Boots SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lipsticks. How Mega? How Matte? How Do They Compare to Liquid Lipstick Mattes? Let's Find Out.

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Unless you live under a rock, or never wear makeup like I didn't until two years ago, you'll know matte lips are the big, huge, massive trend that brands are still scrambling to catch up with. Almost all the concessions now have a matte lip range, and Boots SEVENTEEN have joined the ranks this Autumn with 12 shades to try. 

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The  SEVENTEEN 13 hour wear Mega Matte Lip caught me by surprised when the three shades I chose arrived for review. The trend has been for brands to make their matte lips in a liquid lipstick format, not a physical lip STICK. So usually your matte lip comes in a tube similar to a lip gloss. It goes on slightly shimmery and wet, but dries out to a completely matte colour on your lips. 

But the SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lip range comes in lipstick format, and not even a pointy one, a flat, screw up product. The PR kit also included a lip brush, so I assume this is how they think the matte lip goes on best. However I put my makeup on in the leisure centre every day after I swim, so I tested them as I would use them, just in their stick format. 

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A usual liquid lip (ColourPop Bumble) & a 17 Mega Matte Lipstick

A usual liquid lip (ColourPop Bumble) & a 17 Mega Matte Lipstick

Now I must say I really wasn't happy with this at first. I like to give beauty products a good two week trial before I write about them, otherwise I can't tell what I really thing about them. So at first I hated the stick format, and found it tricky to apply with the flat edge. However as time has gone on I've got the hang of it.  

Here is how the SEVENTEEN nude 'Looking Buff' compares to ColourPop 'Bumble'. Liquid lip Bumble on left looking at the pic, 17 Looking Buff on the right.

ColourPop liquid lip Bumble : 17 Looking Buff

ColourPop liquid lip Bumble : 17 Looking Buff

The liquid lip Bumble is more highly pigmented, but it bleeds out and can be messier to apply. 17 Matte Lip is more pinkish in base, less drying to the lip itself, and has a sweet taste. You can see it has a more natural look to it. I find it easier not to 'mess up', and can do without a lip liner to keep it in place. It's also £4.49, a good £15 cheaper than the genuine ColourPop liquid lip. Incidentally ColourPop's lab make the Kylie Jenner formula from the same recipe- so if you buy ColourPop you are getting the cheaper version of Kylie Kits.

Boots SEVENTEEN Looking Buff £4.49

Boots SEVENTEEN Looking Buff £4.49

So the other colours. I use a purple tone liquid lip often that I bought on AliExpress, just a generic Asian brand, it was 69p or something crazy. So I asked to try the 'I Lilac It A Lot' shade of the SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lip to compare it.

I was really disappointed in this shade. You can see below that's two coats and it's more like a light tint. I expect matte lips to be pigmented, opaque and mean business, and this colour just didn't do that for me. If you like your lip subtle you might like it, coupled with the fact none of the shades feel heavy to wear on your lips, but not for me. 

'Mega Matte Lip I Lilac It a Lot'- which I don't. 

'Mega Matte Lip I Lilac It a Lot'- which I don't. 

Finally, my favourite liquid lip is a Lime Crime dupe I bought on eBay, a fiery orange red called 'SuedeBerry'. So the corresponding SEVENTEEN shade is 'Lava You A Lot', again £4.49.

17 Lava You a Lot

17 Lava You a Lot

And this one I do Lava a Lot! Pigment is good, non-drying on the lip, fun colour, good staying power. It's gone into my after-pool makeup kit along with the nude colour. 

So over all? I didn't like how they were applied at first, but they grew on me and now I love them. Some shades are better than others in quality it seems- maybe get your hands on the testers in store before picking a colour to buy.  

They can be as good as liquid format lips, and the price is definitely a huge bonus. 

One thing is for sure, the matte lip trend is going nowhere fast, so maybe this traditional lipstick format is the introduction to the trend you've been waiting for. 

Keep up with my beauty buys and bargains on my Snapchat story, username Rudedoodle. 

Animal Sheet Masks from The Creme Shop- Walk Around Your House in a Real Life Snapchat Filter! (& 15% Off Until Monday With This Code)

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TK Maxx in Bangor, and I'm guessing everywhere else too, has just taken shipment of dozens of different sheet masks in their beauty department.

Sheet masks are face masks comprised of a cloth loaded with product that you can optionally chill in the fridge and apply directly to your face. You leave it on for the time directed, or if you wish until it dries out. Technically if you feel comfortable enough you can even sleep in sheet masks for a rejuvenating, moisturing overnight treatment.

I prefer them to face masks you need to wash off, because I hate rinsing my face and water going up my arms.

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So TK Maxx is a great place to go to try your first sheet mask, there are dozens to choose from and they are packs of three or five for £4.99 which is a very decent price. 

I bought a blueberry pack last week, but had to return to buy these animal face printed ones this week because LOOK AT THE FACES! 

The brand is  The Creme Shop and if you can't find them in your local TK Maxx, you can buy directly from their site. $4 for one mask, $10 for the pack of three like I bought. 

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The site has a hyaluronic acid penguin variety I really want to try. I'll maybe see if another nearby TK Maxx has them, if not I'll order online.  

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If you want to order from  The Creme Shop Webstore you can get 15% off until Monday with the code 'LABORDAY'. They also sell brushes and eyelashes, if you want to stock up.

Also picked this little kit up for £3

Also picked this little kit up for £3

But do they work and what are they like? I tried the Tiger Collagen mask last night on clean skin with makeup removed. 

Wonderfully the scent reminded me of Floral Gums. The sheet mask feels great on, and a little bonus is that the 'eyes' are on the mask, where usual white masks just have the eye holes. This extra bit of mask means you can push the fabric right up under your lashes so there isn't a circle around each eye missing out on the product.  

Another benefit of the mask being printed with an animal face is that you know which side of the mask goes on the skin. Sometimes with a plain white mask you can't tell which side of the fabric has the most product on it, to place onto the skin. 

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I left the mask on 15 mnutes and afterward my skin felt soft and fresh. I was very happy with the result.

So until I can get plastic surgery to look like my favourite Snapchat filter, the deer, I guess  The Creme Shop is the next best thing. Also great idea for little stocking filler presents for Christmas, or for teachers' gifts.

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Ever Wonder Where Those Effortlessly Cool Hipster Parents Shop? Not Only Can I Tell You, But I've a 15% Off Code For You To Use: Little Citizens Boutique.

There's very little I don't like amongst the inventory on the  Little Citizens Boutique website, so choosing images to share with you was tricky to narrow down. The Holywood based retailer knows good design, and have just won a silver award for best toy & gift retailer in design. They also stock children's clothing and home wares, so here are some of my favourite items from their site.

Should you love what you see too, you can use the code KITSCH15 to get 15% off orders until midnight 30th September.  (The quick buy links aren't active- sorry! It's just how I saved the photos of the products!)

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Her Mother's Eyes- Beautiful, Large Scarves By Bangor Tattoo Artist Kathryn Kirk, Available for Pre-order Now

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It's with pride I post this particular post today. I met Bangor-based artist Kat Kirk back in 2004. Over the past 12 years I've seen her train & draw, draw, draw with the dedication needed to become adept & confident enough to take her artwork onto skin. 

Kat now has her own place in Addiction Piercing & Tattoo Parlour, Bangor, tattooing both clients' designs and her own original flash. 

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I featured her amazingly cool candles previously, but today I'm sharing with you her newest venture- bringing her artwork to large scale, vivid scarves. 

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Her Big Cartel store has the designs available for pre-order, or you can call into her studio to see the prints in real life. I swung by today & was really impressed by them. The scarves are huge (140cm x 140cm), the fabric is soft & flowing and the photographic prints are clean, clear and gorgeous.

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My favourite scarf is the blue & white. It's a photographic image of dozens of tattoo flash stencils that you use to mark out a tattoo on the skin.

The collection of tattoo stencils

The collection of tattoo stencils

The scarf

The scarf

I look forward to seeing the future designs Kat brings us.

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Palette London Create Your Own Nail Paint Collection

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I spotted this cool set in TK Maxx, and you can  still buy it on their website if you like the idea too.

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You get five base colours, five empty bottles to make your colours, and a dropper to measure your paint. It's a lot messier than I expected, but it's fun. 

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I made a sunset orange shade first. It's quite patchy when I painted it on my nails, so it would take at least two coats. 

What other colours should I make? Let me know on Twitter @rudedoodle

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Back to School with Dr. Martens & What to Wear For the Stylish School Run 2016/2017

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I went to big school in the 90s. Apart from a brief affair with a pair of Kickers (one green sole, one red; what were we thinking?) I wore Dr Martens shoes the entire way through. They were comfortable, lasted more than one year & had the unique feature of being both desirable for us picky teens, and still be allowed uniform for such a fussy school like Sullivan Upper. 

So with school starting back on Tuesday, I took Michael along to the Dr Marten store in Corn Market in Belfast to try their  Back to School shoe styles, and to pick up my own yearly new boots for the school run.

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The store has sizes from tiny baby booties, right up through primary school sized feet to young adult styles for secondary school. There is the classic black leather, but also brown and various leather effects to choose from. There are several styles of girls' 'Mary Jane' strapped shoes also, I wouldn't mind a pair of those myself, I love the bows.

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There are also fun designs for the weekend for kids to choose from. Shiny patent leather that will be long lasting and keep them cosy and dry all winter. They provide a measuring service so you will get the longest wear out of the size you take home.

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I wouldn't have thought of the shop being a place to look for a school bag, but they have just got a collection of gorgeous leather bags in stock that would be perfect for school or university. There are also classic satchels which I adore, I wish I needed a school bag myself! 

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You can even match your bag to your boots. 

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After Michael tried his pairs on, it was my turn. I think a pair of Dr Martens is pretty much vital for the winter, and when the school run is wet & miserable, I always wear my Docs. I go for the almost knee high, zipped boots from the women's department and they've just had the Autumn collection arrive.

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So these are the new women's boots for winter, in two different leather effects. I chose the centre boot, called Viola, in rich brown. I have a similar pair from three years ago in black, and below you can see my pair from two years ago, in red. So I chose the brown to look well with my leopard skin coat. I can wear them with jeggings underneath, or with tights. They look great with either. They take absolutely no wearing in- they are soft and comfortable from day one. You can also see from the photo below that even after two years and constant wear, they don't fall apart. You would have a hard time wearing out a pair of Dr Martens in fact!

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So there you go, a one stop shop for shoes for both your primary and secondary school aged kids, sturdy school bags, and finally something for you to wear on the school run too!

I think I will be making a return visit to buy the light bluey green shoes that caught my eye. 

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I'm in the Ireland Blog Awards' Shortlist. Please Take Two Mins to Vote For Me.

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I received news a few days ago that www.TheWorldofKitsch.com has made the shortlist in the Ireland Blog Awards in the Lifestyle category & for Best Blog Post. 

20% of the points your blog gets comes from online voting, with the other 80% given by peer judges. So everyone is asking their readers to vote for them to increase their chances.

I always feel like I'm being annoying pleading for votes, so I will try not to do it too much.

I already have benefitted so much from you long-term followers voting so enthusiastically back in 2010, which led me to the highly commended prize of Best Lifestyle in the Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards.

That accolade opened so many doors for me, and I am always indebted to you guys for taking a few mins & voting for me. So, if you could again, I would be happy as Larry once more!

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So, click here, through to 'vote now', scroll down to the bottom of the page, don't try to load the blog's alphabetically because that will take ages, and I'm listed in the 'Ts'. Type 'kitsch' into the 'Search by Title or Blog #' and both my categories will pop up with voting buttons.

Thank you in advance! And if any bloggers are in other categories, tweet me & we can vote for each other. Follow me on Twitter here, of if you're more a Snapchat kinda person, my username is Rudedoodle on there too.

The IKEA Flat-pack Lunch #MakeMoreThanJustFood

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We just received this wonderfully kitsch IKEA flat-pack, self-assembly lunch! The Kings of DIY furniture have just released their 2017 catalogue, and as with other years, they have a theme that ties the showcase of products together. 

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This time around the theme is 'Make More Than Just Food', a celebration of growing, cooking and sharing food with family and friends. From memories made making buns with your toddler, to relationships blooming at dinner parties with friends.

They sent us the flat-pack lunch, complete with instructions! The food shop part of IKEA Belfast is possible my favourite part of the whole store. There's elk sausage, mild cheese and crispbread to 'self-assemble'.

So watch for the 2017 IKEA catalogue hitting stores and coming through letterboxes very soon.

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