Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom
Make up and beauty,  Skin care

My Lockdown Essentials {Netflix picks & Skincare} + Elizabeth Arden Giveaway!!

This lockdown life is something else hey??? I don’t know if I ever thought back in March, that in July we’d still be living this way. It seems masks, sanitising groceries and never hugging people again will be our new norm…. As tough as lockdown has been, I’ve truly come to appreciate so many things. My family, we truly are a team….and my husband, mom and I work well together in our different roles w.r.t. cleaning. I’ve enjoyed letting my skin breathe and to be makeup free for months (though these lockdown breakouts are also something else). I’ve discovered great new businesses, products….um…and I enjoy cleaning toilets. I know….I don’t even know what to say for myself… Also, I have a passion for writing on the blog, that has nothing to do with hoping to get a campaign or being on a deadline with a brand. I have been writing what and when I want to. Not that I did much sponsored stuff….but sometimes it becomes overwhelming!

Lockdown Essentials

What a long introduction!! Today I wanted to chat about my favourites…my lockdown essentials and then to celebrate my blog turning 4 YEARS OLD in June, I am also kicking off a WEEK OF GIVEAWAYS!!! I want to spread some lockdown cheer, and what better way than giving away some of my absolute favourite products?? Also, not every product or topic I discuss (like Netflix) will be linked to a giveaway…. I hope that makes sense?? More about today’s giveaway at the end of this post!

I’ve chosen the 2 most important categories for today’s post! NETFLIX and my SKIN CARE! WIthout Netflix…. I don’t know what I would have done….and being able to treat my skin with great products, has been a face saver! Okay, without further ado…my first batch of lockdown essentials:

Netflix recommendations


Guys, what would we even have done without Netflix during lockdown??? I have binged until 3 in the morning, binged all day and night… binged like there was no tomorrow, because truly some days it felt like there was literally…NO TOMORROW! Some of my favourite discoveries:

  • Blood and Water (South African production, super talented cast, think possible Zephany Nurse real life situation meets Gossip Girl)
  • Crazy Delicious (Cooking show, in a ‘Garden of Eden’ setting, the most amazing food creations!)
  • Ozark (Pre-lockdown fave…. Breaking Bad meets money laundering)
  • Before I Fall (This is a movie, much like Groundhog Day, only it’s not comedic.)
  • When They See Us (A must watch, based on the real life story of 5 black boys jailed for a crime they did not commit)

Skin Care

I have enjoyed playing around with my skin care and getting use out of my products. There are some products I didn’t use before lockdown, because perhaps it’s a day cream that does not contain an SPF, so I’d shelve it. Now that I am in the house, I do wear SPF still most days, but other days I can use whatever. Also, some days I do nothing…..and then the bare minimum will do!

  • Elizabeth Arden’s 8HR Miracle Mist (No introduction needed! Some lazy nights, this is all I use after cleansing)
  • Environ’s Tri BioBotanical Revival Masque (In the absence of facials and skin peels, this mask is absolutely amazing!)
  • Oh So Heavenly Sole Therapy Heel Balm and their overnight treatment (a must have to end off your home pedicure)
  • Elizabeth Arden’s Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules (These are so hydrating and I love having Vitamin C in my skin care routine)
  • Clarins Double Serum (I finished mine during lockdown, but you know this is one of my tried, tested and repurchased)
  • Bioderma Atoderm SOS Spray (for preventing razor burn)

So that’s it for my first batch of lockdown essentials! I hope you’ll join me again on Wednesday for the next instalment 😉 Also, let me know which Netflix shows you’ve been binge watching!

Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom


So….as I said, my little blog turned FOUR YEARS OLD in June! To celebrate, I want to give you guys a chance to win some of my favourite things! For today’s giveaway, my fave….Elizabeth Arden has sponsored some fantastic products for one of you to win!

What you’ll win:

  • 1 x Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist 100ml (RSP R395)
  • 1 x Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum 30pc (RSP R640)
  • 1 x Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom EDT 100ml (RSP R895)

How to enter:

  1. Comment below with which Elizabeth Arden product you would be most excited about winning?
  2. Head to my Instagram and Facebook posts for ways to score additional entries 😉


  1. This competition is only open to readers residing in South Africa.
  2. The giveaway will run until MIDNIGHT, on Friday, 24th July 2020, 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 so you don’t miss the announcement.
  3. If no reply to my email has been received within 48hrs, 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. Please allow Elizabeth Arden 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.




I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


      • Jessica McClean

        So at first I had been craving he Ceramide Capsules that I’ve seen on your insta page – but now after reading about the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist as the lazy post cleanse moment I’m saying YES PLEASE to lazy skincare. I’m just too tired after a day of toddlers and my pregnant body to do all of the things.

    • Jonell Jozeph

      I would be the most excited to win the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist. I have heard such alot of great things about it and I think that the older one gets the more attention you need to pay to your skincare routine. I think with the harshness of winter sne my age of course i need to see what this Miracle Mist would do for me.

    • TeeKty

      I would be grateful to win either the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum (as it could do wonders for my skin) or the Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom EDT 100ml (I love smelling good).

      • Shané Otto

        Happy happy birthday for your blog! Is your blog a Cancer or a Leo like me? ♌ 😉 I would love to win and try the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. Since I’m also turning another year older end July, skincare has become a very important part of my every day life, also not to mention SPF. Thank you so much for your wonderful content here on the blog, Facebook and Instagram. I love reading your posts and stories. Here’s to many more years to come and also hoping that you find the Mr Sheen disinfectant. xoxo

    • Melissa Oates

      I think I would love to try that mist, it sounds lovely 😍 I am currently binging stranger things on Netflix, I have been wondering what’s next so thank you for your list 😊 happy birthday to your blog, congrats 🙌

    • Zoleka

      Simone, you introduced me to Elizabeth Arden products and now I’m addicted, always eager to try anything from them. I am excited for the 8hr face mist.
      That would be a great.

  • Wilma Minnaar

    Oh wow would love love love to try the 8hr miracle mist.. You can never have to much moisture.. 😛 Yust love a moisture spray..

      • Michael van Niekerk

        Definitely the Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom EDT 100ml. My mom deserves this prize. My mom, Sharon van Niekerk is the best mom and gives all of herself to us and to others. She is an occupational therapist at tygerberg hospice. She helps patients rehabilitate after accidents and operations, aswell as making patients comfortable while they’re on their death bed. She is an essential worker so she has to get up at 7AM every morning while we all sleep late. Her hospice has become an overflow for typerberg hospital during lockdown so she is being put at risk daily for COVID-19. She is honestly the best mom and my hero. ❤️

      • Chrisanta Nair

        Congratulations on 4 years!!!!

        Women need these tips it’s so important….

        IL be excited to win everything, to be honest lockdown has hit me so hard and I am I am in desperate need of a PICK ME UP…

        I’ve now followed you on Facebook and Instagram.. Can’t wait to read all your posts and keep us mums sane❤️

    • Farah

      I’d love to try the retinol capsules 🤩 I’m just starting out with retinol so this would be really exciting to win ☺️

  • Janet

    The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist would be such an incredible win!! In Port Elizabeth anything hydrating is a win💥💥
    Congratulations on your blogaversay🍾🍾💐💐

    • Loshnee

      Definitely would love to try the EA 8 hour Miracle Mist 😍! Especially since it’s your holy grail product (I already purchased and love the Clarins double serum based on your rec!)
      Congratulations 🎉 on 4 years of Extraordinary recommendations ♥️!!

      • Chrisanta Nair

        Congratulations on 4 years!!!!

        Women need these tips it’s so important….

        IL be excited to win everything, to be honest lockdown has hit me so hard and I am I am in desperate need of a PICK ME UP…

        I’ve now followed you on Facebook and Instagram.. Can’t wait to read all your posts and keep us mums sane❤️

        Also watch POWER, it’s on showmax but wow.. It’s amazing.

        Dynasty… So girly and dramatic, loving that on Netflix and starting lucifer soon.. So keep you posted

    • Kelly-Ann Levack

      I’ll absolutely love the original White Tea. Ca. Only imagine how delicious the Mandarin Blossom smells! Could become my new favourite scent 🥰

  • Sue

    The 8 hour miracle mist sounds so refreshing!
    This winter has made my skin dry, dull, dehydrated & sick looking 😔 I’ve tried many potions but with no joy. Would really love to try this mist ♥️ & the fragrance too. It looks so cool

  • Vishanthee Padayachee

    Would love to try the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum 30pc 😊

  • Kim Muller

    I absolutely love your photo of the EDT! Just wow! I’m most excited to try the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. Getting older and clearly need to start using something 🙂

    • Trinisha Naidoo

      I’m most excited about the ceramide capsules.. 😁😁.. But trying out the new white tea will be amazing. You’ve been posting about your love for this scent for a while now and I’ve come to love it too!!!

      Ps.. Try the blacklist on Netflix (I love it!)

  • Shaaista

    With everything going on and my skin getting the better of me, i would love to win the a retinol and mist to get my skin’s life in order. Lol

  • Catherine Dippenaar

    The brand new white tea mandarin blossom! Time for a new scent in my life! And congratulations on the 4 year anniversary! Xxxx

    • Wendy Pillay

      Congratulations you on 4 years! I would love to try the White Tea Mandarin Blossom. This would be the best birthday present for myself💚

      • Nandi

        First of all congratulations on your 4 year anniversary and I wish you many more content filled years to celebrate 🎉🎉!! I would love to win the elizabeth arden perfume my birthday is coming up and it would be an amazing birthday gift 🤞🤞

      • Thamaray Francis

        HAPPY 4 YEARS TO YOUR AWESOME BLOG. I would love to win the Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom EDT 100ml because I love perfume and it makes me feel complete.

  • Sune Sin Hidge

    I would love to win all three but definitely in need of the Retinol Ceramide Capsules since i am turning 40 in three weeks🙋‍♀️
    Would be an awesome gift 😜

  • Tasneem Dawood

    I truly enjoy reading blog posts but this one specifically was such a delight to read as it’s blatantly the truth and simple to read. No false info etc. Love the details on lockdown and netflix. Definitely will give those Netflix suggestions a try.

    Also such a cool, fun giveaway for skin junkies like myself. I’d be super excited about all the items but mostly the retinol ceramide capsules bc the lockdown has been doing THE MOST to my skin smh 🥴🥴


  • Cindy

    Congratulations on this wonderful milestone! I love reading your posts 💕
    Something I’d love to try is the miracle mist. I’ve bought so many EA products after you have spoken about them. I might just go and buy this myself with their special offer on now 😘😘

    • Fatima

      I would honestly love to win all of them. I have ALWAYS wanted to try them hopefully i can now 😍😍😍.thanks so much for this amazing opportunity 💜

    • Rania

      I love your blog! I’m definitely going to be reading it regularly! 😍

      Everything is AMAZING 😭 I can’t decide I love them all!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Gina

    Congratulations on your 4 Year Blog Birthday! What an achievement to have kept it going for 4 years – and what a credit to you to have built such an incredible following over this time!
    In addition to loads of other things (erm, Woolworths products and Joseph Joseph bank-breakers), you’ve now introduced me to three amazing sounding Elizabeth Arden products that I didn’t even know existed until reading your post. I would LOVE to try the retinol capsules – hello aging skin not currently being helped along by heaters, electric blankets, masks and sanitisers!

  • Charlene Bhana

    I’d be super excited to try the Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist! ❤️ What’s not to love about a lazy night time routine? 😁

    • Donna Moodley

      Oooh what a lovely giveaway Moni.
      The fragrance sounds lovely and I’ve always been a fan of her perfumes. I would definitely love to try the capsules though.

  • Fadwa

    I would love to win the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist but I’m not mad at the Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom either. I haven’t tried any EA fragrances yet.

    • Nimmi

      I’d be most excited to win the Elizabeth Arden White Tea Mandarin Blossom EDT so that I can smell like something other than hand sanitiser!

  • Hoosen Ismail

    Firstly, congratulations on your blog’s 4th birthday 🙌🙌 I know this may seem unusual (guy entering) but I’d really love to enter/win for my partner who is totally obsessed with all of the Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea Fragrances. I haven’t been able to spoil her because things are so hectic at the moment with this pandemic & our uncertain future. This new White Tea Mandarin Blossom fragrance could become her new signature scent ❤️

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