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The Best of Elizabeth Arden – My top picks! + {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

It’s the most wonderful time….of the year…..  If Checkers has a Christmas aisle already, I can sing Christmas songs🤭 Christmas has come early on the blog!!! I am SOOOO excited about this post! Okay, let me calm down and back on up and get into the actual post first…..

I’ve stated this fact before, but I feel like Elizabeth Arden has been killing it this year! I have always been familiar with some of their skincare, and then I discovered the 8hr Hydrating mist and the Flawless Start primer and I thought: Why do I not use more from this brand??? It was a dream come true when I received my first PR package from Elizabeth Arden. I have been so fortunate to try out so much more from the brand and I love that I can recommend my absolute favourites to you.

Elizabeth Arden is consistent, current and such good value for money. I think that’s what I appreciate the most, they have products that suit such a wide variety of people, skin types and budgets. Today I’m rounding up the products that I have enjoyed the most from the brand…and if you stay tuned, there may be something in it for one of you! Without further ado, I present Simone’s ‘Best of Elizabeth Arden‘ product picks! Though let me tell you…to narrow it down was almost impossible!

Skin care

Elizabeth Arden 8hr Hydrating Facial mist

This will not come as a surprise and I would hope that most of you expected me to start with this product! The 8hr mist has received a lot of love from me on the blog and featured in a recent ‘EMPTIES‘ post. A few weeks ago I purchased 2 bottles, because I wanted to make sure that I have a backup. I love the mist on this and just how it makes my skin feel. Also it’s really an amazing cocktail of goodness for your face! I carry one in my bag and I have one on my vanity. This is a lifesaver in the days following my chemical peels!

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex

This lightweight, oil-free gel cream melts into skin to deliver an immediate cooling effect and provide continuous hydration for a full 24 hours. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and botanicals like Tree Mushroom Extract, Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel evens skin tone and texture, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin looking moisturized, smooth and glowing.

I’ve featured this on my Instagram grid a few weeks back, and let me tell you….the love has only grown stronger! Within minutes of applying it, you see and feel the difference. My pores appear minimised, my skin feels like soft-touch velvet and it just feels so hydrated. With ZERO oily feeling. It’s mind boggling to me. I also use this as a primer some days, as I feel it works BEAUTIFULLY under makeup. Lastly, the price? R299…. again… #MindBlown. A little goes a long way and this will last you for ages! If there is a product I highly recommend you try out, it’s this one!


The Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

I have loved this primer, but I’m going to be honest, it doesn’t feature in many blog posts because it’s difficult to photograph. Say what??? Yes…true story! My tube is kind of warped, so it throws my pictures off horribly….. So superficial I know!! You would however see me mention it a bunch in my makeup of the day stories on Instagram. This primer is very similar to the Benefit Porefessional, but it’s just a bit lighter in texture, which I love. It fills my pores and leaves my skin feeling so smooth. For me it also cancels out a bit of redness when I apply it. This is definitely a gem not spoken about enough!

Stroke of Perfection Concealer

I feel like such a broken record…love this and love that! I need to think of a new way to phrase this….but this is a list of products that I love, so bear with me, just for today 😉 This concealer honestly is a stroke of perfection! I love the convenience of if being a turn up product, proving to be convenient and quick when on the go! It is deliciously creamy, with no tugging under my eyes and it blends like a dream. The coverage, to me is a bit more natural, which is a look that I like. I haven’t reached for any other concealer in a while and need to actually pick up a backup soon.

Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato

This is another product that I have fallen in love with and I can never be without. These lip gelato’s glide on and really hydrate the lips. This isn’t just a tinted lipbalm, it nourishes thanks to ingredients like Hylauronic acid and Shea Butter. The tint itself is also quite generous. Does that make sense? It’s more than a tint, but less than a lipstick. The lip gelato is great for everyday and for a full face of glam. My absolute go-to shade is ‘Natural Blush‘ and I’m also really a fan of ‘Plum Perfect’.


Sunflowers Summer Air EDT Fragrance

Saving the best for last….Sunflowers Summer Air exudes the delight of getting lost in a refreshing, gentle wind. This alluring fragrance conveys simplicity with the air of Lemon, Apple, and Vert de Mandarin Orpur®. Gentle Cyclamen, Ozone, Rose, Osmanthus, and Jasmine mix with Cedarwood, Musks, and Amber to embody the freshness of the summer air.

When I first received the press release for this fragrance, I knew immediately that I was going to love it. I am not a fan of sweet, fruity scents. I either like a scent to border on masculine, or it needs to be fresh and light. Think of scents with Jasmine, Musk, lemons…..that’s my kind of scent. Before this one, my favourite scent was the Green Tea Nectarine Blossom, also from Elizabeth Arden. The Sunflowers Summer Air did not disappoint and I am absolutely smitten. I cannot think of a better way to explain it, than being caught up in a refreshing gentle breeze! This is not as light and subtle as their White Tea fragrance (also divine!), but it’s soft…and perfection. I also think it has a pretty good wear time. Lastly, the price? R455 for 100mls….I think that is pretty darn reasonable!

There have been talks on social media that giveaways are over done these days…. I don’t know….I love a good giveaway! And if you love a good giveaway, then you’ll love this…. Elizabeth Arden is sponsoring ALL my ‘Best of Elizabeth Arden‘ products for one of you to WIN!!! I hope you are as as excited as I am, because this is one hell of a prize! You will win:

  • 1 x Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist

  • 1 x Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex

  • 1 x Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

  • 1 x Plush Up Lip Gelato in Natural Blush

  • 1 x Stroke of Perfection Concealer (shade to be determined by winner)

  • 1x Sunflowers Summer Air EDT 100ml

How to enter:

Follow the prompts on the rafflecopter widget. Only commenting is MANDATORY. Everything else is a bonus entry!

PS I cannot force you to like/follow me or Elizabeth Arden, but if you’re entering, it’s the right thing to do 😉 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. This competition is only open to readers residing in South Africa.
  2. The giveaway will run until 12:00am, on Friday, 9th November 2018, with a winner being selected at random shortly afterwards.  I will announce the winners of my giveaway on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on all 3 social media platforms so you don’t miss the announcement.
  3. If no reply to my email has been received within 72hrs, a new winner will be selected.
  4. Ensure you complete the necessary steps to validate your entries. I have no choice but to disqualify any incorrect entries received.
  5. I really hope you only enter if you’re a regular reader or you plan to stick around <3
  6. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery from Elizabeth Arden.
  7. If you have won a prize in the last 6 months, you are not eligible to win again.

Disclaimer: These products are a mix of PR and products purchased by myself, but all opinions are my own, voluntary and 100% honest. 

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I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife, chocoholic and makeup lover! This is my little spot to talk about anything and everything I’m obsessed with.


  • Judy-Leigh Elliott

    Hmmm…how to choose just one!? I’d have to go with the primer – a good primer is so necessary, especially with summer coming up. But wow the Sunflowers EDT sounds awesome too! 😬

  • Zaheera

    I need to try the Stroke Of Perfection Concealer! I love me a natural look and I tend to stay away from foundation so concealers are my blessing!

  • Anu Naidoo

    I love to try the Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato. This will be Perfect to keep my lips hydrated and looking great too.

  • Rubina

    I love Elizabeth Arden’s products! It’s as though they’ve found a way to bottle up class & elegance, as well as all good things for your skin, all at once! I’m a huge fan of ‘white diamonds’ the perfume, as it’s neither fruity nor sweet, and the double wear foundation, which I love!
    I’d love to try more of their products!

  • Cirsten Van Den Heuvel

    What a incredible giveaway you got sponsored. I’m excited to try Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer. Always in need of a good primer. Ooh the range of sunflower perfume by Elizabeth Arden use to be my favorite. Think the first one was a yellow lid bottle. Reminds me of my teenage years the first perfume I ever bought.

  • Andrea Bester

    Extremely excited about the concealer my skin is terrible but found that EA is the only make up that my skin loves and doesn’t break out like mad afterwards.

  • Kerry

    I have to agree with you about Elizabeth Arden killing it. They are honestly on top of my lust-have list at the moment.
    That perfume, gosh, that perfume! It captivates summer and freshness so perfectly! I am SO ready for this summer, I’ve got my summer body (which is my every season body), I’ve got my cozzie, I’ve got the feeling, now I just need the “summer air”.

  • Kerry

    P.S. This is an awesome prize and I love a good giveaway. I am so glad that you got a PR package from them and they were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway. And, as usual, a great post Simone!

  • LARA

    I’ve always thought Elizabeth Arden was more for the ladies with mature skin (my mom and gran use the brand) But reading your blog post today, I want to try ALL these products 😉 Especially the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex

  • Felicity

    I go Scrooge McDuck on myself when it comes to spending money on myself. Especially when it comes to products so tgis prize would be awesome.

    I’d love to try the Visible Difference Replenishing Hydragel Complex. I’m at an age ( cough ) where I should start doing some maintenance haha

    Great prize ♡

  • Christie Mann

    Oh gosh, what an awesome prize! Kudos to Elizabeth Arden for their generosity!

    (Am going to find a tester for the new Sunflowers Summer Air EDT – your description makes it sound divine)

  • Courtnay Luckay

    I’m so excited for the stroke of perfection Concealer and the Sunflower Summer Air EDT… But most of all the mist!!!

  • Zoleka

    I really would love the 8hr hydrating facial mist, I’m already crazy about the 8hr cream so I’m certain the mist is a magic potion!

  • Bernice Vermaak

    Ooh. Only 1 product. 🌞But I would love to try them all😆😂😍For me if I had to choose no.1 would be Visible Differince Replenishing Hydragel Complex💙

    I must agree the stroke Of perfection Concealer from Elizabeth Arden is Amazing. You got me hooked. Im Shade 01 Fair, I’m now on my 2nd one. Its such a smooth, creamy & easy blendible texture. 💗💗💗

    Next on my list at no.2 to try would be the Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer & at No.3 the 8Hr Miracle Hydrating Mist.

    OMW. That List of mine is Just Growing 🙈😂😂😂

  • Zoleka

    I really would like to try the 8hr hydrating facial mist, I’m already crazy about the 8hr cream so I’m certain the mist is magic potion!😍

  • Zoleka

    I really am excited about the 8hr hydrating facial mist, it’s hot out here…..
    I’m already crazy about the 8hr cream so I’m certain the mist is magic potion!😍

  • Zoleka

    I’m excited about the 8hr hydrating facial mist, it’s hot out here……and a girl needs all the cooling hydration she can get,
    I’m already crazy about the 8hr cream so I’m certain the mist is magic potion!😍

  • Donna

    Eeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkk. I’m just excited. Period. To win anything. I love all her fragrances and haven’t tried this one as yet. 😱😱😱😱 all the products are amazing 😱😱

  • JP Botha

    Definitely the Sunflowers Summer Air EDT Fragrance.. I would love to win this hamper for my wife, and I know that she would totally love this fragrance

  • Ghairun-Nisaa

    I’m most excited about the stroke of perfection concealer. After chatting to you, I’ve been to so many counters but they either don’t have testers or my shade. It looks like the perfect consistency for spot concealing since I don’t wear much makeup these days. Fingers crossed 😍

  • Donna Kramer

    Thanks to the recommendations by an Ordinary Gal I purchased a few of the Gelato plush up lipsticks and it changed my lips and my life! The lipstick has amazing moisturing properties so no more cracked lips for me 😊 I also have the concealer which gives great coverage and as the name says, it’s perfection. The products are pricey but well worth the spend and I would be OVER THE MOON if I won

  • Tanusta Jainarain

    Dying to try The Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer, their flawless foundation was one of the best foundations Iv had so ai have high hopes for this

  • Carla

    I purchased the Gel Cream after I saw your Instagram post and I honestly love it. That’s definitely a new fav. As for what I am excited for…well everything, but specifically the 8hour Mist (I know it will be a good mist now that we are nearing summer) & the new Sunflower scent (I love fresh scents as well).
    xoxo 🙂

  • Gina

    EA is such a consistently good brand, but I always seem to forget about them. Tried their lip products at the counter the other day and they were amazing!

  • Yolanda Jeftha

    Omg! I’ve been waiting for you to publish this post. This is soooo exciting and I’m sooo entering lol. I haven’t tried many of their products but I can tell that they’re an amazing brand simply because of how much you love them and their products. Some of these items have been on my lust list for a while now and I’m sooo thankful that I was able to try their gelato lippies, ( all thanks to you) because they’re amazing .

    Good luck to everyone entering

    Ps. I hope I win hahaha

  • Michele

    Lovely products! I would like to try them all! I’ve read great reviews about the Plush Up Lip Gelato, the colour is gorgeous! I would be super excited to try! Thanks

  • Vivien Hormovas

    All of them – like you say all their products are SUPER AMAZING! Being a single mom – I cant really afford such luxuries 🙁 and its my birthday next month so that would make it EXTRA special!!

  • Cindy Kotze

    Hello Simone

    This is such a beautiful and detailed post. (I saw the macarons hiding there 😉

    I didn’t even know Stroke of perfection concealer exists, but now that I have read your thoughts on it, I definitely need to add it to my next shop. This is definitely something I’m excited about. 💗

    I use the lip gelato too, it is a game changer!

    Keeping fingers crossed for this 😘🤗

  • Zayne Khan

    Its a great giveaway. My mum started my love for Elizabeth Arden some 35 years ago with her love for Red Door edt. Love story still continues..

  • Ayesha

    I love your blog and enjoy reading all the content you put out.
    A giveaway is an awesome bonus but I am here for the amazing content first and foremost.
    Thanks for a well written blog and a chance to win some great products. I would love to try the 8 hour hydrating mist

  • Hlelile Vinkhumbo

    Skin care products wow, I am so excited 🙂
    Thanks for giving us an opportunity to win this awesome giveaway 🙂 I am definitely gonna stick around.

  • Tracy Jacobs

    The concealer then primer then perfume 🌺
    And…..I can hear your enthusiasm in your post which makes me keen too 🙋‍♀️

  • Refiloe

    I want to say I’m most excited to win the Hydragel because it’s the only product I’ve tried and I’m beyond obsessed with it! So obvs I want more! I really want to try the hydrating mist and all the other products as well.

    You’re right, Elizabeth Arden has been KILLING IT lately!

  • Nombulelo Mabona

    Hi Simone, lm more than excited about this giveaway. Saw your tweet & immediately l screamed, l love it! The Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Miracle Hydrating Mist😍 , Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer🙌, Sunflower Summer Air EDT 100ml 😄 are all my fave items. I honestly couldn’t pick

  • Michelle

    The hydrating mist seems to be popular. I’d love to try the Sunflower Summer Air. Seems like a lovely , fresh fragrance for summer.

  • Danielle Stirton

    The 8 hour miracle hydrating mist sounds like a MUST try. I’ve been using retinol at night and my skin has been a bit tight and dry since. I’d love so hydration 😜

  • Kim

    I agree that Elizabeth Arden offers a fantastic bouquet of products that range from timeless classics to modern gems! As a travel lots and also often have days when I need to go from day work to night occasions, I’m most excited about another bottle of the super 8 hour miracle hydrating mist. All the other products look fantastic as well! Thanks for running this great giveaway.

  • Shez

    I would love to try the primer…never tried any before but your review on the Elizabeth Arden 8hr Hydrating Facial mist sold me!!

  • Janet Watson Perry

    SCREAM! What a lovely giveaway- I am most excited about the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex – my poor skin would rejoice under the care of this phenomenal brand! The two words replenishing and HydraGel sound like the solution to my skincare woes and being an Elizabeth Arden product, I just KNOW the results will be incredible! 🙂

  • Kim

    Elizabeth Arden’s perfume has a classic sensational fragrance 😤😭.
    They are super high in quality and I would be totes grateful for this giveaway 🤗🤗. I would love to try out their other products 😣😣

  • Waseemah

    The product I’d be most exciting about receiving is the hydrating mist.
    I have extremely dry skin and really struggle to get my skin feeling hydrated and healthy.
    Also… Its very difficult for me to achieve that “dewy” look which I’m dying for especially this summer.

    Also the concealer… Finding it very hard to get a concealer that has the amount of coverage I’m looking for.

    Would be amazing to win all of these lovely products 💕

  • Ashleigh Marais

    im really looking forward to trying out the hydrating gel if i had to win. i find my skin can get so dry most days , so the gel would be amazing to try !!
    love this blog post though ………. really making me want to buy EVERYTHING at elizabeth arden now haha

  • Zoe Adriaanse

    I’m most excited about the Replenishing HydaGel. The problem I have with most evening products is that it drys my skin out and then I’m vulnerable for more breakouts and redness. So I’m really excited about a product that evens the skin while keeping it hydrated.

    Also the Sunflower Summer Air Frangrance is a must 😍😍😍 like your girl needs to be summer ready. I’m literally obsessed with it.

    The perfecting primer has really caught my eye. Like it fills your pores, gives you a smooth airbrush finish as well as cancels how redness? Like that primer works more than your lazy girl 😒💁🏽‍♀️

  • Yolande Murphy

    Definitely the 1 x Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer – I have been searching for the perfect primer… Maybe it is my lucky day

  • Melanie Pretorius

    I’m definitely most excited for Sunflowers Summer Air EDT 100ml. Ever since I’ve seen your picture on IG I wanted to try it.

  • Nina b

    What an awesome giveaway! I ve only used perfume ( NYC & 5th Avenue) from Elizabeth Arden. I have wanted to try the lip gelato since your review few months ago😊

  • Palesa

    Would loveeeeee to try the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex. Haven’t found the right product that hydrates my skin, this could be the one 👌🏾

  • Coral Paxton

    I really need the visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex…trying to hold back the wrinkles for as long as I can!

  • Coral Paxton

    I really need the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex. I’m trying to hold back the wrinkles for as long as I can.

  • Tracy Dawson

    Id looooove to try the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel because my ever ageing skin needs a boost! Would love to try them all!!!

  • Monique Kim Pillay

    You have made me feel like I need this products 😊. I have used the 8 hour cream for years and now I’d love to try the mist and also the fragrance sounds like the scent is right up my ally.

  • Lydine

    Love Elizabeth Arden , definitely the Visible Difference Replenishing HydraGel Complex as the signs of aging is creeping on me rapidly.

  • Nadine Carroll

    I would love to try all the gorgeous products, but especially the Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer as I too suffer from some redness on my face #WIN

  • Tahira Khan

    I’m basically excited about every Elizabeth Arden item here Simone ! 😭 Elizabeth Arden is my favourite make up brand of all time ! I have their mascara , pure mineral finish setting powder and foundation and I would love to win this competition so that I could add on more goodies to my collection. I am especially excited for the hydrating facial mist ! 😁 I know you’re a big fan of it so it has to be darn good ! Besides , Elizabeth Arden products never fail. I was always expressed with any item I had bought or tried out. It’s just that the prices are abit steep and for myself being a university student , money often gets tight. But none the less I am a make-fanatic and I would love love to win this prize. Fingers crossed 😭🤞.

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