My Top 10 Beauty Buys

Here on Into The Stratosphere I don’t really focus much on beauty products. I think the reason for this is because I am more into fashion & clothing than I am make-up. However, I wear make-up every day, without fail & I also have a strict beauty regime which means I do know a think or two about beauty products!

I have decided to create a list of my Top 10 Beauty Products.

Please note, this list is in no particular order – I just can’t choose a favourite!

Beauty Flash

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is the best primer I have ever used. I have such a problem with an oily t-zone & this little gem eliminates my problem immediately. My make up stays put all day & keeps the shine at bay. I also love the fact that it makes me feel a little more awake once I apply this on a morning. A beauty buy I could not live without.

Cherry Blossom

I love everything L’Occitane & this Cherry Blossom Hand Cream is one of my most favourites. Enriched with shea butter & lightly scented with Cherry Blossom, it leaves my hands feeling soft & nourished. My hands really suffer during the Winter & can often crack & bleed. This lovely hand cream gets rid of that problem & keeps my hand in tip-top condition. I also adore the scent! I often switch between the Cherry Blossom & Shea Butter Hand Creams.


Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula is a product I have been using since I was 13 years old. 10 years & many bottles later, I still love it as much as the first time I tried it. It is so moisturising, which is perfect for my dry skin & it makes an excellent after-tanning butter. I am also completely in love with the scent. I always have a bottle of this stocked up & I use it to moisturised almost every night, sometimes I use L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Body Lotion for a little change. I know I will keep using this lotion for my whole life.


I started using Benefit They’re Real Mascara just after Christmas & it is already a firm favourite. I love the brush, it makes it so easy to coat every lash, no matter how small. It also gives me the volume & length that I love. It isn’t cheap but it is well worth the money. It is definitely one of those products that you instantly wonder how you ever coped with out it!

Skin Illusion

Clarins Skin Illusion is my absolute favourite foundation. It offers me the coverage I need & really cares for my skin. I love Clarins because every product seems to focus of what is best for your skin. This foundation is perfect for my oily t-zone & stays put all day without smudging. I have been using it for quite a few months now & it is the only foundation I have ever re-bought!


Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser is perfect for my oily t-zone. My problem has noticeably decreased since I started using this face wash. It makes my face feels so fresh & clean & removes all my make-up with ease. I swap between this & Soap & Glorys Scrub Your Nose In It facial wash.

Lip Glow

Since I bought Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Awakening Lipbalm my lips have feel soft, nourished & with a slight pink tint. This lipbalm is very much ‘my lips but better’ & looks very natural on the lips. Glides on with ease & adjusts to my lip color to leave me with soft lips with a slight shine. Love this product!

Urban Decay

I could not live without Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. I first bought the All Nighter version when it was first launched a few years ago. I quickly swapped to the newer de-slick version as it was designed especially for oily skins. It helps keep my make-up in place all day & all I need is to lightly mist it over my face. Good-bye oily t-zone, this is my saviour!

Eight Hour

I think Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is a must have beauty buy for most women. A cult classic, there is nothing this little gem can’t do. I use it on my lips when they are really chapped, burns, cuts, extra dry skin, etc. It is a must have for any lady that loves her beauty products. An all round multi-tasker that I just couldn’t be without.


Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator is the most expensive of my beauty buys but it is worth the price. At £47.00 for a 30ml bottle it isn’t cheap but it does do what it claims. I have a problem with uneven skintone & since I started using this a few months ago I have noticed a vast improvement. It is oil free which is a must for me & is so good for my skin. A real luxury product that is worth the hefty price tag.

So there is it, my Beauty Top 10!

Let me know if you use any of the products I have featured & your thoughts on them!


10 thoughts on “My Top 10 Beauty Buys

  1. I have oily skin too, and I also love Urban Decay’s De-Slick Spray. I went on vacation to a tropical location, and this stuff helped my makeup last 10 hours through sweat and humidity!

    1. It is amazing isn’t it? I could not live without it, I also took it on vacation with me. I took it with me when I went to Egypt last July & used it when I was wearing make up during the evening & it stayed put 🙂

      1. Lucky you! Egypt? It’s one of my “must do” places to visit 🙂 I also bought the regular spray initially, but when they came out with the de-slick, switched over. I hope they never discontinue it

    2. It is a wonderful country, I hope you get to go someday 🙂 I was so happy when they brought the de-slick version out & I have stuck to it ever since. I really hope they don’t either, I would be heartbroken!

  2. I cannot say enough about how much I love the They’re Real mascara. I also got to try it for the first time in December and it is my go-to for lovely dark big lashes. My only thing is taking it off haha, it can be a pain sometimes but the mascara is definitely worth it. Great top pick list!

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more. It is the best mascara I have ever used & I have tried so many in the past, like we all have haha! Yes, it can be a little annoying trying to remove it sometimes but i would prefer that to the ones that seem to crumble & flake off during the day 🙂

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