make up mistakes

You know how you look back at photos of yourself from a few years ago and you instantly recoil at your make-up? Those skinny brows! That under-eye concealer that was two shades too light! That fake-tan that veers slightly too close to orange? Nowadays we have Instagram filters to blur away what we don’t like, but that’s no excuse for a make-up faux pas that could be totally unavoidable. And in an era of contouring, highlighting, fake lashes and fake lips, there is a hell of a lot that can go wrong. We’ve all done it – this isn’t about feeling bad about your make-up mistakes – but here are a few tips to avoid repeating the most common ones of 2017, as we make our way in to the New Year….

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christmas gift gide

Yes it's THAT time of the year again. So, whether you’re ahead of the game and don’t mind joining the crowds or planning on a spot of online shopping from the comfort of your sofa, we’ve taken away some of the legwork and hunted down a collection of the most unique, lust-worthy beauty gifts that money can buy right now.

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false lashes

Halloween is often the first event to kick off party season (yay!) and a great excuse to play about with our makeup. Whatever you’re going as, dramatic eyes can really complete the look (think feline fabulous or sultry vampire) and can give us the confidence to work the room at that unmissable Halloween party. While going for fake lashes can seem like the most obvious choice it might not be the best one, falsies can leave us looking a bit scary, and not in the way we want to.

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make up horror stories

With Halloween being the traditional time to tell horror stories, we thought we’d have a tale-telling sesh in the CODE office. But with us being a bunch of beauty buffs, we aren’t about the ‘Here’s Jonny’ kinda tales: we decided to tell our make-up horror stories- you know, all those terrifying tales of fake tan tide marks and first date make-up disasters....

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the sexy one

Remember when Halloween was just for kids? Oh how we’ve moved on from the days when the 31st October was just a day when we’d go for a spot of after-school trick or treating, dressed in a bin liner and a mask we’d bought at the newsagents. Now, thanks to Hollywood’s love of Halloween, the end of October is one long party, an excuse to dress up, go crazy with our make-up and then Instagram the hell out of it. Figure out which Halloween tribe you fit into...

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Summer Makeup

We are currently in the height of summer and the hottest month of the year, August, and whether we are spending it on holiday, at a festival or just chilling at a garden party we want to look our best. It’s not too late to make sure you summer makeup is on point, here’s how to do it!

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CODE FFL Forget Fake Lashes

Every girl needs a little black dress. I don’t know about you but my little black dress looks 100 times better when I wear it with Spanx. So much so that it doesn’t feel right without them! They smooth everything out and allow my dress, and my body, to look the best it can possibly look, and why wouldn’t I want my killer outfit to reach its full potential?

Well what if your mascara was like a little black dress. It might look amazing on its own but is it reaching its full potential? Or does it need a pair of Spanx? 

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lily

Festivals are my happy place! I love everything about them, the music, the food, the fact that your most likely going to finish the weekend with at least a couple of new friends. But I am one of those girls who panics if I don’t have my whole bedroom with me 24/7, so one thing I don’t love so much is travelling light! It’s really difficult to narrow down the items you want to take to a festival (at my first one my suitcase wouldn’t fit in the tent!) but with a few festivals under my belt I think I have mastered it. Here’s what’s going in my bag this festival season.

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There’s nothing worse than looking back at photographs and seeing horrible, damaged, bald lashes from years of falsies, bad mascara and useless makeup removers. You might think the damage is done and that you have to carry on applying false lashes every day, or caking your mascara on to cover it up. But fear not, CODE has some of the best beauty hacks to make your eyelashes look as fabulous as you deserve… 

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