Stay Fresh Through The Summer Heat!

Today was the hottest day of the week in Kansas City.  I think it’s got up to 97, but with humidity, it felt much hotter!

Keeping my skin and hair fresh is not easy on a day like today.  Fortunately, I have been sent some amazing products for my honest review that help me beat the heat and stay going!

KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes
KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes

KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes ($15 USD) — These oil-free face wipes remove eye and face make-up, dirt and oil while also providing skin with mattifying, toning, pore-minimizing and moisturizing benefits. Infused with Pomegranate extract and the softening, moisturizing properties of vitamin E, these facial cleansing wipes will remove even the most stubborn face and eye make-up, including waterproof mascara making them the perfect make-up removing wipes. Perfect for on-the-go cleansing.

What I think:  These smell so good, fresh and fruity!  They work well in removing makeup at night, but I also like to use them in the morning to freshen my skin.  Also works well after a workout or hot day to freshen the body.

Available at Sephora and

DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel
DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel

DDF Micro-Derma Crystals Polishing Gel ($50 USD) — Helps to improve the appearance of pores, minimize fine lines & wrinkles and resurface skin for a smooth even complexion. Micro-Derma Crystals exfoliate to provide a more even skin tone, promote skin clarity and brightness for a healthy glow. Routine exfoliation enables skincare products to be absorbed more easily into the skin for maximum anti-aging benefits. Vitamin B3 (Niacinimide) helps to nourish the skin with antioxidant protection and vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) re-conditions skin for a healthy youthful look. Just a touch of vitamin C is added to provide clarity.

What I think: This is such a nice exfoliator!  The formulation is gentle enough for my sensitive skin, but it still makes such a difference in my skin. I use it once or twice a week and have noticed that my skin is clear, glowing and smooth.

Available in UTLA stores

Burt’s Bees BB Cream
Burt’s Bees BB Cream

Burt’s Bees BB Cream ($15 USD) — Somewhere between a lightweight foundation and a super-hydrating lotion, our BB Cream with Noni Extract offers 9 clinically shown benefits in 3 mineral-rich shades.

• 98.9% natural
• SPF 15 protection
• Firms, conceals, smoothes, perfects, and illuminates skin
• Evens skin tone and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

What I think: This is my perfect summer foundation!  The lightest color is light/medium, which is too dark for me usually, but in the summer it’s the perfect color when I get a bit of a tan.  It also covers so well and blends nicely.

Alterna Haircare CC Cream Extra Hold ($25 USD) Altera’s best-selling CC cream is now available in a formula updated for thicker hair types, or for those who need extra hold.  The leave-in cream provides hair with ten benefits– moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, anti-breakage, heat-protection, hold, UV protection, manageability and strength. Proprietary Enzymetherapy®, Seasilk® and Color-Hold® formulas give the hair omega fatty acids and antioxidants to infuse it with vital nutrients, rebalance moisture levels, and provide superior protection from UV protection rays and other light sources.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist ($28 USD) — This multi-tasking spray is both a treatment and a styler that nourishes stressed strands while adding twice the volume. Clinically proven to instantly plump strands as well as build body overtime, this mist boasts a Marine Plumping Complex that works to lift hair off of the scalp, restore natural thickness and strengthen strands. Spray throughout clean, towel-dried hair for voluminous yet touchable strands.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray ($30 USD) —
A deep side part starts with healthy, protected hair that’s free of flyaways and frizz. This lightweight, nourishing multi-vitamin spray protects hair from heat styling up to 450°F* while restoring hydration and strength and boosting hair’s immunity to outside aggressors and heat. By infusing the hair with caviar extract and vitamin C, it also restores vibrancy and elasticity. Color Hold® technology locks in hair color brightness while an exclusive blend of enzymes and minerals help essential nutrients adhere to hair. A mixture of marine botanicals delivers moisture and help repair damage, resulting in hydrated, perfectly smooth strands.

What I think: I love using Alterna products because they work so well in my hair.  These products in particular are amazing for the summer because they condition, volumize and protect my hair.  The CC Cream is a popular product and I can see why, it has transformed my hair. It’s made it so soft and bouncy!  I spray the volume mist at the roots of my hair when it’s damp, dry it and I have so much volume.  Plus the heat protection spray is a must with hair dryers and straighteners.

Available in April at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, and

John Frieda Sleek Finish Flat Iron
John Frieda Sleek Finish Flat Iron

John Frieda Sleek Finish Flat Iron ($54.99 USD) — Advanced ionic conditioning enhances manageability and transforms dull, lifeless hair into smooth, sleek strands.

This premium straightening iron features extra-long plates with advanced ionic technology, for up to 50% more ions than ions created from natural sources, and high heat up to 455°F/235°C. True ceramic technology delivers even heat and protects against damage. 11 professional digital settings provide the perfect results on all hair types.

What I think:  I freshen up my frizzy hair with this effective and affordable flat iron. I love how it has so many different settings. After use, my hair is shiny and looks wonderful!

Learn more at and purchase at mass market retailers near you.

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