Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Do You Think My Sponsors Have a Sense of Humor?

I am totally heading off the beaten path today for my latest product review (I gotta pay for those cello lessons somehow).  Hopefully those guys over at Dove will understand that they're not exactly dealing with one of those classy bloggers who takes this kind of responsibility all serious-like and sh*t.  I mean, if I can't have fun being the blogosphere's Bill Mays, than what is the point, really?

So I get this bottle of VisibleCare Softening Creme Body Wash in the mail.  I open the box.  Sure I'm a little disappointed as I was hoping for that elusive "Will Blog for Tummy Tuck" opportunity.

After pulling out this monster-sized bottle of the latest Dove product, I perk up.  Yay!  I really do use Dove soap, so naturally my interest is piqued.  And I do use body wash on a regular basis to remove the smell of sweaty kid, dried milk and spilled coffee from my person.  Plus, after reading the bottle, I was amped to find I would be "more beautiful" in only one short week.  Like Angelina Jolie beautiful?  I could hardly wait.  Of course when I took another read, I did gather that this stuff would only make my skin more beautiful.  No matter.  I could definitely use some more beauty.

The timing was perfect.  After our Vegas getaway a few weeks ago that had us walking about 30 miles back and forth on The Strip in flip-flops, my feet looked nasty.  Dry and cracked heels were doing little to make my size 11 clod hoppers seem more appealing.  Plus, my face was looking a little damaged as well.  Could this surprise miracle bottle of youthful goodness really be my ticket to a refreshed Marianne?  An Angelina-like Marianne? 

After a couple of showers where I smathered the body wash heavily around my feet and face, I noticed that things were definitely improving.  And I liked the smell.  It was a unique combination of magnolia and pink jasmine.  I was practically a hula girl.  It really rounded off my carefully-crafted, pina colada-drinking new summer persona.

The wash is also supposed to promote skin's elasticity and strength.  I'm not sure how much elasticity the bottom of one's feet requires, but boy could I use some more strength in the general footage area.  My poor dogs have been barking.  Getting me all around the entire southside of Chicago isn't a job for the weak of heart.  Or foot.

All in all, I am very pleased with the product.  Dove's stuff is always good, so it's not exactly front page news to report on another fine skincare item from them.  Yet for the summer, I will be happy to have smoother feet, a tighter face, and the smell of Hawaii in my life.

In order to thank you all for bearing with my little detour into Paid Sponsorship, please feel free to read below for your chance to win a $500 spa gift card in the new the Dove Sweepstakes!
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  1. Only you could pull off a review like this! Love it! What is Beverly gonna do with two women/bloggers walking around with "visibly more beautiful skin?!"

  2. nice review! :D

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  3. So I usually don't even bother reading reviews, but I made an exception for yours...and I'm glad! You stayed true to your funny charming entertaining self, which is really rare in sponsored blog posts. Well done!

  4. I liked the review!! Makes me want to look at this product at the store when we are shopping this week. I have dry skin; I'm thinking this might help it.

    very nicely done!


  5. Why do you, Ms. Hot Stuff, need to look like boring old Angelina?

    I love Dove, too, and will look for this. (Smelling like Hawaii is as close as I'm going to get to the real thing.)

    I have size 11 feet, too. We are soul sisters, for sure.

  6. Heehee. Great review Marianne. This had me laughing with every line.
    Even if your sponsors don't have a sense of humour, we do and we certainly appreciate yours.:D