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International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day ! 

International Women's Day takes place on the 8th of March every year and is celebrated globally, recognising women’s cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements.  

Even though it is important to celebrate, inspire and encourage women all year-round, international women's day is a chance to step back and look at all the women around us that inspire us and celebrate them. So, in honour of International Women's Day we decided to ask 4 women that inspire us some questions.  

aaaFirst up was Tracey McAlpine, founder of Fighting fifty. The magazine set out to change perception and break the rules. The magazine focus’s on beauty, health fitness and lifestyle breaking down barriers on how the media portrays people in their 50s and helps them embrace the second half of their lives.  

Best beauty advice? 

Wear sunscreen every day regardless of whether you are inside or out. 

Drink more water! Your skin and body will thank you for it. 

Who inspires you? 

Women who succeed through adversity. There is nothing stronger than a woman who has fought her way to success and happiness.   

What makes you the happiest? 

Family and friends, without them I would have nothing. 

What is on your bucket list for this year? 

To travel more. Having been grounded for the past two years, I'm now ready to explore the world again. 

Favourite Food? 

I adore salad, any salad, any time. But I've also never met a chocolate I 

didn't like! 

Favourite holiday destination? 

I'm easy, anywhere that I'm on holiday is my favourite (at the time) but Tuscany is one of my favourite places in the world. 

Favourite CODE product? 

CODE LLE Lid Lift Enhance in shade Light Hearted. I literally use this every time I wear makeup and have done since the day it was launched! I absolutely love it! 

Secondly was Thembi MKandla, a Makeup artist who works across fashion, beauty, music, celebrity, and entertainment. Her clients range from ITV to Superdrug. Thembi creates glowly fresh looks that stand out from the crowd.  

Best Beauty advice?
Always double cleanse before bed to make sure you're face is really clean 
Who inspires you? 
I'm surrounded by strong women who nurture, care, love and graft for their families AND their careers. They show me it's possible to do both 
What makes me the happiest? 
Practicing gratitude even in challenging times and seeing the people I love thriving and happy. 

What is on your bucket list for this year? 

I've managed to tick off one already by getting to make up the talented Snoh Aalegrah. Id love to be doing more red carpet looks. 
Finish renovating my house 
Travel! I'd love to visit Colombia which was a pre pandemic plan, so hoping to do that! 
Favourite food? 
ALL FOOD! 🤣 I'm a Libra so find it hard to pick favourites sometimes but I'd have to say Mediterranean food, middle eastern food and Japanese food. In no particular order 🤣 
Favourite holiday destination?
again, very hard to choose 
but some of my favourite places I've visited are Brazil, Argentina and Vietnam 
Favourite Code product?
I love CODE LIP the tinted plumping lip treatment 


Cassies Lomas. Cassie is as a make-up artist, who has established herself as a make-up artist with the world of fashion music and celebrities. After years of working within the industry Cassie wanted to help other inspiring make up by sharing her knowledge. So, she set up her own make up school ‘Cassie Lomas Makeup Academy’ in 2010 and is now one of the most established private makeup schools in the UK. 

Best beauty advice?

Be yourself and do what works for you. 

There seems to be so many new rules with the influx in social media, advice and tutorials but it’s really important to remember that what works for one person may not work for you. I’m going to give you an example…. New mascara is launched… it is supposed to be amazing… I try it… by lunchtime I’ve got smudges everywhere…. I go straight back to my CODE Beautiful.  

Over time, I’ve realised that's MY mascara and I stick to it. 

Who Inspires you ?

My Mum inspires me so much. She has always taught be to go for things in life, that nothing is out of reach and that I can have whatever I want if I am willing to work hard enough for it. She was such an influential part of my success. 

What makes you happiest ?

I get so much pleasure out of teaching and helping people, it drives me forward to watch others succeed. But outside of work, my children make me happiest. 

What is on your bucket list for this year ?

This year I am trying to prioritise my wellness. I have made so many positive changes to my lifestyle recently and I think its so important that we appreciate how important it is to schedule time for ourselves, despite our busy diaries. I want to get outside more, have new life experiences, and spend quality time with my loved ones whilst also fulfilling my passion to work. 

Favourite Food ?

It used to be sugar….  But I have cut that out of my diet this year, so my new fave is a weird little vegetable called Samphire… you have to try it! 

Favourite holiday destination ?

The Maldives… once you’ve been, nowhere else compares. I can’t wait to go back! 

Favourite CODE product ?

The mascara CODE VLM has been in my makeup bag for years and no matter how many others I try, it's the BEST. I also love CODE LIP… it’s literally amazing and great as a day to day gloss. 


Next up was Gina Atinuke Knight, an award-winning wig designer and the founder of Gina Knight Wig Designs. Gina Knight Wig Designs use techniques that don’t compromise your hair or scalp and use 100% quality hair. Each wig is sewn with care and styled by Gina for black women with textured hair to create a natural look.  

Best beauty advice?   

Highlight what you love, I think I have nice skin so I always pay extra attention to this.  

Who inspires you?  

My daughters inspire me everyday. 

What makes you the happiest?  

My kids and servicing my community. 

What is  on your bucket list for this year?  

Land a major add campaign to highlight those with alopecia and hair loss  

Favourite Food?  


Favourite holiday destination?  


Favourite CODE product?   

CODE HTG Hydrate tint glow 

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