With all my talk of the power of natural oils, I figured it was time to talk about the ugly side of oil. This entry is for those poor folks who spend hours getting their makeup all swanky, just to look in the mirror an hour or two later and find that their face has turned into an Exxon Valdez disaster. Yes, powder is supposed to help sop up the tasty oil, but what happens when you reapply powder over and over? Your face becomes as cakey and powdery as something from Dunkin’ Donuts.


I’m sure many of you have heard of the perfect alternative: oil blotting papers! The beautiful thing about these is that they soak up oil without adding any product to your face. So you can look just as fresh as the moment you first applied your makeup. Awesome right?

Except that now, since the oil blotting craze has caught on, companies are selling their papers for redonculous amounts of money. Just a few examples:

  • Boscia papers: $10.00
  • Shisedo papers: $18.50
  • Tatcha papers: $12.00
  • Sephora papers: $8.00

And I’m not even talking about all of the oil-blocking products such as creams, powders, and gels that could be anywhere from $15-$80. Are you ready to get mad at those companies? They’re basically selling you toilet seat covers.

If you are anywhere near a public bathroom (Unless you’re in Austin. Why the hell do most bathrooms not carry these here?), you’ve got a completely free alternative to what those companies are selling you. I call them “Ass Gaskets”, but they’re more commonly known as toilet seat covers.

TS Covers

They’re basically made out of tissue paper, sometimes waxed, and these things soak up oil like the dickens! So the next time you’re in a bathroom, grab one out of the canister and try it out on your oily mug. You’ll be amazed at the results! Grab a bunch of those bad boys and shove them in your purse. Sure you may look like some weird toilet-fetish person, but it’s worth it when you think about how much money you’re saving, right? I’m sorry you guys, I honestly don’t know why most of my conversations lead to toilets and poop…

And if you want to carry them in your purse without people judging you, cut the toilet seat covers into squares, and place them into an old Altoids can or some cute tin. You’ll save money and be the cool kid who can share with your friends the secret of toilet seat covers!

Options for those of you who live in weird places like Austin and don’t have access to toilet seat covers:

  • Georgia-Pacific Safe-T-Gard This comes in a four pack, for those of you with INSANE oil production 😉
  • Purchase boxes of cheap tissue paper at your local dollar store or Walgreens, CVS, etc. Cheap tissue paper works just as well…

And there’s your cheap solution to a matte face! Stop giving them rip-off artist all your hard-earned pesos!