Face Oils I’ve Been Enjoying Lately

I’ve come a long way. If you told me 5 years ago that I’d be putting oils on my face, I’d laugh at you. If you told me 2 years ago that I’d be loving face oils today, I’d be skeptical. It took a while, but I’m now a convert. I used to have oily skin, but as I age, and after each pregnancy, my skin got drier. Now, I have normal to slightly dry skin and I have open pores around the nose area. My skin gets red easily and there are some broken capillaries near my cheeks, but I wouldn’t say my skin is sensitive because I don’t see it being very reactive. I used to have breakouts, but now, I’d probably get only one or two around the time of the month. I don’t have fine lines on my face and I don’t have textural problems either. At the moment, my only concerns are to keep my skin hydrated, even and bright.





I am currently using the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base as my morning moisturizer and it’s not enough to keep my skin comfortable. It is a good skin prep and probably a great moisturizer for those with oily skin. However, for me, I need to add 2 to 3 drops of the MV Organics Rose Plus Booster. The few drops of oil added to the moisturizer work like a charm. My skin is immediately softened. I like to wait for the oil to be fully absorbed into the skin before I apply my sunscreen and then makeup. The main reason is because I don’t like to layer product after product. No matter how light each individual product is, when layered, it does feel a little heavy. In the afternoon when I get home, I’d wash off all my makeup, mist my face and massage a few drops of this oil on my face again. Other than keeping my face moisturized, it also calms down redness especially when I’m hot.

In the evening before bed, I’ve been incorporating the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil in my routine. After cleansing, I’d mist my face then apply 4-5 drops of this oil all over my face and neck, avoiding the eye area. After about 10 minutes, I’d apply moisturizer and eye cream before bed. I’ve read that I could add any serum I want after the oil, but I wanted to see for myself how this product works on its own. This blue oil has kept my skin bright and even. Many of you commented that my bare skin (in this post) looked fresh and glowy. While I’d credit good light, it’s also due to my current routine of face oils. I could see a difference after 2 weeks of using Luna only. My skin just looks brighter and more even, and after adding the Rose Plus Booster in my morning routine, my skin felt even softer. However, I do not see any changes in my pores. They are still huge unfortunately.

The little 15ml bottle of Luna was in the Cult Beauty box I purchased a while ago, and I’m down to the last few drops. Before you ask, yes, I will buy the 30ml one. I read that skin will look even better if I added Good Genes after Luna. So I’m debating whether to get both. The current exchange rate is not favourable at all, but I can only see Ringgit dropping even more so there’s no point waiting. Then again, if I bought both, why shouldn’t I just get the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon which is ah-ma-zing on its own? See my problem? I still have a bit of the Rose Plus Booster left (thank you S for the gift) and when I’m done, I still have half a bottle of the La Mer Renewal Oil so I’m not worried. Oils do go bad so I’d rather finish using everything before buying new ones.

What do you think? Have you tried any of these? Do you use face oils?



xoxo Lily



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If you’re in the US, you can get Sunday Riley at Sephora. I get both my Sunday Riley and MV Organics from Cult Beauty.

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  • Hmm such a dilemma! That’s why I kinda hate it when expensive products actually come through in terms of effectiveness lol. As a reader, I selfishly would like to see if the two Sunday Riley products work better together!

    • Lily

      Yeah when expensive products deliver more effectively than the others that I’ve tried. Now, that’s dangerous!!

  • I started adding a few drops of facial oil into my moisturizer as well and oh wow, my skin has improved tremendously. The Sunday Riley Luna and Good Genes duo set is in my list to purchase but it has to be in April, I’m on a no buy unless it’s something that needs to be repurchase. I spent way too much in a month. LOL!

    • Lily

      Oh, I’d love to know how Luna works on you. Good Genes too! And I think I will continue to mix a few drops of oil into my moisturizer from now on. I’ve been loving it!

  • ML Chan

    Ohhh… I’ve been tempted by the Sunday Riley stuff so many times. But you’re right about the exchange rate though. My heart does little flip-flops whenever I see the prices!

    • Lily

      It’s ridiculous! Now SGDMYR is 3.20 and just a year ago, it was less than 2.50. UGH!!!!

  • Lily

    I understand what you’re trying to say too. I’m still undecided. Maybe I’ll get Luna, and try the Caudalie serum that Lisa Eldridge likes. I haven’t tried that either. I dunno, we’ll see!

  • I’m with you in that perhaps 5 years ago I wouldn’t have dreamt of putting oil on my face, but I love using them now! My favourite is a Kiehl’s daily oil. My true story: I was given a sample so I tried it one morning. Each time I walked past a mirror, I thought: this really must be my imagination, but I think my skin looks way better: smoother, more radiant, and (ironically) less oily…. Then at lunchtime Mr H looked at me and said: I don’t know what you’ve done or not done, but your skin looks fabulous today. I thought, right, if A MAN notices it, it really must be working! LOL! (I obviously went out and got it).
    I haven’t tried the ones you have here. xx

    • Lily

      Ah interesting! I haven’t tried much from Kiehl’s. Is the name Kiehl’s Daily Oil? I have to take a look! And yes, if your man notices it, then it’s really good stuff 🙂

      • It’s called Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate (had to quickly have a look at the name). Yes, I couldn’t believe he noticed! hahaha!

        • Lily

          OMG Sofia. I’m going to hunt this down. There’s a store 20 minutes away. I might have to drive there tomorrow to have a look!