Can’t Live Without: Starbucks Napkins

by PJ on Thursday, May 15, 2008

in _Can't Live Without, beauty tools/accessories

(Face savers…)

“Why is PJ showing a photo of paper napkins?” you may ask…

These napkins are a hugely indispensable part of my daily beauty-maintenance routine, because they are the best oil-blotting paper I have ever used and only Starbucks has the kind that I like.

It all happened more than 10 years ago when I forgot to carry oil-blotting paper and I had to make do with one of these napkins to matte out the shine. But, to my surprise, it was so absorbent and worked so efficiently that my remaining stock of blotting paper was then left untouched for years.

Made with 100% recycled paper in a bleach-free process, these napkins work very well as blotting paper and normal tissue paper simply can’t compare. One sheet is more than enough for a whole day running around outdoors during summer.

If you have oily skin and need several sheets of blotting paper at a single “blotting session”, do try one of these next time. But do be gentle, since these napkins are obviously not designed for the face and the texture is coarser than the usual blotting paper. (But, interestingly, I have noticed that the Starbucks napkins are getting thinner and softer over the years…)

Other things I can’t live without:

ZA Two-Way Foundation

RMK Cleansing Oil N

Garnier Hand Cream

Dove Body Silk

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Kng Suan Friday, May 16, 2008

Hi PJ,

If I had known you in UK, I would have gotten stacks of it for u to use… two of my friends were working in Starbucks!! Lol.

Thanks for the interesting and informative post! And also thanks for teaching us to improvise from everyday materials!


' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' Friday, May 16, 2008

haha this made me laugh :) i’ll be sure to try some out when I pass by a Starbucks next time. Your napkins seem different though…the ones I see in Canada are brown with the green Starbucks logo. And they’re folded in a rectangular shape rather than a square. Wonder if they are still the same material…


Chloe M Friday, May 16, 2008

Hello PJ,
What a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. I have found the blotting papers don’t really do the job that well with me. Some of them even leave a dusty residue which looks funny on my skin. So I will definitely be saving the next napkins I have with my coffee and sandwich :0). How wonderful they are making them softer too :0). Thank you again for replying to my last post to you. I will write more soon. Take care love Chloe in Kent. x


Anonymous Friday, May 16, 2008

bless u PJ, ur too funny. yes I love starbucks napkins as well. they are great and extremely absorbent. by the way i was in Singapore and could’t decide on the colour of the Kanebo 3D eyeshdaow palette so I didn’t buy any!!!!!! Now that I’m bk in London and I’m kicking myself for not buying them at all…..
Thanks for your post, they are informative and entertaining.



the Muse Friday, May 16, 2008

lol! fantastic post :)

I’ll keep this in mind next time it’s humid and my skin decides to take a field trip from dry to oily ;)



yuki Friday, May 16, 2008

It is splendid blog. I am studied.
Please link to this site.


Valentina Friday, May 16, 2008

Hi PJ!

That’s crazy – but what a good idea!


PJ Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi Kng Suan,

You are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed this post.

Most of the time, I have a small stack of the napkins standing by, so they are rarely out of stock…:)

Thank you for commenting again! :)


PJ Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘ ,

I am glad you enjoyed this post!

Actually these napkins are rectangular too. (It is just that the way I layered and photographed them might be a little misleading…) Also, the print on the napkins is very new and we did have the Starbucks logo on the napkins. The older napkins are also browner. So I think they were the same in Canada. These very new ones in the UK are indeed slightly paler.

Do let me know what you think of them as blotting paper. :) Thank you for leaving your comment again! :)


PJ Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi Chloe,

I have been using them as blotting paper for years. But I wasn’t sure if I would share this tip…I thought people might think I am a bit crazy. :) But, apart from doing the blotting job for me, they are free (sort of) and they are made of recycled paper, so I figured that this would be worth sharing…:)

Let me know what you think of them as blotting paper. (Again, remember to be gentle…)

Thank you for leaving your comment again! :)


PJ Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi KJ,

You are very welcome. I am glad you like them and that I am not the only one that uses them as blotting paper! :)

With the Coffret D’Or palettes, at least you have seen all the shades in person so you can make an informed decision and buy them online if you’d like to in the future.

Thank you for stopping by my blog again! :)


PJ Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi The Muse,

I am glad you enjoyed this post.

It is a slightly crazy idea. But, just so you know…I am not actually crazy…:)

Thank you for stopping by again! :)


PJ Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi Yuki,

Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your kind words! :)

Thank you for linking to my blog as well! :)


PJ Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hi Valentina,

It is a little bit crazy, isn’t it? I discovered that they worked so well as blotting paper by chance and I am glad I did. :)

Thank you for posting your comment again! :)


Jazmin Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hi PJ! Love this tip! I wonder if the Starbucks napkins here in the U.S. will work the same way…oops, just noticed that b|u3 was wondering the same thing!

Will definitely try it next time I go to get my skinny Mocha fix ; )


PJ Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hi Jazmin,

Great to hear from you again!

I’d imagine the ones in the US are probably either the same or very similar. Do let me know how they work for you! :)

Thank you very much for your comment again. Enjoy your weekend! :)


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