Sunday, April 15, 2012

Win $50 Visa from Olay & BlogHer

BlogHer invited a group of bloggers to try Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash to see how soft and smooth it made their skin feel. Did you know that every bottle of Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash has more than a jar of Olay Moisturizers? Sounds good to us!
Click on the links below to read their reviews. Each blogger is also giving away a $50 Visa gift card so be sure to read them all for your chances to win!
This BlogHer sweepstakes runs from March 20, 2012 to April 17, 2012 and is only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older.  Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.

Olay Body Wash Review & $50 Gift Card Giveaway

I have a dirty little secret ... I hate lotion. Like, despise lotion with a passion. I hate the way it feels. How sticky it gets. How it literally melts off in the Houston heat. Basically I hate everything about it. However I was cursed blessed with dry skin, especially on my legs and arms, making lotion a necessity in order to look presentable. Add in the crazy Houston weather (hello 80 degrees one day and 40 the next this winter) and my skin craves a great moisturizer. 
Where have you been all my life? I’m not one of those people who generally buys into marketing hype. When a product says it will make your cellulite disappear, I roll my eyes. When I’m told that a certain herb will make me lose 10 pounds in a week (and I don’t have to stop carb loading!) I guffaw. And when I read where people go have liposuction on their lunch breaks (surgery free!) I think: what a bunch of idiots.
So let's speak honestly here - when is the last time you slathered lotion on yourself after a shower in the morning? Do you even have time? Anyone raising their hands? Yeah, me neither. If I am lucky enough to grab a shower before packing my son's lunch and then taking him to school I am doing it at the speed of light. The key to existing without alligator skin is to find some kind of body wash that has multi-tasking Mamas in mind.
True fact: I had to go out and buy a loofah to review this Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash because I haven't owned one in years. I subscribe to the "meh, my shampoo sort of dribbles down and gets the rest of me clean enough" school of Shower Techniques. "But Suzanne!" absolutely no one just asked, "What about when you shave?" I don't want to alarm you, gentle reader, but I used regular old soap. 
Cracked! I'm cracked. No, no, not in my head. My feet. Someone stole the feet I remember BEFORE kids and replaced them with those of a ninety-year-old called Nana. Seriously. I think Betty White's feet must look better. It all started with the quick mommy shower. You know what I mean. Wash all vital parts quickly while kids nap.
You know how it is. You're a busy mom, you barely take time for yourself outside of a shower every other day and the daily toothbrushing and then one day you decide to put on a dress or a skirt instead of your usual mom uniform of jeans and T-shirt. Everything is fine and dandy, you feel good about yourself and then you're at the soccer field or sitting at a fancy restaurant and you glance down at your legs. And that's when you notice that you have three inch green scales growing off your legs.
I use body wash instead of soap. There, I said it. After 40 years of lathering up, I have finally realized that soap isn't the best thing for my skin. Maybe it is for you, but not for me, especially during the winter months. Increased water intake and constant slathering with lotion just wasn't enough to compete with the cold, dry Midwestern air I battle with from October to May. Not long ago, I realized that while my arms, legs and hands were always very dry, my face wasn't. 

My Skin Felt So Amazing!

This winter has been relatively mild – hardly any snow and few frigid days. However, my skin feels otherwise. While I have been able to spend some days this winter walking through Washington, DC, with only a light jacket, my skin has been as dry and flaky as it was during last year’s Snowpocalypse. I have been trying a variety of body lotions and creams, but nothing really seemed to do the trick. When I was asked to review Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash, I jumped at the chance, hoping it would help make my skin happy again.  
The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about something I do in real life that I don’t blog about. “That’s surprising," she said, because you write about a ton of other stuff that I would never ever put on the internet!” Like how I’m writing this post about showering. Don’t get too excited, though, this is a G-rated mommy blog. Okay, PG-rated. Fine, PG-13. Sometimes I use pseudo curse words. Oh, crumb. 
If you haven't noticed yet, this has been one of the strangest winters in recent memory. Mother Nature has never been quite this fickle and it's been difficult to plan what to wear around these parts. We never packed away our shorts, flip-flops and sweatshirts. In California, we've had very little rain - and our front lawn is very dry.

Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash is Luxurious Stuff

OK. I have been a DEVOTED soap, and ONLY this one specific soap, user for the last 15 years, at least. Maybe more. So when BlogHer was looking for bloggers to try Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash, I sort of hesitated. Well, wait. Back up a bit. I live in Las Vegas - the land of hard water, dry skin and GOBS and GOBS of chap stick, lotion and moisturizer in your bedside table, car console, purse, office desk and diaper bag.  
After the public humiliation I created for myself by bearing my mustache for all the world to see, Olay figured they owed me one and passed along their new body wash to try. This was a much, much easier assignment. Instead of parading around all my unwanted hair, I get to shower with luxurious soap. Not such a bad deal. What makes Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash so luxurious is the amount of moisturizing it does for you. 
If you heard a body wash had a jar of moisturizer in every bottle, would you be intrigued? I sure am. And as my 33rd birthday approaches this month, anything that helps this Mamma’s skin feel more moisturized is my new BFF! I want to feel refreshed, moisturized and energized when I shower--but not filmy or oily. I think we can all agree: body wash products that tout extra moisturizing but make you feel like you’ve bathed in baby oil are not happening.
I was one of the lucky women asked to review Olay's Ultra Moisture Body Wash, and I'm excited to tell everyone what I thought about it. I have used Oil of Olay products for years, including Oil of Olay body washes, and my experience with this product was just as great as my experiences with other Olay products. 
As illogical as it may be, somehow I have become that woman who took better care of her skin at 21 (when it probably would have glowed even if I'd washed it with Lava soap) than I do at 35 (when I should probably be paying more attention). Do I have lots of excuses for this? Yep. Of course I do! I have three kids. We're on a tight budget. I'm lucky to squeeze in a shower, let alone do anything fancy for my skin. I'm too busy reading kids' books to read articles about what's new and great. 
Winter in these parts has turned out to be a big wash so far this year, as we haven't really had any bitterly cold weather or snow to speak of. But we've still used the heat in the house and have taken hot showers, and that can really dry out your skin. While I'm not plagued with severely dry skin, I'm often annoyed by dry, tight skin, especially on my legs. I've got a whole set of different lotions that I use for different reasons, but I've really never found "the one" that cures everything.

I'm Sold on this Stuff.

It's 's confession time! Like many moms out there, I hate, hate, HATE going to the grocery. To make the onerous deed a little more bearable, I create little treats for myself in order to get through the trip, and one of those treats involves carefully choosing a new body wash each time I have a bottle that's running low.
In the winter, the weather can be very harsh. I live in Colorado at an altitude of 7,000 feet, and the winter brings colder temperatures, a lower level of humidity, and violent winds completely that void my skin of any moisture. When it is cold outside, the heat is cranked up inside, also depleting the moisture from my skin. 
Time to give a big shout-out to a product that has changed my life. It's the simple things, right? Well this body wash has simply been a life-changer! Like most women, it seems I have a cream for every part of my body -- a daytime moisturizer, a primer, a toner, an eye cream, night cream, you get the idea, the list goes on. I am all about saving a little time and energy where I can, especially since I need to cater to a newborn and busy two-year-old these days!  
Last summer I started a little series called Shower Shakeup. I found that I was using the same products in my shower, continually repurchasing the same things over and over. The horror! This is hard for most beauty bloggers to imagine. The reason? These products worked for me. They worked really well. I forced myself out of the box for a week, and I've (sometimes) written about new items in my shower since that time.

Dry Skin Relief in One Easy Step

f you need to know what season it is, you don't have to look at a calendar or even out your window. You can just look at Alexis' hands. She of short stature perpetually battles dry skin in the winter. While she gets it everywhere, the back of her right hand is the most reliable means of figuring out the season. If there is a rough patch of very dry skin there, welcome to winter! Now please dip my kid in a vat of lotion! 
Whenever I'm asked to review a body wash, my reason for saying yes is purely based on the fact that I am most probably out of or almost out of my current body wash and, being in the middle of finishing writing my book, I'm not leaving the house much these days...most specifically, my home office. In fact, I have to include "shower" on my to-do list as of late or it just may go un-done. No, I'm not proud. But what enticed me most about this product, given my very limited free "me time," was that it claims to have "Over a jar of Olay Moisturizers" in every bottle.
When I became a mother, I learned that a lot of things had to give. Particularly when it came to my beauty routine. I'm fortunate if I get a shower, put on clothes that have no holes, and get to run a brush through my hair. In fact if I actually wear something that matches I'm greeted with "WOW Mom! Are we GOING somewhere?" My morning beauty routine is where the most valuable time has to be shaved away. 
Recently I was approached by BlogHer to do a review of Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash. I jumped at the chance because I live in a dry climate and am always slathering on lotion, so I'm always interested in products that will keep my skin hydrated. Most enticing to me is the more than a jar of moisturizer that is in every bottle of this body wash. The first time I used it I found it to be thick and emollient. A small bit lathered up easily on my bath poof. 
I have dry skin. I could soak myself in a giant vat of baby oil and somehow leave with dry flaky skin. Sounds appealing, doesn't it? The weird thing is I didn't used to have dry skin. Among other things, I'm blaming my dry skin on my mother and recent 30th-28th-26th-25th birthday. Now that I’m in my mid-thirties, I’ve noticed some major changes. The most annoying of all is that my skin has a newfound love of drying out fast

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