Hot Beauty Trend- Facial Oils


Facial Oils have become huge in the beauty industry within the last two years or so. We’ve come a long way from when oil was considered the enemy. Now Facial Oils are lauded as a superior former moisturising because they contain essential fatty acids that properly hydrate, restore, and heal the skin.


I became super interested in Facial Oils earlier this year. As I’ve stated on the site a number of times, I have oily, blemish prone skin. So all the products I’ve used on my skin for the last twelve years have been to fight acne. So lots of acid, lots of peroxide, lots of sulphur. Definitely nothing skin nourishing. Which was cool when I was 19. But now that I’m in my late 20s, I have had to start thinking about protecting my skin instead of attacking it all the time. Does that make sense?


Secondly- I am OBSESSED with Korean skincare. K- Beauty has taken over the world because Korean women have the most flawless, dewy skin I literally cannot take it! And their routines consist of between 12-15 steps. Including one or two facial oils.

Sidebar- I’m actually considering doing a complete overhaul of my beauty routine and implementing a FULL Korean regimen in January 2016.


Anyways, I never thought facial oil would be applicable to me because of my skin type, so putting even more oil on my face? No thanks ma’am. However, the Queen of the Beauty Universe- Caroline Hirons, debunked the myth for me. Using a Facial oil actually helps REDUCE oil production, because our overactive sebaceous glands are tricked into producing less sebum because there’s already oil on the skin. This leaves the complexion more balanced and clearer. So my skin could be less oily and have fewer blemished? SOLD.


I tried the 2 Facial Oils pictured above. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate- which I got from Nordstrom, and the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil- which I got from Montaigne Place at the Palms, Lagos.


The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is ‘a replenishing nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning’.  It is pretty nice actually. After using it at night, in the mornings my skin actually looks rejuvenated and glowy. I stopped using it a few months ago because my skin was going through a terrible phase and I had to just stop everything I was doing. I’m one of those people who gets too excited and tries too many new products at once, so when I start breaking out I can’t figure what’s causing it until I stop everything. It wasn’t the Midnight Recovery Concentrate though. It was a toner I was using at the time. So I’m starting with it again tonight!


Now, the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. This oil is described by the brand as a ‘rebalancing oil for oily skin’. Sounds good right?

This is so heartbreaking for me to type, but my skin hated it. I would wake up with whiteheads (eww) all over my face whenever I used it the night before. I gave it a good few tries too.  Just did not work for me.


I also tried Jojoba Oil- which I talked about HERE. I wanted to love it, especially because it makes my skin look SO GOOD under makeup. My foundation looked so luminous and gorgeous . But it definitely clogged my pores. I think this oil is worth a shot though, because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it’ll be the same for you.


Looking forward to starting up with the Kiehl’s again, and will definitely let you know how it goes. If it doesn’t work out, thank Heavens for HYDRALURON.


Have you tried using a Facial Oil or any of the ones mentioned here?


Let Me Know,



  • Chee
    Posted at 12:37h, 01 December Reply

    I have very oily skin but def don’t shy away from oils. I’m currently using Tarte Maracuja oil, and I like it. I’ve also tried argan oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, rose hip oil, and vitamin c oil. You get the drift? ??
    I use oils more frequently in the dry winter months and they are the last step in my routine to calm my skin after attacking it with my retinols and glycolic acids.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 14:39h, 01 December Reply

      Hi Chee! Ooooh i’ve heard about the Maracuja Oil- Tarte is a great brand. And I cannot believe you’ve tried all those oils on your face! What a champ! Okay now I definitely feel more encouraged to continue with my oil journey. Thank you so much for sharing xx

  • Nnenna
    Posted at 13:38h, 01 December Reply

    Hiya Nicole! So I hear the good old virgin coconut oil is good as a facial oil. So I just started using it on my face this week. Leaving it on overnight and washing it off the next morning. I know it has just been a few days since I have been using it, but OOohhh, my skin is like extra smooth and soft like a baby’s butt lol. I also hear it helps fade away acne scars which i’m currently suffering from. So I’m waiting to see those results. As for clogging my pores, I feel its really light on my skin because when I wake up the next morning, it doesn’t feel like I put anything,
    Oh Nicole, quick question, Please what would you recommend for uneven skin tone or hyper-pigmentation? Thanks a bunch….P.s- Love your blog!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 14:44h, 01 December Reply

      Hi Nnenna! Thanks so much for your comment- coconut oil is so lush. I’m definitely not bold enough to use it on my face though. Is your skin type oily?
      For uneven skin tone- I really like Vitamin C serum. I got one last month from Jumia and reviewed it on the blog. Its pretty good. I hear the Obagi one is awesome too. Thanks so much hun and I love my blog too LOL! Hope this was helpful xx

      • Nnenna
        Posted at 10:11h, 02 December Reply

        Hi Nicole. No I have combination skin. Oh great. I have used OLE HENRIKSEN Vitamin C Serum but not I haven’t been consistent. So I will definitely be going back to that. Thank you for the tip!

  • magui
    Posted at 13:48h, 01 December Reply

    Hi Nicole…1st time and i really like it…keep it up…
    I have a hard time believîing you have acne prone skin oooo…. your skin looks so “delicious”…lol….could you please share some tipd and products that could helps witb dealing with clogged pores….. cheers and take care

    • Nicole
      Posted at 14:47h, 01 December Reply

      Hi Magui! Thank you so so so much- I really appreciate it! Ahhh don’t be deceived by makeup and lighting lol- but to be fair my skin has been much better since I started doing the Turmeric and Bentonite Clay mask religiously. I talked about this mask maybe 3 posts ago on the site? Have a look! It has really helped unclog my pores. I’m positive it’ll do the same with you. Thanks again love xx

      • magui
        Posted at 21:25h, 02 December Reply

        Thank you…i will have a look and try it

      • magui
        Posted at 21:37h, 02 December Reply

        Me again….please do not shooootttt….lol…ok you got me hooked yo Carole Hirons!!! Thks…but i still have a hard time figuring out a good treatment/spa day routine…
        Am i supposed to exfoliate/ clay-turmeric mask/peel off on the same day??? I used to do it but now after reading you posts and Carole’s blog it seem a but too much…so do you mind sharing your daily night/day routine and your treatment day….thk you….i am done….for now…lol

        • Nicole
          Posted at 21:15h, 03 December Reply

          Hi there! No thats wayyyy too many treatments for one day!I don’t have a treatment day to be honest.I just use the turmeric and bentonite clay mask 3- 4x a week at night as a ‘bonus’ to my regular beauty regimen My routine is somewhat straightforward. I will share on the website very soon. Thanks so much for your comment xx

  • Observer
    Posted at 18:26h, 01 December Reply

    My skin totally overhauled after I started giving myself coconut oil and Vitamin E night treatments. My skin was supple, smooth and my T-Zone stopped being like soggy dodo. Then I had to go and get sunburnt on vacay and I’m back to square one. I’m willing to try anything. I’m currently investigating TCA peels to get rid of the hyperpigmentation. Any recommendations?

    • Nicole
      Posted at 23:56h, 01 December Reply

      Hi there! LOL @ soggy dodo! Girl I hear you, if the weather is hot enough you can easily fry small chops on my forehead and nose. It is well. I feel like a TCA peel is rather heavy duty for sunburn. I believe in Vitamin C serum because not only does it correct hyper pigmentation, it generally makes your skin radiant. If you are set on doing a peel, might I recommend Mandelic Acid? It is not as hardcore, but your skin will be visibly brighter after your first use. Hope this was helpful and please let me know how it goes xx

      • Observer
        Posted at 20:56h, 02 December Reply

        Ordered mandelic acid (40%) from MUAC. Wish me me luck.

        It would be nice to get reviews on spas, facials and body treatments in Lagos. Thanks!

        • Nicole
          Posted at 21:31h, 02 December Reply

          Fingers crossed for you hun! I didn’t realise there was a 40% Mandelic Acid- Only ever seen 25%. Either ways- Mandelic acid is amazing. Cannot wait to hear back from you- please let me know how it goes. Also re: facials and spas etc, very soon! I think I’m getting a facial next week from a wellness centre and spa that recently opened. So watch out for it! Thank you for the suggestion xx

  • Dion
    Posted at 19:30h, 01 December Reply

    Hi nicole. Where can I get the aztec indian clay mask pls and ACV? I made a DIY tumeric,lemon and honey mask,and i must say my facial blemish is fading so fast. My skin is currently going through a terrible acne crisis,I think my neutrogena toners are failing me(i hate to say this cos I swear by neutrogena,lol.) What do you think about denat. alcohol in toners and what toner do you think I should get please. I need my xmas on fleek skin too(sobs)

  • ari odogwu
    Posted at 21:45h, 01 December Reply

    Ooh la la! My two loves!! I rather like the Clarins oil, that not withstanding, the Kiehl’s does an amazing job for the skin. I use sparingly as i always like to use one product at a time.
    Dion, in my own experience, some products stop working overtime. It may as well be that our skin change overtime, it then becomes such that what it has become used to stops to work, hence why I’ve used so many products over the years. I use Neutrogena acne soap sparingly in a week and it still holds true all these years, and i’m not even that old, lol.
    Per your question on toners, I’d like to believe that our Nigerian guru in skincare (my coinage, as girl knows what she’s on about) , Nicole, MAY recommend something with glycolic acid as it does wonders for the skin. But let’s hear what she says… (smiley face)

  • Skincare junkie
    Posted at 15:31h, 02 December Reply

    That clarins lotus face treatment oil is the truth. Well for my skin at least. Been using it since last year and it makes me glow, particularly when I need to take a break from facial treatments it’s my go-to cure.
    As for the k-beauty trend, girl the products are well worth doing a thorough research and trying till you get what’s best for you. I currently use a few and my skin is so lush it’s incredible. Try that’s where I get some of my k-beauty products from.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 18:32h, 02 December Reply

      Hi Skincare Junkie. I’m on everyday, and I stalk Alicia Yoon (the owner) on IG. Her skin is glorious! Their website is super helpful- as it breaks down products by skin type and skin concerns. So excited that you know about them as well- You are really a junkie lol!
      Thats good re: Lotus face treatment oil. I’m so jealous. But I tried the Kiehl’s again last night, and my skin took it quite well. And I used some jojoba oil this morning- now THIS one I want to work so badly. So fingers crossed. Thank you so much for your comment xx

  • dgirlnextdoor
    Posted at 04:10h, 03 December Reply

    Hey nicks!!! I’m not a cream fan..but I tried mid this year, my skin improved but now I have sun burn on my face. What do u advise I do? I need to get rid of it. Thank you

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:06h, 03 December Reply

      Hi Girl Next Door! Do you mean sunburn as in your skin is red and sensitive, or you got a bit too tan in some areas? If its hyperpigementation- Vitamin C serum is the answer. I would also try a honey and lemon mask a couple of times week on the affected areas. Hope this was helpful xx

  • Abiodun
    Posted at 11:23h, 03 December Reply

    hello Nicole. I am super impressed with your straight forward review and sense of humor. Glad to know u r also a Caroline Hirron’s fan. Keep us the good work.

    • Nicole
      Posted at 21:19h, 03 December Reply

      Hi Abiodun! Thank you so so much for your comment- I really appreciate it. Ah Caroline is my boo! I’m so glad so many of us here know about her. Thanks again and please come back xx

  • Nicole
    Posted at 15:11h, 10 December Reply

    Hi there. If your skin is really really dry, i’d suggest skipping toner. Unless it is hydrating like the rosewater you mentioned. You should also try to incorporate a really hydrating moisturizer. Might I suggest ‘Moisture Surge’ by Clinique?

  • dgirlnextdoor
    Posted at 12:46h, 14 December Reply

    thank you!!! I’ll try it

  • Aminat
    Posted at 15:54h, 18 December Reply

    I love your blog!

    • Nicole
      Posted at 16:16h, 30 December Reply

      I love my blog too, its awesome LOL! Thank you so so much xx

  • Onyinye
    Posted at 15:24h, 07 February Reply

    Since i discovered Korean beauty, i haven’t gone back! I did a complete overhaul almost 2 years ago and I’ve been using Korean skincare products since then, I’ve reviewed some already on my blog.
    I have acne-prone sensitive skin and I’ve noticed that facial oils like green tea and tea tree oils (diluted) works best on my face while jojoba and avocado oils works best on the rest of my body.
    Btw, I’ve known you since Beth models days but i’m only just discovering your blog, what a small world, great blog you have here!
    Modavracha | Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

    • Nicole
      Posted at 19:23h, 09 February Reply

      Hi Onyinye!
      K Beauty is IT! I’ll definitely have a look on your blog to see what products you have in your regimen. And this is world is TINY. So good to hear from you and thank you so much for your kind words. Really really appreciate it xx

  • daisy
    Posted at 09:07h, 17 March Reply

    Hello Nicole,

    Nice Blog.I don’t have pimples on my face but a have abit of discolouration and a few spots.I have a dry skin.What can you recommend that i use,that will not darken my skin but brighten it and even out my skin completely.I want a situation where i dont need to wear make up .Im looking forward to your response..Presently im using Kojic san face cream but i dont like it on my skin..I use the soap and its lovely on my skin but the face cream doesnt work..What can i use

    • Nicole
      Posted at 09:46h, 17 March Reply

      Hi Daisy, Vitamin C serum is awesome for tackling discoloraion and hyperpigmentation. I like the Radha Beauty one (available on and the Pure Body Naturals Vitamin C serum (available on Hope this was helpful xx

  • daisy
    Posted at 10:01h, 30 March Reply

    Thank you so much..I will try it…Thanks alot.

  • daisy
    Posted at 10:06h, 30 March Reply

    I also have an enquiry for my mum..She is in her 50’s and she is experiencing discolouration and dark patches. Can she use this product alose

  • daisy
    Posted at 10:11h, 30 March Reply

    She is light skin

  • Taraji
    Posted at 14:57h, 06 April Reply

    I read somewhere that the lotus oil is best mixed with a moisturizer and not used alone as a serum. Maybe u should try it that way and pls give feedback. I’m thinking about buying one for myself but I’m afraid to waste money lol.

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