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13 June
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‘Rome with Mark and my first ever calendar!’

I’ve spent most of the last week or so abroad, my feet have barely touched UK soil!

Firstly I will pick up from last week and my surprise trip to Rome. Mark knows I have always wanted to visit Rome.

Mark and I in Rome (with sore feet!)

Mark and I in Rome (with sore feet!)

I love a bit of culture and history! We left England VERY early in the morning, Mark checked us in so that I didn’t know where we were headed, I was convinced it was Paris and there was a flight leaving around the same time as the Rome one so it wasn’t until we had to go to the aeroplane that I sussed where we were going.

The actual Coliseum!

The actual Coliseum!

We ate lots, especially Italian ice cream (yum), visited the Vatican which was absolutely stunning and went to the Coliseum the following day.

English tourist in Rome

English tourist in Rome

We must have walked for hours in our flip flops (which are not the most comfortable of footwear for sightseeing by the way!) My toes were pretty sore by the end of our trip but it was so worth it.

Possibly the best ice cream ever !!!!!

Possibly the best ice cream ever !!!!!

Even though we only had about 36 hours away in Rome it was really special :-)

Where many had walked

Where many had walked

Mark flew back to London as he had a TV job and I arrived in Manchester to do a personal appearance in Manchester, here’s a pic of Reuben my hairdresser and Emily my MUA getting me ready in the Great John Street hotel which is a cute boutique hotel in the city centre (which used to be an old infants school), and then it was straight down to London with a group of my best friends for my birthday night out in the capital (yes that’s right – I celebrated it over a whollllllleeeeee week!)

Emily and Reuben working their magic

Emily and Reuben working their magic

We stayed at the London Malmaison, I’ve stayed here before and think it’s a really nice hotel especially the cool restaurant downstairs called ‘Strip Club’ (in reference to steaks by the way!).

Just arrived at Malmaison London with ma girlies

Just arrived at Malmaison London with ma girlies

For our night out we went to Shaka Zulu in Camden. The music is really good, a mix of old and new RnB and we all got up dancing. My dress is one of my faves from my new Lipsy range (out 3rd July) and the shoes are also Lipsy. We all had such a good time, we have all known each other since school and whenever we get together we have a lot of fun and banter :-) here are some pics from our night out …

All the girls  (and strange tribal statue)  in Shaka Zulu!

All the girls (and strange tribal statue) in Shaka Zulu!

I couldn’t stay too late partying because Laura my Publicist and I were off to Spain the following morning for a very special photo shoot. I’m happy to tell all my HELLO! readers… I have shot my first ever official calendar!

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

We flew to Mallorca and stayed in a huge, modern villa in Pollensa, up in the hills of the island. My team (Alan, Fay, Lorraine, Collette, Laura and I) shot for 3 days at the villa and at various places around the beautiful island.

Laura and I after our swim in the sea

Laura and I after our swim in the sea

I also invited my mum along because I haven’t spent much quality time with her so we had lots of lovely catching up in the sunshine…

I’m not going to reveal any pictures just yet, but it looks amazing and I can’t wait for you all to see the calendar – it’s out later in the year!

Stunning coastline around Mallorca

Stunning coastline around Mallorca

I love Mallorca, it’s such a pretty place, the weather is fab (it was around 28′c every day) and it’s so convenient to get to & from the UK, I would love to have a holiday home there one day. On our day off we chartered a boat and went sailing which was such a treat and very relaxing..s Here are a couple of pictures from our day out .. I wore a cut out dress from topshop, my havanos flip flops and lots of sun cream! We swam in the sea, had a picnic and checked out the super yachts in Palma. One even had a helicopter on it…

Feeding the fishes off the side of the boat

Feeding the fishes off the side of the boat

My hair was getting pretty dry with all the extra sunshine it’s been having, so I used this hair masque Masquintense by Kerastase every day to keep it soft and shiny. I’ve also been hammering the after sun and my favourite Origins Dr Weil face serum & eye cream, and my Kiehls Midnight Recovery concentrate to make sure my skin stays hydrated. Years ago I used to sit out in the sun for hours on end with oil on but now I wear a decent factor (usually between a 15-25 ) and limit my sunbathing as it’s important to look after your skin. All my older friends tell me you will thank yourself in 10 years time, so I have taken this on board.

Much needed moisture for my hair

Much needed moisture for my hair

On our last evening we went down to Magaluf to watch the brilliant Pirates show. I was in awe of the performers from start to finish, I would describe it as a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean and Cirque de Soleil and well worth watching.

Loved the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca

Loved the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca

Next week I have more castings and meetings which I am really looking forward to, oh and I’m off to Ascot, so I need to find a new hat ! Will let you know more about my Spanish trip next week too as there’s lots more to share with you !!!!!!! ;-)

More Pirates!!

More Pirates!!

Until next time,

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

25 April
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Auditioning for new roles and those I’m a Celebrity rumours

Well, that’s it! I have officially left Corrie. Thanks again to all the lovely people who have tweeted me and who turned up at the ITV gates to say goodbye. It’s been so overwhelming.

Instead of lazy lie-ins with nothing to do, I have been just as busy as ever, and have started auditioning for some acting roles. They have been really interesting parts, so fingers crossed something might come off! I did see a story in one of the papers this week saying that I was going to be going on I’m a Celebrity but that’s not the case at all, I’m going to be concentrating on my acting career :-)

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In between commuting to London for auditions I have been visiting some fab places – this is me in Cruise Club in Chester on Easter Monday. I loved their Studio 54 style dancefloor!

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My top and white leather skirt are Lipsy!

I have also been going out with my friends for lunches and have been having a big of a high street shop – this is all new – new dress from Mango and Jacket from Zara and my pendant is a bespoke one from a really cool brand called Mi Moneda. https://mi-moneda.com/ which is Spanish for ‘my coin’ .

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I’m totally loving pastels at the moment. Here’s a selection of outfits I have my eye on, especially the pinky Roland Mouret dress. I really need a special night out to wear this beaut!

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Speaking of nights out, I need a make-up rehaul. I have used my Naked 3 pallete by Urban Decay so much now nearly all my favourite colours are gone. This one is perfect for my skin tone and is a must for me, I love the size of the mirror and the brushes are of a good quality, the only problem is the size of the palette, its too big to fit in a purse so you cant retouch your make-up on a night out!

Instead I use a decent eye-shadow primer to keep it in place all night – Benefit Stay Don’t Stray is great for this and then I add lashings of their Bad Gal Lash Mascara to finish the look.

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I also seem to have about 20 lipsticks in my bag and always wear the same nude MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick, it’s time to get brave and try some new colours out. I love ‘Neon Pink’ by Bobbi Brown. I think it would look best with a neutral outfit though otherwise it’s a bit of colour overload!

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I did a photoshoot recently where my make-up artist did a bit of Kim Kardashian contouring on me and I really liked the results, I think it works better on camera than it does for day to day make-up, but I’m not quite sure how to do it at home – are they any decent kits out there that also give you step by step instructions how to do it properly? If so please let me know and I will have a bash at some and let you know the results!

Anyway , till next week , tweet me some pictures (@michkeegan @hellomag ) of your make-up contouring before and afters so that I can work out how to do it!

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

17 April
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How to blow dry your hair at home and my leaving presents for the Corrie cast

Hi everyone !

Hope you have all been loving the sunshine as much as I have! This weekend I travelled to Surrey for a photoshoot for another top secret project. All will be revealed next month! We shot in this AMAZING house which was really modern and had an infinity pool, and even a bar and dancefloor in the basement. I’ve never seen a house with a dancefloor in it before! We checked the weather in Europe and where we were on Sunday was hotter than Spain or Greece! Anyway, here is a picture for you of me and the team :-) just as we were all packing up (and still wearing sunglasses due to it still being very bright at 6.30pm!)

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I’m also really delighted to tell you that I am going to be one of the judges for Lorraine Kelly’s High Street Fashion Awards 2014 which is taking place on May 21st and broadcasting on Lorraine on the 22nd.

 

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As you know I LOVE the High Street, it’s great at having the latest trends and fashions at really affordable prices, I can’t wait to see some of our brilliant brands recognised at this year’s awards. I will be on Lorraine on May 6th to talk about it so make sure you tune in!

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Last week I had an audition down in London so travelled down one morning from Manchester. I had a couple of hours spare so I visited a great salon called Neville’s in Belgravia and had a fab blow dry. I enjoyed the audition, it was my first one in a long time so I was a bit nervous, will let you know what happens!

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I love a good blow dry! I am getting better at blow drying my hair at home and I think the key is decent products and doing it in stages with a large bristle brush.

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I use mousse like Balmain and hair thickener ‘Full Again’ by Kevin Murphy for Volume :mkblognew2and dry in large sections (I do it with my head down for added oomph! Once my hair is just about dry I add oil and Herra hair perfume (it’s a bit of a secret of mine this product!) which smells sooooo good.

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By the time you will be reading this blog I will have finished working at Coronation Street. I just want to thank everyone for all their kind and supportive messages on Twitter and the lovely letters and well wishes over the years. I have some very loyal and fantastic fans and I appreciate all of you so much. I also want to thank all my friends and colleagues on Corrie for the last 6 years of putting up with me!! I will miss everyone there very much , I know everyone says it when they leave but it really is like a family. I got some of the crew some beers and I commissioned my friend – the very talented Sandy Bay to make this beautiful candles for me to give to all the team. I hope they like them!

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Hope you all have a wonderful Easter, lots of sunshine and Easter eggs!

Lots of Love

Michelle xxx

11 April
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My Corrie stunt double and my exciting secret project

Hi everyone!

This week has been a busy one so far… it’s my final fortnight on Corrie now and I spent all last week doing night scenes, most of which were outside and it was verrrrrrry collllld. I can’t give anything away that will spoil the story of  Tina’s final weeks on the cobbles, but I did have my own stunt woman!

Michelle with her stunt double, Tracey

Michelle with her stunt double, Tracey

Also I hope you are all voting for your favourites in the British Soap Awards 2014. Everyone keeps asking me if I think I will win Sexiest Female again, to be honest I am amazed I won it once, however my vote this year goes to my very sexy co-star – Catherine Tyldesley. She is such a warm funny and uber gorgeous woman, with the most amazing curves! http://www.britishsoapawards.tv/

Last weekend I went to London to film for a secret project. I can’t tell you what it is just yet but it’s going to be announced in early May. It’s very exciting and to do with TV and  fashion. Here is a sneaky peek from the studio. My eye catching dress was from Zara :-).

 

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I also managed to get in a bit of clothes and beauty shopping during a gap in filming and was well chuffed to find these fab trousers. They are by NORR which is a new Danish brand – you can buy it  in House of Fraser, http://www.norrstore.dk/

My shoes are Office and my top is Miss Selfridge.  Yellow is such a happy colour, it always makes me think of Summer. It’s not long now girls!

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Speaking of Summer, it’s about time I bought my new annual pair of sunglasses. I do it once a year, usually when I am bored in Duty Free waiting to board a plane (it’s fun trying on all the pairs of glasses, plus they are a lot cheaper there than in the shops!). I’m hoping to get in a short break in the sunshine after I finish filming on Corrie. I love Ray bans usually,  but I have my eyes on these by Dior. They are called Piccadilly 2 in Light Gold. Gorgeous! Bit expensive at £230 but if they are in Duty Free then they will be a fair bit cheaper.

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If you are on the hunt for a pair that are a bit more affordable then these are really nice from Lipsy, I love the bows on the sides, (Sun 30C2 Bronze) and these are about £35. Bargain!

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I also stocked up on some of my favourite Origins Dr Andrew Weil Skin Tone Correcting Serum and the Illuminating lotion too which are one of my all time beauty favourite product ranges. I love it because it feels lovely and light on my skin, isn’t greasy at all, and gives a really luminous glow.

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After my shopping spree, I went to try out a treatment with a lovely beauty therapist – Lisa Kempley, called LVL lashes. It stands for Length Volume and Lift and  it straightens your lashes rather than curls them, to create the illusion of longer, thicker lashes. The treatment takes between 30 and 45 minutes and lasts up to 6 weeks depending what condition yours are in.  These are great for a treat, holiday or a special occasion!

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This weekend I’m off to London for a photoshoot which I am really looking forward to (might be able to sneak a couple of behind the scenes pics from this one!) and then next week is my last week filming on Corrie. Can’t quite believe it!

Lots of love

Michelle xxx

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