Sonia Kashuk went big with her Matte Oil Blotting Papers ($7), not only making them significantly larger than comparable ones from MAC (about a quarter of an inch longer on all sides), but also giving three times as many sheets for just about half the cost (100 sheets for $7, versus 30 for $13.50 of the ones from MAC).
If you’ve never used blotting papers before, they’re usually just thin sheets of tissue paper used to absorb oil and remove shine from skin without the need for additional layers of makeup. Lots of different brands make ‘em, including MAC ($13.50), Shiseido ($17), Too Faced ($12) and Clean & Clear ($6).
You wouldn’t think there’d be much difference among different brands of blotting papers, but there can be, both in terms of size and performance; some feel softer than others, too, and use different kinds of paper or fabric. Some even contain absorbent powders or clay.
Sonia’s feel stiff to me, which I like, similar to Shiseido’s Pureness Blotting Papers. Unlike MAC Blot Film, which has a pliable, tissue-like and almost waxy feel, Sonia’s feel sturdier, like stepped up versions of toilet seat covers (which, fyi, can be used as blotting papers in a pinch).
My sensitive skin likes that these are just paper — big pieces of it — and don’t contain any bells or whistles, because sometimes those bells and whistles, like the absorbent Kaolin clay added to Shiseido’s sheets, can sometimes give me breakouts.
I usually need a couple sheets of MAC Blot or Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing papers to get rid of shine, but I’ve been getting by with just one of Sonia’s. They excel at lifting oil without disturbing my makeup, too. Great stuff. I’ll be keeping a packet of them with me in my purse. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Sock it to ‘em!
Some ladies wear socks with their high heels to make fashion statements … and some ladies do it to break in new pairs of Franco Sarto sandals.
I found the sandals for half off at Marshall’s the other day. HALF OFF! Man, I’ve been loving Marshall’s lately. The cork wedge platforms give me a little height but still take it easy on my feet… Can’t wait to wear these in summer!
Oh, this month’s Real Simple magazine mentions that March is the best time of year for great prices on sandals, so keep your eyes peeled, and let me know what you find.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,