Wash Away Your Scales: A review.

swamp lady takes a bath

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 a 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. Gah! That’s when you notice that you have three inch green scales growing off your legs.

Okay, I exaggerate, but have you ever looked down at your legs — that you thought were smooth and beautiful — and been horrified by what you saw? This happens to me ALL THE TIME! In fact, I now keep a tube of super-thick lotion in my car for just such horrifying situations. How did this happen?!! I don’t know! I think it’s a busy working mom thing. I guess I just don’t have time to make sure I moisturize regularly or maybe I drink too much coffee or something. It just happens to me. It sneaks up on me when I least expect it.

I rarely pay any attention to my legs. I’ve got bigger problems to deal with — like getting my kid out the door with her backpack, lunch and matching shoes, and like paying the bills. You know, important things. I’m thankful for my legs because they hold me up and help me get places. Other than that, they’re just appendages that ocasionally scare the crap out of me by getting all dry and scaly.

easy does it

Enter Olay’s new body wash called OlayÆ Ultra Moisture Body Wash. You know me: I’m a low-maintenance, no-fuss girl. I’m already a faithful fan of Olay’s face moisturizer so it was an easy yes for me to review this product. I just threw it in the shower and tried it for a week instead of my usual body wash. The first thing I noticed about this product was the smell.

I opened the bottle and it was like a breeze of fresh orange blossoms wafted in from a nearby orchard. It smells so good! I’m not usually a fan of super perfumey scents. Don’t even get me started on those ghastly vanilla-scented candles. But this scent hit me right away with pleasant memories. I don’t know if it’s the perfume my aunt used to wear when she was getting dressed up for church on Sunday morning or the smell of the orange groves I grew up in. I just know it’s familiar and I like it. I think it’s orange blossoms or maybe tuberose, I’m not sure. I looked all over online to see what it was but outside of so I could be totally off.

Secondly, it’s thick and lathers really well. I know we’re all trying to get away from sulphates these days and trying to lather with astringent but I have to admit I love a good lather. Shoot me. It’s just so luxurious and you can tell where you’ve been. There’s no wondering if you already rinsed there. You can see the bubbles!

Mommy, you have scales!

Thirdly, there is over a jar of Olay moisturizers inside each bottle. That’s a ton! This product will seriously help with the scale factor. In fact, they brag on the outside of the bottle that after four showers you’ll be able to go without moisturizing for 24 hours! The jury is still out on that last bullet-point, but I’ve used it in three showers and I’ve been feeling a little bit softer and prettier. I might even sport a dress tomorrow and go find some soccer field to sit in if it’s not raining.

a soak

Fourthly, it’s just really nice to take a bath once in awhile. Thanks, Olay, for giving me a good excuse! Since this is a review and we always like to get readers to chime in, what are some of the ways you simplify your beauty routine? Do you moisturize every day? Do you have any tricks to keep the scales away? Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

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neon neon all the time with the neon

drying

We’ve been on a bit of a neon kick lately. Neon friendship bracelets, neon Easter eggs… I have a new banner with my logo dipped in neon pixels. I may have finally reached full-saturation on the out-of-gamut color spectrum. I might even say neon is the new pink or something like that. Well, at least for us anyway. I know the rest of you are probably ready for it to be over.

bright

Anyway it’s been fun to play with and to photograph.

neon rainbow stripe

striping

blotted

Even clean-up is pretty.

beautiful mess via SLR

egg-dyed tank top

side effect

Some of it not so much…

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But whatever you say, you can’t say it’s boring.