Spring Favorites

Just popping in to share some of my recent favorites with you guys!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I shared a monthly favorites post, but I’m doing things a lil differently today and doing it in a video instead😊

I’ve been having so much fun shooting and editing videos, plus you can hear me describe the items a bit better this way, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving anything lately, and if you have any videos you’d like me to shoot!

xo Jordan

New Favorite Non-Toxic Beauty & Skincare Products

Hi and Happy Friday!!

Dancing for Donuts | New Favorite Non-Toxic Beauty Products

I’ve mentioned on here before how I’ve been trying to switch over to a more non-toxic, green beauty routine including everything from bath products to makeup, and I’ve recently tried so many amazing new products.

I wanted to share them with you today in case you’re looking to do the same but aren’t sure where to start, since that’s how I felt a few months ago! Let’s just hop into it, shall we 😊

Dancing for Donuts | New Favorite Non-Toxic Beauty Products

GoldFaden MD Detox Gel Moisturizer – I’ve been using GoldFaden products for months now, but just recently broke out the gel moisturizer. I’ve been dealing with some pretty annoying breakouts on my chin and I have to say, I looove the way this stuff feels! Definitely hydrating without a thick feeling, which is good since a facialist told me I “definitely have oily skin and my pores go all the way to my hairline…” lolol LOVE THAT THANKS GIRL.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil – So even though I have oily skin, I’m still apparently supposed to be using oils (and potentially so should you!). When your skin is too dry, it overproduces oil, so keeping it hydrated is a must. Though this doesn’t actually smell like rose, which I was hoping for, I do love how soft and smooth my skin feels after I use it! It’s supposed to be good for anti-aging, all-over nourishment and repair, too.

Twice Toothpaste – This is actually Lenny Kravitz’s brand, which I already think is cool, but they make toothpaste that is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and non-GMO. It’s also NOT charcoal toothpaste, which I appreciate, because I heard that stuff does zero to prevent cavities. Get the TWILIGHT one if you want to try it out – it’s peppermint, vanilla and lavender flavored and it’s amaaaazing!

Dancing for Donuts | New Favorite Non-Toxic Beauty Products

WELL CBD Massage Cream & Oil – I grabbed these products at Bristol Farms (their Natural Living section is basically my Disneyland) after a friend suggested I try CBD for my back pain. I know there’s a constant debate about whether or not CBD actually works, but I swear to you guys, I can actually feel this relaxing my muscles when I put it on. It’s not as intense as an Icy Hot or Bengay, but I think that’s a good thing since those have lotssss of chemicals in them😅

Good Clean Love Wipes – This one is exclusively for my ladies! I don’t know about you, but I can’t use ALL wipes, they just don’t work for me if ya know what I’m sayin’. I think this brand in general is amazing (they use only organic, natural ingredients with zero parabens, synthetics or petrochemicals!), but these wipes in particular are a new staple for me. I keep them in my purse and use them after workouts (and pro tip: don’t stay in your sweaty workout clothes either, if you know what’s good for ya👍🏻 )

Dancing for Donuts | New Favorite Non-Toxic Beauty Products

Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly + SuperDew Highlighting Balm – Tower 28 juuuust launched and I’ve been using their products since I received them in the mail a week ago! The Lip Jelly is the most amazing feeling lip gloss (not sticky at all and hydrating!) and the Highlighting Balm works amazingly well considering it’s not a traditional highlighter! They have a face mist that I love, as well.

Asarai Earth Tones Face Mask – Aside from this being the most beautifully packaged skincare ever, it just FEELS good. Asarai is an Australian brand that was founded by a Naturopath and everything is super “clean” when it comes to ingredients. This mask doesn’t leave your skin feeling super tight like most masks, even though it helps de-clog pores, brighten, and even out skin tone. They have a retinol and cleanser that I’m super excited to try, too!

Dancing for Donuts | New Favorite Non-Toxic Beauty Products

What about you – have you been loving any green beauty products or companies lately? I’m so impressed by all the options out there these days and glad non-toxic living is becoming more of a significant topic!

xo Jordan

Transitioning to Green Beauty: Hair Care

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

Hi friends! I’m going to be talking about something a little different on here that’s becoming increasingly more important to me: green beauty!

I honestly was never super into beauty (like makeup, skincare or hair care) until a couple years ago. And now? I’m kind of obsessed. But you know what’s crazy is that there are a lottttt of chemicals in the stuff we generally put on our bodies from everything to soap to deodorant to foundation and hairspray. Luckily, options that are paraben-free and sulfate-free are becoming more and more available, which is amazing!!

I want to share some of my favorite products with you guys because in my opinion, healthy living encompasses everything from what we put IN our bodies to what we put ON them. After all, what goes on our skin ultimately goes into it, anyway.

Green Beauty Favorites – Hair Care

Formulate Shampoo & Conditioner – So this is a new company that I actually had the pleasure of working closely with during the second half of 2018! Formulate makes customized hair care, and I don’t just mean you get to pick your scent and your major hair concern. This stuff is suuuper personalized and you do fill out a pretty in depth (but not too time consuming!) quiz when you start.

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

They even ask things like your zip code, sensitivity level of your scalp, and what tools or products you use to style your hair. Their products are preservative, paraben, sulfate and cruelty free (YAS), and they have a super easy to use app where you can adjust any of your information/give feedback on your formulas. I also love that they send you a really detailed description of what’s in your products – it’s nice to have that transparency!

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

Full disclosure, I did have to get my formula re-made three times because the first couple batches were making my hair knotty, but their customer service is SO speedy and they work with their chemists to make sure your formula takes into account all of your feedback. I highly recommend this company and I love what they stand for!

Aquis Leave In Conditioner (from the Prime Starter Kit) – You guys I have been obsessed with this stuff. I color my hair with bleach, so it gets super knotty sometimes and I love spraying this in when I get out of the shower!! The entire starter kit is fantastic, but this bottle and their hair wrap towel are the two things I use the absolute most.

Jason Organic Coconut Oil – Umm please never underestimate the power of an inexpensive, no-frills product! I swear by hair masks and I won’t spend money on anything else but this coconut oil. I’ll rub a bit between my hands and then smooth it into my hair (either on the ends or all over!). About once every two weeks I’ll do this and just put my hair up in braids or a bun, then shower it out after an hour or so. It’s fantastic!

Dancing for Donuts | Green Beauty: Haircare Edition

So there ya have it! I’ve been really loving exploring the green beauty options that are out there these days, so stay tuned for a skincare edition of this post, as well!

Let me know in the comments if there are any clean/green beauty products you’ve found that actually work!!

xo Jordan

January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Holy smokes, is it the end of January already?!

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

I’ve heard so many people saying that this month has totally dragged on for them, but for me it actually went by kind of quickly! Lots of movement, lots of change. It’s been exciting and stressful and interesting! Promise I will share more details very, very soon😉

This month was full of trying new products in everything from my diet to my beauty regimen and my fitness routine. I found some reallyyyyyy awesome things that have really helped me stay on track with my goals across the board and I know you’ll love them, too! Some of these items were gifts from the holidays, and some I just came across, but everything is linked so that you can find them. And now, in no particular order, my January favorites!…

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Food:

Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers – After seeing Simple Mills products alllll over my Insta-feed, I finally got my hands on some of these bad boys (they were on sale at Sprouts, #BlessUp). The big draw is that these are gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free, although y’all know I’m not actually restrictive with my diet. I will say though that there’s just more nutritional value to crackers made with almond flour and honestly these crackers are just REALLY good. I ate the whole box in an hour, so that should tell you something😅

Trader Joe’s Soyrizo – GUYS. guys. Ok so I saw these written up somewhere as one of Trader Joe’s best selling products of 2017, so I decided to try using them in homemade burrito bowls for dinner one night. Full disclosure – I actually didn’t even tell my boyfriend it was vegan, and he totally loved it. The flavor is insane! And it’s really easy to make, too. I can’t wait to get it again and maybe at it to a scramble or some nachos!!

Fitness Bread – If I had to pick one thing from January that I was obsessed with, it would be this bread (pictured above as the avocado toast!). It’s by a German brand called Mestemacher and I remember my mom eating this when I was little. It’s made of rye flour, wheat germ, and oat fiber making it cholesterol free and high fiber. Each piece is thinly sliced, pretty dense, and a bit nutty. Aside from the fact that it’s got more nutritional value than many other breads, I seriously just think it tastes amazing. I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers talking about gg crackers, and I’m not sure what the consistency of those is, but these are sooooo much cheaper. I found mine at Sprouts for like $4, but I’ve linked them here on Amazon too in case you don’t have one of those near you! I hiiiiighly recommend making your avocado toast with this. You can thank me later…

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Wellness:

Garden of Life Women’s Multivitamin Gummies – If you saw my vlog, you’ll know that I take these every👏single👏day👏 I am obsessed. They taste really good, and are kind of like a little sweet treat, so that’s most likely why I like them so much #LetsBeReal…but they’re also filled with all kind of nutrients we need and may not be getting from our food. I’ve mentioned Garden of Life on my blog before, but I seriously love this brand. They make high quality proteins, supplements and bars and everything is vegan, which is always a plus!

Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies – Another one I mentioned in the blog, I’ve been taking these gummies for years. My nails are super brittle for some reason so I’ll take these in addition to the mulitivitamin above. Since the multivitamin I take contains 100% of the suggested daily value, and two of the Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies is like 1000%, I’ll just take one. That way I’m getting extra biotin without causing my body to overproduce oil (hellooooo breakouts). Just check whichever vitamins you take to see the percentage, but make sure you get enough biotin without it being too much!

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Fitness:

Booty Bands – My brother bought me these for Christmas after I kept seeing booty band workouts on YouTube and I’m in LOVE. These are so great for glute activation before a workout, or even just a booty band workout in itself! I’m really trying to work on my tush before summer (it’s one of those areas I’m just overly self-conscious about for no reason) so having the bands for extra resistance allows me to work them a bit harder. I promise I’ll put a workout with these up soon! Don’t let me forget…

Ab Gliders – So these were also part of that same holiday gift, and I also think they’re an essential for any home gym! You can put your feet or hands on them, and they work on any kind of floor since they just slide along. If you’ve ever used a pilates reformer, it’s kind of the same sensation in that you really have to engage your muscles so that you’re not just sliding all over the place. These prove that you don’t need any fancy equipment to work your core (or anything) else, though!

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Beauty:

OleHenriksen Banana Bright Undereye Cream – Full transparency on this one, I received this as a free sample so I didn’t necessarily have high hopes, but I am looooooving this cream. I’m not sure if it really brightens the undereye so much as makes it hydrated and smooth, so it’s a perfect base for concealer (a must for actually looking like I get enough sleep!).  I think my favorite part of this product is just the fact that it makes me feel like I have a real skincare routine now – something I never had before and feel is increasingly necessary as I get older! It has vitamin c in it, which is apparently very good for the skin, so I’ll take it!

Aesop Hand Cream – This was a gift from my coworker and oh MAN does it make me feel fancy! I know this one isn’t cheap, so I’m extra thankful it was given to me (thanks Shane!) because it is sooo luxurious. If you read my post on my focus words for 2018, you know I’m trying to focus more on loving myself, which essentially means splurging on the things that make me feel good. Bath and body products are 100% included in this because can you honestly tell me anything better than a hot shower at the end of the day that makes you feel like you’re at a spa? So yeah, putting this hand cream on after that shower makes me feel like a straight up QUEEN and I highly recommend it!

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser – I don’t know about you, but I have been maaaaajorly struggling with my skin these days. I wouldn’t call it adult acne necessarily, but it’s not that far off and as someone who didn’t really have acne before, it makes me super frustrated and self-conscious. I’ve tried a ton of cleansers in the last year and the only one that seems to make my skin feel really clear is this one. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and love it so much. It’s slightly more expensive than other cleansers, but definitely cheaper than many and it comes in a huge bottle. I think it’s SO worth it if you’re having trouble finding something that works for you!

Well, that’s all for January! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found anything this month that you’re loving – always on the hunt for cool stuff😉

Cheers to a wonderful February ahead!

xo Jordan