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19 January
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Wrapping on Ordinary Lies & the Strictly Tour

It’s a wrap!

So the first series of Ordinary Lies has now wrapped. We have been filming for 5/6 months, mainly in Warrington, and then I had a week filming over in the Dominican Republic in November which was rather nice!

I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. I have had a such a good time filming the series.

The cast and crew have been a dream to work with and I have become firm friends with many of them. The wrap party is this week and I will be back in Manchester for that …..ohhhhh yes !

Here I am with Gemma, who is a make-up artist.

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Here’s one of me in the car showroom we film in, it was FREEEEEEZING that day hence the 90’s puffa jacket (who cares, it was the warmest coat I could find!)

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And here’s one of me getting my hair done in the make-up trailer.

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And finally here’s one of all the cast. It’s been an absolute pleasure guys and I have learned so much from you all :-) see you all sooooooon!

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Ordinary Lies will be out in the Spring on BBC1 – as soon as I get a TX date for it I will let you know.

Aside from filming, I have been in Birmingham all weekend with Mark because the nationwide Strictly Come Dancing tour has started. The show is fab, you must try and see it if it comes to a city near you!

Mark said it’s very different to doing the live shows because a) it’s not televised so the pressure is off and the contestants are just having a laugh and enjoying the dancing even more. 2) performing in front of so many people is actually less nerve racking for him, than when he was performing in front of 500 people in the BBC studio.

Here are some piccies from the show.

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Over the weekend I was pictured out and about in Birmingham with my favourite new ankle boots on. I love them – sooooooo comfy.

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They are still in the sale at Nine West at the bargain price of £59. The only down side to this taupe/cream colour is keeping them clean, but I give mine a quick scrub every couple of days to keep them nice.

Here’s the website link for them http://www.ninewest.co.uk/jarrad-2.html

Also I have been sent some really funky T-shirts from a cool Manchester based company called Dead Legacy. The website address for their womenswear is http://www.deadlegacy.com/women

Some of the T’s are a little, erm, bold and out there in their slogans! But I really like these ones and will be wearing them when it gets a little warmer.

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Now you might have heard of the brand Beauty Works when looking to buy clip in hair extensions or hairpieces – but they also have their own haircare range and I am quite impressed. The packaging is modern in white and light grey, and the actual products seem to work very well in my hair, I especially like their Professional Argan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Heat Protection Spray.

 

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You can get it here : http://beautyworksonline.com/haircare.html

I also love this tres cute little necklace I picked up from Topshop it was only £5!

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I have my eyes also on these ones and will no doubt pick them up next time I am out shopping.

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Hope you all have a good week,

Lots Of Love

Michelle xxx

30 December
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Calendar success, beauty must haves and fashion tips for 2015

Hey everyone!!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. What did Santa bring you? Did you eat, drink and be very, very merry?!

I was very lucky this year and got some nice crockery and bits for the house, lots of smellies including my favourite Tom Ford ‘Cafe Rose’ perfume from a dear friend, and some gorgeous clothes.

Here's me last night in one of my fave @lipsylondon lipsylovemichelle dresses and im also wearing my new Aldo rings that i mentioned last week

Here’s me last night in one of my fave @lipsylondon lipsylovemichelle dresses and im also wearing my new Aldo rings that i mentioned last week

Mark and I had a fab Christmas day with lots of family and friends over, SOOOOOOOOOooooo much foood eaten and plenty of chocs and Christmas pudding too. We also got a Karaoke machine which was great entertainment. I think Mark enjoyed it the most though, as he loves a good singalong and we couldn’t get him off the microphone pahaahah!!!

Christmas day at our house and everyone was a bit tired after Christmas dinner so Carol (Marks mum)  brought round some wigs and this kick started round two of the partying - the Kareoke went on till the early hours and we all had a ball!

Christmas day at our house and everyone was a bit tired after Christmas dinner so Carol (Marks mum) brought round some wigs and this kick started round two of the partying – the Karaoke went on till the early hours and we all had a ball!

I have to say, I’m chuffed to bits with how well my first ever calendar has done. Thank you to every single one of you who has bought it – and tweeted me pictures of it too!

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I couldn’t believe it when I was told how well it has sold. It’s currently at number 4 with Amazon – with One Directon (of course!) coming number 1 .

I love the pictures and really enjoyed doing the shoot in beautiful Pollensa… Thank you again to my fab creative team involved – Alan , Fay, Laura, Collette and Lorraine all from @vitalcreatives.

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You can still buy the posters and the calendars from this shoot – from Amazon, Danilo.com and www.GBeye.com

I’m always on the look out for new gadgets and products for hair and beauty, and this one is a treat!

It’s a new hair brand on the market called ‘Pro Blo’ and it’s basically a fail safe hair kit for achieving a salon style blow dry.

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You towel dry your hair and spray lots of heat protector and volumiser into it, then split it into sections and use the bristle brushes that detach from the barrel to curl up your hair. (Just like a hairdresser would leave loads of big brushes in your hair while they are drying it).

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Once your hair is dry then you unravel your hair and tad-daa! Big boucy hair.. for more info on Pro Blo go to their website : http://www.problogroup.com/ I love it because it’s really easy to use..

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I have also asked one of my favourite Manchester based make-up artists Miss Emily Clarkson – @emmyclarkson1 -for some expert guidance on what products to buy in the world of make-up …here’s what she had to say :

” Here are a few of my favourite buys for 2015 for you to add into your make-up bag!

“Clarins Instant Light concealer is my new favourite at the minute- I’m obsessed! It is absolutely beautiful; I mix with it Clarins Instant light brush on perfector, which really gets rid of any dark circles without it being too cakey under the eye. Remember to take it in a V Shape under the eye to avoid that panda eye effect!

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“Sleek make up is one of my favourite brands in Superdrug and is such great quality! The pigment in every product is amazing, what you see with the colours is exactly what you get! I always recommend the face contour kit, which is super cheap and has a gorgeous highlighter in one part and a flat contour colour in the other.

“I love radiant glowing skin and so do a lot of my clients, I’m a big fan of BB/CC Creams with good coverage. I recently discovered Resultime by Collin Paris CC cream, which is amazing and is now a staple in my kit. It’s got a creamy texture but gives you coverage where needed and gives you that healthy glow! ”

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And while you are all scouring the sales looking for bargains – These are the looks that I think will be big in 2015 :-)

Denim will be huge!!! so stock up on your denim shirts, dresses, jeggings, waistcoats and jackets. Double and triple denim can be worn…its no longer a fashion no no …. This is a good time to grab some pieces in the sales, as it never really dates and you could grab a luxe denim bargain in one of the more expensive designerstores.

Off the shoulder dresses. Yes ladies the dellecotage is IN! This is a very sexy look and will be THE dress style for 2015. I love this Briget Bardot style white dress I did with Lipsy.

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Its elegant and a lil bit sexy too. Perfect for a date night or weekend away. Dont forget to highlighter to your collar bones and tops of your chest to catch the light . Mac Strobe cream or the Laura Mercier radiance primer is ideal.

Buy Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance, 50ml online at johnlewis.com

 

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The 70s dont just think of the scary and garish prints and ridiculous bell bottom flares. This is more of a subtle lean towards this fashionable era with interesting oversized jewellery, floppy hats, sequins, big hair, wide trousers and plenty of fitted coloured suede jackets and A-line skirts.

I hope that helps you when you are refreshing your wardrobes…!

A few people have asked me if I have any new years resolutions planned – I have a huge year coming up – as I’m getting married and have some interesting work projects on the horizon too, but the only new years resolution I have is the same one I had last year and that’s to be more organised! I am getting better though and have got myself a decent diary so that I can plan things better.

Thank you for all your support this year, wishing you all good health and great happiness in 2015.

All my love,

from

Michelle xxx

23 December
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Christmas time: Karaoke with my best friends & Strictly Final

Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall ?

It’s the time that every Santa has a ball!

Yes it’s nearly here!!! Chrisssssstmasssss!!!!

And I’m so happy! It’s so nice to be able to spend such quality time with all my loved ones this year! I have a couple of weeks off work and I intend to relax, eat, watch lots of good films and just generally appreciate the time with my friends and family ❤️

Firstly I want to start by saying yet again how proud I am of Mark and all he achieved on Strictly. Coming a respected 4th place is more than he had anticipated when he agreed to do the show and he’s loved taking part, training with Karen and meeting all the other great people on the show… Although Mark didn’t lift the glitter ball trophy (P.S.- well done Caroline!) – he’s a winner in my eyes !

I went down to support him with my mum Jackie on Saturday night (my shirt was Reiss and skirt Zara)

Here we are having a drink after the show finished – with Carol, Jessica, Frankie and Wayne.

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Now that the series has ended Mark and I have got the small matter of a certain wedding to get organised! We have a lot to get sorted so we are going to sit down with our wedding planner in the next week or so and have a big ol catch up.

Also this week I was up in Manchester and went for dinner with my friend for her birthday, in one of my favourite places Australasia. The food is delicious especially the sushi – if you go – try the prawn avocado and goats cheese sushi – or the smoked duck roll. FIT!!!!!

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My first Spring phase for Lipsy also launched this week. Have you seen the pictures? My favourite pieces are this pretty white body con/lace dress and this light pink leather bomber jacket.

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www.lipsy.co.uk for the full range.

While Mark was in Essex having a boys night out I went up to Manchester for my much loved annual girls night. All my best girlfriends (from school) get together and have a slap up traditional meal (look at this plate full!)

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We drink a teeny bit of bubbly ( okkkkkk … maybe a *bit* more that a teeny bit pahahahaha) play games, do a secret Santa and have a good old girly catch up. This year it was the turn of Liz to host the knees up.

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She served up a delicious meal which we all enjoyed very much , and then after dinner we hit the karaoke! It was soooo funny. I sung my party piece (which by the way , is Cher – Turn Back Time!)

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Thanks Liz for being the hostess with the mostess!

I’ve been pretty organised with the ol Christmas shopping this year so any last minute shopping has been just for lil ol me! I bought some of my favourite Sandy Bay candles online for my home in Essex – at www.sandybaylondon.co.uk … the new Mimosa Valoey fragrance is amazing – very fruity and fresh.

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I don’t have any hair extensions in at the moment because I want to give my hair a break, but I need some clip ins for shoots and nights out, so I got some great quality ones from www.beautyworksonline.com

And during a recent shopping trip this week I spotted these cool rings from Aldo (I love stacking and midi rings)

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I also picked up this fluffy handbag from Zara which I lurvvvvvve and have had a lot of compliments on.

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Zara has some gorgeous snuggly ponchos and coats in at the moment. Look at these! Fingers crossed they go in the sale too…

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Anyway, I need to sign off. I have some mulled wine calling my name and some last minute presents to wrap.

I hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.

All my love to you all :-)

Michelle xxx

15 December
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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.
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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)
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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. http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ .

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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

http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/event/walking-home-for-christmas-2014/

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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.

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Then on the day I used this Radiant Glow Express Mask by Sisley – well it certainly does what it says on the tin.
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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 ..
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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.
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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! http://www.debrachigwell.co.uk/

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.

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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.

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

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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

24 November
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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!

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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.

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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.)

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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!

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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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http://aflondon.com/uk/jackets-coats/oversized-lapel-coat.html

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.

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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:

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

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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.

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I also wore my favourite pearl studs from Pearlescence.

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http://www.pearlescence.co.uk/product_info.php/cPath/104_176/products_id/601

and these very cute and delicate bracelets from Chlobo

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http://www.chlobo.co.uk/

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

17 November
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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.

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

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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 :

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http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/sportswear/lipsy-sport-oversized-tee/product-is-LG00909_011

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http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/sportswear/lipsy-sport-strappy-statement-cami/product-is-LG00910_001

Also, this week I have changed my healthy eating plan to the Paleo eating plan with http://soulmatefood.com/

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:

http://www.soulmatefood.com/MenuPlans

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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I also asked one of my favourite make up artists Emily Clarkson @EmmyClarkson1 http://emilyclarkson.co.uk/ 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.

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http://www.emmahardie.com

“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! (http://www.embryolisse.co.uk)

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“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.

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http://www.origins.co.uk

“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! http://www.dermalogica.co.uk

“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 – http://www.gbposters.com/michelle-keegan-brand

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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

from

Michelle

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10 November
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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.

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“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.

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

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“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.

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“You could use clip in hair to make the braids ( I would suggest www.beautyworksonline.com 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!”

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www.reubenwoodcreatives.co.uk/ 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 –

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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!

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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!

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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 :

https://www.danilo.com/Shop/Calendars/Glamour-Calendars/Michelle-Keegan-2015-Calendar

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 :-)

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http://www.markmeliafashions.com/ for more info on his creations..

Until next week,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

03 November
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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.

 

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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.

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www.soulmatefood.com 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 :-)

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/michelle-keegan/michelle-keegan-drape-blouse/product-is-TP02802_135

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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

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And these from TopShop

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And these are from ASOS :

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

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Until next week

Love from

Michelle xxx

19 October
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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 http://www.stripesofessex.com

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 ( http://beautyworksonline.com ) 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!!!!!

www.reubenwoodcreatives.co.uk

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 www.soulmatefood.com

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.

 

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Bootea teatox is from www.bootea.com 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).

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

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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!

 

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

 

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Until next week

All my love

Michelle xxx

12 October
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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.

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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.

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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.

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To find out more about the brilliant work they do go to : http://www.rmchcharity.org.uk

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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 http://australasia.uk.com .

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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.

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Happy Birthday Robyn!!

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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.

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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 http://soulmatefood.com …. 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.

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I’ve been getting more organised thanks to this very handy diary I was sent. It’s from a really cute company called www.fullstopstationery.co.uk . 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!!

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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!

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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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