Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Papier Poudre vs Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

Today, I have a review for two blotting sheet packs that I own: Papier Poudre and Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. :)

Papier Poudre

Cost: $3.65 for 65 sheets.

Ingredients: Talc (absorbent, anti-caking agent), Kaolin (absorbent qualities), Magnesium Silicate (absorbent, anti-caking agent), Titanium Dioxide (absorbs/reflects/scatters light aka mild sunscreen in product??), Iron Oxides (mineral pigment)
*Note* I've listed the ingredients for the current selling Papier Poudre sheets (those of which I do not own). I own the sheets with the old design on the packaging. For some reason, my packaging lists "Manesium Carbonate (absorbent qualities)" as an extra ingredient (which is not in the current Papier Poudre sheets).

Just fyi, this yellowy side of the blotting paper is not the powdered side. The pink side is the side you dab your skin with.

Packaging: Designed to look like a booklet of sheets, I originally thought this packaging was doomed. It's an open container so "something is bound to get in between the sheets and mess up the oil absorbing sheets," I thought. Interestingly enough though, I've been using this brand for about a year now and the container stays nice and solid even after throwing it around in my bag. Compared to other oil absorbing sheets I've used where you just pull out a sheet, with this one you have to tear the oil absorbing sheet off of the binding of the container. Nothing too difficult. I just always make sure to tear slowly so that I don't waste any of the paper.

Usage: I do wonder about how these work exactly though compared to other blotting sheets I've used like the popular Clean & Clear ones. When I use a Clean & Clear oil blotting sheet, it seems as if the oil on the skin is transfered over to the blue colored blotting sheet, making it become translucent. The Papier Poudre ones on the other hand, have a sheer layer of powder on top and although the pink paper does turn translucent after I use it, I wonder if it's simply because the powder has been applied to my skin? But I don't believe it's just that since the paper does begin to achieve that oil-filled look after heavy blotting. 

One thing to note about these sheets is that you don't want to over pat your face if you don't have a mirror on hand. Sometimes, when I continue to pat my face even though the sheet is clearly filled with oil, tiny specs of powder transfer over to my skin. Good to check your skin in the mirror having after used this blotting sheet (if you have a ton of oil) to make sure you don't have any specs on you. This has only happened to me twice in the past year.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

Cost: Around $5 USD for 50 (5 x 8 cm) sheets.

Ingredients: poplypropylene (plastic, didn't know that one was in there), mineral oil (moisturizing ingredient), dimethyldibenzylidene sorbitol (pulls water/oil? from skin?), ultramarines (synthetic pigment)

Packaging: I was never a fan of the design of Clean & Clear's oil absorbing sheets packaging. I've been using these since they came out when I was in my teens and the packaging hasn't changed since. It's made out of several layers of cardboard but for some reason, it just sucks at holding up it's shape and has always done well to smash itself flat in all of my backpacks and handbags. If you have a lot of junk in your bag, excess particles can get onto the Clean & Clear "peel off sticker" (which is there to help you remove an oil absorbing sheet from the container) and then it just becomes useless. Given, if you have some double sided tape lying around, you could probably use that as a fix but not everyone may have some.

Usage: Easy to use if you aren't having issues with the peel off sticker and can get a sheet out. Fun to use because you can see how oily you are as the sheets become more and more translucent. Sheets are good quality as they don't rip apart even after being filled with oil. I've had this happen with some really thin paper oil absorbing sheets I've used before.

In my opinion, Papier Poudre trumps Clean & Clear's oil absorbing sheets for the following five reasons:
1. Papier Poudre is made out of paper, not polypropylene (plastic) like Clean & Clear's oil absorbing sheets are.
2. Papier Poudre costs less and gives you more at $3.65 for 65 sheets compared to Clean & Clear's ~$5.00 for 50 sheets. Granted, the Clean & Clear ones are slightly larger but no biggie to me.
3. Papier Poudre not only removes oil from your face but also leaves a nice little dusting of powder on your skin, making it soft and silky to the touch. Clean & Clear only removes oil from your skin.
4. Papier Poudre comes in 3 different shades of powder to hopefully match your skin tone: White (extra light skin), Rachel (light skin), and Rose (medium to dark skin). I use Rose and it works great for me!
5. Papier Poudre smells great! Sorry, I don't know how to describe the scent.

Where to Buy:
Papier Poudre: Beauty Habit
Clean & Clear: Target, Walgreens, CVS

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Update & Gifts

I'd like to first start out by saying thank you to all my new followers! What a nice surprise it is to log back into my account and see that I have quite a few new followers! :) So thank you to each and every one of you. You all make blogging fun and very worthwhile!

I apologize for the lack of updates in the past month. As usual, things have just gotten busy around here. I thought I'd have some time to update today since I just came back from a rafting trip and have today to rest and write at home but in actuality... I took a nap after writing that first paragraph. Haha but I'll at least make it through this small update. :)

First, a big thanks to Birchbox & Spa Week!
A few months ago, I won a nice little Birchbox giveaway at Spa Week. Totally unexpected and super exciting since this was/is my first time winning something online!

I received their April box a few weeks ago which contained a bunch of sweet goodies to try out.

Upon opening the box, mmmm it smelled so good! I wondered where it was coming from..

The sweet vanilla smell was coming from Lavanila's Body Butter in Vanilla Coconut<3

I definitely want to try planting this somewhere in my backyard. :)

Love the design on the side of the Blow Up shampoo bottle. 

Can't wait to finish trying out all of these products! My current fav out of the bunch is Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer's sample I received. It's a tad thick but so moisturizing and I just love it. I use it at night and when I wake up in the morning, my skin is absolutely radiant. It just drinks up this stuff. I would love to purchase a jar of this for myself in the future though I have to say I'm pending since it's $65 for only 1.7 oz. Really great stuff though!

A big thank you to JH for the love box received earlier this week!

I can't wait to try out these Beauty Friends Mask Packs
I want to see what Potato smells like! Hehe~

And all of these Tony Moly goodies! Ahh~ I've been wanting a new Tomatox Brightening Mask and I especially can't wait to try out the Appletox Honey Cream! Thank you JH~! ♥♥♥

Thank you YJK for your package a few weeks ago!! 

A cute little jar of Baviphat Mango Magic Brightening Mask!

Innisfree Camellia Flower Tint.
I am absolutely in loveee with this tint! It works SO well. Given, it's a bit bright on the brush but upon application, looks fine in my opinion. It's definitely not natural looking but not too bright either. A perfect pop of color for the spring time and summer! Look forward to a review of this... soon? Haha.

Metaboo Bath Powder in lime! I used this a while back and don't remember much about what it smelled of exactly but I remember that the water was super neon yellow and that my bath was quite nice and relaxing. :)

I had to laugh when I saw the Nature Republic Mask Sheet with Rain/Bi on it. That's awesome!
Thanks YJK! ♥♥♥

Hoping to put up another post sometime soon. Thanks for all the kind new follows and a big thanks to those who were following before. Makes for a fun little surprise whenever logging back into this blog. :)
See you soon!