the moment , I put it with the pink Balenciaga shoes which added a cool edge to this look.”
Awww thanks Lorraine! :-)

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Here is a picture of our lunch it was deeeeeeeelish! Very healthy and Paleo with meat and fish with lots of salad. However I did end up having a couple of slices of bread (actually they were more like door stops but hey ho!)

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I am still cracking on with my www.soulmatefood.com and will be continuing the healthy eating plan when I come back to Manchester, while I do some filming over the next couple of weeks.

There is also a great behind the scenes video of the shoot – you can watch it here:

http://uk.hellotv.com/watch/behind-the-scenes-with-michelle-keegan-and-mum-jackie-as-they-prepare-for-the-best-day-of-their-lives/4100634368001

This week I was up in my home town of Manchester for a couple of days and I managed to catch up with a few friends and family.

I took one of my cousins Katie to the Mirror Ball at the very plush Lowry Hotel this week, and we had a fab night. Mark popped in too and we all enjoyed the entertainment by 90’s band 911 .

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The charity that benefited from this night was Forever Manchester http://forevermanchester.com/ and I believe they raised around 70k . Well done to all involved!

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I brought up one of my favourite #lipsylovemichelle red carpet dresses to wear for the occasion. It’s a navy embroidered maxi evening dress, featuring a low drape back and flattering side lace panels. This one is one of my faves because I love the side detail and navy is one of my favourite colours.

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The gathering on the stomach area is also flattering too and you do show a bit of leg with the sides of the dress being shorter than the front and back. I got loads of compliments on this lil number! You can buy it here:

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http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/michelle-keegan/michelle-keegan-embroidered-maxi/product-is-JD03421_135
I have finally had the oppprtunity to sit down and try out a lot of the great beauty products I get sent to try, and also have bought from a recent shopping trip.

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I love this lilac ‘Essie’ nail varnish, perfect for the beginning of spring and the nail varnish itself is really glossy and long lasting.

You can see all the colours they have on the website http://www.essie.co.uk

I think I have mentioned this product before but I think it’s SERIOUSLY good. The ‘Erase Paste’ from Benefit is my must have of the week!

https://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

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You put it under your eyeshadow to act as a base and it literally doesn’t move all day!!! Great for a concealer too if you are tired. Any under eye bags fade away. Don’t use too much though because it can look caked on, and we dont like that do we girls?!

I love a good face scrub and this one is very impressive by a company called Beauty Lab @beautylablondon http://www.beautylab.co.uk/

It is a creamy facial polish that will help remove dead skin cells, stimulate circulation and leaves your skin brighter and fresher.

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I used this rapidly absorbing serum after the scrub and my skin felt very good. It contains Hawaiian sea plant, hydro-silk, hyaluronic acid & plant collagen along with essential vitamins & minerals.

Scott Barnes Body Bling Original Moisturizing Shimmering Body Lotion looks amazing on shoots or nights out.

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It gives your body a golden glow and it’s JLO’s fave product too!!!!! Even better!!!

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I got mine from this website : http://www.feelunique.com/brands/scott-barnes/body-bling-original

The lotion instantly gives skin a sun-kissed glow and shimmery radiance.

It can also be used on the face as a highlighter on the cheekbones and temples to catch the light, but again, less is more on the face!

I managed a whistle stop tour of Zara too this week and got this cute powder blue bag… It’s a BARGAIN for £39.99 and I reckon it could last you a few seasons.

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My black jumper in this picture is from an internet label called InTheStyle . I dont think you can get it anymore (I got it last Summer) but you can get other cool slogan jumpers and T’s from http://www.inthestyle.com

I’m having a few days to chill and read through scripts before my next job – Ordinary Lies will be shown on BBC1 on Tuesday 17th March . I am really proud of this series . It was a joy to be a part of and the cast and crew were a hugely talented group of people. Please tweet me and let me know what you think of episode one!

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

The BRITS , Ordinary Lies and a night out with the girls.

Sooooo.

There was the small matter of attending the biggest music event in the UK last week!It was such a brilliant night, we enjoyed it so much and got to see so many big stars perform : Taylor Swift, Madonna (I couldn’t believe the whole cape thing but she was such a trouper and carried on!), Paloma Faith (she was SO good) and Ed Sheeran to name a few .

It was also amazing to be in the same room as the likes of Orlando Bloom , Cara Delevingne , Russell Crowe and Kanye West . What a mix of people!

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We sat on a table with a great mix of people . Oh and the food was delicious. Here is my Lemon Posset – yum!

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I wore a dress by Isabel Garcia and a bright green shoulder bag by Mawi. Isabel Garcia is an Italian brand with just 10 stores throughout Europe http://isabelgarcia.it/en/ .

The label only launched 6 years ago and is already making waves in the fashion world.

The bag (by Mawi) https://www.mawi.co.uk/ was a bit different and a bold colour . I liked how distinctive it was.

Mawi are based in the Dalston district of London and over the years have collaborated with some of the worlds most iconic labels and top fashion houses. These include Disney Couture, Atelier Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Swarovski Crystallized, Bruno Magli and Selfridges.

Here I am off to the BRITS.

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Last week I was also asked to attend a BBC worldwide showcase. It is a unique annual sales festival hosted by BBC worldwide and attracts more than 600 of the worlds top TV and digital executives to Britain (this year it was in the dynamic city of Liverpool) . I was asked to attend to represent the drama I was part of – Ordinary Lies.

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The event was very special. They had Chris Martin on a live link and had Paulo Nutini perform live. There were also actors John Cleese and Russell Tovey at the event, along with pop band Backstreet Boys.

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I wore a black leather and lace dress from my Winter Lipsy collection . I don’t think you can get it from the Lipsy website anymore but you might be able to get it from the Next website.

After the showcase it was straight back on the train for me to London . On Saturday my two best friends Beckie and Robyn came down to London for a girls night out .

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On Saturday we went to an absolutely gorgeous restaurant called Roka . It’s a contemporary Japanese restaurant .

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They have  healthy and tasty food such as Lamb cutlets with Korean spices, rice hot pot with lobster, made to order sushi, and dumplings. Oh and yes, we did have a few cheeky afternoon cocktails too!

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In the evening we went to Sheesh for dinner and then to Faces . I Love the music because there are always lots of cheesy songs! It was great to catch up with the girls!

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I’m really chuffed about my new Lipsy collection which is out in two days (5/3/2015). It is my summer collection and we shot it all in South Africa in Autumn last year. http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/michelle-keegan/

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I have been looking after my skin as much as I can before the wedding so thank you to the lovely people of Origins for sending me my favourite ‘Dr Weil Mega Bright’ range.

This really is one of my all time favourite skincare brands because it leaves my skin glowing.

http://www.origins.co.uk

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I am also a big fan of Embryolisse @embryolisse_UK as a day to day moisturiser. It is also good for priming your skin before make-up.

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Before my night out with the girls on Saturday I tried one of these peel off face masks by Casmara.

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The ‘Rejuvenating’ one actually has gold dust in it. All of them help restore and illuminate damaged skin. In addition they are paraben free which is always good. The mask only takes 20 minutes to put on and I have to say my face felt like I had just enjoyed a full on spa facial . Very impressed. For more info go to www.casmara.es/en/ – the kit only costs £9.99 which I think is good value for money.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

 

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