Monday, November 29, 2010

Olay 7 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer review and Visa Gift Card giveaway (post 1 of 4)

This contest is now over. Thank you to all 509 entries. The winner has been selected and will be contacted by BlogHer. There are 3 more Visa giftcards on the way, though!

Thank you. oxox

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Olay. I was given a product sample, and paid for my time to write and conduct the giveaway.

I have three children, ages nine, six, and almost-eleven months. They are all girls.

On a regular night I’m up between three and five times. I don’t mean this to happen---the baby sleeps really well---it’s not her, it’s me. She usually goes down at 7 pm, gets up at 4 am to eat, then sleeps again until 6 am. I have NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT.

This post isn’t about complaining. Or whining.

It’s about not feeling quite as young as I used to. And that my birthday was last week, and for about a month leading towards my birthday I feel terribly old.

O. L. D.

So when Yvonne asked if I’d like to make a bit of money writing about a new Olay product that was supposed to help me to look and feel younger, I said ohyespleasethankyouverymuch.

Also. One of the dads at school told me I looked tired a few weeks ago. I’m sure he was trying to make conversation, but dude.



Anyhow, I opened the FedEx package for the Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer, and I’m not going to lie.

I was kind of a tiny bit disappointed.

I wanted more. I wanted a whole slew of bottles and tubes to play with and I wanted velvet boxes or ribbons or something. Something more.

(I know. I was raised correctly, I promise. I should have been immediately thankful and grateful and I wasn’t. It was not my finest three minutes.)

due to this initial twinge of entitlement, it took me a few hours to test it out. After my evening run, I washed my face well (just with hand soap and a washcloth) and smoothed a tiny bit on.

No tingling, no stickiness, no gloppiness, no needing-to-wash-my-hands-afterwards feeling.

I kind of liked it.

It’s only been 3 days that I’ve used the moisturizer regularly, and I while I don’t think I look surprisingly different, I do feel sort of refreshed. My skin looks glowy and kind of moist and dewy (total dweeby thing to say, sorry)—enough so that I’m intrigued to keep it up to see what else might happen.

I also like the price, and since I’m a terrible cheapskate, that’s kind of important to me. I don’t normally put much glop on my face, but if you do, the package says that this one bottle (retailing between $16-20) will do the following:

  1. line minimization
  2. cooling moisturizer
  3. energizes appearance (I see this one right away)
  4. gentle exfoliation
  5. pore refinement
  6. free radical defense
  7. subtle lifting

which is great, because you can clean out your medicine cabinet! I do like things decluttered…

stuff I have to include:

Feel like your moisturizer’s fresh feeling can’t last all day? New Olay Total Effects Cooling Hydration instantly cools and leaves skin with a moisturized fresh feeling that lasts from morning to night. The lightweight formula also fights 7 signs of aging for younger looking skin. For more information visit

Thanks to Olay, I have a $100 Visa giftcard (pretty much CASH, woo hoo!) to give away to a random commenter.

I’ve got 4 in all, which means you get to hear about my skin for FOUR WHOLE WEEKS!

You are so totally lucky!

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