After many gym sessions that have left us looking like a racoon getting ready for a KISS concert, we’re pretty pleased to say we’ve nailed it with our gym bag essentials and are super excited to share with you our gym BFF.

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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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Stocking Fillers

It can be hard to please your beauty-obsessed friends: with beauty products being so accessible and not usually too pricey, anything new they already have and anything they spot they usually snap up there and then. The key to buying a successful stocking filler is to go for something that they won’t have picked for themselves – something that is either a little bit luxurious or self-indulgent, or something that is so cute and quirky they won’t have thought of it themselves. So here’s a few stocking-filler ideas that they hopefully won’t already have in their make-up bag. And if they do, well, then you can always keep it for yourself…

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how to fake a good nights sleep

Beauty sleep starting to become a thing of the past? Why is it that when the nights start to get longer, the amount of sleep we’re getting actually, conversely, starts to reduce? The clocks might have gone back this weekend but let’s face it, the extra hour in bed didn’t touch the sides- we’re getting gradually less sleep each week, thanks to our inability to turn down invitations to all those bonfire night parties/ post-work prosecco/ pre-Christmas drinks (yes, even in November. We like to start early.)....

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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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Jasmine

We love festival season for many reasons but our favourite thing about it must be the fashion! Festivals really do offer a great opportunity to express your individual style without restrictions. Here’s some of our favourite celebrity festival looks to take inspiration from…

 

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Maldives

It’s summer, so whether we are lucky enough to be going away or not holidays are definitely on our minds. We like to spend a lot of time day dreaming about wonderful locations to visit so we thought we would share our top 5 dream holiday destinations with you

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Off to a festival this summer? Where are you going? And, more importantly, what are you bringing? Packing your festival make up bag can be such a pain. We all know the dilemma – you want to look your most fabulous (who knows who you might meet in the crowd!) but you also gotta accept that can’t take your entire bedroom with you (sorry – we wish this was possible too). Well, when it comes to mascara, we’ve got you covered. Here’s 5 reasons why CODE VLM Mini is your festival lifesaver… 

 

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